Some Final Thoughts on What to Expect from OSU This Football Season

first_imgWas doing some research for this season and realized #okstate has beaten Baylor 263-99 in their last five games in Stillwater. ?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 26, 2015But I don’t want to lose to those guys. I think the TCU game at home (which I dearly hope is at night) is going to be just downright fantastic.Boone: Yeah, I’m going with the TCU game at home as well. I’m banking on this being a similar situation as the 2011 Baylor game. I’m planning to skip a wedding for this game, so I really hope this one turns out to be a good one.One uniform predictionPorter: I think we’re going to see some sort of new jersey this season. We’ve sort of run the gamut on new lids, but we haven’t seen a new top in quite a while. My hope is for throwbacks from the 70s or 80s (preferably the black with arm stripes) but I’ll take anything paired with the throwback Cowboy helmet.Boone: New cleats? New cleats.Favorite preseason quotePorter: Mike Yurcich saying “you don’t want to go out there looking like a hobo” was one of the best things I’ve read in years. I’ll give him the nod.Boone: On recruiting RB Jeff Carr, Mike Gundy said “I was at home and got a call the day before signing day. So I went in on the computer and had my son pull it up because I don’t know how to pull things up on the computer. So he pulled him up and clicked him on and he and I watched him and we definitely agreed that he’s good enough to play at this level.” I laughed out loud when I watched the interview.Favorite uniformPorter: I’ve opined too much on uniforms. I mostly asked this one for you, Mr. Boone. You guys know my favorite is Carbon Fiber-White-Orange. What about you?Boone: Well, I really enjoyed the chrome helmets. If I could pick one this season, it would probably be anything with the icy white helmet. But I’m going with Phantom Pete helmet, Black-Black-Orange. So, so good.Flawless. Flawless.Mason Rudolph’s season in three wordsPorter: Forget Brandon Weeden! I’m kidding (I think), but that’s how excited I am about QB1.Boone: Sophomore Heisman contender. I don’t think he’ll win it, but I think he’ll finish in the top 10 in voting.Who is the best newcomer?Porter: This one is tough. I’m going to say Victor Salako. I think he’ll have the biggest impact on what this team is from last year to this one. There are so many to choose from though which is a good thing.Boone: Going to pick true freshman Jalen McCleskey. He doesn’t have the size to be a physical force, but his sub-4.4 40-yard dash time will be fun. I think he makes a big splash in the return game.Will the offense or defense be better?Porter: It’s a valid question (which is great considering I came up with it). I’m going to say the defense, but I bet it’s a lot closer than most folks think.Boone: The offense already looked much better in the Cactus Bowl, thanks largely to a patchwork offensive line that finally came together. The defense will be notably better this year, particularly when it comes to turnovers forced.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! We’ve given predictions and made our picks, but there are questions that linger. Boone and I take one last stab at what we’re going to see during the 2015 football season.Player you’re most excited to seePorter: For me it’s Jordan Burton. Don’t take my word for it though. Here’s Emmanuel Ogbah from last week. “We have Jordan Burton, who can be an All-American.”He could be Josh Furman on speed. Literally.Boone: I can’t help but say Chris Carson. Everyone wants to know what he can bring to the table. Now that Kevin Peterson has compared him to Adrian Peterson, I’m dying to see just how accurate that comparison is.Position you’re most worried aboutPorter: It should be defensive tackle, I guess, but running back is still a question mark for me. As many have pointed out, big muscles don’t mean a lot of yards per carry (hi, Jeremy Smith). Chris Carson has a lot to prove and the depth there isn’t as great as I would like it to be.Boone: For me this is still the offensive line. They obviously looked greatly improved from the regular season in the Cactus Bowl, but the overall body of work has yet to convince me they can string together series to consistently open holes in the running game. Gundy, in marking the progress the O-line has made, didn’t quite convince me not to worry just yet. “I wouldn’t say it was necessarily night-and-day, but it went from night to at least sunrise, he told the Oklahoman.Game that concerns youPorter: At Texas is never all that fun to me. They’re easy to make fun of right now, but that game in Austin could be a season changer the same way the 2011 game in College Station was. I don’t know if that’s “concerning” to me (West Virginia also comes to mind) but I think as of right now, that matchup will have the most at stake.Boone: The Texas game in Austin will be circled on the calendar, and I just don’t think the Longhorns have the firepower to put us in the dust. I have the following week versus Kansas State at home as the most concerning game. The Wildcats will be coming off a bye week and fully rested with two weeks preparation, while the Cowboys could be coming off an emotional game in Austin. You know the Snydercats will be ready.Game that excites youPorter: I want to be excited about Baylor at home because, well because this.last_img read more

Kapil Dev appointed Chancellor of Haryana Sports University

first_img Next Press Trust of India ChandigarhSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 18:55 IST Former Indian captain Kapil Dev (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSports University of Haryana will be the third sports university established by a state governmentThe university will conduct academic and training programmes in physical educationThe State Cabinet had recently approved the proposalCricket legend Kapil Dev will be the first Chancellor of the Haryana Sports University at Rai in Sonipat district.”Kapil Dev will be the first Chancellor of Haryana Sports University at Rai, Sonipat,” Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij said in a tweet on Saturday.Kapil Dev will be the first Chancellor of Haryana Sports University at Rai, Sonepat ANIL VIJ MINISTER HARYANA (@anilvijminister) September 14, 2019The Sports University of Haryana will be the third sports university established by a state government in the country after Swarnim Gujarat Sports University (Gandhinagar) and Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University (Chennai).Vij had earlier announced that the Sports School, Rai (Sonipat), will be upgraded to a Sports University.The State Cabinet had recently approved the proposal.Vij had said that the university will conduct academic and training programmes in physical education and sports sciences, including sports technology and sports medicine.Courses will include training for sports management, sports infrastructure engineering, sports psychology, sports nutrition, sports journalism and sports marketing.Also Read | Team India forced to train indoors ahead of 1st T20I against South AfricaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Kapil DevFollow Anil Vij Kapil Dev appointed Chancellor of Haryana Sports UniversityKapil Dev, who was India’s first World Cup-winning captain, has been appointed first Chancellor of Haryana Sports University.advertisementlast_img read more

Business leader survey shows a third thinking of leaving UK

LONDON — A survey of some 1,200 British company directors suggests nearly a third may shift operations abroad because of Britain’s pending departure from the European Union.The survey by the Institute of Directors showed Friday that while headlines have focused on big companies, less notice has been given to smaller businesses and their moves to relocate.Institute interim director Edwin Morgan says smaller firms typically have tighter resources and for them “to be thinking about such a costly course of action makes clear the precarious position they are in.”Britain’s Parliament voted this week to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to try to seek a compromise with the EU. The government has refused to rule out leaving without a deal, leaving Britain lurching toward a cliff-edge departure March 29.The Associated Press read more

New Sexual Assault Video Stirs Backlash in Morocco

Rabat – Police in Casablanca have opened an investigation after a video of a man sexually assaulting a young woman went viral on social media.According to a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), police are investigating the rape attempt of a young woman in Ain Sebaa, Casablanca. The statement added that police in Casablanca had not received a complaint.The incident comes less than two months after Morocco implemented Law 103-13 on gender-based discrimination on September 12. The law criminalizes sexual harassment in public. Several activists believe that the law is full of loopholes. For Stephanie Willman Bordat, an international human rights lawyer, the struggle does not end here. She told Morocco World News in September that the law should also facilitate a reporting procedure for women wishing to file complaints of gender-based discrimination.The law was enacted on the heel of several widely-publicized sexual assaults which caused outrage in Morocco.Read Also: National Women’s Day-Year in Review: The New 2018 Violence Against Women LawThe latest case to receive wide attention was that of Khadija. The 17-year-old said she was kidnapped and raped by more than 12 men for two months this summer. Her alleged rapists also tattooed her body against her will, she said, writing their names on her skin.In Casablanca in 2017, a group of teenagers physically harassed a young woman on a bus.In September, a group of Moroccan activists, women and girls, launched a campaign under the hashtag Masaktach (I will not be silenced) to call for the boycott of songs by Saad Lamjarred, a Moroccan popstar who is awaiting trial on two counts of rape in France. The campaign has become a broader movement to denounce sexual harassment and assault. The movement aims to track women’s struggle and violence against women in Morocco.The movement is similar to the MeToo hashtag, an international movement against sexual assault, rape, and harassment.Read Also: #Masaktach Brings Attention to Sexual Harassment, Assault in Morocco read more

North American markets close deeply in the red amid concerns over US

TORONTO — North American stock markets closed sharply lower Tuesday as positive economic news fuelled concerns that an interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve could be imminent.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 136.59 points to close at 15,050.81, while the loonie gave back 0.74 of a U.S. cent to 80.47 cents.In New York, where trading resumed after the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, indexes also posted major declines, as traders reacted to comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen late Friday.Yellen said if the U.S. economy continues to improve, a rate hike could be on the horizon some time this year.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 190.48 points at 18,041.54, while the Nasdaq plunged 56.61 points to 5,032.75 and the S&P 500 fell 21.86 points to 2,104.20.Ben Jang, a portfolio manager at Vancouver-based Nicola Wealth, said traders are reacting negatively to positive economic news that has been coming out of the U.S. in recent days because it signals a greater likelihood that the Fed will raise rates.“We’re stuck in this environment where good news turns out to be bad news,” said Jang. “So if you have comments that can be viewed as more hawkish, the market sells off because they’re concerned about interest rates rising.”However, Jang noted that positive economic data is good news for the economy and will eventually translate into higher stock market valuations.“It’s actually better for the markets in the long run and will help deflate potential asset bubbles,” he said.On commodity markets, the July oil contract was fell US$1.69 to US$58.03 a barrel, while June gold lost $17.10 to US$1,186.90 an ounce and July copper gave back three cents to US$2.78 a pound.In economic news, orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods slipped 0.5 per cent from March, when orders surged 5.1 per cent. But a category that reflects business investment climbed for a second month after falling 5.1 per cent in February.U.S. consumer confidence rebounded slightly as the job market showed signs of improvement. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose to 95.4 in May from 94.3 in April.Last month’s reading had been sharp drop from 101.4 in March and while consumer assessment of current economic conditions improved, their outlook for the next six months slipped.In corporate news, Charter Communications said it will pay US$55.33 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable in a cash-and-stock deal that would create one of the largest pay-television and broadband operators in the U.S. As part of the agreement, Charter will also buy Bright House Networks for more than US$10 billion.Canadian banks will report their earnings this week, with the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) set to go first on Wednesday.“They’re on watch because people are concerned about top-line growth, coupled with compressed net interest margins,” said Jang. read more

African mining boom helps drive business aviation demand

first_imgHawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC), the leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft, has identified Africa as offering some of the best growth prospects of any region in the world for business aircraft, with one of the most significant drivers of this growth being Africa’s booming mining environment. Africa is home to over 30% of the world’s mineral resources and is increasingly attracting investment from large multinational mining corporations. Mining revenue on the continent increased by over a third (36%) in the last year alone and shows little sign of abating. With resources often found in remote locations, the continent’s land transport infrastructure can lag behind the development of the mines, leading to an increased demand for airborne alternatives.HBC has recently strengthened its operations in Africa by adding a further six facilities in its global customer support network, including authorised service centres in Lagos, Nigeria, and Lanseria, South Africa and a further limited service centre in Cape Town. HBC states: “These strategically placed centres allow Africa’s business travellers to enjoy unprecedented access to Hawker Beechcraft services.” In addition to this, in 2011 HBC appointed Absolute Aviation as an exclusive Beechcraft distributor for Sub-Saharan Africa, with considerable experience in aircraft sales, maintenance and operations.The company adds: “Many countries in Africa plan to increase spending on railways and roads over the next few years to help unlock their coal, platinum, palladium, chrome and other mineral deposits and encourage further investment. However, currently air travel is often the most convenient, and sometimes the only way to transfer between locations and HBC therefore believes that business aviation has a vital role to play in the development of Africa’s mining sector.”HBC is already the dominant provider of turboprop aircraft in Africa, holding a 65% market share in this segment. The company cites Beechcraft King Airs as being particularly well-suited to conditions in Africa as a result of their enhanced durability, heavy payload, range and fuel-efficiency. In Africa, the closest option to a passenger’s final destination may currently be a short or unimproved runway. The King Air’s ability to land on such airstrips can save valuable time and resources. The King Air 250 has a significant competitive advantage with its ability to land on rough terrain, maximum range of 1,610 nautical miles, ability to take off in only 2,111 ft from a sea level airport and maximum payload of 2,500 lb making it a flexible choice of transportation for corporate executives travelling around the continent.last_img read more

Body of woman found in Cork city house

first_imgGARDAÍ IN MAYFIELD, Cork are investigating the discovery of the body of a female aged in her early 40s in a house at Clifton Terrace, Summerhill North yesterday.The body was discovered at approximately 9.30pm and Gardaí were notified. The body remains at the scene.The scene is being preserved pending a technical examination and the State Pathologist has been notified.last_img

Poll Have the FAI made the right decision in keeping Trap as

first_img Yes (536) THE FAI HAVE tonight confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni will remain as Ireland boss for now.There had been initial widespread speculation that the FAI would sack Trapattoni, after they had called a meeting to discuss his future tonight.Many fans and critics had urged the association to sack Trapattoni, citing the manager’s negative style of play, his eccentric team selections and stubborn attitude as increasingly unacceptable, particularly after the side were hammered 6-1 by Germany at the weekend.However Trap’s supporters, encouraged by the team’s 4-1 defeat of Faroe Islands last night, have pointed to the manager’s record as Ireland boss, in which he has only lost two qualifiers during his time in charge as evidence that he should be kept on.There are rumoured to be other mitigating factors in the decision, with many commentators claiming the FAI cannot afford to pay the compensation to which Trap is entitled should he be sacked.With all that in mind, what do you think? Have the FAI made the right decision? Other (1381) No (1824)center_img Poll Results: YesNoOtherVoteLiam Brady: We’ll look ridiculous to the football world if we sack Trapattoni>Here’s how Trap’s Ireland can finish second and still not reach the playoffs>last_img read more

Obama invites Merkel to White House in bid to heal phonetap rift

first_imgUS PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington in an effort to mend fences after a diplomatic crisis provoked by revelations of US eavesdropping on her mobile phone.Obama called Merkel to wish her a speedy recovery after her recent skiing injury and invited her to visit at a “mutually agreeable time in the coming months,” the White House said in a statement.Merkel reacted furiously last year to revelations that the National Security Agency had been listening in on her mobile phone calls, telling Obama in an October telephone call that such action would be a “breach of trust” between two allies.The reports in US and European media outlets, sourced from documents leaked by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, damaged US relations with key allies and were a political and personal embarrassment for Obama.Washington never confirmed that the eavesdropping had taken place, but implicitly confirmed reports by the careful formulation of its response to questions from reporters.The White House said that US spies were not currently monitoring Merkel’s phone and would not do so in the future, but would not comment on past surveillance activity.‘Drawing a line’The invitation to Merkel comes as the White House tries to draw a line under the Snowden issue, with Obama poised to give a speech to Americans this month detailing how the NSA’s massive phone and data collection activities will be reformed.Ostensibly, Obama called Merkel, with whom he had a close relationship prior to the Snowden revelations, to check on her health after she broke her pelvis while skiing.“The president spoke to Chancellor Merkel today to wish her a speedy recovery following her injury and to congratulate her on the formation of her new cabinet,” the statement said.“The leaders noted the full agenda for 2014, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations and NATO Summit, and looked forward to working closely together to advance our shared interests.”- © AFP, 2014Read: Merkel’s phone bugged since 2002, report claims >Read: Taoiseach on Merkel ‘bugging’ claims: ‘I always operate on the basis that my calls are listened to’last_img read more

Unsolved murder highlights plight of Afghan women

first_imgAFGHAN TEENAGER SHAKILA was shot in the back 13 months ago in the house where she worked as a maid for a wealthy local leader in one of the most progressive provinces of Afghanistan.Her murderer has never been arrested, and her family’s search for justice has laid bare the complex web of grinding poverty, attitudes towards women and a culture of immunity that plagues much of the country’s legal system.As International Women’s Day was marked yesterday, campaigners say that progress in Afghanistan is slow even after billions of dollars of Western aid and some advances since the 2001 fall of the hardline Taliban regime.The departure of the NATO coalition next year has also raised fears that the limited improvements for women could be erased as conservative groups vie to seize power in Kabul.Shakila, whowas about 16, spent the last six months of her life working for a member of the provincial council in Bamiyan, the quiet Afghan town 180 kilometres west of Kabul.Her family were poor and they needed the money from her job, but her body was found in her employer’s home in January 2012.“Investigators told us that she had been shot in the back,” her 18-year-old brother, Mohammad Alam Sadiqat, told AFP. “And doctors said that she had been raped.”In a country where an unmarried women’s virginity is sacrosanct, the shame of having a daughter raped adds to the family’s burden, but they dare not make an official accusation of sexual abuse.Most Afghan female rape victims never publicly name their attacker, out of fear of being ostracised or even killed, campaigners say.InvestigationShakila’s brother-in-law, who works as a guard in the same house, was imprisoned for six months in connection with her murder, then released.Esmail Zaki, the coordinator of a local charity, then started to investigate.“We found out that the attorney general and the judicial system had gone in the wrong direction. They had evidence that the guy (the brother-in-law) was not even there when it happened,” Zaki told AFP.Shakila’s murder was never brought to court in Bamiyan. It has since been referred to the attorney general’s office in Kabul, which could not be reached by AFP.The family owners of the home have denied having anything to do with murder, and the Bamiyan police have washed their hands of responsibility.“We did all the research we had to do. We finished that case and then handed it to the court,” said deputy provincial police chief Mohammad Ali Lagzi.One senior official in the local administration told AFP on condition of anonymity that the family’s poverty meant the odds of getting justice were stacked against them.“Her case has been taken to the AG’s office in Kabul but it seems not much has been done to give her justice,” he said.“The murder happened in the home of a member of the provincial council,” he added. “They are powerful people.”Reported cases of violence against womenLast December, the United Nations said Afghanistan had made progress in protecting women against violence and welcomed an increase in reported cases.But in 16 of 34 provinces where the UN was able to gather details, just 21 percent of 470 reports of violence against women resulted in convictions.“The situation is very difficult,” Ingibjorg Gisladottir, the UN women’s representative in Kabul, said.“There’s a lack of genuine political will to take actions that can change women’s situation. Also, there’s a culture of impunity.“It’s very unlikely that the perpetrators will be held accountable if they commit a crime against women. Some men think that women are like a property, like land or money.”Bamiyan is arguably the most progressive province in Afghanistan. It is run by the country’s only female governor, Habiba Sarobi, and has the highest proportion of girls in school – 45 percent of 135,000 children.The local government says reported cases of violence against women grew from 48 last year to 57 in 2012.“It’s because of our public awareness campaign,” says Fatima Kazemi, head of women’s affairs at the provincial government.“Now more women know that there are people who could help them, give them justice or defend their rights and thus more are going to police, authorities or rights groups when facing violence,” she added.There are also small signs of change at the national level.The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission says there has a sharp increase in the number of cases reported: 5,701 in the first 11 months of the current year, which began on March 21, 2012, compared to 4,400 in the last.Latifa Sultani, who works for AIHRC, says women in the cities of Afghanistan are more aware of their rights.“But in rural provinces, they can’t go anywhere to complain,” she said, voicing frustration with the double standards that victimise women.“If a man kills his wife, it’s two years of jail. But if a woman kills her husband, she can get up to 16 years of prison,” she said.- © AFP 2013.last_img read more

Man United survive big scare to progress to Europa League semis

first_img By AFP MAN UNITED REACHED the Europa League semi-finals for the first time after beating Anderlecht 2-1 on Thursday, but at the cost of a potentially serious injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The talismanic Swede, 35, had to go off after damaging his right knee late in the game at Old Trafford and may not play again this season, while United also lost centre-back Marcos Rojo.United prevailed courtesy of an extra-time strike by Marcus Rashford, which secured a 3-2 aggregate success, after Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s opener was cancelled out by Sofiane Hanni.The scrappy, sapping victory means Jose Mourinho’s side remain on course to claim the only major trophy missing from the club’s collection.But the injuries to Ibrahimovic and Rojo could prove costly, particularly with United having re-energised their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League by brilliantly beating Chelsea.Ibrahimovic’s injury occurred late in stoppage time, his right knee bending the wrong way as he landed following an aerial challenge in the Anderlecht box, leaving him grimacing on the deck.The former Paris Saint-Germain striker, scorer of 28 goals this season, was able to hobble down the tunnel, aided by medical staff, but United’s fans will fear they have seen the last of him this season.It cast a shadow over United’s evening, but Rashford’s superb 107th-minute strike ensured they took up a place in the last four.Star of Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea, he notched the decisive goal by gathering Marouane Fellaini’s knock-down, making space with a sharp Cruyff turn and firing in a low shot with his left foot.United first went ahead in the 10th minute after a finely measured pass from Paul Pogba found Rashford wide on the left. Apr 20th 2017, 10:41 PM Image: Martin Rickett Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 10:41 PM Follow us: 21,915 Views The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Image: Martin Rickett Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Rashford’s cross was blocked, but the ball came back to him and he squared it for Mkhitaryan, who drilled a low shot into the bottom-left corner.United were on top and it took flying one-handed saves from visiting goalkeeper Ruben to repel a header from Pogba and a Jesse Lingard curler.But United then lost Rojo — hurt as he tried in vain to halt Frank Acheampong, with Daley Blind taking his place — and Anderlecht levelled the tie in the 32nd minute.Youri Tielemans’s deflected shot came back off the crossbar and after a moment’s confusion, Hanni put away the rebound.United’s chances became more clear-cut in the second half.Rashford rounded Ruben but knocked the ball too wide after an error by Dennis Appiah and Ruben thwarted Ibrahimovic from substitute Fellaini’s header.A corner from Mkhitaryan fell for Pogba on the edge of the six-yard box, but he skied his volley into the Stretford End.Freed by Michael Carrick, Ibrahimovic shanked wastefully wide.Teed up by Ibrahimovic’s scooped pass, Rashford found the side-netting.Fortunately for United, he would not be denied. Unfortunately for United, Ibrahimovic had long since departed by the time he struck the winner.– © AFP 2017 Share Tweet Email 66 Comments New Zealand are coming to Dublin to play… Cabinteely FC>Morrissey: The boy with the form in his side> Short URL Man United survive big scare to progress to Europa League semis Marcus Rashford was the hero, as he won the game in extra time for his side.last_img read more

Emmanuel Macron says yellow vest violence must stop as he offers significant

first_imgEmmanuel Macron says yellow vest violence must stop as he offers ‘significant’ tax cuts Macron recognised that the yellow vest movement had led to many in France feeling “anger and impatience for change” and praised its “just demands”. 37 Comments FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL Macron today vowed to press ahead with his government’s programme and added that public order must be restored after months of protests.“The transformations that are in progress and the transformations that are essential for our country should not be stopped,” Macron said in his first solo news conference at the Elysee Palace. He vowed that after almost half a year of sometimes violent yellow vest protests against his rule, “today, above all, public order will return and with it an essential accord” in French society.Macron recognised that the yellow vest movement had led to many in France feeling “anger and impatience for change” and praised its “just demands”.But he added that the movement had “transformed progressively” and been hijacked partly by episodes of anti-Semitic violence, attacks on journalists and homophobia. “But I don’t want that the actions of some people eclipse the just demands that were put forward at the start of this movement and were broadly supported,” he said.Macron also vowed to “significantly” reduce income tax for workers in France, while defending his controversial decision to scrap a wealth tax early in his term.“I want cuts for people who work by significantly reducing income taxes,” Macron said during a speech in which he is laying out his response to five months of anti-government protests.On scrapping the wealth tax, he said it would be reviewed in 2020, adding: “It was a reform to stimulate production, not a present for the rich.”© AFP 2019 Share Tweet Email By AFP Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 6:18 PM Image: Yaghobzadeh Alfred/ABACA 14,182 Views Apr 25th 2019, 6:18 PM Short URL Image: Yaghobzadeh Alfred/ABACA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Merkel sees no substantial difference within EU on Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she saw no substantial differences in the positions of major EU powers on Greece, which is campaigning to renegotiate the terms of its bailout programme.“I don’t think that the positions of the member states of the eurozone with regard to Greece differ, at least in terms of substance,” Merkel said.“I have spoken by phone with my Italian colleague (Matteo Renzi) and am in contact with (French President) Francois Hollande. We spoke about it today,” she said.“And now I think the time has come for Greece to say what exactly its expectations are,” she said at a joint press conference with Maltas Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.Merkel reiterated that Berlin was taking a wait-and-see approach until Athens outlines its fiscal plans in detail.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is set to meet his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin on Thursday.Merkel also said she was looking forward to meeting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a European summit on February 12.Source: AFPlast_img read more

TCI MOHAHS receives continued technical assistance from Public Health England

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 8, 2017 – Providenicales – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MOHAHS) continues to receive assistance and support from Public Health England (PHE) in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.In response to an invitation from Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MOHAS), Dr. Autilia Newton was part of the team of technical experts PHE dispatched to TCI during October 2017 to support the local health team in assessing Public Health needs and also to design short, medium and long term interventions to meet these needs.Dr. Newton, the leader of the PHE Team sent to TCI, is a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) with PHE. She has more than 7 years of experience working overseas and recently returned from a 2-year assignment in Sierra Leone.   There she collaborated with the Chief Medical Officer to oversee the transition from the extraordinary response to Ebola Virus to the return to normal responsibilities for emergency planning and response within the local Ministry of Health.Dr. Newton is currently the Technical Adviser to the PHE United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories (UKOTs) International Health Regulations (IHR) Compliance Program, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Security Fund.As part of this program, Dr. Newton and the UKOT team, had already established a working relationship with the TCI’s Public Health Team, led by Dr. Nadia Astwood, Director of Health Services and Dr. Terese Maitland, National Epidemiologist and Head of the National Epidemiology and Research Unit (NERU) team.The MOHAHS is grateful to the team at PHE for providing assistance at this critical time and looks forward to ongoing support and collaboration in the coming months. Additional details will be provided by the Ministry moving forward.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

ASAWISHH Sends Global Soy Nutrition Expert to Guatemalan Nutrition Conference

first_imgDr. Mark Messina speaks to attendees at the 7th Annual Nutrition Conference for the Association of Guatemalan Nutritionists about the health benefits of soy.Last week the American Soybean Association (ASA’s) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program sent internationally recognized soy health expert Mark Messina, PhD, to speak at the 7th Annual Nutrition Conference for the Association of Guatemalan Nutritionists.Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Messina’s presentation was part of WISHH’s efforts to provide scientific information, as well as practical training about the health benefits of soy in foods.“Soyfoods offer valuable nutrition for men, women and children of all ages in Guatemala,” Messina said. “Soyfoods present an important opportunity to help Guatemalans respond to some of the nation’s leading health concerns, ranging from heart disease to diabetes and malnutrition.”Foods containing soy are widely available in Guatemala. They include soy milks, fortified beverages, tofu and textured soy protein. WISHH partners with companies in the region to provide technical assistance on the development of new soy-based products and the inclusion of U.S. soy in existing product lines.last_img read more

Will Alaskas new governor keep Walkers climate team

first_imgErosion on the bank of the Ninglick River. The nearest house is now just forty feet from the edge. November 8, 2017. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz)When a new Alaska governor takes office in December, they’ll be faced with choices: Which priorities from the previous administration should they continue to develop and which ones should they scrap? In September, a team appointed by Governor Bill Walker released a comprehensive plan to address climate change. But the work is far from over.Listen nowLately, Kristen Lyda Rees has had her nose in a book about how huge catastrophes and natural disasters affect cultural change.Rees is an anthropology major at the University of Alaska Southeast. And today, she’s leading a group discussion on Alaska’s Climate Change Action Plan. As a giant bowl of Halloween candy gets passed around, the conversation shifts between anxieties over the the future to questions about whether the action plan is enough to initiate change.The plan is basically a big menu of options, including target reduction goals, establishing a bank for energy efficiency projects and considering a state carbon tax.Rees admires some of the ideas in the document. But still:“It is a paper report,” Rees said. “And I feel like when you focus so much of an effort into one place, it makes it easy to just sit that basket of eggs on a shelf somewhere and just not acknowledge it again. Especially, when you have something like elections, like last week.”Last week, Governor Walker announced he would be suspending his reelection campaign. Rees already had her discussion in the works, as part of her senior project. She says the announcement changed the mood a bit — now that the policy Walker endorsed seems even more up in the air.So, the question is: Will the two frontrunners in the governor’s race keep this team intact to work on climate change issues in the state?“Yes, but I also want to underline that I don’t them to just meet to meet,” Democratic hopeful Mark Begich said. “I want to meet to get things done.”Begich says that means identifying solutions that Alaskans can implement now. He points to things like improving energy efficiency in state and municipal buildings and incentivizing the private sector to invest in those projects.But, would he support passing some kind of legislation to reduce emissions?“I would be interested in that sure. But I want to be realistic,” Begich said. “You know, [for] the legislature to do something, while we’re waiting we’ll see a couple more villages disappear into the water. And I’d rather get busy while we’re trying to do things like that help deal with the emissions issue and not sit around and wait for things to happen.”Begich says he wouldn’t support a state carbon tax, something that was even a sticking point for Governor Walker.Republican Mike Dunleavy has also stated he’s not a fan of taxes. Still, his remarks about prioritizing the climate action team were different from his opponent’s.Dunleavy’s staffers said he couldn’t squeeze in the time to talk about this. But in an earlier interview, he had this to say:“I think we have a lot of issues that, in my opinion, are quite frankly and bluntly more important than the climate task force,” Dunleavy said. “And I’ll be focusing on these immediate issues for Alaska instead of focusing on the issues in this task force.”Keep in mind, this isn’t the first time an Alaska governor has assembled a team to address climate change and priorities shifted after a change of power.Luke Hopkins knows all about it. He served on Governor Sarah Palin’s work group in 2007 and recently spent months helping create the plan for the Walker administration.“Yes, it very much could sit on a shelf,” Hopkins said.Hopkins has been here before. In 2014, after Sean Parnell was elected governor, Hopkins jokes that report sat “high up on a shelf.” That is, until this year when some of those same ideas were incorporated into this more formalized policy.Hopkins says now the real work to address climate change can start. But it’s hard to know what that might look like under new leadership.“All of that has to be refined. How are you going to do some of these statements? How are you going to implement them? What is the next step for that?” Hopkins said. “Again, we certainly hope that continues. But we have to wait and see.”Currently, Hopkins says there are no Climate Action Leadership Team meetings planned. But the team is appointed for the next two years. He expects a meeting could occur sometime shortly after the governor’s race, and Hopkins hopes it’s not another shelving of ideas, another send off.last_img read more

Wife paramour held for husbands murder

first_imgHyderabad: The Shamirpet police on Monday arrested one man for allegedly murdering one N Rama Rao (42) by hitting with liquor bottles. According to police, extra marital relationship between the accused and deceased person’s wife was the reason behind the murder. The accused persons were identified as D Shiva (34) and N Sridevi (35). According to police, accused Shiva developed friendship with Rama Rao’s wife, while working with him as mason, which later converted into an extra marital affair. The same was noticed by Rama Rao and he warned them against it. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Later, when her husband started assaulting her about her relationship with Shiva, Sridevi provoked Shiva to kill her husband and also provided him Rs 5,000 for the job. According to their plan, on August 14 Shiva offered liquor to Rama Rao and took him to a secluded place. When he lost conscious, Shiva hit Rama Rao on his head with liquor bottles till he breathed his last breath. Later, he informed Sridevi that he will disappear for two to three days from the village and went to his native place. On Monday, when Shiva returned to Thmukunta village, police arrested him and Sridevi.last_img read more

Trump Threatens To Close Border With Mexico Next Week

first_img Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APSen. President Donald Trump with, from left, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks to reporters during a visit Lake Okeechobee and Herbert Hoover Dike at Canal Point, Fla., Friday, March 29, 2019.President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to close America’s southern border or large sections of it next week, a potentially drastic step affecting the economies of both the U.S. and Mexico, if Mexico does not halt illegal immigration “immediately.”“It could mean all trade” with Mexico, Trump said when questioned by reporters in Florida. “We will close it for a long time. I am not kidding around.”Trump has previously threatened to close the border — including at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Thursday night — but this time was different as he gave a timetable. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether his possible action would apply to commercial and air travel, but a substantial closure could have an especially heavy impact on cross-border communities from San Diego to South Texas, as well as supermarkets that sell Mexican produce, factories that rely on imported parts, and other businesses across the country.The U.S. and Mexico trade about $1.7 billion in goods daily, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be “an unmitigated economic debacle” that would threaten 5 million U.S. jobs.“If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week,” Trump tweeted. “This would be so easy for Mexico to do, but they just take our money and ‘talk.’”A senior Homeland Security official on Friday suggested Trump was referring to the ongoing surge of mostly Central American families crossing the border from Mexico. Many people who cross the border illegally ultimately request asylum under U.S. law, which does not require asylum seekers to enter at an official crossing.The official said the U.S. might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children.Ports of entry are official crossing points that are used by residents and commercial vehicles. The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did not specify which ports the administration was considering closing, but said only that closures were “on the table.”Trump’s declaration came a day after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his country was doing its part to fight migrant smuggling. Criminal networks charge thousands of dollars a person to move migrants through Mexico, increasingly in large groups toward remote sections of the border.“We want to have a good relationship with the government of the United States,” Lopez Obrador said Friday. He added: “We are going to continue helping so that the migratory flow, those who pass through our country, do so according to the law, in an orderly way.”Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Wednesday that 750 border inspectors would be reassigned to deal with the growing number of migrant families, and the DHS official said Friday that the department was seeking volunteers from other agencies to help.Democratic and Republican lawmakers have fought over whether there actually is a “crisis” at the border, particularly amid Trump’s push for a border wall, which he claims will solve immigration problems, though a wall wouldn’t keep out families who cross the border at official points so they can surrender and be detained.The president called on Congress to immediately change what he said were weak U.S. immigration laws, which he blamed on Democrats. The Department of Homeland Security wants the authority to detain families for longer and more quickly deport children from Central America who arrive at the border on their own. The department argues those policy changes would stop families from trying to enter the U.S.Alejandra Mier y Teran, executive director of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce in San Diego, said the mere threat of border closures sends the wrong message to businesses in Mexico and may eventually scare companies into turning to Asia for their supply chains.“I think the impact would be absolutely devastating on so many fronts,” said Mier y Teran, whose members rely on the Otay Mesa crossing to bring televisions, medical devices and a wide range of products to the U.S. “In terms of a long-term effect, it’s basically shooting yourself in your foot. It’s sending out a message to other countries that, ‘Don’t come because our borders may not work at any time.’ That is extremely scary and dangerous.”___Nomaan Merchant reported from Houston, Catherine Lucey from Washington. Associated Press writers Peter Orsi in Mexico City and Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.last_img read more

The House With a Clock in Its Walls Tops Studios TV Ad

first_img$5.81M – The House With a Clock in Its Walls $5.33M – White Boy Rick $4.82M – A Simple Favor Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by Impressions: 184,802,430Attention Score: 92.92Attention Index: 110National Airings: 415Networks: 29Most Spend On: NBC, ESPNCreative Versions: 7Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $5.64MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 09/04/18 Impressions: 404,587,157Attention Score: 91.33Attention Index: 91National Airings: 1,315Networks: 46Most Spend On: NBC, NickCreative Versions: 27Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $17.12MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 07/13/18 $3.65M – Night School TV ad placements for Lionsgate’s “A Simple Favor” (EMV: $4.82 million), Universal Pictures’ “Night School” (EMV: $3.65 million) and Columbia Pictures’ “Venom” ($3.51 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Venom” has the best iSpot Attention Index (110) in the ranking, getting 10% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). Popular on Variety center_img Impressions: 400,537,204Attention Score: 91.43Attention Index: 92National Airings: 996Networks: 23Most Spend On: NBC, HGTVCreative Versions: 28Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $15.12MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 08/06/18 Impressions: 434,600,758Attention Score: 92.12Attention Index: 100National Airings: 847Networks: 35Most Spend On: ESPN, Adult SwimCreative Versions: 34Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $18.29MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 06/06/18 Impressions: 203,783,639Attention Score: 91.44Attention Index: 92National Airings: 561Networks: 27Most Spend On: NBC, USA NetworkCreative Versions: 15Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $9.9MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 06/05/18 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”Ads placed for the fantasy film had an estimated media value of $5.81 million through Sunday for 1,315 national ad airings on 46 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Sept. 10-16. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including NBC, Nick and USA Network, and during specific programming such as NFL Football, SpongeBob SquarePants and Big Brother.  Just behind “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” in second place: Columbia Pictures’ “White Boy Rick,” which saw 847 national ad airings across 35 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.33 million. 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 09/10/2018 and 09/16/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the platform and methodology. $3.51M – Venom ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

India has worlds 3rd largest number of billionaires

first_imgThe India list gives details of the richest people in the country with a cut off wealth of Rs 6,000 crore. Mukesh Ambani with a a wealth of Rs 1.2 lakh crore tops the list among billionaires in the country, followed by Dilip Shanghvi of Sun Pharma with an estimated wealth of Rs 1.02 lakh crore. Pallonji Mistry and family of Tata Sons with Rs 96,000 crore assets are in the third place. “It has been a busy year for the energy tycoon whose flagship company Reliance last year sought approval of Rs 78,000 crore expansion to their existing refinery business. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAmbani also bought out one of the largest media houses, Network 18, for Rs 4200 crore,” the report said. This is the first time India is among the top three countries with the maximum number of billionaires. While US tops the list, China is in second place followed by India, as per the list prepared by Huran Global Rich list report which was prepared by its India head office at Kochi. India leapfrogged Russia and UK to the third place. Of the 2,089 billionaires across the world, 97 reside in India. Wipro’s Azim Premji (Rs 84,000 crore), HCL Technologies’ Shiv Nadar (Rs 66,000 crore), Kumar Birla of Aditya Birla (Rs 60,000 crore) and Sunil Mittal and family (Rs 60,000 crore) are among the top 10 in the India list. According to the list, 41 of the 97 billionaires have inherited wealth and 56 are self made billionaires. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsKiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon, with an estimated wealth of Rs 6,000 crore, is the only woman billionaire in the country who has not inherited her wealth. Savitri Jindal and family with a wealth of Rs 16,200 crore is the top ranked female billionaire in India followed by Indu Jain of Bennett Coleman at Rs 15,000 crore. S P Hinduja of the Hinduja group tops among the wealthiest Indians outside the country with a wealth of USD 18 billion followed by Lakshmi N Mittal with $14 billion.last_img read more