Hectic lobbying to form zilla parishads in Odisha

first_imgHectic lobbying and horse-trading have commenced ahead of the formation of zilla parishads as no party is sure of getting a majority in at least five districts of Odisha.The cat and mouse game has already begun between the ruling Biju Janata Dal and the BJP, which has emerged as the principal opposition in the rural elections.Bid to win supportBoth parties have started making efforts to win over the support of independents as well as Congress winners to form the zilla parishads in the districts where they are short of majority.As per the initial outcome of the polls, the BJD seems to be in a comfortable position in at least 16 out of the 30 districts, while the BJP has got majority in eight districts. The Congress has secured a majority in one district.Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has already hinted that the BJP will try to form the zilla parishads in more districts.The three parties have also started lobbying to get their candidates elected as the chairman of panchayat samitis at the block level.While the results of the elections for the posts of sarpanches and ward members were announced by the State Election Commission on Thursday, results for the election of panchayat samitis and zilla parishad members are to be announced on Saturday. In the just-concluded three-tier panchayat elections, party symbols were used for elections to the zilla parishads, while no party symbol was used for the posts of sarpanches, ward members and panchayat samiti members.Half posts for womenElections for 91,833 ward members, 6783 sarpanches and samiti members each, and 851 zilla parishad members were held in 315 blocks of the State in five phases. Fifty % of all these posts were reserved for women.last_img read more

An ant, a plant, and a bear, oh my

first_imgIn a mountain meadow in Colorado, ecologists have come across yet another example of the amazing interconnectedness of nature’s flora and fauna. Black bears, by eating ants, help one of the meadow’s key plant species thrive.  “This is yet another example of the hugely important and sometimes unexpected roles that top predators play in ecosystems,” says Todd Palmer, an ecologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville who was not involved with the work. The bears’ influence is indirect, but may be significant enough that land managers should take a broader perspective when making decisions about bears in their territories, adds Joshua Grinath, an ecology graduate student at Florida State University in Tallahassee who discovered this connection.Ecologists are increasingly realizing that no species exists in a vacuum, but understanding the effects of their interactions can be challenging. For example, researchers had thought that the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park in the United States 20 years ago led to an increase in willows and aspens there because the wolves made elk fearful of browsing the saplings. But recent data suggest that elks aren’t really intimidated by wolves. 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These tiny sap-sucking insects secrete a sugary liquid the ants eat in return for taking care of the treehoppers. One summer, a bear moved into Grinath’s study site and started digging up the underground ant nests, eating both larvae and adults. So he decided to see what effect the bears had on his study subjects. Over 4 years, he and his colleagues monitored 35 ant nests in this subalpine meadow for bear damage. During that time, bears damaged or destroyed 26% to 86% of the nests. He soon realized that plants lacking ants grew better and produced more seeds.Now Grinath knows why. The ants aren’t directly harming the plants, he and colleagues concluded after a series of field experiments. Instead, the presence of the ants scares off predatory insects, in turn enabling treehoppers and other plant-munching insects to thrive and take a serious toll on plant growth. “The ants are providing an enemy-free space for all these herbivores,” Grinath says.  Where bears have eaten the ants, predators return and help protect the plants, he and his colleagues reported online ahead of print in Ecology Letters.“The study really highlights the complexity of effects that a predator can have on a whole community of species that are interacting with each other,” says Corinna Riginos, an ecologist at Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming, who was not involved with the work. “Most likely, other big predators also have just as many surprising and complex effects on the many species they live with.”Judith Bronstein, an ecologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, was also impressed, as such interactions can be hard to tease out. “In this case, many of the strongest effects are indirect ones whose importance couldn’t have been predicted in the absence of controlled experiments,” says Bronstein, who was not involved with the work. (The experiments performed by Grinath’s team included removing all ants from some rabbitbrushes, allowing just a few ants on others, and leaving  the ants alone on still other plants. In other tests, they manipulated the number of insect predators on the plants.)In this situation, it’s not just who eats whom, but also a question of who helps whom. Such mutualisms, as these partnerships are called, “can play a powerful role in the organization and functioning of nature,” Palmer says.Bears are changing their diets—with some eating more ants and others becoming increasingly reliant on garbage and human food—so ant populations may increasingly be affected. But “it’s hard to say” whether the bears’ eating habits have a big enough impact “to affect the abundance of rabbitbrush across the landscape,” Riginos says. Adds Palmer, “The jury is out until large-scale and longer term experiments are conducted.”But Grinath thinks there is cause for concern: “These types of ecological relationships could unravel” if bears and their habitats aren’t managed carefully, he says, and plant populations could change as a result.last_img read more

India set to get new coach after ICC World Twenty20

first_imgThe Indian cricket team will have a new coach when the players turn up in the national jersey post the Indian Premier League in April-May.The BCCI has already announced that Ravi Shastri will remain Team Director till the World T20 along with the rest of support staff — Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. (When VVS Laxman approached Michael Hussey to coach India) A BCCI official said that its high profile advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will select the coach post World T20 in March-April.”After World T20, whatever tour is, we would like to have the coach in place. We will get time during IPL (in April-May) so our effort will be to call the meeting of advisory panel and decide on the coach. We will begin the process after the World T20,” said the official.India are scheduled to tour West Indies post the IPL.Michael Hussey had earlier revealed that Laxman approached him for the India coaching job but he turned it down due to personal reasons.last_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 87)(REOPENS DEL 87)Asked whether there is a clash between the Speakers view on Aadhar bill being a money bill and that of the Congress, Ramesh merely said, “we still believe and we have adequate grounds to believe that it is not a Money Bill but the chapter, as far as we are concerned, is a closed chapter. But it is not a closed chapter in a democracy. There are substantive provisions which are completely a separate issue.”Ramesh insisted that the issue is not only about Aadhar but in the larger context of Money Bills”This is in larger context of the assault on the Rajya Sabha,” he said.The former minister said that that purpose of this government is clear they want to “totally neglect” Rajya Sabha in legislative business.Claiming that whenever any bill goes through a Standing Committee or Select Committee, it comes out as a better version, which was seen also in the case of real estate bill.”Now, Standing Committee is far away, even the possibility of sending a bill to Select Committee is here with the introduction of this Money Bill trend. Congress strongly opposes this strategyRamesh also found it “astonishing” that the government was “bypassing” Rajya Sabha even as a number of its senior ministers including Leader of House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and former Defence Minister A K Antony are members of the same House.”Health Minister JP Nadda, Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are all members of the Rajya Sabha.advertisement”So, without the Rajya Sabha, these people would not be in the Parliament, they would not be Ministers. I think what the Government has shown is utter contempt and utter disregard for Rajya Sabha which derives its powers from the Constitution of India even as it celebrates the anniversary of the architect of the Indian constitution B R Ambedkar,” he said. PTI AMR RGlast_img read more

Silverstar Marine to Provide Its Services for Caspian …

first_img Print  Close My location Silverstar Marine, October 24, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Silverstar Marine announced it has recently secured a contract to provide On-site Client Representation Services for a 70m Fast Crew Boat (FCB) for Caspian Marine Services Limited (CMS) based in Baku, Azerbaijan.The vessel is being built by Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania, with delivery scheduled for the September 2014. The design is by Incat Crowther with production engineering by Revolution Design. Silverstar Marine’s Managing Director, Simon Knight stated “once again we have been able to provide a customised package of services to meet the precise requirements of our client.” Mr Knight added “we are looking forward to being part of the team to deliver this exciting project”.last_img read more

BC Ferries Posts Strong Results

first_imgzoom British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) posted $49.1 million in consolidated net earnings for fiscal 2015, a considerable hike when compared to the prior year’s net earnings of $18 million. “For customers, the direct benefit of the company’s strong financial performance will be realized in the Fourth Performance Term (April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2020), with annual fare increases set at or below projected inflation. This is one full performance term sooner than originally anticipated,” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO.“It’s extremely important that BC Ferries produces strong financial results so that we can fund our $3 billion capital program going forward to replace aging ships, assets and information technology. BC Ferries has to replace one ship per year over the next 12 years beginning with our cable ferry and the three intermediate class ferries,” said Corrigan.Revenues for the year increased from $800.2 million to $841.1 million, mainly due to higher traffic levels, an increase in other revenue, the impact of fuel surcharges, and higher tariffs, BC Ferries said.Operating expenses increased from $714.3 million to $722.5 million compared to the year prior.The $8.2 million increase in fiscal 2015 operating expenses mainly consists of increases in maintenance and depreciation costs. Capital expenditures in the three and twelve months ended March 31, 2015 totalled $48.8 million and $149.8 million, respectively.For fiscal 2015, these investments include: $69.0 million in vessel upgrades and modifications; $47.6 million in terminal marine structures; $23.5 million in information technology; and $9.7 million in terminal and building upgrades and equipment.In the last quarter of fiscal 2015, the  company’s vehicle traffic was up 5.1 per cent and passenger traffic was up 4.2 per cent.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cumberland County

first_img Tuesday, Aug. 9: Saltsprings Road, closed from Clairmont to Glenville roads Wednesday, Aug. 10: Clairmont Road, closed from Salt Springs Road to Hwy. 321 Wednesday, Aug. 10: Glenville Road (Old Halifax Road), closed from Salt Springs Road to Hwy 321 Thursday, Aug. 11: Station Road, closed (no detour) Friday, Aug. 12: Thomson Road, closed Saturday, Aug. 13: Greenville Road, closed from Collingwood Road to Hwy. 4 Sunday, Aug. 14: Collingwood Road Sunday, Aug. 14: Valley Road CUMBERLAND COUNTY: CN Rail Crossings There will be a traffic detour at the following CN Rail Crossings for maintenance. Emergency vehicles will be allowed to pass. Local Area Office: 902-722-1434 -30-last_img

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Northeast BC

first_imgThe main thunderstorm threat will be rainfall rates of up to 25 mm in one hour due to the slow motion of the storms. In Northeast B.C. the threat of severe thunderstorms should be confined near the Rockies where there is also the risk of wind gusts up to 90 km/h.A heat warning that was issued for Northeast B.C. on Monday remains in effect today. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions today.Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain.The strong upper ridge of high pressure that has caused higher than normal temperatures in the region since Sunday has moved into Alberta, which has resulted in the airmass over the B.C. Interior to become moist and unstable.last_img read more

New Electoral Law Deprives Moroccans Abroad of Participating in General Elections

Rabat – In the interior ministry’s latest set of proposed amendments for national electoral laws, policymakers have not made any references to the integration of the Moroccan diaspora community in domestic politics, according to a report by Hespress.Abdelilah Benkirane’s government has previously committed to address problems regarding the representation of the interests of the expatriate community abroad, estimated to include five million Moroccans.A team of legislators from the ruling and opposition coalitions presented drafts laws to meet the demands of Moroccans abroad, but a vote on the proposals was delayed until after the end of the national and regional election on October 7th of this year, according to an official quoted by Hespress. The kingdom’s constitution allows “Moroccans living abroad to enjoy complete citizenship rights, including the right to vote and stand in elections,” the official said, as “they can submit their nominations for elections in the local, regional and national” elections.In order to provide clarification in cases of legal vagueness, the draft law further defines the citizens who can vote and those who can become a nominee from their countries of residence, he said.Dr. Abdul Aziz Qraca, a professor of political science at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, said, in a statement to Hespress, that “the community is of great importance for Morocco on multiple levels,” as evidenced by the actions of King Mohammed VI regarding the improvement of the quality of services at the level of embassies and consulates, and the subsequent implementation of those decisions at the level of the Foreign Ministry.Qraca explained that “the community contributes to the economy’s development and, more importantly, the development of the country’s wealth”, highlighting the role of the international diaspora on promoting Moroccan interests worldwide.After the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon referred to the kingdom’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupied,” Moroccans residing outside of the country, including those in the United Kingdom, the United States and even Peru, protested the international leader’s comments.Accordingly, the professor asserts that “if we take this factual consideration into account and we added to the constitutional text, then we need to involve the community politically. It is logical that the community living abroad feels excluded from politics, so we need to be searching for the best ways to make the community present at the political level.”Several parties have proposed their plans to promote the political empowerment of expatriate Moroccans.The Independence party has been lobbying for the allocation of 60 seats in the House of Representatives to represent the five  million Moroccans living abroad.One of the country’s socialist parties proposed to enable the community to vote for one of 30 new representatives within the House from their own countries of residence.The ruling Justice and Development Party calls on the House to create four new constituencies abroad to be represented by at least four new seats. read more

In Cyprus Annans envoy issues invitation to resume search for settlement

“On behalf of the Secretary-General, I have conveyed to His Excellency Mr. Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and His Excellency Mr. Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, an invitation to resume the search for a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem under the Secretary-General’s auspices,” Special Adviser Alvaro de Soto told a press conference in Nicosia. “It is our hope that a new and reinvigorated phase of the Secretary-General’s good offices will begin with separate meetings of the Secretary-General with each of the two leaders on 12 September 2001 in New York,” Mr. de Soto said.

Federal decision is at hand for proposed LNG plant in northern BC

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Monday, September 19, 2016. McKenna has a final environmental assessment of the Pacific Northwest LNG project in hand, with the federal Liberal cabinet set to meet Tuesday in the national capital. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2016 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has a final environmental assessment of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in hand, with the federal Liberal cabinet set to meet Tuesday in the national capital.A decision from the Liberal government on the proposed $36-billion project in northern British Columbia must be made no later than next Monday.When it happens, it will mark the first true litmus test of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau navigates competing interests between environmentalists and First Nations concerned about climate change and salmon habitat and pro-development advocates, including the B.C. government of Christy Clark.The liquefied natural gas processing plant on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert would ship 19 million tonnes a year of frozen, liquefied gas to markets in Asia while pumping more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere.The government’s acceptance or rejection of the project will set the table for an autumn of crucial decisions on a national climate change plan and energy sector infrastructure.McKenna is to sit down with her provincial and territorial counterparts next Monday in Montreal to begin hammering out a pan-Canadian strategy for meeting Canada’s international commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.A draft assessment of the LNG project, whose major partner is Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas, was released in February by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The agency found that the project was “likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects,” although it said mitigation measures would result in no serious harm to fish habitat.Carbon dioxide emissions will reach 5.3 million tonnes a year from the LNG plant, according to the draft report, not including another 6.5 million to 8.7 million tonnes produced from natural gas collection and transportation.“This will increase the B.C. and national emission totals by 8.5 per cent and 0.75 per cent respectively, based on 2011 levels,” said an early project assessment.“To date, clear guidance on how Canada and B.C. will address this issue has not been communicated.”The Liberals added an additional three-month assessment period last spring to gather more information, and the final CEAA report was delivered last week.Caitlin Workman, a spokeswoman for the federal environment and climate change minister, said the environmental assessment “is one part of what the final decision-making will take into account.”“The final decision will include the best available facts and science and evidence at hand needed to make a decision that does the best to protect the environment while considering our country’s economy,” Workman said.A spokesman for Pacific NorthWest LNG said the decision to begin construction — should the project receive a federal green light — must still go to the company’s shareholders.“At this time, we are still awaiting the finalization of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s extended review of the project,” Spencer Sproule said in an email.“Once a decision by the government of Canada is made, Pacific NorthWest LNG will conduct a total review of the proposed LNG facility prior to tabling it to the project’s shareholders for a Final Investment Decision (FID).”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, meanwhile, faces a mid-December deadline for a federal decision on the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific port in Burnaby, B.C.And sometime this fall, as negotiations over climate change plans and resource projects continue, the Liberal government says it will formally ratify the international Paris Accord, under which Canada committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.— Follow @BCheadle on Twitter Federal decision is at hand for proposed LNG plant in northern B.C. read more

Markets Right Now US stocks end slightly lower

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2017 7:42 am MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Markets Right Now: US stocks end slightly lower NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Stocks are ending slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and industrial companies.Comerica fell 6.5 per cent Tuesday and Citizens Financial lost 6 per cent.The dollar fell sharply against the pound after Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged for the first time that Britain’s Parliament will be able to vote on the final deal.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 6 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,267.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 58 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 19,826, its third loss in a row. The Nasdaq composite lost 35 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 5,538.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.33 per cent.___11:45 a.m.Stocks are moving slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and health care companies.Comerica fell 5 per cent in midday trading Tuesday. Drugmaker Celgene lost 3.4 per cent.The British pound rose sharply against the dollar and other currencies after British Prime Minister Theresa May gave a highly anticipated speech on her country’s exit from the European Union.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,271.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 28 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 19,858. The Nasdaq composite lost 21 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 5,537.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.35 per cent.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and health care companies.Comerica fell 4.5 per cent in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. Drugmaker Celgene lost 3.4 per cent.The British pound rose sharply against other currencies after British Prime Minister Theresa May said her country will remain open to new trade opportunities even as it withdraws from the European Union’s single market.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,266.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 55 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 19,832. The Nasdaq composite lost 36 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 5,537.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.32 per cent. read more

Ban deeply disappointed after alleged Somali rape victim reporter receive jail sentences

“The Secretary-General urges the Government of Somalia to ensure that all allegations of sexual violence are investigated fully and perpetrators are brought to justice,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “Above all, it is essential that the rights of the alleged victim and the journalist to a fair and transparent judicial process, including the right of appeal, are fully respected,” he added.Last month, Somali authorities arrested the woman – who claimed she was raped in September by armed men in government uniforms while living in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) – and the journalist who interviewed her, as well as the person who introduced them. Two other individuals have also been charged in connection with the case. The journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, was charged for offending the honour of a State institution and for filing a false report in spite of never having published his interview, while the alleged victim was charged for offending the honour of a State institution.“The United Nations has repeatedly expressed alarm over reports of pervasive sexual violence in IDP camps in and around Mogadishu,” said the statement. “These crimes are underreported because of risks to victims, witnesses and family members, as well as of intense stigmatization. It takes extraordinary courage for survivors to come forward.” It added that Somalia is emerging from a long and difficult period of instability, with representative institutions and a new Government that has made a commendable commitment to uphold human rights and the rule of law for all. “This journey must begin with a solid foundation based on respect for human rights, freedom of expression and fair judicial process.”The UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) as well as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, had spoken out in recent weeks about the case, urging that the alleged crimes be investigated and that a fair judicial process be ensured. read more

Carlos Hyde Jack Mewhort among Ohio State football players responsible for programs

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) rushes for a touchdown during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorA group of former Ohio State Buckeyes are set to showcase their talents in front of NFL scouts with dreams of getting selected in the 2014 Draft.A total of six Buckeyes — senior running back Carlos Hyde, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, a pair of redshirt-senior offensive linemen, center Corey Linsley and left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby — are scheduled to compete in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from Saturday through Feb. 25, according to a press release.OSU is tied with Wisconsin for the highest number of players invited to the combine from the Big Ten. Alabama has the most of any school with 12 players in attendance.The 2013 team — which finished 12-2 after back-to-back losses to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 and then to Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 — had notable members who did not receive an invitation to the combine include redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, senior safety Christian Bryant, senior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell and redshirt-senior offensive lineman Marcus Hall.Mewhort, named first-team All-American by ESPN.com and second-team All-American by Walter Camp, “Sports Illustrated” and the Football Writers Association of America in 2013, was a big part of an offensive line that paved the way for the third-most rushing touchdowns in school history (45). OSU also ranked fifth in the country with 308.6 yards per game on the ground in 2013.Mewhort said he is looking forward to the opportunity to represent the Scarlet and Gray at the combine this weekend.“Obviously it’s a huge honor, big responsibility,” Mewhort said in an interview with The Lantern Monday. “You’re wearing that Block ‘O’ and people know you’re representing The Ohio State University. It’s my responsibility to go out there and show what the university is made of show that you are proud you get to compete and show that we’re the best of the best, which we are. It’s kind of on our shoulders to do that this year.”Brown either led or was tied for the most number of receptions on the team during each of his last three seasons in Columbus and was just the second OSU wideout to have consecutive seasons with at least 60 catches, the other being David Boston from 1997-98. His 63 receptions this past season are the fifth-most in school history.According to the release, Hyde’s 6.1 yards per carry average during his career is the best of any OSU running back in school history, along with his 7.3 yards per carry average in 2013. His 10.2 yards per carry average in the Buckeyes’ 60-35 win against Illinois Nov. 16 is also a school record.Even after serving a three-game suspension for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July, Hyde still amassed a team-leading 1,521 yards this past season. After OSU lost the Discover Orange Bowl to Clemson, 40-35, Hyde addressed his career and mentioned how he looking forward to what’s next.“I almost finished pretty much like I finished my senior year in high school, close to 1,600 yards and like 18 touchdowns. So I think I had a pretty good career my last year here,” Hyde said Jan. 3. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my life.”Known as “the apex” to coach Urban Meyer and his teammates, Linsley earned All-Big Ten Conference honors each of the past two seasons, in which he started every game and helped the Buckeyes to a 24-2 record over that span.Despite being suspended for OSU’s first game this past season against Buffalo because of his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, Roby started 36 of 37 games in which he played at OSU. He scored five touchdowns on defense and special teams in his career and led the country in passes defended with 19 in 2012.Roby had his ups and downs in 2013 and was the subject of some criticism as a result of on-field struggles. He was beaten by receivers for multiple touchdown passes in games against California Sept. 14 and Wisconsin Sept. 28, and Roby said after the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win against Penn State Oct. 26, criticism just comes with being a cornerback.“Throughout the season you’re going to have ups and downs. Nobody’s going to be perfect, especially at my position,” Roby said. “Just because you make a few bad plays here and there doesn’t mean that all of a sudden you can’t be this or that.”A first-team All-American in 2013, Shazier led OSU in tackles in both 2012 and 2013 and finished 15th in program history with 306 total tackles. He also had 15 games with at least 10 tackles.“Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football,” Shazier said in an OSU press release Jan. 4 when he announced his decision to forgo his senior season. “I just feel that now is the perfect time for me.”Workouts at the combine at Lucas Oil Stadium are set to be televised on NFL Network, with tight ends, offensive linemen and special teams players kicking things off Feb. 22. Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers are set to compete Feb. 23, defensive linemen and linebackers are scheduled to work out on Feb. 24, and defensive backs are slated to finish the combine off the following day.A record 85 underclassmen are among 335 players invited to the scouting combine, according to CBSSports.com.OSU’s Pro Day is set for March 7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.The 2014 edition of the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY  MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #WATER RESTRICTIONS: People living in Dublin have been urged to conserve water as they face a loss of their water supply from 8pm tonight until 7am tomorrow morning due to a serious problem at a treatment plant. The severe restrictions are likely to remain in place until at least next Monday.2. #WEB SUMMIT: Almost 10,000 people are converging on the RDS in Dublin today for the Web Summit, a two-day conference which will see some of the biggest names in tech come together across the city. Organisers say the event is worth €24 million to the local economy.3. #SPYING: The head of the National Security Agency has said media reports that the covert agency gathered data on millions of telephone calls in Europe is “completely false”, the BBC reports. Keith Alexander said much of the data was collected by European intelligence agencies and shared with the NSA.4. #WE WANT PRENUP: Justice Minister Alan Shatter is planning to make pre-nuptial agreements legally binding, the Irish Daily Mail reports. Up until now, financial agreements between couples before they got married were not recognised under Irish law.5. #CRASH: At least 42 passengers have been killed in a bus crash in India after a fuel tank exploded on a motorway early this morning, Al Jazeera reports.6. #WHO IS THIS KAI: Enda Kenny will today meet with Ma Kai, one of the four Vice Premiers of China, who is visiting Ireland to build trade links between the two countries.7. #PRISONERS: Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal that set the foundations for the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the Guardian reports. A total of 104 prisoners are to be released over the coming months.8. #SECURITY BREACH: Software firm Adobe has said that a security breach earlier this month was much larger than previously announced, affecting at least 38 million people rather than the 3 million that was previously announced.9. #MERCURY PRIZE: Dublin Band Villagers will face stiff competition for the 2013 Mercury Prize which will be announced at a ceremony in London tonight. The Independent reports that soul singer Laura Mvula is now the favourite to scoop the prestigious award.last_img read more

Rooney I want to become a coach next

first_imgWayne Rooney revealed that he’s already begun work on earning his coaching badges as he enters the final stage of his playing careerThe 33-year-old striker will make an unexpected England farewell appearance against the United States tonight at Wembley.Despite rumours linking him with a short-term loan move back to the Premier League, Rooney will then return to Washington – where he intends to see out the remainder of his career.While his form for DC United suggests that his playing days are far from over, even Rooney knows that time is not on his side.However, the Manchester United legend plans on remaining involved with football by returning to England as a coach.“It is something I am passionate about and I want to do,” Rooney told the United website.“Obviously, I need to complete my badges, which I am doing over in the States.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Hopefully, by the time I come back to England, I will have them completed and be in a position to accept or reject any offers I get.”While coaching is his preference, Rooney wouldn’t rule out working as a TV pundit in the future.Fellow United legends Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes have all taken up regular punditry roles.“I would prefer to give coaching or management a go,” said Rooney.“If it doesn’t work out then I am sure there would be opportunities to do TV and whatever feels right for you.”Rooney is contracted at DC until 2021 after joining the MLS club in June.The friendly at Wembley between England and the US will begin tonight at 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Korean political party reignites debate over locals casino in Saemangeum

first_img South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Load More The North Jeolla branch of South Korean minor opposition party Bareunmirae has reignited debate over the possible development of a locals casino on the reclaimed Saemangeum tidal flat, located on South Korea’s west coast.Previously quashed by the National Assembly in 2016 due to strong public opposition, the concept has been given fresh life this week after the Bareunmirae branch issued a statement to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ calling for the Saemangeum area to be designated as a special zone for marine leisure and tourism, according to Korea Bizwire. RelatedPosts Korea’s Paradise Co still rising with July casino revenue up 19.1% “Building a casino will become a turning point for growth in North Jeolla Province,” the statement said.“We ask North Jeolla Province, Gunsan and local politicians to concentrate the effort on turning the Saemangum area into an international destination for marine leisure and tourism, just like Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.”The proposal has divided opinions, with opponents citing further environmental damage after a controversial seawall was built to dam the area in 2010. The Saemangeum had previously been a renowned habitat for many migratory birds.The North Jeolla branch of the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement has accused the Barunmirae Party of “distorting the facts to make it seem like the government is actually planning to build a casino in the Saemangeum area to boost marine tourism.” South Korea wins first ever WSOP gold braceletlast_img read more

Kuskokwim Fishers Stop Commercial Openings Call in Feds

first_imgFishers line up to unload at tender, Kelly-Mae near Napaskiak on Friday, July 18 during a six-hour commercial opening for chum salmon. (Photo by Sophie Evan)The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group wants the state to end to all commercial openings for the remainder of the summer. The say despite unmet subsistence needs the state has allowed commercial salmon openings. Some upriver fishermen are fed up with the state, and want the Federal Subsistence Board to manage the river from here on out.Download AudioBev Hoffman is co-chair of the Kuskokwim Salmon Working group, a group of stakeholders in the fishery that’s advising managers. On Monday she sent a letter to Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell asking her to stop all commercial fishing on the river and in Kuskokwim Bay.“We have supported openings in other years,” Hoffman wrote. “But with the situation this year, every fish is precious. And here on the lower river we’re able to use the chums quite easily. They’re beautiful, they’re silvery, they’re fresh. Further up the river where they see the effects of whatever we’re doing down here, they just were frustrated so I supported a no commercial opener this year.”State management biologist Aaron Potter said the department is transitioning to coho (silver) salmon management and will not hold any more commercial openings until they determine there’s a surplus of cohos. That’s after 18,000 chum salmon, 2,500 sockeyes, and 5,000 silvers and 29 kings were caught in commercial nets.On July 9 the working group voted against a commercial opening because they said subsistence needs had not yet been met, particularly upriver. Only one member of the group dissented.Nastasha ‘Jackie’ Levi with the Village of Lower Kalskag, about 100 miles upriver from Bethel does not think there should be commercial openings until subsistence needs are met for the Native people along the entire river.“A lot of our people are still fishing,” Levi said. “There’s even some families that are just gonna start fishing. Most of our residents have not met their needs. We haven’t been seeing the number of fish that this Bethel Test Fishery is saying is coming up here. When there’s a commercial fishing we know in two days, more or less, that we’ll hardly see any fish,” Levi said.Subsistence fishers are relying more heavily on chum harvests this year and many say coho or silver salmon will be needed to meet needs.Some communities want the federal managers back in control.The Villages of Lower Kalskag and Napaimute passed resolutions Monday requesting the Federal Subsistence Board take special action and, once again exert federal jurisdiction for management of the fishery. Federal officials had managed the king run after a request by Napaskiak traditional council.Fish and Game’s Aaron Potter said if there is a harvestable surplus of fish, he is required by law to open for commercial fishing once escapement goals are met.“Part of our mandate is to provide that opportunity,” Potter said. “We had a processor that was interested in buying. We had fishermen that were interested in fishing. We had our surplus. We had opportunities in that back end of the chum salmon run before the coho really started getting into the system. We would be doing a disservice to commercial fishermen in that entire industry if we did not provide a harvest opportunity,” Potter said.In the letter addressed to Commissioner Campbell, Hoffman noted that Coastal Villages Region Fund loses millions subsidizing the commercial fishery.Commissioner Campbell’s office said she was out on travel. Jeff Regnart, the Director of Commercial Fisheries with ADF&G answered for her, saying he had received Hoffman’s letter.“We recognize the working group and their concerns” Regnart said. “We participate in all the working group meetings. We understood where their stance was on commercial opportunity, subsistence needs being met, during the meeting. This letter reiterates that. Sometimes we’re not always on the same page. But never stops us from continuing to work to be on the same page,” Regnart said.Managers have held three commercial chum salmon openings on the Kuskokwim River, from Bethel downstream to the mouth since July 14. And there have been more than a dozen commercial openings for chum and sockeye salmon for the Kuskokwim Bay districts since the fishery opened earlier.The Kuskokwim Working Group meets Wednesday (July 23) afternoon.last_img read more

Meet worlds top billionaires by Forbes Amazons Jeff Bezos bumps Bill Gates

first_imgAmazon’s Jeff Bezos bumps Bill Gates to top the listReuters fileAmazon founder Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man according to Forbes magazine’s annual World’s Billionaires list 2018 published on Tuesday. Bezos’s calculated fortunes as on March 6, 2018, is $ 112 billion. He topped the world’s billionaires list 2018 by bumping Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffet.The magazine said it has pinned down a record 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories including the first ever from Hungary and Zimbabwe.Announcing the 2018 #ForbesBillionaires list: https://t.co/1QGmQPIFde pic.twitter.com/itQcxZE1Ik— Forbes (@Forbes) 6 March 2018Americans lead the rich list with a record 585 billionaires, followed by mainland China with 373. Forbes notes 259 newcomers in the richest list including the first ever cryptocurrency billionaires.Meet 2018’s top 10 World’s billionaires 1. Jeff Bezos$ 112 billionHe is the first person to top $ 100 billion as number one on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires.2. Bill Gates$90 billionAmerican business magnate Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft. Bill Gates also secured the third spot on the Hurun Global Rich List 2018 released by the Hurun Report last week.3. Warren Buffett$87.7 billionAmerican business magnate, investor, and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett owns more than 60 companies including insurer Geico, battery maker Duracell and restaurant chain Dairy Queen.4. Bernard Arnault & family$75 billionArnault is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton the world’s largest luxury-goods company. He oversees an empire of 70 brands. Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergFacebook5. Mark Zuckerberg$71 billion.The surge in social network’s stock price increased the net worth of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.6. Amancio Ortega$70 billion.Amancio Ortega is the wealthiest retailer in the world and he is best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops. The co-founder of Inditex earns more than $400 million in dividends a year.7. Carlos Slim Helu & family$67.1 billion.Telecommunication cooperation America Movil is managed by Carlos Slim Helu and family. The Mexican business magnet owns stakes in Mexican construction, consumer goods, mining and real estate companies and 17% of The New York Times.8. Charles Koch$60 billionThe chairman and CEO of Koch Industries manage businesses including pipelines, chemicals, Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels and Stainmaster carpets.9. David Koch$60 billionDavid Koch is the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. With brother Charles, David Koch controls Koch Industries.10. Larry Ellison$58.5 billionThe co-founder of Oracle now serves as the chairman of the board and chief technology officer of the Oracle.Alice Walton with the net worth of $46 billion, via Walmart, US tops the Forbes list as the richest woman in the world. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, Susanne Klatten, Jacqueline Mars, Yang Huiyan are featured in the top five.last_img read more