16 days agoSchmeichel slams Liverpool ace Shaqiri for ‘behaving like a child’

first_imgSchmeichel slams Liverpool ace Shaqiri for ‘behaving like a child’by Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Schmeichel says Xherdan Shaqiri “behaved like a child” over the Switzerland captaincy row.Liverpool ace Shaqiri reportedly missed Switzerland’s last two Euro2020 qualifiers because he was annoyed over Granit XhakaThe Arsenal midfielder was open to discussing it with Shaqiri, who has been criticised by Schmeichel.”I liked the words of Granit Xhaka in the context of Shaqiri’s absence,” the Manchester United legend said.”I read that the captain question played a role in Shaqiri’s thinking.”Although this has been denied in the meantime, nevertheless I found it strong that Xhaka said: ‘If Shaqiri wants to have the captain’s armband, he should take it.'”Xhaka showed that he wants to be a leader even without ties – and gave the pressure to Shaqiri. That was brilliant of him. In contrast to Shaqiri, who behaved like a child.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Over two dozen organizations took registrations at 20th Annual Spring One Stop

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – The Totem Mall was the host of the 20th Annual Spring Community One Stop registration event on past Saturday.The event took place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and was hosted in by both the Mall and the City of Fort St. John.The Spring Community One Stop is an excellent opportunity for residents of the community to learn about what local organizations, community groups and sports clubs had to offer for the upcoming spring/summer season. With an impressive total of 26 organizations in attendance, the upcoming spring/summer season will be a busy one in the community.Activities available at One Stop were not limited to strictly sports but also included many literacy, music and art-based organizations.In addition to the annual Spring One Stop registration, a Fall version will be held in early September.last_img read more

The 10 Games That Shaped The NFL Playoff Picture The Most

Detroit72100+28 Denver4139-2 Green Bay70%100%+30 PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Washington37%51%+14 Houston44%74%+30 3. Tennessee 13, Denver 10 (Week 14) The most important game of the year came in Week 17, even though one of the teams — the New York Giants — had absolutely nothing to play for. Washington’s loss ended its playoff hopes and rendered the highly anticipated Green Bay-Detroit evening matchup mostly moot by guaranteeing playoff spots for both the Packers and Lions. Tennessee11%25%+14 After a tedious Week 17, the NFL playoff picture is finally set. Every week since Week 12, we’ve looked at which games could have the biggest impact on postseason chances throughout the league. Now, instead of dealing with hypotheticals, we can look backward to see which results from the entire 2016 regular season actually affected the playoff race the most.This is pretty easy to measure. Our NFL predictions update after every game, so the most important games are simply the ones that caused the largest net change in playoff probabilities. For example, when Buffalo beat Los Angeles in Week 5, the Bills’ playoff chances immediately improved from 50 percent to 64 percent (+14) while the Rams’ dropped from 49 percent to 34 percent (-14, with rounding). That’s a net change of 28 points. If we add to that number the impact the Bill’s victory had on Arizona, Seattle, New England and Oakland and its minor impacts on every other team in the league, we get an overall playoff swing of 57 points for that game.1The playoff swing totals in this article are lower than what we had listed in previous weeks. That’s because the scale has changed a bit, now that we’re measuring based on one actual game outcome instead of two potential game outcomes. An example: Going into their Week 17 matchup against New York, Washington had a 58 percent chance of making the playoffs. It would be eliminated with a loss and would more or less clinch with a win, so the team’s total potential range of outcomes, which we called its swing, was zero to 100 percent, or 100 percentage points. But Washington lost that game, so its actual, non-potential swing was from 58 percent to zero, or 58 percentage points.By this measure, the 10 biggest games of the regular season are below. Note that some of these results didn’t actually “matter” in the end. Going back to the example above: Buffalo didn’t make the postseason. But that game did make a significant impact on the playoff race at the time, so it was still important to the arc of the season. Miami55%92%+38 Game had 75.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Detroit4650+4 Pittsburgh was an early favorite to make the playoffs, with a 62 percent preseason chance of advancing to the postseason that improved to 90 percent after a 4-1 start. But then the Steelers lost four straight, dropping down to 16th in our rankings, which are based on Elo ratings (a measure of team strength based on game results that we use quite a bit around here). They would go on to beat the Browns in Week 11, but this road victory against the Colts was when Pittsburgh really righted the ship. The Steelers closed the season with five more wins, easily making it to the postseason; they enter as the fourth-ranked team by Elo. Game had 58.5 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Dallas2623-3 Game had 76.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown The game to watch for Week 16 was one of the best of the year. Buffalo came back from a 21-7 deficit, but the Dolphins hit a 55-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game into OT. Buffalo immediately drove 58 yards to Miami’s 17-yard line before moving backward 10 yards on two running plays and missing a 45-yarder. The Dolphins eventually won it on a chip shot field goal, sending their playoff chances skyrocketing to 92 percent at the expense of Denver and Baltimore. Washington1815-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Green Bay6269+6 Miami1626+11 Buffalo712+5 N.Y. Giants3429-4 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Philadelphia56%72%+16 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Denver7348-24 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Houston5855-3 Let’s take a moment to acknowledge Tennessee’s season. The Titans were one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2015 but rallied to go 9-7 this season, with a 5-2 record against eventual playoff teams. Their peak came in back-to-back wins against Denver (Week 14) and Kansas City (Week 15), giving them a serious shot at an AFC South title. Unfortunately, it was all for naught — the bad version of the Titans came out in Week 16 and lost 38-17 to the Jaguars, allowing the Texans to clinch the division. Tennessee’s victory over Denver did make a big difference for Miami, which eventually took the second AFC wild card spot. PLAYOFF CHANCES Houston7957-22 Based on the Cowboys’ terrible performance last season, our NFL predictions projected them to go 7-9 in 2016. And it took a little while for our model to figure out that Dallas was for real. This Week 6 drubbing of Green Bay improved the Cowboys’ record to 5-1 and sent their playoff chances shooting up 22 points to 78 percent; the suddenly struggling Packers saw an equivalent drop. Game had 57.2 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Remember Philadelphia? After a 3-0 start, capped by this shellacking of the highly rated Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles saw their playoff chances rise to over 70 percent. After a bye in Week 4, it was all downhill. Philadelphia went 2-9 over their next 11 games and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15. Game had 66.3 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Indianapolis11%21%+10 9. Philadelphia 34, Pittsburgh 3 (Week 3) Green Bay5434-20 The Texans ended the regular season with a 9-7 record, a -49 point differential and just the saddest kind of quarterback controversy (the kind where both quarterbacks are bad). So how did they find themselves in the playoffs, with room to spare? Houston’s secret weapon was a 5-1 record against its AFC South opponents, spoiled only by its final meaningless game against the Titans. Whenever Houston’s lead in its terrible division was challenged, the team rose to the occasion, getting a particularly large boost to its playoffs chances in this narrow victory over the Colts. Pittsburgh6870+2 4. Houston 22, Indianapolis 17 (Week 14) Pittsburgh55%71%+16 Indianapolis2311-12 5. Tennessee 19, Kansas City 17 (Week 15) Kansas City>9997-2 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE N.Y. Giants4850+2 Houston7987+7 Baltimore3224-8 Game had 58.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh9388-5 Indianapolis73-4 1. N.Y. Giants 19, Washington 10 (Week 17) PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES After Green Bay’s late-season surge to make the playoffs (and the collapse of Washington and Tampa Bay), the Packers’ midseason foibles are all but forgotten. But they really almost blew it, going on a four-game losing streak that started at the end of October during which the Green Bay defense allowed 38 points per game and the team’s chances of making the playoffs dropped (at 4-6) to just 6 percent. This Week 9 loss to the Colts — the second loss in the streak — was one of the most damaging for Green Bay while simultaneously reviving Indianapolis’s hopes. Houston8682-5 2. Miami 34, Buffalo 31 (Week 16) Baltimore3841+3 6. Indianapolis 31, Green Bay 26 (Week 9) Houston5144-7 Cincinnati159-7 Baltimore2814-14 Washington2831+3 Tennessee16%44%+28 Game had 58.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Dallas56%78%+22 Minnesota6164+3 Game had 116.6 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Philadelphia3835-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Miami4145+3 Baltimore5154+3 Indianapolis3934-5 8. Dallas 30, Green Bay 16 (Week 6) Denver177-10 Indianapolis344-30 Game had 65.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Game had 59.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh8067-13 Washington580-58 PLAYOFF CHANCES The second ultimately meaningless late-season Titans victory that briefly shook the AFC South playoff race. Better luck next year, Tennessee! PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Tampa Bay29<1-28 Detroit7380+7 Tennessee4542-3 Green Bay7249-22 10. New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 24 (Week 16) 7. Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 7 (Week 12) Going into Week 15, the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 54 percent chance of making the playoffs but blew it with back-to-back narrow losses to the Cowboys and Saints. Although this game didn’t technically eliminate Tampa Bay from playoff contention — the team had a very outside chance of making the playoffs in Week 17, if seven games broke their way — it more or less ended the Bucs’ playoff hopes.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Blue Jackets still getting accustomed to new coachs uptempo offense

Talk in Columbus during the Blue Jackets offseason often focused on new coach Scott Arniel’s up-tempo, high-octane offensive system. Meanwhile, fans wondered if a new coach would turn the team around after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. After 15 games, it’s clear that the transition from former coach Ken Hitchcock’s read-and-react style to Arniel’s is still a work in progress. Ideally, Arniel would like to push a defender up the ice to help on the attack, creating offense by controlling the puck and limiting the opponent’s space. “It’s kind of meat and potatoes, get the puck deep and get the puck on the net,” Blue Jackets center Kyle Wilson said. “The way the NHL is these days, sure you see the pretty goals on the highlight reels every day, but 95 percent of them are goals in and around the net. These days, that’s how you’re going to win hockey games.” Former Buckeye and current Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the system can be fun as long as the team gets up the ice without turning over the puck. “I think that we have a lot more responsibility, and as long as we’re making smart, sound plays with the puck and protecting it, we get a leash and can go out there and do a little bit more with it,” Umberger said. The Jackets’ defense has been turning in the most impressive performances in the first 15 games. The worry with Arniel’s system is that it can lead to two-on-one breakaways for the opposition, especially when the defenders are moving up the ice and into an attacking position. Yet the team ranks 20th in the league in goals per game, with 2.7, and 10th in the league in goals against, with 2.5 per game. The Jackets are 9-6, good enough for fourth place in the competitive Western Conference Central Division. Right wing Jakub Voracek said the wins column will fill up if the team is more consistent. “We’ll play well for two or three games and then we’ll just have a blowout game,” Voracek said. “We’ve just got to figure this system out and we’ve got to play even better.” Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman agreed with Voracek’s assertion but said he likes where the team is headed under Arniel. “I think the system has been good, you know, obviously it’s getting results,” Stralman said. “We’re a better team this year than we were last year, so we just have to be more consistent and put the effort in every game.” The Jackets will start the week by traveling to Los Angeles, where they will play the Kings on Wednesday at the Staples Center. read more

Rick Lewis and Ohio State lacrosse set sights on matchup with Rutgers

Rick Lewis and the Buckeyes are set to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, his fathers former team on Saturday.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern photographerRick Lewis took the lacrosse field in Piscataway, N.J., 29 years ago to lead the defense for Rutgers in the 1986 NCAA tournament. Now his son, Rick Lewis Jr., prepares to step onto that same field, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team looks to bring home a win this weekend in the Buckeyes’ final regular-season matchup of the inaugural Big Ten lacrosse season.“I’ve always looked up to my dad,” Lewis Jr. said. “So it’ll be really special to have my last regular season game … where he played his first.”Now a senior midfielder and captain for OSU, Lewis Jr. grew up with a lacrosse stick in his hand, receiving his first one from his dad’s friends at the hospital just hours after he was born. From there, his dad became his coach and the rest is history, Lewis Jr. said.The midfielder grew up playing in Cumming, Ga., earning All-American honors at St. Pius X Catholic High School, and also spent time playing in leagues in New Jersey, making him no stranger to Rutgers territory.“I know a lot of those guys,” Lewis Jr. said. “With the team in New Jersey, I was actually coached by my dad’s college roommate. I even lived at his house for the summer.”And while his old summer coach might be supporting Rutgers this weekend, Lewis Jr. said his dad will be on OSU’s side.“He’s rooting for the Buckeyes, definitely wearing scarlet and gray,” Lewis Jr. said.For the Lewis family, Saturday’s matchup might be “a fun rivalry game,” but for OSU, the stakes are high to bring home a final conference win for the regular season. And while Rutgers has already lost its chance at an NCAA tournament berth, OSU coach Nick Myers said he expects the Scarlet Knights to be ready to win.“These are two tough teams that are both hungry for a final Big Ten win,” Myers said. “It’ll be a battle.”OSU is coming off its only home loss this season, a 10-9 overtime heartbreaker against Maryland on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Terrapins locked up at least a share of the Big Ten title, and a win would have done the same for the Buckeyes. But instead of dwelling on the disappointment, the team used the loss as motivation through practices this week, Myers said.“It was the closure we needed,” he said. “We looked at what we did well, and the situations throughout the game where we need to improve. We’re focused on how to be successful against a formidable team this weekend.”Senior midfielder Christopher May said OSU focused on its efforts at the face-off X in particular, hoping to secure regular possession to kick-start the offense against Rutgers.“Maryland had a super talented faceoff unit. They communicated well and were good at causing loose balls, so we took that as a learning experience,” May said. “Rutgers likes to create offense off the faceoff. We’re going to try to limit the transition and put ourselves in a better position to win this game.”The loss against Maryland dropped OSU to No. 2 in the Big Ten. Even if the Terrapins lose against Johns Hopkins this weekend, the Buckeyes would share the No. 1 spot heading into the conference tournament, but would fall short because of the tiebreaker, as long as they win against Rutgers on Saturday.“We come out every game (at) full speed. They’re a very dangerous team so we’re preparing and ready to go,” Lewis Jr. said. “We’re focused on playing a full 60 minutes. If we do that, we can play with anybody in the country.”The game against Rutgers marks the end of the inaugural Big Ten regular season, one that, regardless of record, has been an honor for the team, Myers said.“It’s been everything we could’ve hoped it would be,” he said.Saturday’s game is set for noon in Piscataway, N.J. read more

Opinion Dualthreat Tate Martell provides Ohio State best option as starting quarterback

Ohio State freshman quarterback Tate Martell warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorRarely in the recent history of Ohio State has the team not started a mobile quarterback under center.A program that takes Woody Hayes’ iconic quote, “Three yards and a cloud of dust” to heart, Ohio State historically won national titles on the shoulders of running backs, but has since relied on mobile quarterbacks as another option to run the ball and pass only when needed.Dwayne Haskins is not that type of quarterback. Tate Martell is.Martell was listed as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class, having flashed a powerful enough arm to complete passes downfield while also demonstrating an elusive running style that is more similar to the style of Braxton Miller rather than J.T. Barrett.Coaches have spoken of Martell with nothing but praise, acknowledging the progress he has made both in maturity and skill set since stepping foot on campus in the spring 2017. Martell embraced his role as scout team quarterback last season, helping the defense prepare while also working to improve his game during practice.The knock on Martell is that he lacks the experience of both Haskins and redshirt junior Joe Burrow. Haskins appeared in several games in 2017, including carrying the team in its win against Michigan. Martell has never appeared in a collegiate game, but that has not stopped quarterbacks in the past. Barrett began the 2014 season as the starting quarterback lacking college experience, admittedly filling in for the injured Miller. His predecessor started games in his true freshman campaign, taking over under center in just the fourth game of the 2011 season.Experience should be a factor, but it shouldn’t always be the deciding factor when examining how to maximize a team. Head coach Urban Meyer has leaned on mobile quarterbacks throughout his coaching career, ranging from Alex Smith to Tim Tebow to Miller to Barrett. The only time he had a pocket-passing quarterback at Ohio State was when Cardale Jones began the 2015 season as the starting quarterback, replaced later in the year by Barrett.Martell offers the Buckeyes an explosive runner who can make things happen even when the pocket collapses around him. If no one is available downfield, Martell has the ability to move. And while Martell might not be able to connect on as many deep passes as a quarterback like Haskins, he should still be effective enough passing to keep teams wary of his throwing ability.Martell is not viewed as the favorite to win the job and his legs give him the option to play other positions. But in a typical Ohio State offense, there is no better fit than a player like Martell. read more

Football Dwayne Haskins is the Heismancaliber quarterback he knew he was

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) pumps up the crowd after McLaurin scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins came into this season with big shoes to fill.Following behind J.T. Barrett, who held a handful of Ohio State records and was a part of the two teams that made the College Football Playoff, the redshirt sophomore was not expected to immediately become the next legend under center.But Haskins did that and more this season, and he hasn’t shown it in a more spectacular fashion than he did in Ohio State’s 45-24 victory against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.For many, all this success from a first-year starter came as a surprise. But for Haskins, he knew he was going to win the job in the offseason.He knew he would be the star that he eventually became.“I knew I was gonna be the guy, just a matter of time before [Urban Meyer] made the decision,” Haskins said. “I always wanted to come to school here at 10 years old, I knew I was gonna be a quarterback here, knew we were gonna do great things this year, and that’s me birthing it into existence.”Haskins completed 34-of-41 passes for 499 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. The completions, yards and touchdown passes were all records for the Big Ten Championship.During the most impressive performance of his collegiate career, Haskins passed Barrett for the most total touchdowns in a single season in Big Ten history.He beat his own program record of 470 passing yards he set in the loss to Purdue, and earned his fifth game of 400 passing yards or more. Every other quarterback in Ohio State history has combined for one of those games.“I mean it is what it is, he be doing it all year,” redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill said. “I feel like he should be in New York and win the Heisman.”The Heisman race has officially opened up after Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was injured in the third quarter after throwing 10-of-25 for 164 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.Tagovailoa, Haskins and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray appear to be the lead candidates after Saturday’s games, and Haskins still may be the least likely of the trio to end up with the trophy.But the redshirt sophomore has found a way to win games like Saturday’s Big Ten Championship all season long.With the Ohio State run game regressing to 2.3 yards per carry, Haskins opened up Northwestern’s zone defense — designed to allow short-yardage plays, but stop deep balls — with touchdown passes of 29 and 42 yards, as well as another 63-yard throw to redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.The 42-yard score was to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin perfectly in stride over McLaurin’s shoulder on the right sideline.McLaurin said he often doesn’t have to do much because of his quarterback’s accuracy.“It makes my job a lot easier,” McLaurin said. “A lot of my passes this season have been right in my bread basket. All I gotta do is catch it.”Haskins’ day was not without errors.In the second quarter, Haskins had Hill open on the left side of the field, but the redshirt sophomore overthrew it, giving the Wildcats an easy interception.But for the crucial error in the first half, there were plenty of highlight moments to make up for it.Haskins showed his improved footwork with a 16-yard touchdown pass to McLaurin on a perfect throw to the corner of the end zone to get Ohio State up early. In the second half, Haskins found Dixon on the 63-yard throw, the entirety of the yards picked up through the air.Whether he is going to the College Football Playoff or, more likely, the Rose Bowl, Haskins is satisfied with the season his team has put together.“Any team would want to be 12-1 and win a conference championship, so whether that’s in the playoffs or the Rose Bowl, you know it’s just an opportunity to play for the university, play for each other,” Haskins said. “Regardless of whether you make the playoffs or not, and I’m just happy to be a part of this team.”Haskins, 13 starts later, now sits atop as one of the most prolific passers Ohio State has ever had.The redshirt sophomore who was once committed to Maryland, who knew the whole time he was going to be the guy, has become the guy who nearly threw for 500 yards in the Big Ten Championship.Only time will tell if Haskins has done enough to be invited as a Heisman trophy nominee. Haskins said he feels he has “a pretty good shot,” but to head coach Urban Meyer, there should be no doubt.“He’s without question a Heisman candidate. I’ve seen the statistics of the other two great players, and there’s no doubt. Dwayne Haskins is a Heisman candidate, and he should be in New York City.” read more

Mignolet to make decision on future after World Cup

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has admitted that his future at the club is uncertain and that a final decision will be made after the World CupThe Belgium international lost his place in as the number one goalkeeper to Loris Karius, after a short spell injured. His future at Anfield was thrown into further doubt when Jurgen Klopp admitted that Karius will now be the first-choice for the remainder of the season.Mignolet has revealed that he has held conversations with Klopp over his role at the club. The 30 year-old remains keen to regain his place in the team, but will hold off on any final decision until the World Cup is over.“I don’t know what the future holds for me,” said Mignolet, according to DHNET.“I have three years left on my contract at Liverpool.“Of course I want to play. The coach knows that, and I have talked about it with him. I will think about my future after the World Cup.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I keep focused, just in case. An injury, a suspension, anything can happen and change the course of a season. I stay professional in order to be ready.”Mignolet admitted his disappointment at being dropped by Klopp: “I was disappointed. In football, it’s rare to get a clear answer, but sometimes you have to let things go. I know that becoming number one again won’t be easy.“I mustn’t let my head drop. I have always worked and I continue to do so.“The boys in the squad even tell me to calm things down in terms of the amount of work I do, but it’s in my nature.”Mignolet played in goal for Belgium in their convincing 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Tuesday evening after Thibaut Courtois sustained an injury.last_img read more

Milner reveals key items ahead of Liverpools game against Roma

first_imgLiverpool’s James Milner has taken to social media to show fans what he has packed ahead of their return leg against AS Roma in the Champions League semi-finalsThe midfielder joined Twitter in March and has been quickly gathering followers on the social media account.Milner recently uploaded a picture of his suitcase ahead of the second leg clash with Roma on Wednesday to give fans a look inside.“Packing almost complete for Rome, just need to dig out my Italian phrase book and hot water bottle. What a find the LFC branded plug adapter was!” the 32-year-old wrote on Twitter.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Packing almost complete for Rome, just need to dig out my Italian phrase book and hot water bottle. What a find the LFC branded plug adapter was! #incrediblescenes #essentials #willuseHendostoothpaste pic.twitter.com/UIIS5ejOs5— James Milner (@JamesMilner) 29 April 2018Since leaving Manchester City for Liverpool, Milner has impressed with his continued consistent performances at Anfield and recently had to deny rumours that he was on the verge of coming out of retirement for the England squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

Higuain to return to Italy

first_imgJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to arrive in Italy today to decide his future, according to Calciomercato.Reports in the Italian press suggest that the Argentina international will arrive in Turin today to discuss his future with the club hierarchy.Both Chelsea and AC Milan are interested in the services of the former Madrid Man and the San Siro based outfit want him in part exchange for Leonardo Bonucci.It is understood that Higuain will arrive at Juventus with his brother who is also his agent as they seek to make a firm decision over where the player would be playing his football next season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Higuain wants a contract of 8million euros per year and is yet to agree personal terms with Milan but in the presence of Nicolas, his agent should speed things up.Chelsea are believed to be waiting in the background should the deal to join Milan fall through as Maurizio Sarri is keen on a reunion with the former Napoli hitman.Reports suggest Higuain would favor a move to England to join Chelsea and a decision over his future is expected in the next three days.last_img read more

Fire rips through occupied Ramonaarea home

first_img Posted: November 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires Fire rips through occupied Ramona-area home November 12, 2018 Updated: 4:06 PM KUSI Newsroom RAMONA (KUSI) – A resident escaped injury when a back-country home near Mount Woodson caught fire Monday, officials said.The blaze erupted shortly after 1 p.m. in the 16000 block of Salida del Sol in Ramona. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to subdue the flames, according to Cal Fire.The one resident who was in the house at the time was able to get out safely, said Jon Heggie, a fire captain with the state agency.Though the blaze broke out during a period of heightened weather- related wildfire danger, ground crews and personnel aboard firefighting aircraft were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby vegetation, Heggie said.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation.This is a developing story, please check back for more updates. KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sams Club Reportedly Closing All Alaska Locations

first_imgKTUU reported that security guards were stationed outside the front entrances of each store letting people know of the closure. and stating that the stores closed today in order to conduct meetings with associates and staff. The Walmart official said it was too soon to know how many jobs would be eliminated with the Sam’s Club closures. He said some employees would be re-hired at other Walmart locations or at the newly created e-commerce distribution sites. The official said at least eight stores closed Thursday and the rest would shutter in the coming weeks. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the decision publicly. Update- 11:00 AMA Walmart official says the company is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores across the country. About 10 of those stores will be repurposed into e-commerce distribution sites. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on January 12th, 2018 at 02:17 pmUpdate- 5:30 PMAccording to KTUU-TV, the Sam’s Club stores in Alaska are set to reopen tomorrow at 10 a.m., and will remain open until their official closing date of January 26. Sam’s Club released the following statement on their Twitter account stating: After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition. Additional details will be posted as they are made available. The closures came on the same day that Walmart announced it would boost its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour and hand out one-time cash bonuses. According to KTVA-TV a viewer said he visited an Anchorage Sam’s Club location this morning for before-hours business shopping and found security officers turning customers away at the door. Original Story: All Sam’s Club stores throughout the state are reportedly closed effective immediately without notice to the public. According to numerous reports the stores’ official closure date is January 26, with their pharmacies serving customers until that date.last_img read more

Time Inc names Jeff Bairstow as new EVP CFO

first_imgTime Inc. CEO Joe Ripp announced a key executive hire today. Jeff Bairstow, president of Digital First Media, will be on boarded as the company’s new EVP and CFO.Bairstow will replace outgoing EVP and CFO Howard Averill who is leaving his post for parent company Time Warner as CFO.Bairstow and Ripp have a history, previously working together at pharmaceutical company Dendrite International, Inc. For the last two years, Bairstow has been president of Digital First Media, orchestrating strategies for its core media brands to extend their reach across all platforms. Ripp is counting on this experience as an asset for Time Inc. as it circles its IPO. In March, Time Warner abruptly halted talks with Meredith about a joint venture and announced it would spin off Time Inc. as a separate publically traded company. Former CEO Laura Lang stepped down and Ripp was brought on board as CEO. “We are well positioned in every way: ad revenue, circulation, digital footprint, editorial excellence and cultural influence,” Ripp said in a memo to employees. “I return to Time Inc. knowing we have what we need to move the company forward.”Bairstow officially starts on September 3.  Here is the full memo Ripp sent to Time Inc. employees: August 5, 2013 To:       Time Inc. EmployeesFrom:   Joe RippRe:       Jeff Bairstow Named EVP and CFO of Time Inc.  I am incredibly excited to be coming back to Time Inc., and I look forward to getting to know all of you in September. I am also delighted that in my first staff memo I can announce the hiring of a new key member of our management team: Jeff Bairstow, President of Digital First Media, will be joining us on September 3 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Jeff’s appointment comes as Howard Averill begins his new role at Time Warner.  Jeff will assume all of Howard’s responsibilities and direct reports.  I have a long relationship with Jeff and believe he is the ideal person to help guide us as we prepare to become a public company. His intimate knowledge of the digital transformation at play in the media business and his strong public-company financial expertise will be key assets as we shape our independent future. For the past two years, Jeff has been President of Digital First Media (DFM), a leader in news and information, which operates 21st Century Media properties (formerly Journal Register Company), Media News Group and Digital First Ventures. At DFM, Jeff was known as an executive with a deep understanding of the company’s core media brands, and he was one of the architects of its strategy to extend DFM’s reach across all platforms, ultimately growing digital revenues by more than 50 percent. I originally brought Jeff to the company as Chief Financial Officer for Journal Register in 2010. We first worked together at Dendrite International, Inc., when he was Chief Financial Officer of the publicly traded pharmaceutical services company. His impeccable judgment and ability to manage relationships with the company’s investors figured strongly in Dendrite’s robust performance for its shareholders. I have every confidence he will be as impressive an executive at Time Inc. I hope you will join me in giving Jeff a very warm welcome in September. I see great prospects ahead for us. We are well positioned in every way: ad revenue, circulation, digital footprint, editorial excellence and cultural influence. No other company has the kinds of brands we have. I return to Time Inc. knowing we have what we need to move the company forward. We will be setting our own course. It’s an exhilarating opportunity and one we will seize quickly. I’ll be counting on your continued dedication. Much more to come soon. Joelast_img read more

Demonetisation Media multiplexes films will suffer says IDBI Capital Markets

first_imgThe almost-certain economic slowdown induced by demonetisation of high-value currencies is set to affect the media and entertainment sectors, according to an update by IDBI Capital Markets & Securities.For the media, the hit will be in the form of lesser advertisements next month and in the last quarter of the current fiscal. “No significant impact on advertisement revenue has been visible as the inventory was already sold. The actual impact to be visible over the next month and Q4FY17,” the brokerage said in a note on Thursday.A similar fate awaits Hindi films, impacting producers as well as cinema halls where two latest releases, Rock On 2 and Force 2 are being shown.”Multiplexes have seen impact of decline in footfalls for movies like Rock On 2 and Force 2. This is likely to have impacted both the box-office collection and F&B sales. We expect 15-20 percent impact on footfalls due to decline in cash transactions. We believe that this should ease in December with the improvement of content. Impact on smaller film producers to be felt over the next three-six months,” IDBI Capital Markets & Securities said.It reiterated what many other analysts have said on the negative impact of demonetisation on the real estate sector.”Secondary market is frozen since the date of event. Unsold inventory could lead into price correction. However, they are very property specific. The impact on private real estate players is very negative,” it added.Share prices of listed multiplexes have dropped ever since the November 8 “surgical strike.” PVR slipped from Rs 1,284 (as on November 8) to close 10.90 percent lower at Rs 1,144 on Thursday, while Inox shares have lost 8.57 percent from Rs 245 apiece to Rs 224 on Thursday during the comparable period.Eros International Media closed at Rs 155, a loss of 15.3 percent from its November 8 closing of Rs 183. The company is into film production and distribution in India and abroad.last_img read more

In Pics 10 Times Nita Ambani gave us absolute bosswoman vibes

first_imgWe had recently shown you how Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani looks like a vision in traditional outfits. Be it her daughter Isha Ambani’s wedding festivities or her son Akash Ambani’s lavish wedding, it was difficult to take our eyes-off Mrs Ambani. Woman of substance, elegance, charisma and charm; Nita Ambani has always emerged as a head-turner at every event.Renowned floral designer Tomas De Bruyne, who had designed Isha Ambani’s wedding set-up, had spoken about the Ambani wedding, in an interview with ET. He said, “We did something called the ‘Rolling Hills’. That was one of the most fun installations we did. They called me in for my sense of colour.” He also seemed to be in awe of the host Mrs Nita Ambani as he said, “I liked the grace, etiquette and pureness of Mrs [Nita] Ambani. She definitely knows what she wants, which is good.”Not just in the business world, even in the film fraternity, celebs are in awe of Mrs Ambani. From Ranbir Kapoor to Shah Rukh Khan; Bollywood shares a warm camaraderie with Nita Ambani. Nita Ambani is the Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation. Apart from this, Nita is also the board member of Reliance Industries and East India Hotels. She also owns the IPL team Mumbai Indians and is the Founder and Chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School.Let’s take a look at 7 times Nita Ambani gave us the boss-woman vibes with her stylish attire.last_img read more

Cognizant plans another round of layoff defers campus hiring

first_imgCognizantWikiMedia CommonsAfter firing a considerable number of its employees, IT major Cognizant is planning another round of layoffs. As per a report published in Financial daily, the Economic Time, Cognizant is ready to fire a few hundred as a part of the restructuring that is aimed at reducing cost. Moreover, the company is exploring more ways to further cut down on cost.The US-headquartered company is under the process of restructuring which is targeted at spurring growth and lowering cost. Further, the company is also boosting the variable pay components of salaries which will result in cost-cutting. One of the sources close to the development said, “It is part of the appraisal process; it is getting stricter. If you were a marginal performer or have not been allocated (a project), then they would look at beginning a separation process.”Cognizant Technology Solutions CorpReutersThe employees having experience more than eight years are expected to be targeted. The exact figure to be fired is still under evaluation and would depend on growth registered in this quarter. It is to be noted that the company has already suspended non-essential travel to save costs. Cognizant cut down its revenue growth forecast earlier this year and submitted that its hiring has overtaken revenue growth which eventually led to lower margins. As per Cognizant’s annual report for 2018, the company has around 281,600 employees at the end of 2018, with 194,700, or 69%, in India. Globally, the Cognizant had 288,200 headcounts as of June 30, 7 per cent more than 268,900 a year ago.The company, which has guided for the lowest growth in its history for this calendar year, had given voluntary separation package to around 400 senior executives in 2017 as part of its cost optimisation measures. Additionally, the New Jersey-based company is also delaying the joining date of the freshers and other new employees hired. The second person added,”The joining dates are being calibrated to ensure that utilisation is maintained. There is a strong focus on cost control.”However, the company’s spokesperson has said that it has started to dispatch joining letters since June this year. “We have already on-boarded several thousand students who are currently undergoing training in Cognizant Academy, and the rest will be onboarded in a staggered fashion, as is the process every year. Cognizant has a long history of honouring all campus offers and there is no reason to believe that this year will be any different,” the spokesperson added.last_img read more

BGB member goes missing in Teesta

first_imgA member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) went missing in the Teesta River while chasing smugglers in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The victim was identified as Lance Nayek Sumon Hawladar, 42, son of Hekim Ali of Habiganj district.Tipped off, a team of BGB men went to the bordering area near pillar No 144/3 in the upazila and chased a group of smugglers around 2:30 am, said commanding officer Lt Col Golam Morshed of Lalmonirhat BGB-15 Battalion.At one stage, Sumon slipped into the river and went missing, he said.A BGB rescue team launched a rescue operation to trace Sumon.last_img

3 teenage boys held over bank official murder

first_imgMembers of Police Bureau of Investigation in a drive detained three teenage boys from different areas of the city in connection with murder of bank official Sajal Nandi.The detainees are Chiku, Joy and Prateek, all aged between 16-18.Sadwip Kumar Dash, inspector of PBI, said the three detainees are friends of the victim’s son. Among them, Joy passed the HSC examination from a college in the city and Chiku and Prateek are school students.On 27 May, police recovered throat-silt body of Sajal, 48, cash officer of Rupali Bank, from his residence at Dhoppur area under Bandar police station of the city.Later, his elder brother Swapan Nandi filed a case.last_img

UPDATE New Details Emerge About Deadly Shootings In Capital Gazette Newsroom

first_imgMark Wilson/Getty Images/Via NPRLynne Griffin pays her respects at a makeshift memorial outside the Capital Gazette offices, one day after a gunman killed five people in its newsroom. Griffin was a journalism student under John McNamara — one of the people killed Thursday.The man charged with murdering five people in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday had previously been investigated over threatening comments toward staff members, Anne Arundel County Police Department Chief Tim Altomare said Friday.In 2013, a detective had looked into the threatening remarks made by Jarrod Ramos, who was angry over coverage of him in The Capital newspaper, and spoke to representatives of Capital Gazette. No charges were filed — a decision that Altomare said was made out of “a fear that doing so would exacerbate an already flammable situation.”That was one of several details to emerge in a news conference on Thursday’s shooting. Other revelations include the fact that police used a facial recognition system to help confirm Ramos’ identity. Altomare also said the suspect had tried to hide as officers cornered him roughly two minutes after the first 911 call came in.“I think fight or flight kicks in,” Altomare said of the suspect. “I don’t know why, but flight won.”Word that police used facial recognition emerged after some news outlets reported that Ramos might have damaged or altered his fingerprints — reports that police said were inaccurate. On Friday, Altomare said police ran the suspect’s prints but “we had lag getting answers” from the computer system.Because of the delay, police turned to facial recognition, the police chief said.The suspect charged into the Capital Gazette offices and used a pump-action shotgun that Altomare said was “legally purchased a year or so ago” to kill five staff members and injure two others on Thursday. In Maryland, shotgun sales are not regulated by state law and only require filling out a federal form and passing the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.The gunman also had barricaded the rear doors of the news company’s building — an apparent attempt either to keep victims from fleeing or to keep police out, Anne Arundel State’s Attorney Wes Adams told reporters Friday.“The fella was there to kill as many people as he could get,” Altomare said.Police have carried out searches of Ramos’ apartment and car.“We did find evidence at the residence,” Altomare said, adding that investigators had found signs that Ramos had planned the attack.Even in light of Ramos’ animosity toward the newspaper, Altomare said, “We can’t fathom why that person chose to do this.”In 2012, Ramos, 38, sued the news group for defamation, based on The Capital‘s coverage of a criminal harassment case against him. His suit was dismissed — but in the years since, he repeatedly used social media to defend himself and to go after The Capital’s journalists.Ramos, who is facing five counts of first-degree murder, was denied bail at a hearing Friday.Vigils for the victims and their families are scheduled to be held in Annapolis on Friday night. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered the state flag to be lowered to half-staff until Monday in their memory.Governor Larry Hogan today released the following statement ordering Maryland flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis on June 28: pic.twitter.com/nmngvhmv5b— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) June 29, 2018“There is no amount of clarity that will ever explain or nullify the pain that comes with losing so many lives for so little reason,” Hogan said in a statement Friday morning. He added, “journalism is a noble profession upon which our democracy depends, and we will fight to defend it.”“The Capital Gazette is my hometown paper,” the governor said.By Chase Cook, Phil Davis, Selene San Felice, E.B. Furgurson III, Rachael Pacella, Danielle Ohl, Joshua McKerrow, Paul W. Gillespie, David Broughton and Bob Hough.https://t.co/ybmrUBZmYK— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) June 29, 2018With the help of its sister publication The Baltimore Sun, the newspaper was able to report on its own tragedy, publishing a Friday edition devoted to the attack that turned its newsroom into a crime scene.It was “a horrific shooting,” President Trump said shortly after noon on Friday.“Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job,” Trump said.He added, “My government will not rest until we have done everything in our power to reduce violent crime and to protect innocent life.”_____APSteve Schuh, county executive of Anne Arundel County, holds a copy of The Capital Gazette near the scene of a shooting at the newspaper’s office, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked journalists in the building Thursday, killing several people before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The gunman accused of killing five people in a vendetta against a Maryland newspaper barricaded the rear exit to prevent anyone from escaping and blasted his way through the newsroom with a pump-action shotgun, cutting down one victim trying to slip out the back, authorities said Friday.“The fellow was there to kill as many people as he could,” Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare said as Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was charged with five counts of murder in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history.Ramos’ long-held grudge against the Capital Gazette included a string of menacing online messages and a failed defamation lawsuit over an article about him pleading guilty to harassing a woman. Police looked into the online threats in 2013, but the paper declined at the time to press charges for fear of inflaming the situation, Atltomare said.“There’s clearly a history there,” the police chief said.Ramos was denied bail Friday after a brief court hearing in which he appeared by video, watching attentively but not speaking. Authorities said he was “uncooperative” with interrogators. He was placed on a suicide watch in jail. His public defenders had no comment outside court.Three editors, a reporter and a sales assistant were killed in the Thursday afternoon rampage.The bloodshed initially stirred fears that the recent barrage of political attacks on the “fake news media” had exploded into violence, and police reacted by tightening security at news organizations in New York and other places. But by all accounts, Ramos had a specific, longstanding grievance against the paper.____Trump Offers Rare Support To Journalists12:45 p.m.President Donald Trump has offered a rare statement of support for journalists after a gunman fatally shot five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.He said Friday at the White House that “journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs.”It was a striking comment from Trump, who routinely calls the reporters who cover him “fake news” and “liars” and labels them “enemies of the people.”A gunman shot his way into the newsroom of the Capital Gazette on Thursday, leaving five people dead.Authorities and court records show the suspect had a well-documented history of harassing the paper’s journalists.Trump said he is thinking of the survivors and the families of the “horrific, horrible” murders.____12:30 p.m.President Donald Trump says the Maryland shooting that killed five people has “shocked the conscience of the nation and filled our hearts with grief.”Trump made his remarks Friday at a White House appearance to celebrate the six-month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.Trump said that “journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.”He extended his condolences to the families of the victims, saying “there are no words to express our sorrow.”The shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, left five people dead Thursday.Tomorrow this Capital page will return to its steady purpose of offering readers informed opinion about the world around them. But today, we are speechless. pic.twitter.com/5HzKN2IW7Q— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) June 29, 2018____12:10 p.m.A prosecutor says the shooter who opened fire at a Maryland newspaper had an escape plan he never implemented.The suspect was captured by police while hiding under a desk at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.Prosecutor Wes Adams did not give any details about the escape plan. He said Friday that there were two entrances to the newspaper’s office. He says 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos entered through the front door on Thursday and “worked his way through the office.” He says Ramos barricaded the exit door so employees couldn’t escape, and that one of the five people who were killed was shot while trying to escape out that exit.A judge ordered Ramos to remain detained during a court hearing Friday. Judge Thomas Pryal said found a likelihood that Ramos is a danger.Ramos appeared at the hearing via video feed. He appeared to watch attentively during the hearing but never spoke. He was represented by public defender William Davis.He is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.___NoonA prosecutor says the shooter who opened fire at a Maryland newspaper barricaded the exit door so employees couldn’t escape.Wes Adams said Friday that there were two entrances to the office. He says Ramos entered through the front door and “worked his way through the office.”Adams also says one victim who attempted to escape through the back door was shot.A judge ordered suspect Jarrod W. Ramos to remain detained during a court hearing Friday.Judge Thomas Pryal said found a likelihood that the 38-year-old Ramos is a danger. Ramos was represented by public defender William Davis.Ramos appeared in an Annapolis courtroom via video feed. He appeared to watch attentively during the hearing but never spoke. He was dressed in blue detention clothing.He is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the killings inside Maryland’s Capital Gazette office on Thursday.___11:45 a.m.Authorities say the Maryland newspaper targeted in a shooting attack that left five people dead didn’t want to press charges in an earlier case.Police Chief Timothy Altomare said at a news conference Friday that the Capital Gazette didn’t press charges over social media threats the shooting suspect had made against the newspaper in 2013.Authorities have charged Jarrod W. Ramos with five counts of first-degree murder in the killings inside Maryland’s Capital Gazette office on Thursday.Altomare said the shooter intended to “kill as many people as he could kill.”___11:30 a.m.Authorities say the suspect in the deadly shooting at a Maryland newspaper used a pump-action shotgun in the attack at the Capital Gazette newspaper that left five people dead.Police Chief Timothy Altomare also said at a news conference Friday that it is “absolutely untrue” that suspect Jarrod W. Ramos mutilated his fingertips.Altomare also said that employees Rachel Pacella and Janet Cooley had been treated at a hospital and released after being injured during Thursday’s attack.____First-degree murder charges were filed Friday against a man with a grudge against Maryland’s capital newspaper after police said he shot his way into the newsroom, killing four journalists and a staffer and wounding two others.Jarrod Warren Ramos was swiftly arrested, interrogated and jailed pending a 10:30 a.m. hearing in Annapolis. No defense attorney was listed in online court records, but one note suggests he could be represented by a public defender. Another classifies him as “recalcitrant.” Investigators said earlier that he was uncooperative.Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County said the gunman “looked for his victims” Thursday in the newsroom of The Capital Gazette in Annapolis. “This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people,” Krampf said.Ramos, 38, has a well-documented history of harassing the paper’s journalists that began years ago after the Gazette reported about his criminal conviction in a harassment case.The attack began with a shotgun blast that shattered the glass entrance of the open newsroom. Journalists crawled under desks and sought other hiding places, describing agonizing minutes of terror as they heard his footsteps and the repeated blasts of the weapons. Police said he also was armed with smoke grenades.APIn this June 28 2018 photo released by the Anne Arundel Police, Jarrod Warren Ramos poses for a photo, in Annapolis, Md. First-degree murder charges were filed Friday against Ramos who police said targeted Maryland’s capital newspaper, shooting his way into the newsroom and killing four journalists and a staffer before officers swiftly arrested him. (Anne Arundel Police via AP)It’s unclear what immediate motivation the gunman may have had. Investigators were reviewing his social media postings and searching his apartment in Laurel, Maryland, searching for clues.“The shooter has not been very forthcoming, so we don’t have any information yet on motive,” Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said.Those killed included Rob Hiaasen, 59, the paper’s assistant managing editor and brother of novelist Carl Hiaasen. Carl Hiaasen said he was “devastated and heartsick” at losing his brother, “one of the most gentle and funny people I’ve ever known.” Also slain were Gerald Fischman, editorial page editor; features reporter Wendi Winters; reporter John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith. The newspaper said two other employees had non-life threatening injuries and were later released from a hospital.“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” tweeted Phil Davis, the paper’s courts and crime reporter. In a later interview appearing on the paper’s online site, Davis likened the newspaper office to a “war zone.”“I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time,” he said. “But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.”Reporter Selene San Felice told CNN she was at her desk but ran after hearing shots, only to find a back door locked. She then watched as a colleague was shot, adding she didn’t glimpse the gunman.“I was breathing really loud and was trying not to, but I couldn’t be quiet,” she said. “I’m going to need more than ‘thoughts and prayers.’”The reporter recalled a June 2016 mass shooting attack on Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse and how terrified people crouching inside had texted loved ones as dozens were killed. Said San Felice, “And there I was sitting under a desk, texting my parents and telling them I loved them.”Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said officers arrived within about 60 seconds and took the gunman into custody without an exchange of gunfire. About 170 people were then evacuated from the building, which houses other offices, many leaving with their hands up as police and other emergency vehicles arrived.The attack came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the “fake news media” from politicians and others from President Donald Trump on down. It prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation’s media capital.At the White House, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said: “There is no room for violence, and we stick by that. Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against.”The president tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders.”Press Secretary Sarah Sanders added in a tweet: “Strongly condemn the evil act of senseless violence in Annapolis, MD. A violent attack on innocent journalists doing their job is an attack on every American. Our prayers are with the victims and their friends and families.”Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the community is grieving.“These are the guys that come to city council meetings, have to listen to boring politicians and sit there,” Buckley said. “They don’t make a lot of money. It’s just immoral that their lives should be in danger.”The newspaper is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com. It is owned by The Baltimore Sun.The Associated Press Media Editors promised to help Capital Gazette journalists as they recover. An APME statement called on newspapers nationwide to help the paper continue its community coverage and fight for freedom of the press. Sharelast_img read more

Take Being Heart Healthy to Heart

first_imgAs springtime blossoms into longer and warmer days, it’s the perfect time to tweak or add some heart healthy behaviors to your daily routine. The fact that the American Heart Association (AHA) ranks heart disease and stroke as the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers should be motivation enough. But, since it’s such an easy thing to do, there really is no excuse. Addressing ways that families can stay heart healthy, family practice physician Martina P. Callum, M.D. says, “Really, it starts with lifestyle changes and looking at their diet.” She adds, with a sigh, “I’m not talking quantity.”In other words, Callum is talking about the quality of foods eaten and says that consuming foods that are fatty and/or high in cholesterol is directly related to heart disease. She says that people’s diets need more fruits, green leafy vegetables and root vegetables that have been properly prepared. And, eating properly prepared foods in moderation includes limiting salt intake.Apparently, the AHA is in agreement with her assessment, and is making it easy for individuals and groups to learn how to prepare heart healthy meals in Baltimore. The organization is celebrating its oneyear anniversary of offering a variety of cooking classes at its Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen, located downtown at Stratford University. For a nominal fee, participants learn to cook a meal for four, which they carry home, once prepared. So, for those with cooking limitations, make it easy on yourself, and visit www. heart.org/baltimorekitchen.While modifying one’s diet will help, adding physical activity to the equation will increase the benefits. Everyone, including First Lady Michelle Obama, is encouraging people of all ages to get moving and involved in some kind of physical activity. It’s not always necessary to go work out at the gym. Family walks can be great exercise and lots of fun. And, April 1 is AHA’s National Walking Day, perfect timing to bring the family together for a trek.Now that you’re eating and exercising properly, managing your weight and stress will become a little easier. Callum explains that people with bad eating and exercise habits, generally, don’t feel well and often suffer with joint pain, heartburn and other discomforts, which is stressful. “Physically, when you are feeling good, you can handle stress, better,” she says.last_img read more