Install Sita’s statue alongside Lord Ram’s in Ayodhya: Congress leader Karan Singh

first_imgVeteran Congress leader Karan Singh has urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to give Sita her “rightful place in Ayodhya” and install her statue alongside the proposed grand statue of Lord Ram.In a letter to Adityanath on December 12, Singh stated that during a recent visit to Simariya in Mithilanchal, the birthplace of Sita, it stuck him that the government could reduce the height of Lord Ram’s statue by half and have one of Sita by its side.“After getting married, Sita came to Ayodhya, but soon after she had to accompany Ram and Laksmana on a 14-year exile. During that time, she was kidnapped by Ravana and had to live in captivity in Sri Lanka,” Singh said in the letter.After Sita was saved by Ram, she had to take the ‘agni pariksha’ (trial by fire), he said, adding that she spent the rest of her life in exile despite being pregnant.“At least after thousands of years, Sitaji should get her rightful place in Ayodhya,” he said, hoping that his suggestion would be accepted.Last month, the State government had announced that it would install a statue of Lord Ram in the temple town of Ayodhya.While the height of the Ram statue will be 151 metres, its overhead umbrella would be 20 metres and the pedestal would be 50 metres, making it the tallest statue in the country.last_img read more

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We will rope in more icons as ambassadors: IOA

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) On the backfoot after Salman Khans appointment as goodwill ambassador of Indias Olympic contingent was criticised by some top sportspersons, the IOA today said it would also rope in icons from music, cricket, and other sports to motivate the athletes. “We are very happy and thankful on Salmans offer to support Olympic Sports in this country. This association is only a gesture and does not include any monetary consideration,” IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta said in a statement. “…our key objective of bringing him on board is to draw maximum attention from the masses, due to which there will be more eyeballs and viewership which will eventually result in popularizing Olympic sports in the country. We may appoint more icons from other walks of life like music, cricket, art culture and Olympic sports etc,” he added. Salmans appointment has triggered a furore with star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh questioning the move. Salman, who is playing the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film Sultan, was named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) yesterday in the presence of star woman boxer M C Mary Kom, hockey captain Sardar Singh, and shooter Apurvi Chandela among others. The position itself is unprecedented and IOAs decision to pick Salman for it left the sporting fraternity divided with London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar and the legendary Milkha leading the criticism. “Mr. Salman Khan is only being appointed from Bollywood segment and we are in talks with two other big names in music and cricket. We are more than willing to have as many icons including the likes of Ms. Anju Bobby George and Ms. PT Usha who have the capacity and capability to popularize Olympic sports in the country,” Mehta said. PTI PM PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mickey Arthur abused me, claims Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal in fiery press conference

first_imgPakistan’s Test batsman, Umar Akmal has claimed that chief coach Mickey Arthur abused him during an argument at the national cricket academy in Lahore.”I stand by what I told the media earlier today. Mickey Arthur used first poor language and then abused me. Inzamam bhai and Mushtaq bhai (Ahmed) are both witness to this incident at the NCA,” Umar told PTI on Wednesday.The altercation took place between Umar and Arthur after the former returned from England following a rehabilitation program for a knee problem and went to the academy for training.Umar said he went there after informing batting coach, Grant Flower about his need to practice.”When I reached there first Grant and then our physio, Grant Luden refused to accommodate me saying they were only working with the centrally contracted players. I then went to Mickey and he told he was instructed only to work with the contracted players,” Umar said.”He then told me go and speak to Inzamam and Mushtaq. I went to them and spoke to them. They explained things to me about my status and reminded me I had failed the fitness test several times. They advised me to listen to what was being said to me. I said okay and then they told me go and talk to Mickey again,” Umar recalled.The Pakistan batsman said it was the second time when he went to Arthur to ask him to allow him to train with the coaches that he lost his cool.advertisement”First he told me what I was doing at the academy. He then told me I should go and play club cricket. And then he used poor and abusive language. I can tolerate anything but I don’t think anyone has the right to use such language,” Umar said.A PCB spokesman told PTI that a show cause notice would be issued to Umar on Thursday as he had breached the terms of contract and clauses for players by going and speaking to the media.”He is not a centrally contracted player but he is still bound by clauses governing players even one year after his contract expires. He can’t speak to the media without first seeking permission from the board,” he said.Umar said he would respond to the show cause notice when it was served on him.”I want to know that after I was dropped for the West Indies tour did I complain or blame anyone? I admitted I needed to work harder on my fitness and game.””When I was sent back from the Champions Trophy which was a humiliating experience for me I didn’t say anything or speak in the media. I only admitted I needed to improve my fitness and I had to do better.”I went to England for rehabilitation and remained positive. But today I went to the media because the head coach used bad language and he has no right to do this with any player and I want the PCB to look into this.”Relations between Umar and Arthur have not been ideal since last year when Pakistan toured Australia and the coach complained about the batsman’s fitness levels.The Pakistani player was sent back from the Champions Trophy in England after Arthur said his fitness standards was not at par with the team.last_img read more

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Lawyer for Animals: The legal expert animals should be thankful for

first_imgWhile animal lovers across the country rejoiced the Supreme Court’s stay verdict on January 14 to ban jallikattu or bull taming that is held during the festival of Pongal in rural parts of Tamil Nadu, a lawyer and animal rights activist was hooked to her phone, receiving congratulations from family and friends.Also read: Supreme Court stay on Jallikattu to continueAnd why not? The 31-year-old Ambika Hiranandani was one of the group of six senior councils, 20 junior councils and NGO groups that had drafted and filed six petitions over the weekend to save the plight of innocent bulls that are induced to run by hurting them. “I understand you have to keep culture alive, but jallikattu is a brutal tradition to keep alive. These are gentle, docile animals so putting chillies into their eyes, or sticking knives into the anus to scare them and make them run is not part of the fun,” Hiranandani states.Also read: Jallikattu duel not over yet: The culture vs cruelty debateThe lawyer has been instrumental in victories such as banning Victorias or horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai in June 2015, rescuing 30 turkey birds crammed in a 1ft x 2 ft box, fighting for street dogs that are beaten up mercilessly, helping temple elephants in Kerala, rescuing animals from slaughterhouses, prohibiting Bulbul bird fights in Assam and preventing tortoises and exotic birds from being illegally traded. “I call my early days in animal rescue as my ‘table tennis days’ -something like practice – because by working on field and understanding how things work, from rescues to the police, the laws, the court, I got trained for bigger cases,” Hiranandani reveals. Making rounds of police stations at 2 am is something most women, especially in India, would never dream of. She recounts, “People would ask me why I go to the police station at 2 in the morning. ‘You’re a woman, what will people say?’ they would state. But if I had never got my feet dirty in rescue operations or confronting traders, I would have never got the information or figured it out.”advertisementApart from continuing her work (she is also the legal advisor for People For Animals (PFA), Hiranandani has larger goals to sensitise more lawyers to help animals. “My aim is to help emerge a movement called ‘Lawyers for Animals’ where lawyers across the country come together and pool in their legal expertise pro bono for animals,” says Hiranandani, adding further: “It is only when they (traders) are taken to a police station and held accountable under the law will they stop.”last_img read more

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8 days agoNapoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitude

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitudeby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis insists there’s no issues with coach Carlo Ancelotti.And he says Lorenzo Insigne must change his attitude.“In recent days I’ve seen it all in important newspapers, even if no-one reads newspapers anymore,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.“I didn’t fight with Ancelotti, he can stay here for another 10 years. In cinema, my relationships, like my one with [director Carlo] Verdone, last a long time.“I’m all for the exclusives, when you want everything right away but get it all wrong.“Insigne’s an excellent sportsman, but he must stay calm, change his attitude and lay off certain things.“He’s always had an attitude of discomfort in Naples. I understand him, I protect him and I like him a lot, but he’s always found his situation in Naples to be uncomfortable.“Therefore, I just want to say that he needs to calm down and become a more peaceful person, but that’s his problem. Neither Raiola nor Ancelotti can resolve that.“He’s a great player and he can be in good form or bad form. If he’s less so, it’s up to the Coach not to play him.“Insigne can’t come out cracking jokes or with an ‘almost’ defiant attitude. The Coach is a family man, 60 years old, and won’t tell you to get lost because he’s three times your age.” last_img read more

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‘Eden as striker better for Blues’

first_imgPlaying Eden Hazard as a striker provides Chelsea with greater balance defensively, according to Maurizio Sarri.Belgium international Hazard has frequently played through the middle this season with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggling for form.The 28-year-old was deployed in the centre of the attack for the 2-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday and he set up Willian for the winning goal after Ciaran Clark cancelled out Pedro’s opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Asked if Hazard enjoyed operating as a striker, Sarri said: “Not in the first half. In the second half my feeling was that he enjoyed it.”I wanted to see the solution with three small players. I think in this moment it is a very good solution because we are not less dangerous in the offensive phase and then in the defensive phase we are more balanced.”In the last six matches, we conceded only three goals and one was from a penalty. I think that at the moment, in the defensive phase, we are doing very well. One of the reasons I think, in my opinion, is that Eden is playing in that position.”Sarri acknowledged that having Hazard leading the line makes it difficult for Chelsea to penetrate the box, an area he pointed to as requiring improvement.”For his characteristics, of course, he goes in the direction of the ball. We need to learn to attack spaces, or attack the box with the other players,” he said.”It was better [against Newcastle] with the other wingers in attacking spaces. We scored after 10 minutes by attacking spaces behind the lines with Pedro. I remember very well at the beginning of the second half, we had the same situation with Willian.”So it is better now. We need to improve in attacking the box. When the ball is outside, it is impossible for Eden to stay in the box.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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AltaGas to Bring Canadian Propane Closer to Asia

first_imgzoom Canadian energy infrastructure company AltaGas has reached a positive final investment decision (FID) on its Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, the first propane export facility on the country’s west coast, having received approval from federal regulators.The firm said it has signed long-term agreements securing land tenure along with rail and marine infrastructure on Ridley Island and will proceed with the construction, ownership and operation of the terminal. The construction is expected to begin in early 2017 in compliance with the approval and the new facility will be in service by the first quarter of 2019.The site is near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, on a section of land leased by Ridley Terminals from the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The locational advantage is very short shipping distances to markets in Asia, notably a 10-day shipping time compared to 25-days from the US Gulf Coast, AltaGas said. In addition, the site benefits from marine jetty and berthing facilities with deep water access to the Pacific Ocean.The terminal will be designed to ship 1.2 million tons of propane per year, which will be shipped to markets in Asia on approximately 20 to 30 very large gas carriers (VLGCs).The proposed facility is estimated to cost approximately CAD 450 – 500 million (USD 338 – 376 million).Along with FID, AltaGas plans to offer a third party the option to take an equity position of up to 30 percent in the Ridley Export Terminal.In May, 2016, AltaGas LPG entered into a memorandum of understanding with Tokyo-based Astomos Energy Corporation (Astomos) contemplating a multi-year agreement, for the purchase of at least 50 percent of the 1.2 million tons of propane available to be shipped from the terminal each year.The firm said it has finalized a definitive agreement with Astomos containing the key commercial terms for the sale and purchase of these volumes of propane. Discussions with Astomos and several other third party off-takers for further capacity commitments are proceeding, according to AltaGas.last_img read more

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Adult Learner Launches Book at Literacy Day Event

first_imgA 54-year-old lumber mill worker who upgraded his reading andwriting skills through a workplace literacy program has justlaunched his first book. Mel Lively, of Nine Mile River, wrote Mel’s Story, a chronicle ofhis life in the woods and the lumber mill, with his tutor. Herecently completed a Workplace Education program through ElmsdaleLumber, where he works in the planer mill. Mel’s Story was officially launched today, Sept. 8, duringInternational Literacy Day celebrations in Dartmouth, where Mr.Lively received the Workplace Education Ambassador Award fromEducation Minister Jamie Muir. “It is hard to put into words how good this makes me feel,” saidMr. Lively. “I would especially like to thank my tutor, KimHutchison, for her patience and the Department of Education forits support. Without the support of my employer, Elmsdale Lumber,I am not sure if I would have ever gone back to school. At myage, I didn’t think anything like this would have been possible.” The Workplace Education Initiative creates partnerships betweenthe Department of Education, labour groups and companies likeElmsdale Lumber, to help workers upgrade reading and math skills. More than 1,200 workers at 55 workplaces have taken advantage ofthe program. The Workplace Education Initiative is part of SkillsNova Scotia, the co-ordinating strategy for the provincial skillsagenda. “This book is a wonderful emblem of the benefits of adultlearning,” said Mr. Muir. “The book tells us about logging, butMr. Lively’s story tells us much more about what can beaccomplished with determination and a little support.” Mr. Lively began working in the woods at an early age. After atree felling accident, he left the woods and began work in theplaner mill. His employer, Elmsdale Lumber, offered a WorkplaceEducation program, and Mel returned to learning. One of hisproudest accomplishments is being able to read to and writestories for his two grandsons. “We know that the completion of Mel’s Story is only the beginningfor Mel,” said Gennie Himelman, office manager, Elmsdale Lumber.”Mel must feel like an athlete who has just completed the BostonMarathon and at the finish line are all his fans here at ElmsdaleLumber. He will continue to improve his skills and we willcontinue to offer him our support in any way we can.” Workplace Education Program information is available through theDepartment of Education by calling 902-424-0492.last_img read more

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Renewable Energy Sector Economy on Meeting Agendas

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter will promote the province’s renewable energy sector and strengthen ties with United States governors at two conferences in Massachusetts this week. Premier Dexter will attend the National Governors Association meeting in Boston from July 9-11 where he will meet with governors and attend presentations on topics including energy efficiency, healthcare, and economic recovery. “I am particularly interested in hearing from Ms. Cathy Zoi who is considered President Obama’s guru on energy efficiency,” said Premier Dexter. “The best way to save money on energy is to use less and I am hoping to hear about some innovative, cost-effective ways that Nova Scotians can reduce energy consumption to make life more affordable.” From July 11-13, Premier Dexter will co-chair the 34th annual New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in Lenox, Mass. The conference will focus on expanding economic opportunities and creating green jobs through renewable energy, climate change action, energy efficiency, new energy technologies and transportation initiatives. Premier Dexter will promote Nova Scotia’s green technology sector, explore sustainable energy opportunities, and showcase the province’s commitment to reducing and mitigating climate change. Premiers and governors will also hear from Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer and U.S. Consul General to Atlantic Canada, Anton Smith about the Canada-U.S. relationship. “At the NEG-ECP conference, I will do all I can to aggressively explore new energy opportunities with our United States neighbors which will lead to more jobs for Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. Premier Dexter and the province’s business development agency, Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) are conducting high-level business meetings during the trip. “It’s about opening new doors between our mutual business interests, and continuing an already successful partnership of growth for Nova Scotia and our New England neighbours.” Also participating in the conference is Emera Inc. CEO Chris Huskilson. Mr. Huskilson will discuss regional renewable energy development and the challenges and opportunities of our regional energy future. “The Northeast and Eastern Canada is a very important market for Emera,” said Mr. Huskilson. “We are very excited about the potential opportunities for renewable energy development for everyone, and we look forward to working with others in the region towards reaching renewable energy goals.” Premier Dexter also noted the importance of co-chairing this year’s conference as Nova Scotia prepares to host the 35th annual event next July. “I look forward to taking every opportunity I can while in Boston and Lenox to get my colleagues excited about coming to Nova Scotia next summer to see first hand the innovative and world-class projects that are being developed here in renewable electricity generation,” said Premier Dexter.last_img read more

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208 FIRs DD entries registered till date

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 208 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the poll body in Delhi said on Monday.The statistics surveillance team of the Delhi’s chief electoral officer’s (CEO) office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 3,48,86,850/crore in cash and also seized 1411.1264 kg of narcotics and drugs. “A total of 208 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct,” Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh told reporters. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Out of these, twenty two are against the Aam Aadmi Party (13 FIRs and 9 DD entries), Thirty Three against the Bharatiya Janata Party (16 FIRs and 17 DD entries), Eleven against the Congress (3 FIRs and8 DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (one DD entry), one against Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 95 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said. The Delhi CEO office said more than 3.33 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1,08,028 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 95,317 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement from CEO office said.last_img read more

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3 lakh students pass BSEs HSC exam in Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar (Odisha): Girls outshone boys in the High School Certificate (HCS) examination results declared by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Odisha on Tuesday. Announcing the results at the BSE Headquarters in Cuttack, School and Mass Education Secretary Pradipta Mohapatra said the pass percentage was 70.78 per cent, which was over five per cent lower than last year’s pass percentage of 76.23 per cent. Out of the total 5,87,720 students who took the exam 3,97,125 (1,91,655 boys and 2,05,470 girls) cleared it. The exam was held at 2,953 centres between February 22 and March 8. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The Regular and Ex-Regular pass percentage was 72.35 and 37.43 respectively. While 82 schools recorded nil results, 289 schools scored cent percent results. Jharsuguda district scored the highest 85.48 pass percentage, while Koraput district scored the lowest 50.61 per cent. Similarly, the pass percentage for this year’s Madhyama (Sanskrit) examination was 84.62 per cent. Out of 3,563 students who took the exam, 3,015 cleared it. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the students for their performance. “Congratulate all students who matriculated today. Best wishes for your future,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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POP UP STUDIO 2015 to Support Young Musicians in Morocco

Rabat – POP UP STUDIO 2015 offers master classes in music for young, talented individuals, providing them the opportunity to meet with Moroccan music professionals and have jam sessions to benefit the participants of past POP UP STUDIO programs.From July 23 to 25, the British Council and its partners will organize POP UP STUDIO 2015, which includes master classes and meetings with professionals that will take place on July 23 and 24 at Hiba Studio in Casablanca and jam sessions on July 25 in Dar Denise Masson in Marrakech.The event aims to develop emerging musical talents and will serve as a platform for exchanging ideas, promoting creativity among youth, and promoting professional involvement in the event as distributers, producers, representatives of festivals, and cultural media. The event serves to support young musicians who have limited access to professional studios for recording. It enables the participants to record, finish, and develop their music compositions written initially in Arabic or English in different music genres such as pop, rap, R&B, and others.POP UP STUDIO was launched in 2013 in order to boost competitiveness and sustain the development of modern music in Morocco. It was initially launched as a creative residency, hosting some 30 participants who benefitted from technical and creative support for their music compositions. read more

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Ugandan ministers request strong UN support to neutralize vicious insurgents

To finally put an end to the 20-year, campaign of terror by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), notorious for conscripting and sexually abusing children and displacing millions across three African countries, the Ugandan Ministers of both Defence and Foreign Affairs today asked the United Nations Security Council to support strong measures to hunt down, disarm and prosecute the group.Among those measures, Defence Minister Amama Mbabazi called for a mandate for the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) and the UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS), to forcefully disarm the LRA in the countries of their responsibility, where the group has been operating as well as in Uganda, where it originated.In a joint briefing with Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, he also emphasized the importance of regional efforts, proposing an arrangement with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, similar to the one Uganda had with Sudan in which the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) would be allowed to enter Congolese territory and hunt down LRA terrorists under the close supervision of international bodies like MONUC.Mr. Mbabazi said Uganda hoped to arrest indicted LRA terrorist leaders and hand them over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Since 2002, military pressure by the UPDF on the group – which is part of Uganda’s post-colonial history covering the Idi Amin and Milton Obote regimes — has drastically decreased its strength of about 5,000 in 2002 to an estimated current strength of about 500, of whom only 120 to 150 were armed in 2005, Mr. Mbabzi said. While he the group was “severely degraded and on the verge of defeat,” he expressed extreme concern that it was slowly rebuilding its capacity in the Garambe National Park and other areas. The insecurity due to the LRA is threatening humanitarian assistance in the region and the repatriation process of Sudanese refugees from DRC and the Central African Republic (CAR) to their homes in southern Sudan, where last month unknown intruders attacked a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) compound in Yei, killing a local guard and seriously wounding an Iraqi staffer and a second local guard. The LRA is also considered responsible for the January attack on UN peacekeeping troops in Garamba National Park in north eastern DRC, in which eight Guatemalan peacekeepers were killed. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has estimated that over 20,000 children have been abducted by the LRA, as many as 12,000 of them since 2002. read more

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Ohio State womens tennis looks to rebound at Big Ten tournament

Junior Grainne O’Neill serves during a match at the OSU tennis center. The Buckeyes are set for the Big Ten tournament.Credit: Lindsey Oates / Lantern photographerDespite not having any seniors in this year’s lineup, the Ohio State women’s tennis team has fared well, winning a program record of 10 of its 11 Big Ten matches this spring.The No. 18 Buckeyes’ only loss in Big Ten play came on Friday when the Scarlet and Gray faltered at home against the then-No. 14 Michigan Wolverines.With the loss, the Buckeyes let a share of the regular-season Big Ten title slip away, but after defeating Michigan State two days later, OSU has re-routed the ship heading into the Big Ten Tournament.“We know that we’re very well prepared,” junior Grainne O’Neill said. “We’ve put in the work on and off the court and I think that shows. We’re just excited to get started and see how it goes.”The Buckeyes will be seeded in the two slot this weekend in Evanston, Ill., with a first-round bye as they await the winner of Purdue and Wisconsin.OSU has not been at the top of the Big Ten standings since winning the conference in 2000. Coach Melissa Schaub said she is happy with where her team is, and added that the key to winning is to simply keep working for it.“I think we compete really hard,” Schaub said. “I think college tennis is a lot about really good energy, coming out and competing every day, you’re not always going to play your best.“I tell these guys you can probably count on one hand the amount of times they’re going to walk off the court thinking they played unbelievable. The rest of it is just trying to gut it out and find a way.”O’Neill, who won her individual match in two sets against Michigan State, said she is excited for the tournament because it is a chance to be on a big stage and compete in a pressured and sometimes nerve-wracking environment.But her excitement for the challenge wasn’t there in years past.“I think mentally I’ve gotten a lot stronger,” O’Neill said. “And knowing that maybe in years before I might have gotten a little nervous in tight situations but just from playing so many matches I’ve gotten more confident and I know that I can pull off a win eventually if I just keep plugging away.”Schaub said she is proud of O’Neill’s ability to step up in pressure situations, given she is one of the older members of a youthful team.“We are a very young team,” Schaub said. “And for Grainne, who doesn’t know whether she’s going to be in there playing or not until sometimes the day of, she has stepped up huge.”However, in order to go far this weekend in the tournament and possibly get a chance to avenge their only Big Ten loss, it will be a team effort, Schaub said. And she added that she is proud of how the whole team has followed O’Neill’s lead.“I think they’ve all stepped up,” Schaub said of her team. “Certain matches, we’ve had certain people out and other people have had to jump in and step up, and they’ve done that really well. It’s just unbelievable for them and shows the kind of heart they have and the kind of team they are.”Michigan has won the Big Ten regular-season title for six consecutive years after beating the Buckeyes a week ago. But now it is tournament time, and OSU is excited to possibly get a second shot at the Maize and Blue, O’Neill said.“This year we are really, really prepared and we’re excited to play,” O’Neill said. “It’s always been a rivalry. Every time we play Michigan, we’re pumped up, and we just want to get that win and end that streak.”OSU is set to play its first Big Ten Tournament match on Friday at 2 p.m. against the winner of Purdue and Wisconsin, who play at the same time on Thursday. read more

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Howlin says whistleblower Maurice McCabe expressed gratitude for his intervention yesterday

first_imgTánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald told her Dáil deputies today that she would listen to the views of everyone and take on board any suggestions for amendments to the terms of reference.Earlier, during Leaders’ Questions, both the Social Democrats’ Catherine Murphy and Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald had said the garda commissioner should step aside.But Fitzgerald said: ”I don’t believe there is any reason for anyone to step aside,”She is entitled to our full support and confidence.Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who is in Poland today, also told reporters he has full confidence in the commissioner.The Tánaiste also stated during today’s debate:But we have to remember that the truth or otherwise of allegations is not determined by their seriousness or their frequency, but by the facts. And establishing those facts, without fear or favour, is what I am determined should happen… Howlin says whistleblower Maurice McCabe ‘expressed gratitude’ for his intervention yesterday Pressure is mounting on the Garda Commissioner to step aside while the inquiry is ongoing. Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 3:05 PM 19,667 Views And, on the other hand that persons investigated had behaved completely properly. They had to live for a long time under the shadow of allegations that were found not to be well-based and, in some cases, their careers were ruined with great personal cost. That is the reality behind charges which can be made in this House.A number of amendments have been put forward by the different political parties, who are looking to widen the scope of the investigation.Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callahan said he was prepared to enter the Dáil chamber and suggest that other whistleblowers, who have also made claims of garda misconduct, be included in the inquiry.However, he said he was willing to accept Judge O’Neill’s recommendation that the inquiry should solely deal with the allegations included in the terms of reference.Independent 4 Change Clare Daly said “it is a fact that O’Neill did not get any information from those other whistleblowers” and therefore should not be able to recommend if they should be included in the inquiry or not.The Taoiseach said in the Dáil yesterday that the allegations made against the commissioner are “vehemently denied”.“The matter that you have raised is of the most serious import. I know you understand that, Deputy Howlin,” Enda Kenny said:What you have said here has been commented upon about by the Ceann Comhairle in respect of hearsay and you’ve answered that yourself –  but as I said, what is at issue here is a series of allegations, the truth of which have not been tested yet, and which I can tell the House are wholly and vehemently denied by those against whom the allegations are made.Additional reporting by Christina FinnRead: Nóirín O’Sullivan refutes Dáil claims about her treatment of Maurice McCabe > Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3230227 Share16 Tweet Email1 Updated 2.50pm Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeBRENDAN HOWLIN SAID today he has spoken to Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe over his comments about Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan in the Dáil yesterday.Yesterday, the Wexford TD and Labour Leader told the chamber that the Commissioner contacted journalists in 2013 and 2014 and made allegations of ‘sexual crimes’ against garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.In a statement released yesterday afternoon, Nóirín O’Sullivan said she had “no knowledge of the matters referred to by Howlin” and refutes “in the strongest terms the suggestion that she has engaged in the conduct alleged against a serving member of An Garda Síochána”.This is the first occasion on which the Commissioner has been made aware of the allegations made by Deputy Howlin and to her knowledge no report having been made to An Garda Síochána Ombudsman or elsewhere relating to the specific allegations.Maurice McCabeSpeaking again under Dáil privilege as the House debates the terms of reference which were published yesterday, Howlin said that McCabe expressed his “gratitude” to the Labour leader for his intervention.He confirmed to me that he is of course aware, in specific detail, of the allegations made against him. He has been aware of them, and he and his family have had to live with them, for a number of years. Guerin, Fennelly, O’Higgins and O’Neill: A quick guide to garda whistleblowing>Reminding TDs about the Guerin report controversy, in which a number of findings were overturned later by the O’Higgins inquiry, Fitzgerald said:I would remind the House that we have seen in the recent past Commissions of Investigation establishing that people who have made allegations have been found to be correct in the face of denials and obstruction.center_img Yesterday morning, I received information that I believed to be of significant public importance. The word hearsay has been bandied about plenty. But this was not idle chat or pub gossip.Paying particular attention to the issue of the mobile phones of Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and former commissioner Martin Callinan, he said that over the course of this inquiry, the commissioner’s mobile phones and phone records over a two-year period are to be examined, as are all garda electronic and paper files, to see if she is implicated in this affair.Nóirín O’Sullivan as Garda Commissioner is the custodian of the very records that Judge Charleton will examine, in order to see if they disclose wrongdoing by the Commissioner herself. I believe this places her in an untenable position. No Comments Because the nature of the allegations, as one journalist made clear on radio this morning, have not been a secret. The allegations have been circulated around the media, around political circles, and around Sergeant McCabe’s colleagues, for quite some time.In a heated interview earlier this morning on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Howlin was questioned on whether it was appropriate to make the allegations.He said he believes it was “absolutely appropriate” to make claims about Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan under Dáil privilege yesterday, and repeated his calls for her to step down pending the outcome of upcoming investigations.‘First-hand knowledge’He told Morning Ireland that the person who came forward to him, who had “first-hand knowledge” of the situation, would be willing to make the same statements in public if required.“The person who contacted me said they had first-hand knowledge of these matters. I believe that person, I believe what was told.”When asked whether he thought it was a good idea to go public with the information, he said:I believed the person who contacted me yesterday, and I believe what they told me to be their honest belief and that is the criterion in the legislation.“It’s always safer to be silent, it’s always safer to be silent.”Howlin confirmed to the Dáil he will make himself available to Justice Charleton, who is tasked with leading the inquiry. In addition, he confirmed to the House that his “source” has also given consent for their name to be provided to the judge.Howlin said the journalist has made it clear they are willing to provide him with all of the information at their disposal.Following on from this morning’s radio interview, in which he was accused of spreading hearsay, Howlin said:The only place in which we as members of this House have absolute privilege in what we say, is this place. And so we should speak in this place with respect for the responsibility that we bear. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 9th 2017, 3:05 PM By Nicky Ryan And I am glad to be able to inform the House that he has expressed gratitude for my intervention yesterday, and in no way regards it as having been damaging to him. It is of the utmost importance that allegations of wrongdoing by members of An Garda Síochána are fully addressed. And there is no doubt that in the past this did not happen as it should. But it is very important that in addressing one injustice that we do not create others.last_img read more

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Immersion à la soirée Geek So In organisée par Intel

first_imgImmersion à la soirée Geek So In organisée par Intel Pour célébrer la sortie de son nouveau processeur Ivy Bridge, Intel a organisée la sixième édition de la soirée Geek So In. Maxisciences a été convié à cet événement pour découvrir les nouveautés hi-tech.La semaine dernière, la rédaction s’est rendue à la sixième soirée Geek So In organisée par Intel. Nous avons pu rencontrer de nombreux exposant durant cet événement. Maxisciences a alors pu essayer des nombreux produits, dont Sphero, les lunettes réalités augmentées de Laster, les claviers TabK d’Alphauis. Retrouver donc nos impressions dans notre dossier reportage sur l’événement.Le 13 juin 2012 à 17:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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This Weird Robot Can Fold Your Laundry at a Snails Pace

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to worry about laundry? Mira Robotics just unveiled a device that might slightly improve this chore: A housekeeping robot that can fold clothes with painfully slow movements.On Thursday, the Japan-based AI company unveiled ugo, a machine that tackles laundry duties with remote control assistance, The Japan Times reported. This bot, which can pick up, fold, and place garments on a drying rack, is designed to make household help more budget-friendly, private, and efficient for customers.Developed in February 2018, the two-armed robot weighs approximately 158 pounds and its height is adjustable from 110 centimeters to 180 centimeters. Plus, its arms are roughly 60 centimeters long to help it fold apparel, and complete other laundry-related tasks, including removing clothes from washers and placing them on drying racks.Even with all these potential benefits, this robot isn’t the fastest machine: As shown in the video above, it’s moving at the pace of a snail to take a shirt out of a basket and place it on a drying rack. Even though the bot completes the task efficiently, it takes almost a minute to finish both steps.Ken Matsui, Mira Robotics’ CEO, told The Japan Times that it plans to alter the robot’s arms and speed up the remote control process to improve ugo’s process. Right now, trained operators have to control the robot to make sure it can pick up, dry, and fold laundry without tech hiccups.The company aims to engage in closed beta testing in August 2019 and launch the ugo service in May 2020. Until then, it will tweak the robot’s performance so it can be a better housekeeping assistant for customers in the near future.More on Geek.com:This Little Robot Blasts the Bacteria in Your Hotel Room BedEngineers Build a Self-Aware Robot That Operates on Its OwnThis MIT Robot Learned to Play Jenga Through Vision and Touch Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Mumps outbreak confirmed in Mattawa north of TriCities

first_imgKENNEWICK — Four cases of mumps have been diagnosed in people living in farmworker housing in Mattawa, according to the Grant County Health Department.One case has been confirmed and three others are considered probable.The disease can be prevented with the same vaccine that prevents measles, the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella.The mumps virus is mostly spread by coughing, sneezing or other contact with saliva from someone who is infected, according to the Washington State Department of Health.Those infected with mumps usually are contagious for a few days before and after symptoms appear.Symptoms include, fever, headache, muscle aches and loss of appetite. Its most distinctive symptom is swelling of the cheeks, neck or jaw.Potential complications include hearing loss and brain damage, with adults more likely than children to become very sick with mumps.The state of Washington had an outbreak of mumps from fall 2016 to 2017, with 891 cases reported, including six in Benton County.last_img read more

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FHP driver shot at car on I95 in Miami Gardens injuring 2

first_imgIf you have any information on this shooting or the gunman’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “He had adrenaline, then a few seconds later, he just collapsed on the floor. Then they helped him out outside,” he said.7News cameras captured the bullet-riddled Altima outside Flashback Diner smeared with blood at the bottom of the driver’s side door.Paramedics took Williams and the other injured victim to Aventura Hospital, located a few blocks away from the diner.Officials said Williams suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and the other victim suffered an injury to the leg. Their injuries are not life-threatening.Investigators are not describing the incident as road rage because the victims stated they do not know the driver who targeted them and had no previous altercation with the subject. They did, however, report a “suspicious vehicle” had been following them.A passenger in the Altima who was not hurt said his friends are expected to be OK.The cause of the shooting remains under investigation. AVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Authorities are investigating after, they said, a driver shot at a car along Interstate 95 in Miami Gardens in the middle of the night, sending two people to the hospital.Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the shooting along the northbound lanes near the Ives Dairy Road exit, just after 3 a.m., Sunday.Investigators said the subject pulled up next to a silver Nissan Altima with four people inside and opened fire, striking the left side of the vehicle and injuring two occupants, including the driver.As a result, detectives said, the Altima swerved onto the outside grass shoulder, but the injured driver continued traveling north, exited at Hallandale Beach Boulevard and headed east.Authorities said the driver of the Altima, later identified as 25-year-old Donnell Williams, spotted a marked Hallandale Beach Police vehicle parked outside the Flashback Diner along U.S. 1, near Hallandale Beach Boulevard, and pulled into the restaurant.“A guy rushes into the restaurant, full of blood, red shirt,” said witness Jorge Espinoza. “The guy just asked for help.”Espinoza said the victim then fell to the floor. last_img read more

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NatGeo Measures its Carbon Footprint

first_imgNational Geographic, along with Verso Paper, Quad/Graphics and Harmony Environmental, recently completed a “cradle-to-grave” study to measure the magazine’s carbon footprint.The study caps a process initiated two years ago when National Geographic approached Verso to explore the idea. A year’s worth of planning between 2007 and 2008 was retooled to initiate a new test specifically for the plant that makes the paper for the magazine.”We were reluctant to wait for a new study to be completed,” said Hans Wegner, VP of production services at National Geographic, in a statement. “However, we were convinced there were enough significant differences mill-to-mill and grade-to-grade to warrant the undertaking of a separate study of our paper made at Verso’s Androscoggin, Maine mill in order to obtain accurate information.” Not content to simply measure the emissions from the paper mill, National Geograhic and Verso brought in the magazine’s printer, Quad/Graphics, to participate as well, giving the study a broader and more detailed look at the entire production process.The study measured the planting and harvesting of trees, paper manufacturing and printing, and the magazine’s delivery and disposal.Harmony Environmental independently compiled and analyzed the data, which revealed that 1.27 pounds of CO2 equivalents are emitted to produce the paper for one issue of National Geographic. Add in printing, distribution and the rest of the steps necessary to bring an issue to market and the total bumps up to 1.82 pounds. That, according to Verso, is the same amount of CO2 emitted by driving about two miles in a 20-mpg car.With a total paid and verified circ of just over 5,000,000 according to the magazine’s December 2008 publisher’s statement, that equates to about  9.1 million pounds of CO2 emissions.Backpacker released a similar study in March 2008, and discovered it produced 500,000 pounds per issue in 2007. That magazine has a total paid and verified circ of about 346,000.last_img read more

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