Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Deontay Wilder KOs Dominic Breazeale in 1st round to defend heavyweight belt DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Christian Lee pulled off an upset after a technical knockout victory against Japanese icon Shinya Aoki to claim the ONE World lightweight title in ONE: Enter the Dragon Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.Aoki (43-9) had the early advantage scoring takedown after takedown in the first round and even got Lee (12-3) in a deep armbar.ADVERTISEMENT The Singaporean, however, powered through and was able to survive Aoki’s lock.Lee then turned the tables in the second round pinning Aoki in the corner with a blistering striking display prompting referee Olivier Coste to stop the match 51 seconds into the round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis was Lee’s first title in the promotion after he blew his chance at the ONE World featherweight title against Martin Nguyen back in May 2018.Aoki’s reign, meanwhile, lasted just 47 days after he won the belt from Filipino legend Eduard Folayang back on March 31. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
November 19, 2019
Ben Stokes smashed a quick-fire century to guide Rising Pune Supergiant to a five-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions on Monday.Electing to field first on winning the toss, Pune dismissed the visitors for 161 runs in 19.5 overs but chasing the target, initially made heavy weather of their chase before reaching it with one ball left.Stokes played a starring role, plundering 103 runs off just 63 balls producing seven boundaries and six hits into the stands along the way.Pacers Basil Thampi and Pradeep Sangwan bowled well for the visitors, returning figures of 2/35 and 2/38 respectively.Young leg-spinner Ankit Soni also bowled well, conceding just 16 runs in his four overs although he was unlucky not to get a wicket.Pune were off to a shaky start, losing three wickets in the first two overs.Sangwan struck the first blows for Gujarat, sending back Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith in the opening over, while Thampi trapped Manoj Tiwary leg before in the next over with a faster delivery pitched on a fuller length, which surprised the right-hander by the extra pace.Rahul Tripathy and Stokes then got together and attempted to bring the innings back on track with a 32-run stand which came off 24 balls.But the partnership was broken thanks to an accurate direct hit by Aaron Finch which caught Tripathy short of the his crease.Stokes had pushed a James Faulkner delivery towards long-on and completed the first run comfortably. But attempting a second run proved to be disastrous as Finch produced some superb fielding to hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end.advertisementStokes was then involved in another crucial stand with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the duo added 76 runs between them off 64 balls to take Pune to a comfortable position.Thampi brought the partnership to an end with a back of the hand slower ball which Dhoni hit into the hands of Brendon McCullum at long-off.However, Daniel Christian joined Stokes in the middle and the duo proceeded to carry Pune across the line.Pune thus bolstered their claim to a play-off spot, as they strengthened their grip on the fourth spot with 12 points from 10 matches.Gujarat are at the sixth place on the eight-team table with six points from 10 matches.Earlier, leg-spinner Imran Tahir (3/27) and medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat (3/29) starred for Pune as they bowled out Gujarat Lions for a moderate total.Gujarat got a very good start, with McCullum (45) and Ishan Kishan (31) putting up a 55-run stand for the opening wicket in six overs.But Tahir’s smart bowling, coupled with some reckless batting from the visitors, meant that Gujarat needed Dinesh Karthik’s damage control effort of 29 to reach 161.Jharkhand teenager Ishan was particularly impressive, showing his stroke-making skills after a quiet first three overs. McCullum too matched him shot-by-shot.Tahir broke the stand as Ishan was caught by Washington Sundar at short third man. Suresh Raina (8) too perished soon, falling short of attempting a double of his own batting as Ajinkya Rahane threw to wicket-keeper Dhoni to get rid of the visiting captain, with Gujarat at 71/2 in eight overs.South African Tahir continued his fine bowling as he sent back Aaron Finch and Dwayne Smith in successive deliveries in the 10th over, as Gujarat were reduced to 94/4. While Finch gave a return catch, Smith was undone by a googly as he swung his bat.McCullum, who saw all the wickets crumbling in front of him, was the next one to go, after being caught by Rahane at extra cover off Shardul Thakur’s bowling, as Gujarat lost their fifth wicket for 109 in 11.5 overs. It was a reckless shot from the New Zealander, who should not have taken the risk at that point of time.Later, Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja (19 off 12) tried their best to take Gujarat past 160.Unadkat’s three-wicket haul at the death ensured that Pune kept things under control as the left-armer accounted for Jadeja, James Faulkner (6) and Pradeep Sangwan (1).
November 19, 2019
Virat Kohli said India are wary of the Pakistan threat ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston on Sunday. The India skipper said Pakistan have a good side and can spring a surprise.”As a team I think they can surprise you because as you said we don’t play against them but you know of their abilities. You are not too aware of how they react in different situations. All you can do is focus on your skills, which anyway you should do as a team. As individuals some people like to watch videos and go through bowlers and batsmen. Some people don’t. I personally don’t. If a cricket ball is being bowled you should be good enough to handle it whether it’s bowled by someone you play regularly or you don’t. You have to test yourself against that kind of attack and come out on top,” Kohli said on the eve of the high-profile match.”They have always been a team that can surprise any team on the day they play well. We cannot ever take them lightly. Not being familiar with how they bowl and bat, I don’t think that will be a massive factor because we as a team like to focus on what we can do. If you play good cricket that works against any side,” he added.India and Pakistan cricket clashes in any part of the world have always been high-octane affairs. The two cricketing giants renew their rivalry when they face off in Birmingham on Super Sunday.advertisementThere’s no doubt that the India-Pakistan clash will light up the mega event in England and Wales with supporters of both teams set to paint Birmingham ‘Blue’ and ‘Green’.India’s record against Pakistan in limited-overs cricket off late has been really impressive. Out of the contested seven matches since the 2012 bilateral series, which Pakistan won, the Men in Blue have come out on top on six occasions.The bilateral cricket between the two teams has been stalled for quite some time now due to political tensions and cross border terrorism and they meet only at the multi-team tournaments hosted by the International Cricket Council or the Asian Cricket Council.The two teams last met at the ICC World Twenty20 in March 2016. However, it has been over two years since India and Pakistan clashed in an ODI. They met at the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in which India outclassed Pakistan by 76 runs, thanks to Virat Kohli’s majestic hundred.Kohli’s record against Pakistan is really impressive and he will once again be in focus on June 4. In 10 ODIs, the 28-year-old has scored 373 runs with the help of two hundreds and averages 41.44.In Champions Trophy, Pakistan lead India 2-1 but it was MS Dhoni’s team that won when the last time these two sides collided in 2013.India will look to become the first team to win the title three times and the second team after Australia to successfully defend their title. Pakistan, on the other hand, have never reached the final.
November 18, 2019
Panaji, Jan 6 (PTI) A 20-member Goa squad led by Sporting Clube de Goa striker Vitorino Fernandes today left for Ahmedabad to participate in the West Zone qualifying round of the Santosh Trophy 2017-18.ï¿½Goa, who are placed along with Rajasthan and Gujarat, will play their first match against Rajasthan on January 10.They will lock horns with Gujarat on January 12.Goa Football Association president Elvis Gomes said the team to be captained by Vitorino Fernandes was announced last evening.The other members of the squad are Mathew Gonsalves, Ozen Silva, Melroy Fernandes, Agnelo Gomes, Nickson Catanha, Shallum Pires, Peter Carvalho, Jessel Carneiro, Mackroy Peixoto, Kingslee Fernandes, Nestor Dias, Kapil Hoble, Beevan DMello, Velito DCruz, Joaquim Carvalho, Clinton Niasso, Marcus Mascarrenhas, Clive Miranda and Joaquim Abranches.”This is one of the most formidable squads in recent times. We have also appointed Armando Coalco as the coach and Mateus Costa as the assistant coach,” Gomes said. PTI MCS NRB RYS
November 16, 2019
Share on Messenger Read more Stoke City “Do you bring someone from the outside who doesn’t know the group, the frailties, the limitations, the strengths? Or do you continue with the guy that has worked with them solidly for a good period and knows what they are able to achieve? I know what my view on that is.”Hughes insists he is the man to turn things around at the club, and Stoke’s board retain the belief that the Welshman, appointed four years ago, is capable of guiding the team up the Premier League, while acknowledging that a run of poor results cannot be allowed to continue.“We are not where we expected to be, we all acknowledge that,” the 54-year-old added. “I would be more concerned if I felt the side didn’t have the capability to put points on the board. I know this group better than anybody else and I know we have got the capability of picking up points. Before the West Ham game, like-for-like results we were ahead.“We are a good Premier League team and a great Premier League club, and have been for a long time. That’s how we expect it to remain.”There is a sense of underachievement but senior figures at the club also have some sympathy for Hughes because of the poor decisions that have gone against Stoke in recent weeks, including the penalty Manuel Lanzini controversially won for West Ham. Lanzini was subsequently given a two-match ban for diving. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Mark Hughes faces sack if Stoke City lose at home to West Brom news Premier League West Bromwich Albion “We’ve been hurt by refereeing decisions of late,” Hughes said. “Key moments in key games have been affected by decisions the referee has made. The lad has got sanctioned for diving, rightly, but the only group that haven’t had the benefit of that are ourselves.“That needs to change, the referees need to step up and get decisions right. It doesn’t seem that it’s correct. It may change with video referees coming in. Maybe that’s something to be applauded that they realise there’s a problem and are trying to do something about it. Maybe because the offence was against us he shouldn’t be allowed to play against us in the return game.”Second-bottom West Brom, who could welcome back wingers Matt Phillips and Nacer Chadli, badly need a result too, having failed to win in their past 17 matches in all competitions. Mark Hughes has warned that sacking him will not necessarily improve Stoke City’s fortunes. The club’s hierarchy continue to assess the manager’s future and a home defeat coupled with another underwhelming performance against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday would likely lead to Hughes being unemployed at Christmas.Stoke, 16th in the Premier League and one point above the relegation zone, have won one of their past eight matches. David Moyes, who replaced Slaven Bilic at West Ham United last month, led his team to a 3-0 win over Stoke last Saturday but Hughes has dismissed the boost a new manager would have on his struggling side. “Initially, you get a manager bounce but usually when you look at the stats it doesn’t make a great difference,” he said. Share via Email Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Topics Mark Hughes Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Read more
October 25, 2019
Indian or foreigner, profile of coach counts: Bhaichung BhutiaFormer India captain Bhaiching Bhutia said the next coach the Indian national football team should be chosen on the basis of merit and track record rather than which country he comes from.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 15:41 IST Bhaichung Bhutia feels that the profile of the coach is what matters and not the nationality (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are on the hunt for a new coach after the tenure of Stephen ConstantineThere has been a debate on whether India should hire a foreign or Indian coach”It depends on the kind of profile the person has” Bhaichung Bhutia saidEveryone has had an opinion on the next person who should take over as the head coach of the Indian football team. While some have spoken about the need to have foreign coaches, others have questioned the need to look at other countries when there are enough experienced people in India.Speaking to IANS, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has put all debates to rest and said that the profile of the coach is what matters and not the nationality.”It depends on the kind of profile the person has. Indian or foreigner isn’t the question here. It is about the kind of work he has done,” he explained.The first global face of Indian football said that for him to debate the standard of Indian and foreign coaches is very difficult and the decision should have nothing to do with the origin of the coach.”It is very difficult to say whether I prefer a foreigner or I prefer an Indian. The decision needs to be taken keeping only the experience and the caliber of the person and nothing else,” he added.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to participate in the upcoming edition of the King’s Cup in Thailand after four decades – India last participated in the tournament in 1977 – and a call on the next India coach is now a matter of priority.AIFF has already expressed its inability to hire a high-profile coach owing to the financial constraints that comes with it and now, with Bhaichung focusing on the profile of the next coach, it will be interesting to see if the AIFF pays heed to one of the best footballers to have played the game for India.advertisementIn the past it has been observed that whenever a coach is given a longer stint, results have been achieved. Bob Houghton, one of the most successful foreign coaches, worked with the Indian team from 2006 till 2011. Stephen Constantine was the head coach from 2015 till 2019. If the national team achieved its best ranking (FIFA Ranking 94) in 1996 under the Uzbek coach Rustam Akramov, the lowest ranking of 173 was also achieved in 2015 when Wim Koevermans was in charge of the Indian team.So, what matters is not the nationality, but the profile as well as the tenure given to him to adapt to Indian players and understand their needs and requirements. With the success that the team attained in the Asian Cup, it will be crucial that Indian football doesn’t take any step backward from here.Also Read | Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn, features continent’s lowest-ranked national teamsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India football teamFollow India football coachFollow Bhaichung BhutiaFollow AIFF
October 24, 2019
zoom Maersk’s towage specialist Svitzer is planning to secure greater foothold in two strategic markets in Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) and Americas, the company said.Both regions are of smaller weight in Svitzer’s portfolio, but have substantial growth opportunities. The AMEA region today covers a huge geographical area from the Russia Pacific Coast to West Africa.“We have therefore decided, from October 1, to create two focused regions covering this area: MEA – covering Middle East and Africa including the Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka, and Asia – covering Bangladesh in the West to Japan in the East and Russia in the North to Indonesia in the South,” the company said in an announcement.” Our strategic objective is to accelerate growth outside Europe and Australia. The increased focus will bring us even closer to existing and new customers in Africa, Middle East and Asia and provide a platform for our safe, reliable and efficient towage solutions. We are looking forward to assisting port authorities and ship owners in reducing turn-around time and fuel consumption in relevant ports”, says Kasper Friis Nilaus, Chief Commercial Officer, Svitzer.The MEA region will be led by Torsten Holst Pedersen, whom for 3 years has led Svitzer’s AMEA region from the regional HQ in Dubai. The Asia Region will, form a regional HQ in Singapore, be led by Alan Bradley who comes from a role as CCO for Svitzer Australia where he has been responsible for the winning of significant Harbor and Terminal Towage Contracts, most notably Gorgon, Wheatstone and Oil Search.
October 22, 2019
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207, near Lawrencetown Beach, will be closed for replacement from Wednesday, Nov. 8, to Thursday, May 31, 2007. A one lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 -30-
October 12, 2019
CAIRO- Morsi faces charges of helping prisoners – including himself – break out of Wadi Natrun prison during the 2011 revolutionOusted President Mohamed Morsi and 34 others were referred to court on Saturday to face jailbreak charges.Morsi, who is currently being held at Alexandria’s Borg al-Arab Prison, faces charges of helping prisoners – including himself – break out of Wadi Natrun prison during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, which toppled longstanding autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The men are also accused of assaulting security forces and police building, murder, theft and sabotaging public property.Morsi’s supporters insist that the charges against the ousted president – like those leveled against other Muslim Brotherhood leaders and Islamist figures – are politically motivated.Morsi, for his part, says he still represents Egypt’s legitimate president and refuses to recognize the legality of his trial, for which he has declined to take on any formal legal representation.
October 12, 2019
Rabat – Recent snow and widespread rainfall that have swept over the country will have a significant and positive impact on the upcoming agricultural season, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests.In a statement released on Wednesday, the ministry indicated that widespread rain and snowfall are forecasted to continue for the upcoming weeks, reducing the rainfall deficit in several regions.At the start of the agricultural season last spring, the rainfall deficit was at 61 percent. By late January, though, steady rainfall had brought the deficit down to 36 percent.“The climate conditions for the current agricultural seasons are developing favorably and the crops are experiencing a normal growing cycle,” said the statement, which is based on satellite imagery analysis.Out of 4.93 million hectares, the total planted area represents 4.68 million hectares, only 10 percent of which is irrigated. Of the total arable land, cereal grain crops constitute 88 percent of total acreage, 8 percent is dedicated to fodder, and 4 percent to vegetables.A total of 48,300 hectares is used for sugar crops, distributed between Doukkala (35 percent), Tadla (28 percent), Gharb (27 percent), Loukkos (6 percent), and Moulouya (5 percent).With several provinces affected by the extreme cold and heavy snow cover, the ministry has implemented a subsidized feed distribution program for those regions facing problems obtaining livestock feed supplies, the source said.
October 12, 2019
UNAMID noted that there had been reports of banditry in North Darfur, the state that recently witnessed an influx of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to its camps due to a fresh outburst of violence in South Darfur.In South Darfur, where heavy fighting broke out last month between Government troops, other armed groups and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), locals have told UNAMID that armed militiamen continue to attack and harass civilians. For its part, UNAMID said, its blue helmets continue to intensify their routine patrols as well as their investigations, their escort functions and their confidence-building measures throughout the area.The hybrid force was set up by the Security Council to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. One year on from transferring the task of suppressing the violence to UNAMID from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), some 12,753 blue helmets are now in place across the region, a little more than 60 per cent of the 19,555 military personnel authorized by the Security Council. 26 February 2009The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force Darfur (UNAMID) today reported that relative calm had returned to the war-ravaged western region of the Sudan although concern remained over continuing violence in some areas.
October 6, 2019
According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Israeli military forces broke into and occupied the Agency school in the early morning on 2 April and proceeded to use the school as a detention centre for male residents of the camp between the ages of 15 and 40.“The occupation of an UNRWA school and its use for military purposes is a violation of international legal norms, and is a discouraging step backwards in UNRWA’s continuing efforts to secure humanitarian access in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” the Agency’s Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen, said. “I call on the Israeli authorities to leave UNRWA’s school and to allow UNRWA access to its other facilities in Tulkarem camp, including a clinic, so that essential services can be restored to the refugees.”The Agency said the occupation was not the first such abuse of UNRWA’s humanitarian installations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, citing the Israeli military’s repeated use last year of UNRWA schools as detention centres, and in some cases, the use of UNRWA installations as bases from which they launched military operations. In all cases, the Agency protested to the Israeli authorities but received no response.UNRWA said it had recently redoubled efforts to liaise with the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in the hope that the Israeli military would respect the right of the Agency to carry out its humanitarian operations without interference and restrictions, a right conferred on UNRWA by the 1946 UN Convention on Privileges and Immunities, and by an agreement reached between UNRWA and the Government of Israel in 1967.
October 2, 2019
After not pitching in a collegiate game in nearly three years, right-hander Brad Goldberg might have shown some signs of rust in the early going of the season. For the Ohio State baseball team, though, those signs are nowhere to be found. Goldberg, a redshirt senior, spent two years at Coastal Carolina before transferring to OSU after the 2010 season. He was forced to sit out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules and was ruled ineligible last season due to an insufficient amount of credit hours in his transfer. In his first outing as a Buckeye, the Beachwood, Ohio, native pitched a gem, going seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seven batters in a 3-1 win against St. John’s on Feb. 17. “There were a lot of mixed emotions, a lot more highs than lows,” Goldberg said of his first start for OSU. “It was kind of a culmination of a lot of hard work and a lot of triumphs. I had to calm myself down, that’s for sure.” In three starts this season, Goldberg has gone 2-0, leading the Big Ten in strikeouts (22) and opposing batting average (.119), while coming in second with a 0.47 earned-run average. His performance thus far this season has already earned him two conference Pitcher of the Week awards. Coach Greg Beals had nothing but praise for Goldberg, saying that he has played an integral role in achieving the team’s current 6-4 record. “I think what Brad has done is that he solidifies the starting rotation,” Beals said. “He brings depth to the team. It’s an addition of a front-line guy to your team from the previous year. Not only do you put a new guy on the team but you put a new guy on the team with a major role. It puts everybody else in roles that are easier and more comfortable for them to handle. He’s meant a lot to how we’ve been playing to this point.” As if his imposing 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pound figure was not enough to intimidate opposing hitters, Goldberg throws a repertoire of pitches that includes a sinker, curveball, slider and a fastball that reaches more than 90 miles per hour. When taking the mound, Goldberg has one goal in mind – dominance. “I’m trying to dictate,” Goldberg said. “I’m trying to throw my pitches and use that sinker to my advantage. I’m not trying to let them take the pace of the game, I’m trying to make sure I’m comfortable with my tempo and I’m throwing the pitches I want in my counts.” Goldberg’s catcher, sophomore Aaron Gretz, said that his teammate’s confidence has been the key to his early success. “Brad’s got a lot of swagger when he goes out there,” Gretz said. “He comes out and he knows he’s going to win. He knows he’s going to challenge you right away and he knows that his stuff is better than you and he’s going to get you out every time.” But in order to maintain his high-level of play, Goldberg said he will have to continue to push himself. “Just preparation, man, that’s what it comes down to,” Goldberg said. “Just a relentless consistency in my preparation. Have a good week in practice. Good bullpens. Stay in shape. Stuff like that.” Looking back on the long wait to finally step onto the hill for the Buckeyes, Goldberg said that the situation has provided him with the chance to show his potential. As of right now, he is making the most out of that chance. “Setbacks are always opportunities for comebacks,” Goldberg said. Goldberg and the rest of the OSU baseball team are set to travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to take on Harvard Friday, Ball State Saturday and Costal Carolina Sunday and Monday.
September 28, 2019
Lantern file photoIt will be hard to measure how much Urban Meyer altered the fate of the 2012 Ohio State football team with the performance evaluations he administered to OSU assistant coaches last June. There’s every chance that Meyer’s criticism in those evaluations played a role in the Buckeyes’s 12-0 season, and perhaps even greater accomplishments in seasons to come.The performance evaluations were obtained by The Lantern through a public records request and list the positive attributes of each coach as well as areas for improvement. Some evaluations appear less thorough than others (there was nothing listed in the “work on” section of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman’s evaluation) and some are vague and hard to decipher. The prevailing theme was that Meyer, whose criticism ranged from recruiting tactics to making more efficient use of the team’s time on the practice field, wanted improvement from the OSU assistants.The program’s assistants completed a self-evaluation before Meyer met with them to verbally provide his evaluation, according to a university human resources statement provided by OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg. Brief summaries of Meyer’s comments were typed on the evaluation documents, and according to the text, they were completed on June 25 and 26.Zach Smith: Wide receivers coachMeyer encouraged each OSU coach to improve on the recruiting trail, but the Buckeyes’ then-first-year receivers coach Zach Smith appeared to be a weakest link on OSU’s powerhouse staff of recruiters.According to the evaluation documents, Meyer wrote that Smith “needed improvement” with regard to recruiting, adding that he needed to work on being “thorough and intense.”Meyer also said that Smith needed to improve his on-field energy as well as his ability to complete tasks efficiently, according to the documents.Smith was more critical of himself in his self-evaluation than his peers on the OSU staff.Coaches graded themselves on a five-point scale in various categories and Smith was the only coach to give himself a grade lower than “3,” according to the documents. Smith gave himself a “2” regarding “Coaching what he sees on tape” and “Productivity in recruiting,” noting that he “need(s) to be aggressive with (wide receivers) and have conviction on area recruits — improve time management.”Tim Hinton: Tight ends, fullbacks coachDemands for “competitive excellence” and aggressive recruiting were common, but Meyer reserved what might have been his harshest criticism for Tim Hinton.Meyer said that Hinton’s top priority should be working on his “ability to articulate the offense” better, according to the evaluation. Additionally, Meyer wrote that Hinton needed to work on the “efficiency of practice time.”Mike Vrabel: Defensive line coachMeyer told Vrabel to take a wins-and-losses approach to the recruiting aspect of his job, writing, “Same approach to recruiting as playing (No excuses, W/L).”Meyer also appeared to encourage Vrabel — a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots — to work on using his professional experience to better develop the team’s defensive line.Everett Withers: Associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator, safeties coachMuch of Meyer’s criticism for Everett Withers was related to recruiting. On the evaluation, Meyer wrote “1.) Close on a difference maker. 2.) Intensity and thoroughness in recruiting.” A third criticism – “competitive excellence of players in off-season” – was also levied.Ed Warinner: Co-offensive coordinator, offensive line coachMeyer’s No. 1 criticism of Warinner was, presumably, that he wasn’t building strong relationships on the recruiting trail. All Meyer wrote on this matter was “Relationships in recruiting.” The second item listed was closing on offensive line recruits, followed by “engagement.”Meyer’s elaboration regarding the latter only went as far as to say “family, non-football discussion.”Kerry Coombs: Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinatorMeyer encouraged the fiery Coombs to work on closing on a big-time recruit and production of his cornerbacks unit for fall. Coombs responded to Meyer’s recommendations by helping then-sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby achieve first-team All-American honors (ESPN) after a 2012 season in which he caught a team-high five interceptions. Roby was also a Thorpe Award semifinalist.Stan Drayton: Running backs coachIn addition to encouraging Drayton to up his game on the recruiting front, it appears that Meyer wanted his running backs coach to provide fresh ideas to game plans for the running backs.“Get a big timer: recruiting,” Meyer wrote as the top item on Drayton’s evaluation. Like other OSU assistants, Meyer also said he wanted Drayton to get competitive excellence out of the running backs.Lastly, Meyer wrote, “Creativity/ideas in game planning.”Luke Fickell: Co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coachFor Fickell, whose one-season tenure as OSU head coach was sandwiched between the exit of former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and the arrival of Meyer, the first item of business was establishing himself as a leader on Meyer’s coaching staff. “Leadership role on staff,” wrote Meyer, who also listed Fickell’s ability to adapt and embrace his fellow staff-members as a positive.Fickell was the only coach that opted to leave a remark in the “employee’s comments” section of the evaluation, writing, “Great meeting with lots of constructive suggestions to get better.”Wallenberg declined to make any of the football coaches available for comment, saying that, generally, the department does not comment on personnel issues. So, while the extent to which coaches made improvements after their performance evaluations were administered remains to be seen, it could be safely assumed that at least a couple of Meyer’s criticisms related to on-field issues were addressed and corrected in time for the team’s undefeated, Big Ten Leaders Division championship season.Some of Meyer’s concerns regarding recruiting tactics were likely addressed as well and improved the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class ranked No. 2 in America, according to Rivals.com.Again eligible for postseason competition after serving a one-year ban after the undefeated 2012 season, OSU will begin the 2013 season with an Aug. 31 game in Columbus against Buffalo.
September 25, 2019
“So there can no longer be an automatic assumption that it’s OK to slash many thousands of extra hospital beds – unless and until there really are better alternatives in place for patients.”That’s why before major service changes are given the green light, they’ll now need to prove there are still going to be sufficient hospital beds to provide safe, modern and efficient care locally.”Any area which intends to cut significant numbers of hospital beds will only be allowed to do so if they fulfill strict conditions, such as increasing provision of community services, or introducing new treatments which mean patients can be seen as day cases.The change in approach follows repeated warnings from senior doctors that repeated bed cuts have left the country’s hospitals dangerously overcrowded.In just six years, the health service has cut almost 15,000 beds, equivalent to the loss of 24 hospitals. Simon Stevens said significant bed cuts could only go ahead if they meet a series of tests Swingeing hospital bed closures must be halted, the head of NHS has warned as he says slashing thousands of places amid a “sharp rise” in crowding levels is too risky.Simon Stevens made the intervention as NHS authorities draw up plans to attempt to save £22bn while coping with unprecented demand.Many of the draft proposals included sweeping bed cuts, as well as the closure or downgrading of up to 24 Accident & Emergency departments, 11 maternity units and 19 hospitals.But they were drawn up before the worst winter crisis in the history of the NHS, with almost half of trust declaring emergency warnings amid record occupancy levels.Now Mr Stevens has ordered officials to scale back bed cuts – ordering each area to draw up “credible implementation plans” which take proper account of current levels of strain.On Friday, he will tell a conference of NHS leaders: “More older patients inevitably means more emergency admissions, and the pressures on A&E are being compounded by the sharp rise in patients stuck in beds awaiting home care and care home places. 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. The intervention follows a diktat from NHS England ordering all trusts to alter their logos – this one fails the new tests South London’s draft plans set out a 44 per cent reduction in inpatient bed days, with plans to slash 400 acute beds in Derbyshire and 200 beds from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.The new rules will mean significant bed cuts can only be made if NHS England officials agree that: adequate alternatives are in place, such as bolstered GP and commumnity services new treatments or therapies can be demonstrated to cut hospital admissions among certain categories of patients. hospitals which are not using beds efficiently can demonstrate credible plans to improve their performance without compromising patient care. However, the intervention could leave NHS senior managers struggling to find ways to achieve plans to make a promised £22bn in savings by 2021. Hospitals are under unprecedented pressure, health officials say The NHS has the third lowest number of beds per head of population than any country in Europe, with just 2.7 beds per 1,000 population, compared with an EU average of 5.2.In recent weeks, two coroners have written to Mr Stevens, warning that lives are being put at risk because of the refusal of hospitals to take patients, for want of intensive care beds.Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons welcomed the intervention: “This new patient care test should prevent hospital bed closures that could restrict the availability of inpatient care”, she said.Across the country, 44 areas have been ordered to draw up draft “sustainability and transformation plans” to reorganise services and meet financial pressures.But draft plans have already triggered protests.Councils in north-west London have objected to plans which could see the number of major hospitals cut from nine to five. Dorset’s draft plans suggest cutting the number of hospital beds from 1,810 to 1,570, while Leicestershire and Rutland have drawn up proposals to cut beds from 1,940 to 1,697.
September 25, 2019
Where did he live?He was registered as living at the Abedi family home Elsmore Road, south Manchester as recently as last year, where plainclothes police raided a downstairs red-bricked semi-detached property on Tuesday. He told the Press Association: “He was always friendly, nothing to suggest (he was violent). He was normal, to be honest.”Abedi is believed to have attended the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as the Didsbury Mosque.Sheikh Mohammad Saeed said he believed Abedi had displayed a “face of hate” after the imam gave a sermon denouncing terrorism. Libyan refugee Abdalraouf Abdallah was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail last year after helping Muslim convert and former RAF Iraq War veteran Stephen Gray try to get to Syria.Abdallah, wheelchair-bound after he was shot in Libya in 2011, lived in Westerling Way, Moss Side, a short drive from Abedi’s Elsmore Road address.Gray, who lived at nearby Whitnall Street in the city, was jailed for five years for terror offences, after he twice attempted to join jihadis in Syria.Jamal al-Harith, who lived in Manchester and was known as Ronald Fiddler before converting to Islam, left the UK for Syria in 2014.Earlier this year it was reported that he died after driving a truck packed with explosives into a military base in Mosul, Iraq.It emerged he had received a compensation payment following his detention in Guantanamo Bay in the early 2000s. What have the neighbours said?Neighbours in Elsmore Road told how Abedi had become increasingly devout and withdrawn.Lina Ahmed, 21, said: “They are a Libyan family and they have been acting strangely. A couple of months ago he [Salman] was chanting the first kalma [Islamic prayer] really loudly in the street. He was chanting in Arabic. “He was saying ‘There is only one God and the prophet Mohammed is his messenger’.’A family friend, who described the Abedis as “very religious”, said most of the family had returned to Libya, leaving only Salman and his older brother Ismail behind. “They have not been there for quite a while. Different people come and go,” said Alan Kinsey, 52, a car-delivery driver who lives across the street. Mr Kinsey’s wife, Frances, 48, a care worker, said she believed that the parents had left before Christmas and just one or two young men had been living in the property. How was he identified?It has emerged in US media reports that the bomber was identified by a bank card in his pocket. According to NBC News, citing a US intelligence official, members of the bomber’s family warned security officials about him in the past, saying that he was “dangerous”.The official told the broadcaster that Abedi likely “had help” making the “big and sophisticated bomb”. Azzouz, 48, an expert bomb-maker, was accused of running an al-Qaeda network in eastern Libya. The Telegraph reported in 2014 that Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control and was an expert in bomb-making. Suicide bomber Salman Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and become radicalised before returning to the UK to cause carnage at a gig in the city where he was born.The son of Libyan parents, who reportedly fled their native country and sought refuge in the UK, he is thought to have come back to Britain from Libya just days before the massacre.Here’s everything we know about the 22-year-old Manchester Arena attacker. Police forensic investigators at an address in Elsmore Road linked to the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi Credit:PA What is his family background?Born and raised in Manchester in 1994, Abedi, the second youngest of four children, grew up in a Muslim household but matured into a university dropout with an appetite for bloodshed.His parents, mother Samia Tabbal and father Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, are Libyan-born refugees who fled to the UK to escape Gaddafi. It is thought they returned in 2011 following Gaddafi’s overthrow.Abedi is thought to have an older brother Ismail Abedi, who was born in Westminster in 1993, a younger brother Hashim Abedi, and a sister Jomana, whose Facebook profile suggests she is from Tripoli and lives in Manchester. A family friend, who asked not to be named, said the family were known to the Libyan community in the city and described Abedi as “normal”. Mr Kinsey said a huge flag, possibly Iraqi or Libyan, had been hanging from their house. “There was a large Iraqi flag hanging out the window but we never thought anything or it,” added Mr Kinsey, “We thought it was about football or a protest at home or something.” How did he become radicalised?Abedi has “proven” links with Islamic State, according to France’s interior minister.Gerard Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that Abedi had been in Syria.Mr Collomb said: “All of a sudden he travelled to Libya and then most likely to Syria, became radicalised and decided to commit this attack.”Abedi had been a “regular kid”, who went out and drank until around a year ago when he “dropped off the radar”, the Times reported the bomber’s former landlord’s nephew as saying.The paper quoted a friend as saying he had returned from a three-week trip to Libya in recent days.Abedi’s trips to Libya are now subject to scrutiny including links to jihadists.A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range.Among them was Abd al-Baset Azzouz, a father-of-four from Manchester, who left Britain to run a terrorist network in Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as leader of al-Qaeda. Neighbours recalled an abrasive, tall, skinny young man who was little known in the neighbourhood, and often seen in traditional Islamic clothing.He is thought to have lived at a number of addresses in the area, including one in Wilbraham Road, where officers arrested a man on Tuesday.Abedi previously lived with his parents and a brother. Other radicals from the North WestAbedi is not the first radical associated with the North West.It has been reported he knew fellow Mancunian Raphael Hostey, who was once described as an “inspirational figure” for would-be jihadis.Hostey left the UK in 2013 and became known as Abu Qaqa in his capacity as an IS fixer, encouraging other young Britons to join the terror group. He was believed to have been killed in a drone strike in 2016. Has his family spoken?Speaking for the first time about his son’s death, Abedi’s father said: “We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.”Speaking from Tripoli, he told AP this his son was innocent and confirmed that British police had arrested another of his sons, believed to be a 23-year-old arrested in south Manchester on Tuesday.Abedi’s sister, Jomana, suggested he carried out the attack for revenge on US air strikes in Syria.“I think he saw children—Muslim children—dying everywhere, and wanted revenge,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge. Whether he got that is between him and God.” Abedi’s educationAbedi went to Burnage Academy for Boys between 2009 and 2011, and then on to Salford University in 2014 where he studied business management before dropping out, according to a source. The source said Abedi began his course in 2014 and attended lectures for two years but then stopped going. He would have graduated this summer.He did not live in university accommodation, had not been in any trouble at the university and was not on any radar for pastoral or social care.It is understood Abedi was not known to have participated in any clubs or societies during his time in higher education and never met with the resident imam. His brother Hashim reportedly knew he was planning the attack.”His brother felt there was something going on there in Manchester and he thought his brother would do something like bombing or attack. So after that, he told us, ‘Having internet, I see the attack in Manchester and I knew that’s my brother’,” a spokesman for Libyan authorities told BBC2’s Newsnight.He revealed that Abedi’s younger brother Hashim had been investigated for about a month and a half over suspicions that he was linked to IS.”We were not quite sure about this, but when we arrested and we asked him, he told us, ‘I have ideology with my brother’. Hashim told us, ‘I know everything about my brother, what he was doing there in Manchester’.” Salman AbediCredit:Sky 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.
September 25, 2019
I wake up to @bbc5live reports of #Northernrail “reintroducing train services”. Yet this “new era” hits the buffers and it’s not even 8am . Late running trains and two rush hour cancellations on our line already #northernfail #shambles pic.twitter.com/ZdWCR1n1Nt— Dickie | Charming Man PR (@DickieCharming) July 30, 2018 Commuters have complained of up to two hours of delays as Northern Rail reintroduced cancelled services after a timetable change that caused hundreds of delays and cancellations.It appears the attempt to make train services run more smoothly has failed somewhat, resulting in further cancellations, as passengers struggled to get trains into major northern cities including Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. Customers complained they missed meetings and were late for work this morning as what has been dubbed “rail chaos” continued.Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham responded to the disruption, tweeting: “When is someone in the Government going to take a break from arguing about Brexit & sort this out? Country isn’t functioning at the moment.”Passenger Katharine Robbins tweeted: “730 Hartlepool to Newcastle cancelled, next train hugely delayed. Having to get to my meeting in a taxi. Is this the improved service?” Same issue: 1st day of a return to just some of the new service and we’ve got cancellations and delays already 😒 thanks Andy Burnham for keeping up with this issue! pic.twitter.com/5B5DbRSayk— Jemma-Louise Baron (@JemmaLouiseBaro) July 30, 2018 Northern’s managing director David Brown said as the services were reinstated: “The May timetable caused significant disruption for customers on some routes on our network and we’re truly sorry for that.”We introduced an interim timetable on a number of routes from 4 June, and that has enabled us to accelerate our driver training, stabilise service levels, improve performance and significantly reduce last-minute cancellations.””Whilst we are ready to reintroduce all 168 daily services, given the need to drive further improvements across Manchester, we have agreed to a more gradual reintroduction of our services. A phased introduction is the right approach to ensure a more stable and reliable service for customers.”Northern Rail was not immediately available for comment on this morning’s cancellations. 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. The phased reintroduction of services will see 75 per cent of services brought back today, and the remaining 25 per cent in September. Another commuter, Derek McCabe, tweeted: “The reintegration of cancelled @northernassist services into the schedule has resulted in my train being cancelled. Congrats guys.”Jane Southwarth added: “Northern Rail day 1 6.56 Lostock to Preston cancelled. First train to Preston 8 00. Shambles.”The operator slashed nearly 170 services a day – 6 per cent of the total – in early June after a new timetable introduced in May resulted in significant disruption for passengers. @AndyBurnhamGM the first day Liverpool Lime Street is reopened and this is Northern’s service pic.twitter.com/JjjnFjCPGI— Paul Ashcroft (@mrpaulashcroft) July 30, 2018 Now, the company has brought the majority of the services back after complaints from MPs and a recommendation from industry bodies.
September 22, 2019
BundesligaheinevetterIker RomeroKonstantin IgropuloMT Melsungenrobert weberSteffen Fath SC Magdeburg and Fuchse Berlin had not easy home encounters this round, but they have managed to take advantage of the home court and home crowd. SC Magdeburg in a high-scoring game against HSG Wetzlar won with 33:30, and are now on the 5th place in the Bundesliga. Robert Weber led SC Magdeburg with 8 goals, while Steffen Fath from Wetzlar was the match topscorer with 9 goals.Fuchse Berlin scored an important home win over MT Melsungen with 27:24, and after two draws and a defeat have won back team confidence. Iker Romero and Konstantin Igropulo were the leading scorers for the “Foxes” with 6 an 5 goals respectively, while Michael Allendorf was the best in Melsungen’s shirt with 5 goals.Bundesliga scores: Bietigheim 28:34 HSV Hamburg, Friesenheim 25:40 Lubbecke, Fuchse Berlin 27:24 MT Melsungen, Magdeburg 33:30 HSG Wetzlar, GWD Minden 25:28 Gummersbach, RNL 28:29 THW Kiel, Bergischer 31:30 TBV Lemgo, Erlangen 32:29 Hannover, Goppingen 26:34 Flensburg ← Previous Story Finland beat Israel in EURO 2016 qualification warm up Next Story → Sebastian Skube and Jure Dolenec out for Slovenia’s EHF EURO 2016 campaign
September 21, 2019
If it feels like we’ve been talking about the Galaxy S4 since a week after the launch of the Galaxy S3, that’s because in one form or another that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. Samsung’s flagship smartphone has a global audience, and more importantly exists as the only Android phone that can be compared to Apple’s iPhone in terms of sales and popularity. The Galaxy S4 is expected to continue Samsung’s meteoric rise, and we will be able to take a look at the next Galaxy in less than a month.We’ve seen everything imaginable leading up to the announcement of the Galaxy S4. Samsung engineers have been on social networks looking for ideas on the phone, fake renders and incorrect release dates have speckled the Internet for months, and all the while Samsung has kept quietly to themselves.There’s only one other smartphone on the market that gets this kind of year long buzz, and that’s the iPhone. While the Galaxy S4 hasn’t reached a point where every single piece of the phone is leaked individually, such that you could probably build one if you were able to get a hold of the parts, the popularity of the phone is undeniable. All we have to do now is wait for March 14, where the Galaxy S4 will be shown off in NYC.Last year, the Galaxy S3 launch was a massive global spectacle. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3 on stage at Earls Court in London, but this year the announcement will be taking place in the US after the company was “bombarded with requests from U.S. mobile carriers” to do so. It’s widely speculated that the Galaxy S4 will be on all four major US carriers, as well as a host of carriers around the globe.Samsung’s 2013 offering will no doubt feature a Snapdragon 800 quad core processor with a 1080p screen and enough battery life to impress your friends all day long, but the phone will still be met with stiff competition this year. In the past, Samsung’s primary focus has been to compete with Apple. This year the company is taking direct hits from competition like Motorola and HTC, who are both trying to replicate this success with the HTC One and the Moto X phone this year.Samsung has a serious advantage this year, especially as the popularity of their smartphones increase. The Galaxy S3 isn’t just the flagship for Samsung, but in many ways is seen as the flagship for Android in the eyes of the general consumer. The Galaxy Note exists as a phone for power users, while the Galaxy Mini soaks up the budget phone market. There’s a Galaxy for everyone right now, which sets Samsung up nicely to deliver a powerful new experience with the S4 and continue to separate itself from the other manufacturers.
September 21, 2019
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Clients very often have wills drafted and probated in other countries and wish to apply them in Greece. They are perfectly valid wills done abroad, under the law of the country where they were executed, which makes sense according to the legal practice of that country. However, several of those wills do not always make sense in Greece. In other words, terms and legal phrases in their content are sometimes not clear enough for legal practitioners and the authorities in Greece (courts, tax authority, notaries) in order to implement them into the Greek legal order. So, when the deceased leaves money in the bank, which will be distributed to the heirs, or assets in Greece, which must be sold by the heirs or the beneficiaries to third parties and a court decision, called klironomitirio (the inherited) must be issued, the deceased’s will, which was drafted in the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK or any other country, must have a wording which, when translated in Greek, must be understood in terms of Greek law since the assets are located in Greece. This is not always the case with foreign wills. Very often they have wording which takes for granted legal notions and practices of the country where it is being executed by the testator, but leaves gaps in its interpretation when the time comes to be probated and implemented in Greece. An example is when the foreign will refers to the ‘executor/executrix’, giving them power to sell or dispose of assets, and then distribute the proceeds to the beneficiaries. In Greek law, although the notion of the executor of a will does exist, in reality it has reduced legal validity. In Greece, those who run the whole process of will probation and transfer of assets of the deceased are the heirs and beneficiaries themselves. They act on their own and usually do not need the participation of an executor, whose actions in most cases complicate matters at the Greek tax office, the court, or the notary. Another example is when the foreign will does not clearly provide for 100 per cent of the deceased’s assets. When the last will and testament says that certain assets go to certain beneficiaries, but other assets of the deceased are left without any indication where the testator wanted them to go, there are more than one interpretation possible for the will. Especially, in cases where the will states that the executor is vested with authority to use the assets and dispose of them at will, it may not be clear if the executor will pay the inheritance taxes (if there are any) and then sell the assets, or who else is entitled to do so. Another example of a will with ambiguous meaning is the case where the testator leaves an asset to a person, but indicates that after a certain point in time (a specific date) or after an event happens (the coming of age of a child), the asset must go to another person. If the testator wishes to include in the will such a provision, the text must be drafted meticulously, so that the will, when probated in Greece, is possible to be understood and applied. Finally, and perhaps the most common cause for legal ambiguities in Greece with foreign wills, is when the last will and testament provides for the creation of a trust. The notion of the trust is understood and used in legal texts in common-law countries, but very often creates havoc among lawyers and administrative authorities in Greece. For this reason it should either be avoided, when it comes to assets located in Greece, or at least included in the will only after a lawyer practising in Greece has been consulted. In some cases it may be wise to make two wills − one according to the law of the country where the testator has his/her main residence and properties, and another will, meant for Greece, drafted in such a way that makes it more clear for attorneys and others involved in the probation and implementation of the will in the Hellenic Republic. * Christos Iliopoulos is an attorney at the Supreme Court of Greece, LL.M. For more go to www.greekadvocate.eu or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com