Senator says solitaryconfinement bill will make some conditions worse not better

first_imgOTTAWA — A Canadian senator who has spent four decades advocating for the rights of vulnerable people in Canadian prisons says a new bill that purports to end solitary confinement should be scrapped.Sen. Kim Pate says the Trudeau government’s Bill C-83 only offers a cosmetic rebranding of the practice of separating inmates from others in isolated cells for administrative or disciplinary reasons. Pate was the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, which work with women in the criminal-justice system, before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named her to the Senate as an independent in 2016.Currently, inmates in segregation are restricted to two hours a day outside their cells and do not have access to meaningful interactions with others, nor do they benefit from programming or mental-health supports. According to recent numbers released to the parliamentary budget office, the number of inmates in segregation at any given time has varied from 360 to 434. Nearly all are men.“Over four decades, I have spent countless hours kneeling on cement floors outside segregation cells, pleading through meal slots in solid metal doors as someone’s loved one — someone’s child, sibling, parent or partner — smashed their heads against cement walls or floors, slashed their bodies, tied ligatures or put nooses around their necks, tried to gouge out their own eyes, mutilated themselves in sometimes unimaginable ways, or smeared blood and feces on their bodies, windows and walls,” Pate said in a speech in the Senate on Thursday. “I have heard indescribable sounds of torment and despair that reverberate and haunt me.”Last October, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Bill C-83 would end the practice of isolating prisoners who pose risks to security or themselves — changes aimed at addressing recommendations from the coroner’s inquest into the 2007 death of Ashley Smith.Smith, who was 19, strangled herself in a segregation cell at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont., as prison guards looked on. She had spent more than 1,000 days in segregation before her death.An Ontario coroner’s inquest in 2013 ruled her death a homicide and made 104 recommendations, including the banning of indefinite solitary confinement.Under Bill C-83, prisoners transferred to structured intervention units will be permitted to spend four hours a day outside their cells, during which time they would be guaranteed a minimum of two hours to interact with others. Inmates in these units are also supposed to be visited daily by health professionals and see patient advocates.The bill was adopted by the House of Commons and is now before the Senate.Pate says the fine print of the legislation does not deliver on Goodale’s promises. Provisions and procedural safeguards in the current law are being “watered down,” she says.Under Bill C-83, segregation cells are just renamed as “structured intervention units,” Pate says. With no hard time limits on isolation or separation of inmates, which the current law has, the new legislation makes it easier to put someone in segregation, she argues.She and other legal experts who have provided feedback on the bill say it would not withstand a constitutional challenge.“I think it needs some very significant amendment. Otherwise all parliamentarians who vote for this bill as-is would be doing a major disservice to the country, because we would be knowingly passing unconstitutional legislation.”Goodale was not available for an interview this week but his spokesman Scott Bardsley says the minister will discuss the bill with senators when it goes to the Senate committee on social affairs for further review.As for constitutional concerns that courts have raised about the current system regarding a lack of oversight and a lack of meaningful human interaction for inmates in segregation, Bill C-83 directly addresses both, Bardsley says.“The new system created by Bill C-83 will strengthen procedural safeguards by implementing binding external oversight, as well as regular reviews by the warden and the Commissioner (of corrections). And unlike with the current system, these oversight mechanisms will be enshrined in law.”Pate and other senators have been visiting federal prisons as part of a broader study by the Senate human-rights committee.Last week, Nova Scotia independent Sen. Colin Deacon published photos from a visit he made to the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, N.S. One showed a map given to the visiting senators by government officials indicating an outside yard for inmates that included a “garden and spirituality area,” The reality the senators encountered was a bare concrete pad.“The objectives laid out by (Correctional Services Canada) and its staff are great. Their ability to consistently act (to) achieve those objectives seems constrained,” Deacon wrote.Pate produces more photographs showing institution after institution she has visited where segregation cells have been re-categorized as “structured intervention units” with minimal changes.“I’ve literally been chasing around saying, ‘Where are these new units?’ There’s no new units, just new names.”A recent parliamentary budget office report Pate commissioned found that the operating costs for the structured intervention units would be $58 million annually.Pate asked for costings of three alternatives. Placing profoundly mentally ill inmates in psychiatric hospitals would cost $900 a day per inmate, the PBO found. Placements with correctional services on First Nations would cost $300 a day per inmate. A national anti-gang program in prisons would cost about $200,000.Determining whether those moves would save money is difficult, the PBO report says — that depends on how well they work.Pate wants the government and her Senate colleagues to take a closer look at alternative measures rather than passing Bill C-83 in its current form.  “The minister says he wants to get rid of segregation. I fully support that and think that’s fantastic. But the pretext that this bill is going to do it … if he actually believes that, I don’t think he has actually gone into any of the prisons to see what they’re now going to call structured intervention units.”Ottawa has committed $448 million to the new system to pay for 950 new staff and building renovations.—Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Ranil warns of anarchy if no immediate solution

United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today warned of anarchy if the situation in the country is not resolved.Speaking to foreign journalists, Wickremesinghe said that the status quo must return to what it was before October 26th. He said that over the years he has never experienced a situation in Parliament like what he experienced today.On a light note, Wickremesinghe said he hopes what happened in Sri Lanka’s Parliament today is not followed in India’s Parliament.

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Donald Trump maintains tough trade talk ahead of G7

G7 leaders are in for an interesting meeting as U.S. President Donald Trump maintains his adversarial stance on trade.Trump has been lashing out at longtime allies including Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things…but he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018 Why isn’t the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the U.S. Totally unfair to our farmers, workers & companies. Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018 Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018He added fresh drama when he called for Russia to be reinstated into the G7 group.The member countries are Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and Britain.Russia used to be in part of the group, known then as the G8, but was ousted in 2014 as punishment for the annexation of Crimea.Trump will arrive at the annual G7 meeting Friday.He will leave Saturday morning before the event is over missing meetings about climate change, clean energy and ocean protection read more

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Human traffickers in Kosovo convicted with UN help

Investigation into the case involved the joint efforts of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Kosovo Police officers, the Department of Justice, the Prizren District Public Prosecutor’s office and military police from KFOR, the multinational security force.A court panel, composed of two international and one Kosovan judge, sentenced Vladimir Ukaj and Robert Sylaj to 12 years each in prison and Sabri Islami to 10 years after they were found guilty of 11 of the 12 charges filed against them, including trafficking in human beings, rape, facilitation of prostitution and falsification of documents.During the investigation two Albanian female victims, one of them 16 years old, were identified and rescued by the police. Both had been lured to Kosovo with false promises of legitimate work, only to find that their supposed employers were in fact intending to force them into prostitution, UNMIK said. read more

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US stocks little changed at midday after employers add fewer jobs than

The stock market is drifting sideways at midday following news that U.S. job growth slowed last month.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury, which moves in the opposite direction of price, fell to 2.42 per cent from 2.45 late Thursday.The Dow Jones industrial average nudged up 10 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 17,080 in midday trading Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose less than a point, or 0.03 per cent, to 1,998. The Nasdaq fell four points, or 0.1 per cent, to 4,557.The Labor Department reported early Friday the U.S. employers added 142,000 jobs in August, ending six straight months of hiring above 200,000. US stocks little changed at midday after employers add fewer jobs than expected for August AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2014 10:03 am MDT read more

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The Year Ron Hunt Got Hit By 50 Pitches

In 1964, Ron Hunt was a young second baseman just starting to make his bones in the big leagues. He played for the Mets, a terrible team still years away from transforming into Amazin’ glory. On May 9 of that year, they were playing the mighty Cardinals, a loaded team that would go on to win the World Series. The man on the mound that day was Bob Gibson, one of the best and most terrifying fireballers in baseball history.Gibson had staked the Cards to a big lead, and he now needed just two more outs to bag a complete-game win. Hunt was due up next, and he knew all about Gibson’s blazing fastball, his tendency to come inside with it, and his neverending quest to intimidate batters into submission.“I started messing with my shoelaces,” said Hunt 51 years later, speaking in short, hard-edged bursts from his farm in Wentzville, Missouri.At the time, he figured that fiddling with his laces and stalling for time would do one of two things: Break Gibson’s concentration, piss the big right-hander off, or both. A warning rang out from the dugout: “ ‘Gibson is gonna drill you!’ Sure enough, he hits me.”Shaking off the impact of the pitch, Hunt spotted the ball coming to rest near his feet. He picked it up, turned toward Gibson … and flipped it back to him. Trotting down to first base, Hunt was greeted by first baseman Bill White, who wanted to know if Hunt was OK after getting drilled by the one fastball that caused more nightmares than any other of his generation.“Yeah, I’m all right,” Hunt replied indignantly. “Now tell that fucker to go warm up!” 1Ron Hunt197150 That’s a 43 percent spread between Hunt’s 50 and Baylor’s runner-up effort. Pick your most unbreakable record, and Hunt’s dominance dwarfs it. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak? Pete Rose came closer to Joe D at 44 than Baylor did to Hunt.3We’re not counting Willie Keeler’s 45-game hitting streak, from 1896 to 1897, to stay consistent on post-1900 numbers. Cy Young’s 511 wins? Walter Johnson’s 417 Ws came closer. Barry Bonds’s 73 homers in 2001? Nope. Hack Wilson’s 191 RBIs in 1930? Nope. You could argue that in modern baseball history, no player ever crushed all others in any one facet of the game the way Hunt did with his plunk-fest in 1971.When we assemble every player since 1900 who’s ever logged 502 or more plate appearances in a season,4The minimum required to qualify for a batting title. Hunt’s lonely spot way over on the right side of that chart is 13 standard deviations above average for hit-by-pitches in a season. If you’re not a math expert, think about that number this way: There’s ostensibly nothing in our everyday lives that could ever be anywhere close to 13 standard deviations above the norm — not a man who’s 8 feet tall, or 700 pounds, or blessed with a 200 IQ.When you’re 13 standard deviations ahead of any other season, it suggests somebody didn’t just get lucky — he got really, really good.“His hitting style was that he crowded the plate,” said Bill Stoneman, Hunt’s teammate for three seasons in Montreal, including his record-breaking campaign. “Back when we played, pitchers pitched inside a little more than they do now. When that pitch came inside, he didn’t budge. He just let the thing hit him.”“First I would blouse the uniform — this big, wool uniform, I would make sure it was nice and loose,” Hunt said. “Then I’d choke way up on the bat, and stand right on top of the plate. That way, I could still reach the outside pitch. That was the Gil Hodges philosophy on hitting: The two inches on the outside corner were the pitcher’s, the rest was his. I thought, ‘If I can take away those two inches, and he’s not perfect, I can put the ball in play and get some hits. And if he comes inside, I can get on base that way, too.’ ”This, to Hunt, was gamesmanship, a way for a power-deficient hitter to gain an edge on the pitcher both physically and mentally. It was also, if we’re applying the letter of baseball law, illegal. A right-handed batter, Hunt would set up with his left arm hanging over the plate. Major League Baseball’s Rule 6.08(b) stipulates that the batter must make an “attempt to avoid being touched by the ball” to be awarded first base after getting hit by a pitch. Hunt made no such attempt.“The ball would be headed toward his elbow or his ribcage,” said Dave Van Horne, who called Expos games on TV and radio for the first 32 years of the franchise’s existence. “He would turn his back away from the pitcher and deflect the ball with that spin move, so that he avoided those direct hits. To the average person, it would look like he was trying to get out of the way of the pitch, when, in fact, he just wanted to stand in there and take it.”“Did the umpires know what he was doing?” Van Horne asked rhetorically. “Sure. But I don’t think they wanted to get into many arguments with him!”At 6 feet tall, 186 pounds, Hunt wasn’t the biggest guy, even if he was strong for his size. But it was his fearlessness, as well as his quick and nasty temper, that earned him respect within the game. No other player, then or now, had the courage to flip baseballs back to pitchers after getting hit. Most players don’t want to piss off the guy who could hold your life in his hands, and really don’t want to do it when that guy is Bob Gibson.Never was Hunt’s win-at-all costs approach better on display than in 1971. His HBP pace started relatively slowly that season, with Hunt getting hit seven times in his first 33 games. Then on May 26, he put on a clinic, reaching base four times in five trips to the plate, via a walk, a trademark slap single, and two plunks in an 11-1 over the Braves. On June 6, Padres lefty Dave Roberts fired a nine-hit shutout against the Expos … and Hunt still found a way to get hit twice. On June 25, he absorbed three blows in a single day, with one HBP in the first game of a doubleheader, and two more in the nightcap; that first one came against Nolan Ryan, whose fastball could bore a hole into Fort Knox. Finally, on Aug. 7, Hunt led off the game against Reds right-hander Jim McGlothlin … and got nailed for the 32nd time that season, breaking the 20th-century record held by long-ago Cardinals outfielder Bobby Evans.But he still had 18 bruises and one major brawl to go. Ten days later, Hunt led off the top of the third against Padres righty Steve Arlin. He took a fastball in the ribs, winced, then watched the ball come to a dead stop right next to him. Keeping with tradition, Hunt picked the ball up and gently tossed it back to Arlin. His next at-bat came in the fifth, with a runner on first and nobody out. Again Arlin tried to come inside with a fastball. Again he whacked Hunt with the pitch, this time on the arm. The ball bounded a few feet up the first-base line. Hunt walked toward it, ready to scoop the ball up and lob it back. Padres catcher Bob Barton, widely regarded as a nice guy, had had enough of Hunt’s act. Barton scurried to the ball, and grabbed it before Hunt could get it. Hunt turned toward Barton, ripped his mask off with two hands, and punched him right in the jaw. A fight ensued, the benches emptied, and in the end Hunt was the only player ejected. He returned to the lineup the next day and got drilled by Padres lefty Fred Norman.Hunt took all of that beating with pride. He was keenly aware of his limited talent and reveled in beating his opponents with guile, and a mean streak.All that abuse took its toll over the years. Now 73 years old, Hunt can reel off his 15 surgeries, 12 of them from baseball: one on the left shoulder, four on the right, both knees, a steel rod in his back, you name it. And none of that counts the injuries he’d shake off to play the next day.5Hunt’s manager in Montreal, the equally scrappy Gene Mauch, knew that his second baseman frequently played hurt, so he’d occasionally lead off with Hunt on the road, then pull him in for a pinch-runner if he reached base to start the game. Don Drysdale once threw a fastball so hard, it left a baseball-shaped imprint on Hunt’s shoulder blade for weeks.Hunt eventually gave in, donning a protective rubber sleeve around his ribs that was so tight, it was painful to watch him pull it on. That one provision aside, Hunt’s body was fair game, with none of the modern armor that helped next-generation HBP leaders like Biggio trot to first base again and again.Jacques Doucet, a sportswriter for La Presse in Montreal for the Expos’ first three seasons and the French-language TV voice of the team for their final 33 years, was one of Hunt’s closest friends. They’d go on fishing trips together, with Hunt airing his grievances against half the league and Doucet sitting and listening. They remain close to this day, with Hunt offering little nuggets of baseball wisdom that never fail to make Doucet smile.“Ronnie always used to say one thing to me in jest,” Doucet said. “ ‘A lot of people give their body to science. I gave mine to baseball.’ ” 2Don Baylor198635 3Craig Biggio199734 9Craig Biggio200128 4Jason Kendall199731 Flipping balls back to pitchers wasn’t something Hunt reserved for titans of the game like Gibson. He did it nearly every time after getting plunked by a pitch. And nobody in baseball’s modern era has been hit more times in one season than Hunt. He retired in 1974 with 243 hit-by-pitches (HBPs)1Don Baylor broke that post-Dead Ball Era record in 1987, and Craig Biggio subsequently passed Baylor in 2005. Hughie Jennings remains the all-time leader with 287, but he played most of his career in the 19th century., but his record-breaking season came when he was playing for the Montreal Expos in 1971. That year, he got plunked 50 times, still the highest total for anyone after 1900.2Jennings did get hit 51 times in 1896. But when you consider that spitballs were legal (and incredibly hard to control) in the 19th century (thus causing more wayward balls to hit batters), and that the overall level of play in those days was much more uneven due to a lack of talent, Hunt’s total of 50 is more impressive.It’s one thing to be a record-holder. It’s quite another to absolutely obliterate the field in one statistical category. Check out how far ahead of the pack Hunt’s 50 HBPs look compared to all other post-1900 totals. 7Craig Wilson200430 8Fernando Vina200028 5Jason Kendall199831 6Steve Evans191031 PLAYERYEARHBP read more

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Man who met Ross Cummins on night he died raises money for

first_imgIn light of the tragic death of Ross Cummins this weekend and Jonny Byrne I have decided to set up a charity event whereby instead of downing a pint on your neknomination, you can donate the price of a pint to Alcohol Action Ireland.“I’m completely off the drink now myself until I raise €500,” he added. He has raised €92 of his target so far and his MyCharity event can be found here.A number of other spin-off campaigns have been started following on from the deaths of the two men as people film themselves doing good deeds and nominating friends to do the same. Ógra Fianna Fáil have also encouraged young people to donate a pint of blood, instead of drinking a pint of beer as part of the game.Read: Neknomination ‘just one small aspect’ of Ireland’s harmful drinking culture>Read: ‘Will it take my brother’s death for people to realise how stupid neknomination is?’>Read: Young people warned away from ‘very dangerous’ Neknominations> A YOUNG MAN who met 22-year-old Ross Cummins the night he died has started a fundraising drive, asking people to donate the price of a pint to Alcohol Action Ireland instead of drinking it.25-year-old Daniel Scully told that he met Cummins for the first time, out drinking with friends at the Living Room bar on Friday night.“It would have been the first night I met him – I got on so well with him,” he said. “I added him on Facebook on the way home and then when I found out I was completely shocked.”“I was just really upset that a young life like that could just be gone,” he added.A number of reports have said the young DJ’s death was linked to a neknomination but Scully said “it definitely wasn’t”. However his death is believed to have been alcohol related.After hearing news on Saturday night that 19-year-old Jonny Byrne passed away after jumping into a river in Carlow as part of the drinking game, Scully decided to do something positive.In his MyCharity event, which he set up yesterday, he says:last_img read more

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Archos 13inch FamilyPad tablet will crush laps laugh at undersized bags

first_imgArchos is adding a new member to its “Arnova” tablet line-up, and this one’s a real beast. So much so that the MW13 FamilyPad sports a 13.3-inch display. That puts the FamilyPad in the very select company of the Toshiba Excite 13, as most other manufacturers still haven’t ventured beyond the ten-inch tablet space.As you may have guessed from the rulers, the FamilyPad recently checked in at the FCC for a battery of tests. Not all of the tablet’s hardware secrets were laid bare, but a few key details were revealed. For starters, the MW13 will be powered by an AllWinner A10 processor. That’s the same one found in the MK802 Android stick PC, and it means that this tablet isn’t going to challenge the Excite 13 in terms of sheer performance. It does, however, mean that it’s going to be a lot cheaper.Storage capacities of 8GB and 16GB will be offered, which again hints that the FamilyPad won’t break the Arnova’s budget mold. The tablet also features front and rear-facing cameras — though it’s hard to imagine playing an AR game, snapping pictures, or recording your cat doing something hilarious with a tablet this size.The FamilyPad also has dual USB ports, HDMI output, and SD card expansion.The 10-inch Arnova 10 G2 currently sells for about $150, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the company price this 13.3-inch behemoth at around $200 for the 8GB model.There’s a very good chance that Archos will be showing the FamilyPad off at IFA in Berlin, so we should know more about it in just a couple of weeks.More information at the FCC, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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Galaxy S4 Mini briefly pops up on Samsung website

first_imgLike the Galaxy S3 before it, Samsung appears to be preparing a “mini” variant of their latest smartphone to compete in markets dominated by budget phones. Samsung has accidentally hinted at the Galaxy S4 Mini on their website recently, and pulled it down just as quickly.Perhaps more important than Samsung’s top of the line flagship phone due to be released within the next few weeks is Samsung’s ability to continue the increasingly pervasive Galaxy branding. Even in markets where the Galaxy S4 is expected to be one of the best phones out there, Samsung is able to sell the Galaxy S2 and S3 on prepaid plans or include it for free with new contracts. There are many phones with the Galaxy branding that are active in several markets across the globe, and each of them will continue to be sold for at least the next six months. When those phones finally do reach their “End of Life” status, they will either be replaced by the next phone in the line being bumped down, or they will be replaced with a special version of the Galaxy S4 designed to attract customers who would rather not pay for a top-of-the-line phone. For this year, that phone will be the Galaxy S4 Mini.The Galaxy S3 Mini looked a lot like a chunky, smaller clone of the original. It was pretty different under the hood, and significantly less impressive. While the Samsung website didn’t list any specs or photos for this Galaxy S4 Mini, it’s reasonable that the same basic logic would apply. Imagine a Galaxy S4 that is about a quarter smaller with a lower resolution screen, camera, and a smaller battery. There are rumors that point to a 1.6GHz dual-core processor with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen running 960×540 resolution, which would set the phone pretty squarely in line with other phones being sold in those same markets. The phone would most likely run the same software, which would make it one of the only budget phones running Android 4.2.2 if it came out within the first half of this year.Samsung knows they have a winner with the Galaxy brand, and they are going to continue releasing phones that spread the name for as long as they can. It’s been suggested recently that the Galaxy brand has more mindshare than Android itself, which was something that previously only Verizon had with the Droid branding. The Galaxy S4 Mini may not be the flagship everyone is talking about right now, but the name alone will continue to attract users throughout the year.last_img read more

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Johnny Gargano on winning the NXT Championship NXT is the main roster

first_imgFacebook Lacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW Debut Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Chris Van Vliet passed this along.Van Vliet interviewed Johnny Gargano following his NXT Championship victory at NXT TakeOver: New York this past Friday. Gargano talks about winning the NXT Championship, competing in the Royal Rumble, how he considers NXT the “main roster”, and more.When asked about the main roster, he says “NXT is the main roster”:“I get the question a lot of when are you going to the main roster and I absolutely hate that question. I hate it so much. I get tweeted that a lot and people say ‘I can’t wait to see you on the main roster’ and I tell them you are seeing me on the main roster. NXT is the main roster. I do believe that Raw, Smackdown and NXT are the three brands and I think that people can come from Raw or Smackdown to NXT and I think that people from NXT can go to Raw or Smackdown. It’s very interchangeable. Obviously there are different worlds there in people’s minds but for me, this is my main roster title. This is my main roster moment. NXT to me is the hottest thing going not just in WWE but all across professional wrestling. I think NXT is the hottest brand in sports entertainment and I’m not just saying that because I am biased, I’m not just saying that because I’m me, I’m saying that because I was at TakeOver. I watched the show. I’d put TakeOvers up against anything in the world.”What Candice LeRae said to him in the ring after he won the NXT Championship:“I think she said she was going to fix my hair for me. It wasn’t anything like ‘I’m very proud of you’ (laughs). She told me she was going to fix my hair.”At first he didn’t realize Candice was congratulating him and thought it was a run in:“I was on my knees and I grabbed the belt and I felt someone tackle me and I was like ‘what is happening right now?’ and I had no idea who it was. I didn’t know if a fan got in the ring, I didn’t know if one of the member of Undisputed Era jumped me afterwards, I didn’t know if anything had changed, I didn’t know what was going on and then I was like ‘Oh, it’s Candice’. She hit me hard, I was like ‘Oh my God!’.”Shawn Michaels inspired his celebration after winning the NXT Championship:“Honestly, when I got down, it was very Shawn Michaels like, and that was the defining moment of my childhood, the boyhood dream and I think it’s the defining moment of a lot of people’s childhoods. A lot of people are saying this to me and it doesn’t seem real, they say remember when you watched Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 12, the boyhood dream, you always remember that moment, there are going to be kids that my win will be their Shawn Michaels moment. And that is mind blowing to me, that’s bonkers to me that that’s possible.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Shawn Michaels Shawn Michaels On WWE Return Shawn Michaels Breaks Down His Mid-Air Sweet Chin Music Move Twitter WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WhatsApp 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Mbappe can win 5 Ballon dOrs in 10 years says Buffon

first_imgBuffon spoke about all the young talent on PSG, saying he’s surprised Neymar hasn’t won the Ballon d’Or, and that the Brazilian, along with Mbappe, must make the difference for the Parisian club.Gianluigi Buffon talked to RMC in France and praised the young blood on Paris Saint-Germain, saying he believes Kylian Mbappe and Neymar deserve the Ballon d’Or. He said the French youngster has the potential to win a handful of those awards if he makes “that psychological switch in his head.”“In my view, if Kylian decides in his mind to become the Number One for the next 10 years, he can do that, but it depends on his mind,” Buffon said, according to Football-Italia.“He has to make that psychological switch in his head to say, right, I’m going to go and win five Ballon d’Ors in the next 10 years.“If Paris Saint-Germain wants to win, then Mbappe and Neymar must inevitably become the players who make the difference. In my view, we must put them in the psychological and physical condition to give their best, which the way I do it is to motivate them.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“I find it incredible that Ney hasn’t won the Ballon d’Or yet and I tell him that every day. Your objectives, with your immense talent, must be to win the Ballon d’Or three times in six years – three for Kylian, three for Ney.“If I had their talent and had never won the Ballon d’Or, I’d be furious!”Gianluigi BuffonPARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 28: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain and Gianluigi Buffon of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate victory following the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Buffon has played with Marco Verratti for Italy and is now his teammate at PSG, but the midfielder has yet to deliver quality football for the club.“Marco is another player who in terms of talent is comparable to Mbappe and Neymar. He is growing now, but he had to make the final step up in mentality, in his desire to win,” continued Buffon.“It’s great to enjoy ourselves playing important games, but after a while, I want to win those games, not just take part in them, and that is a completely different mindset.”last_img read more

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Nielsen Expositions Becomes Emerald Expositions

first_imgThe sale of Nielsen Expositions closed today, with Nielsen Holdings passing the tradeshow business on to Toronto-based Onex Corp. for $950 million. At the same time, it took on a new name, Emerald Expositions.With more than 65 events each year, including some of the largest in the United States, Emerald is one of the largest tradeshow organizers in the country. However, its revenue of $183 million last year represented only about 3 percent of Nielsen Holdings’ revenue for the year.Its revenue for the year after adjustments for EBITDA was $97 million, meaning the sale price was close to 10 times annual adjusted revenue. Nielsen Holdings is in the middle of a massive $1.3 million acquisition of Arbitron. Nielsen Holdings CFO Brian West said earlier this year that the cash deal for the tradeshow division would allow Nielsen to reduce the amount of debt it might have had to incur to complete that deal.Emerald Expositions’ portfolio includes Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Markets, Interbike and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, among other major industry events.“Generally speaking, since the recession, large tradeshows have been very much in favor,” says Jeffrey L. Dearth, partner with DeSilva & Phillips. “Market-leading tradeshows continue to be great cash-flow vehicles. They still have a lot of life left in them.”Emerald CEO David Loechner says in a statement, “The acquisition of our business has given us a partner that will help Emerald pursue new growth opportunities.”According to its first-quarter earnings report, then-Nielsen Expositions had a 7-percent decline in revenue compared to the same quarter a year ago.last_img read more

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BestCoverEver YouTube Singing Competition Coming Nov 20

first_img Twitter News Email Watch Now: “Best.Cover.Ever.” YouTube Trailer bestcoverever-youtube-singing-competition-coming-nov-20 Facebook “Best.Cover.Ever.”: YouTube Singing Competition Coming Nov. 20 Ludacris to host 10-episode singing competition with a variety of GRAMMY winners and nominees set to join as judgesTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2017 – 3:13 pm Which unknown YouTube sensations have the goods to win a chance to sing with their idols?We’ll find out Nov. 20 with the debut episode of “Best.Cover.Ever.” The YouTube original series will feature 10 episodes centering on aspiring singers competing to win the chance to sing a duet with their idols.Hosted by three-time GRAMMY winner Ludacris, the show will feature a variety of fellow “superstar artists,” including Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Keith Urban, Nicky Jam, Backstreet Boys, DNCE, Charlie Puth, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo and Bebe Rexha.The guest artists will act as judges for the YouTube fans who have covered one of their songs. The grand-prize winner in each episode will perform a duet with the superstar artist.”Best.Cover.Ever.” will be executive produced by Ryan Seacrest and Endemol Shine North America.Independent Labels Gaining Market Share, Revenueslast_img read more

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VIDEO Silver Lake On A Fall Day

first_img—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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Silver Lake — A View From AboveIn “Videos”WCTV To Host Drone Photography Meet-Up On July 21In “Community”VIDEO: Silver Lake Impacted By DroughtIn “Videos” WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington native Jamie Boudreau, owner of Airgoz Aerial Photography, recently shared drone footage of Silver Lake on an October afternoon.—last_img read more

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Indianorigin entrepreneur Ramesh Awtaneys iSON Technologies buys Dubai governments tech arm

first_imgiSON Technologies, subsidiary of Indian-entrepreneur Ramesh Awtaney’s iSON Group, has said that it has acquired Global Technology Services (GTS), the UAE-based IT outsourcing company belonging to Dubai government’s Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).iSON Technologies will be acquiring GTS with the iSON Group’s co-investor, Dhabi One Investment Services, LLC in a deal whose value was not disclosed.Kenya-based iSON Group provides managed services, systems integration and BPO services in 29 countries spanning West Asia, Africa and Asean, reports ANI.”The GTS acquisition gives us an unparallelled and distinctive edge in existing and new geographies, and builds on the exceptional customer trust that iSON has earned through our experience of working with Fortune 50 IT companies especially in Africa and APAC,” Ramesh Awtaney, Founder and Chairman, iSON Group, said.”iSON’s core business is IT Services including mobile, in the Middle East and Africa, and this therefore is a solid, value enhancing match for GTS. With GTS’s third party business and the services provided to ENOC Group, ISON strengthens its capabilities to expand their service and client portfolio in the UAE and GCC,” ENOC’s Executive Director for Shared Services, Sina Khoory, said.The acquisition will give iSON access to Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, besides the UAE.The UAE is the second-largest outsourcing industry in the Middle East and North Africa region, and Dubai accounts for about 90% of the total outsourcing business in the UAE.The global outsourcing industry is forecast to reach $497 billion by 2019, according to a report by Frost and Sullivan and Dubai Outsource Zone.last_img read more

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ITC shareholders gain Rs 21850 crore during the week from GST boost

first_imgA man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata September 4, 2012.Reuters fileCigarette maker ITC was the biggest gainer among the top, most-valued Indian companies, thanks to the spike on Friday after the good news from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. The stock gained Rs 21,850 crore during the week to end with a market capitalisation of Rs 3,41,377 crore. The share price closed on Friday at Rs 281, a gain of 6.84 percent.The spurt in the share price of the largest cigarette manufacturer of India came after the GST Council capped the cess on cigarettes at Rs 4,170 per 1,000 sticks or 290 percent ad valorem at its 12th meeting on Thursday.TCS retained its top slot with a valuation of Rs 4,97,897 crore followed by Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) at Rs 4,21,928 crore. Infosys added Rs 4,570 crore to end with a market cap of Rs 2,33,882 crore. Maruti Suzuki ended at the bottom of the 10 companies with a valuation of Rs 1,86,957 crore.During the week, only Indian IT services company TCS and state-owned oil explorer ONGC saw a fall in their market capitalisation during the week that lifted the NSE Nifty to lifetime highs multiple times. The BSE Sensex closed at 29,649 on Friday, just 375 points away from it all-time high of 30,024.There are no major triggers next week except for the monthly passenger air traffic data that is released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. HCL Technologies will be taking a call on share buyback when its board of directors meet on March 20.Most of the macroeconomic statistics, such as inflation and external trade were declared during the week.After rising sharply since Tuesday and reaching a 16-month high, the rupee shed gains amid global cues to close at 65.46 to the US dollar on Friday.FIIs were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 1,360 crore on Friday, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).India’s foreign exchange reserves rose $98.6 million to end at $364.10 billion as of March 10, 2017, according to RBI data released on Friday.last_img read more

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Fresh tension breaks out at NRS after dog bites 5yearold girl

first_imgKolkata: At a time when the controversy around the death of 16 puppies on NRS campus is yet to die down, fresh tension has gripped the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after a 5-year-old girl was bitten by a dog at the hospital premises.The victim, Rani Mullick, resides in a shanty situated near the administrative building of NRS Medical College and Hospital. Her grandmother works as a contractual labour in the hospital. The family members of the victim said Rani was walking inside the hospital with a packet of potato chips in her hands when a dog came and bit her waist. Some family members of the patients came to her rescue and drove away the dog. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe victim girl received deep injuries around her waist. She was taken to the emergency ward of the hospital and released after primary treatment. The family members alleged that people were bitten by dogs on previous occasions. It may be mentioned that a few days ago the hospital authorities had written to the Rogi Kalyan Samiti Chairman of the hospital seeking suggestions on how to handle issues related to cats and dogs inside the campus. Some nursing students and nursing staff members had staged many protest demonstrations demanding proper sterilisation and vaccination of dogs inside the hospital campus. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already decided to conduct sterilisation and vaccination of dogs at NRS later this month. The hospital authorities have responded to the letter issued by the KMC in this regard and gave a ‘go ahead’ to the civic body. The recent incident of the killing of 16 puppies by two nursing students inside the hospital campus sparked major outrage. Meanwhile, the two accused nursing students have joined their classes after they were granted bail by a city court.last_img read more

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Happy Trails

first_img Renting software over the Web isn’t just for companies. Individuals who are on the road a lot and switch between different computers can now rent a so-called virtual desktop from Magically Inc. Its MagicalDesk service lets you store and view your important data files (any of 250 types for PC, Mac and Unix programs), calendar, schedule and to-do list, as well as send and receive e-mail–all using nothing more than your Web browser (as long as it supports JavaScript and frames) on any computer.Simply dial into the Web, and you’re at work. It also syncs up information with your desktop, laptop or PalmPilot, and allows others with the right password to view your files. An introductory no-frills service is available at no charge; the full service costs $5 per month with 20MB storage or $10 for 50MB. For more information, visit http://www.magicaldesk.comJohn Verity reported and edited for 10 years at Electronic News, Datamation and Business Week. Since 1997, he has been freelancing from his Brooklyn, New York, home. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 17, 2006 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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How to disable being included in tests and previews on Netflix

first_imgHow to disable being included in tests and previews on Netflix by Martin Brinkmann on March 20, 2018 in Music and Video – 3 commentsThe online streaming service Netflix changes things constantly on the site and monitors carefully what users do and don’t do when they interact with the service.You may have noticed that Netflix uses A-B tests to determine the effectiveness of covers or other element on the site, but did you know that Netflix customers may be included in beta tests and experiments on the site automatically?Inclusion in tests and previews may not be a bad thing, at least not for all users; if you like to have access to new features as soon as possible, then that is certainly the right option for you even though there is no guarantee that your account will be picked for any of them.Netflix notes that participating customers help the company improve the experience on Netflix and access new features before anyone else.Participate in tests to help improve the Netflix experience and see potential changes before they are available to all members.Netflix does not reveal to customers whether they are part of an experiment or not at the time. You may notice differences if your account is signed up for an experiment, but there is no confirmation for any of that.It is unclear if all Netflix users take part in tests automatically; when I checked whether the test participation setting on Netflix was turned on for my account I noticed that it was and that I did not opt-in to that by myself.Here is a quick guide on finding out if your account is set up for participation in tests and previews. Some Netflix customers may join the program if they have not been added to it automatically, others may want to leave it if they prefer the standard experience instead.Note: Test participation is linked to the account and not to user accounts. The change is valid for all accounts if you disable or enable the feature.If you are on a computer and use a web browser to access Netflix:Load in the browser’s address bar.You may enable (on) or disable (off) test participation on the page that opens.You may use the option above even if you watch Netflix on a TV or mobile device. Since the setting is linked to the account, it carries over to any device you use Netflix on.Some applications or TVs may not provide access to the full list of Settings. The Windows application, for example, opens the Netflix account page in the default browser when you select Settings > Account Details.It offers no option to join or leave the test participation program of Netflix.Now You: Do you have a Netflix subscription?Related articlesFind out if someone accessed your Netflix accountHow to change the Netflix video quality on your computerHow to protect individual shows or movies on Netflix with a PINImprove Netflix’s cellular data video qualityRemove continue watching items on NetflixSummaryArticle NameHow to disable being included in tests and previews on NetflixDescriptionYou may have noticed that Netflix uses A-B tests to determine the effectiveness of covers or other element on the site, but did you know that Netflix customers may be included in beta tests and experiments on the site automatically?Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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US donates bombsniffing dog to Costa Rican penitentiary

first_imgNo related posts. The U.S. Embassy in San José donated a dog trained to detect weapons and bombs that will be in charge of checking every object and person entering the maximum-security prison La Reforma, the largest in Costa Rica.Ámbar is the first bomb-detecting dog owned by the Penitenciary Police and is worth $ 5,900. The new K9 officer will join five drug-sniffing dogs currently working at La Reforma, located in the province of Alajuela, north of the capital.The 9-month-old Belgian shepherd arrived from Guatemala on Monday, and Justice Ministry plans for her include initiating a breeding program.The U.S. government provided training in Guatemala for two La Reforma officers who will handle the dog.The embassy also donated a sound system that will be used for announcing the entry of visitors to La Reforma. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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