LONDON (AP): Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez became the first African to be named English football’s player of the year yesterday, straight after the Algerian helped his team close in on the Premier League title. Mahrez was flown by helicopter to the Professional Footballers’ Association ceremony in London after scoring his 17th goal of Leicester’s astonishing title charge as the leaders beat Swansea 4-0 at the King Power Stadium in central England. Mahrez was on a six-man shortlist including Leicester teammates Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante for the vote of their fellow professionals in English football. “I’m very grateful to receive this award,” Mahrez said. “It’s extra special because if the players vote for me, it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year, so I’m happy. But it’s more team things. Without my teammates, I wouldn’t get this award.” The 25-year-old Mahrez is only the second winner of the PFA award from outside England. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez won it in 2014 while playing for Liverpool. Unlike Suarez, Mahrez was an unknown when he moved to England two years ago, joining Leicester from second tier French side Le Havre for less than 500,000 pounds. The transfer now seems one of the best bargains ever in English football, where the record fee is the 59.7 million pounds that Manchester United paid for Angel Di Maria in 2014 before selling the winger the following year. Mahrez has provided inventiveness and flair to Leicester’s attacking play, contributing not only goals but also 11 assists to help transform a team that fought for Premier League survival last season. Now a guaranteed starter, Mahrez was an unused substitute this weekend a year ago when Leicester beat Burnley to finally escape the relegation zone. Leicester started the season as a 5,000-1 title outsider but is now set to become English football’s first maiden championship winner since Nottingham Forest in 1978. “The secret has been team spirit,” Mahrez said. “We work so hard for each other. We are like brothers, it’s everywhere on the pitch. That’s our strength.”
LOS ANGELES – A man who claims that as a boy he was molested by now-retired priest Michael Wempe testified Wednesday that he reacted with rage when he heard that charges against the clergyman were dropped due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision and he saw news pictures of a smiling Wempe leaving jail. “I broke things at the house. I was very upset. I did a lot of crying and I did a lot grieving,” the witness identified as Greg J. testified in Wempe’s trial on new molestation charges involving another alleged victim. In testimony Tuesday, Greg J. told the Superior Court jury how Wempe bonded with him, particularly while the priest was his golf coach at Paraclete High School in Lancaster. Returning to the stand Wednesday, the 39-year-old man said that after the priest left him, “I was very confused about whether I was homosexual” and at the age of 18 he became an alcoholic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card He said he tried suicide a few times and then began violently abusing himself. “I would viciously punch myself in the face, head and neck and I was drunk almost all the time,” he said. On cross-examination by defense attorney Leonard Levine, the witness said, “I continue today to have problems with anger and rage.” But he said he is seeing a therapist who has helped him. Wempe was once charged with molesting 13 boys in the 1970s and ’80s. Those charges were dismissed after the Supreme Court struck down a California law that allowed retroactive prosecution of decades-old sex crime charges involving children. Wempe is now being tried on allegations made by a man who came forward later to say he was molested by the priest in the 1990s. The prosecution began its case, however, by calling some of the men who made the now-dismissed allegations, including Greg. J. Wempe’s defense attorney does not contest that he committed many molestations in the 1970s and ’80s, but does deny that Wempe molested the alleged victim in the case now on trial. Greg J. testified Tuesday that Wempe told students in his Paraclete High School class that masturbation was “God’s gift to relieve sexual tension” and demonstrated how to do it with hand motions. After golf games, Greg J. said, Wempe gave him massages which turned into masturbation and he tried to perform oral copulation on him. Asked why he didn’t tell anyone, the witness said, “I didn’t want to disappoint him or God.” He said Wempe lured him with speeches about “how I was special in God’s eyes and in his eyes.” When the intimate touching began, Greg J. said, “He reminded me what he had taught us about God’s gift of masturbation. … He told me if it was not OK in God’s eyes, God would not allow him to be a priest.” Greg J. said it was Wempe’s stature among his peers that convinced him he must be telling the truth. He said he wondered: “How could somebody who was so well liked do something wrong?” Greg J. testified after other men said Wempe trapped them in a web of sexual molestation that began in their childhoods and shadows their lives today. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mercedes Benz price increaseMercedes Benz is incidentally the first luxury maker to have entered India more than 15 years ago. With the launch of the new A-Class and B-Class Sports Tourer vehicles, it has been able to regain lost ground from competitors BMW and Audi. Owing to rising input costs and high exchange rate, the company has recently announced a small price hike of 2.5% across its model range from September 1, 2014Speaking more on the situation, Mr Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said, “Mercedes-Benz continues to offer ‘top of the line’ products for its customers and focuses on adding more value to their overall ownership experience. We have decided to upwardly revise the prices of some of our models given the rising input costs and continued high exchange rate. Mercedes Benz models are highly enriched in terms of features and they command high customer preference in the market. Our aim remains to grow sustainably in the market in the long-term and keep creating new benchmark in modern luxury for our customers.”Quality, world-class safety standards and refined performance are always standard with the Mercedes brand and the company will continue to maintain its high standards even in times of inflation. To adhere to the interests of the buyers, Mercedes Benz has come out with a host of financial services. Elaborating on the same, Mr. Kern said, “Despite the price hike, the attractive financial solutions from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services like ‘Flexinomics’, ‘STAR Agility, STAR Lease’ and ‘STAR Supersonic’ loan approvals etc. are all tailor made for our customers. These solutions will provide benchmark value proposition, enabling a hassle free purchase, while our service programmes like Star Care, Star Ease and Road Side Assistance, will enhance the customer’s overall ownership experience.”advertisement
ADC AUTHOR The House Defense Appropriations subcommittee has allocated $15 million for the creation of a new military space force in its fiscal 2020 appropriations bill, Roll Call reported Monday.If the House Appropriations Committee’s full $690.2 defense spending bill is approved this week, the proposed space force funding would be almost $57.5 million lower than the administration’s request, according to a committee report released Monday.The Democrat-controlled House has been skeptical of President Donald Trump’s desire to establish a space force, which requires congressional authorization.The funding reduction in the House bill could set up differences when the House Armed Services Committee considers the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill next month.House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said in March he “cannot imagine that what the White House proposed is going to happen.”Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Satran
WILMINGTON, MA — At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen approved several community events scheduled to take place in 2019 and 2020.Last year, the town implemented a new application process for community groups seeking to hold events utilizing public roadways. Groups must now need to submit an application each fall so that town departments impacted by such events can incorporate the associated costs into their operating budgets for the following fiscal year.The following requests were unanimously approved by Selectmen:Wilmington Fourth of July’s Fun on the Fourth Celebration — Wednesday, July 3, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce’s Half Marathon/5K — Sunday, September 22, 2019Sole Sisters Running Club 2nd Annual 5K Road Race – Saturday, December 14, 2019Wilmington Little League Parade — Saturday, April 18, 2020We’re One Wilmington 5K Run/Walk –Sunday, May 3, 2020Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride Ride — Sunday, May 17, 2020Brady’s Foundation 5K Run/Walk — Sunday, June 14, 2020Tony A 5K/Walk — Saturday, October 12, 2020Please note that dates for several 2019 events — Little League Parade, WOW 5K, Pan Mass Challenge Kids Bike Ride, Brady’s Foundation 5K, and Tony A 5K — were previously approved by Selectmen and do not show up on the above list.The Wilmington Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works, and Public Buildings reviewed each application and agreed to accommodate the requests.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: Save The Dates — Selectmen Approve 2018 Walks, 5Ks & MarathonsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government”
Sumalatha AmbareeshIANSThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, March 24, decided to support multi-lingual actress Sumalatha Ambareesh, who is contesting the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in south Karnataka as an Independent candidate, instead of fielding its own nominee.”Of the 48 names cleared for contesting in the upcoming general elections, the party’s Central Election Committee has decided to support Sumalatha in Mandya and field S. Muniswamy from the Kolar (SC) constituency in the southern state,” an official of the party’s state unit told IANS.This means the BJP would contest 27 of the 28 parliamentary seats in the state, including the five reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and two for Scheduled Tribe (ST).Mandya will vote on April 18 along with 13 other seats in the state’s central and southern regions in the first phase, while polling in the remaining 14 seats in the state’s coastal and northern regions will be on April 23.The vote count for all the 28 seats is on May 23.Sumalatha, 55, filed her nomination from Mandya on March 20 as an Independent after the Congress conceded the seat to its ruling ally Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), which is fielding Nikhil Gowda, the only son of state Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy, and grandson of JD-S supremo and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.Sumalatha is the widow of Kannada rebel star and former Congress leader, lawmaker and Minister, M. H. Ambareesh, who was a three-time Lok Sabha MP from Mandya before becoming a legislator from the Srirangapatna assembly segment near Mysuru.Ambareesh passed away in Bengaluru on November 24, 2018, at the age of 66.”Sumalatha recently met our senior leader and former External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna and sought our party’s support after the Congress declined to nominate her from Mandya.”The constituency was represented by JD-S minister C. Puttaraju, whose resignation in May 2018 necessitated the November 6 bye-election, in which JD-S candidate L. Shivaramae Gowda won against the BJP’s Siddaramaiah,” said the official quoted above.
Qualcomm in legal trouble again.REUTERSChipset maker Qualcomm has announced that it has secured 18 OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partners to equip their upcoming smartphones with Qualcomm’s latest X50 5G NR modems in 2019.Qualcomm will start shipping the Snapdragon X50 5G modem in 2019. Qualcomm claims that the handsets with the 5G modem will deliver a high-speed download, faster browsing and high-quality video calling experience. It will also have instant cloud access and 360-degree video streaming. Qualcomm Snapdragon”Qualcomm Technologies is deeply committed to helping our customers deliver next-generation 5G mobile experiences to consumers, which requires enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity enabled by 5G NR networks, mobile devices and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem,” says Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies.”As evidenced by our work with these distinguished OEMs from around the globe and as we demonstrated in 3G and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Technologies is utilizing our deep expertise and technology leadership to support the successful launch of 5G NR, driving innovation in the mobile ecosystem,” he added.According to Qualcomm, the company successfully tested the modem chip with download speed greater than 1Gbps in October 2017.On the other hand, network carriers like AT&T said that it will release the first 5G NR network in the United States in late 2018, whereas Sprint will launch the 5G network in the first half of 2019. Verizon is not ready to make any comment on its 5G offering, instead, it is planning to continue the residential 5G trials throughout the year.Here is the list of 18 manufacturers for Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem for 2019:AsusAsusFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedHMD Global (Nokia phones)HMD Global (Nokia phones)AsusHTCFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedInseego/Novatel WirelessHMD Global (Nokia phones)LGAsusNetComm WirelessFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedNetgearHMD Global (Nokia phones)OppoAsusSharp CorporationFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedSierra WirelessHMD Global (Nokia phones)Sony MobileAsusTelitFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedVivoHMD Global (Nokia phones)WingtechAsusWNCFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedXiaomiHMD Global (Nokia phones)ZTE NetComm WirelessNetgearOppo Sharp CorporationSierra WirelessSony Mobile TelitVivoWingtech HTCInseego/Novatel WirelessLG AsusFujitsu Limited/Fujitsu Connected Technologies LimitedHMD Global (Nokia phones) WNCXiaomiZTE
The 100 Fathers will host the Services, Supports & Opportunities For Fathers, Men, and Boys Citywide Community Forum on April 13 at 1616 Irving Street N.E. at 7 p.m. The forum will include: Mr. Thomas Woodson, 100 Father’s as the facilitator and panelists, including The American Psychological Association Health, Disparities of Men of Color Project, The National Fatherhood Initiative,Services for Special Needs Youth, Ward 5 Community Rep, The Fathers Day Planning Committee; Lyn Twyman, CEO, LASERS – New Approaches to Domestic Violence and Jack Hammer, NFI – Preparing Father Friendly Environments. Dinner will be provided. The event is open to the public. RSVP is requested for the event. To RSVP, contact email@example.com. For more information, visit www.100fathers.org