Will Modi Unshackle India

first_imgWhile the outcome of India’s election had been a forgone conclusion for months now, the scale of the BJP victory caught even political pundits flat-footed. The BJP-led NDA coalition was expected to either eke out a narrow victory, or score handsomely enough to be able to cobble together a governing coalition. Instead, the party won an outright majority on its own, which signals a tectonic shift in the Indian political landscape.The ruling Congress Party was reduced to just 44 seats, below even the threshold to qualify as the official opposition in the 545-member Lok Sabha. One hopes that the drubbing the Congress received in this election will dislodge from the saddle for good the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, which has ruled India for more than 40 years since Independence.Already there is mutiny in the ranks. Rajasthan Congress legislator Bhanwar Lal Sharma complained: “Rahul (Gandhi) is directionless and has no policy. He and his advisers are responsible for the party’s embarrassment and defeat in the elections as there is no mass support for him. The people who are around him are jokers. He (Rahul) is the MD of a team of jokers.”There remains a good chance that the cabal of sycophants and leeches, who have been feeding off the public trough for decades, will turn to Priyanka Gandhi for succour. That would be tragic; a pathetic denouement of a proud party that led the country’s independence struggle against one Raj only to yoke itself to another.The election results also scrambled the political deck, which in recent years, benefited bit regional players, who exercised oversized influence upon the central government, contributing to the economic and legislative paralysis that has gridlocked the country. Freed from the shackles of intransigent coalition partners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds an enviable hand to reshape the economic and political landscape of the country.By all accounts, he is making all the right moves. He has emphasized good and efficient governance. He has abolished 30 inter-ministerial groups created by the Congress government, which should help speed up decisions and promote accountability. There is discussion about implementing a performance-based incentive system for central employees. He has advocated for transparency in decision-making and, as someone personally unburdened with familial ties, has admonished ministers and party officials against nepotism.Modi has even discouraged a personality cult, batting down proposals from BJP state governments in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to include content about his life in schoolbooks, tweeting: “I firmly believe the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum. India has a rich history of several stalwarts who made India what it is today. Young minds should read about these greats and emulate them.”Modi comprehends well that the mandate he received is for his promise of result-oriented economic development, which will be undermined if he became bogged down in divisive social issues and political conflict.It is instructive that although BJP won a decisive victory, that is only a function of India’s winner-take-all system, which enabled the party to bag 52 percent of the parliamentary seats with just 31 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Congress won 8 percent of the seats with almost 20 percent of the vote. Fully 50 percent of the country’s vote was split among dozens of regional parties, none of which topped 4 percent.For all the talk of a Modi-wave, the BJP attracted under one-third of all votes cast. A shift of just two percentage points in the next elections could well overturn the BJP applecart.No doubt, with his smart political instincts, Modi knows this only too well. Social peace and strong economic performance in this term will almost surely silence any remaining nagging doubts voters might have had about Modi and the BJP and return them with an even greater majority in 2019.On the other hand, should the Hindutva crowd distract the Modi government into opening up old sores and contentious political issues (as some have with reckless talk of abrogating Article 370 granting autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir), both the BJP and India will be losers. Related Itemslast_img read more

UAAP jrs basketball: NU ends UST’s dream run, books Finals date vs Ateneo

first_imgView comments Fortea had eight of his 17 points off the bench as he served as the sparkplug for NU to set up the best-of-three championship duel against Ateneo.Oczon chipped 16 markers, while Pao Javillonar dominated the paint with 13 points, 16 boards and two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRhayyan Amsali contributed 12 points and nine rebounds as Matthew Manalang and Winderich Coyoca combined for 19 points built on four triples in the final stage of the stepladder semifinals for the twice-to-beat Bullpups.NU now shifts its focus against the unbeaten Ateneo, with the series set to open on Friday. D-League: Ebondo’s 33 guides unbeaten CEU to third straight win For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding RJ Baquial and Jezreel Villapando carried the fight for the Tiger Cubs with 16 points each as UAAP Season 80 Juniors MVP CJ Cansino was largely checked by the Bullpups defense and could only muster 10 markers on a 4-of-14 shooting, alongside 16 rebounds, and seven assists against four turnovers.The Scores:NU 91 — Fortea 17, Oczon 16, Javillonar 13, Amsali 12, Manalang 11, Coyoca 8, Gonzales 4, Pangilinan 4, Minerva 2, Malonzo 2, Vinoya 2, Dayrit 0, Felicida 0.UST 72 — Baquial 16, Villapando 16, Lina 10, Cansino 10, Narvasa 10, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 2, Dolendo 0, Manabat 0, Relucio 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0, Benzonan 0.Quarters: 21-17, 45-31, 67-51, 91-72.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nazareth School of National University drew contributions from all fronts to trample University of Santo Tomas, 91-72, and book a return trip to the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball Finals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Terrence Fortea and Miguel Oczon teamed up in helping the Bullpups break away in the  killer 17-1 first half blast to establish the commanding 32-17 advantage and go on cruise control from that point on.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Patriots Used Deflated Balls To Win

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship game is ongoing after a report late Jan. 20 claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated.Troy Vincent, the NFL Executive Vice President for Football Operations, told The Associated Press the “investigation is underway and we’re still awaiting findings.”Vincent was responding to an ESPN report that cited anonymous league sources saying 11 of the Patriots’ 12 allotted game footballs were under-inflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air. ESPN did not say how that occurred.Vincent said earlier he expected the probe to be concluded by the end of the week. The last thing the NFL wants after a difficult season off the field is a potential cheating scandal that disrupts Super Bowl week. New England faces the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.The Patriots, who beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 for the AFC title, said they were cooperating with the league, and a Seahawks spokesman said the team would defer to the league on the matter.The NFL began looking into the issue not only because doctoring the footballs could provide a competitive advantage, but because it would compromise the integrity of the game.Deflating a football can change the way it’s gripped by a player or the way it travels through the air. Under NFL rules, each team provides balls each game for use when its offense is on the field. The balls are inspected before the game by the officiating crew, then handled during the game by personnel provided by the home team.Social media responses were quick.“11 of 12 balls under-inflated can anyone spell cheating!!! #Just Saying” was the tweet from Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.“So we get to play the game again or nah? ??” tweeted Colts cornerback Darius Butler.Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on ESPN radio in Milwaukee that he didn’t like how referees who inspected balls before games take air out of the game balls.“I have a major problem with the way it goes down, to be honest with you,” Rodgers said. “The majority of the time, they take air out of the football. That, for me, is a disadvantage.”“My belief is that there should be a minimum air-pressure requirement but not a maximum,” Rodgers said. “There’s no advantage, in my opinion. We’re not kicking the football. There’s no advantage in having a pumped-up football.”Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said the investigation was the least of his worries. And tight end Rob Gronkowski tweeted a photo of himself spiking the ball with the words: “WARNING GRONKING MAY CAUSE DEFLATION.”Patriots coach Bill Belichick deferred questions about the investigation, saying reporters should ask league officials. Belichick earlier said he wasn’t aware there was an issue until Jan. 19, and promised to “cooperate fully with whatever the league wants us to, whatever questions they ask.”Belichick, of course, was fined $500,000 in 2007 for having an assistant spy on the New York Jets’ defensive signals.Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he did not notice issues with the football and didn’t specify when asked whether the Colts had reported the issue to officials.“We talk just like they talk to officials (before the game),” he said. “We have an opportunity to talk to the officials about a lot of things.”(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)last_img read more

From the Archives: When Gambhir joined Delhi as captain only to step down after few games

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

Kuldeep Yadav credits skipper Virat Kohli for giving freedom to attack

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 16:41 IST India wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep had a disappointing IPL season with KKRKuldeep is a mainstay in India’s bowling attack for World CupWorld Cup 2019 is set to start from May 30 in EnglandStar India wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav believes he wouldn’t have been successful at the world stage had it not been for skipper Virat Kohli, who gave him the freedom to attack.”You need a skipper who backs you and believes in your ability to shine on the big stage. You think we could have been so successful if Kohli bhai had not given us the freedom to attack? I don’t think so,” Kuldeep told PTI in an interview.Kuldeep, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders, was badly let down by the batting friendly conditions at Eden Gardens in this year’s IPL as he returned with just four wickets from nine matches before being dropped by his franchise in the business end of the tournament.The 24-year-old said he is looking forward to put the IPL disappointment behind with a spectacular performance in the upcoming World Cup beginning May 30.”IPL is very different than World Cup. There are players who have done well in IPL but have struggled to make a mark for the country. I’ve matured as a bowler and by no means it will affect my performance in the World Cup,” Kuldeep said.”It’s (T20) such a format, you may have a bad day where you’re hit for runs. I’m not a magician who will do well in every match. You cannot say I will take so many wickets.”By his own standard, an average of 71.50 in IPL is something he would look to forget.”If I’m not getting wickets it does not mean I’m not bowling well. Now I play as a mature cricketer and think more about the team,” Kuldeep said.advertisementKuldeep also spoke about the recent controversy about his comments on Mahendra Singh Dhoni that sometimes the former skipper “goes wrong” with his tips.”How can a youngster like me make such comments on a senior member of the side? My comments had been misinterpreted by media to create a controversy,” he said.”There is no doubt that his tips have been invaluable not only for me but for the entire team. His presence behind the stumps makes our job easy and nobody can change that fact. We wouldn’t have been half as effective without his inputs.”Andre Russell was a terror in the IPL with his batting exploits and single-handedly turned KKR’s fortunes before they failed to make the playoffs.Kuldeep said he has learnt a few tricks which he would employ against the West Indian in the World Cup.”He has some problems facing a turning ball. If the ball is turning, then he has a weakness. It’s not just this, I’ve different plans to unleash against him in the World Cup. I know how to stop him and I’m very clear in my mind,” he signed off.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow World CupFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Virat KohliFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow Andre Russel Kuldeep Yadav credits skipper Virat Kohli for giving freedom to attackKuldeep Yadav is looking forward to help Indian Team clinch their third World Cup title with a stellar performance in the upcoming quadrennial event. He had a disappointing IPL season where he managed to get only 4 wickets.advertisementlast_img read more

Suzuki doubles down on criticisms of federal environment minister

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – David Suzuki has doubled down on his criticism of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, saying she’s being a hypocrite when she says she’s committed to the Paris accord and the Trudeau government is “going full bore.”The prominent environmentalist repeated the call for McKenna to quit Friday in Moncton, N.B., while helping to campaign for the Green Party in next week’s provincial election.Suzuki says it’s ridiculous that the Trudeau government is using targets set by the former Harper government.He says McKenna should resign if she means what she says about climate change.Suzuki first made the call earlier this week in La Presse.Speaking at a G7 meeting in Halifax, McKenna said quitting is easy, but it’s hard to do what the government is doing and she wants to remain in the job.last_img read more

Ottawa man facing child pornography charges following mission trip to Nepal

first_imgOTTAWA — Police say a 62-year-old Ottawa man is facing charges after he allegedly brought child pornography back to Canada following a mission trip to an orphanage in Nepal.Police say the suspect was stopped by Canada Border Services Agency officers in mid-December when he returned to Canada after the mission.They say the officers found evidence of suspected child pornography, as well communications where the man allegedly sought to have sexual relations with five Nepalese boys under the age of 16.The Ottawa Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit says it carried out an investigation and the suspect was arrested Friday at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, where he was escorted off a plane bound for Panama City.A search warrant was simultaneously executed at the suspect’s Ottawa residence where police say additional electronic devices containing images of child pornography were seized.They say Paul McCarthy was charged with possession of child pornography, luring a child under 18 and importing child pornography, and was set to appear in court on Saturday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Haiti UN expert urges further progress to strengthen civil and political rights

29 November 2008The independent United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti has urged the impoverished Caribbean nation to make further progress in ensuring civil and political rights for its citizens, especially with regard to improving its penal system. Wrapping up a 10-day visit to Haiti, Michel Forst told a news conference in the capital, Port-au-Prince, yesterday that the country has made progress in the area of civil and political rights, including reform of the judiciary. However, it still had a long way to go in creating a penal system that meets international rule of law standards. Important in this regard has been reform of the Haitian National Police, carried out with the help of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH.He also highlighted the need to address the country”s prisons, which suffer from overcrowding and where inmates are “crammed into cells and must sleep in shifts in conditions that are not acceptable.” The issue of overcrowding is directly linked to the issue of prolonged detention, added Mr. Forst, who visited prisons in the capital, as well as in Fort Liberty and Mirebalais.In addition, the Independent Expert stressed the need to tackle the problems of corruption and economic exclusion – which leads to insecurity and instability, as well as for the Government to ratify the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights.During his visit, Mr. Forst met President René Préval and Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis, as well as other government officials, senior judges, members of Parliament and civil society representatives. In addition, he held talks with the leadership and staff of MINUSTAH. Mr. Forst, who serves in an independent unpaid capacity, will present his report on the situation of human rights in Haiti to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

Pakistan floods West Africa food crisis top recipients from UN fund

5 October 2010Humanitarian agencies responding to emergencies in Pakistan, Niger and Chad received the most allocations from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) during the third quarter of this year, it was reported today. Humanitarian agencies responding to emergencies in Pakistan, Niger and Chad received the most allocations from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) during the third quarter of this year, it was reported today. The CERF, which is provides resources rapidly to assist people affected by natural disasters and conflicts, allocated nearly $40 million to aid agencies providing life-saving assistance to those affected by the worst flooding Pakistan has experienced in a century, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which manages the fund.During the past three months, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) received a total allocation of $15 million to respond to severe food shortages caused by a prolonged drought in Niger. The food crisis in the West African country has left about 7 million people, or about 46 per cent of the population, in need of food assistance. Since the beginning of the year, humanitarian agencies in Niger have received a total of $35 million from CERF.More than $10 million went to humanitarian agencies in Chad, where they are responding to high rates of malnutrition caused by food shortages that followed poor harvests across West Africa’s Sahel region. The $10 million allocation brought to $21.5 million the total amount of funding allocated to agencies in Chad so far this year.Other humanitarian emergencies that have received funding from CERF during the past three months include Myanmar, where agencies received $2.4 million following severe flooding and landslides. The funds will enable the agencies to provide food, shelter, water and sanitation facilities to those affected. In total, agencies working in Myanmar have received over $6.4 million from CERF this year.In Burkina Faso, CERF allocated $2 million to support agencies providing food assistance, access to water, and prevention of child malnutrition and diseases following floods that affected more than 105,000 people.To respond to the problem of lead poisoning in Nigeria, CERF has allocated nearly $2 million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to enable the agencies to identify communities at risk, provide medical care to those affected and clean up contaminated villages.CERF was also a source of funds used to respond to locust infestations in Madagascar and Georgia, with $4.7 million going to agencies in the African country and $293,000 to the European nation, respectively.Over the past three months, the fund also allocated a total of $42 million under an arrangement where long-standing humanitarian emergencies can receive support from CERF if they are consistently under-funded.The General Assembly created CERF in 2005 to provide predictable and equitable funding to those affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. It seeks to complement and not to substitute existing humanitarian funding mechanisms such as the UN Consolidated Appeals. read more

Eritreas worsening humanitarian situation threatens 1 million people UN agencies warn

Rainfall has been poor over the past year, placing at risk the food security situation of thousands of farmers and pastoralists who make up most of Eritrea’s working population, according to the report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The cereal harvest, which is expected to be 60 per cent below the average of the last 10 years, will cover only about 15 per cent of Eritrea’s food requirement instead of the typical 40 to 50 per cent. The agencies warned that international assistance would be needed to cover a shortfall of 283,000 tons of cereal. “The current poor agricultural season could not have come at a worse time,” the report asserts, because Eritrea is still recovering from a devastating war with Ethiopia. A large number of people, including farmers, are still displaced and thousands of soldiers are yet to be demobilized. In addition, the continuing resettlement of Eritrean refugees returning from Sudan is placing an extra strain on the country’s resources. While stressing the need for outside assistance to meet Eritrea’s extensive emergency needs, the report also acknowledges a risk of people developing an over-reliance on food aid with the expectation that this assistance will be provided on a regular basis. “This is proving destructive to some traditional coping strategies, and creating a vicious cycle that can lead to dependency,” the agencies say. They recommend that emergency food aid “be provided only to those who cannot survive or will become destitute without it.” read more

Canadian chat app Kik hits 50 million users now chasing WhatsApp not

Canadian chat app Kik hits 50 million users, now chasing WhatsApp, not BBM by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2013 12:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – When Canadian mobile chat upstart Kik Messenger first took the tech world by storm back in the fall of 2010, it was happy to have two million users compared to the 28 million that were loyal to BlackBerry Messenger.On Thursday, the company celebrated crossing the 50 million users mark, an accomplishment made more impressive considering that BlackBerry’s BBM is now within striking distance, in the neighbourhood of 60 million.But the Waterloo, Ont.-based Kik still finds itself the underdog, now looking up to industry juggernaut WhatsApp, which doesn’t disclose user numbers but is estimated to have many more.But that doesn’t phase 26-year-old founder Ted Livingston, who is happy to still be a major player in the mobile chat space.“The whole world is waking up to the fact that in mobile, mobile’s all about communication and the primary way we communicate these days is texting. So it’s a super exciting time in our space right now where everybody wants in,” said Livingston.“Kik is huge at 50 million users…. What’s exciting to us is we’re big enough to play in the next phase of this game.”He pointed to a recent study of the messaging market by the mobile data company Onavo, based on usage by iPhone users around the world. In the U.S., Onavo estimated Kik was used by three per cent of iPhone users, trailing Facebook Messenger with 11 per cent, WhatsApp at seven per cent and Voxer at five per cent.The next phase of growth Livingston wants for Kik involves transitioning the app from a basic chat program into a more diverse platform. A new feature, Kik “Cards,” expands the functionality of the app by allowing users to access content from YouTube and Reddit, search for images, draw, or play a game without switching to another app.That strategy has already paid off for the apps Line and KakaoTalk, which are dominant in Japan and South Korea respectively.“They’ve had a lot of success building their native platforms to the point that 17 of the top 20 grossing games in South Korea are on KakaoTalk’s platform or KakaoTalk powered, which is incredible,” Livingston said.“So we want to do the same thing in the West.”Some tech observers weren’t sure Livingston and his company would still be kicking around this long.Kik was hit with a patent infringement suit by Research In Motion just months after it launched, alleging that Livingston — a former employee with the company, now named BlackBerry — used his experience with the firm to create his BBM competitor.In a statement of claim filed in Federal Court, RIM sought damages and an injunction keeping Kik from “producing, reproducing, distributing, advertising, promoting, offering for sale, selling or providing” its free mobile app. RIM alleged Livingston signed multiple confidentiality agreements to not disclose, use or reproduce any “trade secrets, secret information, know-how, research, customer information and marketing information, strategies and tactics.”At the time, Livingston called the court action “unjustified and disappointing.” He said the case still hasn’t gone to court and there’s not much he can say about it.“I can tell you, you know, not much has happened and we hope it goes away soon.”Not surprisingly, there are no plans for a Kik app on the new BlackBerry 10 platform.Despite the popularity of Skype, Apple’s FaceTime and other video chat apps, Livingston said Kik is sticking to text.“Our generation, they don’t like to talk, they don’t like to be seen, they just want to text,” Livingston said with a laugh. read more

Ohio State wins game for the ages against Michigan State

Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman (left), redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, Shelley Meyer, and coach Urban Meyer sing ‘Carmen Ohio’ following a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorBreathe in. Breathe out. But make it quick.That’s the mindset Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had after his team topped Michigan State on Saturday night in East Lansing, Mich.“We can’t exhale very long,” Meyer said after his Buckeyes won, 49-37, in a rematch of the 2013 Big Ten title game. “We go on the road next week against a team that whooped Iowa.”The Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) now sit alone atop the Big Ten East Division standings after breaking a tie with the Spartans, but are scheduled to travel to Minneapolis on Saturday to take on Minnesota. The Golden Gophers shellacked the Hawkeyes to the tune of a 51-14 win Saturday to move to 7-2 on the season.Despite the implications the win against the Spartans has for the Buckeyes going forward, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the most important focus for OSU has to be put on the Golden Gophers.“The biggest thing is making sure guys are ready for that game,” Bennett said after the win. “Minnesota is a really good opponent. They’ve been winning a lot of games.”Going forward, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who threw for 300 yards and ran for another 86 while scoring five total touchdowns against the Spartans — said preparation will be key for OSU going forward.“One of the main things we need to do is just make sure we practice hard,” Barrett said after the game. “We’re going to enjoy this, but knowing that we still need to play better next week.”After a run of four straight games starting at either 3:30 or 8 p.m., Bennett added it will be important to be ready to go for a noon kick against Minnesota.“It’s gonna be the first noon game or whatever it is in like four weeks, so we’re gonna have to make sure that guys are mentally ready for it and can still get the juice up that we had tonight,” he said.But even with Minnesota on the horizon, Bennett said the win against Michigan State keeps the Buckeyes’ long-term goals in the realm of possibility after the Spartans dashed OSU’s title hopes last year with a 34-24 win in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game.“Like I said before, it’s not about revenge. It’s about accomplishing what we can accomplish this year,” he said. “And so by having that big win over a really good team, it really just keeps everything alive and starts putting us in the conversation.”That conversation surrounds the College Football Playoff standings, with this season being the first year of the new championship format. Heading into Saturday, the Buckeyes were firmly on the outside looking in with a No. 14 ranking in the CFP poll, but they picked up a win against the Spartans — which are No. 8 in the poll — that few people expected them to have. When the new Associated Press top 25 was released Sunday, OSU was No. 8 while the Spartans fell to No. 12.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott — who picked up 154 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game — said OSU came in as the underdogs looking to make a national statement.“We had no one behind our back except for Buckeye nation and ourselves,” Elliott said after the game. “We just had to come out and prove to the world that we’re ready.”Meyer called the win “one for the ages,” and added he felt his team showed its worth under the lights at Spartan Stadium.“We played a top-10 team and we really played our best and on the road,” he said.When it comes to his team’s standing in the playoff picture, Meyer said he still doesn’t “know enough,” but made clear his feelings on where the Buckeyes should be.“I think it is,” Meyer — who earned a $330,000 raise after the 2013 season — said as to whether OSU is a playoff-caliber team. “I love my team.”While the CFP poll will decide who has a shot at a national championship come season’s end — the top four teams earn spots in the playoff — OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the Buckeyes regained confidence in themselves with the win.“I think we earned back the belief our players have in our program, belief in how we do things at Ohio State, how coach Meyer runs his program,” Warinner said after the game. “We just got our confidence back that we can win a big game, especially on the road.”Barrett agreed with Warinner, and added the win helped to prove the Buckeyes’ doubters wrong.“It really gave us confidence that we could play with the best of them because there was talk that we could only play well against very bad teams,” he said. “This was a very good team in Michigan State, and we came out and played well.”Just like Warinner and Barrett, Bennett said the win gave OSU confidence, but he added that it showed the Buckeyes are the “real deal,” and said it should put them in consideration for a playoff spot moving forward.“It just kind of gives us confidence; it makes other people just kind of turn their heads and start considering Ohio State for the top four,” he said.But while a panel will vote the top four on, the Buckeyes can control their own destiny when it comes to the Big Ten. After sitting in a tie with Michigan State, the win firmly established OSU as tops in the conference for the time being.Senior wide receiver Devin Smith — who Meyer said had his best game in an OSU uniform against the Spartans — said he was “angry” after last year’s loss, coupled with the Buckeyes’ image as underdogs, heading into East Lansing. He said the win showed the conference and the nation what kind of team OSU is.“We came out here and (made) a statement,” Smith said after the game. “And then that shows that we are the best team in the Big Ten, and we try to play like that.”Regardless of the Big Ten standing, or even the Buckeyes’ spot in the CFP poll, Meyer said he simply knows how well his team is playing right now, and added he’ll have to wait and see what that means going forward.“This team right now is playing on a very, very high level,” Meyer said. “I’m not sure what all that means other than we got to get ready to play next week.” read more

Quatorze ours gardiens de plants de cannabis découverts au Canada

first_imgQuatorze ours gardiens de plants de cannabis découverts au CanadaCanada – Les propriétaires de plants illégaux de cannabis ont eu l’étrange idée de recruter des ours pour protéger leur future récolte. Au moins quatorze animaux avaient été mobilisés lorsque la police a découvert les plants.Selon la police, les deux producteurs de marijuana attiraient les ours sur leur propriété de Colombie-Britannique en les appâtant avec de la nourriture pour chien. Une méthode plus qu’originale pour éloigner les voleurs de leur précieuse et illégale culture, mais totalement inefficace puisque les ours n’ont pas bougé lorsque cinq policiers sont arrivés sur les lieux.”Ils ont été apprivoisés. Ils étaient assis et regardaient. À un moment donné, l’un d’entre eux est monté sur le capot de la voiture de police, s’est assis un moment, puis est parti”, raconte le sergent de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada, Fred Mansveld.Très nombreux au Canada, les ours noirs vivent en général seuls, à l’exception des mères et de leurs petits. Une loi provinciale interdit de les nourrir, car comme le déplore David Webster, agent du ministère de l’Environnement de Colombie-Britannique, les alimenter représente une véritable “condamnation à mort” pour les ours.Domestiqués, ces animaux sauvages sont particulièrement dangereux. S’ils sont nourris, ils tentent de trouver d’autres humains et peuvent alors détruire des propriétés, ou plus rarement attaquer, voire tuer. C’est pourquoi des centaines d’ours sont abattus chaque année, “par bienveillance” assure Fred Mansveld.Le 20 août 2010 à 18:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lavenir des derniers pandas il faut préserver les forêts anciennes

first_imgL’avenir des derniers pandas : il faut préserver les forêts anciennes Publiée dans la revue Biology Letters, une étude faite par des chercheurs chinois et américains montre un lien complexe entre prospérité des pandas et ancienneté des forêts, dont l’exploitation pour le bois est justement discutée en ce moment en Chine. Utilisant une base de données issue de 5 ans de surveillance des forêts de la province du Sichuan (Chine), l’équipe de Zejun Zhang, de l’Académie des sciences de Beijing, a étudié les liens entre présence de forêts jamais exploitées et maintien des populations de grands pandas, dont les 2.500 spécimens adultes restant sont fractionnés en petites populations menacées.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasRésultats : outre l’évidente corrélation entre la présence de bambou – qui constitue 99 % du régime alimentaire de l’animal – et la présence de pandas, se dégage un rapport étroit – et encore mal expliqué – entre taille des arbres et prospérité de ces animaux.Les scientifiques suggèrent certaines explications : les bambous pousseraient mieux sous les grands arbres – donc les arbres âgés – et produiraient de jeunes pousses plus tendres et plus riches en sucres nutritifs. Les grands arbres présenteraient aussi des cavités pouvant servir de tanières de mise bas aux pandas femelles.Les naturalistes mettent donc en garde les autorités chinoises, qui doivent décider cette année du renouvellement – ou non – de l’interdiction, existant depuis 1998, de l’abattage des arbres dans ces forêts anciennes : reconduire ce moratoire serait plus rentable que de créer de nouvelles zones protégées tout en ouvrant les anciennes à l’exploitation forestière. Le 15 janvier 2011 à 13:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Article on NFL players who have gotten into pro wrestling

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Google+ Pinterest Odell Beckham Jr. WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai Now Playing Up Next Odell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field Anymore Rob Gronkowski Admits To An Alarming Number Of Concussionscenter_img Twitter Joshua Stewart passed this along.As the NFL kickoff awaits, here’s 25 pictures featuring NFL alumni who found a home in pro wrestling:Newsday.com: NFL players who became pro wrestlersRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipOdell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field AnymoreVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:03/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:58 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles NFL’s George Kittle on trying to make it to TLC, Watch Baron Corbin get beat up last night Now Playing Up Next Dolphins Defense Gets Roasted In Fantasy Projections Before Patriots Matchup Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channel ROH announces Death Before Dishonor PPV and TV tapings for Las Vegas this September Now Playing Up Next Antonio Brown Breaks Speaks Out About Rape Allegationslast_img read more

WWE starts process of liquidating all CM Punk merchandise

first_img Twitter CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet Google+ Facebook WhatsApp The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest In a response to a 22 page letter being sent to WWE from attorneys representing former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, WWE is currently in the process of liquidating all CM Punk merchandise from WWE Shop. At one point prices for Punk merchandise had been discounted to very low amounts this week. Performing a search for “CM Punk” on WWE Shop comes back with: “0 RESULTS FOUND FOR “CM Punk” – Did you mean: CM PINK.”Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online, WWEShop.com Chris Jericho on being disappointed with his WrestleMania 18 main event matchlast_img read more

NXT performer Troy McClain released by WWE on Friday

first_img WWE NXT performer Troy McClain (Alexander Jones) has been released by the company earlier today according to a report by Mike Johnson. McClain, a former NCAAA Division 1 athlete, was signed by WWE in 2013. McClain had only been used in enhancement roles on NXT TV in his tenure with WWE, but began using a motivational speaker persona on NXT house shows in recent months. McClain joins Kendall Skye as NXT performers released by WWE today (9/19).Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Impact Wrestling contract news regarding Scarlett Bordeaux and Jordynne Grace Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Facebook Now Playing Up Next Kendall Jenner opens up about her insecurities Google+ Twitter Kanye West Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Exclusive Interview: Rosario Dawson doesn’t need coffee to be upbeat in the morning Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast Luke Harper requests release from WWE, announces decision in a tweet Now Playing Up Next WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Cesaro and Bill DeMott talk WWE 2K15 video game NXT

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Twitter John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Brian Fritz passed this along.WWE superstar Cesaro talks with Brian Fritz about the upcoming WWE 2K15 game which he is, helping the creators in the making of the game, his fantastic match with Sheamus at WWE Night of Champions 2014, working out at the Performance Center, new talent training there and more.http://www.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2014-10-02/wwe-cesaro-2k15-sheamus-nxt-talent Some excerpts from the interview:On the upcoming WWE 2K15 game and his character:“The game is phenomenal. The graphics look amazing, it’s so much fun to play and, of course, the most realistic character and the best character in the game will be Cesaro. I did all the motion capture for my character in the game myself. So, you see the authenticity, the way he moves, the way he executes all the moves. It’s very well done.”On the talent pool at the Performance Center:“It’s great to see how the talent pool here that’s down here at NXT, it just congregates here and everybody from all over the world feels like they have to come here to prove themselves and see if they can take their career to the next level. It’s up to them to step up and see if they can do it.”—————-WWE Performance Center head trainer Bill DeMott talks about the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game, how he looks in the game, the “My Career” mode in the game and having the PC and NXT in the game, life after being an in-ring performer, challenging the main roster with the talent there, the recent anniversary of the start of Goldberg’s streak in WCW which started against him and more fun!http://www.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2014-10-02/bill-demott-wwe-2015-nxt-performance-center-goldberg-wcw Some excerpts from the interview:On the Performance Center being in the “My Career” mode in the WWE 2K15 game:“It’s unbelievable. It’s the red wall. You see our banners. You see the seven rings. You’re in the performance center with us, with me, and that’s an honor. I love the fact that the performance center is represented and I get to represent that. That side of what these superstars do to become NXT superstars and to WWE superstars and to WrestleMania.”On being the head trainer and working with NXT talent:“I love this company. This is fun. We get to come here and challenge ourselves every day with up to 70 men and women at any time and challenge each other to be better and to make a statement. There’s a sign over there: you’re not here to fill a spot, you’re here to take a spot. That’s fun when you’re challenging your own team for more. We challenge the main roster on a weekly basis. We’re letting John Cena know. We’re letting Randy (Orton) know. We’re letting Roman (Reigns) know … you came from here and we’re right behind you. I have a smile on my face because we let everyone know. Triple H challenges us to find the next one and how do we make it better and give everyone an opportunity. That’s a cool challenge. Not a job, it’s a challenge.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Videos Articles Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahoncenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Google+ Triple H Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE announces King of the Ring Tournament Matches for Monday Night RAWlast_img

Auditor says staffing levels low at juvenile facility in Chehalis

first_imgCHEHALIS — A federal auditor says Washington state’s maximum-security lock-up for juvenile offenders has sub-standard staffing levels.KING-TV reports this creates dangerous conditions for both workers and the young offenders housed there.The Green Hill School, in Chehalis, is “out of compliance on most shifts” and this “makes the facility highly vulnerable for.sexual abuse incidents” and other safety problems, according to a US Department of Justice auditor.The audit confirms a February report by the KING 5 Investigators that revealed 478 assaults were recorded at Green Hill, according to documents from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.Sixty-nine of those assaults, most of them on staff members, were referred to Chehalis police for criminal charges.Current and former Green Hill employees say under-staffing was the primary reason that assaults couldn’t be brought under control.last_img read more

Clark County honors anniversary of Sept 11 attacks

first_imgCommunity members joined emergency responders and government officials in front of Vancouver City Hall on Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and to honor the 3,000 people who died.About 100 people gathered for this year’s Patriot Day Salute, which included speeches by Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Fire Department Division Chief Tom O’Connor and Assistant Police Chief Mike Lester among others.Many of the speakers in Vancouver and officials in Camas at a ceremony earlier in the morning touched on the passage of time, the nearly two decades since the terrorist attacks changed the nation, and their desires to keep the memory of the people who were killed alive. Unlike those who witnessed the turmoil unfold, students graduating high school this school year only know what teachers, family and friends have passed on, they said.“Ask people, and many will recall exactly where they were that day … I was in school, and it makes me think of the challenge of explaining to children what happened. We will stand shoulder to shoulder for what is right and what is just,” said McEnerny-Ogle.A community wreath was placed at the flagpole in front of City Hall, and 51 doves, led by a spirit dove, were released in honor of U.S. states. Master of ceremonies, retired Army Col. Larry J. Smith, told the crowd the doves also represent fellowship and “all that is good in the world.”last_img read more