10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldo


first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared Marcus Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo due to his swerving free-kicks.Rashford has often cited the Juventus superstar as a player he’s tried to emulate in his career.And after scoring United’s second from a set-piece in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, Solskjaer had high praise for the 21-year-old.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Football Ohio State quarterback JT Barretts passes through Big Ten for final


Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass on the run during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJ.T. Barrett’s final run through the Big Ten wasn’t supposed to go like this. The redshirt senior Ohio State quarterback holds multiple conference and school records and is three touchdowns shy of matching former Purdue signal-caller Drew Brees’ Big Ten record for most total touchdowns. In his final season as a Buckeye, Barrett and a veteran-laden team, which began the season as the second-ranked team in the Associated Press preseason poll, were expected to be one of the nation’s top teams. But it won’t be easy for the first three-time team captain in program history.The quarterback’s team already has lost 31-16 to Oklahoma in the second week of the season. Penn State’s powerful offense stands in Ohio State’s way. Michigan’s stout defense has stymied Florida and Cincinnati in the first two weeks of the season. The Buckeyes must head to Iowa and Nebraska to take on tough opponents in hostile environments.Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to catch a snap during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut perhaps most importantly, Barrett must not allow the critics who think redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins or redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow should replace him to enter his frame of mind.Luckily for Barrett, this scrutiny isn’t new. “Back in 2014, lost to Virginia Tech and I was 9-of-28 [passing]. So, I’ve been here before,” Barrett said after Saturday’s loss. “I didn’t play that bad, but I definitely didn’t play as far as putting us in the best situation to win. With that being said, I’m going to go to work and get better and I think just try to rally guys and make sure that when it comes next week that we’re at our best.”The difference between the 2014 home-opener loss to the Hokies and the recent loss to the Sooners is that Barrett no longer has youth as a reason for his struggles. When Barrett was thrust into the starting role as a redshirt freshman after quarterback Braxton Miller reinjured his right shoulder which required season-ending surgery, expectations were low. Early career struggles were easy to explain, and chalked up to inexperience. But now, in 2017, Barrett has no such excuse. He holds 22 Ohio State records including most touchdowns in both a season and career, single-season passing efficiency, and total yards in a season.If someone with Barrett’s experience struggles, like he did against Oklahoma when he completed 19-of-35 passes for 183 yards, including an interception, he earns criticism. Barrett isn’t the only player who deserves criticism.  The six-player group of starting H-backs and wideouts — Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, Johnnie Dixon, Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack and Terry McLaurin— has done little to help its quarterback. But as Barrett and coach Urban Meyer say, this comes with the position. “When you’re winning, I get too much credit. [That is] when I try to give that credit to the guys around me because that’s who I need — 10 other guys to play well. When we lose, I mean, I’m the one to blame too,” Barrett said. “It’s the life of a quarterback.”Regardless of how much blame Barrett deserves, he must overcome any inner doubt. Just two games — one against Army Saturday afternoon and another on Sept. 23 versus UNLV — stand between Ohio State and the remainder of its conference schedule. In Barrett’s time as a starter, Ohio State has lost just two games in the Big Ten. Michigan State defeated the Buckeyes 17-14 in 2015 to hand Barrett his first loss in more than a year. Last season, Penn State upset Ohio State, 24-21. In 2014, Barrett didn’t lose a game to a Big Ten opponent the entire season and was primarily responsible for Ohio State claiming the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterbacks J.T. Barrett heads to Ohio Stadium prior to the 2017 season opener on Sept. 9. The No.2 Buckeyes lost to No. 5 Oklahoma 31-16. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorNegative comments and judgements won’t matter if Ohio State wins, even if it isn’t always pretty. Meyer still believes in Barrett despite the offense’s inability to find an optimal flow and pace. “Any decisions about any personnel is strictly who gives us the best opportunity to win, whether it be right guard, quarterback. And it’s always been the case,” Meyer said Monday. “Right now it’s not even a question.”Neither Army, UNLV nor Rutgers — Ohio State’s next three opponents — has especially potent defenses. But Barrett must retake control of an offense that has looked like anything but the potent offense Meyer’s teams normally possess. Barrett played unexpectedly in 2014 because he was one of the few healthy options at quarterback. That isn’t the case in Barrett’s final run. Haskins and Burrow present themselves as intriguing options who have been in the program for years.The mystery and unknown invoke imagination. “Just how good is Haskins’ deep ball?” some wonder. “Maybe a quarterback change is just what a sputtering Ohio State offense needs,” critics say. If Barrett has his way, no one will ever know. read more

Germany unhappy with Ozil


first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low is understood to be unhappy with Mesut Ozil’s work-rate during their training sessions as they prepare for the defence of their World Cup, reports FazThe playmaker is expected to play a prominent role for Germany in this summer’s World Cup in Russia and will likely play for the national side in Saturday’s friendly against Austria after missing Arsenal’s final Premier League games this season due to a back injury.But reports in Germany have emerged that Low is feeling frustrated with Ozil’s lack of application at the team’s training ground in South Tyrol.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“We expect him to challenge himself in training to build up his resilience. Mesut is always receiving treatment,” said assistant coach Bernd Schneider.Ozil was heavily criticised for his lacklustre performance in Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid and provoked further frustration among the club supporter’s after missing Arsene Wenger’s final games in charge.The 29-year-old signed a new deal with the Gunners back in January for a reported £350,000 per week salary.last_img read more

Real Madrids Santiago Bernabeu upgrade approved


first_imgReal Madrid have been given the green light to proceed with their plans to renovate the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu by 2022The last time Los Blancos’ home ground was renovated came in 2001, when Florentino Perez spent €125m to upgrade the facilities in his first term as club president.This new restructure will cost Real €525 million and work will begin on the project at the start of next year after the financial plans were approved on Sunday’s board meeting.However, there will be expansions made to the 81,044-seater stadium.“Our plan was approved for the stadium in May 2017 and it is definitive which gives us free rein over the construction,’ Perez reporters on Sunday.“We now have to tender the works and approve the financing proposal.“We hope that work can start at the beginning of next year and it is estimated that it will take three-and-a-half years to complete.“The cost was to be 400 million euros (£360m) but the modification of the project to comply with new obligations from the Madrid Court of Justice ruling has led to an increase to 525 (£472m) million euros.”The former Spanish politician is confident that the restructuring will generate further income for Real.Perez said: “Now is the ideal time for it with low-interest rates, it is an opportunity we have to the advantage of because in addition, our debt has become negative.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“Our financial strength allows us flexibility and the annual fee of about 25 million euros is less than four per cent of our revenues from last season.“The new stadium will also bring us in 150 million euros per season.“It will be more modern, more secure.”He added: “There are two objectives: improving comfort and accessibility for our fans and secondly, to obtain more income,“All locations will have new sears, new services, two new towers in Castellana will allow for better exiting, better access and the movement of fans will be more fluid.“Technological advances and audiovisual media will be present throughout the stadium as well as a new screen.“There will be 800 new locations for people with different disabilities and two new club stores, one in Castellana and the other in Padre Damian.”🏟 The new Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.#RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/6qUYfsPPEA— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) September 23, 2018last_img read more

Rooney Exciting times ahead at DC United


first_imgWayne Rooney reckons that there are exciting times ahead for DC United after surpassing his expectations for this seasonThe former England captain joined the MLS outfit from Everton in June and made an immediate impact in Washington.DC went from being last in the Eastern Conference to a fourth-place finish and progressed to the playoff semi-finals, where they lost to Columbus Crew on penalties.However, on the back being named in the MLS Best XI for 2018, Rooney is predicting a bright future for DC.“We went on a great run, making the playoffs and finishing fourth in the league,” said Rooney, according to Flow Sports.“At the time I joined I don’t think we really expected to finish that high up. Obviously disappointed to go out on penalty kicks.“We’ve set foundations now. We’re looking to build on the momentum we’ve built up. We’ll try and start the season well next season and try to kick on.”Rooney added: “Did I think we would go on the run we did?“Probably not, but the team grew, as a team and as individuals, and showed great character to help us get there.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…“The way we ended the season was an exciting time for the team and fans and it leads to an exciting time coming up.“This has to be the marker we’ve put down to improve on. It’s on us as players and on the club to move forward and that’s what we’ll be looking to try to do.“It’s early to put down expectations and we don’t know what’s going to happen with players coming in and players going out.“Once we know what our squad is we can start to set goals for the season, but we need to move forward and our first goal has to be to make the playoffs.”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC this season.2018 MLS Best XIGoalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew)Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders).Midfielders: Luciano Acosta (DC United), Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC).Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy), Josef Martinez (Atlanta United), Wayne Rooney (DC United).last_img read more

Obafemi is being praised by many managers


first_imgThe 18-year-old Republic of Ireland striker is said to be one of the fastest players in the English Premier LeagueMichael Obafemi has been called for the first time for the Republic of Ireland first squad.The Irish will play twice this week and the Southampton footballer would be able to play his first international match for his country.And his excellent performances at the club, have gained him much praise from a lot of managers.“He’s a really fast player and his speed is his most important quality,” said then Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino according to RTÉ Sport.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He is also a good finisher, and I observed that their back four was really high and he could have some chances. He was there and he was really close, but it’s still the beginning of his career and he has to grow a lot.”“He’s got unbelievable pace,” said Mark Hughes.“It was important that I had a look at him in the Premier League environment because he could very well be someone we can use.”“Bringing on Michael late on in games as an impact sub could be something that will help us. I was pleased with what he did, he didn’t look fazed by the stage he was on, so that bodes well as something we can work on,” he added.last_img read more

Hazard is confident Chelsea will beat City again


first_imgEden Hazard believes Chelsea can do a double over Manchester City next week, after their surprise win over the reigning Champions in December.Chelsea responded in an emphatic manner by beating Huddersfield 5-0 at Stamford Bridge after their 4-0 drubbing to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.Hazard bagged a brace in the tie, while new signing Higuain equally shared in the delight with a double.Full-time: Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield!Two apiece for @G_Higuain and @hazardeden10, and a @DavidLuiz_4 header get the Blues back on track. 💪#CHEHUD pic.twitter.com/nzdb4gweNS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019With a trip to the Etihad Stadium coming up next Sunday, Hazard is optimistic the Blues would once again shock City as they aim to cement their place in the top four.“It’s going to be a different game than two or three months ago,” Hazard disclosed via the Daily Mail.“I think they will have the ball. City have this kind of players to play together.“We will defend well and then we will score one goal or two.”WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.The City match is the first of a difficult run, which includes the February 24 Carabao Cup final against the same opponents.And Hazard called for focus as they brace up to face United, Malmo, and Spurs in a congested February.“We need to be focused,” Hazard said.“This month is going to be hard, but we are Chelsea. We can beat everyone if we want.”⚽️⚽️ Double trouble! ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/4LJpIbtvjV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019On-loan Juventus striker Higuain and Hazard teamed up for the first time at Bournemouth, but there was far greater optimism following the win over Huddersfield.And manager Sarri was excited how the partnership has blossomed thus far.Hazard added: “He’s a great striker. He’s a bit less of a target man than (Olivier) Giroud, but he can hold the ball, he can play one touches. He’s intelligent.“In the box he’s unbelievable. He will score more goals.”last_img read more

COB soon to officially be University of The Bahamas


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, November 9, 2016 – A Presidential Panel is convened at the soon to officially be ‘University of The Bahamas’ TONIGHT.  Speaking was Chancellor of University of the West Indies, Sir George Alleyne, and he says that 20 % of the Bahamian population is educated at the tertiary level according to his findings; Sir George explained to a robust audience that establishing a university could and should mean more people educated at a higher level.  This means better paying jobs but more significantly more qualified people for a more sound society.Sir George says there must not be an underestimated importance of the Humanities and said this feature deals with identity and an inculcation of culture.  Graduates of the University he says, will be a part of the valuable Caribbean pool of talent. Sir Alleyne threw the support and well wishes behind UB.  The event, staged at the Performing Arts Center, falls on the eve of Charter Day and the Presidential Inauguration which is set for the National Stadium.#magneticmedianews #UB4me #UBproudlast_img read more

Six flurelated deaths reported last week bringing seasons total to 308


first_img Posted: March 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom March 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A half-dozen influenza-related deaths were reported last week in San Diego County, bringing the flu season’s total to 308 in the region, health officials announced Wednesday.This has been a particularly severe flu season in the region and across the country. At this time last year, 72 deaths had been reported.There were 682 lab-confirmed cases in the county last week, up from 602 the week before. That brings this season’s total to 19,483, compared to 4,956 at this time last season, according to county data.The number of influenza cases being reported is still elevated, a sign that the flu is still here and making people sick,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “People should continue getting vaccinated.”Wooten has extended until April 30 an order for unvaccinated health care professionals to wear a mask while they’re in patient care areas. She said she may need to extend the order further if flu activity remains elevated.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211. Six flu-related deaths reported last week bringing season’s total to 308last_img read more

People on the Move


first_img Jennifer Prandato recently joined the team as a freelance iPad/iPhone/print designer. She was previously a design intern at The Boston Globe and worked as a graphics reporter for the Chicago Tribune during the Olympics. Group editor Clare McHugh has added Sunset and This Old House to her existing portfolio of Health and All You. Carrie Gee recently started as a senior art director and will help shape upcoming redesign efforts. She was most recently the design director of AdWeek. Timothy Clark joins as a full-time contributor. He had served as editor-in-chief, publisher and president of Government Executive previously, and will continue in his role as editor-at-large at the publication while contributing to Route Fifty. Time added a few new additions and promotions to their art department: Eric Markowitz joins as senior writer for the technology team. He will cover the deep web, the sharing economy and the issues surrounding the intersection of technology and society. Brad Dunn was named SVP, chief digital officer for Athlon Media Group/Parade. Dunn had been executive editor of Parade when it was owned by Advance Publications, and had been serving as a consultant for Athlon since the group was purchased from Advance in September. IBT Media announced additions to its’ newsroom: The Competitor Group announced new senior leadership: Chelsea Kardokus has been promoted to assistant art director. She came to Time in 2013 and has since art directed the Smart Home special issue, 2015 Future Issue and is in the midst of this year’s TIME100. Owen Davis joins the business team as a financial writer covering Wall Street and its connections to everyday financial concerns such as retirement planning. Mashable has hired two reporters for new beats at the company: Atlantic Media’s new local government publication, Route Fifty, has hired three editorial staffers ahead of its spring launch:center_img David Yi was named Fashion Reporter. He’d worked as a regular contributor to GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Fashionista, and had been a writer at WWD. Josh Furlow was named president, overseeing all of CGI’s global business. Furlow was previously the executive VP of events and he joined the CGI team back in 2011 as VP of operations. Bill Lucia was hired as a reporter. Lucia had been with the Inside U.S. Trade newsletter. Miriam Kramer was named Space Reporter. She’d been a staff writer at Space.com previously. Wendy Godoy joined the executive team as CAO and CFO. She previously served as senior VP and CFO of Terramar Retail Centers and has more than 30 years of financial management experience. Sid Evans will deepen his involvement with the day-to-day operations at Coastal Living, working closely with Marcoux in her new role. Steele Marcoux is the new editor of Coastal Living. She will be focused on expanding the brand across digital, social and video platforms as well as leveraging the power of the brand’s audience. Dave Nyzcepir was named news editor. He had most recently been writing for the Desert Sun newspaper. Allison Duda was promoted to associate art director. She has been at Time since 2012, and started as an art department intern several years earlier. Time Inc. announced that Coastal Living’s Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer is leaving to pursue new opportunities. Several new staff changes accompany her departure: Cole Stangler joins the business team as staff writer. He will cover labor and the workplace, focusing on the nature of the changing workplace.last_img read more

Senate Approves Authorization Bill Early


first_imgThe Senate on Thursday passed a defense authorization bill for the first time in three years, an achievement that should pave the way for Congress to reach agreement on a compromise measure well before the new fiscal year.The Senate’s failure to pass the annual policy bill in each of the two previous years prevented the House and Senate from convening a formal conference committee to hash out a final version of the legislation. Instead, the chairmen and ranking members of the two Armed Services panels held informal talks to reach a compromise.“This is how the Senate should operate — regular order, on time, giving our military the certainty they need to plan and execute their missions,” said Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), reported CQ.The chamber passed its fiscal 2016 authorization bill 71-25, overcoming Democratic opposition to the measure’s use of DOD’s war account to increase the Pentagon’s budget without busting the statutory spending caps. Passage also came with the looming threat of a presidential veto. The White House has objected to the addition of $38 billion to the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account as an end run around the spending caps, as well as the measure’s failure to grant the administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017.Senior Armed Services Democrats, including ranking member Jack Reed (R.I), opposed the bill due to its reliance on the OCO account. McCain acknowledged that using the war account was not an ideal solution, but at the same time he stressed the need to bolster the defense budget.“I’m not sure we have a greater obligation than that to do everything possible to [protect] the lives of our men and women serving in uniform,” McCain said. “And to get hung up on the method of funding … which many will use as a rationale for opposing this bill, seems to me an upside-down set of priorities. Badly upside-down,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Lightning kills woman in Sunamganj


first_imgLightning strikeA female farmer was killed after being hit by a thunderbolt at a haor in Purangaon village of Bishwambharpur upazila, Sunamganj on Tuesday morning.The deceased was identified as Shahara Banu, wife of late Hazrat Ali of the village in Dakhshin Badaghat union, reports UNB.Family sources said the thunderbolt hit Shahara while she went to the haor for bringing cattle, leaving her dead on the spot.Meanwhile, three people were injured in another incident of lightning at Hatamar village in Fenarbak union of Jamalganj upazila in the morning.last_img read more

US to send observers to 30 Dec elections


first_imgThe United States will send 12 teams of observers and fund thousands of domestic observers to monitor an election in Bangladesh it hopes will be free and fair, a senior official at the US embassy in Dhaka said.Amid opposition concerns about rigging in the 30 December general elections, there has been speculation about US plans for it, especially after the European Union this week said it would not send observers, nor comment on the vote or result.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is seeking a third straight term.Her old rival, Khaleda Zia, who leads the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, is in jail after being convicted on charges she says were politically motivated. Scores of BNP workers have also been detained.The BNP boycotted the last election, in 2014, as unfair, but has said it will take part this time, though it is seeking international monitors of polls it says it believes will be flawed.The United States is sending a dozen teams, each of about two observers, who will fan out to most parts of the country, William Moeller, political officer at the US embassy in Dhaka, told Reuters.“The Bangladesh government has emphasized that it plans to hold a free and fair election,” Moeller said this week.“We welcome that and are providing funding for election observers who hope to see such an outcome.”Moeller referred to reports of harassment and intimidation before recent city corporation elections, which he said may have suppressed voter turnout.“We raised these concerns at the time, so we are hoping we won’t see the same issues in the national elections.”The US National Democratic Institute said after an assessment in October the polls would be held “amid a high degree of political polarization, heightened tensions and shrinking political space”.The Bangkok-based Asian Network for Free Elections will send a team of about 30 short- and long-term observers, Moeller said.About 15,000 Bangladeshi observers will be funded jointly by the US Agency for International Development, Britain’s Department for International Development and the Swiss government, he said.The domestic observers would spread out but might not be able to reach every polling station, he said.PLAYING DOWN WORRIESHasina and Khaleda have alternated in power over the last 28 years. Elections in Bangladesh are often violent and marred by ballot-stuffing and voter intimidation.Hasina’s Awami League has held power since 2009 and dispensed from 2014 with a practice of letting a neutral caretaker government oversee elections, to the anger of the BNP.The government has brushed off opposition fears of rigging.“I don’t see any possibility this time, because all the parties are participating, and all of them will have their election agents,” said HT Imam, a political adviser to Hasina.Bangladesh has seen steady economic growth under Hasina and the development of a vibrant garment sector under-pinning export growth, and accounting for 80 percent of the economy.But rights groups have criticised increasing curbs on freedom of speech and the media.Hope to capitalise on dissatisfaction, the BNP has formed an alliance with smaller parties called the National Unity Front and Hasina said this week she expected competitive polls.The EU delegation in Dhaka said it was not sending observers because of growing demand for them amid tight resources.India had no plan to send observers unless Bangladesh asked, an official at the Indian high commission said.last_img read more

Suspected Racial Profiling Results in GroupMe App to be Shut Down


first_imgBlack shoppers walk down M Street NW in Washington, D.C., browsing through stores in the Georgetown neighborhood. (Photo Courtesy Georgetown Business Improvement District)The mobile group messaging app GroupMe, owned by Microsoft, is claimed to have been a useful technological tool in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown district, helping business owners to connect with police in real time in their efforts to curtail crime and targeting shoplifters along the neighborhood’s popular shopping strip. Now the app is in the process of being taken down, because of possible racial profiling toward Blacks.“The overriding goal of our retail community is to ensure that everyone who visits Georgetown feels welcomed, comfortable, safe, and that their civil rights and individual dignity are protected and respected. So long as there are questions about how this app is being used, this goal cannot be met,” wrote Georgetown Business Improvement District’s chief executive Joe Sternlieb in a statement, as cited in an Oct. 19 article in The Georgetowner.An Aug. 10 investigative report from the publication, “Critics Claim Racial Bias in Georgetown Digital Crime Prevention,” noted that although the community worked to identify threats and prevent crime beginning with the app’s launch in March 2014, it also “illustrated a stark racial disparity in how crime and suspicious behavior are reported in the community, raising hard questions about the relationship between community policing and civil rights.”The idea of using the app was introduced by Metropolitan Police Officer Antonial Atkins, who covers Georgetown. As a result, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) began using the app as a go-between for retailers and police.Unfortunately, the app seemed to create a mechanism for racial profiling, critics say. Murray’s article stated that between March 1 and July 1, warned messages sent on the app targeted 330 people of which 236 were Black (72 percent). Only 16 percent were White.  Also, in terms of appearance, people with dreadlocks were often deemed “suspicious.”The Georgetown shopping area is known for its wide variety of fashionable stores in Northwest, where it begins at M Street all the way to Wisconsin Avenue. Shopaholics can find medium to high end priced stores such as TJ Maxx, Alex and Ani, Lacoste, Ann Taylor, Dean and DeLuca, Banana Republic and many others.One manager at the Nike store stated they used to use the GroupMe app but stopped it some time ago. A sales clerk at Barney’s New York said her manager was in a conference call. Ayana Ransom, a Black manager at All Saints, stated the app did help.“Yes, there are a lot of pictures of African Americans on the app,” Ransom said. “The shoplifters don’t look at the prices, they bring in old bags and sometimes wear sunglasses.” She picked up two shoplifters in the last three weeks.Two women, Stacy and Shaquanta, window shopping for fall fashions, said, “Basically, if you’re Black in America, you’re constantly under surveillance, you’re looked at frequently; honestly every day.”last_img read more

Want to better facilities for tourists Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury


first_imgWith a new dynamic tourism minister at the helm of affairs, West Bengal tourism is planning a big leap forward. The new tourism minister, Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury, on Thursday launched a major campaign in Delhi setting a tone that he means serious business. In an exclusive interview with the Millennium Post, he has described many of his new plans for the future. Read on…It is commonly perceived that West Bengal is lagging behind in promoting tourism? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It is a fact that our state earlier had not given enough importance to tourism but after the new government took over under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, we have given a very special focus to tourism. We have the Sunderbans, Darjeeling, Deegha but enough initiative was not taken to promote such destinations. After I took over, I am focusing on improving the existing infrastructure so that we can offer better facilities to the tourists.   We are trying to do tie-ups with the industries as a whole like travel-agents, tour operators, other state governments, foreign governments and private players. Our budget allocation for tourism has also increased to Rs. 120 crores which is a big leap. We are also tied-up with Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd to provide helicopter service facilities to different parts of Bengal particularly with tourist destinations like Sunderbans, the hills and Deegha. We are also trying to create new infrastructure for some tourist destinations like Gajaldoba which is near Bagdogra Airport and Jharkhali in Sunderban. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat other infrastructure developments are you planning?Through public-private partnership, we are planning to create road-side facilities for the travellers like restrooms, canteens etc. With our existing 27 tourist lodges (out of which 11 have been leased out to private companies), we are planning to improve the quality and services by professionalized management and training. Our motto is to treat every tourist as an important guest of the state. We are focusing on both, high-end as well as the budget travellers. How about foreign travelers? At present, an average of 3000 foreign travellers  come to West Bengal and our position is 6th in all India basis but we are planning to increase it to 10,000 within next three years. A lot of big hotel chains are showing interest to set up more hotels in our state for which our government is going to extend all assistance.But what about the disturbances in the hills, Darjeeling area due to agitation?After our government took over, highest number of tourists arrived in the hills after a long gap and our CM is doing everything for the development of the hills. The livelihood of the local people is totally linked with tourism and we are hopeful that peace will remain there and more tourists will visit the hills.last_img read more

MCA to decide on Ankeet letter


first_imgMCA has received a formal request from banned cricketer Ankeet Chavan to be allowed to resume his cricket career and the state association will decide on the matter at its managing committee meeting on August 2.“We have received a formal request from Chavan that he be allowed to play again. We will put it before our President Shri Sharad Pawar and other managing committee members at our meeting on Sunday,” said Mumbai Cricket Association’s joint secretary Dr P V Shetty on Wednesday. Shetty said whatever be the decision of the managing committee on the issue, the final authority is the Cricket Board. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadeja“We may decide to forward his letter along with our own decision to the BCCI. But we will abide by whatever the BCCI says, “ he added. Chavan has been cleared of spot fixing charges levied by the Delhi police by a trial court. However the BCCI which had conducted it’s own enquiry on the charges relating to the 2013 edition of IPL has said that the ban would not be lifted.last_img read more

Amartya Sens sisters Bolpur house robbed


first_imgKolkata: The house of Kajari Roy Chaudhury, sister of Noble laureate Amartya Sen, was robbed on Tuesday night. According to the sources, the neighbours of Roy Chaudhury noticed the windows were broken and informed police.Roy Chaudhury owns a house at Gurupally in Bolpur. However, she stays in Kolkata for professional reasons. She visits there twice a year and for the rest of the year, the house remains locked. On Wednesday morning, some neighbours noticed broken window panes and immediately informed her and called the police. The sleuths found the lock of the main door broken and two almirahs were empty. They suspect more than one person’s involvement in the crime. Though a probe has been initiated, police are yet to make arrests. They are checking with sources if any local miscreant was noticed in the area recently.last_img read more