Amit Shah, Nitish Kumar to discuss seat sharing

first_imgSeat sharing talks with the Janata Dal (U) will figure high on the agenda during BJP chief Amit Shah’s visit to Patna on Thursday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is scheduled to join Mr Shah for both breakfast and dinner during the visit. Top sources in the BJP have confirmed that while Mr Shah will be largely busy with organisational meetings, two one-on-one meetings have been scheduled with Mr. Kumar.“Adhyakshaji (BJP president Amit Shah) will be having breakfast with the Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar) at the State guest house where he will be staying. After addressing organisational meetings like the social media volunteers meet, a meeting of vistaraks, core committee and Shakti Kendra meetings, he will have dinner with Nitish Kumar at the latter’s residence,” said a source. State BJP president Nityanand Rai confirmed the two meetings. “Seat sharing talks are on the anvil, and a formula that will be good for all stakeholders will be formulated,” added the source. No other details were shared as party men and allies like the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) are holding their peace.Electoral equation“We won 22 seats in 2014 on our own; some of them were seats where JD(U) used to win as part of the NDA. Therefore, the seat adjustment is not just about absolute numbers but particular seats and this will have implications for some sitting BJP MPs too,” added the source. Meanwhile, a political observer in Bihar told The Hindu, “I don’t see any electoral dividend for the BJP to take JD(U) along with it in Lok Sabha poll…for the BJP, a triangular contest will always benefit as both RJD and JD(U) would cut each other’s backward caste vote while the BJP’s vote bank will be intact in the name of PM Narendra Modi”.“Though, it will be a different ball game if JD(U) compromises with 9-10 seats with the BJP promising it a lion share in the State Assembly poll in 2020,” said political analyst Ajay Kumar.last_img read more

Titans finally score

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Titans, who also paraded new signees Arvin Tolentino and Kyles Lao, finally won after four tries.The Generals slumped to 0-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Gamboa-St. Clare whipped Jose Rizal U, 93-76, for its third straight win.The Titans almost lost the game after leading by as many as 28 points as Cedric de Joya, Cedric Ablaza, and Jerome Garcia moved the Generals to within 95-93 in the final 11.0 seconds. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Robbie Manalang remained a force to reckon with as AMA Online Education finally ended its drought with a 96-93 win over Batangas-EAC in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Manalang, the former Adamson playmaker, sizzled anew in his second game for the Titans, finishing with a conference-high 40 points on 8-of-16 shooting from three-point zone.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Martinez could only muster a split from the foul line to keep the door open for Batangas-EAC in the last 9.9 ticks, but Earvin Mendoza and Garcia both muffed their attempts that could have forced overtime.“Maybe the players just got tired,” said AMA coach Mark Herrera. “But we got players who can score. At least now, we have options where we can go in our games.”Meanwhile, Mila’s Lechon has decided to withdraw from the league, citing internal problems.Team owner Aika Salanguit made the announcement to discontinue the Mighty Roasters’ campaign in their maiden conference.Mila’s Lechon ended its stint with a 0-4 card and an average losing margin of 26.3 points—RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Philsteel returns as major sponsor of PBA LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Karim Benzema not ruled out forever: French Football Federation

first_imgFrench Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has reiterated that striker Karim Benzema is not ruled out “forever” from the national team, but declined to give an answer on his possible inclusion pending the proceedings of his court case.Le Graet said at a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the results of Euro 2016, that he always considered Benzema to be a good player and he is not banned for life, but noted that the coach always has the option of not selecting a player, even if not suspended.He insisted that there is a judicial procedure underway and they must wait and see its development.The FFF decided to exclude the Real Madrid player from the France squad after he was charged with complicity in the alleged blackmail involving a sex tape of his compatriot Mathieu Valbuena.last_img read more

Ryder Cup: ‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed downs Rory McIlroy in duel of rare quality

first_imgPatrick Reed, ‘Captain America’ for the United States at Hazeltine National this week, and former ‘Boy Wonder’ Rory McIlroy served up an electrifying Ryder Cup duel for the ages on Sunday.In the first match out in the last-day singles, the hottest players on either side treated the massive galleries to a birdie slugfest that finally ended with Reed winning one-up to earn the first point of the day for the home team.Well after their contest was over, the U.S. fans were still chanting ‘Patrick Reed, Patrick Reed’ in a thunderous tribute to the burly Texan who ended an inspirational week with three-and-a-half points out of a possible five.”To go out there and play the way I did this week, I don’t really know what to say,” an emotional Reed told reporters after racking up an eagle, five birdies and three bogeys in a brilliant display on a sun-baked layout.”I knew today was going to be tough going against a guy like Rory, especially with how he was playing earlier this week. To come out and play as well as we did, especially on that front nine, it was definitely something fun to be a part of.”Anytime I get to wear red, white and blue means so much. It gives me goosebumps. It was amazing to be in front of our fans.”Reed and McIlroy were always likely to provide a thrilling battle in the top match and they delivered in sensational fashion, particularly before the turn.advertisementWatched by massive galleries, the duo went toe-to-toe like heavyweight boxers in a ring, time and again matching each other with stunning shot-making and a barrel-load of birdies.McIlroy grabbed four birdies in a row from the fifth in an explosive front nine while Reed countered with four of his own, plus an eagle at the 303-yard par-four fifth where he drove the green and sank a seven-footer.GOLFING THEATREReed’s eagle, which sparked huge roars of ‘USA, USA, USA’ from the crowd crammed round the green, got the match back to all square before the players treated the fans to a slice of magic, and sheer golfing theatre, at the par-three eighth.McIlroy drained a 40-foot bomb for birdie from the front of the green and bellowed in delight, before yelling “Come on”.He then put his hand behind his ear and screamed, “I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you”, to the partisan crowd.Reed responded with high drama, sinking a 20-footer from just off the green for a matching birdie to trigger deafening roars from the gallery before he wagged his finger in McIlroy’s direction, then waved his arms to whip up even more cheers.In a wonderful show of sportsmanship, Reed bumped fists with a smiling McIlroy just off the green before the pair walked off to the ninth tee arm in arm.Amid groans from a disappointed crowd, the American narrowly missed a 12-footer at the 15th that would have put him two-up but he made amends on the next hole with a conceded birdie four after hitting a brilliant bunker shot to two feet.Reed stumbled with a bogey at the par-three 17th where his first effort overshot the green and his chip back trickled off the front into a collar of rough. McIlroy sank a nerve-jangling four-footer for par to cut the deficit to one-up.In a fitting end to a duel of rare quality, both players hit exquisite approach shots at the par-four last, Reed’s ball finishing five feet from the pin, with McIlroy’s one foot closer, before the American sank his birdie putt.last_img read more

Sonu Sood honoured with Doctorate Degree of Taekwondo

first_imgMumbai, Sep 25 (PTI) Actor Sonu Sood has been honoured with the Doctorate Degree of Taekwondo.The 45-year-old actor actor, who is known for leading a healthy lifestyle over the years, was felicitated with honour for his outstanding contribution and support towards taekwondo sport.He was honoured in the presence of Prabhat Sharma, secretary general of Taekwondo Federation of India at the opening ceremony of 107 International Kyorugi Referee Seminar/121st International Kyorugi Referee Refresher Course and 40th International Poomse Referee Seminar.”It feels good to see everybody so fit out here, all thanks to the event organisers who have managed to get the taekwondo experts all over the country on the same platform and created the Taekwondo Federation,” Sonu said in a statement.”It’s great to know that people across all age groups are interested in taekwondo sport and they want to create awareness regarding the same and inspire others. Felicitating these experts would certainly inspire them and others to take up the sport as also a fitness initiative. I really hope such good fitness initiatives inspire the people and help us make a healthy India,” he added.On the work front, Sonu will be next seen in Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba”, alongside Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan. PTI RB RBlast_img read more

First official look of Xiaomi Mi CC9 is out ahead of July 2 launch

first_imgXiaomi is launching the first smartphone/ smartphones under the Mi CC series on July 2, the company announced last week. Ahead of the launch the Xiaomi Product Manager Lao Wei posted a picture of the Mi CC9. The photo has been posted on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo. For now, the Mi CC9 will go official in China. There are no reports on whether the smartphone will hit the Indian market anytime soon or not.In the picture, the smartphone appears in white and flaunts the rear panel design. The picture confirms the complete rear panel design. The Mi CC9 appears with triple rear camera setup placed in a vertical fashion. The camera set up is paired with LED flash. Interestingly the smartphone doesn’t appear with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. This suggests that the Mi CC9 will include the fingerprint sensor beneath the screen of the phone. The picture also shows that the Mi CC9 will include “Xiaomi”brand logo on the left corner.Rumours and leaks have already revealed everything about the Mi CC9 including the complete specs and price. According to leaks the Mi CC9 will come with 6.39-inch AMOLED display. On the front the phone is said to include waterdrop notch on the top of the phone. The Mi CC9 is said to sport very minimal bezels which in turn will offer much bigger screen-to-body-ratio.On the hardware front the Mi CC9 is said to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor that also powers the Redmi K20. Rumours suggest that the Mi CC9 will come with two RAM variants — 6GB and 8GB and two storage variants — 128GB and 256GB. Similar to the Redmi Note 7 series of phones the Mi CC9 is also expected to pack 4000mAh battery. On the software front, the phone is said to run on MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie.advertisementOn the camera front, the phone is expected to include three cameras on the back panel and single sensor on the front that will sit inside the waterdrop notch. On the rear panel, the Mi CC9 the primary camera is said to include a 48MP sensor, secondary camera a 16MP sensor, and third camera a 12MP sensor. On the front, the phone is expected to include a 32MP selfie shooter.The price of the Mi CC9 has also been leaked. The Xiaomi Mi CC9 is said to come with a starting price of 2,599 Yuan (~$378) for the base model with 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage. Leaks also suggest that the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage models will cost around 2,799 Yuan (~$407) and 3,099 Yuan (~$451), respectively.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi CC9, Mi CC9e names and camera details confirmed ahead of official launchALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi CC9, Mi CC9e launch on July 2: Key specs, expected price, and everything else we know so farALSO READ | Xiaomi India to launch new headphones, LED lamp, wireless earphones and fast charger soonlast_img read more

2015 Watch Guide: Week 10

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 Some big boys this weekend. OSU-TCU, Bama-LSU and Florida State-Clemson. Let’s get it on. Here’s this weekend’s schedule courtesy of Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 10last_img read more

Behind Enemy Lines: Get To Know Kansas

first_imgOverviewProgress is the goal for 2nd year coach David Beaty and the Jayhawks as they continue to undertake what the Kansas City Star called “college football’s greatest challenge”. The last two trips to Lawrence have required a 99 yard return by the Cheetah and JW Walsh holding off a late KU surge for a couple of close wins.  Through the first half of the year, 2016 hasn’t been great to KU losing a heartbreaker to TCU and getting blown out by Baylor and the Memphis Tigers. While KU has some talented players, points per drive is often an good indicator of team performance, and KU is 115th in the country with -1.47 net points per drive (meaning they are outscored on a regular basis).  OffenseThe Jayhawks bring a familiar spread offense this week, most often splitting four wide receivers out and at times bringing in a tight end. Not a particularly potent group, the passing attack has been stronger as they’re nearly in the top third of the country (45th) averaging 255 yards per game (8th in the Big 12). The rushing attack hasn’t been quite as prolific where they average under 85 yards per game in conference play. Ultimately, the power in the offense lies in a couple of playmakers on the perimeter who are counted on to do the heavy lifting.  For the third straight week, OSU faces the possibility of another two-quarter back attack as sophomore Ryan Willis took over the starting position in game 5 for the veteran dual-threat Montell Cozart who couldn’t get things going. Willis is more of a pocket passer while Cozart doesn’t have a problem making plays with his feet. Willis has the arm to make a lot of good throws but a couple of things have plagued him: Coach Beaty talked recently about how he’s still learning the offense and having trouble interpreting defenses as a result, and thrown six interceptions (and lost a fumble) in his past two games. To highlight this, the Jayhawks are 127th (out of 128) in the FBS for turnover margin with 12 interceptions and 10 fumbles lost on the year giving the other team nearly two extra possessions a game (-1.83 margin). Cozart hasn’t played a snap since he was benched against Texas Tech but could make an appearance as KU searches for a spark. Whoever is throwing the ball has a couple of quality receivers that Lawrence hasn’t seen in a while in junior transfer LaQuvionte Gonzalez and sophomore Steven Sims, Jr. who has three 100 yard games this year. Gonzalez returns kicks, punts and plays out wide where they put him in motion, hit him on quick hitches and run him downfield. Sims, Jr. has five scores on the year and is averaging 16.18 yards a catch, on pace for a solid season. The Jayhawks throw it around some with five receivers with double digit catches and tight end Ben Johnson has been a part of the gameplan at times.  At running back, Ke’Aun Kinner returns for his senior season after leading the team last year but the backfield is a committee with sophomore Taylor Martin and the freshman Khalil Herbert. Martin is perceived as the fastest, most explosive back and Herbert had an awful slippery run against Baylor last week.  The rushing attack hasn’t been that strong as Kenner leads the team with 264 yards rushing. The offensive line has contributed it’s fair share to the offensive struggles (as we understand far too well). The returning starter at left tackle prematurely retired as a result of concussions and the next man up was a true freshman in Hakeem Adeniji. Senior D’Andre Banks at right tackle is the elder statesmen in the group, but there’s not a lot of experience across the board for a unit often perceived as a weakness. DefenseThe defense is definitely the stronger side of the ball for the Jayhawks, evidenced by how they held the prolific Seth Russell to 144 yards on 9/22 passing for the game (worth noting that he was pulled before halftime). While the Bears were able to run the ball well, gashing the unit for 250 yards, the defense is constantly put in tough positions with the offense’s tendency to turn the ball over frequently and seems to be more solid than the numbers would show. The Jayhawks did a solid job at home slowing down a prolific TCU offense that averaged 43.4 points per game to only 24. Even more impressive was the nine tackles for loss the Jayhawks tallied; this defense can be aggressive. KU is 14th in FBS with 51 tackles for loss. Ends Dorace Armstrong, Jr. and Cameron Rosser are one of the most productive pairs in college football and experts at dragging down ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage, combining for 13 tackles for loss. Armstrong averages a sack each game and is really the standout on this defense. These stats are made possible by tackle Daniel Wise, who made the ESPN Mid-Season All Big 12 team where he was noted as one of the more disruptive players in the conference.Senior linebacker Marcquis Roberts, a transfer from South Carolina, was productive last year with 71 tackles and a pick-six, giving some leadership to the defense. Courtney Arnick has filled in well for injured captain Joe Dineen, Jr., pulling down four tackles for loss and seems to be nearly always around the ball.  Another leader is team captain Fish Smithson, the perennial leading tackler for the team. The senior safety has a couple of interceptions and leads the team with 32 tackles. True freshman corner Mike Lee is an impact player who was a late qualifier and the four star recruit left behind offers from Georgia, Texas, A&M, Mizzou and Texas Tech to come help the KU secondary right away. The key to this game could be turnovers. If KU continues at an FBS leading rate and OSU continues to force turnovers at a rate near the top of the conference, the odds are slim the Jayhawks pull the upset. A few sophomores on the roster (Sims, Jr., Armstrong, Wise, Rosser, Martin) look to be impact players and building blocks for Jayhawk teams of the future. Overall, former Texas high school football coach Beaty and the Jayhawks are trying to rebuild a losing culture with an influx of talent from Texas high schools (more than half of 2016 class was from TX) and solid team speed. Nobody expects the Jayhawks to be ranked but getting out of ESPN’s weekly “Bottom 10” would be progress. Beaty should have at least another year or two to do that unless he very unfortunately hits the most popular person in Kansas with his car. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Has Covered Three of Last Five Bedlam Point Spreads

first_img2016?-11Oklahoma Year Final ScoreLineFavored Team 200749-17 OU-11.5Oklahoma 201438-35 (OT) OSU-19.5Oklahoma 200927-0 OU-7.5Oklahoma 200861-41 OU-10.5Oklahoma Oklahoma opened as a 13.5 point lead over the Oklahoma State Cowboys for 2016 Bedlam, a line that many Pokes fans felt was high. The line is down to -11 as of Monday, and may continue to fall as we get closer to the big game on Saturday.We know that in its last nine Bedlam games, OSU is 2-7. I picked 2007 because that is the year Mike Gundy really started to get all his own players on the field (and we could only find spreads going back to that year).You probably knew that OSU record already, because Boone Pickens made us all painfully aware of it. But what have the lines been compared to the final scores? Has OSU normally covered? Let’s take a look. 201144-10 OSU-3.5Oklahoma Statecenter_img 201558-23 OU-7.5Oklahoma 201251-48 OU-6Oklahoma 201047-41 OU-3Oklahoma State 201333-24 OU-9.5Oklahoma State Oklahoma has actually covered the spread six times out of the last nine Bedlam meetings, but only twice out of five times since 2011. Sure, they’ve won several close games, in 2010, 2012, and 2013 (Gilbert caught it), but recent history shows us there’s a decent chance the Cowboys will beat the line this week.Which they’ll need to substantially if they want to win the their second Big 12 title after playing for it for the fourth time in six years.Tough to see OU as a 2-TD favorite when #okstate has the better receivers, defense, special teams and much better QB.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 27, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Says He ‘Could Care Less’ What Baker Mayfield is Doing

first_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Spring camp at OSU is in full swing and the mood around the program could be best summed up as optimistic. The offense has drawn comparisons to the 2011 team by Mike Gundy himself, who seems to know something we don’t about his defense.In an article from ESPN’s Jake Trotter, Mason Rudolph reflected on that rainy day in Norman last December when he turned out the worst statistical game of his career.Here’s an excerpt.“For whatever reason, didn’t throw the ball as well that day,” said Rudolph, who noted he wished the Cowboys would’ve “taken a lot more down-the-field shots,” despite the rain.We feel you, Mason.Rudolph also talked about the chance for one last crack at in-state rival and off-the-field friend, Baker Mayfield.“But I’m a great quarterback,” Rudolph told ESPN “and I think I do a lot of things that he [Mayfield] can’t do. And he scrambles around and shows the athleticism that I can’t always do. We’re two different players on two different teams in two different situations. All I can do is control myself.“I could care less about what he’s doing. I’m trying to take care of my business and put my guys in a great position to win. That’s all I can do.”I like this confident side of QB1. Not that he hasn’t always been confident but I don’t believe I’ve heard him refer to himself as “great” before.By the way, he is great. If he stays healthy, Rudolph is set to demolish pretty much every quarterback record at OSU this fall.But his number one goal is a Big 12 title.“Our whole mantra has been to finish this thing right with a Big 12 title and see where that sets us up for. Bedlam, it’s going to be a big part.”last_img read more

Ranking Oklahoma State’s 2017 Home Games by Difficulty

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’ve ranked all six of Oklahoma State’s road games by difficulty. This time we look at the games OSU will play under the lights of Boone Pickens Stadium.OSU gets six home games this season, five of which will be Big 12 games. It’s a sneaky good schedule, so if you have season tickets, enjoy!No. 6 – Kansas[USATSI]Not that crazy things can’t happen, but this is the last game of the regular season and OSU should be firing on all cylinders at this point. Kansas will be better this year than last, I think they win three to four games. I just can’t see OSU being one of them.AdChoices广告Kansas hasn’t beaten OSU in Stillwater since 2007, and the closest margin since then was 70-28 in 2011 (and it wasn’t really even that close of it game). They’re not going to change that this year.No. 5 – BaylorThis is not the same Baylor program we’ve known the last few years. Now entering their second season without Art Briles and first under Matt Rhule who turned around the Temple program, the Bears are continuing to rebuild their identity both on and off the field.[USATSI]Baylor’s offense is likely going to take a step back again this year, but that’s not why OSU is going to win this game.The Bears are breaking in a new defensive coordinator this season and with him, a switch to a more complicated 3-4 scheme. It’s going to take the defense time to adjust, and I don’t just mean one offseason. Even if Baylor’s players get the hang of the new defense by the end of the year, it’s unlikely they do by Week 7 when they come to Stillwater.This should be the year OSU ends Baylor’s winning streak.No. 4 – TulsaYep. Tulsa is ahead of Baylor.[USATSI]For one, Phil Montgomery is in his third year at the helm of the Golden Hurricane. He didn’t take long turning Tulsa around going from six wins in his first year to 10 in his second.For two, Tulsa can score. Montgomery’s system is built to put up yards and points — even if they are replacing a lot on that side of the ball. Do they have the players on defense to really slow down Oklahoma State? No. But they might have enough on offense to at least make it interesting for awhile.Add to this, the Cowboys haven’t been great early in the season the last couple of years. If the Cowboys come out of the gate sluggish or looking to play extra vanilla, they could get more of a challenge than we would like from our in-state adversaries.No. 3 – TCUI’ll be honest. I don’t know if TCU is going to be better this year than they were the last. But I feel like they should be.Patterson has always been able to turn the Frogs around. They play good defense and can score. I realize it was in Fort Worth, but last year feels like a bit of an outlier. The score was 10-6 at half and the Frogs just couldn’t get into the end zone in the second half, even though they came close a couple of times.[USATSI] It all comes down to Kenny Hill. If the former Texas A&M quarterback can rebound from a disappointing season, then the Horned Frogs will be back to being formidable. At worst, TCU should bring a talented defense with them to Stillwater.I expect a real fight from the Frogs in Stillwater this season.No. 2 – Kansas State[USATSI]When are Kansas State games not difficult? It doesn’t matter where they, who is ranked higher, or if a walk-on wide receiver is playing quarterback (seriously, that happened), OSU and Kansas State play close games.We’ve talked about this a couple of times but it’s worth pointing out again. OSU is 5-2 over the Wildcats in their last seven meetings, but KSU has outscored the Cowboys by 19 points during that time. That’s how close these games are. Just look back at last year when the game came down to the final play. Heck, go back to 2011 in one of the wildest back-and-forth games I’ve ever seen.The Wildcats are always a tough test. I don’t expect anything different this year.No. 1 – OklahomaI’d love to not pick the obvious here, but that would be dishonest.When your head coach is 2-10 against a team during his tenure, they’re obviously going to be the toughest opponent on the schedule. Granted, there is a major difference between this game and the other 12 — Bob Stoops is gone and Lincoln Riley is now in charge.[USATSI]Yes, Riley will still be getting used to being the head coach of the Sooners, but he will have Baker Mayfield at quarterback to help ease the transition. It’s also not like Riley is unfamiliar with the Big 12, having served as OU’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons.This will be OSU’s toughest game. They have the best quarterback in the league outside of Stillwater, and enough returning assistant coaches that I’m not sure the transition will be all that rough in Norman.last_img read more

Kane proud of team-mates as England march into quarter-finals

first_imgWorld Cup Kane proud of England team-mates as Three Lions march into World Cup quarter-finals Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:58 7/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup England Harry Kane Colombia v England Colombia Powerade After helping the Three Lions qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup, The England captain hailed his side’s character Harry Kane feels England’s first World Cup penalty shootout win will boost belief the Three Lions can triumph at Russia 2018.Kane’s spot-kick against Colombia had England on track for a first knockout win at a major tournament in 12 years, but Yerry Mina’s 93rd-minute header sent Tuesday’s last-16 tie to extra-time in Moscow.The England captain subsequently scored from 12 yards again as the match went to penalties, Eric Dier converting the decisive spot-kick after Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Kane’s six goals puts the striker two clear of Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot, but the Tottenham man is more focused on England’s World Cup chances.”I’m so proud. We were so unlucky to concede in the last minute. It shows our togetherness and character,” Kane told a news conference.29 – Harry Kane has scored more World Cup goals than 29 different countries in the tournament (3 games, 6 goals). Glorious. #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HAeDySiJm8— OptaCan (@OptaCan) July 3, 2018″These are the moments when you really see it. It’s a big night for everyone. Obviously we knew that England’s history with penalties hasn’t been great. It was nice to get that one off our back.”We have grown up a lot on that pitch tonight. Highs and lows, even in the penalty shoot-out.”Get in there!! Proud. Bottle. Character. #ThreeLions #WorldCup #ENG pic.twitter.com/FIRTBXPzCY— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 3, 2018Giving England the lead from the penalty spot means Kane has scored in six consecutive games for England, matching a 79-year-old national record held by Tommy Lawton.”Extremely proud,” Kane said of levelling the record. “Hopefully this continues.”I want to do better and do more. I want to help the team and we’re just looking forward to the next game.”last_img read more

Montreal honours murdered missing women

first_imgAPTN National NewsMontreal’s Sisters in Spirit march brought out hundreds of supporters Oct. 4.They marched peacefully for an hour and a half through the city’’ downtown core, chanting and signing traditional songs.Afterwards a candlelight vigil was held followed by speeches that spoke not only of remembrance, but also hope.last_img

Violence warned over US dropping conflict minerals rule

NAIROBI, Kenya – Increased violence and corruption in central Africa could be the result of the recent decision by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission not to enforce a rule requiring American companies to report their use of conflict minerals, warn Congolese civic groups, rights groups and U.S. senators.“The conflict minerals rule has played a critical role in reducing violence in mining areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, who recently signed a letter with five other Democratic senators urging the SEC to uphold the rule.The conflict minerals reporting rule, part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations law, has largely been successful in ensuring that minerals worth trillions of dollars don’t benefit armed rebel groups blamed for human rights abuses, a coalition of groups from Congo and southern Africa told the SEC in a series of public comments earlier this year. In an opposing view, some business groups in the U.S. dismissed the regulation as ineffective and an unnecessary burden.In April, acting SEC chairman Michael Piwowar said his organization will no longer enforce the 2012 rule that requires companies to verify their products do not use tantalum, tin, gold or tungsten that have been mined or trafficked by armed groups in Congo and other central African countries. Although the SEC is independent from the Trump administration, Piwowar was designated as acting chairman by Trump, and the SEC’s action appears to be in line with the president’s view that the government should reduce regulations of company operations.In addition to the SEC action, Republican legislation to roll back the Dodd-Frank law, expected to pass the House in coming weeks, would repeal the conflict minerals rule. The bill’s prospects in the Senate are unclear.Armed rebels and criminal gangs have been funded for decades by the illicit trade in Congo’s minerals, estimated to be worth $24 trillion, according to the U.N. The minerals are essential ingredients in smart phones, laptops, tablets and other high-tech products.Dropping the conflict minerals rule implicitly supports conflict in the Great Lakes region, Leonard Birere, president of the Coalition of Anti-Slavery Civil Society Organizations in Goma, Congo, told The Associated Press in an email.“The activity of the armed groups in the mining sites had decreased substantially as well as their capacity for violence” due to the conflict minerals regulation, Birere said.Some leading American companies also support the conflict minerals regulations. “Apple believes there is little doubt that there is a need to enhance gold trading due diligence,” the company wrote in its 2016 conflict minerals report to the SEC.The SEC’s action risks rolling back efforts to “combat human rights abuses and potential cases of conflict financing,” Carly Oboth, a policy adviser at rights group Global Witness, told the AP.Another activist group claims the SEC chairman does not have the authority to drop the conflict minerals reporting rule.“One commissioner cannot remove the reporting requirement unilaterally. Companies are still legally required to file conflict minerals reports and disclose their due diligence,” said Sasha Lezhnev, associate director of policy at Enough Project. “We plan on issuing a new company rankings on conflict minerals this year, and one of the criteria will be whether companies submitted complete SEC reports disclosing their full tracing, auditing, and other due diligence steps on conflict minerals.”Congolese groups have a nuanced understanding of the conflict minerals rule. When the regulation was introduced in 2012, many U.S. companies pulled out of Congo.“All sectors of our economy were suffocated or very nearly ground to a halt,” wrote a group of 31 civic organizations in eastern Congo to the SEC. But eventually the rule helped to cut off funds for armed groups and reduce child labour in mines, according to the coalition, the Thematic Working Group on Mining and Natural Resources.The crackdown on illicit mining succeeded in reducing opportunities for armed groups to exploit the illegal trading of minerals, according to a report last year by the U.N. panel of experts monitoring sanctions on Congo.Eastern Congo has experienced insecurity for decades from a myriad of rebel groups. More than 16,000 U.N. peacekeepers are based in the Congo with one of the world’s most aggressive mandates to defeat militia groups.The conflict minerals rule “undoubtedly contributes to reducing the rate of crime and human rights violations, including rape of women and exploitation of children in mining areas,” 41 Congo-based non-profit organizations related to natural resources wrote to the SEC . “All these efforts and progress will be destroyed if the U.S. government decides to contradict itself.”___Associated Press writers Marcy Gordon in Washington and Andrew Meldrum in Johannesburg contributed. Violence warned over US dropping conflict minerals rule by Justin Lynch, The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2017 4:20 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE- In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, a Congolese miner digs for cassiterite, the major ore of tin, at Nyabibwe mine, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Increased violence and corruption in central Africa could be the result of the recent decision by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission not to enforce a rule requiring American companies to report their use of conflict minerals, warn Congolese civic groups, rights groups and U.S. senators. In April 2017 the SEC said it will no longer enforce the 2012 rule that requires companies to verify that products using valuable African minerals don’t benefit armed groups. (AP Photo/Marc Hofer, file) read more

High Court to hear challenge to direct provision system

first_imgTHE HIGH COURT is to hear the initial phase of a challenge to the controversial system of direct provision.A family of six is taking a case to the courts arguing that the system for housing and detaining asylum seekers is unconstitutional. The family has been staying in direct provision centres for more than four years.They argue that the system was unlawfully established, has no legal basis and continues to operate unlawfully, violating the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. They also contend that stopping asylum seekers from working or from receiving social welfare payments breaches personal, family and equality rights under the Constitution.Direct provision centres were set up in 2000 and there are currently 35 of them around the country. They are run by private contractors on State contracts.Concerns about the centres have been raised by various groups, including UN committees, groups which work with asylum seekers, and Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. A High Court judge in Northern Ireland recently pointed to “ample” evidence of physical and mental health issues among asylum seekers staying in direct provision accommodation.Close to 5,000 people are kept in the centres while they wait for their application for asylum to be heard. Applicants are given accommodation, three meals a day, and €19.10 per week in the centres. They are neither allowed to work nor to claim state benefits while they are resident there.The average length of time spent in the centres is now around 4 years.The case will be for mention before Mr Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh at the High Court on Tuesday, when he may proceed to a date for a full hearing, strike out the case or postpone a decision.Column: Court challenge to Direct Provision could save millions in taxpayers’ money > Read: Court won’t send family back to Direct Provision housing in Ireland due to child welfare concerns >last_img read more

Will Robbie Williams sell 52k tickets for the Aviva Stadium

first_img Hells yeah (965) I might (497) Just to see Olly Murs (265) Poll Results: No way, (407) Updated 12.10pm*The capacity of the Aviva is 52k, not 65k as previously reported. Less people to push past to get closer to Robbie.WELL, IT LOOKS like Robbie Williams is back.At his zenith he sold out Slane Castle in 1999 and the gig was broadcast live on Sky One.Now the former Take That singer has announced a headline show at the 52,000 capacity Aviva Stadium this June, 14 June to be exact.Olly Murs will be supporting Robbie at the Aviva, and tickets go on sale next Thursday at 8am priced €69.50.Williams played at the Brits last night, singing his recent single Candy.Let’s take a nostalgic look back at that performance from Slane in 1999. Not bad for the man Noel Gallagher once referred to as “the fat dancer from Take That”…YouTube/HeyDudeloloHas Robbie Williams made a big enough comeback (his fourth or fifth comeback at this stage, surely) to sell 52,000 tickets? Will you be going? No way,Hells yeahI mightJust to see Olly MursVoteStop everything! Fleetwood Mac are coming to Dublin>7 examples of why pop fans are a bit bonkers>last_img read more

Increase in most hate crimes in Northern Ireland and fewer sectarian incidents

first_img982 racist incidents (up 232) and 691 racist crimes (up 221)280 homophobic incidents (up 34) and 179 homophobic crimes (up 30)1284 sectarian incidents (down 88) and 961 sectarian crimes (up 72)107 disability incidents (up 33) and 70 disability crimes (up 35)24 faith/religion incidents (up 2) and 13 faith/religion crimes (down 1)23 transphobic incidents (up 8) and eight transphobic crimes (up 2)RacismThe PSNI said that racist incidents and crimes recorded have tended to fluctuate, but saw a marked increase in the most recent tally.Around two thirds of the increase in racist motivated incidents and crimes between 2012/13 and 2013/14 occurred in the four Belfast policing areas.Homophobic incidents have increased year-on-year since 2006/7, with this year seeing the highest level recorded since the data series began.Sectarian incidentsThe PSNI said that levels of sectarian motivated incidents and crimes have been almost identical over the last few years. But whilst sectarian incidents for 2013/14 are lower than 2012/13, sectarian crimes have increased over the same period.Two-fifths of the overall increase in sectarian motivated crimes occurred in East Belfast policing area.There were 57 attacks on symbolic premises – 17 on churches or chapels, and 40 on Orange or Apprentice Boys halls.Disability motivated incidents and crimes were showing broadly similar levels until 2012/13, when levels “increased considerably”.The levels of faith/religion motivated incidents and crimes have remained stable between 2009 and the latest figures.To read the full report, click here.Policing responseThe PSNI established Operation Reiner at the beginning of May to tackle hate crime incidents.ACC Will Kerr said today:We know that racist hate crime is significantly under reported. We require as much information from the public as they can provide so that our response is as effective as possible. We need the public to tell us what they know about racist hate crime and would encourage as many victims as possible to feel confident enough to contact their local policeThey have now set up a dedicated phone line for hate crime across Northern Ireland.It will be accessed through the Police non-emergency 101 number – members of the public calling the 101 number will be asked to press option 2 to report a hate crime incident or to provide police with relevant information about a hate crime.If someone would prefer to provide information anonymously, they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.HotlineThe Immigrant Council of Ireland has now called on the gardaí to reassure victims that their complaints will be taken seriously when they come forward.Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council, said:“We have long believed that racism in our communities is under reported with victims frightened that if they come forward they will not be taken seriously or that they will be perceived as trouble makers.Read: Local election candidate born in Turkey has posters defaced with pig imagery for a second time> THE PSNI SAW an increase in almost all forms of hate incidents in Northern Ireland over the past year – but slightly fewer sectarian incidents.In its latest report on hate motivated crimes, when comparing 2012/13 and 2013/14, it found:last_img read more

Michy Batshuayis Valencia future in doubt

first_imgValencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral refused to confirm whether or not they will look to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal at the end of the seasonThe Belgian forward arrived in Spain during the summer on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.Batshuayi had great success with Borussia Dortmund on a loan spell for the latter part of the previous campaign with seven goals in 10 Bundesliga games.However, life at Valencia hasn’t gone as well with Batshuayi only managing three goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.Los Che retains an option to make Batshuayi a permanent member of the squad this summer.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But, for now at least, Marcelino remains unsure over what to do with the struggling forward.“At the right time will analyse the final situation and we will decide,” said Marcelino, according to Sports Mole.“There is a transfer [clause], I do not know what the situation is contractually, but for all parties who want to leave, we will look for what is best for Valencia and thus the appropriate decisions will be made.”Batshuayi is in the squad for Valencia’s Champions League Group H finale against Manchester United with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET) tonight.last_img read more

American Cancer Society Honors Wilmingtons Joe Martiniello For Dedication To Relay For

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Cancer Society recently presented Joe Martiniello of Wilmington with a Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award. The award is the most honored accolade by the Society in New England, and it recognizes Martiniello’s remarkable accomplishments in support of the Society’s mission to celebrate lives, to save lives and to lead the fight for a world without cancer.For more than 10 years, Martiniello has been part of the Relay For Life of Wilmington, Billerica, Tewksbury fundraiser walk, raising awareness and funds to support the fight against cancer. In recent years, Martiniello has served on the Relay’s Event Leadership Team and played a critical role in helping bring together the communities of Wilmington, Billerica and Tewksbury under one movement to fight cancer. His deep passion and Relay expertise has been essential in helping the Relay For Life event reach the $1 million milestone last year in donations raised since the event first started running.“As these relay For Life events merged, we saw Joe encourage all volunteers’ ideas, include them in every decision and work with all groups to utilize best practices from both events, and even held a meeting at his home to promote socialization,” said Dennis Cataldo, member of the Eastern New England Board, American Cancer Society. “The inclusiveness that Joe brought to this event has been a positive influence. We are so lucky to have a volunteer like Joe be part of our Relay For Life community.The Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award is named in honor of the late Sandra C. Labaree, a long-time American Cancer Society volunteer from Maine. Despite her death from breast cancer in 2000, Labaree’s spirit and values live on through this award. Each year, the local area Board selects the most inspired and passionate individuals to receive this prestigious honor whose service best exemplifies the Society’s organizational values of mission, stewardship, diversity, data-driven, and respect.For more information on how to become a volunteer for the American Cancer Society or about the Society’s programs and services, please visit http://www.Cancer.org or call 800-227-2345.About The American Cancer SocietyThe American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to http://www.cancer.org.Joe Martiniello, left, of Wilmington received the American Cancer Society’s Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award from Dennis Cataldo, member of the Eastern New England Board, American Cancer Society, June 15, 2018, at the Relay For Life of Wilmington, Billerica, Tewksbury fundraiser walk. (NOTE: The above press release is from the American Cancer Society.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Joe Martiniello Honored With Top Volunteer Award From American Cancer SocietyIn “Community”Winners Announced In 2nd Annual Taste of Towns Pizza WarIn “Business”$1 MILLION: Wilmington Relay For Life Reaches Fundraising MilestoneIn “Community”last_img read more