Van Dijk: Liverpool will ask me about De Ligt if we want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits there’s little talk about Matthijs de Ligt.The Ajax stopper is expected to leave for a major European power, though Van Dijk says there’s been little talk of his Holland teammate at Melwood.He told AD: “It does not work like that. A big club like Liverpool has so many scouts looking around, they will keep an eye on him. “If they want to know something, I’ll hear about it.”Asked how much he would pay for De Ligt, Van Dijk laughed: “Well, less than that for me, hahaha. But Ajax is in a luxurious position. We will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains onby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists a title push remains on.Tottenham are third in the Premier League table after five matches, just two points behind Manchester City but seven adrift of leaders Liverpool.”[It’s been] very positive. I believe that there are two teams to beat – Liverpool and Manchester City – but I think we are one of the teams that can beat them and we are going to try and fight with them all the way,” Ardiles told Sky Sports.”We have a very, very strong squad. That showed last season and in the Champions League as well. “We do have a very strong squad but we have to be a little bit better and I hope we will do it this year.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feistyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe expects the tackles to fly tomorrow night against Southampton.Southampton meet traditional rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but Howe feels Bournemouth’s games against the Saints are “gaining in everybody’s focus”.”It should be a really feisty game, a really good atmosphere and an entertaining match,” Bournemouth boss Howe told Sky Sports. “Southampton have started very well, too.”It’s gaining in everybody’s focus. The more games we have, the more the rivalry will intensify I think.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.”
SAN FRANCISCO – The owner of China’s largest music streaming services is looking to strike it rich in the U.S. stock market.Tencent Music Entertainment plans to sell its stock in the U.S. as part of an initial public offering. The IPO documents filed Tuesday propose raising $1 billion, but that preliminary figure often ends up being substantially higher.Investor demand is likely to be high, given the rising popularity of music streaming and Tencent’s success so far.Tencent says its services have more than 800 million users, including 23.3 million subscribers who pay to listen to its music library.It’s also profitable, having earned $199 million on revenue of $1.66 billion last year.Tencent’s major shareholders include the leading music streaming service Spotify, which went public earlier this year.
LONDON — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):12:20 p.m.The German government is holding back on its assessment of the draft deal on Britain’s exit from the European Union, saying it has yet to be briefed on the details.A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that “the government naturally welcomes any progress that leads to Britain’s departure taking place in an orderly manner.”Martina Fietz, said the EU’s executive, which is negotiating with Britain, will brief the other 27 members of the bloc Wednesday at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT).She added that Brexit isn’t on the agenda for Merkel’s weekly Cabinet meeting Thursday.Maria Adebahr, a spokeswoman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry, said that “should there be an agreement, or significant progress be announced, we would very much welcome that.”___12:15 p.m.U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May says a draft divorce agreement with the European Union “takes us significantly closer to delivering what the British people voted for” when they decided to leave the bloc.May told lawmakers that the deal means Britain will “take back control” of its laws and borders “while protecting jobs, security and the integrity of our United Kingdom.”May’s Cabinet is due to meet later Wednesday to consider whether to back the deal. Pro-Brexit politicians are already attacking it, saying it will bind Britain to EU rules and regulations long after it leaves the bloc in March.May said the Cabinet would decide what to do “in the national interest.”___8:30 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face her divided Cabinet in a bid to win support for a draft Brexit deal with the European Union.Negotiators from the two sides have reached agreement on divorce terms, including a plan to resolve the key issue of the Irish border.But pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s divided Conservative Party are angry, saying the agreement will leave Britain tethered to the EU after it departs in March.Failure to secure Cabinet backing will leave May’s leadership in doubt and the Brexit process in chaos.If Cabinet supports the deal Wednesday, it needs approval from the EU at a summit in the next few weeks. Then May will need to win backing from Parliament, where pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators alike are threatening to oppose it.The Associated Press
Wellington: New Zealand’s intelligence minister said Wednesday he was allowing spy agencies to carry out “intrusive” activities following the Christchurch mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives. The government this week ordered a judicial inquiry into whether the South Pacific nation’s intelligence services could have prevented the March 15 attack amid criticism the white supremacist gunman went unnoticed as they were too focused on Muslim extremists. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAndrew Little — the minister responsible for the GCSB and SIS intelligence services — said he had signed powerful surveillance warrants as information gathering continued in the wake of the attack. “I have given authority to the agencies to do intrusive activities under warrant, the number of those (warrants) I’m not at liberty to disclose,” he told Radio New Zealand. Little said intelligence services typically monitored 30-40 people but that number had now increased, although he was unwilling to reveal by how much. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe said a warrant permitted anything from physical surveillance to the monitoring of telecommunications activity. “The whole gambit of what would otherwise be described as intrusive activity,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “The purpose of a warrant is to authorise and effectively make lawful what would otherwise be unlawful activity.” Little denied New Zealand had proved a “soft target” for the accused gunman, an Australian with apparent links to right-wing groups who reportedly moved to the country with the intention of carrying out an attack. Little said he maintained confidence in the intelligence services and until the inquiry into their actions was complete it was “premature” to say they had failed. “Until there’s a very microscopic look at what the agencies have been doing and whether they’ve missed anything, I can’t say for certain,” he told RNZ. “It’s important for me, the agencies, but ultimately for public confidence that we let that commission of inquiry do its job and reach its conclusions.” Meanwhile, police remained tight-lipped about two raids conducted by armed officers in Christchurch overnight. The raids took place at opposite ends of the city centre, the first at 8:00 pm (0700 GMT) Tuesday and the second around 1:00 am Wednesday.
Rabat- American Magazine published its list of the best countries for business in 2013. According to the list, which was published last December, Morocco ranks 78th worldwide for doing business. Morocco ranks second country in the North Africa behind Tunisia, which ranked 77. In the Arab world, Morocco is ranked 9th after the United Arab Emirates (30th), Qatar (40th), Saudi Arabia (56), Oman (58), Bahrain (59), Jordan (65), Kuwait (76) and Tunisia (77). Algeria ranked 131, while Libya ranked 136.Ireland tops the list of best countries for business followed by New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, Canada, Norway and the Netherlands. The American famous magazine based its assessment on data made public by a number of think tanks and international organizations, such as the Freedom House, the Heritage Foundation, the Property Rights Alliance, Transparency International, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Hines Ward on the mic.Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward showed his moves on the football field in arguably a Hall of Fame career and he showed his deft footwork in winning ABC’s Dancing With The Stars last year. Now, Ward takes on a new challenge: television analyst.The former Georgia Bulldog has been signed on by NBC Sports to work as an analyst for its NFL and college football coverage — a nice gig for Ward, who retired from the NFL in March after 14 years with the Steelers.The four-time Pro Bowl participant has a multi-year deal and will be a regular contributor to the NBC’s Football Night In America on Sundays and will be part of NBC Sports Network’s college football studio show on Saturdays.
Jay Bruce1.1.84914.3 B. J. Upton3.0.78013.8 David Wright2.0.83549.7 Jurickson Profar1.7.678-0.1 Miguel Cabrera2.0.76259.4 Even the messiah can strike out three times on his first day in the majors. Last Friday, Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ anointed savior, was called up from the minors after weeks of debate about whether he should’ve just started the season in the majors. There is an aura of myth to Bryant’s arrival, as though the stars have aligned to offer the Cubs a chance to fulfill a prophecy. Yet Bryant is still an untested prospect, and, as Cubs fans know too well, even the best prospects can fail to live up to expectations.But Bryant really is special — he’s the rare prospect that has both scouts and stats in complete agreement. Because of the unique intersection of scouting know-how and minor league data, Bryant is likely to match the hype.Let’s start with the stats. In this case, all we have to go by are projection systems, which take the minor league data of previous prospects and compare it with their MLB results to predict what up-and-coming players will accomplish. That’s no easy task — the minor league data is sparse, and performance is confounded by the effects of the league and the age differences between players.In Bryant’s case, however, the projections are so high that there is little room for doubt. No matter whether you look at FanGraphs’ Steamer (.260/.333/.498) or Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA (.265/.356/.525), all the algorithms are in agreement in their preseason projections: Bryant is going to be a fantastic hitter.1This kind of agreement among separate systems often means greater certainty in the resulting prediction. ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, who runs another algorithm called ZiPS, tweeted that Bryant’s is the best prediction he’s ever given to a prospect.There’s no mystery as to how Bryant arrived at these projections — the guy hit between 60 percent and 120 percent better than average while in the minors, depending on the level. Still, Bryant’s projection is so extreme that at one point, the developers who run the projection systems became worried. In a mid-winter Twitter consultation, baseball projection system developers compared Bryant’s projections to make sure that they weren’t out of line. There was consensus: All of their independently developed algorithms were giving Bryant one of the top hitting lines in the majors.Even so, not all prospects hit as well as their projections say they should. The computers, operating solely on minor league performance, can fail to notice fatal flaws in a hitter’s swing, flaws that can be exploited ruthlessly at the major league level. That’s partly why projection systems aren’t as good as scouts at predicting how prospects will perform in the major leagues. So, despite their depiction in “Moneyball,” scouts are an integral part of evaluating baseball players, and that goes double for prospects.Scouts look at the shape of a hitter’s swing, if he can generate power, and how easily he adapts to a pitcher’s shifting tactics. Bryant’s ludicrous numbers in the minors were no guarantee that the scouts would love the tools he used to achieve those numbers.The scouts are every bit as high on Bryant as the projections. He was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball for 2015 by venerable scouting organization Baseball America. FanGraphs also put him at No. 1, Baseball Prospectus put him at No. 5, and a host of others ranked him similarly. All publications praised his rare, top-notch, seemingly effortless power. As with the projection systems, a consensus quickly developed, and that consensus proclaimed Bryant the best prospect in baseball.The highest-rated prospects of the past 25 years have tended to become great major leaguers — on average. Yet there are some notable busts, players who the scouts thought were destined for greatness but who ended up falling short. Orioles outfielder Delmon Young, for example, consistently rated among the best prospects in baseball four years in a row, only to turn in a disappointing, journeyman career. Projection systems aren’t immune to mistakes, either. Once upon a time, Eduardo Nunez was PECOTA’s favorite, but he’s since become better-known for hitting a preponderance of popups. There’s no foolproof way to tell how a player will develop or respond to the challenges of the major leagues.Independently, then, each source has its share of errors. Often, the scouts will disagree with the predictions, or vice versa. Scouts might see future potential that never manifests in the majors. Or PECOTA will fail to consider a player’s unfixable weakness against major league competition.But Bryant has the approval of both stats and scouts, which is why he’s so special. Using data on historical prospect rankings2Which are generously provided by Chris St. John. and PECOTA projections going back to 2004, I looked for players who received comparable acclaim from both PECOTA and the scouts. Here is a complete list of the players in my data set who received a consensus prospect ranking better than fifth and a PECOTA-projected OPS greater than the projected league average. Kris Bryant1.7.881— Jose Reyes2.0.72336.2 The names on this list combine for three MVP awards, 34 All-Star appearances and 273.2 wins above replacement3Baseball-Reference.com version. (a statistic that measures the overall value of a player, combining his hitting, baserunning and defense). Bryant’s predicted OPS, relative to the league average, is higher than the comparable projections for all the players on the list before they entered the league.Several of the above players are potential Hall of Famers (Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Joe Mauer), while others have been merely very good (Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce). Notably, there’s not a true bust among them. Melvin Upton (formerly B. J.) isn’t a good hitter anymore, but he was excellent for the first six years of his career (just less than the seven years for which the Cubs will control Bryant).A few of these players (such as Profar and Wieters) have fallen victim to injuries. This is the kind of problem that can end the career of any young player, no matter how bright his future might be. But Bryant has yet to suffer any serious injuries, whether in the minors or in college before that.4Whereas both Profar and Wieters lost time in the minors due to injury. To the extent that players can be injury prone, Bryant has so far shown no such inclination.Bryant has won the acclaim of both the projections and the scouts. Rarely are the two in such resounding agreement. He is likely to be great, and while it may be too soon to be planning a parade, it’s not too early to begin envisioning a long period of Cubs offensive dominance led by Kris Bryant. PLAYERAVERAGE PROSPECT RANKPROJECTED OPSCAREER WAR Matt Wieters1.1.94113.6 Joe Mauer2.2.82346.3 Evan Longoria2.6.79940.0
When it comes to the Ohio State men’s golf team readying themselves for post-season play, previous experience has proven that preparation isn’t everything. The NCAA selection committee announced May 7 that the team has earned a spot in this year’s NCAA Men’s Golf Regional held in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes are coming off a disappointing ninth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship in Indiana, but coach Donnie Darr said the scores posted were no indication of how his team played. “We really weren’t that far off from playing well,” Darr said. “You can’t just walk away and say we played terrible because we actually played really well, we just didn’t finish our rounds off.” Darr said it is important to maintain similar preparation, but the team must limit their mistakes. “I think we prepare the right way every week,” Darr said. “Our guys work hard and play hard, but we just have to stay away from a big number.” And although this year’s selection to the regional tournament marks the second straight under Darr, none of his players have ever played on the University of Michigan Golf Course. “It’s the same design as our course,” Darr said. “But there are significant differences.” Players said they are expecting shorter yardages into the green, thicker rough and narrow openings throughout the course. And Big Ten Freshman of the Year Grant Weaver said he welcomes the challenge. “It’s just about learning from your mistakes,” he said. “You have to pick out what you did good and what you did bad and improve. We’re just trying to put everything together.” Weaver said the team has tackled those mistakes by playing at various local golf courses that will resemble the course in Michigan. And the Buckeyes hope to follow the lead of seniors Alex Redfield and Dan Charen, who could be hitting the links for the last time as collegiate players. But Redfield said he isn’t worried about that. “All I’m worried about is our team finishing in the top five,” he said. “That’s my only concern.” The team will need a top-five finish to advance to the next round of competition. Redfield said he is confident the team has the skills to advance to the national competition and he is excited to make one more run as a collegiate player. “I think we’re going to play well and advance,” he said. “And even if it is my last tournament, I’ve had a great career and I get to go out there and compete with my team and my friends, and I couldn’t ask for anything better.” The Buckeyes advanced out of the regional tournament in San Diego last year, reaching the match play round before falling to top-ranked and host Oklahoma State. OSU is set to compete against 12 other teams in the tournament May 17-19. Purdue is the only other Big Ten school competing in the Buckeyes’ region.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, seated next to Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City), testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on a bill that would create a new felony for police who commit crimes while on duty. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake faced down tough questions from lawmakers in Annapolis while testifying in favor of creating a new felony for police officers that commit crimes while on duty.House Bill 363, sponsored by Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City) on behalf of the mayor, creates a felony of’misconduct in office’ for any law enforcement officer who commits a misdemeanor or felony while on duty. This would carry possible sentences of over one year to 10 years, with sentence running consecutively to any other sentence received by the officer for her crimes.In her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on March 12, Rawlings-Blake said that many in the Baltimore community feel police officers are held to a different standard than citizens when they commit crimes, and that this bill would fight that perception, improving public trust in the police.“House bill 363 is intended to provide a state’s attorney with the option to pursue new felony charges when a law enforcement officer has committed a misdemeanor or a felony . . . while acting in the course of the officer’s official duties,” said the mayor.Rawlings-Blake also noted that there is precedent in Maryland law for a statute of this nature, since a second-degree assault (a misdemeanor) committed against a law enforcement officer acting in her official capacity gives rise to a felony assault charge for citizens.Questioning from two former law enforcement officers on the committee, Del. John Cluster (R-Baltimore County) and Del. William Folden (R-Frederick County), showed concern that the bill would create a separate standard for police officers, and questioned whether the process established by Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill Of Rights already provided a sufficient mechanism for handling criminal conduct by officers.Cluster asked whether if public trust in officers of the state was the driving concern behind House Bill 363, should not the new felony also apply to legislators? “If the delegate is so inclined to feel that elected officials should be included, I would not oppose,” said Rawlings-Blake.Folden asked the mayor to provide the current number of Baltimore City police officers that would be impacted by this law if it were already on the books. Mayor Rawlings-Blake said she did not have the number in front of her but that her staff could provide the delegate with the requested information.While the mayor stood her ground, none of the questioning from the committee members suggested there was strong support for the proposed bill. One delegate asked if it wouldn’t be preferable for an official task force to study police-community relations issues and how to best address these firstname.lastname@example.org
by NPR News Lauren Frayer 8.21.19 12:11pm Last year, a long-distance truck driver, Mohammad Hashim, was hauling a load of refrigerators out of New Delhi when a dozen strangers on motorbikes forced him off the road.They pulled him out of his truck and demanded he open the back. They wanted to see if Hashim was transporting cows or beef — which is illegal in many Indian states, because cows are sacred in Hinduism, the majority religion in India.”But I’m just the driver, and I’m not allowed to open the back of the truck. It was locked,” Hashim, 45, recalls. “So they pulled on my beard and tried to force me to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram.'”That slogan — which means “Praise Lord Ram,” a Hindu god — has long been known as a prayer. Now it’s an incitement to mob violence against India’s minorities.Hashim, a Muslim, refused to chant in praise of a Hindu god. So the men started beating him.”I thought, ‘This is it. I’m going to die,'” he recalls. “Then I went unconscious.”A surge in lynchingsSince the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won power in India five years ago, lynchings of the country’s minorities have surged. In February, Human Rights Watch reported at least 44 such murders between May 2015 and December 2018. Hundreds more people have been injured in religiously motivated attacks.Most of the victims are Muslims, members of the country’s largest religious minority. They comprise about 15% of India’s 1.3 billion people. Other victims include lower-caste Hindus and Christians.Most of the attackers are devout Hindu men, known as “cow vigilantes,” who take it upon themselves to enforce beef bans. Some of them claim ties to the BJP. Last year, a BJP minister met with a group of men convicted of a lynching and draped them in flower garlands.After Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a second term in a landslide victory in May, a new parliament was sworn in, dominated by his BJP. As opposition lawmakers, particularly one Muslim politician, recited the oath of office, some BJP lawmakers taunted them with chants of “Jai Shri Ram.”Last month, a BJP state minister was filmed heckling a Muslim lawmaker and trying to force him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” outside the Jharkhand state assembly.In an April report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom condemned what it called the Indian government’s “allowance and encouragement of mob violence against religious minorities.” In June, after a lynching in Jharkhand, the U.S. commission called on the Indian government to “take concrete actions that will prevent this kind of violence and intimidation.”Article 15 of India’s constitution prohibits discrimination based on religion. Human rights groups are lobbying for the creation of a specific hate crimes law, but none exists in India yet.”It’s like they are trying to erase us”One of India’s most infamous recent lynching cases was that of Pehlu Khan, 55, a Muslim dairy farmer from Haryana state.In April 2017, Khan and his two sons were driving home from a cattle fair in neighboring Rajasthan, with two cows and two calves in the back of their truck, when strangers on motorcycles surrounded them.”I showed them receipts for the cows we’d bought, but they tore them up — and started beating us with hockey sticks,” says Khan’s son Mohamed Irshad, 27. “I suffered internal bleeding. My brother and I barely survived — and all of India saw what happened to our father.”That’s because the attackers themselves recorded a video of their assault and posted it on social media. In a two-minute clip, the men praise Hindu gods as they punch and kick Khan. His white tunic splattered with blood, the father of eight pleads for his life, calling his attackers “brother.”That graphic video is how Khan’s widow Jaibuna, who goes by one name, learned of her husband’s death. She was waiting for him to return home from the cattle fair when a neighbor ran up and showed her the clip on his cell phone.”People were saying, ‘Don’t show her, this is her family!'” recalls Jaibuna, who is in her mid-40s but doesn’t know her exact age. “Everyone was panicking, and I couldn’t take it. I fainted.”Before he died, Khan was able to describe his attackers to police. Six men were arrested. Charges against them were dropped, then reinstated, and the case remained in limbo for two years — until last week, when a court acquitted all of them, citing lack of evidence.Instead, Khan was charged posthumously with cow smuggling. Police say he didn’t have a permit to transport cows across state lines. Khan’s two sons, who were with him that day, await trial — and if convicted, face the possibility of up to five years in prison.”It’s like they are trying to erase us — erase all of my people,” Jaibuna says in the muddy courtyard of their family farm.The family has sold off their cattle, to avoid further attacks. They’re frightened. A sole buffalo remains on their farm, along with some chickens.Former BJP lawmaker Gyan Dev Ahuja, who represented the Rajasthan district where Khan was murdered, has said he has “no regret over his death.” He called Khan a “sinner.”A lack of public outcryVideos of religiously motivated attacks in India like the one that killed Khan continue to go viral. There’s a new clip on social media practically every week.But prosecutions — of the attackers, at least — are rare. So is public outrage.”How does a majority stay silent and witness something, unless you believe that what’s happening is the right thing?” asks author Rana Ayyub, who went undercover to write a book about the BJP’s role in anti-Muslim riots in Modi’s home state of Gujarat, where Modi served as chief minister before becoming prime minister.The lack of public outcry over the surge in lynchings shows that India’s Hindu majority tacitly supports not murder, Ayyub says, but some discrimination against Muslims.Some Indian analysts say the situation in India is comparable to the post-Civil War period in the United States, when many white people looked on as black people were lynched.”The similarities with the American lynchings of the late 19th century are striking,” says Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil, a business professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay who has studied corporate India’s lack of response to hate crimes.”Most of the upper-middle class that populate[s] the corporate classes, they’re also upper-caste Hindus,” Poruthiyil explains. “Even if they don’t agree with the lynching itself, they might be OK with the idea of stopping cow slaughter. It’s a slippery slope.”As a child in Mumbai, Ayyub survived Hindu-Muslim riots in 1992 and 1993, which killed several hundred people. But she says what’s happening now feels worse, because it’s not a “spur of the moment” outpouring of anger. There are very specific targets.”Now lynchings are organized on social media,” Ayyub says. “People send messages to each other, saying, ‘Hey, this household has beef in their fridge, let’s go attack them.”She says India’s Muslims increasingly perceive such attacks as being against them, rather than in defense of cows and Hindu customs. The repercussions could be dangerous, Ayyub warns. She’s worried that Muslims are being alienated as Hindu nationalists revise mainstream Indian norms along Hindu lines.”When you try to stifle a community, when you try to put them down, when you try to make them secondary citizens, their anger will burst on the streets,” Ayyub says. “That’s how you radicalize people.”Offering helpThere is a small, fledgling movement of Indians — Muslims and Hindus — working to fight hate crimes and help victims.In donated office space in New Delhi, four cellphones are lined up on a desk. When one line is busy, the next one rings. This is the headquarters of a new hate crimes helpline, created by United Against Hate, a network of volunteers. Organizers say they’ve received 15,000 phone calls since launching in July.Callers “are very upset. They are very worried and say, ‘We are in a difficult position,'” says dispatcher Jagisha Arora. “One person called me and said, ‘I’m at police station right now. Police are refusing to lodge a complaint. They are threatening us.'”Arora, 26, logs details from each call in an Excel spreadsheet and connects callers to free legal aid in 100 different Indian cities.But from time to time, she also gets a different type of call — from people who are angry that this helpline even exists.”Some people call to complain, like, ‘Why are you spreading this?’ They accuse me and say Muslims are bad,” she says, shaking her head. Fears persistHashim, the truck driver, survived his lynching on the highway outside New Delhi. After the attack, he was bedridden for six months with a broken leg and fractured vertebrae.He can’t read or write, so his supervisor at the trucking company — a Hindu — helped him file a police report. Nothing has come of it.Now it’s time for Hashim to get back on the road. He needs to provide for his five children.”My children say, ‘Don’t worry about us, Daddy. We can stay poor. We’ll eat less. We want you to be safe,'” Hashim says.They’re scared that next time, their father might not come home.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. ‘This Is It. I’m Going To Die’: India’s… https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190819_me_spate_of_lynchi…
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Thanks to the internet and social media, anyone can now access knowledge on just about anything in just a few clicks. And since a blog can literally be started in 20 minutes or less, a lot more people are finding it easy to share knowledge, too.Related: 3 Tools to Encourage Knowledge Sharing At Your CompanyIn addition, thanks for the continuing innovations in digital technology, we can now initiate discussions and work together with people from almost anywhere across the globe as if they lived next door. And why not? Knowledge is meant to be shared; only by sharing our individual and collective experiences, skills, and know-how can we truly make the world a better placeTraditional forms of knowledge-sharing will probably continue to some degree, but industry will continue to integrate technological tools and innovation to make knowledge-collection, analysis and sharing faster and more efficient. From text and visual-based social media platforms, to video-streaming sites, review sites and podcasts, digital innovation will continue to make knowledge available to us at a moment’s notice.Here are a few reasons why that’s not just a good thing but a great thing.1. A larger pool of informationFrom delivering messages on horseback to using the old dial-up telephone to letting us communicate via Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, forums, Google etc, internet technology has played a huge part in making information and communication better.How many times have you tried to source information online — something about making a cake, for example — and typed in “how to make cakes”?Thanks to Google’s multimillion lines of code, you will almost always find something relevant for every search. It doesn’t matter what filters your search has to pass through.So, whether your search is industry-, age- or location-specific, you’re sure to find something to help with your concern or at least help you make a more targeted search.2. Increased collaboration and facilitated skill developmentWhile the scale of information on the internet is almost limitless, a reasonable percentage of it is questionable. That’s why millions of internet users looking to learn a creative skill or get a professional counseling session or perhaps learn a new language tend to choose platforms specifically designed to meet those needs. Such searches, however, usually require more than a simple search engine query.Related: 4 Ways to Build Business Relationships With Knowledge-SharingMany knowledge-sharing platforms exist today. What a searcher chooses might be a forum-style platform like Quora or a teaching website with a catalogue of videos for learning, like the Khan Academy. Then there are platforms on very specific skill sets, such as Skillshare, which provide online learning opportunities on topics like photography, crafts, writing, etc. Going this route adds an extra layer of confidence in the quality of the information you are taking in.There are also platforms like Konversai that employ a real-time video tutorial approach, where people can share knowledge about anything via one-on-one videos. This approach aims to transform learning from a passive act, like viewing materials online, to an interactive session with a teacher in real time.It blends gig-economy sites like Upwork and People Per Hour with the interactivity of Facetime.3. Improved workplace productivityBusinesses are turning to enterprise collaboration software to aid productive work between employees and third parties. This is especially evident when it comes to employee onboarding.No business will be averse to explaining to new employees what its business and industry is all about, in a secure, online space where it can control the flow, relevance and context of information those new hires are exposed to.This helps ensure that employees can speak with one voice regardless of their geographical location, and can work well with one another, because they are properly motivated, armed with the requisite knowledge and headed in the same direction. There will be no need for them to spend the 1.8 hours per day to 9.3 hours typically needed per week (according to a McKinsey report), trying to pool together industry-related information online. Their collaboration platform will be they need.4. A boost in social media inspirationMillions of businesses and business ideas around the world have been born out of a spur-of-the moment inspiration. Social media is arguably the largest provider of such light-bulb moments. Cyberspace is full of potential inspiration, whether that means creating a mood board on Pinterest; collecting images; telling a story on Instagram; or posting an ad on Facebook, a tweet on Twitter, an article share on LinkedIn.Related: Digital Knowledge Manager: 5 Skills You Need to Succeed at the the Newest Marketing RoleEven just having a simple conversation with someone on social media can turn into a massive eureka moment that can give you a fresh idea or help you make an existing one better. There are millions of knowledge repositories and sources of inspiration besides social media, but since everyone is on social media anyway, for both business and personal reasons, it makes sense to milk it for all it’s got.In sum, there is knowledge to be found everywhere; technology just helps us make the process of finding and using it a much more pleasurable experience regardless of our particular needs and situations. October 30, 2017 5 min read Register Now »
Adding to the list of Python-like programming languages is Coconut that allows developers write simple and elegant functional code, while using the familiar Python environment and libraries. It is basically a superset of Python that adds on top of Python syntax and is inspired by programming languages like Haskell, CoffeeScript, F#, and patterns.py. The language is written by Evan Hubinger, an undergraduate student studying mathematics and computer science at Harvey Mudd College. Why Coconut was developed? Writing functional programs in Python can be challenging at times. While Python does allow developers to write high-order functions, it lacks concise syntax for lambdas, boilerplate-less pattern matching, etc. One Hacker News user mentioned, “It’s capable of functional programming in the sense that functions are first class values that you can pass around, but it is infamously hostile to functional programming. For example, Python still doesn’t have multiline lambdas, and the justifications for why always boil down to it being “unpythonic”.” This is what Coconut tries to solve by bringing tools of modern functional programming. It provides a clean -> operator replacing Python’s lambda statements. It supports pipeline-style programming, partial application, pattern-matching, destructuring assignment, parallel programming, and more. To provide optional static type-checking you can integrate Coconut with MyPy, which is an optional static type checker for Python. But, it is not purely functional that allows programmers to choose whatever programming style they are comfortable with. As it is a variant of Python, developers who have experience in working on Python will not have much difficulty in learning it. Coconut code are compiled to Python code. Developers can access the Coconut compiler through its command-line utility, which also comes with an interpreter to enable real-time compilation. Additionally, it also supports the use of IPython/Jupyter notebooks. What are the Python version it supports? It supports these Python versions: >= 2.6 on the 2.x branch or >= 3.2 on the 3.x branch. To make Coconut built-ins universal across Python versions, it automatically overwrites Python 2 built-ins with their Python 3 counterparts. It also overwrites some Python 3 built-ins for optimization and enhancement purposes. If developers want to access the original Python versions of any overwritten built-ins, they can retrieve the old built-in by prefixing them with py_. Read Next pandas will drop support for Python 2 this month with pandas 0.24 Qt for Python 5.12 released with PySide2, Qt GUI and more Google researchers introduce JAX: A TensorFlow-like framework for generating high-performance code from Python and NumPy machine learning programs
Categories: News,Reilly News 19Oct Committee approves Rep. Reilly bill to end mandate on education plan The House Education Reform Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. John Reilly to prevent homeschool and non-public school students who participate in courses at public school districts from being required to submit Educational Development Plans (EDPs).EDPs are academic and career plans mandated by the Michigan Department of Education, requiring students as young as 12 years old submit long-term career plans to their school districts. Allowing homeschool and non-public school students to make use of public school programs creates mutually beneficial relationships between these families and their schools. Requiring students to complete EDPs can erode that trust.Reilly testified in support of House Bill 4805 on Sept. 28, alongside both public school employees and homeschool activists, for a broad coalition of support for shared-time students.“I’m pleased, on behalf of thousands of Michigan families who homeschool their children, that the committee agreed this regulation was a bureaucratic overreach,” said Reilly, a member of the Education Reform Committee. “The EDP requirement would have been damaging to public school programs, in addition to the educational development of these students.”Oxford Virtual Academy administrators Janet Schell and Lisa Sullivan also spoke in support of Reilly’s bill on Sept. 28, with Sullivan stating “the Department of Education has not shared a satisfactory reason for these requirements.”Reilly emphasized plans are not beneficial for many Michigan students.“My concern is that mandating EDPs from students who are only using public schools to supplement their education simply discourages them from doing so,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “Whenever given the chance, we should stand for educational freedom and choice. This legislation is a step in the right direction.”HB 4805 advances to the full House membership for its consideration.#####
Louis James will speak at the 2015 Sprott-Stansberry Natural Resource Symposium, to be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, BC, from July 28–31. With our own Casey summit not held until October, this will be a great opportunity for readers, investors, and others to come and pick Louis’ brain on the latest in our sector. He always takes time to answer questions from the audience and enjoys meeting readers. Eric Sprott, Rick Rule, Doug Casey, and a host of other top experts in the natural resource sector will be there, of course. Please do join us at the symposium, if you can make it. Click here for all the details. Note: Early-bird pricing saves you $300, but only if you book before May 1.
Growing Pains Mark Karpelès was the CEO of Mt. Gox, what was once a major bitcoin exchange. He got into the business in 2011 and built it up to become the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. At its height in 2013, it was processing 70% of all bitcoin transactions. And that’s when the troubles began. You see, Mt. Gox had issues with regulators that affected its partnerships and its customers as well. Mt. Gox ended up suspending or freezing many customer accounts. Mt. Gox halted withdrawals on several occasions. But it also repeatedly said that it would resume normal operations in short time. That never happened. And on February 28, 2014, the company filed for bankruptcy and closed its website. While many are familiar with the Mt. Gox story, what most people don’t realize is that Mt. Gox was based in Tokyo. And ever since then, the Japanese have associated bitcoin with Mt. Gox. That’s why it’s so surprising that Japan has become the first country to recognize bitcoin as a legal method of payment. Rewriting Bitcoin’s Future Ironically, it was the Mt. Gox debacle of 2014 that led to the new Japanese payment law today. The event triggered an intense debate between financial authorities and the cryptocurrency industry. And Japan’s Financial System Council got to work drafting new legislation. By December 2015, it was ready for review. The National Diet (the lower and the upper houses of Japan’s legislature) approved the bill in late May 2016. On April 1, 2017, the law went into effect. Justin’s note: Today, we’re handing the Dispatch over to our good friend Greg Wilson, analyst for The Palm Beach Letter. Greg is an expert on cryptocurrencies. Over the past year, he’s helped uncover some of the biggest stories in the sector. Below, he explains why we’re about to see an explosion in bitcoin… By Greg Wilson, analyst, The Palm Beach Letter On August 1, 2015, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested Mark Karpelès, the CEO of a major financial exchange. The police accused Karpelès of embezzling $350 million. Believe it or not, this arrest led to the biggest bitcoin breakthrough no one is talking about today. You see, on April 1, a new payments law went into effect in Japan. And what’s significant about the law is that it recognizes bitcoin as a legal method of payment. Let me repeat: Japan now recognizes bitcoin as a legal method of payment. This is huge news. And it’s getting almost no play in the media. Tonight Only: Free Cryptocurrency Q&A and $100 Bitcoin Giveaway Former hedge fund manager Teeka Tiwari has been flooded with questions about cryptocurrencies. As a free service, he’s answering your questions during a live Q&A tonight, and giving everyone who attends the chance to claim $100 of actual Bitcoin. He can’t give personalized investment advice, but he’ll answer any general questions you have. Bookmark this link and join Teeka’s LIVE event tonight at 8pm (ET) sharp. — This weird liquid is Trump’s golden ticket (VIDEO) You see the mysterious red fluid in the image at left? If this new research is correct, it’s going to make Donald Trump the #1 U.S. president of all time… In everyone’s eyes — even Hillary’s. The thing is, the mainstream media hates the fact that this substance could cement Trump’s greatness for the ages… That’s why you’ve never heard anything about it! But take heart — because we’re breaking this shocking story RIGHT HERE. This Is Huge News This is a big event for Japan. And an even bigger event for the world at large. First, it’s going to cause a bitcoin explosion in Japan. Right now, roughly 5,000 merchants accept bitcoin in Japan. Because of this new law, that number is about to explode. You see, AirREGI, the point-of-sale application for the Japanese retail conglomerate Recruit Holdings, will soon add bitcoin payments. AirREGI is used by over 260,000 retail locations. What’s more is that AirREGI is compatible with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Alipay. So the millions of Chinese tourists who go to Japan every year will be able to use bitcoin. Bic Camera has added bitcoin payments as well. It’s a huge electronics retailer, like the Best Buy of Japan. And folks are already making purchases with bitcoin. You can check out a customer paying with bitcoin at Bic Camera here. Japan’s largest internet service provider, the GMO Internet Group, is getting in on the game, too. It’s already an investor in Japan’s largest bitcoin exchange, bitFlyer. And now it plans on developing a wallet service to bring bitcoin to all of Japan. And let’s not forget that Japan will be hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. It’s the type of event that could put bitcoin in the international spotlight. In other words, Japan’s new law is huge. It legitimizes bitcoin in an international way. Recommended Link Recommended Link — Japan is a developed, technologically advanced country. It’s the third-largest economy in the world. And the Japanese yen is the second most liquid market globally. Why is this important? I believe this is the start of a trend that will see bitcoin legitimized around the world. Japan is setting a precedent for the whole world to see. And I expect other countries to follow suit. So what should you do to profit from this trend? You absolutely need to get into bitcoin. Otherwise, you risk being left behind. Think of it this way. If the financial world is the Empire State Building, bitcoin is just a pebble on the sidewalk. But that’s not going to last. We recommend you use the Abra exchange to buy bitcoin. You can watch my free instructional video to learn how to set up your own account. Regards, Greg Wilson Analyst, The Palm Beach Letter P.S. My colleague Teeka Tiwari and I have spent the last year diving deep into the cryptocurrency markets. We’ve uncovered some of the biggest stories in the industry. And we’ve shared huge money-making opportunities with our readers—our recommendations have shot up as much as 199%, 206%, 286%, and even 509% in as little as 13 days. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, Teeka is doing something he’s never done before… He’s holding a free cryptocurrency question-and-answer session where you’ll learn everything you need to know about this fast-growing sector. If you’re interested, you can submit your questions and register to watch the Q&A session right here. But you must act soon… Anyone who signs up for his service by midnight will receive $100 in bitcoin.
Justin’s note: Today, Doug’s longtime friend and colleague Bill Bonner provides an update on what’s going on in Washington…and paints an ugly picture for what’s to come. He also shares his thoughts on the recent surge in cryptocurrencies… By Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners “Do you still have that physical bitcoin I gave you?” A couple of years ago, a friend gave us a physical bitcoin, suggesting we should take an interest in cryptocurrencies. “I hope you didn’t lose it. That coin is now a collector’s item. It sells for more than $10,000 on eBay.” We searched high and low. We couldn’t find it. Did we give it to our grandson? Did it end up in the laundry? Did we give it to a porter as a tip? It must be somewhere. We’ll keep looking. Back in the Game Bitcoin is back. Here’s Forbes: They’re ba-aa-ack. Whether it’s the Chinese, or the Koreans, or the Russians or us Americans is anybody’s guess at this moment, but what it looks like for a few cryptocurrency players out there is that the Chinese have found a new way to get back into the game. Last month, China banned initial coin offerings (ICOs) – a way crypto ventures raise capital – and crypto exchanges, websites that allow you to exchange your government fiat currency for cryptocurrencies. It looked to many as though it was the end of the road for bitcoin. The bitcoin price fell to $3,200 from its all-time high of $5,000. Now, it’s back over $4,100. Strange website could let you earn $860+ a WEEK! Did you see this strange website sweeping across America? A growing number of retirees are using it to invest in a little-known market of 900+ companies. And they’re collecting gains unlike anything we’ve seen in the traditional stock market in decades. It’s free to join. There’s no hassle. And over 33,000 users are signing up every day. And the crazy part? Some have collected $860 or more a month! Simply by trading tiny $0.01 plays… Check it out here… Recommended Link Recommended Link And last week, Japan – the main beneficiary of China’s clampdown – approved 11 cryptocurrency exchanges. Money talks, and it’s hard to argue with people who are getting rich. For instance, subscribers of Palm Beach Confidential, one of the advisory services from the Palm Beach Research Group, have had the chance to strike it rich on recommendations from colleague Teeka Tiwari. Last April, after it had just launched, Teeka recommended what’s now the world’s second most valuable crypto asset. Then, it was about $9. Now, it’s over $300. And in February, he recommended one of the hottest Chinese crypto ventures. It was 12 cents at the time. Today, it’s selling for more than $32. Let’s see… if you’d invested $1,000, you’d have more than $250,000 now. Finally, we checked with our son Will, the Bonner family’s in-house cryptocurrency enthusiast. A while back, he urged us to speculate with some of the family money in the crypto casino. “We’re up about 85% since we invested in June,” Will reported back. Novelty Tech Will is more open-minded than we are. He likes technology… and believes it will improve the future. We’re not so sure. The last tech innovation that clearly improved our lives was air conditioning, invented by American engineer Willis Carrier in 1902. When we could finally afford it, in 1990, it made the Maryland summers much more agreeable. Penicillin, discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming in 1928, was a big help, too; it saved our lives when we had pneumonia in 1954. As for the rest, we could take them or leave them. And cryptocurrencies? As far as we’re concerned, they’re still a novelty… and, as money, still unproven. So, we do not advise following our example. Not unless you can lose your money but keep your sense of humor. Is the Final Collapse of the U.S. Dollar Underway? As the Dow continues to hit record highs, the U.S. dollar is off to its worst start since 1985—down 9% this year. What does it mean for investors? Doug Casey has a unique take on the situation. For full details, click here. — Party of Trump Speaking of a sense of humor… As expected, Trumpismo is shaping up to be a third political force. Reports The New York Times: [Steve Bannon] and [billionaire hedge-fund manager Robert] Mercer began hashing out a rough outline for a “shadow party” that would advance Mr. Trump’s America First agenda – even if Mr. Trump himself strayed from it – during a five-hour meeting last month at the family’s Long Island estate a couple of days before Mr. Bannon’s resignation from the White House. […] Bannon and the Mercers also stand out as more pugilistic in their tactics and ideology, bonding less over a shared cohesive political ideology than over a desire to disrupt the political establishment – the Republican establishment in particular. When Team Trump’s tax reform push fails, they are going to need someone to blame. They won’t blame themselves, of course. Neither for being unable to come up with a plan their party could fully support… nor for misleading the public by offering to do something they couldn’t do (pass a major tax reform)… nor for even greater deceit of promising something that no one could ever do (boosting real growth by cutting taxes without also cutting spending). Unless the feds cut spending, a tax cut is a fraud. When the tax reform measure fails, what will its supporters do? Always here to help, we suggest the Trumpistas in Washington “fall upon their swords,” like Cato the Younger… or open their bellies with a knife, like the last true samurai, Saigō Takamori. Instead, they’ll blame the Republican leadership in Congress. Which is all right with us, too. House Republicans are mostly swamp critters. Devil in the Detail Whatever comes of it, the proposed tax cuts won’t help the middle class or the economy. The Deep State controls the feds… and most emphatically, it controls the details of tax policies. It doesn’t matter what the news headlines report… or what POTUS tweets… The devil in those details will make sure that the swamp gets more, not less, of the nation’s wealth. Mr. Trump calls his tax proposal a “miracle for the middle class.” Yes, it would be a miracle if it passed. And it would be another miracle – like turning base metal into gold – if it did anything for the middle class. Our friend and budget advisor to President Reagan, David Stockman, calculates that the typical middle-class family could expect annual tax savings of precisely $5. With that money, you might be able to buy a “Make America Great Again” hat on eBay. Or not. The feds… the swamp… the Deep State… and the Trumpistas in Washington – all are sucking on the economy like leeches. They disguise and delay the damage with their phony reforms… fake money… fraudulent statistics, and flimflam claims. The first crisis will be a crash and a depression. The second – after another massive “stimulus” from the authorities – will be raging, bubbling inflation. Then, those MAGA hats will probably be collector’s items, too… and sell for $1,000 each… …which will be about enough to buy a coffee at Starbucks. Regards, — Bill Bonner Chairman, Bonner & Partners Justin’s note: As Bill says, money talks… And right now, many of our subscribers are striking it rich in cryptos off our colleague Teeka Tiwari’s recommendations. Teeka, as you may know, is one of the world’s leading crypto experts. He’s traveled the world and met with the industry’s top insiders to learn as much as he can about the booming crypto market. And his boots-on-the-ground research is already paying off. In fact, one of Teeka’s crypto plays recently surged 27,166% in just 6 months. That’s a life-changing return. But don’t worry if you haven’t bought cryptos yet. There’s still time to get rich off this boom. You can learn how by enrolling in Teeka’s Bitcoin Millionaire Master Plan. This crash course teaches you everything you need to know about cryptos. Click here to get started.
When Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why was released two years ago, depicting the life of a teenager who decided to take her own life, educators and psychologists warned the program could lead to copycat suicides. Now, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that those concerns may have been warranted.In the month following the show’s debut in March 2017, there was a 28.9% increase in suicide among Americans ages 10-17, said the study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The number of suicides was greater than that seen in any single month over the five-year period researchers examined. Over the rest of the year, there were 195 more youth suicides than expected given historical trends. Researchers warn that their study could not prove causation. Some unknown third factor might have been responsible for the increase, they said. Still, citing the strong correlation, they cautioned against exposing children and adolescents to the series.”The results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media,” study co-author Lisa Horowitz, a staff scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health, said in a statement. “All disciplines, including the media, need to take good care to be constructive and thoughtful about topics that intersect with public health crises.”Lead author Jeff Bridge, a suicide researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, told The Associated Press that an additional analysis found the April suicide rate was higher than in the previous 19 years. “The creators of the series intentionally portrayed the suicide of the main character. It was a very graphic depiction of the suicide death,” he said, which can lead to suicidal behavior.The study found that boys were far more likely than girls to kill themselves after the show debuted. Suicide rates for females did increase, but it was not statistically significant. Nor were there any “significant trends” in suicide rates for people 18-64, researchers said.In a statement, a Netflix spokesperson said they had “just seen this study and are looking into the research. “This is a critically important topic and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly,” Netflix said, according to The Associated Press.The spokesperson noted that the study conflicts with research published last week out of the University of Pennsylvania. That study found that young adults, ages 18-29, who watched the entire second season of the show “reported declines in suicide ideation and self-harm relative to those who did not watch the show at all.”However, that study found, viewers who stopped watching the second season before the end “exhibited greater suicide risk and less optimism about the future than those who continued to the end.” The results “suggest that a fictional story with a focus on suicidal content can have both harmful and helpful effects,” the authors wrote.When the show debuted, the National Association of School Psychologists issued a warning statement: “We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies,” they said. “Suicide is not a solution to problems.”After the criticism, Netflix added a “viewer warning card” before the first episode. Netflix also added language publicizing the website 13reasonswhy.info, which offers resources for people contemplating suicide. Season 3 of the show is expected to be released this year.If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.