Former NFL Star Darren Sharper Pleads Not Guilty In

Darren Sharper, a former safety in the NFL, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood night club, while the emergence of a new accuser in Florida left him under investigation in five states.Lawyers for Sharper, who played in the NFL from 1997 to 2010 primarily with the Green Bay Packers, said they would prove that any sexual contact Sharper engaged in was welcomed.”All of these were consensual contact between Mr. Sharper and women who wanted to be in his company,” said attorney Leonard Levine.But a prosecutor pointed out the many investigations against Sharper in places including Tucson, Ariz.; Las Vegas and New Orleans, and asked a judge for $10 million bail.The judge rejected that as excessive, though increased it from $200,000 to $1 million.”The court considers these crimes quite serious and has to protect the public,” Superior Court Judge Renee Korn said.Sharper, wearing a gray suit and black T-shirt, showed up  to court with his lawyers and a bail bondsman who immediately arranged to post his bail.The judge ordered Sharper to remain in Los Angeles, stay away from nightclubs and not be alone with any woman he did not know before October, when the first allegations emerged.The judge set a court date for April 15 to schedule a preliminary hearing. Korn rejected a bid by defense attorney Blair Berk to shut down the release of information in the case.”We’re asking to litigate this in a court of law, not by Twitter feed and entertainment shows,” said Berk.The latest allegations surfaced in a Miami Beach police report released Thursday. It was filed Jan. 19 – more than a year after the alleged attack. No charges have been filed but Detective Vivian Hernandez said the investigation remains open.The report states that the accuser and two friends went to a club in the fall of 2012 and met Sharper and another man. All five left the club at approximately 4 a.m. and Sharper drove them all to his condo. The victim admitted to being extremely intoxicated.The victims’ two friends told her the next day that she went into a bedroom with Sharper and he closed the door behind them. The friends said they heard her telling Sharper ”No, no. Stop, I don’t want to.” They began knocking on the door, entered the room and attempted to take the victim home. The victim can’t remember what she said except that she wanted to sleep.The victim said she awoke around 9 a.m. to find her pants off and Sharper having sex with her. She said she asked ”what’s going on” and Sharper got up and put on a pair of shorts. Sharper told her they didn’t have sex. He then walked her to her car in a parking garage.The victim said she went to be examined a week later. She made the police report after a friend saw that Sharper was arrested for sexual battery.If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison.Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and a second with the Saints. read more

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Texas Monthly Has 80 Employees 40 Interns

first_imgGiving them each half an intern is a fine start. CHICAGO—“We get ‘em from UT.”The “‘em” that Texas Monthly senior vice president and general manager Lorelei Calvert was referring to is the 40 interns currently from the University of Texas scurrying around the company’s Austin, Texas offices. The number of regular staffers employed by Texas Monthly? Eighty.So, let’s see, that’s two employees per unpaid intern. Put another way, roughly a third of the staffers employed by Texas Monthly are young Turks. Real go-getters. No wonder why editor Evan Smith seems happy every time I see him.Calvert, whose son is one of those 40 interns, was speaking during a CM show session here on how to keep your staffers happy while they are often stretched too thin.last_img read more

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3 JMB men held in Narayanganj

first_imgNarayanganjMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested three suspected members of banned Islamic outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Bandar area in Narayanganj on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The identities of the arrested persons could not be known immediately.Tipped off, a team of RAB-11 conducted a drive in the area and arrested three members including a woman of the banned militant outfit, said Alep Uddin, senior assistant superintendent of police.Details of the arrestees will be informed at a press briefing of the elite force scheduled to be held around 11:00am.last_img read more

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New Town laywers death Murder case initiated as police smell foul play

first_imgKolkata: New Town police station has initiated a murder case in connection with the unnatural death of the Calcutta High Court lawyer, Rajat Kumar Dey (34).On Thursday, police received the autopsy report of Rajat. Sources informed that due to some ambiguities in the report police started a murder case based on the complaint filed by his father Samir. Police informed that the case has been registered on charges of murder, causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender and criminal conspiracy against Rajat’s wife Anindita Pal Dey, Alok Pal, Avik Pal and Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSabari Pal. No one has been arrested in this connection yet. Rajat was found dead inside a room in his flat at DB 97 in New Town on Saturday night. On Sunday, police initiated an unnatural death case. The case took a new turn on Monday after Samir lodged a murder complaint against Rajat’s wife Anindita and three other members of her family. He also appealed to the Bidhannagar Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (ACJM) Court in Salt Lake, requesting an order to carry out the autopsy examination in presence of a magistrate. The court granted the appeal and ordered police to conduct the autopsy in presence of a magistrate at R G Kar Hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough Samir lodged a murder complaint with the police, the sleuths were waiting for the autopsy report. On Thursday, after the report came in, the sleuths decided to initiate a murder case as they found discrepancies. Samir previously alleged that Anindita used to torture Rajat regularly and she might have forced him to consume some poison. He also stated that he was informed by Rajat’s brother-in-law Avik Pal over phone that his son was found unconscious. Rajat was declared brought dead when taken to Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital. However, Rajat’s wife had denied the allegations after her husband’s death.last_img read more

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Five Things You Should Know About Web Analytics

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read Enroll Now for Free As an online marketing strategist, I continually come across business owners who rave about the number of visitors coming to their website. The irony is that website traffic alone doesn’t generate money.I ask these business owners questions: Where is the website traffic coming from? What Web pages are visitors landing on the most? What percentage of visitors return to the site? How many visitors convert into customers?Their lack of answers shows they’re concentrating on volume and not on quality, and I guarantee their sales are suffering as a result. It doesn’t matter how many people visit your website if those people are not the “right” people — the type of people who will buy something from you someday.Good website analytics take the mystery out of wondering who’s visiting the company website and why. You don’t need to be an online marketing strategist to use them, either. There are plenty of website analytics packages for sale on the Web, but you can get started free through Google Analytics.Related: How to Decode Website Metrics to Pump Up Your Online MarketingThe Google service provides you with a line of code to plug into each of your website pages, and you can then start tracking. You can get a breakdown not only of how many visitors came to the website, but how long they stayed, what site they previously came from, what search terms they used to reach the website, and which pages they visited the most.Here are five points to consider as you start delving into the numbers:1. Do your website visitors already know you? The whole point of the website is to link you with potential new customers who have never heard of your business, not people who may be merely looking up your address. A well-designed website should only have a small percentage of visitors, maybe 5 percent, who have used the company’s name to find it.2. Are you bringing in potential customers? Let’s say you’re a tennis gear provider. People who find your website searching for “tennis” probably aren’t going to help you. They likely won’t help you if they searched for “tennis racket.” You want the people who searched for “Dunlop tennis rackets,” or better yet “Dunlop Aerogel Titan.” They know what they want, and they will buy from you if you’re offering the best deal.3. Does your social media presence work? If you spend 10 percent of your online marketing efforts on social media and 25 percent of your website visits come from Facebook or Twitter, you’re in good shape. Better yet, you can set up goal scenarios through Google Analytics. A goal might be that you want people to come from Twitter to see a post on your site that links to a promotional offer. You can then tweet the promotion and see how many people follow the path.Related: Website Analytics Tool Omniture: Love It or Loathe It4. Are visitors bailing from your homepage? Google Analytics tells you your homepage’s bounce rate, the percentage of homepage visitors who never clicked on additional pages. If the bounce rate is more than 60 to 70 percent, you have a problem. The search terms your visitors are using to find the site tell you whether they’re the people you want. If they are the right type of visitors and they aren’t delving deeper into the site, then the blame goes on the homepage. It might not look professional, its content might not be compelling or the website might simply be confusing.5. Are they looking at your product or service pages? The website is supposed to generate sales or interest in your services. If website visitors aren’t looking at the pages that allow this to happen, then your homepage is not doing its job. The homepage should be divided into decision-making paths that quickly separate visitors by their interests and lead them to the information they are looking for.Most of all, don’t be intimidated by the analytics. Get your feet wet and decide what you really want. These numbers are the key to finding out whether your website is effectively generating business.Related: Six Steps for Revving Up Your Search-Engine Marketing  Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now July 11, 2011last_img read more

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Google Cloud Next FeiFei Li reveals new AI tools for developers

first_imgAI was always going to be a central theme of this year’s Google Cloud Next, and the company hasn’t disappointed. In a blog post, Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist at Google AI, has revealed a number of new products that will make AI more accessible for developers. Expanding Cloud AutoML Fei-Fei Li at Ai for Good in 2017 (via commons.wikimedia.org)In her blog post, Li notes that there is a “significant gap” in the machine learning world. On the one hand data scientists build solutions from the ground up, while on the other, pre-trained solutions can deliver immediate results with little work from engineers. With Cloud AutoML Google has made a pitch to the middle ground: those that require more sophistication that pre-built models, but don’t have the resources to build a system from scratch. Li provides detail on a number of new developments within the Cloud AutoML project, that are being launched as part of Google Cloud Next. This includes AutoML Vision, which “extends the Cloud Vision API to recognize entirely new categories of images.” It also includes two completely new language-related machine learning tools: AutoML Natural Language and AutoML Translation. AutoML Natural Language will allow users to perform Natural Language Processing – this could, for example, help organizations manage content at scale. AutoML Translation meanwhile could be particularly useful for organizations looking to go global with content distribution and marketing. Improvements to Google machine learning APIs Li also revealed that Google are launching updates to a number of key updates to APIs: The Google Cloud Vision API “now recognizes handwriting, supports additional file types (PDF and TIFF) and product search, and can identify where an object is located within an image” according to Li. The Cloud Text-to-Speech and Cloud Speech-to-Text also have updates that build in greater sophistication in areas such as translation, for example. Bringing AI to customer service with Contact Center AI The final important announcement by Li centers on conversational UI using AI. Part of this was an update to Diagflow Enterprise Edition, a Google-owned tool that makes building conversational UI easier. Text to speech capabilities have been added to the tool alongside its speech to text capability, which came with its launch in November 2017. But the big reveal is Contact Center AI. This builds on Diagflow and is essentially a complete customer service AI solution. Contact Center AI bridges the gap between virtual assistant and human custom service representative, supporting the entire journey from customer query to resolution. It has the potential to be a game changer when it comes to customer support. Read next: Decoding the reasons behind Alphabet’s record high earnings in Q2 2018 Google Cloud Launches Blockchain Toolkit to help developers build apps easily Google’s Daydream VR SDK finally adds support for two controllerslast_img read more

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Book Paradise Helicopters new Volcanoes Waterfall Swim package

first_imgBook Paradise Helicopters’ new ‘Volcanoes & Waterfall Swim’ package Share HONOLULU — If your adventure clients are looking for a new way to explore Hawaii, tell them to look no further than Paradise Helicopters’ new ‘Volcanoes & Waterfall Swim’ tour.The package begins with an air adventure over Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Guests will then touch down in a 1,000-acre tropical fruit farm near Ka’imukanaka Falls where they’ll join Paradise Helicopter’s exclusive partner, Hawaii Forest & Trail, for a guided ground exploration of Hilo’s most beautiful waterfalls.While on this portion of the tour, guests will sample seasonal fruit and fresh macadamia nuts at a private viewing deck overlooking Anuenue Falls before swimming, kayaking or paddling under the private 120-foot Kulaniapia Falls. A fresh made lunch is also included.Priced at US$444 per person, the package – which is ideal for adults, children and seniors – includes 50 minutes of flight time and 2.5 hours of ground activities, not to mention ground transportation back to Hilo International Airport. Signature Paradise add-ons are available.Paradise serves Oahu via Turtle Bay Resort and Kalaeloa Airport, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai via the Lanai Airport, and Hawaii Island via Kona and Hilo International Airports. To book a Paradise Helicopters tour, visit paradisecopters.com. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Hawaii Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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