Missing U.P. law student who accused former BJP MP of harassing her found in Rajasthan

first_imgSwami Chinmayanand booked after girl alleging harassment goes missing in UP  The former MP, who served as a Minister of State for Home Affairs under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, was on Tuesday charged with kidnapping (in order to murder) the student. He was also charged with criminal intimidation. The FIR was filed on the complaint of the woman’s father after she went missing, days after alleging in a video clip that Mr. Chinmayanand, the director of Swami Shukdevanand PG College, where she studies, had been harassing her as well as other girls.Also Read A law student from Shahjahanpur who had gone missing after accusing former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand of harassing her was found in Rajasthan, the Uttar Pradesh police said on Friday.The woman student along with her friend were located in Rajasthan by the Shahjahanpur police. Necessary legal action was being taken, U.P. police said.Also Read SC takes cognisance of Chinmayanand row  The matter came to light after the woman posted a video clip online on August 24, claiming she and her family were under threat from a “big leader of the sant samaj” and requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene. She did not name Mr. Chinmayanand or specify the harassment or exploitation she allegedly endured, but claimed the “sant” had “ruined the lives of many women” and now wanted to kill her.She also claimed she had all the evidence against him.Unable to find his daughter at her college hostel after the video surfaced, the student’s father blamed Mr. Chinmayanand. He alleged that he suspected that his daughter and the other women mentioned in the video may have been sexually exploited.Though Mr. Chinmayanand did not clarify on the allegations, his lawyer dismissed them as a “conspiracy” and attempt to extort from the former MP. The police are probing Mr. Chinmayanand’s complaint in which he alleged that he received an extortion text message from an unknown phone number demanding ₹5crore from him.last_img read more

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No sibling favors

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments Nietes storms elite circle with venom KO AFP official booed out of forum Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Nextcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Rain or Shine hopes to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals against defending champion San Miguel Beer in the second game at 7 p.m.The Elasto Painters, who hold a 5-4 record, shift their focus on finishing at least sixth to figure in a best-of-three playoff series rather than facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the next round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Elasto Painters will be without their resurgent star, James Yap, who will miss the game due to a calf injury. Yap has been on a tear the past few games, scoring 17 points in the 95-99 loss to Alaska last Friday.With a 4-6 record, TNT can forge at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth in what has been a battle of survival among six teams vying for the last four tickets to the next round. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Road Warriors already secured their spot in the next round as early as last week following a victory over Blackwater Elite. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving TNT knows it can’t expect any favors from sister team, NLEX. Fortunately for the KaTropa, they will be back at full strength as they try to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive on Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.After missing the past couple of games following a bad fall in the clash with Magnolia, Troy Rosario returns to the lineup, while Jericho Cruz, acquired in a trade with Rain or Shine, is expected to make his debut as the flagship team of the Manny V. Pangilinan bloc hopes to avoid elimination against an NLEX team that has been in inspired form the past three weeks.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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The Most Efficient Big 12 Teams And How They Compare To The SEC

first_imgWe looked last week at the most efficient Big 12 offenses and defenses, and I wanted to give an update on that after another round of games over the weekend. But I also wanted to compare those offenses and defenses to some of our beloved brethren in the SEC that so many fans, players and coaches talk about so often.But first, the Big 12’s points per drive numbers after last week.screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-36-45-amWest Virginia was off, and its number didn’t change, but we didn’t talk about it last week. How is a Dana Holgorsen-coached team No. 9 in offense in a pass-happy league? I do not understand. Texas Tech fell below four after going to Snyder-ville. I would like to see OSU get up in that 2.8 to 2.9 range by the time the season is over.Here is the defense.screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-36-51-amOSU’s offensive number fell off a tad but its defensive number improved last week against Iowa State. The Pokes are now No. 73 in the country in points per drive allowed on defense. You can look at all the numbers here.OK, on to the SEC. Mike Gundy talked about them recently at one of his press conferences.“It’s not necessarily just the Big 12 now,” said Mike Gundy recently about high-scoring games. “If you look at the SEC, which has over the years prided itself on defense, and the scores in their league are very similar to the scores in our league to a certain extent that we’re in a trend again.”This is statistically not true. That ain’t true! At the halfway point in the season, here’s how many points are being scored per game in each conference (conference games only):2016Big 12 — 70.45 pointsSEC — 50.05 pointsSo it’s not even close. But how does this compare to last year?2015Big 12 — 67.16 pointsSEC — 47.21 pointsSo while it’s true that all scores are up, the SEC is still not in the Big 12’s neighborhood when it comes to high-scoring games. Mostly because they play a more controlled, less-fast style of football. It doesn’t mean their offenses are bad (we’re about to see in a second how good some of their teams’ PPD numbers are). It just means their PPG numbers are not in the Big 12’s stratosphere.Also, just for fun, I threw in some points-per-drive numbers for four random SEC teams (including the two SEC favorites) to see where they would fit in within the Big 12. People have always incorrectly measured points per game and said “see, the SEC rocks at defense and the Big 12 stinks!” We need to look at points per drive, though.screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-41-16-am screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-41-39-amI admit this is not a perfect measurement because they are not playing common opponents, and SEC apologists would say SEC teams are doing it against tougher teams. But, for example, Georgia looks a lot less big and bad when it has a worse defense than Baylor and a worse offense than Iowa State. A&M does not seem like a national title contender when you realize it has a much less efficient offense than OSU.Also, there are no feasible measurements to make Alabama’s defense look anything other than otherworldly. That offense, too. Oh my. Ultimately this is a fun exercise pitting our conference against theirs. Don’t believe it when you hear pundits say the Big 12 doesn’t play defense or the SEC doesn’t play offense. It’s almost always a tempo thing. As these numbers reveal.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Photo: Someone Left An Extremely NSFW Message On The 2014 Results Page Of The ACC Media Guide

first_imgNC State 2014 football schedule featuring a NSFW message.Twitter/@MrsTylerKSR Being an intern isn’t always fun. Occasionally, you’ll get stuck typing up menial things, like the 2014 schedules and results for the ACC’s 14 member schools. As frustrating and tedious as that may get, dropping an F-bomb and forgetting to deleting it, and then having that print out in every edition of the guide being given out at ACC media days probably isn’t the best course of action. Or, perhaps they’re not a fan of Wake Forest’s poor season? The Clawfense is a work in progress, give it time sir!Part of me laughed, part died, when I saw three-word “error” on page 145 in ACC FB media guide unveiled today. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/WVAv64QQlp— David Glenn Show (@DavidGlennShow) July 20, 2015Yeah, somebody’s getting fired.last_img read more

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Q&A With Sam Ponder: Being On The Field For Ohio State-Michigan, Mark Helfrich’s Firing, And Who Can Beat ‘Bama

first_imgSam Ponder sits on a log for XYIENCE.XYIENCEESPN’s Sam Ponder is one of the top college football personalities today, and can be seen on top ABC/ESPN college football broadcasts, College GameDay, and College Football Live. XYIENCEXYIENCEWe caught up with Sam Ponder earlier this week to talk about the 2016 season, this year of College GameDay, last weekend’s insane Ohio State win over Michigan, and some of the recent coaching turnover in the sport.The Spun: Last weekend, College GameDay was in Columbus for Michigan-Ohio State. In my opinion, at least, it was probably the game of the year so far. Was that post-game scene with the big field rush one of the craziest you can remember being on the field for?Sam Ponder: You know what, I’ve been in three of those this year. The games that we’ve gotten this year ended up being just crazy. I had the Clemson-Louisville game, and then I had the Ohio State-Penn State game, and then I had Michigan at Iowa, and they rushed the field for that, and then Ohio State-Michigan. So its been a crazy year of fans rushing the field, and trying to keep my elbows out while I find the coach, because it gets a little crazy down there. But in terms of the game of the year, it’s gotta be up there, at least in terms of excitement down the end. I don’t think that either team played all that great. I think Michigan certainly looked better throughout the game than Ohio State, especially from the quarterback position. I thought Wilton (Speight) did really well, but when it came down to it, it doesn’t get any more compelling and thrilling than that. I was standing right next to Urban (Meyer) when he’s trying to figure out “are they gonna call it a first down or not?” in double OT, so I thought he was gonna lose his mind. Watching some of these coaches deal with the stress down the stretch like in games like that is super intense. So it was a fun one to be a part of for sure.The Spun: He collapsed on the field out of relief, I think, which I don’t believe I’ve seen a coach do before.Urban Meyer reacts to the Buckeyes’ 2OT win pic.twitter.com/VlLWam96v6— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) November 26, 2016Ponder: He gets so wound up. And a lot of those top name coaches, Jim (Harbaugh)’s the same way, where you get so wound up, you’ll notice he never stands still during a game. He is pacing the entire time. The stress and pressure of it all is crazy to watch. I think at the end it was the release of all that pressure he was feeling, so I don’t blame him for that.The Spun: You guys have made some pretty interesting trips this season. Obviously, Ohio State’s a place you can probably go to most years. You were at Lambeau Field and Bristol Motor Speedway to open the year, and then places you don’t get to as often, like Louisville and Kalamazoo. Which GameDay location really stood out this year?Sam Ponder having a tough morning out there pic.twitter.com/ICHDPuplgz— The Spun (@TheSpun) November 19, 2016Ponder: For me, the ones that stand out the most are the ones that are kind of off the beaten path. This year, we had a number. That first game at Lambeau was really cool. I had been there a few times to watch my husband (San Francisco 49ers quarterback Christian Ponder) play. And that is one of my favorite places in the country to watch any sort of game at any level. Lambeau’s just one of those places where you, like, get chills when you walk in there. The Bristol deal was cool for a completely different reason. It’s so huge, and to watch college football on that type of stage with that many people was really neat. But for me, the most memorable are always the ones that are more obscure, for lack of a better term, college football schools, like last year was JMU, where the whole city came to GameDay, and then this year in Kalamazoo for Western Michigan. It was incredible. To see a guy like P.J. Fleck, where there’s so much chatter about what big school he’s going to end up at next year if that happen, having this undefeated season, it was snowing, the home town seemed to come out for that one too. Those are always the most memorable because they’re memorable to the fans. We can go to Tuscaloosa twice a year, and even though they may be the best team in college football, the fans are used to all that. To go to a place where it really is exciting for them, even Walgreens had a sign saying “Welcome College GameDay,” it’s really cool to be a part of something like that.The Spun: Along those same lines, what do you think is the most important factor to a great episode of GameDay?Ponder: Lee Corso, for sure. That show, to me, is defined by the headgear selection. I think it’s a great show outside of that also, but to me he is the most important thing, because when people think of College GameDay, they think of Lee Corso putting on the headgear. So we are all forever grateful to him for that, but I think it’s been really cool to see over the last couple of years, us kind of stepping out of the box to try new things and find new ways to communicate with younger audiences and use social media and bring in some new people. We have Jen Lada this year, who’s doing features with us, we had Scott Van Pelt a few years ago. So they do a good job of not letting the show get stale. Because it is three hours, and gosh, last week it was five, so you’ve gotta come up with new stuff, and a way to get people excited for a day of college football, and I think our group’s done a good job of that.The Spun: So this weekend the crew is going to the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis.Ponder: We’re in Indy for GameDay and then I’m doing the ACC Championship with (Chris) Fowler and (Kirk) Herbstreit that night, so we’re covering two of the big games this week.The Spun: The game in Indy obviously has huge ramifications for the Playoff, as does the ACC Championship, but the two teams in the Big Ten Championship can still conceivably make it, and there are two other teams (Ohio State and Michigan) still in the hunt. If you were on the selection committee, what do you think your top four teams would be today?Ponder: Here’s what I’ll say—and Big Ten fans do not want to hear this, other than, of course, Ohio State and Michigan—I don’t think it matters what happens in that game. I really don’t. I think that because Ohio State is already placed at No. 2 right now, I just don’t see a way that Wisconsin and Penn State can make a statement to get in there. And in some ways there are so many good arguments on both sides, but what I’m seeing now is there’s no point in us having conference championships anymore. If they don’t mean more than, let’s say, beating a ranked team does, which it seems like they don’t, then I’m not sure why we should have them. And maybe if they just want to still have another game this week, that’s fine, if they want to add a conference game in some conferences or a non-conference game, I don’t know, but I think we’re going to have to start coming up with some new ideas about how it should all look. Because it almost feels silly to have a conference championship game that may have zero impact on any of this. Because then it’s like, what’s this for? To get another trophy to bring back? And I will say, Paul Chryst and James Franklin should get so much credit for the seasons they’ve had this year. Yeah, they’ve been overshadowed by Ohio State and Michigan. I think a lot of that is based on the coaches at those schools too and the attention that they draw. To me, it’s kind of a bummer that this game may not have an impact on any of that, but I do agree with what the Playoff committee has now in terms of Clemson and Washington being with Ohio State. I don’t think there’s any debate with Alabama. It’s just so hard. We wanted subjectivity, and we got it and then some. And I think that’s the concern: maybe now it’s too subjective and we need a little more objectivity. The grass is always greener, I just think there’s got to be a way to balance it out a little more.The Spun: As people debate the current Playoff format, I wonder if we might move to expand the field fairly quickly, using automatic bids so that these conference championship games end up meaning more than they do now.Ponder: That’s why I am one of those people who thinks we should have eight. Not because “oh, it’s more, and more is always better.” I just think if you win your conference, you should automatically be in. If we’re going to have conferences, they have to mean something. If not, let’s just divide up into divisions based on location and not play a championship game. There has to be a reason to have conference championships. So I do think for Power Five schools, if you win your conference championship you should be in, and then for those remaining three, that’s what we can have all the debate about. So it still creates debate, which I know is good for the sport. You want to have something to talk about during the week. So, to me, eight just makes a lot sense. But I can see how people fight against change this quickly.The Spun: I think this year the debate is always “who’s the second best team?” versus “who are the two teams that’ll face off?” because Alabama seems like such a different animal this season. I saw today that ‘Bama would be more than a touchdown favorite over pretty much anyone else in the country right now. If there’s a team out there, which do you think would have the best chance to beat Alabama in the national championship?Ponder: It just depends on who shows up, you know. J.T. Barrett has struggled a little bit this year, and so has Deshaun Watson, but we’ve also seen what both of those guys can do, and they have such high ceilings, specifically Deshaun Watson. I think if Clemson is on, and that’s been the problem, they’ve been so inconsistent this year, then I certainly believe they have the talent and the schemes to play with anybody in the country, including Alabama. Like you said, it’s such a unique year, because ‘Bama’s always good, at least in recent history, but normally it’s not like there’s ‘Bama and there’s no discussion about anybody else. It’s crazy that that’s been the case because I did their first game of the year against USC, and before the game I’m talking to some of their coaches and they’re like “we have no clue what we’ve got here.” There was so much uncertainty, the guy they started at quarterback (Blake Barnett) didn’t even end up playing. They knew the defense was going to be good, but I don’t think they knew how good they were going to be, in terms of being a complete team. So I think that’s kind of surprised everybody, including them, this year. But my guess is that Clemson would have the best chance in terms of the athletes they have, the experience Deshaun has, but who knows this year? But that’s kind of what makes it fun. Who knows, maybe Washington shows up and plays lights out, and that’s the great thing about college football. Depending on the day, and whose girlfriend broke up with who, and who had a big test, you never know how these guys are going to show up and play, and it keeps it exciting for sure.The Spun: Shifting gears a little bit, on Tuesday night when the Mark Helfrich news came down, I noticed that you were critical of the move on Twitter. You were citing some of the negative consequences of those quick-trigger firings. The sport seems to be moving from guys getting full four-year recruiting cycles to a case like this, where a coach goes 9-4 with a ton injuries one year,  a year removed from a national championship run, and then he has a bad year and he’s out. Why do you think this is such a negative development for the sport?Sad to see Mark Helfrich lose his dream job. 1 of my favorite coaches in CFB bc of the way he treats ppl. Reminder that CFB is business 1st.— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) November 30, 2016Concerned that we’ve created a market in CFB where u can’t have ONE bad year. Think it will impact recruiting, cheating, relationships etc.— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) November 30, 2016Ponder: It’s a crazy industry, and first-and-foremost, we have to remember that this is a business and that at the end of the day, if people think they’re going to lose money on something, they’re not going to let it play out that way. So I get it. I don’t fault Oregon for making this decision, because everybody has to make the decision that they think is in the best interest of their business, which obviously they think this was. For me, it was tough to see because I was around Chip (Kelly) a ton when he was at Oregon, and then around Mark a lot the last few years, and Mark is as good as they get, in terms of a representative for college football, and he treats people the right way, and has just been a glowing example of what it can still look like, even when it is that big of a business. My concern is that…look, he was in the national championship two years ago, he found and developed the best player in the country who won the Heisman (Marcus Mariota) a few years ago, and this year was terrible, there’s no denying that. And Mark would be the first person to tell you that. I have a problem with not ever letting someone right the ship. I would hope that if I had a rough year in broadcasting, I wouldn’t immediately be fired. I would hope there’s a chance for redemption, and think with most big companies if you lose people some money there would be some concerns, but over, not even one year but one season, it’s just concerning for me for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it creates an environment in college football where people are willing to do anything to win now. It’s not about building.Guys like John Wooden and Bobby Bowden would never make it, they would never be Hall of Fame coaches now. I think John Wooden, it took him 16 years to win a national championship. Are you kidding me? You don’t get two. It’s just gotten so extreme, and that’s all from the amount of money that’s being poured into it, which I totally get. It has gotten just absurd when you’re talking about people saying that Oregon would be willing to pay $10 million a year for a coach, then don’t be surprised when human nature kicks in, and people will cheat and lie and do whatever to win. And the concern with that is not just that that’s morally wrong, but also that these are college students who, the whole recruiting process is two things: 1.) I can get your son to the NFL, and 2.) I’m going to take care of and build your son into a man. And how do you do that when all you can tell them is “I have to win this year.” And all of these kids are being told “you’ll play as a freshman” even when they won’t, they have to get these kids in. It’s concerning, and I don’t know what the solution is, because I don’t think that money’s going away. There’s way too much money to be made for people to ease up on that now, but I do think it’s important for people to call it out when we see it. We’ve got to start talking about this stuff, because it’s already out of hand, and I think if we just ignore it, it only gets worse over time.The Spun: It’s tough, especially this year. I don’t think you’d find many coaches on a list of ‘friendliest people’ or ‘coaches who are most popular with the media’ ahead of Helfrich, Charlie Strong, and Les Miles, and they’re all gone. Obviously they’re all very different circumstances across the board there, but then you look at a guy like Mike McIntyre at Colorado. It took him a while and now they’re No. 8 in the country, and he hadn’t had a winning season at Colorado before this year.Ponder: I’m glad you brought Colorado up. When I first started out, I covered a ton of Colorado games because they were terrible and their games were always on lower networks, so I always covered them when Dan Hawkins was there, and I remember, I think it was Dan’s third year, and they were calling for him to be fired, and I remember thinking after having these conversations with people “how absurd is it, three years and they would fire someone?” And they were having terrible seasons. And look, even just a few years down the road, now we’re looking at one. What’s going to happen is what we’ve already seen glimpses of. Look at the beginning of this year, who did people want to fire? They wanted to fire James Franklin, Gus Malzahn, they wanted to fire Clay Helton after the ‘Bama game. We’re looking at just a few games and now look at those three programs at the end of the year. Auburn turned out to not be too bad, James Franklin’s in the conference championship, SC is one of the hottest teams in the country with potentially one of the best players in college football for the next few years (freshman quarterback Sam Darnold). It’s crazy the lack of patience we have, and I’ve talked to some of my colleagues about this too. It’s frustrating kind of seeing the other side of it with a husband who plays, to see how quick we are to call for people’s jobs. That’s crazy to me, to say James Franklin should be fired in the middle of a season. Can we not let that play out, because I’m pretty sure he turned out alright this year. But we are just a “what have you done for me lately?” society in so many ways, and sometimes we forget about the fallout. We forget about all of the assistant coaches who lose a job, we forget about the kids who have to move schools because a coach is fired. This stuff affects so many people, and yeah it’s just a game, but it’s people’s livelihoods, and I think we have to be a lot more careful when we talk about it.The Spun: So speaking about assistant coaches, unfortunately one of the other things I saw you’ve been active with this week is tweeting in support of BYU’s Reno Mahe after his family had an awful tragedy, with his daughter passing away. In the week since, a GoFundMe page has raised over $68,000 (update: as of this afternoon, the total is over $75,000) for the family. I saw you tweeted a link to that as well. What do you think it is about the greater college football community that galvanizes fans from across the country and all these different fan bases to support causes like this?Bawling reading this. Praying for this sweet family as they mourn. I’m sure the BYU community will support and comfort… just heartbreaking https://t.co/mRYldUT1E7— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) November 30, 2016For those wanting to help… let’s get them to their goal and beyond. Thinking of sweet Elsie today. https://t.co/yT2ad8HtCF— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) November 30, 2016Ponder: First, what this family went through, it’ll make me cry right now. It is unimaginable. I think there’s something about having a daughter that’s that same age, where you picture what happened to that sweet girl happening to your own daughter and it’s too much to bear, and I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now. But to your point, I think that’s what’s drawn me to college football all these years and it’s what keeps me covering college football. Yes it’s a business, like we just talked about, there’s some negative stuff and some shady stuff that goes on, but there’s something about this community that is special, and it doesn’t matter what level you coach at in college football what position, how high you are on the totem pole, when something like that happens to one of our group, I think everybody feels it. You get support from all over the country, because we all have this shared love of a game. Like I said, even though it is a business, there’s still some kind of purity to college football. There’s something about being at a game on a Saturday afternoon, the band is playing, the cheerleaders and all the families are together, there’s something kind of, for lack of a better term, ‘Americana’ about it. I’ve been to a million NFL games, you don’t get that feel in the NFL. You don’t get that feel in the NBA. It’s unique and special in college football. I think everybody feels for this family right now, and naturally, when you hear someone going through this type of tragedy, you put yourself in their shoes and…I just can’t imagine what it’s like for them right now. I know they have seven kids so they still have so many responsibilities and financial stuff, so anyway our college football community and family can help, I think we’re happy to do so.The Spun: This season, I know you’re partnering with XYIENCE Energy Drink as a spokesperson. What do you think college football fans should know about XYIENCE?Ponder: For me, I never thought I would represent an energy drink. I’m not an energy drink person, I’m a 30-year old mom. I’m not raging at a club, and that’s kind of what I pictured as an energy drink person. But I was totally proven wrong. They sent it to our house, my husband and I both tried it, and we like it. We both drink it on our own. I knew I liked it when, normally they send me a stash of it, and I ran out one time instead of reaching out for them to send it, and bought it down the street, because I actually enjoy drinking it. It kind of mixes it up. I was a coffee every day person. It kind of mixes it up for me, and keeps me going in the afternoon. I think what we’re gearing for with the audience is not necessarily college students, but more your working or busy mom, like me, or your businessperson in their late 20s and 30s and beyond. It has no calories, and it actually tastes good. Those are two important things in my book, and anything I can get to get a little more energy to get stuff done during the day is good for me.—You can see Sam Ponder on College GameDay this Saturday morning, live from Indianapolis ahead of the Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and Wisconsin, and during ABC’s broadcast of the ACC Championship between Clemson and Virginia Tech.last_img read more

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Colin Cowherd Drops Bombshell Urban Meyer Report

first_imgUrban Meyer upset on the sideline vs. Maryland.There’s been rampant speculation about Urban Meyer and his future with the Ohio State football program for much of the 2018 college football season.Some, like ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, have predicted that Meyer will be done with the Buckeyes following the season. Other reports suggested that Ohio State wanted to name Ryan Day its head coach-in-waiting.Now, we have one major radio host reporting that multiple sources have told him Meyer will be done following the 2018 season.FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd is reporting that two sources have told him Meyer will be leaving Ohio State following the year.“Urban Meyer is done after this year,” Cowherd said on his show today.Cowherd said that’s unclear when exactly Meyer will be stepping away, but the two sources are people he trusts.“I’ve been told by two people that I trust…Urban Meyer, after this year…this is it,” he said.Meyer has maintained throughout the season that he wants to coach at Ohio State for years to come, but he’s admitted that he’s dealing with some health issues. Meyer looked visibly anguished on the sideline during Saturday’s game at Maryland.Ohio State has bigger things on its mind for now, though. The Buckeyes are getting ready to host Michigan at Ohio Stadium with a Big Ten East Division championship on the line.Meyer and the Buckeyes are set to kick off against Michigan at noon on Saturday. The game will be on FOX.UPDATE: Here’s the full segment during Colin Cowherd’s show today.“Two separate sources told me this weekend Urban Meyer is done after this year. He’s going to retire from football,” he said.”Two separate sources told me this weekend Urban Meyer is done after this year. He’s going to retire from football.” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/dVyUtOsPJP— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 19, 2018last_img read more

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Government Taking Steps to Mitigate Threat of Cyber Crimes

first_imgStory Highlights The Government is proactively putting measures in place to mitigate the global threat of cyber crimes in the island. With the advances in technology and telecommunication have come new opportunities for persons to engage in criminal activities. The CERT is expected to assist in the protection of Jamaica’s Internet infrastructure. The Government is proactively putting measures in place to mitigate the global threat of cyber crimes in the island, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, has said.Mr. Robinson pointed out that strategies such as amendments to the Cybercrimes Act; the establishment of a Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT); the setting up of the National Cyber Security Taskforce; training and capacity building, among others, are being pursued by the Government.The State Minister was speaking at the National Conference on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters, Mona, on Tuesday, October 1.Individuals, businesses and Governments around the world use the internet as the primary medium for communication and for the delivery of services, such as finance, commerce, health care and education. However, with the advances in technology and telecommunication have come new opportunities for persons to engage in criminal activities.Mr. Robinson said amendments to the Cybercrimes Act, to be tabled in Parliament shortly, will include new provisions that will bolster the legislation, while increasing penalties for cyber criminals.He noted that these penalties will be deterrents for persons who commit such offences, pointing out that under the current Act, the penalties are not as harsh as they should be.The State Minister also informed that provisions have been made for the Act to be reviewed on a consistent basis, as part of efforts to deal with the changing times, while ensuring that “the laws are consistent with the type of activities that are taking place.”Commenting on the importance of the Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT), he said this will ensure that mechanisms are in place to deal with the threats whenever they may occur.The CERT is expected to assist in the protection of Jamaica’s Internet infrastructure by co-ordinating defences against cyber attacks and threats.“There is no proper organisation or mechanism to deal with the detection, tracking or mitigation of cyber attacks and cyber crimes at the Governmental level. Isolated cases are treated on an ad hoc basis either by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or the computer related departments in the Government. The country currently doesn’t have a medium to track and understand cyber crimes that are occurring in the country, and some of the types of crimes relate to finance, scamming, banking, viruses and fraud,” he noted.The  State Minister  said  the establishment of the Cybercrimes Task Force, which is advisory in nature, provides advice to the Government on how to deal with cyber crimes. It comprises both members of the public and the private sector.In addition, Mr. Robinson said collaborations with international stakeholders such as the Organization of American States and the training of personnel are some of the other measures being undertaken.The National Conference on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics was held under the theme: ‘Protecting identity, banking and citizen information networks’.It brought together a wide range of stakeholders under one roof in an effort to deepen understanding on the topic; to design regional and national strategic approaches; and to ultimately seek global and local solutions to the challenge of cyber crimes.The conference was hosted by the Mona ICT Policy Centre and the Mona School of Business and Management, in partnership with the Global Internet Society and the law firm, Henlin Gibson Henlin.It was sponsored by the National Commercial Bank, the Jamaica National Building Society, First Global Bank, the Jamaica Observer, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and CARIMAC.last_img read more

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Research Department to Be Established at eGov Jamaica Limited

first_img A Research, Innovation and Product Development Department is be established at eGov Jamaica Limited to explore new technologies and methodologies for e-government services.eGov is the entity responsible for implementing information and communications technology (ICT) projects across ministries, departments and agencies of the Government of Jamaica.Its Chief Executive Officer, Maurice Barnes, informed that the new department, slated to come on stream in March, will also be responsible for prototyping new technologies, developing partnerships with educational institutions, tech companies, think thanks and also executing the first Government of Jamaica Hackathon.A hackathon is a design event in which software developers, graphic designers, project managers, non-programmers and other subject-matter experts collaborate intensively to create ICT solutions.“The Department will also be charged with developing blockchain and artificial intelligent solutions for Government. Ideas will be implemented, which will see increased efficiencies, transparency and trust in government operations and service delivery,” Mr. Barnes outlined.He was speaking at an eGov Jamaica Limited two-day hackathon, staged in collaboration with IBM World Trade Corporation. The event was held at eGov’s Old Hope Road offices in St. Andrew on February 15.Meanwhile, Senior Advisor in the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry, Trevor Forrest, said the hackathon represents an outlet for building a knowledge-based digital society where Jamaicans become the innovators and creators of technology.Mr. Forrest, who represented Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, urged participants to move their innovation from a “minimum viable product” to an actual product, “which is what we want to achieve”.For her part, Innovation Advisor of IBM World Trade Corporation Jamaica, Dr. Kala Fleming, hailed eGov Jamaica Limited’s management for staging the hackathon.She said the initiative is the culmination of a journey that began several months ago, adding that “as eGov looks to become the digital innovation centre of excellence for the Government of Jamaica, surely the foundation has been laid”.“As Jamaicans have done in many other areas, let us push the envelope on this one to demonstrate to other governments across the region what digital innovation is all about,” she added.The eGov Jamaica Limited hackathon, now under way, consists of nine teams comprising employees within the entity competing for prizes to develop solutions such as websites, applications and other innovations to address the issues of national security, national disaster preparedness and traffic management using movement data.It is expected that following the development of these innovations, eGov will seek to engage the requisite agencies or entities of Government to enhance the products for market.Other outcomes include greater networking with like-minded people, such as mentors, and lessons learnt to host more hackathons involving a wider stakeholder group.Event sponsors included IBM, Digicel Jamaica Limited, Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa, Royal Computers, Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records and Bascho Trading Company Limited. A Research, Innovation and Product Development Department is be established at eGov Jamaica Limited to explore new technologies and methodologies for e-government services. Its Chief Executive Officer, Maurice Barnes, informed that the new department, slated to come on stream in March, will also be responsible for prototyping new technologies, developing partnerships with educational institutions, tech companies, think thanks and also executing the first Government of Jamaica Hackathon. Story Highlights “The Department will also be charged with developing blockchain and artificial intelligent solutions for Government. Ideas will be implemented, which will see increased efficiencies, transparency and trust in government operations and service delivery,” Mr. Barnes outlined. last_img read more

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Lunenburg County Traffic Advisory

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 331 and Green Bay Road Highway 331, between Risser Beach and Petite Rivere, and Green Bay Road in Lunenburg County are now open to traffic. Power lines, trees, branches and leaves are still down in many parts of the province. People who must drive are asked to use caution. -30-last_img

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Jamie Foxx To Host And Perform At The Grand Prix Royale

first_imgPrime Experiences is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Grand Prix Royale, the premiere Grand Prix Event, featuring Academy Award and Grammy Award-Winner, Jamie Foxx, as special host and performer on Friday, October 23.The Prime team has a combined experience of over thirty years dedicated to creating unique experiences combining glamour, sophistication, elegance and excitement.“Formula 1 is the richest, hottest, fastest and sexiest single seater sporting event in the world, and the Grand Prix Royale is the only event that brings the Grand Prix experience under one roof,” said Amanda Gunville, founder of Prime Experiences.The Grand Prix Royale will take place at The Palm Door on 6th, located in the heart of Austin’s historic entertainment district. This exclusive experience will feature gourmet food, a well curated, luxury item auction and entertainment like no other.Prime Experiences has chosen to partner with RISE School of Austin, a school dedicated to the highest quality early childhood education for all children – gifted, traditional and developmentally delayed. Prime Experiences Partner and Formula 1 industry expert, Paul Jordan expressed “a strong desire to expand the reach of the Grand Prix Royale to benefit the Austin community” to do so, a portion of the proceeds from the night, including those of the auction will be donated to the RISE School.“The Grand Prix Royale isn’t just about a big party – it’s about finding a way to help those in need by joining forces to improve education,” said Foxx. “Trust me, I will be challenging everyone in the audience to give back to the children of Austin.”“In keeping with our tradition of giving back, I am very proud to have found a charity partner in RISE School of Austin,” said Gunville.Partnering with The Zella Company for design, production and execution of this event will set the bar for the future Grand Prix events in Austin and around the world.A-list celebrities, Formula 1 personalities, key influencers and local Austin business leaders will be treated to an exquisite VIP event including bottle service, open bar, entertainment and food and a charity auction supporting RISE School of Austin.The Grand Prix Royale will take place from 7pm-2am. Find out more here.last_img read more

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Family of man shot by Winnipeg police speaking out

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsThe family of a First Nations man who was shot by police last month is speaking out.The shooting took place in downtown Winnipeg.Josh Pardy, 25, was rushed to the hospital and survived.Now his family is questioning the police officer’s actions.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

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The Latest Acting EPA boss says hes deregulation champion

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local):9:30 a.m.President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is describing himself as a champion of deregulation and the environment.Former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler has been leading the EPA since Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics scandals in July. He is to appear Wednesday before a Senate committee considering his nomination.Wheeler’s prepared remarks call protecting human health and the environment his most important responsibility. He cites EPA progress cleaning up Superfund sites and other pollution, including work that was begun under the Obama administration.Wheeler also boasts of the Trump administration’s regulatory rollbacks at the EPA, saying the administration has finished 33 major deregulatory actions.Wheeler is expected to face questioning on the health impacts of those rollbacks and on his past lobbying work.___12:55 a.m.Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler’s past lobbying work is expected to draw scrutiny at his confirmation hearing for the permanent post.A Senate committee on Wednesday will consider Wheeler as President Donald Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator. Wheeler has served as the agency’s acting head since Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid allegations over Pruitt’s spending and alleged favour-seeking.Environmental groups want senators to question Wheeler about his lobbying for coal interests and others just before he joined the EPA.The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed an ethics complaint alleging Wheeler improperly oversaw regulatory rollbacks benefiting coal and others he had lobbied for.EPA spokesman John Konkus calls that “baseless.” Konkus says Wheeler consults closely with ethics officials at the agency.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Moroccan Hammam Among Seven Places Qataris Go to Relax

Rabat – Emirati magazine Step Feed has ranked one of Morocco’s Hammams among the seven places in the world where Qatari nationals go to relax.Step Feed ranked Morocco’s Hammam of Bab Doukkala, located in Marrakesh, sixth on the list of seven places where Qatari nationals go to relax, right between New Zealand‘s Hells Gate, which ranked last, and Malaysia ‘s Petronas Twin Towers, which ranked in fifth position.“When in Morocco, do asthe Moroccans do! This 17th century Moroccan bath– or hammam –is the perfect place to go to mingle with locals and get a soothing massage,” explained the Emirati magazine. Bab Doukkala is a historic hammam, situated at the grand Bab Doukkala gate of the Medina, in the southeast corner of Bab Doukkala Mosque, dating from the 17th century. The hammam is located near the mosque, since hammams traditionally share a water source with ablution fountains.The Hammam of Bab Doukkala, like all Moroccan traditional Hammams, has three main rooms: one cool, one hot, and one – the steam room – very hot.A Moroccan hammam is very similar to traditional Roman baths, complete with heat and steam, cold water,and an attendant to scrub your skin until it is as soft as a baby’s bottom.The baths are separated by gender, so men and women are welcome either in separate buildings or during different times of the day. In the Hammam of Bab Doukkala, women’s hours are from noon till about 7pm; men’s are early morning and later in the evening.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Morocco’s BCIJ Arrests 4 ISIS Suspects in 4 Moroccan Cities Monday

Rabat – Morocco’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau (BCIJ) arrested four suspects with alleged ties to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Casablanca, Fez, Kenitra, and Driouch Monday morning.Moroccan news outlet 2M.ma said the four suspects were not connected to each other, but they were all connected with the terrorist group Daesh, also known as ISIS.The suspects were aged 20-27. The first suspect, an unemployed 20-year old, was arrested in Driouch, a town 90 kilometers southeast of El Hoceima. The second suspect was arrested in Casablanca.The third suspect, a 27-year old, was arrested in Fez, where he had been living with his wife for only a month.The final suspect, a 21-year old undergraduate, was arrested in Kenitra.Authorities seized several electronic devices and military uniforms during the operation.The suspects were placed in custody for further investigation to determine possible links with ISIS.The arrests mark the fourth terrorist crackdown in Morocco recently, after last week’s arrest of five suspects and the dismantling of 2 terrorist cells in February and March.On May 8, BCIJ dismantled a five-member terror cell with alleged connections to Daesh in North Morocco and Spain.  The BCIJ and Spanish authorities carried out the arrest operations in Fnideq, a city in northern Morocco, and in Bilbao in northern Spain.On February 21, the BCIJ dismantled a terror cell made up of six extremist supporters of ISIS in Tangier, including one member of the Polisario Front.In March, BCIJ dismantled another terror cell in the cities of Oued Zem, near Khouribga, and Tangier. Investigations revealed that the members were planning to murder one of their own after doubting his loyalty to the terrorist organization. read more

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TSX rallies more than 200 points led by resource stock gains

TORONTO — North American stock markets extended their rally, driven by strength across most key sectors — led by a big climb in resource issues.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 221.09 points to close at 13,868.35, extending gains into a fourth straight session.Metals and mining stocks were by far the leading gainer, rising a stunning 11 per cent amid strong performances by both First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B). First Quantum has outlined plans to reduce its debt while Teck announced a silver output deal.December gold lifted $2.30 to end at $1,148.70 an ounce and December copper added a penny to US$2.37 a pound.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 122.10 points to 16,912.29 after having been up more than 170 points in early trading. Meanwhile, the broader S&P 500 index gained 15.91 points to 1,995.83 and Nasdaq rose 42.79 points to 4,791.15.The Canadian dollar was down 0.22 of a U.S. cent at 76.54 cents US. read more

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Dutch diplomat appointed head of UN climate change convention

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of a Dutch climate expert to lead the United Nations body responsible for monitoring an international climate change treaty.Yvo de Boer will become the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is responsible for gathering and sharing information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies and best practices, and launching national strategies for addressing the issue, among other measures.Mr. de Boer will assume his role on 4 September, in time to lead the Convention at the UN Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, in November.“I am very enthusiastic about taking up the job ahead of this conference,” said Mr. de Boer in a statement released by UNFCCC. “The conference is significant because some of the biggest challenges related to climate change which are presently facing humanity will be dealt with there.”The meeting, the first ever of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, will focus on issues such as adaptation to climate change, technology transfer and talks and negotiations on the future of the climate change process, both under the UNFCCC and under the Kyoto Protocol, a binding pact which sets targets for greenhouse gas emissions.Mr. de Boer, who is 52 years old, is currently Director for International Affairs at the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. He has also served as Vice-President of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC and as Vice-Chair of the Commission on Sustainable Development. “He has actively sought broad stakeholder involvement on the issue of climate change,” said the Secretary-General in a statement, noting that Mr. de Boer launched an international dialogue on the clean development mechanism and has partnered in international discussions with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, aimed at increasing private sector involvement.Before serving the Dutch government, Mr. de Boer was Chief of the UN Information Office for North America and the Caribbean, of the UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) in Canada and Human Settlements Adviser with the Habitat in Nairobi.Mr. de Boer will succeed the late Joke Waller-Hunter, also from the Netherlands. She was appointed to the position in 2002 and died last year at the age of 58. read more

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WHY IT MATTERS Health Care

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 2:03 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 10:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – THE ISSUE: About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. Millions remain uninsured. Quality is still uneven. Costs are high and trending up again. Medicare’s insolvency is two years closer, now projected in 2028. Every family has a stake.___WHERE THEY STANDHillary Clinton would stay the course, making adjustments as needed to major government health insurance programs. She’d build on President Barack Obama’s health care law, with one exception — a tax on generous coverage that she’d repeal. Medicare, the health care program for older Americans and the disabled, would get new legal powers to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharma companies. Clinton would also offer some relief from rising out-of-pocket costs, like deductibles and copayments. Donald Trump would repeal “Obamacare.” But a recent study found his plan would make 18 million people uninsured. Stay tuned, because Trump has also said he doesn’t want people “dying on the street.” Similar to Clinton, he has promised not to cut Medicare. He agrees Medicare should be able to negotiate drug prices, unusual for a Republican. Trump’s campaign has said he may revisit major health care programs once in the White House.___WHY IT MATTERSPatients from all over the world come to America for treatment. U.S. research keeps expanding humanity’s ability to confront disease. But the U.S. still spends far more than any advanced country, and its people are not much healthier.Obama’s progress reducing the number of uninsured may be reaching its limits. Premiums are expected to rise sharply in many communities for people covered by his namesake law, raising concerns about the future.The health care overhaul did not solve the nation’s longstanding problem with costs. Total health spending is picking up again, underscoring that the system is financially unsustainable over the long run. Employers keep shifting costs to workers and their families.No one can be denied coverage anymore because of a pre-existing condition, but high costs are still a barrier to access for many, including insured people facing high deductibles and copayments. Prescription drug prices — even for some generics — are another major worry.The election offers a choice between a candidate of continuity — Clinton — and a Republican who seems to have some core beliefs about health care, but lacks a coherent plan.If the presidential candidates do not engage the nation in debating the future of health care, it still matters.Even if you’re healthy, deeper national debt affects the economy and in some way everyone’s standard of living, especially the next generation. If the government has to spend more on health care, it comes at the expense of more debt, cuts in something else or higher taxes.America’s problem with health care spending can’t be ignored or wished away. Political leaders can postpone hard choices, but that will mean consequences even more wrenching when the bill comes due.___This story is part of AP’s “Why It Matters” series, which will examine three dozen issues at stake in the presidential election between now and Election Day. You can find them at: http://apnews.com/tag/WhyItMattersEDITOR’S NOTE _ One in an AP series examining issues at stake in the presidential election and how they affect people WHY IT MATTERS: Health Care FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. Rising costs could bedevil the next occupant of the White House. Millions of people previously shut out have been covered by President Barack Obama’s health care law. No one can be denied coverage anymore because of a pre-existing condition. But “Obamacare” remains divisive, and premiums for next year are rising sharply in many communities. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) read more

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Southwest Agent Asks College Basketball Coach to Provide Proof

In an Aug. 30, 2017, photo, California women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb holds her then-6-month-old son, Jordan, during NCAA college basketball practice on the campus.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southwest Airlines apologized Tuesday to the Cal women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb after she claimed an airline employee stopped her from boarding because the worker didn’t believe her 1-year-old biracial son was hers.A desk agent questioned Gottlieb ahead of a flight from Denver to Oakland Sunday, saying she “had to ‘prove’ that he was my son, despite having his passport,” Gottlieb said in a series of tweets.“She said because we have different last name. My guess is because he has a different skin color,” Gottlieb tweeted Monday. The head coach from the University of California, Berkeley was traveling with her fiance, Patrick Martin, the boy’s father, who is black.Airlines aren’t required to match the last name of a child and guardian for domestic flights.“We have reached out to Ms. Gottlieb directly to address her concerns and will utilize the situation as a coaching opportunity for our Employee,” Southwest said in a statement. “We apologize if our interaction made this family uncomfortable — that is never our intention.”Gottlieb said Tuesday that the encounter was hurtful, but she appreciates Southwest’s apology.“I felt that in this situation it was my responsibility to say ‘Hey, this isn’t ok,’” Gottlieb said in a statement to The Associated Press. “I hope the coverage this has received can serve as a learning opportunity and that all families — regardless of how ‘traditional’ they may or may not look — are treated with dignity and respect.”Gottlieb, Martin and their child were eventually allowed to board. read more

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