Ex-Premier League manager Redknapp claims his players bet on a match

first_imgFormer Premier League manager Harry Redknapp said his players bet on the result of one of their matches, according to the newspaper investigation that has seen England coach Sam Allardyce lose his job.The Daily Telegraph’s undercover reporters filmed Redknapp discussing the game although the 69-year-old later told the paper he did not think it was against FA rules at the time.However, FA rules ban players from betting on matches they are involved in and managers are expected to report any misconduct.The Telegraph said lawyers for Redknapp said he was not aware of players betting on the match at the time.The newspaper did not say which club was involved. (Sam Allardyce contrite after being sacked as England manager)Former West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers manager Redknapp met reporters posing as representatives of a Far East firm that wanted to break into English football’s billion-pound transfer market.Redknapp has denied any wrongdoing. (England manager Sam Allardyce caught in newspaper sting)The newspaper’s revelations have so far led to Allardyce and Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright losing their jobs. Allardyce was sacked on Tuesday after the FA said he had behaved inappropriately following secret filming that showed him offering advice to businessmen on how to circumvent rules on player transfers. (Sam Allardyce sacked by English Football Association after newspaper sting)last_img read more

SEE PICS: Virat Kohli takes girlfriend Anushka Sharma out on a lunch date

first_imgFrom cute Valentine’s Day messages to Instagram profile pictures, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma never cease a chance to give their fans some major relationship goals. They are one of the coolest couples in town, and their public appearances have become a hit among their fans.  It was only recently that Anushka and Virat were spotted on a lunch date in Bengaluru. Virat, who is currently representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, took a break from his busy schedule to spend some time with his girlfriend. The pictures from their lunch date are already breaking the internet.Photo Courtesy: Instagram While Anushka looked pretty in a summery dress, Virat sported a casual look for the lunch date.It was only last week that Anushka accompanied Virat at RCB’s 10 year celebration. Going by their PDA, it seems the couple is all set to take their relationship to the next level soon.The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actor was once a constant fixture at Virat’s matches, but that stopped being the case when she got trolled every time Virat’s team lost a match. The cricketer stood up for his girlfriend and tweeted, “Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity.”On the work front, Anushka will be next seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Imtiaz Ali’s next.ALSO READ: Aamir Khan to work with Dangal girl Fatima Sana Shaikh in Thugs of Hindostan ALSO READ: Looking back at Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma love storyadvertisementALSO WATCH: Virat-Anushka’s bhangra at Yuvraj-Hazel’s wedding is too good to misslast_img read more

Massive challenges ahead for Croatia despite dream World Cup run

first_imgCroatia exceeded all expectations as they came agonisingly close to winning the World Cup 2018 final before losing to France 4-2 in the final on Sunday.It has been great achievement for a nation with a population of little over four million. The Luka Modric’s side won all three group matches as they defeated Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland to finish at the top of their group.In the knockouts, the Croatians registered three consecutive come-from-behind victories as they reached their first World Cup final.But the fairytale is now over and now comes a return to a harsh football reality of sketchy infrastructure and scandals for Croatia.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith Modric most likely having played his last major international tournament at the age of 32, and several of his teammates, including Ivan Rakitic (30) and the 32-year-old Mario Mandzukic, in the twilight of their careers, Croatia’s presence in the World Cup final is an event unlikely to be repeated soon.Modric was the standout of the team and can still earn the title of world player of the year, breaking the stranglehold of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Croatia almost failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia, needing a 2-0 victory at Ukraine in their last group match to earn second spot that sent them into a playoff against Greece.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersIt was the start of Zlatko Dalic’s term at the helm and the coach managed to guide them to Russia where they displayed some of the finest soccer on show.advertisementDalic’s future, however, is still unclear despite having a contract until 2020.”I will take a time out, take a breather. I never take decisions overnight,” the soft-spoken coach said on Sunday when asked about seeing out his contract.”At this moment I am not thinking of anything else but going back safely to Croatia and taking a rest.”Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron bond at World Cup 2018 FinalDalic, however, knows any long-term decisions are difficult to take in Croatia, which is still engulfed in the biggest soccer scandal the country has seen.Only last month a Croatian court sentenced former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic to six-and-a-half years in prison for fraud and corruption.Croatia’s state attorney has also charged Modric with giving false testimony in the case, a major black spot on the player’s reputation.Coupled with the country’s limited resources to improve their football infrastructure, it was no wonder Dalic called their World Cup run a miracle.”Something has to be started, if not now then when? We have character and pride but in all other aspects we have to improve,” Dalic said before the final.”This is the ideal moment to say ‘let’s do something’. Sport has brought so much joy to the people.”We have definitely written ourselves into history, given the conditions and infrastructure back home, we are a miracle.”It will take more than that to keep Croatia in the forefront of international football.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

‘At the back, Manchester are vulnerable’ – Shaqiri

first_imgManchester United ‘At the back, Manchester are vulnerable’ – Shaqiri says Utd are soft at the back Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:03 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) nemanja matic - cropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Stoke City v Manchester United Manchester United v Basel Stoke City Basel Premier League David de Gea Paul Pogba Romelu Lukaku Jose Mourinho’s side have a weakness at the back that Basel can exploit, according to the Stoke City attacker. Xherdan Shaqiri believes Basel can get a result against Manchester United on Tuesday if they are willing to take risks against their “vulnerable” defence.The Switzerland international set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s second goal in Stoke City’s 2-2 Premier League draw with United on Saturday, a result that ended the Red Devils’ perfect start to their league campaign.United 5/2 for PL title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Shaqiri’s former club Basel visit Old Trafford for their opening Champions League group game as clear underdogs, especially since their 2-1 home defeat to Lausanne at the weekend left them without a win in three games.But the 25-year-old has urged Raphael Wicky’s side to be brave and try to exploit United’s weaknesses at the back.”You have to play bravely,” he told Blick. “It doesn’t matter if you’re setting up to sit deep for 90 minutes. They have so much class in attack, sometimes they’ll just shoot and score a goal.”If they do [have a weakness], it’s in their defence. That’s what our goals have shown. If you play fast and bravely, the defenders have problems. At the back, Manchester are vulnerable.”It will be extremely difficult for Basel. Especially at Old Trafford, where Manchester are far more dominant than away. Then there’s the atmosphere there. Old Trafford is one of the best stadiums in the world.”Raphael Wicky has to be brave, to risk something. Just defending won’t be enough. But he probably knows that himself.”4 – Mark Hughes is only the 2nd manager to go unbeaten in 4 consecutive PL games against Jose Mourinho, after Ronald Koeman (5 games). Foes. pic.twitter.com/jjOW62klVr— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2017Shaqiri says Basel could target midfielder Paul Pogba, who he says has a tendency to keep possession for too long, although he warned that trying to take the ball from the France star or Romelu Lukaku can be extremely tough.”You can hardly get him off the ball,” he said of Pogba. “However, he sometimes tends to hold on to it for too long. Physically, he’s very strong.”He [Lukaku] also has a lot of power and can really assert himself. You can play it in quickly, to his feet or his chest, or in behind.”Stoke’s second goal came from a corner that followed a stunning save from David de Gea to deny Jese Rodriguez.Shaqiri admits the Spain goalkeeper is one of the best in his position but identified a weakness in his game, too.”De Gea is an absolutely world-class goalkeeper,” he said. “Extremely strong on his line, good with the ball at his feet. Very relaxed, maybe even too relaxed.”last_img read more

Kansas Has Officially Made A Head Coaching Hire

first_imgA general view of Kansas' football stadium.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 04: Memorial Stadium sits empty before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 4, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)The University of Kansas’ football program has its next head coach.Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger is reporting that the Jayhawks have officially hired former LSU head coach Les Miles.“It’s done: Les Miles will be announced today as the new Kansas football coach, sources tell Sports Illustrated. He’s en route to Lawrence now. The Hat’s back.”It’s done: Les Miles will be announced today as the new #Kansas football coach, sources tell @SInow. He’s en route to Lawrence now.The Hat’s back.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 18, 2018Miles’ plane has reportedly already landed.Plane has landed pic.twitter.com/x3HKpezJ8D— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) November 18, 2018A pair of black SUVs have arrived at Topeka Regional Airport. There are KU administrators inside, presumably awaiting Les Miles. pic.twitter.com/CganP7SIs1— Matt Galloway (@themattgalloway) November 18, 2018Video shows Les Miles and his family getting off the plane in Kansas.Les Miles and family have landed at Topeka Regional Airport. A pair of black SUVs with KU administrators inside whisked him away. It’s happening. #kufball pic.twitter.com/ZZWhRVfAIe— Matt Galloway (@themattgalloway) November 18, 2018This is a big hire for Kansas, which has long been searching for some stability within its football program. If nothing else, Miles should bring at least that.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Seville to Come Alive for Emancipation Jubilee

first_imgMr. Henriques, in the meantime, informed that a number of activities will be held at the Seville Heritage Park during the year to recognise the different aspects of the historic site.“In this coming month, we are going to be formerly re-opening the exhibition, which is designed for our young people to learn and understand their heritage and culture.  We really want for our children to embrace the facility and become a part of the rich history,” he stated.Mr. Henriques is encouraging Jamaicans to visit the park and view the various offerings, noting that “Jamaica’s heritage is much more than the beach”.Emancipation Jubilee is the celebration of traditional folk forms in honour of the ancestors and seeks to educate Jamaicans and foreigners about various aspects of the country’s heritage.CONTACT: GLENIS A. ROSEJIS REGIONAL OFFICEMONTEGO BAY The grounds of the historic Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann will again come alive on July 31, as local and visitors converge for the 17th staging of the Emancipation Jubilee organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT).This year’s event, under the theme: ‘Forever Free’, promises to be the biggest yet, with some 8,000 patrons expected.Featured will be top national and international reggae, gospel and cultural performances, including groups out of Africa; traditional dishes; and exciting activities for the entire family.Addressing the launching ceremony held yesterday (June 27), at Jewel Dunn’s River in Mamee Bay, St. Ann, Chairman of the JNHT, Ainsley Henriques, said that the celebrations will afford Jamaicans the opportunity to “return to their roots.”“(It will help Jamaicans) understand, who they really are and also to accept the reality that a people without a sense of their history, is like a tree without its roots,” he stated.Custos of St. Ann, Hon. Radcliffe Walters, is urging residents of the parish to come out and support the event.He stated that the occasion will give citizens an opportunity to reconnect with their past.“It is important that in our quest to build a bright future for Jamaica, that we pause and reflect on our past. Emancipation, to be celebrated at Seville Heritage Park onJuly 31, gives us an opportunity to reconnect with our roots and to embrace the possibilities it offers to us in the future,” Custos Walters said.last_img read more

UNAfrican mission voices concern at rebel warning against using Darfur airports

21 February 2011The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur today voiced its grave concern after a rebel leader warned that airports in the strife-torn region, as well as the rest of Sudan, have been designated as military targets and could be vulnerable to attacks by his group. Minni Minawi, the leader of the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi faction (SLA/MM), also warned the UN-AU mission (UNAMID) and international organizations not to use any Sudanese airport lest they also be targeted.Relations have deteriorated between the Government and the SLA/MM in recent months, leading to heavy military confrontations, despite an ongoing process to resolve the conflict in Darfur. In a news release, UNAMID reminded all parties of its mandate of protection of civilians and ensuring unfettered access for humanitarian assistance. “The mission should like to emphasize that, owing to the region’s geographic conditions and lack of infrastructure, most humanitarian relief such as food, water, shelter and medical supplies is transported by air,” it stated. “Moreover, aid workers and UNAMID peacekeepers rely heavily on air transport to reach, protect and supply those living in remote locations.” It noted that any threats or hostile acts against UN and humanitarian personnel would have a devastating impact on innocent civilians. Moreover, any attack against UNAMID peacekeepers, given their role in Darfur, would be a war crime under international law.The more than 20,000-strong UNAMID was set up in 2008 to help end a war between the Government, backed by its militia allies, and various rebel groups, which has killed at least 300,000 people and displaced 2.7 million others since it erupted in 2003. read more

Athabasca Oil first quarter loss widens to 255M

Athabasca Oil Corp. reported a loss of $24.5 million in its latest quarter as the company more than tripled its revenue compared with a year ago on sharply higher production.The oil producer said Tuesday the loss for the three months ended March 31 amounted to six cents per share compared with a loss of $19.7 million or five cents per share a year ago.Total revenue grew to $31.8 million from $8.6 million.The company sold 6,024 barrels of light oil per day in the quarter at an average realized price of $51.65, up from 1,217 boepd a year ago at an average realized price of $43.42.Athabasca production in the quarter was limited by constraints in a third-party transmission line and significant service interruptions at the Keyera Simonette Gas Plant.The company said Keyera completed repairs at its Simonette gas plant in early April, but the plant has continued to be restricted with respect to sour gas processing and liquids handling.It said it expects continued production variability until the issues are resolved.Athabasca reported general and administrative expenses rose to $18.7 million from $11.7 million a year earlier, while financing and interest charges almost doubled to $12.7 million.The company also booked a $21.7-million charge for depreciation and depletion, up from $4.5 million in the prior-year period.In addition to its light oil operations, Athabasca is developing the Hangingstone oilsands project. read more

Police to monitor garbage collection

He said that that great effort is being taken to upgrade the quality of the urban environment of Colombo, its suburbs and other key cities throughout the country with the intention of creating clean, green, people friendly cities where the environment will be preserved, existing facilities upgraded in order for the people to have a better life. He said that in order to assist this process a separate division within the Police will be established to monitor the work progress of the contracted companies. Another significant step in urban development is the regeneration of urban spaces through Private Public Partnerships in which investors work with landowners to build mixed developments in areas they occupy, he said.“Under the Resettlement of Underserved Settlements Project being undertaken by the Urban Development Authority, some 70,000 families living in poor conditions in Colombo will be given housing in high rise buildings designed and constructed to a good standard,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) He expressed confidence that Colombo will once again bloom as the Garden City of the East.He also said that the role of the Urban Development Authority in restoring the heritage buildings of the city and giving them a new lease of life. The police, in addition to fighting crime, will now also have a separate unit to monitor garbage collection.Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that steps have been taken to expedite the collection of garbage in Colombo. read more

Liz Weston How to quit stalling and write your will

You know you should have a will, but you keep stalling. No one likes to think about dying or about someone else raising their children. But if you get no further than scribbling notes or thinking about which lawyer to hire, you risk dying “intestate” — without a will that could guide your loved ones, head off family feuds and potentially save your family thousands of dollars.Financial planners say getting people to stop procrastinating on this important money chore can be tough. I asked several advisors to offer their best strategies for getting clients to get this done. Maybe one of these will help you.REMEMBER WHOM YOU’RE DOING IT FORCertified financial planner Katrina Soelter of Los Angeles suggests thinking of an estate plan as “the best love letter you can write to those you love.” Providing guidance on what you want to happen after your death — and who you want to care for minor children or pets — can be a huge gift to those you leave behind. You’re also saving them the potentially large costs and delays of hiring attorneys to sort out your estate later.Soelter says she procrastinated on her own estate planning and finds the positive approach works better than browbeating.“It doesn’t help to heap more shame on them, but rather focus on the reasons why it is wonderful to get it done,” Soelter says.VISUALIZE WHAT HAPPENS WITHOUT A WILLThen again, some people need to hear worst-case scenarios before they’ll act. Financial planners often point out, for example, that without an estate plan a court could end up deciding who takes care of your kids. State law determines who inherits your stuff, and the distribution may not be as you would want.CFP Janice Cackowski of Rocky River, Ohio, says one of her clients recently died after ignoring her advice to create a trust. His will bequeathed his estate to his financially irresponsible son, with no restrictions.“The money my client saved over his 63-year lifetime will be gone within 18 months of his death,” Cackowski says.KEEP IT SIMPLECFP Kevin Gahagan of San Francisco notes that getting a basic estate plan in place may not be as complicated or expensive as you fear.“It is the attorney who does the work,” Gahagan says. “They’ll guide you in identifying the questions you need to answer so a plan can be developed.”Also, think about what you’d want to happen if you died in the next five years, rather than trying to create an estate plan that covers all eventualities, says CFP Karen E. Van Voorhis of Norwell, Massachusetts. You can always update and change things.USE EMPLOYEE BENEFITSMany big companies offer their employees access to attorneys through prepaid legal services, says CFP Amy Shepard of Mesa, Arizona. That’s how she and her husband, Michael, created their estate plan. They met with an attorney affiliated with the service, which cost less than $10 per biweekly pay period when he was employed by Wells Fargo.“For most people, the biggest thing stopping them is money,” Shepard says. “If their employer offers a legal benefit, it can make the process of doing an estate plan very affordable and very simple.”Given that attorneys often charge $300 and up for a will, while a living trust can cost $1,200 or more, prepaid legal services can be a cost-effective option for many people, Shepard says.Affordable options for those who aren’t offered coverage through their employer may include online services such as Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom, which are best for people with simple situations, such as those who don’t have a lot of assets and who don’t need trusts, Shepard says. But users need to answer the sites’ questions carefully and get the resulting documents notarized, or the paperwork won’t be valid.SET A TIMELINEVan Voorhis also suggests making an appointment with an attorney now but scheduling it for a few months down the road.“That way it’s on the books and they’ll feel like they’ve accomplished something, but they also don’t have to face it for a while,” she says.CFP Mike Giefer of Minneapolis recommends incremental deadlines.“By Oct. 1, have the conversation about guardians, charities and other estate intentions. By Nov. 1, have the initial meeting with an estate planning attorney. By Dec. 1, clarify and confirm the documents and have them signed before the holidays,” Giefer suggests. “On Jan. 1, 2020, they are done!”________________________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and author of “Your Credit Score.” Email: lweston@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @lizweston.RELATED LINK:Estate planning checklist http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-estate-planning-checklistLiz Weston Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

WatchOttawa environmentalists make their case for national carbon tax Watch it live

REGINA — Lawyers for the federal government and its supporters are to make their case today in a Regina court on why they believe Ottawa has the legal power to impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan.Ottawa says it can put a price on carbon because climate change and the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions are a national concern.The federal government has said a section of the Constitution states it can pass laws for the peace, order and good government of Canada.Groups that support that position in Saskatchewan’s court challenge of the carbon tax include the British Columbia government, environmentalists, Indigenous groups and the Canadian Public Health Association.A lawyer for Alberta’s Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation says a carbon tax is constitutionally necessary because climate change affects their treaty rights.The David Suzuki Foundation is also intervening to say that Ottawa’s carbon price is a temporary measure in the face of a climate emergency.On Wednesday, lawyers representing Saskatchewan and its allies in the fight against a carbon tax argued the case is not about climate change at all.“The government of Saskatchewan is not made up of a bunch of climate change deniers,” Saskatchewan lawyer Mitch McAdam said.Instead, he presented the case as a being about the balance of power between Ottawa and the provinces in a situation where the federal government is overstepping its jurisdiction.A panel of judges also heard from the governments of Ontario and New Brunswick, which oppose the carbon tax. They argued that allowing Ottawa to justify its plan under the rationale of a “national concern” would threaten provincial sovereignty under the Constitution.Saskatchewan is one of four provinces without a plan that will be subject to Ottawa’s fuel charge starting in April. New Brunswick, Ontario and Manitoba are the others. read more

Better information systems needed in Africa to strengthen health services – UN

In his report presented to the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) 62nd session of its Regional Committee for Africa, WHO Regional Director for the continent, Luis Sambo, also highlighted the challenges facing countries to produce good quality and timely information to their cities.Among these are efforts and initiatives that seek to acquire health information, which are fragmented across sectors, levels, projects, disciplines and specialties. Other challenges include poor generation of evidence to implement policies and a lack of collaboration among stakeholders to analyze and share data and evidence.To address these challenges, Dr. Sambo recommended that each country establish an online platform to archive and monitor national information on health. A clear road map and timeline should be established for this process, he added, while assuring African countries that WHO is ready to provide detailed advice and technical support on this process.The creation of each online platform, called a National Health Observatory (NHO), should involve and coordinate all health stakeholders in each country, the WHO official said, including public health policymakers, experts, and international partners.In addition, countries that have already established NHOs should ensure that these are meeting the specific needs of their countries and are used to share and use important information that will lead to better health for Africans.During his presentation, Dr. Sambo also underscored that African countries should draw from resources from global health initiatives (GHIs), which target specific diseases, to strengthen their health systems.“The dramatic increase in the number of GHIs means that countries need to improve how they work with different stakeholders in the health sector,” WHO stated in a news release on Dr. Sambo’s report. Pooling resources from different sources would lead to good quality, integrated health services.Sharing information among countries is also vital to prevent the spread of diseases, Dr. Sambo said, noting that although countries are making efforts to detect and control the international spread of infectious diseases, more needs to be done to effectively respond to them.In particular, Dr. Sambo underlined the importance of countries implementing their plans under the International Health Regulations (IHR), which were agreed to by all African countries in 2007. While 43 out of the 46 Member States of the WHO African Region have conducted capacity assessment in line with IHR requirements, none has fully implemented their national IHR plans. IHR aim to quickly identify an outbreak or any other public health threat, including chemical and radiological hazards that could have an international impact, so that a fast and effective response can be organized.To implement the IHR plan, Dr. Sambo recommended countries carry out needs assessments to map unmet needs, mobilize and allocate adequate human and financial resources, strengthen surveillance systems and health laboratory capacities, and empower IHR focal points with the skills and resources that will ensure timely verification and notification of public health events to governments and WHO.He also advised that, as a first step, countries should request a two-year extension to enable full implementation of IHR core capacities by 2014. The WHO Regional Committee for Africa is the Organization’s governing body in the continent. There are currently 46 Member States in the region, and the Committee’s main functions entail formulating regional policies and programmes, and supervising the activities of the regional office. read more

Womens Hockey No 7 Ohio State reopens conference play against No 1

Ohio State then-freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in the game against Minnesota State on Oct. 11. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team is ready to prove that last year’s Frozen Four run was no fluke.The No. 7 Buckeyes (14-6, 8-4 Big Ten) will try to steal a win against No. 1 Wisconsin (19-1, 9-1 Big Ten) as they begin a home series against the Badgers on Friday.Ohio State will face a Wisconsin offense that is No. 2 in the country in goals and No. 1 in scoring margin.With the Badgers entering the weekend on an 11-game winning streak, the Buckeyes’ interim associate head coach Andrew Cassels said the series will test his team’s mettle.“It’s a great way to measure up our team versus the best team in the country,” Cassels said. “It’s going to show us where we are and how far we have to come. It’s a great challenge for the girls.”Ohio State is no stranger to defeating the Badgers. The Buckeyes claimed victories in their past two matchups against the Big Ten rival last year in February.“We had some success against them last year,” Cassels said. “We’ll take a lot of footage from that and try to put that into our game plan.”Cassels emphasized Wisconsin’s speed and said that blocking shots will be key to neutralizing its prolific offense, encouraging his team to get into shooting lanes and making sure the Badgers cannot easily get shots off.Coming on the heels of a three-game win streak, Ohio State’s standout freshman goalie Andrea Braendli said the Buckeyes don’t have many adjustments to make.“I don’t want to change my strategy,” Braendli said. “I have to play my game. The most important thing is that we have to trust each other. We have to have each other’s back.”Braendli, who is No. 8 in the nation with a .939 save percentage, said playing a highly touted conference rival such as Wisconsin provokes a higher sense of anticipation from the team, bringing an excitement to the Ohio State locker room ahead of the weekend.But Ohio State redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne thinks it brings a higher expectation for the team, saying the Buckeyes defense will have to be aggressive in front of Braendli against the creative Wisconsin lines.“We have to be a nightmare to play against,” Dunne said. “We have to be all over them all the time, every second. Any time they’re around us, they’re not being untouched.”With Wisconsin outscoring opponents 81-23 on the season, Dunne said the Badgers defense has yet to face the type of challenge that the Buckeyes can give them.“I don’t think their defense has really had to play defense,” Dunne said. “They’re a very offensive-heavy team so if we can just get pressure on their defense and get pucks behind them, I think we’ll be very successful.”Dunne stressed the impact a series victory against the Badgers could have on the national perception of the Buckeyes. “It would be huge for us to get up in those rankings and show that the Frozen Four wasn’t a mishap,” Dunne said.The Buckeyes face Wisconsin in Columbus at 6:07 p.m. Friday at the OSU Ice Rink and again at 3:07 p.m. Saturday. read more

Tony Blackburn returns to BBC after being sacked over evidence to sexual

first_imgBlackburn opening the BBC’s pop music station Radio One in the 1960sCredit:Getty Images “Tony Blackburn for his part stands by his statements to Dame Janet Smith but recognises that the BBC considered a period off air was appropriate.”In a statement released by the BBC, Blackburn said: “I do not seek to criticise the BBC for decisions it has made in the past.”I have had a difficult year personally, but I’m pleased to be returning to the BBC and can’t wait to get behind the mic again.” 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 BBC spokesman said: “We are pleased to announce Tony Blackburn’s return to the BBC in January 2017.”He will present an hour-long show on BBC Radio 2 on Fridays at 7pm, and will also return to local radio.”The BBC stands by the findings of Dame Janet Smith and the decision it made to take Tony Blackburn off air at the start of this year based on Dame Janet’s Smith’s preference for the documentary evidence relating to meetings that took place over Tony Blackburn’s statements. Tony Blackburn, the veteran broadcaster, is to return to the BBC eight months after he was sacked over evidence he gave to the review into sexual abuse at the Corporation.The BBC said it “stands by the findings of Dame Janet Smith” and its decision to take Blackburn off air.Blackburn, who will host a new show on BBC Radio 2 from January, said he “can’t wait to get behind the mic again” and does “not seek to criticise the BBC for decisions it has made in the past”.center_img Blackburn opening the BBC's pop music station Radio One Thank you for all your lovely messages xx— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) October 19, 2016 In February, the BBC director-general said Blackburn was sacked because of inconsistencies in statements he made relating to claims that he had seduced a 15-year-old girl in 1971.Dame Janet Smith concluded that the veteran DJ had been questioned by Bill Cotton, a senior BBC executive, and Sir Brian Neill QC, a lawyer who oversaw an inquiry into Top of the Pops, over allegations that he invited teenager Claire McAlpine back to his flat and seduced her.Blackburn, 73, who strenuously denies the allegations, told Dame Janet that he had not been quizzed by either man.But he later told the retired judge, via his solicitor, that he accepted that she “might well prefer” documentary evidence that showed that the questioning had taken place.last_img read more

FLSmidth introduces 600 Series SuperCell flotation technology

first_imgFLSmidth’s 600 Series SuperCell is the newest introduction to the world of flotation technology. Designed and engineered at FLSmidth’s technology centre in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 600 Series offers active cell volumes in the range of 600-660 m3 accompanied by a multitude of mechanism offerings. “With the increasing demand for larger flotation cells, FLSmidth has invested in research and development to create these large SuperCells,” said Peter Flanagan, Non-Ferrous Division Executive Vice President. “The SuperCells will help increase efficiencies while reducing capital expenditures. This places FLSmidth and our products in a prime position in the field of flotation.”FLSmidth states that it remains the only equipment supplier capable of offering both naturally aspirated and forced air mechanisms. “The universal tank promotes mechanism interchangeability for added customisation and performance capability,” said Frank Traczyk, FLSmidth Director of Flotation Products. “Single flotation cell volume has more than doubled over the past decade. Economies of scale, declining ore grades and near-term commodity pricing stability bode well for the integration of the 600 Series into large concentrators.”Innovative cell characterisation tools and novel simulation techniques contributed to technical improvements over existing rotor-stator technologies. “Mineralogical diversity, its interaction with fine and coarse particle recovery and lowering energy and operating costs are just some of the challenges faced by mineral processing operations around the world. The Flotation group at FLSmidth is committed to solving these types of problems with revolutionary rotor-stator designs that were created and tested aggressively in our research facility,” said Traczyk. “Maximising valuable mineral production requires a mind-shift away from historical norms, and the SuperCell 600 Series is another step in this evolutionary process.” Hydrodynamic and metallurgical testing of the 600 Series is slated for the latter part of 2012.last_img read more

Over 3000 horses seized over welfare concerns last year

first_imgALMOST THREE AND a half thousand horses had to be seized from neglectful owners last year – and not all of them could be rehomed or given shelter.Figures released by Agriculture, Food and the Marine Minister Simon Coveney showed that between the beginning of January 2013 and the middle of December, a total of 3,488 horses had been impounded.It appears that particular care was taken to identify neglected horses or horses whose ownership was not transparent – the figures are much higher than even 2010, when 2,418 horses were seized. In 2011, 2,936 horses were seized and in 2012, the number was 2,969.Just this week, Minister Coveney said that there is “no evidence of a major welfare problem in the horse sector at present due to the relatively high level of horse slaughterings this year and the very good weather well into the autumn, which has created a very favourable fodder situation”.Of these, the most were taken in from the various Dublin county and city council jurisdictions (a total of 635), while Galway city came next with 295 (no horses were seized in the Galway city area); Cork county and city with 293; and Limerick city and county with 249. Kildare was not far behind with 245 horses seized in the county last year.Other horses were seized in Wicklow (202), Wexford (107), Westmeath (55), Waterford county and city (63), Tipperary north and south (171), Sligo (56), Roscommon (138), Offaly (49), Monaghan (80), Meath (159), Mayo (143), Louth (115), Longford (18), Leitrim (14), Laois (168), Kilkenny (77), Kerry (23), Donegal (25) and Clare (47). There were no horses seized in Cavan this year (compared to 9 last year) and the figure for Carlow has not been finalised.While no official extra crackdown was announced this year, the higher numbers come after a bad start to the year for the Department of Agriculture in relation to the horsemeat scandal. It was subsequently discovered that while products containing horsemeat were processed in Ireland, the horsemeat itself did not come from Irish horses.Coveney said this week that his department was working with the gardai and local authorities in a “pro-active approach” to horse welfare issues. Over 50 horses seized from Cork site>Horse owners ‘should get financial help’ to tackle unwanted equine issues>last_img read more

Moonlight dev crew brings Silverlight to Android

first_imgRecently, Microsoft has been raising eyebrows by delivering mobile apps for iOS devices. There’s that dead-sexy Bing app for the iPad, the slick Live Messenger app, and even OneNote for iOS. Android users haven’t received the same kind of attention yet, however, but at least one Microsoft technology is headed to Google’s mobile OS: Silverlight.The same group who put together Moonlight — which brought Silverlight to Linux desktops — has been working feverishly  to produce an Android version. Amazingly, in less than a week the Moonlight team was able to build a working version and demonstrate it at MIX11 in Las Vegas. Developer Jeffrey Stedfast says that there’s plenty of work left to be done, but is clearly excited by the team’s progress so far. While the demo video after the break isn’t going to blow your mind, it’s still very cool to see Silverlight content being played back on an Android device.AdChoices广告In addition to the initial demonstration video, Stedfast has now shared a second which shows Moonlight for Android rendering 3D transforms (it’s after the break as well). It’s an impressive display, especially considering the incredibly short amount of time the team has been at work on the Android port. And the way Microsoft is pushing Silverlight for Windows Phone 7, this might just become incredibly handy towards the end of the year when Mango arrives and WP7 developers can go hog wild — since you may just have a way to play with some of their creations on Android.For now, you’ll have to make do with watching Stedfast’s demo videos, which look very smooth running on the Motorola Xoom. Frame rates bounce between 37 and 55, but overall the playback looks pretty darn good.More at Mobiputing Moonlight on Android3D transform demonstrationlast_img read more

Number of whales and dolphins washing up on Irish coasts at record

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3853498 21 Comments Feb 17th 2018, 11:01 AM THE NUMBER OF dolphins and whales washing up on Irish coasts reached record levels last year, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG)In all 263 cetacean strandings were reported around the country, which was 44 more than the previous highest level of 219 in 2013.Dr Simon Berrow, chief science officer of the IWDG, said that the increase in strandings in recent years has been “unprecedented”.He told Cork’s Cry104FM: “At least 12 species were report, with the common dolphin being by far the most common, with harbour porpoises a distant second.”He added that deep diving offshore species washed up rarely, with sperm whales becoming stranded on three occasions.And for only the seventh time in 17 years, a killer whale washed up on Irish coastline with one appearing at Roundstone in Galway.Last year, a study of dead whales, dolphins and porpoises in Ireland found that nearly one in 10 were found with marine debris in their systems.In the majority of these cases, the cetacean had ingested plastics. In some cases, fish hooks and paint fragments were found inside them.In one case, a shotgun cartridge was found in one stranded whale, as well as an ice cream wrapper and fragmented plastics.Deep diving species tended to have more plastics in their systems.Dr Berrow said: “This study shows that while larger marine debris is widespread and consumed by nearly 10% of those individuals studied, the smaller fractions, known as microplastics are ubiquitous occurring in all whales, dolphins and porpoise examined.We don’t know the consequences of this form of pollution but clearly microplastics are now ubiquitous in the marine environment.Read: 56 dolphins and whales have washed up on Irish beaches so far this yearRead: Whales are dying off the coast of Kerry, and no one seems to know why Short URL Number of whales and dolphins washing up on Irish coasts at record levels Dr Simon Berrow from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group called the figures “unprecedented”. File photo. Whale washing up on Bull Island. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Share551 Tweet Email6 center_img File photo. Whale washing up on Bull Island. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 11:00 AM By Sean Murray 19,299 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ministers are called over Lagarde list

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Parliament’s ethics and transparency committee on Monday voted in favor of Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and three former ministers — Evangelos Venizelos, who now leads socialist PASOK, Filippos Sachinidis and Giorgos Papaconstantinou — being called before the House to reveal what they know about the so-called “Lagarde list” — a list of some 2,000 Greeks with deposits in Swiss banks who are being probed for tax evasion. According to sources, Venizelos and Papaconstantinou testified over the weekend before financial prosecutor Grigoris Peponis in connection with the list, which Papaconstantinou claims to have received from former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who is now head of the International Monetary Fund. No details about the former ministers’ testimonies were released but they are believed to have repeated the positions they have expressed publicly to date on the matter. In an interview with state television channel Net, Venizelos claimed not to have been informed by his predecessor Papaconstantinou about the Lagarde list. In a separate corruption probe, it emerged that a Greek businessman who had been accused of being part of the bribery and money-laundering network involving former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos has been found dead in a hotel room in Jakarta, Indonesia. Vlassis Kambouroglou was the managing director of Drumilan International, which was involved in the sale of a Russian-made TOR-M1 missile system to Greece. Meanwhile the former head of arms procurements at the Defense Ministry, Yiannis Sbokos, once a close aide of Tsochatzopoulos, was remanded in custody on Monday after testifying before an investigating magistrate in connection with the money-laundering racket. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Allergie un observatoire pour surveiller au plus près lambroisie

first_imgAllergie : un observatoire pour surveiller au plus près l’ambroisieAfin de maîtriser les allergies occasionnées par l’ambroisie, l’INRA a décidé de mettre en place un observatoire destiné à étudier la plante. Selon les statistiques, l’ambroisie est une source potentielle d’allergies pour 6 à 12% de la population.Les ministères de la Santé, de l’Agriculture et de l’Ecologie ont annoncé jeudi la mise en place d’un tout nouvel observatoire dédié à une plante extrêmement allergisante : l’ambroisie. Le but ? Etudier le pollen du végétal en répertoriant les connaissances acquises pour tenter de lutter efficacement contre les effets indésirables sur la santé et les milieux naturels. L’observatoire sera mené par un comité de pilotage formé des représentants des différents ministères et de quelques “victimes” de la plante, chaque année plus nombreuses alors que le végétal gagne du terrain. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?L’Ambrosia Artemisiifolia L peut en effet provoquer de l’asthme, des conjonctivites, des rhinites voire de l’urticaire et ce, à entre 6 et 12% de la population selon l’INRA (Institut national de recherche agronomique). D’où l’importance de mettre en place un tel observatoire. L’INRA précise ainsi que “les activités de l’Observatoire s’adresseront au grand public, notamment les associations de protection des usagers, aux différents ministères concernés, aux collectivités territoriales, aux organismes publics de recherche, aux professionnels de la santé et du milieu agricole, ainsi qu’aux gestionnaires des différents milieux où l’espèce peut être présente.”Aujourd’hui, l’ambroisie est très répandue dans la région Rhône-Alpes. Mais on la trouve aussi en Aquitaine, en Bourgogne, dans le Midi-Pyrénées, les Pays-de-la-Loire, le Poitou-Charentes… Pour davantage de précision, une cartographie conçue par la Fédération des Conservatoires Botaniques Nationaux (FCBN) peut justement être consultée en ligne.Le 22 juillet 2011 à 09:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more