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Napoli will not bow to pressure against Juve – Sarri

first_imgNapoli manager Maurizio Sarri is adamant that they will be sticking to their principles against Juventus on Sunday, regardless of the consequencesThe Light Blues secured a 4-2 win on Wednesday against a stubborn Udinese side at their Stadio San Paolo with Napoli twice having fallen behind the visitors.However, inside an 11 minute period, Napoli scored three goals through Raul Albiol, Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Tonelli to secure the three points and close the gap to their title rivals to just four points.Speaking to Mediaset Premium, afterwards, Sarri stated his intention for Napoli to remain calm and stick to their philosophy in a potential title decider against rivals Juventus with the side looking to win the Serie A for the first time since 1990.“Our team always tries to take the initiative and play our football, regardless of venue, opponent or situation. That is our philosophy,” said the Napoli coach, according to FourFourTwo.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“Clearly, it’s difficult to go to Turin and try to get the victory, as in terms of strength in depth, I think Juventus are the most complete team in Europe. We’ll give it our best shot.”Sarri felt that Napoli had given a strong performance for most of their match against Udinese and was disappointed that they conceded two goals.“We had a very good initial approach and 25 minutes at a very high level, then 10 minutes of nothingness. After the restart, there was another blackout for 10 minutes, but towards the end we hit extraordinary heights. “It’s disappointing that we allowed those two goals, but I am happy because I saw the team playing with real sharpness again.” said the Italian.last_img read more

Low establishes the rules for Germany squad

first_imgJoachim Low is taking no chances whatsoever this summer as Germany bid to become the first nation to retain the World Cup since Brazil between 1958 and 1962The 58-year-old has already been in charge of the national side for 12 years after replacing Jürgen Klinsmann at the end of the 2006 World Cup.Over this time Low has participated in six major tournaments and has become renown for his rather controversial rules that ban the players from sex, alcohol and social networking.However, Germany did win the 2014 World Cup under his guidance.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“The boys are very familiar with our behavioural rules,” said Low, according to Marca.“They know what our ambitions are.“Every player is a piece of a puzzle, the team is more important than individuals.”Germany will face Austria in the first of their two warm-up games this Saturday at the Wörthersee Stadion, before facing Saudi Arabia in their final match at Bayer Leverkusen’s BayArena on June 8.last_img read more

Marcelo remains silent on Juventus links

first_imgReal Madrid’s Marcelo has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a surprise reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo at JuventusThe Portuguese star made the shock decision last month to end his trophy-laden nine-year spell at Real in favour of a new challenge and fresh environment at Juventus for this season.But since Ronaldo begun his pre-season training program alongside his new teammates in Turin, reports have emerged in Italy suggesting that the 33-year-old has asked the club board to sign Marcelo.Together the duo won four Champions League titles at Real and formed a close friendship with each other.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.But speaking ahead to Real’s derby showdown with Atletico Madrid in today’s UEFA Super Cup, Marcelo remained silent on the subject.“I’m not going to comment on my future, I’m just here to talk about the UEFA Super Cup,” said the Brazilian on the club website.Juventus’ own left-back Alex Sandro has been linked himself with a €50m exit this summer.last_img read more

Everton is good team and they played well – Benitez

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez believes rival Everton is a good team, acknowledging that they played well to a 1-1 draw.Speaking after the match, as quoted by Sky Sports, Benitez said:“We have to give credit to them, they are a good team and they played well. It was not easy to play against our team or break us down. At the end we were looking at getting three points one way or another but one point against a very good team can be fine.”“You cannot forget they have won their last four home games, they did well in the Merseyside derby too.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.He continued: “We needed a back three because we have some problems with players being suspended and things like that which we have to manage, and try to be solid.”In March 2016, Newcastle announced Benítez as their manager in an attempt to save the club from relegation.Benítez couldn’t avoid relegation, but had promotion back to the Premier League in 2017, winning the Championship.last_img read more

Soldotna Looks At Purchasing 2019 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor

first_imgIn a letter to the council the city intends to purchase the vehicle from Kendall in Anchorage. The city appropriated the necessary funds to purchase the vehicle when establishing the budget for this fiscal year. According to the ordinance, the total cost for the purchase is $33,210; and the necessary funds were appropriated in the FY 2019 operating budget for this purchase. The resolution will be on the consent agenda at the meeting on Wednesday, September 12, at 6pm. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will introduce a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday to approve the purchase of a new 2019 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor.last_img read more

Ziff Davis Media Cancels Tech Event

first_imgZiff Davis Media has cancelled this year’s DigitalLife Expo, an annual technology trade show it produces in partnership with PC Magazine. The event had been scheduled for September 25 to 28 in New York.Paul O’Reilly, vice president of Ziff’s event marketing group, attributed the decision to poor economic conditions. “We couldn’t get the event to the size and scale of previous years,” O’Reilly told FOLIO:. “We just weren’t confident that we could do the brand justice.”Ziff pulled the plug on the event after speaking with its major sponsors. “We were upfront and open about that, especially with sponsors and exhibitors,” O’Reilly said. “After several discussions, everyone felt that they wanted to pass on a smaller event this year and focus on building the show up again next year.” Ziff’s DigitalLife Expo launched in 2004 and attracted 24,000 attendees. In 2006, according to O’Reilly, the event had grown to 50,000 attendees.Ziff Davis Media, which also publishes Electronic Gaming magazine and ExtremeTech.com, filed for bankruptcy protection in March as part of a debt restructuring plan. In June, the publisher announced that a New York court confirmed its reorganization plan, and that it expected to emerge from bankruptcy protection this summer.O’Reilly says Ziff is hoping to work with its sponsors to produce the DigitalLife Expo next fall. “Nothing is certain, yet, but we hope to bring it back in 2009. Also, we’re looking at the same timeframe, which is great for launching new products and games.”last_img read more

Hanley Wood Elevates Goldstone to President

first_imgPeter Goldstone, who served as president of Hanley Wood’s business media unit, has been promoted to the newly-created position of president of the company.In a memo to staffers, Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton said that in addition to continuing to oversee the media business division, Goldstone [pictured] will lead the exhibitions group and help “forge a much tighter integration of the company’s go-to-market strategy with its magazines, Web sites and trade shows.”“We’re getting more serious about being a fully-integrated media company,” Anton told FOLIO:. “As we see it, this promotion will give us a significant competitive advantage in good times and bad.” As president, Goldstone will continue to report to Anton, as will marketing president Jeanne Milbrath, Market Intelligence group president Andy Reid, CFO Matt Flynn, CIO Jeff Craig and human resources vice president Bill McGrath.Last month, exhibitions group president Galen Poss and group executive vice president Michael Green resigned. Their departures marked a change in reporting structure within the group, as Poss’ replacement—former exhibitions vice president Rick McConnell—began reporting to Goldstone, not Anton. Hanley Wood’s new leadership structure is similar to the period between 1995 and 2005 when Mike Wood served as CEO and Anton served as president, reporting to Wood, Anton said.last_img read more

Rodale Strikes Licensing Deal to Market Branded Workout Kits

first_imgEmmaus, Pennsylvania-based Rodale Inc. has struck a licensing agreement and marketing partnership with EB Brands, parent company of the EB Sport Group, to sell Men’s Health- and Women’s Health-branded workout kits and other products.The Men’s Health “Ultimate Total-Body Workout,” designed by the magazine’s editors, includes select equipment and a customized workout poster for a six-week exercise program. Also included is a free one-year subscription to the digital edition of the magazine and a free three-month trial offer to Men’s Health “Personal Trainer,” a customized fitness and nutrition premium content Web site. Women’s Health will offer a similar editor-developed program, “Lean Body Workout,” as well as an identical trial offer of customized content for readers (instead of “Personal Trainer,” the Women’s Health premium content site will be “Fit Coach.”) The branded workout kits will retail for $49.99 and be available in mid-October at major sporting goods retailers and specialty stores nationwide and at GetFitKit.com in late October. According to Tamra Knepfer, Rodale’s senior vice president of licensing and business development, by combining “EB’s knowledge of the fitness product market and their leadership in product innovation with Rodale’s editorial expertise and brand strength, we are creating products that help consumers achieve their fitness goals.”Rodale’s Prevention and Runner’s World will also debut products in the fitness accessory and fitness monitor categories. The promotional license also enables EB Sport Group to feature special Rodale added-value on-pack offers, which include digital magazine subscriptions and online subscription services on EB Sport’s products, Rodale said.last_img read more

Microsoft Invests 300 Million in Upcoming Barnes Noble NOOK Spinoff

first_imgBarnes & Noble did not immediately return request for comment on this news. B&N is counting its College business as an important factor in NewCo, “NOOK Study software will provide students and educators the preeminent technology platform for the distribution and management of digital education materials in the market.” After announcing plans to possibly spin off its NOOK business in January, Barnes & Noble enters into a partnership with Microsoft. The tech company invested $300 million in the new subsidiary (currently under the working title NewCo), a post-money valuation of $1.7 billion, equating to a 17.6 percent equity stake. Barnes & Noble retains an 82.4 percent ownership of the new subsidiary. This partnership follows the end of an ongoing patent dispute between the companies, as Microsoft previously claimed the use of Android on the NOOK violated its patents. A resolution has since been reached, “Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have settled their patent litigation, and moving forward, Barnes & Noble and NewCo will have a royalty-bearing license under Microsoft’s patents for its NOOK e-reader and tablet products. This paves the way for both companies to collaborate and reach a broader set of customers.” The partnership will “accelerate the transition to e-reading, which is revolutionizing the way people, consume, create, share and enjoy digital content,” according to a company press statement. NewCo will combine Barnes & Nobles’ digital and College businesses, though there is no official plan to completely spin off the business from the parent corporation quite yet, “The company intends to explore all alternatives for how a strategic separation of NewCo may occur. There can be no assurance that the review will result in a strategic separation or the creation of a stand-alone public company, and there is no set timetable for this review.”The company also stated it will not comment further regarding the review “unless and until a decision is made.”One result of the deal is NOOK access for Windows 8 users in the form of an app. William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble, says of the partnership, ““The formation of NewCo and our relationship with Microsoft are important parts of our strategy to capitalize on the rapid growth of the NOOK business, and to solidify our position as a leader in the exploding market for digital content in the consumer and education segments.”last_img read more

Get an Echo Dot for 2999 or a refurb for 2499

first_img Amazon Now playing: Watch this: 2 See It CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Best Buy $29 The Cheapskate See it $49 Crutchfield Amazon Echo Dot Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense See Itcenter_img $29 Adorama Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Share your voice The new Amazon Echo Dot: Does it sound better than before? Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Smart Speakers & Displays News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 $49 Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. CNET This post is for you, Last Person in America Who Doesn’t Own a Smart Speaker.The current-generation Amazon Echo Dot normally sells for $49.99, but it’s once again on sale for 40% off. That gets you out the door for just $29.99.See it at AmazonStill too much? Try this: Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished third-gen Echo Dot for $24.99, with free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers. (Non-subscribers will pay $5 for shipping, at which point it’s obviously better to go new.)See it at WootSure, that’s only a $5 savings, but if you consider the regular price, it’s a 50% savings. Your color options there are Charcoal and Heather Gray. Amazon’s selection adds Sandstone to the mix.CNET’s Echo Dot review tells you everything you need to know about the little puck. I’ll add my two cents to that: It’s an excellent nightstand companion for things like alarms, weather reports and guided meditations.Will Amazon Prime Day bring an even lower price on the Echo Dot? Perhaps. It did dip to $25 around Black Friday last year. But I think at $30 it’s already a sweet deal. 1:54 See Itlast_img read more

Galaxy Fold was rushed Samsungs next move matters most

first_img 36 Photos Android Update TCL’s DragonHinge lets phones bend and fold Mobile Tablets Phones Foldable Phones The key to making phones stronger is bendable glass, which won’t be ready for a few years. CNET got an exclusive look at Corning’s bendable glass, which, even if fragile, is still expected to offer a degree of protection over the Galaxy Fold and Mate X’s plastic screens.Observers were mostly concerned about the “ugly” crease you see when you unbend a foldable phone into its full-screen mode, and if this could lead to wear and tear over hundreds of thousands of bends. The crease either appears as a ridge or a valley depending on if the larger screen unfolds on the inside or outside of the device. For example, the Galaxy Fold opens like a book to reveal an interior 7.3-inch display, where the Mate X’s 8-inch screen acts more like the book cover that wraps around the outside of the frame.A plastic screen prone to scratches on its softer surface was another issue, especially for outward-bending models like the Mate X, where more of the delicate screen is exposed. 60 Photos The future of foldable phones is murky even now. Angela Lang/CNET Note: Samsung has announced it will relaunch the Galaxy Fold in September.Even before Samsung’s mobile chief, DJ Koh, admitted that he “pushed [the Fold] through before it was ready”, massive delays to the first major foldable phone slammed the brakes on what was once billed as nothing short of a phone revolution. In the 67 days since the Galaxy Fold was initially slated to sell on April 26, Samsung’s admission (some may say it stops short of a full apology) adds heft to fears that the foldable phones, which are part phone, part tablet, are more gimmick than revelatory gadget. What happens next is crucial to Samsung’s foldable future, and could help or hurt the chances of unreleased foldable devices from other brands.Foldable phones have been heralded as the next big thing because of their ability to double the device’s display size with a large, bendable screen. They also aim to shake up design at a time when phone sales have waned amid lackluster upgrades. Samsung (and Huawei) wanted their Galaxy Fold (and Mate X) to prove how exciting and successful a foldable phone could be. But after the screens on some reviewers’ test phones kept breaking (ours didn’t), Samsung delayed the Fold. With only a mea culpa from Koh and not a whisper of a new release window for the Galaxy Fold, there’s no telling if Samsung will be able to recapture the energy it inspired at the Galaxy Fold’s flashy launch Feb. 20. Anyone who cares about the fate of foldable phones is suspended in Galaxy Fold limbo.”I do admit I missed something on the foldable phone, but we are in the process of recovery,” Koh told The Independent during an interview in Seoul.For its part, Samsung might well be shifting gears to announce the Galaxy Note 10 at its next Unpacked launch event in New York on Aug. 7. Perhaps we’ll hear more about the Galaxy Fold then. 10:12 0 Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use null Share your voice In the Galaxy Fold’s case, where Gorilla Glass protects the interior screen when the phone is closed, I still noticed indentations and scratches on the plastic cover material after just seven days. Some of the Fold’s issues arose because reviewers peeled off a protective layer that wasn’t intended to come off, which made the phone immediately stop working. Samsung has reportedly fixed these problems but hasn’t shared when it plans to put the Galaxy Fold on sale.What about the US ban against Huawei?Some have wondered if the US government’s move to blacklist Huawei from its US partners plays a role in the Mate X’s launch date. For example, Huawei has been cut off from any US-based business supplying software (e.g. Android), components and even consulting services across all of Huawei’s businesses.Although the ban received a temporary reprieve that allows Huawei to support current products, followed by a further easing of restrictions, it’s uncertain if the Mate X will be able to access every component and scrap of software it needs to compete against the Galaxy Fold. The Mate X was announced before President Trump signed the executive order against Huawei, but has never received a firm release date. If Huawei needs Google’s support for foldable phones and Android apps to sell the Mate X outside of China, that could certainly influence its decision to wait. The Wall Street Journal reported that sourcing parts wasn’t an issue, according to Huawei SVP Vincent Peng, but that Huawei and Google are still discussing the license over Android apps.Android Q supports foldable phones. Google Don’t give up on foldable phones yetIt’s too soon to declare foldable phones dead. Samsung and Huawei still plan to launch an improved Galaxy Fold and the Mate X, respectively, and Google declared support for foldable designs in May at its annual Google I/O conference for developers. That means app makers are already optimizing their software to work on foldable phones.While off to a sputtering start, these companies have invested millions into foldable designs. It’s a gamble that they’re counting on to pay off in the long run.Other phone brands also have foldable plans. Apple, LG, TCL and Oppo have either filed patent applications for foldable designs or announced that they’re already at work. Rumors are ripe for a foldable Moto Razr comeback design that will modernize the beloved flip phone. Google Huawei Samsung Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Samsung isn’t the only brand allegedly wrapped up in foldable phone delays. Huawei is said to have delayed its own foldable Mate X to “improve” the screen, the Wall Street Journal reported, though there’s some question over whether Huawei slated the Mate X for “June” or for “summer”, which officially ends September 21, in the northern hemisphere.Samsung and Huawei are currently the world’s largest and second-largest phone brands, respectively. All eyes are on them. Cancel sales and other phone-makers could also scuttle their plans in the hopes of dodging poor sales and public ridicule. Launch the phones late, but without issue, and careful rivals may be encouraged to introduce foldable phones, too. How well these devices do when they come into buyers’ hands may decide whether foldable phone designs ultimately fail or succeed. Samsung and Huawei declined to comment on this story.huawei-mate-x-hands-on-mwc-2019-19The Mate X’s screen bends outward, which means the plastic display covers the exterior of the phone frame. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Plastic is a problem, but bendable glass is years awayFrom the very beginning, phone-watchers remarked that the Galaxy Fold and Mate X’s foldable plastic screens could be their very undoing. Because who wants to spend $2,000 or more on a scratch-prone phone?Right now, foldable phone have to use a bendable flexible plastic screen, which make them especially vulnerable to nicks and gouges, pressure damage and bulges formed by debris tunneling under the display. Samsung’s screen issues don’t come as a total surprise. The brands only showed off their foldable phones briefly, unlike virtually every other models that see much more time in reviewers’ hands before the final review unit appears. We used the Mate X for about five minutes in March and first touched the Galaxy Fold moments before we received our review unit in April. The phone-makers’ elusive attitude was a strong tip-off that the foldable devices weren’t ready for prime time. Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 20 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags Apple often waits years after a category is established — think smartphone or smartwatch — before coming in with a fully polished product. The very first foldable phone models were always going to be niche, beta-style devices for bleeding-edge adopters, models that reveal the strengths and weaknesses of a brand-new design ethos that their makers could then fine-tune down the line. Samsung and Huawei aimed to score the first points and force rivals to follow suit. But if competitors are learning any lesson, it’s to slow down and get their foldable designs right. Hopefully Samsung and Huawei are taking note, too.Posted June 15 at 5 a.m. PT. Update, June 16, June 18, June 19 at 7:15 a.m. PT.Update, July 2, 2019 at 3:30 a.m. PT: Added news of DJ Koh’s statement about his role in rushing the Galaxy Fold.last_img read more

Giant anaconda crosses busy road in Brazil Watch viral video

first_imgThe giant green anaconda slithered its way across multiple lanes of a highway in Brazil. TwitterTraffic jams can turn out to be frustrating at times. We all have been in traffic jams, haven’t we? Have you ever been a part of any traffic jam for a good reason? Something similar happened in Brazil recently and we don’t know how to react.Traffic on a busy road was interrupted and forced to make an unexpected stop after people spotted a giant anaconda across the road in the northwestern state of Rondônia. In a viral video that has been doing the rounds on the internet, a huge green anaconda, at least 10-foot-long, slithered its way across multiple lanes of the highway in Porto Velho, Brazil.The beautiful creature was seen making its way with all glory and social media is going crazy over the video. As the snake crawled slowly over the road’s median divider, courageous spectators stood close by to capture an iconic moment.Beautiful animal, indeed.But till it eats you alive…Reportedly, the video of the incident was shared by Italo Nascimento Fernandes. The clip shows a mammoth snake trying to cross the road as people around it watched curiously. Many bystanders can be seen getting down from their respective cars and helping to stop other vehicles from approaching to let the reptile pass.The snake was over three-metres long and weighs around 30 kilograms, as per news reports. Biologist Flavio Terassini told a Brazilian news website that the mammal had wandered on the road in search of something to eat.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show star Chinki Minki thank Vicky Kaushal for doing this

first_imgWhen Chinki Minki of The Kapil Sharma Show met Vicky KaushalInstagramThe popular Tik Tok twins stars, Surabhi Mehra and Samriddhi Mehra, who are now known as Chinki and Minki of The Kapil Sharma Show, had a fan girl moment when they recently met the National Film Award winner Vicky Kaushal at Mumbai’s Film City.Dressed in coordinating white shirt and blue jeans, the twin sisters were seen posing for a photograph with Vicky who looked all happy to meet them. “With the most humble, charming and versatile actor @vickykaushal09 PS- Thank you for matching height,” Surabhi and Samriddhi wrote on Instagram.Last month, Chinki and Minki had entered into The Kapil Sharma Show as Kapil’s new neighbours and stunned everyone with their unison talk. They stole the show with their short presence and even got a standing ovation from Archana Puran Singh and the audience for their brilliant performance on stage.Both Surabhi and Samriddhi are also popular on Instagram and have 197k followers and after appearing on The Kapil Sharma Show, their popularity witnessed a huge growth on social media. The TikTok twins have also been a part of modelling assignments and brand endorsements which you can easily get a glimpse of it on their respective Instagram handles.For the uninitiated, Vicky recently bagged a National Film Award for the Best Actor for Uri The Surgical Strike and shared the trophy with Ayushmann Khurrana who also won the Best Actor for Andhadhun.last_img read more

Three dead as clashes erupt over Jerusalem holy site

first_imgTear gas fumes billow during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces after Friday prayers at the main entrance of the West bank city of Bethlehem on 21 July 2017 at a protest against new Israeli security measures implemented at Al-Aqsa mosque complex, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem. The new security measures include metal detectors, security cameras, and barring men under 50 from entering the Old City for Friday Muslim prayers, following an attack that killed two Israeli policemen the previous week. Photo: AFP Three Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded Friday as clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli forces over new security measures at an ultra-sensitive Jerusalem holy site where police restricted access for Muslim prayers.One Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli gunfire in the A-Tur neighbourhood of east Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian health ministry.A second Palestinian was killed by gunfire in east Jerusalem’s Ras al-Amud neighbourhood, while a third was shot dead in Abu Dis in the occupied West Bank, the ministry said, without providing details on the circumstances.Israel’s army confirmed it was involved in clashes in Abu Dis.The unrest came after Israeli ministers decided not to order the removal of metal detectors erected at entrances to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following an attack nearby a week ago that killed two policemen.In anticipation of protests on Friday, Israeli police barred men under 50 from entering Jerusalem’s Old City for prayers, while all women were allowed in.Police said later in the day that discretion could be applied in the use of the metal detectors instead of forcing everyone to go through them.But Palestinian and religious leaders were still calling on worshippers not to enter until they were removed.Hundreds held midday prayers near the gates of the Old City in protest. According to police, dozens of people entered the compound.Crowds gathered outside Jerusalem’s Old City found shops closed and streets around Damascus Gate — the entrance most heavily used by Palestinians — blocked.A group of several hundred people, including Muslim leaders, marched towards the Lions Gate entrance to the mosque compound, but police informed them that only men aged 50 or over would be allowed in.Police later fired stun grenades and tear gas towards protesters outside the Old City, while Palestinians threw stones and other objects at security forces in some areas.The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 109 people were wounded in Jerusalem, of whom 38 were taken to hospital. No injury toll was given for the West Bank.”They turned back everyone who came here to pray but then I told them I was going to the doctor, but they did not let me in,” said Ulfat Hamad, 42, who was visiting from the United States.”I am going to pray here with others,” he said outside the walls.- ‘Extremely dangerous’ -Tensions have risen since police installed the metal detectors in a move Palestinians and other Muslims perceive as a means for Israel to assert further control over the compound containing the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock.The controversy has resonated beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories, with the United States and the UN Middle East envoy expressing concern.Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas spoke with US counterpart Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.He urged the US administration to immediately intervene, warning the situation was “extremely dangerous and might spiral out of control,” the Palestinians’ official Wafa news agency reported.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan too has called on Israel to remove the detectors. He spoke by telephone with both Abbas and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday.Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the metal detectors were intended to ensure the safety of worshippers and visitors and not an attempt to disturb the fragile status quo under which Jordan is custodian of the site and Jewish prayer is forbidden.Palestinians have been refusing to enter the compound all week in protest at the metal detectors.The main weekly prayers on Fridays draw the largest number of worshippers — typically thousands — and speculation had been mounting that Netanyahu might order the metal detectors removed.But after consultations with security chiefs and members of his security cabinet, Netanyahu decided not to do so.Police said they had boosted their forces in and around the Old City, with units “mobilised in all areas and neighbourhoods”.- Day of ‘rage’ -The metal detectors were put in place following a gun and knife attack near the holy compound that killed two Israeli policemen on July 14.Three Arab Israeli assailants fled to the compound after the attack, where they were shot dead by security forces.Israeli police said the weapons were smuggled into the holy site which was then used as the launchpad for the attack.Israel initially closed the compound for two days following the attack in a highly unusual move, shutting it for last Friday’s prayers.It said the closure was necessary for security checks.Israel began reopening it on Sunday, but with metal detectors in place to prevent weapons being smuggled inside.In the Gaza Strip, Islamist movement Hamas had called for a day of “rage” on Friday over the measures.In the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Palestinians also prayed outside in support of the Al-Aqsa protests and clashed with Israeli soldiers.The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.It lies in east Jerusalem, seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.It is considered the third holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews.last_img read more

Filipino Muslims set to approve autonomy law

first_imgMoro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members secure Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on the southern island of Mindanao on 29 July 2018. Nearly 100,000 members of the Philippines` largest Muslim rebel group gathered on 29 July to discuss a landmark law granting them autonomy, expressing hope it would make their `dream of peace` a reality. — AFPLeaders of the Philippines’ mainstream separatist group on Sunday urged Muslims in the country’s south to support a new autonomy law designed to tackle extremism and defuse a half-century of conflict in a referendum later this year.The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which signed a peace deal with the government four years ago, gathered tens of thousands of supporters from all over the southern province of Mindanao to its base to begin a massive campaign for the law’s approval.President Rodrigo Duterte last signed the new autonomy legislation, called Bangsamoro Organic Law, allowing self-rule for Muslims in 2022, hoping to end a conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people and displaced 2 million.“Our real journey toward self-determination is just starting,” Mohagher Iqbal, the rebel group’s chief negotiator, told Reuters by telephone, saying there are still challenges ahead that could stop the implementation of the law.Speaking earlier to thousands of supporters, including women and children, he asked them to vote for the approval of the law expanding the territories covered by the Muslim autonomous area in the south, although he warned of some potential obstacles.“We still don’t know if there are groups or individuals who will question the new autonomy law before the Supreme Court,” he told a cheering crowd in a speech livestreamed on social media. Supporters chanted “Allahu Akbar” and “Yes to BOL” in the rebel camp in the middle of coconut and banana groves.In 2008, close to a million people were displaced in central Mindanao region when violence erupted after the Supreme Court canceled a deal on ancestral domain with the MILF. A small but more radical splinter rebel group has since emerged, and has aligned with pro-Islamic State militant forces.MILF leaders said they are trying to avoid a similar episode that could lead to extremist groups taking hold in the south. The rebel group is expected to dominate the 80-member Bangsamoro transition government that will be formed after the referendum.The Bangsamoro area includes part of the Philippines’ second-largest island of Mindanao, and a chain of dozens of small islands to the west notorious for piracy and banditry.An estimated five million Muslims live in the region, which has the predominantly Catholic nation’s lowest levels of employment, income, education and economic development.The United Nations, European Union, United States and Japan welcomed the passing of the new autonomy law, hoping for an end to violence and a start to the region’s economic reconstruction.last_img

Political Roundup Rep Conyers Resigns And Senate Republicans Pass Tax Bill

first_img Share It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.Some of the stories we discuss this week include Senate Republicans passing a $1.4 trillion tax bill, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) stepping down from Congress amid allegations of sexual misconduct, and the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the case of a baker who refused to create cakes for same-sex weddings.Our panel of experts this week includes: Jeremi Suri from UT-Austin and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7. 00:00 /12:42 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

Houston Will Have 11 Cooling Centers During The Hot Summer Months

first_imgPhoto captured from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Twitter feed / @SylvesterTurnerMayor Sylvester Turner talks about the importance of staying cool and hydrated during the hot summer months in Houston during a press conference held on June 15, 2018.Reliant, in collaboration with the City of Houston, is rolling out for the 13th year the “Beat the Heat” initiative, which will provide 16 cooling centers across Texas, the majority of them in Houston.Houston will specifically have 11 cooling centers, which are free of charge and will be located at all of the Multi-Service Centers managed by the City. They will feature air-conditioned spaces, bottled water, light snacks and entertainment and will be operative until the end of September.During a press conference held at the West End Multi-Service Center, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged there are Houstonians who have to work outdoors during the hot summer months, for example because they are construction workers, and noted: “I want to remind those who do work, play or exercise outdoors to stay hydrated and if you must go outside don’t do it during the hottest part of the day.”We should all remain alert to heat advisories. This summer let us all keep an eye on each other, especially our seniors and those without airconditioners. Thank you @reliantenergy for being a great corporate partner. Visit our 11 cooling centers throughout Houston. #beattheheat pic.twitter.com/IvkDm1a8mY— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) June 15, 2018Turner also touched on the serious risks of leaving children, senior citizens or pets unattended in vehicles because of the high temperatures they quickly reach and, therefore, the health risks –including death— they can be exposed to. “Every summer we say this, but I cannot say it enough: Let’s not leave children or senior citizens or pets in vehicles unattended,” the Mayor underscored.As part of the initiatives being implemented this summer to help the community deal with the high summer temperatures, the Harris County Area Agency on Aging will distribute portable air conditioning units and the City’s Health Department will distribute portable power stations. Those interested in receiving a unit should call 832-393-4301.For a complete list of the cooling centers that are part of the “Beat the Heat” initiative in Texas (including Corpus Christi and Dallas), click here.Press Conference: 13th annual @nrgenergy and @HoustonHealth #BeatTheHeat Summer Kickoff is https://t.co/U3dOIhlcuq— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) June 15, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Oh Gospel The Evolution of Praise Worship and Song

first_imgThe National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Furs by Demetrios and Fade2Blac are sponsoring a concert named, “Oh Gospel! The Evolution of Praise, Worship and Song” at 6 p.m. April 11. The event will be held at New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown, located at 5609 Old Court Road, Windsor Mill, Md. General admission and group tickets are $35 and $60 for VIP. Contact NABCOR’s Rhema Christian Bookstore at 410-521-6130 or www.ohgospel.org for more information and to purchase tickets. The proceeds will benefit New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown.last_img read more

VoterRegistration Snafu Sows Confusion in Maryland Primary

first_imgBy The Associated PressA major voter-registration snafu was sowing confusion in an important primary June 26 as officials prepared for as many as 80,000 voters to cast provisional ballots that won’t be counted until next week.State officials were still assessing the fallout from a computer error at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker lead a crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field to win a nomination to face popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The problem relates to changes voters made in address and party affiliation on the administration’s website or self-service kiosks, information that failed to be sent to the state elections board.“As far as we know it was a failure of MVA to transfer data to us. That is what they are telling us,” said Nikki Charlson, the state elections deputy administrator. “They told us it was a computer-programming error that failed to transfer that subset of data.”She added that elections officials had not heard of any problems relating to the programing error during the first several hours of voting on Tuesday.“We haven’t heard of any great push for provisionals today,” Charlson said.The error comes in a big election year for Maryland. Voters were choosing candidates for all 188 state legislative seats in Tuesday’s primary, as well as the Democratic nominee for governor in a crowded primary. Polls have shown it to be a close contest between former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is unchallenged in the GOP primary.“Our administration is obviously incredibly disappointed that this happened,” said Amelia Chasse, Hogan’s spokeswoman. “What matters most is that every eligible voter will be able to vote, and every vote will be counted. The governor has directed the auditor for the Maryland Department of Transportation to conduct a comprehensive review of the situation and ordered MVA leadership to make themselves available for any legislative hearings.”The problem was discovered Friday when a state board of elections employee who changed her address realized she never received a voter notification card, said state elections administrator Linda Lamone.“And that’s why I picked up the phone and called the Motor Vehicle Administration and said, ‘What’s going on here? Why didn’t she get this notification card, and then we checked our database and it hadn’t been changed,” Lamone said Tuesday.Asked how things were going Tuesday, Lamone said, “so far so good.”State officials first said Saturday night that about 18,760 people were affected. On Sunday, state Sen. Joan Carter Conway said the Senate committee she chairs would hold a hearing. After Monday’s announcement, Conway and Del. Anne Kaiser, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, called for MVA Administrator Christine Nizer’s resignation.Affected voters are encouraged to verify their registration information using the state elections board’s voter look-up website. If the website doesn’t show the voter’s current address, a voter can use the board’s polling place locator to find the right voting location for the voter’s new address. Then, the voter can use the provisional voting process to cast a ballot on Tuesday.Provisional ballots won’t be counted until July 5.Lamone, the state elections administrator, said the timing was set long ago in regulations.“You need the time. You have to research every one of the provisionals,” she said.last_img read more