RCMP investigating attempted abduction of construction flagger

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP are looking for the public’s help after two people allegedly tried to abduct a flagger working on Highway 29.On August 4, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., the RCMP were called about the attempted abduction.  The RCMP say a dark blue van with silver striping approached a road flagger on Highway 29 near the Szoo Road at around 9 a.m.  The van came to a stop near the lone female flagger, and a caucasian male opened the van’s rear doors.  The male exited the van and attempted to pull the woman inside.The flagger struggled with the unknown male, who eventually got back in the van and drove off toward Hudson’s Hope. The male appeared to be caucasian, and the victim did not recognize this person. The Fort St. John RCMP are asking anyone who may have been in this area at the time of this incident and may recognize this van, the suspect or have dashcam video footage to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140. Currently, Fort St John RCMP Frontline members are partnering with RCMP members from Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Grande Prairie in an attempt to identify the suspect or the vehicle in this incident.RCMP members are currently canvassing neighbouring properties to speak with witnesses, or to obtain any video surveillance they may have.Traffic Services members in North District have been made aware and are currently looking for any vehicles that match the description.The van is described as;dark blue with silver stripingchrome on the front grillebarn style rear doorsThe suspect is described as;caucasian maleapproximately 5’9no accent when he spoke“We’re asking for anyone who was in the Charlie Lake area to try to remember if they saw a vehicle matching this description to call the RCMP,” says Sgt Joelle LaChance, A/Operations NCO of the Fort St John RCMP. “Your dashcam footage may be able to help us identify the suspect in this crime”.last_img read more

Zion Williamson Packed A Lot Of Greatness Into A Short College Career

Zion’s place among Naismith Award winnersFor Zion Williamson and Naismith College Player of the Year winners since 1996, team Final Four status and win share statistics 2011Jimmer FredetteBrigham YoungGSr.8.5.256 The 2019 Naismith winner will be announced April 7Sources: Wikipedia, Sports-Reference.com College basketball’s biggest weekend will be missing college basketball’s biggest star. After Michigan State knocked off Duke 68-67 on Sunday to advance to the Final Four, the Blue Devils are out of the NCAA Tournament — and that means we won’t see forward Zion Williamson again until the NBA draft. (Presumably.) CBS had invested a lot in following Williamson’s every move during the tournament, and with good cause. By at least one metric, Williamson had the best season in recent college history. But that’s all in the past now. So how weird is it that Zion won’t be present for the tournament’s finale in Minneapolis? And what can we make of his brief, brilliant stay in the college game, possibly as one of the final megastars of the one-and-done era?Williamson has spent most of the season as the heavy betting favorite to win the men’s Naismith college player of the year award. His money-line odds were as high as -700 (that’s roughly 88 percent without removing the vig) before his midseason injury, and they currently sit around -300 (75 percent). Other players could potentially take the honor when it is announced April 7, but it would be a surprise if Williamson were not the winner.If Zion does pick up the award, he will become only the third freshman (joining Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis) and 12th underclassman to do so in the history of the honor. It’s an elite award to earn, having been won by the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Michael Jordan, in addition to KD and AD. But it hasn’t exactly been out of the ordinary for the Final Four to move on without the nation’s best player. Through 2018, the Naismith award winner has seen his team make the Final Four just 48 percent of the time — meaning roughly half of college basketball’s very best stars since 19691The first year the award was given out. have watched the Final Four from home. Williamson wouldn’t be the first to fit that description, and he likely wouldn’t be the last.But even among players of the year, Williamson would be unusually good — particularly by the standards of some recent winners:2We went back to 1996 in the table below because that’s the earliest season for which Sports-Reference.com calculates its win shares player-value metric. 2004Jameer NelsonSaint Joseph’sGSr.6.6.243 1998Antawn JamisonNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.3.271 2007Kevin DurantTexasFFr.8.8.280 2014Doug McDermottCreightonFSr.7.7.261 2019Zion WilliamsonDukeFFr.8.3.335 2001Shane BattierDukeFSr.✓10.1.298 2000Kenyon MartinCincinnatiFSr.9.0.398 2015Frank KaminskyWisconsinFSr.✓9.8.299 2008Tyler HansbroughNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.7.272 2012Anthony DavisKentuckyCFr.✓9.9.310 2006J. J. RedickDukeGSr.7.8.233 2010Evan TurnerOhio StateGJr.6.8.247 2002Jason WilliamsDukeGJr.6.3.213 YearPlayerCollegePos.ClassFinal four?TotalPer 40 2003T. J. FordTexasGSo.✓4.3.155 2013Trey BurkeMichiganGSo.✓8.6.249 2016Buddy HieldOklahomaGSr.✓7.6.232 1997Tim DuncanWake ForestCSr.10.4.367 2018Jalen BrunsonVillanovaGJr.✓7.7.241 1996Marcus CambyMassachusettsCJr.✓8.1.320 2017Frank Mason IIIKansasGSr.7.5.230 2005Andrew BogutUtahCSo.10.9.358 1999Elton BrandDukeFSo.✓10.0.350 2009Blake GriffinOklahomaFSo.9.7.332 Win Shares From ABC News: On a per-40-minute basis, Williamson would have the most win shares of any Naismith winner since Andrew Bogut in 2005 (Bogut went No. 1 overall in the NBA draft that summer) and the fifth-most since 1996, period. And unlike some of the other names on the list above, Williamson wasn’t a one-man show dragging a bunch of weak teammates along. Duke ranked fourth in our pre-tournament Elo ratings — higher than the team of anyone ranked ahead of Zion in win shares per 40 minutes except Elton Brand (whose own Blue Devils ranked first going into the 1999 tourney).In that regard, maybe the best comparison for Williamson’s freshman season was that of Davis on the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats — a stellar, standout individual year on a highly ranked squad full of other elite NBA prospects. But while Davis got to the Final Four and ultimately won the NCAA championship, Williamson and Duke fell short, relegating him to a separate list of freshman phenoms — one including Durant and Michael Beasley, whose individual efficiency in 2008 was (amazingly) even greater than Zion’s this year — on teams that couldn’t get to the tournament’s third weekend.The end of Duke’s season won’t diminish the personal success Williamson had during his one NCAA season, nor will it affect his presumptive status as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. And few fans outside Durham will be crying for Duke, which had its chances to close out Michigan State late on Sunday but was unable to do so (in large part because Williamson took only one shot in the game’s final six-and-a-half minutes). Even so, the Final Four won’t be quite the same without Williamson’s dizzying array of highlight-reel drives, dunks and swats. Instead, the Season of Zion Williamson will come to an end with Zion Williamson nowhere in sight. Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

Significant Digits For Friday Jan 30 2015

One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. $50John Kerry, the United States secretary of state, owes the city of Boston a $50 fine for failing to shovel his sidewalk. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia — a nation not known for its snow-clearance legislation — as a blizzard struck New England this week. [The Boston Globe]63.9 percentThe home ownership rate is now at its lowest level since 1994, down to 63.9 percent in the final quarter of 2014. [Los Angeles Times]96 tonsAmount of dog poop generated in New York City each day. [FiveThirtyEight]98 percent of scientistsAbout 98 percent scientists say the public’s lack of knowledge about science is a problem, so why don’t you guys go learn a book or something, geez. [Re/code]3,000 storiesI thought I was safe in journalism — I’d picked a good field, one that couldn’t be automated. I was wrong. The Associated Press is already automatically generating 3,000 stories each quarter. Right now, those stories are about companies’ quarterly earnings, but who knows when the robots will move on to the dog poop beat. [The Verge]$1.3 billionNew York City cultural institutions spent $1.3 billion on new construction over the past five years on projects including the expansion of the Queens Museum and the renovation of the fountains at the Met. In 2014, construction expenditures were up 46 percent from 2013 to $208 million. [Crain’s New York] You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.9 communications majors It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that the notoriously taciturn Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is not among the nine communications majors taking the field in Super Bowl XLIX. Playboy broke down the college majors of every player in this year’s game, and communications came out as the most popular course of study, with nine players, followed by sociology and general studies, with seven players each. [Playboy]11.8 percentAccording to the NFL, concussions decreased by 11.8 percent this season compared to last year, to 202 from 229. [The New York Times]14 percent riseThe average American office worker spends nine hours each week in meetings or thinking about meetings, up 14 percent from four years ago. [NPR]25 megabits per secondThe Federal Communications Commission raised the bar on the download speeds for “broadband” Internet to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) from 4 Mbps. Under the previous standard, 6.3 percent of households didn’t have broadband. Now 19.4 percent don’t. [Ubergizmo] read more

Ohio State mens basketball ready to avenge itself vs Michigan State in

Michigan State senior guard Bryn Forbes (5) cheers from the bench during the Spartans’ 81-62 win over Ohio State at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS – The Ohio State men’s basketball team took care of business Thursday night against Penn State, grinding out a 79-75 victory. But its work at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse is not done. In some ways, it’s just beginning for the Buckeyes as they advance into the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. That’s because their opponent Friday night is a team that has beaten them twice in less than three weeks: the Michigan State Spartans. “This is the game we’ve been waiting for,” said OSU freshman center Daniel Giddens. “After our last loss at their place, we’re just ready to avenge ourselves.” The Buckeyes started slow against the Nittany Lions, trailing by double digits at times in the first half before trimming it to a three-point deficit at the break. OSU used an explosive start in the second period to grab control and, eventually, after fending off a few late pushes by Penn State, the victory. In the locker room after the game, most of the chatter wasn’t about what just happened on the floor, but instead, it centered on the things the Buckeyes need to do to extend their stay in Indianapolis into Saturday. Simply put, the list is rather long.“They pose so many problems,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. The first thing the Scarlet and Gray have to do, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said, is focus for 40 minutes, not just one half. When the two teams played in Columbus on Feb. 23, the Buckeyes trailed by only five points at the break before losing by 19. The second time around, last Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan, OSU was within striking distance for the opening 15 minutes, then things started to sputter en route to a 15-point defeat.The two-faced nature of the Buckeyes’ performances can’t be attributed to just one thing, said junior forward Marc Loving, who led OSU with 24 points against Penn State, but the Spartans’ pace of play, compounded with their ball movement, takes its toll.If a strong second half is what’s needed to upset Michigan State, OSU showed it’s capable of putting forth one against Penn State. The Buckeyes roared back in the final 20 minutes Thursday night, scoring 45 second-half points. Granted, Michigan State, the tournament’s second seed, is a whole different animal than Penn State, but it gives players confidence, Loving said. “I feel like it should definitely carry over (to Friday),” he said. The other big thing the Buckeyes will try to correct before Friday night, Giddens said, is not trying to put too much focus on just one player. In the first game versus Michigan State, the attention was centered on Denzel Valentine, and rightfully so. The senior guard is a leading candidate for national player of the year, but he isn’t the only elite talent on coach Tom Izzo’s team. With the Buckeyes concentrating on Valentine, senior guard Bryn Forbes took advantage, hitting six 3-pointers on his way to a 27-point performance. In the regular-season rematch, the reverse happened. Steadfast on stopping Forbes, Valentine had a 27-point outing of his own, while adding 13 assists. This creates all sorts of problems, Giddens said, but the team is aware now that everyone on the floor needs to buckle down and defend. If it puts too much attention on Forbes and Valentine, Giddens mentioned that senior forward Matt Costello could do damage of his own.Although the task of advancing to the tournament semifinals will be a difficult one, many of the players said another crack at the Spartans is just what they wanted. After getting beat twice, they know what they need to flip the script this time around.Their work starts now and continues until the ball gets tossed up Friday at 6:30 p.m.“We’ll head back, grab something to eat, and we’ve already got (the film) we need to show ready,” Matta said. “I think they understand that the mission is not accomplished yet.” read more

Depth Chart Week 3 at Oklahoma

WLB33 Dante BookerOR48 Joe Burger47 Justin HilliardJr.Rs. Sr.Rs. Fr. CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. Week 3 defense at Oklahoma PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr.Rs. Sr.Jr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr.Rs. So. DE6 Sam Hubbard            OR11 Jayln Holmes          97 Nick Bosa     Rs. So.Jr.Fr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So.Rs. Jr.Fr. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr.Jr.Sr. RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr.Sr. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So.So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe  BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. Week Two special teams versus Tulsa LT  74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr.So. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr.Rs. Jr.Rs. So. DT77 Michael Hill             67 Robert Landers       Rs. Jr.Fr. RG54 Billy Price78 Demetrius KnoxRs. Jr.Rs. So. The third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes head to Norman, Oklahoma, this week for the pre-conference showdown of the year against the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners.On Tuesday, OSU released its Week 3 depth chart. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Dante Booker sat out last game versus Tulsa, but Meyer said on Monday that he is probable to play.Week 3 offense at Oklahoma MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So.Rs. So.Fr. LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton      Rs. Fr.Rs. Fr. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. read more

Minnesota Vikings Chris Kluwe Why cant a gay player be who they

With the Supreme Court currently debating the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, both of which define marriage as only between a man and a woman, the national debate regarding same-sex marriage is as intense as it has ever been. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe may be one of same-sex marriage’s most well-known supporters, at least among football fans. He visited Ohio State Monday to discuss his point of view in an event sponsored by the Moritz College of Law. Kluwe has been playing an active role in the fight against Proposition 8, as the co-author of an amicus brief titled “Athletes’ Brief,” along with NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens. The brief has been signed by a number of professional athletes and sports-related figures who also support same-sex marriage, including NFL Players’ Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and former Columbus Crew soccer player Robbie Rogers, who simultaneously came out as gay and retired from soccer in February. “I figured that athletes signing on for an amicus brief would have an effect on the Supreme Court … because that’s not generally an issue of the population that weighs in on political matters,” Kluwe said of the brief. “We did that, got a bunch of other athletes to sign on and hopefully make the court think about the fact that what they do has an impact. “What they do is where people are going to draw their inspiration from,” Kluwe added. “This is a case where they can literally make history.” Kluwe said that inside NFL front offices, the biggest concern about a player coming out is the potential distraction that it could cause for the team. “There is kind of this unwritten idea that gay players cannot come out because it would create a media firestorm around that, which in turn might distract the team from focusing on football,” Kluwe said. “My response to that would be there is tons of distractions that go on on any given year … It’s not like there’s a shortage of distractions already. Why can’t a gay player be who they are?” Not everyone in the NFL agrees with Kluwe’s point of view about the distraction blowing over. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons tweeted from his Twitter handle @chrisclemons91 on March 26 that he thinks gay NFL players should keep their sexuality private, saying a player coming out would “make themselves bigger than the team.” Kluwe said he thinks the issue will “blow over in a month or two” once a first active NFL player comes out as homosexual. “The first guy or guys that come out, yeah, there’s going to be some attention, but after that, no one will care,” Kluwe said. “Then it becomes, how well can you play football, which is the way it should be.” Kluwe said he thinks it would be “easier” for a well-known player to come out than a lesser-known player, because of their established success. “Another player, it could be harder because they may be on the verge of getting cut anyways,” Kluwe said. “Then people are going to ask, ‘well, did he get cut because of his performance? did he get cut because he was gay?’ That being said, I think any player that comes out as openly gay will have done the right thing for themselves because no one should have to hide who they are.” Kluwe said he does not know whether any of his current or former teammates are gay, but said statistics indicate that there are numerous homosexual players in the NFL. “I know that I’ve played with gay players before, I do not know who they are,” Kluwe said. “Honestly, it’s about can you play on the field on Sunday, that’s all I’m concerned about when I’m on the football field.” Kluwe said in a post-event interview that it was “awesome to be able to talk about tolerance and respect and equality” at OSU, and he thinks sports can spread that message to a new audience. “Traditionally, a lot of sports fans don’t necessarily worry about other political issues, about social issues, they look at sports as pure entertainment,” Kluwe told The Lantern. “That’s why when sports does take a stand on an issue, it’s so powerful because you reach an audience that might not otherwise be reached.” Grant Stancliff, communications manager for LGBT-advocacy group Equality Ohio, also spoke at the event prior to Kluwe. Stancliff said he thought the event was “fantastic.” “Hearing him … taking the long view about how we want to be a society that is empathetic, and that can grow together and that can function together, I really enjoyed it,” Stancliff said. Naman Mody, a first-year graduate student in computer science, attended the event and said he enjoyed hearing a different perspective on the issue of same-sex marriage rights. “When somebody of his fame and stature comes out and talks about this issue, it makes people think and reflect upon these ideas,” Mody said. Kluwe said he views the issue of same-sex marriage bans as an issue of people being “denied the freedom to live their own lives.” A political science and history major while playing football at UCLA, he compared the same-sex marriage debate to previous issues in U.S. history. “We’ve fought this fight before: it’s been segregation, suffrage and slavery,” Kluwe said. “There really has been the same fight over controlling other people’s lives, and if you can present it to people in that way and make them think about the fact that this is not freedom, this is about controlling someone, then they start to figure it out.” Same-sex marriage is currently legal in only nine U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia. The Ohio Revised Code defines that marriage “may only be entered into by one man and one woman.” read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue senior linebacker T.J. McCollum (6) attempts a to sack Ohio University running back A.J. Ouellette (45). Credit: Courtesy of Purdue AthleticsLocation: West Lafayette, Indiana2016 Record: 3-9 (1-8 Big Ten)Head Coach: Jeff Brohm2017 record so far: 1-1All time record vs. OSU: 14-39What has happened thus far in 2017:Purdue was defeated 35-28 in its season opener by No. 16 Louisville and 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Boilermakers were led by their defense, which forced three turnovers in this game, but were ultimately overmatched by the Cardinals’ high-powered offense. They went on to face the Ohio Bobcats Friday, winning 44-21. Running back Tario Fuller led the team to victory with 142 rushing yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. This marked the first win of the Jeff Brohm era in West Lafayette, Indiana.Impact PlayerRedshirt senior linebacker T.J. McCollum could have a major impact on the Boilermaker defense this season. He had 120 solo tackles — including 16 for a loss — in his three seasons prior to joining Purdue. The linebacker’s 18 tackles in his first two games lead the team. McCollum transferred from Western Kentucky with Brohm.StrengthsPurdue’s strength will be the linebackers. The Boilermakers added McCollum to a linebacker core of sophomore Markus Bailey and senior Ja’Whaun Bentley. Bailey led the team in tackles last season with 97 while Bentley had 50 tackles last season, including seven for loss. Tight end is also emerging as a position of strength for Purdue. Junior Cole Herdman leads the team in receiving yards this season with 146 yards on six receptions and a touchdown, while backup tight end Brycen Hopkins has seven receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. WeaknessesPurdue’s pass defense must improve if the team is going to contend against some of the better teams in the Big Ten like Michigan and Wisconsin, which it will face on Sept. 23 and Oct. 14, respectively. The pass defense has given up 602 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. The secondary added transfer safety T.J. Jallow, yet the starters in the secondary only had one interception last season. Overall, the defense looks improved from last season, but its ability to slow down the passing game could determine how far the team will go. read more

Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsNoneInvitations To BidButters Row Boiler Replacement — Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 11amRedevelopment of (15) Gravel Packed Wells at Brown’s Crossing Wellfield — Deadline: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.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… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgYour Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.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… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community” TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (May 20, 2019 to May 27, 2019)Tewksbury Telemedia Announces Debut Of Three Unique Cable Access ChannelsState Rep. Nguyen Presented With “Women’s Empowerment Award”Tewksbury Looking To Fill Multiple Board VacanciesSmith, White Named TMHS-Rotary Club Hats Off Winners for MayEssex Baseball Association To Bring 19th Century Vintage Baseball To Tewksburylast_img read more

LGs rollable TV wows and a car walks as CES 2019 prepares

first_img Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 CES 2019 Preview • Best Buy $198 $229 See It Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Sony WI-1000X (Gold) Gadgets Speakers Smart Home TVs Headphones Car Tech Monitors Laptops Refrigerators 2:04 85 Photos Post a comment At a show like CES, much of the important news happens even before the Las Vegas Convention center opens its doors. With exhibitors putting finishing touches on their booths and CNET editors racing across town to press conferences, here’s everything that caught our eye.Roll up that LG TV.TVs No one can say LG didn’t come to Las Vegas to impress. Just consider its flexible OLED screen that rolls into a compact tube. The company showed a design that disappears into a low-slung stand supporting a sleek silver box and a Dolby Atmos sound system. Very cool. Abt Electronics Walmartcenter_img New TVs also spilled from TCL and Sony, the latter having upgraded its 8K Z9G Master Series LCD series to 85-inch and 98-inch sizes.LG Display had a very cool OLED “sculpture” LGD calls “The Rose.” gtk-pg10-table-cupsNo, it’s not a grill, it’s Sony’s new GTK-PG10 outdoor party speaker. Sony Home audio Sony has a range of new new speakers including the GTK-PG10 outdoor party speaker with a table and cup holders over a water-resistant top. Because it’s not in enough places, Amazon Alexa will arrive in Sony’s WH-1000XM3, WH-1000XM2 and WI-1000X headphones, as well. 181218-ring-oldham-0052-croppedReplace that peephole with a doorbell and a video camera. Ring Smart home Samsung updated its Family Hub smart refrigerator with interface tweaks and more emphasis on its virtual assistant, Bixby. The voice assistant also will be making its way into cars and apps like Gmail and Google Maps. Apartment dwellers, rejoice. The $199 Ring Door View Cam replaces your front door peephole with a doorbell and a tiny camera. hyundai-elevate-press-conference-8It’s car… that walks! Angela Lang/CNET CarsToyota said it will bring AT&T-powered 4G Wi-Fi to its cars this autumn. Drivers will get unlimited data plans and the ability to remotely start their vehicles. Hyundai showed a concept for a walking car called Elevate that can drive at highway speeds and allegedly climb a 5-foot wall and step over a 5-foot gap. lenovo-monitors-ces-2019-1That’s a big monitor, Lenovo. Tyler Lizenby/CNET PCs and monitorsIf you think bezels are so 2014, Asus says its ZenBook S13 has the slimmest bezels of any laptop on Earth. Lenovo came to town with a lot to share. It showed a curved 49-inch gaming monitor, it added a round of updates to its ThinkPad business laptops and accessories and it said its Legion Y740 and Y540 will get new Nvidia graphics cards. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $198 Sony WI-1000X $198 See It 0 Other stuff that was cool The R-Puno cycling mask not only blocks air pollution, but it also lights up to let you know when air is bad. Samsung announced four new robotics initiatives. Bot Air will use sensors to monitor air quality and detect pollution sources, Bot Retail will let robotic assistants field customer questions and requests and the GEMS platform promises to help athletes train and give support to people with mobility issues. Bot Care is an actual robot that can check your blood pressure and heart rate. HTC teased the Vive Cosmos, a new consumer-friendly VR, and the Vive Pro Eye headset, which incorporates eye-tracking capability. If you need content for those headsets, HTC’s new VivePort Infinity is an upgraded subscription service with more than 500 titles. A veggie burger that bleeds? Not impossible! CNET Impossible Foods, that maker of a plant-based burger that tastes like the real thing and actually bleeds, launched a new gluten-free 2.0 burger with lowered cholesterol, fat and calories. Harley-Davidson announced that the Livewire, its $30,000 all-electric motorcycle, is now available for preorder with plans to go into production this fall.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Share your voice See It CES Products Amazon Asus HTC Lenovo LG Samsung Sonylast_img read more

Nokia goes retro at MWC with Nokia 210 unveils 1 Plus 32

first_imgThe Nokia 1 Plus is also “simple,” but in another distinct way. While it does have a 5.45-inch touchscreen, an 8-megapixel camera and a quad-core processor, it runs Android 9 Pie, Go Edition. Android Go is a lighter version of the OS and its essential apps, which lets entry-level phones like this run Android smoothly, on a lighter memory footprint.With two storage options, the 1 Plus costs 89 euros (for the 8GB model) or 99 euros (16GB). That’s about $100 and $110; £80 and £90; or AU$140 and AU$160, respectively. Nokia 210, 1 Plus, 3.2 and 4.2 debut at MWC May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared See All Now playing: Watch this: Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Tags reading • Nokia goes retro at MWC with Nokia 210, unveils 1 Plus, 3.2 and 4.2 phones too Comment Phones The Nokia 210. Sarah Tew/CNET Nokia didn’t just bring the five-camera-toting Nokia 9 PureView to MWC. The storied phone brand also introduced a whole slew of more affordable new phones on Sunday. These are the Nokia 210, which struts a familiar old-school design, and the midrange Nokia 1 Plus, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2.With its physical number keys, brick body and limited software capabilities, the Nokia 210 isn’t exactly the latest and greatest in hardware. But its purposefully classic look may be a good fit for those looking for a simple, user-friendly feature phone. It’s also super cheap, priced at 30 euros — that converts to about $35, £25 or AU$50. If you’re worried about being too off the grid, the Nokia 210 does have a few modern fixings. You can browse the web and post to Facebook, for example, on the Opera Mini browser. Nokia also included its signature game of Snake, albeit an updated version that’s not quite as nostalgia-inducing as the chassis.   Mobile World Congress 2019 1 1:49 • 57 Photos Nokia phones arrive in every shape and type Google Nokia Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone 03-nokia-1-plusThe Nokia 1 Plus. Sarah Tew/CNET Nokia 1 Plus specs5.45-inch IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus5-megapixel front camera with beautification mode for selfiesPolycarbonate body with 3D Nano textured patternRuns Android 9 Pie, Go EditionMicro-USB for charging and file transfer1.5GHz quad-core MT6739WW processor8GB or 16GB of storage1GB of RAM2,500-mAh batteryBlue and red color optionsFinally, there are the Nokia 3.2 and 4.2. Both phones feature a teardrop-shaped notch on the front and a dedicated Google Assistant button that quickly launches the voice assistant. The Nokia 3.2 also runs Android One, another software solution from Google that allows cheaper phones for emerging markets to run Android. One is a trimmed down, stock version of Android, void of any fancy interface additions phone makers may add. The Nokia 3.2 costs 129 euros or about £115 and AU$205, converted. In USD the phone costs $169 f Nokia 4.2 – $199 (3/32); $169 (2/16) Nokia 3.2 – $169 (3/32); $139 (2/16)06-nokia-4The dual cameras of the Nokia 4.2. Sarah Tew/CNET As the most expensive phone of the group, the Nokia 4.2 features two cameras on the back, a 13-megapixel standard camera and a 2-megapixel camera that senses depth. It also features a fingerprint sensor and secure NFC for authorizing digital payments on Google Pay. Though it’s the priciest of the bunch, it’s still relatively affordable as far as midrange phones go. It costs 169 euros — around $190, £150 or AU$270.Nokia 3.2 specs6.26-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio13-megapixel rear camera5-megapixel front cameraAndroid 9 Pie OnePower button includes notification light that pulsates for new notificationsSnapdragon 429 processor2GB or 3GB of RAM4,000-mAh batteryNokia 4.2 specs5.71-inch HD display with 19:9 aspect ratio13-megapixel rear camera with secondary 2-megapixel depth camera8-megapixel front cameraAndroid 9 Pie One  Snapdragon 439 processor16GB of 32GB of storage2GB or 3GB of RAM3,000-mAh batteryBlack and pink color options Share your voicelast_img read more

2 students open fire in US school killing 1 wounding seven

first_imgAll the victims were aged 15 or older.TwitterAn 18-year-old student was killed and seven others were critically injured in a shooting incident on Tuesday (May 7) at a suburban Denver school near the capital of the US western state of Colorado.”It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that one student at the STEM School was killed in today’s #stemshooting incident. The immediate family has been notified. Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann has not officially identified the student stating it’s an 18-year-old male,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.Two male students were apprehended after the shooting at the STEM School in the Highlands Ranch area. Addressing a press conference, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said that the two shooters walked into the school and opened fire on students in at least two classrooms. “Two suspects entered the school just before 2 pm (local time) and got deep inside the school and engaged students in two separate locations,” according to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock.The sheriff said a number of students were shot and wounded; all the victims were aged 15 or older.A handgun and the suspects’ vehicle have been recovered by the police. As of now, no information has been shared on any other weapons that may have been used.School shootings have since become a frequent occurrence in the US, where firearms killed nearly 40,000 people in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Since Columbine, an estimated 226,000 children in 233 schools have been exposed to the sight or sound of gunfire, according to a Washington Post investigation.The worst shootings to date were those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012 (20 young children and six adults were killed) and at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year (17 dead).The number of firearms in circulation has continued to grow (now at 393 million in a nation of 326 million people), and mass shootings have become a disturbingly regular part of American life.last_img read more

Online home decor firm Livspace raises Rs 100 crore in third round

first_imgHome interior design marketplace Livspace has raised Rs. 100 crore in its third round of fund-raising led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Jungle Ventures and Helion. It will be utilised to expand the company’s operational footprint across metro cities and set up new design studios.Livspace had launched the home design automation platform a few weeks ago.The funds will be used to increase Livspace’s presence in Noida, Gurgaon and Mumbai this year and next year it plans to expand to Pune and Hyderabad, the company said in its statement on Monday. It will also create offline experience centres using technology tools based on augmented reality and virtual reality.Using design, data science technology and catalogues, Livspace creates looks and thousands of pictures that are optimised for every home. It helps owners visualise their homes before making any on-line purchase.”We want to create a truly innovative technology company out of India, with large scale revenue, and a commercially profitable footprint,” Anuj Srivastava, co-founder of Livspace said.”By combining the principles of platform, technology and design, we have built Livspace into a technology-driven, consumer internet company that continues to make explosive growth across all business metrics,” he added.In the next one year, Livspace aims to scale up customer experience and make it possible for anyone to have a home in less than 12 weeks and modular installations in less than eight weeks, the statement added.The company competes with other online design and furniture brands such as HomeLane, UrbanLadder and Housify.Livspace has managed to raise $27.6 million since beginning operations two years ago. The firm has made three acquisitions such as DezignUp, Dwll.in and YoFloor. It was founded by former Google and Myntra executives. The firm is based out of Bengaluru.last_img read more

68 held in Satkhira

first_img-Police, in special drives from Sunday night to this morning, arrested 68 people including those accused in several cases filed on charges of subversive acts from eight upazilas of the district, reports BSS.Sources with the district police said they were picked up from different areas of the district.During the drives, Satkhira sadar police arrested 25 persons including one drug trader with four bottles of Phensidyl, Kalaroa police arrested 11 persons, Tala police Thana police arrested four persons, Kaliganj police arrested five persons, Shyamnagar police arrested 14 persons, Assasuni police arrested three persons, Patkelghata Thana police arrested three persons including one drug trader with 100-gram of hemp and Debhata police arrested three persons.The arrested people are accused in several cases, including charges of subversive activities, filed with different police stations in the district.The arrested were sent to jail.last_img read more

Minister confident of tracing missing teacher others

first_imgAsaduzzaman KhanHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said detectives are working to trace those who have gone missing, reports UNB.The people who have disappeared recently include a Noth South University teacher, Mubashar Hasan, and journalist Utpal Das.The minister expressed his confidence when he was talking to reporters after attending the 4th founding anniversary of the River Police at Mirpur PSC Convention Hall.”Detectives are working to know why people are being disappeared and who are involved in such incidents,” Asaduzzam,an added.He urged all to have patience and mentioned that most of those who had gone missing earlier returned to their families safely.The recent missing incidents of Mubashar Hasan, an assistant professor of School of Humanities and Social Sciences of privately-run North South University, and Utpal Das, a senior reporter of online news portal purbopaschimbd.com, have sparked off a countrywide outcry.The home minister said river police have already been able to earn trust of people within a short time despite having many limitations.They have been able to reduce accidents alongside preventing crimes through controlling plying of launches, steamer, boats, trawlers, and illegal bulkhead in the rivers, he said.Among others, inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque and secretary to public safety division of the home ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin spoke as special guests while DIG of River Police Sheikh Md Maruf Hasan presided over the meeting.last_img read more

Improvement of Dhakas chaotic traffic possible

first_imgProthom Alo file photoStrict enforcement of traffic rules and behavioural change of pedestrians and transport workers as well as proper planning and political commitment are essential to have a disciplined traffic system in this chaotic city of Dhaka, said experts.They said though it looks a herculean task to restore discipline in the city streets, it is possible to do so through a vigorous media campaign and enforcing traffic rules alongside gearing up the decentralisation process.Many countries in the world have turned their unlivable cities livable through innovative ideas and forcing people to abide by rules, the experts said.Professor Moazzem Hossain of Civil Engineering department at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) said eight components — policy, planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, enforcement and finally monitoring — will have to be ensured to bring discipline in the traffic system.Moazzem, also Director of BUET Accident Research Institute (ARI), said it needs to monitor whether the seven other components are functioning properly.Without adequate manpower, management, leadership, engineering, funding and planning, it is not possible to bring discipline in the streets changing the whole system, he said, adding: “It needs to implement all the eight components and for this, it requires organisational setup, manpower, political commitment and funding support.”Besides, a footway network system will have to be developed alongside automating the traffic signal network, the road safety expert said.Professor Moazzem underscored the need for bringing a radical change in the bus operation module.”Buses are plying the city streets under around 250 companies which are absurd. Globally, buses run under a single state-owned agency,” he said, adding that if all the buses run under a single company in the capital, the situation may improve.Ashish Kumar Dey, general secretary of National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), said many, including bikers, auto-rickshaw and tempo drivers, young political party activists and a major portion of pedestrians, do not follow traffic rules properly.”It’s a major obstacle to controlling the overall traffic management and reducing road crashes,” he said.A continued awareness campaign and strict enforcement of traffic rules can bring discipline in the streets, Ashis said.Alongside strict enforcement of law and taking action against errant transport workers and pedestrians, a worker-friendly road transport policy will have to be ensured to bring down the number of road accidents and end anarchy in the sector, he added.The NCPSRR leader said transport workers’ lifestyle should be enhanced.”If their wages and other facilities are not increased, a sense of dissatisfaction and hopelessness prevails among them and many drivers become desperate to earn more, leading to repeated road accidents,” he said.He also alleged that some influential labour leaders and political party leaders protect many drivers and helpers when they are sued by law enforcers, terming it another reason behind drivers being desperate on roads.Shahidul Islam, general secretary of Dhaka Taxi-Taxi Car-Auto-rickshaw Drivers’ Union, said drivers are yet to receive any training and motivation from any quarter.”It would have surely helped reduce road crashes, had drivers been trained and motivated.”A CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver has to give its owner Tk 1,600-1,700 as a daily deposit against the government-fixed Tk 600 while bus drivers run their vehicles on a target basis, he said, adding this makes the drivers reluctant to obey the traffic rules as they have to increase the number of trips to earn more.”If the government ensures that owners are not charging more, the tendency of violating traffic rules among drivers will come down sharply,” he said.Shahidul also said although there is a prime minister’s directive not to run buses on contractual basis, it is yet to be implemented.Meanwhile, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) observed a month-long traffic safety awareness campaign in September following widespread student protests triggered by the death of two college students on a city street in August.During the campaign that ended on 30 September, around 172,000 cases were filed and around Tk 140 million were realised as fine for traffic rules violation.On the last day of the campaign, DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said despite the sincerity of traffic police to bring discipline in the streets, their attempts are not yielding results due to people’s tendency to violate traffic rules.”Though it’s not possible to change habits and behaviour in just one month, we’re hopeful that people will gradually abide by traffic rules,” he said.”It cannot be expected that hundreds of years of practice or irregularity will change overnight. But we hope everyone will be respectful to the law,” he said, urging the city dwellers to cooperate with the police to enforce traffic rules.last_img read more

Shafin says will accept results

first_imgShafin AhmedThough he brought some allegations of irregularities at noon, Singer Shafin Ahmed, the mayoral candidate of Jatiya Party for Dhaka North City Corporation by-election, on Thursday evening said he will accept whatever the results may be, reports UNB.”There’s no major irregularity in the election, except some stray incidents, and the victory and defeat will be ensured with the difference of a low margin of votes,” he said.Speaking at a press conference at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office after the end of voting, Shafin further said,” I’ll accept whatever the results may be.”He said though the voter turnout was very low in the morning due to bad weather, the presence of voters increased sharply in the afternoon.”Though I’d some concerns at the beginning of the day, the election was held in a fair and peaceful manner at the end of the day,” the JaPa candidate observed.Earlier, after casting his vote at Manarat International School centre in the city’s Gulshan area around 12:20pm, Shafin brought the allegation of some irregularities in the voting.He, however, did not specify the allegations.”I cast my vote here at Manarat School. Before that, I visited some polling satiations since morning. The election atmosphere at this centre is fine as I haven’t seen any irregularity. But I found some irregularities at other centres where I visited,” Shafin told reporters.The opposition candidate also said they have collected some evidence of voting irregularities. “Still, I want to see the rest of the time of the voting, and I’ll visit some more polling stations.”Replying to a question whether he is hopeful about his victory, Shafin said, “I shouldn’t voice my frustration or success right now as still a long to go by while people have started now coming to polling stations due to rain in the morning. Let’s see what happen during the rest of the time.”About the low turnout of voters, he said people have lost their interests in voting due to irregularities in the previous elections. “Voters might be thinking their votes have no value and that’s why they are not coming to polling stations.”Voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of DNCC, and in 36 wards of Dhaka north and south city corporations began at 8:00am amid rain and continued until 4:00pm without any break.Five candidates are vying for the mayoral post, while 116 contenders for 18 general councillor posts and 45 aspirants for six reserved seats which are exclusively for women. Of them, one general councillor candidate was elected unopposed in the city.The five mayoral candidates are Awami League’s Atiqul Islam (Boat), Jatiya Party’s Shafin Ahmed (Plough), NPP’s Anisur Rahman (Mango) and PDP’s Shahin Khan (Tiger) and independent runner Abdur Rahim (Table Clock).last_img read more

Venezuela opposition leader puts more pressure on Maduro

first_imgVenezuela`s opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, on 25 January 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader stepped up his campaign to oust president Nicolas Maduro on Friday, calling for a “major demonstration” and rejecting an offer of talks with the socialist leader.National Assembly head Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president during street rallies by tens of thousands on Wednesday, said he wouldn’t attend a “fake dialogue” on a crisis that has left 26 dead this week in clashes between anti-Maduro activists and security forces.After four years of economic pain that has left Venezuelans short of food and medicine and driven more than two million to flee the country — which sits on the world’s largest oil reserves — the opposition found its voice this month in Guaido after Maduro was sworn in for a second presidential term following controversial elections.Mexico had offered to host talks between the rival leaders, and Maduro professed he was ready to go “wherever I have to.” But Guaido, who is backed by the US and several Latin American countries, told supporters in Caracas the public would remain in the streets “until we achieve an end to the usurpation, a transitional government and free elections.”He accused Maduro’s regime of only offering talks after “repression” failed to achieve its objectives.The European Union and US have ratcheted up the pressure on Maduro to agree to a new vote. An EU diplomat told AFP the bloc wanted “an immediate call for elections in the near future.”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will underline US support for the Venezuelan people at a UN Security Council meeting Saturday and urge members to recognise Guaido as interim president, the State Department said.US issues economic warningPresident Donald Trump’s administration has spearheaded the international pressure on Maduro, who accuses Washington of being behind an attempted “coup,” by declaring his regime “illegitimate.”On Friday, Pompeo announced the US was naming a new envoy to lead efforts to help Venezuela “in achieving democracy.” Elliot Abrams was a central figure in former president Ronald Reagan’s controversial anti-communist campaigns in Central America during the 1980s.Washington’s immediate support for Guaido led to Maduro, who retains the powerful military’s backing, closing his country’s embassy and consulates in the US and breaking off diplomatic ties, giving US diplomatic staff until Saturday to leave the country.Guaido, though, urged the US diplomats to stay and keep the embassy’s doors open.Maduro’s deadline runs out on Saturday but even though it ordered non-emergency staff to leave Venezuela, the US has refused to comply fully with the order.Despite the diplomatic sparring, Maduro on Friday said his country will continue to sell oil to the United States, which private consultants say provides the largest source of cash to Venezuelan coffers.”If they buy our oil, we will sell oil,” Maduro said.But the US Treasury Department warned that “commercial transactions by the Venezuelan government, including those involving its state-owned enterprises and international reserves” must be consistent with Washington’s recognition of Guaido.Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov — whose country is Venezuela’s second-largest creditor and a military ally — denounced US policy on Venezuela as “destructive.”Spain pushed the EU to recognize Guaido’s claims to the presidency if no new elections are held, while Germany said it may follow suit.France warned Maduro against “any form of repression” of the opposition as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said more than 350 people were arrested this week during the protests.Maduro’s re-election last year was boycotted by the opposition and rejected by the US, EU and UN as a sham — but the military has repeatedly reiterated its loyalty to the socialist leader.Galvanised oppositionGuaido, 35, has galvanised a previously divided opposition and even attempted to attract military support by offering an amnesty to anyone who disavows Maduro.In a Skype interview with Univision late Thursday he went one step further by suggesting Maduro could also be offered amnesty if he agrees to step down.But such an option would have to be evaluated, he said, because Maduro is responsible for the deaths of protesters.Guaido continues to seek military support, though, and has tasked his supporters with handing out copies of the amnesty law parliament is working on to soldiers on Sunday.Analysts at the Eurasia Group consultancy noted that while international recognition of Guaido as interim president cemented his position as the main opposition leader, his failure to win over the military meant Maduro’s fall “does not appear imminent.”Venezuela’s political crisis rapidly escalated after a group of soldiers rose up against Maduro this week and sparked a number of protests leading up to Wednesday’s rival rallies of pro and anti-Maduro groups.Guaido’s proclamation of himself as acting president drew recognition from major regional players including Brazil and Argentina, as well as the US.Trump has openly mused about military intervention in Venezuela, saying “all options are on the table,” but Russia said that “violates the fundamental norms of international law.”Maduro came to power in 2013 as the designated heir to the hugely-popular Hugo Chavez.last_img

Education Stands as Main Priority for DC Budget

first_imgDistrict of Columbia residents recently told Mayor Muriel Bowser to spend more money on improving the city’s educational system. “I do think education is a priority but the question isn’t how we allocate it but how we spend,” Anthony Lorenzo Green said. Green, a Ward 7 advisory neighborhood commissioner, was a leader at one of the 22 tables assembled for the Feb. 25 budget engagement session held at the District’s Department of Employment Services headquarters. Two-hundred and fifty residents participated.Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, is scheduled to present her budget to the D.C. Council in April. (Courtesy Photo)“This is our third budget season and we are determined to present [a] third balanced budget to the D.C. Council,” said Bowser.On April 5, the mayor will present her budget to the council. The council will hold hearings on the budget and make changes and revisions and submit it back to the mayor for approval on May 31 after the legislative body supports it on a second and final vote.Bowser will likely sign the budget and then she will submit it to the U.S. Congress for approval of its federal funds.The fiscal year 2018 budget will go into effect on Oct. 1.The District’s budget is $13.4 billion with $1 billion in capital improvements. The District budget is unique in that it acts as a city, county, state and school budget, unlike most jurisdictions. The federal portion of the budget that includes Medicaid is $3.4 billion.Bowser is in the process of creating her budget while the city is undergoing a financial boom. On Feb. 1, the District’s chief financial officer, Jeffrey S. DeWitt, said in a statement that the city is in excellent financial health. “We now have $1.165 billion in liquidity, which covers 56 days of the city’s operations,” he said. DeWitt said that the city can fund all cash flow needs without short term borrowing.There were about 10 people per table including the moderator. Residents were asked to come up with budget priorities on a $100 budget.“We need to get education right in this city,” Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles said. “If we get education right, public safety and economic development will be right.”Niles is Bowser’s point person for the public and charter schools as well as the Community College of the District of Columbia and the University of the District of Columbia.Niles was followed by Hyesook Chung, deputy mayor of Human Services; Acting DOES Director Odie McDonald, speaking on behalf of the economic development cluster; Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor of public safety; and Polly Donaldson, deputy mayor of Housing and Community Development.Education was the top spending priority for each of the tables. The portion of the budgets for education ranged from 40 percent to 20 percent while government operations was downplayed or cut outright. “You don’t think government operations are important?” the mayor asked rhetorically with a sly grin on her face. “Don’t you think 9-1-1 is important?”After education, public safety and economic development came in second and third, among most of the tables. Some tables put housing as the third priority while many acknowledge that affordable housing was an important matter for the city to tackle. “There are a lot of people who want to stay here in Washington,” Green said. “They have problems paying rent though and they don’t have the money to stay here.”Bowser circulated to each table and greeted the participants and the members of her executive team did so also. While the majority of the residents at the session lived in eastern Washington, residents from other areas of the city came to the session, too. “I came here to Ward 7 to hear what they wanted to do,” Terry Goings, a resident of Ward 4, said. “I like Mayor Bowser’s approach where the people are engaged, as opposed to her sitting at a table and listening to people tell her what they want.”last_img read more

Detmers Garners D1Baseball AllAmerica Honor

first_imgStory Links The 2019 ACC Pitcher of the Year, Detmers has been one of the top pitchers in the country this season. The Chatham, Illinois, native is 12-4 overall and tied for the national lead in wins. Detmers set Louisville’s single-season strikeout record during the NCAA Regional and enters the College World Series second in the country in wit 162 strikeouts. Louisville (49-16) continues its postseason run on Sunday at the 2019 NCAA College World Series. The Cardinals will take on Vanderbilt with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT on ESPN. Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville sophomore Reid Detmers secured another All-America honor as D1Baseball released its All-America teams on Thursday. Detmers was one of five starting pitchers named to the first team. The left-hander has now been recognized by four organizations, with D1Baseball joining Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the NCBWA and Perfect Game. Detmers owns nine starts with double digit strikeouts this season, including seven no-hit innings in consecutive starts against Brown and James Madison. Behind a dominant start to the season, the southpaw was named the D1Baseball Midseason Top Pitcher and Perfect Game Midseason National Pitcher of the Year. D1Baseball All-America Teams last_img read more