10 months agoLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Man Utd our biggest rivals

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Man Utd our biggest rivalsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho is in no doubt how important tomorrow’s clash with Manchester United is.Fabinho – who had his first taste of an English derby in the recent 1-0 victory over Everton – insists they will not be taking United lightly.“We’re going to approach this game like all the other games and I hope it’s a night to remember, like the Everton game,” he said.Fabinho also said, “I’m not really an expert on the history of this rivalry, but I believe it is the biggest rivalry in English football.“They’re the two most successful teams in England, so history shows that there’s a huge rivalry.“I think the geographical closeness, with Manchester being just down the road, adds even more to it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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20 days agoArsenal boss Emery: Everyone behind Xhaka captaincy

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Everyone behind Xhaka captaincyby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists captain Granit Xhaka has his and the rest of the squad’s full support.Xhaka is set to skipper the side against Bournemouth in his second match since he was announced as Arsenal’s permanent captain last week.”They (the players), with the vote, it gave him confidence and I also gave him that confidence after that,” Emery told Sky Sports.”And now – small things or big things – we are going to work individually and collectively to be strong. And also to show our supporters, and to show in our way, how we can be strong with all the players and that captain.”I also have big confidence and trust in every player, the captain [and the others] because I think now in the dressing room we have a very good spirit.” last_img read more

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Centre bypassed Delhi govt in Mayapuri sealing drive Sisodia

first_imgNew Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday accused the Centre of bypassing the Delhi government in conducting a sealing operation in Mayapuri area that led to violent clashes between the traders and the security personnel.Sisodia lashed out at Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for blaming the Aam Aadmi Party government for the violence in west Delhi, saying the responsibility of land allocation was with the Centre. “Delhi police is yours, SDM is yours, NGT is yours, DDA is yours and we are blamed. They should have some shame and take accountability for their actions,” Sisodia told reporters. Around 14 officials were injured after clashes broke out between the security personnel and scrap dealers during the sealing drive on Saturday. The drive was started by the Delhi Cantonment sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). “Delhi government ministers were not involved in this decision. They were bypassed by the LG (Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal),” the deputy chief minister added. The operation was conducted days after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had slammed the Delhi government for not taking action against illegal scrap industries in Mayapuri that were causing pollution. Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussein said he was not consulted before taking action. “I am going to write to the LG demanding explanation for his actions,” Hussein said. “Officials (involved in the sealing drive) must be suspended. DPCC employees were involved too. I am the environment minister… no approval was taken from me. Strict action would be taken against all officials involved,” Hussein added.last_img read more

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Stanford Volleyball Looks Unstoppable But Challengers Are Lurking

Percentage returning Stanford brings back a lot of talent this seasonPercentage of 2018 contributions produced by players returning in 2019 for top NCAA women’s volleyball programs 2018 RankTeamKillsAssistsDigsBlocksAces Stanford women’s volleyball faced a tough challenge just a week into the season, making a trip across the country last Wednesday to take on the then-No. 7 Florida Gators.But the match was hardly a struggle. The Cardinal — led by the trio of seniors Kathryn Plummer (21 kills), Jenna Gray (37 assists) and Morgan Hentz (15 digs) — dispatched Florida in straight sets, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19. Four days later, the team added a win over No. 3 Texas to improve to 4-0. As a result, Stanford was the unanimous top team in Monday’s coaches poll.The Cardinal finished 2018 with a 34-1 record, avenging its early-season loss to BYU in the national semifinals before beating Nebraska in the final. After rolling through the NCAA last season, the Cardinal return more of last year’s squad than almost any other top-ranked team.1The top 11 teams in last year’s end-of-season poll all started the 2019 season back in the top 11. But the road won’t be easy for the talented favorites, who will have to beat stalwarts from the Midwest and upstarts from the South.Stanford was the only school with three 2018 First-Team All-Americans, all of whom were juniors. The team’s biggest loss was middle blocker Tami Alade, a Second-Team All-American and the only senior who consistently played last season. Gray, the two-time defending Pac-12 Setter of the Year, was the only non-senior setter to earn First-Team All-American honors last year. Hentz, Mayor of Hentz-Ville, is the two-time defending Pac-12 Libero of the Year and last year’s Final Four Co-MVP.And then there’s Plummer, the two-time defending National Player of the Year, a dominant force on the outside who’s already racked up more awards than can comfortably fit on her bio page. Plummer, Hentz and Gray might be the NCAA’s top players at their respective positions. The trio has won a pair of titles together and may be in line for a third. 11Florida84.545.083.277.280.0 The toughest competition, as is often the case in volleyball, comes in the Big Ten, which claimed five of the top eight spots in the preseason coaches poll.The Wisconsin Badgers may present the biggest challenger to Stanford as the only top-11 team returning a higher percentage of contributions. The preseason coaches poll put Wisconsin fifth, behind Nebraska and Minnesota, but Big Ten coaches named UW the conference favorite. The Badgers looked the part early but suffered a pair of close losses to ranked teams over the weekend and will need to bounce back.Wisconsin is led by a junior class featuring Sydney Hilley, Dana Rettke and a redshirted Molly Haggerty. The 6-foot-8 Rettke, a nearly unstoppable blocker, spent the summer competing with the U.S. national team. Haggerty was the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, but a back injury cost her all of 2017, and she struggled to return to form last year. Hilley, a Second-Team All-American, ranked fourth in the country in assists per set last year and is one of just three setters named to an All-American team who returns this season.And Illinois retained All-American outside hitter Jacqueline Quade from its Final Four team but lost setter Jordyn Poulter to graduation (she now plays on the national team). The Illini will likely replace her with Mica Allison — a transfer from Auburn, a former top recruit and one of the nation’s best underclassman setters. Illinois has also struggled early, losing a pair of matches this weekend, though Allison has barely played because of an injury.And perennial contenders Nebraska and Penn State enter the season with strong young teams. Nebraska, national champions in 2015 and 2017 and last year’s runners-up, can never be counted out, especially if setter Nicklin Hames makes a substantial leap her sophomore year. The Huskers are off to a 4-0 start with no seniors on the roster. Penn State has won at least 22 matches in each of the 41 seasons played under head coach Russ Rose. The Nittany Lions, with 15 underclassmen on their roster, have jumped out to a 5-0 record but face their first big test when Stanford comes to town on Friday.Minnesota made the biggest jump among last year’s top-10 teams, coming in third in the preseason rankings despite being upset by Oregon in last year’s regional semifinals. That loss marked the Gophers’ fourth-straight tournament upset; they were the No. 2 seed three of the last four years but haven’t reached the championship match since 2004. Replacing All-American setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson is the biggest challenge for the Gophers this year, who have struggled early this season.Outside the Big Ten, a pair of Big 12 Teams are off to hot starts. No. 3 Texas swept Minnesota and took Stanford to five sets. And Baylor, a program that hasn’t reached even the Sweet 16 in 10 years, shot up to No. 5 after winning at Wisconsin and at Marquette to reach 5-0.The under-the-radar contender could be Kentucky. The SEC favorite is one of the best teams in terms of returning contributors. Junior setter Madison Lilley will try to make a case for player of the year, and there’s plenty of All-American talent around the roster.2Lilley and Leah Edmond were Second-Team All-Americans, while Gabby Curry was an honorable mention But the Wildcats struggled out of the gates, suffering an early-season straight-sets upset at the hands of then-unranked Utah.Stanford’s early-season challenges are far from over: The Cardinal face three top Big Ten teams in the next week, culminating next Wednesday with a rematch of the national championship game against Nebraska. And there will be challenges throughout the year from other top teams, especially come December. But if last year is any indication, the Cardinal will be ready. The programs that finished last season ranked in the top 11 last year were all ranked in the top 11 in the 2019 preseason poll.Sources: School websites, ACVA rankings 1Stanford85.1%99.9%98.4%68.7%98.8% 3Illinois76.613.579.949.870.4 9Oregon45.77.242.747.740.2 8Wisconsin86.199.798.982.099.3 5Texas54.398.790.832.486.2 4BYU55.210.741.764.943.3 7Minnesota92.111.768.485.447.9 2Nebraska69.489.057.083.954.0 10Kentucky82.098.387.471.272.8 6Penn State57.615.666.566.669.0 read more

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Is It A Clown Question To Ask Why Bryce Harpers Stats Are

When Bryce Harper was introduced by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida, and slipped on a red pinstriped No. 3 jersey, the amount of fanfare that greeted him hadn’t been seen since the team traded for Roy Halladay in 2009. The club reportedly sold 100,000 tickets to regular-season games within hours of Harper’s signing. The Phillies hope it ushers in an era of sustained competitive baseball with Harper as a $330 million keystone. After all, what made Harper so promising was not only his talent but also his relative youth, as a 26-year-old free agent.Harper should still be productive in the near term and deliver important wins for the Phillies (after the signing, FiveThirtyEight’s projections for the 2019 season bumped the Phillies up to 84 wins, from 82, although other sites have been more bullish). But as we wrote last week, Harper’s consistency is a concern. Historical comps for a player with Harper’s unusual and volatile career to date suggest that he might have already peaked and that star-level players, in general, have reached their peaks by age 26. Since we are already in the habit of raining on the parade in Philadelphia, let’s look under the hood at Harper’s underlying stats and see where the specific problems may reside.For starters, Harper’s defensive metrics fell off a cliff last season.According to an average of Defensive Runs Saved (which Baseball-Reference.com uses for its defensive WAR) and Ultimate Zone Rating (FanGraphs’s metric of choice), Harper was the second-worst right fielder in the game (-12 runs saved compared with average) and the fourth-worst center fielder (-9 runs saved). Harper played 860 innings in right and 477 innings in center last season. And if Harper becomes more and more a one-dimensional player, in an era in which his power hitting stands out less, he loses relative value.But perhaps those concerns are a little overblown. Although baseball’s defensive metrics are getting better all the time, they are still prone to big swings between seasons. In 2017, before the big decline last season, Harper was actually 3 runs better than an average right fielder. His 24-run drop ranks second-worst among outfielders under age 271As of June 30 of the season in question. who played the same position for the same team in back-to-back years between 20022The first season of granular, pitch-level data at FanGraphs. and 2018, trailing only Matt Kemp (who fell from being exactly average in 2009 to 31 runs below average in 2010). In the season after that, Kemp still wasn’t good — he was -6 relative to an average CF — but he at least reclaimed some of the ground he’d lost in his annus horribilis.As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story if we look at the rest of the outfielders who met our qualifications from above and dropped off by at least 15 runs in a season since 2002: The fates of outfielders with Harper-esque defensive dropsPlayers who had a decline of at least 15 defensive runs* relative to average in a season since 2002, were younger than 27 and played in the same position for the same team There were some other players who experienced the same kinds of defensive declines and responded by changing positions entirely. (Such as Mark Teahen, Adam Eaton and Marlon Byrd.) But among those who stayed at the same position, they averaged to be about half as bad (relative to average) in the following season as they’d been in the decline year, regaining about 20 percent of their previous form.In the end, though, the Phillies are paying Harper to produce runs and hit homers. So perhaps the more troubling trend of Harper’s for the Phillies is his failure to address holes in his swing.Harper’s ability to make contact has been in decline. Last season, his rate of contact on pitches in the strike zone was the fourth-lowest among qualified hitters, dropping from 84 percent in 2017 to 78 percent in 2018. His strikeout rate rose by 4.2 percentage points, the 24th-greatest increase in the majors. Since 2015, his 15-game rolling average regarding contact ability (on all pitches) has been volatile but gradually declining.According to Statcast data from Baseball Savant, Harper’s whiff rate against fastballs3Four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. increased from 15.2 percent in 2016, to 20.2 percent in 2017 to 26.4 percent last season (ranking as the 36th-highest whiff rate in 2018 among 352 batters to offer against at least 200 fastballs). Against fastballs 95 mph and faster, Harper’s whiff rate increased from 18.8 percent in 2016 to 22.0 percent in 2017 to 31.5 percent in 2018.Harper has always had a weakness against up-and-away fastballs. Since 2015, he has swung and missed at a 40.7 percent rate when offering at up-and-away four-seam fastballs.Last season, Harper swung at 111 four-seam fastballs in those zones and whiffed 52 times, a 46.8 percent rate.While defensive metrics can still be somewhat volatile from year to year,4Even among players who stayed at the same position in back-to-back years, the correlation between a player’s percentile rank at his position in defensive runs per inning from year to year is 0.36 since 2002. a player’s contact rate is much “stickier”5The same correlation for a batter’s strikeout rate in back-to-back seasons is 0.79. — suggesting that big changes in the ability to make contact are more likely to represent a real change in skills and not just random variance.It’s not all bad news at the plate, however: Against fastballs,6Again, four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. Harper hit .306, with a .651 slugging percentage, according to Baseball Savant data.Because Harper was effective when making contact against fastballs, perhaps he was trading the ability to make contact for more power. What he has not done is change his swing plane, according to launch angle data. His average launch angle was 14.5 degrees in 2015, 14.6 in 2016, 13.6 in 2017 and 13.9 in 2018. His pull rate did spike, jumping from 35.5 percent in 2017 to 42.3 percent in 2018.Harper has elite plate discipline. He has elite power. But not every player who has made power gains in recent years — see Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner and Jose Ramirez — has had to sacrifice contact. And the best, most efficient offensive performers typically do not trade contact for power.What’s concerning is that even though some traits age well, like plate discipline, power generally does not. So if Harper’s defense continues to decline and he’s limited to a corner outfield position and continues to lose contact ability — if he becomes a Three True Outcomes hitter — he probably won’t age as the Phillies would like. He would likely morph from a highly sought-after asset, a 26-year-old star free agent, to the type of player easily found (a Three True Outcomes corner outfielder).Because Harper was a prodigy in part as a result of relentless work and practice at a young age, he may have fulfilled his potential soon after his arrival in the majors. But he doesn’t have to be Trout-like to justify his contract. At $25.4 million per year, the Phillies are not paying him as an elite superstar. And if Harper helps Philadelphia add another World Series banner to Citizens Bank Park in the not-too-distant future, then it will likely be $330 million well spent regardless of how well he ages. Luis Matos2003-0524-26CF+9-8-2 Matt Kemp2009-1124-26CF0-31-6 Fielding Runs vs. Avg Jeff Francoeur2007-0923-25RF+20-3+4 Mike Trout2012-1420-22CF+15-5-9 Jay Bruce2010-1223-25RF+180-3 Historical playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 Bryce Harper2017-1924-26RF+3-20? current playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 From ABC News: Fielding Runs vs. Avg * According to an average of the defensive metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.Minimum 700 innings in all years. Ages are as of June 30 of the season in question.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraph Andre Ethier2007-0925-27RF+4-11-11 Nick Markakis2008-1024-26RF+17-5-8 Odubel Herrera2017-1925-27CF+6-11? read more

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Madrid target Icardi

first_imgReal Madrid are interested in signing Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan, according to Metro.Madrid have sent officials to Italy to negotiate a deal in the region of £99million for the Argentine striker.The Spanish giants are looking to invest heavily in their squad to replace the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Juventus earlier this summer.With the lack of firepower up front, Madrid are keen to bring Mauro Icardi from the San Siro to the Santiago Bernabeu. The Inter Milan captain finished as the joint top scorer in the Serie A last season with 29 goals.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Real have sent representatives to discuss with Inter and Icardi‘s agent Wanda Nara who also happens to be his wife.Meanwhile, Madrid are keen to avoid any discussions with Inter over the availability of Luka Modric. The San Siro outfit are keen to sign the midfield maestro who has already agreed terms with the club.Real Madrid insist Modric is not for sale considering the fact that fellow Croatian Mateo Kovacic has already left the Bernabeu this summer.Modric is believed to be keen on a move to Inter to reunite with fellow Croatians Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic.last_img read more

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Duffy defends ONeill Keane for Ireland struggles

first_imgThe Republic of Ireland players are responsible for recent results and not the coaches, says Shane DuffyThe Boys in Green were met with boos from their own supporters in Dublin following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Wales in the Nations League.Ireland have gone five competitive matches without a win and have scored just nine goals in their last 13 games.Calls have been made by the likes of former Ireland international Keith Andrews for the dismissal of manager Martin O’Neill and assistant coach Roy Keane.But Brighton defender Duffy insists the blame lies with the entire squad.Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“Well, it’s us out there [on the pitch], it’s not them. It’s us playing. It’s players’ responsibility to go out and perform. They can tell us what to do, but it’s up to us to do it,” said Duffy, according to Sky Sports.“We’ve obviously let them down. The players have to take responsibility and put it right. It’s obviously not good enough.“I wouldn’t blame them. They’re not out there. It’s down to us. That’s the main thing. We’ve got to look at ourselves.”Ireland remains bottom of Group B4 with just a single point from three games and could be relegated if Wales fail to defeat Denmark next month.last_img read more

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Wayne Rooney tips a bright future for fantastic MLS

first_imgWayne Rooney is confident that the Major League Soccer (MLS) will continue to grow over the years and attract even more top talent.Ever since David Beckham’s arrival in 2007 from Real Madrid, the MLS’ profile has grown exponentially with a host of big names making the move over to the United States.Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard, David Villa, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and now Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all played in the MLS in the last 12 years.And Rooney, who reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals in his first campaign at DC United last term, is confident that the MLS will attract more big names in the years to come following his former United team-mate Nani’s arrival at Orlando City.“It’s a fantastic league,” said Rooney, according to Sky Sports.“Obviously Nani came as well (to Orlando City). I think he may be 31 (32), I came at 32.“I think you will start getting players in their mid-20s who, instead of going to big teams in Europe, hopefully, we can attract them to come here.“Because I do think it’s a fantastic league and it has got the foundations to keep growing.“Players are seeing that and they are deciding to come here, when they have other offers on the table around Europe.”However, Rooney revealed that his first Stateside winter has been a surprise for him.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I have realised how cold it gets,” said the English forward. “A lot colder than back in England, so that was challenging.“We couldn’t really take the kids out anywhere, it was too cold!“I am sure, like a lot of people who have got kids, you take them to school, pick them up and take them somewhere to play, or sit down and do their homework with them.“So, it is quite boring but that’s our life and we enjoy it!”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC United last season after completing a move from Everton last June.The 2019 MLS season will begin this weekend with Rooney and DC to start their own campaign at home to defending champions Atlanta United at Washington in the Audi Field Stadium on Monday.🌞⚽️ #DCU pic.twitter.com/bcoHGaYtFY— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 26, 2019last_img read more

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Councilmember Chris Cate on shortterm rentals scooters regulations and marijuana

first_imgCouncilmember Chris Cate on short-term rentals, scooters regulations, and marijuana 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) – The San Diego City Council has voted to repeal regulations on vacation rentals.In July, the Council passed an ordinance that was designed in part, to combat the housing shortage crisis and the high real estate and rental prices in San Diego by limiting the amount of properties an owner may rent out to vacationers.Yesterday, opponents of the regulations packed the Council Chamber to have their voices heard. The City Council will now regroup to find a solution both sides are satisfied with.Councilmember Chris Cate was in studio to discuss the council’s decision on Short-term rentals, scooter regulations, and marijuana. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Chris Cate, Decision 2018, Scooter FacebookTwitter Posted: October 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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OBITUARY Hazel Dean Barnes 81

first_imgTupelo, MS — Hazel Dean Barnes, 81, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center. On May 20, 1937, she was born to Joseph Bailey and Zera Fleming Bailey in Booneville. She was married to her soul mate and love of her life, the late Norman Barnes for 33 years and they made their home in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Hazel was quite the homemaker and a passionate dedicated foster mom. She possessed a selfless soul with a giving heart who had a passion for taking care of others, especially her family and foster children. She will forever be remembered for her nurturing spirit as she was a wonderful mother.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.Survivors include her sons, James Barnes of Tupelo, Richard Barnes and his wife, Meredith of Tupelo, Scott Barnes of Mantachie and Stephen Barnes of Canada; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Norris and her husband, Brian of Newbury Port, Massachusetts, Krystal Alfreds and her husband, Charlie of Tupelo, Amanda Barnes of Charlotte, North Carolina, Brianna Barnes of Tupelo, Natalie Barnes of Tupelo, Randall Barnes of Memphis, Tennessee and Joey Barnes of Tupelo; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Earnestine White of Booneville, Brenda Little and her husband, Randy of Tupelo and Faye Foster and her husband, Tony of Tupelo.She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Barnes; parents, Joseph and Zera Bailey; and brother, Jake “JC” Bailey.Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo. Graveside services honoring her life were held on 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Tupelo Memorial Park.(NOTE: The above obituary is from W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Moona controls your pillow temp for better zzzs at CES 2019

first_img Share your voice Smart Home CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019 Tags Other cool stuff The Moona water pump sends water to the Moona pillow pad to regulate your temperatures as you sleep.  Moona Startup Moona wants you to get a better night’s sleep. But rather than a smart mattress or any of the other standard sleep sensors we’ve come across, it’s planning to change the temperature of your pillow.  Everything we’ve seen at CES 2019 (so far) The best smart bed could be the one you already own 12 proven ways to get better sleep Moona’s system includes a water pump that goes on your nightstand. Use the controls on the water pump to adjust Moona to one of three possible temperature settings. Moona says it can range in temp from roughly 71 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit, claiming that the area around your head and neck is a “key body heat exchanger.” In addition to acting as a water pump, it has built-in sensors that are supposed to keep an eye on ambient light, temperature and humidity in the room. It’s Bluetooth enabled too, so it can connect to the Moona app. The pump looks like a smart speaker, but it’s designed to send water to Moona’s pillow pad. The pillow pad consists of a plastic layer that holds the water. It doesn’t sound very cozy, but Moona says the plastic is “surrounded by memory foam for comfort.” A motion sensor on the pad is supposed to monitor your sleep. Use the app to select your preferred temperatures and to see how you’re sleeping at night.  Now playing: Watch this: 0 Moona heats your pillow at CES 2019 for a better night’s… 85 Photos Post a comment 1:15 Sleep tech CES Productslast_img read more

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Parts of Niagara Falls park freeze into otherworldly ice landscape

first_img An icy winter view from Journey Behind the Falls ❄️📸: @ArgenElezi #NiagaraParks #NiagaraFalls #ExploreCanada #DiscoverON pic.twitter.com/vNcR0zgXhb— Niagara Parks (@NiagaraParks) January 20, 2019 Post a comment 0 Visitors to the falls are reveling in the exotic sights. Instagram user Inge Groot reported a temperature of -25 Celsius (-13 Fahrenheit) in a post on Monday showing a snow-covered view of the Canadian side of the falls. Tags NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures) Niagara Falls State park shared this wintry image on Jan. 16. Niagara Falls State Park The giant spinning ice disc of Westbrook, Maine has some stiff winter-phenomenon competition from Niagara Falls. A prolonged streak of frigid temperatures along the border of the US and Canada has left parts of Niagara Falls State Park in New York fantastically frozen.The park posted a Facebook video tour of the scenery on Tuesday showing a layer of snow and ice all around the rushing water at the top of the falls. The park included a one-word caption: “Frozen.”center_img Share your voice For a wintry blast from the past, it’s worth looking at an interesting image from the US Library of Congress archives. Dated to around 1883, it shows people gathered at the base of the partially frozen American Falls in New York. niagarafalls1883photoEnlarge ImageVisitors braved the frozen falls in 1883 in New York. George Barker/Library of Congress The winter of 2019 doesn’t look quite as dramatic as the view from the late-1800s, but the falls have still transformed into an even more magical place thanks to a scenic coating of ice and snow. 10 Photos While it looks like Queen Elsa of Arendelle could break out into song at any minute, the falls themselves aren’t frozen solid. “Surface water and mist in the air turns to ice, but there is still plenty of water flowing,” says the Niagara Falls tourism site. Niagara Parks in Canada shared a visitor’s look at the falls from its Journey Behind the Falls tour. Onlinelast_img read more

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Market cap of Sensex stocks up by Rs 38620 crore

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex gained just 385 points during a truncated week ended March 23 and yet select Sensex stocks added a combined Rs 38,620 crore in market capitalisation. Diversified company ITC and state-owned Coal India were two exceptions among frontline stocks that saw an erosion in their market capitalisation.The biggest gainers were TCS, Sun Pharma, Hindustan Unilever, HDFC Bank, HDFC, Reliance Industries and Infosys. TCS added the maximum to shareholders’ wealth at Rs 9,349.68 crore, followed by Sun Pharma.The top Sensex gainers on the last day of the trading week were Tata Steel, Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Auto, Infosys and Coal India. The top Sensex losers were Reliance Industries, GAIL (India) and NTPC.The last trading week of financial year 2015-16 is likely to commence on a positive note as domestic mutual funds are likely to resort to buying to shore up net asset values, or NAVs.”Global funds have bought $2.4 billion of shares this month, set for the biggest monthly purchase since January 2015,” said Vijay Ingrain, founder director of Trade Smart Online — a leading discount broker, according to a BusinessLine report.There isn’t any other trigger for the markets to witness hectic trading. The expectation is that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could cut policy rate by as much as 50 basis point when it meets for its first monetary policy review for 2016-17 April 5. The current policy rate (also repo rate, or key interest rate) is 6.75 percent.last_img read more

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Deepika Padukone slams Salman Khan for calling depression a luxury

first_imgDeepika Padukone, Salman KhanReutersIn 2015, Deepika Padukone had broken down into tears in an interview while talking about her state of depression. She came out strong and overcame every circumstances that she faced during her tough time. However, Deepika was quite irked with Salman Khan for his take on depression.During a recent media interaction Salman Khan said that he can’t afford to have a luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional. He further said that no matter what he is going through, it works against him.But Deepika was not so pleased with Salman’s statement on depression. Without mentioning his name, Deepika slammed Salman for looking down upon the state of being depressed.”People confuse it with being a bit sad. A male star recently said that he didn’t have the luxury to be depressed. As if depression is a choice,” Deepika Padukone was quoted as saying by Vogue magazine.Recalling her battle with depression, Deepika said that the word that best describes her experience of depression is struggle. “Every second was a struggle. I felt exhausted the whole time,” Deepika said.It remains to be seen if Salman would change his views on depression after listening to Deepika’s justification.last_img read more

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Banks may refuse to release funds to save Anil Ambani jail time

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:58Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?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 … Close Ericsson case: Anil Ambani guilty of contempt, directed to pay Rs 453 crore or face 3 months jailcenter_img Lenders of the beleaguered Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communication’s (RCom) are unlikely to agree to a request by the debt-laden company for releasing the Rs 260 crore it received as income-tax refunds and lying in a bank account, to pay off Swedish equipment maker Ericsson, a media report says.The Supreme Court has in a strongly worded order directed Anil Ambani as boss of the Reliance ADA Group to pay Ericsson some Rs 550 crore in four weeks or serve a three-month jail term. The court has instructed the registrar to release Rs 118 crore that RCom had deposited in the court to Ericsson and asked the company to pay the balance amount, Business Standard website said.If the banks seek the approval of the respective boards to meet RCom request, there is likely to be a delay in decision-making, defeating the very purpose of the move, sources say.”RCom is confident of raising the balance about Rs 200 crore for payment to Ericsson, in order to ensure that the entire Rs 550 crore, plus interest thereon, stands paid to Ericsson, well within the time of four weeks allowed by the Supreme Court,” RCom had said in a statement, according to the Business Line.This is in addition to the Rs 118-crore RCom had deposited with the Supreme Court Registry, said the court order. The court will hand over this deposit to Ericsson in a week.RCom’s deadline to pay Ericsson Rs 550 crore ended on December 15, which had been personally guaranteed by Anil Ambani.The Anil Ambani group company got into trouble after a spectrum sale deal with elder brother Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio for telecom spectrum sales could not go through after the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) objected citing back dues. Jio was not willing to give the undertaking to meet the dues that RCom owed DoT.The court had earlier directed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to provide a no-objection certificate (NOC) to RCom for the spectrum sale. But DoT took the stand that the NOC could be given only if the buyer undertook to clear RCom’s past debts.Following the failure to meet the deadline for paying Ericsson, RCom moved a bankruptcy application with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) following which the shares of several Anil Ambani group companies like RCom, and Reliance Power crashed. The fall in market capitalisations forced Reliance Power’s lenders to sell the shares pledged with them as security for loans. Anil Ambani called the share sale by the lenders including Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd and L&T Finance illegal, while the creditors maintained the stand that failure to provide the margin after the value of the pledged shares eroded triggered the sales.Financial troubles have hit Anil Ambani when he has been mired in a political controversy following the inclusion of his fledgeling Reliance Defence as an offset partner in Rs 58,000-crore deal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government signed with Dassault Aviation to buy 36 Rafale medium multirole fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).The opposition has attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government over alleged favour to the Anil Ambani-led company with the general elections 2019 just weeks away. Congress president Rahul Gandhi-led opposition United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has mounted a scathing attack on the government over the deal. Anil Dhirubhai Ambanilast_img read more

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Khaleda to visit Rohingyas in Coxs Bazar next week

first_imgKhaledaBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia will go to Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia next week to visit the Rohingyas who have taken shelter there in the face of persecution in their own country, Myanmar.The decision was taken at a meeting of BNP standing committee members held on Monday night, said a party press release signed by its senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.It said BNP policymakers decided that the party chairperson will visit the Rohingya camps in Ukhia to observe the inhuman conditions of the Myanmar’s displaced nationals there.The meeting also urged the government to take steps to put pressure on Myanmar through the UN Security Council members so that it takes back its nationals with ensuring their citizenship and dignity.According to the release, the meeting voiced concern over the ‘unusual’ hike in the prices of essentials, including rice, and urged the government to take proper measures to arrest the growing prices of the essentials.It also said the BNP policymakers condemned the issuance of warrants for the arrest of top party leaders, enforced disappearance of Kalyan Party secretary general MM Aminur Rahman and the arrest of party leaders and activists.The nearly one and a half hours meeting was held at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office with Khaleda in the chair.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Tariqul Islam, Mahbubur Rahman, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury were present at the meeting.Fakhrul was scheduled to disclose the outcome of the meeting at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office at 11:00am toady, but it was cancelled following the death of party standing committee member MK Anwar.Though the party did not mention the exact date of Khaleda’s tour, a party policymaker wishing anonymity said Khaleda may start her journey for Cox’s Bazar on Saturday and she will stay overnight in Chittagong on Saturday.Then on Sunday morning, the BNP leader said, their chairperson will go to Cox’s Bazar from Chittagong and visit the Rohingya camps in Ukhia.last_img read more

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Sweden arrests another suspect over Stockholm attack

first_imgSweden has arrested a second suspect over the deadly Stockholm truck attack, prosecutors said Monday.Four people were killed, including two Swedes, one Briton and one Belgian, when a truck mowed down pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Stockholm on April 7.Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek national, confessed to driving the stolen truck and is being held in custody but investigators are still searching for possible accomplices.The second unnamed suspect was arrested on Sunday, the prosecution authority said in a statement, adding: “No more information can be given at the moment.”The prosecution has until Wednesday to decide whether the suspect should be formally remanded in custody.Police said they had jointly carried out the arrest with the Swedish Security Service “after a large amount of preliminary investigations had been processed.”No terror group has claimed responsibility for the rampage, which resembled vehicle attacks in Nice, Berlin and London.Construction worker Akilov is a father of four who was refused permanent residency in Sweden in June 2016. He went underground last year after receiving a deportation order, police said.He is known to have sympathies for jihadist groups, including the Islamic State (IS).last_img read more

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UPDATE Police Family Of Four Died At San Luis Resort In Galveston

first_img Share Photo via the San Luis ResortPolice is investigating a possible murder-suicide at the San Luis Hotel early Monday morning.THE LATEST on a suspected murder-suicide at the San Luis Hotel and Resort in Galveston, Texas: (all times local):5:15 p.m.Police say the four people who were shot to death in a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel were family members.Investigators are looking at the shootings early Monday at the San Luis Resort in Galveston as possibly being a triple killing followed by a suicide in which the mother was the shooter. Galveston police Capt. Josh Schirard says the victims were a 37-year-old woman, a 39-year-old man and two boys ages 10 and 5. They were from Baytown about 35 miles north of Galveston.Schirard says the family checked in Sunday evening at the upscale hotel.Police were summoned to the 250-room hotel on the Gulf of Mexico after a guest in a nearby room on the eighth floor called police about 4:30 a.m. Monday and reported popping sounds. Officers entered the locked room and found the man and two boys in bed with apparent gunshot wounds and the woman on the floor, also with a gunshot wound.___2:45 p.m.Police say a fourth person has died as a result of gunfire in an apparent murder-suicide at an upscale beachfront hotel in Southeast Texas.Galveston Police Capt. Josh Schirard says three people were found dead at the scene around 4:30 a.m. Monday at the San Luis (loo-EE’) Resort. Schirard says a fourth person, a woman, was discovered wounded and transported to a hospital, where she later died.Schirard says another guest reported hearing a popping sound from a nearby room on the 8th floor and called the police.Officers entered the locked room and found three bodies, plus the fourth person who was seriously wounded.Galveston police didn’t immediately release the names of any of the four people. All had been staying together in the room where the bodies were found.Police didn’t immediately release further details.___11:06 a.m.Police say three people were shot to death and a fourth was wounded in an apparent murder-suicide at an upscale beachfront hotel in Southeast Texas.Galveston Police Capt. Josh Schirard says the shootings happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday at the San Luis (loo-EE’) Resort.Schirard says another guest reported hearing a popping sound from a nearby room and called the police.Officers entered the locked room and found three bodies, plus a fourth person who was seriously wounded. That person has been taken to a hospital.Schirard says the four people shot had been staying together in the room where the bodies were found.Police have not released their names or other details.Official press release regarding the incident at the San Luis hotel available on https://t.co/Sez4jZybpi pic.twitter.com/xXJyGzOtwE— City of Galveston (@CityofGalveston) January 8, 2018last_img read more

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County Liquor Board Not Compliant According to State Audit

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comAnother state audit has revealed Prince George’s County is not compliant when it comes to following guidelines to oversee its regulatory practices.  The General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits says the County’s Liquor Board didn’t properly inspect licensees or adequately respond to complaints between 2015-2017.In a story first reported by {The Washington Post} the audit concluded that 73 approved applications lacked required documentation and the Board had no written policies on how to handle complaints about licensees, among other issues.  This audit is the start of a review process that will be conducted every three years covering inspections, disciplinary procedures, management oversight and licensing.    The County’s Liquor Board has been under intensive scrutiny since 2017 when they promised reforms.A state audit revealed the Prince George’s County Liquor Board did not properly inspect licensees or adequately respond to complaints between 2015-2017.The Liquor Board is responsible for approving and processing alcoholic beverage licenses. Conclusions from the audit revealed the Liquor Board generated $2.3 million in revenue during the 2017 fiscal year. That year, the Board also granted 73 alcoholic beverage licenses but none of the licensees were properly vetted.  There is no documentation on file that should have been required before approval, including proof of residency for the business owner and security plans for the business. The audit also found that written policies and procedures were not comprehensive nor had they been formally adopted by the Board.According to the audit, from fiscal 2015 though fiscal 2017, there were reportedly 53 complaints filed to the Board. As of last July, 17 were reportedly still unresolved. The Liquor Board also didn’t provide routine inspections for 102 of the 618 licensed businesses. Inspection reports were sometimes incomplete or flawed by errors. Procedures to handle complaints about licensees that were ambiguous at best directed to the Board through  the county’s 311 system were not always investigated, and the Board had no written policies or procedures specifying how to do so.The audit reviewed 20 cases of inspection violations. In 10 of those cases it found the licensees accepted a compromise offer from staff.  Non-compliant licensees were reportedly offered the chance to attend public disciplinary hearings and in some cases staff would allow those licensees to avoid hearings altogether in exchange for an admission of guilt and pay permits in some cases at a reduced rate.  That violated a 2015 opinion by the Maryland attorney general saying the Board didn’t have the statutory authority to delegate to staff decisions about whether to fine offenders and in what amount.The Liquor Board promised a procedural makeover after a 2017 scandal when the commissioner and executive director were charged in and convicted in an elaborate bribery scheme. Former state delegate and County Council member William Campos (D) was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official favors. David Son, the former director of the Liquor Board, was sentenced to five years for bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Former Board member Anuj Sud was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to accepting cash for votes.Officials promised to overhaul the Board in 2017 under former County Executive Rushern L. Baker. However, after her inauguration current  County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who took office in January, appointed three new members: Daphne Turpin Forbes, Tammie Norman and Tammy Sparkman. She also reappointed Armando Camacho and Kenneth Miles.Last month, after Prince George’s County Public Schools were cited for not completing 14 of 23 necessary improvements in the five years after a previous audit revealed an absence of the required documentation for contract, Alsobrooks spoke on accountability, saying she promises,“to make sure we are having accountability across our Boards.”last_img read more

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