IRClass Accredited for EU MRV Services by RvA

first_imgzoom Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has been accredited for EU MRV Monitoring Reporting and Verification services by Dutch Accreditation Council (Raad voor Accreditatie RvA). As explained, this accreditation enables IRClass to undertake the assessment of monitoring plans and verification of emissions reports (CO2) as an independent verifier for any ship, anywhere in the world, regardless of country of ownership, flag state, or class.The EU regulation 2015/757 requires ships of above 5,000 GT visiting EU ports and while in EU ports to monitor and report their CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and transport work.As a first step towards compliance, ship-specific monitoring plans need to be submitted by a company for assessment by August 31, 2017. At the end of each calendar year commencing with 2018, a ship-specific emissions report is required to be prepared by a company and submitted to an accredited independent body for verification.As an independent ship classification society, IRClass provides ship classification and certification as well as technical inspection services. In 2016, IRClass was granted a recognition by the European Commission which allowed this classification society access to European markets.RvA is an internationally reputed, Netherlands based EU notified body for accrediting an organization as independent verifier according to ISO and EU requirements.last_img read more

Absolutely terrifying Family faced big medical bill despite travel insurance

first_imgCALGARY – The family of a father who fell ill following a hiking trip to Spain to memorialize his soldier son says they were faced with a massive medical bill — despite having travel insurance.Michael Hornburg made the trip last fall to mark the ninth anniversary of the death of his son, Cpl. Nathan Hornburg, a Calgary reservist who was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 24, 2007, at the age of 24.“He really felt that Nathan was there with him on the journey,” said Hornburg’s daughter, Rachel Herbert, who operates a ranch with her husband, Tyler, south of Calgary. “Four days before he was supposed to go home, he collapsed with a seizure and was admitted to the hospital.”Hornburg was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and was unable to walk or talk.Herbert flew to Spain to be at her father’s bedside and immediately contacted his insurer, Allianz Global Assistance Canada. She provided all the documentation from the Spanish hospital.The neurosurgeon said her father couldn’t fly without medical accompaniment. The cost of the air ambulance back to Canada was $60,000 to $80,000.“So there we were — stuck,” said Herbert. “After six days in this hospital wondering why we couldn’t get out of there, the insurance company got back to us to say they had denied his claim.”Herbert was told the claim was turned down because her father failed to reveal he’d received a prescription for indigestion 18 months earlier. She was initially on the hook for the air ambulance, the hospital stay in Spain, flights for her and her husband, plus accommodation.“They were holding us there while they scoured his medical records for the most minute thing they could find. That is what is absolutely terrifying.”Herbert hired a lawyer and spent the better part of a year battling the insurance company to try to get the bill covered. Allianz eventually paid $27,000, but the family was left on the hook for at least another $30,000.“I am really just ready to forget about it all. I said I don’t have the energy to deal with this any more. Let’s just take whatever little bit of money they’re going to give us,” said Herbert.“That’s what the insurance companies want — to just burn people out until they don’t deal with it anymore.”Members of the military in Calgary rallied and donated $25,000 to offset the costs. Herbert said the family would prefer to donate that money back to the Military Family Resource Centre.Her father was lucky he had family at home to come to his rescue, she said.“What would the insurance do for somebody who wasn’t as well equipped … and didn’t have the finances?” Herbert asked. “It could put somebody on the street so easily and that’s what’s so shocking for us.”Allianz declined an interview but did issue a statement.“We can confirm that the expenses submitted for this travel emergency, which were eligible under the policy, were both approved and fully reimbursed up to the maximum amount of coverage available for each applicable benefit,” wrote Dan Keon, senior director of market management for Allianz Global Assistance.The president of the Consumers’ Association of Canada said there’s little doubt insurance companies look for excuses not to pay out.“People can be forgiven for assuming that they are looking for any excuse and every excuse if you will,” Bruce Cran said from Vancouver. “That’s a tendency that’s there and … that in itself should be dealt with.”A professor at the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University said Allianz provides one of the least expensive travel insurances. That means plenty of exclusions on coverage.“People purchase the tickets to give themselves peace of mind … but it’s not necessarily the best insurance,” said Frank Cotae.“The cautionary tale for anyone that may be out there is to read the policy.”Herbert has learned a lesson.“I would not take out a travel insurance policy without having my lawyer and my doctor both go over it.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Universities heard gender balance message loud and clear science minister says

first_imgOTTAWA – Six months after Science Minister Kirsty Duncan threatened universities with cuts to their research funding over a “dismal” gender balance among scientists nominated for lucrative research posts, she says they have heard her message and have started to respond.More than half the scientists submitted by universities for consideration for one of the Canada 150 chair jobs are now women, Duncan said.As well, 41 per cent of the people nominated for the latest round of Canada Research Chair appointments were female, the highest proportion ever in the 17 years the program has existed.“I think the message is getting through,” Duncan said.“Broad perspectives breed great science. If you come with a different perspective you may ask a different question, you may use different methodology and you may get better results. I think this is really good news for Canadian science.”She noted these are preliminary numbers based on nominations and they still are going through the peer review process. However, in the past the success rates of researchers receiving the appointment after being nominated were similar for men and women. The problem lay in that not enough women were being nominated in the first place.In April Duncan was appalled when the spring round of Canada Research Chair nominees included twice as many men as women.Shortly after, she warned schools they had until the end of 2019 to meet decade-old diversity targets. If they didn’t, schools would not get funding for future chairs until they could show the targeted balance not just for women but also researchers with disabilities, visible minorities and those with Indigenous backgrounds.The extended deadline is largely because the chair positions last for up to seven years each and turnover can be slow.To speed that along, Duncan also announced this week she is limiting tier one Canada Research Chair jobs to just one renewal. Tier one jobs are aimed at more experienced researchers, offer up to $200,000 a year for up to seven years, and can currently be renewed for an unlimited number of terms.Tier two jobs, which target emerging scientists with up to $100,000 a year for up to five years, can only be renewed once and there has been quicker improvements in diversity among those positions than among tier one jobs.As of October, women held 21 per cent of tier one positions, and 39 per cent of tier two positions.Pari Johnston, vice president of policy and public affairs at Universities Canada, said she was pleased with the latest statistics as well.“The minister’s goal of advancing equity and diversity in science, and ensuring talented women researchers have greater opportunities to be research leaders in Canada, is shared by Universities Canada’s 96 university members,” Johnston said in a statement.Last month Universities Canada presidents voted to adopt seven principles of diversity, including a pledge to better track data on diversity among both students and employees at their schools, as well as aiming to make their schools more accessible.The Canada 150 Research Chairs program was created this year to appoint between 15 and 35 internationally-based researchers.The Canada Research Chairs program was implemented in 2000 to create up to 2,000 research positions at universities across the country to push for excellence in engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Handmaids Tale adaptation draws ire of Donald Trump supporters

first_img“Anybody can clearly see that this is leftist propaganda meant to trigger your subconscious mind,” wrote one commenter. “Very smart games the left is playing.”Another wrote: “WHAT IS THIS LIBERAL S**T?”Others were quick to point out that the series is based on Atwood’s book, and written long before Trump came to power.“Dear Trump supporters,” one commenter wrote. “This is based off a dystopian novel called “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Any similarity between the Trump administration and the oppressive government in this fiction is entirely coincidental.”Said another: “ Wow. Trump supporters are so ignorant, they don’t realize this was based on a novel written in 1985. And the show has been in production for several years, long before the election.” The commenter added: “You see The Handmaid’s Tale and assume it’s anti-Trump .. what does that say about Trump??”Atwood herself weighed in over Twitter, although briefly:(Sigh) First published in 1985. https://t.co/6ItyIIEXeS— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) March 24, 2017 Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s classic novel about a dystopian world has drawn the ire of some Donald Trump supporters, who apparently believe the new series based on the 32-year-old novel is a slight against his administration.Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” first published in 1985, has been adapted into a upcoming series, which is set to launch on Hulu in late April. The show is based on Atwood’s fictional tale of a dystopian world in which the United States has been overthrown by a totalitarian theocratic regime. In it women are forced to become “handmaids” to men and produce children if their wives are not able to.On Thursday, a trailer for the upcoming series was posted on YouTube (see trailer below). It sparked a debate in the comment section, with some, seemingly not realizing the story is more than 30 years old, suggesting the show is anti-Trump. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment HERE’S THE TRAILER Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Trumps budget balloons deficits cuts social safety net

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget plan Monday that envisions steep cuts to America’s social safety net but mounting spending on the military, formally retreating from last year’s promises to balance the federal budget.The president’s spending outline for the first time acknowledges that the Republican tax overhaul passed last year would add billions to the deficit and not “pay for itself” as Trump and his Republican allies asserted. If enacted as proposed, though no presidential budget ever is, the plan would establish an era of $1 trillion-plus yearly deficits.The open embrace of red ink is a remarkable public reversal for Trump and his party, which spent years objecting to President Barack Obama’s increased spending during the depths of the Great Recession. Rhetoric aside, however, Trump’s pattern is in line with past Republican presidents who have overseen spikes in deficits as they simultaneously increased military spending and cut taxes.“We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had, by far,” Trump said in an Oval Office appearance Monday. “In this budget we took care of the military like it’s never been taken care of before.”Trump’s budget revived his calls for big cuts to domestic programs that benefit the poor and middle class, such as food stamps, housing subsidies and student loans. Retirement benefits would remain mostly untouched by Trump’s plan, as he has pledged, though Medicare providers would absorb about $500 billion in cuts — a nearly 6 per cent reduction. Some beneficiaries in Social Security’s disability program would have to re-enter the workforce under proposed changes to eligibility rules.While all presidents’ budgets are essentially dead on arrival — Congress writes and enacts its own spending legislation — Trump’s plan was dead before it landed. It came just three days after the president signed a bipartisan agreement that set broad parameters for spending over the next two years. That deal, which includes large increases for domestic programs, rendered Monday’s Trump plan for 10-year, $1.7 trillion cuts to domestic agencies such as the departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Housing and Urban Development even more unrealistic.The White House used Monday’s event to promote its long-awaited plan to increase funding for infrastructure. The plan would put up $200 billion in federal money over the next 10 years in hopes of leveraging a total of $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending, relying on state and local governments and the private sector to contribute the bulk of the funding.But after his aides talked up that plan over the weekend, Trump suggested that his infrastructure proposal wasn’t a big deal for him.“If for any reason, they don’t want to support to it, hey, that’s going to be up to them,” he said of the Republican-controlled Congress. “What was very important to me was the military; what was very important to me was the tax cuts.”Trump also is proposing work requirements for several federal programs, including housing subsidies, food stamps and Medicaid. Such ideas have backing from powerful figures in Congress including Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who promises action on a “workforce development” agenda this year.There was immediate opposition from Democrats.“The Trump budget proposal makes clear his desire to enact massive cuts to health care, anti-poverty programs and investments in economic growth to blunt the deficit-exploding impact of his tax cuts for millionaires and corporations,” said Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee.Some Republicans, on the other hand, said spending was much too high.“This budget continues too much of Washington’s wasteful spending — it does not balance in ten years, and it creates a deficit of over a trillion dollars next year,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. “We cannot steal from America’s future to pay for spending todayTrump’s plan aims at other familiar targets. It would eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The administration wants NASA out of the International Space Station by 2025 and private businesses running the place instead.But the domestic cuts would be far from enough to make up for the plummeting tax revenue projected in the budget.Trump’s plan sees a 2019 deficit of $984 billion, though White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney admits $1.2 trillion is more plausible after last week’s congressional budget pact and $90 billion worth of disaster aid is tacked on. That would be more than double the 2019 deficit the administration promised last year.All told, the new budget sees accumulating deficits of $7.2 trillion over the coming decade; Trump’s plan last year projected a 10-year shortfall of $3.2 trillion. And that’s assuming Trump’s rosy economic predictions come true and Congress follows through — in an election year — with politically toxic cuts to social programs, farm subsidies and Medicare providers.Last year Trump’s budget promised such ideas could generate a small budget surplus by 2027; now, his best-case scenario is for a $450 billion deficit that year, more than $300 billion of which can be traced to his December tax cut.In stark numbers, the budget rewrites the administration’s talking points for last year’s tax plan, which administration figures such as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin promised would more than pay for itself.“Not only will this tax plan pay for itself, but it will pay down debt,” Mnuchin declared in September.Instead, Trump’s budget projects that tax revenues will plummet by $3.7 trillion over the 2018-27 decade relative to last year’s “baseline” estimates.The budget also includes $1.6 billion for the second stage of Trump’s proposed border wall, a 65-mile segment in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Trump’s request last year for 74 miles of wall in San Diego and the Rio Grande Valley is pending before lawmakers right now.Once again, there’s no mention of how Mexico would have to pay for it, as Trump repeatedly promised during the presidential campaign and after his victory.The plan reprises proposals to curb crop insurance costs, cut student loan subsidies and reduce pension benefits for federal workers. They went nowhere last year.Trump’s plan promises 3 per cent growth for the nation’s economy, continuing low inflation and low interest yields on U.S. Treasury bills despite a flood of new borrowing. That likely underestimates the mounting cost of financing the government’s $20 trillion-plus debt, many economists say.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said a surge in stimulus from higher government spending and tax cuts would boost growth but for only for a short time.“This will meaningfully raise the odds that after juiced-up growth in 2018 and 2019, we will get a much weaker economy, possibly a recession in the next decade,” Zandi said. “In good times, budget policy should be working to get the deficits down because bad times are sure to come.”last_img read more

39 People Injured in Bus Accident in Eastern Morocco

Rabat – Thirty-nine people were injured on Thursday morning when a bus overturned in the Oujda-Angad prefecture in northeast Morocco.Four people are in serious condition following the accident at the rural Labsara commune on National Road 6, which connects the cities of Taourirt and Oujda.The injured were taken to Mohammed VI University Hospital Centre to receive the necessary treatment, and an investigation has been opened to determine the causes of the accident. While the number of road accident fatalities in Morocco have decreased during the first five months of 2017, the total number of road accidents increased by 9.03 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

Murder of Filipino journalist sparks outrage from head of UN agency

7 July 2008The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has deplored the recent murder of Filipino radio host and newspaper correspondent Robert Sison, and called on authorities to step up protection for media professionals in the country. UNESCO Director-General Ko?chiro Matsuura said the targeting of professional journalists represents “an intolerable violation of the basic human right of freedom of expression.”He called on the Government of the Philippines to fully investigate the incident and to increase protection for journalists.Mr. Sison, 60, was the host of a local radio programme and correspondent for the weekly newspaper “Regional Bulletin,” which has published articles critical of local officials.He was gunned down by unidentified assailants while driving home on 30 June in Sariaya town, Quezon province, some 97 kilometres from the capital, Manila. His two daughters, both also journalists, were in the car with him. Liwayway, 30, was shot in the arm, and Almira, 24, escaped injury.According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Mr. Sison is the second media professional to be killed this year in the Philippines. read more

Argentina must improve living conditions for indigenous groups – UN expert

8 December 2011A United Nations expert urged Argentina to strengthen its measures to protect the human rights of indigenous groups as well as their rights to land ownership and education, adding that a mechanism to establish dialogue between them and the Government is urgently needed. “It is necessary that the Government prioritize indigenous issues, develop new programmes and public policies for them, and that it ensure that these are implemented in line with international standards,” said UN Special Rapporteur on indigenous rights James Anaya after his 11-day visit to the country.“A central preoccupation expressed by indigenous leaders during my visit was the lack of judicial security over their land ownership rights and in particular the various problems and delays they face regarding their properties,” Mr. Anaya said, referring to recent instances where land initially occupied by indigenous groups has been appropriated by the Government.Many of the land disputes, Mr. Anaya noted, have occurred between indigenous groups and private companies – in particular excavating firms – which have been enabled by judicial authorities.Mr. Anaya emphasized the “lack of dialogue and participation with the affected indigenous groups before undertaking such projects, and the lack of their role in the decision-making process, as well as of sharing the benefits of the projects resulting from use of their lands.”During his visit, Mr. Anaya held meetings with several representatives of indigenous communities in various provinces as well as with Government authorities in the capital, Buenos Aires. Mr. Anaya also stressed the need to give indigenous groups in remote areas access to adequate education that includes bilingual and intercultural exchanges to keep indigenous dialects alive, as well as facilitating the university attendance. A full report on Mr. Anaya’s visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council next year. read more

Great Canadian GamingBrookfield partnership chosen to run Torontoarea casinos

Great Canadian Gaming-Brookfield partnership chosen to run Toronto-area casinos by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 8:01 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A full-fledged casino is likely in the cards for Toronto after two Canadian companies won a bid to run three Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. facilities in the province.Under the deal announced Tuesday, Great Canadian Gaming Corp. (TSX:GC) and Brookfield Business Partners LP (TSX:BBU.UN) will acquire OLG Slots at Woodbine, OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and the Great Blue Heron Casino located in the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.The two companies would also have the exclusive right to operate the facilities for a minimum of 22 years.OLG said in its procurement process that it was looking for up to 5,000 electronic games and up to 400 gaming tables for the Woodbine facility in northwest Toronto, and the city of Toronto has granted conditional approval to such a casino.Mayor John Tory said in a statement that creating jobs and economic development opportunities are key conditions that must be met before the expansion of gaming at the Woodbine facility.Great Canadian Gaming and Brookfield said in a joint statement that their improvements to the three sites would increase local job and economic opportunities.“This development (subject to approvals) and modernization will include integrated property expansions that will enhance the gaming offerings to service the GTA market,” they said in the statement. “It will also include leading world-class amenities consisting of state-of-the-art conference facilities, hotels and premier entertainment venues.”Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said he is “extremely excited” about the deal and the prospect of a full-fledged Toronto casino.“That’s what has been the purpose of the whole revitalization and modernization of the product of the OLG,” he said. “(It’s) a huge investment coming into the community, a lot more jobs being created and more entertainment and destination opportunities for the region.”Tourism and Culture Minister Eleanor McMahon said she wasn’t concerned that a Toronto casino could draw visitors away from other venues in the province.“The growing tourism sector can only benefit from a substantial venue like that,” she said. “The fact that we have such a broad offering in Ontario of tourism venues, having one more just, again, creates greater interest and I think just adds to the reasons to come to Ontario.”The Woodbine, Ajax Downs and Great Blue Heron locations have a total of more than 4,000 slot machines, 60 table games and employ more than 2,200 people. Great Canadian Gaming would operate the facilities and hold a 49 per cent stake in the partnership.Brookfield would also hold a 49 per cent stake, while Clairvest Group Inc. would hold a two per cent interest.After the announcement, shares in Great Canadian soared by 14.3 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange in early morning trading, while stock in Brookfield was up 3.4 per cent.Great Canadian Gaming has 22 gaming properties including 14 casinos, four racetrack casinos, three community gaming centres, one commercial bingo hall and resort hotels in Richmond, B.C., and in Moncton, N.B.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The previous version mistakenly said the Woodbine facility is in east Toronto. read more

Iran UN rights experts outraged at the execution of two juvenile offenders

“These executions are disturbing examples of surging execution rates and questionable fair trial standards in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, in a news release.“The Iranian authorities must comply with its international law obligations and put an end to the execution of juvenile offenders once and for all.” The young woman, Fatemeh Salbehi, was hanged on Tuesday “in breach of international law banning juvenile executions, and despite reported flaws in her trial and appeal process,” the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warned. She is reportedly the 11th woman to be executed so far this year in Iran, where at least 700 other people have been executed. A week earlier, OHCHR reported that Samad Zahabi was executed in secret in Iran. No notice was provided to his family, nor was the required 48 hour notice provided to his lawyer, the UN said. He was sentenced to death in March 2013 for the killing of a fellow shepherd, when he was 17-years-old. “Let us be clear – these are unlawful killings committed by the State, the equivalent of murders performed by individuals,” stated the UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Christof Heyns.“These are profound tragedies that demean the value of human life and sully the reputation of the country,” he added, noting that executing a juvenile offender, “especially after a questionable trial,” directly contravenes the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Iran is a party.“Iran must immediately stop killing children,” he insisted. Meanwhile, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dubravka Šimonoviæ, said “the lack of judicial consideration for Ms. Salbehi’s circumstances is emblematic of the struggles victims of domestic abuse face in the judicial system.”“We cannot ignore the serious consequences of psychological, sexual and physical violence in the home on a woman’s physical and psychological health,” she cautioned.While highlighting Ms. Salbehi’s young age at the times of her marriages and her lack of consent, Ms. Šimonoviæ also expressed concern for the high numbers of early and forced marriages in Iran.Finally, the UN human rights experts strongly urged the Iranian Government to immediately establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Varner II propels UT Rio Grande Valley to victory

ARLINGTON, Texas — Lesley Varner II tossed in a career-high 22 points and Javon Levi added 17 points, five rebounds and four assists to guide UT Rio Grande Valley to a 76-65 victory over UT Arlington on Saturday.The Vaqueros snapped a seven-game slide against UT Arlington and at 6-4 have matched their best start since the 2007-08 season.Andres Ibarguen finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds for his first double-double with UT Arlington (3-5). No other Maverick scored in double figures.UTRGV led 32-29 at halftime and Varner had baskets to begin and end a 9-0 surge to open the second half for a 41-29 advantage.The Mavericks rallied back and took a 56-54 lead on four straight free throws by Ibarguen and Pedro Castro with 4:56 remaining in the game. But Varner sank a 3-pointer, Greg Bowie II had a layup and Varner capped the 8-0 run with three free throws after being fouled beyond the arc to give the Vaqueros a 64-56 lead with 2:15 left. UT Arlington got no closer than four points from there.The Mavericks had a 46-27 rebound advantage but sank just 1 of 12 from beyond the arc.The Associated Press read more

Opinion Three position groups to keep an eye on during the Ohio

OSU then-redshirt senior Corey Smith (84) and then-sophomore Cam Burrows (16) face off during the 2015 Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe 2015 Ohio State football team came into the year with very few questions, riding a wave of consistency and experience. The same cannot be said for coach Urban Meyer’s 2016 squad heading into its annual spring game on Saturday.Most of the headlines surrounding the program this offseason centered around the nine players leaving early for the NFL draft, including defensive stalwart Joey Bosa and offensive playmakers Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Thomas. Returning just six starters — three on offense, three on defense — from last year’s team that went 12-1, there are a lot of new faces at the top of the depth chart for the Buckeyes.Although most of these competitions won’t likely be settled until the final days of fall camp, here are a few position battles to watch for in the Scarlet and Gray scrimmage.Offensive lineBehind what might be considered the most intimidating front line in school history, “The Slobs” have a remodeled look in 2016. Redshirt senior Pat Elflein and redshirt junior Billy Price return up front for OSU. They’ll be looking to lead a group of unheralded, or perhaps even unheard of, Buckeyes who will try to fill sizable holes. Elflein is moving over to center from his previous stake at right guard, while Price is set to slide over from left guard to right.Junior Jamarco Jones is thought to be the replacement at left tackle for possible first-round pick Taylor Decker, who manned the position for the past three years. At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, the former U.S. Army All-American has not yet had a chance in the spotlight despite being ranked as the No. 4 offensive tackle by 247Sports in his class.For the last two spots on the line, true sophomore Isaiah Prince, true freshman Michael Jordan, redshirt sophomore Demetrius Knox and redshirt junior Evan Lisle are all aiming to start on first-year offensive line coach Greg Studrawa’s front line.Prince was the first member of the 2015 recruiting class to lose his black stripe, granting him rights to practice with the team. Prince, Jordan, Knox and Lisle all were consensus top 100 players in their respective recruiting classes.Although it’s not a real game, the live action that the young offensive linemen will see should be valuable for Meyer to assess what the best five-man unit will be in the regular season. LinebackerOnly one member of Luke Fickell’s starting linebacker corps returns for the 2016 season. With two-year starters Darron Lee and Joshua Perry both gone, junior Raekwon McMillan — already named a team captain — mans the middle for the Buckeyes this season, while young, unproven talent is competing for the two outside linebacker positions.Two former Ohio Mr. Football candidates — Dante Booker, who won it in 2014, and Justin Hilliard, a finalist the year after — were highly touted recruits who haven’t had a chance yet to shine. Expect the two to consistently earn playing time all year, as Meyer has shown he likes to rotate a lot of bodies into the mix at linebacker. Booker, who had 22 tackles last season as a two-deep linebacker, is an early favorite over Hilliard to earn a starting job.The other linebacker who is expected to receive plenty of first-team reps is redshirt junior Chris Worley. Along with Booker in 2015, Worley played on the second group and recorded 17 tackles last season.Wide receiverLast season, Thomas was without a doubt the most talented pass catcher on the field. Now with Thomas, Jalin Marshall and Braxton Miller leaving empty spots, Meyer’s offense is desperately looking for someone from the inexperienced group of receivers to emerge.Returning from a broken leg last season against Indiana is redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith. However, as he only collected 25 receptions and 317 receiving yards in a year and a half with OSU, it’s worrisome for Meyer to count on Smith for big numbers this season.Also recovering from a season-ending leg injury, this one suffered in fall camp, Noah Brown has a much-anticipated 2016 campaign ahead considering all reports out of the 2015 camp were positive from Meyer and his team. At 6-foot-2, the 222-pound wideout has great size and control in the air. The redshirt sophomore is known as a physical receiver, which has been a staple in Meyer’s spread offense. If healthy enough to go, Brown will be a heavy favorite for a starting receiver position.Dontre Wilson is another member of the unit who could be looked to for big production in 2016. Yeah, remember this guy? Playing a lot his freshman campaign in 2013, the 5-foot-10 speedster from Texas enters his senior season with his career thus far been marred by injuries. Only at 180 pounds when he arrived on campus and now listed at 195 pounds, Wilson has one season to live up to the hype OSU fans had for him when he first entered the OSU facilities.Finally, if you’re going to watch one skill position player in Saturday’s game, look out for Austin Mack. The early-enrollee freshman has very impressive athleticism and knowledge of the position for a player who is just 18 years old. Mack is a U.S. Army All-American who showcased his skills impressively against future OSU talent in July at OSU’s Friday Night Lights high school showcase event. Don’t be surprised if Mack emerges as the standout in this year’s spring game. read more

Womens soccer Ohio State defeats No 16 Virginia Tech on the road

OSU women’s soccer players celebrate during a game against Indiana on Sept. 26, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team defeated No. 16 Virginia Tech, 2-1 on Thursday in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Hokies suffered their first loss of the season, and the Buckeyes improved their perfect season to 5-0-0.For much of the first half, neither team converted on shot attempts, but after 33 minutes, senior forward Lindsay Agnew received a cross-field assist from junior midfielder Nikki Walts and scored the first goal of the game, putting OSU ahead 1-0 through one half. It was Agnew’s third goal this season, making her the highest scoring Buckeye thus far.In the 58th-minute senior defender Morgan Wolcott managed to send the ball to the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage, padding OSU’s lead over the Hokies.The Hokies quickly cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half just six minutes later with a goal from senior forward Murielle Tiernan. For the final 26 minutes, the Buckeyes played an aggressive defense backed by senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker, who made seven saves during the game propelling OSU to a top-25 victory. OSU now sets its eyes on the West Virginia Mountaineers for a match in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Sunday. read more

Holidaymaker sues Thomas Cook after she was crushed by obese woman on

A holidaymaker plans to sue Thomas Cook after she was crushed by an obese woman on a hotel pool water slide.  Jemma Joslyn, 32, paid £2,700 for an all-inclusive two-week holiday at the five star Liberty Lykia in Turkey last September with her two children and two family friends. They had been at the venue for 14 hours when they decided to use the facility’s water park.”There was no staff to direct anyone on the slides but I’d told my two young children to wait 10 seconds between each other so they could get out of the way,” she said.”My daughter was supposed to follow me down afterwards but instead a overweight woman came down the slide just moments after me.”She said she had reached the bottom of the slide but could not move in time, resulting in her being “thrown backwards in the water, and my eyes were rolling back into my head”.”I was coming in and out of conscious as the pain was so severe,” she said.Ms Joslyn, a health care assistant from Seaford, East Sussex, required emergency surgery at  Esnaf Hospital in Fethiye, Turkey, to treat a split liver, internal bleeding and severe kidney damage. 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. She is now taking legal action against Thomas Cook after claiming that there were no safety precautions in place at the hotel to monitor who was coming down the slide and that her aftercare was “appalling”.”Thomas Cook weren’t helpful at all – they didn’t bother to find out where I was, where my kids were and I was left to sort out my own care,” she said.Jemma claims she was then told her insurance didn’t cover the hospital care as she had been taken to a private hospital, which her friend paid for.She added: “No extra support was offered and my mum, 59 had to plead with Thomas Cook to get both herself and my dad, 76, to Turkey.”A spokesman for Thomas Cook said: “Both our UK-based welfare team and our in-resort team have been in touch with Ms Joslyn on several occasions following this accident.”We also arranged for her parents to fly to Turkey to be with their daughter.Solicitor Magdalena Knez, from Slater and Gordon, who is representing Ms Joslyn’s legal case, said: “We are waiting on a further response and are hopeful we will have a successful outcome for Jemma who has been through a very traumatic experience.” read more

Nigeria artisanal tin mine healing ancient wounds

first_imgThe ITA notes a BBC World Service report that the discovery of a tin deposit in central Nigeria has prompted cooperation between former rival communities to jointly develop an artisanal mining operation.Conflict between two ethnic groups, the Fulani herders and Berom farmers of the Jos Plateau area, began in 2011 when persistent desertification caused the groups to clash as herders were forced to encroach on the farmers’ agricultural lands.Thomas Johji, a Berom man in his 20s, was one of the small group of men who found the tin deposit on Fulani grazing land. He asked the local chiefs for their permission, and assistance, to start production. This happened as global tin prices were rising, presenting an economic opportunity that could alleviate pressures felt by both groups as prices spiked in fuel, food and other essential goods.Joseph Langman, head of the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, says that while the peace is uneasy and there are lots of past grievances still to be addressed, the miners have a role to play restoring peace in the area. His agency is exploring the possibility for training workshops in conflict resolution and will encourage parties to sign peace accords before mining a concession. Farouk Abubaker, a Fulani man, says that “mining promotes unity and understanding among the different tribes…just as football does”.The ITA notes: “One of the tin mining industry’s unique characteristics is the significant contribution of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to the global tin marketplace. Almost all (~97%) of the world’s primary refined tin arises and is mined in emerging and developing countries and a significant proportion of that has its origins in ASM. While productivity is low in comparison to industrialised mining operations, the sector represents an important source of income and livelihood for millions of families in rural areas of developing countries.“Despite the sector’s challenges, it presents several opportunities for economically marginalised communities such as: job creation, rural development, market linkages, better natural resource management and peace-building. Tin mining in Nigeria has grown rapidly in recent years, with the estimated metal content of shipments (inferred from concentrate exports) increasing from 2,100 t in 2015 to 5,900 t in 2017.”last_img read more

Barclays Center promotes Lesnar for RAW Brie Bella on WWE comeback

first_img WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next August 17, 2017 at 2:08 am Videos Articles Paul Heyman Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? WhatsApp Videos Articles Twitter WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down 1 COMMENT Facebook Brock Lesnar Pinterest Andrew C Elder Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Google+ Barclays Center promotes Lesnar for RAWUpdate (1:25 p.m. ET): The Barclays Center Twitter account has removed the tweet.The official Twitter account for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is promoting that Brock Lesnar will be appearing on RAW the next night following SummerSlam.Many were quick to describe this as a “spoiler” on Twitter moments after the tweet was issued given the stipulation stated on television that both Brock and Paul Heyman would leave the company if Lesnar was to lose the Universal Championship at SummerSlam.It should be noted that WWE.com is also advertising Lesnar for the taping, so it’s possible a Lesnar appearance was already planned weeks ago before they even started hinting at the stipulation in regards to the fatal four way match at SummerSlam.https://twitter.com/barclayscenter/status/897835948368687104?s=03Brie Bella on WWE comebackE! Online is featuring an interview with Brie Bella where she talks about getting back into a WWE ring for the first time since her pregnancy and the possibility of a comeback.“I actually just got back in the ring last week. We went in and trained. I feel like I’m a little far back, but I was able to do some of my missile drop kicks, which felt good. It felt so good to be back in the ring. I can’t wait to make a comeback. I need more time. I’m hoping 2018 at some point.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Been promoting him also for Raw in Memphis with the tag line the 1st time in a decade Brock comes back to Memphis to take on the New Generation of Raw Now Playing Up Next WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Bobby Lashley Comments are closed.last_img read more

GPU President Underscores Need For Active Investigative Journalism

first_imgBy MUHAMMED S. BAHSheriff Bojang Jnr the Gambia Press Union President underscored the need for active investigative Journalism in the country.The Press Union President who was addressing 20 Journalists who participated in a five day Investigative Journalism Training, cited the earlier quotation made by the Trainer from South Africa Raymond Joseph that ‘The Gambia is open to business and so is open to corruption’. Therefore, he sees the need for active Journalism in the Country.Mr. Bojang Jr. said as the country is experiencing a thriving economy, then it demands active journalism. He expressed the belief that there is no better time to conduct the training on investigative of journalism than now.According to the GPU president, participants were carefully selected and he urged them to share the knowledge they gained with others.“We expect that when the crowd disappears, we will see a difference in your work on the radio, print and television,” he stressed.He said journalists are the link between the government and the governed and participants owe it to the public to do the right job.“You are the hope of the GPU and we believe you will make us proud. Your being here is not a mistake and it will turn out to be a success story,” he assured.South African investigative journalism trainer Raymond Joseph challenged the participants to share their knowledge by at least each one teaching one method in the newsroom.“Remember what I said, this is not the end but the beginning. What we have learnt, take it to the newsroom. What we have learned including the fact-checking – each one teach one,” he reiterated.Ebrima Sillah, Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, said the training is paramount especially to community journalists because of their frequent local language way of communication. He hailed the Press Union for the initiative towards its members in attaining basic tenets of professional training.“Throughout the world, the work of investigative journalists has caused tremendous counter-balance regarding the narratives,” adding that, “The work of the journalists and how they conduct and comport themselves in the way they investigate matters have always interest governments.”He noted that investigative journalist helps policy makers and those critical stakeholders in taking immediate action.The Information Minister noted that when good investigative journalists do their work governments and those that are affected by the report always have to do something because leaving it unattended may cause serious issues in society.He advised Journalists not to use the trade to blackmail others but rather use it towards seeking truth and truth telling.Thomas Volk, resident representative of KONRAD Adenauer Stiftung (KAS Foundation) said “It’s about strengthening democracy, that is why we partnered with National Youth Council and Gambia Press Union to be able to have strong democracy through opinions and strong and confident journalists.”He noted that as a German political Foundation which runs across Africa, they started their activities in The Gambia in 2008 where they supported some projects on migration and the economy. He said it’s now time for them to support democracy.He expressed commitment to expand their work across The Gambia through programmes to discuss issues that matter. He urged journalists to be fair and just to government regarding the democratization process. However, he said it is crucial for any country to have critical journalists.The government spokesperson Ebrima Sankareh said the role of journalists in the new dispensation is paramount. He said now is the time that Journalists will not have to worry about Mile II Prison or being sacked, but he also called on journalists to be honest and consistent in their work, saying “the news you vehicle must also be accurate” and not to be borne out of sensationalism.Abdoulie Sey, speaking on behalf of the participants said the training provided a unique opportunity to learn the new skills including identification of fake pictures. Sey cited an example where a fake picture had been circulating on social media for years without realising so until participants applied their skills on it.A Participant receiving certificatesInvestigative Journalism many believe, requires skills, resources and documents that can be used to prove claims.Certificates were given to all 20 Journalists who went through the five-day training.last_img read more

A brilliant Benzema takes Real Madrid to Copa semifinals

first_imgWith a fantastic brace during the first half at Girona, French striker Karim Benzema took Real Madrid all the way to the Copa del Rey semifinals.It’s official, Karim Benzema is currently going through one of the best moments of his career with Real Madrid and he just qualified Los Blancos to the Copa del Rey semifinals.The French striker has been completely unplayable during the start of 2019, his last two matches have been beautiful to look at as he’s been the squad’s offensive leader with goals and an everlasting source of talent regardless of the rival he confronts.The striker proved his fantastic moment from the very first ball he touched, it was evident that we were in for a treat and he would be one of this game’s main attractions.Karim did have Vinicius Junior as one of the most surprising partners that he could’ve asked for at this stage of the season, and also one of the most unexpected during a time in which everybody was already starting to repent from letting Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club.The Brazilian youngster has taken all Madridistas by surprise with his fresh football proposal, he has completely owned the left flank for Los Blancos and managed to get cozy with practically all the other offensive players in the squad.But make no mistake, tonight’s star was Karim Benzema without a doubt.FT Girona 1 Real Madrid 3. Real Madrid through to the semi finals #GironaRealMadrid #CopadelRey pic.twitter.com/QjQHqK9UW8— Football 24/7 (@foetball247) January 31, 2019The Frenchman’s personal show went through the brightest moment just a few minutes before the 30-minute mark, he was the one who started the first goal’s play and the one who finished it.The Frenchman started a combination with Lucas Vazquez on the right flank, he continued with Dani Carvajal and stood right in front of Girona’s goalkeeper to finish with a potent strike with practically nobody to block his shot.This continued the great dynamic that Benzema is going through after last weekend’s fantastic performance against Espanyol in La Liga, but the striker was only beginning his show.A few minutes before half time, he combined with Vinicius on the left flank and finished the play with a well-placed right-footer that hit the post and got in the back of the net for Real Madrid’s second goal of the evening.This made it a 6-2 aggregate as both squads went to the dressing room to rest for 15 minutes, but the match wasn’t over yet and another 45 minutes were still on the horizon.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Since Benzema had already delivered, manager Santiago Solari decided to take him out early in the second half to rest for next weekend.Real Madrid are through to the semi-finals of the #CopaDelRey thanks to a double from Benzema and one from Llorente! 🔥@GironaFC 1-3 @realmadriden (3-7) pic.twitter.com/V4ANmx6kjf— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 31, 2019Vinicius also left the pitch a few minutes later and he gave Gareth Bale a chance to play for over 20 minutes, the Welshman was coming out of another muscular injury and the manager wants to bring him back to rhythm slowly.Girona wasn’t leaving without doing some damage on Real Madrid’s defense, they took advantage of a defensive mistake from Los Blancos and Pedro Porro pulled one back for the Catalan club.Marcos Llorente scored the third goal for Real Madrid late in the game for the final 7-3 aggregate. But the semifinal’s ticket was pretty much decided, the first leg result was too bulky for Girona to recover from it.This result leaves the Copa del Rey semifinalists completely resolved, with Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Valencia, and a surprising Real Betis about to have the semifinals draw on Friday.The obvious favorites to go all the way to the final at the Benito Villamarin Stadium are the two giants, but Real Betis does have a good motivation because the final will take place in their own stadium.We will bring you all the information on the semifinals as soon as the draw ends.Que semifinales nos esperan en la Copa del Rey 🤩 pic.twitter.com/agYiJck3ed— Juego Balón (@sirjuegobalon) January 31, 2019What’s your favorite possible Copa del Rey semifinal? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Former Navy man accused of fatally stabbing wife pleads not guilty to

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez, February 14, 2018 Posted: February 14, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ashlie Rodriguez center_img Former Navy man accused of fatally stabbing wife pleads not guilty to murder charge 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A former Navy man accused of fatally stabbing his wife, whose decomposing body was found in San Diego Bay in 2016 after she had been missing for two years, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge.Matthew Scott Sullivan, 32, is charged in the death of 31-year-old Elizabeth Sullivan.The defendant was arrested last month at his home in Delaware and extradited to San Diego. He was ordered held on $2 million bail.San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan said the victim — a mother of two young children — was in an abusive relationship with her husband and was the process of leaving him when she was killed in October 2014.Stephan alleged that the defendant hid the body somewhere for years until it was discovered in the water near the couple’s Liberty Station home on the day movers were at the home. Matthew Sullivan left the Navy and ultimately moved to Delaware where he started a new life and was in a new relationship, prosecutors said.After the defendant moved out of the Liberty Station home, a bloody knife with the victim’s blood on it was found in the attic and blood was located under the carpet, prosecutors said.The defendant faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted. He will be back in court March 1 for a status conference. Updated: 10:39 PMlast_img read more

The USS Midway Museum celebrates 15 years

first_imgThe USS Midway Museum celebrates 15 years Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:28 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The USS Midway Museum celebrates its 15th anniversary.The USS Midway was commissioned a week after the end of World War II and now, after a history of naval service, it sits on the San Diego waterfront. Posted: June 7, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, June 7, 2019last_img read more