‘Son of Portugal’ tag on Savarkar: BJP flays Cong.

first_imgFormer Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani on Monday flayed the Congress government for affixing “son of Portugal” to RSS ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s description in Class X social science textbooks. Recently, the Congress government constituted a textbook revision committee in the school education department. Based on the committee’s findings, the department revised a short biography of RSS ideologue Savarkar introduced by the previous BJP government. Now, in the textbooks it is mentioned that Savarkar had described himself as “son of Portugal” when seeking clemency from the British government in 1910-11. In a series of tweets on Monday, Mr. Devnani said the State government should take inspiration from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who had described Savarkar as the “byword for daring and patriotism.” ‘Source of inspiration’The former Prime Minister had called Savarkar “a classical revolutionary and countless people drew inspiration from him,” Mr. Devnani said. “Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi recognised and hailed the legacy of great freedom fighter Veer Savarkar. The then government had issued a commemorative stamp on Veer Savarkar in 1970,” he said. “Indira Gandhi had donated a sum of ₹11,000 from her personal account to Savarkar Trust and ordered the Films Division to produce a documentary on his life,” he tweeted. The former State Minister said calling the freedom fighter “son of Portugal” is an insult. He alleged the Congress government had the single-point agenda of insulting heroes and eulogising only one family. In response, Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara said the changes were made by the expert committee.Panel of experts “What can I say? A committee of experts has written it based on authenticity and their recommendations. I can only say that whatever has been written in the textbooks have been written based on the recommendations of educationists,” Mr. Dotasara said. In other changes, the committee removed the prefix ‘Veer’ from Savakar’s name in the textbooks and it now refers to him as Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who “plotted assassination” of Mahatma Gandhi, who was killed by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948, less than a year after India gained independence from Britain. The revision of textbooks not only drew flak from the Opposition but also from a couple of leaders in the ruling Congress.last_img read more

Ex-PBA star Adducul joins Blackwater as ‘teacher’ for Elite big men

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Ular making a name for himself in MPBL 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 “It’s just nice to be back again,” said Adducul who also had memorable stints with the national squad. “Fortunately, coach Bong gave me an opportunity to teach their big men.”“We do skills training an hour before the regular practices,” said the former NorthPort assistant coach in Filipino. “Every time I’m seeing something off, or something they could improve, I point it out.”And Tratter is enjoying the education.“Actually, when there were talks when he was coming in I actually [checked] YouTube,” he said. “There’s not a lot of clips of him. But I’ve seen his presence inside and it’s crazy.”Aside from Erram, Blackwater also lost playmaker Paul Zamar, who recently signed with San Miguel Beer. The Elite are also set to ship rising guard John Pinto to Phoenix for two role players after problems with contract negotiations.ADVERTISEMENT Rommel AdduculBlackwater is faced with an “interior” dilemma following JP Erram’s exit and the absence of Rabeh al-Hussaini.But like it has done in the past, the Elite will make do with what they have when the 44th season of the PBA comes off wraps next week.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Elite, though, still have old reliables Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo, Raymar Jose, along with newcomers Tratter, Desiderio and another UP product, Diego Dario. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Rookie Abu Tratter, acquired in the deal that shipped out Erram, is projected to start at center for Blackwater, and a very familiar face will help his transition to the pros.Rommel Adducul, one of the finest big men to ever set foot in the PBA, has been tapped to help the big men of the Elite sharpen their skills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“He’s been with us since even before Dec. 27,” coach Bong Ramos told reporters on Saturday. “He’ll have a big impact on this team, especially now that we have a shortage of big men.”Erram, a 6-foot-8 versatile big man, was dealt to NLEX for first-round picks Paul Desiderio and Tratter, while Al-Hussaini, Erram’s chief reliever, has yet to report for work. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

BCCI president Thakur, secretary Shirke to meet Lodha panel

first_imgPublished on SHARE July 23, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket BCCI president Anurag Thakur (left) and secretary Ajay Shirke (file pic) Lodha panel rejects BCCI request to defer key meeting null COMMENTcenter_img COMMENTS BCCI president Anurag Thakur (left) and secretary Ajay Shirke (file pic) × Timeline: Justice Lodha panel recommendations on reforms in BCCI RELATED BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke will be meeting members of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha panel in the capital on August 9 after being compelled to bring in the reforms due to a clear directive from the apex court.‘ESPNCricinfo’ reported that a meeting has been requested by the BCCI as a number of state association officials are yet to get a hang of the apex court order although the panel is expected to help the parent body of Indian cricket in implementing the reforms.It is expected that Thakur and Shirke will be accompanied by BCCI’s lawyers.The panel has already set the ball rolling as the Cricket Association of Bengal and Karnataka State Cricket Association’s elections have been frozen line with the Supreme Court directive on July 18.Similarly, the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) elections, which were held on July 19 electing a sitting state government minister Imran Raza Ansari, has been declared null and void. Justice Lodha: Don’t see any impediments in implementing the suggestionslast_img read more

Kawasaki launches the Vulcan S cruiser in India, bookings open

first_imgKawasaki has launched the Vulcan S cruiser in the Indian market. The 650cc bike borrows its frame, engine, and other cycle parts from the Ninja 650, which is already being sold in India, and assembled at Kawasaki’s Pune-based factory.The bike is priced at Rs 5.44 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. This means the cruiser is very competitively priced and in line with its rivals like the Harley Davidson Street 750 cruiser bike, which costs Rs 5.43 lakhs with ABS.The motorcycle is assembled in Pune, like the Ninja 650, and this is why Kawasaki has been able to price the Vulcan S very competitively. The 650cc engine of the Vulcan is a parallel twin unit which has been borrowed from the Ninja 650. It belts out 60.2bhp and 62.78Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, which is standard. Also on the standard list is fuel injection and liquid cooling. The bike is fitted with disc brakes on both wheels, and gets ABS as standard. It also gets a eco-meter on the instrument console which gives the rider on how to utilise the most fuel efficient part of the rpm range. The bike is equipped with a 14-liter fuel tank.Bookings have commenced for this bike and deliveries will start from early 2018, and the company will also showcase this bike at the upcoming 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Mr. Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motor, said, “After our sports bikes, tourer bikes, naked bikes & off road bikes settled in India, we felt it was a right time for us to bring this cruiser in the market. There cannot be a better way to start a new year by introduction of our world-wide known Vulcan brand. FUN TO RIDE is Kawasaki’s global ideology, which perfectly fits to Vulcan S. It is different than any other cruiser mainly because of its powerful, yet easy-to-control engine, easy maneuvering, light weight, yet stable, and highway riding and important to mention 14 litre fuel tank with good fuel economy.”advertisementlast_img read more

Children from Poor Households More Prone to Poisoning

first_img Children from poor households in Jamaica are more likely to be exposed to chemical poisoning, says the Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN).This is one of the findings coming out of a CARPIN study that focused on the use of chemicals within the home and how behaviour, knowledge, and storage pattern will determine how children 0-5 years are poisoned in Jamaica.It was conducted in the parishes of St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Catherine and Westmoreland.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, CARPIN Poison Information Coordinator, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that the survey, funded by the University of Technology (UTech), was done out of concerns by the entity about poisoning in the country.“Poisoning is an issue that is not at the forefront and every single day someone is poisoned by something and persons may be exposed to poisonous substances without even knowing,” she noted.She said that although there have been numerous public-education messages over the years imploring parents not to store chemicals in containers that look like food or drink products, the problem has persisted. Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh told JIS News that the study looked at how the environment, a person’s knowledge and belief influence their behaviour.She said it was found that persons living in one-room homes were challenged in terms of where to store chemicals because of space constraints when compared to those living in multiroom homes. “So, although they are knowledgeable about poisoning, you’d hear persons say that they have no other place to store the chemical, even though they know that it is dangerous,” she pointed out.“They would say that the most that they could do is to put it in a corner and hope that the children don’t see it,” she noted further.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh said the study also found that what is considered safe was based on perception and environment.“We saw where some persons defined safety in their way according to the environment they were in. So persons in the upper classes had properly locked storage areas or a designated area that the ordinary child would not have seen,” she pointed out.She noted, however, that for the low-income households, the perception of safe areas was different.“One person had a suitcase and for them that was the safest area in which to store chemicals. There were others who stored theirs at the back of the house and their reasoning was that the children would not go around that side to play,” she pointed out.She said there was also the perception among persons in poor households that “if they tell the child that it is not safe or that they will be severely punished, they would not touch (the chemical). The perception was that the child knew the consequences, so it was okay.”Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh said it is interesting to note that some of the same persons whose children are more prone to poisoning work in upper-income households and are more likely to protect the children of their employers from being poisoned.“So it is not an issue of lack of knowledge,” she pointed out.She noted further that 90 per cent of the homes purchase chemicals that have been decanted into other containers.“We tend to think that it’s a certain class of persons that purchase chemicals in incorrect containers, but you find that even persons from the upper classes purchase retail chemicals. These are the chemicals in gallon bottles that look like water bottles such as bleach, disinfectants and sanitisers,” she said. Story Highlights Children from poor households in Jamaica are more likely to be exposed to chemical poisoning, says the Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN). This is one of the findings coming out of a CARPIN study that focused on the use of chemicals within the home and how behaviour, knowledge, and storage pattern will determine how children 0-5 years are poisoned in Jamaica. It was conducted in the parishes of St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Catherine and Westmoreland. last_img read more

JobHunting Opportunities in Germany Made Easy for Moroccans

Rabat – Morocco and Germany have opened seven German information centers in partnership with the National Agency for the Promotion of Employment and Skills (ANAPEC) to “respond to the required information on the labor market and the possibilities for Moroccans to find jobs in Germany,” said the German ambassador to Morocco, Goetz Schmidt Bremme, on Thursday.Found in several regions in Morocco, the spaces are aimed to provide continuous information on training and work opportunities in Germany while giving personalized advice on the preconditions for legal migration to Germany, which represents one of the more popular destinations for Moroccans.The office will also enable Moroccans returning to Germany to be informed about the Moroccan labor market and bilateral cooperation projects, he explained. “The changing needs of the labor markets in Germany require new skills. The establishment of the first information spacein Morocco reflects the will of Germany to orient young people towards the profiles sought by the German market,” explained Kea Decker, the Director of the Federal Employment Agency for Specialized Work Abroad (ZAV).She continued to say that coordination between all the partners in the fields of migration and employment is important, especially for providing information for the benefit of job seekers who meet the needs of the German market.ANAPEC Director-General Anas Doukkali stated that, with the launch of the center, ANAPEC has been able to take an important step in its development plan, which aims to consolidate its position in the labor market.With proven experience and international recognition in markets such as Spain and France, the international placement system has been enriched by close cooperation with Germany, he said.Mohamed Botata, Secretary General of the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Integration, said that he will contribute to the strengthening of national capacities in the field of institutional mediation, emphasizing the efforts made by the government in boosting the national employment strategy to meet the expectations of young people.Schmidt Bremme also indicated that Moroccan-German cooperation has been a “strategic” choice that has shaped bilateral relations for more than half a century.In late January 2017, Germany announced that it had placed Morocco on the list of “safe” countries from which it would send back illegal migrants.The country announced that they would jointly contribute to the construction of reception centers in Morocco to accommodate these young migrants, in order to enable them to remain in their home country.These homes, which were to offer medical care, would have also accommodated homeless minors in Morocco so that they would not be tempted to migrate back to Germany.Six months later, the plans fell apart. According to Swedish public television SVT, Germany said it would withdraw from the project.“The interest of Germany is no longer withstanding,” said Swedish Justice Minister Morgane Johansson.“It is no longer possible to see this project through.” read more

TSX Wall Street climb higher as oil prices briefly top US50 a

TORONTO — North American stock markets pushed higher as the energy sector strengthened and oil prices briefly broke the US$50 mark.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 110.31 points at 13,978.66 points, turning around earlier losses to log a fifth consecutive trading day of gains.TSX energy stocks rose three per cent, as the November crude contract lifted $1.62 to settle at US$49.43 a barrel and the November contract for natural gas was up 2.4 cents at US$2.50.The December gold contract fell $4.40 to US$1,144.30 an ounce.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average of 30 stocks was up 138.46 points at 17,050.75, while the broader S&P 500 index rose 17.60 points to 2,013.43. The Nasdaq index moved ahead 19.64 points to 4,810.79.The loonie was up 0.28 of a cent at 76.82 cents US.The Canadian Press read more

Five Brigadiers promoted as Major General and 34 Captains as Major

Brigadier D.M.W.W.W.M.R.B.M Daulagala of Gajaba Regiment (GR) who has also been promoted to the rank of temporary Major General effective from 16 May 2018, is currently serving as Director, Army Recruitment, AHQ. He has also held a number of key appointments as the in addition to appointments such as Colonel General Staff, Security Force Headquarters – East, Commander, 681 Brigade, GOC (Offg), 58 Division, GOC (Offg), 61 Division and GOC, 56 Division.Brigadier S.K Thirunavukarasu of Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE), Director Rehabilitation of the Army is also among one who has also been promoted to the rank of temporary Major General, effective from 20 May 2018. He has also served as Commander, 653 Brigade, Director (Coordination), Office of the Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Staff, Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna, GOC, 55 Division, GOC, 51 Division and several other appointments before he was appointed the Director Rehabilitation at the Army Headquarters. Brigadier H.G.I Vidyananda of Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps (SLAOC), currently serving as Commander, Forward Maintenance Area (FMA) in Kilinochchi has accordingly been promoted to the rank of temporary Major General, effective from 16 May 2018. Prior to his Kilinochchi appointment, he served as the Commandant, Army School of Logistics (ASL) and held the appointment of Director, Directorate of Ordnance Services at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) and a number of other key appointments. He also served as Colonel, Administration & Quartering (Col-AQ) at the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna and Colonel Ordnance, Directorate of Ordnance Services, AHQ. Brigadier T.J Nanayakkara of Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) who is serving as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 11 Division at present has been promoted to the rank of Major General effective from 16 May 2018. He has also served as the 56 Division, GOC, 54 Division, GOC and as Director, Army Recruitment, AHQ after his appointment as Brigadier General Staff at Security Force Headquarters – Mullaittivu and Commander, Area Headquarters, Mannar and Centre Commandant, Regimental Centre, Sri Lanka Engineers. President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has promoted five senior Brigadiers of the Army to the rank of temporary Major General and 34 Captains to the rank of temporary Major.All those five Senior Officers while serving either as Support, Infantry or Service arms or in combat have played praiseworthy roles during Humanitarian Operations and rendered a yeoman service to the country in the fight against terrorism and separatism, the Army said. Brigadier P.R Wanigasooriya of Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA) Regiment who is serving currently as the GOC, 59 Division under the Security Force Headquarters – Mullaittivu has also been promoted to the temporary rank of Major General with effect from 16 June 2018. During his career, he has served as Chief Instructor, Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC), Commander, 653 Brigade, Director Training, AHQ, Director / Military Spokesman – Media Centre, Ministry of Defence and the Director Operations, Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS). read more

UKs Johnson denies any wrongdoing in ties with US tech exec

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied wrongdoing Sunday over his links to an American businesswoman who allegedly received money and favourable treatment because of their friendship during his time as mayor of London.Asked during a BBC interview about his ties to tech entrepreneur and model Jennifer Arcuri, Johnson sought to suggest that political motivations were behind the decision Friday by the Greater London Authority to refer a conduct matter to a police watchdog agency.The matter arose from a Sunday Times report saying Arcuri was given 126,000 pounds in public money and privileged access to trade missions to the United States, Israel and Asia that Johnson led as mayor, even though her fledgling business had not yet met eligibility requirements for such trips.“Everything was done in accordance with the code … and everything was done with full propriety,” Johnson said Sunday. When pressed again by BBC journalist Andrew Marr, Johnson added: “There was no interest to declare.”The scandal worsened Sunday as Johnson’s Conservative Party was opening its annual party conference in Manchester following a tumultuous week for a leader who has only been in the job since July.In just the last few days, the U.K. Supreme Court declared Johnson’s attempt to suspend Parliament illegal and he cut short a trip to the United States, racing home to face the House of Commons, where lawmakers greeted him with cries of “Resign!” He then lost a vote on a normally routine matter — a request to adjourn for a week so that Conservatives could attend their conference.Complicating things further, questions were raised about the 55-year-old Johnson’s links to Arcuri, now 34, who set up a cyber firm in East London after moving to the capital seven years ago.Yet even as the British leader visited North Manchester General Hospital on Sunday to talk about his government’s plans to build 40 hospitals, his efforts to change the subject failed.“Let’s be absolutely clear, I am very, very proud of everything that we did and certainly everything that I did as mayor of London,” he said, adding that the current London mayor, Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party “could possibly spend more time investing in police officers than he is investing in press officers and peddling this kind of stuff.”The independent office, which oversees police complaints in England, was asked to consider if there were grounds to investigate Johnson for misconduct in public office. The authority said Friday it had a “statutory duty” to record the matter because Johnson served as police commissioner during his 2008-2016 tenure as London’s mayor.The probe is the latest sign of animosity that has consumed British politics since the country narrowly voted in 2016 to leave the European Union. Three years later, Britain and its politicians remain bitterly divided over how, or even whether, to leave the 28-nation bloc.Johnson took power two months ago with a “do-or-die” promise that Britain will leave the EU on the scheduled date of Oct. 31 — even if there’s no divorce deal outlining Britain’s commercial relations with the other 27 EU nations. His foes in Parliament are determined to avoid a no-deal exit, which economists say would plunge Britain into recession.In unusually heated debate Wednesday, Johnson referred to an opposition law ordering a Brexit delay as the “Surrender Act” and said postponing the country’s departure would “betray” the people. He also brushed off concerns that his forceful language might endanger legislators as “humbug.”Opponents accused him of fomenting hatred in the country with his populist, people-versus-politicians rhetoric.As tempers smouldered, Johnson rejected the notion that he himself had played a role in whipping up tensions.“I think I’ve been a model of restraint,” Johnson said Sunday. “But I think everybody should calm down.”___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit and British politics at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitDanica Kirka, The Associated Press read more

Mondelezs profit beats Wall Street expectations stock buybacks hiked sharply to 6

Mondelez’s profit beats Wall Street expectations; stock buybacks hiked sharply to $6 billion NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International Inc. reported a better-than-expected profit Wednesday and sharply raised its stock buyback authorization, a move intended to placate investors.The increase in authorized share repurchases to $6 billion from $1.2 billion comes after activist investor Nelson Peltz said Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld was “running out of time” with investors, given the company’s underwhelming operating results since its split with Kraft Foods last year.Peltz of Trian Fund Management said he wanted PepsiCo Inc. to shed its soda business and buy Mondelez to form a global snack powerhouse.Stock buybacks benefit investors by reducing the number of outstanding shares and boosting a company’s earnings per share. As of March 31, Peltz had a $1.23 billion stake in Mondelez, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Mondelez, which makes Cadbury chocolates, Trident gum and Ritz crackers, also said it’s increasing its quarterly dividend by 8 per cent to 14 cents. The dividend is payable Oct. 15 to shareholders of record Sept. 30.Its stock rose 49 cents to $31.75 in after-hours trading.Although popular cookie and chocolate brands such as Chips Ahoy and Milka performed well in the period, gum remained a challenge in developed markets such as the U.S. and Europe.Mondelez has been trying to revive sales through a variety of factors, including marketing that focuses more on the oral care benefits of gum.“Some of the campaigns had gotten too esoteric,” CEO Rosenfeld said in a call with analysts, when asked what was ailing the gum category. But she said new packaging was helping the company gain market share.For the quarter ended June 30, the company earned $616 million, or 34 cents per share. That compares with $1.03 billion, or 58 cents per share, a year ago, when it was still combined with Kraft Foods Group Inc.Excluding one-time items, it earned 37 cents per share, which was 3 cents more than Wall Street forecast.Revenue edged up to $8.6 billion, shy of the $8.63 billion analysts expected. Performance in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil offset weaker results in North America and Europe.Margins remained a struggle, with adjusted operating income margin declining 1.8 percentage points from a year ago. The company cited investments in sales capabilities and other factors that should help improve the figure in the second half of the year.Looking ahead, Mondelez said it expects its revenue to grow in the low end of its forecast of 5 per cent to 7 per cent for the year.The Deerfield, Ill.-based company said it still expects a full-year adjusted profit of $1.55 to $1.60 per share.Analysts expect earnings per share of $1.55 on revenue of $35.94 billion, on average. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 4:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State womens soccer set to open Big Ten play

Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) dribbles the ball during a game against Eastern Michigan on Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won, 2-1, in overtime.Credit: Lantern file photoFresh off a pair of victories, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is preparing for its first conference games of the season.The Buckeyes are 3-3-0 on the year after picking up wins at home against Dayton and George Mason last weekend. Freshman forward Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for completing a hat trick in the game against Dayton on Friday.After OSU opened its season by playing against three ranked opponents, coach Lori Walker said the toughness of the Buckeyes’ non-conference schedule will aid them as they look to compete in the Big Ten.“You’re playing at game pace right from the get-go and we had to really focus on our defending and the quality of our defending against some pretty high-level opponents, so we have no delusions of grandeur about how hard the game is supposed to be played,” Walker said. “I think there are other teams in our conference that don’t play as hard a schedule and then they get into Big Ten play and it’s a shock at how hard the game is supposed to be played.”The team is set to begin conference play against Indiana on Friday and Purdue on Sunday. The Hoosiers are 4-2-0 while the Boilermakers are 4-1-1 so far the season. Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said there is more added pressure to playing within the conference.“(The) Big Ten is (where) every, every game matters. Obviously every non-conference game matters too, but in the Big Ten you only get so many and you have to finish in the top eight in order to make the tournament,” Gruber said. “So you know that every game matters and it’s really competitive and every team you play you know is going to be good.”Senior forward Kayla Varner said the young team has become more comfortable playing together than they were at the start of the season.“It’s starting to come together a little bit more,” Varner said. “We have freshmen stepping up, we have sophomores stepping up and that’s helping out the upperclassmen a lot. I think we’ve improved in just kind of stepping into our roles a little bit more and trying to find out what makes everyone more comfortable playing together.”Walker said she wants to see the team maintain its offensive tempo and provide consistent play as it looks toward playing in the conference.“You’re always trying to get your attack running on all cylinders as quick as you can as you hit conference play,” Walker said. “What we want to see is that the speed of our attack doesn’t fall off based on who is on the field, that we have a consistency to that as well.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to start Big Ten play on the road against the Hoosiers on Friday at 7 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind., and against the Boilermakers on Sunday at 3 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind. The game on Sunday is set to be televised live on the Big Ten Network. read more

Ripoff fees that charge ill pensioners for moving in relatives to their

first_imgIn a mystery shopping exercise last year an undercover representative from the Commission was wrongly told by several developers that there were no hidden charges on the properties. The Law Commission said that some fees were a “practical way of making retirement flats affordable” but this lack of transparency was a problem and certain types of fees, including ones charged when a carer or family member moved in, should be banned. Law Commissioner Stephen Lewis said: “In the worst cases, a few unscrupulous landlords are getting away with very high hidden fees buried deep in the small print of a long and complicated lease. “We’d urge the government to crack down on rogue landlords by regulating the sector and making sure that before consumers sign on the dotted line, they have already been told exactly what’s being provided for their money.”A Government spokesman said:  “It’s vital that the fees older people pay for retirement properties are fair, reasonable and easily understandable.“We welcome the Law Commission’s wide-ranging review and we will consider the report’s recommendations closely. Rip-off fees that charge vulnerable pensioners hundreds of pounds for moving a carer into their retirement home should be axed, the Law Commission has said. The body which recommends law changes to the Government said that in some cases pensioners were being charged thousands of pounds a year because landlords charge repeated fees when the occupants of a property change. It said fees charged when a resident is forced to move in a family member or carer because they are no longer able to cope alone should be banned.  “Event fees” are also charged when the older person moves into a care home and sublets the property to someone else, or when the property is sold. They are charged in some form by developers on most of the 160,000 retirement homes in the UK. The Commission said that in many cases pensioners are unaware of the fees when they sign contracts to buy the leasehold flats and are shocked to be faced with a bill for thousands of pounds.The fees are normally around one or two per cent of the property’s value. On a flat worth £300,000 this could mean charges of up to £6,000. If a flat is sublet, or different people move in and out, fees can be charged several times over.But experts criticised the report for failing to recommend a total ban on controversial “exit fees” which are charged when a property is sold and lead to developers siphoning off a proportion of the sale price. 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. Sebastian O’Kelly, of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, which campaigns against unfair leasehold, said the recommendations were “a great disappointment”. He said he was concerned that the failure to recommend a ban on exit fees might lead some developers who had already scrapped them, such as housebuilder McCarthy & Stone, moving to re-introduce them. Just two per cent of Britain’s housing stock is retirement homes, which is much lower than the proportion in other developed countries. In Australia and New Zealand the proportion is 13 per cent. “I don’t think this report is going to contribute in any way to more confidence in this market and the British are going to continue to stay away from it,” he said. But Adam Hillier, of charity Elderly Accommodation Counsel, said the problem was more to do with providers hiding the fees from buyers.He said: “It’s about transparency – the housing providers weren’t making it clear to the buyers, so they only found out at the last minute when they’d already made the decision to move.” A few unscrupulous landlords are getting away with very high hidden feeslast_img read more

Mothers play critical role in steering children away from extremism says head

“The education of women in the Muslim world is vital to a peaceful, harmonious and cohesive society,” he said. It is the first time that Alex Younger, who is chief of the secret intelligence service, has spoken about the importance of women in the global fight against terrorism. “They play a critical role in society by teaching future generations to choose a more positive path by rejecting extremism and radicalisation.” Mothers are vital in stopping radicalisation, the head of MI6 has, said as he praised their “critical role” in steering children away from extremism. Mr Younger – who is known as “C” in intelligence circles –  has warned in the past that terrorist groups such as the so-called…

Inside the spy hiring centre where Britains brightest minds are challenged to

Today’s equivalent of the Bletchley Park operatives is just as likely to be a teenager with the taste and aptitude for hacking into a bank or government department’s supposedly secure computer system. In the Oscar winning 2014 film The Imitation Game Keira Knightley’s character demonstrated her aptitude for code breaking by completing a fiendishly difficult crosswords puzzle. Which explains why Britain is now using the 21st century equivalent of the crossword puzzle test to protect the nation against the hidden threat of widespread cyber attacks. The Government’s secret communications centre HMGCC is backing a series of hacking competitions designed to spot the recruits needed to strengthen the…

Towering support for Greece as top tourist spot

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As a tourist destination, Greece still reigns supreme, say the readers of the Neos Kosmos’ website. In this week’s poll, we asked the readers Do you believe Greece is a top tourist destination? with an overwhelming amount responding in the positive. Nearly 90 per cent of readers voted in the affirmative, believing Greece is a top tourist destination. This comes as good news for the Hellenic Republic and goes to show in a time of crisis, the diaspora – and the international community – are still choosing to travel there. And it comes at a time when it’s high season for Australians and Greek Australians to travel there to escape the winter in the south hemisphere. It also brings the positive message that at a time when Greece is vulnerable, it can gain strength from tourism and its natural resources. Only 13 per cent believed that Greece wasn’t a top tourist destination. last_img read more

Opposition tells Tsipras to get control of his party

first_imgOpposition parties called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to get a firmer control on his party, claiming that some sections of SYRIZA are seeking a confrontation with lenders.With talks between technical teams from Greece and the institutions under way in Brussels, Tsipras was due to hold a cabinet meeting on Sunday night to brief his ministers about the content of the government’s proposals and the course of discussions in the Belgian capital.However, opposition parties had earlier expressed concern about Tsipras’s apparent inability to get his party to support a compromise with creditors.“He does not want to cause a rift because he does not have a mandate from voters for such a move and he knows the consequences would be catastrophic,” PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos said in an interview with Agora newspaper. “On the other hand, he does not have the parliamentary majority needed to support a clean and honest turn toward responsibility.”To Potami also voiced its concern about the comments from some government members after Energy Minister Panayiotis Lafazanis claimed in an interview with Kefalaio weekly that the only way for Greece to exit the crisis is through “a tough confrontation, if not a clash with German Europe.”“Mr Tsipras has to advise his ministers not to play with fire just so they are liked by the minority within his party and the drachma lobby,” said the centrist party in a statement.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

San Diego Superior Court jury awards Drew Brees and his wife just

first_img SAN DIEGO ( KUSI) – A San Diego Superior Court jury awarded more than $6.1 million in damages Friday to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife in a lawsuit they filed against a La Jolla jeweler who they said sold them $15 million in diamonds at far above their actual value.Following two days of deliberations, jurors found Vahid Moradi liable for defrauding the couple by claiming to be an expert in acquiring investment- grade diamonds, several of which he sold to the Breeses between 2012 and 2016.However, when the couple took the diamonds to an independent appraiser in 2017, they were told that the diamonds were worth about $6.7 million less than they had paid, according to Brees’ attorneys.Brees, 40, was not present when the verdict was read, during which the panel awarded him $6,130,767 in damages, but did testify during the early part of the trial. Brees is currently in training camp for the 2019 NFL season.During closing arguments on Wednesday, Brees’ attorney, Andrew Kim, told jurors that Moradi claimed he was an expert in colored diamonds, and could negotiate with sellers around the world to acquire diamonds that were expected to appreciate in value.Among the most egregious examples Brees’ attorneys pointed to was a diamond ring Moradi sold the Breeses for $8.1 million that was actually worth $3.75 million.Another diamond Moradi allegedly claimed was from Europe was actually purchased from a dealer in Orange County, Kim said.Moradi’s attorney, Peter Ross, said Aldo Dinelli, a Houston-based jeweler the Breeses consulted to appraise the diamonds, was a “con man” who scammed the couple.The attorney alleged that Dinelli advised the Breeses that Moradi had scammed them, even though he did not know how much the Breeses had paid for the pieces.Ross said Dinelli informed Brees that he’d been ripped off, then offered up some diamonds of his own for Brees to purchase.“Dinelli is supposed to be an independent expert, not a competitor to (Moradi’s company) CJ Charles,” Ross said.Though Brees’ attorneys alleged that an oral agreement existed between Brees and Moradi that Moradi would secure investment-grade diamonds for Brees, Ross said that thousands of texts and emails make no mention of such an arrangement. Instead, Ross says Brees got “just what he paid for,” and that many of the diamonds were purchased as gifts for Brees’ wife, Brittany.Further, Ross said any discrepancies between what Moradi paid to obtain the diamonds and what the Breeses paid him was part of a standard markup that is commonplace within the industry to allow retailers to cover business expenses. June 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:42 PMcenter_img Posted: June 21, 2019 San Diego Superior Court jury awards Drew Brees and his wife just over $6.1M in damages Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Legislators give business leaders preview at breakfast

first_imgThe 2013 legislative session will be a busy one.State lawmakers will have to come up with a plan to make sure the state’s education system is adequately funded while also working to improve the economy, legislators told Clark County business leaders Friday morning. And they’ll likely grapple with a major transportation package that will include money to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge.All nine legislators-elect from the county’s 17th, 18th and 49th districts participated in the legislative breakfast, along with 14th District Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima. The 14th District now reaches into parts of eastern Clark County.Many of the lawmakers pointed to the importance of securing funding for the Columbia River Crossing project during the upcoming session, although some of them continued to disagree on major elements of the megaproject.State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, said he’ll be happy to support a funding proposal for the CRC this session — if the light rail line is removed from the project.“The CRC project, in my opinion, has been an absolute boondoggle from the beginning,” said Benton, who is expected to be vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee next year. “If the light rail component comes off, then we can talk about funding for the CRC.”last_img read more

Mediators meet with grain handlers union officials over Vancouver dispute

first_imgThe Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service late Wednesday said it had met with representatives of Northwest grain handlers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Tuesday and Wednesday in the latest attempt to resolve a long-running labor dispute. A two-sentence statement said that negotiations had recessed and that “bargaining is expected to resume in the near future.”The wisp of news follows an earlier statement released Monday by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association that they would halt negotiations for three days on a new contract covering all West Coast ports for 72 hours to work on “an unrelated negotiation taking place in the Pacific Northwest.” That delay is set to end today. The PMA and ILWU are negotiating a new contract covering nearly 20,000 Longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports, including the Port of Vancouver.Members of ILWU Local 4 have been locked out of the United Grain terminal in Vancouver since February 2013, and dockworkers also have been locked out of the Columbia Grain terminal in Portland since May 2013.last_img read more

Mayors call to use only clay idols of Ganesha

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Mayor Bonthu Rammohan on Thursday asked the citizens to use clay to make environment-friendly Ganesh idols. To encourage the use of clay Ganesha idols, Mayor, Commissioner M Dana Kishore, zonal commissioners launched an initiative to protect environment in a programme at GHMC office in the presence of Daivagna Sharma here on Thursday.Rammohan said that lakes and ponds would get polluted due to the immersion of Ganesh idols made from Plaster of Paris; so, people should purchase or make Ganesh idols made of clay. Zonal commissioners Shankaraiah, Srinivas Reddy, Mamata, Chief engineers Suresh, Ziauddin and others were present at the occasion.last_img