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Reporters Without Borders calls for more tests in Kolomiets death and stresses that enquiry is not over

first_img News News UkraineEurope – Central Asia Organisation February 12, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls for more tests in Kolomiets death and stresses that enquiry is not over RSF_en September 7, 2020 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more to go further Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media “It would be premature to conclude he killed himself just because the autopsy could not prove otherwise,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The criminal enquiry is not yet over and we have asked the authorities to do more tests, especially on the clothes he was wearing when he died.”The body of Kolomiets, head of the news agency Ukrainski Novyny, was found hanging from a tree in a forest near Molodechno, in neighbouring Belarus, on 30 October last year. He had vanished on 21 October and police said he had gone the next day to Belarus intending to kill himself.”We have asked Ukrainian prosecutor-general Svyatoslav Piskun to investigate why he left Ukraine, which is still quiet unclear, but have not yet had a reply,” Ménard said.Earlier this month, an enquiry in Belarus by the Ukrainian League of Economic Journalists and the Institute of Mass Information (IMI) found no proof of an attack on Kolomiets but did not rule out that he may have been subjected to psychological pressure to kill himself.Friends and colleagues have rejected the suicide theory and say his death may have been connected with his work and political and economic news put out by the news agency that may have angered powerful people and interests.Kolomiets, 44, founded the agency in 1997 and had a half share in it, with the other half held by the Agency for Humanitarian Technologies headed by Valery Khoroshkovsky, a close associate of President Kuchma. His widow Ludmyla said publicly on 16 December last that her husband had been threatened and harassed in the months before he died. Follow the news on Ukraine Help by sharing this information March 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders called today for new forensic tests in the death of journalist Mikhailo Kolomiets, found hanging from a tree last October, and said it was still not clear whether he was murdered.French pathologist Jean Rivolet took part in an autopsy in Ukraine from 11 to 13 December last year which failed to rule out the police explanation of suicide, since no traces of violence were found on his body. News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Receive email alerts UkraineEurope – Central Asia Newslast_img read more

Go Outside and Play Guide 2020

first_imgDay Two Nestled in the Upstate of South Carolina at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Spartanburg is full of outdoor adventures that are waiting for you. From the miles of trails perfect for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders to the quaint downtowns bursting with charm, discover something new when you head to this historic county in South Carolina. River walk, photo by Lucas Chambers  A Weekend in Martinsville-Henry County, Va. A Day in Rockingham County, Va. AfternoonPick up lunch from Hamlet Kitchen, a locally owned and operated wine bar and gourmet-to-go shop. Spend the afternoon on the water, exploring hidden waterfalls and rock outcrops as you paddle Philpott Lake. Anglers will enjoy fishing for walleye, bass, and catfish.  VisitMartinsville.com Bucket ListIf you take the Massanutten Trail, there is a clearing where hang gliders launch and the view of the seven bends of the Shenandoah River is spectacular. Day Two EveningGrab a drink at Pilot Mountain Vineyard and Winery or MidSummer Brewing, two new tasting rooms in the area. Rest up in one of over 40 vacation rentals by owner found around Hanging Rock. Big Creek Lodge at Luna’s Trail Farm features nine suites overlooking the majestic Sauratown Mountains, plus three cabins and an on site restaurant. EveningBook a spacious room at Cascades Mountain Resort. Kids delight in the indoor pool with a 110-foot water slide, while adults enjoy the secluded hot tub. The hotel’s Old Orchard Tavern has a full bar serving craft spirits and an award-winning chef who wows diners with well-executed nightly specials. Hidden GemLoudon County is home to Tennessee Valley Winery, one of the oldest operating family-owned wineries in Tennessee. At Ride Kanuga, start at the top of Wolf Mountain and choose one of 12 trails — from beginner to expert — to reach the bottom. photo courtesy Ride Kanuga Post-hike beers at Jocassee Valley Brewing Company in Salem, SC, photo courtesy Lake Hartwell Country VisitHendersonvilleNC.org Day 1 MorningGo full throttle at The Gorge Zipline. Billed as the steepest, fastest zipline in the country, the experience includes 11 ziplines, a sky bridge, and three rappels. As you cruise through the treetops, enjoy the pristine view of 18,000 acres of preserved Green River game land. MorningGet your day started with a sweet or savory breakfast from The Crepe Factory and then head out to Croft State Park, a prime destination for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. At the park, explore over 20 miles of trails with gorgeous views of Lake Craig, featuring a boat dock, ramp, and rentals so you can stay cool during your visit. AfternoonEarn your pint of beer aboard Hendersonville’s pub cycle. HVL Pedal & Brews books tours to downtown breweries and tasting rooms. Five breweries lie within pedaling distance. Those averse to cycling shouldn’t fret—an electric motor will kick in if you give out. Year-round attractions truly make Rockingham County a four season destination. Ski the slopes in the winter, fly fish cool mountain waters in the spring, listen to live music in the summer, and hike among the changing leaves in the fall. The rolling farmland connects you to wineries, apple orchards, small towns, rural communities, and local favorites that’ll keep you coming back for more. Day One EveningFor the best dishes off the grill, try Southside Smokehouse or Level 10 for dinner. Grab a post-adventure drink from RJ Rockers or the outdoor biergarten at FR8yard before you settle in for a luxurious night in a suite or cabin car at the Clevedale Historic Inn.  VisitRockingham.com Fun FactWhen Hendersonville was established in the 1840s, one of its founders decreed that Main Street should be wide enough to turn around a wagon pulled by four horses. That early planning continues to serve the city well. Today the curvilinear Main Street is pedestrian friendly with public art, outdoor dining areas and flowering brick planters. VisitSpartanburg.com A Weekend in Spartanburg, S.C. Day One AfternoonTake a break for lunch on the deck at Calhoun’s at Fort Loudon Marina and spend the afternoon canoeing or kayaking on Fort Loudoun Lake. Fuel up with an afternoon coffee at the Ugly Mug and take a self-guided walking tour through downtown Lenoir City. History buffs can check out the Lenoir City Museum and explore two of Loudon County’s six Civil War Trails sites. Couple running on Cottonwood Trail. Photo by Sam Dean EveningStroll through downtown Loudon and explore the Stimpson Seashell Museum—one of the world’s largest seashell collections. Make two selfie stops at the mural in Veteran’s Park and in the courtyard beside the Historic Loudon Theatre, where live music is featured most weekends. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the historic Carmichael Inn and continue the fun at Kinfolk Farms where you can choose from one of four unique-themed cabins and play giant outdoor chess with the family. Now Go Outside and Play! A visit to Shenandoah County, Va., is an unforgettable time where anyone can enjoy a day outdoors in the fresh mountain air. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Alleghenies to the west, visitors can hike, bike, or ride horseback along 178 miles of trails through the George Washington National Forest to see incredible views of the valley.  Hidden GemSurrounded by Shenandoah National Park, head to Mountaintop Ranch for horseback riding, private waterfall hikes, mountain biking, and more. Showalters Orchard & Greenhouse, photo courtesy Rockingham County Tourism A Day in Lake Hartwell, S.C. Day 2 MorningHit the links for a round of golf at one of the area’s top-rated golf courses, Rarity Bay, Landmark Club at Avalon, WindRiver Golf Course, or one of the three exclusive courses at Tellico Village which offer public play—Toqua Golf Course, Tanasi Golf Course, and The Links at Kahite Golf Course.  Biking on Dick & Wallie Passage. Photo by Steve Sheppard Photography MorningStart off at Hanging Rock State Park for miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, rock climbing opportunities at Moore’s Knob, and a network of trails to five different peaks. Paddle or fish the 73-acre Hanging Rock Lake or access miles of the Dan River.  AfternoonGrab lunch to go from Fulks Run Grocery or The Dayton Market. Spend the afternoon picking apples at Showalters Orchard and sipping cider at Old Hill Cider. The whole family will love the games and attractions at Back Home-on the Farm or visiting the animals at White Oak Lavender Farm. A Day in Shenandoah County, Va. AfternoonPack a lunch or pick up a deli sandwich from nearby diners in Danbury before taking a canopy tour through the colorful fall foliage with Carolina Ziplines. Explore the local arts scene or find unique treasures in the charming downtowns of Danbury, King, or Walnut Cove. MorningDunbar Cave State Park is one of Clarksville’s most popular outdoor spots in every season. This 144-acre natural playground in the middle of the city includes almost four miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, wildlife, and guided cave tours May-October. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at The Wonderland Café with divine pastries, as well as breakfast and lunch entrees. AfternoonContinue your love of the outdoors by choosing from any number of iconic scenic byways perfect for casual or enthusiastic cyclers. The 23-mile loop to Brandy Station is a locals favorite, since it starts and ends at downtown breweries. Prefer dirt to gravel? Head to Burke Farm, home to over 300 acres of mountain biking trails. MorningTake an informative hike at Holmes Educational State Forest. What was once a nursery developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s is now a living classroom with five miles of trails, including the “talking trees” trail that educates hikers about different species and their uses. A Weekend in Clarksville, Tenn. AfternoonThe nine-mile Clarksville Greenway is a paved walking and biking trail along two waterways where you’ll enjoy native species, bluff walls, tree canopies, overlooks, and a 600-foot pedestrian bridge. The nearby North Ford Mountain Biking Trail is the perfect spot for riders of all skill levels. Canoeing on Tellico Lake, photo courtesy Visit Loudon County Fun FactFrank Sutton, who played Sgt. Carter in the sitcom, Gomer Plye, USMC, is a Clarksville native. Take a selfie with his statue downtown.  MorningStart your day with a mouthwatering French pastry from Madeleine’s Bakery then take in some local history and switchback trails at Fort Defiance Civil War Park overlooking the confluence of the rivers. Next, find permanent and rotating exhibits, plus plenty of interactive play spaces for children, at the Customs House Museum. The iconic architecture outside and massive model train exhibit inside are thrills for all ages. If you’re a fan of good sushi, enjoy lunch at Yellowtail or Kohana just outside downtown.  Check out our guide to 11 adventure-packed destinations across the Southeast. You will find everything you need to plan a memorable trip for this fall, or in the future, including outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, craft beverages, local eats, lodging recommendations, and more.   VisitLoudonCounty.com EveningEnjoy an evening downtown where you’ll be captivated by historic architecture at every turn. The city offers several choices for dinner along with pubs, breweries, and a meadery. Explore a variety of local shops and check the schedule at the Roxy Regional Theatre for live professional productions.  Fun FactThere are over 300 waterfalls in the area to visit, including King Creek Falls and Opossum Creek Fall. Boardwalk bridge along the renowned Clinch River at the Cleveland Town Park. Photo by Heather Powers A Day in Russell County, Va. It’s all about the outdoor adventures and unwinding with some local brews, wine, or good food right now in Russell County. Find a local trail, enjoy kayaking the Clinch River, sit by a waterfall, explore Cyclops Cave, and much more this fall. There are also some amazing spots to discover, including a lodge with your own cave to explore.  VisitCulpeperVa.com EveningPiedmont Steakhouse, Lucio’s Italian, or Pinto Thai, it’s impossible to not eat well in Culpeper. Far Gohn Brewery is everyone’s favorite tavern featuring rotating German brews. Flavor on Main serves the best balance of specialty cocktails and small plates; and Old Trade Brewery and Cidery brings forth an assortment of flavors with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Walden Hall gives you the choice: a private suite, a guest house, or the entire house, yours for the taking. AfternoonHit the trail at the brand new Ride Kanuga mountain bike park. Founded by world-champion downhill racer Neko Mulally, the park features 12 downhill-specific trails suitable for all ability levels. Located on 1,400 acres at Kanuga Camps & Conference Center, the park’s trails descend from Wolf Mountain through old-growth forest. A Day in Stokes County, N.C. Moore’s Knob at Hanging Rock State Park, photo courtesy Stokes County A Weekend in Loudon Co, Tenn. Day One EveningWhile you’re already at Drayton Mills, you’ll find comfort food favorites at Dray Bar & Grill and a cold beer from Holliday Brewing. For other dining options in the area, The Kennedy offers a true food experience featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Or pair a delicious sandwich and artisan brew from New Groove. Turn in for the night at AC Hotel Spartanburg or Spartanburg Marriott, both within walking distance to downtown amenities. VisitClarksvilleTN.com A Weekend in Hendersonville, N.C. AfternoonFor a short hike, the Woodstock Tower atop Massanutten Mountain features views of Fort Valley and Shenandoah Valley. The rock outcropping at the end of Big Schloss, four miles round trip, offers a view you will never forget.  EveningDowntown Hendersonville is home to 25 independently owned restaurants. Choose from authentic Italian, funky tapas, traditional Carolina ’cue or farm-to-table fare that showcases some of western N.C.’s finest producers. For a nightcap, head to the rooftop bar at Shine or The Poe House, a cozy spot that’s a favorite of locals. MorningStart your morning off with sunrise at the Million Dollar View over Fort Loudoun Lake. Loudon County, known as the Lakeway to the Smokies, offers a multitude of water and nature activities. Bring your fishing gear and explore the natural, scenic areas around Lenoir City Park and Tellico Dam or venture out to the East Lakeshore Trail, a system of nine hiking trails that feature incredible lake views.  Day One MorningGet your day started with a walk, run, or bike ride on the Dick and Willie Passage Rail Trail while reading about the history of the Danville and Western Railroad along the way. Mountain bikers of all abilities can enjoy ten miles of looping singletrack at the Mountain Laurel Trails. Earn your Dirty Dozen patch when you hike, bike, and/or paddle 12 miles of trail in the area. EveningFrom southern cuisine and barbecue to pizza and burritos, you are sure to find a delicious spot to dine outside or pick up to go after a long day outside. Cozy up for a night at One Starling, a charming bed and breakfast with a beautiful porch to relax on.  EveningGet ready for a feast at The Burgers. Be sure and start with a basket of fried pickles and get homemade banana pudding for dessert. End the night on target at East Tennessee Axe Throwing, a family-friendly ax throwing venue. A Weekend in Culpeper, Va. Day Two In a state full of fall color and made for road trips, Loudon County, in east Tennessee, is golden. With the Smoky Mountains creating a backdrop for hiking, kayaking, boating, and fishing on Tellico Lake or the Tennessee River, visitors can enjoy scenic drives, stunning sunsets, and trademark misty mornings. AfternoonAt lunch, stop by Sugar-N-Spice or Cribbs Kitchen for southern staples that locals and visitors love. Get back to touring the town with some antique shopping in Landrum or explore Drayton Mills, a revitalized textile mill featuring a marketplace and two-mile trail.  AfternoonImmerse yourself in American history as you explore Cedar Mountain Battlefield where Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, performed her first field duty. North of town lies 2,100 preserved acres at Brandy Station, home of the Civil War’s largest cavalry engagement.  For more information on how you can safely enjoy your experience, please check your destination’s website prior to travel.   Day Two From thousands of acres of public lands to dozens of miles of waterways, there is something for everyone in the mountains of Stokes County, N.C. Take in the scenery all around with cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and bare rock peaks. Bring your own gear or visit one of the many outfitters in town, ready to help you get outside.  EveningYou’ll want to time your evening activities around a vivid Cumberland River sunset. A romantic stroll along the RiverWalk is an ideal way to soak up the last of the daylight. Dinner at Liberty Park Grill overlooking the marina is another prime location for a fantastic view.   EveningStop at Hanks Grille and Catering, Dayton Tavern, or Old 33 Beer and Burger Grill for a delicious post-adventure dinner. Catch a band at Cave Hill Farms Brewery or Elkton Brewing Company before settling in for a cozy night at Massanutten Resort or Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast.  If you’re looking for a fall or winter getaway that’s off the beaten path but convenient, affordable with plenty to do, loaded with scenic outdoor recreation but not too crowded, Clarksville, Tenn., checks all your boxes. You can best enjoy Clarksville’s outdoors by following recommended safety precautions like wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and washing your hands frequently. MorningStay at the Hopewell House Bike and Bed where cycling enthusiasts Kevin and Alice serve a wonderful breakfast, offer suggestions about the best country roads for biking, and provide a small shop to handle minor bike repairs. After a morning ride, stop into Burg Nutrition or Old Dominion Doggery & Burger Shop to refuel. EveningEnd the day with some mouth watering barbecue from the Pumpkintown Mountain Opry and sip on some refreshing craft beverages from Victoria Valley Vineyards or Jocassee Valley Brewing Company. End the day in a cozy cabin at Wildwater Ltd. South Carolina is just right! EveningFinish your day with a craft beer and good eats from Sugar Hill Brewing Company and Lonesome Pine Brewing or enjoy a wine tasting and mountain views at Vincent’s Vineyard. Settle in for a night at the secluded Beef Holler Lodge-Private Mountain Getaway or pitch a tent at Riverbend Campground.  Day Two MorningWake up with breakfast from Thunderbird Café. Take a short drive to the overlooks and trailheads along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park or fish for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and musky in Lake Shenandoah.  Day One MorningStart off your day with home cooking from Fourth Avenue Baked Goods Café and Bakery or Pat’s Kountry Diner. Head to Clinch Life Outfitters for all the gear, guidance, and inspiration you need to get outside. Hike or bike Sugar Hill Loop Trail and Oxbow Lake for beautiful wildlife and peaceful scenery.  From small towns to big cities, we know you want a turn-key itinerary for the perfect 24- or 48-hour getaway. We’ve got you covered!   Biking in Mount Jackson, Virginia, photo by Synaptic Visuals LakeHartwellCountry.com Culpeper is a surprising little town with big heart, reminiscent of when life moved a bit slower. The architecture and land is steeped in history, but the food, spirits, shops, and trails reflect a life more modern. It is the perfect escape from your day-to-day demands, but quaint enough you feel fully immersed the moment you arrive. AfternoonFor lunch, enjoy some amazing food at the Pumpkintown General Store. Then, stretch your legs and take in gorgeous views at Table Rock State Park on the Lakeside Trail. To unwind, take a tour of Table Rock Tea Company and taste delicious, home grown tea. MorningFuel up at 18 Grams Coffee Lab with seasonal delights and homemade pastries. Select one of three self-guided tours of historic downtown Culpeper or enjoy the walking tour at Virginia Bison Company, where you can get up close with grazing herds of bison. Grab food for a picnic from Thyme Market, including sandwiches, pizza, and desserts. Discover your new favorite mountain getaway in a place with hundreds of cascading waterfalls, hiking trails that weave through the hills, libations that are served with a smile, and overlooks that will take your breath away. Welcome to Lake Hartwell Country, a stunning region that sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Escarpment in the mountains of South Carolina. AfternoonRefuel with a hot chicken meal from Flock Shop or a spread of high quality goods from Stone Soup. Get back outside after lunch on the Mary Black Rail Trail, featuring B-Cycle rentals, a bike park, and NFL Play 60 course. Or walk the four-mile Cottonwood Trail as it weaves its way through a 116-acre urban preserve just minutes from downtown.  Fun FactCroft State Park, South Carolina’s largest state park at a sprawling 7,054 acres, was once a WWII Army Training Facility.  VisitShenandoahCounty.com MorningWhether you’re looking for breakfast on the go or a sit down brunch, get your day started at Downtown Deli and Donuts or Initial Q. Once you’re ready to get moving, reconnect with nature at Glendale Shoals, a scenic preserve featuring a cascading waterfall, eye-catching bridge, and river access for paddlers and waders alike. Hidden GemsStep back in time to the historic Priddy’s General Store just across the Dan River, plus live music in February and October.  AfternoonSchedule a tour and tasting at Beachaven Winery or Old Glory Distilling. You’ll meet people who are passionate about their craft and have been working many years to perfect it. With a driving tour and short walk in Liberty Park, you’ll be inspired by two Clarksville trailblazers and legends, Wilma Rudolph and Pat Head Summitt, whose bronze likEnesses anchor both ends of the park. MorningVisit one of the local bakeries or cafes for a hearty breakfast before a round of golf at Forest Park Country Club. Or try your hand at disc golf at Frank Wilson Park, plus a natural surface walking trail, horseshoes, and more. Visit Fairy Stone Park and search for the fairy stone, a naturally occurring crystal found in only a few places on earth.  MorningStart your day with a delicious coffee and crepe from Coyote Coffee in downtown Pickens. Afterwards, make your way to the beautiful Hagood Mill Historic Site, one of the last working grist mills in the country. Pick up a bag of authentic, stone ground grits while you’re there. EveningCheck out Grass Rootes for a casual dining experience and ample outdoor seating. For endless outdoor space, head over to veteran owned Mountain Run Winery for wine, cider, and food trucks. You cannot miss Old House, Virginia’s only family owned and operated winery, brewery, and distillery. For easy access to the heart of historic downtown, spend the night at Suites 249, Thyme Suites, or The Loft on Davis. MorningStart off at Moving Meadows Farm for daily specials and provisions to take home. Then head over to Rockwater Park for miles of walking trails, an 18-hole disc golf course, ninja obstacle course, climbing boulder, and splash pad. Explore and relax among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge when you visit Martinsville-Henry County. From state parks and waterways to local eateries and an artisan trail, there’s something for everyone. Go for a scavenger hunt to find the public art murals throughout the community before finishing up your day with a craft beverage from the area’s wineries or brewery. Davis street in downtown Culpeper. Photo courtesy of Visit Culpeper During a time when we’re all looking for safe adventures in smaller towns with outdoor activities, Hendersonville, N.C., checks all the boxes. Located just south of Asheville, this Blue Ridge Mountain town is surrounded by Pisgah National Forest. Hendersonville’s vibrant downtown and creative culinary scene combine with its natural setting to make for a well-rounded destination. AfternoonWatch the planes and helicopters coming and going at the Blue Ridge Regional Airport while you enjoy a variety of American classics from Simply Suzanne’s. Then make your way to the Smith River. With eleven public canoe ramps, you can customize your river paddling trip with ease. EveningSlow down in the evening, exploring the shops, art galleries, and restaurants in the Historic District of Uptown Martinsville. Or check out the farm-to-table brewery and award-winning vineyard for a refreshing drink with unbelievable views. Located right on the Smith River, Cahill’s Lily Pad RV Park & Campground is the perfect place to sleep among the stars. HangingRock.com ExperienceRussell.com EveningBack in Woodstock, The Woodstock Café is a hot spot for dinner Thursday through Saturday nights, serving beautiful in-season local foods with an incredible wine selection. If there’s room after dinner, stop into Sugar Creek Snowy & Sweet for an ice cream cone as you make your way back to the Bike and Bed. AfternoonEnjoy lunch at the Seed to Sandwich Café, located at Sweetwater Valley Farm in Philadelphia, a working, family dairy farm that produces a variety of delicious farmstead, cheddar-based cheeses for visitors to sample and purchase. If they’re making cheese when you visit, you’ll get to watch the process through a viewing window and enjoy some fresh cheese curds. AfternoonStop by Fat Boy’s BBQ, Giovanni’s, or J&V’s Corner Diner for a filling lunch. Kayak and canoe the Clinch River with Clinch River Adventures or enjoy a local ATV trail. Head to Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve or the Cleveland Barrens/Tank Hollow Falls Riverbend Trail for more exploration of the area. last_img read more

Guggenheim’s Scott Minerd believes in post-election stock market rally

first_imgGuggenheim Partner’s Scott Minerd told CNBC that Wednesday’s rally on Wall Street makes sense, despite the uncertain outcome in the presidential race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.“I was always of the opinion, regardless of the outcome, short of getting anarchy in the street, that this would be good for stocks,” the firm’s global chief investment officer said on “Closing Bell.” “I honestly believe a blue wave would be better, but I think even if Trump were to be president, that people would say, ‘Hey, we’re not getting any big tax increases and we have a green light as long as the economy stays on track.’”- Advertisement – Minerd’s comments came as the major U.S. stock indexes rose while investors digested the uncertain Election Day results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 367 points, or 1.3%, while the benchmark S&P 500 advanced by 2.2%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq outperformed, jumping by nearly 4%.While NBC News has not made a projection about the balance of power in the Senate, some market watchers believe the stock gains were spurred by a belief that Republicans would maintain their majority, thereby standing in the way of a potential Biden administration’s desire to raise corporate and capital gains taxes. Both policy changes are generally considered to be a headwind for equity valuations.Minerd expressed concerns about the rising number of coronavirus cases and the risk to the economy’s recovery. “The rate of new Covid cases has gone exponential,” he said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I think we are still in for a pretty severe period of infection coming through the fourth quarter and into the first. That obliviously is going to create a lot of noise in the economy, but it is going to put more pressure on stimulus and the Republicans in the Senate to compromise on providing even more stimulus,” Minerd said. Republicans have favored a smaller stimulus deal than Democrats.Earlier Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he hopes to approve another pandemic relief package “before the end of the year.” He added, “I think that’s job one when we get back. Hopefully we get a more cooperative situation than we’ve had” now that Election Day has passed.Minerd said it is important for investors to see beyond the near-term uncertainties as they consider how to position their portfolios. “At the end of the day, if you can clear smoke in the next months and look through what’s going on in the next six months, as an investor, I think you have to be fairly positive for all risk assets, whether it’s … high-yield bonds, corporate bonds and also for stocks,” he said.last_img read more

Angels’ Kole Calhoun giveth and taketh away in adventurous game against Dodgers

first_imgCalhoun (2 for 4) looked lost at the plate before going on the disabled list in June with an oblique injury. He was hitting .145 at the time, his only home run to that point coming on Opening Day. His two solo blasts Friday were his sixth and seventh home runs in 23 games since.In the seventh inning, Calhoun all but undid his own damage.Forsythe and Joc Pederson led off the inning with a single and double, respectively, against Angels pitcher Cam Bedrosian. That put runners at second and third base for Muncy, who delivered a single to right field. Forsythe jogged in with the tying run.Pederson initially held up after rounding third base. But when he saw Calhoun’s throw sail into the protective netting behind home plate, he trotted home easily with the Dodgers’ third run.“I got it kind of on my right side,” Calhoun said of the throw, “and I don’t think I ever really got closed all the way, and just kind of sailed that throw. With Joc on second, it felt like I might have to hurry a little bit. Turns out, he wasn’t even going. It was just a throw that’s gotta be down and not executed by me.”After allowing Muncy’s 22nd home run of the season, Angels right-hander Felix Peña got through four innings without incident. He walked three batters and struck out five while dancing in and out of danger.The Dodgers loaded the bases in the first inning on two walks and a Bellinger double. Peña got Chris Taylor to ground into a double play, ending that inning. When Chase Utley, a left-handed batter, was announced as a pinch hitter for Buehler in the fifth inning, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia countered by replacing Peña with left-hander Jose Alvarez.Utley’s single against Alvarez was his first hit against a southpaw since May 9; it came on the same day Utley announced he would retire at the end of the season. But again, the Dodgers could not cash in the leadoff runner on base.Buehler’s five-inning start was his longest since June 8. The rookie had spent most of the meantime recovering from a rib microfracture. His last major league appearance – a disastrous relief outing against the Chicago Cubs on June 28 – offered little reassurance.Since then, Buehler had thrown three innings in a minor league rehab game and a five-inning simulated game against teammates. This time he threw 79 pitches over five innings, walking one batter and pitching around every rally the Angels tried to muster.“Kind of a battle. One of those grinder games,” Buehler said. “First game back. I was happy with it.”Four of the Angels’ six hits against Buehler were singles. Base hits by Andrelton Simmons and Mike Trout in the first inning put runners on first and third with one out, but Buehler came back to strike out Justin Upton and Luis Valbuena to end the inning.In the third inning, Buehler again struck out Valbuena with two runners on and one out. Kinsler nearly drove in a run with a line drive headed for right field, but Bellinger dove to his right to snag the baseball on the fly.The Angels’ only other hits against Buehler were the solo home runs by Calhoun. Still, those were enough to leave Buehler in line for the loss.Caleb Ferguson didn’t allow a run in two innings of relief. Right-hander Erik Goeddel pitched a scoreless eighth before handing the ball to Alexander.Andrelton Simmons went 2 for 4 with a stolen base for the Angels (48-47), who are 10 games behind the Seattle Mariners for the American League’s second wild card position.The Dodgers (52-42) extended their stay in first place in the NL West to two straight days.Staff Writer Joey Kaufman contributed to this report. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Alexander had an adventure of his own before locking down his first save as a Dodger. With one out, pinch hitter Shohei Ohtani lined a double into left-center field. The next batter, Jose Briceño, beat out an infield single.Rookie David Fletcher, who hit his first career home run a day earlier, was up next. Roberts visited the mound briefly, he said, to “kind of slow (him) down a little bit.” Fletcher hit the first pitch he saw on the ground to third baseman Max Muncy, who threw to Logan Forsythe at second base for the easy forceout.Forsythe’s relay throw to first baseman Cody Bellinger was a bit wide of the bag. But umpire David Rackley ruled that Bellinger tagged out Fletcher before he crossed the base – a dramatic double play to end a close game.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I’m always looking for ground balls,” said Alexander, whose ground-ball rate is higher than any active pitcher. “All I’m focused on, besides the one pitch to Ohtani, I felt like I was still making good pitches. Sometimes you’re going to make good pitches and these guys are still going to get on base. Just a great team effort. I was glad I was able to help out.”Muncy got the Dodgers on the board with a first-inning home run, and his single in the seventh inning off Cam Bedrosian (3-2) led to the second and third runs. Muncy finished 2 for 4.center_img PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a home run in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35), left, and Logan Forsythe (11), right, celebrate after scoring in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Max Muncy (not pictured) in a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13), right, high fives Cody Bellinger (35), left, after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Pitcher Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and his teammates confer on the mound in the first inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws out the first pitch in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout runs to first base to single in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor fouls the ball in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado looks at the crowd during the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton reacts after being struck out in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley watches from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia and an elder-statesman role with the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, celebrates his home run with Mike Trout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches his fifth-inning home run, his second home run of the night, in the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks back to the dugout after being called out on strikes by home plate umpire Larry Vanover #27 as catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on in the fifth inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits his second solo homerun of the game in the fifth inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches the flight of his home run, his second home run of the game, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Pitcher Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after giviing up a solo homerun to Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (rounding third base) during the third inning of their MLB game at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun celebrates his home run, his home run, his second home run of the game, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, celebrates his second home run of the night with Andrelton Simmons during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley watches after hitting a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single to right field in the fifth inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Pitcher Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks to the dugout after being pulled from the game in the fifth inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an rbi single to deep right field during the seventh inning of their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches his RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy runs to first base after hitting an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson slides home to score against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after scoring on a throwing error by Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout reacts after swimming at a pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers congratulates Logan Forsythe #11 and Joc Pederson #31 as they enter the dugout after they scored in the seventh inning during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Pitcher Cam Bedrosian #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hands the ball over to manager Mike Scioscia and leaves the game in the seventh inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, follows through on a double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, celebrates on second base after hitting a double during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, center, of Japan, stops at third base next to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, on a single hit by Jose Briceno during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, and Cody Bellinger celebrate the team’s 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Eiko Roberts, left, celebrates with her son, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Eiko Roberts, mother of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, celebrates after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: (L-R) Cam Bedrosian #32, Oliver Drake #36, Noe Ramirez #25, Deck McGuire #68 and Taylor Cole #67 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim look on from the outfield wearing t-shirts with the image of teammate Mike Trout on them during batting practice the prior to MLB game at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)WWII veteran Yoshio Nakamura is honored as veteran of the game in the second inning of a Major League Baseball between the Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) in the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Andrew Toles (60) retrieves a baseball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (not pictured) in the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs to third base in the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)NextShow Caption1 of 55Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)ExpandLOS ANGELES — In an adventurous season, Kole Calhoun played his most adventurous game Friday night at Dodger Stadium.Calhoun hit a pair of solo home runs against Dodgers starter Walker Buehler to give the Angels an early lead. When his throw home from right field sailed over the head of catcher Jose Briceño, the Dodgers were able to score the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.The run held up and the Dodgers won 3-2 before an announced crowd of 53,368 at Dodger Stadium.On a night when Kenley Jansen was unavailable to close, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts turned to left-hander Scott Alexander in the ninth inning of a one-run game.last_img read more

Jon Miller, July 25

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last Friday we got anywhere from a quarter to a little over a half inch on most of our fields. And the Monday before that we had about a half-inch also. Moisture-wise I think we have been some of the luckier ones in the state. Things really look just about as good as we could hope for at this point.Most of our corn is done pollinating. We have some early corn planted on April 18 and we pulled an ear at sweet corn stage already. It is progressing really well with the heat and moisture. It may be an early harvest.Most of the corn pollinated in the low to mid-80s range for temperature. We were maybe a little dry for a couple of days for pollination, but nothing severe.We brought all of the equipment back last Thursday for baling straw and called it quits. We should be between 96,000 and 97,000 bales of straw for the year, which was double what we did last year and it was tremendous. We had the weather to do it. A lot of times we’ll be baling almost until August and this year we were done last week with more bales.I am on the Trade Policy and Biotech team for the National Corn Growers Association and we had meetings last week in Washington, D.C. and the Corn Congress was after that. A good friend and good leader for Ohio, John Linder, got elected to the NCGA Board. He was the highest vote getter in the election. That is the first time ever that Ohio has had two on that board at one time. We have Anthony Bush and John Linder — both from Morrow County — on there now and Ohio should be proud of that. Ohio is well respected at the national level.It seems like there is a huge crop out there after hearing from people across the country. After talking to everyone, it may be tough for the markets to really rally much.last_img read more

AT&T Buying T-Mobile for $39 Billion

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img AT&T has just announced its intention to buy T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $39 billion. Both boards of directors have approved the deal, which would make AT&T the largest wireless company in the United States, assuming the deal passes regulator approval.The acquisition will allow AT&T to improve network quality for both companies’ customers, says AT&T, while also enabling it to expand its 4G/LTE deployment to 95% of the U.S. population.The rollout of LTE enabled by the deal would reach an additional 46.5 million Americans, AT&T reports, including small towns and rural communities. T-Mobile does not have a clear path for rolling out LTE, the wireless firm said. After the acquisition completes, AT&T would be able to deliver LTE to over 294 million people.Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO, notes the importance of this move, explaining that “mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”AT&T also pointed out via its press release that the LTE rollout would help achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.”Business Insider calculated the customer numbers involved in this deal, noting that at the end of 2010, AT&T had 95.5 million wireless subscribers and T-Mobile had 33.7 million subscribers. Their new combined total would be 129.2 million subscribers. In comparison, Verizon Wireless had 94.1 million wireless customers.But the news isn’t all rosy, cautions Forrester research analyst Charles Golvin.“AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile, if approved, brings good news and bad news. The good news: high-speed mobile broadband service will improve in quality and coverage, including — in the long run — those in rural communities outside the reach of terrestrial broadband today. The bad news: the cost of that service won’t come down nearly as fast as customers would like, since AT&T and Verizon Wireless combined would own nearly three out of every four wireless subscriptions in the US. While clearly troublesome for Sprint and other mobile smaller mobile competitors, It’s also bad news for cable operators, whose incipient mobility products will suffer in comparison to what AT&T and Verizon can offer.”T-Mobile customers, of course, just want to know if this new deal means they can finally get the iPhone, but there’s no word on that just yet. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perezlast_img read more

IAS officer apologises over his remarks on attire of BSP leaders

first_imgAn IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh has issued a public apology days after he taunted some Dalit leaders of the BSP for their “expensive” attire and cars when they had gone to a primary school to take stock of a case of alleged caste discrimination in the mid-day meals.Posted as District Magistrate of Ballia, Bhawani Singh Khangorat’s apology came after he was trolled by Dalits and Ambedkarite social media users who posted photos of shoes, cars and wrist watches to highlight what they described was his “casteist” outlook.Stressing that certain reactions on social media had shown “a mirror” to him, Mr. Khangorat admitted to not giving due respect to the BSP activists.”It was my mistake. It was also childish to refer to somebody’s watch, shoes or car. It didn’t occur to me then, but now I feel it,” said Mr. Khangorat in a statement posted on Twitter.The controversy dates to August 29 when the DM visited the Rampur-1 primary school in the Purvanchal district to probe if reports of non-Dalit students shunning their Dalit classmates during mid-day meals and also bringing their own plates from home to avoid contact, were true. While the DM dismissed the reports as prima facie baseless, he courted controversy with his remarks targetting a delegation of BSP workers who had reached the school before his team.Mr. Khangorat had on August 29 said he was “astonished” to find “big cars” parked outside the school when he reached the spot.”I don’t know which party they belonged to. But from their attire they looked like politicians…full-white clothes, expensive shoes and expensive watches. It seemed like they are big, rich-type of people,” the DM told reporters after he asked him to comment on BSP chief Mayawati’s tweet demanding action over the incident.Later, a video showed the DM taking a swipe at BSP zonal coordinator Madan Ram for his attire, further fuelling Dalit ire. In the video, Mr. Khangorat can be seen pointing at the BSP leader and saying ,”₹25 lakh ki gadi (car) mein safed posh,” before following it up by asking him the cost of his shoes and wrist watch.The BSP leader countered the DM by saying that he was “making false allegations.” The DM then accused the BSP delegation of engaging in “only theatrics.”Visibly put off, the BSP leader exclaimed that an official of the rank of a DM didn’t like him wearing shoes costing ₹700. “When the DM’s mentality is such, you can imagine the situation,” said Mr. Ram.In his apology note, the DM says he had no idea about the caste or party of the people who had reached the primary school before him and that he found their presence odd.He also claims he initially did not believe that they were there to actually resolve the issue as they rejected his offer to tag along with him in the probe.”Whatever it was, it was my mistake to humiliate them that way,” the DM said. He also said that since the issue pertained to “innocent children,” he found it hard to remain objective. “From the bottom of my heart, with folded hands and my head bowing, I apologise…,” he said, if his behaviour was thought to be disrespectful towards any community or group.last_img read more

Cavs coach Lue says friends shot in Las Vegas tragedy

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lynx capture 4th WNBA title, overcome Sparks in 5 games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue answers questions during a press conference introducing Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder & Ante Zizic at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 7, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — For Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, the shootings in Las Vegas became personal.Lue said he personally knows three people who were shot Sunday night when a gunman armed with assault rifles smashed open to hotel windows and opened fire on concert-goers, killing 59 and wounding more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Whatever we can do to try to eliminate these types of situations, I’m all for it,” he said. “I’m not really a political guy who says what you should do. Whatever we can do to stop these types of violent acts, I’m all for it.” MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Lue, who has lived in Las Vegas over the past nine summers, said he knew about 15 people who were at the show.“Just a horrible thing to have to go through, especially when I lived there for nine years and knowing all the people I know out there that work at the Mandalay Bay and Aria,” Lue said Wednesday night before the Cavs hosted the Atlanta Hawks in their first exhibition game. “I feel sorry for all the loved ones of each one that lost someone or been badly hurt. It’s just not a good thing. I’ve been touched by a few people who’d gotten injured, who’d gotten shot. Just a tough position to be in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel sorry for all the loved ones of each one that lost someone or been badly hurt,” Lue said. “It’s just not a good thing. I’ve been touched by a few people who’d gotten injured, who’d gotten shot. Just a tough position to be in.”In his third season as Cleveland’s coach, Lue wouldn’t comment on changing gun laws, but would be in favor of anything to prevent bloodshed. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Joel Embiid, Stephen Curry show off volleyball skills

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 🏐x 🏀Joel Embiid and Steph Curry get loose before the #NBAAllStar game // 8pm ET on TNT! pic.twitter.com/nlMfE0WiWe— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 18, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJoel Embiid and Stephen Curry warmed up to play basketball — by playing volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT He took his massive right arm and, with fine form, spiked the ball as one would when trying for a kill and a point in volleyball. The ball bounced hard off the court, the carom skipping over the sideline and the ball winding up in the second row of seats.Embiid covered his mouth in mock disbelief, and the volleyball game ended.Curry, Embiid and the rest of Team Giannis absorbed a come-from-behnd 178-164 loss to Team LeBron in the main event of the NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte.Embiid finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Curry, last year’s captain, 17 points, seven assists and nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Time for official jersey retirement for Danny Ildefonso? His son, fans thinks so LATEST STORIES Embiid and Curry passed a basketball back and forth before Sunday night’s All-Star game by using volleyball maneuvers, perfectly executing bumps and sets. That is, until Embiid seemed to decide he was bored with all that.center_img PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:13Steph Curry dances and dazzles in Manila return02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

10 months agoLeicester boss Puel insists Chelsea upset can happen

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel insists Chelsea upset can happenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel insists they’re capable of upsetting Chelsea this weekend.Puel took heart from their performance in defeat to Manchester City this week in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals.He said, “It will be a good challenge. We need to give our best to get a result. We need to have a collective response.”If we have the same mentality as against Man City, we can hopefully get a result.”Puel also gave a brief injury update and admitted they are still waiting to find out if England defender Ben Chilwell will be fit to face Chelsea.”I think he can participate [in the Chelsea game]. We will see tomorrow.”We have doubts about Wilfred [Ndidi], we will see tomorrow [for Chelsea]. It’s about his knee.” last_img read more