About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mazzarri adamant Torino deserved two spotkicks for Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino coach Walter Mazzarri is adamant they didn’t deserve defeat to Juventus.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.However, when it was still 0-0, Toro had two of their own appeals waved away.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” Mazzarri told DAZN.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive. Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”
#BCHwy97 Travel advisory in effect due to limited visibility with blowing snow from #TaylorBC to North of the Junction with #BCHwy29 in #ChetwyndBC.https://t.co/tOSNtObrti— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) March 2, 2018In the North Peace, Yellowhead Road and Bridge’s Greg McNeil says, the snowfall with persistent blowing snow has caused large amounts of drifting in the area. Six to ten centimetres of snow and winds of 30 km/m with gusts to 50 km/h are expected between now and Friday night.The arctic front that brought the winter storm warning will stick around until Friday with some areas receiving up to 25 cm of snow. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A travel advisory has been issued for Highway 97 from Taylor to Dawson Creek and from Dawson Creek to Chetwynd.A winter storm warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace. The heavy snow and strong winds have caused dangerous road conditions.Caribou Road Services says the storm has now extended throughout the whole South Peace area. The highways have limited visibility from blowing snow so please use caution in your travels this evening and into tomorrow. CRS crews and hired equipment are going to continue working hard to clear the snow.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, and Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions, Jane Thornthwaite were hosts to a recent roundtable discussion on mental health, addictions, and the opioid crisis.The discussion centred on the need for treatment facilities, expanded medical services, street clinics, and mental health and counselling providers.According to Thornthwaite, mental health and addictions affect all areas of the Province, including communities such as Fort St. John. “Mental health and addictions challenges affect all areas of B.C. and smaller cities like Fort St. John are no exception.”Thornthwaite says what sets smaller communities apart from larger cities, is the struggle with having available services to those dealing with mental health and addictions.“But smaller or more rural municipalities often struggle with fewer services and less access to trained professionals than urban centres. Access to accurate overdose data would help to identify gaps and target services where they are most needed. Northern residents need immediate treatment and recovery options when they reach out for help.”Davies says he welcomed Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic and appreciates her sharing her knowledge with first responders and front-line workers.“We were pleased to welcome MLA Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic with our dedicated first responders and front-line workers. She brings an incredible amount of experience to the table and will bring these concerns forward on behalf of northern British Columbians.”
Moscow: Russia emerged as a crucial power broker in the crisis in far-away Venezuela this week when Washington accused Moscow of convincing President Nicolas Maduro not to flee to Cuba. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro had a plane on the tarmac ready to fly to Havana when “the Russians indicated that he should stay”. Moscow hit back, dismissing the claim as fake and accusing Washington of supporting a coup “that has nothing to do with democracy” by backing opposition leader Juan Guaido. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportMoscow has its reasons for standing behind Maduro — he’s a rare ally in Latin America and Russia has poured billions into the Venezuelan economy. But analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is also playing the long game, hoping to use Venezuela as leverage in his global tug-of-war with Washington. “Russia is seeking to translate its influence over Maduro — which is in fact not absolute — into an opportunity to have dialogue with the United States,” Tatyana Stanovaya, head of R.Politik, a Paris-based analysis firm, told AFP. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Maduro is a bargaining chip.” Tensions in Venezuela have soared since Guaido declared himself acting president in January, claiming Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate. More than 50 countries led by the United States lined up behind the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, but Russia and China have backed Maduro. Reeling from Western sanctions, Moscow has quickly sensed an opportunity, even if it meant locking horns with the United States in Latin America, Washington’s traditional sphere of influence. In a highly publicised move in March, Moscow sent two planes with around 100 soldiers and equipment to Caracas, where Russian mercenaries are also believed to be operating. Ties between Russia and the West plummeted over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine and military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But the audacity with which the Kremlin inserted itself into the Venezuela crisis has drawn gasps in Washington. “Russia is making the next play in our hemisphere,” Frederick Kempe, president of the Atlantic Council, wrote last month. “Vladimir Putin may be laying the ground for making Venezuela the defining foreign policy debacle for President Trump in the same way Syria became that for the Obama administration.” Russia and Venezuela enjoy a long history of ties and Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, known for his passionate tirades against the United States, was a welcome guest at the Kremlin. After Chavez’s death in 2013 the relationship with a country that boasts the world’s largest proven oil reserves has continued to thrive. Russia is the second largest lender to Caracas after China, with Moscow heavily investing in Venezuela’s oil resources and Caracas acquiring Russian arms worth billions of dollars. However that also means, analysts say, that Russia has a lot to lose from a change in leadership. But what it stands to gain from a possible deal with Washington may be more important for the Kremlin.
OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to throw the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested by Columbus police early Saturday morning near campus for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.The 20-year-old was cited with a misdemeanor OVI and released Saturday morning. Shortly after, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Barrett would be banned from OSU’s next game, a Nov. 7 meeting at home against Minnesota.The arrest came a week after Barrett made his first start of the season in a 49-7 win at Rutgers. Against Minnesota, the keys to the offense will be handed back to redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones.According to multiple reports, Barrett’s suspension is for one game — not the mandatory two outlined in OSU’s student-athlete drug and alcohol policy when the student is underage — because the citation was for a misdemeanor.OSU athletic director Gene Smith told various outlets that the one-game suspension was fully at Meyer’s discretion.Kickoff is scheduled for the Buckeyes’ meeting against Minnesota for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
After missing the first two games of the season due to a suspension, junior running back Jordan Hall has become Ohio State’s most reliable source of offense for the last two games. In Miami, Hall rushed for 87 yards, which at first glance may not seem like a lot. But in a one-dimensional offense that only accumulated 209 yards, two field goals, and 35 total yards of passing, Hall was the one good thing to come out of the disaster in South Beach. Against Colorado on Saturday Hall put up similar numbers on the ground. He rushed for 84 yards and had a touchdown. “It definitely felt good to be out there the whole game because last week felt like I let my team down because I couldn’t play in the second half,” Hall said. “So it definitely felt good.” Hall’s worth was much more than in head coach Luke Fickell’s pro-style offense. Hall was able to make a huge difference on special teams. “Coach says we want to use special teams as a weapon,” Hall said. Hall was that weapon. In the third quarter, after Colorado had narrowed the margin to 17 after a 47-yard field goal from CU kicker Will Oliver, Hall took the ensuing kick-off 90 yards down the field to give OSU a first-and-goal. Sophomore running back Carlos Hyde punched it into the end zone on the next play for a five-yard touchdown run. After the game, Hall was laughing at himself for his inability to take the kick return to the end zone himself. Hall was caught five yards short. He said he received playful ridicule from his teammates after the return. “They already said what they had to say on the sidelines,” Hall said. “So I ain’t worried about it.” Fickell said Hall gave the Buckeyes much needed lifts in the game against Colorado. “Obviously Jordan (Hall) can do a lot of different things. He can be a weapon back there. People have to be aware where he’s at, kicking the ball to him, whether it’s punts or kickoff returns,” Fickell said. In two weeks, senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron returns to the field after a five-game suspension for his involvement in the tattoo scandal. Herron along with former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, senior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and senior offensive lineman Mike Adams received a five-game suspension for their involvement that led to former head coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation. Coach Fickell has said all along that every player has to earn their starting roles each week, and nothing is assumed. Hall said that when Herron returns, it will just add one more weapon opposing teams have to prepare for. “We’re just going to feed off each other and just make the defense have to… account for all of us,” Hall said. “I think when he gets back, it will definitely spark the offense even more.” To start the season, Hall was suspended for the games against Toledo and Akron for receiving impermissible benefits from a former booster at a Cleveland-area charitable event earlier in the year. The NCAA reinstated his eligibility before the Miami game. It was determined that Hall took $200 from the booster, and was ordered to repay it to a local charity. Hall said that while the running game looked good against Colorado, there is always room for improvement. Between Hall, Hyde, freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore running back Jaamal Berry and freshman running back Rod Smith, the OSU running attack picked up 226 yards on the ground. “I think you can always get better,” Hall said. “I think we’re just going to have to keep working and practicing and use it on the field on Saturdays.”
Redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan serves the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorThe Ohio State men’s tennis team has come out of the month of March looking like a lion. After identifying themselves as kings of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes are now ranked number one in the nation for the second time this season.Playing on the road Friday and Sunday against Minnesota and Wisconsin, respectively, the Buckeyes (23-2, 8-0) solidified their spot atop the ITA rankings.Against the Badgers (9-11, 1-6) Sunday, the second and third doubles teams got off to fast starts to earn the point for the Buckeyes.Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and freshman Herkko Pollanen defeated junior Michael Sinha and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov, 8-4, while redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz crushed sophomore Frederik Strabo and freshman Elliott Sprecher, 8-2.Moving to singles play, Callahan and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach were off first after dominating the back end of the Badgers’ lineup.Callahan defeated Strabo 6-1, 6-0 and Steinbach beat Sinha 6-3, 6-3.Senior Peter Kobelt clinched the match for the Buckeyes off with a 7-5, 6-1 win over sophomore Alexander Kokorev. Kobelt, ranked No. 8 in the country for singles, had lost his previous two matches, but came out strong on Sunday.“A whole lot of tennis is just forgetting about the past and that was my goal (Sunday),” Kobelt said Sunday. “Just try to play good tennis and I was able to do that (Sunday). The results come after that. I was able to get a win … hopefully the wins keep coming. You can only prepare to play good tennis, not win or lose.”Metka, Pollanen and Diaz all won in straight sets as well to sweep all matches and give the Buckeyes the 7-0 win.Friday against the Gophers (9-9, 3-3) the number one doubles team of Kobelt and Steinbach got in on the action along with Callahan and Diaz to give the Buckeyes the doubles point.Kobelt and Steinbach defeated juniors Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh 8-7 (7-2) while Callahan and Diaz beat junior Mathieu Froment and sophomore Ruben Weber 8-5.In singles, Steinbach and Callahan were off first this time after winning their respective matches.Steinbach took down freshman Jeremy Lynn 6-1, 6-1 and Callahan beat senior Juan Pablo Ramirez 6-3, 6-1.Kobelt was upset by Toledo 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), but shortly after, Metka defeated Frueh 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to give the Buckeyes the match.A win by Pollanen and loss by Diaz made the final score 5-2.Next the Buckeyes are scheduled for a big non-conference road test at No. 14 Kentucky Wednesday. The two teams played each other Feb. 7, with the Buckeyes winning 4-0.The match against the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky., is set to begin at 2 p.m.
After leading Ohio State’s lacrosse program to its first-ever national championship appearance, coach Nick Myers has signed a five-year contract extension, Ohio State announced Tuesday afternoon. Myers has been the coach at Ohio State for nine seasons and has led the program to the NCAA quarterfinals three times and final four and national championship games once, while posting a career 85-63 record.“We are excited to see Coach Myers’ contract here at Ohio State,” said Janine Oman, senior associate athletic director, student services and sport administration and senior women’s administrator, in a statement. “His focus on student athlete development in all facets of their life is an exemplar for others to follow. He has made a tremendous impact on the Ohio State lacrosse program, but, more importantly, the young men he mentors during their time at Ohio State.”Last season was Myers’ most successful as head coach of the Buckeyes as the team set a program record with 16 wins on his way to a semifinal victory against Towson and championship game loss to Maryland, the same team it lost to in the Big Ten tournament finals. Six All-Americans emerged from last season’s team, including then-junior defenseman Ben Randall, Ohio State’s first-ever first-team All-American.Under Myers, the program was accepted into the Big Ten in 2015 after spending its previous five seasons in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. While in the ECAC, Myers led the team to a conference tournament title in 2013 and a regular season title the following year. Ohio State reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2013 for the second time in school history before Cornell upset the Buckeyes, 16-6.Myers began his coaching career at Ohio State in 2002 as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons — including 2003 when the Buckeyes made it to their first NCAA tournament — before joining Butler’s staff in 2004. After the 2005 season, Myers returned to Columbus as the top assistant coach for the Buckeyes and helped to lead the team to its first NCAA quarterfinals appearance in 2008 when it lost to Duke. Myers was promoted to head coach in July of the same year.
After decommitting from the program on Dec. 4, 2020 four-star safety Lejond Cavazos announced that he would recommit to the Buckeyes. Cavazos originally committed to the Buckeyes in June 2018, but officially became the eighth member of the 2020 class on Friday. When announcing his decommittment, he said Ohio State would remain “a top choice.” A native of Bradenton, Florida, Cavazos was the No. 290 player in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was also ranked as the No. 22 safety and the No. 42 prospect from the state of Florida. With the commitment, Ohio State now has the No. 6 class in the country and the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten.
Barcelona uploaded special footage of a fresh-faced Lionel Messi making his club debut 15 years agoOn 16 November 2003, a 16-year-old Messi made his first-team debut as a 75th-minute substitute in a friendly against José Mourinho’s FC Porto.The game was in commemoration of Porto’s new Estadio do Dragao for the upcoming EURO 2004 competition on Portugal.In the footage released by Barcelona on Twitter, it shows a young Messi coming on the field and his reaction after costing himself a chance of scoring a double on his debut.The Argentine managed to create two chances on goal in the game and, while he wasn’t so pleased about the outcome, it was enough to convince Barcelona to have him train with the reserve and senior teams on a weekly basis.The match in Portugal ended in a 2-0 defeat.Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Ludovic Giuly would later comment on how remarkable the teenager was in his first training session with the senior side.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“He destroyed us all… They were kicking him all over the place to avoid being ridiculed by this kid, he just got up and kept on playing,” said Giuly.“He would dribble past four players and score a goal. Even the team’s starting centre-backs were nervous. He was an alien.”Messi would finally make his official debut for Barcelona in October 2004 against Espanyol in La Liga.💙❤ Leo #Messi✨15 years since the 👑 made his debut! pic.twitter.com/6jAoHMLeK0— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 16, 2018
Dunleavy was elected to the Senate in 2012 and issued a statement following his resignation : “One criticism I’ve made of state government is that it continuously grows and takes on too many responsibilities, and does many of them poorly.” Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp3VmJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp300:00RPd A Dunleavy campaign spokeswoman says the resignation will be effective January 15. Dunleavy: “I sent a letter to Senate President Pete Kelly this morning informing him of my resignation. I shared my appreciation for his leadership in the Senate, and for the collaboration that I have enjoyed with my former colleagues in the Senate Majority.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has announced his resignation from the state senate to focus on running for governor this year. Dunleavy, says the best way for him to advocate for his constituents’ values is to devote his full time and attention to ensuring that a new governor is elected. There are now five potential Republican candidates for governor including Kenai Peninsula Representative Mike Chenault.
Alia Bhatt, Ranbir KapoorTwitterAs we all know that Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are head over heels in love with each other but Alia had never spoken about her relationship on a public platform until yesterday. While Ranbir had never tried to hide his love life from the media and had openly spoken about it in the past, it was now time for Alia to confess her love to Ranbir in front of a large audience at the Filmfare Awards 2019 that took place in Mumbai on March 23 night.At the award ceremony, Alia was honoured with the Best Actress (popular) award for Raazi directed by Meghna Gulzar. And since it was a proud moment for Alia, she couldn’t help but mention Ranbir as her special man in her thanksgiving speech.When Alia walked up to the stage to collect her Best Actress (popular) award, she was beaming with joy with eyes filled with immense love. Holding the black lady in her hands, Alia looked at the crowd and said ‘I Love You’ to Ranbir which left with those red red cheeks.”Meghna for me Raazi is you, your blood and sweat. You are my main chick. Vicky without you, the film wouldn’t be complete. Thank you my mentor Karan for being my mentor, father and my fashion police. Tonight’s all about love there my special one, I love you (Ranbir Kapoor),” Alia said while receiving the award at the 64th Filmfare Awards.Ranbir’s priceless expressions were caught on camera when Alia openly confessed her love to him in front of everyone. Meanwhile, Ranbir Kapoor too won the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) award for his outstanding act in Sanju, the biopic of actor Sanjay Dutt.Take a look.Alia Bhatt- I love you (from stage) after winning award, while Ranbir Kapoor is all smiles❤#FilmfareAwards2019 pic.twitter.com/UPHZFzvV5L— RanbirKapoorUniverse (@RanbirKUniverse) March 23, 2019On Alia’s birthday on March 15, the lovebirds spent some quality time together and it was being reported that Ranbir would be taking his ladylove Alia to Colorado, the US as a birthday gift and will be spending time skiing at the famous Aspen Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado.Speculations have also been doing the rounds of the industry that Alia and Ranbir will be going to enter the wedlock in 2019. However, when Alia was recently asked about her marriage plans, she said that wedding is currently not on her mind and is more focused on building her career.
Road Accident LogoThree members of a family were killed when a truck rammed a motorbike at Bashbaria in Bagatipara upazila of Natore on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Khaledur Rahman, his wife Sonia and there six-year-old daughter Tashfi.Police said the accident took place when a sand-laden truck hit a motorbike carrying three people, leaving the trio dead on the spot.Police recovered the bodies and sent those to a hospital morgue for autopsy.However, police could not arrest anyone as the truck driver managed to flee.
Prothom Alo illustrationA Class-III student was reportedly raped by a 50-year-old man in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur on Monday, reports UNB.The incident came to light on Thursday night when the victim was taken to Madaripur Sadar Hospital as her condition deteriorated. Her family tried to conceal the matter fearing for her future.A case was filed on Friday and police said they were trying to arrest the alleged rapist Nur Hossain, 50, son of Razzak Mridha of Sarmangal area in the upazila.”‘I took shelter at a van-garage during rain on Monday noon. Taking advantage of the situation, Nur Hossain gagged me with a towel and raped me,” the victim said.
Al OrtizFlooded parking lot at an apartment complex in west Houston.Rose Landry moved into The Palms at Cypress Station just three months before Harvey flooded part of her apartment.During the storm and its aftermath, she wasn’t able to work her job as a waitress. So when September 1st came around, she didn’t have enough to pay the full rent. But instead of a break, she got fined and threatened with eviction.“And they’re not working with any of us,” she said. “They’re trying to evicting people left and right.”She said only after she told the apartment management that she contacted the city did they waive her late fees, telling her it was a “gift.”The management did not return requests for comment before deadline.Landry’s is not an isolated case.Father Ed Gomez of Saint Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church in southeast Houston said he surveyed tenants at 18 apartment complexes after the flooding.“People were telling us that if they didn’t pay the rent on time that they would be evicted, that they would call ICE, that they would call immigration and that they would be thrown out,” he said.The Metropolitan Organization addressed the issue at City Council.Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city will work with the Houston Apartment Association to resolve these kinds of cases. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /01:06 Share
Wallace D. Loh says UM’s Byrd Stadium should be renamed.University of Maryland at College Park President Wallace D. Loh recommended changing the name of the university’s football stadium from Byrd Stadium, which honors a longtime university president who was a staunch advocate against integration, to Maryland Stadium.The recommendation was made to the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents, which has oversight of building names. The Board of Regents will consider this request at a hearing on Dec. 11.“This is a difficult and emotion-laden issue,” Loh said in a campus-wide email announcing his decision on Dec. 7. “Any outcome will likely please few.”Harry C. “Curley” Byrd was a former football player who taught English and history and served as athletic director, eventually rising to university president. Byrd was president from 1935 until 1954, a time when the campus grew significantly.President Loh states in his campus-wide email that “President Byrd is rightly regarded as ‘Father and Builder’ of UMD over a 43-year career here, retiring in 1954. He dramatically increased enrollment, faculty, funding, and the size of the campus. He laid the foundation for today’s achievements. He earned his place in our University’s history.”But he is also very well known for his opposition to racial integration in the beginning stages of the civil rights movement.When Baltimore’s Parren J. Mitchell filed a lawsuit to be admitted to the university’s graduate school in 1950, Byrd issued an order to set up classes for him in Baltimore in hopes of thwarting the lawsuit. A court ordered that Mitchell be granted full status in College Park.Mitchell went on to earn a master’s degree from College Park, teach at Morgan State, work in politics and win the election to Congress in 1970, where he would lead the Congressional Black Caucus. He died in 2007 at age 85.In October, the Board of Regents unanimously approved renaming the Art-Sociology Building in his honor. On Dec. 3, the university held a ceremony to celebrate the newly renamed building in Mitchell’s honor. On hand that day was senior sociology major and activist Colin Byrd, who is not related to the stadium’s namesake. Byrd, with the aid of a megaphone, challenged President Loh referencing that only 1 percent of the university’s contracts in 2014 were given to Black vendors with Minority Business Enterprise status, which he described as a form of economic injustice. “That’s not acceptable, and I know you’re not going to answer, but I have to say this because you need to call this out for what it is, this is B.S.” Byrd said according to the Diamondback.In an interview with the AFRO Byrd said “I think it [the campus-wide email] goes down in the history of the University of Maryland as a turning point. Where we tell our athletes and recruits going forward that no longer will you have to play the sport you love within the symbolic shadows of someone who would have hated you.”The outrage of buildings and monuments being named after pro-segregationist individuals on campuses is not isolated to the University of Maryland. On Nov. 18 the Black Justice League, a student organization at Princeton University, organized a 32 hour protest to improve race relations on campus which included occupying university president Christopher Eisgruber’s office. One of their primary demands was the removal of the name of President Woodrow Wilson, one of the university’s most honored alumni and a former university president, from buildings and schools on campus. Martin A. Mbugua, a spokesperson for Princeton, told the Washington Post that Eisgruber is listening to the students demands and that, ”The conversation about that [removing Wilson’s name from the building] will continue.”
By The Associated PressMaryland’s Democratic candidates for governor focused much of their second televised debate Wednesday on painful recent events in the state, including the death of a Baltimore County police officer and devastating flooding in Ellicott City.Panelists in the debate hosted by Sinclair Broadcasting asked the nine candidates about what they think needs to be done to ease tensions between police and communities in the aftermath of last week’s death of Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio, who was killed as she investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle. Sixteen-year-old Dawnta Harris is accused of running her down in a stolen car.Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left, Rushern Baker, Valerie Ervin, Jim Shea, Alec Ross, Richard Madaleno, Krish Vignarajah, James Jones and Ben Jealous prepare for a Maryland Democratic primary gubernatorial debate, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Baltimore. Maryland’s primary is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 26. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker said he has worked to improve police-community relations with training during his two terms in office.“I’ve buried too many police officers as a county executive, but I’ve also seen young people who have been killed in my community, and so we have to move forward with leadership at the top, at the governor’s level, that understands that and moves it forward, and that’s what I’ll do as governor,” Baker said.Valerie Ervin, a former Montgomery County councilmember, said top leaders need to do more to improve relations between the police and the communities they serve.“This is a really important time, especially now,” Ervin said, for top leadership to put themselves in front of the problem.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous said it’s about trust.“It’s clear that we as a state finally have to act to end the killings of unarmed civilians by officers,” the former head of the nation’s oldest civil rights group said.Many of the candidates also mentioned increased education funding and better schools would help restore hope and prevent people from heading toward crime.“You’ve got to invest massively in education,” Alec Ross said. “The very simple fact of the matter is that a lot of the problem we have with crime right now is fueled by people who got bad educations.”Jim Shea, the former chairman of the state’s largest law firm, said the state needs to stop an epidemic of violent crime, create a restorative justice system and increase trust in authorities.“We’re failing in all three areas and we need to attack each of these simultaneously or we won’t have a solution,” Shea said.The candidates in the crowded primary also took turns criticizing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.State Sen. Richard Madaleno said the governor has been absent from addressing the problems in Baltimore, when what’s needed is a leader who can bring hope back to struggling parts of Maryland’s largest city.“Look, we need a governor who doesn’t seek to erase Baltimore city, avoid Baltimore city,” Madaleno said. “That’s been the Hogan administration.”Scott Sloofman, a Hogan campaign spokesman, said the governor has invested record funding in K-12 education in each of his four years in office.“Thankfully for Maryland voters, there are only two more debates left for them to be subjected to blatant falsehoods about the governor’s incredibly strong record,” Sloofman said.James Jones, a Baltimore police pastor, said it’s time for police and residents to re-establish the relationships that were lost years ago.“I think that there just needs to be something done on each side of the track,” Jones said.Krish Vignarajah said she would focus on root causes of the social ills that led to crime, including public health and educational opportunities. She also said policies of mass incarceration and the war on drugs must end.“Second, I want to make sure that we institute true community policing reform, such that law enforcement officers look like, live with and engage with the communities that they are tasked with protecting,” Vignarajah said.Ralph Jaffe, who is running as a political reformer, said that without trust in politicians, there can’t be much meaningful progress.“We don’t have politicians that can be trusted,” Jaffe said.The candidates got 20 seconds to answer how they would address whether they would use tax dollars to rebuild Ellicott City, which was hit be devastating flooding Sunday for the second time in less than two years. They all said yes.“A thousand-year storm now comes every couple years. We have to have a mindset where we will rebuild in a way that is resilient, that is smart, and not simply give up, because if we give up, we have so much coastline, we have so many tributaries we will see this challenge in other places,” Jealous said.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we say “mobile app”? If you are a user, you are probably thinking of, it is something that’s convenient, and eases your life. However, in a business context, an idea that can be converted into an app model and helps boost your profitability. When successful entrepreneurs launch their original idea, they do not just design and develop it for the market; they research, understand the market minutely and more importantly study the users in-depth. One part that leads you to success is the complete understanding of the user. Here, we will try to understand why user behavior analysis is important and how you can best deliver it. Why analyze user behavior? Instead of asking this question, let’s ask the most important question- who are you designing the app for? The users of the app will be members of the target audience, and technically it is for them that you are planning the app layout and coding the all new idea for. In this case, you need to ensure it is usable for them, and they find the app convenient. You need to understand every aspect of user behavior, ranging from an understanding of how they use the app to what engages them. Analysis of user behavior will help you design the UX accordingly, and allows you to deliver effective app solutions. For this, we need to identify the different ways in which you can identify user behavior and what you need to consider, in order to deliver a perfect app solution. 4 Effective ways to analyze user behavior data Here’re four effective ways that will help you to analyze user behavior data to design and develop a mobile app accordingly. The app goal: Whenever the user uses an app, they do it with a specific goal in mind. For instance, when you use Uber, you are choosing travel convenience and avoiding haggling with the driver over the fare. The Uber app allows its users to book their ride with ease and know the amount for the ride beforehand. When you are designing for the user, you need to understand the goal they are attempting to achieve with the app, and how best you can help them achieve it, in the simplest way possible. The mobile usage: While designing an app for the users, you need to understand how they use the mobile phone. What is most convenient for them? For instance, 79% people use their left hand instead of the right hand to cradle their phone or use the apps. Have you considered them while designing the app? Most people prefer the portrait mode for certain apps; however, when they are viewing videos, they prefer to hold it in the landscape mode. If your app does not change the view according to the preferences stated, then you are likely to lose out on the customers. Do users use the thumb to access the buttons on the screen or, do they use their finger? How do they navigate through the screens? Do they hold the phone in one hand or cradle the phone? When you are able to answer these questions, then you have nailed the design strategy You would know just where to place the buttons and how to design the interaction? There are places within the mobile screen which have been marked as inaccessible. If you place the buttons or other clickable elements in that part of the screen, then you are halting the access to the mobile app. Acknowledge feedback: What do users like the most about the mobile app in general, and what are the aspects that frustrate them? For instance, there are mobile app designs that don’t connect well with the user. An app that takes more than 3 seconds to load can be frustrating. If the images don’t load faster, then the app can be discarded immediately. This is true for e-commerce apps, as there are lots of images, and people tend to expect an immediate response from these apps. When the users give you their feedback, make sure you incorporate that into the app. The motivations: Finally, you need to take into account the motivations of the user towards using the app and completing an action. What makes them want to click on the buy now or, the action button in your app? Study your users. For some users, safety plays the predominant motivator while for others, the motivation factor is the value for money the app delivers. Along with the motivators, there are barriers too, which you need to consider in order to design the best user-centric app for the business idea. After identifying different ways to identify user behavior, now, let’s talk about two simple methods that can be used to analyze user behavior data: Questionnaire: Prepare a questionnaire including questions like what do you like the best about our app? Which other apps would you use as our alternative? What do you want us to improve? The questions are endless, but make sure these questions give you insights on your users. Spread this questionnaire among a group of people and based on their answers, you can drive user-behavior data and develop a mobile app accordingly. Mobile App Analytics Platforms: Another method is mobile app analytics platforms. Prepare navigation flow, a flowchart of all the app screens, to submit it on mobile app analytics platforms and identify how users are going from one screen to another. Through this navigation flow of your app, you can identify how users are interacting with screens and how they move through your app. This data will help you to know user behavior. This data helps you make data-driven changes. Conclusion Analyzing user behavior always must be a high priority for businesses who want to make a successful app and grow over time. When it comes to analyzing user behavior, top companies and brands like Uber, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Starbucks are using AI ( Artificial Intelligence) to provide a personalized experience to their users. Through AI and machine learning, businesses will learn about customer or user behaviors on a deeper level and get help in delivering a better application. The possibilities are endless. The point is – are you utilizing already existing data to optimize the overall process? Author Bio Yuvrajsinh is a Marketing Manager at Space-O Technologies, a firm having expertise in developing Uber-like apps. He spends most of his time researching on the mobile app and startup trends. He is a regular contributor to popular publications like Entrepreneur, Yourstory, and Upwork. If you have any confusion, or question, or need any consultation regarding the mobile app development process, feel free to contact him. 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New York Times reported last Friday that Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a two-hour strike in several major cities around the world on Wednesday. This is a collaborated effort meant to coincide with Uber’s forthcoming IPO. Labor groups organizing the strike are protesting the companies’ poor payment and labor practices. They have planned to switch off the apps during the crucial morning rush hour on the day before Uber is expected to roll out the public offering of $90 billion. Uber drivers in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Los Angeles are scheduled to go on strike from 7AM to 9AM on Wednesday, May 8th, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. Drivers have also participated in the work stoppage in several cities of UK, including London, Birmingham, Nottingham, and Glasgow, reported by The Independent. Other reports by Premium Times say that Uber drivers went on strike in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria in Africa. According to the alliance, workers are demanding fewer driver deactivations, an end to upfront pricing, and a cap on the per-fare commission taken by ride-hail companies. Sonam Lama, one of the Uber drivers and a member of the alliance group says, “The gig economy is all about exploiting workers by taking away our rights. And it has to stop.” Uber knows it has a driver problem. In its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission which declared its intention to go public last month, Uber said that driver dissatisfaction was likely to increase as the company sought to reduce the amount of money it spends on driver incentives. “Further, we are investing in our autonomous vehicle strategy, which may add to Driver dissatisfaction over time, as it may reduce the need for Drivers,” the company notes. Uber has a complicated history with driver strikes. In January 2017, Verge reported about the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announcing a strike at JFK Airport. This was in protest of President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from six Muslim-majority countries. Uber was then accused of breaking the strike, sparking backlash from riders who tweeted photos of themselves deleting the Uber app with the hashtag #DeleteUber. Again this year on March 25th, Uber and Lyft drivers went on a strike across Los Angeles in opposition to Uber’s decision to cut rates by 25% in the Los Angeles area. But tomorrow’s strike appears to be more organized and geographically diverse than the earlier protests which were more localized. As the strike is organized by labour groups such as “Rideshare Drivers United” who are building an organization to fight for the dignity of their work and better lives. These groups are also aided by national advocacy groups such as Gig Workers Rising. It all makes sense, considering the IPO is expected to be the largest since Alibaba’s in 2014. One of the Democratic presidential front-runners has also tweeted in favor of the drivers and said it is reasonable for drivers to ask higher wages when the CEO of the company gets paid $50 million in a year. An Uber spokesperson responded to NY Times listing some of the perks available to drivers, which include higher earnings and free four-year college, while a spokesperson for Lyft said that driver wages have gone up over the last two years. None of them commented on whether they would plan to use cash incentives to entice drivers to break the strike. It is sure that a significant chunk of drivers will log off their apps during the strike, it remains likely that others will see it as an opportunity to cash in on the disruption. According to one of users on Hackernews, “If a bunch of drivers go on strike then any of the remaining ones automatically get paid more because the supply is lower (surge pricing). The higher pay attracts new drivers, or gets the ones who only drive during surge pricing to come out and work full shifts as long as the good money is there. This is basically the same result for the company as conceding to the drivers’ demands, except that it ends as soon as the striking drivers give up and reenter the labor pool.” As of now we can only comment that drivers are classified as independent contractors, and as such, tend to act in their own best self interest. Read Next Uber introduces Base Web, an open source “unified” design system for building websites in React Uber open-sources Peloton, a unified Resource Scheduler Uber and GM Cruise are open sourcing their Automation Visualization Systems