first_imgNew Delhi: Expressing her concern over the “grim” economic situation in the country, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday accused the BJP government at the Centre of misusing its mandate in the “most dangerous” fashion.While chairing a meeting of senior party leaders, Gandhi said that it’s not enough to be aggressive on social media as “democracy was at peril, and the mandate was being misused.” “We need to confront and combat the forces that appropriate Gandhiji, Sardar Patel, BR Ambedkar and misrepresent their true message for their nefarious ends. We must stand up fearlessly to fight on the streets, fight in villages, towns and cities. The Congress party must have an agitational agenda, and merely being active on social media is not enough,” Gandhi said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsExpressing her concern over the economic slowdown, Gandhi said, “The economic situation is very grim. Losses are mounting. General confidence has been shaken, and all that the government doing is indulging in unprecedented vendetta politics to divert attention from mounting losses.” With mega event for 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and ‘RSS-like Preraks’ on the agenda, Gandhi chaired the meeting of senior party leaders, the ‘first big meeting’ by the Congress interim president after taking charge. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe meeting was attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC general secretaries and in-charges of various states, state government chiefs and CLP leaders, among others. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi was not present in the meeting. While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy were present at the meeting, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Bhagel did not attend. However, senior MP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was present in the meeting. At the meeting, the party decided to appoint ‘preraks’ or ‘motivators’ at the district level across the country to scale-up its mass contact programme. These preraks will work on the party agenda and look after party work much like the pracharaks in the RSS. This is a first of its kind of appointment within the Congress cadre.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Brittany Bernard and Paige Fitzpatrick arrived around midnight Saturday at the Toothy Moose, a downtown Halifax cabaret packed with college and university students revelling in the end of exams.“At that point we were pretty sober,” says Fitzpatrick, a 21-year-old student at the Nova Scotia Community College. “I met a gentleman and he offered to buy me a drink.”That’s when the evening took a perilous turn, ending hours later with both women admitted to a local hospital after they say they were drugged with an unidentified substance.The women — close friends since they were toddlers growing up in a Halifax-area suburb — say it could have been much worse.They reported the alleged crime to police and are sharing their story on social media to raise awareness about predators lurking at local clubs and bars, and the risks of accepting drinks from strangers.Their story comes after reports earlier this year of women claiming their drinks were spiked at Halifax bars, reportedly experiencing unexplained severe drunkenness, memory loss and blackouts.“I could have been raped or taken because I had no idea where I was or my surroundings,” Fitzpatrick says. “It’s scary how quickly it hit both of us and how long the effects lasted.”“You can never be too careful,” Bernard, 20, adds. “I thought I was being cautious but it only takes a second for someone to slip something into your drink.”The unknown man at the Argyle Street bar bought Fitzpatrick a tequila shot and a double vodka lime. He then knocked Bernard’s vodka cranberry out of her hand and offered to buy her a new one.She declined, but ending up finishing Fitzpatrick’s drink before they went to the dance floor.“It hit us instantly,” Fitzpatrick says. “We both lost control of our bodies and sort of face planted on the floor.”The hours that followed were a blur. They somehow stumbled to the washroom, where they describe being violently ill and at points losing consciousness.“I told a girl I thought we had been drugged, and I think she helped us tell the bouncer,” Bernard says. “And at some point, I called my mom.”The bouncer waited with them until Bernard’s mother arrived, who immediately took them to hospital.“My mom went in and got two wheelchairs and then wheeled Paige in first,” she says. “She was worse off and was admitted before me.”The hospital ran tests on both women, including electrocardiograms, and tested Fitzpatrick’s blood.“I don’t remember anything at the hospital,” Fitzpatrick says. “I just remember waking up in the hospital bed, with Brittany and her mom leaning over me.”Fitzpatrick says the doctors informed them they had been drugged, but that they couldn’t determine the substance.So-called date rape drugs, sometimes called roofies, include rohypnol, ketamine and gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB). They are rapidly absorbed and metabolized by the body, making it difficult to test for.A spokeswoman for Halifax police confirmed that they received a report that two women believed their drinks had been tampered with while at the Toothy Moose in the early hours of Sunday morning.“The investigating officer has sought out the video surveillance at the Toothy Moose and they’ll review that in hopes of capturing the event or the person who is possibly responsible for doing this,” Const. Carol McIsaac said.She said this is not a common occurrence in Halifax, but that it’s disconcerting whenever police receive a similar report.McIsaac said she couldn’t speculate as to what kind of drug it possibly is, and said they are often difficult to identify.“The side effect of most of those drugs is it lowers your inhibitions, it impacts your cognitive decision-making and it makes you sleepy,” she said. “We’ve had investigations in the past where what ends up happening is that the woman leaves with the person responsible for tampering with the drinks and then they’re reporting a sexual assault.”Bernard shared the harrowing story on Facebook, which has since been shared more than 5,000 times.Multiple people, both men and women, have commented on the story by sharing similar experiences at bars and clubs in Halifax.last_img read more

first_imgDespite the half hour wait, Roberts did return to the restaurant, where the Oscar winner ordered a muffin and falafel.Hassan said when Roberts took off her hat and sunglasses the whole restaurant fell silent and customers began to discreetly take photos of her.“She was good. Nobody bothered her. Nobody talked to her. She ate her meal. She was very happy. She tipped very well and she walked out,” he said.Hassan said Roberts sent her son to pay the bill, but when he didn’t know how much to tip, he had to seek guidance from his famous mom.“She’s just a regular person like you and me. There’s no difference,” Hassan said.Despite his encounter with the Hollywood star, Hassan said he has never seen any of her movies.“I’m not sure if she’s comedy, drama, science fiction. I couldn’t tell you,” he said.Roberts isn’t the first famous actor to visit Falafel Place — Hassan said Daryl Hannah used to come to the restaurant when she was shooting a movie in Winnipeg.By Kayla Rosen ~ CTV Winnipeg LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement When a woman dressed in sunglasses and a big hat walked into Winnipeg’s Falafel Place at noon on Sunday, the restaurant’s owner had no idea it was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars – Julia Roberts.Ami Hassan said his restaurant was packed, so he told Roberts, who was with her husband cinematographer Danny Moder and three kids, to take a walk and come back in half an hour.“Somebody told me, ‘You just turned away Julia Roberts,’ and I said ‘It can’t be, why would she be in Winnipeg?’” he said. Julia Roberts ate at Falafel Place in Winnipeg on Father’s Day 2019. (Source: Ami Hassan) Advertisementlast_img read more

Rabat – Barcelona’s key forward Lionel Messi has been targeted by many international teams for his magical techniques. Italy’s giant football club, Inter Milan, is striving to sign Barcelona’s Leo during the summer transfer window.Inter Milan has been heavily rumored to sign  Messi with an enticing transfer bid at the end of the season.Massimo Moratti, former president of Inter club, has told the press earlier this year that Inter Milan aims to sign a group of football superstars, but Moratti denied that Messi is one of their major targets. However, former Italian international footballer, Jose Altafini, commonly known as Mazzola, has told Italian sports platform Mattino II that Inter Milan’s holding company, Suning Holdings Group, can make the speculations a reality.“Suning has the strength to get those they want, including Messi,” explained Mazzola. read more

Rabat – The Moroccan subsidiary of Centrale Danone posted a net loss of MAD 538 million in 2018. The company’s gross revenue amounted to MAD 4.76 billion, down 27 percent compared to 2017. Last year’s boycott on the Moroccan subsidiary of the French dairy company had a drastic impact on all activities.Danone’s gross operating income declined by 75 percent to MAD 179 million. “The cost-saving plan launched after the boycott did not cover all of our fixed costs,” the group said in a statement.The MAD 538 million loss is in line with the profit warning that the company announced in November. As a result of the nine-figure loss, the company’s assets decreased by MAD 653 million compared to 2017.The company’s board said it would meet on June 14 and propose that no dividends be paid to shareholders.The managers of the company said that due to the unprecedented crisis, Centrale Danone will keep doing “everything in its power to meet the needs of its consumers by remaining an accessible and even more innovative brand.” “The consequences of this crisis will severely affect the company’s financial results for the first half of 2019,” they added.In April 2018, Moroccans launched a boycott targeting Danone, Oulmes Mineral Water and Afriquia Gas, saying the three companies had raised prices because of their large share of their respective markets.Oulmes Mineral Water, known for its subsidiary Sidi Ali, netted only MAD 9.74 million in the first half of 2018, down 87 percent from net earnings in the first half of 2017. Ever since the Danone boycott, many Moroccans have called for similar actions. The wave of boycott calls targeted products like chicken, a public transportation company, and public figures such as pop star Saad Lamjarred. read more

16 October 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that the rate of smuggling boats reaching the shores of Yemen after crossing the Gulf of Aden has increased during the first half of October, along with the appalling death toll. More than 38 smuggling boats – an average of three a day – have been recorded arriving along Yemen’s coast during the first 13 days of October, carrying nearly 3,800 people, UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva. A total of 38 people were known to have died while 134 remained missing.“The new arrivals – both Somalis and Ethiopians – continue to tell us harrowing stories of their journeys – for which they pay between $50 and $150 – during which passengers are stabbed, beaten and thrown overboard by ruthless smugglers,” Ms. Pagonis said.On 9 October, passengers on two of three boats travelling together told UNHCR officials they had been intercepted by a United States Navy vessel, stopped for 20 to 30 minutes, had photographs taken and were distributed with drinking water that was later confiscated by the crew of the boat.These passengers reportedly arrived safely on shore, where the Yemeni navy was present and checked the belongings and pockets of the Somalis and Ethiopians – some of whom later reported that they were robbed of their money. The incident was reported to the security commander of the Nusheima area.The passengers on the third boat informed UNHCR that when they neared the coast the crew started beating the passengers and forced them into deep water, causing the death of 10 male Ethiopians. Their bodies floated to the shore and were later buried on the coast, in Mayfa-Hajar.The Somalis arriving on the boats are mainly from Mogadishu, Banadir region and Afgoi district of the lower Shabelle region, and say they left because of ongoing confrontations between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and opposition forces, tribal fighting, unemployment, floods and droughts.Poverty, famine, economic instability, lack of educational opportunities and political reasons were among the motives given by the Ethiopian arrivals for undertaking the arduous journey to Yemen. According to the agency, a total of 18,757 people have crossed the Gulf of Aden by boat this year. An estimated 404 were known to have died while 393 remain missing. The exodus eased off in the summer due to rough seas but resumed again at the beginning of September. read more

The Qatar Foreign Ministry in their tweet said that the Sri Lankan official authorities have confirmed the spread of swine flu (H1N1) in Sri Lanka. Many people are infected with the disease and also many deaths are reported due to the flu. The Qatar Foreign Ministry has urged nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka due to health concerns. They have put out a travel warning on their official Twitter page urging people not to visit the island country as H1N1 is reportedly spreading throughout the Central province, which includes Kandy, a favourite tourist spot.Central Provincial Health Service Director Shanthi Samarasinghe was quoted on a local website as saying that H1N1 virus is spreading fast in the province. 17 persons including 2 pregnant women have died during the last 3 months in the province, the website reported. A leading university in the province, Peradeniya University, has shut down indefinitely due to the spread of the viral flu. The ministry urged nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka except in cases of extreme necessity until health conditions improve. (Colombo Gazette) read more

A Welland woman is facing charges in a fraud investigation by Niagara Regional Police. Officers began an investigation in November of 2017, after being contacted by the Niagara South Federation of Agriculture.The agriculture group advocates on behalf of farm families in the region. Investigators say the group was defrauded of over $65,000 over a two-year period. Amy Clattenberg, 37, is charged with fraud over $5,000 and falsification of books or documents. Detectives are continuing to investigate and say there may be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Const. Daniels at (905) 688-4111, dial option 3 Badge 9401.

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2013 6:00 am MDT A roundup of current CEOs at Canada’s biggest banks TORONTO – A roundup of current CEOs at Canada’s biggest banks:Name: Gord NixonBank: Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY)Age: 56Title: President and CEO, RBCHeld positions since: 2001Previous title: Chief executive officer of RBC Capital MarketsJoined company: In 1979 at Dominion Securities before it was acquired by Royal Bank in 1987——Name: Gerald McCaugheyBank: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM)Age: 56Title: President and CEO, CIBCHeld position since: August 2005Previous title: Chairman and chief executive officer of CIBC World MarketsJoined company: In 1990 when CIBC acquired private client operations of Merrill Lynch Canada——Name: Rick WaughBank: Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)Age: 65Title: CEO, ScotiabankHeld position since: December 2003Previous title: President of Scotiabank. Served as both president and CEO until Oct. 2012. Prior to that, he was appointed vice-Chairman of corporate banking in 1995Joined company: In 1970 as a branch employee in Winnipeg——Name: William DowneBank: Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO)Age: 61Title: President and CEO, BMO Financial GroupHeld position since: March 2007Previous title: Chief operating officer, BMO Financial GroupJoined company: In May 1983 from Security Pacific National Bank——Name: Ed ClarkAge: 65Bank: Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD)Title: President and CEO, TD Bank GroupHeld position since: December 2002Previous title: President and chief operating officerJoined company: In July 2000 when TD Bank acquired Canada Trust Financial Services read more

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is trying to dispel fears about its plan to tap some of the world’s wealthiest institutional investors to help fund infrastructure projects in Canada.In an interview Tuesday, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the plan will not inevitably mean imposing road tolls and fees just to ensure that private investors can reap a return on their investments.Moreover, he played down concerns that it could lead to state-owned foreign enterprises from countries like China controlling strategic infrastructure in Canada.And he insisted the government won’t leave in the cold smaller projects that won’t provide any return on investment.Such fears have been raised repeatedly since the federal government announced its intention to create an infrastructure bank, aimed at leveraging $4-5 in private-sector funding for every $1 in government funding.And they intensifed in the wake of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s summit Monday with some of the most powerful institutional investors in the world, representing a combined capital pool worth $21 trillion. He also met with some of Canada’s largest investors, including insurance companies, the big banks and pension funds.“If foreign billionaires loan the Canadian government money for bridges, hospitals and schools, they are not going to do it out of the goodness of their hearts,” interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose told the House of Commons on Tuesday.“They are looking for a return. Jobs will be a cost that is kept to a minimum and taxpayer dollars will come second to their profits whenever a project goes over budget.”New Democrat MP Rachel Blaney accused the Liberals of hiding their “privatization scheme” from voters during last year’s election. And she asserted that the “only way” private investors will get a return on their investments “is through tolls and user fees for Canadians.”But Sohi said Tuesday it’s not up to the federal government to decide whether to impose user fees on infrastructure projects built with financing from private investors.“The infrastructure that my department supports is owned by municipalities and provinces … so that decision, how to finance, how to price and how to pay for it, is not our decision,” he said in an interview. “It is the decision of the local jurisdictions.”Government officials further explained that the infrastructure bank is intended to help provinces and municipalities fund projects that will provide a revenue stream from which the private investors can make a return on their investment. But they said there are many ways to do that, beyond imposing new user fees.For instance, projects to mitigate the effects of climate change or to build public transit stations could be linked to commercial development in the surrounding areas, thereby providing revenue streams. Or construction of a resource road could be linked to the investor’s eventual gain from the development of the resource that would become accessible.Canadians already pay to use public transit or electricity transmission so private investment in new projects in those areas wouldn’t change anything.Nor would the bank mean mass privatization of public infrastructure.An example of the kind of project that could be accomplished through the bank was offered in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s economic and fiscal update earlier this month: Vancouver’s Canada Line rapid transit project, which was financed by a public-private partnership. The Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority retains ownership of the line and payments to the private investors are tied to ridership and performance targets.“By partnering with the private sector and ensuring payments are made based on performance, the project was expected to achieve around $92 million (net present value) in savings, compared to the cost of having the public sector develop and deliver the project alone,” the statement said.Sohi said he’s “not at all” concerned that many necessary but smaller projects will go begging because they won’t be able to provide sufficient — or any — returns to attract private investors. Those projects will still be eligible to tap into the vast majority of the federal government’s planned $186-billion infrastructure funding over the next 12 years.“When you look at the amount of investment we are making … out of that only $15 billion is being allocated to the (infrastructure) bank. That’s less than eight per cent of our commitment,” he said.“So the vast majority of the infrastructure support that we provide will be delivered through traditional ways of giving grants to municipalities, through bilateral agreements or national programs.”The $15 billion is for direct federal investment in projects. The government is also pledging to put up another $20 billion in loans, loan guarantees, equity investments and repayable contributions, for a total of $35 billion pumped into the infrastructure bank. The government hopes to leverage both envelopes of money by partnering with private capital, but does not expect the $15-billion “concessional” tranche to be as lucrative as the $20-billion tranche.Among the participants at Monday’s investors summit were two Chinese state-owned enterprises, the China Investment Corp. and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange. That raised questions about the potential for state-owned enterprises winding up controlling strategic Canadian infrastructure like energy grids or pipelines.But Sohi played down such concerns.“We also have very strong, sound foreign investment rules and they will come into play when we design the bank,” Sohi said. “So I think it’s very premature at this time to even talk about which investors are going to invest in Canada.”The government has promised to relax foreign investment restrictions somewhat, raising to $1 billion the threshold at which a foreign investment must be reviewed. The projects to be funded by the bank are expected to top $1 billion and thus would require review. Sohi tries to dispel fears about private investment in public infrastructure by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 15, 2016 at 5:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Sohi says it’s not up to the federal government to decide whether to impose user fees on infrastructure projects built with financing from private investors.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick read more

This year’s round of reducing Brock’s budget deficit will be less daunting than first anticipated.That news was part of President Jack Lightstone’s budget update to 300 faculty and staff at his Town Hall meeting on Wednesday Feb. 17 in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.The University is commencing the process of formulating the 2010-11 budget, which is part of a multi-year exercise to achieve a balanced budget and pay off accumulated operating deficits while at the same time seeking to enhance the learning experience at Brock.As part of that effort to bring annual expenditures in line with annual revenues, it was estimated last spring that Brock would have to find 5 per cent in savings and/or new, additional income for its 2010-11 operating budget.But several factors — one of them being higher than expected enrolment in Fall 2009, largely because of increased retention — have reduced the target to 2 per cent of the base operating budget.Lightstone said that one reason for increased enrolment due to retention is the BOOST program, a new initiative by Student Services that gives students in academic jeopardy the opportunity to improve their standing so they can continue their education. The related tuition, ancillary fees and government grants associated with the greater than expected enrolment had a significant positive impact on University revenues.In a letter to faculty and staff following his Town Hall meeting, Lightstone said the need to reduce the budget deficit does not necessarily mean making cuts. He said the Brock community can collaboratively grow its way out of its budget squeeze through innovation and positive initiatives.“If we collectively act quickly enough to identify and implement other operational and pedagogical innovations for 2010-11, we might further change our net revenue outlook for 2010-11 (and certainly beyond) for the better,” he said.“To the degree we can be operationally flexible and open to change and experimentation, we can continue to grow our way out of our financial challenges, while enhancing our students’ experiences.”Quick links:• Jack Lightstone’s letter to faculty and staff• Slideshow from the Feb. 17 Town Hall meeting read more

Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow (21) is swarmed by a pack of Buckeyes during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorWith Ohio State’s long-awaited season opener set for 8 p.m. Thursday, The Lantern breaks down what to expect between the Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers. Ohio State offense vs. Indiana defenseA season ago, the Buckeye offense had no trouble putting up points against the former team of Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson, as it ran away early to a convincing 38-17 victory.With Wilson coaching the offense, the team has gained knowledge of many of the top defensive players for Indiana.“He recruited all those guys so he knows them very well. He was there for a couple years, so I guess understanding the strengths and weaknesses and just trying to attack them, so it’s definitely valuable,” quarterback J.T. Barrett said.OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks downfield during a rush during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeye’s won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe Hoosiers return several key contributors in the defensive backfield, including safeties Marcelino Ball, Jonathan Crawford and Tony Fields as well as cornerback Rashard Fant, who combined for 10 of the team’s 13 interceptions last season. The team also returns one of the premier linebackers in college football in Tegray Scales, who led the team in tackles and sacks a season ago and was placed on the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list this preseason.And the man leading those returning defensive stars will be the team’s former defensive coordinator, Tom Allen. In one season as defensive coordinator of the Hoosiers, Allen was able to improve a defense that had placed either last or second to last in the Big Ten for total defense in each of the past three years before Allen’s arrival. He introduced a unique defensive scheme known as a 4-2-5 (four defensive linemen, two linebackers and five defensive backs) a linebacker is placed in the secondary.Having that extra member in the secondary could pose a challenge to the wide receivers to get open as it is far different from a more typical 4-3 or 3-4 defensive alignment, but Barrett isn’t worrying about the atypical defensive shift.“I would probably say with that kind of hybrid type of guy, understanding he can’t play coverage. Just making sure that you just account for him at all times and know that he’s not just a matchup that we could exploit,” Barrett said. “Just kind of know where he’s at on the field, like I said, because they do like to blitz him, just know where he’s at, make sure we account for him in the run and passing game.”Ohio State defense vs. Indiana offenseThe change of head coach is not the only major alteration Indiana underwent in the offseason.The Indiana offense will come into this matchup against the Buckeyes with a new play-caller in the booth, as Mike DeBord, the former offensive coordinator at Tennessee, will operate under the same role in Bloomington.With the Volunteers, DeBord ran an up-tempo offense that was always quick to get the play off, and that style doesn’t figure to change at Indiana as the Hoosiers ran a similar up-tempo offense a season ago under Wilson.“Identical schemes, fast tempo, lot of screens. Quick game, [run-pass options], just different things like that,” defensive end Tyquan Lewis said. “Not much has changed based on what we’ve seen on film. They have O-line changes as far as I know, but that’s about it.”Then-redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) forces a fumble from Indiana junior quarterback Richard Lagow in the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThe tempo might not change, but the style of quarterback certainly will.At Tennessee, DeBord coached a dual-threat quarterback in Joshua Dobbs. This season, however, he will be instructing a pure pocket-passer in Richard Lagow, a senior starting his second season after finishing 2016 with 253 completed passes in 438 attempts, with 3,362 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Lagow finished 23rd in the FBS in passing yards last season, though he was prone to turnovers, ending the season second in interceptions.“The guy is [6-foot-6], 240 [pounds], I don’t think he’s trying to get out of the pocket and run,” Lewis said. “But he can definitely throw. He has a great arm and he can make the throws down field, I mean I think he’s a pretty decent quarterback in the pocket.”Lagow lost two of his top receivers over the offseason, but his favorite target from last season, wide receiver Nick Westbrook, is returning to the Hoosiers this season.However, this is not the best matchup for Indiana. A season ago, Lagow completed only 50 percent of his passes against the Buckeyes (14-for-28) with 182 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. A team that has always been heavy on passing, Indiana is going up against a team that held opponents to the sixth-fewest total passing yards and allowed just 10 passing touchdowns last season.The Buckeyes have lost three key members of their secondary to the draft in cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley and safety Malik Hooker, but the team remains deep in the secondary with Denzel Ward returning for his second season in the corner rotation, with Damon Arnette and Kendall Sheffield joining him there. Damon Webb is the lone returning player at safety, but Erick Smith and Jordan Fuller have potential to be the replacement to Hooker that Meyer is looking for.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 48-20Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 38-24 read more

first_imgVenezuelan challenger Jaider Parra lies on the canvas after being knocked down by Japanese champion Takashi Uchiyama, left, in the fifth round of their WBA super featherweight boxing title bout in Tokyo earlier today. Uchiyama knocked out Parra in the round to defend his title. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED:#ABORTION: Surprise, surprise – there’s some tensions in the government about the enactment of the draft abortion laws. It appears Fine Gael and Labour are at odds over the extent to which backbenchers will be allowed to propose amendments – with FG saying members will get all the time they need, while Labour says any material changes will be voted down.#BUDGET: The leaders of those two parties have had other things on their minds today, though. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have been in Brussels, trying to break a major EU budgetary logjam. Ireland holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, which has agreed a Budget for the EU for between 2014 and 2010 – but the deal has been rejected by the European Parliament, who need to approve it before it can become law. Time is running out to try and bridge the two sides.#STABBING: A teenager has been arrested after another teenager was stabbed in the centre of Castlebar today. The incident occurred at around 1:30pm in the busy Market Square area of the Co Mayo town. The victim’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.#FIRE: An 81-year-old woman has died following a house fire in Co Cork. The emergency services were called to the house outside Macroom shortly after 7am this morning. Two other adults in the house, a man and a woman, were treated for smoke inhalation.#SYRIA: A United Nations investigator into potential war crimes in Syria has said there is evidence suggesting that the country’s anti-government rebels have used chemical weapons against their enemies. Carla Del Ponte says rebels appear to have been using sarin gas – while there is no evidence of the government having done likewise.#SOCIAL MEDIA: Workers in medium-sized Irish companies spend almost an hour on social media websites while at work every day – over a seventh of the average working week. The average worker spends 56 minutes of office time per day on the likes of Facebook and Twitter.Pictured are Guy (6) and Ziv Ytshak (10), from Israel, Robert Kelly (7) from Dublin and Ella Lamba (7) from Tanzania at the People’’s Park in Dún Laoghaire. They were helping to launch the Bratacha festival of flags, logos and emblems, which runs in Dún Laoghaire from Thursday to Sunday. (Picture: Jason Clarke Photography)THINGS WE LOVED:The comments on the Daily Edge’s piece on the 14 ways you know you’re at an Irish wedding. “Don’t forget the child of Prague been left out to get the weather!”The nostalgia trip of Gizmodo’s ’10 most useful Lego bricks’ collection.Zach Galifianakis was host on Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Chief among the big hits was this piece featuring guest appearances from his Hangover co-stars Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms: (YouTube: ViralsNowBlog)THINGS WE SHARED:How do you stop your highly-sought-after drug being sold illicitly online? Easy. If you’re Pfizer, you just start selling Viagra online directly (to anyone with a prescription for it). It’s an interesting model which, if popular, could spell trouble for some pharmacists…This is an oldie, but a goodie. You know those ‘McBain’ movies in The Simpsons? Did you know that, if you string the clips together, they make a (mostly) coherent movie?Finally this evening, the ‘hidden advertising for kids’ we promised you in the title. Every EU country is in the process of rolling out a crisis helpline for children, which can be accessed at 116 111. Here’s a video from advertisers figuring out how to market it in Spain – mindful of the fact that children need to be able to see the ad, without attracting the attention of abusive adults who might be with them at that moment. (YouTube: GREY SPAIN)last_img read more

first_img By Eoin Lúc Ó Ceallaigh 8,739 Views Feb 18th 2017, 8:00 AM iTunes Source: SOUTHERN SPAIN in January, you will find the roads packed with cyclists who migrate to train in the warm winter weather of the Mediterranean.The teams stay in hotels, have nutritious food prepared for them daily, and have their bodies and bikes looked after with meticulous detail.As the An Post-Chain Reaction cyclist Matthew Teggart puts it, “We get the easy job, we just have to ride the bikes.”Spend a few days with the An Post-Chain Reaction team in their winter training camp in Calpe, Spain however, and you would have to wonder how “easy” a job it is.The team, which was started by legendary Irish cyclist Sean Kelly, acts as a developmental team for young or new riders, making the majority of the team under 22-years-old.It’s hard to see how a young rider leaving home to live abroad in the hopes of making it as a cyclist could ever be considered easy. But, like other sports, you have to really love it to give it everything.The four Irish cyclists in this year’s An Post-Chain Reaction team — Matthew Teggart, Conor Hennebry, Damien Shaw and Sean McKenna — are all men who love cycling.They all joined the team from completely different backgrounds, from finishing a degree in UCD to fighting fires in Mullingar, but are determined to make something of their cycling careers.An Post-Chain Reaction is a Continental cycling team, two tiers below the World Tour teams that dominate the major events every year. Many of the riders on this year’s roster have set their sights on reaching that level at some stage.For now though, the team will compete across Europe, including in the 65th edition of Ireland’s own An Post Rás later this year, the route of which was announced in the GPO earlier this week.The four Irish guys under Kelly’s mentorship will all be hoping to get on the team for the race, setting their sights on at least a stage win during the race which will comprise of the following stages:Stage 1, Sunday 21 May: Dublin to Longford (146.1 kilometres)Stage 2, Monday 22 May: Longford to Newport (142.9 kilometres)Stage 3, Tuesday 23 May: Newport to Bundoran (149 kilometres)Stage 4, Wednesday 24 May: Bundoran to Buncrana (151.8 kilometres)Stage 5, Thursday 25 May: Buncrana to Dungloe (181.2 kilometres)Stage 6, Friday 26 May: Dungloe to Donegal (132.1 kilometres)Stage 7, Saturday 27 May: Donegal to Ardee (167.3 kilometres)Stage 8, Sunday 28 May: Ardee to Skerries (129.4 kilometres)Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 3 Comments All Black legend Dan Carter sorry for drink-drivingKnow Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz Climb to the top: The team built to produce Ireland’s next generation of cycling stars With four Irish riders on their roster, An Post-Chain Reaction are targeting a big 2017. Share Tweet Email last_img read more

first_img Share1 Tweet Email 10,475 Views No Comments Get our daily news round up: Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 9:00 PM Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Here’s what made the headlines today. Short URLcenter_img By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 2nd 2019, 9:01 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND There was a freak hail storm in Dublin Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieAt a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, French President Emmanuel Macron has said “we will never abandon Ireland or the Irish people”. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a meeting of TDs that the social network is working proactively on child protection issues.Gardaí believe a local feud led to shots being fired outside school in west Dublin this afternoon.Met Éireann has updated its Status Yellow snow-ice warning as temperatures are set to drop to -1 degrees tonight.Claims that children can’t celebrate Christmas at Educate Together ‘incorrect and misleading’.The government is to extend the enforcement of rent pressure zones until 2021.Sport Ireland said the FAI ‘has not sufficiently explained’ the €100k John Delaney loan.Stardust campaigners are moving forward with their “strongest” attempt to hold a new inquest.Paul Reid was named the new director general of the HSE.A settlement has been reached between the children of Seán Quinn and the IBRC.A Trinity College society has said “no bullying or humiliation” took place at an alleged hazing event.INTERNATIONAL Journalists outside Downing Street watching May’s speech Source: Victoria Jones/PA Images#JOINT APPROACH: Theresa May is set to ask for a further extension to Brexit, and will ask Jeremy Corbyn to help agree a way forward.#US CONGRESS: A White House security adviser has detailed “grave breaches of national security” after Trump’s administration reversed security clearance details.#ISIS BRIDE: Shamima Begum has asked for a second chance, and has said she was “brainwashed”.PARTING SHOTYou could be forgiven for not knowing who Nick Boles is before last night, but videos of the now-former Conservative MP declaring his immediate resignation from the party following last night’s indicative votes went viral.Speaking to the BBC today, Boles hit out at the “cowardly and selfish” Cabinet for failing to challenge Theresa May’s approach to Brexit. In a series of strong statements, one that stood out was his claim that the Tory Party “did not really exist anymore”. In his own constituency of Grantham, meanwhile, voters have said Boles has been “part of the great betrayal”, the Guardian reported.last_img read more

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target If you’re like most people, you’re excited for the Nintendo Switch Lite because it’s a more affordable, durable, and portable way to enjoy the growing library of great games on Nintendo’s latest system. If you’re like me though you’re excited for the Nintendo Switch Lite because the new dedicated handheld finally lets Nintendo kill off the 3DS. But whatever the reason, after playing with the system for myself, I can tell you the Nintendo Switch Lite basically does what it’s obviously built to do. It is what it is.I’ve enjoyed using the original Nintendo Switch as a handheld just fine for the past two and a half years. But between the size, weight, and natural breaking point where the Joy-Cons attached, you can’t help but treat it a little bit more delicately compared to past Nintendo handhelds.The Switch Lite doesn’t have this issue. I felt like I could drop it on the ground and it would hold up about as well as a Game Boy in a Gulf War. You appreciate everything being one solid light piece and the matte finishing makes it feel even tougher. The improved resiliency (and longer battery life) makes you more comfortable about taking it more places. And the smaller size makes that more feasible. It’ll fit in your pocket about as well as a big phone.But how about playing the games? It’s pretty much the same. While the screen is slightly smaller, I didn’t really notice any visual improvements from the higher pixel density. The new D-pad is less mushy than the Switch Pro Controller, which should hopefully make it more viable for Tetris 99. And while we won’t know for sure until the system is out in the wild, Nintendo of America says it “expects its hardware to perform as designed” when I asked about Joy-Con analog stick drift in a system where the Joy-Con are permanently attached.I played a variety of games to see how they hold up while missing features like HD rumble and using motion controls while docked to a TV. Turns out these gimmicks were never that essential. Sorry, Arms. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are as great as you remember. There’s still a touch screen so banging out a bad Super Mario Maker 2 level was a breeze. The system’s body also still gyro sensors, so I played Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu like it was Pokemon Go. And Super Bomberman R and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe are glorified handheld games anyway so they perform just fine.And the colors! The banana yellow and vaporwave turquoise just pop. But I was surprised by how stylish the grey system looks, too. The light grey buttons paired with the dark grey body give it a really appealing smoky and mature monochrome look.So should you get the Nintendo Switch Lite? If you don’t have a Switch and care more about saving money than playing on TV then sure. If you’re a parent who wants to make sure their kid won’t break their Pokemon Sword and Shield machine, absolutely. If you already have a Switch it’ll be a nice bit of secondary hardware but honestly you’re probably better off investing in Nintendo’s impressive fall software slate headlined by The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. We’ll make our final judgment though when the Nintendo Switch Lite launches September 20 for $200.For more on Nintendo Switch learn about the latest crop of indie games coming to the system and check out these cool games to play right now.last_img read more

first_imgLevi Samuel of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Levi Samuel in Anchorage. Samuel is a lifelong Anchorage resident who attends East Anchorage High School. He was part of this year’s Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute.SAMUEL: I was looking for something new, something fresh. I’ve done Leadership Junior Fellows program over at UAA. I’ve done Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). I did that last week. And I just wanted something new. I wanted to expand my leadership tool belt.I’ve also been, not just a literal leader, but I was team captain of the Robotics team at one point, before I actually had to leave. I’ve led in that aspect. I’ve also just always strived to have other people lead. I’ve always pushed other people to their highest point of success that I can do.I also do acting. I’ve been on stage live and we’ve done shows. I’ve also done backstage in the crew, and the people that basically do everything behind the scenes. I’ve also done debate at one point and another. I’m also gonna start next year doing dance. I’ve been interested in auditioning for the Dance Contemporary team that we have here at East High School. That’s about it as far as extracurriculars go. I haven’t exactly touched on sports yet, but that’s still a possibility.I feel the need to do so many activities because I;m me, and I’m a very diverse person. Just knowing that I do so much more than the eight activities I just listed. I like to cook. I like to roller blade. I like to ice skate. I like to do so much different stuff. To be perfectly honest, if East High School opened up to more talented… more of the arts, because art in general is such a broad topic. I feel like if East High was to do more into the very specific or the different types of arts, I would be open to a lot more activities.In general, I think I have been a good leader, but I feel like I can always grow and do more.last_img read more

first_imgAllwyn colony: Serilingampally MLA Arekapudi Gandhi and local Corporator Dodla Venkatesh Goud on Wednesday called for the highest TRS membership enrollment in Allwyn Colony division. For realizing this goal, everyone should work with commitment, he added.Addressing the gathering after launching the TRS membership drive at Yellammabanda crossroads and distributing membership forms to important leaders in the division, both Gandhi and Goud advised party men to go for the widespread enrolment of members, as the party would offer them insurance coverage and also ID cards. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The MLA and corporator pointed out that an unprecedented membership enrolment drive was taken up for the first time after Minister K Tarakarama Rao took over as TRS working president. They said that the party leaders and activists had worked hard for ensuring the TRS victory in the recent Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. “The same enthusiasm should be displayed by the leaders and activists during the membership enrolment drive to make it successful,” the two public representatives said. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Among those present at the programme launch were TRS division president Pandu Goud, Ward Members C Srinivas, Kasinath Yadav, G Raju, Area Committee Members Shoukath Ali, Ramulu Goud, Venkatesh Goud, party leaders/activists Shivaraj Goud, K Raju, Vasu, Yadagiri, Moulana, A Ravi,Qaisarbhai, Khajabhai, Nagabushnam, Jagdish, Velu, Saleem,Ramesh, Sagar, Shahid Ali, Ramchandar, Swaroopa, Devi and Varalakshmi.last_img read more

first_imgTehran: Iran’s uranium enrichment level passed 4.5 percent on Monday, exceeding the 2015 nuclear deal cap, Iranian atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said. “This morning Iran passed the 4.5 percent level in uranium enrichment,” Kamalvandi said according to the semi-official ISNA News Agency. “This level of purity completely satisfies the power plant fuel requirements of the country,” he added in a hint that the Islamic republic might stick to this level of enrichment for the time being. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Iran announced on Sunday it would no longer adhere to the enrichment cap in what it billed as its second step to decrease commitments to the deal in a bid to press other parties into keeping their side of the bargain. US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal between Iran and six world powers in May 2018 and has since reimposed sanctions on many sectors including the crucial oil and financial industries. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Iran demanded the other parties – France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia – take steps to guarantee the economic benefits Iran was promised for the drastic limitations imposed on its nuclear programme. However after one year of what it called “strategic patience”, Tehran has grown increasingly frustrated about a perceived lack of action by the European side to help it economically in the face of crippling US sanctions. IAEA has scheduled a meeting on Iran for July 10.last_img read more

first_imgThe country’s development prospects will be bleak if the projected growth of population is not controlled immediately, a Prothom Alo roundtable was told on Monday.Already, experts said, Bangladesh is facing a variety of challenges, including employment and shortage of land due to the huge size of population on a small landmass.They added, Bangladesh’s earlier success in population growth control has been stagnated in recent times, and emphasised the urgent need for revitalising the past family planning programmes, resuming visits to door to door by field workers.”Our dream to become a middle income country will be jeoparadised if the population is not managed,” Hossain Zullur, executive chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), said presenting the keynote at the workshop.”The success we have achieved has become stagnant as we have relaxed our past strategy to visit door to door for campaign to create awareness about the family planning,” added the economist, also a former caretaker government adviser.The roundtable titled ‘family planning: empowerment of people and development of nation’, was organised at the Prothom Alo office with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The discussion was moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum.According to the 2011 population census, the country’s recent population is more than 160.30 million and it is projected to be 280 million by 2061, it was mentioned in the keynote. Technical officer of family planning of UNFPA Abu Sayed Hasan authored it.On the current situation, Hossain Zillur Rahman said the country is facing the crisis of employment opportunity.Around 2.2 million people are adding to the workforce, but 700,000 people are being provided with jobs domestically and another 500,000 people abroad, he pointed out.Hossain Zillur said the land cannot be found for implementing the projects.In 20 years between 1994 and 2014, the proportion of women visited by family planning field workers has been almost halved.However, director general of family planning Kazi Mustafa Sarwar said over 400 physicians have been appointed to strengthen the family planning activities in the field level.Speaking as the chief guest, health minister Mohammad Naism said the population growth in Sylhet and Chittagong is very high as being conservative, the people there do not want to receive family planning methods.He urged Prothom Alo authorities to arrange seminars and discussions at slum and rural areas and he will attend those, rather arranging it in drawing rooms and conference halls.Law maker Fazilatunnesa Bappy said family planning activities are very urgently needed to implement sustainable development goals (SDG).She said men also have to be included in the programmes.Chairman of Population Science Department at Dhaka University professor Aminul Haque said the family planning is not possible only by controlling birth. Overall matters including health and education have to be included in the planning.Actress Peya Jannatul said the people have to be made aware through drama.Youth representative Tasneem Jara said women have to be empowered by providing them with knowledge about contraception.Youths have to be utilised as they want to work on population issues, she added.While moderating, Abdul Qayyum said the additional population is number one problem.”We have not achieved progress to our desired level. We have to increase investment,” he said.Line director at the directorate of family planning Moinuddin Ahmed, chief of party USAID-DFID NGO Health Service Delivery Project Halida Hanum Akhtar, Associate of Population Council Sharif Mohammed Ismail Hossain, Ipas country manager Sayed Rubayet, Islamic Foundation Director Khijir Hayat Khan and genereral manager of SMC Toslim Uddin Khan, among others, also spoke.last_img read more