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Five things you need to know today, Jan. 9

first_img UTPB’s Garrett Baggett (2) moves the ball against Arlington Baptist’s Jashun Petite (3) during their basketball game Monday at the Falcon Dome. UTPB won 99-56. Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.1. Christopher Clark was appointed to the Ector County Court at Law Judge No. 2 position by county commissioners during a meeting today, filling in the seat left vacant after former Judge Scott Layh resigned in late December.2. Medical Center Health System’s new president and CEO Rick Napper will join the Ector County District Hospital board of directors for his first regular meeting tonight.3. The Odessa City Council is scheduled to recognize 10-year-old Randi Spenser today for raising more than $7,126 for the Odessa Police Department’s K-9 unit by selling hot chocolate in her neighborhood during the holidays.4. A crash Friday night west of Odessa left one passenger dead and an Odessa driver injured after they were both ejected from the vehicle, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release.5. IN SPORTS: Sammy Allen tallied a rare triple-double and the No. 8 UTPB men’s basketball team rolled to a 99-56 win over Arlington Baptist in nonconference action on Monday in the Falcon Dome. Facebook By admin – January 9, 2018 Twitter Previous articleTEA launches STAAR Interim Assessment PilotNext articleWoman charged after motorcycle wreck admin WhatsApp WhatsApp Five things you need to know today, Jan. 9 Facebook Local News Pinterest Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Exclusive: Anirudh Chaudhry lacks courage to implement Lodha reforms, CoA tells Supreme Court

first_imgIn a very agresssive and explosive fourth and final status report, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has lambasted BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and disqualified officials like former boss N Srinivasan.Placing before the Supreme Court CoA said, “Chaudhry lacks the courage and conviction to implement the reforms despite filing an affidavit to that effect in court.”They called the actions of Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah disruptive and subversive and say they are both acting with vested interests. In a 37-page report in possession of India Today, CoA have also submitted audio recordings of BCCI meetings to substantiate their claims.(India Today Photo)The case is up for hearing on 14 July. The report is attached below.Earlier on June 26 at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM), Srinivasan took the lead in resistance to Lodha reforms citing ‘the 19 affidavits state units had filed with various courts over difficulties in implementing the July 18th 2016 Supreme Court order.'(India Today Photo)”We can’t go back on them,” he had told the members.This was picking up from his terse communication to Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai a day earlier that there wasn’t much to talk on the reforms as the matter was subjudice. The meeting closed in 15 minutes.(India Today Photo)At the SGM, to justify his argument of not being able to implement the order in current form, Srinivasan even batted for former office bearers Ajay Shirke and Anurag Thakur who he was once at logger heads with.He had told the members they had lost their place in legal battles to preserve the BCCI autonomy and it would not be fair to modify position in their absence.advertisement(India Today Photo)last_img read more

Purdue Associate SID Subtweets Caleb Swanigan After MSU Decommitment

first_imgcaleb swanigan gets pursuaded with a notorious b.i.g. image.caleb swanigan notorious b.i.g.Earlier this afternoon, news broke that Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead five-star big man Caleb Swanigan had de-committed from Michigan State, and that Purdue stood a strong chance at landing him. Swanigan, whose nickname is “Biggie,” would be a major addition for the Boilermakers. Apparently, Purdue basketball SID Chris Forman agrees, as evidenced by his musical choice for a “Throwback Thursday” on Twitter. #TBT Loved jamming to this song back in the day! https://t.co/CtGYqCPVR7— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) May 7, 2015The Biggie track appears to be a not-so-subtle reference to the uncommitted star center. If so, Forman had to figure it wouldn’t be too hard for people to see what he was doing. Good point… Every day is good for Biggie. https://t.co/mGLxSOEfCX— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) May 7, 2015We agree with that sentiment.last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ezekiel Elliott’s Car Was Ticketed Outside OSU’s Practice Facility, And He’s Unhappy About It

first_imgA closeup of Ezekiel Elliott celebrating during a football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On-campus parking authorities can be the bane of many college students’ existences, even if you are a football star like Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. This afternoon, Elliott’s car was ticketed outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, OSU’s indoor practice facility. Needless to say, Elliott isn’t exactly happy about receiving the citation. So how campus park gonna ticket me at the woody …. pic.twitter.com/qtIiTpFx6n— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) June 29, 2015How do I get a parking ticket at the THE FREAKING FACILITY— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) June 29, 2015Amazingly, former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman’s car was ticketed nearly one year ago today, and he too was ticked about it. Memo to Ohio State’s parking authority: lighten up a bit!last_img read more

JK govt asks Amarnath yatris tourists to return

first_imgSrinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday asked Amarnath Yatris and tourists to immediately make necessary arrangements to cut short their stay in the Valley and return as soon as possible in the wake of intelligence inputs of “specific terror threats” to the pilgrimage.The Principal Secretary (Home) issued a security advisory, saying pilgrims and tourists “may curtail their stay” and “return as soon as possible”. “Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible,” it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsEarlier, security forces recovered a Pakistan-made mine and a huge cache of arms from along the Amarnath Yatra route. Searches were launched along the pilgrimage route after specific intelligence that Pakistan-based terrorists might target the Yatra using improvised explosive devices and attack pilgrims, Lt Gen Sarabjit Singh Dhillon said in a joint briefing by security forces here. The forces launched a massive operation along the Amarnath Yatra route, during which a huge a cache of arms was recovered and it included a mine with a Pakistan Ordnance Factory stamp and an American sniper rifle M-24, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayHe said the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Jammu and Kashmir is more “pronounced” in the hinterland even as the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) remains “largely peaceful”. Regular infiltration attempts are being made by Pakistan-based terrorists but the Army is thwarting their bids at the LoC, he said. On the reports of additional troops being sent to the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said security personnel were on regular duty during the year because of elections, among others, with no time to relax. He said there were also “fresh inputs of increase in violence by terrorists” which made it necessary to “strengthen the counter-intelligence grid” on the ground. Refusing to give the exact number of additional troops being sent to the Valley, Singh said they will give on-ground troops some time to relax and strengthen the security system. The Home Ministry on Friday said the deployment of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir was based on the security situation there and requirements of rotation, and that such things are not discussed in the public domain. Meanwhile, Opposition parties hit out at the government, saying Parliament should have been taken into confidence before sending out such a missive.last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___Strong economy does little to lift department store salesNEW YORK (AP) — Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales over the holidays in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas. So when Macy’s and Kohl’s reported lacklustre numbers on Thursday, they were taken aback, sending retail stocks into a tailspin and calling into question whether such mall-based chains can compete in a changing landscape.___Powell repeats pledge to remain ‘patient’ with rate hikesWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the central bank has the ability to be “patient” and watch carefully to see how the economy evolves this year. Speaking to an audience in Washington, Powell on Wednesday delivered the same reassuring message of patience that had bolstered markets last Friday.___Industrials lead US stocks higher again; Macy’s nosedivesNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished higher for the fifth day in a row in uneven trading. Industrial companies rise following the latest round of trade talks between the U.S. and China while Macy’s takes its biggest loss of all time after reporting weak holiday sales. Other retailers sink, while technology companies and high-dividend stocks rose.___Auto industry troubles buffet Ford, Jaguar Land RoverFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The headwinds buffeting the global auto industry made themselves felt in Europe as mass-market carmaker Ford and luxury-focused Jaguar Land Rover announced sweeping restructurings that will cost thousands of jobs. Ford Motor Co. said it will cutting an unspecified number of jobs in Europe as it seeks to make its business there more profitable, refocusing on commercial trucks and SUVs and dumping less lucrative models while shifting production to electric cars over the longer term.___US apparel firm cuts off Chinese factory in internment campA leading U.S. supplier of sportswear to college bookstores says it will no longer do business with a Chinese manufacturer that has used workers from an internment camp for ethnic minorities. An Associated Press investigation found last month that the Chinese government was forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food production. The investigation tracked shipments from a Chinese factory to Badger Sportswear in North Carolina.___US, China leave next steps for trade talks unclearBEIJING (AP) — The United States says talks on ending a bruising trade war focused on Chinese promises to buy more American goods. But it gave no indication of progress on resolving disputes over Beijing’s technology ambitions and other thorny issues. China’s Ministry of Commerce said the two sides would “maintain close contact.” But neither side gave any indication of the next step during their 90-day cease-fire in a tariff fight that threatens to chill global economic growth.___CES 2019: “Family tech” gadgets appeal to parental anxietyLAS VEGAS (AP) — The CES gadget show is full of new devices promising to make life a little bit easier for harried parents. There are artificially intelligent toys to keep kids occupied, educate them and get them to brush their teeth without parental nagging. A common thread among the gadgets showcased in Las Vegas this week is an appeal to parental anxiety.___Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug pricesWASHINGTON (AP) — Leading congressional liberals are unveiling a package of bills that aims to reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs by linking prices to lower costs in other countries. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings plan to introduce three bills Thursday. A major idea would open up generic competition to brand-name drugs deemed “excessively priced.” The package echoes some themes sounded by President Donald Trump but rejected by most Republicans.___Fiat Chrysler reaches settlement in emissions cheating casesWASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, including a $300 million fine to the U.S. government, to settle allegations that it cheated on emissions tests. Under a deal with the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Italian-American automaker also will recall and repair the more than 104,000 Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks that are not in compliance. Fiat Chrysler has not admitted any wrongdoing.___Treasury chief: No sanctions relief for Russian oligarchWASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plans to tell lawmakers in a classified briefing that the Trump administration will keep strict U.S. sanctions on the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Democrats asked Mnuchin to brief the House about the U.S. agreement to lift sanctions on three companies that Deripaska has owned or controlled. In a statement released ahead of the briefing Thursday, Mnuchin reiterated that Deripaska and his companies will remain under sanctions.___The S&P 500 index added 11.68 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,596.64. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 122.80 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 24,001.92. The Nasdaq composite rose 28.99 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,986.07. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 6.63 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,445.43.U.S. crude added 0.4 per cent to $52.59 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, slid 0.4 per cent to $61.68 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.43 a gallon and heating oil rose 1.3 per cent to $1.91 a gallon. Natural gas dipped 0.5 per cent to $2.97 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm watch issued for Fort Nelson region

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Fort Nelson.Environment Canada says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could produce large hail and heavy rain.A moist and unstable air mass over the Northeast B.C. Interior will produce thunderstorms over Fort Nelson region this afternoon and evening. There is a potential that some of these thunderstorms may become severe.last_img

Probe Rafale files ‘theft’: CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded a thorough investigation into the “theft” of Rafale documents from the office of the Ministry of Defence and stated that it was a matter of serious concern for the whole country.Talking to newsmen on Thursday, she wondered how such an important document could be stolen from the Union Defence ministry. The Centre has not filed any FIR regarding the matter yet. “We demand a thorough inquiry into the same. Such irresponsible act of the government has ashamed us. Where is our country’s safety and security?” she questioned. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuShe said under such a “callous” government, the country was in deep trouble. “The Centre cannot get away with the statement that somebody has stolen the documents. It is a very serious issue. The quicker this government goes the better it is for this country,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Where is our country heading to? The Attorney General is telling before the Supreme Court about the ‘theft’ of documents in the Rafale deal. This has never happened in the past.” Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’Earlier in the day, she tweeted in Hindi and described the incident as ‘tamasha’ (drama) and hinted that its fallout would be known after the Lok Sabha elections. “What drama is going on in the country? Documents are being stolen from the Ministry of Defence itself. This is a very dangerous situation for the country. What is the government’s opinion on this? Who is the main culprit behind this? There must be a probe into this.” She asked the people to “wait for sometime as general election results would come out soon”. Supporting N Ram, chairman of the Hindu Publishing Group, Banerjee said: “We support Ram for exposing this government. I have profound respect for some senior journalists like N Ram, Pranay Roy who can express their views fearlessly. Invoking Official Secrets Act to threaten journalists is a shame.” She further said that now any journalist who was writing against the BJP was abused and heckled. “Look at the national channels in Delhi. BJP has purchased them and they write stories to confuse people. They are run by people whose primary goal is business and publication of news is secondary.” Recollecting her experience as a Central minister, she said: “Arun Shourie who was then with The Indian Express used to file reports exposing the Centre. There were politicians like George Fernandes and Madhu Dandavate who used to raise those issues in Parliament. She reiterated that under the BJP rule, most of the media houses were scared and anyone opposing them would be taken to task. “Such a thing cannot go on for long. It is most unfortunate.”last_img read more

Man involved in ‘illegal’ deal nabbed with Rs 60 lakh cash

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested with cash worth Rs 60 lakh from B B Ganguly Street on Monday. It is suspected that the money was being used for an illegal deal.According to sources, on Monday, sleuths of the detective department got a tip-off that a deal involving huge amount of money was about to be made around B B Ganguly Street. Based on the information, plain-clothed police personnel started patrolling the area. While keeping a vigil a police source identified one of the suspects. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe person was identified as Dinesh Lohia of Patipukur in Lake Town. He was detained on suspicion. Sleuths found Rs 60 lakh in his bag. When asked about the source of money he could not provide a satisfactory answer. Sharma was immediately arrested and taken to Lalbazar. The information about the seized money has been shared with the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate for necessary actions on their part. During the past few days, Kolkata Police have seized huge amount of unaccounted money and arrested several persons. Sleuths suspect a section of people are trying use black money during the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and for the same reason money is being circulated through hawala.last_img read more