Goa Cong. wants longer monsoon session

first_imgThe Congress in Goa on Monday decided to ask the Speaker to extend the monsoon session of the Assembly from the 12 days to 18. The session on July 19 has been curtailed to 12 days owing to the illness of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.“We agreed with the BJP to curtail the budget session by more than a week, because of the CM’s illness. Since the CM is now attending office, we are going to ask the Speaker to extend this sitting because issues like mining ban, corruption, and infrastructure need to be discussed,” Congress MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar said. Mr. Kavlekar said the demand will also be raised at the business advisory committee meeting ahead of the session. The budget session in March had to be cut short after Mr. Parrikar fell ill, and the BJP requested the Opposition to wind up the session early.last_img read more

NHM confirms control of Zika virus in Rajasthan

first_imgThe National Health Mission has confirmed the control of Zika virus in Rajasthan after the detection of more than 150 cases of infection, including those of some pregnant women, during the last few weeks. The diagnosis and treatment facilities at the government hospitals in the State were found to be in order.Effective measuresNHM Mission Director Manoj Jhalani, who is also Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said the spread of both Zika virus and dengue fever had been controlled in the State by taking up anti-larva and fogging activities on a large scale to get rid of mosquitoes spreading the virus.Mr. Jhalani said the State government’s Medical and Health Department had taken effective steps to control the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in the densely populated areas of Jaipur and other cities. He visited an urban primary health centre in Mansarovar locality here to observe the services rendered to the patients.He laid emphasis on medical treatment in an integrated manner, proper screening for non-communicable diseases and establishment of an effective referral mechanism. Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Veenu Gupta said the Zika virus had been controlled with the support and cooperation of the citizens and no fresh case had been detected in the last few days.last_img read more

NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavs

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Teenager upsets Nadal at Montreal Masters LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is not one to hold his tongue regarding issues in today’s NBA and he recently chimed in on Kyrie Irving’s supposed request to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The outspoken player-turned-analyst shared how baffled he was by the notion of Irving’s displeasure playing second fiddle to teammate LeBron James.“You want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think is so stupid,” he said during an interview on NBA TV, as relayed by Bleacher Report.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 shutout“If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. The objective is to win,” he said.The 1993 NBA MVP also recalled Irving’s early years with the Cavaliers while LeBron was still playing for the Miami Heat. “When he was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him,” he explained. “And now you want to leave the best player in the world. And listen, I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow.”Barkley, meanwhile, certainly knows a thing or two about accepting a lesser role, as he joined fellow legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler at the twilight of his career in the 1996-1997 season.Although Barkley acknowledges that at 25 Irving is still in his prime with his best days ahead of him, he further explained why winning a championship remains the most important thing.“You wanna share the glory. You wanna win. Right now, there’s only two, three, maybe four legitimate teams in the NBA,” he concluded. “If you’re not on one of those four or five teams, you’re really just wasting your time for seven months. So I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to play with LeBron. Listen, I wanna play with LeBron now!”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving? K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Report: Rangers 3-1 FC Midtjylland

first_imgRangers secured straightforward progress to the Europa League play-off round, beating FC Midtjylland 3-1 at Ibrox to clinch a 7-3 aggregate success.Steven Gerrard’s men have started the new season in impressive fashion, following up a 4-2 first-leg defeat of Midtjylland by putting six past Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.And they were comfortable again in a clinical display on Thursday as Alfredo Morelos, taking his tally to nine for the campaign with a brace, and Sheyi Ojo each found the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Gerrard had the luxury of leaving Jermain Defoe, the weekend’s hat-trick hero, on the bench until the 81st minute, and Legia Warsaw now lie between Rangers and the competition’s group stage.A double for the Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/cYLxuL6O0U— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 15, 2019The hosts dictated play from the outset and lovely movement from Ojo allowed him to centre to Morelos for the opener, the striker shimmying away from Rasmus Nicolaisen in the area and finishing from close range.Jesper Hansen made a smart stop to deny Morelos his and Rangers’ second with a drive from a tight angle, while Midtjylland were wasteful at the other end despite promising forays of their own.The visitors were duly punished as Morelos turned provider for Ojo to sweep home a low cross, with only an excellent Hansen save keeping the same man from making it 3-0 with a free-kick before the break.Rangers’ front two continued to combine and it took just four minutes of the second period for Ojo to again pick out Morelos, who slammed home at the near post.An outstanding Allan McGregor stop denied Gustav Wikheim when he looked destined to pull a goal back, before Evander did belatedly get Midtjylland on the scoresheet with a first-time finish.But the visitors’ best efforts proved far too little, far too late and Sory Kaba was slightly fortunate to escape with a yellow when he lunged in on McGregor late on.last_img read more

BW LPG Seals USD 150 Million Refinancing Deal

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of LPG carriers BW LPG Limited has signed a USD 150 million loan agreement with a syndicate of lenders aimed at refinancing its revolving facility maturing in March 2018.Back in November, the company said that it had received a commitment term sheet for the loan which will be used to refinance its existing USD 150 million unsecured revolving credit facility.The 5-year refinancing deal has been secured with ING Bank, a branch of ING-DiBa AG, Danish Ship Finance A/S, Development Bank of Japan Inc, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited and Societe Generale as mandated lead arrangers and lenders.The all-in cost for this financing is LIBOR plus 1.7 percent, with an 8-year amortization profile. “We are extremely pleased with the strong support we have received from our existing lenders and have added new lenders to our banking group with this financing,” BW LPG Chief Executive Officer, Martin Ackermann, said.“Successfully refinancing our revolving credit facility demonstrates the ability of the BW LPG platform to obtain market-leading financing. With this new facility in place, we have enhanced our financial flexibility and continue to keep our financing costs low.”The refinancing agreement comes in the wake of the company’s third-quarter loss after tax of USD 26 million.The poor performance was primarily assigned to a decline in LPG spot rates and lower fleet utilization.BW LPG currently owns and operates 53 gas carriers including two VLGC newbuildings with a total carrying capacity of 4.3 million cbm.last_img read more

US Fed cuts key interest rate after over a decade in yes

first_imgWashington DC: The US Federal Reserve cut the benchmark lending rate on Wednesday for the first time in more than a decade, moving to stimulate the economy after a year of sustained pressure from President Donald Trump. The target for the federal funds rate is now 2.0-2.25 percent, 25 basis points lower, and the central bank vowed to “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.” However, two officials on the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee opposed the move to provide more stimulus to the economy and dissented in the vote. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Fed also gave Trump something else he has demanded in his unrelenting attacks: an early end to a policy known as “quantitative tightening” or QT. Beginning August 1, that means the Fed will stop reducing the huge amount of securities it built up during the global financial crisis. “In light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures, the committee decided to lower the target range for the federal funds rate to 2 to 2-1/4 percent,” the FOMC statement said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhile the committee continues to expect sustained economic expansion and gradually rising inflation to the Fed’s two percent target, “uncertainties about this outlook remain.” Officials will “continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook and will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion, with a strong labour market and inflation near its symmetric 2 percent objective.” Fed Chair Jerome Powell will hold a news conference starting at 1830 which will be watched with interest to see if he hints that more interest rate cuts are ahead. It was a fairly sudden reversal for the Fed which raised the rate that influences the cost of all types of business and consumer loans, including credit cards and mortgages, four times last year, most recently in December. Trump, whose aggressive trade policies have thrown a wrench into the world economy and complicated the Fed’s carefully laid plans, will certainly welcome the rate cut and likely call for more, as he has been doing for months. However, Esther George, head of the Kansas City Federal Reserve bank, and Eric Rosengren, of Boston, dissented in the 8-2 vote, because they “preferred at this meeting to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 percent.” The statement recognized that the “labor market remains strong and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate.” In fact, with unemployment at 3.7 percent, near the lowest point in 50 years, and average job creation in the first half of this year having slowed at 172,000 new positions a month — slower than the 223,000 in all of 2018, but still solid — some economists see little need for the Fed to provide additional stimulus. Others see concerns on the horizon: a slowdown in China’s growth, the European Union on the brink of an unknown Brexit outcome, added to a drop off in US business investment and rising corporate debt levels. They say the Fed is right to retreat for now. “The Fed is focused on inflation, and for good reason,” Canaccord Genuity chief equity strategist Tony Dwyer said in an analysis. “The Fed has spent decades worried about higher inflation when the economy reaches full employment, yet when it reached the historically low current level, there was no sign of it.” Inflation is “monster that hasn’t come,” Dwyer said. However, economist Joel Naroff disagrees, saying “the data don’t point to a faltering economy only a moderating one.” “Where we go from here, though, is the real question and, given the rapidity with which Whiplash Jay changes direction, I have little idea what the next move will be,” Naroff said in a research note.last_img read more

Studio says safety on Riverdale set of paramount importance following crash

first_imgVANCOUVER – Warner Bros. Television says the safety of the cast and crew of its Vancouver-based “Riverdale” set is of “paramount importance.”The studio is speaking out in the wake of a car crash involving star K.J. Apa, who escaped injury in a collision that occurred as he drove home after a 14-hour day.The incident prompted concerns from some industry observers about long hours in the film and TV business.But the studio says its productions adhere to guild-mandated standards. That includes a turnaround time of 12 hours from wrap to next day call time, and the offer of a taxi, driver or hotel room to anyone who feels tired or unsafe after work.The studio says Apa worked 14.2 hours Sept. 14, the day of the accident. And on the previous day he worked 2.5 hours, and the day before that he worked 7.7 hours.They also say the 20-year-old New Zealander was told about his labour rights.“K.J. has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him,” the studio said in a statement.Apa plays lead character Archie Andrews on the show, a live action take on the Archie Comics.It is the second Vancouver production to have an accident in as many months. Rookie stuntwoman Joi Harris died in August after apparently losing control of a motorcycle in a stunt for “Deadpool 2.”last_img read more

Zhu Zhu Cries For Animals To Ban Chinas Cruel Cosmetics Animal Testing

first_imgFilm actress and former MTV China host, Zhu Zhu, (Cloud Atlas; The Man With the Iron Fists) has unveiled a striking new poster in support of Be Cruelty-Free China, the campaign by Humane Society International and Capital Animal Welfare Association to ban cruel animal testing for cosmetics such as lipstick and shampoo.Zhu Zhu Cries for AnimalsThe animal-loving film star, announced this week as a Be Cruelty-Free China Ambassador, joins international celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney and Leona Lewis, in speaking up for cosmetics with compassion on behalf of the global Be Cruelty-Free campaign.Zhu Zhu’s Be Cruelty-Free photo campaign launched in Beijing, features the actress crying whilst cradling a rabbit, one of the most commonly used animals in cosmetics testing. An estimated 300,000 rabbits, mice and other animals are used in cosmetics testing each year in China. They have chemicals dripped in their eyes, spread on their shaved skin or force fed to them in massive, lethal doses. No pain relief is given.Zhu Zhu said: “It breaks my heart to know that here in China, gentle animals such as rabbits are still suffering such pain just to test cosmetics. That’s why I’m proud to become a Be Cruelty-Free China Ambassador, to help spread the message of cosmetics with compassion. The Be Cruelty-Free campaign has already achieved so much around the world, with testing bans in Europe, Israel and India and countries such as the United States, Brazil and New Zealand all considering taking action thanks to Be Cruelty-Free campaigning. I want China to join them. Animals don’t need to die for our cosmetics industry.”The photo, along with a heart-felt personal video message from the star, will appear at selected sites at Beijing metro station in the coming months, as well as be promoted online through China’s burgeoning social media platforms such as Weibo. The campaign was shot on location in Los Angeles by top celebrity photographer Robert Sebree, with make-up artist Paige Padgett using strictly cruelty-free cosmetics on set. Rescued rabbit Blizzard stars alongside Zhu Zhu.Video: Film Star Zhu Zhu joins Be Cruelty-Free as China AmbassadorQin Xiaona, president of Capital Animal Welfare Association, a Be Cruelty-Free China partner, said: “Our powerful Be Cruelty-Free China poster shows Zhu Zhu as the face of cosmetics with compassion and we are honoured that she has agreed to be our campaign Ambassador. Cosmetics animal testing is not only cruel, it is also unreliable. These are old-fashioned tests of questionable relevance to people. Modern state-of-the-art science is far better able to assure consumer safety. So ending cosmetics cruelty is good for people as well as animals and we urge China to do so as soon as possible.”In China testing cosmetics on animals is still required by law. Progress towards the Be Cruelty-Free goal was made last year when the China Food and Drug Administration announced it will phase out some mandatory animal testing for domestically-produced cosmetics from June. Based in Beijing, HSI and CAWA’s team works with Chinese policymakers and regulators to advance the acceptance of non-animal tests and accelerate a move away from animal testing.last_img read more

Fuel theft poses first big battle for Mexican president

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexico’s new president has shut down some pipelines to stop fuel thieves who he says had established an illegal distribution network.The fight against thefts of $3 billion per year from government pipelines and fuel depots represents the first big domestic battle for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1.Lopez Obrador said Monday that some gangs had actually built warehouses over pipeline rights of way to drill illegal taps into the ducts.The pipeline shutdowns and a temporary switch to more distribution by tanker trucks has caused gasoline shortages in a handful of states.Despite the political costs of the shortages, Lopez Obrador said he will not fold, noting “let’s see who gets tired first, the fuel thieves or us.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

BC wraps up its arguments in Trans Mountain court case

VANCOUVER (660 NEWS) – The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is once again in the courtroom. The BC Government is looking to control the flow of diluted bitumen in the project, but several groups including the Alberta and Federal governments disagree with that assertion.Eugene Kung is an environmental lawyer. He claims the case will revolve around which jurisdiction these rules fall under.“It’s important to recognize that jurisdictions, as set out in the constitution, are important in terms of assigning responsibility for various areas.”He argued there is some grey area with those jurisdictions. He compares the BC government argument to how we deal with highways.“Federal standards for emissions and so on for cars, but the provinces can still decide on speed limits or license conditions.”The City of Burnaby says an environmental permitting system proposed by the BC government would help it prepare to respond to a disaster from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Michelle Bradley is representing the city and made the comment in the BC Court of Appeal, which is hearing a reference case that asks whether the province can create such a system.Bradley says Trans Mountain already relied extensively on Burnaby’s first responders in 2007, when a contractor struck the line and 224,000 litres of heavy oil spewed into a residential area.She told the court that environmental damage will be local, not national, so the governments closest to those communities should be empowered to enact legislation to protect them from harm.BC concluded its arguments before the Appeal Court as it hears a reference case filed by the province over proposed changes to its Environmental Management Act that would affect the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.A lawyer representing the province says the proposed changes won’t allow B-C to refuse to provide a permit to a pipeline operator without cause.The governments of Canada, Alberta, and Saskatchewan have not yet had an opportunity to deliver arguments in court, but they say Ottawa, not provinces, has jurisdiction over inter-provincial projects like Trans Mountain.Canada says in court documents that the proposed amendments must be struck down because they give the province a “veto” over such projects.With files from the Canadian Press read more

UN envoy expresses concern over renewed clashes in northern Lebanese city

According to media reports, a series of clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad broke out last week in the northern Lebanese city and continued over the weekend, killing 17 people and wounding more than 100.The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Derek Plumbly, in a meeting with Mufti Malek Shaar, welcomed the restoration of calm in the country’s second largest city but added that a temporary halt of the violence is not enough and that a long-term security and economic solution is needed.“Mr. Plumbly encouraged all sides to respect and cooperate with State institutions, particularly the security authorities, who have a significant burden as they work to keep Lebanon safe from the impact of the crisis in neighbouring Syria,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.Mr. Plumbly also offered his sincere condolences for the recent loss of life. read more

At Security Council UN force commanders recount challenges of modern peacekeeping

Opening the Security Council’s meeting on protection of civilians, operational threats and performance, held earlier today at UN Headquarters in New York, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, introduced the force commanders of three UN operations – the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA); and the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) – observing that each of them had a story of courage and determination to tell. At the same time, he said, the three UN military officials could also relate the growing challenges they and their peacekeepers were facing in the diverse environments across the globe to which they were deployed, particularly due to the unprecedented scale of difficulties they now faced in protecting civilians, observing the caveats imposed by troop-contributing countries, and dealing with asymmetric threats.Detailing the most pressing aspects of peacekeeping in South Sudan, where an intensifying crisis has forced over 2 million people into internal displacement and plunged an estimated 4.6 million people into severe food insecurity, UNMISS Force Commander, Lieutenant-General Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam, told Council Members that protection of civilians was not just about ensuring security but also guaranteeing the freedom of movement for people.“The ability to move and proactively protect civilians in their areas of origin, securing their traditional movement and enabling them to undertake their livelihoods, must be a focus of our efforts in implementing the protection of civilians mandate,” he explained.Throughout the African country, more than 140,000 people are currently sheltering at UNMISS bases where they seek safety and humanitarian relief from South Sudan’s two-year conflict.Lieutenant-General Tesfamariam warned, however, that the UN civilian protection sites have increasingly become targets in the fighting with a recent incident, dated between 19 and 21 May, seeing more than 20 artillery shells and stray bullets hit the UNMISS base in Melut, in the country’s northeast. This and other similar security threats had contributed to increasingly stretching the Mission’s operational abilities.“It is well understood that protection of civilians is the most resource consuming operation. It requires logistical, financial and human resources, resources that fit the mandate, expectations and realities on the ground,” he continued. “The limitations that we face in this respect, particularly the absence of critical enablers, such as close-air support, adequate logistics, intelligence, reconnaissance, and responsive CASEVAC/MEDEVAC capabilities, negatively impact our early warning.”The appeal for more wide-ranging and better equipment was echoed by Major General Michael Lollesgaard, the Force Commander for MINUSMA in Mali, where UN troops are currently operating in one of the more hazardous regions for peacekeeping. MINUSMA forces have frequently been targeted by armed groups operating throughout the vast country with recent attacks in late April resulting in numerous casualties.“We need to be fully capable of facing this environment in all aspects,” the Major General declared. “That means capability to face hostile armed groups hiding amongst the population and to face challenging climates, geography and infrastructure.”In order to do that, he said, UN peacekeepers must be properly trained prior to deployment; properly equipped; assisted with robust logistics; and furnished with “well-protected camps with good living conditions,” among other things.“I know this sounds like a lot,” he acknowledged, “but this is what we need if we want to be able to survive in an asymmetric environment.”The challenges facing peacekeepers stretch, however, beyond their immediate operational needs and also involve distinct political obstacles, added Major General Michael Finn, Chief of Staff at UNTSO – the first ever peacekeeping operation established by the UN – who highlighted the imposition of national caveats as a “significant restriction” on multinational operations around the world.Caveats, the Major General affirmed, remain a serious impediment to the command and performance of all UN missions and ultimately restrict a commanders’ ability to exercise command and control in theatres of operation, potentially compromising the ability of ‘blue helmets’ to effectuate their tasks.“I fully recognize the national interests that drive caveats, but I also see that caveats threaten to ‘drive a wedge’ between contributing nations, threatening as well peacekeeping and observer capabilities of the UN,” he noted.“Thus, it is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.” read more

Judge orders Bevin and Hampton to settle their issues on their own

Bevin’s lawyer says this a minor disagreement between friends but Hampton doesn’t agree.In the courtroom, Hampton’s attorney argued the governor and the lieutenant governor have separate offices and Hampton should have the right to hire and fire her own staff.Bevin’s lawyer says Hampton is trying to “alter the status quo.”Related Article: Judge cautions lawyers to watch language in abortion caseHe continued to point out the governor’s office has authority and used an example of when the governor approved a raise for one of Hampton’s staff members.The judge said both parties run as one slate and it was hard for him to find evidence they were separate.He continues to say both parties can fix this on their own and added if it stays out of the courtroom it could save the state time and taxpayer money.Hampton says her goal is to finish her term strong and she adds she will be supporting Governor Bevin in the fall. FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Franklin County judge tells the Governor and his lieutenant to settle their issues on their own.Last week, Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton sued Governor Matt Bevin after his administration fired two of her staffers without asking her. Hampton says she filed the lawsuit so she could get back two of her top staffers to help make the end of her term a success.- Advertisement – read more

Ruling is further evidence of NCAA tightening stranglehold on college athletes

If “Tattoogate” has truly resulted in any inking, it’s colored Ohio State’s student-athletes black and blue — by the NCAA. The NCAA’s ruling has put OSU’s hopes for a strong run next season into jeopardy. It not only forces five impact players to sit out the first five games of the season — including non-conference games at home against Colorado and on the road against Miami (Fla.) — but also has seemingly put the early nails in the coffin for  quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s Heisman campaign next season. In fact, the ruling suddenly has diminished Pryor’s prospects for even returning to the gridiron his senior season. Despite all that, the bigger issue involved here is the NCAA hammering its soulless, iron fist. In what’s now being called “Tattoogate,” five OSU football players — Pryor, Daniel “Boom” Herron, Mike Adams, DeVier Posey and Solomon Thomas — must sit the first five games of the 2010–11 football season and repay between $1,000 and $2,500 to charity. All because they sold their personal belongings and traded autographs for tattoos. None of these players was taking payouts from agents, receiving free Hummers or partying on private yachts with rappers. Instead, Pryor sold his things to help out his mother, Pryor’s high school coach Ray Reitz told ESPN. The reality of life is that sometimes people need to sell their things to get by, even if they’re cherished. We don’t know what sentimental value these players placed on the rings, awards and jerseys they sold, but if these players truly were in financial need, is it really appropriate for the NCAA to punish them so harshly? Few people actually want to sell their wedding ring, but sometimes it’s necessary to help make ends meet. Buckeye fans might feel a little stung that Pryor sold a Big Ten championship ring and his Gold Pants, but if Pryor truly was trying to help out his family, can we really be that upset with him? And is trading a tattoo for an autograph really so bad? It’s not like these players were trading tattoos for an all-expense-paid vacation to a party at the Playboy Mansion. Erik Kuselias of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” makes a good point: These athletes can receive hundreds of dollars in free merchandise for playing in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, but trading an autograph for a tattoo is worthy of a five-game suspension? Great logic, NCAA. Great logic. Let’s not forget the NCAA’s inconsistency, either. Earlier this year, the NCAA ruled that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was eligible to play, despite reports that his father was shopping him around to universities for six-figure payouts. However, according to the NCAA, an investigation is still ongoing. The NCAA also took several years to reach a verdict in the Reggie Bush case at USC, where Bush received $300,000 in illegal benefits. Bush played at USC from 2003-05, and it wasn’t until June 2010 that the NCAA placed the program on four years probation, forced them to vacate victories and stripped them of scholarships. Being angry with these players for making a mistake might not be the best way to direct our aggression. Instead, we should be more upset with the NCAA for its ridiculous stranglehold on the lives of student-athletes. We should also push the OSU athletic department to educate student-athletes more thoroughly on rules violations. Athletic director Gene Smith even admitted Thursday in a statement that OSU didn’t do a sufficient job educating its student-athletes about these types of violations. And remember that report in The Lantern saying that OSU has an allocation of about $500,000 set aside to help student-athletes in financial need? Perhaps OSU should do a better job of letting these players know they aren’t going to be totally hung out to dry if their wallets are running on empty. It’s not known for sure what the intentions of the players were yet or what the money was spent on, but if the players truly had only good intentions, the NCAA’s ruling is just another case of the NCAA exploiting its embarrassing and illogical stranglehold on each and every move student-athletes make. read more

It is spreading across Ireland but what exactly is suspended coffee

first_imgONE OF THE very, very few upsides about the recession has been the unexpected wave of good deeds spurred by people’s lack of money.Random acts of kindness, crowdfunding, and paying it forward have all surged in the past five years – on the internet, as well as (hopefully)  in real life – giving people a cheap way to make a small difference in the lives of other people.One of these new good deeds is suspended coffee – the slightly clunky name for something which began in Italy, grew in popularity throughout 2011, and which spread to Ireland earlier this year.The idea is simple: when buying a coffee at a participating café, you pay for another coffee or tea  which is given to someone who can’t afford one if they come in and ask for it. So far 26 shops – all local independent cafés – have signed up to take part across the country, mainly thanks to the work of one person.Aoife Ryan, a teacher at a school for children with autism, came up with the idea of introducing suspended coffee to Ireland earlier this year after she saw people talking about it on Twitter.She started a Facebook page about it the very next morning, and in just one month has already gained more than 2,000 likes, 450 followers on Twitter, and an ever-growing number of cafés which are taking part.“I saw the idea on my Twitter feed and immediately I thought ‘this is great, this is something that Irish people would be interested in doing,’” she says. “When out in the city and I see people on the streets or that are homeless I prefer to buy them food or a drink rather than give money, so the suspended coffee really appealed to me.”Aoife says it hasn’t been hard to get coffee shops on board, with the 26 that have so far signed up spread across 13 counties. What I have done is found coffee shops on Google, Facebook and Twitter and sent them messages and emails, telling them about the concept and asking them if it is something that they would be interested in getting on board with. Two of the shops saw the Facebook page or Twitter account, and sent me a message enquiring about it and expressing an interest to be involved.A friend of Aoife’s designed a poster which the cafés print out and display in their window to let customers and people who may be looking for the hot drink know that they’re taking part in the scheme.Is it working?But while it is catching on in shops and for well-meaning people who can afford to buy that extra coffee, are people actually availing of the free coffees?Aoife says that while lots of suspended coffees have been bought in coffee shops so far, only a few have so far been claimed by people who can’t afford them. Word is spreading though. ” I have emailed Focus Ireland, Simon, the Peter McVerry Trust, St Vincent De Paul, Trust, DePaul and hostels around the country asking them to spread the word to people they are meeting,” she says. “The whole point is for those people to benefit from it”.It is smaller shops which have been the most enthusiastic about the idea, while the big chains have been slower to take it on board. Starbucks Ireland didn’t respond when someone brought it up on their Facebook page at the end of March. But Aoife makes the point that it’s not all about the big stores. “I have emailed all the big chains,” she says.Two of them have mailed me back saying the concept has gone to the operational teams for discussions. Time will tell… But it goes to show that sometimes ideas can take off without having the big guys on board.Given the seemingly never-ending economic climate, asking people to spend money – even if it’s just for an extra cup of coffee – can be a tough sell. But Aoife says there’s still the appetite to help people who need it.“Some people I have spoken to about the idea would be happier to buy a suspended coffee than give money in other ways,” she says.“Irish people in general are a generous lot and are very good when it comes to charity,” she says, pointing out that many of the shops are charging €2 for the suspended coffee.“I honestly am delighted with all the shops that are on board. On the other hand there is still loads of room for more of them to get involved”.You can find out more about Suspended Coffee Ireland on Facebook and Twitter. Read: How parents are trying to raise €2 million on the internet to build a school in Clare >Read: You might help crowdfund an album – but what about some scientific research? >last_img read more

Griffin Turns Nano to Watch

first_imgHere’s an accessory so clever, you’ll want to run out and buy an iPod Nano, if you don’t have one already. Griffin, the gadget powerhouse, unveiled Slap for iPod Nano (6th generation) today, an 80s twist on modern technology. This wearable case aims to make the wristwatch popular again by turning the Nano in a functional, fun, fashionable timepiece.The Slap Case crosses a wristwatch and a silicone skin. It’s flexible, spring-steel band is wrapped in soft silicon. Snap the Slap open, then snap the Slap shut across your wrist. It self-adjusts to the right size. The Nano’s thick silicone guards against bumps and jolts. It protects the dock connector and volume controls, but leaves the headphone port open so you can plug in and listen. It will be available soon for $24.99.last_img read more

Hope fades for philippine quake victims

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of soldiers in the quake-hit Philippines are scouring villages buried under landslides, but authorities say hopes of finding dozens of missing people alive are dim. Three days after a 6.7 magnitude quake flattened homes, destroyed bridges and triggered deadly landslides in the central island of Negros, rescuers had yet to find anyone alive among at least 92 people reported missing. “Rescue teams have so far not seen or heard any signs of life underneath,” Ernesto Reyes, mayor of the city of Guihulngan on Negros island where 29 people were believed buried by a landslide, told AFP yesterday. At least 48 people were confirmed to have died in Negros, with another 92 missing, regional military commander Colonel Francisco Patrimonio said. In Manila, the national government’s disaster office said the death toll was 22, with 71 missing, but acknowledged it had not yet been able to verify reports from authorities in Negros.last_img read more

Polynésie la place Chirac débaptisée en mémoire des essais nucléaires

first_imgPolynésie : la place Chirac débaptisée en mémoire des essais nucléairesLa place Jacques Chirac située à Papeete, en Polynésie française, a été débaptisée et renommée “place du 2 juillet 1966” en mémoire du premier essai nucléaire de Moruroa.Entre 1966 et 1996, la Polynésie française a été le terrain de nombreux essais nucléaires. Au total, 46 essais aériens ont eu lieu avant d’être succédés par des tirs souterrains effectués dans l’atoll de Moruroa et achevés en janvier 1996. À lire aussiPolynésie : les essais nucléaires auraient augmenté les risques de cancer de la thyroïdeEn mémoire de ces évènements, le Président de la Polynésie, l’indépendantiste Oscar Temaru, a présidé l’inauguration de la nouvelle “place du 2 juillet 1966″, ex place Jacques Chirac qui a été débaptisée. M. Temaru en a également profité pour commémorer les 45 ans du premier tir baptisé Aldebaran, aux côtés de militants anti-nucléaires, et en présence du député-maire (UMP) de Papeete, Michel Buillard.”On doit rappeler à nos enfants ce qui s’est passé dans ce pays, parce que les conséquences, nous en souffrons encore, pour ce qui est de la santé, l’environnement et le bouleversement de la société”, a déclaré à la presse locale Roland Oldham, président de Moruroa E Tatou, la principale association de vétérans des sites d’expérimentations nucléaires. Aujourd’hui, cette association est toujours en conflit avec le ministère de la Défense, la loi Morin qui concerne la reconnaissance et l’indemnisation des victimes des essais nucléaires n’ayant pas répondu à ses attentes.Le 5 juillet 2011 à 13:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Davies believes HudsonOdoi trying to emulate Sancho

first_imgDerby County defender believes Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is trying to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho.The 18-year-old winger has been a subject of three rejected bids from Bayern Munich this transfer window, as the Bundesliga giants are keen to lure him away from Chelsea.Hudson-Odoi is understood to be keen on a move to Germany in search more first-team football after only featuring three times in the Premier League for the Blues.Davies believes watching Sancho, who left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017, flourish due to more first-team action has made Hudson-Odoi more unsettled at Stamford Bridge.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The former Hull City defender said, according to Sky Sports:“It’s whether Chelsea will offer him a big deal and will say ‘we want you to be involved in games’ like he has been recently, or whether he decides he wants to leave and join Bayern Munich and try to do what Jadon Sancho did, which is leave a British club and now find himself in the England squad and playing at the top of the Bundesliga.”last_img read more

Power restored after wind causes outage in Camas

first_imgStrong winds whipped through the region on Wednesday, causing at least two power outages and adding to already dangerous fire conditions.The largest outage left more than 1,000 Camas-area residents in the dark for about an hour Wednesday afternoon. The incident was caused when wind pushed trees into power lines, said Clark Public Utilities spokeswoman Erica Erland.The utility first reported the outage just after 2 p.m., It affected a total of 1,040 customers. Crews restored power to about half of those by 3 p.m., and the rest were taken care of just after 4 p.m., Erland said.Southwest Washington saw blustery conditions throughout the day Wednesday. At Vancouver’s Pearson Field, wind gusts often topped 30 mph, according to measurements reported by the National Weather Service in Portland. Despite the conditions, Clark Public Utilities reported only one other outage that briefly affected 442 customers in north Clark County earlier in the day, Erland said.Forecasters expect windy conditions to continue through tonight and into Thursday, according to the weather service, with gusts again reaching 30 mph.last_img read more