LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “There’s still a positive take because when you think about it, we committed 41 turnovers and we still didn’t get blown out,” said Sablan in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum following the Tigers’ 88-81 defeat.“We could’ve even won if we managed to limit our errors. We were up in assists, rebounds, it’s just that we committed so many turnovers.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUST did outrebound Adamson, 47-32, and had three more assists, 19-16, but off the Tigers’ miscues, 16 of which came off steals.Sablan, though, rued his team’s lack of chemistry with half of his team’s 16-man roster are new players. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games NU tops FEU to remain undefeated in PVL UST head coach Boy Sablan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan remained positive despite the Growling Tigers sloppy performance in a loss to the Adamson Falcons Saturday.UST turned the ball over 41 times, the most since Far Eastern University committed 44 turnovers back in 2003, but Sablan still saw a silver lining.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Honestly, the team’s chemistry isn’t that solid,” said Sablan. “We still haven’t translated the things we’ve done in practice into our games.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
India slumped to their first Champions Trophy defeat since 2009 as Virat Kohli’s men lost to Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in their second Group B encounter at The Oval.In the ICC Champions Trophy, India were last beaten by Pakistan by 54 runs in 2009 when MS Dhoni was captain.Sri Lanka displayed excellent determination to complete a record chase of 322 runs – the previous highest target successfully chased at The Oval in ODIs was by India (317 runs) against England in 2007 – as the Indian bowling attack were unable to pick wickets and instead leaked a lot of runs.Another massive feat achieved by Sri Lanka with this win is that for the second time, they chased down a 250+ target against Virat Kohli’s India – the only team to do so.Thanks to an opening stand of over 100 runs by Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and some composed death batting by MS Dhoni, India were able to put up 321 runs on the board, even as the Sri Lankan bowlers managed to restrict India from firing up late.During the chase, Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis forged a remarkable 159-run second wicket stand to almost bat India out of the match. Even after Gunathilaka was run out by Dhoni, Kusal Perera and Angelo Mathews scored 47 (retired hurt) and 52 not out to comfortably chase down the massive total.Group B split open with Sri Lanka’s victory as all the four teams – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa – stood at 2 points each and any two teams can make it to the semi-finals as India take on South Africa on June 11 and Sri Lanka face Pakistan on June 12.advertisementMost losses despite scoring 300 batting first:13 England11 INDIA9 Australia7 West Indies5 NZ/ Pak / SL4 South Africa#INDvSL #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 8, 2017Highest successful chases vs India in ODIs:322/6 by Pak (Mohali 2007)322/3 by SL (Tonight)#IndvSL #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 8, 2017
NEW YORK — Luis Severino impressed players on both sides during his much-anticipated major league debut. He just didn’t get much support from those in his own dugout.Steven Wright handcuffed a torrid New York Yankees lineup with his steady supply of floating knuckleballs, and David Ortiz hit a colossal home run for the Boston Red Sox in their 2-1 victory on Aug. 5.A costly throwing error by third baseman Chase Headley helped spoil Severino’s first start with the Yankees. The prized pitching prospect yielded only two hits over five encouraging innings. He struck out seven and walked none.“He’s got poise. I told you I didn’t think his surroundings would affect him a whole lot. We saw that in spring training,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “I definitely think it’s a positive for him and what he could mean for us moving forward.”The Yankees said the 21-year-old Severino, the youngest pitcher to make a big league start this season, became the first hurler in American League history to give up no more than two hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in his debut.“That young kid, he’s got good stuff, man. I think he’s going to be pretty good,” Ortiz said. “I think at the end of the game he was missing location a little bit, but other than that, his stuff is very explosive.”Severino (0-1) threw 94 pitches, flashing a 97 mph fastball and sharp slider. The right-hander began the season in Double-A, then went 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A — where he did not give up a homer in 61 1/3 innings.“He’s a guy that we expect to be here for a long time, so it was fun to watch him pitch,” teammate Mark Teixeira said.Koji Uehara retired pinch-hitter Brian McCann on a fly to center with two on for his 24th save.Alejandro De Aza hit an RBI double with two outs in the second — immediately following Headley’s 18th error. Ortiz connected on a 96 mph 2-0 fastball from Severino leading off the fourth, a drive that landed more than halfway up the elevated concrete bleachers in right field.“I gave them an extra out and they took advantage of it. But he really came out and threw the ball great, so I think he’s going to be a great addition for us,” Headley said.The last-place Red Sox snapped an eight-game road losing streak behind Wright (5-4). He struck out nine in eight innings, setting career highs in both categories for the second consecutive start.Tossing his 74-75 mph knuckler to both sides of the plate, the 30-year-old righty allowed just four hits — including Carlos Beltran’s leadoff homer in the seventh.“It’s frustrating when you face a knuckleballer because you really don’t know what adjustments to make,” Headley said. “You’re kind of at mercy of what the ball’s doing, and he had a good one tonight.”It wasn’t the first time the Yankees had trouble with Wright, who entered with a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings against them. He worked five innings of relief in a 19-inning victory at Yankee Stadium on April 10.This time, he quieted a New York team that’s been on a major tear at the plate. The AL East leaders scored 90 runs and hit 21 homers in their previous 10 games.“That’s about as good as you can throw a knuckleball,” Teixeira said. “You don’t see many of them, but he had a good one.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
CFB Betting LinesIf you’re a gambling man (or woman), you can now bet on college football’s (basically) full slate of 2015 games. Who’s favored in the first Harbaugh-Meyer game? The Las Vegas sportsbook, Golden Nugget, has released its lines for its “games of the year,” which are nearly all of the notable games that will occur each week. The casino will take a max bet of $1,000 on the games. Here they are: Thursday, Sept. 3Michigan at Utah -4TCU -18 at MinnesotaFriday, Sept. 4Washington at Boise State -13Saturday, Sept. 5Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington, Texas)Louisville vs. Auburn -11.5 (Atlanta, Ga.)Arizona State vs. Texas A&M -3 (Houston)Texas at Notre Dame -7.5Virginia at UCLA -17BYU at Nebraska -6Monday, Sept. 7Ohio State -16 at Virginia TechSaturday, Sept. 12LSU -3 at Mississippi StateUCLA -32 at UNLVOklahoma at Tennessee -3Notre Dame -9 at VirginiaOregon State at Michigan -14Iowa -4.5 at Iowa StateMarshall -3.5 at Ohio UniversityBoise State -6 at BYUOregon at Michigan State -1Thursday, Sept. 17Clemson -3 at LouisvilleSaturday, Sept. 19Auburn at LSU -4UNLV at Michigan -33Ole Miss at Alabama -9.5South Carolina at Georgia -11Georgia Tech at Notre Dame -2Nebraska at Miami, Fla. PKStanford at USC -4BYU at UCLA -14Colorado -1.5 vs. Colorado State (Denver)Thursday, Sept. 24Cincinnati at Memphis -2Friday, Sept. 25Boise State -9 at VirginiaSaturday, Sept. 26LSU -20 at SyracuseUCLA at Arizona PKUSC -1 at ArizonaUtah at Oregon -14Oklahoma State at Texas -2.5BYU at Michigan -7Texas A&M vs. Arkansas -6.5 (Arlington, Texas)Mississippi State at Auburn -8Tennessee -2.5 at FloridaThursday, Oct. 1Miami, Fla. at Cincinnati -2.5Saturday, Oct. 3UNLV at Nevada -14Ole Miss -6 at FloridaAlabama at Georgia PKSouth Carolina at Missouri -11Arkansas at Tennessee -1Mississippi State at Texas A&M -6.5Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech -9Arizona at Stanford -7.5Arizona State at UCLA -6Oregon -16 at ColoradoArmy at Penn State -28West Virginia at Oklahoma -10Kansas State at Oklahoma State -4Texas at TCU -21Notre Dame at Clemson -3.5Thursday, Oct. 8Washington at Southern Cal -19Saturday, Oct. 10LSU -8 at South CarolinaGeorgia Tech at Clemson -3Arkansas at Alabama -7.5Florida at Missouri -10Georgia at Tennessee PKMiami (FL) at Florida State -14.5Virginia at Pittsburgh -6Boise State -12 at Colorado StateTCU -11 at Kansas StateOklahoma -6.5 vs. Texas (Dallas, Texas)Oklahoma State at West Virginia -5Wisconsin -1 at NebraskaNavy at Notre Dame -14Thursday, Oct. 15UCLA at Stanford -4.5Auburn -9 at KentuckyFriday, Oct. 16UNLV at Fresno State -12Boise State -9.5 at Utah StateSaturday, Oct. 17Florida at LSU -14Arizona State at Utah -2USC at Notre Dame PKOregon -15 at WashingtonLouisville at Florida State -12Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech -14Virginia Tech at Miami, Fla. -6Missouri at Georgia -8.5Alabama -7 at Texas A&MWest Virginia at Baylor -17TCU -29 at Iowa StateOklahoma -3 at Kansas StateMichigan State -4.5 at MichiganPenn State at Ohio State -19Saturday, Oct. 24Utah at USC -7Kansas State at Texas -2Tennessee at Alabama -10Auburn at Arkansas -6.5Texas A&M at Ole Miss -4Clemson -4.5 at Miami, Fla.Florida State at Georgia Tech PKThursday, Oct. 29Oregon -5 at Arizona StateWest Virginia at TCU -20Saturday, Oct. 31Boise State -28.5 at UNLVCentral Florida at Cincinnati -6Georgia Tech -10 at VirginiaOle Miss at Auburn -4Florida vs. Georgia -12 (Jacksonville, Fla.)South Carolina at Texas A&M -10Oregon State at Utah -16Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015Northern Illinois at Toledo -3Thursday, Nov. 5Mississippi State at Missouri, -6Baylor -12 at Kansas StateSaturday, Nov. 7LSU at Alabama -9Arkansas at Ole Miss -1Auburn -1.5 at Texas A&MTCU -11 at Oklahoma StateMichigan State -6 at NebraskaFlorida State at Clemson -2Virginia at Miami, Fla. -6.5Notre Dame -3 at PittsburghArizona at USC -7.5Thursday, Nov. 12Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech -9.5Friday, Nov. 13USC -12 at ColoradoSaturday, Nov. 14Arkansas at LSU -1.5Utah at Arizona -3Oregon at Stanford PKAlabama -9 at Mississippi StateFlorida at South Carolina -2.5Oklahoma at Baylor -13BYU at Missouri -12Saturday, Nov. 21San Diego State -16 at UNLVLSU at Ole Miss PKFresno State at BYU -18TCU -5 at OklahomaBaylor -10 at Oklahoma StateMichigan State at Ohio State -14Michigan at Penn State -4.5Mississippi State at Arkansas -10Tennessee at Missouri -2.5Georgia Tech -6 at Miami, Fla.Arizona at Arizona State -3UCLA -1 at UtahCalifornia at Stanford -13Friday, Nov. 27Baylor at TCU -6Oregon State at Oregon -22.5Washington State at Washington -4.5Iowa at Nebraska -7Texas A&M at LSU -7.5Kansas State -24 at KansasOklahoma -3 at Oklahoma StateBYU at Utah State PKOhio State -16 at MichiganPenn State at Michigan State -12UCLA at USC -3Colorado at Utah -13.5Notre Dame at Stanford -3North Carolina at NC State -6Virginia Tech -4 at VirginiaMissouri at Arkansas -7Alabama -3.5 at AuburnFlorida State -4 at FloridaGeorgia -1 at Georgia TechLouisville -2.5 at KentuckyOle Miss -2 at MississippiClemson -3 at South CarolinaVanderbilt at Tennessee -17Saturday, Dec. 5Texas at Baylor -18West Virginia at Kansas State -5Saturday, Dec. 12Navy -13 vs. Army, Philadelphia, Pa.
FC Cincinnati’s quest for a defensive midfield anchor has led the Major League Soccer expansion club to a European-based American who is ready to return home.FC Cincinnati is finalizing the acquisition of midfielder Caleb Stanko, multiple sources have confirmed to Goal. The defensive midfielder is joining Cincinnati from Bundesliga side SC Freiburg for an undisclosed fee after Cincinnati claimed Stanko via the MLS discovery process.Stanko will look to lock down the defensive midfield role Cincinnati had originally hoped to fill with veteran midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who wound up signing a free agent contract with Minnesota United instead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 25-year-old has one cap with the U.S. senior national team, a 17-minute cameo in a World Cup qualifying victory against Trinidad and Tobago in 2016.Stanko joined Freiburg in 2011, spending six seasons with the club’s reserve team before making his first-team debut in 2015 when Freiburg was playing in the 2.Bundesliga. After a successful loan stint with Swiss club FC Vaduz during the 2016-17 season, Stanko returned to newly-promoted Freiburg and made six appearances with the Bundesliga club during the 2017-18 season.Knee injuries cut short Stanko’s 2017-18 season and also kept him sidelined for the first half of the current Bundesliga campaign. He has recovered from his most recent knee injury, and played 90 minutes in a friendly against Mainz on January 12.Stanko joins an FC Cincinnati side that acquired veteran defensive midfielder Victor Ulloa from FC Dallas earlier this month, and also brought in MLS veteran Fatai Alashe from San Jose last season. Recent Costa Rican signing Allan Cruz is another possibility for the defensive midfield role, but Stanko’s arrival could allow FC Cincinnati coach Alan Koch to deploy Cruz in a more advanced role or partner Stanko and Cruz as dueling defensive midfielders in a 4-2-3-1 system.Stanko joins a solid defensive core FC Cincinnati has put together, which also includes MLS veterans Greg Garza, Kendall Waston and Alvas Powell, along with promising young central defender Hassan Ndam.The 25-year-old captained the United States at the 2013 Under-20 World Cup, leading a squad that included DeAndre Yedlin, Wil Trapp, Zack Steffen and Kellyn Acosta.
Captain Kenneth Greenham of Millwood, in Halifax Regional Municipality, is the new sergeant-at-arms of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. An all-party committee and the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Murray Scott, were involved in the interview and selection process. Their decision was announced today, March 3, in a special one-day session of the House of Assembly. Capt. Greenham’s career in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Reserves and Corps of Commissionaires spans more than 48 years. For the last five years, he has been detail commander of the commissionaires employed at Province House. The position of sergeant-at-arms for the first time combines long-standing ceremonial duties with new comprehensive security responsibilities. -30-
Srinagar: One Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant was killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said. According to police sources, the slain militant has been identified as Iqbal Ahmad of Anantnag’s Dooru area. The gunfight took place in Nowgam village of Verinag area. “The militant’s body has been recovered. Search operation is still going on in the area,” the sources added. The gunfight occurred after the militants fired at the security forces who were carrying out a search and cordon operation in the area. “Reinforcements have been rushed to the area to trace the militants,” the police sources said. Mobile Internet facility has been suspended in Anantnag as a precautionary measure.
APTN National NewsA former girlfriend of Sen. Patrick Brazeau has told RCMP officers investigating him for fraud that Brazeau never lived in Maniwaki, Que. and sometimes when they visited his father there they stayed in a hotel.The details of the woman’s statement to RCMP investigators are found in a court document filed in Ottawa Tuesday as part of the Mounties on-going probe into alleged Senate expense fraud.Brazeau filed nearly $45,000 in living expense reimbursements between 2011 and 2013 saying his primary residence was his father’s home in Maniwaki.Senators are allowed to file for travel and living expenses if their primary home is more than 100 km away from Parliament Hill.Brazeau filed for rent he was paying at a Gatineau home and travel back and forth from Maniwaki.However, the ex-girlfriend, who lived with Brazeau for about 20 months, said he never lived in Maniwaki.“During the 20 months that she lived with Brazeau, he has never lived in Maniwaki,” said Cpl. Greg Horton in an affidavit filed in court seeking access to Brazeau’s bank account records between March 2011 and July 2013.In fact, the woman couldn’t recall the address of the home in Maniwaki, but gave a description of it.The home is owned by Brazeau’s father Marcel Brazeau and he lives alone according to the RCMP.“On some occasions when they visited Marcel Brazeau , they have slept overnight. They also slept at a hotel on occasion so they did not disturb Marcel Brazeau in his residence,” said Horton recounting what the woman said in her statement.The RCMP believe Brazeau committed breach of trust and fraud by filing inappropriate expense claims.Brazeau first looked into filing expenses March 2011 according to an email between his staff and the Senate.“In the event that Senator Brazeau rents an apartment in Ottawa, will his rent be reimbursed only for the months that the Senate sits?” asked a member of this staff to Nicole Proulx of Senate finance in the Mar. 8 email.Proulx wrote back with a link directing them to the policy and if Brazeau had any questions to call her.According to the RCMP, this is what Brazeau took as a green light to file expenses.“I do not interpret Ms. Proulx’s response an authorization for Senator Brazeau to commence with claiming an (National Capital Region) housing allowance, but rather direction on where (Brazeau) can read the policy pertaining to such matters,” said Horton.Police and forensic accountants have been examining expense claims, residency declarations, mobile telephone statements, corporate credit card statements, attendance records and electronic calendar entries.
TORONTO – A new survey suggests Toronto-region technology companies saw an increase in international job applicants last year as countries including the U.S. tightened their immigration policies.The survey by the MaRS Discovery District found that of the 55 companies that responded, 53 per cent saw more international applicants in 2017 over 2016 and 45 per cent of companies made international hires last year.MaRS says the majority of companies surveyed cited immigration reform, including the federal government’s new global skills strategy that can expedite visas, as a key factor influencing their competitiveness.The survey says 35 per cent of respondents hired used the expedited visas, which were introduced in mid-2017.Companies said they made hires predominantly from the United States as well as from India, China, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.MaRS questioned technology firms based primarily in the Toronto region that have over $1 million in annual revenue with U.S. and international market exposure.The boost in international applications comes as the Trump administration has looked to curb immigration, including ordering a review of a specialty visa program that the tech sector relies on, and looking to dismantle a program that protects children of undocumented migrants from deportation.Technology companies in the U.S. have criticized the crackdown as international job seekers are a key source of talent for the sector, with immigrants making up about a quarter of the U.S. technology and science workforce.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the expedited visa program was introduced in mid-2016.
New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will launch an awareness programme on Goods and Services Tax (GST) in collaboration with Bombay Stock Exchange Institute Limited from its July 2019 session, the varsity said on Monday.The programme, which will be launched by IGNOU’s School of Management Studies aims to impart basic knowledge and skills required to fulfil various requirements under the GST Act. This programme would be beneficial to people who are engaged in maintaining accounts and filing of various indirect tax returns, the varsity said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesEntrepreneurs engaged in small-scale business ventures can also benefit from this programme as it gives an overview of the procedures and formalities to comply under the GST Act, it said. The main objective of the programme is to impart skills to book keeping professionals to file various regular GST returns along with the various compliance requirements, it said. Those who have passed Class 12 are eligible for the course, which will be offered in January and July cycle of admissions. The study material, which is available online, is divided into seven small modules.
EDMONTON — Premier Scott Moe says Saskatchewan will join Alberta in a fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by introducing its own legislation on oil exports.Moe says his government will bring in a bill in the coming days that could result in less oil moving to British Columbia.“We do ship some energy products to British Columbia but not a huge amount. The majority of the energy products that are shipped to British Columbia come from Alberta,” said Moe in Regina.“What we’re saying is if they (Alberta) turn off those taps, Saskatchewan won’t be here to fill those (B.C.) fuel tanks.”Gwyn Morgan: Trudeau’s cynical politics caught him in his own Trans Mountain trapAlberta’s plan to cut oil shipments would be felt from LA to Fort NelsonNew law would allow Alberta to restrict flow of oil and gas as Trans Mountain battle escalatesMoe said he wants the legislation passed in the current session of the legislature so that it can work in tandem with Alberta’s legislation.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government introduced a law on Monday that would give the province power to unilaterally reduce exports of oil and natural gas.The bill aims to give the energy minister authority to intervene in the market, via direct licences to companies, to decide when and how certain oil and natural gas products are exported.Moe said his bill is still being worked on, but it is likely to involve a similar permitting process.“That’s something that we would look at very closely, and if not mirroring (Alberta’s bill) being something similar.”In Edmonton on Tuesday, Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd welcomed Saskatchewan’s actions.“I appreciate that they also see the importance of the energy industry to Alberta and indeed to the country,” she said.Alberta and B.C. have been at odds over the Trans Mountain project, which was approved in 2016 but has been hamstrung by court challenges and permit delays in B.C.Alberta says the expansion is critical to reduce bottlenecks that cost Canada $40 million a day in lost revenue, but B.C. says it remains concerned about potential oil spills on its waterways and coastline.The future of the $7.4-billion project is uncertain. Earlier this month, pipeline-builder Kinder Morgan announced it was ratcheting back spending on it, because the actions of the B.C. government have sown investor uncertainty.Kinder Morgan has set a deadline of May 31 to get a tangible sign from Canada that the project can and will be completed.Alberta and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are discussing taking an equity stake in the pipeline to ensure it gets done.Moe said he’s not concerned that the bills might result in court challenges and fines as a breach of free-trade rules.He said it’s an unusual and unfortunate situation that began with B.C. interfering in a federally approved interprovincial pipeline.“We hope it doesn’t come to this. We truly don’t. This is not a conversation we want to be having,” he said.Alberta’s oil sells at a discount on North American markets due to lack of market access outside the United States.Moe said that same discount affects Saskatchewan and has a domino effect, because oil transported by rail means delays in moving other products such as grain and potash. He estimates the oil differential costs Saskatchewan $150 million a year.
“It is our collective responsibility to make migration work for the benefit of migrants and countries alike,” Mr. Ban told the High-level meeting. “We owe this to the millions of migrants who, through their courage, vitality and dreams, help make our societies more prosperous, resilient and diverse.”Indeed, the UN chief said, one need look no further than this morning’s headlines – reporting that scores of African migrants may have been killed or gone missing when their boat capsized off the coast of Italy – to see the great importance of this dialogue. “I offer my deep condolences and hope that we all take this as another spur to action.” The two-day Dialogue seeks to identify concrete measures to strengthen cooperation and enhance the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries, while reducing its negative implications. The event will feature presentations by Member States and a slate of panel discussions on specific issues such as the links between migration and sustainable development, and labour mobility and its impact on development.Delegations began their work with the unanimous adoption of the Declaration by which the 193-member Assembly decided to work towards an effective and inclusive agenda on international migration that integrates development and respects human rights by improving the performance of existing institutions and frameworks. They also pledged to partner more effectively with all stakeholders involved in international migration and development at the regional and global levels.The Declaration also emphasizes the need to respect and promote international labour standard and respect the rights of migrants in their workplaces. The Assembly strongly condemned “the acts, manifestations and expressions of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance against migrants and the stereotypes often applied to them.” It also reiterated its commitment to prevent and combat trafficking in persons, protect victims of trafficking, prevent and combat migrant smuggling, and protect migrants from exploitation and other abuses.In his remarks, Mr. Ban presented his report on International Migration and Development, which makes eight key recommendations to “make migration work” for all. They include: protecting the human rights of migrants who are frequently the subject of abuse and exploitation, lowering the cost of migration, and changing public perception of migrants, as many face discrimination on a daily basis.The report also stresses the need to find ways integrate migration in the development agenda, improve data collection on migrants and the impact they have on development, and enhancing migration partnerships so governments, the private sector and civil society can share ideas and knowledge on mobility.According to the UN, there are some 232 million international migrants. Yesterday, the World Bank released its latest global remittance figures, which show that migrants from developing countries alone are expected to send home $414 billion in 2013, a 6.3 per cent increase from the previous year. This is projected to rise to $540 billion by 2016.In his remarks, Mr. Ban noted that given the complex realities countries face – including the recent global economic crisis – it is essential for nations to “work together, with courage and vision, recognizing that our actions will have an impact on the lives of millions of women, men and children across the globe.”General Assembly President John Ashe said Member States should learn from their experiences from the past seven years – when the first high-level meeting on the issue occurred – and move from dialogue to action.“This means setting realistic targets, committing to implementation and monitoring progress. In short, we must hold ourselves accountable in following up our dialogue,” he said.“We need to redouble our efforts to ensure that the contributions of migration are not only apparent to us, but also to the public at large. We have an important responsibility to get the message right.”In a press briefing today, the Special Rapporteur on the protection of migrants, François Crépeau, highlighted the human dimension of migration, stressing migrants should not bee seen as agents of global remittances only.“Migrants are human beings with human rights, not simple agents of economic development remittances,” he said. “All migrants, by virtue of their human dignity without discrimination are protected by international human rights law, on the same footing as citizens regardless of their administrative status or situation.”Mr. Crépeau urged countries to ratify all international human rights treaties including those pertaining migrant rights such as the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.The member and former Chair of the Committee on Migrant Workers, Prasad Kariyawasam, told reporters a rights-based approach is essential to stop the abuse many migrants are currently experiencing. “Although migrant workers are contributing in economic and social terms […] their rights are often violated,” he said, expressing hope that this meeting will address this discrepancy.
Junior center Trey McDonald (55) covers his face as he sits on the side of the court following the game. OSU lost to Dayton, 60-59, at First Niagara Center March 20. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorBUFFALO, N.Y. — The swan song has been sung for the Ohio State Buckeyes.As senior guard Aaron Craft’s desperation shot at the buzzer fell hopelessly to the floor, so did his career at OSU, as the No. 6-seed Buckeyes fell to No. 11-seed Dayton, 60-59, Thursday.Craft made a tough layup in the lane with less than 20 seconds to play to put his team ahead by one, but a running layup by Dayton redshirt-senior guard Vee Sanford proved to be the difference as the Flyers — and ex-Buckeye guard Jordan Sibert — pulled the upset.OSU started quickly, leading 7-3 after a layup by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. at the 16:43 mark.But Dayton responded, scoring 10 of the game’s next 12 points after Flyer redshirt-senior center Matt Kavanaugh finished off a 3-point play.The Flyers held the lead until Craft made two free throws with 8:15 left in the first half to give the Buckeyes the lead, 22-21. Craft finished a perfect 3-3 from the field and 3-3 from the line in the first half, on his way to a team-high nine points in the game’s opening 20 minutes.The game remained close for the remainder of the first half, but Dayton took a 33-30 lead to the break behind nine points from Kavanaugh.OSU came out sluggish in the second half, allowing the Flyers to extend their lead to 41-34, with 15 minutes to play.But back-to-back dunks by junior forward Sam Thompson and a bucket by Ross tied the game at 41 with 10:58 remaining.Thompson tipped in a missed 3-pointer by Craft on the Buckeyes’ next possession for OSU’s first lead since the 8:15 mark of the first half.A rugged game ensued, and the Buckeyes led 50-49 before freshman forward Marc Loving picked up his fourth foul of the game. Sophomore forward Dyshawn Pierre then made two free throws to put the Flyers back in front by one.But after former Buckeye and now Flyer Sibert missed a 3-pointer, Craft drove the lane and scored to put OSU back up. He missed the free throw, but OSU still led, 52-51 with 3:32 left.Dayton senior forward Devin Oliver scored at the other end, and after a turnover by OSU, Craft committed a flagrant-1 foul on Sibert as he drove to the hoop. Sibert nailed both free throws, and Dayton led by three.But Craft responded with yet another and-one, this time making the free throw to tie the game at 55 and lead to the dramatic finish.Craft finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in his final game as a Buckeye, and Thompson finished with a game-high 18. After his game-winning shot, Sanford tallied 10 points for the Flyers, who are set to face the winner of No. 3-seed Syracuse and No. 14-seed Western Michigan Saturday.
Click to enlargeTired of constant questions regarding Ohio State’s ongoing quarterback battle, coach Urban Meyer revealed he’s already picked a starter — and it’s not quite what people expected.During an impromptu Sunday press conference, Meyer announced that redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-junior Cardale Jones and redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett will all start for the Buckeyes in 2015. In fact, not only will the trio of returning starters all be in the opening lineup, but Meyer said all six scholarship quarterbacks at OSU have earned starting spots — even though two of them have yet to arrive on campus.“At Ohio State, it doesn’t matter, the best player plays,” Meyer said Sunday. “If our five best players are kickers, then five kickers play. If our best 11 on defense are all linebackers, then we’ll play 11 linebackers. It just so happens that our six quarterbacks are the best six players, so we had to find a way to get them all on the field.“Those six have earned the right to be called starters at the Ohio State University.”Meyer explained that Miller — a two-time Big Ten Quarterback of the Year — will line up at slot receiver, Barrett — the reigning conference Quarterback of the Year — will play tailback and Jones will use his 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound frame to play tight end.Incoming freshman Torrance Gibson and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier will be OSU’s outside receivers, Meyer said, and perhaps most shockingly of all, freshman Joe Burrow will be the only one actually taking snaps from senior center Jacoby Boren.Jones, who led the Buckeyes to wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon en route to Big Ten and national titles in his first three starts, was visibly confused as he stood alongside Meyer during the press conference.“I finally figured out that I came here to play school, but I’m still pretty sure I didn’t come here to play tight end,” Jones was heard muttering as he left the room. “At least I’m still allowed to tweet.”Burrow, who has yet to take a college snap, is reportedly practicing passes to himself, much like he perfected in his high school playing days.“I am just so excited to throw passes to all of our quarterbacks, but even more excited to throw to myself,” Burrow said at the press conference. “I can’t thank coach Meyer enough for this opportunity.”Meyer, who is confident in Burrow’s abilities to lead the offense, reiterated his usual mantra to the press.“A quarterback is a product of those around him, and in this case they are the products for themselves,” Meyer said. “Zeke was great for us last year, but no one can open up the offense like our quarterbacks.”Barrett, who won 11 games last season, is coming off of an ankle surgery and said he is excited about his new role in the offense.“Did you see my run against Minnesota last year? I ran through all over those Gopher holes,” Barrett said. “I loved playing with Zekiel. But I am the better option.”The Buckeyes will have more than enough options next season, which Meyer said he intends to take full advantage of.“With six guys who can throw, you can really open up the playbook,” Meyer said. “I can’t give you an example, but I can tell you that there is a play where all six guys will touch the ball and Dolo Dale will end up throwing the ball further than Uncle Rico when he threw the ball over them mountains.”Collier, who saw extended action in the 2015 Spring Game said, was thrilled with the announcement.“I’m just happy to be here,” he said.As per usual, Miller declined to speak to the press.Burrow, an Athens, Ohio, native, was the only person at the press conference who didn’t look like he’d recently been hit by a bus. While he was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, he was widely expected to be the fifth or sixth option under center this season.“I know nobody expected it, but I always knew coach Meyer would give me a chance,” Burrow said. “Cordale, Brandon and J.R. are all great players, but none of them can throw touchdown passes to themselves.”The sextet is set to start for the Buckeyes when they open the 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.
Violent crime in general has increased in the last year, up 20.5 per cent with the police recording over 1.3m offences in the year ending December 2017. Over half a million of these were offences for violence with injury.Offences involving firearms were also up, by 11 per cent to 6,604 offences with murders involving guns also up 11 per cent.Elsewhere in the figures, that were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) , violence against the person was up a fifth on 2016 with an overall figure of 1.3 million.Recorded burglary was up nine per cent, while robbery saw a sharp rise up 33 per cent, year on year.Responding to the figures, police minister Nick Hurd said: “The independent Office for National Statistics is clear that overall levels of crime are stable, with traditional crime over a third lower than it was in 2010.”It is also welcome that the police’s recording of crime is improving, and that more victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence are feeling empowered to come forward.”But we know that some of the increase in police-recorded violent offences is genuine which is why we have taken urgent action to stop these crimes. Only four police forces recorded a decrease in offences for weapons possession between 2016 and 2017: North Wales, Dyfed-Powys, Derbyshire and Cumbria. Of these, only Cumbria saw a significant decrease of 6.4 per cent. Commenting on the release of the ONS Quarterly Crime Statistics, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “These statistics show once again that crime, and violent crime in particular, is rising at an unacceptably high rate across the whole of England and Wales, including London. This is clearly a national problem that requires national solutions from the Government.” The new rules meant police officers only had the power to stop and search if they had ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect someone was carrying; illegal drugs; a weapon; stolen property; something which could be used to commit a crime.But many frontline officers have expressed concern about the policy, which some claim leaves them fearful of being accused of being racist.In 2016-17, there were 303,845 stop-and-searches by police forces in England and Wales, a fall of 21 per cent compared with the previous 12 months. Knife crime soared by almost a quarter last year in Britain amid warnings that the reduction in stop and search is fuelling violence on the streets.According to the latest statistics, the police recorded just under 40,000 offences involving a knife in the year ending December 2017 – which was up 22 per cent on the previous year. A spate of knife murders – especially across the capital – in recent months, has led to calls for a re-think on the approach to the controversial stop and search powers given to the police.Criticism that the policy was being used disproportionately against young black men, led Theresa May to introduced reforms in 2014 in a bid to ensure stop and search was used in a more targeted way. The parents of 18-year-old Sami Sidhorn, said: “It is shameful that a single knife is allowed on the street. There isn’t a single fathomable reason why this is still tolerated, unchecked and unstopped.”Those who are responsible for enforcing the banning of knives in our streets are also responsible for his death.” Forest Gate murder victim Sami SidhomCredit:Metropolitan Police Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Surrey saw the largest increases in weapons possession offences recorded by the police, at 50.1, 49.4 and 44.6 per cent respectively. Warwickshire police recorded 1,348 offences for weapons possession in 2017, compared to 898 in 2016. Last year the number of homicides involving a bladed weapon rose by 26 per cent across the country – with London’s overall murder rate rocketing by 44 per cent to 157.Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has warned against going soft on knife crime and recently called for more use of stop and search.Earlier this week the family of a model law student, stabbed to death outside his home in east London, blamed his killing on the failure of the police and government to tackle the knife crime epidemic. “We will be announcing tough new laws to crack down on acid attacks and knife offences.”And as crime changes, we will change our response – our serious violence strategy places a new emphasis on steering young people away from a life of crime, while continuing to promote the strongest possible law enforcement response.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Khan said there was evidence to suggest cuts to police budgets was having an impact on the ability to tackle knife crime.
Beckham’s next court date is for a case management hearing before magistrates in Wimbledon on September 4.The alleged offence happened at shortly after 5.30pm on Tuesday, January 23.Beckham made his name as a midfielder at Manchester United in the 1990s before going on to play for Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. He also earned 115 caps for England before retiring from the game in 2013. Beckham now splits his time between London and California. David Beckham, playing for England in 2008, earned 115 caps for the national sideCredit:EDDIE KEOGH /Reuters David Beckham is facing a speeding charge, accused of driving a Bentley car over the speed limit in a 40mph zone.The former England captain allegedly drove at 59mph on the A40 at Paddington in west London.The 43-year-old, of Holland Park, is charged with exceeding a 40mph speed limit in contravention of a local traffic order. A not guilty plea was entered on August 17 and Beckham is due to go on trial.Although his case appears on Tuesday’s list to be heard at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court in Battersea, south-west London, the hearing will be an administrative one known as a single justice procedure (SJP).This will be held behind closed doors alongside several similar cases with only a magistrate and a legal adviser present, a court official confirmed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. When in the capital, he is regularly pictured driving his Bentley Bentayga, which is worth around £160,000.Beckham and his wife, Victoria, attended the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor in May. The A40 at Paddington in west London, where the speed limit is 40mphCredit:Google Street View
En Suède, la copie numérique est désormais une religion officielleL’Eglise du Kopimism est désormais officiellement reconnue par la Suède comme religion. Ce mouvement porte donc la copie comme rituel religieux, et considère l’information sacrée. Un millier de personnes se réclament déjà de ce culte.Après plusieurs demandes infructueuses, l’Eglise du Kopimism est désormais officiellement reconnue comme religion par son pays d’origine, la Suède, indique Numerama. Ce mouvement porte l’information comme sacrée et a comme rituel religieux la copie numérique de données. “Pour l’Église du Kopimism, l’information est sacrée et la copie est un sacrement. L’information possède une valeur en soi, et celle-ci se multiplie à travers l’acte de la copie. Par conséquent, la copie est un élement central pour l’organisation et ses membres”, expliquent Isak Gerson et Gustav Nipe, fondateurs de ce mouvement.À lire aussiUn mystérieux monstre vieux de 500 ans remonté des profondeurs de la mer BaltiqueDésormais reconnus par l’administration suédoise, ce culte pourra bénéficier de subventions d’Etat à l’instar des autres religions, et organiser légalement des programmes de dons, non imposables. “Les autres Eglises ou communautés religieuses peuvent choisir sous quelle forme elles souhaitent obtenir le soutien de l’État, soit en utilisant le système fiscal, soit en percevant des subventions de l’État. Si une communauté religieuse choisit d’utiliser le système fiscal, ses subventions seront réduites en fonction du coût assumé par l’État pour l’utilisation du système fiscal”, indique le site Eurel, spécialisé sur l’état juridique et sociologique des religions en Europe.L’intérêt de cette reconnaissance du mouvement Kopimism est aussi la protection des membres, et partisans actifs du piratage d’œuvres culturelles sur Internet, contre toute action judiciaire intentée par les ayants-droits. Le fondateur du Parti Pirate Suédois, Rick Falkvinge, explique qu’il sera compliqué pour eux de poursuivre des individus agissant selon leurs cultes religieux. Une situation inédite et inattendue.Le 5 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambert
They’re also passionate about their drinks…Catalina Monsalve: “All kinds of flavored mojitos, we have an amazing happy hour. We do $3 mojitos, everyday. From 5 to 8, we have $1 draft beer and $2 Cuba Libre, we call it the 1-2-3.”Drinks are half price off from 8 until 10 p.m. — that puts the Cuba Libre (or rum and Coke) at $5. Not bad!Fernando Carvalho: “$1 drafts, can’t beat it.”If you’re in good company or just really thirsty — order a mojito punch bowl.Paola Velasco: “I love the colors, I love how it shows the Cuban culture. I love the drinks, it’s really cool.”And what’s a Cuban spot without some Cuban food? Jet Blue recently launched their flights to Cuba, but you don’t need to fly anywhere just yet. Deco found a boxing themed bar right here — offering the best the island has to offer — including some really tasty mojitos.Some say Miami is a melting pot of cultures — especially Cuban.Catalina Monsalve: “Cuba right now is very trendy, everybody talks about Cuba. Cuba is opening their doors to the world.”So why not experience the best Cuba has to offer … right here in the 305 from Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.The party is muy caliente at Punch in Miami.Catalina Monsalve: “It’s a Latin place, with a Cuban influence. We combined the decoration, the ambiance with the food and with traditional Cuban drinks.”Punch embraces the Cuba of the ’30s and ’40s and gives a nod to the island’s famous boxer from the era — Kid Chocolate. Catalina Monsalve: “It’s Cuban tapas, chicharrón, papa rellena, stuffed potatoes, Cuban sliders. You can choose if you want ropa vieja, vaca frita, picadillo, those are the traditional names that you hear in the Cuban cuisine.”Jorge Luis Acosta: “They got four different types. I got all four different types. They got picadillo, lechon, and I don’t remember the other two, but they’re amazing.”As for the music…Catalina Monsalve: “It’s Latin music, but we play a lot of salsa, a lot of son Cubano. We have live music on Thursdays and we try to bring all the Cuban sounds and flavors.”Justin Pinn: “The music, the people, the drinks, I mean, it’s the right ambiance, it’s Miami, it’s alive. It’s Latin America coming to Miami. It’s beautiful.”FOR MORE INFO:Punch5580 NE 4th Ct #6Miami, FL 33137(305) 758-9932 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Share Janie Osborne/Getty ImagesRepublican Greg Gianforte celebrates with supporters after being declared the winner of Montana’s special House election, on Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Mont.Updated at 4:55 a.m. ETRepublican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana’s lone congressional seat on Thursday despite an election eve misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter.Gianforte had been silent in the wake of the allegations, with his campaign only releasing a statement claiming that The Guardian‘s Ben Jacobs had been the aggressor. But speaking at his victory party in Bozeman shortly after the race was called, Gianforte admitted he was in the wrong and apologized to Jacobs.“[Wednesday] night I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can’t take back, and I’m not proud of what happened,” Gianforte said. “I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that, I’m sorry.“I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I’m sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs,” the congressman-elect continued. “That’s not the person I am, and that’s not the way I’ll lead in this state.”Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist to win the seat formerly held by Ryan Zinke, whom President Trump tapped earlier this year to be his interior secretary. According to the Associated Press, with 98 percent of the vote in, Gianforte was winning 50 percent to Quist’s 44 percent. Libertarian candidate Mark Wicks was taking 6 percent.The race was roiled in the final hours after Gianforte allegedly assaulted Jacobs after the reporter asked him about the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the GOP health care bill, the American Health Care Act.According to audio from Jacobs, after he pressed Gianforte for his reaction to the CBO score, the candidate body-slammed him to the ground, breaking his glasses and injuring his elbow. Three Fox News reporters who were in the room preparing for an interview with Gianforte also witnessed the incident and confirmed that Gianforte “grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground … then began punching the reporter.”Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin — who had donated $250 to Gianforte’s campaign — announced he was charging the GOP nominee with misdemeanor assault. Gianforte must appear in court by June 7. If convicted, he faces a possible maximum fine of $500 or up to six months in jail.Even before the tumultuous final hours, some began to see the contest as a bellwether on health care and the AHCA. Republicans had conceded well before the last 36 hours that the race had tightened to an uncomfortable degree. Outside groups poured about $5.6 million into the contest, while Democratic groups only jumped in with about $1 million to aid Quist.The controversial health care legislation had become a key point in the contest, with Quist — a quasi-famous folk singer in the state — seizing upon it as he looked to build resistance to Trump and the Republican agenda in a solidly red state that the president carried by 20 points in November.While Quist was outspoken in his opposition to the bill, Gianforte had hedged. The wealthy software executive said he didn’t want to say how he would have voted on the bill until he saw the CBO score, which came out Wednesday. But The New York Times had previously obtained audio of the GOP nominee praising the bill to his donors.The Democratic nominee had seen a surge in his fundraising, topping $6 million largely through small-dollar donations. Quist campaigned in the closing stretch with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who won the state’s Democratic presidential primary last year. Quist had hoped to ride that same populist wave to an upset victory.Privately, however, Democrats were skeptical that was possible, even after the altercation between Jacobs and Gianforte. Republicans believed that the race had closed in the final days but that Gianforte still had a slim lead.And both parties privately grumbled about their candidates. Republicans were frustrated they had to swoop in to prop up an underperforming Gianforte despite his ability to self-fund. And Quist had plenty of baggage too, with a history of property tax liens and unpaid debts.Gianforte lost a race to Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in November by about 4 points even as Trump rolled to a 20-point victory in the state, and his negatives were still high from the attacks he tried unsuccessfully to deflect then.Gianforte also didn’t exactly embrace the GOP presidential nominee last fall, but this time around, he didn’t shy away from Trump, promising to work with him if elected. The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and Vice President Pence also traveled to the state on his behalf.In his victory speech, Gianforte echoed many of the themes of Trump’s campaign.“Tonight, Montanans are sending a wake-up call to the Washington, D.C., establishment,” Gianforte said. “Montanans said Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi can’t call the shots. Montanans said, ‘We’re going to drain the swamp.’ “Even with the assault charges against Gianforte complicating the race just hours before voters went to the polls, a significant portion of voters had already sent in mail-in ballots, so the impact of the accusations was likely minimal.And, as voters told reporters from Montana Public Radio as they went to the polls Thursday, they didn’t necessarily see the altercation between Gianforte and Jacobs as a disqualifier.Ultimately, the special election could have been a chance for Democrats to send a political shock wave to the Trump administration — but it was always a long shot, and national Democrats never expected Quist would pull off the upset, even after the late-breaking assault charge. Democrats have had success statewide in Montana, with Bullock and Sen. Jon Tester, who’s expected to face a tough re-election fight himself next year. But they haven’t held the state’s congressional seat in over two decades.The better bellwether will come in just under a month in the closely-watched Georgia 6th District special election, with Democrat Jon Ossoff facing off against Republican Karen Handel in the northern Atlanta suburbs for a chance to succeed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. That’s a seat that Trump won by less than 2 points, and it’s already the most expensive congressional contest ever with both sides pouring in millions of dollars.The seat — in the rapidly changing suburbs that largely rejected Trump despite historically voting Republican — is more of the type of seat Democrats will need to flip in order to win back the House in 2018. They need to flip 24 seats to do so, and there are 23 seats held by Republicans who sit in districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. If Trump’s approval ratings continue to fall, the House will be firmly in play. Midterm elections in a president’s first term are almost always a referendum on the White House incumbent, and historically, the president’s party loses an average of 29 seats in that first midterm cycle.And while Democrats may well need a win on the board in order to prove that the protests and marches against Trump can translate at the ballot box, the trend line is in their favor and should be worrisome for Republicans, as the Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman noted. In Montana, Gianforte is on pace to win by about 6 points, underperforming by 14 points. In the Georgia all-party primary in April, Ossoff overperformed by 7 points. And in a special election in Kansas last month, the Democratic nominee overperformed by 14 points.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Tags: Chicago, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Source: The Associated Press Chicago has a strong start to 2018 with record visitors CHICAGO — Continuing last year’s record-setting growth, Chicago set new tourism records in the first months of 2018.Mayor Rahm Emanuel says hotel demand increased by 12.5 per cent in January and February alone. He attributes the bulk of the growth to the business sector. The city held more meetings and conventions in the first months of 2018 than it did during the same time period in previous years.The leisure sector also set records for this period.This comes on the heels of unprecedented tourism numbers in 2017, when an estimated 55 million people visited the city. The high number of visitors led to an 11.3 per cent increase in hotel revenue per room.Emanuel says tourism creates more jobs and “injects billions of dollars” into the local economy. Monday, March 26, 2018