Every Generation Gets the Beach Villain It Deserves

first_imgIt sounds simple. For nearly a decade, the venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has been fighting in court to keep the public off a piece of beach that abuts his property on the Pacific coast. What could be more familiar than another case of rich Californian versus the oceangoing citizenry?Read it at Related Itemslast_img

Congress bypoll pact with Left Front in Bengal gets Sonia nod

first_imgCongress interim president Sonia Gandhi has given her nod to a Congress-Left Front alliance in West Bengal for the upcoming Assembly bypolls in the State, following the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha election, top party sources said on Saturday.Ms. Gandhi held a meeting with West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra in Delhi on Friday night and discussed various organisational issues, including the upcoming Assembly bypolls in the State, the sources said.“We informed Ms. Gandhi about the seat adjustment we are having with the Left Front for the upcoming bypolls. She told us if the Left Front agrees, then both the parties should go for an alliance,” Mr. Mitra said.Seat adjustmentThe seat adjustment decision was taken by the Congress State leadership when the party had no president after the resignation of Rahul Gandhi from the post. The nod was given by Ms. Gandhi, who was chosen as the party’s interim president earlier this month. Congress sources said Ms. Gandhi’s nod to the alliance is politically significant given the Trinamool Congress’ recent call for uniting of all opposition forces in Bengal in a bid to stop the march of the BJP in the State. “It is quite clear that Ms. Gandhi, despite sharing good relations with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, has chosen the Left for forging an alliance. One of the reasons is that in the 2021 Assembly polls, the fight will be against the TMC government. So just in the name of opposing the BJP, we can’t align with it [TMC],” a senior Congress leader. The West Bengal Congress and the CPI(M) leaderships had recently sealed a seat adjustment for the upcoming bypolls in three Assembly seats in West Bengal.The State leaderships of the two parties have decided that Congress will contest the Kaliaganj seat in North Dinajpur district and Kharagpur in West Midnapore district, while the CPI(M)-led Left Front will contest the Karimpur seat in Nadia district.The Kaliaganj seat fell vacant after the death of sitting Congress MLA Parmathanath Roy, while the election to the Kharagpur seat is being held as its MLA Dilip Ghosh, the State BJP chief, contested and won the Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency. Karimpur MLA Mahua Moitra of TMC had won the Krishnnanagar Lok Sabha seat.last_img read more


first_img“He (Chen) is a difficult player. He is so confident “He (Chen) is a difficult player. He is so confident about his fitness and is very patient. He gets back all the shuttles and also he is solid at the nets. I was returning his smashes but mistakes cropped up in my game later in the match. So there are a few areas which I need to improve but there are a lot of positives to take from the match,” said Jayaram. Currently ranked 32nd, Jayaram is expected to make a big jump in world rankings when the fresh list is released on Thursday but the Indian said he is not concerned about that and wants to focus on consistency. “I am not concerned about ranking right now. I know I will be within top 25 next week. But I want to concentrate on getting some good wins, reaching quarters and semifinals regularly and that will take care of the ranking,” he said. Jayaram had come within touching distance of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics, only to lose the berth at the last moment to P Kashyap, who toppled him in rankings following a walkover in the India Open. “It was disheartening to lose out in Olympics race,” Jayaram said. “I was unlucky in the last tournament but there were many events before that were I should have done better. It was hard mentally to accept but then I reached the semifinals of China Open and it felt great.” Asked if this performance has spurred him to go for next years Rio Games, Jayaram said the Olympics is not in his mind right now. “To be honest, I am not thinking about that right now because then you stray away from what you enjoy doing. I know Olympics is a great honour but there are other tournaments as well which you can win and then if you do well, it will take care of the qualification,” he said. MORE PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Draw list for the round of 32 in the Europa League

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the round of 32 in the Europa League:First LegFeb. 16Athletic Bilbao (Spain) vs. APOEL (Cyprus)Legia Warsaw (Poland) vs. Ajax (Netherlands)Anderlecht (Belgium) vs. Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia)Astra Giurgiu (Romania) vs. Genk (Belgium)Manchester United (England) vs. Saint-Etienne (France)Villarreal (Spain) vs. Roma (Italy)Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) vs. FC Copenhagen (Denmark)Celta Vigo (Spain) vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)Olympiakos (Greece) vs. Osmanlispor (Turkey)Gent (Belgium) vs. Tottenham (England)Rostov (Russia) vs. Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)Krasnodar (Russia) vs. Fenerbahce (Turkey)Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) vs. Fiorentina (Italy)AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) vs. Lyon (France)Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel) vs. Besiktas (Turkey)PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece) vs. Schalke (Germany)Second LegFeb. 23APOEL (Cyprus) vs. Athletic Bilbao (Spain)Ajax (Netherlands) vs. Legia Warsaw (Poland)Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) vs. Anderlecht (Belgium)Genk (Belgium) vs. Astra Giurgiu (Romania)Saint-Etienne (France) vs. Manchester United (England)Roma (Italy) vs. Villarreal (Spain)Copenhagen (Denmark) vs. Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria)Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) vs. Celta Vigo (Spain)Osmanlispor (Turkey) vs. Olympiakos (Greece)Tottenham (England) vs. Gent (Belgium)Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) vs. Rostov (Russia)Fenerbahce (Turkey) vs. Krasnodar (Russia)Fiorentina (Italy) vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany)AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) vs. Lyon (France)Besiktas (Turkey) vs. Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel)Schalke (Germany) vs. PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Americans Abroad: Yedlin dropped but Moore restored

first_imgUnited States Americans Abroad: Yedlin dropped while Moore bounces back Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 02:01 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() DeAndre Yedlin Newcastle Catherine Ivill/Getty Images United States Premier League Chelsea v Newcastle United Málaga v Levante Everton v Huddersfield Town Monterrey v Morelia Primera División Liga MX Málaga Levante Everton Morelia Monterrey Newcastle United Chelsea Huddersfield Town It was a tale of two right backs this weekend as the Newcastle man lost his place in the lineup while the Levante defender returned after a tough game DeAndre Yedlin’s recent run of games for Newcastle have not been good.The right back had a nightmare last weekend against Watford, including conceding an own goal. He struggled again against West Bromwich Albion midweek in a 2-2 draw. And with Newcastle floundering, manager Rafa Benitez saw fit to shake things up, changing to a formation with wing-backs and dropping Yedlin from the lineup in favor of Javier Manquillo and Matt Ritchie against Chelsea.The results for Newcastle did not change, as the Magpies fell 3-1 to the Blues with Yedlin coming on as a late substitute. Given the run of form for the two sides of late, that’s not really surprising. Manquillo was given a difficult task in handling the Chelsea attack, including Eden Hazard, and struggled in the contest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Perhaps more consequently for Yedlin’s playing-time hopes, Ritchie, normally a midfielder, lined up at left wing-back in the contest and was unconvincing in the role. That could well mean Manquillo is shifted back to the left side, where he has been playing, and Yedlin is restored on the right.However, regardless of whether he is restored immediately or not, Yedlin’s form needs to pick up. He has been one of the few Americans with a locked-down starting spot in a top European league, yet this past week was another reminder that such positions are always tenuous to all but a select few. A quick return to the XI is preferable, but it will be a short one if Yedlin doesn’t recapture the quality he displayed earlier in the campaign.MOORE GETS ANOTHER CHANCEShaq Moore LevanteAfter Shaq Moore had a nightmare of a time against Atletico Madrid last weekend, it seemed potentially the end of his brief run in the Levante XI. He did not start in the team’s Copa del Rey second leg against Girona on Tuesday — a 1-1 draw which saw Levante advance 3-1 on aggregate — and did not get onto the field as a substitute.However, after Pedro Lopez was restored to the lineup against Girona, it was Moore who got the start for Levante’s La Liga match against Malaga. And Moore rewarded manager Juan Lopez Muniz’s faith with a steady performance at right back.Moore made four tackles, a new high for him in La Liga, and had an interception while completing 80 percent of his passes. Most importantly, he contributed to a clean sheet, though Levante also failed to score in a 0-0 draw.Young players will have ups and downs, so it is a good sign for Moore that Muniz went back to him after the poor performance against Atletico. It’s also important to see young players respond, and it appears Moore did just that this weekend.GONZALEZ AND MONTERREY INTO LIGA MX FINALMario Osuna Jonathan Gonzalez Morelia MonterreyTeenager Jonathan Gonzalez’s dream season could be on the verge of a fairy-tale ending.The 18-year-old defensive midfielder has become a fixture in Monterrey’s lineup this season, starting 18 of the club’s 21 Liga MX games this campaign including all of its playoff contests. That campaign has seen Monterrey finish top of the Liga MX Apertura, topping rivals Tigres to secure that finish.And now after taking care of Atlas in the Liguilla quarterfinals 6-2 on aggregate and then Morelia 5-0 in the semifinals, Monterrey heads to the final to face off against Tigres once again.In the meeting a few weeks ago, Tigres’ attack, which finished second to Monterrey with 28 goals in 17 games and boasts names like Andre-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia, Jurgen Damm and Javier Aquino, was held scoreless by Monterrey a 2-0 victory. Gonzalez went the full 90 in that contest in his defensive midfield role.He’ll have his work cut out for him again facing players of that caliber in the final. But Gonzalez has been up to the task so far. If he and his teammates are again superior over the two legs, then the teen’s breakout Apertura will conclude in the best way possible — with silverware that he had a hand in winning.CAMERON NEARS STOKE CITY RETURNGeoff Cameron Stoke CityStoke City defender Geoff Cameron has not played since October 21 against Bournemouth thanks to a concussion, missing six games.However it appears Cameron’s return may be in the cards. He was cleared to return to training late last week, though Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Swansea came too soon for him to be part of the squad.Don’t fret if Cameron doesn’t immediately land back in the squad after over a month away. The Premier League’s festive period is coming up and Stoke has seven games between now and New Year’s Day. Whether it’s in defense or the midfield, if Cameron proves fit following his head injury, he should see plenty of action in the coming weeks.WILLIAMS PLAYS WELL IN HUDDERSFIELD LOSSDanny Williams Huddersfield EvertonDanny Williams has been in and out of the Huddersfield lineup this season. Last week he started in a hard-fought loss to Manchester City and went the 90 in the contest. Midweek he was used as a substitute in a 5-1 loss to Arsenal.Saturday saw him return to the XI for a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton. With Williams lining up as one of two defensive midfielders he put in a solid shift on the day, making a tackle and five interceptions — the latter a new Premier League high for him. He also had two clearances and drew high marks for the performance.Unfortunately for Williams, Huddersfield fell 2-0 to the Toffees. That makes it four straight losses for the Terriers, and while two of those defeats did come to Manchester City and Arsenal, they won’t feel as good about losses to previously struggling Everton and Bournemouth. It leaves Huddersfield five points above the drop zone. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Pep to risk ban by wearing yellow ribbon

first_imgManchester City Guardiola to risk touchline ban by defying FA and wearing yellow ribbon at Wembley Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Man City yellow ribbon Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Premier League The Manchester City boss has been charged by the governing body for “wearing a political message” and he will do so again on Sunday Pep Guardiola will risk a touchline ban by defying the Football Association and wearing a yellow ribbon at Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Arsenal.The Manchester City boss was charged by the governing body on Friday for “wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon, in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations.”The FA has written to Guardiola on two occasions in recent months to tell him to stop wearing the ribbon, though he has ignored those warnings and sources close to the Catalan have told Goal that he will do so again by wearing it at Wembley on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is believed Guardiola can continue to wear the ribbon for pre- and post-match media commitments, but not during matches.Guardiola is likely to be fined by the FA for wearing the ribbon up until this point but any future breaches, including on Sunday, could lead to a touchline ban.A number of City supporters have vowed to wear a yellow ribbon themselves in support of their manager.Guardiola has worn the ribbon since October as a show of solitary for Catalunya’s political prisoners.The City boss is a supporter of the independence movement and has ties to those imprisoned by the Spanish government; “Los Jordis” – Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart – and Oriol Junqueras.Pep Guardiola Catalunya independenceGuardiola casts a vote in 2014 (Getty)Pep Guardiola Catalunya independenceGuardiola stands with the now imprisoned Oriol Junqueras (left), ousted Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont (right, centre) and Carme Forcadel (right) in June 2017 (Getty)Pep Guardiola Catalunya independenceGuardiola speaking at a referendum rally in June 2017 (Getty)Pep Guardiola Manchester CityGuardiola wears the yellow ribbon for a press conference (Getty)Guardiola spoke about the subject in December, insisting he would continue to wear the ribbon despite any potential disciplinary action.“I do that because in Spain two specific people who defend something like the vote, something the people in command do not agree with, are in prison. It’s unfair. To make a rebellion on something like that, you have to be something tough to be in prison. And they are still there. So, while they are not out, always here [points to ribbon] will be shared with me.“OK, they can suspend me for doing that, but the other people are in jail. If they want to suspend me — Uefa, Premier League, Fifa — it’s OK.”last_img read more

Benitez: Klopp doesn’t need my advice

first_imgRafa Benitez says he doesn’t have any advice for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham on Saturday night – because the German is experienced enough.Benitez was the last Liverpool manager to lift the trophy in 2005, while Klopp has lost the final twice – in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund, and last year’s Liverpool defeat to Real Madrid.The Spaniard holds a great deal of affection for Liverpool and is hoping to see Jordan Henderson lift the trophy in Madrid, and he trusts in Klopp to get the job done. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Asked by the Liverpool Echo if he had any words of wisdom for Klopp, he said: “No! He has enough experience. He doesn’t need any advice.“It’s just try to do things in the same way as you were doing because that’s the reason why you are in the final.”Benitez, now at Newcastle, has enjoyed watching Liverpool’s progress since Klopp took over at Anfield in 2015, a decade after he oversaw their miraculous comeback in Istanbul.But after missing out in the Premier League title race this season and losing three cup finals in the past three seasons, pressure from outside the club is mounting for Klopp to turn progress into silverware.Benitez isn’t worried about the lack of trophies, but he thinks that victory in Madrid could prove a springboard for further success.“The first thing to say is that Jurgen has been doing really well,” he said.“For me, that’s very clear. It’s another kind of challenge.“In our time we didn’t have the money that Liverpool have had in recent years.“They have been improving the team and the squad. To win this final would be a massive achievement.“Again I’d say it would give them more confidence and more belief and more power for the future because it will make them stronger.”“Some people have said that maybe now they’re favourites they will be over-confident but I don’t think so. The experience of last year has to be more positive than negative.“I am sure they will be capable of doing well. But I say it again, beating Tottenham won’t be easy.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Province University Students Work on Improving Student Assistance

first_img Raising or eliminating the cap on student loans Substantially increasing the non-repayable grant portion of student loans to cap the level of debt incurred Retaining the Repayment Assistance Program Education Minister Marilyn More announced today, Sept. 27, that university students will have a voice in helping government makethe right decision in improving student assistance in NovaScotia. The minister met with student representatives in Halifax. The Department of Education, students and stakeholders will share information and ideas over the next few months as the department explores options to improve financial supports for all post-secondary students. “There are many challenges ahead for both the province and our universities; but one thing is clear, we must do more to make a university education accessible and affordable for more students,” said Ms. More. “I am listening to what students have to say and their voices will be heard as we work to renew our supports for students in this province.” An independent review of the university system by economist and former Bank of Montreal vice-president Tim O’Neill was critical of the province’s assistance program and the level of debt many students face once they graduate. He described the student assistance program in Nova Scotia as one of the weakest in the country. In the report, Mr. O’Neill recommended government upgrade student assistance to ensure more aid flows to students most in need of financial help. He also acknowledged that improvements would likely have to occur in the context of the fiscal challenges facing the province. Mr. O’Neill recommended, specifically: “Nova Scotia taxpayers are making a significant investment in university education. Nova Scotians are well above the national per capita average when it comes to funding universities; yet we have one of the highest levels of unmet need in the country,” said Ms. More. “This is an issue that must be resolved.” More than 7,900, or 41 per cent, of Nova Scotia students attending the province’s 11 universities received assistance from the Nova Scotia Student Loan and Canada Student Loan programs in 2009-10. Many graduate with high levels of debt compared with other students in Canada. The average student debt at graduation in Nova Scotia is $30,128. Almost $14.4 million was issued through the program last year to help cover tuition and living expenses. Total government support for universities exceeded $446 million in 2010-11.last_img read more

Jewar airport UP govt okays Rs 894 cr for resettlement of displaced

first_imgNoida: The Uttar Pradesh cabinet Tuesday approved a bid document for Jewar Airport and sanctioned Rs 894 crore for the resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced families, an official statement said. The land acquisition process for the Greenfield International Airport in Gautam Buddh Nagar, the second in Delhi-NCR and billed to be the biggest in the country, picked up pace in the last quarter of 2018, but the work halted in April due to restrictions clamped for the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”The council of ministers has approved a proposal related to the establishment of the Noida International Greenfield Airport in Jewar in Gautam Buddh Nagar. The cabinet has approved the bid document and the draft concession agreement which were presented to it by the Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee (PMIC),” a statement released by the state government’s Department of Information said. The cabinet also agreed to the global tender process for the Noida International Airport Limited as per the timeline proposed by PMIC after its May 21 meeting, it added. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”The cabinet gave its administrative and financial approval to provide Rs 894 crore for resettlement and rehabilitation of families which will be displaced after the commencement of the project. It also gave its administrative and financial approval to an already-sanctioned Rs 275 crore fund for the project,” it said. CM Yogi Adityanath has been authorised by the cabinet of ministers to take decisions related to the project at certain time intervals as per requirement, the statement said. According to the project officials, the airport will be established over an area of 5,000 hectares and cost an estimated Rs 15,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore. During the first phase of airport development, which is underway, 1,239 hectare land, has to be acquired from six villages — Rohi, Dayanatpur, Parohi, Kishorpur, Ranhera and Banwariwas– and result in displacement of at least 3,600 families. “The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration has already disbursed compensation money to the tune of Rs 250 crore for acquiring 100 hectare land from Kishorpur, Dayanatpur and Rohi villages,” Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Jewar, Abhay Singh said. Apart from the monetary compensation for the acquired land from the six villages, the administration will also dole out an option for either job for a family member or money as additional help, he said. “Also, the authorities have to purchase 50 hectare land elsewhere for resettlement of families displaced due to the project. That land is estimated to cost around Rs 94 crore,” Singh said. The UP government had in November 2018 approved funds of Rs 1,260 crore for acquisition of land for the airport. It had earlier appointed Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority as the implementing agency for the mega project.last_img read more

Peoples mandate in favour of BJP its alliance says CM Fadnavis

first_imgDhule: People of Maharashtra are in favour of the BJP and its alliance, which will secure a big majority in the forthcoming Assembly polls, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed confidence here on Friday.His remarks come amid questions being raised whether the BJP and its ally, Shiv Sena, will contest the polls together as both the parties have been staking claim for the chief minister’s post. Fadnavis, who arrived here as part of his ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’, also took swipe at the NCP over its similar pre-election mass contact initiative called ‘Shivswarajya Yatra’, saying his outreach campaign had filled other parties with enthusiasm. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The people’s mandate is strongly in favour of the BJP and our alliance in the country and in Maharashtra. And I am sure, we will secure big majority out of it,” Fadnavis said, without naming the Shiv Sena. Fadnavis claimed that people feel the BJP-led government alone can fulfill their aspirations and therefore, his yatra has been receiving huge response. The chief minister alleged that Maharashtra lagged behind in terms of growth during the Congress-NCP rule.last_img read more

North Dakota police use armoured trucks sound canons rubber bullets in chaotic

first_img(Cars and tires were set ablaze as police moved in on a barricade across a North Dakota highway. (Photo: Dennis Ward/APTN)Dennis WardAPTN National NewsMore than 100 people were arrested in a chaotic day in North Dakota as local and state police moved in on a camp along highway 1806 near where the Dakota Access pipeline is being built.Smoke filled the air as tires were set ablaze and police fired pepper spray, rubber bullets while sound canons blared ear-splitting blasts in an effort to push people south of the camp.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota say the land where the pipeline is being built is on sacred land.dward@aptn.calast_img read more

Benatia Im delighted to play for one of the biggest clubs

Rabat – Moroccan international Mehdi Benatia passed a medical on Wednesday evening to complete a move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from Serie A side AS Roma on a five-year-deal.“It’s a great opportunity for me, I’m delighted that I’m here” said Benatia who finally joins the Bavarian giants after weeks of speculations and rumors.“I’m delighted to be here” – Read what @MedhiBenatia had to say after signing his contract: http://t.co/EN8fzJDvRR pic.twitter.com/7HlUBwdK3W— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 27, 2014“I’m playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world now,” he added.  Benatia will wear the number 5 jersey. .@MedhiBenatia: “I’m really looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga with the fans and full stadiums.” #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/xySTNWpRH2 — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 28, 2014Matthias Sammer, FC Bayern Munich said: “We’re very happy Mehdi has decided to join us. We’re totally convinced by him.” he added that the Moroccan inernational is “a robust, hard-tackling defender. He fills all the criteria required to play for Bayern Munich.” read more

A look at nine candidates left in the governments supercluster competition

The federal government has narrowed down to nine the candidates for $950 million in funding for supercluster sites. The government hopes to create dense business areas with the initiative where large and small companies can collaborate with research institutes and organizations to commercialize ideas. Here’s a look at the shortlist of sites of the more than 50 proposals — up to five will be selected for funding.The Oceans Supercluster (Atlantic Region): Maximize the economic potential and sustainable development of Canada’s ocean economy. Address shared innovation needs by investing in digital ocean technologies for industries such as aquaculture, capture fishery, offshore oil and gas, and clean energy to improve productivity and global competitiveness.The proposal is backed by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador — one of over 25 firms, including Emera Inc., Clearwater, Aspin Kemp & Associates, radient360 and Dalhousie University.The “AI-powered Supply Chains” Supercluster (Quebec): Define a new global supply chain platform and bolster Canadian leadership in AI and data science. Empower Canada as a leading exporter — for example through demand forecasting, products customization and flow optimization — to profoundly impact the retail, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.The proposal is backed by Optel Group — one of over 80 firms, including Agropur, Aldo, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Bell Canada, CGI Group, Cascades and Polytechnique Montreal.The “Mobility Systems and Technologies for the 21st Century” Supercluster (Quebec): Leverage digital technologies to advance Canadian industrial leadership in next generation mobility products and services. Focus on innovation and commercialization to serve market needs in aerospace, ground transportation and advanced manufacturing.The proposal is backed by CAE Inc. — one of over 170 firms, including Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., UrtheCast Corp., Marinvent Corp. and Polytechnique Montreal.The “Clean, Low-Energy, Engaged, and Remediated” Supercluster (Ontario): Transform Canada’s mining sector and position Canada as a global leader in clean resources, clean technology and responsible sourcing of metals. Tackle global challenges of energy intensity, water use, and environmental footprint through collaborative innovation, initiate export pathways and create new skilled jobs.The proposal is backed by the Canada Mining Innovation Council — one of over 90 firms, including Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., Barrick Gold Corp., Teck Resources Ltd., Motion Metrics and University of British Columbia.The “Building an Advanced Manufacturing” Supercluster (Ontario): Supercharge manufacturing competitiveness in Canada by building an Industry 4.0 ecosystem. Drive collaboration between technology and manufacturing sectors to create and diffuse new solutions by scaling production and speeding adoption.The proposal is backed by Communitech Corp. and MaRS Discovery District — one of over 100 firms, including Linamar Corp., Maple Leaf Foods, Miovision Technologies Inc., Myant Inc. and the University of Waterloo.The “Protein Innovations Canada” Supercluster (Prairies): Position Canada as the world’s paramount supplier of plant-based proteins and related products. Capture the massive export market opportunity for safe, nutritious plant-based food and feed by stimulating collaboration on novel technologies and value-added supply-chain infrastructure.The proposal is backed by Ag-West Bio Inc. — one of over 60 firms, including AGT Food and Ingredients, Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc., ISM, DuPont Pioneer, Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. and the University of Saskatchewan.The “Smart Agri-food” Supercluster (Prairies): Make Canada the preferred global supplier of sustainable, high-quality, safe food. Advance market competitiveness by building information technologies, including data analysis and quality verification platforms, to add informatics, connectivity and traceability in the crop, livestock and agri-food processing sectors.The proposal is backed by Agrium — one of over 50 firms, including Telus Corp., Farmers Edge, BIXSco. and Olds College.The “Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure” Supercluster (Prairies): Transform Canada’s built environment to make it more resilient, sustainable, productive and cost-effective. Revolutionize the design, construction and operations of infrastructure and make Canada a world leader with the use of advanced digital communications, cutting edge tools, and interconnected applications and services.The proposal is backed by Stantec Consulting Ltd. — one of over 25 firms, including PCL Construction Management Inc., Ledcor Group, Barry Johns Architecture Ltd., Athabasca University and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.The “Digital Technology” Supercluster (British Columbia): Make Canada faster, smarter and more collaborative in inventing, developing and applying digital technologies. Advance data collection, analysis and visualization to drive competitiveness across environment and resource tech, precision health and manufacturing.The proposal is backed by Telus — one of over 70 firms, including Avcorp Industries Inc., D-Wave Systems Inc., Timberwest Forest Corp., Microsoft Canada Development Centre and six post-secondary institutions. read more

UN launches Internetbased initiative for schools around the world

“There is still a long way to go before the benefits of new technologies are available to all people, and some fear that these technologies might actually widen the gap between rich and poor countries,” Under Secretary-General of the UN Department of Public Information Shashi Tharoor said during the launch of the World Summit Event for Schools. The Programme will, for three months, enable students to examine the impact that communication technologies are having on their right to give and receive information and on their right to an education. A series of on-line activities, set up and managed by the UN’s CyberSchoolBus web site in partnership with European Schoolnet, will guide their exploration. These will conclude with a live interaction, via the Internet, between students and a Head of State at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to be held in Geneva at the end of the year.Mr. Tharoor said he hope the project would show teachers, governments and donors what can be achieved for so many students with a simple computer and a telephone.“Schools, in particular, are playing a critical role in equalizing access to new technologies – across gender, race, socio-economic grouping, and geographic locations. In developing countries, computers installed in the schools have become a key tool for both education and community development,” he added. Students from Switzerland, Tanzania, and Uganda joined Mr. Tharoor and other UN officials during today’s launch. The students discussed their cross-cultural project for WSIS.At the conclusion of the three months of student interaction, the CyberSchoolBus and European Schoolnet will invite educators – responsible for computer networks that link thousands of schools in over 40 countries – to Geneva for a special gathering that will parallel WSIS, Mr. Tharoor announced. The three-month event will feature activities at www.cyberschoolbus.org.Video of press conference read more

UN Middle East commission meeting should spotlight successes – official

Speaking in Beirut on Thursday, Mervat Tallawy, head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), announced that Saudi Arabia will chair ESCWA’s Ministerial Session next May.Addressing members of an Advisory Committee, she voiced hope that the May session would be an opportunity to shed light on the successes of countries in the region and their major achievements, seeing as “the world typically focuses on the shortcomings.” Regional and international developments will top the agenda when officials gather at ESCWA’s Beirut Headquarters, Ms. Tallawy said. The meeting will also address youth unemployment and will review economic progress made by Yemen, which is one of the world’s least developed countries. The Advisory Committee facilitates communication between member countries and the ESCWA Secretariat. Diplomats from a dozen ESCWA countries attended the session. read more

Baseball Is Finally Realizing That The Save Is Dumb

Baseball’s trade deadline last week provided a referendum on how much value relief pitchers have in today’s game. And the results were fairly clear: Teams just don’t care about saves as much as they used to.This season, we’ve been using our new relief pitching statistic, the goose egg, to track how bullpens are used. And the way relievers are deployed has, in fact, changed. Although it hasn’t been quite as dramatic as, say, the widespread adaptation of the defensive shift in baseball, there’s at least some evidence of teams using their best relief pitchers in smarter ways — using them in the highest-leverage situations, regardless of whether or not a save is on the line. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who has been the best relief pitcher in baseball this season, is one prominent example. He often enters games in situations that the goose egg rewards but the save does not — such as when the score is tied, or anytime before the ninth inning.1Yes, a reliever can get a save if he enters the game before the ninth inning and finishes the game. But he doesn’t get any extra credit for pitching extra innings. And he doesn’t get a save if another pitcher closes out the game. (A goose egg is essentially a clutch, scoreless relief inning.)But a series of deadline trades provided evidence on the diminished value that teams place on saves. Plenty of relief pitchers were traded, but teams were seemingly indifferent about whether the pitchers they’d acquired had accumulated high save totals or not. Take the Twins’ Brandon Kintzler, for example, who was picked up by the Washington Nationals for minor-league pitching prospect Tyler Watson and international bonus pool money. Kintzler was second in the American League with 28 saves, and the Nationals have struggled to close out games all season — so you might have expected them to give up a king’s ransom for him. Instead they gave up … Watson, who had been the Nationals’ 27th best prospect before the season and had a 4.35 ERA in Single-A at the time he was dealt.Other pitchers with high save totals, such as the Padres’ Brandon Maurer’ and the Marlins’ A.J. Ramos, didn’t fetch high prices, either. The prospects the Mets gave up for Ramos — pitcher Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes — were rated No. 14 and No. 23 in their system by Baseball America before the year began. The Mets also traded their own interim closer, Addison Reed, to Boston, nabbing three prospects; but none of them ranked higher than No. 20 in the Red Sox system. It’s not that the teams are giving up nothing for saves, exactly. But we’re a long ways removed from the days of the (infamous) Heathcliff Slocumb trade, when even mediocre closers could bring an elite prospect or two in return.And teams aren’t necessarily privileging the closer’s old role when he switches teams. Kintzler isn’t expected to close many games in Washington; instead, he’s the No. 2 or No. 3 option in the bullpen behind Sean Doolittle, who had just three saves for the A’s at the time he was acquired in July. Maurer will only be the third option in the Royals’ bullpen. Ramos will close out games for the Mets, but only because regular closer Jeurys Familia is hurt and Reed was traded.If teams are looking to goose eggs for guidance instead of saves, the National League leaders are Jansen and the Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who have 33 goose eggs each. Cleveland’s Andrew Miller leads the AL with 31 goose eggs, but he’s now injured, which could allow Tampa Bay’s Alex Colome (30 goose eggs) or Seattle’s Edwin Diaz (29 goose eggs) to pass him.Jansen has been by far the most effective reliever in baseball, as measured by goose wins above replacement (GWAR). He’s maintained a perfect record on the season with no broken eggs,2Jansen did have one rough outing last month, yielding three runs in a game against the Braves, but those didn’t come in a goose situation. our term for when a pitcher has an opportunity for a goose egg but allows an earned run instead, and 33 goose eggs — good for 4.8 GWAR. Miller leads the AL with 3.2 GWAR. A complete rundown of goose statistics follows in the table below. Domingo GermanNYY010-0.4 Arodys VizcainoATL1962+0.6 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Cody AllenCLE1863+0.7 Jose TorresSD441-0.9 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Matt BarnesBOS1663+0.4 Daniel StumpfDET214-0.1 Trevor RosenthalSTL2471+0.9 Dan AltavillaSEA331-0.7 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 T. J. McFarlandARI621+0.2 Blake TreinenOAK/WAS1061-0.7 Joe KellyBOS724+0.4 Craig KimbrelBOS2340+2.2 Luis GarciaPHI742-0.4 Josh EdginNYM525+0.0 Dan OteroCLE200+0.3 Jeff BeliveauTOR111-0.2 Jake BarrettARI203+0.3 Adam KolarekTB021-0.7 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Francisco LirianoHOU020-0.7 Justin GrimmCHC301+0.4 Brett CecilSTL1443+0.6 Wade DavisCHC2011+2.6 Miguel CastroBAL101+0.2 Dellin BetancesNYY1851+1.0 Ryan TeperaTOR2030+2.0 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 Danny BarnesTOR742-0.4 George KontosSF863-1.1 Al AlburquerqueKC010-0.4 Mike DunnCOL1002+1.6 Warwick SaupoldDET112-0.2 Rex BrothersATL321-0.3 Yovani GallardoSEA100+0.2 Sergio RomoLAD/TB330-0.7 Brian DuensingCHC300+0.4 Caleb SmithNYY110-0.2 Ian KrolATL623+0.2 Drew StorenCIN323-0.3 Greg HollandCOL2330+2.7 Hunter StricklandSF1741+1.0 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 Joe SmithTOR1611+2.1 Anthony SwarzakCHW/MIL1610+2.0 Brad HandSD2845+2.6 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.4 Hoby MilnerPHI001+0.0 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Check out our latest MLB predictions. Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Tommy HunterTB1821+2.0 Ken GilesHOU1233+0.7 Justin WilsonCHC/DET2251+1.5 Corey KnebelMIL3362+2.7 Brad ZieglerMIA512+0.4 Nick VincentSEA2025+2.3 Matt BushTEX1662+0.4 Jordan LylesCOL210+0.0 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Carl EdwardsCHC1563+0.0 Tyler DuffeyMIN1032+0.4 Andrew ChafinARI266-1.9 Jesse ChavezLAA010-0.4 Sean DoolittleOAK/WAS1125+0.9 Joe BiaginiTOR932+0.3 Dominic LeoneTOR426-0.1 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Mike MontgomeryCHC1321+1.2 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Enny RomeroWAS1346+0.4 Adam OttavinoCOL1373-0.4 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Santiago CasillaOAK1672-0.2 Yusmeiro PetitLAA1112+1.3 Doug FisterBOS420-0.1 Wandy PeraltaCIN1131+0.5 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Wade LeBlancPIT232-0.8 Sammy SolisWAS120-0.6 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Ryan GartonTB030-1.1 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Brad BoxbergerTB231-0.8 Matt AlbersWAS924+0.6 Seung-hwan OhSTL2154+1.2 Mychal GivensBAL1633+1.4 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 Jake PetrickaCHW202+0.3 Pedro StropCHC1313+1.5 Paul SewaldNYM642-0.6 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Albert SuarezSF310+0.1 Liam HendriksOAK951-0.5 Chad GreenNYY022-0.7 Tony ZychSEA843-0.3 Erik GoeddelNYM110-0.2 Jason GrilliTEX/TOR433-0.5 Koda GloverWAS822+0.4 Taylor RogersMIN1863+0.5 Keone KelaTEX832+0.2 Adam WarrenNYY831+0.2 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Darren O’DayBAL932+0.3 Cory GearrinSF831+0.1 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Chris HatcherLAD121-0.6 Dovydas NeverauskasPIT200+0.3 Carlos TorresMIL643-0.6 Sam FreemanATL712+0.7 Phil MatonSD711+0.7 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 Jose LeclercTEX723+0.4 Mike BolsingerTOR310+0.1 Koji UeharaCHC1553+0.3 Ryan PresslyMIN421-0.1 Edwin DiazSEA2952+2.5 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 Aaron BummerCHW120-0.6 James PazosSEA1034+0.4 Jeurys FamiliaNYM412+0.2 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 David HernandezARI/LAA1213+1.4 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Chad QuallsCOL210+0.0 Kelvin HerreraKC2352+1.8 Shawn KelleyWAS620+0.1 Josh OsichSF325-0.3 Joe JimenezDET010-0.4 Steven OkertSF648-0.6 Matt BelisleMIN1633+1.3 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Marc RzepczynskiSEA816+0.8 Craig StammenSD301+0.4 Mark LeiterPHI010-0.4 Ross StriplingLAD641-0.6 Tony SippHOU110-0.2 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Luis AvilanLAD424-0.2 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Pedro BaezLAD1146+0.1 Oliver PerezWAS514+0.4 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 Chris RusinCOL833+0.2 Jacob TurnerWAS520+0.0 Kevin QuackenbushSD120-0.6 Buddy BaumannSD111-0.2 Josh SmithOAK200+0.3 Juan NicasioPIT1068-0.7 Fernando SalasNYM554-1.1 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Hansel RoblesNYM742-0.5 Fernando AbadBOS501+0.8 Dan JenningsCHW/TB248-1.2 Chris DevenskiHOU1785-0.5 Jake JunisKC200+0.3 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Aroldis ChapmanNYY1312+1.7 Francis MartesHOU110-0.2 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Oliver DrakeMIL421-0.1 Tony CingraniCIN423-0.1 Daniel CoulombeOAK234-0.8 Kevin SiegristSTL812+0.8 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 David RobertsonCHW/NYY1951+1.0 Brandon MaurerKC/SD1870+0.1 Alex ClaudioTEX1535+1.3 Adam MorganPHI200+0.3 Mike MinorKC1743+1.2 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Fernando RodneyARI2243+1.9 Ryan MadsonOAK/WAS1831+1.6 Addison ReedBOS/NYM2555+1.8 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Sam DysonSF/TEX1982-0.1 Dustin McGowanMIA311+0.1 Nick GoodyCLE001+0.0 Matt GraceWAS112-0.2 Aaron LoupTOR327-0.3 Richard BleierBAL411+0.3 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Jumbo DiazTB653-0.9 Andrew KittredgeTB110-0.2 Joe BlantonWAS320-0.3 Ben HellerNYY101+0.2 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Sam TuivailalaSTL320-0.3 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Daniel HudsonPIT644-0.6 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 Bruce RondonDET420-0.1 Tyler ClippardCHW/NYY897-2.0 Drew SteckenriderMIA210-0.1 Alex ColomeTB3063+2.3 Tony BarnetteTEX630-0.1 Hector RondonCHC931+0.2 Jake McGeeCOL1042+0.2 Pat NeshekCOL/PHI1925+2.1 Drew VerHagenDET210-0.1 Goose stats through Aug. 6, 2017 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Zach BrittonBAL800+1.2 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Austin BriceCIN300+0.5 Ryan DullOAK523+0.0 Kyle BarracloughMIA1341+0.4 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Jacob BarnesMIL2373+0.9 Roberto OsunaTOR2271+0.9 Neftali FelizKC/MIL1050-0.3 Josh FieldsLAD342-1.1 Michael LorenzenCIN2341+2.0 Junichi TazawaMIA530-0.4 Jared HughesMIL941-0.1 Source: Seamheads.com Hector NerisPHI2053+1.1 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Jose AlvaradoTB743-0.4 Chris BeckCHW012-0.4 Ryan BuchterKC/SD1463-0.2 David PhelpsMIA/SEA1683-0.6 Matthew BowmanSTL1654+0.5 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Scott AlexanderKC321-0.3 Luke GregersonHOU752-0.8 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 AJ RamosMIA1542+0.7 Blake ParkerLAA1531+1.2 Joaquin BenoitPHI/PIT16100-1.3 Casey FienPHI/SEA320-0.3 Kevin McCarthyKC100+0.2 Lucas HarrellTOR001+0.0 Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Heath HembreeBOS945+0.0 Josh SmokerNYM723+0.3 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Will HarrisHOU1630+1.3 Robby ScottBOS329-0.2 Joakim SoriaKC2572+1.3 Kenyan MiddletonLAA310+0.1 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Cam BedrosianLAA633-0.2 Mark MelanconSF940-0.2 Jose RamirezATL1442+0.6 Shane GreeneDET1534+1.2 Josh HaderMIL202+0.3 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Brock StewartLAD200+0.3 Blaine BoyerBOS510+0.4 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Zach McAllisterCLE111-0.2 Buddy BoshersMIN010-0.4 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Boone LoganCLE104+0.2 Kirby YatesLAA/SD831+0.1 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Jeremy JeffressTEX131-0.9 Scott ObergCOL623+0.3 Jonathan HolderNYY611+0.6 Trevor HildenbergerMIN310+0.1 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 A. J. SchugelPIT100+0.1 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 John BrebbiaSTL001+0.0 Tony WatsonLAD/PIT2274+0.7 J. J. HooverARI632-0.2 Jarlin GarciaMIA002+0.0 Steve CishekSEA/TB512+0.4 Jim JohnsonATL1983-0.1 Brandon MorrowLAD330-0.7 Greg InfanteCHW011-0.4 Archie BradleyARI2245+1.9 Chasen ShreveNYY623+0.2 Brad BrachBAL2341+2.1 James HoytHOU110-0.2 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Alex WilsonDET1165-0.5 Felipe RiveroPIT3132+3.5 Tommy KahnleCHW/NYY1471-0.5 Andrew MillerCLE3152+3.2 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Kenley JansenLAD3301+4.8 Akeel MorrisATL001+0.0 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Jerry BlevinsNYM1447+0.6 Simon CastroOAK010-0.4 Joely RodriguezPHI524+0.0 Peter MoylanKC803+1.2 Brandon WorkmanBOS410+0.3 Jose AlvarezLAA553-1.1 Bud NorrisLAA1671-0.2 Asher WojciechowskiCIN100+0.2 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Emilio PaganSEA120-0.6 Ricardo PintoPHI011-0.4 Austin PruittTB300+0.5 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL012-0.4 Chad BellDET001+0.0 Raisel IglesiasCIN2410+3.2 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Hector VelazquezBOS400+0.6 Jorge De La RosaARI1151-0.1 Brandon KintzlerMIN2244+1.9 Blake WoodCIN231-0.8 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Danny FarquharTB832+0.1 Edubray RamosPHI3110-3.6 Bryan ShawCLE1744+1.3 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 read more

Among the Elite Q answers call to send Buckeyes to Elite 8

LOS ANGELES – For at least the first 20 minutes of play, the defects that often doomed Ohio State during a rocky midseason stretch in February seemed to show in glimpses Thursday night at the Staples Center. In their Sweet 16 bout against Arizona, the Buckeyes veered away from the type of play that had gotten them to Los Angeles and leaned on the skill of junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the team’s and Big Ten’s leading scorer. Enter LaQuinton Ross, whose swift flick of the wrist likely made him the most-talked about person in Columbus. Thanks to the sophomore forward’s 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds to play, OSU won the game, 73-70, and will play in the Elite 8 for the second consecutive year. “This is what every player grows up looking at on TV and wants to hit that big shot, wants to win the game and hit the big shot in the NCAA Tournament or the NBA,” Ross said. “It just feels great to be here right now.” It was the second game in a row a late 3-pointer has lifted the Buckeyes. Just last week, junior guard Aaron Craft, OSU’s defensive heart and soul (and a 30 percent 3-point shooter) buried a game-winning shot en route to 18 points, vaulting the Buckeyes past Iowa State in Dayton Sunday. In some ways, Thursday felt like deja vu. But for parts of the first half, even being in the position to win seemed unlikely. While OSU opened the game’s scoring with a basket from Thomas, they seemed anxious and disorganized on both ends of the court. “We started off slow. Guys were being selfish, guys were hugged up on their man, not helping each other out, getting into gaps and tagging,” said Thomas, who finished the night with a game-high 20 points. “I don’t know what it was. It was probably just the heat of the moment. Everybody was just too excited.” Quickly, Arizona coach Sean Miller and the Wildcats took advantage. After falling the victim to an early, furious 10-2 run, the Buckeyes fell behind, 10-4, with 15:46 to play in the period. Behind Arizona senior guard Mark Lyons and his 10 first-half points, the Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field and, in particular, used a lethal 3-point assault to stave off a Buckeye squad that struggled to find momentum. Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, became a lone pillar for stability as his teammates’ jump shots clanked off the iron and their layups clunked off the backboard. But despite Arizona sinking 63 percent of shots from behind the arc, OSU coach Thad Matta and his crew trotted into halftime down just 38-34, thanks to Thomas and his 16-point outburst in the first period. Having been outscored, outshot and perhaps generally outplayed in the first half against the Wildcats, Thomas said Matta had a singular and simple message. “Coach said do what we do at halftime,” he said, “and that’s what we did.” Craft relayed a similar message. “Our biggest focus was we needed to play better defense,” Craft said. “We gave up 38 points in a half and we haven’t done that too often this year. We got stops and we got easy buckets in transition and that’s where we’re at our best. It really kind of fuels our offense. Layups, dunks, mismatches, scramble situations.” It didn’t take long for OSU to pick up its level of play. The Buckeyes roared out of the gates on a 10-0 run thanks to sophomore forward Sam Thompson, junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Craft and even sophomore center Amir Williams – who swatted away a shot on one end of the floor before snatching a rebound over two defenders and going up for the jam on the other. Conversely, in that span, Arizona found scoring to be a more troubling endeavor than it was in the first half. In fact, the Wildcats wouldn’t make a basket until freshman forward Brandon Ashley connected on a short jumper a the 14:40 mark of the second. The struggles didn’t end there, either, as Arizona could only muster five points the first nine minutes of the second period and trailed the Buckeyes by as many as 10 after leading all but 33 seconds in the first half. The Wildcats responded, cutting the OSU lead to 60-57 after Lyons buried a trey with 6:33 to play. With 21.8 seconds to play, Lyons tied the game at 70 after making a driving layup despite being fouled, then making the ensuing free throw. It was not enough to overcome Ross – the Buckeyes’ hero – who surged late to score 14 of his 17 total points in the game’s final eight minutes. The Buckeyes have had a revolving door of second scoring options that have played sidekicks to Thomas’ usually steady production. And while his aid came late, Smith said the flavor-of-the-day approach to who will compliment Thomas is a blessing rather than a curse. “That’s such a good thing about this team, you never know who’s gonna step up and be that guy in next game,” he said. “It’s been a knock on us all year. We don’t have offense, you know, we don’t have that second scorer. Well, I mean, I can’t tell at this point, we’re finding guys to make shots.” The Buckeyes (29-7) are set to play No. 9 seed Wichita State Saturday in the Elite 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 7:05 p.m. read more

Opinion A woman pregnant by rape is treated as a vessel and

first_imgAT THE CONCLUSION of Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva yesterday, a surge of energy penetrated the normally sombre Committee room when the Chair of the Committee highlighted a series of human rights abuses which, he said, could not be disconnected from the “institutional belief system” which has predominated in the State.Sir Nigel Rodley, referred to the Magdalene Laundries, mother-and-baby homes, child abuse and the practice of sympisiotomy, describing these as “quite a collection of issues” for which the State had failed to assign any accountability.Sir Nigel’s comments marked the end of Ireland’s Fourth Periodic Examination by the UN Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which saw Minister Fitzgerald face tough questions from the 17-member panel of human rights experts.The profound effect of symphysiotomies on survivorsThe Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) led a 30-member civil society delegation to Geneva to brief the Committee members in advance of the hearing on a broad range of issues. This group included members of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy campaign group (SOS), who provided direct evidence to Committee members on the profound effect which this procedure – often performed without consent – has had on their lives and continues to do so.As a newly-appointed Justice Minister, who came to the job with a reform agenda, we waited to hear from her about forthcoming inititiatives which would move Ireland towards with compliance with the Treaty. We heard some good news: on legislation to amend section 37 of the Employment Equality Act 1998 (which permits discrimination on the grounds of religious ethos); recommitment to the “reform of police accountability and oversight mechanisms”; and, a departmental task force to look at the amendment of Article 41.2 of the Constitution on the role of women.However, although the Minister emphasised that “support for the role of the Treaty Monitoring Bodies [such as the UN Human Rights Committee] is a cornerstone of Irish foreign policy”, we heard no less than six references to legislation that was “being progressed” or which would be “published shortly”, as well as the development of implementation plans, and strategy reviews or the establishment of task forces and implementation groups. There was limited reform to report, it seemed.And it didn’t get much better. The 70 people who had gathered with expectation in the ICCL’s Human Rights Green Room in Dublin were presented with a reiteration of previous Government submissions replete with reasons why we – Ireland – were not in a position to comply with international human rights standards.Irish women treated as ‘vessels’And so, as the Committee members continued in vain to seek answers from the Government delegation about why Ireland, which views itself as a protector and promoter of human rights abroad, could not develop a strategy to bring our abortion laws into line with the Covenant or why we continue to deny survivors of symphysiotomy an independent, transparent and effective truth finding process, the clock was running down rapidly and the spotlight was about to move off Ireland.But not without some choice words from the previously restrained Chair, himself an international human rights expert and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.Sir Nigel confessed that he was unable to understand how a woman could be “doomed” to continue a pregnancy “regardless of the health consequences” and “at the risk of criminal penalties”. In particular, he mentioned pregnancy as a result of rape “where the person doesn’t even bear any responsibility and is by the law clearly treated as a vessel and nothing more”.On a broader scale, the Chair captured the essence of the fundamental deficit in Irish political and social life: the lack of accountability that blights the Irish political landscape. He concluded his comments by specifically referencing the survivors of symphysiotomy and the inadequate redress which had been offered to them.Will we have a repeat performance by Ireland? Following on from the Geneva examination, the Committee will issue a series of recommendations to Ireland next week. Minister Fitzgerald and her cabinet colleagues have two options: continue with business as usual and prepare a repeat performance for Ireland’s next examination before the Committee in four years. Or, inject real political leadership into the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations.With a revitalised Cabinet in place and Ireland’s current membership of the prestigious UN Human Rights Council, we have reason to hope that the latter road may be travelled by Ireland this time. Committing to a full Oireachtas debate on the forthcoming recommendations from the Human Rights Committee would be a clear sign that the Government is genuinely committed to mending its ways.Deirdre Duffy is Senior Research and Policy Programme Manager at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.Read: ‘I will stay married’: Transsexual woman defiant after court rulingRead: UN told symphysiotomy patients were ‘operated upon wide awake and often screaming’last_img read more

Where does all your money go A guide to getting a grip

first_imgWhere does all your money go? A guide to getting a grip on it Clearing credit cards and a touch of long-term planning – expert advice to help you set out a plan. 12 Comments This article is part of our Change Generation project, supported by KBC. To read more click here.“I MEET A LOT of clients in their late 30s and early 40s who wonder where all the money went over the last decade,” says David Quinn, financial planner with Investwise.“In my experience, there tends to be a lot of waste and overspending among those that don’t have a financial plan in place,” he told TheJournal.ie.Your 30s, say the experts, is the time when you need to get serious about saving for the future, getting a ‘rainy day’ fund in place, and clearing expensive debt.However when you find yourself handing over most of your money for rent, mortgage repayments, childcare costs or whatever else fits into your household expenditure, saving for something that might never happen may not be high on your list of priorities.Identifying spending habitsBefore drawing up a financial plan the first step is to determine exactly how much you have and where it goes.Quinn tells his clients to pore over their last six months of bank statements in great detail to identify their spending habits.Once spending habits have been defined, then the individual can move towards establishing a plan and setting out the best course of action for the future. Brenda Rogan, Managing Director of Wealth Alliance, told TheJournal.ie that once a person knows what it is they want to achieve and how they want to live their life now and into the future, a plan can be made for how they wish, “to achieve and maintain their desired lifestyle”.Rainy day fundPart of that plan must be a ‘rainy day’ fund, say the experts, and it should hold the equivalent of around six months’ worth of expenditure to tide you over when times get tough.Brenda Rogan says the ‘what if’ fund should be a priority of any financial plan at this stage of life and should be considered, “before exploring any longer term planning requirements such as pensions.”Planning for short-term emergencies like illness, death or being unable to work through sickness or disability, says Rogan, will be what keeps a roof over head in the event of such a crisis.Quinn agrees and says an appropriate ‘rainy day’ fund is crucial to ensure stable family finances. Planning it well should mean that an individual can avoid having to rely on, “a credit card or borrowing at high short term interest rates in order to pay for a broken boiler, a change of car or to pay for holidays,” he says.Once you have that fund in place, it’s time to start thinking of the medium to long term goals: weddings, house deposit, children’s education, or paying off expensive debt.Clearing existing debtSaving for the future while paying off debt can be achieved with careful planning, says Richard Morton of Moneywise. However it is heavily dependent on the type of debt involved.If it is primarily on credit cards, getting rid of this must be a priority before saving a penny says Morton:Credit card debt is incredibly expensive with interest rates as high as 22% per annum. If anyone has an outstanding balance on a credit card, this should be eliminated as soon as is possible before anything else. Share120 Tweet Email4 Image: Shutterstock/alice-photo Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 12:26 PM http://jrnl.ie/3084682 Image: Shutterstock/alice-photo Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Quinn agrees and says he always recommends that his clients pay off expensive debt quickly, even if it means not saving at all, while “longer term debt such as a mortgage can be delayed somewhat in order to prioritise building up a ‘rainy day’ fund, or starting a pension.”Long-term goalsOnce children are involved their education needs to be factored into the long term part of a financial plan. Rogan says:If house purchase has already been done, and they have young children, then some sort of long term education fund should be considered. Even if college fees remain as they are now, sending a child to college for four years is an expensive exercise.“Life is not a rehearsal,” says Rogan who agrees that planning for your children’s education, along with your own retirement, should also be part of a financial plan in your thirties.Quinn says once you have your expensive debts in order and your ‘rainy day’ fund in place, it is worth thinking about a pension so you can ensure that you avail of, “the long term compound growth benefits”.But there’s plenty of time for all that…right?Everyone in their 30s and 40s should be planning for the future, says Richard Morton, “regardless of circumstances, be they single, married, have children, have a mortgage or are mortgage free.No-one knows what the future holds and having a kitty which can be used for unforeseen circumstances is always advisable.Rogan says starting early is more cost effective in the long term, with pensions and investments benefiting from compound interest avoiding the effect of playing ‘catch up’ in later life.No regrets in ten years’ time – that’s the big pay-off, says Quinn. The hardest part of the process is cutting back on the luxuries so you can plan for the ‘what ifs’: “A good financial plan involves some initial sacrifice, for long term gains.”‘But I’m only in my 30s’: Why you should make a will> Nov 23rd 2016, 12:26 PM By Jennifer Ryan 25,012 Views last_img read more