Sanatan Sanstha accuses CBI of making up stories

first_imgThe Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti on Saturday accused the CBI of making up stories against them without conducting proper investigation. The claim comes close on the heels of reports of the Sanstha being named by the CBI in the murder of Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh last year. The CBI had submitted a report to the Pune court, in which it reportedly stated that the Sanatan Sanstha had drawn up a hit-list of 37 people, which included Lankesh. At a press conference in Mumbai on Saturday, Chetan Rajhans, national spokesperson of Sanstha said, “All 18 accused in the murder are not part of our organisation. Anti-Hindus have been targeting us for the past 10 years for the murder of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M. Kalburgi without any evidence. This seems to be a repeat of the Malegaon conspiracy against us.”He added, “If there is any evidence to prove us guilty, the investigating agency should make it public.” and we will accept it if proven guilty. However, we are sure the truth will come out and we will prove we are not guilty.”Advocate Virendra Inchalkaranjikar, national president of Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad said the media should not “defame the organisation”, but wait for the court’s verdict. Ramesh Shinde, national spokesperson, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti added, “Amol Kale, one of the accused in the Gauri Lankesh case, was not in contact with us for the last 10 years. He was never assigned any position in the organisation. Dr. Virendrasinh Tawade, too, was never assigned the position of vice-president. Positions that never existed have been created by the CBI in its charge sheet.”Mr Shinde, however, accepted that Sameer Gaikwad, another accused in the Lankesh murder case, was part of their organisation. “But he is not guilty and has been granted bail,” he added. Mr. Inchalkaranjikar referred to the recent arrested of Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, and the CBI’s claims that they were the shooters in the Dabholkar murder case. “The CBI had named two others as shooters earlier. Now, they have named Andure and Kalaskar. Tomorrow, they will name someone else. I request the CBI to try and listen to the other side as well.”last_img read more

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DEATHPENALTY 2

first_imgLiving on a death row with uncertainty is worsened withLiving on a death row with uncertainty is worsened with the harsh conditions which includes solitary confinement as the the apex court itself in 1978 had ruled that the prisoner sentenced to death could be kept in a cell away from other prisoners, the Death Penalty India Report has said.The report throws light into the life of death row convicts and is a critical analysis of the criminal justice system, which according to Justice Lokur, requires a major procedural and substantive reformation.”While it is not possible to make any arguments regarding direct discrimination, the report certainly highlights the disparate impact of the death penalty in India on groups marginalised along the axis of caste, religion, economic vulnerability and educational status,” said Anup Surendranath, director of the Centre on the Death Penalty.During the panel discussion, Justice Lokur also referred to shortcomings of the legal aid system in the country, saying that people have lost faith in legal aid lawyers.The study supports this view as it states that 70.6 per cent of the death row prisoners represented by private lawyers were economically vulnerable and it shows that “their deep-seated fear of legal aid lawyers drove the families to hire private lawyers”.The panel discussion also pointed out the fact that around three-fourth of the prisoners have not got a chance to interact with their lawyers outside court. This becomes worse when the matter comes to high court where most them have never interacted with or even met their high court lawyers.advertisementAdding to the misery, families of convicts face a major challenge to visit the prison owing to the extremely vulnerable economic status.”Its like caught between two blades of scissors, with no means to escape,” the report quoted Harikrishnan, a convict who had already spent nearly 12 years in prison for rape and murder.He, with extreme anguish at his inability to prove his innocence, had slashed his genitals with a piece of floor tile after a television channel portrayed him as a monster and his entire village being terrified of him. His clemency plea was rejected by the President. (More) PTI RRT HMP RKS ZMN RCJlast_img read more

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Can India be a true great badminton nation without winning gold medals?

first_imgPV Sindhu’s unwanted tryst with silver continued as she was outmatched by Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final of the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow on Sunday.The final was one for the ages and was appreciated by fellow competitors like Kirsty Gilmour. It lasted one hour and 56 minutes long. After an impressive display in a marathon battle, the Indian finally lost to the Japanese 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to settle for her second silver in less than a year’s time. The Hyderabadi had lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin a year back at Rio in the Summer Games to fall short of a gold medal in her first-ever major event final.Talking about her silver medal at the World Championships, a disappointed said, “I have no words and it is really upsetting because anybody would aim for the gold and the last moment changed everything. Happy with silver but that feeling is there.”This is the fourth time Indian shuttlers have failed to go the distance and earn the top prize in a world tournament. Saina Nehwal came back home with a bronze from the London Games in 2012 and got a silver in Jakarta. She was beaten by Marin, who a year later won Olympic gold and also the All England Championships in March, 2017.While earning any medal in any of the top tournaments is not a mean task, the inability to finish games off have been haunting the Indian shuttlers for quite some time now.India is a country on the rise in the badminton scene. Sindhu is getting better with each tournament. The likes of Srikanth Kidambi, B Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy also making strides in an otherwise Chinese dominated male division. Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta have also made a name for themselves with some great performances in the doubles division. With all the recent success, the sport is enjoying not only an uprising in the country but also a great amount of enthusiasm is being shown in. But for how long will the country be just satisfied with its players ending second or third or fourth?advertisementThe nation’s story in badminton before the sudden rise now is very bleak. Prakash Padukone won gold in the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the All England Championships in 1980 and the World Cup in 1981 in Kuala Lumpur. Barring that, he won four bronze medals in world tournaments. After that came Pullela Gopichand, whose major honour could well be the All England Open in 2001.Since then, there was a lean patch until Saina made a mark slowly through the ranks. She won gold in the Commonwealth Games in 2010 in New Delhi and followed it up with a Bronze at the 2012 London Games and a silver at the World Championships in 2015. As Saina struggled with her injuries, Sindhu came through the ranks and stormed into the final of the Rio Games last year, forcing people to sit in front of their TV sets and cheer her in the quest for a gold. But, she failed to live up to Marin’s grit and fitness and lost out 21-19, 12-21, 15-21.A year later, Sindhu reached Glasgow looking fitter and stronger but again she failed to go the distance and pull off a remarkable comeback win against Okuhara.In the men’s division, Srikanth had been in tremendous form going into the World Championships. He won the Indonesia Open and the Australian Open back-to-back and was expected to get India a medal at least but he too failed to live up to the expectations after a good start to the tournament and was shown the door by world No.1 Son Wan Ho of Korea in the quarter-finals.So the problem is that Indians are struggling to see off the match and get over the line in any battle that is lasting long. Fitness certainly plays a major role to play in it but there’s certainly more to it.Just like Sindhu said, that people play for gold and not silver, the shuttlers need to keep in that mind and address the issue and look to finish off games when it matters the most and go from being second to No. 1. Because, at the end of the day, people remember the winner, nobody talks about who came second.last_img read more

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Game Time: Everything You Need to Follow Oklahoma State-Pitt

first_imgRadio• Cowboy Radio Network• TuneIn• Sirius (83)• XM (83)Preview Pieces• Notes on Mike Gundy’s press conference• Pitt coach says OSU’s receivers are scary• On quick starts and future success• Players talk Pitt (including Rudolph, Ateman and Washington)• Pitt’s passing attack a challenge for OSU’s young corners• From the other side: Talking Pitt with Matt Harkins• Three things to know about the Pitt Panthers• What makes Pitt’s offense so uniquely difficult to defend• Three numbers to know ahead of the Pitt-OSU game• Podcast: Previewing the Pitt gamePFB Coverage• We won’t have anyone at the game in Pittsburgh, but we’ll have coverage rolling all day tomorrow on the blog.•  Our postgame show with Kyle Porter and Carson Cunningham will go out on Facebook, Twitter and on the blog, and it is tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m.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! Oklahoma State gets its first test this season on Saturday morning at Heinz Field when it takes on the Pittsburgh Panthers.We will put everything you need to know about this week’s game into one post like this. From TV times and channels to Vegas lines and our preview pieces, this is your weekly one-stop shop to get initiated with the OSU game of the week.Teams• Oklahoma State: 2-0 (0-0)• Pittsburgh: 1-1 (0-0)• All-time series: Oklahoma State leads 1-0-0• In Pittsburgh: 0-0-0• Last meeting: Oklahoma State won 45-38Wagering• Line: Oklahoma State -13.5• Over/Under: 63.5Time | Location• 11 a.m. CST• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania• Heinz Field (68,400)Television• Channel: ESPN• Online: WatchESPN.com or WatchESPN app• Announcers: Dave Pasch | Greg McElroy | Tom Luginbill  ESPNSuddenlinkCoxDirecTVDish OKC–29206140center_img Tulsa31 | 23125206140 Stillwater35 | 235–206140last_img read more

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Senate Approves New Road Traffic Act

first_imgThe Senate has approved the amended Road Traffic Act, which has new offences, larger fines and harsher penalties for motor vehicle operators who breach the law.Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Bill through the Senate on December 7, said too many lives are being lost on the roads, due to “bad driving practices,” and a signal is being sent that offenders will no longer get away with “light fines.”“We have to take hold of this culture of indiscipline and bad drivers must be called to answer for their wrongs. If we do not fix the system that allows them to hide from the law and have fines that are light, then they will operate with impunity,” the Senator told the Upper House.She added that the new legislation is not targeting taxi operators or any particular sector, or even to generate revenue.“It is to ensure that all road users can be safe, where persons in charge of vehicles operate in a responsible manner. The amendments are about law and order, and about the safety of people,” she emphasised.Some of the offences for which heavy fines will be imposed include driving without the required motor vehicle insurance coverage ($20,000); driving a motor vehicle without being the holder of a permit or driver’s licence ($40,000); failure of a driver to obey the traffic light ($24,000); loud noise within silent zones and failure to wear a protective helmet ($5,000); failure to comply with traffic signs ($10,000); and failure to stop at a pedestrian crossing ($12,000).The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives on November 13, with six amendments.Senator Johnson Smith urged drivers who pay scant regard to the law to “get ready for a new day,” as no longer will they be able to ignore tickets issued by the police.She reiterated that when drivers and motor vehicle owners seek to relicense their vehicles and do other business, if they have unsettled tickets, they will not be able to do so.“We feel confident that the new approach has been rigorous, and it is going to take us to the right place, where discipline and law and order will reign on our streets,” she said.    Senator Johnson Smith pointed out that the Ministry of Transport and Mining held several meetings with transport associations to explain aspects of the new law, and to hear their concerns.She noted that these will be considered for the accompanying regulations that will come into effect within three to four months.last_img read more

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Truro Gets Affordable Rental Housing Project

first_imgResidents of Truro will soon have access to more affordablerental housing with the approval of a $1.4-million, 24-unitproject under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housingagreement. Geoff Regan, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalfof Joseph Fontana, federal Minister of Labour and Housing, andNova Scotia Community Services Minister David Morse, made theannouncement today, Oct. 28. “The government of Canada is committed to supporting affordablehousing for those Canadians who need it most,” said Mr. Regan.”We are pleased to be making this investment to create affordablehousing units for Truro residents. Together with our partners, weare helping to build healthy, sustainable communities across theprovince.” “This project is going to be of tremendous benefit to thecommunity of Truro,” said Mr. Morse, “because it addresses anidentified need for affordable rental housing for singles,families and seniors in the area.” The project, to be located on Prince Street in Truro, willreceive funding from both levels of government and the developer.The government of Canada is providing $576,000 in up-frontcapital, the province is providing $359,000 in rent supplementfunding, and Pinto Properties is providing 15 per cent of thedevelopment costs. The project involves the conversion of an existing three-storeybuilding. The second and third floors will be renovated to createa mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments, while the first floorwill remain commercial. Construction on the project will beginimmediately and is expected to be completed by March 2005. Including today’s announcement, $12.2 million in funding has beencommitted for the construction or renovation of 227 units in theprovince. It is expected that 850 to 1,500 affordable housingunits will be created or renovated under the $37.3-millionAffordable Housing agreement by 2007.last_img read more

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Pilot on downed float plane identified as search continues for missing

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Quebec pilot Gilles Morin, 61, was one of seven people aboard a float plane that crashed into a Labrador lake on Monday, killing at least three people on board.Four people remain missing today after a full day of searching by military rescuers and RCMP, scanning Mistastin Lake, where the tail of the plane and other debris were spotted early Tuesday.Jean Tremblay, president of the Quebec airline that owns the plane, confirmed Morin was piloting the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver that crashed.He said he does not know who is missing and who has been confirmed dead, but he is not optimistic any survivors will be found.Tremblay described Morin as a kind man and an experienced, no-nonsense pilot, loved by his friends and colleagues.Morin has been an employee of Air Saguenay since 2011 and according to Tremblay, he has 20,000 hours of flying experience.Military helicopters were to remain at the lake until nightfall Tuesday, before handing the search over to the RCMP.The plane carrying Morin, two guides and four guests left Three Rivers Lodge on Crossroads Lake, east of Schefferville, Que., Monday morning for a fishing camp on Mistastin Lake, but it did not return as planned that evening.The cause of the crash remains unknown. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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TodayTix to Celebrate FiveYear Anniversary With Concert Benefitting Dramatists Guild Foundation

first_imgTodayTix, the international ticketing platform on a mission to redefine the way people see theater, will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a concert to benefit the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) New Voices program, on September 24th at 7:30pm EST at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.The evening will bring together the elements that have helped bring TodayTix to its five-year anniversary — the artists, the performances and the audiences. Hosted by Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), the concert will feature stripped down musical sessions, in an intimate setting, by Mark Ballas (currently starring in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway, “Dancing with the Stars”) with his wife and other half of music duo Alexander Jean, BC Jean, Erich Bergen (“Madam Secretary”), Ariana DeBose (Tony Nominee, “The Donna Summer Musical”), Kathryn Gallagher (Lifetime’s “You,” “Spring Awakening”), Lesli Margherita (Olivier Award winner), Matthew Morrison (Tony and Emmy Nominee) and Ethan Slater (Tony Nominee, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical”). Benjamin Rauhala will serve as Music Director.“In celebration of five years of TodayTix making theater more accessible for new audiences, we will bring together a few of our favorite artists to put together an unforgettable night that not only pushes the boundaries of how and why we keep coming back to the theater, but also supports the next generation of creators who build it,” Brian Fenty, TodayTix Co-Founder and CEO, said.“We are so honored that TodayTix has chosen to benefit Dramatists Guild Foundation with this event. We are deeply committed to supporting writers at all stages of their careers and applaud TodayTix for making plays and musicals more accessible to the next generation,” Andrew Lippa, President of Dramatists Guild Foundation, said.The concert will kick off at 7:30pm EST at National Sawdust, a dynamic home for artists and new music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets are available now exclusively on the TodayTix app and website. General Admission tickets are $55 for standing room or $149 for VIP Lounge tickets, which includes access to the reserved VIP lounge, a pre-concert cocktail reception and commemorative poster from the show’s cast.Profits from ticket sales will directly benefit DGF’s New Voices program. In alignment with TodayTix’s mission to make theater more accessible, the New Voices program brings trained teaching artists into classrooms, where they lead students in the collaborative creation of their own plays. This empowers students to discover the power of their own voices, helping theater to thrive for years to come.To learn more about TodayTix, visit www.todaytix.com or download TodayTix for iOS or Android.last_img read more

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Man posing as Sri Lankan diplomat arrested in New Delhi

The Shahdara district police in New Delhi have arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly posing as a Sri Lankan diplomat and driving a car with a special number plate, The Hindu newspaper reported.The accused has been identified as Krishna Nagar resident Nitin Malhotra. “As per documents recovered from him, the High Commission registration number was cancelled on July 15 last and Mr. Malhotra was issued a new registration number. However, he did not remove the Sri Lanka High Commission registration number from the vehicle despite the cancellation in order to make use of amenities for High Commission cars,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad. Malhotra had bought the vehicle from a Sri Lankan Minister and continued to use the same number plate despite the High Commission number getting de-registered last year, said the police on Wednesday. She said Farsh Bazar police station had on Tuesday received a tip-off regarding a person passing himself off as an employee of the Sri Lanka High Commission and driving a car with special registration number plates.“The caller said the car was parked inside Chitrakoot Apartment of Shahdara. A raid was conducted and Mr. Malhotra apprehended along with a black car bearing the special plates.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Sri Lanka US discuss expanding bilateral cooperation

Minister Ratnayaka also expressed Sri Lanka’s deep appreciation to the U.S. for the transfer of the high-endurance ex-U.S. Coast Guard cutter to the Sri Lanka Navy in August. The cutter will be the largest ship in the Sri Lankan naval fleet and will strengthen bilateral defence cooperation and enhance the capacity and the operational capability of the Sri Lankan Navy to more effectively secure the country’s maritime interests.Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Sri Lanka Priyanga Wickramasinghe and senior officials of the Embassy were associated with Minister Ratnayaka in the bilateral discussions. Sri Lanka and the US discussed the ongoing Sri Lanka–US partnership and opportunities for further expanding bilateral cooperation within the framework of President Donald Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister Sagala Ratnayaka undertook an official visit to Washington D.C. from September 12-13. Minister Sagala Ratnayaka briefed them on current developments in Sri Lanka. They discussed the ongoing Sri Lanka–U.S. partnership and opportunities for further expanding bilateral cooperation within the framework of President Donald Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. In this context, he welcomed the recent announcement by the U.S. of approximately $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending congressional approval. During the visit Minister Ratnayaka met with Chairman Mac Thornberry of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee and Chairman Ted Yoho of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. The Minister also met with senior interlocutors of the National Security Council, the Department of State, the Department of Defence, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Later, Minister Ratnayaka visited California where he attended the 2018 International Democrat Union (IDU) Meeting from September 16-18 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Democrat Union is an IDU Vice Chairman (ex-officio) since 2005. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Panel at UN looks at progress challenges in Afghanistan over past year

Although the past year has seen much progress in Afghanistan, the international community cannot rest on its laurels, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message today to a discussion convened in New York on the 12 months since United Nations-sponsored talks in Germany led to agreement on steps towards the re-establishment of permanent government institutions.The Bonn Agreement set an ambitious schedule for 2002, the Secretary-General said in his message to the panel on “Afghanistan, One Year Later,” which was delivered by Kieran Prendergast, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. That accord called for the establishment of an interim Government, the convening of a Loya Jirga tribal council and the creation of a number of commissions, he noted.”All this, along with the provision of humanitarian assistance, was to take place in a land where infrastructure, both physical and institutional, had been destroyed,” Mr. Annan said. “And yet much of this has been accomplished.”In looking ahead, the Secretary-General stressed that the challenges facing Afghanistan remain immense, from security to development to creating the political and social institutions necessary for a stable, free and prosperous society with equal rights for all. “I hope, and expect, that in examining the past year you will also help us to light the way forward through the next year,” he said.Convened at the initiative of General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, the panel consisted of two sessions focusing on political and economic issues. In his opening remarks, Mr. Kavan said the discussion could enrich this year’s activities commemorating the first anniversary of the Bonn talks and could lead the UN to specific conclusions on post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan, thereby providing new recommendations for related UN activities in the future.For his part, Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed the event in a message read out at the discussion. “We find that this meeting, in the form of a panel, will serve to be instrumental in bringing further awareness to the problems facing Afghanistan, including a further reminder to donor countries to implement their commitments of assistance to Afghanistan,” he said.Participants included Jean Arnaud, the deputy chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Julia Taft, Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Mukesh Kapila, a former Special Adviser on Afghanistan, and Amin Farhang, the Afghan Minister of Reconstruction.Others who took part in the discussion included journalist Ahmed Rashid, Barnett Rubin, Director of Studies at the New York University Center on International Cooperation, Eric Morris of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Bernard Frahi of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State braces for change of expectations following Michigan State

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to the Buckeyes in the second half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPreseason expectations for Ohio State’s men’s basketball team were about as low as they’ve ever been for the program. The Buckeyes missed not only the NCAA Tournament, but the NIT last season. Even with the change at head coach from Thad Matta to Chris Holtmann and the addition of three new recruits, Ohio State was not counted on as a contender in the Big Ten.That narrative is gone.After Ohio State beat No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 Sunday, the questions turned to the postseason. Will Ohio State contend in the Big Ten tournament? Not only will it make the tournament, but what seed will it be when it gets there?But Holtmann said after the game he will not look further ahead than Thursday. There will be no talk of postseason play in the locker room. Ohio State beat high-caliber opponents in recent seasons before and struggled shortly thereafter. It beat Michigan State at home last season and lost eight of its next 14 games to end the year.“We could go in the tank here the next couple weeks. We certainly don’t want this moment to define us,” Holtmann said Sunday. “And we don’t want it to be the pinnacle of the season, as good as it is.”The grounds for pessimistic preseason predictions were warranted. Ohio State finished last season with a 17-15 record (7-11 in the Big Ten), its worst record since a 14-16 showing during the 2003-04 campaign — the year before Matta was hired. There was no reason to believe Ohio State would be a Big Ten title contender.“I think you only have to open a college basketball preseason magazine and read where we’re picked: 12, 13, 14, 11. It’s all over, but it’s near the bottom,” Holtmann told The Lantern Oct. 25.“We’re not discarding this year as kind of a throw-away year in any way. We are pouring ourselves into this team and this year, and hope that it will pay dividends.”This team is not last season’s Ohio State squad. At this point last season, the Buckeyes had an 11-7 record, were 1-4 in the Big Ten and had embarrassing losses to Florida Atlantic and Illinois. This recent win for Ohio State is not necessarily a fluke. Though it did not win games against its previous three ranked opponents, it had not been upset by a heavy underdog and it was already 3-0 in the conference with wins against Michigan and Wisconsin. Just as Matta turned that 2003-04 team around into a 20-12 record the next season in his first season of coaching, Holtmann is at the forefront of an unscheduled turnaround for the Buckeyes. “I’m surprised. Coaches get surprised. I got surprised,” Holtmann said Sunday, referring to the speed of the turnaround his team appears to be taking.Ohio State received the 29th-most points in the most recent Associated Press poll and is listed as the 33rd-best team in the nation by Ken Pomeroy, who projects the team will finish the year with a 22-9 record and 13-5 Big Ten record. Bates-Diop is now appearing to be a favorite for Big Ten Player of the Year and is in Pomeroy’s list of the top 10 best players in the nation. The Buckeyes have only beat one team considered to be in the upper echelon of college basketball, and they are still not going to be viewed as a national title contender. But winning the conference is no longer out of the question, and neither is making the NCAA Tournament. The script might not be entirely flipped on this Buckeye team, but no one is going to sleep on them anymore. Other teams will take notice, starting with Maryland at 7 p.m. Thursday.Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said the Buckeyes need to be prepared. Speaking as someone at the helm of one of the top teams in the nation, he knows what comes with the low number next to his team’s name.“This is what’s going to happen every night. It’ll happen to Ohio State. When you’re 15-2, 14-3, you know, 15-3, [the Buckeyes will] get ranked, and deservingly should be,” Izzo said Sunday. “You got to handle things a little differently because you’re going to get somebody else’s best shot.” read more

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IGS Xplore – derisking early stage mineral exploration

first_imgMaking critical decisions in the early stages of mineral exploration has become much easier with the launch of IGS Xplore at 2016’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town.Mineral exploration is a time consuming, labour intensive and often costly exercise, even before prospects have been identified and licenced. Using IGS Xplore, the new mineral prospectivity software service developed by International Geoscience Services (IGS), “will vastly reduce the time and money spent on this early-stage work to enable decision makers to make well-informed choices about where to target their efforts,” IGS says.IGS Xplore is an innovative semantically-driven (knowledge-driven) software, which rapidly tests the different types of geodata that exist for a region/country, including geology, geochemistry, known mineral occurrences and other data sources, to identify early-stage exploration targets and generate a portfolio of value-adding prospectivity maps for a region/country on a commodity basis.last_img read more

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An Open Love Letter to the Men of Ireland

first_imgYou have simple tastesPint of milk, feed of spuds, chicken fillet roll, bit of Pro Evo. Happy out. Source: ShutterstockThe bit of gingeIs there anything sexier than an Irish man with the big of ginge in his beard. You dancers. Source: timparkinsonYou *think* you fancy women with no make upGod love ye.Look, they’re all fooling you: Source: Lisa EldridgeYou own a pair of “going out runners” and “your good shirt”And man alive do you know how to work them! Source: Shoebuy Source: WordPressYou’re a pack of charmersMichael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Colin Farrell, Chris O’Dowd… need we go on? Source: James Moy Photography/Press Association Images Source: Empics Entertainment Source: Yui Mok Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesWrite your own love note to the men of Ireland in comments section…WATCH: Did your town or country get the ‘Ireland: The Musical’ treatment?>Irish lad performs impressive Wrecking Ball cover> HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MEN’S Day, men of Ireland!Back in March, when we celebrated International Women’s Day, the cries of What about us?!could be heard far and wide.Now, men of Ireland, it’s your turn.Here are all of the wonderful things we appreciate about you…You are great in times of needGreat bunch of lads for the lend of a coat, a shoulder to cry on, or some chips at 2am.Also fantastic in times of extreme need (ie extreme hangover). Source: ShutterstockYou’re great for a danceFor Irish men, dancing is either all or nothing.You’re either politely shuffling around the edges of the floor, hoping to Jesus someone won’t start lepping towards you, or you’re GIVING IT SOCKS to Rage Against the Machine or Gangnam Style.And of course when AC/DC calls, you answer. Source: DailyEdge.ie You love your mammiesNo woman will ever be good enough for you. Now, have you any white washing?last_img read more

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Hellboy Poster Releasaed Vin Diesels Bloodshot More Comic Movie News

first_imgIt’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of Marvel Cinematic Universe vs. whatever DC’s plans are now, but there are other comic book movies coming out. Some of them are pretty exciting on their own too, proving that not every comics adaptation has to fit into some grand multi-movie story. Like, for example, the new Hellboy movie, starring David Harbour of Stranger Things. Fans of his work on that show already know he has the perfect delivery and demeanor for a character like Hellboy. And in a poster released by Entertainment Weekly, he looks, um, damned good in the role.via Entertainment WeeklyWow. He certainly looks like Hellboy, alright. What’s really interesting, though, are the horns. They’re fully formed on this poster, which is not how we’re used to seeing the character. Hellboy is The Beast who’s supposed to end the world. As you might know if you’ve read the comics or seen the Guillermo del Toro movies, he rejects that idea completely. He normally shaves his horns down into two round stubs. So why are they out in full force here? Creator Mike Mignola says the film follows one particular arc from the comics very closely. Hellboy will fight a sorceress who wants to exact vengeance on humanity. It seems on this poster, Hellboy has let his horns grow out so he can access the demonic power necessary to beat her. I’m guessing that comes with its own complications though.We definitely still miss Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro’s take on the character, as those two movies remain some of the best comic book adaptations around. But with the backing of the original creator, this movie looks like it will be able to hold its own. Especially because Harbour makes one amazing-looking Hellboy. As cool as that poster is, I can’t wait to see him in action. It shouldn’t be too long before we get a trailer though. The movie’s panel at New York Comic Con is fast-approaching, and the film itself comes out April 12, 2019.via Valiant ComicsHellboy isn’t the only upcoming superhero movie not attached to Marvel or DC. Vin Diesel is starring in the movie adaptation of Valiant Comics’ Bloodshot. Diesel said in a video on his Instagram that he’s currently nine weeks into shooting, and he just saw some pretty exciting footage. As the movie is still being filmed, we aren’t going to get to see it just yet. But Diesel assures fans that they’re going to love what this movie has to offer when it comes out in a couple years. Hearing the news about @JaredLeto as #morbius at first I was like then I was excited, let’s see what he brings to the #Marvel world! pic.twitter.com/WcJheMkLvA— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) June 28, 2018We’re really doing this, huh? Alright. At least Leto on his own already looks creepy enough to be a blood-drinking vampire. So the movie has that going for it. Whenever it comes out. Sony has not yet announced a release date.We’ve got a list of every comic book TV show that’s in production, including all the Marvel and DC shows. Learn how the Guardians story arc could change Avengers 4. Catch the Captain Marvel updates that will lead into the upcoming film. Stay on top of all comic movie news here. It’s not much, but it’s certainly got us curious. I really want to know what he saw that’s blowing him and his producing partner’s mind so much. You can also see just a little bit of makeup from the movie on Diesel in this video. It doesn’t tell us much, and it’s almost certainly not the full makeup for the character, but there’s some damage marks on his nose and cheeks, like he just got out of a fight scene.The movie will reportedly stay true to the comics, according to Comic Book. Diesel will play a contract killer-turned informant who’s injected with nano-machines in a secret government experiment. They allow him to heal quickly, interface with any technology and modify his body. His memory is erased and he’s turned into a weapon until he decides to start looking into his past. It’s a great premise for a movie. You almost wonder why it took this long for someone to adapt it. Valiant may not have the name recognition that Marvel or DC does, but they produce some great comics. There haven’t been any truly fantastic adaptations of them, but hopefully that will change when Bloodshot premieres in 2020.via MarvelFinally, over in the still-Marvel-but-decidedly-non-MCU side of comic book movies, Sony Pictures is already working on their follow-up to Venom. Most people probably assumed it was going to be Black Cat and Silver Sable, since that was another Spider-verse movie Sony has brought up in the past. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer. Instead, Sony’s next attempt at giving a Spider-Man villain its own movie will be Morbius. If you don’t remember Morbius, well… he’s not one of the wall-crawler’s more well-known villains. He’s a biochemist who’s working on a treatment for his own blood disorder. As they so often do in Spider-Man comics, the experiment goes wrong. Morbius turns himself into a living vampire who must feed on blood.  Oh, and the movie is going to star Jared Leto.In an interview with Comic Book, Venom and Morbius producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad praised Leto, saying they expect “awesomeness” from the actor and a similar level of commitment he brought to playing The Joker in Suicide Squad. You remember, that great movie that everyone loved, Suicide Squad? Tolmach clarified, “Just a similar level of intensity and charisma and devotion to the character.” Cool. Well, at least we can brace ourselves for another news cycle about how weird and crazy he was on set. That’s fun. The guy sounds like a real joy to work with. Some are really getting into this announcement, though. 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TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Feb 2016 – One of the most effectively managed EU programs is in the Turks and Caicos Islands; this was the statement from the Director General for Development and Cooperation at the European Union, Jolita Butkeviche at the close of the 14th Ministerial EU and OCTA meeting held in Brussels last week. The Turks and Caicos delegation was led by EU Program Manager for the TCI, Deputy Governor Anya Williams and Premier Rufus Ewing who was joined by Finance Minister, Washington Misick and his Permanent Secretary Athenee Harvey-Basden. As Vice Chair of the session, Premier Hon Ewing addressed the June 2016 referendum in the UK where it will be decided if the United Kingdom remains a part of the EU. The Premier stated that he hoped the promised EU funds for the TCI will not be jeopardized by this diabolical vote. Minister Washington Misick explained that through EDF 10 and 11, some 25 million Euros are earmarked for TCI. A third draw down for upgrading the business sector was as recent as December 2016. The EDF11 monies are earmarked for Educational developments. Recommended for you One Stop Shop plan Rebooted, who knew? DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Finance Ministry to work with OECD on taxes Related Items:anya williams, athenee harvey, european union, washington misicklast_img read more

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Election Observer Mission reports to Press

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 16, 2016 – The late start at the polling places, the very slow returns of the election results are among the items which will most likely make the report to be prepared by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Election Observer Mission. The team of six reports on the early findings tomorrow with media; later a more exhaustive examination of the 2016 General Elections will come in a document for the islands. Change for Turks and Caicos, PDM is New Government Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#TCIElectionResults Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIElectionResults, #tcigeneralelectionscenter_img Recommended for you Final seat goes to new opposition party PNP Rufus Resigns PNP & Quits Politicslast_img read more

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Press Brings Metered Paywall Platform to Video

first_img“We saw hundreds of established media companies and even more newcomers launch digital video and then begin to realize-as our print publishers saw before them-that advertising revenue alone will not be enough to sustain these businesses,” Crovitz says in a statement. “Now we have begun to see some of them make the mistake that some print publishers also made. They have installed a hard paywall, which not only slashes ad revenue but does not allow viewers to sample, to see our proven welcome messaging, and to get engaged in the product before being asked to buy it.”See Also: Publishers Tighten the Paywall MeterUnlike some recent video initiatives however—like the quick-hit style of HuffPo Live, which recently celebrated it’s first full year of broadcasting and announced both an international expansion and domestic downsizing of its operations—Brill admits his time-based platform will work better for “long-form” videos with “some kind of narrative arc.”The product was officially launched on the Courtroom View Network earlier today.Editor’s Note: FOLIO: is a Press+ client. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Publishers across all segments are turning to video in an effort to deepen engagement with their audiences. But engagement alone doesn’t generate revenue.As native advertising and sponsored content initiatives squeeze profits out of engagement on the sales side, paywalls have been a way to generate earnings directly from readers. RR Donnelley’s Press+ has introduced a time-based video paywall in the same line of thought as the page view model the company began with in 2009 under co-CEOs Steven Brill, founder of cable network Court TV, and Gordon Crovitz, former Wall Street Journal publisher.Closely following the page view model’s format, viewers first get an alert that they’ll have to pay for content after they reach certain time limit. A few minutes later, they’ll hit the actual paywall. They’ll have the option to pay for that one video or to choose a subscription package at that point.last_img read more

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How social media changes political landscape

first_imgWith over half of the world’s population now using internet and with Dhaka ranked second among the top cities of the world in using Facebook, the social media has emerged to be an extremely effective tool for political debate and criticism in the country.In recent times, intense social media activism, primarily on Facebook and Twitter — ranging from academic debates to campaign for justice to satirical troll — has forced the authorities concerned to give in on a number of occasions, signalling that the platform is going to be very crucial in the run up to the next general elections.Apparently disturbed with various anti-government campaigns, the authorities had imposed a ban on the social networking site Facebook, citing security reasons; in 2015 although it lifted the ban 22 days into it following a huge outcry against the government move.By this time, a good number of people were sued and arrested for, what the authorities said, defaming people in the authorities or hurting religious sentiment.In the wake of growing use of the social media as well as internet in both personal and public life, the government has undertaken an initiative to amend the ICT Act ostensibly to make harsher provisions for “online crimes”.A massive Facebook campaign seeking justice for the killing of Sylhet child Rajan, Khulna child Rakib and Cumilla girl Sohagi Jahan Tanu forced the authorities to expedite the process of bringing the culprits to book.Another wave of Facebook campaign condemning the attack on Sylhet girl Khadija Akhter Nargis brought the attacker – the ruling party’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Badrul Alam – to book too.While intense social media campaign brought apparently successful culmination in ‘no VAT on education’ movement and quota-reform movement, the social media also played a key role in busting up the fake news or fake claims by the people in the top authorities.Of late, the state minister for foreign affairs, Mohammed Shahriar Alam, came under huge criticism by Facebook users over the issue of passport of Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) exiled acting chairman Tarique Rahman.     On a Facebook post of the minister which got about 5,000 emoticon reactions and over 500 shares in just 24 hours, about 1,900 people either criticised him or raised questions on his claim, with a very few hailing him.According to a global report titled “Digital in 2017 Global Overview”, the number of social media users rose by 11 million in Bangladesh in one year from 2016 to 2017, which is the eighth fastest in terms of growth.Dhaka was ranked second among the top cities of the world with 22 million active Facebook users in 2017 which covered 1.1 per cent of total users and remained second even in the Global Overview 2018.The number of users, however, might not be a real one because one individual can open and use more than one Facebook accounts with different user IDs.According to the Global Overview 2018, Bangladesh has a total of 30 million active social media users with a penetration rate of 18 per cent and as much as 28 million of them remain active using mobile phones.“Expressing political opinion is always difficult in a country of limited political and media freedom. The governments always try to suppress political expression but many, in defiance, resort to using social media to speak up. And this is exactly what is happening in Bangladesh like the most censored countries such as Egypt, Iran, and Turkey,” social media researcher Daud Isa, also a PhD student of Mass Communication, at University of Georgia, USA, told Prothom Alo, when contacted over mail.Also a formerly Bangladeshi journalist, Isa said, “The social media has nowadays become an effective platform for political expression in Bangladesh in the wake of limited political freedom there. What people used to discuss in the tea stalls or write on the wall earlier in the past is being discussed now on the social media, primarily on Facebook wall.“Even those who wouldn’t take to the streets to register his/her protests against any decision to avoid any hassle now give posts on Facebook or Twitter criticising the decision. The social media has made the process of registering protests easy albeit it entails risks of being caught by the authorities like in the case of physical protests,” he added.He said the social media has been instrumental in exchanging information and mass communications although there is a risk of misinformation, thanks to no filtering system.When contacted, Dhaka University’s law professor and political commentator Asif Nazrul said the people never got such easy means to express their voices or to register their protests the way they are now being able to do through the social media.“It’s much easier than graffiti. Against this backdrop, the social media has become a powerful means of generating public opinion. It played a pivotal role in various movements like the quota movement, the no-VAT movement and Tanu killing protests.”    He, however, feared that the platform might be used unilaterally by the ruling quarter in the days to come ahead of crucial general elections, given the way the government is enacting stricter legislation.Another political commentator Zafrullah Chowdhury, the founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra, said the importance of social media has “increased in the time of autocracy” in the country.“The people’s involvement in the social media activism has increased significantly. The main reason behind it is absence of democracy when people are not allowed to hold rallies or processions, to express their opinions and when dissenting voices are not allowed to be expressed. Recent quota movement has proven how effective the social media is,” he added.Talking to Prothom Alo, ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said the social media has emerged to be an important tool for ‘exchange of information’, education, political debates and sharing social experiences.As for the possible role of the social media in the upcoming general elections, Hanif said it would play a crucial role in the run up to the polls as Facebook and other social media often provide “heated debate and discussions” on various social and political issues.“The social media has been the alternative platform to speak out in the era when there is no democracy although the government is trying hard to keep its control over it,” noted opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Saying that neither the mainstream media nor the social media can play a vibrant role during the reign of an “anti-people government”, Rizvi feared that a certain coterie may use the platform to spread fake news in the run up to the next general elections to be held in eight months’ time.last_img read more

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Google Maps is sending tourists to the wrong Norwegian town

first_img FOSSMORK, NORWAY — A small Norwegian town has suddenly become a new hotspot for tourists, all thanks to a glitch on Google Maps.According to Lonely Planet, hundreds of tourists in search of a famous cliff in Preikestolen are instead being mistakenly led to the tiny town of Fossmork, located 30 kilometres away. An error on the popular web mapping service has pinpointed the bridge to Fossmork as one that leads to Preikestolen, which attracts approximately 200,000 people each year who come to marvel over its 604-metre high cliff.PriekestolenLocal resident Helge Fossmark told the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, “We have sent hundreds of tourists away in no uncertainty that they’re on the wrong side of the fjord. In the summer season up to 10-15 cars show up each day.”Although 30 kilometres isn’t a long distance, Fossmork and Priekestolen are divided by a fjord, which requires a 40-minute drive to get around it. This is especially inconvenient considering the hike up Priekestolen’s cliff takes a couple of hours to complete.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyA Google Norway spokesperson told Aftenposten that Google Maps will resolve the issue “as soon as possible.”In the meantime, Fossmork will continue to welcome those who are lost with open arms. Travelweek Group Share Tags: Google, LOL, Norway Google Maps is sending tourists to the wrong Norwegian towncenter_img Posted by Monday, May 29, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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