BJP leads the tally in J&K civic polls

first_imgJ&K urban local body polls: BJP fails to open account in Ladakh region  ‘Victory of the people’“This is the victory of the people as they have reposed their faith in us. We will continue to serve them to the best of our ability,” BJP State chief Ravinder Raina said while leading the celebrations at the party headquarters in Jammu.In Kashmir, the Congress managed to win 157 wards out of 624, while the BJP won 100. Due to the boycott call by separatists and the decision of the two main regional parties, National Conference and People’s Democratic Party, to stay away from the polls, the BJP won 76 seats uncontested and Congress 78 in the Valley. The BJP has managed to win four municipal bodies in south Kashmir.The impact of the raging violence and separatists’ boycott was evident from the fact that 185 wards remained vacant in the Kashmir Valley as no nominations were filed. These elections also saw the rise of Independent candidates, who significantly dominate the scene in the two regions. In Kashmir, 178 Independent candidates won, while in Jammu, 185 were victorious.The Srinagar Municipal Corporation has a fractured mandate, with the Congress winning 16 wards, the BJP four and Independents 53. They now hold the key to the election of a Mayor.Mattoo for Mayor?Junaid Azim Mattoo, formerly associated with the National Conference, was declared the winner from the Rawalpora, Solina and Bud Dal wards in Srinagar.He was congratulated by People’s Conference chief Sajjad Lone. Mr. Mattoo is tipped to contest for the Mayor’s post. “Change has come to Srinagar, a city that deserves the best for what it has witnessed and endured,” Mr. Mattoo said.In Leh, the BJP suffered a setback with all the 13 wards being won by the Congress. The BJP failed to win any ward in Kargil where the Congress won six and Independents seven. The BJP and the Congress also witnessed their share of shocks. Former Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Kavinder Gupta’s elder brother as well as senior Congress senior leader Tariq Hameed Karra’s wife lost the elections. The BJP emerged the frontrunner in the urban local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir when votes were counted on Saturday, winning 100 wards in the volatile Kashmir Valley.Of the 1,144 total wards in the entire State, the BJP won 312 against the Congress’s tally of 267.The results declared by the State Election Commission showed that the BJP dominated the Jammu region by winning 212 of the 520 wards. The Congress won 110.The BJP managed to win the Jammu Municipal Corporation, winning 43 of the 75 wards.Also Readlast_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas in Pune: Pune 36-36 Tamil

first_imgAfter a good start to their home leg which saw them winning against Gujarat Fortunegiants, Puneri Paltan slipped to a big loss against Patna Pirates on Sunday. Returning raider Nitin Tomar failed to make a big impact in that match as he scored just six points from 12 raids. His Super 10 was instrumental in the team’s first home win and they will hope he can score big again when they face Tamil Thalaivas. Manjeet, the team’s leading raid point scorer, and Pankaj Mohite, scored 7 raid points each, while Amit Kumar came off the bench to put in a decent all-round performance, scoring three raid and two tackle points.However, the team’s defence was an area of concern as they managed only eight tackle points on the night as compared to the 18 they scored against Gujarat Fortunegiants. The performance of the defence will have to improve if they are to keep fighting for a Playoffs spot in their remaining games.Tamil Thalaivas’ dismal run continued in their previous match against Haryana Steelers, which they lost by 8 points. Rahul Chaudhari’s Super 10 headlined their performance but some crucial errors in defence cost them the match in the second period. Mohit Chhillar scored 4 of their 9 tackle points in the match while their leading defender of the season – Manjeet Chhillar – could manage only 2.However, V Ajith Kumar’s excellent form in recent matches and Kenyan Victor Obiero’s 5-point performance, including a Super Tackle, in their previous match are some positives the team can draw from. A lot will depend on the seniors like Chaudhari, Manjeet and Ran Singh if the team is to get the win they have been looking for though, and their performance could determine if Tamil Thalaivas are able to deny Puneri Paltan a second home victory.last_img read more

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Paralympian Jhajharia, Sardar Singh bask in Khel Ratna glory

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Devendra Jhajharia today became the first para athlete to receive Indias highest sporting honour — Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — along with hockey star Sardar Singh, who has endured trying times off the field in the last one year. Javelin thrower Jhajharia is the only Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals — 2004 Athens Games and 2016 Rio Paralympics — while star mid-fielder Sardar has been the architect of India hockey teams many victories in the last few years. The 36-year-old Jhajharia had created world records while winning both his gold medals. He had also clinched a gold medal at the 2013 World Championships. The 31-year-old Sardar has faced allegations of sexual harassment by a Indian-origin British hockey player. He, however, denied the allegations and the government committee, led by justice CK Khattar, chose him for the honour. Sardar had become Indias youngest captain when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at the age of 22. A recipient of the Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian award – 2015, Sardar has two Asian Games medals — gold in 2014 Incheon and bronze in 2010 Guangzhou. Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara, one of the 17 Arjuna Awardees chosen this year, did not attend the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan due to his County commitments in England. All other Arjuna Awardees received their awards and citation from President Ram Nath Kovind, who recently succeeded Pranab Mukherjee, on the occasion of National Sports Day. Jhajharia was not the only para athlete whose achievements got official recognition today, as Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati also received the honour. Mariyappan had won the mens high jump (F46) gold medal at the Rio Olympics while Bhati had claimed a silver in the same event. Like in the past, the awards selection yet again got embroiled in controversy with the Sports Ministry striking off the names of para coach Satyanarayana and kabaddi coach Hira Nand Kataria. While Satayanarayana was not cleared by the ministry after the selection panels nomination since he is facing a criminal defamation case in a Delhi court, Katarias name was approved but was taken off three days after official notification. Sports Minister Vijay Goel dropped his name after the kabaddi federation and many players expressed surprise over Katarias selection as he is an unknown entity in the circle. Ignored for the prestigious award, weightlifter Sanjita Chanu and basketball player A Anitha had approached the Delhi High Court over their non-selection and the government promised to have a relook into their cases. The government will file a response in 14 days time. Khel Ratna awardees: Devendra Jhajharia (Para- Athlete) and Sardar Singh (Hockey). Arjuna Awardees: V J Surekha (Archery), Khushbir Kaur (Athletics), Arokin Rajiv (Athletics), Prasanthi Singh (Basketball), L Devendro Singh (Boxing), Cheteshwar Pujara (Cricket), Harmanpreet Kaur (Cricket), Oinam Bembem Devi (Football), SSP Chawrasia (Golf), S V Sunil (Hockey), Jasvir Singh (Kabaddi), P N Prakash (Shooting), Anthony Amalraj (Table Tennis), Saketh Myneni (Tennis), Satyawart Kadian (Wrestling), Mariyappan Thangavelu (Para-Athlete) and Varun Bhati (Para-Athlete). PTI AT AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Klopp not seeking a new Coutinho

first_imgTransfers Klopp rules out Liverpool replacing Coutinho before January transfer deadline Stephen Creek 22:50 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jurgenklopp-cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Huddersfield Town v Liverpool Huddersfield Town Premier League Jürgen Klopp Philippe Coutinho The Reds boss is not thinking about investing some the €160m generated from a deal with Barcelona back into his side during the current window Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not seeking a replacement for Philippe Coutinho before the transfer window closes.Coutinho joined Barcelona for €160 million this month, leaving Klopp without one of his squad’s most potent attacking threats, but the German does not feel the need to rush out for an addition.Liverpool have strengthened their defence with the £75m signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, and Klopp claims there are no plans to reinforce in other areas in the short term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Philippe Coutinho is not to replace in this window,” he said at a media conference. “We can stop thinking about that.”It’s not about replacing players – it’s about using our own opportunities and our own tools, players, tactics, formations.”Liverpool’s 18-match unbeaten run came to an end when they went down 1-0 to Swansea City last week and they subsequently lost 3-2 at home to West Brom in the FA Cup on Saturday.Klopp claimed Coutinho’s departure was not a factor in those results, saying: “We didn’t play well at Swansea but a few days before we played fantastic against Man City. We could have won at Swansea. It doesn’t say anything about the performances, only the results.”I don’t think Phil [Coutinho] would have helped a lot in these situations.”The solution is not out there on the transfer market. We always have open eyes but we first of all have to use our players.”In the long term we will do a lot but in the short term not a lot will happen.”Looking ahead to Tuesday’s match against Huddersfield Town, Klopp said Jordan Henderson’s return to fitness after a hamstring injury was a boost to his side.Henderson and James Milner came on for the last 25 minutes of the defeat to West Brom, and the manager was impressed by their displays.”[Henderson] did really well when he came on, like Millie did,” said Klopp. “They brought some fresh ideas and confidence, they showed up and both had good moments in the game.”He is very important for us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Minister Offers Condolences

first_imgFisheries and Aquaculture Minister Ron Chisholm is offering his condolences to the family of Gerald and Gerry Blackburn, whose bodies were recovered today, May 28, off Prospect. The two fishermen were reported missing yesterday after they failed to return home. “This is a tragedy and loss for our fishing industry and communities. My thoughts and prayers are with the Blackburn family and friends,” said Mr. Chisholm. “Nova Scotia fishermen face difficult conditions as they carry out their activities on the ocean.” Mr. Chisholm wishes to express his thanks to the local fishing boats, the Canadian Coast Guard, RCMP divers, helicopter crews and the ground search and rescue volunteers for their quick response, as well as everyone in the community who supported the search efforts.last_img read more

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Mistaken identity Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

first_imgMOOSE JAW, Sask. – A Saskatchewan family is once again searching for their missing dog after a case of mistaken identity.On Tuesday, Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found near Moose Jaw.Duncan was certain that the dog was his beloved Georgia that had run off from his wife’s parents’ farm in July 2017 about 500 kilometres away during a thunderstorm.A vet said the big dog showed signs of starvation, has a tumour on her tail, a little bit of arthritis in her hips, and some sores around her eyes.But after CTV News broadcast a story about the reunion, Duncan’s phone rang — it was a woman from a farm in nearby Caron, Sask., who said she thought the dog belonged to her and is named Bella.Duncan says to be certain they met Wednesday morning and the dog went straight from him to her real master.“They have had her since she was a pup for 13 years now and when she got out of my truck, I could just tell that she knew the owner right away,” he said in an email.“She jumped into the car just like she had belonged all along.”Duncan says he shared pictures of Georgia with Bella’s owner and they couldn’t believe how much they look alike.He says right up to their meeting, he was very sure the dog was his, especially after how she responded to his two young sons.Duncan says it was a sad day for his family, but a happy one too, because the dog is really home.“We are happy for Bella to go back to her farm with her family. In a way, it was kind of like we got to spend one last day with Georgia.” (The Canadian Press, CTV Regina)last_img read more

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Annan voices concern over DPR of Koreas reported nuclear plans

If confirmed, the allegations, announced by the United States State Department, “would not be in conformity with the DPRK’s international obligations, including under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” the spokesman noted in a statement on Mr. Annan’s behalf. The development would also run contrary to international efforts to reduce and eliminate weapons of mass destruction. Welcoming the consultations that have already begun among interested countries, the statement stressed that “issues related to weapons of mass destruction must be accorded highest priority.” Washington’s announcement followed recent high-level discussions between US and DPRK officials in Pyongyang. read more

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Iraq returns more Kuwaiti property UN reports

Iraq has handed over to Kuwaiti officials items of Kuwaiti property not related to its national archives, a UN spokesman said today in New York.The handover took place yesterday in Umm Qasr with the help of the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM).Earlier this month, Iraq notified the UN envoy dealing with the return of missing Kuwaiti nationals and property, Yuli Vorontsov, that the Minister of Foreign Affairs would welcome Ambassador Vorontsov’s visit to Baghdad. No date has been set for the trip. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,324.01 up 11.23 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 7.01 per cent, at $2.29 on 8.54 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train maker. Down three cents, or 0.64 per cent, at $4.63 on 5.05 million shares.Element Financial Corp. (TSX:EFN). Equipment financing. Up 14 cents, or 0.98 per cent, at $14.49 on five million shares. The Toronto-based company announced Monday it had signed a deal to provide lease financing for up to $2 billion worth of rail cars to Trinity Industries. It will also acquire a US$245-million portfolio of financial assets from a subsidiary of GE Capital secured by helicopters. Both deals are expected to add to earnings in the second half of next year.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Down nine cents, or 1.17 per cent, at $7.62 on 4.46 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up 38 cents, or 1.10 per cent, at $34.96 on 4.45 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (903.99 up 1.92 points):Northern Gold Mining Inc. (TSXV:NGM). Miner. Down half a cent, or 16.67 per cent, at 2.5 cents on 7.70 million shares.Zodicac Exploration Inc. (TSXV:ZEX). Oil and gas. Unchanged at five cents on 5.89 million shares.Company reporting major news:Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR.B). Airline. Up 26 cents, or 6.97 per cent, at $3.99 on 1.46 million shares. The regional carrier boosted its quarterly dividend by 50 per cent to 11.25 cents per share in the wake of a recent arbitration win against Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Chorus had cut its quarterly payment to shareholders in half to 7.5 cents per share in May amid uncertainty about the arbitration process. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2013 3:45 pm MDT read more

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Brock Model UN shines in NYC

After months of preparation and hard work, the Brock Model United Nations team proved it has what it takes to impress on a global stage.The 25-member team, consisting of students from a variety of programs and years, recently returned from New York City after its most successful season yet at the National Model United Nations conference.The event drew about 6,000 students from around the world to the bustling metropolis, where from March 18 to 22 they ran a United Nations simulation. Each team is tasked with representing a different country and debating current global issues from that country’s stance. The teams then work together to negotiate and create successful resolutions. Brock’s group, which this year represented Spain, earned a Distinguished Delegation Award, which is presented to the Top 10 per cent of teams in attendance.In addition to the group honour, second-year Political Science students Emma Evans and Jessica Beaupre won awards for Outstanding Delegates in Committee for their work on the United Nations Environment Assembly.Second-year Political Science students Jessica Beaupre and Emma Evans won awards for Outstanding Delegates in Committee for their work on the United Nations Environment Assembly.Club President Jenelle Taylor, a fourth-year Political Science student, said the team — the biggest delegation in Brock Model UN’s five-year history — is thrilled with its showing.“It’s so fulfilling to be a part of something that aims to help make a difference in the world, and to be recognized for those efforts,” she said. “This is the biggest team we’ve ever taken and the best we’ve ever placed. We worked so hard; it was incredible.”That success is due in part to the months of training and research the team put in before the conference arrived. It began with team tryouts in September, with preparations for New York, including weekly debating exercises, beginning soon after.Taylor said students from all years and majors are welcome to tryout, as it’s often a benefit to have people with different perspectives and areas of expertise at the table.While students from some institutions receive course credits or even monetary compensation for their participation in the conference, Brock’s team is driven solely by the passion of its members.Political Science Associate Professor Blayne Haggart, the club’s faculty advisor, said the team runs like a well-oiled machine that requires no faculty intervention. While some monetary support is received from Brock University Students’ Union and the Department of Political Science, the trip to the conference is funded mainly through fundraising initiatives hosted by the students.Haggart credited the team for the impressive showing at what is essentially the “NHL of the Model UN.” “These students are going to do great things in the world and all of Brock should be proud of them,” he said. “This is also a great way to fly the flag internationally for Brock. It puts our name in front of the world and is an attractive opportunity for prospective students.”Taylor, who graduates this spring and will pass on the reins as president, hoped to encourage students to tryout for the team that has left a lasting impact on her life.“It gives you experience in so many areas — public speaking, writing skills, teamwork and working under pressure, and the networking opportunities are invaluable.”And, as part of the conference, students get to visit the United Nations headquarters.“You get to sit in the seats of UN ambassadors. It’s so inspiring,” she said. “I’m sure it helped a lot of students to envision where they want to be in the future.”More information on the club is available on the Brock National Model United Nations Facebook page. read more

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Ohio State baseball hopes to continue hot streak vs Ohio Toledo

OSU senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff (32) takes a cut during a game against Hofstra on March 18. OSU won 12-1.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team is set to play two games over the next two days: at Ohio University on Tuesday before returning home to face Toledo a day later. The Buckeyes are packing their bags with a little extra momentum after a solid start to Big Ten play over the weekend.On Sunday, the Scarlet and Gray claimed their first conference series win, thanks to a walk-off home run by redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic. The two-run dinger was Bosiokovic’s team-leading sixth of the season, also ranking No. 2 in the conference. The 2-1 series win over Northwestern moved OSU’s overall record to 14-7-1 on the year. The Buckeyes have won seven of their last eight games dating back to March 12 when they toppled UNLV. Hitting the sweet spot The Buckeyes’ keys to victory over their improved play as of late have been staying out of their own way by playing clean baseball through limiting errors and finding timely hits to win in come-from-behind fashion. Senior third baseman Nick Sergakis is tied for first in the Big Ten with 37 hits and leads OSU with a .420 batting average. The co-captain of the team on Sunday said OSU has to get a more balanced production up and down the lineup.  “It just seems like we’re ‘live by the long ball, die by the long ball,’” Sergakis said. “That needs to turn around. We need to find ways to manufacture runs without doing it all with one swing. We need to go out there and be scrappy.” OSU coach Greg Beals said he would like to see a more balanced attack from his hitters as well, as the team’s .265 batting average ranks just ninth in the Big Ten. “That’s something that we certainly need to figure out,” Beals said. “We don’t need those guys to tear it up, but we need something. We need the bottom of the order to be productive. I think more than anything is we need to get them at-bats and get them into a comfort zone and get them as many reps as possible.” Scouting Ohio OSU’s toughest test of the next two matchups will perhaps come against the Bobcats, who enter the showdown in Athens, Ohio, with a record of 10-13. The Bobcats carry a team batting average of .292, although more than half of their starting lineup bats over .300.The Bobcats are led at the plate by redshirt senior catcher Cody Gaertner. He leads the team with a .340 average, while senior infielder John Adryan leads the team with seven home runs and 21 RBIs. Rob Smith is in his third year as coach and led the Bobcats to a 25-win improvement last season, which was the largest increase in the NCAA last year.Ohio’s pitchers hold a team ERA of 4.34, limiting opposing batters to a measly .223 batting average. Beals said the Bobcats do look good on paper, but the biggest thing the Buckeyes can do is worry about what they can control: themselves. “We’ve just got to go play good Ohio State baseball and play up to our capability,” Beals said. “(We have to) make sure we’re ready to answer the bell, even though it’s not a conference game, but it is a road game against an in-state rival.” A look at ToledoToledo is amid a tough start to the season, with 22 of its 25 games being played away from home, resulting in a 4-20-1 record. That recipe for disaster could continue, as the Rockets are set to head to Columbus to face the Buckeyes on Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium, a location where OSU is 6-1 to start the season. Toledo and OSU have faced off twice already this season, both times during the opening series in the Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida. OSU won the first matchup 7-1, while the two teams tied 5-5 in Game 2, as the game was called because of time constraints for return travel.Freshman outfielder Ross Adolph is one of Toledo’s lone bright spots, as he leads the team with a .294 batting average, but overall Toledo as a team is batting a lowly .196 for the season. The pitching staff as a unit sports an eye-popping ERA of 5.79, and OSU’s hitters are looking to be able to capitalize on the mismatch. However, in an attempt to stay grounded, Beals said his team will have to focus on taking games one at a time, as his players have been coached all offseason to not overlook their opponents. “I think the important thing is that we just stay in the moment and don’t look too far ahead and take care of it one game at a time,” Beals said. “The thing that our guys understand is that these midweek games with two in-state rivals, those are big games. They’re games that these schools look at as marquee games on their schedule playing Ohio State.”Pitchers’ chance to shine Freshman righty Ryan Feltner (0-1, 6.30 ERA) is scheduled to be on the bump for the Buckeyes against Ohio. He will be trying to improve upon his last outing versus Xavier. The Musketeers chased him after 4.1 innings after he allowed 10 hits and five earned runs. Beals said Feltner’s inconsistent start to the season can be attributed to his freshman’s adjustments to the college game. “I think the thing with freshmen that you always battle is consistency,” Beals said. “(Feltner’s) had really, really good outings, and his last outing he was just up in the zone. I think the thing that we’re talking to Ryan more about than anything is just trusting his stuff and executing his quality pitches. He’s got good stuff. He’s going to have a great career here at Ohio State.”Redshirt sophomore pitcher Austin Woodby is lined up to get the spot start for OSU against Toledo. Over his nine appearances this season for the Scarlet and Gray, Woodby has compiled a 3-1 record and a 4.6 ERA, including a 2.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The midweek start for Woodby would be his first of the season, which could lead to an increased role for the Hudson, Ohio, native if Feltner’s struggles continue. The game against the Bobcats is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Athens on Tuesday evening, while Wednesday’s home tilt against the Rockets is slated for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. read more

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Womens lacrosse falls to Penn State in seasonending loss

The Buckeyes played host to the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this week, as they lost to Penn State 14-12 in the quarterfinal round.The Nittany Lions (10-7) wasted no time, putting their first goal in the net within the first 40 seconds. The two teams then exchanged goals before PSU went on to score seven of the next nine goals, forcing the Buckeyes to call a time-out to regroup.“We dug ourselves a hole. We waited too long to come back,” said Kelly Haggerty, a three-year letter winner who ended the game with two goals and three assists. “We knew how much we wanted it and we remind ourselves how much we wanted to win this game. We just try to pump ourselves up because we know we can do it, we know we have it in us.”OSU put in two goals before the half, heading into the locker room down 10-6.Both committed several turnovers in the first half, with OSU recording six and PSU recording five.The Buckeyes fired back at the start of the second period, bringing the score back 8-10. PSU followed up with four straight goals to give the Nittany Lions a solid six-goal cushion late in the second.OSU, who came back from behind just once this season, was unable to catch up with PSU despite a four-goal scoring run to end the game.“I always ask the girls to play their heart out and I’ve questioned that in a couple close games, but this one today they played as hard as they could until the bitter end,” coach Sue Stimmel said. “It’s just unfortunate when you don’t win in those situations.”Sophomore Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with three goals and junior Jayme Beard recorded a game-high four assists in the loss.Members of the team and coaching staff wore orange armbands with the initials “Y.L.” on them in honor of Yeardley Love, the Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was killed on Monday.A moment of silence was held prior to the awards ceremony Saturday on her behalf.This marks the end of the season for the lacrosse girls, who got to play their last game on home turf.“It was awesome. I’m sad it’s over, but there’s no other place to play like this,” Haggerty said. “A lot of people don’t get to experience what we experience. It’s just really heartfelt, and there’s nothing like team camaraderie.” read more

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Russia could ease imports embargo on Greek products

first_imgRussia is mulling loosening its embargo on agricultural products from some European Union countries, including Greece, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.In an interview with Izvestia newspaper published this week, Peskov said that under the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Moscow is not entitled to exempt an EU member state from sanctions against the bloc.However, he said, direct deliveries of agricultural products can be substituted by “imports of raw materials [to be processed at] Russia-based facilities.”The Greek government has asked Russia to partially lift the food embargo it imposed in summer 2014 in response to EU sanctions, which has taken a hefty toll on exports.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Les premiers bébés français issus dovocytes congelés sont nés

first_imgLes premiers bébés français issus d’ovocytes congelés sont nésLes deux premiers enfants nés après congélation d’ovocytes en France ont ouvert les yeux mardi à l’hôpital Antoine Béclère de Clamart, dans les Hauts-de-Seine. C’est une première en France. Les jumeaux Jérémie (3,2 kg) et Keren (2,8 kg), tous deux en bonne santé, sont nés grâce à une technique de congélation lente, explique le professeur René Frydman. Dans le monde, plusieurs centaines d’autres enfants ont vu le jour après congélation d’ovules, mais ce n’était pas encore le cas dans l’Hexagone.Selon le professeur, “la loi autorise (…) à préserver des ovocytes par congélation, mais pas avec la méthode la plus performante (la vitrification ou congélation ultra rapide) sous prétexte que toute innovation est assimilée à de la rechercher sur l’embryon”.René Frydman avait aussi été le premier à mettre au monde un bébé-éprouvette français, Amandine, en 1982. Le 4 novembre 2010 à 09:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Ancelotti tips PSG for Champions League success

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has tipped former side Paris Saint-Germain for Champions League glory but Napoli can end those ambitions early.The first tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, where PSG fought back twice to scrape a point.“It’s an important game and can be decisive for both teams,” Ancelotti told Telefoot via Football Italia.“We ended up in a very difficult group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. The result can be decisive for the future of our side in the competition, but the same goes for Paris.“We need an extraordinary performance in order to get the victory because we don’t have the kind of exceptional players they do throughout the squad.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Ancelotti effectively started Paris Saint-Germain’s domination of French football, but they have never been able to match it with Champions League results.“They’ve lacked experience in the important moments of the Champions League, but the team is stronger this season and the players have more belief in themselves. They know that they can win the Champions League this term.“This is a game that can decide the destinies of these two teams,” continued Ancelotti.“I think Kylian Mbappé and Neymar can succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the global football landscape. If Kylian doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or this year, he certainly will over the next few seasons.“Neymar has a new position and is at the heart of the team now. His new placement allows him to be more dangerous and effective for his team.”last_img read more

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Budget cuts could cost Alaska State Troopers a helicopter

first_imgAlaska State Troopers have already grounded one of their two search and rescue helicopters due to budget cuts, and officials say if changes aren’t made they may not be able to afford the other.KTVA-TV reports that the Fairbanks-based helicopter Helo 2 has been grounded indefinitely since July due to budget cuts and currently troopers can only afford to keep the Anchorage-based Helo 3 in use through June 2016.Troopers have had to contract with outside companies for search and rescue missions both because of bad weather and because of the high cost of using a helicopter.Search and Rescue coordinator Lt. Steve Adams says despite the costs, they do not turn down search and rescue missions, though outside companies can sometimes cost more money and take more time.last_img read more

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House Fisheries urges pressure on BC over transboundary mining

first_imgMore than a dozen working and legacy mine sites are located in watersheds that are shared between British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. (Image courtesy of B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources)A legislative committee heard from mine critics on both sides of the border during a Tuesday hearing in Juneau. It’s part of an effort to pressure British Columbia to tighten its mining regulations to reduce the threat of pollution from transboundary mines. After hearing exclusively from mine critics, Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, said the House Fisheries Committee’s 90-minute hearing on transboundary mining wasn’t meant to be anti-mine.“We are simply asking our neighbors across the border to adhere to best and safe practices when mining in our shared watersheds,” the committee’s chairwoman said, “which is clearly something they have a poor track record with.”The “poor track record” Stutes referenced is the Mount Polley disaster in 2014.A tailings dam breached, releasing billions of gallons of mine waste into salmon rich streams in British Columbia. The mining company Imperial Metals was never fined by B.C. regulators.Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis said that’s evidence that Southeast’s fisheries and visitor economies are vulnerable to future mishaps.“We need to do everything we can to protect ourselves from the risks of potential contamination from the Canadian mines upstream,” Landis told the committee by telephone.In 2015, Gov. Bill Walker signed a formal pact with his B.C. counterpart to ensure closer cooperation over shared watersheds.Late last year the Walker administration went further, urging B.C.’s government to require mine projects to post full reclamation bonds. Financial assurances are used to ensure the public doesn’t foot the bill if a mine goes belly up or suffers a catastrophic failure.Alaska’s fishing industry supported the move, noting reclamation bonds are industry standard and required for Alaska mines.“United Fishermen of Alaska continues to support this request,” UFA Executive Director Frances Leach said, “to ensure that the state resources are not harmed by Canadian large scale mining developments and the headwaters of transboundary salmon rivers.”Canada’s EcoFiscal Commission – an independent Canadian economic think tank – has urged reform for B.C.’s mining regulations.Despite the laws on the books, in practice polluters in B.C. often don’t pay – as was seen at Mt. Polley, the committee heard.“When a company knows it might not bear all of the costs of a risk it poses, in terms of the harm it might cause, it has less of an economic incentive to reduce that risk,” EcoFiscal Commmission researcher Jason Dion said by telephone from Ottawa. “And so from our perspective, that’s a really, really important shortcoming.”Notably absent at the hearing was anyone from the mining industry or Dunleavy administration. Alaska lawmakers recently wrote a letter urging the administration to not lose focus on the issue.But the Department of Natural Resources confirmed to CoastAlaska that a cabinet-level teleconference will be held on transboundary mining on June 18.It will include the commissioners of Alaska’s departments of Environmental Conservation, Natural Resources and Fish and Game and top-ranking officials from B.C.’s mining and environmental ministries.It will be the sixth meeting of the bilateral working group of Alaska and B.C. governments that was initiated in 2015.last_img read more

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Boss Lady Deepika Padukone to coproduce and star in 83 the film

first_imgDeepika PadukoneInstagramActress Deepika Padukone is all set to star in the film ’83 that stars her husband Ranveer Singh as cricketer Kapil Dev. If reports are to be believed, Deepika Padukone will be playing Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia in the film, directed by Kabir Khan. Not only that, but Deepika Padukone is also co-producing the film, say reports.The film ’83 is based on the Indian cricket team’s historic win at the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament in 1983. Ranveer Singh has been prepping for the role along with the other team members, and now his wifey Deepika Padukone joins him as his onscreen wife as well.Bollywood actresses these days are smart and sharp as far as business decisions are concerned. Within five to 10 years of making money through movies, events and endorsements, they begin producing films and opening their own businesses or investing in existing startups. Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Lara Dutta, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor – you name it and they have done it.Actress Deepika Padukone, too, entered the fray when she began investing in businesses through her company KA Enterprises LLP with her father Prakash Padukone. The firm was incorporated on April 7, 2014, with its registered address in Mumbai.KA Enterprises has invested in startups like Purplle, Furlenco, and Danone’s Epigamia. They are looking for fresh investments. Deepika Padukone already has a fashion line All About You that sells on Myntra. The actress is also producing her first film, Chhapaak, in which she stars as real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.Instagram”When she was narrated the story of ’83, she loved it because it’s not just inspirational but also extremely emotional. She and Kabir have been friends for years now. So, she decided to come on board as a co-producer, too. This will be the second venture under her banner,” The Times of India quotes a source.last_img read more

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Obama To Speak At Baker Institute Tuesday Evening

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:39 Photo by Benoit Tessier/Reuters/PBS NewsHourFormer President Barack Obama will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute tomorrow evening. Obama will share the stage with former Secretary of State James Baker at an event marking the institute’s 25th anniversary. Historian Jon Meacham will moderate the discussion.Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, said Obama and Baker will talk about their respective experiences at the summit of power. “You know, what worked for them when they were in office? What didn’t work for them when they were in office? How did Washington work, how did Washington not work when they were in office? What are some of the issues that perhaps a bipartisan consensus can be arrived at in our current situation?” Djerejian said.The event will begin at 7:45 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the institute’s website. Sharelast_img read more

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Sonys Funimation Ends Anime Licensing Pact With Crunchyroll

first_imgAccording to Funimation, the list of Crunchyroll titles that will roll off FunimationNow has not been finalized yet so. Some top titles that will now be available on FuninamtionNow in subbed episodes include: “My Hero Academia” (pictured above), “Cowboy Bebop,” “Space Dandy,” “Yu Yu Hakusho,” “Assassination Classroom,” “Snow White with the Red Hair” and “Death Parade.”In addition, with the end of the Crunchyroll deal, on Nov. 9, Funimation’s channel will no longer be available on VRV, the digital-subscription aggregation platform run by Otter Media’s Ellation.FunimationNow costs $5.99 per month (or $59.99 for a one-year subscription). The service is currently available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to the titles listed above, Funimation’s catalog includes “Dragon Ball Z,” “One Piece,” “Attack on Titan,” “Shin Godzilla” and romantic-fantasy smash hit “Your Name.” Funimation Films’ latest theatrical release is Toho Co. Ltd.’s “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes,” which the company said is its second-highest box-office release garnering $5.7 million during its Sept. 25-Oct. 11 release.Under their now-expired pact, Crunchyroll and Funimation each shared anime titles across streaming, home-video and electronic sell-through channels. Crunchyroll focused on subtitled content while Funimation specialized in English-dubbed programming of Japanese anime (“broadcast dubs”).In July 2017, Sony Pictures Television Networks acquired a 95% majority stake in Funimation for about $143 million. Funimation is housed in SPT’s new direct-to-consumer unit headed by chief digital officer Eric Berger. Formed as part of a reorg this summer, the unit consolidates Sony Crackle along with Funimation, Film1 and Animax services.Founded in 1994 as Funimation Productions, the company is now based in Flower Mound, Texas, near Fort Worth. Read the full memo to Funimation staff from Fukunaga:All,I am writing to share some important news. Effective immediately, Funimation will once again independently acquire, market and distribute anime to the entire community – to both sub and dub fans. This new future is a result of our acquisition by Sony Pictures Television and additional investments Sony is making in our business to make Funimation a global sub and dub anime brand. As such, we’ve made the decision not to renew our collaboration with Crunchyroll, a relationship that ended amicably this month.Our goal has always been to improve the fan experience and expand the reach of anime. We exceeded our goals in the past couple of years and have established ourselves as the anime industry’s most advanced streaming platform, expanded our global footprint, and accelerated our dub speed to market for new episodes coming out of Japan. While our partnership with Crunchyroll is ending, we are excited about the future, the support of Sony Pictures Television and their commitment, alongside ours, to build the best experience for anime fans globally.We have enormous respect for the relationship we forged with Crunchyroll and will be working with them closely over the next several months to ensure a seamless transition in terms of our respective catalogs and offerings. That said, there will be some immediate changes ahead as we unwind the partnership. On November 9, 2018, our subscribers will have access to several hundred subbed titles when our catalog reverts to Funimation, while a handful of dubbed titles will no longer be available on FunimationNow. All the titles licensed during the partnership will continue to be shared with Crunchyroll and available to FunimationNow subscribers.Thank you for your tireless work and dedication as well as your unwavering commitment to bring the best anime to the most people possible.Please join me and the senior management team for an all-hands meeting. We will be able to address any questions you may have then. In the meantime, I would direct you to the special FAQs created for fans and subscribers that are now live on the Funimation blog. Anime distributor Funimation has ended its cross-licensing deal with Crunchyroll after two years, as Sony-owned Funimation looks to expand globally.The decision to not renew the 2016 pact with Crunchyroll — now fully owned by AT&T after it acquired Chernin Group’s stake in Otter Media — stems from Funimation’s own acquisition by Sony Pictures Television a year ago.Sony is making additional investments in the Funimation to make it “a global sub[titled] and dub anime brand,” Gen Fukunaga, Funimation’s president and CEO, wrote in an Oct. 18 internal memo obtained by Variety.According to Fukunaga, the deal with Crunchyroll “ended amicably this month.”With the end of the pact, as of Nov. 9, 2018, FunimationNow streaming subscribers will have access to several hundred subbed anime titles when the catalog reverts to Funimation, while “a handful” of dubbed titles will no longer be available on FunimationNow, according to Fukunaga’s memo. 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