The strategic anti-Naxal operations command headquarters of the Central Reserve Police Force has been shifted from Kolkata to the heart of the Naxal violence-hit Chhattisgarh after 37 jawans of the paramilitary force were killed by Maoists in less than two months. In a May 4 order, the CRPF directed the “immediate” transfer of the central zone command headquarters, roughly seven years after it was shifted from Raipur to Kolkata because of “logistics and connectivity issues”.The new CRPF Director-General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar has been asked to ensure that the command starts working from Raipur before the high-level meeting of Left Wing Extremism-hit States here on Monday.Kuldiep Singh, Additional Director-General of the CRPF central zone, was air-dashed to Raipur from Kolkata, and he took charge of the command on Friday, sources said.Raised on August 7, 2009, the central zone was tasked with overseeing troops deployment across the States affected by Left Wing Extremism such as West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It was moved to Kolkata in July 2010 for want of better rail and air links for the command office, days after the Maoists killed 75 CRPF jawans and a Chhattisgarh policeman in Dantewada on April 6. Review meetTop sources in the security establishment said the Union Home Ministry, after reviewing the April 24 ambush in Sukma district that killed 25 jawans, ordered the CRPF to immediately shift the central zone command to Raipur, without even bothering about the logistics to be put in place. The sources said Mr. Bhatnagar himself oversaw the quick activation of the command in Raipur after attending a meeting of the Unified Command on LWE on May 5, chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh. He later went to Sukma to make an assessment of the ambush site near Burkapal and held a ‘sainik sammelan’ (a troops meeting) to boost the morale of the jawans at a camp in the forests in south Bastar, a few km from the State’s border with Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.“Over the past two days, the new DG has travelled to the interiors of Sukma and Dantewada, the worst-affected districts. He also visited the ambush site at Bheji in Sukma,” an officer said.
Misfortune of a similar kind struck Assam teenagers Meghali Kalita and Sakhina Begum about 280 km apart on Thursday. The former survived, the latter did not.Officials in north-eastern Assam’s Biswanath district said Ms. Begum was injured grievously when a large branch of a tree fell on the motorcycle she was riding pillion on. She was headed to her educational institute in the morning.“The man riding the bike was injured too, but the girl took the brunt of the blow and died in Tezpur Medical College Hospital,” a police official, declining to be quoted, said.Tezpur is about 60 km east of Biswanath Chariali, the headquarters of Biswanath district.Minutes after this mishap, a ceiling fan in a classroom in Paschim Borigog College at Hajo, about 35 km north-west of Guwahati, fell on Ms. Kalita’s head.She was taken to a local hospital where her condition was said to be serious. Doctors said she would be under observation for some time.Education department officials said they would order an inquiry into the mishap.
Benjamin Franklin tracked his prideful, sloppy, and gluttonous acts in a daily journal, marking each moral failing with a black ink dot. Now, scientists have devised a modern update to Franklin’s little book, using smart phones to track the sins and good deeds of more than 1200 people. The new data—among the first to be gathered on moral behavior outside of the lab—confirm what psychologists have long suspected: Religious and nonreligious people are equally prone to immoral acts.Lab studies have backed that view, by asking participants to interpret moral vignettes or play games that tempt players to cheat, says Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at New York University in New York City. In a 2008 review for Science, for example, researchers found that believers act more morally than nonreligious people only when interacting with other members of their own religious community. Such selectivity makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, Haidt says. If, as some scientists hypothesize, religion evolved to increase social cohesion, it shouldn’t just make you “blindly nice to everybody; it should make you more virtuous when you are interacting with others of the same faith.”Lab studies have limitations, however. The artificial scenarios they rely on can’t tell researchers much about how religious and nonreligious people behave in daily life, or whether moral considerations are “even relevant” to how people actually behave, says Daniel Wisneski, a moral psychologist at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, and a co-author of the new study, which appears online today in Science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Wisneski and colleagues used Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets to recruit 1252 adults ages 18 to 68 throughout the United States and Canada. Tempted by the possibility of winning an iPod Touch through a lottery, participants downloaded an app to their smart phones which allowed researchers to buzz them via text five times a day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. When they opened the texts, participants were prompted to open a link where they could confidentially report whether they’d witnessed, heard about, or performed any moral or immoral acts within the past hour, and jot down a description. They also entered details about how intensely they felt about the event, rating emotions such as disgust on a 0 to 5 scale.Reading through the 13,240 messages that the team received over the course of the 3-day study “was an interesting process,” Wisneski says. Participants confessed offenses both tawdry and peculiar: “Arranging adulterous encounter” and “[h]ired someone to kill a muskrat that’s ultimately not causing any harm” were two examples. Although Wisneski says that the negative reports periodically got him down, tidings of good deeds soon lifted his spirits. One person said that they “gave a homeless man an extra sandwich,” for instance, and another reported hearing about an organization that “freed Beagles that had never seen daylight or felt grass.”Overall, people who had identified themselves as religious or nonreligious when they registered for the study committed both moral and immoral deeds with “comparable frequency,” the team reports. Unsurprisingly, being the target of a positive moral act made people feel slightly better than actually performing one, the researchers found. Benefiting from a good deed made participants more likely to do something nice for someone else later on, a phenomenon known as moral contagion, Haidt says.The study also confirmed that people with different political views emphasize different moral values. Many of the reported moral acts centered on avoiding harm to others or protecting people from oppression. But other values were at play, too. Wisneski and lead author Wilhelm Hofmann spent weeks classifying the reported acts according to six moral principles identified by Haidt and his colleagues: care for others, fairness, liberty, loyalty, authority, and sanctity. They found that conservatives were more likely than liberals to report acts involving sanctity and respect for authority, and liberals were more likely than conservatives to talk about fairness—a result that replicates earlier findings in the lab, Haidt says. In addition to Haidt’s six original values, the team found that participants’ judgments reflected two others, honesty and self-discipline, which they used to classify behaviors such as sneaking fast food “though I promised someone I wouldn’t have it.”An obvious weakness of the study is that people’s view of themselves may color how they report their own behavior, says Fiery Cushman, a moral psychologist at Harvard University. Still, it’s reassuring to see phenomena such as moral contagion, which have been observed in experiments, replicated in everyday life, he says. “It’s kind of a report card on what we’ve learned from the lab.”
Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s name has been put on an online list of land mafia by the district administration here following FIRs registered against him, drawing strong protest from his party. The SP raised the issue in the Legislative Council alleging that he is being framed in “fake” cases.The State government dismissed the allegations, saying that it was treating everyone the same and the action was not driven by any political vendetta.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged that Rampur was an example of “land-grabbing” culture under the previous SP government. “The name of the Rampur MP has been put on the list of anti-land mafia portal of the State government on Thursday after FIRs were lodged against him on land-grabbing charges,” Additional District Magistrate (Administration) J.P. Gupta said. “The listing was done by the SDM Sadar,” he said. The former State Minister was named in the FIRs lodged in connection with alleged forcible acquisition of land for Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, of which he is the founder and Chancellor. District Magistrate A.K. Singh said the “farmers had claimed that Azam Khan had acquired their land for University through coercion”. “The name of those who have acquired someone’s land with alleged criminal acts and continue to have possession over it are included in the list,” the DM added. The SP, however, alleged that the move was a conspiracy by the Rampur DM to defame Mr. Khan and the university.21-member panelSP president Akhilesh Yadav has constituted a 21-member committee, led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Ahmad Hasan, to “probe fake cases” against Mr. Khan.Proceedings in the Legislative Council were disrupted on Friday as the SP members protested against the issue. As soon as the House assembled at 11 a.m., Mr. Hasan raised the issue, saying, “The most painful thing is that Khan has taken land for building a university and not for any personal gains. In which direction is the government going? Azam Khan is part of the land mafia?” Leader of the House and Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma termed the SP’s allegations “baseless”. “The government is treating everyone in the same manner, and it is not an act of vengeance.” “The allegations are baseless, and do not have any link with the policy and intention of the government,” he said. He added that since Mr. Khan is not a member of the House, the matter cannot be raised. Following this, Mr. Hasan requested the Chair that an all-party committee be formed, but Mr. Sharma opposed it. Amid unruly scenes, the Deputy CM sought cooperation of the Opposition to run the House. But the agitated SP members trooped into the Well, prompting Chairman Ramesh Yadav to adjourn the House till 12 noon. When the House re-assembled, Mr. Hasan raised the matter and SP members came into the Well of the House. Later, the Chairman adjourned the House till Monday.
Scarlett Johansson rocks a new pixie cutScarlett Johansson is looking very different these days. She’s got a growing baby bump, and a new, very short hairstyle. We spotted Scarlett out in New York City with her fiance Romain Dauriac sporting a fresh new do and some comfortable overalls.Scarlett Johansson is looking very different these days.Beyonce responds to divorce rumoursBeyonce responds to all those divorce rumors by posting the perfect picture to her Instagram account.Kim Kardashian stands up for brother RobKim Kardashian takes her role as a big sister seriously. Despite rumors the brunette beauty had fallen out with brother Rob she still has his back. Blasting Adrienne Bailon who spoke out about her regrets of appearing on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.Selena Gomez gets close to Nat WolffSelena Gomez wasn’t afraid to get close to her co-star Nat Wolff for the Hollywood premiere of her latest film Behaving Badly. After the star studded event the beauty posted a snap on her Instagram account to declare her admiration for her fellow actor.
ARLINGTON, Texas — New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi figures he will never see another game like this one, especially after trailing 5-0 in the first inning.The Yankees charged back in a hurry, with an 11-run second inning and 8 1-3 hitless innings of relief to overcome the Texas Rangers 21-5 on July 28.“Strange,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if I’ve been a part of that where you give up five in the first and you don’t give up another hit the rest of the game, and you score 21 runs. I don’t know if I’ll ever see that again.”The AL East-leading Yankees scored the most runs in the majors this season, winning for the eighth time in nine games. They are a majors-best 16-5 in July — matching their most wins in a month since August 2013.Brendan Ryan doubled twice with three RBIs and Didi Gregorius had a bases-loaded triple in the 11-run second. A day after his 40th birthday, Alex Rodriguez had an RBI double off the top of the 14-foot wall in left field that made it 6-5 and chased starter Martin Perez (0-2).Chris Young started the big inning with a double and scored the first of his two runs in the frame when Chase Headley had the first of his two RBI singles in the inning. Young added his fourth career grand slam in the third.“It was fun. Not just mine, but everybody, to be able to come back in the second inning … being able to come together and put up quality at-bats,” Young said. “It was amazing.”Along with all the offense, the Yankees got a huge boost from right-hander Diego Moreno (1-0), who after being recalled earlier July 28 took over for spot starter Chris Capuano with two outs in the first.Moreno retired 16 of the 17 batters he faced in 5 1-3 innings to get his first major league victory. The 28-year-old rookie right-hander struck out five and walked one.“I was relaxed and just trying to concentrate on throwing strikes,” Moreno said through an interpreter.Perez allowed eight runs in his third start since Tommy John surgery last year, and Wandy Rodriguez gave up seven runs in his one inning.The only other team to have two pitchers in the same game who allowed at least seven runs in an inning or less was Toronto in a 23-1 loss to Baltimore on Sept. 28, 2000.“It’s not the way we want to play the game of baseball. We struggled the whole night,” Manager Jeff Banister said. “We gave up 15 freebies — two catcher’s interference, one error and the rest hit batters and walks.”Texas still had a 5-1 lead in the second when Ryan batted with the bases loaded and no outs. Second baseman Rougned Odor broke the wrong way on a grounder that went through the hole behind him and into the right-center field gap for a two-run double.“It’s a ground-ball double play, but I don’t see the ball and everything started from there. It’s my fault,” Odor said. “I just read the bat and reacted.”New York scored its most runs since a 22-9 win against Oakland on Aug. 25, 2011, and surpassed Baltimore’s 19-3 win over Philadelphia on June 16.It was the most runs given up by the Rangers since their 21-8 loss to Seattle on May 30, 2012.Young finished with three hits and five RBIs, adding a run-scoring double in the sixth. Gregorius had a career-high four hits, a night after three hits and a career-best four RBIs in the series-opening 6-2 victory.Brett Gardner scored five runs, including a two-run homer in the ninth off Adam Rosales, the Rangers utility infielder pitching for the second time this season.The Rangers, who have lost 12 of their last 13 home games, didn’t have a hit after their five-run first, when they had three hits and benefited from five walks by Capuano. Adam Warren pitched three innings for his first save.“I’ve seen a snowman (8) but I’ve never seen 11 (runs). Everybody was swinging the bats well, but it’s still big-league pitching,” Ryan said.“When you’re down five, if you can scratch one across that’s good, but more is even better. It speaks to the character of this team to come back and answer that quickly.”(STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Nokia X6 is known as the Nokia 6.1 Plus globally and this was confirmed with its launch in Hong Kong recently. HMD is now planning to launch the device in a few more markets with India expected to be one of them on August 21. Ahead of its India launch, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has been spotted in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications with its global variants listed.The Nokia 6.1 Plus global model numbers are TA-1116, TA-1103 and TA-1083, which are the same models that were previously also mentioned in the user guide spotted on the Nokia India website. The variants don’t really reveal anything else, but only suggests that this is most likely the phone we are going to see come to India on August 21. HMD is yet to confirm the name of the device it plans to unveil next week, but the Nokia 6.1 Plus is our best bet yet considering all the hype and demand it has received by fans around the world.NokiaPowerUser which spotted the Nokia 6.1 Plus global variants this week also claimed previously that the device will launch in India by the end of August, and HMD’s planned event on August 21 keeps in line with that. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the first Nokia phone to sport a display notch and it also highlights a premium all-glass body as a mid-range smartphone.The Nokia 6.1 Plus is identical to the Nokia X6 apart from the fact that the former is an Android One phone with stock Android Oreo. It sports a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) 19:9 display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. This is offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.advertisementThe dual camera system on the Nokia 6.1 Plus includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. Housed within the notch on the front is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The cameras get some AI support as well which helps improve image quality and bokeh effect. The dual-SIM Nokia 6.1 Plus houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C.HMD priced the Nokia 6.1 Plus in Hong Kong HKD 2,288 (approx Rs 20,100). If the phone comes to India on August 21, we expect a more competitive pricing well below Rs 20,000. The device could either replace or slot just above the Nokia 6.1.
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(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Through six weeks of the college football season, a true upper class has emerged.Obviously, Alabama is the clear cut No. 1 team in the country. Some slight defensive concerns aside, the Crimson Tide have been a dominant force, with Tua Tagovailoa putting together one of the most prolific seasons for a quarterback in recent memories, despite a relatively low snap count.Behind them are 2017 College Football Playoff participants Clemson and Georgia, Big Ten power Ohio State, and an upstart Notre Dame team that looks very dangerous since the move to Ian Book at quarterback.This week, we have some big games on Thursday and Friday, before another nice Saturday slate.Among the most interesting games are ranked battles between No. 2 Georgia and No. 13 LSU in Baton Rouge, No. 7 Washington’s trip to No. 17 Oregon, and No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan.Now, for our picks this week…After Week 6, here are The Spun’s staff pick standings.1.Matt Lombardi205-50T-2.Dan Lyons203-52T-2.Matt Hladik203-524.Chris Rosvoglou201-545.Andrew McCarty200-556.Andrew Holleran197-587.Steve Driscoll191-64Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 7 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglouTexas Tech at TCU23 USF at TulsaArizona at UtahMinnesota at 3 Ohio State14 Florida at VanderbiltTennessee at 21 AuburnRutgers at MarylandIowa at IndianaNebraska at NorthwesternOklahoma State at Kansas StateDuke at Georgia TechLouisville at Boston CollegePittsburgh at 5 Notre Dame2 Georgia at 13 LSU7 Washington at 17 OregonMichigan State at 8 Penn StateBaylor at 9 Texas10 UCF at Memphis22 Texas A&M at South CarolinaPurdue at IllinoisMissouri at 1 Alabama6 West Virginia at Iowa State16 Miami at VirginiaVirginia Tech at North CarolinaUCLA at Cal15 Wisconsin at 12 MichiganOle Miss at Arkansas19 Colorado at USCSeason Record205-50197-58203-52203-52191-64200-55201-54
VICTORIA — The federal and British Columbia governments have made a joint commitment to do everything possible to make sure chinook, steelhead, coho and sockeye are able to reach their spawning grounds past a rock slide in the Fraser River.The province says in a news release that Premier John Horgan briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the slide that threatens to block millions of returning salmon.B.C. Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Doug Donaldson says the team has developed a multi-pronged plan to save the salmon, some of which are already listed as species of concern.The massive rock slide northwest of Kamloops narrowed the river and created a five-metre waterfall, holding back many fish that are swimming against the fast-flowing river in an effort to get back to spawn.Federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the governments, along with First Nations communities, are working around the clock to do everything possible to see the fish pass safety through the site.He says collaborative efforts that also involve Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the coast guard are crucial to give the salmon stocks the best chance of survival.The province says challenges facing any remediation work include rapid flow conditions, accessibility to the remote site, unstable water levels and heavy river debris and silt.The Fisheries Department says the overall team is constructing a temporary aluminum fishway, testing options for transporting the fish by helicopter and truck and assessing the feasibility of new fish transport systems.“As a result of these parallel planning efforts, the team will be able to escalate their response to changing conditions as they get better information on how successfully the salmon are passing the slide site.”Work to drop massive boulders into the water directly under a cliff was to begin this week, with the hope the boulders will form a series of pools that fish can use as resting places while hopscotching their way up the side of the waterfall.The bucketing and boulder placement are just two of the proposals developed by the biologists, hydrologists, geotechnicians and others who have been working to save the fish.The Canadian Press
Rabat – FIFA has challenged rumors that it is planning to disqualify Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid before it gets to the vote, scheduled for June 13.An unidentified FIFA spokesperson told Moroccan media that FIFA and its Secretary General Zvonimir Boban, “categorically denied these rumors.”Boban is also a member of the FIFA task force, which visited Morocco on April 16 to evaluate Morocco’s assets and readiness to host the World Cup in 2026. Rumors of Morocco’s disqualification have gone viral after sports journalist Juan G. Arango tweeted “it is being mentioned that United 2026 would be getting World Cup bid w/o a vote.”It is being mentioned that @United2026 would be getting World Cup bid w/o a vote because of issues in logistics in five main cities in Morocco found by FIFA evaluation committee. Let’s keep an eye on this story as it is beginning to develop. Will definitely have more on this. https://t.co/mpGYbYlQQO— Juan G. Arango (@JuanG_Arango) May 27, 2018He argued that the news was mentioned by Boban last Friday night. The reason for Morocco’s alleged disqualification was supposedly “issues in logistics in five main cities in Morocco found by [the] FIFA evaluation committee.”The task force committee was expected to publish its assessment on its visit today. However, international news outlets, including L’Equipe, reported that the FIFA delegation will announce the decision in the first week of June. FIFA’s committee has delayed the release date of the assessment as it will meet with both 2026 World Cup bid committees on May 3rd in Zurich.The task force has the right to disqualify either of the bids on the table if they do not meet FIFA requirements. Morocco’s bid scored positive points in the first months of the year, collecting the support of several countries from all corners of the world.This was mentioned by Zvonimir Boban on Friday night. Let’s keep an eye out on this story… https://t.co/ntCRRIooKG— Juan G. Arango (@JuanG_Arango) May 27, 2018The list of Morocco’s supporters includes: Luxembourg, Russia, Qatar, Botswana, Belgium, France, Nigeria, Tunisia, Algeria, and Saint Lucia.The countdown for the FIFA vote has begun. It remains to be seen whether FIFA’s assessment will give Morocco a passing score.The June 13 poll will take votes from 211 football federations.
SAN FRANCISCO — A consumer privacy group has filed a challenge to Facebook’s $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, saying it is not “adequate, reasonable or appropriate” and lets the social media giant off the hook for years of violations.The Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center asked a federal district court in Washington D.C. on Friday to intervene in finalizing the settlement, which was approved 3-to-2 by the FTC.EPIC says the deal, which also includes new privacy oversight and transparency requirements for Facebook, would extinguish more than 26,000 existing consumer complaints against Facebook that are pending at the FTC.Facebook and the FTC did not immediately respond to a message for comment.EPIC first filed a complaint against Facebook over privacy violations in 2009.The Associated Press
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Dominic Magee scored 14 points, Tyree Griffin 13 and a dozen Golden Eagles scored in a 106-46 Southern Miss victory over Rust on Sunday.Tyler Stevenson added 12 points and Ladavius Draine and Ladarius Marshall 10 each for Southern Miss, which shot 66 per cent, including 12 of 25 on 3-pointers for 48 per cent. The Eagles (6-2) held a 54-12 advantage in points in the paint.It was the second time this season Southern Miss eclipsed 100 points, having beaten Southeastern Baptist 111-66 in its opener.Ke’Jerrick Taylor scored 14 points and Kortez Wade 10 for the NAIA Bearcats, who shot only 31 per cent overall and were 5 of 27 from 3-point range for 18.5 per cent.The teams exchanged 3-pointers to start the game then Southern Miss went on an 18-2 run, including seven by Cortez Edwards, to take command. A 13-0 run led to a 54-18 halftime lead.The Associated Press
Former OSU first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic at bat versus Wright State on June 5. Courtesy: OSU AthleticsLast week at the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft, six Ohio State players were selected — the most since six were taken in the 1998 draft.One week later, it has been confirmed that all six of those Buckeyes will play professional baseball. OSU coach Greg Beals told The Lantern that each former OSU player has signed an MLB contract, which includes four underclassmen.The Buckeyes were set to lose nine seniors from the 2016 group that won a Big Ten tournament championship. With outfielders Ronnie Dawson and Troy Montgomery, first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic and starting pitcher Tanner Tully all signing with a year of eligibility left, the Buckeyes will now have to replace six of their starting nine hitters as well as two members of their starting rotation.The first player drafted for the Buckeyes was Dawson, who was taken in the second round with the 61st overall pick by the Houston Astros. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, he signed a deal with a bonus of $1,056,800.Montgomery was drafted 246th overall in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Angels. His bonus was worth $150,000.In the 19th round of the draft, the Colorado Rockies selected Bosiokovic. The 560th pick in the draft was signed with a bonus of $40,000. He flew out Monday to join the Rockies short-season single-A affiliate, the Boise Hawks.“I really didn’t know (I would be drafted) until I had spoken with (the Rockies) after the second day of the draft,” Bosiokovic said. “They were asking me what my signability was, but I really didn’t know what was going to happen until I got the phone call from our area scout.”Left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei was also selected in the draft, taken in the 21st round with the 626th overall pick, but it is unknown at this time how much he signed for. According to Baseball America, the slot value for his place in the draft is $100,000.Co-captain and third baseman Nick Sergakis was taken later in the 23rd round of the draft with the 700th pick in the draft and signed with the New York Mets for a bonus of $5,000. The final Buckeye taken in the draft was left-handed ace Tanner Tully, who signed with the Indians on a $100,000 bonus after being selected in the 26th round with the 782nd overall pick.
As much as 30-50mm of rain was expected on areas of higher ground in just three hours, the Met Office warned.On Tuesday evening there were 38 flood alerts telling people to ‘be prepared’ for possible flooding, and another two in place warning people to immediate action as flooding was expected. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Flooding in Leyburn Some areas were expected to see 20-30mm of rain in one hour, as thunderstorms rolled across the country from the South West causing potential flooding. Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team posted a picture of a collapsed bridge in Grinton on Facebook, urging motorists to “only travel if essential as many routes impassable” due to flooding.The fire station in the town of Leyburn was also flooded. Video footage also showed streets in Sheffield becoming submerged this evening. The West Midlands also experienced flash flooding with roads becoming submerged in Tipton. Leyburn fire station flooded Parts of North Yorkshire and the West Midlands were hit with flash flooding on Tuesday as the Met Office issued weather warnings for across the UK. People this evening reported cars being swept away, businesses flooding and bridges collapsing. Routes around Swaledale and Wensleydale were left impassable tonight due to the amount of water on the ground.Due to “intense downpours” a flood warning was put in place for Arkle Beck at Reeth and Low Fremington, the Environment Agency said, after a driver had to be rescued from the boot of their car near Reeth.It added that river levels were expected to “rise significantly overnight” and it was “monitoring the situation closely”. The average rainfall for the UK in July is 78.1mm, meaning around a fortnight’s worth of rain was expected in the one-hour period.Sheena Engineer, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency said: “Slow-moving thundery showers could lead to localised surface water flooding, mainly across parts of western England on Tuesday, with the risk extending north and east into Wednesday.”The Met Office put out a yellow rain warning for the north of England all day on Wednesday, with a yellow storm warning for Wednesday afternoon and evening in Scotland.More normal conditions are forecast to return from Thursday. Last week, the UK set a new all-time temperature record of 38.7C (101.66F) which was recorded in Cambridge.
Feb 14th 2018, 11:51 AM By Ceimin Burke Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 11:51 AM Updated at 12.10pmA MAN HAS DIED following a crash on the airfield at London’s Heathrow Airport this morning.Two members of airport staff who were operating vehicles were involved in the collision which took place shortly after 6am.One of the men, who was in his 40s, was hospitalised with serious injuries where he later died.Another man was treated at the scene for a suspected broken shoulder.“We can confirm that following a serious accident involving two vehicles on our airfield, an airport colleague has passed away,” a spokesperson for the airport said in a statement. 41,991 Views Man dies following ‘serious accident’ at Heathrow airport Two members of staff operating airport vehicles were involved in the incident. Image: Steve Parsons 9 Comments Police and airside operations vehicles at Heathrow Airport today. Image: Steve Parsons Police and airside operations vehicles at Heathrow Airport today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3851147 Share56 Tweet Email Short URL Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends affected by this accident. We will be fully cooperating with the Police in the investigation which will follow.The spokesperson added that they are working to minimise delays for passengers.The Met Police said the Health and Safety Executive have been notified and there have been no arrests. A post-mortem will take place in due course.READ: Three-year-old girl who was injured in Dublin home over the weekend dies>READ: United Airlines plane forced to make emergency landing after engine cover rips apart mid-flight>
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed they are taking assessing Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fitness on a daily basis ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester UnitedThe English full-back was forced to withdraw in the closing stages of Liverpool’s decisive Champions League victory against Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday night.Arnold remains a doubt for this weekend’s clash against United at Anfield with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez definitely out.“With Trent, it’s not as serious as it is with the other two boys, but of course it is absolutely not top-class news, that’s clear,” said Klopp on the club website.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It was unlucky as well, especially with Joel; the last second of the game. When you asked me in the press conference I had no idea about it because I had to go doing different stuff pretty much immediately and I didn’t see him on the pitch because I spoke to Carlo [Ancelotti].“The rehab has already started pretty much, the same for Joe.“Trent, we have to see. For him, it is day by day how we judge it. It’s not cool but as long as we still have enough players, it is our job to always find a solution for it – and we will have a solution for the weekend, but of course, it is not perfect.”The German added that full-back Nathaniel Clyne has been back in training for the last four days and is set to return from injury.
Ex-Germany international Dietmar Hamann doubts Bayern Munich would be able to beat Liverpool in the Champions League knockout stagesNiko Kovac’s side finished top of Group E following their 3-3 draw at Ajax on Wednesday night with Bayern only dropping points twice in their six games.But Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and started his playing career at Bayern, reckons the German club must hope they do not get drawn against the Reds for a last-16 tie.“Liverpool and Atletico [Madrid] are the strongest of the teams that ended in second place,” Hamann wrote on his column for Sky.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“What Liverpool showed was amazingly impressive once again. Klopp and his team are the last opponents I’d want to face.“I think Bayern would have little chance against them in the round of 16. For me, Bayern are not in the extended circle of favourites for the first time in many years.“The Reds lost three games away from home and still progressed. Sometimes, such things trigger something very special in a team.”The draw for the last-16 stage of the 2018/19 Champions League will be made on Monday at 12:00 (CET).
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation on its plans to require annuity providers to inform consumers about how much they could gain from shopping around before a potential annuity purchase.The introduction of an annuity comparator aims to encourage individuals to shop around for a competitive annuity product before making their selection.This would be delivered in the style of an information prompt, which would show individuals the difference between their provider’s quote and the highest quote available from other providers on the open market. The prompt will also allow individuals to access the best quote via a link.The proposals follow the FCA’s Retirement income market study, published in March 2015, which recommended the annuity comparator as one of the measures that could support consumer choice in the market.Providers will also be required to inform individuals whether the annuity is a single or joint life product, whether the rate of income paid by the annuity is guaranteed, as well as the total pot that will be used to buy the annuity.In addition, the FCA will introduce requirements on income product providers to provide data to the FCA about the types and volumes of products they are selling.Under the proposals, the new rules would come into effect from September 2017.The consultation seeks views on when the information prompt should be delivered to consumers, the scope and content of the information prompt, and when providers should implement the changes.The consultation will remain open to responses until 24 February 2017.Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the FCA, said: “Although sales have declined since the pension freedoms were introduced, annuities still play a significant role in retirement provision. It’s important that consumers shop around to get the best deal for them; yet our previous work found that very few people actually did so.“We believe that the proposals we have outlined will engage consumers and allow them to make better decisions, increasing shopping around and competition across the market.”