SP authorises Akhilesh to decide on alliances

first_imgThe national executive of the Samajwadi Party on Saturday authorised president Akhilesh Yadav to decide on alliances with other parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. However, the party remained silent on the formation or current status of the possible tie-ups.The SP national executive meet held in Lucknow was attended by Mr. Akhilesh Yadav and other senior leaders like Kironmoy Nanda, Jaya Bachhan and Ram Gopal Yadav.Briefing the media after the meet, SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, who is also Mr. Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle, said his nephew would take the final call on the issue of seat sharing and alliances in UP.”What he thinks proper, that many seats the party will fight on, it depends on him. Whatever he decides will be accepted by the party,” said Mr. Ram Gopal Yadav.According to a senior SP leader, the party looks set to have a seat-sharing understanding with the BSP but is still waiting to assess if an alliance with the Congress would be feasible.“There is still a lot of time. It will depend on the prevailing political paradigm,”said the leader after the meeting.Senior SP leader Azam Khan was absent from the meeting and when asked for his comments Mr. Ram Gopal Yadav downplayed it and asked if it was necessary for everybody to attend. “Ninety per cent leaders were present,” he said.The SP national executive also resolved to contest the upcoming elections through ballot and not the EVM.last_img read more

IPL: Pride at stake as Delhi take on Chennai

first_imgOut of contention for a place in the play-offs of the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), spoiling the party for top teams is Delhi Daredevils’ aim heading into their last three matches.But with skipper and mainstay Virender Sehwag out of the tournament, even that seems far-fetched as they take on Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.Sehwag had been the lone performer for the Daredevils, who have chopped and changed their side time and again in search of the right combination.With the talisman bowing out, it will be the perfect platform for the youngsters to rise to the occasion against a strong Chennai outfit led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.David Warner has failed to provide a good start at the top of the order, forcing the management to drop him for the match against Deccan Chargers before recalling him for the match against Mumbai. But Warner managed a solitary run before Harbhajan Singh got the better of him. Only new skipper James Hopes, among the foreign recruits, has managed to consistently contribute to the team’s cause.But with nothing to lose, Delhi would look to just go out and enjoy themselves and there could be quite a few changes in the playing XI with the likes of Roelof van der Merwe and Shahbaz Nadeem being given an opportunity to spin a web around the Chennai top-order on a turning track.The Super Kings, on the other hand, will look to avoid an upset and earn the win required to book their places in the play-offs. Having put up a professional show in their last match against Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni and his boys will guard against complacency.advertisementWith the national selectors set to meet on Friday, the likes of Murali Vijay and Subramaniam Badrinath – a consistent performer for Chennai along with Michael Hussey – would look to catch the eyes of the men who matter.Chennai’s consistent run has been helped by the fact that all the other toporder batsmen have flourished with Hussey – 388 runs from nine matches – and Suresh Raina – 320 runs from 11 matches – leading the way.Even the bowlers have been impressive with pacers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel – 13 wickets apiece – being ably backed by spinner R Ashwin – 12 wickets from 11 matches. The basic difference between the two sides this year has been that while CSK’s foreign recruits have repaid the faith shown in them, the foreigners in the Daredevils outfit have failed to fire throughout the tournament with even Morne Morkel’s line and length going haywire in the last few matches.During training, Delhi coach Greg Shippered could be seen talking to Irfan Pathan, Warner and Venugopal Rao – Delhi’s most prolific batsmen after Sehwag with 290 runs from 11 matches.Rao also bowled for a long time. He could be an option considering the nature of the wicket.Chennai were relaxed during their session. While the likes of Dhoni and Raina went for big hits, Badrinath played some classy drives and flicks before stepping out to the spinners.last_img read more

Euro 2016 final pits Ronaldo vs Griezmann again for a trophy

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann will meet for another title showdown when Portugal face France in the European Championship final on Sunday, just six weeks after they contested the Champions League final. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage)OLD RIVALRY Ronaldo was on the winning side with Real Madrid at the continental showpiece in Milan, with the Portugal captain scoring the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout against Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid. (Also read: Desperation to win trophy with Portugal makes Ronaldo dangerous: Rio Ferdinand)This time, Ronaldo could be in for a disappointment.Not only will France have the host nation crowd behind them at the Stade de France, but Griezmann has been on sparkling form with a tournament-leading six goals – double the tally of Ronaldo, who has toiled and grumbled his way through Portugal’s stodgy campaign. (Euro 2016 final: Portugal boosted by return of Pepe to training)”We’re thrilled, we feel like kids,” Griezmann said. “We know the whole country is behind us, so we’re giving everything for them.”GRIEZMANN – A THREAT TO PORTUGALBoth goals in France’s semifinal victory over World Cup holder Germany were scored by Griezmann, who managed to convert a penalty to ease the pain of missing one in the Champions League final in May. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo has the opportunity to leave Messi in the shade)”He’s had a great tournament but we won’t just be focusing on him,” Portugal midfielder Joao Mario said Friday of Griezmann.If Griezmann can keep up his scoring run and deliver silverware for his nation, the 25-year-old forward would not only collect his first major trophy but potentially become a challenger to Ronaldo for the Ballon D’Or.advertisementGriezmann, however, only needs to glimpse into Ronaldo’s early career to see how a host nation can be upstaged in a European Championship final. Ronaldo has waited 12 years, since Portugal lost to Greece at Euro 2004, for another shot at national glory with every major club honor now gathered.RONALDO CHASING HISTORYRonaldo has only scored in two of Portugal’s six games in France, and yet he is only one goal away from scoring a 10th European Championship goal and breaking Michel Platini’s 32-year record.But France’s pedigree in finals is far stronger than Portugal’s, particularly at home where the prize was collected at the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup. The only time France have won silverware away from Paris was Euro 2000, while the sole final loss was on penalties to Italy at the 2006 World Cup.France have won their last 10 games against Portugal, whose last victory over the hosts came in 1975. And Fernando Santos, who began his reign 21 months ago with a loss to France in the Stade de France, has seen his team win only once inside 90 minutes at Euro 2016 – against Wales in the semifinals.”Criticism is part of football, we know that’s how things work,” Mario said. “We don’t think about this type of criticisms … we want to win to make the Portuguese happy and go down in history.”That could hinge on whether Pepe recovers from the thigh muscle injury that kept him out of the 2-0 victory over Wales. The central defender trained away from his teammates on Friday morning, only doing ball work with a member of the Portuguese staff.The key decision for Deschamps seems to be whether to restore N’Golo Kante to the starting lineup and drop Moussa Sissoko.France have only failed to win one of their games in the tournament, a 0-0 draw with Switzerland in the group stage.”We’ve grown,” midfielder Paul Pogba said. “We’re more mature.”WHY EURO MATTERS FOR FRANCE?Winning the final would be a cathartic experience for a country still in a state of emergency following a wave of extremist attacks across Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people. The attacks began at the Stade de France where suicide bombers detonated devices after failing to force their way into France’s match against Germany. The sole victim at the stadium was a chauffeur, who was born in PortugalIntense safety measures have in place at the 10 stadiums hosting the tournament and there have been no major security incidents over the last month.The country, though, is still scarred by last year’s atrocities.”We don’t have the power to solve people’s problems,” France coach Didier Deschamps said, reflecting on the national trauma. “But we can generate emotions so they forget their worries. We generate passion and fervor. We can see that.”last_img read more

Chapman Signing Draws Fire

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York City Council’s speaker says the New York Yankees were wrong to trade for a pitcher who was investigated over a domestic-violence accusation.Democratic Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the Yankees should reconsider their decision to trade for Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.Florida police have said they had insufficient evidence to charge the Cuban left-hander following an October incident between him and his girlfriend.She said Chapman choked her. He said there was an argument and he was pushed down by her brother.A deal to trade the All-Star to the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through after news of the incident broke this month. He still faces possible suspension by Major League Baseball.Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has acknowledged concerns but defended the move. He notes Chapman’s price dropped.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Traore Scores Twice as Ajax Beats Lyon 4-1 in Europa Semis

first_imgAMSTERDAM (AP) — Bertrand Traore scored two goals and created another as a rampant Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Wednesday.Burkina Faso forward Traore, who is on loan to Ajax from Chelsea, had been in doubt before kickoff with a groin injury. But the 21-year-old showed no ill effects as the four-time European Cup winner made the most of its first European semifinal since 1997.In between his strikes, Traore lined up 19-year-old Denmark striker Kasper Dolberg to score Ajax’s second in the 34th minute and Amin Younes added the hosts’ third in the 49th minute, but Mathieu Valbuena’s away goal for Lyon in the 66th will give his team at least a faint hope of advancing from next week’s second leg in France.Playing in the Amsterdam Arena for the first time since an announcement that the stadium will be renamed in honor of Ajax’s greatest player, Johan Cruyff, the Amsterdam team put in a performance that would have made him proud. It also showed that this young Ajax team could be strong enough to win its first continental title since 1995.Poor finishing and good goalkeeping combined to keep the score respectable for Lyon in a match featuring relentless attacking by both teams. Even the small group of French fans applauded Ajax players as they performed a lap of honor after the final whistle.Ajax coach Peter Bosz called it a “bizarre” match that could have ended 7-3 or 8-4.Despite a tough first 20 minutes, he was pleased that Ajax’s trademark attacking style had paid off.“We want to win and we want to do that in an attractive way,” he said. “Attack is the best form of defense.”Manchester United plays Celta Vigo in Spain on Thursday in the other semifinal, first leg.After a scrappy opening in which Lyon gave Ajax little time or space on the ball, Traore put Ajax ahead in the 25th minute, leaping between a crowd of defenders to send a glancing header into the far corner from a free kick by Hakim Ziyech.Ziyech was also the provider for Traore’s second in the 71st minute.Traore created Ajax’s second goal nine minutes after his first, powerfully heading a poor clearance by Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes into the path of Dolberg, who calmly fired a low volley past the goalkeeper.Ajax should have been further ahead at the break. Left winger Younes popped up on the right just before half time and broke through the Lyon defense, but Lopes made amends for his earlier mistake by saving well.The closest Lyon came in the first half was in the 10th minute when Lucas Tousart cut back the ball for Maxwel Cornet. But his side-foot shot from close range was saved by Andre Onana, one of several good saves by the Ajax goalkeeper.Lyon top scorer Alexandre Lacazette had recovered sufficiently from a right hamstring injury to start on the bench and coach Bruno Genesio risked bringing him on midway through the second half in an attempt to get his team back into the match.Younes made up for his earlier squandered chance soon after the break, running onto a pass by Ziyech and hitting a shot that was deflected and only just crossed the line.Lyon grabbed a lifeline when Onana’s despairing dive was not enough to keep out Valbuena’s powerful shot.But Traore restored Ajax’s three-goal cushion five minutes later when he ran onto a perfectly timed cross from Ziyech and jabbed the ball home from close range.Lyon coach Bruno Genesio admitted after the match it would be hard to progress to the final.“We have to believe that it is possible,” he said. “But it will be difficult, that’s a fact.”MIKE CORDER, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Australia football body adopts reforms after FIFA threat

first_imgSydney, Oct 2 (AFP) Australia’s football governing body voted for wide-ranging reforms Tuesday against the wishes of its outgoing chairman, ending a long-running battle that saw FIFA threaten to take over the federation.Football Federation Australia’s 10-member Congress — nine state and territory associations, and one A-League representative — voted 8-2 in favour of constitutional changes, narrowly securing the required 75 percent.An expanded new congress, which is expected to include the A-League clubs, the footballers’ association and a women’s council, will convene at a later date to elect fresh directors for the board.World body FIFA has been pushing the FFA to adopt a more democratic governance model, with the expansion backed by the domestic A-League clubs and the players’ federation.The reforms mean that Australia can defend their men’s Asian Cup title in January, and the Matildas can play next year’s Women’s World Cup, without any concerns over the FFA’s status under FIFA.But FFA chairman Steven Lowy, the son of Westfield shopping-mall tycoon and former long-time FFA boss Frank Lowy, said the move could compromise the body’s independence, warning that a “red line” had been crossed.”Clearly the FFA board is extremely disappointed with the outcome of today’s meeting,” said Lowy, who confirmed he will not seek re-election when his term ends in November.”We believe the loser today is the principle of independent governance.” Lowy argued that giving clubs more power would hand their foreign owners too much control of the game in Australia, at the expense of grassroots football.advertisement”Suffice to say, the game today has crossed a red line. From a corporate governance model for football, to one with stakeholders with vested interests (which) will compete for power and resources,” he added.A working group is expected to discuss a new model for the A-League, whose teams — which generate much of the sport’s revenue in Australia — as well as the body representing players, had wanted more say in the running of the FFA.If the recommendations had not been adopted at Tuesday’s special general meeting in Sydney, FIFA could have established a normalisation committee to take over the FFA.More than half of the A-League’s 10 clubs have foreign ownership including Melbourne City, who are owned by Abu Dhabi’s Chinese-invested City Football Group.Other foreign-owned clubs include the Newcastle Jets, who were bought by a Chinese businessman in 2016, and Adelaide United, who were sold to a Dutch and Chinese consortium this year. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Punter left furious after Ladbrokes take £800 in ‘dormancy’ fees

first_imgShare on Twitter Talking Horses: Frankie Dettori returns for first ride of the year Horse racing Was this helpful? Share on LinkedIn Read more The case is the latest to highlight the ability of individual gambling firms to set their own rules on issues including account closures, restrictions and dormancy fees. All online gambling companies have a policy on “dormant” accounts, but the length of time before an account is deemed dormant and the size of the fee levied varies widely.“I think it is incredible that something like this can happen in the UK,” the punter, who prefers to remain anonymous, said on Tuesday. “I am an ordinary punter, some of my bets were as small as five pounds.“It feels like a robbery. It’s like going to a bank and depositing your money and then they say, thank you very much but you can’t have it any more. It doesn’t make sense.”A spokesman for Ladbrokes said on Tuesday that an investigation into the case was continuing and the company could not comment further at this stage. In a subsequent statement on Wednesday a spokesman said that while the customer’s account remains blocked, the dormancy fees have now been refunded.“There has been detailed correspondence with the customer regarding our integrity concerns about the UKash deposits on this account,” the spokesman said. “Due to the unusual geographical spread of locations where the UKash deposits were made. Therefore to satisfy our regulatory requirements we have asked the customer to provide proof that they made the deposits. As of now the customer has failed to provide any evidence to suggest that he made any of the deposits, and the account will remain blocked until he does so. “The dormancy fee charges are automated, but given the unique circumstances surrounding this account we have cancelled them, and returned the balance to the original amount.” Horse racing tips news Hide Thank you for your feedback. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Read more Gambling Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardiancenter_img Reuse this content A punter who is barred from accessing an online betting account with Ladbrokes which was previously almost £1,300 in credit said on Tuesday that “feels like a robbery” to find that the bookie has taken £800 in monthly “dormancy” fees from his balance, while denying him the chance to either withdraw or bet with the money.The punter, who has disclosed details of the case to the Guardian, has been trying to withdraw his balance since 2014, when Ladbrokes informed him that him that his account would be closed as the result of “a business decision”. The account was £1,289.29 in credit at the time. Since you’re here… Willie Mullins puts Faugheen on course for the Irish Champion Hurdle The punter had largely been funding the account via UKash, a now-defunct service using vouchers bought for cash which Ladbrokes previously recommended as a “quick, easy and secure way to deposit to your account”. When he requested a withdrawal of his outstanding balance, Ladbrokes demanded evidence of receipts from his UKash voucher purchases, despite having a full list of the voucher numbers and making no mention of any need to retain receipts in its terms & conditions.Ladbrokes started to deduct 5% of the balance in March 2016 under its policy on “inactive accounts”, and had removed a total of £827.11 by November 2017, when just £512.12 remained. The punter has been unable even to log on to his account since then, but believes further 5% deductions have been made in December and January. 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Winnipeg police used surveillance footage to track suspect linked to murder of

first_imgAPTN National News WINNIPEG—Winnipeg police investigators used footage from several downtown surveillance cameras to track the suspect linked to the murders of two men whose bodies were found across the street from each other Saturday, APTN National News has learned.The Winnipeg police service is expected to announce charges against the suspect during a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. local time.The body of Donald Collins, 65, was found at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday. The body of Stony Stanley Bushie, 48, was found at about 6 p.m. the same day.Winnipeg police previously released images of a man they called a “person of interest” that were captured by a surveillance camera from the Quest Inn downtown hotel.Investigators used surveillance footage from several other cameras to track the suspect’s movements through the downtown area as he passed behind homeless shelters and other downtown hotels, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.Surveillance cameras mounted on the outside of the APTN building in downtown Winnipeg captured the final moments of Bushie’s life who was killed shortly after 9:14 p.m. Friday.The surveillance video shows a man leading Bushie around a construction zone before dragging him to the ground and beating him with a blunt object.The video shows a man, dressed in a dark-coloured, long-sleeve top and carrying a backpack, dragging Bushie’s limp body to the place where it was later found. Bushie’s body was found 21 hours later by a security guard doing his Saturday evening rounds. The body was found behind a small trailer surrounded by a red pylon, a plank of particle board and a pile of pipes.Police investigators have also not ruled out a link between the two weekend murders and the April 10 killing of another homeless man.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Egypt ban could push Hamas into new fight with Israel

first_imgGaza City (Palestinian Territories) — An Egyptian court ban on Hamas activities could push the increasingly isolated Palestinian Islamist movement into another battle with Israel, analysts say.The latest move marked a further deterioration in ties between Egypt and Hamas, which has close links to the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and is now the target of a sweeping crackdown by the military-installed government.Since Morsi’s overthrow, the Egyptian authorities have destroyed hundreds of tunnels along the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip which had been used to bring in fuel and construction materials, as well as weapons and ammunition. The loss of the tunnels has deepened the economic crisis in Gaza, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2006, and a senior Hamas official warned the court’s move could prompt a new confrontation with Israel.“The situation between Egypt and Hamas has reached the point of no return,” said Mukhaimar Abu Saada, political science professor at Gaza’s Al-Azhar University.“For Hamas, the choices are extremely limited: reconciliation with (Western-backed Palestinian) president Mahmud Abbas, or open confrontation with Israel to embarrass Egypt and win the sympathy of the Arab world,” he said.“The latter option would be costly and risky.”On Tuesday, the Egyptian court banned Hamas from operating in the country and moved to seize its assets after accusing it of colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood to carry out attacks.Gazans celebrated in the streets when Morsi became Egypt’s first freely elected leader in June 2012, a year and a half after Hosni Mubarak was toppled by an Arab Spring uprising.But last year, the Egyptian army overthrew Morsi following massive protests against his divisive rule and has since designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation.The destruction of the border tunnels is costing Gaza $230 million (170 million euros) a month, Hamas says. Government workers say they have not been paid in four months.– Ruling ‘opens door’ to hostilities –Bassem Naim, an adviser to Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya, told AFP the court ruling was “shocking”, and said he hoped it would not translate into “restrictions on people’s movement”.Egypt has severely restricted access through the border town of Rafah — Gaza’s only gate to the world that is not controlled by Israel — ostensibly for security reasons.Ezzat al-Rishq, a Hamas official close to the movement’s exiled leader Khaled Meshaal, said the ruling “will open the door to new (Israeli) aggression and war against Gaza”.A fragile Egypt-mediated ceasefire between Hamas and Israel that ended a bloody eight-day conflict in November 2012 has brought more than a year of relative calm, with Hamas policing its borders to prevent rocket fire by rogue militants.Gaza-based political analyst Hani Habib downplayed the court ruling as “a formality which will have little additional impact,” saying border restrictions are nothing new and that Hamas has no offices or major assets in Egypt.But Adnan Abu Amr, a politics professor at Gaza’s Ummah University, said: “A final, definitive break between Egypt and Hamas would mean increased pressure on Gaza, meaning that it could blow up in Egypt or Israel’s faces.”Political analyst Naji Sharab said the best option for Hamas would be to reconcile with Abbas’s Fatah party, its Palestinian rival based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.But that would require Hamas to moderate its core belief that Israel must be destroyed and accept US-brokered peace negotiations — which it has staunchly refused to do.Hamas and Fatah, which dominates the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, signed a 2011 reconciliation agreement in Cairo that was meant to heal divisions that boiled over when Hamas seized Gaza in 2007.last_img read more

Studentled Datathon dives deep into growing industry

Big data is big business — and where big career opportunities lie.To introduce their peers to the growing field of data analytics, a group of Brock University students has created an event that dives into the data phenomenon.Now in its second year, the Datathon Educational Conference takes place at Brock University on Saturday, Nov. 10 and features a series of presentations and workshops from industry experts.“We’re bigger and better in almost every regard,” said third-year Political Science student Nour Hage, who co-founded the event alongside Conrad Lipiec and Thomas Lillo. “We have a lineup of great executives coming in from some of the biggest and best companies in Canada, including Microsoft, RBC, CIBC, Deloitte and BMO.”The event’s roster includes speakers from a variety of backgrounds, such as health sciences, finance, law and digital humanities, as well as experts from several “up-and-coming startups who have big contracts with multinational firms like Apple,” said Lipiec, a third-year Economics student.The Datathon, which sold out in its inaugural year, is about connecting students with industry leaders and helping to guide them on a path to data proficiency, he said.Workshops held throughout the day were developed through discussions with industry insiders about what they look for in workers in terms of preferred skills.By developing those applicable skills, the goal is to help students gain co-op opportunities and “hit the ground running,” Lipiec said.Hage stressed there’s “no experience required” to take the Datathon plunge, as it caters to beginners as well as those who have a keen interest in the topic.“In university, all we do is analyze information; we manipulate it, make use of it and create new information with existing information,” said Lillo, a third-year Geography and Computer Science student, who encouraged students not to shy away. “That’s all analytics is, but with technology added into the mix.”Datathon organizers hope to open the eyes of students from various programs to the possibilities that exist with analytics.“We want to show people this is not just for Computer Science and Business students,” Lipiec said. “There are new data case studies coming out every day in fields you wouldn’t expect, like human resources and accounting. It’s such an innovative field.”Lillo said analytics, especially the tools being focused on at the conference, are “really applicable to every domain.”“It’s only going to become more important as technology continues to improve.”The Datathon’s main sponsor is Brock’s Goodman School of Business. The event, held in Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, will include opening remarks by University President Gervan Fearon.Combined tickets for the conference and related workshops are $29, and conference-only tickets are $19.For more information and a full list of workshops and speakers, visit datathon.ca. read more

Buckeye football to kick off 2010 season with Thursday night game

Ohio State will open its 2010 regular season against Marshall on Thursday, Sept. 2, the OSU athletic department confirmed shortly after a source reported the story to The Lantern.“This change to a Thursday night opener offers a number of positives for Ohio State,” Ohio State associate vice-president and director of athletics Gene Smith said through a press release. “Summer quarter classes end the week before, so there will be minimal campus impact on students, faculty and staff that day.The scheduling decision will provide the Buckeyes two extra days to prepare for their most daunting non-conference opponent, Miami (Fla.), who they will play Sept. 11.“Along with providing maximum national exposure for our Rose Bowl champions, this unique starting date and time allows our team and fans to escape the heat of the day, and breaks up a string of four consecutive Saturday home games to start the season,” Smith said. “It will allow fans to enjoy other events throughout the Labor Day weekend. We see it as a treat for Buckeye fans and an exciting way to open the 2010 campaign.”Information regarding parking and transportation for the night game will be determined at a later date, according to the press release.The Buckeyes haven’t played a mid-week game during the regular season since 1997, when they beat Wyoming 24-10 in their season opener.Coach Jim Tressel expressed his excitement in kicking off the season under the lights.“The Thursday night before Labor Day is a great night to play,” Tressel said. “To be one of the first games that kicks off the 2010 season will be exciting. The Buckeyes and the Thundering Herd will both be veteran teams, and it will be a fun night in the Horseshoe. We cannot wait to tee it up.” read more

Kelloggs use rejected cornflakes to make beer in bid to cut down

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. “Kellogg’s is working hard to eliminate food waste in our manufacturing processes and give our consumers the wholesome products they love with minimum impact on the planet. Our approach has delivered a 12.5 per cent reduction on food waste in our UK sites this year.”Alison Watson, from Seven Brothers Brewery in Salford, said: “Seven Brothers Brewery is delighted to be working with Kellogg’s on a project which uses edible but not-sellable cereal.“Kellogg recognises that it has an important role to play in reducing food waste, and that includes finding uses for edible food that doesn’t make it into the cereal box. The cereal is perfectly safe to eat but the flakes might be too big, too small or broken so not good enough for our packs. “We plan to create three beers including a Hoppy IPA which will be launched this month and sold in our Ancoats bar and the Dockyard, MediaCityUK.” Consumers concerned about their carbon footprint will soon be able to drink beer and assuage their guilt over the environment at the same time as Kelloggs releases a beer made from leftover cornflakes.As shoppers increasingly worry about the environmental impact of their purchases, companies have had to find creative ways to minimise food waste.The cereal company is the latest to join this trend, making beer out of the cornflakes at their factories which would otherwise be waste product.‘Throw Away IPA’, made by Seven Bro7thers Brewery in Manchester, uses “upcycled” cornflakes which are too big, small or overcooked to go in a box of breakfast cereal as a proportion of the wheat grain which goes into the beer.A spokesperson for Kelloggs said that around 30 per cent of the grain content of the beer will be cornflakes, and 70 per cent wheat.It is added during the “mash” process and reportedly sweetens the taste.The IPA, which is “cornflake golden” in colour, is also helping food distribution charity FareShare, as 10p from each can purchased will be donated to the cause.Corporate social responsibility manager for Kellogg’s UK, Kate Prince, said: “Kellogg’s is always exploring different and sustainable ways to reduce food waste in its factories. So it is great to be involved in such a fun initiative with a local supplier. read more

Hello commander Chris Hadfield is in Dublin today

first_imgGOOD NEWS, SPACE fans.Commander Chris Hadfield, the man credited with inspiring a generation with all things space-related, is in Dublin today for a book signing.The former commander of the International Space Station arrived in Ireland last night, and will be at Eason on O’Connell Street from 12 noon until about 2pm signing copies of his book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life. He will also be taking part in a public interview with Newstalk Breakfast at the Science Gallery at Trinity College this morning.The Canadian won over Irish fans by sending the first tweet as Gaeilge from space (and getting this award from Dublin’s Lord Mayor in the process), as well as tweeting beautiful and dramatic photographs of the country as seen from the International Space Station.Photo of Dublin as seen from the ISS. (Pic: @Cmdr_Hadfield/Twitter) To mark St Patrick’s Day, he wore an amazing green bow tie (see above)  and even recorded himself singing Danny Boy to mark the day. What a man. If you’re unable to view the Soundcloud file above click here to listen to the audio. It’s worth it.Read: 7 of the best bits from Commander Chris Hadfield’s AMA > Read: Some of the many things we learned from Chris Hadfield’s time in space > Read: Commander Chris Hadfield got an award for tweeting as Gaeilge >last_img read more

Body taken from the sea off Donegal

first_imgA MAN HAS died after his fishing vessel sank off the Donegal coast.Malin Head Coast Guard confirmed that wreckage had been reported to them around 10.30am this morning near Inishowen Head.A rescue helicopter from Sligo and boats from Greencastle Coast Guard, Portrush and Lough Swilly RNLI and Malin Head Coast Guard were called.The body of the man, who was the only occupant of the vessel, was taken from the water and brought to Greencastle Coast Guard Station.An operation to see if there were more people in the water has been stood down.last_img read more

New Treefrog Species With Weird ClawThumb Discovered in Ecuador

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Two thumbs up for this extraordinary find in the Ecuadorean Andes. Scientists discovered a new species of treefrog which has an “extraordinary” claw-like thumb.The new treefrog species, named Hyloscirtus hillisi, was discovered after a two-week expedition to a remote tabletop mountain at Cordillera del Cóndor, a largely unexplored range in the eastern Andes.Scientists say the frog has an enlarged claw-like structure located at the base of the thumb. Its function is unknown, but it could be that it is used either as a defense against predators or as a weapon in fights between competing males.Finding the frog was not easy. “To reach the tabletop, we walked two days along a steep terrain. Then, between sweat and exhaustion, we arrived to the tabletop where we found a dwarf forest. The rivers had blackwater and the frogs were sitting along them, on branches of brown shrubs similar in color to the frogs’ own. The frogs were difficult to find, because they blended with their background,” said Alex Achig, one of the field biologists who discovered the new species.Unlike other frogs, the new species has a claw at the base of the thumb. The function of this unusual structure is still unknown. (Photo Credit: Gustavo Pazmiño, BIOWEB Ecuador)Video from the forest shows the dark brown frog, with orange flecks, almost blending into the rocks and water in the stream.The discovery of the frog, which scientists Santiago R. Ron, Marcel Caminer, Andrea Varela, and Diego Almeida from the Catholic University of Ecuador concluded that the frog represented a previously unknown species, was published in the journal ZooKeys.Hyloscirtus hillisi is named after Dr. David Hillis, a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, who discovered three closely related frog species in the same genus in the 1980s, while conducting a series of field trips to the Andes of southern Ecuador.More on Geek.com:Scientists Discover Bizarre, New Eel-Like Creature in FloridaWorld’s Rarest Bird Thought to Be Extinct Gets New Home in Madagascar7 Mysterious Sea Creatures That Washed Up on Beaches in 2018last_img read more

Paige comments on her second suspension from WWE says rules apply depending

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 11 COMMENTS Absolutely nailed it! Jason Jimerson October 10, 2016 at 9:25 pm Right? Or better yet, get a WWE doc to print you a piece of frigging paper you can just hand to your doctor so they can check if there’s any clashes with substances being prescribed.This is the sort of thing I might consider if I was on hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. October 11, 2016 at 7:13 am October 11, 2016 at 7:25 am Paige undergoes successful neck surgery; King of the Ring semi-finals and finals locations Hotrod WWE comments on passing of Harley Race, Wrestling industry reacts to passing I said she was a doper. Many folks opposed that. She is earning money on that Divas thing of which WWE is a producer as a company goddessroleplay She is absolutely right, WWE is a cult like atmosphere, she never even tested for any drugs. She will be fine without WWEvil… October 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm October 10, 2016 at 4:28 pm October 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm Why do people say she’s trying to get fired? Granted her career was going nowhere despite fan reaction but she stated twice why she was suspended. Meds for her injury weren’t approved and what not. Still shed going. If WWE were smart they’d use this time to find a new creative way to make her too Femsle in WWE again At this point, I think she really is trying to get herself fired. There is NO excuse for the stupid stuff she is doing right now in her career. October 10, 2016 at 5:47 pm WhatsApp Cameron Huff Pinterest Paige should practice what she preach. center_img WWE star Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) took to Twitter on Monday afternoon not long after WWE announced today that she had been suspended for 60 days for her second violation of the company’s Wellness Policy.Paige, who was suspended back in August in what was her first violation of the company’s wellness policy, seemed to take the company to task over the policy and insinuated that the rules of the policy apply based on your status.Should they get ever get removed, the tweets stated the following:“Same shit different day. Kids..Please don’t get prescriptions or doctors notes. Not acceptable. Rules apply depending on your status.”You can check out her tweets below.Same shit different day. Kids..Please don’t get prescriptions or doctors notes. Not acceptable.— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) October 10, 2016 NJ Louch Facebook 72mike72 In the words of Dana White: you are an adult, you are a professional, there is no reason you dont call ahead and make sure. ADR was released and now Paige is doing everything she can to force herself out of WWE. I hope it’s true love with the two because I’d hate to see a girl in her early 20s blow her career the way she seems to be right now.It sounds really bitter to say “Rules apply depending on your status” when this girl was given every chance to be the top women’s star in the company upon her debut. October 11, 2016 at 7:22 am Randy Torkkola Rules apply depending on your status.— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) October 10, 2016 Everyone who commented below me in support of WWEvil needs to get a clue! Do not support the EVIL EMPIRE!!!!! Twitter Hotrod October 10, 2016 at 1:50 pm October 10, 2016 at 7:21 pm Paige to undergo a second neck surgery, pulled from SummerSlam weekend appearances Glenn Wolf Google+ Moonsaves Rico Rayne October 11, 2016 at 6:05 pm comments like that do her no favours. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Quinn files gender discrimination lawsuit against city of Vancouver

first_img Assistant City Attorney Debra Quinn has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court against the city of Vancouver alleging gender discrimination, retaliation, First Amendment violations, negligent supervision, equal protection violations, breach of implied contract and outrageous acts.Quinn names City Manager Eric Holmes, City Attorney Bronson Potter and Chief Assistant City Attorney Jonathan Young in the suit filed Nov. 21.Quinn filed a tort claim and whistleblower complaint with similar allegations against the city Sept. 20. Quinn cites her complaint in the suit and states the city failed to address her claims — an ongoing trend of neglect within the city, she said.The suit claims Holmes, Potter and Young engaged in a pattern of disparate treatment toward female employees that created a hostile work environment, culture of discrimination and retaliation for complaining about the environment.“Gender discrimination and these kinds of issues are very serious topics as we can see now in the news,” said Shelley Russell, Quinn’s attorney. “This is a situation where she went through the administrative channels, (and) we don’t feel it’s been sufficiently addressed. So she’s exercising her right to take the next step.”Specific claimsThe suit alleges that since Potter was hired in 2013, he has intentionally created a discriminatory and hostile work environment for women, minorities and women more than 40 years old. These actions include an incident in December 2013 when Potter referred to a female staff member as “the one with the big tits.” In October, Potter told The Columbian he made the statement but denied further allegations of derogatory comments. City Attorney Bronson Potter. last_img read more

New Gilman Drive Bridge over I5 unveiled

first_img Ed Lenderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A long-awaited bridge, connecting the East and West campuses of UC San Diego over the I-5 is much closer to completion. It’s part of a much larger infrastructure and transportation project along the already busy corridor.You could certainly call the location the epicenter of all the construction going on here: The widening of the freeway, the new bridge over it at Gilman Drive, and literally looming over all, one of the elevated guideways for the Mid-Coast Trolley extension– that in 2021 will connect the Border, South Bay, downtown and Old Town to the University.But our focus is on the bridge– because for the first time since the start of construction, commuters can see it’s design now that the metal and wooden supports have come off.Our story details how the bridge was included with all of the other work because it’s not directly related to the trolley and the two trolley stations being built on the campus, along with one at the nearby VA Medical Center.In meeting with the University, SANDAG and Caltrans officials went over the trolley project.  Great, said campus officials, but they added, in essence, as long as you’re going to have this huge construction footprint here, can you concurrently build a long-planned vehicle and pedestrian span over the I-5 connecting a campus separated by a freeway.SANDAG AND Caltrans signed off and the Gilman Bridge will be open in January of next year.Nine new stations will be constructed. Major construction work began in 2016, with service anticipated to begin in 2021. To learn more, visit click here. November 8, 2018 Updated: 12:42 PM Posted: November 8, 2018center_img New Gilman Drive Bridge over I-5 unveiled Ed Lenderman Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

House Sends Resolution to Overturn Emergency Declaration to Senate

first_imgThe U.S. House voted Tuesday to block President Trump from moving $3.6 billion from military construction to build a southern border wall. Thirteen Republicans joined all voting Democrats to pass the disapproval resolution 245-182, short of what would be needed to override a promised veto.Among the Republicans bucking party leadership are Armed Services Committee members Mike Gallagher (Wis.) and Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), who is the top Republican on the Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities Subcommittee.All other Armed Services Republicans voted against the resolution, according to Roll Call analysis, including Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (Texas), who said in a statement he still wants “to prevent the diversion of essential military funds.”U.S. Army photo of Rep. Elise Stefanik by Sgt. Alexander Rector ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Update Alleged hitmen linked to political killing

first_imgThe alleged hit-men arrested by members of the Hawks on Sunday morning are believed to be linked to the killing of ANC ward candidate Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi, as well as a taxi owner.Over the weekend, there was a heavy police presence in the Ezakheni area and a police helicopter was seen hovering overhead.Task Team and Hawks members were roped in to lead the investigation following a spate of political and taxi violence related killings in the province.An intelligence-driven operation resulted in a breakthrough which saw the officers apprehending 12 suspects on Sunday.Under heavy police guard, the men were brought to Ladysmith police station before being transported out of town. TRT and K9 Unit vehicles escorted the alleged hit-men.The suspects, aged between 24 and 50, are believed to be involved in two separate murders. In one of the incidents on July 18, ANC ward candidate Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi was fatally shot near the Leonardsville sports grounds. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite In an earlier incident, on January 23, taxi owner Muhlawumbeni Zungu and four passengers were shot at by unknown suspects. Zungu died on the way to hospital.It is believed that the 12 men detained are linked to the Gamede clan. Four of them were charged with murder and possession of unlicensed firearms. More arrests are imminent.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more