Seven killed in U.P. road accident

first_imgSix students and a teacher were crushed to death while two others were injured after being hit by a speeding bus on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway on Monday morning, the police said. According to a police spokesperson, the accident happened in Tirwa area of the district at around 4 a.m. “The students were filling diesel from one bus to another when they were run over by a bus which was passing by. As of now seven persons, including a teacher and students, have died, while two others are injured,” the police spokesperson said. The students were from Sant Kabirnagar district and were going to Haridwar. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed sorrow over the loss of life. A U.P. government spokesperson said that Mr. Adityanath has condoled the death of six Basic Training Certificate students and a teacher of Prabha Devi Vidyalaya, Sant Kabirnagar, in a road accident in Kannauj. THe Chief Minister has announced a financial assistance of ₹2 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased and ₹50,000 for each of the injured persons. He has also directed the officials to get an FIR registered in the matter and asked them to provide proper medical treatment to the injured persons.last_img read more

Indian American Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI About Jordan Trip to Join ISIS

first_imgAn Indian American man from Virginia pleaded guilty on Feb. 8 to two counts of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about taking a trip to Jordan in an attempt to join the Islamic State group.Shivam Patel had expressed his admiration for a U.S. Army officer, Maj. Nidal Hasan, who shot and killed 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, according to court documents quoted by the Virginia-Pilot newspaper. The 28-year-old Indian American man also tried to join the U.S. Army and Air Force, and lied to recruiters about the purpose of the Jordan trip. He reportedly said he wanted to join a “real Muslim Army.”Patel now faces up to 15 years in prison. The sentencing will take place on June 4. Patel was raised as a Hindu but converted to Islam in 2016 when he traveled to China to teach English, and became unhappy with the way Muslims were treated in China. On Aug. 23, 2016, his then employer arranged for his travel back to the United States but Patel instead went to Jordan.Officials in Jordan arrested him and deported him. On Sept. 2, 2016, he flew to Chicago and then to Detroit, according to the court documents.In Detroit, he met an FBI source and spoke to him about the Islamic State group. He told the informant that he went to Jordan to find like-minded Muslims, and to do something “bigger, better, and more purposeful” such as dying for the cause of Allah. He also said that he wanted to see a holy war between Muslims and non-Muslims. He sang ISIS group’s fight song and said that he had made a replica of the terrorist organization’s flag, which he wanted to replace his neighbor’s U.S. flag with.He returned to Williamsburg on Sept. 6, 2016 and started applying for military and paramilitary jobs. In late 2016, he said that he did not support the Islamic State group.Patel is said to have lied to the U.S. defense forces while applying for jobs by saying that the only international travels he had undertaken were to India in 2011 and 2012. Related ItemsIndian AmericanTerrorismUnited Stateslast_img read more

BCCI suspects Lalit Modi behind Lankan T20, may not allow Indians to play

first_imgThe former chief of Indian Premier League (IPL), Lalit Modi, continues to haunt the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) top brass. According to sources, BCCI suspects that the suspended IPL chairman has been behind the Sri Lanka’s yet to start Twenty-20 cricket league. Video The BCCI was therefore unlikely to let Indian cricketers play in the upcoming Sri Lankan T20 League. Board’s sources revealed that the BCCI had earlier given a green signal to the players for participation in the Lankan league, but with the involvement of a private party, which BCCI speculates was guided by Modi, changed it all. BCCI suspects that the Singapore-based company, Somerset Entertainment Ventures private Limited, which has the contract to conduct the tournament, has links with the former IPL chairman. BCCI’s move could also trigger retaliation by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), as it might stop its players from playing in the IPL. However, sources said, the BCCI was willing to take the risk as the matter was concerned to Modi.last_img read more

Wimbledon targets using serve clock at 2020 tournament

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Lewis says the clock would be “not a rule change, just a visible device on the court to manage the rule.”Players have 25 seconds to prepare after a point for the next first serve. They are first warned, then assessed a fault for the second violation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWimbledon will have a 38 million pounds ($49.5 million) prize fund this year and give the men’s and women’s singles champions a 4.4% raise to 2.35 million pounds ($3.06 million).First-round losers get a 15% raise to 45,000 pounds ($58,600). FILE – A detailed shot of a serve clock is seen in Louis Armstrong Stadium prior to the start of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 24, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA/AFPLONDON — Wimbledon is “highly likely” at the 2020 tournament to introduce a serve clock for players that debuted in Grand Slams at last year’s US Open.Tournament CEO Richard Lewis detailed the timetable at a news conference on Tuesday which announced a near-12% raise in prize money for the July 1-14 edition.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ PBA D-League: Metropac-San Beda clobbers Trinity, rises to 1st place tie with CEU Wimbledon’s No. 1 court will have a new retractable roof and increased capacity of 12,345.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Siddaramaiah’s Rs 70 lakh watch ticks off Congress-JDS feud in Karnataka

first_imgThe politics on luxury watches between former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and the Congress is suddenly under the scanner. Especially after Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy questioned Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah for sporting a Hublot watch worth Rs 70 lakh. Congress leaders in Karnataka hit back at Kumaraswamy for owning several Frank Muller and Rado luxury watches worth crores.The Congress recently released a photograph of HD Kumaraswamy accepting an expensive Frank Muller wristwatch as a gift. However, Kumaraswamy claimed that the photograph has been morphed by the Congress.CLICK HERE TO SEE KUMARASWAMY’S COLLECTION OF LUXURY WATCHES”The watch was given as a gift to Kumaraswamy from a UAE-based businessman along with a vehicle worth Rs 6 crore. I ask Kumaraswamy to declare these gifts in his assets and liabilities. He is the king of expensive wrist watches and cars,” said Congress MLC VS Ugrappa.The Congress alleged that Kumaraswamy has several luxury cars worth crores. Ugrappa claimed that the Kumaraswamy family owns four cars – including a Lamborghini and a Range Rover – priced in crores.Reacting to the allegations, Kumaraswamy said that he is ready to face an investigation.”Whatever I have bought is with my own money, and I have nothing to hide. Let them come and investigate. As for my son, he has bought it in his own capacity. And, in fact, my son does not need to respond to anybody. If he has to respond, he will respond to the Income Tax department and not to any CM. He is a private person and not a public official like Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who has to reveal what he has received as gifts,” Kumaraswamy said.advertisementHe also said that he will release the documents related to Siddaramaiah’s wrist watch in a few days time.CONGRESS CLAIMS HD KUMARASWAMY OWNS THE FOLLOWING ASSETSUnknown branded wrist watch worth Rs 1.30 croreRado wrist watch worth Rs 2 lakhFranck Muller wrist watch worth Rs 50 lakhAudemar Piguet wrist watch worth Rs 12 lakhFranck Muller wrist watch worth Rs 25 lakhRado wrist watch worth Rs 5 LakhPorsche worth Rs 2.5 croreHummer worth Rs 45 lakhLamborghini worth Rs 8 croreRange Rover worth Rs 3 croreALSO READIN PICS: Kumaraswamy and his love for expensive watches Inebriated man throws ‘chocolate bomb’ at CM Siddaramaiah A ‘luxury’ twist to Siddaramaiah-Kumaraswamy tusslelast_img read more

Ogbah, Grogan Named Big 12 Players of the Week

first_imgDefensive end Emmanuel Ogbah had a quietly excellent performance on Saturday’s 30-27 victory. He finished the day with six tackles, two sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss, which earned him Big 12 defensive player of the week honors. He’s been the catalyst for a defensive line that has exceeded all expectations in the early going of this season.Ben Grogan also had himself a fantastic day Saturday, scoring 12 of OSU’s total 30 points. (Also making my prediction come true). His landmark day earned him Big 12 special teams player of the week honors. He connected on two key field goals in the last 1:33 of the game, including the game-clincher with :06 seconds remaining.Congrats to @Eman_OSU38 and @ben_grogan on being named @Big12Conference players of the week. @CowboyFB #okstate @OSUAthletics— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) September 28, 2015AdChoices广告The full Big 12 release can be found here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Exciting Finish To Deciding Matches

first_imgBy BEN HARRISQueensland’s Men’s 40’s player-coach Scott Notley thought his team did not stand a chance against New South Wales in the State of Origin series.Well, Notley was celebrating a series win after his group of Queenslanders won the deciding match 7-6.Down by one at half-time, Queensland scored four touchdowns to two in the second half to help them collect their first Men’s 40s series in a decade.“I was very proud of the boys’ effort,” Notley said. “The boys dug deep.“We lost the first one so the second game was do-or-die but we won it, and we had a bit of momentum.”It was Queensland’s fourth division win of the State of Origin series but New South Wales soon claimed their fifth division of 2012 with a nail-biting win in the Men’s 30s.After two intense matches, New South Wales and Queensland left nothing in the tank at the end of the third game.The match went touchdown-for-touchdown and they could not be separated at half-time.The second half saw both sides show their attacking skills and produced sensational touchdowns.Shannon Warren scored a double for New South Wales while his teammate Elijah Van Der Kwast scored five touchdowns in the deciding match.Queensland’s John Andrews bagged four but it wasn’t enough as New South Wales won the game 10-8 and the division 2-1.New South Wales made it a clean sweep in the Women’s 20s’ with a 6-3 victory in the third game. Emma Tonegato scoring two touchdowns for the Blues.Having wrapped up the Men’s 50s division, Queensland were looking at making it 3-0.However, New South Wales had something to say about that and came out firing in the opening stages.They took a 5-3 lead into half-time and marched on in the second half to win 8-4.In the Men’s 45’s, New South Wales claimed a 3-0 division win following their 6-2 victory in the third match.Graham Beale scoring two touchdowns in the final game.Only one touchdown separated Queensland and New South Wales in the first two matches of the Women’s 30s, but it was not the case in the dead-rubber.Having already won the series, Queensland came out and dominated New South Wales in the first half by scoring four touchdowns to one.They went on to win the match 6-3.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksState of Origin game threelast_img read more

Crime in rural Alberta town growing at a faster rate than elsewhere

first_imgCrime in Wetaskiwin, Alta., a town of 15,000 about an hour’s drive south of Edmonton, is getting worse at a faster rate than any other Canadian urban area, a Maclean’s analysis has shown.From 2012 to 2017, Wetaskiwin’s crime severity index (CSI) — a measure used by Statistics Canada that accounts for the seriousness of crimes as well as their number — increased 100.63 points to 257.54.For comparison, Red Deer, the community with the second-fastest growing CSI, saw an increase of 58.65 points over five years. Canada’s overall CSI fell 2.56 points to 72.87 over the same time period.Meanwhile, Estevan, Sask. had the fastest-dropping crime severity index in the country with a 58.54-point reduction.The community with the highest overall CSI is North Battleford, Sask., which held the same dubious honour last year. The industrial and agricultural community’s crime severity index was 371.58 in 2017, 38 points higher than Thompson, Man., Canada’s second-most dangerous place.Click here to read the full story on Macleans.ca.On this week’s episode of The Big Story, Aaron Hutchins went to Wetaskiwin to investigate, and he found a community that knows solutions are needed, but isn’t sure where to start – or if the town’s leadership is even willing to acknowledge the problem and act. It’s the same pattern other cities have faced, and the question is where it goes from here.Audio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_1105.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Royal Conservatory of Music to welcome global superstars for 201718

first_imgAdvertisement “I say no to way more people than I say yes to,” explains Mervon Mehta, the executive director of performing arts at the Royal Conservatory of Music, explaining the process by which he assembles the series of concerts he programs annually at Toronto’s Koerner Hall. Mehta and the Conservatory announced their ninth season of concerts, for 2017-18, on Tuesday morning, and it includes some real gems. The Conservatory has always made the superb acoustics of Koerner Hall available to many other groups – the Toronto Symphony Orchestra just based its entire Mozart@261 festival at Koerner – but programming the hall themselves has always been a major RCM priority.And for next season, we’ll see and hear the usual stellar procession of world-class and world-famous classical artists. About 50 per cent of Mehta’s concerts are classically based, and the RCM has spoiled us in some ways in the past by making the first-rate commonplace. And the same will be true for 2017-18. We’ll hear from Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt playing Bach, as well as other keyboard concerts by Khatia Buniatishvili, Beatrice Rana and the ever-popular Yuja Wang. As well, France’s duo-piano Labèque sisters, Katia and Marielle, will be making their Koerner Hall debut playing a two-piano version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.A Koerner Hall debut will also be made by superstar Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, with a program based in the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern that should prove more than stimulating. Canadian baritone Gerald Finley and English tenor Ian Bostridge will fill out Koerner’s vocal series, Bostridge with an all-Schubert program. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Government to brief diplomats in Geneva

The government is to brief diplomats in Geneva to counter the allegations raised in the Channel 4 video, an external Affairs Ministry spokesman said.External Affairs Ministry spokesman Rodney Perera said that officials from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Geneva and External Affairs Ministry will attempt to give the true picture of the ground situation in Sri Lanka. Perera said that the video, which was screened at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)  premises in Geneva last week, was misleading and gave the wrong picture to the international community. The UNHRC had last week refused to stop the screening of the Channel 4 film “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” organized by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The President of the UN Human Rights Council Ambassador Remigiusz A. Henczel had observed that allowing the screening of the video in the premises while the UNHRC is meeting in another room will not reflect an official position of the Council.He had said this in response to a protest lodged by the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha. Ambassador Aryasinha had obsereved that Sri Lanka views the film, as well as the timing of its broadcast as part of a cynical, concerted and orchestrated campaign that is strategically driven, and clearly motivated by collateral political considerations.The film alleges that war crimes were committed by the military in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the conflict against the Tamil Tiger rebels, an allegation the government has strongly denied. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Shaw Videotron join industry concern over CRTCs new wholesale broadband rates

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:QBR.B, TSX:CCA) TORONTO — Shaw Communications Inc. and Videotron join major Canadian telecom companies that have expressed concern over the CRTC’s decision to lower the prices that smaller internet providers have to pay them to use their networks.Calgary-based Shaw says there will be long-term negative consequences from the decision to dramatically reduce the federally regulated wholesale broadband prices, while Quebecor subsidiary Videotron has expressed concern about the change.Bell Canada said on Monday it would cut back on a rural broadband expansion because of the decision, while Rogers Communications and Cogeco Communications expressed disappointment and said they were reviewing their options.Last week, the CRTC issued final rates that smaller providers like TekSavvy and Distributel have to pay the large telcos to use their broadband network after issuing interim rates in 2016.The final rates are 15 to 43 per cent lower than the interim rates for monthly capacity, and three to 77 per cent lower for access rates, while the interim rates were themselves up to 89 per cent lower than what the companied had hoped to charge.The CRTC said it set the lower rates to increase choice at lower prices and ensure a competitive marketplace across Canada. read more

Free 15 minute onstreet parking not likely for Calgary

Free 15 minute on-street parking not likely for Calgary For those who want to dash downtown just to pick something up, 15 minutes of free parking may sound just right, but it appears an idea to implement short-stay, free, on-street parking across Calgary won’t be moving forward.A report to the city shows many businesses aren’t sold on the idea, and the cost savings to the public aren’t worth the effort. Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu, who first brought the idea to council, said the report was a bit of a surprise but he understands why business would be opposed. The report states there is “concern from the Business Revitalization Zones that customers will rush in and out of the retail establishments… and no longer view these neighbourhoods as destinations to walk and enjoy.”Chu said even he will likely accept the report, which estimates revenue loss to the city as high as $4.6-million per year if the plan went ahead. He points out the difficulty of monitoring parking spots with the 15 minute time frame would be extremely tedious. “My intention was to find out what was the best for customers because from a lot of door knocking I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how they can’t park [downtown] and most people don’t pay it anyway,” Chu said.Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating said he knows Calgarians sometimes spend more time looking for parking downtown than actually being out and about, but he can see how there could be traffic problems and that businesses would be opposed.“What it would end up doing is making every parking stall in the core or throughout the city, where you have paid parking, into a loading zone,” Keating said.The report does recommend that the city look into what it would take to implementing short-stay, free parking, near quick-turnover businesses by mid-2015.It’s an idea some councillors have indicated they would be willing to look at for core neighbourhoods. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 6, 2014 8:03 am MDT read more

Proposed amendments to military court laws in Thailand draw UN rights office

The country’s National Legislative Assembly, which was appointed by the military government in 2014, is expected to adopt a series of amendments to the 1955 Act on the Organization of Military Courts on Thursday. “We are particularly concerned that the proposed amendment to section 46 would authorize military commanders to issue detention orders for both military personnel and civilians under the Criminal Procedure Code for up to 84 days with no judicial oversight,” said Rupert Colville. “Since the May 2014 coup, military courts have had jurisdiction over civilians for specific offenses.”The proposed amendment on judicial oversight of military detention could be applied in such cases, Mr. Colville said, pointing out that detention without judicial review breaches the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party. Under Article 9 of the Covenant, a person detained on suspicion of a criminal offence is to be brought promptly before a judge, with the Human Rights Council, which oversees the ICCPR, interpreting “promptly” to mean within a few days.“OHCHR notes assurances by the current Government of its commitment to uphold its international human rights obligations,” said the Spokesperson. “We urge the National Legislative Assembly to revise the proposed amendments in line with international human rights standards, including the right to judicial review of detention, right to counsel and right to appeal.”The Office called on the Government to restrict use of military courts to military offences committed by military personnel and recalled the ICCPR obligation to ensure that everyone has the right to a “fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law” (article 14), noting also that the Human Rights Council underlined that the military character of a trial should in no way affect such rights. read more

Opinion Stanley Cup Playoffs deserve more attention than Major League Baseball

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp lifts the Stanley Cup after winning the trophy against the Boston Bruins June 22 at TD Bank Garden.Courtesy of MCTOh my gosh, the Cincinnati Reds have a losing record. Time to panic right? Wrong.According to my calculations, there are 2,225 games left in the MLB regular season, so trust me when I say there is no need to be alarmed.Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy baseball just as much as the next person … in the summer. There is no reason to play baseball when the temperature still drops below what likely will be the Houston Astros inevitable win total for the 2014 season.However, the Stanley Cup playoffs start Wednesday and no other sporting event should even be allowed on television until the cup has been raised.In a prelude to the playoffs, college hockey held its Frozen Four over the weekend and if you didn’t watch, you missed out, plain and simple.North Dakota, Union College, Minnesota, and Boston College put on a championship weekend worthy of replaying on ESPN for years to come.Minnesota’s senior defenseman Justin Holl scoring with 0.6 seconds left to defeat North Dakota in the semifinals, while the Gophers were shorthanded, was jaw-dropping. But nothing was better than watching Union College, whose enrollment is about 2,200, take down mighty Minnesota two days later to win its first National Championship.What the Frozen Four provided was just a small sample of what occurs every night during the Stanley Cup playoffs.The heart, hustle and sacrifice is next to none.Players give it their all just to hoist the cup and call it their own for a day (yes, every player on the winning team gets to have the cup with them at home or wherever they want for a day), not to mention having their names engraved on the Cup forever.It is also important to note that unlike most professional sports leagues, the NHL does not produce a new trophy every year, there is only one.The Stanley Cup playoffs gives hope to all teams, not just the powerhouses.Who could forget the Los Angeles Kings improbable run in 2012? They were an 8-seed who made a dream run all the way to the finals where they took down the New Jersey Devils to win their first Stanley Cup.Wait, Los Angeles has a hockey team? Yes.Many hockey fans remember the tears rushing down hall of fame defenseman Ray Bourque’s face when, after 22 years, he finally won his first Stanley Cup before announcing his retirement from the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.Or last year when Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw held up the Cup with blood coming down his cheek because he blocked a shot and got cut on his face? And by the way, he got stitched up and came back later that game. An injury like that would probably be a trip to the 60-day disabled list in baseball.But for all the moments that bring tears to our eyes, good or bad, the best part about the NHL is the respect displayed between teams and players.It doesn’t matter if you’re rivals, if you have true hatred for another player, or if you’re heartbroken because the season didn’t go your way — you shake the other team’s hands at the end of every series.Because after all, the Stanley Cup isn’t yours until you shake on it.So, since the playoffs start Wednesday, I thought I’d mention a couple of key points.The Colorado Avalanche went from being one of the worst teams in the league in 2013, to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Canada’s hopes of winning its first cup since 1993 rests solely on the team who won that cup, the Montreal Canadiens (I don’t like those odds). Finally, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the playoffs for the second time in team in history. I repeat, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the playoffs.There, now you have no excuse. Hop on the bandwagon all the way down to Nationwide Arena and watch as the Blue Jackets search for their first playoff series win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.At the end of the day, many people won’t take my advice, and that’s fine. But I should let you know right now, the entire south side of Chicago has already been convinced. read more

Upsets Shake Up College Football Landscape Irish To Be

Notre Dame will be the new No. 1 team in the nation.Kansas State and Oregon — the top two teams in the country going into Saturday’s action — both came tumbling down, while Notre Dame moved to 11-0 and certainly will elevate to the No. 1 program in the nation for the first time since 1993 when the new BCS poll is released on Monday.KSU and the Ducks had a clear path to the national championship game. All they had to do was win their remaining games. Didn’t happen.The Wildcats got blizted at Baylor, losing 52-24 in a straight up beat down. Glasco Martin had three touchdown runs and Lache Seastruck rushed for 185 yards, including a back-breaking 80-yard score, in the Bears’ thumping that all but ended Kansas State’s chance for the national title.“I don’t know if I would call it getting smacked in the mouth, but they took it to us,” coach Bill Snyder said. “I really thought we prepared well, but as we found out, we didn’t. I don’t think we handled the situation as well as we should have been able to.”So, No. 1 was there for Oregon to assume. And yet, the Ducks didn’t do quack. Playing at home against No. 17 Stanford, the Oregon high-powered offense was contained. The Ducks managed just two touchdowns in losing, 17-14, in overtime.It was Jordan Williamson’s a 37-yard field goal in overtime that won the game and denied the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North — and, in the bigger picture, a shot at the BCS title.If both Stanford and Oregon win in their final games next weekend, both will finish with one conference loss, which means Stanford will win the head-to-head matchup and go to the Pac-12 championship for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.Meanwhile, Notre Dame advanced to 11-0 by thrashing Wake Forest, 38-0. The Fighting Irish came into the weekend at No. 3 in the BCS poll. With Nos. 1 and 2 losing, it stands to reason they will jump to No. 1. It is like that the SEC will dominate the next three spots with Alabama at No. 2, Georgia No. 3 and Florida No. 4. read more

Successful switch Former tight end Reid Fragel settles in at right tackle

Reid Fragel was a tight end in his first three seasons with the Ohio State football team, so it should come as no surprise that his transition to right tackle in his senior season has been a challenge.Fragel said he finally felt comfortable, however, in the Buckeyes’ fourth game of the season, a 29-15 victory against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Saturday.“I think so far that’s the best I’ve played at tackle,” Fragel said.This week, however, Fragel prepares for what could be a much greater challenge, as the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., to play the No. 20 Michigan State Spartans in their Big Ten opener at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Against the Spartans, Fragel will be lining up primarily against Spartans defensive end William Gholston, who was an All-Big Ten second-team selection in 2011.“He’s got length,” Fragel said of Gholston. “I think that’s his main weapon, he likes to use his hands a lot and uses his reach. He’s quick off the ball, he’s got size, too, so it’ll be a good challenge for us.”The MSU game will be a homecoming for Fragel as well. For the first time in his OSU career, Fragel will have the opportunity to play in East Lansing, Mich., which is located less than 100 miles from Fragel’s home town of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.“That’s a game I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” Fragel said. “Obviously that’s my home state, so (I’ve) got some friends and family up there that will be at the game.”Fragel caught 14 passes over the course of three years playing tight end, but he became a starter for the first time after converting to right tackle and winning a position battle over freshman Taylor Decker in fall camp.Coach Urban Meyer listed Fragel as one of the offensive players who graded out as “champions” for his performance against UAB, and gave him praise during Monday’s press conference.“(Fragel) played his best game as a Buckeye,” Meyer said. “Best game of the year, really best game of his career.”Two of Fragel’s fellow starters on the OSU offense echoed Meyer’s sentiments.“We’ve seen a lot of guys step up,” said senior fullback Zach Boren. “Reid Fragel played the best game I’ve ever seen him play since he’s been here this past year.”Redshirt junior Corey Linsley said he felt similarly.“It was an awesome showing for Reid,” Linsley said. “It was great because everybody knows on the team Reid has so much talent. He’s huge, and he’s got athleticism, more athleticism than anybody, and it was great to see him finally use all of his potential.”Linsley said it was clear before Saturday’s game even started that Fragel came into the game with more energy than usual.“Even before the game, I knew it was going to be his best game,” Linsley said.Fragel said he “tried to be a little bit more energetic” on Saturday.“I knew we had to come out a lot harder and play with a little more tempo,” Fragel said. “I kind of just tried to help out I guess, and provide some energy.”Linsley said Fragel’s performance stood out during the highlight film that Meyer showed the entire team on Sunday.“They showed that film yesterday of the offense cutting through the defense and it was basically just a Reid Fragel highlight show,” Linsley said. “He was smiling all day yesterday, and high-fiving everybody, it was great to see him finally do that.”Fragel said it was a “good feeling” to be acknowledged for his positive plays in the UAB game, but also recognized that he has to continue to improve for the team’s upcoming game against the Spartans.“I know there was some things that I watched aside from that film that I need to correct, get better and improve for Michigan State,” Fragel said. “Not to downplay UAB at all, but the athletes that Michigan State have, we’re going to need to execute a lot better.”Linsley said playing against Gholston will be a great opportunity for Fragel to shine.“I think that’s even a better opportunity to take what he learned from this game, and to just put it in action against a really good player,” Linsley said. read more

Smith Warner Bancroft let them play says Australian Cricketers Association

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSteve Smith, David Warner & Cameron Bancroft bans not reducedNovember 20, 2018In “latest news”Smith, Bancroft will not challenge ball-tampering sanctionsApril 4, 2018In “Sports”ACA calls for reduction of ‘disproportionate’ sanctions for ball-tamperingApril 3, 2018In “latest news” ESPNcricinfo– The Australian Cricketers Association has reiterated its call for the bans of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be lifted in the light of the findings of the cultural reviews into Australian cricket.The Longstaff review said the events of Newlands were not a one-off and were caused by the pervading culture of Cricket Australia which the players association called “hugely significant.”Smith and Warner are currently serving a one-year ban while Bancroft was sanctioned for nine months for the ball-tampering scandal in March.“What the Longstaff Review reveals is that Cricket Australia itself must also take a share of responsibility for what happened in South Africa,” Greg Dyer, the ACA president, said. “Yes, this moment of madness was ‘individual’ but now there is evidence and independent verification of system failure as well. This is hugely significant.“With this new information common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced. The players have already lost time in the game, chances to play for Australia, endured public humiliation and faced massive financial penalties.“My message to Cricket Australia is a simple one: these contrite men have been punished enough. Let these contrite men play.“I add that the ACA will be relentless in pursuing this end.“Finally, I also offer a message to the Australian public on behalf of the ACA. In short, Australia’s cricket players ‘get it.’ We assure you. The players ‘get it.’ The players understand.”A Cricket Australia spokesperson said: “We have seen the Australian Cricketers’ Association press conference and note they will be making a submission to the CA Board in the next 48 hours. We look forward to engaging directly with the ACA in a positive and constructive manner in the best interests of the game.”Speaking in the wake of the publication of the reviews, CA chairman David Peever said there was no chance of the punishments being rescinded.“Sanctions were carried out and imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process. So the sanctions stand,” Peever said.On Tuesday, the new CA CEO Kevin Roberts also indicated there would be no early route back for the trio, citing the appeals path that was open to the players when the sanctions were handed down.“There’s no provision to review the sanctions,” Roberts told 116SEN. “There’s an appeals mechanism which was available to the players before the sanctions were finalized. I really empathise with each of the three players and have chatted with them in recent weeks. They are experiencing a challenging time. They made a serious mistake. I’m getting as many people saying to me the sanctions are too harsh as those who say they aren’t harsh enough. We want to keep supporting the players.” read more

Opportunities needs and challenges for raw materials

first_imgFORAM, a two-year project to advance the idea for a World Forum on Raw Materials, was launched at the end of November in Brussels during the first Raw Materials Week, organized by the European Commission. The meeting opened a discussion with a selected audience on the opportunities, needs and challenges in raw materials management at the global scale.FORAM is the largest collaborative effort for raw materials strategy cooperation on a global level so far. Centred on an EU-based platform of international experts and stakeholders, it aims to enhance international cooperation on raw materials policies, making the complex maze of raw materials’ related initiatives more effective.Mr. Bas De Leeuw, Managing Director of the World Resources Forum, the FORAM coordinator, stated “Key aspects of advancing the idea of a World Forum on Raw Materials include assessing its focus and its format. Will there be a need for just information gathering, or for a scientific platform? Should the platform offer policy dialogue, multi-stakeholder awareness raising and capacity building, or a mix of these? Should it be a network or become a formal institution? We will assess these questions with an open eye for all the good work that is already going on, and in close dialogue with existing networks. We do not intend to reinvent wheels, we want to offer ideas for increasing efficiency and effectiveness for all concerned”.According to Mr Demicheli, Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys, one of the key partners: “By closely working with relevant stakeholders in industry, European and international organizations, governments, academia and civil society, this project will contribute to consolidating the efforts towards a more joint and coherent approach towards raw materials policies and investments worldwide. Synergies with relevant EU Member States initiatives will be explored and fostered. The project will in particular seek to engage the participation of G20 Member countries and other countries active in the mining and other raw materials sectors, so that experiences will be shared and understanding of all aspects of trade in raw materials will be increased”.The FORAM project is led by the Swiss based World Resources Forum Association (WRFA) and supported by 11 additional leading organizations (EuroGeoSurveys, European Federation of Geologists, United Nations University, Leiden University, University Kassel, Clausthal University of Technology, ESM/Matsearch, Gondwana Empreendimentos e Consultorias, Servicio Geológico Colombiano, MinPol GmbH and La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies SL). In addition, more than 20 international organisations are involved as Advisory Board members and 40 organizations as Linked Third Parties, for a total number of over 70 key influencers. These will work closely for the next two years to enhance international cooperation and increase the understanding of all aspects of raw materials investment and trade.Homelast_img read more