China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They did not give up until the very end,” AMA coach Mark Herrera said. “This win will boost our confidence.”Bonleon led the Titans with 16 points, while Jaycee Ascuncion tallied 14 points, five boards, two steals and two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the second outing, Centro Escolar University rallied late in the fourth quarter to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 70-57, for a 4-2 slate.Orlan Wamar Jr. led with 16 points while Rodrigue Ebondo and Uri Christian combined for 24 points for the Scorpions, who erected a 68-49 cushion after a 9-1 run. —CARLO ANOLIN, CONTRIBUTOR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cocolife holds off Generika LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESMario Bonleon nailed a clutch free throw as AMA Online Education slipped past Gamboa Coffee Mix, 67-66, to score its first win in six games in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.Bonleon nailed one of two free throws with 8.3 seconds left after getting fouled by Gamboa’s playing coach Leo Avenido.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)You don’t earn four letters as a defensive back in the SEC if you’re not a good athlete, and even though Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is now 40 years old, he apparently still has some of the athleticism that he used as a safety for the Bulldogs in the late 1990’s. During a recent visit to Camp Sunshine, Smart, along with UGA star Nick Chubb and a host of other players, participated in a game of dodgeball with campers. Things got pretty intense, and Kirby seemed to be having the time of his life.The full, awesome video is available below, courtesy of UGASports.com. Kirby Smart, Nick Chubb and the Georgia players visit Camp Sunshine from UGASports.com on Vimeo.
TORONTO ONTARIO, – Wealthsimple is planning to launch what the robo-adviser says is the first zero-commission stock-trading service in Canada.The financial technology company says through this new service, called Wealthsimple Trade, users will have access to unlimited zero-commission trades of more than 8,000 publicly traded stocks and ETFs listed on major Canadian and U.S. exchanges.People will be able buy, sell and track stocks and exchange-traded funds through an app, which is currently in a private beta testing phase, with no account minimum or fees.There are some other online platforms that offer commission-free trading, but may also charge monthly flat rates and require a minimum balance.Wealthsimple says its new service is the first of its kind in the country and the Wealthsimple trade app will be rolled out to users by invitation leading up to a public launch, potentially later this year.The company currently has 100,000 clients in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and manages more than $2.5 billion in assets.
BEIJING — News reports say Chinese leaders are promising tax cuts and more help to entrepreneurs in their 2019 economic plan amid official efforts to reverse a deepening slowdown in growth.No details were immediately released Friday following a three-day annual planning session by leaders of the ruling Communist Party. But news reports said the plan promises more reforms to state industry and efforts to reduce financial risks.News reports said the plan promises better access to credit and other help for entrepreneurs who generate China’s news jobs and wealth but are struggling.The economy faces pressure from weakening consumer demand, cooling exports and contractions in auto and real estate sales.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province has made the Disaster Financial Assistance program available for residents of the Old Fort.The DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers charitable organizations and local government bodies unable to obtain insurance to cover disaster-related losses.If you would like to apply for DFA funding, residents of Area C and the Old Fort area have until January 17, 2019, to do so. The application can be found online at http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance Financial assistance is provided for each accepted claim at 80% of the amount of total eligible damage that exceeds $1,000, to a maximum claim of $300,000. Applications can be made in more than one category.
New Delhi: Delhi Congress Chief Shiela Dikshit has called an urgent meeting with the three working presidents of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday, a senior party leader said. The meeting comes in the backdrop of Congress mulling its options to align with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi in its bid to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections, days after having unanimously decided to go it alone in Delhi. “An urgent meeting has been called with the three working presidents Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajesh Lilothia, at Diskhit’s residence,” a party leader said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The leader, however did not elaborate on the agenda of the meeting. Uncertainty has been persisting in the Delhi Congress over a pre-poll tie-up with the AAP after Dikshit and her three working presidents wrote to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi against the alliance. In a letter written last week, Dikshit along with Yusuf, Yadav and Lilothia protested a recent phone survey to gauge workers’ mood on the alliance.
If I remember correctly, it was Thursday, March 25, 1971. My M.A (History) final exam was round the corner. We in India then had the audible, omnipresent, omniscient and ubiquitous “All India Radio” but no electronic visuals. Hence hearing the evening radio “news” and reading morning newspaper was my childhood “addiction”, exam or no exam. My father – an extraordinary scholar of income tax law, English, Bengali & Sanskrit languages, with expertise in Mathematics, Astrology and Economics, and a senior civil servant of the government of India, was born in, and hailed from, 2 Toynbee Circular Road, Tikatuli, Dhaka (then India, in 1917) and was not the type to disturb his son for radio “news” in the exam season. That day, I too, seem to have something else in mind for emperor Ashoka and Buddhism as a possible question for my paper. Also Read – A special kind of bondNevertheless, there suddenly came a stentorian voice from our C-II 17 Wellesley Road, New Delhi-110003 “radio room”. “Come immediately” was the two-word command. Usually serene, serious yet ever-smiling, he suddenly lit upon hearing the All India Radio news that the charismatic Bengali leader, widely respected and revered as “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman” had given a clarion call to the people of (then) East Pakistan, firing the first salvo at the West Pakistani Punjabi-speaking military junta, from Dhaka’s Ramna Maidan: “Aamago share shaat koti zanagan re tomra dabayya raakhte parbaanaa” (You oppressive rulers, you will never be able to suppress us seven and half crore Bangali people). We instantly felt the electrifying effect and potential tremor, almost after 24 years of the Partition days, in the “radio room” of the Hindu Bengali refugee in Lutyen’s zone of New Delhi. Also Read – Insider threat managementThereafter, things moved at high speed. Owing to his professionalism, probity and spotless past, my father was one of the two Bengali speaking senior civil servants whose residence was identified by the Government of India as an “informal meeting point”, should the need arise in future. My M.A exam ended on Saturday, May 15, 1971, and results were out on Monday, July 05, 1971. I was happy with my result, but was happier owing to the fast unfolding scenario of possible emancipation of an enlightened and inherently simple Bengali-speaking people in a geography which is so dear to our heart, mind and thought owing to shared history, culture, language and tradition. Soon, however, came Wednesday, August 18, 1971, the ‘appointed date’ of an “informal meeting”, closely coordinated by Shri Ashok Ray, then Joint Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs, and other organisations of the state. Commencing at 5:30 pm. and ending around midnight, it was a gala party; a reunion of sorts, high on emotions, love, tears of joy, passion, fraternity, feasting. A gathering of 150 people of whom at least 80 were from the land of Bangabandhu, including the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh Tajuddin Ahmed. The best (and most surprising) part of the gathering emerged from the fact that despite Ahmad being eight years younger to my father, they knew each other very well. It was an incredibly sensational scene. Also, half of the guests had escaped, God only knew how from the army junta’s clutches; and at least two families had driven down in their “Made in Japan” Nissan and Toyota cars which were a rare commodity in India of 1971. Some of us were mighty impressed. As we were then used to Ambassador of Calcutta; Fiat of Bombay; Standard Herald of Madras; watch of HMT; steel of Tata; and shoes from Bata. All “Made in India”. Indigenous. Not imported. The outcome of the meeting was essentially a commitment to do everything necessary. The government and the people of India were one with the Bengalis under Bangabandhu. All present in the meeting had the same goal, in different ways, irrespective of their nationality and ethnicity. I vividly recall the spontaneous, repeated and vociferous slogan “Joy Bangla”, reverberating through the hot, humid night of that 1971 “August day”. Two more meetings subsequently took place in two different places in Delhi, which I could not attend owing to my preparation for competitive examinations. As things were heating up, I travelled to spend the winter with my maternal aunts in Asansol and Calcutta. My stay in Asansol lasted five days as war broke out on Friday, December 03, 1971. I took a train the next day, December 4, for Calcutta. The three-hour journey was an experience by itself as the train moved with all “lights off” in the “chair car”. Howrah station was pitch dark but packed with passengers, police, and personnel of railways. Home guards were extra vigilant, navigating all and sundry, and the half an hour road to Alipore residence of aunt turned out like a two-hour air journey from Delhi to Kolkata, as I reached at 11 pm. The following day dawned with my frantic attempt to catch up with Major General Bishwa Nath Sirkar (whom I had known before) in Fort William, Headquarters of the Eastern Army Command. Major General Sirkar, a Second World War veteran, saw action on several fronts, was an armoured corps officer par excellence (belonging to Central India Horse). Being strict disciplinarian, with frugal habits and exemplary probity, he never sought publicity and was never flashy. The Major General was handpicked overnight (rather plucked) by Army Chief Sam Manekshaw and transferred from the post of Military Secretary (in Army Headquarters, New Delhi) to a newly created post in the Eastern Command Calcutta, exclusively for cooperation with the Mukti Bahini. Consequently, whereas world today knows who did what in 1971, hardly anyone can either remember or recall his invaluable contribution in the liberation movement of Bengalis in the east and role played in actual combat of the 14-day war. After the 1971 war, Sirkar became Lieutenant General but resigned after a serious difference of opinion with then Defence Minister of India. He had several years of service left at the time of his premature departure. I remain eternally grateful to that great soldier and noble soul for helping me to “see the front” for two days after Sunday, December 12, 1971, when the writings were already on the wall. After a resounding firing to deter me from “seeing is believing”, the gentleman in the General relented and “put me on” to II Corps operating from Krishnanagar. The rest, as they say, is history. At the age of 23 years, I had a remarkable, unforgettable side view of the moving procession of history, resulting in the crumbling of old (dis)order and the birth of a new nation, not in the distant horizon but in our vicinity. Between 1947 and 1971 came alive two nations: the first under bondage, second as an uncaged bird with the unrestricted horizon of thought and action as its domain. (The writer is an alumnus of National Defence College and author of ‘China in India’. The views expressed are strictly personal)
London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be sentenced Wednesday for breaching a British court order seven years ago, when he took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden. The Australian whistleblower, who was arrested on April 11 after Ecuador gave him up, could face a 12-month prison sentence when he appears at Southwark Crown Court at 10:30am (0930 GMT). Assange fled to the embassy in 2012 after a British judge ordered his extradition to face Swedish allegations of sexual assault and rape, which he strongly denied. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report He claimed the allegations were a pretext to transfer him to the United States, where he feared prosecution over release by WikiLeaks of millions of classified documents. There is no longer an active investigation in Sweden and the extradition request has lapsed. However, the 47-year-old is facing a US extradition request, which was only revealed following his dramatic arrest, when he was dragged shouting from the embassy by police. Assange appeared in court within hours of his arrest, and a judge found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Any sentence handed down on Wednesday is likely to take into account the past few weeks spent in jail. The biggest concern for his lawyers is the US extradition request. An initial hearing in the case is set for this Thursday. The US indictment charges him with “conspiracy” for working with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack a password stored on Department of Defence computers in March 2010. Manning passed hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, exposing US military wrongdoing in the Iraq war and diplomatic secrets about scores of countries around the world. Assange could face up to five years in jail if found guilty, although his team is fighting his extradition and the process could take years. The charge has raised serious concerns among organisations advocating free speech, including politicians such as British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. WikiLeaks is also back in the news in the United States, over its alleged role in the leak of Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016 US presidential election. The Swedish claims against Assange date back to 2010, when he was at the centre of a global storm over WikiLeaks’ exposures. The sexual assault claim expired in 2015, but while the rape claim was dropped in 2017, the alleged victim wants the case reopened. If Stockholm makes a formal extradition request, Britain must decide whether to consider it before or after that of the United States. A group of British lawmakers have urged the Swedish case to take precedence, saying the rights of the alleged victims must not be lost in the political row.
Red Star Belgrade boss Vladan Milojevic believes it’s essential his players maintain full concentration for their entire Champions League game against LiverpoolThe Serbian side will host Liverpool for their fourth fixture of Group C at the Rajko Mitic Stadium this evening.So far, Red Star have only collected a single point from three games and lie bottom of the group table.Therefore, defeat today will almost certainly ensure their elimination from the competition – depending on the outcome of the Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain game.“In every game, it is important that for 90 minutes you have concentration both in defense and in attack,” said Milojevic, according to Tribalfootball.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Our opponent is a team that has been selected to win the Champions League. We have to do our best.“They use every moment. Their players punish even the smallest detail.“Simply, at this moment, all the teams in our group in the Champions League play in the three best leagues in the world.“And they are much stronger. This is our reality. We’ll do our best. We will fight for each ball.”The game between Red Star and Liverpool will begin at 18:55 (CEST).
Can Fin Homes shares have experienced a phenomenal run on the bourses, gaining 100 percent in one year and more than 325 percent in two years, even as PNB Housing Finance is all set to enter the primary market with its initial public offering (IPO).Can Fin Homes share price closed at Rs. 1,482 on Friday (Aug. 26, 2016), translating into a gain of 100.27 percent from the closing price of Rs. 740.30 on Aug. 27, 2015. When compared with the closing price of Rs. 348 on Aug. 27, 2014, the appreciation is 325 percent.In comparison, Canara Bank, which holds 43.45 percent stake in the home loan company, has had a poor run on the stock exchanges, falling 6.9 percent to Rs. 268.55 on Friday (Aug. 26, 2016) from Rs 288.80 on Aug. 27, 2015.For the first quarter (Q1) ended June 30, Can Fin Homes posted 55 percent rise in net profit at Rs. 49.73 crore as against Rs. 32.10 crore in the year-ago period. Total income increased 28 percent in Q1 to 242.53 crore as compared to the corresponding period last year. Net interest income grew 43 percent to Rs. 91.87 crore from Rs. 64.03 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.The home loan company’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 0.24 percent and 0.04 percent, respectively, as of June 30, 2016. Canara Bank reported 52 percent fall in net profit for Q1 to Rs. 229 crore on account of higher provisioning for bad loans. The bank had to provide Rs. 1,492 crore during the quarter for bad loans as against Rs. 1,359 crore in the year-ago period. The bank’s net profit in June 2015 quarter was Rs. 478 crore.Total income in Q1 fell to Rs. 11,786 crore from Rs. 12,252 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal, according to the Bengaluru-based lender’s regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on July 25.PNB Housing Finance, in which state-run Punjab National Bank has a 51 percent stake, is entering the primary market with an approximately Rs. 2,500 crore initial public offering (IPO).
The first return hajj flight of this year has arrived in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, reports news agency UNB.General manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj said that the national flag carrier with some 420 hajj pilgrims arrived in the airport safely around 8:30pm on Wednesday.He also said Biman Bangladesh Airlines will conduct a total of 169 flights till 5 October to carry the pilgrims to the country back.Earlier, the national flag carrier carried some 54,873 hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 187 flights.
Fire. A Prothom Alo IllustrationA fire broke out at a kitchen market near the DNCC Market in Gulshan- 1 of Dhaka early Saturday.Twenty units of the fire service and civil defence were working to douse the blaze that broke out around 5:30am, fire service officials said.A team of Navy also joined the effort to douse the blaze.However, no causalities have been reported so far.Fire service officials said 11 of their units started working to control the fire.The fire erupted from a hotel inside the market, said fire service deputy director Debashis Bardhan around 6:45am.Earlier on 3 January 2017, another fire broke out at the market at the crack of dawn. Many shops were gutted in the fire. The market was then opened in a makeshift basis.Local people alleged, the market authorities did not take enough measures to curb such accidents after the 2017fire.Witnesses, however, said the fire service men reached spot within two minutes of today’s fire.In another fire in the city’s Banani area on Thursday, at least 25 people were killed and over 70 others injured.
Small toy figures are seen between displayed US flag and Linkedin logo in this illustration picture on 30 August. Photo: ReutersThe United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down.William Evanina, the US counter-intelligence chief, told Reuters in an interview that intelligence and law enforcement officials have told LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft Corp, about China’s “super aggressive” efforts on the site.He said the Chinese campaign includes contacting thousands of LinkedIn members at a time, but he declined to say how many fake accounts US intelligence had discovered, how many Americans may have been contacted and how much success China has had in the recruitment drive.German and British authorities have previously warned their citizens that Beijing is using LinkedIn to try to recruit them as spies. But this is the first time a US official has publicly discussed the challenge in the United States and indicated it is a bigger problem than previously known.Evanina said LinkedIn should look at copying the response of Twitter, Google and Facebook, which have all purged fake accounts allegedly linked to Iranian and Russian intelligence agencies.“I recently saw that Twitter is cancelling, I don’t know, millions of fake accounts, and our request would be maybe LinkedIn could go ahead and be part of that,” said Evanina, who heads the US National Counter-Intelligence and Security Centre.It is highly unusual for a senior US intelligence official to single out an American-owned company by name and publicly recommend it take action. LinkedIn boasts 562 million users in more than 200 counties and territories, including 149 million US members.Evanina did not, however, say whether he was frustrated by LinkedIn’s response or whether he believes it has done enough.LinkedIn’s head of trust and safety, Paul Rockwell, confirmed the company had been talking to US law enforcement agencies about Chinese espionage efforts. Earlier this month, LinkedIn said it had taken down “less than 40” fake accounts whose users were attempting to contact LinkedIn members associated with unidentified political organizations. Rockwell did not say whether those were Chinese accounts.“We are doing everything we can to identify and stop this activity,” Rockwell told Reuters. “We’ve never waited for requests to act and actively identify bad actors and remove bad accounts using information we uncover and intelligence from a variety of sources including government agencies.”Rockwell declined to provide numbers of fake accounts associated with Chinese intelligence agencies. He said the company takes “very prompt action to restrict accounts and mitigate and stop any essential damage that can happen” but gave no details.LinkedIn “is a victim here,” Evanina said. “I think the cautionary tale … is, ‘You are going to be like Facebook. Do you want to be where Facebook was this past spring with congressional testimony, right?’” he said, referring to lawmakers’ questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Russia’s use of Facebook to meddle in the 2016 US elections.China’s foreign ministry disputed Evanina’s allegations.“We do not know what evidence the relevant US officials you cite have to reach this conclusion. What they say is complete nonsense and has ulterior motives,” the ministry said in a statement.Ex-Cia Officer EnsnaredEvanina said he was speaking out in part because of the case of Kevin Mallory, a retired CIA officer convicted in June of conspiring to commit espionage for China.A fluent Mandarin speaker, Mallory was struggling financially when he was contacted via a LinkedIn message in February 2017 by a Chinese national posing as a headhunter, according to court records and trial evidence.The individual, using the name Richard Yang, arranged a telephone call between Mallory and a man claiming to work at a Shanghai think tank.During two subsequent trips to Shanghai, Mallory agreed to sell US defence secrets – sent over a special cellular device he was given – even though he assessed his Chinese contacts to be intelligence officers, according to the US government’s case against him. He is due to be sentenced in September and could face life in prison.While Russia, Iran, North Korea and other nations also use LinkedIn and other platforms to identify recruitment targets, the US intelligence officials said China is the most prolific and poses the biggest threat.US officials said China’s Ministry of State Security has “co-optees” – individuals who are not employed by intelligence agencies but work with them – set up fake accounts to approach potential recruits.They said the targets include experts in fields such as supercomputing, nuclear energy, nanotechnology, semi-conductors, stealth technology, health care, hybrid grains, seeds and green energy.Chinese intelligence uses bribery or phony business propositions in its recruitment efforts. Academics and scientists, for example, are offered payment for scholarly or professional papers and, in some cases, are later asked or pressured to pass on US government or commercial secrets.Some of those who set up fake accounts have been linked to IP addresses associated with Chinese intelligence agencies, while others have been set up by bogus companies, including some that purport to be in the executive recruiting business, said a senior US intelligence official, who requested anonymity in order to discuss the matter.The official said “some correlation” has been found between Americans targeted through LinkedIn and data hacked from the Office of Personnel Management, a US government agency, in attacks in 2014 and 2015.The hackers stole sensitive private information, such as addresses, financial and medical records, employment history and fingerprints, of more than 22 million Americans who had undergone background checks for security clearances.The United States identified China as the leading suspect in the massive hacking, an assertion China’s foreign ministry at the time dismissed as ‘absurd logic.‘Unparalleled Spying EffortAbout 70 per cent of China’s overall espionage is aimed at the US private sector, rather than the government, said Joshua Skule, the head of the FBI’s intelligence division, which is charged with countering foreign espionage in the United States.“They are conducting economic espionage at a rate that is unparalleled in our history,” he said.Evanina said five current and former US officials – including Mallory – have been charged with or convicted of spying for China in the past two and a half years.He indicated that additional cases of suspected espionage for China by US citizens are being investigated, but declined to provide details.US intelligence services are alerting current and former officials to the threat and telling them what security measures they can take to protect themselves.Some current and former officials post significant details about their government work history online – even sometimes naming classified intelligence units that the government does not publicly acknowledge.LinkedIn “is a very good site,” Evanina said. “But it makes for a great venue for foreign adversaries to target not only individuals in the government, formers, former CIA folks, but academics, scientists, engineers, anything they want. It’s the ultimate playground for collection.”
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Police say the city has hit a grim benchmark, reaching 300 homicides so far this year.The 300th homicide of 2016 was recorded Tuesday night. Police say two men were found with gunshot wounds in northwest Baltimore and both were taken to hospitals, where one of them later died.Last year, the city hit the 300 mark on Nov. 14.The city broke a 44-year record in 2015 with 344 homicides. The spike in violence followed civil unrest inspired by the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a young African-American man whose neck was broken in the back of a police van. Authorities attributed some of the violence to crimes related to prescription drugs stolen during rioting that spring touched off by Gray’s case.While 2016 has been slightly less violent for Baltimore, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis has said, “we’re still not where we want to be.”Davis said that as of Monday the rate for resolving the city’s homicides was about 37 percent.