Rahul Bheke Ruled Out of India’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers vs Bangladesh Due to Injury

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Defender Rahul Bheke was on Wednesday ruled out of India’s upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match against Bangladesh due to an injury.The Bengaluru FC player was part of the 29-man list of probables chosen by head coach Igor Stimac for a preparatory camp in Guwahati ahead of the match on October 15 in Kolkata. But he is not joining the camp due to injury.”Owing to an injury, @RahulBheke will not be able to join the #BlueTigers’ preparatory camp before @FIFAWorldCup qualifier against Bangladesh. We wish him a speedy recovery,” the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on its twitter handle without mentioning the nature and extent of the injury.The 28-year-old made his national team debut at the King’s Cup in Thailand in June and played in both the first two Group E matches of the World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Qatar.India had lost 1-2 to Oman in Guwahati on September 5 while notching up a memorable 0-0 draw against Asian champions Qatar on September 10 in Doha.After the match against Bangladesh in Kolkata, they play against Afghanistan and Oman on November 14 and 19 in their way matches. 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiersfootballindian football First Published: October 2, 2019, 5:47 PM ISTlast_img read more

Fit-again Jack Wilshere eyes England spot for Euro 2016

first_imgInjury-plagued Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has set his sights on making the 23-man England squad that will be flying to France for the European Championships this summer.The 24-year-old had been missing in action for 11 months after undergoing surgery in September for a fractured left tibia, an injury he sustained in pre-season training.Despite playing just seven minutes of football for Arsenal so far this season, Wilshere is tipped to make Roy Hodgson’s squad, having played a crucial role in the qualifiers.”What really matters is playing for the first team and getting back on the pitch,” Wilshere told British media.”It’s a big week for me in training, getting fitter and sharper. Hopefully next weekend I can get some more game time and go from there.”I’m not saying that I’m there yet, this is just another step on my way to full recovery. There’s a few games left and after that, hopefully I’ll go away with England to the Euros. It’s an exciting time.”England face Russia, Slovakia and Wales in Group B of the 24-team tournament that starts on June 10.last_img read more

Olympiacos Downs Panathinaikos, 76-69

first_imgATHENS – Olympiacos took 2-0 lead in its best-of-seven Greek Basket League finals against Panathinaikos, beating the depleted Greens, 76-69.The Reds can clinch the title and bragging rights between the country’s dominant powers and “eternal enemies,” with a win in game three on Jan. 14.Panathinaikos has won 11 of the last 12 championships, its skein broken only when Olympiacos won in the 2012 finals, another in the long series of heated competition between the teams, whose fans hate each other.In the last 22 years, only AEK, which won in 2002, has broken a string of either Olympiacos, with six titles, and Panathinaikos, with 15, taking the title.Panathinakos, hit by injuries and suspension to a star player, led 26-24 early in the game but never caught up after that as Olympiacos clamped down on defense.With Olympiacos leading 65-56, Panathinaikos made a last run behind center Loukas Mavrokefalidis and cut the lead to only two points before fizzling.Mavrokefalidis was the top scorer with 28 points, while Giorgos Printezis got 17 for Olympiacos. The teams usual stars didn’t play well as Panathinaikos’ Dimitris Dimantidis scored only four points and Olympiacos sharpshooter Vassilis Spanoulis had just 11.The biggest surprise though was that the Olympiacos fans, instead of taunting their rivals or resorting to violence, a common occurrence when they meet, applauded Panathinaikos, apparently understanding they were playing without a top-flight squad and were fighting gamely.In the battle for the third spot Aris leveled the series 1-1 with a 92-88 home win on Tuesday behind closed doors.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Royals’ Moustakas, Quinnipiac Hockey Star Anas AHEPA Winners

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Kansas City Royals’ third baseman Mike Moustakas will receive the prestigious Harry Agganis Hellenic Athlete Award from AHEPA while college hockey star Sam Anas will get his second William Chirgotis Collegiate Scholar-Athlete Award.Moustakas was a key member of the World Series champions, affectionately called “Moose” by the fans, and is a former high school player of the year, is a slugger.The Agganis award is named for the former Boston Red Sox first baseman who was known as “The Golden Greek” and was a two-sport star, an All-American quarterback, defensive back and punter for Boston University who was the first draft choice of the Cleveland Browns but decided to play baseball first.He died in 1955 at 26 years old of a pulmonary embolism, cutting short what likely would have been one of the greatest careers of any American athlete.Anas, 23, from Potomac, Maryland, starred for Quinnipiac College, which made to the NCAA finals this year. He signed with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.The awards were announced by Supreme President John W. Galanis and Gregory J. Stamos, head of the National Athletic Awards.The awards will be presented at the 94th AHEPA Supreme Convention, July 27 in Las Vegas.“AHEPA is proud to recognize these two amazing talents,” Galanis said. “Both athletes have risen to championship-level play in their respective sports and are to be commended for their athletic accomplishments to date.”Added Stamos, “As the starting third baseman for the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, Mike Moustakas played an integral role in the team’s championship run, and Sam Anas attained First-team All-American honors for a major NCAA Division I hockey program at Quinnipiac University, leading the team to a number one national ranking and to the championship game.”Anas concluded a stellar, three-year collegiate hockey career with Quinnipiac by totaling 69 goals and 63 assists in 121 games over three seasons.He was the team’s leading scorer in each of the three years. In his final year, Sam tallied 50 points (24 goals and 26 assists) and scored four game-winning goals.For his effort, Sam was named AHCA/CCM Hockey Men’s Division I All-America First Team. As a sophomore, he was named Second-team All-American, and as a freshman, Anas was named the National Rookie of the Year.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nordic Semiconductor: Zigbee solution for the nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC

first_imgNordic Semiconductor announces its first Zigbee wireless connectivity solution for use with the nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC. The first engineering release is available now with a production grade Zigbee 3.0-certified release planned for the second half of 2018. The introduction of the Zigbee solution expands Nordic’s portfolio of mesh networking products (including Bluetooth mesh and Thread) for smart home, enterprise, and industry. As with Nordic’s other mesh solutions, the nRF52840 SoC with the S140 v6.0 SoftDevice (“stack”) can support concurrent Zigbee and Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy operation.Nordic’s multiprotocol solution for the nRF52840 SoC enables use cases that take advantage of several wireless technologies. Examples include interaction with a Zigbee smart lighting network from a smartphone via Bluetooth 5, or a Zigbee security network using Bluetooth beacons for location identification. The SDK includes several examples including concurrent operation of Zigbee and Bluetooth 5 for a smart light bulb and switch.Zigbee is a global, standards-based wireless solution that takes advantage of the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY and operates globally in 2.4GHz unlicensed bands (and other frequency bands in some geographical zones). Raw data throughput rates of 250kbps can be achieved at 2.4GHz (16 channels) and transmission distances range from 10 to 100 meters, depending on power output and environmental characteristics. The technology supports large mesh networks (which allow nodes to relay messages to other nodes) and low power operation for extending battery life.Established in 2002, the Zigbee Alliance is a non-profit association of members that has created a thriving global ecosystem. The Zigbee Alliance states that the technology is a global, standards-based wireless solution that can conveniently and affordably control the widest range of devices to improve comfort, security, and convenience for consumers. It is the technology of choice for world-leading service providers, installers and retailers who bring the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) into the smart home.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous AAEON: 3.5” subcompact board with 10 USB and 12 COM portsNext FII Tech Growth invests in SECOlast_img read more

World Cup studs: Iran players steal the show, Moroccon coach a head-turner

first_imgIran are set to face Spain in a key on Wednesday night after giving themselves a serious chance of qualifying from the first round of group matches.Iran produced a Moroccon heartbreak in their World Cup opener when Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in the fifth minute of added time and Iran walked away with all three points.Iran are placed in Group B, alongside two big names in Spain and Portugal. But with Spain vs Portugal finishing in a 3-3 draw, Iran now have a realistic chance to qualify for the Round of 16.While Iran put up a gritty display on field, the players’ good looks have not gone unnoticed either.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAs soon as the Iranian national team landed in Russia and their pictures were released, the social media began swooning over how good looking the players were. Ehsan Hajisafi (left) and Karim Ansarifard after Iran’s win over Morocco. (Reuters Photo)A Twitter user went on to say, “Not sure if it’s Iran National Football Team for the #WorldCup or competitors in Mr. Universe!”Not sure if its Iran National Football Team for the #WorldCup or competitors in Mr. Universe! https://t.co/GLjZ2iD9do(@Bamitsmahnoor) June 11, 2018People went on to say that they were going to support Iran only because they wanted to see these men for a longer time in the World Cup.Iran national football team pic.twitter.com/OgbABQzFps(@yasupton) June 14, 2018I heard the internet was suddenly #teamiran because of these guys – can you blame anyone? Sports can be a way to bridge political gaps – especially when these are the athletes representing us. Irans national football team #TeamMelli has landed for the #WorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/zqjQ0xNfe8advertisementHastiTaghi (@HastiTaghi) June 10, 2018Irans national football team is looking like some GQ spread pic.twitter.com/6zVpstOxX1(@itsSaranotSera) June 13, 2018But Iran’s campaign has not been without controversy.Ahead of Iran’s first game against Morocco, news came out that Nike had pulled out of the sponsorship deal and were no longer going to provide boots to the Iran national team due to US sanctions.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz and players slammed Nike for their irresponsible treatment towards the country and its player but social media managed to associate even this to the looks of the Iran team and found a silver lining. The team from Iran have been in the news for their looks since the beginning for FIFA World Cup 2018. (Reuters Photo)A Twitter user waived away Nike’s treatment of Iran and said, “Nike isn’t sponsoring their footwear due to US sanctions, but after photos like this, will anyone really be paying attention to their feet?”This is Iran’s national football team. Nike isn’t sponsoring their footwear due to US sanctions, but after photos like this, will anyone really be paying attention to their feet?#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/tCR4E1KoaDMuhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) June 13, 2018Meanwhile, a few Iranian fans also raised banners asking for women back home to be allowed inside stadiums. Iranian skipper Masoud Shojaei, however, said the World Cup was not the place to discuss women issues. Alireza Jahanbakhsh celebrating Iran’s victory in the first FIFA World Cup 2018 match. (Reuters Photo)While the Iran national team will take the field later on Wednesday, there is another man who will be at the ground and one who has caught everybody’s attention.When Portugal take on Morocco today, the latter’s coach Herve Renard will be the one who will have people’s eyes on him.Last time when he stood at the sidelines, he turned many heads and fans could not help but notice his stark resemblance to Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the role of Jamie Lannister in HBO’s superhit series Game of Thrones.Famous TV presenter Joe Morrison posted a photograph of Renard and even joked, “The best looking guy at the #FifaWorldCup2018 will be involved in the Portugal v Morocco game tonight and it’s not @Cristiano !!”The best looking guy at the #FifaWorldCup2018 will be involved in the Portugal v Morocco game tonight and its not @Cristiano !! – Join me from 4.30pm on SonyTen2 #Rennard pic.twitter.com/OJ3ooRdSDvJoe Morrison (@joefooty) June 20, 2018last_img read more

Furious Tushar Arothe reacts after resigning as India women’s cricket coach

first_imgTushar Arothe who was froced to resign as the Indian women’s cricket team coach on Tuesday after having alleged differences with some of the star players, who had protested against his training methods.A hurt Arothe siad that “letting players decide the fate of coaches” will only set a bad precedent.The 51-year-old Arothe, who guided India women cricket team to World Cup final, was removed after the BCCI received complaints from senior players, especially Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, about his training methods.”If students start deciding on the syllabus and course curriculum when there is a teacher, I don’t think it’s a great thing. Similarly, if you start removing coaches merely on the basis of allegations from the players, then you are setting a bad precedent,” Arothe told PTI in a no-holds barred interview today.Arothe also said that this frequent chopping of coaches whenever the players are unhappy will only reflect poorly on them.READ – Tushar Arothe resigns as India women’s cricket team coach”There was someone before me (Purnima Rau), who was removed as players didn’t want her. Now they don’t like my style. Tomorrow, a new person will come and they might find him/her to be unsuitable. So if only one side is having a problem what does it tell you,” Arothe said.The former Baroda skipper is at his wits end to understand what went wrong between July last year to now. That from being a successful coach, who had taken the side to World Cup final and twin series win in South Africa, he became an overnight villain after India’s Asia Cup T20 debacle in Kuala Lumpur.advertisementHis training methods were questioned and there were a plethora of allegations about trying to “remote control” the team.Arothe wanted to set the record straight and said that each and every allegation about him is “false” and he had made his point to the Committee of Administrators, when he was summoned for a meeting.”The main allegation was about two training sessions per day. Well, the girls didn’t have a problem till Asia Cup. This process started before last year’s World Cup. And to make it clear, those who batted or bowled during the morning session were rested during the afternoon or evening session. You want to become No 1 side and you don’t want to work hard. It doesn’t happen like that,” said Arothe, who had earlier worked as a fielding coach between 2009-2012.”Post World Cup euphoria, when the girls came for a camp in September, I found most of them complacent and still basking in glory. I told them ‘Please remember, you people have lost and not won the World Cup. All the accolades are fine but we need to work harder’.”If that was one of the issues, what has hurt Arothe the most is the allegations of trying to control playing XI and strategies during the Asia Cup.”The playing XI would be decided at the team meeting and manager (Trupti Bhattacharya) and one selector (Shashi Gupta) were also a part of decision making process. The team list used to be minuted by the manager. This is complete falsehood from the part of those players, who have complained to the BCCI,” Arothe said.”I heard an absurd complaint that I tried to control the proceedings during the match from the sidelines. That is as ridiculous as it can get. If a coach shouts instructions during the match, he would be penalised by the match referee as per ICC code of conduct,” Arothe said.During his meeting with BCCI brass, he was told that a senior player had said that he tried to force the bowlers into bowling negative line.”I was asked ‘why did you instruct the girls to bowl negative line?’ I said :’We have recording of the match. Please analyse the video and tell me which over did you think that a bowler bowled negative line (leg-stump line). When these allegations were being levelled, they should have at least thought that in T20s, it’s difficult to bowl negative line unlike longer formats,” Arothe explained.The final issue was about the scheduling of the camps and Arothe claimed that it was the senior players including T20 captain Harmanpreet, who had decided on an entire training schedule from March till October when they were scheduled to travel to West Indies.”Suddenly after Asia Cup, the camp was cancelled and no one had the courtesy to inform me. Every minute details of the schedule was done in consultation with the players and then suddenly I hear complaints about schedule.advertisement”They want to do gym work for strength. But if I tell them that hit a few balls to gauge your strength, is it wrong? Most of our batters have a strike-rate of less than 100 in T20s and if you are not willing to work hard, then you will have problems,” said the veteran of 114 first-class matches.Arothe, however, had good words to say about senior pros Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.”Mithali and Jhulan have been very co-operative and open to discussions at team meetings. And about Harman, I have no hard feelings. She is a fantastic cricketer. But I am surprised because when I asked who has complained, I was told “Kaptaan ne bola (the captain said). But I wish them all the best for their future,” Arothe concluded.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Shai Hope and John Campbell of West Indies in highest ever opening stand in ODIs

first_imgJohn Campbell and Shai Hope broke the record for the highest opening partnership in the history of the One Day Internationals.Campbell and Hope shared a 365-run opening stand from 284 balls to beat Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq’s 304-run stand against Zimbabwe in 2018, and claim the record.Campbell and Hope also became the only opening pair to score 150 runs each in the same innings of an ODI.John Campbell 179 runs from 137 balls, including 15 fours and 6 sixes, at a strike rate of 130.66.Shai Hope, on the other hand, scored 170 runs from 152 balls as he smashed 22 fours and 2 sixes and that too at a strike rate of 111.84.v306* run partnership!WI created history.The highest opening ODI partnership in the history of the game!! #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/Ziw12YhbMjWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) May 5, 2019The record-breaking partnership was broken by Barry McCarthy on the second ball of the 48th over.The right-arm pacer bowled a length delivery outside off, as Campbell tried to hit another one out of the park. He ended up miss-timing the ball as the ball went up in the air as William Porterfield charged in from sweeper cover to take the catch.Hope fell in the same over, as McCarthy bowled a short of a length delivery and again outside off. Hope unfortunately hit it straight into the hands of Lorcan Tucker at mid-wicket.The 365-run partnership between Campbell and Hope is not the highest partnership ever, as that record belongs to Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels of West Indies again, who had put up a 372-run stand for the second wicket against Zimbabwe back in February 2015.advertisementThird on the list is a 331-run stand between India’s Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand in 1999, with a 318-run stand between Dravid and Sourav Ganguly (vs Sri Lanka in 1999) in fourth.John Campbell, who smashed his maiden ODI century, said that he was happy for himself and Shai Hope for batting the way they did.”Very proud, first international century, it was a good pitch to bat on. I am very happy for both myself and Shai, think we set-up the innings very well, after a slow start, it became a better batting track,” Campbell said after the innings break, as West Indies posted 381/3 from their quota of 20 overs.Shai Hope echoed the sentiment, saying that they enjoyed batting together. “He did a bit more than me, we both enjoyed batting together,” Hope said after the West Indies innings.When Hope was asked about the becoming the fastest West Indian to reach 1000 run in one-day cricket, he said that he had no idea.Also Read | Won’t feel too bad if I’m left out: Jofra Archer on his World Cup 2019 dreamslast_img read more

Mayoral preferred to Benzema for Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid team news: Mayoral preferred to Benzema for Deportivo clash Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 22:06 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karim Benzema Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña The 20-year-old forward leads the line for the Blancos ahead of the France international as Zinedine Zidane looks for a first Liga win in 2018 Karim Benzema has again been left on the bench by Real Madrid for their Liga clash with Deportivo, with Borja Mayoral preferred up front.Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale start at Santiago Bernabeu, but the pair have not lined up alongside Benzema from the start for any game since April.Isco and Marco Asensio are also named among the substitutes as Zinedine Zidane’s side go in search of their first win in four Liga matches having slipped 19 points behind leaders Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mayoral — who spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg — has started just one previous match in the league so far this term, though he did find the net in September’s win over Real Sociedad.Elsewhere, Nacho partners Raphael Varane at the heart of the Madrid defence in the absence of the injured Sergio Ramos and Jesus Vallejo.Madrid have not failed to win four successive Liga matches since 2009, but have a good record against Deportivo, having won 13 of their last 14 matches against the La Coruna outfit.Real Madrid XI vs Deportivo: Navas; Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Ronaldo, Mayoral. Subs: Casilla, Theo, Kovacic, Isco, Asensio,, Vazquez, Benzema.Madrid subs: Casilla, Theo Hernandez, Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Asensio, Isco, Benzemalast_img read more

Matildas vs Brazil women: TV, stream & preview

first_imgAustralia will take on Brazil in their second group match at the Women’s World Cup on June 14 (2am AEST) with the action taking place in Montpellier at the Stade de la Mosson.The Matildas began their tournament with a shock 2-1 loss to Italy and must bounce back quickly to avoid an early exit from France.Brazil meanwhile made light work of Jamaica in their opening game as they claimed a 3-0 win with Cristiane becoming the oldest person to score a World Cup hat-trick. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? While now facing a battle to make the knockout stages, Australia have a good recent record against the Brazilians and could get their campaign back on track on Friday morning.  Game Australia vs Brazil Date Friday, June 14 Time 2:00 am AEST  Stream (AUS only) Optus Sport TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Every Matildas match at the Women’s World Cup, including Australia’s match against Italy, is available live and free on SBS. For those looking to stream the match, Optus Sport will also be showing every match of the tournament. The platform requires a monthly subscription of $14.99 for non-Optus customers.   AUS TV channel Online stream SBS Optus Sport  Squads & Team News Matildas jersey Position Australia squad Goalkeepers Williams, Arnold, Micah Defenders Simon, Polkinghorne, Roestbakken, Catley, Kennedy, Carpenter, Allen Midfielders Luik, Logarzo, Kellond-Knight, Van Egmond, Yallop, Gorry, Harrison Forwards Foord, Kerr, Fowler, Raso, Gielnik, De Vanna Possible Matildas XI: Williams, Carpenter, Polkinghorne, Kennedy, Catley, Kellond-Knight, Yallop, Logarzo, Raso, Foord, Kerr. Position Brazil squad Goalkeepers Barbara, Villares, Izidoro Defenders Poliana, Limeira, Tayla, Tamires, Santos, Katheleen, Martins, Monica Midfielders Thaisa, Formiga, Andressinha, Luana Forwards Alves, Debinha, Marta, Cristiane, Beatriz, Ludmila, Raquel, Geyse Betting & Match Odds Despite losing their opening match, Australia are favourites to win this match, going at odds of $2.10.Brazil meanwhile are valued at $3 with the draw going at $3.40. All odds courtesy of sportsbet and correct at time of publishing. Match Preview Sam Kerr MatildasItaly broke Australian hearts on Sunday with a 95th-minute winner providing the ultimate wake-up call for Ante Milicic’s side. The Matildas were strong favourites to beat a side ranked nine places below them, but struggled throughout and put in a particularly shaky second-half performance. The 2-1 loss leaves Australia in desperate need of a positive result against Brazil, who proved far too strong for Jamaica in their opening match.Brazil arrived in France on the back of nine straight losses but never looked at risk of tripping up against their lowly-ranked opponents.Though Australia find themselves fighting an uphill battle to make the knockout stages, they will take solace in their strong recent record against Brazil.In their last clash, the Matildas beat the South Americans 3-1 and they have now won their past four meetings.Australia also proved Brazil’s undoing at the 2015 World Cup as they claimed a 1-0 win in their last 16 encounter. While that history may give the Matildas a mental edge, their recent form leaves plenty to be desired with the side losing their past three games and conceding 10 goals during that span.With World Cup progress on the line, Australia will be hoping to find form at the right time, but if not, expect Brazil to happily send them packing.last_img read more

What An Urban Meyer Suspension Might Look Like

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)An Urban Meyer decision at Ohio State is coming soon. The school announced this afternoon that its Board of Trustees is meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the findings of the investigation and what to do moving forward. An official announcement on Meyer’s status is expected to come on Wednesday or Thursday.Ohio State released the following statement:The investigative team will verbally share its findings to the board today in an informational briefing. The board will not deliberate or discuss any public business or make any decisions today based on the information presented during the session. Today’s briefing is to ensure that board members are adequately prepared to discuss this matter at Wednesday’s meeting.The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the “recommended punishment” for Meyer will probably be a suspension. It’s possible that the punishment could include “time served.”“Two sources connected to the investigation said the likely recommendation is a suspension for Meyer. Drake and the board could also opt for a “time served” punishment since Meyer has been removed from football activities for more than two weeks,” The Dispatch reports.Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Wednesday, Aug. 1. He’s missed the entirety of fall camp so far. If he were to be re-instated with no further punishment this Wednesday, it would mean he would’ve served a three-week paid suspension.If Meyer were to get suspended for a longer period of time, it would likely include a game or two. Here’s what Ohio State’s early season schedule looks like:Sept. 1 vs. Oregon StateSept. 8 vs. RutgersSept. 15 at TCUSept. 22 vs. TulaneIt’s difficult to imagine Meyer receiving more than a four-game suspension. If true, this would mean he’d return, at the latest, by the massive Sept. 29 game at Penn State.last_img read more

Government to Implement Urban Traffic Management System

first_img The Government is to implement an Urban Traffic Management System, a component of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme, in the new fiscal year. She was speaking during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 14. The Government is to implement an Urban Traffic Management System, a component of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme, in the new fiscal year.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, said under this component, US$3.5 million financing is to be provided for the purchase and installation of equipment to manage traffic in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA).She was speaking during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 14.“Pretty soon you won’t have to idle your engines at traffic lights, which means more money in your pocket. The Urban Traffic Management System is expected to synchronise traffic lights across the KMA,” she said.The system will include a centrally controlled Intelligent Transportation System, integration platform for traffic monitoring, operation, planning and modelling, as well as traffic controllers, detectors and other equipment to provide real-time traffic counts and patterns.In addition, training will be provided for the National Works Agency (NWA) employees who will be involved in the operation and maintenance of the system. Jamaicans can, therefore, look forward to shorter travel times in the KMA.This programme is being implemented in collaboration with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, the NWA and the Ministry of Transport and Mining. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, said under this component, US$3.5 million financing is to be provided for the purchase and installation of equipment to manage traffic in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA).last_img read more

Drivers of economic growth

first_imgEconomic development always comes with a dash of urbanisation. That is almost an economic truism. Empirical studies have shown that nearly all countries that have attained middle-income status were urbanised by at least 50 per cent, and all high-income countries were at 70 to 80 per cent level of urbanisation. The causal factor is the people that are attracted towards cities as urban areas are hubs of activity and growth. The concentration of talent in urban areas drives productivity and spurs job creation and growth. This explains the strong linkage between urbanisation and growth of economies as a whole. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe view that cities are the epicentre of economic growth is supported by the fact that with only 50 per cent of the world population, cities generate more than 80 per cent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As a result, the composition of cities is such that they are home to a greater number of young and working-age population relative to rural areas, which makes these regions critical for capturing the demographic dividend. Thus, cities in the developing world should be the focus of growth strategy due to their economic size, population composition, and innovative edge. Also Read – Insider threat managementSo, the path to higher growth for an economy like India should be through its urban areas. It must be noted, however, that India has had a curious trend in urbanisation. As per the 2011 Census, 31 per cent of India was urbanised. This is projected to be at 34 per cent by the World Bank currently. By contrast, about 55 per cent of the world has urbanised on an average. Indian urbanisation trends have been slow with an annual growth rate of 2.76 per cent between 2001 and 2011. In fact, the rate of urbanisation in the first decade of the new millennium has been slower than most of the second half of the previous century when urbanisation grew in excess of 3 per cent annually until the 1990s. These figures show that India is not urbanising at a growing pace as is often argued. Also, in what the World Bank has termed “messy”, the physical space occupied by Indian cities is growing much faster than the population growth in these areas. Satellite analysis of night lights in South Asian cities shows that urban areas are expanding at the rate that was slightly more than 5 per cent annually while the population growth in them has been a little less than 2.5 per cent per year. This curious trend can be a reflection of the growth of slums and sprawl in the periphery of cities. Thus, it can be argued that urbanisation in India and the manner in which it is taking place has immense scope for improvement. On the other hand, as more and more Indians migrate to urban areas with aspirations of a better quality of life and opportunities, it becomes increasingly challenging to meet those demands. Growing urbanisation brings with it severe stress on the city infrastructure, basic services, housing, land use and environment. The inability to meet these challenges constrains the potential of cities to gain from the agglomeration economies as productivity is severely hampered. A range of policy issues needs to be addressed to remedy these regional issues facing India as they can unlock immense growth potential for the country. First, at times there is little clarity on the responsible body of governance for urban areas. The Census differentiates between statutory towns and census towns. While the latter are governed by municipalities, census towns, which are areas that have a minimum population of 5,000, at least three-fourths of its male population engaged in non-agricultural activities, and have a population density of at least 400 per square kilometre, are classified as urban areas but are considered rural for all other matters, especially governance. This results in a chaotic development of urbanisation. India had almost 4,000 census towns as of 2011. Second, India still lacks devolution of power to local areas despite having decades of constitutional ability to do so. The 74th Constitutional Amendment of 1992 gave the state governments power to transfer a set of 18 municipal functions to urban local governments as they have a greater knowledge of service delivery at the local level. However, most of the states have refrained from devolving all of these powers to local governments. Town planning, for instance, still rests with a lot of states. It is problematic for urban local bodies to be accountable to the people but not having the power to deliver services to them. Finally, to add to the constraints of local governments, the introduction of GST has limited their source of fiscal revenue as taxes like octroi and local body tax were subsumed within it. This imposed a heavy strain on the functioning of local bodies as they had relied heavily on revenue from these sources. The GST revenue, thus, should have been shared with local bodies as well. This has not been done; severely limiting the ability of urban local bodies to implement development plans and provide services. India needs to address these issues facing its urban economies to access the full potential that they present for being drivers of economic growth.IANS(Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness. Chirag Yadav, senior researcher at the institute, has contributed to the article. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Advocacy group presses NS government to ban private plasma companies

first_imgHALIFAX – A national advocacy group appealed to the Nova Scotia government Tuesday to ban private, for-profit plasma companies from the province, saying the model discourages voluntary donations and compromises safety.Kat Lanteigne of BloodWatch.org met with staff from the office of provincial Health Minister Randy Delorey to press for legislation prohibiting such companies from operating in the province.She said that unless the Nova Scotia government adopts such a law, it would not be able to stop a company like Canadian Plasma Resources, which has an operating licence from Health Canada.Lanteigne, who was kicking off a cross-country tour in Halifax to promote her message, said Nova Scotia and British Columbia are thought to be the next possible locations for collection centres for the company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer that collects plasma from donors and uses it for therapies to treat a variety of health conditions.“We are trying to compel the governments in both provinces to join Ontario, Alberta and Quebec who all have a ban in place, to pass this law in order to protect the blood supply in Nova Scotia,” she said ahead of her meeting, arguing that the for-profit model reduces voluntary donors.“They literally take donors out of the public system, so you lose access to donors and you create a competitive model … and safety on all sides is an issue.”Delorey said the province is aware of concerns voiced by groups such as BloodWatch. He said he has also discussed concerns with the head of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, Janet Hazelton.However, Delorey said the province hasn’t taken a position to date on whether or not to ban private plasma companies.“We know there is a national report coming out this spring so what we are doing is waiting for that report to get that information to inform any next steps we might take as a province,” said Delorey.Delorey said there are currently no private companies operating in the province.“Right now blood donations are through Canadian Blood Services on a volunteer basis,” he said.Lanteigne said allowing a private blood supply system contravenes the recommendations of the Krever inquiry, a royal commission struck to look into Canada’s blood supplies after thousands of Canadians were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C from tainted blood and blood products from the mid-1980s to 1990. It had cautioned against compensating people for blood products.Private, paid-plasma clinics now operate in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, where Canadian Plasma Resources pays donors up to $50 for each donation.“We are trying to compel these health ministers to uphold what we view as their legal obligation to protect the blood system,” Lanteigne said.Barzin Bahardoust, CEO of Canadian Plasma Resources, said Tuesday his company has no immediate plans to open collection centres in Nova Scotia.He said he is awaiting a report from an expert panel assembled by Health Canada that is assessing the country’s long-term supply of immune globulins — which are derived from plasma — before announcing any future expansion.But, he disputed Lanteigne’s assertion that the for-profit collection model diminishes the supply or affects its safety. Instead, he said Canada needs to have a reliable, self-sustaining supply rather than importing plasma products.“About 85 per cent of the plasma-derived medicinal products used in Canada are manufactured from paid plasma collected in the United States,” he said in an interview.“The rate of self-sufficiency in Canada has consistently been going down and we think that it’s best to have a home-grown industry regulated and supervised by Health Canada.”last_img read more

NS judge denies certification of proposed Africville classaction suit

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has denied a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for the expropriation of land in Africville more than five decades ago — but he has not shut the door entirely on the legal action.Former residents of the former African Nova Scotian community were seeking compensation through a class action brought by former resident Nelson Carvery. First settled in the mid-1800s, Africville was demolished in the 1960s in the name of urban renewal.The demolition cast a long shadow over race relations in the city, and in 2010, city hall issued a public apology and $3 million to rebuild the Africville church on the southern shore of the Bedford Basin, among other things, but the settlement did not include personal compensation.The Carvery suit sought liability on the part of the City of Halifax, damages and costs.But Justice Patrick Duncan dismissed the application, saying in his decision last Friday that the plaintiff had failed to satisfy the requirements of the Class Proceedings Act.In particular, Duncan ruled that the plaintiff did not demonstrate that there is a second member of the class and that there is a common issue for possible class members.“I am not satisfied that the proposed definition of a class member … would identify persons who have a potential claim for relief against the defendant,” he wrote in his 34-page decision.“The motion for certification of the action and appointing the plaintiff, Nelson Carvery, as representative plaintiff is denied.”But Robert Pineo, Carvery’s lawyer, said Wednesday that the motion for certification will be amended based on the judge’s findings and will be heard again at a future date.He said the information in the decision will help refine the argument.“The certification process allows the representative plaintiff to amend its motion for certification and have it heard again,” he said in an email. “In a sense, this first motion decision has assisted my clients with the next motion.”Pineo said he is in the process of refining the issues, but it’s not yet clear when the matter will return to court.Carvery claimed former residents and their ancestors had communal land wrongfully expropriated by the city. He argued in his affidavit that community members used the land on the shores of Halifax harbour for fishing, farming, recreation and gathering berries.The decision says the case dates back to 1996, when a statement of claim was filed by 129 plaintiffs against the City of Halifax. The group argued that the city was liable to the former residents for breaches of contract and owed them damages “for the loss and injury claimed to have been suffered” as a result of the municipality’s actions.The settlement was reached in 2010.But, some plaintiffs disagreed and went on to pursue the claim with Pineo representing them and Carvery named as the plaintiff. The class would include all former residents who were removed from the community between 1962 and 1970 who hadn’t had their claims dismissed previously.The defence argued that Carvery failed to establish that all members were land owners or that they would claim a communal use of the land.Carvery contended in his affidavit that his father owned six parcels of land in the community and refused to sell them to the city in 1969. He claimed that no compensation was paid for any of that land in the 1960s, when residents were evicted and homes and the original church were torn down to make way for the MacKay Bridge.last_img read more

RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major crossborder drug bust

first_imgPENTICTON, B.C. — RCMP east of Vancouver were involved in a cross-border drug bust this summer that involved nearly 300 kilograms of meth, more than 100 guns and an aerial chase between a police plane and a helicopter.Details of the bust are in paperwork filed at the Penticton Law Courts to support multiple search warrants for a property near Chilliwack, B.C., where a helicopter at the centre of the chase is alleged to have landed with an RCMP plane on its tail.Documents filed on behalf of the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Section in Osoyoos say the office was alerted in early June by U.S. Homeland Security about a planned cross-border drug deal involving nearly 200 kilograms of methamphetamine.U.S. officials staked out a landing site in Washington state about 110 kilometres south of Princeton, B.C., where they believed the drugs would be transferred to Canadian buyers. Something spooked the pilot of the helicopter, and it fled north into Canadian airspace. Two men who tried to leave the landing site in Washington were arrested by U.S. agents who seized 188 kilograms of methamphetamine.In Canadian skies, an RCMP plane was patrolling near Princeton hoping to intercept the unmarked, black helicopter. Mounties spotted it in a shadowy landing site on a remote mountainside in E.C. Manning Provincial Park.The helicopter lifted off and headed west.The chase was on.“The helicopter took deliberate evasive action, attempting to lose surveillance,” the documents say. “The helicopter flew at very low altitudes, near the tops of trees and up narrow draws. It repeatedly changed direction, and made rapid ascents up towards the mountains.“The helicopter varied its speed in an attempt to outrun the RCMP aircraft, and slowed down to have the RCMP aircraft overtake it.”The dogfight continued for 45 minutes, the documents say. On two occasions, the chopper pilot tried to lure the RCMP aircraft to a lower altitude and then rapidly ascended, in a vain effort to shake the pursuers.The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack.The court documents say searches of that property turned up 72 long guns, 35 handguns, ammunition, cellphone jammers, U.S. government helicopter decals, drones and currency from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.RCMP have not said if anyone has been charged and referred a request for comment to Homeland Security.Homeland Security spokeswoman Tanya Roman said the investigation turned up an additional 84 kilograms of drugs, bringing the total amount of drugs seized to 272 kilograms.“This sizable amount is indicative of the possible involvement of a large and sophisticated smuggling organization,” she said in a statement.“Due to the ongoing investigation and law enforcement sensitivities, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”Authorities believe the pilot was one of two men arrested at the Chilliwack-area property.The Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry shows the helicopter’s registration was cancelled last May. (Penticton Herald)Joe Fries, Penticton Herald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chief insulted by mock Indigenous ceremonies at two Ontario summer camps

first_img(Kilcoo Camp director David Latimer holding what appears to be a sacred pipe at an event in 2008, which was pulled from camp’s website.)Julien Gignac APTN National NewsTwo southwestern Ontario summer camps catering to non-Indigenous boys aged seven to 16 conduct Indigenous-themed rituals, which include dancing around fires wearing headdresses, painted faces and bodies.Kilcoo Camp in Minden, Ont. and Camp Ponacka situated near Bancroft, Ont. are privately owned and operated camps for boys which cost roughly $4,000 a month.Neither shy away from taking part in practices that could be considered off-colour to Canadians according to pictures lifted from their websites that reveal campers and camp directors themselves donning headdresses and Indigenous regalia.Some have painted their bodies red. Others can be seen standing stoically around towering fires.Campers dressed in loincloth at Camp Ponacka 2014.Chief Lance Haymond of the Eagle Village First Nation in Kipawa, Quebec finds it offensive.“Redface to them may be a sign of respect for our culture, but to me it’s an insult,” said Haymond. “I think there are two options: stop doing it, or bring in First Nations people who are close to the camp and work with them to bring in a cultural component that does not make a mockery of our culture.Haymond said the role playing gives the campers a “misguided impression of First Nations people.”David Latimer, has been the camp director at Kilcoo since 1985.He spoke with APTN about the “Grand Councils.”Kilcoo Camp in 2008.“Years ago they’d put on paint and stuff like that and we didn’t understand what it meant and it wasn’t for us, it wasn’t our place,” said Latimer. “We’re very clear to the kids that this is not an authentic thing—we’re honouring those who came before us.”An image taken last summer posted on Kilcoo’s Twitter feed shows a young man with a face painted white and red, flexing faux tribal tattoos, hoisting a flag high with an image of a trout and the word Algonquin plastered across the shred of burlap.Kilcoo Camp in the summer of 2014 during the “Bushpede” ritual.Kilcoo has an annual event called “Bushpede” where the camp divides boys into two “tribes”—the Algonquin and Iroquois. People proceed to dress up and compete in a variety of different games.“This special day culminates in Grand Council, homage to the traditions of Native Canadians,” says Kilcoo’s website. “Grand Council is a spectacle of fire, colours, dance, stories, games and song. It is certainly an experience unique to summer camp.”Pictures on the camp’s website from 2008 to 2012 show Latimer and other staff members dressed in aboriginal attire — the campers busy arm wrestling by fireside, playing tug of war and chopping wood, some painted blue, others red.“Our [event] is more the spirituality of the elements — the land, the water — not so much about the aboriginal part of it,” said Latimer.  “What we talk about is what the Indigenous people did years ago, celebrate the end of a day with a fire, games and that’s about it.”Latimer said that there are currently no people who identify as Indigenous at the camp.Photographs pulled from Camp Ponacka’s website reveal what took place last summer. The camp director on a horse wearing a headdress leading boys, who are also wearing headdresses, down a dirt road. Later, pictures show a bonfire with campers wearing beach towel loincloths and painted red, black and blue.Ponacka’s camp director Don Bocking refused to comment on the issue.Ponacka’s camp director and owner Don Bocking leads a procession in 2014 wearing a headdressJennifer Adese is an assistant professor at Carleton University whose research interests include racism, colonization and racialization.Adese, who is Metis, said that what these camps are choosing to adopt are not actual aspects of Indigenous cultures grounded in the real world.“They’re generating aspects from fantastical places that come from this history of imagining what a headdress may look like, or imagining what Indian clothes might look like,” she said. “To me, that’s what connects it to racial stereotypes rather than cultural appropriation.”The consequence is that young people are being ill-informed, said Adese.“People often doing these things often don’t consider it as racism,” she said. “They haven’t been taught how or why this is racist—this is part of the culture that people have been brought up in, especially within Canada and the U.S. It’s been so normalized that these kinds of representations are OK to them.”For years the camps have been holding these events at the end of July.Campers wearing headdresses at Camp Ponacka in 2014.This year, there is no word that they won’t take place.“You’re working with a bunch of young, impressionable people,” said Chief Haymond. “These people are eventually going to become lawyers, or future leaders and the basis of what they should be starting off in is our real history.”jgignac@aptn.calast_img read more

Authorities accuse teen of peddling drugs, guns on Snapchat

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities say they have arrested a New Mexico teenager accused of using social media to peddle fentanyl, assault weapons and other firearms.Bernalillo District Attorney Raul Torrez on Wednesday announced the 17-year-old’s arrest. Authorities said it came after a multi-agency investigation that involved the FBI and state police.The teen is expected to make an appearance Thursday in Children’s Court on drug-related charges and unlawful possession of a firearm. The Associated Press is not naming the teen because of his age.An FBI search warrant showed the teen was arrested early Tuesday morning at a house in southwest Albuquerque.FBI and state police agents’ list of items seized included 60 tablets they suspected to be the powerful opioid fentanyl and a loaded AR-15 pistol with a 30-round magazine.The Associated Press read more

Rise of the machines Canadian retailers on cusp of using more robotics

Rise of the machines: Canadian retailers on ‘cusp’ of using more robotics A man watches products at the Sobeys Vaughan Retail Support Center equipped with robotics for automation, in Vaughan , Ont., on Monday June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Back in 2009, Sobeys found itself at a crossroads.Labour costs were rising, employee productivity was waning and the grocer knew that it had to keep building bigger distribution centres to accommodate the growing number of items being sold in its supermarkets.So instead of building out and hiring more workers, the national grocery chain built up and replaced many employees with robots.“The combination of labour costs going up and SKUs (stock keeping units) being on the rise kind of forced us to start thinking outside the box and try to find a technology to help us resolve those issues,” said Eric Seguin, senior vice-president of distribution and logistics for Sobeys, during a tour this week at the company’s largest warehouse in Vaughan, Ont.Sobeys is one of a small number of Canadian retailers that have embraced robotics technology. Others have been reluctant to follow suit, experts say, due to a lack of investment, a lack of access to the technology and for a long time, a lack of competition.Today, Sobeys (TSX:EMP.A) operates four robotics distribution centres: two facilities north of Toronto spanning 750,000 square feet, another in Montreal and one in Calgary that opened earlier this month.Unlike its 21 traditional warehouses, the mostly-automated centres rely on robotics instead of workers to pull items off the shelves and pack them onto pallets to ship to its 1,500-plus grocery stores.The robots, which whiz up and down rows of stacked products piled up to 75 feet high for 20 hours a day, have resulted in reduced employee costs and quicker and more accurate deliveries, Sobeys says. It’s also allowed the Stellarton, N.S.-based grocer to double the amount of items that can be stored.One robot does the work of four employees, Seguin said.“The robots don’t get tired,” Seguin said.“They always show up the morning after the Stanley Cup final. They are always there the morning after the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter if it’s 35 (Celsius) and a beautiful weekend.”The company has spent between $100 million to $150 million on each of its robotics facilities. Seguin says retailers, especially those in the grocery industry, have been slow to adapt due to the high upfront investment costs.But that attitude is changing — and fast, says retail consultant Doug Stephens.“Retail in this country has enjoyed for many decades a bit of a dearth of competition, which is coming to an end now,” said Stephens, who recently wrote a book called Re-Engineering Retail.“With the influx of U.S. players in the last decade and certainly with the presence and impact of Amazon, Canadian retailers are really having to awaken to the idea that if we don’t adapt and change and compete — we’re going to be in big trouble.”Behemoth multinational corporations like Amazon and Walmart have raised the stakes for Canadian retailers, offering lower prices, as well as quick and often free delivery or pickup services.Last year, Canada’s oldest retailer, Hudson’s Bay Company, said it was spending more than $60 million in robotic upgrades to its 725,000-square foot Toronto distribution centre. Online orders that would’ve taken up to 2 1/2 hours to locate and pack manually are being shipped out of the warehouse and onto a truck within 15 minutes.“We’re really just on the cusp of the capabilities of these technologies,” said Stephens.While manual labour jobs are being lost in retail, the types of positions that survive the wave of automation will evolve and likely be more focused on loyalty and analytics, says Marty Weintraub, a partner in retail at consulting firm Deloitte.“Robots can be much cheaper to implement and execute, and they don’t come with some of the challenges that humans would face such as making errors or having poor judgment,” he said.“But technology cannot replace certain skills that computers can’t do today, like jobs that require problem solving, intuition, the art of persuasion and creativity.”According to documents obtained by The Canadian Press in March, federal government officials were warned that the Canadian economy could lose between 1.5 million and 7.5 million jobs in the next 10 to 15 years due to automation.In a report, Sunil Johal of the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto estimates that the retail sector employs about two million people and between 92 per cent to 97 per cent of those who work in sales or as cashiers are at risk of losing their jobs.“We’re just scratching the surface of how technology can affect the retail sector,” said Johal. “That’s a cause of concern.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more