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9 months agoSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new deal

first_imgSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new dealby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s 19-year-old defender Tom O’Connor has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at St Mary’s until June 2021.Kilkenny native O’Connor, who is enjoying a fine season as part of Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s, has taken on the captain’s armband this season, as well as a new role at centre-half, having first joined the academy in 2015.”It feels really good,” the Irishman began. “I’ve been here nearly five years now, and I’ve enjoyed every moment. I’m delighted to sign a new deal and hopefully I can keep improving.”My target was always to reach the first team. The next step is the most difficult step, but I’m working towards it.”Seeing all the academy graduate names on the teamsheet recently gives you a great boost and shows that the new manager really values young players.”You know if you’re performing, and working hard, you have a chance of being noticed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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BC government promises to tackle affordability changing fixed election date

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s minority New Democrat government released an ambitious list of affordability-focused pledges in its throne speech Friday, and the possibility of delivering those promises grew stronger when a Liberal member “betrayed” his party to become the Speaker.The surprise acclamation of Darryl Plecas as Speaker added more breathing room to the razor-thin NDP minority government led by Premier John Horgan, who has an agreement with the Green party to combine votes for a one-seat majority in the 87-seat legislature.“Certainly, it does give us more flexibility. I’m not going to deny that,” Horgan said, referring to the Liberal Speaker.“I’m excited about the next number of years,” he said.Plecas’s acclamation ends months of speculation on how Horgan would manage a government with such a narrow minority had he followed protocol and offered up a New Democrat member as Speaker.Interim Liberal Leader Rich Coleman said he was disappointed with Plecas. He accused him of betrayal, saying the Abbotsford South Liberal assured him he was not interested in the Speaker’s job.“Basically, when you tell your colleagues you are not going to do something, they take you at your word,” he said. “You break your word. You go do it and become the Speaker. You have de facto already went and joined the NDP.”Green leader Andrew Weaver said the Liberals reacted poorly to Plecas’s decision when they should have congratulated him on stepping forward.“I thought the Liberals did themselves a lot of damage in the public eye today based on their almost, ‘pick up my baseball bat and go home kind of approach,’ ” he said.No party was able to win a majority following the May 9 provincial election, which gave the Liberals 43 seats, the New Democrats 41 and the Greens three.The NDP and Greens used their voting agreement to oust the Liberals last June in a non-confidence vote.The pressure on the NDP minority eased when former Liberal premier Christy Clark resigned last month, leaving her seat open until filled in a byelection. Plecas’s move into the Speaker’s chair has given the government even more room because he has been effectively removed from the Liberal voting pool.Coleman said Plecas technically remains a member of the Liberal party for now, but he will not be attending caucus meetings.The throne speech, read by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, said British Columbians can expect reforms to provincial campaign finance laws that “eliminate corporate and union donations, put strict limits on individual contributions and make sure that only people living in B.C. can donate to our political parties.”It said the government will set the terms for an electoral reform referendum and change the current fixed election date from the spring to the fall every four years starting in 2021.The speech highlighted affordability for British Columbians, mentioning a $100 monthly increase to income assistance and disability rates and the removal of tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges.Protection from hefty increases for renters and annual bus passes to people with disabilities as of next January were part of the list of promises.Liberal jobs critic Jas Johal said the throne speech paid scant attention to economic and job creation issues that produce the revenues that pay for government spending programs.“I heard very little today about how we’re going to do that,” he said.The speech cited homelessness and noted the devastation from the worst wildfire season in the province’s history.“The circumstances that bring a person to homelessness can be as arbitrary and unexpected as a wildfire but it is no less devastating. Those without homes need and deserve our help,” Guichon read from the speech.The speech said the government will take on the issue of overdoses that killed 876 people between January and July, many of them as they were alone because they weren’t aware of the risks of fentanyl-laced substances or couldn’t get treatment.It highlighted education as a high priority and said next week’s update to the budget will restore funding for classrooms, a key plank for the New Democrats after the Liberals stripped cash and provisions from teachers’ contracts, leading to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that called for reinstatement of funding.last_img read more

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On video accused killer says women police lied to get him sent

first_imgOTTAWA – Women and law enforcement had been conspiring to ruin Basil Borutski’s life for decades, the accused killer told police the day after three of his female Ottawa Valley acquaintances were found dead in 2015.“The whole judicial system sucks the big one,” Borutski is heard saying on a videotaped police interview from Sept. 23, 2015.The interview — the first piece of evidence submitted by prosecutors in Borutski’s trial — came after 66-year-old Carol Culleton, 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam were found slain at their homes in three different locations in Renfrew County, about 200 kilometres west of Ottawa.Culleton was strangled with a television cord, and Kuzyk and Warmerdam were both shot. Borutski had relationships with all three women and lived with both Warmerdam and Kuzyk. In 2012 he was convicted and sent to jail briefly for offences against Warmerdam and her son and in 2014 he was convicted and sent to jail for offences against Kuzyk.Throughout the first 90 minutes of the videotaped interview, Borutski sits with his arms crossed, often with his eyes closed, and constantly accuses police of “malicious prosecution” in previous criminal cases — including the two that involved Kuzyk and Warmerdam.He says he talked to a lawyer overnight but doesn’t want any “crooks” to talk to anymore and accuses the police who arrested him of refusing to give him food or water, or let him take his medication.“That wasn’t nice,” Borutski said.He told police he was on oxycodone for chronic pain and was also being treated for depression, a hernia, leg cramps and athlete’s foot.In the video, Borutski takes Ontario Provincial Police Det. Sgt. Caley O’Neill through a convoluted tale of relatives, friends, his ex-wife and former girlfriends who all conspired to accuse him of things he didn’t do and police officers who engaged in corrupt investigations that landed him in jail.“The most horrible thing you can do is put an innocent person in jail,” he’s heard to say.Borutski said a 2011 conviction for drunk driving was the result of being framed by police who saw his fake criminal record, decided he was guilty, and put alcohol into the breathalyzer before he blew into it.His ex-wife accused him of raping her and assaulting her only because she wanted custody of their kids, he said.Warmerdam accused him of threatening her son only after she realized he wasn’t going to come into a lot of money because a judge sided with his ex-wife and didn’t give him a penny.Kuzyk,. he said, was mad because she wanted more from their relationship; he didn’t because she was 20 years younger than him and he saw her more as a daughter than a lover.“Women use the system to their advantage financially, for every reason they can,” he said.Throughout the interrogation, O’Neill makes an effort to befriend Borutski, but at times his patience is clearly tested — particularly after the accused complains repeatedly that the lies of women had sent him to jail.“You going to jail for a while kind of pales in comparison to being dead, don’t you think?” O’Neill says at one point.After about 90 minutes of the video, the judge stopped it to break for the day. Borutski does not directly reply when O’Neill tries to get him to explain why he killed the women, though he doesn’t correct his assertion that he did kill them.Borutski only corrects O’Neill when he refers to their deaths as “murder.”“I didn’t murder anybody,” he said.He says he is in custody “for killing, not murder.”Borutski, who is representing himself, has refused to participate in the trial. He does not speak when spoken to and doesn’t look at any of the documents given to him, although on Thursday he could be seen looking up at the video screen, watching intently.— follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

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Baseball Ohio State comes up empty in trip to South Carolina

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team (7-8) lost all three games in the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational. The drive from Greenville, South Carolina to Spartanburg, South Carolina did not prove to be refreshing, as the Buckeyes also dropped their fifth-straight game on Tuesday.  Michigan StateThe Buckeyes fell to a Michigan State squad fueled by early runs and stellar pitching. Michigan State (3-10) defeated Ohio State 7-1 on Saturday. Spartans junior pitcher Mike Mokma went the distance in the 11-strikeout win. Mokma allowed seven hits in his nine innings of work, leaving with a 2.05 ERA on the year. The Spartans added three runs in the first inning to give Mokma early run support. Senior third baseman Ando Royce had two hits and three RBIs. Ohio State freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn picked up his first loss of the season, falling to 2-1 on the year. Burhenn allowed seven runs in five innings. Freshman pitcher TJ Brock put in three hitless innings of relief for the Buckeyes. He recorded five strikeouts in the process. Western Carolina A big inning plagued the Buckeyes, as they dropped their third straight game. Ohio State fell to Western Carolina (8-5) in a score of 8-5. A five-run seventh inning propelled the Catamounts to a comfortable four-run victory. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone hit a solo home run for the Buckeyes, his fourth of the year, to put the Buckeyes up 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Ohio State freshman pitcher Mitch Milheim allowed four runs in the bottom of the inning, picking up his first loss of the year. Despite producing 11 hits, Ohio State stranded 12 baserunners in the loss. Western Carolina junior pitcher Jacob Corn received his second win of the season, as he allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. FurmanDespite producing 10 runs, Ohio State dropped its fourth straight game in dramatic fashion Monday. The Buckeyes were outscored 11-10 in 10 innings against Furman (4-9). A solo home run by senior first baseman John Boswell ended the game, giving the Paladins its second win in three games. The Buckeye offense recorded a season-high 15 hits. Four Buckeyes produced at least three hits in the loss. Ohio State junior first baseman Conner Pohl recorded four hits and one RBI. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry added three RBIs, hitting his fourth home run of the season. The Buckeyes led 10-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. After two throwing errors put two runners in scoring position, a ground out reduced the lead to one with two outs and put a runner on third. A single knocked in the tying run to extend the game. Ohio State freshman pitcher Will Pfenning received the loss. Furman freshman pitcher Rob Hughes picked up his second win of the season; he has no earned runs in 15 innings of work. Wofford The Buckeyes could stop the bleeding, dropping their fifth straight in a loss to Wofford. Ohio State lost 8-6 to Wofford (11-6), despite jumping out to a 5-1 lead through three innings. The Terriers’ offense produced seven runs in the next four innings to secure the lead and ultimately the win. Wofford sophomore starting pitcher David Yourke struggled early, allowing five earned runs in four innings. The relief for the Terriers rebounded, however, allowing only one run in the final five innings. The pitching for Ohio State did not excel against a talented Wofford batting order. Freshman third baseman John Dempsey produced three RBIs, including a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry had a three-hit performance for the Buckeyes that included two RBIs and two doubles. Cherry is now batting .344 on the season. Ohio State junior pitcher Andrew Magno received the loss, while Wofford junior pitcher Rasesh Pandya earned the win. read more

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Beckham backs North America World Cup bid

first_imgDavid Beckham has backed North America’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup and is adamant that it would be  “very special”FIFA have received a joint bid from the US, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 tournament with Morocco being the other.The final decision will be taken next week and Beckham, who used to play for LA Galaxy in the MLS, believes that the football’s big increase in popularity in America over recent years justifies why it should host the World Cup.“A football competition as big as the World Cup deserves to be in great places,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“And if the US, Canada and Mexico get that, it will be very special.“I know the passion that runs through all three of those countries – I played in LA for six years and when we travelled to Canada, I have seen that passion.“And don’t get me started on Mexico! There are not many nations that are as passionate as Mexico.Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I went to a couple of games the last time America hosted the World Cup (1994) and it was incredible.“Now, there are more people who understand the game and get excited about the game.“The infrastructure will be there and, more importantly, the excitement and the passion will be there.“I think a joint bid is important and it is three places where football runs deep.“I have seen how much the game has grown in the last 10 years, people are really getting behind the game“If it does happen I know, as a fan, I will be going to that World Cup.”last_img read more

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Balotelli absent in Vieiras first training session at Nice

first_imgMario Balotelli was absent from Patrick Vieira’s first official training session as the new head coach of OGC Nice as the side begun their pre-season training programmeThe Frenchman recently ended his two-and-a-half year stay with New York City FC in the MLS to replace new Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre at the Ligue 1 club.But one of the key challenges that Vieira will face in his first few months in charge of Nice will be sorting out the future of Balotelli, who is expected to leave this summer after resurrecting his playing career in France.Balotelli scored 26 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions last season and was recalled to the Italy squad by new head coach Roberto Mancini.The 27-year-old’s contract at Nice expired on June 30, but the French club can still reportedly claim €10m from whichever club he decides to join.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Balotelli’s teammate and fellow forward Alassane Plea was also absent.“We were supposed to have all the players (available). Unfortunately, those two weren’t there,” Vieira said, according to the Daily Mail.“We’re trying to get to the bottom of it.”When asked about Balotelli, he added: “We were expecting him today. He wasn’t here and it wasn’t foreseen.”last_img read more

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Real Madrid must improve under Julen Lopetgui – Gareth Bale

first_imgGareth Bale wants Real Madrid to improve under their new boss Julen Lopetegui in order to still compete successfully during seasons.Bale gave a brilliant assist for Marco Asensio’s opener before scoring a goal himself that helped Madrid beat Roma 2-1 in the International Champions Cup this week.Bale also maintains there are no problems in attack following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.The Welshman player who was also on the priority list in Los Blancos’ previous match against Juve said settling down into a new style of leadership under Lopetegui and style has been tasking.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It’s always difficult,” Bale told Real Madrid TV as quoted in Football Espana.“The new Coach has come in with his new ideas and we still have things to improve.“It’s never easy to adapt to a new Coach, but in attack we are doing fine.“We do what the Coach wants, which is scoring goals and winning games.”last_img read more

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech discusses Arsenal move

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has discussed the new planing style under new manager Unai Emery.The former Chelsea shot-stopper was in fine form against Manchester City on Sunday making some important saves despite struggling to help the team play out from the back.“They’re a team that’s full of confidence and last year’s champions, so obviously it will always be difficult, but I have to say that we came to the game with our objectives to grow up as a team, to learn our way, how we want to play and obviously we had the task of doing it against one of the best teams, so it was difficult. But at times we did really well, and we put them under some pressure as well. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t find that final pass to finish the opportunities off,” Cech said as regards to City, according to the club’s official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Cech also spoke about his struggles to play the ball from his pots, saying:“They pressed really well and obviously when you make one pass slower than it should be the player doesn’t have the time to use the ball quickly. Obviously you can be under pressure but at times we managed to get out pretty well. We didn’t want them to feel comfortable and have the ball always at their feet so that they could control the game.”Arsenal next travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea next weekend.last_img read more

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Arjen Robben remaining calm at Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is refusing to panic after their surprising home draw with Ajax in the Champions League on TuesdayThe Bundesliga champions took an early lead at the Allianz Arena through Mats Hummels before Noussair Mazraoui put Ajax back on level terms 22 minutes later to settle the score at 1-1.It means that Bayern have gone three games without a win, but Robben is opting to remain calm and insists only a victory is needed to get them back on track,“There is always something coming from outside. We have to be realistic and to analyse our situation properly,” Robben told reporters.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Obviously, we are not used to it and it is not our goal. But as I said, it’s not possible that within a week, everything turns bad.“But that’s football, you need a victory to get back on track.”Bayern captain Manuel Neuer also believes that things will quickly turn around for Bayern, who will next host Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in the Bundesliga.Niko Kovac’s side are second in Group E behind Ajax on goal difference with four points in the Champions League.last_img read more

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Mario Royale gives a Nintendo classic the battle royale treatment

first_img Share your voice 1 The way the game works is that 100 players go through the same level of Super Mario Bros. Each individual has their own instance of the game and for the most part don’t interact directly with the other players, which makes it appear that there are 99 other Mario “ghosts.” Each player can, however, interact with the level and in turn, affect the other players’ instance of the level. If one player grabs the mushroom to make Mario big, that item isn’t available to everyone else. A player could also jump on a Koopa turtle’s shell, causing it to knock into other players and kill them. Things get even more interesting when one player obtains the star and goes invincible. Now, that player is active in everyone’s instance and can eliminate anyone they touch. There are several different worlds based on levels from Super Mario Bros. Each world has four levels, and the player who reaches the last level and gets past Bowser first will be the winner. Mario Royale is available to play via a web browser, and players can use a keyboard or gamepad to control Mario.  Comment Nintendocenter_img Tags Battle royale goes 8-bit in Mario Royale.   InfernoPlus Battle Royale games such as Fornite, Apex Legends, and PUBG are incredibly popular right now. One YouTuber took the formula for those games and added it to a Nintendo classic. Mario Royale, made by YouTuber InfernoPlus, is a battle royale mod of the original Super Mario Bros. Players compete against 99 other player-controlled Marios to see who’s the first to beat Bowser. Computers Gaminglast_img read more

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Brandon Routh to play Superman again in Arrowverse crossover

first_img More superheroes Comic-Con Honored, humbled, grateful, and still pinching myself. 😄#ReturnOfSuperman#Superman#Crossover#Arrowverse #SDCC2019 @DCComics@DEADLINE https://t.co/M5nQdTWYmh— Brandon Routh (@BrandonJRouth) July 19, 2019 Comments Tags 62 Photos 0 Actor Tyler Hoechlin has portrayed Superman in previous Arrowverse crossover episodes and will also be reprising his role as Superman.”Crisis on Infinite Earths” is based on the DC Comics miniseries in 1985 and 1986 that explored the idea of multiple incarnations of Superman.Currently, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman are all set on Earth-1, but Supergirl takes place on Earth-38, meaning Kara has to cross dimensions to team up with the other heroes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will debut on The CW starting in December, then continue in January 2020. More details of this Arrowverse crossover are expected at San Diego Comic-Con during Saturday’s DC Comics panel.  TV and Movies The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguisescenter_img 3:00 The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Dark Phoenix, Mystique and Storm just got their own X-Men Barbie dolls Cosplayer makes Spider-Man mask complete with movable mechanical eyes Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix: Trailer, release date, story details, and more Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Brandon Routh flies high in Superman Returns.  Warner Bros. Pictures Superman is complex superhero who depends on his disguise as reporter Clark Kent to keep his identity safe. He leads a double life so why not have his character played by more than one actor?Actor Brandon Routh, who played Superman in the 2006 movie Superman Returns, will step into The CW’s Arrowverse to play the DC Comics superhero yet again.Routh already stars on The CW’s superhero-packed series Legends of Tomorrow as Ray Palmer/The Atom. But the actor will  also play Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Arrowverse crossover.  Deadline first reported the news Friday and then Routh confirmed it via tweet by comment: “Honored, humbled, grateful, and still pinching myself.”The Arrowverse, by the way, refers to three DC Comics-based superhero shows that appear on The CW: The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow. (Disclosure: The CW is a joint venture between Warner Bros and CBS, the owners of CNET.)  “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will include The CW’s DC Comics shows — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman. The CW DC Comics Supermanlast_img read more

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Pawan Kalyan hospitalised Ram Charan meets Jana Sena chief and wishes him

first_imgRam Charan meets Pawan KalyanFacebookJana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan was hospitalized on Friday, April 5, after he suffered from dehydration during the election campaign. His nephew Ram Charan met the actor at his residence and wished him a speedy recovery.Pawan Kalyan, who has been campaigning for Jana Sena in the upcoming election for some time now, was heading to Sattenapalli in Guntur district. He felt uncomfortable before boarding the helicopter at Gannavaram airport. His followers immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital. The party tweeted, “JanaSena Chief @PawanKalyan dehydrated due to lack of proper rest from past few days.”A video featuring Pawan Kalyan getting glucose injected went viral on social media. Hours after he was hospitalized, Jana Sena leader N Manohar said that the party chief would join the campaign from Saturday. But the doctor advised him to take rest for few days. He is now relaxing at his residence.Ram Charan, who is also recovering from his recent ankle injury, visited Pawan Kalyan’s residence on Sunday to inquire about his health. Later, he took to his Facebook account to share his photo with his uncle. He also said that Jana Sena Chief is unwell, but he is forced to attend the campaign from Sunday, due to his political commitments. Here are the comments posted by the mega power star on Facebook.Just met Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan Garu, a Leader I admire the most, at his residence in Vijayawada.He is extremely weak & dehydrated. Doctors have advised him to completely stop his election campaign in this extreme heat.However, due to his political commitments and shortage of time, he has decided to go ahead with his campaign in Anakapalle and Pendurthi today.The doctors have insisted on accompanying him on his campaign, but he has politely declined their offer.Wish him a speedy recovery and all the success for his service to the people.#VoteForGlass#JANASENARevolution2019It is known that Pawan Kalyan has been touring Andhra Pradesh for the past several months. He has fielded candidates from his party in all the MLA and MP constituencies, but he does not have time to campaign for all of them. The party men urged him to bring in some star campaigners form his mega family, but none has come forward to support him.His brother Nagababu is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Jana Sena in Narasapuram constituency. His wife Padmaja and daughter Niharika Konidela are campaigning for him. His son Varun Tej, who returned from the US, has also started taking part in the election campaign. Allu Arjun is set to join them soon. It is said that Ram Charan is also likely to attend rallies with his uncle in some areas.last_img read more

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The Greater Houston Partnership Introduces Its New Chair Discusses Goals For 2017

first_imgListen Al OrtizJeff Shellebarger, the new chair of the Greater Houston Partnership, addressed a full room gathered at a downtown Houston hotel during the organization’s annual meeting.The Greater Houston Partnership has new leadership and goals for 2017 and is also keeping a close watch on the Texas Legislature.Chevron executive Jeff Shellebarger was introduced as the new chair of the Partnership at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place at the Marriott Marquis hotel, in downtown Houston.He pledged the organization’s commitment to collaborate with the City of Houston and Harris County on economic issues that impact the region.Shellebarger also said they will monitor the work of the Legislature, especially because the lawmakers have a tighter budget to work with this year.“We will work to maintain education and transportation funding and we will seek more support for economic development,” Shellebarger noted.The new chair also reaffirmed support for one of the top issues for the City of Houston when he said “we’ll also work with Mayor Turner to pass the legislation enabling the recently negotiated pension reforms.”During his remarks Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the organization, described Houston’s economy as strong and resilient, but he added it has to continue diversifying.That is a point on which local businessman and former mayoral candidate Bill King agrees.“I think we’ve got to really got to work a lot harder on making our Medical Center not just a clinical destination, but a research, biotech center for the United States,” King said.Harvey also emphasized that Houston needs to be in top shape when the city hosts the Super Bowl, on February 5th. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share 00:00 /01:02last_img read more

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Theres A Democrat Running For Every Texas Congressional Seat Next Year

first_img Share MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. FOR KUTIn deep-red Texas, Republicans will have to fight for every congressional seat in next year’s midterm elections. For the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in all of Texas’ 36 congressional districts, according to documents filed with the Texas Secretary of State’s office.Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, says those filings set a record for the number of Democratic challengers in an era of Republican dominance, and are a departure from 2016 – when eight Republican-held congressional seats went uncontested by Democrats.“We are seeing a groundswell of unusually high support and mobilization among progressive Democrats who are really angered by the Trump administration,” Jones said.But, Democrats aren’t just gunning for congressional seats. According to preliminary numbers from the Texas Democratic Party, Democrats are running in 89 percent of the seats in the Texas House and 88 percent of the seats in the Texas Senate. Both are the highest percentages the party has mustered since at least 1992.“We are seeing Democrats come out to run not only for the goal of challenging and doing something to voice their opposition to President Trump,” Jones said. “But we are seeing Democrats come out in several districts where, in the past, Democrats had no chance whatsoever and had difficult time recruiting top-quality candidates.”Historically speaking, the opposition party tends to make big gains in Congress during the first midterm election following a presidential election. For example, Republicans won back the U.S. House in 2010 after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008.Jones says resistance to President Trump’s policies has led to “enthusiasm and mobilization,” particularly among more left-leaning Democrats. But he says that doesn’t mean that Democrats can expect huge gains in dependably Republican Texas.“Outside of CD 23, held by Will Hurd, all of the Republican-held districts today, more likely than not, will stay Republican-held districts,” Jones said. “But they are not locks, and certainly we can’t consider them to be sure-things.”Jones says it will take a perfect storm for Texas Democrats to make significant gains in Congress. He says Trump’s approval ratings will have to continue to decline, Democrats will have to continue to out-fundraise their Republican opponents, and Republican candidates will have to make a lot of mistakes.Tariq Thowfeek, a spokesperson with the Texas Democratic Party, says he’s optimistic Texas Democrats could help the party take control of the U.S. House.“Democrats need 24 seats to take back the House,” he says. “I think four of those seats can come from Texas.”But Brendan Steinhauser, a Republican strategist in Austin, says flipping four Republican-held seats in Texas won’t be easy.“This has the potential to be more competitive statewide,” says Steinhauser. “Although, I would think most Republicans would say that we are still probably not going to lose any incumbents this cycle.”Texas’ congressional map doesn’t favor Democrats. Federal courts have ruled the congressional map drawn by the GOP-led Texas Legislature intentionally discriminates against minority voters, which tends to hurt Democratic candidates. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the effects of those rulings as it weighs a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin.However, Democrats could have a shot at unseating Republicans in congressional districts that Hillary Clinton won last year. Democrats are currently eyeing three of those districts, specifically:CD 7, which is currently held by Rep. John Culberson, R-HoustonCD 23, which is currently held by Rep. Will Hurd, R-HelotesCD 32, which is currently held by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.All three of those incumbents have filed for re-election, but Steinhauser says he doesn’t think they’re as vulnerable as Democrats hope.“Those three members of Congress over-performed Donald Trump on the ballot and they did win re-election,” Steinhauser says. “So, if you are looking ahead to 2018, it does seem like they are going to win in 2018 given that Republicans do tend to do better in midterms than they do in the presidential years.”A lot of that depends on turnout, though. Steinhauser says the key for Republicans is to deliver on some of their promises, including the GOP tax cut plan, in order to keep Republican voters engaged.“I don’t see that changing too much in this next election cycle, but I do look to see the Democratic turnout to be higher than it probably ever has been in a midterm election in Texas,” Steinhauser says.Even though Democrats are more motivated than they’ve been in years, Texas remains a mostly Republican state. The GOP swept all the statewide races in 2016 and Donald Trump won the state by nine percentage points.While the margin was closer than many years before, it’s still a big gap for Texas Democrats to close.last_img read more

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Councilman Larry Greens Replacement Sworn In

first_img Share Twitter via @SylvesterTurnerThe new city council member for Houston’s District K will be sworn in today.Martha Castex-Tatum won the special election earlier this month to replace the late council member Larry Green, who died in March of an accidental drug overdose.Castex-Tatum will serve the remainder of Green’s term, which ends in 2019.It’s official! Congratulations on new District K City Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum who was officially sworn in this morning #HouCouncil pic.twitter.com/ScxAb5Tdle— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) May 16, 2018last_img read more

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Black Virginia Voters Feel Betrayed Left in NoWin Scenario

first_imgBy ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first Black president.But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore Blackface 35 years ago.In this Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Virginia Gov.-elect, Lt. Gov Ralph Northam, center, walks down the reviewing stand with Lt. Gov-elect, Justin Fairfax, right, and Attorney General Mark Herring at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)“I really believed in him,” said Siakam, a 28-year-old student. “To find out that he dressed up in Blackface is disappointing. He’s shown his disdain for Black people.”Black voters who factored prominently in the 2017 election that helped Northam become Virginia governor are feeling betrayed over the scandals that have engulfed the state over the past week, leaving them with a less-than-ideal set of choices at the top of the Democratic Party: a governor and attorney general who wore Blackface and a lieutenant governor who stands accused by two women of sexual assault. The next person in line for governor is a conservative Republican.Many are struggling to come to grips with a list of nagging questions: Do they forgive the Democrats, keep Republicans out of power and demand the governor get serious about racism? Should Northam step down and hand the office to African-American Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who faces sexual assault allegations? Or should all three of them walk away and let principle prevail, even if the other party takes charge?The dilemma was being weighed in Black barber shops, salons, restaurants and living rooms and in activist and political circles across the state in the midst of a still-unfolding reckoning around race and scandal in the Old Dominion.“We don’t even know where to take the conversation from here,” community organizer Chelsea Wise said at a meeting of Democrats in Richmond on Thursday. “Do we want to address all of them, or are we just sticking with Ralph right now? The fact that it’s all of our top leadership shows that we need to take a hard look at the Virginia Democratic Party as well.”The governor has been facing calls to resign ever since a photo emerged from his medical school yearbook page in 1984 that showed someone in Blackface next to a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe. He initially said he was in the photo, then denied that but said he did wear Blackface when he impersonated Michael Jackson around the same time. Days later, Fairfax was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, and Attorney General Mark Herring came forward to admit that he, too, wore Blackface in the 1980s.As of Friday night, Northam informed his Cabinet that he was determined to stay in office, Herring remained in a wait-and-see posture, and Fairfax had denied a second accusation of sexual assault, this one from a classmate at Duke University who said he raped her in 2000. Northam is vowing to start an honest conversation on race to begin to heal Virginia’s lingering racial legacy.Siakam said she thinks Northam should resign, but said the conversation must now turn to the larger impacts of racism on communities of color.“There’s nothing you can do for us to forget, but we should focus more now on structural racism,” she said.African-Americans, who make up 20 percent of Virginia voters, overwhelmingly supported the commonwealth’s top three Democrats in 2017, in large part as a repudiation of what they saw as the racist rhetoric and policies prevalent in the 2016 presidential campaign and the White supremacist rally in Charlottesville just months before the election. Both Northam and Herring campaigned heavily in Black areas, and were given entree into many communities by local officials, faith leaders, business owners and regular citizens.Wise said she had reservations about Northam’s commitment to Black communities during the election, but supported him anyway and was prepared to hold him accountable amid a racially divided national climate.“We knew Trump had just gotten elected and we needed a Democratic governor in Virginia, especially because of the importance of the state in national elections,” Wise, 34, explained. “I almost felt like I couldn’t question him because of the urgency add the importance of what we just had on the national level.”Wise said she felt betrayed by Northam’s revelations, particularly because he remained silent about his own past after the events of Charlottesville.“How in the world did you not come out and do your own truth-telling?” she said. “That makes me recognize that you don’t have the insight and emotional capacity to take on what we need in Virginia at this time.”Shemicia Bowen campaigned for Democrats up and down the ticket. The 44-year-old Richmond resident said she gasped when she learned the governor had worn Blackface 35 years ago. She finds Herring’s revelations were even more alarming because he’s the state’s top lawyer and has to deal with daily decisions affecting Black people in the criminal justice system.Still, Bowen struggles with the way forward for Black Virginians. She doesn’t think anyone will step down, and as a loyal Democrat, she’s not sure they should turn over the state to Republicans.“We can’t just throw the whole ticket away at this point,” said Bowen. “But we have to understand that Blackface is a blatant form of disrespect. If an elected official isn’t aware of that, what else are they not aware of? What else do you feel like is not a big deal? How are you able to effectively be a voice for every person?”Norfolk native Joe Dillard said Northam should resign, and that the allegations against Fairfax should be investigated before discussing what consequences he should face. But the idea of a Republican governor should all three step aside was not unpalatable if it’s the right decision, he said.“Do I think I should support Democrats to the point where I allow certain things that my great-grandparents would slap me in the face for letting slide? No, I won’t,” Dillard said. “I am not a Democrat before I’m an African-American man. For me, it’s always people over party.”Dillard and Bowen, both members of a group of young Blacks active in Virginia politics, said Northam should immediately allocate at least $20 million to the state’s historically Black colleges and universities, which have been underfunded. Dillard also suggested an African-American liaison in the governor’s office, to establish a pipeline for young Blacks to rise to meaningful positions in government. Wise is already looking ahead to future cycles, where she feels more Black women in leadership would help restore her confidence in the party.Jim Scurlock, a longtime elections supervisor in Richmond who went to segregated high schools in Roanoke before experiencing the sting of Jim Crow as a young soldier in the Army in 1960, was withholding judgment on Fairfax. And he said given the national political climate and the country’s racist legacy, everyone deserves a second chance.“Probably many, many more in the General Assembly wore Blackface,” Scurlock, 82, said.“Virginia is still a racist state. It hasn’t changed much. And look at the president and all he has done . I haven’t forgiven the president, but he’s still in office, so why should they resign?”last_img read more

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Battery team gets a charge out of lignin

first_img Journal information: Science (Phys.org) — Creating energy from wood waste has progressed from novel idea to renewable energy work in development. Researchers from Poland and Sweden are using a waste product from the paper making process to develop a battery. That material is lignin. Olle Inganäs, professor of biomolecular and organic electronics at Linköping University in Sweden and Grzegorz Milczarek, a researcher at Poznań University of Technology in Poland, have completed a study that shows how it is done. They maintain that the insulating qualities of lignin derivatives can be combined with the conductivity of the polymer polypyrrole to create a composite material that effectively holds an electric charge. Lignin acts as the insulator and polypyrrole as a conductor, holding an electric charge. Lignin is the substance found in plants, and it is stripped out of wood as a waste product during the paper-making process. In the researchers’ paper, “Renewable Cathode Materials from Biopolymer/Conjugated Polymer Interpenetrating Networks” published in Science, the authors provide more details on lignin and their methods.”Brown liquor, the waste product from paper processing, contains lignin derivatives. Polymer cathodes can be prepared by electrochemical oxidation of pyrrole to polypyrrole in solutions of lignin derivatives. The quinone group in lignin is used for electron and proton storage and exchange during redox cycling, thus combining charge storage in lignin and polypyrrole in an interpenetrating polypyrrole/lignin composite.”A clear advantage of their discovery would be in the ready availability of a natural material such as lignin as opposed to dependence on metal oxides such as those used in lithium-ion batteries. The researchers themselves, however, emphasize that their work needs further and extensive study; they recognize this is not at a stage for industrial-style development.These rechargeable batteries are still limited, according to the researchers, because they slowly lose their electric charge as they sit idly. Milczarek and Inganäs also found that various lignin derivatives perform differently in the cathode, depending on how they are processed. With continued investigations, it may be possible to optimize the batteries. Another implication to a “wood” battery may be in cost, versus existing batteries, as there would not be a reliance on precious metals. “The advantage of using a renewable material for charge storage is the enormous amount of this material that is already being produced on Earth by growing plants, which contain about 20 to 30 percent lignin,” according to Inganas. “It is also a low-value material, currently being used for combustion. Lithium-ion batteries, on the other hand, require metal oxides and some of those materials, such as cobalt, are rather rare.”According to the International Lignin Institute, after cellulose, it is the most abundant renewable carbon source on Earth. Between 40 and 50 million tons per annum are produced worldwide as a mostly non-commercialized waste product. Lignin. Image: Wikipedia © 2012 Phys.org Battery cathode made of waste byproducts from paper industry promises sustainable energy storage Explore further Citation: Battery team gets a charge out of lignin (2012, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-battery-team-lignin.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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BSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement

first_imgBSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement with Agama, using the latter’s monitoring solution to now also cover OTT service playout for Sky’s Now TV and Sky Go offerings.Sky has expanded its existing monitoring solution from Agama, allowing it to  ensure that its adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming services are available with the right quality, improving the end-user experience.“At Sky we are committed to offering our customers high-quality content and the best quality TV experience possible. The Agama solution provides crucial insights to improve and ensure our OTT service delivery platform, which supports us in delivering a high-quality experience and service to our customers,” said Sky’s senior design engineer for emerging technologies, Vlad Korotkov.last_img read more