MilinkovicSavic wants to rest before decision on future

first_imgThere have been reports that Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United are looking to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who said he is happy to remain at Lazio.Amid growing speculation over a potential transfer to Juventus, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic says he would be happy to stay with the Biancocelesti but refused short of giving any assurances over his future.The Italian champions are just one of the numerous clubs in chase of the 23-year-old. He played every minute of Serbia’s World Cup group games before they crashed out.Having defeated Costa Rica in their Group E opener, Serbia suffered defeats to Switzerland and Brazil as they finished third and crashed out of the competition.Following the 2-0 loss to Brazil, the €120 million-rated playmaker told Mediaset via FourFourTwo:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina 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.“I need a little bit of rest now.“I’ll return to Rome and I would be happy if I stay at Lazio, as I’m content there and I have a contract.”Milinkovic-Savic netted 12 goals and made 35 appearances as Lazio finished fifth in Serie A in 2017-18. His emergence under head coach Simone Inzaghi attracted Europe’s top clubs.“I read something different in the papers every day, but I haven’t thought about it yet,” he added.“First, I’ll rest for a bit, then we’ll see.”last_img read more

Van Dijk wants the Quadruple for Liverpool this season

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk revealed that he wants to win all four titles with the Reds this season, he believes Liverpool can pull it off.It’s been a very exciting last 24 hours for Liverpool and all its supporters, they just came from winning their second consecutive match in a quite complicated month filled with highly competitive matches. The first one was against Tottenham Hotspur, where the Reds beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side 2-1 and this Tuesday they defeated PSG 3-2 at Anfield Road. One of the key components of this squad is €80 million man Virgil van Dijk, the Dutch defender who is slowly becoming the Premier League’s top center-back and one of Europe’s best. If Liverpool wants to aspire to all the trophies this season, they will need him at his very best in order to accomplish such an achievement. Only one in modern English football has a treble been accomplished, it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United back in 1999 and there is a lot of expectation surrounding Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool because people actually think they can pull it off. When asked about the possibility, the Dutch defender didn’t deny that this is a dream all his teammates have beside him and they will do their best throughout the season to make it happen.“I want to create memories here and write history with all these boys. Everyone is excited, everyone is feeling good, everyone wants to be part of this. We know the season is very long. We have four competitions to play in and we want to win everything — that is basically our mindset. Given the size of this club and the history of this club, we want to try and win everything. It’s going to be very difficult to do but we are going to try. You need to have belief. You need to have belief in everyone in your team, and I have that belief in this team. There are players who are not even in the squad who have so much potential, so much quality, and that says a lot about our team. It’s exciting and, no, I’m never gonna get used to this. We want to compete for every competition like we did last year, and we really wanted to start well this time. You want to play these games. You want to play these clubs we are going to face. You want to play at the highest level,” said a buzzing Van Dijk right after Liverpool’s victory against PSG in the Champions League this Tuesday.Not a bad start to our @ChampionsLeague campaign. Now is time to recover and get ready for the weekend! #UCL ? pic.twitter.com/BkvhJpYbEk— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) September 19, 2018Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.As one of Jürgen Klopp’s biggest bets for this new season, the former Southampton defender has already proved his worth several times over this season and is arguably amongst the best players in his position throughout Europe. Just last week during the international break during the match between France and the Netherlands, Van Dijk gave us a taste of his defensive capabilities during a chance created by Kylian Mbappé himself. On the replay, you can see the Dutch player actually running faster than the PSG player in a massive sprint where the two footballers measured their abilities, this display of strength and skill dropped everybody’s jaws to the floor as nobody expected a defender to have such great reaction to a sprint from the French prodigy himself. This moment was the prelude of what was in store for everyone at Anfield Road, Van Dijk is no joke when it comes to going against the some of the top players in the world and his support during the next month will be key for Liverpool’s aspirations to come out on top before the next international break. We can’t forget that the Reds are about to embark on a highly demanding schedule that starts with a visit from Southampton, then two consecutive matches against Chelsea in two different competitions, then a visit to Napoli in the Champions League, and another visit from Manchester City.’We had a plan and we have belief’ ?? Post-#LFCPSG with @VirgilvDijk ?https://t.co/kqPA9Q0Y5n— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 19, 2018Do you think Liverpool has what it takes to win the Quadruple this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Van Dijk on impressive Anfield record

first_imgLiverpool have played a total of 841 minutes of Premier League football at Anfield since they last conceded a goal.Michail Antonio’s strike for the Hammers during a 4-1 Reds victory in February was the last time Jürgen Klopp’s men were breached at home in the top flight.That run has stretched to an impressive nine consecutive clean sheets, the most recent secured against Manchester City thanks to Riyad Mahrez that fired over.One defender has started every game in that streak: Virgil van Dijk shared his thoughts with LFC.TV.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s credit to everyone,” the No.4 told Premier League Productions. “Anfield is obviously a very difficult place to come for every team.“As defenders – and everyone in the team – we try to keep a clean sheet because we know if we do that we have a big chance to win the game.“We always get opportunities, we’ll always be dangerous in front of goal and we’ll always create chances. So we know if we keep a clean sheet we have a big chance to win.”last_img read more

Silva urges Everton to show consistency

first_imgEverton has lost the last two matches the team played in the English Premier League and for the manager, consistency is the key for victoryEverton started its 2019 the same way it ended its 2018: with a 1-0 defeat.And for manager Marco Silva, the key to return to their winning ways is consistency.“If you look at the past performances and results, we haven’t been consistent,” he told the club’s official website.“This is the moment to be honest and look clearly at the game, to analyze the match, and pass the feedback to our boys”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I felt our team was too nervous in some moments in the match. We did not put our game out there,” he added.“We knew before the match what they [Leicester] came here to do.”“We know, because of how they respect us, how they will come here to play. They started the game with a 4-5-1, blocking the space and waiting for our mistake,” he explained.“We made a mistake and they scored in that moment, which made things more difficult for us and after that we didn’t create the good moments to change the result for us.”last_img read more

NOTICE OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT RECALL

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPUBLIC NOTICENOTICE OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT RECALLThe Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Health Department are conjointly issuing a product recall notice to the general public.On October 12, 2014, SunBurst Foods, Goldsboro NC, USA voluntarily issued a recall of all of its SunBurst Fresh Bites and Private labeled products which are currently in the market because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea; Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.All codes, all sell-by dates and sizes of the following brands are being recalled:· SunBurst·Fresh BitesPrivate label products are identified by the following brand names:· River Edge Farms· CFW· Southern Zest· CJ’s Vending· Binford Street Deli· Middle Georgia Vendors· Roanoke Foods· Select Foods· Jesse JonesThe products being recalled were sold in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The recall was initiated as a result of sampling and testing performed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.To date, there have been no reported illnesses related to these products. However, the Turks Caicos Government Islands Department of Agriculture and Environmental Health Department are urging consumers, who have purchased the affected products to desist from eating them and destroy or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Distributers within the Turks and Caicos Islands are urged to contact their suppliers immediately.Persons who suspect that they might have consumed any of the affected products and are feeling unwell are advised to visit a medical facility immediately.Importers of agricultural produce are also advised to pay close attention to the notice and to ensure that their consignments destined for importation are untainted.Below is a list of the recalled products with their Manufactured Number (MFG) and Universal Product Codes (UPC).Manufacture Number Product Description Universal Product Code1636 Potato Wedges 7-01248-00924-31740 Caesar Salad 7-01248-01028-71739 Garden Salad 7-01248-01027-01729 Apple Cobbler 7-01248-01041-61749 Blueberry Crunch Cake 7-01248-01037-91750 Cherry Crunch Cake 7-01248-01038-61738 Jello with Fruit 7-01248-01026-3659 Peach Cobbler 7-01248-00848-2648 Strawberry Shortcake 7-01248-00549-81783 Grapes 7-01248-01068-31789 Honeydew Melon 7-01248-01074-41788 Pineapple 7-01248-01073-71782 Strawberries 7-01248-01067-61790 Watermelon 7-01248-01075-11522 Caesar Salad 7-01248-00623-51502 Chef Salad 7-01248-00603-7280 Garden Salad 7-01248-00323-4The above notice is issued conjointly between the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Health Department. Interested persons are free to contact the respective Departments for further information at telephone numbers 649-338-2143, 649-338-2144, and /or 946-5801 respectively and email address agriculture@gov.tcENDGovernment Press OfficeWaterloo Road, Grand TurkTurks & Caicos IslandsTel: (649) 338-3924/ 338-3925Ext: 3924/3925Email: tcigpressrelease@gov.tcWeb: gov.tc/pressofficeWe are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pressofficetcig Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:agricultural products, Environmental Health Department, north carolina department of agriculture and consumer service, recall, sunburst foods, Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture TCIG ready to spend to stop Zika Recommended for you Salmonella contamination forces Dole Spinach recall Plastic plagued Purdue Nuggets taken off TCI store shelveslast_img read more

SDSU receives 1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Robert DeKoven, who was an Associated Students president at San Diego State University in the late 1970s, announced Wednesday he will donate $1 million toward his alma mater’s Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program.The gift was announced at SDSU’s annual Pride flag-raising ceremony. It’ll support curricular and co-curricular activities at the university.“I can never repay SDSU for the educational experience I received here,” said DeKoven, a legal writing professor at California Western School of Law and affiliated faculty member in SDSU’s LGBT Studies Program. “Now I have the ability to give students the kind of support I needed. Today we are planting a seed that will grow and grow.”DeKoven is a longtime supporter of SDSU’s Lavender Graduation, which celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQ students. He co-authored the Human Dignity Ordinance passed by the San Diego City Council in 1990 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.SDSU is the second university in the U.S. and the first in California to offer a major in LGBT studies, according to the school.The Campus Pride Index recently ranked SDSU in its 2017 Best of the Best Top 25 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. SDSU has been included in the ranking for the past eight years.“Rob’s generous gift is a testament to the persistence of our students, alumni and campus partners who are committed to inclusivity on campus,” said Eric Rivera, vice president of SDSU Student Affairs. “Our Pride Center and our university LGBTQ+ initiatives provide opportunities that challenge and support our students’ personal growth and development while allowing them to connect with other students and celebrate our differences, making the SDSU experience unique and powerful.” July 11, 2018 Posted: July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SDSU receives $1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Making the Case for XML Content Repositories

first_imgAccording to Kreisa, with XML systems, “content rendering and repurposing can be made to multiple formats, print, online mobile syndication … all the formats that can all start from a central repository.”In addition to text, XML platforms can manage images and video content, too, Kreisa says, although some publishers are storing those separately and link back to those items when needed.What’s the ROI?To manage its content, Blood-Horse Publications, a multimedia publishing company based in Lexington, Kentucky covering the thoroughbred racing industry, adopted the RSuite CMS by Really Strategies, which uses Mark Logic as the XML content repository. “We chose RSuite CMS because we had a very tight timeframe to convert our data feed architecture over to XML,” says Luther Andal, Blood-Horse’s director of technology. “Automated processes that consume, transform and distribute XML have allowed us to reduce staff over the last year while producing nearly the same amount of print products and many news online products and new features for our Web site. “The ability of the business to rapidly repurpose content into new products for industry events and trends has given us additional revenue streams,” Andal adds. “IT resources have been able to devote their time to developing new products and features instead of having to support systems that have been automated.”Costs, according to Mark Logic’s Kreisa, depend on how much content a publisher has to manage and the varied service components, starting at about $100,000 and running up to several hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Adopting XML overcomes a number of obstacles that have plagued the print industry throughout history,” says Andal. “It makes content more nimble which is vitally important.” As traditional magazine publishers continue to build out their e-media products, many are looking to new, more efficient ways to manage their content and bridge the gap between separate production systems. One solution is XML content repositories, which convert a magazine’s content to a format that’s easily reproduced both digitally and in print.The latest publisher to adopt this technology is Reed Business Netherlands, a European sister of Reed Business Information. The company recently adopted a workflow-based application for internal search of digital assets from Mark Logic, an XML content platform developer. In addition to Reed, MarkLogic’s other clients include McGraw-Hill and IEEE.Traditional workflow systems (separate print and Web) are “not efficient,” Mark Logic director of product marketing, John Kreisa, said during a recent FOLIO: Webinar about XML content repositories. “It hinders the sharing and cross-pollination of the content back to other processes. They can’t be moved efficiently back and forth.”Another XML content management solutions provider is XyEnterprise. Its technology utilizes XML professional publishing software and ContentaView, a rich media delivery platform that the company says is better suited for developers that produce large volumes of technical documentation like manuals (RBI is a client).last_img read more

Evolve Media Buys Total Beauty

first_img The deal is Evolve’s third in the last five months. It also picked up pet enthusiast network Dogtime Media and lesbian/bi pop culture site, AfterEllen.com. “The beauty publishing category is extremely scarce in terms of sites that provide both scale and premium content,” says Aaron Broder, CEO and Co-Founder of Evolve Media. “The acquisition also provides us with a wonderful complement to our award-winning fashion site, theFashionSpot.com.” But the Total Beauty acquisition is Evolve’s largest acquisition to date, adding another 3.5 million monthly visitors to its women and family group TotallyHer.center_img Evolve Media has continued its recent acquisition streak, buying the Total Beauty Group and adding beauty trends and service sites TotalBeauty.com and BeautyRiot.com to its portfolio of digital lifestyle brands.  last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Offers Thoughts On Massachusetts Democratic Republican

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#2) Can you point to two things in your own party’s state platform that you DISAGREE with and explain why? Can you point to two things in your opponent’s party’s state platform that you AGREE with and explain why? (Background: Democratic Platform; Republican Platform) As your next State Representative, there’s only one platform for me to work from and that’s the platform of the 19th Middlesex District.  I’ve been on the campaign trail for a year now, and have spoken with thousands of taxpayers, Democrats, Republicans and Independents.  That platform includes holding the line on taxes and making sure our tax dollars are being put to good use with what I like to call “responsible spending.”  Responsible spending is about prioritizing local aid for education, public safety, and infrastructure; prioritizing programs to battle the opioid crisis, from education and prevention to treatment and recovery; prioritizing benefits and housing for our seniors and veterans.I may be running as a Republican, but I’m running to work on behalf of the people, not a party.  If there’s proposed legislation from a Republican administration that is bad for the district, I’m not going to be afraid to say no.  And vice versa.  I look forward to the opportunity of working across the aisle to get things done for Tewksbury and Wilmington.  I’ve spoken with Democratic legislators and candidates who have expressed to me their interest in working with someone who will bring a fresh perspective to Beacon Hill.  That tells me we can work together.  If a good idea comes from the Democratic side of the aisle, lets explore it.  If it comes from the Republican side, lets explore it.  And that’s what matters to the people, that good ideas are being explored to improve our district.An idea on the Democratic platform that I support is reworking the public education formula.  Education is a priority for the taxpayers and as someone who is preparing to start a family of my own, I want the best education possible for my children.An idea on the Democratic platform that I strongly oppose is making Massachusetts a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants.  I want local police to have the ability to work with federal agencies, including ICE.  In July, my opponent Dave Robertson said “ICE is disgraceful” and believes they “spend too much time concentrating on those who are already here.”  I couldn’t disagree more.  They’re taking dangerous criminals off of our streets and are risking their lives to do so.  We’ve seen a number of arrests of illegal immigrants over the summer in Tewksbury for drug trafficking.  When the Sanctuary State bill is refiled in January, and I’m serving as your next Representative, I will be voting “NO.”  And I’m the only candidate who has committed to do so.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”last_img read more

Oscars 2019 Breaking down Black Panthers chances for best picture

first_img Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Oscars 2019: How to write the perfect best picture speech… TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: And may stop us from staying on the sofa with Netflix, too.Which brings us to Netflix’s Roma. Now available to stream to your TV or laptop or phone, Alfonso Cuaron’s spellbinding drama is a cinematic triumph and richly deserves its best picture consideration. Although… comparing Roma to Black Panther shows the strangeness of artistic awards — how do you weigh up two such different films? Regardless, a win for Netflix’s Roma could also be seen as the start of a new era, as the highest bastion of the movie industry acknowledges a changing industry.Whichever film wins, Tuesday’s nominations signal some timely changes for movies. It remains to be seen who the winners are — not just on Feb. 24 but in the future of features.First published, Jan. 22.Update, Jan. 27 at 10:06 p.m. PT: Adds SAG Award win.Update, Feb. 21 at 10:55 a.m. PT: Adds additional awards the movie has won.  How Marvel made ‘Black Panther’ look so amazing Tags Now playing: Watch this: 44 4:15 Comments 9:15 Genre flicks can win these headline awards. The Oscars are often associated with worthy dramas like Spotlight or 12 Years a Slave, but nominees like Avatar and Gravity and last year’s best picture The Shape of Water show sci-fi and fantasy aren’t necessarily an outside bet. Meanwhile box office success didn’t rule out best picture winners like Titanic and Braveheart. What’s more, Black Panther, for all its adrenaline-fuelled action and CG effects, is more than a superpowered beat-’em-up. Like BlacKkKlansman and Green Book, it tackles timely and relevant questions of race and prejudice. Where those other films examine the subject through a historical lens, Black Panther looks at the here and now. The scene in which African artifacts are reclaimed from a British museum gives a succinct take on the bearing of colonial history on the present. And the whole Afrofuturist premise of Wakanda’s highly advanced nation gives a glimpse at a possible future for the people scarred by that history.On top of that, Black Panther is written, directed and largely created by black filmmakers. In a year the movie industry has had to take a long hard look at itself, the story of who’s behind the camera is as important as the story unfolding on screen.So if Academy voters want timely subtext and positive representation as well as a thrilling story and cinematic verve, it’s all there between the punches and one-liners.doramblackpanthercropEnlarge ImageBlack Panther has taken over a billion dollars at the box office. Marvel Films Of course, Black Panther doesn’t have to win an Oscar. Director Ryan Coogler and the folks at Marvel are probably pretty happy with the billion dollars Black Panther raked in at the box office, the rapturous reception from audiences and the near-universal critical acclaim. And those who’ve been thrilled and empowered by the film don’t need a stamp of approval from the Academy. An Oscar, at this point, would be merely the icing on the cake.Besides, awards may actually be the last bastion against Disney and Marvel’s total cultural domination. As much as we love superheroes and blockbuster shared universes, they’re increasingly crowding out anything that isn’t a remake or sequel from the big screen. So you could argue smaller and riskier original feature films need the boost awards buzz gives them. If the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes and the Oscars remind jaded viewers that the big screen is made for more than superheroes, it might motivate us to try a wider variety of movies. 77 Photos Oscar nominations: Black Panther up for Best Picture, 6 other awards Predictions: Best picture, best director, best actor, best actress No one cares about your Oscars speech, you just need to go viral How to watch the 2019 Oscar-nominated movies Black Panther Marvel Oscars 2019 Disney And the nominees are… Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for the Oscar for best picture. It’s already a cultural phenomenon, a critical success, a billion-dollar box office sensation. At the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, will it also usher in a new era of recognition for effects-driven superhero blockbusters? Marvel’s smash hit, released last February, is up against BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma and A Star is Born for the best picture of 2018. Check out the full list of nominees here.So what are Black Panther’s chances?Enlarge ImageBlack Panther faces off against Green Book, Roma and more in the Oscars battle.  Marvel Black Panther has already bagged a bunch of gongs. Among a swath of award nominations, it’s scooped the best-film award from the African-American Film Critics Association, the Black Reel Awards, BET and MTV. The film’s music, visual effects and actors have also been rewarded with a BAFTA, two Grammys and several other wins. In January, it scooped up the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a cast, and the SAG Awards often prove to be a leading Oscar indicator.Effects-driven blockbusters do win Oscars, of course. They just tend to be confined to the technical Oscars, for visual effects and sound design and so on. This year, Black Panther joins Avengers: Infinity War, First Man, Ready Player One and Solo: A Star Wars Story on the shortlist for best visual effects. Panther is also up for production design, costume design, sound editing, sound mixing, music, and best song.Without taking away from the achievements of the movie magicians rewarded for their skill and creativity in individual areas, best picture and best director remain the pinnacle of the awards season. And Black Panther deserves to challenge for the big awards. And the winner is…last_img read more

Google employees petition SF Pride to oust company from parade

first_imgOriginally published June 26. Update, June 27: Adds response from Google employees.  Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: We are honored, and humbled, by the support of all of these great activists, who have inspired us and done more for our community than we could ever hope to.And a special shout out to @CleveJones1, we are thrilled!Though @SFPride rejected our request, well keep fighting! https://t.co/7BaB49o1Ch— Ban Google From Pride (@NoPrideForGoog) June 27, 2019 6 Tags 12 Photos Google, we have some questionscenter_img Companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google have come under fire for the way they police — or don’t police– their platforms. Earlier in June, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized for hurting the LGBTQ community with the decision not to take down the channel of a prominent user who had made homophobic remarks about a gay journalist. “If we took down that content, there would be so [much] other content we’d need to take down,” Wojcicki said. “We don’t want to be knee-jerk.”   In a statement, SF Pride said it wouldn’t remove Google from the parade.  “Google and YouTube can and must do more to elevate and protect the voices of LGBTQ+ creators on their platforms, and we’ve found that Google has been willing to listen to this criticism and is working to develop appropriate policies,” the statement said. The group also said Google has given benefits to same-sex partners and transgender employees, as well as participated in public advocacy for the LGBTQ community.  In response, the employees took to Twitter (via @NoPrideForGoog) to say although SF Pride rejected the request, they will keep fighting. They also said they’d racked up 129 signatures within 48 hours.  Comments Google employees have signed a petition about the company’s sponsorship of San Francisco Pride festivities.  Future Publishing/Getty Google employees don’t want Google sponsoring San Fransisco Pride festivities. In a letter and petition to the board of directors of San Fransisco Pride, posted to Medium on Wednesday, a group of Google employees said the company hasn’t improved its policies when it comes to the treatment of “LGBTQ+ persons, the depiction of LGBTQ+ persons, and harassment and hate speech directed at LGBTQ+ persons, on YouTube and other Google products.” As such, letting Google sponsor Pride would be painting the company in “a rainbow veneer of support,” the employees said in the letter. They asked the Pride board to revoke Google’s sponsorship of Pride 2019 and exclude it from the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 30. “Google has marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade for more than a decade and we are excited to continue the tradition this weekend. We are grateful for SF Pride’s partnership and leadership,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display 3:19 Tech Industrylast_img read more

Limping SpiceJets Sweet Deal Fly for ₹599

first_imgSpiceJet announced its “Cheaper-than-train-fares” sale on Wednesday, which intensified the ongoing air fare war in the airline industy.Under the new scheme, SpiceJet is offering domestic fares starting from ₹599 all-in. On international routes, the airline is offering tickets ₹3,499 onwards. SpiceJet has reserved 4,00,000 seats with 1,00,000 seats for the ₹599 fare.The offer window that opened on 11 February will close post 13 February midnight. The travel period covered is 1 July to 24 October. Reuters”We are thrilled to continue to make air travel more affordable and accessible for more Indians than ever before, with our new unbelievable offer: the ‘Cheaper Than Train Fares’ sale. Fares for this offer are lower than AC train fares on many routes, and cheaper than non-AC sleeper class trains on several routes.” Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili said in a press release.SpiceJet’s Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor noted that in a bid to get its planes to operate at full load, the company is offering rates that are lower than train fares.”These are seats that would otherwise go empty and be lost forever, and are priced based on the marginal cost of carrying an extra passenger, not on the average cost. Revenues from such offers contribute incremental revenue for the airline that flows directly to the bottom line”, he added.SpiceJet shares were trading at ₹20.05, a rise of ₹0.05 or 0.25 per cent at the time this story was written – 11:19 a.m.last_img read more

14m uninsured under new US health plan

first_imgUS Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) explains the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act during his weekly press conference at the US Capitol. AFP file photoAbout 14 million fewer Americans will have health insurance next year under the new Republican plan to replace Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional analysis projected Monday, heaping pressure on President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge for broader coverage.By 2026, that number would shoot up to 24 million, the Congressional Budget Office projected, in perhaps the most alarming revelation in its highly-anticipated report.It also said that enacting the legislation currently before Congress—a measure backed by Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan—would reduce the federal deficit by some $337 billion over the next decade, a relatively small savings given the massive size of the US economy.Average health coverage premiums would rise by 15 to 20 percent in 2018 and 2019 for individual policy holders, it said.The CBO report was being seen as a black eye for Trump’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, which has already faced substantial opposition from within his own party, especially over fears it would leave millions uninsured.“Trumpcare would be a nightmare for the American people,” top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said, as he and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to scrap the legislation.Trump and his inner circle have insisted the plan will be a vast improvement over Barack Obama’s signature health care reform—which many in his party say caused health care coverage costs to spike.“We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said at the White House.“The CBO looked at a portion of the plan but not the entire plan,” Price said.He added that the current legislation under consideration is just the first part of a three-pronged plan that includes administrative action to deregulate the marketplace and later legislation that allows people to purchase insurance across state lines.“Our plan is not about forcing people to buy expensive, one-size-fits-all coverage. It is about giving people more choices and better access to a plan they want and can afford,” Ryan said.‘Nightmare’The White House has spent the past week grappling with maintaining party unity in the face of opposition to the new initiative.Some conservatives have argued that the plan is too similar to Obamacare, while moderates warn the new legislation does not provide enough funding to help millions retain or purchase coverage.Trump campaigned for a full year on repealing and replacing Obamacare, repeatedly stating his desire to make health coverage available for everybody.On Sunday, his administration went so far as to predict no one will suffer financially from the transition to a more free-market system.“Nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through,” Price said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”Trump, facing mounting concern about the plan, met Monday with “victims of Obamacare” to highlight the Republican replacement.Asked before the CBO report was released whether he had a message to Americans who might lose coverage, Trump urged optimism.“If we’re allowed to do what we want to do, it will get better. Much better,” he replied.‘Do not walk the plank’The GOP plan rolls back the expansion of the Medicaid health care program for the poor by 2020, replaces government subsidies with tax credits to help individuals buy insurance and scraps Obamacare taxes.It preserves two popular Obamacare provisions: the rules that insurance companies cannot refuse coverage to anyone due to a pre-existing condition, and that dependents can remain on their parents’ insurance plan until age 26.The Affordable Care Act helped 20 million Americans gain coverage.Under the new plan, premiums would begin decreasing by 2020, CBO said, due to grants that could bump up tax credits to poor or working-class Americans, and because younger people would be projected to sign up for coverage.But costs by 2026 would be some 20 to 25 percent higher for people age 55 to 64, CBO said.And by that year, roughly 19 percent of Americans under 65 would be uninsured, CBO said, compared with the 10 percent uninsured projected under current law.Senator Tom Cotton warned that the bill as is could not pass the Senate, and called on fellow Republicans to avoid a political meltdown on health care that could cost their party in the 2018 mid-term elections.“I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives, with whom I served: Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote,” Cotton told ABC “This Week.”last_img read more

Khaledas release justified logical says Kamal

first_imgKamal Hossain. File PhotoClaiming that the government staged a ‘farce’ on 30 December in the name of election, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Friday urged all to be united to ensure the voting rights of people, reports UNB.”…this can’t be called an election. This is a farce. There was a ceremony on 30 December when the government staged a farce in the name of election, deprived the country’s people of their rights, violated the constitution and defamed democracy,” he said.Kamal, also Gono Forum president, made the comments while delivering his concluding speech at a public hearing arranged by Jatiya Oikya Front at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium.The public hearing was arranged to depict the ‘irregularities in the 11th parliamentary election before the country’s people and the international community.About the depositions made by 42 candidates in the public hearing, Kamal said, “The speeches all of you delivered here depicted a similar picture across the country. The government had taken all the mechanisms and strategies so that a free and fair election was not held.”He also demanded unconditional release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying the demand is justified and logical.Kamal led a seven-member jury panel at the hearing.Other members of the jury panel were professor Emajuddin Ahmed, ex-judge AKM Anisur Rahman Khan, professor Nurul Amin Bepari, Prof Dilara Chowdhury, professor Asif Nazrul and lawyer Mohsin Rashid.The public hearing was originally rescheduled to be held on 24 February. However, Oikya Front rescheduled it for 22 February as they failed to manage any venue in the capital to hold the programme on 24 February.last_img read more

India job crisis drives migrants on boat to NZ

first_imgA man looks on from a building at a residential area from where several people travelled illegally on a boat to New Zealand, in New Delhi, India, 23 January 2019. Photo: ReutersIn a dark alleyway no wider than arms’ length, a single ladies’ shoe is all that remains on the boarded-up doorstep of Prabhu Dhandapani, his wife and their eight-year-old daughter.Prabhu, 30, was one of around 50 residents of a refugee community in New Delhi who left the capital to attempt a 7,000-mile boat journey through some of the roughest waters in the world with the aim of landing illegally in New Zealand, relatives and police said.He is now in custody in southern India, while his wife and daughter are missing, along with everyone else who boarded the fishing boat that police say left Munambam harbour in Kerala on 12 January carrying more than 100 people.The most likely and shortest route, though the straits between Indonesia and Australia, passes through seas where storms and typhoons are common.More than a dozen relatives of passengers on board the boat, that include pregnant women and young children, told Reuters they left to escape chronic unemployment in the Madangir area on the south side of New Delhi.“They had to leave to find jobs, to eat,” said Prabhu’s mother, Sugana. “They have been promised work in New Zealand.”When asked if she knew where the country was, she shook her head.It is the first known attempt by migrants to reach New Zealand by boat from India, and their story is a reminder of the vast challenge the country faces to create jobs for the 1 million young people who enter its workforce every month.Boats have been setting out from South and Southeast Asia for Australia for a number of years but Indians making the trip have been relatively rare, based on Australian government statistics that show the largest numbers detained there to be asylum seekers from Iran and Afghanistan.Long JourneyPassengers from Delhi left the capital in stages in December and early January. They checked into guesthouses near Munambam, a busy fishing port.They appear to have boarded the boat willingly, said a senior police official in Delhi briefed on the investigation. Their local police station in the capital had not received any missing persons’ reports.Precise numbers on the boat – and who organised it – are unknown. One officer from Kerala investigating the case said around 100 people were on board. A second said it could be more than 200, with the remaining passengers coming from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Police recovered more than 70 bags left behind by the migrants, said one of the officers, VG Ravindran.“The bags are full of dry goods and clothes, suggesting they were preparing for a long journey,” MJ Sojan, the officer leading the investigation told Reuters. “The people and boat are missing somewhere in the sea.”Some passengers, including Prabhu, did not board the boat, and police traced several back to Madangir after finding identification documents in the bags left behind. He was detained by Kerala police less than 10 minutes after arriving back in Delhi, his mother said, and taken back to the state for questioning.Sugana said she did not know why Prabhu did not board the boat with his wife, Anandi, and eight-year-old daughter Trisha. She said he was not involved in people smuggling.Hard LifeMany of the older residents of the Tamil community in Madangir fled Sri Lanka in 1983, when a civil war erupted between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist population and the minority Tamils, an ethnic group predominantly living in south India and north and east Sri Lanka.They settled in the area, a few miles from India’s parliament building and some of the country’s most expensive real estate, but which has suffered from rampant unemployment, residents said.“If we get the chance we will also go: this is a rotten place,” said Kanaga Lingam, a Sri Lankan refugee whose son, K Raghu, boarded the boat with his wife and two sons.There is anger too at prime minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in 2014 promising to create millions of new jobs for India’s young and rapidly expanding workforce.In fact, the country lost as many as 11 million jobs last year, according to a report by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) think-tank, putting Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under pressure before a general election due by May.While the official jobless rate is only 3.5 per cent, the last comprehensive labour bureau survey was in 2015-16, and many unofficial estimates say it is much higher, especially if the underemployed, who only work for a few months a year or a few days a week, are counted.Many of those in the Tamil enclave who do work do so as daily manual labourers, a poorly-paid and unstable living.“If I am able I will go to Modi’s house and beg at his feet to be allowed to go to another country,” said a woman called Bumi, who like many southern Indians goes by only one name.“There are a hundred problems here. We have no jobs,” said a 32-year-old man, who like many in the area declined to be named, fearing involvement in the police investigation into the boat.Crime is also an issue in the area, primarily theft, the Delhi police official said.The BJP disputes the CMIE figures on unemployment. On Thursday several cabinet minister pointed to alternative figures from Naukri, an online jobs portal, showing a pick-up in employment over the last year.Land of promiseMany of those Reuters spoke to in the community, centered around a rubble- and garbage-strewn courtyard and several densely populated alleyways, said those on board the boat had been inspired by stories of Indian migrants starting new lives abroad, particularly in Australia.More than 600,000 Indians live in Australia, according to the latest government census, the vast majority of whom arrived legally. There are 155,000 in New Zealand.“People who go to Australia get put in camps for three months,” Kanaga said. “After that they get given proper housing. Everything is taken care of.”But few of those on the boat had passports, according to several people with relatives on board, and the reality for those arriving illegally is very different.If the boat lands in Australia or is intercepted by its border force on the way to New Zealand, those on board face being sent back to India, or to controversial camps in the South Pacific for long-term detention.“If they don’t have visas they would be unlawful maritime arrivals and as such they would be prevented from making an application for a further visa,” said Melbourne-based migration lawyer David Harvey. “They would likely be diverted to an offshore processing center.”New Zealand has seen fewer arrivals than Australia, although it now is also trying to warn off illegal migrants arriving by boat.“Any attempt to reach New Zealand will put your life, and the lives of your family members, at great risk,” said Stephen Vaughan, assistant general manager of the country’s immigration department. “There is every chance you will drown at sea.”But in Madangir, residents say the warnings will do little to deter such journeys.“We know about the dangers,” Kanaga said. “But it is more dangerous to live here than it is to go.”last_img read more

Mali govt resigns over death of 160 people last month

first_imgPeople take part in a rally to protest against the failure of the government and international peacekeepers to stem rising ethnic and jihadist violence, in the Malian capital of Bamako. Photo: ReutersMali’s prime minister resigned along with his entire government on Thursday following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead.A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga’s resignation and that of his government two weeks after mass protests erupted over the rising tide of violence.Lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties had submitted a motion of no confidence against the government on Wednesday, blaming Maiga and his administration for failing to clamp down on the unrest.”A prime minister will be named very soon and a new government will be put in place after consultations with all political forces” from both the ruling and opposition sides, the statement from Keita’s office said.The president had on Tuesday said in a televised address that he had “heard the anger”, without explicitly naming the prime minister.The government had come under mounting pressure over its handling of violence in the restive Mopti region and especially a massacre on 23 March in which 160 people were killed in the village of Ogossagou near the border with Burkina Faso.Members of the Dogon ethnic group — a hunting and farming community with a long history of tensions with the nomadic Fulani people over access to land — were blamed for the mass killing.An AFP reporter at the time said many homes in the village had been burned down and the ground was littered with corpses.The Fulani have also been accused of supporting a jihadist preacher, Amadou Koufa, who rose to prominence in central Mali four years ago.So-called self-defence groups emerged in the Dogon community with the declared role of providing protection against the insurgents.But the militia, called the Dan Nan Ambassagou, also used its powers to attack the Fulani, and was ordered to be dissolved after the village massacre.Islamist threatTens of thousands of people took to the streets of Bamako on 5 April to protest against the upsurge of violence, accusing the government of not doing enough to stop it.The protest was called by Muslim religious leaders, organisations representing the Fulani community, opposition parties and civil society groups.Mali has been struggling to restore stability since Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the country’s vast desert north in early 2012.While the jihadists were largely driven out in a French-led military operation that began in January 2013, huge areas are still in the grip of lawlessness, despite a 2015 peace agreement with some armed groups that sought to definitively stamp out the Islamist threat.Since then, militants have shifted from the north towards the more densely populated centre of the country, where they have sharpened ancient rivalries and ethnic conflicts that date back years.Jihadist attacks have also spread to Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.March’s attack was the deadliest in Mali since the 2013 French-led military intervention.In the aftermath of the massacre, Keita visited the village and vowed to beef up security and enforce justice.last_img read more

State Rep Dutton Renews Uphill Fight To Abolish the Death Penalty

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:29 Andrew SchneiderState Representative Harold V. Dutton Jr. (D-Houston)Texas is set to carry out its second execution of the year this week, barring a last minute reprieve. There are another seven planned by July. The use of the death penalty has been on the decline in Texas in recent years. But one state representative from Houston has made it his mission to end it all together.Harold Dutton’s law office sits two stories above the Main Street rail line in Midtown. One morning in 2002 he was drinking a cup of coffee and reading his daily paper, “and it talked about an execution that had taken place. And it said that it did it in the name of Texas,” he says. “And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s me.’ And so they did it in my name.”The idea really bothered him. “And I said, ‘I really don’t want them doing it in my name.’”He had already tried to stop new death sentences in Texas, after seeing states like Illinois take similar steps.“The way the death penalty works in Texas now,” Dutton says, “is your case is automatically appealed from the lower trial court all the way up to our Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest criminal court, and if they deny your appeal, they send it back to the lower court for setting an execution date.”In 2001, Dutton proposed a bill that would keep the appeals court from sending back any death penalty cases to the lower court for two years. That one made it to the House floor.Then one of Dutton’s opponents spotted what he was doing. “He got up and went to the back mic and said, ‘Representative Dutton, this looks an awful lot like a moratorium.’ And I said, ‘That’s because it is.’ And the whole House stopped, and of course the bill died at that point.”That was before Dutton’s fateful cup of coffee. Dutton offered his first bill to abolish the death penalty in 2003. He’s filed at least one bill to that end every legislative session since.Dutton also began to bring former inmates to testify at the Capitol. Some had been sentenced to die, but were exonerated after DNA or other evidence proved their innocence. Others had pled guilty, even though they weren’t, in order to avoid a death sentence. Dutton says their stories have changed minds but rarely votes.“There are members who have said to me privately, ‘Harold, you know, I like the idea you file that bill every year, but I just can’t vote for it, because I don’t think I’d get reelected,’” he says.Dutton is not the only reason Houston and surrounding Harris County are at the epicenter of the death penalty debate. Kristin Houlé heads the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. She’s tracked the number of death sentences in Texas over the past four decades and broken them down by county.“At the top of that list is Harris County, which has sentenced nearly 300 people to death and accounts for 126 executions,” Houlé says. “That’s more executions than any other state except for Texas as a whole. But even in Harris County, use of the death penalty is declining. No one has been sentenced to death out of Harris County for the last two years.”There are several reasons why death sentences have been falling in Texas. The use of DNA testing, for one. Another is negative publicity over botched executions. Then there’s the cost. Because of the lengthy appeals, it often costs hundreds of thousands of dollars more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison for life.“I think there has been more of a tendency for juries to opt for the sentencing option of life in prison without the possibility of parole when they have that opportunity,” says Jack Roady, criminal district attorney for Galveston County.Before his election, Roady was a prosecutor with the Harris County DA’s office, and worked on many death penalty appeals. He notes the state legislature only made life without parole an option in Texas in 2005. Roady says that’s fine, “but there are some cases where the sentence of death is the appropriate punishment, and juries in Texas, in fact juries in the country, need to have that ability to impose that punishment if the evidence supports it.”Roady feels most of his constituents aren’t ready to give up the death penalty as a way to punish what he calls “the worst of the worst,” though he says abolition could happen if enough Texans decide that’s what they want.Dutton is counting on that. “Now that the public is also beginning to have a clearer view of the issues related to this whole issue of capital punishment,” he says, “that has made even legislators now have to stop and take a look.”Dutton’s already filed his bill for the 2017 legislative session. He’s hoping, this year, more of his colleagues will join him. EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been edited to accurately reflect changes by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as to the number of executions in the state and the number of scheduled executions.Note: Public radio stations from across the state collaborated on this series looking at the death penalty in Texas – its history, how it’s changed, whom it affects and its future. You can hear other stories in this series on the Texas Standard.TSC X Share Listenlast_img read more

UPDATE Trains Emergency Brake Automatically Activated

first_imgTHE LATEST on an Amtrak train derailment in Washington state (all times local):– / 133:50 p.m.U.S. investigators say preliminary information indicates that the emergency brake on the Amtrak train that derailed in Washington state went off automatically.National Transportation Safety Board member Bella Dinh-Zarr told reporters Tuesday that the brake was not manually activated by the engineer.She says they’re reviewing the event data recorder from the lead locomotive after having already retrieved the device from the rear engine, which showed the train was going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.Dinh-Zarr confirmed two people were in the cab: the engineer and a conductor who was training.Federal officials also say the conductor had been qualified to operate the train in the area in the last couple of weeks, but the NTSB is looking into the process.___2 p.m.Critical safety technology designed to automatically slow or stop trains that are going too fast was not working on a section of track outside of Seattle where an Amtrak train derailed, killing three people.Sound Transit said Tuesday that the company was on schedule to have positive train control installed and operational in the spring, ahead of a December 2018 federal deadline.The system would be able to take over control of a train when an engineer is distracted or incapacitated.Sound Transit spokesman Geoff Patrick said the “vast majority” of equipment needed had been installed but not fully operational along the tracks and trains in the 14.5-mile (23.3-kilometer) section of line where the derailment occurred.___11:30 a.m.A relative says a rail advocate is one of the three people killed in the deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state.Rachel Topper said Tuesday that she has been notified of the death of her uncle Jim Hamre in Monday’s crash. Topper said the family has no further comment.In a Facebook post, she said they were heartbroken and that Hamre will be missed by many.Lloyd Flem, executive director of rail advocacy organization All Aboard Washington, says Hamre retired a few years ago as a civil engineer at the Washington Transportation Department. He says Hamre lived with his mother in Puyallup.Another rail advocate, Zack Willhoite, also died when the train plunged off an overpass and onto Interstate 5 south of Seattle on Monday. The train was making its first run on faster route.___11:25 a.m.Authorities say they’re starting to move train cars that derailed outside Seattle and hurtled onto a highway below, killing three people.Capt. Dan Hall with the Washington State Patrol says the cars will be loaded onto trucks starting Tuesday and taken to a secure facility as the National Transportation Safety Board investigates.State Transportation Department spokesman Travis Phelps says Interstate 5 will be closed through Tuesday night and could be shut down for several days as officials finish the investigation at the scene.He says the next step is assessing the overpass and the road below.The Amtrak train derailed during its inaugural run along a new faster route. U.S. investigators say they haven’t determined a cause of the crash but revealed that the train was traveling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.___10:35 a.m.A U.S. official says investigators are examining whether an Amtrak engineer was distracted when a speeding train derailed, killing three people and sending several rail cars flying off an overpass.The official said Tuesday that in addition to the engineer, there was another employee training in the train’s cab Monday.The official says investigators are looking into whether the engineer lost “situational awareness.”The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Audio dispatch in which a crew member discusses injuries to the engineer mentions a second person in the front of the train, who was also hurt.___9:14 a.m.A victim in the deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state has been identified as an employee of a local transit agency and a rail advocate.Pierce Transit released a statement saying that Zack Willhoite, a customer service support specialist, was killed in Monday’s derailment.Authorities say three people died and dozens were injured when the train plunged off an overpass over Interstate 5 south of Seattle. The train was making its inaugural run.Pierce Transit says Willhoite was “admired by his colleagues.”Lloyd Flem, executive director of All Aboard Washington, says Willhoite was a rail advocate and it was a given that he would be on the trip.Federal investigators say they haven’t determined a cause of the derailment but revealed that the train was travelling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.___8:35 a.m.Crews have removed train cars involved in a deadly Amtrak derailment from a railway overpass in Washington state.Authorities say there are three confirmed deaths. Dozens were injured.The train cars were loaded Tuesday onto flatbed trucks and drive away on Interstate 5.Authorities say a total of 13 train cars jumped the tracks early Monday south of Seattle.The Amtrak train careened off the overpass above Interstate 5 during its inaugural run along a new bypass route. The train carried 85 passengers and crew members.Federal investigators say they haven’t determined a cause of the derailment but revealed late Monday that the train was travelling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone. Investigators are on the scene.___Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people.Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation Safety Board member, said at a Monday night news conference that information from the event data recorder in the rear locomotive showed the train was traveling at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone when it derailed at 7:34 a.m. Mangled train cars ended up on top of each other – and one hung precariously over the freeway.When the clanging of metal and screeching stopped at first it was quiet. Then came the screams.After the crash, the injured called out as rescuers — including people who had been in cars on their morning freeway commute — rushed to help. One of the train passengers was Emma Shafer, who found herself at a 45-degree angle staring at the seats in front of her that had dislodged and swung around.“It felt oddly silent after the actual crashing,” Shafer said. “Then there was people screaming because their leg was messed up … I don’t know if I actually heard the sirens, but they were there. A guy was like, ‘Hey, I’m Robert. We’ll get you out of here.’”Dinh-Zarr said it’s not yet known what caused the train to derail and that “it’s too early to tell” why it was going so fast.Positive train control — the technology that can slow or stop a speeding train — wasn’t in use on this stretch of track, according to Amtrak President Richard Anderson.In 2015, an Amtrak train in Philadelphia was traveling at twice the 50 mph speed limit as it entered a sharp curve and derailed. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the locomotive and four of the train’s seven passenger cars jumped the tracks. Several cars overturned and ripped apart.A track chart prepared by the Washington State Department of Transportation shows the maximum speed drops from 79 mph (127 kph) to 30 mph (48 kph) for passenger trains just before the tracks curve to cross Interstate 5, which is where the train went off the tracks.The chart, dated Feb. 7, was submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration in anticipation of the start of passenger service along a new bypass route that shaves off 10 minutes for the trip between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.Kimberly Reason with Sound Transit, the Seattle-area transit agency that owns the tracks, said speed signs are posted 2 miles (3 kilometers) before the speed zone changes and just before the speed zone approaching the curve.Eric Corp, a councilman for the small city of DuPont near the derailment, said he rode the train with about 30 or so dignitaries and others on a special trip Friday before the service opened to the public Monday.“Once we were coming up on that curve, the train slowed down considerably,” he said, adding that “in no way did it make me feel like we were going too fast.”The train was not full. Authorities said there were 80 passengers and five on-duty crew members on board when it derailed and pulled 13 cars off the tracks. Authorities said there were three confirmed deaths. More than 70 people were taken for medical care — including 10 with serious injuries.About two hours after the accident, a U.S. official who was briefed on the investigation said he was told at least six people were killed. The official said he had no new information to explain the discrepancy in the numbers. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.In a statement, the FBI said local police were the primary responders and there was no information suggesting “an elevated risk to Washington residents.”In a radio transmission immediately after the accident, the conductor can be heard saying the train was coming around a corner and was crossing a bridge that passed over Interstate 5 when it derailed.Dispatch audio also indicated that the engineer survived with bleeding from the head and both eyes swollen shut.“I’m still figuring that out. We’ve got cars everywhere and down onto the highway,” he tells the dispatcher, who asks if everyone is OK.Aleksander Kristiansen, a 24-year-old exchange student at the University of Washington from Copenhagen, was going to Portland to visit the city for the day.“I was just coming out of the bathroom when the accident happened. My car just started shaking really, really badly,” he said.The back of his train car was wide open because it had separated from the rest of the train, so he and others were able to jump out to safety.The train was making the inaugural run on the new route as part of a $180.7 million project designed to speed up service by removing passenger trains from a route along Puget Sound that’s bogged down by curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic.The new bypass was built on an existing inland rail line that runs along Interstate 5 from Tacoma to DuPont, near where Train 501 derailed.___This story has been updated to reflect that authorities said Monday night that three people died. A U.S. official said earlier that six people were killed. Sharelast_img read more