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Indian-origin Couple Slashed in UK knife-point Robbery

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first_imgAn Indian-origin couple were slashed in a knife-point robbery at their fruit and vegetable shop in Handsworth, in the West Midlands region of England.Chaman Lal, a local politician, and his wife Vidya Wati were taken to a hospital with minor cuts and injuries on Sunday afternoon after the armed robbery at their shop Uplands Fruits on Sandwell Road.Read it at New Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

Indian Govt Aims to Expand UDAN Scheme to Connect Small Cities to Overseas Destinations

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first_imgThe success of the Indian government’s UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme for regional connectivity has driven it to extend the initiative for international flights, aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said. “We are calling it UDAN international,” Choubey said at the Wings India 2018 event at Hyderabad on March 8, Business Today reported.The government of Assam has already shown an interest to connect the Guwahati airport to many Southeast Asian locations, Choubey added. “The Assam government has expressed interest to invest Rs 100 crore a year, for three years (a total of Rs 300 crore) to start flights to Southeast Asian destinations,” Livemint quoted him as saying.The central government will only help in facilitating the bidding process for UDAN International, while the funds will have to be invested by the state government. Choubey added that the other states have not yet shown interest in UDAN international.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had earlier discussed the procedures to start direct flights between Guwahati and ASEAN countries with AirAsia CEO Amar Abrol. The Assam government also offered to provide a subsidy to make direct flights to ASEAN nations feasible for operators, the Economic Times had reported earlier.Guwahati’s new integrated international terminal is expected to be completed by 2021. Spanning across 90,000 sq.m, it will feature 20 aircraft parking bays, 64 check-in counters, eight immigration counters, eight customs counters, and six arrival carousels.“We have 800 million people in and around us in the south east. This is a great market and through implementation of Act East Policy we want to take the development forward,” Sonowal had said when the foundation stone of the new Integrated Terminal Building was laid at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport on Jan. 28, according to IANS. The interiors of the building will showcase local handicrafts, murals and popular tourist destinations of Assam.The government is also planning to amend the Airports Authority of India Act that will allow developers of brown field airports to monetize city-side land. “The Act specifically mentioned that the land usage of the city-side airport will be for passengers. There is a limit to how many hotels you can build outside the airport only for passengers. There is a need to relax that. We are working on amending the Airports Authority of India Act towards that end,” Choubey added, according to livemint.com.India is the world’s third largest market in domestic aviation when it comes to the number of tickets sold, according to the recent economic survey report. In 2017 from April to September, domestic airlines carried 57.50 million passengers, showing a growth rate of 16 per cent over the corresponding previous year period, with 10.30 percent domestic cargo handled, the survey said. Related ItemsAviationGuwahatiUDANlast_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 11

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first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Though San Sebastian evened its standing at 6-6, it should find a way to be more consistent if it wants to break its three-year Final Four drought this season.And the only solution for that to happen is for guys like Navarro to churn out solid numbers to compliment the stable showing of Michael Calisaan.5. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assistsLast Week: N/AOnce again, Rey Nambatac showed that he can be a threat for Letran with or without the ball.The senior guard allowed his teammates to shine in the Knights’ 84-73 win over Arellano on Tuesday.But with Letran seeking revenge against first round tormentor Mapua, Nambatac exploded for 17 first half points to steer his side to an 88-79 victory, enough for it to once again get itself in the conversation as one of the favorites to snare those last two spots.6. Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs23.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: 6For the third straight week, Kent Salado has found himself still at the sixth spot of this list.That’s what you get after another even week despite another solid showing.Salado’s numbers weren’t enough for Arellano to pull off a triumph against Letran on Tuesday, losing 73-84, but with Michael Cañete providing the much needed support, the Chiefs halted their two-game slide on Friday and remained alive in the playoff race. CJ Perez remains a force to be reckoned with for Lyceum, and his greatness is underscored with his supporting cast also delivering.The energetic forward showed that there’s no such thing as a second round slump for him, getting his bearings back to do it all for the Pirates in their 94-83 win over Perpetual.Lyceum may have clinched a twice-to-beat in the Final Four, but Perez knows there the tougher wars still ahead and their 13-0 record won’t mean nothing if the Pirates don’t get the job done in the playoffs.3. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions19 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust like Perez for Lyceum, Javee Mocon’s performance was once again the catalyst in helping San Beda notch its 11th straight victory.The hardworking forward’s performance should largely be credited in keeping the Red Lions in the thick of things, especially after their gritty 65-60 victory over JRU on Friday.But Mocon shouldn’t be alone in hoisting the flag for the Mendiola crew, and coach Boyet Fernandez needs Robert Bolick to rekindle his thunder if San Beda dreams of retaining its NCAA title again later this season.4. Renzo Navarro – G, San Sebastian Golden Stags16 points (5/6 3PT), 3 assistsLast Week: N/ARenzo Navarro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe littlest man of the court once again made the biggest impact in the clutch for San Sebastian as Renzo Navarro took the spotlight for his side.The diminutive guard waxed hot from downtown, going on a near-perfect clip as he unfurled 12 of his 16 points to aid the Golden Stags nab the huge 73-61 win over St. Benilde. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Just when you thought there’d finally be some clarity in the NCAA, the Final Four race just got more muddled.Pacesetters Lyceum and San Beda have now clinched their respective seats in the semifinals, while cellar dweller Mapua has been the first team to get the boot in the tourney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the seven other teams still have a crack at the last two spots, with a bounce here and a run there potentially deciding who will make it to the next round.Before that, let’s first take a loot at this week’s best seven players in the NCAA.1. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assistsLast Week: N/A Steady is the word for Bong Quinto.The stocky scorer has kept the ship afloat for Letran as it got itself back on track, snapping its three-game losing skid and forcing a third place tie with JRU.Coach Jeff Napa said that the Knights have finally addressed their issues after that funk, and with Quinto being one of the team’s leaders, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if they secure one of those elusive Final Four seats sooner than later.2. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates21 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ricafort eager to bring energy, help motivate Maroons Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img At 5-8, Arellano is still just two games behind in the Final Four, but the Chiefs must step up in their next games if they want to make it to the postseason.7. Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals19.0 points, 9.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AEAC remained in the running in the Final Four race, but could not extend its streak to three after suffering an 84-79 defeat to Arellano on Friday.But that wasn’t because Sidney Onwubere didn’t fight for the Generals, as the senior forward gave everything for his side.Still, EAC’s performance should be lauded given that it’s playing without its starting frontcourt, and coach Ariel Sison made it clear that the Generals will go for broke to reach its goal of making it to the Final Four. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

PBA D-League: Petron-Letran routs Batangas-EAC, awaits fate of playoff bid

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first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue At 6-3, the Knights stayed in the running to make it to the next round but will be relying on the fate of Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde and Che’Lu Bar and Grill to survive.“We don’t hold our status anymore, but we’re still giving our best effort,” said Knights head coach Bonnie Tan in Filipino. “There are games that we just have to invest in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlvin Pasaol muscled his way for 29 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists to lead to Petron-Letran, which had a fiery start and never looked back.Jerrick Balanza filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, five steals, and two blocks while Jeo Ambohot had a near double-double of 17 points and nine boards. The Generals fought back and got to within nine, 69-58, in the third quarter but the Knights retaliated with a massive 39-12 fourth quarter that put the match to the rest.Kyle Carlos scored 24 points for Batangas-EAC, which is already eliminated with a 2-7 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss George Pascua beaming with pride for Lady Tamaraws for a season well done MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Petron-Letran wrapped up the elimination round with a 115-73 beatdown of Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Seoul overcomes Zhejiang to reach Terrific 12 finals

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first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Jalen Reynolds came away with the defensive rebound off of Warney’s miss with 20 seconds remaining but his errant pass to Aaron Jackson allowed the SK Knights’ big man to get the steal and the game-winning dunk with 15.9 seconds to play.Warney finished with a game-high 29 points with 11 rebounds, three steals, and four blocks to lead the SK Knights while Aaron Haynes had 16 points and 11 boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Lions had two chances at the end of the game but Jinglong Li missed his corner three-pointer and Reynolds’ hook shot at the final buzzer clanked out.Jinqiu Hu led the Lions with 16 points. Read Next The SK Knights will face the winner between San Miguel and Liaoning in the finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Kobe Paras hopes to see amateurs at the forefront of SEA Games campaign Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ MACAU—Jameel Warney saved the day for Seoul for a 77-76 semifinals win over Zhejiang to advance to the finals of the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 Saturday at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Fulham to sign Arsenal defender Chambers

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first_imgArsenal defender Calum Chambers will complete a season-long loan move to Fulham, Goal can confirm.The centre-back will be given the opportunity to play regular first-team football in the Premier League with the Cottagers, although Unai Emery’s side are not currently interested in entertaining the idea of a permanent sale.Chambers, who signed a new contract with the club in July, has been given the chance to impress during Arsenal’s pre-season, including in the most recent victories over Chelsea, as a late substitute, and Lazio. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Emery would prefer Chambers to receive more minutes this season, as he did as a regular at Middlesbrough in 2016-17, with the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos all options at centre-back at the Emirates Stadium.Indeed, Goal understands that both Holding and Mavropanos will remain with the first-team squad despite interest from rival clubs over loan deals.Club captain Laurent Koscielny, meanwhile, is out for the long-term with an Achilles injury but he should return by the New Year to provide further competition for places at the back.The future of Spanish forward Lucas Perez remains up the air, however, with the former Deportivo man likely to be on the move this week.Goal understands West Ham are the favourites to sign the 29-year-old, who would prefer to stay in London, with Perez having struggled to make an impact at the Emirates Stadium since joining the club back in 2016.Perez spent last season on loan at former club Deportivo, where he scored eight times in the league, and although he isn’t being pressured to leave this summer, he appreciates his game time will be limited if he stays put.Arsenal get their Premier League campaign underway with a home clash against champions Manchester City on Sunday, who looked impressive in their 2-0 Community Shield triumph over Chelsea.last_img read more

Ready or Not Yankee Fans, Alex Rodriguez is Coming Back – Isn’t He?

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first_imgNEW YORK — The Yankees expect Alex Rodriguez to play third base next season but want the suspended star to prove during spring training he deserves to have his position back after a one-year absence.Rodriguez hasn’t played an injury-free season since 2007, turns 40 on July 27 and missed all of this year while serving his penalty for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. He’ll have to show his body is up to the rigors of a major league schedule.“We’ve got to see where he’s physically at, and if he can play the field, how many days he can play the field and how many days he needs to DH,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said at a news conference Monday. “I don’t think really any of us know about him until we actually get him into games in spring training.”New York missed consecutive postseasons for the first time since 1992 and ’93. While beloved captain Derek Jeter is retiring, the much-maligned Rodriguez will be returning. The three-time AL MVP is signed for three additional seasons for a total of $61 million, part of his record $275 million, 10-year contract.“He hasn’t played in a year. That’s not easy to do, to sit out a year,” Girardi said. “Do we expect him to be a player on our team? Absolutely. Do we expect him to play third base? Yes. But in fairness I think you have to see where he’s at.”As for whether the Yankees will ask Rodriguez to take grounders at first base, where he could back up the oft-injured Mark Teixeira, Girardi said “that’s something that we have not talked about yet.”After playing 155 games or more each year from 2001-07, Rodriguez made six trips to the disabled list in six seasons for a strained right quadriceps (2008), right hip surgery (2009), a strained left calf (2010), right knee surgery (2011), a broken left hand (2012) and left hip surgery (2013).Girardi kept in contact with Rodriguez through text messages.“Have not talked a ton about baseball. I’ve talked more about how he’s just doing and his family. It was, I don’t know, once, twice a month,” the manager said. “Obviously that will pick up now that we’re through the season and I don’t have nearly as much to do, just to see where he’s at physically, and encouraging him, and to see what his thoughts are.”Girardi doesn’t expect A-Rod will have clubhouse issues with teammates but anticipates fans will remind him of the suspension.“Our teammates enjoy Alex, his presence in the clubhouse, the way he likes to teach the game and talk about the game. So I don’t think that will be an issue,” Girardi said. “Will he have to deal from some angry fans? Yeah, but we’ll help him get through that. When was the last time Alex hasn’t had to deal with that? So it’s not like it’s something that he’s not used to, and sometimes players thrive on that.”RONALD BLUM, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Magic Tear Up Nets, 139-105

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first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — It’s no longer about a playoff push for the Orlando Magic. That opportunity is long since gone.But a chance to improve and take another step as a team has become a rallying point as the Magic recorded rare back-to-back wins in defeating Brooklyn 139-105 on March 29 in a matchup of teams that will miss the playoffs. The Magic, which also blew out Chicago on March 26, had not won back-to-back games since defeating Atlanta twice in February.Suddenly a team with seemingly little to play for is rolling.“We just try to stay present,” said Aaron Gordon, who led Magic starters with 20 points. “It definitely would have meant more if we were chasing a playoff spot but we are still improving and still learning and becoming more familiar with each other.”The Magic looked like the team coach Scott Skiles had hoped for all season as they used strong defense to ignite the offense and got each other involved with 40 assists total. Orlando had eight players in double figures with Andrew Nicholson coming off the bench to lead all scorers with 24 points on 9-for-9 shooting, including 3 for 3 from 3-point range.The 139 points were the most the Magic have scored since dropping the same on Sacramento in 2009.The Magic shot a blistering 62 percent, their best percentage in more than eight years. Elfrid Payton was the catalyst as he turned in his second straight double-double with 11 points and 12 assists.“Continue to have that ball movement, don’t let the ball stick in one person’s hand,” said Jason Smith, who came off the bench to score 14 points. “We had a lot of guys who were on fire tonight.”The Magic started out sluggish in the first quarter, but came to life on the first of two crowd-pleasing dunks by Gordon. He made his first six shots in the first quarter and finished the first half with 16 points as Orlando opened a 73-45 halftime lead to all but put the Nets away.“I think the mindset of the whole team, myself included, I think guys are worried that there’s not much time left, we’re not fighting for anything,” said Nets forward Thomas Robinson, who led his team with 18 points after starting for Thaddeus Young.“No knock on our team, but mentally it’s tough to keep fighting in games and showing up every night the way things are going for us, and the end of the season being so close. I think that’s a problem we’ve got to shake real quick.”The Nets had no answers as the Magic increased their lead to as many as 37 points in the second half. Orlando had 22 fast break points compared to just eight by Brooklyn.“We’re a really fast team,” Gordon said. “When we can get stops and we can run, we are very dangerous.”Skiles was pleased with how his team rebounded from a sluggish start that saw the Nets take a brief six-point lead in the first quarter.“We started out slow, but you could see the guys kind of start to pick it up after four or five minutes into the game and then we just started finding each other and making shots,” said Skiles. “Sometimes it’s that simple.”Now they key for the Magic is keeping the momentum going to conclude the season. They believe they may have found the winning formula.“Continue doing what we are doing,” Gordon said. “We played hard, we played smart and we shared the ball and trusted each other. If we can continue to do that we will continue to get wins.”(TERRANCE HARRIS, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Want to win a rugged hand-held oscilloscope?

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first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Bluetooth, babies, and bathwaterNext Tidy your wiring Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Test & Measurement center_img Well, this is jolly exciting, because one of the things on my “wish list” is a modern oscilloscope (as opposed to the monstrous CRT-based clunker that resides in the bay across the hall — a beast that requires two strong men to lug it around on a good day).The thing is I just heard that the folks at Rohde & Schwarz are having a competition, the first prize being one of their drool-worthy new Scope Rider oscilloscopes.(Source: Rohde & Schwarz) This little beauty has been designed to provide lab performance in a rugged, hand-held, battery-powered portable form factor. Now, I don’t know about you, but rugged is something I definitely need in my equipment. With the best will in the world, when I’m working on a project it seems that something is always getting dropped or spilled or whatever.Things are even worse when you’re wandering round an industrial setting. I remember working under a glass furnace and dropping an oscilloscope 60+ feet into a basement full of mud and chest-high water (I know it was chest-high because I spent the next few hours wading around trying to locate the little scamp by touch with my feet). But we digress…If you check out the video on the competition webpage, you will see that the Scope Rider oscilloscope has been tested under extreme conditions, including spraying it with water, vibrating it, and dropping it (Ooh, I so want one of these little ragamuffins on my own workbench).Being sprayed with water (Source: Rohde & Schwarz) The competition itself is quick and easy to enter:You start by describing (in 200 words or less) an unusual and inventive use for this little beauty.If your use case is among the 10 most inspired, the folks at Rohde & Schwarz will send you a GoPro Hero4 silver camera to keep. They will also loan you a Scope Rider for you to create a 2-minute video demonstrating your idea.One lucky winner will be selected based on a combination of social media reaction and the judges’ final opinion, and the winner gets to keep their Scope Rider.Just to give you an example of how far you might go, the guys and gals at Rohde & Schwarz came up with their own 10-minute documentary showing them launching a Scope Rider into space.After a flight of two and a half hours at up to 32km above the ground in temperatures as low as -60°C, cumulating in a parachute drop back to Earth, the little rascal was still fully operational (now that’s what I call rugged).My brain is churning with ideas, but I doubt I’d be allowed to enter. I’ll just have to live vicariously through you, so what are you waiting for? Bounce over to the competition webpage and enter now, because you only have until August 1, 2016 to submit your cunning concept.last_img read more

LOCAL WATCH PARTY PLANNED FOR TRUMP RE-ELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT

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first_imgWOODBURY COUNTY REPUBLICANS WILL HOST A WATCH PARTY TONIGHT FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN KICKOFF.THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WHEELHOUSE BAR AND GRILL LOCATED AT 4501 SOUTHERN HILLS DRIVE FROM 6:30-9:30 PM.PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SET TO KICK OFF HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN WITH A RALLY TONIGHT IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA.CAMPAIGN ADVISERS SAY TRUMP WILL SEEK TO CONNECT HIS FIRST TERM TO THE GOALS HE HOPES TO ACHIEVE WITH FOUR MORE YEARS AS PRESIDENT.THERE’S NO ENTRY FEE OR RESERVATION REQUIRED AT THE WATCH PARTY EVENT.last_img read more

Martin Glenn’s ‘banter’ remark spoils FA’s Rooney rule announcement

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first_img Read more Martin Glenn Share on WhatsApp Topics Dan Ashworth admits ‘lessons must be learned’ over Mark Sampson’s sacking Without action, we risk losing a generation of BAME coaches The FA Across all of the England teams which the FA controls, including age group, women’s and disability teams the only BAME coach is Kevin Betsy who coaches the men’s under-15s. There has never been a black or ethnic minority manager of the senior men’s team. Ged Grebby, founder of Kick It Out, described the FA last year as tending to be “stale, pale, white old men”.Glenn pointed out the FA has more BAME employees than the national average. “Organically we have been diversifying just because of natural selection and people coming through and there are BAME representatives both in the England set-up and across the development teams,” he said. “We are 13% BAME across the wider workforce and that’s higher than the national average – but then again, it’s probably not as high as the playing population.”This article has been amended to clarify that the phrase “stale, pale, white old men” was used by Ged Grebby and not by Herman Ouseley. The Football Association’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, suggested female footballers may be less tolerant of “banter” than their male counterparts on the day the governing body announced plans to adopt the “Rooney rule” in an attempt to improve inclusivity in the sport.Glenn confirmed at least one BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) candidate will be interviewed to be the next England manager after Gareth Southgate. However, when outlining an action plan on “enhancing the culture around the women’s senior team” following a bruising six months for the governing body and its senior executives, Glenn risked drawing further criticism by asserting there is a gender divide around acceptable interaction between players and management staff.The FA is trying to rebuild its reputation after the Eniola Aluko crisis. Glenn insisted he was not referring to alleged racist remarks made to Aluko by the former England manager Mark Sampson, which he judges to be much more serious. Share on Messenger Read more Liam Rosenior Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Email Football politics But he said: “I think culturally what women will be prepared to put up with has been a bit different from guys.”Asked to explain what he meant, Glenn added: “I guess banter would be a case in point. Now our grievance and whistle-blowing procedures are common across men’s and women’s teams. Our coaching guidelines are common across men’s and women’s teams. But I think it’s fair to say from what we’ve seen is there are probably some differences in what they would expect to hear or say.”Under the Rooney rule initiative, a BAME candidate will be interviewed for all England coaching jobs in the future to follow the Football League’s announcement that it would be adopting a similar pilot scheme.There are only five BAME coaches across the 92 clubs in the pyramid, with Brighton’s Chris Hughton the only BAME manager in the Premier League. In November Sports People’s Think Tank said only 22 of 482 coaching roles in the top four divisions were held by BAME coaches.The Premier League has no plan in place to implement the Rooney rule but Glenn said he hoped it would have a trickle down effect. The rule is named after the late Dan Rooney, the former owner of the American football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was adopted across the NFL before spreading to sports around the world.“We are there to set an example,” said Glenn. “We are also quite a big employer as well if you think about the number of 28 England teams now, if you include men’s, women’s and disability.“I think in talking to people at the Premier League and the FA, I don’t see any resistance to it and, to be fair, the EFL has a Rooney rule in place.“We’re doing this for two reasons. In soft terms because it is the right thing to do but there is also a business case for it,” added Glenn. “If your management team reflects more the people that you are serving, then you’re going to make correct decisions. What we’re seeing now is more BAME players and what we want to do is make sure that post their playing career there’s an opportunity for them to carry on contributing and that they feel the FA is also for them.” Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Real Madrid January transfer news LIVE

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first_imgTransfers Real Madrid January transfer news LIVE: Los Blancos to offer Ronaldo for Neymar Goal 15:35 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane considers his January transfer window options Madrid to offer Ronaldo for NeymarReal Madrid could use Cristiano Ronaldo as part of a deal to land PSG star Neymar, reports the El Larguero radio show on Cadena SER.Florentino Perez wants to bring the Brazilian into his side and is willing to part with his superstar forward, though Los Blancos will wait until after the World Cup to make their move. Madrid to swap Bale for SalahMohamed Salah Liverpool Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Real Madrid could use Gareth Bale as bait in order to land Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, claims Don Balon.Salah’s sensational form this season has caught the eye of the Merengue, who have struggled to score goals. And they would be prepared to sacrifice their record signing to convince Liverpool into selling the Egypt star.Rush fears £200m bid for SalahMohamed Salah LiverpoolLivrepool legend Ian Rush fears that Real Madrid and Barcelona could come after Mohamed Salah with a massive bid of bid £200 million.“On current form I would place Mo Salah ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo . He’s better than them at the moment,” Rush is quoted as saying by the Mirror. “Mo is also the African Player of the Year, which – considering the standard of their players throughout Europe – is a great honour.“There’s already been talk of Real ­Madrid looking at him – and who can blame them? In today’s inflated market, it wouldn’t surprise me if Liverpool one day received a £200m bid for him.“Hopefully, he is happy where he is – after all, he only arrived last summer.“There’s a time and a place to sell a player if the right money comes in, but, for Liverpool, it’s certainly not now.”Messi wants Odriozola at BarcaALVARO ODRIOZOLA REAL SOCIEDAD LALIGALionel Messi wants Alvaro Odriozola at Barcelona, reports Don Balon. According to the report, Messi wants the 22-year-old from Real Sociedad to play on the right side, with the La Liga giants currently lacking natural right wingers. But Barca will have competition from Real Madrid for his services, with Florentino Perez having already shown an interest in his signature. Kane could revitalise Madrid’s forward lineHarry Kane Tottenham EvertonGoal chief correspondent Peter Staunton believes Harry Kane is the man who could get Real Madrid firing again, although it may come too late to save Zinedine Zidane’s job.Madrid’s woes in front of goal were laid bare on Saturday as they went down to Villarreal, while Kane helped himself to a double in Spurs’ 4-0 thrashing of Everton.Read the full story on Goal.Real Madrid move for Man City’s SterlingRaheem SterlingReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is in talks with Manchester City over the possible signing of Raheem Sterling, claims Don Balon .Sterling has seen marked improvement in his game since coming under the wing of Pep Guardiola. And that upturn in form has not escaped the attention of Perez, who sees him as a possible successor to Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.Man Utd ready €500m Neymar bidNeymar Paris Saint-GermainManchester United are readying a record-breaking €500 million offer for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, according to Le 10 Sport .Real Madrid were reported to be leading the chase for the Brazilian, but they can only go as high as €400m.That has left the door open for Jose Mourinho to join the chase and agree to meet an eye-watering buyout clause.Liverpool offered Ceballos hopeDani Ceballos Real Madrid 2017Liverpool have been made aware that they will be cleared to move for Dani Ceballos if Real Madrid can land a replacement.Diario Gol report that the Reds are looking at the 21-year-old as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho.last_img read more

Beer My Valentine

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first_img Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer Chocolate. Flowers. A sappy card. These are the easy tropes that linger in the wings every Valentine’s Day. Just in case nothing else comes to mind or boldly presents itself in advance, these are the intrepid last minute standbys.Thanks to these items, you can safely add beer to that list of easy-to-acquire but also beloved Valentine’s Day gifts. Whether you theme a six pack of sweet, dark chocolate stouts or light and effervescent French saisons, make sure that the delivery is seasonally appropriate with these gift packages.Beer Greetings sells through its website, Amazon and at select retailers. The company specializes in bright, graphic, six-pack cardboard beer holders with an attached greeting card. It’s the perfect way to gift beer for a birthday, a special thank you, or even Valentine’s Day. The new “Six Ways to Say I Love You” option is the craft beer nerd’s version of Cupid’s bow and arrow.As for what to put in your special friend’s six-pack, always go with what they love to drink. But, if you’re not sure about their favorites, or if they’re the type who loves to try something new, go for a mix of sweet (Funky Buddha’s Nib Smuggler Chocolate Milk Porter), spicy (Prairie Artisan Ale’s Bomb! imperial stout with ancho peppers), fruity (Fruli strawberry Belgian ale) and bubbly (Boulevard’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale).If gifting a big bottle to share is more your style, Rogue’s Chocolate Stout and Double Chocolate Stout make for a formidable side-by-side tasting experience and also look impressive in 22-ounce decorative bottles. Both beers use Rogue’s Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout as the base, with a heaping dose of Dutch chocolate thrown into the mix. The Double Chocolate amps up everything with even more oat, chocolate, and honey flavors coming to the fore.But, as delightful as bottles and cans can be, sometimes nothing beats a good draft beer. Whether it’s from the neighborhood brewery or it’s been shipped across the ocean, giving the gift of draft is possible thanks to craft beer’s growing growler culture. Gifting an engraved growler for Valentine’s Day let’s you put your personal message of love right there for the world to see. Etching Expressions will work with you to develop custom artwork and create a reusable expression of devotion with prices starting at $85.Chocolate. Flowers. A sappy card. Or beer. The choice is yours. Valentine’s Day only happens once a year, so make the right choice. Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Mayor inspires kids to take up sciences at Gaganyaan Space Suit exhibition

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first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim inaugurated an exhibition on Gaganyaan Space Suit at Birla Institute of Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM) on Wednesday.”Earlier, I came here (BITM) when I was child. Today, I see a lot of changes here. In our days, we only knew about doctors and engineers. Nowadays, children can become space scientists. These types of exhibitions inspire children to become scientists and astronauts,” said Hakim. While Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch the Gaganyaan project, it has developed a space suit prototype Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujaalong with other technologies. Gaganyaan, an Indian crewed orbital spacecraft intended to be the basis of the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme, is being designed to carry three people. The three astronauts will be living for five to seven days within 400 km orbit from the earth’s surface. ISRO developed the orange-coloured prototype space suit over the past two years at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. With the ability to hold one oxygen cylinder, the suit will allow the astronaut to breathe in space for 60 minutes. “We are proud of our astronauts,” said Hakim after inaugurating the exhibition followed by West Bengal Students’ Science Seminar 2019 at BITM premises. The seminar enlightened children about Periodic Table of chemical elements and its impact on human welfare. Students’ Science Seminar is a nationwide event being organized by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous organisation under Indian Ministry of Culture, every year since 1982.last_img read more

Senior UN official arrives in Nepal to visit mission supporting peace accord

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7 January 2008A senior United Nations political official arrived in Nepal today for a four-day visit to the UN mission supporting the peace process in the South Asian country after a decade-long civil conflict between the Government and Maoists claimed some 13,000 lives. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Angela Kane will also assess preparations for the election of a Constituent Assembly, already delayed from last year, which is to be held in April to draft a new constitution. The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) was set up a year ago to support the peace process after the Seven-Party Alliance and the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) signed a peace accord in 2006. In addition to working meetings with UNMIN, Ms. Kane will hold discussions with Government officials and political leaders and travel to the country’s eastern region, where she will meet with the UNMIN team based in Biratnagar and visit the Maoist cantonment site in Ilam. Last month Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the decision by the CPN-M to rejoin the Interim Government and urged all parties “to swiftly move forward in the implementation of the agreements reached and lay the grounds for a peaceful, inclusive, and credible Constituent Assembly election.” read more

Tamil Nadu officers to return

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The party cadres raised slogans against the Sri Lankan army and the Centre. Several people had come from Coimbatore to take part in the protest.  (Colombo Gazette) The two army officers undergoing training in Tamil Nadu will return to Sri Lanka following protests by the Tamil Nadu government, the army said today.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram had raised still opposition to the training given to the Sri Lankan military at the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) located within the Wellington cantonment area in Tamil Nadu. Last week around 400 members across 15 political outfits, including MDMK, Thanthai Periyar Diravida Kazhagam (TPDK), VCK, Tamil Desam, Tamil Ealam Viduthalai Students’ Organization, gathered at the Manekshaw Bridge, widely known as Black Bridge Junction in Wellington, and staged a protest against the training of two Sri Lankan officers. They demanded that the central government send the officers back home. read more

Andrew Coyne Shouldnt every riding be a battleground The problems with how

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The safest thing to say about this election is that it’s “too close to call.” After all, aren’t the Liberals and Conservatives virtually tied in the opinion surveys? A weighted average of the major national polls, as calculated by the CBC’s Poll Tracker website, puts the Conservatives at 34.0 per cent, the Liberals at 33.7.Ah, but national polls, as any student of Canadian politics can tell you, mean nothing. Conservative support is heavily concentrated in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Tens of thousands of its votes are therefore likely to be wasted racking up massive majorities in a relatively small number of seats.The Liberal vote, by contrast, is more efficiently distributed, notably in Quebec, with its tight three- and four-way races, where a winning candidate might slip through with 30 per cent of the vote or less. So even though the Liberals are projected to win fewer votes than the Conservatives, they are also projected to win a solid plurality of the seats — perhaps even a majority.Then again, the polls are misleading in another way. A poll can project, with some uncertainty, the level of support for the various parties among the voting-age population. It is a more difficult matter to predict what proportion of each party’s supporters will actually turn out to vote. The Liberals benefited in 2015 from a surge in turnout, especially among younger voters, on the strength of Justin Trudeau’s sunny idealism. No such enthusiasm, or idealism, is detectable this time around.Aren’t the concerns of voters in Alberta every bit as important as those of voters in the Greater Toronto Area?It all makes for a close, unpredictable race. The Liberal challenge is the usual one: to round up the vote on the left without giving too much ground on the centre, appealing to those tempted to vote NDP or Green not to split the progressive vote lest the Tories get in.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The Conservatives, for their part, will also be fighting a two-front war, with the emergence of the People’s Party to their right imposing some constraint on their ability to reach across the centre. To date the PPC has not posed much of a threat — its support has stalled at around 3.0 per cent — but it is not impossible that it could break out of that range now that voters are paying more attention.And if Conservative support is not as soft as the Liberals’, neither is there as much potential for gain. While centre-right voters may be alienated by Liberal deficits and ethical lapses, they are as likely to mistrust the Conservatives on social and cultural issues. It will all likely come down to a few “battleground” ridings in suburban Toronto and Vancouver.That is as good a roundup as any of the conventional wisdom on the election. It’s probably true enough, as far as anyone knows. And yet it contains much that is wrong with how we do elections, and how we in the media cover them. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press Begin with the last bit, about the “battleground” ridings, the subject of vastly disproportionate amounts of campaign resources and media attention. Surely the oddity of this will have occurred to someone: isn’t every riding supposed to be a battleground? Aren’t the concerns of voters in Alberta every bit as important as those of voters in the Greater Toronto Area? Isn’t every vote equal?Well, no: not under our current electoral system, known as “first past the post,” where each riding is represented by but a single member, who needs only a simple plurality of the vote to win. In such a system, it is true, whole regions of the country may be treated as “safe” in the pocket of one party or another, and as such barely worth campaigning in — a bizarre state of affairs in a democracy, but one that we have come to accept, unthinkingly, as “normal.”But in a system where each riding elects not one member, but several — where not only are supporters of the first-place candidate represented in Parliament, but others are as well, in rough proportion to their share of the vote — it is not possible to write off whole regions in this way. There are seats to be won, and lost, in every part of the country, and therefore an incentive for every party to campaign with equal vigour everywhere.So, too, the emphasis in the above on how the vote splits, and on the strategies parties devise, or demand voters adopt, in response. Perhaps we find it normal for voters to be told, in every election, that they cannot vote for the party they actually support, but must vote for a party they dislike to forestall the election of a party they detest. But in the vast majority of the world’s democracies that use some form of proportional representation the idea would seem absurd, not to say presumptuous. It is for voters to tell parties what to do, not the reverse. Liberals and Conservatives still neck-and-neck in election poll, despite SNC-Lavalin fallout Chris Selley: Trudeau’s mea culpa over his electoral reform debacle is truly mind boggling John Ivison: Vapid federal election ads unlikely to inspire indifferent electorate Third, there’s the emphasis on turnout. Every time you read about parties trying to “mobilize their base” or “depress” their opponents, that is what is meant. That’s another reason why our campaigns are typically so nasty, negative and narrowly focused. It’s not about expanding your support, but intensifying it. But in countries such as Australia, where voting is mandatory and turnout near universal, turnout strategies are irrelevant.Last, there’s the obsession with the horse race: where the parties are in the polls, and what strategies they are likely to pursue in response. That’s valid, up to a point. Some voters might find it useful to know which party is most likely to form a government. And strategy analysis may help voters understand why the parties behave as they do.But it’s a question of proportion. Some coverage of the horse race is in order, but not to the exclusion of what most voters, and readers, really want to know: who the candidates are and what they would do if elected.Again, this is partly a phenomenon of first past the post, and the winner-take-all mentality that accompanies it. The point of an election is not just to find out who won, but what the public wants. And the point of election coverage is not just to report who’s winning, but what the winners would do with the mandate they seek. An empty lectern stands where Justin Trudeau would have been if he attended the first leaders’ debate on Sept 12. read more

Companies looking to oneup each other with bigger flashier Stampede parties

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CALGARY – There’s a fierce competition in Calgary right now and it doesn’t involve broncos or bullriders.Away from the rodeo, companies in the financial heart of oilpatch country are spending big bucks to throw the biggest, flashiest, most memorable Stampede party as the 10-day cowboy celebration marks its 100th anniversary.“This is the first year that I’ve seen that people are really trying to one-up each other,” said David Howard, president of The Event Group, which is throwing a soiree each night.“I consider this the Olympics of the Stampede.”The Event Group throws corporate parties for oilpatch investment banks and other firms that want to show their clients and staff a good time.When the financial crisis sent oil prices plummeting in 2009, some Stampede parties were scaled down or cancelled altogether.“This year it’s really just been a 180. It’s madness,” said Howard, who owes the pickup to an improving economy and the fact that it’s the Stampede’s centennial.“If you don’t tone it up this year … you’re kind of forgotten, so next year people aren’t coming to your event.”In the past, clients might have spent $5,000 to book a local band, but this year they’re shelling out $60,000 on major headline country music acts.As far as food goes, beef on a bun might have cut it in the past — but no longer.“They’re doing high-end salmon and caviar and fillet.”And the parties are featuring fancy specialty cocktails in addition to that old Stampede standby — beer.Howard estimates the Stampede made up about five per cent of his company’s business in past years, but in 2012 it represents about 20 per cent. The biggest bashes, with more than 2,000 guests, can cost as much as seven figures.Paddy Sorrenti says his company, Sorrenti’s Catering, is having its best year ever.In 2008, the caterer had a pretty good year, serving 25,000 guests pancakes and other Stampede breakfast fare. Things went downhill with the rest of the economy in 2009 and his numbers dropped to 14,000.This year, Sorrenti’s is serving 28,000 — and this time it’s not just plain old pancakes and bacon.“We’re doing smoothies and mini-yogurt parfaits and little pastries and little French toast sampler things with syrup in little cups.”A typical breakfast event for Sorrenti includes a couple of thousand guests. The big chowdowns cost upwards of $100,000.The company has almost three dozen different events planned during the Stampede. Most are daytime parties that companies throw for their employees.“There’s two seasons in catering in Calgary: There’s Christmas and Stampede. The other how many days of the year are basically just getting ready for those two,” said Sorrenti.When times are tough, parties are often one of the first things to be axed in a corporation’s budget, so “I like to think that Calgary’s doing well right now,” he said.“If they’re spending money on us, they’re spending money everywhere else and they can’t be doing all that bad.”Paul Vickers, founder of Penny Lane Entertainment, said this year has been “absolutely insane” when it comes to bookings at Cowboys, a rollicking night club that recently opened a new two-storey location by the Stampede grounds.Cowboys, which made headlines in 2007 when Prince Harry visited the club’s earlier location, is guaranteed to be full to the brim every night of the Stampede.But this year it’s booking up for the breakfast and lunch crowd, too, said Vickers.“The way we can get more money and do better business is getting busy earlier in the day.”Cowboys used to feed 1,000 people at lunchtime, but this year it’s more like 2,000 or 3,000.Big companies usually book their parties several months in advance of the hoopla. But smaller outfits, from upstart oilfield services companies to dentist offices, are rushing to book 10- or 20-person tables at Cowboys.“It is — for us in the hotel, restaurant, bar, service industry — bigger than Christmas,” said Vickers.Vickers sees the Stampede as a barometer for how Alberta — and Calgary specifically — are faring economically.In the boom around 2007, Calgarians were spending money like it was going out of style — something Vickers said wasn’t necessarily good for his business because it made it harder to find workers and drove up costs.“To be honest with you, it was a good top-end year, but the bottom end of 2007 wasn’t my best.”The recession years were tough, but now Stampede revellers appear eager to spend again — but not too eager.“They’re not as free with their money as they were in 2007. They’re still questioning what they get with it, but they’re quicker to pay.” by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2012 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Companies looking to one-up each other with bigger, flashier Stampede parties read more

Brock Media Clips for Friday Aug 31

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Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Bullying’s a big no-no, so what can parents do if their child targets other kids?: Child and Youth Studies Professor Tony Volk was quoted in a recent Toronto Star article that explored the strategies parents can use to prevent their children from bullying others.Sunday is Move In Day at Brock: Newstalk 610 CKTB wrote an advance about Brock’s Sunday, Sept. 2 Move-In Day, during which 2,400 students will move in to Brock’s seven residences.Soldiers’ Field Day competition at Old Fort Erie: Brock History and Drama student Adam Thompson’s participation in the annual Soldiers’ Field Day competition at Old Fort Erie was included in a recent Niagara Falls Review article. Thompson spent his summer working as a historical interpreter at the fort.Theatre: Giving Sabina’s Splendid Brain its due: An upcoming play about psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein, which is taking place at the University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, was featured in a recent article in the Hamilton Spectator. The play will open Sept. 14.What Age Children are the Cutest, According to Science: Research from Child and Youth Studies Professor Tony Volk and Instructor Prarthana Franklin that explored the perceived cuteness of new-born and six-month-old babies appeared in an article on the Fatherly.com website.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

Mens soccer Pivotal match looming for Buckeyes against No 25 Michigan State

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“You only play eight conference matches and on Sunday that’s our fourth,” Bluem said. “If we can win that game and move to 3-1 that might give us a little separation from teams behind us and it will put us into that top group.” Jensen, who was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after his hat trick against Valparaiso, scored his team-leading fourth goal for the Buckeyes in the 3-2 loss to SIUE on Wednesday. Jensen leads the team with 11 points. “We will be ready, and we will come out and play as hard as we can,” Bluem said. “Certainly with the away game looming at No. 13 Maryland next week, it is a must win on Sunday for us.” The Spartans will provide quite the challenge. At 6-2 overall this season, Michigan State has limited opponents to only six goals through eight games. Their only in-conference loss came on the road last Friday to Maryland, who currently leads the Big Ten at 3-0-1. OSU senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick looks to gather possession of the ball in the second half against Rutgers on Sept. 18, 2016. Credit: Gene Ross | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s soccer team has not yet performed to its potential this year. With matchups against Michigan State and Maryland on the horizon, the Buckeyes are in a stretch where they will face some of their toughest competition yet. They must be up to the task if they wish to keep their season alive. “Looking forward I think we have to focus on the Big Ten especially,” senior defender Austin Bergstrom said. “We are still in the race for the conference title. Having two wins and one loss right now is good. Hopefully we can build on that.” Now at the halfway point in the season, the Buckeyes stand at 3-7. They have yet to win a road game, with four of the team’s losses coming outside of Columbus. Not all is lost, however, as OSU began Big Ten play with a 2-1 record. For the Buckeyes, who finished first in the Big Ten a season ago with a conference record of 5-2-1, dreams of a repeat remain very much alive. A big reason for Sparty’s success has been the play of redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jimmy Hague. Hague, who has started all eight games, has made 30 saves this season; good enough for a .833 save percentage and 0.76 goals against average. On offense, Michigan State is lead by sophomore forward Ryan Sierakowski. Sierakowski has tallied seven points for the Spartans on three goals, which were all game-winners, and one assist. Sierakowski has taken 23 shots on the season, nine more than the next most on the team.For the Buckeyes, winning the Big Ten is the first thing on their mind. They know the upcoming stretch can make or break those aspirations. “This is our top priority right now,” senior forward Danny Jensen said. “After that we just have to get some wins on the road and get back to .500. Then we have to try to make a little run to get to where we want to be.” OSU has lost its last two games, an away match at Bowling Green and a home contest against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Buckeyes will have a chance to improve that record this Sunday, as they take on No. 25 Michigan State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. The Big Ten remains wide open at this stage of the season. There is a four-way tie for second place at 2-1, which Ohio State shares with Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Penn State. “Obviously, overall our season isn’t going the way we wanted it to,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “The conference gives you that chance to forget about the nonconference matches. It gives you that chance to still make a statement.” read more