Messi to hold more talks over Argentina return says Scaloni

first_imgArgentina coach Lionel Scaloni say he  will hold further talks with Lionel Messi over his return to international action.Messi has not featured for Argentina since they were eliminated by Kylian Mbappe inspired France in the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA world cup.The Barcelona playmaker has also given no indication over whether he will play international football again, with Argentina beginning preparations for next year’s Copa America.Argentina Coach Scaloni who replaced Sampaoli’s says he is planning  to hold further talks with the talismanic forward after they met when the Copa Libertadores final second leg was played in Madrid in December.“I do not talk very often with Messi, but we have a relationship,” Scaloni told FourFourTwo on Friday.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We are going to try for him to join us in 2019, we have pending talks and we are optimistic that it will be positive.“For us it is something important. Any coach would like to coach him, myself more than any.”Speaking last month, Messi’s Argentina team-mate Mauro Icardi said he hopes the Barcelona star can be persuaded to return to the fold.“He’s the best player in the world and we all hope he comes back with us, especially with the Copa America coming up,” Icardi told TyC Sports after a friendly win against Mexico.last_img read more

Fresh areas flooded in Sirajganj

first_imgThe flood situation in Sirajganj has worsened. Photo: Prothom AloThe flood situation in Sirajganj has worsened following a rise in the Jamuna water level on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.“The Jamuna River was flowing 146 centimetres above the danger level at Sirajganj point at 6:00am,” said executive engineer of Water Development Board (WDB) in Sirajganj Syed Hasan Imam.Fresh areas were inundated as water level of the Jamuna River had risen by 19 centimetres in the last 24 hours, he added.Low-lying areas of Sadar, Kajipur, Belkuchi, Chouhali and Shahjadpur upazilas remained submerged by Jamuna water since Tuesday.last_img read more

Bustruck collision kills 2 in Gopalganj

first_imgA woman and a bus driver were killed and at least 10 people injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on Dhaka-Khulna highway in Gopalganj’s Sadar upazila early Monday, reports UNB.The deceased were Mala Begum, 35, wife of Sobhan, a resident of Morelganj upazila in Bagerhat and the bus driver Sheikh Shahon, 48, son of Sheikh Kabir, a resident of Bogail village in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur district.The accident took place around 1:30am when the Khulna-bound ‘Banaful Paribahan’ bus collided with the electric wire-laden truck, leaving the duo dead on the spot and ten other bus passengers injured, said police sub-inspector Shawkat Hossain.The injured were admitted to Gopalganj General Hospital.last_img read more

Kushtia subregistrar hacked dead

first_imgdeathA sub-registrar was hacked and strangled to death by unidentified miscreants at his house in Babor Alo Gate area of Kushtia on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased was Nur Mohammad Shah, 55, from Kurigram district. He used to live on the second floor of a multi-storey building in the area on a rental basis.Hearing sounds of running footsteps of several people from the second floor around 11:00pm, owners and other residents of the building came out from their flats, said Nasir Uddin, officer-in-charge of Kushtia model police station.They went to Nur’s flat and found him in critical condition with his hands and legs tied up with locally made towels.On information, police rushed there and took the victim to Kushtia General Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.Meanwhile, SM Tanvir Arafat, superintend of Kushtia police visited the spot.Locals said that Nur used to take bribes from people who came to his office for land-related issues, adding that he might have been killed over the issue.Taking of huge amount of money as bribe by the officials and staffs of Kushtia Sadar Sub-registry office is an open secret, they added.last_img read more

ACLU MD and MD Restorative Justice Initiative Report Calls for Changes to

first_imgOf prisoners serving life sentences in Maryland, 77 percent are Black, though Blacks only make up a third of the state’s population. Maryland leads the nation in the percentage of lifers who committed crimes as juveniles, at 15 percent, and is tied with Alabama for the highest percentage of juvenile lifers who are Black, at 84 percent.These statistics are from a recent American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Maryland and Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative (MRJI) report entitled {Still Blocking the Exit.} The report calls for changes to the parole granting process, arguing the current process politicizes parole decisions, causing persons deemed eligible for parole to remain incarcerated at substantial costs to the state, legitimizing a racial approach to incarceration.“The politics have become so much a part of the release, that it tends to govern decisions,” said Walter Lomax, founder and director of MRJI, and a co-author of the report.Under Maryland’s current system, a parole commission, whose members the governor appoints, makes parole recommendations. The governor must sign off on the commission’s recommendations before a prisoner deemed eligible for parole is released.In 2011, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law requiring the governor to act on all Parole Commission recommendations within 180 days. When the law went into effect in 2012, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) rejected the approximately 50 parole recommendations before his office, says Lomax, “which was a clear indication to us that it was politically motivated.”O’Malley’s rejections continued a trend that stretched back to 1995, when Gov. Parris Glendening (D) declared that “life means life” and that no parole would be granted to prisoners serving life sentences during his tenure, according to the report. No lifers have been paroled since, says the report, though a small number have seen their sentences commuted, including by O’Malley.This lack of paroles imposes a substantial human, as well as economic toll, says Sonia Kumar, a staff attorney with the ACLU MD and the other co-author of the report.“We have people who have fully paid their debt, are ready to come home, ready to be successful, that we are spending thousands – it adds up to millions of dollars every year that we’re spending – to continue to incarcerate them, which obviously has a significant financial impact but also has a huge human cost that extends not only to them but to their families and their communities,” Kumar said.It costs about $38,000 a year to incarcerate someone in Maryland, says Kumar, a number closer to $60,000 for elderly persons who are generally more expensive to incarcerate. According to the report, the average age of Maryland lifers who have been recommended, but denied parole, is 60.“The state could be saving millions of dollars by having a meaningful opportunity for parole,” said Kumar. “And that is just in the explicit cost of incarcerating that person, that is not even accounting for all the other costs of having people not be productive members of society when they can be.”The report also highlights studies finding that paroled lifers have lower recidivism rates than other prisoners, including a longterm study of paroled lifers in California that showed less than one percent were ever incarcerated again for new felony convictions.Lomax said the policy goal is for final approval of parole decisions to be removed from the governor and resting solely in the hands of the Parole Commission, mitigating the political burden.“Even though [the governor] has an investigative unit, he’s really not in any better position to assess whether [an] individual should be released than the people who actually make the initial decision which is the parole commission, whom he appoints to do that job,” said Lomax. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more