If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! NFL season is almost here. Let’s check in on Joe Randle. Here’s the Wichita Eagle. Give me something good, Wichita Eagle.Ex-Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle will stand trial for allegedly threatening to kill a jail deputy after he was denied a phone call in May, a Sedgwick County judge ruled Friday morning. “On its face it’s real clear what he said. He used the word ‘kill,’ ” District Judge Joe Kisner said, explaining his decision to bind Randle, 24, over for trial on one count of criminal threat, which is a felony.Welp.Randle also pleaded not guilty to eight other felony charges in addition to the one about killing the jail deputy. Here is Randle’s defense for the threat of murder according to the Eagle. Randle’s defense attorney, Steven Mank, on Thursday argued that if a person has “no way to commit the violence, it’s a hollow threat.” He had asked Kisner to throw out the case.Kind of has a point there. My two-year-old can say he’s going to end my life all he wants, but as long as we hide the knives, what’s he really going to do about it? Right? On the other hand, the inability to take someone’s life because you’re in solitary confinement in a jail is probably not the greatest defense of all time!The hearing was only about 9 min long. Randle, his attorney talked briefly before he was escorted out by deputies. pic.twitter.com/nIsJf7Uxi9— Amy Renee Leiker (@AmyReneeLeiker) August 19, 2016I don’t follow the post-college careers of players from other schools as closely as I do those from Oklahoma State (obviously), but the stretch of Joe Randle, Justin Blackmon, Perrish Cox, Brandon Sheperd (!!!) and to a lesser extent guys like Justin Gilbert has not been a great one for OSU (or Mike Gundy).Hopefully this one has a happier ending than some of the others, but we are not trending towards a good place right now.
Manchester United ‘Ibrahimovic will send Lukaku to the bench’ – Man Utd striker offered European warning Last updated 2 years ago 20:56 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Basel Basel Zlatan Ibrahimović Romelu Lukaku Ex-defender Paul Parker believes the £75 million may struggle in the Champions League, leading Jose Mourinho to favour a more experienced head Romelu Lukaku should ready himself for Champions League bench duty at Manchester United once Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns, Paul Parker has warned.The Red Devils spent £75 million on the Belgium international over the summer having found themselves short of a leading frontman.Ibrahimovic had been released at the end of an initial 12-month stint at Old Trafford, with the Swede nursing knee ligament damage which had brought his campaign to a close. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He has since been drafted back in on another short-term deal and Parker believes his vast experience – and Lukaku’s lack of at the very highest level – will see Jose Mourinho favour a 35-year-old striker in Europe once in a position to make such a selection choice.The former United defender wrote in a column for Eurosport: “There’s a few players in that United squad who have very little experience at this kind of level, particularly in the attack: Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial spring to mind.“Lukaku worries me a bit as the most important thing in Champions League football is ball retention and to kill the game, especially if you get a goal in front. Patience is vital. He doesn’t strike me as that kind of player – at least at the moment.“It’s a very different task to playing in the Premier League where he is undoubtedly one of the best strikers of the past five years.“That’s why I think Zlatan could play a bigger role in Europe than he does in the Premier League this season.“If he comes back in November, December or January – whenever it may be – then when United start the knockouts in February, providing they make it, it will be Ibrahimovic who leads the line and Lukaku will be on the bench, without a shadow of a doubt.”Lukaku will be hoping to put down an early marker and prove his Champions League credentials when United open their 2017-18 group stage campaign with a home date against Basel on Tuesday.Rom 15/8 to score first v BaselThe 24-year-old has netted five times in as many competitive appearances this season to offer an immediate return on the sizeable investment made in his talent.
Brussels: European foreign ministers met Monday for crisis talks on the Iran nuclear deal, as Britain warned the “small window” to save the accord was closing, with Tehran breaching the agreement. Tensions in the Gulf have soared since the United States last year pulled out of the 2015 deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran, hammering its economy and prompting Tehran to break limits on uranium enrichment and stockpiling. The European Union is desperately trying to prevent the deal unravelling completely, seeing it as the best way to stop Tehran acquiring atomic weapons, and the issue was top of the agenda as ministers from the bloc met in Brussels. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt — who held phone talks with his US and Iranian counterparts over the weekend — insisted “the deal isn’t dead yet”. “Iran is still a good year away from developing a nuclear weapon. We think there is still some closing but small window to keep the deal alive,” Hunt told reporters. Britain, France and Germany — the three European parties to the deal — on Sunday issued a joint statement saying they were “extremely concerned” by Iran’s recent breaches as well as by US sanctions They called for dialogue to resolve the crisis. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangEurope hopes to use a special trading mechanism called INSTEX to enable businesses to deal with Iran without using the US dollar or financial system, thereby avoiding Washington’s sanctions. But the system is complicated, no transactions have been finalised yet and it can for now only be used for humanitarian goods — food and pharmaceuticals, for example — and not Iran’s crucial oil sector. Iran accuses Europe of not doing enough, but the sweeping nature of the US measures has scared many major European businesses out of Iran despite Brussels’ insistence that American sanctions do not apply in Europe. “Iran has taken bad decisions in response to the bad decision of the United States to pull out of the deal and reimpose sanctions, whose extraterritoriality strikes at the economic advantages the country got from the deal,” French Foreign Minister Jacques-Yves Le Drian said as he arrived for talks in Brussels. EU ministers insisted Iran must return to respecting its obligations under the deal in full, rejecting a suggestion by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that both sides could reduce their commitments. “This is a very, very serious situation. We must make it clear once again, in clear language, that there is only a chance if Iran commits itself unreservedly to what is contained in the treaty,” Germany’s junior foreign minister Michael Roth told reporters. Hunt agreed, saying the deal “has to be taken in its entirety”.
Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement A young woman in charge of building a float for the Rose Parade clashes with the executive whose company is sponsoring it. With a lot at stake for both of them, and only a ragtag team of volunteers, they’ll have to learn to play nice with each other if they have any chance of making the New Year’s deadline. And, along the way, they discover they may be building a romance as well as a float. Photo: Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ryan Plummer For the one who gets the entire family together: THE WISHING TREE (Friday, December 21 at 8 p.m. ET)For the person who needs a break from cooking: KILLING EVE (Sunday, January 6, beginning at 10 a.m. ET)via GIPHYFor the massive fan of The Who: THE BEST OF C.S.I (Wednesday, December 26, beginning at 10 a.m. ET)via GIPHYFor the hopeless romantic whose nose is buried in a YA novel: CHRISTMAS IN ANGEL FALLS (Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m. ET)For the people complaining about the snow, who’d rather be at the cottage: CARTER (Tuesday, January 1, beginning at 10 a.m. ET)For those who needs a break from all the Christmas movies: THE BEST OF CRIMINAL MINDS (Thursday, December 27, beginning at 10 a.m. ET)via GIPHYClick here for a full list of Bravo’s holiday programming. Advertisement No need to pout, no need to cry because Bravo’s made a holiday programming list, with everyone in mind. Beginning Friday, Dec. 21 through to Sunday, Dec. 23, Bravo gets into the holiday spirit, featuring non-stop festive flicks leading up to Christmas Day with the CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON.Then, viewers can unwrap crime mysteries with its DETECTIVE MARATHON, from Monday, Dec. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 6.Here are a selection of staff picks of what to enjoy on Bravo this holiday season:
TORONTO – A return to volatility on global stock markets in early February may be the catalyst needed to warn investors about the impact of fees on returns — a feat that regulators haven’t accomplished so far.“Failing investment values tend to make people scrutinize everything more closely,” Dan Hallett, vice-president of HighView Financial Group in Windsor, Ont., said in an interview.He expects more attention will be paid to how fees affect portfolio returns “especially if they’re negative on the year.”Tough questions about advisory fees had been expected to emerge after the second phase of enhanced disclosure rules, known as CRM2, became mandatory last year.However, investors and their advisers had little cause for concern in 2017 as U.S. stocks continued a bull run that began in 2009 and continued into early 2018.The rough patch that hit markets in February, when global markets fell by 10 per cent at times, may force investors to take more notice.Research suggests CRM2’s heightened disclosure requirements have done little to change investor knowledge about fees — and, in some cases, have created confusion.A 2017 study by the B.C. Securities Commission estimated only nine per cent of investors were familiar with the indirect fees paid by third parties to firms — up from zero per cent before CRM2 was implemented.Another 2017 study by Credo Consulting Inc. found that 62 per cent of investors surveyed thought they didn’t pay for the financial advice they received — down from 67 per cent of investors surveyed in 2016.A Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada report in January 2018 found that fee disclosures used by some firms could lead to client confusion due to different terms used throughout investment statements as well as instances where required definitions weren’t used at all.The Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments is expected to offer other details in a new survey to be released in early March.But even CRM2 only tells half the story, since annual report statements still don’t reveal the portion of management fees retained by the fund company.“Disclosing the full management expense ratios or MERs should be the requirements for funds,” said fee-only planner Jason Heath of Objective Financial Partners in Markham, Ont.An investor, for example, with a $100,000 portfolio made up of commission-based mutual funds with a two per cent MER would likely see about $1,000 in fees and charges on an annual CRM2 report statement. But the total amount of fees and charges would be $2,000 after accounting for the a fund company’s portion of the MER.While not all mutual funds include trailer fees, the ones sold through banks and full-service advisers often do and can make up a sizable portion of investment portfolios. According to the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, there was $1.49 trillion in mutual funds as of Jan. 31 — about 31 per cent of Canadians’ financial wealth.For portfolio manager John De Goey of Industrial Alliance Securities in Toronto, the only way for investors to really understand how much financial advice costs is to get rid of embedded commissions in mutual funds altogether.The Canadian Securities Administrators held consultations last September about whether the regulator should ban the use of embedded commissions — a move that Britain and Australia have already taken — following a report it released in early 2017 showing payment of embedded commissions raises investor protection and market efficiency issues.The Ontario Securities Commission is expected to publish an update in late spring about how it will proceed with embedded commissions.Investor advocacy group Fair Canada supports a ban on embedded commissions, calling it “an essential step so that Canadians can receive professional objective advice free from damaging conflicts of interest.”Canadian regulators are also taking steps to implement new disclosure regulations for segregated funds — an investment similar to a mutual fund that produces a return with an insurances policy that covers the risk — which initially did not fall under the same transparency rules affecting mutual funds under CRM2.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As the ‘Energetic City’ the city of Fort St. John staff have made a commitment to sustainable energy efficiency and conservation.The city staff believe our energy is vital to the BC economy and for the energy needs of our citizens and because of that, they want to take a leadership role. By investing in energy efficient buildings, demonstrating green energy sources in their operations, and offering residents and businesses knowledge and resources to understand our energy needs today and for the future.Inclusive to the above Council has made Energy Literacy a priority for a number of years, expresses Ryan Harvey, Communications Coordinator for the city of Fort St. John. The recent editorial distributed to the Toronto Sun was a continuation of that. Harvey said, “We understand Fort St. John has a lot of natural resource experience and we understand the greatest resource is conservation, such as the Passive House and Micro Hydro Project.”Extending Energy Literacy to outside publications is about the city sharing local knowledge to people locally and provincially, shares Harvey as he says, “It is huge to share our knowledge.”With the energy sector providing a large economic benefit to the North Peace region and beyond. The industry brings tax dollars that provide local and provincial funds through taxation according to city staff.The industry provides jobs and brings people to this community, allowing them employment and opportunity. They support our local non-profits and often offer their own community enhancement initiatives, city staff express this is important for the region this industry is sustained and encouraged.For a link to the city’s Energy Literacy, CLICK HERE To read the most recent publication, CLICK HERE
After completing his schooling in 2007, he moved to a country named by the tribunal only as “O” to live with his uncle, father and older brother.The uncle started receiving threats and on April 10, 2010 made a police complaint. But while returning from a hospital appointment, a car they were travelling in was shot at.“After the shot there was great commotion…his mother, sister-in-law and wife were crying and screaming,” the tribunal was told.The husband was granted a one-month New Zealand limited purpose visa in November 2013. The uncle was shot and killed allegedly by underworld criminal after he attempted to uncover Sri Lankan government corruption and the father killed after seeking justice for the uncle’s killing. A day later he was shot but didn’t prove fatal, but died after he was shot a second time on a busy street on a separate occasion.A drug dealer was charged for the murder but was not convicted. In October that year, the father sought protection by writing to the President.But the father was also shot and killed by unknown assailants. Reports stated that the killer as someone hired by an “underworld figure”. The husband started receiving threatening phone calls in 2012 and 2013 while overseas.He returned to Sri Lanka in mid 2013 after his visa had expired. A Sri Lankan couple fearing harm after their family members were shot and killed by underworld criminal have been granted refugee status in New Zealand, the New Zealand Herald reported.The husband and wife told the Immigration and Protection Tribunal they feared for their lives because of familial connection to the husband’s late father and uncle, who had both been allegedly assassinated. The alleged killers have not be prosecuted and remain at large. The husband is Sinhalese and a Buddhist, and was born in Colombo in the late 1980s. However, he did not use it because he did not want to leave his younger brother as the only remaining male family member in Sri Lanka.In April 2014 after three men attacked his mother and asked about the whereabouts of her children, he realised he needed to leave.He fled to New Zealand and was joined by the wife a few months later.The tribunal also heard evidence from the husband’s older brother and the brother’s wife.It accepted the credibility of the couple and witnesses’ accounts.“On the facts as found, the Tribunal is satisfied, that there is a real chance that the husband and the wife will be seriously harmed if they were to return to Sri Lanka, by (underworld criminal) or his associates, or by (Mahinda) Rajapaksa supporters seeking revenge for attempts to bring him to justice for the deaths and uncover political links to the criminal underworld,” the tribunal decision said.“The husband and wife’s relationship to (the husband’s older brother) and the fact that they would be the only direct family members in Sri Lanka mean there is a real chance they will be harmed.”It found they each had a “well-founded fear” of being persecuted and concluded the couple were entitled to be recognised as refugees. (Colombo Gazette)
CNN’s Rachel Crane has the inspiring story of “Jeopardy!” contestant Cindy Stowell, who died from cancer just days before her first episode aired on December 13. Cindy Stowell died from cancer before her winning streak on “Jeopardy!” aired. Her brother Greg Stowell discusses memories of his sister. CNN reports.
Julia Marton-Lefèvre will succeed Dr. Martin Lees on 1 May, according to an announcement by Maurice Strong, the university council’s chair and Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General.”Ms. Marton-Lefèvre brings more than 30 years of experience in areas closely related to the mission of UPEACE. Her experience with the United Nations, with professional and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as her having been executive director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), allows her to provide the necessary leadership to build and consolidate the progress of the UPEACE team,” Mr. Strong said.Mr. Lees, who was rector for five years, has agreed to continue assisting the university by becoming rector emeritus and special adviser, he added.The University for Peace was established in 1980 through a resolution of the UN General Assembly under the leadership of Rodrigo Carazo, who became the first UPEACE rector and is also rector emeritus.The university was set up as a treaty organization and includes a special university charter. It has enrolled students from 37 countries and offers master’s and doctoral degrees.
Hamid Ghodse of Iran, President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), said the pattern was similar to what the panel had observed in post-conflict situations elsewhere.”Whether it is due to war or disaster, weakening of border controls and security infrastructure make countries into convenient logistic and transit points, not only for international terrorists and militants but also for drug traffickers,” Prof. Ghodse said at a press briefing in Vienna, where the Board is meeting for its eighty-third session.”It is therefore all the more important that both the Government of Iraq as well as the international community act swiftly and take preventive measures before the situation escalates.”Drug trafficking groups are said to enter Iraq’s holy cities disguised as pilgrims to go about their business, he said. Recently, a large number of people were arrested on drug trafficking charges, and cases of drug-related intoxication are on the rise in hospitals in Baghdad and around the country.The Iraqi Government has taken several measures to address the emerging problem, including the adoption of a national drug control programme and an action plan against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking. However, the authorities also depend on international assistance to fully implement such activities, but the fragile security situation has limited the assistance that could be delivered so far, he said.The Board consists of 13 members, who serve in their individual capacity, and monitors compliance with the provisions of the international drug control treaties. It ensures that adequate supplies of legal drugs are available for medical and scientific purposes, and makes certain that no leakage from licit sources of drugs to illicit trafficking occurs.It also identifies and helps to correct weaknesses in drug control systems and determines which chemicals used to illicitly manufacture drugs should be under international control.
The heat attack was explained by two heart conditions plaguing the ex-leader, the ICTY said in a statement released at The Hague summarizing the results of an autopsy performed by Dutch forensic pathologists.While a toxicological examination will still be carried out, Slobodan Milosevic’s remains will be released to the family tomorrow, ICTY said.Earlier today, Tribunal President Judge Fausto Pocar conveyed his “profound disappointment” that the trial against Mr. Milosevic will not be concluded. “It is extremely unfortunate that the victims and their families will not have a final answer in this case on the criminal responsibility of the accused,” he said.ICTY Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said she deeply regrets the fact that Slobodan Milosevic’s death “deprives the victims of the justice they need and deserve.”Born on 20 August 1941, Slobodan Milosevic rose to become President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, exercising widespread control. He was considered one of the prime architects of the heinous atrocities that accompanied the break-up of Yugoslavia and stood accused of the worst crimes known to man – genocide, crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of war, and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.Mr. Milosevic was transferred to the ICTY in 2001 and pleaded not guilty to all counts against him.
by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2017 8:08 am MDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sheryl Sandberg picks ‘Option B’ in her book on resilience NEW YORK, N.Y. – Though perhaps best known as Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico, she added “widow” to the list.“The grief felt like a void, like it was sucking me in and pushing on me, pulling me in and I couldn’t even see or breathe,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press. “People who have been through things like this told me it gets better. And I really didn’t believe them…. I want other people going through things to believe it does get better.”Her new book — “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy,” written with psychologist Adam Grant — chronicles the devastating loss, her grief and how she emerged from it with a new perspective on life. A humbled follow-up to her first book, “Lean In ,” it’s also a how-to, drawing from studies and the experiences of others to describe techniques for building strength and resilience and ways to support those going through hard times.Sandberg also uses the new book to address what she now sees as shortcomings in the career advice she offered women in “Lean In.” Surveying the world as a wealthy corporate executive rendered her oblivious to the circumstances faced by less fortunate women, she acknowledged. Not everyone can lean in; not everyone wants to.“I didn’t get it,” she wrote. “I didn’t get how hard it is to succeed at work when you are overwhelmed at home.”THE FIRST MONTHSThe most affecting parts of the book recount not just Sandberg’s grief, but that of her children. When she had to tell them that their father died. When, arriving at the cemetery for his funeral, they “got out of the car and fell to the ground, unable to take another step. I lay on the grass, holding them as they wailed,” unable to protect them from their sorrow.It did get better, though slowly. Sandberg returned to work at Facebook in a haze, unable to summon her previous self-confidence.“I couldn’t understand when friends didn’t ask me how I was. I felt invisible, as if I was standing in front of them but they couldn’t see me,” she writes, adding later, that by staying silent in such situations “we often isolate friends, family and co-workers.”At Facebook, Sandberg has long been an advocate of “bringing your whole self to work,” meaning a willingness to share your personal life with co-workers. But this can get tricky when it comes to facing trauma. Sandberg found it difficult, and even considered carrying around a stuffed pachyderm to encourage co-workers and even friends to talk about the “elephant in the room.”PICKING UP THE PIECESThen one day, about a month after Goldberg died, she decided to post on Facebook about her grief, her gratitude toward her friends, and her related tumultuous feelings — for instance, coming to believe she would never again feel real joy. She wrote it out, not planning to share it publicly. After some more thought, she decided it couldn’t possibly make things worse.The change was immediate. Friends, co-workers and strangers — many of whom had dealt with loss themselves — began reaching out. It helped, Sandberg wrote. The post has been shared more than 400,000 times and has some 74,000 comments. It opened up a conversation.“I know it almost sounds silly because I certainly work at Facebook and I know what Facebook’s mission is,” she said. “But experiencing it for myself was a very … deep experience.”Talking about these things, as difficult as it might be, can be a lifeline. As is getting help at work, something Sandberg acknowledged not everyone can. Facebook has recently extended its bereavement policies to allow employees more time off after the death of a loved one. But Sandberg says supporting people once they are back at work — including reminding them that their contributions are needed and welcome — is just as important.“Death is not the only kind of adversity that summons up the elephant,” Sandberg wrote in the book. “Anything that reminds us of the possibility of loss can leave us at a loss for words. Financial difficulties. Divorce. Unemployment. Rape. Addiction. Incarceration. Illness.”BUILDING STRENGTHA few weeks after she lost her husband, Sandberg was talking with a friend, making plans for someone to fill in for a father-child activity. Crying, she told the friend “But I want Dave.” He put his arm around her and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the s— out of Option B.”Sandberg said she believes strongly in pre-traumatic growth — people’s ability to build up resilience before something bad happens so that they are able to deal with it better. She has peppered the book with anecdotes and studies about resilience, from the story of Malala Yousafzai, the 19-year-old Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace laureate, to that of the survivors of a 1972 plane crash in the Andes described in the book (and movie) “Alive.”“Tragedy does not have to be personal, pervasive or permanent, but resilience can be,” she writes. “We can build it and carry it with us throughout our lives.”
Urban Meyer greets fans as the Buckeyes enter Ohio Stadium prior to the Ohio State-Penn State game on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThree days after Ohio State’s 39-38 comeback win against Penn State, the Buckeyes came in at No. 6 in the season’s first College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday evening.Ohio State is the highest ranked Big Ten team in the season’s first playoff rankings. Three other Big Ten teams joined the Buckeyes in the top 25, with Wisconsin at No. 9, Penn State at No. 7 and Michigan State at No. 24. Ohio State will take on the Spartans at noon Nov. 11 in East Lansing, Michigan. No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson led off the opening playoff rankings. Oklahoma, which handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season, came in at No. 5.Though Ohio State is ranked No. 6 in the playoff rankings, the Buckeyes came in at No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press poll and the coaches poll. Here are the rest of the College Football Playoff rankings. GeorgiaAlabamaNotre DameClemsonOklahomaOhio StatePenn StateTCUWisconsinMiamiOklahoma StateWashingtonVirginia TechAuburnIowa StateMississippiSouthern CaliforniaCentral FloridaLSUNorth Carolina StateStanfordArizonaMemphisMichigan StateWashington State
The PGA Tour rolls into central Ohio and will make its annual stop at Dublin’s Muirfield Village Golf Club today. Here is a list of the top five players who have a shot at competing for the Memorial Tournament title. 1. Justin Rose Rose enters this year’s Memorial Tournament as defending champion, and seems to be the perfect candidate to pick up where he left off one year ago. He came back from a four-stroke deficit entering the final round in 2010 and, with his 66-shot final-round score, earned his first-ever PGA Tour victory. During the this year’s tour, Rose has made the cut in 11 of the 12 events he has played, including three top-10 finishes. Rose’s solid play so far this year makes him a player to watch throughout the weekend. 2. Luke Donald Donald is coming off a week in which he won the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship in England, and also claimed the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. The victory marked Donald’s second of the year on all tours and should have him flying high upon his arrival at Muirfield Village. Donald also comes into this week having finished in the top 10 in seven of the eight PGA events he has played this year. If he can ride the momentum across back to the U.S., Donald should be a heavy favorite this week. 3. Bubba Watson While Watson has finished no better than tied for 23rd (2007 and 2009) in his five starts at Muirfield, he’s enjoying his most successful season on tour. Watson is one of just two players on tour with multiple wins this season, and is first in the FedEx Cup point standings. Watson is second on tour in driving distance and first in reaching greens in regulation percentage. The key for Watson this week is putting. The Memorial is notorious for quick greens, and, if Watson putts well, he should remain in contention for the title. 4. Rickie Fowler This year’s Memorial Tournament is all about redemption for Fowler. After tying a tournament-record 13-under par through the first 36-holes, and maintaining a three-shot lead after the third round, Fowler looked poised to win his first-ever PGA tournament at last year’s Memorial. A bogey on the 10th hole and a double bogey on the 12th undid Fowler’s strong start and allowed Rose to take the win. Fowler has struggled lately, failing to finish inside the top 10 of a PGA event in nearly three months. Look for Fowler to return to Muirfield with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. 5. Phil Mickelson Mickelson has already won once on tour this season with a three-shot victory at the Shell Houston Open on April 3, and returns to Muirfield after a tie for fifth in the 2010 Memorial. Mickelson has posted three top-10 finishes in his 11 starts at Muirfield. Don’t be surprised to see Lefty’s name near the top of the leaderboard this weekend.
Ohio State freshman defender Lisa Bruno (22) fights for possession of the puck in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignPrior to Friday, Ohio State women’s hockey had given up six goals in a game just once all season. On Saturday night against Minnesota, the Buckeyes allowed six goals in the second period alone.No. 2 Minnesota (24-3-1, 14-3-1 WCHA) completed the series sweep of No. 7 Ohio State (15-11, 9-9 WCHA) with a 7-1 victory in Columbus, marking five straight late-season losses for the Buckeyes.“We need our goaltenders to stop the puck,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “That’s their one duty and they need to do that.”For the second straight game, Minnesota shell-shocked Ohio State with a single period offensive onslaught that proved why it holds the WCHA and national high marks for scoring offense and scoring margin.The Golden Gophers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening period on Friday, but they were even more dominant on Saturday, scoring five goals on Ohio State sophomore goalie Amanda Zeglen in the first 10 minutes of the second period.Zeglen was given her first start since Oct. 5 after freshman Andrea Branedli and sophomore Lynsey Wallace had allowed a combined 23 goals in split play over the previous four games.Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said the changes in goal should serve as a wake-up call for the struggling Buckeyes and added that she hoped the team would rally around the switch.Braendli, the majority season starter for the Buckeyes, was inserted halfway into the second period and finished out the game 19 saves and two goals allowed.Minnesota did not find immediate success against the Buckeyes. Ohio State opened with stout defense and edged the Gophers 10-7 in shots on net in a back and forth scoreless first period.Muzerall said she was proud of the Buckeyes’ first period performance after taking a 7-2 home loss the night before.“They could’ve come out with their tail between their legs and they didn’t,” Muzerall said. “They were like ‘OK, it’s another opportunity, it’s another day.’”However, averaging a WCHA-high 7.7 penalties per game, an Ohio State penalty in the opening moments of the second period once again opened the floodgates for Minnesota’s high octane offense.The Gophers ran a surgical power play that saw six quick shots on net, culminating with Minnesota freshman defenseman Crystalyn Hengler’s first career goal to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later Minnesota freshman forward Taylor Heise scored back-to-back goals within 40 seconds, the second of which was a deadeye slapshot just inside Ohio State’s defensive third that caught Zeglen off-guard.Muzerall said she was less than impressed with a goal being allowed from that distance.“I don’t know what she was looking at, but she should’ve had it,” Muzerall said.Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored her team leading 31st point on a short-handed penalty-kill goal near the eighth minute of the second period to give the Buckeyes a flash of hope.That flash would quickly be snuffed out by three successive goals from Minnesota, including two more by way of power play opportunities.Sophomore forward Taylor Wente, redshirt freshman forward Amy Potomak and freshman forward Alex Woken all got on the scoreboard for the Gophers to end the prolific period at 6-1.Woken’s score, assisted by senior forward Taylor Williamson, was her third of the series.Minnesota junior goalie Sydney Scobee made 21 saves on 22 shots from the sputtering Buckeye offense in her 11th start of the season. Scobee entered the series No. 2 in the WCHA in goals against average at 1.50 and save percentage at .934.The third period saw Minnesota extend its lead with sophomore forward and WCHA goal leader Grace Zumwinkle’s third score of the series, giving the Gophers back-to-back seven goal performances.Aside from goaltending errors, Muzerall said the Buckeyes need to put points on the board to be able to compete moving forward.“We still need a goal scorer,” she said. “We need somebody that’s going to finish and get those pucks and put them in when we have those opportunities.”Ohio State will go on the road next weekend in hopes of returning to the win column versus St. Cloud State. The puck will drop at 4:07 p.m. on Friday.
Denesh Ramdin leads the Knight Riders celebration Randy Brooks ( CPL T20 / Getty Images)ESPNcricinfo-The Caribbean Premier League returns for its sixth season, with Trinbago Knight Riders ready to defend their title against five other teams. For the first time since the inception of the tournament in 2013, the overseas-player limit in the starting XI has been increased from four to five. We preview the six teams ahead of the tournament opener on August 8.Trinbago Knight RidersThe defending champions succeeded largely on the strength of their bowling unit in 2017, which had five bowlers take 10 or more wickets when no other team had more than three. Two of those contributors – Shadab Khan and Ronsford Beaton – have withdrawn from the tournament this year.Though the responsibility on captain Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine may increase, a trio of reinforcements have been brought in to maintain depth with the ball. Shannon Gabriel and USA’s Ali Khan, who starred in the Global T20 Canada with Winnipeg Hawks, have been brought in to shore up the pace department while Australian legspinner Fawad Ahmed will be aiming to replicate Shadab’s success from last year.TKR’s batting has been extremely stable as they have continued to show faith in the core of Brendon McCullum, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro and Darren Bravo. However, they took a punt on Chris Lynn in the second round of the draft for USD 130,000. If he can overcome recurring shoulder issues, he can show what a menacing force he was in 2016 when he was the tournament’s leading scorer for Guyana Amazon Warriors.Squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Khary Pierre, Junior Dala, Javon Searles, Terrance Hinds, Kevon Cooper, Nikita Miller, Anderson Philip, Hamza Tariq, Amir JangooSt Kitts & Nevis PatriotsThe Patriots saw their fortunes shift dramatically in 2017 thanks to the arrival of Chris Gayle as captain. Having never made the playoffs before, they went all the way from last place in 2016 to the 2017 final before succumbing to TKR. Gayle and Evin Lewis were a formidable opening pair all season, but Lewis enters this year’s competition in a form slump that may be a cause for concern.One of Patriots’ shrewd draft picks that paid off in 2017 was the selection of Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, who wound up taking nine wickets at a superb 6.55 economy rate and also contributed 98 runs at a strike rate of 196 in limited batting appearances. In the wake of Nabi’s unavailability for this season, Patriots have banked on a new Associate gem to make a significant impact.Nepal’s 18-year-old legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane continues to see his stock rise after his promising debut with Delhi Daredevils and should be a major asset for Patriots prior to leaving midway through the tournament for the Asia Cup Qualifier. Lamichhane’s place will be filled in the second half by South African domestic batting star Rassie van der Dussen, who also stood out recently for the champion Vancouver Knights in the Global T20 Canada.Squad: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Mahmudullah, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tom Cooper, Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Graeme Cremer, Fabian Allen, Sandeep Lamichanne, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Alzarri Joseph, Ibrahim Khaleel, Glen JavelleJamaica TallawahsThe two-time champions continue to see significant turnover and are almost unrecognisable from the squad that claimed their last title in 2016. After the departure of the Gayle-Chadwick Walton opening combo ahead of last season, Tallawahs have seen two of their top three scorers depart – Kumar Sangakkara and Lendl Simmons – as well as two of their three leading wicket-takers – Kesrick Williams and Mohammad Sami – not to mention the Bangladesh pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah.Tallawahs will be banking on the return of 2016 Player of the Tournament Andre Russell, who missed the 2017 CPL via suspension, to provide a measure of stability and have named him captain. They drafted the dangerous legspin combo of Shahid Afridi and Samuel Badree to support the established spin presence of Imad Wasim.On the batting side, two high-profile additions are Ross Taylor and David Miller. Hard-hitting USA batsman Steven Taylor is hoping a change of scenery will rejuvenate his T20 career after flopping with Guyana Amazon Warriors last season.Squad: Andre Russell (capt), Shahid Afridi, Imad Wasim, David Miller, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, Samuel Badree, Kemar Roach, Glenn Phillips, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Steven Taylor, Kennar Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Oshane Thomas, Elmore Hutchinson, Kirstan KallicharanGuyana Amazon WarriorsPerhaps the biggest loss for any franchise ahead of the 2018 season is the absence of Rashid Khan for the Warriors. The Afghan legspinner claimed 14 wickets while tying down batsmen with a sparkling economy rate of 5.82. Imran Tahir was snapped up in the sixth round of this year’s draft to replace Rashid overs while Shoaib Malik has also come over from Barbados Tridents to bolster both the spin and batting departments and take over the captaincy reins.Among key returnees, Luke Ronchi excelled as a late-arrival replacement scoring 172 runs in four innings but will be with the Warriors for a full season this season as he continues to be in sizzling form across the T20 circuit. Walton hasn’t had much success for West Indies but has been one of the best batsmen in the CPL over the several past seasons and led the tournament run-charts last year with 458 runs while Jason Mohammed was a solid middle-order presence, scoring 292 runs.Aside from TKR, no side is relying more on their locally-groomed talent to make significant contributions. In the batting department, Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford, who electrified at the Global T20 Canada with an unbeaten 134 off 66 balls for West Indies B against eventual champion Vancouver Knights, will be the key figures. On the bowling side, it means Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo and Keemo Paul will need to step up to assist Sohail Tanvir.Squad: Shoaib Malik (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Rayad Emrit, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Green, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Saurabh Netravalkar, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Roshon Primus, Romario Shepherd, Luke Ronchi, Sherfane Rutherford, Gajanand Singh, Chadwick Walton, Sohail Tanvir, Cameron DelportBarbados TridentsAfter going to the final in 2015, Tridents have missed the playoffs for two years in a row. Captain Kieron Pollard and fellow allrounders Shoaib Malik, Wayne Parnell and Akeal Hosein were the leading scorer or wicket-taker in all but a few games. However, in a major shake-up, all have departed, as has Kane Williamson.Leading scorer Dwayne Smith and fast bowler Wahab Riaz are the only big stars to survive the cull. Smith scored two centuries last season, but lacked consistency and only scored 146 runs in his other eight innings. Nicholas Pooran took a step back as well, with a best score of 32 in 10 innings. The Tridents leadership has decided to persevere with him, though in the hopes that he returns to his excellent 2016 form.Steven Smith is the most high-profile new arrival to the CPL this year and is being tasked with revitalising the Tridents batting along with top-draft pick Martin Guptill, who struggled last season with Guyana while dealing with injuries. Hashim Amla comes back to the CPL after excelling with TKR in 2016. A string of Barbadian West Indies internationals are available this year as well to boost the Tridents stocks, led by Test and ODI captain Jason Holder, Roston Chase and Shai Hope.Squad: Hashim Amla, Roston Chase, Dominic Drakes, Martin Guptill, Chemar K Holder, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Ashley Nurse, Shakib Al Hasan, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Dwayne Smith, Steven Smith, Sunny Sohal, Shamar Springer, Wahab Riaz, Tion WebsterSt Lucia StarsThe new ownership’s decision to change the franchise name from Zouks to Stars brought all sorts of bad karma onto the St Lucia team in 2017. A year after making the playoffs for the first time with a franchise-best six wins, the Stars became the first team in the history of the CPL to go winless. The opening combination of Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles that proved to be so lethal in 2016 struggled for runs in 2017. Darren Sammy took the fall for the team’s poor start and was replaced as captain by Shane Watson midway through the season, though it failed to inspire a turnaround.Sammy is back, though Charles and Watson are gone. The latter has been replaced by fellow Australian David Warner who hopes to fare better than he did with Winnipeg Hawks on his T20 redemption trail. Taking the spot of Charles is Lendl Simmons, who is with his third team in as many seasons after failing to stick with Patriots and Tallawahs. Both sides of the ball are boosted by the addition of Pollard while another intriguing arrival is Mark Chapman, the Hong Kong-turned-New Zealand international who has been dominant with the bat in New Zealand’s domestic competitions but is getting his first opportunity in a foreign competition.On the bowling side, Stars were the only team in the competition to not have a bowler take double-digit wickets in 2017. Kesrick Williams and Mohammad Sami both accomplished the feat last season for Tallawahs and joined Simmons as part of the exodus to the Stars. On the spin front, 2017’s leading wicket-taker Shane Shillingford is gone and hoping to fill the void is the lone Afghan in this year’s CPL, teenage legspinner Qais Ahmad, who excelled in his country’s run to the semi-finals of the 2018 Under-19 World Cup earlier this year.Squad: Mark Chapman, Rahkeem Cornwall, Niroshan Dickwella, Andre Fletcher, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Kavem Hodge, Christopher Lamont, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lendl Simmons, Odean Smith, Mohammad Sami, Kieron Pollard, Qais Ahmad, Darren Sammy, David Warner Kesrick Williams, Rumman Raees, Obed McCoy, Jaskaran Malhotra Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: The rivalry continues tonight as Warriors face off against TKRSeptember 11, 2018In “latest news”More franchises could be coming to CPLSeptember 7, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2017: Warriors Operations Manager says “we’re still in it to win it”August 18, 2017In “latest news”
KNOCK AIRPORT HAD its second-busiest year in its 28-year history in 2013 with 665,000 passengers using the Mayo airport.The airport, which hosts flights to 25 places and is served by four of Europe’s biggest airlines, saw a significant increase in traffic on routes to Milan, Dusseldorf and London.Ireland West Airport Knock, as it is officially known, is opening new routes to Eindhoven in The Netherlands, Glasgow and Lithuania in the coming months.A spokesperson for the airport says 2014 is likely to be the busiest year ever with passenger numbers exceeding 700,000 for the first time, despite a “very challenging environment” in the aviation industry.“We are looking forward to the year ahead being the busiest in the airport’s history with four new services being launched, extra capacity on our key London services and the Wild Atlantic Way project getting underway,” said Joe Gilmore, the managing director of the airport.Gilmore said that he hopes to see the airport serve as something of a tourism hub, becoming the “main international Western gateway” for the Wild Atlantic Way, which runs from Donegal to West Cork.The Government recently guaranteed to support the airport until at least 2023.Read: With the Air Travel Tax gone, Ryanair commits to a million more passengers > Read: €20,000 in cash hidden in couple’s clothes seized at Knock Airport >
Image: Sam Boal Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Share Tweet Email2 Take me to Fora By Fora Staff 19,668 Views https://jrnl.ie/3262456 Ryanair’s chief trainer says Ireland should be the capital of the billion-euro student pilot industry More than 500,000 new ‘skippers’ are expected to be needed over the next two decades. Read: Brian Cowen has joined the board of a European think tank funded by big businessRead: Here’s exactly what you need in place to deal with (and avoid) workplace conflict Short URL Monday 27 Feb 2017, 8:18 PM Image: Sam Boal Feb 27th 2017, 8:18 PM 17 Comments IRELAND COULD BECOME a “centre of global excellence” for commercial pilot training with minimal investment, Ryanair’s top flight instructor has said.The budget airline’s head of training and deputy chief captain Andy O’Shea told the National Civil Aviation Forum this week that the world’s aging pilot population could be a boon for Ireland’s aviation skills sector.O’Shea said that more than a third of the current stock of pilots around the globe will retire within the next decade.“The conservative estimate that I’ve researched is that between now and 2026, the world needs 250,000 pilots,” he told the gathering of transport execs and students. “Each of those represents a spend of about €100,000 just for the technical qualification.”With the number planes in the sky set to double over the next two decades, aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus have estimated that carriers will need between 560,000 and 617,000 freshly minted pilots by 2035. Source: BoeingClick here to view a larger imageO’Shea said Ireland is already equipped to become a Mecca for teaching that new generation of captains how to fly.“We have fantastic assets here,” he said. “I see all the elements on the table right now where we could assemble a centre of global excellence in airline pilot training with very, very little investment.”He said Ireland has plenty of available airspace to facilitate training.“The gold that we have to offer,” he said, “is that this country and airlines in this country are generating what every student pilot wants at the end of the day, which is a job.”Safety recordNevertheless, O’Shea added that Ireland only has “a sliver” of the worldwide training market right at present.There are currently 10 training organisations on the island that are approved by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to prepare students for their commercial pilot licence (CPL) and airline transport pilot licence (ATPL). Half of them are associated with specific airlines.O’Shea singled out Cork-based Atlantic Flight Training Academy as an example of a school that could be “set up on a national scale” with facilities throughout the country.“Right now, we have student pilots being imported to Ireland by that academy and they’re coming from Turkey, from Libya, from Kazakhstan,” he said. Head of training Andy O’Shea (right) Source: Rollingnews.ieIreland’s long history of flight and stronghold in the aircraft leasing and financing sectors means the island has demonstrated it has “the experience and the wealth of practical skills” to lead the way in aviation education.O’Shea said the IAA, the state’s air-safety watchdog, is “regarded as one of the top-five authorities in the world” by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation.“That is an asset because compliance is a very important part” of providing quality training in a sector that relies heavily on maintaining a good safety record, he said.Ireland could easily become “a standard-bearer of solid, safe pilot training” by hitching a ride on the IAA’s wings.However, a good safety record alone won’t cut it.“There are enough compliant organisations out there in Europe and elsewhere that are producing the type of pilots that Ryanair wouldn’t accept,” he said, suggesting that the quality of graduates from some schools isn’t high enough.Ireland could prove itself to be a producer of quality pilots by standardising training.“No matter what simulator or cockpit or classroom you went into in Ireland, you would hear pretty much the same thing. That way, the message would go out that Ireland is producing quality, safe pilots,” he said.“At the end of the day, we still have to have two, well-trained pilots at the front end of each of these aircraft to keep the system going.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article