Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has admitted that he is still adapting to the way Jurgen Klopp wants him to play for the Reds but says he is “on the right track”.The former Monaco man, who arrived at Anfield for a fee in the region of £43 million ($58m) in the summer, has now made three consecutive starts for the Reds after a slow start to his time on Merseyside.Klopp was reluctant to throw Fabinho in at the deep end, claiming that he felt the midfielder needed time to fully adjust to his preferred style of play. The 25-year-old only made his full Premier League and Champions League debuts for the club towards the end of October. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But with injuries to Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita presenting him with an opportunity, Fabinho feels he’s now on his way to fully adjusting to English football.”I’m not totally settled just yet,” Fabinho told Sky Sports.”I’m still adapting to here but I believe that I’m now used to the football style, especially when it comes to the intensity of the game which is really different from the league that I came from.”Also, I’m feeling well at the club. I can communicate well with my team-mates, even though my English isn’t great. The language barrier is one of the issues so far.”Fabinho was a key part of the talented Monaco side that reached the Champions League semi-finals during the 2016-17 season and was tipped to make a big impact on Liverpool’s midfield.Reds captain Henderson is the player who usually occupies Fabinho’s preferred position and the Brazil international found his opportunities limited during the opening weeks of the season.However, Klopp continues to insist that Fabinho will go on to be an important player for his side and has indicated that he has taken significant steps forward in recent weeks, with the player also of the opinion that he is making good progress.”Regarding the managers, I’m adapted to their training sessions and I’m comfortable with that. I’m now playing more regularly, which is also important,” Fabinho added.”I’m on the right track to completely adapting to England.”Fabinho will be hoping for another start in Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
New Delhi, July 15 (PTI) Seeking to bridge the gulf between the advanced technology the world uses and the ones accessible to Indian athletes, Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra plans to set up more high-performance and rehab centres across the country. “I have plans to scale up. A few of our centres are doing well. I have identified that the best centre currently is the one in Mohali. Things are coming up, I do have plans to open more centres across the country, and I am looking for like-minded individuals to partner with,” Bindra said on the sidelines of an event in the capital. The 35-year-old remains India’s only individual gold medallist in the Olympics. Since retiring from shooting, Bindra has set up what is arguably one of India’s top-notch high performance and rehab centres at Mohali and Delhi. “Unfortunately in India those facilities were absolutely not available, they were not available for sport, they were also not available for normal rehab, neurological rehab, or preventive health care. “I had access to this doctor in Munich, a very famous sports medicine doctor, who has been associated with football teams, Bolt etc. etc. He has this great setup, a lot of technology that he uses for rehabilitation for not just athletes but normal people also have access.” As an elite athlete, Bindra spent two decades visiting sports science centres across the world and worked with the world’s top sports medicine experts to improve performance or recover from injury. “And that’s what I did, I had my first centre in Mohali, I have a centre now in Delhi and my third centre is my biggest, spread across 10000 square feet for athletes.advertisement “It’s the philanthropy that I do, I run it through my foundation and all elite athletes, all upcoming athletes have free access to the best of facilities in terms of high performance, rehab, prevent injuries. It’s a very interesting, unique journey I have undertaken.” Besides helping elite as well as upcoming athletes to harness their skills, Bindra is convinced that sports science and technology can help normal people recover from injury or surgery. “I think hospitals and health care institutes are generally more focussed on critical care because that’s where the economics lies and I think transitional health care is something which has missed out. “Unfortunately, after care is not available in this country and that’s where I am trying to bring a change in the system. People deserves the best, people deserves to be healthy.” Bindra is known as much for his attention to detail as he is for his perseverance and persistence. “Sport in India needs to grow. We have so much talent, it’s unbelievable, but all that talent needs nurturing, infrastructure, and all that talent requires the edge that is needed to go out there and win an Olympic gold medal. “The world is so advanced, technology plays such an important role. The west is just paying attention to that one percent detail because that one percent detail is going to be the difference between winning a gold medal in the Olympics and finishing 15th. “I am trying to work on that one percent and making that accessible.” PTI AH AHAH
A LAWSUIT FILED BY THE ESTATE OF AN INMATE WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE IN THE SIOUX COUNTY JAIL LAST YEAR HAS BEEN MOVED TO FEDERAL COURT BY THE DEFENDANT’S REQUEST.THE LAWSUIT AGAINST SIOUX COUNTY AND FIVE MEMBERS OF ITS JAIL STAFF WAS FILED IN IOWA DISTRICT COURT EARLIER THIS MONTH BY THE ESTATE OF DUSTIN HERBST.HERBST TOOK HIS LIFE IN HIS JAIL CELL ON JANUARY 28TH, 2018.THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES THAT JAIL STAFF IGNORED MULTIPLE WARNING SIGNS THAT HERBST WAS SUICIDAL FROM NOVEMBER 2017 THROUGH JANUARY OF 2018.THE LAWSUIT SAYS THAT HERBST PLACED A TOWEL OVER HIS CELL WINDOW, BLOCKING THE VIEW OF A SURVEILLANCE CAMERA, AND THEN HUNG HIMSELF.JAIL STAFF FOUND HIS BODY OVER AN HOUR LATER.HERBST’S ESTATE HAS REQUESTED A JURY TRIAL AND UNSPECIFIED MONETARY COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGES.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville names Pochettino as ‘ideal’ Mourinho replacementby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville wants Mauricio Pochettino to takeover at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager on Tuesday after the club’s worst start to the season in 28 years.And Neville thinks United should target Tottenham’s manager.Neville told Sky Sports: “I’ve been fortunate to spend time at Tottenham’s training ground, and for me he [Pochettino] feels like the ideal candidate. “Man United have tried managers who have won European cups, they’ve tried managers who have won multiple leagues. “My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of the football club, and that is promotion of youth, entertaining football, and to win football matches.”
Arsenal buoyed as release clause halves for RB Leipzig defender Upamecanoby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are hoping to go back in for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.The centre-back is their main defensive target for the next two transfer windows.German reports suggest that his club want a fee close to what Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire.But according toL’Equipe, he will have a buyout clause in his contract of £53 million that becomes active next summer.It would allow the Gunners to get him for a similar fee they are believed to have offered Leipzig in the past summer window.Upamecano has been recovering from a knee injury this season, which has limited his game time. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Chennai: Coming down heavily on the Tamil Nadu government over illegal hoardings, the Madras High Court on Friday wondered how many more lives should be lost as a result of such banners, endangering the lives of people. A day after a 23-year old woman techie came under the wheels of a water tanker after she fell down losing balance when an illegal hoarding crashed on her in a city suburb, the court asked if the government will take a firm stand against such unauthorised banners. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “How many more litres of blood the state government needs to paint the roads with,” a Division Bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee wondered. The court asked whether at least now Chief Minister K Palaniswami will be willing to issue a statement against such unauthorised banners. “There is zero respect for lives in this country,” the court said pointing to “sheer bureaucratic apathy.” “We have lost faith in this government,” the court observed. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The observations were made came when the bench heard a plea by social activist ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy and an urgent mentioning by advocates V Lakshminarayanan and V Kannadasan. They brought to the court’s notice the techie’s death on Thursday following crashing of the illegal hoarding. “Just imagine the girl could have contributed to the GDP of this nation. Couldn’t that politician have conducted the family marriage without banners?” the court asked. At least now the political parties must start a movement against such illegalities, the court said. The bench then directed the appearance of police officers and Chennai corporation officials in charge the area where the accident occurred to be present in the court later in the day and adjourned the plea’s hearing. The techie riding a two-wheeler lost balance and fell down after an illegal hoarding put up by an AIADMK functionary crashed on her and she was run over by a water tanker that came just behind her.
Moscow: Russia’s world first floating nuclear power station on Saturday completed a 5,000-kilometre Arctic transfer to the country’s far east, the Rosatom nuclear agency said. “The Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear plant arrived … at Pevek, in the autonomous district of Chukotka,” where it is to start operating by year end once connected to the local electricity grid, Rosatom said. What will be the world’s northernmost nuclear power plant left Murmansk in Russia’s far north on August 23 after being loaded with combustible nuclear fuel. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 21-ton, 144-metre (470 feet) long and 30-metre wide platform, which is designed to meet the energy needs of remote communities, was towed into Pevek by a clutch of vessels. The station houses two 35-megawatt reactors, more in line with the power of nuclear-powered ice breakers than typical new generation nuclear plants boasting nearer 1,000 MW capacity. The Akademik Lomonosov is to provide energy for around 100,000 people and also power oil platforms as Russia develops extraction of natural resources in a mineral-rich area whose eastern tip is a few dozen kilometres from Alaska. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It is perhaps a small step towards sustainable development in the Arctic — but it’s a giant step towards decarbonisation of remote, off-grid zones and a turning point in the global development of small modular nuclear plants,” Rosatom head Alexei Likhachev said in a statement. Environmental groups led by Greenpeace Russia have, however, long criticised the project warning it will have “serious consequences” for a fragile ecosystem in case of storms or accidents. Greenpeace has warned of the risk of a “nuclear Titanic” and “Chernobyl on ice” and environmental fears were heightened following an August explosion at a nuclear research facility in Russia’s far north which saw local radiation levels briefly spike. The nuclear industry generally has been looking to reinvent itself in a depressed market, notably by producing small-scale, modular reactors with attractive price tags to win over potential new clients.
An estimated 300,000 residents of the northern city of Gonaïves, hit hardest by the floods that followed the hurricanes, have already received WFP rations, the agency said in a news update released today.WFP said its staff are now able to access Gonaïves – which had been isolated by the high water levels – by road from the national capital, Port-au-Prince, and are delivering an average of 90 tons a day.The agency will be establishing a relief operations base in Gonaïves to continue its work in the region with its humanitarian partners, including some non-governmental organizations (NGOs). WFP is at work across the impoverished nation, distributing nearly 2800 tons of rice, beans, cooking oil, fresh water and other supplies since the hurricanes struck between mid-August and early September.But WFP said many towns remain isolated or difficult to reach for aid workers, including Les Tuburon in the south and Anse Rouge, Passe-Catabois and Mole Saint Nicola in the northwest.In partnership with the NGO known as Terre des Hommes, WFP has flown a medical team to Les Tuburon, where a provisional assessment report shows dramatically increased levels of malnutrition. In Anse Rouge, local fishermen have been unable to work as many lost their boats and nets when the storms struck. Agricultural plantations and salt production infrastructure have also been damaged, while many residents now need assistance because of rising food prices in the local market.WFP is also continuing aid distribution in Jacmel, helping to feed more than 40,000 people in the south-eastern town. 2 October 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is expanding its relief operations across hurricane-devastated Haiti, supplying enough stocks of food to reach 500,000 people as the Caribbean country tries to recover from the recent series of deadly storms.
25 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken with the Libyan Prime Minister and reiterated the urgent need for a real ceasefire and serious negotiations on initiating a transition to a government that fully meets the aspirations of the people of the North African country. Mr. Ban told Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi in a telephone conversation last night that his Special Envoy, Abdul Elah al-Khatib, has had discussions with the opposition since he visited Tripoli last week, and that he would soon be going again to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, according to information released by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General.The Secretary-General said that Mr. Al-Mahmoudi had again expressed his deepest concerns over the campaign of air strikes in Libya by a coalition of countries.Libya has been engulfed by fighting since a pro-democracy movement opposed to the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi emerged in February following similar protests in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries across North Africa and the Middle East.Hundreds of people have been killed in the fighting and hundreds of thousands of others have been internally displaced or forced to flee to neighbouring countries.The Security Council in March adopted a resolution which calls for an immediate ceasefire and authorizes United Nations Member States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya.Soon after the resolution was adopted, some countries launched a bombing campaign against military assets in Libya that are considered a threat to the safety of civilians.Addressing the African Union’s Extraordinary Summit on Peace and Security today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Mr. Ban said the next step for Mr. Khatib will be to have the Libyan opposition engage with Mr. Qadhafi’s regime to define the nature of a transitional period.He recalled that at the London Conference on Libya in March, it was agreed that the UN would coordinate the international community’s post-conflict efforts in Libya. On that regard, he said, his special adviser, Ian Martin, has initiated a pre-assessment process focusing on six issues – political, security apparatus, rule of law and human rights, economic recovery, public administration and physical infrastructure.“Of course, our planning will be guided by the principle that the fate of Libya is to be decided by the Libyan people, and that their representatives must determine what assistance they would like from the international community,” said Mr. Ban.He stressed that the main victims of the heavy fighting in densely populated areas of Libya are unarmed civilians and foreign migrant workers trapped by the fighting, and voiced concern over fuel shortages, decreasing food supplies and low stocks of medicines.Neighbouring countries, meanwhile, faced the dual burden of a drop in remittances and the need to reintegrate thousands of former expatriates, the Secretary-General said.“Despite some speculation about differences, all of us, without equivocation, condemned the violent events.“All of us recognize the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, dignity and justice. Since the adoption of resolution 1973, we have all sought to end the violence. The AU and others have elaborated roadmaps for resolving the situation. These plans have many more areas of commonality than of disagreement,” he added.
After more than a year and a half of planning, drafting and consultation, Sidewalk Toronto finally delivered its Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) for a smart city project on Toronto’s waterfront. The public, however, will have to wait a little while longer before they get to see it. Federal-provincial-municipal planning agency Waterfront Toronto has the document, but in a statement the agency said they will review it for up to one week before releasing it.The Sidewalk Toronto project has been in development since the fall of 2017, when Google’s sister company, Sidewalk Labs, was selected as a partner for the development of around 12 acres of land on Toronto’s eastern waterfront. Order of Canada architect, Silicon Valley investor call for rethink of Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto waterfront project Civil liberties group sues to quash Sidewalk Labs project, with final master plan due within weeks ‘Most people don’t like change’: CEO of Sidewalk Labs says criticism of project was inevitable Over the past 18 or so months, the project has faced mounting controversy and multiple schedule delays. The project’s harshest critics paint the development as a terrifying surveillance neighbourhood, funnelling vast amounts of data to a private corporation. But in reality, the public hasn’t yet seen the full proposal from Sidewalk Labs, and speculation has been driven by partial information about the project delivered in various public consultation forums.Sidewalk Labs has said that data collected from the project will not be used for advertising, and they have proposed that all sensors collecting data in public places should be governed by an “civic data trust” which would be an independent regulator.Since 2017, the company has emphasized that they’ve been listening to the public and the plan is still a work-in-progress. On Monday, Sidewalk Labs spokeswoman Keerthana Rang again emphasized the public consultation process in an emailed statement.“This plan is the result of consultation with more than 20,000 Torontonians. We are proud to reach such a significant milestone in this project and we are honoured to have the opportunity to present our vision of how the public and private sectors can work together to do something extraordinary on the waterfront, which we hope will set a new global standard for city-building,” Rang said.It is Waterfront Toronto’s responsibility to act in the public interest. We take this responsibility extremely seriously and we know that you are relying on us to fulfill it rigorously.Stephen Diamond, board chair, Waterfront Toronto “We will wait until the formal release of the plan by Waterfront Toronto to comment on details of the proposal. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Waterfront Toronto, all three levels of government, and the public on a project we believe will further cement Toronto’s position as a world leader in technology and innovation.”The MIDP is rumoured to be a huge document, potentially more than 1,000 pages long. It’s also technically still only a draft document, and there will now be another round of public consultations before any part of it is finalized. In a letter posted on the Waterfront Toronto website, board chairman Stephen Diamond said that within four weeks the agency will hold another consultation session to get feedback on the Sidewalk Labs plan.“We know that a number of concerns and cautions have been raised about this project and that there are many voices that want to be heard and considered,” Diamond wrote. “It is Waterfront Toronto’s responsibility to act in the public interest. We take this responsibility extremely seriously and we know that you are relying on us to fulfill it rigorously. We are committed to working with all of you to do exactly that.”
Twitter broadens its campaign against hate and abuse by Barbara Ortutay And Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2017 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter says it is taking more steps to clamp down on hate speech and abuse on its social networking service, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The company says it is working to identify people who have been banned for abusive behavior and stop them from creating new accounts.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Twitter announced Tuesday that it is expanding efforts to protect its users from abuse and harassment, the latest milestone in a broader, growing corporate campaign to crack down on online hate.The social media giant said it has begun identifying people who have been banned for abusive behaviour and it will stop them from creating new accounts. The company said its changes, which also include a new “safe search” feature, will be implemented in the coming weeks.In July, Twitter banned conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor of the right-wing news site Breitbart News, for “participating in or inciting targeted abuse of individuals.” Twitter subsequently suspended the accounts of other prominent figureheads of the “alt-right” fringe movement, an amorphous mix of racism, white nationalism, xenophobia and anti-feminism.Twitter has been under fire for failing to address hate and abuse on the site since its founding a decade ago. Balancing its reputation as a free speech haven has come into conflict with efforts to protect users.Other internet companies have taken recent steps to curb abusive behaviour and ban users who violate rules against promoting hate.Reddit banned a forum for white nationalists from its social news website last Wednesday. A message at the link for the “r/altright” subreddit attributed its ban to an impermissible “proliferation of personal and confidential information.”Also last week, the crowdfunding website GoFundMe removed a campaign for a conservative author and self-described “researcher” on the internet conspiracy theory known as “pizzagate,” which alleged with no evidence that Democrats were running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza shop. Brittany Pettibone had launched her GoFundMe campaign for a video podcast about “traditional values that once made Western Civilization great,” including “love of one’s own culture, race and country.”GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said in an email that Pettibone’s campaign was removed because it violated the company’s terms of service, which include rules against promoting hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, terrorism or “intolerance of any kind.” Pettibone, who declined to be interviewed, tweeted that GoFundMe didn’t specify how her campaign violated its terms of service.Hate speech and promoting violence have long been barred under the terms of service of internet and social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook. But in the months leading up to the contentious presidential election, the emergence of the “alt-right” and high-profile trolling campaigns like one targeting “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones thrust the issue to the forefront.In November, for instance, AppNexus announced that it removed Breitbart News from its online advertising network because it said the news outlet had violated its policy against hate speech. AppNexus, which connects buyers and sellers of online ad space,” determined that Breitbart “deployed crude racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual slurs in a way that could incite violence or discrimination against minority groups,” a spokesman said at the time.The crackdown isn’t limited to far-right extremists. In August, Twitter said it had suspended some 360,000 accounts over the previous year for violating its policies banning the promotion of terrorism and violent extremism. But the company says the changes announced Tuesday are “unrelated to that and focused on abuse and harassment.”Also on Tuesday, Twitter said it’s creating a “safe search” feature that removes tweets with potentially sensitive content and tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. The tweets will still exist on Twitter if people look for them, but won’t appear in general search results.Twitter is also making some replies less visible so only the most relevant conversations surface.Jennifer Grygiel, an assistant professor of communications at Syracuse University, said Twitter still relies too heavily on its users to root out and report abusive material.“I have a simple fix: Just hire a lot more humans,” Grygiel said.Don Black, whose Stormfront website is one of the oldest and most popular internet forums for white nationalists, said PayPal, Facebook and Amazon have cancelled his accounts since he launched the site in 1995. Andew Anglin, founder of neo-Nazi website called The Daily Stormer, also has said on his site that PayPal permanently shut down his online payment account in 2015.“Nobody lasts very long on PayPal if you’re pro-white, which is unfortunate because a lot of people want to use PayPal to donate money,” said Black, who instead encourages his supporters to donate with bitcoin, an electronic currency.Leaders of the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center say they frequently communicate with online companies to flag users spreading hate on their sites.“This is a game that never seems to end,” said the SPLC’s Mark Potok. “It’s a bit of a whack-a-mole thing.”__Kunzelman reported from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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As the PS3 and Xbox 360 has shown, if you’re going to release a new piece of gaming hardware it has to support online features including digital game downloads. That also applies to mobile platforms now that the iPhone and Android devices have made app stores popular, and Nintendo is making a big deal about the 3DS eShop.Sony is no exception to this rule and will support a range of online and download features at launch for the PS Vita. There’s even a 3G version of the Vita to allow for such access away from home or a WiFi access point.As the mobile networks keep telling us, supporting lots of heavy-users on 3G devices trying to watch movies, download apps and music, as well as having video chats puts their infrastructure under massive stress. It seems Sony has realized that may happen with the PS Vita, or at least been told it will by the mobile industry in Japan. After all, there’s going to be multiple thousands of them sold on launch day, and most gamers will be checking out the digital download games and content immediately.With that in mind, apparently there’s going to be a rather severe limit on the size of the files you can download with the PS Vita over 3G at launch. That limit is set to 20MB. In other words, if there’s a digital download game you want that’s 100MB, you won’t be able to download it to the PS Vita over 3G for the time being.That’s the plan in Japan at least, but don’t be surprised if similar caps are put in place for Western markets as a safety net. The one consolation being it isn’t a permanent cap, just a temporary one until sales and usage settles to a more predictable flow.Limiting your use of 3G actually makes sense, and you could see this as Sony doing you a favor due to the high cost of the PS Vita data plans. 20 hours costs you $13 and 100 hours is $64. At a download rate of 128Kbps, downloading large files is soon going to burn through that time.Read more at ITProPortal
By Sean Murray Much has been made of the unsecured Android device from which he sends an awful lot of his tweets – particularly the early morning and evening tweets – which he carries around the White House despite “the protests of some of his aides“.He has professed his love for the phone in the past, but security experts have raised fears that the phone could be vulnerable to hacking.Nevertheless, that Android phone remains his device of choice and most of his tweets originate from that phone.Procrastinating?The early riser is said to religiously watch news networks on TV before looking through the morning newspapers with his meetings starting at 9am.The Washington Post has drawn attention to Trump’s habit of tweeting during times he’s supposed to be attending meetings.When defending his daughter, Ivanka, whose clothing line was dropped by department store chain Nordstrom, at around 10.51am, he was due to be participating in his daily intelligence briefing.They point out that he’s often tweeting while he is due in meetings, such as when he was due to speak to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German chancellor Angela Merkel, the CIA director and the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (although we’ve already heard that chat didn’t go so well).He prefers to work most of the day in the Oval Office, before watching some more TV.He is also said to read 10 letters sent to him by members of the public in the evening, which are chosen by his aides.He has swapped Trump Tower for the White House but, so far, there is no indication as to whether he gets more or less than the “four or five hours sleep” he claimed he got while on the campaign trail.This schedule doesn’t actually differ that much from Obama’s routine, who told NBC News back in 2009 that he would wake at 6.30am most mornings and would often stay up past midnight but Trump’s use of Twitter to make political and personal points marks a departure from his predecessor.The tweet effectWhile the US President posting on Twitter is not exactly a new thing – Obama’s personal and White House Twitter account sent out thousands tweets over his eight years in office – Trump’s tendency to attack opponents and media outlets from his personal account in a public forum is unprecedented. Image: Susan Walsh AP/Press Association Images/Twitter Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 28,201 Views The views of Trump are nothing else if not influential, and sharing his take on events so regularly has a myriad of consequences.Before he took office, the Washington Post released an extension for web browsers that allow people to read the take of paper’s fact-checkers on Trump’s tweets as they are reading them.They now do a weekly series on what they think Trump got wrong on Twitter that week.Trump’s tweeting habit isn’t just personal, it’s big business too.The US President’s tweeting habit is so prodigious that companies are already finding ways to make money from it, while one post in December was enough to drop the market value of a US military contractor by €1.8 billion (curiously its share price has improved sharply since Trump’s inauguration).While we usually get a good idea what Trump is thinking from his press conferences and speeches – which can often provoke a lot of debate themselves – his tendency to tweet so regularly and so bluntly offers a platform that other world leaders shy away from.It is virtually unthinkable to imagine Enda Kenny using his Twitter page in a similar manner, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s account take a similar approach Kenny in posting simple updates from their day-to-day roles as leaders of the country.Trump’s rhetoric is controversial, his tone often argumentative and his medium for getting it out there widely available.And we’re only a month in. He’s only getting started.Read: ‘What has he been smoking?’ – Donald Trump suggests there was a terror attack in SwedenRead: ‘Uranium, jerks and a nuclear holocaust’ – the most bizarre moments from Trump’s press conference http://jrnl.ie/3248950 The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017 The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017 Source: Dan Merica/Twitter Mornings with Donald Trump: Watching TV news and Tweeting non-stop from his unsecured Android Famed as an early riser, Donald Trump’s days usually involve Twitter and lots of it. Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Image: Susan Walsh AP/Press Association Images/Twitter His early tweets range from the personal to the political with some common themes cropping up. My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017 FWIW: This is the first workday of Trump’s presidency where POTUS has not tweeted before 8:15a pic.twitter.com/XLkL2kLW3U— Dan Merica (@merica) February 13, 2017 Short URL Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter FOR THE MOST powerful man in the world, it’s been a busy month.In the 31 days since he was inaugurated as US President, there has been an intense scrutiny placed on everything the Trump administration has done, from the travel ban to the Russian leaks.Political leaders are subject to such debate no matter what they do, but Trump’s use of Twitter differs vastly from his predecessor.On Twitter, he calls out opponents, criticises the media, defends the actions taken by his administration and makes declarations on what he plans to do.But these aren’t just personal thoughts. They matter. When it’s the US President saying it, it makes a difference.Officials in the US State Department have pondered just how literally they should take his tweets, and if they should form part of official US foreign policy.“I have never hesitated to take anything that POTUS said in speeches, press conferences, and other remarks as anything but policy,” a midlevel diplomat wrote in December.Given the president-elect’s penchant for using (Twitter) in a much more spontaneous context than most other [US government] officials, how should foreign service officers regard those statements?It has been seen that Twitter has been the place where Trump has announced some major policies.China has been taking Trump very literally from his tweets, and businesses have already begun to carefully monitor what is said on the platform, while other businesses are making money from it.It is little wonder, then, that his daily schedule revolves around this regular habit and with plenty of eyes on his latest update.“Oh, he’s up”According to the New York Times, Trump has a fairly steady schedule.He gets up at 6am every morning, and it’s usually not long before he starts tweeting.In terms of his tweets, Trump posts early and often.In his first week in the White House, his first tweets were all sent before 8am, with three coming before 7am.Over the past month, that’s stayed fairly constant.So much so, that people were shocked on 13 February, the first morning he didn’t tweet early. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Feb 21st 2017, 6:01 AM The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 40 Comments Share66 Tweet Email Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2017 Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 6:01 AM The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017
Outgoing Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook will take the better part of a year’s pay — about $106,000 — with him when he leaves his position Sept. 1.According to Cook’s contract, he gets six months worth of severance pay and benefits after his departure, at a value of about $80,000, City Manager Eric Holmes said Wednesday. Added to that is about $26,000 in unused leave payouts, to which all city employees are entitled when they leave, Holmes said. Cook, 57, earned $138,420 last year.Cook’s resignation was announced July 13 and was described as a “mutual decision” between the city manager and the five-year police chief that the department needed “fresh leadership.”Holmes said that the severance is “consistent with the terms of employment laid out at his original point of hire.” The agreement also releases both Cook and the city from any future claims.Such severance agreements are common among top municipal figures: Former Ridgefield City Manager George Fox got $247,500 in severance when he left the city in July 2006; former Washougal Finance Director Jeffrey Bivens got $45,835 when he was fired in December 2009.
MIAMI (WSVN) – The new movie “El Balsero” tells the story of the man who is believed to be the first Cuban migrant to have reached Miami on a makeshift raft.In 1964, Reinaldo Cruz, who the movie is based on, begins to witness the violence and social unrest during the early stages of Fidel Castro’s regime.The 16-year-old made the decision to leave his mother and sister behind to travel over 300 miles for a chance at freedom.“‘El Balsero’ is inspired by the true story of the very first Cuban migrant to reach Miami, to reach the United States, on nothing more than a makeshift raft,” said Director Jose Navas.His journey would be one that launched a massive following of others searching for a better life.“In a historical standpoint, it serves as a catalyst to the beginning of a mass exodus. We’re talking about more than a million Cubans that have left Cuba on nothing more, and these are people that left on rafts — not boats — makeshift rafts,” said Navas.Cruz had risked his life out on the water surviving multiple obstacles to America including a shark attack and surviving a thunderstorm. Navas said he attempted to accurately portray Cruz’s story for the film, but it didn’t come without complications.“We had Reinaldo Cruz as a consultant on the film, so I actually have the balsero on the film. Me and him went over locations and went over what we thought would be the best locations, and Key Biscayne has exactly what we need, and it was amazing,” said Navas. “We dropped off el balsero, our actor with the balsa, with the raft, and then we backed up because we had to get those drone shots. Next thing we know, we have two or three choppers, we have the Coast Guard. It was insane.”The film will be screening at 7 p.m. on April 9 at the Town Theater on Calle Ocho.For more information on the film and where it will be played, subscribe on their website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Equity benchmarks were trading about 0.30 percent higher at around 9.55 a.m. on Tuesday, ahead of the second and concluding day of the newly-constituted Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) meeting.The MPC will be announcing its decision on policy rates (key interest rates/repo rate) by 2.30 p.m. This is the fourth bi-monthly monetary policy commentary of the current fiscal, the previous being on August 9, 2016.The BSE Sensex was up about 80 points and trading at 28,329.90, while the NSE Nifty was hovering around the 8,760-mark.Top Sensex gainers were GAIL (India), ONGC, Hero Motocorp and Wipro while Top Nifty 50 gainers were ONGC, GAIL (India), Tata Power and BPCL.At its third bi-monthly monetary policy in August, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left the policy rate unchanged at 6.5 percent and consequently, the reverse repo rate, at 6 percent. Rate-sensitive shares such as banks, financials and realty were trading in a narrow range. SBI shares were almost flat at Rs. 255.45, Oberoi Realty was up 1.62 percent at Rs. 297.65 and ICICI Bank was trading 1.33 percent higher at Rs. 255.65.ICICI Prudential Life Insurance was down 1.39 percent at Rs. 305.50.On Monday, the BSE Sensex ended with a gain of 377 points, or 1.4 points, with the BSE Bankex ending slightly higher by 1.6 percent on a slew of positive cues.”Indian equity indices gained significantly backed by short covering ahead of the monetary policy on Tuesday. This being the first policy meet by the RBI governor; market participants will be keenly watching the undertone of the governor. Further the news of Pakistan and Indian NSAs talking to reduce the tension also improved the sentiment, leading to the rally,” brokerage Angel Broking said in its pre-markets opening note on Tuesday.
Prothom Alo file photoRelatives on Friday visited Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in sub-jail in the Old Central Jail of the capital.The former prime minister landed in jail on Thursday after a makeshift court sentenced her to five-year imprisonment in a graft case.Four members of Khaleda’s family – her younger brother Shamim Eskander, his wife Kaniz Fatema, and his son Avik Eskander and Khaleda’s sister Selina Islam – entered the jail around 3:30pm.Witnesses said Khaleda’s relatives stayed inside the jail for some one and a half hours and came out of the jail around 5:00pm.UNB adds: According to a jail source, Khaledas domestic help Fatema Begum is accompanying her inside the jail.The source said Ahsan Habib, a physician of the central jail, conducted a physical check-up of Khaleda shortly she landed in jail and found her blood pressure and pulses normal.The BNP chief has now been kept in a large room which was earlier used as the office of the jail super.The room has been made neat and clean and upgraded with all facilities like AC, cable TV connection, kitchen, healthy washroom and cosy bed, for a VIP prisoner, said a jail official wishing anonymity.He said the BNP chief will be kept there for a few days, and she will either be moved to the old jails female ward near the day-care centre, or to a rented house that will be declared a sub-jail by the home ministry.The Fifth Special Judge’s Court judge Md Akhtaruzzaman handed down the verdict.
A deadline was approaching Sunday for Qatar to accept 13 demands by several Arab states in return for lifting a de facto blockade.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and issued their demands on June 22.The deadline has not been officially confirmed.Here are the key demands:Close Al-JazeeraThe Qatari-based Al-Jazeera news channel has long been a source of conflict between Doha and its neighbours, who accuse it of bias and fomenting unrest.One of the world’s largest news organisations, it has been repeatedly banned.Egypt accuses it of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which it blames for violence after the military ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.The United Nations said the demand to shut Al-Jazeera and “other affiliated media outlets” was “an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion”.Quit backing Muslim BrotherhoodThe Arab countries also demand that Doha cut ties with groups including the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia and its allies blacklist as a “terrorist” organisation.They also called on Qatar to hand over opposition figures based in Doha.The emirate has long hosted exiled Brotherhood figures including the movement’s spiritual leader, Egyptian preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and Khaled Meshaal, former head of the Brotherhood-linked Palestinian movement Hamas.Western governments have concerns about the Brotherhood but have not listed it as a foreign terrorist organisation — nor has the UN.Close Turkish baseAnother key demand is the closure of a Turkish military base in Qatar set to give Turkey a new foothold in the Gulf.Turkey sees Qatar as its top Gulf ally but is also keen to improve relations with regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia.However, Turkey’s parliament approved a troop deployment to the Qatar base just two days after the crisis broke out.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the demands were “against international law”.Downgrade Iran tiesRiyadh and its allies want Doha to downgrade its warm diplomatic ties with Tehran, Saudi Arabia’s key regional rival.They accuse Qatar of supporting Iranian-backed groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement — a charge Doha denies.Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite-dominated Iran sit on opposing sides in conflicts in Syria and Yemen, where Qatar was part of an alliance fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels until the crisis broke out.Riyadh regularly accuses Tehran of interfering across the Middle East, linking it to instability in the kingdom’s east, where minority Shiites live.But not all Riyadh’s Gulf neighbours share its hostility towards Iran.Oman and Kuwait retain warm diplomatic ties with Tehran, while the UAE hosts a large Iranian expat population and has strong commercial ties with the Islamic Republic.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his country wants to bolster relations with Doha.When Saudi Arabia closed the emirate’s only land border — vital for its food imports — Iran shipped in tonnes of fruits and vegetables.
A rape accused was killed in what the law enforcers called a gunfight at Amirabad in Lohagara upazila early Monday.The deceased was Saiful Islam, owner of a coaching centre, and an accused in a case filed over raping a Class-IX student. He had been on the run since the case was filed against him two weeks back.Tipped off, a team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted a drive in the area around 4:30am, said Md Mashkur Rahman, assistant director (media) of RAB-7.Sensing presence of the elite force members, Saiful opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.After the gunfight, the RAB team recovered Saiful’s body from the spot.On 12 April, Saiful reportedly tied up the hands and legs of the girl and raped her in absence of his family members.A case was then filed against him.