first_img“The current team members have played against a lot of “The current team members have played against a lot of countries who will be in Rio. It will help them,” said Eliza, who is a sports officer with the Central Railway. Eliza said the dropping Ritu Rani from captaincy and from the team itself was “sad.” “Its the sad part that she was not fully fit.” Rani, who led the team in the qualifiers and to a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, was reportedly dumped from the team due to disciplinary reasons and lack of improvement in her play. She had also got engaged in between camps and Eliza said from personal experience a lot of sacrifices were needed to focus on the Games. “In 1980 I was married and living in Pune and the camp was also in Pune but my husband was not with me. Her (Rani) absence from the team is a small drawback,” said Eliza. Queried whether she could have been counselled, Eliza said with the strong support staff that the team has it could have been done. “There should have been counselling. Theres whole lot of support staff with the team. In our time there were only two.” Eliza said the team, sans Rani, can do well but it was not going to be an easy task. “The team has improved physically and mentally. They have also got international exposure,” she added while advocating a league for women on the lines of the mens Hockey India League. PTI SSR RSY SSC SSC BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Ravichandran Ashwin starts 2017 with a positive message on social media

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin, who had a fantastic 2016 welcomed the new year with open arms, sending a social message to all his followers and fellow countrymen via social media.”Self discipline, happiness and compassion towards another person is very important as we dive into the new year,” he said.The off-spinner, who is currently the No. 1 bowler in Tests as well as the leading all-rounder in the longest format, took 72 wickets and scored 612 runs in 2016. It was the most productive year in his international career. (Also read: R Ashwin is the best all-rounder in the world by far. Here’s why)MAKE INDIA A BETTER COUNTRYThe Tamil Nadu all-rounder, who is currently spending his time off with his family and new born daughter in Chennai after a gruelling five-match Test series against England, reflected on a recent event to make people aware of their responsibilities to make this country a better one.Ashwin, talked about an incident where his driver had jumped the signal and reasoned saying that since others were doing it, why should he waste his time by obeying the law? But, interestingly, he had a very different take talking about the issue. (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin completes rare Test double as India bully England)”Fair point. He had a point but the point wasn’t what we need as a society or a community. In as much as this will win in a court of law, this won’t make any difference to the society or this wonderful country,” he said.advertisementDO THE RIGHT YOURSELF BEFORE POINTING FINGERSThe Chennai born cricketer urged people to not break rules and point fingers at others, especially the politicians who the citizens themselves have elected to make a difference.”We try and find faults in anything and everything, we’ve given up on positivity in life, positivity in this country. We supply intellectuals to the world and what’s wrong with us?  We start getting pessimistic more and more.”He also talked about how people follow rules to the core while travelling abroad but fail to do so in India.”When we travel abroad, live abroad, we follow rules to the T, when we can do that, surely, we can do that in our own country,” he said.The 30-year-old  insisted on the fact that we as individuals should look at ourselves and try  to make this country a better one instead of pointing finger at others, especially politicians. We should follow the rules because if we don’t, 10 other people will follow us and break the rules as well and in this we’re not contributing to make this country a better one.Ashwin summed it up by wishing everybody a very happy new year and saying that he will contribute towards making India a better country this year.”Every right action is a contribution. I’m going to contribute, are you?”#letscontribute Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 2, 2017#letscontribute Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 2, 2017last_img read more

More pressure on Liverpool than Man City, says Redknapp

first_imgJamie Redknapp believes Liverpool are coping well with the pressure of the Premier League title race but the former captain knows from experience how difficult the run-in will be for Jurgen Klopp’s men.The Reds are chasing a first top-flight championship since 1989-90 and, with 12 matches of the season left, sit level on points with leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.However, Liverpool have passed up opportunities to pull clear of City in recent weeks, failing to capitalise on the champions’ defeat at Newcastle United as they drew at home to Leicester City, before Jurgen Klopp’s men were also held at West Ham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Consecutive draws were followed by a win at home to Bournemouth, though, and Redknapp expects further twists and turns.”I think they’re coping well. Their record has been good as well,” Redknapp told Omnisport . “I’ll be amazed if Liverpool don’t lose the odd game here or there in the title run-in and it’s the same with Man City. It’s impossible. These teams have got so many games ahead of them and the pressure’s on all the teams.”I think it’s just important how you react after [losing]. Even if Liverpool lose this game on Sunday [against Manchester United], it doesn’t mean they’re not going to win the title still, it’s how you react after and make sure you pick up three points and you don’t get affected by the pressure you get put under.”Of course there’s more pressure on Liverpool than there is on City. I don’t care what anyone says.”I’ve been there, a captain trying to win the title for Liverpool, and it weighs heavily on your shoulders because of all the history and all the greats that have won the league title.”It’s 29 years since they last won it and it’s very hard to take. I’m not trying to add to the pressure but that’s what it is. You’re going to have to get used to it and, if they win it once, they’ll probably do what happened with United, they’ll go and win it again.”Redknapp does not believe it is a straight shoot-out between Liverpool and City, though, with Tottenham just five points behind the two frontrunners.”You have to put [Spurs] in it,” he said. “If they win that game on Saturday, they’re then putting pressure on a City side that have a cup game. The games are coming thick and fast for the other teams.”Tottenham haven’t got the FA Cup. I know they’ve got the Champions League – 3-0 up already [against Borussia Dortmund], they should be fine in that situation – and they’ve got Harry Kane coming back, Dele Alli’s not going to be far away, so you have to put them in the equation.”There is a situation that could arise where Liverpool and Man City fight it out and put themselves under pressure and Tottenham make a late run. It’s happened before.”But they’re obviously third favourites, the bookies will tell you that. I do think the title will be won by either City or Liverpool but if Tottenham did it wouldn’t surprise me.”Redknapp was speaking on behalf of TAG Heuer, Official Timekeeping Partner of the Premier League to promote the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Global Warming Legislation in the 109th Congress

first_imgThe number of cap-and-trade bills in the 109th Congress starkly differs from previous Congresses where McCain-Lieberman was the only formal proposal considered. Congress now has several options that are very different in their stringency. For example, there is a 2 billion ton difference in year 2020 emission caps between the least stringent (Bingaman) and the most stringent (Jeffords-Boxer and Waxman) proposals. The Jeffords-Boxer and Waxman proposals come closest to emissions trajectories that many policymakers consider necessary to avoid the worst consequences of global warming.NotesAll proposals are assumed to have been enacted in 2006. Years between targets or projections were interpolated using a simple linear formula.Emissions intensity is a concept where emissions are measured relative to a production level, such as CO2/GDP, as opposed to a percentage or total reduction relative to a baseline year. Total emissions can increase even under a decreasing intensity target, if GDP grows faster than emissions. For a complete analysis, see Target: Intensity. An Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Intensity Targets.Description of Proposals and ScenariosBusiness as Usual. Historical emissions from 1990-2004 come from the EPA’s U.S. Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990-2004. Emissions projections through 2030 come from the Energy Information Agency’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2006 (Table 15) and are extrapolated from that report for 2030-2050.Bush Administration. Emissions intensity would be reduced 18% from 2002-2012.Kyoto Protocol. The U.S. commitment would have been a 7% reduction from 1990 levels for 2008-2012.McCain-Lieberman/Olver-Gilchrest. Emissions would be capped from 2010-2020 equal to 2000 levels.Bingaman. The discussion draft is largely modeled after the emissions caps in the recommendation from the National Committee on Energy Policy (NCEP). The NCEP report recommends a 2.4% annual reduction in emissions intensity from 2010-2020 and a 2.8% intensity reduction from 2020 to 2025. The data used here is taken from the EIA report Energy Market Impacts of Alternative Greenhouse Gas Intensity Targets.Udall-Petri. Emissions would be capped at the average annual emissions of the three years immediately following enactment (assumed here to be 2007-2009).Feinstein. Emissions would be capped at “current levels” (assumed here to be the beginning of 2006). Emissions would be reduced 0.5% per year from 2011-2015 and 1% per year from 2016-2020.Kerry-Snowe. Beginning in 2010, emissions would be reduced 1.5% per year until 2020, 2.5% per year until 2030, and 3.5% per year until 2050.Waxman. Emissions would be reduced to 1990 levels from 2010-2020, with 5% annual reductions thereafter.Jeffords-Boxer. Emissions would be reduced to 1990 levels from 2010-2020, and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.Stabilize at 450/550ppm. Derived from den Elzen and Meinshausen (2005), Figure 9c. Note: The most recent version of this chart is available at Comparison of Legislative Climate Change Targets in the 110th Congress.The 109th U.S. Congress considered no less than seven proposals to address global warming through the use of market-based, cap-and-trade mechanisms. The bills each specified emission caps using different formulas, such as a return to 2000 levels (McCain-Lieberman) or 1.5% reductions per year (Kerry-Snowe). Bills have different time frames; some run only through 2020, while others run through 2050, usually with reductions that increase in later years.This graph shows how different legislative proposals would cap U.S. emissions. For comparison, the Bush administration policy—an emissions intensity target—is also shown, as is the U.S. commitment under the Kyoto Protocol had it not withdrawn. Also shown are a “business as usual” scenario, absent any policy changes, using projections from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, and estimated U.S. emissions reduction paths that would be needed to stabilize global atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations at 450 or 550ppm (parts per million) CO2 equivalent.last_img read more

Aurizon Finds Partners for West Pilbara Project

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom American Metals & Coal International (AMCI) and POSCO have joined Baosteel Resources in an infrastructure agreement with Australian transport & logistics company, Aurizon for rail and port infrastructure to support the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project (WPIOP) in Western Australia.The finalisation of the Infrastructure Framework Agreement (IFA) between AMCI, POSCO and Baosteel with Aurizon creates a pathway to constructing world-class rail and port infrastructure for a new iron ore province in the Pilbara, with exports targeted for 2017/18, Aurizon says in a release.It represents the first major milestone for the WPIOP since the AUD 1.4 billion acquisition of Aquila Resources by Baosteel and Aurizon was completed in July this year.The first stage of the project involves development of a new deep-water port at Anketell and a 280 kilometre railway to support at least 40 million tonnes per annum throughput from eight mining areas.The infrastructure could be expanded in the future to accommodate additional tonnage from both foundation customers and other miners without access to rail and port infrastructure. The Western Australian Government estimates that Anketell has a potential export capacity of up to 350 million tonnes per annum.“AMCI has been invested in this project since its inception a decade ago and we’re pleased past issues are behind us,” said Hans Mende, President of AMCI. “The agreement brings together parties that can genuinely underpin delivery of one of the most exciting resource projects on the globe. We’re committed to making this greenfield iron ore project a commercial reality and helping establish a new phase of economic investment in Australia.”The WPIOP is being developed by the Australian Premium Iron Joint Venture (APIJV), a 50/50 joint venture between Aquila (Baosteel 85%, Aurizon 15%) and AMCI (IO), which in turn is 51/49 owned by AMCI and POSCO.Kimok Yun, Senior Vice President of Raw Materials department of POSCO, said: “POSCO considers the delivery of rail and port infrastructure is a key component of facilitating the development of the Pilbara project. We are pleased to discuss the development of the rail and port infrastructure with such capable companies. All four parties are heading in the same direction and we look forward to working together to progress the project.”Under the terms of the IFA, Baosteel, AMCI and POSCO have provided Aurizon with a period of exclusivity to develop an infrastructure solution for WPIOP. The existing minimum 12-month period of exclusivity has been extended until up to January 2016, subject to Aurizon delivering an acceptable base tariff (+/- 15%) by the applicable milestone date (currently anticipated at October 2015).If Aurizon does not deliver an acceptable base tariff by the applicable milestone date, or a commercial agreement cannot be finalised by the expiry of the exclusivity period, then Baosteel, AMCI and POSCO have the right to terminate the IFA and seek other options to progress the WPIOP.“Aurizon’s job now is to deliver a commercially-attractive and scalable infrastructure solution for Baosteel, AMCI and POSCO. We know that the creation of world-class rail and port export infrastructure is critical to driving globally-competitive exports and economic wealth for the country,” Aurizon Managing Director and CEO Lance Hockridge said. Print  Close Press Release; September 11, 2014last_img read more

Province Recognizes National Aboriginal Day

first_imgMi’kmaq communities throughout the province are celebrating National Aboriginal Day today, June 21. “In Nova Scotia, the Mi’kmaq people are an important part of our province’s culture and heritage,” said Premier Darrell Dexter, who is also the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to celebrate that rich culture, as well as the history of the Mi’kmaq and their contributions to the province. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to recognize this important day, and the 2011 Halifax International Powwow, taking place Canada Day weekend on the Halifax Common.” Canada’s National Aboriginal Day gives people the chance to learn more about Aboriginal people and their contributions towards the country’s development and progress. It was first proclaimed in 1996 by former Gov. Gen. Romeo LeBlanc and is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. Visit for information on Mawio’mi 2011: Halifax International Powwow and to learn more about National Aboriginal Day.last_img read more

Karl Toft convicted serial pedophile dies in Edmonton from lung cancer

first_imgEDMONTON – A pedophile who spent over a decade in prison for sexually assaulting boys while he was employed as a guard at the Kingsclear reform school in New Brunswick has died.Karl Toft died in Edmonton Saturday morning from lung cancer, according to Charles Ingles, a close friend who met Toft through a community program when the offender was still living in an Edmonton halfway house.Toft served 13 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in 1992 to 34 charges related to the abuse of boys at the school near Fredericton. He later admitted to assaulting 200 boys over a 35-year period.Toft moved to Edmonton after his release from prison, and remained in the city after he was allowed to move out of the halfway house in 2005.Ingles had been working with the Mustard Seed, a Christian group that helps the poor and homeless, when he met Toft. He says they stayed friends, often discussing scripture.Ingles says Toft admitted that he remained tempted by children, but worked hard at avoiding places they might be in order not to re-offend.“He would not go on public transportation. He made sure that he bought a car as soon as he was out on his own. He would drive from one place to another because then he could avoid being around children,” said Ingles, who was driving from Creston, B.C. to Edmonton on Saturday to help settle Toft’s affairs.“He would go to Walmart, for instance, to do shopping at 10 or 11 at night so that there weren’t kids around.”Toft said in an interview published in the Edmonton Sun in 2008 that a lot of his victims believed he had the power to keep them in the reformatory longer than their sentences. He said that at six-foot-two and 245 pounds, he was a man his victims would not resist.He also assaulted boys from the age of 16 while he worked as a Boy Scout leader.Toft told the paper he also got away with many of the sex assaults by befriending parents and their children.”When it comes right down to it, I’m still ashamed of what I did. I’ve always been ashamed of what I did and to face that child today, even though he would be a grown adult, I would not know how to justify my actions. I would not know what to say to him, except, ‘Can you forgive me?”’ Toft said in the 2008 interview.Former Kingsclear residents claimed that the abuse was more widespread and involved other officials connected to the school.An inquiry by the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP in 2007 cleared the force of allegations it covered up alleged criminal activities by Kingsclear staff, or by one of its own members, during its investigation of the school.But it also concluded that sloppy investigative techniques, lack of supervision and poor documentation created the perception of a coverup.New Brunswick held an inquiry on Kingsclear in the mid-1990s.Wil Tonowski, a retired Edmonton police officer who worked with high-risk offenders, knew Toft and remained in touch with him even after his retirement.“We spent a lot of money doing surveillance on this man and he passed with flying colours in every single circumstance,” Tonowski said, recalling an event where Toft was observed in a supermarket and happened upon a young boy with a woman.“He simply looked, stopped, froze, put the basket down and did an absolute about face, turned around the way he came and walked out.”Wayne Land, a property manager who became friends with Toft through volunteer work helping offenders, said he met with Toft regularly over the years in Edmonton and visited him in hospital just last week.Land said he was skeptical when he met Toft of his claims that he’d accepted Christ, noting that he’s heard the same line from other convicts.But he said he didn’t think it was that way with Toft.“He has tremendous grief in his life and remorse over what he had ruined in so many young boys. However, deliverance is deliverance, and his soul has been delivered,” Land said.last_img read more

Lankan refugee in India begins indefinite fast

Irked over the officals’ response, Ramekka has allegedly launched a hunger protest.“She wrote a letter to the revenue officials in-charge of the camp to inform them of her fast before commencing the fast on Tuesday morning,” claimed Suthakaran.However, the Q branch police denied the claim made by Suthakaran to Express that Ramekka was on a fast. They also said they would release Ramekka once they receive an official communication from the government. “She was made to stay at the Mandapam camp. We will release her within a day or two,” said a police official. A 34-year old Sri Lankan Tamil farmer, belonging to the region of Mullavaikal in Sri Lanka, has been appealing to revenue officials and the Q branch police for the past two weeks, to secure the release of his wife from Mandapam Camp prison in Rameswaram, India. The spouse has allegedly begun an indefinite fast in the camp, The New Indian Express reported.When Q Branch Police were contacted by Express, they gave an assurance that his wife would be released in a day or two and are awaiting official communication. Despite the civil war having ended for a couple of years, several Tamil people in the island nation continued to suffer at the hands of the Sri Lankan army and police. Suthakaran was one of those hapless Tamils, who continued to face the wrath of the Lankan police. Suthakran claims that the intelligence wing of the Sri Lankan Navy arrested and detained him for 23 months from April 3, 2008 accusing him of having connections with the LTTE. After he was released, the Lankan police once again were on the lookout for him and it was then that he decided to leave the country in March 2014.Suthakaran and his family landed on the shores of Dhanuskodi on May 5, 2014 and despite Suthakaran informing Q branch of his entry and openly seeking refugee status he was arrested. Q branch police registered a case against the family under the Foreigners’ Act 1946 on charges of illegal entry into India. A court ordered imprisonment for a year, following which they were lodged in Puzhal Prison in Chennai, said a police official attached to Q branch. The tale of B Suthakaran, who with his family came to India seeking refuge is a tale that went awry for him at the very outset. Suthakaran, who was a farmer in the island nation of Sri Lanka, arrived in Tamil Nadu with his wife and children in the month of May, 2014. The couple were arrested for illegal entry together with their daughter Nilakshana (13) and son Vithuran (8) who were left to be in the care of a pastor in Rameswaram. “After I reached Dhanuskodi, I telephoned the Q branch police. I informed them that I am Sri Lankan and had come with my family thinking that they will register us as refugees and put us in the camps,” said Suthakaran.“But everything went awry as my wife and I were imprisoned and my children were separated from us. If I had known that this would happen, I would not have come to India to put my family under distress,” he bemoaned.The couple was released from Puzhal Prison on August 15, 2015. However they wer picked up by the police personnel of Q branch and while Suthakaran was detained in the Special Camp at Cheyyar in Tiruvannamalai district, his wife was lodged in the special prison in Mandapam. Suthakaran was released from the Cheyyar Camp for Men on September 29 while his wife continues to languish in the Mandapam Camp. “After my release, I approached revenue officials and Q branch police requesting for my wife’s release. But the officials are not giving any clarification about her release,” said Suthakaran. read more

Three Hamilton men charged in child pornography investigation

Three Hamilton men are facing charges following a two-week child exploitation investigation by Hamilton police.The investigation dubbed ‘Project Frost Byte’ focused on individuals who use online file storage systems often referred to as “cloud storage” to commit child exploitation offences.The Hamilton Police Service Internet Child Exploitation executed four search warrants in Hamilton between Feb. 26 and Mar. 9 and seized numerous electronic devices.Liam Angus, 19, Richard Mackay, 46, and Joseph Locke, 46, have been arrested and face child pornography charges.Police believe the men are not known to each other.“The Hamilton Police Service will continue to aggressively pursue individuals who utilize technology to exploit children. Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding internet safety,” said police in a news release.Anyone who may have information about this investigation is asked to contact Hamilton police. read more

Norfolk County resident loses 140k to virus scam

Norfolk County OPP are reminding the public not to grant access to their computers to anyone they haven’t contacted first after an area resident lost close to $140,000 in what is known as the “virus scam.”Police say the resident received a pop-up alert on his computer on Jan. 31, 2017, saying there were issues with his computer’s antivirus software.The resident clicked on the message, followed prompts he received and signed a form indicating repairs on the computer had been completed, police said.The man also exchanged several other emails with the scammers between January 2017 and March 2019, granting further access to the computer, police said.It wasn’t until the resident reviewed his statements that he realized his line of credit had been accessed, police said, with scammers stealing close to $140,000 from the victim’s account by the time the fraud had been discovered.This is the second reported case in the last few days In Norfolk County of a person falling victim to the virus scam, police said.  Another resident lost thousands of dollars after granting access to their computer to a caller who said their device had a virus.In that case, the scammer stole the resident’s financial accounts and passwords and convinced them to buy close to $7,000 in Google Play cards, police said.“Computer users are reminded that, unless you initiate the call, do not allow anyone access to your computer. Don’t give out personal, banking or credit card information to anyone unless you are sure of whom you are dealing with,” police said in a statement.TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINEDon’t download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent by e-mail Update anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses regularly Don’t click on links or attachments in e-mails from senders you don’t know Turn on your browser’s pop-up blocking feature Never click on a pop up that says your computer has a virus read more

Ban hails Paris climate accord as health insurance policy for the planet

“The countries of the world have made a historic choice,” he told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York on his return from attending the so-called COP21 conference in Paris, as he called on Governments to put their pledges into action. “They have unanimously decided to work as one to rise to the defining challenge of our times. The Paris Agreement is a victory for people, for the common good, and for multilateralism.“It is a health insurance policy for the planet. It is the most significant action in years to uphold our Charter mandate to ‘save succeeding generations.’ For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and act internationally and domestically to address climate change.”The 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Saturday adopted the Paris Agreement after two weeks of intensive negotiations at the summit.The accord covers all crucial areas identified as essential for a landmark conclusion: mitigation – reducing emissions fast enough to achieve the temperature goal; a transparency system and global stock-take – accounting for climate action; adaptation – strengthening ability of countries to deal with climate impacts; loss and damage – strengthening ability to recover from climate impacts; and support – including finance, for nations to build clean, resilient futures. Mr. Ban said it embodies a successful new approach to global cooperation on climate change, with countries acknowledging that their national interest is best served by acting for the common good by transforming the global economy to low-emission, climate-resilient growth.“It marks a decisive turning point in the global quest for a safer, more sustainable and prosperous future,” he stressed. “It will save lives, improve human well-being and promote more peaceful, stable societies.”He highlighted the agreement as one of his top priorities since the day he became UN Secretary-General. “For nine years, I have spoken repeatedly with nearly every world leader about how the growing human imprint on the planet threatens our lives, our economies, our security and our survival. I have mobilized business and engaged civil society.“I have never lost faith that the international community could rise to the climate challenge. Now I count on Governments, and all sectors of society, to turn these commitments into urgent, decisive action,” he concluded. read more

Ohio State mens tennis team seeks 1st NCAA championship

The Ohio State men’s tennis team will begin NCAA Tournament action at home Friday. The Buckeyes are going into the tournament as the No. 4 seed, and they will look to bring home their first-ever national title. Sixty-four teams from around the nation were selected May 3 to be part of the 2011 NCAA Championship Tournament. The Buckeyes were one of 31 teams that automatically qualified for the tournament by winning their conference championship. OSU earned that bid May 1, when it clinched its sixth consecutive Big Ten Tournament title in Madison, Wis. OSU will begin the NCAA Tournament with home-field advantage. The team will host Notre Dame, East Tennessee State and Ball State for the first two rounds of the six-round tournament Friday and Saturday. “It’s always much easier to win at home than on the road,” said coach Ty Tucker of the advantage. OSU (30-2) opens the NCAA Tournament against Ball State (15-14). The last time the Buckeyes played the Cardinals was during the 1994–95 season. Overall, OSU is 9-3 against Ball State. “After two weeks off, you have to establish in the first round that you’re ready to play,” Tucker said of the Friday match. If the team advances past the first two rounds, the Buckeyes will travel to Stanford, Calif., to compete. “We need to focus on the first two rounds,” senior co-captain Balazs Novak said. The biggest competitors the Buckeyes could face throughout the tournament are Virginia and USC, Tucker said. OSU lost to Virginia once already this season, 4-1, in February. “There are a lot of good teams,” senior co-captain Matt Allare said. “Virginia hasn’t been beaten at all, and USC are the back-to-back champions.” The last time the Buckeyes made it to the NCAA Tournament finals was in 2009, when they fell to USC, the reigning national champion. “We’re No. 4 in the nation, but you look at other teams and they’re so good,” senior co-captain Shuhei Uzawa said. “We just need to give it everything we’ve got.” Despite the tough competition, OSU’s ultimate goal is to bring home the national title. “That’s one of the three or four goals every year,” Tucker said. “I think that has to be the goal.” Novak said winning the championship title would be a great achievement for the team and that it would mean everything. The first match in Columbus will be between Notre Dame and East Tennessee State at 10 a.m. Friday at the Stickney Tennis Center. read more

Teachers prepare to strike in protest at immoral exams for fouryearolds

first_imgTeachers are preparing to take industrial action in protest at “immoral” exams for four-year-olds.Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have called for a major campaign against the “damaging” literacy and numeracy checks for children at the start of reception.The union, which has a long standing opposition to primary school tests, seeks to disrupt voluntary pilots of the tests next year, including the possibility of industrial action.”Baseline” checks for reception-age children in England were announced by former education secretary Justine Greening last year as part of an overhaul of primary school testing which included a decision to scrap national curriculum tests – known as Sats – for seven-year-olds.During a debate at the NUT conference in Brighton, teachers raised concerns about the assessments, arguing that it would mean young children told they are “not good enough” within weeks of starting school. "I feel it's like Victorian times", a teacher told the conference “Learning through play, establishing routines. They will become data, that is what baseline testing is all about.”What we should be most angry about though is the damage these tests will do to children. I don’t need to explain it, you can imagine. Imagine being told at four that you are not good enough.”She added: “I talked about the future, but sometimes I feel it’s like Victorian times. We are teaching kids that are coming to school with empty stomachs.”We might not be beating them with sticks or canes or rulers, but we are beating them with high-stakes tests and a curriculum that is only about preparing them for high-stakes tests.”We are forcing them to slave away in exam factories, and we are making them wear metaphorical dunces’ hats.” Teachers are preparing to take industrial action in protest at “immoral” exams for four-year-olds Credit: SUZANNE PLUNKETT Teachers are preparing to take industrial action in protest at “immoral” exams for four-year-olds  The NUT passed a resolution to call for “a major campaign aimed at encouraging schools not to take part in the pilot of baseline assessment in September 2019, using industrial action if necessary”.Alex Kenny, of the union’s executive, urged members to consider the action they can take to prevent the checks taking place next year, with the union planning to produce information packs as well as model letters for parents, governors and teachers to say they do not want their school to take part.center_img “I feel it’s like Victorian times”, a teacher told the conference Proposing the motion, Katharine Lindenberg, a delegate from Waltham Forest, London, said: “Baseline tests will be given to four-year-olds in the first weeks of reception.”They are unnecessary, they are pointless, they are expensive and above all they are damaging, and they are immoral.”Four-year-olds, in the vital settling in period, will be sat in front of a screen answering literacy and maths questions. This is a time when children should be building their confidence, gaining trust with their teachers and support staff. “Baseline is voluntary, so through the strategy outlined here, we want to pile pressure on heads and governors to say that they won’t take part, they won’t volunteer to take part in baseline in 2019,” he said.”But if that pressure doesn’t work, we will combine it with ballots. We will conduct indicative ballots so that we can identify the schools and areas where we can use industrial action if heads say they will go ahead with the pilot.”Ministers have said the baseline check, which is due to be introduced nationally in 2020 following next year’s voluntary pilots, will be used as a marker of children’s abilities at the start of their schooling, and this information will be used to track and measure youngsters’ progress up until they leave primary school.A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “Tests and teacher assessments at primary school form a fundamental part of a child’s education, but they are not intended to hinder their development or cause undue stress. We trust teachers to administer tests in a way that does not put undue pressure on pupils.”The baseline assessment is not an accountability measure and won’t be published. It is purely to assess children’s starting point so that we can see how well schools help children to make progress during their time at primary school.” 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.last_img read more

No further action to be taken into Nigella Lawsons admission of drug

first_imgTHE METROPOLITAN POLICE have confirmed this afternoon that no further action will be taken into admissions of drug by celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.Lawson admitted during the trial of her two former assistants that she took cocaine with her late husband John Diamond.It had previously been speculated that Lawson would face a drug probe following the admission.In a statement, Metropolitan Police said that a specialist team had concluded that no further action would be taken.Factors included “the need for police action to be proportionate” and whether it would be in the public interest.Both assistants, Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, were found not guilty of fraud in a trial overshadowed by revelations about the domestic life of Lawson and former husband Charles Saatchi.Read: Former assistants of Nigella Lawson acquitted of fraud >last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get the 9 at 9 News audio Mar 29th 2019, 8:03 AM The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Share2 Tweet Email By Ceimin Burke 9,242 Views center_img Image: Shutterstock/Big Foot Productions EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #BRIDGING LOAN: Transport Minister Shane Ross says the €100,000 bridging loan provided by former FAI CEO John Delaney to the organisation raises “serious questions”.2. #PROPERTY PRICES: The median asking price for newly listed properties across Ireland is up €5,000 in the last-quarter.3. #BREXIT: Prime Minister Theresa May will only put half of her Brexit deal to vote in parliament today in a final attempt to secure MPs’ support as senior cabinet ministers made it clear she must resign soon, according to The Guardian.4.#CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand held a national remembrance service for victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.5. #HOAX: President Donald Trump has blasted the Mueller probe into Russian involvement in 2016′s US presidential election labelling it “the single greatest hoax in the history of politics in this country”.6. HER’S: Both members of the Liverpool band Her’s and their tour manager have been killed in a crash in the US state of California. The band’s record label revealed that the incident took place while the duo were travelling to a gig.7. #COMPENSATION: More than €100,000 has been paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who had died from self-inflicted injuries while in custody in recent years.8. #LIBRARIES: Another seven libraries around the country are set to open seven days a week between 8am and 10pm next month.9. #FOOD WASTE: Lidl will not be rolling out its £1.50 ‘Too Good To Waste’ fruit and vegetable boxes in Ireland.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Big Foot Productions Friday 29 Mar 2019, 8:03 AM Short URLlast_img read more

Lun des lauréats du prix Nobel de Médecine Ralph Steinman est mort

first_imgL’un des lauréats du prix Nobel de Médecine Ralph Steinman est mortL’université de Rockefeller a annoncé que l’un des lauréats du prix Nobel de Médecine attribué ce matin même, Ralph Steinman était décédé trois jours plus tôt d’un cancer du pancréas dont il souffrait depuis 4 ans. La nouvelle a endeuillé la semaine de remise des prix Nobel qui a débuté aujourd’hui à Stockholm en Suède. L’université Rockefeller pour laquelle travaillait le chercheur canadien Ralph Steinman a annoncé que celui-ci était décédé trois jours plus tôt, le 30 septembre à l’âge de 68 ans. Or, le scientifique fait partie des trois lauréats du prix Nobel Médecine avec l’Américain Bruce Beutler et le Français Jules Hoffman, récompensés ce matin par l’Assemblée qui décerne ces très célèbres prix.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayer”L’université Rockefeller est ravie que la Fondation Nobel ait reconnu Ralph Steinman pour ces découvertes concernant les réponses immunitaires de l’organisme. Mais la nouvelle est douce-amère alors que nous avons également appris ce matin de la famille de Ralph qu’il était décédé il y a quelques jours après une longue bataille contre le cancer”, a expliqué le président de l’université Marc Tessier-Lavigne. Il a ajouté : “Nos pensées vont à l’épouse de Ralph, ses enfants et sa famille”.  A l’annonce de la décision du comité Nobel, sa fille a déclaré : “Nous sommes tellement touchés que le dur travail de notre père ait été reconnu avec un prix Nobel. Il a dévoué sa vie à son travail et à sa famille et aurait été vraiment honoré”. Ralph Steinman qui dirigeait le laboratoire de physiologie cellulaire et d’immunologie est loin d’être le premier chercheur à être récompensé par un prix Nobel à l’université Rockefeller qui en compte déjà plusieurs. “Les recherches de Steinman ont établi pour la fondation de nombreuses découvertes dans le domaine critique et important de l’immunologie, et celles-ci ont conduit à de nouvelles approches innovantes sur comment traiter le cancer, les maladies infectieuses et les désordres du système immunitaire”, a également relevé Marc Tessier-Lavigne.Le 3 octobre 2011 à 16:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Google Chrome une application pour contrôler un ordinateur à distance

first_imgGoogle Chrome : une application pour contrôler un ordinateur à distanceGoogle vient de mettre en ligne la version bêta d’une nouvelle extension destinée au navigateur Chrome. Baptisée Chrome Remote Desktop, elle permet de contrôler un ordinateur à distance, directement depuis le navigateur.Téléchargeable gratuitement sur le Chrome Web Store (lien non disponible), Chrome Remote Desktop permet de partager des bureaux et de prendre le contrôle d’un ordinateur distant. Une fois installé, grâce à un code à 12 chiffres généré au moment de l’activation du partage, le plugin apparaîtra dans un onglet du navigateur.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Chrome Remote Dektop apparaît comme une solution pour assurer la maintenance à distance des ordinateurs uniquement équipés d’un navigateur, comme le Chromebook. Des logiciels, comme TeamViewer notamment, offrent déjà cette possibilité. Basée sur une technologie peer-to-peer (P2P) pour connecter deux systèmes, l’application de Google n’est pas seulement destinée aux Chromebook et Mac. Elle est en effet compatible avec n’importe quel système d’exploitation.”Le but de cette version bêta est de montrer les capacités de la technologie Chrome Remote et d’avoir des retours d’utilisateurs”, explique Google dans un communiqué, avant d’assurer que le logiciel est “entièrement sécurisé”.Le 11 octobre 2011 à 20:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Opening of The Last Jedi Revealed and More Star Wars News

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target Bob Iger: “I am leaving Disney in mid-2019. This time I mean it.”— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) October 3, 2017Iger’s announced a departure in the past, but it keeps getting pushed back. The real reason is probably the one he gave. Finding a successor is hard, and he wants to ensure the company will continue to dominate the world after he’s gone. The folks at Bleeding Cool, noticed an odd coincidence in Iger’s timing, though.Iger was initially scheduled to step down in July of 2018, but he announced in February that he would be staying a little longer. The website mentions that Iger had scene an early cut of The Last Jedi at that point. A little math tells us that he’d probably get to see an early cut of Episode IX around the time he says he’d leave. While there are probably other reasons behind the date, we like the idea that even the CEO of Disney would put off future plans to see the next Star Wars movie just a little bit early. It’d be nice to believe that even billionaire CEOs geek out about stuff.Of course, making all this a little less funny is that Iger reportedly plans to run for office after he steps down. Because rich businessmen don’t have enough power in America.Finally, the fantastic Star Wars animated series Forces of Destiny put out a new short today set during the Clone Wars. If you haven’t been watching these shorts, you should absolutely fix that right now. They’re all only a few minutes long, it won’t take much time. Each one features one of the many awesome women of the Star Wars universe doing something incredibly cool. Fans of Anakin Skywalker’s former Padawan Ahsoka will definitely want to check this new one out. It picks up after Ahsoka gives Padme a piloting lesson. The pair is attacked by a droid ship, and Padme has to put her lessons to use when Ahsoka’s ship is disabled.Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is currently in its second season, and has been releasing daily on Disney’s YouTube channel during the month of October. It will air its second half-hour special on the Disney Channel on October 29.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img There are few movies more secretive than the Star Wars series. Only the also-Disney-owned Marvel series comes close. Outside of a trailer that raised more questions than it answered, everyone involved in Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been careful not to give away the slightest bit of information. Except, of course, for the merchandise manufacturers.Toy companies and other makers of tie-in products have a history of spoiling certain aspects of movies. Most recently, a hat may have given away an aspect of Superman’s return in Justice League. Going further back, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has said the reason you couldn’t buy a baby Groot toy for months after the first movie came out was because they wanted to keep the character’s reveal a surprise. Even Disney can’t control when a toy company will reveal something.Case in point: an arts-and-crafts book tie-in to The Last Jedi. Making Star Wars reports that the book contains some interesting flavor text next to a guide to building a model A-wing. The paragraph describes an evacuation of D’Qar, where the resistance base was in The Force Awakens. It sounds a lot like this could be the opening scene of The Last Jedi.“After Poe Dameron’s squadrons destroyed Starkiller Base, the First Order sought out the Resistance headquarters on the planet of D’Qar to enact their revenge,” the text reads. “A-wings flew guard around the Resistance fleet and the transports fleeing the base. When three First Order warships emerged from hyperspace to attack, a squadron of A-wings, commanded by Tallie Lintra, assisted Poe Dameron and the Resistance’s assault bombers in taking on an enemy dreadnought.”Making this even more plausible is the fact that General Leia herself said the base is a target of the First Order. Seeing the resistance flee would be a fitting opening to the dark middle chapter of the new trilogy. While Disney was clearly hoping the sequence would be a surprise, it’ll still be cool to watch it play out when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.Beyond The Last Jedi, another Star Wars movie we’re all curious about is the currently untitled Episode IX. Even with the recent director shakeup, everyone wants to see how this story will conclude. Everyone including Disney CEO Bob Iger, it appears. Iger has been on a press tour, answering questions about a whole range of issues relating to the company. Some of the biggest news to come out of it: He’s stepping down for real in mid-2019.last_img read more

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kick Some Serious Shell in Injustice 2

first_img Everyone’s favorite mutated reptiles are making their way to Injustice 2 next week, dude! Warner Bros and NetherRealm Studios have released a new trailer showcasing the latest addition to the DC-centric fighting game: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Unlike the previous teaser trailer, this new video shows us exactly how the four heroes in a half shell fight. It’s totally tubular!As detailed in today’s press release, players can choose which turtle to play as through the game’s gear customization system. By equipping swords, a bo staff, nunchucks, or sais, users can change their character loadout and play as Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Each character has their own movesets, character powers, and special moves. Since loadouts are unavailable in online and tournament modes, players can select each individual brother from the character select screen.Expect the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to kick shell on February 13 for players who own the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack #3. They will become available as standalone DLC starting on February 20 from the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Steam, or Microsoft Store for $9.99.AdChoices广告Like I said in the teaser trailer post, we’ve had countless games with the Ninja Turtles and DC Comics characters so it’s a lot of fun to see them brought together like this. This almost feels like a natural extension of the recent Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. In those books, the Turtles also fight Batman and other DC characters. I’m also happy the NetherRealm team went with the designs featured in the very first live-action TMNT movie. This makes some kind of sense given how those designs blend nicely with the art style of Injustice 2. As a fan of both DC Comics and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I wholeheartedly give this mashup my undivided support. I’m sure many will too. Stay on target Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Actual Games of the Year (2017)Cowabunga! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Coming to Injustice 2 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Bahamian vendors suffer losses after Fyre Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 7th 2017 – Nassau – Tourists who expected to have a memorable and fun experience at the failed Fyre Festival in Exuma earlier this year are not the only ones left with repercussions. Minister of Tourism, Dionsio D’Aguilar yesterday confirmed that Bahamian vendors would also have to cut their losses.D’Aguilar called it risky business and said, “The chap went bankrupt.” Adding also, “the event crashed and burned, and you know, that is one of the risks of business. When you go into business there is a possibility of something happening”Fortunately, the minister explained that the government has made some strides in recovering any losses it may have suffered. He revealed that the government was able to seize the container with musical equipment and staging which was used to secure Bahamas custom fees, landing fees, and immigration charges.However, the government does not have the responsibility of reimbursing any of the local vendors who also went into business for the event. Hundreds of tourists expecting to partake in an event advertised to be “one of a kind”, spent thousands of dollars, only to be left stranded on an island in Exuma without as little as food or proper accommodations.Last Friday, CEO of Fyre Festival, William McFarland was arrested and charged with wire fraud. As a result, D’Aguilar said on the former government’s part, due diligence was not done and it is something that should not be repeated going forward.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more