Sushil demands all-party panel probe for ‘soil purchase scam’

first_imgSenior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday urged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to set up an all-party committee to probe the ‘soil purchase scam’ in which, he alleged, minister Tej Pratap Yadav was involved.“Since the RJD supremo is open to probe by any agency, the Chief Minister should set up an all-party committee to probe the alleged ‘soil purchase scam’ without any delay,” Modi said in a statement.Mr. Modi on Tuesday charged Environment and Forest Minister Tej Pratap Yadav of RJD with giving contract of ₹90 lakh to a company for earth filling work in Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park or Patna zoo without tender and demanded his ouster from the cabinet.While Mr. Yadav threatened to file defamation case against Mr. Modi, his father RJD chief Lalu Prasad said his family was ready to face investigation by any agency.All documents related to the alleged scam should be sealed as those papers might be tampered with by the accused, Mr. Modi said.On the zoo authorities’ contention that the soil purchased for the work was not bought from the under-construction mall owned by the RJD supremo’s family as claimed by Mr. Modi, the BJP leader asked for testing of the soils from both the spots to ascertain whether it was same or not.Mr. Modi alleged that RJD chief Lalu Prasad had a habit of brushing aside scams that took place during the RJD rule including fodder scam in which Prasad was convicted four years ago.last_img read more

Jazz center Rudy Gobert out 4 weeks with leg injury

first_imgArchers shoot down Eagles CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert grabs his knee after being injured in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will be out for the next month with an injured right leg.The 7-foot-1 defensive player of the year candidate on Saturday had an MRI that revealed a bruised lower leg. Gobert was injured Friday when Heat guard Dion Waiters crashed into his leg, causing Gobert’s knee to buckle. The Frenchman did not play Saturday against the Nets, and the Jazz said he’ll be re-evaluated in four weeks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gobert initially called it a dirty play but took a softer stance afterward. Waiters was going after a loose ball, then dove awkwardly into Gobert’s leg.The 2016-17 second team All-NBA center is averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Derrick Favors started at center Saturday and scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Del Potro stuns Federer at US Open

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The 28-year-old will once again face world number one Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday, a stunning achievement for a man who had saved two match points to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, hits a backhand to Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in New York. APJuan Martin del Potro sensationally gatecrashed the US Open again on Wednesday, stunning five-champion Roger Federer and shattering hopes of a first New York showdown between the Swiss legend and Rafael Nadal.The Argentine giant, who won his only Grand Slam title in the city in 2009 by beating Federer in the final after seeing off Nadal in the semis, triumphed 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 in front of a spellbound Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Mayweather-McGregor ticket sales fall short of record Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Los Blancos humiliated at Seville with a 3 goal defeat

first_imgAdvertisementIt wasn’t a good day for the title contenders in the La Liga as UCL Champions Real Madrid slumped to an utterly embarrassing loss to Sevilla by 3 goals to nil after a poor performance by the Galacticos. Sevilla scored 3 goals in the first half itself and the shock was something Real could never recover for the remainder of the match.Andre Sliva hit Los Blancos like a battering ram with two quickfire goals in the 17th and the 21st minute. The first chance was created by a low cross from the right straight into the path of the Portuguese who finished it off with relative ease while the second chance was an open goal as far as Silva was concerned, with the ball rebounding off of Cortuois’ gloves from an earlier attempt.Wissam Ben Yedder ended any comeback hopes with a third goal in the 38th minute as the ball was scooped up over the Real defence with incredible accuracy onto the foot of the Frenchman, with Ben Yedder nudging it past the keeper into the back of the net.Questions were asked at the beginning of the season whther Real would be the same without Ronaldo and Zidane, and Sevilla was a big test in that respect which the Galacticos failed. With the Madrid derby coming up, Lopategi and his players will be under the microscope of the critucs especially after this most humiliating result.Watch the match highlights here :Read also :Germany win the right to host Euro 2024Leganes shock Barcelona in their first ever win over the Catalans Advertisementlast_img read more

WATCH: Virat Kohli finally finds a training partner. It’s a dog

first_imgAs India get closer to playing their historic 500th Test match, Virat Kohli is leaving no stone unturned to stay fit for the upcoming gruelling series against New Zealand, starting September 22. (India set to play 500th Test, Tendulkar has played 200 of them)Kohli, who has taken Indian cricket’s fitness levels to another level, has been training hard every day en route to become the “best athlete” in the world. (WATCH: Virat Kohli gears up for New Zealand Tests)Kohli posted a new video on his Instagram account where his “buddy” Bruno, a beagle, is seen ready to join him on the training session.In the last couple of years, the 27-year-old Kohli has worked hard on his fitness and the results are quite visible.Kohli will lead India in a three-match Test series against New Zealand. India will also play five ODIs against the Kiwis, with MS Dhoni in charge. Kohli will play his first ODI since Australia series in January when India take on the Black Caps next month. (Hair-raising battle between Indian cricket captains)The superstar batsman, who has over 7 million followers on popular social networking site Instagram, has been on a spree posting a series of videos and photos where he is seen doing a wide variety of activities such as high-intensity training for the upcoming Test season in India and getting a new haircut. (Virat Kohli achieves new landmark ahead of New Zealand Test series)advertisementKohli has been in supreme form this year scoring a record 973 runs in the IPL, including four centuries. Kohli also became the first Indian Test captain to hit a double hundred overseas when he struck 200 against the West Indies last month.last_img read more

Image of the Day: Razor-Sharp X-BOW

first_imgWell this is a sight we don’t have a chance of seeing too often. The image shows an offshore construction vessel (OCV), featuring Ulstein’s X-BOW design, taking shape at Ulstein Verft.On the wide angle view, the OCV vessel is seen flaunting its fresh paint job.The vessel, currently known as hull number Yno 302, is being built for Island Offshore/Edison Chouest Offshore.The X-BOW® hull line design concept with the inverted bow was launched in 2005.KEY BENEFITS:The bow shape reduces pitch/heave accelerations and speed loss in waves, which renders higher transit speed or reduced power consumption possible. This improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions to air.The bow shape eliminates slamming and bow impact, thereby reducing noise and vibration. This leads to a more comfortable workplace and more effective rest time for the crew. The bow shape gives a soft entry in waves, thus reducing spray and icing. The likelihood of extreme weather damage to the forebody is reduced.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Ulstein Grouplast_img read more

Proposed public art installation sparks debate in Victoria

first_imgVICTORIA – A new public art installation proposed for Victoria has sparked debate over the merit and interpretation of city-funded artwork.British Columbia artist Luke Ramsey defended the inspiration and design of the sculpture that incorporates a series of colourful surfboard-type arches mimicking the silhouette of an orca at city council last week.The $250,000 sculpture compliments an interactive sound element of First Nations drumming and singing created by the city’s Indigenous artist-in-residence Lindsay Delaronde.The art will be installed near the city’s downtown waterfront, and Councillor Ben Isitt questioned the simplicity of the sculpture and its ability to reflect the Indigenous history of the land.“Just when I look at the art, it … doesn’t feel like there’s a recognition of the local Indigenous context,” Isitt said. “Our artist in residence has done great work on a number of projects and I’m not convinced this meets the mark, but I’m open to being convinced.”Other councillors advocated adding a plaque to explain the meaning behind the artwork.“Just to look at it, I couldn’t relate to it as well as when the artist in residence described it and once it was described it brought on a different meaning,” said Charlayne Thornton-Joe.Ramsey said the sculpture is not intended to be an Indigenous artwork but a creation of his own reflecting the natural environment surrounding the bustling coastal city and the vessels, such as paddle boards, people use to connect with the water.“For me it’s about exploring simplicity in art and trying to convey something that has a meaning and a definition to it,” he said. “To me this is paying reverence to nature and showing this creature that is coming up in an area that is full of a lot of transportation and activity. This is not necessarily a site that you go to but it goes with you it moves with the activity around it.”The art installation is part of a larger landscaping project for the waterfront sparked by the construction of a new bridge that is slated to be completed in March.While the elements of the artwork were debated, Councillor Marianne Alto said it’s not up to the city to determine or define what is Indigenous art.“I want to caution us to remember that the context in which we’re speaking here is around art,” she said. “We need to be cautious about relying on our own interpretation of what reflects Indigenous art and Indigenous history and Indigenous currency.”She said the fact that Delaronde and other Indigenous people on the city’s public arts committee weighed in on the project ensured diverse perspectives were considered.“I want us to make sure we are not imposing our own expectations and interpretations on what is Indigenous by assuming that this is not sufficient or that we need to add another layer,” she said.The design was ultimately approved by council and that element of the landscaping project is expected to be completed in 2018.last_img read more

Didnt hear tickling complaints about former NDP minister former chief of staff

first_imgWINNIPEG – A chief of staff to former Manitoba premier Greg Selinger denied accusations Friday that he didn’t address complaints from two government workers who say they were groped and tickled by a longtime NDP cabinet minister.Michael Balagus said he was never told about the formal complaints by the two women who said they were sexually harassed by Stan Struthers in 2010 and 2011.“At no time did (communications director) Jay Branch or any other supervisor bring to my attention the appalling actions involving Stan Struthers,” Balagus wrote in an emailed statement.“As the chief of staff at the time of these incidents I deeply regret that their experience was not properly recognized or dealt with.”Balagus declined to be interviewed. Friday afternoon, Balagus was removed from his current role as chief of staff to Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.“I was shocked to hear of women accusing my chief of staff of not taking their concerns seriously while he was working at the Manitoba legislature,” Horwath said in a written statement.“He’ll be on a leave of absence until I can determine whether or not it’s appropriate for him to continue on our team.”Several women have come forward this week to say Struthers, a NDP cabinet minister from 2003 to 2014, tickled them, groped them or made sexual remarks.Shannon VanRaes, who worked with Struthers, said she was on a flight with him when he asked if she liked being tickled. VanRaes said she said no, but Struthers put his hand under her skirt and later made sexual comments.Joelle Saltel-Allard said Struthers used to touch her when she was his press secretary and one time put his hand on her knee and talked about sex acts he would enjoy.Both women say they lodged a complaint with Branch and were told he took the matters to Balagus. Both say they were later informed they would have to develop thicker skin and put up with Struthers’ behaviour.Numerous attempts to reach Branch, who worked as a journalist for The Canadian Press more than a decade ago, were unsuccessful.Saltel-Allard says she continues to believe Branch took her complaint to Balagus.“I’m terribly disappointed with the statement that Balagus didn’t receive the complaint,” Saltel-Allard wrote in a message. “I stand by my director and I believe that he relayed the information.”VanRaes said that when she met with Balagus just before leaving her job, she mentioned Struthers was one of the reasons she was resigning.“I said no one had dealt with Stan Struthers and when I said that, I took (Balagus) to understand what I meant,” VanRaes said Friday.“Balagus didn’t ask any followup questions. He seemed to understand what I was referring to.”Struthers has rejected interview requests and issued an apologetic written statement Thursday.“I apologize for any interactions I have had that have been inappropriate and that have caused any person to feel disrespected or uncomfortable,” he wrote. “My intention was never to treat women as anything other than equal and respected.”Struthers was first elected to the legislature in 1995 and held various cabinet portfolios that included conservation, agriculture, finance and municipal government. He did not run for re-election in 2016.Another government communications worker, Julie Kentner, came forward Friday to say Struthers tickled her during a meeting in 2013 while they were discussing a document.“I was sitting at a table with him in his office, side by side … when he reached over and tickled me,” Kentner said.Kentner said she told her supervisors and said they took her seriously, but she later decided not to pursue the matter formally.“At the time, at the place, it just wasn’t kind of worth the time — which is kind of a really sad thing to say, actually.”last_img read more

Investors see shine in gold amid rising tensions between US and North

TORONTO — Investors flocked to gold Wednesday against the backdrop of rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, offsetting some of the broad-based declines on the commodity-heavy Toronto stock index.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 39.02 points to 15,217.33, with most sectors finishing in the red while bullion stocks surged nearly 1.9 per cent.The December gold contract was ahead US$16.70 to US$1,279.30 an ounce. The precious metal is usually seen as a safe port in times of geopolitical uncertainty.“The fear trade, which is the gold trade, has helped buoy the Toronto Stock Exchange,” said Allan Small, a senior investment advisor at Holliswealth.“When there’s fear in the world, if there’s some sort of pending or possible negative event, people buy gold.”Some investors are on edge after U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea of “fire and fury.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later insisted the U.S. isn’t signalling it’s about to mete out a military response despite threats from North Korea suggesting it could attack Guam, a U.S. island territory in the Pacific.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 36.64 points to 22,048.70, the S&P 500 index inched down 0.90 of a point to 2,474.02 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 18.13 points to 6,352.33.Small attributed a large part of the Dow’s decline to disappointing earnings from Disney after the media giant reported a weak quarter, said it would pull its movies from Netflix and start two of its own video streaming services. The company’s stock (NYSE:DIS) dropped $4.15, or 3.88 per cent, to US$102.83.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.71 cents US, down 0.20 of a U.S. cent. That marks the sixth straight trading day of declines for the loonie against a strengthening greenback.Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract was up 39 cents to US$49.56 per barrel, September natural gas advanced six cents at US$2.88 per mmBTU and the September copper contract declined two cents at US$2.93 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

UN agency welcomes closure of squalid Jalozai Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan

The final convoy of Afghans left the Jalozai refugee camp in Pakistan today, marking the close of the notoriously squalid site – a move that was immediately hailed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“For much of the past year, Jalozai was tragic and visible evidence of the miserable plight of Afghans fleeing decades of war, abuse, drought, and deprivation,” High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said, referring to the camp where up to 80,000 lived and many died. “Jalozai’s very existence was a sad reminder of the international community’s neglect of the Afghan situation prior to the events of September 11,” he said in a statement released at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. Senior Pakistani officials as well UN representatives were on hand today as the last buses pulled out of the camp, ferrying 1,570 refugees to three recently opened camps – Barkili, Shalman, and Asgharo – near the border with Afghanistan.More than 190,000 Afghans are currently housed in the new camps, where they can receive proper medical care and adequate food and shelter. The agency says the new sites can handle up to 250,000 people and that it will continue to relocate those refugees that request it into the camps.Jalozai first became a “precarious and unhealthy” home to tens of thousands of Afghans in late 2000, according to UNHCR. Crude shelters, made of canvas and plastic, were often flooded when it rained. The Pakistani government, already hosting more than 2 million refugees largely forgotten by the international community, was reluctant to officially recognize the new arrivals, the agency said. Many died, especially children, as relief workers struggled to provide minimum health and other services.“For the people who have spent the last 12 months in Jalozai, I think this has been a very bitter experience,” said UNHCR senior emergency officer Mohammed Adar. “They have lost quite a number of children there, and I would think that anybody who has been in the camp would wish that it had been closed a long time ago.”High Commissioner Lubbers, who visited the Jalozai camp last spring and made its closing a key priority of his first year in office, said Tuesday that “by finally emptying it today, we are demonstrating the international community’s renewed commitment to help end the suffering of the Afghan people.” read more

UN condemns killing of 2 aid workers in Afghanistan

A spokesman for Jean Arnault, the Special Representative of Secretary General Kofi Annan and the chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said, “Violence against aid workers is unacceptable and [Mr. Arnault] vigorously condemns this attack.” The two victims were Afghan workers for the Catholic relief agency Malteser, an implementing partner of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Emal Abdul Samad, a driver, and Mohammad Idrees Sadiq, a field officer, were travelling on the road from Zurmat to Gardez yesterday afternoon when their unmarked taxi came under fire. According to Mohammad Nader Farhad, a spokesman for UNHCR in Kabul, Mr. Sadiq was killed instantly while Mr. Samad was airlifted to Bagram Hospital, where he was treated for heavy injury before succumbing to his wounds. UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said Mr. Arnault expressed his deep condolences to the families and friends of the two Malteser staffers and that “he shares his solidarity” with the German non-governmental organization (NGO). Mr. Farhad said Malteser – which provides vocational training, cash for work projects and income generation activities in refugee return areas – has suspended all operations in the southeast and central regions of Afghanistan to review the situation. UNHCR Gardez, meanwhile, has also suspended all movements in the southeast until further notice. “We are extremely concerned by the repeated security incidents involving aid workers and the increasingly shrinking humanitarian space,” he said. read more

Ohio State baseball wins 3 in UCF Tournament

Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter ending their last trip to Florida on a two game losing skid, Ohio State’s baseball team made sure to end their second trip on a much higher note.The Buckeyes sent three opponents packing in Orlando, Fla., this weekend at the UCF Baseball Tournament, defeating Central Florida, The Citadel and Oklahoma.“It’s huge to get the sweep and finish the weekend,” coach Greg Beals said. “We didn’t finish last weekend the way we wanted to so it was big to make a statement against three good opponents.”Against the Sooners on Sunday, freshman pitcher Zach Farmer started his second game for the Buckeyes and bounced back nicely after getting roughed up a bit last weekend.After giving up one run in the first, Farmer settled down going 5.1 innings and only allowing two hits.The Buckeyes scored three of their six runs in the fourth inning with junior outfielder Pat Porter driving in two runs and scoring the third on a wild pitch.The teams traded runs for the remainder of the game, with OSU coming out on top 6-3 after a two run eighth inning.Saturday’s game versus The Citadel was a matchup of lefties as the Buckeyes’ junior Ryan Riga took the mound against the Bulldogs’ junior James Reeves. The start was delayed three and a half hours because of heavy rain.Although The Citadel took the lead in the first inning, OSU used a four run second inning to pull itself back into the lead after RBIs from senior outfielder Tim Wetzel, sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn and two from Porter.The Citadel tied things up in the fifth inning setting the stage for freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson.Dawson came to the plate with three men on base in the bottom of the ninth and no men out. His single to left field was enough for Kuhn to score from third, winning the game for OSU, 5-4.Kuhn said winning the first two games of the weekend was a confidence booster for the Buckeyes.“I think we gained a lot of momentum from the first two games. Just real exciting games and late finishers.” Kuhn said. “We came out on top (this weekend) and I think those first two games meant a lot.”Even though the Buckeyes won Friday’s matchup against Central Florida by six runs, the game wasn’t a blowout as the score line suggests.If not for two runs in the top of the ninth inning, OSU would have come away with a loss, but a two run single from Wetzel sent the game to extra innings, with the teams tied 3-3.After neither team scored in the 10th, 11th or 12th innings, the Buckeyes scored six in the 13th, and held Central Florida scoreless for the 9-3 victory.“The whole weekend, we grinded.” Porter said. “We never gave up. We trusted our pitchers and trusted our hitters to get it done.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play Friday in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. read more

Football Ohio State and Washington use Rose Bowl as own playoff game

University of Washington head coach Chris Peterson and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer shake hands prior to a press conference at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLOS ANGELES — Two years ago, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Washington’s Chris Petersen had something in common: both were head coaches of College Football Playoff teams. By the time 2016 turned into 2017, both coaches were going home after losing in the playoff semifinals, leading to the second-consecutive national championship game between Alabama and Clemson. Two years later, both coaches were in the same boat again, representing their respective conferences in the Rose Bowl, the historic bowl game initially meant to match up the conference champion from the Big Ten and the conference champion from the Pac-12. For the second straight season, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have had to hold their own playoff game — the 2017 Cotton Bowl between Ohio State and USC and this season’s Rose Bowl.Neither conference has been represented in the College Football Playoff since both the Buckeyes and the Huskies were eliminated in the 2016 semifinal. As practice continued in preparation for the game, Ohio State players took time to watch the games they aspired to be in: the College Football Playoff semifinals. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins said he watched the first half of the Notre Dame/Clemson game and then turned it off. Junior safety Jordan Fuller said he watched bits and pieces of both games, but not every minute. Fuller said, with being left on the outside for the second straight season, it was hard to watch. “It kind of killed us, but we can’t blame them for leaving us out,” Fuller said. “I think if we were in there, it would have looked a little different.” But Meyer believes playoff spots are not determined entirely by a committee. It’s up to what the players do on the field, an idea he said permeates throughout his program. “It’s very simple,” Meyer said. “You want to get to the playoff, don’t lose a game.” The Ohio State head coach said the committee had a difficult decision to make each time his team was on the bubble, and that there are problems with inconsistencies of schedule strength and league schedules. But this is not something he has not mentioned to his players. It’s not something the members of the committee room, including Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, has asked his opinion about in the room. Meyer continued to say that the playoff is always up to his team, mentioning the two bad losses that seemingly kept his team at arm’s length from a spot — a 55-24 road loss to unranked Iowa in 2017 and a 49-20 road loss to unranked Purdue in 2018. This is something Petersen dealt with when he was the head coach at Boise State prior to the start of the playoff system, saying that if his team did not lose, took take care of its own business, it was going to work out in his favor. But Petersen said that is a hard thing to accomplish and that those teams that do should be rewarded. “To have the kids having their A game every Saturday is really hard to do in the competitive environment that we all play in,” Petersen said. “And for those teams that can do it, then they need to go to that playoff.” Haskins will not hide the fact that he thinks Ohio State deserved a shot either in the Orange Bowl or the Cotton Bowl this season. But as he watched the game, he was not thinking of what could have been. He used it more as a rallying cry. “I thought we should have been in it, but take it out on Washington,” Haskins said. read more

Fighting fires is bad for the heart new study finds exposure to

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A heart attack is the leading cause of death for on-duty firefighters and they tend to suffer cardiac arrests at a younger age than the general population.In the US, around 45% of on-duty deaths each year among firefighters are due heart issues, and researchers at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Edinburgh University believe the situation in the UK is comparable, although they did not know the cause.They attended on two occasions, at least one week apart, and either performed a mock rescue from a two-storey building for 20 minutes or undertook light duties, in the case of the control group, for 20 minutes.The firefighters wore heart monitors that continuously assessed their heart rate and its electrical activity.Blood samples were also taken before and after, including measurement of a protein called troponin that is released from the heart muscle when it is damaged.Those taking part in the rescue had core body temperatures that rose by 1C and stayed that way for three or four hours.There was also some weight loss among this group, while their blood vessels also failed to relax in response to medication.Their blood became “stickier” and was more than 66% more likely to form potentially harmful clots than the blood of people in the control group.Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, said: “Firefighters routinely risk their lives to save members of the public. The least we can do is make sure we are protecting their hearts during the course of their duties.” Firefighters put themselves at greater risk of having fatal heart attacks because prolonged exposure to heat can make their blood clot, a pioneering new study has found.Physical analysis of 19 firefighters in Scotland also found that tackling blazes put a strain on their hearts and worsened the functioning of their blood vessels.Previous work has shown that firefighters have the highest risk of heart attack of all the emergency services.last_img read more

Tom Watson was a patsy for fake news the child abuse inquiry

The IICSA hearings were set up in the wake of Mr Watson’s claims in the House of Commons on 24 October 2012 that there was a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10”.The claims led to the launch of the Met’s £2 million Operation Midland, which traduced the reputations of a string of high profile politicians and public figures.Scotland Yard eventually paid £100,000 compensation to Lord Bramall, the former head of the army, and Lady Brittan the widow of the former Home Secretary.A 51-year-old man is currently awaiting trial after being charged with perverting the course of justice and fraud in connection with the allegations. Former Met Commissioner Lord Hogan Howe was in charge of Scotland Yard when the inquiry was launched Harvey Proctor was falsely accused of appalling offences Credit:Paul Grover Former Met Commissioner Lord Hogan Howe was in charge of Scotland Yard when the inquiry was launchedCredit:Paul Grover “We have now had three weeks of hearings, with evidence from politicians, police, MI6, public servants and others. Where has this left us? Behind the smoke, there is no credible evidence to support any allegation against Harvey Proctor.”Mr Wagner called on the inquiry to publicly exonerate Mr Proctor of any wrongdoing saying it had a moral duty to do so.He told the panel, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay: “Harvey Proctor has faced the most hideous allegations imaginable – of child abuse and child murder. He was treated as guilty until proven innocent.”The Metropolitan Police gave the press enough information to identify him and then said, publicly without corroboration or proper investigation, that the incredible and false allegations against him were ‘credible and true’.” Adam Wagner told the inquiry: “We opened by saying that sometimes there is smoke without fire. In the case of the hideous allegations against Harvey Proctor, there never was a fire. There was, instead, a belching smoke machine. “Instead, a small group of self- promoting politicians, including Zac Goldsmith, John Mann, Simon Danczuk and led by Tom Watson, amplified the allegations and used their considerable political clout to give them status and believability. Mr Watson became a vehicle for conspiracy theorists and a patsy for fake news.” A paedophile ring was rumoured to have been operating in Dolphin Square Labour politician, Tom Watson, became a “vehicle for conspiracy theorists” and a “patsy for fake news” when he told parliament there was a VIP paedophile ring at the heart of Westminster, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been told.The current deputy leader of the Labour Party helped spark a huge inquiry into the alleged scandal when he made the claims during Prime Minister’s Question Time, in October 2012.His allegations led to a series of flawed police investigations and resulted in the reputation of a string of high profile politicians and public figures being dragged through the mud.The Government also set up the £100 million IICSA public inquiry to investigate claims of historic child abuse at a range of public institutions.But in a closing statement to the Westminster strand of the investigation, a lawyer for former Tory MP, Harvey Proctor, who was one of those falsely accused, said it was now clear “there is no evidence of a Westminster paedophile network”. Harvey Proctor was falsely accused of appalling offences  He said the police, some disreputable parts of the media and senior politicians all played a part in giving credence to false and malicious allegations that had been made against prominent figures.He told the panel: “Regrettably, in the moral panic which ensued after Jimmy Saville’s crimes came to light, malicious conspiracy theories against Harvey Proctor and others were given far more credence than they deserve.”Mr Wagner went on: “The allegations were so incredible that any reasonable person would at the least have treated them with extreme caution. A paedophile ring was rumoured to have been operating in Dolphin Square Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Cute as foxes TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets

first_img By Christina Finn ‘Cute as foxes’: TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets with the Fine Gael logo Meath TD Shane Cassells said there are serious ethical issues with the department retweeting Fine Gael messages. 21,557 Views Feb 28th 2019, 1:17 PM Share41 Tweet Email3 Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 1:17 PM THE SECRETARY GENERAL of the Department of Housing was quizzed today by a Fianna Fáil TD about why the department was retweeting tweets which display the Fine Gael party logo.Meath West TD Shane Cassells said that last week, the housing department retweeted Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy’s tweet about the Rebuilding Ireland 2018 figures. The tweet, sent last Wednesday, displayed an image stating that 2,993 social houses were delivered last year. The target for delivery was actually missed by 4% last year. There has been much debate about the figures today at the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, with some TDs criticising the low-level of local authority new-builds in 2018. A Fine Gael logo is clearly visible on the bottom right-hand corner of the image.Cassells said he was very concerned about the “buying of news” with such images, stating that similar concerns were raised last year with the Taoiseach’s Strategic Communications Unit, which was forced to disband. He asked the Secretary General John McCarthy if there was a department policy about tweeting party political messages, stating that the housing department is part of the civil service and should not be affiliating itself with such messages and logos.  McCarthy said that it would be common across most departments to retweet the line minister as they carry out their ministerial duties.He pointed out that Minister Murphy does not hold two Twitter accounts – one for his party work and one for his departmental work. When there appeared to be some laughter about the issue, Cassells intervened, stating: “This is not funny.” Secretary General of the Housing Department, John McCarthy. Source: Oireactas.ieThe secretary general said he was “not trivialising it”, adding that there are strict social media guidelines in place about such matters. Cassells said he had a “real problem” with departments tweeting Fine Gael messages, adding that “marketing and media matters”. He said Fine Gael is trying to “penetrate a message with an image” adding that they are “cute as foxes” and trying to get a certain message out there. He said the department retweeting such a message brings up “major ethical issues”. The secretary general committed to look into the matter.  36 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4517489 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Black Cat Celebrates International Cat Day

first_imgToday, August 8th, is International Cat Day. This day was started in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to help raise awareness of animal welfare issues. It’s also a great excuse to share pics of cats on the internet!That’s why today we’re going to share some fan art of the coolest cat in town, Black Cat. Black Cat aka was introduced over the course of Amazing Spider-Man #194 and #194 by Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard. Her father, Walter Hardy, was a cat burglar and she decided she wanted to follow in his footsteps. From there, Black Cat would have on again/off again interest in Spider-Man, but not Peter Parker. In fact, eventually finding out that Peter was Spider-Man was a big disappointment to her. Over the years Black Cat would go from adversary to anti-hero. She’d patrol with Spider-Man one day, and try to start a crime syndicate the next. She’d work solo, or team up with Heroes For Hire. In the early days, Felicia Hardy was a victim of the old tired tropes that female comic characters often faced. She was a victim of abuse from an ex-boyfriend that led her to push herself to be stronger; she wanted to break up with Spider-Man because she felt like she was hurting him too much, and more. While all of those elements haven’t aged as well, the character herself has evolved into so much more, and we can all be happy about that!My introduction to Black Cat like many 90’s kids was through Spider-Man: The Animated Series. In that version of Spider-Man, Felicia Hardy was an important character early on, replacing Gwen Stacy in the Mary Jane and Peter Parker love triangle. It was all very Betty and Veronica. By the time Felicia Hardy becomes Black Cat, it’s season four of the series, and we really care about Felicia Hardy as a character. She ends up being manipulated by Kingpin into getting super powers in a somewhat similar way to the comics. In the comics, however, she was Black Cat before getting powers and after they were removed by Dr. Strange.So go out and celebrate International Cat Day! Go through your Spider-Man back issues, check out some great Black Cat fan art, or watch Spider-Man: The Animated Series on Hulu. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.View as: One Page Slides1. Bob Q2. Petr Bohacek3. Art Thibert4. Haley S5. Dima Ivanov6. Gabriel Hardman7. Paul Renaud8. Lyfaye9. Bnie10. Humberto Ramos11. CJ Rasmussen12. Adi Granov13. Mike McKone14. Yester Dey15. Brenden Swan16. Brian McCarrie17. Sean Patty18. Lucas M19. Elena L20. David Serretlast_img read more

The Best in SciFi Books This Week 91418

first_imgThe other Le Guin novella dropping this week is The Beginning Place, is more of a fantasy that has drawn literary comparisons to Narnia and Wonderland. It is the tale of two young people from our world who independently stumble upon a doorway to a magical land called Tembreabrezi at different points in their lives. Together they must push past jealousy, doubt, and danger to work together to save their found families.ImpostersImposters, from author Scott Westerfeld, delivers a new saga set in the universe of the Uglies. Two identical twins — Frey and Rafi – live lives of opposites. While Rafi was raised by their powerful father to be a perfect child, Frey was consigned to a life of blood and sacrifice. A body double to her sister, Frey’s only goal in life is to sacrifice herself in place of her sister should their father’s enemies come looking. But how long can Frey keep up the charade when she’s sent in Rafi’s place as collateral?State TectonicsThe final novel in Campbell Award-finalist Malka’s Older’s cyberpunk world, State Tectonics takes place five years after the events of Infomocracy. From the press release: “Unknown enemies are attacking Information’s network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information’s best agents question whether the data monopoly they’ve served all their lives is worth saving, or whether it’s time to burn the world down and start anew.”NEWSOver at Newsweek, writers Carl Wears and James Paz take a journey down the proto-origins of science fiction. From the 12th century comes the tale of the “Children of Woolpit” who appeared as green aliens. The article briefly examines how technology of the Middle Ages — from gunpowder to the mechanical clock — affected the stories being written. As more manuscripts come to light, the history of science-fiction is being augmented by its past.A.Human is a art exhibit currently on display in New York City. The concept behind the project is to imagine a future where humanity can change their bodies as easily as they now change their clothes. The Verge took a tour and returned with plenty of (occasionally disturbing) photographs.ENTERTAINMENT BUZZAfter a lackluster film attempt in 2007, Philip Pullman’s seminal classic His Dark Materials rises again. Deadline reports that HBO has partnered with the BBC to bring two eight-episode seasons of the show to life.While not based on a novel, keep your eye out for the upcoming film Captive State from director Rupert Wyatt. The science-fiction thriller is set in Chicago almost ten years after an alien invasion. With the tagline “No crime. No poverty. No unemployment. The state of our union is strong.” you know you’re in for some searing socio-political commentary.FURTHER READINGBoingBoing has an interesting essay this week entitled “This Is The Golden Age Of Chinese Science-Fiction.” Cory Doctorow pulls from the South China Morning Post to talk about how the boom in sci-fi exports from China coincides with that country’s high-tech revolution being tied closely to the human rights violations that make the world’ high-tech lifestyle possible.Over at Tor, Martin Cahill’s “Outside The Lines: Unique Narrative Devices In Fantasy” showcases authors that take the path less traveled to bring new voices and styles to genre writing.Science Fiction in all its forms has become such a part of our society and bridged the gap from a niche genre to pop culture phenomenon. There is something for everyone if you dig deep enough. Try some of the 11 Sci-Fi Recipes you can make right now. There are a ton of amazing Sci-Fi TV shows to binge right now. We also have a list of the Best Sci-Fi On Netflix. You’ll find something you love in the world of Science Fiction for sure right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Stay on targetcenter_img This week’s round-up is a true hodgepodge of interests. There are new novels to buy, reprints from icons to purchase, science-fiction from the Middle Ages, and I even dip a toe into the other side of the sci-fi coin, which is of course, fantasy.RECOMMENDED READINGThis week’s new releases include the long-awaited trilogy conclusion, some beautiful re-prints of classic tales of science-fiction, and a new saga in an established universe.The Eye Of The Heron and The Beginning PlaceTwo novellas from the late, great Ursula K. Le Guin have been repackaged for a new generation. The Eye Of The Heron, first published in 1978, is set in a near-future where humanity has colonized the stars. Living on the planet of Victoria, the story follows a girl named Luz as she realizes everything is not as idyllic as she’s been raised to believe. Her father might be a City Boss but Luz is able to see his iron grip on the farmers known as the Shantih is wrong. But can she escape from her gilded cage to help foment a rebellion?last_img read more

Benitez hoping for January reinforcement

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez is hoping their recent string of good results doesn’t hide the fact that they need to make new signings in January to improve the squad.Back-to-back victories have sent Newcastle United to 14th in the Premier League table after initially going 10 games without a victory, and Benitez has warned the club not to get carried away with their recent upturn in form and sign players in January.“We cannot stop winning because we have to do a good January window,” Benitez told Sky Sports.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I would like to go into January 1 with a lot of wins.“Always January is quite difficult. It’s not a question of how much – it’s a question of finding the right players and, if you see a player you like, that’s when you talk about what you can do.“It’s quite a difficult window. I always say the same because the top-class players are normally playing in the Champions League in the top teams and it’s very difficult for them to change.”last_img read more

Skagway Assemblyman found in violation of state disclosure laws for third time

first_imgDan Henry takes his assembly seat about a week after APOC staff said he violated state public official disclosure laws for the third time. (Photo by Emily Files)A Skagway resident narrowly elected to a seat on the borough assembly violated state disclosure laws three times. That’s according to Alaska Public Offices Commission staff. They determined Dan Henry has failed to disclose his income, debt, and now, gifts from a private company.Henry did not disclose gifts he received during trips to negotiate a major waterfront lease on behalf the Skagway Borough.In 2013 and 2014, Skagway was in talks with the parent company of White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. The tourist railroad has leased a significant share of Skagway’s tidelands since the 1960s. The city entered negotiations on a new lease because it wanted to renovate the port, on property White Pass controls.Henry was on a municipal negotiating team. The team traveled to Florida multiple times for talks with TWC Enterprises. The Canadian corporation operates the White Pass railroad.The trips included stays at a Florida golf resort owned by TWC. City records show that TWC covered accommodation and meals for the Skagway negotiating team. Henry told APOC that TWC also provided golfing free of charge, but he did not recall on how many occasions.This investigation was sparked by a citizen complaint from Skagway resident Roger Griffin. Griffin estimated the “gifts” from TWC to Henry to be worth between $4,000 and $8,000.APOC staff said Griffin was correct that Henry should have disclosed the lodging and entertainment provided by TWC. But they could only confirm about $500 worth of expenses. That’s based on three hotel stays in February, October and December of 2013.Still, $500 in gifts is enough to warrant reporting on the disclosure forms required of candidates and public officials. On Henry’s 2014 disclosure form, he did not report any gifts over $250. APOC staff say that is a violation. The staff were not able to find enough documentation to determine whether Henry’s 2015 form should have included gift disclosures.The maximum fine for the 2014 violation is more than $12,000 — $10 a day. But APOC staff recommend a 90 percent reduction of the penalty, to $1,276. That’s based on the fact that the amount of gifts Henry received was under $1,000, according to the APOC investigation.APOC staff also recommend Henry correct his disclosure form and attend a financial disclosure statement training within one year.In determining a penalty, staff reference Henry’s previous violations. Less than a month ago, APOC fined Henry $220 because he did not report substantial debt on his most recent disclosure form. In 2016, Henry was ordered to pay a much more hefty fine of $22,000. He hadn’t reported his income on multiple disclosure statements. Henry appealed that decision. He said not disclosing his income was a misunderstanding and not disclosing debt was an oversight.All three of the APOC investigations into Henry resulted from citizen complaints.Henry’s checkered candidate disclosure record was discovered when he pleaded guilty to federal tax crimes in early 2016. Henry hadn’t paid income tax for a number of years. He was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution to the IRS.Henry finished his prison sentence and returned to Skagway in time to run public office. He previously served in Skagway government for 19 years. It was a close election. Henry won an assembly seat by just five votes. He was neck-and-neck with a write-in candidate.The Alaska Public Offices Commission still has to make its official decision on this latest complaint against Henry. The commission could agree with the staff recommendation to fine Henry about $1,300. Or it could make a different decision. The commission’s next regular meeting in February.The years of negotiating with White Pass railroad owner TWC resulted in a proposed 35-year lease. But Skagway voters resoundingly rejected the agreement in 2015. Now, the assembly has another lease proposal on the table. This one would prolong White Pass’ hold on key tidelands for 15 years.last_img read more