UConn Women Get Four-Peat

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS -” Breanna Stewart and UConn stand alone. Geno Auriemma, too, after another flawless season by the dominating Huskies.UConn won an unprecedented fourth straight national championship April 5, capping another perfect season by routing Syracuse 82-51. Until now, only the UCLA men’s team had won four in a row in Division I, rolling to seven consecutive championships under John Wooden from 1967-73. With the victory, Auriemma passed the Wizard of Westwood with his 11th national title.Peerless again. Perfect again.“What those 11 championships mean to me is how many great players I’ve had the opportunity to coach,” Auriemma said. “How many great people have come through the program. It doesn’t matter whose name is above, or whose name I’m under. As long as I have those players in my memory, I’m good.”Stewart said when she came to campus four years ago that she wanted to win four titles. She delivered on that promise by scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the final game of her brilliant college career.“It’s unbelievable,” Stewart said. “That was our goal coming in here once we were freshman and to carry it out and win like this as seniors is unbelievable.”Stewart and her fellow seniors Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson posed on the ladder after cutting down the net for the final time. Mission accomplished.“It wasn’t a sense of relief, it was a sense of success. This is exactly what we wanted,” Stewart said. “Going into every one of our national championship runs, we were confident and that’s what we were tonight, confident. We made history and to be able to say that we did that with those two guys, we’re going to remember that forever.”The Huskies (38-0) have been nearly unbeatable since Stewart arrived. They lost four games her freshman year and only one since. The win over Syracuse was the 75th straight for UConn, all by double figures. Stewart and her fellow seniors went 24-0 in NCAA tourney games, too.Stewart earned the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four all four years of her career. No other women’s player has won it more than twice and only Lew Alcindor did it three times on the men’s side.The three-time AP Player of the Year has said it is up to others to decide her place in women’s college basketball lore. There is no denying she is the most accomplished player ever, winning more titles than fellow UConn greats Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore, who watched from the stands at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.‘I’ll say this. She’s the greatest NCAA Tournament player I’ve ever been around,” Auriemma said. “When the lights were the brightest, that’s (when) she was at her best.”Like the other great UConn teams, this version had a killer instinct. The Huskies scored the first nine points of the game. Stewart had 10 points in the first 6 minutes as UConn built a 23-6 lead. When the Orange made a little run to cut its deficit to 25-13, Jefferson hit a 3-pointer just before the first-quarter buzzer. Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck, who have helped the Huskies to an NCAA-record 151 wins over their four years, combined for 26 of the 28 points in the period.They also handled the Orange’s press with precision passing that led to easy layups. The Huskies were up 50-23 at the half and extended the lead to 33 early in third quarter before Syracuse scored 16 straight points to get within 60-43 with 2:02 left in the period that brought the Orange fans to their feet. Consecutive layups by Napheesa Collier restored the 20-plus point lead and UConn cruised from there.“Not shocked by how good they are, not shocked by the things they did in the game. We were definitely prepared for it,” Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said. “One of the things I told our kids is you have no reason to be scared when you’re prepared and we competed. We didn’t play scared.”Stewart, Tuck and Jefferson left the game for good with 1:46 left. They shared an embrace together before hugging Auriemma. The trio then went down the bench hugging every member of the team.“There’s three key ingredients that go into this kind of success, ‘One, two, three,’” Auriemma said afterward, pointing to his three seniors.Auriemma has never lost in 11 title appearances. While the names may change, the results are always the same: UConn is still there holding that trophy in the end. This one gave the Hall of Fame coach a sixth undefeated season.To win her fourth championship, Stewart had to beat her hometown team. Fourth-seeded Syracuse (30-8) had the best season in school history, advancing to its first NCAA championship game. They hadn’t made it out of the first weekend of the tournament until this year.“I’m really happy for Breanna Stewart, who came to one of my camps. She’s a great player,” Hillsman said. “When you have a player that great coming from Syracuse, that doesn’t happen that often.”These two teams hadn’t played since the Orange left the Big East for the ACC after the 2013 season. Syracuse has now lost 24 straight against UConn, a skid that dates to 1996.Cornelia Fondren scored 16 points to lead Syracuse.(DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Officers decry offensive limits on pot use planned by RCMP other forces

first_imgOTTAWA – Some police forces are implementing nonsensical and downright offensive policies that prohibit or severely limit off-duty cannabis use, says a national association that represents front-line officers.The critical comments come as the RCMP and the Toronto police service both eye a rule that would bar cannabis use by members within 28 days of a shift.The Calgary police service’s policy is even stricter, forbidding the vast majority of officers from consuming marijuana during their down time once recreational use of the drug becomes legal Oct. 17.Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, wonders why certain forces are treating cannabis differently than other legal products — such as alcohol and prescription drugs — that can cause impairment.“Effectively what they’re saying is, we don’t trust police officers to make the right decision when it comes to reporting for work fit for duty,” Stamatakis said in an interview. “And I just find that to be an offensive approach.”There has been no meaningful consultation on the drafting and implementation of cannabis policies for officers, which vary drastically from force to force, Stamatakis said.“You want to create policies that are relevant and effective and that apply to the vast majority of your members, not policies that are designed to cater to the exception rather than the rule.”The Ottawa and Vancouver police services are among those with permissive policies that will allow off-duty cannabis use with no time restrictions, as long as officers show up ready and able to do their jobs.In contrast, the national police association has been told the RCMP policy would forbid cannabis use by officers 28 days before work.“It’s effectively an outright prohibition,” Stamatakis said.The Mounties said as recently as last week they were still working on a policy. The force had no additional comment Tuesday.The Toronto Police Association, which represents officers in Canada’s largest city, says while it is aware the municipal police service has drafted a cannabis-use policy, it has not yet seen a copy.“We are aware the draft policy may contain a 28-day waiting period before a member can report for duty after consuming cannabis,” association president Mike McCormack said Tuesday in a statement.“Once the TPA receives an official version of the policy dealing with this topic we will perform a legal analysis of its content for compliance with our collective agreements, legislation, human rights, case law, etc. and make a decision about any further action we may take at that point in time.”Workplaces across the country — particularly those with a role in ensuring public safety — are grappling with rules on cannabis use as legalization looms.Impairment, including impairment as a result of alcohol, opioids, cannabis or any other legal or illegal drug, is prohibited in all federal workplaces, the government says. The Treasury Board Secretariat has asked federal departments and agencies to update their codes of conduct and related policies to reflect cannabis legalization.Like the RCMP, other federal public-safety agencies are scrambling to get their pot-use policies in place. Both the Correctional Service of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency said they were finalizing rules for employees.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

National Bank reports fourthquarter profit up from year ago raises dividend

first_imgMONTREAL – National Bank of Canada raised its dividend as it reported fourth-quarter net income grew to $525 million.The bank (TSX:NA) increased its quarterly payment to its common shareholders by two cents to 60 cents per share.The move came as National Bank says its net income amounted to $1.39 per diluted share for the quarter ended Oct. 31, up from $307 million or 78 cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $1.70 billion, up from $1.57 billion.Excluding specified items, the bank said it earned $531 million or $1.40 per diluted share in the quarter, up from $463 million or $1.24 per share a year ago.Analysts had expected a profit of $1.38 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.“The fourth quarter concludes a record year for the Bank in which its net income exceeded $2 billion for the first time,” National Bank chief executive Louis Vachon said in a statement Friday.“This excellent performance was driven by revenue growth across all of the bank’s business segments and by an effective management of operating costs.”Provisions for credit losses in the fourth quarter totalled $70 million, up from $59 million a year ago, due to its Credigy subsidiary, partly offset by lower provisions recorded for commercial banking loans.Personal and commercial banking earned $239 million in the quarter, up from $191 million a year ago, while wealth management earned $116 million, up from $92 million.Financial markets earned $186 million, up from $176 million, and U.S specialty finance and international earned $55 million, up from $21 million.For its full financial year, National Bank earned $2.02 billion or $5.38 per diluted share, up from $1.26 billion or $3.29 per diluted share in the previous year.Excluding specified items, the bank earned $2.04 billion or $5.45 per diluted share, up from $1.61 billion or $4.35 billion.Note to readers: CORRECTS figures in pentultimate graflast_img read more

Reports Londons Harrods to remove Diana memorial

first_imgLONDON – Harrods, the luxury London department store and tourist destination, is reportedly planning to remove a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.British media, including The Times and the BBC, reported Saturday that the bronze statue will be returned to Dodi’s father, Mohammed Al Fayed, the Egyptian tycoon who previously owned Harrods.The businessman commissioned the bronze statue depicting his son and Diana dancing after the two were killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.The statue was installed in 2005 remained at Harrods after the Qatari royal family bought the store in 2010.The news reports quoted Harrods managing director Michael Ward as saying that with a new Diana statue planned for Kensington Palace, it is the right time to return the one at the store to Al Fayed.last_img read more

Setting new standards of beauty

first_img15-year old Laxmi Agarwal had no idea that a seemingly ordinary day of 2005 would turn her life upside down. Agarwal was returning home after her music class, when she was attacked by 32-year-old man Gudda and his alias Nadeem Syed whose advances she had rejected.Laxmi, who is now a single mother of a girl, says though she has made peace with the unfortunate past, the dreadful memories still haunt her. “I don’t think I will ever be able to push those memories out of my mind. I was leading a normal life, and one incident suddenly took my life by storm. Thereafter, I had to go through 70-80 operations, my studies were hampered, and dreams were shattered. I had no idea if I would ever be able to bring my life back on track, or inspire a thousand people, or become subject for a movie,” states Laxmi, who survived the situation and emerged out as a winner. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Today, I feel proud to see myself standing strong. I don’t cry anymore. I have successfully managed to explain people that my beauty if defined by the work that I do, and not how I look. But whatever happened in all these years– say it the demise of my father and brother, or the disorientation of my family – it’s unforgettable,” she adds. Laxmi advocated against acid attacks by gathering 27,000 signatures for a petition to curb acid sales, taking that cause to the Indian Supreme Court. She is the Founder of Stop Sale Acid – a campaign against acid violence and sale of acid. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile rising from the ashes, one thing Laxmi knew was that she was not a victim. “I was never a victim, will never become one, and won’t let anybody else victimise others. I hate how casually this word is used. Why to call anybody a victim” she questions. The acid attack survivor walked the ramp for Designer Laxmi Shirali at India Runway week, which was held in the Capital recently. Agarwal is happy about the fact that they (Designers and organisers) have chosen an acid attack survivor to step up and explain the real meaning of beauty. “We need to understand that beauty is much more than superficial appearance. And events like these give out a message to society as well as other survivors like me, to muster courage and make something meaningful out of this life. If somebody could take inspiration from my story and achieve what they always dreamt of, I will be the happiest person on the planet.” Laxmi’s life and struggle has inspired an upcoming Bollywood film titled Chhapaak, which will see Deepika Padukone in the titular role. The movie will bring into light some unexplored aspects of Laxmi’s life…but does that make her insecure? “When a celebrity like Deepika comes out to support a cause and speak on behalf of all the acid attack survivors, it’s an answer to all those (the society) who constantly try to suppress people like us. As far as the fear of showing the unknown sides of me is concerned, I would say that Laxmi is an open book. The fear vanished soon after the attack. The person Laxmi was in 2005 doesn’t exist anymore. She is a completely different personality now. She has no fears, no inhibitions.” “For the rest, you need to wait and watch the movie. I can’t reveal much,” she concludes.last_img read more

Abdullah highlights Srinagars infrastructure issues blames Centre previous JK govt

first_imgSrinagar: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the urban life of Srinagar city was blight with various problems, adding that neither the Centre nor the Jammu and Kashmir government invested in the augmentation of urban infrastructure of the state capital in the last five years. “The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads. The people of Srinagar city were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government and the present governor’s administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime,” Abdullah said, addressing a party function where 11 corporators of the SMC joined the NC. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Abdullah said the NC, despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies, never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state. “Once in power, we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues. The party, once in power, will hold the authorities accountable. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “For the last few years, no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city. The need of the hour, therefore, is proper planning to rise up to the demands of the growing population of Srinagar city,” he said. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the absence of a popular elected government in the state was taking its toll on the development scenario of the state. “The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on (PDP chief) Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the Assembly in June last year, after being shown the door by its former ally, things would have been much different. “Today we would have had an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However, she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm,” Abdullah said.last_img read more

Homan following in Laurinaitis footsteps

A four-star recruit coming out of Coldwater High School, senior co-captain Ross Homan was highly touted coming to Ohio State in 2006. Entering a program in Columbus with a long tradition of great linebackers, Homan said he embraced the challenge. “At Ohio State you always have great expectations, it comes with great challenges,” Homan said. “But I think every person here, all the seniors, we want to be challenged everyday. I think it is a matter of stepping up to those challenges and meeting those expectations.” Now halfway through his senior campaign and with more than 250 career tackles to his name, Homan has certainly lived up to the hype and met, if not exceeded, those expectations. A three-year starter, Homan made an impact right away, appearing in all 13 games his freshman year. Collecting 28 tackles in his first year at OSU, Homan said having premiere linebackers such as James Laurinaitis to learn from definitely helped his transition from high school to college. “When I first came in, the person who hosted me on my recruiting visit was James (Laurinaitis) and he really was my older brother here, which was a huge asset to me,” Homan said. “I saw how he watched film, how he worked out, how he approached the game overall … It just really helped me out playing with James.” With Laurinaitis gone, Homan began to gain fame in 2009 when he led the Rose Bowl-champion Buckeye squad in tackles with 108. Despite now being a focal point on the defense and a captain on this year’s team, the 2009 second-team All-Big Ten selection’s production has stayed strong, once again leading the Bucks in tackles. Recognizing his role as a leader on the team, Homan has taken his job as captain to heart and hopes his all-out playing style rubs off on his teammates. “Now I have to be a leader,” he said. “I’m not a real vocal leader, but I’m more of a by-example leader, so I have to lead this team anyway I can, get on the younger guys and just try to get better at that everyday.” As his Buckeye career comes to a close, Homan continues to cement his name in OSU history. Defensive tackle Dexter Larimore believes, as far as linebackers go, he may be one of the tops this university has ever seen. “I think once you look back on his lifetime here and what he has done here, I think he will be up there,” Larimore said. “If you look at the film and you watch him move side to side and do the things that he has done … I personally think he will be one of the top five guys that have come out of here.” read more

Lucas I was right to ditch Neymar PSG for Tottenham

first_imgFormer PSG winger Lucas Moura says he took the right decision in leaving Neymar behind at Paris Saint-Germain as he hopes to “make history” with Tottenham.The winger saw his game time at PSG reduce after Neymar’s arrival last season, which made him opt for Spurs in a £25 million ($32.8m) in January.Neymar is like my brother,’ he told the Mail on Sunday. “I love him and we have a very good close relationship. It was a little bit sad to leave him and Paris because I like the life there. But I had been there for five years and it was time to have a new challenge.“I wanted to play in another championship and coming here was a big opportunity for me to play in the best league in the world.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Tottenham are a big club. They are probably bigger in structure than PSG. I am impressed by this and I was happy to come here.“Now I am ready to give my best because I will do the whole pre-season with the team. That is important because here is very different – the Premier League is very hard – so I will be more ready to show my talent.”Lucas is enjoying his shine as he scored twice in Spurs’ International Champions Cup opener against Roma before impressing again against Barcelona and says he has a good relationship with Spurs boss.“The relationship with him is very good. I believe we can have a big season, win a trophy,” he added.“That’s why I am here, to win a trophy because I believe in the team, the project. We have the capacity to make history here.”last_img read more

Cover Like No Other Frank Oceans Moon River Scores

first_imgContent Not Available Tackling a classic, the GRAMMY winner shares his personal rendition of the timeless balladPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 15, 2018 – 11:35 am On Feb. 15 multi-GRAMMY winner Frank Ocean released his original cover of the classic standard “Moon River” on Tumblr as something he had done “in the late night.” Social media lit up with applause, including responses from Kacey Musgraves and Paramore’s Hayley Williams. It’s a timely reminder that the American songbook is loaded with raw material a great talent can make their own, sharing their unique musical takes on well-known compositions.The 1961 film Breakfast At Tiffany’s put its lead actress Audrey Hepburn on the spot to include a song in her performance, so maestro Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer crafted one of the most singable and irresistible songs in the repertoire. Both men shared in its Song Of The Year GRAMMY at the 4th GRAMMY Awards. Mancini also won Record Of The Year and Best Arrangement for the single. The album won Best Performance By An Orchestra — For Other Than Dancing and Best Sound Track, as well as a nomination for Album Of The Year. Social Media Praise For Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” cover-no-other-frank-oceans-moon-river-scores News Twitter Facebook center_img Email https://twitter.com/KaceyMusgraves/status/964108661701464064 Cover Like No Other: Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” Scores Ocean’s fans and supporters are crossing their fingers that this late-night surprise bodes well for new tracks in 2018.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time/Part-Time Assistant Manager at Panera BreadPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Regulatory Specialist at SOVOS CompliancePart-Time Sales Associate at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Manager of Client Services at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Program Manager at NuPath, Inc.Full-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time/Part-Time Crew Members & Shift Leaders at Dunkin Donuts(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About 360 Painting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting 360 Painting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img

More trouble for Johnny Depp as Amber Heard accuses him of perjury

first_imgAmber Heard and Johnny DeppTwitterThings do not seem to cool down for former Pirates of the Caribbean movie star Johnny Depp. In a shocking turn of events, Amber Heard has reportedly accused her former husband, Johnny Depp of perjury — meaning he lied to the court about one major fight. In addition to this, Aquaman movie actress reportedly has proof of Depp’s lying.Amber Heard has accused Johnny Depp of verbal and physical abuse in May 2016 and she filed for divorce on May 23. Ever since their divorce, Depp has denied Heard’s accusations and even stated once that she painted on bruise herself.That being said, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s personal lives are currently gathering a lot of media attention, and all for the wrong reasons. As per a recent report by The Blast, Amber Heard has now accused Johnny Depp of lying to the court. The said accusation has come after the Fantastic Beasts movie star claimed that only one 911 emergency call was made on May 21, 2016.However, Heard has produced records showing that two calls were made to 911 on the said night of May 2016. The first call was made at 8:30 pm and then another one was made at 10:09 pm. But it should be noted that Depp’s legal team has also produced some proofs that show a discrepancy in the stories. As per Depp’s legal team, they have CCTV footage of him leaving the house at about 8:30 pm. Johnny Depp with ex-wife Amber Heard at The Art of Elysium Presents on the 9th Annual Heaven by Visionaries Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler.Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of ElysiumAs per the released documents, the log states that authorities received a call from victim friend Amber, “assaulted by boyfriend, refused to give further [information].” As per the police records, a second call was then made at around 10:09 pm — apparently, Depp’s legal team claims that this was the first 911 call made by Depp’s former wife.As per the records, “Female stated she was on phone with her friend and she began screaming at her husband, subj Amber Heard, Husband Johnny Heard.”Another log also confirms that the actress told the police officers that they were only engaged in verbal abuse. This is the same point which Johnny Depp’s attorneys have also made about the alleged abuse case.last_img read more

Myanmar president Htin Kyaw resigns

first_imgMyanmar President U Htin KyawMyanmar’s president Htin Kyaw resigned suddenly on Wednesday leaving the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi without a close confidant and political ally as she faces rising international opprobrium over the Rakhine crisis.The president, an old school friend of Suu Kyi, served as her proxy in an office she was barred from occupying under Myanmar’s military-drafted constitution.His role was largely ceremonial with Suu Kyi calling the shots within her civilian administration, under the self-appointed title of State Counsellor.But he was nonetheless the country’s head of state and a key domestic ally for Suu Kyi within her party.Myanmar’s vice president Myint Swe, a retired general close to the former junta leader Than Shwe, will temporarily move into the role until a new president is in place, according to the constitution.Observers say this will likely make some inside Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party queasy as, in theory, decisions could be pushed through – or held back – in this time.Speculation had swirled for months about the health of Htin Kyaw, 72, who had recently lost weight and has had heart problems in the past.“Myanmar president U Htin Kyaw resigned on 21March 2018,” a statement on the president’s official Facebook page said.His office did not give many details for why he resigned Wednesday, only saying that “he wanted to take a rest from his current duty”.It added that a new leader will be selected “within seven working days”.Shortly after the announcement, speaker of the lower house and Suu Kyi ally Win Myint resigned from his position, narrowing his odds of taking up Myanmar’s top civilian office.“Anyone she selects as president will be someone she has complete trust in,” said independent analyst Richard Horsey.“That trust is the basis of her being the seat of power in Myanmar. She has no power under the constitution. Any power comes from that relationship with the president.”Loyal school friendHtin Kyaw, the country’s first civilian president since 1962, was widely respected and seen as unerringly devoted to Suu Kyi, who said she would rule “above” him after he was elected in 2016.He has stood firmly by her side even as as her reputation has been shredded internationally for not speaking up on behalf of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community.A violent military crackdown has forced some 700,000 Rohingya to flee over the border into squalid camps in Bangladesh, in what the UN has branded “ethnic cleansing” with possible “hallmarks of genocide”.The military justifies its campaign as a legitimate response to Rohingya militant attacks against police posts in August.The civilian government is in a transitional power-sharing arrangement with the army which still retains huge political and economic power.The army controls three key ministries-home affairs, borders and defence-effectively giving it a carte blanche to conduct any security operations it chooses.It also has a quarter of legislative seats reserved for officers, giving the military a de facto veto over any constitutional change.Defenders of Suu Kyi say her government’s hands are tied by the military but critics maintain it could and should have done more to speak up against alleged army atrocities, particularly in Rakhine state.Domestically Suu Kyi still enjoys broad popular support but, two years into government, her party has disappointed sky-high expectations of rapid development and economic growth, while the Rakhine crisis has recast the international narrative of the country.Htin Kyaw is the son of a revered poet and helped run Suu Kyi’s charitable foundation before taking over the presidency.According to an official biography, he studied at the University of London’s Institute of Computer Science from 1971 to 1972.In a varied career he worked as a university teacher and also held positions in the finance and national planning and foreign affairs ministries in the late 1970s and 80s before retiring from government service as the military tightened its grip.last_img read more

Schoolgirl killed after rape

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA third grader was killed after being raped allegedly by a college student at Gabtola village in Ashashuni, Satkhira on Sunday night, reports UNB.The deceased was Sushmita, daughter of Proshanto Das and a student of Gabtola Government Primary School.Police arrested alleged Joydeb Sarker, son of Nirmal Sarker and a student of Budhhata BBM Collegiate College in connection with the crime.Victim’s father said Sushmita used to go at Nirmal’s daughter Ambika every afternoon for private tuition. As Ambika was not at home on Sunday, his brother Joydeb taught Sushmita.There was no one at Joydeb’s house and Joydeb raped Sushmita there.As Sushmita became senseless, Joydeb threw her into a pond, he said.When her family members along with villagers started to search her, Joydeb picked the body up from the pond and kept it at his bathroom.On information, police recovered the body from the bathroom of Joydeb’s house around 11:00am and arrested Joydeb, said Biplob Kumar Nath, officer-in-charge of Ashashuni police station adding that Joydeb confessed to his guilt in primary interrogation.last_img read more

Gubernatorial Candidates Run the Gamut on Views on Marijuana

first_imgANNAPOLIS – The debate over Maryland’s marijuana laws took the state capital by storm this legislative session, and the issue seems poised to linger there into the future and during the governor’s race.Gov. Martin O’Malley recently signed into law a measure that will make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil rather than criminal offense starting Oct. 1.The signing marked a shift in opinion by the governor, who had expressed opposition to decriminalization at the January start of the session.A separate measure to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana died in committee.While O’Malley has spoken out against legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the seven major candidates vying to replace him in 2015 expressed a broad range of views in response to a Capital News Service candidates’ questionnaire.The only major candidate currently in support of legalization, Del. Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery, has touted her plan to regulate and tax marijuana and use the revenue to fund universal prekindergarten.Mizeur also proposed legislation this session that would decriminalize small amounts of the drug, but said legalization would be a “top priority” for her administration if elected governor.“In order to make our communities safer, keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and generate much needed revenue, we must expose this underground industry to the light of day by legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana,” she said.Mizeur backed the legalization measure that was introduced this session by Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, and Del. Curt Anderson, D-Baltimore.But most of the focus this session remained on the decriminalization bill sponsored by Sen. Robert Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, and Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-Howard.Democratic candidates Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler both said they support decriminalization, citing the disproportionate number of marijuana-related arrests among minorities and the high costs for law enforcement and the state.Gansler called the enforcement of Maryland’s marijuana possession laws “racially biased, ineffective, and a serious drain on state resources.”“Our policy on simple marijuana possession costs Maryland millions to arrest, process, prosecute and imprison offenders,” he said. “Millions of dollars are being diverted to enforce [illegal] possession of marijuana when it would be a better use of public dollars if law enforcement could focus on violent crimes and preserving public safety.”Brown, who also said those resources would be better spent on combating violent crime, added that he supports decriminalization because a criminal conviction for minor marijuana possession typically impairs a person’s ability to secure employment or affordable housing.But Brown said that he does not support the legalization of marijuana at this time, as two western states have done.“Colorado and Washington will provide an example of the socio-economic challenges and pitfalls to marijuana legalization,” he said. “We will learn from their experiences and assess whether additional changes to Maryland’s law are warranted.”Gansler, who did not say directly whether he supported or opposed legalization, said that any decision on the matter should be based on the “the health and security” of Marylanders and “not on a rush to tax a new source of income to address budget pressures.”All four major GOP candidates for governor expressed opposition to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, but not all said they were fully closed off to the idea of decriminalization in responses submitted before the General Assembly passed the decriminalization measure on April 7.Larry Hogan, an Anne Arundel County real estate broker and leader of the conservative advocacy group Change Maryland, echoed the sentiment that Maryland should look closely at other states’ experiences with decriminalization and legalization before moving to change any existing laws.But Hogan said that he would “keep an open mind” on the state’s laws despite being currently opposed to legalization.“Destroying someone’s chances of employment and exposing them to violent offenders because they possessed a small amount of marijuana seems unjust,” he said.Gubernatorial candidate Delegate Ron George, R-Anne Arundel, said he would be open to measures that impose civil fines or diversion programs instead of “strict legal methods” for nonviolent drug offenders.But he said he does not believe full legalization is the right course.“I have a master’s degree in clinical psychology and am aware of the effects on the developing brain,” he said.George added that he is concerned marijuana use would increase among young people.Harford County Executive and Republican candidate David Craig expressed concerns about the message any changes would send about the “dangers of marijuana use.”“We also have to consider the way it impacts our state as we attempt to poise ourselves as a cybersecurity, biotech, and defense mecca where top security clearances are required,” Craig said.He questioned how health care issues would be affected if marijuana were legalized and said he does not support legalization or “full decriminalization” of the drug.Charles County businessman and gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar, a Republican, expressed concern about what he called “the widespread recreational use” of marijuana and the effects it has on users and their families.Lollar, like O’Malley, said he considers marijuana a gateway drug and is against its legalization for recreational purposes.last_img read more

Keep Your Browsing Data Private With This VPN

first_img 2 min read Whether you’re crunching numbers on your laptop at a coffee shop or spending a late night putting together a deck on your desktop, you rely on your devices to work together and say in sync. Unfortunately, there are plenty of malicious parties, advertisers and even your own ISP trying to slip into your gadgets and snag your browsing history, or grab your info with malware. A Virtual Private Network like Surfshark VPN can make that unsecured Wi-Fi network at your favorite lunch spot safe again.VPNs protect your data by sending all of your information through an encrypted tunnel, so unsecured Wi-Fi networks become perfectly safe for all of your business needs. Most VPNs eat up some speed as they protect you, but Surfshark helps you browse securely with unlimited data over 500+ torrent-friendly servers.You can sidestep geo-restrictions while traveling (so you can still access sites like Facebook in countries like China), mitigate risks with a kill-switch that turns off the internet if your VPN loses its connection. Surfshark’s CleanWeb feature also blocks ads, trackers, and malware while you browse, and the company’s strict no-logging policy will never track the sites you visit.A one-year subscription to Surfshark VPN usually costs $145, but right now you can protect all of your business devices with a single subscription for only $39 (73 percent off). Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 21, 2019 Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Toronto proposes new rules for Airbnb rentals

first_img Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Toronto proposes new rules for Airbnb rentals By: Michelle McQuiggeSource: The Canadian Press Tags: Airbnb, Toronto TORONTO — Toronto’s mayor says proposed new rules for the city’s short-term rental market, including properties listed on Airbnb, would help strike a balance between the need for such accommodations and the disruptions they can cause to local neighbourhoods.John Tory is defending a report released by the city’s Municipal Licensing and Standards department which lays out a number of proposals for individuals and companies who offer short-term rentals.One proposed change would ban people from renting out homes that are not their primary residences.Tory says such a move would help stabilize neighbourhoods by limiting the number of people staying there temporarily, while also potentially putting housing units back on the market for longer-term tenants.Other recommendations include licensing short-term rental companies such as Airbnb, creating a registry for people who operate short-term rentals, and changing zoning bylaws to create a new land use classification for short-term rentals.City council must vote on the recommendations, and Tory says the proposed rules are still open to public consultation and feedback.But the mayor said there’s a need to address the short-term rental market in the city, which defenders argue brings millions of tourism dollars into the city. Airbnb estimates its users spent about $417 million in city neighbourhoods last year.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedTory argued that those who snap up secondary properties that they then list on Airbnb and similar websites risk destabilizing neighbourhoods by introducing transient populations into otherwise residential areas.He said the proposed new rules, which the city estimates would remove about 3,200 properties from the short-term rental market, could limit that risk.“I think what we’ve done here is we’ve tried to achieve a balance between this kind of availability for tourists and others, and the needs of people for permanent housing and the need for stable neighbourhoods,” Tory told a press conference on Monday.The city report said limiting rentals to principle residences would still leave roughly 7,600 properties on the market.The city based its information on 2016 data provided by Airbnb, the most high-profile platform through which people both list and book short-term rentals.Airbnb said it welcomed Toronto’s move toward regulating home-sharing.Alex Dagg, the company’s public policy manager for Canada, said Airbnb is reviewing the recommendations and plans to offer feedback to the city at a later date.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsToronto’s proposed rules come after Quebec implemented a law last year regulating properties on Airbnb and other home rental websites.That law requires people who rent out accommodations for no more than 31 consecutive days to have a permit and pay a hotel tax. Individuals who violate the law can be fined between $2,500 and $25,000 daily, while corporations face penalties of between $5,000 and $50,000 a day.Recent data suggests, however, that the majority of Quebecers who listed their properties on Airbnb and other home rental websites are not registering with the province.The province’s Tourism Department says it issued 967 permits for rental hosts out of 2,244 applications in the year since the law took effect on April 15, 2016.There were 19,400 Airbnb hosts in Quebec in 2016, according to the company’s data, and that doesn’t include people who rent out their homes on other websites such as VRBO and Kijiji. That would suggest a compliance rate of less than five per cent among Airbnb hosts alone. << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more

Aussie travel entrepreneurs to develop hotel in Lima Peru

first_imgInnovative Australian travel company Chimu Adventures today announced it is investing more than AU$5 million to transform a magnificent 1920s mansion in the buzzing Barranco District of Lima, Peru, into what it believes will be the city’s hottest boutique hotel.It’s a logical step for Chimu, which over the past decade has evolved into the market-leading South American and Antarctic tour operator with 70 staff.Chimu Adventures co-founder Greg Carter“We’re very excited and believe it’s an excellent business opportunity that ties in perfectly with our retail and wholesale operations, said co-founder Greg Carter, who founded Chimu in 2007 with travel buddy Chad Carey.“The simple fact is that there’s a shortage of good hotels in Lima, especially for travellers who want to stay in non-chain properties with modern facilities and a sense of place, which is the market we are targeting.“To our knowledge we’re the first Australian company to develop a hotel in South America.”Tourism to Peru is on a roll with visitor numbers more than doubling in the past decade, reaching an all-time high of 4.22 million in 2015, an increase of 9.3% over 2014, and momentum is continuing through this year.Adding to the allure, Lima’s reputation as the food and culture capital of South America continues to grow with the well-known eateries Central (#4), Astrid y Gaston (#14) and Maido (#44) all featuring in San Pellegrino’s top 50 restaurant awards for 2015.“There’s a lot happening in Lima at the moment – there’s a really good feel about the place – and when the opportunity came up to lease this amazing mansion and transform it into a hotel, we absolutely jumped at it,” said Mr Carter.“Its prime location in the heart of Barranco, just 200m from the beach on Saenz Pena, one of the area’s best streets, was also a major attraction. “Barranco is a fantastic place – really buzzy, with lots of great restaurants, cafes and galleries,” he said.Preliminary work has begun on the project which is scheduled for completion by November.When complete, the former beach retreat of a wealthy Lima family will feature 17 stylish guest rooms, beautiful public areas, a restaurant and rooftop bar with views of the South Pacific.“We want it to become a part of the community reflecting the best aspects of Lima and Peru,” Mr Carter said. Chimu AdventuresSource = Chimu Adventureslast_img read more

Tonight We Stand Here and It Feels Like Were Finally Winning Say

first_img July 19, 2018 Apply Now » Project Grow Next Article Lydia Belanger 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Kevin Mazur | Getty Images ‘Tonight, We Stand Here, and It Feels Like We’re Finally Winning,’ Say Sexual Abuse Survivors in Inspiring Speeches at ESPY Awardscenter_img Add to Queue 5 min read At the televised ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards Wednesday night, one of the centerpieces of the event was the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.This year, a group of more than 140 women took the stage to receive the award, all of whom are survivors of sexual abuse. The award honored the hundreds of women who were victims of abuse by former U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar over multiple decades. Nassar was imprisoned on child pornography and sexual abuse charges after The Indianapolis Star reported on a pattern of incidences.At last night’s ceremony, the survivors spoke about the experiences they endured in a video that played prior to a series of remarks by current and former gymnasts Aly Raisman and Sarah Klein and former Michigan State University softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez. These women were also among those who provided statements at Nassar’s sentencing trial.Related: These Two Sexual Health Companies Have Responded Differently to the #MeToo MovementWatch the presentation, and read the complete transcript of Klein’s, Lopez’s and Raisman’s remarks at the 2018 ESPYs, below. Sarah Klein“It’s a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors as we represent hundreds more who are not here tonight. “Make no mistake — we’re here on this stage to present an image for the world to see, a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage.“The abuse of Larry Nassar began 30 years ago with me. For 30 years, people at the United States Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University all placed money and medals above the safety of child athletes. Thirty years, until the work of Detective Lieutenant Andrea Munford of the Michigan State Police Department and Andrea Povilaitis, the assistant attorney general who prosecuted the case, finally putting our abuser away for life. “Speaking up and speaking out is not easy. Telling our stories of abuse, over and over and over again, in graphic detail, is not easy. We’re sacrificing privacy, we’re being judged and scrutinized and it’s grueling and it’s painful, but it is time. “As a mother, I am here to say that we must start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adults’ reputations. And as a survivor, I’m here to say that if we just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it. If one more victim of sexual abuse feels less alone tonight, then our suffering has meaning.” Tiffany Thomas Lopez“In my sport, softball, we typically measure ourselves with wins and losses. Well, the amount of loss is almost immeasurable. Tonight, we stand here, and it feels like we’re finally winning.“There are a lot of conversations in our society that we tiptoe around as if they’re something to avoid. I know in my life, people have looked that way at two issues extremely personal to me: race and sexual abuse. Sexual abuse claims victims in every race, showing no discrimination. Just like Arthur Ashe, I stand so very proud representing not only minorities, but all of us as humans, the human race. “I encourage those suffering to hold tight to your faith, and stand tall when speaking your truth. I’m here to tell you, you cannot silence the strong forever.”Aly Raisman“1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. These were the years we spoke up about Larry Nassar’s abuse. All those years, we were told, ‘You are wrong. You misunderstood. He’s a doctor. It’s OK. Don’t worry. We’ve got it covered. Be careful. There are risks involved.’ The intention? To silence us in favor of money, medals and reputation. “But we persisted, and finally, someone listened and believed us. This past January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina showed a profound level of understanding by giving us each an opportunity to face our abuser, to speak our truth and feel heard. Thank you, Judge, for honoring our voices. For too long, we were ignored, and you helped us rediscover the power we each possess. You may never meet the hundreds of children you saved, but know they exist. “The ripple effect of our actions, or inactions, can be enormous. spanning generations. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this nightmare is that it could have been avoided. Predators thrive in silence. It is all too common for people to choose to not get involved. Whether you act or do nothing, you are shaping the world we live in, impacting others. All we needed was one adult to have the integrity to stand between us and Larry Nassar. If just one adult had listened, believed and acted, the people standing before you on this stage would have never met him.“Too often, abusers, and enablers perpetuate suffering by making survivors feel their truth doesn’t matter. To the survivors out there, don’t let anyone write your story. Your truth does matter. You matter. And you are not alone.“We all face hardships. If we choose to listen and we choose to act with empathy, we can draw strength from each other. We may suffer alone, but we survive together.” –shares More than 140 women, including Aly Raisman, Sarah Klein and Tiffany Thomas Lopez, took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more