Cong-BJP pact for normalcy after turmoil in Parliament

first_imgThe Congress and the BJP on Monday appeared to have struck yet another mutually beneficial deal to resolve the Parliament logjam over the CAG report on the Commonwealth Games.After forcing adjournment of both Houses of Parliament for the day without transacting any business, demanding the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and seeking action against Sports Minister Ajay Maken for “misleading” Parliament, the BJP mellowed down in the evening after back channel talks with Congress managers.According to the deal, the government has agreed to a discussion (without voting) in both Houses on Maken’s statement in Parliament on the NDA government’s role in the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi as CWG organising committee chief, on Tuesday. BJP MP Kirti Azad is expected to initiate the discussion in the Lok Sabha to which Maken will respond.Government sources said senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who had moved a privilege motion against Maken, would not press for any action against him.NDA leaders, including L. K. Advani, discussed the issue in the morning. Later, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said: “We seek the ouster of Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.” BJP MPs stormed the well, demanding Maken be sacked as soon as the Houses assembled.They also raised slogans against the sports minister, plunging the Houses into turmoil and adjournment.But the situation changed dramatically by evening after finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal held talks with senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Swaraj.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Virat Kohli’s ton in vain as Dinesh Karthik fires Gujarat Lions to top of table

first_imgVirat Kohli’s maiden T20 hundred went in vain as Gujarat Lions produced a clinical batting display to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets on Sunday.  (Full IPL coverage)Batting first, the RCB posted a challenging 180 for two as captain Kohli, batting with a minor ankle sprain, hit his first IPL as well T20 century but the Lions chased down the target with three balls to spare and went on top of the IPL table. (Points Table) Dinesh Karthik steered the run chase for the Lions with an unbeaten 50 off 39 balls while Brendon McCullum (42), Dwayne Smith (32), captain Suresh Raina (28) made useful contribution as the home side notched up their third win in four matches. (Also read: This is how Bangalore fell short against Gujarat despite Kohli’s maiden ton)  The Lions, who had suffered a 10-wicket thrashing at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last match here on April 21, now have eight points from five matches. (In Photos: Gujarat thump RCB) Gujarat Lions began their run chase at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in a flier as they reached 47 for no loss in the first five overs with Smith and McCullum in an aggressive mood, hitting two sixes and three fours during that period. Smith was, however, the first one to be dismissed in the sixth over bowled by Kane Richardson as A B De Villiers took a fine catch to reduce the home side to 47 for one.Brendon McCullum then took over as he smashed Richardson with two sixes and as many fours in the same over as if taking revenge on the hapless bowler for the dismissal of Smith. The sixth over yielded 25 runs for the Lions at the expense of a wicket and at the powerplay overs, the home side were cruising nicely at 72 for one.advertisementMcCullum fell in the ninth over to a fine delivery from chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi who had the batsman caught and bowled. The middle over saw captain Raina and Karthik batting sensibly, scoring mostly in singles and doubles with occasional fours.At the 15 over mark, the Lions were 136 for 2, needing 45 runs with eight wickets in hand and at an asking rate of just over nine runs per over. Raina was out at a crucial juncture in the 16th over as he mistimed his shot off a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery for Iqbal Abdulla to take the catch at long-off. Karthik was dropped in the 18th over when on 33 with Richardson failing to take a return catch off his own bowling and with it the chances of an RCB win ended.last_img read more

French Open: Stan Wawrinka battles past Andy Murray to enter men’s singles final

first_imgBattering the ball as if each shot would determine the match’s outcome, 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka came back to beat top-ranked Andy Murray 6-7 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-1 on Friday and become the oldest French Open finalist in 44 years.The No. 3-seeded Wawrinka, a 32-year-old from Switzerland, reached the fourth Grand Slam final of his career. He’s won the previous three: at Roland Garros two years ago, the U.S. Open last September and the Australian Open in 2014.A year ago at the French Open, Wawrinka lost to Murray in the semifinals. This time, Wawrinka managed to wear down the seemingly tireless Murray, himself a three-time major champion.It was a triumph of offense over defense, as Wawrinka used his sublime one-handed backhand and hammer of a forehand to send Murray scrambling and sliding all over the red clay at Court Philippe Chatrier for a tad more than four-and-a-half hours.Over and over again, Murray would lean, or even lunge, and somehow manage to put his racket strings on seemingly unreachable shots.Murray used plenty of drop shots and lobs, often to great effect. He deflected overheads. In sum, Murray generally made Wawrinka work so hard to get any shot past him.But make no mistake: Wawrinka does not discourage easily. He kept absolutely walloping his strokes, resolute in his intention to attack and attack and attack.Wawrinka ran away with the fifth set, taking 16 of the first 21 points and going up 5-0. He ended it, appropriately, with a backhand down the line, his 87th winner of the day, 51 more than Murray accumulated.advertisementWhen he faces nine-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain or No. 6 Dominic Thiem of Austria on Sunday, Wawrinka will be the oldest man in a French Open title match since Niki Pilic was 33 when he was the runner-up to Ilie Nastase in 1973.Nadal and Thiem were scheduled to play in the second semifinal Saturday, after the stadium was cleared because separate tickets were sold for the day’s two marquee matches.last_img read more

Indian cricketer tests positive for banned substance in WADA report of 2016

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report of 2016 has revealed that one Indian cricketer has tested positive for banned substances among the 153 BCCI accreditated cricketers.The cricketer, whose name has not yet been revealed will be the second after former India U-19 player Pradeep Sangwan to have tested positive. Sangwan was playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2013 when he tested positive during that year’s Indian Premier League.According to the 2016 Anti-Doping Testing Figures, 138 cricketers registered under BCCI were tested ‘In Competition’ (IC) in which one cricketer has tested positive. It could be concluded that the cricketer in question has tested positive during a BCCI domestic event like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, IPL or Irani Trophy – as it has happened ‘In Competition’.It may or may not be an international cricketer but it is for sure that it did not happen during an ICC event as normally the world cricket’s governing body mandatorily sends a media release.There were 15 ‘Out Of Competition’ (OOC) tests conducted during the same period in which all results were negative. When BCCI was contacted about the identity of the cricketer, a top BCCI official, who handles the specific domain told PTI: “We haven’t received any report from the WADA as of now so we are not in a position to reveal the name of the cricketer.”The report states that one urine sample has ‘Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF)’, which means that the athlete in question has tested positive. None of the BCCI accreditated cricketers’ blood samples have been tested.advertisementIn 2016, ICC has carried out 561 tests with 244 In-Competition (IC) where there 1 Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) an 1 Atypical Findings. They also conducted 317 Out of Competition. Similarly, Pakistan Cricket Board has no positive tests among the 52 tested while Bangladesh’s 24 tests have come negative.last_img read more

Matt Henry replaces injured Tim Southee for first Test vs West Indies

first_imgNew Zealand right-arm seamer Matt Henry has been confirmed as a replacement for injured Tim Southee for the opening Test of the two-match series against West Indies, beginning at the Basin Reserve on Friday.Confirming the news, skipper Kane Williamson revealed that Henry has been preferred as Southee’s replacement over fast bowler Lockie Ferguson for the first Test match.Despite Ferguson bagging seven wickets for New Zealand A against the West Indies earlier this week, Williamson insisted that Henry has been chosen for the national team since he has been playing exceedingly well for a long time now.”He probably hasn’t had the opportunities he’s deserved and now is a great opportunity for him. He’s a different bowler to Lockie but has been bowling with good pace and does tend to move the ball well,” Sport24 quoted Williamson, as saying.As a result, Henry will join the third pace-bowling spot with Trent Boult and Neil Wagner.Earlier, Southee was ruled out of the first Test against West Indies because of a pending birth of his first child.Meanwhile, uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell is also in line to make Test debut for New Zealand after being drafted in the squad as BJ Watling’s replacement, who was ruled out due to a hip injury.Besides Tests, the two sides are also scheduled to play three-match ODI series, beginning December 20 at the Cobham Oval, Whangarei.The New Zealand squad for first Test is as follows:Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.advertisementlast_img read more

Be wary of virtue signalling push good policy instead Conservatives told

first_imgWINNIPEG – Don’t just oppose. Instead, propose.That’s the political plan ahead for the Conservatives this fall, and there’s a reason Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer is going to repeat it to his MPs a lot in the coming months.When the party hired Australian conservative strategist Brian Loughnane to review what went wrong for them in the 2015 election, one thing he told them was that they had failed to give people fresh reasons to keep voting for the party. In turn, Scheer made the need for positive policy a centrepiece of his leadership campaign.In pulling together the party’s fall strategy session this year, the party sought out Loughnane again, asking him to address the caucus at their retreat this week in Winnipeg. This time, it wasn’t for advice on what Conservatives did wrong, but how they can set things right.Loughnane spent 12 years directing the Australian Liberal party, which despite the name, is an ideological cousin to the Canadian Tories.He declined interviews, but those in the room say the message that enthralled MPs on Friday revolved around the volatility of the current political landscape.The old orthodoxies around politics — like governments get two terms, or that they’re voted out, not in — are a thing of the past, he suggested.Think the surprise results in Britain where people voted to leave the European Union. Or Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States. Neither were foreseen by pundits.Issues move people in an instant, the Tories heard, and what matters is what a party is offering when the voters swing their way.So while it has been easy for the Conservatives to go full throttle against a Liberal plan for changes to the tax code, there is only so far they can take the argument, suggested Daniel Hannan, a British conservative who helped lead the successful Leave campaign for Brexit.“It’s very, very easy when you’re in opposition to criticize and to find holes in everything that the government is doing,” he said ahead of his own briefing to the party’s caucus meeting.“And even if people agree with you on the issues where you’re doing that, simply reflecting people’s grievances back at them is not very attractive. You have to offer them a plausible, better, alternative.”Once they find that substance, politicians also have to be careful about how they frame it, he suggested.About a year before Brexit, a piece appeared in the Spectator, a British newspaper.It dissected at length the concept of “virtue signalling”, a concept understood as the practice of publicly expressing a sentiment in order to telegraph one’s own personal character.For example, some say that’s what thousands of people were doing when they dumped buckets of ice water over their heads to raise money for research into Lou Gehrig’s disease; it wasn’t about believing in that particular cause, but being seen via the requisite Facebook video of getting involved in the first place.The phrase has since taken hold in politics, used by both the right and left.In the political realm, the phrase has come to be a stand-in for challenging politicians on the motivation behind their statements.“Is politics about posturing, or is it about results?” said Hannan.That’s perhaps why, when foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole accused the Liberals of virtue signalling when they seek to include gender, the environment and Indigenous issues into NAFTA, it appeared to get under the Liberals’ skin.The Liberals say they believe all three are key to economic growth, and while the Tories don’t necessarily disagree, they also don’t think they ought to be a main part of NAFTA.“What is ‘virtue signalling’ anyway? It sounds like it came from a bad grad school seminar,” Gerry Butts, the prime minister’s senior adviser, posted on Twitter after O’Toole made his remarks.But O’Toole was quick to point out Butts had used the expression himself before — suggesting the Conservatives had done it during the 2015 election campaign, though what explicitly he was referring to was unclear.Politicians of all stripes need to be wary of falling into the virtue-signalling trap, suggested Hannan.Take Trump. The way his critics go after him only serves to reinforce his supporters, he suggested.“If people stuck to his character flaws, and his inability to distinguish between private interests and public office, he’d be in trouble,” Hannan said,“But he’s saved by the virtue signalling of his opponents, who are much happier saying he’s a racist, sexist homophobe because it’s what makes them feel good. Swing voters block that out, it’s white noise.”last_img read more


first_imgThe cool and charismatic Bobby Del Rio, a former NOW SummerWorks cover subject, spends less time onstage these days and more time doing TV, film and making his web series, IRL The Series. But he returns to SummerWorks as a writer and actor in Professionally Ethnic, a script that has been around for nearly a decade but has never got a professional production – until now. The subject couldn’t be more relevant. Exploring how multiculturalism is reflected in Canadian theatre, it’s about an actor who’s given a shot at stardom if he plays up an ethnic stereotype. It’s being billed as a political satire, but expect to see lots of troubling truths exposed. Advertisement Michael Watier BOBBY DEL RIOProfessionally Ethnic, Theatre Centre BMO Incubator  JORDAN TANNAHILLNocturne, Pia Bouman New at this year’s fest are site-specific smartphone-based projects that you can experience by opening the SummerWorks app in one of the three main performance spaces: The Theatre Centre, Factory Theatre and Pia Bouman. Whip out your phone at Pia Bouman and you can tap into Nocturne, a new piece from endlessly inventive playwright and director Jordan Tannahill that translates the ongoing but often overlooked phenomenon of extinction into music.READ MORE  There’s always lots of first-rate talent at SummerWorks, Canada’s largest curated performance fest. Here are some people who should definitely be on your radar.. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: JASMYN FYFFEWhat Do You See?, Theatre Centre BMO Incubator Hot off her standout performance at the Fringe in the exciting ensemble piece Lipstique, the electric dancer/choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe takes centre stage in What Do You See?, a 30-minute solo dance/theatre work exploring the Black female body. It’s part of a double bill with Djennie Laguerre‘s Mother Sea/Manman La Mer, a play about magic, love and redemption that draws on Haitian storytelling. Two emerging African-Canadian artists in one show? Sounds like a fantastic deal. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment DARLA CONTOISWhite Man’s Indian, Theatre Centre BMO Incubator After impressing us with her funny, uber-realistic and heavy-hitting performance in Falen Johnson’s heart-rending family drama Two Indians at last year’s fest, we’re very excited to see Darla Contois‘s brand new solo comedy White Man’s Indian. Contois plays a Cree teen navigating the perils of “White Man’s high school,” which for her run the gamut from angst and awkwardness to casual and institutional racism. If Contois’s work last summer is any indication, expect a hilarious and engaging performance packed with keen observations. With dramaturgy from award-winning director and playwright Ed Roy (A Secret Life, The Other Side Of The Closet), you’re gonna want a seat in this class. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest ProBrexit protest begins muddy march to London

SUNDERLAND, England — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10:15 a.m.Between 100 and 200 pro-Brexit protesters have started to march from northeast England to London, accusing politicians of “betrayal” by failing to take Britain out of the European Union.The U.K.’s departure, due on March 29, is likely to be delayed as U.K. lawmakers wrangle over whether to approve a withdrawal agreement with the bloc. Parliament voted this week to seek a delay of at least three months.A group of largely older protesters set out along a muddy coastal path from Sunderland, 270 miles (435 kilometres) north of London, shouting “Accept democracy” and “Rule Britannia.” They plan to arrive at Parliament on March 29, though they are not covering the whole distance on foot.Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who joined marchers Saturday, said that “if politicians think they can walk all over us, we’re going to march back and tell them they can’t.”___9 a.m.A senior European Union official is floating the possibility of a two-step delay to Britain’s departure from the bloc, currently scheduled for March 29.Britain is expected to seek a short delay if lawmakers finally pass a twice-rejected EU withdrawal deal, or a longer one if they don’t.European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans told Germany’s Funke newspaper group in comments published Saturday that Britain must know why it needs a delay. He added that “as long as this isn’t clear, Brexit can only be delayed for a few weeks, solely to avoid a chaotic withdrawal March 29.”Timmermans said: “During this time, the British must tell us what they want: new elections? A new referendum? Only after that can we talk about a several-month extension.”The Associated Press read more

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Aug. 19Flux Power Holdings – Vista, Calif., 1.4 million shares, priced at $9, managed by Roth Capital/Maxim Group LLC. Proposed Nasdaq symbol FLUX. Business: Manufactures and sells lithium-ion batteries and storage solutions.The Associated Press

Forced labour and human trafficking on the rise new UN study warns

Titled Stopping Forced Labour, the study was prepared as part of the follow-up to the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the UN agency said in a statement issued today at its headquarters in Geneva. “The growth of forced labour worldwide is deeply disturbing,” stressed ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “The emerging picture is one where slavery, oppression and exploitation of society’s most vulnerable members – especially women and children – have by no means been consigned to the past. In light of these findings, the entire world needs to re-examine its conscience and instigate action to abolish forced labour and the often terrible living and working conditions that accompany it. There is no excuse for forced labour in the twenty-first century.” According to the report, main destinations of human trafficking may be the urban centres of the richer countries – Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo – and the capitals of developing and transition countries. However, the movement of trafficked persons is highly complex and varied. Countries as diverse as Albania, Hungary, Nigeria and Thailand can act as points of origin, destination and transit at the same time.An essential first step in eliminating forced labour is through assistance to governments in identifying the nature and dimensions of the problem within and across their national borders, the report says, stressing that the complexity of the phenomenon requires a combination of anti-poverty and labour market regulatory measures. Long-standing problems of forced labour might be linked with agrarian institutions requiring reform as regards sustainable agriculture, productivity and human rights concerns. The ILO report concludes by calling upon governments and social partners in all countries “to deepen understanding and redouble efforts to eliminate this terrible blight on human freedom in all its forms.” read more

Top White House adviser says Obama learned of IRS scandal from news

Top White House adviser says Obama learned of IRS scandal from news reports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2013 9:02 am MDT WASHINGTON – A top White House adviser insisted President Barack Obama learned the Internal Revenue Service had targeted tea party groups only “when it came out in the news” while Republicans continued to press the administration for answers on Sunday.Trying to move past a challenging week that put the White House on the defensive, senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer was scheduled to appear on five Sunday news shows to repeat the administration’s position that no senior officials were involved in the decision to give tea party groups extra scrutiny. Pfeiffer’s appearances were unlike to quiet GOP critics, who have seized on the revelations as proof that Obama used the IRS to go after his political enemies.“The deputy secretary of the treasury was made aware of just the fact that the investigation was beginning last year,” Pfeiffer said. “But no one in the White House was aware.”Regardless of when the president first learned of the investigations, the longtime Obama confidante said the president wanted to ensure such activities were not repeated.“The activity was outrageous and inexcusable, and it was stopped and it needs to be fixed to ensure it never happens again,” Pfeiffer said.A Treasury Department inspector’s report said this week that conservative and small-government tea party groups that were critical of Obama received extra scrutiny. IRS agents did not flag similar progressive or liberal groups, according to the watchdog.The report concluded that a regional IRS office in Ohio improperly singled out tea party and other conservative groups for more than 18 months and took no action on many of their applications for tax-exempt status for long periods of time — hindering their fundraising for the 2010 and 2012 elections.The new acting IRS commissioner is in the midst of a 30-day top-to-bottom review while Republicans continue to demand answers of Obama and his allies in government.That’s not sufficient, said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.“I think a special counsel is going to wind up being necessary,” he added said.That move is not needed, said Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.“I don’t see the point,” he said of a special counsel to investigate the scandal.Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said the IRS had stepped so far over its mandate that it asked book groups for reading lists and church groups about their prayers before granting them tax-exempt standing. It’s government over-reach, he said, and a reason why Republicans need to have their own investigation into the agency.“This is about trust,” Price said.But he stopped short of calling for a special counsel.Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., said Republicans were using the incidents to embarrass the president.“There is no Republican agenda other than to stop the president of the United States,” he said.Pfeiffer was appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” CNN’s “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday.” Portman, Menendez, Price and Rangel were on ABC. read more

Womens volleyball aims to end nonconference schedule with a weekend sweep

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes gather near the net during a match against LIU Brooklyn. The Buckeyes won 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is off to Indiana to finish the end of one season – and essentially start another. The Buckeyes will be playing in their final non-conference matches at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge in Muncie, Indiana, on Friday. OSU will take on Valparaiso University (6-5), University of North Carolina at Greensboro (4-5) and Ball State University (2-9) during the tournament. These will be OSU’s last nonconference contests before the team dives into its Big Ten season, leading off with No. 6 Wisconsin on Sept. 23.The team is coming off of two wins and a tough, five-set loss to Missouri State last weekend, but junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz is hopeful OSU will come back even stronger in the team’s final tuneup before the brutal Big Ten conference slate.“All three opponents are really strong teams. I’m excited to see how we’ll bounce back from this weekend,” said junior outside hitter, Ashley Wenz. “I think that every match we’ve had so far is a learning experience, and I’m excited to take that – what we’ve learned – and apply it to the next three matches.” The matchup with the Cardinals marks the first game between the two since 1976. OSU has swept Valparaiso in three sets each time the teams have met in the past, and the match against UNCG will be OSU’s first in program history. OSU’s focus remains on staying in the present moment despite the anticipation of upcoming Big Ten play against the rival Badgers, not to mention their first home match at St. John Arena later in September. “That’s really going to be our focus this week, knowing how to manage the moments of the games. I thought we struggled with that a little this past weekend,” said Head Coach, Geoff Carlston. “Our focus is on Ball State right now and finishing strong.”Constant travel can be wearing for some teams, and the Buckeyes are not exempt. They’ve played every weekend away from St. John Arena this season and won’t see a home match for another two weeks. However, the Buckeyes can see a light at the end of their tunnel. “I love playing on the road. We get to experience a lot of new places … but I am excited to be home again and play in St. John Arena,” said Wenz. Even if the thought is just in the back of their heads for now, the excitement to play in front of a familiar crowd is a very real feeling for this Buckeye team.Wenz shared her love for the traditions that come along with playing at St. John. It was also mentioned by her teammate, junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree. “I remember my first time running out to St. John and seeing all the little girls and just how excited they were to watch us play,” she said. Carlston said he is coaching a very hardworking group, and he relies on everyone to step up in a game when needed.“We need everybody. We need our whole team. That’s going to be a hallmark of our team. It’s going to be something we’re all confident that we have,” he said. “We’re a team that’s going to need all 15 of us and our staff to really keep climbing together.” Goree added a final statement about her “tribe” to take into this weekend.“If we’re together as one team, then no one can defeat us,” she said. OSU will play Valparaiso in their first match of the Ball State Active Ankle Tournament on Friday at noon at John E. Worthen Arena in Muncie, Indiana. read more

Ohio State mens soccer team shuts out Louisville 10

OSU junior forward Yaw Amankwa (23) attempts a shot during a game against Louisville on Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Breanna Williams / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team concluded its three-game home stand with a shutout victory over Louisville.The Buckeyes improve to 3-4-2 overall, while the Cardinals fall to 4-3-3 on the season.Playing in wet, rainy conditions, the first half of the game started slow for both teams.OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson took the first shot attempt of the game in the first minute at about 20 yards out, but his shot went wide of the net.Louisville earned three corner kicks in the ninth minute, but the Buckeyes were not phased, as redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer saved two of the kicks.OSU earned its first corner kick of the game in the 20th minute, but the ball was cleared away.The Scarlet and Gray were given another chance at corner kicks in the 24th minute, but were not successful in its execution, keeping the game scoreless.In the 37th minute, Culbertson was given another chance at a score with a feed from junior forward Danny Jensen. However, Culbertson did not find any success in his shot.In the final minutes of the first half, OSU senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason attempted a header but the ball hit just outside the near side of the net.Neither team managed to find the back of the net in the first half, leaving the game scoreless heading into the second half.After a slow start in the first half, the Buckeyes decided to make some changes that eventually worked in their favor.“We decided to switch and play low pressure defense and sit in a little bit and frustrate them,” OSU coach John Bluem said.The switch in the Buckeyes’ defense started to show immensely as OSU managed to continue to keep Louisville at bay while opening up more offensive chances for themselves. Jensen fired up the Buckeyes when he broke through with the first goal of the game in the 55th minute with a header assisted by senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle. Jensen’s score was his second goal of the season and his 11th of his career. “Liam played a left-footed ball from the right side so I knew it would be headed toward the keeper,” Jensen said. “I was lucky enough to get a header on it and it found the back if the net.”The Buckeyes managed to keep the Cardinals from notching a goal in the final 35 minutes, claiming a 1-0 victory.Overall, shots were 9-7 in favor of the Buckeyes, while OSU also held a 7-6 lead in corners.With the two saves to preserve his second consecutive shutout, Froschauer improved to 3-4-2 on the season. The Union, Kentucky, product has kept a clean sheet in all three of his victories.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to hit the road to resume Big Ten play against Michigan State at 1 p.m. on Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan. read more

Womens EHF EURO 2012 DAY 4 – Croatia or Germany Iceland or

Women’s EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Denmark beat France – Ukraine goes home! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 15): RN Lowen too strong for TuSEM, back on top Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Serbia Day 4 will be decisive for the teams in Vršac and Novi Sad.GROUP C – NOVI SADHUNGARY – SPAIN 18:15CROATIA – GERMANY 20:15TABLE:Spain 4Hungary 2CROATIA 2GERMANY 0GROUP D – VRŠACRUSSIA – ISLAND 18:05ROMANIA – MONTENEGRO 20:15TABLE:MONTENEGRO 4ROMANIA 3Russia 1Iceland 0

Did a CIA drone level 2 houses in Indianapolis

first_imgIn the early hours this past Sunday, an explosion in south Indianapolis completely destroyed two homes. So far, two people have been confirmed dead. A further 18 homes were seriously damaged, and 27 more were rendered temporarily uninhabitable. The lack of explanation in this case has led some to claim a CIA drone is behind the incident. It’s a story straight out of your favorite techno-thriller.Residential explosions are usually caused by one of two things: a gas line leak, or a meth lab. The NTSB has been investigating the Indianapolis explosion and has yet to find evidence of a gas leak. Investigators have also failed to find telltale traces of methamphetamine production. In the wake of uncertainty, conspiracy theories are fast gaining traction.The first whispers of CIA involvement came from an anonymous blogger known for spreading conspiracy theories with little corroborating evidence. The blogger claims to have seen a Kremlin report on the incident, but of course no one can confirm. The story goes that a CIA drone aircraft was detected by a Russian satellite as it launched two Hellfire missiles over Indianapolis.The report claims that the missiles were headed for two US Army buildings in the area. Before they could reach the target, a second drone aircraft jammed the missile tracking systems with a AL/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. This is what caused the impact and explosion in that Indianapolis neighborhood. The phantom report does not go into detail as to why the missiles would have been fired in the first place.To say this is far-fetched would be a supreme understatement. This story is appealing because it offers answers, even though it has no evidence behind it. It can be very tempting to accept the conspiracy theory when concrete facts are not forthcoming. This is an opportunity to be skeptical rather than latch on to the unsubstantiated claims coming out of the Internet. Sometimes the best answer — the only defensible one — is to say we just don’t know yet.via Vicelast_img read more

20 believe they will never be able to retire

first_imgOne-fifth (20%) of employee respondents believe they will never be able to retire due to poor financial planning, according to research by Wealth Wizards.Its Working late: pension savings and delayed retirement report, which surveyed 500 employers and 1,000 UK employees aged between 18 and 65, also found that 86% of employee respondents want to retire at or before age 65, however only 37% of respondents feel this is financially feasible.The research also found:45% of employee respondents aged between 18 and 34 are concerned about their lack of pension savings, and 56% of overall employee respondents wish they had contributed more to their pension pot when they were younger.45% of employer respondents would embrace employees who wished to work into their eighties.49% of employee respondents over 55-years-old think their employers should be doing more to guarantee their financial stability in retirement, compared to 59% of employee respondents aged between 18 and 34.24% of employee respondents are offered financial education by their employer.17% of employer respondents match employee pension contributions to between 1-3% and 24% match beyond 3%.27% of employer respondents think that having a greater number of older employees in their workforce will boost productivity, and 15% feel that an ageing employee base will impact productivity.44% of employer respondents prefer to hire older individuals compared to younger individuals, and 16% do not think having a preference for older staff will cause there to be fewer positions for younger employees.58% of employer respondents believe that hiring more older staff at the expense of giving younger employees their first foot on the career ladder should be seen as a significant concern.Phil Blows (pictured), director at Wealth Wizards, said: “The reality is that two-thirds of the working population will be unable to retire at 65 due to insufficient pension savings. The UK is already faced with an ageing workforce where [employees] aged over 64 have doubled in the past 20 years. It is important that employers and the government work together to ensure employees are provided with cost-effective and accessible advice and support to help them plan for retirement.“The good news is that it’s not too late for people to benefit from professional expert advice in order to alleviate their stress and concerns around their financial future. The key for employees is to act now and explore potential advice solutions with employers.”last_img read more

7yearold struck by hitandrun driver in Miami released from hospital

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A young boy returned home from the hospital after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Miami.It happened Monday night along Northwest Sixth Court between 69th and 71st Street.Officials said 7-year-old Jalen Smith was playing in the street with his friends when he was struck by a car.While the boy is happy to be home, he did have some words for the person who left him bruised up on the road.“You should turn yourself in,” he told 7News.Police are searching for a newer model Chevy Impala or Malibu with tinted windows.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

Mannan blames bureaucratic negligence in reporting BB vault gold

first_imgState minister for finance and planning ministry MA Mannan. Prothom Alo File PhotoDenying reports of adulteration of gold in Bangladesh Bank vault, state minister for finance and planning MA Mannan on Wednesday insisted that the gold kept there has not been changed.He, however, said the government will review the whole security system of the central bank’s vault for ensuring its foolproof protection, according to BSS.The state minister came up with the reactions at a briefing after a meeting with top officials of the country’s central bank and the National Board of Revenue (NBR) at the secretariat.Mannan was quoted to said that taking stock of the situation, he will report to the finance minster, AMA Muhith, once he returns home from New York.“An investigation or review committee is likely to be formed to this end for further strengthening the system,” the state minister said.Still, he blamed bureaucratic negligence in preparing the report which showed discrepancies in measurement of gold. “Authorities of the Bangladesh Bank and the NBR assured me that nothing has happened to the gold,” he claimed.Denying the report on gold scam, the state minister said, “The report is not entirely true as the number 40 in Bangla was mistakenly tipped as 80 in English due to having similarity of numbers 4 and 8. Because of the clerical mistake, the purity of the gold was recorded 80 percent instead of 40.”Asked about whether the people who were involved with the incident will be brought to book, the state minister said, “We will meet together after reviewing the whole matter. Then we will brief the senior minister [finance minister AMA Muhith], who is now travelling abroad, of the matter.”Bangladesh Bank governor Fazle Kabir, secretary of the financial institutions division at the finance ministry Yunusur Rahman, customs intelligence and investigation directorate’s director general Md Sahidul Islam and NBR member Kalipada Haldar were present at the meeting.On Tuesday in a press conference, the Bangladesh Bank authorities come up with the same comments, as they termed the discrepancies in gold measurement at the BB vault a ‘clerical mistake’.A Prothom Alo report titled ‘Gold in BB vault adulterated’, said the customs intelligence and investigation directorate of the National Board of Revenue dug out serious discrepancies in gold management, as the investigators examined 963 kg of gold out of huge quantity kept at the central bank’s vault, on the basis of random sampling.According to an investigation report of the directorate, gold weighing almost 1,000 kilograms kept in Bangladesh Bank’s vault has been adulterated.A gold disc and ring weighing 3.3 kg deposited with the BB vault two years ago was later found to be alloy of metals, the customs report added.The report also said the 22-carat gold has turned into 18-carat gold as other metals were mixed with it after the central bank received gold discs and rings over a period of time.last_img read more

MoviePass Limiting Subscribers to Three Movies Per Month

first_imgDarron Cummings/APCassie Langdon holds her MoviePass card outside AMC Indianapolis 17 theatre in Indianapolis on Jan. 30. MoviePass, the discount service for movie tickets, announced it will not be raising prices but will be capping theater visits at three per month.Movie theater subscription service MoviePass will not be raising prices, as it had announced last week, but will instead be capping the number of times that subscribers can visit movie theaters.For $9.95 per month, MoviePass subscribers used to be able to see a movie in theaters every day, if they so chose. Beginning on August 15, the service will instead provide three movies per month.The change replaces a previously announced plan to raise prices to $14.95 a month. The beleaguered movie theater subscription company is also canceling two other recent changes — “peak pricing” surcharges for popular movies and a ticket verification process — that were intended to stop the company from bleeding money.Capping movie visits at three per month is a dramatic shift from the company’s original promise, but MoviePass says most subscribers won’t actually be affected.“Because only 15 percent of MoviePass members see four or more movies a month, we expect that the new subscription model will have no impact whatsoever on over 85 percent of our subscribers,” the company said on Monday.MoviePass, which generally pays movie theaters full price for each ticket while only charging users their subscription fee, has been struggling financially in recent months. “Struggling financially” is a bit of euphemism, actually. Last month MoviePass simply ran out of money, requiring an emergency $5 million loan to even remain in service.The company’s financial flailing has hurt stock prices and hit home for users: some showtimes have been unavailable, often without explanation.The company apologized to users, and in a press release its parent company described the current situation as a “rough patch.”Meanwhile, AMC Theaters has introduced a subscription program of its own to compete with MoviePass, albeit at a higher price point with fewer theaters available.MoviePass has existed for years, but it used to be a little-known, significantly more expensive program. The company slashed its prices almost a year ago — allowing subscribers to see a movie in theaters every day for less than the typical cost of a single ticket in many cities — and its popularity skyrocketed.Now, more than 3 million people subscribe to MoviePass. But the question has been asked again and again: Is it the deal just too good to be true?MoviePass argues that with its detailed data on users’ movie-going habits, its platform can be a powerful marketing tool, particularly for smaller films. Therefore, the company maintains, it can build partnerships with studios to promote their movies and ultimately make money.“I find it really fascinating that people believe that since you’re losing so much money, you don’t have a long-term business model,” MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told NPR’s Michel Martin last month. “Amazon lost money for 20 years. Netflix still loses money. And so this is the way you build a big company.”And eventually, Lowe says, the company aims to break even on its subscription service — and stop losing money.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more