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first_imgMADRID — After watching Barcelona rout Real Betis from the stands, the injured Lionel Messi went down to the dressing room to give a special hug to a couple of youngsters on the team.He embraced the 21-year-old Carles Pérez, who had just scored his first goal with the senior team, and the 16-year-old Ansu Fati, who had made his debut.Both helped in Barcelona’s 5-2 win on Sunday, the team’s first in the Spanish league this season.“Great game from everyone,” Messi said in an Instagram post that included a photo of him hugging Fati. “Happy to see the academy guys fulfilling their dreams of making it to the first team and scoring at the Camp Nou in an official match.”Barcelona took the opportunity to promote the youngsters as Messi, Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembele were all out injured. Newly signed forward Antoine Griezmann was the main attraction at the home opener, scoring twice — his first goals since joining from Atletico Madrid.Pérez was making only his third appearance with the first team, and his first start. The forward had come off the bench in the last game of last season and in the first of this season. He scored after beating a defender inside the area and hitting a well-placed low shot into the corner.“It was special to celebrate with the fans,” Pérez said. “For a player from the academy like me, it’s important to play my first match at the Camp Nou.”Fati had participated in only a few practice sessions before becoming the second youngest to play with Barcelona in the Spanish league.The speedy forward came off the bench to replace Pérez in the 78th and immediately showed signs of his talent. He made a couple of good runs and nearly scored with a low shot that missed wide.“The truth is that I was very nervous,” Fati said. “I stayed on the field for a while after the game because I just couldn’t believe it. I’m very thankful.”By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTheir semifinal chances reduced to just a mathematical possibility, former champions Pakistan will need an improbable win over Bangladesh to have a shot at making the semifinals of the World Cup when the two sides clash here on Friday.Pakistan’s resurgence in the World Cup looked eerily close to the 1992 Cup-winning edition before India’s loss to England dented their hopes of a semifinal spot and when New Zealand went down to the hosts last night, it was almost over for them.The road to the knockout stage for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men is just an improbable mathematical calculation and that too provided Pakistan win the toss and bat first.If Pakistan lose the toss and are asked to field, their miniscule semi-final hopes will be over even before the first ball is bowled at the Lord’s.New Zealand finished their engagements at 11 points from nine matches after their 119-run loss to England but despite the massive defeat, the Kiwis are way ahead in terms of their net run-rate, which is +0.175, compared to Pakistan’s -0.792.Currently placed fifth with nine points from eight matches, Pakistan face the challenge of beating Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 or by 316 runs after scoring 400, something which is practically impossible.What TV channel is the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD and DD Sports.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between Pakistan vs Bangladesh be played?advertisementThe World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh is being played at Lord’s in London from 3 PM IST on Friday, July 5.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and DD Sports.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh?Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Abu Jayed, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal.Also See:last_img read more

first_imgAs Romania’s No.10 was mobbed by delirious team-mates, chants of ‘Hagi! Hagi! Hagi!’ rang out around the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena.For football fans of a certain vintage, the nostalgia was almost overwhelming.Exactly 25 years after Gheorghe Hagi lit up the World Cup in the United States, his son Ianis is now doing likewise as part of a wonderful Romania team at the European Under-21 Championship in Italy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 20-year-old attacker has already netted twice, opening his account in a 4-1 rout of Croatia in San Marino before striking again in the 4-2 upset of a heavily fancied England side in Cesena.Both goals came courtesy of his left foot; comparisons with his father were inevitable.Ianis, though, is just as strong with his right, as he underlined with an outrageous pass from deep inside his own half for George Puscas in the 0-0 draw with France that secured Romania top spot in a group that they had been expected to prop up.Romania and their supporters have been the feel-good story of the tournament.With all due respect to the senior squads that reached the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup and the quarter-finals of Euro 2000, the Under-21s have captured the imagination of the Romanian public like no other side since Hagi Senior, Gheorghe Popescu, Dan Petrescu, Florin Raducioiu and Ilie Dumitrescu became national heroes in 1994.Ianis Hagi RomaniaMirel Radoi’s boys had an estimated 10,000 fans cheering them on against France in Cesena on Monday night.There could be even more present for Thursday evening’s semi-final showdown with reigning champions Germany at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna.Gheorghe will certainly be there, anyway. He has attended every game so far, which is not in the least bit surprising.He has been his son’s biggest supporter since Ianis first started kicking a ball as a toddler in Istanbul, during his father’s spell at Galatasaray. Maybe one day @IanisHagi10 #hagi #Galatasaray pic.twitter.com/AsDz3ABv3i — FIRAT (@the_FIRATT) June 21, 2019  When Ianis signed for Fiorentina in July 2016, at just 17 years of age, Gheorghe said it was merely the first step on the path to superstardom.”I am sure that Ianis will have a great career,” Hagi Senior told Goal. “He’s an ideal No.10. I hope that he can become better than I was.”Ianis, though, barely got a chance to show what he could do, afforded just two Serie A appearances in 18 months at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.After re-signing Ianis for Viitorul Constanta – a club founded, owned and managed by Gheorghe, with an excellent reputation for developing young players – the former Real Madrid and Barcelona trequartista launched a stinging tirade against Fiorentina.”The sporting director [Pantaleo Corvino] does everything,” he fumed in February of last year.”It’s worse than in Romania than during the dictatorship of the general [Nicolae Ceausescu, between 1967 and 1989].”I have produced as many players as he boasts about.”Fiorentina has a budget of €100 million and they’re in 11th place with [former coach Stefano] Poli.”In Florence, everyone was curious to see Ianis play. He did great things with the Primavera but they didn’t let him grow.”Fiorentina has lost a great player that one day will be able to compete for the Ballon d’Or.” Gel babanın ayak izlerini takip et… #Hagi pic.twitter.com/NBMgDqiEse — Gala Boy (@galaboy10) June 25, 2019  Gheorghe could obviously be accused of bias when it comes to appraising his son’s potential but Ianis is undoubtedly a young man blessed with great talent.As well as being two-footed, he is intelligent, has great vision and is mentally strong. Not once has he struggled with the expectations that always come with having a famous father.”Carrying the surname Hagi on your jersey certainly brings with it a certain pressure,” Ianis told Goal.”But I was born with this pressure. So, it’s not something that creates problems for me any longer.”He has made that abundantly clear in Italy, where he is now belatedly making a name for himself after his trying time in Florence – and attracting interest from the likes of Sevilla in the process (sporting director Monchi previously considered signing him for Roma).Former Viola coach Pioli never had any doubts about Ianis’ technique; it was more a question of physique.Gheorghe, unsurprisingly, always found such concerns ridiculous, arguing that his son’s game – like his own – is based on brains rather than brawn.Ianis, though, didn’t need his father to teach him that particular lesson, though. He learned it from watching basketball star Steph Curry.Ianis considers Gheorghe his “mentor” – he speaks with his father before every game he plays, picking up “the tricks of the trade”, as he puts it – but is the Golden State Warriors guard that he identifies as his “role model”.”I really like him because he’s managed to make it in the NBA even though nobody believed in him because he was small,” Ianis told Goal.”Through his hard work and dedication, he managed to become one of the strongest players in the world.”He now hopes to do likewise. Or, at the very least, prove himself a great player in his own right.last_img read more

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Blue Origin’s ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ has rocketed almost all the way to space, just in time for the new Star Wars movie.The aerospace company led by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos launched its New Shepard rocket Tuesday from West Texas for the seventh time. It marked the first flight, though, of the latest version of Blue Origin’s crew capsule, featuring big windows for future space tourists.An instrumented test dummy was aboard, named Mannequin Skywalker and dressed in a blue — naturally — flight suit.“He had a great ride,” Bezos said via Twitter.The New Shepard rocket, named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard, landed back on the ground following the 10-minute suborbital flight. The capsule reached a peak altitude of 99.39 kilometres above sea level or 61.7 miles, just shy of the 100-kilometre or 62.1-mile mark that’s considered the start of true space.Besides Mannequin Skywalker, the capsule carried a dozen experiments, including an Arduino Nano electronic computer board, designed and programmed by Colorado schoolchildren, and student artwork.“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in theatres Friday.___Online:Blue Origin: https://www.blueorigin.com/last_img read more

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — Once again, YRB North Peace is going to be doing welding operations on the metal deck of the Taylor Bridge this week.Welding operations will be taking place tonight and tomorrow night between 7:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. During these times, the bridge will be reduced to single-lane alternating traffic with delays of up to 20 minutes in both directions directed by a pilot vehicle. YRB asks motorists using the bridge during these times to drive with caution, as there will be a large number of working personnel and equipment.YRB is apologizing for any inconvenience the work may cause. Updates on this and other road work can be found online at DriveBC.ca. For questions or concerns, or to report a load that is 3.6 metres or wider that is scheduled to cross the bridge during welding, please contact YRB’s office toll-free at 1-888-883-6688. You can also follow YRB on Twitter.last_img read more

The police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today questioned former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.The police said that Aluthgamage was questioned over alleged fraud said to have taken place when he was the Sports Minister. (Colombo Gazette)

Prompted by a graphic display of the grief caused by ongoing violence in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced hope that both sides would step back from the abyss and return to the negotiating table.The display – featuring more than 1,000 symbolic “coffins” draped with Israeli and Palestinian flags lined up in a plaza opposite the UN’s New York Headquarters – attested to the “human cost of the Arab-Israeli conflict,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered on his behalf by UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieren Prendergast.“Grief for lost loved ones has become the prevailing mood, funerals as frequent as trips to the market, and fear of sudden death the cloud that darkens the eyes of everyone, even the youngest boy or girl,” the Secretary-General noted, expressing hope that both sides would “allow themselves to see a different future, return to the negotiating table, and begin the necessary and long overdue work of building peace.”“The sight of these coffins brings no solace, and perhaps fresh sorrow, to the families of the victims,” Mr. Annan added. “But the symbolism and the loss they represent should bring wisdom to the two communities and leaders and spur the rest of us to do all we can to bring an end, once and for all, to this long season of tears.”The event was organized by the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace. read more

first_imgCase fans are good at keeping your computer running at optimal temperatures. They’re also good at sucking up dust and getting themselves nice and dirty.Dust build-up on blades can seriously mess with a fan’s ability to move air. Even a thin coating can dramatically reduce efficiency. Cracking open your case and swabbing your fans down every now and then is a good idea. An even better one is replacing them with fans that clean themselves.The new D.F. Vegas fans from Enermax can actually do that (the D.F. stands for dust free). When your PC is powered on and the fans are keeping it cool, they spin one way. When you power your system on or wake it up, they momentarily spin themselves in the opposite direction at high speed to shake off any dust that’s built up on the blades.If you prefer to keep things spic and span, that’s easy to do with the D.F. Vegas fans, too. The blades pop off easily so that you can wipe them down outside of your case.These aren’t Enermax’s first self-cleaning fans. Earlier this year they unveiled the D.F. Pressure, which also reverse thrust to battle dust. The D.F. Vegas fans are different because, well, they light up like the Strip at nighttime and can be used as a general purpose fan anywhere in your case.There are actually two different Vegas models. The Vegas Duo has both red and green LEDs, while the Vegas only has blue. Both have the same lighting modes, though. You can light them up all the time, make them flash or sparkle, or put them in Vegas mode — which cycles through all three modes to attract tourists, gamblers, and Elvis impersonators.last_img read more

first_img October 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 24, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The ride-hailing service Lyft will offer discounted and free rides to San Diego residents on Nov. 6 to make voting in the mid-term election easier.The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that for prospective voters, especially those between ages 18 and 29, lack of transportation is one of the biggest detriments to voting. Roughly 19 percent of young voters with college credits and 35 percent of young voters without any college experience failed to vote in 2016 because they lacked a way to get to a polling station.Citing that data, Lyft is offering 50 percent off rides to the polls throughout the county on Election Day. Lyft will also offer free rides in certain zip codes because of donations from nonprofits like Voto Latino, the National Federation of the Blind and the San Diego-based Faith in Action.At Lyft, we’re working to improve lives by connecting people and their communities through the world’s best transportation. This Election Day, we want to help people in San Diego County exercise their right to vote,” said Lyft San Diego Market Manager Hao Meng. “Every voice is important, and we’re excited to help make them heard in this year’s elections.”Residents can visit buzzfeed.com/pollup2018/welcome-to-pollup2018 to receive their 50-percent-off promo codes as well as check to see if they are eligible to have their fare waived. Lyft offering free and discounted rides in San Diego on election day Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgFor Cygnus, which subsequently built a proprietary CMS, created an integrated database and began aggressively using responsive design, the idea was technology would not only enable new business, it would keep advertisers from going off the reservation. In addition to its capabilities, it became a calling card.”If all we are is a company that talks to an audience, then we’re at risk,” he said. “We need to be a partner that has technology on the bleeding edge that can best help our marketing partners.”That sentiment was echoed later during the lunch keynote from Glam Media founder Samir Arora, by the way, who made no bones about describing Glam as a technology company.But Johnson’s co-presenter put the focus back on content. “Unless you’re literally licensing software, please don’t call yourself a technology company,” said John Siefert, CEO of Virgo Publishing. “If you’re a media company, that’s not what you do. You’re creating content and then people are advertising around that content. For us, the software that runs our business is critical, we would not exist without it. But what we are is a media company that creates content.”Siefert warned that industry trends can be prematurely exaggerated into mission-critical strategies. “People become so focused on the sex appeal of the technology that they don’t focus on the content and how it works inside that technology.”He pointed to marketing automation technology as one area where many publishers are potentially devaluing their audience. “We’ve gotten to the point where we’re way too reliant on automating the process of lead-gen, instead of listening to the audience and engaging. We’ve over-teched it. We want to be thought drivers for our audience instead of just looking at them as leads.”The way out of that trap, suggests Siefert, is to put process before technology. “A lot of times technology defines the process,” he said. “What we try to do is define the process and find our build technology to support it.” The relationship between magazine publisher and technology is becoming ever more complex. For some, technology is so central it’s easy to begin to think that it’s what defines you. The issue calls up the classic argument: What’s more important, content or technology/delivery?At this week’s MediaNext conference in New York one session attempted to tackle that question, though the two presenters came at it from different perspectives.Blair Johnson, senior vice president, business development, at Cygnus Business Media, noted that the technology that social networks, and advertisers themselves, were creating were beginning to disintermediate the company. “The disruptions were allowing the brands to go directly to the consumer,” he said. “If we can’t get [technology] right for ourselves, how are we going to get it right for our advertisers?”last_img read more

first_imgBloomberg founder Micheal BloombergReutersFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg rejoined the Democratic Party on Wednesday, going back to his political roots weeks before the November 6 congressional elections and amid speculation that he might run for the White House in 2020.Bloomberg, the billionaire founder, and chief executive of global media company Bloomberg LP, said in a post on social media he was re-registering as a Democrat, citing a potential constitutional crisis under Republican President Donald Trump, a fellow New York businessman.”At key points in U.S. history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution. Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats,” Bloomberg wrote in a post on Instagram.”Today, I have re-registered as a Democrat – I had been a member for most of my life – because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs.”Bloomberg, 76, was a longtime Democrat who became a Republican before running for mayor of the largest U.S. city in 2001. He left the Republican Party to become an independent in 2007 and served three terms as New York’s mayor, stepping down in 2013.He has considered running for president in the past as an independent but never did. The Guardian newspaper reported in August that he was considering running in 2020 as a Democrat.Representatives for Bloomberg could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.A frequent critic of Trump, Bloomberg has donated $80 million to help Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives and $20 million to help Democrats running for U.S. Senate, which Republicans now narrowly control 51 to 49.Democrats are aiming to pick up 23 seats in the House to win a majority in the lower chamber, something political analysts have said is more likely than gaining an edge in the Senate.Taking control of either chamber would give Democrats leverage to oversee Trump and his administration, including the ability to hold hearings and subpoena officials.Bloomberg has used his fortune, which Forbes magazine has pegged at $51.8 billion, to push a number of liberal causes including efforts to tackle global warming and gun deaths.last_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_imgActing high commissioner of Pakistan Shah Fasial Kakar. Photo: UNBThe foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned acting high commissioner of Pakistan Shah Fasial Kakar and strongly protested “indecent remarks” about Bangladesh and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a government website of the country, reports UNB.Director general (South Asia wing) at the ministry Tareque Muhammad summoned the Charge d’affaires and handed over a strongly worded protest note to him.The ministry summoned the Pakistan envoy soon after they had noticed the “indecent remarks” in a government website of Pakistan.last_img read more

first_imgYouTube is teaming up again with Viacom-owned VidCon for a splashy evening event spotlighting music and homegrown creators at the online-video confab’s flagship U.S. event next month.Recording artist and EDM DJ Marshmello, whose hits “Alone” and “Silence” have over 1 billion YouTube views, will headline the YouTube OnStage event and perform several of his fan favorites. Marshmello has over 14 million subscribers and 2.4 billion views to date on his three-year-old YouTube channel.YouTube OnStage also will feature appearances by top creators, including Liza Koshy — who will appear alongside the cast of her YouTube original series “Liza on Demand” — along with Collins Key, Merrick Hanna, Kyle Hanagami and others.The event will be held Thursday, June 21, at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., and will be open to all VidCon attendees through a ticket-lottery system. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img The fact that YouTube is putting the spotlight on music by enlisting Marshmello (the stage name of Christopher Comstock) underscores the importance of music to the Google-owned video giant. Next week, Google is launching YouTube Music, a subscription service priced at $10 per month, with ad-free access to millions of songs. In addition, the YouTube Red subscription service is going away, replaced by YouTube Premium ($12 monthly) for access to ad-free video, music and YouTube originals.It’s the second year YouTube is throwing a party at VidCon US. The 90-minute show at VidCon is sponsored by LEGO Systems and Sony Pictures Animation’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”In 2017, VidCon’s Anaheim convention drew over 30,000 fans, creators, and industry execs. VidCon, which was founded by YouTube vloggers Hank and John Green, was acquired by Viacom earlier this year. The Australian version of VidCon is in its second year, and Viacom has announced that it will take the franchise to the U.K. with VidCon London slated for February 2019.last_img read more

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — By mandate of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, the shipping company Impulsora Marítima de Quintana Roo or Barcos Caribe, suspended the Playa del Carmen to Cozumel ferry service.The announcement of the suspension of operations was made after an inspection found the company to be without current insurance or permits on two of its three ferries.In accordance with a letter dated February 23, the General Directorate of Merchant Marine informed César Celso González Hermosillo and Melgarejo and Franco González Padrón, the legal representatives of Barcos Caribe, that upon review of the vessels, two of the three had expired permits and no insurance.Vessel Caribbean III was operating with three of the necessary permits expired as well as an expired insurance policy since January 25 of 2018. Caribbean II vessel was found to be operating without two of the needed permits (expired November 20, 2017) and also without insurance since January 25.The vessel, Caribbean I, was the boat involved in the recent ferry explosion at the main dock terminal in Playa del Carmen.As of Sunday, the Barcos Caribe ticket booth in the Playa del Carmen ferry terminal remained open only to inform passengers that they were not operating.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img‘You’re going to see God’Witnesses to the Oregon bloodshed described Mercer as questioning people at gunpoint about their religious affiliations, and appearing to single out Christians for killing.“He said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,’ ” said Stacy Boylan, recounting the account of his wounded daughter, Anastasia, who underwent surgery to treat a gunshot to her spine.“And then he shot and killed them,” he said.At least 10 others were admitted for treatment at the Mercy Medical Center, said the chief medical officer, Jason Gray. He said three patients were transferred to larger facilities for more intensive care.“Disbelief, anger, sadness, resolution” was how Gray described the emotions among the staff scene as the wounded arrived.Autumn Vicari, whose brother known as J.J. witnessed the shootings, told NBC News about the gruesome selection process Mercer imposed.According to NBC: “Vicari said at one point the shooter told people to stand up before asking whether they were Christian or not. Vicari’s brother told her that anyone who responded ‘yes’ was shot in the head. If they said ‘other’ or didn’t answer, they were shot elsewhere in the body, usually the leg.”The violence stopped only after authorities exchanged gunfire with Mercer. At 10:47 a.m., the end was announced over the police scanner: The suspect was down.One victim, Chris Mintz, a former Army infantryman, was shot three times as he tried to block the door and keep the gunman out of a classroom, according to his aunt, Wanda Mintz.Her nephew was knocked to the floor, looked back up at the gunman and tried to reason with him.“He hit the ground and looked up at him and said ‘It’s my son’s birthday, don’t do this,’” Mintz recounted, after speaking to the mother of Mintz’s child, who has been by his side at the hospital. “And the guy shot him at least two more times.”Mintz survived but suffered two broken legs among his wounds and will need extensive physical therapy, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for him. “I am UCC.” Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFPDark corners of the WebAs with many other shootings, investigators turned to the dark corners of the Web for possible clues on what pushed the attacker to move from words and images to deadly violence.A Myspace page shows a photo believed to be Mercer sporting a crew cut and holding a rifle. The page includes posts extolling the Irish Republican Army.Other apparent social media pages linked to Mercer point to an interest in horror films and a possible blog post on Aug. 31 about the gunman Vester Flanagan, who killed two television news employees in Virginia a week earlier while they conducted a live broadcast. Flanagan, a former employee of the station, fatally shot himself after a police chase.“On an interesting note, I have noticed that so many people like him are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are,” the post read, according to the Oregonian newspaper.“A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone,” it continued. “His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”“Not Religious, Not Religious, but Spiritual” Mercer wrote on one dating Web site, also listing membership in a group called “Doesn’t Like Organized Religion.”Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin – more out of anger than discretion – said he would not utter the assailant’s name. “I will not give him credit for this horrific act of cowardice,” said Hanlin, an outspoken critic of state and federal gun control proposals. “Media will get the name confirmed in time … but you will never hear us use it.” Police officers stand guard outside the apartment building where the alleged gunman, Chris Harper Mercer, lived in Winchester, outside Roseburg, Oregon, on Oct. 2, 2015. Josh Edelson/AFPOn another front, authorities are investigating a conversation on the message board 4chan posted Wednesday evening. The site is notorious for staging online hoaxes, in addition to cat memes, hackings and Internet attacks.But the conversation, if authentic, appears to include a warning. “Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest,” the post reads.School shootings have figured prominently in this series of tragedies, including the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the deaths of 20 children in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.Umpqua, one of 17 community colleges in Oregon, has about 2,000 students and about 200 full- and part-time faculty members. Federal data suggests Umpqua is a quiet campus; the only crimes reported there in recent years have been an occasional burglary and, in 2013, an aggravated assault.After a 2006 incident in which one student was shot by another at Roseburg High School, local institutions – including UCC – hired security guards, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. Those security guards are unarmed, interim college President Rita Calvin told the newspaper. The campus is a gun-free zone. Police officers search students outside Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, after a mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2015. AFP Photo/Michael Sullivan/The News-ReviewMercer’s backgroundMercer was born in Britain and came to the United States as a young boy. In California, he attended the Switzer Learning Center, which describes itself as a setting for students with “moderate to severe learning disabilities, emotional issues, attention problems and behavioral disorders.”Rick Rada, a former classmate, recalled Mercer as quiet, cheerful and calm.“To me Chris was just an ordinary guy, really. He was one of the silent types like me,” Rada told The Washington Post. “But we got along with our teachers. He opened up with the teachers, talked to them, had fun.”Former neighbors in Torrance, California, a beach-side city just south of Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Times that Mercer liked to practice target shooting and tended to act “anxious or nervous,” as Rosario Espinoza put it.He and his mother, Laurel Harper, mostly kept to themselves, except for occasional disputes over bugs or loud noises. Espinoza’s mother, Rosario Lucumi, recalled thinking it “strange” that Harper referred to her son as “baby.”Mercer moved to Oregon with his mother a year or two ago, according to public records. It’s not clear if and how he may have been affiliated with Umpqua Community College, though a student told CNN that she took a theater class with Mercer, and a “Chris Harper-Mercer” is listed as a production assistant on the Facebook page of a UCC fall show.His father, Ian Harper, still lives in Los Angeles. Harper stepped outside his home there briefly on Thursday night to say that he’d spent the day speaking with law enforcement and couldn’t answer questions about his son or the shooting.“Shocked is all I can say,” he told reporters. “It’s been a devastating day.”Gloria Buhring, a neighbor at the Winchester apartment complex where Mercer appeared to have lived, said police officers swarmed the area Thursday, blocking much of the complex off with police tape.Buhring didn’t know Mercer. But on Wednesday, she returned home to find a previously empty trash container “overflowing with stuff that looked like it had been moved from an apartment,” she told The Washington Post. “It looked like somebody had gotten rid of a lot of stuff and left.”Another Winchester neighbor, Bronte Hart, told Seattle TV station KIRO that Mercer would “sit by himself in the dark in the balcony with this little light.”Hart said a woman she believed to be Mercer’s mother lived with him and was “crying her eyes out” Thursday.Steven Fisher, who also lives nearby, described Mercer as “skittish.”“His demeanor, the way he moved, always looking around,” Fisher said. “I got a bad vibe from him.”The violenceThe violence started just after 10:30 a.m., when students in Snyder Hall – a modest building in the southeast part of campus where science and English classes are held – heard a sudden popping noise.Some were bewildered by the noises. Sarah Cobb, a 17-year-old who heard the sound from her Writing 121 class in Snyder, recognized them immediately.“I grew up hunting, so by then I knew what it was,” she told The Washington Post. Cobb screamed to her teacher that they all needed to get out, and the instructor opened the door into chaos: students running, a teacher crying, a man screaming for someone to call 9-1-1.Cobb left her phone, her backpack and all of her belongings in the classroom, and then ran out of the building, tripping her way down the stairs.“There was so much screaming you knew it was serious,” she said. “I was terrified. I was sprinting. You could hear the gunshots echoing in the hall.”The UCC campus remained closed Friday. Around Oregon, flags are being flown at half-staff.Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown (D), said mass shootings “must end,” but urged for a pause to the political battles over gun control to give Roseburg time to heal.“It’s very clear these types of tragedies must end, not only here in Oregon, but across the country,” she told CNN.Hoyt is a freelance writer. Brian Murphy, Mark Berman, Susan Svrluga, Abby Phillip, Ellen Nakashima, Darryl Fears and Nick Anderson in Washington contributed to this report.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Oregon school shooting: ‘He just tried to do the right thing,’ one victim’s family says Multiple fatalities reported after mass school shooting in Oregon In New Hampshire, Clinton pledges to stand up to the gun lobby Obama to force through gun control measures on Tuesday ROSEBURG, Oregon – The gunman who cut a deadly path through anOregon college campus appeared armed for an extended siege according to investigators who were probing more deeply into suspicions the shooter may have been driven by religious rage and a fascination with the twisted notoriety of high-profile killers.What is known so far about the attacker – identified by a U.S. law enforcement official as Chris Harper Mercer – appears mostly as loose strands that suggested an interest in firearms and the infamy gained by mass shooters.Witnesses also said he seemed to seek specific revenge against Christians, and police examined Web posts that hinted of wider antipathy toward organized faith. An undated photo of gunman Chris Harper Mercer from his MySpace page. (Via MySpace)An agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said at a news conference Friday that investigators had recovered 13 weapons, including six at the school. Also recovered there was a flak jacket with steel plates and five magazines of ammunition. The rest of the weapons, and more ammunition, were found at Mercer’s home.But authorities still struggled to build a clearer picture of what drove the California-raised Mercer to stalk rural Umpqua Community College and methodically pick off students and professors Thursday on the fourth day of the fall semester.When it was over, nine people were dead, plus Mercer, and the college joined the mournful roster of the United States’ mass shooting sites – and the backdrop for the latest debate about gun control.Thursday night, as police picked through Mercer’s apartment near campus, hundreds of people joined a candlelight vigil. Some sang along to “Amazing Grace” – the same hymn President Barack Obama offered in June when Charleston was the focus of the nation’s grief and questions over another rampage.This time, Obama said collective grief was “not enough” and made an emotional appeal for a national groundswell toward stricter gun laws.Watch President Obama’s address following the Oregon college shooting:last_img read more

first_imgMövenpick Hotels & Resorts makes key appointments to drive its ongoing successMövenpick Hotels & Resorts has expanded its management team in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Asia regions, with the appointment of Mr. Marc Descrozaille to the position of Vice President, Operations, MEA, and the promotion of Mr. Gerard Hotelier to the role of Vice President, Operations, Asia.Marc joins Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts from Carlson Rezidor where he was Area Vice President for the firm’s Africa & Indian Ocean operations.He has significant experience working in the Middle East, having also been employed as Regional Director, UAE, Egypt, Jordan and Oman for the hotel group. He has also held key executive positions at several major hospitality companies including Hilton, Compass Group and London’s Claridge’s Hotel.Originally from France, Marc is a graduate of Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne where he received a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He also has an MBA from IMHI (Cornell-Essec) in Paris.“I would like to welcome Marc, who is a highly-experienced hospitality professional, to our team,” said Olivier Chavy, President and CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “Marc has significant regional and international expertise – a valued combination that will help take our operations in the MEA region to the next level.”Meanwhile, Mr. Gerard Hotelier has been appointed Vice President, Operations, Asia. A long-term and valued executive, Gerard joined the company in 2003 as General Manager of the Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva and in 2010, was promoted to his present position as Vice President Operations Middle East, based in Dubai.Gerard boasts more than three decades of industry experience having worked in key roles for some of the world’s leading hospitality firms across four continents including Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts and InterContinental Hotels Group.Raised in France where he learned about the hospitality business from an early age, Gerard went on to study at the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland where he obtained a degree in Hotel Management before launching his international career in Canada in 1978.“Gerard is a passionate hotelier whose unrivalled experience and enthusiasm for the industry have been instrumental in driving our success in the Middle East,” said Chavy. “I have every confidence he will help us realise our ambitions in Asia, which is shaping as one of our most important global markets.”In their new roles, Marc and Gerard will oversee Mövenpick’s hotel operations in their respective regions, supporting new openings and rebrands, while guiding their teams in meeting commercial, financial and service quality targets. They will also provide leadership and support to the company’s team of general managers working at current and upcoming properties in MEA and Asia.Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is currently pursuing rapid expansion across the globe. It currently operates 83 hotels and resorts, with plans to increase its portfolio to 125 properties by 2020.The new appointments will support this accelerated growth plan, ensuring operations run flawlessly across the MEA and Asia regions where major developments are planned. Movenpick Hotels & ResortsSource = Movenpick Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

first_img Federal Housing Finance Agency HARP Home Affordable Refinance Program Refinances 2016-02-17 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News For a program that was only supposed to be temporary, HARP is still going rather strong.On Wednesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its Q4 2015 totals for loans refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program. FHFA reported that 21,079 HARP refinances were completed between September and December, bringing the grand total since the program’s 2009 launch up to nearly 3.381 million.According to the agency, 28 percent of all HARP refinances for underwater borrowers ‒‒ those with a loan-to-value ratio greater than 105 percent ‒‒ were for 15- and 20-year mortgages, through December. Such loans help borrowers build equity faster than traditional 30-year mortgages, and FHFA found that borrowers who refinanced through HARP had a lower delinquency rate compared to HARP-eligible borrowers who did not refinance through the program.​FHFA also estimated that as of Q3 2015, more than 367,600 borrowers nationwide still have a financial incentive to refinance through HARP before the program expires this December.To get through to the large pool of homeowners who could still take advantage of HARP, the FHFA is starting a social media campaign called #HARPNow. The initiative will be focusing its outreach efforts mainly on the 10 states with the highest number of borrowers thought to be “in-the-money,” meaning they meet the basic HARP eligibility requirements, have a remaining mortgage balance of $50,000 or more, have a remaining term of greater than 10 years, and have an interest rate at least 1.5 percent higher than current market rates.The states with the most eligible borrowers, in order, are Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland.  Florida, in fact, has nearly as many eligible borrowers as Illinois and Michigan combined, with 51,100 HARP-eligible borrowers.FHFA has teamed up with the Treasury Department, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and local housing experts for town hall-style events in Chicago, Miami, Detroit, Phoenix, Atlanta, Newark, and Columbus throughout 2016. FHFA estimates these borrowers could save as much as $2,400 a year on their mortgage payments. Sharecenter_img February 17, 2016 620 Views FHFA Refocuses HARP Awareness Amid New Numberslast_img read more

first_imgAngelina Jolie doesn’t rule out move into politics LONDON — Angelina Jolie has not ruled out a move into politics — and has joked that she might be tough enough to take the rough and tumble that comes with it.The American actress and U.N. envoy told BBC radio she “can take a lot on the chin” — a possible reference to her bitter divorce from Brad Pitt.When asked if she is moving in the direction of politics, the 43-year-old Oscar winner said, “I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change.”Jolie is a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency. She used her slot as a “guest editor” on the BBC to highlight refugee issues in the Middle East.She also included Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege on the show.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 28, 2018 6:22 am PDT FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie addresses the media at NATO headquarters in Brussels. American actress Jolie has not ruled out a move into politics, during an interview on BBC radio Friday Dec. 28, 2018, and has joked that she might be tough enough to take the rough and tumble that comes with it. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, FILE) last_img read more