Cup of Characters

first_imgS Sreesanth and Ricky PontingAction ManAfter he made it to the World Cup squad, S. Sreesanth tweeted, “No drama only action.” By action, he perhaps meant verbal duels on the field. What else could explain his altercation with Ricky Ponting during the warm-up game at Bangalore? Having beaten Ponting on a few occasions, Sreesanth went up to him to say a few words and the Australian skipper gave it back. We prefer a five-wicket haul to this drama.AB de VilliersNo ShrinkingTest wicket-keeper Mark Boucher says the South African ODI team should be unpredictable, the Pakistan way. But one-day keeper AB de Villiers is not amused. “Who said that? Oh it’s Boucher. We don’t want to be branded unpredictable. We have our own style of play,” he said in Chennai. He is also not happy with the team seeking the help of psychologist Henning Gericke. “We don’t need more psychologists. There is no worry about failing under pressure. The past is past.” So no more choking? We will wait for a big match.MS DhoniHome RunAfter complaining about the pitch in Bangalore, M.S. Dhoni threw all thoughts of playing according to the situation out of the window in India’s warm-up match against New Zealand at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai. He smashed a 64-ball 108 to crush the Kiwis by 117 runs. The Indian skipper, who plays for the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, seemingly got pumped up by the support of his 35,000 “home” crowd who cheered every run scored by him.advertisementRizwan CheemaClose CallTouted as one of the probable winners of the World Cup 2011, England escaped a humiliating defeat by just 16 runs in their warm-up match against Canada at Fatullah in Bangladesh. Their experiment with Kevin Pietersen as an opener also bombed as the batsman negotiated 49 balls for his 24. “I will look to play my normal game. It’s not a pinch-hitting role,” he said after the match. For Canada, Rizwan Cheema’s 93 went in vain as the lowest-ranked team came tantalisingly close to victory.last_img read more

Wrist arthroscopy

first_imgDefinitionWrist arthroscopy is surgery that uses a tiny camera and surgical tools to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your wrist. The camera is called an arthroscope. The procedure allows the doctor to detect problems and make repairs to the wrist without making larger cuts in the skin and tissue. This means that you may have less pain and recover more quickly.Alternative NamesWrist surgeryDescription You will likely receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel pain. Or, you may have regional anesthesia. Your arm and wrist area will be numbed so that you do not feel any pain. If you receive regional anesthesia, you will also be given medicine to make you very sleepy during the operation.During the procedure, the surgeon does the following:Inserts the arthroscope into your wrist through a small incision. The scope is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. This allows the surgeon to view the inside of your wrist.Inspects all the tissues of your wrist. These tissues include cartilage, bones, tendons, and ligaments.Repairs any damaged tissues. To do this, your surgeon makes 1 to 3 more small incisions and inserts other instruments through them. A tear in a muscle, tendon, or cartilage is fixed. Any damaged tissue is removed.At the end of the surgery, the incisions will be closed with stitches and covered with a dressing (bandage). Most surgeons take pictures from the video monitor during the procedure to show you what they found and what repairs they made.advertisementYour surgeon may need to do open surgery if there is a lot of damage. Open surgery means you will have a large incision so that the surgeon can get directly to your bones and tissues.Why the Procedure Is Done You might need wrist arthroscopy if you have one of these problems:Wrist pain: Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to explore what is causing your wrist pain.Ganglionremoval: This is a small, fluid-filled sac that grows from the wrist joint. It is harmless, but it can be painful and can limit your ability to move your wrist freely.Ligament tears: A ligament is a band of tissue that connects bone to bone. Several ligaments in the wrist help keep it stable and allow it to move. Torn ligaments can be repaired with this type of surgery.Carpal tunnel release: Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve that passes through certain bones and tissues in your wrist becomes swollen and irritated. With arthroscopy the area through which this nerve passes can be made larger to relieve the pressure and pain.Wrist fractures: Arthroscopy can be used to remove small bits of bone and realign the bones in your wrist. RisksRisk of anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsRisks of wrist arthroscopy are:BleedingInfectionBlood clotFailure of surgery to relieve symptomsFailure of repair to healWeakness of the wristInjury to a tendon, blood vessel, or nerveBefore the Procedure Tell your health care provider what medicines you are taking. This includes medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other medicines.Ask your health care provider which medicines you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your health care provider if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your health care provider or nurse for help. Smoking can slow wound and bone healing.Tell your doctor about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you may have before your surgery.On the day of surgery:You will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your health care provider told you to take with a small sip of water.Your health care provider will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.After the Procedure You can go home the same day after spending an hour or so in recovery. You should have someone drive you home.Keep your wrist elevated above your heart for two to three days to help reduce swelling and pain. You can also apply a cold pack to help with swelling.Keep your bandage clean and dry. Your health care provider can show you how to change the dressing.You can take pain relievers, if needed, as long as your doctor says its safe to do so.Outlook (Prognosis)advertisementArthroscopy uses small cuts in the skin, so compared to regular surgery, you may have:Less pain and stiffnessFewer complicationsFaster recoveryThe small cuts will heal quickly and you may be able to resume your normal activities in a few days. However, if your doctor had to repair a lot of tissue in your wrist, it may take several weeks to heal.You may be shown how to do gentle exercises with your fingers and hand. Your doctor may also recommend that you see a physical therapist to help you regain the full use of your wrist.ReferencesOsterman AL, Lincoski C. Wrist Arthroscopy. In: Skirven, TM, Osterman AL, et al, eds.Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2011:chap. 77.Part SJ III. Wrist. In: Wolfe SW, Hotchkiss RN, Kozin SH, Pederson WC, eds.Greens Operative Hand Surgery. 6th ed.Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Churchill-Livingston; 2010:chap 14. Review Date:5/15/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

SpursWarriors Is The Best DefenseOffense Clash In NBA History

1995-96✓Magic1647Bulls18271737Bulls It’s practically unheard of for a matchup of this caliber to take place outside the NBA Finals, where both teams’ ratings are necessarily sky-high because they’ve made it through the notorious gauntlet that is the NBA playoffs. For it to happen during the regular season, you’d need two teams flirting with a 70-win pace — and that’s exactly what San Antonio and Golden State are doing this year.It’s fair to ask whether there’s also something bigger going on here: Three of the 10 best combined-Elo games in NBA history1After removing duplicate games from the same playoff series. have taken place in the last 10 months, and two in the last 32 days. Does the NBA suffer from an epic lack of parity these days? Is Elo itself miscalibrated? Those questions are beyond the scope of this post, but know that, by any metric, the Warriors’ and Spurs’ first meeting of the 2015-16 season makes for a titanic matchup.(Yes, we also know that ageless time lord Tim Duncan will be out tonight. Luckily, the Spurs are deep enough to cover for that.)Tonight’s game also poses a more specific question: What happens when historically great offensive and defensive units meet? The short answer is that the Spurs and Warriors are playing at such a high level that we don’t really have a good historical precedent.Here’s what we do know: Defense-oriented teams have a higher probability of winning the NBA title at a given level of (regular-season) performance than their offensive counterparts. This gap only widens as a defense (or correspondingly good offense) becomes more dominant. And great defenses also have a slight edge in head-to-head clashes against great offenses.In preparation for Monday’s tilt, we did some digging into historical battles between the league’s best teams on each side of the ball. It’s a phenomenon that occurred upward of a dozen times per season in the NBA’s first few decades, but it’s getting rarer and rarer in recent years because of expansion, scheduling constraints and a larger playoff field. SEASONPLAYOFFNAMEELONAMEELOAVG. ELOWINNER HOME TEAMROAD TEAM 2015-16Warriors1809Spurs17821796— 1996-97✓Bulls1798Jazz17521775Bulls 1996-97Bulls1792Sonics16781735Bulls 2014-15✓Warriors1802Cavaliers17121757Warriors 2014-15Spurs1702Warriors17881745Spurs The best opportunity we had to witness No. 1s face off in recent years came in 2005-06, when the Dallas Mavericks offense faced the Spurs defense 11 times. Offense prevailed in that case — Dallas won 55 percent of the time, scoring 11.4 more points per game than San Antonio usually gave up that season — but that’s an exception to the general trend since 1951.In 414 meetings over the past 65 NBA seasons,2Today’s Warriors-Spurs matchup will be the first No. 1-versus-No. 1 clash of the 2015-16 season, though it isn’t set in stone that these squads will finish the year No. 1 in their respective categories. the top-ranked defense has beat the top-ranked offense 55.3 percent of the time. In those games, 3Excluding the game in question if it’s a regular-season contest. the No. 1 defense gave up 4.1 more points than their average, but the No. 1 offense scored 5.3 fewer points than their average. Some of that is because the defensive teams have more often been better overall clubs — hello, Bill Russell-era Celtics! — but we can account for this using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, which set pregame odds based on the relative qualities of the teams. Elo would have expected the No. 1 defenses to beat the No. 1 offenses 54.9 percent of the time, so the defensive teams are winning slightly more than expected when they face their offensive doppelgängers.That’s the aggregate of matchups between No. 1s since 1951, though. What about since the mid-2000s, when the league finished a nearly decade-long project to overhaul its defensive rules and cut down on hand-checking? The trend is inconclusive: In the relatively small sample of 38 matchups since 2004-05, top offenses are winning less than Elo would predict — yet, they’re also taking more of a bite out of top-ranked defenses than those defenses are doing to them at the opposite end. Those recent rule changes certainly are having the intended effect at a leaguewide level (pace and offensive efficiency are up since the early 2000s); stay tuned to see if it translates to these kinds of strength-on-strength matchups as well.Those are all broader trends, though. What makes Monday’s Spurs-Warriors game historically unique is the sheer quality of each team’s dominant unit. Only four games in NBA history have ever seen an offense 8 points better than the league’s efficiency face a defense 8 points better than that same league standard, and all of those were between the Spurs and Mavericks during the 2003-04 season.4Somewhat under the radar, those Mavs had the best offense — relative to the league average — of all time, although this year’s Warriors might top them. This game will do those one better by pitting a plus-9 offense against a plus-9 defense, an NBA first. 2015-16Warriors1814Cavaliers16601737Warriors 1997-98✓Jazz1742Bulls17811761Bulls Tonight, the unstoppable Golden State Warriors meet the immovable San Antonio Spurs in a showdown between the NBA’s No. 1 offense and its No. 1 defense, two units that aren’t merely at the top of the league, but rank among the best we’ve ever seen. It’s the game of the season — no, check that, it’s the loftiest NBA game ever played according to our in-house Elo ratings. 2011-12✓Thunder1731Spurs17401735Thunder 1995-96✓Bulls1819Sonics17081763Bulls Under such extreme circumstances, it’s tough to say which side of the ball has the advantage — we simply don’t have enough of a sample of comparable matchups. And our other bits of evidence from history are mixed; defenses hold a slight all-time edge, but that may have eroded with recent seasons. (Or not.) Monday’s matchup won’t serve as a referendum in either direction, but it should be a spectacular clash of styles featuring basketball at perhaps the highest level it’s ever been played. read more

Magazine Industry Has a FrontRow Seat to the History of Media

first_imgEarlier today I attended the 13th annual New York Magazine Day. Here are my live Twitter updates—essentially a “liveblog” or running notes, in reverse chronological order—from the event.Ann Moore: “I’m absolutely sure each of the Time Inc. brands I work on will be standing long after we’re all gone.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web Moore: “Winters, like recessions, do end.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Moore: Ex-TW CEO Dick Parsons is “one cool cat.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Moore: Time Inc. restructuring has been a “home run.” Changed a corp. culture that had been “getting in the way.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Moore on user-generated content: “Every opinion is not created equal.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    And now, the headliner: Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore. #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Domeniconi: “We’ve all got a front row seat to ‘The History of Media.’” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Ex-Time Inc. exec. Robin Domeniconi: “Going ‘online only’ has become a euphemism for ‘folding.’” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Panelist on the new media reality: “There’s probably someone in this room Twittering what we’re saying right now.” #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    Not quite noon at NY Magazine Day, yet beer and wine carts are rolling in. #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    Hearst Magazines SVP: “I’m deeply concerned (ad buyers) are devaluing media at a time when innovation is actually increasing.” #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    AEGIS CEO on helping develop events for SI: “They (now) have to be cash positive” out of the gate. #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    NY Magazine Day 2009 theme: “INDUSTRY IN MOTION” — presented in italicized font to create, one would assume, the “motion” effect. #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    Hearst Magazines SVP: “We’re spending an enormous amount of money to reduce (ad) closing times” of our magazines. #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    AEGIS CEO: “We look at media as the kindling that starts the fire.” #nymagday about 11 hours ago from mobile web    AEGIS CEO: Consumer has much more brand credibility than marketer. #nymagday about 11 hours ago from mobile web    Million dollar question goes unanswered: “Are we measuring magazine accountability correctly?” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    Just over 300 attendees, mostly women, from ad agencies; roughly half as many attendees as last year. #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    Jamison: “We’ve got to stop the print bashing”; more applause. #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    Jamison: “Girls aren’t going on Myspace to talk about their weight, their acne, their period–they come to us for that.” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web Jamison, Seventeen: “Our magazine is kind of like ‘a friend with benefits’” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    Jayne Jamison, VP, Seventeen: “I love magazines”; applause. #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    MSLO CEO: “Simply put, advertising cannot support all the media that is out there.” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    MSLO CEO: “’The Rise of the Bloggers’ [would’ve] sounded like a horror movie.” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    MSLO CEO: “We didn’t anticipate the consumer creating content to the degree they have.” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web MSLO CEO: 15 years ago we knew consumer was in control, “but we didn’t take it far enough.” about 12 hours ago from mobile weblast_img read more

Time Inc Rationalizing Portfolio as Q1 Shows Continued Decline

first_img Also Wednesday, CEO Rich Battista told investors that Time Inc. is investing in “an aggressive cost re-engineering program” along with “rationalizing” its portfolio — a phrase that usually refers to shutting or selling properties.  It’s a rocky start to 2017 for Time Inc., which last month appeared to have closed the door on acquisition discussions with multiple parties, at least for the time being. Meredith Corp. reportedly valued the company at $18 per share — below the $20 per share that Time Inc. supposedly sought. Time Inc.’s revenue declined by $54 million, or 8 percent, in the first three months of 2017, marking another quarter of contraction for the beleaguered but still giant publisher. Overall revenue for the quarter was $636 million, including $212 million from print advertising (down 21 percent from the same period in 2016) and $119 million from digital advertising, which increased by 32 percent. Circulation revenue also decreased by 14 percent, or $33 million, which the company attributed to changes in frequency across brands, as well as a consumer preference for digital media. Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story reported that Time Inc. had rejected an offer from Meredith Corp. Time Inc. has not confirmed that claim. View the company’s official statement here.center_img As Battista promised a brighter future, former CEO Joe Ripp said goodbye to yesterday. Ripp is leaving his role as executive chairman of Time Inc., as is board member Howard Stringer. Ripp is being replaced by John Fahey as non-executive chairman of the company. Dan Rosensweig, president and CEO of the learning platform Chegg, Inc., has also been nominated to the board.  Operating income was reported at a loss of $26 million, following decreases in revenues as well as large restructuring costs, to the tune of $16 million, that followed a year of layoffs and the resulting severance payments. In an earnings announcement Wednesday, the company also said that it has identified “non-core assets,” which it will begin to divest shortly. It’s not clear which assets will be sold, but the news of a potential selloff comes just days after Time Inc. said it would follow its own strategic plan instead of seeking a sale of the whole company. Shareholders responded unfavorably to Wednesday’s report, with shares dropping from $15.13 on Tuesday afternoon to $12.25 Wednesday morning. At press time, shares had stabilized around $13.08.last_img read more

Gmail confidential mode for G Suite launching in June

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Tags The new Gmail mode lets you restrict access to confidential emails. Derek Poore/CNET  Gmail’s confidential mode will be launching in G Suite on June 25, Google announced in a blog post Wednesday.The mode will be on by default in Google’s suite of tools for business, and allows workers to set expiration dates and revoke access to emails. Users can also require recipients to go through text message authentication before being allowed to view an email.”Additionally, with confidential mode, recipients don’t have the option to forward, copy, print, or download their content or attachments,” the blog post, spotted by VentureBeat, said.It’s already available in beta mode — you can see generally how to use it in the GIF below. Google, Inc. Announced in August, confidential mode was rolled out first to personal Gmail iOS and Android apps. While the mode prevents recipients from forwarding, copying, printing or downloading confidential emails, they can still take screenshots. 0 Use the Gmail app to send confidential emailscenter_img Mobile Tech Industry Security Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Gmail Google 2:22 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

TRAI seeks power to penalise errant telcos

first_img1. MTNL10.4%8.2% A recent study on the rate of call drops by different carriers has highlighted their continuing poor performances, according to the telecom regulator, TRAI. The Call Drop Rate Performance study, though limited to national capital Delhi in its first leg, is the regulator’s efforts to improve the overall service quality.The Mint noted dropped calls (call drop) as those that terminate abruptly for technical reasons before the call is complete. Recently, there were reports that telcom service providers were using new technology to artificially keep the calls connected even though there was no voice exchange from the other end.The regulator said Aircel was using the radio link time out technology to mask call more than other carriers. However, the big four — Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Communication — too were requested to further decrease their drop rates. MTNL, the government run telecommunication carrier, was the other service provider monitored for the study. Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in DelhiCompanies2G3G Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi1. MTNL10.4%8.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi2. Idea0.9%6.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi3. Reliance Communication-5.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi4. Airtel3.3%2.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi5. Vodafone2.8%1.4% Related”We have been conducting drive tests to access quality regularly and for the last 8-9 months we have increased the tests in terms of coverage with the number of cities going up to almost 12,” TRAI chairman R.S. Sharma told the Mint.The May 2016 study, however, indicated only Vodafone to have had a reduction in its call drop rates in Delhi, while all others lurked where they were or showed increase in call drops against the January 2016 study. Idea’s 2G, with 0.9 percent call drop rates, was better than 2.1 percent seen in January.Except Vodafone and Reliance, all other telecos could not even meet the benchmark in terms of call drops in Delhi region, noted the Mint.A source told the news outlet that the regulator may seek penalising power for itself against faulting telecos. The regulator has already set up a portal to register call drop complaints. It has also warned that not more than 2 percent of the calls on each of the carriers network should be dropped.The study, conducted to analyse the overall service quality offered by the carriers, also focused on three other important parameters of call set-up success rate, signal quality (Rx quality) and blocked call rate.Pro teleco lobby group Broadband India Forum highlighted that the study was welcome as there was a sustained improvement in call set up rate across many telecos. On the call drop issue, another lobby group noted that some chosen areas in Delhi were highly congested. 5. Vodafone2.8%1.4% Companies2G3G 3. Reliance Communication-5.2% 4. Airtel3.3%2.2%  Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi 2. Idea0.9%6.2%last_img read more

Egypts Sisi reelected with 97pc of vote

first_imgSupporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir square following his re-election for a second term on Monday. Photo: AFPEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swept to a second term with 97 per cent of valid votes, official results showed Monday, dominating an election last week that saw him face no serious rivals.The head of the election authority Lasheen Ibrahim said at a press conference that turnout was 41.05 per cent of the almost 60 million registered voters, down from the 2014 vote that saw Sisi claim the presidency.Ibrahim said 92.73 per cent of the votes were valid from the roughly 24 million cast, while almost two million ballots were spoiled.Sisi’s sole rival and an erstwhile supporter, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, won 2.92 per cent of the valid votes, Ibrahim said.Moussa entered the election at the very last moment after first leading a re-election campaign for Sisi, saving the vote from having just one candidate.Sisi’s serious contenders either withdrew, were sidelined or were detained.In a brief victory speech broadcast Monday evening on state television, Sisi sent “greetings, appreciation, and respect” to Egyptians.He promised “to continue my oath to be loyal in my work, not sparing any effort in order to advance our nation.”Sisi directed “thanks and appreciation to Moussa Mostafa Moussa who lead an honest and civilised competition.”As for Moussa, he said at a press conference that “the most important thing is that Egypt has won.”Trump congratulationsHundreds of supporters took to the streets in Cairo and other cities, waving the Egyptian flag and singing patriotic songs to celebrate Sisi winning another four years in power.US President Donald Trump “congratulated” Sisi on his victory in a telephone call, the White House said in a statement that did not mention any worries over the fairness of the vote.“The two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and noted that they look forward to advancing this partnership and addressing common challenges,” it said.Earlier the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US “will continue to work to advance our shared objectives” with Egypt, despite its concerns over political freedom.But Nauert added: “We have noted reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections.”Four Egyptian rights groups, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, denounced the electoral process in a statement late on Monday.The election commission “lost its political legitimacy by watching the electoral process as it transformed into a debacle beleaguered by the worst political and security thuggery ever witnessed in an Egyptian election since 1952,” they said.Sisi, who as army chief ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president Islamist Mohamed Morsi after mass street protests in 2013, won his first term in 2014 with 96.9 per cent of valid votes.Turnout of 47 percent in that year’s election was sharply higher than this year’s 41 per cent despite official appeals for voters to fulfil their patriotic duty.Election chief Ibrahim was effusive about the vote regardless of the perceived lack of competition and the low attendance.“These are momentous moments for this nation…which will be written in letters of light, under the title: battle for the love of Egypt,” Ibrahim said as he announced the results.“The entire world heard your chants for the love of Egypt.”Opposition boycottPeople who boycotted the election and cannot show a good reason for missing the vote could face a fine of up to 500 Egyptian pounds (22 euros), the electoral commission has warned.Opposition groups had called for a boycott of last week’s vote which they labelled a facade.There were no presidential debates and Sisi himself did not appear at any official campaign events, although he spoke at a number of ceremonies.In an interview days ahead of the vote, Sisi said he wished there were more candidates, denying any role in sidelining his rivals.Morsi’s removal in 2013 ushered in a deadly crackdown that killed and jailed hundreds of Islamists.The initial crackdown on the ousted leader’s supporters expanded to include liberal and leftist secular activistsA jihadist insurgency since has killed hundreds of policemen and civilians.In February Sisi ordered the armed forces launched their most comprehensive campaign yet to end the five-year-old jihadist insurgency.In the wake of his election success, the Egyptian armed forces congratulated Sisi in a statement, “affirming that it will always stand behind its wise leadership.”Sisi has embarked on tough economic reforms that have been welcomed by foreign investors but dented his standing at home, even though his popularity remains high.Enjoying near-unanimous media support, Sisi is seen by many Egytians as the right man to lead the country after years of political, security and economic turmoil that followed the ouster of leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.last_img read more

Baltimore Officer Dies of Drug Overdose

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROBaltimore City Police have confirmed the death of one of their own, Monday morning.According to Baltimore Police, 25-year-old Jospeh Banks Jr of the 4000 block of Moravia Road, died Friday of an apparent drug overdose.Medics received a call from the Tim’s Motel in the 4400 block of Washington Boulevard in Halethorpe, a little after 3:00 a.m. for the report of an unconscious male.Baltimore police officer Joseph Banks Jr., 25, died of an apparent drug overdose Feb. 25. (Courtesy Photo)When medics arrived, they found officer Banks unresponsive. After several unsuccessful attempts to revive the officer, he was pronounced dead on the scene.A woman, only identified as Officer Banks girlfriend at the scene, told police that she and Banks had been using drugs throughout the day when Banks used the last of his drugs around 11:00 p.m; that is when she noticed the officer making noises as if he was struggling to breathe.The woman told police that she called a friend for Narcan but was unable to administer it. Narcan is the controversial drug that reverses the affects of overdoses.Four hours later, she called police.It is not known why she was unable to administer the Narcan.According to the police report, heroine and opioids were found at the scene.Also noted in the police report, Officer Banks and the unidentified female were both bruised and bloody from an apparent physical altercation.Officer Banks was arrested in October 2018 for an assault charge in Anne Arundel County at a motel where he was living with a woman, according to online court documents.It is unclear if this is the same woman in both cases.Banks had been on the force for six years and was assigned to Juvenile booking and intake.At the time of his death, Banks was suspended from the force and The Afro has also learned that his father is also a Baltimore Police Officer.It is not clear if Banks was suspended stemming from his arrest in October 2018.Banks, who was a graduate of Merganthaler-Vocational Technical high School, also known as Mervo.“Rest in heaven Joseph #mervopride forever. I am so sorry this happened to you”, said a classmate on Facebook.“We are deeply saddened by Officer Banks death. Out of respect to him and his family, we will not comment further”, said a Baltimore Police PIO in a released statement.last_img read more