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Progress on Bhima-Koregaon inquiry slow, say Dalit parties

first_imgPune: Ambedkarite parties have expressed concern over the allegedly tardy progress of the two-member commission set up by the State government to probe the Bhima-Koregaon clash that occurred on January 1. The outfits, including the RPI (A), said the statements of only a handful of people were recorded during the conclusion of the first phase of the hearings in Pune, which lasted four days from October 3 to October 6.They have demanded that the commission consisting of Justice Jai Narayan Patel, former Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, and State chief secretary Sumit Mullick, submit their report by the end of December.On Wednesday, freelance journalist and researcher Chandrakant Patil deposed before the commission and submitted documents concerning the historical aspects leading to, and the vague nature of, the outcome of the 1818 battle between a regiment of the East India Company and the forces of the Peshwa.Mr. Patil said caste or religion had played no part in the events leading up to the engagement. In his affidavit, Mr. Patil said the battle was the result of a sequence of events arising from the assassination of a senior court member of the rulers of Baroda (Vadodara) in 1815 by a trusted lieutenant of the Peshwas. The British saw a chance to supplant the Peshwas.“There is no evidence to suggest that the Mahars had approached the British with an offer to help them against the Peshwas as they had been insulted by the latter or that they sought freedom from any sort of caste discrimination,” Mr. Patil said.Objecting to Mr. Patil’s claims, RPI (A) leader Siddharth Dhende said time is being wasted on the submission of a self-styled researcher whose deposition is irrelevant to the immediate question of the riots.“While I don’t wish to point fingers, the commission ideally ought to have recorded the statements of those directly affected by the clashes in the first phase of the hearings. Why is so much precious time being wasted on the testimony of someone like Mr. Patil? The materials that he has submitted to support his contention are already present in the public domain,” Dr. Dhende told The Hindu. The objective behind the judicial commission, Dr. Dhende said, is to probe who instigated the January 1 clash. “If only four or five persons have been examined by the commission so far, then the hearings could well drag on for another six months. By that time, the elections will be round the corner and the issue will be hanging fire,” Dr. Dhende, who was a member of an unofficial coordination committee set up by the police in the aftermath of the clashes, said.On Saturday, the sarpanch of Vadhu Budruk, Rekha Shivale, told the commission that the gram panchayat office has no record of the samadhi of Govind Ganapat Gaikwad, a Mahar who is claimed by the Dalit community to have performed the last rites of the slain Maratha King Sambhaji (Shivaji’s son).Ms. Shivale said while the panchayat has records of the samadhis of Chhatrapati Sambhaji, his aide, the poet Kavi Kalash, and the documents of historical shrines in the area, there is no such record of Gaikwad’s samadhi which might have come up in the last two years.Two days before the Bhima-Koregaon clash, a dispute broke out between upper caste Marathas and Dalits in Vadhu Budruk on December 29 last year over a rudimentary plaque erected near the tomb of Gaikwad.Dalits believe Gaikwad had defied Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to perform the last rites of Sambhaji after the latter was tortured and murdered by Aurangzeb in 1689, and had paid with his life for this deed.However, Marathas of Vadhu-Budruk claim the Mahars’ account is a distortion of history and that it was their ancestors — Shivale Deshmukh alias Bapuji Buva and his wife Padmavati — who performed Sambhaji’s final rites.Dr. Dhende said, “The Vadhu Budruk gram panchayat, which is dominated by Marathas, has tampered with documents Prahlad Gaikwad, who owns the land on which the samadhi is situated. The tomb of Govind Ganpat, along with those of other Mahar soldiers who had fought the Bhima-Koregaon battle, has been present in the village for nearly 150 years. The gram panchayat members are attempting to distort history through such [Ms. Shivale’s] testimonies.”Meanwhile, the Republican Yuva Morcha’s State president, Rahul Dambale, has moved an application before the commission demanding that it complete its work before December 25.last_img read more

For me wrestling is like offering a prayer: Sakshi

first_imgChandigarh, May 23 (PTI) Aspiring to win another Olympic medal, Rio Games bronze medallist Sakshi Malik today said wrestling for her was like offering a prayer. Sakshi became the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal at the Rio Games last year. “I want to become the first woman wrestler to win Olympic medal twice,” Sakshi said on the sidelines of an event here on the International World Wrestling Day. “For me wrestling is like a puja. I am what I am today because of the sport, which has taught me that there are no shortcuts to success,” the 24-year-old wrestler told PTI. Datsun redi-GO Sport brand ambassador Sakshi, who today launched Datsun Care — a new service package plan for new redi-GO owners, said she was gearing up for the World Championship, to be held in Paris in August. “It (training) is ongoing. I will try to improve further because you never stop learning.” Sakshi, who got married last month, said nothing has changed after marriage and she would continue her wrestling. “It depends on your mindset. There are many foreign wrestlers who are married, have children and are still winning medals,” she said. Haryana is infamous for its sex ratio but Sakshi feels that “the mindset towards girl child has changed to a great extent”. “Definitely, there has been a change. Things have changed for the better from the days I took up wrestling. Now girls are being encouraged by their parents. Many parents ask me that they want their girls to take up wrestling. So, there is a vast change. “However, in some cases, many girls also approach me asking me to talk to their parents. I tell their parents that a girl can equally achieve what a boy can in any sport. I proved it and many girls have done so,” she said. Asked if India has emerged as a sporting nation in recent past, Sakshi said, “There is a big change. Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi sir wants India to be a sporting power. An Olympic Task Force has been set up, it will have an impact. Slowly, things are changing.” Insisting that there were no “shortcuts to success”, Sakshi said: “Do whatever you have to with full dedication only then one can one achieve success. “Always say no to drugs. It is a wrong thing to do in life, be it sports or any other field.” Sakshi made it clear that she has no plans of entering Bollywood. “No, no never,” she replied firmly. PTI SUN CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

French Open: Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori tested early, battle into Round 2

first_imgTop-seeded Andy Murray is safely through to the second round of the French Open after beating Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.Murray, who was runner-up at Roland Garros last year, has been struggling in 2017 and looked uncomfortable at times during the second set.But the world No. 1 got into his stride and saw out the final set in just 27 minutes, sealing the match with a forehand down the line after winning eight successive games.”Last year was a great year for me, you know it was the best I ever played,” Murray said. “Here at the beginning of my career I struggled. But each year I kept coming back and was trying a little bit better and last year was really good.”And last year during Bercy that’s when I reached No. 1 for first time, so I’ve got very good memories from Paris last year, and I’ll try and have another good one year this year.”The British player will face Martin Klizan in the second round.NISHIKORI FIGHTS HIS WAY THROUGHThanassi Kokkinakis came short in his bid to win his first match at a major in two years.Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori had to work hard, however, to beat the 21-year-old Australian 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on Court 1 at the French Open.Kokkinakis’s promising career has been derailed by a shoulder injury that required surgery in December 2015. He was playing only his third singles match since then.Nishikori’s next opponent will be Jeremy Chardy.VERDASCO ELIMINATES ZVEREVadvertisementOn a day of upsets on Court Philippe Chatrier, ninth-seeded Alexander Zverev lost to Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 when their first-round match resumed.Zverev, who is regarded as one of the most gifted players on tour, broke his racket during the fourth set.The match was suspended on Monday because of darkness after the players split the first two sets.The 20-year-old Zverev was one of the outside favorites after impressing on his way to victory at the Italian Open.LOKOLI REFUSES TO SHAKE HANDS AFTER LOSSLaurent Lokoli did not do honor to his wild card at the French Open.Not only did the Frenchman lose in the first round, he also refused a handshake from his opponent.After losing 7-6 (4), 6-3, 4-6, 0-6, 6-4 to Martin Klizan, Lokoli did not go the net to wait for the Slovakian player. As Klizan came over to the Frenchman, Lokoli gestured to make it clear he didn’t want to get near him.Lokoli later said Klizan was the one who did not respect him because he kept simulating injuries throughout their match.”He was not chasing drop shots and faked that his leg was hurting for more than two sets. Then he was running around like a rabbit in the fifth set,” Lokoli said. “And then he speaks to me about respect.”The two men also traded barbs during the match after Klizan shouted his joy to celebrate a double-fault from Lokoli that gave him a 5-2 lead in the decider.last_img read more

Everton F.C.’s Ronald Koeman targets two more signings

first_imgEverton F.C. have already spent more than 100 million pounds ($128.54 million) to bolster their squad over the summer but are targeting two more signings before the transfer window shuts, manager Ronald Koeman has said.After bringing in Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen, Micheal Keane, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez and Cuco Martina, Koeman is keen to add more depth in defence and attack.”We are looking for a left-footed central defender, maybe as back-up for Leighton Baines,” Koeman told Sky Sports following Monday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City.”With the injury to Funes Mori we don’t have any left-footers on that side as a back-up for Leighton.”Also a striker because I think even with the talent of Dominic and Ramirez, look to other squads. They have that number of players. If we need to make the next step we need a striker in as well.”Rooney’s 200th Premier League goal put Everton F.C. ahead after 35 minutes before Kyle Walker was sent off on his home debut for City just before the half-time.Reuters Photo City equalised following a late goal from substitute Raheem Sterling before Everton F.C. midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was shown a red card.”We had problems with keeping the ball and we played too fast the long ball. We worked really hard for the result, and one point is a good result,” said Koeman.Everton F.C., with a 2-0 lead, visit Croatian side Hajduk Split for the return leg of their Europa League playoff on Thursday before visiting defending Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

I won’t be seen around the scene once I am done: Virat Kohli on his post-retirement plans

first_imgRetired cricketers plying their trade in T20 leagues might be a global trend right now but India captain Virat Kohli says he wouldn’t even be “seen around the scene” the day he is “totally spent” to pick up the bat again.Responding to a query on whether he would consider playing in the Australian Big Bash league after retiring or if the BCCI lifts the bar on its players, Kohli said he would certainly not be around for such a stint after retirement.”Look I don’t know whether that stance is going to change in the future. As far as I am concerned, playing more cricket when I am done, I don’t think I am in that zone to be honest,” the 30-year-old said ahead of the opening ODI against Australia on Saturday.Retired cricketers such as AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum are regularly seen playing in T20 leagues such as the IPL and Big Bash but Kohli says he isn’t interested in joining the bandwagon.”I have played enough cricket in the last five years and I cannot comment on even the first thing I do when I retire because I don’t feel like I am going to pick up the bat again,” he said.”I will be spent, the day I finish I will be totally spent and that’s the reason I am going to stop playing cricket. So I don’t see myself coming back and playing again. Once I am done, I will be done, and I won’t be seen around the scene,” Kohli said.advertisementWhat’s India Captain @imVkohli’s retirement plans? #TeamIndia #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 11, 2019The skipper was all praise for his team’s batting line-up and said the line-up looks strong heading into the ODI World Cup starting May 30 in England.”In the last 12 months, our ODI batting has been very strong and openers are a very big factor in that. There was a phase in the middle when we addressed the issue of middle overs and from 25-40 overs we tried to change our batting style,” he said.”Where our batting is at the moment, the team management and I are very comfortable because we have results in ODI cricket and performances have been very good as well.”In fact, Kohli felt the Indian team is perfectly balanced in every aspect.”The bowling has been balanced too. In one-day cricket, any team can beat you on any given day. But as a team you have to give your best and take your strongest eleven. And we feel as a one-day team we are on the right track, and are on our full strength,” he said.last_img read more

US Navy Ship Spills Oil near Tijuana River

first_imgzoom Hundreds of gallons of oil leaked from the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey on October 4 while the vessel was near the mouth of Tijuana River, a US Navy spokesperson confirmed.Around 700 gallons of oil were spilled due to a mechanical failure aboard the ship, media reports suggest. At the time, USS Dewey was some 4 miles off the coast of Imperial Beach, California.Helen Haase, Navy Region Southwest Environmental Public Affairs Officer, said that the Navy pilots and Coast Guard observers “did not see the sheen during the 4 pm flight” on October 5.“They did a complete search of the area in a grid pattern and no one was able to see any sheen in the water.”Another flight over was planned in the morning hours on October 6 for final verification, due to inconsistency with sheen and original modeling that was created earlier.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials earlier informed that the oil sheen could reach land last Thursday afternoon, however the spill did not move from the incident area, media sources cited Haase.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Global Genes StarStudded 6th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope and

first_imgGlobal Genes hosted the highly anticipated and globally-recognized 6th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope Awards and RARE Patient Advocacy Summit on September 14-16.The weekend-long festivities culminated Saturday at the Tribute award program hosted at the City National Grove of Anaheim, where more than 700 patients, celebrities, advocacy leaders, biotech and pharmaceutical executives, healthcare professionals, philanthropists, and scientists came together to support the fight against rare disease. The heartfelt awards, presentations, and performances raised over $1.75 million for rare disease education, awareness, advocacy, and patient scholarships to access programs. Of the total funds raised, more than $75,000 was donated through an on-stage ask at the Saturday evening event in direct support for the Global Genes RARE Patient Impact Grant Program.The weekend celebrations were a star-studded affair with celebrity award presenters and guests in attendance including Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), Madison McLaughlin (Supernatural, Arrow), Jillian Rose Reed (MTV’s Awkward), Shaka Smith (Fit Club Host), Maria Quiban (Good Day L.A. Meteorologist), and star from the 2017 hit film Everything Everything, Danube Hermosillo. Jillian Escoto, co-host of Valentine in the Morning on radio 104.3 MYfm hosted the Tribute program and shared personal stories of her ongoing battle with the rare disease, multiple sclerosis.As the Saturday evening program began, Nicole Boice, Founder and CEO of Global Genes, welcomed guests with the toast, quoting a rare disease pioneer Henri Termeer: “Rare Disease is not easy, but if we stay committed, and see it through, we can change the world for patients and families everywhere. We need to stay the course.” Boice then invited 8-year-old Gavin Stevens (NBC’s Little Big Shots) to the stage to kick-off the event by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Gavin was born with Leber congenital amaurosis, a rare genetic retina condition that has rendered him blind.Champion of Hope award recipient Sparsh Shah (NBC’s Little Big Shots and YouTube sensation) delivered the second performance of the night with his impressive cover of Eminem’s 2010 hit “Not Afraid”, which has over 8 million views on YouTube. Emmy nominated singer-songwriter, Andrew McMahon, performed multiple hits including “Cecilia and the Satellite” and shared his own personal journey with leukemia. Season 12 contestant from NBC’s The Voice, Stephanie Rice, closed out the night with her powerful vocals and heart-felt lyrics.The three standout honors presented during the evening were RARE Champion of Hope – Medical Care and Treatment: Antonie Kline, M.D., Medical Director, CdLS Foundation and Director of Pediatric Genetics, Greater Baltimore Medical Center; RARE Champion of Hope – Advocacy: Sparsh Shah; and RARE Champions of Hope – Advocacy: Kevan Chandler, Ben Duvall, Philip Keller, Tom Troyer, and Luke Thompson of “We Carry Kevan”.At the Tribute, Global Genes announced that next year’s 7th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope and Patient Advocacy Summit will take place October 4-6, 2018.last_img read more

International Polar Year spurs critical research on global warming – UN agency

“The International Polar Year 2007 – 2008 came at a crossroads for the planet’s future” said Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which today released a study entitled “The State of Polar Research” jointly with the International Council for Science (ICSU).“The new evidence resulting from polar research will strengthen the scientific basis on which we build future actions,” Mr. Jarraud added.A joint project of WMO and the ICSU, the International Polar Year (IPY) garnered international funding support of about $1.2 billion over the two-year period aimed at a better understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic regions.More than 160 multi-disciplinary research projects, developed by scientists of more than 60 countries, have been carried out over the two-year period that will end in March 2009. The new research shows that the warming of the Antarctic is much more widespread than previously known, and it now appears that the rate of ice loss from Greenland is increasing. A freshening of the bottom water near Antarctica is consistent with increased ice melt from that continent and could affect ocean circulation, the research finds.The report also identified large pools of carbon stored as methane in permafrost which, if thawed, threatens to become another massive source of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.In addition to lending insight into climate change, the new research has aided our understanding of pollutant transport, species’ evolution, and storm formation, among many other areas, WMO said. According to the agency, the Year will leave a legacy of enhanced observational capacity, stronger links across disciplines and communities, and an energized new generation of polar researchers. “The work begun by IPY must continue” said Mr. Jarraud. “Internationally coordinated action related to the polar regions will still be needed in the next decades,” he said, adding that a major IPY science conference will take place in Oslo in June 2010. 25 February 2009Research produced during the International Polar Year 2007-2008 shows clearly that the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctic are losing mass, providing a critical boost to knowledge of global warming, the United Nations’ climate agency said today. read more

UN rights forum asks parties to Iraq conflict to follow humanitarian law

Earlier Friday, on the final morning of its 2003 session, the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights also adopted measures on the situations in Haiti and Colombia as well as lengthy resolutions on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, Somalia, Cambodia and Sierra Leone.The Commission also approved brief measures on providing technical assistance and advisory services to Chad and appointed an independent expert in Liberia for an initial period of three years to facilitate cooperation between the Government and the Office of the High Commissioner.Through its resolution on Iraq, the Commission called on the international community to address the major humanitarian needs of the people, and called on it to assist in the development of free and democratic institutions in the country. The 53-member body also extended for one year the mandate of its Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iraq.Under the Chairperson’s statement on Haiti, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was asked to expand its activities in that country by setting up an office. Expressing the deep concern of Chairperson Najat Al-Hajjaji of Liberia at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Haiti, the statement urged the Government to continue to step up its efforts to combat impunity for human rights violations, to strengthen the rule of law, and to ensure the independence of the judiciary and to protect political leaders, journalists, trade union activists and human rights defenders.The statement on Colombia, meanwhile, noted the Government’s effort to increase human rights training, but expressed concern at continued reports of human rights abuses attributed to the armed and security forces. The Commission also firmly condemned all acts of terrorism and other criminal acts, the recruitment of a large number of children by illegal armed groups, the practice of kidnapping and all threats, attacks and assassinations by paramilitary or other illegal armed groups against persons who carried out peaceful political activities.The resolution on Afghanistan noted with concern reports of violence perpetrated by Afghan elements against certain ethnic groups, internally displaced persons and refugees who had returned, as well as cases of arbitrary arrest and detention and attacks against women and girls. It also requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to appoint an independent expert to aid and advise the country’s Transitional Authority on human rights matters.By the text on assistance to Somalia, the Commission expressed deep concern at reported cases of rape, arbitrary and summary executions, torture and violence, in particular against women and children, and at the absence of an effective judicial system. It also condemned ongoing widespread violations and abuses of human rights and humanitarian law, and called on all States not to interfere in the internal affairs of Somalia. The Commission extended the mandate of the independent expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia for a further year.The text on the situation of human rights in Cambodia cited progress made in a number of human rights matters but noted with concern continued problems related to the rule of law and the functioning of the judiciary. read more

Oil rebounds from below US90 as Iran rejects Wests nuclear program controls

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 24, 2012 4:13 pm MDT Oil rebounds from below US$90 as Iran rejects West’s nuclear program controls NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil bounced back Thursday, a day after falling below US$90 per barrel for the first time in months.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude rose 76 cents to $90.66 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international oil varieties, gained 99 cents to US$106.55 a barrel in London.Oil has fallen about $15 a barrel since May 1 and on Wednesday dropped below $90 for the first time since Oct. 21. That attracted some bargain hunters, analysts said, despite lingering uncertainty over future demand as China’s economy slows and Europe’s economy remains unsettled.European leaders concluded a summit early Thursday with little agreement on how to fix the region’s financial problems. Seven countries that use the euro are in recession, including Italy and Spain. Greece holds an election next month that could determine if that country drops out of the eurozone, a development many analysts feel will further destabilize Europe’s economy.Traders also kept watch on talks in Baghdad over Iran’s nuclear program. Representatives of six countries, including the U.S., met with Iranian negotiators on Wednesday and Thursday. The talks ended Thursday with a plan to meet next month for another round of talks but agreement on little else.Tensions between Iran and the West pushed up the price of oil near $110 per barrel earlier this year. Iran is the world’s third-largest oil exporter, so there were concerns about supply disruptions from the Middle East.Efforts by the United States, Europe and other countries to inhibit Iran’s oil trade forced Iran to the negotiating table. Saudi Arabia, Libya and Iraq have delivered more oil to world markets to cover the potential loss of Iranian oil. That eased concerns about a shortage of supply and contributed to the drop in oil.In other trading, natural gas prices fell after the U.S. government said inventories continued to build last week. The supplies are about 38 per cent above the five-year average while demand remains weak.Natural gas dropped nine cents, or three per cent, to US$2.65 per 1,000 cubic feet. Natural gas is still up 75 cents from a 10-year low reached in April, although it’s still down $1.70 from a year earlier.Heating oil rose one cent to US$2.82 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and gasoline futures rose less than a penny to US$2.88 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

African island nations at UN spotlight blue economy oceans transformative power as

“The survival, the economic growth and development of our countries depends on the oceans, to which we are inextricably connected,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities of Cabo Verde, Luis Filipe Tavares, told the Assembly’s annual debate. “The ocean-based economy is therefore of fundamental importance for the development that we want to be sustainable.”For this reason, Cabo Verde, a country off the northwest coast of Africa, calls for a robust and transparent international legal framework as a sine qua non condition for the preservation and sustained use of marine resources, he explained.He also said that the challenge facing a small and vulnerable country like his “goes beyond” national capacity to handle and calls for a more coordinated and predictable support from the international community, in particular the UN system.“For us, the fulfilment of the [2030] Agenda for Sustainable Development implies enhancing the means of implementation, particularly financing, technology transfer, capacity building, and participation in international trade,” he said.“Furthermore, we will need to develop the capacity to follow up and implement a system to monitor national and regional policies, of which the United Nations System cannot be unaware,” he added.In their development process, SIDS face significant environmental, economic, and social vulnerabilities, including the huge costs of modernizing and transforming and their limited capacity to attract foreign direct investments, he said. Marie-Louise Potter, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Seychelles to the United Nations, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Also addressing the Assembly was Marie-Louise Potter, Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the UN, who stressed the pertinent role Sustainable Development Goal 14 plays in people’s lives. “As a champion of the blue economy initiative, which is directed at reinforcing marine related activities for sustainability purposes, Seychelles recognizes that our oceans present an abundance of untapped opportunities for sustainable growth,” she said.“It is therefore imperative to highlight that the blue economy, are synonymous with the global action to harness the power of the oceans as a tool for transformation,” she added.Seychelles, located off Africa’s east coast, contributes to this discourse through the “blue bonds” initiative and “debt-swap agreement.” read more

Womens Soccer No 15 Ohio State beats Michigan 10 and extends shutout

Ohio State senior forward Sammy Edwards surveys the field during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team (11-2-1, 6-1-0 Big Ten) extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 win over Michigan (5-4-6, 2-3-3 Big Ten) Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior forward Sammy Edwards led the way for the Buckeyes with five shots and a goal. The Buckeyes had their breakthrough in the 81st minute as senior forward Eleanor Gabriel tore down the right side of the field and crossed the ball in through the penalty area to a streaking Edwards, where the ball was one timed into the back of the net, the lone goal of the game.The rivalry with Michigan delivered another intense game, as physical play dominated the matchup and it was clear neither team would allow any easy goals. “Just knowing it’s Michigan I think everyone is a little more hype,” Edwards said. “I definitely come into this game very pumped up and I know it’s across the board.”Ohio State outshot Michigan 17-4, and Kerr needed to make only one save. The shutout marks Ohio State’s fifth consecutive clean sheet, the longest streak since 2012. The first half provided a slow, tactical pace from both teams, neither giving the other strong chances at the goal. Most of the half was played around the midfield area as both teams battled back and forth with strong defensive plays. “It’s definitely a mental battle,” Edwards said. “A win on a Sunday can be hard. We sometimes come out slow just from having dead legs but instead of coming out slow we came out fast and set the tone for the game.”Possession favored the Buckeyes in the first half, but both teams spent most of the half measuring the defensive style of the other. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines 6-1, despite neither team finding any strong offensive footing. Michigan’s only shot in the first half came close to finding the back of the net as midfielder Sara Stratigakis sliced into the penalty area and fired a strong shot on goal, which was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr. The best chance of the half for the Buckeyes came in the 33rd minute on a corner from midfielder Nikki Walts. The ball slipped out of the pack of players to Edwards, who connected with a shot that sailed just above the crossbar. The second half began with a much more frantic pace, with Ohio State leading several quick offensive attacks, which resulted in three shots.Michigan’s best opportunity of the half came on a loose ball play in the 61st minute as a defensive error led to an open lane for midfielder Katie Foug, whose close-range shot flew just over the goal. The Buckeyes had a prime chance to score in the 74th minute as a grounded cross rolled through the box to Edwards, whose shot hit the left post. Michigan goalkeeper Sarah Jackson dove for the ball and missed as it rebounded off the post right on the goal line, but all Ohio State players could do was watch as the ball was cleared by a Michigan defender. “We rely on each other,” Edwards said. “You turn to your teammates and realize that you’re not the only tired one, and you’re not alone when you hit the post. We just look to each other when someone messes up, and I think that contributes to our success a lot.”Ohio State maintained an aggressive play style for the rest of the game, not letting Michigan create many attacks and pelting the Michigan keeper with more shots. Michigan continued trying to apply pressure and equalize, but the patient attack and rigid defense of Ohio State proved too much for the Wolverines. Ohio State’s next game is Thursday against Big Ten opponent Maryland. read more

Budget cuts hurt but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes #tcibudgetdebate2018  #hurricaneirma  #hurricanemaria  #seanastwood Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 7, 2018 – Budget cuts to accommodate new spending demands were painful as government projects and departments had to fiscally re-calibrate in order to accommodate important costs associated with repatriation of illegal migrants and the September 2017 hurricanes.Deputy Premier, Hon Sean Astwood aimed to roll back the curtain on what was happening behind the scenes as the PDM Administration led the re-organization of the already passed 2017-2018 National Budget.The Government has been heavily criticized as having had a slow response to reconstruction in the aftermath of the ferocious storms.  However, the Deputy Premier, also the Border Control Minister disagrees with that characterization.“We have heard how this country has bounced back to our new normalcy in record time, and we have also heard how many – not just the political opposite – but many have tried to discredit the works of this Government and our direct involvement in making sure that persons who can now sit at home in the comforts of air condition, who can now pick up their mobile cell phones and WhatsApp any derogatory criticism or comment that they may decide to make – I would like for all of them to stop for just one second Mr.  Speaker and take a full assessment of what it took to restore such comforts back to them.”Almost four months to the day of the dismal encounter all of the Turks and Caicos Islands with Hurricane Irma, the Border Control Minister during House of Assembly debate on the changes to the budget, shared his experience while visiting another territory smashed by Irma:  Antigua and Barbuda.  Barbuda was so badly damaged in the historic hurricane, which measured well above 200 mph wind speeds, that it remains evacuated, completely inhabitable.“Two weeks ago I went to Antigua and Barbuda for a Summit on 21st Century Governance.  Mr. Speaker the island of Barbuda is still a disaster zone. One cannot enter the island without direct government permission because of the current state of that island.  Yet we here in the Turks and Caicos, we moan and we groan when the wind don’t blow, when the sun is too hot, when it rains the extra day, when the phone calls drop for a second, Mr. Speaker, we ought to be careful.  This supplementary is a response to all that I have just mentioned, it is a response of this Government to set new priorities to deal with the new realities.”Hon Astwood said the Supplementary, which includes a $600,000 increase to his Ministry for illegal migrant repatriation expenditure is a response to the needs of the country, evidence that the PDM Administration is paying attention and rightly responding to hurricane reconstruction and border protection.“My same ministry would have gotten cuts in other areas and it hurts… to lose even a dollar we don’t want to lose it but we understand the needs and overall objective of the Ministry of Finance.  We know they did not just sit down and arbitrarily decide to get rid of a project, to cut spending by ‘x’ percentage that is not an easy decision to make.  I don’t think that the Premier, her PS or anybody, the Budget Director – anyone sits down having a good time in that exercise.  So for persons to characterize this as some simple exercise, some ‘willy-nilly’ approach to governance where decisions are being made that affects the lives of our people, Mr. Speaker I don’t understand how anyone could think that’s a trivial matter that somehow the politics of things is more important than the lives of our people….  Mr. Speaker this supplementary is no politics.”The Deputy further exposed that there were professional rows between ministers, permanent secretaries and departments as the country re-prioritised spending to pay for three exceptional areas of expense, namely:  hurricane Irma and Maria clean up, overage in health care abroad costs and the budget busting repatriation of illegal migrants.“I am sure the Permanent Secretary of Finance was hearing from other PSes that, ‘you can’t so that, you can’t take this from me!’ because that is what Ministers were saying to the Premier, you can’t take this from me, I need that.  But collectively Mr. Speaker, with prudent leadership and a focus on where this country is now and where it needs to go we are here today in full support of the premier and her ministry of this Supplementary.”Deputy Premier Astwood wrapped up his contribution on with a declaration of support of the proposed budgetary changes, making the statement that the PDM Administration is not only working hard, but producing.“This supplementary is a short term measure to get us through the rest of this financial year and I commend the Premier and her staff for doing a good job.”The Budget Supplementary passed through the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly on Tuesday February 6, 2018 on the eve of the four month anniversary of Hurricane Irma.center_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, house of assembly, Pdm, sean astwood TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more

Elite team of US Navy SEALS ordered home from ISIS fight due

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:55 PM Posted: July 24, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An elite team of Navy Seals was ordered an early redeployment after “a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline” that made the military Commander lose “confidence in the team’s ability to accomplish the mission.”“The commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (in Iraq) ordered the early redeployment of a SEAL Team platoon to San Diego due to a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team during non-operational periods,” US Special Operations Command said in a statement Wednesday.A US Defense Department official close to the situation noted the rare case of early redeployment for a SEAL Team platoon, is due to allegations regarding consumption of alcohol during downtime. Consumption of alcohol is a violation of general orders given to troops in overseas campaigns. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Elite team of US Navy SEALS ordered home from ISIS fight due to alleged misbehavior July 24, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Stolen car on fire in Bonita neighborhood

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A car fire in the Lynwood Hills neighborhood in Bonita prompted first responders to the scene shortly after noon near the corner of Lynwood Drive and Lynnwood Lane.  According to the Deputy Sheriff, the car was reported stolen and no driver could be found at the scene.Story updated at 10:18 p.m. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: August 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 10:19 PM August 24, 2019 Stolen car on fire in Bonita neighborhoodlast_img read more

Miranda Seath Employees need to recognise the importance of seeking financial guidance

first_imgChancellor Philip Hammond avoided throwing any deliberate hand grenades at pensions policy in the Autumn Statement 2016. There was no tinkering with the triple lock or pensions tax relief despite speculation from some commentators that there might be. Although the triple lock looks to be under threat after 2020, Hammond passed the buck to a future chancellor. Instead, Hammond majored on salary sacrifice and launching a new corporate savings bond.Some might say that ‘spreadsheet Phil’ was right to resist tinkering with a pension system that has witnessed seismic shifts in recent years. First came auto-enrolment, bringing millions of virgin pension savers into the fold. Then the pension freedoms followed, breathing some life into a moribund retirement income market.Both auto-enrolment and the pension freedoms have brought much needed reform. The UK now has millions more working adults saving into pensions and a more flexible, albeit complex, retirement income market. But we have not quite cracked engagement.Platforum surveyed a nationally representative sample of UK working adults aged between 22 and 64 for our Consumer insights – facing an uncertain retirement research published in September 2016. We wanted to better understand attitudes and behaviours towards pension saving and sources of income in retirement.On the one hand, there is a clear understanding among UK working adults that the workplace pension will form an important source of retirement income. Nearly one third (30%) expect workplace pensions to provide the greatest share of their retirement income. This compares with 17% who expect that the state pension will make up the greatest share of income in retirement. A far lower percentage (4%) expect that property will make up the greatest share of income.On the other hand, when we probed our survey respondents more closely about workplace pensions we found significant gaps in their knowledge. Very few working adults know the charges associated with their pensions or which funds their pensions are invested in. And only a quarter (25%) of working adults know the value of the contribution their employer makes to their pension.When we asked our survey sample what action they would take after receiving a pension statement, we found that 59% read the statement and took no further action. Perhaps the fact that they read the statement at all can be counted as a minor victory.Savers are still facing an uncertain retirement. In part, this is because UK adults are not taking action about pension contribution levels, fund choices or how to take retirement income at the appropriate time. In some cases, workers are not making any decisions at all, either unwilling or simply unequipped to be proactive.Some UK pension savers are undoubtedly apathetic. But many are also uncertain about whom to go to for advice or guidance. When we asked working-age British adults whom they would approach for advice on retirement planning, the highest percentage, 44%, told us that they would approach friends and family, 30% would go to a financial adviser, and only 14% would seek advice from the pension provider or from their employer.The relatively high percentage of working adults who would choose to see a financial adviser to help plan their retirement is encouraging. It reflects a recognition that professional advice is important when faced with a pivotal financial decision such as retirement.Initial indications from Platforum’s annual survey of employers and advisers on workplace savings, Workplace savings guide, due to be published in January 2017, suggests that just over half of employee benefits consultants and financial advisers advising employers are also offering advice to individual scheme members through the workplace. Of these advisers, two-thirds tell us that the proportion of revenue from individual advice through the workplace is increasing. This result indicates that advisers do see an opportunity to deliver individual advice to employees. When we conducted this research last year, advisers still had a wait-and-see attitude towards offering individual advice in the workplace. This initial result suggests that one year later, they are more optimistic about the opportunity.There is clearly still a challenge in broadening access to advice for employees. Financial advisers would typically expect to receive around £1,000 for offering initial financial advice. The new pensions advice allowance, that will come into force in April next year, allows savers under 55 to take an extra £500 tax free from defined contribution (DC) pensions to cover the cost of retirement advice. This is an important step but £500 falls short of many advisers’ initial fees. However, online or phone-based advice is bringing individual advice to employees at a far lower price point of as little as £100. At this price point, employers may be more willing to cover the cost of advice as an additional employee benefit.Our research with employers indicates that they feel a burden of responsibility to help their employees prepare for and save for retirement. Platforum’s survey of working adults, however, puts very little responsibility on the shoulders of employers. The burden of engagement and education need not fall to employers. Advisers appear ready to embrace this opportunity.Miranda Seath is senior researcher at Platforumlast_img read more

Two DC Schools Win 5000 in National Verizon App Contest

first_imgTwo schools in the District of Columbia are $5,000 richer and even more money may be forthcoming. Verizon named Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science and the School Without Walls winners of the ‘Best in State’ in the telecom company’s Innovative Learning App Challenge. The schools could win another $15,000 and partner with MIT Media Lab experts to make their app a reality — if they secure the company’s Fan Favorite award. Public voting began Jan. 23 and ends Valentine’s Day. Verizon will announce the winners Feb. 15. Each student will also receive a tablet.The contest involved six teams of middle- and high-school students being tasked with creating an idea for an app centered on resolving a community issue. Howard’s DriveSafe app would use a cell phone’s Bluetooth connectivity to cut off its texting and application capabilities when its user is driving more than 15 miles per hour.  Meanwhile, the School Without Walls drew up plans for an intercom app that would list key school notifications, reserve a place for school news and add a menu with morning announcements, club information, an events list and Metro delays. Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education arm, launched the annual challenge with the MIT Media Lab and Technology Student Association to spur interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Verizon selected the winners out of more than 1,800 entries nationwide. To vote for your favorite, text the code next to the team’s entry at and text it to 22333.last_img read more

Ouya moves into development switches to Android Jelly Bean

first_imgIt’s been a while since we’ve heard about the Ouya console. After raising $8.59 million on Kickstarter the team set to work finalizing the design of the machine and the software development kit (SDK) required to produce games and apps for it. Yesterday was a big milestone though, as Ouya came out of its design phase and has gone into development.What that actually means is the Ouya team is now having hardware made and the first Tegra 3-powered PCBs have been manufactured. The image below, with the first Ouya PCB sitting next to a Coke can, shows you some idea of just how small the final unit is going to be. That board is basically a complete Ouya minus its casing and storage.Ouya is currently in the engineering validation test (EVT) phase, which is when engineering prototypes are created to test performance and ensure the system works. Anyone who pledged $699 for the Developer Special or $1,337 for the Elite Developer Special should be very interested in EVT boards because these prototypes are the hardware that will be delivered to you in December along with an early access SDK. Each one is set to be unique, so they are certainly collector’s items.Developers and users will also be happy to hear Ouya is moving Android versions to remain up-to-date. Ouya was originally expected to ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but that has been replaced with Jelly Bean.Everything seems to be on track for the Ouya team to hit the target dates they outlined as part of the Kickstarter pledges. The first developer kits will ship in December and then the first shipments of actual Ouya consoles will start shipping in March. Developers can also expect to get their hands on the SDK and access to the developer portal before the end of the year.More at the Ouya bloglast_img read more

Hearing loss may up cognitive decline with age Study

first_imgNew York: Hearing impairment is associated with accelerated cognitive decline with age, though the impact of mild hearing loss may be lessened by higher education, researchers say. The findings suggest that those with more serious hearing impairment had worse performance at the initial visit on a pair of commonly used cognitive assessment tests. However, the association of mild hearing impairment with rate of cognitive decline was modified by education, said the researchers at University of California, San Diego. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We surmise that higher education may provide sufficient cognitive reserve to counter the effects of mild hearing loss, but not enough to overcome effects of more severe hearing impairment,” said senior author Linda K McEvoy, Professor at the varsity. For the study, published in the Journal of Gerontology: Series A Medical Sciences, the research team tracked 1,164 participants with a mean age 73.5 years of whom 64 per cent were women. All had undergone assessments for hearing accuracy and cognitive function between 1992 and 1996 and had up to five subsequent cognitive assessments at approximately four-year intervals. None used a hearing aid. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey found that almost half of the participants had mild hearing impairment, with 16.8 per cent suffering moderate-to-severe hearing loss. The team said that mild hearing impairment was associated with steeper decline among study participants without a college education, but not among those with higher education. Mild hearing impairment was associated with steeper decline among study participants without a college education, but not among those with higher education. Moderate-to-severe hearing impairment was associated with steeper cognitive decline regardless of education level, the researchers said.last_img read more

Charles Dickens Pet Raven Inspired Edgar Allen Poes Most Famous Work

first_imgThe Raven is one of Edgar Allen Poe’s most impressive works, a long narrative poem centered on a talking raven that makes a nocturnal visit to a distraught lover, who is mourning the death of his beloved Lenore. Noted for its seamless weaving of popular myth, folk tales, classical imagery, and the supernatural, the poem remains a widely acclaimed and popular classic.However, Poe’s raven has a little known and significant literary heritage. Historians and literary critics have long speculated that the talking bird in his famous poem was actually inspired by Charles Dickens’ own pet raven, Grip.Illustration by Édouard Manet for a French translation by Stéphane Mallarmé of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” 1875. Digitally restored.This real-life raven was responsible for spawning not one, but two literary greats, as he was also the basis for the bird depicted in Dickens’ own novel, Barnaby Rudge.According to the BBC, Dickens was particularly fond of birds and owned several pet ravens, all affectionately named Grip.His first and favorite bird had a distinctive, imperious character, and would frequently harass Dickens’ children and other pets, nipping their ankles.Dickens in New York, 1867.Dickens was fascinated by Grip, and resolved to include him in his next novel.In 1841, he published Barnaby Rudge, and indeed, the title character was constantly accompanied by a talking pet raven, which was far more intelligent than the man himself.Dickens widely acknowledged that the character was based on his own bird, which had unfortunately died shortly before the publication of the novel.The Raven depicts a mysterious raven’s midnight visit to a mourning narrator, as illustrated by John Tenniel (1858).Dickens was deeply saddened by Grip’s death, and continued to acquire birds; first an eagle, and then two more ravens in succession, both also named Grip.The third Grip had an even more distinctive and domineering character than the first, and was even able to keep the family dog, a bullmastiff named Turk, under control.Turk would sit patiently as Grip helped himself to all of the best pieces of meat from the dog’s dinner plate.Cropped photograph of Charles Dickens.According to the BBC, it was around this time that Dickens and Poe became acquainted. Poe had written an approving review of Barnaby Rudge, and the two arranged to meet when Dickens and his wife were on tour in the United States.Reportedly, Poe saw a picture of Grip that Dickens carried with him, and was delighted to learn that the bird he had admired in Barnaby Rudge was based on a real-life animal.Portrait of Poe by William Abbot Pratt from September 1849, a month before his death.Shortly after, Poe composed his most notable work, a narrative poem with an imperious raven at its heart. The main character, a love-struck and sorrowful young man, is struck by the visitation of a raven, whose croaking refrain, “Nevermore,” simply adds to his grief.Although Poe never stated it explicitly, it is widely thought that The Raven is based on Dickens’ bird.Manet’s illustration of the raven flying through the window.The disdainful character of the bird, described as standing proudly on the window ledge, perfectly matches the raven belonging to Barnaby Rudge, and thus, to Dickens’ own bird. Poe’s raven is also seen tapping at the window, just as the raven in Barnaby Rudge had been prone to do.Soon after the poem’s publication, other readers and literary critics also noted the similarity, with some even accusing Poe of plagiarism. Always a controversial character, Poe attracted a considerable amount of criticism and ridicule from his literary peers.Original burial spot of Edgar Allan Poe in Westminster Burial Ground, Baltimore. Photo by JefferyGoldman CC BY-SA 4.0In 1848 the writer James Russell Lowell wrote, “Here comes Poe with his raven, like Barnaby Rudge / Three-fifths of him genius, two fifths sheer fudge.” Poe’s sad and untimely death just one year later cemented his legacy, and The Raven remains his best-known and most-loved work.When the original Grip died, Dickens was so upset that he had him stuffed by a taxidermist and kept him in his office, allowing him to keep watching over the family.Read another story from us: Nevermore…The Unanswered Questions Surrounding the Final Days of Edgar Allan PoeAfter Dickens’ death he was sold at auction and is now a permanent resident at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Books department. A fitting end for a bird that inspired not one, but two literary geniuses.last_img read more