Chandigarh, Sep 21 (PTI) Sippy Sidhu, a national level shooter, was murdered and his bullet-riddled body was found in a park here, leaving the shooting fraternity shocked. The body of the 34-year-old shooter was recovered from a park in Sector 27 at around 11 last night. Police sources said that they received a call from a local that a dead body was lying in the park, after which a team rushed to the spot. Upon verification, the body was found to be that of Sidhu. The motive behind the murder is not yet known. Sidhu was also a lawyer and a sports promoter, who came from an affluent family. He was proprietor of the Sippy Sidhu Law Firm based in the city. Confirming the incident, Chandigarh SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said that it was a case of murder and the police were investigating it. “His body was found at around 11.00 pm on Sunday night in the Sector-27 park. He was probably shot dead at around 10.15 p.m. His body has two or three bullet injuries,” he said. Sippy was a rifle shooter and had won the team gold along with Abhinav Bindra in the Punjab National Games in 2001. He had been on the shooting circuit for more than fifteen years and won medals regularly at various shooting competitions. He was also a joint secretary of the Paralympic Committee of India. The news of Sippys murder sent shock waves in the Indian shooting fraternity. “This is very shocking and I came to know about today only. He was a young shooter,” said National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia. Rifle shooter Shimon Sharif said, “Its a great loss to shooting sports and to me personally. Sippy was a close friend. He had the passion to promote sports in India. He was working very hard in the field of sports promotion and development and surely had a very bright future. “This is very shocking for me, he was very friendly and full of life,” said 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sameer Ambekar. On hearing the news, London Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang immediately left for Chandigarh from Delhi to attend Sidhus funeral. PTI AH BS PMadvertisement
Boxing: Luis Ortiz brutally knocks out Razvan Cojanu inside two-rounds (VIDEO)Boxing: Luis Ortiz brutally knocks out Razvan Cojanu inside two-rounds (VIDEO)
AdvertisementThis Heavyweight showdown was between two men coming off losses. Luis Ortiz has been looking for a chance at redemption since his loss to WBC Champion Deontay Wilder. The crowd gave a huge applause in appreciation for Ortiz’s effort.Razvan Cojanu, also coming off a loss, was hoping to use this opportunity to get his career back on track.Right away, Ortiz showed his superior skill; getting the jab going, mixing it with body shots, and landing the straight left against the taller Cojanu.Round two saw Cojanu mostly posturing, but wasn’t working his offense. All the while, Ortiz was using feints to close the distance and get inside of the longer reach of his opponent.In the second round, Ortiz threw a good right hook that opened up the straight left. It landed perfectly on the button and sent Cojanu to the canvas. As he struggled to get up, the ref stopped the fight.Ortiz, emotional over the news of the cure they found for his daughter, seems to be even more motivated. The display of power and skill remains the reason why he’s still a force to be wary about.VIDEO:Let’s not exclude from the heavyweight narrative that Luis Ortiz, regardless of his age, is still doing bits over in America… pic.twitter.com/hGyag3ZxGc— Dev Sahni (@sahnidev) July 29, 2018 Advertisement
Kabaddi World Cup to commence tomorrow Ahmedabad, Oct 6 (PTI) The Kabaddi World Cup is all set to begin here tomorrow, with organisers and players of competing countries today expressing confidence of taking the game to new heights of popularity across the globe. Addressing the media at a pre-event press conference, International Kabaddi Federation chief Deoraj Chaturvedi said that 12 out of 32 Kabaddi playing countries will participate in the fortnight-long tournament, which will be concluding on October 22. The game, which begins tomorrow at a new multi-purpose stadium, TransStadia, built here under a public private partnership. “Twelve wonderful teams from five Olympic geographies will clash with each other. Another big milestone is that it will be played at a World Cup facilitated stadium TransStadia here, which has come up here in such a short time,” he said. “Kabaddi is our (Indias) own game and I take that today it is played in 32 countries, out of which 12 countries are participating,” he said. The 12 participating teams are India, USA (rpt USA), England, Australia, Iran, Poland, Thailand, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan, Argentina, and Kenya. The tournament, being organised by the International Kabaddi Federation, will be broadcast live in 120-odd countries by Star Sports, which will be a first for a kabaddi tournament, Chaturvedi said. “It is for the first time that kabaddi will be showcased and exposed to the world, and I am sure this World Cup will create a history and will help us promoting the game throughout the world,” he said. Twelve teams have been divided into two pools of six teams each with inaugural matches being played tomorrow between India and South Korea, and United States and Iran. Speaking about the tournament, India team captain Anup Kumar accepted that there is pressure due to the presence of worlds best teams. “It is a big tournament and all teams are very good, some teams are new and playing with them will be a new experience, and I believe there is pressure. Our only target is to keep the trophy in the country,” he said. Speaking at the press conference, Anupam Goswami, head of kabaddi at Star Sports, said that the World Cup will further popularise the game across the world, after a successful show of Pro-Kabaddi League. “We strongly believe that in one of these days we will see India as a powerhouse of sports beyond cricket. Pro Kabaddi League is the second most viewed league after IPL, and we will expand it further in the coming years,” he said. “We hope to make as much an impact for Kabaddi across the world by this tournament as we did for the country with with pro Kabaddi,” he added. PTI KA PD DK ATadvertisement
NEW YORK — Joe Johnson thought about so many missed chances by the Nets this season, unsure whether he would play another game this season.He will — starting April 19 right in his old city.Brooklyn clinched the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, beating the Orlando Magic 101-88 on April 15 before the Memphis Grizzlies knocked off Indiana.The Nets and Pacers tied at 38-44, and Brooklyn earned the No. 8 seed after winning the season series. The Nets will visit top-seeded Atlanta on April 19 for their playoff opener.“If you get in, it’s a whole new season,” Johnson said before the Grizzlies’ 95-83 victory. “Everybody is 0-0 and then you wipe your hands clean and then you give it another go.”If Indiana won, the Nets would have missed the postseason for the first time since moving to Brooklyn in 2012. Johnson acknowledged the Nets would’ve had only themselves to blame if that happened.“We had a rough year this year, simple as that,” he said.But it’s not over.Johnson, a former Hawks All-Star, was traded to the Nets that summer. Atlanta can swap draft picks with the Nets this season as terms of that deal, and that would have been even more painful for Brooklyn if it missed the playoffs and it ended up being a lottery pick.Rookie Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 28 points as Brooklyn snapped a two-game skid that put its postseason hopes in jeopardy after a playoff spot looked secure last week. The Nets would have been home despite a league-high payroll of nearly $90 million.Atlanta won all four meetings this season, though the Nets nearly pulled out the final meeting earlier this month.“They’re the second-best team in the NBA, record-wise. They’ve shot the ball extremely well all year. When they lose they don’t shoot the ball well,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “We’ve got to figure out how to make them shoot the ball a little bit less then what they normally do and control the glass and score.”The game was tied at 75 after three quarters and the Magic led by one with 9 minutes remaining before the Nets took control with a 10-0 run behind seven points from Johnson.Johnson and Thaddeus Young each finished with 16 points. Bogdanovic, a rookie from Croatia, shot 12 of 17 from the field and made four 3-pointers.Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who finished 25-57. Andrew Nicholson added 18 points and nine rebounds starting in place of Tobias Harris, who had a sore right Achilles.The Nets had moved into seventh place earlier in the month with a realistic shot at finishing sixth after six straight victories, but consecutive blowout losses to Milwaukee and Chicago left them needing help on the last night of the regular season.Hollins said he watched the Pacers’ double-overtime victory over Washington on April 14 that moved them ahead of the Nets and would likely watch the Grizzlies if the Nets won their game. The former Memphis coach said he hadn’t contacted anyone from his former organization to tell them to get him a victory.Orlando opened a 65-53 lead with 8 ½ minutes left in the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Andrew Nicholson, but the Nets rallied to take the lead late in the period before the teams went to the fourth tied at 75.“I just wanted to win the game,” Magic guard Victor Oladipo said. “I didn’t really realize the results and everything, I guess, until maybe after the game. I just want to win basketball games. I could care less what it’s for or what the outcome may be.”The Magic went 10-20 under James Borrego, who took after the Magic fired Jacque Vaughn with a 15-37 mark on Feb. 5.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Thalapathy 63: Yogi Babu teams up with Vijay for third timeThalapathy 63: Yogi Babu teams up with Vijay for third time
Thalapathy Vijay is currently basking in the success of his recently-released film Sarkar, directed by AR Murugdoss.The political thriller, which released on November 6, is running with packed houses in its third week.A few days ago, we had reported that Vijay will join hands with Atlee for the third time. Now, the latest addition to the cast of Thalapathy 63 is comedy actor Yogi Babu.Interestingly, this is the third time that Vijay and Babu are teaming up. Earlier, they had acted together in Sarkar and Mersal.The pre-production work of Thalapathy 63 is presently underway and according to sources, the film will go on floors sometime in December. The rumour mills are churning out reports that the flick might be a sports entertainer like Vijay’s Ghilli.The first look poster was released last week and it resembled a jersey. It is being speculated that Vijay might either play a coach or a sports person. An official confirmation on the same is yet to arrive.The press statement issued by AGS Entertainment, the production house, read, “#Thalapathy63 promises to be PAKKA MASS family entertainer with a large cast, superior technical crew and best of production value. We are putting together the best global talent to attempt a genre that will be the first of its kind for Thalapathy Vijay.”Thalapathy 63’s crew also consists of composer AR Rahman, cinematographer GK Vishnu and editor Antony Ruben.ALSO SEE | Thalapathy 63: Rashmika Mandanna in Vijay-Atlee film?ALSO WATCH | I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijaya, Samantha, Nayantaraadvertisement
The Touch Football Australia (TFA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday, 24 November 2012.TFA Director, Jim Yeo, was reappointed as a Director on the Board of Management, while Anita Hagarty was elected to the Board as a Director as well. The Board also noted and thanked the contribution of Graham Quinlivan over the last two years. Two key volunteers were also recognised for their outstanding contributions to the sport, with TFA Director of High Performance, Cathy Gray and Federation of International Touch Secretary-General, Dennis Coffey, both being named as Life Members of the organisation. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for the full story on TFA’s newest Board Member and Life Members. Please find attached the 2011/12 Annual Report:Annual ReportFinancial ReportRelated Links2011/12 Annual Report
Alabama vs. South Carolina: Game Time, Spread, Channel, AnnouncersAlabama vs. South Carolina: Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 17: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in action against the Citadel Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama’s schedule has been pretty easy to start the 2019 season. That perception probably won’t change as they head to Columbia to take on South Carolina.The Crimson Tide have gotten off to a blazing start in 2019, easily dispatching Duke and New Mexico State by a combined score of 104-13. They will face their first true road game this weekend when they take on SEC foe South Carolina.The Gamecocks are coming off a blowout win of their own, beating Charleston Southern of the FCS 72-10. But that win came after a frustrating loss to North Carolina.If South Carolina couldn’t beat the Tar Heels, winning against Alabama may be too tall of an order. Here are the details for the Alabama-South Carolina game:Game Time: 3:30 PM ETChannel: CBSSpread: Alabama -25Over/Under: 61Announcers: Brad Nessler, Gary DanielsonSouth Carolina is one of the few SEC teams that Alabama doesn’t have a winning streak against. Nick Saban is only 1-1 against the Gamecocks since taking over as head coach of the Crimson Tide, and lost his last game to South Carolina in 2010.But the Gamecocks are being coached by former Saban assistant Will Muschamp – and Nick Saban is a perfect 16-0 against his former assistants. Two of those wins came over Muschamp when he was head coach of Florida.
Speaking to JIS News at the forum, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, JANAAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sharonmae Shirley, said that the forum aimed to bring awareness that building materials used in construction must conform to certain standards. The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) hosted a forum on Friday (June 9), which focused on how accreditation can support professionals in the construction industry.These include contractors, manufacturers, designers, architects, civil engineers and regulators.Accreditation supports the construction sector to control risk, drive efficiency, demonstrate regulatory compliance, and provide supply chain confidence.Importantly, accreditation determines the technical competence, integrity and impartiality of organisations providing conformity assessment services, such as testing, calibration, certification and inspection based on international standards.Speaking to JIS News at the forum, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, JANAAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sharonmae Shirley, said that the forum aimed to bring awareness that building materials used in construction must conform to certain standards.“So, the construction blocks, the aggregates, the cement and concrete, all of these materials ought to be tested in an accredited laboratory,” she emphasised.Mrs. Shirley further noted that when developers and other construction players use the materials, there should be a guarantee of their quality and integrity.Meanwhile, Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, said it is important to ensure the highest level of standards in the construction industry, especially with the threat and frequency of climate events.Mr. Brown, who delivered remarks on behalf of Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, pointed out that increased globalisation has resulted in the need for increased standardisation of products and services, and, with this, increased conformity assessment requirements.“Indeed, our global trading partners are demanding products and services that meet rigorous and advanced standards to satisfy customer expectations and to comply with their technical regulations,” he said.The Director General congratulated the staff and management of JANAAC for their role in providing internationally recognised accreditation and training services to laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies.He also lauded JANAAC for being the only internationally recognised accreditation body in the English-speaking Caribbean, which means that test results from its laboratory, or any of its conformity assessment bodies, are accepted worldwide.During the forum, the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus’ Microbiology Diagnostic Services Laboratory was awarded an accreditation certificate for having satisfied all the requirements necessary for medical laboratories.The forum was held under the theme ‘Delivering confidence in construction and the built environment’ and was part of World Accreditation Day celebrations in approximately 90 countries.The theme, which is adopted worldwide, is important, especially to Small Island Developing States, such as Jamaica, as assuring the quality and integrity of the nation’s physical infrastructure is paramount.JANAAC was incorporated in 2008 as an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. During the forum, the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus’ Microbiology Diagnostic Services Laboratory was awarded an accreditation certificate for having satisfied all the requirements necessary for medical laboratories. Story Highlights The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) hosted a forum on Friday (June 9), which focused on how accreditation can support professionals in the construction industry. These include contractors, manufacturers, designers, architects, civil engineers and regulators.
Acadian and Francophone Community Members HonouredAcadian and Francophone Community Members Honoured
Ten members of the Acadian and francophone community joined the Ordre de la Pléiade during a ceremony at Province House in Halifax today, May 8. Ordre de la Pléiade is an initiative of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie that began in 1976. This is an international honour given to people who have distinguished themselves in the promotion of the French language. The Nova Scotia section of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, which is overseen by the Speaker’s Office and includes all elected members, submitted nominations to receive l’Ordre de la Pléiade to the Bureau de l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie at its meeting in January. “The dedication of these Acadians and francophones toward their community and Nova Scotia’s Francophonie is exemplary,” said Acadian Affairs and Francophonie Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “As we welcome ten outstanding Nova Scotians into the Ordre de la Pléiade, I want to salute and honour their invaluable contributions to Nova Scotia’s vibrant and dynamic Acadian and francophone community.” The ten Nova Scotians were recognized for contributions to the Acadian and francophone community in the fields of French first language education, community radio broadcasting, community development, music, writing, health, women’s rights and preservation of the French language and culture. The recipients were appointed Grade de Chevalier (Knight). One of the five classes in the Ordre de la Pléiade, it is awarded to people from the political, social, scientific or literary worlds. “It is an honour to recognize this year’s Ordre de la Pléiade medal recipients for their passion, commitment and engagement to preserving the French language and Acadian and francophone culture”, said Chris d’Entremont, president of the Nova Scotia section of l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie. “Their contributions have made it possible for future generations to keep their French language and culture alive and vibrant in our province and for this we thank each of them.” The Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophone has sections in Africa, America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Its mandate is to promote democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and allow for the prospering of the French language and cultural diversity around the world.
TSX little changed amid heavy slate of corporate earnings economic dataTSX little changed amid heavy slate of corporate earnings economic data
Canadian stocks were little changed Thursday as disappointing earnings reports outnumbered positives and traders took in tepid manufacturing data from China.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up two points to 14,653.87. The Canadian dollar was down 0.17 of a cent to 91.07 cents US.U.S. indexes were mainly lower amid mixed economic data.Consumer spending rose 0.9 per cent during March, the largest monthly gain since April 2009. The U.S. Commerce department also revised up its estimate of the spending increase in February to 0.5 per cent from 0.3 per cent.But other data showed that the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose 14,000 to 344,000 last week, the highest level since February.That was unwelcome news a day before the U.S. government releases its non-farm payrolls report for April.The Dow Jones industrials were down 38.46 points to 16,542.38, the Nasdaq dropped 5.13 points to 4,109.42 and the S&P 500 index declined 4.51 points sat 1,879.44.Transportation company Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) posted first-quarter net income of US$115 million, or earnings per share of six cents, compared with $148 million, or eight cents, in the same period of 2013. Ex-items, earnings were eight cents a share, which was in line with expectations and its shares fell 35 cents or 7.94 per cent to $4.06.Manulife Financial’s (TSX:MFC) first-quarter net profit jumped 50 per cent to $818 million, or 42 cents per share. Core earnings, excluding one-time items, were up at $719 million, or 37 cents, compared with $619 million, or 32 cents, year-over-year. Analysts had expected 39 cents a share but its shares ticked 32 cents higher to $20.90.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) lost 55 cents to $52.97 as the energy company earned a first-quarter net profit of $946 million, or $1.11 per share, up 19 per cent from $798 million, or 94 cents per share, in the same quarter in 2013. Revenue and other income increased to $9.22 billion compared with $8.01 billion year-over-year.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) earned US$98 million or 12 cents a share in its latest quarter as increased gold sales offset lower prices. That’s down from $309 million or 33 cents per share a year ago. Ex-items, profit was $209 million or 26 cents per share, compared with an adjusted profit of $253 million or 31 cents per share in the first quarter of 2013 and its shares added one cent to $27.08.Shares in Catamaran Corp. (TSX:CCT) surged 13.9 per cent to $47.43 as the provider of pharmacy benefit management services and technology said quarterly revenue increased 53 per cent to $4.9 billion. Net income increased 23 per cent to $63.4 million.Commodity prices were lower while a survey of Chinese manufacturers shows activity grew weakly in April.The government-sanctioned China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said Thursday its monthly purchasing managers index stood at 50.4 points, up marginally from March’s 50.3 points. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.The showing comes as investors wonder if China can maintain growth at the official target of 7.5 per cent.July copper edged a penny lower to US$3.02 a pound and the base metals sector rose 0.8 per cent.The June crude contract in New York fell 70 cents to US$99.04 a barrel and the energy sector drifted 0.43 per cent lower.The gold sector fell 0.7 per cent while June bullion fell $13.50 to US$1,282.40 an ounce.
Pakistan Lanka to sign deal to counter terrorism financingPakistan Lanka to sign deal to counter terrorism financing
The Pakistan High Commission said that several bilateral instruments in the areas of Health, Science and Technology, Trade, Statistics, Gem and Jewellery, Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, and Culture are envisaged to be signed during the visit. Many business MoUs including deep sea fishing, cement, power, education and food will also be signed.The Sri Lankan President will lead the Official Bilateral discussions with the visiting Prime Minister on 5th January 2016. The delegation for the talks will include Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Cabinet Ministers and Senior Government officials. On the invitation of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), Prime Minister Sharif will deliver a special lecture at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel. At the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka along with a high powered delegation from 4 to 6 January 2016. During his stay in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Sharif will also visit the historic city of Kandy. He will visit Sri Dalada Maligawa Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, International Buddhist Museum and Jinnah Hall in Kandy. The Prime Minister will also visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and will plant a “Karanda” tree (Pongamia pinnata) to commemorate his visit to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Sharif and Begum Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif will be welcomed on their arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The official welcome ceremony presided by President Sirisena will be held on 5th January 2016, at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The visiting Prime Minister will be accorded a ceremonial welcome including a Gun Salute and Guard of honour.Sirisena will host a State Banquet while Wickremesinghe will host a lunch in honour of the visiting Prime Minister. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are to sign an agreement on countering money laundering and terrorism financing, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today.The agreement will be signed during the visit to Sri Lanka by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The Federal Minister for Commerce Pakistan Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, National Security Advisor Lt Gen (R) Nasir Khan Janjua and senior Government Officials will be accompanying the Prime Minister.
Domestic violence group No Mores ad featuring 911 call grabbing attention aroundDomestic violence group No Mores ad featuring 911 call grabbing attention around
by Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2015 2:38 pm MDT Domestic violence group No More’s ad featuring 911 call grabbing attention around Super Bowl AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No celebrities or NFL players facing the camera, saying “No more.” This ad simply depicts a 911 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling police with her attacker still in the house.The Super Bowl commercial by No More, the group trying to end domestic violence and sexual assault, is a stark contrast to ads in recent months bringing attention to the issue that has become central for the NFL since Ray Rice was suspended for punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.The new ad has become a topic for discussion around the Super Bowl.American Idol winner Jordan Sparks, daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks, said what the NFL has gone through with domestic violence has helped publicize where women can call for help or find a safe haven. Sparks said it’s great that people aren’t being silent about domestic violence anymore.“So it’s unfortunate all the way around for whomever is involved in those sorts of things and for the teams having to deal with the media and all of those different things,” Sparks said. “But at the same time for other domestic violence victims to know they can speak up that’s all that’s important, that’s all that matters.”In the ad, the 911 call is a reenactment inspired by true stories of women using the tactic of disguising their calls while reaching out for help. No actors are seen in the stark ad; video shows only a house where a hole has been smashed in a wall, with books and photos knocked to the floor.The ad concludes with the phrase: “When it’s hard to talk, it’s up to us to listen.” It had already more than 482,000 views on YouTube by Wednesday.The ad will air Sunday just after the second quarter between Seattle and New England. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said it can only help by bringing more attention to the issue.“I think anytime you talk about domestic violence it is going to have a meaningful effect, you want to eliminate that as part of society,” Sherman said.Seattle linebacker Heath Farwell said the ad is key to better communication.“Guys realizing this (is) an issue, and you know it’s not just football, it’s across this county, these are the issues we have to address and to get better at,” Farwell said.Domestic violence has been a critical issue for the NFL for nearly a year since Ray Rice was arrested Feb. 15 over an altercation at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino. The Baltimore running back initially was suspended two games, then indefinitely after video from inside an elevator surfaced showing him hitting his now wife, Janay.An arbitrator threw out the indefinite suspension in December. He was released by the Ravens and has not signed with another team.NFL players have been featured in ads from No More since October airing weekly.Patriots coach Bill Belichick said New England supports the league’s efforts against domestic violence. Belichick said it has been a priority for New England owner Robert Kraft since he was hired. The Patriots gave up their draft rights to defensive tackle Christian Peter a week after taking him in the fifth round in 1996 because of questions about his history with women.“So it’s always been that way for us, for our organization, and obviously we support everything in that area,” Belichick said. “But what the league decides to do relative to things like that, you know, it’s not really my pay grade.”___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLNo More website: www.nomore.org
UN sets up childfriendly space at migrant rest area near former YugoslavUN sets up childfriendly space at migrant rest area near former Yugoslav
“The space is providing a safe place for children to rest and play while families complete registration procedures. In addition, the mobile team is screening, identifying and referring children in need of specialized protection services,” UNICEF said in a press release.Set up within the compounds of a migrant rest area established by the Office if the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a mobile team from the local non-governmental organization LaStrada is helping to reunite children with their families and provide psychosocial support and early childhood development services. UNICEF has procured art, play and educational materials for some 50 children at a time.According to UNICEF, over the last month, the rate of migrants transiting through the country has increased to 1,500 to 2,000 per day – approximately 30 per cent of whom are women and children. Many are escaping conflict in their home countries of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Children are being shuttled from one authority to another, shunted and risked falling through gaps in laws, policies and practices in transit and host countries – particularly migrant children travelling alone, without parents or adult family members.“They face a future without education, and limited access to justice and health care. At times, they have been subjected to detention and border control practices that endanger their lives,” UNICEF said.The agency is urging authorities to recognize and treat all migrant children – regardless of their legal status, religion or affiliation – first and foremost as children with rights, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is continuing to monitor the situation on the ground and working with local authorities to ensure their safety. “Children must receive special care and attention as well as non-discriminatory and consistent protection,” UNICEF emphasized.
Ohio State mens soccer advances to Sweet 16 after moving past DaytonOhio State mens soccer advances to Sweet 16 after moving past Dayton
OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) during a game against Cleveland State on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 in front of a home crowd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon after defeating Dayton 4-3 in penalty kicks following a 1-1 double-overtime draw.“Sweet 16 sounds a lot better than round three,” OSU junior forward Danny Jensen said, referring to the round the Buckeyes are now advancing to. “I just hope we could keep this going whether it’s a trip to California or playing at the Jesse.”The Buckeyes moved to 13-6-3 after the game, while the Flyers ended their season 13-5-5.Jensen and senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer played the role of hero in Sunday’s match.With the Buckeyes down a point, Jensen scored in the 72nd minute to keep the home team’s hopes and dreams alive.“I was hoping we wouldn’t go down a goal because our record of being down a goal is not very good this year,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “We were able to manage because of a very nice goal by Danny to get back into the game.”The Buckeyes and the Flyers were forced into penalty kicks when the game remained at a 1-1 tie after a pair of overtime periods.Once there, Froschauer led the Scarlet and Gray to the victory with a total of two saves in the five-round penalty kick session.“You get to penalty kicks and you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Bluem said. “But we have a lot of faith and confidence in (Froschauer) that he’s going to come up with a save, and he did.”Despite advancing, the Buckeyes did not play at its best as Dayton took full advantage of OSU’s deficiencies.The Buckeyes and the Flyers battled it out in the first half, but neither team managed to score.The best looks of the half came from the Scarlet and Gray, with several different opportunities.Senior defender Liam Doyle took a penalty kick after freshman forward Abdi Mohamed was fouled in the box during the 6th minute, but Dayton junior goalkeeper Justin Saliba saved his shot.In the 30th minute, sophomore forward Marcus McCrary sent in a shot after Jensen forced a turnover but his ensuing shot was saved.In the second half, the Flyers came close to scoring a goal right out of the gate, but Froschauer came up with a save.However, just five minutes later Dayton senior defender/midfielder Alex Amankwah sent in a header to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead early in the second half.OSU kept a level head despite being down a point.Jensen scored his sixth goal of the season after getting loose with the ball and going into attack mode, sending in a shot from far out and tying the game to keep the Buckeyes’ hopes alive.“Something happened in the middle and fortunately the ball bounced over one of their last defender and I ran out at kind of an awkward angle,” Jensen said describing the goal. “But I actually had it in line because I was the opposition and I took it off my chest, and I knew if I hit a good shot and kept it below the crossbar it would probably go in.”Neither team scored for the rest of the second half, forcing the game to head into the extra sessions.In the second overtime, Dayton came close to scoring, but the ball hit of the crossbar and was cleared safely.Despite the look, both Dayton and OSU did not score, leading the game into penalty kicks with each team’s season hanging in the balance.Bluem said, given the competitive nature of the tournament, he had his team work on penalty kicks in the days leading up to the game in case it came down to that. OSU is no stranger to that situation, as last year it advanced past Akron in the first round of the tournament after a 15-round affair.“We practiced penalty kicks every day for the past week or so and we became a little bit more serious as we got closer and closer to this game,” Bluem said. “The five guys that stepped up today all had very good shots.”In the fifth round of penalty kicks, Froschauer made his second save of the shootout to seal the victory.“It honestly helped that (Dayton) went into (penalty kicks) Thursday night, so we knew where they were going with their first two shooters, but it went the opposite way,” Froschauer said. “From there I just tried to read the shooter more and go from there.”Overall, shots were 17-12 in favor of Dayton, while the Flyers also held a 7-6 lead in corner kicks.Froschauer ended with a total of seven saves against his former team, plus the two key stops in the third and fifth rounds of the penalty kicks.The Buckeyes are set to travel to Palo Alto, California, to take on eighth-seeded Stanford (15-2-2) after the Cardinal defeated Santa Clara 3-1 on Sunday. The third-round matchup is scheduled to take place on either Nov. 28 or Nov. 29. Kickoff time has yet to be announced. Update, Nov. 22, 10:15 p.m – This post has been updated to reflect the outcome of the second-round game between Stanford and Santa Clara.
Oil Gas Active pursuit of transparency paramount Canada MissionOil Gas Active pursuit of transparency paramount Canada Mission
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMore oil experts share their knowledge with GuyanaSeptember 12, 2017In “latest news”Canadian firms establish local partnershipsOctober 19, 2018In “latest news”Oil & Gas: Private sector delegation to go on fact-finding mission in CanadaNovember 13, 2017In “Business” By Lakhram BhagiratIt is important for all oil and gas companies to actively pursue transparency. This is to ensure that the integrity of the sector is kept intact, the environment is preserved, and future generations are provided for.Michael Critch, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries AssociationMichael Critch, Treasurer of the Broad of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association (NOIA), and a team of Canadians are in Guyana at the instance of the Canadian High Commission to share on Canada’s oil and gas experience.He made this observation during a public presentation at the Umana Yana on Wednesday. He was speaking at a five-day consultative and partnership workshop collaboratively sponsored by the Government of Guyana, the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), and the Canadian High Commission. That workshop ended on Thursday.Over the past months, Guyanese from all sections of society have been calling for transparency in the local dealings concerning the emerging oil and gas sector. The call for the release of the contract entered into between the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil have intensified over the weeks, but Government remains adamant that if the document were shared it would compromise security.However, Commissioner of Information, Charles Ramson Snr, has promised access to the document. He said the non-disclosure of the details of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) between Exxon and the Government does not prevent any citizen from getting details from the Commissioner of Information. He added that if a formal application is made, the information could become available.Ramson Snr has said it is his objective to inform citizens of their right to access information not readily available, and the process through which they can so do.The agreement, signed earlier this year, will see Guyana receiving 50 per cent of the profits along with two per cent royalties following the commencement of production in 2020.Guyana has its own draft Local Content Policy, which was formulated by the Natural Resources Ministry and seen by this publication. According to that Policy, local businesses would be provided with assistance to build capacity.The document sets out that a well-funded and resourced regulatory institution would enforce the policy. A multi-stakeholder group representing local bodies that are involved in the sector would in turn oversee the regulator.The agency’s duties would include monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the licensing and registration process for all suppliers. It will also be in charge of creating databases for suppliers, local professionals and technicians, as well as projects. It is proposed that the body will also set targets for these projects.In relation to royalties, Critch said the issue is complex and is formulated by various governments, depending on their interests.“The royalties and taxation is a complex scheme formulated by Government. Even in Canada, even in Newfoundland and Labrador, it is not the same…it is not always easy for the Government to formulate, because there are differences.Based on the resources out there, you cannot compare one oilfield to the next, because each oilfield needs to be negotiated in its own,” he said.He noted that, in his jurisdiction, the percentage of royalties is changed from time to time, depending on various factors. He added that, in some cases, Government would have to take royalty cuts to ensure that more jobs are being provided for its citizens and better investments are made in the forms of infrastructural and educational development.He said Government needs to take an active role to support the development of a local supply and service industry, along with the education and skills’ training, to ensure that citizens are prepared and can be a part of the industry.Critch said Guyana should have been engaging international bodies a while now to have citizens trained and knowledge shared to ensure readiness when production commences.With production expecting to commence in 2020, Critch said, Guyana should start seeing an influx of revenue immediately following the commencement of production, but he noted that profit-sharing payments would depend on the agreement between Government and the drilling company.The overall estimation of oil already discovered in Guyana is now between 2.25 billion and 2.75 billion oil equivalent barrels. This represents oil bearing rocks found in Liza One, Two, Three and Four wells, Liza Deep, Payara and Snoek.However, oil was not found in commercial quantities at the SkipJack well.About 120 barrels of oil will be produced a day for the first 20 years in Guyana.
Apparently over 100 billion coins have been collected worldwide by players of New Super Mario Bros. 2 and this number is set to increase in a couple of days time as Coin Rush DLC will be hitting the Nintendo eShop for 3DS on October 4.Three new packs will be added to the already available Coin Rush mode. The current Coin Rush mode allows players to play three different levels at random and collect as many coins as they can, going as fast as they can. Passing checkpoints gives you more time and however you choose to collect the coins is up to you. It’s basically a great way to bring in some competition into New Super Mario Bros. 2.The DLC will offer brand new levels, but will play the same three levels in the same order every time so you know what’s coming, allowing you to get even bigger and better scores as well as making the competition between players much more balanced.The three DLC packs launching in two days time include the Gold Rush Pack which includes some new courses, the Coin Challenge Pack A which sees the New Super Mario Bros. 2 website track rankings on this particular pack so players from all over the world can see how good, or bad, you are at Coin Rush. Finally, the Nerve-Wrack Pack will contain more difficult courses for veteran players of Super Mario, providing new challenges for players who think they’ve done it all.At $2.50 each, the add-on packs are pretty reasonable and there will be more of them coming at the end of October and November. So plenty of reasons to keep playing, then.
A single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season heresA single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season heres
A single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season, here’s how to sow them There is simply nothing like a home-grown tomato, writes GIY guru Michael Kelly. By Michael Kelly AND SO THE great tomato adventure starts all over again. A 10-month odyssey begins with the sowing of seeds in a cold potting shed with child number two chatting incessantly in my ear.Growing tomatoes is a labour of love. Unlike, say, herbs or salads which are quick and easy to grow, tomatoes take time and plenty of work. But my, oh my, is it worth it. The variety, the flavour, the utter deliciousness. There is simply nothing like a home-grown tomato.As always with tomatoes, you are balancing the need to get started (they need a long growing season) with the reality that they like a Mediterranean climate (and 18-20 degrees to germinate) which is sadly lacking in Ireland in February. This week I decided that spring had sprung and I got stuck in.Now I am hearing ominous portends of a cold spell coming next week from Siberia (the “Beast from the East’ they’re already calling it on Twitter). Never mind. The tomatoes are on a heated bench in the potting shed (a sunny windowsill inside the house will do just as well) and I have a fleece at the ready for chilly night times.Packing up flavour for the futureRegular readers (hi you two) will know that I am somewhat obsessed with tomatoes. For years I’ve grown around 20 plants in the polytunnel in the garden, but about two years ago I bought a commercial-sized tunnel just so I could grow more tomatoes.For the last two seasons I’ve grown around 70 plants, and my summers have become a never-ending scramble to keep up with the abundance of tomatoes flowing from the garden. To put it in context – a single tomato plant could produce up to 200 tomatoes in a season. No family of four could keep up with this level of fresh tomatoes.Instead it’s about processing them immediately into a sauce for the freezer, effectively packing up some flavour for the future. This year I put around 50 bags of tomato sauce in the freezer and they’ve provided a delicious base for many a pizza, pasta, soup and stew this winter.As always I am aiming for a good mix of shapes, sizes, colours and flavours. There are some old reliables and new experiments; some new purchases and seeds found down the bottom of the seed box.Oddly, given how much I rave about the variety Sungold, I somehow didn’t grow them last year and I missed them intensely. I have a feeling they were out of stock when I went to buy the seeds last year. I will be remedying that in a big way this year. I am also growing: Golden Sunrise, Sweet Million, Beefsteak, Sweet Aperitif, Gardeners Delight, Tigerella, Black Krim, Alicante and Moneymaker. Whatever you decide to grow, enjoy the ride!The Basics – Sowing Tomatoes Feb 24th 2018, 12:30 PM 51,021 Views Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 12:30 PM Grower https://jrnl.ie/3864153 200g butternut squash4tbsp olive oil150g bulgur wheat1 vegetable stock cube50g rocket50g walnuts, roughly chopped60g goat’s cheese, crumbled1 clove garlic, minced1tbsp balsamic vinegarInstructionsPeel the squash and chop it into 1cm dice. Toss it in 1tbsp of the olive oil, and roast for 20-30 minutes at 200°C (Gas Mark 6 / 400°F), until it is soft and just beginning to crisp up.Meanwhile, boil a panful of water and dissolve the stock cube. Add the bulgur wheat, and turn off the heat. Cover the pan, and leave the bulgur to soak for around 20 minutes, or until soft.Drain any remaining liquid, and immediately stir half of the rocket into the bulgur to wilt it.In a small bowl or mug, combine the balsamic vinegar, the remaining 3tbsp of olive oil, and the minced garlic, and stir this dressing through the bulgur.Serve the warm bulgur wheat with the roasted squash, the chopped walnuts, the crumbled goat’s cheese and the remaining rocket.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ.Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. I generally start tomatoes in small pots of seed compost (10cm), sowing roughly 8-10 seeds per pot. Once they germinate (it takes two weeks) I carefully take out each little seedling and plant it in to an individual module in a module tray, using good quality potting compost. Alternatively, you can sow the seeds directly in the module tray using potting compost.When the seedlings outgrow the module tray I move them on in to their own 10cm pot, before finally planting out in to the polytunnel in May or so. If you don’t have a polytunnel or greenhouse, you can grow them indoors in a growbag or large pot (it would need to be 40cm deep at least), being sure to keep them well watered and fed regularly with a good organic liquid tomato feed.Recipe of the Week – Bulgar Wheat Salad with Butternut SquashThanks to last year’s growing, we still have a few squashes left on top of the dresser in the kitchen but it’s time to start using them up before they rot. Thanks to their hard skins, squashes will generally store for five months or so.This is a delicious salad – the flavour of the squash really is superb, bringing an incredible sweetness to any dish it graces and I love the crunchy nuttiness of bulgar wheat.Ingredients: Share168 Tweet Email27 Short URL Michael Kelly 22 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Spring Branch Residents Concerned After 4 Alarm Warehouse FireSpring Branch Residents Concerned After 4 Alarm Warehouse Fire
Share – / 5Anxious parents were relieved after picking up their children at the school district’s athletic complex.That’s where 650 students were evacuated to Thursday morning when a four-alarm fire broke at a nearby warehouse.Blanca Molina’s two daughters go to that school. She says her seven-year-old was aware of the seriousness of the incident.“La más grandecita, la más grandecita, sí. Que se preocupó y lloró mucho, y que muchos bomberos muchas sirenas.” Molina said. (Translated version: “The eldest. She was very worried and cried a lot… Many firefighters and many sirens).”Officials with the Houston Fire Department believe the fire started at an auto repair shop adjacent to a home.From there, it spread to a warehouse that stores pesticides and fuel additives.Eyewitness Sasha Martinez says she heard several explosions.“It was like bombs in the air, “Martinez said. “They were just throwing bombs in the air. It was really bad.”At one point, 175 firefighters fought the flames.Lidany Gonzalez has lived on the same street where the warehouse is located for thirty years.He thinks the incident should be a wake-up call.“There shouldn’t be a huge amount of concentration of any kind of chemicals close to either residential area or a… a school,” Gonzalez said.The Houston Fire Department recommends avoiding water run-off in areas close to where the fire occurred.
Hurricane Maria Caused 2975 Deaths in Puerto Rico Independent Study EstimatesHurricane Maria Caused 2975 Deaths in Puerto Rico Independent Study Estimates
Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images/Via NPRA woman lights a candle inside a pair of shoes that were among hundreds displayed in memory of those killed by Hurricane Maria in front of the Puerto Rican Capitol, in San Juan in June.Updated at 1:10 p.m. ETIndependent researchers from the George Washington University have estimated that Hurricane Maria caused 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico in the six months following the storm.The researchers’ findings had been long-awaited. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello commissioned the independent study in February, after months of public pressure over his administration’s failure to adequately count the number of hurricane dead. At the time, he said the research team would have the Puerto Rican government’s full cooperation, including access to all mortality data.The new number represents a 22 percent increase over the number of deaths Puerto Rico would have expected during that six-month period had a hurricane not struck, researchers found. They also said those most at risk for death were poor people, and the elderly.“The results of our epidemiological study suggest that, tragically, Hurricane Maria led to a large number of excess deaths throughout the island,” Carlos Santos-Burgoa, the study’s lead researcher, said in a statement. “We hope this report and its recommendations will help build the island’s resilience and pave the way toward a plan that will protect all sectors of society in times of natural disasters.”Since December, the government’s official hurricane death toll has been stuck at 64, though the government has acknowledged that number was likely far too low and would be adjusted once the researchers had completed their study.It was unclear whether the island’s government would adopt the researchers’ estimate as its official toll. A spokesman for Gov. Rossello said the governor would speak at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.In addition to their new death count estimate, the researchers found that the Puerto Rican government did a poor job communicating with the public about the death count, and more broadly did not have an adequate disaster communications plan in place, which the researchers said contributed to public confusion.According to interviews that researchers said they conducted with health and forensics officials on the island, many were also uninformed about how to document hurricane-related deaths.In the absence of a rigorous effort by Puerto Rico’s government to count its dead, several media outlets and outside researchers worked to arrive at their own figures. Most recently, Harvard University researchers published a study that estimated the number of hurricane-related deaths likely ranged from about 800 to 8,000.That study had a wide margin of error because it was based on household surveys. The George Washington researchers said their findings are more accurate because they are based on access to government mortality data and death certificates, and account for variables including the number of people believed to have left Puerto Rico after the hurricane.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Kolkata turns new leaf as it becomes third city in India toKolkata turns new leaf as it becomes third city in India to
Kolkata: In a bid to ensure an environment friendly transport system in Bengal, the state Transport department is giving all support for the promotion of electric vehicles.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport and Environment minister, on Wednesday flagged off Mahindra’s all-electric smart city car the e2O Plus, that one can take on rent through the Zoomcar platform for self-drive.While addressing the gathering at the programme, Adhikari said: “We are assuring all support for promotion of the electric vehicles. I heard that Kolkata is the third city after Mysore and Hyderabad, where the facility of taking e-cars on rent for self-drive purpose has been launched.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe further said that the state government will be introducing 80 electric buses in August, following the directoion of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.The minister has assured that the officials will be taking necessary steps to ensure that clearances for permits of these vehicles are given within 5 working days, after it is applied for.At the same time, he has announced that owners of electric vehicles will also be allowed to recharge their vehicles at the charging points where the electric buses of the West Bengal Transport Corporation get recharged. They will be charged just the electricity cost under the “no gain no loss” policy. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAlapan Bandyopadhyay, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Transport department, Mahesh Babu, CEO of Mahindra Electric and Greg Moran, Co-Founder and CEO of Zoomcar, were also present in the programme.Bandyopadhyay said that pollution is a cause of concern all across the globe. “Promotion of electric buses is being done to check pollution and it will be promoted all across the state and the city,” he said.Moran said that his vision is to expand his business in Bengal and he expects a ten fold growth in his business in the next 12 months. An electric car can be taken on rent at a rate of Rs 9,999 per month. One can also take it on rent for some hours. In that case, the person has to pay Rs 20 per hour.Babu said that Mahindra has been associated with Bengal for the past few years. He appreciated the move of the state government in encouraging the electric vehicles and assured that they are committed to work together with the state government.Adhikari also distributed sanction letters of Gatidhara scheme among its beneficiaries. On Wednesday, around 700 people received the sanction letters of the scheme.It may be mentioned that in 2017-18 fiscal, the target of the state Transport department was to give Gatidhara sanction to 10,000 people. But surprisingly, the department has managed to give the same to 10,553 people.