first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Andray Blatche wasted no time in getting himself up to speed as he’s set to rejoin Gilas Pilipinas in the team’s preparation for the next window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao asks fans: Who do you think I should fight next? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lebanon, the no.4 team in Group E, holds a 6-4 record and own a full-game advantage over the Philippines.Blatche also has limited time in the Philippines since he’ll only stay in the country until Feb. 10 before going back to China and return to the Tianjin Gold Lions in the Chinese Basketball Associaion.Blatche will rejoin Gilas later in the month when the Filipinos face the Qataris on Feb. 21.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Just hours after arriving in the Philippines late Friday, Blatche went to shootaround on Saturday morning with a handful of Rain or Shine players to acclimate himself to Yeng Guiao’s system at Meralco Gym.Blatche has been recalled to join Gilas as they go up in their final two games of the tournament against Qatar and Kazakhstan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Philippines holds a 5-5 record for the fourth spot in Group F and is in danger of not making it to the World Cup since only the top three in both groups and the better of the fourth seeds would qualify for the games in China.Australia, the top seed in Group F, and Group E teams New Zealand, Korea, and China have already qualified for the World Cup. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Krausslast_img read more

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first_imgChandigarh, Jun 10 (PTI) Hisar Police Range launched Golf with Sarpanch rural leadership development and idea exchange programme today, aimed at curbing crime by effective policing in rural belts spread across five districts.Hisar Police Range includes districts of Hisar, Fatehabad, Jind, Bhiwani and Sirsa. 340 crime-hit villages have been identified under this initiative.Hisar Range Inspector General of Police O P Singh, who is the brain behind the Golf with Sarpanch initiative, launched the programme at the nine-hole Haryana Police Lines golf course encompassing over 60 acre of land in the district.To begin with, Sarpanches or village heads of 52 crime-hit villages in Hisar were invited to take part in the programme.Besides Singh, other senior police officials of Hisar Range will regularly interact with the village heads to take a detailed account of crime in these areas.As part of the initiative, feedback will be taken from the Sarpanches about nature of crime in their villages, profile of those who indulge in crime, types of crime more prevalent in their villages and how police and the local people can cooperate effectively to curb this menace, Singh said.As many as 17,000 youths from the identified villages have indulged in incidents of loot, snatching and murder over the past five years, he said.”They need interventions. When the Sarpanches go back to their villages after attending the programme, their message will have some impact. We want to channelise the energy of youth in a positive way,” he said.The officer was also the brain behind SPAT (Sports and Physical Aptitude Test) programme which was aimed at attracting children to playground.advertisementBesides this, the Police Range has launched a parallel campaign “Youths Against Violence” to counsel the youth and channelise their energy in the right direction.”We had called 600 youths from various districts of Hisar Range and interacted with them. We tried to understand their problems and the circumstances in which they took to crime,” he said.Singh said the police is also being sensitised and asked not to unnecessarily harass the youth as it “worsens” the police-youth relationship.”We are trying to fix this relationship,” Singh said.”We need to adopt reformative approach towards the youth who have gone astray for some reason,” he said. PTI SUN ARK SC GVSlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) Customer-facing staff of railways will be sporting designer uniforms complete with fluorescent jackets and black and yellow T-shirts from this festive season in October.About five lakh railway employees comprising on-board staff, TTEs, station masters, guards, drivers and catering personnel will be in new uniforms designed by fashion designer Ritu Beri for the railways.With the Indian Railway logo embossed, half and full sleeve T-shirts in black and yellow combinations have been designed for the front office staff.Another set of T-shirts in white with black border has been created for the catering staff deployed in trains.Two types of half-fluorescent jackets – yellow and green – are being designed keeping TTEs, guards and drivers in mind.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in his 2016-17 budget address had said, “The uniforms of all customer-facing roles will be refurbished to clearly distinguished them on our network.”Currently, railway staff including TTEs, station masters and guards wear uniforms which were designed long ago.The transformation journey of railways through new uniform designs reflects the renowned spirit of the organisation, said a senior Railway Ministry official.The new uniform will also be given to the technical staff in workshops and production units.”We are examining the new designs of uniforms submitted by Ritu Beri and decision on final selection would be taken shortly,” he added.There could be some alterations and changes, if necessary, after the initial trial in some rail divisions.The new design would be tried on a few Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains first as part of Project Swarn and later on it would be extended to other services.advertisementProject Swarn envisages complete makeover in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains to enhance travelling experience of passengers.Railways is planning to unveil the brand new look Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains with smartly dressed on-board staff on October 2. PTI ARU DVlast_img read more

first_imgPanaji, Nov 22 (PTI) She hails from a family full of popular actors and singers, but Shraddha Kapoor has said joining films was not a cake-walk for her.The 30-year-old star, who is the daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor and is also related to legendary singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, said she struggled a lot to get her first big break in the industy, which of late has been plagued by the nepotism debate.”I was very impatient to get into films. It was a loud voice inside me that said acting is the profession I want to join.”A lot of people think if you are a son or daughter of an actor you dont need to audition, but that is not the case. I have gone through a lot of struggle to join films. I cant even count how many auditions I have given or how many times I have been replaced. It is not easy. My first two films didn?t get noticed and it was tough. But Aashiqui 2 changed things,” Shraddha said on the sidelines of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.The actor inaugurated the Entertainment Society of Goa?s Bioscope Village initiative at the 48th edition of the festival.Post the success of “Aashiqui 2”, Shraddha gave back-to- back hits, and the actor said her aim was to grow with every film she does.”I wanted to act since I was a kid. Whenever I used to see my dad coming home after a shoot with a moustache, I became very curious about his job. I used to get fascinated with seeing him playing various roles. I am living my dream now. And I believe you keep learning with your films. You grow with time and I hope I am growing,? she said.advertisementHer last release “Haseena Parkar” performed below the expectations at the box office, but the actor said she was not disappointed by it.”My aim is to try something different every time and failures will happen. But its ok. Films may not work always, but I am happy that people still love me. The affection I get from my fans is amazing and it keeps me going.”Shraddha will next been seen opposite “Baahubali” star Prabhas in “Saaho” and she is quite excited about the project.”I am very excited about Saaho. It is challenging as I have to speak both in Hindi and Telegu. But, I am not learning Telugu as such. My director has not asked me to dub my dialogues in Telegu right now, but if he thinks I can do it appropriately, I will surely do my own dubbing,” she said.Shraddha is also working on Saina Nehwal biopic. The actor is learning to play badminton and has been practicing with Nehwal to get the mannerisms right.”I am doing Saina Nehwal biopic. I am learning badminton and the sport is just amazing,” she said. PTI SHD RB BK RBlast_img read more

first_imgPV Sindhu-led defending champions Hyderabad Hunters will look to carry forward the momentum they gained from the opening win against Pune 7 Aces in Mumbai as they look to stay on track in the season 4 of Premier League Badminton (PBL) on Tuesday. Hyderabad will have their task cut out against an equally strong Chennai Smashers, Sindhu’s former team. Sindhu led Chennai to the title in season 2 and on Tuesday, she will look to inflict a defeat on them.In Hyderabad’s season opener, BWF World Tour Finals champion Sindhu displayed marvellous confidence against her nemesis Carolina Marin on the way to her first PBL victory over the Spaniard. Sindhu would want to replicate that form and confidence when she goes against Chennai Smashers.Sindhu before the start of the home leg did admit Mumbai was a dream start for the team but also quipped that it would be important to concentrate on the job at hand. “Yes, it was a very good start and we managed to win our opening tie without dropping a single match. Now we are playing on home turf and I am really looking forward to keeping the winning momentum going.”Asked if the home crowd support would come in handy, Sindhu said, “Yes, we always count on the crowd support and expect yet another good game, especially I will be playing for my own city Hyderabad for the first time and it is special as well as very emotional for me.”Chennai are no weak in front of the Hunters, they have some exceptional singles and doubles players in their ranks. The Adcocks (Chris and Gabrielle Adcock) have been a regular feature for Chennai and will be hoping to spread their magic on the court once again for the yellow. On the other hand, in B Sumeeth Reddy, they have a top Indian doubles player who is most likely to be paired with Chris Adcock.advertisementAmong the singles, Chennai have Sung Ji Hyun in the ranks for women’s singles and is most likely to be pitched against the in-form Sindhu. Among men’s singles, Chennai have 3 well-known players in Parupalli Kashyap, Rajiv Ouseph and Chong Wei Feng. With plenty of options in hand, it will be interesting to see who Chennai field even as Kashyap is a surity.Kashyap said it was crucial for Chennai to start on a strong note and said personally for him, playing in PBL is very important.”This is going to be the first match of this season for us and the team is really determined to give its best shot tomorrow. Hyderabad Hunters are one of the strongest teams this season and they have come here with a win already in their bag and would be very confident of repeating it. In the last few days, we have trained well and are looking forward to the opening night.”Personally, playing the PBL is very important to me. Most of this year has been a difficult one for me with all the injuries and staying away from the court. Now that I have started playing and moving well, I am really looking forward to the matches,” Kashyap said.What time does Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers match in Premier Badminton League 2018-19 start?The PBL 2018-19 match between Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers will start at 7 PM IST at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.What TV channel and live streaming is the Premier Badminton League 2018-19 match between Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD will show the match on TV. Hotstar will live stream Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers match.Where will the PBL 2018-19 match between Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers be played?The PBL 2018-19 match Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers will be played at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.Where can I watch the Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on are the squads for the PBL 2018-19 match between Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers?Hyderabad Hunters: PV Sindhu (Captain), Arun George, Bodin Isara (Thailand), Eom Hye Won (South Korea), Kim Sa Rang (South Korea), Lee Hyun Il (South Korea), Mark Caljouw (Netherlands), Meghana Jakkampudi, Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka.Chennai Smashers: Chris Adcock (Captain, England), B Sumeeth Reddy, Gabrielle Adcock (England), Or Chin Chung (Hong Kong), Parupalli Kashyap, Rajiv Ouseph (England), Rutaparna Panda, Saili Rane, Sung Ji Hyun (South Korea) and Chong Wei Feng (Malaysia).advertisementAlso Read | PBL: PV Sindhu beats Carolina Marin as Hyderabad Hunters make winning startAlso Read | PBL: Sameer Verma leads Mumbai to big win, Satwiksairaj shines in Ahmedabad victoryAlso Read | Premier Badminton League: Carolina Marin in awe of Indian fan’s love for herAlso Read | PBL: Carolina Marin wins but Pune 7 Aces lose second straight matchlast_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Why Cristiano Ronaldo’s leaked Nike boots hint at Ballon d’Or win over Messi Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:54 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(34) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División The Portuguese star is aiming to defend his crown and match the achievements of his eternal rival at Barcelona by taking the prize for a fifth time Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will beat Barcelona rival Lionel Messi to the 2017 Ballon d’Or, according to leaked images of his personalised Nike boots.With the pair having dominated the most prestigious individual prize in world football over the course of the last decade, their collective tally is set to be taken to 10 on Thursday.Messi currently leads the way on five victories to Ronaldo’s four, but it appears that the Portuguese forward is set to equal the Argentine’s haul. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having already claimed the FIFA Best Award for 2017 and topped the Goal 50, Ronaldo has always been the leading contender on a 30-man shortlist to capture the Ballon d’Or , and Nike appear to have readied themselves for his coronation.Cristiano Ronaldo leaked Nike football bootsPaying homage to Ronaldo’s previous successes, the new boots have already added 2017 to the 32-year-old’s roll of honour.It remains to be seen whether that scenario will play out, but there is not long to wait now.The Ballon d’Or ceremony is set to take place in Paris on Thursday around 18:00 UK time  , with former France international David Ginola on hand to dish out the top prize – which is voted for by a group of 173 journalists from around the world.Ronaldo’s claims to the crown have already been talked up by those he works alongside at Real Madrid, with Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane backing his star forward to emerge victorious .He said: “Ronaldo’s human, just like us but he is very different at times. He has no limits, really.”The fact that he’s going to win his fifth Ballon d’Or explains that. It’s just amazing. He deserves it as well. I’m sure Cristiano is going to win his fifth Ballon d’Or.”It doesn’t surprise me. He wants more and more. He has the ambition to win a sixth or a seventh.”Real president Florentio Perez added : “Ronaldo is one of our great symbols.”He is the leading goalscorer in our history. A few days ago, he won his second ‘The Best’ and this week he is going to win his fifth Ballon d’Or.”The collection of another trophy would mark a fitting end to another record-breaking week for Ronaldo, with his goal in a Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday seeing him become the first man in the history of the competition to net in all six games of the group stage .last_img read more

first_imgColin Cowherd talks college football.Colin Cowherd isn’t the biggest Baker Mayfield fan. The FOX Sports 1 personality has consistently criticized the former star Oklahoma quarterback. He’s questioned, repeatedly, if Mayfield would be successful in the NFL.Now, Cowherd has his own national radio show, and he does it solo, so he’s rarely had someone clap back at his opinions on Mayfield.This happened today, though. And it was great.FOX Sports 1 college football analyst Joel Klatt showed up to Cowherd’s show this afternoon wearing a Cleveland Browns Mayfield No. 6 jersey.Check it out:.@joelklatt needs an Emmy for throwing Colin Cowherd through 3 glass doors on his own show:— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) October 10, 2018That was awesome.Well done, Joel.last_img

first_imgBernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and Columbia Shipmanagement have combined their global buying power to create an independent procurement company.The new unit, GP General Procurement Company Limited (GenPro), will negotiate framework supply agreements with international ship suppliers on behalf of its members’ clients with a view to securing the lowest prices achievable on all consumables.This new agreement allows a pool of 800 vessels managed by BSM and Columbia the access to a wider range of consumables at the best prices available globally, the parties said.It will capitalise on the best practices and strengths of its members by driving efficiencies into the whole procurement process to help reduce clients’ vessel OpEx costs and return real value to the client by way of volume-related discounts in a fully transparent and auditable way, the parties explained.“We believe GenPro will change the way global procurement is delivered to shipowners on an international scale and will in time become a compelling new force in the industry. Both companies are leveraging their industry links and relationships to owners and we believe this is something owners will welcome,” Ian Beveridge, CEO of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said.The scope and reach of the procurement effort will not be limited to maritime products and consumables but will include all products and consumables associated with the operation of the maritime business, onshore and offshore.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the country’s housing markets remain “highly vulnerable” with evidence of moderate overvaluation and price acceleration.Markets in Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver, Victoria and Saskatoon are highly vulnerable, the national housing agency said in its quarterly housing market assessment on Thursday.CMHC’s housing market assessment gauges the overall level of risk by evaluating four problematic conditions: overheating, price acceleration, overvaluation and overbuilding.“For Canada, the housing market remains at a high degree of vulnerability,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist on a call with reporters.This comes after the Canadian Real Estate Association’s latest figures showed that the number of homes sold in September climbed for the second month in a row.Earlier this year, home sales across the country saw a slowdown, led by Toronto, after the Ontario government introduced measures aimed at cooling the market. Sales in September were down almost 12 per cent from the record set in March before Ontario announced its housing plan.CMHC noted Thursday that despite the recent easing in Toronto’s resale market, it detected moderate evidence of price acceleration with strong growth in home prices among all housing types.Vancouver’s housing market remained highly vulnerable, CMHC added, with evidence of moderate overheating and price acceleration, and strong overvaluation.Calgary and Edmonton also saw stronger overvaluation, due to rising inventory of complete and unsold homes, Dugan added, noting that vacancy rates in both cities have signalled overbuilding for several quarters.In its housing market outlook, which was also released Thursday, CMHC says that after a boost this year, housing starts are expected to decline by 2019, but remain close to the average level from the last five years.Sales in the existing-homes market are also expected to decline relative to the record level set in 2016, while price growth is expected to slow, CMHC says.“High house prices particularly for single-family homes and rising mortgage rates will bring about some cooling in the pace of housing market activity,” said Dugan.last_img read more

first_imgNorthern GrooveFest is a one day of fantastic local music at the Stonebridge Hotel, presented by Petron Cellular on Saturday, April 21, 2018.This year the show will feature bands from all over the B.C. Peace including local musician Adam Winn who made the top 100 in the CBC Searchlight contest and Scarlet Sway who made the top 10 ten in that same contest.The show will feature eight local bands from all over the B.C. Peace on one stage: Mostly MayerAdam Winn and BandAirik ClarkSalt and WaterTravis the FarmerRose Prairie RomanceScarlet SwayThe Montney CouleesAnd moreMusicians and bands will play throughout the evening, back to back, which means no stopping the music for at least 5 hours straight!The lineup for the event was created from an overwhelming number of expressions of interest received earlier this year.Tickets are now on sale at or in person at Systems Sound Source.  Tickets are only $25 in advance or $35 at the door. You can also reserve a table of 8 for $30 a ticket.last_img read more

Almost 10,000 cases and over 400 deaths due to cholera have now been reported in Zimbabwe since the current outbreak of the disease began in August, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Nearly 500 new cases and 23 additional deaths have been reported since yesterday, with the largest increase in cases found in Budiriro and Beitbridge in the country”s south.The UN continues to support the Government respond to the outbreak through water deliveries, education programmes, procurement of medical supplies and constructing latrines.OCHA noted that more health professionals are needed to respond, given the scale of the outbreak, and that poor hygiene awareness and solid waste removal are propelling the increase in cholera infections.Cases of the illness – an acute intestinal infection caused by contaminated food or water – have also been reported in neighbouring Botswana and South Africa, and the health ministries of these two countries and of Zimbabwe have been working with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to address the spread.WHO and its partners are responding to cases and supporting treatment centres in 26 districts, and the agency has airlifted emergency supplies from its Dubai warehouse.The agency has identified several areas where there are gaps, including detection, response organization and surveillance.It is also planning to dispatch a team – comprising epidemiologists and water and sanitation specialists, among others – to investigate and respond to the outbreak.For its part, the UN Children”s Fund (UNICEF) has over 50 staff dedicated solely to tackling Zimbabwe”s cholera outbreak. The agency is working closely with authorities and along with its partners, has asked for $9 million as part of the UN Consolidated Appeal to address water and sanitation issues. 28 November 2008Almost 10,000 cases and over 400 deaths due to cholera have now been reported in Zimbabwe since the current outbreak of the disease began in August, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). read more

MONTREAL — The merger between European railway manufacturers hasn’t ended with Alstom and Siemens, and could eventually see other players such as Bombardier joining the fold, France’s finance minister said Wednesday.Testifying before France’s economic affairs committee, Bruno Le Maire described the Franco-German railway merger as inevitable as the industry consolidates in an attempt to compete with Chinese state-owned CRRC.Pressed by the committee, Le Maire opened the door to Siemens-Alstom integrating with other players present in Europe.“I am convinced that this consolidation will integrate, at the appropriate time, Bombardier (Transportation) and the Spanish manufacturer (CAF),” he said.“My belief is that we will have an industrial overhaul in all sectors that will be much faster than we think.”The minister agreed, however, that this could raise “competition” issues since Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation has large operations in Germany and France.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) and Quebec’s Caisse de depot, which owns 30 per cent of Bombardier Transportation, declined to comment on Le Maire’s comments.The alliance between Siemens and Alstom announced last week would create a railway manufacturing giant with 62,300 employees in more than 30 countries. The Paris-headquartered company is expected to generate US$18 billion of annual revenues, twice as much as Bombardier’s railway division.The merger could harm Bombardier Transportation — which was reportedly in talks with Siemens earlier this year — even though some analysts believe the company could continue to do well without a partner.“In a sector where there are three powers, it is better to be one of the two (first) powers,” added Le Maire.“I prefer to be in the position of Alstom allied with Siemens rather than being in that of Bombardier today.” read more

Honolulu plans to increase its housing inspection staff to help enforce a new vacation rental ordinance.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that the Department of Planning and Permitting has already rehired three retired inspectors and could add up to three more if needed.The department’s acting director informed the city council of the increase in a memo last week.The budgeted cost is $132,313 to hire the staff members at a pay rate of $24.18 per hour at 19 hours a week for up to 10 months.Unless specifically permitted, rentals of 30 days or less are illegal on Oahu except in hotel-resort zones.The department says the new hires joining the permanent staff are expected to work exclusively on short-term rental complaints and violations.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press read more

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper guards the in-bounds pass during the Buckeyes’ 110-80 exhibition win against Ashland on Oct. 29. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorLed by 28-point performances from guard Kelsey Mitchell and forward Stephanie Mavunga, Ohio State proved to be too much for defending Division II national champion Ashland as the Buckeyes defeated the Eagles 110-80 Sunday afternoon in their first exhibition game of the season.Though Ashland stayed within striking distance early as it trailed 30-24 after the first quarter, Ohio State pulled ahead with a nine-point advantage in the second quarter and a 12-point lead in the third quarter.“We started off pretty slow in terms of transition defense,” redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun said. “But then after that, I feel like we kind of settled down and started getting more stops and buckling down defensively, getting more rebounds, defensive rebounds, and pushing the ball more, playing at our pace.”Mavunga, the tallest player on either team at 6-foot-3, put up 28 points and came down with 23 rebounds. Mavunga averaged a double-double last season, but her career high is 16 boards. She picked up 11 rebounds in just the first quarter.“She was a beast on the boards,” Calhoun said. “Finishing the ball well. I feel like she ran the floor really well considering she didn’t have any subs for her.”All five Buckeye starters — Mavunga and guards Asia Doss, Sierra Calhoun, Linnae Harper and Mitchell — scored double-digit points as the home team’s bench contributed just six points. Mitchell made 11 of her 18 shots and added five assists.The efficient Buckeyes shot 52 percent from the floor, compared to Ashland hitting just 37 percent of its shots. The difference was even more pronounced from beyond the arc as Ohio State nailed 10-of-28 3-pointers while the Eagles drained just 5-of-21 triples.Though Harper stands just 5-foot-8, she took advantage of Ashland’s smaller lineup and added 14 rebounds to her 17 points. Last season, Harper finished with seven double-doubles.“[Harper is] not a little one, for sure,” Mavunga said. “She has a really big presence when it comes to rebounding, defensive end, getting steals, all that stuff.”Ashland forward/centers Laina Snyder and Julie Worley powered the Eagles as they led their team with 21 and 16 points, respectively. They were the only two players to score double-digits.“I like playing [Ashland] because they’re well organized and they execute things,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “So they really make us defend and do some things that we’re going to see once the regular season starts.”Injuries hold two players out of actionOhio State, which has just nine players on scholarship, was short-handed than it will be this season as two key players sat out with injuries.Senior forward Alexa Hart missed the game due to a right ankle sprain and wore a boot as she watched on the bench. Sitting next to her for much of the game was redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman who missed the game due to a sore knee. “I think we’re close [to them returning],” McGuff said. “But until it actually happens, we’ll see.”McGuff said he hopes to have Hart back for the season opener, but is “not sure yet” if she will return by then. Both forwards are expected to play expanded roles with the graduation of forward Shayla Cooper and forward Tori McCoy transferring to Marquette.Due to the absence of Hart and Waterman, redshirt junior guard Chelsea Mitchell and walk-on freshman forward Savitha Jayaraman played expanded minutes. Mitchell played 15 minutes and finished with two points, while Jayaraman played her first career minutes at Ohio State and drained two free throws for her first two collegiate points.Further along this offseason than last yearLast season, Ohio State played just one opponent in an exhibition game before beginning the season: Ashland. And unlike this year, the teams played a close game as the Buckeyes came out with an unimpressive 88-79 victory.Mavunga attributed the easier victory to a better preparation for the Eagles. But also said she feels the team is further along at this point than it was last year, something Calhoun agreed with. “I feel like we’re a little better than what we expected to be,” Calhoun said. “We’re gelling really well. We don’t really have any other new players. So I feel like we all know where each other wants the ball.”The Buckeyes did not add any freshmen or transfers to its roster. Walk-ons guard Karli Cronin and Jayaraman are the only new players and are not expected to play expansive roles. McGuff also said he believes Ohio State is further along than it was at this point last season, but said that is be expected due to the team’s core returning. What’s next?Ohio State will be back in action for its second and final exhibition game Sunday as it plays host to Urbana at 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. Mavunga said McGuff addressed the team after the win and rattled off three areas he wants to see improvement in the second exhibition: transition defense, winning 50-50 balls and continuing to push the pace on offense.McGuff called the transition “spotty at times and really good at times.” Ashland led Ohio State 20-19 in transition points and came down with 21 offensive rebounds compared to the Buckeyes’ 17 offensive boards. The Buckeyes open the season against Stanford at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. John Arena. read more

first_img 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. Children should be taught how to brush their teeth at school, Nice says Credit:Alamy  classroom We need to look after children’s baby teeth and get them started on good oral health habits as early as possibleDr Gill Davies, dental consultant and adviser on the new standards Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of Nice, said: “The risk of dental caries and periodontal disease is reduced by good oral health behaviour, such as brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.”This quality standard calls on local authorities to identify areas where children and young people are at risk of poor oral health and target services like supervised tooth brushing schemes to schools in those areas. “Good oral health is vital throughout our lives and we’re confident this quality standard will help focus attention on maintaining a healthy mouth.”Nice has previously said that too many parents think that brushing teeth is “trivial”.A number of schools already run supervised sessions, which help children to brush their teeth at the start and end of each day.Some critics have said the schemes have turned the state into “supernanny” and would encourage parents to think that basic childrearing skills could be delegated.But Nice said it was important to ensure children were taught the right skills early, regardless who was doing the teaching.Dr Gill Davies, consultant in dental public health and member of the quality standard advisory committee, said: “We need to look after children’s baby teeth and get them started on good oral health habits as early as possible.” Schools should teach children how to brush their teeth, health watchdogs have said, as they reveal one quarter of five-year-olds have tooth decay.New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says teachers and school nurses should supervise teeth brushing in a bid to drive down rates of tooth decay.The advice says such programmes should be introduced in schools, nurseries and children’s centres in areas at risk of poor oral health.Tooth extraction is the most common reason for admission to hospital for children.The watchdog said 25 per cent of five-year-olds have obvious tooth decay, with an average of more than three missing, decayed or filled teeth among such children.last_img read more

…or opaque in oil?Call your Eyewitness jaded, but he’s not impressed by this application of a “Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG) for Guyana to obtain membership in the “Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative” (EITI).  The latter body, “overseeing” the “transparency” and good governance of extractive operations in some 52 countries engaged in oil, gas and mineral resources, is supposed to be a stamp of approval over our Government’s handling of our incipient oil industry.But no matter how vigilant the EITI is — and that’s a matter for debate — aren’t we locking the stable door after the (oil) horse has bolted? After all, according to our trusty Wiki source, “The EITI Standard requires information along the extractive industry value chain FROM the point of extraction to how the revenue makes its way through the Government, to how it contributes to the economy.”But in our case, all of Guyana – including key supporters of the Government – have been demanding the details of the contract, since that would determine exactly what we’re supposed to get “FROM the point of extraction”. How exactly did Trotman get to DOUBLE the rate of royalties from 1% to the underwhelmingly 2%?? He can’t have it both ways: saying on one hand that the PPP contract negotiated back in 1999 is cast in stone, yet, on the other hand, a key clause could be changed!Point of the matter is: the original 1999 Contract was time-bound, and was due for renewal by 2015 — just when the new Government COINCIDENTALLY acceded to office.The contract could’ve been renegotiated at that time – and WAS! All that talk of Guyana getting “bad name” for not accepting the sanctity of contracts is nonsense. Just as with the GTT contract — signed in 1990 and expired in 2010 — which can be renegotiated, as the Government’s doing right now. No bad name!!Your Eyewitness has a problem with the MSG, which will represent Guyana at the EITI, accepting the contract shouldn’t be shown to the Guyanese people. Whose interests are they really representing? The legislation says the MSG “shall be comprised of 4 Government Representatives; 4 Business Group Representatives; and 4 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Representatives.”We can understand the Government and business reps going along (businesses, after all, have to be “pragmatic”!) but the CSOs?? Shouldn’t they have dug their heels in and demanded the contract be made public as a precondition to their giving their stamp of approval to the application to the EITI?But all is not lost. Right now Guyana is merely an “EITI Candidate”; it’ll take two-and-a-half years for Validation.The people can speak in 2020!!…on new BridgeIf the Government hasn’t begun its campaign for 2020, the AFC certainly have! After a prolonged period of somnolence, they’ve suddenly found their voice, and are pronouncing on all manner of things. Even the Cummingsburg Accord – but don’t get excited – nothing substantive!! Anyhow, their Minister of Infrastructure, Patterson, announced they’ll get going next year on the fixed-span new Demerara Harbour Bridge, which the PPP had proposed.But again, don’t get too excited. What they REALLY announced was next year they’ll launch the PROCESS of starting the bridge project. And we know how long THAT can take to get it to the end, don’t we? However, there was an interesting revelation to the effect they’ll be having prospective bidders for the project be PREQUALIFIED. Makes, sense, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t want any fella with a backhoe sending in bids, would you?  This is an important and LARGE undertaking.But if PREQUALIFICATION is necessary for the bridge, why did the Government throw out prequalification for PHARMA SUPPLIES?Aren’t lives even more important than a bridge?…wishYour Eyewitness is bemused by the irony of that Marxist holdout in the PPP – Hydar Ali – fervently and ostentatiously agreeing with the British High Commissioner on the need for a change in the voting system.Aaah, how quickly we forget!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil ready Guyana submits bid to join EITIAugust 19, 2017In “Business”Public will be made aware of all oil payments to Guyana Govt – ExxonJuly 9, 2017In “Local News”Thoughtful planning needed to wisely invest potential oil revenues – U.S. AmbassadorOctober 11, 2016In “latest news” read more

← Previous Story Shock for PSG Handball in Nimes – Montpellier Handball are new leaders in France! Next Story → “VERY EASY DECISION”: Kristjan Andresson and Martin Boquist to lead Sweden until Tokyo 2020 The XXXVI Congress of the IHF is set to take place in Antalya, Turkey on November 11 and 12, with several important items on the agenda, including election of the President and other leadership positions within the Federation.It is the first time ever the Congress has been held in Turkey, after the very first event in 1946 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where Swede Gösta Björk was elected the first President. Since then, the position of IHF President has been held by three Europeans and one African – current President Dr Hassan Moustafa, who previously played on the Egypt national team, and worked as a coach and referee before joining the IHF, announced International Handball Federation in the statement on the official website.Dr Moustafa’s predecessors include Swiss Hans Baumann, who was President from 1950 to 1971, Swedish Paul Högberg, from 1971 to 1984, and Austrian Erwin Lanc (1984-2000). In 2017, no other candidate has nominated alongside President Moustafa. This means that Egyptian will level record of Baumann with at least 21 years on the TOP of world’s handball organization.The vast majority of IHF Congress events have been held in Europe, and 2017 therefore continues a strong tradition in handball’s most prominent continent.Outside of Europe, IHF Congress has been hosted by an Asian nation twice. The first Congress in Asia was organised in South Korea, in Seoul in 1988. In 2013, IHF Congress returned to Asia when the XXXIV edition was held in Doha, Qatar ahead of the 24th IHF Men’s World Championship. Africa, too, hosted several IHF Congresses, with Senegal the first to do so when they organised the event in Dakar in 1986. Since then, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Morocco have been hosts.The most recent Congress took place in Sochi, Russia, in 2015. Dr Hassan MoustafaIHF Congress read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Conservative New Democracy MP and former deputy health minister Gerasimos Giakoumatos, suggested this week that the Acropolis and other archaeological sites be leased to private firms in a bid to bring much-needed revenue into the debt-ridden country. In comments made to Vima FM radio station, Giakoumatos claimed that such a move would not be humiliating for Greece. “What is humiliating is that we beg for foreign funding or when a Chinese tourist in Athens finds the Acropolis closed,” he said, referring to weekend strike action by Culture Ministry employees that left museums and ancient sites closed. “Instead of cutting wages and pensions, the state could lease the Acropolis, it could lease all archaeological sites,” he said. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Greeting card giant Hallmark says it shouldn’t have changed the lyrics to “Deck the Halls” on a new holiday ornament that’s stirring customer backlash online.The company took heat Thursday after it began selling a miniaturized version of a tacky holiday sweater. The ornament alters the carol’s lyrics by removing the word “gay” and emblazoning the sweater with: “Don we now our FUN apparel!”Critics took to social media, accusing Hallmark of making a political statement.The Kansas City, Mo.-based company says it was surprised by the reaction and now realizes it shouldn’t have changed the wording. But a spokeswoman says Hallmark won’t stop selling the ornament.Facebook commenters said they would never again buy Hallmark merchandise and that the change amounted to the company rewriting holiday classics in the name of political correctness.Hallmark released a statement Wednesday saying the multiple meanings attached to the word “gay” meant the sweater’s lyrics would be “open to misinterpretation.”last_img read more