Former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth feels Test skipper Virat Kohli will turn out to be one of the best leaders ever for the cricket team, given his “adaptability skills”.”Adaptability skills which Virat has are fantastic. You see Virat Kohli’s game approach, he adapts beautifully in all the three formats. As a cricketer if you want to be a complete cricketer, you need adaptability skills and that is what cricket teaches you,” Srikkanth said at a programme organised by Right Management last evening.The former chairman of selectors also appreciated Kohli for his “never-give up attitude”.”He does not give up and fights from the front. That is Virat’s style.” Also read: Dhoni doubtful as India take on Bangladesh in Asia Cup opener Srikkanth, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad, also looked back at the glorious days and praised Kapil Dev’s leadership.”Kapil Dev was different, (Sunil) Gavaskar’s approach as a captain, was first perfection and then go for a win, but Kapil Dev’s approach was different, both (were) positive,” he said. Also read: Rain threat for India vs Bangladesh match “He was one guy whose attitude was, who are these West Indians, who are these fast bowlers, who are these guys… and that attitude helped us win the World Cup in 1983,” he said.”If one man was responsible for winning the 1983 World Cup it was Kapil Dev, he led from the front,” he added.
Chief Minister said Financial Commissioner Planning and Development Department and Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce Department will coordinate the skill training of the jail inmates by establishing institutionalised Skill Development Centres in various jails.”We should try to make productive use of the time the inmates spend in prisons by imparting them education and skill training so that once they come out, they gel with the social milieu immediately and earn respectable livelihood,” she said.Efforts should be made to match the trades, in which training is imparted, to the needs of the society so that on release from prisons these individuals can not only adjust in the society but also get gainful employment, she added.She said some of the jail inmates can be also trained in making furniture and furnishings and if they are able to produce quality products, the government departments will be asked to make maximum purchases from such jails which have developed the capacity for large-scale production.The Chief Minister also asked the Youth Services and Sports Department to create additional sports and recreational facilities in the jails for the inmates.She said the period spent by under-trials and convicts in jails must be utilised to the benefit of the inmates.Responding to the plea of Director General of Prisons that there were not many qualified teachers and Vocational Training Instructors available in jails, she asked the Commissioner Secretary Education and Secretary Technical Education to provide the necessary staff to all the jails and also design a sustainable and workable educational curriculum for the inmates.advertisementMehbooba also called for providing adequate medical, correctional and supervisory staff to all the jails, besides organising regular health awareness programmes in the jails.She said the new Jail at Pulwama, to be opened soon, should become a model of reformation and a model prison instead of being a traditional jail.Earlier, the Director General of Prisons S P Vaid, through a detailed power point presentation, informed the CM about the status of various jails, the number of inmates, infrastructure requirement and other issues related to prison management.The DG Prisons said there are presently 14 jails in J&K, out of which nine are in Jammu and five in Kashmir with a total lodging capacity of 3031 inmates. He said 3 new jails are coming up at Pulwama, Bhaderwah and Kargil.Vaid said 2367 people including 2268 men and 99 women are lodged in various jails of the state. These include 192 inmates involved in militancy related cases. PTI MIJ RCJ RG RCJ
Mumbai, Apr 27 (PTI) An under-19 football tournament, jointly organised by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) under the aegis of the All India Police Sports Control Board, is to be held in three centres here from May 2-9.The OORJA?CAPF Youth Under?19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament 2017, an initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and featuring CRPF, BSF, CISF, SSB, ITBP and Assam Rifles, is being held at the behest of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, a media release said today.The tournament is being held ahead of the FIFA Under- 17 World Cup scheduled to be held in India from October 6-28.”While emphasising on the successful hosting of the event, the Hon?ble Prime Minister has said that this alone cannot be our final objective. FIFA Under-17 World Cup must be a catalyst for change, the tipping point for football in the country, which can only be done by creating a mass movement around it,” the release said.All CAPF units have been asked to conduct the Oorja? CAPF Youth Under-19 tournament in different parts of the country.CISF is conducting the tournament in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and in the Union territories of Delhi, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, besides Daman and Diu.In Mumbai, the opening ceremony is scheduled to be held on May 2 at the Cooperage football ground, which will also host the finals of both boys and girls categories on May 9.The preliminary league-cum-knockout matches will be held from May 2 at the JNPT Sheva Stadium (for boys) and RCFL Stadium, Chembur (for girls), respectively.advertisementThe winner of the tournament in the two categories would be awarded the Shankar Subramaniam Narayan Trophy, the release added. PTI SSR RSY RDS
“Paul made a big effort to try to give me what I asked. Paul replaced Ander [Herrera] and tried to give the game the same qualities. He lost a couple of possessions, but he gave us also stability. We had a good percentage of the ball and that means control of the game, and Paul had the responsibility for that.” Herrera limped off after 17 minutes with what Mourinho described as “a bad injury”, and the United manager appeared to be unhappy with his own club’s medical staff.“I think it is a bad injury,” Mourinho said. “He had a small injury that stopped him from playing the last couple of matches, but the medical department said he was 100% ready for last Saturday [against Huddersfield Town]. We didn’t play him to give him more time to work and more protection, but it looks like he was not fully fit.” José Mourinho refused to be drawn on the absence of Paul Pogba from his starting lineup in Seville where Manchester United held on for a dogged scoreless draw. Instead United’s manager had praise for the “fantastic” performance of Scott McTominay, who started in Pogba’s place, and called on Old Trafford to produce “a big Champions League night” in three weeks’ time.“I think we finished the game with more space than we had in the beginning, more close to the possibility of scoring a goal,” Mourinho said, batting away the suggestion United might have been relieved to emerge with a clean sheet after David de Gea again produced a series of fine saves. news Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Sevilla Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Champions League Share on Facebook Reuse this content Topics José Mourinho continues bizarre and divisive power-play over Paul Pogba Share on Twitter Play Video 1:01 Manchester United Mourinho dismisses claims he was ‘relieved’ to leave Sevilla with draw – video Paul Pogba “The only moment we felt relieved was at the end of the first half, where by a couple of mistakes in possession they had a couple of good situations that gave this fantastic stadium the emotion they normally have for 90 minutes. Apart from that the game was even. Sometimes you have 15 shots but 13 of them are what I call statistic shots. So I feel the result reflects what the game was. Was it a good result? It’s not good, its not bad. Now we have one match to decide everything at Old Trafford. Old Trafford needs a big Champions League night and it’s going to get it.”Mourinho had already told the TV cameras that the presence of Pogba on the bench for United’s most significant game of the season to date was due to the player not “feeling one hundred per cent”. He also suggested once again it had been Pogba’s “own decision” not to play against Huddersfield at the weekend. After the game in Seville, the United manager suggested the focus from the media on Pogba’s absence was “a bit strange”.“If I was one of you [the media] I would ask if the Manchester United manager agrees that Scott McTominay had a fantastic performance. My answer would be yes he looked a senior player with great maturity, tactical sense, good in possession, good in pressing. Share via Email Read more José Mourinho
Liverpool boss Klopp: 6 points are nothing. We’re creating our own historyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp isn’t getting carried away after victory over Newcastle United.The Reds have been installed as the new title favourites after they comfortably beat Newcastle 4-0 and Manchester City lost for successive matches, going down 2-1 at Leicester City.Now six points clear at the top of the table, Klopp said: “That means nothing. We play Arsenal and City. I had no idea how any other teams were playing, I didn’t even know where they were playing.”Afterwards I got the results and I can say it didn’t do a lot for me. It is just information. It’s good that we have six points than other teams, or seven, but that is pretty much all.”Klopp added: “We want to create our own history. It is the first Liverpool team in the Premier League unbeaten (at the halfway stage of the season).”All good numbers but there are 19 games to go. So we play Arsenal, we play City, we play Tottenham. We play all of them again. There is a long way to go, we all know that.”We have to win our games we have to be focused, we have to be really in the mood and have tunnel vision and see where it leads us to.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
week 7 college basketball coaches poll Twitter/@MSU_FootballMichigan State continues to roll. The 12-0 Spartans are one of just three power conference programs that remain undefeated so far this season, and should enter Big Ten play with an unblemished record. Things won’t be easy for Michigan State going forward, however, with the injury to do-it-all star guard Denzel Valentine, who will be out for 2-3 weeks. For now, Michigan State remains on top of the college basketball world. Here are the week seven Top 25 polls. AP Poll:1. Michigan State 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Butler 10. Providence 11. Iowa State 12. Kentucky 13. Miami (FL) 14. Purdue 15. Duke 16. Louisville 17. Villanova 18. SMU 19. West Virginia 20. George Washington 21. Texas A&M 22. Cincinnati 23. Baylor 24. Utah 25. South Carolina USA Today Coaches Poll: 1. Michigan State 2. Oklahoma 3. Kansas 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Iowa State 10. Duke 11. Kentucky 12. Butler 13. Purdue 14. Providence 15. Louisville 16. Miami (FL) 17. Villanova18. West Virginia 19. Texas A&M20. George Washington 21. Cincinnati22. Baylor 23. South Carolina 24. Gonzaga 25. Vanderbilt
Hong Kong: Hong Kong airport authorities on Tuesday suspended all check-ins, but reversed a previous statement saying that all departing flights had been cancelled as pro-democracy protesters blocked the facility. “Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, and all check-in processes have now been suspended,” a statement on the airport website said. “All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible.” The statement did not clarify how many flights would be cancelled and whether arriving flights would be affected by the decision. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The statement walked back a previous announcement that said all departing flights had been cancelled. The decision came after thousands of pro-democracy protesters flooded into the airport for the second consecutive day and blocked passengers from reaching entrances to the departure area in both terminals. It came a day after authorities announced the unprecedented complete cancellation of all arriving and departing flights over a massive rally.
Highlights from the news file for Monday, Dec. 11———PROVINCES TO GET 75% OF POT TAXES, MORNEAU SAYS: The federal government has agreed to give the provinces and territories a 75 per cent share of the tax revenues from the sale of legalized marijuana. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the agreement Monday after a day-long meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts. Morneau says Ottawa will retain the remaining 25 per cent share to a maximum of $100 million a year, with any balance over and above that limit going to the provinces and territories. The larger share, he added, will allow the provinces to “fairly deal with their costs and so they can work with municipalities,” which had been asking for at least a one-third portion of the revenue. All 14 jurisdictions at the table agreed to the key principles reached at the meeting, Morneau said, calling it a “very good outcome.” The original model put forward by the federal government proposed an even 50-50 split, a plan that was immediately shot down by the provinces, many of which wondered aloud what sort of costs Ottawa would be incurring to deserve such a share.———DOCTORS ANGRY OVER MEDICAL POT TAX: More than 50 doctors from across Canada are calling on Ottawa to withdraw its plan to charge tax on medicinal marijuana. The doctors, who describe themselves as physicians who routinely prescribe marijuana to their patients, say applying a sales or excise tax to medicinal pot would discriminate against those who use the drug to manage their symptoms. They say the measure would introduce financial barriers to Canadians looking to access the drug. Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been meeting today with his provincial counterparts to discuss issues including the impact of an excise tax on cannabis. NDP health critic Don Davies says an excise tax on medicinal pot could end up affecting its affordability and availability to those who need it. Patients have also raised concerns since the Finance Department signalled in November it was looking to apply excise tax to both non-medicinal and medicinal pot.———B.C.’s Site C DAM TO BE BUILT, BUT AT $10-BILLION COST: The Site C hydroelectric dam will be completed with the backing of British Columbia’s NDP government, but it is warning the price tag will be higher than estimated. Site C was projected to cost $8.3 billion to complete, but the government now estimates the project will total $10.7 billion. An estimated $4 billion has been spent so far on the dam and the NDP government was debating whether to continue construction or cancel the work midway through the job. The financial impact of cancelling the project on ratepayers and B.C.’s bottom line were the major factors in the government’s decision to proceed rather than cancel. The government says the province risked a credit downgrade and debt-servicing costs of up to $150 million annually if the project was cancelled and the treasury absorbed the $4 billion loss. The decision on the project’s future is one of the first major decisions that faced the minority NDP government. The massive hydroelectric project has been at the centre of a polarized debate between politicians, environmentalists, First Nations, labour groups and landowners in the Peace River Valley.———ONTARIO PREMIER SUING OPPOSITION LEADER: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is suing the Opposition leader for defamation. A spokeswoman for Wynne says a statement of claim was filed today in order for the premier to be able to continue with her case against Patrick Brown. Wynne’s lawyer first demanded in a letter in September that Brown withdraw comments he made a day before the premier testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont., involving two provincial Liberals facing Election Act bribery charges. Brown had told reporters he hoped Wynne would give answers about the scandal “maybe when she stands trial” and went on to describe her as a “sitting premier, sitting in trial.” Brown refused to apologize for the statements both after the initial lawyer’s letter and following a libel notice in October. Wynne’s spokeswoman says this case can be resolved with an apology from Brown, but if he continues to refuse to apologize the premier will be able to continue the legal action.———MAN SETS OFF PIPE BOMB IN NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY: A man inspired by the Islamic State group set off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his body Monday in a crowded subway corridor near Times Square, injuring the man, slightly wounding three others and sending New York commuters fleeing in terror through the smoky passageway. Surveillance cameras captured the man walking casually through the crowded passage when the bomb went off at 7:20 a.m. amid a plume of white smoke, which cleared to show the man sprawled on the ground and commuters scattering to get away. Investigators said it was not clear if he set the bomb off intentionally or prematurely. “This was an attempted terrorist attack,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. “Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals.” Law enforcement officials said Ullah was inspired by the Islamic State group but apparently did not have any direct contact with the group and probably acted alone. Gov. Andrew Cuomo later told the NY1 cable channel that the suspect went online to learn how to make a bomb.———WOMEN ACCUSING TRUMP OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SEEK CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION: The White House is pushing back on sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump, saying he has already denied them. Three women who previously accused Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories Monday on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today.” They’re calling for a congressional investigation. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump “has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” She says the people decided in November to elect him regardless. Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks are among the women who have alleged harassment by Trump. The White House has called the claims false and “totally disputed in most cases.” The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has said the women should be heard.———LIBERALS NOMINATE NEW ETHICS WATCHDOG: The Liberals are tapping a long-time public servant to be the new ethics watchdog for the House of Commons. Government House leader Bardish Chagger says Mario Dion is being nominated to become the next ethics and conflict of interest commissioner. Dion is currently the chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board, but has previously served as chairman of the National Parole Board and the public sector integrity commissioner. He is also a former legal adviser to a number of government bodies. Monday’s announcement comes after a heated question period during which the Conservatives peppered the government about who would take over from outgoing commissioner Mary Dawson, who is looking into a conflict-of-interest controversy involving Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Justin Trudeau and some of his top aides sat out the selection process because Dawson is investigating whether the prime minister broke ethics rules during a vacation to the Aga Khan’s private island last Christmas.———DON’T DESTROY GAY-SEX RECORDS, HISTORIANS SAY: Four leading researchers say a federal plan to destroy the criminal records of people convicted of same-sex activity is a “troubling feature” of proposed legislation intended to help make amends to the LGBTQ community. While the academic researchers applaud ensuring the records can never be used against those convicted, they say preservation is integral to the democratic process and the telling of history. The Liberal government recently introduced legislation that would allow people to apply to have their criminal convictions for consensual sexual activity between same-sex partners erased from the public record. The Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act would provide for the destruction and removal of records for the offences of gross indecency, buggery and anal intercourse. Once passed, the legislation will allow applications by the convicted individual in question or family members of deceased people with criminal records. The researchers — all of whom have ties to Ontario universities — say the scope of offences covered by the bill is too limited, and the application process too vague and potentially onerous.———PRIVACY COMMISSIONER OPENS FORMAL UBER PROBE: The federal privacy commissioner has opened a formal investigation into the large data breach that Uber announced in November. The decision to launch the probe comes weeks after Uber disclosed that hackers stole the personal information from 57 million Uber accounts close to a year earlier. News of the breach prompted authorities in the U.S. and U.K. to launch formal investigations immediately, while the commissioner in Canada initially asked that Uber file a report explaining how the breach happened and its impact on Canadians. In response to the now formal investigation, Uber Canada spokesman Jean-Christophe de le Rue wrote in an email that the privacy of Uber riders and drivers is of paramount importance and the company will continue to work with the commissioner. Uber has yet to say how many Canadians may have been affected, but has told U.K. authorities that about 2.7 million people may have had information stolen. The company said when announcing the hack that it had not seen evidence of fraud or misuse from it, and that it had arranged to have the stolen data destroyed.———‘THE BREADWINNER’ GETS GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATION: Canadian author Deborah Ellis was ecstatic about Monday’s Golden Globe nomination for “The Breadwinner,” an animated film that’s based on her children’s novel, but said she won’t be attending the awards show next month. While Ellis is hopeful the nomination for best animated film will spark discussions about the story of a young girl and her family under Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in 2001, she doesn’t plan to go to the Jan. 7 gala in Los Angeles due to President Donald Trump’s ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of mostly Muslim nations. “I’m not travelling to the States because of basically the Islamic travel ban,” Ellis said in a phone interview after the Golden Globe nominations were announced. “I write about refugees often in Islamic countries and it would make no sense for me to be able to go to this kind of a celebration when they can’t get in.” The film is a Canadian co-production with a Toronto cast, many of whom are Muslim and have Afghan heritage. Oscar-winning actor-director Angelina Jolie is an executive producer.
8 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed veteran staffer Youssef Mahmoud of Tunisia as the new head of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), which is due to wrap up by the end of the year. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed veteran staffer Youssef Mahmoud of Tunisia as the new head of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), which is due to wrap up by the end of the year.Mr. Mahmoud succeeds Victor da Silva Angelo of Portugal, who served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative from the mission’s inception until the end of March this year. The veteran UN staffer arrived in Chad on 21 March with a delegation tasked with holding discussions with Chadian authorities on the future of MINURCAT and had been serving as the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General since 1 April. Before his arrival in Chad, Mr. Mahmoud served for three years as Executive Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB). Prior to that, he was the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for the peacekeeping mission that preceded BINUB. He has also held a number of senior positions within the Organization, including in New York, Guyana and Cambodia.MINURCAT was established by the Council in September 2007 to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to thousands of people uprooted due to insecurity in the two countries and neighbouring Sudan. Last month the Council voted to end the mission by the end of this year, after the Chadian Government requested the move and said it would assume full responsibility for protecting civilians on its territory. The 15-member body ordered that MINURCAT’s military component be reduced from its current 3,300 troops to 2,200 military personnel – 1,900 in Chad and 300 in the CAR – by 15 July. Withdrawal of the remaining troops will begin on 15 October, and all military and civilian personnel are to be withdrawn by 31 December.
Earlier, police launched an air and land search when she disappeared after getting off a bus. Police said 19-year-old Anushka Ellalagoda went missing from Newstead at 11pm last night. She hopped off the bus at the intersection of Commercial Road and Skyring Terrace, telling the driver she would return in a few minutes.Police were contacted when Ms Ellalagoda failed to return with all of her property including mobile phone and purse left behind on the bus. A Sri Lankan born Brisbane teenager has been found safe after she went missing from a bus stop on Thursday night, the Daily Mail reported.Anushka Ellalagoda, 19, was spotted by a member of the public around 7.50am on Friday near the corner of Brunswick Street and Merthyr Road at New Farm. Police were contacted, and the woman is currently receiving medical treatment. Police and family were concerned for her safety and had appealed for anyone who may have seen her to contact them.She was described as being Sri Lankan, about 165cm tall with a slim build and long black hair.On her Facebook account, Ms Ellalagoda says she is a creative and professional writing student at Queensland University of Technology.
“I am convinced that the decision to postpone the elections serves the best interests of all communities in Kosovo. The postponement will allow for the political focus on the status talks to be retained,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen said.In his latest report on Kosovo released just three days ago, Mr. Annan said the parties remained far apart and compromise was crucial in the talks between Kosovo Albanians and Serbs which began in Vienna in February under the auspices of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari and have been held about twice monthly since.Independence and autonomy are among options that have been mentioned for the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1. Serbia rejects independence and Kosovo’s Serbs have been boycotting the province’s local government, the so-called ‘Provisional Institutions.’
In this photo released by Brazil’s Presidency, Brazil’s President Michel Temer attends the funeral of Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Saturday, Jan 21, 2017. Brazil’s president said Saturday that he would wait to name a replacement for the Supreme Court justice who died in a plane crash until after the court reassigns a major corruption case he was handling.(Beto Barata/Brazil’s Presidency via AP) by Sarah Dilorenzo, The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2017 7:39 am MDT Last Updated Jan 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Brazil president to wait to replace justice killed in crash SAO PAULO – Brazil’s president said Saturday that he would wait to name a replacement for the Supreme Court justice who died in a plane crash until after the court reassigns a major corruption case he was handling.Justice Teori Zavascki was in charge of handling accusations against politicians in the “Car Wash” investigation, a multibillion dollar kickback scheme involving the state oil company Petrobras. He was in the process of deciding whether to validate several plea bargain agreements, potentially making public accusations against high-profile businessmen and politicians.His death Thursday raised questions about who would take over this critical work. President Michel Temer nominates judges to the Supreme Court, and typically a new justice would take over the caseload of the one he replaces. The court can also decide to reassign the caseload to a sitting justice.Many Brazilians have said in recent days it would be unseemly for Temer to name the next rapporteur to the case because he himself might be implicated in the plea bargains, Temer has denied any wrongdoing in the “Car Wash” case.While paying his respects Saturday at Zavascki’s memorial in the southern city of Porto Alegre, Temer appeared to offer a solution to the potential conflict of interest.When a reporter asked when he would nominate a new justice, Temer replied: “Only after a rapporteur has been named.”Other Brazilian dignitaries, along with family and friends, were also paying their respects Saturday, including Judge Sergio Moro, who is leading the “Car Wash” investigation. With his voice cracking, he told reporters that he came to show his appreciation for the “quality, relevance and importance of the services (Zavascki) rendered.”The Supreme Court said the burial would be later in the day.Federal police and the public prosecutor’s office are investigating the small plane’s crash in heavy rain off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. The G1 news portal reported that authorities have determined that Zavascki died from “multiple traumas.”The aircraft was still floating Saturday in the waters off the colonial town of Paraty, and divers and others were working to remove it.
OSU redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes’ game against Northwestern on Jan. 22. The Buckeyes lost 74-72. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorKnowing what you’re going to get every night from your team as a head coach should be affordable. The 40-some practices in the preseason coupled with another 100-or-so and over 20 games played is more than enough time on the court to find an identity as a team.It was alarming, at the end of the nonconference season, that OSU had won by just two points against mid-major University of North Carolina Asheville. That came just days after OSU beat Youngstown State by 37 and allowed a season-low 40 points on defense. It’s back-to-back contests like those that hasn’t permitted the OSU fan base to have excitement for its men’s basketball team.The Buckeyes were winners of three out of four heading into their matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night, in Iowa City. With a win, OSU would have been tied for sixth in the Big Ten standings. Instead, the Buckeyes played one of their worst games of the year, losing convincingly 85-72. OSU never led in the final 31 minutes of the game.Coach Thad Matta’s team had played like that before. The team came out of the gate, unfocused, not ready to compete for 40 minutes like the players have discussed at length this season. But against Iowa, it was clear that the Buckeyes most substantial issue this season is stringing together productive performances.“You hope there’s a certain standard that guys are going to hold themselves and their teammates to,” Matta said. “This team has had a tendency to go back and we sort of start over and I think that’s been one of the challenges with this group of just continuing to demand as much as we possibly can.”Matta continued to insist on Monday that the Buckeyes have played some “really good basketball” — which they have.OSU played its best game of the season against Minnesota just three days prior to the debacle at Iowa. Against Minnesota, the Buckeyes were the team out to a double-digit lead in the first half. They were able to make stops and free throws down the stretch anchored by 19 points each from senior forward Marc Loving and redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson.At Iowa, the story couldn’t have been more different.Thompson had zero points and six rebounds. He fouled out of the game after just 13 minutes on the floor.Loving scored nine points and was 4-of-11 shooting in 32 minutes of action.Matta has had teams like this before. In 2013, OSU, ranked No. 13 at the time, lost at No. 20 Wisconsin by 22. It dropped Matta’s team to 8-5 in conference, but the Buckeyes rallied to finish second in the conference, won the Big Ten tournament and were five points away from a second consecutive final four appearance.Matta said the 2012 team had a similar struggle, finishing the regular season at 4-3. Yet that team found a way to turn the edge and make the Final Four.The argument can be made that those teams were vastly talented than the current OSU roster, but it’s true that Matta has had teams that surpass inconsistency. However, each time the 2016-17 Buckeyes have showed any sign of becoming a consistent team, they’ve fallen flat.“Sometimes it just has to click,” Matta said. “We got a great opponent (Tuesday) night in Maryland and we’re going to have to play 10-times better than we did the other night.”Matta said he doesn’t believe that this team, currently tied for 11th in the Big Ten at 3-6, will just lay down through adversity and fall off a cliff. He believes that all the problems are mendable, it’s just a matter of when the team buys into the message.“They’ve got to want to shake themselves out of it,” Matta said. “This is where the tough get going.”
Ohio State football player Marcus Baugh was arrested Sunday for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and for displaying improper identification, according to a Franklin County Municipal Court public record.According to the record, Baugh was arrested by OSU Police at 11th Avenue and High Street, where the South Campus Gateway is located. Baugh was released on a $1,000 bond and his arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday where he pleaded not guilty.Both offenses are listed as M1 misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.Baugh, a 6’4″ 230-pound tight end from Riverside, Calif., is an incoming freshman at OSU. He was considered a four-star recruit coming out of high school by major recruiting services Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports.Baugh was not yet enrolled during spring semester, and therefore did not participate in spring football drills.Upon asking the football team for a statement regarding Baugh’s arrest, an OSU spokesman told The Lantern that it is “aware of the situation.”Baugh did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In the instruction manual, the step tracker is described as “a simple pedometer to count how many steps you make when walking or running”.It adds: “The watch should be worn on the wrist for improved counting accuracy.”There is also a note which states: “This kid-friendly version of a pedometer is just for fun and this toy is not as accurate as a commercial pedometer for adults.”Annie O’Leary, editor-in-chief of parenting website Netmums said: “We can understand why the thought of this gadget alarms some parents. The thought of children being conscious of taking exercise when they are supposed to be naturally active is strange.“But with recent data showing the average child gets less activity than the average prisoner, this smartwatch might be quite useful for parents who are concerned about their child’s level of exercise. 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. A gadget which helps children as young as four years old count their steps is set to be one of the must-have gifts of the year, according to Hamleys.The £43 smartwatch, made my electronic toy company VTech, features a pedometer designed to help kids track how much walking and running they are doing. Aimed at children aged four and up, it also includes three action challenges such as the ‘Super Run’ sprinting test and the ‘Funky Jump’, which encourages users to “set an amount of time and start jumping as many times as you can”.Psychologist Linda Blair claimed gadgets like the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX are “taking the wrong approach” to encouraging children to be active. The watch has an in-built pedometerCredit:News_Scans She said: “We know from studies that the best way to have a long and healthy life is to take exercise throughout your life – and the best way to get kids to exercise is having them to do something they enjoy. If it’s all about counting and competing, this is taking the wrong approach. How many people like counting? It’s no fun.“The best toy a parent can give their kids to encourage activity is something like a tennis racquet – one for the child and one for the parent so they can play together. Tennis, for instance, is about interacting with other people rather than a machine. “I think the important thing, as with all technology designed to be worn by children, is that it should be used in conjunction with parents. Children shouldn’t be using tools like this on their own.”A spokesperson for VTech wouldn’t comment on the pedometer aspect of the watch but said: “The product is a fun smartwatch which has a camera, games and watch function as its primary features.”Other gifts in Hamleys prediction of top 10 sellers this Christmas include a £25 game that smacks players in the face with either cream or a wet sponge. Another £25 game has players risking eating jelly beans flavoured to taste like rotten fish and milk that has gone off. “If it was me I would watch my child closely and I would look at what they love – whether it’s throwing and catching or swimming and then encourage the child to enjoy those activities.In addition to the action challenges and pedometer, the Kidizoom Smartwatch also takes photos and videos and shows the time. “Counting and competing with yourself takes the fun out of it and it won’t sustain a child’s interest. Kidizoon Smartwatch
Each one was re-listened to and checks made to ensure they had been dealt with correctly. In only three cases could we could find no evidence of a police responseCh Insp Matt Markham A police source said: “One of the incidents was an attempted armed robbery in Coventry but there were no injuries.”The fault may be the result of going from five call centres to three to cover the whole force.”Police officers were retained on duty the next day and had to listen to hours and hours of all the two-and-a-half thousand 999 and emergency calls again to retrieve the information.”They then had to check it against the handwritten notes before finally re-inputting the incident information into the Oasis Command Control system.”It meant extra officers had to be called in and all the information has not yet been fully recovered.”A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Contact was made with the three callers to ensure their call was responded to and an explanation offered about why there had been a service delay.”Force contact manager, Chief Insp Matt Markham, said: “During the period of the outage, just over 2,600 calls were received.”Each one was re-listened to and checks made to ensure they had been dealt with correctly. In only three cases could we could find no evidence of a police response.”Contact was made with the three callers to ensure their call was responded to and an explanation offered about why there had been a service delay. ” Police call handlers were forced to scrawl down the details of 2,500 emergencies by hand after a multi-million computer system crashed for almost eight hours.West Midlands Police admitted the glitch with their Oasis Command Control System led to three emergencies going unattended.The “major technical fault” meant dispatchers could not electronically transmit details from 999 and 101 calls between 4.35pm on October 6 until 12.22am the next day. The force did not call out engineers to fix the problem because officers thought the £5 million system would “reset and sort itself out”.Despite a full review, it is not yet known what caused the hardware to crash although a local MP believes it could be the work of hackers or terrorists.Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said: “It’s very worrying that the cause of the major outage hasn’t been discovered yet so the fear is it could happen at any time again.”It could easily have been a hacking attempt, maybe a dry run by criminals or even terrorists, just to check the response. Such a scenario potentially puts both officers’ and the public’s safety at risk.”The command and control system is provided by Northgate Solutions, which had a near £4.7million contract for its upkeep. 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.
Ahead of the court ruling on $54M in uncut diamonds that vanished in police custody almost 25 years ago; the owner maintained that the items were weighed in front of him. The now elderly businessman says he has never seen his missing merchandise ever since it disappeared from the Mahdia Police Station in the Potaro-Siparuni district.The trial involving Ronald Khan’s 7-year legal suit against the State to reclaim his $54M in uncut diamonds concluded before Justice Fidela Corbin-Lincoln at the High Court on Wednesday.She who will soon hand down her decision in the matter.The 430 carats of diamonds were taken as evidence by police after it was recovered following a 1994 robbery investigation when Khan’s Ewang Creek, mining camp in Region Eight was invaded.During that attack, his brother and another miner were shot and killed while Khan’s life was nearly taken as he too was shot. He told the court that he now bares a hole to his neck and can hardly see owing to his injuries.The now elderly man who had to be assisted to a seat where he testified said that he spoke with late Police Commissioner Henry Greene in 2010 whom he said promised that the matter would be investigated but this never gained traction.Khan also claimed that following the recovery in 1994, he attended court on a few occasions after being hospitalized for nearly three months but said he never knew what came out of the murder and robbery matter.An animated Khan appeared surprised when State attorney Tiffany Castello suggested that the minerals may not have been in fact diamonds; but the man stressed that he became a pork knocker in 1950 as he outlined how diamonds are placed in categories.Castello later suggested that Khan couldn’t see properly when he claimed that he identified the stones at the Mahdia Station but the former miner stressed that he could make out his diamonds. He is being represented by attorney Nigel Hughes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCourt awards miner $5M for $54M diamonds vanished in Police custodyFebruary 13, 2019In “Court”Judge orders trial for $54M in diamonds missing while in police possessionMay 22, 2018In “Court”$54M missing diamonds trial rescheduled as both sides unpreparedAugust 23, 2018In “Court”
The Australian listed coal mining company Universal Coal plc (UC) started its underground production at the New Clydesdale Colliery (NCC) in September this year. NCC is located about 30 km South of Emalahleni in the Witbank coal area of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The South African focused coal mining company acquired NCC from Exxaro in 2014. UC’s Roodekop open cast operation is situated contiguous in the South of the NCC premises so that both operations now benefit from synergies.UC announced that during the first phase of operations taking place in the Diepspruit underground area, NCC has a production target of900,000 t/y ROM of export quality thermal coal. UC awarded a mining operation contract for New Clydesdale to the Ermelo based mining contractor STA Coal Mining Company (Pty) Ltd. (STA). STA started operations over 10 years ago with an Eickhoff Continuous Miner (CM). Interestingly, this CM is still cutting coal in a mine near Piet Retief. STA focuses on offering quality coal extraction services by using advancedtechnology and by focusing their operations to achieve this goal. Their coal extraction services are diversified enabling them to deal with the challenges that various seam heights and geological conditions offer.Upon the expansion of their operations through UC’s NCC operations, STA now invested in another Eickhoff CM2H-30 CM that is capable of mining between 1.5 to 3 m. “This strong and robust CM will support the production targets that STA must achieve and has started production during the third week of September 2016. Eickhoff is proud to support STA in South Africa. Eickhoff’s local Subsidiary ensures services of highest standards by focusing on parts availability and supply, maintenance support, training, repair and rebuild strategies and the execution thereof, condition monitoring and by forging strong relationships with STA and other customers. The South African team backed by the German mother company is 100% committed to support STA and Universal Coal with the opening of the NCC operations.”
As the Danish media hbold.dk reports, Skjern is preparing to welcome even more fans for the 2015/2016 season. The current stadium will be expanded by 700 seats more, and will have 3100 seats. Skjern is having a good season, and lost the first game in the Danish playoff to Aalborg with 27:26. The winner will play in the final against the better from the Holstebro-Kolding match.source: hbold.dk Denmarkhandboldskjern ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 27): Barcelona easily past Gijon, thoughts on Copa del Rey Next Story → Semifinals time in Sweden: Guif against Alingsas, Kristianstad takes on Lugi