Australian Senator Wants Cuts In Job-Stealing Student Visas

first_imgSenator Fraser Anning has sought a drastic cut in the number of student visas in Australia, where India is the second largest source of international students after China.In his maiden speech at the Senate on Tuesday, Anning targeted international students by asking for an “end to Australian-job-stealing 457 visas” and “force international students to return to their country of origin once they finish their education”.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Venkaiah Naidu at Safaigiri 2016: Gandhi’s satyagraha finds new meaning in Modi’s swachhagraha

first_imgUnion Minister Venkaiah Naidu at India Today’s Safaigiri Awards 2016 recalled words of Mahatama Gandhi who gave us two personal goals to follow – sanitation is next to godliness and sanitation is more important than political freedom.While addressing the audience at the function, Naidu said, “Today is Gandhi Jayanti. If you have respect for Gandhiji, you should follow what he prescribed. Gandhiji earlier called for Satyagraha and our Prime Minister, another man from Gujarat, has called for Swachhgraha.”‘INDIANS ARE CAPABLE BUT HAVEN’T ACHIEVED THEIR FULL POTENTIAL’ “PM Modi has said – perform, reform and transform. Indians are very capable but still we have not been able to achieve full potential. Earlier, we politicians would take things for granted. I am thankful to the India Today Group for helping in mobilising the public opinion towards the cause of Swachh Bharat.”‘CINEMA IS A GREAT COMMUNICATOR TO SEND OUT THE MESSAGE’ Naidu said the need of the hour is to change the mindset, create infrastructure and make it a people’s movement to achieve the Swachh goal of 2019. ” It is important to communicate to the masses for which we have approached sports icons, celebrities, religious gurus to emphasise on sanitation. And we have received a positive response. What politicians say may not reach the people, but what someone like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says will reach you because cinema is a great communicator.”‘AISHWARYA BEAUTIFUL AND DUTIFUL’ Praising Bachchan for her commitment to the Clean India campaign, Naidu said she is both “beautiful and dutiful”. Naidu said if a country has wealth but no health it would continue to suffer. The Union minister shared various anecdotes of how he came across people who have voluntarily dedicated themselves to the cause of sanitation.advertisement”A 104 year-old woman in Chhattisgarh sold her goats to build toilet. Another woman gifted a gift toilet to her daughter-in-law. A woman in Ahmedabad goes and checks dustbins in the homes of the citizens. These are small efforts to achieve the bigger goal of complete sanitation.”Naidu emphasised on effective communication to bring in the change.”Communication changes mindset, it is a powerful tool. We should remember the Swachh Bharat symbol has a spectacle which refers to Mahatama Gandhi. The symbol says that Gandhiji is watching you and you should do your duty.”THE PROGRESS REPORT Talking on upcoming projects and achievements, Naidu said 170 towns of Gujarat have become open defecation free, similarly, 110 cities of Andhra Pradesh have been declared open defecation free which would be soon followed by Kerala and Maharashtra. “We recently invited movies on sanitation and we received a massive response. We have received fine movies from the directors and producers who are not above 30 years of age. Such immense creativity and talent for the cause is commendable. We have also teamed up with Amar Chitta Katha to educate the children of the abhiyaan through comic books. “The Swachh survey competition carried out by the centre should not only be at the national level but also within the states. The states should hold competitons among its districts and villages to encourage people to follow the path of cleanliness. “By 2019, I am sure we will have a clean India,” he said.Also read:Safaigiri Awards 2016: Swachhta as a way of life needs to be imbibed, says singer Keshav Tyohar We are great but Safaigiri can make us better, says Kailash KherKeeping your body healthy is a way of keeping your body clean, says ‘balam pichkari’ singer Shalmali KholgadeSocial media has made it easy for talented youngsters to reach an audience: Himesh Reshammiya Pop singer Mika bows before garbage pickers at Safaigiri award functionAdnan Sami on surgical strikes: Because you couldn’t do it, I had to enter your house and do itlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s 200th ODI: A look at India captain’s sensational journey

first_imgHe hates losing, he is a master chaser and he thrives under pressure. That are some of the qualities that Virat Kohli possess.Kohli is set to become the 14th Indian to feature in 200 or more one day internationals when the hosts take on New Zealand in the first match at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday. India host New Zealand in a three-match ODI series.The long list is headed by the great Sachin Tendulkar, who retired after playing a record 463 ODIs. Rahul Dravid (344), Mohammed Azharuddin (334), Sourav Ganguly (311), MS Dhoni (306), Yuvraj Singh (304), Anil Kumble (271), Virender Sehwag (251), Harbhajan Singh (236), Javagal Srinath (229), Kapil Dev (225), Suresh Raina (223), Zaheer Khan (200 — 194 for India, 6 for Asia XI) are the other Indians who have played 200 or more ODIs.#Virat200 – The countdown has begun #INDvNZ #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/y7WeRJu4SK- BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2017Kohli has been in sensational form since the beginning of 2016, hammering runs across formats. He had struck three hundreds last year and has scored four already in 2017 in ODIs.He has had a great year so far with runs against England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia. The young captain was in fine form in the ICC Champions Trophy as well.Kohli has been India’s most prolific chaser since his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in August 2008 and has scored 16 hundreds in successful run chases for India till now.Kohli, who notched up his maiden hundred against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on December 24, 2009, is also joint-second with Ricky Ponting on the list of most ODI hundreds behind Tendulkar (49).advertisementCAPTAIN FANTASTICKohli has also been a leader par excellence. If not with the bat, Kohli steps up on the field and fires up his teammates when the chips are down. He leads by example and enjoys support and respect in the dressing room.Not only his teammates, even the opposition is in the awe of the 28-year-old’s passion for the game.Kohli was named the full time captain after MS Dhoni stepped down from his post in January. Kohli’s first assignment was a three-match ODI series against England and he came out with flying colours.Under Kohli, India have played 23 matches this year and have lost just five ODIs with one game yielding no result. The series victory over Australia was India’s sixth consecutive and fourth this year.FITNESS FREAKKohli is also known as a fitness freak. Kohli follows a strict protein-rich diet to maintain high fitness levels.It is no secret that Kohli takes his diet and fitness seriously. A role model and youth icon for both men and women alike, the world’s best batsman is known for his protein-rich diet comprising lean meat, salmon and boiled vegetables.Kohli’s healthy diet plan has been so popular with his Indian teammates that they too follow a similar diet chart. While grilled chicken or paneer dishes for vegetarians serve as important sources of protein, a blender has also been installed at all the venues across the country as Kohli is against the idea of packaged juices.last_img read more

Honor Watch Magic launched in India at Rs 13,999, will go on sale from February 21

first_imgAfter launching a slew of smartphones in the Indian market, Honor has launched its premium sports smartwatch. Called the Honor Watch Magic, the smartwatch starts at Rs 13,999 and will go on sale starting February 21, 2019. The Watch magic is dubbed to be the thinnest in its category and is available in two colours — Lava Black and Moonlight Silver.The Watch Magic has been priced at Rs 13,999 for the Lava Black variant and will go up to Rs 14,999 for the Moonlight Silver variant. The Watch Magic gets a circular dial with a 1.2-inch AMOLED screen. The device looks elegant and boasts of a lightweight build. The smartwatch is 9.8mm sleek with a premium metal build.The Watch Magic features high precision tracking through GPS, GLONASS and GALLILEO satellites. The smartwatch also features water resistance up to 5ATM / 50 Meters, scientific sleep tracking (validated by Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), accurate heart rate monitor and 1-week battery life.Honor claims that the smartwatch is powered by the industry’s first dual-core chipset architecture. Honor says that dual CPU architecture helps it to achieve one-week battery stamina. The Watch Magic also gets a 6-Axis sensor for multiple sports mode tracking. Moreover, it is equipped with the TruSeen 3.0 smarter heart-rate monitor and Trusleep 2.0 sleep quality smart tracking for daily activities.Honor says that the watch is designed keeping in mind the frenetic lives of young India who aspire for a smarter and healthier lifestyle. The device works as a professional fitness mentor, whether it is mountaineering, swimming or an open goal, also it evaluates workouts and tracks activities with ease as it provides precise data.advertisementAt Rs 12,999, the Honor Watch Magic will compete with the Amazfit Stratos as well as the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, Mi 9 Special Battle Angel Edition launched alongside Mi 9: Key specs and priceALSO READ | Google may ditch back button in Android Q, will add gestures to itALSO READ | iPhones at cheapest prices: iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone XR getting huge discounts on Flipkartlast_img read more

With tough times ahead, Bledisloe Cup loss restores hope for brave Wallabies

first_imgUltimately, the Wallabies’ Achilles’ heel was the re-start. Australia messed up the first two kick-offs of the game, which would be a portent of doom. When Beale scored between the posts in the 76th minute it looked as if the Wallabies had performed a minor miracle. All they had to do was secure the ball from the kick-off and play down the clock for three minutes and victory was theirs. But fullback Israel Folau, the safest player under the high ball in the Wallabies team, spilt the ball from the kick-off and the All Blacks regained possession, launching one last attacking raid which ended with Barrett scoring the match-winning try.An emotional Wallabies coach Michael Cheika claimed the team had deserved to win, and made a cryptic criticism of referee Nigel Owens, suggesting the outcome was “scripted.” Rather than blaming the referee, Cheika would be better off trying to figure out how the Wallabies failed to defend a 17-0 lead, which they held after just 14 minutes. You could understand Cheika’s frustration. The All Blacks will have the home-ground advantage in two of the three Tests next year, while there will be only two home and away Tests in the 2019 World Cup year, which means the Wallabies will have to win both to win the series. The Wallabies will also not have the home-ground advantage in the Bledisloe Cup again until 2020 – 18 years after Australia last held the trophy. Yes, it was an important loss in Dunedin. Bledisloe Cup … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics The big difference between the Wallabies’ pitiful performance in Sydney and their stunning form reversal in Dunedin was their competitiveness at the advantage line; the imaginary combat zone where the game is so often won and lost. If you can dominate, or even compete, at the advantage-line, you will always give yourself a chance of winning. The Wallabies did this in Dunedin and came oh so close to causing the biggest upset in Bledisloe Cup history, even more meritorious because they did it without injured enforcer Adam Coleman.But it was not quite enough. With the inclusion of Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani and Rob Simmons in the run-on side and Kurtley Beale defending in the front-line, the Wallabies’ defence improved on their woeful effort in Sydney, but it was still not all it could be. The All Blacks and the Wallabies scored five tries apiece, but the New Zealanders had three tries disallowed and made many more line-breaks than Australia. Eight tries to five would have been close to the eight tries to four the Kiwis scored in Sydney. The Wallabies’ scrum was also a major weakness, which the All Blacks exploited, although their dominance actually backfired on them occasionally. Former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore was hooked in the 38th minute for Tatafu Polota-Nau – regarded as Australia’s strongest scrummaging hooker – but the scrum still went backwards. It was only the Australians’ ability to somehow keep the scrum up that saved them from being whistled off the ground. And what a time for Wallabies five-eighth Bernard Foley to leave his kicking boots at home. Foley kicked only two from six attempts, three times hitting the post, while his opposite number Beauden Barrett landed a perfect five from five. Support The Guardian Toka Natua irrepressible as New Zealand end the dream for battling England Since you’re here… features Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Pinterestcenter_img Read more Rugby union Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Australia sport Reuse this content Was it the most important Test loss in the history of Australian men’s rugby? The Wallabies’ brave 35-29 loss to the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup-deciding Test in Dunedin on Saturday night regained the respect of their great Trans-Tasman rivals and restored the faith of long-suffering Australian rugby fans. Could you imagine the reaction if the Wallabies had capitulated the way they did in their record 54-34 loss to the All Blacks in Sydney the week before? It could have been terminal for Australian rugby. Instead, the Wallabies showed they can compete with the best team in the world, giving hope where previously there was only despair.For all that, it was still a loss, yet another at the hands of the men in black in a record 15-year run of Bledisloe Cup dominance. Like the Golden Wallabies of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the All Blacks found a way to win when it looked like all was lost, while the Australians found new ways to lose. Share on WhatsApp Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Australia rugby union teamlast_img read more

From Sept 5 SpiceJet IndiGo to shift flight ops from T2 to

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi airport on Monday said that SpiceJet and IndiGo airlines would shift their flight operations to T3 terminal from September 5 due to expansion works at T2. “SpiceJet to shift its operation from T2 to T3 entirely; while IndiGo to partially move its operation from T2 to T3…This will result in the passenger load at T2 to reduce by 27 per cent,” Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) — which operates the Delhi airport — said in a press release. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The movement will take place with effect from 00:01 hours on September 5. IndiGo 5000 series flights will shift to T3 terminal. GoAir will continue its domestic operations from T2 terminal. Post completion of infrastructure enhancement at T2, the terminal will be able to handle 18 million passengers per annum (MPPA), up from current 15 MPPA, the DIAL said. At present, GoAir fully and SpiceJet and IndiGo partially operate their domestic flights from T2 terminal. Air India, Vistara and Air Asia India operate completely out of T3 terminal. The revamped Terminal 2 was opened in October 2017, which saw partial shifting of flight operations of SpiceJet and IndiGo, and complete shifting of GoAir from Terminal 1.last_img read more

Materials sector weighs on TSX US stock markets mixed loonie down

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (^GSPTSE and CADUSD=X)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Losses in the materials sector weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading as U.S. stock markets were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 58.66 points at 14,953.99.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 26.43 points at 24,613.81. The S&P 500 index was up 3.75 points at 2,677.20, while the Nasdaq composite was up 20.86 points at 7,102.71.The Canadian dollar traded lower at 75.29 cents US compared with an average of 75.59 cents US on Monday.The January crude contract was up 45 cents at US$52.08 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 8.5 cents at US$4.21 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$7.90 at US$1,214.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 2.10 cents at US$2.73 a pound.last_img read more

Ottawa paid close to top dollar for Trans Mountain pipeline spending watchdog

OTTAWA — Canada’s parliamentary budget watchdog says the Liberal government paid the “sticker price” when it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.4 billion.Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimates the Trans Mountain pipeline and planned expansion project are worth between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.This means government’s purchase price of $4.4 billion was at the high end of the project’s total calculated value. “If it was a car, we would say they paid sticker price, they didn’t negotiate very much, they didn’t get that many deals or manufacturers rebates — quite the opposite,” Giroux told reporters Thursday morning. Trans Mountain promises to mitigate marine wildlife risk in bid to secure approval: documents First Nations eye stake in Trans Mountain pipeline in bid for ‘economic sovereignty’ Wet’suwet’en conflict echoes bitter oilsands battles — only this time it’s natural gas Expanding the pipeline’s capacity will come at an estimated cost of $9.3 billion if the project is completed by Dec. 31, 2021, the PBO estimates.But should the project encounter any construction delays or cost increases, Giroux says, “then it’s quite clear to us that the government would have overpaid” for the pipeline.An existing pipeline connects Alberta’s oilpatch northeast of Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and its owner Kinder Morgan tried to expand it for years to increase the amount of crude oil it could carry. The federal government bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan in August after political opposition to expanding the pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast gave the company and its investors cold feet. (It announced the purchase price as $4.5 billion but Giroux reported that after final adjustments, the net payment to Kinder Morgan was $4.4 billion.)The PBO analysis did note the project could have positive impacts on the country’s economy and on oil prices if the expansion is completed on time and on budget. But the fact the government was the only buyer is a warning sign.“It’s a very risky project to have bought something that nobody else in the private sector wanted to acquire. There are lots of retirement or pension plans that like to buy infrastructure of that nature that generate streams of revenues,” Giroux said.“From a financial perspective, the risks are significant for taxpayers, but should this get built, it will be a relief for the oil sector in Alberta because it will accelerate the opening of markets for Canadian oil.”If the pipeline expansion does not go ahead, the value of the project would drop significantly, and cause the government to lose upwards of $2.5 billion, Giroux added, calling this the worst-case scenario.The Federal Court of Appeal struck down Ottawa’s approval of the project in a ruling last August, saying Canada failed to meaningfully consult with First Nations and that the National Energy Board failed to examine how the project would affect marine life.Ottawa is now consulting with Indigenous groups and the board has been reviewing the marine effects.The board is to have its report ready by Feb. 22. read more

Libya submits report on its chemical arms scheme setting stage for probe

“Libya’s declaration includes approximately 23 tons of mustard gas, one inactivated chemical weapons production facility, and two chemical weapons storage facilities,” Fred Eckhard told the press. Tripoli acceded to the treaty at the beginning of this year as part of its overall renunciation of weapons of mass destruction.He noted that this development “paves the way for the inspection and verification of its declaration.”The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which monitors the pact, said experts would begin conducting inspections at all declared sites and facilities in Libya shortly.A delegation of senior Libyan officials also turned in a destruction plan for these weapons and related production facilities. That text will be reviewed later this month by the agency’s Executive Council. Hailing Tripoli’s full compliance with the treaty, OPCW Director-General Rogelio Pfirter said, “This is good for Libya, the region and the international community since it strengthens this multilateral disarmament regime and represents a tangible step towards the ultimate elimination of these weapons of mass destruction.”The destruction of Libya’s chemical weapons and the capacity to produce them is set to be completed by 29 April 2007.The UN Secretary-General is the depository of the Chemical Weapons Convention. read more

Boost bioenergy to ease poverty in developing countries UN

With wood, charcoal and fuel-producing crops emerging as environmentally friendly and cost-effective sources of energy, especially for developing countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for the urgent inclusion of so-called bioenergy into agricultural and forestry programmes.”Countries need to move towards more sustainable energy systems based on energy sources such as biomass, solar and wind energies,” senior FAO energy coordinator Gustavo Best told four-day International Conference on Renewable Energies in Bonn, Germany. “The production and use of bioenergy also contributes to poverty alleviation and food security. It can reduce land degradation and helps to mitigate climate change,” he added.Bioenergy includes fuelwood and charcoal, energy crops such as sugar cane, sweet sorghum and rapeseed as well as agricultural and forestry residues, to produce heat, ethanol, biodiesel, bioelectricity or biogas. It offers great opportunities for developing countries in creating income and labour opportunities.Sustainable bioenergy systems should be promoted to prevent deforestation, deterioration of watersheds, and loss of soil fertility and biodiversity, FAO said. Bioenergy can contribute to diversify agricultural and forestry production. Ethanol from sugar, sorghum and cassava or biodiesel from rapeseed and other energy crops can replace considerable amounts of fossil fuels.Bioenergy in general and wood energy in particular are the dominant sources for about half of the world’s population, often the poorest of the poor who use it mainly for cooking and lack access to other sources such as electricity or fuel, which would allow them to generate income and improve their living conditions.Currently, energy from biomass accounts for 15 per cent of energy consumed worldwide and for up to 90 percent in some developing countries. FAO is currently working with the Shenyang Agricultural University in China in developing new sweet sorghum varieties and technologies to produce ethanol to substitute for petrol. Sweet sorghum has the advantage of producing both animal feed and sugars for energy conversion. The agency also has energy projects in Nepal and Brazil. read more

All top players set for Australian Open in January

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian Open officials say the world’s top 102 women and top 101 men have confirmed they will compete at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2019.World No. 1 Simona Halep heads up the women’s field and Novak Djokovic, seeking his record seventh Australian Open title, is the No. 1-ranked male player.The tournament begins Jan. 14 at Melbourne Park with Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki as singles defending champions.Serena Williams, ranked No. 16, plans to make her return to Melbourne Park for the first time since winning in 2017 while eight weeks’ pregnant with baby Alexis Olympia.Tournament officials said Wednesday that Andy Murray, who is returning after an injury layoff, has entered using a protected ranking.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Singer Tom Cochrane to invest in Halifax CFL bid ownership group says

HALIFAX — The group trying to land a CFL franchise for Halifax says singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane has confirmed his intention to invest in the newly named Atlantic Schooners.A short statement from the ownership group says the Manitoba-born Cochrane, a multiple Juno Award winner, has been a long-time friend of Bruce Bowser, one of the group’s founding partners.The statement followed an earlier tweet by CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.A photo shows Ambrosie with his arms around Cochrane and Bowser with the caption: “With TWO members of the Atlantic Schooners ownership group.”The drive to land a team cleared a major hurdle in October after Halifax Regional Council directed city staff to do a business case analysis of the group’s stadium proposal.A fan contest that was part of a season ticket drive chose the name Atlantic Schooners, which was revealed during an event held at last month’s Grey Cup festivities in Edmonton.The Canadian Press read more

Ohio States defense might be hitting its stride as season ending

The conversation about Ohio State’s defense is changing inside and outside the huddle. The Buckeyes, which limited a hapless, anemic Illinois offense to 170 yards in a 52-22 shellacking on Saturday, moved to 10-0 and one step closer to the program’s first undefeated season since 2002. And while the Illini’s own incompetence and 118th national ranking in total offense might have helped OSU’s Silver Bullets, sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier said the talk in the huddle among members of the once much-maligned defense is different than what it was before. “It just got a lot easier to talk to each other, everybody’s gonna have each other accountable for everything,” said Shazier, who was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after a 14-tackle outing Saturday. “Now when we go in the huddle, we don’t talk about ‘Don’t let the big play happen, don’t let this, don’t let that’ – we just go in there talking about ‘We need a turnover, three-and-out, get the offense the ball.’” This just might be reflective of a defense coming of age, particularly after surrendering 49 points on the road against a now 4-5 Indiana squad. Though the Buckeyes left Bloomington, Ind., with a shaky 52-49 win, first-year coach Urban Meyer approached the contest’s postgame press conference arguably as disgusted as he’d been all season. Meyer even hinted at taking a more active role in a defense that had given up 87 points in back-to-back weeks. But now? After allowing 22 and 23 points in wins against Purdue and at Penn State, respectively, Meyer said improvement on the defense’s part has been evident. “Ever since the Indiana debacle in the second half, I’ve seen pretty much four-to-six seconds,” Meyer said regarding the level of effort he’s come to expect out of the Buckeyes. “And I see a lot of hard coaching going on. And that’s what I expect out of our staff.” It’s a line Meyer’s used since he came to Columbus in Nov. 2011-4-6 seconds, he said, of relentless effort, relentless pursuit on every play of every game. By the former Florida coach’s calculations, it’s enough to win football games. OSU cornerback redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby said the defense is getting back to that pillar of Meyer’s coaching philosophy. “Since the Indiana game we had a lot of serious meetings and we had to get it done on defense, and that’s what we’ve been doing lately,” he said. Like Meyer, Roby said the game against the Hoosiers was a “wake up call.” “We were like, ‘Man, we’re way better than this.’ Ever since then we been practicing harder and playing harder and it’s been showing,” Roby said. Arguably, such progression had never been so apparent before Saturday in a game which saw OSU secure more first downs (32) than the Illini had points. In reality, OSU’s defense gave up just 14 points, considering eight of Illinois’ points came off a 77-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the game’s fourth quarter. Illini junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase mustered just 96 yards and an interception against an OSU front-seven that harassed him from start to finish. “From what I saw he was just running around all day,” Roby said. While Scheelhaase was sacked twice, the Buckeyes’ defensive line appeared to be getting enough of a push to allow its linebackers, Shazier included, to slam the door shut on runs to the outside and entrench themselves against short, dump-off passes over the middle. “It’s pretty fun when the coaches let the team loose and let us go after the ball,” Shazier said. “I’ve been playing like this mentality for all my life, see ball, get ball.” That aggressiveness, however, might only be made possible because of a more aware defense. OSU assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said players are comprehending, perhaps now more than ever, what’s happening on any given play. “The biggest deal is I think our kids in the back seven are starting to understand when we get this formation, these are the two or three things that will happen,” Withers said. “Everybody’s recognizing exactly what they need to see in that formation.” And if Illinois is any indication, it might be working. “We knew exactly what was coming before they even ran it sometimes,” Shazier said. With a bye this weekend, OSU travels to Wisconsin on Nov. 17 for its second-to-last game of the 2012 season. read more

Church warden and magician charged in connection with Maids Moreton murders

A church warden and a magician have been charged in connection with the Maids Moreton murders, police have said. Benjamin Field and magician Martyn Smith have been charged by officers probing the deaths of 69-year-old teacher Peter Farquhar and his Buckinghamshire neighbour Ann Moore-Martin, 83.Mr Farquar died on October 26, 2015, and Ms Moore-Martin passed away almost two years later on May 12, 2017. The two pensioners lived three houses apart in Manor Park in the village of Maids Moreton, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire.Field, 28, of Wellingborough Road, Olney, was charged Tuesday night with two counts of conspiracy to murder Ann Moore-Martin and Peter Farquhar, one count of murder of Peter Farquhar, one count of attempted murder of Ann Moore-Martin, two counts of fraud and three counts of burglary.Smith, 32, of Penhalvean, Redruth, Cornwall, was charged on the same day with two counts of conspiracy to murder Ann Moore Martin and Peter Farquhar, one count of murder of Peter Farquhar, one count of attempted murder of Ann Moore-Martin, one count of fraud, and two counts of burglary. +A 22-year-old man from Olney was also arrested on suspicion of one count of conspiracy to defraud, one count conspiring to commit fraud by false representation and one count of suspicion of fraud by false representation. He has been released under investigation. 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. Aerial view of Manor Park in Maids Moreton, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire of the former homes of Peter Farquhar (left) and Ann Moore-Martin (right) They were originally arrested in connection with the investigation on January 16 last year, but were re-arrested yesterday morning. Both men will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Aerial view of Manor Park in Maids Moreton, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire of the former homes of Peter Farquhar (left) and Ann Moore-Martin (right)Credit:Steve Parsons/PA read more

Greek President calls for Parthenon marbles to be returned from their murky

first_imgGreek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos called for the return of the Parthenon marbles from their “murky prison” in a new round of rhetoric for the return of the sculptures that were removed from the Acropolis by Lord Elgin in the early nineteenth century.Speaking at the New Acropolis Museum, created to house the sculptures, Mr Pavlopoulos upped the rhetoric in Greece’s campaign. “Let the British Museum come here and make the comparison between this museum of light and the murky, if I may say, prison of the British Museum where the Parthenon Marbles are held as trophies,” he said. “This museum can host the Marbles. We are fighting a holy battle for a monument which is unique.”Lord Elgin removed the 2500-year-old sculptures from the Acropolis temple when Greece was under Ottoman rule. They are currently housed in a room lit by skylight at the British Museum in London, however Greece has repeatedly called for the marbles return since its independence.In 2009, it opened its new museum at the foot of the Acropolis, where it houses sculptures left behind alongside plaster casts of the missing pieces.READ MORE: Parthenon marbles were looted: experts say there was no Ottoman edict for Lord ElginThere was no immediate response to Mr Pavlopoulos’ comments from the British Museum that has resisted the repatriation of the marbles, citing legislation preventing it from breaking up collections. In the past, it has argued that it can preserve the items and present them to an international audience. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lupus un nouveau médicament autorisé sur le marché

first_imgLupus : un nouveau médicament autorisé sur le marchéDes experts de l’Agence américaine des médicaments (FDA) ont publié mardi un rapport approuvant la mise sur le marché du Benlysta.C’est une avancée historique dans la lutte contre le lupus, une affection incurable du système immunitaire qui touche 5 millions de personnes à travers le monde. Le 16 novembre, un comité d’experts appartenant à l’Agence américaine des médicaments a déclaré approuver l’autorisation de mise sur le marché du médicament Benlysta, développé par GlaxoSmithKline et Human Genome Sciences. L’Agence doit désormais rendre son verdict dans les semaines à venir, mais elle suit généralement l’avis des experts. L’organisme Lupus Foundation of America a publié un communiqué pour signifier son contentement face à l’avancée pharmaceutique. En effet, si le Benlysta obtient l’approbation de la FDA, ce sera la première fois depuis 52 ans qu’un nouveau médicament est produit contre le lupus.La présidente de la fondation, Sandra Raymond, s’est félicitée de cette “lueur d’espoir” pour tous les malades.Le 19 novembre 2010 à 16:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cardiff boss Warnock blasts scandalous domestic loan rules

first_imgCardiff manager Neil Warnock has condemned what he believes are  Premier League loan rules which he described as “Scandalous.”Current English Premier league loan rules stipulate that clubs can only have a maximum of two players on loan from other Premier League teams, and only one from any given Premier League club.Cardiff have Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in their squad presently, meaning they can only make one more Premier League loan signing in January’s transfer window.“Heaven knows why we can only have two Premier League loans in,” Warnock told Itv, ahead of the Boxing Day clash against his former club Crystal Palace.“When you are talking about English players needing experience – our younger players for the English team – and we can’t loan more than one more player.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Cardiff manager Neil Warnock celebrates with the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Warnock will coach Cardiff City for one more year Manuel R. Medina – May 15, 2019 The manager will guide the Bluebirds in the English Championship, but he will also help the team find his successor.“I’ve got Harry Arter, so I can’t take a young English striker or a young English midfield player, if I’ve got another one (on loan).“It’s scandalous, really. You can bring 10 from abroad, so who are we trying to help?“Who has invented these rules? It’s a disgrace, really, when I could be giving another good young English lad an opportunity of playing in the Premier League.” Warnock admits that the loan market will be his likely port of call as he looks at squad strengthening.“Hopefully, we can bring in one or two over the next couple of weeks to give us a little bit more choice with selection,” he added.“I would like to think I’ve got one (player) close, but you just never know.”last_img read more

OBITUARY James F Collins 61

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — James F. Collins, “Jim”, age 61, of Wilmington, formerly of Allston, passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2019.Jim was born on July 17, 1957, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of Helen and the late Cornelius Collins. Jim was raised and educated in Allston; he was a graduate of Boston Latin High School.Jim spent the duration of his career as a buyer/merchandiser for Star Market and Shaw’s Supermarket Chains.Family was most important to Jim; he was especially proud of his three daughters and loved to share all of their accomplishments with everyone around him. He looked forward to the times he spent with family and friends down the Cape on Mashnee Island where everyone had a great time and lots of special memories were made.In his spare time, Jim, enjoyed following the Boston sports teams, listening to music and he was very competitive with trivia.Jim will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and his unconditional love for his family and friends. He will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.Jim is survived by his loving family Denyse Collins, Brittany Davie & her husband Stephen, Allison Collins and Siobhan Collins all of Wilmington, his beloved mother Helen Collins formerly of Allston, his siblings Catherine Sutherland & husband Eugene of Burlington and Helen Anne Cowan of Abington, his brother-in-law Eric Rollfs of North Reading. Jim is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his father Cornelius Collins and his sister Patricia Rollfs.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, February 8th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Into Action Recovery Inc., 632 North St., Tewksbury, MA 01876 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.James F. Collins(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Steven W. Parker, 62In “Obituaries”last_img read more

How much more black can the 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition be

first_img 71 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 3:33 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 review: An anachronistic SUV with modern luxury and tech Review • 2019 Honda Pilot Review Comment Enlarge ImageHonda should have gone all-in and painted it Vantablack. You can’t get a speeding ticket if light is incapable of reflecting back to a police officer’s laser, after all. Honda North America Murdered-out cars, as people often like to call them, are basically painted as dark as possible in as many areas as possible. While it’s always been a popular idea with people who like car customization, it’s a growing factory option as automakers try to align with everyone’s tastes. The latest entry in this field takes a darker approach to a traditional three-row family crossover.Honda on Monday unveiled the 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition. Living at the top of the lineup and borrowing most of its kit from the formerly tip-top Pilot, the Black Edition focuses on improving the car’s aesthetics — there don’t appear to be any equipment upgrades that aren’t also present on the Pilot Elite.On the outside, the Pilot Black Edition is available in one paint color — Crystal Black Pearl. It wears 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black, and there are chrome-removing “blackout” parts in the grille, headlight trim, door handles, window trim, fog light accents and side trim. As you might expect, there are also a pair of Black Edition badges on the tailgate and grille, because a model is only good if it comes with a badge.2020-honda-pilot-black-edition-002Enlarge ImageThere’s a fair bit of darkness in here, but the red does a good job of balancing it out so it’s not a total cave. Honda The interior keeps things a little lighter — in terms of the number of changes; it’s still very black. The black interior gets red accents on the first- and second-row seats, in addition to a Black Edition logo embossed on both the seats and the floor mats. That stitching extends to the door panels and steering wheel, too. To cap it off, there’s red accent lighting on the dashboard, doors and center console.Otherwise, the trim is just about the same as the Pilot Elite, which carries as much kit as any Pilot. Standard equipment on this trim includes a panoramic moonroof, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, illuminated cupholders, three-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free tailgate and rain-sensing wipers. Lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are all included, as well, as is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.Then again, for the price Honda’s charging, all that stuff had better be standard. With its 280-horsepower V6 and standard all-wheel drive, the 2020 Pilot Black Edition costs a mighty $50,715 including destination, a $1,500 premium over the Pilot Elite. The rest of the lineup is a bit more affordable, though, with a FWD Pilot LX starting at $32,645. Preview • 2019 Honda Pilot: Sugar, spice, nice 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech Share your voice Tagscenter_img Honda More about 2019 Honda Pilot SUVs 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A strong crossover gets stronger 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV More From Roadshow 1 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel Hondalast_img read more

HISD Postpones Vote On Layoff of Teachers Other Budget Cuts

first_img Share The Houston Independent School District Board of Education  postponed a vote on Thursday night related to the layoff of teachers and other campus-based employees.HISD officials said staffing for the next school year will be impacted by budget limits,  as the district’s facing a 208 million dollar budget shortfall which, they claim, is to some extent a result of hurricane Harvey’s impact.HISD said a reduction of staff is “partly” needed because of an anticipated decline in property values, from Hurricane Harvey damage.The district’s main source of funding is property taxes, so that would mean a decrease in revenue.They’re also budgeting for a recapture payment, the state law requiring “property-wealthy” HISD to send a portion of local property tax dollars to the state.But, for now, budget cuts have been put back on the table—and trustees will consider the measure when they meet, next month.last_img read more