first_imgWith the temperature dropping and holiday decorations going up, Nova Scotians are urged to take care and keep safety front and centre. “Electrical and fire safety can sometimes be forgotten in the excitement of installing Christmas lights and finding that perfect tree for the house,” said Minister Marilyn More, Labour and Workforce Development. “Following a few tips from the fire marshal can help make sure you and your family have safe and joyous holiday season.” “Unfortunately, this time of year we can see an increase in certain types of fires,” said Harold Pothier, acting Fire Marshal. “However, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent potential fire hazzards when the weather gets colder and many of us are decorating with lights, trees and candles.” Over the holidays and winter months, always remember to: In addition, Nova Scotians should take care when installing their Christmas lights. Lights should be checked over carefully for wear, installed following the manufacturers instructions and should not be installed with staples. For more information on fire safety, contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at 1-800-559-3473. take care when cooking or smoking never discard fireplace or wood stove ashes in your green bin. Instead, place them outdoors in a metal container and away from your house. Let the ashes sit for at least 72 hours before disposing them never leave candles unattended. Keep out of the reach of children and pets, and place in a sturdy holder. Battery-operated candles and lights are safe and convenient alternatives water your natural tree, turn out the lights when not in use, and keep it away from heaters or any flammable objects.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress councillor of Asansol Municipal Corporation identified as Md Khalid was shot dead on Saturday night, in front of his home at Barakar in Asansol.Three miscreants came to the area on a bike and fired multiple rounds at him. When Khalid hit the ground, the miscreants fled the scene. According to sources, Khalid, who was the councillor of ward 66 of Asansol Municipal Corporation, had gone out of his home for a stroll on Saturday night. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen he was about to enter his house at Manberia in Barakar with his younger brother Arman at around 12 am on Saturday night, three miscreants came there on a bike. Two of them came down from the bike and came close to Khalid. Before he could react, one of the miscreants shot a round at his leg. When he was trying to reach his home, the miscreant shot another round at Khalid’s chest. As soon as Khalid fell down, the miscreants fled. Arman, who was close to Khalid, tried to stop the bike but failed. Immediately, Khalid’s neighbours and family members rushed him to Asansol District Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, Arman stated that he Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayis suspecting three persons with possible motive for the crime. He also stated that Khalid was attacked a few years ago as well. Before that, they had even attacked Khalid’s father. The suspected persons are their family members. The Mayor of Asansol Municipal Corporation reached the hospital as soon as he got the news. Later, he said: “Khalid’s brother is suspecting some persons, about which he has informed the police. We also want the culprits behind bars soon. Police will do the needful.” Later on Sunday night, police arrested a person identified as Tinku Khan, who is a relative of Khalid. It is suspected that the attack was due to some family dispute.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Natasha Penner was in the midst of celebrating her 30th birthday at a West Coast music festival when she accepted a drink from a newfound friend.She felt after spending most of the day with him they had established some trust. But after she took a few sips, everything became a blur.“I woke up 10 hours later naked in his tent,” she recalls of the 2014 incident. “I was definitely drugged.”Still disoriented and confused, Penner was told by the man to leave his tent. Upon examining herself, she says she found signs she was raped.Stories like Penner’s are putting pressure on organizers of music events — like this weekend’s Wayhome Music and Arts Festival north of Toronto, headlined by Frank Ocean, Imagine Dragons and Flume — to do a better job making their venues safer, particularly for women.A study by the Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program at the Ottawa Hospital found that 26 per cent of sexual assault cases involving patients who attended the institute in 2013 occurred at mass gatherings. About 40 per cent of patients believed they were drugged and only 33 per cent said they knew the assailant.Other assaults are more fleeting — it’s not unusual for female crowd surfers, for example, to encounter random hands emerging from the audience to tear at their clothes.Stacey Forrester is a co-organizer of the Vancouver wing of volunteer organization Good Night Out, which works with venues to prevent and combat the sexual harassment women typically face at events like concerts.She remains skeptical that promoters are fully committed to preventing harassment on their premises. She says if they were, organizations like hers wouldn’t have to dedicate their time to patrolling venues.“For a long time, having someone grind on you or grab you in passing was just expected to be a normal part of going out or being in a mass crowd of people,” Forrester says.“People who are in security positions still hang on to those beliefs. We see it … when we’re doing training. Even people who are entrusted with the safety of the crowd often buy into these rape myths.”Montreal’s Osheaga music festival recently announced new measures in a bid to curb some of these incidents.Co-founder Nick Farkas says female “Hirondelles” — translated into English as “swallows,” the birds representing love and compassion — will patrol festival grounds looking for trouble and offering assistance.A similar initiative was launched at the Montreal International Jazz Festival last month to complement the mostly male security staff hired to ensure crowds don’t get out of hand.“Historically security guards are often giant guys dressed in black and they’re not super approachable,” Farkas says.“What we’re trying to accomplish with this is that people feel comfortable approaching the special team if something happens.”Osheaga brought in the security measure following a firestorm of criticism last year. Concertgoer Melanie Doucet said she was drugged during the festival’s Red Hot Chili Peppers set. Doucet felt a date-rape drug kicking in and immediately reported it to security, but later said she felt staff could’ve handled the situation better.Toronto’s electronic-dance Veld Music Festival unveiled new measures on Friday to provide designated security spaces staffed with women and outreach booths with volunteer counsellors and crisis intervention managers.Wayhome declined interview requests to discuss safety measures for women, saying they were tied up with preparations for the event.“We are constantly trying to improve on lines of communication with our audiences to ensure they are aware of all channels available to provide aid in any scenario,” said Todd Jenereaux, an organizer at promotion company Republic Live, in an emailed statement.Jodie Ortega, a Vancouver-based advocate for survivors of sexual violence, says the growing conversation around the safety of women at music festivals should be a cue to other events, concert halls and clubs that ticket buyers expect to see improvement.“If public safety is one of their main priorities … then they have to take a step back and think of the bigger picture,” she says.Ortega suggests venues take a cue from public transit operators that post signs saying that violence against bus drivers won’t be tolerated.“There’s no signage like that on the front of a nightclub or the back of a concert ticket,” she says.“Maybe it’s time to be completely blunt.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — New research from an American academic concludes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s spoken French is unfairly criticized in Quebec because he is seen as an outsider.Prof. Yulia Bosworth of Binghamton University in New York suggests that when the province’s media elite attack Justin Trudeau’s French skills, they are less focused on the language and more on denying him membership in Quebec’s collective identity.Her article, “The ‘Bad’ French of Justin Trudeau: When Language, Ideology, and Politics Collide,” was published in the most recent issue of the American Review of Canadian Studies. The author studied 53 online news items, mostly between April 2013 and January 2017, that discussed Trudeau’s linguistic abilities or those of other federal politicians.Bosworth, a professor of French linguistics, discovered a near-unanimous chorus of criticism of the quality of Trudeau’s French, which she says suggests a bias against Trudeau.The author says Trudeau’s name evokes memories of his late father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, whose vision of a bilingual, united and multicultural Canada is rejected by many in Quebec’s media elite.She adds Quebec journalists are also indignant at how Trudeau views himself as bilingual and francophone, a cultural intersection she says is construed in the province as necessarily clashing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rabat – Morocco’s first fully “Halal” bank is set to open its doors in September.According to the Moroccan Association of the Professionals of Participatory Finance (AMFP), the operation will take effect as soon as the central bank has given its approval.“Before September or October, the first bank compliant with Sharia will be launched,” said Said Amaghdir, AMFP director. “Morocco’s financing needs are enormous, particularly in the financing of projects and the stability we have here is in favor of the kingdom.” In January, the Moroccan government adopted a bill regulating Sharia compliant banking products and allows foreign Islamic banks to operate in the Moroccan banking sector. Abdellatif Jouahiri, governor of Morocco’s central bank said that Bank Al-Maghrib received requests from foreign entities to invest in the Moroccan Islamic banking sector, adding that these requests are being reviewed before starting any potential negotiations with concerned stakeholders.AMFP estimates that the investments in Islamic finance will reach $7 billion in 2018. Mohamed El Kettani, CEO of the Attijariwafa Bank Group whose Islamic bank subsidiary, Dar Assafaa is set to become the first financial institution fully compliant with the principles of the Islamic Sharia (law) in Morocco, said that Islamic finance can represent 10 percent of the banking market in 10 years. “We are already leaders of the market and we want to remain the same under the new law.”Islamic banks differ from normal banks in the concept of “interest”. In conventional banking, the relation between the bank and the client is that of creditor and debtor, whereas in Islamic banking the relation is that of partners, investors and trader, buyer and seller. read more

GUELPH, Ont. — Manufacturer Linamar Corp. says it has reached an agreement to buy Winnipeg-based agriculture equipment maker MacDon Industries Ltd. for $1.2 billion.Guelph, Ont.-based Linamar says MacDon and its group of companies will complement its existing agricultural harvesting business in Hungary and allow the company to serve more markets globally.Linamar, which makes precision metallic parts for a range of sectors including automobiles, says the MacDon deal will allow it to further diversity its operations and end markets.‘America has much more to lose than they will ever gain’ by scrapping NAFTA: Linamar CEO‘Astoundingly clean’ balance sheet: Canada’s auto parts makers just keep roaring alongCompany CEO Linda Hasenfratz says the increased exposure to agriculture comes as the sector is in the early stages of a cyclical recovery, and with strong growth to be driven by a growing and developing global population.MacDon sells its specialized agricultural harvesting equipment in over 40 countries and has about 1,400 dealers and distributors in its global network.Linamar, with 59 manufacturing facilities globally and about 24,500 employees, had sales of $6 billion in 2016. read more

At the same time, UN agencies appealed urgently for $7.4 million to help the more than 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), a tenth of the total population, uprooted by the deadly violence that erupted after the dismissal in April of nearly 600 soldiers, a third of the armed forces.Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in the country, Sukehiro Hasegawa, today continued his shuttle diplomacy seeking to forge a dialogue for peace, travelling to the eastern District of Baucau to meet with military and civil leaders after visits earlier this week to western regions for talks with leaders of armed groups demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri.Mr. Annan’s briefing from Ian Martin, a seasoned Timor hand, will enable the Secretary-General to have “a good idea of what is actually going on the ground,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York, noting that it was up to the Security Council to take a decision on next steps.“We will obviously make some recommendations to the Council and those will be discussed during the week, but it’s fairly clear the UN will have to reconsider and probably increase its posture in Timor as we move ahead,” he said.At present an international force including Australia, Malaysia and Portugal, which ceded colonial control of Timor-Leste in 1974, are helping to restore order at the Government’s request. The UN presence has been drawn down since the original UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) was set up in 1999 after the country voted for independence from Indonesia.Once independence was attained 2002, that mission was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), which in turn was succeeded by the current residual UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL). Mr. Martin, who was Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in East Timor, as the country was then called, in 1999, said on leaving Dili, the capital, at the end of a nine-day visit on Wednesday that virtually everybody he had spoken to believed there would now be a larger UN role. On the humanitarian front the UN refugee agency today appealed for $4.8 million to help tens of thousands of IDPs.“Security is still a major concern for the more than 65,000 or so displaced in Dili,” High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “We are now in the process of trying to ease congestion in the 40 or so makeshift encampments around Dili and improve living conditions.” Another 35,000 people are estimated to have sought refuge in the countryside. Mr. Redmond said that so far funds had been slow in arriving, with only $286,000 from Australia, $185,000 from private donors in Australia, and 50,000 euros from the Government of Germany.“We hope with the launch of the UN Flash Appeal shortly that donors will give generously,” he added, noting that at the moment UNHCR is providing emergency shelter, basic items and protection for up to 30,000 IDPs. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a $2.6-million appeal to cover its operations in Timor-Leste until the end of August. The IDPs include 32,000 children under the age of 15.For its part, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is helping to safeguard the health of an estimated 3,000 pregnant women left homeless by strife. With as many as five deliveries on any given day, ensuring timely transport of women in labour to the national hospital remains an urgent concern.UNFPA is supporting the Ministry of Health in establishing a place within the hospital to provide care for pregnant women and their families during the last two weeks of pregnancy and a week after delivery. The UNHCR and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are providing the needed logistical and nutritional support.“Timor-Leste has one of the highest birth rates in the world and faces many challenges in maternal and infant health in normal times,” UNFPA country representative Hernando Agudelo said. “During a crisis, we need to be even more vigilant to ensure that pregnant women receive adequate obstetric services.” read more

NDP leader calls on Harper to defend supply management ‘in its entirety’ OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper should defend supply management “in its entirety” during negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, says NDP leader Tom Mulcair.Harper’s most recent remarks on the trade talks have created uncertainty for Canadian egg, poultry and dairy producers, Mulcair writes in a letter to the prime minister.Supply management relies on marketing boards to control domestic production of eggs, milk, cheese and poultry and high import tariffs to protect against foreign producers.“I am urging you to commit to defending supply management in its entirety and reassure Canadians that it will be protected in all future negotiations,” Mulcair writes in the letter, sent late last week.“Concessions in supply management sectors could have profoundly negative effects on our regional economies.”Mulcair also stressed the importance of the policy in his home province.“In Quebec alone, nearly 7,000 family farms exist and prosper thanks to supply management, which also accounts for 92,000 jobs and 43 per cent of total agricultural revenue.”Last Thursday, Harper said Canada is “working to protect” the supply management system while it participates in the trade talks.“I believe these negotiations are going to establish what will become the basis of the international trading network in the Asia Pacific. It is essential in my view that Canada be part of that — that the Canadian economy be part of that,” Harper said.“At the same time, we are working to protect our system of supply management and our farmers in other sectors.”Max Moncaster, a spokesman for Trade Minister Ed Fast, denied media reports from last week that said the government was prepared to make concessions on supply management.“Our government is committed to defending our system of supply management,” he said in a statement.“Unlike Thomas Mulcair, who has consistently opposed Canada’s free trade agreements and advocated against Canada’s economic interests on the world stage, our government will continue to promote Canadian trade interests across all sectors of our economy, including supply management.”The TPP is currently being negotiated by 12 countries including Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.The government says TPP countries represent 792 million people and a combined GDP of $28.1 trillion, which is about 40 per cent of the global economy.One of the central complaints from opposition parties has been the secrecy surrounding the talks, which have gone on behind closed doors.The government has also faced strong opposition from dairy and poultry farmers who want supply management preserved.Some groups, including the Dairy Farmers of Canada, have expressed concerns about how the trade deal could increase access to the Canadian dairy market.In a 2014 report, the Conference Board of Canada said supply management “effectively transfers resources from poorer Canadians to wealthier Canadians” and called for the policy to be dismantled or dramatically retooled. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks at a rally in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Mulcair is urging Stephen Harper to defend Canada’s supply management system “in its entirety” in the course of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang by Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 2:22 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“Atrocity crimes rarely happen suddenly – they often evolve and develop over time,” Mr. Eliasson said. “Therefore, well before tensions escalate to violence, there are many opportunities to take action. We must all be aware of those moments and act as early as possible.”The Framework was developed by the UN Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect. It is an analysis and risk assessment tool that uses a set of risk factors and related indicators to identify and prevent atrocity crimes. Mr. Eliasson said it could promote a systematic approach to assessing the risks of atrocity crimes as well as opportunities for preventive action.“2014 has been a troubled and turbulent year. We have witnessed large-scale violence and widespread suffering – in Iraq, Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan and many other places,” said the Deputy-Secretary-General. “There has been important cooperation among States to provide assistance to populations affected by these crises.”Stressing the importance of learning from past experiences, including failures, and underscoring the collective responsibility to prevent atrocity crimes that is rooted in international law, Mr. Eliasson underlined the importance of seeking ways to improve the UN’s ability to situations that could give rise to atrocity crimes. That desire had informed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s launch of the Human Rights Up Front initiative and the Framework has already been used under that initiative. It contributed to a more coordinated approach to assessing information on human rights situations, and to taking action in specific cases like South Sudan and the Central African Republic.“By this initiative we are placing human rights, the protection of civilians and the prevention of atrocity crimes, at the heart of our work,” Mr. Eliasson said. “But let us remember – words, commitments and obligations are hollow, unless translated into concrete and effective action.” read more

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Daniel Santacaterina threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and Southeast Missouri claimed its first FCS playoff victory in program history, scoring all its points in the third quarter in a 28-14 win over Stony Brook on Saturday.The Redhawks (9-3) will travel to Utah to face No. 2 seed Weber State next Saturday.The Seawolves (7-5), making their fourth FCS appearance, outgained the Redhawks 404-240 but they turned the ball over four times and three of those miscues led to touchdowns.Trailing 14-0 at halftime, Santacaterina ran 16 yards up the middle to get the Redhawks on the board four plays after Justin Swift’s interception. Southeast Missouri tied the game when Taj Jenkins’ interception led to Santacaterina’s 5-yard scoring pass to Kristian Wilkerson and then took the lead on a 9-yarder to Jerrick Orr. A fumble led to the final Redhawks touchdown, a 38-yard pass to Wilkerson.Donald Liotine rushed 2 yards for a score and Joe Carbone threw 36 yards to Julius Wingate for the Seahawks’ scores in the second quarter.Zach Hall finished with 13 tackles, four solo, and became the Redhawks’ all-time single-season tackles leader with 163.This was the second playoff appearance for the Redhawks with other coming in 2010 when they lost to eventual national champion Eastern Washington.The Associated Press read more

“I think anytime you’ve competed before, there’s a natural sort of rivalry,” Tressel said. “Will that make any difference? Not compared to the decisions we make on the field and the execution we have, but will it add a little bit more fun to it? Absolutely.” Despite all the talk of Miami seeking redemption for its heartbreaking loss in Tempe, Ariz., in 2003, junior center Michael Brewster said the Buckeyes aren’t getting caught up in the hype. “The big thing is we do our talking in between the white lines and that is what we’re going to do Saturday,” he said. And with all the hype and storylines surrounding Saturday’s matchup, Tressel had plenty to discuss at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. Pryor vs. Harris Following an efficient showing against Marshall, for which Tressel said Terrelle Pryor received his highest ever coach’s performance grade, the junior quarterback will go up against another of the nation’s premiere quarterbacks, Miami’s Jacory Harris. Tressel noted that their paths to this point have been much the same. “I think they’ve traveled a similar road. They both got put in there at an early point in their freshman year,” he said. “(They) had to kind of get thrown in with an older group and learn their way to take control of the huddle and then show it through their execution that they belonged there. “I think there’s a lot of teams in college football that would like to have those guys as their quarterback.” Healthy Buckeyes Boasting an injury-riddled defense last week, the Silver Bullets should be nearing 100 percent this week. The most notable return is junior defensive end Nathan Williams, who sat out in week one with a knee injury. Tressel said Williams is back in action and ready to go. “I think the thing that you have to be careful with is guys that miss some training camp and all of a sudden if you think they can go out there and play 50 some snaps, I think you’re risking a little bit,” Tressel said. “So what we have to figure out in the course of this week is just how many snaps is he ready to go. But he seems to be ready to go.” Safety Orhian Johnson, backup middle linebacker Storm Klein and senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa all will be ready to play, Tressel said. Moeller earns conference recognition After sitting out all of last year with a head injury, senior defensive back Tyler Moeller came back with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove against Marshall. Leading the team in tackles with seven and recording OSU’s only sack, Moeller’s return to football was acknowledged this week as he received Big Ten defensive player of the week honors. “I think he came back for his first game playing just like the old Tyler Moeller and even better,” Chekwa said. “I think he made some good open-field tackles and he brought a lot of energy to the field.” Sabino “day-by-day” redshirt With the return of Storm Klein from a hamstring injury, Tressel said that right now the plan is to redshirt junior linebacker Etienne Sabino, who was in contention for a starting spot through much of the offseason. “We’re kind of redshirting him, but redshirting is a day-by-day thing, so he’s got no injury issues or nothing outside of football that’s a reason for him not playing,” Tressel said. “So for this moment, he’s redshirting and if everyone’s healthy going into the ball game, we’ll probably hold him from the ball game.” Battle in the trenches The Hurricanes feature a quick and strong defensive line, and Tressel said his offensive line is in for a “great challenge.” “If we can have a good week of figuring out what it is we think Miami might try to do and at least be mentally prepared, now we’ll find out who can do what on Saturday.” Brewster said facing the OSU defensive line in practice everyday has prepared him and his fellow offensive linemen for the challenge that Miami’s defensive front four presents. “Going against (Dexter Larimore( and Big Hank (Johnathan Hankins) and Cam (Heyward) and those guys in practice, they’re great. We make each other better,” said Brewster. “Sometimes games feel a little bit easier than practice because those guys are so good.” Running back by committee Rushing for 103 yards on just nine carries, senior captain Brandon Saine showcased his superior running abilities against the Thundering Herd. But Tressel said he was most impressed with junior Dan “Boom” Herron. Despite gaining just 44 yards, it was Herron’s resolve that stood out to his coach. “Sometimes you’re coming out of halftime and it’s 35-7 or whatever it was and some guys might say, well, you know, let’s think about the next game or whatever,” Tressel said. “I thought Boom sparked that drive. It was an 80-yard drive. I thought he broke some tackles. You can’t take ‘Boom’ (Herron) out of the mix, but that’s not to discount Saine. He was excellent. “Both those guys have got to keep getting better and better and we’re lucky those are two good ones.” Coming off a 45-7 season-opening victory over Marshall, Ohio State welcomes the No. 13 Miami Hurricanes to the Horseshoe on Saturday for one of the college football season’s most anticipated matchups. With the two storied programs squaring off for the first time since their historic national title bout nearly eight years ago, OSU’s last national championship win, coach Jim Tressel admitted that game might heighten the intrigue of this week’s contest. read more

first_imgThe latest figures suggest criminals are now targeting areas of the country where police forces are failing to investigate burglaries and thefts, experts have warned. Police chiefs are under pressure to tackle increasing threats from terrorism and cyber crime and investigate historic sex offences,… Burglaries and thefts are rising at an alarming rate, according to Britain’s largest police force as figures from the Metropolitan Police show a 21 per cent rise in burglaries year on year. They come as new crime statistics released this week are expected to reveal a national trend.  In recent months police chiefs have said that cost-cutting measures mean they cannot devote resources to “low level crime”.last_img

…after several delays After a period of pre-trial delays, the formal court proceedings of Second Street, Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara (WCD) resident Kevon Alfred is set for tomorrow (Tuesday) before Justice Navindra Singh.  This comes one week after the defendant’s former lawyer, Stanley Moore, SC, discontinued representing the accused due to “other obligations”.Accused: Kevon AlfredAt today’s (Monday) hearing, Defence Counsel George Thomas entered his appearance for the accused but told the judge that he required more time to go through the case file.As such, the judge adjourned the matter for Tuesday. Alfred is accused of murdering 75-year-old Joyce Lewis on March 26, 2014, at her Lot 3630 Christiani Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown home.According to reports, Lewis’s lifeless body was found in her home by Police and her sister, Veronica Deen on the morning of March 26. The woman who was a remigrant was reportedly strangled during an early morning robbery.Five months after she was killed, Alfred was arrested and charged with the murder. He was committed to stand trial in the High Court on October 19, 2015.The State’s case is being presented by Prosecutors Tiffini Lyken, Abigail Gibbs and Narissa Leander. The Prosecution is expected to call several witnesses when the trial commences. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan admits to killing 75-year-old remigrant, gets 23 yearsFebruary 20, 2018In “Court”23 – Year – old charged with murder of PensionerAugust 7, 2014In “Crime”High Court trial begins for duo accused of killing 3 in Robb St arsonAugust 21, 2019In “Court” read more

first_img 10,791 Views By Oonagh Murphy Oonagh Murphy 99 Comments Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 8:45 AM Jun 24th 2017, 8:45 AM http://jrnl.ie/3460163 Theatre director and activist Share2551 Tweet Email2 ‘Hypocrisy in cheering for our gay Taoiseach, and turning a blind eye to his policies’ Do we truly care about LGBT people – or only those who have votes and who can afford the cost of a pint in The George, writes Oonagh Murphy. Short URL LAST WEEK, THE new Taoiseach fanfared a plan to increase the weekly payment made to asylum seekers, by €2.50, bringing a single person’s weekly payment to €21.60.This was one of the earliest announcements by the country’s new leader. It looked like a PR exercise to reassure us of Varadkar’s social conscience.It was so tone deaf to the needs of Ireland’s asylum seekers, it confirmed what many feared about the new Fine Gael darling: that his social policy over the coming years could rival his Tory cousins.LGBT asylum seekers and their pressuresLast year, I co-founded Identity, a support group for LGBT asylum seekers. Identity is a peer-to-peer network, offering support and advice as well as a sense of community to its members.LGBT asylum seekers are faced with distinct pressures: they are at an intersection of several disadvantages. These are people predominantly from Africa and the Middle East who have been forced to leave their home countries because they identify as LGBT. They come to Ireland to escape persecution in societies where to be “out” is to put your life at risk.The trauma of fleeing their home is compounded by entering the inhumane system of direct provision. Under direct provision, an asylum seeker lives in hostel-style accommodation, often sharing rooms with strangers. Residents may not cook for themselves; instead meals are provided at set times of the day.Significantly, asylum seekers may not work to earn an income. An asylum seekers lives in direct provision for the time it takes for their case to be processed. For many, this may take several years.Allow us to work here Members of Identity support groupOne member of Identity told me: “Instead of arguing over payment increases, what we need is a change in the rules around right to work. Allow us to work here and we can make our own living. We are skilled and intelligent, but right now we are wasting away, getting bored and depressed.”Direct provision is an expensive answer to the migrant crisis and is no longer fit for purpose. It was first implemented as an “emergency measure” in 1999 and is contracted out to private corporations to total annual cost to the Exchequer of €43.5m.Notable, in 2016 Aramark, the controversial American company which provides hospitality to the US prison system, was paid €5.2 million to provide basic bed and board to only 850 asylum seekers in Ireland. Mosney Holidays and East Coast Catering each received fees in excess of €7 million. There is big money being made from direct provision.This is why Varadkar’s €2.50 extra announcement sounded so hollow. In fact, the working group on direct provision chaired by Bryan McMahon in 2015, recommended an increase of €17, not €2.50.Hypocrisy in cheering for our gay TaoiseachAnother member of our group, a 32 year woman from Zimbabwe told me: “I thought having a Taoiseach who is gay and the son of immigrants would be good news for us stuck in direct provision. But it seems Varadkar does not empathise with our plight. Otherwise he would not have made his first interaction with asylum seekers this insultingly tiny increase”.As we celebrate Pride this weekend, we will enjoy our global reputation as a socially progressive society, liberated from our conservative past. But there is a hypocrisy in cheering for our gay Taoiseach, while simultaneously turning a blind eye to his policies, policies which will only damage the lives of those in our society most at risk.Pride started as a protest against the persecution of LGBT people. In 2017 we must ask ourselves, do we truly care about the lives of all LGBT people – or only those who have votes and who can afford the cost of a pint in The George to rub shoulders with our shiny new Taoiseach?Oonagh Murphy is a theatre director and activist. She co-founded Change of Address, a collective connecting asylum seekers with the Irish creative community. Change of Address run Identity Support Group for LGBT Asylum Seekers.Teen mental health: ‘The first time I was admitted, albeit voluntarily, I was absolutely terrified’>‘Does our Housing Minister know how many homes are at risk of rapid fire spread?’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img37.000 sapins de noël recyclés cet hiver à ParisCette année, la collecte de sapins de Noël organisée à Paris a permis de recycler 37.000 conifères. C’est 27% de plus qu’à l’hiver dernier. Si le sapin de Noël est l’élément de décoration indispensable de Noël, une fois les fêtes passées, il faut aussi penser à son devenir. Pour éviter que les arbres ne soient abandonnés dans la rue, la ville de Paris organise chaque année une vaste collecte. Pour les fêtes de 2011, celle-ci a duré du 26 décembre au 22 janvier et s’est achevé sur un bilan plus que positif. Au total, ce sont quelque 37.000 conifères qui ont été récupérés pour être valorisé. Un chiffre en hausse de 27% comparé à l’an passé, souligne la Ville de Paris.Pour la cinquième année consécutive, l’opération a contribué à la valorisation des déchets verts de la ville. “Les sapins collectés sont broyés sur place et le broyat obtenu est répandu au pied des massifs des espaces verts”, a expliqué la mairie cité par l’AFP. Une technique qui contribue à “réduire l’apparition d’herbes folles et limiter l’évaporation du sol”.La Ville de Paris a également dressé un palmarès des parcs et jardins publics qui ont permis de recycler le plus de sapins en 2011. Au premier rang, figure le Parc des Buttes Chaumont dans le 19e arrondissement où 3.153 sapins ont été déposés. Ensuite, viennent le Parc Montsouris (14e arrondissement) avec 1.195 sapins et le Square Villemin (10e arrondissement) avec 1.136 sapins.Le 3 février 2012 à 16:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on target Today is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that comic is Doom Patrol #6 from writer Gerard Way, artist Nick Derington, and DC Comics’ Young Animal Imprint.Doom Patrol #6(W) Gerard Way (A) Nick DeringtonOur first arc concludes! The Doom Patrol is back together, and their mission to take out the Vectra brings them in contact with another old friend. Secrets will be uncovered; blows will be struck and, whether they win or lose, Casey Brinke’s existence will be altered forever. And yours just might be, too! via DC ComicsNormally, when I write about the book that I am most excited about for the week, its a very positive process. Why wouldn’t it be? This week, however, sees the release of Doom Patrol #6, which is solicited to be the last issue, at least for a few months. Writer Gerard Way has said that both he and artist Nick Derington have many plans for the series and that it will return in July for issue #7. I’m an impatient person, but I would much rather they take the time to get this book right than rush it and the book not feel right. Doom Patrol has been one of the best series in comics since it began back in September of last year, and despite a few delays on issues, I am always stoked when a new issue comes out. In preparation for this issue being the last before a hiatus, I went back and re-read the series, and this issue does a great job of wrapping a lot of things up while still keeping a lot of balls left in the air, as Doom Patrol tends to do.There truly is nothing else like this series coming out, or at least there hasn’t been for awhile. An absolutely insane story that still manages to feel like it is true to the older iterations of the team, especially the Grant Morrison run, an influence that this series wears on its sleeve. Every issue feels both epic and humble, managing to slip in tiny moment between characters that give this book more heart than most other series. I feel as if this is the series real strength, finding that balance between the metaphysical, grandiose stories about the battles between good and evil, and the smaller stories about how these characters are really just people when it comes down to it.via DC ComicsArtist Nick Derington is the real superstar of this book, and his artwork plays up that balance a lot. You can tell just by reading the series that Gerard Way and Derington are very much on the same page, with every page dripping with love. I legitimately cannot think of a page that didn’t feel like something special in some way or another, and it is pretty impressive. My favorite part is that Derington’s art doesn’t ever feel like it’s trying to be more than it is, coming across as sweet and simple even when he’s drawing ethereal beings flying through the cosmos. It’s an odd comparison, but it reminds me of the cartoon Rick and Morty, in that the show looks deceptively simple on the surface, but when it really gets into it, you can see just how intricate and well laid out the art direction is. All in all, Doom Patrol is one of my favorite series, and I’m going to miss it with the hiatus coming up, but now is a great time for you to check it out and catch up. Doom Patrol #6 is written by Gerard Way, with art by Nick Derington, and is available in print and digitally today at Comixology.4/29/17 Releases – In addition to Doom Patrol #6, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading, if you are not already.Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 by writer/artist James Stokoe and Dark Horse Comics. Soothe that Alien craving until the movie comes out next month!The Flash #21 by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter. Part two of THE BUTTON event that began in last week’s Batman #21. A must read if you want more clues to the Rebirth/Watchmen aspects of the DC Universe.Quantum Teens Are Go! #3 (0f 4) by writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Eryk Donovan, and Black Mask Studios.Black Widow Volume 2 No More Secrets by writer/artist Chris Samnee, writer Mark Waid, and colorist Matt Wilson. The second half of the series that has been one of Marvel’s best for the past year, I cannot recommend it enough.last_img read more

first_imgAS Roma goalkeeper Alisson is pleased that clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid are interested in signing him but has admitted that he is not currently thinking about leaving the Serie A sideThe Brazil number one has emerged as one of the greatest goalkeepers in Europe following a breakthrough season at Roma since replacing the departed Wojciech Szczesny.His impressive displays at the Stadio Olimpico has caught the interest of several European giants and the 25-year-old is expected to be selected ahead of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup.“I don’t know what will happen,” Alisson told Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Football Italia.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s logical that the interest pleases me. I’d say it’s not just a question of need, I know my value, not in terms of money but as a player.“I know what I bring to a team, but I’m only thinking of the present. Whatever happens next, we’ll leave it for later.“I’m here and I need to focus on doing well. Even when I was at Internacional, I had negotiations with Roma but all I thought of was doing well.“I played for six months with my contract already signed with the Giallorossi but I won all the same.”last_img read more

first_imgMateo Kovacic is enjoying life at Chelsea and can see himself sticking around, but accepts it’s Real Madrid who have the final sayThe 24-year-old midfielder is currently on a season-long loan deal at Chelsea after struggling for regular opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu.Kovacic has since established himself as a key member of the Chelsea team with 22 appearances made in all competitions this term.And the Croatia international is very pleased with how things have turned out for him at Stamford Bridge.“I think it [a loan switch] was the most important thing I did for now in my career,” Kovacic told Sky Sports.“It was a step I wanted a lot, I wanted to come here. I say thank you to my previous club, to Chelsea as well, who wanted me a lot. I am enjoying it and I like it a lot here.“For now, I am happy here. The city is amazing, the club is one of the best in the world, and my team-mates are great.”As for a permanent switch to Chelsea, Kovacic revealed he’s open to the idea but conceded it’s Real who will make the last call on his future.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I need to respect my previous club, Real Madrid. I can imagine myself staying here, but I have a contract I need to respect, and that is what I will do,” added Kovacic.“For now, my business is to give my best every day.”Meanwhile, Real have been strongly linked with one of Kovacic’s new teammates in Eden Hazard – who has asked him about life at Los Blancos.“For me, he is an incredible player,” said Kovacic on Hazard.“I did not know he was that good and he can easily be one of the two or three best players in the world.“He asked me how it was there [at Real] but we are looking forward to having a great season together, to be fully concentrated on Chelsea.“He is focused a lot on doing great things with Chelsea.”Chelsea will face Watford today in the Premier League with kick-off set for 20:30 (CET).last_img read more

first_imgA US district court in St Louis, Missouri, has referred a dispute over the employee status of FedEx drivers to a jury for deliberation.In the case of Gray vs FedEx Ground Package System, the latter contracts with operators to make deliveries. Under their contracts, the operators were not required to personally drive, but could hire someone else to do so. The plaintiffs brought a suit against FedEx claiming that they should be classed as employees rather than independent contractors, and should thus receive the benefits employees are entitled to.A court orginally ruled in the operators’ favour and awarded damages. FedEx appealed the decision.The appeals court found that a ’reasonable jury could disagree and conclude that plaintiffs were independent contractors’. The original decision was therefore reversed and has now been submitted to a jury for consideration.The case follows others surrounding employment status, such as those recently involving Uber and Yelp.last_img read more

first_imgyooooo @TeamCJCorrea’s tonight! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/9hRH1HzyvL— Houston Astros (@astros) October 31, 2017 Tonight’s key matchup for Game 6. 🔑 pic.twitter.com/dtScc4XpF9— Houston Astros (@astros) October 31, 2017 It’s PACKED at MMP tonight! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/88s0Ez5ogY— Houston Astros (@astros) November 1, 2017___7:31 p.m.Chris Taylor looped an RBI double to key a two-run rally against Justin Verlander in the sixth inning that’s put the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead of the Houston Astros 2-1.Verlander was in complete control until the sudden burst. The Astros ace had allowed just one single and struck out eight in five innings before Los Angeles broke through.Austin Barnes singled to open the sixth, Chase Utley was hit by a pitch, Taylor went the opposite way for his tying hit and Corey Seager delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly.Dodger Stadium was going wild, with fans hoping to extend this World Series to Game 7. Not everyone was screaming with every pitch — looming in the Dodgers bullpen was ace Clayton Kershaw, loosening up just in case.#SpringerDinger!It’s 1-0 @astros in the 3rd. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/YiODVTn5Pw— MLB (@MLB) November 1, 2017 8:43 p.m.Chris Taylor, Corey Seager and the Los Angeles Dodgers sent this twist-and-turn World Series to Game 7, rallying against Justin Verlander to beat the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night.A comeback win in Game 6 on Halloween night gave fans at Dodger Stadium and beyond a true treat: A year after the Cubs beat Cleveland in a Game 7 thriller, the baseball season is going the distance.Yu Darvish will start for Los Angeles. Astros manager A.J. Hinch didn’t announce a starter before Game 6, wanting to see how things went. It will be Charlie Morton or Lance McCullers Jr., most likely.Verlander dominated for five innings, but the Dodgers got him in the sixth. Chris Taylor hit a tying double and Corey Seager had a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.Joc Pederson hit his third Series homer in the seventh for insurance and took an animated trot around the bases. George Springer hit his fourth Series for Houston.OH after top of 8th in bar by Minute Maid: ‘We lost the series, man.’ Some fans headed for the exits #WorldSeries— Michael Marks (@michaelpmarks) November 1, 2017___8:32 p.m.The Los Angeles Dodgers are three outs away from beating Justin Verlander and forcing a decisive seventh game in the World Series.Los Angeles is taking a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went against his pregame instinct and brought in closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning.The Dodgers’ usually dominant closer had struggled in similar situations in Game 2 and again in Game 5. Roberts claimed that he hoped to limit Jansen to three outs in this game.But Jansen mowed down the Astros’ 4-5-6 hitters with seven pitches in the eighth, pushing the Dodgers three outs closer to the 41st Game 7 in World Series history.Charlie Culberson got a leadoff single in the eighth for Los Angeles to extend his improbable postseason run after spending most of the season in the minors, but Francisco Liriano struck out Cody Bellinger to strand two Dodgers.Got a lot of fans of the pitching change here pic.twitter.com/ELnx0yChwx— Michael Marks (@michaelpmarks) November 1, 2017___8:10 p.m.Joc Pederson hit a solo homer in the seventh, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1.He connected on a 1-2 pitch from Joe Musgrove that landed in the left-field pavilion.Kenta Maeda escaped a jam against the Astros in the top of the inning.Tony Watson gave up a leadoff walk to Josh Reddick. Maeda came on and induced a fielder’s choice grounder by pinch-hitter Evan Gattis.George Springer singled when the ball eluded shortstop Corey Seager’s diving backhand stab, putting runners on first and second. Alex Bregman flied out to center before Maeda got Jose Altuve on a groundout to third to end the threat. A look at the crowd at Minute Maid Park watch party for the Houston @astros!#EarnHistory #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/jT4BKEO8V9— KPRCJonathan (@KPRCJonathan) November 1, 2017center_img The Latest on Game 6 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers (all times local): 6:55 p.m.The Houston Astros have chased Dodgers starter Rich Hill in the fifth inning, and Hill wasn’t happy about it.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts again used an early hook on a starter, pulling Hill with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. Hill had given up Brian McCann’s leadoff single and Marwin Gonzalez’s ensuing double, but then struck out Josh Reddick and Justin Verlander to get to the brink of escaping the jam.Instead, Roberts ordered an intentional walk for George Springer and then came out to pull Hill, who appeared to turn his back on the manager. Hill then went to the dugout and furiously swatted cups off the Dodgers’ cooler, sending them flying.But reliever Brandon Morrow, pitching for the sixth time in eight days, calmly ended the rally with a groundout from Alex Bregman. Morrow has appeared in all but one of the Dodgers’ 14 postseason games, and he was battered in Game 5 in Houston.Verlander doesn’t appear to need much run support, however. He retired the Dodgers in order again in the fifth, giving him five innings of one-hit ball. Houston still leads 1-0.___6:40 p.m.Justin Verlander has seven strikeouts through four innings and the Astros lead the Dodgers 1-0 in Game 6.The right-hander has retired eight consecutive batters since Yasiel Puig’s single in the second.Verlander retired the Dodgers’ top three hitters in the fourth as a light drizzle fell. Corey Seager flied out to left before Verlander recorded back-to-back strikeouts of Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger.Dodgers starter Rich Hill retired the side in the top of the inning.___So far so good after the 3rd at HTX Fan Tavern pic.twitter.com/Zy8YeGaarq— Michael Marks (@michaelpmarks) November 1, 20176:13 p.m.George Springer has homered again, connecting for a solo drive that’s given the Houston Astros a 1-0 lead after three innings.The shot was his fourth Springer Dinger of this Series. He went the opposite way with two outs in the third off Dodgers lefty Rich Hill.Justin Verlander is looking sharp for the Astros. Showing off a mix of heat and hooks, he’s allowed a mere single and struck out five.___5:58 p.m.Dodgers fans have told Yuli Gurriel just what they think of him during Game 6 of the World Series.Dodger Stadium ferociously booed the Houston first baseman during pregame introductions, and it got much louder during his first at-bat in the second inning. Dodgers starter Rich Hill even stepped off the rubber before his first pitch to Gurriel, allowing the booing to increase.The choruses of boos only changed into a raucous cheer when Gurriel fouled out.Dodgers fans clearly were disgusted by Gurriel’s behavior during Game 3 in Houston. While speaking with teammates, the Cuban made a blatantly racist gesture and used an offensive Spanish term to refer to Los Angeles starter Yu Darvish, who is Japanese.Gurriel apologized in a statement afterward, but wasn’t suspended by MLB until 2018.The Dodgers also got their first hit off Justin Verlander in the second inning when Yasiel Puig singled to center. The score stayed 0-0, but the Dodgers got Verlander to throw 23 pitches in the inning.___5:33 p.m.Game 6 of the World Series is scoreless after the first inning at Dodger Stadium, with fastballing Justin Verlander and curveballing Rich Hill in control.It was 67 degrees for the first pitch, way down from the 103 heat for the opener last week. It was cloudy, too, with the San Gabriel Mountains far behind the center field wall completely covered.The fans were loud from the start. There were a few Halloween costumes in the crowd, not a lot. Most people in the park are hoping to see the home team dress up as champions after Game 7.___5:16 p.m.The Dodgers brought out the star power before Game 6 of the World Series.Throwing out the ceremonial first balls were longtime manager Tommy Lasorda and former ace Orel Hershiser. The 90-year-old Lasorda, a lefty who pitched for Brooklyn, underhanded his toss home. Lasorda was the skipper and Hershiser was the ace when the Dodgers won their last championship in 1988.Waving big blue flags on top of the Dodgers’ dugout were Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis. On top of the Astros’ first base dugout were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rob Lowe.___5:11 p.m.There has been a moment of silence at Dodger Stadium for victims of the attack in New York that killed at least eight and seriously injured 11.The Houston Astros, Dodgers and the sellout crowd stood before Game 6 of the World Series.A man in a rented pickup truck drove into pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial earlier in the day.___3:55 p.m.What a difference a week makes in the weather at the World Series.The temperature for first pitch on Tuesday night was forecast to be 67 degrees. That’s 36 degrees cooler than last Tuesday when the mercury hit 103 for Game 1 in Los Angeles.Skies were overcast and drizzle began falling about 1 1/2 hours before Game 6. Earlier in the day, light rain fell on Dodger Stadium and the grounds crew had the tarp covering the infield.___2:52 p.m.A day before playing for a championship, a few of the Houston Astros went to see a team of champions.Catcher Brian McCann bought a luxury suite at the Staples Center and took some Astros to see Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Curry scored 31 points to lead the Warriors to a 141-113 romp.“These guys all create that chemistry among themselves. And I’ve seen more guys, that’s different, going out on the road, to dinners, to the games these guys play behind the scenes. So it doesn’t surprise me at all with what McCann has brought, specifically in those type of things,” manager A.J. Hinch said.___1:55 p.m.Yuli Gurriel wanted to apologize in person. Yu Darvish said it wasn’t necessary.Major League Baseball suspended the Astros’ Gurriel last Saturday, a day after he made a racist gesture toward the Dodgers’ Darvish, a Japanese right-hander, during Game 3.Darvish said before Game 6 on Tuesday that Gurriel contacted the Dodgers about meeting with him to apologize, but Darvish declined because he said he wasn’t that mad at Gurriel.The pitcher says he found out about the Cuba-born Gurriel pulling on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish when a Dodgers employee informed him in the dugout last Friday. Darvish says initially he didn’t think it was going to be a big deal, but then he realized it was after the game. Gurriel also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish.Darvish says that he gets why baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred didn’t impose Gurriel’s suspension until the start of next season. But Darvish says he can’t really judge whether five games is too much or too little.Darvish would start Wednesday if the Dodgers can force a seventh and deciding game.___1:40 p.m.Justin Turner is back at third base and hitting third in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series, while the Astros juggled the bottom of their lineup.Turner served as designated hitter in Game 5 after taking a grounder off a knee during Game 4.Center fielder Chris Taylor leads off Tuesday night for the Dodgers, followed by shortstop Corey Seager, Turner, first baseman Cody Bellinger, right fielder Yasiel Puig, left fielder Joc Pederson, second baseman Logan Forsythe and catcher Austin Barnes. Left-hander Rich Hill starts.Pederson had been the DH in the first two games in Houston before being dropped in Game 5. Kike Hernandez and Charlie Culberson are dropped.Center fielder George Springer tops the Astros’ order, followed by third baseman Alex Bregman, second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, first baseman Yuli Gurriel, catcher Brian McCann, left fielder Marwin Gonzalez and right fielder Josh Reddick. Right-hander Justin Verlander is on the mound. McCann moves from last to sixth in the lineup and Reddick drops from sixth to last. Evan Gattis, who DH’d in the last game, drops out.The Astros won 13-12 in 10 innings Sunday night take a 3-2 Series lead. Sharelast_img read more