Rabat – Father and son have both taken a picture with “Salt Bae.” The internet’s favourite butcher also met Moulay Hassan. After sharing a picture of himself with King Mohammed VI—which went viral on social media, on Friday, August 31, Nusret Gokce, also known as Salt Bae, posted an Instagram story yesterday with Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, who he called “My Brother Ben Hassan.”Moulay Hassan, pictured at Salt Bae’s Nusr-Et restaurant in Dubai, was wearing a black outfit and a Rolex watch estimated to be worth $38,000. Turkish chef Nusret Gokce was called Salt Bae by social media users because of his iconic style of sprinkling salt on his meat. The chef rose to fame in January 2017 with one of his viral videos.A butcher since he was 14, Salt Bae is now the owner of a chain of restaurants called Nusr-Et specializing in meat, especially red meat steaks. The business already has seven restaurants based, among others, in Istanbul, Dubai, and Ankara.
United Nations report released today.For the first time, the 2010 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Stocktaking report – now in its third edition – takes into account the use of social networking services.“This report charts significant progress in meeting the ICT development targets set by the WSIS Tunis Phase in 2005, and also offers real hope that we may be able to leverage our success in connecting the world to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The Tunis phase of the World Summit, held in 2005, focused on how to bridge the so-called digital divide between developed and developing countries through the spread of Internet. The first phase of the Summit was held in Geneva in 2003.In addition to examining the potential of new social networking services in the development of ICTs and the link with MDGs, the report looks at the use of ICTs for disaster management, cyber security and cyberspace.The WSIS Stocktaking Process was initiated in 2004 to provide a register of activities carried out by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society and other entities, in order to highlight the progress made since the Summit. The report was released today as representatives of UN agencies, governments, civil society and the technology industry continue their discussions at the WSIS Forum, which runs until Friday in Geneva. ITU, which organized the Forum along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – said it has modernized its online database to better analyze projects around the world and to better identify new trends. 12 May 2010Information and communication technology (ICT) projects are helping countries make significant progress towards the globally agreed anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, according to a
A statement issued by a spokesman for the Secretary-General said Mr. Annan was “very pleased” to receive news about the appointment of Oluyemi Adeniji as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria.Until his appointment, Mr. Adeniji had served since December 1999 as Mr. Annan’s Special Representative and the chief of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). Under Mr. Adeniji’s stewardship, the Mission recovered from the crisis of May 2000, supported a massive disarmament exercise, as well as national elections, and facilitated the restoration of the Government’s authority throughout the territory of Sierra Leone.”The Secretary-General congratulates Mr. Adeniji wholeheartedly on his important new functions and wishes to thank him for the effective leadership” he provided to the Mission, the statement said.”As Mr. Adeniji departs, UNAMSIL, as well as the whole UN family, will continue to assist the people of Sierra Leone to consolidate peace in their country,” the statement added.Pending the appointment of Mr. Adeniji’s successor, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, Alan Doss, will serve as Officer-in-Charge of UNAMSIL.
Quoting local, reliable sources, OCHA said half of those who escaped from Bodjomo and neighbouring villages reportedly have sought refuge in Chad, which is already hosting some 45,000 CAR refugees, and the rest are internally displaced in the country’s northern forests.The 15-member UN Security Council met to discuss the situation in Central African Republic in closed session at the UN Headquarters in New York.Chad, which is hosting 200,000 refuges from Sudan’s Darfur region, experienced food shortages last year, OCHA said.“The potential for a renewed humanitarian crisis exists. Priority needs for the displaced are for food, shelter, and medical assistance. However, northern Central African Republic remains off-limits to the United Nations staff. Some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have pulled out of the area due to security concerns,” the Office said.Other NGOs have offered to have offered to help the UN agencies to distribute assistance, but a lack of resources could hinder these plans since only $9.6 million was donated out of the $28 million requested last year.OCHA added that after flooding devastated CAR’s capital, Bangui, last year, the humanitarian community has worked with the Government to establish a system for the distribution of safe drinking water and to enhance disease surveillance.
Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Auto Talks: Unifor, which represents some 23,000 workers at Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, will announce on Tuesday which of those automakers will be its target company in the opening round of negotiations for a collective agreement. The union says it plans to use the contract it reaches with that company as a template heading into talks with the other automakers.Pipeline Politics: The National Energy Board’s review of the Energy East Pipeline was thrust into limbo last week after protests turned violent during hearings in Montreal. Part of that anger stems from a meeting last year between two review panel members and Jean Charest, who was a paid lobbyist at the time for TransCanada, the proponent behind the pipeline. The board has invited the public to submit written comments until Wednesday in an effort to resolve the controversy.Interest Rate Announcement: The Bank of Canada makes its latest interest rate announcement on Wednesday. The benchmark rate has been stuck at 0.5 per cent for more than a year and the central bank isn’t expected to nudge from that. Still, economists will be reading the tea leaves for any signs that the bank sees economic movement in the months ahead.Toronto Real Estate Data: After Vancouver saw real estate sales slump in August, all eyes will turn to Toronto on Wednesday when that city’s home sales figures for the month are released. There are concerns that Vancouver’s 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers may push Asian investment to Toronto, driving up prices that have already soared there over the last year.Jobs: The widely watched job figures come out Friday for the month of August. The economy is barely growing and the employment figures for July painted a pretty bleak picture, with the labour market seeing the biggest one-month loss in full-time jobs in nearly five years. At last check, the national unemployment rate was 6.9 per cent. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 4, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 4, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Ahead of the launch of its low carbon truck demonstration trial in March 2012, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has posted guidance and advance information on its website for those interested in competing to be involved in the Trial.The information is aimed at those who have not participated in a TSB competition before and should help interested parties understand the nature of the Board’s funding competitions. The website will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.The aim of the competition, supported by the Department for Transport’s £8m capital funding, is to kick-start the procurement of low emission HGV technologies. £6.5 million will be made available for the goods vehicle demonstration trial, plus the supporting infrastructure for trial vehicles, with a further £1.5 million targeted funding for public gas refuelling hubs. The Trial is intended to run for two years.The funding was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011 as part of the Logistics Growth Review, which indicated that the Government would work with the Technology Strategy Board to consult interested parties on the scope of the competition before the March launch.The TSB has consulted broadly across industry in partnership with DfT, and designing the competition scope of the Low Carbon Truck Demo Trial in preparation for the March 2012 launch.Click through for more information on the low carbon truck demonstration trial.Note: Vehicles bought under the Plugged-in Van scheme cannot also be funded under this trial.
For some time, members of Ohio State’s men’s basketball team have expressed the need for a second scorer behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Against unranked Penn State, the Buckeyes got exactly that. In the process, OSU defeated the Nittany Lions, 65-51 Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. And, largely, it was thanks to sophomore forward Sam Thompson. Arguably already a Buckeye fan favorite because of his effortless theatrical dunks, Thompson’s 16 points helped push OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) past a Penn State squad that finds itself still winless (0-8) in Big Ten play more than halfway through the regular season. Thompson, who was 6-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 behind the arc, proved to be a catalyst for OSU in a game that saw four of its other starters shoot a combined 9-for-27. Notably, junior forward Deshaun Thomas struggled with his touch against Penn State (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten), shooting 4-for-13 and 1-for-3 from 3-point range. Thomas, though, still managed 11 points, as did junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who knocked down 7-of-8 free throws to help keep the game out of reach from a gritty, yet offensively anemic, Nittany Lions crew. While Thompson and OSU’s bench helped the Buckeyes manage a 44 percent outing from the floor, Penn State shot 36 percent in total and 24 percent from behind the arc (4-for-17). Most devastating for the Nittany Lions, though, was a 10-minute scoring drought in the first half that allowed OSU to mount a double-digit cushion that would withstand a late Penn State rally that cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 10 with 2:41 to play. It wasn’t enough to overcome an otherwise shaky performance, as the Nittany Lions were out-rebounded, 38-25, despite only turning the ball over four times compared to OSU’s eight miscues. OSU also made 83 percent of its 23 free throw attempts while Penn State struggled its way to a 59 percent connection rate. The loss is the Nittany Lions’ 18th straight to OSU. OSU is scheduled to next play Wisconsin Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Emma Norton, legal director of rights organisation Liberty and solicitor for Mr Benton’s family, said: “Just as with the Hillsborough families, the parents of Cheryl James and so many others, the Bentons’ perfectly reasonable questions about their son’s death were met with decades of stonewalling, silence and suspicion.”Just as in those cases, it was only the Human Rights Act – the law our Government remains determined to repeal – that enabled the family to access information to which they had every right.”Sean Benton was young and vulnerable. He deserved so much better. We are hopeful his family can now finally have their questions answered and that lessons are learnt so young recruits like Sean are better protected in future.”A date for the fresh inquest has yet to be set.Pte Benton was the first of four young soldiers to die at the barracks between 1995 and 2002.Private Cheryl James, 18, from Llangollen, North Wales, shot herself in November 1995, according to a second inquest into her death which concluded in June.Private Geoff Gray, 17, from Hackney, east London, was found dead with two gunshot wounds to his head on September 17 2001, and Private James Collinson, 17, from Perth, was found dead with a single gunshot wound through his chin on March 23 2002. (Clockwise from left to right) Private James Collinson, 17, from Perth, Private Cheryl James, 18, from Llangollen, North Wales, Private Sean Benton from Hastings, East Sussex and Private Geoff Gray, 17, from Hackney, east London, who all died at Deepcut army barracks in SurreyCredit: PA The entrance to Deepcut BarracksCredit:Tim Ockenden/PA Wire 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. A judge has given the go-ahead for a fresh inquest into the death of a young soldier at Deepcut barracks 21 years ago.Private Sean Benton, from Hastings, East Sussex, was found with five bullet wounds to his chest in June 1995 while undergoing training at the Surrey base.His twin, Tony Benton, and sister, Tracy Lewis, went to London’s High Court after they were given permission by the Attorney General to apply for a new hearing.On Friday, Mr Justice Collins said there had been a consent order which meant there would be a fresh inquest. Mr Benton and Mrs Lewis wept and said: “We are just happy and relieved. It’s been too long.”The new hearing was made possible by Private Benton’s mother Linda who, before her death last year, used the Human Rights Act to access evidence held by Surrey Police.The original inquest, which the 20-year-old’s family said took less than two hours and heard evidence from six people, recorded a verdict of suicide, and a criminal investigation seven years later found no evidence of third-party involvement.Pte Benton’s medical and mental health records were not obtained and no evidence was sought or given about his experiences at Deepcut.The family, who are represented by human rights organisation Liberty, believe he was subjected to severe bullying. Mr Justice Collins said that a considerable amount of fresh evidence had come to light which cast “some doubt” on the correctness of the original finding and there was also material which concerned the care which was afforded to Private Benton by the Army at the relevant time.Mrs Lewis said: “Our family had just 20 years with Sean. It has taken us another 21 to secure the thorough, independent inquiry we should have seen immediately after his death. For that reason, our parents are not here with us to see this day.”For two decades, our family has been tormented by questions about what Sean went through at Deepcut. If his death had been properly investigated in 1995, we would have been spared years of uncertainty and pain.”It should be a source of huge shame to the Ministry of Defence and Surrey Police that our mother had to fight for so long – far longer than she should have had to – to force the authorities to answer basic questions. We look forward to finally discovering the truth.”
Slovenian team led by experienced coach Slavko Ivezic showed good performance in two friendly matches two and a half week before start of the Men’s U20 EURO 2014 in Austria. Slovenian generation 1994 beat Austria and Kuwait in Slovenj Gradec and Celje. In the replay of the battle for 5th position at EURO 2012 in Austria two years ago, Slovenians beat again Austria 30:26 (15:14).Slovenia had no problem against Kuwait 32:16, as host nation of the upcoming event in Linz and Traun who beat Asian side 36:19… men’s u20 euro 2014 ← Previous Story The 42nd “Struga” tournament with strong line-up! Next Story → Women’s Junior WCh 2014: Norway, Sweden and Croatia are out!
RTÉ HAS CONFIRMED that people living abroad will be able to watch the Late Late Toy Show when it’s broadcast live on Friday night.Ryan Tubridy will once again don a festive jumper for the Toy Show, and people all over the world will be able to tune in via an international version of the RTÉ Player.An RTÉ spokesperson has also confirmed to DailyEdge.ie that the Toy Show will not be subsequently geolocked on the Player, so emigrants and anyone abroad who wants to catch up at a later time will be able to do so.Snippets of what will be going on during this year’s show have been filtering through; we already know that Tubridy is likely to be performing some kind of dance (possibly with a hula hoop) and that he’ll be joined at some stage by his 11-year-old co-host Fergal Smith.Last year the Toy Show was the most watched TV event in Ireland, with almost one-and-a-half million tuning in.DailyEdge.ie will be liveblogging the whole event right here on Friday night, so dust off that Christmas jumper, get some Pringles and Roses in, and get ready… How an 11-year-old Cavan boy ended up co-hosting the Toy Show>Are these your favourite Late Late Toy Show moments?Your reminder that Pat Kenny opened the 2002 Toy Show on an elephant>
AT&T doesn’t want you leaving their network for Verizon now that they’ve got the iPhone. They really don’t want you doing that, in fact… so much so that if you’re an iPhone user on AT&T, you can now be rewarded with 1,000 free rollover minutes, as long as you apply.Sound like a good deal? Here’s what you need to do. First, wait for a text message from AT&T (or check your existing texts) for an offer from AT&T, thanking you for your loyalty and offering you 1000 bonus rollover minutes. Respond “yes” to that text message and the 1000 bonus rollover minutes will be added to your account. Tired of waiting for a text? You can also get the Rollover minutes by texting the word ‘yes’ to 11113020, which will automatically sign you up for the same offer.AT&T’s really showing all the outward signs of panic now that Verizon has the iPhone. They obviously fear a mass migration: in the last week alone, they’ve given not just this gift of rollover minutes, but free micro cells, free unlimited calls to any cell in the country and even a new trade-in service to their customers… as long as they don’t make the switch. Here’s what’ll happen. If Verizon sells a lot of iPhones this weekend, expect AT&T’s offers to its “loyal” customers to get ever more desperate. If not, though, expect this sudden largesse to disappear entirely.Read more at 9to5Mac
‘Maximum lying’: Iran hits back after US pins blame over Saudi oil attacks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will work to ensure “Iran is held accountable for its aggression”. Mike Pompeo (right) tweeted that Iran was responsible for the drone strikes IRAN HAS DISMISSED US accusations it was behind drone attacks on Saudi oil installations, suggesting the United States was seeking a pretext to retaliate against the Islamic republic.“Such fruitless and blind accusations and remarks are incomprehensible and meaningless,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying in a statement.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Iran after yesterday’s attacks, which knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production.Yemen’s Iran-aligned Shiite Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for the drone strikes, but Pompeo said “there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen”.“The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression,” the top US diplomat tweeted. 10 hours ago 10,762 Views Share9 Tweet Email Mousavi said the US allegations over the pre-dawn strikes on Abqaiq and Khurais in Eastern Province were meant to justify actions against Iran.“Such remarks… are more like plotting by intelligence and secret organisations to damage the reputation of a country and create a framework for future actions,” he said.Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since May last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 deal that promised Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.‘Maximum lying’Since the withdrawal, the United States has imposed crippling sanctions on Iran as part of a campaign of “maximum pressure” and the Islamic republic has responded by reducing its commitments to the nuclear accord.“The Americans have taken the policy of ‘maximum pressure’ which has apparently turned into ‘maximum lying’ due to their failures,” said Mousavi.The arch-foes were on the cusp of confrontation in June when Iran downed a US drone and Trump ordered retaliatory strikes before cancelling them at the last minute.In remarks published today, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ aerospace arm said Iran’s missiles could hit US bases and ships within a range of 2,000 kilometres.“Neither us nor the Americans want a war,” Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said, quoted by Tasnim news agency, which is considered close to the Guards.“Of course, some forces facing each other in the field could do something, by which a war could start,” the commander said.“We have always prepared ourselves for a full-fledged war… everyone should know that all American bases and their vessels in a 2,000-kilometre range can be targeted by our missiles,” he added.- © AFP 2019 Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 11:15 AM Short URL Mike Pompeo (right) tweeted that Iran was responsible for the drone strikes Image: DPA/PA Images We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 14, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4810397 Source: Secretary Pompeo/Twitter Image: DPA/PA Images By AFP 43 Comments
A motorcyclist was injured in a single-vehicle crash near Moulton Falls Regional Park on Monday evening.The crash was reported at 9:22 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast Sunset Falls Road and Northeast Lucia Falls Road after a man riding a motorcycle left the roadway and crashed.The man, whose name was not released, was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.Deputies with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted to cut its share of funding for the city-owned Ketchikan Public Library. In 2010 city voters approved spending up to $5.2 million for the facility. Because Borough residents were not allowed to vote on the issue, who should pay for services has been sometimes controversial.Download AudioThe assembly eliminated the 0.7 mill non-area-wide property tax during budget discussions Monday (June 2). The money generated from that tax, more than $405,000, is deposited in the city’s general fund and helps support the Ketchikan Public Library.Assembly member Glen Thompson proposed the amendment.“Folks outside the city did not have any input on the library, did not have any control over any of its funding, and are now paying an additional half percent in sales taxes. This 0.7 mills winds up being a double dip and I think it’s inappropriate and I think we should delete the whole program.”Asked if the Borough is under any legal obligation to provide the funds next fiscal year, Borough Attorney Scott Brandt-Erichsen said no. He says an agreement between the city and borough is renewed on an annual basis, and that agreement expires at the end of the fiscal year.Assembly member Bill Rotecki says he would like to see the City and Borough work together.“But I think it could be done through more serious discussion than we’ve had in the past. Alternatively, and far more logically, since everyone in the borough uses the library, would be that it became a borough function. That to me would be the most logical thing to do.”Assembly Member Alan Bailey says the city and borough have discussed the library in the past, in part during cooperative relations committee meetings. He says he has mixed feelings about the issue.“I’m just envisioning that were going to cut this out and right behind this they’re going to raise the taxes again. I know that’s not our problem, but it is a problem to our community. At what point do they stop. What effect does this have specifically on the city and the library by withdrawing these funds? What effect does this have? I have concerns about that.”The Assembly voted 5-2 in favor of cutting the 0.7 mill non-area-wide property tax, therefore eliminating the borough’s contribution to library funding. Thompson and Assembly members Mike Painter, Todd Phillips, Agnes Moran, and Jim Van Horn voted for the motion, Baily and Rotecki voted against.Any remaining residual funds will go into the non-area-wide fund and can be used for projects such as sewer repair.
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The Welch FoundationDr. Jeffrey Rimer at work in the lab at the University of Houston.In the last 30 years, not much has changed in terms of drug treatment for kidney stones. But that could be about to change.University of Houston researcher Dr. Jeffrey Rimer and his colleagues have identified a substance that could potentially reduce kidney stone growth by 90 percent. And they’ve found some potential new molecules that could dissolve stones — or prevent them from forming altogether.The Welch FoundationDr. Jeffrey Rimer (left) works in the lab at the University of Houston.Kidney stones form when the body has trouble clearing crystal-forming substances from the kidneys, such as calcium oxalate or uric acid. Or sometimes substances that prevent crystals from sticking together are absent from the urine. Either way, once crystals form and grow larger, they can become painful obstructions of urine flow.Now, Rimer and his partners have found that the compound hydroxycitrate significantly impedes stones from growing. Hydroxycitrate is a natural component of the fruit garcinia cambogia (also known as the Malabar tamarind). If that name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s already being sold as a supplement that’s gotten a lot of press for possible weight loss benefits.Such supplements are not studied and approved by the FDA, but, because garcinia cambogia is already on shelves, that means Rimer’s partners at NYU have already been able to start some clinical trials involving it. Once ingested, they wanted to find out whether hydroxycitrate would make it to the kidneys intact. So far, the studies have shown it does.The Welch FoundationDr. Jeffrey Rimer (right) works in the lab at the University of Houston.Dr. Rimer is quick to point out that it’s still far too early for anyone to run out and start taking garcinia cambogia to prevent kidney stone growth. More clinical studies are needed to determine what the best dosage would be, potential side effects, and other factors.When it comes to developing a drug that could treat existing kidney stones — or prevent them from forming in the first place — Rimer and his associates have come across some molecules that could potentially dissolve stones or that might inhibit nucleation, which is the very first step of a crystal forming.For his work, Rimer was recently awarded The Welch Foundation’s Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research. Share
As of March 16, Washington, D.C.’s homicide count stood at 21 for the year, just one shy of last year’s 22 deaths in the same span. A recent burst of violence in Southeast D.C. added to the city’s battle with crime. Two men were killed over the weekend of March 10 and 11 in separate incidents.Crime Scene – Graphic: APSoutheast resident Tyrone Johnson, 24, was fatally shot in the 2300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE on the morning of March 10, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Officials received a call for a shooting in an alley near The Grays on Pennsylvania Apartments. Police found Johnson lying on the ground unconscious and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Johnson was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. Another Southeast man, 51-year-old Dennis Lee Wise, was fatally stabbed on March 11 at approximately 2:17 a.m. in the 1800 block of Bruce Place, SE, according to police. Police said Wise was found inside a residence lying face down on a bed unconscious. He had been stabbed after an argument turned physical, and died at the scene.MPD spokesperson Karimah Bilal said information regarding the suspects involved in the weekend slayings is currently unavailable. “As always we ask the public for their assistance,” she said. The department is offering up to $25,000 for information that leads to the successful closing of a homicide case.Overall crime in D.C. is up four percent, according to police. Thefts lead the increase; a total of 2,712 thefts have been reported this year, a 15 percent jump from 2,368 occurrences during the same time a year ago.
Brown’s defense is very complicated, which has taken a full spring and summer to learn the new schemes and terminology. However, Burns has put a lot of time in studying the game and is poised to be a starter when the team takes the field on Sept. 2 versus Notre Dame. Story Links The Louisville native has bulked up to nearly 200 pounds and has embraced his new role, according to Brown, who coached a top 10 defense last season at Appalachian State. Forced to set the edge against the running game in Brown’s defense, Burns needed to bulk up to handle more plays near the line of scrimmage and take on pulling offensive linemen. “It was new to him in the spring,” Brown said. “I think with his ability to play defensive back and linebacker, you can do a lot of things with him. With Rodjay being a good tackler, he can make an impact on our defense. That position makes a lot of plays, and I think with Rodjay’s versatility can be an asset to our defense.” “I know the defense,” Burns said. “They are putting new things in every day, but I’ve adjusted to it. I’m looking forward to our scrimmage this weekend to see how far I’ve come since the spring.” The Cardinals finished their third day of fall camp on Tuesday, and Burns likes what he’s seen from the defense in a short period of time. Playing in shorts and shoulder pads for the first time, Burns saw the defense play at a higher level. Burns has transitioned to the play the “Card” position in the spring, which is more of an outside linebacker and nickel back in defensive coordinator’s Brown’s system. Beginning his career at Ohio State, Burns, a native of Louisville, returned home to the Cardinals in 2017 to play at Louisville. The summer strength and conditioning program under Mike Sirignano was critical for Burns to change his body to be to withstand the increased physicality needed to be able to be a forced at the line of scrimmage. Burns embraced the challenge, changed his body, and is now the leader heading into the first week of camp. The Cardinals will return to the practice field on Wednesday at 11 a.m. as the adjustment period continues. Print Friendly Version In his first playing season with the Cardinals in 2018, Burns started nine games at the cornerback position, recording 38 tackles and one interception. He was one of the most explosive punt returners nationally with a 15.2 average, returning a punt 55 yards for his first touchdown. “It was a rough transition for sure,” Burns said. “I’ve adjusted to it and gained the weight I needed to gain. The coaching staff told me that I had the ability to make tackles and be a playmaker, which was a big selling point for me. I just wanted to play and help the team.” “It was very important to change my body,” Burns said. “I had to get stronger to go against the offensive linemen and be physical with them. I had to get stronger to set a good base and be able to stop the run.” Covering wide receivers down the field and not being heavily involved in stopping the run, Burns’ responsibilities will change dramatically this year as he moves closer to the line of scrimmage, which has taken a little time to get adjusted. However, with the change in defensive philosophies under the new coaching staff, Burns’ athletic ability and size fit perfect in Brown’s vision for the former Trinity product. Playing cornerback last season, Burns started the year at 189 pounds, which was perfect for that position. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville outside linebacker Rodjay Burns is in another state of transition heading into his third season with the Cardinals. “We were together for the first time today after splitting practices for the first two days,” Burns said. “We had a lot of guys out there making plays and flying around. It’s been fun with all the guys back together.”
Kolkata: Despite nursing a grudge against the state government for its alleged failure to curb communal riots, the minorities in Bengal are likely to vote for the TMC to stop BJP’s march, leaders said. A deciding factor in several Lok Sabha seats in the state, the minorities especially Muslims are likely to vote for the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) which they perceive as a “credible force” unlike the Congress-Communist Party of India (Marxist) alliance, they claimed. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose “Despite having anger against the state government over various issues including several riots that took place in the state, the minorities will vote for TMC in the state to ensure their safety and security,” Mohammed Kamruzzaman, General Secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation told PTI. “In Bengal, TMC is the most credible force as it is in power, when it comes to fight against BJP,” he added. Kamruzzaman, whose organization has the biggest following among Muslim youths in the state, said that the Congress-CPI(M) seat sharing talks have evoked little hopes as credible alternative among the masses. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The Imams of the city, who hold a sway over the large Muslim population here, felt that the minorities should vote for the strongest secular candidate. “We would appeal to the minorities to vote in favour of the strongest secular forces in their respective areas. Efforts should be made to ensure that only secular and democratic candidates win,” Qazi Fazlur Rahman, the Imam, who conducts prayers on Eid at Red Road every year, told PTI. The Red Road Eid prayers witnesses the biggest congregation of Muslims in the state. Rahman’s view was echoed by Shafique Qasmi, Imam of Nakhoda Masjid, the biggest mosque in the city, who stressed that the minorities must ensure that there was no division of their votes and only a secular and democratic force comes to power. The minorities, which comprise nearly 30 per cent of the electorate, are a deciding factor in nearly 16-18 Lok Sabha seats of the state. They are a vote bank that every political party has tried to woo. Parliamentary seats such as Raiganj, Coochbehar, Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Murshidabad in north Bengal and seats such as Diamond Harbour, Uluberia, Howrah, Birbhum, Kanthi, Tamluk, Joynagar in south Bengal have very high Muslim population. The TMC presently holds a great influence over the minority votes in the state but several riots that took place in the last four years have angered a section of the minorities. According to Union Home Ministry data released in 2018, communal violence increased sharply since 2015 in West Bengal. While the state recorded 27 incidents of communal violence in 2015, the number almost doubled by 2017 when 58 such incidents were recorded. The recent ones being the Basirshat riots in 2017 and Asansol riots in 2018. The TMC, however, blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for trying to flare up communal passions to serve its own political purpose and expressed confidence that it will repeat its 2014 feat with the help of minorities. “The minorities are very well aware of developmental work that the TMC government has done. Bengal is known for communal harmony but BJP is trying to disturb that for its own political gains,” TMC leader and minister Firhad Hakim said. According to TMC sources, minorities are likely to vote for the party to stop the march of the BJP. Since independence, the minorities in the state voted in favour of the Congress in order to keep outfits like the Hindu Mahasabha and Jan Sangh at bay. However, since the late sixties, they gradually started drifting towards the Left forces, which under the leadership of Jyoti Basu and Promode Dasgupta put up an alternative against the Congress rule in the state. After the CPI(M)-led Left Front came to power in 1977, through its iconic policies of ‘Operation Barga’ – giving land to landless farmers which benefited lakhs including Muslims – cemented its support base among the minorities. Riding on the support of minorities and rural Bengal, the Left Front in 1996 and 2004 had sent the largest bloc of 33 and 34 MPs, respectively, to the Lok Sabha. But things started falling apart for the Left Front after the Sachar Committee report in 2008 painted a dismal picture on the condition of minorities in the state. Adding to their woes was the anti-land acquisition movement in Nandigram and Singur that made the TMC, led by Mamata Banerjee, as the new “saviour” of minorities. Banerjee unseating the 34-year-old Left Front regime in the state but has been accused of appeasing minorities by the BJP-RSS, which emerged as the main opposition in West Bengal. “The policies of the state government were only aimed at protecting the interests of a specific community in the state. This has ignited anger among the majority community which feels only BJP can protect their interests,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said. Senior CPI(M) leader and MP Mohammed Salim said the assertion by TMC that it is a saviour of the Muslims in the state has fallen flat in the last few years. While Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan said that minority voting pattern would depend a lot on the credibility of the CPI(M)-Congress alliance in the state. “If we are able to put up a credible alternative then we too will receive considerable minority votes. But if we fail to do so, TMC will take away the entire share,” the senior Congress leader said.
Sponsored Stories Five of the siblings were killed immediately in the central England city of Derby, while a sixth died in hospital Sunday as a result of his injuries.Police confirmed that the fire broke out after fuel was poured through the mail box on the front door of the house, and said they plan to question Philpott and the children’s mother to determine why the home may have been targeted.“What I can tell you is that the fire was started deliberately,” said Derbyshire police’s Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill.He said that it would be “important that we talk to Mr. and Mrs. Philpott about what happened,” but insisted they were being helped by police officers as they grieve.Philpott had previously featured on British television in programs about his extraordinarily large family. In 2007, he hosted then-lawmaker Anne Widdicombe to live at his home for a week as she filmed a critical documentary about the country’s welfare system.Speaking at a news conference in Derby, Philpott offered thanks to members of the community who had supported his family since the blaze _ including an unnamed boy who tried to help him reach his children.“There’s a young lad who tried to get in the house, the same as myself,” he said, describing the thwarted rescue attempt. “Then of course there is the four firemen, the police, the ambulances, the doctors and nurses _ everybody who tried to help save our children.” Jade, 10; John, 9; Jack, 7; Jessie, 6 and Jayden, 5, died at the scene from smoke inhalation. Their brother Duwayne, 13, died in the hospital on Sunday.Two people arrested in the case were released without charge on Saturday.Cotterill said he had asked residents living close to Philpott’s home, in the working class Allenton district of Derby, to check their yards for containers that may have been used to carry the fuel poured into the family’s house. He also appealed to local gas stations to check if they had sold fuel canisters in recent days.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Check your body, save your life New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressLONDON (AP) – A father of 17 who lost six children in an arson attack on his central England home described Wednesday how he made a desperate attempt to rescue the siblings after the blaze broke out.Mick Philpott broke down in tears as he recalled before reporters his thwarted efforts to reach the children, who were sleeping in their beds in upstairs rooms when the fire began to rage in the early hours of Friday morning. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates