Torres admitted that playing the final will help him psychically

first_imgFernando Torres is about to play probably his last Europa League final in his career and he admitted that this match helps him forget about the fact that his career is coming to its end.The Spaniard already announced that he will leave his beloved club after the end of the season and he admitted that it has been hard to deal with this fact – but now, he focuses on the final game and it helps him to forget.The former Liverpool striker spoke about his feelings as he said, according to Sports Mole:Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Football has given me the opportunity to return to Atletico and fight for titles as a player, and achieving the Europa League trophy would be something special without a doubt.”“The fact of having reached the final minimises the feeling of knowing that my career is over. We have a very important game ahead and I don’t have much time to think about much else.”last_img read more

Jenas disguisted by Mourinhos behaviour

first_imgJosé Mourinho has publicly criticized some of his players for multiple times this season but Jermaine Jenas believes that it was over the edge when he slammed Marcus Rashford after the game against Brighton.Jenas insisted that it almost looked like the manager was enjoying the failure of one of his players and he criticized him a lot more than it was necessary as the youngster didn’t deserve this kind of behaviour.The former England international spoke about this situation as he said, according to Independent:“I found what he did after that Brighton game disgusting, to be honest with you.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“When you are managing a young player like Marcus Rashford, the thing that I really didn’t like about it was for him to come out as publicly as he did at that time.”“The comments about (Romelu) Lukaku were a direct shot at (Marcus) Rashford. Now, it was almost like he enjoyed the failure of Rashford.”“It gave him the opportunity to say shut up, I am right and you’re wrong and that is not a point you should be using on a young player.”last_img read more

Ings reveals hilarious bet with Salah

first_imgSouthampton striker Danny Ings has revealed he has a goal scoring bet with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.The striker who is currently on loan from Liverpool jokingly placed a bet with the Egyptian star insisting he would score more goals in the Premier League this season.If Salah loses the bet, he must stump up to send Ings on a trip to see the pyramids in his homeland but if the Ings loses he will have to buy last season’s top scorer coffee.Ings currently has three goals in the league compared to Salah’s two but will watch from the stands this weekend when Southampton travel to Anfield to face Liverpool.Danny Ings is backed up by Kevin Keegan Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 The Southampton and England icon believes the Saints footballer will do very well next season in the Premier League.“Mo helped me a lot when I was at Liverpool and we exchanged a few messages.” Ings said, according to FoxSports.“He said, ‘Let’s see who scores the most’ and I laughed it off, given how good he is.”“Mo is one of the best players in the world. He is so worshipped in Egypt so I said if I win the bet he has to give me access to half of Egypt on holiday but if he wins, I need to buy him a Costa coffee!”The former Burnley striker will compete a permanent move to Southampton next summer for a fee in the region of £16million after Liverpool included an obligatory clause for the saints to sign the player after the loan is complete.last_img read more

Kepa denies rift with Sarri

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga claims he didn’t disrespect manager Maurizio Sarri when he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.Reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero was ready to replace Kepa as he appeared to have suffered a cramp towards the closing stages of the game.However, the Spaniard refused to obey the orders of Sarri which caused a stir on the Chelsea bench and equally angered the Italian gaffer.Kepa went on to save Sane’s penalty but couldn’t prevent City from claiming a 4-3 win to retain the Cup.But the most expensive goalkeeper in history when he joined Chelsea for £71.6m in August, insists his refusal to leave the field was not an act of disrespect to Sarri.“I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image,” Kepa told Chelsea’s official website.“I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.Talk about absolute balls for Kepa Arrizabalaga, stand your ground and courage of your convictions. Good morning. pic.twitter.com/4ehechUVwJ— Sifiso Gumede (@Sifiso_Gumede) February 25, 2019“We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”Sarri played down the incident after the match, describing it as a “misunderstanding”, and Kepa agrees with the Italian.“In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss,” Kepa added.Chelsea will face Spurs on Wednesday night as they bid to seal a Champions League ticket.last_img read more

Homophobic Chelsea supporter banned for three years

first_imgA Chelsea fan has been handed a three-year ban from attending games after being found guilty by Brighton Magistrates Court last Thursday.George Bradley, 20 pleaded guilty of homophobic chants during Chelsea’s away fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium last month.Additionally, Bradley was also fined 965 pounds.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We’d like to thank Sussex Police for their assistance in dealing with this unsavoury incident and we are very pleased with the outcome, a Brighton spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Reuters.“It underlines both their and our commitment to a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse from those attending matches at the Amex.”Chelsea were involved in series of racial abuse claims late last year following a racial abuse on Manchester City striker Raheem Steerling and another during their last Europa league tie against Vid FC.last_img read more

The 10 Deadly Sins of BtoB Publishing

first_imgMIAMI—Even in the face of a down real estate market, b-to-b residential housing and commercial construction publishing giant Hanley Wood is maintaining an aggressive business strategy. During today’s luncheon keynote at the FOLIO: Publishing Summit, CEO Frank Anton unveiled what he calls the “10 deadly sins” that have b-to-b companies in a “spiral of purgatory” in a down economy.Anton outlined the sins—underperformance, cowardice, technophobia, inferiority, complacency, coziness, stinginess, cluelessness, disorganization and dullness—with examples from Anton’s own experience in leading Hanley Wood.“Fear of failure for many outweighs the satisfaction of success,” Anton said of the “cowardice” sin. “Try things. Take chances. To grow a company you need to take risks. Sometimes you’ll fail but try. Learn.” Trade publishers that have underinvested in electronic media are now playing catch-up—and are paying the price, Anton said in reference to his ‘technophobia’ sin. Hanley Wood’s online advertising has seen growth over the last couple of years, and Anton expects that revenue to grow 40 percent this year, he said.In regards to complacency, Anton urged even successful publishers to continue to strive to be better. “Too many companies are making money and don’t care if their publication is the number one, number two or number three book in their segment. I don’t get that,” he said. “Being competitive and winning is fun. Be restless. Work hard to be the best.”last_img read more

ShopAdvisor Secures 5M Funding Round

first_imgShopAdvisor announced Monday it closed round two funding with total raised at $7 million.The digital media app secured a $5 million financing from fellow Boston-based Pittco Capital Partners. The company, founded in 2011, has grown its mobile shopping app to more than 12 million users. The app helps consumers track products across retailers and business bridge gaps between publishers, advertisers and retail partners.“This funding will help us expand our offerings across a broader set of publishers and media platforms, delivering an innovative new service that can finally close the loop between media companies, their advertisers and retail,” says Scott Cooper, CEO of ShopAdvisor in a statement. With the new capital, ShopAdvisor plans to invest in sales and marketing to grow the brand, build additional product functionality concentrating on the needs of consumer media and expand engagement on the tablet to include cross-platform programs across media channels.ShopAdvisor’s partnership with Allure magazine’s tablet edition, announced last week, plays directly into those expanded service ambitions. Starting with the Sept. 2013 issue, Allure tablet readers will gain access to a new, interactive shopping experience.ShopAdvisor’s service will give Allure’s digital readers the option to shop from curated lists of retailers featured in the magazine, accessible via web and mobile, so that they can then either immediately purchase items, save products in “watch” lists or set reminders on items for possible future purchases.“In an environment where editorial content and brand advertising are both valued by readers who shop, it seems natural to provide a way for featured brands and their retail partners to engage with those readers throughout the entire shopping cycle,” says Cooper.Cooper says adding an interactive shopping tool is a natural progression for the publication, helping to directly connect Allure’s readers with advertisers and retailers.Currently, ShopAdvisor provides shopping reader services to tablet editions for various media companies including Condé Nast, Time Inc. and Hearst.last_img read more

Pilot to Privatize Commissaries Should Be Postponed Inhofe Says

first_imgA proposal to privatize five commissaries under a two-year pilot program should be stripped from the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, according to a commentary by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) published in Military Times.Congress should complete an evaluation of the feasibility of privatizing military grocery stores before launching a pilot program, writes Inhofe, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee.“Privatizing military commissaries before conducting an assessment of the costs and benefits of such significant reform is irresponsible,” he states. “I want to know the cost and savings as well as the risks and benefits associated with privatization before any action is taken,” Inhofe says.Inhofe and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) have introduced an amendment to the annual policy bill that would prohibit the privatization pilot until an assessment of the potential impacts of privatization on military families and veterans has been finished.Inhofe said that 22 senators support the amendment, which would need a majority to pass the chamber. At this point, thought, it’s not clear if the provision will secure a floor vote. The Senate has made little progress on the authorization bill since lawmakers began debate June 3. The measure, S. 1376, calls for DOD to develop a plan to privatize the Defense Commissary Agency, wholly or in part. It also directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess the potential costs and benefits of privatizing the entire network of commissaries and determining whether any barriers exist to privatizing the commissary system. The bill directs DOD to carry out the pilot test of privatization after the GAO study.Inhofe has a lot of support. More than 40 organizations have endorsed the amendment, and the White House has criticized the Senate plan as well.“The administration has concerns with commissary privatization and the willingness of private sector entities to participate in such a project,” the Office of Management and Budget said in its response to the Senate bill before lawmakers began debating on the floor two weeks ago. OMB said it favored waiting for an independent study already under way to determine whether privatization is feasible before making any policy changes.Commissaries offer military families a savings of 30 percent off their groceries on average, and also provide jobs for the families of service members, Inhofe argued.“Together we can halt this policy that has the potential to force thousands of service members and their families to be part of an experiment that will have no congressional review before implementation,” Inhofe concluded. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On March 5In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Northside PAC is holding a “Dining For A Cause” fundraiser at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 4pm to 11pm.15% of your bill will be donated to the Parent Advisory Council if you present the flyer below to your server/host.  The donation applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.last_img read more

UNSC pledges to tackle terror funding unanimously adopts resolution 2462

first_imgThe members of the United Nations Security Council hold a meeting to vote for a resolutions on controlling the turmoil in Venezuela on February 28, 2019 at the United Nations in New York. – Russia and China on Thursday used their veto at the UN Security Council to block a US resolution calling for new presidential elections in Venezuela and unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid.France, Germany and Britain were among nine countries that backed the proposed measure. South Africa also voted no while Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast abstained.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution that calls upon countries to prevent and counter the financing of terrorism, especially in its new forms.Initiated by France, Resolution 2462 is intended to update existing resolutions and adapt them to new forms of financing of terrorism and new challenges in this field, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.The resolution notes with concern that terrorists may abuse legitimate businesses and non-profit organisations for their activities, and make use of emerging payment methods, such as prepaid cards and mobile payments or virtual assets.It also expresses concern at the continuing use by terrorists and their supporters of information and communications technologies, in particular, the internet, to facilitate terrorist acts, as well as inciting, recruiting, funding, or planning terrorist acts.Therefore, the resolution calls upon all countries to enhance the traceability and transparency of financial transactions, including assessing and addressing potential risks associated with virtual assets and as appropriate, the risks of new financial instruments, including but not limited to crowd-funding platforms.It also encourages member states to apply risk-based anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations to virtual asset service providers and to identify effective systems to conduct risk-based monitoring or supervision of virtual asset service providers.Furthermore, the resolution encourages competent national authorities, in particular financial intelligence units and intelligence services, to continue to establish effective partnerships with the private sector, including financial institutions, the Financial technology industry and internet and social media companies, in particular with regards to the evolution of trends, sources and methods of the financing of terrorism.Adopted in 2001 in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, Resolution 1373 was the first comprehensive resolution imposing obligations on all states to respond to the global threat of terrorism.Resolution 2462 also affirms the Resolution 1373 and in particular its decisions that all countries shall prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts and refrain from providing any of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts.last_img read more

WATCH Kashmiri voter dances his heart out near polling booth brisk voting

first_imgPower of Indian democracy at a polling booth in #Baramulla area of North #Kashmir #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/yoG43VVAO2 — Neeraj Rajput (@neeraj_rajput) April 11, 2019A 24.4 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the two assembly constituencies till 11 am. Long queues of voters in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora assembly segments of the North Kashmir constituency were witnessed since the wee hours despite reports of petrol bombing and stone pelting in the region.Various militant outfits, including Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba, had warned the people not to participate in the Lok Sabha elections.On the other hand, many mainstream political leaders, including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah, have urged the voters to defy the protest call and come out to exercise their franchise.A sizeable population of Kashmiri Hindu migrants originally from Baramulla and now settled in Jammu and Delhi have been asked to vote from their respective locations. Two polling booths were set up for the migrant voters in Jammu region.Jammu: Kashmiri Pandits in Udhampur cast their votes for Baramulla parliamentary constituency at a special polling station set-up at Municipal Town Hall. A voter says, “We are migrants here. It’s our duty to caste vote. We want to return to Baramulla” pic.twitter.com/sRsZbXhdkL— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2019There are 13.2 lakh voters in the Baramulla constituency which is seeing a triangular contest between the seasoned political leader, Mohammad Akbar Lone of National Conference, Engineer Rashid who is an independent candidate and an ex IAS officer, Raja Aijaz Ali of Peoples Conference.Interestingly, Engineer Rashid who is also an ex-MLA has received support from former IAS officer, Shah Faesal. Rashid has been a controversial figure as he openly supported the separatist Hurriyat leadership in the valley and at one point even supported the plebiscite in the valley, termed as anti-national by the right wing groups.The BJP is almost virtually non-existent in Kashmir but is still the strongest party in Jammu constituency. The BJP vote bank may however be dented by  the Muslim majority regions of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region casting  their vote in favour of Congress and other regional parties.The BJP had swept the Lok Sabha polls and State Legislative Assembly elections conducted in Jammu region last time. People from the Baramulla constituency of North Kashmir turn out to vote despite reports of violence and threats in the regionTwitter/ Ieshan WaniAn elderly man pushing his wheelchair to reach the nearest polling booth in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and an excited voter dancing his heart out while casting his vote presented a different picture of the valley which has seen a record number of deaths and violence in the recent times.Image of the day. Voter dancing in Bandipora in the Kashmir valley. #IndiaElects @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/VDiZlpMaK9— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) April 11, 2019last_img read more

2 prisoners tortured as they refuse to massage jailer

first_imgTwenty people were injured in a chaos over torturing two prisoners at the district jail allegedly at the order to the jail super on Thursday.Wishing anonymity, a habildar of the jail said the jailer asked the two prisoners — Md Sumon, who was serving a jail term in a goat stealing case, and Taslim, who was serving imprisonment in a case filed over a clash — to massage his body in the afternoon.However, they refused to abide by the order.Being angered at the refusal, the jailer ordered other prisoners to beat the duo.A clash erupted between the prisoners at that time, leaving at least 18 others, including three security guards of the jail, injured.Sumon was taken to Nilphamari General Hospital while Taslim to Jail Hospital.Later, Sumon was shifted to the jail again in the evening.The jailer did not receive the phone when UNB correspondent tried to reach him for his version over the incident.last_img read more

Hong Kong prodemocracy activist jailed 6 years

first_imgPro-independence activist Edward Leung walks inside a detention centre before leaving for the High Court for a sentencing hearing in Hong Kong, China on 11 June. Photo: ReutersA former rising star in Hong Kong’s radical youth opposition was sentenced to 6 years in jail on Monday for rioting and assaulting police, one of the city’s harshest sentences against a democracy activist in recent years.Edward Leung, 27, one of the leaders of a movement advocating Hong Kong’s independence from China, had earlier been found guilty of rioting in a 2016 overnight protest that turned violent. He had pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.About 130 people, mostly police, were injured when masked protesters tossed bricks and set trash cans alight to vent their anger against what they saw as mainland Chinese encroachment on the city’s autonomy and freedoms.It wasn’t immediately clear if Leung would appeal against the sentence.Leung appeared calm upon hearing High Court Judge Anthea Pang announce the sentence, while murmurs of disbelief rippled through a crowd of about 150 activists and supporters watching a live broadcast outside the courtroom.Pang condemned the “severe violence” of the riot, which she said had caused danger to those at the scene, and which warranted the imposition of a strict deterrent sentence.“The court absolutely does not allow livelihood or political disputes to be expressed through acts of violence,” she said.Two other defendants in the case, Lo Kin-man and Wong Ka-kui, were jailed 7 and 3.5 years respectively for rioting.Leung has supported Hong Kong’s outright secession from China given Beijing’s perceived erosion of the “one country two systems” principle granting the city a high degree of autonomy since it was handed from British to Chinese rule in 1997.The controversial politician, then a student of philosophy at the University of Hong Kong, came to public prominence after the violent protests, and a run for public office during a by-election for a legislative council seat that year. He was barred from running for another election later that year.China has repeatedly slammed the independence movement, fearful of the idea catching on in the mainland. President Xi Jinping warned last year that any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty would be an act that crosses a “red line”.Although the court case does not deal directly on the issue of independence, the sentencing is likely to be interpreted as a broader warning against the city’s young radical activists.Leung’s sentence came one week after two other pro independence activists and former lawmakers were sentenced to one month in jail for assembling illegally in the legislature while still in public office.last_img read more

Pleasant Bend An Historical Look At West Houston

first_imgDan Worrall, a member of the Harris County Historical Commission, has published a book about the history of west Houston called Pleasant Bend: Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the Nineteenth Century.The book grew of his efforts to save an early Texas graveyard from destruction, hidden away from the modern world near Post Oak Boulevard where his second great grandparents are buried.Maggie Martin talked with Worrall about the book and about the early settlers of what we now call Houston. Sharelast_img read more

Mayor for Life Permanently Memorialized

first_imgThousands of District of Columbia residents braved windy weather on March 3 to see the unveiling of a statue of the late Marion S. Barry. The bronze statute is located in the northeastern section of the John A. Wilson Building, the District’s city hall. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) was a driving force in seeing the statue become a reality.The statue of the late Marion S. Barry is in the northeastern section of the John A. Wilson Building. (Photo by Rob Roberts).“Sometime after Martin had a dream and before President Obama gave us hope, Marion Barry provided opportunity,” the mayor said. “Mr. Barry was a larger than life figure – a man who could both lead the protest as an activist and engage the protest as mayor. He gave hope to those who had lost it and created access to the middle class for Washingtonians who, for years, had been locked out of power and prosperity. With this statue, we are preserving a tremendous part of Washington, D.C. history and honoring our mayor for life, Marion Barry.”Barry served four terms as the District’s mayor from 1979-1991 and from 1995-1999.Before he was mayor he served on the D.C. School Board, becoming its president at one point, from 1971-1974 and was elected to the first D.C. Council as an at-large member in 1974.After returning from a six-month prison term for drug possession in 1992, Barry ran for the Ward 8 D.C. Council position and was elected overwhelming that year and served in the District’s legislative body until he was re-elected mayor in 1995.Barry died on Nov. 23, 2014.The ceremony was held in front of the Wilson Building on Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. with the overflow on Freedom Plaza. The master of ceremonies was popular radio disc jockey Donnie Simpson. The “Star Spangled Banner” was sung by vocalist John Lesane. Bishop Glen A. Staples of the Temple of Praise church delivered the invocation. The Eastern High Marching Band performed.Former U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman; Ben’s Chili Bowl co-founder Virginia Ali;  former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown; former council members Michael Brown, Harold Brazile and Harry Thomas Jr.; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the former president of Bennett College for Women; and D.C. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairwoman Marie Johns were among the notable guests in the audience. Michael A. Rogers, chairman of The Commission to Commemorate and Recognize the Honorable Marion Barry Jr., said while members of the commission had different ideas on how to honor the late former mayor, one idea resonated with all.“There was a pretty common sentiment that there should be a statue on Pennsylvania Avenue,” Rogers said. The commission also decided to honor Barry with the re-naming of Ballou High School, a major street, and the new University of the District of Columbia student center.D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) told the gathering that Barry was an uncommon political actor. “I am here to deliver a rare tribute to a politician who people in the District not merely voted for but whom they loved,” Norton said. “The people of the District identified with him and his struggles.”Norton said the statue is a “loving memorial from his city.”Barry’s wife, Cora, was greeted with long applause and a standing ovation. She said her husband was relentless in reaching his goals and encouraged others to follow that legacy. “He said never stop, never quit,” she said. “If you get knocked down, you need to get back all the way up.”The men of Alpha Phi Alpha, the college fraternity that Barry joined, sang while surrounding the statue. Former D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander told the {AFRO} that a statue to Barry is fitting. “I am here to honor a D.C. legend. He served four terms as mayor and I don’t see anyone doing that in my lifetime,” she said.last_img read more

Cosby Arrives for Start of Sentencing in Sex Assault Case

first_imgBy The Associated PressBill Cosby arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Monday for the start of a sentencing hearing that will determine how the 81-year-old comedian will be punished for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman more than 14 years ago.Cosby was the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era and could be the first to go to prison — perhaps for the rest of his days — after being convicted in April of violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.Bill Cosby, center, is facing the start of a sentencing hearing, at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who was convicted in April of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University athletics employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Cosby, looking grim, walked into the courthouse on the arm of his longtime spokesman as protesters shouted at him.At the end of the potentially two-day hearing, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill could sentence Cosby to as many as 30 years in prison or send him home on probation. The state guidelines for someone like Cosby, with no prior convictions, call for about one to four years behind bars.Judges can’t help being influenced a little by the “optics” of a case — that it, how it is going to look to the public, said Daniel Filler, dean of Drexel University’s Kline School of Law.In this instance, “the judge is going to get flak,” he said. “The judge is going to get less flak if they see Bill Cosby walk out in cuffs.”Samuel Stretton, a veteran defense lawyer not connected to the case, said: “Obviously, the allegations are serious, and, except for his age and poor health, would normally warrant some jail time.”Cosby is legally blind and uses a cane, something his lawyers are certain to point out along with his achievements and philanthropy. Prosecutors hoped to call some of his other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison.Whatever the sentence, Cosby is likely to be deemed a sexually violent predator and will have to undergo monthly counseling the rest of his life, in prison or out. Neighbors and schools will be warned he is living nearby.In the years since Constand first went to police in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.Two of those women, Lise-Lotte Lublin and Chelan Lasha, said September 23 at a Philadelphia news conference that they want prison for him and hope they get to make impact statements at the sentencing.“I really think it’s important that he spend some time behind bars,” said Lublin, who said Cosby assaulted her in 1989 when she was 23. “At some point, he should acknowledge what he’s done, and do the time for the crime.”Just a few hours before the sentencing hearing was to begin, Constand tweeted Ephesians 4:26, a Bible verse about letting go of anger: “Be wrathful, but do not sin; do not let the sun set while you are still angry; do not give the Devil an opportunity.”Cosby, who grew up in public housing in Philadelphia, became the first Black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, “I Spy,” in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century, hitting his peak in the 1980s with the top-rated “Cosby Show” as the warm, wisecracking dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable.But behind the scenes, according to testimony, the married star sought out sexual encounters with young women, including actresses he offered to mentor, models seeking a part on his shows, and flight attendants he met in his travels. He also acknowledged obtaining quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women before sex.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Lublin, Lasha and Constand have done.last_img read more

Quantum computing Entanglement may not be necessary

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — It is a truth universally acknowledged that quantum computing must have entanglement. Measuring light and vacuum fluctuations from a time flow perspective “Entanglement,” Andrew White tells PhysOrg.com, “is normally considered a non-negotiable part of quantum information processing. In fact, if you told me a couple of years ago that you could do quantum computing without entanglement, I would have been pretty skeptical – to say the least!” White says that he first heard the idea of non-entanglement quantum computing from Carl Caves. “I was intrigued when Professor Caves, on sabbatical here in Australia from New Mexico, mentioned that there were sober predictions that entanglement wasn’t always necessary.”White leads a team of young experimental scientists at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Ben Lanyon, Marco Barbieri, Marcelo Almeida and White have been studying deterministic quantum computing with only one pure qubit (DQC1). “Entanglement is not the final story on what makes quantum information processing powerful,” White insists. The Australian team’s results can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Experimental Quantum Computing without Entanglement.”“Normally, in order for quantum computing to work,” White explains, “we need to encode the information into quantum bits—qubits—which are in a noise-free pure state. It’s known that the entanglement between these is what makes standard quantum computing powerful.” He continues, “With a DQC1 scheme, you only have to have one pure qubit, and the rest can be noisy or mixed.” The idea behind quantum information processing using entanglement is that noiselessness has to be applied in order to provide a substantial advantage over classical computing. DQC1, though, could potentially offer a more efficient and less resource-intensive method of quantum computing, since entanglement would no longer be a necessity.“For this demonstration,” White says, “we used the smallest possible example: a circuit with just two qubits, one pure and one mixed. We ran a phase-estimation algorithm as a small example, and found in every setting there was zero entanglement, but that most of the states couldn’t be described efficiently in a classical manner.”White points out that this is suggestive that there are other possibilities, beyond entanglement, that contribute to the power provided by quantum information processing. “We’re still chewing through the implications,” he says. “This is not a universal panacea,” White admits. “For some problems and algorithms you just need pure qubits and entanglement, problems such as Shor’s algorithm. However, there are applications and problems where the DQC1 method will work quite well, and will be more efficient than trying to get qubits that are all pure.”With so many different architectures and schemes for quantum computing – all of them trying to create a system in which all the qubits are pure – it is rare to see a group looking to find applications for a quantum information system that makes allowances for impurity and the introduction of noise – insisting that entanglement is not necessary. “The fact is that certain classes of problems don’t need entanglement, and they don’t need all of the purity. In some cases, all that is needed is one pure qubit and the rest could be mixed. Really, with DQC1, you don’t have to work as hard as you think you do.”We are starting to build more complicated algorithms to get an idea of where this could go. Regardless, the idea that entanglement may not be necessary for some types of quantum computing is big news.”More information: B. P. Lanyon, M. Barbieri, M. P. Almeida, and A. G. White. “Experimental Quantum Computing without Entanglement.” Physical Review Letters (2008). Available online: link.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v101/e200501 . Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Quantum computing: Entanglement may not be necessary (2008, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-quantum-entanglement.htmlcenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

KMC issues notice to 52 old dangerous buildings

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already issued notices to 52 old and dangerous buildings in the city under the amended Building Laws, Section 412A of KMC Act, 1980. The hearing is in final stages for 13 such buildings, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said during the monthly meeting of the civic body on Tuesday.It may be mentioned that the amendment empowers the civic body to acquire old buildings whose owners refuse to repair them.The civic body will give notices to the owners and in case they are tenanted structures, will ask them to sit with the tenants and get them repaired at their own expense. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”In as many as 212 cases, we have already got the approval of the Municipal Building Committee (MBC) to slap notices under the amended Section 412A of KMC Act, 1980,” Chatterjee said, answering a query from Left councillor Debasish Mukherjee, on the implementation of the amended building rules.Chatterjee further maintained that the maximum number of notices have been slapped at Borough 4, which includes 37 old and dangerous buildings. Borough 2 comes second in the list, with notices served to 10 buildings, while the number of notices served in Boroughs 6, 7, 8 and 12 are 4, 1, 1 and 1 respectively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe building department is yet to serve notices in boroughs 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16.The civic body has already demolished some buildings in the city, particularly in Central Kolkata, since the month of July.A drive for pulling down a building at 80 Bentinck Street was undertaken on Tuesday. It may be mentioned that when a KMC team had gone for demolition of the building in the morning, they were prevented from doing so and the occupants claimed that they would take up repair work on their own, in consultation with the owner. However, even after late afternoon, there was no trace of the building owner. “The building was posing a major risk to a number of businessmen who were occupying the ground floor and also the pedestrians walking on the footpath. So, we have began the work for pulling it down,” an official of the building department said.In the year 2017, 22 people had died after portions of old buildings fell on them. In 2018 too, there have been some deaths due to building collapses.last_img read more

April 30 2007 Construction continues on the new e

first_imgApril 30, 2007 Construction continues on the new entrance to the Visitors Center. [from upper left] Workshop participant Livio Stabile and volunteer Jenn Epstein distribute concrete into the prepared form for the first stage of the upper ramp. Workshop participants Fernando Lomast, Sylva Tentori and Rebecca smoothen [screed] the surface of the slab. Construction continues on the new entrance to the Visitors Center. [from upper left] Workshop participant Livio Stabile and volunteer Jenn Epstein distribute concrete into the prepared form for the first stage of the upper ramp. Workshop participants Fernando Lomast, Sylva Tentori and Rebecca smoothen [screed] the surface of the slab.[Photo & text: sa] [from upper left] Here again the slab is impressed with lines of individual pavers. The concrete is a mixed with a very grainy combination of sand and gravel. Fernando uses a heavy brush and water to scrub the surface before the concrete hardens. This exposes the pebbly roughness to make the surface of the slab as slip-proof as possible. This method has been used on all of the path surfaces.[Photo & text: sa] The small slanting retaining wall between the path and the first level of the ramp was poured in several stages. Paolo Soleri joins the crew to teach a finishing technique that he used on many walls at Cosanti. The mixture of concrete used for this is like a creamy soup, which he calls slip. Paolo distributes this onto the top of the wall in such a way that it slowly melts down the side. He then uses a can to give the upper surface a kind of half moon rigded appearance. Before the concrete dries, some silt is powdered over it. The wall then is covered with wet cloth to let it cure very slowly. Report on construction in this area will continue on 5/16/07.[Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

TV and internet advertising is set to fuel continu

first_imgTV and internet advertising is set to fuel continued growth of the overall advertising market in the absence of further economic shocks, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.Nick George, partner, strategic entertainment and media at PricewaterhouseCoopers told Informa’s Digital TV Summit yesterday that advertising in the UK was expected to grow by 4.8% between 2010 and 2015, with advertising in Germany growing by 3.8% and France by 3.6%. Emerging markets Russia and Turkey would deliver growth of 13.9% and 10.6% respectively, while China would deliver growth of 14.1%.George said he did not expect any growth in traditional advertising in mature markets including the UK, but said growth will be driven by digital advertising and online media. He said he expected digital’s share of the UK advertising pie to grow from 33% in 2010 to 44% in 2015.George cautioned that it was difficult to deliver long-term forecasts amidst continued economic uncertainty, and that the situation could change if the global economic situation worsened significantly.last_img read more