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first_imgTORONTO — A former Toronto pastor found guilty of manslaughter in the death of his pregnant wife will face a sentencing hearing today.In February, a jury found Philip Grandine guilty in the death of his wife, who drowned in her bathtub in October 2011.Anna Karissa Grandine was 29 years old and 20 weeks pregnant when she died.Prosecutors alleged that Grandine drugged his wife with an anti-anxiety medication so she wouldn’t be as vigilant while he continued an affair with her friend.The Crown said he then failed to stop his wife from getting in a bath while sedated.Grandine had previously been tried for first-degree murder in his wife’s death and was found guilty of manslaughter, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.Ontario’s highest court found the trial judge made an error when answering a question from the jury in that case and ordered a new trial on the manslaughter charge.That meant prosecutors could no longer argue that Grandine meant to kill his wife.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Junior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) dives into the end zone during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorUrban Meyer has won every game since taking the reigns at Ohio State, but it was one game in particular that stood out.The team has ripped off 24 straight victories since Meyer took over, including 16 in the Big Ten but it wasn’t until OSU’s first conference victory under Meyer that his presence seemed to be truly felt.That win came Sept. 29, 2012, when the Buckeyes traveled to East Lansing, Mich., and beat Michigan State 17-16.It was a game Meyer and his players mention often, the crossroads of what has now become the nation’s longest winning streak.“Last year, it was a big turning point for us,” OSU junior wide receiver Devin Smith said Monday. “I felt like after that game, the team started to get a little closer, the leadership started to grow and got a lot stronger and led the team to keep winning ball games and be 12-0.”The Buckeyes used the momentum gained from earning their first big win on the road to run the table in 2012, never really facing a challenge for much of the rest of the season.Saturday, OSU and the Spartans meet again — this time with the 2013 Big Ten Championship on the line and for the Buckeyes, a likely berth in the BCS National Title game.A 2012 NCAA-imposed postseason bowl ban kept the Buckeyes home last December, but now with it all back in play, it’s the Spartans who once again stand in their way of getting to their ultimate goal.Redshirt-senior Corey Linsley said it “absolutely” is ironic that the same team OSU beat to turn their 2012 season in the right direction now could keep it from getting a chance to play for the crystal ball.“We were just talking about (that) in the weight room the other day. Everything changed last year for us (after beating the Spartans),” Linsley said Monday. “And now everything’s on the line for us … I’m sure they want to get us. They feel like they maybe should have won that game.”Against the Spartans last season, OSU took the lead late in the third quarter when then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller connected with then-sophomore Smith on a 63-yard strike that proved to be the game winner. It was Miller’s only touchdown of the game, but helped catapult his team to victory and on to an undefeated season.Meyer said he’s studied and learned a lot from that game, but this year’s Buckeye team is better than it was a year ago.“I learned quite a bit,” Meyer said Monday. “They were very good (last season). We were not very good. I’m not taking anything away from Michigan State because they are excellent. But we’re a much better offense than we were a year ago, but that was a street fight last year.”Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said during Sunday’s Big Ten teleconference there was one big thing that stuck out about last year’s loss at home to OSU.“I’d say missed opportunities,” Dantonio said. “We hit a trick play down I think to the 5-yard line but were misaligned, which resulted in a penalty. Came back the next play, hit a deep crosser and dropped the ball. We get a fumble recovered where we scooped it and scored. They blew the whistle or something and it didn’t count, so we ended up driving partly down the field and having to settle for a field goal rather than a touchdown. So opportunities like that, we had the lead briefly in the fourth quarter, I believe, or third quarter, I believe, and they hit a deep one to Devin Smith.”The intensity and magnitude of the game with the Spartans coupled with the chance to play for the BCS title caused Linsley and a few of his teammates on the offensive line do something they aren’t used to once they got back from Ann Arbor Saturday night: take a dip in the cold tubs.“I don’t think I’ve ever done that before after a game,” Norwell said. “The level of focus that that gave us, it was a moment of intensity there for a second, but now it’s a level of focus that our dream is here. The chase is real.”The journey Meyer has taken OSU on since he came to Columbus seems to have come full circle — all the way from the turning point in the form of last season’s win against Michigan State, to now.“That’s one of the interesting things about college football. Everything I guess just kind of comes back,” sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said Monday. “That was a big game for us last year, and that was a dog fight and I expect it’s going to be a dog fight this weekend too. It’s going to be a big game. They’ve really got a good defense and their offense has been hitting their stride lately so Buckeyes gotta play Buckeyes football.”OSU looks to fulfill a goal of capturing a Big Ten Championship when it takes on the Spartans Saturday, scheduled for a 8:17 p.m. kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

first_imgNew Arsenal manager Unai Emery has outlined his aim to return the club to the pinnacle of football by having them challenge for the Premier League and Champions League titles once moreThe Spaniard was officially unveiled as Arsene Wenger’s successor on Wednesday and vowed to return the Gunners back to their rightful place among Europe’s elite.“I believe in the players we have here,” said Emery, according to the Premier League website.“We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Then it’s very important, after two years outside the UEFA Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.”The 46-year-old is a big admirer of the playing style that Arsenal has of holding the possession of the ball and intends to impose his own style of “intense pressing” for when they are not in possession.“In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball,” said Emery.“I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing.”last_img read more

first_imgBiographer Manuel Pereira believes Jose Mourinho’s time at the top of the football world isn’t over as he is yet to conquer the German and French leaguesThe Portuguese coach has enjoyed an incredible 18-year managerial career in top-flight club football following spells with Benfica, União de Leiria, FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.In that time, Mourinho has won league titles and domestic cups across four different countries along with two Champions Leagues and the Europa League.While the four-time World Best Club Coach’s career has hit a low point recently, in light of his sacking from United last month, Pereira insists Mourinho is far from finished.“He is a very ambitious person and will not disappear into the sunset,” Pereira told Goal.“He still has a long life as a coach before him with many challenges that excite him. He has only trained in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain so far.“For example, he still lacks the Bundesliga. If Karl-Heinz Rummenigge calls him tomorrow and offers him to train Bayern, Mourinho would agree for sure.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Also PSG would certainly be a delightful task for him.”Another possibility for Mourinho is taking charge of the Portugal national team, which would be less stressful.Although Pereria believes a lot can happen between now and this summer at Real Madrid, who he believes Mourinho could still rejoin.“In case he does not find a club in the summer, I can imagine that he will take over the Portuguese national team,” Pereria said. “That would mean less stress for him.“He could thereby devote himself more to his private life, which has suffered a lot in Manchester.“He did not have a real home there, but spent most nights in the hotel or flew to London to be with his family.“But a lot can happen by summer. Especially at Real Madrid.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 13, 2016 – The Free Spay and Neuter campaign fell short this time around when it came to their goal of 400 pets prevented from breeding as much as 67,000 animals over a six year span.  Dr. Susanne Parr of Pets without Vets yon Thursday reported that 150 animals had been snipped, and that they are most interested in keeping the stray dog and cat population way down.The biggest challenge was despite the service being free, residents were calling on the volunteers to pick up and drop off their pets in large numbers; that service was offered free by the clinic but to their surprise, the group was inundated with those requests.  The Animal Welfare Unit is also on board for this event which offered vaccination and de-worming shots.last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 7:54 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 10, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- It is a critical week for border security talks with only days left before the deadline this Friday. February 15th, to try and avoid another government shutdown.Last month President Trump signed a short-term spending bill to fund the government without funding his border wall. The goal was to work out a bipartisan deal before the deadline. center_img February 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Government shutdown deadline just around the cornerlast_img read more

first_imgThe US Forest Service is currently revising the 2002 Chugach National Forest Land Management Plan. Public comments will be incorporated into a final EIS (FEIS) and Land Management Plan to be published in 2019. Individuals wanting to submit comments, can send or deliver written comments to: Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Draft Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Chugach National Forest is available for review and comment until Thursday, November 1. Chugach National Forest’s Supervisor’s OfficeAttn: Draft Land Management Plan161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8Anchorage, AK 99501 According to the forest service, some 500,000 people visit various parts of the Chugach every year, taking advantage of 41 public use cabins, more than 500 miles of trail, and the abundance of all five species of Pacific salmon found in forest streams. The forest service draft plan proposes infrastructure upgrades in a number of areas in the park. The 90-day public comment period began on August 4 and concludes on November 1. The documents are available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/chugach/planrevision There was an issue found with submitting electronic comments into the national database for the Chugach National Forest draft Land Management Plan. In a release the Forest Services says they “are working on a solution and recommend you check back early this week to review your electronic submission.”last_img read more

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Fiat Chrysler Dodge 4 Photos Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Roadshow bids farewell to its long-term 2017 Chrysler… Now playing: Watch this: Chicago Auto Show 2019 Share your voice Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Minivans Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Caravan special editions are minivan marvels reading • 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Caravan special editions honor minivans in Chicagocenter_img See All Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sold more than 270,000 minivans in 2018 giving it a 55 percent market share in the segment. Fitting as FCA originally gave birth to the class back in 1984. Since then it’s rolled out thoughtful innovations such as Stow ‘n Go seating and brought the first hybrid model to market with the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. To mark 35 years of the minivan, the company will debut the imaginatively named 35th Anniversary Edition models of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan at the Chicago Auto Show. 3:49 For the regular Pacifica with the 287-horsepower Pentastar V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission, the anniversary package will be offered on Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited versions. The Pacifica Hybrid, which boasts up to 32 miles of all-electric driving range and 520 miles of total range from its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, will be available as the 35th Anniversary Edition on Touring L and Limited trim levels. Anniversary Pacificas will differ from regular models on the outside with a 35th Anniversary badge and liquid chrome Chrysler wing badges and gloss black trim on the front fascia and rear liftgate. Inside, a black interior will be dressed with Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the Nappa leather seats, steering wheel and door panels. The 35th Anniversary logo will also be embroidered into the front floor mats.Enlarge ImageCelebrate 35 years of the minivan with special badges and black trim. FCA Customers will also be able to give their 35th Anniversary Edition Pacificas a more sinister appearance with an optional S Appearance package that adds a black grille, headlight accents, rear valance molding, badges and wheels to the exterior.As for the Dodge Grand Caravan that soldiers on into 2019 still based on previous generation underpinnings that debuted in 2008, it will also receive some 35th Anniversary Edition love. Available on SE and SXT trims, the anniversary changes encompass 17-inch silver aluminum wheels, bright grille and 35th Anniversary fender badges. Like the Pacifica, it’ll get Cranberry Wine stitching on the seats, steering wheel, door trim and the anniversary logo embroidered into the front floor mats on the black interior. The Dodge also receives a piano black console and gauge cluster accents. 2019-dodge-grand-caravan-35th-anniversary-1Enlarge ImageDon’t forget about the Dodge Grand Caravan, which rocks 17-inch silver aluminum wheels in anniversary edition trim. FCA The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Edition will go on sale this summer. Pricing isn’t available yet, but a drastic price increase of the regular models likely isn’t in the cards. For reference, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L begins at $37,790, including $1,495 for destination, while the full-zoot Limited starts at $45,940. A 2019 Grand Caravan SE stickers at $28,145, including $1,495 destination and Grand Caravan SXT with standard navigation punches in at $33,645. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Comments • Chicago Auto Show 2019 Chrysler Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more 2last_img read more

first_imgTareque MasudThe High Court on Sunday ordered compensating the family of filmmaker Tareque Masud with around Tk 46.2 million for their loss of dependency, affection and property through the death of the filmmaker.According to the order, the bus owner, its driver, and the insurance company which insured the bus will have to pay the compensation to Tareques family in three months.The HC bench of justice Zinat Ara and justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo pronounced the verdict.As per the order, the bus driver will have to give Tk 3 million, the insurance company Tk 80,000 and the three co-owners of the bus will have to pay the remaining Tk 43 million.On 13 August 2011, acclaimed filmmaker Tareque Masud and the CEO of ATN News television channel, Mishuk Munier, died in a road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. File photoSpecial counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 US election described in extensive and sometimes unflattering detail how president Donald Trump tried to impede the probe, raising questions about whether he committed the crime of obstruction of justice.The release of the 448-page report on Thursday after a 22-month investigation marked a milestone in Trump’s tumultuous presidency and inflamed partisan passions ahead of his 2020 re-election bid.Democrats said the report contained disturbing evidence of wrongdoing by Trump that could fuel congressional investigations, but there was no immediate indication they would try to remove him from office through impeachment.Mueller built an extensive case indicating the Republican president had committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, though he did not exonerate the president. Mueller noted that Congress has the power to address whether Trump violated the law.”The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the president’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law,” the report stated.Mueller also unearthed “numerous links” between the Russian government and Trump’s campaign and said the president’s team “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts,” referring to hacked Democratic emails.But Mueller, a former FBI director, concluded there was not enough evidence to establish that Trump’s campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow.Trump appeared to be in a celebratory mood, saying at a White House event with wounded US troops he was “having a good day” following the report’s release, adding, “It’s called no collusion, no obstruction.” Trump, whose legal team called the report “a total victory,” has long described Mueller’s inquiry as a “witch hunt.”Trump headed to his resort in Florida for the weekend, and on landing on Thursday night told a crowd of well wishers at the airport: “Game over folks, now it’s back to work.”The report, with some portions blacked out to protect sensitive information, provided fresh details of how Trump tried to force Mueller’s ouster, directed members of his administration to publicly vouch for his innocence and dangled a pardon to a former aide to try to prevent him from cooperating with the special counsel.”The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the report stated.The report said that when former attorney general Jeff Sessions told Trump in May 2017 that the Justice Department was appointing a special counsel to look into allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia, Trump slumped back in his chair and said, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.”Attorney general William Barr told a news conference Mueller had detailed “10 episodes involving the president and discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offense.” Barr concluded last month after receiving a confidential copy of Mueller’s report that Trump had not actually committed a crime.Trump was wary of FBI scrutiny of his campaign and him personally, the report said. “The evidence does indicate that a thorough FBI investigation would uncover facts about the campaign and the president personally that the president could have understood to be crimes or that would give rise to personal and political concerns,” the report stated.Any impeachment effort would start in the Democratic-led House of Representatives, but Trump’s removal would require the support of the Republican-led Senate – an unlikely outcome. Many Democrats steered clear of impeachment talk on Thursday, although a prominent liberal congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, embraced the idea.”Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment. I didn’t campaign on it, & rarely discuss it unprompted,” she said on Twitter. “But the report squarely puts this on our doorstep.”The House, when it voted to impeach President Bill Clinton in 1998, included obstruction of justice as one of the charges. The Senate ultimately decided not to remove Clinton from office.The Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, said he would issue subpoenas to obtain the unredacted Mueller report and asked Mueller to testify before the panel by 23 May.Nadler told reporters in New York Mueller probably wrote the report with the intent of providing Congress a road map for future action, but the congressman said it was too early to talk about impeachment.”Mueller’s report paints a damning portrait of lies that appear to have materially impaired the investigation, a body of evidence of improper contacts with a foreign adversary, and serious allegations about how president Trump sought to obstruct a legitimate, and deeply important, counterintelligence investigation,” the Democratic chairs of six House committees said in a statement.Election MeddlingThe inquiry laid bare what the special counsel and US intelligence agencies have described as a Russian campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States, denigrate 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boost Trump, the Kremlin’s preferred candidate. Russia has denied election interference.In analyzing whether Trump obstructed justice, Mueller looked at a series of actions by Trump, including his attempts to remove Mueller and limit the scope of his probe and efforts to prevent the public from knowing about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York between senior campaign officials and Russians.In June 2017, Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to tell the Justice Department’s no. 2 official, Rod Rosenstein, that Mueller had conflicts of interest and must be removed, the report said. McGahn did not carry out the order. McGahn was home on a Saturday that month when Trump called him at least twice.”You gotta do this. You gotta call Rod,” McGahn recalled the president as saying, according to the report.House Judiciary Democrat Jamie Raskin pointed to Trump’s effort to get McGahn to fire Mueller and then lie about being told to do so as an area of interest for lawmakers, and said McGahn and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be valuable witnesses as the committee moves forward.”There are these dramatic episodes of presidential attempts to interfere with the Mueller investigation, and I think people would like to hear from a number of officials involved. White House counsel McGahn jumps out as an important witness,” he told Reuters.It also said there was “substantial evidence” Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in May 2017 due to his “unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation.” The FBI headed the inquiry at the time.Mueller cited “some evidence” suggesting Trump knew about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s controversial calls with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office, but evidence was “inconclusive” and could not be used to establish intent to obstruct.The report said Trump directed former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to ask Sessions to say the Russia investigation was “very unfair.”Barr, a Trump appointee, seemed to offer cover for Trump’s actions by saying the report acknowledges “there is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks.””President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” Barr said.Mueller’s team did not issue a subpoena to force Trump to give an interview to the special counsel because it would have created a “substantial delay” at a late stage in the investigation, the report said. Trump refused an interview and eventually provided only written answers.The report said Mueller accepted the longstanding Justice Department view that a sitting president cannot be indicted on criminal charges, while still recognizing that a president can be criminally investigated.The report listed 14 criminal referrals for investigation by US prosecutors but 12 of those were fully blacked out because they are open investigations.Mueller said evidence he collected indicates Trump intended to encourage his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, not to cooperate and that the evidence supports the idea that Trump wanted Manafort to believe he could receive a presidential pardon.The report said the special counsel’s team determined there was a “reasonable argument” that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., violated campaign finance laws, but did not believe they could obtain a conviction.The report cited Trump’s repeated efforts to convince Sessions to resume oversight of the probe after he had recused himself because of his own prior contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.last_img read more

first_imgTickets purchased online can be collected at the Will Call window on the morning of the event. When the news about the prophecy was fully revealed, the roll call room at the Eastern District police station momentarily became eerily quiet. As the emotional impact of the experience was slowly absorbed throughout the room, the Baltimore faith leaders and law enforcement officers attending that meeting in early October 2008 were astonished, and even awestruck.That’s because months earlier, several of them had already heard that a man of God was coming with a clear plan to reduce crime in Baltimore that would forever change the lives of many Baltimoreans.And there he stood in front at the podium as what now seems, in retrospect, like a kind of crime fighting superhero, a supernatural spirit in full dress uniform with a black 40 caliber Glock dangling at his side: Major Melvin Russell.The meeting began at Russell’s invitation. It was a joint gathering of clergy and law enforcement, who would later become members of his Transformation Team.They had assembled to address the pressing issue of crime in East Baltimore.That evening, holding high an eight-point plan in his hand, Russell laid out his vision for transforming the bleakest outpost of bloodshed and gun-related violence in the entire city – the Eastern District – into a place of light. He told the faith leaders he couldn’t accomplish it alone.After listening intently to his plan, the Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, pastor of Freedom Temple AME Zion Church, rose to her feet to calmly inform Russell in a matter-of-fact voice that “your appearance comes as no surprise.”She told him that it had already been prophesied by the Rev. John Mulinde, a Ugandan minister from a world away, during his previous visit to Baltimore. Rev. Mulinde told Rev. Draper and other clergy that he had experienced a visitation from God during which he received the message that a man of peace would be arriving with a clear plan to rescue the city of Baltimore from the ravages of murder and drug-related crime.And once they heard the details of Russell’s own visitation, the events as they unfolded during that October meeting seemed to go way beyond a matter of coincidence. Before the meeting at Eastern District had adjourned, several of the city’s most hardened police officers had tears welling in their eyes, including their commanding officer, Major Russell, who collapsed to his knees and openly wept in front of everyone.“It was an amazing spectacle: the police roll call room had suddenly transformed into a church. This was so far away from anything that any of us had ever imagined happening in a police station,” said Rev. Draper.In describing the trek from that moment in 2008 to his appointment in 2013 as Lt. Colonel of the new citywide Community Partnership Division, Russell explained how it all began the night he was awakened from his sleep by God himself.Upon receiving his appointment as commanding officer of the Eastern District, Russell, who is also an assistant pastor, remembers that he immediately had prayed for the direction and vision to accomplish the enormous task that lay ahead.“And then exactly three nights later at 4 a.m. in the morning, He spoke directly to me. God downloaded his plan to me. If you can imagine how I felt, I was scared to death, trembling and excited like never before, all at the same time.”At the roll call meeting, he immediately formed his Transformation Team and with the assistance of many others began implementing the eight points of the plan in East Baltimore. For the children, the vast majority of whom had never even visited a local amusement park, the plan was akin to waking up in Disney World: hot dogs, cotton candy, entertainment, moon bounces, and face painting – the works.For parents, the bags of groceries, health care, and other practical assistance were received like manna from heaven.The centerpiece of Russell’s strategy, Days of Hope, encourages churches to take the lead in reinvesting and ministering in the communities where they are located rather than tolerating a spiritual vacuum in which church members commute to church on Sundays from their homes in the county, but are otherwise missing in action.Scores of these events in East Baltimore engaged thousands of residents, faith leaders, service providers, law enforcement, corporate sponsors, local businesses, teachers, health care providers from Johns Hopkins, and hundreds of others in creating life affirming events for those enduring the most impoverished living conditions.By the third year of the Days of Hope campaign, the shootings and homicide rate in East Baltimore had plummeted to a 40-year low.The turnaround focused on fostering mutual communication between the community and law enforcement, and building what Russell calls “spiritual equity” with the community. His early efforts captured the attention of then-City Council President, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who as Mayor helped launch the citywide Community Partnership Division in January 2013 to replicate Russell’s approach to crime fighting citywide.“Wouldn’t it be easier to bring the homicide rate down if we first build the relationship with the community so that when things happen they will call us,” said Russell, who instructs the officers under his command to share their cell phone numbers with community members as one of many innovative strategies to build a strong sense of community.The result was an overall drop in the Baltimore City homicide rate in 2008 to 234, a steep decrease from a high of 282 the year before, and a steady trend downward during the ensuing period.Yet despite the success in East Baltimore, the challenges of implementing Russell’s transformational model of policing on a citywide basis remain daunting.In 2011, Baltimore police reported 196 homicides, the lowest number of slayings in the city since 1978, and far lower than the peak homicide count of 353 in 1993.But the homicide rate in the city is still among the highest in the nation.“The city is in spiritual darkness. Money won’t fix it. Guns won’t fix it. I think Lt. Col. Russell deserves the credit and the resources to accomplish God’s plan. He can’t do it alone,” said Rev. Draper.Lt. Col. Melvin Russell will receive the AFRO’s first John H. Murphy Sr. Award, 8:30 a.m., March 29 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.  Click on the button below to purchase tickets. last_img read more

first_img More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/b … hnology-for-everyonebublcam.com/ © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Canada-based startup called Bubl Technology, founded in 2011, wants you to imagine being able to capture life in its bublcam, making, as it says, 360 degrees of your world available any time. The company has come up with prototypes of a little baseball-like gadget that is really four cameras arranged in a tetrahedral design, allowing a user to take photos and video. Sean Ramsey, founder and CEO, said the idea for the product was seeded some years ago, while he was working with a company in turn working with Google on a Street View project. Why not create a camera, he thought, to be capable of spherical footage for uses other than mapping? Why not use it for other things, such as panoramic photos? Explore further At the time of this writing, they have garnered $83,391 out of their $100,000 goal with 38 days to go. The target shipping date for the device, priced at over $400, is May next year. Citation: Little bublcam places life in spherical perspective (2013, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-bublcam-life-spherical-perspective.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. He and other team members started thinking in terms of technology that could support a device that was small, portable,and affordable. For the last two years, the company’s focus has been on the end goal of a market ready spherical camera that captures 100 percent of the spherical range through panoramic photos and videos. The company’s hardware CTO, Dan Mills, explained: “We designed the camera in a tetrahedral [patent pending] orientation…there are no blind spots because each camera overlaps the adjoining camera.” The camera’s form factor is distinctive, as a baseball size device that is light and easy to carry around. Applications potentially, are many, including the use of the bublcam in-real estate, gaming and sports, as well as security and surveillance. The bublcam is capable of recording video at 30fps at 720p or 15fps at 1080p and exports MP4 format.For the casing, the team is using four solid aluminum die-cast structural rings. According to the company, however, the “true innovation of the bublcam is its software that allows a single, 4 quadrant multiplexed image to be stitched into a sphere. We utilize a heat mapped blending process in order to blend the final photos and videos. These are what we like to call digital bubls.”The team continues to work on the device to bring it to market and, at this stage, has fully functional working prototypes. The company has turned to Kickstarter to bring the device to market. “We have been working on bubl for the past two years and we’ve come a long way. But now we need your help,” said the campaign message. “Your support will allow us to initiate tooling, manufacturing and software development so we can make bublcam and our software available to you and the millions of people who have never before had a 360º camera option.” Ricoh shows off omnidirectional camera (w/ video)last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today remembered mountaineer Chhanda Gayen, the first civilian woman from the state to summit Mt Everest, on her birth anniversary. Describing the mountaineer as “brave”, the chief minister said that her courage may become an inspiration for everybody. “Fondly remembering the brave mountaineer Chhanda Gayen on her birth anniversary. In her memory, the Bengal Government has instituted the Chhanda Gayen Bravery Award for successful mountaineers. May her courage inspire us all,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this morning. Chhanda Gayen, who had scaled Mt Everest in 2013, went missing along with two sherpas in an avalanche while descending the western side of Mt Kanchenjunga, also known as Mt Yulan Kang, in Nepal in 2014. She was declared missing/dead after rescuers failed to spot her and the three accompanying sherpas. On her honour, the Mamata Banerjee government introduced the ‘Chhanda Gayen Bravery Award’ for women for their outstanding achievement in the field of adventure.last_img read more

first_imgBelgacom has secured the Belgian and Luxembourg rights to UEFA Champions League football for the next three seasons.In addition to the exclusive broadcasting rights for the 112 matches granted by UEFA to pay TV, Belgacom has been granted the non-exclusive pay rights to 34 matches traditionally reserved for national channels, meaning that this is the first time in Belgium that an operator will broadcast all 146 matches of each UEFA Champions League season.The deal adds to Belgacom’s roster of football rights, which include the Spanish and Portuguese championships and the Copa del Rey, as well as five matches weekly from the Belgian Jupiler Pro League and the home matches of four Division 2 clubsSeparately, Chellomedia-backed free-to-air channel OBN has secured UEFA Champions League football rights for Bosnia-Herzegovina for the next three seasons.OBN won a competitive bid, and acquired the exclusive first pick of the Wednesday night matches as well as the highlights, semi-finals and final.Mike Moriarty, managing director, Chello Central Europe said in a statement: “We are thrilled to have the Champions League on OBN and to bring this event to its many followers and fans in Bosnia. We will be showing group games, as well as the semi-final and final; it will be a great event for families to join together and enjoy the premier competition in European football. This is just the sort of first class programming we are delighted and committed to bring to OBN and its viewers.”last_img read more

first_imgNorth American millennial content giant Vice Media has received US$450 million from investment firm TPG, and plans to use the funds in part to push into scripted programming.Vice CEO Shane Smith told CNBC to deal values Vice at $5.7 billion.Part of the investment will go on establishing Vice Studios, which will produce “scripted multi-screen programming”.This makes Vice the latest US content company to enter the increasingly crowded scripted market, and comes after the company launched its linear channel, Viceland, last year.Smith also said the cash would be used to “build up the largest millennial video library in the world” that would include news, food, music fashion, travel, gaming, lifestyle, scripted and feature films.Smith also indicated the library would then be used for direct-to-consumer offers – “all of which represent the future of media,” he said.“Media is probably at its most dynamic, most evolutionary time in its history,” said Smith. “With Facebook and Google taking an ever-growing piece of the online advertising pie, looming ‘skinny bundles’ and OTT/D2C offerings exploding the media status quo – networks have to be nimble, smart and fast moving.”At the Edinburgh International Television Festival last year, Smith predicted a “bloodbath” of M&A activity around the major global media players.However, some of those companies, namely 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiary A+E Networks, are Vice shareholders, and are now joined by TPG, meanwhile, becomes Vice’s latest shareholder, joining the likes of TPG is majority owner of LA-based talent agency CAA and owns a stake in STX Entertainment.In related news, Viceland UK has acquired five Japanese-language toons from distributor Anime Ltd.These are Sui Ashida’s Tokyo Ghoul and follow-up Tokyo Ghoul Root A, Eureka Seven, Cowboy bebop and Samurai Champloo.They will be dubbed into English and comprise a daily midnight / 12am slot from July 17.last_img read more

first_imgSky UK CEO Stephen van Rooyen has criticised the floating of plans by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), which represents gambling firms including Bet365, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes, to voluntary implement a ‘whistle-to-whistle’ ban on TV advertising of their services during the airing of sports fixtures on TV.Stephen Van RooyenIn an article published in The Times, Van  Rooyen said that “the inconvenient truth” was that “over 80% of the gambling industry’s advertising is in the largely unregulated online world” and that a ban on TV advertising would not address this issue.“If the RGA and gambling companies are serious about protecting vulnerable gamblers, then they should start by looking at where they spend the most money, what has the least level of regulation and where there is most evidence of harm: the online world,” he said.Van Rooyen’s intervention follows reports last week that the RGA was ready to voluntarily agree a TV ad ban during sports broadcasts that began before the 21:00 ‘watershed’ amid growing concern about the societal impact of the UK’s gambling habit.The RGA responded to a BBC report of the plan by denying that a complete ban had yet been agreed.Van Rooyen denied that his views were those of “a broadcaster scared of losing TV ad revenue”, pointing out that the pay TV operator had agreed to limit the number of gambling ads to one per commercial break.He said that TV advertising is “already highly regulated” and that online advertising, by contrast, is not regulated to anything like the same extent. Van Rooyen said that pulling TV advertising would simply shift advertising “even further online”  enabling targeting of the vulnerable via smartphones, tablets and computers, as well as depriving broadcaster of ad revenue in favour of gambling firms and online technology companies that avoid their tax commitments.last_img read more