CRYSTAL PALACE VS SOUTHAMPTONSouthampton have every reason to be confident having beaten Crystal Palace in their last SEVEN league clashes; Palace last won against Southampton in December 2008 at Selhurst Park, in the Championship. But in 12 previous clashes between the Eagles and the Saints in the Premier League at home and away, Palace have never won, losing eight and drawing the other four.NORWICH CITY VS EVERTONIn their last six league games Norwich have scored three goals, while they have conceded 27, the most in the Barclays Premier League. Norwich have kept just one clean sheet all season; only bottom-placed Aston Villa have the same number of clean sheets. And away Everton have scored 11 goals; only Leicester (18), Arsenal (16) and West Ham (13) have scored more away from home.SUNDERLAND VSWATFORDSunderland have won their last four home league games against Watford, whose last victory there came more than 21 years ago, in November 1994. They have scored only nine home goals but they have conceded only eight. This is only the third time these teams will have met in the Premier League; on the last occasions, in the 1999-2000 season Sunderland won both at home and away.WEST HAM VSSTOKE CITYWest Ham have won just two home games in what is their last season at the Boleyn Ground before next season’s move to the Olympic Stadium. Stoke arrive having won three of their last four league games, including last Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City that knocked them off the top of the table. The Potters have managed just six away goals this season – only West Bromwich Albion (4) and Newcastle (3) have found the net fewer times on their travels.LIVERPOOL VSWEST BROMLiverpool return to Anfield where they have scored just eight goals. Only Watford (6), Stoke (7) and Aston Villa (5) have fewer home goals in the Premier League. However, the Reds have conceded only nine at home. In 10 league visits to Anfield, Albion have lost eight and won two, most recently in February 2013 – their last win over Liverpool home or away.TOTTENHAM VSNEWCASTLETottenham are now unbeaten in 14 successive Barclays Premier League, winning six and drawing eight to record their best run in the top flight since March 1985 (when they were also unbeaten in 14 First Division matches). Spurs have 14 home goals; only Manchester City (23) and Everton (16) have more.
Kevin Durant’s mom revealed her son is “having a rough time right now” in the aftermath of the serious Achilles tendon injury that knocked him out of the NBA Finals.“Emotionally, it’s a little tough for him,” Wanda Durant said about her son Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “He’s having a rough time right now.”Durant suffered the devastating injury early in the second quarter of the Warriors’ eventual Game 5 victory on Monday.“It’s still kind of hurtful to see the anguish in his …
MEDIA CONTACTS • +27 11 656 6349 +27 71 236 2118 (Image: firstname.lastname@example.org) “Chris Rock, the American comedian, jokes that if you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book. Let’s prove him wrong and let’s get reading, sistas!” That call to action comes from Sis’ Nolly, the face of Nollybooks, a new South African romance imprint aiming to make readers out of young black women. Nollybooks takes the British Mills & Boon model of chick-lit romance written to a formula and adapts it for the urban South African context, with recognisable – if aspirational – characters, settings, language and culture. But it further adapts the model for a less literate society with the “bookazines” format, with a letter from the editor – Sis’ Nolly – in the front and word games, quizzes, a glossary, book club talking points and celebrity news included at the back.The series, launched in October 2010, is an imprint of MME Media and the brainchild of Nigeria-born Moky Makura, a writer, TV presenter and producer, PR pioneer and, now, publisher.Makura, who has an Honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK, is on a mission to get “aliterate” young South Africans – particularly girls and young women aged 16 to 24 – back to books.“For many young people in this country, the last books they read were probably at school,” she told City Press a few months before the Nollybooks launch last year. “It is likely the books were not books they would have chosen to read, so it may also have been a negative experience – so they stop when they leave school.”Makura points to the fact that more than 3-million South Africans are illiterate, 8-million functionally illiterate, and many millions more aliterate – they can read books, but don’t. It’s this last, vast market that Nollybooks targets.“We’ve identified a big gap in the market and the time it takes before young people can afford to buy at Exclusive Books,” Makura said. “It’s pricey and intimidating.”Creating an entirely new market of readers out of ordinary, aliterate South Africans has been done before – to huge success. The country’s first tabloid newspaper Daily Sun revolutionised the local publishing industry by tapping into the market of working-class readers, people who had never bothered with newspapers before. Launched in 2002, Daily Sun is by far South Africa’s largest paper, with daily sales of some 500 000 – three times that of its nearest rivals – and a readership of over 3-million people.Like Daily Sun, Nollybooks seeks to attract readers with a low price – R50 a book, between half and a third of the cost of a conventional novel – and content that speaks to their lives.“I named this company Nollybooks because we must write our own stories and make them accessible,” Makura told City Press. “The best way to get people to enjoy books is to give them content they enjoy.”The name of the imprint reflects her inspiration from the success of local storytelling in her the film industry of Nigeria, her home country. “I believe we Africans want to see ourselves reflected in the content that we consume,” she said. “Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, was created by Nigerians telling their own stories to themselves. It’s an incredibly successful, self-sustaining industry. It shows that despite questionable production values, people want to see themselves.”The bookazine format is also an attempt to fit with the readers’ lives, being smaller than most books and so easier to fit in a handbag and read on a bus or taxi to and from work. The glossary of more difficult words included with each book will be useful to members of an aspirational generation, young second-language English speakers keen to improve their language. And dictionaries are rarely found in homes, let alone on public transport.Nollybooks have so far published 11 titles, including The Perfect Holiday Romance, The Spy Who Loved Him, A Man Worth Knowing and More than Friends. Most were written by first-time authors. The Nollybooks team see nurturing new writing talent as part of their goal to spread literacy in South Africa, so they encourage new writers, offer writing tips on the website and recently held a writing workshop at the National Book Week in Johannesburg.The plots of the books are fun, upbeat and very local. In The Spy Who Loved Him, journalist Thuli Mabena takes on a job as domestic worker for wealthy businessman Luasi Nkosi, all the while spying on him and reporting back to her readers on how the rich and famous treat their employees.In Looking for Mr Right, Cassandra is fed up with making wedding gowns for other women while she stays single. Online dating seems a good idea – “until she realises that what glitters in cyberspace isn’t gold in the flesh”. Neo in More Than Just Friends is excitedly awaiting her childhood friend Nceba’s return to South Africa, expecting the awkward-looking boy she grew up with. She is “stunned to see a devastatingly handsome man, and the two immediately rekindle their friendship …”Like the hugely successful international franchise Mills & Boon, all Nollybooks are put together according to a formula that dictates plots, character and writing style.“Formulaic writing works,” Makura told The Times. “It captures readers. It gives them a guarantee. They know what to expect. It’s like watching a soap opera. There is a little bit of the same in each book, and this is like what Enid Blyton does for young readers, too – helping to creating reading habits.”But unlike Mills & Boon, and despite many lines given to the protagonist’s attractions – “How did he keep his body so trim and rugged with all the time he spent in court; settlement after settlement?” – there is no sex.“We are sensitive to the reality of South Africa, to Aids and to young girls,” Makura said.“The sex happens after the story finishes.”
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Approximately 3000 players will be competing across 17 divisions at the event, ranging from Under 20’s to the Men’s 50’s division. Teams from 50 affiliates across New South Wales will compete in the three day event. The Eastern Suburbs Roosters will be hoping to claim back-to-back Champion Affiliate status at this year’s event, after winning three titles in 2010. After winning their first Vawdon Cup title in 10 years in early November, Easts Roosters will be hopeful of gaining the Men’s Open Vawdon Cup/State Cup double in Port Macquarie. With Australian World Cup champions Terry Deegan (Men’s) and Jamie Chan (Mixed), as well as several New Zealand World Cup representatives in Ed Burrell, Dean Williams and Cain Rangi, the side is full of star players, and will be hard to beat.Easts’ edged out the Penrith Panthers in the Vawdon Cup final by two touchdowns and the Panthers will be keen to go one better at the State Cup. With a trio of Australian World Cup representatives in Nick Good, Ben Moylan and Scott Buckley, the Panthers will be another team to watch out for. The Hornsby Lions, will be vying for their third consecutive State Cup title, and with New South Wales Touch Association’s Coach of the Year, Terry Cooper, at the helm, the Lions will once again be an exciting team to watch. Last year’s State Cup runners up, Wests Magpies, will again be in the mix this year, and will field a strong team. Australian representatives Anthony Ziade (Men’s), Daniel Rushworth, Roy Prasad (Mixed) and Michael Jacono (Men’s 30’s) will again lead the side, and will be hoping to do one better in 2011 following their one touchdown loss to Hornsby in last year’s State Cup final. The experience of the Canterbury Bulldogs means that they should be around on finals day, with recent Vawdon Cup Boland Medal winner for Player of the Season, Steve Roberts, in the line-up as well as his fellow Australian Men’s Open teammates Stuart Brierty, Matt Prowse and Mat Bird. After a strong Vawdon Cup campaign, the Parramatta Eels will also be a team to watch out for, with Australian Mixed Open World Cup champions, Troy Malcolm and Dylan Thompson, in the line-up. The Wollongong Devils will be hoping that they can achieve the Women’s Open Vawdon Cup/State Cup double in 2011, after coming very close in 2010. After winning the 2010 Vawdon Cup, the Devils were beaten in a drop-off by the Canterbury Bulldogs in last year’s final, before an undefeated Vawdon Cup season saw the Devils beat the Bulldogs in the Vawdon Cup final in early November. Australian Women’s Open representative and recent Vawdon Cup Karen Smith Medal winner for Player of the Season, Nicole Beck, will not play at the State Cup due to an ankle operation, and will be missed by the Devils. The State Cup will be a good challenge for the side, which will look to the experience of co-captains Jess McCall and Cara Zaremski, while there are many talented youngsters in the Devils’ line up including Australian Youth representatives Bianca Mounsey and Sam Hammond. Canterbury will be aiming for their sixth straight State Cup title in 2011, and will be hard to beat with Australian Women’s Open captain Louise Winchester leading the team, while her sister Claire, and Kelly Woods will also be players to watch. Port Macquarie will be fielding a team in the Women’s Open division in 2011, with plenty of impressive young players to debut in this division. Australian 18’s Girls representative, Simone Smith, will join her Elite Eight New South Wales Country Mavericks teammates Kelly Pepper, Ash Alcorn and Australian Mixed Open World Cup champion, Kylie Hilder, in the side, while talented sisters Kate and Laura Coleman will also be looking to impress in front of a home crowd. The Manly Sea Eagles and Penrith Panthers are two teams full of young talent, and will be looking to continue on from their impressive Vawdon Cup seasons at the State Cup.Round games will be played on Friday and Saturday, before finals are contested on Sunday.New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) General Manager, Dean Russell, used Thursday’s New South Wales State Cup media launch to announce that Port Macquarie will host the next five State Cup events following the 2011 tournament.With the State Cup currently in its 23rd consecutive year with Port Macquarie as host, the city will continue to host the event from 2012 to 2016 commencing with next year’s event on December 7-9.To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 New South Wales State Cup, please visit the following websites: www.nswtouch.com.auwww.statecup.sportingpulse.net NSWTA’s social media pages will also be updated regularly throughout the event, and you can find out everything you need to know by ‘liking’ or ‘following’ these pages:www.twitter.com/nsw_touch http://www.facebook.com/pages/NSW-Touch-Football-Network/137384052966714
Sevilla need Man Utd co-operation to get Bailly deal doneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla need Manchester United’s co-operation to get a deal done for Eric Bailly.Estadio Deportivo says Sevilla coach Pablo Machin is ‘seriously interested’ in bringing the Ivorian back to La Liga.A loan deal until the end of the season may be a possibility as Los Rojiblancos look to bolster their defensive options going into the second half of the season.There are concerns though that Bailly’s wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block with his weekly pay said to be around £75,000.Sevilla would require United to pay some of his salary if a loan move is to materialise. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Led by Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors completely shut down the Bucks offense in Game 3, slicing Milwaukee’s Eastern Conference finals lead to 2-1 in the process. Mike Budenholzer’s crew finished the 2018-19 regular season ranked fourth in offensive efficiency, so holding them to just 93.1 points per 100 possessions across six periods1 Game 3 went to double overtime. stands as a highly impressive accomplishment for Toronto. Somewhat overshadowed in the discussion of that game, though, is that the Raptors’ own highly ranked offense struggled as well, continuing a concerning season-long trend against the Bucks.Toronto finished the regular season one spot behind Milwaukee in offensive efficiency, scoring at a rate of 113.1 points per 100 possessions. The Raptors hit that mark despite Leonard and Kyle Lowry each missing around a quarter of the season, among numerous other injuries, and despite having to incorporate new players both at the start of the season (Leonard and Danny Green) and on the fly after the trade deadline (Marc Gasol).That they were able to score so efficiently despite all those potential hurdles is a testament not just to the offensive design of coach Nick Nurse but also to the sheer magnitude of talent the Raptors assembled — and especially to the ability of Toronto’s players to solve whatever problems a defense posed for them throughout the year.But the one defense the Raptors consistently could not solve during the regular season was the Bucks’. And unfortunately for Toronto, they haven’t solved it in the conference finals so far either.Now 15 games into their playoff run, the Raptors have played 97 total games this season. Among those 97 contests, their offensive efficiency ranks in seven games against the Bucks are as follows: 22nd, 74th, 83rd (Game 2), 84th, 86th (Game 1), 89th (Game 3) and 96th.2The game that ranked 22nd actually saw the Raptors post their lowest Quantified Shot Quality of the season, per Second Spectrum, which means that their expected effective field-goal percentage based on the location of their shots ranked 97th out of their 97 games. They just happened to outshoot that expectation by 11 percentage points in that game. Put another way: Toronto has played a big chunk of its worst offensive basketball against Milwaukee.This is not necessarily all that shocking. The Bucks finished the regular season with the league’s best defense, after all. But even accounting for Milwaukee’s general defensive talent, there’s also a specific reason why the Bucks have been so effective at shutting down this Toronto team: No NBA defense is better than the Bucks at providing help against opponent drives, and the Raptors are one of the most drive-dependent teams in the league.Toronto ranked seventh in the league in drives per 100 possessions and fifth in points per drive during the regular season, per Second Spectrum. The Raptors were also the only team in the league to sport five different players who averaged at least 7.5 drives per game3One of those was late-season acquisition Jeremy Lin, but only a few other teams had four such players anyway.. And Toronto’s primary drivers were not just high-volume; they were also extremely effective.Leonard and Pascal Siakam drove to score, respectively ranking seventh and fifth in points percentage on the drive4The percentage of potential drive points that a player actually scored on his drives. among the 72 players who averaged at least 7.5 drives per game. Lowry and backup Fred VanVleet drove to pass, ranking first and seventh among that same group of 72 players in assist percentage5The percentage of a player’s drives that resulted in an assist. on the drive.Against the Bucks, though, the engines of Toronto’s drive-based attack too often ran into roadblocks: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez. Per Second Spectrum, there were 70 NBA players who were credited as the help defender on at least 350 drives during the regular season. Among that group of 70 players, Antetokounmpo ranked first in team points allowed per possession (0.95) when he helped contain a drive, and Lopez (1.02) ranked seventh.Driving the lane before encountering help in the form of Antetokounmpo or Lopez has often proven too much for the Raptors to handle, especially Leonard and Lowry. During Leonard’s three regular-season games against Milwaukee, he was both less likely to shoot on the drive and less effective at converting those shots than he was against other teams. That trend has carried over to the conference finals, where Leonard is shooting just 11 of 28 on the drive through three games.While Lowry was a pass-heavy driver throughout the regular season, he was almost comically averse to shooting on the drive during the three games he played against the Bucks. His pass rate on the drive against Milwaukee was 18 percentage points higher than the most pass-happy high-volume driver in the league this season, Indiana’s Darren Collison. This aversion to shooting has also carried over to the conference finals, but his passing also just isn’t working right now. Of his 20 drives in Games 1 through 3, only one of his 12 passes resulted in an assist — and this is the guy who led the league in assist rate on the drive during the season.Isolating Leonard and Lowry’s drives to the ones on which Lopez or Antetokounmpo provided the help, as Second Spectrum allows, shows that the Raptors have scored only 30 points on 38 such direct drives during the conference finals,6A direct drive is a play in which the driver either shoots, is fouled, turns the ball over or passes to a player who shoots within one dribble. “good” for an anemic 0.79 points per drive. That simply won’t do — not when you’re trying to defeat the team with the NBA’s best record, led by the probable MVP and coach of the year winners.The good news for the Raptors is that they got themselves back into the series with their Game 3 win. The bad news is that unless they figure something out offensively, they’re going to have to play perfect defense again in Game 4 tonight to even the series 2-2, and beyond that, to advance to the NBA Finals. Against Giannis and these Bucks, that’s a whole lot easier said than done.Check out our latest NBA playoff predictions.
Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 3 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternComing into the 2015 season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was picked by Big Ten coaches to finish eighth in the conference.The team has talked about using that as motivation all season long, and with victories against No. 18 Purdue (15-4, 6-2) and Indiana (12-8, 2-6) in St. John Arena over the weekend, the No. 7 Buckeyes (18-2, 7-1) now find themselves tied for first place in the Big Ten.With the wins, OSU also extended its winning streak to seven. The Buckeyes haven’t lost since their first conference game of the year against Minnesota on Sept. 23.In Game 1 of the weekend on Friday, OSU staged a comeback victory over the Boilermakers, who were previously undefeated in conference play.After a hot start by the Buckeyes, they dropped the second and third sets to the Boilermakers, and looked to be in danger of having their five-game winning streak snapped when Purdue jumped out to an 8-2 advantage in the fourth. OSU was able to close the gap, however, forcing a fifth set, which it won decisively.“We fought and we executed well in that last set,” junior libero Valeria León said. “Our tempo was really good. We got them a little bit off balance. It was a fight that game; it was not pretty at all.”Senior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said it was huge for the Buckeyes to escape with a win after not playing their best volleyball.“Every win matters, but those are the ones that build your character and build your résumé,” she said. “Those ones are incredibly important in the end.”Coming into the game, coach Geoff Carlston emphasized serving as a key to slowing down Purdue, and OSU responded with its best game of the season from the service line, racking up 13 aces. Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer led the Buckeyes with a career-high five aces, while freshman setter Taylor Hughes also set a personal-best with three.The Buckeyes were also powered by a stout defensive performance, holding Purdue — which came into the game leading the Big Ten in attack percentage and kills per set — to a .197 attack percentage.OSU tallied 12 total blocks, six coming from senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (one solo) and four each from junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (two solo) and senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell. León picked up 16 digs, while Schirmer and Hughes added to their big serving nights with 15 apiece.“People always notice the blocking and the hitting, but the little things like coverage and serving (are also important),” Sandbothe said.To complement her blocking efforts, Sandbothe also led the OSU offense — which was held to a .232 attack percentage — with 16 kills and two aces. Campbell added to her four blocks with 11 kills and one ace. Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Wenz, who had appeared in only 12 sets all year, tied a career-best with six kills, four coming in OSU’s fourth-set comeback.Against the Hoosiers on Sunday, the Buckeyes rebounded from a slow start to take home their seventh straight win (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18).Behind seven kills from junior outside hitter Amelia Anderson, Indiana took an early lead as it fought off OSU in the first set. The Buckeyes would bounce back, never trailing in the second set to tie things up at the intermission. After winning a closely contested third set, OSU dominated the final set by leading the whole way.Similarly to Friday’s match, the Buckeyes didn’t have their best game offensively with a .218 attack percentage, but dug in on defense to hold Indiana to a .160 mark.León once again led OSU with 17 digs, while Schirmer and freshman outside hitter Audra Appold contributed 13 and 12, respectively, as the Buckeyes out-dug the Hoosiers 77-62.OSU had 7.5 blocks — four coming in the final set of the match — led by Sandbothe’s three and two each from Campbell, Richardson and Wenz.Sandbothe had 14 kills on offense, and did not make an error until the final set as she hit at a .565 attack percentage. Campbell (15 kills, two blocks) was the only other Buckeye to reach double-digit points.After Wenz stepped up to lift the OSU offense in Friday’s match, senior setter Emily Ruetter did the same on Sunday. Ruetter took over for Hughes midway through the third set and picked up 19 assists, seven digs, one block and one kill.It will be a quick turnaround for the Buckeyes, as they are scheduled to travel to East Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday to take on Michigan State. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Kent State’s Darrell Hazell might become Purdue’s next football coach, according to multiple reports Tuesday. After guiding the No. 25 Golden Flashes to an 11-2 mark this season, Hazell is reportedly the Boilermakers’ first pick to replace former Purdue coach Danny Hope, who was fired Nov. 25, after going 23-27 in four seasons. Hazell led Kent State its first winning season since 2001 – a feat that earned the second-year coach the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. The potential move to West Lafayette, Ind., though, could bring him back to his old stomping grounds in the Big Ten. From 2004 to 2010, Hazell served as an assistant under former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel – first as the team’s wide receivers and kick returns coach before becoming the Buckeyes’ assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. Cincinnati’s Butch Jones has reportedly also been in talks with Purdue about their coaching vacancy. According to multiple media outlets, the Boilermakers are expected have a decision by Wednesday. After losing to Northern Illinois in overtime, 44-37, in the MAC Championship Game Saturday, the Golden Flashes are set to face Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expecting a difficult time against Spain in Portugal’s opening game in the World Cup, but he is determined to avoid defeat in what he feels could potentially spoil their campaignThe defending European champions are being considered only the eighth favourites to claim glory at Russia this summer and will begin their campaign in a tricky encounter against the 2010 winners Spain.Ronaldo, who has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at club level, knows all about winning at the highest level and he warned Portugal that defeat on the first day could very well set them back.“A defeat on the first day puts you in a bad way for the rest of the tournament so it’s important to start well,” said the captain, according to Goal.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“But I believe both Spain and Portugal will reach the next round.”But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is refusing to discount his team’s chances and made reference to their Euro 2016 triumph.Like now, the Selecao were considered outsiders for glory in France but they still managed to fight their way through to the final and lift the trophy.“To win the World Cup would be a dream for Portugal but to do it we have to play the same way we did in Euro 2016, as a team and all together,” added Ronaldo.
Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed he is pleased with his team’s comeback during their draw against Fulham on Wednesday night.The Foxes travelled to bottom side Fulham, who now boast former Premier League title-winning manager with Leicester Claudio Ranieri as manager, in search of their second win on the bounce.But after Aboubakar Kamara gave the Cottagers the lead three minutes before half-time it look liked Puel’s side were heading for a defeat until a James Maddison strike earn both teams one point each.The result leaves Ranieri’s side in 20th position in the Premier League, while Leicester are ninth, and Claude Puel was pleased with his side’s resilient comeback.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We played a good team, who did well against Chelsea and Southampton,” Puel said, according to FourFourTwo.“We were up and down in the game and we needed to manage it more.”“I would like to congratulate my players for coming back, which is a good thing for our mentality. We believed in ourselves and that’s a good sign for the future.”
Map of ChuadangaA man was found dead at Garchapra village in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga district on Thursday.Quoting witnesses, police said Babu Mandal, 42, son of a certain Shukkur Ali of the village went missing on Wednesday night, reports UNB.On Thursday morning, local people found the body of Babu at a field in the village.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for an autopsy.Police said miscreants killed Babu some time on Wednesday night and dumped the body at the field.
Listen We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: The Texas voter ID law is back in federal court again today. We find out what the latest arguments are over in the law’s long saga in the courts. Then, we take a closer look at a new survey of Harvey victims, which suggests many of them are still struggling to find help three months after the storm.Also this hour: The Center for Public History at the University of Houston is engaging in a long-term oral history project called Resilient Houston: Documenting Hurricane Harvey. We learn more about the project from Monica Perales, director of the Center for Public History, and associate professor of history Todd Romero.Also this hour: We learn what’s in a newly released long-term plan for downtown Houston, called simply Plan Downtown. And Dr. Andy Boyd explores the limits of the human mind in his book Beyond Comprehension: A Scientific Look at the Challenge of Knowing Everything. 00:00 /50:28 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Share Jose Luis Gonzalez/ReutersThe Pentagon plans to build temporary camps for detained immigrants. Here, children of detained migrants are seen at a tent encampment near the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry in Tornillo, TexasUpdated at 12:13 p.m. ETThe Pentagon will build tent camps at two U.S. military bases to house people who cross the southern border illegally, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday.The defense chief did not give details about the locations of the bases that would contain the camps. However, NPR’s Tom Bowman reports that the two military bases are in Texas.Migrant families will be housed at Ft. Bliss, an Army base outside El Paso, according to Bowman. Unaccompanied migrant children will be housed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, outside San Angelo. The Pentagon has been told to prepare for up to 20,000 unaccompanied minors, though it’s unclear whether all will be housed at Goodfellow or more bases will be called upon.Mattis said he expanded role in immigration enforcement is part of the armed services’ logistics and support mission, Mattis noted. As for how the process began, he said other government agencies had asked the Pentagon for help in housing detained migrants.The news comes one week after President Trump said, “The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility.” He added, “Not on my watch.”Of the military’s plan to build camps, Mattis said, “providing shelter for people without shelter — we consider that to be a logistics function that is quite appropriate.”The secretary described the plan to reporters on board his plane as he traveled to Asia to visit his counterparts in China, South Korea and Japan.Mattis compared the temporary camps to the military’s response during a humanitarian crisis. “This is something that we can do,” he said. “Again, whether it be refugee boat people from Vietnam, people who’ve been knocked out of their homes by a hurricane — absolutely, it’s appropriate the military provide logistic support however it’s needed.”The Trump administration has pledged “zero tolerance” for illegal immigration, and the president has shaped and reshaped the policy. Meanwhile, the U.S. government separated more than 2,500 children from their parents at the border over a recent weeks-long period.The Department of Health and Human Services said over the weekend that it has been able to reunite 522 of those children with their families after they were taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.The family-separation policy met with nearly universal outrage, and the president altered his policy last week. As a result, family units who are taken into custody after immigrating illegally are now subject to being detained together.Trump’s policy brought accusations that it was both illegal and cruel to separate migrant families — to put children into large holding facilities hundreds of miles away from their parents and caregivers. It also raised serious questions about what the government was doing to keep track of those kids, to ensure their parents could find them.The backlash includes the website TrumpHotels.org, a satirical takeoff on the president’s actual resort business website (whose address ends in .com). Instead of featuring photos of pools and golf courses, the site highlights images of detained children and adults living in fenced cages inside warehouse-like structures.Republicans in Congress have pledged to pass a new immigration law aimed at addressing concerns about migrants’ safety and legal protections — while also satisfying conservatives who want to clamp down on illegal border crossings.The political process is playing out amid intra-party discord and mixed messages from the White House as NPR’s Kelsey Snell reports — including Trump’s suggestion to ignore the issue until November, when he predicts Republicans will add to their majorities in Congress.Over the weekend, Trump said via Twitter, “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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