3 Dec
2019

Adityanath asks BJP functionaries to shun contracts

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi today asked all BJP office bearers and public representatives not to undertake any contractual work and instead monitor them for effective execution.He said BJP’s unprecedented win the recent Assembly elections had only increased the responsibilities of the party and its workers.“No office bearer of the party or any public representative should undertake any contractual work (thekedaari). They should rather monitor them. And, if they find any discrepancy, they can inform me, so that action could be taken immediately against the guilty,” he said.Addressing people at the BJP’s regional office on the second day of his Gorakhpur visit, he said, “After victory, a number of important works have to be accomplished. The people of the state have reposed their faith in us, and the onus is on us to meet their expectations, while ensuring accountability of our actions.”Adityanath also laid stress on sense of responsibility and accountibility among his ministerial colleagues.Also Read 80% of new U.P. MLAs are crorepatis  “I am the CM. (Surya Pratap) Shahi ji is Cabinet minister. But the post of CM or Cabinet Minister is not meant for flaunting. In fact, it is an indicator of one’s responsibility and accountability towards the public, which elected you with an overwhelming majority,” he said, pointing towards some ministers present there.‘Work 20 hours a day or leave’The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, who is still the local MP, urged the party to gear up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.“In the next two years, you have to work tirelessly, irrespective of the fact that there is sunshine, rain or biting cold. Efforts should be made to ensure that the welfare schemes of the Centre percolate to the last strata of the society, and needy people are able to avail its benefits,” he said, amidst a thunderous applause from the audience.Underscoring the need for improved work culture, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also said people who were prepared to work for 18-20 hours a day are “most welcome” to join him, the rest are free to leave.“Time has come that we should work 18-20 hours a day. There no time for any entertainment (mauj masti),” he said.He also urged the people to help him break the negative image of UP.“For the past few years Uttar Pradesh has been defined as a state from whose boundaries begins darkness, from where the pot-holed roads begin and the place from where the women start to feel insecure. I was to break this mindset,” he said, and added that he wants to make UP a place, where women feel safe and secure.‘Doors must be open to the public’Adityanath said, “I would like to assure that in the next two months, people would come to know how a state government should work. I have got an opportunity to clean the mess (kachdaa saaf karne kaa maukaa milaa hai), and I will do it.”He also advised his ministers that they should be accessible to the public. “The doors of your house and office must remain open to the public. This would ensure that the government is able to reach to the last person of the society.No one would go to bed empty stomach and money would not be a constraint in marriage of any girl,” he said.Referring to the acid attack on a woman from Rae Bareli, Adityanath, said, “The officials are working on ‘puraanaa dharraa’ (old style). I went to KGMU to inquire about the well being of the woman and gave them ultimatum that everything must be done in the next couple of hours.”‘No place for criminals’He also referred to the Agra loot, which was worked out.“There is no place for those who give patronage to the gooda elements, mafia, criminal and other rogue elements. They have the option of leaving UP or else they would land in places designated for them (jails),” he said, while hinting at massive revamping of law and order.He also talked about people committing electricity theft facing the music. “The situation has already improved in Gorakhpur and it would soon improve in the state as well,” he said.“If you find any discrepancy or anomaly, just message me the relevant details. I will ensure action,” he said.last_img read more

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30 Nov
2019

Schooling slams critics after SEA Games golden double

first_imgMOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img In the 100m freestyle, he was pushed all the way by Vietnam’s Hoang Quy Phuoc before winning in 48.93, outside the SEA Games record he set two years ago in Singapore.In the relay, he pulled away in the last leg to help Singapore to win by more than six seconds, but their time didn’t beat the tournament record they set in their home pool in 2015. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program “They can say whatever they want,” Schooling shot back, when asked about the criticism of his performances which has been circulating online.“My goal is to come here and help the team as best as I can, win gold medals. That’s all I care about at this meet. You can’t always set best times, it’s fine. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s all about me trying to help the team as best as I can and me trying to win as many individual events as I can.”Schooling, who won 100m butterfly bronze at last month’s world championships, just a year after stunning Michael Phelps to claim the Olympic title, hasn’t tested his personal bests this week. LATEST STORIES Singapore’s Joseph Schooling reacts after winning the men’s swimming 100m freestyle final event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at the National Aquatics centre in Kuala Lumpur on August 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANAOlympic butterfly champion Joseph Schooling rounded on critics who say he’s swimming too slowly after he grabbed his fourth and fifth gold medals of the Southeast Games on Thursday.Schooling said detractors could say what they liked as he won the 100m freestyle and anchored Singapore’s 4x200m freestyle relay victory to near his target of six gold medals in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Home-grown sports here to stay, say SEA Games chiefs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Gameslast_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

James Harden scores 40 in Rockets’ comeback win over Magic

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Eric Gordon made a 3 for Houston’s first points in almost four minutes after that, starting an 11-4 run that cut the lead to 80-72 with about a minute left in the quarter.Aaron Gordon added a basket for Orlando and Paul hit one for Houston to leave the Magic up by eight entering the fourth.TIP-INSMagic: Vucevic had 19 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. … Fournier added 18 points. … Orlando shot 10 of 35 on 3-pointers.Rockets: Faried has scored 10 points or more in each of his four games with the team. … D’Antoni said before the game Brandon Knight was available after missing the previous seven games with a sore left knee, but he did not play.LIKE MIKEHarden has scored 40 or more points 18 times this season to make him the first player since Michael Jordan (22) in 1986-87 to have at least 18 40-point games within the first 46 games of a season.UP NEXTMagic: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.Rockets: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Houston trailed by as many as 16 and never led until there were about four minutes remaining. The game was tied with about 75 seconds left when a 3-pointer by Harden put the Rockets up 98-95.“I thought I could go under and kind of keep him on the side and of course he made it,” Evan Fournier said of his defense on the play. “It was a dumb mistake.”Terrence Ross missed a 3 on the other end and Harden added a step-back jumper with 30 seconds left to stretch the lead.Harden got his third block when he swatted away a shot by Fournier, and Chris Paul added two free throws with 13.6 seconds remaining to secure Houston’s third straight victory. Paul had 12 points and six assists after missing the previous 17 games with a strained left hamstring.The Rockets went 12-5 in Paul’s absence and he said his return doesn’t change much for Harden.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I just told James they voted him in the wrong place. They got him as a guard in the All-Star (Game) — he should be a center,” D’Antoni said with a chuckle. “That’s what he is. He’s a point-center and his defense in the post and right behind him is Eric Gordon … is really good.”Harden didn’t answer when asked what he thought about D’Antoni calling him a “point-center” but he did smile and he was still laughing as he walked off following the question.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHarden’s 40 points included five critical ones down the stretch to lead the Rockets to a 103-98 victory.The reigning MVP extended his streak of 30-point games to 23, which ranks fourth in NBA history behind three such streaks by Wilt Chamberlain. Harden, who had 11 rebounds and six assists, has scored 40 or more points in 12 of his last 17 games, including a franchise-record 61 against the Knicks last week. MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, other things we learned at Australian Open View comments Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles around Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden had another huge offensive game Sunday night, scoring 40 points in Houston’s comeback win over the Orlando Magic.But it was the point guard’s defense that coach Mike D’Antoni raved about after Harden blocked three shots and helped limit Orlando 7-footer Nikola Vucevic to just two points in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT “James is going to be James,” Paul said. “I don’t care who’s on the court — me, anybody — he’s going to be him. We need him to be him. That’s why he’s the MVP.”Harden was glad to have Paul back.“He looked good. He looked like he had an extra pep in his step,” Harden said. “He looked great and he made some big-time shots. It was good to see him back on the court.”Aaron Gordon had 23 points to lead the Magic, who have dropped six of seven.The Rockets got another strong game from Kenneth Faried, signed last week to fill in while Clint Capela recovers from thumb surgery. Faried finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.Harden scored 38 points in a 116-109 loss to the Magic this month despite going 1 for 17 from 3-point range. He fared better on Sunday, making four of 12 attempts on a night when Houston hit 12 of 36 tries.Orlando had an eight-point lead before Houston used an 11-3 spurt to tie it at 87 with seven minutes left. Paul drained two 3-pointers during that stretch and Gerald Green added a third.Ross made a 3 for Orlando to power a 5-2 mini-run that put the Magic back on top 92-89 with five minutes left.But then Houston scored the next four points, capped by a layup from P.J. Tucker, to make it 93-92 and give the Rockets their first lead of the game about a minute later.The Magic led by seven at halftime and had pushed it to 76-61 midway through the third quarter after scoring nine straight points, five by Aaron Gordon. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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22 Nov
2019

As Alab seeks redemption, Fil-Am standout eyes validation

first_imgView comments This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES And he makes no effort to hide his goal to be an MVP in the league.“Of course, that’s my goal,” said Gray about the MVP query. “But whatever I could do to help my team, then that comes first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manAlab will certainly need help. A title favorite last season, Alab was ushered out by No. 7 seed Hong Kong Eastern, a defeat that still haunts coach Jimmy Alapag.“We haven’t forgotten about last season,” Alapag said on Thursday at the league’s launch at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. “We got off to a really great start and then we got hit by the injury bug and all of a sudden, the wheels fell off quickly.” Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics To celebrate its 10th season, the Asean Basketball League honors its all-decade team. —TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETJeremiah Gray has had an interesting journey in his basketball career, and this wild ride brought to San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.A would-have-been Ateneo recruit, Gray went back to the United States to star for NCAA Division II school Dominican University of California, averaging 17.9 points in his junior and senior years, breaking the school’s single-season scoring record with 509 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cignal books semis seat; rookie Laure lifts Fotoncenter_img Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Gray will have help as Alab signed Jason Brickman for the season that starts on Nov. 16.“Of course, with Jason, things will get easier, but we still have to come in and practice every day to get that chemistry just right,” Gray said.Alapag has yet to fill up his roster with only Lawrence Domingo and Brandon Rosser as the holdovers from last season.Meanwhile, the league honored its 10 greatest players of all-time that includes three Filipinos in Parks, Leo Avenido and Jerick Cañada.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? With Alab seeking redemption and Gray looking to validate his stardom, it seems Alab will not run out of motivation this season—but neither will it run out of quality opposition, too.The field is stacked with Taiwanese powerhouse Fubon Braves joining the league this season, completing a powerhouse 10-team cast that also includes Thailand’s Mono Vampire, the Singapore Slingers, Formosa Dreamers, Wolf Warriors, Macau Black Bears, Hong Kong Eastern and Saigon Heat of Vietnam.“We’re also expecting the other teams to be better,” said Alapag, who will take on reloaded foes minus three-time league local MVP Ray Parks, who’s now with Blackwater in the PBA.But he has Gray.“Knowing Ray was a good player … it means that a lot of people are looking for me to replace him,” Gray said. “But like I’ve always said, I’m just trying to make a name for myself.”ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

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19 Nov
2019

Victoria Azarenka relishing future ‘battle of mums’ with Serena Williams

first_imgVictoria Azarenka cannot wait to renew her rivalry with close friend Serena Williams in what could shape up to become a future battle of the tennis mums.For a change, Azarenka, who has four wins and 17 defeats against Williams, is a step ahead of the American having given birth to son Leo in December — a day, she says, represented a “180 degree” turn in her life.While the former world number one and twice Australian Open champion resumes her career this week in Mallorca, Williams’s baby is due in September with the American to return next year.”I’ve been friends off the court with Serena for a long time and I’m very happy for her,” Azarenka told Reuters as she prepared for her comeback on the Mallorcan grasscourts.”First of all I was so happy when she said she was pregnant but when I first heard I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ll never have the chance to play against her again.’ I was a little sad.”But it’s incredible that she’s coming back and I know that hopefully we’ll face each other more times.”Azarenka, 27, has always been one of the most ferocious competitors on the women’s circuit.Tennis has been all-consuming — a diet of practise, tournaments, gym sessions and the all-too-regular rehabilitations from injury.Since becoming a mum, however, there is a new Azarenka.”Having Leo has changed my life 180 degrees,” the Belarusian explained. “I love every moment of being a mum. But now I have two different mentalities.advertisement”When I’m on the court, the only reason I’m there is that I love the game and I still have so much potential to improve. When I’m there I give 100 percent every time.”But after that I’m in a different mode. I switch off. That has always been so hard in the past.”I used to come back and watch tennis or talk about tennis, or check tennis on the internet. Now with Leo, it’s easy to forget it.”Whenever I come back from practise I just want to spend time with Leo, read books, swim in the pool, regular stuff. He is a good napper too. When I’m practise he usually naps.”Azarenka, who is back on a protected ranking, believes the enforced 12-month break can help her become an even better player than before and maybe emulate Kim Clijsters, who returned after starting a family to win three of her four major titles.”I’m managing my time better now,” she said. “I get better quality time now. When it comes to practise I used to get there and talk and laugh, and waste some time.”Now I’m just there for one reason. I’m there, then I’m gone. I have a limited time and I need to make the best of it. You have a short time to have your priorities straight, to give it all for the sport you love, but it doesn’t end here.”Tennis is not forever.MORE MEANINGFUL”So for me to be able to continue my career with having already had a child, it’s more meaningful. You can still chase your dream but I have a much bigger life purpose now.”Hopefully what Kim did and what hopefully Serena and I can do can inspire more women to do the same. It’s a stereotype that only male players can succeed after having kids.”Azarenka is used to making comebacks.A foot injury kept her off court for five months in 2014 and she has suffered niggling injuries since. Her last tournament, the 2016 French Open, was curtailed by a knee injury.So this break from the game has been a happier one as it also allowed her to spend time with partner Billy McKeague, rediscover her roots in Minsk and support her mother, Ala, who has successfully fought cancer.”Emotionally it’s completely different,” she said. “Absence because of injuries is a disappointment. But this was for a very happy reason and I think it can help me.”It was nice to experience the vibes in Minsk again. And it’s given me time to work hard on my body, make sure I’m strong and can come back injury free,” she said.”I never really had that time before. I didn’t really expect to play this early. I don’t know how I’m going to do. But I’m ready to play and grind again and play a lot of matches.”Just need time to get the rhythm back. I don’t know how long that will take but I will get there. Definitely. It’s going to be fun.”advertisementlast_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

Graeme Hick, Troy Cooley to coach against England in Ashes tour match

first_imgFormer England batsman Graeme Hick and bowling coach Troy Cooley will pit their wits against the tourists when they mentor a Cricket Australia XI in a four-day Ashes tour match in Townsville next month.Hick played 65 Tests for England around the turn of the century and is currently Australia’s batting coach, while Cooley was England’s bowling coach in the lead-up to their 2005 Ashes breakthrough triumph before returning home.The tour match, which will take place in the tropical Queensland city from Nov. 15-18, is one of three England will play before and during the Ashes series.Former Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris will coach the CA XI in the first four-day match under lights at the Adelaide Oval from Nov. 8-11, while John Davison will lead the locals in the third in Perth from Dec. 9-10.Former Test opener Chris Rogers will assist both Harris and Davison, who is Australia’s national spin-bowling coach.”These matches will see Australia’s talented young players Testing themselves against a world-class opponent in England, surrounded by coaches who have worked at the national level,” said CA’s Pat Howard.”It’s an exciting opportunity not just for the players, but also a great development tool for the coaches to extend their head coaching skills.”For Ryan, Graeme and John – working in tandem with Chris and Troy – this is the chance to manage a new group of players, and to give them the confidence and belief to perform to the best of their abilities and challenge our Ashes opponents.”advertisementThe Ashes start in Brisbane on Nov. 23.last_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

LIVE: Paris Saint-Germain vs Nantes

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 4 Nantes 1: Cavani double puts hosts six clear Chris Myson Last updated 1 year ago 01:52 11/19/17 Cavani - Cropped Twitter @PSG_English Paris Saint-Germain extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to six points after continuing their magnificent home form against Nantes. Edinson Cavani continued his prolific season with a double as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 4-1 home victory over Nantes to move six points clear at the top of Ligue 1.After defending champions Monaco drew away to Amiens on Friday, PSG took full advantage as they overcame a slow start to hand Claudio Ranieri’s men only their second defeat from 11 league matches.The hosts scored twice in quick succession shortly before half-time to seize control, Cavani putting them in front and Angel Di Maria scoring a fortuitous second. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Prejuce Nakoulma scored 55 seconds after being brought on as a second-half substitute by Ranieri, but Javier Pastore soon restored PSG’s two-goal cushion and Cavani got his 15th goal in 12 league games this season late on to seal the points.Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, had a quiet outing, while Kylian Mbappe was left on the substitutes’ bench for the first time since signing from Monaco and was not brought on by Unai Emery.PSG have now won seven straight Ligue 1 home games and are unbeaten at Parc des Princes in the top flight for 30 matches. That winning feeling!!! #PSGFCN #ALLEZPARIS pic.twitter.com/YzfGvxTBRw— PSG English (@PSG_English) November 18, 2017Cavani blasted wide from the edge of the area with his first sight at goal, having shown strength to latch on to Neymar’s pass, while Dani Alves had a 30-yard free-kick easily saved by Ciprian Tatarusanu as PSG struggled to create clear openings early on.Nantes threatened at the other end when a fast break led to Lucas Lima crossing for Leo Dubois, who could only send his first-time effort over at the far post in a first half short of chances.But a frustrating period for PSG came to an end in the 38th minute when Pastore found Cavani and the striker cut inside onto his right foot to slam a low shot past Tatarusanu from 12 yards, Neymar having won possession on the halfway line.The second goal arrived in bizarre fashion less than four minutes later. After Di Maria had an effort saved by Tatarusanu, the Argentina international played a one-two with Alves from the resulting corner and saw his inswinging cross missed by team-mate Marquinhos and Nantes midfielder Abdoulaye Toure, as well as the keeper, before finding its way into the far corner.A goal for the proud new dadAngel Di Maria#PSGFCN pic.twitter.com/FVKZyWm4Ar— PSG English (@PSG_English) November 18, 2017Ranieri brought on Jules Iloki for Lima at half-time and then Nakoulma in place of Andrei Girotto as Nantes looked to reverse the momentum and his second change had an immediate effect.On the hour mark, Iloki’s cross from the right was helped back across the face of goal by Dubois and converted by Nakoulma from close range to give the visitors hope of a comeback.But those dreams were crushed by Pastore just five minutes later, Tatarusanu’s poor attempt to save his strike from inside the area seeing the ball loop up and in off the far post after Marco Verratti’s throughball had created the opportunity. 3 – @Javi_Pastore has scored three goals in Ligue 1 this season (in seven games), one more than in his two previous campaign (2 goals in 31 games). Revenant. pic.twitter.com/lpfB0eZZE9— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 18, 2017Cavani got his second and PSG’s fourth with 11 minutes remaining. The Uruguay international initially tried to feed Verratti, but was left with the simplest of finishes after Diego Carlos’ attempted clearance was smashed against team-mate Nicolas Pallois in a piece of dreadful Nantes defending.He had a late chance for a hat-trick, but Tatarusanu got down well to deny him shortly before a last-ditch Chidozie Awaziem clearance denied Neymar his chance to join the scorers as PSG stretched their advantage at the summit.Key Opta stats:- PSG have won their last 12 Ligue 1 games against Nantes, their longest winning streak against a current opponent in the top flight.- Unai Emery’s side have won their last 10 home Ligue 1 games against Nantes, their best run at home against this opponent in the top-flight.- PSG have lost only one of their last 33 Ligue 1 games (W27 D5), against Nice on 30 April 2017 (1-3).- PSG are on a 30-game home unbeaten run in Ligue 1 (W24 D6), with their last defeat coming back in March 2016 against Monaco (0-2). They have won their last seven home Ligue 1 games, their best run since September 2015-February 2016 (9).- Nantes are winless in their last three away Ligue 1 games (D1 L2), after winning their previous three. read morelast_img read more

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26 Oct
2019

“More” Could Reportedly Be Coming From Ohio State In The Coming Days

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Ohio State began to release documents related to the investigation of Urban Meyer. The investigation, concluded last week, resulted in a three-game suspension for Meyer.The school has already released documents containing text messages between Urban Meyer, athletic director Gene Smith and associate director of football Jerry Emig. Also included in the documents were text messages between Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley, and Courtney Smith.There is no end in sight though. According to college football insider Dennis Dodd, there will be more documents coming.“This probably will go on for a while,” Dodd said on Twitter.Get ready for more from tOSU: I’m told there will be more documents coming from the school as they relate to the Urban Meyer investigation as they become available. This probably will go on for a while.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) August 29, 2018Ohio State’s investigative committee poured over documents for weeks, so it’s not surprising to see them released over time. There is a significant amount of information that went into the investigation, and Ohio State will control when it’s released to the public.Meanwhile, the football team prepares for a contest at home against Oregon State on Saturday.last_img read more

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24 Oct
2019

UK: TLT Continues to Grow

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location TLT, January 24, 2014 Print  Close zoom Portcentric operation The Logistics Terminal has continued to show rapid growth, with 2013 seeing throughput up 100% for the second consecutive year.TLT was set up in January 2011at the Port of Tilbury, and now deals with more than 12,000 TEU’s a year across the operation of container collection, restitution and devanning, storage, cross-docking and distribution.The TLT site has grown to 150,000 sqft warehouse indoor storage, and 200,000 sqft of external hard standing, with more than 8 acres of space in all, where around 150 picks a day take place.Richard Newbold, TLT Partner said: “The growth we continue to see at TLT is fantastic, and shows that the Portcentric model is one that works well and is in demand across a range of industries.“We have now doubled in size each year since we began, and expect to do so again in 2014. The opening of London Gateway just a few miles away means that more goods are being imported through South Essex, which will continue to support our growth this year.”TLT offload and load out more than 1000 TEU’s and vehicles a month, as well as cross docking another 500 vehicles. It mainly works with importers of plywood, timber and building products, as well as fruit importers and large UK and European manufacturers.The Logistics Terminal’s location at the Port of Tilbury gives access to 30% of the UK’s customers within a two-hour drive. TLT can quickly offload containers and return them to the port, with secure bonded warehousing space available before working with distribution and haulage companies to ensure safe onward delivery to the end user.last_img read more

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20 Oct
2019

Police negligence doctors lapses led to Tabrezs death

first_imgJamshedpur: Negligence on the part of police and doctors’ lapses led to the death of Tabrez Ansari, a 24-year-old Muslim youth who was allegedly beaten up by a mob and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’, a three-member probe team has said. Two police officers have already been suspended in the case and action would be taken against the erring doctors, the team said in its report. Ansari was attacked by the mob on June 17 in Jharkhand’s Seraikela-Kharswan district while returning from his aunt’s place. He was tied to a pole and thrashed for over seven hours on charges of theft before being handed over to police. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A severely wounded Ansari was taken to a district hospital, which cleared him for jail. Four days later, when his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to another hospital, where the doctors declared him “brought dead”. Ansari had reportedly suffered serious injuries on the head. “There was negligence on the part of the police and the doctors. While the police reached late, the doctors did not see (diagnose) skull injury,” Seraikela-Kharswan Deputy Commissioner Anjaneyulu Dodde, who headed the three-member administration team, said Friday.last_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

US uses Tomahawk Cruise Missiles against ISIS in Syria

Marrakech – The US is launching Tomahawk Cruise Missiles  against ISIS targets in Syria. The Washington post reports that the missiles were probably launched from naval ships or submarines in the eastern Mediterranean.Cruise missiles were used against Al Qaeda targets in Afghanistan after 9/11 and in the first Gulf War in 1991 and during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and against Libya in 2011.Since President Obama authorized air attacks against ISIS in August, official statements have recorded 190 air attacks by fighter bombers, bombers and missile bearing drones. The use of Tomahawk missiles in Syria has not been recorded so far and is significant. It confirms that General Lloyd Austin has been given a free hand to strike ISIS targets in Syria using whatever force is required.The Washington Post reports that cruise missiles were in position in August 2013 to strike at the Assad regime following its use of chemical weapons. They were never used because President Obama decided to seek congressional approval for the action.The Tomahawk Cruise Missile is a fearsome long range guided weapon made by Raytheon. It is 18 feet long and  usually carries a 1,000 pound warhead and has a range of up to 1,000 miles. It is a precision guided missile and is used against stationary targets. It’s against ISIS installations in Syria and will help reduce the risk to U.S. pilots should the Assad government choose to use its antiaircraft missile systems.The Assad government said it had been warned by the US prior to the attack launched last night. read more

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11 Oct
2019

Darfur UNAfrican peacekeepers to set up quick reaction force to protect civilians

16 February 2011The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has significantly stepped up its patrols in the strife-torn region of Sudan where there was a recent resurgence of violence and is setting up a quick reaction force to help protect civilians. “I am deeply concerned about these renewed clashes and have since made strong appeals to the parties to cease further hostilities in the interest of ongoing peace efforts and the safety of the people of Darfur,” UN-AU Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari told a news conference in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.Renewed fighting in January has driven some 43,000 people from their homes, according to UNAMID, the more than 20,000-strong uniformed force set up in 2008 to help end a war between the Government, backed by its militia allies, and various rebel groups, which has killed at least 300,000 people and displaced 2.7 million others since it erupted in 2003.“UNAMID patrols have increased from 90 to 130 military and police patrols daily with additional surge capacity when required,” Mr. Gambari said, noting that between 1 January and 10 February over 6,000 patrols were conducted, mostly to deter armed violence against civilians.UNAMID is also expanding and upgrading Teams Sites to extend its protection cover to larger parts of Darfur. “Because we cannot be everywhere every time, I have instructed the Joint Operations Centre in UNAMID to set up a quick reaction force in order to assist civilians who are under imminent threat.”In recent months, particularly November and December, the security situation in parts of Darfur deteriorated, due largely to clashes between the Sudanese armed forces and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which have taken part in a peace process launched in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Relations also deteriorated between the Government and another rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Army/ Minni Minnawi movement (SLA/MM), leading to heavy military confrontations.A considerable number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sought refuge in UNAMID Team Sites where military and police personnel provided security, health services, food and other basic needs. “Although the situation in these conflict-affected areas has improved and UNAMID has stepped up confidence-building patrols in order to encourage gradual returns, several IDPs remain clustered around our Team Sites,” Mr. Gambari said.On the positive side, he noted that the Government has shown “a commendable willingness” to cooperate with UNAMID in ensuring that the mission has the required access and freedom of movement to implement its mandate, which includes helping to restore security and protect civilians. read more

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7 Oct
2019

Ciscos Amy Chang on the Future of Collaboration

As one example, she noted that she is working to reduce the time for order processing by an order of magnitude. “I just want to keep shrinking and shrinking and shrinking [the number of days it takes partners and customers to get stuff in their hands] down so that we’re extremely responsive,” she added. Amy Chang made her entrance into the collaboration industry last May, when Cisco acquired Accompany, the “relationship intelligence” company she founded and led as CEO. With the acquisition, Chang, who had been on the Cisco board, became SVP of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, taking over the reigns over from Rowan Trollope, who left the company to become CEO of cloud contact center provider Five9. While collaboration hadn’t been in Chang’s wheelhouse, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics – so central to optimizing employee and customer engagement today – has been. Prior to founding Accompany, Chang worked at Google, leading teams responsible for Google Analytics and Website Optimizer, among other products. Before joining Google, Chang worked at eBay in paid search; as a McKinsey consultant for the semiconductor and software industries; and in hardware at Intel, AMD, and Motorola. Over the years she has served on the Cisco, Splunk, Informatica, and Procter & Gamble boards, and today retains her position at the latter. Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. Continued on next page: Chang on Cisco’s executive leadership and on the role for AI in collaborationTags:News & ViewsCiscoAmy Changcognitive collaborationUnified Communications & CollaborationAI & AutomationAI & Speech TechnologiesCloud CommunicationsFuture of WorkQ&AVendor PerspectiveVendor Strategy12nextlast Articles You Might Like These efforts to make doing business with the group easier are reflected in Cisco Collaboration’s earnings, Chang said. A year ago, before Chang had started, Cisco’s Applications group (within which Collaboration sits) had low single-digit growth. Now, as of the November earnings report, the Applications group is seeing 18% year-over-year growth, and Collaboration is “a very significant portion of that,” she said. “We have a long way to go, but you’ll see [more] progress throughout the year.” I had the opportunity to sit down and get to know the “mysterious” Amy Chang in a recent No Jitter interview. Having had spoken with various members of her executive team, I had heard about her energetic personality and striking intelligence but knew little of how she planned on leading the Collaboration group forward. In our chat, Chang shared her thoughts on everything from that to her transition into Cisco leadership, the place for AI in collaboration, and Cisco’s recent executive leadership changes. Chang_Amy_774.png Chang has been fairly quiet since joining Cisco. But she broke the silence in November, speaking publicly for the first time at Cisco’s Partner Summit, and is set to take to the mainstage at Enterprise Connect 2019 – one of five keynoters in a lineup that includes Lori Wright, GM of Microsoft 365; Pasquale DeMaio, GM of Amazon Connect; Rany Ng, director of product management at Google; and, as announced today, Joe Park, chief digital architect and VP of associate digital experience at Walmart. A final piece of the puzzle is continuing to serve premises-based customers. “We’re cloud-first, but not cloud-only,” she said. Cisco still has more than 30 million users on Jabber, many still active on premises-based solutions, Chang said. “These customers are going to be on those for a decade or two to come, and we’re not abandoning those products,” she added, noting a departure from the company’s previous stance. On Product Strategy…At a high level, Chang said she thinks about the business through the lens of what collaboration does for people. “Collaboration touches 300 million human beings on a regular basis for Cisco,” she said. “And we’re on the front lines of crafting that meaningful experience.” It’s about building bridges, not islands, she added. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » On Jumping in Feet First…Once at Cisco, Chang said she began to identify areas that could be improved, and found a lot of low-hanging fruit. “We’re talking like watermelon-sized fruit on the ground that you can pick up,” she said. Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. It’s all about simplification, she said, and about having a single product portfolio. Enterprise IT shouldn’t need to be aware of Cisco’s internal structure, Chang said. “Our org chart should be opaque to you because the products should work as one portfolio,” she emphasized, noting that toward this end Cisco will be delivering “something that customers have been asking for, for a long time — a unified client, where calling, messaging, and meetings are all together … in one simple experience.” Chang gave a nod to the redesigned Webex platform as an example of how Cisco intends to create cohesion in the collaboration experience. “The [Webex] experience has gone from being the best that the 2000s had to offer to really being in the year 2019,” she said. For customers, the benefit of having a single platform is “multiplicative, not just additive,” she said. Think of Cisco Collaboration as a solution, not a bunch of point products, she added. Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. Chang’s strategy also revolves around interoperability, as well as around weaving intelligence through the portfolio. On the former, she pointed to its integrations of Webex with the Microsoft Office suite as evidence of the direction Cisco is moving in — “where it all just works together.” Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Log in or register to post comments read more

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7 Oct
2019

BlackBerry CEO says it will take 10 years before selfdriving cars become

BlackBerry Inc.’s strength in security, privacy and interconnectivity will enable it to be a major player in the emerging market for self-driving and connected cars — but it may take a decade for them to become common, BlackBerry chairman and CEO John Chen told shareholders Wednesday.The Waterloo, Ont. -based company — which has evolved into primarily a software and service company since Chen joined in late 2013 — is working with a host of automotive parts makers, semiconductor developers and big name auto companies, including Ford Motors and Jaguar Land Rover.But Chen said fully autonomous vehicles, guided by wireless networks, will probably remain a rarity for some time to come because of the complex task of developing the technology but also due to the necessary public policies.“Let’s say (in) 2021, you’re not going to see a lot of them — if there are any,” Chen said. “My speculation: ten years (from now) is probably closer to the truth than three years.”BlackBerry QNX launched testing of a self-driving car in October in what was billed as the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada after opening an innovation centre in late 2016.The company is involved in discussions about setting safety standards for Canada and the United States and noted that China, Japan and the European Union will also have their own rules.Hopefully, he said, there will be a global set of standards — not like now where some of world drives on the right and some on the left side the road and some electricity grids use 110-volts and others use 220-volts.“This is in the hands of the politicians, not the technology providers. But we will definitely put our words in.”A Canadian Senate committee warned in a report earlier this year that departments and levels of government are taking contradictory approaches to automated vehicles and the federal government needs to better co-ordinate action. In the United States, the federal government has voluntary guidelines for companies that want to test autonomous vehicles, leaving much of the regulation up to states.Chen said that, for now, BlackBerry’s major revenue source from the automotive sector is through infotainment systems using software from its QNX division. An even bigger source of revenue for the company is its secure software for enterprise customers, while whatever revenue it receives from smartphones comes through licensing agreements.BlackBerry held its annual meeting two days before releasing financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, which began March 1.Analysts estimate BlackBerry’s revenue will drop nearly 15 per cent from a year earlier and fall almost 13 per cent from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Revenue is expected to begin rising in each of the following quarters this year, according to estimates from Thomson Reuters Eikon.Chen was hired in November 2013 to turn around the company, a pioneer of the smartphone industry that was muscled aside by Apple Inc. and other smartphone makers using the Android operating system.A five-year contract for Chen, announced in March, was approved without comment at the meeting Wednesday.The contract, which runs to November 2023, is weighted toward long-term performance-based equity and cash awards, in addition to a time-based equity award.Shareholders didn’t vote directly on Chen’s contract but they did approve the board of director’s compensation policy by a majority, with no questions raised during the hour-long meeting at the BlackBerry campus in Waterloo.Chen could be paid a US$90 million bonus if the company’s 10-day average stock price at the New York Stock Exchange hits US$30 per share before Nov. 3, 2023 — more than double its 2018 high this year.He can also earn five million performance equity units, in five equal instalments, if BlackBerry’s stock price hits price targets rising annually from US$16 in fiscal 2019 to US$20. He’ll also get five million time units if he stays through 2023.For the financial year ended Feb. 28, Chen received about US$3 million in total compensation, which included a US$1 million in base salary and US$2 million under a non-equity incentive plan. Total compensation was about the same as in fiscal 2017 and 2016 but those years included $2 million in share-based awards on top of the $1 million base salary. read more

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3 Oct
2019

A bythenumbers look at flexible work arrangements in Canada

A by-the-numbers look at flexible work arrangements in Canada OTTAWA – The Liberal government is looking at bringing in new rules that would allow federally regulated employees to request changes to how and where do their jobs. Here are a few figures from a federal discussion paper released last month as part of consultations on the proposal:883,000: Approximate number of federally regulated workers who would be captured by any flexible work rules enacted by the federal government.11,450: Approximate number of employers in federally regulated industries.58: Percentage of Canadian employees who reported feeling overloaded in a Canadian Mental Health Association survey.400,000: Approximate number of indigenous youth who will be old enough to enter the workforce in the coming decade.36: Percentage of Canadian employees in a 2012 Statistics Canada survey who had flexible work hours to care for a family member.16: Percentage of women in the 2015 Statistics Canada labour force survey who reported working part-time to care for a child or for family responsibilities.3: Percentage of men in the same survey who reported working part-time for similar reasons.60: Percentage of employers in the 2008 federal jurisdiction workplace survey who said they did not provide bereavement leave in the event of the death of an immediate family member.(Source: Employment and Social Development Canada, “Flexible Work Arrangements: A discussion paper”) by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 2:25 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 3:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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2 Oct
2019

Mali Ban voices outrage as UN peacekeeper killed in second deadly attack

On 7 October, a number of unidentified assailants launched approximately six mortar rounds at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in Kidal, in the country’s northeast, resulting in the death of the Senegalese peacekeeper. Coming just four days after an ambush killed nine Nigerien MINUSMA peacekeepers in Mali’s Gao region, the latest attack brings the total number of fatalities suffered by the UN mission to 31 peacekeepers killed and 91 wounded since it first deployed on 1 July 2013.In statement issued late yesterday by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General noted that the attack came on the eve of the UN Security Council’s consideration of the situation in Mali and reminded all parties of their responsibility to prevent attacks against blue helmets. Mr. Ban underscored that “a political solution is the only way to bring sustainable peace and stability” to the country. In addition, he expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the fallen peacekeeper and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. Despite initial security improvements in 2013, the situation in Northern Mali has deteriorated since the beginning of this year. An increase in incidents involving improvised explosive devices, mostly targeting Malian and international security forces, has impeded the return to normalcy and resumption of economic and development activities.The first phase of the inter-Malian negotiation process, which was held from 16 to 24 July in Algiers, aimed at achieving a comprehensive peace agreement which would end the crisis. It concluded with the adoption of a roadmap by all parties. A second phase of peace negotiations is currently underway in the Algerian capital. Memorial ceremony held in honor of nine Blue Helmets from Niger killed on October 3 in an targeted ambush on the road between Menaka and Asongo, in the Gao region. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko Memorial ceremony held in honor of nine Blue Helmets from Niger killed on October 3 in an targeted ambush on the road between Menaka and Asongo, in the Gao region. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko ‹ ›In his briefing of the Council on the situation in Mali earlier today, Hervé Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, warned that the security situation in the country is of concern as the rate of attack against MINUSMA operations has increased “substantially and steeply” amid a reduction in the presence of French troops and the “quasi-disappearance” of Malian armed forces from many places in the north.“This has created a situation in which MINUSMA is the main foreign presence on the ground and, of course, this make us the target for all these spoilers – extremists, jihadists, traffickers – who would want to have the ground exclusively to themselves so as to carry-on with their nefarious activities,” Mr. Ladsous said via video feed from the Malian capital, Bamako. “We are in a situation where we are [no longer] in a peacekeeping environment and this behoves on us to take a number of measures to face these asymmetric threats,” he continued. Mr. Ladsous pointed out that the Mission was working “very actively” on a number of measures designed to strengthen the protection for MINUSMA bases, camps, equipment, and people in the face of what he described as “a whole range of threats,” including unguided rockets fired randomly, mortar shells, suicide attacks, and ambushes.The Under-Secretary-General also voiced frustration over the “slow” progress in peace negotiations, adding that “both on the side of the Government and on the side of the armed groups, a credible effort needs to be made to find a compromise based on mutual trust and reciprocal good will.” “Without losing any time, it’s important for an agreement to be reached,” he stated, reiterating the need for the return of Malian sovereignty to the rest of its territory. At the same time, the Security Council similarly condemned yesterday’s attack in the “strongest terms” while reiterating their “full support” for the MINUSMA deployment. The 15 members of the Council urged the Government of Mali to “swiftly” investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, adding that “those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable.” They also warned that such attacks may constitute war crimes under international law and reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. DSRSG Arnauld Akodjenou shakes hands with a member of Niger delegation serving with MINUSMA during the memorial ceremony. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko USG Herve Ladsous (right), Niger Minister of Justice Marou Amadou (centre) and DSRSG Arnauld Akodjenou (left) stand at attention during the memorial ceremony. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko read more

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28 Sep
2019

Ohio State womens golf eyes 3rd straight Big Ten championship

Members of the OSU women’s golf team. Credit: Courtesy of OSUIn each of the past two seasons, the Ohio State women’s golf team has celebrated a Big Ten championship — but with a catch. While OSU’s name has appeared on the trophy, it has done so as a co-champion.Now with a chance to stand alone as champion for the first time in the three-year span, the Buckeyes are gearing up for the Big Ten tournament this weekend.After securing a second-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational last weekend, the team will attempt to carry that momentum into the conference championship.“We are peaking at the right time,” said junior Jessica Porvasnik. “We just finished second at our home tournament, and we’re looking forward to the Big Tens this week.”Coach Therese Hession said she has been happy with her team’s solid season thus far but is hoping that the team can produce a couple of standout performances during the postseason.“We’ve had a pretty steady season. We’ve only really had one bad tournament in my opinion, so we’ve been very consistent,” Hession said. “If we can get one or two people to break out of the pack a little bit and post some under-par scores, I think that’s something we’re really going to need heading into this weekend.”One of the team’s goals is to win the Big Ten title outright. Despite being the two-time defending Big Ten champions, both team titles have been shared with other schools: Michigan in 2014 and Northwestern in 2015. Northwestern is currently ranked No. 15 in the country and has been the clear front-runner in the conference during the regular season.Despite the Wildcats being the favorite to win the conference title, Hession said they’re vulnerable.“Last week (Northwestern) shot 30 over par in a tournament, though, and lost by 42 strokes, so that’s the thing about women’s golf this year, there’s so many good teams,” Hession said. “You never know what’s going to happen week to week. So, you know, hopefully this will be our week.”OSU freshman Jaclyn Lee. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Buckeyes think a key to the weekend will be following their plan and knowing when to push for certain shots.“Be aggressive when you can be aggressive,” Porvasnik said. “Strategically, I think everyone needs to figure out when is the time to go for it and when not, and I think making the right choices is really going to benefit us in the long run.”Porvasnik, who finished fifth at last weekend’s home tournament, won the Big Ten tournament individual title as a freshman and is hoping to recreate her success from two years ago.“I definitely want to win the Big Ten again, but I’m just focusing on small goals and going into it just sticking to our game plan and playing smart golf,” she said.Four of the six Buckeyes competing have played on the course before, so they are familiar with its challenging elements. Hession said she thinks driving and putting execution will be critical components in the formula to win a Big Ten championship.“I would say hitting greens in regulation and staying out of the rough will be one factor,” Hession said. “You know it always comes down to if it’s your week, making some putts, and I feel like we’ve worked a lot on putting and trying to get the ball in the hole. Hopefully those two things come together, and it should work out pretty well then.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin play in the Big Ten tournament on Friday at The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis. read more

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25 Sep
2019

Six suspected migrants rescued from small boat in English Channel

first_imgHMC Valiant tows migrant boat HMC Valiant tows migrant boat A Home Office spokesman said: “The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was alerted to the presence of a small boat off the coast of Kent at around 05.40 on Thursday 25 August.“The MCA search and rescue helicopter from Lydd and a Border Force cutter were deployed to the scene.“Six men were recovered from the boat and are due to be interviewed by Border Force officers.” Six suspected illegal immigrants have been apprehended in a dinghy in the English Channel.Coastguards were alerted to the presence of the small vessel off the Kent coast in the early hours of Thursday morning.They alerted the Border Force cutter, HMC Valiant, which was able to intercept the boat before the men made it to the shore.A search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd was also scrambled and took part in the operation to safely apprehend the suspects.The men were being questioned by Border Force officers in Dover on suspicion of trying to enter the country illegally. The warmer weather is thought to have encouraged more migrants camped along the French coast to make the treacherous journey across the world’s busiest shipping lane.But there is major concern that the Border Force does not have the maritime resources to tackle the problem, with just four vessels available to patrol the thousands of miles of British coastline.Dover MP Charlie Elphicke said: “This is just another example of why we urgently need a new Dover Patrol guarding the English Channel.“The evil people traffickers are winning the war. They must be stopped. Sooner or later there will be a terrible tragedy.“The Government needs to take back control of the Channel and restore order at the border.” Border Force officers inspect boat Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Border Force officers inspect boat It is the latest in a string of incidents in which desperate migrants were suspected of trying to enter Britain by crossing the Channel.It was recently revealed that people smugglers were making as much as £100,000 per journey, ferrying boat loads of migrants from the French coast into Britain.Last month two men from Kent were jailed for more than four years after admitting trying to sneak 18 Albanians, including a woman and two children, into the quiet port of Dymchurch on the south coast.They were only caught because their boat began to sink and the terrified migrants alerted their families back in France who in turn contacted the Coastguard.last_img read more

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25 Sep
2019

Drug dealers used modified Bentley to smuggle cocaine into Britain court hears

first_imgCera also admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply cocaine and having an ID document with improper intention, which related to a false Romanian passport under the name of “Bogdan”. The secret roof space used to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine into the UK The secret roof space used to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine into the UKCredit:NCA/PA Wire Drug dealers used a modified Bentley with a secret compartment to smuggle £3.6million of cocaine into Britain, a court heard.The gang modified the roof of the £130,000 Bentley Flying Spur to stash drugs and more than £100,000 in cash.Florentino Gonzalez, 48, Eduia Abazi, 31, and Bajram Elezi, 34, hid more than 30 kilograms of cocaine in the plush car which had modifications made so the illicit drugs could be stored. The drugs seized Florentino Gonzalez, a drug trafficker who used a Bentley with a secret roof space to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine into the UKCredit: NCA/PA Wire Gonzalez travelled from his home in Belgium, parked up his Bentley at the Britannia International Hotel in the Isle of Dogs and met with Armand Cuni, 39, and Abazi on September 5 last year.Elezi, Gonzalez and Abazi were found guilty last month following a five week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court.Gonzalez, of Spanish origin but living in Belgium, was also found guilty of concealing criminal property, with Elezi guilty of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Byberi was arrested near his home in Bedford, and on December 18 2016 he pleaded guilty along with Cuni and Cera to conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Heather Strangoe, prosecuting, said: “This was a well sophisticated process whereby imported cocaine was distributed to the driver or their courier in return for cash payments and using apartments for the purpose of the exchanges.”Jailing the gang, Recorder Christopher Sallon said: “This is a long running conspiracy and a sophisticated commercial operation to distribute very large qualities of cocaine ranging from 88 to 93 per cent purity.”Large qualities of this drug was sources from South America and smuggled height Europe via France and Belgium to the U.K, professionally concealed in luxury cars.”Main conspirator Gonzalez, slammed by the judge for his “untruthful” testimony to the jury, was jailed for 24 years. Armand Cuni, Edwin Abazi, Saimir Byberi, Yelton Cera and Bajram Elezi, co-conspirators of Florentino Gonzalez The drugs seizedCredit:NCA/PA Wire  Fellow leader Cuni, of Brussels, was jailed for 22 years. Abazi, of Hillingdon, west London was jailed for 21 years and Byberi was sentenced to 15 years in prison.Cera was jailed for six year for one count and six years to run concurrently, plus 18 months for having an ID document to run consecutively, making total of 12 years.Elezi of Epsom, Surrey, was jailed for eight years. Florentino Gonzalez, a drug trafficker who used a Bentley with a secret roof space to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine into the UK Gonzalez, who claimed to be visiting Britain to set up a wine firm and a cafe, used an underground car park at the luxury Marlin Apartments in Southwark, south London, to meet dealers and exchange the smuggled drugs for cash.The plush car was seized by police investigating the drugs gang who discovered more than 30 kilos of cocaine in two days of surveillance.It is thought the illicit cargo was last in a long line of drugs already smuggled from Europe and distributed to dealers around the capital by the gang.They travelled between 25 to 30 times over a two year period, but could have been running the conspiracy for as much as four years. Armand Cuni, Edwin Abazi, Saimir Byberi, Yelton Cera and Bajram Elezi, co-conspirators of Florentino GonzalezCredit:NCA/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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22 Sep
2019

ESA launches rocket that will create a detailed map of the Milky

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN SPACE Agency launched a Soyuz rocket yesterday that will create the most accurate map of the Milky Way.Blasting off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the rocket – part of the Gaia mission – will attempt to answer questions about the origin and evolution of our galaxy, by measuring the position and motions of one per cent of the total population of roughly 100 billion stars.RocketCurrently Gaia is some 1.5 million kilometres beyond Earth as seen from the Sun. On board the rocket there are sophisticated instruments that will allow the mission to study the precise census of the Milky Way’s stars.The Gaia spacecraft – mated with the Fregat stage and enclosed by the fairing – is ready to be placed on top of the Soyuz launcher, inside the mobile gantry on the launch pad.Gaia will observe each of the billion stars an average of 70 times each over the next five years. It will also measure the position and key physical properties of each star, including its brightness, temperature and chemical composition.Today engineers will command Gaia to perform the first of two critical thruster firings to ensure it is on the right trajectory towards its home orbit.Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General said he hopes the mission makes some “ground-breaking discoveries” about our Milky Way.Discovery“Gaia represents a dream of astronomers throughout history, right back to the pioneering observations of the ancient Greek astronomer Hipparchus, who catalogued the relative positions of around a thousand stars with only naked-eye observations and simple geometry,” said Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, who added that Gaia will produce an unrivalled stellar census, but along the way has the potential to uncover new asteroids, planets and dying stars.(YouTube/w1TenMinutes)Read: One small step: China lands spacecraft on the moon> Column: Stargazing for beginners – get the most out of these dark winter nights>last_img read more

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