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Why Isn’t Alex Karras in the NFL Hall of Fame?

first_imgOne of the most feared and ferocious players in National Football League history, the late Detriot Lions defensive lineman Alex Karras isn’t in the Hall of Fame – likely kept out because of a suspension for gambling, but as other players with more checkered and violent histories are in.They, however, didn’t stand up to an NFL Commissioner like Karras, the ex-Iowa great who was featured in George Plimpton’s book about the game, Paper Lion, did when he wouldn’t back to down to Pete Rozelle, refusing to be repentant for gambling on games, his disdain for authority showing throughout his career.When he died in 2012 after suffering multiple illnesses and dementia, the New York Times put it this way: “Karras was an especially versatile pass rusher, known around the league for his combination of strength, speed and caginess. His furious approach — Plimpton described it as a “savage, bustling style of attack,” earned him the moniker The Mad Duck.Undersized even in the 1950’s and 1960’s at 6-2 and 250 lbs for a defensive lineman, Karras made up for it with an unbridled menacing style of all-out play, stalking quarterbacks he derided as “milk drinkers,” and making even the toughest running backs look for an exit.Seeing lesser players who couldn’t wear Karras’ undergarments enshrined among the game’s greatest, Detroit Free Press sportswriter Carlos Monarrez made the case for him to finally be admitted, writing: “Enough is enough. It’s time for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to make things right and induct one of the NFL’s all-time best defensive tackles: the late, great Alex Karras, who played for the Detroit Lions from 1958-70.”It came to mind, he said, as he watched Ray Lewis and Randy Moss, of dubious character, getting in, with Karras’ one-year suspension in 1963 – along with Green Bay Packers running great Paul Hornung – one opponent he couldn’t knock down.In today’s game, where every move is a statistic, the modern players are touting math as a symbol of their greatness: how many sacks, how many yards, how many passes caught. With few defensive statistics when he played, there was no way to really calculate Karras’ greatness. Ask anyone across the line from him, gulping in fear at what was going to be coming at him.Karras was named to the Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s — by the entire Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “Seriously. This charade has gone on long enough,” Monarrez wrote.He said he spoke with many of Karras’ contemporaries and that, “Whenever his name comes up, they all agree there’s no question he was one of the most dominant players of his time who absolutely deserves to be enshrined.”Chicago Bears tight end Mike Ditka, a fellow wrecking machine with an equally menacing scowl and ferocity said of Karras, who he had lined up against many times, that, “He was thought of, at the time, as the best defensive lineman in football. I know there was (Gene) Big Daddy Lipscomb. There were a lot of guys. But he was the best.” It’s unclear exactly what has kept Karras out of the Hall of Fame. The selection committee is only supposed to judge players by what they do on the field, and nothing more, Monarrez wrote, but there’s no accounting for what they’re thinking and if Karras’ don’t-give-a-damn attitude is registering in why they don’t vote for him.It may be because the extent of his gambling remains unsure and that for a time he was part owner of Detroit’s iconic Lindell AC bar, until Rozelle ordered him to sell his share, long before, as is on the horizon now, that gambling on games is legal in some states and the Oakland Raiders planning to move to Las Vegas, the American gambling mecca.Monarrez noted that Hornung is in the Hall of Fame but Karras isn’t and it’s probably because Karras wouldn’t apologize and openly said he didn’t like the Commissioner. “But the fact the gambling happened away from the field, that Karras was never proved to have bet on Lions games, and that he was reinstated should make him eligible for the Hall of Fame,” he wrote. The only way for Karras to be elected to the Hall of Fame is through a complicated process that involves the Hall’s Seniors Committee. That’s a group of nine veteran members who are also part of the 48 journalists on the regular Selection Committee.Ditka said it’s time for people holding back on Karras to get over it. “That was a long time ago, and it had no reflection on how he played the game. He’s a Hall of Fame football player, believe me.”When he was reinstated in 1964, Karras once refused when an official asked him to call the pregame coin toss. “I’m sorry, sir,” Karras replied. “I’m not permitted to gamble.” That’s why.TweetPinShare77 Shareslast_img read more

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Badminton’s Lee to seek cancer all-clear before resuming training

first_imgKuala Lumpur, Dec 10 (AFP) Malaysian badminton great Lee Chong Wei is to seek the all-clear from his doctors in Taiwan after his treatment for nose cancer, and probably won’t be back on the courts until next month, reports said Monday.Despite earlier comments from Malaysia’s badminton chief that Lee’s return to the training courts was imminent, the 36-year-old said he still needed the green light from his specialists.The three-time Olympic silver-medallist has spent nearly five months on the sidelines after being diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer and undergoing proton therapy and chemotherapy in Taiwan.”I need to go for my follow-up check-up with doctors in Taiwan later this month, and see what they say then,” Lee was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper, adding that January looked like the earliest he could come back.”I’ve been constantly keeping in touch with them and they have reminded me to take it easy and not to rush it because this is not an injury. It takes time.”The former long-time world number one also cast doubt on whether he will make good on his plan to make a competitive comeback at the All England Open in March.”My target is the All England, but I can’t really be sure I will come back by then,” said Lee.”My desire is there. But I can’t force things to happen. Everything depends on my condition as I’ve been out for almost five months now since I underwent my treatment in July.” The player, now down at 15th in the world rankings, has said that he is still eying an elusive Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games.advertisementLee’s unsuccessful attempts to capture Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal, at three consecutive Summer Games, were followed avidly back home, as was his long-running rivalry with Chinese superstar Lin Dan.His last shot at the Olympic title at Rio 2016 ended in a crushing failure when the Malaysian lost out to China’s Chen Long in a nail-biting final.Nose cancer is perhaps the biggest blow suffered by Lee, who was banned after testing positive for a proscribed anti-inflammatory at the 2014 world championships.Lee returned to the sport in 2015, after authorities accepted he took the drug inadvertently. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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‘I feel like a 10’ – Ibra hints at new Man Utd role

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović ‘I feel like a 10’ – Ibrahimovic hints at new role at Man Utd Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic - cropped Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United Premier League Romelu Lukaku José Mourinho The Swedish hitman is thought to be on the verge of a return to first-team action at Old Trafford but may be used in an unfamiliar role Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that he could play a different role when he makes his Manchester United return.The 36-year-old has been out of action since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the Europa League quarter-final victory over Anderlecht in April, but Jose Mourinho has hinted he could return before the end of 2017.Man U 7/5 to score O2.5 goals v Newcastle Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ibrahimovic led the line for Mourinho’s side last year, supported by a rotating cast of attacking midfielders.Romelu Lukaku took the Swede’s position and number nine shirt following his arrival from Everton, but Ibrahimovic has said that his switch to number 10 is a natural fit for him and could well herald a change in the way he fits into the side.”To me, the No.10 is the star,” he said in a promotional video for Volvo. “The one who makes the difference, gets noticed, wins the matches and is the leader. And I see myself in that position but it is not something that is given to you, it is just something you are, that’s just the way it is.”To be honest, it is like a trigger for me coming back from that injury because I wore the No.10 in the Swedish national team and PSG. I would have worn it at Inter but I soon moved to Barcelona. I wanted it in Milan but took another number out of respect. In Ajax, I didn’t have it.It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice pic.twitter.com/yk1T2i4VQS— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) October 13, 2017″I feel like a ten and I stand for No.10. It will go down in history that I always had No.10.”Speaking about his knee injury, Ibrahimovic added that it was so painful it felt like he was swallowing his own tongue.”I tried to take down a ball with my chest and timed the landing wrong,” he said. “I stuck my legs out and landed completely wrong. The leg went backwards and then it was pulled out. I have never been hurt, but then I felt I swallowed my tongue. It was a strange feeling that I had never known before.”I told myself it’s just a bang up. But when I got up, I felt that the leg was not in balance. In the locker room they started to check the leg but without an X-ray it was impossible to say exactly what the problem was. It turned out to be a cruciate ligament injury.”last_img read more

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Golar Completes Acquisition of FSRU

first_imgzoom Golar LNG Partners LP has completed acquisition of the company that owns and operates the FSRU Golar Igloo from Golar LNG Limited for a purchase price of approximately $310.0 million.The partnership financed the purchase price by the assumption of outstanding debt obligations in respect of the Golar Igloo in the sum of $161.3 million with the balance from the cash proceeds of its December 2013 equity offering.FSRU Golar Igloo was built by Korean shipyard, Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., and was delivered in February 2014.The vessel, currently completing its commissioning procedures, has commenced service under a five-year time charter with Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), supporting KNPC’s LNG import operations at Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait. golarlng, March 28, 2014last_img read more

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Woodstock 50 plans roll on; court nixes cancellation bid

NEW YORK — The Woodstock 50 festival is back on after a court on Wednesday rebuffed an ex-investor’s effort to cancel the anniversary extravaganza — but organizers will have to do without some $18 million, at least for now.Manhattan judge Barry Ostrager ruled the festival’s former chief backer, Amplifi Live, couldn’t singlehandedly call off the August show but also doesn’t have to put the $18 million back into it. The money dispute and other issues are poised for arbitration.Organizers celebrated the ruling, which came after dueling claims about whether the festival was on or off.“We have always relied on the truth and have never lost faith that the festival would take place,” said Michael Lang, one of Woodstock 50’s organizers and a promoter of the original 1969 Woodstock concert.Amplifi, meanwhile, said it felt vindicated by the judge’s ruling on the $18 million.“The court did not rule that Amplifi Live’s assumption of control over the festival was improper,” the company noted in a statement, adding that it doesn’t plan to invest further in Woodstock 50 because of issues including “the compressed timeframe and multiple health and safety concerns.”The event is planned for Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, and is billed as a “once-in-a-lifetime” tribute to the 1969 concert that became a defining moment in pop music and a cultural touchstone.Saying organizers had made a mess of planning, Amplifi cited safety concerns and announced April 29 that it was cancelling the three-day concert.The organizers’ group, Woodstock 50 LLC, retorted that Amplifi was undermining the show — which was still a go — and had snatched $18 million from the festival’s bank account. Amplifi, an arm of Japan-based marketing firm Dentsu, said it just reclaimed its own money.After a hearing this week, the judge said Wednesday that Amplifi presented “convincing testimony” that it was trying to stem its losses from a festival that was facing significant hurdles with just three months to go.While over 80 acts have been booked, production company Superfly dropped out this month after tangling with organizers over how many people the Watkins Glen International racetrack could accommodate; organizers envisioned 150,000, but Superfly said 65,000 was the “safe and appropriate capacity.”Ticket sales have been delayed, permits are still in the works and major venue improvements — including roads and a temporary water system — need to be made, according to court documents and testimony.“You’re basically creating a city for three to five days,” Peter Office, a music festival planner who works with Amplifi Live, testified at the hearing.The judge said arbitration might ultimately determine that Amplifi was within its rights to take control of the festival, but ruled the investor “does not have the right to unilaterally cancel the festival” under its contract with Woodstock 50 LLC.The organizers have said they’re working to line up a new production company and source of financing.With Jay-Z, Dead & Company and the Killers as headliners, the lineup includes some original Woodstock veterans, such as Santana and John Fogerty. But the show will also feature artists from newer generations, like the Raconteurs, Chance the Rapper and Miley Cyrus.A separate anniversary show is planned on the same dates at the site of the original Woodstock concert, now run by The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York. Performers expected there include Ringo Starr and Santana.Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press read more

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UN releases another 6 million in emergency funds for cyclonehit Bangladesh

The new disbursement comes atop $9 million already granted by the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) after the disaster hit on 15 November, said the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), meanwhile, today reported that a recent mission to the hardest-hit areas in Bangladesh showed that damage was worse than expected. “The cyclone has predisposed thousands of children and women to the increased risk of illness and death due to malnutrition,” said Dr. Iyorlumun Uhaa, Chief of Health and Nutrition for UNICEF Bangladesh. “Of the estimated 5 million people affected, half are children and one eighth or 600,000 are under the age of five. The cold weather and vulnerability to cold, hunger, trauma, diarrhoea and other communicable diseases will increase many times over unless urgent life-saving assistance is provided to children and women immediately.” The agency is procuring 100,000 blankets, 60,000 articles of children’s clothes, 60,000 family kits, and 60,000 plastic sheets for use in cyclone-stricken areas, and has moved two mobile water treatment plants to hard-hit districts. UNICEF is also working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to identify separated, unaccompanied and distressed children who are being registered with the local government authorities. “Separated and unaccompanied children are living without care, security and support facilities,” said Aissa Sow, UNICEF Child Protection Officer. These children are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. In other cases, it is hard for the affected families that lost everything to adequately care for children.” The World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing to distribute food, including high-energy biscuits, by helicopters, boats and trucks. A second distribution to 465,000 survivors has taken place, and WFP will now start distributing 750 tons of rice to more than 2 million people. “WFP is working very closely with the Bangladesh Air Force to ensure ready-to-eat foods get to those people who need our help the most,” said Douglas Broderick, WFP Country Representative. “In addition to high energy biscuits which continue to be air-delivered by Air Force helicopters, today we have begun the road and boat transport of 750 tons of rice for the five worst-affected districts.” Following the present and continuing distribution of dry, ready-to-eat foods to hundreds of thousands of Cyclone victims, WFP will provide longer term monthly food rations including rice, lentils and oil to more than 2.3 million persons in the nine worst affected districts in Southern and coastal Bangladesh. “From the biscuits to the rice to more balanced food rations for entire families, we are working urgently to provide the critical food assistance needed by the most vulnerable people living in the Cyclone-hit areas,” said Mr. Broderick. The World Health Organization (WHO) is helping to prepare a needs assessment of emergency drugs that would be required for the next six months, while the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has established an emergency coordination and rehabilitation unit in Bangladesh, where agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors in the southern part of the country have suffered enormous losses. 23 November 2007The United Nations today announced that it would disburse an additional $6 million to support relief efforts for hundreds of thousands of cyclone survivors in Bangladesh, as UN agencies continued rushing aid to the affected population. read more

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Security Council urges inclusive and credible Myanmar referendum elections

2 May 2008The Security Council today stressed the need for the upcoming referendum and elections in Myanmar to include the full participation of all political actors and respect for fundamental political freedoms. The Security Council today stressed the need for the upcoming referendum and elections in Myanmar to include the full participation of all political actors and respect for fundamental political freedoms. In February authorities in the South-East Asian nation announced that a draft constitution will be put to voters in a national referendum in May, ahead of multi-party elections scheduled for 2010. The Council underlined the need for the Government of Myanmar “to establish the conditions and create an atmosphere conducive to an inclusive and credible process,” in a statement read out by Ambassador John Sawers of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for May. “It further notes the commitment by the Government of Myanmar to ensure that the referendum process will be free and fair,” the statement added. The Council also expressed its appreciation for the work of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, who has visited the country three times since last summer’s crackdown by the authorities on peaceful protesters, and is spearheading UN efforts to promote democratization and national reconciliation in Myanmar. Mr. Gambari recently stated that it is in Myanmar’s interest to ensure that its upcoming referendum and elections are as credible and inclusive as possible and to engage without delay in dialogue with the detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Mr. Sawers later told reporters that although today’s statement does not refer to Ms. Suu Kyi, it does reaffirm previous statements by the Council in which it mentions the need for Myanmar’s authorities to engage in a genuine dialogue with her and all concerned parties.Briefing the press on the Council’s work for the month, he noted that the “centrepiece” of the UK presidency will be an open debate on post-conflict peacebuilding, to be chaired by Foreign Secretary David Miliband on 20 May.“In the period immediately after peace agreement is achieved, there isn’t sufficient change in the lives of ordinary people, there’s not a re-establishment of security and far too many countries after conflict lapse back into conflict within five years of a peace agreement being reached,” he stated. “That’s partly because the international community does not have the capacity to quickly implement and follow through on peace agreements when they are reached.” Mr. Sawers added that Council members will embark on 31 May for a 10-day visit to Africa, with scheduled stops in Kenya, Sudan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire. read more

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UN SecretaryGeneral offers support for Sri Lankas reconciliation efforts

Stating that he was impressed by the peaceful resolution of the recent political crisis in Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support the people of Sri Lanka including in the reconciliation and sustainable development agenda. (Colombo Gazette) UN Secretary-General António Guterres has offered support for Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts.Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera who is in New York to represent Sri Lanka at the Financing for Development Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations. At the meeting, the Secretary-General recalled his visits to Sri Lanka in the past including his first visit in 1978. read more

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Middle East reform high on agenda of Quartet meeting in London UN

Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, attended the meeting late Tuesday afternoon in London, along with US Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, Russian Envoy Andrei Vdovin, and the EU’s Middle East Envoy, Miguel Morratinos.The discussions also focused on security issues and the political horizon, spokesperson Hua Jiang said.

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Rory McIlroy Could Be A Bigger Threat To Jack Nicklaus Than Tiger

You couldn’t have scripted a more media-ready changing-of-the-guard than this year’s PGA Tour Championship. Since Tiger Woods’s gentle smack-talk after Rory McIlroy’s British Open win in July, McIlroy won at WGC-Bridgestone (taking back his No. 1 ranking), and on Sunday he followed that with his third win in a row and fourth major victory — coming from behind, in the dark, and fending off Phil Mickelson, no less!Meanwhile, Woods missed another cut, amid lingering health questions, and still hasn’t won a major since George W. Bush was president. For the better part of a decade, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Woods would meet or surpass Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major wins. Now, that goal is less and less attainable.Even a few days ago, I would have thought positing McIlroy as a greater threat to Nicklaus than Woods was ridiculous, but this is where we stand: McIlroy has built up one of the best starts to a career in modern golf history, essentially matching the Golden Bear through age 25, and each day Woods moves farther away from his prime.It may not look like much, but that four-major start by McIlroy is firmly in Woods and Nicklaus territory — they are the only players to have won four majors through age 25. Winning those four majors in a 15-tournament span is also a rare accomplishment. There have been a number of similarly meteoric rises in golf, but they usually come at a more mature age (see, for example: Nick Faldo, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan). And some early starts aren’t so meteoric (Seve Ballesteros).McIlroy has had both:Of course, after Woods won his fourth major, he went on to win the next two as well, and four of the next seven, so it’s silly to call McIlroy the next Tiger. But McIlroy doesn’t have to be as good now as Woods was then to have a chance at passing Nicklaus — Woods was way ahead of Nicklaus’s pace before injuries and possibly other things got the better of him.And now, even after clawing his way back to the top of the rankings, Woods isn’t who he used to be. At this point, it would take something unprecedented for him to match or pass Nicklaus. He needs four majors for a share of the lead, but by the time the Master’s comes around again in 2015, it will have been nearly seven years since Woods last won a major (no player has ever won four majors after going even five years between wins). And Woods will be 39 years old (no player has ever won four majors after the age of 39, not even the notoriously ever-spry Nicklaus).The good news for Woods is that he has some experience doing things that are fairly unprecedented in golf.But what about McIlroy’s expectation at this point? Trying to model the long-run performance and behavior of outliers can be particularly difficult, because the other data isn’t really a good guide. Nonetheless, assuming McIlroy faces the same regression to the mean as the average golfer does after a hot start (about a 50 percent to 75 percent reduction in win rate for the rest of his career), my best estimate is that he should win around 12 majors — plus or minus six or eight.For Tiger to beat Jack, he’ll have to break an unexpected trend, and for Rory to beat Jack, he’ll have to maintain a trend unexpectedly. read more

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WCh 2013 Denmark beat Russia – Macedonia close to TOP 16

← Previous Story Brasil wins South American derby – France too strong for Montenegro! Next Story → WCh 2013 Round 2 – Matches in Madrid and Zaragoza In the matches in Sevilla, Denmark beat Russia 31:27 in derby match of Round 2, while Macedonia almost secure TOP 16 phase with an win over Qatar 34:30. In the third match of the Day 3, Iceland had easy job against Chile 38:22.

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Windows 81 shoves Libraries into the background

first_imgNotice anything different about the Explorer view from Windows 8.1? Yep, the libraries block is missing. It should be right there between Favorites and This PC, but it’s nowhere to be seen.What’s going on? Has Microsoft decided that Libraries were a non-starter and obliterated them in Windows 8.1? Not quite, says Windows sleuth Paul Thurrott. Libraries aren’t going away completely, but they are going away. Windows 8.1 won’t create any Libraries by default.It’s safe to assume that Libraries are an underused feature, and that’s why Microsoft is moving them out of the spotlight. The idea of Libraries also runs counter to the traditional Windows file management philosophy. Windows 8 still creates individual folders for Documents, Photos, Music, Videos, and Downloads. Where should you save your photos? In my photos, of course.Libraries, however, turn that system on its head. They let you store things in whatever random locations you wish and then link them together in a central repository. Most users never catch on — instead using only a single location inside a Library, which is obviously redundant.To others, however, Libraries can be a useful organizational tool. Those folks will still be able to create their own Libraries, which is good news. If you’re a savvy Windows user and actually like the way Libraries allow you to organize your data, you’ll be free to keep using them in Windows 8.1.But what if Microsoft did decide to remove them completely before Windows 8.1 launches this August? Would you even notice they’re missing?last_img read more

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Domestic violence call prompts SWAT response

first_imgDULUTH — A daylong police blockade of a Battle Ground-area neighborhood ended with the arrest of a man who allegedly used a gun to threaten his girlfriend Saturday morning.Dewey Edward Walch, 45, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault after emerging from a camp trailer near his house at 808 N.E. 189th St. about 4:30 p.m.Police responded to a domestic violence report at 9:52 a.m., Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Trimble said.Walch couldn’t be found and didn’t emerge from a nearby camp trailer until after officers set off a concussive “distraction device.” Trimble said Walch did not have a gun with him when he emerged, and was arrested without incident.“He claimed he was just napping,” Trimble said.If so, he’s quite a heavy sleeper.Walch had disappeared when officers responded to the domestic violence call. Concerned that an armed, agitated assailant could be roaming the neighborhood, police closed streets and evacuated a half-dozen homes as they methodically searched the area. They used a bullhorn to call to the man, with no response.Police also closed off a wider area to passing traffic. The Washington State Patrol closed Northeast 10th Avenue at 179th Street, the main Interstate 5 exit to the county fairgrounds.All told, Trimble said, the operation involved a couple dozen officers from a multi-agency tactical team.last_img read more

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Kingfisher Mallya Declared Wilful Defaulter by UBI

first_imgKolkata-based United Bank of India on Monday declared Kingfisher Airlines owner Vijay Mallya as ‘wilful defaulter’.The bank has also tagged other three directors of Kingfisher Airlines – AK Ganguly, Subhash R Gupte and R Nedungadi in the list. UBI has become the first bank to declare Mallya as wilful defaulter.The decision came after the company did not attend UBI’s panel meeting at 10:30am on Monday, which forced the bank to take this step. “We declared Mallya and three other directors of Kingfisher Airlines as wilful defaulters after no one from the company turned up before our internal committee this morning,” Financial Express quoted UBI’s executive director Deepak Narang.A wilful defaulter is a person who has not paid loan even when the borrower has the capacity to do so or has not utilised the money from the lender for the specific purposes for which the money was borrowed.According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI), once a wilful defaulter notice is issued, the borrower has 15 days to defend in front of the bank.The bank said it is in the process of sending formal letter to the company and will soon inform the Reserve Bank of India, the Finance Ministry and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) about its decision.Hence, Vijay Mallya along with three directors of the company is now restricted to borrow money from any banks and is prohibited to continue as a director in any company.”Now, the Kingfisher board should force them (Mallya and three other directors) to step down as they can’t raise money for the company,” Narang added.However, UBI’s executive defended by saying that this move could not have an immediate impact on the company or Mallya’s position as a chairman. “It is too premature to say that it’ll have any effect (on the United Breweries board). The wilful default hasn’t even been established. The board is not affected currently,” Mint quoted UBI’s executive.The company replied that the bank took the step even though even after airline’s leave petition against the Calcutta High Court order is pending in the Supreme Court.last_img read more

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Texas Has Nations Highest Number Of Judicial Vacancies In Federal Courts

first_imgTexas is currently the state with the highest number of judicial vacancies in federal courts and the situation is slowing down the justice system in the state.Texas has 12 vacancies, 10 of them in district courts and the other two in circuit courts.According to a recent report by the Center for American Progress, adding up the number of days the positions have been vacant is the equivalent of 20 years.“That’s a long time for us not to have the judges we need to hear the cases that are critical to people, critical to folks who are trying to get restitution for property rights, for labor disputes, for businesses seeking different licenses,” says Phillip Martin, one of the report’s authors.An example of the slow down due to the backlog is what has happened at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which currently has two of the referred vacancies.Official data compiled by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts show that it received over 7,000 cases in 2014.However, by the end of that same year, more than 4,000 of those appeals were still pending.“These are important criminal cases, civil cases and it’s not just the litigants in those cases that are concerned, the businesses interests in Texas are feeling a big impact,” notes professor Jim Alfini, Dean Emeritus at the South Texas College of Law, who adds Texas is the “epicenter” of the crisis.The report also notes that some people are agreeing to plea deals because of the delay in their trial dates.“We see defendants pleading guilty in criminal cases even if they are innocent,” indicates Anisha Singh, co-author of the report, “just because they might get out of jail faster if they plead guilty than waiting for their trial.”President Barack Obama introduced five nominees for Texas federal courts in March.All of them had been recommended by both Texas Senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.The committee is currently vetting the nominees.The next step is setting their hearing dates, after which those who are approved would move on to a final confirmation vote by the entire Senate. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /02:15 last_img read more

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Reaction To Trumps Immigration Offer Casts Doubt On A Deal

first_imgManuel Balce Ceneta/APQuestions surrounding President Trump’s temperament intensified this week after excerpts from the book, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, detailed chaos inside the White HousePresident Donald Trump’s State of the Union offer of a “down-the-middle compromise” on immigration did nothing to move Republicans and Democrats closer to a deal, as Democrats accused the president of lacing his speech with racially charged remarks and Republicans dug in on their demands.The reaction to Trump’s high-profile overture suggested both parties were settling into a protracted tug-of-war. The standoff left serious doubt whether the two parties could reach an election-year pact to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation, sharpen border security and take other steps to curb immigration. The two parties had not even settled on a deadline for an agreement — a bad sign in an institution that rarely acts unless under pressure.“If the deadline is Feb. 8, we’re not going to make it,” No. 2 House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Wednesday, noting a looming deadline for approving government funding to avoid another shutdown.“It’s going to take work for us to build a consensus,” Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House GOP vote counter, said in an interview Tuesday. Scalise noted that Republicans took “weeks and weeks” to craft tax legislation last year.Trump complained early Thursday that “the Democrats are doing nothing about DACA.”“They Resist, Blame, Complain and Obstruct – and do nothing. Start pushing Nancy Pelosi and the Dems to work out a DACA fix, NOW!” the president tweeted.Earlier this month, Senate Democrats looking to pressure Republicans to reach an immigration deal forced a three-day federal shutdown. While many Democrats have little appetite to repeat that strategy, party leaders have yet to indicate if they’ll let future budget legislation move forward without an immigration accord.The tone of the immigration debate, already testy, seemed to worsen after Trump asserted Tuesday night that “open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities” and let millions of immigrants “compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Trump used “insulting words of ignorance and prejudice.” Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., who leads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the remarks were “meant to enflame tensions about immigrants” and would stir up Trump’s conservative base but damage talks.Republicans said Democrats are not making serious offers as they bargain over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama-era program that’s shielded immigrants in the U.S. illegally who were brought here as children. Trump said last year he was ending the program, claiming executive overreach by President Barack Obama, but gave Congress until March 5 to enshrine it into law.“If Democrats don’t figure out a way to negotiate, then the DACA program will end and that’s not an outcome I think anybody would like,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Senate GOP leader. “But they will be responsible for it.”Even that March 5 date was in doubt, according to Hoyer, who’s been meeting with other leaders. He said Republicans suggested Trump could extend that deadline, though a congressional GOP aide said he was unaware of that option. Trump’s tweet on Thursday said, “March 5th is rapidly approaching.”The urgency of the March 5 deadline was also blunted by a federal judge’s decision to temporarily block the end of the DACA program. As a result, U.S. immigration authorities resumed accepting requests to renew DACA permits, which give recipients permission to live and work in the country.Trump has proposed a 10- to 12-year track to citizenship for around 1.8 million younger immigrants protected by DACA or eligible for its guarantees. That’s enraged GOP conservatives.“The heartburn is the amnesty component,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, referring to Trump’s offer of citizenship. Meadows said that plan needs “a few adjustments that may be major” before it could pass the House.Trump also wants $25 billion for border security, including his prized wall, despite campaign promises that Mexico would fund it. He would end a lottery used to encourage immigration from diverse countries and redistribute some of those visas to applicants with high-skilled jobs.He would also limit relatives that immigrants could sponsor for legal U.S. status to spouses and underage children. He calls that “chain migration,” a term immigration advocates find nearly as offensive as the idea of barring them from helping parents, siblings and other relatives.“We will not reach agreement as long as he wants to attack the very underpinning of legal immigration. My sister is not a distant relative,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a hard-line advocate for immigration.GOP lawmakers were also wary of changes Trump would make, such as potential curbs on visas that allow temporary agriculture or seasonal workers into the U.S.“I favor legal immigration, I want to eliminate illegal immigration,” said Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D. He said Trump’s proposal was “a good first step.”The conservative-leaning Cato Institute has called Trump’s proposals “draconian restrictions on legal immigrants” that would exclude nearly 500,000 legal immigrants annually, cutting their numbers by nearly 50 percent.Without a deal, Democrats risked a backlash from liberal voters furious about any failure to protect the young immigrants known as “Dreamers.” Republicans were wary of letting deportations begin in a year in which they’ll be defending Senate seats in Nevada and Arizona, swing states with high Hispanic populations. Sharelast_img read more

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IHG strengthens Australasia leadership team

first_imgInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Ruwan Peiris as Regional General Manager for New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Victoria.In his role, Mr Peiris is responsible for the management of thirteen IHG hotels, the National Convention Centre Canberra and Parliament House Catering by IHG.Mr Peiris joins IHG with over 20 years of experience in Australia’s hospitality industry, and most recently Area General Manager with Accor Hotels.IHG chief operating officer Australia Japan and Korea Karin Sheppard, said Ruwan has a strong reputation in the industry.“Ruwan is an engaging and authentic leader who delivers outstanding operational performance and prides himself on developing strong owner relationships. We’re thrilled Ruwan is joining our Australasia team,” Ms Sheppard said.“IHG has had a consistently strong presence in Australia over the years and I’ve always admired their culture and people ethos, so I’m delighted to be joining the company,” Mr Peiris said.“With an even stronger leadership team under Karin in her new COO role, and the renewed focus on delivering growth here, the company is well positioned to capitalise on the opportunities in this market.”Mr Peiris will sit on the IHG Australasia leadership team, alongside Joerg Boeckeler, Area General Manager for InterContinental Sydney and InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter This month Small Luxur

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis month Small Luxury Hotels of the World has welcomed three new boutique properties to their luxury collection. With a contemporary Madrid city-centre gem, laid-back luxury vibes in a Caribbean escape and a lavish retreat in the heart of the capital of Laos, there is something to please all independently minded travellers at SLH.French Coco: Tartane, MartiniqueRooms from EUR 300 per night based on two sharingThis brand-new all-suite hotel, opening in July 2016, is the first SLH hotel in Martinique and offers guests a relaxed yet luxurious Creole experience. Located on the north east coast of the island, French Coco sits in the lush grounds of the Caravelle Peninsula nature reserve, a marvellously unspoiled, protected haven, famed for its tropical flora and wildlife. The 17 elegant suites are decorated in raw and natural materials, with soothing shades that bring the outdoors in. After spending the day barefoot on the beach or exploring the charming fishing village of Tartane, guests can enjoy French-style Caribbean-inspired cuisine made with organic, seasonal produce, straight from the hotel’s gardens at the French Coco restaurant. This hotel prides itself on its concierge service and attention to detail; making sure every stay at French Coco is unique and personal.Insider tip: If you’re visiting French Coco for a romantic getaway book the Suite Creole or Suite Caraibes, both of which boast a private pool and secluded seating area for guests to relax in privacy.The President by Akaryn; Vientiane, LaosRooms from 407 USD per night based on two sharingOpening in October 2016, this brand new boutique hotel brings a new level of luxury to the historic city of Vientiane. Originally built as a gift to the Laotians by the Chinese government, this hotel artfully balances traditional Laotian designs with French neoclassical influences. The President has the privilege of being located right in the heart of Vientiane’s most exclusive area. It sits in between the striking Parliament House and the Presidential palace and opposite the Chou Anouvong Park – where you’ll spot locals practicing Tai Chi in the morning and tourists enjoying a beer in the afternoon sun. The 32 spacious rooms and suites boast high ceilings, marble floors and huge windows, many with views of the expansive manicured grounds and the ‘English country-house’ inspired garden maze. The Ayurah Wellness Spa is kitted out for top-to-toe indulgence with exclusive Linda Meredith products and therapies, which again combine the best elements of eastern and western treatments. There are four dining spaces, offering a constantly evolving menu of Mediterranean cuisine, gourmet French fair, traditional Laos delights and a high quality international buffet with a stunning view of the temple.Insider Tip: Just five minutes’ walk down the Mekong River from the hotel is The Spirit House. This lively bar and restaurant in a traditional Laos wooden house is a great place to enjoy the sunset with a backdrop of the river, while sipping quirky cocktails and sampling delicious Vientiane cuisine.Hotel Único: Madrid, SpainRooms from 267 EUR per night based on two sharingDespite its location in the lively Salamanca area of Madrid, once you step inside this converted 19th century palace the mood is calm, peaceful and relaxing. It’s the perfect springboard for a day of historic sightseeing or luxury retail therapy along Madrid’s Golden Mile. The hotel features a private courtyard garden and 44 soundproofed rooms and suites. The Marble mosaics, ornate staircase and high ceilings, paired with Art Deco flourishes, create a quirky and contemporary atmosphere with an aristocratic charm. The hotel’s crowning jewel is its two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Ramón Freixa, one of Madrid’s best restaurants, making Hotel Único a culinary must-visit. On Sundays, guests can enjoy an innovative brunch menu in the courtyard, start off with a strawberry-mint detox juice and follow up with glazed lamb shank or a tuna carpaccio with wakame salad, accompanied by chilled Cava and rounded off by a selection of macaroons, truffles and other deserts. Afterwards guests can unwind at the hotel’s spa, enjoying wellness treatments by skincare brand Natura Bissé.Insider Tip: After exploring the designer boutiques on the Golden Mile, pop by the Mercado De la Paz to purchase some traditional Spanish produce and enjoy a drink and a light meal in one of the market’s rustic tapas bars.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedFive flights for £50: bag a bargain now!Five flights for £50: bag a bargain now!6 flights under £50Paris, Berlin, Venice, Barcelona, Croatia and many more – all with flights coming in at less than £50 return.Give the gift of flightXmas Present Experiences: give the gift of flight With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this week we’ve found some steals to three European cities that are known for being some of the most romantic places on Earth. Spend a long weekend or more with your significant other discovering for yourselves just what it is that gives these capitals of romance their claim to fame.Paris (from £9 return) The City of Light is also known as the City of Love, which instantly makes it a no-brainer for a Valentine’s trip. Plentiful pretty parks and promenades are perfect for hand in hand moseying – accompanied at all times, of course, by your personal beret-wearing accordion player.Find cheap flights to Paris. Venice (from £24 return)With waterways as streets and decadent palatial architecture, Venice is the city that doesn’t have to try too hard. More a fairy tale land than anything real, it’s the perfect place to get lost in a dreamy adventure with your dreamy companion. No, seriously – it is. Take a map.Find cheap flights to Venice. Barcelona (from £33 return)If you want your love to last forever, why not visit the city that believes that nothing good should come to an end – certainly not the building of Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia church, still being built 128 years after it was started. Architecture aside, the gothic city by the sea has everything that’s needed for a romance-filled getaway, including maybe even some warm Spanish sun.Find cheap flights to Barcelona.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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