El Tri set for Mexico return in October friendlies

first_imgMexico will face Costa Rica and Chile in October in a pair of friendlies that will take place in Mexico, the FMF announced Wednesday.The contest against the Ticos will take place on Oct. 11 in Monterrey at Tigres’ Estadio Universitario, also known as El Volcan. Five days later El Tri will host Chile in Queretaro at Gallos Blancos’ Corregidora. It is the first time Mexico will play in its home country since a June 2 match against Scotland that served as the team’s send-off to the World Cup.It’s also the first time the Mexico national team will play a friendly in Mexico but outside the capital since an Oct. 2015 friendly against Panama that took place in Toluca’s Estadio Nemesio Diez. Mexico’s current interim manager, Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti coached the team in that match during his previous stint as the El Tri interim coach.  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! The last time the senior national team played in El Volcan was a 2010 friendly against Colombia, while Queretaro played host to a 2014 matchup against Panama. The national team uses most FIFA dates to play friendly matches in the United States, where the immensely popular team is able to sell a large number of tickets – usually at higher prices than fans in Mexico are accustomed to paying. After a 1-0 defeat to the United States on Tuesday, Ferretti said Mexico needs to schedule more challenging matches and stop putting commercial concerns ahead of the on-field project.”We should have more tough games than we’ve got right now,” Ferretti said. “With all respect to the Americans, we should have more games away from here, having away games against Paraguay, against Uruguay away as well, with the Brazilians in Brazil. This would help us to take the next step.”El Tri is expected to head to Europe for the November window, though it is yet to make an official announcement.last_img read more

Australia’s return to form is perfectly timed for World Cup 2019, says Marcus Stoinis

first_imgAustralia’s return to form is perfectly timed for World Cup 2019, says Marcus StoinisAustralia started this year on a good note as they outclassed India 3-2 before hammering Pakistan 5-0. With such results, Marcus Stoinis feels the team’s return to form is perfectly timed for the upcoming World Cup.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service BangaloreApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 16:56 IST All-rounder Marcus Stoinis felt the turnaround in Australia’s form has happened at the right time for the upcoming World Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia is being considered as favourites for the 2019 World CupAll-rounder Marcus Stoinis felt the turnaround in form has happened at the right timeStoinis also felt the return of Smith and Warner will help the team in the showpiece eventAfter a lacklusture show in 2018, Australia started this year on a good note as they outclassed India 3-2 in their own backyard before hammering Pakistan 5-0 in the UAE.With such results, the yellow brigade is now being considered as favourites for the 2019 World Cup and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis feels the turnaround in form has happened just at the right time.Also, the return of Steve Smith and David Warner has further strengthened the Australian team, who will be eyeing their sixth title at the showpiece event.”I think everyone is really confident. To win eight games in a row away from home was very important for us,” Stoinis told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Challengers Bangalore training session.”We needed it. We had lost a lot of games over the last year or so. It’s good timing. Everyone started to believe in each other and we started to play well as a team,” he explained.Stoinis also said the transformation was not something which happened suddenly but it was a gradual process. “From outside, it might look like it happened all of a sudden, but it also shows that the game of cricket is only about minor details. Even in the time we were losing, we learnt a lot, started getting closer in a lot of games,” he opined.Stoinis also felt the return of Smith and Warner will help the team in the showpiece event. “It [their returns] is a massive boost. People have stepped up in the last few months and we have started winning games consistently. It all adds to the mixture and definitely adds to a World Cup winning combination,” he said.advertisementAustralia will start their World Cup 2019 campaign against minnows Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol before taking on West Indies on June 6 in Nottingham.Also Read | IPL 2019: Stoinis delighted as RCB finally get campaign underway with win over KXIPAlso Read | India will definitely enter World Cup semis, predicts Chaminda VaasFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Marcus StoinisFollow Australian cricket squadFollow ICC World Cup 2019last_img read more

Drug users advocates fear federal election may sideline safer opioids policy

first_imgVANCOUVER — The co-founder of a national group of parents whose children have died of overdoses fears the looming federal election will derail any policy changes that could make a safer supply of opioids a priority, even as the country’s chief public health officer has promised to review such a plan.Leslie McBain of Moms Stop the Harm said the overemphasis on addiction treatment has not worked because drug users are continuing to use the black market to access fentanyl-laced substances that have killed thousands of Canadians.“In implementing a safe supply (policy), it brings the people who need it into an environment where they can then also be offered different forms of treatment. It keeps them alive. It takes courage to make that step to recovery,” said McBain, whose 25-year-old son fatally overdosed five years ago.“I think the federal government is trying to do the right thing but in an election year the Liberals don’t want to do anything that might further impact their base.”McBain, who advocates for families with the BC Centre on Substance Use, said Health Canada needs to provide the public with information about the process involved in a safer-opioids review by Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, who announced in December she will gather data from provinces and territories.“We are committed to exploring additional options for creating the conditions for a safer supply of opioids,” the agency said in a statement, adding its work is “ongoing.”Last week, British Columbia’s mental health and addictions minister, Judy Darcy, called on the federal government to “open a courageous conversation” on safer opioids.The ministry says it expects to respond to the federal government’s information request for its review by the end of April. Pharmaceutical-grade heroin has been provided since 2014 at the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver, the only such facility in North America, but the program requiring users to have up to three injections a day under the supervision of nurses can accommodate only about 100 patients at a time and has not been adequately expanded since B.C. declared a public health emergency in 2016.Dr. Scott MacDonald, lead physician at Crosstown, which also offers the injectable form of the opioid hydromorphone, said there’s no reason why British Columbia can’t increase access to the program, which an estimated 500 entrenched drug users needed back in 2013.“So clearly there’s a need for expansion, not only in Vancouver and British Columbia but across the country,” he said. “And that could be part of the safe supply.”However, he said the pure heroin, or diacetylmorphine, must be imported from Switzerland and Health Canada has not made it possible for it to be produced domestically.MacDonald said injectable opioids have been available in B.C. as more than 3,000 people have died in the province since the emergency was declared three years ago.“I don’t understand the delay,” he said.“This is not a partisan issue. It’s about care for people who are at risk for overdose and death and have not responded to any other treatment. It just needs to be made available,” he said, adding diacetylmorphine is an option for five to eight per cent of drug users.Three clinics in British Columbia offer injectable hydromorphone, two sites have made it available in Alberta — one each in Calgary and Edmonton — while Ottawa has one facility, MacDonald said.B.C.’s Mental Health and Addictions Ministry said it is working with health authorities “to expand injectable hydromorphone therapy as quickly as possible as an additional tool to support people with opioid use disorder.”Jordan Westfall, president of the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs, said expanding addiction treatment programs has been “too timid” a response and that’s obvious in British Columbia, where the coroner’s service recently reported 1,489 people fatally overdosed in 2018, slightly higher than the previous year.“It shows that the government’s direction and policy was ineffective,” Westfall said. “It sounds politically much nicer to say we need treatment. This is a systemic issue and no amount of treatment will change that fact. People are going to continue dying.”Shanelle Twan, a member of the same network in Edmonton, said the group is planning a day of action across the country in April to draw attention to the need for safer opioids.“Something needs to be done quickly but it just seems that everything is moving at a glacial pace right now,” she said. “It’s unfortunate that politics have to come into play when you’re talking about the lives of ordinary Canadians.”Donald MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, said not providing legal opioids to people who have the “disease” of addiction is “barbaric.”MacPherson, who was the drug-policy co-ordinator for Vancouver from 2000 to 2009, said starting in the spring, his coalition plans to launch a three-year campaign to educate people across the country on drug policy.He said while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been criticized for saying no to decriminalizing drugs, movement on that issue would not solve the problem of toxic drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Researchers Discover Oldest Copy of the Quran in Germany

Rabat- Researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany announced the discovery of a copy of the Holy Quran (or Kuran) dating back to 40 Hijri (about 622 AD) according to the German website Deutsche Welle.The manuscript made its way to the library of the University in 1864 when the institution had purchased part of the private collection of books of the Prussian consul Johann Gottfried Fitz Stein.According to the findings of the researchers, the copy was written 20-40 years after the migration of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD After examining of samples of the manuscript, as part of a scientific research project that seeks to trace the history of the writing of the Quran, the researchers found that the copy dates back to the early 7th century.According to the university spokesperson, the copy is written in Kufic script, one of the oldest script in the Arabic language.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Morocco Most Stable Ally for Spain in Southern Mediterranean Spanish Official

Madrid  – The President of the Spanish autonomous government of Andalusia, Susana Diaz described Morocco as the most stable ally for Spain and Europe in the southern Mediterranean region.“Located at a distance of only 14 kilometers from Spanish coasts, Morocco is the most stable ally for Spain and Europe in these difficult times that the Mediterranean region is going through,” the head of the Andalusian government told Spanish La Sexta TV channel.Diaz, who visited Morocco last September, also highlighted the role played by Morocco to reinforce security in the Mediterranean. “Morocco is a key country in countering threats to security in the region,” she said.

Two former militia leaders convicted by UNbacked tribunal in Sierra Leone

2 August 2007The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today convicted two former leaders of a pro-government militia of war crimes committed during the country’s prolonged civil war in the 1990s. The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today convicted two former leaders of a pro-government militia of war crimes committed during the country’s prolonged civil war in the 1990s.Moinina Fofana and Allieu Kondewa of the Civil Defence Forces (CDF) militia were each found guilty by the SCSL’s trial chamber of four counts of murder, cruel treatment, pillage and collective punishments. Mr. Kondewa was also convicted of recruiting child combatants.The two men were each acquitted of two counts of crimes against humanity and one count of war crimes, while Mr. Fofana was also found not guilty of recruiting child combatants. Sentencing is expected at a later date.Today’s convictions were handed down by Justice Benjamin Mutanga Itoe (presiding) and Justice Pierre Boutet during a SCSL hearing in the capital, Freetown. But Justice Bankole Thompson issued a separate and dissenting opinion in which he found Mr. Fofana and Mr. Kondewa not guilty on all eight counts.Prosecutors said Mr. Fofana served as National Director of War for the CDF while Mr. Kondewa acted as High Priest for the militia. The case against a third accused CDF leader, Sam Hinga Norman, was halted after he died in February.During Sierra Leone’s civil war the CDF, comprised of various tribally-based traditional hunters, supported the Government against rebel groups, including the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC).The indictment against the three CDF leaders detailed a series of crimes during the war, including the looting and burning of towns and villages and the killing of residents they deemed to be collaborators with the rebels.The SCSL is mandated to try those bearing the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian and Sierra Leonean law within the country’s borders since 30 November 1996. It is the second international war crimes tribunal established in Africa. read more

Preventing genocide only real way to honour Rwandan victims – Ban

“Preventing genocide is a collective and individual responsibility,” Mr. Ban said in a message for the day, which is observed every year on 7 April. “Rwanda’s survivors have made us confront the ugly reality of a preventable tragedy.”More than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus were murdered in the tiny African nation, mostly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days beginning in April 1994. The Secretary-General noted that the recognition of the collective failure of the international community to come to the assistance of the people of Rwanda, and to shield the victims of the wars in the Balkans, led to the endorsement by the 2005 World Summit of the responsibility to protect. Recent measures by the Security Council in response to the crisis in Libya, in particular the adoption of Resolutions 1970 and 1973, mark a significant step along this path, he added.In addition, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other international courts are sending a “strong signal” that the world will not tolerate impunity for gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. “My Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect monitor developments worldwide looking for early signs of risk. We must remain ever vigilant.”Mr. Ban paid special tribute to the people and Government of Rwanda for the resilience and dignity they have shown in working towards national recovery and managing the trauma of the genocide. This year’s commemoration includes a memorial ceremony to be held at UN Headquarters in New York this evening that will honour the victims, as well as the survivors, and emphasize ways in which education can help reconciliation. It will feature musical performances as well as testimony from Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. In addition, a student conference will be held on Friday focusing on genocide prevention and feature Francis Deng, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Clemantine Wamariya, genocide survivor and student at Yale University. 7 April 2011The only way to truly honour the memory of the more than 800,000 people who perished in Rwanda 17 years ago is to ensure that such tragedies never occur again, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as the United Nations observed the annual day of remembrance of the victims of the genocide. read more

Hamilton Bulldogs lose to Kingston Frontenacs 32

The Hamilton Bulldogs came out on the wrong end of a shoot-out decision to the Kingston Frontenacs, Saturday.The Bulldogs led the first period and gained another point in the second period until the power-play when the Frontenacs cut the Bulldogs lead to 2-1 and just a few minutes later tied the game at 2-2 signalling overtime.There was no scoring in the extra period so a shoot-out was needed.Kingston won the shoot-out bringing the score to 3-2.The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday December 10. They host the Saginaw Spirit at FirstOntario Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.

Diebler reaps benefits of offseason work

Senior Jon Diebler tied an Ohio State record with nine 3-point field goals against the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles on Wednesday. “It’s just one of those nights, I guess,” Diebler said. “It just feels like you can throw the ball in the ocean and it’s going to go in.” The nine baskets from behind the arc match Jay Burson’s effort against Florida in December 1988 at Madison Square Garden. Diebler finished with a career-high 29 points on 9-of-14 shooting. All of the senior guard’s 14 shots were from 3-point range, tying his own OSU record for 3-point attempts set in 2007 against North Carolina and again last season against Illinois. Diebler connected on his only two foul shots. He deferred much of the praise to his teammates. “Tonight we did a good job of moving the ball, and these guys did a great job of getting me the ball in open areas, and all I had to do was make shots,” Diebler said. “They did a great job of drawing double-teams.” The open space came largely from the Eagles’ zone defense and focus on double-teaming OSU’s post players. “We focused on trying to keep that ball out of the paint. … You realize you are giving up something, and Diebler tonight was the guy that benefitted from that,” said FGCU coach Dave Blaza. Junior William Buford attributed his teammate’s historic night to the Buckeyes’ willingness to take what the defense gave them. “We really go with what’s hot, and Jon had a hot hand tonight,” he said. “He’s one of the best 3-point shooters in the country, so he was feeling good and they were leaving him open.” Despite being left open, Diebler did not get off to a fast start, missing his first two attempts. “Coach (Thad Matta) told me I wasn’t ready to shoot, and just to get ready, get your feet set, and I did and they just started falling for me,” Diebler said. Matta’s message might have been simpler than that. “Obviously I told him the standard company line of, ‘Keep shooting,’” he said. Diebler kept shooting and kept converting. After misfiring early, the senior hit nine 3-pointers in a row, matching the record with 6:15 left in the game. Teammates were aware that Diebler was approaching history. “When I found out he was trying to get the record, I was going to try to get him the ball,” Buford said. After tying Burson’s mark, Diebler had chances to take sole possession of the record but couldn’t connect on any of his final three attempts. With the game well in hand, Matta gave the guard one final shot. “Coach told me I had one more chance and he was going to take me out,” Diebler said. “I told them I’m sorry I couldn’t get it.” Diebler received a standing ovation as he left the court with 1:52 remaining. Though tying the OSU record might have been the most prestigious mark set during the game, it was not the only one. Diebler set a Schottenstien Center record for threes in a game, passing the previous mark of seven. He also reached 291 3-pointers made in his career, good for seventh place all-time in the Big Ten. “He probably shot 90,000 in the off-season to make those nine,” Matta said. “To see him shoot the ball like this is, in my opinion, rewarding for him because the work is paying off.” Though proud of the accomplishment, Diebler said there is little time for reflection. “I guess we celebrate it when we get home for about a night, and that’s about it,” Diebler said. “It’s something that I will think about probably when I get older.” read more

Ukraine accuses Russian plane of shooting down jet

first_imgAN AIR FORCE fighter jet has been shot down by an air-to-air missile fired from a Russian plane, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Security Council said today.Andrei Lysenko also said Ukrainian troops had been fired upon by missiles from a village just inside Russia.Officials in Kiev have recently accused Russia’s armed forces of being directly implicated in attacks on Ukrainian troops battling an insurgency near the border.Lysenko said in a televised briefing that the pilot of the Sukhoi-25 jet that was hit on Wednesday evening was forced to bail out after his jet was shot down. He provided no further details.Pro-Russia rebels, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for strikes yesterday on two Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 jets.The Defense Ministry said the second jet was hit by a portable surface-to-air missile, but added the pilot was unscathed and managed to land his plane safely.Moscow denies Western charges that is supporting the separatists in Ukraine or sowing unrest in its neighbor.On Monday, Ukraine said one of its military transport planes carrying eight people was shot down by a missile fired from Russian territory. Security Service chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said he had “unconditional evidence” that Russia was involved in downing the craft.Rebels claimed to have shot that plane down.New sanctionsThe US slapped tougher sanctions against Russia yesterday for its actions in Ukraine, prompting a strong reaction today from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.Russia’s benchmark MICEX was down 2.6% in early afternoon trading today upon news of the sanctions while Russia’s biggest oil company, Rosneft, was nearly 5% down.The US sanctions target two major Russian energy firms including Rosneft, a pair of powerful financial institutions, eight weapons firms and four individuals.The US penalties, however, stopped short of the most stringent actions the West has threatened, which would fully cut off key sectors of Russia’s oil-dependent economy. But officials said those steps were still on the table if Russia fails to abide by the West’s demands to stop its support for the pro-Russia insurgents.Read: Russian missile system used against Ukraine, Poroshenko claims >Read: “The rebels will pay…”: Ukraine leader vows action over rocket attacks >last_img read more

Quiz Can you recognise these former Leinster and Munster U21 football winners

first_img INPHO Any idea who this 2007 Cork All-Ireland U21 winner is? Can you name this Kerry Munster U21 winner from 1996? Share Harry Kehoe Who is this footballer from Limerick’s Munster U21 success in 2000? MJ Tierney INPHO Peter Acheson By Fintan O’Toole Share your result: Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like football? Wexford last won the Leinster U21 title in 2011. Which current senior hurler is pictured here from that team? Michael Shields Paddy Andrews James Breen Shane Enright Bronze Silver You scored out of ! Answer all the questions to see your result! Who is this Kerry senior player that triumphed at U21 level in 2008? Shane Walsh Mike Frank Russell PA Share44 Tweet Email1 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! You scored out of ! INPHO You scored out of ! Bernard Brogan Barry Cahill 29,293 Views PA Finally, do you know who this 2009 Cork Munster U21 winner is? INPHO Share your result: INPHO Share Jason Stokes Share Michael Walsh INPHO Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Killian Young David Moran Tweet Declan O’Mahony Liam Hassett INPHO Bryan Cullen Conor Sweeney INPHO Cahir Healy INPHO Paul Morris All-Ireland hurling winning boss to decide on future with Dublin club Cuala this weekThe All-Ireland minor hurling and football championships are getting the All-Stars treatment A member of the first Tipperary team to win the Munster U21 title in 2010 here. Who is he? Tweet Mark O’Riordan He’s better known as a hurler but was a Munster U21 football winner with Waterford in 2003. Can you recognise him? Tweet John Galvin Darragh Ó Sé Mossy Quinn Which player from Dublin’s 2005 Leinster U21 winning side is this? A Kildare Leinster U21 victor from 2008 here, do you know him? Gary White Dan Shanahan PA INPHO PA Kevin Moran Can you name this 2002 Leinster U21 winner with Dublin? Paul Kerrigan INPHO INPHO INPHO Share your result: Tommy Stack Eoin Doyle Another 2000 Limerick U21 football winner here. Name him. John McLoughlin Do you know this Leinster U21 winning forward with Laois from 2007? Mar 27th 2017, 8:00 PM Fintan Goold Alan Brogan Aidan Walsh Bryan Cullen THE EirGrid Leinster and Munster U21 football trophies are up for grabs on Wednesday night with Cork, Kerry, Dublin and Offaly all chasing glory.Before that, take a trip down memory lane and see can you recognise these former Leinster and Munster U21 winners?************************ Brendan Quigley Johnny Buckley Mark Timmons Gold INPHO 12 Comments Mark Collins Eoin Cadogan Stephen Lucey A current Dublin senior footballer, who won a Leinster U21 medal in 2009… Brian Begley Tweet Brian Geary Top of the pile, you really were paying attention. Matthew O’Hanlon Share your result: John O’Loughlin Monday 27 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM You scored out of ! Eoghan O’Flaherty Donie Kingston Share Cian O’Sullivan Ciaran McDonald Ger Brennan Dean Rock Craig Rogers The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Dara Ó Cinnéide Ciaran Sheehan Alan Smith INPHO Who is this member of the Laois side that reached the 2007 All-Ireland U21 decider? Conal Keaney Robbie Kiely Wooden Spoon David Conway http://the42.ie/3308779 Quiz: Can you recognise these former Leinster and Munster U21 football winners? Cork, Kerry, Dublin and Offaly are all in action in Wednesday night’s finals. Follow us: the42.ie Conor Fitzgerald Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tsipras predicts downfall of coalition

first_imgSyriza head Alexis Tsipras predicted a folding of the coalition government, saying “the three-party consortium that is collapsing will collapse, and then the country’s future will be managed by healthy forces”. Tsipras clarified his own party’s aims for the country saying “Syriza does not intend for Greece to exit the eurozone…it is not possible for Greece to leave the eurozone because we will be destroyed. It is not structurally possible for any country to leave the eurozone…the question is whether the euro will remain as a currency, not whether Greece will remain in the eurozone”. Regarding the memorandum he said only, “The memorandum? What memorandum? The memorandum will not exist in a Syriza government. The memorandum will be abolished”. Tsipras added that he is prepared to negotiate with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I am ready to sit at the negotiation table even with my worst enemy. I will make no statements of repentance. When I sit opposite of Merkel she will know that I wasn’t on the SIEMENS (slush funds) lists.” He described Golden Dawn as a fascist organisation, adding that it the duty of European leadership to recognise the reasons that Golden Dawn is a “Nazi organisation”. “Hitler rose to power because a programme similar to that being implemented in Greece now was followed in Germany. We must learn from history,” he underlined. Source: Athens News/le, AMNA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Longview man arrested on suspicion of obtaining child porn

first_imgLONGVIEW — Longview police arrested a man on Wednesday who is suspected of receiving sexually explicit photos last year from a girl who was 13.Patrick Wade Newman III, 29, a Longview-area transient was booked on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of child pornography and viewing child pornography, all felonies.Longview police Detective Sgt. Chris Blanchard said police believe Newman began a relationship with the alleged victim through social media sometime in the fall. The two sent images both ways “for a period of weeks to months,” Blanchard said.According to his probable cause statement, Newman sent sexually explicit messages and requests for photos and videos to the alleged victim, who told him she was 15, and asked to meet her in person.Police reports say Newman asked the alleged victim: “You are 15 right? Like if your (sic) 14, it’s cool. I won’t mind.”He also asked about specific sex acts, according to police records, and told the alleged victim “the difference in fun and a felony is asking beforehand.”When arrested, Newman told police that he does not communicate with anyone under the age of 16, which is the age of consent for participation in sexual activity in Washington.last_img read more

Monster coho run forecast for Columbia in 2014

first_imgA monster run of coho totaling almost 1 million fish is forecast to return to the Columbia River this fall in addition to another huge surge of chinook.The specific fall chinook predictions are not yet out, but Washington and Oregon predict 964,100 adult coho salmon will be off the coast this summer destined to enter the Columbia River.In 2013, there were 316,900 Columbia River coho. “That number should provide opportunity at Buoy 10 with some coho in it,” said Steve Watrous of Vancouver, Washington sport fishing representative on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. “We’ve not seen that in several years. There should be some pretty decent coho fishing this summer.”Year Coho2007 337,0002008 494,3002009 729,8002010 440,0002011 356,8002012 135,3002013 316,9002014* 964,100ForecastBuoy 10 is the name of the August-early September salmon season between Buoy No. 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River and a line 16 miles upstream stretching between Tongue Point in Oregon and Rocky Point in Washington.Once predominantly coho fishing on strong flood tides, Buoy 10 has largely become a chinook fishery upstream of the Astoria Bridge focused on soft ebb tides.last_img read more

American politician introduces threemonths paid parental leave for office employees

first_imgAmerican politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (pictured) has introduced a new parental leave policy for expectant mothers and fathers who work at her office, providing three months of fully paid leave.Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th congressional district, announced the new policy via her Twitter feed in May 2019, stating that all new parents, whether they are male, female, biological or adoptive, can take up to three months of leave at full pay.Employees also have flexibility to decide how they wish to take their parental leave; it is not compulsory to take the time off as a single, continuous block. For example, new parents could have a number of weeks off and then use the remainder of their leave to work on a part-time basis in order to transition back in to the workplace.Ocasio-Cortez said on her Twitter account: “Expecting a child has nothing to do with our hiring decisions and we do everything we can to accommodate. That’s supposed to be law, but there are small ways, including self-selection, where it can play a role. We work to be a pro-family workplace.“If [employers] give dads less paid parental leave that mums, [they are] contributing to the pay gap. If [organisations] see pregnancy or family as a workplace obstacle, [it is] contributing to the pay gap.”The politician is further working on making her office a family-friendly environment, for example providing her personal office for pumping milk or breastfeeding and allowing staff members to bring their babies to work.Ocasio-Cortez added: “We make an effort to make our office family-friendly. We talk about what play mats and cribs we need along with our legislative agenda.“This conversation is bigger than parental leave; it’s a larger conversation about how modern work has grown so hostile to family life. It doesn’t have to be that way. Work and family can go together, but we have to break down the barriers that force people to choose between them.”last_img read more

Telangana Jana Samiti leader activists join saffron party

first_imgSerilingampally: Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) Serilingampally in-charge Suresh Mudiraj and activists Parshuram, Srikanth, Naveen, Vamsi Kiran, K Raghunath joined the BJP in the party’s office at Allwyn Crossroads, Miyapur, on Thursday. BJP leader Jnanendra Prasad and local businessman Venkat Reddy handed over the party membership to TJS activists.Addressing the newcomers to the party, Prasad stated that several leaders of various parties in Serilingampally constituency were showing interest in joining the BJP. He claimed that youth, women and industrialists were backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership ‘for the sake of the country’. Among those present were BJP district leader Koteswara Rao, Hafeezpet division BJP unit president Varaprasad, BJYM assembly unit convener Jithender, division BJP general secretary Pavan.last_img read more

Arogya Sanjeevani Park inaugurated

first_imgVanasthalipuram: A part of the Gurramguda Reserve Forest (RF) has been developed as an urban forest park with select adventure sports, children play area, cycling track, pathways, platforms, public conveniences, Raashi Vanam, Nakshatra Vanam, Miyawaki demonstration plantation and a watchtower. It was inaugurated by Chief Secretary S K Joshi here on Tuesday. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Soon after inauguration, the Chief Secretary along with others took a bicycle ride along the newly laid track. A sapling was also planted on the occasion. The Gurramguda Reserve Forest (RF) is located 22 km from the city, on Hyderabad-Nagarjuna Sagar Road. Administratively, it falls in Ibrahimpatnam section and range. Spread over 465 acres, the Gurramguda forest block was declared a reserve forest under section 4 of AP Forest Act 1967. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The roads passing through the Gurramguda RF Block have been divided into three bits; Sahebnagar Depot (13 ha), Gurramguda Bit-I (60 ha), and Gurramguda Bit-II (115.18 ha). Out of these, the Sahebnagar Depot bit has already been developed as Sanjeevani Vanam and was opened to public in 2015. The Arogya Sanjeevani Park that was opened to public on Tuesday would also have a plantation with different kinds of trees in 30 ha area.last_img read more

Former Army Gen suspects involvement of Pakistan Special Forces in Kashmir incursion

first_imgKupwara/ New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Former Army General, GD Bakshi, said on Thursday that the ongoing infiltration by Pakistan into India’s Kashmir could not have continued even after being foiled without the support of Pakistan Special Forces while calling the Indo-Pak talks a strategy of Islamabad to divert New Delhi’s attention. Bakshi said that the huge scale on which the infiltration was carried out, hinted on bigger motives than just seizure of Indian posts.last_img

Magnificent PV Sindhu creates history becomes first Indian to win BWF World

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:12Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:11?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … PV Sindhu creates history, becomes first Indian to win BWF World Championship Closecenter_img In a match that surprised everyone for its one-sidedness, India’s Pusarla Venkata Sindhu created history by becoming the first Indian to win BWF World Championship. She earned the title of world champion by crushing the 2017 winner Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7. What made the difference in the match was the deadly smash of Sindhu that was too hot for Okuhara to handle. It seemed that having played a very intense match in the semi-final, the Japanese girl was unable to resist the relentless attack of the Indian badminton queen who made her opponent run around the court and majestically controlled the rallies.Okuhara seemed highly rattled and ruffled right from the beginning and was unable to exert any pressure on her opponent. Her smashes early on in the match crashed into the net and many other ambitious shots she attempted went long or wide.The frustration was apparent on the face of Okuhara as she often looked towards her coaches in despair and the body language of the former world champion also spoke of cluelessness. Sindhu now has all three medals in World Championships and is one of a handful of players to achieve that. Sindhu exults with joy after winning the World ChampionshipsTwitterThe match started with Okuhara getting the first point. But afterwards, Sindhu took control and used her power to force her opponent to all corners of the court. This was a match where PV’s height came to good use as her opponent struggled to put up with the steepness of her smashes as well as failed to place any of her shots beyond Sindhu’s reach. What made Okuhara so effective in the last couple of years and let her win the epic 2017 World Championship final against the same opponent she had today was her matchless retrieving abilities. However, today, that quality seemed to betray her as she failed to reach many of the well-placed shots in the corners by Sindhu. The power that Pusarla possesses also came to her assistance. It was the force behind many of her shots which made the 2017 champion unable to control her replies even if she was able to reach them. Okuhara was clearly not at her best as her vaunted ability to reach and return even the most effective shots was clealry missing. Very often the Japanese lady was on her knees after a failed attempt to get to Sindhu’s thundering smashes. After the game, an emotional Sindhu thanked her coaches including Pullela Gopichand and also her supporters. She made a highly patriotic comment when she said: “I am proud to be an Indian.” Indeed, today is a day for every Indian to be proud of her.last_img read more