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Principal Assistant Director of Communications

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter announced the appointments of the principal secretary to the premier and director of communications, today, June 23. Matt Hebb, who has been the principal assistant to Mr. Dexter for the past number of years, has been named the principal secretary to the premier. Shawn Fuller is director of communications for the Premier’s Office. Mr. Fuller was previously manager of research for Mr. Dexter. “I am happy to have such qualified people on my team as we face the challenges ahead,” Premier Dexter said. Both appointments are effective immediately. Communications Nova Scotia is assisting the Premier’s Office through its transition period by providing an interim press secretary. Janet Lynn McNeil will serve in that role until staffing is complete.last_img read more

Mumbai Police close Tanushrees MeToo case against Nana Patekar

first_imgMumbai: In a significant development, the Mumbai Police have filed a closure report in the #MeToo case by actress Tanushree Dutta against actor Nana Patekar, a top official said here on Thursday. “Yes, we have filed a B-Summary Report before the court,” Mumbai Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Shinge told IANS. The police move comes after they reportedly did not find enough evidence in the matter, virtually ending the case.last_img

A view from Sanctum Sanctorum

first_imgThere was a singular absence of frenzy last week in Ayodhya on the occasion of Ram Navmi. As the campaign for election 2019 rose to a crescendo, one would have expected the Hindutva Brigade to turn up in full force for several reasons. To obtain the Lord’s blessings for the do or die battle. And to focus on Ayodhya to keep the issue simmering during these crucial elections. True, the matter is in court but so is the Sadhvi Pragya Thakur matter. When were such niceties sacrosanct for the current lot? More likely, the Mandir-Masjid soufflé is not rising. Also Read – A special kind of bondI have seldom seen Rama’s city so bereft of political presence. The old colonial bungalow refurbished as Faizabad’s Circuit House looks like a spruced up haunted haven. Cooks, bearers, housekeepers, in white, appear at one end and shuffle past with no apparent work in hand. Well past midnight, there is a knock on the door. “Please let me have your remote,” a voice implores. Spooky, isn’t it? Apparently, someone of consequence has arrived unexpectedly. It turns out that solitary remote services all the air conditioners which are available in abundance. Even the dressing rooms are air-conditioned. Also Read – Insider threat managementCross into Ayodhya and throngs of devotees chanting ‘Jai Sia Ram’ choke the lanes. Milling crowds climb the wide staircase of the Kanak Bhawan Ram temple. Chanting devotees come in waves, their hands uplifted in reverence, eyes focused on the jharoka or balcony beyond which aarti begins at 11 am in preparation for the Lord’s birth at noon. But even at noon, there is no frenzy, just chants of reverence accompanied by a surge towards the balcony for a closer experience of the moment of birth. I do not know how purists will take this report but my wife and I are rather proud that we had more than a ringside seat, virtually within whispering distance of the birthing suite where Ram was born. The pujari with a “thal” or plate of lamps makes circles around the imaginary bed. The lights flicker on the gold silk and taffeta, neatly folded in Ram and Sita’s wardrobes lining the walls all around us. Once Ram lalla is born, Madhukar Singh of Orchha and his Rani wave a “murchal”, a sort of whisk in slow, pampering motions around the infant. Madhukar’s ancestors, the rulers of Orchha in Bundelkhand, built the Kanak Bhawan Ram temple complex in the late 19th century. Since then it has been the responsibility of the family to personally supervise Ram Navmi and other festivals associated with Ram. It is hard to imagine larger crowds, steeped in such unadulterated reverence. Pardon the thought, but is there a need for a parallel temple of contention which will only neutralise the good-natured atmospherics of the birthday celebrations in this magnificent Ram Mandir? Our visit was a function of both: my passionate pursuit of the multicultural and Madhukar Orcha’s profound hospitality. The red and yellow thread that the priest tied on my wrist was, in its minutest detail, similar to what my mother did to visitors of diverse faiths who visited our village home during Moharram. In fact, even the Imambara, where a replica of Imam Hussain’s tomb in Karbala is kept, was not very dissimilar to the sanctum sanctorum – all peculiarly Indian. Mosques, of course, are different. There is a great deal in common between the Jama Masjid, Blue Mosque or the Shah Abbas mosque in Delhi, Istanbul and Isfahan respectively. But these mosques, in their distinct grandeur, are marvels of architecture. Not surprising, therefore, that in Ayodhya, the thought of Babri Masjid, should cross one’s mind. It was by no stretch of the imagination a historic mosque. It had no architectural merit compared to the ones listed above. In August 1989 when I visited Ayodhya for the Shilanyas, the scene was distressing. I have since found myself on the same wavelength as the moderate cleric, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq. Since his cancer has galloped to its last stages, what the Maulana says is virtually his last will and testament: “A Muslim can spread his prayer mat anywhere, facing the Kaaba, and say his prayers; a Hindu consecrates the idol forever. The difference is enormous. Just look at the Muslims in India today: unwise politics around the Mandir-Masjid issue has contributed greatly to their unhappy situation.” If Muslims win the Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court and decide to make a gift of the land for the construction of the temple, “The gesture will electrify Hindu masses; communal politics will be defeated.” The soft, reverential tones of the ceremonies at the Ram temple are such a welcome relief from the warlike atmosphere of intrigue and deception that we witnessed during the Shilanyas 30 years ago. I can never forget, the District Magistrate of Faizabad, Ram Sharan Srivastava’s harassed face under instructions to implement the underhand, duplicitous order handed over to him by the Congress High Command – Rajiv Gandhi, Arun Nehru and Narayan Datt Tiwari. The situation was this: Allahabad High Court had stayed any brick laying on “disputed” land. But Ashok Singhal of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad threatened “rivers of blood” if Shilanyas were not held where the VHP wanted it. The District Magistrate was instructed to accede to Singhal’s demand “confidentially”. In other words, bricklaying would be allowed clandestinely on disputed land. Singhal had agreed to keep this secret. But Congress, to score brownie points, announced that the brick laying ceremony was allowed only on land which was “not disputed”. No sooner was the handout issued, then Singhal, not to be upstaged, held a press conference. “We have laid the Foundation Stone at exactly the place within our construction plan.” Congress double-crossed the people; Singhal double-crossed Congress – and all in the name of Maryada Purushottam, the perfect man. I removed this nightmare from my mind and left the sanctum sanctorum remembering Allama Iqbal’s couplet: “Hai Ram ke wajood pe Hindostaan ko naz. Ehle nazar samajhte hain usko Imam e Hind.” (Ram is Hindustan’s pride. Men of vision consider him the Imam of Hindustan) (The author is a commentator on political and diplomatic affairs. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,484.55, up 21.41 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down one cent, or 0.11 per cent, to $9.08 on 12.2 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down 19 cents, or 5.03 per cent, to $3.59 on 6.6 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down four cents, or 0.23 per cent, to $17.17 on 6.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Up five cents, or 1.25 per cent, to $4.05 on 6.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 39 cents, or 4.04 per cent, to $10.05 on 5.9 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Energy. Up two cents, or 0.05 per cent, to $42.52 on 5.8 million shares.Companies reporting:CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A). Down 24 cents to $85.92. CGI Group reported a profit of $311.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $285.3 million in the same quarter a year earlier. The technology and business consulting firm says the profit amounted to $1.11 per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from 98 cents per diluted share a year earlier. Revenue for the first quarter totalled $2.96 billion, up from nearly $2.82 billion. Excluding specific items such as acquisition and integration costs, CGI says it earned $1.12 per diluted share for the quarter, up from 99 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP). Down 24 cents to $17.75. Canfor Corp. says it will temporarily curtail operations at three B.C. sawmills due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions. The company says the cuts will reduce its production by approximately 40 million board feet. Canfor says its sawmill in Vavenby will be curtailed for six weeks starting on Feb. 11. Meanwhile, sawmills in Houston and Mackenzie will be curtailed for one week each in the first quarter. Canfor has 13 sawmills in Canada.WSP Global Inc. (TSX:WSP). Up $3.07 or 4.76 per cent to $67.51. WSP Global unveiled a strategic plan Wednesday that forecasts double-digit revenue growth through 2021, when it expects to rake in up to $9 billion. Once a boutique firm, the 60-year-old company has swelled to 48,000 employees from 17,000 in 2014, and aims to exceed 65,000 workers in the next three years. Beefed up by acquisitions of companies such as New York-based infrastructure firm Parsons Brinckerhoff — and 11 acquisitions in 2017 alone — WSP’s expansion plans won’t come at the cost of excessive leverage, RBC Dominion Securities analyst Derek Spronck says.The Canadian Press read more

Solar energy viable option for TimorLeste says UN

15 July 2008A just concluded three-year pilot project has shown that solar power can be an affordable and sustainable alternative energy source for the people of Timor-Leste, according to a senior United Nations official heading up the programme. The solar project, just one of many initiatives carried out by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affair (UNDESA) in the tiny South East Asian nation, aimed to help rural communities harness the potential of this alternative energy source.Under the pilot programme, carried out in communities on Atauro Island and in Aleiu District, community members agreed to pay $1.80 per month for the use of solar lanterns.It is estimated that communities on Atauro using the lanterns have saved over $1,800, and now other communities have also expressed interest in using the lanterns.“This pilot project has shown that solar can become a real energy option for rural communities. With proper support, communities have the potential to manage their energy needs in an affordable and sustainable way,” said UNDESA Chief Sarina Kilham. “However, the key is ongoing support.” UNDESA’s Renewable Energy Officer Paulo de Silva agreed, noting that finding solutions to the country’s energy needs is critical to development.“The way in which Timor-Leste attempts to meet the energy needs of its growing population will determine how quickly and sustainably the country can develop,” he stated. “It is critical that the Government continue to support alternative energy supplies. We have already seen that with the proper support, solar power does work.”In addition to the solar project, UNDESA has also been working to help the Government strengthen management of water and renewable energy services at the community level.The community water management project involves working with communities to establish and support sustainable water supply systems, including providing infrastructure in some areas.Oscar de Silva, UNDESA’s Community Development Officer, stressed the importance of community participation in water management projects.“Water management will not work without full community ownership of the water facilities. But communities also need adequate support to implement, maintain and manage them,” he noted. read more

Three local councils dissolved

Meanwhile speculation was rife yesterday that former Presidential Advisor Hemakumara Nanayakara has been approached by the UNP to contest the elections on behalf of the opposition.Nanayakara resigned from his post over a dispute with the government. The elections will be seen as a referendum on the government at a time when the cost of living has gone up with the rise in the price of essential items. The government today dissolved the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial councils through a gazette notification, the government information department said.The gazette was issued last night dissolving the three councils with effect from today, a year before the scheduled day the term of the three councils end. Elections for the three councils are expected to take place in September this year. read more

Gold smuggled from Sri Lanka to Madurai by sea seized

The accused, who carried two packets each, hailed from Mandapam. An inquiry had been launched to find out all those involved in smuggling, the officials said. This is DRI’s major seizure of gold smuggled into the coast of the district from Sri Lanka via the sea route this year. The DRI seized 9.293 kg of gold biscuits smuggled into Thondi coast from Sri Lanka after detaining two persons in November, 2017. (Colombo Gazette) Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 11.15 kg of gold of foreign origin, smuggled into the Mandapam–Vedhalai coast from Sri Lanka via the sea route, after intercepting a bus in Madurai and arresting three persons who were acting as couriers on Wednesday night.Acting on specific inputs provided by the DRI Chennai that foreign origin gold was being smuggled into India from Sri Lanka through the sea route and being transported to Madurai, DRI sleuths from Thoothukudi and Madurai intercepted the bus on the Viraganur–Madurai Ring Road stretch and seized the gold, The Hindu newspaper reported. “The three persons admitted that the gold was being smuggled into India from Sri Lanka by sea and they were transporting it to Madurai for monetary consideration,” the DRI release said. A DRI release from Chennai said the officials kept a watch on vehicles coming from Rameswaram to Madurai and found three persons being in possession of the smuggled gold, valued at Rs. 3.32 crore. The gold, in the form of cut pieces of different shapes and sizes and crude gold chains and a bangle, landed at Mandapam–Vedhalai coast around 8 p.m. read more

Probe launched on clinical waste floating in the Puttalam sea

An investigation has been launched into clinical waste floating in the Puttalam sea believed to have been dumped in India.The Marine Environment Protection Authority said that the waste was seen within a 10 kilometer stretch in Puttalam. According to reports, the waste comprised of plastic containers, discarded vaccines, discarded syringes and other clinical materials. (Colombo Gazette)

One person killed following Grandpass shooting incident

One person was killed following a shooting incident in Grandpass today.The Police said that three others sustained injuries in the shooting incident. The Police said that a criminal gang member was believed to have been involved in the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette)

Toshiba says Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection

by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 6:33 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toshiba says Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection TOKYO – Japan’s embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink.Toshiba said in a statement that it filed the Chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New York. The move had been largely expected.Toshiba has said it’s expecting a loss of 500 billion yen ($4.3 billion) for April-December of last year, including a 712.5 billion yen ($6.2 billion) hit from its embattled nuclear business. It said Wednesday that it was working out revised numbers, and warned that the loss for the fiscal year may grow to 1 trillion yen ($9 billion).Toshiba acquired Westinghouse in 2006 with much fanfare, making nuclear power an important part of its business strategy.After the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, costs of the business have ballooned because of growing safety concerns and regulations, and a souring of sentiment toward nuclear power in some countries, such as Germany.Toshiba has been eager to get Westinghouse off its books to improve its plight, and it said it would do just that from this fiscal year. It has said earlier it wants to sell Westinghouse. Toshiba said Westinghouse had racked up debt of $9.8 billion.Toshiba President Satoshi Tsunakawa said the move was aimed at “shutting out risks from the overseas nuclear business.”“We want to make this our first step toward recovering our solid business,” he told reporters after the announcement.Toshiba reiterated its view that at the root of the problem was the acquisition of U.S. nuclear construction company CB&I Stone and Webster. It declined comment on possible future partners in the rehabilitation of Westinghouse.Toshiba, which has been unable to report its financial results as required, postponing it into next month, said it would monitor the rehabilitation proceedings and disclose information as quickly as possible.Its chairman has resigned to take responsibility for the company’s troubles.Auditors questioned Toshiba’s latest reporting on the acquisition of CB&I Stone & Webster after a whistleblower, an employee at Westinghouse, wrote a letter to the Westinghouse president.The company’s reputation has also been tarnished in recent years by a scandal over the doctoring of accounting books to meet unrealistic profit targets.Satoshi Ogasawara, who has written a book about Toshiba’s systematically falsifying financial results, says executives knew of the problems for years but kept procrastinating, hoping against hope that things would get better and they would be able to avoid blame. But things just got worse.“Buying Westinghouse was the beginning of the end,” he said. “But even before that, there was a dubious corporate culture.”Toshiba already faced problems in its personal computer business amid competition from Dell, Lenovo and HP. The drop of oil prices combined with the Three Mile Island and Fukushima accidents made nuclear power less lucrative, and plant construction kept getting stonewalled, said Ogasawara. He believes many executives responsible for the mess are still at Toshiba, without being held responsible.The company has said it will no longer take on new reactor construction projects and will focus on maintaining the reactors it already has. But it is also involved in the decommissioning of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns after the March 2011 tsunami.Toshiba has sold off so many parts of its once prized operations, such as computer chips and household appliances, it has little left but its infrastructure business.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at work can be found at Toshiba Corp. President Satoshi Tsunakawa bows during a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Japan’s embattled Toshiba said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection. Toshiba said in a statement that it filed the chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New York. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) read more

On Day Against Drug Abuse Ban calls for effective compassionate global response

“I call on countries and communities to continue to improve the lives of everyone blighted by drug abuse by integrating security and public safety with a heightened focus on health, human rights, and sustainable development,” said the UN chief in his message on the Day. The illicit trade in drugs fosters transnational organized crime networks, systemic corruption and widespread violence. It is also a major public health menace. Millions of people are directly affected, especially the poor, vulnerable women and children, and those living in fragile communities. At the special session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, held in April, tangible progress was made in promoting alternatives to incarceration, fortifying human rights commitments, strengthening the focus on illicit financial proceeds, and tackling corruption. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also informed the deliberations at the special session. Goal 3 calls on countries to strengthen the prevention and treatment of narcotic drug abuse, end AIDS and combat hepatitis. Goal 16 is designed to help to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies and institutions that can address illicit drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. This year, the Day is marked by the launch of the ‘Listen First’ initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use. Based on science, listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe, and it is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities. In 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. In another message to mark the Day, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), highlighted that the outcome document adopted at the General Assembly special session stresses a joint commitment to counter the world drug problem, which has helped “generate a global sense of purpose against this threat that menaces millions.” The Executive Director said the document makes a number of concrete recommendations on the way forward, such as exploring alternative measures to conviction or punishment where appropriate; promoting international cooperation; the adoption of key international instruments on organized crime, corruption and terrorism; strengthening criminal justice systems, with a focus on drug prevention and treatment; including HIV and hepatitis; and upholding fundamental human rights. For its part, UNODC’s World Drug Report 2016 advances further understanding of the problem, the Executive Director said. “In alarming detail the report shows a rise in the number of problem drug users from 27 to 29 million people aged 15-64; the disastrous resurgence of heroin in some regions; the use of the ‘Darknet’ for drug trafficking; the appalling loss of life due to overdoses, and the disproportionate impact illicit drugs have on women, among many others challenges,” Mr. Fedotov said. “Today also follows the landmark adoption last September of the 2030 development agenda. The special session gave us the tools and the commitment to fight illicit drugs; but in the 17 Goals we now have the architectural blueprint for appreciating how work against drugs, crime and corruption fits into the much wider work of sustainable development,” he added. Mr. Fedotov noted that one of the key recommendations of this year’s report is that achieving sustainable development and countering the world drug problem must not exist as “distant cousins.” Illicit drugs threaten the security and health of people, while weakening both communities and institutions. If targets are to be achieved under Goal 3 on health, and Goal 16, on peaceful societies, as well as many other goals, drug-related development initiatives should be mainstreamed into general development efforts, he emphasized. read more

Podcast The Greatest Dynasty Of All NBA Free Agency And AllStar Baseball

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (July 7, 2015), we discuss whether the U.S. women’s national soccer team is a dynasty, review NBA free agency and turn to the MLB All-Star Game. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Serena Williams’s great record in the third set of matches.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nate Silver says the U.S. women’s national team may be the greatest World Cup dynasty of all time.Jill Ellis was the villain — and then she fixed it all!The Mavs get DeAndre Jordan.Neil Paine on the Royals dominating the All-Star Game.Significant Digit: Serena Williams’s 17 straight wins when she reaches the third set. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS read more

Mens swimming Ohio State set to swim backtoback dual meets

The OSU men’s swimming team practices leading up to meets against Michigan State and the University of Pittsburgh on Jan. 20 and 21. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s swimming team is set to compete in back-to-back dual meets this weekend, starting on Friday at Michigan State and continuing in Columbus on Saturday, hosting the University of Pittsburgh.The Buckeyes head to East Lansing, Michigan, after a dominant performance against Cincinnati, setting three pool records at Keating Aquatic Center.Carrying that momentum is vital heading into a double header, graduate senior Josh Fleagle said.“It’s definitely not easy,” he said. “We just take it one practice at a time, one meet at a time and we look forward to new challenges, competition and we love racing.”It will be a quick turnaround, but Fleagle believes the team’s experience will give the Buckeyes an upper hand.“When we go to Big Tens and NCAAs, it’s four or five days of just swimming,” he said. “So two days isn’t that bad, granted we will get back a little bit later on Friday from Michigan State. But we are pretty used to it.”The Buckeyes will swim against the Spartans for the first time this season. Senior Matt McHugh said the results of the meet will give some insight into the team’s level of conditioning.“It’ll be good to see how we go up against Michigan State in a dual meet,” he said. “It’s a good indication to see where we need to improve, and what events we need to put certain people in.”In facing both a conference and a out of conference opponent this weekend, the Buckeyes are keeping the same mindset: competition is competition, said Fleagle.“I think right now the positivity is really up and obviously, the goal is to get best times in everything we do,” he said.Competition is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday. read more

DAngelo Russell one step ahead as he prepares for NBA career

D’Angelo Russell declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, becoming the first OSU one-and-done player since Byron Mullens.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerD’Angelo Russell officially announced his intentions to leave the Ohio State men’s basketball program for the NBA, leaving after a year in which he earned a first-team All-American honor, the inaugural Jerry West Award for the nation’s top shooting guard and the eternal admiration of OSU coach Thad Matta.“I got to the point where I just kinda enjoyed the game,” Matta said about watching Russell play. “There were times in the game where I could say to him, ‘take over,’ and he’d look, wink and he’d do it. I think that’s what I’m going to miss the most.”In OSU’s regular-season opener, a 92-55 win at home against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, the freshman scored 16 points to go along with four rebounds, six assists and three steals. This performance inspired UMass-Lowell coach Pat Duquette to call Russell “as good a freshman as I’ve seen” following the game.It didn’t even take until the regular season for Matta to see that same spark.“It was probably our preseason scrimmage at West Virginia when he scored 33 and he hit the game-winner,” Matta said. “I kinda scratched my head and said ‘Uh oh, this kid.’ He was doing things that we hadn’t even talked about yet in terms of drill work.“‘If he plays half this well (as the scrimmage), he’s one of the best guards in the country.’ And he only got better from there.”Not everything was smooth sailing for Russell and the Buckeyes throughout the season, however. In losses to Louisville, in which Russell shot 6-of-20, and Indiana, in which he shot 3-of-15, the guard was criticized by some for trying to do everything himself.Russell, who declared for the draft on Thursday, said he never had NBA goals in mind, but rather that he was returning the trust in his coach when Matta trusted him to try to take over the game.“I didn’t think about ‘I’m trying to be a top-five pick, I’m trying to be a first-team All-American, I’m trying to be this, that,’” Russell said. “I just came in like, ‘Coach, I’ll do whatever you need me to do.’”According to ESPN, Russell had offers in high school from powerhouse programs such as North Carolina, Virginia and Louisville, which is his hometown.But it wasn’t the number of Final Four appearances that ultimately was the deciding factor. Nor was it the opportunity to put up flashy numbers or the quality of the rest of the starting lineup.“The reason we picked this school is he built a great relationship with the head coach … Once we made that bond and that connection, there was no other school,” Antonio Russell, D’Angelo’s father, said.Matta said he knew from just about the first time he saw D’Angelo Russell in practice that there was a high probability he would leave after his freshman season — despite the guard being brought in on a two-year plan. It was at that point when Matta realized he might need to find D’Angelo Russell’s replacement for next season.It was also at that point when D’Angelo Russell became a recruiter in addition to a leader on the court, as he was instrumental in landing his likely replacement — guard JaQuan Lyle.“Getting JaQuan, he and D’Angelo were very close during the process, and D’Angelo helped us get him, which, once again, speaks volumes to how committed he is to our program,” Matta said.Lyle, originally in D’Angelo Russell’s high school class, committed to Oregon before last season. The Huntington, W.Va., product was denied admission in Eugene, however, after he was found to have not completed enough credit hours.Lyle ended up playing a post-graduate season at IMG Academy in Florida before he committed to OSU in January.Although there was nothing he would have liked more than seeing D’Angelo Russell return for another season, Matta said the bond formed between the two over the last year made it impossible to not advise him to do what he felt was best for him and enter the draft.“This is a goal achieved for me, in terms of being a head coach, because I think one thing I’ve always tried to be in situations like these is selfless,” Matta said.OSU has not had a player leave for the NBA after one year since Byron Mullens in 2009, who at the time was the fifth player in three years to be one-and-done.While Matta has since put a stronger emphasis on building a program with players who stay for longer, he said he knows D’Angelo Russell is not a typical talent, but rather one who will excel at the next level.“He’s one step ahead of the game,” Matta said. “And that’s very, very rare, from the time he was 18 years old, to be thinking that way.” read more

Jo Cox murder Accuseds medical evidence will not form part of defence

first_imgPosters around Batley in West Yorkshire on the day of the funeral of Jo Cox  (pictured top right). Her husband Brendan (bottom right) led mournersCredit:PA On June 22 – Ms Cox’s birthday – a flower-laden barge was towed from the houseboat that was her family’s London address to Westminster.An online fundraising page has raised more than £1.5million for causes she supported. Members of the public hold their hands above their heads to show their respects for Jo Cox during a memorial in Trafalgar Square Hilary Benn, John Bercow, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn arrive to pay their respects near to the scene of the murder of Jo CoxCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Prosecutor Tom Little told the Old Bailey: “The court will have seen an email from the solicitors for Thomas Mair and on the basis of that the prosecution understand that the issues will be factual. There’s no medical issue.”Cairns Nelson, defending, confirmed that the defendant has been assessed by doctors and that medical evidence will not form part of the defence. Mair was arrested in Birstall and is charged with the murder of Mrs Cox and grievous bodily harm with intent against Mr Kenny.He is further charged with possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of a knife. Hilary Benn, John Bercow, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn arrive to pay their respects near to the scene of the murder of Jo Cox Mair’s case is being handled under the “terrorism protocol” as part of a terror list before Mr Justice Saunders.He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on October 4 for a plea hearing and a three-week trial has been listed to start from November 14.Mrs Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, was stabbed and shot as she got out of her car in Birstall, near Leeds, on the afternoon of June 16. Members of the public hold their hands above their heads to show their respects for Jo Cox during a memorial in Trafalgar SquareCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraphcenter_img She had spent the morning visiting a school and a care home in her west Yorkshire constituency and was on her way to her surgery in Birstall library.Pensioner Bernard Kenny, 77, tried to help Mrs Cox, but was himself stabbed in the abdomen.Mrs Cox was pronounced dead later that afternoon and a post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be multiple stab and gunshot wounds. A gardener accused of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox will not rely on his medical history at trial, a court has heard.Thomas Mair, 52, is accused of shooting the 41-year-old mother of two dead as she made her way to a constituency meeting.A court heard Mair’s legal team will not be relying on any medical evidence relating to his physical or mental health at trial.He denies having anything to do with Mrs Cox’s death. Floral tributes and candles by a picture of slain Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament SquareCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP Floral tributes and candles by a picture of slain Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament Square Mair, from Birstall, West Yorkshire, was due to appear via video link from top security Belmarsh jail.But his barrister gave permission for the brief preliminary hearing to be held in his absence because there was a technical problem. Posters around Batley in West Yorkshire on the day of the funeral of Jo Cox  (pictured top right). Her husband Brendan (bottom right) led mourners Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Silvercorp mixes mine development with community benefits

first_imgLike all today’s responsible mining companies Silvercorp Metals is committed to contributing to the growth and prosperity of communities in which it is active. As part of this commitment, Silvercorp’s 77.5%-owned subsidiary, Henan Found Mining has donated RMB¥1.25 million (some $159,000) towards the construction of the Henan Found Youth Recreation and Activity Center, in Luoning county of Henan province, China. Located in the middle of a large and newly-constructed central square and park for the county, the center will provide educational support and recreational activities for children in Luoning, the administrative seat for the county in which Silvercorp’s Ying silver and HPG Gold-Silver-Lead projects are located. A county of approximately 445,000 inhabitants and 2,306 km2  in size, Luoning is situated in the highly populated and developing central Chinese province of Henan (population: about 100 million). One of the largest employers and contributors to the local tax base in the county, Silvercorp is committed not only to responsible mining practices but also to making a positive contribution in the communities in which it is active. Silvercorp says it looks forward to making additional contributions in support of the development of Luoning County as it continues to grow and build on the success of its operations in the area. At Ying, using the Measured plus Indicated resources reported in the last resource estimate, a 100% dilution factor and a 95% recovery rate for the high-grade resources, a potentially mineable Measured plus Indicated resource is calculated to be 1,542,078 t grading 767 g/t Ag, 13.24% Pb and 4.31% Zn. Assuming a mining rate of 140,000 t for the 2006/2007 fiscal year and 300,000 t/y thereafter, the resources at Ying could sustain mine production for about six years. A 600 t/d mill, currently being constructed 17 km from the Ying property, is expected to be completed by the end of March 2007. Currently custom mills are used to process ore. Starting April 2007, Henan Found’s own 600 t/d flotation mill is expected to start producing Pb-Ag and Zn concentrates.last_img read more

Thats Johnny were a bit used to it Thats his way of

first_img 26,941 Views SOME CRITICS HAVE an issue with the manner in which Johnny Sexton expresses his frustration on the rugby pitch, but the Ireland out-half won’t be changing at the age of 33.Sexton’s latest show of annoyance came as he was replaced in Ireland’s win over Italy in the Six Nations two weekends ago, with the Leinster man visibly upset at his team’s inability to retain the ball in Rome. Sexton was frustrated in Rome. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe Ireland vice-captain has faced some criticism in the wake of that Ireland victory, with the suggestion being made that Sexton’s visible frustration may add to the pressure felt by team-mates.However, those within the Ireland camp are well accustomed to Sexton’s mannerisms and deny that it has a negative effect on the players around him.“No, I don’t think so,” said Ireland fullback Rob Kearney when asked if Sexton’s shows of frustration impact on team-mates.“That’s Johnny, isn’t it? We’re a little bit used to it. We all get very frustrated and we all show our frustration in different ways. I’ve played with Johnny for 15 odd years now so maybe I’m not the one to ask but, certainly, I don’t think it’s having much of an effect on us.”Asked if he has often been on the receiving end of Sexton’s annoyance, Kearney smiled.“Weekly,” said the Leinster 15. “I think we all have.“I think it’s good, it drives standards among us. Johnny understands the game very well and he’s very clear in terms of how he wants to play it. That’s his way of communicating it.”Sexton and Ireland are focusing on cutting out the errors that stunted their attacking game against Italy last time out as they prepare for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against France.Ireland lost their opening round clash with England in Dublin, denting their confidence, but have since recorded wins over Scotland and Italy while remaining short of their best form.There have been major concerns about Ireland on the outside since the Italy performance, but Kearney says there is belief within Schmidt’s group that a strong showing is coming.“There’s a lot of excitement, a little bit of nerves and frustration,” said Kearney. “But there’s a huge amount of confidence, as well, in our ability and in the type of game that we know we’re close to producing.“We’re going to be filled with different emotions during the week but the important thing is that when the weekend comes, there’s a huge amount of excitement to go and play rugby.“We’re at home in front of our fans in the Aviva playing for our country in the Six Nations, and that needs to be the overriding feeling for us at the weekend.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Mar 5th 2019, 2:28 PM Share6 Tweet Email 65 Comments By Murray Kinsellacenter_img Subscribe Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 2:28 PM ‘That’s Johnny, we’re a bit used to it. That’s his way of communicating it’ Ireland’s out-half has faced some criticism for his show of annoyance against Italy. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Theres been a huge increase in the number of Leaving Cert appeals

first_imgThere’s been a huge increase in the number of Leaving Cert appeals The increase comes after last year’s legal challenge. Share4 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Aug 30th 2019, 9:50 AM Image: Sam Boal/ Friday 30 Aug 2019, 11:00 AM 39 Comments center_img Short URL Leaving Cert students from 2018 in Pobalscoil Neasain, Baldoyle. Image: Sam Boal/ Updated Aug 30th 2019, 11:00 AM THERE HAS BEEN huge increase in the number of Leaving Cert students who have appealed results this year.The State Examinations Commission has said that 9,049 students have appealed more than 17,037 grades.That’s a 74% increase on the number of students appealing compared to last year, when 5,197 candidates appealed results.Overall, 16% of Leaving Cert students this year have appealed results, up from 9% last year.  Per subject, over 17,037 grades have been appealed this year compared to 9,087 last year, an 87% increase.Higher level Biology has seen the largest number of appeals this year with 2,092 followed by Higher Level Irish, English and Maths. Last year, 16% of papers that were appealed were upgraded. There were just five downgrades.The huge upsurge in the number appeals this year comes after changes were made to the CAO timeline this year following a High Court case last year.The legal action was taken by student Rebecca Carter, who won a judicial review case to have her amended results considered by the State Examinations Commission.Her results had been incorrectly totted up meaning her points score fell marginally short of achieving that necessary to earn a place studying veterinary medicine at UCD.Carter claimed that under the previous timeframe for processing appeals, she would have not been able to commence that course in the current academic year, but would have instead been required to accept a deferred offer for the following year.The State Examinations Commission has acknowledged that the appeals process “has been in focus since last year”, contributing the upsurge in students availing of it.  “The SEC has been very active in alerting examination candidates to the revised timelines this year which has heightened awareness of the viewing and appeals processes among candidates,” it said.“The services were also more accessible to candidates as the viewing and appeals applications were provided online through the portal. For the first time this year, candidates were provided with the marks that they achieved in all subjects including the individual component marks in multi component subjects.”LEAVING IT LATE: Does the system for appealing Leaving Cert results work and is it fit for purpose? > 22,540 Views Leaving Cert students from 2018 in Pobalscoil Neasain, Baldoyle.last_img read more

Club bouncer murdered in front of school

first_imgA shocking crime took place in broad daylight in an Athens suburb on Wednesday morning when a club bouncer was murdered taking his 11-year-old son to school.Vasilis Grivas, 46, a former bodybuilder, had just dropped his son in front of the 2nd Elementary school in Glika Nera (an outer eastern suburb of Athens) and was about to drive off when a man approached him from his car’s driver’s side and shot at him eight times through the window. One of the bullets ricocheted and injured a woman, 37, who had also just dropped her child at school. She was transferred to hospital where she underwent surgery and is now out of danger. Dozens of other parents and students were around, as it was school assembly time. According to witnesses, the victim’s child, who had just gotten out of the car and was heading for class, ran to his teacher crying and asked for help. The killer is said to have three accomplices. Another man was waiting for him in a car, which was foundburnt out 600m from the scene. According to reports, two other men were waiting there and they all fled the scene of the crime on motorcycles. Authorities believe that the murder was an execution ordered by the ‘Greek mafia’. The victim was believed to be associated with organised crime – he was part of an investigation on an extortion ring a few years ago and police believe that his death is related to a recent attempted murder of a convict in prison, or the murder of another former bodybuilder and bar owner the previous week. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Maria Vamvakinou MP calls for unity and respect

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria has been dubbed the “progressive” state, giving same-sex marriage a resounding ‘Yes’ in the postal survey, altogether garnering 64.9 per cent; three percent above the national average.Only two out of the 37 Commonwealth electoral divisions in Victoria voted against changing the law: ALP-held Calwell and Bruce, with 56.8 and 53.1 per cent respectively. Amidst celebrations some chose the path of recrimination instead of cheering, blaming migrant communities for being “un-Australian” and “stuck in their backward ways”.“I have had to be put through that on a number of occasions since Wednesday,” Labor’s Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell told Neos Kosmos.“I would have thought that the 61 per cent that voted for marriage equality should have been spending these days being happy that the majority of Australia is in favour of change, not shifting the blame.”“To those who have decided this is about winners and losers and blame game, I say to them, that this attitude is the exact attitude that will continue to divide people instead of bringing them together,” Ms Vamvakinou continued expressing her disappointment towards the divisive mentality and the migrant-blaming comments on mainstream social media posts.“I’ve seen the comments; I know what they can do. I know it’s just social media but social media has the tendency of becoming the norm – it starts to develop as a narrative. This kind of narrative is dangerous and sadly it’s coming from the people who’ve won the pole; people who have been fighting for rights. One would hope they would have the foresight to understand, not to go on a finger pointing blame.”Ms Vamvakinou highlighted the importance of rejecting such narratives that could divide the community, a community built from “migrants’ blood sweat and tears”. Calwell, according to last year’s Census, is home to one of Australia’s most religious demographic: with 34 per cent of its residents Catholic, almost 18 per cent Muslim, and 5.4 per cent Orthodox. Residents’ ancestry amounts to 24 per cent identifying as being of Australian or English heritage, with people of Italian and Turkish descent comprising 8.7 per cent and 6.2 per cent respectively. Of the 165,000 people living in the area, over 50 per cent are married or de facto and only 14.6 per cent have a university degree, with an equal number of residents working in trades, professional, or clerical roles. “I have held this seat since 2001 and although I will be voting for the legislation, a large portion of my electorate has conservative views. From my point of view, I understand what my community has done but I won’t have it attacked because they are one of the two electorates that voted ‘No’,” Ms Vamvakinou said adding that she was not surprised with the outcome.“I know my constituents and I know where they’re coming from. I understand that they cannot cross that bridge – but I also know that they will respect my view and the view of other people, different to theirs and at the end of the day I will continue to work with them. Some people have faith while others don’t. It’s in neither group’s [interest] to impose their views on the rest of the society. Faith and family values are very strong amongst members of my electorate and it’s those values too, that create and service the broader community.”The Labor MP went on to stress that she is proud Australia is moving on; becoming more inclusive and respective. Even though she understands that many of the ‘No’ voters are in her electorate – she is certain that they won’t harbour any resentment again those who voted ‘Yes’ and is committed to promoting respect in the rights of people to hold a different opinion, by focusing on mutual acceptance in coming together as a community.“It is the majority of Australia’s will, there is no denying that and it must be accepted,” Ms Vamvakinou emphasised.“As a member of federal parliament I see the broader national view – and this issue is in the final stages of being dealt with. It is crucial that legislation moves forward with respect. It is a great win but blaming the migrants, name-calling and suggesting that their values and way of life is un-Australian takes away from it.”“More than 61 per cent of Australia has voted ‘Yes’, as I have voted for the legislation, but 39 per cent of Australia hasn’t. I don’t understand why people are surprised that there are members in the community that at this stage, disagree. I must ask, is the entire 39 per cent of non-Anglo descent or fully comprised of migrants?”, she fired back stressing that on a national level, some of the strongest opposition to same-sex marriage legislation came from Australia’s own hardcore conservative groups, predominantly of Anglo heritage.Ultimately, Mrs Vamvakinou expressed her resentment towards the latest social media attacks towards migrant communities, calling negative commentary myopic and racist. “I’ve been hearing comments the likes of ‘If they can’t live by our standards, they should not come here at all’, to me, it is this mentality that is un-Australian. The idea that those who voted ‘No’ are not living by Australian standards is factually wrong and makes people defensive.“Let’s not stereotype migrants again, it’s racist. Let’s not again divide the community. Gay people fight against homophobia, it’s the same situation to be stereotyped like that and blamed. Sometime before this year the Marriage Act will change, and it will be enacted, and everyone will go back to their lives. There only way forward is through dialogue and reconciliation.”last_img read more