AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Then there’s Valeria Velasco, former member of a group that’s gone to court to try block the city’s planned expansion of LAX. Villaraigosa named her to his airport commission. The pattern – attention Sunland residents – seems clear. Call your lawyer, then prepare to wheel and deal. File suit, and Villaraigosa might just nix the Canyon Hills deal or throw millions into community improvements. Heck, he might even make the top plaintiff deputy mayor for the San Fernando Valley. In the old days of city government, you had to pay to be heard. But under Villaraigosa’s new management, it seems, you need to sue. Some Sunland residents are miffed that the city of Los Angeles has approved the Canyon Hills housing development in the Verdugo Hills. But what can they do about it? Well, consider some recent events: For years, Ramona Ripston, head of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, filed lawsuits against the city of Los Angeles, including some over how the city deals with the homeless on Skid Row. On Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa named her to his Homeless Services Authority. Bonaventure Hotel owner Peter Zen had threatened to sue to block the city’s subsidy of a competing facility near the downtown Convention Center. To get Zen to back down and let the project go forward, Villaraigosa agreed to let him convert one-third of his units into lucrative condos. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Several months ago, Hot Takedown crowdsourced ideas from listeners about how to change the draft to stop teams from tanking. After we sent him the winning idea, Silver wrote that there is a “growing consensus that we should reform the draft lottery.” But on this week’s Hot Takedown he said that after team owners voted down a proposal for change last year, the league has decided to “park the issue” for the foreseeable future.Silver argued that the marketplace is providing the biggest pressure on teams like Philadelphia, which he said are realizing that “losing comes at an enormous cost.” Silver sees a “resetting of sorts” with the team. And he denied that he intervened and asked the Sixers to install Jerry Colangelo as special advisor.Watch a video excerpt and stream the full audio of the interview above. We’ve also provided a lightly edited transcription of the highlights below. This interview was conducted Friday, Dec. 18.Silver not a fan of Sixers strategyNeil Paine: Are you personally, as the commissioner, OK with the way that the 76ers have run their franchise the past three seasons?Adam Silver: I don’t want to answer that directly. As I said, there’s a marketplace of ideas and approaches that go into managing a franchise.Am I fan of that strategy? Put it this way: No. But does that mean that it’s not acceptable under the league rules? It doesn’t. The Sixers are a mess, and Adam Silver is not happy. The NBA commissioner joined our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, for a conversation about the structure of the draft, the perverse incentives that it creates and how his office can try to “cajole” teams like the Philadelphia 76ers into being more competitive. But he admitted that ultimately, he may not be able to reset the competitive balance of the league by tweaking the draft rules. Truth to rumors that he intervened with Sixers?Chadwick Matlin: Anonymous reports suggested that [you stepped in and pushed for the hiring of Jerry Colangelo] due to owners who wanted the situation in Philadelphia changed. Are those reports correct?Adam Silver: Those reports are not correct. Josh Harris, who’s the principal owner of the 76ers, decided on his own that he needed to change course. He and I had many conversations along the way about the utility of the strategy that he was following. And he came to the conclusion once this season began, and he saw how his team was performing on the floor, that he needed to change his strategy.Other owners were not pressuring him at all. In fact, it’s a weird dynamic in the league that while all the owners would like to see teams well operated, other owners just want to win (laughter). And so nobody was calling me and saying go call the 76ers and tell them how to beat us. The Sixers are “resetting”Adam Silver: There’s a resetting of sorts going on with the 76ers right now. And I think that ultimately may speak louder in the marketplace of teams than any tinkering we do to the draft lottery.Is it time to step in and stop tanking?Chadwick Matlin: I’m interested about when you do step in as a commissioner. You’re basically the CEO of a big multibillion-dollar corporation. At what point is it your responsibility to intervene if one of your franchises is not performing in a way that represents the league?Adam Silver: Well, I would say that there’s lots of different ways of so-called “stepping in.” There’s also cajoling and ongoing conversations that I have with owners, with team presidents, with general managers, where I’m expressing my opinion.
One of the biggest revelations of the Italian Serie A this season, Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, seems destined to move to a major European club maybe already in the next transfer session.The 21-year-old midfielder has played a total of 42 league matches for the Rossoblu, having scored seven goals in the process. This season, Barella has been outstanding in Serie A, which ultimately earned him the first international call-up.The glittering performance hasn’t gone unnoticed, with numerous notable clubs already showed their appreciation for the prosperous youngster. According to the Daily Mail, the Italy international has expressed his desire to play in the English Premier League one day, with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United all monitoring his development for quite some time.“Cagliari has received offers and rejected them.“I am glad that I am still playing for the club that I am a supporter of.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I feel at home here. In consultation with the chairman, we have chosen to ignore the proposals.“I have not even considered them, Cagliari has always been my first choice.“If I had to choose between the Serie A and the Premier League, I would go for England because I love the way they approach the game,” Barella told Gazzetta dello Sport.Meanwhile, AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter have already contacted Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini over a potential transfer of a £44million-ranked prodigy.
Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Tags Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now $69 News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Chris Monroe/CNET The Google Home app keeps getting more useful. Starting with version 2.9, you can use the app to change the color of compatible smart bulbs. A year ago, the app was mostly used for setting up your Google Home smart speakers. An update in the fall added well-organized smart home controls to the app that mirrored those found on Google’s smart displays. You could see all of your connected gadgets organized by room and control them with a touch. Now those touch controls are getting more robust.You’ve long been able to change the color of your compatible bulbs with a voice command to any device with Google Assistant built in, such as the Google Home Hub smart display. If you didn’t feel like talking, you had to go into the individual Philips Hue or Lifx apps to change the color of your bulbs. The newest version of the Google Home app lets you control them both from one spot.As before, you can also turn your smart lights on or off and change their brightness with the app. You can organize your lights into rooms and control them all at once. The code for the update was spotted on Monday by 9to5Google, who also noted newly added support for the upcoming Lenovo Smart Clock. The Smart Clock will offer a trimmed down version of the Lenovo Smart Display tailored for your nightstand. It’s due out this Spring. The update for the Google Home app hasn’t hit my Android phone yet, but it’s live on my coworker’s iPhone. A Google representative confirmed to CNET over email that the update officially launched Wednesday and should be live for everyone over the course of the day. Walmart Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house See it See It 2:22 Now playing: Watch this: Google Home Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it $79 0 Smart Home $99 reading • Google Home app debuts color controls for smart lights Crutchfield CNET Smart Home Mentioned Above Google Home See It How To • Make Google Home get your groceries See All Lenovo Smart Clock uses Google Assistant to wake you… • Post a comment Share your voice CNET Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Lenovo Philips
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Online marketplace Snapdeal has invested $20 million in gojavas, a third party logistics player, a company statement said here on Wednesday.This is the second round of investment made by Snapdeal in the company.”The investment in gojavas is in line with Snapdeal and gojavas’s strategic partnership signed earlier this year to build capacities for the future and strengthen the supply chain ecosystem,” the statement said.The company is working consistently for the last 8-10 months to strengthen its supply chain and logistics. It has invested $100 million in the last six months to improve its delivery timelines by 70 percent.It will invest an additional $200 million in the next 12 months to further strengthen its supply chain.The statement said the partnership between Snapdeal and gojavas has proved to be mutually beneficial. “The companies have worked together to build capacity and expand reach.””gojavas’s reach expanded to include 150 more cities within 100 days of having entered into a partnership with Snapdeal. gojavas currently delivers to 350 cities,” it added.”With the freshly infused funds, our aim is to help gojavas become more successful and further expand their reach. Our teams will continue to work together closely in the future as well,” Rohit Bansal, co-founder, Snapdeal said.”Our strategic partnership with Snapdeal has helped us become one the largest independent logistics players in the country with current revenue run rate of Rs.500 crore, while keeping our operations sustainable and efficient because of the higher visibility of future sales and targeted cities for expansion,” Vijay Ghadge, chief operating officer, gojavas said.
Twitter/ @NooraniTejaniA Dalit man riding a horse as part of his marriage procession in Gujarat’s Lhor village is being seen as a breach in the caste barrier and the entire community is now facing a social boycott. It is being claimed that a lower caste man cannot ride a horse.Angered that Mehul Parmar, the groom, had ridden a horse, many members of the village, including the village sarpanch, called for a boycott of the members of the community. The wedding took place on Tuesday. The village sarpanch called for a meeting the next morning and announced the boycott.They levied a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone in the village who interacted with the community, reports The Times of India.Shopkeepers refused to sell any product to them, including essentials like milk and food grains. The Dalit community was also not allowed to fetch water from the village well.”Some villagers asked me not to take out a procession while I was riding a horse. We then sought police’s help after we learned about the social boycott today morning. No one even gave us milk in the morning to make tea,” Mehul Parmar was quoted as saying by The Quint.”Villagers were angry because a Dalit groom rode a horse during the wedding procession. We were told that Dalits do not have a right to do so. Due to the boycott, no villager is ready to provide milk, water or food items to us. Even auto drivers denied us ride till nearby Kadi town,” said Vandana, another member of the Dalit community in the village. “The upper caste members also stopped Dalits water from fetching water from the village well and directed others not to employ the members of the community as farm labourers,” said Chirag Solanki, a Dalit activist.The incident came to light when a few members of the Dalit community called the local police and narrated their ordeal.The police then arrested five men, including sarpanch Vinuji Thakor and deputy sarpanch Baldeo Thakor. “Five persons including village sarpanch Vinuji Thakor and deputy sarpanch Baldeo Thakor have been arrested under atrocity act,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Manjita Vanzara was quoted as saying by TOI.The accused have been charged under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for intentionally breaching peace and criminal intimidation. They have also been charged under the Indian Penal Code.
Emdadul Haque is helping a farmer to wear Mathal and mask at Kaliganj of Jhenaidah. Photo: Prothom AloNannu Mia was tending to his vegetable field, sweating under the scorching sun. There was no tree or any sort of shade for a moment of respite.Suddenly a man appeared with a ‘mathal’, the traditional wide straw hat worn by farmers. He handed it to over to Nannu Mia so the farmer could shade himself from the relentless rays of the sun.Again, whenever a farmer sprays his field with pesticide, this man rushes forward with a mask. He helps the farmer wear the mask to avoid inhaling the toxic chemical fumes.This person also provides soap to the farmers so that they can bathe properly at the end of the day when they return home after toiling in the fields. He also gives them mosquito nets to ensure they have a sound sleep.This is Kazi Emdadul Haque. In his locality, he is known as a friend of the farmers.He has established a night school so the illiterate farmers may get a basic education. Around 500 farmers have received literacy lessons at these schools so far. He advises farmers and trains them in making earthworm fertiliser to lessen the use of chemicals in the soil.Emdadul, a resident of Daulatpur of Kaliganj, Jhenaidah, also ensures that the farmers record their blood groups.He has been working for the farmers over a decade.Emdad teaches at a local madrasa free of cost. He runs his family on fees he earns from private tuition at home and also from farming. He saves money and spends it on the welfare of the farmers.His father Kazi Abdul Wahed, now deceased, was involved in social welfare besides farming. People in the locality still remember him.Emdad, inspired by his father’s social welfare activities, also decided to do something for the people. In 2006 he consulted a few of his neighbours at his home in 2006 and started holding regular meetings at night in his village. He would teach at the meetings and help the farmers with their various problems.In the beginning he made a list of farmers of 11 villages in his union, Kola. He made a list of the farmers who did not have ‘mathals’ to protect them from the sun and who did not wear masks while spraying pesticide and supplied them with the hats and masks. He has provided over a thousand of these straw hats over a thousand masks so far.Mominur Rahman, a resident of Kamalhat village, said, “When Emdad Bhai sees a farmer without a ‘mathal’, he rushes to him with a hat.”Night school and other activitiesEmdad noticed that illiteracy was an obstacle for the farmers. It was hard for them to carry out the instructions of the agriculture department as they could not take down written notes. So he established night schools in his locality. He made over 500 farmers literate by establishing 13 night schools in eight villages. He has used government primary schools for the purpose.Emdadul said many farmers do not bathe properly after returning home from the field. They also do not use mosquito nets at night. He distributed soap and mosquito nets among farmers and made them aware of the importance of using these.Emdadul Haque received training on earthworm fertiliser from a local voluntary organisation. Now he provides this training to the villagers. He also distributes earthworms to the farmers. Many farmers of Kola union now make and use earthworm fertiliser and sell it too. Their crops are now free of toxic chemicals and the fertility of the land is increasing.Kaliganj upazila agriculture officer Zahidul Karim said the local agriculture department is happy with Emdadul’s work and has established an agriculture library at his home.Farmer Azizur Rahman said he can now read and write after attending the school set up by Emdad.Emdad has two daughters and a son. He earns Tk 10,000 per month on private tuition. He spends Tk 6,000 for his family and the rest for the farmers.Emdad said he has engaged more people to assist the farmers. He has established an institution in his father’s name, the Kazi Abdul Wahed Memorial Foundation. He is the president of this foundation.Kola union parishad chairman Ayub Hossain said the people’s representatives could not do what Emdad has done for the welfare of the people.Kaliganj upazila nirbahi officer Subarna Rani Saha highly appreciated Emdadul Haque.“We have many people who are working to change the society. They are very good. Kazi Emdadul Haque is one of them,” said Subarna Rani Saha.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.
– / 6More than two months since Hurricane Harvey made landfall and shut down schools for more than one million Texas children, the nation’s top education administrator made a second visit to the state.On the tour, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made three stops, one in Port Aransas, which was hit hard by the hurricane, and two stops in Humble, northeast of Houston, where severe flooding devastated Kingwood High School.Kingwood’s nearly 3,000 students are doubling up shifts at Summer Creek High School, while the Humble school district spends over $67 million to repair the damaged campus by March. Students are expected to return then to finish out the year.During her visit to Summer Creek High, DeVos checked out sopapilla cheesecake students prepared in a culinary arts class and visited with teenagers working on Dodge Ram radiators and transmissions in auto shop.Then she toured ongoing repairs at Kingwood High, which took on several feet of water and where commercial dryers still blow.DeVos told reporters that she’s impressed with the “creativity” and “flexibility” in recovery efforts in Texas.But the doubled shifts and repairs aren’t enough relief for many Texas educators.The Houston Federation of Teachers as well as several local superintendents have pressed state and federal officials to relax testing and accountability for storm-affected schools this year, because Harvey disrupted the lives of so many students and teachers.DeVos said that she’s committed to working with state leaders to help students succeed but didn’t say if accountability should be relaxed. Share
Share David J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.We’re continuing to follow developments from a major conference on Harvey happening now at Rice University. It’s held by the SSPEED Center, which stands for Severe Storm Prediction, Education & Evacuation from Disasters. Global experts are there to talk about lessons learned from the storm and to discuss the best ways to move forward.News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik fills us in on what he’s learned from officials regarding how new policies will help Greater Houston prepare for future severe storms and flooding. And Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with David Conrad, a policy consultant with the Association of State Floodplain Managers who has worked with the federal government on flood-related projects. Conrad says before Harvey there was another major disaster that was pivotal in shaping flood policy.