Holly Moore APTN InvestigatesEditor’s Note: Material in the story below may be disturbing to some readers.As some Indigenous survivors of so-called Indian hospitals gear up for class action lawsuits, others like Paul Aliktiluk are being flooded with memories of abuse.“I don’t care about the money,” he said. “I just want people to know what happened to us.”Aliktiluk’s voice trembled with emotion as he told his story to APTN Investigates for the first time outside of his immediate family.“What I remember is that there were a bunch of us over there. I remember their faces,” he said. “I was just little, four or five years old.”He recalled being given strong medication at the Ninette, Man. sanatorium where he was sent for tuberculosis treatment. He said his body wasn’t able to handle it.“I could not hold it in my stomach,” he said.Nurses would scold him for vomiting on the floor or the bed. They made him scoop it up and put it in a bowl of custard.“They would mix it and they made me eat it.”Caption: Ninette Tuberculosis Sanatorium(source: Manitoba Archives, L.B Foote fonds) That was far from the worst abuse experienced by the now 58-year-old.“There were times I was taken to the washroom and they would put me in a little collar and they used to chain me in the washroom and turn off the lights,” he recalled, “Some nurses used to fondle my boyhood and stick their fingers in my rear. It hurt very much.”Aliktiluk was among 80 Inuit sent to the Ninette, Man. sanatorium during the 1963 Eskimo Point tuberculosis outbreak. The area is now known as Arviat, Nunavut.Caption: Map drawn by Dr. Percy E. Moore illustrating the 1963 tuberculosis outbreak at Eskimo Point (source: Manitoba Archives)He said he doesn’t know how long he was at Ninette but by the time he returned home, he could no longer communicate with his Inuktitut-speaking parents.“I remember going home. I only spoke English and when I got home I couldn’t understand my parents,” he said.He explained he tried to tell his parents what happened in his teens.“I didn’t bring it up again while they were alive because they didn’t believe me,” he said. “I just quit talking about it.”The memories of the abuse at Ninette haunted him through the years, leading to suicidal thoughts and angry outbursts. He eventually became a peace officer in Arviat, acting as a liaison between the RCMP and the community. After he married in his early 20s, he finally told his wife what had happened.“She just hugged me for a long time.” he said. “That lifted me up, I felt a little better.”Survivors coming forwardDozens of survivors and their families came forward with stories of physical, sexual and emotional abuse after a series of stories about Indian hospitals and sanatoriums on APTN National News and APTN Investigates.A $1.1-billion class action lawsuit was filed earlier this year with others in development.Aliktiluk said he is encouraged by the attention and hopes it will lead to healing for survivors like him.“You can’t keep it bottled up inside, It has to come out,” he said. “I want people to know the truth of what happened to us.”
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index was shut down early Friday afternoon after technical issues prevented users from accessing the Toronto Stock Exchange, while U.S. markets were mixed.Before an “internal technical issue” prompted the TMX Group to shut down its exchanges at 3 p.m., the latest data reading at 1:39 p.m. showed the S&P/TSX composite index was up 31.34 points to 15,668.93. Canada’s biggest exchange operator said it planned to release updated closing prices later on Friday.Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer of First Avenue Investment Counsel, said in his 20-year career this kind of shutdown was “rare” to see.“It’s premature to really assess what this means, but certainly it’s not an everyday occurrence,” he said in an interview. “And that in itself will raise questions.”The TMX Group said in a statement Friday that it had identified the issue and was working to fix it, and expects to resume trading on Monday.Meanwhile, U.S. markets were largely flat despite strong earnings including from Amazon Inc., whose shares surged to an all-time high on the e-commerce giant’s better-than-expected results. Amazon shares later closed up 3.6 per cent to US$1,572.62 on the Nasdaq.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 11.15 points to 24,311.19. The S&P 500 index closed up 2.97 points to 2,669.91 and the Nasdaq composite index closed up 1.12 points to 7,119.80.Earnings season is halfway through and has produced robust results, but it has not been reflected in the equity markets, said Pashootan.“You’re seeing the market take a cautious approach to share price appreciation, despite the fact that the numbers have been strong,” he said. “That speaks to the fact that there is more concern in the market for some of the variables that can cause a selloff.”He said concerns include the 10-year treasury yield creeping above the psychological level of three per cent earlier this week, which spooked investors, before retreating slightly towards the end of the week.The competition between stocks and bonds is heating up, he added, while geopolitical concerns continue to stoke concern.“Some new risks, many old risks, but the market is taking a more wait-and-see approach than it has in previous years,” Pashootan said.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.78 cents US, up 0.03 of a US cent.The June crude contract was down 9 cents to US$68.10 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 7 cents to US$2.77 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$5.50 to US$1,323.40 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 7 cents to US$3.07 a pound.
BERLIN — A German labour union is calling on security staff at Frankfurt airport to go on strike next week in a dispute over pay.The ver.di union said Friday that workers should walk out at Germany’s biggest airport between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. (0100-1900 GMT) Tuesday.The union said it couldn’t rule out other airports being affected by walkouts.Ver.di says it’s still waiting for employers to put forward a negotiable offer for some 23,000 security staff.Earlier strikes resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin’s two airports in recent days.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 euros ($23.10). Employers association BDLS says this could amount to a 30-per cent increase in some cases.The Associated Press
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday opposed Robert Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of a money laundering case in which he was questioned by the probe agency, saying it was not maintainable as he “wilfully suppressed” material facts from the court.The ED contended that the plea of Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was an abuse of process of law. When he feared that “law will catch him, he challenged the PMLA provisions”, it added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A bench of justices Hima Kohli and Vinod Goel asked the probe agency to file its response in the form of an affidavit regarding the maintainability of two separate but similar petitions by Vadra and his close aide Manoj Arora within two weeks. The court listed the matter for further hearing on May 2. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the ED and the Centre, raised objection over the maintainability of the two petitions and said no relief should be granted to them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Let me file an affidavit to show that the petitioners (Vadra and Arora) are in suppression and not interested to reach to the root of the matter,” the law officer argued. ED, also represented by advocates D P Singh and Amit Mahajan, said Vadra has not approached the court with clean hands and there is suppression of the most crucial and material facts by him. The ED case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by Vadra. Vadra, represented through senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, has also sought that various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, be declared unconstitutional. The bench asked as to why they have approached the high court when the Supreme Court is seized of various pleas challenging certain provisions of the PMLA, including its power to arrest and the burden of proof. To this, Singhvi said he has challenged six provisions of the PMLA here while the Supreme Court is only hearing the challenge on two of the provisions. Vadra has sought in his plea that Sections 3 (offence of money laundering), 17 (search and seizure), 19 (power to arrest), 24 (burden of proof), 44 (offences triable by special courts) and 50 (powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence, etc) of the PMLA be declared ultra vires or unconstitutional. He has contended that since these provisions constitute the main parts of the Act, the entire legislation was liable to be struck down on the grounds of being unconstitutional. On Vadra’s application seeking direction to the agency to not take any coercive step against him till the pendency of his quashing petition, the bench said he has already been granted interim protection by the trial court. The bench was informed that pleas by Vadra and Arora seeking anticipatory bail are listed for hearing before a trial court, which later on Monday extended Vadra’s interim protection from arrest till March 27.
With nearly a billion people in South Asia still lacking basic sanitation, children should be placed first in the debate on improving hygiene standards in the region, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Addressing delegates from government ministries from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Myanmar at a meeting in Islamabad last week, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Cecilia Lotse said the region had high numbers of children who were malnourished and at risk from diseases caused by bad hygiene and, in particular, from lack of regular hand washing with soap and clean water. Calling on participants at the second Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) to put children first, Ms. Lotse emphasised the double dividends that occur when efforts are concentrated on sanitation. “Women and girls are safer when they do not have to go out of the house to use night soil sites,” she said.“Since the first SACOSAN in 2003, around 100 million additional people now have toilets, but that still leaves more than nine hundred and twenty million without,” she noted. “We also know that more girls will go to schools that provide separate and private facilities.” On Thursday UNICEF will be launching “Progress for Children: a Report Card on Water and Sanitation,” detailing the impressive progress made to date in expanding access to safe water and basic sanitation, but also making clear that there is still a long way to go.
Though four-star quarterback Emory Jones was committed to Ohio State for over a year, he flipped to Florida and signed a letter of intent to play college football in Gainesville, Florida, for the Gators during Early Signing Day on Wednesday.The Buckeyes offered Jones on May 11, 2016, then he committed on July 29, 2016 before the eventual decommitment. The loss of Jones leaves Ohio State with one quarterback — three-star Matthew Baldwin — committed to Ohio State. At a press conference Wednesday morning, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Baldwin would be the only quarterback his team inks during early signing day.Dan Mullen reeled in Jones — the 40th-ranked player in the country and the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — just a week after he took over the Florida head coaching job after the Gators fired fired Jim McElwain. Jones visited Florida, Alabama, Florida State and Auburn in recent months.
The Telegraph understands that the two products are no longer linked on Amazon.There have been 100 murders in London so far this year. Twenty of the victims were teenagers, 18 of whom were fatally stabbed.Louis-Ryan Menezes, 17, was stabbed to death in Northampton in May last year. His mother Cheri Curran said her family has been left “totally devastated” and has urged young people to put an end to street violence.Yousef Makki, 17, died after being knifed in the heart in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester, in March this year. His sister Jade has spoken out about the need for tougher sentences for those convicted of knife crime. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Amazon’s ‘frequently bought together’ feature suggested a 14-year-old buy a knife with his school rucksack, his police officer father has revealed.Alister Bonafia, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, was searching for a backpack online while getting ready for the start of a new school year.But after adding a £22.99 ‘college school bag’ to his virtual basket, the website offered him a large kitchen knife to go with it.Alister immediately told his father Wiz, a special constable with Northamptonshire Police. The 42-year-old was furious when he heard what had happened.”As a parent I was shocked and worried how easy it looks for my 14-year-old son to buy a knife and how normal Amazon are making it look,” he said.”As a Special Constable that sees how knife crime is impacting communities in Northamptonshire, I’m even more shocked. “I’ve been to stabbings and robberies at knife point before – the effect on the victims and wider communities are horrendous.”We all have to play our part in reducing knife crime, Amazon is no exception.”He added: “I have had a chat with Alister about knife crime and what he should do if faced with a knife, so he knows the gravity of knife crime.”
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HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman is asking for help after, she said, thieves broke into her Homestead home and took off with thousands of dollars in valuables, including a tablet containing a home video of deep personal value.Surveillance video shows the thieves wandering around and rummaging through the house located on Southeast 13th Road, near 31st Court, Thursday.Homeowner Brianna Jefferson said her TV, jewelry, phone and clothing were stolen, but one irreplaceable thing she wants back is a tablet containing precious memories. “The most important belonging is the belonging of a tablet that had my stepdad on it. He was dancing and things and whatnot at my wedding,” she said. “He’s now passed away, so that’s a lot important to me.”If you recognize the thieves, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Animal control officers have seized 12 emaciated husky dogs from a home in Girdwood. Officers on Wednesday also found a dog at the home that had died.Download AudioAnchorage Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Laura Atwood says the animal control office received a tip by email that the dogs were being neglected.“The dogs were brought here to Anchorage Animal Care and Control Wednesday evening,” Atwood said. “They are in our care, they are being seen by a veterinarian today, and they are being cared for by our kennel staff. ”Officers accompanied by Alaska State Troopers visited the home Wednesday afternoon. Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says the matter is under investigation, and that Troopers will have no further comment until the investigation is complete. No charges have been filed.Atwood says that when officers reached the home, there was no owner present.“To the best of my knowledge, the owner was not present when the dog was taken.”She would not say how the dead dog died.Atwood says Anchorage Animal Care and Control is ready to help if there is any suspicion of cruelty or neglect of domestic animals.
An initiative group is gathering signatures in an attempt to link voter registration to Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend applications.KTUU-TV reports that PFD Voter Registration is trying to get a question on the ballot asking voters if they’d like registration to come automatically when they apply for their dividend from the Permanent Fund. The initiative would also update home address information for those already registered to vote.The group needs to get 28,500 signatures before the 2016 legislative session starts in January. If it succeeds, the question could show up on the 2016 primary election ballot or the November 2016 general election ballot, depending on when the Legislature adjourns.
(Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Facebook logo)Alaska is seeing an outbreak in a dangerous sexually transmitted disease. In a notice today, public health officials say an outbreak of Gonorrhea first reported in October 2017 led researchers to find Alaska’s rate of infection is 297 per 100,000 compared to the national average of 145.8 per 100,000.Listen nowLeft untreated, Gonorrhea can lead to infertility, facilitate the risk of HIV and lead to problems with pregnancies. Nationwide, the number of cases reported to health officials is steadily increasing. But Alaska’s rates have shot up. In 2017, 2,190 incidents were reported, representing a 51 percent increase from the prior year.The state’s Section of Epidemiology attributes the rise to several factors. Those include healthcare providers doing a better job screening for the disease, an increase in incidents principally among men because of risky sexual behaviors, diminished access to healthcare and fewer resources for prevention.Researchers say the data suggest Alaska has the second highest rate of Gonorrhea in the country. However, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, current national rates are still significantly lower than recent periods during the 70s and 80s.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowFEMA assesses issues after national emergency alert testAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerWednesday was the very first national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System, and there are reports that some phones in Alaska and across the country did not receive the test message. State and federal officials are now working to sort out the kinks.Bryce Ward wins 4-way race for Fairbanks North Star Borough MayorTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksBryce Ward will be the next mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The former North Pole mayor cruised to victory over three opponents, winning more than half of the vote.Sitka and Juneau elect new mayors in municipal electionsAlaska Public Radio Network staffCommunities across the state elected new mayors and enacted new measures in local municipal elections yesterday.Bethel local option fails in unofficial election resultsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelA ballot measure to impose a complete ban on alcohol sales in Bethel under the state’s local option law has failed in a close vote, according to unofficial election results.Man shot in front of Anchorage elementary school; suspect in custodyCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage police say a shooting in the parking lot of a downtown Anchorage elementary school Wednesday morning sent one man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.$5M in federal money coming to combat Alaska drug traffickingZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe money is attached to Alaska’s recent designation as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.Arctic sea ice minimum continues downward trend, with implications beyond the ArcticRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks“The Arctic’s like an air conditioner or refrigerator for the global climate…And as the Arctic warms, partly because the sea ice is going away, it’s like you’re opening that refrigerator door.”Kodiak district approves closure plan for rural school Associated PressOfficials say a rural public school on Kodiak Island will close in November unless it can enroll at least three more students.Ketchikan union, school district agree to mediation meetingsAssociated PressMediation meetings between the Ketchikan Education Association and the school district have been scheduled after months of contentious contract negotiations.To institutional gatekeepers, indigenous artists say, ‘share your power’Scott Burton, KTOO – JuneauTlingit and Dena’ina playwright Vera Starbard says she let non-indigenous audiences compromise her art.Alaska nurses help with hurricane relief in North CarolinaCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaskans working to help in the wake of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast include a small group of public health nurses stationed in North Carolina.
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Researchers from the security firm Dragos reported on Friday that a group of hackers behind two potentially fatal intrusions in industrial facilities have expanded its activities to investigate dozens of electricity grids in the US and other regions. The group, known as Xenotime, had gained attention in 2017 when researchers from Dragos and cyber-security firm FireEye independently reported about Xenotime causing dangerous operational disruption at a critical infrastructure site in the Middle East, reports Ars Technica. Researchers from Dragos have called the group the most dangerous cyber threat in the world since then. According to Bloomberg, FireEye Inc. has linked the group to a research institution in Moscow owned by the Russian government, called the Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics. Xenotime is one of the few groups in the world to use malware tailored to industrial control systems, said Benjamin Read, a FireEye senior manager. The most alarming of this group is the use of malware which was never seen before in the security processes of the installation. Such security instrumented systems are a combination of hardware and software that many critical infrastructure sites use to prevent unsafe conditions from arising. For example, when the gas fuel pressure or reactor temperature increases to potentially unsafe thresholds, a SIS will automatically close the valves or initiate cooling processes to avoid accidents that endanger life. In April, FireEye reported that the SIS manipulation malware, alternatively known as Triton and Trisis, was used in an attack at another industrial facility. Proliferation of threats in different sectors Dragos also reported that Xenotime has been conducting network scans and recognition of multiple components through power grids in the United States and other regions. Sergio Caltagirone, senior vice president of threat intelligence at Dragos, told Ars Technica that his firm has detected dozens of public services, some of them located in the United States, which have been subjected to Xenotime surveys from 2018. “The threat has proliferated and is now targeting electric companies in the US and Asia Pacific, which means that we are no longer safe thinking that the threat to our electrical utilities are understood or stable “, He said in an interview: “This is the first sign that threats are proliferating in all sectors, which means that now we can not be sure that a threat to the sector will remain in that sector and will not cross.” Probes can come in multiple forms, one of them is credential filler attacks, which use passwords stolen in previous infractions, sometimes unrelated, in the hope that they will work against new targets. Another is network exploration, which maps and catalogs the different computers, routers and other devices connected to it and lists the network ports in which they receive the connections. “The scale of the operation and the regions it addresses, “Caltagirone said,” shows more than a passing interest in the sector. ” In a publication published on Friday, Dragos researchers wrote: “While none of the events of the electric utility company resulted in a known and successful intrusion into victim organizations to date, persistent attempts and the expansion in scope are cause for ultimate concern. Xenotime has successfully engaged several oil and gas environments, demonstrating its ability to do so in other vertical markets. Specifically, Xenotime remains one of four threats (along with electrum, sandworm and the entities responsible for stuxnet) to execute a deliberate disruptive or disruptive attack. Xenotime is the only known entity specifically aimed at instrumented safety systems (sis) for disruptive or destructive purposes. The electrical service environments are significantly different from oil and gas operations in several aspects, but electrical operations still have safety and protection equipment that could be directed with similar vessels. Xenotime, which expresses a direct and constant interest in the operations of the electric company, is a cause for deep concern, given the willingness of this adversary to compromise the security of the process, and therefore the integrity, of fulfilling its mission. The expansion of Xenotime to another vertical industry is emblematic of an increasingly hostile industrial industry. The most observed Xenotime activity focuses on the collection of initial information and access operations necessary for ICS tracking intrusion operations. As seen in the long-term intrusions sponsored by the state in the US, UU, the United Kingdom and other electrical infrastructure, entities are increasingly interested in the fundamental aspects of ICS operations and show all the badges associated with the information and acquisition of access necessary to carry out future attacks. While Dragos does not see evidence at this time to indicate that Xenotime (or any other activity group, such as electrum or allanite) is capable of executing a prolonged disruptive or disruptive event in the operations of the electric company, the observed activity shows a strong the adversary’s interest in meeting the prerequisites for doing so.” This news has brought anxiety among cyber security folks on Reddit comments, “it’s time to develop disconnected micro grids”. Another user comments, “Or just do security correctly. Much of the utility infrastructure in the country does not align with best practices or published standards.” To know more about this, check out the official research page of Dragos. Read Next Over 19 years of ANU(Australian National University) students’ and staff data breached Symantec says NSA’s Equation group tools were hacked by Buckeye in 2016 way before they were leaked by Shadow Brokers in 2017 How not to get hacked by state-sponsored actors
The ASEAN Promotional Chapter for Tourism (APCT) India got together in New Delhi to launch the VISIT ASEAN @ 50 celebrations that endorses ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) as a single and collective tourism destination to the Indian audience. ASEAN will attain 50 years in 2017 and the campaign is in commemoration of the golden jubilee of the association. APCT was conceived by the member countries of the ASEAN as part of its efforts to leverage the tremendous tourism potential of the region.Speaking on behalf of APCT India, His Excellency Datuk Naimun Ashakli Mohammad, High Commissioner of Malaysia, said, “India has consistently been one of the top 10 tourist generating markets to South East Asia. Visit ASEAN @50 covers a series of selected products and offers, one of which is ASEAN Tourism Packages. They are offered by travel agents from the ten ASEAN countries and made available on the ASEAN Tourism website (www.aseantourism.travel) and consists of attractive tour packages that promote dual and triple destinations in a single package.”Around 150 members of the trade fraternity, media and high level officials attended the meet. Malaysian High Commissioner handed over the APCT Chairmanship to Singapore High Commissioner. Go ASEAN video was also shown to the audience.Officials at APCT India opined that accessibility is a key requirement for the success of tourism and it would be imperative to connect every tourist destination in ASEAN into the overall integrated transport and communications network that moves people, information and goods swiftly. Smaller schemes such as the Cambodia-Thailand single visa have already been implemented and they have proven successful.Visit ASEAN @ 50 campaign hopes to attract more than 121 million tourist arrivals to the region and increase tourism receipts to USD 83 billion. Last year the ASEAN region saw close to 109 million visitors with Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam, being the top five visited countries.
Before you chalk this up as an automatic Texas Tech win, ask yourself this: whose fashion choices are Kliff Kingsbury and Pat Fitzgerald’s peers more likely to mimic?Advantage: NorthwesternSummary:Obviously, both teams have plenty reason to be excited so far, an impassioned wish to bottle up the last three games and carry it with them over the next nine. Texas Tech will have ample opportunities to prove its mettle, starting Saturday against TCU in Lubbock and then next week versus Baylor at AT&T Stadium. The difficulty levels off (Iowa State, at Kansas) before ramping up again with back-to-back games against Oklahoma (in Norman) and Oklahoma State.Northwestern’s schedule is more of a slow burn, to say the least. The Wildcats host Ball State and Minnesota the next two weeks, and welcome Iowa, Penn State and Purdue to Ryan Field over the rest of the fall. Road trips to Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin will prove challenging, but there is definite potential here to see the Northwestern climb into Big Ten West contention.All this to say, Northwestern has a better chance of showing it in its final record, but both teams have demonstrated marked improvement thus far. Here’s hoping it holds up. Unless you are a practitioner of the black arts or got your hands on Doc Brown’s DeLorean, you didn’t have Northwestern and Texas Tech still sporting zeros in their respective loss columns heading into the final weekend of September. And certainly not in the way they’ve done it Northwestern playing the best defense in college football, and Texas Tech playing smart, reasoned, fundamentally sound football on top its customarily explosive offense. Each has garnered a measure of respect thought unattainable a month ago; AP voters see Northwestern as the 17th best team in the country, while Vegas sees Texas Tech being within a touchdown of the third best team in the land.But whose 3-0 start is more impressive? Let’s break it down with a tale of the tape.Primary side of the ball:Northwestern: Northwestern has played – with perhaps an argument from Boston College – the best defense in college football thus far. The Wildcats are the only team to permit only one touchdown this season, and their 5.3 scoring average ranks first nationally. So does their third down defense, allowing conversions only 13.95 percent of the time. The ‘Cats rank sixth in total defense and yards per play, and their first downs defense ranks 11th. But perhaps the best testament to coordinator Mike Hankwitz’s unit is what happened 3,000 miles away from them. Hours after Northwestern posted a 19-10 win at Duke, Stanford – 16-6 losers in Evanston two weeks prior – dropped 41 points and 474 yards on Pac-12 favorite USC. vs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Texas Tech: In a state boasting the leading preseason Heisman favorite (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and two former No. 1 recruits (Texas A&M’s Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray), Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been the best Lone Star Slinger so far. The true sophomore has connected on 77-of-116 throws for 1,029 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions, all good for 25th or better nationally. But every Texas Tech quarterback since the game’s invention has slung the ball all over the South Plains. Big 12-leading rusher DeAndre Washington (287 yards) paired with Mahomes’s ability to run the ball (129 yards, four touchdowns) has keyed an attack that ranks seventh in yards per carry (6.52) and 12th in touchdowns (10). As a result, Texas Tech is third on third downs (56.76%), plays of 10-plus yards (64) and scoring (54.3 points per game), and fourth in yards per play (8.12). And they’ve done it without using a hurry-up attack to inflate their numbers; the Red Raiders have run 218 plays through three games, 51st nationally, which means nearly one in three snaps gains at least 10 yards.Advantage: Honestly, this one’s a push.Rest of the team:Northwestern: Northwestern has complimented its defense well with an effective, clock-killing running game. The Wildcats racked up 41 points and nearly 500 yards in their shutout of Eastern Illinois, which makes their 98th-ranked total offense and 124th-ranked yards per play average a tad concerning. But the fact that Northwestern can rank 12th in rushing, grinding out 225 yards on 54 attempts against Stanford and 201 yards on another 54-carry effort at Duke, lends credence to the belief this radical run-the-ball-and-play-defense scheme hold up for another nine weeks. The Wildcats also notched a kickoff return for a touchdown in their win at Duke.Texas Tech: Offense isn’t the reason Texas Tech enters this season with losses in 12 of its last 14 Big 12 games, its the Red Raiders’ inability to play defense, force turnovers and keep flags in officials’ pockets. And on the surface, Texas Tech following up a season in which it ranked 106th in yards per play allowed with a No. 105 ranking a bit concerning – until you dig a little bit deeper. The Red Raiders outscored UTEP and Arkansas by a combined 45-6 in the second half. Coordinator David Gibbs’ bunch leads the Big 12 in takeaways and rank eighth nationally in turnover margin, a year after placing 119th nationally. Finally, after finishing dead last in FBS in penalties in 2014, Texas Tech ranks a handshake-and-salute worthy 35th to date.Advantage: Texas TechFOOTBALLSCOOP PICK ‘EM: Is an upset brewing in Lubbock?Resume:Northwestern: vs. Stanford (W, 16-6), vs. Eastern Illinois (W, 41-0), at Duke (W, 19-10)Texas Tech: vs. Sam Houston State (W, 59-45), vs. UTEP (W, 69-20), at Arkansas (W, 35-24)Let’s stack all six victories together in order from most impressive to least:1. vs. Stanford2. at Arkansas3. at Duke4. vs. Sam Houston State5. vs. Eastern Illinois6. vs. UTEPConsidering Arkansas lost to Toledo a week before Texas Tech arrived in Fayetteville while Stanford (as mentioned above) went out and won at USC, it’s hard to see this as anything but a win for Northwestern.So, there we have it. One win for each side and one push. Let’s break this tie with a special category.Head Coach’s Style: