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New Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI) Expressing serious concern over the situation in Kashmir, Congress today voiced hope that Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to the Valley would announce confidence-building measures and that pellet guns would no longer be used on protesters.Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he and his government are not “concerned” about people of Kashmir as he was not present either in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha when the issue was discussed.”Now after 16 days, the Home Minister has gone to Kashmir. I have full faith that he will announce it to people of Kashmir that there will be no more use of pellet guns from now on in Kashmir.”I also hope that the Home Minister will start taking confidence building measures, so that the people of Kashmir once again show the same faith in the central and state governments,” he said.Azad said the situation in Kashmir, which has been rocked by violence after the killing of Hizbul Mujahidin terrorist Burhan Wani, was a matter of “serious concern”.Training his guns on the Prime Minister, Azad said, “There were discussions on Kashmir issue in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha but Prime Minister did not attend any of those which shows how much concerned the government and the PM are about the people of Kashmir.”Curfew was today lifted from four districts of Kashmir and parts of Srinagar city in view of the improving situation in these areas but remained in force in the rest of the Valley as a precautionary measure.advertisementAs many as 45 persons have been killed and over 3,400 injured in clashes between protesters and security forces since July 9. PTI PLB/SKC RT
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been named the stand-in captain for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the absence of Virat Kohli, who is undergoing a rehabilitation for his right shoulder. Kohli will be out of action for at least a couple of weeks into the Indian Premier League following a shoulder injury he sustained in the third Test against Australia last month. (Kohli’s absence good for us, says Dhawan)RCB start off the 10th edition of the IPL against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 5.”Virat Kohli, the RCB Captain will be missing the first few matches of the VIVO Indian Premier League owing to an unfortunate shoulder injury. His presence on field is dependent on him passing the fitness tests and we hope for a strong recovery for him. In the interim, Shane Watson, will lead the RCB team as the stand-in captain,” an RCB press release stated. (Training hard. I’ll be back soon, says Kohli)Watson has been one of IPL stalwarts and has played key roles during his eight-year stint at suspended Rajasthan Royals, who also won the championship in the inaugural edition.DE VILLIERS TO MISS OPENERRCB has been badly hit by injuries. KL Rahul, one of their top-three run-getters last season, has been ruled out of the entire tournament with a dislocated shoulder. They will also miss the services of AB de Villiers in the first match against the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on Wednesday. The South Africa great suffered a back injury last week during a South African T20 league game and is expected to take the field in the team’s second match against Delhi Daredevils at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.advertisementWATCH: INDIAN STARS LAID LOW BY INJURIESHowever, RCB management has confirmed that even if De Villiers makes a comeback Watson will continue with his stand-in role until regular captain Kohli returns. (RCB are the team to beat this season, says Chris Lynn)Kohli’s injury will be assessed in the second week of April but the superstar batsman will be present in the dug-out during the opener to boost team’s morale.”Virat who is a core pillar of the RCB team will be working closely with the RCB coach Daniel Vettori and mentoring the team to make sure the team hitting the field on April 5 and beyond is well prepared and motivated to play bold like always. We have a line-up of exceptional young batsmen who are strong assets to the team and we hope to see our bold team to come together to create new milestones this season,” RCB stated.
Happy National Freelancers Day!Did you know that the UK actually has a National Freelancers Day? It does, really. And today is their 5th annual celebration of it.Across the pond, people seem to have a deep appreciation for independent workers. In honor of National Freelancers Day, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that “freelancers are the engine of our economy,” adding his name to countless other British industry leaders and politicians who recognize freelancers’ impact on the economy. Pretty cool, huh?National Freelancers Day is even being celebrated today in London with a panel discussion of business leaders, politicians, and independent workers on the power of the freelance model.You’re pursuing your dreams, changing your lives for the better, and helping to shape the new economy. With freelancers doing so much great work the world over, be sure to take a second out to give yourself a pat on the back – maybe even a hug (if that’s not too weird).
As Freelancers Union Founder and Executive Director, Sara Horowitz is an innovator for tomorrow’s workforce. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @Sara_Horowitz.Freelancers across New York City gathered at City Hall this Monday, February 29, to shine a spotlight on the issue of client nonpayment at a hearing for the Freelance Isn’t Free bill. In addition to allies in labor, policy and business, over one hundred Freelancers Union members attended the hearing and dozens appeared to testify. It was the first official meeting between the City of New York and the freelance workforce.At the hearing, Council Members heard freelancers from a wide range of industries – including film production, fashion, court reporting, consulting and web development – share their nonpayment experiences. Each member story was unique in its context, but the message was universal: Nonpayment is endemic to freelancing and we need to find a solution.The sheer magnitude of stories, the diversity of voices, and the broad coalition of supporters stirred a palpable sense of urgency for passing this legislation. As the first bill to institute badly needed payment protections for freelancers, It has the potential to make tangible change in the lives of New Yorkers as well as create a ripple-effect to other localities.Deborah Cowell, a freelance writer in the book publishing industry, reminded City Council that, “…we are in the unique and perhaps enviable position yet again of blazing the trail into an amazing future that includes pretty much all industries. To ensure New York City remains a leader in workforce development, protecting our citizens who freelance is the logical next step.”In addition to Freelancers Union members, the hearing brought together a powerful coalition of allies – including major labor leaders such as AFT, UFT, 32BJ, Make the Road, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Guestworker Alliance, policy leaders like NELP and The Workers Lab, and business leaders like New York Tech Meetup, Kickstarter, General Assembly, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Work Market, Brooklyn Creative League, Freshbooks, and Liquid Talent. This contrasting assortment of organizations came together out of a shared recognition of the same problem: the need for an updated social safety net for the new workforce.As a first step towards building that safety net, the Freelance Isn’t Free Hearing provided a forum for advocates and workers to share ideas around solving the nonpayment problem via the proposed legislation. With majority support in the City Council, the bill is well-positioned to move forward, but the hearing offered an opportunity to discover ways in which we can work together to refine the legislation and bring it to a vote.But the hearing did more than just shine a light on the nonpayment problem: it revealed to City Hall the breadth of the freelancing workforce and the common problems shared across a diverse and growing spectrum of workers.As Latefa Harmon, a professional development consultant, put it at the close of her testimony, “Freelancers are becoming more of the norm in a modernized workforce – we bring value to companies of all sizes, and many of us provide one-of-a-kind services. It’s important to for us to step up to create needed payment protections for freelancers now, before this becomes a never ending battle in the near future.”In order to have innovative and robust economies, the freelance workforce must have an adequate support system. Realizing this, lawmakers here in New York City and across the nation are beginning to listen to the challenges facing this workforce. The Freelance Isn’t Free legislation is a litmus test for how future regulations for the new workforce will be made.Join the group making the future of freelancing better (it’s free!)Become a Freelancers Union member
The 2009 Touch Football Tasmania State Cup was held at Wentworth Park in Hobart on Saturday, 31 January 2009. The ground proved to be a ‘not so happy’ hunting ground for the Northern Teams.The Southern teams took out five of the seven divisions 3-0, with success in the second game coming to the Northern Under 18 girls team, and a win in the final dead rubber game to the Northern Men’s 30’s.One of the highlights of the day was the deciding game in the Girls 18’s division, and although the Northern girls fought it out to the end, they were unable to overcome the Southern girls this year.Katelyn Barry, from Southern Touch, took out the Player of the Series award in the Girls 18’s division.Birthday boy Sam Williams (Southern Touch), received the Boys 18’s division Player of the Series, and was best in a team where the trophy could have been awarded to many.Although the Southern boys claimed a three games to nil victory in the series, there are some pleasing signs for the North with a good group of new young boys showing through.The Women’s 30’s proved to be an entertaining division to watch again with the opening game of the series being decided by a drop off and continuing to be close right through. The Southern team reversed the result from last years event, taking out the series 3-0 and Alison Garrett being named Player of the Series.The Men’s 30’s was hot and fiery once again, with each game a tight struggle. Brent Mills lead his team to a 2-1 series win with a Player of the Series performance.The Mixed division has been dominated by Southern Touch over many years, and this year was no different coming out with another convincing 3-0 win.Matthew Phillips continued to show that he may be the ‘Tony Eltakchi’ of Tas Touch, taking out another Mixed Player of the Series award, with the Southern Mixed Coach Shelley Wyver being rewarded for several years of service, and continued successful results in this division, with the Coach of the Tournament award.Emma Haines, fresh from tough competition in New Zealand dominated the Women’s Open event that saw another 3-0 win to Southern Touch over a young and developing Northern team.The Men’s division again saw a dominant Southern Touch team take on a young developing Northern side with Marc Thompson of Southern Touch a resounding winner of the Player of the Series award.David Taylor of Launceston took out the Referee of the Tournament award and Southern Touch were named the 2009 State Cup Champions.
Photo: Urban Meyer Shows Off His Custom “Buckeyes” Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey In Anticipation Of Game 2
Urban Meyer Cavs JerseyThe state of Ohio has already celebrated one big championship this year – Ohio State football’s victory against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff. The Buckeye State has a chance to win another one this spring, as the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently in the Eastern Conference Finals against Atlanta. In anticipation of the Cavs’ Game 2 against the Hawks, OSU coach Urban Meyer showed off the custom “Buckeyes” jersey Cleveland game him this past January. Sweet @cavs jersey. Will be rooting for them tonight! pic.twitter.com/Al8HGP3e20— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) May 22, 2015The Cavs and the Hawks are set to tip off at 8:30 p.m. E.T. tonight. The game will be televised on TNT.
“I wish some of the TV people and people from our conference would come, at any stadium, in these kind of conditions and know that it’s really difficult for the fans,” Saban said. “When the circumstances and conditions of the game are difficult for them (the fans), you negate some of those positives.”Check it out:”I wish some of the TV people & people from our conference would come, at any stadium, in these kind of conditions and know that it’s really difficult for the fans.”– Nick Saban when I asked him about Alabama facing another hot game Saturday, records temps expected vs Ole Miss pic.twitter.com/lef34gzVzd— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) September 25, 2019Saban also noted that Alabama has played only afternoon games at home so far. He believes that makes it harder on the fans since it’s been hot throughout September.When Alabama hosts Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon, the temperature around kickoff will be 94 degrees.We’ll see if the record temperature in Tuscaloosa affects the attendance numbers this weekend. NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches from the sideline during the first half of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Alabama has faced criticism for its fan attendance through the first few home games of the regular season. Obviously the turnout isn’t up to the school’s standards, and Nick Saban thinks the weather is a key reason why.The first two home contests for Alabama have been against New Mexico State and Southern Miss. It’s pretty clear that neither of those programs present a real challenge to the reigning SEC champs.With conference play about to begin, the hope is that more fans will show up to the games in Tuscaloosa. However, Saban thinks the real issue is that it’s too hot for the fans to sit through an entire game right now.Saban spoke to the media about this upcoming weekend’s game against Ole Miss. Since the current forecast is calling for an extremely hot afternoon, the legendary coach understands that it’ll be tough for fans to endure the heat on Saturday.
The four-day trade mission to Los Angeles has ended on asuccessful note. The mission, led by Premier John Hamm, included representativesof 29 companies in the film, television, music, visual arts,culture and life-sciences sectors. The mission generated a greatdeal of awareness and has already resulted in sales for someparticipants. “Nova Scotia was represented well,” said Premier Hamm. “Theresponse we received, the appreciation for our talented artistsand the genuine interest in the province was extremely encouraging.” More than 300 guests gathered Thursday at the official residenceof Consul-General Colin Robertson, where East Coast Music Awardwinner John Gracie sang the national anthem to help celebrateCanada’s 137th birthday. Premier Hamm thanked Mr. Robertson and presented a vase craftedby Stephanie Rozene, a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Artand Design, as a gesture of appreciation for the hospitalityprovided to the Nova Scotia mission. A special presentation was also provided to award-winningdirector Dan Petrie Sr. With more than 70 film and televisionproductions to his credit, the Glace Bay native was lauded byPremier Hamm for his impressive body of work. As a symbol of therespect and admiration Mr. Petrie has earned from the industryand his home province, he was presented with a gift of NovaScotian crystal. The mission’s efforts have resulted in sales for sculptor PeterBustin. During his exhibition at the del Mano Gallery in LosAngeles, Peter sold one of his pieces, entitled The Girl in theChair. Interest was also generated in several of his other worksand promising contacts were made on several fronts for otherparticipants. “The more awareness we create, the more sales we generate,” saidPremier Hamm. “I’m proud to have been a part of this mission;we’re telling Nova Scotia’s story on the global stage and it’sgetting rave reviews.” Premier Hamm also acknowledged with thanks the work of the staffwho put the mission together — particularly Ava Czapalay of theOffice of Economic Development.
FREDERICTON — Chocolate milk will be making a comeback in New Brunswick schools, after a much-derided ban on sugary drinks and snacks became an issue during the recent provincial election campaign.Tory Education Minister Dominic Cardy says New Brunswickers expressed concerns about the level of restrictions under the nutrition policy imposed by the previous Liberal government.He says as part of the new standards, flavoured milk and 100-per-cent real fruit juice may be sold in schools.During the election campaign, both the Liberals and the Tories vowed to revise the policy.Premier Blaine Higgs was even filmed drinking chocolate milk during the first week of the campaign for the Sept. 24 election, as the party said it would combat obesity in schools with meaningful programs, not token efforts.Cardy says while much of the focus has been on school food criteria, the policy’s main goals are to promote health and well-being through nutritional literacy and educational programs.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Canada will not sign on to an amendment to an international treaty that could bar three dozen countries from shipping any kind of garbage, even recyclables, to the developing world.The amendment to the Basel Convention that puts limitations on shipments of hazardous waste was proposed more than 20 years ago but has resurfaced in Canada recently as scores of shipping containers with rotting Canadian garbage sit in ports in the Philippines.The 103 containers were sent to Manila in 2013 and 2014 labelled as plastics for recycling but Filipino authorities discovered they actually contained household waste including adult diapers, food and electronics.A Filipino court ordered Canada to take the garbage back but that hasn’t happened and now the two countries have formed a working group to find a way of disposing the waste in an environmentally conscious manner.An official with Environment and Climate Change Canada says the federal government amended its own regulations around hazardous waste shipments in 2016 to prevent such events from happening again.However, the spokeswoman also says Canada is not in favour of the Basel Convention amendment that could prevent global shipments of recyclable materials, as there are sound environmental reasons for having international recycling and recovery operations, including in developing nations.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Target Corp is repairing the supply chain problems it holds largely responsible for last year’s botched Canadian expansion and expects to show measurable progress on a turnaround by this fall, its top executive in Canada said on Tuesday.[np_storybar title=”Target Corp. should cut its losses and exit Canada — soon, says Credit Suisse” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/16/target-corp-should-cut-its-losses-and-exit-canada-soon-says-credit-suisse/”%5D Target Corp. needs to make a decision about whether it wants to continue operating in Canada soon. [/np_storybar]In its first international expansion, Minneapolis-based Target opened an unprecedented 124 stores and three distribution centers in Canada last year, losing nearly $1 billion as sales fell far short of expectations.Disappointed shoppers complained of higher prices than in U.S. stores, poor selection, and empty shelves, and distribution center workers told Reuters that poor planning led to supply chain problems that began long before the first store opened.“With the benefit of hindsight, if we could do it all over again, we wouldn’t have opened up that many stores, that many DCs (distribution centers), in that short a time frame. I know that much,” Mark Schindele, Target Canada’s new president, told Reuters.“We’re now unwinding some of the decisions we made that were based on speed.”Schindele said that Target was too ambitious when it launched starting in March 2013.“If I could build a time machine and go back, we would’ve liked to have a slower approach,” Schindele said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“It was too much in too short a window. Our biggest issue (was) that we needed more time.”Schindele joined Target Canada in May from the company’s U.S. operations where he held the position of senior vice-president of merchandising operations. He replaced Tony Fisher who was fired from the job earlier this year.Some analysts say that Target, which was also hurt badly by a massive U.S. data breach late last year that involved 40 million payment card numbers, should cut its losses in Canada and either close poorly performing stores or pull out entirely.Schindele, a 15-year Target veteran, said the company is focused on improving all of its stores and would not answer questions about whether any closures are being considered.SUPPLY CHAIN “RESET”The discount retailer is pushing a three-pronged turnaround plan that will focus on its supply chain, pricing, and merchandise selection.As a first step, all 130 stores are counting their inventory, to help “reset” an overwhelmed supply chain. Most stores have completed that work and are reporting significantly fuller shelves, Schindele said.He added that the rapid pace of Target’s entry resulted in problems with the set-up of its all-new Canadian technology systems due to hastily made decisions.A key issue, distribution center staff had told Reuters, was that shipments of many products coming into warehouses did not match data in Target’s computer system. That created a bottleneck as staff scrambled to reconcile differences.Our biggest issue (was) that we needed more timeSchindele said that when the system was first set up, minimum order quantities were not aggregated at the vendor level, as is typically done, but by the distribution centers, which made tracking purchase orders difficult.“If your data integrity isn’t good, it’s really hard to keep stores in stock,” he said.With one year of operations under its belt, Target Canada now has sales data to help forecast demand and allocate products. Schindele said excess inventory problems have been alleviated significantly since last year.The recovery plan, which reflects work with two different consultants, also includes retraining staff. Workers were initially pushing inventory through the system, rather than allowing the software to do its job, Schindele said.Technology will be reconfigured and stores will also see merchandise shipped more frequently.“We expect to see measurable progress this fall,” Schindele said, but did not provide details.In response to customer complaints, the company said it is changing its price-match policy to add Canadian online retailers such as Amazon.ca and Walmart.ca, while allowing shoppers to use popular price matching apps.The cheap-chic retailer will add 30,000 new products and expand its line of exclusive products, including a partnership with Canadian celebrity interior designer Sarah Richardson to try to boost sales.Executives would not provide any Canadian sales or profit growth targets or say how much the repair plan will cost.While these are just some of the changes, Target still needs to win over shoppers who may feel burned by negative experiences over the past year. Schindele said he’s confident that more exclusives and better pricing will help shift sentiment in Target’s favour.“It all starts with having the right content in the store, being priced right and the right inventory levels,” he said.“That’s what will change our story.”Analysts have been less forgiving, with at least one suggesting the company weigh an exit strategy to get out of Canada.Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein said the new Target Corp. CEO should prioritize a decision on whether the retailer should take the money spent in Canada and funnel it back into new investments for the more successful U.S. business, which has recently faced its own trouble with a data breach involving consumer information.Target Canada has been a costly investment, causing its parent company to post a US$1-billion loss in 2013 and another $211-million loss in the first quarter.Target cut its second-quarter profit estimate last week and said Canadian sales were softer than expected. The company is scheduled to report results on Aug. 20.As Target Canada works to manage its existing stores, the company is also opening three others later this fall, which at first glance seems to run against its own suggestions that it took on too many locations at launch.But Schindele said Target can handle a few more stores, which will bring its total store count to 130 spread across much of the country.“These are great markets and these are great locations,” he said.New Target Chief Executive Brian Cornell officially starts work on Tuesday, but he was briefed by Schindele last week on the recovery plan and will tour Target stores when he visits Canada this week.© Thomson Reuters 2014, The Canadian Press
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 17.79 points to 15,087.49, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 25.14 points to 21,433.66. The S&P 500 index shed 0.47 of a point to 2,426.96 and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 14.68 points to 6,191.07The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.40 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 77.59 cents US.The August crude contract was up 40 cents to US$44.80 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up 10 cents to US$3.03 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down $4.90 to US$1,208.30 an ounce and the September copper contract was up two cents at US$2.67 a pound.
It’s a piece of history that has seen countless alarms calls and maybe even a few cats stuck in trees.The Firefighters Museum of Calgary is selling off some of its antique fleet to fund the upkeep of its core display.Museum supervisor Rebecca Malenka says the decision to auction some of the near 100-year-old trucks was difficult.She says, “We currently have a fleet of 26 antique firetrucks in our collection, seven of them are original to Calgary, so we’ll definitely be keeping those, but the ones that aren’t from Calgary and not relevant to the development of history and the Calgary Fire Department, will be sold.”The price to own your own antique fire engine is staying private.You can see the antique pieces at Calgary Fire headquarters or on the City’s website. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Firefighters Museum of Calgary to sell antique fire trucks by News Staff Posted Jul 30, 2014 6:48 pm MDT
“Bottom line, I plan to continue the proximity talks both at formal level and at technical level until next week, probably Wednesday as originally planned,” said UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura at a press conference in Geneva on the state of the intra-Syrian talks he has been mediating.“We need to try until Wednesday to get as deep as possible in the areas we have been starting discussing” he added, noting that he thinks he will be in a position by the middle of next week to report on where negotiations are and what has been reached during this round of talks. Mr. de Mistura also indicated that according to all “objective criteria,” the cessation of hostilities is still in effect: “I repeat, is still in effect. None of the sides have renounced to it […] But it is in great trouble if we do not act quickly.”He reminded reporters that the central point of the talks is to get ideas, concepts, and a vision of what could be either the Transitional Governing Body or what the Government is referring to as the “Government of broad-base.”“The secret for us and the usefulness of these proximity talks is to get the respective visions of what is their view of the political transition and that is what we have been working on,” he said, highlighting that the difference compared to past talks is that both sides are aiming for a political transition.He recalled how on Monday, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) – the opposition delegation – showed “displeasure” about the non-progress of the humanitarian situation by talking about postponing their official participation in the talks.“But luckily there is also a strong feeling of urgency in not dropping what is the mother of all issues: political transition, and getting deeper in this,” Mr. de Mistura said. “And therefore since Monday, we have been having formal meetings with the Government, and been able to consult and meet representatives of the Moscow, Cairo, Damascus platforms, the Women Advisory Board, civil society and indeed at the technical level, we had very deep meetings with the HNC representatives.”
Junior forward Sam Thompson (12), dunks the ball. OSU won against Morgan State, 89-50, Nov. 9. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor The Ohio State men’s basketball team (1-0) used a hot start from junior guard Shannon Scott to pull away from Morgan State (0-1) early and secure its first victory of the 2013-14 season 89-50.Scott scored nine of OSU’s first 11 points, hitting each of his first three shots from beyond the arc to give OSU an early 11-5 lead, which it would hold for the rest of the game.Scott said he has been working hard on improving his shots, but that the Buckeyes’ ability to pass the ball was a big help.“I believe I’ve been working on that in practice a lot this year. My teammates did a great job of finding me (when) I was in open spots so whenever they did that, I would knock it down,” Scott said.Coach Thad Matta said Scott’s growth to be able to hit long range shots should really open up the rest of the floor for OSU.“I think one day this summer he got 400 shots up and he told me ‘I’ve never done that before,’ and I said ‘there’s maybe a reason you haven’t shot the ball particularly well.’ That’s something that for him we talked about all offseason,” Matta said. “You’ve got to be able to knock down those outside shots because it’s just going to open up so much more. He had shot it so well up to this point … to see it going in with the lights on is huge for us.”A dunk by Morgan State senior guard Justin Black cut the Buckeye lead to 18-12 with 11:24 left in the half. But OSU would close out the half with a 31-11 run to head into halftime with a 49-23 lead.Two players who were expected to have big seasons for OSU in 2013-14, junior forward LaQuinton Ross and senior guard Aaron Craft, struggled in the first half only scoring four and two points respectively.Ross, who ended the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds, made the first start of his OSU career after the departure of forward Deshaun Thomas to the NBA Draft last season.Starting for the first time wasn’t something that Ross thought about before the game, he said, adding that it was all about getting the win.“I don’t really think we thought about it too much. We got out here and got this win so we’re real excited about that,” Ross said.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. led all scorers with 18 points against the Bears. Scott added a career-high 16 points to go along with seven assists and junior forward Sam Thompson scored 14 for the Buckeyes.In his debut as a Buckeye freshman forward, Marc Loving had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.Ross said having so many different scoring options is “exciting” and can be a big boost for the Buckeyes this season.“It definitely keeps me excited knowing we have players that can knock down open shots at any time,” Ross said. “We might have struggled with that a bit last year but now everybody’s been in the gym all summer, all preseason working on their games, so that’s a great help to our team.”Coach Thad Matta agreed, adding that having a balanced scoring attack is something that OSU is going to look to do for the rest of the season.“I think that’s the balance that this team’s going to have to have in terms of how we want to play and how we think we should play,” Matta said. “The rotations, I thought guys came and really gave us a good boost and that’s something that’s going to be big for this team.”Starting junior center Amir Williams struggled with foul trouble during the game, fouling out after only 14 minutes played. Trey McDonald came off the bench in place of Williams, scoring six points in 18 minutes played.OSU is set to return to action Tuesday at 8 p.m. against in-state rival Ohio University before hitting the road to take on Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.
A blind D-Day veteran has received a set of replacement medals after his own went missing at a motorway service station.Alfred Barlow, 96, from Stockport, was returning home last month from a pilgrimage to Normandy when the medals were lost.His wife Masie and his grandson noticed they were missing after he visited the gents at Norton Canes services near Walsall on the M6 Toll on June 8.Crimestoppers has offered £5,000 and actor Hugh Grant an additional £1,000 to reunite Mr Barlow with the 1939-1945 Star, the France & Germany Star, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Palestine Medal.But on Wednesday, he was presented with replacements by Alan Walker, 58, a fellow blind veteran from Hassocks, West Sussex, who was so moved by reading his story that he went out and bought four more medals from a specialist dealer. Mr Barlow, who served with 3rd (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Reconnaissance Regiment, and landed on Sword Beach at 10am on D-Day, June 6, 1944, said he was “bitterly disappointed” when he realised the medals were missing.”I’ve got some replacements now. It’s not quite the same, but nevertheless I have got some medals that I have earned.”And that’s the annoying part. I earned those medals during the war for my part on D-Day, going through Europe and chasing the Germans back into Germany.” Speaking at a ceremony organised by Blind Veterans UK at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Mr Barlow said: “Today has been overwhelming and I never expected all this fuss.”He said: “I am so grateful to all the people who have been kind to me and who have been to see me.”People who don’t know me from Adam and yet they’ve been to see me in my home, I am very grateful to them.” Anyone with information about the lost medals is being asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or the Blind Veterans UK hotline on 0800 389 7979. Blind D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow, 96, who lost his medals at a motorway service station, with his wife Masie, with replacements that were presented to him at a ceremony at the Hampton Court Flower ShowCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Blind D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow (right), 96, who lost his medals at a motorway service station, is presented with replacements by fellow blind veteran Alan Walker at a ceremony at the Hampton Court Flower ShowCredit:Steve Parsons/PA 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. Photo of the lost medalsCredit:PA Mr Barlow, who started receiving support from Blind Veterans UK after losing his sight through macular degeneration, said that he had lost hope of finding the original medals.He added: “I have had offers of medals from other people’s fathers.”One in particular came from Stockport and he offered me his father’s medals.”That’s fantastic. But I wouldn’t want a son of mine giving my medals away just like that.”Nick Caplin, chief executive of Blind Veterans UK, said: “People across the country have been in touch with us, wanting to offer support to try and help Alfred to find his medals again or indeed find replacements.”Just looking at Alfred’s face when he had his medals on his chest again and just talking to Alfred about how much his medals mean to him, is so meaningful.”
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has hailed goalkeeper Alison Becker as “exciting package” after he made important saves in their 3-1 victory at Burnley.Alisson was influential in the second half of Liverpool 3-1 win at Turf Moor, as he saved Ben Mee’s goalbound header and later launched a counter-attack that led to Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal which helped Jurgen Klopp’s side seal the game.The Brazilian has only let in six goals in 15 Premier League matches so far, and Klopp is happy with his contribution.“The best thing is not talking about a goalkeeper – that means he is without any mistakes,” Klopp told the club’s website.“But after the last game… again, he had a big, big part in the game.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“After the game, I think everybody saw the goal Burnley scored should have been disallowed. It was a difficult decision, especially the offside.“That’s how it is. It’s the view of the ref or the assistant, in this case. But it was offside. Then he [had] both hands on the ball. That’s one thing.“The other thing is, he stayed in the game and when we were 2-1 up made a brilliant save.“And with the next ball, that’s his attitude – he doesn’t stand on his line or wait, he goes out and catches it, then counter-attack. That’s a really exciting package the boy delivers and it helped us a lot, of course.”
Related Items:#Archerremainsbehindbars, #magneticmedianews, #OmarArcherjailed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau –Whistle Blower, Omar Archer will now serve an additional 28-day sentence. This comes after a warrant of committal was issued for Mr. Archer on April 4th, 2017. Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis had since then delayed the case until Tuesday 11th April 2017. Archer was said to have paid all his outstanding fees on April 5th, 2017.However, instead of being released today, Mr. Archer’s stay in Her Majesty’s Prison was extended. In court last week, Archer’s lawyer Barry Sawyer and his associates were told to have his defense on charges of intentional libel and threats of death ready. However, it is now being said that Archer’s present sentencing is due to an outstanding civil matter in court number 13 from 2011. Many of Archer’s supporters are now left infuriated as they worry that he may not be able to vote and say that the timing of this arrest immediately after the announcement by Prime Minister Perry Christie on the election date is suspicious. Archer is the man Perry Christie ‘flipped the bird’ at during a PLP public rally in February. Supporters have signed a petition for Omar Archer’s freedom, stating the activist has been arrested on dubious charges and his constitutional right to speak is being infringed upon by this incarceration without bail. Story by: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews#OmarArcherjailed#Archerremainsbehindbars
WASHINGTON – House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday that fixing the nation’s fiscal problems, not its immigration laws, was his top priority, as the most comprehensive proposal in a generation to change the immigration system languishes in the Republican-controlled House.Boehner has appeared unswayed by the political momentum behind the bipartisan Senate bill, and even after talking last week with President Barack Obama he wants the House to take its time.The speaker also dismissed critics who have said this Congress has been among the most unproductive in years. He defended the House’s decision to hold dozens of votes to repeal the nation’s 2010 health-care law – bills that are almost certain never to become law.“We should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws that we repeal,” he said.Boehner said he remained “optimistic” that Congress could do something to fix our fiscal situation.”Legislation to fund the government and avoid a federal shutdown will be at the top of the agenda when lawmakers return in the fall from the August recess. Funding for federal operations expires Sept. 30.