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Congress slams M.P. Governor

first_imgThe ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh lashed out at Governor Anandiben Patel on Sunday after a video where she is purportedly seen telling a group of people to keep Prime Minister Narendra Modi in mind went viral. Ms. Patel, a former Gujarat Chief Minister, was acting as if she was still a worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party and not a Governor, the Congress alleged.Rewa visit The video was apparently shot during Ms. Patel’s visit to a solar power plant at Gudh in Rewa district on Saturday. During an informal chat with a group of local people, the Governor was heard saying, “This is an excellent project. It will benefit you all.” When a person said they were happy to meet her face-to-face, Ms. Patel said, “Aisa (mauka) kai (baar) aayega. Modi sahab par dhyan rakho.” (Such occasions will come often. Keep paying attention to Modi sahab.) After the video circulated on social media, State Congress’ media cell head Shobha Oza alleged that Ms. Patel was behaving as if she was still a BJP worker. “If she wanted to work like a BJP worker, she should resign and fight Lok Sabha elections,” Ms. Oza said. “Earlier too she was seen advising BJP workers at Satna airport about how to win votes. During her address in the Assembly, she did not read the point about farm loan waiver (announced by the newly elected Congress government) and read a BJP slogan which was not part of the written speech. She should resign immediately,” Ms. Oza demanded. The BJP defended Ms. Patel. “The Governor told people to keep paying attention to Modi. What is wrong with that? Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of the country. He is PM to every citizen. She meant to say help implement and reap benefits of schemes launched by Modi like Clean India, Ujjwala, Ayushman Bharat, etc,” said Bhopal MP and BJP leader Alok Sanjar.‘Political gimmick’ “Such accusations (by the Congress) are just a political gimmick,” he added. “The BJP never disrespected the Governor appointed during the UPA government. The Congress should also learn to respect the Governor,” he added.last_img read more

Indian shuttlers happy after BWF defers mandatory skirt rule

first_imgIndian shuttlers and officials on Monday welcomed the Badminton World Federation’s decision to defer the controversial mandatory skirt rule till December and hoped that the body would come up with a better regulation after fresh deliberations.Shuttler Jwala Gutta has welcomed BWF’s decision to suspend the mandatory skirt rule. AgenciesThe BWF Council in its meeting in Qingdao, China decided not to introduce the regulations regarding the mandatory use of skirts and to “further investigate the new clothing regulations after accepting a recommendation from the Women in Badminton Committee.”The mandatory ruling was initially supposed to be implemented on May 1 but after feedback from various quarters, was deferred by one a month to June 1.The rule had been fiercely opposed by India and some other Asian nations.India’s top doubles player Jwala Gutta said the BWF has done the right thing by going back to the drawing board to look for a more viable regulation.”It is a very good decision by the BWF. They couldn’t have gone ahead with the mandatory skirt ruling anyways. It can never be a compulsion on the players and it is good that they are rethinking about the decision,” Jwala said.Badminton Association of India Vice President TPS Puri also welcomed the decision of the governing body.”This is the right approach by the BWF. If it would have been made compulsory then many players would have become uncomfortable. A lot of nations, including India objected to the mandatory nature of the ruling and we welcome this decision of the governing body,” Puri said.advertisementThe decision to defer the implementation of the ruling was made after receiving feedback from the Athletes Commission, which represents the players’ interests in the BWF Council with full voting rights.”There have been various feedbacks from many quarters and after taking into account all these comments, especially those from the Athletes’ Commission, it is our recommendation to Council to do further study before implementing new clothing regulations,” former world champion Nora Perry, who heads the Women In Badminton Committee, said.”It is still our intention to focus on a better presentation of the game, but we would like to broaden the scope to include both men and women, and the feedback will also include views from various stakeholders such as the clothing manufacturers,” said Perry.”The Committee is also pleased that the BWF Council has accepted our recommendation and we would continue to work closely with the Athletes Commission, clothing manufacturers and other stakeholders to prepare a new proposal with a broader scope to Council in December,” she added. .Jwala said it is good that the committee has decided to bring apparel manufacturers on board.”It is nice that they are working closely with the cloth manufacturers. Hopefully they can come out with designer on-court outfits which will help raise the glamour quotient and the profile of women in badminton,” she said.Former shuttler Madhumita Bisht, who became the national sub-junior champion in 1977 and went on to become an eight-time national singles champion and nine-time doubles winner, said the number of times the ruling has been deferred indicates that the BWF is taking time to come out with the right regulation.”First they made it May 1, then June 1 and now December, it only shows they are on the right track and taking enough time to come out with the right decision,” she said.”Countries such as India, China, Indonesia and some European countries also objected to it and they can’t make it mandatory. Now I hope they will go through it properly and talk with all the associations and come out with a right approach.”It should always be the players’ prerogative to decide what they would wear and what makes them comfortable. If the ruling is restrictive in nature, it will hamper their performance. The BWF will definitely look into it now,” she added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sean Anthony deflects credit for tremendous night for NorthPort

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town The do-it-all forward posted an all-around performance that consisted of 22 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and seven steals in NorthPort’s 95-90 win over NLEX but Anthony said it wasn’t just him who came up big for his team.“It’s not an individual performance and I think the whole team stepped up today as you saw,” said Anthony Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “That has been the big difference for us so far, having a lot of guys step up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I think we have multiple guys who scored on double figures, which is huge. We’re not really reliant on just a couple of players,” added Anthony.Anthony did have three more teammates who put more than 10 points in the game with rookie third overall pick Robert Bolick putting up 14 points while big man Moala Tautuaa had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Stanley Pringle also finished in double figures with 11 points with nine rebounds and two steals.Anthony may have downplayed any praises directed at him but his head coach Pido Jarencio was more than willing to give his player the due accolade.“That kind of performance is natural to him, he’s the player that really fights,” said Jarencio in Filipino. “He’s the consistent player among us and even though he came off the bench he still delivered.”Jarencio also used Anthony on a different capacity since he bumped the small forward to the power forward spot to create a speed mismatch against NLEX’ big men in Poy Erram and JR Quiñahan.Anthony admitted that he was at the disadvantage in terms of size since his 6-foot-4 frame is four-inches shorter than Erram’s and his 200-lb body weighs less than Quiñahan’s 235-lb.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MANILA, Philippines—Sean Anthony just had one of the best games of his career but he was quick to downplay his individual brilliance and instead chose to praise his teammates rather than focus on himself.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Yeng Guiao sees NLEX 0-2 start as feeling-out phase Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Still, he used his speed to outplay the bigger players of the Road Warriors.“As a 4, I’m undersized compared to the other 4s but I think what we lack in size we make up for in speed, heart, hustle, that kind of stuff,” said Anthony. “Mo stepped up and Brad [Guinto] had a great game last time.”“I think our bigs are doing alright and we match up with some real tough bigs in Quiñahan and Erram ad we held our own tonight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

I Am Still Captain Unless I Hear Otherwise, Says Mahesh Bhupathi after Davis Cup Tie is Moved Out of Pakistan

first_img aitaAll India Tennis Associationcaptaindavis cup First Published: November 6, 2019, 11:53 AM IST New Delhi: Veteran Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi on Wednesday refused to admit that he has been replaced as captain of India for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan saying he is available and believes he is “still captain”.The All India Tennis Association on Monday named Rohit Rajpal, a former India player and chairman of the national tennis federation’s selection panel, as the non-playing captain after Bhupathi also refused to travel to Pakistan citing security concerns for the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie. “To everyone so concerned for my thoughts and comments. All I know is from a phone call with Mr. Chaterjee (AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee) on Monday where I was told that Rohit is replacing me as captain because I wasn’t comfortable going to Pakistan (love the country been there before – not this time),” Bhupathi tweeted.”I have not heard from the AITA since Monday or after the ITF addressed the players concerns on venue and approved a neutral location – so I am available and believe in am still captain unless I hear otherwise! Glad to “comment” when I know what I know,” he added.Veteran Rohan Bopanna, one of the players who refused to go to Islamabad because of security issues, tweeted on Tuesday expressing his surprise over AITA changing the captain before International Tennis Federation (ITF) shifted the Asia/Oceania Group I tie from Islamabad to a neutral venue.Meanwhile, AITA has slammed the players criticising them for appointing a non-playing captain, saying it is not their decision to make.”It is not the players’ prerogative to comment on administrative matters,” Chatterjee told IANS.Bopanna said he was shocked that none of the players were “asked or even informed” that the captain was going to be changed.”They were not supposed to be informed. It is the committee’s decision at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). I spoke to him and I feel he is overstepping,” said Chatterjee.Asked if he had a word with Bhupathi, Chatterjee said: “I had a word with Mahesh. Our job is to inform them about our decisions and that’s what I did.”The tie will be held on November 29 and 30. The tie was earlier scheduled to be held on September 14-15 but was postponed to November after a security review by the ITF in August. The postponement had come in the wake of pleas from India to shift the tie to a neutral venue or postpone it given the heightened tensions between the two countries. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

OnePlus 5T will launch but not on Nov 5, invite is fake

first_imgOnePlus is reportedly working on the successor of the 2017 flagship phone aka the OnePlus 5T. It is on Tuesday that a media invite was leaked which stated that OnePlus will be launching the OnePlus 5T on Nov 5. Soon after the report of OnePlus 5T launch started spreading like wild-fire, the company told GSMArena that the press invite is fake.OnePlus said that the press invite circulating on the internet about the OnePlus 5T is “not a genuine invite”. This confirms that OnePlus 5T is not launching on November 5. Probably, the company will announce the device later in the year, atleast that’s what is rumoured. However, OnePlus hasn’t confirmed the coming or the OnePlus 5T as of yet.The smartphone, which is to succeed the OnePlus 5, has been subjected to several leaks and rumours lately. Going by the rumoured specs, the upcoming OnePlus 5T is expected to come with narrow bezels on the sides and the top. Some rumours suggest that the device may sport an edge-to-edge display much like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8.Also Read: OnePlus 6 may launch in early 2018, no OnePlus 5T this yearOnePlus 5T is tipped be an expensive phone. Atleast will be priced a few notches higher than the OnePlus 5 which comes with a price tag of Rs 32,999. That’s about the pricing. Going by the specs, the OnePlus 5T is expected to come with Qualcomm’s latest processor – Snapdragon 835. The same processor powers the OnePlus 5 as well. Furthermore, the OnePlus 5T is said to run on the latest Android Nougat software. Chances are that it may also come with Android 8 Oreo. This is because, OnePlus’ last year’s flagship phones – OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T beta testers are already getting the Oreo update.advertisementIn the imaging department, OnePlus 5T, as rumoured may come with dual rear camera set up like the OnePlus 5. The back camera will include one 20-megapixel sensor, while the second one will be 16-megapixel sensor. While on the front, the phone is expected to sport a 16-megapixel camera.OnePlus 5T is tipped to come in two variants. One with the 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the second one will be a top-end version of the phone with 8 gigs of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. The same variants were launched for the OnePlus 5, but then, in India only the 6GB RAM model was launched and is available.These specs details, as of now should be taken with a pinch of salt as OnePlus is yet to confirm the coming of the OnePlus 5T. Some reports circulating on the web claim that OnePlus may skip the OnePlus 5T and launch the OnePlus 6 instead next year. However, nothing is known for certainty about the OnePlus 6, neither about the OnePlus 5T.last_img read more

No Pay for College Athletes

first_imgA Federal Appeals Court struck down a plan to pay college football and basketball players in a ruling that NCAA leaders believe supports their contention that the athletes are students and not professionals.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Sept. 30 that the NCAA’s use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses in video games and TV broadcasts violated antitrust laws, but vacated a judge’s decision that would have allowed schools to make deferred cash payments to athletes of up to $5,000 per year.“The difference between offering student-athletes education-related compensation and offering them cash sums untethered to educational expenses is not minor; it is a quantum leap,” Judge Jay Bybee wrote. “Once that line is crossed, we see no basis for returning to a rule of amateurism and no defined stopping point.”NCAA President Mark Emmert said: “That was a very, very welcome decision from our point.”The NCAA had appealed U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s 2014 decision in the so-called O’Bannon case to allow — but not require — players in the top division of college football and in Division I men’s basketball to be paid for use of their names, images and likenesses. The money would have been put in a trust fund and given to them when they left school.Wilken also ruled that those players should be compensated with the full cost of attendance. The NCAA in August began allowing its member schools to provide an athletic scholarship that covers the full cost of attending college, though officials say it should not be mandated by the courts.Previously, an athletic scholarship covered tuition, room and board, books and fees. Now NCAA rules allow schools to raise the value to include other expenses, such as travel, that come with attending college. Schools determine their cost of attendance using federal guidelines.“There are elements of (Wednesday’s) ruling that are either unknown at this point or are things that we would tend to disagree with the court,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “But in the main I believe this has affirmed the amateur status of collegiate athletes and affirmed these are students, not employees.”Michael Hausfeld, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement that the ruling confirms the NCAA and its members are a “price-fixing cartel.”“Judge Wilken’s injunction will produce significant competition among the member schools that will translate into real money for college athletes to put toward the rising educational expenses they face,” he said.Stephen Ross, a law professor at Penn State who specializes in sports and antitrust law, said the ruling was a win wrapped in a loss for the NCAA.“The 2-1 majority opinion is a huge victory for the major college football and basketball programs in the country by letting them do exactly what they want to do while losing on every single major legal point they raised in the appeal,” Ross said.Ross said the U.S. Supreme Court may eventually decide the issue if a similar but separate case that is pending is decided in favor of athletes. A case working its way through the courts, led by antitrust lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, challenges schools’ rights to cap compensation at the value of a scholarship.Michael A. Carrier, a professor at Rutgers Law School, said plaintiffs received from the appeals court a “very strong ruling” that NCAA amateurism rules are subject to antitrust scrutiny. That will keep alive the possibility of future antitrust challenges.But, he said, future attempts to get even more money for college athletes were hurt by this ruling.“If even this deferred $5K doesn’t fly, nor would greater amounts that have even less to do with educational expenses,” Carrier said in an email.The majority found that the NCAA rules against compensation violate anti-trust law by stifling competition among schools for athletes, but serve the goal of preserving the popularity of college sports by maintaining its amateur status.The court said the NCAA could still achieve that goal by providing athletes with full scholarships for the cost of attending school. But giving them cash compensation would jeopardize their amateur status, which underpins the market for NCAA sports.In a dissenting opinion, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas said the majority wrongly dismissed expert testimony that found that paying student athletes small amounts above their cost of attendance most likely would not have a significant impact on consumer interest in college sports.This does not end the legal challenges facing the NCAA. “I think in a general sense we made progress,” Bowlsby said. “I think we now are well-positioned to move ahead with the rest of the challenges that we face.”(By Ralph D. Russo, AP College Football Writer. AP Writer Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco and AP Sports Writer Tim Dahlberg in Las Vegas contributed)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Microchip: 8-bit tinyAVR MCUs enable increased functionality in sensor nodes

first_img Continue Reading Previous Moxa develops Microsoft Azure IoT Edge-ready gateway devicesNext A peek inside Amazon FreeRTOS: Communication and memory Microchip Technology announces the expansion of its tinyAVR MCU series with two new devices whch offer advanced analogue features and the largest memory variants in the family. Designed for reliable operation in harsh environments, the ATtiny3217 and ATtiny3216 offer built-in safety functions to help designers to create robust and safe systems.To enhance the capability and responsiveness of sensor applications, including capacitive touch interfaces, the ATtiny3217 and ATtiny3216 bring the benefit of two ADCs that enable systems to implement touch control simultaneously with other analogue measurements. One ADC can be used with the Peripheral Touch Controller for touch signal acquisition, while the second one monitors other inputs such as thermistors and pressure sensors, or both ADCs can be used for faster sampling of different types of sensors. The dual ADC can be used for synchronous sampling of analogue signals, such as voltage and current, thus improving the overall system real-time performance and accuracy. Additionally, the devices feature a hardware-based Event System that enables inter-peripheral communication without CPU involvement, reducing latency and ensuring faster system response. Both devices come with built-in safety functions to help designers to detect and respond to voltage supply variations or drops, including Power On Reset, programmable Brownout Detect, Voltage Level Monitor and Windowed Watchdog Timer. The devices operate at up to 5V and are available in 125°C variants. With 32 KB of Flash, designers have plenty of room for their application code while retaining a small physical footprint on the PCB.Microchip’s tinyAVR family of MCUs, including the ATtiny1617 and the ATtiny817 are optimised for performance, power efficiency and ease of use in small packages. All tinyAVR MCU series devices are supported by the Atmel Studio 7 integrated development environment and the Atmel START code configurator. For evaluation purposes, the ATtiny3217 Xplained Pro evaluation kit is also available.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Kahn: Neuer a gigantic World Cup risk

first_imgBayern München Neuer a gigantic World Cup risk for Germany, says Kahn Jamie Smith 06:15 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) manuelneuer-cropped Getty Images Bayern München World Cup Germany The Bayern Munich keeper has returned from injury just a month before the start of Russia 2018 and Kahn think it will be ‘impossible’ for him to shine Manuel Neuer is a “gigantic risk” for Germany at the World Cup, according to Oliver Kahn.Germany coach Joachim Low named Neuer among four goalkeepers in his initial squad for the World Cup, giving the Bayern Munich player a chance to prove his fitness.Neuer has not played since September due to a foot injury but could be named in Bayern’s squad for Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But Kahn, who won Euro 1996 with Germany, says Neuer should not start at the World Cup due to the lack of games he has played this season.”To judge it finally, I should have to see him in the daily training work,” Kahn said to Spox and DAZN. “But it is actually impossible and unthinkable, that he can make a good performance.”But because of his achievements in the past, he is trusted to do so, it was right for Low to take him with him and see him.”Even if he plays two international matches, it is still a gigantic risk that everyone has to be aware of and he has to ask himself: is it really worthwhile to play a World Cup after a break of eight months? A blatant decision he has to make.”#Jupp on @Manuel_Neuer: “Manu has absolutely no pain. He is in fantastic physical shape and will be an option tomorrow. But he won’t start.” #FCBSGE pic.twitter.com/KF8inJmLJN— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 18, 2018The main rival for Germany’s gloves is Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has developed into a high-class goalkeeper at Barcelona.”He has managed to prevail at Barcelona, that alone is a great achievement,” Kahn said. “In the national team it was a hard journey for him, he started with many mistakes. That means he did not have the self-confidence at the time.”The Confederations Cup, which he has played with stability, and the experience of Barcelona, means he is fully arrived and fully accepted.”This is another stage than at the beginning of his national team career. I’m not worried if he has to play the World Cup.”last_img read more

Investing in Community Infrastructure

first_imgGovernment is supporting Nova Scotia’s diverse cultural heritage by investing in improvements to community halls and other public spaces where people gather. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine joined representatives of the United Church Camp Meeting Association in Berwick today, Aug. 10, to announce 40 projects are being funded through the Community Facilities Improvement Program. The total investment is more than $943,000 this year. “The camp is a gathering spot and a focal point for our area and providing support to this facility is a direct investment in our community,” said Mr. Glavine. “We all want strong, healthy, inclusive, and vibrant communities. Investments through the Community Facilities Improvement Program connects people, organizations, municipal partners, and others to key pieces of infrastructure that help to define their communities.” The association camp, which was established in 1872, is receiving $50,000 for structural repairs and a kitchen renovation. “Fixing the structural deficiencies and improving the safety and efficiency of this space is critical to our ability to continue using this building for the community,” said association president Chrissie Crooks. “The Berwick camp kitchen serves tens of thousands of meals each year bringing a diversity of friends and families together. This funding will ensure we continue to provide this important service to our community.” Community events at the camp include, Girl Guide meetings, Baha’i Faith Camp, choirs, suicide prevention meetings, bazars and the Town of Berwick Christmas sleigh rides. An annual 10-day meeting is held in the summer involving up to 1,000 participants, including children, youth and seniors from a diverse group of all faiths, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual identities and orientation, and intellectual and physical abilities. The Community Facilities Improvement Program will fund up to 75 per cent of actual project costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for non-profit groups to improve their facilities and public spaces. A list of organizations receiving grants this year can be found at https://cch.novascotia.ca/investing-in-our-future/community-facilities-improvement-program .last_img read more

Warren Buffett jokes about fame his secretary gained by attending State of

OMAHA, Neb. – Billionaire Warren Buffett’s secretary got to attend the State of the Union speech in January because of Buffett’s complaints that tax laws are too easy on wealthy investors.At Saturday’s Berkshire Hathaway meeting Buffett joked about the fame Debbie Bosanek gained because he says she pays a higher tax rate than he does.In a video skit, Bosanek started ignoring calls into the Berkshire office. That forced Buffett to start picking up the phone only to find that the callers wanted to reach Bosanek.Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama and CNBC all wanted to talk to Bosanek instead of Buffett. Obama even told Buffett that his tax reform proposal might have a better chance of passing if it were renamed the “Bosanek Rule” instead of the “Buffett Rule.”Even Buffett’s partner, Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, called to run an investment idea past Bosanek instead of Buffett.Later in the meeting, when Buffett was questioned about his recent prostate cancer diagnosis he joked that the reason he disclosed the illness last month was to distract attention away from Bosanek.The movie also featured a skit where Buffett tried out to join the glee club by performing on his ukulele with the cast of Glee. Actress Jane Lynch joked that Buffett was her character’s past lover from the days when the character coached cheerleading at the University of Nebraska.In another skit in the movie, Buffett sought out the advice of Jimmy Buffett as a therapist for his ukulele playing. But Jimmy Buffett seemed bored during the session and played video games on an iPad while Warren Buffett talked. Warren Buffett jokes about fame his secretary gained by attending State of the Union speech by News Staff Posted May 5, 2012 12:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

From England to the Bahamas current and former Ohio State athletes had

Former Ohio State tennis player Blaz Rola hits the ball in a match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar June 23 at Wimbledon in Wimbledon, England. Rola won, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAs the roar of students on campus fell to a whimper with the Columbus spring turning into summer, the decrescendo was certainly not felt by the many Ohio State athletes who continued their endeavors into the summer months.While some Buckeyes graduated and took the next steps in their individual athletic careers, others competed for championships and still more traveled the world, representing OSU.Men’s basketballOne of the teams that had a busy summer, though their season officially ended in the spring, was the OSU men’s basketball team.The summer began for the men’s basketball team with the announcement that the Buckeyes, along with North Carolina, UCLA and Kentucky, would be part of a new round-robin style basketball tournament called the CBS Sports Classic, which will start this year and happen each year through the 2016 season. While OSU will face each of the other three teams in subsequent years, it’s set to face North Carolina in its CBS Sports Classic debut at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 20.While the Buckeyes will likely look forward to that matchup, they spent part of their summers near the warm, sunny beaches of the Bahamas, where they defeated the Bahamas All Stars and the Providence Storm by a combined score of 203-129 in two games.A couple of graduated Buckeye-ballers also kept busy this summer, as two former OSU players found homes in professional basketball.After receiving much praise from Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, former OSU point guard Aaron Craft signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Warriors and will join the team when training camp begins later this fall. Former Buckeyes forward LaQuinton Ross played with the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Summer League team before signing a contract to play for Victoria Libertas in the Lega Basket Serie A.Women’s rowingThe OSU women’s rowing team took home its second-consecutive NCAA National Championship in Indianapolis this summer.Following the victory, the team became the fourth-winningest program in the country with five NCAA Championships under its belt.Women’s volleyballAs women’s rowing was adding another trophy to its case, the women’s volleyball team was adding an assistant coach.Former California State-San Marcos associate head coach Jay Van Vark was added to the women’s volleyball coaching staff at OSU in early August, bringing with him experience from coaching Team U.S.A. and the U.S.A. Collegiate National team.Men’s, women’s golfThe Buckeye golf squads were a busy bunch, starting with the resignation of assistant men’s golf coach Ryan Potter after four seasons with OSU.Potter was replaced Saturday, as OSU announced the hiring of J.J. Wood to the same position.Wood most recently coached at Rice University, where he helped lead the Owls to their first ever Conference USA Championship in 2014.The women’s golf team was active this summer as well, but there was one Buckeye who stood out from the rest.Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her shot at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSophomore Jessica Porvasnik qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open after shooting back-to-back rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament in Butler, Pa. Porvasnik was one of 25 amateurs and one of 156 total golfers to qualify.Upon her arrival at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., Porvasnik shot a first-round 79 and a second-round 82, leaving her 12 strokes short of the cut to advance to the third round of the tournament.And Porvasnik wasn’t the only Buckeye representing OSU on an international stage this summer.Men’s tennisOSU’s first-ever men’s tennis singles NCAA champion Blaz Rola, who accomplished the feat for the Buckeyes in 2013 before turning pro, made his way to Wimbledon for the gentlemen’s singles tournament at the Wimbledon Championships.After defeating the No. 80 Pablo Andujar of Spain in the first round, No. 92 Rola, representing Slovenia, was slated to face the defending men’s singles champion and fifth-ranked men’s player in the world, Andy Murray.Murray, who became the first British champion at Wimbledon since 1936 with his victory in 2013, defeated Rola in three sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.As Rola represented the Buckeyes at the All England Club in London, a duo of men’s tennis players — Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka — were representing OSU at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Doubles Final in Athens, Ga.In what was a back-and-forth affair, Kobelt and Metka fell to Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of the University of Tennessee in three sets, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6).Track and fieldFinally, the track and field teams at OSU kept busy, but more with personnel moves than sprints.Ed Beathea, the coach of both the OSU men’s track and field and cross country teams, announced his resignation in June to head back to Indiana University, where he spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach to assume the role of the Hoosier’s associate head coach.Beathea’s resignation left a hole that was filled internally, as OSU changed the title of Karen Dennis from the Buckeyes’ women’s track and field and cross country coach to the overall director of track and field and cross country.Dennis previously spent eight seasons as the women’s coach.With the 2014-15 school year beginning and the aforementioned lull on campus roaring back to life, OSU athletics will not ramp back up, but will continue to move as leaves begin to fall. read more

Solvays new Solv™ Extract digital platform helps Codelco get deeper insights into

first_imgSolvay announces the successful launch of Solv Extract™, a first-of-its-kind app-based digital platform for mining operations, with Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer. Solv™ “connects chemistry and operational insight, bringing Solvay’s technical expertise in mining chemistry to customers at an unprecedented speed and frequency. It enables them to make more informed decisions faster, thus reducing process variability, boosting productivity and improving their bottom line.”Solv Extract™ is the first of Solvay’s new digital solutions for mining operations, and the only digital platform today dedicated to reagent optimisation. The platform enables data flows between a mining operation and Solvay’s proprietary solvent extraction (SX) modelling software. Using this software, Solvay personnel are able to monitor key variables of the SX plant, such as copper recovery and copper transfer, comparing actual values and trends to model predictions, to identify and analyse deviations. Leveraging a dashboard, custom alerts and expert analysis, Solvay quickly notifies plant operators when issues arise and offers recommendations through the platform. Via Solv Extract™, plant personnel can engage in dialogue with Solvay to support continuous improvement and enhance the quality of future suggestions.“Solv Extract ™ has helped the Gabriela Mistral plant validate operational performance and will support us in identifying opportunities for continuous improvement,” shared Rodrigo Benavides Oswald, Codelco Innovation Director. “Through SolvExtract™, Solvay has proven to be a partner to the plant by providing deeper, more frequent insight, which has positively influenced our daily decision making.”“As available ore grades decline, mines are looking for ways to maximize the amount of copper extracted from each ton of ore,” explained Chuck Price, Executive Vice President of Solvay’s Mining Solutions business. “Solv Extract™ utilises a new generation of data-gathering and analytics capabilities — along with Solvay’s reagents, applications expertise and customer feedback – to help SX plants reach their true potential.”Solv Extract™ has been showcased to the mining industry at the SME Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado, from February 24-27, along with Solvay’s complete portfolio of advanced mining reagents.last_img read more

OnLive offering 99 Game System for free with Homefront preorder

first_imgOnLive is serious about getting us all gaming in the cloud. So much so that the OnLive Game System is now being offered for free with a game pre-order.The offer runs until March 14 and sees you get the $99 Game System completely free when Homefront is pre-ordered for $49. As an added bonus Metro 2033 will also be available to play for free after purchase.AdChoices广告Steve Perlman, CEO of OnLive said:This is a watershed event: It’s the first time a game system has ever been given away with the purchase of a game. Homefront is one of the biggest games coming out this quarter, and we wanted gamers to see just how incredible is to have the hottest title playable with the instant-play, massive spectating experience on their HDTV that is only possible through OnLive. The Game System consists of a MicroConsole that connects to your TV and wired broadband. A wireless controller is then used to play the games from the comfort of your favorite TV chair. Alternatively you can play on your PC without need for the Game System.Beyond the initial free game and Game System, OnLive is also offering a $9.99 per month plan introduced earlier this month. This PlayPack offers up 38 games to play all streamed from the OnLive servers to your home, with the line-up of games expanding all the time.Although this offer runs until March 14 it could end much sooner than that if OnLive run out of Game System stocks.Read more at OnLive and VentureBeatMatthew’s OpinionOnLive is trying to build its player base quickly and therefore giving away the Game System makes a lot of sense. While it may normally cost $99 to purchase, OnLive pay nowhere near that amount to get the MicroConsole and joypad manufactured. The loss made on giving it away will soon be recouped by anyone taking out a PlayPack offer or choosing to purchase other games.What has yet to be proven is whether OnLive is something that has mass-market potential. The main selling point for gamers is the ability to run the latest games on non-gaming PCs and your TV. Is that enough to get gamers choosing it alongside or instead of a Sony/Microsoft game console?last_img read more

Cold case PSNI reopens probe into murder of motheroftwo at loyalist club

first_img Short URL By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share24 Tweet Email THE PSNI HAS re-opened an investigation into the murder of Lorraine McCausland, who died in north Belfast in 1987.The mother-of-two had been on a night out in a loyalist club at Tyndale, before her body was found beside a stream in the Forthriver area in the early hours of 8 March 1987.Detective Inspector, Michelle Griffin, said in a statement: “It is our assessment that Lorraine had been enjoying a night out with friends and ended up in a loyalist drinking club at Tyndale.“We believe she was raped in the club and later savagely beaten inside and outside the premises before her partially clothed body was dumped on open ground beside a nearby river.”The police are launching a public appeal for anyone who was in the club on the night of Saturday 7 March 1987 to come forward. Lorraine McCausland Source: PSNI“This was the merciless beating of a vulnerable young woman,” Griffin stated. “It would have had a lasting impact on the people who witnessed these events 29 years ago.”In total, 14 people were arrested in connection with the murder but no one has yet been charged.Griffin believes that fear is the main reason that no one has yet come forward with crucial information regarding the murder.“The shadow of loyalist paramilitarism hangs over this case. I believe people have been reluctant to tell the truth about that night, what they saw and heard, what they know, because they are frightened.” The scene were Lorraine’s body was found. Source: PSNIGriffin said that she understood the reluctance of potential witnesses to come forward, but indicated that the PSNI would do everything in their power to provide a mechanism to enable people to come forward in safety and confidence.She added: “Times have changed, people and personalities have changed. I would ask those people who have information to ask themselves if they are now in a position to help a victim and her family get the truth and secure justice.”In 2005, the BBC reported that McCausland’s son, Craig, had been shot dead. Police said the killing was due to tensions within loyalist factions.Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives from Serious Crime Branch on the non-emergency 101 number. Alternatively, people who do not wish to leave their personal details can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Read: ‘Object of interest’ found in exhumation of Troubles victim Exterior of Tyndale club Image: PSNI 11,869 Views Nov 23rd 2016, 5:00 PM center_img 20 Comments Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 5:00 PM Image: PSNI Cold case: PSNI re-opens probe into murder of mother-of-two at loyalist club Police say Lorraine McCausland was “brutally raped” and “savagely beaten”. http://jrnl.ie/3097900 Exterior of Tyndale clublast_img read more

Alert number Forty Nine 49 on Hurricane Irma issued by The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 11, 2017 – Nassau – …IRMA CONTINUES TO WEAKEN AS THE CENTER MOVES ALONG THE NORTHWESTERN COAST OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULAR…TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI ARE DISCONTINUED, HENCE THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI.EVEN THOUGH THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN, RESIDENTS MUST STILL EXERCISE CAUTION IN MOVING ABOUT AS THERE ARE AREAS IN THE ISLANDS WHERE THERE MAY BE DOWNED POWER LINES, SEVERE FLOODING, DOWNED TREES AND OTHER DEBRIS ACROSS SOME SREETS.    RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO AVOID THESE AREAS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND ALLOW MAINTENANCE CREW TO CLEAR THE STREETS.AT 5AM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.9 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 82.6 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 280 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF WEST END GRAND BAHAMA AND 417 MILES NORTHWEST OF NEW PROVIDENCE.IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECReASED TO NEAR 75 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST, AND IRMA IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL STORM THIS MORNING AND TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES MAINLY TO THE WEST OF THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 415 MILES FROM THE CENTER.THIS WOULD BE THE LAST ALERT ON HURRICANE IRMA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY.    NEWS ITEMS WILL BE ISSUED EVERY 6 HOURS BEGINNING AT NOON TODAY.ISSUED BY:  JEFFREY SIMMONS Related Items:last_img read more

Kenai Council To Examine Disaster Declaration For Local Fisheries

first_imgWednesday’s resolution is up for public comment at the Kenai City Council regular meeting that will be held in council chambers at 6:00 pm. Kenai Council Member Bob Molloy helped develop the resolution that will request the declaration and support a state-issued recovery plan. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will discuss a resolution on Wednesday asking Governor Bill Walker to declare an economic disaster for the Upper Cook Inlet Fisheries following this summer’s low fish returns. In past years, such as 2011-2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Division has granted disaster determinations which led to pay-outs for those affected. The 2011-2012 Alaska Chinook Salmon Disaster Determination yielded  $20,797,524 in payments. Cm. Molloy: “In effect it encourages the Borough to also do so, through Mayor [Charlie] Pierce and the Assembly, to declare an economic disaster in the Upper Cook Inlet region Fisheries and at the state, implement a recovery plan. And that would give the opportunity for financial assistance through grants and loans to individuals and families and businesses that participate in that fishery and perhaps others that are impacted by it.”last_img read more

Spicejet shares surge 320 this year on turnaround to profits

first_imgBudget airline SpiceJet has seen its share prices surge by a whopping 320% so far this year, as the carrier makes a turnaround from a near-collapse after its ownership changed hands in January 2015.SpiceJet shares rose over 5% to hit Rs 72.50 per share on Tuesday, a level not seen in more than four years.In contrast, shares of Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline by the number of passengers carried, have gained 24% so far this year. Stock prices of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, the owner of Indigo, have risen 38.6% after listing on the bourses this month.”We came out of a situation when the company was actually shut down in the middle of last December,” Mint quoted Spicejet chairman Ajay Singh as saying.”We’ve looked at some of the cost elements, tried to bring the cost down. We’ve tried to instil confidence in consumers who’d been badly impacted by cancellations last year,” he said.The struggling carrier was on the verge of collapse before an ownership change in January this year. The company’s board had decided to transfer control from the Marans to founder-promoter Ajay Singh, after which Singh acquired the entire 58.4% stake held by the Marans.Following the infusion of funds by Singh to restructure the loss-making airline, Spicejet returned to profit in the January-March quarter this year, earning Rs 22.5 crore. The airline also posted profits in the following two quarters, supported by a fall in fuel prices and increased passenger traffic on its flights.While the ongoing rally in aviation stocks is being led by improved outlook for the sector, Singh said SpiceJet is undervalued, considering the current market conditions.He said SpiceJet’s market capitalisation of about Rs 4,100 crore is “too low” compared to that of Indigo, India’s biggest airline.”The gap which exists between SpiceJet and IndiGo will not sustain to this extent for a significant period of time,” he said. “The valuation of the company is out of sync with the market situation and reality. It’s undervalued.”last_img read more

Lebanon PM resigns fearing assassination

first_imgThis file photo taken on 3 November, 2016 shows Lebanon`s new prime minister Saad Hariri speaking to journalists following his nomination at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut. Photo: AFPLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday, citing Iran’s “grip” on the country and threats to his life.”I announce my resignation from the post of prime minister,” he said in a speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia by the Al-Arabiya news network.”I felt what was being covertly plotted to target my life,” Hariri said.The two-time prime minister, whose father Rafik held the same position for years and was assassinated in 2005, accused Iran and its powerful Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah of seeking hegemony in the region.The 47-year-old Sunni politician’s resignation comes less than a year after his government, to which Hezbollah’s political wing belongs, was formed.”Iran has a grip on the fate of the region’s countries… Hezbollah is Iran’s arm not just in Lebanon but in other Arab countries too,” he said.”In recent years, Hezbollah has used the power of its weapons to impose a fait accompli,” he said, reading a speech from behind a desk.Hariri accused Tehran of “sowing discord among the children of the same nation and creating a state within the state… to the extent that it gets the final say on how Lebanon’s affairs are run.”Hezbollah is a vital ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war the Syrian regime is waging against the Islamic State group and armed opposition movements.It enjoys broad support from Iran and is the only Lebanese party to have kept its weapons after the 1975-1990 civil war.Its arsenal has since grown exponentially and now outstrips that of the nation’s own armed forces.- Impact of resignation -It claims it is the only credible rampart against neighbouring Israel and its refusal to disarm is the main political crux in Lebanon.Hezbollah members have been accused over the 2005 assassination in a massive car bomb blast of Rafik Hariri, the dominant figure of Lebanon’s post-war political landscape.He made his fortune in Saudi Arabia, where his son Saad was born. Riyadh is Iran’s main regional rival and the two powers’ tussle for influence has played out in ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.The office of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a veteran Christian leader allied to Hezbollah, issued a statement confirming Hariri had tendered his resignation.”President Aoun is waiting for Hariri’s return to Beirut to enquire about the circumstances of his decision and decide on the next steps,” a statement said.Hariri said in his speech that the political climate in Lebanon was reminiscent of that which prevailed before his father was killed.The February 2005 assassination triggered political upheaval that led to Syria’s military withdrawal from Lebanon.Walid Jumblatt, one of Lebanon’s political heavyweights and the country’s most prominent Druze leader, said Hariri’s resignation could adversely affect a country already under huge strain.He argued it was the latest manifestation of the tug-of-war between Saudi Arabia and Iran and called for intensifying diplomatic efforts to solve the feud.”Lebanon is too small and vulnerable to bear the economic and political burden that comes with this resignation,” he said on social media. “I will continue to call for dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran.”last_img

Cosby Goes Out Like a Tragic Clown

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comThe long, tortuous arc of the Bill Cosby saga, from entertainment icon, to “America’s dad,” to Black American pariah, to a “sexually violent predator,” has ended with a three to 10 year prison sentence (a possible death sentence) for the infirm, legally blind, 81-year old.What would have seemed implausible up until a few years ago, became a surreal spectacle on Sept. 25 outside of a Norristown, Pennsylvania, courthouse; Cosby was led into a black SUV, chained around the waist, handcuffed to the waist chain, and headed to the Montgomery Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, a federal prison.Bill Cosby departs after his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby left in handcuffs to begin serving a three-to-10 year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Andrea Constand, the woman who the jury believed Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted in 2004, is one of about 60 women who have claimed (most of them relaying remarkably similar stories) the comedian sexually assaulted them over the decades. It is beyond improbable to believe all of these women (including Constand, who has been dignified and unwavering in her claim for more than a decade), are lying as Cosby argues. To be clear, I believe Constand.But, I still felt myself feeling sympathy for Cosby, a once heroic figure in the Black community, as he was being hauled away in chains and cuffs. Yet, my empathy for the elderly felon quickly melted away once Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist opened his ignorant mouth.“It’s important to point out that this has been the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States,” Wyatt bloviated. Really? The most racist…trial in the history of the United States? More racist that the trial that ended in acquittals for the two White men that butchered young Emmett Till in 1955 in Money, Mississippi? Was the Cosby verdict more racist than the acquittals of the White police officers who were captured on videotape beating the hell out of a defenseless Rodney King in California in 1991?Incredibly, Wyatt was just getting warmed up.“Dr. Cosby has been one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States over the last 50 years,” Wyatt said. But, wait, there’s more.“All three of the psychologists that testified against Dr. Cosby were White women, who make money off of accusing Black men of being sexual predators,” Wyatt continued. It’s an interesting observation since Cosby seems to clearly have a sexual appetite for White women, if you believe the majority of his accusers.Wyatt continued to ramble on, seemingly unhinged until he revealed an alliance he perceived between Cosby and the most high profile alleged sexual predator of this current “me too” moment.“What is going on in Washington today with Judge Kavanaugh is part of that sex war that Judge O’Neill and his wife are a part of,” Wyatt said.I’m not sure about the substance of the so-called “sex war” as Wyatt, and I suspect by extension Cosby, see it, or the role Judge O’Neill, (who sentenced Cosby) and his wife play in it. But, the fact that Wyatt and Cosby feel good about aligning themselves with Kavanaugh at this very moment during the nation’s vitriolic and volatile discourse on sexual violence against women is breathtaking and telling all at once. Perhaps, Wyatt’s use of the phrase sex war was a Freudian slip, because if you believe Cosby’s 60-plus accusers, the fallen icon seemed to be waging a very real sex war on women for decades.Ultimately, we probably will never know with any certainty what happened, if anything, between Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey-Ford during that high school party in suburban Maryland in 1982. But, we do know Kavanaugh was picked to ascend to the Supreme Court by Donald J. Trump, an alleged apex sexual predator accused by more than a dozen women of sexual assault, who during the infamous Access Hollywood tape openly bragged about grabbing women by the “p—y.”Not only has Trump provided full-throated support of Kavanaugh, he has viciously attacked a second Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez. And of course, Trump has given a wide-range of support, from political endorsements, to employment at the White House to a sordid menagerie of alleged sexual predators and their enablers such as (Rudy) Roy Moore, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Corey Lewandowski, Bill Shine, Rob Porter and others.This is who Cosby is comfortable getting into bed with, so to speak?Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Maybe it is fitting Cosby walked onto the American stage as a brilliant comic and is exiting that stage a wretched fool.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more