Centre has stopped funds for flood management projects

first_imgKolkata: State Irrigation and Waterways minister Subhendu Adhikari said on Tuesday that the Centre has stopped providing funds for the Flood Management Projects (FMP) along the districts of East Midnapore and West Midnapore.While addressing a question answer session in the Assembly, Adhikari said the state government has carried out various projects including the embankments of the rivers of East and West Midnapore. Comprehensive FMPs have been carried out in Keleghai-Kapaleswari-Bagai river, which has brought the flood situation under control. The Keleghai-Kapaleswari projects were expedited by the Mamata Banerjee government. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”The Centre has failed to deliver on its promises regarding FMP in Western districts and the Aila-affected areas of North and South 24-Parganas. The state government has done embankments of rivers in those areas to check the flood conditions. The Ghatal Master Plan has not been implemented by the Centre either. The state government has taken up the issue with the Centre on a number of occasions,” Adhikari said. The state government has allotted around Rs 307 crore for various flood management projects in Ghatal, Daspur I&II and Egra. People in the area will be benefitted, the minister said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs a part of the irrigation projects, as many as 8 bridges have been constructed along the rivers in the East and West Midnapore region. Dredging of rivers is underway in various districts, including Birbhum and Bankura. The state government has carried out work on embankments of rivers measuring around 34.62 km at an approximate cost of Rs 70 crore last year, the minister said. He also pointed out that dams have been set up along 106 km in the Sunderbans and work has been going on in a stretch of 25 km. In reply to a question of an MLA, the minister also said that after coming to power the Mamata Banerjee government has increased the amount of irrigable land. More than 36.22 lakh hectare land has been made irrigable so far.last_img read more

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NMC Bill passes Rajya Sabha test

first_imgNew Delhi: Despite stiff protest by the medical fraternity, the National Medical Commission Bill passed the Rajya Sabha test on Thursday. However, the government has made some amendments in the bill, which need to be passed by the Lok Sabha. As per the changes in the bill, the government has increased the number of nominated members in the commission from five to nine and number of state’s representatives has been increased to 11 from six.While moving the Bill in the Upper House, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “The he will ensure adequate and high quality medical professionals across the country.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The bill that seeks to repeal corruption-plagued Medical Council of India (MCI) was passed by a voice vote, amid a walkout by AIADMK. The Lok Sabha had passed the NMC Bill on July 29. The Health Minister, in his reply, on the debate on the bill said that NEET is already an institutionalised body which is conducting examinations in 13 languages. “Once the NMC Bill is approved, exit examination will be implemented in the next three years,” the Minister said, adding that NEET Counselling is completely transparent. Vardhan also thanked senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for his valuable suggestions. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe bill also has a provision for making national standards in medical education uniform by proposing that the final year MBBS exam be treated as an entrance test for PG and a screening test for students who graduate in medicine from foreign countries. This exam, called the National Exit Test (NEXT), would ensure that the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) moves away from a system of repeated inspections of infrastructure and focuses on outcomes rather than processes, Vardhan said. As the Bill was moved by the minister, Trinamool Congress member Dr Santanu Sen, who is also IMA president, said, “As the medical fraternity is on the road against the bill, the bill should not be discussed.” Raising a point of order under Rule 258, the TMC member said, “My point of order is that this Bill is relating to the medical fraternity, doctors’ community and medical students. The entire medical fraternity and medical students are on the road and are on strike against this Bill.” In response to Sen’s point of order, the Chairman asked him to say it during the discussion. The NMC Bill is dubbed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s one of the biggest reforms. The bill is aimed at addressing the shortcomings in the process of regulating medical colleges in the country. As per the provisions of the NMC Bill, MBBS pass-outs from the countries of USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will now have to clear the exit exam, which was not a must earlier. Participating in the discussion, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh urged the government to drop a provision which he said would ‘legalise quackery’ under Section 32 of the bill. Participating in the debate, BJP leader Suresh Prabhu stressed on the quality of education and medical services in the country and the importance of conforming to national standards.last_img read more

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White House names scaledback delegation for Swiss forum

first_imgWASHINGTON — The White House has named the members of a scaled-back delegation that will represent the Trump administration next week at an annual economic conference in Switzerland.President Donald Trump had planned to attend the World Economic Forum in Davis, but cancelled his trip because of the partial government shutdown.The White House said Tuesday that a smaller delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) will still attend. Joining Mnuchin are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.Dropped from the delegation are the labour, transportation and homeland security secretaries, and the small business administrator.Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner — both senior White House advisers — also are no longer attending the forum.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Obesity rising faster in Rural areas

first_imgObesity is increasing more rapidly in the world’s rural areas than in cities, according to a study of global trends in body-mass index (BMI). The study, published in the journal Nature, analysed the height and weight data of over 112 million adults across urban and rural areas of 200 countries and territories between 1985 and 2017. Height and weight can be used to calculate BMI, an internationally recognised scale which tells us whether an individual has a healthy weight for their height, said researchers led by Imperial College London in the UK. The study found that from 1985 to 2017, BMI rose by an average of two kilogrammes per square metre (kg/m2) in women and 2.2 kg/m2 in men globally, equivalent to each person becoming five to six kg heavier. Over half of the global rise over these 33 years was due to increases in BMI in rural areas. In some low and middle income countries, rural areas were responsible for over 80 per cent of the increase. The team found that since 1985, average BMI in rural areas has increased by 2.1 kg/m2 in both women and men. However, in cities, the increase was 1.3 kg/m2 and 1.6 kg/m2 in women and men respectively. In 1985, urban men and women in over three quarters of the countries had a higher BMI than their rural counterparts, they said. Over time, the gap between urban and rural BMI in many of these countries shrank or even reversed. “The results of this massive global study overturn commonly held perceptions that more people living in cities is the main cause of the global rise in obesity,” said Professor Majid Ezzati of Imperial’s School of Public Health. “This means that we need to rethink how we tackle this global health problem,” Ezzati said. The team found important differences between high-, middle-, and low-income countries. In high-income countries, the study showed that BMI has been generally higher in rural areas since 1985, especially for women. The researchers suggest this is due to the disadvantages experienced by those living outside cities: lower income and education, limited availability and higher price of healthy foods, and fewer leisure and sports facilities. “Discussions around public health tend to focus more on the negative aspects of living in cities,” said Ezzati. “In fact, cities provide a wealth of opportunities for better nutrition, more physical exercise and recreation, and overall improved health, which are often harder to find in rural areas,” he said. Rural areas in low- and middle-income countries have seen shifts towards higher incomes, better infrastructure, more mechanised agriculture and increased car use. These factors not only bring numerous health benefits, but also lead to lower energy expenditure and to more spending on food, which can be processed and low-quality when sufficient regulations are not in place. All these factors contribute to faster increase in BMI in rural areas, researchers said. “As countries increase in wealth, the challenge for rural populations changes from affording enough to eat, to affording good quality food,” said Ezzati. The main exception to the global trend was sub-Saharan Africa where women gained weight more rapidly in cities. This was possibly because of more low-energy work, such as office work, less need for physical domestic tasks and greater access to processed foods, researchers said.last_img read more

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Japan UN reports some improvements in still very serious nuclear crisis

The United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety today reported “some improvements” in the Japanese nuclear power plant crisis, but warned that the overall situation remains very serious and said it had not received information on certain crucial aspects.“High levels of contamination have been measured in the locality of the plant… The highest concern remains the spent fuel in the storage ponds of each reactor unit, particularly unit four,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Special Adviser on Scientific and Technical Affairs Graham Andrew told a news briefing at agency headquarters in Vienna on the crisis spawned by the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi power plant.“Reactors one to three remain of concern, particularly unit two. We have not received validated information for some time related to the containment integrity of unit one so we are concerned that we do not know its exact status,” he said, adding that no information is available for the spent fuel pool of unit one and the agency still lacks data on water levels and temperatures in the spent fuel pools at units one, three and four.Japanese emergency workers are racing to restore water cooling systems to prevent a total meltdown of the fuel rods and a major release of radioactive plumes in the worst civilian nuclear crisis since the deadly Chernobyl power plant explosion in the then Soviet Union 25 years ago. They have pumped in sea water, sprayed additional water from helicopters, and have now reconnected electricity power that was knocked out by the quake. Mr. Andrew said IAEA continues to receive data about high radiation levels in food, notably spinach, in samples taken in 37 locations in five cities to the south of Fukushima. “This indicates that in four prefectures some food products are above permissible levels,” he noted.An IAEA radiation monitoring team took measurements at additional locations between 35 and 68 kilometres from the plant, and it plans to have two teams up and running in the coping days, one in the Fukushima area and one in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Mr. Andrew began his briefing by saying: “There continue to be some improvements at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant but the overall situation remains very serious.”Positive developments he cited concerned units five and six, which were already in cold shut down. Offside power is now is now being used in unit five, the pressure of the reactor pressure vessel of both units has decreased and water is being injected into the reactor pressure vessel as needed, he noted.On the ground in Japan, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a logistics operation to support the Government’s delivery of relief items to victims of the devastating 11 March quake and tsunami, which killed some 10,000 people, with a further 13,000 still missing, according to media reports.WFP’s experts are helping to move relief items swiftly to the areas that were laid waste by the enormous waves, where some 350,000 people are estimated to be staying in 2,100 shelters. The agency is also arranging the delivery of mobile warehouses to store relief items to help those worst affected by the disaster. 22 March 2011The United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety today reported “some improvements” in the Japanese nuclear power plant crisis, but warned that the overall situation remains very serious and said it had not received information on certain crucial aspects. read more

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Volkswagen sees 1stquarter profit fall as weak European economy hurts revenue

BERLIN – Volkswagen AG reaffirmed its full-year earnings outlook Wednesday even after it reported a 38 per cent fall in first-quarter profit as sagging demand in Europe weighed on revenues.Europe’s biggest automaker said it earned 1.95 billion euros ($3.15 billion) in the January-March period, compared with 3.15 billion euros a year earlier. Last year’s figure was bolstered by a revaluation of share options in sports car maker Porsche, which has become one of the company’s brands.Nevertheless, the Volkswagen group, whose other brands include Audi, Skoda and Seat, saw its revenue fall 1.6 per cent to 46.6 billion euros from 47.3 billion euros amid “negative effects from declining European markets.”However, the company did benefit from increasing sales in North America and Asia and the number of vehicles delivered worldwide rose 4.8 per cent to 2.3 million. Volkswagen said it is “not completely immune” to intense competition in the car market and the impact that has on business.The first quarter was “dominated by the difficult economic environment,” CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a statement. “The markets were sluggish, especially in Europe, and not least in Germany. But we remain confident overall that we can pick up speed over the rest of the year.”In spite of the uncertainties, Winterkorn said the group was “standing by its goals for 2013.” The company is forecasting that full-year revenue will exceed the 2012 figure and vehicle deliveries to customers will increase. It aims to match last year’s operating profit.The company’s first-quarter operating profit was down 26 per cent at 2.34 billion euros from last year’s 3.17 billion euros.Volkswagen shares were up 2.2 per cent at 150.20 euros in early-afternoon Frankfurt trading after the company released its key earnings figures. A more detailed first-quarter report is due for release on April 29. Volkswagen sees 1st-quarter profit fall as weak European economy hurts revenue by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2013 6:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Human rights violations in DPR Korea warning signs of instability and conflict

In the text, the Council “condemns the DPRK for pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles instead of the welfare of its people while people in the DPRK have great unmet needs, and emphasizes the necessity of the DPRK respecting and ensuring the welfare and inherent dignity of people in the DPRK.”This was the first time the Council specifically requested the DPRK to respect and ensure the welfare and inherent dignity of people in its territory, Mr. Eliasson said, noting that about 70 per cent of the population of the DPRK, or 18 million people, are considered food insecure, a quarter has inadequate access to health services and a fifth lacks access to clean water and proper sanitation. Stunting is a rampant phenomenon among children.In line with the “no one left behind” principle of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN humanitarian and development support must be decoupled from geopolitical considerations, he stressed.No improvement in ‘truly appalling’ situationAlso addressing the Council was Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, who provided more details on human rights violations in the DPRK.“There has been no improvement in the truly appalling human rights violations in the country,” he said.He noted that the Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in the DPRK found that numerous crimes against humanity were committed and ongoing, including extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.He said that in the past 12 months, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has conducted more than 110 interviews with persons who had left the DPRK. A major issue that emerged was the treatment of people in the custody of law enforcement agencies. “All of those who had been detained stated that they were subject to, or witnessed, practices that clearly contravened international human rights standards,” he said. The General Assembly has again in its resolution this year encouraged the Security Council to take appropriate action to ensure accountability, including through consideration of a referral of the situation in the DPRK to the International Criminal Court (ICC).Improvement in human rights in the country will not only protect the livelihoods and dignity of people in DPRK but also promote long-term security and stability in the region and beyond, he said.“Escalated security tensions, however, will further isolate the country and leave the DPRK population as usual to bear the terrible consequences, at yet further expense of their human rights,” he warned. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, addresses the Security Council meeting on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “History teaches us that serious human rights violations are warning signs of instability and conflict,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in a briefing requested by nine of the Council’s 15 members. France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay had sent a letter to the Council President, seeking further information from the UN Secretariat on this situation and its implications for international peace and security.“Abduction of foreign nationals, enforced disappearances and people fleeing desperate situations all demonstrate the links between human rights, humanitarian crisis and international peace and security,” Mr. Eliasson said.He also said that the international community has collective responsibilities to protect the country’s population from the most serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights, live up to the principle and norm of the Responsibility to Protect and consider the wider implications of the human rights situation for regional stability.Last week, the Security Council adopted a resolution toughening its sanctions on the DPRK, aiming to step up pressure on the country to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. read more

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March Madness Crib Notes Duke vs Gonzaga

No. 4 Louisville (42 percent win probability) vs. No. 7 Michigan StateLocation: SyracuseWhen to watch: At 2:20 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Michigan State 88.2, Louisville 86.3Upset probability: 58 percentPlayer to watch: Denzel Valentine, Michigan StateAs befits an East Regional that saw its top two seeds lose on the tournament’s first weekend, this is a strange matchup. Louisville is the better-seeded team, but as a No. 4 they’d easily be the black sheep of the Final Four if they prevail here (No. 1’s Kentucky and Wisconsin are already in, while the South winner will be no worse than a No. 2 seed). Plus, this game qualifies as a “fake upset” if inferior seed Michigan State wins, since both Las Vegas and the FiveThirtyEight model throw the seed numbers out the window and consider the Spartans a stronger team than the Cardinals.So when deciding the most upset-heavy region in an otherwise chalky NCAA tournament, do you go for the (fake) upset or the (real) upset?It could come down to which team’s forte wins the day — Michigan State’s offense, or Louisville’s defense. Both units rank among the nation’s best, and their respective strengths do a decent job or mirroring each other. The Spartans shoot well and avoid turnovers; the Cardinals are at their best when taking those attributes away. But it’s not a perfect match. Louisville likes to keep teams off the line, a fate Michigan State might prefer given their horrendous free throw percentage, and Michigan State’s offensive rebounding could exploit a Louisville frontcourt that’s nothing special on the defensive glass.Either way, the less-exciting battle between the two teams’ weak points — Louisville’s offense versus Michigan State’s defense — is where the Spartans gain their predicted edge. While they won’t force many turnovers, Michigan State loves to limit opponent shooting percentages (particularly on 2-pointers, by far Louisville’s most efficient zone of the court) and the Spartans have the rebounding advantage over the Cardinals at that end of the floor as well.Add in an uncharacteristically poor 3-point shooting Louisville team (by Rick Pitino standards), and this year’s “non-vintage” Spartans could win with the defense-and-rebounding formula of a typical overachieving Tom Izzo Final Four squad.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. After an exhilarating Saturday that saw Wisconsin beat Arizona yet again with a Final Four on the line, followed by undefeated Kentucky barely squeaking past a Notre Dame team that outplayed them for a significant portion of the night, what can Sunday’s Regional Final games do for an encore? For starters, there’s another terrific No. 1 vs. No.2 matchup in which the underdog could make school history. There’s also a fake underdog story that will decide the only wacky region of this year’s tournament.Read on for more of what to watch as the last two Final Four berths of 2015 are set:No. 1 Duke (59 percent win probability) vs. No. 2 GonzagaLocation: HoustonWhen to watch: At 5:05 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Duke 93.0, Gonzaga 91.5Upset probability: 41 percentPlayer to watch: Jahlil Okafor, DukeThis is shaping up to be an intriguing matchup of near-doppelgangers, as Duke and Gonzaga are practically identical in terms of their offensive and defensive prowess. The Blue Devils’ offense ranks 3rd nationally per KenPom.com’s ratings, while the Zags rank 4th; meanwhile, Duke ranks 27th on defense and Gonzaga ranks 30th. So it’s more than a little fitting that this pair faces off for the South’s Final Four spot.Despite their similarities, the differences in how the squads achieve their matching efficiencies might be instructive. On offense, Duke and Gonzaga shoot and draw fouls at very similar rates, but the Blue Devils are better on the glass and the Bulldogs protect the ball more effectively. Duke also has the better transition attack1According to Synergy. while Gonzaga owns an edge in low-post scoring. At the other end of the floor, Gonzaga’s advantages are in shot defense, rebounding and the transition game, while Duke is better at forcing turnovers and keeping opponents off the foul line.Since the FiveThirtyEight model considers the Bulldogs a modest underdog, it’s worth asking whether they employ enough high-variance tactics to help them “make their own luck” in this matchup — and, unfortunately, Gonzaga doesn’t play a slow pace, nor is it especially reliant on shooting 3-pointers, forcing turnovers or crashing the offensive boards. (Duke also plays a relatively safe style for a favorite, with an above-average pace, good offensive rebounding and no overreliance on long-distance shooting or takeaways.)Still, with their big, experienced roster, the Zags have a reasonably good chance of earning their first-ever Final Four bid. Somewhat surprisingly, they’ve only visited the Regional Final once before, and that was as a heavy underdog against UConn in 1999. This time, they’re one of college basketball’s upper-echelon programs — but will it be enough against Jahlil Okafor and the Blue Devils? read more

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Ohio State cruises to 7131 victory against LouisianaMonroe in final nonconference game

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) glides to the hoop for a score during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerShortly after tip against Louisiana-Monroe, the Ohio State Buckeyes looked as if they wanted to finish their final non-conference game as quickly as possible.No. 3 OSU (13-0, 0-0) jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the opening four minutes against the Warhawks (3-5, 0-0), and cruised to an easy 71-31 victory Friday.“I’m excited. Honestly, I’m just ecstatic. I can’t wait,” senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said after the win about the opportunity to start Big Ten play next week. “I know it’s going to be fun, some great challenges. We’re going to learn a lot about this team. All the games up to this point is what we’ve been preparing for — the Big Ten conference.”The Buckeyes are set to travel to Purdue Tuesday. The Big Ten conference currently has four teams in the top 25, with three being in the top five.“I think sometimes during the non-conference, as you play some of these teams that are not as good as you are, you actually play down to them. That’s not good for teams, that’s not what you’re supposed to do,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said after the win. “When we come out in Big Ten play, there’s going to be teams that are just as good as us, and we’re going to have to play.”Ross finished with a double-double against Louisiana-Monroe, pouring in 15 points and collecting 10 rebounds. He was one of three Buckeyes to finish the game in double figures scoring, as sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle tallied 14 and Smith Jr. led all scorers with 17.“I was very pleased with the energy we played with. Defensively I thought we were unselfish, offensively I thought we missed some open shots that I wish we could make, but for the most part, I thought they did a good job of getting themselves ready to play,” OSU coach Thad Matta said following the win.Louisiana-Monroe shot just 10 of 54 from the field, including 3 of 18 from beyond the 3-point line. No player scored more than seven points against OSU, who heads into Big Ten play as one of two undefeated teams in the conference along with No. 4 Wisconsin. Matta said the tough play in the conference is the reason players come to play at OSU.“We tell our guys, ‘You’ve got 18 battles coming up. The war’s decided in March,’” Matta said. “Just from the standpoint of the challenges that lie ahead, that’s what guys sign up for when they come to play at Ohio State. There’s going to be some tremendous battles every night we take the floor, and I think for us, it’s exciting.”OSU led, 41-20, at halftime and used a 15-0 run to open the second half to put things even further out of reach. Louisiana-Monroe failed to score its first point in the second half until there was just 10:40 left to play.The Buckeyes won 12 of their 13 non-conference games by at least 10 points, with the only exception coming Dec. 21 when they defeated Notre Dame 64-61, and seem prime for the rugged Big Ten.“I think what these 13 games did, it showed us where we measure out at — how good our team really is,” Ross said. “Going back through some of the games, I’m pretty sure the coaches are going to go back and look at some of those games and think about some of those games and see what we have done, see how we have grown from the first game to this game right here. I think it’s just going to to give us a measurement, how good our team is for the Big Ten.”Even though the Buckeyes are one of the nation’s top-ranked teams, that doesn’t necessarily mean much, Smith Jr. said.“I don’t really think those rankings mean anything,” Smith Jr. said. “I think you take away everybody’s rankings right now because when you get into conference play, each night if you don’t come to play, you’re going to lose.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Boilermakers (10-3, 0-0) Tuesday is set for 1 p.m. at Mackey Arena.Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that OSU won each of their non-conference games by at least 10 points. In fact, the Buckeyes won 12 of their 13 games by at least double digits, only defeating Notre Dame by three points Dec. 21. read more

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Ohio State mens tennis tops No 1 Virginia keeps unbeaten record intact

Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka reaches up for an overhead to win the point in a doubles match against Xavier. OSU won, 7-0, Jan. 22 at the Varsity Tennis Courts.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter falling in the NCAA Championships semifinals last season, some might have thought the Ohio State men’s tennis team would be in a rebuilding phase.Just more than a month into the season, the Buckeyes are showing that is clearly not the case.No. 5 OSU (12-0, 0-0) took down No. 1 Virginia (6-1, 1-0), 4-3, Sunday in the semifinals of the ITA National Men’s Indoor Championship in Houston. The Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 3-ranked University of Southern California Monday at 1 p.m. The Trojans took down No. 2 UCLA, 4-3, Sunday. Last season, the Buckeyes ended USC’s run of four straight NCAA Championships by defeating them, 4-3, in the NCAA quarterfinals.The match against the Cavaliers went right down to the wire, and the score was tied heading into the final singles match between OSU redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and Virginia freshman Thai-Son Kwiatkowski.All three sets in the final match had to be decided via tiebreakers, after Metka took the first 6-5 (7-5) and Kwiatkowski captured the second, 5-6 (5-7).The final set of the match went even longer, but Metka was able to outlast Kwiatkowski, taking the final singles point after winning 6-5 (12-10).“It was an incredible match,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said in a press release. “Both teams had chances to win it and our guys kept fighting no matter what the circumstances were at the moment.  They wanted to win the match. It’s nice to beat the defending champs and it will take a huge effort by our guys tomorrow to bring home the trophy.”Virginia took an early lead in the match after the Cavaliers earned the doubles point by winning the final two matches. Junior Mitchell Frank and freshman Luca Corinteli defeated OSU freshman Herkko Pollanen and redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan, 6-2, and sophomore Mac Styslinger and Kwiatkowski took down OSU redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz 6-5 (7-1). Those two matches came after senior Peter Kobelt and Metka defeated seniors Alex Domijan and Justin Shane, 6-3.The Buckeyes tied the match when Callahan defeated freshman Jordan Daigle, 6-3, 6-4, in the first match to finish.The Cavaliers took the next two points after Shane beat Pollanen and Domijan took down Diaz, in their respective singles contests.OSU battled back though, as Kobelt and then Steinbach defeated Frank and Shane respectively in further singles competition, setting the table for Metka and Kwiatkowski’s contest to be the one that would decide the match.To advance to the semifinals against the Cavaliers, OSU defeated No. 12 Florida, 4-1, Friday and No. 10 Texas, 4-2, Saturday. read more

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Well just have to have more babies jokes the Duchess of Cambridge

first_imgMeeting with a group of Polish students who study in the UK, the Duke made the Duchess giggle as she posed for a photograph, teasing her: “You don’t look as clever as the other three.” The final engagement of the day saw the couple attend a garden party in honour of the Queen’s birthday in the Orangery, Lazienki Park. Prince William and Kate arrive in Poland Before taking their leave, the Duke and Duchess spent time with six Polish students who are studying in the U.K.Asked for a selfie with three of them at the end, the Duke laughed “I’m allergic to selfies but let’s take a photograph”. Julia Sielicka-Jastrzebska, who founded the company with her sister, said the Duchess made the light-hearted comment after learning the bears, which she had admired, were designed for children younger than George and Charlotte.”We gave the Duchess some presents for Prince George and Princess Charlotte,” she said. “She said they should have more babies, and they laughed.” The Duke of Cambridge has a quiet word with Prince George on the red carpetCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph Among the presents were a bear for each child, and a t-shirt for the Duchess with the slogan “i’mperfect”; part of the company’s campaign to encourage mothers not to feel the pressure to be flawless.The Duke and Duchess were at The Heart, an incubator for digital and tech start-ups in Warsaw. In a short speech, the Duke said: “We in the United Kingdom value our links with Poland enormously. “We admire Poland as a remarkable example of courage, fortitude and resilience.” Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with their children Prince George The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Warsaw with Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit:BARTLOMIEJ ZBOROWSKI/EPA The Duke and Duchess both tried on virtual reality headsets showing them a view of Warsaw and played with a robot by company Proton which moved when the Duchess patted its head. Prince George with his father in the greeting linecenter_img Watching his wife pose with the others, he made her laugh by teasing her: “You don’t look as clever as the other three.” Finally, the Royal couple presented Whisbear with the HealthTech Startup Award, giving a second award for “omnichannel startup” to Migam, which helps deaf people accessing services by connecting them with sign language interpreters via video.The Duke and Duchess appeared on playful form as they made their way around the digital innovations. The Royal couple were shown a variety of innovations, including a robot designed for children to code and a fetal heart monitor to allow pregnant women to track their health at home. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Lazienki Park in Warsaw Prince George at first appeared reluctant to get off the planeCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Duchess of Cambridge has joked she and her husband should have another baby, after being given a present designed for newborns.The Duchess, already a mother-of-two, was offered a cuddly toy designed to soothe tiny babies during an event for start-up tech companies on Monday. The couple later attended an event at Lazienki Park in WarsawCredit:RADEK PIETRUSZKA/EPA Saying thank you for the present, she turned to the Duke laughing and said: “We will just have to have more babies.”The soft toys, from company Whisbear, are designed to comfort newborns by replicating the sound of the womb, responding to their cries to soothe them. The family on the red carpet at Warsaw airportCredit:Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage He added: “With such links – diplomatic, military, cultural – offer much promise and opportunity for the future.” 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.last_img read more

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5inch BlackBerry Z30 leaked in detail on video

first_imgBlackBerry might be up for sale, but the company isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet. A freshly-leaked video of the unreleased Z30 proves it. It’s another all-touch phone, and the company’s first BlackBerry 10 handset to break the four-inch barrier.In a peek at the back of the device you can clearly make out two specs printed next to the battery compartment. First, the Z30 features a 5-inch HD AMOLED display. That could mean that it’s using the same 1920×1080 panel as the Samsung Galaxy S4, though HD doesn’t always mean 1080P.BlackBerry says the Z10 is HD, too, and it’s got a 1280×768 pixel display. That’s a resolution that can work on a 5-inch phone, as long as the panels are of good quality — and BlackBerry has been doing a good job of picking screens for its devices ever since the PlayBook started shipping.Also noted on the back is that the Z30 packs a 2800mAh battery — which is slightly larger than the one in the GS4 and quite a bit bigger than the HTC One and Moto X. There’s also a micro SD expansion slot, HDMI output, and micro USB port like the Z10.Other reported specs include a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The Z30 has surfaced before, too. The same site that recorded this new hands on had a strikingly similar (read: identical) phone that it was calling the A10.The A10’s name has been popping up in rumors for months, sticking with Z for all-touch phones and Q for QWERTY certainly makes sense.The big question is whether a phone with last year’s specs and an OS that has now slid into fourth spot behind Windows Phone will be enough to attract consumers. The Moto X showed that there are other ways to drum up sales, but based on the video the BlackBerry Z30 doesn’t have nearly as much going for it.The Z30 really doesn’t look like the phone BlackBerry needs right now. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY BlackBerry Z30BlackBerry Z30BlackBerry Z30BlackBerry Z30BlackBerry Z30BlackBerry Z30BlackBerry Z30BlackBerry Z30Courtesy of Crackberry.comBlackBerry Z30BlackBerry Z30BlackBerry Z30last_img read more

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Zoo de Tokyo la mère du bébé panda est en deuil

first_imgZoo de Tokyo : la mère du bébé panda est en deuilLe bébé panda géant né la semaine dernière au zoo de Ueno, à Tokyo, est mort ce mercredi. Les vétérinaires du zoo affirment qu’il serait décédé d’une pneumonie. Un drame national pour le Japon.Le petit panda n’aura pas eu le temps de recevoir son nom. Jeudi dernier, nous avions la joie de vous annoncer la naissance de ce petit bébé panda géant, dans le zoo de Ueno, à Tokyo. Ce matin, les gardiens du zoo l’ont retrouvé sur le ventre de sa mère Shin Shin, gisant sur le dos : d’après l’autopsie, il aurait succombé à une pneumonie.”Les vétérinaires lui ont administré un massage cardiaque et d’autres traitements [pour tenter de le sauver], mais ils ont finalement confirmé sa mort à 8h30 ce matin (00h30 heure française)”, explique le communiqué de presse du zoo tokyoïte.Le Japon est en deuilL’immense tristesse des officiels japonais est à la hauteur de la joie que l’ensemble du Japon avait éprouvé en apprenant sa naissance la semaine dernière. Un pays qui avait accueilli cette nouvelle comme un rare symbole de bonheur, après les catastrophes naturelles qui se sont abattues sur le Japon, l’accident nucléaire de Fukushima et la crise économique.Le directeur du parc zoologique a fondu en larmes lors de la conférence de presse : “le lait bu par le bébé est passé dans son tube respiratoire ce matin, ce qui a entraîné la pneumonie. Nous sommes très déçus”. Le premier ministre japonais lui-même, Yoshihiko Noda, a confié sa tristesse : “c’est très décevant. Nous étions tous très impatients de voir le petit grandir”, s’est-il ému devant la presse, rapporte l’agence Jiji.Il s’agissait d’un événement rarissime puisque cela faisait 24 ans que le zoo d’Ueno n’avait pas accueilli de bébé panda. C’était même la première fois dans ce parc qu’un panda était né d’une conception naturelle des deux parents, sans intervention humaine.Un trait d’union symbolique avec la ChineÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Shin Shin, la mère, et son compagnon Ri Ri ont été “loués” à la Chine par le zoo dirigé par la municipalité de Tokyo. Le montant de la rente avoisine le million de dollars par année. La naissance du bébé panda avait été saluée par le gouvernement chinois, comme un symbole d’union entre deux pays “voisins” dont les relations sont parfois tendues. “Ces pandas géants sont des messagers de l’amitié [qui nous unit]”, avait déclaré le porte-parole du ministère des affaires étrangères chinois Liu Weimin, en réponse à la naissance de la semaine dernière.”Nous espérons qu’un dialogue entre les populations de nos deux nations pourra s’instaurer grâce à la naissance de ce bébé”, avait-il ajouté.La Chine est connue pour sa “diplomatie du panda”, offrant des ours aux autres pays en guise de cadeau diplomatique. Il reste environ 1.600 pandas à l’état sauvage en Chine,  et près de 300 qui résident en captivité à travers le monde, principalement en Chine. Jusque là, 16 pandas géants étaient nés dans l’archipel japonais.Le 11 juillet 2012 à 12:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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John Cena announces on Twitter that he will be returning to WWE

first_imgFacebook Twitter WWE star John Cena posted the following on Twitter on Monday announcing that he will be returning to WWE on the May 30th Memorial Day edition of WWE RAW.Cena has been out of action for several months recovering from rotator cuff surgery in early January.BREAKING: @JohnCena has announced his #RAW return date! https://t.co/mcf6kn9mXK #NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/RhmcBSALY2— WWE (@WWE) April 25, 2016Cena last made an appearance at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas at AT&T Stadium to help Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson clear the ring of The Wyatt Family. His return to RAW will mark his official return to the ring for WWE.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -1:05 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 John Cena Now Playing Up Next Excited to see him back, he can always illicit a great reaction from a crowd. Now Playing Up Next April 25, 2016 at 5:47 pm Videos Articles April 25, 2016 at 10:55 pm Vin Diesel Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Charlize Theron Cameron Huff If John Cena faces off against Roman Reigns, who would get more genuine boos? Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Vin Diesel confirms A-list stars returning for Fast and Furious 9 Now Playing Up Next April 25, 2016 at 3:08 pm goddessroleplay Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It hasn’t been the same without John Cena…it’s been 10x better without him! And this is coming from a John Cena fan but I hate how he’s been overpushed over the years while most of those title reigns he had could’ve went to someone else who hasn’t won the WWE Championship.center_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ThE JoKeR © ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Now Playing Up Next That depends on what you mean by “great reaction”. April 25, 2016 at 4:39 pm WhatsApp Jason Jimerson Google+ goddessroleplay April 25, 2016 at 6:58 pm Great as in I feel like when people either boo OR cheer Cena they are having fun. When people boo reigns its because he is boring and has the charisma of a rock. 6 COMMENTS April 28, 2016 at 5:01 pm Now Playing Up Next These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other unknown Dave Bautista defends his Fast and Furious comments Videos Articles Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Real Madrid studies potential January recall of James Rodriguez

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly plotting a shock January move following a nightmarish start of the seasonAfter three unforgettable years under Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos have failed to leave up to expectations under Julen Lopetegui.Bad results and even more frustrating performances have seen the former Porto manager being sacked after barely few months in charge.Although Lopetegui could be a man to blame, it’s fair to say the reigning European champions lack quality in the final third following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.According to the Spanish news outlet, Ok Diario, Los Merengues intend to recall Bayern Munich star James Rodriguez in January.The 27-year-old Colombian playmaker has struggled for playing time during Zidane’s tenure and was sent to the Bundesliga on a two-year loan.However, it appears that Florentino Perez wants to give one last chance to former Monaco hotshot, as Santiago Solari sees Rodriguez as a potential solution to Real’s attacking problems.Meanwhile, the left-footed attacking midfielder has shined ever since he joined the Bavarians, having become one of the best players in the German top flight.last_img read more

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Courtois I have no problems with Navas at Real Madrid

first_imgThibaut Courtois insists things are good at Real Madrid with rival Keylor Navas as they compete for the number one jerseyThe Belgium international moved to the Santiago Bernabeu during the summer for a reported €35m from Chelsea.Since then, Courtois has been embroiled in a tense battle with Navas to become Real’s first-choice keeper.However, Courtois appears to have the edge after starting in four of the club’s last five games.But 26-year-old claims things between himself and Navas are good, despite reports in Spain suggesting otherwise.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“Every day we train very well, to make it difficult for the coach to choose,” said Courtois, according to OneFootball.“Madrid have a lot of quality in each position, there is a lot of competition.“People always believe that because you play and the other doesn’t, we’re hitting each other!“It’s not the case, we train with a lot of enthusiasm, we smile and we get along very well.”Courtois has made 11 starts for Real compared to Navas’ seven.last_img read more

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Legislators Honor Mat Su Fish Experts

first_imgThe Matanuska Susitna Borough’s Fish and Wildlife Commission was honored by a state legislative delegation led by Representative Bill Stoltze Tuesday night.   Stoltze told the Mat Su Assembly and those present at the meeting that the commission had managed to achieve changes in state Board of Fisheries policy that could benefit the Mat Su:Download Audio“The presentations in Juneau by the career biologists we are so fortunate that are served as volunteers. I know you can’t pay these guys, anything, you don’t pay them anything, but one thing you can always do is say ‘thank you’, and we appreciate what they have done and what they continue to do for the people of Mat Su on critical fisheries issues. We are out-gunned in so many arenas, but we bring a lot of knowledge to the table, expertise and incredible passion. When the Borough has made presentations, people leave shaking their head, saying ‘wow, we didn’t realize things were so bad.’ Not just so bad, but offering credible solutions.” The Valley’s delegation from the 28 legislature had issued a proclamation in April honoring four long time members of the commission: Larry Engle, Howard Delo, Bruce Knowles and Andy Couch. Engle and Delo are former appointees to the state Board of Fish, Couch and Knowles are long time fishing guides.Stoltze’s comments were echoed by Representative Shelly Hughes: “When they come to Juneau, they are the best of the best and the room fills up and people are awed. The expertise and knowledge is really remarkable, and we are very much blessed to have them working for us. So I just want to say, thank you gentlemen, and those others who are not here today, we just really appreciate .”The Borough’s Fish and Wildlife commission is a seven member volunteer commission which works to afford the sustainability of Mat Su salmon runs. In February of this year, the commission was successful in convincing the state’s fish board to change commercial fishing regulations to allow more salmon to pass into Cook Inlet’s Northern District river drainages.last_img read more

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Bigg Boss Tamil 3 vote Heres how you can save your favorite

first_imgAbhirami Venkatachalam, Kavin, Madhumitha, Losliya and Mugen are the five contestants who are in the danger zone this week. Here is how the contestants cast their votes:Sandy: Abhirami, Madhu Tharshan: Abhirami, Mugen Mugen: Cheran, Tharshan Sherin: Mugen, Kavin Losliya: Mugen, Sherin Kavin: Abhirami and Madhu Madhu: Mugen and Losliya Cheran: Kavin and Mugen Abhirami: Kavin and Madhu Kasturi: Kavin and LosliyaHow to save your favourite contestant? Save your favourite contestants in six simple steps1 – Download the Hot star app on your android phone.  2 – Login to the page using your e-mail account, phone number or any social media account.  3 – Click on the Bigg Boss Tamil banner or type Bigg Boss Tamil in the search bar.  4 – Click on the ‘Vote’ button 5 – Find the names of the contestants who are facing elimination test this week. 6 – You will get 50 votes per day till Saturday midnight. You can either cast those votes to one person or divide it among the nominated contestants.Alternate Way to Cast Your VoteViewers can cast their votes through the phone. Each contestant is allotted a number and people can give 10 missed calls from one number in a week. Check out the numbers to save your favourite participants in Kamal Haasan-hosted show:Abhirami: 836 7796 801  Kavin: 836 7796 804  Losliya: 836 7796 805  Madhu: 836 7796 806  Mugen: 836 7796 808 Mugen Rao.PR HandoutMugen’s friendship with Abhirami Venkatachalam seems to be having a negative impact on him in the Bigg Boss Tamil house as he got the highest number of votes during the nomination process this week. For the first time, he is facing an elimination test along with four others.The Malaysian musician got five votes for his eviction from the inmates. The contestants are of the view that Mugen is not giving clarity to Abhirami and playing with her emotions. He is followed by Kavin, who has been pushed to the danger zone with four votes.Abhirami is nominated for the fourth consecutive time in a row by getting three votes. In fact, the actress broke down after entering the confession room pleading the makers to send her out of the show. Madhumitha received three, while Losliya is facing the nomination by getting just two votes from the contestants. Cheran, Tharshan and Sherin got one vote each and remained safe from eviction this week. Have your say in the pollWho do you want to evict from Bigg Boss Tamil 3 in week 8? 1. Mugen 27.94% 2. Madhumitha 20.34% 3. Abhirami 19.12% 4. Losliya 16.33% 5. Kavin 16.26%last_img read more

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Ladysmith Secondary honours teacher as she leaves a lasting legacy

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” These are the words of William Arthur Ward… and Ms K Chinnah is a great teacher!The staff of Ladysmith Secondary School (Lasec) bid a fond farewell to the doyen of educators, Ms K Chinnah, who will leave the profession after 40 years of unstinting dedication and loyalty to both the school and profession.Ms Chinnah, reverently known as Sushie, joined Lasec’s academic staff in 1984 and rapidly rose to the rank of Head of Department (Humanities). Her artistic talents, creativity, fine sense for detail and quest for perfection have always served as driving forces behind high-profiled projects aimed at nature conservation and the conservation of the rhino. Her most recent and illustrious undertaking was the Green Impact Concert which was held recently.In his keynote address at the gala dinner held in her honour at Mount View Lodge on Friday, Lasec principal Mr AN Govender unequivocally praised Ms Chinnah for her unparalleled devotion, honesty and sincerity, and urged the younger generation of teachers to imbibe Ms Chinnah’s profound wisdom and consider her as their role model.Unlike most educators who ride off into the setting sun and into a world of obscurity, Ms Chinnah leaves behind a legacy, the School’s Monogram – her pet creation. And this is but one of her many fine achievements.Undoubtedly, Ms Chinnah leaves an indelible mark on the many generations of parents, learners and peers who have had the privilege of interacting with her. The school will be poorer in her absence.Ms Chinnah leaves with the school’s heartfelt gratitude, best wishes and love. It’s true that parting is such sweet sorrow, but more importantly, “love is proved in the letting go”.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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