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John Bishop And Sebastian Coe Go HeadToHead For Sport Relief

first_imgThe BBC and Comic Relief have announced that Sport Relief hero John Bishop and four-time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe will captain two teams of celebrities and go head to head in a series of sporting challenges at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the Sport Relief Night of TV on Friday 21st March.Comedian John Bishop, who completed a punishing ‘Week of Hell’ challenge for Sport Relief in 2012 and Sebastian Coe, Olympian and chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will each captain a team of stars who will battle it out in five different sporting events. The two rival teams will be made up of famous faces from the worlds of sport and entertainment – with the Clash of the Titans trophy up for grabs, the competition will be fierce, the challenges demanding and the potential for sporting upset high.On the night, Clare Balding will present all the action from the London Aquatics Centre whilst over at the Lee Valley VeloPark Gabby Logan will be on hand, as the teams compete in a variety of events including track cycling, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming and a swimming relay.It promises to be an incredible night of entertainment and the public has the opportunity to buy tickets to watch all the action from the two venues and cheer on their favourite team. Tickets go on sale today and are £15 plus bookings fees applied by Ticketmaster and at least £2.50 will be donated to Comic Relief by the BBC. Further details about the team line-ups will be announced in the run up to the event.John Bishop said: “For Sport Relief 2012, I spent a week of pain cycling, rowing and running from Paris to London. To say it was tough, is a huge understatement. But now, two years on, I am back again to take on whatever challenges Sport Relief throws at me. Am I intimidated by going up against four-time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe? No, I say, bring it on! May the best man win.”Sebastian Coe said: “As chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, I spent the best part of ten years preoccupied with the planning and delivery of London 2012. Not once did I imagine that less than two years later I would find myself back at the park competing. I hear John Bishop has quite a competitive streak but I know these venues inside out – something that, probably unrealistically, I am hoping will play to my advantage.”On Friday 21st March the BBC will treat the nation to a special night of Sport Relief TV, with presenters Gary Lineker, Davina McCall, David Walliams, Claudia Winkleman, Jack Whitehall amongst others, hosting a star-studded show full of celebrity performances, comedy sketches, highlights from this year’s challenges and films about the incredible work Sport Relief supports. Del Boy and Rodney will be back on TV screens after 10 years with a special Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief sketch, featuring one of the show’s biggest fans – David Beckham. Four brave Paralympians will swap their sports kit for sequins and will take on a group dance challenge in a Sport Relief Does Strictly special, with Tess Daly revealing the judges favourite on the night. There will also be further announcements about more exciting sketches and specials in the coming weeks.The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March and for the first time ever the public can run, swim or cycle in the brand new Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. For more information on how to join in the fun and games, raise cash and changes lives, go to raised from Sport Relief will be spent helping some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.To buy tickets to the Clash of the Titans go to For each £15 ticket, £10 will go towards event costs and at least £2.50 will be donated to Comic Relief by the BBC. The BBC will not profit from these ticket sales.last_img read more


first_imgABOUT MICHAEL MOORE: Michael Moore was born in Flint, Michigan where he received a Catholic education, including a year in the seminary. He says this accounts for his healthy respect for the fires of Hell that he believes to be located somewhere just outside Crawford, Texas. He was an Eagle Scout, Newspaper Boy of the Week, and, at 18, the youngest person ever elected to public office in the state of Michigan. TORONTO, May 28, 2019 – Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary director, author and political activist Michael Moore has announced three stops in Ontario this September! Moore’s trademark style offers an “everyman” perspective as he tackles major issues with a sharp sense of humour. This eye-opening approach has earned him a reputation as both a razor-sharp entertainer and one of America’s boldest political commentators. These unique, interactive and inspiring events will feature a special selection from Moore’s Broadway show “The Terms of My Surrender,” a monologue about Moore’s thoughts on the Trump administration. Additionally, audience members will be invited to take part in an interactive Question and Answer period that promises to generate a provocative discussion.Moore’s three Ontario appearances begin with Niagara Falls on September 28th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. A stop in London follows on September 29th at The Performance Stage at Budweiser Gardens. The final appearance will take place in Toronto on September 30th at the Danforth Music Hall. Tickets for the Torontoappearance will be released soon! Tickets for the Niagara Falls and London shows go on sale Friday, May 31st at 12 NOON EST. Information on how to participate in the Q&A will be announced soon! Event details and ticket information can be found at: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Moore is the Oscar and Emmy-winning writer/director of the ground-breaking, record-setting films Roger & Me,Bowling for Columbine, and Fahrenheit 9/11, which also won the top prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and went on to become the highest grossing documentary of all time. It became the first documentary ever to premier No. 1 at the box-office in its opening weekend. Film Comment called it “The Film of the Year.”In addition to winning the Academy Award for Bowling for Columbine, Moore won the Emmy Award for his NBC and Fox series, TV Nation and was nominated for his other series, The Awful Truth (which the L.A. Times called “the smartest and funniest show on TV.”) Moore wrote and directed the comedy feature Canadian Bacon starring the late John Candy, and the BBC documentary, The Big One. He has directed music videos for R.E.M., Rage Against the Machine, Neil Young, and System of a Down.For more information on Michael Moore visit Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Michael Moorelast_img read more

Trudeau pitches Canada in pursuit of key seat at AsiaPacific security table

first_imgMANILA, Philippines – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a sales pitch to core members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Tuesday in hope they will open the door to Canada joining their exclusive and influential circle.Trudeau said Canada looks forward to becoming a member of the association’s East Asia Summit and the ASEAN defence ministers panel at the earliest opportunity.“Canada is not only willing, but ready to be a key partner for the next 50 years,” Trudeau said in a speech in Manila, Philippines, at a special ASEAN-Canada summit in front of leaders of an alliance that includes Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.“This would allow Canada to become a full and dynamic partner of ASEAN.”With the appearance, Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to participate in the one-hour exchange at the ASEAN summit, during which members were to ask him questions and debate the depth of Canada’s co-operation in the region.The opportunity arrives as Trudeau makes efforts to raise Canada’s international profile and demonstrate it can wrestle with complicated challenges, at home and abroad. His government has also been building a case with hope it can eventually obtain a seat on the United Nations Security Council.Trudeau was asked later in the day about why he’s interested in expanding Canada’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.He replied that Canada currently has a mostly economic relationship with the region through its membership at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation.“There is more than just economics to discuss and the East Asia Summit has become the central place for discussing Pacific issues,” he told a news conference Tuesday.“Canada is a Pacific country, as you well know, and being able to engage on broader issues of security, of development, of human rights, of economic opportunity — broader than just the APEC group — is very much in line with how Canada wants to and should engage constructively with the region and, indeed, with the world.”The East Asia Summit is a larger ASEAN grouping focused on security that brings together leaders from 18 countries, including the U.S., China and Russia.“Canada is deeply committed to multilateral institutions and fora, and the East Asia Summit is an important one in an extremely compelling and growing region of the world,” he said.During his speech, Trudeau highlighted Canada’s efforts to help the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, including its decision to appoint former Liberal MP Bob Rae as a special envoy to the region.He told the room that Rae will engage in diplomatic efforts and identify ways in which Canada can support the response to the situation and the plight of the Rohingya minority.Trudeau was referring to a crackdown against the Rohingya by Myanmar’s security forces that began in late August. The alleged attacks have forced more than 600,000 Rohingyas into exile in neighbouring Bangladesh.Trudeau also said Canada stands alongside Asia in demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.“North Korea must immediately cease all activities that go against its international obligations and United Nations Security Council resolutions,” he said.Trudeau attended the ASEAN summit thanks to an invitation from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who sat across from the Canadian leader as he made his remarks.Francisco Fernandez of the Philippine embassy in Ottawa says Canada sought the invitation and Manila didn’t hesitate to grant it, partly because of trade and investment ties and partly due to the 837,000 people of Filipino descent who live in Canada.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Morocco Adopts Multidimensional Approach in Terms of Preventive Diplomacy: Official

Alicante –  Morocco adopts a multidimensional approach in terms of preventive diplomacy, including the political, security, economic, social and religious aspects, said, on Monday in Alicante (east of Spain), minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida.The Moroccan approach in this area is a model to follow and a reference regionally, she added at the 1st International Conference on Preventive Diplomacy in the Mediterranean (May 30-31), organized by the Spanish foreign ministry.Bouaida, who was speaking in front of high-ranking civil servants, decision-makers and experts from countries in both shores of the Mediterranean, recalled that Morocco is an active member in several inter-regional groupings where preventive diplomacy is practiced, as in the 5+5 Dialogue which focuses not only on defense and security, but also on economic and social issues. She underlined the positive contribution of Morocco in the Mediation in the Mediterranean Initiative, launched by Morocco and Spain in 2012, as well as its active participation in several peacekeeping operations worldwide, mainly in Africa.Bouaida stressed the important role played by Morocco in the management of the Libyan crisis as country hosting talks that led to the Skhirat Libyan political agreement.This agreement is a successful and a clear example of preventive diplomacy as it offers a political solution to the crisis in Libya, she said, adding that the Kingdom is striving, along with other countries in the region, to make sure that the said agreement is respected and implemented within the set deadline.For his part, Spanish foreign minister José Manuel Garcia Margallo highlighted the need to move from the culture of reaction to that of prevention which should be a basic part of every country’s foreign policy.The nature and complexity of the current conflicts, and the emergence of non-state actors urge for early warning systems and preventive diplomacy, he said.Margallo insisted that regional and multilateral preventive diplomacy initiatives can succeed only if local actors are fully involved in solving their own problems peacefully. read more

26% of Moroccans Who Assault Women Have Criminal Records

Rabat – “26% of Moroccan aggressors against women have criminal records,” said Abdullah Dami, a doctor in the Adoption Chamber for Women and Children in Casablanca’s Ibn Rush University Hospital.During a press conference held on Thursday by the Moroccan Association for Combatting Violence Against Women in Casablanca, Dami revealed that 57% of propagators against women are not recidivists, while 26% had already been charged with violating and threatening women.Dami continued his remarks, adding that “Moroccan hospitals are experiencing a shortage of ‘legitimate doctors’ who are able to examine the health of domestic violence victims.” “The number of Moroccan doctors in hospitals does not exceed 14,” Dami said. “Therefore, the victims cannot follow [regularly] their medical examinations with the same doctor.”Violence against women is a serious issue in Morocco. Between 2014 and 2015, courts across the Morocco recorded about 20,488 cases of violence against women, including 11,000 cases related to physical violence and 9187 to other types of violence.According to the first annual report by the National Observatory on Violence Against Women, released earlier this year, housewives and unemployed women in Morocco are most prone to violence and assault.The same report showed that violence against women was more prevalent in households with less money, adding that a quarter of cases of violence against women are money-related and that women between the ages of 18-45 are most vulnerable to face many kinds of violence.Edited by Ghita Benslimane read more

Crude-by-rail shipments from Western Canada rise by 34,000 bpd in May

CALGARY — Genscape says crude-by-rail shipments from Western Canada continued to rise in May after falling in February to a nine-month low.The U.S. company, which monitors western Canadian rail terminals handling about 80 per cent of typical volumes, reports average rail loadings in May were 231,000 barrels per day, up 34,000 bpd from April.In February, Genscape reported 144,000 bpd moved by rail, about half of the 281,000 bpd it recorded in January.The February slide was attributed to stronger prices in Alberta for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend crude due to Alberta government production curtailments — the rise made crude-by-rail exports comparatively less attractive.The recovery comes as the difference between WCS and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate averaged US$12.95 per barrel in May, according to oil brokerage Net Energy Exchange. The differential was at US$13.40 on Wednesday afternoon.Genscape says Western Canadian oil storage levels decreased by 2.6 million barrels between May 3 and May 31 after rising in both April and March. Storage was at 33.6 million barrels at the end of May compared with 37.1 million on Jan. 4.The Canadian Press read more

New chief of UNs food and agriculture agency outlines plans as he

“Ending hunger requires the commitment of everyone: neither FAO nor any other agency or government will win this war alone,” said Director-General José Graziano da Silva at a press conference in Rome, where the agency’s headquarters are located.He stressed the need for FAO to work closely and transparently with its member States, other UN agencies, the private sector and civil society to achieve its goals, particularly in scaling up support to poor countries.The global eradication of hunger remains his top priority, Mr. Graziano da Silva said, adding he was also focusing on developing more sustainable methods of food production and consumption, increasing fairness in the way food is managed, and completing the process of internal reform at FAO.He also told UN Radio that the ongoing food crisis – the prices of many staple crops have spiked in recent years – will be among the biggest challenges he faces during the next 12 months.“The prices will maintain high compared with the other years, previous years, and the volatility will also be very high,” he predicted.Mr. Graziano da Silva said the Sahelian region of West Africa, where many countries are facing “food deficits” and unable to feed their populations, would be a key target of FAO’s programmes.A Brazilian national, Mr. Graziano da Silva took over as Director-General of FAO on Sunday, succeeding Jacques Diouf and becoming the first Latin American to head the agency since it was created in 1945. 3 January 2012The new head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has begun work, pledging today to increase the agency’s support to poor countries experiencing prolonged food crises. read more

Two cops injured in Kelaniya shooting incident

Two policemen were injured during a shooting incident in Kelaniya this evening, the police said.The policemen were admitted to hospital for treatment.

Two people dead 12 Navy personnel injured in Kinniya incident

The Navy said that 12 Navy personnel were injured in the mob attack. The Navy said that two people had jumped into the river to escape arrest and one body was later found.Angry area residents then attacked the Navy accusing them of killing the two people. Two people have died and 12 Navy personnel sustained injuries following an incident in Kinniya today.The tense situation arose when the Navy and the Police attempted to nab illegal sand miners in the area.

Cisco Provides Clarity at BroadSoft Connections

See All in Cloud Communications » Integration.png 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. BroadSoft this week held its 20th annual customer conference, its first since its acquisition by Cisco closed in February. This year’s event attracted a large analyst contingent, intent on learning how Cisco would meld its own hosted and cloud platforms with its newly acquired BroadSoft assets — and, perhaps more importantly, the opportunities the combined company would provide to the BroadSoft customer base for service expansion.Prior to the acquisition, BroadSoft offered a fairly complete portfolio, including meetings, team collaboration (via its 2016 Intellinote acquisition), and contact center. Cisco, meantime, had based its cloud strategy around Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS), enabling partners to build custom single-tenant instances of its enterprise unified communications manager platform. Separately, Cisco maintains a market leading position in the meetings space with Webex, and Nemertes found that 21% of the enterprise IT professionals using team/workstream collaboration applications have deployed Webex Teams, according to our 2018-19 Team Collaboration Research Study.Cisco’s previous cloud strategy was a bit disjointed. Mid- to large-sized companies wishing to embrace the cloud essentially had to purchase an HCS service for voice and video calling, as well as Webex meetings for audio/video/Web conferencing, and Webex Teams for team/workstream collaboration. Participants in our research have expressed architectural concerns running what amounts to a two-cloud model, especially when compared to Microsoft’s Teams Phone System offering that is entirely within Office 365, or cloud offerings from emerging over-the-top rivals like RingCentral and 8×8.BroadSoft, on the other hand, has seen strong service provider adoption across the globe, but largely for delivering services focused on the SMB. So it seems obvious that together the two companies could create a single, unified cloud offering, providing a complete set of real-time collaboration services and contact center to customers ranging in size from the small to the very large.That brings us to the primary announcement at Connections: BroadCloud Calling, which uses BroadSoft’s BroadCloud platform to bring fully cloud-based calling to Webex Teams. The BroadCloud Calling model allows service providers to offer a single, integrated, Webex Teams-based calling solution that integrates with Webex Meetings for a single client meeting, calling, and team collaboration experience (though initially making a call from within Teams will launch a lightweight softphone called the Cisco Calling App).Cisco also introduced a FlexPlan licensing model enabling partners to bring the entire Cisco and BroadSoft collaboration suite into a unified bundle. This approach better positions Cisco against its pure-cloud rivals as well as Microsoft, but is likely to raise concern among current HCS partners as to the long-term viability of that offering. While Cisco executives said the company will continue to invest in and position HCS as the primary offering for existing on-prem customers wishing to transition to a cloud/subscription buying model or for those needing the customization capabilities only available within HCS, it remains to be seen if customers currently on, or considering HCS, will instead embrace BroadCloud Calling..Cisco also noted a significant change in focus, stressing that it is now “cloud first, not cloud only,” meaning that it will continue to develop its on-premises platforms. As evidence, it announced updates to Jabber to improve its UI, establish messaging interoperability between Jabber and Webex Teams, and even enable Jabber customers to implement Webex Teams for persistent messaging within Webex Teams.In addition, Cisco made a strong play for BroadSoft customer endpoints, touting its broad range of integrated collaboration devices, including its new Room Kit Mini videoconferencing system for huddle spaces, its headsets, and its phones with configuration management integrated directly into BroadSoft’s management platform. This push likely caused consternation among Connections sponsors like Avaya, Grandstream, Plantronics/Polycom, and Yealink, all of which were showcasing their own endpoints in the exhibit hall.BroadSoft customers I spoke to were largely supportive of the Cisco acquisition and integration announcements. Cisco provides BroadSoft customers with a broader array of services that it can sell, along with newly announced marketing initiatives designed to assist partners in differentiating their wares. From the enterprise customer perspective, the combined companies should provide a stronger alternative to Microsoft Teams calling, and enable those wishing to build their client strategy around Webex Teams to more easily integrate calling into the client experience.Tags:News & ViewsCiscoBroadSoftCloud PBXCloud CommunicationsConferencingContact Center & Customer ExperienceEndpointsProduct NewsTeam Collaboration Articles You Might Like Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. Log in or register to post comments read more

86 million people living in Central America drought corridor UN food agency

Some 8.6 million people in Central America live in a “drought corridor” where they are exposed to recurring natural disasters and suffer periodic food shortages, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported today. Releasing the results of a new survey, the agency described many of the residents in the dry belt as “extremely poor” and noted that their lands are relatively infertile. Drought-prone areas are characterized by scarce vegetation, limited crop diversification and subsistence farming. Malnutrition in the area is aggravated by a lack of water and the absence of adequate health and sanitation services. According to the survey, more than 84 per cent of the adults in the drought corridor, which is found in parts of Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, did not finish grammar school and 37 per cent are illiterate. Nearly half of all communities do not have a teacher, while 84 per cent have no nurse or doctor. Chronic malnutrition affects 23 per cent of all people in El Salvador, 33 per cent in Nicaragua, 38 per cent in Honduras and 48 per cent in Guatemala. WFP said over the past 10 years, residents in the drought belt have lost their ability to cope, and as a result, families have sold off small farm animals, pulled children from school, and reduced the quantity of their diet. “These recurring droughts – and other natural disasters – leave poor families with no crops to feed themselves,” said Zoraida Mesa, WFP Regional Director. “After years of natural disasters in Central America, many of these families have nothing left to sell, nothing left to cultivate, and nothing left to eat.” Ms. Mesa called particular attention to the impact on the region’s young people. “In these drought areas, children commonly face prolonged and repeated exposure to malnutrition,” she said. “This leads to stunted physical and intellectual growth which is extremely difficult to overcome later in life.” WFP is currently providing 1.5 million people in the area with food aid. read more

US businesses increased stockpiles 03 per cent in November as sales rose

WASHINGTON – U.S. companies increased their stockpiles a steady pace in November from October, responding to a solid increase in sales.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that business inventories grew 0.3 per cent in November, matching the October gain.Sales rose 1 per cent in November, the best showing since a 1.2 per cent rise in September. In October, sales had fallen 0.3 per cent, reflecting in part disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy.More restocking leads to more factory production, which boosts economic growth. Faster restocking helped the economy grow at a 3.1 per cent annual rate from July through September.Most economists say inventory growth has slowed from this summer, a key reason many are predicting economic growth weakened to a rate below 2 per cent in the October-December quarter.The inventory to sales ratio has held steady since August, a sign that businesses were not expecting much growth in sales. In November, the ratio was 1.28 months. That means it would take about five weeks to exhaust stockpiles at the November sales pace.The sales gain in November was led by a 2.3 per cent surge in demand at the wholesale level. A separate report Tuesday showed that retail sales increased again in December, rising 0.5 per cent, the best showing since September.Total inventories rose to a seasonally adjusted $1.62 trillion in November, up 23.9 per cent from the recession low hit in September 2009.Retail inventories rose 0.6 per cent in November, leading all categories. Wholesale stockpiles grew 0.3 per cent, while manufacturing inventories were flat.Income growth remains weak, constraining the amount that consumers can devote to increased spending. Consumer spending drives roughly 70 per cent of economic activity.Job growth has been steady, although unemployment is still high at 7.8 per cent. In December, employers added 155,000 jobs, roughly matching the monthly average in 2011 and 2012.The economy has shown some signs of improvement. The once-battered housing market is recovering, which should lead to more construction jobs in the coming months. Autos sales in 2012 were the best in five years. And a gauge of U.S. service firms’ business activity expanded in December by the most in nearly a year. US businesses increased stockpiles 0.3 per cent in November as sales rose 1 per cent by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2013 1:49 pm MDT read more

A Safer Way Consultation on Making Britains Roads the Safest in the

The proposed government strategy on road safety has been developed in light of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) policy document ‘Towards a Sustainable Transport System’ in 2007 and the related 2008 consultation ‘Delivering a Sustainable Transport System’. Within the policy document, five key goals were established including goals on health, safety and security, which the strategy aims to outline.DOWNLOAD REPORTClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mondays Games

The Canadian Press Monday’s GamesNHLTampa Bay 5 New Jersey 1Nashville 2 Buffalo 1Dallas 4 Edmonton 1—AHLSan Jose 5 San Diego 3—NBADenver 106 Toronto 103Oklahoma City 110 Detroit 83Cleveland 99 Brooklyn 97Golden State 128 Atlanta 111Washington 110 New York 107L.A. Clippers 129 New Orleans 126Minnesota 103 Houston 91—NFLPhiladelphia 28 Washington 13—

Ohio State wrestling set for No 15 Edinboro in 1st round of

Redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello wrestles down an opponent during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe wrestling Buckeyes closed out their conference schedule by winning eight-straight dual meets, but they’ll have to make it 10 to take home a National Duals title.No. 3 Ohio State (12-3) is set to take on No. 15 Edinboro (13-4) in the opening round of the National Duals, and with four potential matches pairing ranked opponents, coach Tom Ryan said he knows the favored Buckeyes will have their hands full.“There will be a lot of good matches,” Ryan said. “You will be looking for gritty, tough performances where you’re building your lead, your shots and finishes are crisp and you’re fighting every position.”Key matches include (OSU wrestlers first):141 pounds: No. 1 redshirt-senior Logan Stieber (19-0) vs. No. 2 redshirt-senior Mitchell Port (29-0)125 pounds: No. 7 redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello (22-4) vs. No. 18 redshirt-senior Kory Mines (27-6)174 pounds: No. 13 junior Mark Martin (14-8) vs. No. 20 redshirt-junior Patrick Jennings (26-8)184 pounds: No. 10 redshirt-junior Kenny Courts (19-4) vs. No. 11 redshirt-junior Vic Avery (24-6)A key wrestler who won’t be in the lineup for the Fighting Scots is A.J. Schopp (15-1). Ranked second nationally at 133 pounds, the senior was scheduled to face No. 10 Johnni DiJulius (22-3), but is out because of an undisclosed injury. Redshirt-freshman Anthony Rivera (3-13) is set to step in step in.Stieber said he hopes the team can continue its success and show why it is a top contender.“We’re wrestling really well and getting back to being fully healthy,” Stieber said. “Edinboro is a good team and they have some guys out too, so hopefully we can wrestle well and get through them and move onto Iowa for the National Duals finals the following weekend.”Edinboro will look to No. 1 ranked 149-pound redshirt-senior Dave Habat to provide bonus points against OSU redshirt-senior Randy Languis (8-11). Habat’s opponent would normally be redshirt-junior and former Big Ten champ Hunter Stieber, but because of an elbow injury, that match might have to wait.Ryan said he believes his team has what it takes to succeed during the championship season, but knows that it’s time to prove it.“It’s that time of the year where you should start to look like someone who is capable of doing huge things,” Ryan said. “This is big for Edinboro, they have a great community in which every person in the area wants to whip up on Ohio State. They have great coaches and a few studs, but we want to be the best dual meet team in the country and this is one we have to win, so we will be ready for it.”The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday at McComb Fieldhouse in Edinboro, Pa. read more

Fianna Fáil to support Michael D Higgins if he chooses to run

first_imgFianna Fáil to support Michael D Higgins if he chooses to run for second term in office A presidential election is due to be held in October. Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 7:20 PM President Michael D Higgins Jun 26th 2018, 7:20 PM Image: Sam Boal via 9,541 Views 124 Comments Share167 Tweet Email President Michael D Higgins Image: Sam Boal via His national leadership during our celebration of the centenary of the Easter Rising set the absolutely correct tone, and as we approach a series of centenaries of potentially more divisive events in our shared history, his experience and leadership will serve the country well.Martin said that, for these reasons, he spoke with the Fianna Fáil frontbench and the parliamentary party today and confirmed their view that “Fianna Fáil will not field a candidate to challenge President Higgins and will be supporting his candidacy, in the event of him seeking a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin”.In April, RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan ruled herself out of running for president.She had been tipped to run for the Áras, however, she released a statement putting rumours of her potential bid to bed.Later that month, the outgoing chief of Barnardos Children’s Charity, Fergus Finlay, said he would be interested in running for president if President Michael D Higgins did not seek re-election. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FIANNA FÁIL LEADER Micheál Martin has confirmed that his party will not be fielding a candidate to challenge President Michael D Higgins should he decide to seek a second term in office.An election is due to be held in October but if no candidates are put forward President Higgins will be re-elected without a contest, if he decides he wants another seven-year stint in Áras an Uachtaráin.In a statement this evening, Martin confirmed that the party will support his candidacy, should the President decide to seek a second term in office.The Irish Times reported on Saturday that President Higgins informed senior government figures of his intention to seek a second term in office. He has not yet made a formal announcement.Speaking following a meeting with his parliamentary party at Leinster House the evening, Martin said: “President Higgins has served the country with great distinction over the course of his first term both at home and around the world. He enjoys widespread support across the country and has demonstrated his understanding and connection with communities across a broad range of issues in recent years. Short URL By Hayley Halpinlast_img read more

230 chiens dun refuge municipal euthanasiés en Roumanie

first_img230 chiens d’un refuge municipal euthanasiés en RoumanieL’euthanasie de 230 chiens malades à Botosani en Roumanie, pays qui compte de nombreux chiens errants, crée la polémique ce mercredi. Alors que les ONG critiquent cette mesure, les autorités évoquent la nécessité d’abattre ces animaux, “très contagieux”.”Il est difficile de décrire ce que je vois. Il y a des centaines de chiens morts. Hier, des membres de notre association les avaient nourris en accord avec la mairie. Ils étaient sains”, a déclaré Eugen Nistor, de l’association de protection des animaux ADOR, cité par le site 7sur7.A cela, Florin Gheorghita, l’adjoint au maire de Botosani en Roumanie, répond que l’euthanasie des 230 chiens avait été décidée suite à l’apparition d’une maladie très contagieuse : “Nous risquions une épidémie dans toute la ville”, se défend-il.Une justification qui n’est pas au goût de Marcela Pisla, présidente de l’association de défense des animaux Cutu-Cutu, qui dénonce des abus.À lire aussiUne femme meurt après avoir été mordillée par son chiotDepuis des semaines, le sort des chiens sans maître fait l’objet de vifs débats en Roumanie, car un projet de loi prévoit de les euthanasier s’ils n’ont pas été adoptés dans un délai de 30 jours. Cependant, le texte doit encore être débattu au Parlement, et le pays n’en est pas encore là.De nombreux Roumains et des ONG s’opposent fermement à cette mesure jugée très cruelle.Le 11 mai 2011 à 18:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Salt water taffy Washingtons topselling Halloween candy Really

first_imgThe most popular Halloween candy in Washington is almost certainly not what you think it is.But if Halloween brings back memories of time at the beach, sunny summer days and a trip to the sweet shop — well, you’re a weirdo — but you might also be in luck this year. Washington state’s top-selling Halloween candy — by a large margin — is salt water taffy.Really.According to a survey by, Washington’s three top candy sellers during the Halloween season are salt water taffy, with a whopping 220,965 pounds sold; Tootsie Pops, with 195,602 pounds; and Skittles, with 71,553 pounds.So how the heck did that happen? Shelly Garrett, store manager and regional assistant at Candy Tyme in the Vancouver Mall says it’s actually not so surprising.“It actually makes a ton of sense,” Garrett said. “It’s the No. 1 item we give away.”Salt water taffy is one of the main sweets given to children that trick-or-treat at the mall each year. But families also like to buy it to give out at home because it’s cheap in bulk and it doesn’t weigh a lot, she said.“The kids are just excited to get candy, especially when it’s free,” Garrett said. “But salt water taffy is actually one of our top sellers year-round. People say it’s hard to find year-round.”last_img read more

StFrancis College Girls dismiss Dress CodeStudents protest Be

first_imgThe St Francis College for Women, which prides itself on being one of the city’s best women’s education institutes, woke up a nest of hornets on Friday when about 30 female students were not allowed to go to college because their Kurtis was not the highest number. prescribed length. Shocked by what they call “a regressive, backward, and outdated state of mind,” the students decided to protest. “Be there or stay silent forever,” said a poster that was placed on social media. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Soon, a hundred students gathered at the “quadrilatère”, a meeting point on campus, to express their disapproval of this “strict dress code”, the salwar-kurta or Kurtis at the knees, with sleeves covering the elbows. “On the one hand, they claim to train us to become autonomous women. But they forget that women have been oppressed for years, they are told what they can wear and what they can not, and even worse, judge based on their clothes. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us This college does the same thing, “said a sophomore. “They claim that this dress code is for our safety. But if we can not even feel safe enough in a girls’ college without being asked to cover us permanently, will there be a safe place for women? Says another.”Sinners to show on the thighs, jeans can distract teachers, modestly dressed girls have good spouses” Advertise With Us Some students say that the management has published a list of “rather ridiculous” reasons to convince the good of this new dress code, which they decided to apply from August 1st. A satirical poster mocking management for claiming things like “a modest dress will make you win a good marriage proposal”; “The college is a temple of learning, so cover yourself before entering the temple; and “girls in tight clothes send the wrong signal to men to catch their eye” spread in discussions both in college and outside focus groups. Soon, many students made this poster their “exposed image” in protest. “We do not have a problem wearing Kurtis. But we have a problem with the way they think they can impose it on us. their voice as heads of institutions is important and they should not downplay their own students and not create fear among the same women they want to empower. They can cause as many students to think that it is “sinful” to show thighs or that it is immoral and anti-religion. As an educational institution, they have to educate us and not to get good marriage proposals. They need bigger things to fix: the faucets in the toilets are broken, there is no water, the infrastructure is mediocre and some courses do not even have a qualified speaker. And yet, that’s what they chose to focus on, “says a freshman who was part of the protest.last_img read more

Union Budget 2017 updates How the tech industry reacted to FM Arun

first_imgThe Union Budget for 2017-2018 is out and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been widely applauded for the changes brought into effect on Wednesday, February 1. IBTimes India has covered the budget allocations for various sectors, including railways, real estate, defence, income tax, agriculture, rural development, Fintech and the rest.Read: Sector-wise allocation in the Budget 2017-2018The bold decisions taken by Jaitley in the latest budget are widely welcomed by all the sectors. The latest budget has received mixed reactions from the technology companies, most of them applauding the minister’s announcements.Here are some of the major tech company responses to the Union Budget 2017-2018:MediaTek”We were expecting Financial Budget 2017 to offer incentives to start inflow towards design led manufacturing in place of assembly led manufacturing ecosystem, but it seems government not yet convinced towards adopting multiple layered incentives for localization while increasing the duties on CBU (Completely built Units), overall based on the information available from the budget the impact of the policies seems to be neutral for mobile/tablet industry, at best.There has been a 2% increase in duties levied on import of PCBA in India, which still will reflect only on one part of the manufacturing cycle with focus on assembly of mobile handsets. On the other hand, providing attractive incentives for localization of design and R&D capabilities would have bolstered the ‘Make in India’ initiative, and driven more handset makers to introduce design led manufacturing in India,” Kuldeep Malik, Country Head – Corporate Sales International, MediaTek India, saidShopClues”Budget was overall a populist budget; a move in the right direction but short of expectations. Push for Digital transformation & financial inclusion is applauded but the government has deployed lot more sticks rather than carrots too to push the “less-cash” agenda.I would have expected zero TDR for small value digital transitions. Investments in infrastructure, focus on Bharat & employment guarantee & women empowerment, political trans is welcome. Corporate tax break for SMES is very nice, and much awaited, it is important that government recognizes SMES to be the engine of India’s GDP growth. Incentive for Startup fell short of expectations. There is not much clarity around FDI, FIPB so let’s see how it pans out in coming days,” Sanjay Sethi, CEO & Co-founder of Shopclues, said.Paytm”It is a digital economy budget. Government has pushed the digital theme in every area of the budget. Every person from small shops to consumers is pushed towards the digital economy. Tax benefits, incentives to use digital payments and extending loans based on a digital footprint will create a larger merchant ecosystem for digital payments. Incentives for labour intensive sectors including housing, farming and dairy will help SMEs to create new jobs. Focus and attention to bank NPAs, as well as increasing bank capitalisation is great step towards strengthening the financial system of the country. Finally, the income tax rate changes will encourage more people to report their incomes and create a larger tax net for the country. Overall, it is a great budget that will encourage people to move to the formal economy and derive benefits,” Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO of Paytm, said.Opera”This year’s Union budget is game changing and progressive. Demonetization is leading Indians to shift towards a Digital India. The cashback scheme and referral bonus to promote the usage of BHIM app will make citizens more comfortable with mobile wallets. This is extremely encouraging for company operating in internet space like us because no of Indians coming online will increase exponentially.Our country is becoming the victim of hackers, the proposal of a dedicated Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the financial sector is a beneficial move as it would help in keeping transactions safe and secure. Moreover, the extension of tax holiday from existing 5 years to 7 years will cheer up the start-up ecosystem. We wish the finance minister a great luck to implement all the progressive reforms,” Sunil Kamath, ‎Vice President – South Asia & Southeast Asia at Opera, said.Sennheiser Electronics India”The Union Budget 2017-18 significantly focuses on bringing socio economic development and digitalization in the country while emphasizing on the nine key initiatives for economic reforms — Farmers and rural population, youth education and job opportunities, poor and underprivileged, infrastructure, financial sector, digital economy, public service, prudent fiscal management and tax administration.With increase in Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Exchange reserve, India has now emerged as one of the fastest growing economy with an accelerated growth in 2016-2017.It is also quite encouraging to see that investment on infrastructure has been given priority at today’s budget while focusing on the GDP growth,” Vinu Cheriyan CFO & Director Operations at Sennheiser, said.itel Mobile”The Union Budget-2017 carries significant prospects for manufacturing brands. The FM has included provisions meant to boost electronic manufacturing by promoting MSIPS and EDF. Such policies would further receive funds worth 745 crores in FY18, hence, promoting indigenous manufacturers and attracting innovation and technology prowess engineered by foreign countries. And while the manufacturing sector celebrates policy changes, we further appreciate the streamlined delivery of these products, via the GST bill.These announcements are further in sync with the overall emphasis on transitioning India into a digital economy, empowered with fast internet access, cyber-security and access to smartphones. It is heartening to see the union budget for FY18 support the right to progress by shifting the focus back on to rural economy and agriculture; which truly resonates with our brand proposition. The provisions put forth in the budget are going to improve the buying capacity, digital lifestyles and affluence of the rural India and we at itel, welcome these changes and look forward to the promising year ahead,” Sudhir Kumar, CEO of itel Mobile, said.nexGTv”I welcome the budget and appreciate the clear commitment shown by the Government towards fueling the growth of digital adaptation by focusing on underlying infrastructure. This is reflected in the availability of more spectrums and 10k crore worth of budget allocation for fiber optic laying beyond the already laid 155000 km. The availability of bandwidth will help Indians adapt to the digital lifestyle and thus, will help in the growth of the entire ecosystem. Additionally, the rebate in tax for people, especially the ones at the bottom of the pyramid will increase their in-hand disposable income a part which will also be spent on mobility, data, and entertainment, further working for the benefit of the OTT players,” Abhesh Verma, COO of nexGTV, said.Roposo”The government’s move to enable startups, incorporated after 31 March 2016, avail of a three-year tax holiday in their first seven years is quite commendable. We also welcome the new relaxations provided in terms of carrying forward the losses. The government’s efforts to digitise India and promote digital payments should go a long way in boosting the country’s economic growth.However, the 5% corporate tax reduction is not relevant to most startups that have not yet begun generating as much revenue. Government should now start thinking about how to reduce startups’ real cost in the early years. In my opinion, income tax slabs should be made completely flat. Tax rates should not increase with increasing income,” Mayank Bhangadia, CEO and co-founder of Roposo, said.iValue InfoSolutions”We will call it a balanced budget, which will drive growth with prudence and addressing needs of the poor. The major thrust on Capex growth of 25% should drive demand. The focus on infrastructure and rural areas are welcoming. We did not hear much on cyber security with a greater push on the digital transaction, but for the creation of CERT. We still think a lot more focus is required on this front,” Sriram S, co-founder and Director at iValue InfoSolutions, said.Array Networks”I am overall happy with the budget, the increased focus on cashless economy and move towards digitization is very much appreciable. I will call it a forward looking budget with the balanced Tax soaps, IT rebates, focus on rural areas and SME development. Also, the reduction in tax for companies with less than Rs. 50 crore turnover, which will now be placed at 25% is a big win for MSME sector and around 96% of the companies will be benefitted by this major announcement,” Shibu Paul, Regional Director (IN , GCC & SEA ) at Array Networks, said.CrediHealth”The Union Budget 2017 has taken a step towards making healthcare not just affordable but structurally robust as well. However, technology could prove to be a disruptive factor in assuring that the healthcare reaches out to those who have been hitherto isolated from it. But, unfortunately the budget has completely overlooked the health-tech startups which are changing the landscape of healthcare industry in India. With a focus on transparency and reach, they have been deprived of an opportunity to make an dent in healthcare ecosystem,” Ravi Virmani, MD & Founder of CrediHealth, said.Aeris”Overall a very positive budget. Reduction of corporate tax rates from 30% to 25% for MSME firms will definitely encourage investors and corporates. Some of the steps taken will definitely increase foreign direct investment and lead to employment generation which will be good for country,” Rishi Bhatnagar, President at Aeris, said.last_img read more