Note ban was instant, why not Ram Mandir, asks Uddhav Thackeray

first_imgTaking pot shots at coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday questioned why the decision on building the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya was hanging fire when the move to demonetise was effected instantly.Mr. Thackeray was speaking here after a meeting of the Sena’s western Maharashtra unit leaders and party workers to assess poll preparedness.“While the demonetisation decision was taken so quickly, why has the work on Ram Mandir not commenced yet. They [the BJP] had promised it would begin before the elections. Going by the tardy pace, the question is which elections, the 2019 or 2050?” asked Mr. Thackeray.He further accused the BJP of dragging its feet on other vital policy matters like the repudiation of Article 370 of the Constitution and the Uniform Civil Code.“There appears to be no discussion on such important issues now. They appear to have been relegated to the backburner,” said the Sena chief, while demanding to know why the BJP failed to take a clear stance on these matters. He also issued thinly-veiled rebukes to the BJP over the recent controversy over distribution of the Bhagavad Gita to students in select colleges in Mumbai.“This move was taken to cover up the widespread mismanagement prevailing in the University of Mumbai, right from delayed exams to paper leaks. Students today need to be given education relevant to modern times; instead of trying to resolve urgent issues, the State Education Department wants to distribute copies of the Bhagavad Gita,” he said.The Sena president reiterated his party’s opposition to the Nanar Refinery project in Ratnagiri.“Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured that it [Nanar project] will not be imposed if the locals are opposed to it. His assurances notwithstanding, we are with the people of the Konkan region and we shall not allow it to come up,” Mr. Thackeray said.On Mumbai roadsAt the same time, he parried a question on the number of deaths due to potholes in Mumbai and the deplorable condition of roads in the city following heavy showers. “Civic infrastructure and maintenance and repair of roads is everybody’s responsibility,” said Mr. Thackeray, whose party controls the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.last_img read more

Bihar bandh hits normal life

first_imgThe Bihar bandh, called by the Left parties on Thursday to protest the sexual abuse of minor girls in Muzaffarpur shelter, hit normal life in most parts of the State.Rail and road traffic were disrupted by the bandh supporters demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the State Social Welfare Department Minister Manju Verma. Opposition parties, including the RJD, the Congress and the Hindustani Awam Morcha, had supported the call for the day-long bandh. However, none of their senior leaders were seen on the road with the protesting Left party leaders.The ruling NDA, however, called the bandh a complete flop. State Agriculture Minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar said it was called only to harass the people. “The Muzaffarpur shelter home case has already been handed over to the CBI… so there was no point in calling the bandh.”Schools closedIn Patna, schools and business establishments remained closed. There was a scuffle between bandh supporters and police at J.P. Golumber (roundabout) where the protesters, shouting slogans against the Nitish Kumar government, tried to march through the Dak Bungalow chouraha (throughfare), the City centre.Train and road traffic were disrupted at Patna, Jehanabad, Gaya, Bhojpur, Muzaffarpur, Siwan, Sheikhpura, Arwal, Nawada, Darbhanga and Madhubani districts. However, no untoward incidents were reported from anywhere. Bandh supporters blocked the railway track for hours at Jehanabad, Sheikhpura, Madhubani and Bhojpur, holding up several trains. Railway officials said the protesters climbed on to the engine of some trains, carrying flags and banners.In Muzaffarpur, Left party supporters and leaders staged a demonstration outside the residence of Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the case. Thakur headed the NGO that ran the tainted shelter home. The protesters demanded a High-Court monitored CBI inquiry and the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and State Welfare Minister Manju Verma. Ms Verma’s husband was earlier accused of frequent visits to the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The Minister denied this and said it was a “political conspiracy against her family, which belonged to a backward community.”last_img read more

Australia coast to 10-wicket victory in Ashes opener

first_imgAustralia sealed a dominant 10-wicket victory before lunch on day five of the series-opening Ashes test on Monday, having chased 170 runs without loss in a blow to England’s pride.Steve Smith’s team will head to the second test in Adelaide this week brimming with confidence after decisively breaking England’s resistance at the Gabba.Openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, having driven Australia to 114 at stumps on day four, needed only 56 runs to complete the win in the morning and rarely looked in danger.Vice-captain Warner finished unbeaten on 87, with Bancroft 82 not out after enjoying a maiden half-century in his test debut.The debutant finished the match in style, bringing up the wins by smashing all-rounder Chris Woakes to the long-off fence twice, sparking a roar from the modest Monday crowd of 6,154.“It was good fun obviously, to share a good partnership was nice and to get the win in the end was good,” Bancroft said.Four years after thrashing Alastair Cook’s England by 386 runs at the Gabba on the way to a 5–0 whitewash in 2013–14, Australia extended their unbeaten record at the venue against their old foes to 31 years.With Mike Gatting’s team the last English side to win at the Gabba in 1986, captain Joe Root had said his team were about due for a breakthrough.And at the end of day three, with the match still in the balance, paceman Stuart Broad said they were the best-positioned they had been in 30 years to win at the ground.It all smacked of bravado after lunch on day four, however, as England lost 5–40 during a fierce pace assault to be skittled for 195 in their second innings.Australia were left needing 170 runs for victory and Warner and Bancroft batted superbly after tea to drive the hosts to 114 without loss.The game had enthralled for three days.Australia’s fast bowlers struggled to capitalise on their edge in pace on a surprisingly slow and tepid Gabba pitch, while England’s rookie batsmen showed impressive composure in their Ashes debuts.While opener Mark Stoneman, James Vince and Dawid Malan all scored half-centuries, none could go on to really make Australia pay or stand up under pressure in the second innings when it really counted. SHARE SHARE EMAIL November 27, 2017 Published on sport COMMENTcenter_img cricket SHARE × COMMENTSlast_img read more

Simona Halep favourite to win French Open: Justine Henin

first_imgFormer world number one Justine Henin believes defending champion Simona Halep is favourite to win the women’s singles title at the French Open starting this month from May 26.Last year in a gruelling French Open final, Halep had defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to secure her first major title after three previous final appearances, including two at the Roland Garros.After that, the current world no. 2 didn’t have much success and had to face losses in the subsequent US Open and Australian Open, that too in the initial rounds. Recently, she had withdrawn from the Stuttgart Open due to a hip injury which she sustained while playing against Caroline Garcia in Romania’s Fed Cup earlier this month.However, seven-time grand slam champion Henin believes Halep has a complete game required to be played on clay and thus would be the favourite to lift the title.”It is going to be a very interesting tournament. I think Simona Halep is going to be the favourite. I like her game, I like how she plays on clay because on clay you need to be a complete player, both physically and mentally,” she said.”Every grand slam, you get one or two surprises. So, I am expecting that also to happen,” she added.Henin, a four-time French Open champion, was in the capital to attend the fifth edition of the Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series where Mann Maulik Shah emerged as champion in the boys’ category while Shaikh Humera won in the girls’ category.advertisementDuring the interaction with the media, the 36-year-old pointed out that tennis needs a lot of big names to inspire young children to take up the sport. She was also off the view that the game has changed a lot in the last 15 years.”The game has become more physical and surfaces have changed a lot. There has been a big change in the last 15 years. There is now more power and control as there are long rallies which take place in the matches these days.”Henin had engaged in a long-standing rivalry with co-countrywoman Kim Clijsters. During the 25 meetings over a 12-year period — with eight taking place in a Grand Slam tournament — Clijsters had a 13-12 record against her Belgian opponent. While it was often reported that the duo did’t share a healthy off-court relationship, Henin cleared that they were just rumours.”Kim and I never had any problem… It’s been a relation that has helped both of us to become better as players. So, I always say I would not have been half a player as I was if Kim was not there,” she insisted.When asked about her relationship with the Roland Garros, a place where she dominated over a decade and won four singles’ title, the Belgian said, “Roland Garros is in my heart, it’s in my body. Whenever I go there, even now I feel there is something for me. It’s connected to my history. My first connection towards tennis has been at the Roland Garros. I feel at home there. Roland Garros would be tough for me to miss.”She also made it clear that at present, she doesn’t want to take up coaching as a profession like many of her colleagues, while maintaining she has not closed the door for it in the future.”Being a coach is an all together different profession because it’s not you who has to play, but the player you are coaching. You have to stop thinking about yourself as a player but the person you are coaching,” Henin said.”You have to invest a lot. You cannot just travel 15-20 weeks but you need to travel 30-35 weeks which, for me, is currently not possible. I give advises to players at my academy. Right now, I am not in a condition to become a coach. But, I have not closed the door for it in the future,” she signed off.Also Read | Australian Open: Simona Halep knocks out Venus Williams in 3rd roundAlso Read | Laureus Sports awards: Djokovic, Biles win Sportspersons of the Year awardsAlso Seelast_img read more


first_imgAuthorities have confirmed the death of a man injured by an explosion and fire at his northeast Nebraska home.The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that 88-year-old Tony Pycha died Friday at an Omaha hospital.Pycha was found in the wreckage of his home south of Winnebago on December 19th.The Sheriff’s Office and fire investigators say a malfunctioning propane heater caused the blast and resulting fire.Photo courtesy KMEGlast_img



Man Utd enjoy biggest league win over Chelsea for 54 years

first_imgA rejuvenated Manchester United side strolled to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea to open their Premier League campaign with a bang on Sunday, achieving their biggest league win over the Blues for over half a century in the process.Frank Lampard took the reins of Chelsea for the first time in a competitive fixture at Old Trafford after taking over from Maurizio Sarri at the start of the summer. Judging by Sunday’s performance, though, he has a lot of work on his hands as United punished the visitors for their profligacy in front of goal.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Marcus Rashford fired his side into the lead against the run of play in the first half, firing past Kepa Arrizabalaga from the penalty spot. Anthony Martial then doubled the advantage 65 minutes in, before Rashford and debutant Daniel James sealed a convincing win for the hosts as Chelsea’s resistance crumbled in the last half hour of proceedings. The result sent United flying up the league table on the opening weekend, with a margin of victory not seen for quite some time. 4-0 – Manchester United’s 4-0 victory was their biggest over Chelsea in a top-flight match since winning 4-0 in March 1965 under Matt Busby. Babes. #MUNCHE — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 11, 2019 Not since Sir Matt Busby’s brilliant tenure had the Red Devils managed to beat Chelsea 4-0 in a league fixture, a feat which last occurred in March 1965 thanks to a scintillating individual performance from one George Best, then 18, who scored one and set up two more to take down the Blues side managed by Tommy Docherty. Lampard, meanwhile, had not tasted such a heavy Premier League defeat for the best part of two decades.7-1 – This was Frank Lampard heaviest defeat in the Premier League since he featured for the full 90 minutes in West Ham United’s 7-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford in April 2000. Hammered. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 11, 2019 United fans might also be cheered to know that Busby’s team went on to win the title that season, beating out Leeds United for the First Division crown by virtue of a superior goal average (goals scored divided by games played). And while the current United side may struggle to measure up to that heritage and the fabled Busby Babes, there are signs under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that the team are returning to their youthful roots. United’s team against Chelsea had an average age of 24 years and 227 days, with Rashford, Martial, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and debutant Aaron Wan-Bissaka all 25 or younger.The exceptions were David de Gea, the oldest starter at 28, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire, who was pulling on the United shirt for the first time.24y 227d – The average age of Manchester United’s starting XI against Chelsea is 24 years and 227 days; the youngest of any team in the opening round of the 2019-20 Premier League season. Dawn.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 11, 2019 There was a similar look to the bench.While Nemanja Matic, Sergio Romero, Juan Mata and Ashley Young offered plenty of experience, Axel Tuanzebe, James and Mason Greenwood are promising young talents.United’s team was the only starting XI of the opening weekend of the season with an average age below 25. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Potential liver donors offer to help Inuk woman rejected for transplant

first_imgTORONTO – A lawyer for an Inuk activist suffering from acute liver failure says several supporters have volunteered to be her organ donor, but the search for a viable match is being stalled by an Ontario transplant program’s six-month sobriety requirement.According to friends and family, Delilah Saunders was sent to a Toronto hospital in critical condition after having been denied a spot on a transplant waiting list because she hadn’t remained sober for the previous six months.Lawyer Caryma S’ad, who is representing Saunders, said the 26-year-old woman’s condition has slightly improved and she seemed more like her usual self on Sunday as she and her family awaited further test results to find out if she is on track to make a recovery or still needs a liver transplant.“We’re still in that wait-and-see game, but by all accounts, she looks stronger and in better spirits,” S’ad said. “She’s an incredible and resilient person, so if anyone’s going to fight through this, it’s hopefully going to be Delilah.”After being diagnosed with acute liver failure about a week ago, Saunders was transferred from the Ottawa Hospital to Toronto General Hospital on Thursday to be assessed in a transplant clinic.S’ad said friends, family and even strangers have offered to donate parts of their liver to Saunders, but none of the candidates have been screened because of an Ontario organ donation agency’s policy requiring patients with alcohol-related liver damage to abstain from substance use for a minimum of six months.“If a transplant is needed, the first step will be determining her eligibility,” she said. “(There are) things that could be happening in the background, but she’s not on the list yet.”The Trillium Gift of Life Network, which provides organs for transplants in Ontario, says its abstinence policy is used across Canada and the United States.A spokesperson for Trillium has confirmed the agency plans to launch a pilot project to suspend the six-month requirement and provide transplants to almost 100 patients with alcohol-related liver disease.Transplant physicians have said there is a critical organ shortage and research has shown that some alcoholics resume drinking after a transplant, leading to liver failure.S’ad said several potential donors have offered to help Saunders with full awareness of her history of alcohol use, making the “arbitrary” criteria even less applicable.She said she is prepared to challenge the policy in court if necessary, and while her chief concern is Saunders’ well-being, she thinks the case has the potential to help hundreds of patients in similar situations.“Delilah is an advocate in every other respect, so I think that would please her very much … if this can have a broader impact,” she said.Saunders’ case is the latest in a series of clashes over the transplant policy, and has drawn national attention with demonstrations being held in several Canadian cities.Amnesty International has thrown its support behind a campaign for Saunders’ inclusion on the waiting list, and praised her for her work advocating for the human rights of Innu and other Indigenous women.Ossie Michelin, a friend of Saunders who helped organize the campaign, said her personal struggles and Indigenous rights advocacy are intimately connected.“We knew from the very beginning that this is what she’d want us to do. She’d want us to fight,” Michelin said. “We just keep thinking about all of the people who do not have a support network like Delilah.”Saunders began advocating for the rights of missing and murdered indigenous women following the murder of her sister Loretta in 2014 in Halifax, and according to Michelin, she started drinking around the same time.Saunders had been sober for several months before relapsing shortly after giving emotionally charged testimony before the National Inquiry into Murder and Missing Women and Girls at Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton in October, Michelin said.“Loretta was gone in an instant,” he said. “Her mom was saying this time she’s losing her child, but this time it’s happening in slow motion right in front of her.”—By Adina Bresge in Halifaxlast_img read more

Delhi HC quashes FIR accusing AAP MLA Somnath Bharti of domestic violence

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday quashed an FIR accusing AAP MLA Somnath Bharti of domestic violence. Justice Chander Shekhar allowed Bharti’s plea to quash the criminal case after noting that Bharti and his wife Lipika Mitra are living happily together. The court also noted that the woman has no objection if the FIR is quashed. It had earlier allowed Bharti’s wife to withdraw her petition seeking cancellation of the bail granted to him in the domestic violence case in view of the settlement of their marital dispute. Mitra had on June 10, 2015 filed a complaint against him with the Delhi Commission for Women and an FIR was lodged by the police on September 9, 2015 for allegedly subjecting her to domestic violence and trying to kill her.last_img read more

Egypt presidency hails high turnout in key referendum

first_imgCAIRO- Egypt’s presidency hailed on Thursday the “high turnout” in a constitutional referendum, billed by the military-installed government as an endorsement of the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.The president’s spokesman “remarked, on the high turnout in the referendum, that it was a beautiful day for Egypt and democracy,” a statement said.Official results for two days of voting that ended Wednesday have not yet been announced.last_img

Russian Foreign Minister to Visit Morocco Discuss Regional Issues

Rabat – During a four-day official visit, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will fly to Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia January 23-26.According to Lavrov’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the Russian minister will hold “meetings with representatives of the countries’ top leadership as well as talks with the foreign ministers.”The officials will discuss bilateral relations and share opinions “on key issues of the regional and international situation,” Russian news agency Tass quoted Zakharova as saying on Wednesday. The three Maghreb countries “pursue an active foreign policy, make a substantial contribution to multilateral efforts towards finding the answers to new challenges and threats, including global ones,” Zakharova explained.Read Also: Morocco Removes Customs Duty on Russian GrainThe spokeswoman noted that Russia has interests in increasing cooperation with the three Maghreb countries. Through the talks, Russia will also focus on coordinating “on the settlement of the problems existing in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Sahara-Sahel region,” she added.Morocco and Russia enjoy good relations which go back to the late 1950s. The last meeting between Lavrov and Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita took place in September last year at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.Growing economic relations between Russia and MoroccoTrade between the two countries has increased in recent years. The volume of trade increased from approximately $200 million in 2001 to $2.5 billion in 2015.However, in the first seven months of 2018, total trade between Morocco and Russia was down to $900 million.In early October 2018, Russian and Moroccan officials met to discuss business cooperation, especially increasing Morocco’s export of agricultural products.Read Also: Ambassador to Morocco: Morocco Made no Request for Russian S-400 Missiles SystemsMoroccan Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch said that agricultural products represent 77 percent of Moroccan exports to Russia, estimated at MAD 1.5 billion.Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev stated that the volume of bilateral trade in agricultural products and food has increased. “Since the beginning of this year, it has amounted to more than $300 million,” Patrushev said. He asserted the figure was a 16 percent increase from the previous year.He also predicted, “The agricultural trade between Russia and Morocco will grow to $500 million.”In October last year, Russian companies Gazprom, Novatek, and Stroytransgaz examined  their options to invest in natural gas projects in Morocco, Patrushev told Russian news agency Sputnik on October 4. read more

West African youth to benefit from worldclass ICT training at Togolese centre

The new Internet Training Centre, located in the Togolese capital, Lomé, is part of a broader effort by the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its partners to extend the benefits of ICTs to people everywhere and prepare countries for a broadband-enabled economy.“The skills taught at this new Internet Training Centre will help young Africans from all socio-economic strata establish exciting and well-paid careers in the booming ICT sector – a sector which has been responsible for creating more jobs over the past five years than any other industry,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. Five instructors are now being trained in the Cisco Certified Networking Academy (CCNA) curriculum, using a train-the-trainer approach, according to a news release issued by ITU. The curriculum will then be offered to students beginning next year. “The world-class ICT training available at the Centre will enable more young people from Togo and the West African region to gain industry-recognized certification and skills that will be in strong demand in today’s and tomorrow’s labour market,” stated the agency.ITU’s Internet Training Centre initiative was launched in 2001, with Cisco Systems as the first major global partner. Since then it has grown into a network of more 80 Internet Training Centres around the world, with additional partners including the European Commission and Microsoft, as well as local training and education institutes in different regions. 9 December 2010Young people across West Africa will have the opportunity to boost their career prospects through the study of information and communication technologies (ICTs) thanks to a new training institute set up through a partnership between the United Nations, a Togolese telecoms centre and Cisco Systems. read more

Travel goods from Sri Lanka to enjoy duty free entry to US

Production of travel goods in Sri Lanka continues to remain as Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) industry, which provides livelihood to a considerable number of men and women at the grassroots level and this development would bolster the local manufacturing industry and investments in this industry. It would also lead to the creation of new jobs in the travel goods manufacturing sector in Sri Lanka. Export of travel goods from Sri Lanka will enjoy duty free entry to the United States following a decision by the United States administration to approve the inclusion of travel goods from all GSP beneficiary countries, including Sri Lanka, in the expanded US General System of Preferences (GSP) scheme on July 1, 2017, the Foreign Ministry said today.  This would enable the duty-free entry of products such as bags, wallets and backpacks in to the US market after being previously charged 6 to 20 percent of tariff.Following this concession, Sri Lanka’s travel goods exports to the United States will have the potential to regain the market share previously enjoyed by Sri Lanka by making the country among top 10 suppliers to the US market, once again.  The inclusion of travel goods in the GSP is expected to help US travel goods brands and retailers to broaden sourcing options for these products. US companies having a manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka in the travel goods industry could also export the finished product not only to the US market under zero duty but could also export to the EU under EU GSPPlus, India and Pakistan under the respective Free Trade Agreements as well. (Colombo Gazette) read more

President orders crackdown on damage to Muthurajawela sanctuary

Environmentalists had recently raised concerns over moves by a private company to construct a housing scheme in the sanctuary. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered a crackdown on damage caused to the environment in the Muthurajawela wetland sanctuary.The President’s media division said that the President had ordered that all constructions, land filling and other activities which damage the environment in the Muthurajawela wetland sanctuary be suspended.

Security Council extends UN mission in South Sudan urges inclusive dialogue towards

By a vote of 13 in favour to none against with two abstentions (Russia and Venezuela), the Council adopted a resolution extending the Mission’s mandate until 15 December 2015. It acknowledged that the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan to resolve the nearly two-year conflict, signed in August, was the first step in reversing the “difficult” political and economic situation, as well as a humanitarian and security “catastrophe.”The Council also expressed its intention to consider taking all necessary measures against those “whose actions jeopardize peace, stability and security in South Sudan.” In the preamble to the resolution, it insists that those guilty of such acts or entities may be subject to “targeted sanctions.”Through the text, the Council made a series of requests to the Secretary-General, among them, to prioritize the complete deployment of UNMISS personnel to the authorized military and police strength, including tactical military helicopters and unarmed unmanned aerial systems. It also requested the Secretary-General to conduct a mandate review within 45 days, and to provide both an assessment and recommendations for “necessary civilian and force structure capabilities” for UNMISS deployment. In addition, the Council requested the Secretary-General to make available technical assistance to implement Chapter V of the Agreement — including in the setting up of the hybrid court for South Sudan — to the Commission of the African Union and to the Transitional Government of National Unity. In addition, it requested him to report to within six months on such assistance, and similarly, invited the African Union to share information, expressing its intention to assess the work accomplished.More generally, the Council demanded that the Government of South Sudan comply “fully and without delay” with the Status of Forces Agreement with UNMISS, and that all parties allow the rapid, safe and unhindered access of relief personnel and delivery of humanitarian assistance, and immediately cease from violence. read more

DAngelo Russells 32 lead Ohio State mens basketball to 58point win

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) passes the ball during a game against Sacred Heart on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 106-48.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball game against Sacred Heart was delayed for a matter of minutes because of a lighting conflict, but it didn’t keep the Buckeyes from lighting up the scoreboard once the game tipped off.The Buckeyes shot 56.4 percent from the floor in the first half and didn’t let up as they defeated the Pioneers, 106-48, Sunday night.The Buckeyes were led by freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who scored an OSU season-high 32 points, coming up eight points shy of the school freshman single game scoring record.Jared Sullinger holds the freshman record with 40 in a game against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in December 2010.Russell said after the game he wasn’t trying to make up for only scoring six points against Marquette.“The last game was behind me at the end of that game. I didn’t think about it at all. The beginning of this game, I just tried to prep for it,” Russell said. “I didn’t honestly know who the opponent was, I just prepared the best way I could and I just told myself whoever was guarding me, I was going to destroy him.”Russell executed his plan well, as he added nine rebounds and shot 57.1 percent from the floor.Senior guard Shannon Scott, who compiled 25 combined assists in his first two games of the season, recorded a double-double and broke the OSU single game assist record as he tallied 16 helpers to pass the previous record of 15 set by Aaron Craft in 2011.After the game, Scott said that the record isn’t significant if the Buckeyes don’t continue to win games.“It doesn’t mean a lot, I mean it’s good to say that you have it, but I can’t really hold my head on that,” Scott said. “We want to win a lot more games and you can’t really focus on just having a record right now. We want to be the best team that we can be. We can kind of put the game behind us now and get ready for the next one.”OSU had 24 assists as a team, which coach Thad Matta said he was pleased with.“We did a great job of sharing the basketball,” Matta said after the game. “Shannon, 16 assists and whatever he had the other night, he has got a great command right now in terms of his demeanor and finding guys.”Matta put it as simple as he possibly could after the 58-point win.“That was a heck of a performance by our starting backcourt tonight,” he said.The Buckeyes never trailed as they opened up a 25-point lead at halftime as Russell, sophomore forward Marc Loving and senior forward Sam Thompson all scored in double figures in the opening 20 minutes.Thompson got the crowd of 12,941 at the Schottenstein Center out of their seats early with a trio of alley-oop slams in the first half, the last coming at the first-half buzzer off a lob from Russell.Russell said he gets just as much, if not more, excitement when his teammates make a play as compared to when he does.“They are both a crazy feeling. Sam is a crazy athlete,” Russell said. “Just throwing it up to him, knowing he is going to dunk it, I think it is more exciting when he is dunking the ball than me (scoring).”Thompson finished the night with 12 points on six-of-eight shooting.OSU shot a sweltering 56.9 percent for the game from the floor as all nine Buckeyes that played scored at least four points.Redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee got his first career start as a Buckeye with senior center Amir Williams sitting out Sunday’s game with a sore right knee. Lee finished the night with six points and four rebounds.Matta said after the game that Williams was held out as a precaution, but could have played if needed.“It’s just been a lingering problem. I felt like we probably needed to hold him out one more night. He told me during the game, ‘Just so you know, I am playing on Wednesday,’” Matta said. “It’s nothing structural or anything like that. We have just been monitoring it and thinking big picture for him.”Senior center Trey McDonald led all players with 14 boards and added eight points in extended minutes with Williams out.Sacred Heart freshman center Filip Nowicki led the Pioneers with 10 points to go along with nine rebounds.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Wednesday against Campbell University. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex wedding outfits to go on public display

The tiara and dress were seen by millions around the world on May 19, as the television ceremony and carriage ride allowed the Duchess’ striking boat-necked wedding gown to be admired from afar. In it is the brooch given to the then-Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York: the future King George V. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their weddingCredit:Julian Simmonds While the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown went on display in 2011 at Buckingham Palace as part of the summer exhibition, this will be a standalone exhibition dedicated to both bride and groom.It will include Queen Mary’s 1932 diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, loaned to the Duchess by the Queen for the ceremony and on public display for the first time in its long history. Embroidered ears of wheat, symbolising love and charity, lie at the front of the veil, which required those working on it to wash their hands every half an hour to keep it pristine. The detail of the veil The Givenchy gownCredit:Royal Collection Trust The Queen Mary tiara The Givenchy gown The wedding dress worn by the Duchess of Sussex is to go on display at Windsor Castle, allowing visitors their first glimpse at the hundreds of hours of intricate work that went into its delicate embroidery.The Givenchy dress, created by British designer Claire Waight Keller, is to go on show along with a 16-foot-long veil adorned with the 53 flowers of the Commonwealth along with a California Poppy representing Meghan Markle’s own heritage.A copy of the Duke’s Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform will be included in the exhibition, called A Royal Wedding: The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex and due to open in October. The detail of the veilCredit:Royal Collection Trust Meghan Markle walks up the aisle at St George's Chapel The Queen Mary tiaraCredit:Royal Collection Trust Meghan Markle walks up the aisle at St George’s ChapelCredit:Danny Lawson The Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding The exhibition will now give its admirers the chance to see the intricate details of the fabric for the first time, with special attention paid to the veil.Said to have taken “hundreds of hours”, the veil was intended to celebrate the ties between the Duchess’ new family and the Commonwealth, and includes emblems of the Wintersweet which grew in Prince Harry’s childhood home of Kensington Palace. A Royal Wedding: The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex will be at Windsor Castle from October 26 to January 6, and at Holyrood Palace from June 14 to October 6 next year. It will be included as part of a castle admission ticket, which this year cost £21.20. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Cypriot archeology comes to life in lectures

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australians will hear about the mysteries of the ancient world, with Dr. George Georgiou delivering a number of lectures on Cypriot archaeology in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne next week. The prominent senior archaeological officer in the department of antiquities of Cyprus will give three different lectures about the recent excavations around Cyprus and delve into their meaning. With topics ranging from excavations in prehistoric Nicosia and the Phoenicians of Kition, and the archeology of Cyprus today, the lectures will shine a light on ancient civilizations, our ancestors and the way of life of many during these ancient times. For the lecture “Cypriot archaeology today” in Sydney and Canberra, Dr. George will make a brief presentation of the major achievements in Cypriot archeology from the earliest occupation of the island before about 10,000 years until the end of antiquity. Sponsored by many including the Cyprus High Commission, the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, there will be two talks each in Sydney and Melbourne and one in Canberra. All lectures are free and in English. Only the NSW lecture “Cypriot archaeology today” will be conducted in Greek. Sydney: Friday 6 July; 6:30 pm “New data on the Phoenicians of Kition excavations by the Department of Antiquities.” CCANESA Lecture Theatre, Madsen Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney Bookings Essential: (02) 9351 4759 or email Sunday 8 July, 3.00pm Lecture in GREEK “Cypriot archaeology today” First Floor, Cyprus Community Club, 58-76 Stanmore Road, Stanmore Canberra: Monday 9 July; 8:00 pm “Cypriot archeology today” Aegean Room, Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, Woden Melbourne: Tuesday 10 July, 6:00 pm “New light on prehistoric Nicosia: evidence from recent excavations” Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, University of Melbourne Bookings: or call 03 8344 0327 Wednesday 11 July, 2:00pm “New evidence for the Phoenicians from excavations at the ancient Cypriot city of Kition” Martin Building Lecture Theatre, University of La Trobelast_img read more

Aegean island on sale for just 14 million

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An uninhabited private island off the coast of Greece will go on auction at a starting price of 10 million euros (AU$14,34 million) in September, the company organising the sale has announced.The island is part of the Spalathronisia archipelago that sits 500 metres from the Halkidiki peninsula, a tourist hotspot in northern Greece. The sale of the island is the latest from the country’s crisis-hit landowners.The auction of the 10.4-hectare Aegean island looks set to outstrip the sale in March of six Ionian private islands to the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who reportedly paid 8.5 million euros for them.Greece’s privately owned islands have been sold off in greater numbers due to a recent increase in property taxes by the government.Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev’s daughter bought the Greek resort island of Skorpios in April, where shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis married Jackie Kennedy in the 1960s.The sale price was not specified, but Greek media reports placed the value of Skorpios at more than 100 million euros.The Greek government has also got in on the act, but has agreed to long-term loans rather than sales of its own island assets.Source: read more

Early preview for tonights live 929 WWE RAW from Chicago

first_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Velvet Sky Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Twitter Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter AEW on TNT returning to Sears Centre Arena in Chicago on Thanksgiving Eve Facebook Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW is live tonight from Chicago, Illinois. Nothing has been officially advertised for the show as of this has a Five-Point Preview that you can view by clicking here. Check back later tonight for live coverage of RAW on Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 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 Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp AEW announces limited tickets are available for tonight’s All Out Pay-Per View Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more