first_imgLANDOVER, Md. — Rain awaits the undefeated 49ers as they put their 5-0 record on the line today against host Washington, and wide receiver Dante Pettis literally will take a hands-on approach to it.He planned to change out his gloves.“It’s wild. They work, honestly,” Pettis said Friday. “It’s almost like leather, and for some reason when that gets wet, the ball sticks.”#49ers warming up, including the only guys who’ve thrown passes this season:Jimmy Garoppolo (95.2 passer rating) …last_img


first_imgCongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that corruption was flourishing in the States ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party and involved party leaders, while the PM merely talked about fighting graft with slogans. On the second day of his poll campaign as part of the Congress’s Navsarjan Yatra in north Gujarat, Mr. Gandhi talked about alleged financial dealings involving BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah, and also the recent Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) order slapping a penalty of ₹15 lakh on Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) for manipulative trades in a small company. Mr. Gandhi said that the share market regulator had termed Mr. Rupani beimaan (dishonest) and imposed a fine on him, yet there was no word from the Prime Minister on the issue. “Gujarat is more corrupt than the entire country,” Mr. Gandhi said. “Surat businessmen told me that policemen come to their units every two minutes [allegedly to demand bribes].” Mr. Gandhi said there were vast differences between Mr. Modi’s speeches on fighting graft, and the ground reality. “Jay Shah, son of Amit Shah, increased the turnover of his company from ₹50,000 to ₹80 crore in a few months after the BJP came to power in 2014. The people of Gujarat know this cannot be done without corruption or irregularity,” he alleged, also pointing to the PM’s silence on it. PM’s silence“Recently, SEBI said your Chief Minister is beimaan (dishonest) and they fined him for manipulative trades in stock market,” he said, adding, “Earlier, Modiji used to say na khaoonga, na khane doonga [I will neither take graft nor allow it]. Please open your [Mr. Modi’s] mouth now and say something. But he is silent.”“Now, Modi’s slogan new slogan is na bolta hu, na bolne dunga (I will not speak myself and I will not allow others to speak),” he said. “The people of the country want to listen what you [Mr. Modi] have to say on Amit Shah’s son’s company and on Vijay Rupani’s share transactions. If you don’t say anything on the issue, the people of Gujarat will believe that you are not a chowkidar (watchman) but a bhagidar (collaborator),” he said.SEBI hasreportedly fined 22 entities, including the Rupani HUF (Hindu Undivided Family), for alleged manipulative trading in the shares of a company.Mr. Gandhi asked the government to stop levying Goods and Services Tax on most items. Petrol, diesel and domestic gas cylinders should be brought within the ambit of the tax regime.last_img read more


first_img​Real Madrid move forward with women’s teamby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have stepped up plans to launch their women’s team after members voted by a margin of 90.6 per cent to absorb CD Tacón into the club’s sporting infrastructure in time for the 2020/21 season.Tacón’s licence will now be transferred to Real, with the rebranded team to take up their place in the Liga Iberdrola, the domestic women’s top-flight. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgzoom Sweden-based shipowner Furetank Rederi AB and its compatriot Rederi AB Älvtank have contracted two additional product/chemical tankers with LNG propulsion at China’s Avic Dingheng Shipyard.The vessels, of which Furetank and Älvtank will own one each, will be delivered during 2018 and 2019.Featuring a dual fuel/LNG propulsion, the vessels will be built to a design developed by FKAB together with Furetank with special focus on minimal impact on the environment, with close to 50% reduction of CO2 emissions, according to Gothia Tanker Alliance.Additionally, the tankers will fulfill the Tier III rules and have LNG for Inert gas production, power production with floating frequency, battery backup (UPS) for all vital functions to minimize use of auxiliary engines, installed ballast water cleaning system, ice class 1A and Alternative Propulsion System.As part of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, the companies, along with their partner Thun Tankers BV, already have four LNG-fuelled tankers under construction at the same yard. The previous vessels were ordered by the alliance in 2015.From the six tanker vessels on order, three will be owned by Furetank, two by Älvtank, while Thun Tankers is the owner of the remaining vessel.The vessels will be commercially managed by Furetank Chartering in the Gothia Tanker Alliance.last_img read more


first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government will look at ways to make things fair for those who have criminal records for marijuana possession after legalization comes into force.Goodale says the question of pardoning individuals with criminal records for possessing marijuana is legitimate and one the government will pursue once the law takes effect.“When that law changes, which will happen on the 17th of October, then the government will turn its attention to those issues that arise once the law has changed which is in fact making sure that it is fair both in current terms and historic terms to everyone,” Goodale said on CTV’S “Question Period” Sunday morning.Goodale also made the point that the existing law has not yet changed.Goodale’s office said once Bill C-45 is enacted, the government will examine how to make things fairer for individuals who have been previously convicted for minor possession offences, adding that it’s committed to reforming the pardons system.“Inaccessible pardons can be a significant barrier to good employment as many positions require criminal record checks. We want to ensure that the waiting period, fee and purpose of the program are fair, proportionate and productive,” said a spokesperson for Goodale.The government’s legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana passed last week, but it won’t come into effect for another three months.In the lead up to legalizing marijuana, the NDP repeatedly called for the decriminalization of marijuana for personal possession before it becomes legal.NDP justice critic Murray Rankin is expected to introduce a private member’s bill aimed at expunging criminal records of individuals with convicted marijuana-related crimes in the fall after the legislation comes into force.last_img read more


first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that Rob Holding suffered a serious knee injury during the team’s draw with Manchester United.The Gunners played a 2-2 draw with United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but Holding was stretchered off nine minutes from the interval after a coming together with Marcus Rashford.But Emery, who revealed the extent of Holding’s injury, had better news for Arsenal fans, when he said Aaron Ramsey didn’t suffer a similar fate.He said, according to Sky Sports:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s the worst news for us today. We are going to wait for the doctor but maybe it’s a big injury with his knee.”“Aaron Ramsey is a small injury but after these two injuries, every player responded with good commitment and good mentality to keep in the difficult moments our performance in the game.”Holding appeared in 16 games for Arsenal in all competitions this season with captain and first choice centre-back Laurent Koscielny still out with an injury.The Gunners continue their 20 games unbeaten following their draw at Old Trafford but slipped to fifth on the Premier League table.last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between May 7, 2018 to May 13, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierWilmington-Burlington Special Olympics Day: Two hundred and forty student-athletes enjoy fun-filled day by Jamie PoteTown Meeting rejects Special Town Meeting articles by Lizzy HillGirl Scout Troops promote literacy with Little Library by Christina HainesSchool Committee talks tech education by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchTewksbury Police Arrest Man For Flipping Out, Flipping Pool Table by Dave CopelandLowell SunWilmington Town Meeting bans retail plastic bags by Kori TuittAlways going full REED ahead by Kori TuittWilmington officer wakes family as flames spread by Aaron CurtisWilmington man guilty of dealing fentanyl by Aaron CurtisTewksbury Police: Unwelcome customer flipped pool table, crushing woman by Aaron CurtisLike 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… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more


first_imgYoutubeYouTube announced Wednesday it would ban videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.The announcement by the Google-owned video-sharing platform was the latest of a series of tech industry moves to filter out hateful and violent content, which have spurred calls for tougher regulation.”YouTube has always had rules of the road, including a longstanding policy against hate speech,” a company statement said.”Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.”The move comes after a call by world leaders in Paris last month to curb extremism online, following revelations about the livestreaming of a mosque massacre in New Zealand.”We will begin enforcing this updated policy today; however, it will take time for our systems to fully ramp up and we’ll be gradually expanding coverage over the next several months,” YouTube said.YouTube and other platforms have also been seen as havens for conspiracy theorists denying Holocaust or the 11 September attacks, and for Nazi and white supremacist groups.The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks white supremacists and other extremist groups, said the ban will be positive only if YouTube enforces it.”As with other outlets before it, YouTube’s decision to remove hateful content depends on its ability to enact and enforce policies and procedures that will prevent this content from becoming a global organizing tool for the radical right,” said the group’s intelligence director Heidi Beirich.”Tech companies must proactively tackle the problem of hateful content that is easily found on their platforms before it leads to more hate-inspired violence.”Tougher measuresIn January, YouTube said it would stop recommending specious videos such as those claiming the earth is flat or promoting bogus theories about the September 11, 2001 terror attacks or the 2012 killings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. But it stopped short of banning that content.YouTube said it would seek ways to keep some of the violent content to make it available to researchers.But the latest move is likely to eliminate numerous “channels” that use the platform for monetization.”We have longstanding advertiser-friendly guidelines that prohibit ads from running on videos that include hateful content and we enforce these rigorously,” the statement said.”Channels that repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies will be suspended from the YouTube Partner program, meaning they can’t run ads on their channel or use other monetization features.”Earlier this year, Facebook announced it would ban praise or support for white nationalism and white separatism as part of a stepped-up crackdown on hate speech.The moves by social media have prompted criticism among right-wing activists in the United States, and President Donald Trump has claimed that online platforms are seeking to suppress conservative voices.YouTube did not disclose the names of any groups or channels that may be banned.The YouTube move comes after a report in the tech news website The Verge documenting harassment of a journalist based on his race and sexual orientation by right-wing commentator Steven Crowder.According to The Verge, Crowder’s channel was still operational.But YouTube said later on Twitter it had suspended monetization of Crowder’s channel, barring him from getting YouTube ad revenues.”We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies,” the company said.Andrew Surabian, a Republican strategist and former White House aide, said the move suggests YouTube has caved in to pressure from activists.”If that’s their new standard, will they now demonetize all the rap videos with homophobic slurs on their platform?” he said on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgEdward Brooke (Courtesy Photo)Political leaders from both major parties and District residents recently reflected on the life of Edward W. Brooke III, the first popularly elected African-American senator representing Massachusetts. He was a native Washingtonian.He died on Jan. 3 of natural causes in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 95.As a moderate Republican, Brooke was elected in 1966 as a senator at a time when only a handful of Blacks were in the House of Representatives and fewer Blacks served in elected offices. Brooke also made history in 1962 when he was elected as the Massachusetts attorney general, the first Black to be elected to that position in the nation.President Obama, upon hearing of Brooke’s passing, said in a statement that “Senator Brooke led an extraordinary life of public service” and “Ed Brooke stood on the forefront of the battle for civil rights and economic fairness.” Brooke received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress has to honor civilians, in October 2009. The late senator also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 from President George W. Bush.Brooke served in the Senate from 1967-1979 and was an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights, federal raid to the poor, increased foreign support for African and Caribbean countries, and a critic of African countries, such as Rhodesia and South Africa, that were ruled by White supremacists. He was one of the first lawmakers to call for President Richard Nixon to resign in light of the Watergate scandal and, according to his book, “Bridging the Divide: My Life,” he was considered a vice presidential and a U.S. Supreme Court prospect.While Brooke was a passionate Republican, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, nevertheless praised his leadership skills and their impact. “He was a statesman in the truest sense, possessing a commitment to public service which is all too rare to find in this day and age,” Schultz said. “HIs constituents were fortunate to have been served by him and our legislative branch of government was better for his service.”Schultz’s Republican counterpart, Reince Priebus, agreed. “Brooke was a pioneer and an inspiration to many,” Priebus said. “Our party and our nation have lost a statesman and a trailblazer.”Outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) tweeted that Brooke was” a friend and a mentor.”“Massachusetts has a history of sending giants to the U.S. Senate, great statesmen like Quincy Adams, [Daniel] Webster, [Henry] Cabot Lodge and [Edward] Kennedy,” Patrick said. “We count Ed Brooke among them. He carried the added honor and burden of being ‘the first’ and did so with distinction and grace.”Brooke was a graduate of Howard University in 1941 and supported his college alma mater as an alumnus and a senator. He supported the university’s annual congressional appropriation and received an honorary degree in 1967.Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said Brooke was an example of the fabled “Howard Man.” “He was an advocate for education and a generous donor, with several scholarships in his name for the benefit of students in need,” Frederick said. “He will be greatly missed by all and we at Howard will honor his memory by continuing to ensure that we send our graduates out onto the path he blazed in earnest.”While at Howard, Brooke joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and served as a national undergraduate leader. He stayed active in Alpha throughout his life, participating in national conventions and served, in 1996, as the first chairman of the fraternity’s World Policy Council and chaired its 100th anniversary Centennial Celebration in 2006.Brooke graduated from Dunbar High School in 1936 and lived in the LeDroit Park neighborhood that was nearby. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), a longtime friend of Brooke’s, said that “the District has lost its most distinguished native son.”“Edward Brooke had to leave his hometown to get a congressional vote and certainly to become a U.S. senator,” Norton said. “Sen. Brooke, however, never forgot his hometown and played an important role in the city’s quest for the House Voting Rights Act, when he lobbied his former colleagues in the Senate.”Norton is referring to the 2009 bill that would have given the city a voting representative and Utah an additional representative. It was killed in April 2010 when the National Rifle Association pressured members of Congress to support an amendment eliminating all the District’s gun laws. While that effort failed, the delegate said Brooke tried to do what he thought was right. “D.C. residents will never forget their native son, who got a vote for himself in Massachusetts and used his last years to try to do the same for the city where he was born and raised,” she said.On Jan. 4, Norton tweeted that Brooke’s wife, Ann, agreed to hold the senator’s funeral services in the District. Norton had not released any further details by AFRO press time.last_img read more