first_imgIndian golfer Anirban Lahiri carded three-over 75 to be tied 38th, a jump of nine places, in the third and penultimate round of the 80th Masters Tournament here.The 28-year-old on Saturday collected birdies on the second and seventh holes, alongside bogeys on the first, third, fifth, 15th and 16th at the Augusta National Golf Club.The world No.51 now has a three-day total of eight-over 224. His earlier two rounds were 76 and 73, respectively.The Bengaluru golfer had finished tied 49th at the Masters last year and coming into the final round, he will look to push for a better finish in the year’s first Major.Meanwhile, American Jordan Spieth (73) remained strong in pursuit of his title defence as he held a one-shot lead at the top with a three-under 213 total.Smylie Kaufman had the lowest round of another windblown and crusty afternoon, shooting a 69 to get within one short of Spieth. Kaufman was one of just four players to break par on Saturday.Spieth birdied five holes, and got bogeys on the seventh and 17th alongside a double-bogey on the 18th. On each of the last two holes the 22-year-old Texan drove it into the trees to shoot 73 for his second straight over par round.World No.2 Spieth is bidding to become just the fourth golfer to successfully defend at Augusta National after Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.”I’ve certainly felt better last year on Saturday night than I do right now,” he told “But at the same time, I feel that if I can get to the range, I straighten the ball out (Sunday), I get back to the same routine I was just in, I certainly think that down the stretch, I’m better prepared now than I was at this point last year.advertisement”It’s hard for me to say that because we just answered every statement made on the golf course last year on Sunday. So I can’t rely on the putter the way I did today. I’ve got to strike the ball better. That’s what leaves me a little uneasy compared to last year. I relied on my putter on Sunday last year and it came through. I can’t do that every single round, so I’ve got to put myself in better positions tomorrow.”Two strokes off the pace were German Bernhard Langer (70) was tied for third place with Japanese Hideki Matsuyama (72). Langer at age 58 would be the oldest Major winner by a decade and is a dozen years older than when Jack Nicklaus won here in 1986.World No.1 Jason Day of Australia (71), Dustin Johnson (72) and Englishman Danny Willett (72) shared the fifth place on 216 total, while Brandt Snedeker (74), Lee Westwood (71) and Soren Kjeldsen (74) were tied eighth.Overnight second-placed, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy dropped five strokes back, making three bogeys and a double bogey alongside Spieth to shoot 77. The World No.3 was tied 11th with Daniel Berger.McIlroy was trying to become just the sixth man to complete the career Grand Slam but it seemed he will have to wait for the next Major.last_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Michael Wacha was too wild in the wind and Matt Carpenter got tagged out at the plate.From beginning to end, it was a strange and frustrating night for the St. Louis Cardinals.Lucas Duda hit a long home run and the New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at home in the ninth inning to hold on for a 3-2 victory April 23 at blustery Citi Field.Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season, and shortstop Ruben Tejada cut down Carpenter for the second out of the ninth on a strong relay from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.“Two great throws,” Carpenter said. “That’s a tough play that’s not made a whole lot, especially with the game on the line.”St. Louis Manager Mike Matheny challenged the call by plate umpire Marty Foster, which was confirmed following a replay review of 1 minute, 20 seconds that showed catcher Travis d’Arnaud nicked Carpenter with a sweep tag behind his armpit.“I didn’t feel the tag and I initially thought that I was safe,” Carpenter said. “But I got a chance to look at it and it was a good call.”With a runner on second, Kyle Farnsworth sealed it by retiring Matt Holliday on a tricky fly to right.Wacha (2-2) set career highs with 10 strikeouts and five walks in the shortest of his 14 regular-season starts in the majors. A bizarre outing if ever there was one — but it was that sort of night.Early on, it appeared the 22-year-old righty was headed to a record-setting performance.Last year’s NL championship series MVP overpowered the Mets with nine strikeouts in the first three innings but soon lost his control. He walked three in the fourth, including No. 8 batter Tejada and Nieuwenhuis with the bases loaded, forcing in two runs.Wacha was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth after throwing 93 pitches. Coming in, he had issued only three free passes in 26 innings this season.“I was able to go back there and look at the film there in the fourth inning,” Wacha said. “Mechanically there my arm was dragging, forcing me to yank the ball. I wasn’t really in sync there.”The Mets said Wacha joined Smoky Joe Wood (1909), Felix Hernandez (2013) and Danny Salazar (2014) as the only pitchers since 1900 to have at least 10 strikeouts in an outing that lasted no more than four innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Niese (1-2) tossed 6 2-3 effective innings with wind gusting up to 41 mph on a 51-degree night. He is 4-1 with a 1.87 ERA in six career starts against St. Louis.Carlos Torres and Scott Rice escaped an eighth-inning jam before Farnsworth worked the ninth for his second save. He gave up consecutive singles and an RBI double to pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso that one-hopped the wall in left-center, butNew York’s defense saved Farnsworth.“It takes a perfectly executed play. We’ve seen a couple of those happen to us,” Matheny said. “We’re aggressive on how we run the bases. It took a perfect play and he got us.”Carpenter had four hits and Yadier Molina added three for the Cardinals, but Jhonny Peralta’s hitless streak reached 21 at-bats. Peralta popped out with runners at second and third in the eighth before pinch-hitter Matt Adams flied out to end the inning.The game began in 31 mph wind at a mostly empty stadium. Workers hustled between innings to clean up all the flying napkins and hot dog wrappers that littered the outfield — even bundled-up second base umpire Rob Drake helped out during a stoppage in play.“It was terrible. The worst. Not fun,” Carpenter said.High popups and flyballs were an adventure. Tejada dropped one after retreating into the outfield, then scampering back to the infield. New York still got an easy forceout on the play.Wacha’s red cap blew right off his head as he was waiting for a new ball and rolled, like tumbleweed, to second baseman Mark Ellis.Duda homered against Seth Maness leading off the sixth, a laser beam of a line drive that cut under the wind and nearly reached the Shea Bridge walkway above the bullpens in right-center.Molina doubled home a run with two outs in the first, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, after Tejada and the Mets botched a rundown that should have resulted in an inning-ending double play.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — In a matchup of teams fighting for postseason spots, only the New Orleans Pelicans looked playoff-worthy.Alexis Ajinca and Quincy Pondexter each scored 17 points and the Pelicans moved within percentage points of eighth place in the Western Conference by beating the Brooklyn Nets 111-91 on March 10.Omer Asik had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans in their third straight victory. Anthony Davis scored 15 points, a night after tying his career high with 43 in a win at Milwaukee.The Pelicans are now 2 percentage points behind Oklahoma City for the West’s final playoff spot.“It’s big,” guard Eric Gordon said. “Every game counts from here on out and we’ve just got to keep on fighting for the eighth spot. We just know that it’s going to be tough to reach the eighth seed because they’re winning a lot of games and we are too, so we can’t slow down.”Brook Lopez had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, lost their fourth straight in the finale of a five-game homestand in which they went 1-4.Nets coach Lionel Hollins was disappointed his team didn’t respond after the Pelicans roared back from an early 14-point deficit.“Well, that’s all year long,” Hollins said. “I think competing is what this business is about, that’s the reason I played, the reason I coach — to compete. It’s not about the money, it’s not about the fame, it’s not about anything but just going out there competing and earning respect of your opponent. That’s all that matters.“People can write good or bad about you and you can make a lot of money or not make a lot of money, but the money doesn’t matter when you get between the lines.”Ajinca had 11 points during a four-minute stretch of the second quarter as the Pelicans took a 55-46 lead into halftime.“He was good,” coach Monty Williams said. “He gave us a big lift. Being able to throw him the ball is something that we’ve gone to the last few weeks and he’s delivered for us.”New Orleans extended the lead to 78-61 by the end of the third quarter as Asik and Davis dominated Brooklyn’s frontcourt. The pair combined for 13 of New Orleans’ 23 points in the third.Pondexter had 14 points in the fourth.Davis was hit in the face and returned to the locker room to be checked out early in the period. By the time he was cleared to return, the Pelicans were well ahead and didn’t need him.The Nets lost Alan Anderson, Markel Brown and Sergey Karasev to injuries.Brooklyn fell three games out of the final playoff spot and into 11th in the East.“Every game at this point is a big game,” struggling guard Deron Williams said. “I talked about it after last loss. The teams in front of us are not showing any signs of slowing down. We got some ground to gain and got to play better than we are if we want a chance to win.”(MICHAEL SCOTTO)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMonaco Falcao’s phenomenal finishing leaves Cavani and Neymar in his wake Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 01:41 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Radamel Falcao Monaco Strasbourg Ligue 1 16092017 Gettyimages Monaco Monaco v Strasbourg Strasbourg Ligue 1 The Colombian striker has started the 2017-18 Ligue 1 season in blistering form, with his deadly accuracy seeing him set the early Golden Boot pace Radamel Falcao has laid down the gauntlet to Edinson Cavani and Neymar with his phenomenal finishing for Monaco this season.The Colombian striker, who was written off by many on the back of two frustrating loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, has been rejuvenated in the last 18 months.Lyon 14/1 to beat PSG Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing His efforts in 2016-17 helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title, and he has picked up where he left off this term despite losing attacking partner Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain.Falcao already has nine efforts to his name to lead the French top-flight scoring charts, with that return coming from just 10 shots on target.The ultimate poacher? 8 goals in 6 Ligue 1 games for Radamel Falcao, who puts Monaco 2-0 ahead against Strasbourg— Goal (@goal) September 16, 2017Falcao netted 21 times in Ligue 1 last season, with Cavani and Alexandre Lacazette the only men to better that return.Cavani has started positively again for PSG, with seven goals plundered so far in 2017-18.Neymar, meanwhile, has managed four following his record-breaking €222 million move to the French capital.They, along with Mbappe, will be looking to chase Falcao down as the season progresses, but they will have to go some if they are to match the South American’s remarkable conversion rate.Monaco will be desperate for the 31-year-old to maintain his standards, as he has become a talismanic presence.59% – @FALCAO has been involved in 59% of Monaco’ goals in Ligue 1 this season (10/17 – 9 goals, 1 assist). Boss.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) September 16, 2017Falcao’s efforts so far this season have seen him reach a 40-year high in Ligue 1, with few players throughout history having managed to match his burst out of the blocks.A Radamel Falcao goal! It’s all thanks to a humiliating defensive error from poor defender Kader Mangane. Monaco 3-0 Strasbourg.— Goal (@goal) September 16, 2017Falcao, who netted twice in a 3-0 victory over Strasbourg on Saturday, will go in search of more goals when Monaco travel to Lille on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United Rashford proud to be bucking the ‘top clubs’ trend at Man Utd Chris Burton 03:41 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford Premier League The Red Devils forward forms part of an elite group of players seeing regular football at the very highest level while still under the age of 21 Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford admits he is an exception to the rule as a player under the age of 21 seeing regular game time at a “top club”.The England international is still just 20 years of age and will not reach a landmark birthday until October 31.He is, however, a regular for club and country, with the 2015-16 campaign having proved to be his breakthrough as Louis van Gaal offered him a step up from the Old Trafford academy ranks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Injuries to others worked in Rashford’s favour at that time and he concedes that it is getting ever more difficult for home-grown talent to be recognised at the very highest level.He told United Review: “It is such a difficult thing to do and the stats obviously show it.”The fact there are only 10 or so playing shows how difficult it is to do it. “I’d also say it’s harder at the top clubs, who can breed those types of players but they have fewer opportunities. You have to just try to get in the team and then stay in the side, like everyone else.”An investigation by United found that, after 24 games of the current Premier League campaign, only 10 players in the English top-flight that are under the age of 21 had figured in at least two-thirds of fixtures.Rashford has appeared in 25 of the Red Devils’ 26 games so far and is well on course to record a personal best in terms of goals scored, with just two more efforts needing to be added to his current haul of 10 in order to hit a new high.Jose Mourinho appears prepared to offer him the necessary opportunities, with the Portuguese having recently pointed out that he has continued to put faith in youngsters despite being portrayed as a “monster”.He said: “I think Marcus’s story is quite interesting because he started playing with Mr Van Gaal when the team was really in trouble to have options.”And then the monster that kills the little kids arrives but he plays every game! Since then, he plays every game – starting or coming from the bench as a striker, as a left-winger, as a right-winger. Then he goes to the national team. “The kid is having a hell of an experience at every level, so an amazing future awaits him and being surrounded by these players can only help him. But the story of Marcus not getting any minutes and matches is really old because he’s a very important player for us.”last_img read more

first_imgIn the outdoor gear industry, the words “tough,” “strong,” and “durable” can be thrown around with reckless abandon. Most of the time, the clothes, tents, etc. don’t live up to those adjectives, falling apart after just one season’s use.When Jamie Clarke — a guy who has conquered the Seven Summits and climbed Mt. Everest twice — puts his name of a line of new gear, those same words come to mind. But this time, there’s some serious merit behind it all.Clarke has combined his 14 years of experience running a brick-and-mortar store with countless mind-boggling adventures to create Live Out There, a brand that’s built to the specifications of extreme expeditions and, thanks to a direct-to-consumer model is more affordable than many of the leading companies out there.“Our mission is to get more people outdoors,” Clarke says. “As a kid, I remember not having access to great gear because it was so expensive, and I was resentful for that.”Along with a couple of business partners, he studied the old retail model (which he notes he was a part of) and discovered where costs could be reduced. It led him to China, where he found two factories that could build men’s and women’s jackets, vest, and parkas to his demanding specifications. Live Out There’s first releases were tested in the varied, rough climate and terrain near Clarke’s home in Calgary, Canada.“It had to be good enough that I could use it on any trip or recommend it for an expedition,” he says.The result is a five-piece collection that starts with three different down pieces and ends with a full-scale parka. We’re personal fans of the Denali Down Hooded Jacket (pictured above); It’s water-resistant, has an adjustable hood, is fully packable, and, at $170, is almost $100 less than its nearest competitor. The Joffre Synthetic Insulator is also a steal at $130. It’s the ideal mid-layer for higher intensity workouts on cold days.Beyond focusing on the quality of the lineup, Clarke made a personal point to offer as much transparency in the creation and selling process as possible. Live Out There’s site details the cost, origin, profit margin, and other relevant details of each piece.Clarke hopes to use this open-book strategy to move the entire outdoor industry forward. A lifetime of collaboration, community, and continuity — both in retail and on the mountain — is an ethos behind Live Out There, and it’s one that will take it to the top levels of the market.“We’ve always been passionate about gear,” he says. “When your life depends on it, you get motivated.” The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wellslast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Swedish Coast Guard The Panama-flagged car carrier Makassar Highway ran aground in the Tjust archipelago, off the coast of Loftahammar, Sweden in the morning hours of July 23.An undisclosed amount of oil leaked from the vessel following the incident, the Swedish Coast Guard confirmed, adding that the risk of further pollution is currently low.The initial damage report showed that the 6,890 dwt vessel suffered two ruptures in its hull, however, these were not near the ship’s fuel tanks.The officials informed that divers and camera equipment would be sent to conducted a detailed investigation of the hull.Makassar Highway was on its way from Germany’s port of Cuxhaven to Swedish Södertälje port at the time of the incident. The 2001-built unit, operated by Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation, was carrying around 1,300 cars on board.Following an inquiry into the reasons which led to the grounding, Swedish authorities arrested a crew member.  Media reports suggested that the ship’s chief mate had been arrested for allegedly drinking at the helm.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgThe Department of Health and Wellness will restructure in order to put more resources into front line care. Changes announced today, Jan. 26, will take effect April 1. The reorganization will move some programs to the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK. It will reduce staff in the department and focus new and existing positions on developing and changing policies that will contribute to reduced wait times and improved health outcomes for Nova Scotians. In all, 100 positions at the department will be eliminated. The department will transfer 62 positions to the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK and the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Twenty people have received layoff notices. Some vacant positions or terms will also end. As part of the reorganization, 25 new positions will be created. “Every decade our health-care spending has gone up, but we aren’t becoming any healthier as a result,” said Department of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “It’s time to change that by focusing on setting priorities and measuring results, so we know where our health care system most needs to improve.” The department was designed when there were 10 separate health authorities. Now that the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK have a provincewide mandate to deliver health care, the department must also restructure and operate differently.last_img read more

first_imgHONOLULU — The U.S. military’s land-based Aegis missile defence system has intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile in a test near Hawaii.The Missile Defence Agency said Monday’s test showed an interceptor missile the military is developing with Japan is ready to be manufactured.Defence contractor Raytheon says the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor has larger rocket motors that will allow it to defend broader areas.An Air Force C-17 launched the target missile. The Navy tracked it and launched an interceptor missile from Kauai.The U.S. first developed the Aegis ballistic missile defence system for ships and then adapted it for land.The U.S. has an Aegis Ashore site in Romania and is developing another in Poland.Japanese navy ships have the Aegis system and Japan is installing Aegis Ashore.The Associated Presslast_img read more

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the country’s net foreign debt fell by $41.1 billion to $66.2 billion by the end of the third quarter.It says this marks a third consecutive quarterly decline despite an ongoing current account deficit.The agency says the third quarter decline mainly reflected the impact of stronger foreign equity markets, which pushed up the value of Canada’s international assets more than that of international liabilities.It says the gains were moderated by the downward revaluation effect of a stronger Canadian dollar on international assets and liabilities.Canada’s international assets rose $86.4 billion to $2.66 trillion by the end of the third quarter, with capital gains leading the increase.The country’s international liabilities increased $45.3 billion in the quarter, reflecting ongoing foreign investment in the Canadian corporate sector as well as an increase in Canadian stock prices. Net foreign debt down $41.1B in Q3: StatsCan by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2013 6:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 1, 2015 2:02 am MDT Last Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 3:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A new poll from CIBC says nearly half of Canadians will need to dip into their savings or take on debt in the coming months as they look to make the most of the warm summer weather.Of those surveyed, 40 per cent said summer is the most expensive season, while 36 per cent said they spend the most in winter.Another 17 per cent singled out spring as the costliest season, while only six per cent said their household spending spikes in autumn.The poll says the average amount that Canadians plan to spend on summer fun — which includes everything from travel and recreational activities to goods such as sporting equipment and barbecues — is $1,766.Households in Atlantic Canada say they plan to spend the most on average — $2,694 — while Quebec households were the most frugal, planning to spend an average of only $1,288.The online survey of 1,503 Canadians was conducted by Angus Reid between June 17 and 18. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.The poll says nearly half — 45 per cent — of respondents have tried to save for summer festivities but expect they’ll have to put extra costs on their credit cards.Another 29 per cent said they tend to stick to their budgets over the summer, while seven per cent said their budgets go out the window during the warm weather months and 19 per cent said they have no household budget.Christina Kramer, executive vice-president of retail and business banking at CIBC, says many Canadians tend to underestimate how much they will spend on holidays and other seasonal events.“Expense creep,” which occurs when you spend a little more than planned over a period of time, can leave consumers with massive credit card bills at the end of the summer, says Kramer.“Having a budget and sticking to it is the best way to enjoy the holidays worry free,” Kramer said in a statement.“Canadians should treat these expenses the same as all others and make them part of your overall annual financial plan.”— Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Nearly half of Canadians expect to blow their budgets on summer fun: poll read more

Galen G. Weston named CEO of George Weston, company his father led for decades Galen G. Weston, Executive President and Chairman of Loblaw Limited poses for a photo at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Weston has been appointed to succeed his father as CEO of George Weston Ltd. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 6:21 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Galen G. Weston has been appointed CEO of George Weston Ltd., a business his father led for decades before stepping aside last year as part of a staged succession plan at the company that controls the Loblaw grocery chain.The younger Weston has been chairman of George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) since last September, when his father W. Galen stepped aside at age 75. His 76th birthday was on Oct. 29.Galen G. Weston, 44, will also remain chairman and CEO of the company’s largest subsidiary, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L), which bought the Shoppers Drug Mart chain several years ago.Luc Mongeau has been appointed president of Weston Foods, one of Canada’s largest bakery companies. Sarah Davis, who was chief administrative officer at Loblaw, will become president at the business.Paviter Binning, who had been CEO of George Weston Ltd. since March 2016, has been appointed a special adviser to the Weston family’s private Wittington Investments Ltd.Galen G. Weston said in a statement that Binning has played a pivotal role in shaping the company’s strategic direction and has provided strong support through the leadership succession process.“Our family looks forward to continuing to benefit from his valuable experience and insight with our other business interests,” he said.The Weston family is among the wealthiest in Canada, both because of their holdings in the publicly traded companies and because of extensive private holdings including the Holt Renfrew chain of upscale department stores.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for Sarah Davis. An earlier version said Galen G. Weston was succeeding his father as CEO of George Weston Ltd. In fact, Galen G. Weston is succeeding Paviter Binning. read more

Then-redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) and then-redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett celebrate during the College Football Playoff National Championship against Oregon on Jan. 12. OSU won, 42-20.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith a new recruiting class signed and sealed, coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff have an idea of who the Buckeyes will have available next season.On offense, OSU returns eight players listed as starters on the final two-deep of the season, which was ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship, in addition to another eight listed as second string. And to top it off, the 13 of the Buckeyes’ 27 new recruits are set to play offense for the Scarlet and Gray.Oh, and don’t forget that final two-deep didn’t include J.T. Barrett, Braxton Miller or Dontre Wilson.QuarterbackIt’s no secret that Meyer and the Buckeyes have a plethora of talent at quarterback. Barrett and Miller have both come in fifth in Heisman Trophy voting, and redshirt-junior Cardale Jones won the national title as the starter.Then add freshmen Torrance Gibson and Joe Burrow into the mix, and OSU seems set not only for next season, but at least the next four or five years.Going into spring practice, Jones is the only of the three returning starters who is expected to be fully healthy, so he’ll have an early leg up on Barrett and Miller to win what is likely to be an open competition in fall camp. But with Barrett’s eye-popping numbers as a redshirt-freshman, and Miller’s obvious ability, neither can be counted out.Looking past 2015, either Barrett or Jones — if he comes back for a fifth year in Columbus — will start, but 2016 will be the year to keep on eye on Gibson and Burrow. If either develops early on, they could push for playing time sooner rather than later.Unfortunately for redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier, his window to become a starter seems almost nonexistent, and a transfer might make the most sense.Running backJunior Ezekiel Elliott will start in 2015, then he’ll most likely leave for the NFL.After that, sophomore Curtis Samuel will take over. While that’s not a guarantee, he showed off an impressive skillset and even unseated Elliott as the starter for one game in 2014. Spring practice and fall camp will be a chance for Samuel to prove his worth, and earn a bigger part in the offense.After Samuel, redshirt-junior Bri’onte Dunn is running out of opportunities to earn playing time. Without Rod Smith, he might be able to sneak into the fold as a power back in goal-line situations, but beyond chasing Elliott and Samuel, Dunn will have to look over his shoulder for freshman Mike Weber.Weber — if he decides to keep with his OSU commitment after Stan Drayton bolted for the NFL — is a highly-rated back who won’t redshirt in Columbus. He’ll see carries in garbage time, and a couple when it matters, and has a chance to push Samuel for the starting spot after Elliott moves on.Wide receiverWide receiver is the position the Buckeyes took the biggest hit this offseason, but they have the talent to fill the gaps.Devin Smith and Evan Spencer have moved on after each were weekly starters last year, but redshirt-junior Michael Thomas was already the best all-around receiver on the team. After Thomas, redshirt-senior Corey Smith should be a regular in the lineup next season, while redshirt-freshman Johnnie Dixon will be looking to prove his worth after sitting out the majority of last season with a leg injury.Georgia Tech transfer Jeff Greene and his 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound frame should have something to say as well as he gets set for his redshirt-senior season. And don’t forget about K.J. Hill, whose signing day commitment was a big boost to the Buckeyes’ new freshman class.At H-back, the Buckeyes are overflowing with talent once again, with junior Dontre Wilson and redshirt-sophomore Jalin Marshall both making big contributions last season. Sophomore Noah Brown saw playing time late in the season as well, and his 240-pound frame brings an added element to the offense that Marshall and Wilson can’t.Tight endJeff Heuerman is off, most likely to the NFL, but the Buckeyes still return arguably their best tight end.Redshirt-senior Nick Vannett caught 19 passes for 220 yards and five touchdowns last season, including a score in the title game win against Oregon. He’s a polished receiver who should focus on blocking this offseason, but the offense won’t miss a beat with him getting the majority of the tight end reps.Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Baugh will likely be the second man on the depth chart, and he’s scored a touchdown on catch pass as a Buckeye. Granted, he’s only caught one pass, but if he can fight through some off-field issues that have limited his playing time, he should make an impact in 2015.The Buckeyes also signed on two freshmen in A.J. Alexander and Rashod Berry who will likely see playing time both on offense and special teams this season.Offensive lineWith seniors Taylor Decker and Jacoby Boren, redshirt-junior Pat Elflein and redshirt-sophomore Billy Price all returning, Elliott can expect similar holes to run through next season.Four out of five returning starters is nothing to scoff at, and a couple strong recruiting classes in a row mean the Buckeyes should have the talent to fill that final spot.Redshirt-senior Chase Farris — a converted defensive lineman, just like Darryl Baldwin — will probably win the starter job initially, but sophomore Jamarco Jones, among a few others, will have a chance to earn increased playing time, and even a starting spot.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

In light of a number of reports stemming from the auto industry in relation to a number of issues, the Guyana Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) on Wednesday made a call for the Hire Purchase (HP) agreement to be reviewed.The call was made by the Chairman of the Department, Attorney-at-law, Ronald Burch-Smith during the launch of its first website.He explained, “One of the things about the auto industry is that many of the dealers offer payment terms (and) the contracts aren’t standard and they are sometimes unfair…I think one of the things that would make a big difference is a revised hire purchase agreement that gives clearer provisions and maybe set standard terms so that everyone is regulated by the same terms”.The Chairman alluded to the fact that while customers are allowed to make complaints against unscrupulous auto dealers, the legislation also safeguards them against “unscrupulous customers”.Chairman of CCAC, Ronald Burch-SmithAccording to him, the CCAC is at this time only responsible for giving suggestions as it relates to the reviewed laws, while the Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin will in this case be responsible for throwing the matter on the table before the Attorney General, Basil Williams.“We make recommendations, and the issue has popped up a few times, but the new legislation would have to come from the Attorney General, perhaps at the request of the Ministry of Business. As far as I know there is no actual plan to do so, it’s just something we would have observed that will be helpful, that if there was a revised hire purchase agreement and perhaps standardized terms for contracts such as auto sales, it would make a big difference,” Burch-Smith clarified.One auto customer, who was at the event, told the gathering that he feels he was exploited since his transmission, (part of the vehicle which changes gears) was damaged in a mere six months.Though persons ridiculed that he was a bad driver, the man maintained that the warranty period of vehicles ought to be extended from the present six months.He argued that “a vehicle isn’t a cell phone” especially since so much money is generally spent to make the purchase, the customer would look forward to some form of assurance.His concern was timely addressed by one of the CCAC representatives there who informed that  “Currently we have up to six months (in our policy for warranty) but it is something under review that we would like to look into based on used vehicles, new vehicles because they have different things that should be applied (or) different periods that should be applied”.The woman explained that the CCAC currently has a vehicle inspection checklist which should be used by potential buyers to ensure they get the best of their cash.She added, “You (can) take a mechanic, a competent mechanic to check this out for you because a vehicle is a very important purchase, it’s expensive”.At the event held at the Herdmanston’s Lodge in St. Peter Rose Street, Georgetown, the CCAC highlighted that auto dealers across the country have been selling inferior products to their customers. This was evident in the number of reports the Department received which reportedly increased when compared with last year’s reports. INews was told that some 27 reports were made by customers of vehicles through the period January 2017 to June 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConsumer Affairs mulling new regulations for auto industryJanuary 28, 2019In “Business”CCAC to develop list of qualified contractorsNovember 28, 2018In “Business”Most customers being exploited in electronics sector – CAUApril 26, 2019In “Business” read more

first_imgTWO MEN IN their 20s are due in court charged in connection with a spate of burglaries across Dublin’s southside.The first man is due before Dun Laoghaire District Court today, while the second will be called before Cloverhill District Court on Monday.Six other people who were all arrested as part of the major garda investigation into the burglaries have been released without charge. Gardaí said files will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Gardaí set up a dedicated operation to combat a high number of burglaries in the Dun Laoghaire, Blackrock, Dundrum and Cabinteely areas of Dublin.Jewellery, clothing, computer equipment and a car have all been recovered so far.last_img

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At 11.46 Australian time today, the United States launched dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to the banned chemical weapons attack earlier this week, believed to be Sarin.Wednesday’s attack has reportedly killed at least 100 people including 25 children, according to the U.S. military’s briefing. The United States Defence Department has conformed two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea, the USS Ross and the USS Porter, fired 59 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target — Shayrat Airfield in Homs province in western Syria.Shayrat airfield is believed to be the base from where the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fired the banned weapons.The Pentagon said people were not targeted, and there was no immediate word on casualties. U.S. officials told NBC News that aircraft and infrastructure at the site were hit, including the runway and gas fuel pumps.U.S. President Donald Trump is in Florida for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinpeng. Defense Secretary James Mattis accompanied by the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.Vice President Mike Pence and two dozen Congress members were briefed by administration officials and monitored the events from the Situation Room at the White House.Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson told reporters on Thursday that “there is no doubt in our minds” that the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack while the Defense Department called the strike a “proportional response to Assad’s heinous act,” saying it was “intended to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again.”Syrian television on the other hand characterised the missile strike “as American aggression” on Friday morning. But Ahrar Al Sham, the largest Syrian armed rebel group, told NBC News it “welcomes any U.S. intervention through surgical strikes that would deter the Assad regime capabilities to kill civilians and shorten the suffering of our people.The Defense Department Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the Defense Department, said initial assessments showed that the airfield was severely damaged, reducing Syria’s capability to deliver chemical weapons.Meanwhile in Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave a press conference, declaring the nation’s support.“The chemical weapons attack earlier this week was a cry that called out for a swift response and the U.S. have responded,” Mr Turnbull said.“The effect of the American response has been to reduce the ability of the Syrian government to deliver more attacks of this kind. We have discussed the matter as a coalition partner and the Australian government strongly supports the American attack. It sends a strong message.We have been consistent in our condemnation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere in the world as a war crime and violation of the international law (…) such actions violate the very principles of humanity. The perpetrators must be held to account.”Mr Turnbull reassured that the U.S. conducted a highly targeted strike, and that no Australian assets were involved in today’s operations. However, he did confirm that Australia will be “reinforcing our air-force protection in the Middle East,” without explaining what that will entail.“This was a single strike designed to reduce the ability of the Syrian regime to deliver more chemical weapon attacks from this airfield. The retribution has been proportionate and swift; we support the U.S. in its decision (…) it sends a vital and important message to the Assad regime.” The Prime Minister went on to stress the Russian government’s responsibility in Syria’s predicament.“Russia a supporter of the Assad regime; needs to assume responsibility; to ensure that its client, the Assad regime, complies with the rules of war. There is a solemn obligation for Russia to play its part and help end the use of chemical weapons…”When asked if the coalition is at war with the Assad regime, Mr Turnbull was quick to point out that the American attack was not designed to overthrow the Assad regime and repeat that the aim was to prevent the use of chemical weapons again. “We are not at war with the Assad regime,” he said. “However, the political solution in Syria is a complex one, and raises real questions as to whether there can be any role for the Assad regime in the region.”In the regard of Australia being further involved in military actions targeting the Syrian regime in the wider region, the Prime Minister’s response was equally vague but it came across as an affirmation. “President Trump has asked for all civilised nations to join his efforts. We have been engaged in a dialogue over the Eastern Syria territory for quite some time. There is no doubt the chemical attack on its own is asking for a resolution. That requires all of the strong players, including Russia to bring this conflict to an end. This is the time. Now that the U.S. have shown their full force in response. Surely now is the time for the nations of the world to come together and bring this war to an end.”last_img read more

first_imgL’Afssaps veut rassurer les porteuses de prothèses mammaires PIPSuite au décès d’une femme porteuse d’implants PIP et qui souffrait d’un lymphome, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) rappelle qu’il n’existe pour elle, aucun lien avéré entre ce type de cancer et la pose des prothèses concernées. Le 24 novembre dernier, l’association des Porteuses de prothèses connues sous le nom de Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) a annoncé qu’une femme, justement porteuse de ses implants mammaires défectueux était décédée des suites d’un lymphome. Pourtant, depuis le scandale de 2010, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) maintenait que le port de ses prothèses nécessitait une surveillance accrue mais ne présentait pas de risque établi pour les patientes. Une déclaration que l’association a contredit en affirmant que la femme décédée avait contracté le lymphome au contact des prothèses. À lire aussiLes conseils de l’Afssaps pour se protéger du soleilAujourd’hui, l’Afssaps a ainsi décidé de renouveler son avis pour rassurer les porteuses de prothèses PIP, précisant qu’elle n’avait pas “eu connaissance de signalement faisant état d’un lymphome survenu chez une patiente porteuse de prothèse mammaire”. Dans un communiqué, elle ajoute :  “à l’heure actuelle, la Food and Drug administration (l’Agence fédérale américaine des produits alimentaires et médicamenteux)estime qu’il n’est pas possible de conclure statistiquement quant à un lien de cause à effet entre ce lymphome et la pose d’implants mammaires. La FDA conclut qu’au vu de la fréquence extrêmement faible de ce type de lymphome et des éléments collectés à ce jour sur les implants mammaires, la sécurité de ces produits n’est pas remise en question”. Néanmoins, l’Afssaps met à disposition des femmes concernées un numéro vert : 0800 636 636 qui leur permettra du lundi au samedi de 9H à 19H de parler à des spécialistes pour répondre à leurs interrogations. Une série de questions/réponses (lien non disponible) est également consultable sur le site de l’Afssaps. En outre, l’agence précise qu’une évaluation est actuellement effectuée par ses experts afin de déterminer si les recommandations de suivi sont à modifier. Si tel est le cas, les informations nécessaires seront rapidement communiquées.  Le 29 novembre 2011 à 19:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgBy MUHAMMED S. BAHReport of the Committee of selection on the composition of the committees and international Parliamentary delegations of the National Assembly for the year 2017-2022 was adopted with amendments by the members of the National Assembly on Thursday 20 April 2017 after 3 hours of debate.During the intervention of deputies most of them pointed out that the selections should be based on expertise and experience towards national interest but not on party lines.Hon. Saikouba Jarju member for Busumbala pointed out that changes should be made on the proposed list of people who served in the 9 committees to be able to give chances to other people.This was also reiterated by several other members including Hon. Ousman Touray member for Sabach Sanjal.Fatoumatta Njai Banjul South Constituency also said that in the committees they shouldn’t only consider experience and select former parliamentarians but rather give chance to new members to serve in those committees.She pointed out that some people might never serve as parliamentarians but rather had served in various fields of expertise.She also put emphasis on considering women in those committees, to create that gender balance.Hon. Ya Kumba Jaiteh nominated member also dilated on the importance of considering women to be part of the committees.She further suggested that the house should consider including a constitutional reform committee as part of the committees set.Hon. Ndey Yassin Secka nominated member also reiterated the need to join the two committees which is the constitutional reform and standing order committee.Hon. Alhagie S. Darboe member for Brikama North in his part gave a recommendation for people with experts and experience to be part of the Standing committee of the national Assembly.“It is good that Hon. Halifa Sallah member for Serrekunda  be part of the standing committee because he is conversant with the standing orders, so therefore it will help as a guidance,” he underscored.Hon. Darboe further reiterated the importance of putting National interest forward, rather than partisan interest.He also called for representation of all parties in the committees if experience and expertise permit. He further suggested that people in 9 committees be considered as their effectiveness and efficiency will be questioned if they want to participate in all these committees.He called for the number to be reduced to at least five committees.He added that this will help to reduce the work load and allow others to be able to participate in order committees.Musa Amul Nyassi Foni Kansala also raised issues of importance on the consideration of expertise and experience in the selection of members to be part of the standing committee of the National Assembly.On his part Hon. Halifa Sallah member  for Serrekunda pointed out that some committees that are mentioned in the constitution didn’t reflect on the proposed committees, therefore he suggested that those committees be considered.Hon. Sallah also pointed out the importance of parties despite their minority to reflect on the committees.On his part Hon. Sidia Jatta, member for Wuli West,  also put emphasis of equality in representation of all parties in the committees, despite their number either majority or minority.Hon. Jatta cited some of the international parliament’s criteria for e.g. the Pan African and ECOWAS parliament which indicate that there must be a member of the opposition party of a particular country as well as a woman.He further noted that there is a possibility of equality despite the numbers, because he said, “If country representation was to be determined by size and numbers then China would have dominated the UN, but in such China has only one vote as Gambia, and he also said in the Pan African parliament there are five representatives for each country despite the size or population”.He further expressed his gratitude towards the participation of parliamentarians in expressing their views to serve the country.He said after 15 years of experience, he has never attended a parliament of such nature in the Gambia, where people feel free to express their opinions.The adoption was made with several amendments on the proposed list of committee members and set committees which are expected to be dealt with by National Assembly members on Monday 24 April 2017 by 10 am as agreed.This motion after the debate was moved by Hon. Sainey Touray member for Jarra West, seconded by Hon. Demba Sowe member Naimina West.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes his loan spell at Crystal Palace last season has played a big role in his new role this seasonThe 22-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer following an impressive World Cup campaign for England, while starring at Palace on loan last term.After initially struggling for minutes under coach Maurizio Sarri, Loftus-Cheek has steadily become an integral member of the Chelsea team.“After a season at Palace I felt I really matured, I got to see what the Premier League was like playing week-in, week out,” said Loftus-Cheek, according to BT Sport.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“At Palace, we had to fight a lot. I really think I learned the way to fight and grind out games.“After the World Cup, I was ready to come back and fight for a place at Chelsea.“The start of the season was difficult but I’m getting chances now and I’m just looking to do the best I can.”Loftus-Cheek played the full 90 minutes of Chelsea’s 1-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final win against Bournemouth on Wednesday.last_img read more