Texas Trending For 4-Star DL Recruit Tunmise Adeleye

first_imgA pylon in the Texas Longhorns endzone.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: An end zone pylon in a general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)Katy, Texas native Tunmise Adeleye is a rising high school junior recruit. The class of 2021 prospect is already one of the bigger names among defensive linemen that year.He’s gotten plenty of attention already. 20 schools have come through with offers, including local powers Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M.Those three are among the six schools that currently stand out. He spoke to HornSports about the recruiting process thus far, and specifically, where the Texas Longhorns stand:Out of his 20 offers, Adeleye is eyeing six schools that stand out above the rest. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M.Adeleye certainly has options, but the school he will chose must have three things.“A coaching staff that will develop me into an elite draft prospect, a degree that will separate me from my competition in the workforce, and a nice campus and town.”Early on in the recruitment, Texas appears to be in good shape for Tunmise Adeleye.Three of the four early crystal ball predictions have him ending up as a Longhorn. That sample size isn’t huge, but it’s not a bad sign.Another good sign for UT: he plans to take another visit soon, after checking out things in Austin in February. He’ll be taking a tour of schools with his friend and teammate Jalen Milroe, a four-star quarterback.“I will be taking a lot of visits to different schools in the summer with my teammate Jalen Milroe. We will be at Texas, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn and Texas A&M.”He plans to be a package deal with Milroe, as he recently expressed on Twitter.@JalenMilroe is my lil bro we’ve been playing ball together since 6th grade it’s deeper then a friendship he’s my family I promise we’re going to the same school together so as spring ball starts I pray some people make the right decision and offer him he’s a generational talent— Tunmise (@tunmiseadeleye) April 20, 2019Milroe is a prominent recruit in his own right, but with so much time left in the cycle, he doesn’t have quite the same offer list. Still, schools like Florida State and Nebraska have already come through with them, so he certainly could start to accrue the same level of attention as Adeleye.247 ranks Adeleye No. 47 overall, and No. 6 at his position. He’s the 17th-ranked player in Texas for the 2021 class.[HornSports]last_img read more

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Italian Palumbo Group Acquires Viktor Lenac Shipyard

first_imgItalian shipyard group Palumbo Group has taken over Viktor Lenac, a shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia.Following the recent acquisition, Palumbo now has a 59.69 percent stake in the yard, according to a statement issued on the Zagreb Stock Exchange.Palumbo has joined forces with Malta-based P&L Shiprepair Holding to take over Viktor Lenac. The two companies have been buying Viktor Lenac’s shares on several occasions.Together, the duo now holds almost 82 percent of Viktor Lenac’s shares.As earlier explained, the intention of the new owners is to enhance the existing capacity of the shipyard in order to achieve better efficiency and operational profitability.The change in Viktor Lenac’s ownership structure comes after its major shareholders — Tankerska Plovidba and Uljanik — decided to sell their stakes in the yard with the aim “to embrace new challenges and opportunities”.Viktor Lenac provides building, repairing, conversion and other services for ships and other floating units.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Shelburne County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309, located 3.4 kilometres southof Highway 103, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. onWednesday, Nov. 24 while bridge inspections are carried out. Onlyemergency vehicles and school buses will be able to cross thebridge during this time. Other vehicles are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge onHighway 103. last_img

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LGBT TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

first_imgA very insightful experience! The Feedback video was a gift and the entire team was extremely professional and helpful throughout the process.– Kate MontgomeryThis festival is designed to showcase the best of LGBT stories from around the world today! We accept screenplays (short, TV Pilot, feature) and short films from all corners of the world.CLICK HERE FOR SUBMISSION DETAILS AND INFORMATION Advertisement Read daily Testimonials: https://lgbttorontofilmfestival.com/category/testimonials/We are proud to showcase a winning LGBT screenplay at our festival every single month!! Go to the site and watch the winning readings each month.All entries receive full feedback from the industry. Accepted screenplays get their screenplays performed by professional actors. Accepted short films get their movie showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival at the Carlton Cinemas, located in The Village in downtown Toronto.One of North America’s leading gay destinations, Toronto has been holding Pride observances since the ’70s. The Pride parade draws more than 1.2 million spectators and participants annually, making it one of the top such draws in the world. Before the parade, the festival will take place. The cinema is located in the Church & Wellesley area, where all of the Pride Events take place.LGBT festivals occur 6 times a year. Go to the website for information on the next events.CLICK HERE FOR SUBMISSION DETAILS AND INFORMATION Facebook Advertisement Awards & PrizesFor examples of what you’ll receive, watch the best of videos from the festival in the last two years:LBGT Winning Screenplays:https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL-0CVDAfvxipAs5K-4inkEO_qClH6eVkw&v=k3tLNO_8ilILGBT Short Film Videos:https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL-0CVDAfvxirbP5076b37hmkhp-oa0kzZ&v=cIaDt3vIlY0center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Tarmilat: The Dual Identity of Rural Morocco

By Christopher ThomasRabat – The true Moroccan experience goes beyond the major metropolitan hubs, and well off the beaten path. To further my understanding of the country’s diverse identity, I spent two weeks living with Berbers in the rural Middle Atlas mountain village of Tarmilat, by Oulmes. This small farming village functions much like it did 1000 years ago, when the Berbers (also called Amazigh) tended to their crops and livestock before the Arab arrival. Houses dot the fertile mountain landscape beside the great gorge that slices through the fields. Stone, cement, and mud-brick make up the walls of these homes, with thin roof panels weighed down by stones. Herds of sheep, goats, and cows wander and graze, guarded by dogs and shepherds. As a traveler, the rolling hills, blooming flowers, and sheer cliff faces shattered the last vestiges of preconceived notions painting Morocco as a desert country. But the most striking difference from urban life was the people themselves. Just as punctual American life contrasts with more relaxed Moroccan habits, rural Berber notions of time are another entity entirely. Each day was an early morning for my host family, rising with the dawn rooster’s cry. Universal truths of a farmer’s life necessitated careful attention to the animals’ needs, and a commitment to caretaking the dependent livestock. Their love for the animals was not all tender though; my host grandmother ruled the animals with an iron fist. When she’d hobble outside with her cane, the squawking chickens would fall silent in fear! Long days in the field were interrupted for classic Moroccan meals, from tagine to couscous, and the occasional fries. Fresh-baked bread was dipped in newly-made olive oil, and accompanied by the famous Berber Whiskey, which is actually just particularly sugary tea.While each day is a full commitment to watching the animals, concepts of punctuality are even more fluid than in Moroccan cities. Scheduling appointments could be a multi-day process, while leisurely hikes and brilliant sunsets comprised the majority of my days. Hospitality is a staple of rural culture, and every meal included an insistent chorus of eat, eat, from French to Arabic to Tamazight.Wandering the mountains and getting lost along the gorge drove home the sense of community. As I hiked across what was undoubtedly private property, I was not chased out by a shotgun-wielding farmer, as I could expect back in America. Instead, a goatherd showed me the paths that lead back up the mountain and offered me tea in his small tent beside his bleating herd. Tarmilat offered a timeless gaze into the past, and an opportunity to live centuries-old customs.However, this is only one side to rural Berber life. While their core traditions and lifestyle remains the same, modernity enters their lands and homes. Almost every house has electricity for lights, stoves, and a television. Soap operas are as important there as in so many other Moroccan households.The center of town had three large buildings: a school, a hotel, and a Sidi Ali bottled water plant. The first shows Tarmilat’s desire to modernize education and empower the youth with the same opportunities as their urban counterparts. The second shows the influence of tourism and Western accommodations. The third bolsters the local economy and brings jobs and financial relevance to the town beyond its historical agriculture. With the river flowing through the gorge below, a natural source is nearby and key to the town’s economic future.Yet these encouraging signs of modernization nonetheless show just how far Tarmilat has yet to progress. Morocco’s education disparity is extremely divisive along urban/rural lines, as rural students have less access to teachers, adequate facilities, infrastructure, or money. Language skills, among other subjects, often face deficiencies due to sheer distance from metropolises that have a greater breadth of speakers.The most striking grievance of Tarmilat is the lack of government investment. This is abundantly apparent in the infrastructure, and the glaring deficiencies in basic needs. Neglect, carelessness, and poverty have led to embarrassments like this:The logic of the construction escapes me. This is an open field, not a cramped city with tight zoning restrictions. The post could have been built anywhere that wasn’t the road. Such an illogical structure remains in the street and has not been rectified to date. Cars swerve to avoid it.Amusements like this may seem trivial to a visitor, like a curiosity of an underdeveloped farm from ages past. But infrastructure failures like inadequate roads can have dire consequences. On Wednesday, May 20th, this year, a car skirted off the road and crashed into a ditch below. Six women were killed. The inadequate roads were not the only infrastructure deficiency to blame. The crash site, near Oulmes, had no readily available means to transport the victims to a hospital. Several of these women lay in the wreckage of their car in critical condition, but very much alive. A timely ambulance could have saved them. Instead, they died of their injuries. Locals now call this day Black Wednesday.Black Wednesday shatters the illusion that living exactly as generations past have lived is without consequences, or even aligns with the desires of local residents. Without development in rural places, tragedies such as this will continue. A simple lifestyle is valuable, but it can and should be balanced with modern facilities to meet basic needs.The money that is sent to Tarmilat rarely funds constructive projects. One local lamented how the wealth of nearby Oulmes is tightly consolidated and does not reach the surrounding people. She described the problems of Tarmilat as “Marginalization, exclusion, and unemployment.”My time in Tarmilat offered me insight into rural Berber life in Morocco, from my host family’s tender but firm care for the animals to a goatherd’s hospitality. A closer look at the developmental issues facing the town allowed me to appreciate its dual identity. It has become clear to me that traditional customs and modern infrastructure can coexist, as cultural norms and hospitality transcend technology. Government investment in development can prevent Black Wednesday from happening again, and balance the generosity of the timeless Berber identity with a modern Morocco which values equally all of its citizens. read more

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Suspension on Perpetual Treasuries Limited extended

The bank said the suspension has been extended in order to continue the investigations being conducted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, acting in terms of the Regulations made under the Registered Stock and Securities Ordinance and the Local Treasury Bills Ordinance, has decided to extend the suspension of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) from carrying on the business and activities of a Primary Dealer.A statement by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said the suspension has been extended for a period of six months with effect from 4.30 p.m. on 05th January 2019. Perpetual Treasuries Limited is being investigated over a Central Bank treasury bond scam. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Media magnate Rupert Murdoch model Jerry Hall engaged

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2016 10:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 at 6:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 10, 2016 photo, Jerry Hall, left, and Rupert Murdoch arrive at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Murdoch announced his engagement to Hall, the actress and former supermodel who had a long-time relationship with Mick Jagger on Monday, Jan. 11. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, model Jerry Hall engaged LONDON – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is engaged to Jerry Hall, the American actress and former supermodel who had a long-time relationship with Mick Jagger.Murdoch, 84, and Hall, 59, placed a classified ad in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section of Tuesday’s Times newspaper, which is owned by Murdoch’s News Corp.Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corp., and Hall have been dating since late summer after being introduced by one of Murdoch’s sisters and his niece in his native Australia, the Times reported in a story posted online. They made their relationship public in October when they appeared together at the Rugby World Cup Final in London and got engaged last weekend while attending the Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills, California.“They have loved these past months together, are thrilled to be getting married and excited about their future,” a spokesperson for the Murdoch family told the Times.Murdoch has six children from his three previous marriages. He was married to Patricia Booker, an Australian, and then to Scottish-born journalist Anna Torv. He later married Chinese-born Wendi Deng, whom he divorced in 2013.Hall, a Texas native, moved to Paris as a teenager to pursue a modeling career. She was one of the most photographed supermodels in the 1970s and dated Roxy Music’s lead singer Bryan Ferry. She entered a long-term relationship with the Rolling stones frontman in the late 1970s.Hall and Jagger had an unofficial private Hindu marriage ceremony in Bali, Indonesia, in 1990, but during divorce proceedings in 1999 a British court declared the marriage invalid.___This story has been corrected to show that the ad appeared in Tuesday’s edition of the Times. read more

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How Screwed Are The Eagles With Mark Sanchez As Their Starting QB

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans on Sunday, bringing their record to 6-2 — good for sole possession of first place in the NFC East. They also moved up two slots in our NFL Elo rankings; at the moment, their 1584 Elo rating ranks eighth among all NFL teams.But it wasn’t all good news for the Eagles on Sunday. The team’s starting quarterback, Nick Foles, suffered a “cracked” collarbone on the final play of the first quarter, necessitating an appearance by backup Mark Sanchez. While Sanchez played reasonably well in the victory, tossing a pair of touchdowns and posting a Total QBR of 53.4 (the NFL average for QBR is 50), there’s no small degree of trepidation among Eagles fans about the prospect of moving forward with Sanchez as the team’s starting QB for the next six to eight weeks.Anytime a team loses its starting quarterback, there’s a clear drop-off in performance. To quantify that decline, I went back and gathered data from every NFL game since 1978 in which a team was missing its regular starter at quarterback (defined as a QB who started at least 10 of 16 games for the team during the season). According to the Elo ratings going into those 1,585 games, which ostensibly assume the regular starter is playing, the starter-less teams should have expected to win 46 percent of the time. In actuality, they only won at a 37 percent clip.Essentially, a group of teams with an average pre-game Elo rating of 1478 played like they collectively deserved a 1419 rating. If the Eagles followed the same formula, we might surmise their “true” Elo rating without Foles would drop similarly to 1525, effectively making them the 18th-best team in football instead of the eighth-best.Making matters worse for Philadelphia, the numbers say that Foles is better than the typical starting quarterback — and that Sanchez is far worse. Since his NFL debut in 2012, Foles has been the sixth-most efficient passer in the league, according to adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A). Meanwhile, over the years in which Sanchez was the New York Jets’ starting quarterback (2009 to 2012), he posted the worst ANY/A in the NFL among QBs with 800 or more attempts.But when we look at the aforementioned dataset of backup-quarterback games since 1978, the post-game shift to a team’s Elo rating doesn’t bear any relationship to the disparity between the career ANY/A rates of the starter and the backup. In other words, the Eagles’ Elo rating is likely to decline with each successive game in which they are forced to start Sanchez instead of Foles, but it’s hard to say how much the difference between Foles’ career resume and Sanchez’s resume matters.Besides, there’s also evidence that Foles’s passing isn’t even the reason the Eagles have been winning this season. The team’s defense and special teams have been among the best in the NFL, while the team’s offense has underwhelmed. Although Foles’s numbers were otherworldly in 2013, his passing efficiency has been average at best in 2014 thus far, in no small part because the incredibly low interception rate he posted in 2013 has (predictably) regressed to the mean.There’s no question that the Eagles are worse off because of the injury to Foles, and it makes a material difference to their playoff odds going forward. But things may not be quite as dire for Philadelphia as they seem. read more

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Mining technology developer Maptek to sponsor APCOM 2013

first_imgGlobal mining technology developer, Maptek will be a Gold level sponser for APCOM 2013. APCOM is held every two years at different locations around the world and concerns computer and operations research in mining, and will be held in Porto Alegre in Brazil from 3-8 November 2013. Marcelo Arancibia, Vice-President of Maptek South America said “APCOM was one of the best venues for professional to come together to share applications of technology. As developer of software producst that target processes across mining operations, as well as 3D laser survey hardware, Maptek has a vital stake in remaining a key player in best practices in mining applications. We pride ourselves on our robust function-rich software.” Arancibia will be hosting one of the technical sessions and looks forward to hearing how specific technologies can benefit operational outcomes.“As well as new tools which may require substantial development to be market-ready, even minor additions or updates to existing products can make a huge difference to the daily workflow and longer term outcome for an operation. This is where having people discuss their issues with us leads to breakthrough solutions.” commented Arancibia.‘”By talking with the mining companies, Maptek gains a deeper understanding of the quality gates, pressure points and connecting processes in mining operations. We can then develop tools that smooth those concerns,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Drip irrigation ensures optimum utilisation of water Dr HP

first_imgRajendranagar: Former Deputy Director General & Chairman of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) Council of Agriculture and Food Security Dr HP Singh called upon the farmers to understand the benefits of drip irrigation which can provide maximum yield, with optimum utilisation of water. Speaking at the programme in PJTSAU, the founder and Chairman of Confederation of Horticulture Associations of India (CHAI) asked the scientists to bring to the notice of the government the optimum utilisation of water for irrigation purposes, so that a solution can be found by opening way for a healthy debate at the national level. Dr Singh discussed the planned 3-day international convention being organised by his ASM Foundation in coordination with other organisations in May 2020, with University’s Vice Chancellor, Dr V Praveen Rao and other officials. In this convention, the focus would be on optimum utilisation of water for irrigation purposes.last_img read more

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Indoor badminton stadium opens

first_imgL B Nagar: Local MLA D Sudheer Reddy on Thursday inaugurated an indoor shuttle badminton stadium at Sachivalayanagar, built at a cost of Rs 82 lakh, spending GHMC funds, along with MLC Egge Mallesh.Among those present were Corporator Lakshmi Prasanna Rammohan Goud, GHMC Additional Commissioner Mukunda Reddy, EE Ravinder, DE Bhadru Maik, AMHO Manjulavani, AE Sainath Goud, Sachivalayanagar Cooperative Housing Society president Kurma Rao, secretary Pingali Sambasiva Rao, Ganesh Temple Chairman Ashok Kumar Goud,colony president Ravinder Reddy, former councilor Thota Venkateshwarlu, women’wing president Suvarna, L B Nagar constituency women’s wing president Nirmala Devi, the Area Committee members, Colony Welfare Association representatives and sports persons.last_img read more

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Union Home Ministry clears line for IPS Stephen Ravindra to take

first_imgHyderabad: The Central Government on Wednesday has cleared the line for IPS officer Stephen Ravindra’ as new Intelligence Chief of Andhra Pradesh. The home ministry in a couple of days is going to send a letter to Telangana Government on the acceptance of Inter state deputation of Ravindra. After getting the orders Telangana government will relieve him from the duties and paves the way further to him to take charge as new Intelligence Chief. Stephen Ravindra is on leave since two months awaiting the clearance from union home ministry.last_img read more

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Texas Supreme Court Rules Against 600Plus School Districts

first_imgThe Texas Supreme Court ruled against more than 600 school districts in the state’s largest lawsuit over school finance. The ruling gives a huge win to the state and was a major defeat for schools.The all-Republican court upheld how Texas pays for public schools as constitutional, even as they said the state’s five million school children deserve better.“Our Byzantine school funding ‘system’ is undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement. But it satisfies minimum constitutional requirements,” Justice Don Willett wrote in the court’s 100-page opinion. There were no dissenting opinions.The state’s Republican leaders praised the decision, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick who addressed it at the Texas GOP convention in Dallas.“Really it supports what all of us, or most of us, or many of us in the Legislature have said — our finance system does have flaws, it’s not perfect, but it is constitutional,” Patrick told reporters.At the same time, the Texas Supreme Court said that students need a revamped school funding system for the 21st century. But they gave state lawmakers no specific mandate to fix it.The ruling brought a chorus of disappointment from school districts, educators, advocates and students.“It’s incredibly disappointing for the under-served students of Texas, for the under-served school districts,” said David Hinojosa, national policy director with IDRA and previously litigated the case for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, or MALDEF.Hinojosa said that the justices took what was already a deferential stance to lawmakers and made it extremely deferential.“Essentially, you know, it will be up to the Legislature to still act because that dismal state of education in Texas has not changed and will not change because of this ruling,” Hinojosa said.Historically, Texas lawmakers have not made major changes to the school finance system unless the judicial system issued a specific order.In fact, during the legislative session in 2015, some lawmakers tried to reform how Texas pays for public schools. The effort failed.Here’s a snapshot of other reactions:“A revamp — or remodel — of the state’s school finance system is what we’ve been consistently requesting,” said Chandra Kring Villanueva, a policy analyst with the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin. She said it’s up to lawmakers to make reform. “But it’s up to the people to tell the legislature what kind of school system that we want. So it really is a time for advocates and parents and school officials to really kind of band together and say we want a world-class education system, not a barely adequate education system.”“I look forward to working next session with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, and my Senate colleagues, to take a serious look at school funding formulas,” said Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a Republican on the Senate’s education committee. “With this ruling the Legislature has a real opportunity to revamp the Texas education system, cut out burdensome and outdated regulations, and bring 21st century best practices into the system to ensure that all Texans receive a quality education.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen “We remain committed to working with the Texas Legislature on a long-term fix for an outdated state school finance system,” said a statement from the Houston Independent School District. “The Court’s ruling affirmed that the current system needs to be revamped, but the Court also said the system is meeting the ‘minimum requirements’ of educating students. Minimum funding requirements are in direct contrast to the high standards Houston ISD and the state set for our students.”“Today’s ruling is a victory for Texas taxpayers and the Texas Constitution,” said Gov. Greg Abbott, who was attorney general when the case was filed. “The Supreme Court’s decision ends years of wasteful litigation by correctly recognizing that courts do not have the authority to micromanage the State’s school finance system. I am grateful for the excellent work of the State’s lawyers at the Attorney General’s Office, without whom this landmark ruling could not have been achieved.” “We understand where the Texas Supreme Court is coming from, but we’re deeply disappointed. Students are more than nameless, faceless, numbers. The court is using legalese to deprive students of their constitutionally guaranteed adequate education,” said Zaakir Tameez, one of the co-authors of an amicus brief to the court from Houston Students. He was the founding speaker of the HISD Student Congress and graduated from Carnegie Vanguard High School in 2015. 00:00 /01:29 X Share last_img read more

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Judge Again Finds Discrimination In Texas Voter ID Law

first_imgAP Photo/LM Otero, FileFILE – In this Nov. 5, 2013 file photo, a sign in a window tells of photo ID requirements for voting at a polling location in Richardson, Texas. A judge has ruled for a second time that Texas’ strict voter ID law was intentionally crafted to discriminate against minorities.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi Monday, April 10, 2017, comes more than two years after she likened the ballot-box rules in Texas to a “poll tax” meant to suppress minority voters.A judge Monday again ruled that Republican lawmakers deliberately designed a strict voter ID law to disadvantage minorities and effectively dampen their growing electoral power.It amounted to the second finding of intentional discrimination in Texas election laws in as many months — a separate court in March ruled that Republicans racially gerrymandered several congressional districts when drawing voting maps in 2011, the same year the voter ID rules were passed.Neither ruling has any immediate impact. But the decisions are significant because it raises the possibility of Texas being stripped of the right to unilaterally change its election laws without federal approval. Forcing Texas to once again seek federal permission — known as “preclearance” — has been a goal of Democrats and minority rights groups since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the requirement in 2013.The latest voter ID ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi comes more than two years after she likened the ballot-box rules in Texas, known as SB 14, to a “poll tax” meant to suppress minority voters. On Monday, she reaffirmed that conclusion after an appeals court asked her to go back and re-examine her findings.The Texas law requires voters to show one of seven forms of identification at the ballot box. That list includes concealed handgun licenses — but not college student IDs — and Texas was forced under court order last year to weaken the law for the November elections.“Proponents touted SB 14 as a remedy for voter fraud, consistent with efforts of other states. As previously demonstrated, the evidence shows a tenuous relationship between those rationales and the actual terms of the bill,” Gonzales Ramos wrote.The state could once again appeal, which is what one of the top deputies of Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appeared to suggest would happen while testifying to lawmakers just as the ruling came down. Brantley Starr, a deputy first assistant attorney general, acknowledged that Texas could be dragged back under preclearance but noted there was little precedent.“It’s possible. It’s our belief that you’d have to have multiple instances of discriminatory purpose,” he said.Later Monday, Paxton spokesman Marc Rylander remarked, “We’re disappointed and will seek review of this ruling at the appropriate time.”The Texas law was softened in August to allow people without a driver’s license or other photo ID to sign an affidavit declaring that they have an impediment to obtaining required identification. Republican lawmakers, who have denied they adopted voting laws in 2011 with discriminatory purpose, are now trying to make that flexibility permanent under legislation that Gov. Greg Abbott could sign later this year.Texas election officials, however, have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state’s toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID. A recent Associated Press analysis of roughly 13,500 affidavits submitted in Texas’ largest counties found at least 500 instances in which voters were allowed to get around the law by signing an affidavit and never showing a photo ID — despite indicating that they possessed one.In February, President Donald Trump’s administration reversed the federal government’s position on the Texas voter ID law, announcing that it would no longer continue challenging the rules as the U.S. Justice Department did under President Barack Obama. Sharelast_img read more

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Earn 10 commission at source with Sunwing throughout November

first_img Share Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Posted by Tags: Commission, Sunwing TORONTO — Agents can earn 10% commission at source with Sunwing when they book select vacation packages or air only during the entire month of November.When agents book Holguin (Cuba), Curacao, La Ceiba (Honduras), Mazatlan (Mexico) and La Romana (DR), they can earn an additional 2% commission on top of the regular 8%.This month-long incentive applies to individual new bookings for all departures between Nov. 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017.Many of the tour operator’s most popular resorts are included in the promotion, including numerous Sunwing Selection resorts. Be Live Hamaca, for example, is easily reached with Sunwing’s twice-weekly flight service from Toronto to La Romana.For more information go to sunwing.ca.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Earn 10% commission at source with Sunwing throughout Novemberlast_img read more

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Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals defensive end Markus Golden (44) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) as defensive end Chandler Jones (55) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals will travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face the 7-1 Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 11.No days off for Golden, though.“I’ll be here, still going to the facilities and getting my body right,” Golden said. “Just resting, getting ready for next weekend and hanging out with my family.” – / 39 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 27-year-old Golden has played in five out of eight games for Arizona in his fourth season out of Missouri.Related LinksRosen’s expletive-laced ‘tidbit,’ Leftwich’s debut help Cards beat 49ersIn comeback win, Rosen planted seeds of legend and gave Arizona hopeRare, late offensive outburst lifts Cardinals to season sweep of 49ersSunday’s performance marked his best since the injury, and Golden is more comfortable now than he’s ever been.“It’s feeling better, it’s feeling way better,” he said on his knee recovery. “Each week I’ve been getting out there and just running around and mentally getting better.“My parents instilled in me, ‘whatever you do, go a hundred percent no matter what’ and that’s something I took as a little kid and really took seriously.”A defensive scheme switch to a base 4-3 sparked a breakout performance by Deone Bucannon, who hadn’t recorded a tackle in a month and has not been getting consistent playing time.“I’ve been playing with Buc since I’ve been here so he’s like a brother to me,” Golden said. “He’s a playmaker, that’s all he’s been doing since I’ve been playing with him. I felt his energy out there and as always just that extra motivation having him out there.”Arizona’s defense limited the 49ers to an average of 3.5 rushing yards per carry. The team is on a bye week to gear up for the second half of the season. Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Markus Golden’s torn ACL injury suffered in Week 4 of last season is now just a thing of the past.Golden led Arizona with seven tackles including two tackles for loss and a sack on Sunday in a 18-15 win, the team’s second of the season, against the San Francisco 49ers.“It felt good this morning to wake up with a victory,” Golden told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station Monday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Final touches to new smoking bill underway

first_imgA new bill banning smoking in all common indoor areas is to be finalised over the next fortnight and forwarded to parliament so that it can pass it as soon as possible.The item is intended to align national legislation with the European Union’s Tobacco Product Directive – which Cyprus should have done by end-July.The bill prohibits smoking at the workplace, hospitals, schools and children’s playgrounds, as well as in open spaces on these grounds.The prohibition applies to cigarettes, roll-ups, e-cigarettes and hubble-bubble.Penalties for violations are to be raised to up to €2,000, while transgressing businesses such as bars and restaurants may be closed for up to four days, with courts having the right to renew the four-day closure.The bill is designed to close a loophole in the current legislation, where businesses bypassed the ban on indoor smoking by creating ‘open spaces’ where customers can light up.Explaining the bill’s provisions, DISY MP and chair of the House health committee Costas Constandinou said smoking will not be allowed in such establishments where “there is a continuity between the indoor and outdoor areas.”For example, if the indoor and outdoor areas of a restaurant or bar are separated by a door, smoking will be prohibited.Conversely, if an establishment has an open foyer with a canopy that is separate from the rest of the premises, then people can puff up there.Some MPs meanwhile are considering whether the ban should be extended to open spaces such open-air theatres or football grounds.Despite the apparent draconian scope of the legislation, Constandinou insisted its aim is to strike a balance between respect for the rights of non-smokers and of smokers. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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