SF Officer Involved in Police Shooting Leaves Reform Position

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% After police reform advocates voiced outrage at news that one of the police officers who shot and killed a homeless man earlier this year had been assigned to a police oversight bureau, Chief Toney Chaplin announced on Wednesday that the officer had agreed to be removed from the reform bureau.“We reached out to him and he is voluntarily agreeing to be reassigned,” Toney Chaplin, the interim chief of the department, said at a Police Commission meeting at City Hall on Wednesday night.Sergeant Nate Steger, one of the two officers who fired seven shots at Luis Gongora Pat on April 7, had been assigned to a division created to implement use-of-force reforms recommended by the Department of Justice, the San Francisco Examiner reported on Wednesday morning. The federal agency is investigating the police force after charges of racial bias and excessive use of force. In particular, the agency is looking at recent police shootings and revelations of homophobic and racist texting by police officers. 0%center_img Before the chief’s announcement, both Gongora Pat’s family and advocates for police reform voiced their outrage at the Steger’s assignment to the bureau.Cousins of Gongora Pat took the mic — flanked by some six supporters and aided by a translator — and asked the commission to intervene. “The news that we’re hearing is that one of the members of the police who killed our cousin is part of the reform bureau of the SFPD,” said Luis Poot Pat, a cousin of Gongora Pat. “We ask that you do something and don’t let this happen. We are worried, very, very worried.”“Do something please,” added Carlos Poot Pat, another cousin. “This is unconscionable.”Reached on the phone before the commission meeting, advocates for Gongora Pat reacted to the original news that Stenger had been placed in a reform position within the department.“Basically we just feel this is a huge slap in the face to the family,” said Adriana Camarena, a resident and activist against police shootings.News of the assignment was also criticized strongly by Public Advocate Jeff Adachi, who has long called for reforms to the department’s use of force policy. Camarena, Gongora Pat’s family, and other activists want the city to bring criminal charges against Steger and Mellone and want a formal apology from the Police Department and Mayor Ed Lee. District Attorney George Gascón has not indicated he will bring any charges against the officers.“Gascón has been absolutely remiss in addressing the case of Luis Gongora Pat,” Camarena said. “There has been absolutely no outreach from any city official from the family.”Police did not return a call requesting the reason why Steger was assigned to the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau in the first place. Chaplin did not specify Steger’s new role. On Wednesday, the chief attempted to assure those at the commission hearing that the sergeant had not been “in charge of reforms” at his position under the reform bureau and would have been working under several others. “He was part of a gigantic bureau that consisted of several people and several different units,” he said. “He understands the concerns the family had, and agreed to be reassigned.”Controversy over the assignment came amidst mounting criticism against the department, most recently in the form of a report released on Monday by an oversight panel that found black and Latino individuals are stopped and searched more frequently by police than their white counterparts. The report also found that black people made up a disproportionate number of police shooting victims, that the department had inadequate record-keeping policies, and is unduly influenced by the Police Officers Association.The Blue Ribbon Panel also accused the department of taking too long to investigate police shootings and criticized a lack of transparency in those investigations.Two recent standoffs between police and someone apparently in a mental health crisis have recently ended without major injuries including a four-hour standoff in front of Hibernia Bank with a mentally ill man armed with a firearm on July 6 and a 22-hour standoff  on July 11 with a man threatening suicide in Visitacion Valley. In the latter case, the  was arrested after he threw bleach on officers and attempted to drink some himself. David Elliott Lewis, a member of the crisis intervention team mental health working group who helps train officers, has previously criticized Steger and Officer Michael Mellone’s confrontation of Gongora for not creating the stipulated time, distance, or a rapport with the suspect in crisis. “I did not see what we see in crisis intervention team training being applied in the tactic, they closed distance too quickly, they didn’t step back and create a safe perimeter,” Lewis said.In the majority of these kinds of encounters, Lewis said, nobody is injured – but those encounters rarely make the news. Lewis said there were thousands of calls a month involving mentally disabled individuals and some  360 reached a point where the person had to be transported to “a psychiatric emergency services, put in restraint, and then taken to hospital, often against their will.” “About 12 times a day,” he said that their procedures worked.  “What happened with Luis Gongora is the sad exception, not the rule,” he said. As for the internal reform bureau in general, Lewis doubted it would have much of an impact. “I think it’ll be helpful but I think reform is going to come from the community through the police commission,” he said. “I think we’re making progress, it’s an uneven slope but we are making progress.” last_img read more

THE excitement beginsWe will have buildup to the

first_imgTHE excitement begins.We will have build-up to the big clash throughout the week on Saintsrlfc.com with news and views from all around the club ahead of the Old Trafford showpiece.Paul Wellens, Nathan Brown and several players will be giving their thoughts before Saturday’s game and we will have lots of other fantastic content too.Keep an eye on our Official Youtube Channel for exclusive videos and there will be a Grand Final preview live at iTunes and via our Fanzone too.We will also be posing questions throughout the week on our Official Facebook and Official Twitter (@saints1890) sites.Saints will take on Wigan on Saturday October 11 (6pm) at Old Trafford and tickets are selling fast.We will be predominately based in the Stretford End (West Stand) of Old Trafford and tickets are priced at £60, £50, £40, £20.A massive Saints contingent is expected and we will need you to be loud and proud in the Red Vee!You can buy your ticket from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052 until Thursday October 9 5pm when any unsold tickets will return to the RFL.You can also purchase through the RFL’s Ticketing website and on 0844 856 1113.Saints reached the Grand Final with an exciting 30-12 victory on Thursday evening and as League Leaders will be the ‘home’ team on Saturday.It will be the third time the auld rivals have met in the Super League Grand Final with honours so far shared: a Chris Joynt-inspired Saints defeated the Warriors 29-16 in 2000 and Wigan as they took the title in 2010.The 2014 First Utility Super League Grand Final will also feature a fantastic package of entertainment, including two sets by British indie band James, a performance by internationally celebrated classical artist Laura Wright and interaction with BBC Radio 6Music DJ Shaun Keaveny.last_img read more

Woman sentenced as habitual felon for stealing tv

first_img Barnes stole a tv from a home in Bolivia and then sold it to someone else. At the time, Barnes was on probation for other property crimes. Barnes had numerous prior felony convictions that allowed prosecutors to indict her as being a Habitual Felon, which increased her prison sentence.Assistant District Attorney Jacob Ward said in a release, “Our office faces a huge battle when it comes to property crimes. The vast majority of these crimes are low level felonies, according to the laws our General Assembly pass. Further, our office, and the courts, are bound to stay within the structured sentencing guidelines determined by the General Assembly. This usually prevents defendants from receiving substantial active sentences. That is why our office makes a concerted effort to indict eligible defendants as Habitual Felons. This allows us to ensure an adequate active punishment for defendants who continue to be a burden on the citizens of our community. We don’t want any citizen to fear that their hard earned property will be stolen by career criminals.”Barnes will spend a maximum of over 6 years in state prison.Related Article: Wilmington Police wants new technology to solve crimes Heather Barnes (Photo: Brunswick Co. District’s Attorney) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bolivia woman will spend a minimum of over four years in prison for stealing a television set, according to the District Attorney’s Office.District Attorney Jon David announced Heather Barnes, of Bolivia, pleaded guilty to Obtaining Property by False Pretense and to being a Habitual Felon.- Advertisement – last_img read more

800 bikes going to local kids whove never had one

first_img “During the giveaway participants will pick out a bike and receive a new helmet, fitted to his or her size, to take home Christmas,” Executive Director Kelly Cascaden said.  “They will also go through a safety training course that will teach bicycle safety, proper helmet wear, rules of the road, hand and arm signals, and how to repair and maintain their bikes.”This year ‘A Bike for Every Child’ partnered with ‘Nourish NC’, a local nonprofit that provides “healthy food to hungry children,” to identify the children in our community with the most need.The community came through big time with help!   Teenagers from eight local church youth groups in the “Be the Light” program.   They volunteered several weekends cleaning and fixing bikes as well as donated over 500 new bikes and raising money!  They include St. James Parish($2600), Pine Valley United Methodist- ($1410 and 90 new bikes), First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Wrightsville Beach United Methodist, Saint Andrews Covenant(even had kids in grades K-3rd that made necklaces, sold them and raised $300) , Wrightsville Beach Baptist, and Pine Valley Baptist.The Retirement Resource Group donated the funds to purchase the 800+ helmets for the kids.Related Article: Overflo raises more funds for Florence victimsA local insurance company, The Retirement Resource Group, donated the funds to purchase the 800+ helmets, hire a lead bike mechanic, and purchased over 200 bikes for the event! Two Wheeler Dealer has been a huge support by donating hundreds of bicycles to the nonprofit since it began in addition to assisting in the program development and training.Some of the bikes being given away to kids in the community.A Bike for Every Child, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works daily to fulfill its mission of bringing our community together to support our youth to ride into happier, healthier futures. They believe in turning dusty bikes into shiny smiles, by collecting new or gently used bicycles from generous individuals who donate them to be refurbished and given, with a new helmet, to youth who need them.Since A Bike for Every Child’s first event in June 2016, they will have given away over 1500 bicycles and new helmets to local youth. Volunteers with the non-profit. This year the organization is giving away 800+ bikes! WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/BFEC) —  It is the biggest bike giveaway in the history of the non-profit “A Bike for Every Child”.  More than 800 bicycles are headed to kids who don’t have one.On Saturday, December 16th from 11am-3pm, A Bike for Every Child is holding their biggest Earn-a-Bike giveaway at St. James Parish, giving away over 800 bikes and new helmets to youth in the Nourish NC program who have pre-registered for the event.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wisconsin man reunites with long lost siblings in Brunswick County

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It took half a century, but siblings who last saw each other as children were reunited.“I’m telling you, this search is about 30 chapters deep. It’s crazy, but it’s here and it’s reality. This is what it’s all about, right here,” said Barry Minnich.- Advertisement – Minnich was just a child when he was adopted in Ohio. He now lives in the Green Bay, WI, area.Fifty years after they were separated, Minnich, Tanya Pitman, and Elizabeth Beach were reunited in Supply on Tuesday.“Very emotional. I’m gonna cry again,” said Beach.Related Article: Mom learns foster baby is her adopted son’s sister, so she adopts her as well“It’s closure, it’s peaceful, it’s closure, it’s like our missing link, everything is back the way it should have been, years ago. We got our brother,” said Pitman.A family friend says Minnich tried for years to find his siblings, but it wasn’t until Senate Bill 23 modified the law in Ohio which opened the records of adoptions finalized between January 1, 1964 and September 18, 1996.Now, the siblings hope that the laws can be changed across the country to help other people in their situation.“They need to have something in place where the siblings have the right to say if they want to or not to meet because, as you know, children are innocent. It wasn’t our fault we were adopted or we were kept from our siblings,” said Minnich.In the meantime, they say they have about five decades of stories to share with each other.“We’ll never stay out of touch,” said Beach.“We’ll be seeing each other a lot. We got a lot of catching up to do,” said Pitman.Minnich simply added, “Fifty years.”Tuesday also happened to be Pitman’s 53rd birthday and Beach’s birthday was a few weeks ago, so they celebrated with cake and ice cream.The siblings are looking for another sister to reunite with. She was born in 1970 at Virginia Beach General Hospital and was given up for adoption at birth.last_img read more

The Cross Creek hero

first_img Although the flood waters have receded, Lovell is still helping the community restore by driving around the community bringing cold drinks, ice and food right to the doorsteps of people who need them. Along the way, Lovell greets families he helped save throughout the disaster.One emotional stop on his drive was met by a woman who jumped for joy when she recognized Lovell getting out of his truck. He called Lovell her “hero” as he lugged a big of ice up her driveway.“We came to her with a full boat of people and I promised her that I would be back to get her,” said Lovell. “That was the first person we saved that was in a house and the look on her eyes when we said that we had to come back to get her I will never forget and I will never forget the hug she gave me because we got her out of here.”Related Article: After losing his home twice, student graduates as only African American male with honorsLovell says he is so thankful that over 300 volunteers have come out to support the restoring of this community. HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — One Hampstead community was desperately in search of necessary supplies after their homes were left under 7 to 10 feet of flood waters.Greg Lovell stepped up when the Cross Creek was calling for action.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington man sentenced for distributing heroin

first_img On May 1, 2018, Kirton pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin. He also admitted a supervised release violation for a prior federal conviction for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and distribute more than five grams of cocaine base and a quantity of heroin at the time of his sentencing.According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Wilmington Police Department Gang Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force investigated Kirton between October 2016 and April 2017. During that time, undercover agents made several purchases of heroin from Kirton while he was on federal supervised release for a prior drug conviction involving cocaine and heroin.The investigation was part of the Take Back North Carolina Initiative led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina in an effort to reduce violent crime, drug trafficking and crimes against law enforcement. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A Wilmington man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling heroin to undercover agents while he was on probation for a prior federal drug conviction.According to a statement from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, David Andrew Kirton, Jr., 25, was sentenced to 124 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mayor Pete officially launches his 2020 US Presidential bid

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Pete Buttigieg is officially launching his bid for the 2020 US Presidential election.The 37-year-old, half-Maltese mayor, is launching his campaign against a backdrop of improving polls and increasing national interest. Buttigieg, is polling third-place in Iowa and New Hampshire, behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden but ahead of heavyweights like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke.In January, Buttigieg announced that he was creating an exploratory committee as a possible candidate for President of the United States in the 2020 election. Buttigieg is seeking the Democratic nomination. If elected, Buttigieg would be the youngest American president.Mayor Pete, as he is known, is the mayor of South Bend, the fourth largest city in Indiana.Buttigieg, an openly gay Rhodes scholar and Afghan war veteran, launched his campaign in his hometown where he launched his political campaign less than a decade ago. His father, Joseph Buttigieg, is a Maltese who had read for a PhD in the States, he then went on to become an English professor at the University of Notre Dame until 2017, when he became professor emeritus. Joseph Buttigieg translated and edited the English edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks.WhatsApplast_img read more

€700 billion in European investments given green light by EP

first_imgWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img European Union flags are seen outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Francois LenoirEuropean Union flags are seen outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir MEPs have approved the ‘InvestEU’ initiative, which estimates to generate €700 billion in investments. This will be done by increasing the EU guarantee from €38 billion to €40.8 billion.This programme aims at addressing the problematic investment gap currently in the EU, despite numerous initiatives to remedy the situation.During negotiations held with the EU ministers, it was discussed that the fund would prioritise objectives such as employment, the achievement of the Paris Climate Agreement, social cohesion, and better climate protection.The report was adopted with 463 votes in favour, 64 against, and 29 abstentions. Roberto Gualtieri, co-rapporteur and Chair of the Economic and Monetry Affairs Committee said that InvestEU is shaping the future of the EU towards more investment to support small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as local projects.The ‘InvestEU’ initiative replaces the current European Fund for Strategic Investment. It will consist of the InvestEU Fund, the InvestEU Advisory Hub, and the Invest EU Portal.last_img read more

Lassane accused were Labour fans – Dr Fenech Adami

first_imgLuke ZerafaLuke Zerafa The Nationalist MP Beppe Fenech Adami said that the two soldiers charged with the murder of Ivorian immigrant Lassana Cisse Souleymane got to know eachother ‘because they are both big fans of the Labour Party.’ Adami added that they were also members of a group called ‘Laburist sal-Mewt’ – ‘Labour to Death.’Dr Fenech Adami made these comments in response to a statement made by the Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia.In Parliament, the MP said that the Nationalist Party demands that the government take political responsibility for the situation and to carry out an independent inquiry into how the two charged with murder, ended up in the army.He added that it despite the Minister’s statements that the selection process had improved, it had failed to spot the perpetrators.‘The Army has been broken by this government and despite changing the criteria of recruitment, the new system has failed because it allowed two young people in the army to feel that it’s easy to go out and shoot indiscriminately at black people,’ Fenech Adami said.Internal InquiryMinister Farrugia explained that the Armed Forces had appointed a board to carry out an internal inquiry to establish whether there were elements within the AFM that were promoting racist culture despite training which is aimed at promoting tolerance of different races.The Minister also said that he regretted and was disappointed that members of the armed forces had been accused of this murder. However, he stressed that this should not used to openly discredit other members of the Armed Forces who risk their lives in the performance of their duties.He said that the administration has improved the scrutiny process for new recruits, with new recruits having to declare that they have no pending criminal cases.Crying foulThe PN MP also accused the government of being hypocritical on the issue of immigration. He stated that during the Gonzi administration, the government had accepted asylum seekers to come to Malta despite it being unpopular. Fenech Adami pointed specifically to the Prime Minister’s decision in 2013 to try and push back migrants.Referring back to the charged individuals, Fenech Adami explained that he believed they would’ve been applauding the Prime Minister’s address on this in 2009.No one assuming responsibility – BusuttilFormer PN leader Simon Busuttil also intervened in the discussion saying that it was concerning that no one has thought to assume political responsibility for the situation, not even the Chief of the Armed Forces.Questioning Minister Farrugia he said, ‘If you are not going to bear responsibility, who will? The Prime Minister? Is there someone in this country who will bear responsibility?’Busuttil also asked Minister Farrugia about the condition of the two injured migrants who survived the incident and if they were receiving any help.Did one of them commit a sexual offence? – Karol AquilinaKarol Aquilina asked the Minister say whether he could confirm if one of the accused had previously committed a crime, ‘of a sexual nature,’ and if it had required the involvement of Interpol.The Minister responded saying that the accused was still a minor at the time and he would need to check with the court to find out if they are actually permitted to name the person in conjunction with the case.Minister Farrugia added that the two accused had had clean records before joining the army and that Scicluna’s case was concluded prior to him entering service.Instead, he stressed the importance of the presumption of innocence until the evidence showed otherwise. If so, the crime would be punished.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Qatar says French missile found among arms seized in Italy was sold

first_img SharePrint A French missile once owned by Qatar’s military and found among a huge arsenal of weapons seized in Italy was sold by Qatar 25 years ago to a third country, Qatar’s foreign ministry told Reuters on Tuesday.Watch: Italy seizes air-to-air missile, guns in raids on neo-NazisItalian police said on Monday that a French-made Matra air-to-air missile belonging to Qatar’s armed forces was discovered during raids on neo-Nazi sympathizers.In a statement to Reuters, Qatar said the missile was part of a larger weapons sale made to a third “friendly” country 25 years earlier, though it did not identify the third country.“The authorities in Qatar have immediately started an investigation alongside the respective Italian authorities and the authorities of another friendly nation to which the Matra missile was sold 25 years ago,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Lolwah Alkhater said in a statement.“The captured Matra Super530 missile was sold by Qatar in the year 1994 in a deal that included 40 Matra Super 530 missiles to a friendly nation that wishes not to be named at this point of the investigation,” said Alkhater.Italian police said the suspects had tried to sell the missile in conversations with contacts on the WhatsApp messaging network. Subsequent checks showed the weapon was in working condition but lacked an explosive charge.“Qatar is working very closely now with the pertinent parties including Italy to unveil the facts and it is very concerned as to how a missile sold 25 years ago ended up in the hands of a third non-state party,” said Alkhater.Elite police forces searched properties across northern Italy following an investigation into Italians who had fought in eastern Ukraine in the conflict between the Kiev government’s forces and Russian-backed separatists.Among other weapons uncovered in the raids were 26 guns, 20 bayonets, 306 gun parts, including silencers and rifle scopes, and more than 800 bullets of various calibres. The arms were primarily from Austria, Germany and the United States.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Facebook to host its first hackathon in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook has revealed that  it is hosting its first ever ‘creative hackathon’ in Africa on 18 September.The event which is dubbed the ‘Creative Hackathon’, is planned to take place in Cape Town in partnership with the Loeries Creative Week 2014.In a statement, Facebook says the hackathon will “give young creatives the opportunity to work in teams on a real creative brief for the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship.” – Advertisement – Young creative designers with one to two years experience can take part for free, but spaces are limited to 40 participants. The location will be the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town where the hackathon is expected to kick off at 10am on 18 September.“The Loeries Creative Week is an annual creative hub that attracts over 4000 people from the brand communications industry, making it a perfect platform for us to meet the South African creative industry to share ideas,” says Rob Newlan, head of Facebook Creative Shop,Europe, Middle East and Africa.He said that Facebook believes that creativity is king again and during the Hackathon and the Seminar they will be talking about how to unlock the potential of technology with creativity.The event will also be focusing on how Facebook is bringing storytelling back and ensuring those stories reach the right people at incredible scale.Newlan will also be a judge at the 2014 Loeries as well as a keynote speaker at the Loeries DStv Seminar of Creativity, according to a statement. Earlier this month Facebook announced that it had notched up 100 million users in Africa.Source: IT weblast_img read more

Yahoo looking to slash 10 percent or more of its workforce

first_imgTwo gents seen passing near the Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Image Credit: CNBC Advertisement Yahoo Inc is working on a plan to cut its workforce by at least 10 percent and it could start the process as early as this month, Business Insider reported, citing sources.The layoffs, which would result in more than 1,000 people leaving the tech giant, is set to affect Yahoo’s media business, European operations, and platforms-technology group, Business Insider said on Wednesday.This move follows activist investor Starboard Value LP’s letter to Yahoo on Wednesday ramping up pressure on Yahoo, taking aim at Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer and her leadership team and raising the prospect that a proxy battle is approaching. – Advertisement – Starboard implied that Mayer and her officers needed to go, without naming her specifically.The activist investor also threatened to shake up the board if Yahoo’s stock continued to suffer.Yahoo spokeswoman Rebecca Neufeld said the company will provide more details on its turnaround plan prior to its fourth quarter earnings call later this month.[related-posts]Starboard, which owns about 0.75 percent of Yahoo, has been pushing for changes at the Internet company since 2014, urging it to separate its Asian assets and auction off the core business.The investor, together with other shareholders, has demanded Yahoo separate the Asian assets, including stakes in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Yahoo Japan Corp, and conduct an immediate public auction of the core business, including search and advertising businesses.But Yahoo is resisting, instead pursuing a tax-free spinoff of the core business, which could take at least a year.Yahoo had appointed management consulting firm McKinsey & Co, in November, to help with the reorganization of its core businesses.The company also had plans to make big changes to its media unit, restructuring and consolidating it, including making cuts and shuttering some efforts.In December, Yahoo shelved plans to spin off the Alibaba stake and said it would create a separate company that would house Yahoo’s Internet business and its stake in Yahoo Japan.Reuters could not immediately reach Yahoo Inc for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.[Reuters]last_img read more

HBO Hacked 15 TB of data leaked including new episodes Game of

first_imgAdvertisement HBO recently confirmed that it suffered a cyber attack, and it appears that a significant amount of data was compromised in the security breach. The hack was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.In a statement, the network said: “HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”The leak includes a confidential outline for the fourth episode of the current Game of Thrones season, and episodes of Ballers, Barry, Insecure, and Room 104 are among the loot. The Game of Thrones leak doesn’t include the full episode, but there are plenty of spoilers. – Advertisement – [related-posts]The hackers also contacted several reporters with their own announcement: “Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its HBO and Game of Thrones……!!!!!! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling.”last_img read more

Man City v Barcelona… for the very first time

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e just got the ‘unders’ bet landed at the Amex Stadium last night with the match finishing 1-1. Phew.All eyes of course at the Etihad Stadium tonight as Man City host the might of Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League match.We’re down to the last 16 and Man City will surely need to avoid defeat tonight to go to the Camp Nou with any chance of progressing.The two teams have never met competitively and the Citizens will take comfort from the fact that Barcelona haven’t travelled well in recent seasons and don’t seem to be the dominant force they once were.However, this is countered by the fact the City will be without Sergio Aguero who misses the match due to a hamstring injury.It would be no surprise to see a cagey first leg – even though both teams score goals for fun.Man City’s six Champions League games this season have produced 25 goals whilst Barcelona have notched up 27 goals from their last nine matches.Pellegrini claims, possibly prematurely, that City are now bigger than Man United and knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League would be a season defining moment as they chase four trophies.The Quadruple (League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League) is still very much on but the stumbling block in terms of the bet has always been the Champions League and specifically this draw against Barcelona.Barcelona have won just six times from 28 visits to clubs in England and Pellegrini is not daunted, outwardly at least, by their reputation.He said: “Of course when you play against Barca you always must consider important things, but the most important thing is to continue being the same team you see every week in Premier League, to continue having the same style of play and the personality.“You cannot continue without thinking they have (Lionel) Messi and other important players, but we are not just going to think about defending, but what we can do with the ball. That is the most important thing.”I’m sticking with a draw tonight at around 13/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)5 points DRAW at around 13/5 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (FEBRUARY): LOSS 24.00 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 13.28 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

PREVIEW West Brom v Burnley

first_img[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ot been a bad couple of days on the tipping front – I could get used to this !!After the Ryder Cup profit on Friday – the advice on the Merseyside derby also came up trumps yesterday.I went for the draw so was delighted to see the spectacular late equaliser from Everton.All eyes will on the closing action at Gleneagles on Sunday but I have to go where I think I can best show a profit.So it’s back to the Premier League for the only match of the day.Even Sky are dropping the ‘Super’ from Sunday for today and it’s not really surprising given that West Brom are struggling with their home form and Burnley are going for their fourth 0-0 on the spin……. am I selling this to you !!!Despite those stats, when these two teams combine there often IS goals so it might be a case of expecting the unexpected for their first ever clash in the Premier League.West Brom v BurnleyPremier League4pm, SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2009 FA Cup Burnley 3-1 West BromJan 2009 FA Cup West Brom 2-2 BurnleyFeb 2008 Championship West Brom 2-1 BurnleyAug 2007 Championship Burnley 2-1 West BromApr 2007 Championship Burnley 3-2 West BromNov 2006 Championship West Brom 3-0 BurnleyJan 2004 League Div 1 Burnley 1-1 West BromAug 2003 League Div 1 West Brom 4-1 BurnleyFeb 2002 League Div 1 Burnley 0-2 West BromSep 2001 League Div 1 West Brom 1-0 BurnleyWith West Brom and Burnley 17th and 19th in the table respectively you would have to think that both sides have to go for the full three points here.West Brom look the more likely – especially if they can continue the form that saw them shock Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane last Saturday.But I’m betting over 2.5 goals with Star Sports at around 11/10.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS at around 11/10 for 8 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 32.01 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 3 JanuaryRACING1.30 ChelmsfordGhost Writer 7/2 > 11/41.40 PlumptonMinella Charmer 13/8 > 11/102.30 ChelmsfordWhispering Warrior 8/1 > 9/23.10 PlumptonGoring Two 5/2 > 15/8**** HILLS DOUBLE? ****SHANESHILL and BELLSHILL both to win ENHANCED 5/41.20 NaasShaneshill 4/6 > 1/21.50 NaasBellshill 2/5 > 2/7LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League13:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD14/5 Crystal Palace evens Chelsea 12/5 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD13/8 Everton 7/4 Tottenham Hotspur 12/5 DRAWDARTS9/5 Lewis 4/9 AndersonHANDICAP11/10 Lewis +1.5 8/11 Anderson -1.5180’s4/5 Over 30.5 evens Under 30.5(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 HORSE RACING2.30 HerefordHoola Hula 14/1 > 7/14.10 HerefordLocker Room Talk 6/1 > 4/17.10 KemptonMunsarim 10/1 > 6/18.10 KemptonArdamir 7/2 > 11/4FA CUP LIVEFA Cup 3rd Round Replay19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD3/10 Leicester City 11/1 Fleetwood Town 19/4 DRAW [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 16 Januarylast_img

Rice professors to discuss Houston Hispanic vote

first_imgRice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. ShareCONTACT: DavidMedinaPHONE: (713) 348-6753EMAIL: dmedina@rice.eduRICEPROFESSORS TO DISCUSS HOUSTON HISPANIC VOTERice Universityprofessors Robert M. Stein of political science and Stephen L. Klineberg ofsociology will discuss “The Impact of the Hispanic Vote in the Houston MayoralElection” on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. in room 124 of Herring Hall on the RiceUniversity campus. “The importance of thisdiscussion is to tell the significance of the Hispanic vote in this election andhow it may impact future elections,” says Richard Torres, president of theHouston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “The 2000 Census forecasted Hispanicpolitical empowerment,” Torres adds, “and from that follows economicempowerment.” The Jesse H. JonesGraduate School of Management and the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce aresponsoring the lecture. The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded in1977 to promote the interest of Hispanic-owned businesses. With more than 1200members, the Chamber is one of the largest in the region. Stein is dean of theSchool of Social Sciences and the Lena Gohlman Fox professor of politicalscience. He appears frequently on radio and television, discussing local, state,and national political issues. He has written three books, “Perpetuating thePork Barrel: Policy Subsystem and American Democracy;” “Federal DomesticOutlays;” and “Urban Alternatives: Public and Private Markets in the Provisionof Local Services.” In 1982, Klineberginitiated the annual Houston Area Survey, which explores public responses tochanging trends, and he has conducted extensive additional research in HarrisCounty’s ethnic communities. Klineberg is completing a book this year,tentatively entitled “Making Sense of Our Times: A Study of Changing Attitudesin the Houston Area,” that builds on twenty years of survey research to explorethe way the general public is responding to the economic, demographic andenvironmental challenges of our time. A reception will followthe lecture. Herring Hall is across the street from the Baker Institute forPublic Policy. A campus map can be found at . FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice applied physicist wins National Cancer Institute fellowship

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice applied physicist wins National Cancer Institute fellowshipPelham Keahey will use six-year grant to improve the early diagnosis of cancerHOUSTON – (Sept. 27, 2016) – Rice University graduate student Pelham Keahey is among the inaugural winners of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) prestigious predoctoral-to-postdoctoral fellow transition award, which includes funding for two years of graduate school and four years of postdoctoral training.Keahey, who is pursuing a doctorate through Rice’s Applied Physics Graduate Program and carrying out his research in the lab of bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum, said the funds will support his development on the use of low-cost, point-of-care optical imaging and molecular probes to improve the detection and treatment of cancer.Pelham Keahey (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The NCI fellowships are intended to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. Nominations were limited to one student per institution; fewer than 40 fellows were chosen.“Just as with research, the achievement of this award included many people other than myself,” Keahey said. “I’m grateful to everyone at Rice who helped and encouraged me throughout this process.”He recently co-authored a study on the Richards-Kortum lab’s invention of real-time “optical sectioning” to remove out-of-focus light in minimally invasive fiber-optic microscopes, which will allow surgeons to zoom in on cancer tumors prior to surgery.“At Rice, I’m getting to do exactly what I want to do and I’m having much more fun than I ever thought possible,” he said. “Rice has given me the flexibility to pursue the degree I want while still following my research interests that are not as traditionally related.”Keahey’s dissertation research will provide training and expertise in biomedical optics and translational medicine focused on analyzing tissue morphology in vivo. His postdoctoral research will pertain to the development of molecular contrast agents used to target disease-specific markers associated with cancerous growth.“The goal is to integrate these skills to build a strong foundation for a career in optical molecular imaging,” Keahey said.The fellowship recipients are invited to a fellows meeting at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., in January.Outside the lab, Keahey taps into his other passion, fencing. Like many Rice students, he enjoys pursuing two seemingly unrelated interests. For the past four years, Keahey has served as coach of the Rice Fencing Club.Keahey has been a part of Rice’s Applied Physics Graduate Program since 2012 and plans to defend his dissertation by December 2017. After his postdoctoral training, he hopes to pursue a tenure-track position at an academic institution in the field of translational biomedical imaging and diagnostics.-30-A high-resolution IMAGE is available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/0914_CONTRAST-Keahey-lg-1xtligb.jpgCAPTION: Pelham Keahey (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more