Cyprus Drew with Kazakhstan 1-1, Hurting Both teams’ Qualifying Hopes

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgThe Netherlands scored four goals in just 32 minutes for a memorable 4-2 comeback win over Germany in European Championship qualifying Friday.As the old rivals faced off for the fourth time in 11 months, a new face made the difference. On his debut, 20-year-old striker Donyell Malen hit the third goal for the Netherlands off a pass from Georginio Wijnaldum.Elsewhere, World Cup finalist Croatia recovered from a recent slump to hammer Slovakia 4-0 and close in on a qualification spot.Belgium swept aside San Marino 4-0 as it marches toward qualification, and Slovenia beat Group G leader Poland 2-0 to spoil the Poles’ spotless winning record in qualifying.COMEBACK KINGSGermany was looking for back-to-back wins over the Netherlands and was on track when Serge Gnabry scored off a rebound in the ninth minute.The Germans did well to track fluid Dutch attacking moves and were a persistent counterattacking threat. But that all changed with two mistakes from defender Jonathan Tah.Netherlands’ Donyell Malen, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)First he missed a chance to intercept a cross, allowing Frenkie de Jong to equalize in the 59th. Tah gave the Netherlands the lead seven minutes later, sending a Memphis Depay cross into his own net.Toni Kroos made it 2-2 for Germany from a penalty which was awarded despite apparent offside in the buildup, but Wijnaldum responded by setting up Malen to restore the Dutch lead. Wijnaldum scored in stoppage time, underlining the Netherlands’ second-half dominance.The Netherlands’ win staves off the threat of having to qualify via the playoffs.While still third on six points, six off group leader Northern Ireland and three off Germany, the Dutch have played one fewer game than both thanks to their run at the Nations League final. Northern Ireland must still play Germany and the Netherlands twice each.Belarus beat Estonia 2-1.CROATIA BACK ON FORMCroatia is finally starting to look like the team which reached the World Cup final.After seven games without a clean sheet, three of them defeats, Croatia shut out Slovakia in style to kick-start its qualifying bid.Nikola Vlasic opened the scoring in the 45th with a low shot from outside the box. When Ivan Perisic scored with a deflected shot straight after halftime, Croatia never looked back, eventually scoring four goals for the first time since 2017.Croatia moved level with Hungary, which didn’t play on Friday, at the top of Group E.A surprise semifinalist at the 2016 European Championship, third-placed Wales risked missing out this time despite beating Azerbaijan 2-1. The Welsh were on track to drop points before Gareth Bale’s 84th-minute header gave them the win.BELGIUM CRUISESIt’s hard for a 4-0 win to seem unimpressive, but Belgium managed it against San Marino.The game against one of Europe’s smallest nations was scoreless until the 43rd minute, when Michy Batshuayi gave Belgium the lead from the penalty spot. Goals from Nacer Chadli and Dries Mertens secured three points in the second half before Batshuayi scored again in added time.Russia scored 14 without reply in its previous three games, but lacked bite in a 2-1 win over Scotland. Brazilian-born goalkeeper Guilherme handed Scotland the lead when he palmed an 11th-minute cross into the path of John McGinn for an easy finish.Russia had a slice of luck in the 40th when a pass deflected off Andy Robertson and landed in front of striker Artyom Dzyuba, who scored his sixth goal in his last four qualifying games — though four of those goals were against San Marino. Russia’s second came when Stephen O’Donnell knocked a cross into his own net.Earlier, Kazakhstan drew with Cyprus 1-1, hurting both teams’ already faint qualifying hopes. Belgium leads Russia by a point in Group I, and the Russians have a five-point cushion over Kazakhstan in third.POLAND STUMBLESPoland was looking to match Spain and Italy with five wins from five, but Slovenia had other plans.Andraz Sporar had a hand in both of Slovenia’s goals, teeing up Aljaz Struna for the first at a free kick, and then scoring himself on a counterattack in the 65th.Austria took advantage to close the gap to Poland to three points with a 6-0 demolition of last-placed Latvia. Austria’s win was never in doubt after Marko Arnautovic opened the scoring in the seventh minute. He added a penalty, taking him to six goals in his last four internationals.Slovenia was third, one point behind Austria.___By JAMES ELLINGWORTH AP Sports WriterJames Ellingworth is at Shareslast_img read more

Shreyas Gopal after dismissing Kohli, de Villiers: One of the biggest moments of my journey

Posted On Nov 17 2019 by

first_imgRajasthan Royals leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal said on Tuesday that dismissing Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers during their seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium was one of the biggest moments of his cricketing journey.Shreyas Gopal, with very little interational experience, completely bamboozled Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers as both the RCB batsman failed to pick the leg-spinner’s googly.After dismissing Kohli for 23, Gopal, the Karnataka leg spinner, gave the home fans more joy by getting the wicket of AB de Villiers in his second over. He then proceded to dismiss Shimron Hetymyer for 1 from 9 balls.”I feel a bit lucky at the moment. Everyone knows Kohli and AB are world-class players. And for a youngster like me to get both of them out, it’s one of the biggest moments in my journey,” Gopal told the broadcasters after the first innings.”Just gut feel (to bowl googlies), but it’s important to mix wrong’uns and the legbreak. Wanted to bowl stump-to-stump, and wanted them to hit down the ground off the back foot. The first-class season was important, and doing well over there got me confidence. We’re bowling to much better batsmen here, yes, but the confidence helps,” he added.This was the second time when Gopal got the wickets of both AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the same match.The Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner had removed the duo during their 19-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in IPL 2018.advertisementGopal’s figures of three for 12 in four overs helped restrict RCB to 158-4.Chasing a below-par total, Rajasthan Royals were off to a flyer, thanks to Jos Buttler who hit his second successive half-century on Tuesday.Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal gave RCB a bit of hope by removing Buttler and RR captain Ajinkya Rahane but Steve Smith made sure the home team got past the finish line without much trouble.Also Read | RR vs RCB, IPL 2019: Shreyas Gopal, Jos Buttler ensure RCB stay winlesslast_img read more

BW LPG NBP Pick Goltens to Retrofit 37 Vessels with BWTS

Posted On Oct 23 2019 by

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Goltens Shipping companies BW LPG and NYK Bulk & Projects Carrier (NBP) have awarded contracts to Goltens’ Worldwide Green Technologies Division Asia for retrofitting a total of 37 vessels with ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).The first company, Tokyo-based NBP, will equip 25 of its bulk carriers with BWT systems.The scope of the contract with Goltens includes 3D laser scanning and modeling of BWT systems, delivery of detailed design packages, and installation supervision in the shipyard, Goltens said.What is more, Singapore-based owner and operator of LPG carriers BW LPG awarded orders for retrofitting twelve of its LPG carriers.NBP, a subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Japan’s largest shipping company, has a fleet of ocean carriers of project cargo, heavy lift cargo, steel products and bulk cargo. In addition, BW LPG is said to own and operate the world’s largest fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs).As informed by Goltens, work has already commenced on both contracts.“These are significant orders for Goltens, and we appreciate the confidence both NBP and BW have shown in our capabilities,” Sandeep Seth, Goltens Vice President for Asia, said.With the Ballast Water Convention in effect and emissions regulations coming into force in January 2020, Seth reports a marked increase in response from owners and operators.Goltens Green Technologies has now completed or is in the process of completing 435 ballast water retrofit projects around the globe, ranging in scope from 3D scanning and modeling to turnkey installations of systems.Goltens also reports a strong orderbook, with over 100 additional BWT systems contracted.last_img read more

Karnataka BJP dares CM Kumaraswamy to move trust vote in Assembly

Posted On Oct 20 2019 by

first_imgBengaluru: An upbeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday dared beleaguered Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to move a confidence motion in the state Assembly on Monday to prove that his shaky coalition government has a majority. “Since Kumaraswamy himself offered to seek a trust vote and no business could be conducted in the House without proving he has a majority, he should request the Speaker to allow him to move it on Monday when the session resumes,” opposition BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa told reporters here. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day To clear the air of uncertainty and end the political crisis gripping the southern state since 16 rebel legislators of the ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) allies resigned from their Assembly seats, Kumaraswamy on Friday told Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar that he was ready to seek a trust vote or face a no-confidence motion if the BJP moves it against him during the 10-day monsoon session till July 26. “As the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Speaker to maintain status quo on the resignations of 10 rebel lawmakers till Tuesday (July 16) when it resumes hearing in the case, let Kumaraswamy hold the floor test on Monday and prove he has the majority in the House, as the 16 rebels have decided not to attend the session as evident from their absence on Friday,” said Yeddyurappa. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty In the 225-member Assembly, including one nominated without voting rights, the combined strength of the ruling allies is 116, with the support of one BSP legislator, which is three more than the halfway mark of 113 to win the trust vote against 107 of the BJP, including the support of two independents. “If the 16 legislators, including 13 of the Congress and three of the JD-S are not present in the House when the confidence motion is put to vote, the government will be defeated with its strength reduced to 100 (65+34+1), including the BSP but excluding the Speaker as against 107 of ours,” BJP spokesman G. Madhusudana told IANS here. Even as the beleaguered ruling allies wooed the rebels through the day to withdraw their resignations and attend the session, five of them from the Congress filed petitions in the apex court, seeking its direction to the Speaker to accept their resignations too forthwith along with that of 10 other rebels whose joint writs are being heard by it since Thursday. The five Congress rebels are Anand Singh, Munirathna Naidu, R. Roshan Baig, M.T.B Nagaraj and K. Sudhakar who submitted their resignations to the Speaker in the prescribed format. “As the opposition leader, I will advise the Speaker at the Business Advisory Committee meeting on Monday to allow the Chief Minister to move the trust vote and conduct the floor test on the same day to ascertain if he has the majority in the House,” asserted Yeddyurappa.last_img read more

CBC to reveal hosts of flagship news program The National on Tuesday

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgTORONTO – CBC’s “The National” plans to reveal its new anchors on Tuesday, giving viewers more insight into the direction it hopes to take with its flagship news program.The announcement comes after the public broadcaster said that it is revamping the format of the hour-long nightly news package.Among the changes, CBC News has already confirmed it will put more than one host in the anchor seat as it looks to appeal to a younger and more diverse audience.Veteran broadcaster Peter Mansbridge stepped down from “The National” earlier this month after nearly 30 years as an anchor and chief correspondent.CBC has been scouting candidates from within and outside the organization in recent months, leading to speculation over who could take one of the broadcaster’s most coveted jobs.On the list of expected favourites are CBC veterans like Ian Hanomansing and Rosemary Barton, while other viewers have suggested foreign correspondent Adrienne Arsenault as a potential contender.Others who are considered possibilities include CBC Vancouver host Andrew Chang, CBC Radio host David Common, and award-winning investigative reporter Connie Walker who has extensively covered Indigenous issues for national broadcaster.“We want it to be a show around active journalists,” Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.“We want the hosts of the show to be able to do field-based work too, and that will be more manageable with more than one (person) in terms of how the show works.”With its new anchors in place, the CBC will likely try a few other experiments with the show as well.Producers have already been toying with how certain segments of “The National” are delivered, and the structure of long-form features and the regular panel conversations could also change.The revamped edition of “The National” is slated to debut in mid-October.Viewers can watch the CBC unveil its host plans on Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET through a Facebook live stream at—Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Commons committee recommends better settlement services for vulnerable refugees

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – Yazidi refugees brought to Canada after surviving rape and torture in Iraq are facing barriers accessing mental health and other settlement services in their own language, a House of Commons committee has found.The immigration committee delivered its report last week after studying resettlement issues faced by Yazidi women and children.Those who have come through the government-assisted refugee program are running into roadblocks trying to access affordable housing, mental health and other services in their mother tongue after arriving in Canada, the committee found.In some cases, only Arabic-speaking interpreters are available, which one witness said was upsetting for a young Yazidi girl in Calgary because her captors in Iraq spoke Arabic.The committee says government should offer better, more integrated settlement services for vulnerable refugee groups and better anticipate their linguistic needs.But Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, whose lobbying efforts helped push the government to commit to resettling 1,200 Yazidi women and children last year, called the committee’s final recommendations “broad and milquetoast.” After dealing directly with many of these survivors of genocide, rape and torture, Rempel said she wanted to see a stronger call for services for these refugees.“We don’t have an integrated response,” she told The Canadian Press.“It’s one thing to say, ‘Hashtag welcome to Canada’ and it’s another to do the heavy lifting and hard work and hard discussion to ‘Hashtag integrate into Canada.’”Another recommendation from the committee report is also drawing some criticism.It calls on Canada to increase its refugee resettlement targets in the wake of the global refugee crisis, but stopped short of specifying any groups.A number of witnesses called for more Yazidi refugees to be brought to Canada. But others, including the United Nations refugee agency, raised concerns about the politicization of Canadian resettlement programs that target specific groups.Michel Aziza works with Operation Ezra, a coalition of faith groups that has privately sponsored 10 Yazidi refugee families over the last year. Each of these families have other family members they would like to bring to Canada, he said.“I agree that you can’t prioritize (refugees) but the fact of the matter is the Yazidis are the victim of a genocide,” Aziza said.“I know it’s a difficult decision to make, but I feel there is an opportunity bring in more Yazidis, help the ones that are here by reuniting families. And when you reunite families you make the resettlement of the families that you bring in even easier because they have a support infrastructure already in place here in Canada.”Rob Oliphant, Liberal MP and chair of the immigration committee, said his goal in preparing the report was to ensure there were no dissenting reports from Opposition members. The recommendation on increasing refugee targets without specifying Yazidis was a compromise.The committee recognizes a crisis still exists in Iraq for the Yazidi people, but targeting the government-assisted refugee program toward Yazidis does not need to continue at the same level “because we don’t know what the other crises will be,” Oliphant said.“We’re not prepared to tie the government down on that. We think Canada should continue the process of the most vulnerable, the most at risk and that almost changes on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.”The committee instead recommended quotas on private sponsorships of refugees be lifted until 2020 to allow groups like Operation Ezra to bring more Yadizi refugees to Canada.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office would not say whether the committee’s recommendations would be adopted in part or in whole, but did point to a commitment in the recent federal budget of $20 million to expand refugee programs to target women and girls.“Our special program to resettle women and their families who have endured the brutality of Daesh is truly unique, with very few similar initiatives around the world,” Hussen spokesman Hursh Jaswal said in a written statement.“We will continue to expedite privately-sponsored applications as well as ensure that family members who escape Daesh captivity are able to join their relatives in Canada.”last_img read more

Angry Dutch farmers descend on The Hague to demand respect

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Thousands of farmers are heading to The Hague, many driving tractors slowly through the morning rush hour, for a national day of protest to demand more respect for their profession.The Dutch motorists association, ANWB, reported that Tuesday was the busiest ever morning rush hour on the nation’s roads, with more than 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) of traffic jams blamed on convoys of tractors, bad weather and accidents.Organizers of the protest say on their website that they want to counter the “negative image” of farming in the Netherlands.They say, “we are not animal abusers and environment polluters, we have a heart for our businesses.”Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten is expected to address the farmers in the early afternoon.The Associated Press read more

Inspectors needed to ensure DPR of Korea compliance with nuclear safeguards –

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

“Together with the loss of cameras and seals, the departure of inspectors would practically bring to an end our ability to monitor DPRK’s nuclear programme or assess its nature,” Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a letter responding to Pyongyang’s correspondence earlier Friday. “This is one further step away from diffusing the crisis.”The Agency confirmed that Mr. ElBaradei had received a letter from Ri Je Son, Director General of the DPRK’s General Department of Atomic Energy, requesting the immediate removal of IAEA inspectors from the country in light of its decision to lift the “freeze” on its nuclear facilities.In his letter in response, Mr. ElBaradei stressed that notwithstanding the lifting of the freeze under the 1994 Agreed Framework, the presence of inspectors was needed for the immediate installation of containment and surveillance measures. The continuing presence of inspectors was also needed during the loading of the reactor in Nyongbyong and during operation of the reprocessing plant.Mr. ElBaradei said he expected that the DPRK Government would allow inspectors to remain in Nyongbyong and to install the necessary containment and surveillance equipment, such as seals and cameras.The IAEA chief also asked Pyongyang to confirm urgently its concurrence with the requirements of the Safeguards Agreement, advising the authorities to inform him immediately should they have a contrary view so that, if necessary, arrangements could be made for the departure of the Agency’s inspectors. read more

AbbVie hikes offer to Shire once again drugmakers enter detailed talks on

Posted On Oct 4 2019 by

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2014 5:12 am MDT Drugmakers AbbVie and Shire are in detailed talks about a possible combination after AbbVie once again raised the deal price and gave Shire shareholders a bigger stake in the new company.Shire says North Chicago, Illinois-based AbbVie is now offering a cash-stock combination valued at 53.20 British pounds ($91.10) for each share of Shire, which is headquartered on the British island of Jersey.The new offer totals roughly $53.68 billion and represents an increase from AbbVie’s previous proposal, which amounted to around $51 billion.Shire Plc shareholders also would own about 25 per cent of the combined new company, up from the 24 per cent stake proposed in the most recent offer.Shire had rejected three unsolicited offers from AbbVie Inc. before asking for a revised proposal earlier this month. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AbbVie hikes offer to Shire once again, drugmakers enter detailed talks on combination read more

UN envoy calls for concerted efforts to eliminate bullying in all regions

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

“With the growing importance of social media in children’s lives, cyberbullying is becoming an increasing source of concern, placing children at risk of harassment and abuse, reaching out quicker and wider, and magnifying vulnerabilities amongst children who are at risk in the offline world,” Marta Santos Pais, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, told delegates attending a side event of the UN General Assembly.According to the United Nations, bullying presents special risks for children in situations of vulnerability, such as children with disabilities or children affected by migration or who are asylum seekers or refugees. The Convention on the Rights of the Child provides essential guidance to address this phenomenon recalled Mikiko Otani, a child rights expert from Japan, noting that “investment in prevention is key, starting from early years.” Meanwhile, data presented by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) showed the scale and impact of bullying on children, while the Dutch independent foundation Child Helpline International shared children’s experiences and calls for help when bullying takes place. Findings revealed that boys are more likely to use physical violence and threats, while girls seem more prone to other forms of bullying, associated with verbal and emotional victimization. Bullying has been found to generate depression, loneliness, anxiety and low self-esteem, humiliation, frustration and anger and is associated with long-lasting consequences for children’s development. “Bullying is not just a children’s issue,” stressed Kathleen Saint Amand, a 16 year-old representative from the non-governmental organization ATD Fourth World Movement.“There is no age limit to being a victim of bullying, and no age limit as to who the bully is. Children mirror conflicts in society. Recognizing this can save the future of many children who continue this terrible cycle because of circumstance and lack of knowledge,” she added. Changu Mannathoko, an education advisor from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlighted that bullying is a barrier to learning and to gaining access to the full cycle of schooling from early childhood to university.“An effective strategy to eliminate bullying resides in strong investment in community dialogue including young children,” she stressed.At the same time, UN envoy Santos Pais noted that schools have a unique potential to promote non-violent behaviour by supporting creative, critical, and safe use of the Internet. Schools, she said can also prevent and respond to incidents of online violence, including cyberbullying, even when they do not originate in the school environment.Over the past years, several countries have reportedly addressed this important question through legislation, public policies, campaigns and research, which are all seen as crucial elements of the integrated response to the phenomenon that needs to be promoted.“Bullying is a very serious problem and still a taboo in modern societies,” highlighted Marc Dullaert, Ombudsman for Children of the Netherlands and Chair of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children.“Incidents remain invisible and unreported,” he continued. “As an Ombudsman for children, I felt the urge to bring this to the legislators’ table. The legislation introduced in the Netherlands now gives clear guidance to schools on how to prevent and respond to bullying. An Ombudsman can bridge national and international policy making and to close the gap between policy making and real implementation.” In addition, Ambassador Juan Sandoval from Mexico and Ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura from Japan called for a zero tolerance policy on bullying across regions, echoing the strong political commitment around the topic. A representative from Chile pointed to the importance of addressing the most vulnerable groups.Moving forward, the results of the side-event will inform the UN Secretary General’s report on the protection of children from bullying which will be submitted to the General Assembly in 2016. The report is expected to identify major concerns, document good practices and positive experiences, and anticipate strategic recommendations to inform future action in this area.“Preventing and addressing bullying will no doubt contribute to the promotion of the safe and non-violent learning environments and to the elimination of physical, sexual and emotional violence that the [Sustainable Development Goals] seek to guarantee,” concluded Ms. Santos Pais. The SDGs are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted last month by all UN Member States. Goals number four calls to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” read more

Ohio State mens tennis sets sights on 11th straight Big Ten title

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Then-redshirt junior Chris Diaz prepares to hit the ball during a match against Oklahoma on March 6, 2015 in Columbus. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s tennis team looks to keep tradition alive this weekend as it searches for its 11th straight Big Ten title.The No. 5 Buckeyes are currently riding a nine-game winning streak and a perfect home record into their final two regular season matchups against Northwestern and Illinois.Maintaining the decade-long streak to honor its predecessors is a major focus for the team.“We want to keep going something that has been started for us. When I came in, I didn’t really know about stuff like that because I’m international, and then we won it and I thought it was cool,” said senior Ralf Steinbach, a native of Germany. “Then I started to realize how important it is and how big it is, and I think it’s very important that we keep this streak and tradition alive.”For coach Ty Tucker, winning the title would be a culmination and symbol of the hard work put in throughout the season.“When you get to the end, you obviously want to be getting better, but you want something tangible to hold on to for your season,” Tucker said. “The opportunity to get a big trophy and some T-shirts and hats is a pretty cool thing.”Sunday’s match against Illinois will also serve as senior day for Steinbach and Chris Diaz. As they look toward graduation, the duo is proud to have been part of the OSU tennis program.“Being here for five years, I’ve definitely taken it for granted, but now that it’s coming to an end, it’s really hitting me what a privilege it has been to be a part of Ohio State, Ohio State athletics, the tennis team and that tradition,” Diaz said.A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Diaz said he is excited to have contributed to the team’s legacy.“I just want to be able to keep the tradition alive that has been paved before us from the other guys, so I just want to be part of that,” he said. “To just know that I was part of something bigger than myself.”According to Tucker, watching seniors reach their end of the time with the program can be emotional for both the coaches and players.“It’s been a good ride, the season’s been fun and you get sad when you get to the end,” Tucker said. “Not to sound a little bit corny, but each team is unique and it’s a lot of fun. These guys understand as they get to be juniors and seniors and it’s their last go around, they start to get a little bit sad as well.”While Sunday might mark the end of the regular season, the team still has a lot of tennis ahead of it.“We still have the Big Ten tournament and still have NCAA (championships). I don’t want to have the mindset like, ‘Oh, this is the end,’ and I stop competing. I want to compete until the end,” Steinbach said. “It’s been a quick four years, and it’s a sad moment, but at the same time you try to keep the momentum.”The current roster is one of the youngest that Diaz has experienced.“I’ve never really had a team like this with a lot of young guys where I’m the oldest,” he said. “It’s definitely a different feel, but I like it. It’s fun, it’s exciting to see what’s coming up for Ohio State and what they’re going to be able to bring to the table after this.”One of the players coming up for OSU is sophomore Mikael Torpegaard. The Denmark native was recently ranked as the No. 1 men’s player in the nation by the ITA.“It feels great, it’s been a goal for a while to try to reach that spot at No. 1,” Torpegaard said. “I’ve been No. 2 these last three weeks, and it’s definitely put a lot of pressure on me, and still does. It’s definitely great to finally reach it, and I’m going to work hard to try to maintain it.”Along with his personal achievements, Torpegaard also is focused on the success of the team.“I definitely am not happy either if I win my own match and the team loses or if the team wins and I lose my own match,” Torpegaard said. “It is an individual sport, but of course you’re out there representing Ohio State, so you want to do what is best for the team at all times.”Tucker approaches the current team with the same mindset as ones in the past.“They’re all just different faces, same sort of strategy, and they all compete hard,” Tucker said. “They’re obviously capable of winning a Big Ten championship, and they’re obviously capable of competing at a high level nationally.”Torpegaard agreed with his coach about the team’s capabilities.“It’s important to go in with a mindset of treating every match as if it’s the most important match of your life,” Torpegaard said. “Everybody just needs to bring their energy and work every day, and if everybody really wants to take it to the next level, I’m confident that we can.”The work ethic that Torpegaard spoke to is something that Steinbach hopes he leaves behind on all of the younger players.“I hope that I put some impact on the young guys that just came in, that they saw what it means to be a Buckeye. We as seniors can show them that it’s a lot of hard work, and you don’t play for yourself. You play for a team and you play for your school,” Steinbach said. “I hope I taught them that and showed them that it’s a lot of hard work.”The OSU men’s tennis team is scheduled to take the court at home Friday against Northwestern at 6 p.m. and Sunday against Illinois at noon. read more

Prince Philip passes Outward Bound Trust patronage to Prince Andrew after interviewing

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

The Duke of Edinburgh has handed over his patronage of the Outward Bound Trust to his son, the Duke of York, it has been announced.Prince Philip has given more than 65 years of service and personal commitment to the educational charity, known for its character-building outdoor adventures.The 97-year-old duke had remained its patron despite stepping down from public service in 2017, but has now passed the responsibility on to his third child, Prince Andrew.The Duke of York disclosed he had been interviewed by his father when a position opened up on the board of trustees years ago, with a view to him one day taking over the patronage.Princess Beatrice, his daughter, has now also been elected to the board as a trustee.The Duke of York, who has been chairman of the board of trustees since 1999, said: “It is an enormous privilege to take up this appointment of patron from my father, who has been a stalwart supporter of the Trust and its work since it was founded in 1941. Nick Barrett, chief executive of The Outward Bound Trust, said: “Both The Outward Bound Trust and The Duke of Edinburgh Award programme have helped instil purpose, resilience, a sense of adventure and fun in millions of young people in the UK and many countries overseas. Prince Philip and Prince Andrew at Christmas 2017 Prince Philip and Prince Andrew at Christmas 2017Credit:PA “I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and rewards of guiding the Trust these past few years and with the wise counsel and guidance from my father”.The patronage is one of just a small handful handed over by the Duke to his family since his retirement. In 2016, the Duchess of Cornwall took over the role at Friends of the Royal Academy in 2016, and in 2018, the Prince of Wales became patron of the Royal College of Art.The Duke of Edinburgh still has 773 active affiliations. Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson and Princess BeatriceCredit:WPA “I was interviewed by my father for a position on the board of Trustees before I was appointed and I knew from the outset his intent. “The Duke of Edinburgh has always stayed remarkably close to our charity.”His Royal Highness has advised and challenged the board, but also engaged brilliantly and directly when meeting with the young people who have benefited from our programmes.”The Duke of Edinburgh’s involvement has gone far beyond any mere call of duty. We are immensely thankful but also stronger for all his intelligent and thoughtful direction and interventions”Prince Andrew will be succeeded as chairman by Charles Phillips, the charity said. The @OutwardBoundUK has actively helped over a million young people, across 30 countries, to participate in experiential outdoor learning programmes. They develop character and help to instil self-belief and resilience.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 12, 2019 He became patron of the Outward Bound Trust in 1953, which was set up by his mentor and headmaster, educationalist Dr Kurt Hahn in 1941.Both men were also instrumental in the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.The Duke’s active involvement is seen as pivotal in taking Outward Bound’s mission to more than 30 countries worldwide, helping more than a million young people to participate in outdoor learning programmes designed to develop character, self-belief and resilience. read more

Trinidadian who allegedly faked his own kidnapping remanded to prison

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

The Trinidadian who reportedly came to Guyana and faked his own kidnapping was earlier today (Tuesday) remanded to prison when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.Accused: Sawak MarajSawak Maraj, 33,-who said he is a mechanical engineer- pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on October 27, 2017, at Madewini Resort, Timehri, he conspired with persons to obtain $US700,000 as ransom for his kidnapping.The Police Prosecutor objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence and the fact that Maraj poses as a flight risk.Bail was denied and the accused in expected to return to court on November 16, 2017.INews had previously reported that Maraj’s parents, in Trinidad, received a call hours after their son arrived in Guyana indicating that the man had been kidnapped.The caller reportedly demanded the aforementioned sum of cash for Maraj’s safe return.The unidentified caller who is suspected to be another Trinidadian reportedly sent a photo of Maraj, shirtless and with a cutlass to his neck.A report was made to the Guyanese police and enquiries disclosed that Maraj came to Guyana on a Caribbean Airlines flight about 07:00h on Friday last, and was scheduled to be accommodated at Ramada Hotel, Providence, East Bank Demerara.However, he never arrived at the hotel.Even though it was initially doubted, it was later revealed that the kidnapping may have been staged.Acting Crime Chief, Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Williams, had said that this is Maraj’s first time in Guyana, and he (Maraj) claimed he was in receipt of a letter via email to attend a job interview with US oil giant ExxonMobil.“He said (that) during telephone conversations, the person talking to him had a Trinidadian accent. So when he came to Guyana, he expected to meet that person, but then he didn’t meet that person, he was picked up by two other persons,” Williams related.Detectives went down to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), where they obtained CCTV footage of Maraj entering a taxi. The driver of the car was tracked down, and took investigators to the resort where he had dropped the men off.This publication understands that the driver told detectives that he was hired by the two Trinidadians at the airport on Wednesday, and took them to the resort, where they indicated to him that they had another person to pick up two days later, which he did.According to Williams, during the interview with Maraj, the police were told that those two persons who had picked him up from the airport were also Trinidadians.Further investigations by local authorities revealed that the two Trinidadians arrived in Guyana on Wednesday last, and Maraj was reportedly in contact with them prior to his arrival here.The police are now on the hunt for the two Trinidadian suspects, who reportedly escaped from the resort moments before the police arrived. “When we got there, he alone was in the room. He said they didn’t too long flee, as the police arrived,” the acting Crime Chief had said.Meanwhile, this publication was also informed that Maraj was involved in a similar incident back home in 2001, where his family had to pay alleged kidnappers $200,000 (Trinidadian dollars) for his release. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Fake’ kidnapping allegation: Trinidadian further remanded as Prosecution not readyNovember 17, 2017In “Court”Trinidadian who faked own kidnapping to know fate soonMay 24, 2019In “Court”Fake kidnapping allegation: Trinidadian granted $1M bail, lodges passportNovember 21, 2017In “Court” read more

Missing 37yearold John Murray located safe and well

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgUpdate 3.32pmGARDAÍ HAVE CANCELLED an appeal for information about a missing Dublin man.John Murray, 37 from the Neilstown area, has been located safe and well.Earlier…GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED an appeal for information about missing man John Murray from Dublin.The 37-year-old is missing from the Neilstown area since last night.Anyone who has seen him or who can assist in any way is asked to contact Ronanstown garda station on 01 666 7700.Read: Twenty-year-old man arrested over Phoenix Park murderMore: Two men shot 24 hours apart in Dublin over the weekendlast_img read more

Bangladesh disaster could happen again but can we help

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgLAST WEEK’S BUILDING collapse disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh, led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people – but it wasn’t the first such collapse, and it won’t be the last.That is according to Oxfam, which says that the lax building controls in Bangladeshi garment factories “will not go away until western retailers and the country’s government agree to work towards improved working conditions”.The garment workers who died in this recent event were making clothes for the Western market – clothes that are cheap, affordable, and available to almost everyone. The rails and rails of easily-forgotten-about clothing in your favourite high street store could have come from this very place.File. Pic: David Goldman/AP/Press Association ImagesConditionsOxfam Ireland Chief Executive Jim Clarken said that Bangladesh can raise standards and improve conditions for its workers without threatening its competitiveness, which has been a worry for the companies who use factories in the country.He said that 90 per cent of garment factories “are not built to local standards, let alone international building standards that would be expected in an earthquake-prone country like Bangladesh”. Western retailers must insist on higher standards of the factories they work in. But the government must do the same.Members of the government have significant financial interests in this sector, said Clarken, adding that “there is a clear financial incentive for them to give the industry as much of a free pass as possible”. “This must be stopped,” he asserted.Oxfam is working to reduce the risk of disasters by working with architects and municipal authorities to improve building standards, and by working with communities to prepare themselves for disasters.It says that with a major earthquake “overdue”, it is concerned that this terrible tragedy will be repeated on a far greater scale.Common occurrenceEven before last week’s building collapse, more than 300 Bangladeshi factory workers had lost their lives since 2000. Meanwhile, thousands have been injured in factory fires.A Bangladeshi man covers his nose and sits near the bodies of victims of a building collapse at a makeshift morgue in Savar, near Dhaka. Pic: AP Photo/Ismail FerdousThe government raised the monthly minimum wage from 1662 takas (around €15) to 3000 takas (about €30) in 2010, but Oxfam is campaigning for a living wage.It is calling for the minimum wage to be increased to 5000 takas a month (around €50).Oxfam is a founder member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and also the Clean Clothes Campaign. The latter says over one million people have signed petitions calling for brands who source items from Bangladesh to sign the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.The ETI said that the building collapse and fire in a second factory[A]ll serve as yet another call to action for the Bangladesh industry, government, retailers, worker representatives and NGOs to work together, to raise workplace safety standards across the country’s garment sector.Does consumer pressure work?What consumers want to know is if they can put pressure on retailers, and if this pressure will pay off.Here’s Oxfam’s answer:Yes. Last year, Phillips Van Heusen Corporation (PVH) who owns both Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein has signed a historic agreement to protect Bangladeshi garment workers from dangerous working conditions.It wants supply chains independently audited and says that self-regulation doesn’t work, and that national legislation is not always enough.Oxfam recommends that companies pay workers a living wage, and are transparent. It wants workers to be able to join unions, and collectively bargain. It also calls for purchasing practices which allow suppliers to respect labour standards, and that if factories close, workers should receive their full entitlement to severance pay and other entitlements.These may all seem like simple things, and things that those of us in the Western world take for granted, but Bangladeshi garment workers, who may have made the clothes you wear, are not entitled to all of these currently.They face, says Oxfam, “some of the most precarious working conditions and lowest wages in the world” – and if there is the potential for another such collapse, there could be even worse in store for them.The pressure on businesses and governments to begin making immediate improvements to these conditions seems to be growing day by day.Read: Woman found alive 17 days after Bangladesh building collapse>Read: Bangladesh collapse: Death toll passes 1,000 as stacks of bodies found>last_img read more

Over 4000 borrowers flock to voucher scheme in bid to save their

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Image: keyring image via Shutterstock Share80 Tweet Email10 Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 12:02 AM Jun 8th 2017, 12:02 AM She said they felt “like criminals” but when she eventually contacted Mabs, she felt an instant sense of relief.The service dealt with the bank on their behalf and negotiated a deal.“I could actually see the relief in my husband’s face – that some weight had been lifted.”RepossessionsCentral Bank figures for the last three months of 2016 showed a total of 77, 493 accounts were in arrears at the end of December – a decline of 2.6% compared to September last year.Flac analyst Paul Joyce said it is particularly concerning that more than 33,000 borrowers have been in arrears for over two years.“What’s happening is that the number of accounts in arrears has decreased quarter-on-quarter since 2013, but the proportion of accounts in arrears of over two years has correspondingly increased,” he noted.Arrears have “gotten deeper”, too, according to Joyce as Central Bank figures show the average figures for accounts in arrears over two years was €66,000 at the end of last year.“Of course there are many people under that, but there are people over it too.”During the last quarter of 2016, legal proceedings were issued to enforce debt or security on a principal dwelling house mortgage in 1,397 cases. In 271 cases, the courts granted an order for repossession or sale of the property.A total of 455 properties were taken into possession by lenders during the quarter, the highest recorded since the series began. Of the properties taken into possession during the last three months of 2016, 112 were repossessed on foot of a court order, while the remaining 343 were voluntarily surrendered or abandoned by homeowners.The Department of Justice said that over the last year Abhaile solicitors were also present at 313 Circuit Court repossession lists around the country to assist unrepresented litigants facing repossession proceedings and they assisted 1,028 borrowers.Court mentors – lay support staff from the Mabs – also attended all Circuit Court repossession lists countrywide during this period to meet and help unrepresented borrowers.‘It’s very serious’Though Joyce said schemes like Abhaile are welcome, he said further information about outcomes is needed, to evaluate whether the help these vouchers paid for will actually keep people in their homes longterm.He said the introduction of the Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process (Marp) has made a difference as it has put in place a framework for lenders, telling them what is expected of them when dealing with customers who are in mortgage trouble.However, he said this has not been “properly policed” by the Central Bank. “It has taken creditor adherance at face value and rarely spoken to debtors about their experience. No lenders have been sanctioned.”The number of borrowers who made arrangements and then failed to stick to them is increasing.“They’re failing fairly quickly and that means the terms are putting too much pressure on the households.”He said the government needs to start addressing this problem with longer-term goals in mind.“In a situation where there is no accommodation available either in social housing or private rented accommodation, we need a different solution for these 33, 500 borrowers in arrears for over two years. It’s very serious.“The number of repossessions of late is relatively small, but nonetheless there are a lot of cases before the courts and are they going to be resolved without the loss of a home?”Read: The average first time buyer in Ireland is 34 years old and needs at least a €50,000 deposit>Read: House prices set to grow by 10% this year> Over 4,000 borrowers flock to voucher scheme in bid to save their homes Figures released to demonstrate the “massive” scale of the mortgage arrears problem, according to one expert. Short URLcenter_img 32 Comments Image: keyring image via Shutterstock 57,222 Views MORE THAN 4,000 households in mortgage arrears have received assistance in the first year of a government scheme aimed at keeping people in their homes.Figures provided by the Department of Justice to show 7,246 vouchers have been issued to homeowners who are in arrears since the inception of the Abhaile scheme in June last year.Paul Joyce, senior policy analyst at the Free Legal Advice Centre (Flac), has said he is not surprised by these figures as they demonstrate the “massive” scale of the mortgage arrears problem in Ireland. He said Abhaile “came too late, but it’s better late than never.”“We’ve been at this for a decade plus now, very slow, very piecemeal, a bit of this and a bit of that, but not the sort of comprehensive approach to solving this quickly that might have been adopted elsewhere,” he said.There are three different types of legal advice and assistance available to homeowners under Abhaile and they can take up one or more depending on their circumstances.The department said the service focuses on providing financial advice initially, to ensure expert analysis of the borrower’s financial situation and identify possible solutions.“Legal advice is normally the second step, and the consultation solicitor is provided in advance with the financial analysis and written financial advice.”The highest number of vouchers, 5,515 over the one year period, were issued for financial advice and assistance. There were 1,566 provided for legal advice and assistance, in the form of consultation with an Abhaile solicitor and written legal advice.Legal aid was also approved for personal insolvency court review in 165 cases where the lender had refused a proposal by the borrower.In total, 4,277 homes were covered by this voucher scheme since June last year.Threatening lettersAbhaile has shared a number of case studies of homeowners who were helped by the service, including the story of Joan, who had been struggling to pay her mortgage for a number of years after taking a pay cut in work.She was referred to the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs), which runs Abhaile. The service dealt directly with the bank on her behalf which she said “put an end to all the letters telling me I owed arrears dropping on my doormat”.That in itself was a huge thing because the letters weren’t nice and were very upsetting to read.As a result of the service’s intervention, the bank restructured Joan’s mortgage and offered her monthly payments she could afford.Orla and Dave also received assistance from the service. They had been in arrears for a number of years on both their mortgage and credit union loans.“We tried to pay a little off each to keep everyone happy, but we were getting calls mostly about the mortgage. It’s a vicious circle when you are trying to pay as much as you can,” Orla said.My husband suffers with depression a bit, but the banks didn’t want to know. One day I received a letter from the bank threatening us with repossession. I rang and pleaded with them saying “I don’t want my husband in the grave”, but there was no change in their approach. 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West Perry charging over 1K for destroyedlooking shoes

Posted On Sep 15 2019 by

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Two popular musicians have joined forces to bring you a pair of destroyed shoes that cost … more than $1,000.Hip-hop artist Kanye West and pop artist Katy Perry are the minds behind the new line of Maison Margiela’s Future Destroyed high-top sneaker. The leather sneakers are reportedly selling for $1,425 at department stores.The Future Destroyed sneakers are heavily deconstructed and appear to be mangled and unwearable.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

DOC Reports Ninth Inmate Death This Year

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgMegan Edge Public Information Officer for the DOC: “On Friday, October 26, Doran Jennings  was found unresponsive in his cell. It appears that he died of a suicide. Jennings was 27, when the staff found him  they immediately began attempting lifesaving measures and continued until emergency services arrived.” Also last week Nancy Grace Analoak died on October 28, at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. Her cause of death has not been disclosed. DOC reported the death of a Goose Creek Correctional Center (GCCC) inmate who died Monday, November 5, of natural causes. Every prisoner death is reviewed by the Alaska State Troopers and the Medical Examiner’s Office. The Department’s Professional Conduct Unit will also conduct an internal investigation. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In 2018, the Department of Corrections has reported nine inmate deaths as of Monday, November 5. Kenneth Hunter, 77, has been at GCCC since March 15, 2013. He was serving a sentence for first-degreemurder and tampering with physical evidence. Hunter was the third DOC death reported in 10 days. Last week an inmate at Spring Creek Correctional Center, in Seward, died in an “apparent suicide”, according to Department of Correction officials.last_img read more

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to be conferred Vir Chakra

Posted On Sep 6 2019 by

first_imgWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of the Indian Air Force will be conferred Vir Chakra on Independence Day, Defence sources said on Wednesday. The IAF foiled the Pakistani retaliation, Abhinandan Varthaman downed an F-16 fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force, showing bravery and determination. He was part of an aerial engagement with Pakistan a day after the Balakot airstrike and was later caught by Pakistan after his Mig-21 Bison fighter jet crashed on the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan caught him on February 27, then on, March 1 was released and handed over to India at the Wagah-Attari border crossing. Abhinandan became the face of the military conflict between India and Pakistan. Vir Chakra is India’s third-highest wartime gallantry medal.last_img read more

Telly actor found hanging in hotel room suicide suspected

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgSiliguri: Television actor Payal Chakrabory has been found hanging in a hotel room in Siliguri, north Bengal, under mysterious circumstances, police said. Chakraborty, a resident of South Kolkata, have appeared in multiple TV soaps and web series. “Payal was founding hanging from the ceiling of her hotel room Wednesday morning. She had checked into the hotel the evening before,” Siliguri police commissionerate DCP Gourab Lal said. The police have also found out that the 38-year-old actor, who recently separated from her husband, is survived by a two-year-old son, Lal said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Prime facie, it looks like a case of suicide, but the police are not ruling out other possibilities. The body has been sent to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem,” the DCP added. Arun Deb, an employee at the hotel, said the actor had told the staff members Tuesday night that she would be leaving for Gangtok the next day. “Chakraborty, after checking in, had categorically told the hotel officials that she did want to be disturbed in her room. She had locked the room from inside and did not order dinner,” he said. The following morning when there was no response from her despite repeated knocks on the door, the hotel contacted the police, Deb added. The actor’s family members, who arrived here Thursday afternoon, said they were not aware of the reasons behind her Siliguri visit. “Payal told us she would be going to Ranchi. I am not sure what was she doing in Siliguri,” her father Prabir Guha said.last_img read more