10 months agoLeicester boss Puel to bench Vardy for Man City Cup clash

first_imgAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel to bench Vardy for Man City Cup clashby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel is set to omit Jamie Vardy from his line-up for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal tie with Mannchester City.Puel is planning to prioritise Saturday’s Premier League match at Chelsea by making a number of changes to his line-up on Tuesday, including starting Vardy on the bench, even though Leicester are three games from Wembley.Vardy, Leicester’s joint-top scorer with five Premier League goals, has been managing a groin problem but returned to fitness for Saturday’s match at Crystal Palace where he played the full 90 minutes against expectations, says the Daily Mail. Puel has been advised Vardy requires some recuperation and has decided to provide it for the visit of City. last_img read more

23 days agoStoke boss Nathan Jones accepts he’ll likely lose his job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Stoke boss Nathan Jones accepts he’ll likely lose his jobby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City boss Nathan Jones has accepted he will likely lose his job this week.Jones was speaking after the Potters lost 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town.He admitted: “If I’m not getting the results I expect the inevitable to happen. I’m not concerned. I was concerned after four days of taking the job, but I’m not concerned now.”The league table doesn’t lie after 10 games, we just haven’t been good enough. It’s a wonderful club and the fans and owners have given me lots of patience, but we’ve lost our way and something has to change.”I’ve had nine months to turn things around and, for one reason or another, I’ve not done it. It’s been tough on me and my family, but I just feel sad. It’s a great club but it just hasn’t worked out.”I couldn’t have given it any more, I’ve given it everything I can.” last_img read more

Family continues search for missing Karina

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a missing Saskatoon woman is asking for the public’s help in finding their daughter.Karina Wolfe went missing a year ago and her family continues to search for answers.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

Horizons launches Canadas first ETF driven by artificial intelligence

first_imgTORONTO – Horizons ETFs Management Inc. says it has launched the first exchange-traded fund in Canada to use artificial intelligence for all security selection decisions.The Horizons Active A.I. Global Equity ETF began trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MIND.The ETF, sub-advised by Mirae Asset Global Investments, uses an investment strategy run by an AI system that analyzes data and extracts patterns.Horizons ETFs president Steve Hawkins says MIND is expected to process market data and allocate assets more efficiently than any human manager.MIND monitors more than 50 investment metrics from which it analyzes patterns and makes investment decisions.South Korean-based Qraft Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of AI investment systems, created the technology powering MIND.last_img read more

Parents of teen killed in Florida Tesla crash sue company

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The parents of a Florida teenager killed when a Telsa sedan crashed and caught fire last year are suing the company, alleging that the battery pack on its Model S is defective and can erupt into intense fires.They allege in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Broward County Circuit Court that the car’s battery was inadequately protected, making the vehicle defective.Their son, 18-year-old Edgar Monserratt (MAHN-sur-ott) Martinez, was a passenger in the May 2018 crash in Fort Lauderdale that also killed the driver, 18-year-old Barrett Riley.Messages were left Tuesday seeking comment from Palo Alto, California-based Tesla.Chicago attorney Philip Corboy Jr. says the Model S had inadequate measures to prevent and contain a fire after a crash.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alert guard helps police nab four men stealing shuttering plates from a

first_imgNew Delhi: An alert guard helped the police nab four people who were allegedly stealing shuttering plates from a farm house in south Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri, police said Wednesday. At around 8 PM on Tuesday, Sanjay Yadav (35) employed as the security guard at Jindal farm in Jonapur heard noises coming from another farm house situated on the opposite side. He found four men loading shuttering plates in a tempo but on seeing him, the men tried to escape from the spot. “But the beat officers who were patrolling the area on a motorcycle apprehended the three men with the help of security guard,” said Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (south). The fourth person was also apprehended after he was found hiding near the tempo. Shuttering plates are made using best quality metals and is basically used for supporting items for building construction slab, canopy, beam among others. The accused have been identified as Arjun (21), Deepak (18), Satish (19) and Narayan (23), all residents of ‘jhuggies’ in Jonapur, police said. A case was registered, the officer said. Large iron shuttering plate, a tempo, water pumping motor, ceiling and exhaust fan and air condition covers were also recovered from their possession.last_img read more

Violence against scribes Take action Editors Guild tells EC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Editors Guild has condemned several incidents of physical attack on journalists in Bengal during the fifth phase of polling and urged the Election Commission to take action against those who indulged in such acts. Physical attacks against journalists are always reprehensible but particularly so during elections as they undermine fair media scrutiny of an election, the Guild said in a statement. The Editors Guild said it condemns several incidents of physical attack on journalists in Bengal on May 6, during the fifth phase of polling. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaJournalists belonging to different media organisations including NewsX, ABP Ananda and Zee News were attacked, allegedly by workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the statement said. The Guild urges the EC to initiate necessary action against those who indulged in physical violence against journalists and asks the Bengal government to ensure law and order in the state so that journalists are not attacked by political parties and they can perform their professional duties safely, it said.last_img read more

Commentary Sir Charles sermon still rings true today

Charles Barkley is a prophet. But not for thinking the Bulls are going to beat the Heat, because that’s not going to happen. For the record, the Mavericks won’t be toppling Miami’s trio either. No, the “Round Mound of Rebound” 1993 Nike commercial makes him clairvoyant: “I am not a role model. I am not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” It’s an immutable truth. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t reflect the real world. Growing up, my favorite athlete was Ken Griffey Jr. I loved everything about him. I gawked at his poetry-in-motion swing. I reveled in the fact that he was a true five-tool player in for most of his career. And, as a native of Cincinnati, I felt extreme pride that he grew up in the Queen City and spent eight-plus seasons playing for the Reds. Most of all, I admired Griffey for constantly having a smile on his face. He thoroughly enjoyed playing the game of baseball. But at no point did I consider Griffey a role model. Luckily for me, I had my mom, my dad and my grandpa to emulate. Many other kids aren’t so lucky. They grow up in fragmented families, often with one, or even no, parent or guardian to speak of. Those people, not professional athletes, should serve as life’s prototypes for kids. It’s a shame some children aren’t even given a choice. Both role models and athletes have character flaws, but the difference is, your parents’ mistakes won’t be broadcast on ESPN or dissected in discussion boards over the Internet. Instead, your parents can have their cake and eat it too. They can sit you down and chat about your mistakes and also their own errors in judgment. Michael Jordan, on the other hand, can’t walk through your front door, sit down on your couch and open up about his past gambling addiction or divorce. Furthermore, it’s hard to trust an athlete to set the right example. Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Tiger Woods and LeBron James: All of them are professional athletes who, at some time, have captivated the attention of sports fans and even non-sports aficionados with their skills and runs on the history books. Jones, Bonds, McGwire and Sosa cheated. Woods cheated on his wife many times over. James cheated the idea of tactfulness. The truth is clear: Barkley’s right — don’t try to “Be like Mike.” Unless, of course, that’s your father’s name. read more

Buckeyes make their case for a College Football Playoff spot with shutout

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones holds the Big Ten Championship trophy after OSU’s 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the conference title game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — He waited to say it, but Jeff Heuerman made it clear whether or not he feels Ohio State should make the first-ever College Football Playoff.“I’ve kept my mouth shut about that for a very long time, but I’m done with that,” the senior tight end said after the Buckeyes locked up their 35th Big Ten Championship. “We’re definitely one of the top four teams in the country.”OSU — ranked No. 5 in the College Football Playoff standings — shutout No. 13 Wisconsin, 59-0, in the Big Ten title game Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, but all four teams ranked ahead of the Buckeyes won over the weekend as well.But the Buckeyes’ win came under unusual circumstances, as the player starting the game at quarterback was third on the depth chart two weeks before the season started. Saturday’s win also came less than a week after the team learned of the death of walk-on defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge.Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones — starting in place of the injured redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett — said the win was a “huge statement” for the playoff selection committee.“I mean, we played a great, great team, the No. 2 defense in the country,” Jones said after the game. “We put up 59 points on them.”OSU also found a way to stymie Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon — the nation’s top rusher this season. The Buckeyes held Gordon to just 76 yards on the ground, and held him without a touchdown for the first time since Wisconsin’s win over Western Illinois in its second game of the season.With dominating numbers on both sides of the ball, Heuerman said he simply doesn’t see a logical scenario that would keep OSU out of the playoffs.“Come in here and play the 13th-ranked team in the country, No. 1 in the Big Ten in defense, come in here and put up those kind of numbers,” Heuerman said. “Defensively you look at what we did tonight with a Heisman Trophy candidate (Gordon) who’s held to 76 yards and didn’t put up one single point, I don’t know how you don’t put us in the top four, honestly.”OSU coach Urban Meyer — who won two national titles under the BCS-bowl format while he was the coach at Florida — said the selection committee has a difficult task, but added he feels like the Buckeyes are playing as well as the other top teams in the country.“All I can speak to is I’ve been around teams that have competed and won national championships,” Meyer said after the game. “This team, the way it’s playing right now, is one of the top teams in America.”Coming into the game, OSU was ranked behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Texas Christian University and No. 4 Florida State. With all four of those teams winning along with the Buckeyes, OSU would have to jump one of them in order to make the playoffs.Confronted with the idea of missing out on a chance to compete for a national championship, Heuerman stressed that he feels the Buckeyes deserve to be in the top four.“I don’t even want to think about not being in the top four,” He said. “Like I said, I think we’re a top-four team in the country, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that and the College Football (Playoff) committee, they watched that game, I don’t know how any of them say we’re not.”Heuerman added the Buckeyes’ big win came against a top-notch opponent.“We didn’t come in and play a slouch of a football team today, they were a good football team,” he said. “And the way we came in and executed, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, honestly. And like I said, I don’t think there’s any way you don’t put us in the top four.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to learn their postseason fate on Sunday. The College Football Playoff selection show is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.The College Football Playoff rankings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.The top four teams at season’s end are scheduled to compete in the College Football Playoff. read more

Football Ohio State defense struggles with its identity against Indiana

Ohio State sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor (12) tackles Indiana running back Reese Taylor (2) in the fourth quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIndiana redshirt sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey did what Richard Lagow did against the Ohio State secondary last season. After Lagow threw for 410 yards passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the 2017 season opener, Ramsey, despite completing 53.1 percent of his passes, threw for a career-high 322 yards passing, throwing three touchdowns. However, unlike Lagow, who set the tone for something to fix in the second level of the defense, Ramsey continued the problem that has plagued the Ohio State secondary through the first six weeks of the season. The problem that should be the selling point of the Ohio State safeties and corners: press man coverage. Like many quarterbacks have done to the Ohio State secondary this season, Ramsey beat the defense with the deep ball, completing four passes of 30-plus yards in the game, including three in the first half. However, the secondary was not only beat using press man on the deep ball. With Indiana down 15 in the third quarter, Ramsey, facing a 3rd-and-goal at the Ohio State 3-yard line, looked to redshirt junior Donovan Hale in the end zone. Hale was guarded at the line of scrimmage by redshirt junior Kendall Sheffield, who fell to the ground after Hale made a move on him at the start of the play. With Sheffield on the ground, the safety, sophomore Isaiah Pryor, stepped forward when the ball was hiked, expecting the run. With the bad angle, Pryor was not able to take Sheffield’s spot guarding the slant, allowing Ramsey to hit a wide open Hale for the score. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano knows where the troubles in the defense lie. “I actually think I can narrow it down pretty good. We need to fix it,” Schiano said. “The frustrating part is when you know there is something going on and you are not as successful getting it repaired.” Schiano said it comes down to him and his staff not coaching well enough, saying the unit, as a whole, is not playing consistently to the standards of what the Ohio State defense is expected to perform. He said it comes down to a few positions, positions he would not name, but said it has to do with the perimeter pass plays made against the unit. To head coach Urban Meyer, Ohio State is a man coverage team, plain and simple. He said, even after the win over Penn State, the coaching staff looked at the defensive play calling, hoping to find something that would improve against Indiana. To Meyer, it especially hurt against the Hoosiers.“It didn’t really snap at us like it did today,” Meyer said. “Penn State, guys made some plays on us. But today we really felt it. I felt it. That first half was awful.” Schiano said it’s not about changing the identity of the defense. It’s all about execution. “Whether it’s [defensive pass interference] or a completed pass, we play press man-to-man around here,” Schiano said. “When you play press man-to-man, you invite vertical threats and if you cover them, they stop throwing. If you don’t they keep throwing. So, we haven’t done a good enough job covering them.” Without much pressure from the defensive line, Ramsey thrived in the first half, throwing for 239 yards and two touchdowns for Indiana. As the Buckeyes went to the locker room with a 28-20 lead, junior safety Jordan Fuller said there was not much discussion about adjustments that needed to be made. It was more about continuing to find the identity of the defense. “It was just reminding ourselves that we are a top-notch football team,” Fuller said. “We made sure to take care of the long routes before the short ones and I think we did that.” Fuller and the Ohio State secondary knew what it takes to defend the deep ball. He said it’s a mix of improving technique, coverage on 50/50 balls, taking proper angles and making what have been missed tackles. But it’s not all about the secondary play. Up front, the defensive line began to put pressure on the quarterback, forcing him to complete only nine of 20 passes in the second half. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones said the group up front has a lot of responsibility to create havoc in the backfield to limit plays downfield. “We can only control so much. We can’t control what the LB’s do or the safeties or corners,” Jones said. “So, as long as we are disrupting up front, they don’t get a chance to throw the ball.” With that, the defense did what Schiano said the group did a week ago: make opportune stops. The defense allowed only six points in the second half, leading to Ohio State’s 49-26 victory over the Hoosiers. With the high expectation of the Ohio State defense coming into the season, Fuller said the first half was unlike what should have happened with a group like this. However, with the play in the first half, Jones feels like some doubt of the group’s ability is starting to creep in. “I think people are starting to lack our defense,” Jones said. “Saying we are more potential than performing. I don’t think that’s true.” In Fuller’s mind, there is only one way to stop that thinking. Prove them wrong, which is something he is expecting and not doubting. “No, I’m not worried,” Fuller said. “Because we have the guys to do it.” read more

Barcelona puts price on striker wanted by West Ham

first_imgThe English side would have to pay up to 3 million Pounds if they want Paco Alcácer to join them this season; would only be a loanPublished by the Daily Star in the United Kingdom, there have been reports that Spanish powerhouse Barcelona have put a price on striker Paco Alcácer if he wants to join the Premier League.The forward could end up costing up to 3 million Pounds to English club West Ham United, but will only join the competition on a loan.The 25-years-old has been a surplus in Barcelona, playing only 37 times in La Liga in over two years at Barca.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.His goal scoring abilities are not playing in his favor either.In 37 occasions on the field, the player has only scored ten times during the Spanish competition, with four more goals coming from the Spanish Cup and only once in the Champions League.But it seems the ex-Valencia and ex-Getafe athlete will only exit Barcelona if West Ham pays 3 million Pounds for his loan, something the English club might not be too keen on doing.last_img read more

I am giving my all Radja Nainggolan

first_imgThe Internazionale Milan footballer is happy after his team beat Fiorentina last night and talks about what he wants in the futureInternazionale Milan beat Fiorentina 2-1 yesterday in Matchday 6 of the Italian Lega Serie A season.And Radja Nainggolan couldn’t be any happier, after spending his first few months under the Inter shirt.“I am giving my all during this new adventure. Obviously, I still have to improve considering I missed out on preparations and I will show that little bit extra to reach the top,” he told the club’s official website.“However, I am not worried. I felt at ease here at Inter straight away. I was welcomed into the club with open arms. I am happy to be here and I hope it’s a successful period. Our main aim this year is to improve on last season.”“We didn’t start in the best manner, but our last two wins have put us back on track. We hope to now continue like this. The road is long, but we’ve won two important games and we must keep moving forward in the same fashion,” he added.“There are plenty of expectations on us but we’ve demonstrated that we can win tough matches. We are a strong side.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I want to win trophies, that is obvious. I’ve always given my all out on the pitch but it’s now the right time to win something. However, we’ll keep our heads down. It’s better to say nothing and then see where we are at the end of the season,” he concluded.Altra vittoria a San Siro! 👏Riviviamo tutto insieme con la nostra fotogallery 📸👉 https://t.co/TqrQ3GELEw #FCIM pic.twitter.com/nJRH4XWpYd— Inter (@Inter) September 25, 2018last_img read more

Hughton focuses on the positives after Burnley loss

first_imgAfter losing 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says he’s delighted his team took six points from three games in a week.Brighton defeated Huddersfield away and Crystal Palace at home, before losing 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor, and Hughton feels they should not beat themselves up considering they won six points.“Overall I’ve got to be delighted. After the first two games, if we’d come here [Turf Moor] and not turned up, then it would have been a disappointing end to the week,” Hughton told the club’s website.“But I think we came here and had a go — I can’t accuse the players of not having a go — so we have to look at the week as not being bad.“We’ve played 16 games and nine of them have been away from home, so that’s also something to take into consideration.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“What pleases me is that outside of that top six, most teams can give one another a run. We’ve probably proved that at our best we are a match for any team outside of the top six.“What Burnley did last season was a wonderful feat, but you’ve got to have so many things going for you. Can that happen in the future? Well, that’s the future.“Our thoughts are still about improving ourselves and trying to make sure the gap to the bottom three is as big as possible.“At the moment it’s just about establishing ourselves. I still like to see us as a developing club and we’ll see where that takes us.”last_img read more

Sexually violent predator to be placed in home near Jacumba Hot Springs

first_img April 27, 2018 Sexually violent predator to be placed in home near Jacumba Hot Springs KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 27, 2018 Updated: 10:12 PMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A sexually violent predator granted conditional release in San Diego County must be placed at a home in Jacumba Hot Springs by June 4, a judge ruled Friday.Herman Smith, 71, was convicted of forcible rape and other sex crimes in 1993 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was found to be a sexually violent predator in 2009 and was committed to the Department of State Hospitals to undergo treatment.Last year, Smith petitioned the Superior Court to be released through the Conditional Release Program for sex offenders and, after a trial, Judge Howard Shore found Smith amenable to being released.David Jimenez, who currently lives near where Smith is going to reside on Desert Rose Ranch Road, told the judge he didn’t think it was fair that Smith was being placed in Jacumba Hot Springs. Jacumba Hot Springs is located in the far reaches of southeastern San Diego County.“I’m very uncomfortable,” Jimenez said outside court. “I do think Jacumba is a dumping ground for predators.”Jimenez, who is moving closer to the city of San Diego for health reasons, said another sexually violent predator lived in the same home on Desert Rose Ranch Road previously and caused no problems, but he believes Smith moving in will drop the value of his home as he tries to sell it. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Shawn Mendes To Kick Off MTV Unplugged Reboot

first_img Shawn Mendes To Kick Off “MTV Unplugged” Reboot Email “MTV Unplugged” Returns With Shawn Mendes shawn-mendes-kick-mtv-unplugged-reboot Facebook The iconic MTV series gets a fresh coat of paint, with new episodes featuring today’s stars in interesting venuesNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 2:03 pm GRAMMY.comMTV has announced a reboot of their beloved “Unplugged” franchise for this fall. The network is not holding back on star power either, enlisting pop chart-topper Shawn Mendes for the first installment of the relaunched series.The show, originally conceived and launched in 1989 by singer/songwriter Jules Shear (who hosted the first 13 episodes) along with producers Robert Small and Jim Burns, drew on a late ’80s fad of rock bands performing acoustic versions of their hits at award shows and televised events.It soon became a staple of ’90s pop culture, hosting memorable stripped-down televised performances by the likes of Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, and many more.Clapton’s Unplugged album went on to win the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, with “Tears In Heaven” also taking Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year, at the 35th GRAMMY Awards. Tony Bennett became the second artist to win Album Of The Year for an “Unplugged” album at the 37th GRAMMY Awards.According to Variety, the new series is looking to “mix things up this time around.””‘Let’s take it to cool locations’ was the thought,” said MTV’s Amani Duncan, who is heading the new launch. “Like where the artist played their first major show, or maybe they choose a location to make a pro-social statement, or it’s, ‘I always wanted to play Carnegie Hall.'”The reboot of “MTV Unplugged” featuring Shawn Mendes from the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles is scheduled to air Sept. 8.How Much Do You Know About Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged album? News Twitter last_img read more

Merkel faces tricky coalition talks

first_imgChristian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the stage after her speech after the announcement of poll results in the German general election (Bundestagswahl) in CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany, 24 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel woke up Monday to a fourth term but now faces the double headache of an emboldened hard-right opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead.If the campaign was widely decried as boring, its outcome was a bombshell-a populist surge weakened Merkel’s conservatives as well as the centre-left Social Democrats, handing both their worst results in decades.“A nightmare victory for Merkel,” said Germany’s best-selling daily Bild.After 12 years in power and running on a promise of stability and continuity, Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc scored 33 percent, according to final results, against 20.5 percent for the Social Democrats under challenger Martin Schulz, who pledged to go into the opposition.The election spelt a breakthrough for the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 12.6 percent became the third strongest party and vowed to “go after” Merkel over her migrant and refugee policy.News weekly Der Spiegel said Merkel had no one but herself to blame for the bruising she got from voters.“Angela Merkel deserved this defeat,” Spiegel’s Dirk Kurbjuweit wrote, accusing her of running an “uninspired” campaign and “largely ignoring the challenges posed by the right”.The entry of dozens of hard-right nationalist MPs to the glass-domed Bundestag chamber breaks a taboo in post-World War II Germany.“We will take our country back,” vowed the AfD’s jubilant Alexander Gauland, who has recently urged Germans to be proud of their war veterans and said a government official who is of Turkish origin should be “dumped in Anatolia”.While joyful supporters of the AfD-a party with links to the far-right French National Front and Britain’s UKIP-sang the German anthem at a Berlin club late Sunday, hundreds of protesters shouted “Nazis out!”‘Bitter disappointment’ -All other political parties have ruled out working with the AfD, whose leaders call Merkel a “traitor” for allowing in more than one million asylum seekers since the height of the refugee influx in 2015.While Germany still digests the rise of the right-wingers, Merkel’s inner circle will prepare Monday for what could be lengthy coalition talks ahead with a number of smaller parties.Party leaders will meet at 0700 GMT at Berlin headquarters to draw their conclusions from the election that some have dubbed a referendum on the refugee crisis, a contentious issue especially for her Bavarian CSU allies.CSU chief Horst Seehofer, a vocal critic of Merkel’s asylum policy, called the poll outcome a “bitter disappointment” and vowed to close the “open flank” on the right before state elections next year, signalling more trouble ahead.A weakened Merkel must now find a new junior partner after the Social Democrats (SPD) declared they would go into opposition, to recover the support they lost while governing in Merkel’s shadow.Schulz, putting a brave face on the defeat, vowed that the 150-year-old traditional workers’ party would serve as “the bulwark of democracy in this country” and stop the AfD from leading the opposition.‘Jamaica coalition’ -This will likely force Merkel to team up with two smaller, and very different, parties to form a lineup dubbed the “Jamaica coalition” because the three parties’ colours match those of the Caribbean country’s flag.One is the pro-business and liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), which scored a 10.7-percent comeback after crashing out of parliament four years ago.The other is the left-leaning, ecologist Greens party, a pioneer of Germany’s anti-nuclear movement which won 8.9 percent on campaign pledges to drive forward the country’s clean energy shift and fight climate change.The far-left Die Linke, traditionally an opposition party, took 9.2 percent of votes.Weeks, if not months, of jockeying and horse-trading could lie ahead to build a new government and avoid snap elections.The FDP has governed with the conservatives before, and the two have in the past been seen as “natural allies”.But its leader Christian Lindner has pointed to new “red lines”, voicing scepticism especially on French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a single eurozone budget, which Merkel has cautiously greeted.The Greens, meanwhile, sharply differ with the FDP and CSU on key issues from immigration to the environment, pushing to expand wind farms, phase out coal and take to task car makers over the “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal.last_img read more

LGBTQ Friendly Home For Seniors Coming To Houston

first_imgCourtesy The Montrose CenterA rendering of a planned LGBTQ senior center. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in Houston.Construction is slated to begin early next year on what is being hailed as the first-ever LGBTQ senior living facility in Houston.The Montrose Center, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender resource organization in Houston, is leading the project, known as “There’s No Place Like Home.”Project leader Kent Loftin says this new retirement facility will help those seniors who face continued stigma from traditional affordable housing providers.“We were discovering our seniors going back into the closet,” Loftin says. “Hiding photos of their partners – not being able to invite their friends to come and visit because they were in senior facilities that weren’t LGBTQ affirming.”The 112-unit facility is set to be built on Cleburne Street near the 288 Freeway. That’s just blocks away from Montrose in the Third Ward – another area Loftin notes would be ideal for improved access to senior living.“In the Third Ward, there were more seniors being displaced from census to census than any other neighborhood,” Loftin says. “So it’s LGBTQ affirming, but it’s open to all and it’s being built for Third Ward seniors as well as seniors in Montrose.”Right now, “There’s No Place Like Home” has a $3.5 million land grant from the Midtown Redevelopment Authority to purchase the property. The remaining $20 million to build the facility will come from a combination of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) funds, tax credits and raising about $7 million through a host of community-sponsored events and donations.The fundraising campaign launches June 3rd with an event  at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.Courtesy The Montrose CenterA rendering of a planned LGBTQ senior center. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in Houston.EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been changed from an earlier version to clarify how much money will be raised from the public for the project. X Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15last_img read more

Report Finds Mixed Results From Electric Market Deregulation

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Roy Luck via FlickrA view of power lines near Thompsons, TX, southwest of Houston.A new report finds positive signs, but some “mixed results”, from deregulating the Texas electric market.The consumer advocacy group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power used federal government data to track Texans’ electric bills since deregulation. The report says electricity has gotten cheaper in cities where you can choose your provider, but it’s still been historically more expensive compared to cities with one provider.“I think it’s a good news/bad news story,” says R.A. Dyer, the group’s spokesperson. “I think the market is progressing.”The good news from the report is that in places where you can shop around for electricity – like Houston and Dallas – you can find better deals than in San Antonio or Austin, where there’s one provider.The bad news?“What we have seen, year after year, is prices are consistently higher in areas of the state with retail electric competition,” Dyer says.Still, the report found that gap is shrinking, and there are other positive signs. A separate study from Rice University – one that looked at different and more recent data – found that in 2016, some deregulated parts of Texas finally had cheaper electricity.“Our prices in the state are very closely linked to the natural gas price,” says Michelle Fost, Chief Energy Economist at the University of Texas’ Center for Energy Economics.So, as long as natural gas stays relatively cheap, you could expect the trend of ever-cheaper electricity in deregulated cities to continue. X Listen 00:00 /01:10 Sharelast_img read more

Whats Up Lanier Heights

first_imgThe University of Maryland Summer Architecture Studio is scheduled to hold a final exhibition of Lanier Heights research and design proposals on July 7 from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Potter House, 1658 Columbia Rd, NW. Eleven students have spent six weeks researching and designing in preparation to present their designs to the community. The event is scheduled to feature the release of a booklet, What’s UP, Lanier Heights?, and the presentation of student residential designs. Admission is free. To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com.What’s Up Lanier Heights? by University of Maryland Summer Architecture Studiolast_img read more

Rehoboth Light of the World Church Offers Memorable Summer Experience

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROThe 2017-2018 school year is just about done.  In a couple of weeks, the school bell will ring for the last time, and children will excitedly begin their summer break.  Even though children are happy to be done with school, parents will need something for them to do.  Many churches are offering activities, including summer camps to keep children busy during the summer.  Rehoboth Light of the World Church is one church dedicated to giving children a memorable summer experience.Camp Rehoboth begins June 25 and runs to August 3, Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5: 30 p.m.  Children between the ages of 5-12 will experience free breakfast, free lunch, Bible lessons, academics, sign language, dance, tae kwon do, arts and crafts, swimming and weekly trips. Founded in 2005, Rehoboth Light of the World Church has been operating Camp Rehoboth for 8 years.Rehoboth Light of the World Church (Courtesy Photo)First Lady Tammy Long is the director of the summer camp and is there with the children every day. Her love for children stems from her 19-year career in the Baltimore City Public School System. She believes that the camp is successful because of the family environment created between the children and staff.  “At Camp Rehoboth we do our best to create and maintain a safe, welcoming, wholesome environment for children and youth to participate in a wide variety of activities and experiences that foster human and spiritual development to benefit individuals, families, community and church.  Some children enter as “strangers” and they leave with a new family…and friendships that will last a life time. Together we create a family, not by blood, but by choice.”The staff of Camp Rehoboth go out of their way to make sure each child has an unforgettable summer.  Long said, “Our goal is that by the end of their Camp Rehoboth experience, the campers, as well as our teenage staff, grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually to utilize the full potential of God’s gifts to them for positive participation in the Kingdom of God.  Camp Rehoboth gives us the opportunity to plant seeds that will bear fruit for a lifetime.”This year, the camp theme is heroes.  Each week campers will learn about heroes in the bible, Black History heroes, play with some comic heroes and take on weekly community service projects where they will become heroes.The vision of Rehoboth Light of the World Church is to grow people through the Word, Worship, and Witness.  Camp Rehoboth is one way they fulfil the vision.  For more information call (410) 417-7592.last_img read more