10 months agoSACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say SACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMoreno Longo has been sacked by Frosinone.The Serie A minnows announced the dismissal of Longo this morning.Along with Longo, the coach’s backroom staff are also sacked with immediate effect.Frosinone are currently second from bottom of the Serie A table, five points from safety. last_img

Salem Beach in St. Ann to be upgraded

first_img “This will help to improve the town of Salem’s tourism economy, diversify its offerings and improve economic competitiveness in the area,” he said, adding that the Salem Beach will be transformed into a quality recreational area with facilities and services that will meet international standards. Story Highlights Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the beach upgrade is being done under the TEF’s National Beach Development Programme, in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million.Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the beach upgrade is being done under the TEF’s National Beach Development Programme, in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).“This will help to improve the town of Salem’s tourism economy, diversify its offerings and improve economic competitiveness in the area,” he said, adding that the Salem Beach will be transformed into a quality recreational area with facilities and services that will meet international standards.Additionally, Mr. Bartlett said that fishermen who utilise Salem Beach will not be left out, as the Tourism Ministry plans to include them in the upgrade.“We are looking at how to include fisherfolk in this development. We definitely cannot leave them out, as the upgrade must be inclusive,” the Minister added.For his part, Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay and Chairman of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, Michael Belnavis, said he is pleased that the Salem Beach is getting a facelift, and expressed gratitude to the Ministry.The upgrade will include the demolition of some existing structures, the construction of restrooms, two gazebos, a wash-off stand and parking facilities. There will also be an upgrade of the sewerage treatment system.The renovation is expected to be completed in February 2019.Under the National Beach Development Programme, the TEF has, so far, spent more than $105 million to upgrade the Lyssons Beach in St. Thomas; the Boston Beach in Portland, and Burwood Beach in Trelawny.last_img read more

Sneaky Stats That Could Decide The Super Bowl

Source: EdjFootball 2013SEA43.71DEN27.02+16.7 Philadelphia59.474.082.0 1992DAL40.61BUF10.69+30.0 Both teams are seldom in troubleThe average Game Winning Chance of each Super Bowl team at the end of the first through third quarters Game winning chance 2004NE32.83PHI20.47+12.5 1991WAS52.41BUF21.13+31.3 2011NYG6.014NE25.33-19.3 PostseasonNew England58.869.558.1 TotalNew England70.177.276.5 1987WAS5.311DEN17.54-12.2 2003NE31.23CAR1.216+30.0 SplitTeamQ1Q2Q3 Seemingly everyone has a Super Bowl take or prediction these days — the football media is afforded 14 days to scrutinize two teams and dissect every facet of their matchup. But that doesn’t mean every useful bit of information has been presented on the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. We dug into the databases of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group and Football Outsiders to find a few obscure statistical areas to highlight that could help predict Sunday’s showdown.Stat No. 1: Weighted DVOAThe key efficiency metric used at Football Outsiders is Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or DVOA for short (explained here). For the season, the Eagles ranked fifth in DVOA (23.5 percent) and actually edged out the sixth-ranked Patriots (22.6 percent). However, when looking at weighted DVOA, which places less importance on early-season games — the ones when the Patriots couldn’t get off the field and Carson Wentz was launching his breakout campaign — things become much different. The Patriots finished No. 1 in weighted DVOA (33.6 percent) and were 10 percentage points higher than the No. 7 Eagles (23.6 percent).It makes sense for the Patriots to rank No. 1 in weighted DVOA. Four of their five lowest games by DVOA came in the first five weeks of the season. Their only loss in their last 14 outings was the Week 14 game in Miami. It also makes sense that the Eagles held steady between the two stats: Philadelphia had five games with negative DVOA in 2017, and four of them were the last four games of the regular season.It has taken some time to adjust from Wentz to Nick Foles at quarterback, but Foles and the Eagles were stellar in the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota. That game is not reflected in the 23.6 percent weighted DVOA for the Eagles, but as Neil Paine recently wrote, a dominant performance in the conference title round has not been predictive of success in the Super Bowl.Since 1986 (as far back as the data currently goes), teams with at least a 5 percentage point edge in weighted DVOA are 15-8 in the Super Bowl. That sounds good for New England, but consider that the two biggest upsets by weighted DVOA were the Patriots’ losses to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII (the Pats had a 39.9-point advantage) and XLVI (a 19.3-point edge). 2008PIT30.1%2ARI-11.5%22+41.7 2016NE33.01ATL19.94+13.1 1997DEN23.46GB36.61-13.2 Stat No. 2: Defensive DVOAFor the season, the Patriots rank 31st in defensive DVOA, and that could ultimately be their undoing this week. Our study of Super Bowl winners has shown that no team since at least 1986 has won a Super Bowl with a defense ranked lower than 25th in this metric. Atlanta came really close a year ago, but the 26th-ranked defense eventually wore down against the Patriots in the Falcons’ 28-3 collapse in Super Bowl LI. The 2011 Patriots also came close with the 30th-ranked defense, but Eli Manning led the Giants down the field for another game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI. Teams don’t require great balance to win a Super Bowl, but having the No. 1 offense and No. 31 defense like the 2017 Patriots makes them the most unbalanced Super Bowl team in more than 30 years. 2001NE15.49STL21.94-6.5 2000BAL23.35NYG14.110+9.2 1986NYG23.84DEN11.310+12.5 Philadelphia69.670.472.0 This year, New England has a weighted DVOA of 33.6 percent, and Philadelphia is at 23.6 percent.Source: Football Outsiders Regular seasonNew England71.5%78.2%78.8% The biggest mismatches heading into a Super BowlSuper Bowls with the biggest discrepancy in weighted DVOA since 1986 1996GB34.31NE13.49+20.9 1993DAL28.02BUF-2.919+30.9 1989SF42.91DEN18.84+24.1 DVOADVOA 2012BAL8.311SF23.85-15.5 2015DEN16.36CAR30.93-14.6 2007NYG2.617NE42.51-39.9 YearWinnerWEIRankLoserWEIRankDIFF. 1999STL28.21TEN19.45+8.8 Philadelphia68.470.873.1 1994SF39.51SD7.78+31.8 The main reason for the Patriots’ mediocre start to the season was the defense. New England actually allowed more than 400 yards of offense in each of the first six games but has done that just once in the past 12 games, including the playoffs, and has conceded more than 20 points just twice.The improvement in defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s unit has been real, but the Patriots still rank only 22nd in weighted defensive DVOA because they continue to allow a lot of successful plays. The 2017 Patriots have one of the most statistically unique defenses that we have ever studied. They are 32nd in yards per drive allowed but still rank sixth in points per drive allowed. No other defense since the latest league expansion in 2002 has ranked in the top 10 in points per drive allowed while ranking 26th or lower in yards per drive allowed. The Patriots were able to accomplish this with an extreme bend-but-don’t-break style of play. While part of this reflects New England’s red-zone defense that ranks second in points allowed per red-zone appearance, it’s also a matter of real estate. The Patriots’ opponents have the worst starting field position in the league thanks to New England’s strong special teams and ball security on offense — so there are more yards for offenses to gain against this unit. Still, the defense has managed to keep scoring down and is even doing this with just one takeaway in the past six games.You also can say that the Patriots have had some good fortune on defense this year. Opposing kickers missed nine field goals against the Patriots for a success rate of 71.0 percent, the second lowest against any team in 2017. New England has also controversially benefited from a few touchdowns overturned by replay — against the Jets (Austin Seferian-Jenkins), Steelers (Jesse James) and Bills (Kelvin Benjamin).Lest we forget, the Eagles finished 2017 ranked fourth in offensive points per drive. Foles threw four touchdowns against the Giants and just shredded a superior Minnesota defense in the NFC Championship Game for 352 yards and three touchdowns. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good offensive game plan, the Eagles could be poised for another big night of scoring against a suspect defense.Stat No. 3: Under PressureThese were two of the best offenses at handling pass pressure all season long, though Wentz hid a lot of Philadelphia’s protection problems with his mobility. Foles is not nearly the same threat in that regard, and he’s also not playing as well as Brady has been under pressure, which we highlighted a few weeks back.Using a scatter plot from ESPN Stats & Info, we looked at how teams fared under pressure by comparing their Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) to their average air yards per pass attempt (how far the ball traveled relative to the line of scrimmage). Not only were the Patriots and Eagles among the top three offenses in QBR, but they were also among the five most vertical offenses when pressured, both averaging just shy of 10 air yards per attempt. Brady in particular has really taken to throwing deep with defenders bearing down on him. Since 2015, Brady leads all quarterbacks by averaging 10.28 air yards per pass attempt while pressured, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In 2017, Brady has clearly been leaning toward the left portion of the field on passes thrown more than 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He has thrown for 723 yards on 52 deep passes outside the left numbers, as opposed to 407 yards on 25 deep passes outside the right numbers.New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads the NFL (including the playoffs) with 381 receiving yards on passes to the deep left this season. He could be in for a big night against a Philadelphia defense that fared better in DVOA on passes thrown to the deep right (-10.8 percent) than the deep left (6.5 percent).Stat No. 4: The Predictable Game Script?In their previous seven Super Bowls, the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter. Every game was decided by 1 to 6 points, and either Brady or Eli Manning led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. This season, the Patriots and Eagles led the league in net points per drive, with 1.04 and 0.79 points respectively, and both are accustomed to playing with the lead, though the Patriots needed late game-winning touchdowns to topple the Steelers (in Week 15) and Jaguars in crucial matchups.We turned to EdjFootball, part of the EdjSports analytics site, for its Game Winning Chance probability data to see which team had the higher average win probability through each of the first three quarters of their 2017 games. 2010GB25.14PIT38.42-13.3 1995DAL30.83PIT24.75+6.1 Including the playoffs, the Patriots hold a slight edge over the Eagles in each quarter, boasting an average Game Winning Chance of 76.5 percent to start their fourth quarters compared with 73.1 percent for the Eagles. However, the Patriots have had a rougher go of things in the playoffs; they held just a 16.2 percent Game Winning Chance to start the fourth quarter against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship. Of course, it sure felt like the Patriots would come back from that deficit more than 16 times given 100 chances, but that’s just because we’ve seen this play out so often.No matter how well the Eagles start this game, we know the Patriots have the ability to come back. To make matters worse, Philadelphia’s worst defensive quarter this season was the fourth quarter, in which its DVOA fell to 14th after ranking in the top five in each of the first three quarters. While the Eagles have some experience at holding big leads, they weren’t doing so against an experienced New England team with Brady and Belichick. The Eagles have to be able to exploit the holes in New England’s defense to put a big number on the scoreboard and keep Brady off the field as much as possible. read more

Troopers Warn Of Phone Scammers Impersonating Law Enforcement

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received two separate reports of a phone scam on January 18. According to the online Trooper dispatch, the individual called and advised they were a State Trooper and the person missed Jury Duty. The caller then proceeded to advise the individual they needed to pay fines so they won’t be arrested. The caller will ask the individual to pull cash out of their bank account and buy some type of gift card. They will ask you to read the number to them and destroy the number after you read it. If at any time the public receives a phone call and needs to verify if it’s a scam they can contact their local police department or State Troopers 24 hours a day at 907-262-4453. There are many different phone scams currently taking place, according to Troopers.last_img read more

Sunday Update Crews Continue To Halt Growth Towards Sterling

first_imgCall the Fire Information line at 208-391-3488, visit kpboem.com or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/ As of Sunday, the following recreation areas are closed to public access: Casey: “The east side is really our crux right now, that’s definitely were we saw that acreage growth on that side as it just chews through that black spruce. With this warm weather we keep getting challenged as we attempt to push this fire towards the hills and away from the highway. Protecting Sterling will remain the focus, and has always been the focus.”  Kale Casey Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team: “We are focused on that southwest corner and you are just going  to keep hearing me say that, we are holding that southwest corner. The crews have got that corner locked off, and that’s the news we want to make sure nobody misinterprets. They are working their tails off to prevent it from making a push toward the Sterling Highway.”Recently inserted hotshot crews are tasked with implementing strategies to slow down fire progression on the eastern flank as the fire has burned on the east side of Mystery Creek Road and towards high mountain terrain. Aerial resources continue to be instrumental as ground crews called in rotary and fixed wing aircraft to target areas of concern to slow fire spread. on Saturday “Scoopers” from Canada were added these large airplanes are specially designed to scoop water from nearby Skilak and Hidden lakes and attack the fire’s edge. Those recreating in these areas should remain alert for and stay away from the center of the lakes for these firefighting aircraft. Saturday was the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew’s last shift securing the critical southwest containment line on the Swan Lake Fire. They were crucial in strengthening and mopping up the main fireline which prevents fire spread towards the private homes, businesses and infrastructure in Sterling.The Watson Lake Campground is closed to public use effective Saturday, June 22. This campground will be used as a crew camp in support of Swan Lake Fire operations, according to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Bottenintnin LakeWatson Lake CampgroundEgumen Lake TrailPetersen Lake CampgroundKelly CampgroundSeven Lakes TrailSkyline TrailJean Lake Campground Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is 4 miles north of the Sterling Highway, and slowly inching towards it. The estimated 25,161 acre fire is continuing to challenge the roughly 361 crew members who are working to halt growth in that direction. Continued updates will be posted to this story if any significant changes occur throughout Sunday. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announced it has closed several recreation areas to support fire operations along the Sterling Highway, according to a Facebook post from refuge managers.last_img read more

As Journalists Seek Encryption SecureDrop Proves a Challenge

first_imgIf you want to reach Thomas Fox-Brewster, you’d best be prepared to download new software. In his Twitter bio, Fox-Brewster — a security reporter for Forbes — lists a series of codes which will allow anyone with a tip to covertly reach out through an encrypted channel. It might seem inconveniently picky, even a potential obstacle to reaching sources, but Fox-Brewster is among the growing ranks of journalists who have ditched insecure communication techniques in favor of tools like Signal and Ricochet. Signal is a secure call and messaging app, run by volunteers and grant-funded programmers under the moniker Open Whisper Systems. It’s open source and free to use. SecureDrop was first conceived in 2011 by famed programmer and activist Aaron Swartz at the request of Kevin Poulsen, an editor at Wired.  “There’s a growing technology gap: phone records, e-mail, computer forensics, and outright hacking are valuable weapons for anyone looking to identify a journalist’s source,” Poulsen wrote in 2013. “With some exceptions, the press has done little to keep pace: our information-security efforts tend to gravitate toward the parts of our infrastructure that accept credit cards.” Sources are given a random code name which acts as a passcode. They can use this name to reaccess messages at a later date. This code name is different than the name that appears for the journalists on the other side.  Contacts are added through a specific serial code which is visible and shareable with other users. However, contact relationships are device specific and don’t run through servers or networks. Since SecureDrop is open source (and therefore free), newsrooms can conceiveably set up the system themselves, even using repurposed hardware. For these companies, the Foundation offers a year of support and training for $5000. Michael Luo, editor of NewYorker.com and a former investigative editor at The New York Times, says that while he’s a big fan of the system, it has yet to pay off. Eric Lach, the site’s deputy news editor, checks the system every few days, but it hasn’t led to any stories. One of the difficulties with SecureDrop is that it requires more work on behalf of the source than just downloading an app, or picking up a phone.  Encryption has become increasingly common for journalists hoping to get the next big story by ensuring sources that their identities stay secret while their secrets go public. There are many options to choose from, some open source and others proprietary, with no consensus on any standard. This leaves newsrooms to fend for themselves as they try to protect people with secrets without making it too difficult for such whistleblowers to come forward.  “In an age of pervasive internet surveillance, traditional tools like email and phone calls are no longer enough to safely link reporters and their contacts. The most sensitive sources need a more secure channel, one that’s encrypted and anonymous by default,” senior writer Andy Greenberg wrote in last week’s announcement about Wired adopting SecureDrop. A SLOW START  With SecureDrop, there’s nothing to identify. Journalists are as ignorant of their sources as the Department of Justice itself. While this creates its own issues in terms of authentication, it frees up reporters from external pressure to reveal sources. This is in contrast to a phone call, which can be tapped or traced through phone companies, or apps like Facebook Messenger; Facebook is explicit in its willingness to reveal the content of messages when faced with a valid search warrant.  While many publications embrace the publicity as a means of coaxing tipsters, others prefer to keep their use, well, anonymous. The perils of an open inbox might include an influx of bizarre messages, or in the case of The New Yorker, endless poetry and cartoon submissions, according to Holmes. Though SecureDrop was built by and for the magazine industry, several other pieces of software are popular with journalists due to their differing levels of security and ease of use. To discreetly share documents or messages with a participating newsroom, tipsters must download Tor, a software program which allows users to circumvent existing tracing mechanisms that reveal location and other information. Tor is best known as an entry port for the “Dark Web” — a difficult-to-access set of websites which sometimes facilitate illegal activities, such as the hiring of hitmen. For-profit institutions are asked to pay $10,000 for a year of support, which covers installation — performed in office by Freedom of the Press Foundation staff — the training of journalists and IT,  and the set up of a SecureDrop landing page, in accordance with the Foundation’s  best practices. This contract also covers ongoing support. Media organizations are expected to pay the Foundation’s travel expenses as well.  Signal INSIDE THE MACHINE Compared to applications like Signal and Ricochet, which are used in conjunction with smart phones and personal computers, SecureDrop might be the most secure way to leak documents. But its set up is complex and its yield so far has been low — a steep consideration as some news organizations spend up to $3,000 in new hardware, and $10,000 in support contracts with the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which manages the SecureDrop project.center_img A fully functioning newsroom setup requires a server to run the application itself; a server to monitor the health of the first server; a dedicated firewall to keep SecureDrop separate from the rest of the newsroom’s traffic; computers with the operating system Tails, on which the reporters can view the documents securely; a separate computer — generally “well-guarded” — which hosts a user interface on which a specific set of editors (usually only one or two) can review submissions; and USB sticks to transfer the documents from the well-guarded computer to the viewing station, and from the viewing station to a normal computer, where the journalist eventually prepares the documents for publication. Not everyone seeking anonymity is a murderer, however. Tor is often seen as the best bet for sources inside the government or corporations who wish to share information which is of public interest, but puts the source at risk in their personal or professional lives.   The New Yorker was the first magazine to publicize its use of the system in 2013, then under the name “Strongbox.” It’s since been followed by The Intercept, ProPublica, and The New York Times — publications known for their extensive investigative reporting. The Nation will also join later this year.  For the newsroom, however, things are more difficult to set up. The Foundation combats this flaw with a sliding pay scale for technical support and training. “We know that not every news organization that wants to support public interest journalism is going to be as well funded as The Washington Post,” says Holmes.  THE MOTHER OF INVENTION “The proposals came during an apparent phone conversation that was captured on video and provided to Gizmodo via SecureDrop, a portal permitting whistleblowers and sources to reach us while remaining anonymous,” the article reads. Ricochet Last Thursday, Wired became the latest magazine to publicize its use of SecureDrop, which allows whistleblowers and leakers to anonymously send documents and messages to media organizations without identifying or traceable information. This comes one month after Forbes adopted the program, and four years after The New Yorker took the technology public.  “SecureDrop is notoriously challenging to use and takes dedication within a newsroom to check it diligently and respond. But it’s pretty good now for what we’ve got, and it’s only going to get better,” Holmes says. Open PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is a non-proprietary email encryption software which can be used in conjunction with Windows, Mac and Android mailbox tools, as well as many others. Like the other services, Open PGP uses end-to-end encryption, which makes it difficult for emails to be read if they are intercepted. Open PGP “SecureDrop can be a little bit intensive,” Harlo Holmes, director of newsroom digital security at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, tells Folio:. “Source protection is really difficult to begin with…This is one way that is addressing that problem head on.” Signal is like WhatsApp for the fearful. Users download an app, which then uses the phone’s existing number and contact book. All messages are encrypted on both sides, which means that Open Whisper Systems can’t see your messages, though communication is not anonymous between users. The good news is, with end-to-end encryption, Open Whisper Systems has nothing to share with law enforcement should they request message transcripts.  The tool has seen a resurgence since the election of President Donald Trump, who has publicly threatened to prosecute government employees who leak documents to the press. However, the origins of SecureDrop harken back to WikiLeaks and Obama-era strong-arming by the Department of Justice to get journalists to identify confidential sources. Ricochet is a machine-specific instant messaging system which operates through Tor. The free and open-source software is encrypted end-to-end, and anonymized, which means your computer does not know where the messages are coming from. “We’re certainly getting tips, but nothing incredibly useful,” Luo tells Folio:. “Why is that? I guess I feel like, at this point, The New Yorker is not necessarily the front-of-mind outlet for those kinds of leaked documents and data, in the way that The Times and ProPublica, for example, are.” While it doesn’t matter which specific hardware is used, the Foundation provides recommendations in the range of $2000–$3000 per set up. Elsewhere in the mediasphere, however, stories are trickling in. Last week, Vice’s Motherboard published a story about people who spy on their loved ones, informed by data obtained through SecureDrop. In February, Gizmodo published a recording of Trump discussing trade tariffs with Wilbur Ross, a then-nominee for Secretary of Commerce.last_img read more

Adani wins state goahead for 77 billion coal project in Australia

first_imgIndian conglomerate Adani Enterprises Sunday received approval from Australia’s Queensland state government to go ahead with the proposed AUD 10 billion (US$7.7 billion/about Rs 51,000 crore) coal project. The company won the permission to conduct mining activities in certain Australian coal reserves. Annastascia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier, said Adani has got the permission to mine 11 billion tonnes of coal. In addition, the Gautam Adani-led group can build haul roads, workshops, pipelines and power lines in association with the mine, Reuters reported. “Some approvals are still required before construction can start, and ultimately committing to the project will be a decision for Adani,” Palaszczuk was quoted as saying by the agency.Meanwhile, according to some analysts, that the Gujarat-based company would find it tough to raise financing for the project in midst of a sinking coal market. The Adani group was reportedly facing legal troubles in Australia as environmentalists had lodged challenges on numerous fronts in the month of November last year. They had claimed that the project would harm the Great Barrier Reef and contribute to climate change. Last week, India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was visiting the island nation. He expressed hope that the Adani coal mine project would receive the due approvals and get a green signal, International Business Times, India reported.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Thousands protest in Spain over gang rape acquittal

first_imgPeople shout slogans during a protest in Pamplona on 28 April 2018 after five men, accused of gang raping a woman at Pamplona`s bull-running festival, were sentenced to nine years in jail for `sexual abuse,` avoiding the more serious charge of rape. The men, aged 27 to 29 who called themselves `the pack`, had been accused of raping the woman, then aged 18, at the entrance to an apartment building in Pamplona on 7 July 2016, at the start of the week-long San Fermin festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors. AFPTens of thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of Pamplona on Saturday to protest against the acquittal of five men accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman at the city’s bull-running festival.Demonstrators have filled streets across the country since the court ruling on Thursday, leading Spain’s conservative government to say it will consider changing rape laws.The men were acquitted of sexual assault, which includes rape, and sentenced to nine years for the lesser offence of sexual abuse.In Pamplona itself, police said that “between 32,000 and 35,000 people” took part in a demonstration on Saturday, rallying under the slogan “it’s not sexual abuse, it’s rape”.Thousands of women marched together with their hands raised at the protest, which police said passed off peacefully.Ana Botin, the influential head of Santander, one of Spain’s biggest banks, tweeted that the ruling was “a step back for women’s security” while former judge Manuela Carmena, now Madrid mayor, said it “does not meet women’s demand for justice.”The men, aged 27 to 29, had been accused of raping the woman at the entrance to an apartment building in Pamplona on 7 July, 2016, at the start of the week-long San Fermin festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors.The five, all from the southern city of Seville, filmed the incident with their smartphones and then bragged about it on a WhatsApp messaging group where they referred to themselves as “La Manada”, or “The Pack” in English.Online petitionA woman gets a Venus symbol drawn on her face during a protest in Pamplona on 28 April 2018 after five men, accused of gang raping a woman at Pamplona`s bull-running festival, were sentenced to nine years in jail for `sexual abuse,` avoiding the more serious charge of rape. AFPAn online petition calling for the disqualification of the judges who passed the sentence gathered more than 1.2 million signatures by Saturday.The issue also hogged the headlines of newspapers all around the country and an order of Carmelite nuns added their voices to the wave of condemnation of the court judgement.Under Spain’s criminal code, evidence of violence or intimidation must exist for the offence of rape to be proved.But that was a legal nuance that was “not always easy to establish,” top-selling daily El Pais wrote in an editorial.It “leads to the painful question of just how much a person needs to fight to avoid being raped without risking getting killed, and still get recognised as a victim of a serious attack against sexual freedom while ensuring that the perpetrators do not enjoy impunity,” the newspaper said.In their ruling, the judges said that “it is indisputable that the plaintiff suddenly found herself in a narrow and hidden place, surrounded by five older, thick-bodied males who left her overwhelmed and unresponsive.”The videos show the plaintiff surrounded and stuck against the wall by two of the accused… she has an absent grimace, and keeps her eyes closed,” they added.’Macho culture’ Already on Thursday, large crowds of mainly women had marched in cities across Spain, including Madrid and Barcelona, following the court sentencing. In the northern city of Santander protesters blocked roads, public television TVE reported.Then on Friday, thousands of people demonstrated outside the Pamplona court where the judgement was made.And a community of 16 Carmelite nuns in the Hondarribia monastery in the Basque country condemned the court ruling on Facebook.”We live cloistered away, wearing a habit that reaches down to our ankles, we don’t go out in the evening, we don’t go to parties, we don’t drink alcohol and we’ve undertaken a vow of chastity,” the nuns said.”And because that’s our free choice, we will defend with all the means at our disposal… the right of all woman to FREELY do the opposite, without them being judged, raped, threatened, killed or humiliated,” they wrote.State prosecutors said they would appeal the ruling.Adriana Lastra, a top official with Spain’s main opposition Socialist party, said the court ruling was “disgraceful”.”It’s the product of a patriarchal and macho culture,” she added.The case was cited in signs carried by many women during massive demonstrations held in cities across Spain to mark International Women’s Day in March, which were among the largest in Europe.last_img

Mayors of HarveyHit Towns Want Quicker Response From Feds

first_imgA month and half after Harvey, mayors of storm-hit cities are frustrated with some of the formalities of receiving federal disaster aid. Leaders of Rockport, Port Aransas, Victoria and Port Lavaca say the federal bureaucracy is getting in the way of helping their communities.With national attention focusing on other disasters in the past month, some officials are concerned there will not be enough aid to go around.“The pot is only so deep,” said Mayor of Port Aransas Charles Bujan. “You can only drain it so far.”The mayors also pointed out Governor Abbott’s fifty-million dollar gift to Houston. Victoria Mayor Paul Polasek says the state should give similar attention to smaller cities.“I don’t want to say that they didn’t need it,” Polasek said, “but I certainly wouldn’t want to see poor planning rewarded either.”Aside from that critique, the mayors said the state has generally been faster and more helpful than the federal government in recovery efforts.Watch Texas Tribunes full panel with the mayors of Rockport, Port Aransas, Victoria and Port Lavaca. Sharelast_img read more

DC Drug Court Gives Graduates New Lease On Life

first_imgEllis Caudle is not ashamed to admit that he used and sold drugs on and off for most of his life—until he entered the District of Columbia Superior Court Drug Intervention Program last year. Caudle, 58, graduated from the program on Sept. 20, and the Maryland man is hopeful his story of redemption inspires others to kick their own issues with substance abuse.D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine spoke to graduates of the District’s Superior Court Drug Intervention Program. (AFRO Photo/Lenore Adkins)“We’re all human, we’re not perfect people,” Caudle told the AFRO after the graduation ceremony. “The only perfect one is up there in heaven.” Caudle was one of five graduates from the in-house treatment program, commonly known as “drug court” and now in its 27th year of operation. The program is overseen by the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, in association with the Superior Court for non-violent drug offenders. Attendees spend at least 24 weeks undergoing drug treatment and are periodically drug tested—those who graduate have been drug-free for 90 days, said Paul Cummings, the program’s coordinator. People who finish the program’s misdemeanor track get their cases dismissed, Cummings said. Those who complete the program on the felony track have a chance of receiving probation, he added. Drug courts offer a proven track record of success, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Nationally, 75 percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free for at least two or more years, according to the association. Drug courts’ net cost savings range from $3,000 to $13,000 for every client. Those savings come from reduced prison costs, fewer revolving-door arrests and trials, and reduced victimization. There are more than 2,700 drug courts operating nationwide, with at least one in every state and U.S. territory, serving approximately 135,000 people a year. In D.C., 67 people graduated from the program in 2017, and 57 people in 2016.  While graduations from the D.C. drug court take place every month, the ceremony held on Sept. 20 occurred during National Recovery Month, which the drug court recognized with a barbecue at North Michigan Park Recreation Center in Northeast D.C. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine spoke to the graduates about his own family members who have battled addiction. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham also attended the ceremony.Racine asked the graduates to call his office if there’s anything they need—the office, he said, will serve as informal assistants to help the graduates get any assistance they require. He also called on the “fab five” graduates to use their wisdom and potential to help others suffering from addiction. “You all are the living embodiment of what we all here, hope we have in us, and that is the ability for when the chips are down to really turn it around,” Racine said. Caudle said he opted for drug court after he was arrested with the intent to sell drugs. He said he had been periodically using and selling cocaine and heroin since he was 16 to cope with stress and to make extra money when work slowed down. “Sometimes the Devil can get in your head and you make the wrong decision,” he told the AFRO. Racine’s words inspired him though, and he said he plans to reach back and help others suffering from substance abuse. Caudle wants people to know there’s help and support out there, whether it’s drug court or group meetings. He added that he hopes to go back to school for computer training. “It just doesn’t stop here, I do have a plan and some things I’d like to keep doing,” Caudle said.last_img read more

Graft case ED raids house in Tollygunge

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Thursday raided a house in Tollygunge and seized documents.The ED officials are also investigating the links between the business which did not deposit PF of its employees and had links with the assistant PF commissioner.The ED officials have got information of 55 bank accounts which the accused officer shares with his relatives. They are probing the matter.Earlier, ED officials had raided six different places in the city, in connection with graft charges against Ramesh Singh, the accused officer. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOfficers of the ED had got divided into separate teams and conducted raids at places including Park Street, Behala, Charu Market and Baruipur, including the office of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) at Park Street.Sangeeta Singh, wife of Ramesh, had submitted relevant documents to Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the case on Wednesday. Sources said that the ED officials have asked her certain questions in connection with the case.last_img read more

3 killed 15 injured in Bengal violence

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were killed and at least 15 injured in West Bengal as violent political clashes over the formation of the state Panchayat boards continued, police said on Wednesday. Armed clashes took place between groups allegedly belonging to the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in North 24 Parganas district’s Amdanga block late on Tuesday night. “The clash erupted centering around the Gram Panchayat board formation in a number of villages in the block,” an officer from Amdanga police station said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life According to local residents, two of the deceased were Trinamool Congress activists while the third person belonged to the CPI-M. Police have arrested 12 people including CPI-M district committee member Ahmed Khan, for inciting unrest in the area that was found littered with crude bombs, splinters, cartridges on Wednesday morning. The political parties blamed each other for the clash and claimed their members were stopped from forming the boards. Ten people have been allegedly killed since August 25 in political clashes over the Panchayat boards formation in different Bengal districts. The situation in several districts has been tense over the last few days over the Panchayat boards formation after the Supreme Court permitted the notification of the results of 20,159 un-contested seats in the state Panchayat polls.last_img read more

Ceasework by docs takes death toll in state to 3

first_imgKolkata: The prolonged ceasework by junior doctors at various government medical colleges has claimed two lives in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3 so far in the state.According to sources, a woman had given birth to a boy at the College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital at Kamarhati in North 24-Parganas three days ago. The newborn infant later developed respiratory distress. The family members of the victim alleged during a television interview on Thursday that the infant was denied treatment and hence they had to shuttle between the hospitals in the city with the baby. He was not properly treated and eventually died, a family member of the deceased alleged. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn a similar incident of negligence, 28-year-old Pratima Mondal died at the emergency ward of SSKM Hospital at around 12.50 pm on Thursday. The victim, a resident of Tamluk in East Midnapore, had been suffering from some ailments in her uterus. She was taken to a local hospital by her family members and later shifted to SSKM on Tuesday. Prashanta Mondal, a relative of the patient, alleged that she was denied treatment at the emergency ward since her admission, due to the ongoing strike of the junior doctors. He also said that the patient would not have died, had the Chief Minister visited the hospital earlier. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWest Bengal Medical Council Chairman Dr Nirmal Maji said that they would take steps against the junior doctors who have been denying emergency services to the patients. Dr Maji said that there is a Supreme Court ruling which mandates that no doctors can join strikes, thereby hampering medical services to the patients. He also hinted at stern steps against the junior doctors if they do not join their work. Meanwhile, as many as 18 doctors from the College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital reportedly resigned, expressing a lack of security and infrastructural lapses at the hospital. The state medical council is keeping a tab on the entire development. Governor Keshari Nath Tripath on Thursday urged all the doctors in the state to resume their work and take care of the patients. A press statement issued by the Governor’s office said that the representatives of Joint Platform of Doctors and Doctors’ Association of ABVP West Bengal met the Governor on Thursday about the current situation. They submitted memoranda to the Governor, which are being sent to the state government for taking appropriate action. They have demanded adequate security and protection for the doctors in the hospitals, proper investigation and punishment for all those who attacked the junior doctors. The representatives stated that they will resume duties on receipt of firm and credible assurance of their security by the state government, the press statement says.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned German cable operator Unityme

first_imgLiberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW has added Sony’s AXN HD and A+E Networks’ History HD to its line-up of channels.The channels are available on the platform from today as part of the Digital TV Highlights and HD Option packages.Christian Hindennach, vice-president of marketing and product management at Unitymedia Kabel BW, said that the addition of the two channels meant that subscribers could now benefit from an event greater variety of HD services.last_img

Vivendi has sold its remaining shares in US games

first_imgVivendi has sold its remaining shares in US games company Activision Blizzard, in which it once held a majority stake, for US$1.1 billion (€1 billion), bringing an immediate addition to its cash pile of US$0.4 billion.Vivendi sold 41.5 million shares in the games provider, representing a 5.7% stake, the value of which has increased by about 40% since last June.Following an agreement in 2013, Vivendi sold 85% of shares in Activision Blizzard for US$8.2 billion and then sold a further 5.8% for US$850 million in 2014.Vivendi remains involved in the games business via its acquisition of stakes in French games providers Ubisoft and Gameloft, in which it has progressively upped its interest.last_img

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to latent Hindutva sentiments across the state The strategists perhaps erred in calculating the Muslims vote but they are not the only ones who vote Mayawati too has erred on the same count Scratch a bit and Hindutva sentiments of non-Yadav and non-Jatav community would come out to the fore The situation may not be that of 2014 but this factor is certainly there on the ground and that could significantly tilt the balance for BJP" he said in the article Similarly Pranav Gupta and Rahul Verma of Lokniti-CSDS hinted in The Indian Express that BJP may win in UP because the party learnt from its mistakes in Bihar and the SP-Congress’ "level of popularity may not have lead to conversion of votes in favour of SP-Congress alliance at least not at the scale achieved by the Mahagathbandhan" Eminent journalist Swaminathan Aiyar also said in The Times of India that the Modi wave was back "If a wind is blowing from Maharashra and Gujarat through Punjab and Haryana into Odisha can UP be immune No 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people over the years to their ‘social behavior’" German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the foreign service of the European Union the biggest donor of aid to the Palestinians also condemned the comments "We reject any relativisation of the Holocaust" Maas told Die Welt daily "Germany bears responsibility for the most atrocious crime of human history" he said adding the memory of the Holocaust was a constant reminder to tackle any form of anti-Semitism The European External Action Service in Brussels said in a statement: "Such rhetoric (about the Jews) will only play into the hands of those who do not want a two-state solution which President Abbas has repeatedly advocated" Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah declined comment on the criticism Abbas 82 made his remarks in the West Bank city of Ramallah at a rare meeting of the Palestinian National Council the de facto parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) which Abbas heads A veteran member of Fatah the dominant 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