Eden RichardsThe girls of Chancellor State College and the boys of Warners Bay High School have taken out their respective divisions of the Harvey Norman National Schools Cup.Chancellor were near unstoppable against Helensvale in the Girls Grand Final, running out 8-3 winners in a one-sided affair.The girls from Sippy Downs scored the first four touchdowns of the match to lead 4-0 at half-time, before continuing to pile on the pressure in the second stanza.The score blew out to 6-0 early in the second half before Helensvale hit back to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but the damage had been done to give Chancellor a well-deserved victory.Courtney Fietz scored a double for the victors, while Nikiah Campbell crossed twice for Helensvale in what was a good performance in a losing side.After watching the girls leave it all on the field, it was time for the boys to show the onlookers on the Sunshine Coast what they were capable of.In what was an exciting contest, Warners Bay and St Edward’s College traded touchdowns early on in their grand final, with neither side able to form any sort of a lead.It hit 3-all halfway through the first half before Warners Bay began to run over the top of their opponents late in the first stanza.Warners Bay used their superior field position and strong possession to jump to a 6-4 lead at half-time, and St Edward’s were going to need a huge effort in the second 20 to mount a comeback.St Edward’s had to be the first to score in the second half and they did just that, crossing the line after a 12-minute stalemate in which both teams continued to turn the ball over.At 6-5 with five minutes to play it was anyone’s match to win, but Warners Bay simply wanted it more, crossing twice in a row to lead 8-5 with four minutes to go.St Edward’s scored a consolation touchdown in the dying minutes, but it was Warners Bay who secured a hard-fought victory.Joshua Fredrickson and Kobe Mcwilliams scored doubles for Warners Bay, while Sandon Smith crossed twice for St Edward’s.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The best bit in sports radio is The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz‘s “What He Looks Like Game.” Le Batard, Stugotz and Co., with the help of their listeners, try to come up with perfect descriptions of what people in sports look like. Some examples:Paxton Lynch looks like the old school Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo.Vin Scully looks like the one real human in a Disney movie filled with animated talking animals.Dan Gilbert looks like the guy who shaves in the locker room mirror at the gym while totally nude.They’ve come up with one for Jim Harbaugh and, Ohio State fans, it’s pretty perfect, right?Jim Harbaugh looks like the guy who yells at his wife in front of everyone when they lose at Pictionary on gamenight pic.twitter.com/Whz6ERQVAI— What He Looks Like (@WhatHeLooksLike) May 8, 2016He totally does.
WASHINGTON — Marijuana has been legal in Canada for a month already but immigration lawyers and cannabis executives say when it comes to getting into the United States, the worst may be yet to come.As Canadians get used to the fact that cannabis is no longer against the law in their country, some experts fear they will forget the perils that past and present marijuana use still poses for those seeking to cross the Canada-U.S. border.Henry Chang, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer, says he’s bracing for a spike in cases of people who end up being banned outright from entering the U.S. for owning up to using pot.Customs and Border Protection officials have made it clear that anyone who admits to using marijuana prior to Oct. 17, the day it became legal in Canada, could be banned from entering the country.And Chang says U.S. law can still keep out anyone deemed to be a drug abuser or addict, or who is diagnosed with a mental disorder with a history of related harmful behaviour — including alcoholism or marijuana use.Investors and employees in the cannabis industry, too, are on shaky ground — one U.S. executive says the risk of being banned for life from crossing the border has become a major preoccupation for his Canadian colleagues.“The bigger issue is people thinking the slate has been wiped clean,” Chang said in an interview.“I think we’re going to start seeing more people getting banned, not because of them smoking marijuana after Oct. 17, but just because they think they have nothing to hide and they blurt out that they smoked marijuana when they were 18. That’s going to happen, because people just don’t understand that it’s still barred.”U.S. border authorities initially warned that any Canadian who gave off a whiff of pot involvement — from using the drug to working or investing in the industry —risked being banned or denied entry. They later softened that stance, saying industry workers would generally be deemed admissible so long as they were travelling for reasons unrelated to their work.Some Canadians travelling to MJBizCon, a major cannabis industry conference last week in Las Vegas, faced additional scrutiny at various border screening points.U.S. border staff at the airport in Toronto steered several attendees through a secondary screening process, said Global Public Affairs’ senior vice president Rod Elliot, who advises various clients in the cannabis industry.Elliot said he was one of roughly 25 people who were selected for additional screening — several of whom missed their flights, including him. He travelled to Las Vegas the next morning without incident.“There has been challenges for people going across the border,” he said. “It’s pretty clear that the border officials are targeting people attending this conference.”Len Saunders, a Canadian immigration lawyer based in Blaine, Wash., told a similar story about a group of would-be attendees and investors who were travelling through the airport in Vancouver. One of them, however, was part of a tour of a Vegas-based production facility in which he’d recently become an investor, arranged by his financial adviser.That investor was unaware of the risks he faced crossing the border, and must now contend with having been banned from entering the U.S., Saunders said.In the U.S., many in the industry — still hamstrung by the fact marijuana remains a controlled substance at the federal level, making it all but impossible to effectively obtain financing and other essential services — are hanging their hopes on bipartisan legislation aimed at ensuring states are protected from U.S. government interference.The bill, unveiled earlier this year by Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Democrat counterpart Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, is beginning to get traction in the wake of a strong Democratic showing in the midterms, said Derek Peterson, chief executive of California-based pot producer Terra Tech Corp.“That, I think, will be the answer to legalization, and we will start to see some attention paid to that” in the new year, Peterson said.“I think (Republicans) now understand that most of the constituents in the U.S. want to have some sort of federal regulation, a tax-and-regulate program, rather than just kind of leaving it with the black market, for all practical purposes.”In the meantime, Chang has some common-sense advice for anyone who might have reason to be anxious entering the U.S.“Don’t dress like a hippie, don’t smell like marijuana, because then the questions get asked,” he said. “If you are asked the question, your only option is to refuse to answer, say it’s irrelevant, you refuse to answer — you’ll get into trouble, they’ll detain you, you’ll get sent back to Canada, but at least you don’t have anything on the record saying you engaged in controlled-substance use.”— With files from Armina Ligaya in Toronto— Follow James McCarten on Twitter @CdnPressStyleJames McCarten, The Canadian Press
How the Warriors have fared with and without KD and CurrySince 2016-17, playoffs and regular season 4June 7Golden State4080Warriors by 3 Curry + KD✓✓111.796.1+15.6 ✓98.498.9-0.5 GameDateLocationDurantCousinsFTE point spread Curry + Klay✓✓109.097.0+12.0 2June 2Toronto1060Raptors by 5 The most obvious conclusion from the lineup data, in fact, is that Curry is a lot better than Durant. With Durant but not Curry playing, the Warriors outscore opponents by a pedestrian 1.7 points per 100 possessions. But that’s not the same as saying they’re better without Durant. That’s especially true on offense, when there don’t appear to be any diminishing returns from having both Durant and Curry in the lineup at once.Dig a little deeper, and you find that while Curry and Durant work just fine as a tandem, there may be some diminishing returns from playing Durant and Thompson together. Lineups with Durant and Klay playing but Curry off the floor have been mediocre, perhaps because Durant doesn’t like to pass and Thompson relies heavily on assisted field goals. Furthermore, lineups with Curry and Durant but without Thompson have been better than lineups with all three together. The Warriors give up a bit of offense in those lineups, but they make up for it with superior defense by having players such as Iguodala on the floor. 5June 10Toronto5090Raptors by 2.5 Durant is out for at least Game 1, with no clear timetable for his return. Cousins is questionable for Game 1, but from the tone of the Warriors’ comments, he looks highly likely to return at some point in the series.You can see the impact of Golden State’s injuries in the evolving point spreads that our model establishes for each game of the series. In Game 1 — with Durant out and Cousins 50 percent likely to play (based on the very rough science of translating the Warriors’ vague injury guidance into probabilities) — the Raptors are 6-point favorites at home, per our model. In the event of a Game 7 in Toronto, by which point we assume that Cousins is definitely back and Durant is 80 percent likely to play — they’d be only 1-point favorites, conversely. Toronto would also be 4.5-point underdogs on the road in Oakland in Game 6. If the Raptors don’t strike early in the series, the odds will shift dramatically against them. 6June 13Golden State70100Warriors by 4.5 7June 16Toronto80100Raptors by 1 If our NBA model could talk, here’s what it might say about the NBA Finals:Bleep, bleep, bloop. Based on their accomplishments over the past few seasons, the Golden State Warriors are better than the Toronto Raptors at full strength. However, the Warriors will start the NBA Finals without Kevin Durant, and possibly also without DeMarcus Cousins. To state the obvious, being without those guys makes them a worse team. Meanwhile, Toronto is also a really good team, and its regular-season record somewhat understates its performance because its current lineup is stronger than it was for most of the season. Plus, the Raptors have home-court advantage. Run the numbers, and the Raptors come out as slight favorites in the series. Bloop, bloop, bleep.Make sense? Well apparently not, at least not to those of you who are wagering your hard-earned income on the series. Betting market prices imply that the Warriors are about 72 percent favorites to win the championship.We think our NBA forecasts, in their current, improved form, are pretty smart, but we also think sports betting markets tend to be really smart. (Note: This isn’t true for political betting markets, which are mostly pretty dumb.) So we wouldn’t suggest that you go out and wager all your loonies on the Raptors to become the first Candian team to win a title in a “Big 4” sport since … to the chagrin of literally every Canadian NHL team … the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays.Still, it’s interesting to see the series through our model’s eyes. So while we also talked about our forecast on this week’s edition of Hot Takedown, I want to go through it in more detail here. Basically, I’m going to work through everything in the italicized paragraph, starting with the least controversial claims and moving to the most contentious ones.“Run the numbers, and the Raptors come out as slight favorites in the series.”OK, so that’s actually the most contentious claim — we’ll loop back to it at the end. But I do want to point out that “slight” really does mean “slight” in this instance. The Raptors are merely 55 percent favorites in the series, at least based on our current understanding (as of early Wednesday morning) of the injury prognosis for Durant and Cousins. In our election forecasts, we’d label a race like that as a “toss-up.”“Plus, the Raptors have home-court advantage.”In a seven-game series between two equal-strength teams, the home team should win about 54 percent of the time, according to our model. So basically, the entirety of the Raptors’ very small edge in the series is because a Game 7 would be played in Toronto. If the Warriors had won two more regular-season games and had home-court advantage instead, they’d be roughly 53 percent favorites to win the series, per our model.And if anything, our model might be understating the impact of home-court advantage in this series. The Warriors are generally regarded as having one of the biggest home-court advantages in the league, and Toronto is 40-11 at home between the regular season and the playoffs.“Based on their accomplishments over the past few seasons, the Golden State Warriors are better than the Toronto Raptors at full strength.”Our NBA team projections are derived from our CARMELO player projections, which use data from the past three seasons plus the current season.That’s a good thing for the Warriors, because if you based the projections based on this season’s data alone, the Raptors would be more substantial favorites. Three of their five starters — Pascal Siakam, Danny Green, Marc Gasol — have significantly outperformed their preseason CARMELO projections. (Reserve swingman Norman Powell has also outperformed them to a lesser extent.) For the Warriors, conversely, Cousins significantly fell short of his preseason projections — no doubt because of his injuries — and his current projection is probably too optimistic. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green also slightly underperformed their projections, although Green has been great in these playoffs. Andre Iguodala and Kevin Looney have outperformed their projections, but overall, the Warriors are helped by the fact that we’re looking at multiple years of data.So even though both teams played about equally well this year — the Raptors went 58-24 to the Warriors’ 57-25, but the Warriors had a slightly better point differential and played a slightly tougher schedule — our model would have the Warriors as 65 percent favorites if each team was at full strength to start the series (or 69 percent if the whole series were played on a neutral court).1The Raptors’ only current injury is to backup swingman OG Anunoby; our model actually thinks they’re slightly better off without Anunoby since it likes the rest of their reserves better, so his injury actually helps their rating slightly. The 65 percent figure refers to the version of the Raptors with Anunoby healthy. This reflects the Warriors’ accomplishments over the past several seasons in addition to having more playoff experience, a factor that our model accounts for — although the Raptors, with former NBA Finals MVP Leonard as well as Green (118 career playoff games), Kyle Lowry (80) and Gasol (77), have plenty of experience of their own.In other words, our model takes some countermeasures to the fact that veteran, championship-driven teams like the Warriors tend to lollygag their way through the regular season. It looks at longer-term performance, and it accounts for playoff experience, as well as the increased playing time that’s given to top players in the playoffs, which helps top-heavy teams like Golden State. Is it doing enough to account for those factors? Maybe not, and our model has had plenty of challenges with teams like the Warriors and LeBron James’s Cavaliers in the past. But it’s at least aware of these issues, and it doesn’t hold the Warriors’ good-but-not-great regular season all that much against them.“Toronto is also a really good team, and its regular-season record somewhat understates its performance because its current lineup is stronger than it was for most of the season.”The Raptors were often without the services of what our model regards as their two best players. They played 22 regular-season games without Leonard, who was frequently rested for “load management,” as well as 17 games without Lowry. In addition, they only acquired Gasol in February, and he’s a significantly better player than the center he replaced, Jonas Valanciunas, according to our model. It also took some time for Toronto to take full advantage of Siakam, who played fewer minutes and took fewer shots early in the season.Thus, the current version of the Raptors is associated with an Elo rating that would peg them not as a 58-win team, but somewhere in the mid-60s instead.Until recently, however, that elite version of the Raptors existed mostly on paper. The Lowry-Green-Leonard-Siakam-Gasol lineup played only 161 regular-season minutes, although it was highly effective when it did play, outscoring opponents by 12.2 points per 100 possessions. That group has now played 314 minutes together in the playoffs, and — somewhat remarkably given that the Raptors have been playing extremely tough competition in the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers — it’s still outscoring opponents by 12.1 points per 100 possessions.So Toronto’s starting lineup has begun to prove itself — you have to be really good to win four straight games against the Bucks, who were the NBA’s best regular-season team. And I should probably mention that our model also had the Raptors slightly favored against Milwaukee2In fact, as 55 percent favorites, the same as it currently has them against Golden State. despite the Bucks having been heavily favored in Las Vegas.“However, the Warriors will start the NBA Finals without Kevin Durant, and possibly also without DeMarcus Cousins. To state the obvious, being without those guys makes them a worse team.” Curry✓108.296.4+11.8 From ABC News: LineupCurryDurantOff. RatingDef. RatingNet Rating KD + Klay✓✓101.2100.6+0.6 KD✓102.3100.6+1.7 Neither You’d think that all of that seems pretty reasonable. Our model is saying that having Durant and Cousins healthy-ish instead of injured-ish is worth about 5 points per game to the Warriors.But that’s not the narrative surrounding the Warriors at the moment. Instead, the stat you’ve probably heard is this one: 31-1. That is, the Warriors are 31-1 in their last 32 games without Durant but with Stephen Curry playing. This has lead to plenty of talk-radio chatter about whether the Warriors are better off without Durant, who has an option to become a free agent at the end of the season.Like most narratives, that one leaves out some of the messy details. Our ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton has a long, detailed breakdown of the Warriors’ play with and without Durant. I’d suggest you read the whole thing. For one thing, that 31-1 record overstates the case somewhat, since it arbitrarily ignores the first six games that the Warriors played without KD (counting those, they’re 34-4) and since their point differential wasn’t quite as strong as their record in those games would suggest. Those games were also played against a fairly easy schedule.Perhaps more importantly, Pelton finds based on game-by-game data that being without Durant lowered the Warriors’ ceiling. With both Durant and Curry in the lineup, the Warriors had so much firepower that they could take possessions off against mediocre teams, especially on the defensive end. In the NBA Finals, however, the Warriors will presumably be playing every possession at close to maximum effort, with or without Durant. So they’re deprived of a top gear they would have had with him healthy.We can also look at the Warriors’ lineup data over the past three seasons (including both the regular season and the playoffs), which accounts for their performance on a possession-by-possession basis with various combinations of players. With both Curry and Durant on the floor, the Warriors outscored opponents by a dominating 15.2 points per 100 possessions. With Curry only, that number falls to 11.8 points per 100 possessions. That’s still a very good number — Curry is impossibly good! — but it’s in the same ballpark as the Raptors’ current starting lineup, and the Raptors have more depth and home-court advantage. Likelihood of playing for Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins reflect our subjective estimates based on news accounts about their conditions. How KD, Curry and Klay play togetherSince 2016-17, playoffs and regular season The Warriors will get tougher to beat as they get healthierFiveThirtyEight point spread for the NBA finals 95.699.6-4.0 LineupCurryDurantThompsonOff RatingDef RatingNet Rating Klay only But the thing is, our projections actually account for all of this on-court/off-court data, at least to some extent. One of the metrics we use to fuel our projections, Real Plus-Minus (RPM), is largely based on the lineup data. So the fact the Warriors have played quite well with Curry but without Durant is accounted for in their respective ratings. Our forecasts think that Curry is quite a bit better than Durant — if Steph were injured instead of KD, it would really have Golden State in trouble.You can also go too far in looking at the on-court, off-court stats. They can be noisy, and there are also a lot of technical complications in evaluating so many five-player lineup combinations together. In fact, we’ve found that RPM (which itself is a blend of box score statistics3e.g. points, rebounds, assists, steals. and lineup data) actually goes slightly too far in using the lineup data, so we hedge against it by blending it with another metric based on box score statistics called Box Plus/Minus or BPM.“Run the numbers, and the Raptors come out as slight favorites in the series.”So do I — Nate as a basketball fan, not as a model co-designer — really buy what our model says?I mostly buy the part about the Raptors being better than they’re given credit for. Their current starting lineup has been very good, and I can imagine the betting public sleeping on it a bit because it’s involved several fairly subtle changes (e.g. upgrading Valanciunas for Gasol, Leonard playing every game, etc.). Nor do I see any obvious flaws with the Raptors, who can work effectively as either an up-tempo team (perhaps with Gasol off the floor) or in the half-court, with Leonard draining midrange jumpers and corner threes.Leonard’s health is a concern, however, particularly insofar as it could affect his ability to effectively defend Curry, a tempting matchup for the Raptors.As for how the model is evaluating the Warriors, I’m less sure. As I mentioned, the metrics behind our model (RPM and BPM) don’t actually like Durant that much; while he was repeatedly going off for massive games against the Clippers and Rockets, a few of us were complaining that the model underrated him. But there are a couple of things that worry me. First, although we have a few tricks to try to account for the Warriors’ variable effort level, their indifference during parts of the past few regular seasons may be contaminating the data to some degree. Second, our model tends to assume that building a lineup is a fairly linear process, when it isn’t. The Warriors are insulated against the loss of Durant to some degree because Thompson functions better as Curry’s Splash Brother sidekick than as a third wheel in Curry-Durant lineups.The handful of minutes each game that the Warriors play without Curry on the floor are liable to be a disaster, however, and if Leonard somehow can bottle up Curry the same way he did Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Warriors are probably toast. And I think our model actually overrates Cousins, who isn’t likely to play up to his projections while recovering from his multiple injuries.Overall, I think our model is mostly right about the Raptors, but more wrong than right about the Warriors. Since it only has the Raptors as extremely narrow favorites, that might be enough to tip the balance slightly in Golden State’s favor. But I find it hard to contemplate how the Warriors can be as heavy as 3-to-1 favorites, as they nearly are in Vegas. There is, if nothing else, a lot of uncertainty about how well the Warriors can play against a top-level team without Durant — I’m sorry if I don’t regard the Portland Trail Blazers as a top-level team — and the Raptors are good enough that the Warriors will probably have to bring their A-game.Bleep, bleep, bloop. None of them 3June 5Golden State3070Warriors by 2.5 Curry + KD✓✓115.099.8+15.2 107.195.7+11.4 Lineups are weighted by minutes playedSource: NBA Curry + KD + Klay✓✓✓115.9100.9+15.0 Check out our latest NBA predictions. 1May 30Toronto0%50%Raptors by 6 91.6100.5-8.9 Likelihood of playing Lineups are weighted by minutes playedSource: NBA KD only✓104.9100.6+4.3 Curry only✓
Thad Matta stands on the sidelines during a game against Minnesota. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWhen a college basketball game is closing on the the final minutes of play, most coaches would say each possession becomes increasingly more important.The value of making the correct read, protecting the ball, making free throws and getting good shots goes up in such a way that if a team fails to do those things, they are likely to end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard when the buzzer sounds.Ohio State coach Thad Matta said Saturday doing the little things — like converting free throws, keeping proper spacing on offense and defending to his team’s capability — is what ultimately led to its 65-63 loss Thursday night against Penn State.Even junior guard Shannon Scott knew something was off that night in State College, Pa., mentioning that at times when the Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7, fourth in the Big Ten) were trying to decipher the Nittany Lions’ zone defense, not everyone was on the same page.“We’re not seeing it all the way the whole time. There’s been possessions where three players are running one play, and two players are running a different play,” Scott said Saturday. “We’ve gotta have a better focus on our offense, especially against the zone.”When Matta was told that Scott said the team sometimes has trouble getting into the right sets offensively — even though the team is 29 games into the season — he said it shows how OSU’s mind wasn’t in the right place against Penn State.“That just tells you the concentration wasn’t there. And a lot of that is on Shannon and (senior guard) Aaron (Craft). We were going way too quick the other night,” Matta said. “We had a guy stop and tie his shoe twice during the game, and we didn’t start our offense until there was 22 seconds on the clock. We had wasted possessions on those two possessions.”The No. 22 Buckeyes are likely going to need to have those little things corrected when they are set to travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Indiana (16-12, 6-9, eighth in the Big Ten). The Hoosiers won the Big Ten regular season title last year, beating the Buckeyes by a game in the standings.OSU’s second loss this season to Penn State this year was not exactly what the Buckeyes had planned, Scott said, but there’s no time to worry about that with a quick turnaround to take on Indiana.“It cuts us deep, losing another game. But we can’t really dwell on it. It’s too late in the season to start dwelling on our mistakes,” Scott said. “It’s not time for that right now. We gotta all be men and move on from that and make the most of our next games.”Despite falling to Penn State Thursday, OSU would still be the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament — and get a first-round bye — if the season ended today, because Iowa also lost Thursday, on the road at Indiana.The Hoosiers are led by sophomore guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, who is currently fourth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game.“Ferrell is obviously one of the top point guards in the country and (freshman forward Noah) Vonleh is a monster,” Matta said of the Hoosiers two leading scorers. “Just a well-coached basketball team, very good basketball team and it’s another Big Ten war for us.”Despite their record, Indiana isn’t going to be an easy opponent, Scott said.“We know none of our games are going to get easier. Indiana’s a great team,” Scott said. “Their record doesn’t show how good they really are, so we all know that coming into the game. We’re going to be prepared for them and hopefully be ready to play.”The loss to Penn State came on the heels of six wins in seven games for OSU, but Matta said he’s not concerned about his team’s confidence level.“It’s funny because with this quick turnaround, I’m not even worried about confidence,” Matta said. “Our focus is quite honestly, ‘Hey that’s behind us. We can’t change that. Here’s what we gotta do to try to win the basketball game’ … In terms of being 25 games or whatever we are into the season, come on — you gotta man up. You gotta carry your weight around here and get the job done.”Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall.
The Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo will be given a break after his long and tiring season with his club so that he would be totally fit in his return before World Cup kick off.Seleccao is scheduled to have the warm-up game against Belgium in Brussels on Saturday night. Yet, instead of joining his teammate, Ronaldo is in tennis court with his fellow, Miguel Paixao to keep fit during his short break.According to Mirror, Portugal’s head coach, Fernando Santos said that he deserved his rest after playing in 49 games in one season. He also said, “Cristiano Ronaldo is on holiday,”Fiorentina 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.“I won’t bother Cristiano by calling him, after a spell where he’s put in so much effort and is tired. I don’t have to talk with Cristiano. Hopefully he can have a great holiday and he can come back in good condition. That’s the important thing.”Portugal will begin their World Cup campaign against Spain on 15th June.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred around 12:30am this morning (Thursday 27th July 2017) in the area of Garden Loop, Grace Bay Providenciales.Upon arrival, the victims told officers that four (4) males entered their home with guns and demanded money. They also stated that the men had their face covered, one wearing a black short pants and the other had on a grey sweater material shirt with a light blue green cloth covering his face. The culprits took a watch and two (2) cell phone and fled the scene.An investigation is ongoing into this report.Anyone who may have information about these four (4) men are asked to contact the police at 338-5901 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
November 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:44 PM KUSI Newsroom Juan Hidalgo Jr. vows to keep working for Americans 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Candidate for the 51st. congressional district Juan Hidalgo Jr. stopped by our live shot Tuesday evening, and vowed to keep working for the American people. Posted: November 6, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter
Video ad options include pre-roll and post-roll spots and video overlays. Themis’ latest addition is a custom video skin that surrounds the video player. Themis is also capitalizing on an emerging business model called “cost-per-completion” advertising. “In other words, the advertiser will pay you for completed pre-roll rather than just the beginning of a pre-roll,” says Macris. “That’s important for advertisers because a lot of users on YouTube are randomly surfing and if they hit a pre-roll ad, they stop and go to another video. Advertisers don’t want to pay for people who haven’t been exposed to the ad.”Macris says Themis has a 97 percent completion rate for its pre-roll advertising and gets a $25 to $30 CPM on pre-rolls. Video skins offer a $45 CPM with a 6 percent to 10 percent clickthough rate. “This is definitely more expensive than doing text-based Web content, but if you factor in that you can get a $5 CPM for display ads and a $25 CPM for video ads, it’s pretty clear this is a good investment,” he adds. Macris also contends that original video is immune to ad networks driving pricing down. “Unlike display ads, video ads are holding strong because it’s harder to find premium video,” he says. “So many ad networks are aggregating poor display ads that it’s forcing the market down. If people want to advertise with user generated content, they go to YouTube, they don’t need ad networks for that.” However, video advertising won’t work for all markets–or all products. “If they don’t have a great 15-30 second spot or a product that works with that, then it’s not the right fit,” says Macris. “If they’re doing a movie or new game, great. If they’re doing a book, not so much. The biggest misconception is that they can do longer pre-rolls than they can. Advertisers want to do five-minute pre-rolls. Maybe you can do that before a movie but on the Web, most of the content they’re coming to see is five minutes long.” While Macris says print has taken the brunt of ad dollars shifting to online video to date, online dollars will be diverted from television budgets going forward. “You’re going to see a shift toward larger budgets and better ad units, because more people are substituting online video for their TV viewing.” Video is increasingly being packaged with social media campaigns. Themis builds videos that may feature a Twitter hash tag that allows the consumer to interact with the brand (Themis built a similar social media package for the Aliens vs. Predator game series). “Ultimately, when you can offer a complete solution, that’s where you’ll derive value,” says Macris. “The pricing gets complex but you have to look at the ROI for the client and the cost for creating these custom units. It ends up being a mix of creative and media spend for the client.” With some exceptions, online video has proven to be a more effective editorial tool than revenue stream for magazine publishers. And as resources continue to shrink, even that may be declining-new data from video technology platform Brightcove says magazine sites streamed 174 million videos in the second quarter of 2010, down 7 percent from the first quarter. That decline comes after eight consecutive quarters of growth in video streams (although magazine and newspapers continue to post more online video that other media outlets, according to Brightcove). However, some publishers are having tremendous success with video as a revenue generator provided it’s the right fit for the market and the publisher invests in developing quality original video, rather than thinking they can magically tap into user generated content. Themis Media, a publisher of video game related content, sees more revenue and more traffic from original video than any other channel, with about 7 million video streams generating around 25 million page views. “Our strategy is to create branded series,” says president and CEO Alex Macris, who points to popular Themis video shows targeting gamer culture such as Zero Punctuation, Escape to the Movies and Unskippable. “As a result, we create loyal users to watch shows they know about instead of aimlessly searching through the vagaries of user generated content.”
New Delhi, September 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 77.67 points down to stand at 19842.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.95 points down to stand at 5870.50. BHEL and Zee Entertainment were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.73% and 5.75% along with Apollo Hospitals and Sobha Dev with an increase of 4.82% and 4.56% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies and MCX with a decrease of 9.92% and 4.60% along with JP POWER and HPCL with a decrease of 4.43% and 3.74% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 9.70 points at 11,180.22 while the banking sector is down 103.74 points at 11,494.18 and the realty sector is down 9.88 points at 1,217.68. The Indian currency is up 0.36% at Rs 62.53 per dollar.
Milind Deora, Mukesh Ambani and Nita AmbaniTwitter [Representational Image]Congress has received a massive boost for the Lok Sabha elections as business magnate Mukesh Ambani and billionaire banker Uday Kotak have expressed their support to Mumbai South constituency candidate Milind Deora.A former UPA minister, Deora will lock horns with Shiv Sena’s Arvind Ganpat Sawant in a fierce battle for phase four of the elections. He has shared a video on Twitter where the top industrialists were seen praising him.He posted the video by saying, “From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business. We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.”In the video, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said, “Milind is the man for South Mumbai. Having represented South Mumbai for ten years I believe that Milind has in-depth knowledge of social, economic and cultural ecosystem of the South Mumbai constituency. Both micro enterprises and large businesses can thrive in Mumbai. So that attractive new employment opportunities can be created for our talented young women and men.”From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business.We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.#MumbaiKaConnection pic.twitter.com/d4xJnvhyKr— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) April 17, 2019Endorsing Deora, Kotak Mahindra Bank Managing Director and CEO Uday Kotak said, “Milind truly represents Mumbai ka connection. I genuinely believe Milind understands and relates to a Mumbaikar. His family has been associated with Mumbai for a long time.”The video also features small entrepreneurs, businessmen and traders praising and backing Milind Deora for the general elections. The Mumbai South constituency will go to polls in the fourth phase on April 29.
Reviewing the security arrangements on Sunday, Governor Malik lauded the people of Kashmir for their support to conduct a peaceful yatra.TwitterThe first batch of the pilgrims left for the Amarnath cave shrine from the Pahalgam and Baltal base camps on Monday, July 1. With over 1.6 lakh people registering for the yatra, spanning 46 days, more than 40,000 security personnel have been deployed for the pilgrimage season.The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has also increased the number of its counter-IED teams that will sweep roads and vehicles, that will sweep the roads and vehicles.First batch of 1224 Yatris left Nunwan base camp to pay obeisance at Holy cave.Kashmir Ops Sector @crpfindia is committed to providing Yatris with assistance all along the yatra route for an auspicious #AmarnathYatra.Dial 14411 for any assistance 24×7 pic.twitter.com/NPvNxivR6r— CRPF Madadgaar (@CRPFmadadgaar) July 1, 2019No civilian traffic would be allowed on Kashmir highway for the next 46 days between 10 am to 3 pm from Qazigund to Nashri for the safety of Amarnath Yatra. TwitterFlagging off the first batch of pilgrims after performing a puja at Jammu on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik’s advisor KK Sharma said that all arrangements, including adequate security, have been made for the pilgrimage.”On behalf of the government, we went to Pahalgam and Baltal yesterday, all arrangements for the well-being of the devotees have been made all through the route between Jammu and Srinagar,” Sharma told reporters. K K Sharma flagging off the first batch of pilgrims.TwitterReviewing the security arrangements on Sunday, Governor Malik lauded the people of Kashmir for their support to conduct a peaceful yatra.”The security for the yatra is our responsibility and we are taking care of it. But police or Army do not conduct the yatra. For many years, the Amarnath Yatra is being conducted by the people of Kashmir, especially our Muslim brothers. The yatra takes place with their support,” he told reporters in Srinagar.Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also reviewed the security arrangements for the Amarnath Yatra during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir last week. TwitterIn 2017, eight pilgrims were killed and several injured after terrorists attacked a bus carrying pilgrims in Anantnag. Last year the pilgrimage season went off peacefully.
PR HandoutThe Grace Hopper Celebration India 2017 — the largest conference for women technologists in India — got off to a splendid start with over 3,750 women technologists from 406 global organisations wanting to be the champions of change.Technology, as we all are aware, is changing the economic and social landscape and women are going to be at the fore of the changing landscape.Setting the tone of the two-day mega conference, the Managing Director of ANZ , Pankajam Sridevi in her key note address narrated her experiences of the challenges of bringing about change.She exhorted women technologists to ‘never give up learning’, particularly when technological changes are rapid. Technologies are becoming irrelevant in a short span of time, thus calling for constant learning. “Let’s be ahead of the game,” she said and mentioned that there would be challenges to overcome.Calling upon women technologists to explore and build ecosystems for support around oneself, she said it was imperative to be assertive and not aggressive.”You need to be champions of change.” She mentioned how at one of the World Economic Forum’s it was stated that it would take 181 years to bring about gender parity and that this narrative had to change.”Let’s be the change.” The narrative has to change and stereotypes have to be broken and women should dare to explore. However, one should look at work-life integration, more than work-life balance. Another crucial aspect that women had to develop was financial acumen as not to be dependent.The new President and CEO of AnitaB.org, Brenda Darden Wilkerson, saidwith the baton changing hands she continues to carry the message “I am important for change”.One of the things I want to do is to extend our opportunity to so many more women. The mission of AnitaB.org is to support woman globally and India is an important country in this transformation. Half of India’s undergraduate population comprises women and their needs need to be addressed. PR Handout”I want to start out by listening to different groups of women and to hear what their challenges are and what their desires are,” added Brenda. “I don’t want to assume we know every little thing about every woman. I think that’s one of the things that we suffer from, is that we’re viewed as a monolith.”The Managing Director of AnitaB.org India, Geetha Kannan mentioned how the GHCI event was growing in popularity with the number of attendess increasing to over 3750 from 2909 in 2016 (Alomost 30% more). Also the number of organisations participating have touched 406 from 305 in 2016 (Alomost 32 % more).Geetha further said, “The world today is mianly technology-driven, especially with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Big Data. If technology has to appeal to a much larger audience, you have to have women in your team because then you’re doing better from a business perspective while also catering to your market.””If India’s population consists of about 49 percent women, a similar ratio should reflect in its corporate culture. If the workforce is not diverse, the relevance of a product is lost on half the population”, added Geetha.
Big Kashmir move? Modi govt proposes to revoke Article 370 Close More than 500 political workers and leaders have been detained across the Kashmir Valley.ReutersKashmir continues to be under a complete security lockdown but the Narendra Modi-led BJP government may give some relaxation to the people residing in the Valley. Ahead of the Eid-ul-Zuha on August 12, Centre may loosen restrictions that were imposed before the government’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.Speaking to the media, an official stated, “I cannot share the details but the government is planning something to provide relief to the people on the occasion of the festival.”More than 500 political workers and leaders have been detained across the Valley. However, it is not yet clear whether arrested leaders, including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, will be released or not.NSA Ajit Doval dines with KashmirisNational Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval reached Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, August 5, to take stock of security situation in the Valley. Interacting with the residents in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, Doval said, “Everything will be all right. Your safety and security is our responsibility.”Doval also had lunch with the locals. Watch the video here:#WATCH Jammu and Kashmir: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval interacts with locals in Shopian, has lunch with them. pic.twitter.com/zPBNW1ZX9k— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019 Doval visited Shopian as it is considered the hotbed of militancy. He directed the officials to ensure that common people do not face any hardships in the wake of the recent development pertaining to the state. He also praised the Army, police and paramilitary troops for their contribution and coordination in ensuring peace and law and order in the entire Kashmir valley.J&K Governor allots Rs 1 lakh to migrant Kashmiri students for Eid Governor Satya Pal Malik makes arrangements for migrant Kashmiri students who will not be able to make it to home for Eid this time.ReutersSatya Pal Malik, Jammu and Kashmir Governor, allotted Rs 1 lakh each to designated liaison officers for organising Eid festivities for students from Jammu and Kashmir who are studying in other parts of the country and will not be able to come home due to security clampdown.During a meeting held at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar, Malik had passed directions for setting up telephone lines in deputy commissioners’ offices for the migrant students to talk to their families back in Kashmir.As there were no untoward incidents reported from the Valley, the Governor has made arrangements for enabling people to perform Friday prayers and for the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha next week. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:13Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Smuggled Hawk and Iguana. Photo: flickr.comThe US state department has listed Bangladesh as one of the 26 countries considering those as a major source, transit point or consumer of smuggled wildlife products and their derivatives.A report titled ‘End Wildlife Trafficking’ was submitted to the US Congress on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.The US Department of State, in consultation with the Departments of the Interior and Commerce as well as other agencies of the Task Force, determined the countries should be listed as focus countries pursuant to Section 201(a) of the Act.In other words, each country listed is a “major source of wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives, a major transit point of wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives, or a major consumer of wildlife trafficking products.”This determination is based on their analysis of the statutory criteria and does not reflect a positive or negative judgment of the listed countries or indicate that these countries are not working diligently to combat wildlife trafficking.Indeed, the United States has longstanding and deep partnerships with many of these countries with respect to combating wildlife trafficking and recognizes the strong political will that already exists in many of these countries to tackle this problem.The Department of State and other Task Force agencies look forward to continuing close and constructive relationships with these countries as we work collaboratively to combat wildlife trafficking.The other listed focus countries in 2017 are Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, the Philippines, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, according to the US Department of State.
Road Accident logoA truck driver was killed in a head-on collision between two trucks in Agran area of Baraigram upazila of Natore district on Tuesday night.The deceased driver is Belal Hossain, reports UNB.The accident took place around 8:00pm as two trucks had collided head-on, leaving a truck driver injured, said Baraigram police station officer-in-charge GM Shamsun Nur.The victim was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him dead, he said.
A screengrab taken on 12 May 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram which claims to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. AFP file photoNigeria on Saturday said it had negotiated the release of 82 of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists more than three years ago, securing their freedom in a prisoner swap deal.The presidency announced that months of talks with the jihadists had “yielded results”, just over six months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators.“Today 82 more Chibok girls were released,” it said.“After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.”No details were given about how many suspects were released or their identities.The girls were to be taken to Abuja on Sunday to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency said, thanking security agencies, the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).“The president has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls and all other Boko Haram captives,” it added.A military and a civilian militia source in Banki, near the border with Cameroon, said “at least 80” girls were brought to the town late afternoon on Saturday and taken to military barracks.Shehu Sani, a Nigerian senator who has been involved in previous negotiations with Boko Haram, told AFP the girls were mostly “in good condition”.The talks lasted for “almost three to four months” and had initially discussed the release of 50 girls but the number was later increased, he said.The government would now look to securing the release of the remaining hostages, he added.Symbol of the conflictBoko Haram fighters stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok on the evening of April 14, 2014 and kidnapped 276 teenaged girls who were preparing to sit high school exams.Fifty seven managed to escape in the hours that followed but the remaining 219 were held by the group.Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, whose fight to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009, claimed in a video message that they had converted to Islam.The audacious kidnapping brought the insurgency to world attention, triggering global outrage that galvanised support from the former US first lady Michelle Obama and Hollywood stars.Parents and supporters of the missing girls—who have become a symbol of the conflict—last month marked the three year anniversary of the abduction, describing the situation as an unending “nightmare”.But they said previous releases had given them strength.Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose two daughters were among those kidnapped, said he was told of the latest release by the #BringBackOurGirls pressure group and an official in Maiduguri.He added: “This is good news to us. We have been waiting for this day. We hope the remaining girls will soon be released.”Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war, seizing thousands of women and children, including the Chibok girls, and forcibly recruiting young men and boys into their ranks.In a less publicised attack in November 2014, some 300 children were among about 500 people kidnapped from the town of Damasak, on the border with Niger, in the far north of Borno state.Most are still missing.Ongoing talksThe release of the 21 girls in October last year followed talks between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government brokered by the ICRC and the Swiss.Three other girls have also been found. The first had a baby and was accompanied by a man she said was her husband but the military said was a Boko Haram suspect.Boko Haram’s Shekau has previously said the girls would be released if militant fighters held in Nigerian government custody were freed.At the time of the release of the 21, Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu said the government was hoping to secure the release of 83 others being held by a different Boko Haram faction.Last month he said in a radio interview that there were ongoing negotiations involving “some foreign entities” to release the 195 girls still believed held.He told BBC Hausa the ICRC and Swiss government “have not withdrawn their support in the negotiations”.Other countries were also involved, he added, without elaborating.The ICRC has not yet commented on the latest release.On Friday, Britain and the United States issued a security alert warning of a Boko Haram plot to kidnap foreigners in the Banki area, which led to the suspension of aid flights to the town Saturday.
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump boards Air Force One before departing from Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey over the weekend. Trump is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, among other heads of state, at the G-20 summit.President Trump arrives in Poland on Wednesday afternoon. Over the next few days, he’ll be attending a Group of 20 summit and meeting with a wide array of world leaders.It’s likely none of those meetings will be more closely scrutinized than Trump’s first face-to-face sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Trump has often said he would like to see closer ties between the U.S. and Russia. But that has been complicated by Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.Throughout the campaign, Trump routinely praised Putin as a strong leader, often contrasting him with then-President Barack Obama.“I think in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A, and our president is not doing so well,” Trump told Bill O’Reilly of Fox News in 2015.Now that Trump is in office, national security adviser H.R. McMaster says, he has pursued a two-track approach with Russia: looking for areas in which the two countries can cooperate, while confronting the Russians for their bad behavior around the world.It’s a mixed message, and Trump himself has tended to highlight the cooperative part.“They’re a very powerful nuclear country and so are we,” Trump told reporters at a news conference in February. “If we have a good relationship with Russia, believe me, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.”Meanwhile, confronting the Russians has largely been left to others in the administration. After a chemical weapons strike in April by Russian ally Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson complained that U.S.-Russia relations had hit a low point. Trump retaliated for the attack by launching a volley of cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. And Tillerson accused Russia of failing to enforce Syria’s chemical weapons agreement.“It is unclear whether Russia failed to take this obligation seriously or if Russia has been incompetent,” Tillerson told Group of Seven foreign ministers. “But this distinction doesn’t much matter to the dead.”Russia also continues to draw international criticism for its occupation of Crimea, its ongoing interference in Ukraine and its political meddling in the U.S. and elsewhere.“You have seen me bash Russia on Ukraine,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 28. “You’ve seen me bash Russia on Syria. You’ve seen me call out Russia if we see any sort of wrongdoings by Russia. And, yes, I do think Russia meddled in our elections. And, yes, I’ve said that to the president.”It’s that last charge that makes Trump’s meeting with Putin especially fraught. The president continues to challenge the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the U.S. election to boost his chances of winning. And he fired the FBI director who was investigating possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.A day after that firing, Russian agencies shared photos of an apparently chummy meeting Trump held in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. That makes the optics of this Putin meeting especially important.“It’s not going to be good for the president’s standing back at home if the pictures that come out of that meeting have a smiling, jovial President Trump yukking it up with President Putin the same way that you had the pictures come out of the Oval Office with President Trump and Foreign Minister Lavrov,” said Steven Pifer, a retired foreign service officer who oversaw Russian affairs for the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.Many members of Congress want the Trump White House to adopt a tougher stance on Russia. Last month, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Moscow and make it harder for the White House to relax existing penalties.Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution says that even if Trump wants to forge a more cooperative relationship with Putin, political pressures in the U.S. leave him little room to maneuver.“Trump can’t afford to put out any new ideas that he and Putin could engage on, because it’s going to seem like he’s just beholden to Putin or he’s still in Putin’s pocket,” O’Hanlon said. “So he’s got to make a pretty firm statement in this meeting of being frustrated and angered by Russia’s behavior.”In his February news conference, Trump acknowledged it might not be possible to build a better relationship with Russia, but he blamed that not on Russia’s conduct, but on the news media’s.“The false, horrible, fake reporting makes it much harder to make a deal with Russia,” the president said.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
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By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROA Baltimore police officer has been indicted for falsely accusing an innocent city resident of committing a crime.The latest charges allege a member of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), officer Michael O’Sullivan perjured himself when he testified a city youth possessed a gun despite body camera footage that purportedly contradicted his testimony.The charges stem from O’Sullivan’s testimony against a yet to be identified Baltimore resident. During a trial last year Sullivan accused the defendant of possessing a hand gun. The defendant spent several months in jail before prosecutors eventually dropped the case.The gun possession case was the result of a chase during which O’Sullivan dispersed a group of teens and later found a handgun. He subsequently accused a member of the group of possessing the gun. But prosecutors allege body camera footages shows that Sullivan could not have actually witnessed who was carrying the gun when the youths scattered.On May 28, an arrest warrant was issued for O’Sullivan, who joined the police department in 2000. According to the city’s open data web site Sullivan earned $122,000 in 2018.Police spokesman Matt Jablow did not respond to a request for comment.O’Sullivan joins a long list of officers who have either been indicted or pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence or giving false testimony.Former Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Allen Gladstone recently pleaded guilty to planting a BB gun on a Baltimore resident who was struck by a vehicle driven by a member of the Gun Trace Task Force. The charges allege the scheme was concocted to cover-up the fact that GTTF member and ring leader Wayne Jenkins panicked after he intentionally ran over a suspect with his police vehicle.Jenkins called Gladstone who drove to the scene and placed a BB gun near the injured suspect who was incapacitated. The victim was charged with possession of a handgun, but the case was eventually dropped by prosecutors.The Gun Trace Task Force was a group of eight officers who were either convicted of or plead guilty to robbing residents, dealing drugs, and stealing overtime.Last year Richard Pinheiro Jr. was convicted of planting evidence on a Baltimore resident. The charges were filed after body camera footage was released that showed him planting evidence in a Southwest Baltimore alley.The BPD is currently under federal consent decree. The city entered the agreement after a Department of Justice report found the troubled agency used racists and unconstitutional tactics to target African-Americans.