Ohio State Had A Disastrous Start To Today’s Game vs. Nebraska

first_imgOhio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws a pass.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the first quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)It’s still early in Columbus, but Ohio State fans are already getting restless. With the team facing a must-win scenario against Nebraska, the first quarter has been an absolute nightmare for the Buckeyes.The Cornhuskers sent a strong message on the first drive of the game by going 75 yards in 12 plays. Following a touchdown from Devine Ozigbo, Scott Frost’s defense stopped Urban Meyer’s offense on fourth down.Although it rarely happens at Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes are receiving boos from the crowd.Ohio State looks lifeless. A team competing for a playoff spot is getting boos at The Shoe.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 3, 2018Going down early to Nebraska doesn’t warrant an upset alert just yet, but it definitely does raise some concerns for Ohio State.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the special teams unit found a way to shift momentum in their favor. After the Cornhuskers’ next drive stalled, a blocked point rolled through the end zone for a safety.Two points for Ohio State as Keandre Jones blocks Nebraska’s punt and it rolls through the end zone for a safety. Ohio State’s first blocked punt of the year.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 3, 2018Nebraska currently leads 7-2 over Ohio State.The game is available on FOX.Update: It didn’t take long for Ohio State to right the ship. It’s now Ohio State 9, Nebraska 7.last_img read more

ESPN’s Todd McShay Names 3 Winners Of The NFL Combine

first_img ESPN analyst Todd McShay has named three winners of this year’s combine:Ole Miss WR D.K MetcalfMississippi State DE Montez SweatMichigan LB Devin BushThree of of most impressive combine workouts: D.K. Metcalf Montez Sweat Devin Bush pic.twitter.com/2nY5h98a4H— Todd McShay (@McShay13) March 5, 2019Metcalf was perhaps the overall winner of the NFL Combine, as his freakish performances in both the drills and the on-field activities have the wide receiver surging up draft boards.Sweat and Bush were extremely impressive, too, and could be some of the top defensive players taken.The NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday, April 25. Todd McShay breaks down his first mock draft of 2019.The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up on Monday, with the final group of players taking the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for physical tests and drills.Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray drew all of the attention at the beginning of the NFL Combine with his measurements, as he weighed in at more than 200 pounds and measured in at taller than 5 foot 10 inches.Murray, though, did not take part in any on-field drills or tests. He’s saving all of that for his Pro Day.This left room for other former college football stars to make the headlines.last_img read more

MLAs salute former MLA Neil LeBlanc

first_imgPREMIER’S OFFICE -MLAs salute former MLA Neil LeBlanc Members of the House of Assembly congratulated former MLA NeilLeBlanc today, May 3, on receiving an honourary degree froml’Université Sainte-Anne-Collège de l’Acadie. “Neil’s contribution to Nova Scotia and the Acadian community hasbeen, and continues to be, limitless,” Acadian Affairs MinisterChris d’Entremont said after introducing a resolution ofcongratulations on behalf of Premier John Hamm. “It’s wonderfulto see him recognized with this honour.” Mr. LeBlanc, who last served as minister of finance and ministerresponsible for Acadian Affairs, received an honourary doctoratein public administration at the convocation ceremony held at theuniversity on Saturday, May 1. -30-last_img read more

Mutual funds suffer Rs 16 lakh crore outflow in June alone

first_imgNew Delhi: Investors pulled out Rs 1.6 lakh crore on a net basis from mutual fund schemes in June against a net investment of Rs 76,989 crore in May mainly due to persisting weak confidence in debt-oriented plans, industry data showed Monday.Net outflows from debt-oriented schemes were more than Rs 1.71 lakh crore in June against inflows of Rs 70,119 crore in May, the data by Association of Mutual Fund of India (AMFI) showed. In recent months, the mutual fund industry has been grappling with redemption pressure in the wake of debt crises at various groups, including IL&FS, Essel and DHFL. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The debt segment saw the largest outflow of Rs 1,71,349 crore as compared to Rs 70,119 crore inflow witnessed in May’19, as investors’ confidence was dented after a series of defaults/delays by some popular names,” Bajaj Capital CEO Rahul Parikh said. The net outflows of mutual funds stood at Rs 1,59,814.40 crore in June. Debt-oriented schemes, which include overnight fund, liquid fund, low duration fund saw a significant outflows with liquid funds being the worst hit. Liquid funds alone witnessed an outflow of Rs 1.52 lakh crore. On the liquid fund outflows AMFI CEO N S Venkatesh said, “This is a usual quarter-end phenomena where the industry does witness temporary redemptions from liquid funds.”last_img read more

UP Governor wants to reduce her security

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has set a new example in putting an end to the tradition of VIP culture.She has asked the state government to withdraw 50 security men posted at the Raj Bhawan.According to sources, the Governor said that these security personnel would do better to serve the people.Though there was no statement on this issue from Raj Bhawan, a government spokesman confirmed that the Governor had sought reduction in her security. Patel was sworn in as the 25th Governor of Uttar Pradesh on July 29.Additional chief secretary Home, Avanish Awasthi, meanwhile, said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also asked for a curtailment in his security.Adityanath has been given ‘Z’ plus security by the Centre but he wants excess security personnel withdrawn.last_img read more

Meghalaya minister quits to contest for Speakers post

first_imgShillong: Meghalaya Tourism and Water Resources Minister Metbah Lyngdoh on Tuesday tendered his resignation to contest the election for the Assembly Speaker’s post. Lyngdoh, a senior United Democratic Party (UDP) leader and a three-time legislator, also filed his nomination papers for the election. He was accompanied by the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, ministers and MLAs during the filing of nominations. The Opposition candidate, Winnerson D. Sangma of the Congress, was also accompanied by a host of Congress legislators when he filed his nominations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The election was necessitated following the demise of Assembly Speaker, Donkupar Roy on July 28. Roy, who was the President of the UDP, was elected to the post of Speaker on March 12, 2018. The election of new Speaker will be held on September 13, the last day of the Assembly’s autumn session. “With the support of colleagues in the MDA, there’s no doubt why I should not win the Speaker’s election,” Lyngdoh said. In the 60-member Assembly with an effective strength of 59, the National People’s Party, which leads the coalition government, has 21 members, the United Democratic Party has eight, People’s Democratic Front four, there are two members each from Bharatiya Janata Party and Hill State People’s Party, one member each from Nationalist Congress Party and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement besides one independent member. Going by the numbers,Lyngdoh is expected to comfortable defeat Sangma as the MDA government has a total of 40 MLAs. However, Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma voiced confidence that the opposition candidate may win the election. “Though the Congress has only 19 MLAs, but the Opposition has put up the candidate to win the election. Politics is like a game of chess,” he said.last_img read more

Five questions about what could be next in the SNCLavalin saga

first_imgTeresa Wright, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — As the fallout continues in the wake of Wednesday’s damning ethics report on the SNC-Lavalin affair, there are still a number of twists and turns in the road ahead for what has turned out to be an enduring political saga. Here are five:Will the RCMP lay charges, and if so, when?A spokesperson for the Mounties said Wednesday they are “examining this matter carefully with all available information and will take appropriate actions as required.” Hardly compelling stuff, but it raised eyebrows among those more accustomed to the standard “no comment” when it comes to matters not yet under investigation — and leaves open the possibility of criminal charges on the eve of a federal election campaign (although the standards for an ethical breach are far different from those for criminal conduct). Timing will be everything. The RCMP faced criticism in the wake of the trial of Sen. Mike Duffy, who was acquitted on all 31 charges after a courtroom spectacle that did nothing to help the doomed re-election bid of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Will that scar tissue — or the lingering memory of the botched prosecution of Vice-Adm. Mark Norman — give the authorities pause?How will the ethics commissioner’s report play with voters?The Liberals took a hit in public opinion polls when the SNC-Lavalin controversy first rocked the national capital earlier this year. Recent polls suggested they were recouping some of those losses. Will Wednesday’s fresh wound hurt the Liberals come election day? It’s too early to say. Reaction on social media and in comment sections would suggest those already upset with the Trudeau Liberals and deeply partisan Conservatives, NDP and Green supporters have made up their minds already. Liberal partisans, meanwhile, say they are pleased with the prime minister’s recent show of defiance, refusing to apologize for what he characterizes as trying to protect Canadian jobs. That leaves the undecideds — and among those who believe this election is about trust, the Liberals are likely to take a hit. But local races do matter, and strong local MPs could help ease the sting.What’s the long game for Jody Wilson-Raybould?The former attorney general-turned Independent MP at the heart of the saga has expressed vindication from Dion’s report, and dismay at the evidence therein that Trudeau’s lawyer tried to “discredit” her through submissions made to the ethics commissioner. But the savvy political operative within her is not going to leave it at that. As an Independent in a race against well-funded, established candidates, she will need to leverage as much political capital as possible to regain her seat in the House of Commons. Just how she might use this report to do that remains a mystery — for now. One thing is certain: she’s not going away. Her forthcoming book is to be released just in time for the election.What will opposition parties do to capitalize?Both the Conservatives and NDP have already launched their first move, calling for the Commons ethics committee to be “urgently convened” in order to call Dion to testify. They point to the fact former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson testified after finding in 2017 that Trudeau broke ethics rules when he took his family on vacation in 2016 to the private Bahamian island owned by the Aga Khan. The meeting will likely happen, but the Liberal majority on the committee will determine the outcome — even successfully blocking testimony will be fodder for their opposition rivals.Do voters care about SNC-Lavalin anymore?As the Bard once said: that is the question. In the wake of the marathon hearings and relentless media coverage earlier this year, there was a palpable sense of fatigue when it finally started to die down. Many voters have likely already formed an opinion about how they feel Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould and others behaved on the file and the ethics commissioner’s ruling may not change those views. However, given the uncertainty about how many of the issues raised above could play out on the campaign trail, political watchers and voters alike would be wise not to close the book on SNC-Lavalin yet.last_img read more

France to Compete with Russia and Ukraine to Export Wheat to…

Rabat – Morocco and France have signed a partnership agreement on cereals. France showed interest in exporting its wheat to the Moroccan market.Chakib Alj, president of the National Federation of Mills (FNM) and Philippe Heusele, president of France Export Cereales signed the agreement on Tuesday in Casablanca, as part of the 21st conference on “The Franco-Moroccan Meetings of Cereals.” The three-year agreement will enable the two parties to develop their training for grain milling and boost the cereal trade between France and Morocco. Under the agreement, both parties will provide training in “laboratory management, training technicians as instructors in France, or granting educational materials to students of Casablanca’s Training Institute for the Milling industry (IFIM).”In addition to training for milling, the agreement also focuses on bread making. “There is also a part on laboratory and analysis to develop the Moroccan bakery, confectionery, and milling industry,” Heusele said.“France, the world’s fourth largest exporter of milling wheat, has exemplary relations with Morocco, both politically and economically. French grain farmers want the start of the marketing campaign to be an opportunity to consolidate and further strengthen these commercial exchanges,” explained Heusele in the conference.“France has the quantity and quality to supply the Moroccan market with up to 50 percent of its wheat imports,” Heusele told Reuters.However, on the sidelines of the conference, Alj said priority on imports would be given to Russian and Ukrainian wheat which have “the best quality-price offer,” according to Reuters.In a previous statement to Les Eco, Alj said France no longer has the same presence in Morocco’s imports. “Before, France accounted for 60 to 70 percent of our imports. Today, it is between 30 percent to 40 percent.”Although Morocco is interested in Russian and Ukrainian markets, Thierry de Boussac, of the national union of foreign trade of grains in France, indicated that “France presents itself this year under better conditions.”Alj stated that Morocco will start importing French wheat in February or March “depending on whether there is still Russian or Ukrainian wheat available,” Reuters reported.France Export Cereales expected that Morocco would import 3 million ton of soft wheat between 2018 and 2019.The conference brought together over 300 participants, including 50 experts who were international traders, hardware dealers, technical experts, and institutional experts in the Moroccan and European cereals sectors. The meeting was held under the patronage of French Ambassador to Morocco Jean-François Girault. read more

President invites Naidu for second anniversary of unity Government

President Maithripala Sirisena has invited Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as guest of honour at the second anniversary celebrations of Sri Lanka’s National Unity Government, The Hindu newspaper reported.In a recent letter to Naidu from President Sirisena’s secretary, it was conveyed that Sri Lanka would launch a poverty alleviation programme in 2017, prioritising ‘science, technology and innovation’ in leapfrogging development. Commending Naidu for his own efforts “in fighting poverty and bringing innovation close to the lives of people,” the President has invited Naidu to speak on the theme “prosperity to all.” Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi participated in the first anniversary of the unity government, with President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at its helm. (Colombo Gazette) Sirisena unseated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s January 2015 presidential elections, following an unexpected defection by Mr. Sirisena to a coalition of Opposition parties, including Tamil and Muslim parties. read more

Are The Warriors Now The NBAs Greatest Dynasty

With three NBA championships over the past four seasons, the Golden State Warriors are a bona fide dynasty. Regardless of how you feel about its 2016 acquisition of Kevin Durant, which lifted an already historic team to an entirely new level of dominance, Golden State has done something special: Only seven NBA teams1Among four different franchises. have ever pulled off the three-rings-in-four-years trick. Even for the most talented roster ever, that’s not an easy thing to accomplish.The league’s history is, in many ways, defined by its dynasties in a manner that other sports aren’t, and the Warriors are nothing if not the defining team of our current era. But where do they rank in comparison with those other dynastic teams from years past? Although there’s no definitively correct answer, it’s still fun to argue. So we thought we’d fact-check Golden State’s case using our Elo ratings, which are designed to measure a team’s inherent strength at any given moment.Let’s start with the best runs of four consecutive seasons according to the method we favor for judging historical Elo seasons: a blend2Using the harmonic mean. of a team’s final, peak and full-season-average ratings.3For the latter two categories, we exclude the first 20 games of the season, to give a team the chance to stabilize during the season in question. To ensure that a team rated highly every year, I took the harmonic mean of its blended rating from each of the four seasons. Here are the all-time rankings, excluding any duplicates from the same franchise over the same span of years: The Warriors are Elo’s most impressive NBA dynastyHighest multiyear blended Elo rating relative to expectation for a championship-caliber team for NBA franchises that won at least three titles in a span of 10 or fewer years, 1948-2018 San Antonio Spurs2013-1611736 Golden State Warriors2015-1831789 Golden State Warriors2015-183 of 41789+188 Detroit Pistons1987-9021695 A “championship-caliber” team starts out with an Elo of 1600, and dynasties are measured against what we’d project that team’s multiyear blended Elo to be after a given number of years.For franchises that made the list multiple times in a given time period, only their highest-rated stretch during the span was included.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Chicago Bulls1991-9431717 Miami Heat2005-143 of 101596+39 Los Angeles Lakers1998-043 of 71684+112 According to Elo, the Warriors of the past few years have snapped off what is easily the best stretch of four consecutive seasons any NBA team has ever had. By that standard, then, they absolutely belong in the conversation of the league’s greatest dynasties. But of course, they’ve also only had four dynasty-level seasons to speak of. As hard as it is to remember what things were like before the Warriors started dominating, Golden State’s reign has been brief in dynasty terms.So how should we measure the Warriors’ four-year stretch against, say, the Chicago Bulls’ pair of three-peats in the 1990s or the Boston Celtics’ ridiculous championship monopoly of the 1960s?To help put various dynastic runs on equal footing, I began with a thought experiment: How easily would a generic championship-caliber team be able to match a given multiyear run from NBA history? The most difficult-to-replicate stretches are, by definition, the most impressive ones — and in my conception, make for the best dynasties — because a normal contending team is so unlikely to pull them off.As a way of quantifying this, I assigned our generic team a preseason Elo rating of 1600, aka the average preseason Elo for NBA champs since 1948. I then ran a series of regressions to determine what we’d expect its average blended Elo over the next given stretch of seasons to be and compared every possible stretch of seasons in each franchise’s history to those expected ratings. I isolated things down to NBA teams that won at least three championships in a span of 10 or fewer years and tossed out overlapping runs from the same franchise that didn’t prove to be more impressive than other, higher-ranking ones. The dynastic runs we’re left with are the most successful — i.e., the most difficult to replicate — out of all possible multiyear periods in NBA history.As you can see in the table below, the most impressive period for one team might last only three years, while another’s could span an entire decade. For example, the current Warriors’ best period came over the 2015 to 2018 period, because their four-year mark of 1789 was 188 points higher than what we’d expect our generic contender’s average blended Elo over the next four seasons to be. Another example: The San Antonio Spurs’ best run came over 10 seasons, from 1998-99 to 2007-08,4Yes, 2008 is included despite San Antonio’s burst of championships (which started in 1999) temporarily being put on hold after 2007. Our method thinks extending their Elo run into a very good 10th season was more impressive than if we simply look at things after their 2007 championship season. during which time they had a blended Elo rating of 1702 — 145 points better than we’d expect that generic championship-caliber team to do over a 10-season period. Some franchises, like the Bulls, are listed twice in rapid succession, because they had multiple short runs that were highly impressive and didn’t overlap.Here’s Elo’s ranking of all-time NBA dynasties: Utah Jazz1995-9801702 * Using the harmonic mean.Source: Basketball-Reference.com TeamSeasonsChampionshipsBlended Elovs. Exp. Los Angeles Lakers2000-0331703 Philadelphia 76ers1980-8311698 Boston Celtics1980-873 of 81696+130 Chicago Bulls1996-983 of 31793+181 Chicago Bulls1991-933 of 31746+134 Miami Heat2011-1421702 Elo’s best four-year runsHighest average* blended Elo across four consecutive seasons for NBA franchises, 1948-18 Los Angeles Lakers1982-914 of 101685+128 Chicago Bulls1995-9831745 TeamSeasonsTitles4-Year Blended Elo San Antonio Spurs1999-084 of 101702+145 Boston Celtics1984-8721716 Milwaukee Bucks1971-7411701 Los Angeles Lakers2008-1121706 Boston Celtics1959-678 of 91676+115 Oklahoma City Thunder2011-1401692 Minneapolis Lakers1949-545 of 61651+72 Los Angeles Lakers1985-8831715 San Antonio Spurs2003-0621719 Even compared with other dynasties, the current Warriors and Michael Jordan’s second Bulls three-peat stand out. Our method says that it is slightly more difficult for a typical championship contender to replicate Golden State’s four-year run than Chicago’s three-year stretch, but that’s just splitting hairs. Either dynasty could be considered the GOAT, which is truly a testament to the impressiveness of what the Warriors are currently doing.A few notes on the rest of the list: The Spurs dynasty is difficult to pin down — we once coined the term “Grover Cleveland” (instead of the often overused D-word) for teams like San Antonio that won multiple championships but never consecutively5Cleveland was famously the only president in history to serve multiple non-consecutive terms. — but this approach considers their most difficult-to-duplicate period to be that aforementioned decade from 1999 to 2008. It also considers the Shaq-and-Kobe Lakers’ best run to be the seven seasons from 1997-98 to 2003-04, which includes (but is not limited to) the 1999-2000 through 2001-02 three-peat that most fans consider to be their dynastic peak.The Russell-era Celtics strike me as surprisingly low on the list, perhaps as a consequence of only examining 10-year windows of time at a maximum (the Celtics won 11 rings in 13 seasons, from 1957 to 1969). But Elo also has never been all that high on those Boston teams, with only one — the 1965 version — even cracking the top 50 for single seasons. In some ways, those Celtics were a very early prototype for today’s superteams who pace themselves through the regular season and then peak during the playoffs: Boston won 60-plus games in only two of their 11 championship seasons during that span and won a pair of titles with fewer than 50 regular-season wins.6Granted, in schedules shorter than today’s 82-game slate. However conducive that was to winning championships, it didn’t help earn the Celtics many Elo brownie points.Finally, Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat also qualify for this list, although they’re not necessarily a “dynasty” that many people think of when perusing the annals of NBA history. Between Wade’s Finals MVP turn in 2006 and the two rings they tacked on after LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the team in 2010 — plus a number of solid seasons in between7Avert your eyes from 2008! — the Heat could be considered a dynasty if you squint hard enough. If so, however, it also makes sense for them to be stashed away at the very bottom of the rankings here.But back to the Warriors. Elo already considers them to be on par with the greatest dynasties the game has ever seen, and as my colleague Chris Herring wrote over the weekend, they also seem poised to keep their core together longer than most. Although the end does come sooner for these types of teams than we tend to think while we’re in the middle of their dominance, Golden State now has a chance to build on what it’s already accomplished and solidify itself as the clear No. 1 choice among the NBA’s all-time dynasties. Let’s see if they can take advantage of the opportunity. read more

Grammar schools could ask parents for up to £40 a month to

first_imgGrammar schools are considering asking parents for cash to make up budget shortfalls set to be caused by changes in funding, head teachers have warned.Families could be asked for £30 to £40 a month to ensure teaching standards do not fall, the Grammar School Heads Association (GSHA) has said.Conservative MPs have called for the Government to review the “unacceptable” reforms, which could leave some schools choosing between cutting facilities or switching off heating to keep costs down.Tim Gartside, head of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and a member of the GSHA, said he was considering asking parents for hundreds of pounds a year in voluntary contributions and many others were considering similar plans. The way this formula is calculated will leave them with no choice but to actually effectively reduce teaching standards in their schoolsConservative MP Fiona Bruce A Department for Education spokesman said: “The Government has protected the core schools budget in real terms since 2010, but the system for distributing that funding across the country is unfair, opaque and outdated.”It is based on patchy and inconsistent decisions that have built up over many years and on data that is over a decade old. We are going to end the historic post code lottery in school funding.”Under the proposed national schools funding formula, more than half of England’s schools will receive a cash boost in 2018-19. This will help to create a system that funds schools according to the needs of their pupils rather than their postcode.”Funding every child fairly and according to their specific needs sits at the heart of delivering the Government’s pledge to build a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.”We recognise that schools are facing cost pressures, which is why we will continue to provide advice and support to help them use their funding in cost effective ways, including improving the way they buy goods and services, so they get the best possible value for their pupils.” He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We have a choice, I suppose. Either reduce the curriculum, increase the class size or go to parents and say we need to ask you for a contribution in order to be able to make the school operate as it has done before.”The proposed new national funding formula announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening in December increases money targeted at schools with additional needs, including deprivation.The changes, to be introduced from 2018 to 2019, will mean more than 10,000 schools gaining funding, it has been suggested.But unions warned earlier this month that 98 per cent of schools face a real-terms reduction, with an average loss of £339 per primary pupil and £477 for secondary students.The GSHA said 60 grammar schools will gain under the changes, but 103 will lose money. It said the majority of grammar schools are already receiving below the level considered viable for running a school.Conservative Fiona Bruce told Today: “All my senior school head teachers and many of my junior heads are saying that the way this formula is calculated will leave them with no choice but to actually effectively reduce teaching standards in their schools.”The Congleton MP said schools were looking at leaving teaching posts vacant, reducing curriculum options, closing sixth forms and special needs units, and switching off the heating as ways of saving money. This is unacceptable, this is not fair funding.”Free schools have also warned the reforms mean they face adopting a four-day week, scrapping sixth forms or cutting arts subjects from the syllabus.Sarah Burns, Sandbach Boys School head teacher, told the programme: “They are absolutely realistic possibilities given the level of cuts and the fact that we’ve already cut to the bone.”Given those levels of cuts we will have to take some really hard decisions like those.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Rocky end to halfterm holiday ends in sheer relief for daring schoolboy

first_imgHalf-term can be both a challenging and an expensive time for mothers and fathers faced with keeping their restless children occupied during the school holidays.But for the parents of one adventurous seven-year-old, who had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck 40ft up a cliff face, it proved especially eventful. coastguard rock boy Police, firefighters and the coastguard were all called out to help rescue the boy, who was uninjuredCredit:Wales News Service One onlooker said: “I heard him being told to come down when he was only about 12 feet up.”It would have saved a lot of bother. But he kept on going.”Another added: “The little boy looked confident going all the way up the rock, but then he panicked and got too scared to come down after he realised how high he’d gone. A coastguard helicopter stands-by on North Beach, Tenby, West WalesCredit:Wales News Service rock rescue boy The unnamed boy was rescued by firefighters using an extendable ladder two hours after his parents raised the alarm, after he became stranded near the top of craggy Goscar Rock.Police, firemen and a coastguard helicopter were called to the scene on the beach at Tenby, West Wales, at an estimated cost of £10,000.The boy, from England, was uninjured but said to be “very relieved” after he was carried to safety before the tide came in. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The boy was stuck some 40ft from the sand for around two hoursCredit:Wales News Service “He was forced to cling on for ages until the firemen carried him down on the ladder.”Police and coastguard services were the first on scene, before firefighters were called to North Beach, Tenby, Pemb, shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday. boy rock rescuelast_img read more

Clare TD Michael Harty I took a different view from my rural

first_imgIf the offer of out-of-cycle smears was to reassure women, it certainly hasn’t done that… and has undermined people’s confidence in the CervicalCheck programme. Although he had previously intended to abstain, Harty changed his mind after hearing that the additional funding needed to prop up the increasingly expensive National Children’s Hospital would mean that a 60-bed modular unit for University Hospital Limerick would be delayed.“This is one failed commitment I cannot accept,” he said at the time, stating that Harris appeared in front of his health committee and gave a number of statements to the Dáil where he pledged that the hospital unit “would be delivered on and delivered on by 2019″.“Limerick hospital has the highest trolley count in country,” Harty says. “This week there were 58 people on trolleys or in wards. I was wavering, but funding was not guaranteed for the project… that’s a breach of trust and reigning on commitment given, so it’s very hard to have confidence in that Minister after that.”Since drawing attention to the issue, Minister has said that money will be made available.When the HSE plan is published, according to Harty, Simon Harris has committed that funding for the unit will be made available. But after the modular unit is built, there is a third element of construction where staff are trained for the new unit, and “that money hasn’t been made available”. “So I think the 60-bed modular unit won’t be ready until 2021 at the earliest,” he says.“And this is only an interim measure: a 96-bed permanent unit in was meant to be delivered by 2021, according to the Programme for Government. If interim unit isn’t made until 2021, when will the permanent unit be delivered?” By Gráinne Ní Aodha Monday 18 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM The greenfield site in Blanchardstown would have been a better site than St James’s… certainly, if one was to relive or go back, it would have been more appropriate.The Blanchardstown site is said to have been more appropriate because of the room available to expand the hospital; critics of the St James’ site say that within 10 or 20 years, that the current Children’s Hospital plans won’t meet the demands of the population. It’s a very interesting issue because, many paediatric specialists say that if we enter a new way of healthcare, where we look after more and more people in the community, internationally the length of stay for children now is reducing. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4545499 INDEPENDENT TD DR Michael Harty has said that he disagrees with his Independent TD colleagues on the new, stricter penalties for drink driving legislation, saying that it was an “important” aspect of road safety.Independent TDs Mattie McGrath, Michael and Danny Healy-Rae have been vocal in their opposition to the changes, championed by Minister for Transport and Independent TD Shane Ross, which sees a more strict penalty for those caught driving while under the influence of alcohol, even if that’s a small amount of alcohol.In an interview with TheJournal.ie about a wide range of healthcare issues, Harty explained that he differed from his rural colleagues on Ireland’s newly-changed drink driving laws when viewing it from a medical perspective.“I took a different view from my rural Independent colleagues on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill,” Co Clare GP Harty said, “which underpinned the change in penalty rather the change in level of alcohol to be illegal.” Image: Shutterstock/rawf8 So if change paediatric care to the peripheral hospitals such as Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, and just have the new paediatric hospital dealing with complex and urgent care, the bed requirement actually reduces, provided we change our model of care.He adds that because of technology advances, the bed requirement may be sufficient but that the ancillary add-ons that the hospital will need and ability to expand “won’t be there, or will be very tight”. CervicalCheck, and trolley counts Varadkar and Simon Harris speak after a Cabinet meeting about CervicalCheck programme (May 2018). Source: Sam BoalIn February, after Sinn Féin tabled a motion of no confidence in Simon Harris as Health Minister, Harty voted against Harris.This came after a number of issues facing the government, all involving the healthcare sector, including the nurses’ strike, the cost of the National Children’s Hospital, and issues around the CervicalCheck programme.“The current waiting period of 6 months or more is unacceptable,” Harty says on this, “I’ve had patients that had smears done in August who haven’t had their results back yet. Share3 Tweet Email I was looking at it from a GP’s perspective as a piece of road safety legislation. I think that it is important that people realise that they can’t drink and drive. The day of just two will do is no longer acceptable.The new regulations remove a concession in previous legislation by which some drink drivers received penalty points instead of being disqualified.It now means that all drink drivers, without exception, will receive a driving disqualification for three months if they are caught above the legal limit.“Taking a chance by drinking and driving is really taking a chance, so now people understand that if they take a chance and they’re found to be over the legal limit, rather than just issued with a fine of a couple of hundred euros and a few penalty points, they’re now faced with a much more serious penalty of losing your licence for three months.” (Pictured R-t-L): Noel Grealish, Mattie McGrath, Dr Michael Harty and advisors arrive for government talks in May 2016. Source: Leah FarrellRural TDs had argued that the legislation was too harsh, and could mean that someone gets their drivers’ licence revoked if driving the morning after a bout of drinking.“In relation to the following morning,” Harty says, “do you want to be on the road the following morning with people who are still over the legal limit?” 12 Comments 23,746 Views Image: Shutterstock/rawf8 Clare TD Michael Harty: ‘I took a different view from my rural colleagues on the drink driving laws’ “The day of just two will do is no longer acceptable,” Dr Michael Harty, chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, told TheJournal.ie. Mar 18th 2019, 8:00 AM They are still liable to cause an accident, libel to cause an injury to themselves, or to other road users. “It seems harsh, but nevertheless, they are still over the legal limit,” he says.He said that the proposals to allow exemptions for those who were caught over the legal limit and have had their licence revoked to allow them to drive to work was an “interesting proposal”. “If it can be proven that it’s going to seriously impinge on your ability to function in society, perhaps being allowed to drive in a curfew period should be an option,” Harty says, though he doesn’t know “how it would work out practically”.In a separate part of the interview, Harty said that there was a concern among some rural GPs that they could be targeted by anti-abortion protesters if they are the only one in an area providing those services to the public.He also said that the 1 January date set by Health Minister Simon Harris, by which abortion services should be made available in Ireland, was “very ambitious” and has led to the “sporadic availability” of abortion services around the country. ‘If you’re the only GP providing abortion services in an area, you are open to protests’The National Children’s Hospital  Minister for Transport and Independent TD Shane Ross next to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThis week, the Rural Independents Group, including Harty, put forward a Private Memebers’ Bill on the National Children’s Hospital, calling for construction to be  suspended immediately at the St James’ site.The motion was rejected by the Dáil; Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath released a statement criticising the Fianna Fáil and Labour’s “absolutely bewildering decision to proceed at this disastrous site”.But Michael Harty, who is also the chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, said that it would be “very difficult” to suspend construction at the site.“It would be very difficult to extract the current contractors from the project, and it could end up in protracted legal difficulties which would lead to further delay of the completion of hospital.”The project, which has been hounded by problems since its inception, has been disrupted recently by spiralling costs of completing the hospital; jumping from over €900 million to almost €2 billion. An assessment of how costs increased has been set up by the government – but the cost of carrying out this assessment has also increased (from €450,000 to €600,000).The capital project has also been caught up in a debate over whether St James’s is the appropriate site for the new national hospital. It was originally meant to be located on a site next to the Mater Hospital in Phibsborough, north Dublin. But after An Bord Pleanála refused planning permission, it was decided that it would be co-located at a site next to St James’s Hospital. Approximately €40 million was spent on moving the plans to a new site.  Construction on the building site as work begins on the new children’s hospital near the St. James’s campus. Source: Leah FarrellHarty believes that the hospital should have been built at Connolly Hospital site Blanchardstown, even though it was more important to be co-located next to a maternity hospital rather than a teaching hospital. 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Applications open for Battle Ground school programs

first_imgBattle Ground – Battle Ground Public Schools is taking applications for its four alternative programs and has scheduled informational meetings for some of its programs.The programs are free, but students must apply for admission. Battle Ground’s specialized programs are CAM Academy, The Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education, also known as CASEE, River HomeLink and Summit View High School.For deadlines, applications and more information, visit http://www.battlegroundps.org/blog/applynowforbattlegroundpublicschoolsspecializedprograms.last_img read more

Arsenal interested in Inter Milans Ivan Perisic

first_imgArsenal are reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic with an option to buy on a permanent basis in the summer.The Croatia international, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United over the last few seasons, has always revealed his desire to play in the Premier League.Speaking ahead of Inter’s UEFA Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur in November, the former Borussia Dortmund winger did admit that he would be open to a move to England.“I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream,” he said, according to Manchester Evening News.“In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.A key player for Inter since his arrival at the San Siro, Perisic’s time at the San Siro may well be coming to an end.“Perisic is a very good player, of course there’s rumours about him during the transfer window,” manager Luciano Spalletti told the press.“If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him. Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go trough.”“He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far.”last_img read more

United Nations Initiative Aims to Reduce the 125 Million Road Crash Deaths

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 9, 2017 – Nassau – In the time it took you to read the headline of this story, a child somewhere in the world was hit and killed by a car on her way to school. “The statistics are alarming,” says David McLaughlin, FIA Project Development Director for the Caribbean. “Speed kills.    Somewhere in the world a child dies every 30 seconds as a result of a road crash.    Road accidents are the 10th leading cause of death worldwide and the 13th leading cause of death in The Bahamas.    Every year, 1.25 million people die as a result of accidents.”To put the brakes on the tragic numbers that take more than a million innocent lives a year and leave millions more injured, many severely and for life, the United Nations launched the Save Lives Slow Down movement.  This is the fourth year that the FIA, the world governing body of motor sport and sanctioned by the International Olympics Committee (IOC), has driven the UN global campaign, but the first time The Bahamas has taken part. “Given that the UN Global Road Safety Week is May 8-14 and there is a lot of other activity at this time, we are focusing efforts on spreading the message about the dangers of speeding and distracted driving.    We will also host an event at the Mall at Marathon this Saturday, May 13,” said McLaughlin, a former race driver himself and the chairman of Bahamas Motor Speedway.    Students who came through the popular EduKarting program will be on hand at the Mall with a go-kart. “The idea is for kids to write in a few words why they believe it is important to slow down. We will provide the paper and once they have penned their words, they will have the opportunity to be pictured in the kart holding their small sign, take a selfie and share it on social media. The words could be something like, ‘I slow down because all lives matter.’ We really want to encourage people to take the on-line road safety pledge which only take a few seconds and to get involved.”Participants will also be able to sign up for this summer’s EduKarting program and can find more information on the program on its Facebook page.  McLaughlin will also be a guest on Guardian Talk Radio Friday at 9 am and will address the Rotary Club of East Nassau at its luncheon meeting May 12. Among the guests expected to be on hand between 11 am and noon at the Mall is Wellington Miller, President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee. Sponsors of the Save Lives, Slow Down road safety program include JS Johnson, Oasis Furniture, Phillips Sailmakers & Awning Manufacturers, Aquapure, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Valvoline, Battery & Tyre, Bahamas Waste and Custom Computers.   last_img read more

Statement by the American Soybean Association

first_imgBACKGROUND: The following information is provided in response to a report published February 23 by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report, titled “Gone to Seed,” claims to examine “a new phenomenon” regarding the purity of seedstock for commodity crops. The study found, “that the seeds of traditional varieties bought from the same retailers used by U.S. farmers are pervasively contaminated with low levels of DNA sequences originating from genetically engineered varieties of those crops.” Although the report acknowledges finding biotech materials mixed-in at levels no greater than 1 percent, the report may give the uniformed reader the false impression that some higher standard of purity should be applied to all seedstock derived through biotechnology that are approved for food and feed use.The American Soybean Association (ASA), a trade group representing 25,000 United States soybean producers, is strongly supportive of agricultural biotechnology and the benefits this technology can bring to farmers, consumers and the environment.The ASA has long contended there is no such thing as commodity seedstock that is 100 percent pure. This fact is not new and has been universally recognized by seed breeders, farmers, and scientists for hundreds of years. Plant breeders and agriculturalists also realize that whether seedstock is developed through traditional breeding techniques or derived through modern biotechnology, the standards for varietal purity must be set to realistic levels.Roundup Ready Soybeans® have been approved for food and feed use by government agencies in the United States, in the European Union, in China and in 23 other countries where formal approval is required for each new biotechnology-derived “genetic event” prior to importation in commodity shipments. It is the position of the ASA that the adventitious presence of biotech-enhanced crops that have been approved as safe for human and animal consumption, and safe for the environment, should not be held to higher standards than commodities grown from traditional seedstock. There simply is no scientific or safety rational for setting different standards.Before any new seedstock is sold to U.S. farmers for planting on an unrestricted commercial basis, the ASA has had a longstanding policy of requiring that biotechnology-derived soybean varieties be fully evaluated and approved by competent regulatory agencies in the United States, and that import approvals must be made on a timely basis to all relevant overseas markets. Prior to such approvals, ASA supports government policies that require new genetic events to be grown only within a strictly controlled and monitored closed-loop system.For soybean varieties with new genetic events not yet approved for food and feed use, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have set-forth very stringent regulations that govern the planting, harvesting, and movement of these biotechnology-derived crops. These regulations are exemplified by special geographically distinct field test plots that are utilized for evaluation of new crop traits prior to commercialization of new genetic events.For biotech crops with pharmaceutical or industrial properties that are not intended for food use, the APHIS regulations applicable to the minimum separation distance required around fields of crops grown with pharmaceutical properties or industrial use traits is 1,000 times greater than the separation distance required around fields of certified seed production for commodity soybeans. APHIS and FDA also require dedicated planting, harvesting, and other equipment to prevent commingling of harvested seed. ASA is confident these regulations, and the oversight of the U.S. FDA, will continue to keep the food supply free of all genetic events not intended for food or feed use.last_img read more

County Prosecutor Art Curtis retiring after 30 years

first_imgWhen Clark County Prosecutor Jim Carty announced in 1980 he was retiring mid-term, he assessed potential successors.“Art Curtis is a very fine attorney,” Carty was quoted as saying of his 32-year-old chief criminal deputy prosecutor. “He’s got a very good mind.”But Curtis wasn’t into politics. “I don’t know if he’d be willing to campaign,” said Carty.That hasn’t been a problem. After his 1981 appointment by county commissioners, he ran unopposed in 1982 for his first four-year term. In subsequent elections he was opposed only once, in 1998, when he easily defeated a defense attorney.As Curtis, 62, nears the end of his eighth and final term, he’s lauded for his professionalism and the way he shaped the prosecutor’s office into a place where attorneys want to spend their careers, instead of an office that’s a revolving door for young attorneys. At a Dec. 14 reception, Curtis thanked the 140-plus people in attendance. He said he did not have a speech prepared.“Those of you who know me know I’m a behind-the-scenes guy. I don’t like to be the center of attention,” said Curtis, a Democrat.He did love taking cases to trial but gave that up to be an administrator, which he calls his biggest regret.When he took office, he didn’t know the county’s population would explode from 190,000 people to more than 435,000, with crime rates rising accordingly.The office tripled in size, from 14 deputy prosecutors to a high of 46; currently there are 40 deputy prosecutors and more than 50 support staff.His initial annual salary was $42,316; now it’s $148,836. His office files more than 2,000 felony cases and 7,000 misdemeanor cases annually.The office also includes civil attorneys who advise county officials, a child support enforcement unit and a victims’ assistance unit. Running the largest law firm in town is a lot harder than it looks, Curtis said.Curtis gets credit for starting specialty units to prosecute child sex abuse cases, domestic violence cases and, most recently, elder abuse cases. He endorsed felony diversion, a program in which first-time, nonviolent offenders can stay out of jail if they stay out of trouble, making it an acceptable practice statewide.last_img read more

Throwback When Prince Harry was pictured bareskinned partying in Las Vegas

first_imgPrince HarryGetty imagesRemember the time when Prince Harry was just a military officer who was having the time of his life, every now and then going to parties and missions. Since he was from the royal family, he had all the money in the world which helped him travel all over the world and have all the fun. Sometimes his fun saw no bounds and one such case happened during his visit to Las Vegas, when the tabloid paper, TMZ got hold of pictures of him butt-naked with another woman.The deeply embarrassing photos were not grabbed by a long-lens snapper. Prince Harry and his mates simply went down to the casino at the Wynn resort, picked up a bunch of random girls, invited them up to his palatial suite, complete with pool table, and embarked on the game, which soon resulted in Harry and at least one other girl – the one he is pictured bear-hugging in one of the photos – stripping totally naked.Though it can be assumed that keeping phones outside the room was a rule but any cunning would have found a way cash in on the biggest payday of her life, and one clearly did, snapping photos of the crown jewels on her phone and passing them on to TMZ. In another photo published, Harry stands full frontal, cupping his genitals and appeared glancing at the massive TV in the corner of the room.Ever since those photo’s got published, royal officials were in a state of constant struggle to make sure that the photos don’t reach British Tabloid newspapers. As a source at St Jame’s Palace says, “Whatever went on, we are reminding members of media of Prince Harry’s expectation of level privacy when photos are taken in this manner, in a private hotel room. Obviously, there is not much we can do about foreign websites.”Though, the photos and the video of them together taking a bath have been a point of contention in the past, the royal family has come a long way from making sure that Prince Harry’s public image is not spoilt.Harry will be expecting his first child by the end of April. He has also moved out of Kensington Palace and will be staying with his family in Frogmore cottage.last_img read more

Research shows crows comparable to humans when it comes to waiting

first_imgCorvus brachyrhynchos or Corvus caurinus. Image: Wikipedia. Citation: Research shows crows comparable to humans when it comes to waiting (2011, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-crows-humans.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Crows demonstrate their cleverness with tools (w/ Video) Explore further The researchers, led by Dr. Valerie Dufour from the Universite de Strasbourg, began their study by training 12 birds to exchange tokens for food. They gave each bird a piece of food. Keeping their giving hand closed, they showed the birds the reward in their other hand. After a waiting period, the researchers opened their giving hand again. The birds then received the reward if they gave back the initial piece of food.The maximum waiting period the researchers used was five minutes and the quality of the reward varied in each exchange. What the birds did during the waiting period varied with some birds leaving the food on the ground or hiding it and checking on it during the time period.This study shows that the crows are able to wait before making a decision and that this behavior is not limited to only humans and apes. While the researchers believed that the birds would be able to wait a few seconds, they were surprised that the birds were able to wait as long as they did.The destructive behavior, such as hiding the food and checking on it, enabled the crows to wait a longer period of time. Those birds with the longest waiting times all displayed this particular destructive behavior. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Corvids can decide if a future exchange is worth waiting for, Biol. Lett. Published online before print September 14, 2011, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0726AbstractEvidence for time-dependent calculations about future rewards is scarce in non-human animals. In non-human primates, only great apes are comparable with humans. Still, some species wait for several minutes to obtain a better reward in delayed exchange tasks. Corvids have been shown to match with non-human primates in some time-related tasks. Here, we investigate a delay of gratification in two corvid species, the carrion crow (Corvus corone) and the common raven (Corvus corax), in an exchange task. Results show that corvids success decreases quickly as delay increases, with a maximal delay of up to 320 s (more than 5 min). The decision to wait rests both on the quality of the prospective reward and the time required to obtain it. Corvids also apply tactics (placing the reward on the ground or caching it) that probably alleviate costs of waiting and distract their attention during waiting. These findings contrast previous results on delayed gratification in birds and indicate that some species may perform comparably to primates.via ABC (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study published in Royal Society’s Biology Letters, researchers have discovered that crows and raven birds show the same ability to complete delayed exchange tasks as monkeys and humans do.last_img read more