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Betis took advantage of a great performance by goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a bad night by Madrid’s forwards, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who was making his league debut after serving a five-game suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final last month.“It was bad luck after all the chances that we created,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.Ronaldo had played only three other matches with Madrid this season, including against APOEL in the team’s Champions League debut, when he scored twice.“This is not the start we wanted after three games at home,” Zidane said. “We didn’t expect this.”Key winAtletico Madrid moved closer to the lead by earning a hard-fought 2-1 away victory against Athletic Bilbao.Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak stopped Aritz Aduriz’s penalty kick before halftime and Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals to leave the Madrid side within four points of leader Barcelona.It was the second consecutive win for Atletico, which remains unbeaten after five rounds.“To win in this stadium you need to play a great match and I think we did that,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We controlled the game and were very effective. It’s a very important triumph for us.”Correa opened the scoring from inside the area after a cross by Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion in the 55th minute, and Carrasco added to the lead with a low shot into the far corner after a well-placed pass by Antoine Griezmann in the 73rd. Griezmann had also helped set up the first goal with a pass to Koke. Paraguayan striker Antoino Sanabria scored the winner with a header from close range to give Betis its first win against Madrid at the Bernabeu since 1998.The result ended Madrid’s streak of 73 consecutive games scoring at least one goal, keeping it from surpassing the record scoring run established by Brazilian club Santos starring Pele in 1963.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMadrid, which was coming off home draws against Valencia and Levante, is seven points behind Barcelona after five games. It trails Betis by one point.“This gap to the lead won’t change the way we do things,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We will keep fighting. It’s a long championship.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “It was Griezmann’s best match so far this season,” Simeone said.Raul Garcia netted an injury-time goal for Athletic, which has now lost two in a row after an unbeaten start.Winning streakSevilla kept its momentum thanks to Jesus Navas’ 83rd-minute winner at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.He scored from a difficult angle to give the hosts their fourth consecutive win to start the league.The match marked the return of striker Victor “Vitolo” Machin, who left Sevilla in the offseason to join Atletico Madrid but is playing on a loan with Las Palmas until January. He was constantly jeered by Sevilla fans.Rough startDeportivo La Coruna handed Alaves its fifth straight loss with a 1-0 victory at the Riazor Stadium.Luisinho scored in first-half injury time to give the hosts their first win after three losses in the first four matches.Malaga is the only other team to have lost all of its matches so far. It was routed 5-0 at Valencia on Tuesday. No goalsLeganes and Girona failed to take their chances in a goalless first meeting in the top flight.Both teams created clear scoring opportunities but Leganes, playing in the Liga for the second season, had to settle for a point with promoted Girona.Leganes stayed in the top half of the standings, in eighth place, while Girona was 14th. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Real Madrid’s forward from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo kneels on the field during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID—Real Madrid’s faltering start to the Spanish league season continued on Wednesday with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis.A day after league leader Barcelona routed Eibar 6-1 with four goals by Lionel Messi for its fifth win in a row, Madrid conceded an injury-time goal to remain winless in its three league games so far at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Brady, Belichick donate to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fund Second-place Sevilla moved within two points of Barcelona by beating Las Palmas 1-0 for its fourth consecutive league victory.Third-place Atletico won 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao.Frail homeReal Betis players celebrated as if they had won a title after the stunning win over Madrid at the Bernabeu.“We knew we were coming to play in a complicated stadium, but the team put in a great effort and got rewarded with the late goal,” Sanabria said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
Bangladesh became the second team after the West Indies to get knocked out of the World Cup 2019 after losing against India on Tuesday with the two-time champions sealing their spot in the semi-finals with their sixth victory out of 8 games.India rode on vice-captain Rohit Sharma (104) and fellow opener KL Rahul’s (77) outstanding knocks to post a formidable 314 on the board and then relied on Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya’s bowling to bundle the opposition out for 286 in 48 overs to win by 28 runs at the Edgbaston cricket ground.Bumrah finished with 4 wickets while Pandya grabbed 3 as India became the second team after Australia to reach the last-four of the tournament.Incidentally, it’s also the 7th time in 12 editions of the World Cup that India have reached the semis – 1983, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2011, 2015 being the other instances. Notably India have prevailed in 3 out of the 7 semi-final appearances while going on to win the title twice.All the teams have now played 8 games each with Australia leading the table with 14 points followed by India (13), New Zealand (11) and England (10) in the first-four spots.The race to reach the semis is still on between New Zealand, England and Pakistan. The campaigns of Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, South Africa and Afghanistan have ended with one final game remaining for each team.This is how the points table looks like now after 40 matches in the tournament. India Today PhotoHosts England will face New Zealand in a virtual winner-takes-all encounter in Durham on Wednesday. England will secure a spot in the semifinals if they beat New Zealand in the northeast town of Chester-le-Street, ending a group-stage campaign in which the World Cup hosts found itself in a perilous position.advertisementA defeat however, would leave the English at the mercy of Pakistan, which would then guarantee a playoff spot with a win over Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.New Zealand meanwhile, are on track to reach the last four once again this year after reaching the final of the World Cup in 2015.A win against England seals a semi-final berth, while avoiding a big defeat should also mean fifth-placed Pakistan cannot overhaul the Black Caps. Pakistan is two points behind New Zealand going into the final group matches but has a much inferior net run-rate.Also Read | World Cup 2019: What happens to Pakistan if England beat New Zealand?Also Read | India qualify for World Cup semi-finals for 7th timeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur disappointed with India’s loss to England
Mauro Icardi delighted with PSG Champions League winnerby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauro Icardi is delighted to be off the mark for PSG.The Argentina striker hit the winner against Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.”Sincerely, I’m very happy,” said Icardi. “Especially the match made by the team. “I am of course happy to have scored this goal that offers victory. We must continue to work for the future. “I am not yet 100%, but with a goal, the pain passes. I will try to recover and play the next match in the best possible way.”Icardi is on a straight loan at PSG from Inter Milan. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Robins: Man Utd board must give Solskjaer timeby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United FA Cup winner Mark Robins says the board must be patient with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robins, now manager of League One outfit Coventry City, believes that Solskjaer must be given plenty of time to implement his philosophy on the playing squad.”What he’s trying to do is reinstall the values that he felt as a player and that were there under Sir Alex,” he told Sky Sports.”He needs time to do that. If you remember when Sir Alex took over, it was six years before that started to take an effect.”I don’t think you get that times these days but I think the board will be patient. As long as they can see things moving forward in the right way they will be patient.”Clearly you need to get results alongside that. Ole knows that but the noises coming out of there and what is being said, they seem happy, the players seem happy, it seems a happier camp.”Things can turn quickly but you need results to maintain it. I hope he gets that time and he gets the backing in the transfer market because it’s going to take a long time to get them back to where they were.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
oxford tweetThe No. 25 Florida Gators are back in the AP Poll and will host the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels next weekend in an SEC showdown. In anticipation of the match-up, the Oxford Police Department trolled the Gainesville P.D. on Twitter this afternoon.Hey @GainesvillePD, welcome to the @AP Top 25. We’ll be saying bye to ya after Saturday.— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015Nothing too shocking about them doing that, but what was surprising was the type of joke that followed: one mocking former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s decision to leave the Gators for health reasons in 2010 before resurfacing as the Ohio State head coach in 2012. The tweet has since been deleted but here is a screen-shot of it. oxford tweet Naturally, the Oxford P.D. got a ton of backlash from Ohio State fans, and quickly. We’d like to welcome the Ohio St fans to our timeline. #toosoon #WeMeanNoHarm— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015The two departments have since gone back and forth with each other and kept it good-natured, which is a good thing.
Lucknow: Asian Games gold medallist triple jumper Arpinder Singh won the gold but failed to touch the World Championships qualifying mark on the second day of 59th National Inter-State Athletics Championships here on Wednesday. Arpinder managed the season’s best jump of 16.83m, 12cm short of World Championship qualifying standard of 16.95m under hot and humid conditions at the PAC Stadium here. Karnataka’s U Karthik and Tamil Nadu’s Mohammed Salahuddin took the silver and bronze respectively with jumps of 16.0m and 16.79m. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 26-year-old Arpinder, who has a personal best of 17.17m (of 2014), will have another shot at World Championships qualification in the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on September 5. None of the Indians could come close to the qualifying marks of the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 28 to October 6. Balakumar Nithin and Alex Antony won the men’s 200m and 400m gold respectively in the absence of top runners. Having won the sprint double in the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune earlier this year, Nithin’s winning time of 20.91 seconds here was the third-best on the list among Indians over the 200m this year. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterOnly Arokia Rajiv and Muhammed Anas Yahiya both 400m specialists — have run faster in 200m than the bespectacled sprinter from Tamil Nadu. The 200m qualifying time for the World Championships is 20.40. Kerala runner Alex, who first gave glimpses of his potential with a 46.66 second run in the Indian Grand Prix V in Patiala earlier this month, improved his personal best with a 46.17 second effort. It’s creditable that he won a race that included runners of the caliber of Ayyasamy Dharun (400m hurdles national record holder) and Tamilarasan Santhosh. Dharun and Santhosh finished fifth and seventh while Haryana’s Harsh Baljeet Singh and Karnataka’s Sachin Roby took the silver and bronze respectively by finishing inside 47 seconds. Kunhu Mohammed, who has been part of the Indian 4x400m relay team, was unable to go past the semifinal run in the morning, clocking 47.69 to finish third in his heats. Iranian Mahdi Pirjahan won the men’s 400m hurdles in new meet record time of 49.33 seconds. The Athletics Federation of India had invited some foreign athletes for the meet. P U Chithra won the women’s 800m in her personal best time of 2:02.96 while Mohammed Afsal pocketed the gold in men’s 800m in the absence of Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson with the year’s best by an Indian, clocking 1:48.35. The Results (all finals): Men: 200m: 1. Balakumar Nithin (Tamil Nadu) 20.91 seconds; 2. Akshay Nain (Delhi) 21.39; 3. Abhinav Panwar (Delhi) 21.47. 400m: 1. Alex A Antony (Kerala) 46.17 seconds; 2. Harsh Baljeet Singh (Haryana) 46.64; 3. Sachin Roby (Karnataka) 46.96. 800m: 1. Mohammed Afsal (Kerala) 1:48.35; 2. Mujamil Ameer (Tamil Nadu) 1:49.03; 3. Ankit (Haryana) 1:49.95. 400m Hurdles: 1. Mahdi Pirjahan (Iran) 49.33 seconds; 2. Jagdeesh Chandra (Karnataka) 50.85; 3. Jithin Paul (Kerala) 50,92. Triple Jump: 1. Arpinder Singh (Punjab) 16.83m; 2. Karthik U (Karnataka) 16.80; 3. Salahuddin Mohammed (Tamil Nadu) 16.79. Shot put: 1. Inderjeet Singh (Haryana) 19.73m; 2. Jasdeep Dhillon (Punjab) 17.77; 3. Shakti Rathore (Rajasthan) 17.20.
Washington: US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has confirmed that North Korea conducted a weapons test, but said that it was “not a ballistic missile”. “I’m not going to go into the detailed intelligence, but the way I’d characterise is it is not a ballistic missile,” Shanahan told the media here on Thursday. Pressed on whether North Korea fired something into the air or conducted a ground test, Shanahan said: “You could use shoot, launch, test – they’re very synonymous terms,” The Hill magazine reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US He did not directly answer a question on whether the weapon was a new capability. “I’m not being cagey here, it’s just what’s important is it wasn’t ballistic,” he said. Shanahan added that there has been “no change to our posture or to our operations” after the test. North Korean state media announced on Thursday morning that leader Kim Jong-un had observed the test firing of a “new-type tactical guided weapon”. Kim called the test “an event of very weighty significance”, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls KCNA did not specify what type of weapon was tested, but experts noted the use of the word “tactical” appeared to imply something short-range. As such, the test did not appear to violate North Korea’s self-imposed moratorium on missile and nuclear tests. Wednesday’s test was being interpreted as a sign of increasing impatience by North Korea as talks with President Donald Trump stall. Shanahan said on Thursday that he did not want to “rush” to judgment on the message being sent by North Korea ahead of fully analysing intelligence. But the fact that the weapon was not a ballistic missile is “a statement in and of itself”. A February summit between Trump and Kim ended with an impasse over sanctions relief, and there have been no signs of closing the gap between Washington and Pyongyang since. Last week, Kim said he would be open to a third summit with Trump, but gave the US until the end of the year to be more flexible in negotiations. Trump responded by touting his “excellent” personal relationship with Kim.
TRIPOLI – Gunmen attacked a central bank van in the Libyan city of Sirte on Monday, stealing $54 million in different currencies, the official Lana news agency reported.The report said “10 heavily armed men” had made off with the funds, which were destined for the Sirte branch of the Libyan central bank and had been flown to the city from Tripoli.Citing an source from the local branch of the central bank, LANA said that the gunmen stole “53 million Libyan dinars ($42 million)” and another $12 million in US dollars and euros. The gunmen attacked the van on the road between Sirte airport and the town itself, 500 kilometres (300 miles) east of Tripoli, LANA said, without saying if there had been any casualties.Only one security vehicle had been assigned to protect the van, and the agency said that the guards “were unable to resist the 10 attackers.”Sirte, the last bastion of support for dictator Moamer Kadhafi to fall to rebel forces in the 2011 uprising, has largely been spared the wave of violence that has swept the country since the strongman’s ouster.The eastern city of Benghazi — cradle of the 2011 uprising — has seen a series of attacks in recent months, including the bombing of a reception hall early Monday which caused damage but did not wound anyone.
Paris- Spanish interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz commended, on Thursday in Paris, Morocco’s effective collaboration to fight against illegal immigration. In a joint press conference with French, Moroccan and Portuguese peers, Manuel Valls, Mohamed Hassad and Miguel Macedo respectively, Diaz said that fighting this plague is a shared, solidarity-based responsibility, noting that the migration pressure impacts countries in both shores of the Mediterranean including Morocco, Spain and all EU countries. The principle of shared solidarity should come first in the management of this thorny issue, he added. He went on to say that the Morocco-EU mobility partnership will enable to better manage this problem.
McGuff-led Ohio State has never shied away from playing some of the top teams in the county in its early season nonconference schedule. That will not change this year.The Buckeyes will challenge themselves again this season as the kick off the 2017-18 campaign with top-10 matchups against No. 10 Stanford at 6 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena and versus No. 9 Louisville at 4 p.m. Sunday at Nationwide Arena. “It’s always a big game coming right out,” senior guard Kelsey Mitchell said. “But I think we’ve prepared ourselves. I think we’ve done everything that we needed to prepare for a team like Stanford. It’s all about just going out there and trying to do it.”Though Ohio State returns most of the core players on a team that made the Sweet 16 last season, McGuff said he never truly knows what the team will look like until it steps onto the court for the first regular season game.“We’re going to find out something. We’re going to find out where we’re at one way or another,” McGuff said. “They have a great team, they’re one of the best in the country. We aspire to compete with those types of teams, so we’re going to find out where we’re at.” Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drives into the lane during the Buckeyes’ 110-80 exhibition win against Ashland on Oct. 29. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe stakes are high for the No. 5 Ohio State women’s basketball team. If the Buckeyes fulfill their potential and advance further in the tournament than they have since 1993, they could play host to the Final Four. But if things go wrong, Ohio State could be looking at an early exit from the NCAA tournament and a bleak future, since the team will graduate five key players.Since head coach Kevin McGuff arrived in 2013, Ohio State has yet to reach beyond the Sweet 16, where its season ended the past two years. Preseason All-American guard Kelsey Mitchell has led Ohio State in scoring the past three years and will once again be the offensive catalyst in her final collegiate season. The preseason Big Ten Player of the Year leads a high-paced offense which averaged 85.7 points per game last season, the fourth-most in the country. A first-team All-American in 2016 and a second-team All-American in 2015 and 2017, Mitchell has owns the program record for most points in a single season (889 in 2015-16) and the Big Ten record for most career 3-pointers made (368). Though she would need to average more than 27 points per game, which she has never done in a single season, Mitchell has a chance to break former Washington guard Kelsey Plum’s NCAA record for most career points scored. The 5-foot-8 guard led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game last season.“She’s an unbelievable player,” McGuff said. “It’s great to see her get the recognition she truly deserves. There’s not a person in college basketball working harder than she is. Those results have been shown on the court. She’s a great kid, great leader, and an unbelievable work ethic.”Mitchell will be joined in the starting lineup by three guards and one post player, redshirt senior Stephanie Mavunga. Mavunga was honored as a preseason All-Big Ten selection and was picked for the second-team All-Big Ten last season, despite missing 13 games due to injuries. She became the third player in program to average a double-double last season with 11.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.Guards Linnae Harper, Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss will accompany Mitchell and Mavunga in the starting five. Harper enters the starting lineup after being named the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year last season. Though Harper stands just 5-foot-8, the redshirt senior offers Ohio State the ability to use her as a guard or inside due to her scrappy style. The former Kentucky transfer averaged 8.4 points and five rebounds per game last season.Calhoun, one of the team’s top shooters, started every game last season and put up 9.5 points per game. She will play a similar role to last year — when she was second on the team with 68 3-pointers made and first with 38.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc— as an off-ball shooter. The team’s most effective defender, Doss finished with 41 steals last game and will be one of the key components of an Ohio State defense which must improve.Last season, the Buckeyes gave up an average of 71.5 points per game, 313th-best in the country. McGuff has focused on improving defense and rebounding in the offseason with the hope of correcting the team’s most prominent weakness.“Overall, our defense has just not been good,” Mitchell said at media day on Oct. 10. “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s been bad all four years I’ve been here. We’ve been good in spurts, but it’s bad because we can’t piece it together for the whole season.”Though Ohio State possesses a talented starting lineup, its depth leaves much to be desired as it has just nine players on scholarship, two of which have scarcely played. The graduation of forward Shayla Cooper and transfers of a pair of talented freshmen — guard Kiara Lewis and forward Tori McCoy — left Ohio State with less-than-optimal depth. Any key injury during the season could devastate the Buckeyes.Senior forward Alexa Hart and redshirt junior forward Makalyla Waterman will be the two most important players off the bench, but both have dealt with injuries which kept them on the bench for the first of two exhibition games. Hart, a 6-foot-3 post player, will be key for situations in which Mavunga gets in foul trouble. A stretch forward, Waterman will help replace Cooper, who averaged 10.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season.McGuff has heralded sophomore guard Jensen Caretti as someone who had a good offseason and could make a substantial leap. She played 17 games last season, but scored just 40 points and dished 20 assists.“We need her to be good,” McGuff said at media day on Oct. 10. “We need her to step up and to have the season she’s capable of having.”
The Internazionale Milan coach is not happy after fan racially abused Kalidou Koulibaly on Wednesday’s matchOn Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Napoli, Internazionale Milan fans racially abused Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.And for Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, enough is enough.“I condemn [what happened] with no ifs and buts,” Spalletti was quoted by RTÉ Sport.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s the moment to say ‘enough’ to hatred in football, ‘enough’ to racism and any form of discrimination in the stadium.”“‘Enough’ to those who celebrate the Heysel or Superga disasters,” he added.“‘Enough’ to jeering a coach or a player for 90 minutes … ‘enough’ to hatred in football in general. That is the main thing.”“It’s very disappointing not to play in front of our own crowd but, if it’s the price we have to pay to win this battle, we’ll do it willingly,” he said about an Italian Lega Serie A punishment.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 25, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said the government is undertaking several key initiatives to update the facilities that exist to aid small businesses and Bahamian business generally.Speaking at the Eleuthera Business Outlook, September 21, 2017, DPM Turnquest said the government also needs to consolidate and improve access to these initiatives so that Bahamian entrepreneurs get timely and effective support.He said one of the schemes involves the introduction of Small and Medium Enterprise Development support programs geared to provide advice and technical support to the Bahamian business community and help walk them through the sometimes confusing maze of government.The DPM explained that the government is also creating incentives to encourage risk taking in non-traditional sustainable industries; establishing a One-Stop Shop to improve efficiency and access to government services; and improving customer facing software products to improve the ease and convenience of doing business with government across agencies.Another initiative also involves strengthening the existing Bahamas Venture Capital Fund (BVCF) by increasing contributions into the FUND and coordinating other financing and business support agencies efforts, such as The Bahamas Development Bank, to avoid overlaps and mission creep.“As you can see ladies and gentlemen, we are committed to providing meaningful assistance to small and medium sized local businesses and will continue to examine different ways and means of doing so.”DPM Turnquest said, “You may have heard of the Prime Minister’s private/public sector driven ‘Ease of doing business Committee’, which is tasked with identifying obstacles to the ease of starting a business or investing in The Bahamas and making recommendations to the Government on measures to tackle these and enhance efficiency, accessibility and cost effectiveness.”He said, “The Government is acutely aware of and sensitive to the fact that small and medium-sized business are the backbone of our economy. Breaking barriers and promoting success in this regard will in turn help achieve the ambitious rates of economic growth that have been set as targets.“This, in turn, will ensure continued gains in poverty reduction and help ensure that those who have recently emerged from poverty do not slip back into its grip. This is a moral imperative in addition to an economic challenge and thus we must face our realities and improve the way we do business generally,” said DPM Turnquest.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Posted: March 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, March 6, 2019 Former Sweetwater Union HS District employee accused of embezzling more than $50,000 KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A former employee of the Sweetwater Union High School District was arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $50,000 in money orders from the district, police reported today.Danya Margarita Williams, 42 of Chula Vista, was taken into custody Tuesday and booked into the Las Colina Detention Facility on suspicion of stealing the money while she was employed by the district, Chula Vista police Capt. Phil Collum said.District officials discovered the alleged embezzlement in late 2017 and reported it to Chula Vista police, Collum said.Detectives worked with district officials and determined that Williams had allegedly appropriated more than $50,000 in money orders between June 2016 and November 2017, he said.As part of her job, Williams was responsible for processing money orders received for fingerprint background investigations at the district, which are required during employment screening, according to police.Each background investigation costs between $52 to $75 per applicant and the applicants pay the fee using money orders, Collum said.“Instead of processing the money in accordance with district requirements, Williams deposited the money into her personal bank account,” Collum alleged.The exact amount of money that Williams allegedly embezzled was not revealed, nor was it immediately clear if she posted bail. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Plans for a developer to construct four office buildings inside the fence line at Naval Air Station Patuxent River under DOD’s enhanced use leasing (EUL) program continue to move forward despite resistance from the business community in southern Maryland.Hines is poised to reach a deal with the Navy to build four, 150,000-square-foot office buildings, an initiative Maryland officials and local advocates for the base favor as a way to enhance the mission at Pax River as a possible round of base closure looms, reported BayNet.com.The Navy needs the project, which has the potential to encompass seven sites and 2 million square feet of space, to accommodate 3,000 Naval Air Systems Command workers now housed in trailers on base. Local developers, however, fear the project would compete with vacant office space in the surrounding communities.To address the community’s concerns, Robin Finnacom, acting head of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, last month said in a memo: “The Navy is expected to lease all of the space to alleviate a chronic lack of office facilities. The EUL project is seen as critical to strengthening the Navy’s capacity to handle current and future projected levels of work and is considered necessary to improving Pax’s standing in any future rounds of BRAC.”The EUL project should help protect Pax River against that possibility that some of its activities are shifted elsewhere following the next BRAC round. “I don’t believe Pax River is under threat of closure,” said Michael Hayes, program director of the state office of military affairs.The first phase of its project would cover one of the office buildings, according to Hines. An agreement previously reached with the Navy would bar the project from including retail uses such as restaurants. County and Navy officials also plan to hammer out an agreement to compensate St. Mary’s for lost tax revenue.A Hines representative said he hopes to have a final EUL signed by all parties by the end of the summer, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos Gadgets Apple CES 2019 CES 2019 Live Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 0 CES 2019 is well and truly underway with all the world’s biggest tech brands having shown off their latest products. We’ve seen some great new products, including Lamborghini’s $30,000 massage chair, an amazing bread making “robot” and Google has its own Disneyland-style exhibition hall. Sunday CES highlights: CES 2019 is here: A cleaner litter box, the Bread Bot and more early highlightsMonday CES highlights: LG’s rollable TV wows and a car walks as CES 2019 prepares to openTuesday CES highlights: CES 2019 opens to a flying car, a boxing robot and a Google Assistant rideBut it’s the CNET booth (outside of the Tech West area at the Sands Expo Center) that the fun really happens. Can’t join us here in Las Vegas? No problem: We’re bringing the show to you live, now through Thursday. (Today’s livestream is embedded above.) John Falcone/CNET CNET’s CES 2019 live schedule: Wednesday, Jan. 9Here’s what you can expect on today’s broadcast, though note that the schedule below is subject to change. All times are in PT. 9:00 a.m.: The 3:59 Show9:30 a.m.: Ralph Breaks VR: A visit to The Void 10:00 a.m.: Apple Core: Apple Accessories at CES 10:15 a.m.: CNET News Editor-in-Chief Connie Guglielmo interviews Steven Sasson, inventor of the digital camera10:30 a.m.: WTF (What The Future!) at CES 2019 11:00 a.m.: CNET en español takes the stage11:20 a.m.: Penn Jillette joins us on stage11:40 a.m.: Sophia the Robot 12:00 p.m.: TBA1:00 p.m.: Breaking Point: Putting phone cases and more to the test2:00 p.m.: CNET.com Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine interviews Samsung’s Alanna Cotton, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Samsung Electronics America 2:15 p.m.: B-Secur Heartbeat ID 2:30 p.m.: Smart Cities and Community Health3:00 p.m.: Stream Economy Live3:30 p.m.: Square off 4:00 p.m.: Focus on Sex Tech 4:30 p.m.: Craziest Tech at CES 20195 p.m.: Best of CES, Day 2 Missed something? Note that you can use the “DVR” function to rewind the stream. CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Livestream Post a comment Share your voice reading • CES 2019 day 2: Watch it live here
Comment Tulips are getting trampled. NurPhoto/Getty The perfect selfie is coming at a cost for Dutch tulip farmers. Selfie takers are causing thousands of euros in damage to tulip farms in the Netherlands, CNN reported last week. “Last year I had one field and there were 200 people in the field,” a grower named Simon Pennings told CNN, saying people, particularly younger folks, are in the fields all day.The Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions told CNN it thinks Instagram is sparking the trend. Share your voice 1 Tags It’s become enough of a problem that the Netherlands launched a campaign about it in April. The campaign includes a YouTube video and a website with information on where it’s OK to take tulip selfies (hint: don’t actually walk into the flower fields unless you’re visiting one where that’s allowed).Otherwise, as the video notes, you’re literally stomping on Dutch pride. Originally published April 25.Update, May 1: Adds information on Dutch tulip campaign. Mobile Culture
This is how England won ICC World Cup?????Man as #NewZealand?Woman as #England ??#shameonicc #WorldCup2019Final#ICCRules #CWC19Final #Benstrokes pic.twitter.com/GSUMHtAI5S— Karuna tyagi (@i_am_karuna) July 15, 2019 Twitter/ICC Real winner nz #iccrules #CWC19Final #Fakevictoryengland pic.twitter.com/HgccW9weBb— என்றும்_தலஅஜித் (@iyyappareddy) July 15, 2019 The 2019 World Cup final should have left everyone feeling satisfied at having watched, arguably, the greatest cricket match of all time. But unfortunately, the aftermath of the game has been marred by debates over the rules and regulations that worked in England’s favour despite them not having overpowered New Zealand’s score throughout the contest, including the super over.In fact, England got bowled out for 241 whereas New Zealand where only 8-down when their innings ended. This has led to a large number of Twitter-users lashing out at ICC – cricket’s governing body – for having put in place rules which, according to them, have treated the Kiwis very unfairly.The disgruntled people include not just New Zealanders but a huge number of Indians. There is also a huge outpouring of sympathy for Kane Williamson and his team. Tweets praising the attitude of the Black Caps skipper abound on social media.Here is a collection of some of the funniest as wells as angriest tweets from Indians:
Kim Jong-UnKim Jong Un on Monday warned the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul.After a year dominated by fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, Kim used his televised New Year’s Day speech to declare North Korea “a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power” and call for lower military tensions on the Korean peninsula and improved ties with the South.”When it comes to North-South relations, we should lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment,” Kim said. “Both the North and the South should make efforts.”Kim said he will consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics Games to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.”North Korea’s participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to showcase the national pride and we wish the Games will be a success. Officials from the two Koreas may urgently meet to discuss the possibility,” Kim said.Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee, said the organisation welcomed participation by the North Koreans.”The (organising committee) will discuss relevant matters with the South Korean government as well as the International Olympic Committee,” he said in a statement.South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said North Korea’s participation will ensure safety of the Pyeongchang Olympics and proposed last month that Seoul and Washington postpone large military drills that the North denounces as a rehearsal for war until after the Games.Rather than encouraging U.S. measures that “threaten the security and peace of the Korean peninsula,” Seoul should instead respond to overtures from the North, Kim said.A spokesperson for Moon’s office said they were still reviewing Kim’s New Year’s Day speech.Asked by reporters to comment on Kim’s speech, U.S. President Donald Trump simply said “we’ll see, we’ll see”, as he walked into New Year’s eve celebration at Mar-a-Lago, his elite resort in Florida.The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Kim’s New Year’s address.”REALITY, NOT A THREAT”North Korea tested intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September in defiance of international warnings and sanctions, raising fears of a new conflict on the Korean peninsula.After testing what Pyongyang said was its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), capable of delivering a warhead to anywhere in the continental United States, at the end of November, Kim declared his nuclear force complete.He continued that theme in his New Year’s address, announcing that North Korea would focus on “mass producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles for operational deployment” in the coming year.This, Kim said, was “irreversible with any force”, making it impossible for the United States to start a war against North Korea.”The whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office and this is just a reality, not a threat,” he said, while emphasising that the weapons would only be used if North Korea is threatened.Kim’s customary New Year’s speech is closely watched for indications of the policy direction the unpredictable and reclusive leader is likely to pursue in the coming year.Beyond listing military accomplishments, Kim also outlined economic gains as part of his two-pronged policy of developing his country’s economy and military.Despite increased international sanctions imposed over the weapons programme, North Korea made progress in areas like fabrics, shoes and tractors, Kim said.While Kim is keen to declare his weapons programme a success, he is unlikely to completely end his contentious testing regime, said Scott LaFoy, a ballistic missile analyst at the website NK Pro, which monitors North Korea.”I’m still very skeptical of the ‘complete’ thing they’ve been talking about, if only because we’ve seen so much activity in regards to the submarine launched ballistic missile programme,” he said. “I think a slowdown (in testing) is very realistic, though.”Kim seems likely to tone down his weapons testing at least ahead of the Olympics, said Nam Sung-wook, a North Korea expert at Korea University in Seoul.”What North Korea is most afraid of is being forgotten in the international arena,” he said. “Without launching missiles and conducting a nuclear test, North Korea will be in the spotlight just by attending the Winter Olympics.”