Month: July 2019

In confidential emails sent this afternoon Labour

first_imgIn confidential emails sent this afternoon, Labour HQ has advised local party secretaries not to accept motions on individual disciplinary cases.An email sent from the London regional director of the Labour Party to CLP secretaries notes that “there is a lot of interest in the party and the media about our internal systems in relation to individual disciplinary cases”.It goes on to quote advice from the office of general secretary Jennie Formby:“Please note that individual disciplinary cases that are being dealt with through the NEC disputes processes are confidential. Motions on individual cases are therefore not competent business for discussion at CLPs and will not be discussed by the NEC or any associated bodies.”The advice comes after Hackney North and Sheffield Hallam parties last week reacted to the suspension of backbench MP Chris Williamson by passing motions that condemned the decision and defended his comments on antisemitism.Tags:Labour /Jennie Formby /last_img read more

SF Mayor Breed dazzles kids at school bookreading

first_img“Hello everyone, I’m London Breed, and I’m your mayor,” Mayor London Breed said to an audience of around 100 middle and elementary school students in the Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 auditorium Thursday evening. “I am so excited to be here today, not only to read, but also to share how I became Mayor. Do you want know how I became mayor?” “Yes!” the children screamed.  “I studied hard, I read a lot of books, I listened to my teachers, I listened to my grandmother who raised me, and I worked very hard,” Breed told her youthful audience. Breed, who was sworn in as mayor less than two months ago, sat down and read Holly Anna’s Daisy Dreamer and the Totally True Imaginary Friend. As she read, she sometimes stopped to chat with the students, asking them about their pets (one kid had two hamsters, but one of them died) and whether anyone “had interest in writing a newspaper — it could be fun!” (She’s not wrong, but most said no). “She was inspiring people — like, if you want to be a mayor, you can be a mayor,” said Yeraldine, a fourth grader at the school, standing next to her mother. Yeraldine let it be known that she would not mind being mayor one day. “It seems really fun,” she said, “and you get to inspire people.” Sylvia Nickolopoulos, a fifth grader, was standing with her mother after the event. “I think she’s awesome,” Nickolopoulos said. “She really cool because she’s supporting affordable housing. Yeah, I like her.” She noted that Breed also inspired her to run for office. But she wasn’t so much interested in becoming mayor. “I go big or go home,” Sylvia said. “I’d go for president.” Monica Chinchilla, who is running for a San Francisco School Board seat — and who on Thursday received an endorsement from Breed — said that it’s positive for children to see a woman of color as mayor. “Representation reflection is important,” she said. “When our black and brown babies see someone who looks like them in leadership positions, it helps them to aspire to do that as well.” After signing autographs, taking photos and moving through a throng of children in the auditorium, Breed told Mission Local she had had a similar experience when she was a child. She admitted she was “difficult” as a child. In her early days at Ben Franklin Middle School, she talked back to her teachers, and they “took me out of class.” But, of all things, she found the school band. “Being a part of the Ben Franklin Middle School band meant you were somebody,” she said. “It really kept me out of a lot of trouble.” She and the band eventually got the opportunity to play at City Hall for then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, our mayor is a woman,’” Breed said, as she signed an autograph for a student. “It was the highlight of my childhood.” Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sup

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Super League XVIII Round 5 match at home to Leeds Rhinos.Paul Clough is named in the 19 for the first time this season whilst young centre Mark Percival is also called up.The squad is:2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Jonny Lomax, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 19. Josh Jones, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 27. Anthony Walker. 30. Mark Percival.Brian McDermott will select his Leeds side from:3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 14. Stevie Ward, 15. Brett Delaney, 16. Ryan Bailey, 17. Ian Kirke, 18. Chris Clarkson, 19. Mitch Achurch, 21. Richard Moore, 25. Joe Vickery.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:St Helens have won their last five home meetings with Leeds. The Rhinos’ last away win against the Saints was 14-10 on 28 March, 2008, at Knowsley Road.Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored points in thirteen consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Super League Grand Final.He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying Semi-Final at Knowsley Road, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.Last 10 Meetings:Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)St Helens 46, Leeds 6 (SLR8, 25/3/12)Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 42, Leeds 16 (SLR16, 3/6/11)Leeds 16, St Helens 30 (SLR6, 19/3/11)Leeds 32, St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Leeds 28, St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)St Helens 41, Leeds 20 (SLR12, 24/4/10)Leeds 18, St Helens 10 (SLGF, 10/10/09) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 18, St Helens 10 (SLR26, 4/9/09)Super League Summary:St Helens won 27 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Leeds won 23 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998 and 2005 play-offs)Ups and Downs:St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)last_img read more

JAMES Roby has been selected in Englands 19man s

first_imgJAMES Roby has been selected in England’s 19-man squad for the first game of the 2016 First Utility Test Series with New Zealand at the KC Stadium, Hull, on Sunday.The hooker scored two tries in the 84-4 win over France last weekend – and Steve McNamara has opted to name an unchanged side.The squad is: John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Mike Cooper, Leroy Cudjoe, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop, George Williams.The three-game series against New Zealand starts at the KC Stadium, Hull on Sunday November 1 (5pm) moving on to The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Saturday November 7 (2.30pm). The series concludes at the DW Stadium, Wigan on Saturday November 14 (1pm).Elsewhere, Regan Grace (Wales) and Theo Fages (France) were selected for the European Championship match between the two sides at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday. Wales won 14-6.last_img read more

UPDATE Lumberton bank robbery suspects identified three now taken into custody

first_imgLumberton Police are asking for the publics help in locating robbery suspects Demetris Sean Robinson (left) and Daquan Pridgen (right) (Photo: FBI) LUMBERTON, NC (WWAY) — The FBI has taken a third suspect into custody related to the armed bank robbery that happened in Lumberton early last week.An FBI spokewoman tells WWAY 26 -year-old Daquan Pridgen was taken into custody at around 5:00 P.M. Sunday at the FBI office in Fayetteville and transported to the Cumberland County Detention Center.- Advertisement – Over the weekend, officials are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the remaining suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery on Tuesday.According to a release from FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch Saturday evening, Pridgen of Whiteville, and Demetris Sean Robinson, 26, of Whiteville were at large.The FBI informs WWAY  that Demetris Robinson is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. Call 911 is you see him or have information on his whereabouts.Related Article: 12 days later: Pender Co. deputy-involved shooting still under investigationRobinson, also known by the nickname “Boo Boo,” is 5’11” with gold teeth.The two men are wanted for robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon, and multiple counts of assault on law enforcement with a firearm.Two other suspects in the robbery have already been arrested. The SBI says investigatorsRashad Young (Left, Photo: Mobile Patrol) and Jeramie Vaughn (Right, Photo: Vinelink)arrested Jeramie Ross Vaughn, 29, of Whiteville. According to online records, he was booked into the Robeson County Detention Center a little after 6:30 a.m. Thursday.An FBI spokesperson said another suspect, Rashad Donavan Young, also of Whiteville, was arrested Thursday.They said the Lumberton Police Department charged Young with the following:1 count of Robbery with a dangerous weapon1 count conspiracy to Robbery with a dangerous weapon1 count of possession of firearm by convicted felon2 counts of 2nd degree kidnapping5 counts of assault on law enforcement officers with a firearm.Officials warn the public not to approach either suspect if they are seen, and instead call 911.last_img read more

Seahawks Dukes Set For Tuesday

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (UNCW Sports) — UNCW’s Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball game against James Madison postponed last Thursday has been rescheduled for Tuesday at the JMU Convocation Center.The Seahawks and Dukes were slated to play on Thursday, Feb. 8, but the contest was postponed due to suspected and confirmed cases of mumps on the Harrisonburg, Va., campus. The decision to proceed with the game was made in consultation with health officials, the CAA and UNCW.- Advertisement – UNCW, which faced Hofstra in the annual Homecoming game Saturday night at Trask Coliseum, edged JMU, 71-68, in the first pairing between the two teams on Jan. 25 in Wilmington.last_img read more

Pender County teen charged with assaulting school employees

first_imgDurvell Walker (Photo: Onslow County Sheriff’s Office) HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (AP) — An Onslow County high school student has been charged with assaulting school employees.The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office tells media outlets 18-year-old Durvell Walker of Maple Hill was arrested Thursday and charged with crimes including assault on school employees and possession of a weapon on school property.- Advertisement – Sheriff’s Maj. Chris Thomas says Dixon High School officials suspected Walker had a weapon at school. When officials tried to search Walker’s bag, Thomas says the student swung a weight rack at Principal Steven Clarke and five other employees.He says a school resource officer used pepper spray to try to contain Walker. Authorities say he had a knife in his backpack.Walker was jailed on $9,000 bond, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney.last_img read more

Reservations now open for paranormal tours at Poplar Grove

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Are you fascinated with the paranormal or curious to learn more? Poplar Grove Plantation is bringing back their popular Paranormal Tours this summer and reservations are filling up quickly.Between June and October, on the evenings of the full moon and new moon, enjoy a guided tour through the Manor House for possible paranormal activities. The plantation says deceased members of the Foy family household still make their presence known in particular rooms of the house, and there are lots of stories to share of how they have introduced themselves over the years.- Advertisement – Poplar Grove Plantation is offering Paranormal Tours through the summer during full moons and new moons. (Photo: Poplar Grove Plantation) Poplar Grove Plantation is offering Paranormal Tours through the summer during full moons and new moons. (Photo: Poplar Grove Plantation) 1 of 4 Cameras, cell phones, iPads and paranormal activity equipment are welcome.Director of Tourism, Felicia Green said the full moon tours have been so popular, this year, they added tours on new moon nights as well.Tour dates are: June 28, July 12, July 27, August 10, August 26, September 9, September 24 and October 24.Related Article: “Super blood wolf moon” will light up the night sky SundayTour times are at 8 p.m.; however, a 9 p.m. tour will be added if necessary. Tickets are $15 each and advanced reservations are required.To book reservations, click here.To learn more about Poplar Grove Plantation or to plan a daytime visit, click here. Poplar Grove Plantation is offering Paranormal Tours through the summer during full moons and new moons. (Photo: Poplar Grove Plantation) Poplar Grove Plantation is offering Paranormal Tours through the summer during full moons and new moons. (Photo: Poplar Grove Plantation)last_img read more

Conditions improving in Carolina Beach but no word on bridge reopening

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — It has been almost 10 Hours since the last update this morning and we have much more positive news.  The rain finally slowed about 10 am and allowed the storm water systems to catch up.  In Carolina Beach, we have seen additional properties gaining power back to their homes.  All roads have been cleared of debris, cable and phone lines, however several powerlines will still disrupt traffic.  The greatest challenges ahead for Carolina Beach remain the power supply, availability of potable water and the continued stormwater and tidal flooding in town.Unfortunately damage to any private property is concerning and we are working with Kure Beach to get our residents and businesses back to their properties as soon as it is safe for ALL residents of the Island.  The Wastewater Treatment Plant continues to be stressed due to the stormwater infiltration from the rain event – we are hopeful that the plant will catch up during the night and this is one of the many considerations for our return decision.- Advertisement – Both communities will meet at 7 am tomorrow morning to verify the status of power, sewer and water system issues and make a decision on re-entry.Communication Issues are improving.  With the restoration of power – both AT&T and Verizon systems are much better – not as good as we normally experience – but way better than we have been dealt with recently.  Town Offices will not be open tomorrow – as many of our personnel are still working on storm damage initiatives and many are on the other side of the high water from Wilmington with many of our residents reading this message.The Police Department continues to STRONGLY ENFORCE the curfew for the citizens who remained during the storm and will be augmented during the night by additional Law Enforcement personnel as needed.  With the restoration of power – the Emergency Team asks that all people please comply with this curfew – as our citizens that cannot currently return are expecting their property to be protected. There remain no reports of looting to law enforcement or emergency services in either Carolina or Kure Beach at this time and we fully expect none to occur with our augmented Law Enforcement presence.  PLEASE do not listen to rumors regarding this issue.Related Article: Duke Energy restoring power to remaining 26,000 customers after repairing nearly 1.8 million outages in CarolinasFOR THOSE WHO EVACUATED – travel is extremely hazardous and NOT RECOMMENDED.  The best way to identify available routes into the Wilmington area is to go the following NCDOT site . If you are within New Hanover County – stay where you are tonight – we will update you tomorrow morning after our 7am meeting with Kure Beach.  THE BRIDGE WILL NOT BE OPENED TONIGHT – Town leadership will be meeting with Kure Beach tomorrow morning at 7am to re-evaluate this decision.NOTE – there are extreme issues throughout the area regarding gasoline, power and food that you should review as you plan your return in the future.  DO NOT start the trip until you know that your route is safe and passable.   Additionally, with the supply issues that are occurring in the county, and the possible issues of re-supplying the area with cresting rivers on all major routes into the area, you should bring supplies for a significant period of time.  Do not count on the supplies at your home – as they may be compromised.  Remember that for Carolina Beach, you will need a 2018 Town Identification Card for Resident or proof of residence or ownership to get one at Masonboro Commons once the bridge is opened for resident return.For those who stayed – if you do not have supplies (food especially) for 2-3 days – you should begin conserving them as we may not have support on this issue.Stay safe and do not drive through any standing water – as this can be a deadly situation.  The entire Emergency Management Team wants you back to your property as soon as we can safely get you there – and we are working to rapidly resolve all remaining issues.last_img read more

Johnson refuses to comment on row with partner

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> REUTERS/Simon DawsonREUTERS/Simon Dawson The favourite to lead the Conservative Party Boris Johnson, is refusing to provide any answers on an argument with his partner yesterday, in which police responded.Speaking at a hustings event in Birmingham, Johnson responded to questions on it by saying people did not ‘want to hear’ about what happened.The UK newspaper the Guardian, Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, was overheard saying ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat.’According to the recording made of the argument, Johnson was not heeding Symond’s demand for him to leave her flat as well as telling her ‘get off’ his laptop. A loud noise of something crashing is then heard.The recording is understood to have come from a neighbor Mr Tom Penn, who captured the argument which took place in the early hours of Friday.  Following screams are numerous sounds of ‘slamming and banging.’Symonds who is understood to a former director of communications for the Conservative party, is reported to have accused Johnson of being spoiled and having no regard for money.Speaking to the Guardian, Penn said that once he had determined ‘no one was harmed,’ he felt compelled to contact the paper and share the recording. He said it was in the public interest.‘I believe it is reasonable for someone who is likely to become our next prime minister to be held accountable for all of their words, actions and behaviours. I, along with a lot of my neighbours all across London, voted to remain within the EU. That is the extent of my involvement in politics,’ Penn said.Pressed for responseAt the hustings event, Johnson was asked a number of times for a response on the incident to which the MP dodged the question.After presenter Iain Dale accused Johnson of dodging, Johnson said that he was happy to be asked about what he wanted to do about the country.‘You are running for the office of not just Conservative Party leader, but prime minister, so a lot of people who admire your politics do call into question your character, and it is incumbent on you to answer that question,’ Dale said.A few more times followed with Johnson finally saying that he would not be commenting further on the subject.This was the first of 16 hustings in which the two remaining candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are hoping to replace former leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Over 31400 youths benefit from using free public transport

first_imgDOI / Vince PiscopoDOI / Vince Piscopo More than 31,400 unique individuals have benefited from the free public transport service which was extended to all youths aged 14 to 20 and all full-time students aged 21 and older this year.This was announced by the Ministry for Transport in a statement on Wednesday.More than €1.6 million have been invested by the government in the free transport benefit.According to the ministry in six months youths have benefited from almost 3.8 million trips. When compared to 2018, there was an increase of 12% of youths aged 16 to 20 benefiting from the scheme.More than 14% of total trips using public transport are made by commuters benefiting from the scheme.The ministry also said that the figures show that more than 4,800 people used public transport in just one direction to attend Isle of MTV.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Unboxing the Infinix Hot4

first_imgThe Infinix Hot 4. Advertisement Last Month, Infinix made a grant entry into Uganda, launching unto the scene with two smartphone ranges which are now available on the market.One of the Smartphones launched is the Infinix Hot4 which comes with a5.5″ Screen size, Quad core processor, 16GB ROM, 2GB Ram, Dual SIM, Smart touch, 8MP back camera and, 5MP front camera.Below is the video for the Unboxing of the Infinix Hot4. – Advertisement –last_img

Best Discount Deals on Gadgets From Kilimall Uganda this Christmas

first_imgThe Infinix smartphones are seen display during their launch in Kilimall stores in Uganda, on Monday 21st November, 2016. (Photo shot by: Nathan Ernest Olupot) Advertisement We probably know that Kilimall Uganda offers the widest variety of products online in Uganda making them the largest online store in the country. Following a huge success on Black Friday with an over whelming record of receiving more than 1,000 orders, 2000 items sold out and over 100,000 unique visitors within less than 24 hours, Kilimall Uganda, gave up-to 70% discounts on all their products giving their customers a chance to purchase whatever they wished for.Kilimall Uganda in a tweet mentioned, it’s givng it’s customers huge discounts on all tech gadgets they buy this festive season, from smartphones, to TVs, to Tablets and Computers, to Smart watches, and so forth. One of their interesting tech discounts came on their smartphones. Early on, the online shopping platform partnered with Infinix Uganda to launch their Infinix mobile phones; the Infinix Hot 4 and Note 3, and now you can get them at awesome discounts.Huge tech discounts like never before. Tis the season to be shopping >>> @pctechmagazine #TechDiscounts— Kilimall Uganda (@kilimalluganda) December 20, 2016Samsung TVs – Advertisement – Kilimall Uganda is offering a chance to buy the Samsung 24, 32, and 40 Inch TV sets at much more interesting pricings this festive season. The Samsung 24-Inch has been discounted from 733,200 UGX to 638,000 UGX, while the 32-Inch is now priced at 853,000 UGX from 992,000 UGX, and finally the 40-Inch is at 1,638,000 UGX from 1,734,700 UGX.Kilimall Ug Samsung TVsYou can place your orders now while the offer still lasts for you this festive season.Infinix Mobile PhonesDuring the Kilimall Kenya Black Friday media conference, Infinix announced having an exclusive deal with Kilimall Uganda to launch the elegant Infinix NOTE3 and HOT4 in Uganda market on Black Friday 25th of November, at a discount of 70% under the campaign that was dubbed #ItsABigDeal. After their success Black Friday, the Infinix smartphones went back to their normal prices, till now where the phones can now be purchased at discounts during this festive season.The Infinix Note3 which was priced at 599,000 UGX, has been discounted to 519,000 UGX giving you a free flip cover and screen guard for each/every purchase you make. While the Infinix Hot4 that was original priced at 399,000 UGX is now available at 359,000 UGX, with a give away free selfie stick for every purchase.1 of 2 Infinix Hot4 Infinix Note3You should by now know that these phones are only available online and only purchased from Kilimall Uganda.Star Times TVs with pre-intalled decoder and 1 month FREE subscriptionIn this era, we ought to be on Digital services. Ever since the government of Uganda scrapped out the use of Analog TVs, making sure that everyone upgrades, most of us Ugandans have found it hard to switch to Digital. So Instead of buying a decoder for your black and white TV or that small sized TV of yours, you can buy a 3-In-1 HD LED Digital TVs.StarTimes 32 and 40 3-In-1 HD LED Digital TVs.Kilimall Uganda this festive season is giving a pretty good offer on StarTimes TVs that come with pre-installed decoders and 1 month free subscription. The TVs are available in 32-Inch and 40-Inch, priced at 799,000 UGX and 1,199,000 UGX respectively.[related-posts]Conclusion One other on-going promotion, Kilimall Uganda is giving you goodies for anyone that participants in the “Spot a Taxi with Kilimall” [Kilimall posters advertised on taxis], to their social media accounts. All you need to have is the “Most Engagements” on your post and don’t forget to tag Kilimall Uganda so that it’s easier for them to track your account.We shall still share with you more products…..Happy Holidays!!last_img read more


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WEDS MoversSpecials

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 14 March HORSE RACING2.50 CheltenhamBarra 20/1 > 16/15.30 CheltenhamRhinestone 15/2 > 6/17.45 WolverhamptonPeggy’s Angel 2/1 > 5/4CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Last-16 2nd Leg17:00 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport 25/1 Besiktas 8/15 Bayern Munich 15/4 DRAWUEFA Champions League Last-16 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport 28/15 Barcelona 11/2 Chelsea 7/2 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img read more

Rice U political expert available to comment on Cruzs presidential announcement

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth612-702-9473david@rice.eduRice U. political expert available to comment on Cruz’s presidential announcementHOUSTON – (March 22, 2015) – According to news reports, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will formally announce Monday his candidacy for president.Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment on Cruz entering the race and the challenges Cruz will face gaining the Republican nomination.“Cruz has certainly been indicating that he was going to launch a presidential bid, so this was expected,” Jones said. “The principal challenge that Cruz faces is moving up from the second-tier pack, where he presently is, and into the first tier. At present, it’s not clear he has a viable route to move from one of several movement conservatives to a front-runner candidate … in the league of a Jeb Bush, Scott Walker or perhaps Marco Rubio.“Realistically we’re looking at about a dozen viable Republican presidential contenders within the realm of possibility, and Cruz is certainly one of them,” Jones said. “The difficulty that I think he’s going to encounter is how he moves out of his movement conservative or Tea Party base to capture the support of the larger share of the electorate, which one actually needs to win the Republican nomination.”Jones said that regardless if Cruz wins the nomination, a run for president now would strengthen his political standing.“Ted Cruz is only halfway through his first Senate term, and he has a long political career ahead of him,” Jones said. “Even if he isn’t successful in this presidential bid, he can utilize it to enhance his national stature and spread his message.”-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.This news release can be found at read more

Man Who Rescued Burning US Flag From Protest Keeps His Job

first_img Share this article Share US Happening now: a confrontation on the ped mall as people burn an American flag as protest.— Stephen GruberMiller (@sgrubermiller) January 26, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion Man Who Rescued Burning US Flag From Protest Keeps His Job Warning: Contains language that may offendBy The Associated Press January 29, 2017 Updated: February 2, 2017 The man who disrupted a flag-burning protest in Iowa City with a fire extinguisher last week won’t lose his job.FedEx said in a statement that Matt Uhrin remains a driver with FedEx Express, and the company has no plans to change that.The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports pictures and video of Uhrin rescuing a U.S. flag Thursday spread quickly on the Internet, and he was wearing his FedEx uniform at the time.Uhrin has declined the newspaper’s request for comment.Protest organizers say they were trying to make a statement about racial and social injustice and U.S. imperialism by burning the U.S. flag. last_img read more

Sunday Night Football Ratings Down

first_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Running back Chris Carson No. 32 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against Nate Hairston No. 27 of the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 1, 2017, in Seattle, Wash. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Share Ratings for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” continue to go down, despite the show being the highest rated of all the prime broadcast network TV shows in the United States, according to consumer research company Nielsen.Ratings for the show are down by 5 percent from last week when the Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10, Deadline reported. Quarterback Russell Wilson No. 3 of the Seattle Seahawks breaks free to rush for 23 yards for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 1, 2017, in Seattle, Wash. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)The Redskins versus Raiders game, aired on NBC, also saw an 8 percent decline from the early numbers of the previous week’s game on Sept. 17, in which Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers in a 34-23 win. That could be in part because the game and the Emmys, which saw an all-time low in metered market ratings, both took place on the same night.This Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Indiana Colts was also down 2 percent compared to the lowest point last year (Oct. 2 when the Pittsburgh Steelers’ beat the Kansas City Chiefs 43-14), according to preliminary figures, Deadline reported.While ratings for NFL games have been steadily declining, continuing protests by players could also be playing a part. Last week, over 200 NFL players held some form or protest during the national anthem, a trend started in 2016 by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who initially sat during the national anthem to protest the oppression of minorities and police brutality.President Donald Trump has weighed in on the protests, calling them unpatriotic and saying that players who protest during the national anthem should be fired or suspended.Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 Sunday Night Football Ratings Down By Holly Kellum October 2, 2017 Updated: October 2, 2017center_img If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 Show Discussion Sports He also predicted ratings for the NFL would decline even faster if the protests continued.Fox has said it will stop airing the national anthem live, citing its “commercial format,” and said it wasn’t customary to show the anthem before the game anyway.“The standard procedure is not to show them because of the way the commercial format works and the timing of the anthem to get to the kickoff,” head of Fox Sports, Eric Shanks, told Sports Illustrated.A Fox Sports spokesman said, however, “Our cameras are always rolling and we will document the response of players and coaches on the field.”Not showing the anthem live could also be a strategy to retain viewership. Fans upset about the protests have threatened to stop watching the games or buying sports teams’ merchandise if the protests continue.Fox has also seen a dip in its NFL ratings, but Shanks said he is still optimistic October would pull them out of the slump.“We always knew that when we get into October it was the strength of our season,” he told Sports Illustrated. “We still have five doubleheader Cowboys games left including Dallas-Green Bay and Dallas-Washington and Seattle-Dallas. We always knew our schedule was stacked at a certain part of the season. I think we’re optimistic knowing that and seeing the progress that the league is making.”From Follow Holly on Twitter: @HollyGailK last_img read more

Girl 5 Fined for Setting up Lemonade Stand Without License

first_imgUS News Share Show Discussion Share this article 5-year-old girl ordered to get a business licence for lemonade stand— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) November 1, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img A 5-year-old girl in California decided to set up a lemonade stand to raise money for a new bike, but was later told by officials that she needed a business license.Autumn Thomasson set up a stand in the city of Porterville, California, in June and raised enough money for her bike in 24 hours.Several months later, her mother, Gabby Dehaas, was appalled to receive a letter in the mail from Porterville’s Finance Department. It included a citation ordering her to pay for a business license for her daughter’s lemonade stand, together with an image from her Facebook post,  Fox 26 reports.“I was thrown back by that. I didn’t appreciate a screenshot of my daughter sent back to me,” DeHaas told the news outlet.In a Facebook post, Dehaas vented her frustration about the “pettiness of the reasoning” of the letter. She was asked to send back a $25 fee, the cost of applying for a business license.“What kind of world do we live in where kids can’t do lemonade [a] stand or any kind of stands [sic] for that matter without getting in trouble?!” wrote Dehaas in a Facebook post.She added, “I just got fined for my daughter have [sic] a 3 hour lemonade [stand] a couple months ago, so she could know how to earn enough money, to know a value of a dollar!” Dehaas and her 5-year-old daughter. (Gabby Dehaas/Facebook)Commenters on Facebook expressed anger and surprise over the bureaucracy and red tape, with many calling it unbelievable, ridiculous, and “just wrong.” “Support our youth and teach them hard work, not bureaucratic red tape. Spirit of the law should’ve prevailed over the letter of the law in this case. Shame on whoever ticketed this girl and her family,” wrote one user.The 5-year-old raised around $70 selling lemonade for $1 a cup, candy for $1, and snacks for $.50, the Daily Mail reported.The city of Porterville has since apologized, according to the Washington Times.Porterville City Manager John Lollis said the letter was sent by mistake after an anonymous resident complained, and said a license is not needed to sell lemonade. Follow Jane on Twitter: @itsjanewriting Girl, 5, Fined for Setting up Lemonade Stand Without License By Jane Werrell November 3, 2017 Updated: November 4, 2017last_img read more

Caliyah McNabb Case Mother Arrested After 2WeekOld Daughter Found Dead in Georgia

first_imgBell then said she fell asleep on a couch in her home, and that she saw the child five hours before she called the authorities.Caliyah, an autopsy revealed, died from blunt-force trauma,  reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Stock photo of police tape. (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock) #BREAKING: Christopher McNabb has been charged w/ malice murder, felony murder, agg. battery & concealing death of 15-day-old Caliyah McNabb— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) October 11, 2017 Share this article Crime and Incidents #BREAKING Newton County Sheriff’s Office confirms the arrest of Cortney Bell, the mother of two-week-old Caliyah McNabb. The baby’s body was found in a wooded area. Both Bell and the father, Christopher McNabb, are facing murder charges. #fox5atl— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) January 6, 2018 Show Discussion According to a 911 call, Bell’s 2-year-old child was the first to notice that Caliyah went missing. “My 2-year old says she’s gone. I’ve looked everywhere in the house and I don’t know another possibility,” Bell told a Newton County 911 operator, according to WSB-TV.“Her blanket is gone. Her pacifier is on the floor. Her blanket is not with us,” said Bell.center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   McNabb, 27, has remained in a jail in Newton without bond since his arrest in October.He was charged with malice murder, felony murder, second-degree murder, aggravated battery, and concealing the death of another.According 11Alive, before he was charged in connection with the case, McNabb had been telling people that he didn’t do it. Shortly after a search party found the the child but before he knew about it, McNabb reportedly walked into a convenience store and told a clerk, without being asked, that he “didn’t do it.”Recommended Video: Boiling water turns to snow Breaking: Mother arrested in connection with 2-week-old baby’s death I took this picture of October 8th, the day search volunteers discovered Caliyah McNabb’s body in the woods near her parent’s mobile home. @wsbtv— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) January 6, 2018 The mother of a baby who was found dead in a wooded area in Georgia has been charged in the two-week-old baby’s death.The child, Caliyah McNabb, was reported missing in October in Newton County, Georgia. She was later found dead in a bag near the home, and her father, Christopher McNabb, was charged in her death. Courtney Bell. (Newton County Sheriff’s Office)The infant’s mother, Cortney Bell, was arrested Saturday in connection with her daughter’s death, WSB-TV reported.Bell was arrested in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Conyers, Georgia, and when she was taken into custody, police charged her with second-degree murder, deprivation of a minor, and cruelty to children, according to the report. Share Caliyah McNabb Case: Mother Arrested After 2-Week-Old Daughter Found Dead in Georgia By Epoch Newsroom January 7, 2018 Updated: January 7, 2018last_img read more