October 14, 2019

New study demands that Montreal improve life for Aboriginal youth in the

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsA new study is demanding that Montreal improve life for Aboriginal youth in the city.Since 2001, the Indigenous population has grown by nearly 200 percent.Many are between the ages of 18-35.Most move for school or work. Some fall through the cracks of the big city.last_img

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October 13, 2019

New oilsands exploration tech leaves forest intact to the relief of the

first_img“We can do it, it works. We don’t have to cut the forest down anymore,” said Allan Chatenay, co-owner of Explor Geophysical Ltd. and inventor of its PinPoint technology.The Calgary-based company worked with oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. over the past winter to see how the technology stacks up in comparison with traditional seismic techniques on one of its unexplored oilsands leases.The next step will be a commercial-scale trial aimed at proving it can compete on cost as well as effectiveness.Put simply, seismic surveying involves creating sound waves in the earth that bounce off rock formations hundreds of metres underground and then are recorded by sensors on the surface for analysis.Traditionally, surveys were conducted using truck-mounted drilling gear, heavy sensors and explosive devices weighing several kilograms each. Straight, six to eight-metre-wide seismic lines were chopped through the forest on rectangular grids to permit access and ensure the equipment was positioned to achieve the best results.The current standard, called low-impact seismic, cuts lines that are about three metres wide, often in a zig-zag pattern on the assumption that it prevents predators from being able to see their prey from a distance. CALGARY, A.B. – One of the most destructive ecological impacts of oil and gas exploration happens long before a litre of oil flows into a pipeline or a single atom of carbon enters the atmosphere.Seismic surveying, the exploration activity that helps identify where to drill, can result in as much as 15 percent of the forest being chopped down and mulched.But a new kind of seismic survey promises to leave only boot prints in the forest. And that’s good news for species such as the threatened woodland caribou that live alongside the oilsands industry in northern Alberta. Only about 25 percent of caribou ranges in the oilsands area are considered undisturbed, said Simon Dyer, deputy executive director of the Pembina Institute environmental think-tank.That’s well below the 65 percent undisturbed ratio required to allow threatened caribou populations to be self-sustaining, according to a 2012 federal government Species at Risk Act recovery strategy report.“A big contributor to that fragmentation and loss of habitat is the seismic footprint so any technologies that can prevent additional losses of habitat are obviously welcome,” he said.“Slowing the rate of loss of habitat is not good enough… Any responsible company should be proposing a plan that has a net improvement in caribou habitat, not just a reduced impact.”The PinPoint technology requires more labour than other forms of seismic so it costs more, Chatenay said, without being specific.On the other hand, he said, it saves users the cost of having to later replant and remediate seismic lines and may help companies fall in line with future environmental regulation.Suncor is looking at several technologies to reduce the impact of its seismic surveys and it will likely be years before any can be implemented on a commercial scale, said Gary Bunio, general manager of oilsands strategy technology development.He said the cost is important to consider but it’s not the only issue – Suncor could decide on a more expensive option if it provides a solution that is effective and is endorsed by community stakeholders and regulators.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img PinPoint takes the technology one step further by scaling down the size of the sensors and charges so they can be carried into the forest by people on foot. By greatly increasing the number of lower powered seismic events and their recordings, and processing them using detailed GPS readings and exact timing, Chatenay says the survey results are just as detailed as traditional seismic.Finding new ways to acquire seismic data fits in with goals by the industry, regulators and the Indigenous community to support caribou conservation, said Christine Daly, a senior technology adviser for land reclamation at Suncor.“Any fragmentation of the boreal forest has an impact on the animals in that ecosystem, including boreal woodland caribou, which are a threatened species,” she said.“We realized one of the root causes of the impact from our industry are these seismic lines, so completely removing them is a huge step in opening more responsible development and caribou conservation.”last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Mayawati hits back at PM says BJP has realised it will not

first_imgLucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati Friday termed as “laughable” and “immature” Prime minister Narendra Modi’s remark describing the SP-BSP alliance as “casteist”. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said the language used by the BJP showed it has realised “definite loss in polls” and is “frustrated” and making baseless and absurd allegations. The BJP, she asserted, is not coming to power again and Modi’s dream of becoming the PM again will not be fulfilled.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In a tweet, Mayawati said the allegation that “our alliance is casteist is not only laughable but immature also. Narendra Modi, who is not backward by birth has not faced pain of casteism. Such a remark for the alliance should have been avoided, as it is not correct”. “Modi indulged in casteism by describing himself ‘zabardasti ka pichhda’ (backward). Had he been backward by birth, the RSS would not have let him become the PM. What RSS has done to leaders like Kalyan Singh is known to all,” she said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Instead of levelling allegations against the alliance, Mayawati said, “Modi should have looked at Gujarat where, I have come to know, Dalits cannot lead an honourable life. A Dalit man was not allowed to ride a horse during his wedding. “Atrocities are committed on Dalits in Gujarat,” she charged. At a recent rally in Uttar Pradesh, Modi had accused the BJP and SP of indulging in caste politics.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

CAR minister accuses France of arming Christian militia

first_imgBANGUI – A government minister in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR) has accused France, the country’s former colonizer, of arming Christian militias accused of perpetrating atrocities against local Muslim communities.“The French are now siding with the anti-balaka,” General Mahamat Nouradine Adam, minister of state for security, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.“They’re providing them with arms, food, medicine and uniforms,” he charged. “They now have new guns.”CAR, a mineral-rich landlocked country, descended into anarchy in March, when Seleka rebels – said to be mostly Muslims – ousted Christian president François Bozize, who had assumed power in a 2003 coup. The months since have seen the emergence of self-styled “anti-balaka” Christian militias.In a Thursday report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) described the anti-balaka as “local vigilantes and soldiers loyal to the previous government.”In its report, HRW asserted that the Christian militia had perpetrated a number of recent “atrocities” against local Muslim communities, including the murder of several hundred Muslims and the burning of their homes and mosques.On Sunday, representatives of CAR’s Muslim community gave French troops a one-week deadline by which to end what they described as “French support” for the anti-balaka.They threatened to stage a rebellion against the French and partition the country into a Muslim north and a Christian south.Under a UN mandate to restore security in its former colony, France has deployed nearly 1,600 troops in CAR.“Before the French brought their troops into the country, we had relative stability,” the minister said.“Everything was going to be okay, but they intervened.”“The French were supposed to be a neutral peacekeeping force, but now they’re one-sided,” Adam argued.A spokesman for the French peacekeeping contingent was not immediately available to comment on the accusations.BiasGeneral Adam accused western media, especially French, of portraying his government in a negative light.“We found weapons inside a church on Friday. The anti-balaka have been hiding weapons inside the church,” he said, suggesting that western media ignored the news.“We just took the weapons and left the people we found in possession of the weapons,” the minister said, adding that he had been accompanied by African peacekeepers when the weapons were found.“This shows that some of the meetings to attack Muslims are planned inside the church,” the minister suggested.But Bangui Archbishop Mgr. Dieudonne Nzapalainga, for his part, denied that any weapons had been found inside the church.He told AA that the weapons had been kept outside a church near which some anti-balaka fighters had been hiding.Adam noted that some French media outlets had reported on Friday that ex-Seleka fighters in the predominantly Muslim Kilometer 5 neighborhood were exchanging fire with anti-balaka fighters.“The reality was that the anti-balaka had attacked a defenseless Muslim population in the area,” said the minister. “Journalists must tell the truth and not side with groups.”According to the Red Cross, at least 29 Muslims were killed in Friday’s anti-balaka attack on the Muslim neighborhood.No selekaThe security minister, who had been deputy leader of the disbanded seleka coalition, claimed that no seleka fighters were currently on the streets.“We disbanded Seleka in September,” he told AA. “All those who joined the national army are currently in camps.”When asked if some ex-seleka vehicles and troops were still patrolling certain areas, the minister denied reports to this effect.“We agreed with the peacekeepers to take our soldiers off the streets because they were being accused… of committing crimes,” he recalled.The minister asserted that ex-seleka soldiers were not even allowed to leave their barracks to visit their families.“There are currently no ex-Seleka fighters on the streets of Bangui; they’re all living in the barracks,” he reiterated.“So whoever commits a crime in the name of being an ex-seleka is not one of our soldiers.”General Adam said their political rival should wait until elections.“We went into the bush to fight the former regime because our communities were oppressed and marginalized and the country was being mismanaged,” the former seleka leader said.“Our enemies have not given us an opportunity to showcase how we can effectively run the country,” he charged.“There have been many coups in CAR, but they have opposed our coup because the president and some of us are Muslims,” the minister said.“Those opposed to our government should be patient until elections are held in 18 months,” he added. “But for now, we’re in charge.”last_img read more

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September 30, 2019

The Latest Kentucky Riot Is Part Of A Long Destructive Sports Tradition

2002College Park, Md.MarylandWNCAAB17~24 After Wisconsin upset Kentucky in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament Saturday night, there was a riot near Kentucky’s campus in Lexington. People threw bottles and set fires, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The police used pepper spray and arrested 31 people. And this wasn’t the first time people in Lexington reacted violently after a big Wildcats game. Last spring, the police arrested dozens of people after riots when Kentucky lost in the national championship game. And they arrested dozens of people in two separate riots in 2012, after Kentucky’s wins in the national semifinal and final.Those are four of about 50 North American sports riots in the past five decades for which I’ve gathered media-reported data. The database tells a violent history of the aftermath of many sporting events: thousands of people arrested, hundreds injured, more than a dozen killed. The riots occurred in more than a dozen U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, in reaction to sporting events in all four major North American pro sports, plus college football, basketball and hockey. Nearly all the sports riots originated in championship celebrations. Just a handful followed losses for the home team.I put this together after finding no existing, comprehensive database of these events. Our data isn’t comprehensive, either. Among the limitations: Our Nexis and Google searches might not have turned up all media reports. Different jurisdictions and media outlets might use different thresholds in counting, say, injuries and fires. We often found differing counts for the same incident, and some incident reports did not include information on arrests, injuries and deaths (in those cases, we left the fields below blank). The numbers might have changed for some riots after the last media report about them. And some might not have been reported.Please let us know by email or in the comments if we’ve missed any. 2004BostonRed SoxWMLB>141 2014Storrs, Conn.UConnWNCAAB>30 1991ChicagoBullsWNBA>1002 1996ChicagoBullsWNBA650 1984Manhattan, Kan.Kansas St.WNCAAF24>24 1984DetroitTigersWMLB40801 2003OaklandRaidersLNFL>84 1990San Francisco49ersWNFL14 1989San Francisco49ersWNFL~90 2002Columbus, OhioOhio StateWNCAAF>50 1990DetroitPistonsWNBA141hundreds7 2010MontrealCanadiensWNHL252 1998DenverBroncosWNFL2260 1992ChicagoBullsWNBA>1000~190 1985San Francisco49ersWNFL>183 2015Lexington, Ky.KentuckyLNCAAB313 2014Storrs, Conn.UConnWNCAAB26 1995San Francisco49ersWNFL~1803 2001State College, Pa.Penn StateLNCAAB203 1993MontrealCanadiensWNHL115168 2008MontrealCanadiensWNHL160 1997ChicagoBullsWNBA 2012Lexington, Ky.KentuckyWNCAABdozens~20 to hospital 2008State College, Pa.Penn StateWNCAAF00 2002College Park, Md.MarylandWNCAAB2 2001College Park, Md.MarylandLNCAAB1 2014Lexington, Ky.KentuckyLNCAAB3123 2014San FranciscoGiantsWMLB403 1986MontrealCanadiensWNHL28 YEARCITYTEAMW/LLEAGUEARRESTSINJUREDKILLED 2015Columbus, OhioOhio StateWNCAAF<10 1971PittsburghPiratesWMLB100 2002Bloomington, Ind.IndianaLNCAAB4340 2012Lexington, Ky.KentuckyWNCAAB27 1993DallasCowboysWNFL2618 1968DetroitTigersWMLB200 1993ChicagoBullsWNBA6833 2012San FranciscoGiantsWMLB35 1999East Lansing, Mich.Michigan St.LNCAAB132 2010San FranciscoGiantsWMLB>4 2011VancouverCanucksLNHL~100 2000Los AngelesLakersWNBA>11 2006EdmontonOilersWNHL<400 1986Manhattan, Kan.Kansas St.WNCAAF<211 2004BostonPatriotsWNFL2911 1 2002Saint Paul, Minn.MinnesotaWNCAAH20 1996DenverAvalancheWNHL153 1994VancouverCanucksLNHLdozens>200 1982San Francisco49ersWNFL80125 read more

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September 30, 2019

San Francisco Giants Complete Sweep Win World Series Over

On a cool, damp night in Detroit, the San Francisco Giants — who came back from seemingly insurmountable deficits in their two playoff series — completed a sweep of the Tigers in 10 innings to capture the World Series for the second time in three years.Their 4-3 Game 4 win capped a dramatic post-season for San Francisco, which trailed the Cincinnati Reds 0-2 in the divisional series and the St. Louis Cardinals 1-3 in the NLCS.Marco Scutaro, who has been outstanding, delivered one more key hit this October, a go-ahead single with two outs in the 10th inning that proved to be the winning run.“Detroit probably didn’t know what it was in for,” Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. “Our guys had a date with destiny.”The Giants combined the most important elements of championship baseball. After three straight wins that looked relatively easy, they sealed this victory when Sergio Romo got Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to look at strike three for the final out.A wild on-field celebration ensued, and was carried into the clubhouse.“Tonight was a battle,” Giants star Buster Posey said. “And I think tonight was a fitting way for us to end it because those guys played hard. They didn’t stop, and it’s an unbelievable feeling.”Posey, the only player who was in the starting lineup when San Francisco beat Texas in the 2010 clincher, and the underdog Giants celebrated in the center of the diamond at Comerica Park.They built toward this party all month, winning six elimination games this postseason. In the clubhouse, they hoisted the trophy, passed it around and shouted the name of each player who held it.Benched during the 2010 Series, Pablo Sandoval, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda, went 8 for 16, including a three-homer performance in Game 1.“You learn,” Sandoval said. “You learn from everything that happened in your career. . . We’re working hard to enjoy this moment right now.”Cabrera delivered the first big hit for Detroit, interrupting San Francisco’s run of dominant pitching with a two-run homer that blew over the right-field wall in the third.Posey put the Giants ahead 3-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth and Delmon Young hit a tying home run in the bottom half.It then became a matchup of bullpens, and the Giants prevailed.Ryan Theriot led off the 10th with a single against Phil Coke, moved up on Brandon Crawford’s sacrifice and scored on a shallow single by Scutaro, the MVP of the NL championship series. Center fielder Austin Jackson  made a throw home, to no avail.“That’s what it makes so much special, the way we did it,” Scutaro said. “We’re always against the wall and my team, it just came through first series, second series and now we sweep the Tigers.” read more

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September 28, 2019

Ohio State field hockey takes tough loss to No 16 Northwestern

OSU sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) runs with the ball during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team (8-7, 4-3) couldn’t manage to keep pace with a high-powered Northwestern team (11–6, 4-3) during its second-to-last home game of the season on Friday. With an aggressive offensive edge, Northwestern’s Isabel Flens and Pascale Massey each scored once during both periods, respectively, to end the game with a final score of 2-0. Despite the tough loss and being outshot 29-2, the Buckeyes made it a priority to reel in the Wildcats through a strong defensive approach. Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro tallied 15 total saves, giving her a total of 220 for her career, while sophomore back Caroline Rath added two defensive saves into the mix.The Wildcats’ quick reactions and confidence with ball possession never came to a standstill throughout the entirety of the game. However, the Buckeyes defense made it a priority to halt Northwestern’s movement back upfield with the score staying stagnant at 1-0 going into halftime. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said that once Northwestern scored nearly 25 minutes in, it was hard to regain momentum.“Northwestern had a great gameplan coming in. They stepped up and played with confidence while we were a step behind,” Wilkinson said. “Once they got into a rhythm, they got us … (going forward) we need to find new ways to attack.”With most of the movement staying on Northwestern’s offensive side for the second half, it was difficult for the Buckeyes to break through for a scoring opportunity. The Buckeyes’ focus on defense wasn’t enough to stop Northwestern from scoring the second and final goal of the game 58 minutes in due to an unassisted shot off rebound from Massey.OSU sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey said the team’s mental motivation had begun to dwindle down as the game neared the end. “We were mentally prepared in the beginning, but once we let them start to play their own game we just sat back and didn’t play ours,” Humphrey said. “I think we lost mentally in the end more than anything.”With the final home game of the season approaching on Sunday, the Buckeyes will need a quick turnaround to evaluate their approach moving forward.Senior co-captain Emma Royce said she thinks creativity could be a catalyst for the quick turnaround.“Credit to Northwestern, I think they scouted us very very well and knew what to expect,” Royce said. “We need to understand (going forward) that the teams are going to know what Ohio State does. We have very specific patents and plays and we need to throw in new creativity and imagination.”Now tied with Northwestern in Big Ten standings for fourth place, OSU has one conference game remaining: No. 11 Michigan on Oct. 31. The Buckeyes are scheduled to host California for the last home game of the season on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field, with senior honors occurring before the match starts. read more

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September 28, 2019

Mens basketball Andre Wessons role expanding in Big Ten play without Keita

Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter the injury to junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, freshman forward Andre Wesson has been receiving some valuable minutes off the bench for Ohio State in his first year at the college level.Wesson was a starter throughout his career at Westerville South High School. He averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three assists as the senior leader on route to a 2016 Ohio Division I state title. Now at OSU, he has been asked to be a role player in his first season, but is showing his coaches and teammates alike what his abilities are on the basketball court.After the injury to Bates-Diop, OSU coach Thad Matta has relied on Wesson, not to mimic the highly touted forward, but to play his own style of basketball when his number is called.“I love the way Andre (Wesson) is playing right now,” Matta said. “Kind of coming into his own, and he’s different than Keita (Bates-Diop) but can do some of the same things.”In limited minutes off the bench in Big Ten play, Wesson has averaged 2.6 points per game, with only three rebounds and one assist. However, averaging only 9.7 minutes of playing time, the freshman is third on the team with five steals and has two blocks in conference play.In the Buckeyes’ last game against Minnesota on Wednesday, Wesson played a career-high 19 minutes and was a factor in the 78-72 victory. He connected on 6-of-7 foul shots and nailed a 3 in the second half to extend the lead to eight with 10 minutes remaining.Wesson’s minutes and production has spiked as he becomes more acquainted with the college game.“Just being more comfortable, getting used to the speed of the game,” Wesson said. “That’s probably the thing that has helped. Also, just changing gears a bit more and not playing at one speed. Just slowing down and letting the game slow down.”From what Wesson has done in practice, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate thinks that his production in the actual games will come with time.“He just has to keep getting more comfortable in the game because in practice, I mean when we go scarlet and gray, he dominates. I don’t think he ever misses two shots in a row,” Tate said. “He’s been playing good minutes and has been a big part of our offense and defense when he checks in. We are going to need him to do that and continue to get better.”Going forward, Wesson has some areas of the game where he knows he can improve. When it is all said and done, though, the team comes first.“Probably just being more assertive, being more aggressive on the offensive end,” Wesson said. “Just continuing to just do my job, whatever the team needs me to do to win.” read more

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September 28, 2019

Urban Meyer JT Barrett is a Heisman Trophy candidate

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) greets coach Urban Meyer after a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorLess than two hours after redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the sixth time, coach Urban Meyer said Barrett’s name is in the Heisman Trophy conversation.Meyer spoke to the media during his weekly Monday luncheon and addressed Barrett, the Buckeyes’ 31-24 win against Minnesota last Saturday and an upcoming game against Indiana. He also took note of exactly what a potential return trip to the Big Ten Championship Game means for OSU.On Barrett“He’s a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said of Barrett. The third-year OSU coach has had players in the Heisman conversation in the past, including one winner (Tim Tebow) while at Florida.He said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native is in the conversation, but could’ve played much better against Minnesota despite racking up 389 yards and four total touchdowns.Meyer said Barrett’s 86-yard touchdown was a called quarterback run, but many of his carries are scrambles.“If it’s not there, he puts his foot in the ground and gets six yards,” Meyer said of Barrett’s scrambling ability.He said the Rider High School product does a good job of getting to the ground and avoiding big hits.UpdatesMeyer said senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett, redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin, Barrett and sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott graded out as champions against the Golden Gophers.He said Vannett has “earned some more playing time.”He said senior wide receiver Evan Spencer was the offensive player of the game for OSU.Meyer said junior linebacker Joshua Perry, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple and senior cornerback Doran Grant graded as champions on defense.He said he’ll nominate Grant for All-Big Ten consideration.Two sophomores — safety Vonn Bell and defensive lineman Joey Bosa — were OSU’s defensive players of the game, Meyer said.He added that Heuerman was the special teams player of the week.Meyer said it’s “great to come back home” after a two-game road trip. He added that the Buckeyes should have redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn back for Indiana.He said OSU hasn’t lost confidence in redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall despite a pair of fumbles last week.Meyer said he’s “having a lot of fun coaching this team.”When asked about a potential future restructuring of the College Football Playoff format, Meyer said: “We play Indiana, man, I’m not sure.”On Indiana junior running back Tevin Coleman, Meyer said: “I see his stats are ridiculous.” Coleman had 307 rushing yards in a loss to Rutgers last weekend.He added that Coleman is “the threat, the No. 1 threat on their team.”“I can’t imagine a team works harder on tackling than we do,” Meyer said about his defense in practice.He said junior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt is close to earning more playing time “but he’s got to play better.”“I want a real aggressive team that’s not afraid of making mistakes, and I think we have that,” Meyer said of the Buckeyes. OSU had three turnovers against Minnesota.Meyer said Apple has come a long way since he arrived in Columbus. “He was not what we wanted when we signed him,” he said.Meyer said the Buckeyes’ goal hasn’t changed: “We wake up everyday to compete for championships in November.”He added that the team as a whole has come a long way since August. “We are lights out a better football team than we were at the beginning of the year,” he said.Meyer said he doesn’t know enough to call the Buckeyes a top-four team, but said he knows they are one win away from locking up a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game.He said crediting the weather for mistakes against Minnesota is a “dog ate my homework excuse.”Meyer said earning a trip back to the Big Ten title game is “everything” for the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to take on the Hoosiers on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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September 18, 2019

Exagent Icardi had to leave Barca or hed never have played

first_imgThe former agent of Mauro Icardi revealed that he decided to get him away from Barcelona due to fears that his client was never a part of their plansThe Argentine striker left Catalonia at the young age of 17 in favour of a move to Italian side Sampdoria in 2011.Icardi would break into the Sampdoria first-team during the 2012/13 season and finished his debut Serie A campaign with 10 goals in 31 appearances.Inter Milan then promptly signed Icardi, who has since become the club’s captain and regarded among Europe’s most prolific forwards.However, ahead of tonight’s return to Barcelona in the Champions League with Inter, Icardi’s old agent had a surprise revelation over the star’s time at Camp Nou.“The truth is that the club didn’t want to sell him,” Abian Morano told FCInterNews.“But the central point was that the team played a formation which didn’t include an out-and-out striker. The system they chose was one with a false-nine.“That’s why I decided it was time for Icardi to get a change of scenery. In his two years at Barcelona, he scored something like 17 goals in his first year and 19 in his second.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You have to remember that €300,000 seemed like a considerable fee [for Sampdoria to pay] for a 17-year-old who had no minutes at Barcelona.“They focused more on other profiles, ones more suited to playing as a false-nine. So we can say that his price wasn’t low, but it wasn’t excessively high either.“Mauro had always been top-scorer in the youth teams he played for, until his third season with Barcelona.“With Barça though he’d have never come to the first team. Do you remember what [Paulo] Dybala said, that it’s not easy to play with [Lionel] Messi?“Despite the criticism he got I think he was right, that’s 100 per cent the point. [Zlatan] Ibra[himovic], [Samuel] Eto’o and [David] Villa turned from central strikers to wide strikers to play with El Pulce.“When [Pep] Guardiola was there it was unthinkable to see Barcelona play with a central striker. That’s why I made the decision to seek a transfer elsewhere.“If Mauro wanted to be a protagonist, he had to leave. If he’d stayed I’d say he 100 per cent would not have become a professional footballer.”last_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Jokanovic urges fringe players to fight for places

first_imgFulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is disappointed that some of his players are not putting in enough fight despite missing out on selection in his starting line-up.Fulham spent more than £100m during the summer signing 12 players, but have just one win from their opening 12 Premier League matches, and manager Jokanovic is likely to name the same starting eleven for two games in a row despite believing that competition for places is healthy.“This process is never finished, other players are going to have an opportunity to push hard and fight for the space in the team,” Jokanovic told Sky Sports.“I want to encourage my players to not wait for an opportunity. I want to encourage them to fight, to force the situation and show me they are my best choice. This is what I expect.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“I want to make some competition between them and for them to be hurt when they are not in the starting XI. This is what I miss right now.“And we’re going to push harder and in this way be competitive in Premier League games too.”last_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Celta Vigo replace Mohamed with Cardoso as new manager

first_imgCelta Vigo have announced the appointment of Miguel Cardoso as their new manager following Antonio Mohamed’s dismissalThe Argentinian coach was removed from his post at Celta on Monday, despite only arriving in June on a two-year deal.Mohamed’s fate at Balaidos was sealed after Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga defeat to Real Madrid meant he had only won three of his 13 games in charge.Now Celta have named Cardoso as Mohamed’s replacement in an announcement on the club website.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.The Portuguese coach takes charge of Celta just six weeks after being sacked by Ligue 1 side Nantes.Cardoso registered one win, three draws and four defeats in his eight games with Nantes.The 46-year-old will make his debut in the Celta dugout on November 26 away to Real Sociedad in La Liga.last_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Klopp knows what hes doing says Solanke

first_imgLiverpool striker Dominic Solanke says he trusts Jurgen Klopp and he is happy to wait and fight for his chance at the club.Despite getting little playing time this season under Kloop, Solanke reveals he trusts that the German boss knows what’s he doing.“Jurgen is a great manager and he knows what he is doing, especially when he is bringing people through,” Solanke said in an interview published in goal.com.“You can see what he has done with Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Joe (Gomez) at the moment and how far they have gone. They have been two vital players for us this season.“I have known them for a few years now so I have seen them breakthrough and he definitely helped them.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“All the team are good (providing support and advice), really. Everyone has helped me. From the moment I got to Liverpool, they all made me feel welcome and I settled in quite quickly.“Whenever they see someone they can give a hand to, they always will.“It is always nice when you come away and get minutes, especially for your country. Of course, everyone wants to play for their clubs and when you have been away, you have got to go back and fight.“But these little breaks are always good, especially if you are getting minutes.”last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Community Voices Frustration With Increase In Crime

first_imgKenai Police Chief Dave Ross said that between 2016-17 the City of Kenai alone saw a 20% increase in arrests: “I think I share some of the same frustrations that brought most of you out today. Crime in Kenai is my frustrations, that it is growing is my frustration.”  According to Sergeant Duane Kant with the Soldotna Police Department they are seeing the same upward trend in arrests as Kenai. Almost immediately after the bill passed, a debate began over whether its provisions were worsening the level of property and low level crimes. Those concerns were heard from community members during the Q&A portion of the meeting. With concerns about high crime rates, lawmakers have considered changes to the controversial SB 91, but community members are concerned “changes” aren’t enough and have requested a full repeal. Department of Law’s Criminal Division director John Skidmore believes an outright repeal of SB 91 is a bad idea: “We started to see increases in our crime rate in the State of Alaska prior to the passage of SB 91. So anyone who says that SB 91 is causing the crime to increase, there is a little bit of a problem there, because that trend began before SB 91 was passed.”  According to Senator Micciche, a number of provisions have been made to SB 91 since it was passed in 2016: “It makes more sense to keep making “targeted fixes”. We will continue to listen to Alaskans and make necessary changes as they arise.” Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “We passed a bill called SB 91, some of you have heard about it. We have problems, some are related to the bill, we had problems before the bill and we are going to have problems when we fix some parts of the bill. I voted for the bill along with almost everyone in the legislature, and it became quite apparent soon afterwards that we had some things to correct. We missed the mark in several areas.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Roughly 50 people filed into the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center last night to talk about crime on the Kenai Peninsula. Representatives from the Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers, Department of Law, Kenai and Soldotna Police, and the Department of Correction formed a panel to discuss the number one issue facing residents on the Kenai: crime is increasing. “SB 91 really restricted what our law enforcement people could do on the low end crimes. I just don’t understand what was the rationale on not holding people accountable.”  Much of the frustration revolved around Senate Bill 91, the omnibus criminal justice reform measure signed into law in July of 2016. The thought behind SB91 was to reduce jail time for non-violent offenders, and put funding into treatment and anti-recidivism programming.last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Automated Map Creator Launches

first_imgA monthly subscription to the Blinkplan system costs $29 per month. Weekly magazines can opt for a package deal ($55 per month) that stores 12 maps at a time, the company says. A pair of magazine and software design professionals are targeting magazine publishers with their new program, Blinkplan, which they say offers the most convenient way to draw up flatplans—the diagram, or map, that shows where articles and advertisements are laid out.Launched this fall, Blinkplan was created by South Africa-based software designer Joerg Diekmann and former magazine managing editor Kerry Rogers. The system, which is accessed at the Blinkplan Web site, automatically gives a running subtotal of how many ads, editorial pages, advertorials are in a given issue. The system can create PDFs and re-flows pages when a spread is moved. Up to three maps can be worked on at the same time.Diekmann and Rogers spent about a year-and-a-half in testing phases before working with their first magazine client: the South African edition of Cosmopolitan. “They used it for about six months until the product evolved into what it is now,” Diekmann tells FOLIO:.After working with the magazine, Diekmann and Rogers discovered that Blinkplan’s process reduces the time to produce a map (using conventional spreadsheet, design package and all-inclusive systems) by half. “We definitely want to get more glossies on board like Cosmopolitan, but we think Blinkplan is also right for smaller trade magazines, contract magazines, and other business-to-business type magazines,” Diekmann says. “There are so many magazines that cannot afford bigger, and more fully featured systems.”last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Could Time Name Twitter Person of the Year

first_imgAfter a more than hour-long debate, six panelists were split between two candidates they thought should be named Time magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year. Neither, for the record, were actually human beings.Three panelists voted for Twitter. Three voted for the economy.“Twitter affects a lot of people, but not as many as the economy,” said former New York City mayor and debate panelist Rudy Giuliani. “From the wealthy to the poor who are out of jobs, the economy affects us all.” Other panelists included Barbara Walters; cardiac surgeon and newly-named television show host Dr. Mehmet Oz; O the Oprah Magazine editor-at-large Gayle King; restaurant founder and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio; and Luke Ravensthal, the 29-year-old mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A number of highly deserving, and living people also were talked about Thursday night on the eighth floor of Manhattan’s Time/Life Building. Here’s a quick look at who made the conversation:Nancy Pelosi, in relation to Obama’s proposed healthcare bill (suggested by Walters); “patient zero,” the first person who contracted the H1N1 virus (Dr. Oz); U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke (Colocchio); recently-named associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor (King); General David Patraeus and Chesley “Sully” Sulenberger, the US Airways pilot who successfully carried out an emergency landing of an airplane in New York’s Hudson River in January (Giuliani). Giuliani, of course, also couldn’t help but nominate longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. OK, the Yanks won the World Series, but he hardly qualifies as the most significant global influencer of the year.But between Twitter and the economy, which has the better shot at unseating president Barack Obama as Time’s Person of the Year (he was named last December)? Both arguably are relevant and have had significant global influence this year.But is there a clear winner? I don’t think so. And how much stock does Time actually put into these annual debates?But if not for the social implication, I for one enjoyed another of Barbara Walters’ suggestions for the business aspect: despised Ponzie schemer-turned-jailbird Bernie Madoff. “If you want to sell some magazines, you name someone like Madoff,” Walters said. “People would pick up those issues and say, ‘How dare you?’”last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Woops Your Postal Prices Wont Go Up as Much as The USPS

first_img The increase is set to take effect in April, though a 4.3 percent exigency surcharge will expire a few weeks after that. “[This] is good news in general for publishers,” says David LeDuc, senior director of public policy for the SIIA. “But a publisher should not assume [1.34 percent] will be their increase. No one is yet able to determine the true effect by running the mail list using the old rates and new rates with the new rules. A back-of-the-envelop calculation results in a 9-percent increase for a light publication with low advertising and a national distribution with 25,000 copies. Of course, other periodicals will fare better in some circumstances.” Publishers got a shock when the USPS announced a rate hike for periodicals of close to 2 percent last month, but it turns out the blow won’t be that bad. A calculation error discovered by the Postal Regulatory Commission last week, and acknowledged by the USPS on Wednesday, means the average increase for periodical delivery will be 1.34 percent, instead of the 1.965 percent originally announced. Dead Tree Edition first reported the finding. “The Postal Service’s intention was to increase Periodicals prices by 1.965 percent,” the statement reads. “[However,] the prices noticed in the January 2015 filing unintentionally reflect a percent price increase for Periodicals that is below the goal of 1.965 percent.”last_img read more

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September 12, 2019

HER Talks Representation In Music Theres A Place For Everybodys Voice To

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 18, 2019 – 10:11 am H.E.R. TV & Radio Room Interview | 2019 GRAMMYs H.E.R. Talks Representation In Music: “There’s A Place For Everybody’s Voice To Be Heard” The GRAMMY-winning R&B artist talks women supporting each other, dreaming bigger and more in an interview at the 2019 GRAMMYsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 18, 2019 – 10:16 am California singer/songwriter H.E.R. may not have released her full-length debut album yet, but with H.E.R., the album that combines her first two EPs, she has made her powerful voice loud and clear.Now, with two wins under her belt as a first-time nominee at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, the 21-year-old is ready to dream even bigger. H.E.R. Talks Representation In Music her-talks-representation-music-theres-place-everybodys-voice-be-heard Email News Twitter Facebook Following her wins for Best R&B Performance for “Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar and Best R&B Album for H.E.R., she spoke to reporters to reflect on the big day. She talked about the synchronicity between herself and the GRAMMYs putting music first, and how the nominations for the project—”an introduction to who I am”—confirmed that she’s in the right place and needs to keep dreaming bigger.More: H.E.R. Wins Best R&B Album For ‘H.E.R.’| 2019 GRAMMYsShe also shared her thoughts on a positive shift towards women in the music industry working together and actively supporting one another.”So many women were nominated alongside each other, and I love that camaraderie, that’s what we need. We need more women to support other women,” H.E.R. told a reporter. “At the end of the day, it’s not a competition; there’s a place for everybody’s voice to be heard. And we all represent different types of women, all shapes and sizes, all different voices and different messages to spread.”Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: H.E.R. On Being Born Into Music & Why R&B Is “At The Core Of Everything”last_img read more

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September 11, 2019

St Thomas St Dorothys To Hold Food Drive On June 2324

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s will be holding a Food Drive for the parish’s Food Pantry to help Parish members in need this weekend. Donations may be left at the entrances of both churches before all masses.Food items most needed include:Peanut Butter & JellyInstant Macaroni & CheeseCanned CornMicrowavable DinnersBeef Stew/Canned DinnersJuice Boxes/PouchesMayonnaise & CatsupPancake Mix & SyrupBody Soap & WashShampoo & ConditionerDeodorantFeminine Hygiene ProductsToothpaste & Dental FlossBody Lotion(NOTE: The above announcement is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy’s church bulletin.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSt. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s To Hold Food Drive On July 13-14In “Community”St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Food Drive & Cleaning Product Drive On October 14-15In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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September 11, 2019

The Wilmington Insider For November 20 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, November 20, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Snow likely before 1pm, then rain likely between 1pm and 3pm, then a chance of snow after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 38. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.ON SALE: Wilmington High will battle Tewksbury High in the 85th Annual Thanksgiving Day Football Game on Thursday, November 22 at 10am at Alumni Stadium in Wilmington. Advanced tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Cash only. Tickets will be on sale at Wilmington High School on Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20, from 8am to 2pm. On game day, tickets will also be available for $10 (all ages) at the gate. Cash only.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm in the Library’s band Room. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The WHS Class of 2022 is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 11pm. Bring the flyer and 15% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington High School’s freshmen class. Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)In The Community: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Blood Drive from 2pm to 7pm. Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.At The Library: Tech Buddies Drop-In at 3:30pm. Trivia Tuesdays at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Zumba at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Tai Chi at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For November 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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