HC asks Goa to ensure clean water to Sonshi

first_imgPanaji: The Bombay High Court at Goa on Thursday directed the State government to ensure supply of potable water to residents of Sonshi village in North Goa’s Sattari taluk, which has been in the news for villagers’ protest against dust pollution caused by transportation of iron ore.The court also directed the State government to come up with a solution to the pollution issue.The HC had taken up the matter sou moto earlier this month, after media reports highlighted the plight of villagers, 45 of whom were arrested after their protest against dust pollution resulting from unregulated transport of iron ore.Trucks from mining leases around the village carry the iron ore to the river jetties nearby, from where it is shipped for exports.The State had witnessed a major outrage after 45 villagers, including 23 women, were arrested by the police on April 11, following their protest. They were released more than a week later.last_img read more

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Jake Paul defeats Deji after corner throws towel at the end of ROUND 5

first_imgAdvertisementLogan Paul vs KSI was not the only fight that the fans across the world were waiting for, on the undercard Logan Paul’s brother Jake Paul and KSI’s sibling Deji were also fighting each other.Jake Paul defeated Deji in the fifth round as the brit was forced to throw in the towel.“I feel amazing man, I worked so hard for this,” Jake Paul said. “Deji fought a great fight, I have respect for him, but I hope he learned from some of the things he said. He talked s*** about my family, which wasn’t cool, so I hope he learned from that.”He added: ‘Tonight, I’m gonna celebrate this win, but also excited to announce I’m launching a clothing line.’Meanwhile, Deji wanted a rematch despite getting stopped and said he would fight anyone. “I know I let a lot of people down,” Deji said. “But I want you to know, this is not the end of me … he surprised me, he hit hard.”Also Read-Logan Paul and KSI square up for the biggest event on the internet; Here’s how you can watch it Live in INDIA Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ring of Conflict:From Ukraine to Israel, Ishchenko jabs away

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Hamburg, Aug 29 (PTI) Conflict spares none in its vicinity, not even those who trade blows for a living on a daily basis. Pavlo Ishchenko, a two-time European Championships medallist, had spent a good part of his boxing career representing Ukraine before being driven to Israel by the violent 2014 “revolution” which culminated in, what the West calls, Russias annexation of Crimea. Ishchenko, in fact, grew up in Kherson, a city near the disputed peninsula, which remains an international flashpoint. Representing his adopted homeland at the ongoing 19th World Championships, Ishchenkos is a fascinating tale, which also includes a brief unbeaten professional stint in the USA. “I used to play for Ukraine till 2015, I was, in fact, the captain of the team. But after the revolution in 2014, it became hard to live there,” Ishchenko said refusing to elaborate on how hard it might have become for his family to move out. The 25-year-old is a seasoned international campaigner, having won a lightweight (60kg) gold medal in the 2013 European Championships for Ukraine before claiming a bronze for Israel at the same event earlier this year, ironically on Ukrainian soil. He has also been a quarterfinalist in the International Boxing Associations semi-professional World Series of Boxing (WSB). Ishchenko, along with David Alaverdian (52kg), make for a small two-strong Israeli representation at the mega-event, where the country has never won a medal. “My father is a jew, he doesnt look like a jew but he is,” Ishchenko joked pointing to his father Oleg, his formative coach and the man, who is doing his seconding at the championship here. “I spent two years in the USA, exploring professional boxing, it was just three fights, I won all of them but after that…lets just say I dont speak to my promoters, they are bad guys,” he said. It was on a trip back home to see his family when Israels Boxing Federation reached out to his father and offered the boxer a trial to get into their national team owing to his Jewish roots. Israel is the only jewish majority country in the world and calls itself a homeland for the ethnic minority which was systematically persecuted during the holocaust. “I decided to go home (which was Ukraine at that point) to see my parents because I was in USA for two years after 2015. After that I got an invitation from Israel federation to introduce me in the international ring. I accepted it and won the national championships. “Then I took part in the championships of Europe for Israel and there I got the third place,” he said. His teammate David Alaverdian was more forthcoming on the politics of being an athlete from Israel, a country locked in violent territorial dispute with Palestine and at odds with its Arab neighbourhood. But the boxer insisted that his view of opponents has never been guided by politics. “We avoid looking at politics even when we meet boxers from countries, who perhaps dont like Israel. We are friendly with them,” said the boxer from Nahariya, a small town bordering Lebanon, with which Israel fought a war in 2006. Asked of his thoughts on Israeli athletes being at the receiving end of hostile political gestures like forfeitures, David chose not to blame individuals. “It still happens (boycott of Israeli athletes) but I dont think the athletes individually want to forfeit or be disrespectful. Its just the politics that surrounds them. Sport, I believe, should be different from politics,” he said. A long-time flag-bearer of Israeli boxing despite his young age of 24, David said he was actually forced into the sport as his father was fearful about him being bullied in school. “Boxing, as I remember, my father forced me into it. My father is huge but I got my mothers genetics so I am much smaller. My father was scared that I would get bullied in school. So he told me go box. “By 18 I was sorted that I wanted to get into boxing. Its not very popular in Israel but its rising,” he said. Given that Israel is still developing its boxing infrastructure, the pugilists travel a lot to former Soviet countries to train but David said it would be great to try India as well. “We travel mostly to former Soviet countries but it would be great to train with the Indian boxers. India is far geographically but I would love to go to India to train. We have many Indian movies and TV shows in Israel. They are very popular, people love them,” he said. PTI PM CM CMadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Greece to Restart Soccer League after Anti-Violence Pledge

first_imgATHENS (AP) — The Greek government has lifted its suspension of the country’s soccer league after saying it received a commitment from clubs to reform rules aimed at combating violence.League organizers say games will restart Saturday with additional midweek matches to be planned to compensate for the two-week suspension.The government announced the decision Tuesday following talks with Greek clubs and a delegation from FIFA which visited Athens this month and had threatened to expel the country from international competition.The suspension was ordered after PAOK chairman Ivan Savvidis confronted a referee on the field with a holstered gun strapped to his belt. PAOK and Savvidis are facing disciplinary action and court appearances because of the incident.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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How will El Tri line up vs. Germany?

first_imgMexico How will Mexico line up against Germany? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author In Moscow Last updated 1 year ago 10:19 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Miguel Layuna Mexico 2018 Getty Images Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany World Cup What is El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio planning to do in a game he’s had months to prepare for? Click here for the confirmed starting XIsYou don’t have to know much about Mexico to know manager Juan Carlos Osorio is a planner. In May, he said he’d decided on his starting XI for this game after the March friendlies.However, injuries that forced Nestor Araujo and Diego Reyes out of the World Cup derailed those plans, and now the manager has to deal with a group he’s lined up for only the past two weeks. Who has stood out in training? Are there any fringe players who have won his confidence? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move As we do before every Mexico match, Goal is projecting three possible lineups for El Tri. Let’s take a look at how Mexico could line up in the biggest match in four years.Vela in free roleGFX MX Vela freeOsorio didn’t bring Jesus Molina to Russia, even though he knew Reyes was an injury doubt. Yet, he knows he needs more force in the midfield than he did when his squad faced Germany in the Confederations Cup. That’s why he could have both Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado sit back and hand a free role to a player like Carlos Vela.Vela can drop behind Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and play as a number 10 or overload the left side of defense where the left-footer already enjoys playing. This lineup seems like the most probable, with Hector Moreno and Miguel Layun playing on the left side of defense against a strong Germany attack.There are subtle tweaks that could be made here, though. Hugo Ayala could come in as the right center back and push Carlos Salcedo to right back with Edson Alvarez dropping to the bench. Or this could end up playing in a standard 4-3-3. Vela has played as an interior midfielder for El Tri before.Layun in the middleGFX MX Layun midfieldLayun is an incredibly versatile player, and his talents almost feel wasted at left back. Osorio has looked to get Layun into the midfield, playing him there in Mexico’s send-off friendly against Scotland, and said he could compete for a job there.The issue, then, is who takes over at left back, with the answer being Jesus Gallardo. The converted winger has adapted well to life as a defender and had decent showings in recent friendly games. However, he’s still a question mark there, and with the option to play Layun against a team as strong as Germany, it might be a risk Osorio isn’t willing to take.If he does take it, it could be a bridge too far to also play 20-year-old Alvarez, so Ayala steps in with Salcedo moving to the right in this projection.Up front, Jesus Corona loses his spot to Vela despite “Tecatito” playing the best of any Mexico player over the course of three pre-World Cup friendly matches.Trust in AlvarezGFX MX edson trustOsorio also could total surprise with a roster like this one, putting Alvarez straight into the starting XI as the central midfielder. That would free up Herrera to do more going forward, but it would be a tough for the Club America man to see his World Cup debut come against the reigning world champion. Alvarez did play better in midfield than he did in defense during the friendly matches ahead of the tournament, so it’s not out of the question. If he’s blown the coaching staff away in training, it would allow for an experienced back four with Guardado and Herrera getting more freedom to attack – something Osorio made clear in Saturday’s news conference that he wants to do.last_img read more

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Sport Minister Excited by the Prospect of Ice Hockey in Jamaica

first_imgThe Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport says she is very excited by the prospect of an Ice Arena being established in Jamaica for the sport of Ice Hockey to be played locally.Minister Grange met today with a group comprised of representatives from the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation and from the firm, Tropical Ice Ventures of Canada which is a leader in refrigeration technology.Minister Grange heard from Jason Swales, CEO of Tropical Ice Ventures, that already he had identified an investor in Canada who interested in investing in building an ice arena along with a hotel in Jamaica.Mr Swales said also that “teams are lining up to play ice hockey in Jamaica and there are hundreds of spectators from overseas who would visit Jamaica to attend ice hockey matches.”Miss Grange said beach front land in Trelawny is what she has in mind for the establishment of the ice rink and the other attractions that would go along with it. She said the Ministry intended to engage the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) which own the lands.last_img read more

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Cruise Passenger Dies whilst Boarding Queen Elizabeth

first_imgzoom A passenger died on Wednesday following an accident whilst boarding Queen Elizabeth cruise ship from a tender, British/American owned cruise line Cunard informed.The cruise ship was in Sihanoukville, a deep-water port city in Cambodia, when the incident occurred.“Two of our crew members reacted very quickly and jumped in to rescue her. She was then taken to the medical centre but despite our very best efforts she died,” the company said. “Our customer care team is fully involved and will be offering every support including to those passengers who witnessed the incident.” The ship is currently under way from Sihanoukville to Singapore within its 117-day world cruise.MS Queen Elizabeth is a vista-class cruise ship, the second largest ship to be constructed for Cunard. It is capable of carrying up to 2,092 passengers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Highland Village July Events Programs

first_img –July 2. David Francey will perform in concert with Craig Werth in the Malagawatch Church. Francey received three JUNO awards and the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award. Admission is $20 with general seating. Prepaid reservations are required. The concert begins at 7 p.m. –July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Every morning from 10 a.m to noon is spòrs or fun. Games will be played that focus on language, song, dance, and other aspects of Gaelic life. Children can learn Gaelic vocabulary and phrases through interactive games. Spòrs is for children 5-10 years old. –July 7, 14, 21, 28. Làithean Sona or Happy Days. Children are invited to take part in a special living history program focusing on language, song, dance, and other aspects of Scottish heritage. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language, and song. Costumes are provided. This program occurs every Wednesday for the month of July. Làithean Sona runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $30 per child. Prepaid reservations are required. –July 8 and 22. Na Deugairean or The Teenagers. Young people are invited to participate in this special living history program to get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language, and song. Costumes are provided. Admission to this program is $30. Prepaid reservations are required. Na Deugairean is from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. –July 15 and 29. Candlelight Tour is an intimate evening storytelling tour of the site under a Cape Breton sunset. The tour runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students, and $28 per family. Prepaid reservations are required. –July 17. Codfish supper. Come satisfy your taste buds with a feed of salt cod, potatoes, and all the trimmings of a traditional codfish supper. Hot dogs are also available. The supper is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children, and hot dogs are $2. This will be the only codfish supper in July. –July 22. Celebrate the music of Washabuck fiddler Michael Anthony MacLean with a concert in the Malagawatch Church. Admission is $15 with general seating. Prepaid reservations are required. The concert begins at 7 p.m. –July 24. Margaret Bennett will present the 2010 Joe Neil MacNeil Memeorial Lecture. Following the lecture Ms. Bennett will hold a book signing for her new book, Dìleab Ailein: The legacy of Allan MacArthur- Newfoundland Traditions Across Four Generations. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. followed by the book signing at 3 p.m. in the Tuning Room. Admission is free. –July 25. The River and Lakeside Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada hosts its annual anniversary church service in the Malagawatch Church. The service starts at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For information or to register for any of these events call 902-725-2272 or 1-866- 4GAELIC (42-3542), e-mail highlandvillage@gov.ns.ca, or visit http://www.highlandvillage.ca July 1. Canada Day Open House to celebrate the founding of our country. Admission is free. Once again the Highland Village Museum in Iona, Victoria County, is full of fun and exciting activities for both young and old this July. The outdoor living history museum, with a breathtaking view of the Bras d’Or Lakes, offers visitors the chance to explore period buildings and walk among Gaels. Events and programs in July include:last_img read more

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Quebec court authorizes racial profiling class action against Montreal police

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec Superior Court judge has authorized a class action against the City of Montreal on behalf of citizens who allege they were unfairly arrested and racially profiled by the city’s police.Justice Andre Prevost ruled on Aug. 7 that the claimants met the criteria to proceed.The Black Coalition of Quebec filed the class action request on behalf of non-Caucasian citizens who were unjustly stopped, arrested or detained by Montreal police between Aug. 14, 2017 and Jan 11, 2019 and who suffered racial profiling or violations of their rights.The lead plaintiff is Alexandre Lamontagne, a man of Haitian origin who claims that in Aug. 2017 he was standing on the street checking his cell phone when he was questioned by two police officers.  He was arrested and charged with obstructing police work and assault with the intention of resisting arrest, but the charges were later dropped.In his ruling, Prevost said the class action would address a number of questions, including whether city representatives acted in a discriminatory fashion and violated the rights of the plaintiffs.The Black Coalition said in a statement that it believes the lawsuit will reduce instances of abuse and racial profiling by giving black and cultural communities access to justice.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Shannen Doherty And Holly Marie Combs Bring Ice Bucket Challenge To Sea

first_imgIf you happened to be on Instagram or Twitter late Saturday afternoon, you would have witnessed an incredible challenge! Actresses and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society supporters Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs challenged the organization’s founder Captain Paul Watson and select Sea Shepherd crew and staff worldwide to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, currently sweeping social and entertainment media.Video: Captain Paul Watson #ALSIceBucketChallengeThe challenge is to raise awareness of crippling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The rules of the game require that if one does not accept and fulfill the challenge within 24 hours, they must donate $100 to ALS, which goes to find a cure. Sea Shepherd does NOT support animal research, but it DOES support raising awareness about the disease. Therefore, the organization and its founder accepted the challenge!Crew members and staff from Operation GrindStop 2014, Sea Shepherd’s pilot whale defense campaign currently operating in the Faroe Islands; Operation Relentless, Sea Shepherd Australia’s most recent Southern Ocean whale defense campaign; and Operation Infinite Patience, Sea Shepherd’s dolphin defense campaign that is again gearing up for its September 1st start in Taiji, Japan, along with Captain Watson himself and select staff and onshore volunteers in the USA and Australia spent Sunday taking the challenge and uploading their videos to YouTube.Playing along with the game means one must issue a challenge to someone else just as one takes his or her own. With iconic Notre Dame in the background, Captain Watson issued his challenge while standing before Paris’ picturesque Seine River to another dedicated Sea Shepherd supporter, actress and activist Pamela Anderson. Adam Meyerson, Captain of the Brigitte Bardot issued his challenge aboard the Bardot in the Faroes, a Danish protectorate, to Mary, Princess of Denmark. Melissa Sehgal, senior leader on the ground for the Cove Guardian Infinite Patience campaign, issued her challenge to Director of “The Cove,” Louis Psihoyos. Sea Shepherd IT CEO Omar Todd, representing Sea Shepherd Australia’s Antarctic Campaign, issued his challenge to Colin Barnett, Western Australian State Premier. Representing Sea Shepherd USA were Lisa Agabian, Director of Media Relations & Communications; Farrah Smith, Senior Leadership Giving & Development Officer; Dave Hance, Campaign Coordinator and Southern Ocean crew member; and volunteer celebrity Cove Guardian, Sea Shepherd supporter and reality star Simone Reyes, from “Running Russell Simmons” on Oxygen TV. The four issued their challenge from Los Angeles and responsibly chose to use reclaimed water, as Los Angeles is experiencing a drought at present.“Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs are valued supporters of Sea Shepherd and have actively joined our mission to defend ocean wildlife worldwide. As individuals who deeply care about the plight of the planet and all its life in many forms, it’s no surprise they would want to also raise awareness about this devastating disease,” said Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson.last_img read more

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Trump indicates Fed search down to 5 finalists

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is likely to make his selection for the next Federal Reserve chairman from five candidates, a group that includes current Chair Janet Yellen.“I would say within those five, you’ll probably get the answer,” he said when asked by a reporter if he is considering other candidates.Before Trump met with reporters in the Rose Garden, a White House official speaking on condition of anonymity said that the five finalists are Yellen, current Fed board member Jerome Powell, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, former Fed board member Kevin Warsh and Stanford University economist John Taylor.Trump is expected to announce his decision before he leaves Nov. 3 for a trip to Asia.“Honestly, I like them all,” Trump said when asked if he had a favourite. “I do. I have a great respect for all of them. But I will make a decision over the next very short period of time.”The president is scheduled to interview Yellen on Thursday. After that meeting, he will have met and discussed the job with all five candidates.Yellen’s four-year term as chairman ends on Feb. 3. Trump criticized Yellen on the campaign trail last year, saying she was too political and was keeping interest rates low to favour Democrats. But since taking office, Trump has been complimentary, saying he and Yellen both favour low interest rates and that she has done a good job at the central bank.The president met Warsh, who served on the Fed board during the 2008 financial crisis, and Powell, the only Republican currently on the board, late last month. Trump interviewed Taylor, the author of a key rule on monetary policy, last week.Cohn, who spent 26 years at Goldman Sachs before joining the Trump administration this year, had at one time been considered a front-runner for the Fed job. But his prospects appear to have dimmed after he made comments critical of Trump’s response to racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.___AP White House reporter Darlene Superville contributed to this report.last_img read more

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UN purchases local produce to feed hungry Afghans and boost farming

18 September 2007In a twin move to feed hungry Afghans and stimulate local production, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the $1.1 million purchase of 4,000 metric tons of locally grown wheat in the western Herat region as a way of overcoming continuing security problems hampering deliveries from further afield. In a twin move to feed hungry Afghans and stimulate local production, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the $1.1 million purchase of 4,000 metric tons of locally grown wheat in the western Herat region as a way of overcoming continuing security problems hampering deliveries from further afield. “When WFP can, and when a good harvest allows, it makes good sense to purchase locally grown cereals for our assistance programmes,” the agency’s Asia Regional Director Tony Banbury said. “This wheat purchase will bring food to vulnerable people in Afghanistan who really need our help, and WFP’s payments will help local farmers recover their livelihoods, a critical step for Afghanistan.” The recent break in supply affected over 100,000 people in the western region, including Afghans recently deported from Iran, vulnerable men and women who carry out community work in exchange for food, and those enrolled in vocational and literacy courses under food-for-training schemes. “Extended drought and conflict has had a devastating effect on Afghanistan’s wheat crop in recent years. But this year, we have had a better harvest, and WFP can buy a significant quantity of wheat locally,” WFP Afghanistan Country Director Rick Corsino said. “WFP makes every effort to buy wheat locally or regionally wherever it can do so without disrupting markets.” For the first time, WFP has also purchased 9,000 tons of wheat from Iran, which will be distributed in Badghis and Ghor provinces. “The purchase of wheat from Herat has also been well timed,” Mr. Corsino said. “Insecurity on the southern ring road means we have been unable to move food for well over two months. With seriously depleted stocks, poor and hungry people in the west of the country have been suffering.” Insecurity in many parts of Afghanistan, where WFP aims to provide food to 5.4 million people this year, presents a major obstacle to humanitarian deliveries and continues to threaten projects. Since June 2006, there have been 28 security incidents involving trucks carrying WFP food. The vehicles have been attacked and looted, seven people have died, and an estimated 750 tons of food has been lost. WFP’s current three-year $378 million Afghan operation is at present 64 per cent funded. read more

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Regional drought causing alarming overcrowding at Kenyan refugee camp UN

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said: “The overcrowded Dadaab refugee camp in Garissa continues to receive new arrivals at alarming rates. The current number of registered refugees – 353,921 – is four times its capacity. Twenty thousand people have arrived in the last two weeks alone.”The site is the largest refugee camp in the world.Earlier this week OCHA estimated that 10 million people across the Horn of Africa are facing a severe food crisis following a prolonged drought in the region, with some areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda, experiencing their worst drought conditions in 60 years. The Kenyan Government has declared the drought situation a national disaster, with malnutrition mortality rates in northern Kenya exceeding emergency thresholds, OCHA reported. 30 June 2011The United Nations humanitarian agency reported today that the numbers of new arrivals of Horn of Africa drought victims at an already overcrowded refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya is growing “at alarming rates.” read more

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CanadianAmerican Studies program a window between neighbours

What makes Canada different from the United States?This is a question that students in Brock’s MA in Canadian-American Studies grapple with both in class and on their way there.“We’re so close, but so separated,” says alumna Heidi Madden (MA ’16). “You don’t understand the differences until you have to articulate them. You have to stand in class and explain who you are to someone who thinks they know you.”The program, now in its fifth year, gives students the benefit of international experience with the convenience of having twice the resources. Students take classes at both Brock and the State University of New York Buffalo campus, and have access to libraries, resources and professors at both campuses.The international experience was particularly important to Madden, who now works as an International Exchange Assistant with Goodman School of Business. She is passionate about international education and finds her experience helps her work with international students.“The opportunity to study with American students and professors made the experience so much richer,” says Madden. “You’re not just learning about Americans, but you’re talking to them and hearing their side.”Even the commute to class becomes part of students’ learning.“You’re learning about case studies where people mention how the border was before 9/11 and how it was after, and you are experiencing that every day,” says Bernardo Pontes, who moved to Niagara from Brazil specifically for this program.“You experience how the Canadian and U.S. relationship changed.”The program also gives American students an opportunity to experience and study Canada at Brock. While a number of U.S. universities offer Canadian-American Studies, the Brock-SUNY Buffalo program is one of the few that lets students regularly travel back and forth between the two countries.Paul Coleman is a SUNY Buffalo student researching special education models in Canada, and how these are being adopted by schools in Las Vegas.“Even if things are successful in one country, they don’t always copy over,” he says. “Copying a model and putting it somewhere else isn’t always the key to success.”The interdisciplinary nature of the program encourages students to explore the nuances of the Canadian-American relationship from many different perspectives.“The comparative atmosphere of this program lends itself to a lot of exciting opportunities,” says Madden.For more information on the interdisciplinary, interfaculty and international program, visit the MA in Canadian-American Studies website. read more

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Bradley Roby Ohio State see the sun roll to 60

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.” read more

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Opinion Storylines to watch as Ohio State kicks off spring practice

OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball as Michigan junior defensive back Blake Countess (2) and sophomore safety Delano Hill (44) defend during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team isn’t even two months removed from its victory over Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship, but it’s already time to hit the field once again.The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin practice Tuesday morning, kicking off a string of 14 sessions, set to conclude with the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18.Spring practice brings the first glimpse at a new Buckeye squad, including a few freshmen who have enrolled early, some players rehabbing injuries, and others battling for playing time in 2015. With a few guarantees mixed in with a number of question marks, these are the top storylines heading into practice.QuarterbacksIt’s the most talked-about position in all of football, and easily the most discussed when it comes to OSU.Redshirt-junior Cardale Jones is expected to be the only fully healthy signal caller at spring practice who could earn significant playing time next season. Redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett is still recovering from a fractured ankle and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller is rehabbing a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.While Barrett was the starter most of last season, and Miller is a former two-year undisputed starter, Jones has a chance to get a leg up on the competition if he performs well this spring.Of course, he had that same chance last year when Miller was initially ruled out after a minor shoulder surgery. Jones earned the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but was eventually beaten out by Barrett in fall camp before Miller went down with his season-ending injury.So Jones can make his mark while getting plenty of reps in practice, but he should still be wary whenever Barrett and Miller return to full strength, because all three are supremely talented.Position battlesWhile the Buckeyes don’t have to replace anyone at quarterback, it’ll be the most watched position battle.Beyond that, though, OSU has to find a new right tackle, at least one new starting wide receiver, a new starting defensive tackle, one more linebacker and another cornerback.Linebacker is probably the position most set in stone already, with sophomore Raekwon McMillan looking like a clear replacement for the departed Curtis Grant. At receiver, redshirt-freshman Johnnie Dixon might have an opportunity to take over one of the spots left vacant by Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, but he’ll face stiff competition.Other returning names, such as redshirt-seniors Corey Smith and Jeff Greene, should have a chance to earn playing time alongside redshirt-junior Michael Thomas as well.At cornerback, sophomore Damon Webb and redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley will be going head-to-head, while sophomore Sam Hubbard, redshirt-sophomore Michael Hill and sophomore Jalyn Holmes, along with senior Tommy Schutt, will all get looks at defensive line.Along the offensive front, numerous players could earn playing time, but redshirt-senior Chase Farris is the most likely candidate to replace Darryl Baldwin.Fresh faces on the coaching staffAlong with a few new players, the Buckeyes have two new assistant coaches in the fold.With Tom Herman off to Houston and Stan Drayton off to the Chicago Bears in the NFL, Tim Beck and Tony Alford will be working with the OSU quarterbacks and running backs, respectively.Beck earned the opportunity to choose between three potential Heisman Trophy candidates, while Alford inherited one clear-cut Heisman front runner in junior Ezekiel Elliott.While both the quarterbacks and running backs performed extremely well last season, Beck and Alford have a chance to improve their position groups to a completely dominating level, and leave their mark on the OSU program.After the Spring Game, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., to kick off the 2015 regular season. read more

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Give our Glorious Glosters the burial they deserve MoD asks families to

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Nicola Nash, from the MoD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, said: “We are currently attempting to gather the contact information of the families of these brave men who were killed during the Korean War but have no known grave”. Any British personnel identified will be buried in the United Nations (UN) Memorial Cemetery in Pusan, South Korea. The MoD has said it will pay for relatives to attend the services. Relatives wishing to contact the Ministry of Defence unit responsible for this work should call 01452 854622 or 01462 855258. Returning to his hotel from a visit to the Imjin River battlefield on his last visit, he said he had been overcome with emotion. A young Korean nurse had gone to his aid. Having ensured he was healthy she then knelt down in from of him and, as if she was addressing all the men that had gone to fight for her country, in broken English said three words that have stayed with Mr Mercer ever since: “You my hero”. With human waves of Chinese infantry attacking his isolated hill-top position and many of his small band of British defenders becoming casualties, Brigadier Tom Brodie, commander of the Gloucestershire Regiment, was asked for an update by his American superior.“Things are getting a bit sticky,” he reportedly told General Robert Soule, at the height of the Battle of Imjin River in April 1951, during the Korean war. Taking the phrase at face value, and misunderstanding that to a British soldier it indicated absolute crisis and imminent doom, the General sent neither reinforcements nor an order to withdraw. Having held out against an estimated 10,000 Chinese troops for three days, most of the unit of 600 men were killed or captured, with only 40 making it back to safety.But now relatives of men from The Glorious Glosters, as the unit became known, have been asked to help identify remains from the conflict in a new appeal by the Ministry of Defence.Families of the fallen servicemen have been asked to provide DNA samples after a deal struck in June between President Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, saw the repatriation of a number of remains. So far the remains of 55 soldiers have been returned to the US for analysis, with more hoped to follow. But the nationalities have yet to be identified and with 33,000 coalition troops still unaccounted for from the war the MoD has appealed for help to trace fallen British servicemen.   Sam Mercer MBE, 88, a veteran of the Korea War. Mr Mercer served in the Gloucestershire Regiment at the Battle of Imjin River in 1951. Sam Mercer MBE, 88, a veteran of the Korea War. Mr Mercer served in the Gloucestershire Regiment at the Battle of Imjin River in 1951.  Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley “Although the process of tracing families, DNA testing and identification will probably take many years, we are hoping that as many families as possible will come forward,” Ms Nash said.The Korean War, technically a UN policing action, lasted from 1950 to 1953. An American-led UN coalition supported South Korea in the fight against the Communist North, which was backed by China. 1,108 British troops were killed in the war, with 336 still listed as missing. Sam Mercer, a private in the Gloucestershire Regiment at the time of the battle who was wounded and subsequently taken captive, said he supported the initiative.Speaking exclusively to The Telegraph he recalled that many of his fellow soldiers had been reservists at the time of the Korean War and had had to be recalled to arms to go and fight. “In the words of the RSM [Regimental Sergeant Major],”  Mr Mercer said, “they were ticking like alarm clocks!”He last visited the UN cemetery in Pusan about four years ago and visited the grave of his old Platoon Commander, Lieutenant Curtis, a Victoria Cross recipient.“I had a brief chat with him and wished him well,” he said, “as you do”.He felt it was a worthy endeavour to try to match remains from the war to help the families. He knew that the sacrifices of his comrades were greatly respected by the Korean people today, many of whom, he said, felt the UN forces had been their saviours. read more

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GTA hack reveals Google Glass true gaming potential

first_imgIf you could take the HUD from your favorite game and move it to just inside your peripheral vision on Google Glass, would you do it?Google has been spending a lot of time recently working on explaining how Glass could be useful to the average user. Sure, you can check your email and social networks, and you’ve got an OK camera at eye level that could be capable of taking a photo faster than you could pull your phone out of your pocket, but for many that’s not enough. We know that native Glassware apps are on the way, which will help a great deal with these explanations of value. It seems likely that the biggest untapped market for Glass is to behave as a second screen for the things going on when watching TV or playing games. One Glass developer took matters into his own hands — he fired up a copy of Grand Theft Auto 3, and decided to try something new with his wearable tech.Mike DiGiovanni is no stranger to writing native apps for Glass. Mike is the developer who first figured out how to let Glass users take a photo with a blink, and has been working hard on other apps ever since. This latest concept pulls the map from GTA 3 and places it on Glass as a head-up display. It’s not ready for GTA V just yet, but the concept is incredibly cool.Right now the app keeps the display on the whole time you play, so Glass’ battery life becomes a concern. DiGiovanni explained that if the app were to behave more like the current GPS system, where it wakes the display when something important happens, battery life would be significantly longer.So, how about it? Would you slide Glass on when sitting down to a gaming session? If you could use Glass as the motion tracker in Halo, or even as just the ammo counter in your FPS of choice, it’d be a whole new level of interaction for most users.last_img read more

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