Many of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles. The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land). The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team. The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training? It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover. For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April). The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared. Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training. Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg! These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back. We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in. We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water. Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles. But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience. They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!! And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before. By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community. The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend! And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.”
trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.
Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala continues to grow as musical icons from all genres join the celebration of legendary performer and 18-time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday on Saturday, May 21, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.In honor of Bennett’s milestone birthday celebration, musical stars from an eclectic mix of genres will take the stage to perform some of the timeless hits Bennett has recorded in his 70-year career. Joining the line up are: contemporary jazz trumpeter and GRAMMY winner Chris Botti; actor, writer, producer and host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS James Corden; American soul and R&B singer/songwriter and GRAMMY nominee Andra Day; 14-time GRAMMY winner and American musical icon Herbie Hancock; music legend and celebrated producer Quincy Jones; multi-platinum jazz star and 5-time GRAMMY winner Diana Krall; piano prodigy and budding pop sensation Dan Orlando; chart-topping country music artist Darius Rucker; and global superstar Steven Tyler.“I came from a musical family, I grew up on songs like ‘I left My Heart in San Francisco’ and ‘Shadow of your Smile.’ To now be singing for him on his 90th birthday is something that is truly an honor,” said Tyler. “Tony’s voice is timeless and one that I hold very near and dear to my heart.”“I feel honored and privileged every time I get to step out on stage and perform with Tony Bennett, whose voice is as iconic and timeless as ever,” Botti said.“Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend,” said Day. “It’s an honor to perform for him on such a special birthday.”“A timeless talent that is ever-young, vibrant and gracious. Tony’s life-force is strong and respectful of others. His actions musically and in his daily life are a testament to the value of inclusion. He’s a great encouragement to the younger generation and continually lifts everyones spirits,” said Hancock. “As a musician and a human being, Tony is a shining light. He’s the best of the best.”One of the most celebrated entertainers in the world, Bennett has thrilled sold-out audiences worldwide for decades, selling ten million records in the last ten years alone. Known for timeless hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing,” the 20th annual Power of Love gala will bring together musical artists to pay tribute to his musical genius in a celebration of song and philanthropy.The Power of Love gala, began in 1996 as an evening dedicated to fighting the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease with the founding of Keep Memory Alive by Larry Ruvo in honor of his father, Lou. Since that night it’s blossomed into a celebration known for partnering with some of the most celebrated chefs and entertainers in the industry for an evening of philanthropy, while raising awareness and funds for Keep Memory Alive in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.Previous Power of Love galas have celebrated the 70th birthday of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in 2012 and the 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in 2013. Last year’s gala hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Celine Dion, Martina McBride, Robin Thicke and more as they honored Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica. Generating the bulk of Keep Memory Alive’s revenue, the annual gala is imperative to the success of Keep Memory Alive and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in the mission to enhance treatments and research of brain diseases.Tickets now on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol. For all other inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702.263.9797.
An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe naming of junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan as captains came as little surprise to Buckeye fans.However, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Friday that four more names would be added to the list of captains for the season. Fifth-year senior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt junior offensive lineman Billy Price, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were given the honor.Lewis, alongside redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, will be starting this season for the Buckeyes at defensive end. Last season, Lewis led the team in sacks with eight, as well as racking up 54 total tackles.Set to start for his third straight season along the offensive line for OSU, Price earned freshman All-American honors in 2014 and picked up third-team all-Big Ten recognition last season.Replacing the departed Eli Apple as the No. 1 cornerback, Conley has appeared in 28 games in his career for OSU. Meyer and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs have turned to Conley this season to mentor the upcoming players in the secondary, since he is the only player with extensive experience at the position.Once only a walk-on with the program, Burger is looking to finish his career with the Scarlet and Gray on a high note. After earning a scholarship with the team last season, Burger played extensively on special teams, and has appeared in 34 games as a Buckeye.Each of the four players was chosen through a team vote.
Ohio State’s women’s soccer team posted an 0-2 record against Big Ten foes last weekend and, according to coach Lori Walker, the team’s performance was as poor as she’s ever seen. The weekend started for the Buckeyes with a 1-0 home defeat to Iowa Friday. Then came a 3-2 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (8-7-1, 3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, with all of the defeats coming at the hands of conference foes. Coach Lori Walker was noticeably frustrated by the team’s play this weekend. “I think our team is playing about as poorly as I’ve ever seen us play,” Walker said. After being held scoreless Friday, the Buckeyes showed more energy offensively Sunday, outshooting the Cornhuskers 26 shots to 14. Despite scoring two goals, Walker said the team is struggling most on the attack. “I think that our inability to be dangerous in the final 25 yards of the field is absolutely crippling our confidence,” she said. “Although we found a couple of goals today, we are not consistently being dangerous in the last 25 yards. “You can’t outshoot a team 26 to 14 and find a way to lose 3-2 unless your attack is in the crapper right now, and ours is.” Trailing 3-1, senior defender Danielle Scoliere settled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out to bring the Buckeyes within a goal in the 81st minute. It was her first goal of the season. The Buckeyes dug themselves into an early second half deficit, allowing a Nebraska goal in the 50th minute. The gap swelled to 3-1 in the 71st minute when OSU gave up a breakaway goal. Junior forward Lauren Granberg tied the game in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season. After a deflected header attempt by senior forward Paige Maxwell, the ball landed in front of Granberg who finished into a wide open net level the score, 1-1. OSU fell behind early when it conceded an own goal to the Huskers in the 11th minute. October has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are now 1-3-0 during the month. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this week with two away matches. OSU will face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 12 p.m.
Call it a prophecy. Call it luck. Heck, call it divine intervention. Call it whatever you want, but Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby had a dream. And during Saturday’s 63-38 win under the lights in Ohio Stadium against Nebraska, it came true. “I had a dream earlier this week I was gonna get a pick-six. I was telling everybody, this is my game, I’ma get a pick-six,” said Roby, who predicted Wednesday that he would have his first interception of the season against the Cornhuskers. Strange? Perhaps. But soothsaying might run in the family. “My dad texted me this morning and was like, ‘I had a dream you had a pick-six today,’” Roby said wide-eyed with conviction of his vision from the night before. “I’m like, dang, I’ma get it, I had the same dream.” Stuff like that, he said, just happens. “It’s just crazy. I just wanted to make as many plays as I can for my team,” Roby said. That mental disposition certainly seemed to be on display during a game that saw the Horseshoe turn into an “inferno” – even in nippy 52-degree weather. And, at least for a little while, it might have looked like the Buckeyes needed the cornerback to make every play he possibly could. After the Buckeyes’ offense clumsily opened college football’s primetime nightcap with back-to-back, three-and-out drives, Roby seized the game’s momentum – and score – when OSU might’ve needed it the most. The grating noise of a raucous Ohio Stadium in its only night tilt this year had softened. The roar of a record 106,102 people was eerily quiet just six minutes into the contest. First-quarter struggles, however, haven’t been a novel predicament for the Buckeyes this season. In first-year coach Urban Meyer’s inaugural game in Columbus, OSU was outgained 173 to 48 in total yards against a perceived inferior opponent in Miami (Ohio) in the first quarter. Three weeks later, against similar competition, Alabama-Birmingham jumped on the Buckeyes early in the first quarter with a 99 to 42 total yards advantage. While not outgained in the first quarter of its two other home games before Saturday, OSU struggled to stick a dagger in Central Florida and California before escaping with uninspiring victories in both contests. Buckeyes fans had seen this movie before. You know, the one where their team stumbles its bloodied-self past the finish line – the kind of win that leaves more questions than answers. And that was against teams the Buckeyes were supposed to beat. What would happen to them against a Nebraska team of arguably equal talent? After the Cornhuskers’ defense had stifled sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and Meyer’s offense early, Saturday’s seemed to have the looks of another episode of more of the same. Admittedly, Meyer called the first quarter a “train wreck.” “It was a dark day there for that first quarter,” he said. Then came the fruition of Roby’s dream. Pinned on his own 31-yard line on 3rd-and-10, Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez saw a chance to mount a drive with junior receiver Quincy Enunwa open near the Buckeyes’ sideline. Unfortunately for Martinez and the Cornhuskers, Roby saw it too – first, apparently, in his sleep and then during the game. “I saw it on film when they lined up in a certain formation, they run certain routes on certain like downs and distance,” he said. “I saw it and I kinda thought about it pre-snap. So, when I saw him run the route I just jumped it.” As quickly as he ripped the ball from its original trajectory, Roby had taken the ball 41 yards into the stadium’s north end zone for the game’s first score. The inferno of a stadium that Meyer had wanted, in part thanks to Roby, seemed to be back. “That was one of the great evenings in Columbus, in Ohio State,” Meyer said. “But I really appreciate that. I never want to let that go without telling the fans that. That was tremendous,” Meyer said. “That was, from the bottom of my heart, I want to make sure everybody knows that.” The Horseshoe arguably rocked with the same drowning noise that it had during former OSU coach Jim Tressel’s years and Roby was making interceptions in his sleep – sort of. But perhaps most of all, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Suwanee, Ga., native had made good of his earlier talk of picking off Martinez. Roby, though, wasn’t finished yet. While his first interception of the season had put the Buckeyes up early, Nebraska had found a way to gash the OSU defense to a 17-14 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Faced with a similar situation on his own 20-yard line, Martinez and Nebraska took to the air again on third down against a Buckeyes defense that was hurrying the junior to get the ball out of his hands as soon as possible. And, like before, Roby was there to intercept Martinez – this time for an 8-yard return that set up an 18-yard touchdown pass from Miller to sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman. Up 21 to 17, OSU subsequently outscored the Cornhuskers, 42-21, en route to its second consecutive Big Ten win and sixth overall victory. Perhaps most impressive Saturday was the 63 points the Buckeyes’ offense amassed against a defense giving up an average of just 20.6 points a game. Six of those points, though, belonged to Roby. “It’s a team thing,” Roby said with a wide smile. “I mean, Ohio State had 63 points. That’s all that matters to me.” Helping put his offense into position to succeed is something he said he’s more than happy to do. “Like I said, I try to do as much as I can in any way that I can to help my team. I want us to win every game so, I felt like, I play good and I make plays then we’re gonna win,” Roby said. While Roby’s interceptions were the first for him this year, Miller said the cornerback is used to making plays. “Man, he does it all the time in practice. But finally he brung it to the field and big plays like that, you gotta score after that,” he said. “So he brings a lot of excitement to the offense.” It might be the kind of excitement that has Roby using his newfound calling as an oracle to predict an undefeated season for the Buckeyes. “We’re trying to go 12-0. Win every single game,” he said. “We’re trying to get that AP No. 1, and go and win a national championship. That’s our goal.” Roby said the climb for such a feat is just like Meyer described as “pushing a ball up a hill.” “You’re pushing the ball up the hill, you’re pushing the ball up the hill. At first you can’t really see much. It’s cloudy, you can’t really see. But you break through it and you see the sun,” Roby said, “and you’re almost there, almost there, keep pushing, keep pushing. I feel like … that was a component tonight. “We saw it, we saw the sun. And we just kept pushing and now we’re going downhill. There’s nothing stopping us.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has called on Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford to make bold decisions about his future at the club.Rashford, 20, has experienced a stop-start career at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho but was recently named in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad.The pacy forward is wanted by other clubs and Wright admits a player who has made no secret of his desire to operate as a central striker needs to evaluate his options.The former England frontman told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think that Rashford, especially when he burst onto the scene, we saw flashes of a striker that can go into the space and he can link up, and he can finish.“Now, what’s happened to him since he’s been at United on the left or the right, wherever they play him, he’s played everywhere apart from up front learning his trade.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He’s got pace, he’s got skill, he’s got finishing ability. He’s been playing in roles that have taken the edge of those sides of his game.“Rashford’s got massive, massive, decisions to make in the next year, 18 months for me.“He’s either got to leave Manchester United and play and play in a position where he’s going to start to be that player we all thought he was going to be“When he burst onto the scene, scoring goals left, right and centre every competition he has played in or he’s going to have to stay there, whether it’s Mourinho or whoever it is, and maybe playing on the left, maybe playing on the right, maybe playing up front.”
Players have asked for different candidates, but the country will play its third and four consecutive matches without a managerAfter the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia ended for Mexico, with a defeat against Brazil, former boss Juan Carlos Osorio left the team.Since then the team has played two matches and will play two more this week, without a manager, using instead interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti from Tigres.And players are still proposing candidates, like PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano who wants Atlanta United’s Gerardo “Tata” Martino in “El Tri.”Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I think he is a great coach, so hopefully he can come and it will be the best for the national team,” Lozano told reporters on arrival in Mexico City as quoted by ESPN.For Xolos Tijuana goalkeeper Gibran Lajud, it doesn’t matter who comes, as long as he knows the Liga MX well.“We should go for people who know Mexican football, someone who is knowledgeable about what is going on in the Mexican league, who knows the Mexican player, their characteristics and abilities,” Lajud told reporters.Mexico will play against Costa Rica and Chile with Ferretti as interim, but these will be the last matches for the Tigres manager.
Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2017.The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit alleging partisan gerrymandering in the drawing of a Maryland congressional district. Eight years after the 2010 Census provided the basis for legislative redistricting, several other cases alleging unconstitutional gerrymandering in various states also are still working their way through the court system.In Pennsylvania, a recent court ruling reshaped congressional districts for this year’s elections. But many of the other cases could have a greater impact in the years to come. That’s because they could set precedents that states must follow during the next round of redistricting after the 2020 Census.Here’s a look at some key redistricting cases ruled upon recently or still pending in courts:WISCONSINPartisan breakdown: State Assembly — 63 Republicans, 35 Democrats, one vacancy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal court in November 2016 struck down Wisconsin’s state Assembly districts enacted in 2011 by the Republican-led Legislature and Republican governor as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander in violation of Democratic voters’ rights to representation. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in October 2017 and has yet to rule in the case. It could set a precedent for whether and how courts can determine if partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional.___MARYLANDPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — seven Democrats, one Republican.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed in 2013 by Republican voters alleges that the Democratic governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature unconstitutionally gerrymandered the 6th Congressional District in 2011 to dilute the voting power of Republicans. The district had been held by a 20-year Republican incumbent. It’s since been held by a Democrat. The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments Wednesday challenging a federal court’s refusal last August to bar continued use of the redistricting plan. The lower court put the case on hold pending guidance from the Supreme Court.___TEXASPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 25 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State Senate — 20 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State House — 94 Republicans, 56 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: U.S. and state House maps enacted in 2011 by the Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature were tossed out in 2012 by a federal court, which produced new interim maps. Those maps were permanently adopted by the Legislature and governor in 2013. But last year, the federal court ruled that some districts were racially gerrymandered to weaken the electoral power of growing minority populations. The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked lower court orders to redraw two congressional districts and nine state House districts for the 2018 elections and is scheduled to hear arguments April 24 on an appeal of the lower court rulings.___PENNSYLVANIAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 12 Republicans, six Democrats if Democrat Conor Lamb’s lead holds up in a March 13 special election to replace resigned Republican Rep. Tim Murphy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in January that the U.S. House districts enacted in 2011 by a Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature were an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans. The Democratic-led court in February imposed new district boundaries that analysts said could boost Democrats’ electoral prospects. The U.S. Supreme Court and a lower federal court both declined March 19 to halt or overturn the use of the new districts in this year’s elections.___NORTH CAROLINAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 10 Republicans, three Democrats. State Senate — 35 Republicans, 15 Democrats. State House — 75 Republicans, 45 Democrats.The claims: Racial and partisan gerrymandering.The cases: The U.S. Supreme Court in January temporarily blocked a lower court’s order for state lawmakers to again redraw North Carolina’s congressional districts, pending an appeal of the panel’s ruling. That ruling held that the Republican-led legislature engaged in unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering when it redrew districts in 2016. Lawmakers were redrawing districts because a different federal judicial panel had stuck down the Legislature’s 2011 redistricting plan as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. Separately, the U.S. Supreme Court in February temporarily blocked portions of the lower court’s decision redrawing state legislative districts. That was pending an appeal of the panel’s ruling that the Republican-led legislature’s 2017 redistricting plan violated the state constitution and contained racial biases left over from the maps it originally approved in 2011.___VIRGINIAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — seven Republicans, four Democrats. State Senate — 21 Republicans, 19 Democrats. State House — 51 Republicans, 49 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The cases: The U.S. Supreme Court last year ordered a lower court to reconsider previously rejected claims that a Republican-led Legislature and governor unconstitutionally diluted black voting strength in the state. The claim was that Republicans did so by packing a high percentage of black voters into 11 state House districts under a 2011 redistricting plan. That case is still pending. A separate case pending before the state Supreme Court alleges that 11 state House and Senate districts are not compact enough. In yet another case, a federal court in 2016 redrew congressional districts after ruling that black voters had been illegally packed into a particular district to diminish their voting strength elsewhere.___GEORGIAPartisan breakdown: State House — 116 Republicans, 64 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed last April alleges that two state House districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by the Republican-led Legislature in 2015 to increase the percentage of white voters and decrease the percentage of black voters. Both Republican incumbents were re-elected over black Democratic challengers in 2016. Pre-trial motions to grant a preliminary injunction against continued use of the districts are under consideration.___MICHIGANPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — nine Republicans, four Democrats, one vacancy. State Senate — 27 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State House — 63 Republicans, 46 Democrats, one vacancy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed in December by Democratic voters alleges the U.S. House and state legislative districts enacted in 2011 by a Republican governor and Republican-led Legislature are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to dilute the voting power of Democrats. Republicans have controlled the state legislative and congressional delegations since then. Pre-trial motions to dismiss the lawsuit are under consideration.___ALABAMAPartisan breakdown: State Senate — 26 Republicans, seven Democrats, one independent, one vacancy. State House — 70 Republicans, 32 Democrats, three vacancies.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: Most state House and Senate candidates will be running for office under new districts this year. That’s the result of a lawsuit alleging that maps approved in 2012 by the Republican-controlled Legislature packed too many black voters into certain districts. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 ordered the maps to be reconsidered by a lower court, which struck down a dozen districts last year. The Legislature then redrew 25 of the 35 Senate seats and 70 of the 105 House seats, reducing racial polarization in most districts. The court dismissed a challenge to the new maps last October.
VIT Chancellor Dr G Viswanathan on April 6 urged Government to provide free quality education to all children in the country.Delivering the presidential address at the University Day and Annual Sports Day function held at VIT, Vellore on April 6, Viswanathan said that 40 countries in the world offer free higher education to students, of which countries like Norway, Sweden, Germany, France,etc, provide free education to foreign students too. “It may not be possible to provide free education to foreign students, but we must be able to give free education to our own children. We have suggested that if it is not possible immediately let us begin with free education to girls now, later on we can expand with others also,” he said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Chancellor also said that Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI), in which he is the President, has made a request to the Government that the age limit of 14 years for free and compulsory education should be increased to 18 years so that it would cover upto class 12 and also those who send their children to private school should be given financial help. Pointing out that any welfare state should spend enough money on social infrastructure, mainly on education and health as education improves not only family but also society and the country, the Chancellor said that Central Government should spend atleast 6 percent of the GDP on education, but only four percent of GDP is now spent for education. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveComparing India and the United States of America on the expenditure spent per student in the education sector, he said that per student expenditure on schools in US was $ 12,000 whereas it was $1,100 in India. Speaking about VIT, Dr Viswanathan also said that VIT has provided scholarships of Rs 16.07 crore to students through various scholarships this year. “We are the first university to contribute Rs one crore to Kerala cyclone relief fund with the contribution of one day salary of teaching and non-teaching staff. With the help of contribution from teaching and non-teaching staff and the management we have contributed Rs 1.25 crore to the Tamilnadu government cyclone relief fund,” he said. Noting that Six IITs in the country had been the model for the government sector in higher education, he said that he wants VIT to be a model to private sector of this country, in which more than 75 percent of children study higher education. Chief Guest of the function, Justice T Raja, Judge, Madras High Court, Chennai, in his address appreciated VIT management for providing conducive atmosphere with excellent infrastructure for students to get good quality education. “After visiting this university and looking at its infrastructure it gives immense pleasure that I visited one of the top leading University in the world.” He urged students to come up with new technology and newer steps to help society and younger generation. Guest of Honour, Dr E Natarajan, Professor and Director, Institute of Energy Studies, Anna University, Chennai, also an alumnus of VIT, said that education empowers an human being and VIT had been empowering lot of students through its high quality education. Dr Sekar Viswanathan, Vice- President, VIT in his felicitation said that students learn a lot outside the classroom at VIT and it has been an active campus for students in the country. As many as 2,142 students received scholarships worth Rs 90 lakhs during the function. Dr Sandhya Pentareddy, Executive Director, Dr Anand A Samuel, Vice Chancellor, Dr S Narayanan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr K Sathiyanarayanan, Registrar, VIT also took part in the function. Sanjay V received the Chancellor’s gold medal and best outgoing student award, Amala Kaviya V S bagged the Chancellor’s special award during the function.
UKTV-owned entertainment channel Dave has launched a seven-day catch-up TV service on the YouView platform.The service, which went live today, allows viewers to access content on the channel through a Dave-branded on demand portal and through YouView’s seven-day scroll back programme guide.The channel is the first of UKTV’s free-to-air channels to launch a seven-day catch-up service on YouView and is available to all YouView customers. History channel Yesterday and lifestyle service Really are due to follow later this year.
Investment group Kaprain has acquired the number three Czech cable operator Rio Media, according to local reports.Kaprain already owns the Nej.cz cable network and the move will double its customer base to over 200,000. The transaction is subject to approval by the Czech competition watchdog.Kaprain Group founder Karel Pražák said that the combination of Rio Media with Nej.cz would create the second largest provider of cable services in the country – after Liberty Global – and added that Kaprain was considering other consolidation opportunities in the Czech market.Rio Media was created by Argus Capital in 2009 as a consolidation vehicle for the Czech cable industry. The grouping brought together a number of smaller local players into a single entity with the aim of providing triple-play services to customer throughout northern Bohemia and Moravia.Pražák founded Kaprain four years ago, with a focus on investing in real estate, industry and the financial sector.UPC Czech Republic, now under a single management structure with Liberty Global’s Slovakian unit, remains by far the largest player in the country’s cable business.