State government taps CM fund to pay compensation

first_imgThe victims of the Malad reservoir wall collapse face a long wait to get the compensation announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis following the tragedy last week. Meanwhile, the death toll in the incident rose to 28 after the body of 24-year-old Sonali Sakpal was found in Versova. Her father identified the body at Cooper Hospital on Monday following which her last rites were performed. The next of kin of the deceased said on Monday that they had received cheques of ₹4 lakh only. For example, Ramvikas Gautam who lost his two children — Pratima, aged two-and-a-half and Maniram, 5, — in the incident was given two cheques of ₹4 lakh each. “We were told that the government did not have the budget and the remaining money will be paid later,” said Shyam Bharati, a relative of Mr. Gautam. Suresh Bhatade, a relative of another deceased Jyotsna Bhatade, also confirmed that the family had received a cheque of ₹4 lakh only.Government officials, however, said that there was no shortage of fund. “The amount of ₹4 lakh has been paid as per the guidelines of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The remaining amount will be paid from the Chief Minister’s fund,” Kishore Raje Nimbalkar, Secretary, Relief and Rehabilitation told The Hindu. “The cheques are already in the process of being issued,” he added. But sources said that tapping the CM’s fund involved a lengthy procedure and it could take some time for the families to get the remaining amount.last_img read more

IPL 2011: All teams set to earn profit form fourth edition of IPL

first_imgThe financial health of the IPL franchise owners is once again under scrutiny.Are they in the pink of health or not? A Headlines Today research points out that barring Deccan Chargers, all other seven franchises made an operating profit in IPL-III. Data for IPL-IV reveals that all 10 franchisees should turn in profits this year. Most analysts reckon that India winning the World Cup will act as a catalyst in terms of gate receipts, in-stadia sponsorships and advertising revenues.Moreover, the ballast will be provided by revenue share from the broadcasting pie.Kings XI made an operating profit of Rs 29 crore last year while Chennai Super Kings made Rs 21 crore and only Deccan Chargers was in the red. Operating profit in the case of IPL teams is essentially income minus expenditure, so cash profit.IPL team valuations went into the stratosphere after Sahara Adventure Sports purchased the Pune team for $ 370 million or Rs 1,702 crore and Rendezvous Sports bought the Kochi team for $ 333 million or Rs 1,531 crore in auctions for this season.Of the central broadcasting revenues, the pool has enlarged with two new teams, in the fourth and fifth years, BCCI gets 30 per cent while the rest is split between the 10 franchises. As far as central sponsorship revenues are concerned, between the first and the tenth year, BCCI gets 40 per cent while the rest is split between the teams.The name of the game is enter low, which translates into paying the least amount as franchise fee.For instance, Emerging Media bought the franchise for $ 67 million, which breaks down to $ 6.7 million to be paid to BCCI per year. For the new franchisees, this is going to be the biggest entry barrier because at $ 370 million, Pune has to pay $ 37 million per year as franchise fee which is prohibitive.advertisementWhen Rajasthan Royals owner Emerging Media last year sold 12 per cent of its stake in the franchise to Kuki Investments, owned by Shilpa Shetty and husband Raj Kundra, the team was valued at $ 140 million (Rs 644 crore), more than double the price it was bought for, $ 67 million.Sean Morris, CEO Rajasthan Royals said: “IPL-4 is a massive year for us. Finances are in the pink. Last year we had 10 sponsors, this year we have 18 sponsors already. Looking good is all I can say.” IIFL research points out that the most profitable franchises will earn Rs 108 crore, spend Rs 65 crore, thus making a profit of Rs 43 crore while the least profitable will earn Rs 114 crore and spend Rs 95 crore, making a profit of Rs 18 crore.It is also felt that IPL continues to be a significant contributor to the bottomline for the listed companies.It is estimated that the respective IPL teams in a normal season would contribute 5-10 per cent of profits for GMR, United Spirits, India Cements and Deccan Chronicle.Without doubt, team sponsorship is the largest franchise-level revenue source for teams after the central broadcasting pool. Mumbai Indians have used Tendulkar effectively while Delhi Daredevils have sweated their principal asset, Virender Sehwag.Mumbai Indians earned Rs 24.6 crore from sponsorship revenue and gate fee in 2009-10. Delhi Daredevils earned Rs 48 crore as sponsorship fee during the year-ending March 31, 2010.Last year, several new revenue streams opened up – IPL’s three-year deal with Google for live telecast on Youtube, licensing deal with Colors for devising IPL-based shows, Maxx Mobile for strategic time out, MRF for the blimp among others. However, in the post-Lalit Modi era, it is unclear how these will pan out this year.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal, B. Sai Praneeth reach Thailand Open semis

first_imgIndian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and B. Sai Praneeth stormed into the semi-finals of the $1,20,000 Thailand Open Grand Prix badminton tournament with contrasting wins in the women’s and men’s singles quarter-finals, respectively, here on Friday.London Olympics bronze medallist Saina was made to toil hard by Japan’s Haruko Suzuki before the Indian used all her experience to bounce back in the third game and clinch it 21-15, 20-22, 21-11.On the other hand, Singapore Open champion Praneeth had an easy outing, thrashing lower-ranked Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in straight games 21-16, 21-17 in less than an hour to sail into the semi-finals.The third-seeded Indian maintained his lead throughout the match and never gave his World No.102-ranked opponent a chance to get back in the match.In the semi-finals, World No.24 Praneeth will meet the winner between Thai duo of World No.11 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and World No.71 Pannawit Thongnuam.In the women’s singles, Saina dominated the opening game handsomely before the World No.132 Haruko bounced back quite well to take the second game 22-20 and level the game by 1-1.The match was stretched to the decider but this time Saina gave the Japanese no chance and maintained her lead throughout to take clinch the tie 21-11.The World No.11 Saina will now take on Thailand’s fourth seeded World No.13 Busanan Ongbumrungpan on Saturday for a place in the final.India’s campaign in all the doubles categories have already ended.last_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho has Man Utd pay-off settled

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mourinho has Man Utd pay-off settledby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho is free to negotiate his next job after being paid his compensation up front by Manchester United in December.The Daily Mail says United paid up Mourinho’s £15million compensation package immediately after he was sacked.The 55-year-old was dismissed on December 18 after two and a half seasons in charge.The fact that he received the pay-off on his departure from Old Trafford means he is free to return to management.A source said, “There are no issues over Jose’s contract with Manchester United. Everything has been sorted.”Jose is able to take on another job right now, but is in no rush. He is very relaxed about it and would be happy to wait until the end of the season if he needs to.” last_img read more

a month agoPogba willing to stay with Man Utd – for record wages

first_imgPogba willing to stay with Man Utd – for record wagesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is demanding Manchester United make him one of the highest paid players in the world if they want him to stay.Tuttosport says the midfielder’s first choice is to leave United, with Real Madrid and Juventus keen.However, Pogba is prepared to stay with United if they accept his terms.The World Cup winner is seeking over €650,000-a-week to stay – or €34m-a-year.New contract talks commenced between the two parties on Tuesday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Darbar: AR Murugadoss treats Rajinikanth fans with new poster for Onam

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ChennaiSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 18:13 IST Rajinikanth in Darbar second look posterAR Murugadoss and Lyca Productions have treated Rajinikanth fans with a new poster as part of Onam celebrations. The director took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that fans are in for a surprise at 6 pm.Like promised the Darbar director has taken the fans by surprise with a kickass poster of Rajinikanth. The poster went viral within seconds. Rajinikanth looks fierce working out in the new poster, and fans are all praise for the Superstar for looking fit and strong.Here’s the poster:THERImax #DarbarSecondLook poster from team #DARBAR @rajinikanth @ARMurugadoss @anirudhofficial @santoshsivan @sreekar_prasad @kabilanchelliah #HappyOnam pic.twitter.com/tv9KyTjbGlLyca Productions (@LycaProductions) September 11, 2019Rajinikanth has been busy shooting for the film in various parts of Mumbai. The actor is playing a cop after a long time in the film, which has Nayanthara in female lead role.Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Nivetha Thomas, and Yogi Babu are other actors who are part of the film, which is bankrolled by Lyca Productions.The film is slated to hit the screens on Pongal 2020. Even before the release of Darbar, it is rumoured that Rajinikanth is again teaming up with AR Murugadoss for another film. This latest buzz is contrary to reports that claimed the 68-year-old actor will start his political party after Darbar.ALSO READ | Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna MemorialGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow RajinikanthFollow AR MurugadossFollow Darbar Darbar: AR Murugadoss treats Rajinikanth fans with new poster for OnamAR Murugadoss and Lyca Productions have treated Rajinikanth fans to a new poster for Onam. Rajinikanth looks intense in the new poster.advertisementlast_img read more

Trump attacks majorityblack district represented by critic

first_imgWashington DC: President Donald Trump on Saturday denigrated a majority-black district represented by a congressional nemesis as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” broadening a campaign against prominent critics of his administration that has exacerbated racial tensions. Trump lashed out in tweets against Republican Elijah Cummings, the powerful House Oversight Committee chairman, claiming his Baltimore-area district is “considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt was the president’s latest assault on a prominent lawmaker, and the people he represents, two weeks after he sparked nationwide controversy with racist tweets directed at four congresswomen of colour. His comments against Cummings, who leads multiple investigations of the president’s governmental dealings, drew swift condemnation from Democrats, including would-be presidential rivals. Statements from a spokesman for the state’s Republican governor and from the lieutenant governor defended Cummings’ district and its people. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTrump called Cummings a “brutal bully” after his public tongue-lashing of top Homeland Security officials over conditions for migrants detained along the southern border. “As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded,” Trump tweeted. “Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” Cummings replied directly to Trump on Twitter, saying, “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbours. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.” Cummings has also drawn the president’s ire for investigations touching on his family members serving in the White House. On Thursday his committee voted along party lines to authorize subpoenas for personal emails and texts used for official business by top White House aides, including Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. After spending several hours on his private golf course in Virginia, Trump repeated the attack on Cummings, despite broad criticism from Democrats. “Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight,'” Trump tweeted. “He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district!” The latest comments come as Trump has placed racial animus at the centre of his reelection campaign, as he believes his inflammatory rhetoric will strengthen his support among the white working class and attract a new group of disaffected voters who fear cultural changes across America. Cummings’ district is about 55 per cent black and includes a large portion of Baltimore. It is home to the national headquarters of the NAACP and Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital. The city has struggled with violent crime, with more than 300 homicides for four years in a row. It has crumbling infrastructure and a police department under federal oversight. Cummings’ district also extends into Maryland’s Baltimore and Howard counties. Trump’s attack on Cummings was reminiscent of one he launched a week before his inauguration on civil rights legend John Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia who questioned the legitimacy of his 2016 election. Trump tweeted in January 2017 that Lewis “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.” And earlier this month, the president drew bipartisan condemnation following his call for four Democratic congresswomen of colour to get out of the US “right now,” saying if the lawmakers “hate our country,” they can go back to their “broken and crime-infested” countries. His comments were directed at Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All are American citizens and three of the four were born in the US. The Democratic-led US House voted largely along party lines to condemn his “racist comments.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Cummings on Saturday as “a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague.” “We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership,” she said. Baltimore Mayor Bernard C “Jack” Young fired back at Trump after his attacks, saying he is a “disappointment to the people of Baltimore, our country, and to the world.” “It’s completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American City like Baltimore, and to viciously attack US Representative Elijah Cummings a patriot and a hero,” Young said in a statement. Democratic presidential contender Kamala Harris, a California senator, said she is “proud” her campaign is headquartered in Cummings’ district. “Baltimore has become home to my team and it’s disgraceful the president has chosen to start his morning disparaging this great American city,” she said. A spokesman for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, defended the area and its residents. In an email, Michael Ricci wrote, “Baltimore City is truly the very heart of our state, and more attacks between politicians aren’t going to get us anywhere.” Lt Governor Boyd Rutherford, also a Republican, tweeted: “Mr. President, @realDonaldTrump, I have substantial policy differences with Congressman @RepCummings. However, I hope your criticism is not directed at the many good and hard working people who live in the district.”last_img read more

Congress arrogant the nation is saying ab bahut hua Modi

first_imgSasaram: Lambasting the Congress over Sam Pitrodas hua to hua comment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday charged that the remark was a reflection on the party’s arrogance with which it has been shrugging off its misdeeds while it was in power.The three words hua to hua (whatever happened, happened) uttered by the guru (Pitroda) of the Naamdaar (Rahul Gandhi) in front of TV cameras sum up their attitude. This is the way they have brazened it out whenever their regimes have been discredited on account of corruption scandals, Modi told an election rally in Sasaram. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe nation is fed up and crying out ab bahut hua (now, enough is enough)”, he said. The people are fed up with the dynasty politics of Congress, their corruption and arrogance. “The message on May 23 when counting of votes is scheduled, will be loud and clear, Modi said evoking chants of phir ek baar Modi sarkar from the crowds. In an obvious dig at Lalu Prasad’s RJD, he said the arrogance of the Congress was on display when it imposed the Emergency and humiliated Jayaprakash Narayan and in the way it had allegedly sought to erase the contributions of Ambedkar from history. “But those swearing by the legacy of JP and Ambedkar are, in Bihar, carrying the flags of the Congress.last_img read more

Norfolk faces big challenges mayor

RENTON — Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp says Norfolk residents should be under no illusion about the challenges facing the county.In the annual state-of-the-county address to the Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce this week, Chopp said key infrastructure continues to deteriorate despite frantic spending in recent years.“Right now, we have close to a $7-million infrastructure gap and we are using the capital replacement reserves faster than we can fund them,” Chopp said at a breakfast meeting at The Greens at Renton Wednesday.“Since 2009, our debt per household has doubled from $1,033 to $2,019, and the reserves per household have decreased to less than half from $1,725 to $737.”Framing the problem another way, Chopp said Norfolk’s capital reserve balance in 2009 was $48 million. Today, “it is now less than half that.”Chopp noted that the infrastructure gap is expanding despite the massive amounts of money going out the door.Norfolk has 238 bridges and culverts, she said, and of these 182 are more than 40 years old. Another 16 are more than 70 years old. Sooner of later, Chopp said, they are going to need attention.Meanwhile, the unexpected failure of the bridge on the Long Point Causeway near George Lane last year has presented the county with a large, multi-million dollar cost.There have been another two unexpected, expensive failures in recent weeks on top of that. These include a deep culvert failure on McDowell Road West near Langton that won’t be repaired until June and an urgent $2.7-million repair to a major water main in Port Rowan.Gas well leaks on county property have also been in the news since August, 2017. The most serious is on Forestry Farm Road in Silver Hill.Chopp told the crowd it could cost as much as $2 million to control the poisonous sulphur dioxide gas emanating from this area. After the work is done, Chopp said there are no guarantees the gas won’t vent elsewhere in “whack-a-mole” fashion.Perhaps the biggest challenge, Chopp said, is the water capacity deficit in Port Dover – Norfolk’s fastest-growing community.Chopp said Norfolk has the capacity to treat 2,454 cubic metres of water a day in Port Dover, which itself has the capacity to draw 4,579 cubic metres at peak demand. Chopp says the numbers are ominous.“That is less than 50 per cent (capacity),” Chopp said. “It is a nightmare. This is the Dover issue that keeps me up at night, not the Misner Dam.”The hits keep on coming, the mayor said, pointing out that the Ford government is cutting costs in response to a $15-billion provincial deficit. Health units and ambulance services are about to amalgamate, and it remains to be seen what impact this has on municipal finances.“I’m not saying any of this to scare you,” Chopp said. “I’m telling you this because I have made a commitment to transparency, accountability and telling it like it is.“This council has inherited a mess. But we will not continue to ignore items. We will address them. This is not our destiny and we will get through it.”Chopp didn’t shy away from assessing blame. She said “From the research I’ve done, the (county) has lacked strong leadership at the top since Haldimand and Norfolk went their separate ways.”Chopp assured the 150 in attendance that the leadership issue has been addressed with her election as mayor and the recent hiring of Harry Schlange – former top administrator in Niagara Region and Brampton – as Norfolk’s interim CAO.Chopp said the county – going forward – must be diligent and tackle each challenge one at a time. She gave assurances that this council is up to the task and offered hope for a brighter future.“We may be buried right now but we are a seed and this is `Ontario’s Garden,’” she said.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

Sierra Leonean rebel group pledges to cooperate with UN peace operation

The UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) said today in a statement that the RUF’s pledge had been made during a brief meeting with Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette. The meeting took place on Friday in Lunsar, a town formerly held by the RUF, where UNAMSIL has recently deployed. During her meeting with members of the RUF High Command, including Col. Jonathan Kposowa, RUF Chief of Administration and RUF spokesman Gibril Massaquoi. Ms. Fréchette stressed that the RUF must match its words with deeds, and provide “concrete evidence day after day” that it was committed to implementing the Abuja Ceasefire Agreement. She urged the RUF to dismantle its three checkpoints between Rogberi and Lunsar to demonstrate its commitment. Ms. Fréchette also toured UNAMSIL’s deployment in Lunsar, and met with the local population and traditional leaders, who appeared “happy with the presence of UNAMSIL, which seems to have already, after a few weeks, established a climate of security that I am told did not exist before,” the Deputy Secretary-General told a press conference on her return to Freetown.En route to Lunsar, which is 80 kilometres east of Freetown, Ms. Fréchette visited the Bangladeshi Battalion stationed at Lungi airport and the town of Petifu Junction, where UN agencies are assisting a large number of returnees fleeing the fighting in Guinea. On Friday, the Deputy Secretary-General was also briefed by senior UNAMSIL officials on the political and military situation, the disarmament process, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and public information activities. She then met with representatives of local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on progress in the peace process and on ways of improving coordination and cooperation between the NGOs and the UN. read more

UN labour agency reports major job losses in oil and gas industry

Buffeted by changing corporate structures and privatization, the workforce in the world’s oil and gas industries has shrunk dramatically in the past 25 years, according to a report released today by the International Labour Organization (ILO). In the United States alone, employment in the oil and gas industries slumped from a peak of 1.65 million workers in 1982 to roughly 640,000 by 2000, according to the report. In Canada, 2,250 jobs were lost in 1998 when oil drilling activity fell by 10 per cent. “The situation was equally bleak in other regions,” the agency said, citing job losses in Norway, China and the United Kingdom. The decline in numbers spotlights the vital need for good industrial relations within the industry, according to the ILO. Issues such as freedom of association and the right to organize assume greater importance when workers face the “often-used argument for restricting the right to strike in the oil and gas industries when they are deemed essential services.” Governments in several oil- and gas-producing countries have imposed restrictions on freedom of association, according to the report, which points to examples in several countries, including Nigeria, where workers have complained that the Government violates their basic rights. “According to complainants, the Nigerian Trade Union Act did not allow workers to form and join the union of their own choosing but obliged them to join the union specified by law,” the ILO noted. “The Act, by setting at 50 the number of workers required to form a trade union, was obviously intended to prevent workers from organizing their own unions.” The news is not all bad, however, according to Yasuhiko Kamakura, an ILO expert in the oil and gas sector. “These industries are strategic and have special working conditions,” he said. “Typical earnings worldwide are reported to be higher on average than those for any other industry and working hours tend to be shorter and more flexible.” read more

Etihad to lend USbound passengers iPads as ban workaround

Etihad to lend US-bound passengers iPads as ban workaround DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – One Mideast airline affected by the ban on most electronics in the cabins of U.S.-bound flights will lend iPads to its top-paying travellers.Etihad Airways said on Wednesday that it will offer the tablets to U.S.-bound passengers in first and business class, along with vouchers for free onboard Wi-Fi starting on April 2.The U.S. government last week barred passengers from 10 Mideast and North African cities from carrying electronics larger than cellphones onto U.S.-bound flights. Medical devices were exempted.Etihad’s hub in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, was among the cities affected. The government-owned carrier operates 45 flights a week to six American cities: Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State field hockey shooting for Big Ten success this weekend

Then-sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Oller ReporterFollowing two consecutive losses against top-15 competition, the Ohio State field hockey team heads to the state of Michigan to do battle with two Big Ten rivals.The Buckeyes (3-5, 0-1) suffered a 5-1 loss at the hands of No. 11 Northwestern (6-2, 1-0), followed by a 2-1 defeat at No. 7 Louisville (7-1, 0-1 ACC). Despite the unfavorable outcomes, the weekend’s competitions provided a few Buckeyes with career milestones.Junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro had 13 saves between the two matches, giving her 41 saves in the first eight games, which leads the Big Ten. Freshmen midfielders Esther Clotet-Alsina and Adelaide Penzone continue to lead the Buckeye field hockey newcomers in points with seven goals and one assist collectively.Friday’s match between Michigan (6-1, 1-0) and OSU will bring a decades-old rivalry to life. While the Buckeyes have not defeated the Wolverines since 2011, junior midfielder Carolina Vergroesen said the rivalry is sure to drive OSU to showcase the height of its abilities.“I think Michigan is always a game where it doesn’t really matter what either team’s done up to that time,” Vergroesen said. “It’s kind of nice because we bring out the best in each other because we’re all so hyped up for the game. It’ll be interesting to see where it takes us.”The Wolverines enter the weekend on a high note after commanding wins over Michigan State and Central Michigan the previous weekend. Senior Courtney Enge leads the offense with five goals, contributing to a team average of 3.5 goals per game. Junior goalkeeper Sam Swenson is third in the nation with a .818 save percentage, only allowing four goals in the last seven games.Michigan State (4-3, 0-1) began Big Ten play last weekend with a 4-1 loss to Michigan.  Still, the Spartans’ offensive line is a force to be reckoned with. The team averages 4.14 goals per game and is ranked second in the Big Ten for points and goals. Redshirt junior Kendal Anderson leads the offensive powerhouse with nine goals and seven assists for a total of 25 points. While Michigan State’s offensive edge differs greatly from Michigan’s defensive approach to the game, junior midfielder Morgan Kile said the Buckeyes’ edge is being able to modify their playing style from game to game.“We’re very adaptive in how we play other teams … which I think helps us in our success,” Kile said. “With Michigan, if we need to play a more vigorous, attacking style, then that’s what we’ll do and … if we take away (Michigan State’s) speed, then I think we should have them.”The Scarlet and Gray take on the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes then travel to East Lansing, Michigan to face the Spartans on Sunday at 2 p.m.OSU vs. No. 8 Michigan History 6-1, 1-0Michigan holds a 35-26-2 advantage in the series against the Buckeyes, with the first game dating back to 1977. OSU has fallen to the Wolverines in the last five matchups, most recently a 3-0 shutout last October. Previous games include:10/31/15: Michigan 3, OSU 0 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)11/02/14: Michigan 2, OSU 1 (Columbus, Ohio)10/20/13: Michigan 2, OSU 1 OT (Columbus, Ohio)11/01/12: Michigan 1, OSU 0 (Iowa City, Iowa)10/14/12: Michigan 3, OSU 1 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)OSU vs. Michigan State History 4-3, 0-1Sunday’s game will be the 61st time that the Buckeyes and Spartans have faced off. OSU leads the series with a 36-21-3 record, despite having only beaten Michigan State once in the past five years. Previous games include:9/18/15: Michigan State 1, OSU 2 (East Lansing, Michigan)9/18/14: Michigan State 4, OSU 3 OT (Columbus, Ohio)11/08/13: Michigan State 2, OSU 1 2OT (Columbus, Ohio)9/28/13: Michigan State 3, OSU 2 (East Lansing, Michigan)10/05/16: Michigan State 1, OSU 0 (Columbus, Ohio) read more

Ohio State womens soccer set to take on No 12 Wisconsin Minnesota

Then-freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles the ball past an Eastern Michigan defender Aug. 25, 2013 ar Jesse Owens Stadium. OSU won, 2-1, in overtime.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter splitting its last two games, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is preparing for a pair of tough contests on the road.OSU is set to travel to face No. 12 Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend. The Buckeyes are 5-6-0 overall and 2-3-0 in Big Ten play after suffering a loss against then-No. 19 Illinois and gaining a win against Northwestern. Coach Lori Walker said the team showed signs of improvement over the weekend but still sees consistency as an issue.“We are continuing to take steps forward, I felt that there were moments on Friday (against Illinois) where we defended really well and then there were moments where there were continual breakdowns,” Walker said. “Sunday (against Northwestern) I thought there were moments we were really strong and we did a good job of getting pressure on the ball in higher places and that prevented some of the longer services that we have been struggling with.”Walker praised the work of some of the team’s underclassmen who’ve had an impact on the season so far.“(Freshman forward) Sammy Edwards has certainly been an offensive threat, she’s been able to find the back of the net and had some assists and she’s been pretty dangerous. Freshman midfielder Nikki Walts has done a great job to help connect our team and I think she’s got one of the better final passes in the conference,” Walker said. “(Freshman midfielder) Sydney Dudley is just a workhorse; she’s kind of an engine in the midfield for us and so I think she’s done an exceptional job.Walker added that redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick has also been an impressive contributor just about mid way through the Buckeyes season.Freshman forward Sammy Edwards and Geldernick have each been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week over the course of the season.OSU has struggled on the road this season, with a 1-4-0 record in away games. Junior defenser Marisa Wolf said that having confidence and focus will be important for this weekend.“If we come out with a lot of energy and we aren’t thinking that we aren’t going to win, then I think that we definitely can be successful,” Wolf said. “We have proven ourselves to the higher teams like Duke and North Carolina, and Wisconsin is just one of those teams that we can bump off their pedestal that they’re on right now.”The Buckeyes defeated then-No. 18 Duke early in the season 1-0 before dropping a game against then-No. 4 North Carolina by the same score just two days later.Sophomore forward Nichelle Prince said if OSU can channel those performances into its matchup with Wisconsin, the Buckeyes have a chance to be successful.“We just need to bring that same energy that we bring at home games. Being at home, there’s a lot of energy, a lot of students coming out to watch you play, and we have to bring that same energy when we’re away and try to get some wins in when we’re on someone else’s turf,” said sophomore forward Nichelle Prince.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Badgers on Friday at 8 p.m. in Madison, Wis. and then face Minnesota on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Minneapolis. read more

Criminal investigation launched into photo of Hollandes alleged lover

first_imgFRENCH PROSECUTORS HAVE launched a criminal investigation into the publication of a photo of actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made global waves.The preliminary probe into invasion of privacy — an offence that can be punished with a year in jail and a fine of €45,000 — follows a complaint made by the 41-year-old actress over the photo of her driving a car published by Closer magazine, prosecutor Robert Gelli said.Gayet has played a central part in the soap opera that has gripped France for weeks since she was snapped arriving for secret trysts with the president just yards from his official residence.Shortly after the scandal broke last month, Hollande split with his long-term partner Valerie Trierweiler.Gelli said the probe would focus on a picture taken of Gayet driving her car — a private place under French law — in a follow-up Closer report on the scandal published one week after the magazine first revealed the affair.The actress has also launched a civil privacy complaint against the magazine for publishing the photos that revealed her affair with Hollande, which were all taken on a public thoroughfare outside the flat where the two used to meet.Julie Gayet. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) In that case, she is seeking €50,000 in damages and €4,000 in legal costs.Gayet has kept a low profile since news of the affair broke and friends have told various media outlets that she has no desire or ambition to become first lady.She has since been nominated for a Cesar, the French equivalent of an Oscar, for playing the role of a mini-skirted adviser to a minister who uses her seductive powers to get what she wants.The divorced mother-of-two is also expected to appear on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival later in the year, having provided the voice of Grace Kelly for the French version of “Grace of Monaco”, a biopic starring Nicole Kidman.- © AFP, 2014Hollande: “I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler” > Read: French actress sues Closer magazine over reported affair with Hollande >last_img read more

VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO RECEIVE HELP

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clyde edwards, human trafficing, jamaica, jamaica pegasus hotel, United Nations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 8 (JIS) – Persons who have been victims of human trafficking are to be assisted with rebuilding their lives, through proceeds from this year’s staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast.This was announced during a press briefing held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston today (January 8) to launch the event.Providing details on the social project to be undertaken this year, Secretary of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee (NLPBC), Clyde Edwards, said it would be incorporated into proposed plans by the Ministry of Justice and the United Church in Negril “to help those who have gone through the trafficking challenge and to provide for them housing and rehabilitation.”Human trafficking is estimated by the United Nations to be a US$32-billion per year global trade.Jamaica is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour. However, the Government has been working to combat the issue of human trafficking, with the establishment of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP); amendment of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2013; an islandwide public education campaign; and the establishment of a new shelter to house victims.Additionally, the administration has equipped the police force to treat with human trafficking offences by establishing an anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit in the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).(more)Victims…2In the meantime, highlighting the importance of the theme for the event: ‘Restore…Reconnect…Rebuild with God’, Chairman of the NLPBC, Rev. Dr. Stevenson Samuels, said the committee considers it necessary to challenge the nation to rebuild and reconnect with God.“As nations enter into new periods of growth and development, the need for rebuilding and reconstruction becomes very necessary, old systems and models become outdated and archaic. They therefore become irrelevant for the new circumstances which face the nation,” he said.Rev. Samuels noted that many citizens, including members of the Diaspora, are calling for the creation of a new Jamaica where peace and respect will be major features of the society. He said that while the committee joins in this call, it recognises that the change has already begun, pointing to the improved performance in Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations; more young people accessing tertiary education; and that new entities have been established to promote integrity and eradicate corruption.This is the 35th staging of the event, which will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus on Thursday (January 15), starting at 7:30 a.m., under the patronage of the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. The speaker will be pastor from the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay,Rev. Everton Jackson.The event will be preceded by a week of prayer (formerly referred to as a prayer blitz), which begins today (January 8). Attendance at the event is by invitation only and includes leaders of the church, State and civic life. The event will be carried live on the Internet and on television.The purpose of the annual prayer breakfast is to foster greater unity in the nation, particularly among leaders at all levels, through prayer and fellowship. The first prayer breakfast was held in January 1981 arising out of the church’s concern for peace and justice, reconciliation and unity in the nation.Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) has been sponsoring the event for the past 30 years. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for youlast_img read more

ASA Argues Treated Seed Critical to the Success of Farmers

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is continuing to fight for farmers’ rights to use treated seeds.ASA, as part of an industry coalition, in March filed a motion with the court to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current regulation of neonicotinoid and other seed treatments, and to ensure that the court understands the vital importance of treated seeds to American agriculture.  EPA currently regulates seed treatment products as pesticides and must approve their use. Under a lawsuit brought by a number of plaintiffs, including environmental activists, the plaintiffs want the court to order the EPA to regulate seeds treated with pesticides as if the seeds themselves were the pesticides, potentially regulating all seed treatment facilities as pesticide factories and threatening the use of treated seeds by farmers.The plantiffs recently filed a motion with the court to deny ASA and our coalition’s petition to intervene, saying grower groups didn’t have direct economic interests in the matter. In response, our coalition consisting of ASA, CropLife America, the American Seed Trade Association, the Ag Retailers Association, the National Cotton Council of America, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Corn Growers Association, filed another brief with the court explaining our economic interests in the matter.ASA and other grower groups argue in the brief that continued availability of treated seed, including but not limited to neonicotinoid treated seed, is “critical to the success of growers’ farming operations.”The coalition’s brief states that “proposed expansion of federal pesticide law would have the immediate effect of removing from the market popular and widely used treated seed that we develop, sell, and grow and nullifying more than two dozen seed treatment registrations held our coalition’s members.  A determination that seed treated with a pesticide is itself a pesticide subject to regulation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) would have devastating economic consequences for us and our members.”As previously reported, ASA President Richard Wilkins explained in a declaration before the court how treated seed provides ASA’s members with an economical means for managing risk and protecting seeds from early-season insects, pests, and diseases, improving plant vigor, and increasing crop yields.“Without the ability to plant treated seed, ASA’s members would suffer reduced farm income from crop loss and incur hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs from larger and more frequent foliar applications of less effective pesticides, requiring extra passes over each field and additional time, energy, and capital. Some ASA members may also be forced to engage in costly higher-density seeding-planting more seeds per acre than they currently are planting- to offset inevitable stand loss caused by increased pest pressures.”last_img read more

Fire chars Hazel Dell house

first_imgAn early morning fire caused significant damage to a Hazel Dell house Friday.Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department were called to a house fire around 3 a.m. at 10611 N.E. 20th Ave.When crews arrived the house was engulfed in flames, said Capt. Scott Reamer, with District 6. About 20 firefighters set up a defensive attack to contain the flames and protect nearby houses.The fire was under control after about an hour, Reamer said.No one was reported injured.The homeowner was at home himself when the fire sparked but he got out without injury, Reamer said.County property records indicate the house is owned by Robert Bergdahl.The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.last_img

Man gets arm stuck inside safe

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – An employee at a Lauderhill gas station had to be freed after his hand got stuck in a safe, Friday.Crews were called to the Shell gas station along West Commercial Boulevard and 70th Avenue to free the employee. It took two and a half hours before crews were finally successful.Rescuers said three of the man’s fingers were injured. He was later taken to Broward Health Medical center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Mayawati visits AIIMS to enquire about Jaitleys health

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Saturday visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to meet former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been admitted here since last Friday. Mayawati arrived at AIIMS here around 11.30 a.m. “Today I went to AIIMS to see former Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley to enquire about his health. There I met his family members and with them, I prayed to God for the speedy recovery of Jaitley Ji,” she tweeted. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us On Friday night, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited AIIMS to meet the ailing senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and top BJP leaders have visited the hospital to enquire about his condition. Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of uneasiness and weakness. Owing to his health condition Jaitley did not fight the elections this year.last_img read more