Former Trinamool leader Mukul Roy quits Rajya Sabha

first_imgFormer Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy resigned from the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and gave up the primary membership of the party saying that “we are comrades in party and not servants”.“One-person party is not good for the country. At this moment a national party is required for country’s betterment,” he said at press conference.Mr Roy, who was unhappy with elevation of West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s elevation in the party, said that “dynasty politics is hurting all political parties” in the country.He evaded pointed questions on Abhishek Banerjee, saying just that “all one-man party are run this way”.Asked why did not he raise the voice within the Trinamool Congress, the 63-year-old leader, who also served as Railway Minister, said the atmosphere was not right in the party to raise such issues.Mr. Roy said that since its inception, the party supported the BJP till 2007 and then were a part of the United Progressive Alliance government from 2009 to 2012. “The party [Trinamool] was formed to fight the Congress. If the Trinamool leadership now feels that the country cannot run without the Congress, I would suggest that they should merge with the Congress,” he said.’BJP is not a communal party’While he did not disclose his future plans, he made clear hints that the BJP cannot be described as a “communal party”.“I haven’t yet decided to join any party or float a new political entry,” he said.In last few months Mr. Roy has had series of meetings with Finance Minister Arun Jaitely and General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. “There is no question of bargaining. I have good relations with both Mr Vijayvargiya and Mr Jaitely,” he said.While, he stopped short of confirming that he would officially join BJP, he did put up a spirited defence of the party. In 1998, Trinamool Congress had a seat sharing arrangement with BJP in West Bengal.  “On that day we said BJP is not communal,” he said.The TMC fought the next elections as NDA partners. Ms. Banerjee has handled Coal and Railways as a minister in NDA cabinet.“In fact, till 2007 we were with the NDA. In 2009, TMC joined UPA-2, but within few years we left it on flimsy grounds. From 2012-2014 we were in fact the main opposition party against Congress both inside and outside Parliament,” he recalled.“Since, 2014, TMC is claiming that country can’t be run without Congress. We sound this party to fight against Congress and if TMC today feels it can’t do without them, then why don’t they merge with Congress,” he said.Waving registration papers of the party, Mr Roy went on a trip down memory lane, insisting that it was he who started the party which Ms Banerjee joined at a later date. “On 17 December 1997, the party was registered under 29 (A) of Representation of People Act 1951. I was the first signatory. On 24 December 1997, when Mamata Banerjee was expelled from Congress, I was the one to inform Election Commission about her joining TMC,” he said.Trinamool hits backThe Trinamool leadership was quick to respond, saying that the very day after he was questioned by the CBI he was maintaining a close touch with the BJP.Party leader Partha Chatterjee said. “We wanted to run the party as a zamindar [landlord]. We are happy that the party has been rid of his presence.”On Mr. Roy’s remarks on dynasty politics, he said that Mr. Roy’s son, Subhranshu, is an MLA only because his father is a politician.Mr. Subhranshu Roy has said he is not leaving the Trinamool.last_img read more

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Manjhi demands more seats in Bihar

first_imgCracks in the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) appeared in Bihar on Thursday with Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi declaring that his party was ready to contest 20 Lok Sabha seats in the State if it was denied a “respectable” number of seats. “We need more seats than other constituent parties of the alliance as we had joined the RJD-led team before them,” HAM(S) leader and former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi said in Patna. The State Congress leaders, too, have taken a tough posture on seats. “The Congress will not be a pichhalaggu [hanger-on] to any other party in the State as we have decided to play from the front-foot in the Lok Sabha poll,” party MLA Sanjay Tiwari said.last_img

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London Olympics: Fingers crossed for Vikas Gowda in discus final

first_imgVikas Gowda did not have to exert himself too much on Monday as he easily attained the qualifying mark for the discus final at the Olympic Stadium.An early morning start was not to Vikas’s liking in a field where there were top quality athletes. With a qualifying mark of 65 metres, Vikas registered 65.20 metres in his second attempt and topped his pool.Overall, the highest throw in qualifying was 66.39 metres from Gerd Kanter of Estonia, while defending champion Robert Harting from Germany registered 66.22 metres. Jorge Fernandez of Cuba was placed third at 65.34 metres, with Gowda fourth.”The first throw slipped out of my hand but I knew the second throw was a good one. My first aim was to qualify and I have achieved that,” said Vikas.Vikas added that a 10:00 am start made him feel a little sluggish. “It’s early morning and I am feeling sluggish but I am confident for the final. I just need to stay relaxed and stay focussed,” he said.This season, Vikas, who trains in the United States, had a personal best of 66.25 metres. Athletics experts attached to the Indian camp say if Vikas can stay cool, he is a strong medal chance in the final.There has been a lot of speculation over the weather in London but it has held up well. In a sport where wet conditions are not favourable, it has been fair to all the athletes.As Vikas did not have to exert himself too much in qualifying, he should be in good shape for the final.advertisementlast_img read more

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Karen Khachanov shocks Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters final

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Topics Djokovic was expected to celebrate his return to world No 1 on Monday with a record-extending fifth Paris title but he went down in one hour 37 minutes amid a hail of 31 crushing winners from Khachanov’s racket.Khachanov, a strapping 6ft 6in huge hitter with surprisingly fleet movement around the court, took advantage of Djokovic appearing to be a little under-the-weather after a week struggling with flu-like symptoms.Yet even though the Serb may also have been suffering from the after-effects of his epic three-hour win over Roger Federer in the semi-final on Saturday, nothing could be taken away from the outstanding quality of Khachanov’s attacking game.Earning his fourth straight win over a top-10 player this week, Khachanov, whose muscular game resembles that of his childhood hero Marat Safin, the last Russian winner in Paris, picked up the biggest title of his burgeoning career. Paris Masters final: Karen Khachanov beats Novak Djokovic– as it happened Share on Pinterest Novak Djokovic match reports Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Karen Khachanov caused one of the shocks of the tennis year by overpowering Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 in the Paris Masters final to end the Serb’s remarkable spell of dominance in the men’s game on Sunday.The 22-year-old Russian has for some time been seen as one of the rising young talents of the sport but few could have envisaged his demolition of the Djokovic, who was on a three-month, 22-match winning streak. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Tennis Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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a month agoWest Ham striker Sebastien Haller: Man Utd good measure for us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham striker Sebastien Haller: Man Utd good measure for usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Sebastien Haller is delighted with the start of his Premier League career.The Frenchman is looking forward to testing himself against one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, Manchester United, when they visit London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Haller told whufc.com: “Of course, it’s a big club. Everyone who plays football, when you were young, you watched Champions League games and teams like Manchester United.“It’s a big team, but it’s part of the game and part of the job to perform against those teams and it’s also a good test for us because we need to know to what we can do against them. It’s a good measure.“You don’t have to think about them too much so you just have to prepare for them like you prepare for the other teams because it’s still three points. The points are not worth more because it’s Man U, but it’s a good test.“In our minds, it’s something nice to perform against those teams, so we’re looking forward to it.” last_img read more

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Education Ministry Ready for New School Year

first_img The Ministry of Education is in an advanced state of readiness for the start of the 2013/14 school year, which begins on Monday, September 2.Chief Education Officer, Grace McLean, says tuition grants as well as other fees that are provided by the Ministry will be lodged to school accounts by the end of this week.“The janitorial grants have already been uploaded to the institutions’ accounts. So we expect that as of Friday (August 16), all schools will have the available funds to do the necessary preparations that would be left to be done,” Mrs. McLean said.She was addressing a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank on Wednesday, August 14, at the Agency’s Half Way Tree Road offices in Kingston.She pointed out that auxiliary fees are not optional and are regarded as an important aspect of the additional support that schools require to enable them to improve on the value added areas of educational activities.Mrs. McLean, however, reiterated that students on the Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) and wards of the state are exempted from paying auxiliary fees.“(This) is except for cases where goods and services, such as physical education gear, epaulettes, badges, lab coats and so on, are included in the auxiliary fees. We are asking parents to try to see how best they are able to provide these items for their children,” she stated.The Ministry will also be spending a total of $893 million on text books at both the primary and secondary level this year.“Delivery has started within our schools and we expect that the delivery will be completed by August 30 so that the books can be distributed to our students for the new school year,” Mrs. McLean said.As it relates to nutrition, the Ministry will be distributing commodities to schools starting the first week of September. The nutrition grants as well the school feeding grants for the PATH will also be uploaded into the various schools’ accounts during that period.In terms of equipment, Mrs McLean noted that the Ministry has begun to deliver furniture to schools with the greatest need.So far. the Ministry has procured 16,500 pieces of furniture, including desks and chairs. Wheelchair type furniture has also been procured for special need students for   primary schools.“At the high school level, we have been discussing with our principals for funds to be utilised from their regular subventions for the procurement of furniture. Funds have been identified in most cases and, of course, that procurement takes place at the local level,” Mrs. McLean said.She further advised that the Ministry is continuing its repair programme especially at the high school level through, support from the HEART Trust/NTA.“Again, we are asking that our schools do as much as they possibly can as it relates to the repairs that can be done locally so that we can focus on those schools that are in absolute need of furniture,” she added. The Ministry will also be spending a total of $893 million on text books The Ministry of Education is in an advanced state of readiness for the start of the 2013/14 school year Story Highlights Tuition grants as well as other fees will be lodged to school accounts by the end of this weeklast_img read more

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VIDEO: Three Injured Crewmen Airlifted from Vessel in …

first_imgzoom The U.S. Coast Guard safely medevaced three injured men from a vessel approximately 200 miles south of Kodiak on Monday, April 21.Two Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews hoisted the men from the 587-foot motor vessel Copacabana and transported them to Kodiak to meet commercial medical flight services who flew the men to higher level medical care in Anchorage. An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, also from Kodiak, managed communications on scene during the hoists and provided a self rescue capability for the Jayhawk crews.Coast Guard watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a report of the three injured crewmen from the master of the Liberian-flagged cargo ship Sunday and maintained contact with the vessel’s crew as they changed course to rendezvous with Coast Guard aircrews closer to Kodiak.A large wave reportedly struck the vessel causing multiple injuries among the three men, and a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended the medieval. The flight surgeon and a health services technician trained in emergency care accompanied the Jayhawk crews to provide in-flight medical care to Copacabana crewmen.“This case illustrates the importance of our hoist-capable aircraft in Alaska and the ability of our crews to respond statewide to medical emergencies,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Amy Canny, watchstander, 17th District command center. “A great deal of planning goes into a case with multiple aircraft involved and our crews constantly train to conduct these long range missions safely.”Weather on scene was reportedly seas of 10-foot and winds up to 17 mph. Following the hoists the Copacabana resumed their original voyage.Press Release, April 22, 2014, Image: USCGlast_img read more

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Israeli PM cancels planned daylong visit to India on Sep 9

first_imgJerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday cancelled a planned day-long visit to India on September 9 to meet his counterpart Narendra Modi, citing scheduling issues due to an unprecedented repeat polls in Israel. A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said the two leaders spoke over phone and they “agreed that due to scheduling constraints, the prime minister’s visit will take place after the (September 17) elections.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details This is the second time this year that the Israeli leader has cancelled a planned visit to India, doing so earlier before the April elections. Netanyahu’s planned visit was widely seen in Israel as an effort by him to project his acceptance worldwide and prop up his campaign just days before the September 17 repeat polls. In July, Netanyahu’s Likud Party put banners featuring his pictures with Modi, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to lure support by presenting him in a “different league”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday His campaign has focused on bringing out his close chemistry with the world leaders and trying to project him as a leader of unmatched stature in Israeli politics which is crucial for the country’s security. Netanyahu, who created history on July 20 by becoming the longest serving Israeli Prime Minister, surpassing Israel’s first premier David Ben-Gurion, is facing a tough political challenge as opinion polls show flagging fortunes for his ruling Likud party. Israeli lawmakers in May voted 74-45 in favour of dissolving the 21st Knesset (Parliament) and hold an unprecedented re-elections on September 17 after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government after the April 9 polls. Netanyahu visited India in January 2018, while Modi travelled to Tel Aviv in 2017, becoming the first Indian prime minister to tour the Jewish state. The close chemistry between the two leaders has been often discussed in the Israeli press.last_img read more

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UN Goodwill Ambassador Edward Norton calls for people power to protect biodiversity

22 September 2010Individuals can use their wallets, their Internet skills and their lawmakers to press corporations and governments to take meaningful measures to preserve biodiversity, the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed actor Edward Norton said today, urging the public to play a bigger role in stopping the decline in the number of plant and animal species worldwide. Mr. Norton – who was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity in July – told the UN News Centre that it is not only world leaders and policy-makers who can play a part in protecting the planet.Consumers can vote with their dollars and only buy products that are environmentally friendly, he said, noting that many companies had started to introduce “greener” brand lines to meet demand.“Growth in the environmentally friendly sector of consumer products is really high – not just in organics, but also in cleaner products,” he said. “I think that companies that ignore these trends are probably ignoring them at the peril of their bottom line.”Mr. Norton noted that many green products are no longer substantially more expensive than their standard rivals.“In some cases, there still is that cost premium, but in many cases the products that don’t carry a downstream environmental burden are becoming price competitive.”The Goodwill Ambassador noted that the public can also pressure their legislators to ensure their country signs the Convention on Biodiversity or pass appropriate laws on the issue, such as better regulating environmentally destructive industry.“I think it is being persuasively demonstrated all over the world in various scenarios of all different scales that you can achieve economic development that does not rely on the destruction of ecosystems.”Mr. Norton and several partners have recently developed Crowdrise, a website that allows the public to use a social networking platform to help raise funds for charitable causes.“We implemented Crowdrise with the idea that people are looking for tools of empowerment so that they can get around what feel like the over-large edifices surrounding an issue and get directly to some of the people in small groups that are taking the initiative and support them.”The world is more interconnected than ever, Mr. Norton stressed.“It’s not that hard to surf around [the Internet] any more and find examples of groups that are doing things at a scale where your small contribution or your small ability to do a little bit of fund-raising can really make a difference.”He added that he was optimistic that policy-makers were becoming more aware of the importance of protecting biodiversity, its impact of human health, and on the fact that taking a green stand does not necessarily have to mean a large economic cost to industry or the public.“Unsustainable development is no longer an option, and environmental preservation that doesn’t deal with human needs is no longer an option either.” read more

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WatchQuadrigas downfall began when founder abruptly fired all the exchanges law and

“I don’t know why Mr. Cotten decided to eschew regulatory law but I never spoke with him after that day,” she said.The Quadriga story has come back to haunt Duhaime since the unexpected death in December of Cotten, who ran the business from his laptop. Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp. has been under creditor protection since Feb. 5, with Ernst & Young acting as monitor to sort out the firm’s dealings through a court-approved creditor protection process in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Duhaime says her law firm was recently the target of extortion, with a person demanding her firm provide privileged and confidential information on QuadrigaCX or they’d defame the firm on social media and file a false criminal report to law enforcement.“As a result of the extortion of our firm, other people who have relevant information and key documents that could assist with the court process are now not willing to come forward and be seen as being associated with QuadrigaCX,” she said.She also noted that her law firm is owed $100,000 from Quadriga.Duhaime declined to comment further to Bloomberg News.–With assistance from Natalie Obiko Pearson.Bloomberg.com She was a lawyer who once helped Vancouver crypto exchange QuadrigaCX get its regulatory footing until its chief executive decided to dump “law and order” folks.Now Christine Duhaime of Duhaime Law in Vancouver blames Quadriga’s late founder, Gerald Cotten, for the decline of a firm that is now in shambles and owes 115,000 people about $260 million (US$194 million) in cryptocurrency and cash. Its downfall began one day in 2016, when Cotten decided he no longer wanted the Vancouver-based exchange to be a listed company, she said.“On that day, he terminated the professionals that were, in his mind, ‘law and order’ folks — the accountant, the auditor and me, the regulatory attorney,” Duhaime wrote in a March 26 post on Coindesk. “From that moment onwards, Mr. Cotten solely took over QuadrigaCX and operated the exchange as if it had no investors, no shareholders, no regulatory agencies and no law that applied to it— no corporate law, no securities law, no anti-money-laundering law and no contract law.” A criminal past haunts surviving founder of troubled cryptocurrency exchange Quadriga Watchdogs proposing new framework for cryptocurrency exchanges on heels of Quadriga collapse Quadriga founder’s widow asks court for repayment of $300,000 in costs Duhaime was hired in 2016 as a regulatory attorney to help their securities lawyer in Canada draft a statutory prospectus, she said. Her firm was terminated after six months.Christine Duhaime of Duhaime Law in Vancouver. Courtesy Duhaime Law read more

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UN envoy says her only agenda is helping restore peace to Africas

Speaking to Radio Okapi, a radio station backed by the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC that is known by its acronym MONUSCO, Mary Robinson said it was important for her to remove any ambiguity regarding her position.“As Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, I have no other agenda than to help this country […] to restore peace for the people so the country can move forward.” Mrs. Robinson said that she fully supports Resolution 2098, which was unanimously approved in March by the 15-member UN Security Council. “This is a very clear resolution that provides a vision and a holistic and comprehensive approach to promoting peace and stability in the DRC. In my opinion, it leaves no room for ambiguity.”She added that the resolution both launches a political process that aims to bring peace to the DRC, as well as authorizes an intervention brigade within the current UN peacekeeping force. “These are two pillars that go together, one does not exclude the other,” the envoy stressed.Resolution 2098, which extends the work of MONUSCO through March 2014, provides a framework for the UN to support Congolese authorities by protecting civilians, neutralizing armed groups, and implementing key reforms to consolidate peace in the country, particularly in the area of security sector reform and rule of law.The resolution also approves an intervention brigade to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in the eastern part of DRC – a region that is prone to cycles of violence and consequent humanitarian suffering.The objectives of the new force – based in North Kivu province in eastern DRC – is to neutralize armed groups, reduce the threat they pose to State authority and civilian security and make space for stabilization activities.The brigade is putting in place measures gradually, Mrs. Robinson told Radio Okapi, in collaboration with national authorities to help address the situation on the ground. “It naturally takes time,” the Special Envoy stressed. Over the past year, the M23, along with other armed groups, has clashed repeatedly with the national DRC forces (FARDC) in the eastern DRC. The rebels briefly occupied Goma in November 2012. The fighting resumed in recent weeks, this time dragging in a group of Ugandan-based rebels, and displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.As part of an effort to address the underlying causes of violence in the region, the Government of DRC along with 10 other countries and four regional and international institutions adopted what Mrs. Robinson has dubbed a “framework for hope” in February.Known formally as the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region, the accord serves as a blueprint for peace and development in the region.“I come from a country – Ireland – that has experienced a violent conflict for a long time. It is with this personal experience that I work with all my energy and in partnership with the Government of the DRC, civil society and other signatories to the Framework Agreement,” Mrs. Robinson said. “I am personally ready to explore all possible and acceptable ways that can lead to a lasting solution to the crisis.” read more

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Baseball Buckeyes drop another home game to UNCG 114

Ohio State sophomore pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch in the top of the second inning against North Carolina Greensboro on April 22 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team (15-24) gave up 16 hits, including at least one hit to eight of the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s nine starters, as they lost to the Spartans (24-14) 11-4 on Saturday.After giving up 11 runs in Friday’s game between the second and sixth innings, the Buckeyes experienced a little déjà vu in Saturday’s game as those same five innings came back to bite them for 11 runs again. This also marked the second game in which the Spartans tallied at least 16 hits after they tallied 17 on Friday.“Quite honestly guys, I don’t care to talk about today’s game,” Beals said. “I need to talk about where we’re at as a ball club, and what we can do to get better. You guys saw the game, we weren’t very good today.”Beals said one way his team can improve is to lose their fear of making a mistake and avoid trying to be perfect constantly.“We’re afraid of making mistakes. I don’t feel like we’re trying to do too much. I feel like we’re afraid to make mistakes,” Beals said. “I feel like our pitchers are trying to make perfect pitches and they’re getting down in the count and walking some guys, certainly getting into bad counts and against this hitting ball club, when you get into bad counts, they’re going to put a good swing on you.”This game began with an unusual hit, but not an unfamiliar hit. For the second-straight game, a Greensboro batter grounded a ball down the line that would have been fielded cleanly had it not bounced right off the first base bag. While the Spartans found a hit in the strangest ways possible, the Buckeyes couldn’t buy a baserunner for most of the game. Line drives always seem to find gloves when the Buckeyes were up to bat and bloops seemed to drop for the Spartans.Though OSU seemed to be on the wrong end of nearly all of the plays in this game, Beals said his team needs to fight through those plays and find a way to win in spite of the unusual bounces.“You know what, tomorrow, they may hit a ball down the line and hit a base and bounce over our head and we may hit a couple line drives right at guys,” Beals said, “And you know what, we’ve got to own it and we’ve got to find a way to overcome it.”The Spartans were able to capitalize on some poor defense from the Buckeyes in the top of the second. After a walk and an error by freshman second baseman Conner Pohl put runners on first and second, Greensboro senior right fielder Ryne Sigmon singled up the middle. The ball was mishandled by the center fielder and got past him, allowing the two runners to score and Sigmon to advance on to third.A throwing error by Pohl on a groundball from the next batter allowed Sigmon to score, bringing the Spartan lead to 3-0.Pohl was given a chance at redemption, however, in the bottom of the second inning when he stepped up to the plate with a runner on first. He lined the first pitch he saw into the left-center field gap, scoring the runner and making it a 3-1 ball game.The Spartans quickly grabbed that run back in the top of the third when sophomore second baseman Austin Embler singled to left-center, driving in the runner from third.For the fourth straight inning, the Spartans got their leadoff hitter on base and for the third straight inning, he came around to score, this time on a groundout from freshman third baseman Caleb Webster.Two batters later, senior first baseman Michael Goss singled just between the third baseman and shortstop to plate the Spartans’ second run of the inning.In the top of the fifth inning, Sigmon doubled down the right field line with runners on second and third and one away to push the Greensboro lead to seven runs.The next inning, the Spartans again extended their lead, this time on the strength of a two RBI groundouts and a double from junior shortstop Tripp Shelton that gave them an 11-1 lead.OSU eventually put another one up in the bottom of the seventh inning when Gantt drilled a single to the first baseman who could not quite come up with it cleanly, allowing the runner to score from second.With just two outs remaining in the game, the Buckeyes started to show a little life as senior shortstop Jalen Washington doubled down the left field line to drive in a run, bringing the score to 11-3. Gantt stepped up to the plate with runners on second and third with one away and lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 11-4. The next batter grounded out for OSU to end the game.The Buckeyes will hope to avoid the sweep on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. when they send junior Reece Calvert to the mound for his third career start. read more

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British Army accused of leaning on under18s to plug recruitment gap

The British Army has been accused of “leaning on” under-18s in order to plug recruitment gaps, with 16 and 17-year-olds accounting for nearly 30 per cent of those enlisted last year.Data compiled by the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) shows that the army recruited 1,000 16-year-olds and 820 17-year-olds last year, with the youngsters more likely to come from poorer areas. The UK is the only country in Europe which routinely recruits people aged under 18, and Charlotte Cooper, campaigns coordinator with CRIN, told The Guardian: “The army is leaning on teenagers from the most deprived backgrounds to fix its recruitment crisis, using them to fill the riskiest roles because it can’t persuade enough adults to enlist.”According to figures compiled by Ms Cooper and rounded to the nearest five, some 55 teenagers aged 16 and 17 from Blackpool South enlisted in the British army between April 2013 and April 2018, while 50 came from Kingston upon Hull East.Children as young as 15 years and seven months old can start their applications to become a soldier, but cannot join until they are 16. Soldiers cannot be deployed on operations outside the UK until they are 18, and anyone under that age needs written parental consent to be able to enlist. Government data released earlier this month revealed that the strength of the British military fell for the ninth year in a row. 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. Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch, Commander Home Command, said at the time: “You may feel like the army is dumbing down on who it seeks to recruit as these ads are a change to the norm, [but] the army is open for business”.Today, an MoD spokesperson said: “We are proud of the opportunities serving in the armed forces affords young people, from basic literacy education and support for postgraduate degrees, to high-quality accredited training and unique employment prospects.” The figures also showed that while recruitment is increasing, the Army, with 74,400 regular fully-trained troops, is still more than 7,000 short of the target figure of 82,000, a deficit of over nine per cent.A recent controversial Army advertising series appeared to resonate with target audiences, despite branding youngsters ‘snowflakes’, ‘phone zombies’, ‘binge gamers’ and ‘selfie addicts’.   read more

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Epiroc deal to make ASI Mining a better company Larsen says

first_imgEpiroc’s investment in ASI Mining has been a big talking point over the past few months, with many observers keen to know how the two companies will interact going forward. IM Editor Dan Gleeson put some questions to Drew Larsen, Director, Business Development, ASI Mining, to find out what effect the investment will have on the US-based company.IM: What does ASI get out of the Epiroc deal?DL: It’s fair to say ASI has been looking for an investment partner for some time. There has been plenty of offers out there, but we have tried to be selective in finding an investment partner where there are lots of synergies and strategic alignment.We felt Epiroc was not only a good equity partner, but an excellent strategic fit as well. What we get – in addition to the investment – is a lot of alignment with our OEM-agnostic approach and independence, which Epiroc is preserving. But, primarily, we get access to Epiroc’s global footprint from a service and support aspect; we’re able to support the needs of any customer around the world as Epiroc has customer centres in almost any area where there is active mining. Then, we get access to some of their best practices and know-how, which we will be able to leverage as appropriate.We’re also looking at having tighter integration of some of their autonomous solutions with our Mobius solution.IM: How will you continue to differentiate your autonomous solutions from others in the market?DL: As competition increases, we have to compete on the merits of our system, capabilities and ability to provide service and support and attend to all the needs of our customers.Regardless of our competition, our play is always to become the best provider in the space.Epiroc is a great company, is very well managed, and has a great business model, vision and strategy. As we leverage some of their capabilities and work together in some of these areas, it will make us a better company for sure.We would hope that our solutions are a better fit with the interests of our mining customers. There are several advantages – flexibility in terms of vehicle types, leveraging existing investments the sites have made and an ability to work on a more customised basis with our customers. We will continue to seek solutions that are predicated on customer needs. Because of our independence, it gives us some unique advantages to be able to play to those customer needs compared with some of our competitors.IM: Automation seems to be getting a mention in the mining space every other day; how receptive are you finding companies to automation at the moment?DL: My sense is that we are in a third wave, if you will. We had a first wave with some of the early adopters, then a second wave with adopters in Western Australia and some of the key Tier 1 mining companies. This third wave is pushing down into more of the mid-tier and junior miner space, which is showing a genuine appetite for leveraging some of the benefits of autonomous vehicles.We definitely see more of a general acceptance to automation. I think there has been a notion that these systems are really expensive and difficult to implement, hence something only the Tier 1 mining companies have access to. Our message is we are trying to make this accessible to not just the Tier 1s but small miners too. As that awareness is gaining, we are seeing an awakening and acceptance that, a) automation would benefit their operations and, b) it is more accessible to them than they might think.There are some sites out there dealing with labour or cost constraints. Where some projects might be marginal under traditional mining models, as they re-look at them through an autonomous capability, they may actually be able to justify the investment. We see some of that happening where folks are re-evaluating the viability of projects.It’s not just cost reduction for existing operations; it is also looking to new opportunities through the lens of autonomy to make a marginal project more attractive.IM: Anything else to add?DL: I’m sure there is some curiosity around the market (in regards to the Epiroc deal) and what it means for our business. We’ve received a lot of feedback from customers saying this is a real smart move, and it will certainly complement and help the business. We talk about the fact that it will enable us to grow faster and part of that is by having access to an established global footprint and resources across the globe.What we did not want to happen was to take on an investment from an OEM that simply gobbles our technology up and incorporates it into their own solution…Epiroc made it clear from the outset that it was not their intent. They valued our business model and wanted to help facilitate it. That was a real key consideration for us.IM also heard Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s Senior Executive Vice President Mining and Infrastructure, talk about the deal last month. You can read what she said here.last_img read more

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Kenny says AIB mortgage hike necessary to avoid further taxpayer bailout

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said AIB must take whatever steps it needs to return to profitability – including increasing its variable mortgage interest rates – if it is to avoid needing further support and recapitalisation from the taxpayer.Kenny acknowledged that though the 0.5 per cent increase – announced last week – would be “difficult and challenging for people”, the return of the bank to a sound independent footing was of greater need.Speaking in the Dáil, Kenny said though the increase would be difficult for the 70,000 affected mortgage holders to deal with, any decision of the bank not to move back to profitability would ultimately result in 2.1 million taxpayers having to give it further support.“This is a commercial decision by a bank that the government considers to be a pillar bank,” Kenny said, adding that the forthcoming personal insolvency legislation would mean people in mortgage difficulty could approach the bank and make arrangements to deal with any financial problems.Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin said the government appeared to be doing nothing to avoid such difficulties.“Last November, when banks were not passing on the ECB rate reduction, you hauled in the banks – in a great show that you were going to rap their knuckles and get something from them,” he said.“Even now you’re not talking tough any more, and people very alienated and very let down,” he added, saying the new insolvency laws – which may not be enacted until 2013 – could come too late for many.Primary care, disability and a bank dealSinn Féin’s Gerry Adams once again raised the issue of primary care centres, accusing the Taoiseach and the health minister James Reilly of failing to publish the exact criteria used for ranking them.Speaking entirely in Irish, Kenny listed the criteria involved in ranking the centres – including the potential involvement of doctors, urban disadvantage, the presence of hospitals and other health centres, financial pressures on those services, and barriers to implementing public-private partnerships.He sidestepped demands from Adams, however, to publish the exact logarithm used by the Department of Health in ranking the towns involved.The Taoiseach did assert, however, that a report which reportedly could see cuts to disability payments for under-18s had not even been completed yet and would not be considered by the cabinet until it had been finished and submitted to the Minister for Social Protection.Kenny also told the technical group’s Shane Ross that there had been no hold-up or U-turn on the prospect of a deal splitting Ireland’s banking debt from its sovereign debt, saying no such deal would be implemented until a European banking supervision system was in place.“I can’t put an exact timeline on this – the important thing is to get the best deal for the taxpayer and the people,” he said.Read: AIB to increase mortgage interest rates by 0.5pcMore: Burton ‘playing politics with people’s fears’ over proposed disability cutlast_img read more

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SPOILER Note on talents backstage at tonights Monday Night RAW in Lafayette

first_img Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Scarlet Fu Google+ Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says Pinterest WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Facebook Now Playing Up Next The Tech Behind the First FDA-Approved Birth Control App Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Mike Johnson at PWInsider is reporting that several NXT stars are backstage for tonight’s Monday Night RAW in Lafayette, Louisiana. According the report NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, Ricochet, NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black are all scheduled to appear during tonight’s episode of Monday Night RAW live on the USA Network. In addition, Johnson’s report also states that a script for tonight’s show has been completed. However, there are always changes made to the scripts throughout the day.Wrestleview.com will have live RAW results tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 Central.Live Post-RAW tonightMike and Victoria Tedesco are back live tonight for Post-RAW on YouTube.Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest content! Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipStreaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz SaysVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 4:57/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 34.43%0:03Remaining Time -4:54 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Alex Trebek returns to ‘Jeopardy!’ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Calcio: Premier League pi ricca, divario crescente con la serie A WhatsApp NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for September 28 Wilmington Man Arrested Bad Crash On 93

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, September 28, 2018:Police issued a verbal warning for failure to yield to emergency personnel at an accident scene on West Street. The operator almost struck an officer. (6:01am)A tractor trailer unit got hung up on power lines and a rock wall at the corner of Main Street and Eames Street, blocking the northbound lane. Eames St. sign and stop sign have been knocked over. RMLD, Verizon, and Cody’s Towing notified. (6:08am)Eric Creekmore (36, Wilmington) was arrested on 2 warrants and for Possession of a Class A Drug. (8:53am)A Mass Ave. caller reported being trapped in his vehicle in his driveway. Party got in without keys and the security system locked him in. (3:14pm)5 vehicles were involved in a crash on the 93 North Exit 39 ramp. North Reading Police assisted in shutting down Concord Street. Fire Department responded. One vehicle rolled over. A small amount of Class D was located in one of the vehicles and destroyed at station. (10:08pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 28: Dracut Woman Arrested; Lawrence Man Issued Summons; Missing RingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Rio Tinto Gives Up On Pebble Mine

first_imgMining Giant Rio Tinto announced Monday it will divest its holdings with Northern Dynasty, the sole owner of the Pebble mine prospect in Bristol Bay. Rio Tinto held 19 percent of Northern Dynasty’s publicly traded shares. But the company is not selling those shares. Instead, it will split them evenly between two charitable organizations.Download Audiolast_img

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Katrina Kaif shoots for Arbaaz Khans Pinch to reveal some intimate details

first_imgArbaaz Khan, Katrina KaifInstagramEven after going through a bitter break-up, Salman Khan has always been the go-to person to his ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif be it from seeking career advice or making important decisions in life. As we know that Katrina and Salman will soon be recreating their magic and paint the silver screen red with their romance in Bharat, Katrina decided to stop by the sets of Arbaaz Khan’s new chat show Pinch.Dressed in orange outfit, Katrina looked elegant as she posed with Arbaaz on the sets while shooting for an episode for the chat show which deals with online trolls. Talking about handling the negative comments on social media, the actress had earlier said that she takes the positivity and avoids the criticism and negativity.From getting criticised for being ‘expressionless’ to getting honoured with the Smita Patil Memorial Award to her past relationships and what not, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Katrina has been one of the favourite targets of the online trolls. And she has always chosen silence over retaliation which according to her is the simplest way to deal with negative comments.During the launch of his chat show, Arbaaz had said that Sunny Leone cried profusely when he read out a nasty comment about her on his show. So it would be interesting to see how Katrina would respond to Arbaaz Khan when he read out the nasty comments on her looks, her acting, her past relationships and her equation with other actresses. And would she remain calm and unaffected while revealing some of the intimate details of her personal life.In the previous episodes of Pinch, we saw how Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karan Johar, Sonakshi Sinha, Kapil Sharma and Varun Dhawan revealed what they feel about the negative comments written about them on social media. And now Sonam Kapoor will be next seen talking about how she feels when a particular person talk negative about her on a public platform.last_img read more

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Clever pirate adds Bitcoin miner to Watch Dogs torrent

first_imgWith the imminent release of any high profile video game, there inevitably are a number of pirate copies made available through torrents on peer-to-peer networks. Choosing to download one of these illegal copies of a game comes with a lot of risk on the part of the downloader. If you’re lucky, you get a clean version of the game, but more often than not there’s malware attached.In the case of Watch Dogs, which is officially released tomorrow, one pirate has decided to use the game for a get rich quick scheme. Their torrent version, known as the Skidrow release, bundles with it a hidden Bitcoin miner virus. Anyone attempting to run the game from this torrent will also activate the Bitcoin miner on their PC, and in turn start generating Bitcoin for whoever added the miner to this release.The side effect for the user is a big chunk of CPU time dedicated to mining Bitcoin for someone else and no actual guarantee the game will work. That means more heat and power use, and an unstable PC in some cases. Your PC is also running a virus, so who knows what else it will be susceptible to running in the future.There are apparently two versions of the Skidrow releases of Watch Dogs–the real one and a fake one which includes the Bitcoin miner virus. But rather than trying to find the torrent without the virus attached, why not go and purchase the game instead. That way you won’t be risking a virus and actually paying the developer for their years of hard work producing the game. $14.76 at Amazonlast_img read more

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