Minnesota Vikings announced that they will start Matt Cassel over Josh Freeman as quarterback against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.Josh Freeman, who was recently waived by Tampa, signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Vikings last week.Coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that it was expected that Cassel would remain in the lineup after he helped the Vikings win their first game of the season in London against Pittsburgh.The Vikings signed ex-Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman to possibly compete for the starting job if needed. The former first round draft pick, Freeman struggled with Tampa before being released. He completed a league-worst, 45.3 percent of his passes, and threw only two touchdowns and two interceptions while with the Buccaneers earlier in the season.
The Chelsea manager is under fire for his tactics used against Tottenham Hotspur that ended up costing him the matchChelsea lost 3-1 against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in the English Premier League.And for manager Maurizio Sarri, this means he has to put N’Golo Kante closer to Jorginho in order to have a more solid midfield.“I want to play a central midfielder who is a very technical player, so for me, the central midfielder is Jorginho or [Cesc] Fabregas. I don’t want Kante in this position,” he told Sky Sports.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Kante, in the last match, wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes, but in the wrong way. He lost the position, he attacked too much.”“This one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante, but it was only in reaction to the difficulties,” he added.“Maybe it’s only a question of time, but Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side. When the ball is on the left he has to stay very close to Jorginho.”
In the two months since it launched the “Save Paste” campaign, ailing Decatur, Georgia-based music magazine Paste has raised more than $250,000 from approximately 10,000 donations—enough to keep the magazine in business.“We’ve published two issues since the campaign began, sent a third to the printer and are seeing advertising pick up for the fall and expect to be around for a long time,” publisher Nick Purdy wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. The campaign officially closes this month, he said.In May, Paste said it was cash-strapped and in crisis as ad dollars declined dramatically. Through the first week, the campaign raised $166,000. At the time, Paste said it needed an additional $134,000—or a total $300,000—to “take care of bills that spiraled up during the ad slump.” Paste said it implemented several cost-cutting measures, including a 20 percent pay cut, leasing out office space and eliminating all “non-essential travel.”Paste hopes to reinstate salaries before the end of the year, Purdy said.In addition to the campaign, Purdy said Paste is talking with investors “who want to get involved and help accelerate our growth.”
AP Memorial candles outside the Swedish Embassy in Helsinki on Friday evening April 7, 2017. The driver of a hijacked beer truck is wanted by police after the truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, leaving dead and injured in its wake. (MARKKU ULANDER / Lehtikuva via AP)A hijacked beer truck plowed into pedestrians at a central Stockholm department store Friday, killing four people, injuring 15 and sending screaming shoppers scattering in panic in what Sweden’s prime minister called a terrorist attack.A nationwide manhunt was launched and one person was arrested following the latest use of a vehicle as a weapon in Europe.Nearby buildings were locked down for hours in the heart of the capital and the main train station was evacuated.“Sweden has been attacked,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a nationally televised press conference. “This indicates that it is an act of terror.”He added: “The country is in a state of shock.”The truck traveled for more than 500 yards (meters) along a promenade known as the Drottninggatan and smashed into a crowd outside the Ahlens department store about 3 p.m. It came to rest in the entrance to the building. TV footage showed smoke coming out of the store after the crash.“People were screaming and running in all directions,” said Brandon Sekitto, who was in his car nearby.He added that the truck “drove straight into the Ahlens entrance.”“I saw the driver, a man in black who was light around the face area,” Brandon told Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. “I heard how some women were screaming, ‘Run, run!’”Although there was confusion throughout the day on the number of victims, the Stockholm City Council said in the evening that four had been killed and 15 were wounded, nine seriously.Authorities evacuated the nearby Central Station, a hub for regional trains and the subway system. All trains to and from the main station were halted and several large shopping malls in Stockholm were shut down. Sweden’s national theater, Dramaten, canceled three performances Friday evening.Sweden’s prime minister calls Stockholm attack a “terrible act of terror” https://t.co/NlcyoTYBMl pic.twitter.com/sMxAW4yXBG— Bloomberg (@business) April 7, 2017Police arrested a man in Marsta, a northern Stockholm suburb close to the international airport.“We have arrested one in whom we are particularly interested,” Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police told a news conference.He said the person looked like the man depicted wearing a greenish hood in a surveillance camera photo the police released earlier.“We continue to investigate at full force,” Evensson said, urging people not to go to central Stockholm.Stefan Hector of Sweden’s national police said the working hypothesis was that “this is an act of terror.”The Swedish brewery Spendrups said one of its trucks had been hijacked a few blocks from the scene earlier in the day.“It is one of our delivery trucks. In connection with a delivery to a restaurant called Caliente, someone jumped into the truck and drove it away while the driver was unloading his delivery,” Spendrups spokesman Marten Luth told the Swedish news agency TT.The beer company’s truck driver was not injured, he said.The truck crash appeared to be the latest attack in Europe using a vehicle.In an attack last month claimed by the Islamic State group, a man drove into a crowd on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing three people and injuring many others before stabbing a policeman to death. He was shot and killed by police. A fourth person, a woman thrown into the Thames by the force of the car attack, died Thursday.The IS group also claimed responsibility for a truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France, in July 2016 during a Bastille Day festival, as well as another truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin.Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf cut short a visit to Brazil on Friday to return home and sent the royal family’s condolences to the families of the victims.Condolences poured into Sweden. In neighboring Finland, President Sauli Niinisto said he was shocked by the “maniac act of terror,” adding “every terror attack is to be equally condemned. But it touches us deeply when such an attack takes place in our Nordic neighborhood.”Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen called the attack a cowardly attempt “to subdue us and the peaceful way we live in Scandinavia.”Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the Eiffel Tower’s lights will be turned off from midnight Friday in homage. She expressed her “strong emotion” over “this new terrorist attack of immense cowardice.”EU Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet that “my heart is in Stockholm this afternoon. My thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends of today’s terrible attack.”European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said “one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities appears to have been struck by those wishing it — and our very way of life — harm.”Juncker also said “an attack on any of our (EU) member states is an attack on us all” and that Sweden can count on EU help.In February, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that Sweden could be the next European country to suffer the kind of extremist attacks that have devastated France, Belgium and Germany. Two days after his remarks, a riot broke out in predominantly immigrant suburb of Stockholm where police opened fire on rioters, a surprise to many Swedes who aren’t used to officers using guns.Friday’s crash was near the site of a December 2010 attack in Stockholm in which Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Britain, detonated a suicide bomb, killing himself and injuring two others.Abdulwahab had rigged a car with explosives in the hope the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan — the street hit Friday — where he would set off devices strapped to his chest and back. The car bomb never went off, and Abdulwahab died when one of his devices exploded among panicked Christmas shoppers. Share
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uBaltimore City officials, including the mayor, city council president, comptroller and city council members are all receiving a pay raise next year. Yet, some argue they haven’t earned it. We’ll talk to Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and community activist Elder C.D. Witherspoon about the issue. And we’ll open the phone lines for the opinions of our listeners: 410.319.8888These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROThe political downfall and resurrection of the late Marion Barry, beloved by many as “Mayor for Life,” and derided by some as a crooked politician, figures prominently in a new special documenting the District’s 90s-era highs and lows.Washington in the ‘90s premieres 8 p.m. July 10 on WETA TV Channel 26 and HD. The hour-long program chronicles Washington, D.C.’s transition from a city of headline-grabbing violence and corruption to a land of opportunity. The AFRO received an advanced copy of the special for reporting purposes.Marion Barry (D.C. mayor, 1979-1991, 1995-1999) during his inauguration parade, January 1995Black Washington is on full display in the program. It dives into the go-go music scene. In the ’90s, Go-Go was more popular in D.C. than Hip Hop. But many Go-Go clubs, including the Ibex, were shut down because of the shootings and other violence that many blamed on the music.The special also details former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt’s stumbles in office – she made the unpopular decision to scuttle Barry’s popular summer jobs program and was widely blamed for losing the Washington Redskins.The documentary showcases the Million Man March, the construction of the Green Line and the subsequent revitalization of U Street that included the reopening of the historic Lincoln Theater.Washington in the 90s deploys archival footage, music, and original interviews with Washingtonians to bring the 1990s to life. WETA Producer Seth Tillman, 37, who grew up in and around the District in the 1990s, created a program that amplifies what he thinks newcomers and Washingtonians should know about the city and why what happened back then is relevant today. “It seems almost like a simpler time right now, but there was a stronger D.C. identity and people feel that sometimes slipping away,” Tillman told the AFRO.Sharon Pratt (D.C. mayor, 1991-1995)Among those interviewed are Cora Masters Barry, former first lady of Washington, D.C.; former D.C. mayors Anthony Williams and Pratt; Kamal Ali, co-owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl; author and activist Tony Lewis Jr.; retired Washington Redskins player Darrell Green; filmmaker Sam Bardley; and NBC4 anchor Pat Lawson Muse. Long-time NBC4 anchor and reporter Doreen Gentzler narrates the program.Gentzler joined NBC4 in 1989 and had been on the job six months when federal and local authorities arrested Marion Barry in an undercover operation in a D.C. hotel room. Gentzler remembers her co-anchor Jim Vance was out at a dinner, so the responsibility of breaking the news – and interrupting the popular show LA Law – fell on her shoulders.“I just remember thinking, ‘I am not the right person to do this six months on the job. Let’s find Vance. He needs to do this or we need to do this together,’” Gentzler told the AFRO. “I don’t want to be right out there by myself with this one.”It was a tumultuous time in the District and Barry became a national punchline. The documentary shows grainy footage of the former mayor smoking crack with a woman who wasn’t his wife and David Letterman lampooning the former mayor on the comedian’s namesake late-night talk show.In a story of D.C. legend, the polarizing Barry launched his political comeback after serving six months in prison on a misdemeanor drug charge, winning the Ward 8 seat on the D.C. City Council in 1992. He was reelected mayor for his fourth and final term in 1994, defeating Pratt.In 1995, Congress launched the District of Columbia Financial Control Board to monitor city spending, in light of financial woes dogging the city. Two years later, Congress stripped Barry of the majority of his mayoral power, doling out nine crucial city departments to the control board. “It was painful to watch – that overseer federal government looming over us as if we were irresponsible people,” Pratt recalled in the documentary.The show credits Barry for bringing the MCI Center (then the home of the Washington Capitals) to the District, a move that helped spur downtown development and attracted restaurants and nightspots.Barry died in 2014 at the age of 78.Former Mayor Williams, then the city’s chief financial officer, took over after Barry decided not to run for reelection in 1998 and saved the city from financial ruin. Williams, a policy wonk, ushered in the city’s gentrification, spurring people to leave the suburbs and move into the city – a trend continuing today under Mayor Muriel Bowser.“The bad part of it is displacement where people who were part of the city had a stake in the city when the city was struggling,” Williams says in the documentary. “Now that the city’s doing well, they’re no longer a part of that picture.”The documentary’s light-hearted moments include the manufactured doomsday hysteria surrounding the imagined Y2K frenzy, the Washington Redskins winning the Super Bowl, and the blizzard of 1996. The Clinton years and the District’s emergence as a tech hub are included as well.
‘Indira,’ a part-prose fiction and part-graphic biography of India’s first and only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was launched by Member of Parliament, Jairam Ramesh in the Capital on Tuesday. The book has been written by Devapriya Roy and illustrated by Priya Kuriyan.Devapriya Roy’s compulsive storytelling and Priya Kuriyan’s fine drawings weave a seamless tale of the formative years of the erstwhile Prime Minister through a combination of textual and comic narratives. In a mixture of fiction and reality, a young Indira Thapa – who is named after Indira Gandhi – discovers the legacy of India’s first and only woman prime minister, while trying to finish an unusual assignment given by her favourite teacher. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe book launch witnessed a riveting conversation between MP Jairam Ramesh, Vishwajyoti Ghosh (author of Delhi Calm) and the authors of the book, who discussed the journey of documenting one of India’s most fascinating political figure and many anecdotes from her life. On the occasion, Jairam Ramesh said, “In the past, I had spent a good amount of time researching about Indira Gandhi and in the process, I discovered many facets about her personality that we are not aware of. Her love for nature is one of them. In fact, she was a patron of the institution and laws on the environment that we have today. She was not just a great politician but also an intellectual.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the book, author Devapriya Roy said, “The book is a manifestation of in-depth research, which included digging deep into material like Indira Gandhi’s biographies and letters exchanged between her and Jawaharlal Nehru. We realized that while it was difficult to condense her fascinating life into one book, we ensured that the book captures important nuances from her life, such that it effectively brings out the very essence of Indira Gandhi in a manner that the younger generation reads and appreciates.” Illustrator Priya Kuriyan, who made the book come alive through her fine drawings, said, “While researching and travelling for the book we discovered that everything in her life was carefully selected and I kept those little details of her life in my mind while illustrating for the book”.’Indira’ has been published by Westland under their new literary imprint – Context. The book is available on Amazon for purchase.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals “If I’ve never directly worked with you or if you’ve never directly worked for me, don’t bother sending me a connection request on LinkedIn. It’s not gonna happen. I’ll just click ‘Ignore.’”Those are the wise words of a friend of mine who works in New York City as a top executive at one of the Big Four broadcast TV networks.At first, I thought she was being harsh. But as more and more LinkedIn connection requests trickled, then poured in for me from people I didn’t know any better than a random passerby on the street, I changed my mind.Related: LinkedIn Tips: 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your NetworkI stopped accepting connection requests from total strangers. And I stopped sending them to people I haven’t met or haven’t actually worked with, too.If I don’t know you, have never directly done business with you, and we don’t even work in a remotely similar industry and have zero connections in common, please don’t ask me to connect with you on LinkedIn. Like my friend said, it’s not gonna happen. Not anymore.Your good name is on the line on LinkedIn. It’s not like Facebook or Instagram. The difference: it’s for professionals only. Well, it’s supposed to be.Connection requests are nothing like friend requests. I think they’re much more serious and that the professionals I align myself with on LinkedIn should reflect nothing less than positively on me and I on them. That’s not something I take lightly. If you want to keep your professional reputation intact, you probably shouldn’t either.Here are three reasons to shoot down LinkedIn Connection requests (hopefully politely, not like Kelly Blazek):1. You don’t know the requester from Adam. Connecting with someone on LinkedIn isn’t like introducing yourself and handing them your business card at an in-person networking event. It’s more like you’re both vouching for each other’s professional experience and skills. You’re entering into a mutual circle of professional trust. That said, if you don’t know someone at all and have zero connections in common, it’s probably best to ignore their request.Even LinkedIn says you should only “connect with those you know and trust.” I can’t think of any strangers I know and trust. Can you?”To be a connection on LinkedIn, I would wait until you have some kind of rapport,” Lizzie Post, co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette (William Morrow, 2011), recently told the Washington Post.Related: 3 Ways You Might Be Screwing Up Your LinkedIn Profile and How to Avoid ThemIf you don’t recognize the requester’s name at all, you obviously haven’t established rapport with them and you probably have no idea what the individual’s professional reputation is.It’s best to steer clear and skip the connection. If you do accept them (instead of clicking “Ignore” or “I Don’t Know [Name]”), beware: know that you’re granting a complete stranger carte blanche to your trusted professional network, which they’ll be able to freely snoop around in. They might even contact your connections to ask about you.2. The requester was lazy and didn’t customize his or her connection request.LinkedIn’s standard (and drab) connection verbiage, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn,” is basically code for “I couldn’t be bothered to personalize my connection request, so please ignore it now.”Not customizing an invite is like leaving a voicemail or sending a text or email that simply says, “My name is Kim. Bye.” It’s not enough by a longshot. Go the extra mile and briefly explain how you already know — not merely know of — the person, because, again, as LinkedIn cautions (via a link posted directly below the connection invitation personal note box), “Connecting to someone on LinkedIn implies that you know them well.”Related: 17 Must-Have Features on Your LinkedIn Profile (Infographic)Take the time to mention where and how you worked together before or how you are otherwise directly well acquainted. If that doesn’t jog the person’s memory, you probably shouldn’t have tried to connect in the first place.3. The requester looks and feels like a spammer.If you receive a connection request from someone you don’t know who is advertising goods or services, it might not be a person at all. It could be a spam bot. Or, yes, a real (sales!) person with spammy intentions. Both are equally lame and both deserve LinkedIn “Report as Spam” as option.Spammers trolling LinkedIn often don’t have a profile picture. Follow this simple formula to avoid falling into their trap: No face = no connection. Another red flag: the perpetrator might also be from a far off country that you’ve never visited.Reporting a suspicious connection invite that stinks of spam automatically archives the invitation and tips off LinkedIn so it can investigate. You could also just click “Ignore,” but it won’t do much to stop the spammer from bugging other LinkedIn users. Whatever you do, don’t open any attachments or click on any links within a suspect connection request.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Creating Your LinkedIn Company Page April 17, 2014 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »