While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. One of Oklahoma State’s top targets for 2018 is back on the market.Three-star defensive tackle Israel Antwine announced on twitter last night that he was rescinding his commitment to Ole Miss.“The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me. However I would like to thank my family and coaches for helping me through this recruiting process and plans for my future. I want to thank the Ole Miss staff for giving me the opportunity to continue my career as a student athlete, but due to recent events I will be re-opening the recruiting process and will re-evaluate where I will continue my collegiate career… I will not be open to immediate interviews due to me preparing for the start of my Sr. season however I will not prolong the recruiting process either. I just want to make sure I make the right decision. thank you.”AdChoices广告Antwine’s decision to decommit from the Rebels isn’t surprising. He said himself he was reconsidering his commitment just last week. Considering what Ole Miss is dealing with involving potential sanctions and head coach Hugh Freeze stepping down, you can’t blame him.You have to expect Oklahoma State to be in the running for the talented defensive tackle, though their stiffest competition may come from a late contender. Texas made an offer to Antwine on July 26, when it looked like he would eventually decommit. Now, 247Sports has the Longhorns as the overwhelming favorites to land the Oklahoma City area prospect from Millwood High.If OSU is going to land him, they might not have long to swing his favor in their direction. Antwine says he won’t draw out the recruiting process, which makes me believe he has a short list of landing spots he’s leaning toward.
2014-5T987-6 YearTurnover MarginRankingRecord 2013122133T5 2015+13T410-3 Tre Flowers02 There’s a direct correlation between winning the turnover battle and winning games. That’s not news to anyone but it’s definitely on the mind of Mike Gundy and Glenn Spencer heading into this fall.“Scoring defense, turnovers and red-zone defense,” Spencer told PFB. “Those are the three most relevant things that determine winning football games.”Part of last year’s margin can be attributed to Rudolph’s uber-efficient junior season where he led all Power 5 QBs with a TD-to-interception ratio of 28:4. But Spencer’s teams have been among the nation’s leaders in “takin’ it back” since he took over as defensive coordinator in 2013, save for that unadorned 2014 season.Here’s a look at forced turnovers over the last several seasons. 2013+17T410-3 2011+21112-1 2016111425T24 2012111122T58 Cole Walterscheid01 20112024441 As it was in most categories, the 2011 team was the high-water mark. It forced 44 turnovers, which is insane and the most of any team in the last ten yearsSo how does a team get good at forcing turnovers? Is it all luck? Is it team speed? Scheme? Or do some players just have a nose for the ball? Ask three “experts” and you’ll likely get three different answers, but I think it’s got to be a combination of all of it, although Mike Gundy and safety Ramon Richards have mentioned team speed lately.“Man, we got guys that can fly around. A real fast defense,” Richards told Go Pokes. “You know, the ones, twos and even some of the threes can fly around and make up if any of our guys get tired.”“Defensively we’re similar because we don’t have a player everyone is going to say just dominates, but we have a lot of speed,” Gundy told Doug Gottlieb. “I think they’re really fast. Playing in our conference, it’s so important to have speed to cover from sideline to sideline. They need to force turnovers.”As far as 2017 goes, the Cowboys lost the players responsible for eight of their 14 forced fumbles and six of their 12 interceptions. Here are the returning players who dispossessed an opponent in 2016. 201421214T116 YearFumbles GainedINTS GainedTurnovers GainedRanking 2016+11T1010-3 2010+12T1111-2 2010151934T5 20120T598-5 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We are two weeks from the start of Oklahoma State’s football season — and there’s plenty to be excited about.The fanbase’s brimming optimism has recently started to spill over with a few members of the national media pouring their own glass of orange Kool-Aid. Joel Klatt picked Mason Rudolph to win the Heisman. Even a certain maligned publication slapped Rudolph on their cover and tabbed Oklahoma State as their dark-horse playoff pick.All that’s fine and good. Mike Gundy thinks his team can handle it. Besides, that’s old news to the 13th-year head coach. He’s been having this conversation since his team beat up on Pac-12 darling Colorado in last year’s Alamo Bowl.Gundy even addressed the similarities between the historic 2011 team and his current group at the start of spring camp. He drew all types of parallels between the two squads — an experienced returning quarterback, wideout talent and depth in oodles and a star tailback.But Gundy saw one difference between those two teams worth noting.“The good news is that we may be better on defense than we were then,” Gundy proclaimed “but those teams were really good at forcing turnovers which allowed us to get more opportunities so we could outscore you.”The scoring part should take care of itself but what about the turnovers?The good news is that the Cowboys won’t have to look far for a blueprint. Over the last several years, Oklahoma State has been one of the best teams in the nation in turnover margin. Let’s take a look.Turnover Margin Justin Phillips12 Ramon Richards30 Kevin Henry10 2015111728T9 DeQuinton Osborne10 Gyasi Akem01 TOTAL66 Some changes in scheme and position could make up for some of what was lost. Ramon will get to roam free run around like a crazy man more from the safety position and the three-down sets Spencer and Co. have implemented will allow the Cowboys to field five defensive backs against some of the pass-happy offenses they’ll match up against, potentially allowing more opportunity for playmakers to make plays.And the young cornerbacks that have raised so many questions may be short on experience but not on athleticism and apparently not on talent. Spencer talked about that with PFB.“Ramon’s all about what’s best for us,” Spencer said about the position move. “To get the best 11 on the field, that’s the best move.”Oklahoma State looks poised to win its fair share of football games this fall but to reach its ultimate goal (a Big 12 title and maybe more), the defense is going to have to flip the field. With a tweak here and there — and a couple young ball hawks showing out — it should have a chance to. PlayerINTSForced Fumbles
Manchester United Mourinho reveals foul-mouthed team talk inspired Man Utd comeback Chris Burton 18:32 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Premier League The Red Devils boss was furious with his side after seeing them fall behind at Crystal Palace, but got the response he was after in a 3-2 win Jose Mourinho has revealed that a foul-mouthed half-time team talk helped him to inspire Manchester United to a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.Having seen his side fall behind to an early Andros Townsend effort at Selhurst Park, the Red Devils boss was fuming upon entering the away dressing room at the interval.Some home truths were handed out by the irate Portuguese, whose mood is unlikely to have improved as United then conceded to Patrick van Aanholt within three minutes of the restart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp They were, however, to come roaring back, with Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic sealing a dramatic victory to put a smile back on their manager’s face.Quizzed on what he had said to his team during the break, Mourinho said: “I cannot tell you half of the things I told my team at half-time because there would be lots of bleeping on television.“There were a few strong words at half-time relating to their attitude and the intensity of the game.“To come back from 2-0 down away from home against a team that is desperate for points, it gives us a great feeling.“It’s a remarkable comeback, but we made mistakes. The first goal is a bad goal. We started bad once more, not pressing the ball or the opponent and giving them much space.“In the second half we were all expecting a direct comeback, and then we concede a goal that is a good goal to show the kids in the academies in the country. It shows top players can concede silly goals.“But then the attitude, the intensity, the quality, the dynamic, the risk were fantastic.”Victory over Palace has allowed United to move back into second spot in the Premier League table.They are still 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City, and only two in front of arch-rivals Liverpool, but a runner-up finish and Champions League qualification remains in their hands.The Red Devils do have a testing run of fixtures approaching, though, with the next month set to see them face Liverpool, Sevilla, Brighton, Swansea and City across league, FA Cup and Champions League competition.
Jürgen Klopp ‘They have no idea about football’ – Klopp hits back at Alexander-Arnold critics Nicholas McGee 17:06 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Manchester United v Liverpool Manchester United Premier League The 19-year-old defender was criticised for his display against Manchester United in Saturday’s game, but his coach sprung to his defence Jurgen Klopp has dismissed criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold following his lacklustre defending for the opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.Alexander-Arnold was turned too easily by Marcus Rashford, who lashed into the far corner to give United the lead before the England forward took advantage of more haphazard defending from Liverpool to double the Red Devils’ advantage.An Eric Bailly own goal gave Liverpool hope but they could not complete a second-half comeback at Old Trafford, with club legends Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness taking aim at Alexander-Arnold. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Klopp, though, has no interest in their thoughts on the teenage right back.Asked about their comments, he said: “I don’t get it. If you wouldn’t tell me [about it], I would never watch it. That makes absolutely no difference to me, what people say.”What did they say? They said we defended bad? If somebody said it was only Trent’s mistake, then the guy who said that has no idea about football and I wouldn’t listen.”Dejan Lovren, in the first challenge, could be different, but it’s difficult. We were not there for the second ball and then it’s Trent.”I have to see it back again but when I saw the goal, for me Rashford did brilliantly and, exactly in the moment where Trent is ready for the challenge, he made a cut back.”He stepped too late and in the next moment he shoots. It’s the perfect striker movement and we cannot defend everything.”It’s easy afterwards to talk about it but I’m not interested. [Pundits] don’t give us points, they don’t cost us points, they are only the deliverer of good and bad messages, that’s all.”We lost 2-1, but everybody could see we’re strong. We brought them at the edge, with 2-0 down that’s really rare that you can turn a game against United, but we were close and actually we should have done it.”The weekend’s results leave Liverpool sitting fourth in the table, occupying the final Champions League spot, and just four points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Matt Wells’ tenure in Lubbock is off to a rough start.After beating up on Montana State and UTEP, Texas Tech has lost back-to-back games to Arizona and Oklahoma. The Red Raiders also lost starting quarterback Alan Bowman, who accounted for much of Tech’s offense before going down with injury.The Red Raiders have a chance to right the ship this weekend against Oklahoma State. Here are some things Wells touched on at his Monday news conference.1. Jett Duffey the Guy Going ForwardThe Red Raiders traveled to Norman last week with a two-quarterback system after losing starter Alan Bowman to injury.Rice transfer Jackson Tyner got the start against OU, but he didn’t last long. Tyner went 1-for-5 before Jett Duffey took over, and Wells said Duffey will be the guy moving forward.Duffey was 11-for-20 for 120 yards against OU on Saturday. Duffey also got a lot of run last season in Bowman’s absence. In 2018, Duffey completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,221 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 369 yards and four touchdowns.“When he pulls it down, he can run,” Wells said. “He is a dual-threat. He throws the ball well when he throws it on time. … Jett’s care-factor is high, and I respect that. I appreciate that. I think he does have some talent.”2. Containing OSU’s Three StarsOSU’s opposing coaches always get asked about three guys: Chuba Hubbard, Tylan Wallace and Spencer Sanders.It was no different with Wells at his presser Monday, starting with Hubbard, the nation’s leading rusher.“He’s patient,” Wells said. “They do a lot of schemes where he’s able to read, and then he’s strong and physical. I mean, 180-something yards rushing a game or whatever that number is, he’s a talented young man and certainly a big challenge for our defense.”The Red Raiders allowed CeeDee Lamb to catch seven passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns Saturday. Wells was asked about the comparisons between defending Lamb and Wallace.“Elite, two of the best in this league, CeeDee and Wallace,” Wells said. “Every time they touch the ball, they got home-run speed. They got home-run ability. They can make you pay if you don’t tackle well. Making plays on the ball becomes paramount when you play elite talent like that.”Wells said Sanders ability to run opens up a lot of possibilities for OSU offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson.“The guy gives you a chance to win,” Wells said. “He’s dynamic — pocket breaks down, he’s dynamic. You gotta have eyes on him. When plays break down, he makes you a better play caller because he can hurt ya.”3. On OSU’s DefenseThe Cowboys’ defense has given up 9.8 points a half since the second half in Tulsa.Kansas State only mustered eight first downs against OSU this past weekend. That’s not a great sign for a Tech team that got doubled up in yardage Saturday.“Multiple coverages in the secondary,” Wells said. “Talented skill kids. I see a lot of D-linemen that are fresh up front because they play a lot of guys up front. But they’re dynamic and unique in terms of their scheme on defense — create a lot of issues, create a lot of confusion for receivers or quarterbacks.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
A thing was written this week about us on a website called GoPokes.com that frustrated me. It frustrated me because it ain’t true, and it also frustrated me because I’m really proud of the people who have worked to make PFB into what it is.Instead of responding to that post here (don’t miss, by the way), I’d instead like to tell you a little about the guys whose work you’ve been enjoying over the past weeks, months and years.Let’s go.Jackson Lavarnway: As a high schooler (!) he was going to games and shooting them from the stands before we were credentialed by OSU. He’s gotten better every year since then and has made this site 10x more legit with his photos.Grant Newton: Runs our store, updates our data, manages our PFB+ subscriptions and listens to my rants about the journalism industry in 2019. You never hear his name, but you’ve definitely consumed his work.Dustin Ragusa: Moonlights as our film evaluator (or, I guess, critic this season 😊) while working long hours at his actual job. Gamer.Carson Cunningham: Can’t imagine hollering about OSU all day at anyone else.Steven Mandeville: You won’t meet a kinder individual in the media business. He would not only give you the shirt off his back but write 500 words asking for other people to do the same.Seth Duckworth: He’s carved such a cool niche in this world. I wish I had a subscriber for every person who’s said to me, “I love Seth’s stuff.”Marshall Scott: One of the best things to happen to PFB that I never saw coming. Good teams win. Great teams cover. Elite teams go to soccer availability on a Wednesday when football looks like it’s in the tank and grind out stories anyway.Kyle Cox: As detail-oriented and hard-working as it gets in this industry. When I think about a terrific sports blogger, I think about Kyle Cox.Kyle Boone: A friend. A business partner. A dude (i.e. somebody Gundy would never recruit but Boynton would be hounding from the jump!)These dudes bust their asses to make a great product, and I’m proud of them and what we have all built together. I’ve said it many times, but I’ll say it again: I could do this site without them, but it wouldn’t be any good or any fun so why would I?[pivots]The best way to support them (and us) is to become a PFB+ member. Subscriptions are not a silver bullet in 2019 like many people think they are, but they do help us immensely when it comes to building a business. And you get a really cool product that we’ve worked hard on in return.Not sure why you would join something that’s already free or what you get when you join? Here are six reasons you should subscribe to PFB+ as your only source for Oklahoma State news and community.1. Ad-Free Browsing: I was on another site that covers OSU the other day, and after I clicked on the page, I literally could not see the words I came to read because of how many ads were covering up the space.Ads — too many ads — stink. If you’re a PFB+ subscriber, you won’t see any ads on our site. I’ve been browsing like this for a while, and if you spend any amount of time on here it’s worth the two dimes a day you’ll pay for it because of how clean and uniform the experience is.2. Gameday Threads: They have been a delight. I’m tossing GIFs at people. Other folks are cursing about how our word blocker blocked their previous attempt to curse. Everybody is screaming about the calls on second-and-long. It’s a sports bar of folks who are actually funny and entertaining to chat with during games. Here’s our OSU-Iowa State thread for Saturday for PFB+ subscribers.3. Chicken Recruiting Nuggets: We’re able to deal in rumors and hearsay (as well as well-sourced information) more in our PFB+ forum — also known as The Chamber — than we are on here. Kyle B. has been dropping Bryce Thompson info and Cade Cunningham info like …..4. Giveaway City: This month we will give away a big gift card to our PFB Store to one of our subscribers. Next month, it will likely be basketball tickets Other months we’ve given football tickets or prints of some of our best photos.Some of our subscribers have probably actually made money off of us in terms of the value of the stuff we’ve given away. On this note, we’re currently at 600 subscribers. If we get to 700 by Halloween then we’ll give away season basketball tickets for two to one of our subscribers. If we get to 1,000 by the bowl game, we have something even more special planned that I don’t want to announce yet. Two pretty cool deals that require some real momentum in the weeks ahead.5. More Voice: Folks who are PFB+ subscribers simply have more voice in shaping what we do. They’re involved in the PFB+ portion of The Chamber (which is mostly where we hang out), and they have helped us think about what PFB should be in the future. Like assistant coaches, but if Gundy actually listened to them.Kidding! Not really kidding!6. Future Stability: I said some of this above, but we were able to hire our first FTE this year. That’s exciting for us and a good thing for you because Marshall Scott is grinding on the weekly beat in Stillwater. He’s entrenched there, which gives us legitimacy and continuity.Also, it’s no secret that the media world is a mess right now. You all saw what happened to Sports Illustrated recently. The way forward is not on the back of that silver-bullet subscription model, but rather a mixture of revenue streams. This is one of them, and it will ensure you get the best OSU news and community for years and years to come.Today we’re giving away PFB+ subscriptions at a discount. If you sign up for the yearly version today using the code LETSGO2019, you’ll get 50 percent off. We have 16 of those spots left, and then they’re gone.You can sign up right here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Colombia 1 Japan 2: Sanchez red spoils Pekerman’s plans Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 21:53 6/19/18 Getty Images Colombia got off to a nightmare start when Carlos Sanchez was sent off after less than three minutes of their 2-1 defeat to Japan. Carlos Sanchez was shown the second-fastest red card in World Cup history as Colombia slipped to a 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener against Japan in Mordovia.The Group H favourites suffered a nightmarish start to their campaign when Sanchez blocked Shinji Kagawa’s shot with his arm after just two minutes and 56 seconds, prompting the referee to brandish the first straight red card for handball at a World Cup since Luis Suarez was sent off against Ghana in 2010.Kagawa then put Japan ahead from the penalty spot but even with 10 men Jose Pekerman was able to make his side competitive and Juan Fernando Quintero levelled with a free-kick six minutes before half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Pekerman brought on 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez in the second half but the Bayern Munich star, not fully recovered from a calf injury, was not allowed much of the ball by a disciplined, energetic Japan side.Akira Nishino’s men came into the tournament as one of the lowest ranked teams but they defied their position by making good use of their man advantage and fully deserved to have their lead restored when FC Koln forward Yuya Osako headed the winner in the 73rd minute.Victory over Colombia will give Japan hope of progressing beyond the group stage for the first time since 2010, while Pekerman will hope that James can return to full fitness in time for their forthcoming clash with Poland.02:56 – Carlos Sanchez’s red card after two minutes and 56 seconds is the second fastest shown in World Cup history, after Jose Alberto Batista for Uruguay vs Scotland in 1986 (54 seconds). Handed. #COL #COLJPN #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2018The game was less than three minutes old when Sanchez blocked Kagawa’s 20-yard shot with his arm and the referee pointed to the penalty spot before showing the midfielder a straight red card.After lengthy protests, Sanchez eventually left the field and Kagawa was allowed to slot the penalty clinically into the bottom right corner of the net and Colombia’s game plan was in tatters.Despite the double setback, the South Americans attacked and Radamel Falcao got a toe to Quintero’s looping pass into the penalty area but could only poke the ball into the arms of veteran Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.Jose Pekerman shuffled his pack on the half-hour mark, replacing Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado with Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios, and an equaliser arrived nine minutes later.Falcao won a dubious free-kick after a challenge with Makoto Hasebe and Quintero’s ensuing free-kick was driven low into the bottom left corner of the net where Kawashima arrived just too late to stop it from crossing the line.After a frantic first half, the game slowed in the second but Osako burst into the Colombia box and drew a save from David Ospina with a tricky close-range shot that the Arsenal goalkeeper parried away.Ospina was called into action again moments later, diving full length to his left to push Takashi Inui’s curling 20-yard shot away from danger, before Pekerman sent on James as he sought a way to turn the tide back in favour of his side.But Japan were dominating possession and their pressure told when substitute Keisuke Honda’s corner found Osako, who outjumped his marker and headed the ball into the far corner of the net, beyond Ospina’s reach.James had a sight of goal with 13 minutes remaining but his first-time shot from inside the penalty area was turned over the crossbar by the outstretched leg of Osako, and he will hope to regain full fitness in time to inspire Colombia to better results against Poland and Senegal.Key Opta Stats:- Japan have become the first Asian side to defeat South American opposition at the World Cup (P18 W1 D3 L14).- This is the first World Cup tournament in which as many as four South American teams have failed to win their opening game since 1974.- None of Colombia’s 19 games at the World Cup have ended goalless. The only nations that have played more games in the competition without recording a 0-0 are USA (33) and Austria (29).- Keisuke Honda is the first player from an Asian nation to provide an assist in three different World Cup tournaments since 1966.- There have been more direct free-kick goals scored in just 15 games at World Cup 2018 (4) than there were in the entire 2014 edition (3), with Colombia’s Juan Fernando Quintero netting the fourth.- Quintero became the first player to score in two different World Cup tournaments for Colombia (2014 and 2018). – Eiji Kawashima (35 years, 91 days) became the oldest player to appear for Japan in a World Cup finals match. read more
Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0: Coutinho and Neymar score in stoppage time to snatch win Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 22:01 6/22/18 Getty Images Brazil snatched a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at the World Cup thanks to stoppage-time goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar. Philippe Coutinho and Neymar both scored in stoppage time to snatch victory for Brazil after the Paris Saint-Germain forward had been denied a penalty by VAR in a 2-0 World Cup win over Costa Rica.Desperate for a win in St Petersburg after being held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening fixture, Brazil looked like missing out on the three points when the decision to award Neymar a spot-kick was overturned in the 79th minute.The former Barcelona star went down softly under the challenge of Giancarlo Gonzalez, with referee Bjorn Kuipers initially pointing to the spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar However, VAR intervention led to a reversal of the decision, as replays showed minimal contact between Gonzalez and Neymar, who had fallen backwards as if pulled down.The incident came late in a match Brazil dominated but in which for long spells they struggled to break down a determined Costa Rica defence.However, with the clock having ticked past 90 minutes, Coutinho and Neymar stepped forward to break Costa Rican hearts and spare Brazilian blushes, sending their side top of Group E ahead of the clash between Serbia and Switzerland.Neymar dropped to his knees in tears on the final whistle after the tournament’s most successful side came through a real test of character against a Costa Rica side whose hopes of progression are now over.#Scenes for Brazil in injury time today… #BRACRC pic.twitter.com/yBU54UK75S — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 June 2018 Costa Rica – rightly anticipating that Brazil would enjoy the lion’s share of possession – sat deep but looked dangerous when they were given the rare opportunity to counter.Celso Borges should have done better when he dragged an effort wide of the target from a Cristian Gamboa cutback after 13 minutes and, for all of their time on the ball, Brazil found it difficult to find a way through the Costa Rica defence.Gabriel Jesus hammered a shot into the back of the net from an offside position in the 25th minute, rightly prompting a flag from the linesman, but the incident sparked a period of Brazil pressure, with Marcelo and Coutinho trying their luck from distance and a Neymar cross necessitating a desperate defensive header over the crossbar.Marcelo had looked most likely to make something happen for Brazil but found Keylor Navas equal to his low drive five minutes from the break, the Real Madrid goalkeeper stooping to halt the game’s first shot on target from his clubmate.Neymar – named in the starting XI despite struggling with an ankle injury this week – confronted the referee on the pitch and in the tunnel at half-time, presumably taking objection to Costa Rica’s rough-and-ready approach to dealing with him.And Brazil returned to the field with added purpose after the break, with Jesus heading against the crossbar before Navas diverted Coutinho’s follow-up wide.Navas – a growing thorn in Brazil’s side – pulled off even greater heroics to deny Neymar with a fingertip save soon after, while another Coutinho strike was directed straight at the goalkeeper.Neymar curled around the right-hand post from 18 yards after the defence opened up for him in the 72nd minute, before the officials arrived at the correct decision via VAR to deny him a penalty.That incident threatened to dominate the headlines until Coutinho prodded Brazil in front in the 91st minute, getting on the end of a Roberto Firmino nod down and a helpful touch from Jesus.And Neymar was on hand to tap home Douglas Costa’s delicate chipped cross even deeper into stoppage time to wrap up three points that had appeared like slipping through Brazilian fingers.The relief was clear as the tears rolled down the face of the world’s most expensive player, who surpassed Romario in third on the country’s all-time list of goalscorers.Brazil’s second goal was timed at 96:49 – the latest recorded 90th minute goal in a World Cup match since 1966. Knockout. #BRACRC #BRA #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HUEVeaqqn7 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 22 June 2018 Key Opta stats:- This was Brazil’s first World Cup victory thanks to a goal scored in the 90th minute.- Brazil have won 10 of their 11 meetings with Costa Rica in all competitions, losing the other in a friendly in 1960.- Costa Rica are winless in their last five World Cup matches (D3 L2).- Costa Rica had just three shots in this match, with all of those coming in the opening 15 minutes.- Brazil’s second goal was timed at 96:49 – the latest recorded 90th minute goal in a World Cup match since 1966.- In all international matches, Brazil are unbeaten in 13 games (W9 D4 L0), conceding just three goals in that run.- Neymar has been fouled 14 times so far in the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player.- Neymar has scored 56 goals in 87 matches for Brazil – only Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62) have scored more. read more
World Cup Neymar mocks Mexico after win: They talked too much and they’re going home Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:02 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Getty Images World Cup Brazil Brazil v Mexico Mexico A stamp from Mexico’s Miguel Layun was not happily received by the PSG star, who revelled in the Selecao’s latest victory in Russia Brazil star Neymar could not resist twisting the knife with some choice comments directed at Mexico after ending El Tri’s World Cup hopes on Monday. The Paris Saint-Germain forward broke the deadlock shortly after half-time in the last-16 clash by poking home from close range. He was also heavily involved in the late strike that finally put the game out of reach at 2-0, setting up Roberto Firmino. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar And after a tetchy match that saw Neymar put on the floor on more than one occasion by some ferocious marking, he gleefully celebrated Brazil’s passage into the quarterfinal. “They talked too much, and they are going home,” he said to reporters after the final whistle.”I want to congratulate the whole team. There are times in any game where you have to suffer, these are tough games and Mexico are a great side, but we showed lots of class. “Us attackers have to score the goals because we know that we are very strong at the back.” Despite his praise for Mexico, Neymar was put out by a stamp suffered at the feet of Miguel Layun. “It was unfair. The ball was not in play and we were off the pitch,” he signalled. Neymar now has two goals at the 2018 World Cup and will look to add to his tally in the last-eight match on Friday when they will meet the winner of Belgium’s clash against Japan.
zoomImage Courtesy: MV Werften Cruise operator Genting Hong Kong (GHK) has launched the construction of the second Global Class cruise ship at German shipbuilder MV Werften.The steel cutting ceremony for Dream Cruises’ 342-meter-long vessel was held on September 10 in Rostock-Warnemünde, almost a year after the keel laying of the flagship of the series.The 208,000 gross ton cruise ship, Global 2, is identical in construction to its sister ship Global 1, which is due to enter operation under the name Global Dream in 2021.Production work on the new vessel with the yard number 126 is being divided up among all three locations of MV Werften. Up to 30 large sections are being built in Stralsund for subsequent final assembly in Wismar, where a 125-meter-high crane, purchased specially for the Global project, is currently being installed at the outfitting quay.The keel laying of the ship is planned for December 9, 2019, with delivery scheduled for 2022.The vessel will be capable of accommodating up to 9,500 passengers and a crew of 2,200. Global Dream and Global 2, the first vessels worldwide capable of carrying more than 10,000 persons, are intended for the fast-growing Asian market.
On September 18th multi-platinum rock band BUSH will give a special acoustic performance at VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Noteworthy benefit concert at William Hill Estate Winery.The evening will feature an intimate performance in the vineyard to raise money and awareness for music education programs.“The work of VH1 Save The Music Foundation is invaluable,” says BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale. “Music has always been an important part of my life, and now that I have children of my own I’m even more aware of the significance of music education in schools. I’m honored to be supporting VH1 Save The Music’s Noteworthy event.”VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with America’s public schools to bring the power of music back into the classroom, giving every child the same opportunity to be successful in school and in life. The Noteworthy event takes place at William Hill Estate Winery, a proud supporter of music and the arts and the official wine sponsor of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Additional sponsors for the evening include Avnet, RAYMOND WEIL and Alex and Ani, who together have raised nearly 1.2 million dollars in support of the Foundation’s work to ensure that music is a core and critical component to a complete education. Gift bags will once again be generously provided by Copper River Bag Company.“We are thrilled to have BUSH perform as part of the Noteworthy series,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “They are incredibly talented musicians with a long-standing and revered history in the industry and we could not be more grateful for their support in furthering the important mission of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. I look forward to enjoying the performance while taking in the breathtaking views at the vineyard.”Throughout their career BUSH has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone. The band has produced 17 consecutive Top 40 hit singles on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, six of which shot to number one. On October 21st BUSH will release their highly anticipated 6th studio album, Man On The Run, via lead single “The Only Way Out,” which hits radio, iTunes, Amazon and all major retailers on September 9th.For more information, visit www.vh1savethemusic.org.
LONDON – As unusually cold weather gripped Europe, Britain’s military was sent out Friday to central and western England to get hospital employees to work and help police rescue people from snowbound vehicles.Nicknamed “The Beast from the East,” the cold front caused travel chaos, with hundreds of flights cancelled in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland. Trains broke down. Motorists found themselves stuck on highways and trapped in frosty conditions for hours.“This is particularly unusual weather,” British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said. “It’s something that happens very rarely in this country.”Up to a meter (three feet) of snow was reported in eastern Ireland, and travellers were stranded south and west of the capital, Dublin.The big chill also froze canals in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Ice on the historic Prinsengracht canal was thick enough for residents to lace up their skates and glide across its frozen surface. Tourists without skates slid across the ice, taking selfies.“It’s just cool. You can go fast and you see the world from a slightly different perspective,” said skater Noldus Reijnders.Heathrow Airport tweeted Friday that it was working with airlines to consolidate the flight schedule “to provide more certainty around departing flights,” amid the extreme winter conditions across the U.K. and Europe. More than 350 flights were cancelled. Gatwick, London City, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports also reported cancellations.Other European airports closed down entirely. Authorities at Geneva’s airport suspended air traffic for a second straight day amid heavy snowfall. By early afternoon, flights had resumed.Around 340 flights were cancelled at Ireland’s Dublin Airport, which posted images of swirling snow together with the hashtag “BeastFromTheEast.” It doesn’t plan to open until Saturday.The army sent 20 troops and 10 four-wheel drive vehicles to Shropshire, the county south of Liverpool, and the Royal Marines sent resources to Devon and Cornwall on the southwest coast after police asked for help.One train travelling from London’s Waterloo Station to Weymouth ground to a halt outside New Milton, stranding motorists for hours. By mid-afternoon, South Western Railway and Southeastern had urged customers not to travel.Some commuters reported that rail doors refused to open as the push-button mechanisms froze in the cold. Thousands of homes are without electricity as temperatures remain below freezing with bitter winds.One police force in Scotland tweeted a picture of a patrol car beside a snowdrift almost as high as the vehicle itself to show drivers why they should stay home. “PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA,” the post said.In central England, volunteers brought hot drinks and blankets to stranded drivers as they waited for help. Eleanor Kelly, 19, said those stranded in the Milnrow suburb of Rochdale included a father with a baby and toddler in his car.“We’ve been trying to get to as many people as we can,” she said.Commuter Philip Brown endured more than 15 hours on a train travelling from London Waterloo to Bournemouth, Dorset. The average time for the journey is about two hours.“I didn’t have any food or water. There were no buffet facilities on board. The train lost power and we lost heating and lights,” said Brown, 49. “I couldn’t tell you how cold it was, but it was cold enough to prevent you from sleeping … People were wrapping jumpers round their legs trying to keep warm.”But in Amsterdam, nobody was complaining about the cold. Residents on skates glided past tourists who slithered across the ice for pictures. One woman took her dog for a walk along the frozen canal.Still, despite measures taken by authorities to help the ice develop, there were still some holes and parts of the canal weren’t frozen at all. Reijnders was wearing a special red ice pick around his neck just in case.“If you sink through the ice — and there are still a few dangerous places — you can pull yourself out,” he said.___Corder reported from Amsterdam. Jamey Keaten in Geneva also contributed to this report.
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,202.69, up 9.91 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 34 cents, or 3.53 per cent, to $9.30 on 19.3 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.63 per cent, to $3.13 on 12.7 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up four cents, or 0.10 per cent, to $39.32 on 7.2 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Up three cents, or 0.25 per cent, to $12.09 on 6.02 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down four cents, or 0.81 per cent, to $4.88 on 5.3 million shares. The Montreal-based company will contribute up to $225 million to the C Series partnership with Airbus even though the agreement giving the European aircraft manufacturer majority control is closing earlier than originally planned. When the agreement was announced last October, Bombardier was required to fund the C Series until closing — forecast sometime in the second half of 2018 — and up to US$700 million in cash shortfalls over the next two years as it ramps up production.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, or 2.85 per cent, to $5.45 on 4.5 million shares.
PARIS — The Latest on the protests in France (all times local):11:25 a.m.Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend.The footage, which has been shared widely on social media, has prompted trade unions and far-left parties to lash out at perceived police brutality.The images, which were filmed Thursday at Mantes-la-Jolie, showed a group of students on their knees with their hands behind their head.They are being watched over by armed police officers whose faces are hidden by ski masks. In one of the videos, a police officer can be heard saying: “Here is a class that behaves well.”Interior minister Christophe Castaner said Friday that 151 people were arrested in the small town, adding that some of them carried weapons. He said none of the students were injured.Students across France have joined the protests that have escalated over the past few weeks. They oppose an education reform and have clashed with police at many high schools in several French cities.In an interview with Le Monde newspaper, CGT trade union secretary general Philippe Martinez said “You don’t beat up kids.”___9:35 a.m.Drastic security measures will put a lockdown on downtown Paris on Saturday as French authorities try to prevent another outbreak of violence during anti-government protests.In addition to the 8,000 police forces that will be deployed in the French capital city, the Paris police prefect has identified 14 high-risk sectors that will be cleared out.Fearing protesters could target street furniture or construction sites, Paris police will remove all the glass containers, railings and building machines set up in the identified sectors which include the Champs-Elysees avenue.Across the country some 89,000 police will be mobilized, up from 65,000 last weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 were arrested in the worst street violence seen in the country in decades.The Associated Press
New Delhi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to be an integral part of the Indian attack when Virat Kohli and his boys land in England for the 2019 World Cup. But the 29-year-old has not been able to deliver as consistently as he would have liked for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in this edition of the Indian Premier League. The premier SRH bowler has just taken nine wickets in the 13 matches he has played so far. He has also been taken for plenty in many of the matches with his economy rate hovering around 8 in this season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHowever, former India fast bowler Madan Lal believes the pacer is performing reasonably well and exuded confidence that Bhuvneshwar will deliver for India at the showpiece event. “He is performing okay in the ongoing IPL. He is one of our premier fast bowlers. He has a lot of experience and has performed in the past as well for the team. World Cup is a different game all together and I am pretty sure he will perform for the team in England,” Lal said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBhuvneshwar had announced himself at the world stage in 2012 with a fantastic debut against Pakistan in a T20I where he returned with figures of 3/9. The highlight of his performance on that day was a terrific inswinger he had bowled to Nasir Jamshed which saw the stumps flying. The right-arm medium pacer since then had been an integral part of the Indian set-up. Despite not having express pace, Bhuvi kept on taking wickets with his lethal inswinging deliveries, which all batsmen, especially right-handers, found difficult to deal with. Bhuvneshwar was expected to start in all matches for the 2015 World Cup but could not due to poor fitness. He played in only one match against UAE. And 12 months ago, it was all but certain that he would be leading the Indian bowling attack at the World Cup in England. However, at present it doesn’t seem to be going that way.
“Our growth strategy to further the company’s diversification of risk through events serving different industries, in different geographies, with different formats; and launching to broaden the scope of our operations and provide further diversification in these areas has been our practice for the last decade,” says Diversified Communications CEO Ted Wirth in a statement. Wirth succeeded Nancy Hasselback as president and CEO last June. Diversified Communications is continuing its acquisitive streak through a deal to buy Bangkok-based exhibition organizer Kavin Intertrade Co. Ltd. The move adds another seven shows, trade and consumer, to Diversified’s event business and establishes a new division in Thailand. It’s the first deal for Diversified in 2014—the company closed five acquisitions last year. The addition of Kavin brings another 20 employees on board, giving Diversified a global staff of 740, says the company.Diversified Communications has for years been uniquely aggressive in its international expansion, particularly through events. Likewise, as the company has broadened its global reach, it’s been growing the number of industries it serves, balancing its risk and market exposure across platforms and verticals, true to the company’s own name. More on this topic Diversified Adds Another Strategic Acquisition Hasselback Steps Down as President, CEO of Diversified Communications Diversified Communications Makes Fifth Acquisition This Year Diversified Communications Buys Accounts Payable Network Diversified Business Communications Buys Electronic Health Record Provider 1105 MediaJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by
Facebook “I find soul in anything”Nyla showcases a dizzying list of musical influences, including, according to her, everything from Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye to Queen and Duran Duran. The album also covers a lot of historical ground, from the intoxicating modern soundscapes of “Bottle Fulla Liquor” to throwback soul on “Today,” which came naturally for Ambrosius.”Anything in three-four [time] just sounds like the right thing to,” she says of “Today.” “It floods out of you because it’s a natural element of soul that is in the body. It’s instilled in me.”Ambrosius also talks about the need for soul in our world, and how an open mind can manifest that soul through music. “It’s feeling. Especially currently, with the social climate, we music that just makes you feel,” she says, dismissing labels of her new album as simply R&B, pop or hip-hop. “Everyone’s like, ‘we need good soul!’ I’m like, ‘what’s soul, ultimately?’ I find soul in anything.””I feel like I’ve been a mother forever”As an artist who emotes, literally, for a living, becoming a mother has put Ambrosius in direct touch with the way music affects her daughter.”Music is the soundtrack, and my daughter’s already grasping what songs evoke certain emotions,” she says. “She’ll know what a sad song is, and she’ll know when it’s time to get up and dance, or she knows when it’s time to just chill. Having her learn emotions through music is a beautiful way to instill it.”This intrinsic connection between music and motherhood extends to her connection with Nyla.”I can hear my daughter down the hallway right now. I think there’s a spidey-sense or a radar that stays with you,” Ambrosius says. “It feels like even though she’s two [years-old], I’ve been a mother forever.” Unlocking life’s secrets of human connection and true love through music with the sultry soul producer/singer/songwriter Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 4, 2019 – 4:04 pm Masha Ambrosius exudes realness from the moment she walks into the Clive Davis Theatre at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles. As an artist known for her authenticity, this genuineness has always followed her, but now, not only is she an eight-time GRAMMY nominee, she’s a mother. And her art and life have intertwined so inextricably that her latest album and her two-year-old daughter share a name: Nyla.”This is my life now,” she says, laughing, referring to the fanny-pack baby bag she’s removing from around her waist before sitting down for the interview. “Everyone’s like, ‘What’s changed for you?’ This.”The album Nyla ushered in a new phase of the multi-talented music maker’s career. Boasting an impressive resume filled with dream-come-true moments like writing and vocal producing Michael Jackson’s “Butterflies” and working with Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Dr. Dre, a successful career with poetic neo-soul duo Floetry, and now three albums into an explorative solo career, Ambrosius’ resume continues to expand. But as she moves further away from where she started in Liverpool, England, here are a few ways how she’s moving closer to herself, closer to her real. Twitter News “I just want everyone to be in love”Looking for a love connection? Just grab a ticket from Ambrosius’ next show.”I’m all for opportunity, and music does that,” she says. “During my tour right now, I encourage the audiences to raise their hands… [I ask] who came here single? Who would come to a Marsha Ambrosius concert single to hear ‘Your Hands,’ ‘Say Yes,’… ‘Freak In Me’… absolutely a bundle of sexual joy, and not wanna [say to someone] ‘hey, can I take your number? Can I take you out on a date?’ So I’m like, ‘Look around the room. There it is. I’ve presented you an opportunity.'”Ambrosius speaks from experience, as she met her husband on tour. He was a roadie for the Floetry reunion tour, and she seized the moment. Not only is she passing along the opportunity as matchmaker, she feels a deeper connection to her lyrics now, having lived real love first hand.”I feel corny, because I’m like… ‘I just want everyone to be in love like I’m in love.’ And now that I’ve found what [being in love] actually is, it’s way more incredible than I could have attempted to word in any song,” she explains, “because I was lending from what I thought it was until it happened to me, and now it’s the most amazingly terrifyingly gratifying experience I’ve ever had.””You can get rich so easily and get broke twice as fast”After our one-on-one interview, Ambrosius speaks with a large group of high school students at the GRAMMY Museum, providing valuable insight on her career and life in general. Her parting advice for the group is as encouraging as it was cautionary, letting the young people in attendance know they should not be pursue becoming lesser versions of their heroes, but the best version of themselves—and it doesn’t happen alone.”You can get rich so easily and get broke twice as fast. To be wealthy is a whole other animal,” Ambrosius says, later adding wisely, “Find your tribe and stick to it.”Diana Ross Set To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMYsRead more Marsha Ambrosius On Soul, Motherhood & Matchmaking real-marsha-ambrosius-soul-seeker-mother-matchmaker The Real Marsha Ambrosius: Soul Seeker, Mother & Matchmaker Email
WILMINGTON, MA — Bernard J. Kovitch “Bernie” age 83, of Wilmington, MA, passed away on December 18, 2018, at the Mass. General Hospital in Boston, MA.Bernie was born on March 29, 1935, at home in Great Bend, PA; he was the dear son of the late Paul and Albina Kovitch. Bernie was the fifth of twelve siblings who were raised and educated in Hallstead, PA.Upon graduation from The Hallstead School, Bernie enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1953 where he proudly served in the Korean conflict. Following his completion of active duty, Bernie continued to serve his Country in the Air Force Reserves until March of 1967.Bernie married Ruth Walcott on June 2, 1956; the couple moved to Wilmington on November 1, 1958 where they raised their family.While in the AF Reserves, Bernie attended Bentley College studying accounting and working as a Purchasing Agent at Revere Sugar Refinery, Charlestown, MA for over 27 years; then as manager of parts procurement at Walcott Sales & Service for 20 years.Bernie will be fondly remembered for his passions; lobster, blueberry pie, football (no stat unknown to him), animal lover, expert campfire builder, and horseshoe champion.Bernie was the beloved husband of Ruth (Walcott) Kovitch, devoted father of Linda Kovitch of Bedford, Marcia Breakey & her husband Roger Breakey, Jr. of Nashua, NH, Jeffrey Kovitch of Phila, Ohio and his late son Larry Kovitch. Loving “Grampie” of Roger Breakey III, Kristen Breakey, Leah Kovitch and Lynn Kovitch. Cherished son of the late Paul and Albina (Sturek) Kovitch, dear brother of Irene McCarthy & her late husband John, Elinore Fitzgerald & her late husband John, Paul Kovitch, Jr. & his late wife Lillian and Andrew Kovitch & his late wife Genoa all of Hallstead, PA, Dorothy Dewey & her late husband William of Binghamton, NY, Edward Kovitch & his wife Jenny of LaVista, NE, Joseph Kovitch & his wife Olivia of Klamath Falls, OR, and Michael Kovitch of Harrisburg, PA. Bernie is survived by his Aunt, Alice Grasso of Binghamton, NY, Kenneth Walcott, Mesa, AZ and Priscilla Walcott and her late husband Philip of Reading, MA as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Bernie was predeceased by his brothers Steven and George Kovitch and his step-sister Margaret Kovitch-Clark, sister-in-law, Virginia Henderson, nephews Andrew Henderson, John Fitzgerald II, niece Jessica McEwen.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, January 12th for Visiting Hours from 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:30 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernie’s memory may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Suite 360, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1353 http://www.pfc.org or to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.Bernard J. Kovitch(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Retired Mass. State Trooper Ronald S. Bernard, 73In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”
.The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act’s controversial Section 57, which is set to be revoked, will return in new forms in the proposed ‘Digital Security Act 2017’.In the face of widespread criticism from different quarters, the government has decided to abolish the Section 57, along with Sections 54, 55, 56 and 66 of the much talked about ICT law.But, the draft ‘Digital Security Act 2017’ has incorporated some provisions which are in the controversial ICT act’s Section 57.The final draft of the Digital Security Act 2017 received the nod at an inter-ministerial meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat on Wednesday. Officials engaged in drafting the law, said the draft will now be sent to the cabinet for approval and then to parliament to pass it as a law.Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Wednesday said the Digital Security Act could be passed in the next winter session of parliament.According to the proposed Digital Security Act, once the draft act will come into effect, the sections 54, 55, 56, and 57 of the ICT act will stand abolished.According to the ICT Section 57, “If any person deliberately publishes or transmits or causes to be published or transmitted on the website or in electronic form any material which is fake and obscene or its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it, or causes to deteriorate or creates possibility to deteriorate law and order, prejudice the image of the state or person or causes to hurt or may hurt religious belief or instigates against any person or organisation, then this activity of his will be regarded as an offence.”For such an offence, according to the Section 57, the person can be jailed not more than 14 years or not less than 7 years and fined maximum Tk 10 million.The definition of the offences under the section 57, the non-bailable provision and punishment drew huge criticism and had made the act controversial.Following widespread misuse of Section 57, the police headquarters directed the police stations to seek permission from the higher authorities before booking any person in a case under the section.Also, the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) asked its activists to consult the party before suing any journalist under the section.Legal experts who’ve already gone through the draft of the Digital Security Act said the offences defined under ICT’s Section 57 have been incorporated in various sections with varied range of punishment in the new Act.Layer Jyotirmoy Barua told Prothom Alo that Section 57 is against human rights.“The government said that the Section 57 will be scrapped. If the provisions are kept in different forms in different sections of the new act, how can you say that the Section 57 is abolished?” said Jyotirmoy.According to the Section 27 of the draft act, if anyone or a group consciously publishes or transmits or helps do anything on website or in any other electronic form to hurt religious sentiment, the act will be considered a crime. The offenders will have to languish in jail for maximum five years or fined maximum Tk 1 million or both.If the person commits the crime for the second time or third, s/he will be jailed for 7 years and fined maximum Tk 2 million or both. The offence is non-bailable here as well.Asked about the matter, Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik told Prothom Alo that the law which calls ‘attack on sentiment’ a crime must be misused.“What hurts whom totally depends on a certain individual and that is prone to the misuse.”“If you really want to keep such provisions, there should be a provision that it must be reported to the magistrate first, instead of police. Once the magistrate is convinced, then he can refer it to the police,” he noted.While talking to newsmen, the law minister, Anisul Huq, however, claimed that Section 57 will not be retained in the digital security act.Those ‘checks and balances’ which are required to defend the freedom of speech will be preserved in the Digital Security Act as well as in the proposed Broadcast Act.Section 28 of the draft digital act says that if a person commits any crime on any website or in any other electronic platform under section 499 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC-1860), the person will face maximum two years of imprisonment or will be fined Tk 300,000 or both.If the person commits the crime for the second time or more, s/he will be imprisoned for maximum five years or fined Tk 1 million or both.Section 499 of the Penal Code reads, “Whoever by words either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs or by visible representations, makes or published any imputation concerning any person intending to harm, or knowing or having reason to believe that such imputation will harm, the reputation or such person, is said, except in the cases hereinafter excepted, to defame that person.”Whereas Section 30 of the digital security act says that if any person or group deliberately publishes or transmits on a website or in any other electronic platform any material which creates enmity and hatred among different sections or communities or hurts communal harmony, or creates instability or anarchy or the possibility of deterioration in law and order, the activity will be regarded as a crime.If the section is violated, the person will be jailed for maximum five years or fined Tk 500,000 or both.If the person commits the crime for the second time or more, s/he will be imprisoned for maximum seven years or fined Tk 1 million or both.Another section of the draft act reads that if anyone promotes any propaganda and transmits that or helps do that against Bangladesh’s freedom fight or sentiment of the Liberation War or Father of the Nation, the person will be sentenced to life term in jail or fined a maximum 10 million or both.Another section of the draft act says if any person sends or preserves any secret information by intruding into any government, semi-government, autonomous or constitutional body through computers, digital devices or digital networks or any electronic means, the activity will be regarded as a computer or digital espionage crime.For such a crime the person will be sent for maximum 14 years to jail or fined Tk 2.5 million or both.If anyone commits the offence for the second time or more, the punishment will be life imprisonment or a fine of maximum Tk 1 crore or both.Besides, if any person violates the law even staying abroad, the offence will be taken into cognisance as an offence committed at home.Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said different terms of punishment have been proposed for different types of crimes in the draft Digital Security act.A debate continues over the Section 57 for a long time as a number of people have already been harassed under the section.Quoting statistics of the police headquarters, a Prothom Alo report on 2 August said as much as 42 cases were filed under the ICT act in January and the number of cases rose to 79 in June. A total of 391 cases were filed against 785 persons between January and June this year. Police have already arrested 313 of them. Most of the persons were sued under the Section 57.Dhaka University professor Asif Nazrul Islam was sued under Section 57 with a Madaripur police station by shipping minister Shahjahan Khan’s nephew. The professor, however, secured bail recently. Dwelling on the digital security act, Asif Nazrul said as the definition of the offences mentioned in the act is not clear, the ruling party’s leaders and activists can easily file case against any person whenever they wish. The ICT act was enacted in 2006 and amended later in 2013, making it stricter.The government started drafting the Digital Security Act in 2015. At first, it was named as Cyber Security Act-2015 and it was renamed as Digital Security Act-2016.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoForeign minister AK Abdul Momen has directed all Bangladesh missions abroad to provide consular services for its citizens round the clock, reports UNB.He has already written a letter outlining necessary measures to all the heads of missions abroad with much focus on building stronger relations with Bangladeshi expatriates.In the letter, he directed the mission heads to keep the consular services line open for 24 hours with immediate effect, said the foreign ministry on Thursday.The foreign minister said it is urgent to improve consular services making it friendly for Bangladeshi expatriates through bringing necessary changes.He said the flow of investment and remittance into Bangladesh will increase if the Bangladeshi expatriates can be involved in Bangladesh’s overall development process.The desired success depends on friendly relations with expatriates with required services in place, said the foreign minister.He also directed them to make a database on expatriates as per their professions.