A Royal Visit To Disaster Relief Charity ShelterBox

first_imgHer Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, met with ShelterBox USA President, Kerri Murray, at the ShelterBox Headquarters in Cornwall, England on Wednesday, July 19, to officially open the nonprofit’s new public Visitor Center in the UK.The center will educate thousands of visitors each year on ShelterBox’s humanitarian aid, its complex operations, and its rapid response to disasters worldwide.Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, who is ShelterBox’s President, first learned of ShelterBox while on an official visit to Pakistan in 2006. The Duchess was interested in ShelterBox’s work helping families who had lost their homes in the Kashmir earthquake. Her Royal Highness then became ShelterBox’s President in 2007.During the official visit to ShelterBox, the Duchess met with Kerri Murray and operations staff to discuss the ongoing work in Syria, and participated in a live Skype call with Response Team members from the frontlines in Cameroon where they are delivering aid to families fleeing conflict.The Duchess then packed the first ShelterBox at the Visitor Center, and cut a birthday cake bestowed upon her by ShelterBox staff in honor of her 70th birthday this week. The cake, a sponge cake replica of an actual ShelterBox, was cut by the Duchess with an actual hand saw that is used in a ShelterBox tool kit.The Duchess commented, “That’s the first time I’ve cut a cake with a saw! But it doesn’t surprise me. ShelterBox [is] always coming up with something new. I just wanted to say how wonderful all of you are who work for ShelterBox.”ShelterBox USA President, Kerri Murray, also commented on the visit, “It was a privilege to meet Her Royal Highness at such an exciting chapter in ShelterBox’s history, and to brief her on the ambitious plans we have to grow ShelterBox to serve 10 times the numbers of families annually by the year 2025. Right now, there are more than 85 million people displaced in our world by conflict and disaster, and the need for the work of ShelterBox is massive. ShelterBox is preparing every day for the worst day ever.“We deploy immediately when disaster strikes, providing survivors with lifesaving shelter and equipment to help families who have lost everything access emergency shelter and have needed supplies to begin to rebuild their lives. As a disaster relief organization, it is typically on the worst day ever that media attention is given to our work. But as the headlines fade from large emergencies, so can public support.”“The Royal Family has been instrumental in raising awareness of the work of ShelterBox, and in keeping much needed attention on its humanitarian efforts. During my visit with the Duchess, I shared with her the exciting growth of ShelterBox USA and extended an invitation for her to visit our operations in the US. The Duchess was thrilled to learn about the growth of ShelterBox USA and excitedly accepted the invitation to visit with her husband, Prince Charles.”After meeting with Murray, the Duchess was then introduced to the charity’s most outstanding volunteers, response team members, and fundraisers, including international cyclist Tim Bridgman, who with his wife Sharon set off to cycle 37,000 miles across four continents to raise awareness and funds for ShelterBox in 2012.On April 26, 2014, in a remote area in Bolivia, Sharon died after being struck by a vehicle, but last year Tim bravely completed the remaining 15,000 miles on his own, finally crossing the finish line in Alaska last July. Read the complete story.The Duchess also met several ShelterBox Response Teams members who had recently returned from field deployments in Iraq, Somaliland, Peru, and Haiti.The Duchess then met with several other volunteers including, Colin Bell, who completed the equivalent of 48 marathons for ShelterBox in one year, and Sarah Thomson, a presenter on UK television’s Bear Grylls Survival School, and an endurance athlete and sports coach who held a fundraiser for ShelterBox by running 870 miles in 24 days.last_img read more

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Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Teams Celebrate Royal Air Marocs 60

Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Air Force aerobatic display team, Marche Verte, celebrated the 60th anniversary of Morocco’s airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) on Saturday in Casablanca.The Royal Moroccan Air Force’s pilots performed complex aerial tricks with their Cap232 aircraft, which fascinated the air show attendees at Casablanca’s cornice, Ain Diab.“This event forms part of the activities undertaken since the beginning of 2017 in order to mark the anniversary of the company, which was found in 1958,” said Saida Najiouallah, RAM’s marketing director, to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Najiouallah added that the company aimed to share its history and achievements in a lively format with all Moroccans.She continued that the company decided to organize this show in the open in order to strengthen the spirit of openness and proximity that characterizes the relationship between RAM and the Moroccans.Ilham Kazini, the director of development and markets for RAM said that, “the event is a sign of power and strength of RAM, because today the companies that have 60 years of existence are limited due to the constant change in the civil aviation environment, which led to the extinction of several renowned companies.”Throughout the day, many entertainment activities were organized for the benefit of children and teenagers. The evening ended with a musical fireworks show. read more

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TSX in solid advance as 2014 trading winds down

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a solid advance Monday, building on gains racked up last week in the wake of stronger than expected economic growth numbers from Canada and the United States.[np_storybar title=”Five investment themes for 2015 and beyond” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/12/27/five-investment-themes-for-2015-and-beyond/”%5DDavid Kaufman: Since this is the season for prognostications, I thought I would make a few of my own as this is my last column for 2014. But rather than attempting to predict specific events or pick specific stocks that will be winners in 2015, here are five macro themes that you might want to watch carefully next year — and beyond. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]However, the S&P/TSX composite index was off session highs as energy stocks and oil prices lost early momentum. The main Toronto index was down from a 122-point gain to close up 54.67 points at 14,663.92. The Canadian dollar dipped 0.05 of a cent to 85.99 cents US.New York markets were mixed, with the Dow Jones industrials down 15.48 points at 18,038.23, while the Nasdaq inched up 0.05 of a point to 4,806.91 and the S&P 500 index added 1.8 points to 2,090.57.The TSX is on the way to a gain of around eight per cent for 2014, with the market getting a lift of one per cent last week after data showed Canada’s gross domestic product rose by 0.3% in October, beating economists’ expectations of 0.1% growth for the month.And in the U.S., GDP growth figures for the third quarter were revised upward to five per cent from a previous figure of 3.9%.The data reassured markets that the United States continued to be the major prop for the global economy against a background of slowing growth in China and a still tentative economic recovery in Europe.The American data is a big plus for Canada as a surging U.S. economy benefits Canadian exports and, in turn, provides lift to the TSX.Could oil’s nosedive be the shock that will finally brings global stocks back to earth?The biggest investing winners in 2014: India, Amaya Gaming, coffee and moreAn advance of about eight per cent on the TSX would be down sharply from a 15% surge at mid-year. But that was before oil prices started to slide. They now are down 50% from summer highs amid a huge increase in global supply and lower demand from economic weak spots like China and Europe.Energy stocks have been heavily punished along with Toronto’s energy group, down about 16 per cent year to date, while traders wonder how low crude oil prices can go. Prices plunged to levels in the mid-US$30s after the 2008 financial collapse. But Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets, notes that those prices occurred during a global recession and such a drop now would be too drastic. “There‘s going to be a lot of volatility in the world going forward . . . so I think you need a period of digestion,” he said, adding that it’s hard to say whether the bottom will be in the $40s or $50s.“You need to start seeing more humble forecasts and again, going back to good old-fashioned investing. When we get to a point where energy companies aren’t over promising and under delivering, that’s when they will be attractive again.”The TSX energy sector slipped 0.3 per cent as February crude in New York erased early gains to slide $1.12 to US$53.61 a barrel. Prices had been higher during the morning on reports of a fire affecting oil storage terminals in Libya.However, most other sectors advanced with the base metals group ahead 0.55% as March copper rose one cent to $2.82 a pound.The gold sector was also up 0.4% even as February bullion dropped $13.80 to US$1,181.50 an ounce.Outside the resource sectors, financials and industrials climbed 0.55%. read more

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Make room for the brooms

Are you ready to rock? The Brock University Alumni Association will hold its annual Brock Rock curling bonspiel on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at the Niagara Falls Curling Club.This day will be fun for curlers of all skill levels. There are recreation and competitive divisions consisting of Brock graduates, faculty members, staff and students, who all compete for the Brock Rock trophy.This year, teams are encouraged to come dressed in costumes that reflect the theme of Brock memories. What memories do you have from Brock that can be brought back in costume? Team names are also essential!Curling bonspiel rules1. Teams consist of four players. At least two of the players must be Brock graduates or students. Due to the scoring method, there are no other requirements.2. Each game is four ends. If tied after four ends, one extra end will be played until a winner is determined.Please keep watch for registration – it will be opening soon! read more

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Energy issues push TSX higher NY markets soar on strong earnings news

TORONTO – Better than expected corporate earnings reports in the U.S. and positive economic news from China helped North American markets close higher Monday as they rebounded from Friday’s sell-off.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 52.05 points to 15,412.60, while the Canadian dollar was 0.01 of a U.S. cent lower at 81.77 cents.In the U.S., the Dow industrials surged 208.63 points to 18,034.93, while the Nasdaq jumped 62.79 points to 4,994.60 and the S&P 500 index added 19.22 points to 2,100.40.The gains come after some hefty losses, with the Dow plunging nearly 300 points on Friday.“U.S. stocks are bouncing today given the fact that we had a pretty oversold situation over the weekend, plus you had monetary policy, even more doveish, out of China,” said Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets.“It was just one of those classic bargain shopping sprees . . . in America, where people decided to jump back in.”The stock market gains follow a weekend decision by China’s central bank to cut the required reserve ratio for banks by one percentage point. The move is expected to free up roughly $200 billion for lending to stimulate the Chinese economy.China is a major consumer of oil and metals, both heavily weighted sectors on the TSX.It’s a big week for earnings in the United States with close to one-third of the companies on the S&P 500 reporting first-quarter results. Most analysts have predicted that overall earnings will be lower in the quarter, the first time that has happened since 2009.But several big companies, including toy maker Hasbro, banker Morgan Stanley and oil services firm Halliburton all reported earnings Monday that beat estimates.“Corporate America continues to under promise and over deliver,” said Belski, adding that the sharp decline in energy prices is weighing on U.S. earnings.“If you would have taken out energy from the fourth-quarter earnings, earnings would have been up 10 per cent in America. If you take out energy in the first quarter, earnings would have been up five per cent. So I think a lot of what’s going on here is energy. I’m not going to blame energy in totality. But at the end of the day this correction in commodities is really shocking a lot of people.”North of the border, Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) reported after markets closed that first-quarter net income fell 17 per cent, with adjusted earnings of 53 cents per share falling 10 cents short of analyst estimates.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR), also reporting after markets closed, increased its net profits by 13 per cent to $704 million or 86 cents per share in the first quarter, beating estimates by a penny per share.On the commodity markets, the May crude contract up 64 cents at US$56.38 a barrel, while the June gold contract was down $9.40 at US$1,193.70 an ounce. May copper was off four cents at US$2.73 a pound. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2015 5:28 am MDT Energy issues push TSX higher; N.Y. markets soar on strong earnings news AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Employers cut jobs in 31 US states as growth slows oil and

Employers cut jobs in 31 US states as growth slows, oil and gas industries take hit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 21, 2015 8:25 am MDT WASHINGTON – Employers in 31 U.S. states cut jobs last month as weak economic growth weighed on hiring and a slowdown in oil and gas drilling caused big job losses in some states.The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose or were unchanged in 27 states and fell in 23 states. Eighteen states gained jobs, while employment was unchanged in Idaho.The biggest job cuts occurred in states with large oil and gas drilling, led by Texas, which lost 25,400 jobs, and followed by Oklahoma, which cut 12,900. Pennsylvania lost 12,700, the third largest loss. A sharp fall in oil prices since last June has caused oil and gas companies to cut back on drilling. Pennsylvania has benefited in recent years from the discovery of shale gas fields in the state.Nationwide, employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, the fewest in 15 months and snapping a year-long streak of monthly gains above 200,000. The unemployment rate remained 5.5 per cent.Harsh winter weather and a labour dispute at West Coast ports that disrupted shipping dragged down the economy in the first three months of the year. Consumers, meanwhile, have saved much of the windfall they have received from cheaper gas prices, lowering spending. And a big jump in the dollar’s value also has made U.S. exports more expensive and lowered overseas sales of U.S. goods.All told, economists forecast that growth slowed to an annual rate of 1 per cent or less in the first quarter, down from a roughly 3.4 per cent pace in the second half of last year. Still, most analysts expect hiring and growth to rebound this spring.The cutbacks in oil and gas production have also led to job losses in North Dakota, which had experienced an oil and gas boom since the recession. The boom sent the unemployment rate falling to the lowest in the nation.But in February its unemployment rate rose and the state no longer had the lowest unemployment rate nationwide. It rose again in March, to 3.1 per cent. Nebraska now has the lowest rate, at 2.6 per cent.Nevada reported the highest unemployment rate, at 7.1 per cent. FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2015 file photo, some of the 60 rigs that are drilling surrounding McKenzie County, 40 percent of the rigs statewide, work in western North Dakota. Released on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states last month and rose in 12 as employers pulled back on hiring and a slowdown in oil and gas drilling caused big job losses in some states. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File) read more

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MR says he will be SLPPs Prime Ministerial candidate

To Virakesari’s question on the minorities’ discomfort with Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s candidature, the Leader of Opposition said: “I don’t think there is truth in that. In reality, further to the [19th] constitutional amendment, the Prime Minister has more powers. I am the Prime Ministerial candidate [general elections are due next year], so we have to work together.”To a question on his future plans for evolving a political solution to the island’s long-pending Tamil question, Rajapakasa is quoted as saying: “There are two strands of opinion now. Some want a new constitution. Some want a federal arrangement. And some say that a political solution based on the 13th Amendment would suffice. But a solution should not be one that divides the country. Look at what has just happened in Kashmir. We need to take steps keeping all these in mind. We have to understand these factors while we pursue a political solution.” While his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a powerful war-time defence secretary, is widely expected to be named presidential candidate tomorrow (Sunday), Mahinda Rajapaksa will take over the leadership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna officially, after being its de facto leader for nearly three years since it was launched as a platform backing him. Leading Sri Lankan Tamil daily Virakesari today published a wide-ranging interview with Rajapaksa. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will be the Prime Ministerial Candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).The Hindu quoted Rajapaksa as telling the Virakesari newspaper that under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution he will have more powers than the new President. His reaction is among the first from Sri Lankan political leaders after New Delhi ended Jammu & Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Earlier, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called it India’s “internal matter” in a tweet, in which he said Ladakh would become “the first Indian state with a Buddhist-majority” — a claim that was subsequently challenged on social media, for its factual accuracy.On his views of LTTE chief Prabakaran, in the context of the Easter terror attacks in April, Rajapaksa said: “He had an objective, he had direction and discipline. The path Prabakaran took was wrong, but there was discipline and restraint in his actions. He would strike when he wanted to and choose not to at other times. But the Easter attacks were not like that. They [terrorists] could attack at any time, and they are even willing to die for that.” read more

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Sri Lanka committed to work with Nuclear TestBan Treaty Organization

During the interaction, the Permanent Representative commended the extensive work carried out by the CTBTO under the leadership of Dr. Lassina Zerbo to strengthen the technical capacities of the developing world. Ambassador Sirisena, emphasised the significance of capacity building programmes conducted by the CTBTO, technical cooperation among the Member States and its impact on the developing world.She highlighted the importance of Sri Lanka’s inclusion in future CTBTO activities and reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to the work of the Organization. Sri Lanka says it is committed to work with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).Ambassador Saroja Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) at the office of the CTBTO in the Vienna International Centre accrediting her as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the CTBTO, the Foreign Ministry said today. Dr. Zerbo appreciated Sri Lanka’s participation to the activities of the CTBTO and invited Sri Lanka to be involved in future activities of the Organization. The ceremony was attended by Mahesh Mahakumarage, Second Secretary, Ms. Asanka Weerasingha, Attaché of the Sri Lanka Mission and Mohammad Darayaei, Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, CTBTO. read more

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New UK visa scheme offered to Sri Lankan students

British Home Secretary Priti Patel said the new Graduate Route will mean talented international students can study in the UK and then gain valuable work experience as they go on to build successful careers.“It demonstrates our global outlook and will ensure that we continue to attract the best and brightest”.Often referred to as a ‘Post-Study Work visa’, the new Graduate Route will launch for the 2020/21 intake of students to UK universities. After the two years, they will be able to switch onto the skilled work visa if they find a job which meets the skill requirement of the visa. Further details will be announced in due course. In a major boost for Sri Lankan students, the UK has launched a new ‘Graduate Immigration Route’ for international students choosing the UK for their higher education, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.This new scheme allows students pursuing their higher education in UK to stay and work,or to look for work, for two years following the completion of their education. It will provide greater opportunities for talented international students to remain in the UK for two years to work once they have successfully completed their studies. The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Sarah Hulton said that the new visa is a win-win opportunity for the UK and for Sri Lanka.“This is excellent news for Sri Lankan students who want to study overseas. It will give them the flexibility to build on a first class UK education with the opportunity to work and get life experience. It’s a win-win for the UK and for Sri Lanka,” she said. The visa will offer opportunities to work or look for work after graduating. This new visa will also include safeguards to ensure only genuine, credible students are eligible. The Graduate route demonstrates that UK is focused and committed to attracting the best students from around the world, and demonstrates the value we place on the contribution of international students to the UK and its economy. The route will be available to all students who have successfully completed a course of study at undergraduate level or above at a recognised Higher Education Provider. The new scheme will be introduced from the 2020 – 2021 academic year. read more

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Todays youth tackle adultsized problems say Brock profs

With the United Nations marking Monday, Aug. 12 as International Youth Day, two Brock University professors say today’s youth are taking matters into their own hands to solve the world’s problems.“Young people seem to be changing the world,” said Shauna Pomerantz, Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies (CHYS). “I don’t recall living through a time where young people have been so vocal, active and heard.”The United Nations established International Youth Day to celebrate and encourage youth around the world. This year’s theme — transforming education — highlights efforts, including efforts by youth themselves, to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive.According to Pomerantz and her CHYS colleague, Professor Rebecca Raby, a key to transforming education would be to acknowledge inequality and confront ideology that values independence and self-reliance above compassion and community.Brock University Associate Professor Shauna Pomerantz, left, and Professor Rebecca Raby from the Department of Child and Youth Studies say young people are speaking out about social issues at a younger age than ever before.“Tackling things such as gender inequality, racism, heterosexism and environmental degradation in schools would contribute to the notion that we are an interconnected community of people who need to support and help each other,” said Pomerantz. “And that can only benefit everyone in the end by creating more support systems, by helping people do well, by helping people achieve satisfying careers and goals.”The complexities of academic success, in particular when it comes to ‘smart girls,’ has been one focus for Raby and Pomerantz. Their research points to the importance of school culture in nurturing student success “for diverse young people, including LGBTQ kids and new immigrants who face particular challenges right now,” said Raby.“It’s not the case that we’re post-racism, post-classism and post-sexism,” she said. “It doesn’t do anybody any favours to pretend these issues don’t exist.”When it comes to gender diversity, “broadening what is acceptable in the school is a gateway to endless possibilities,” said Pomerantz. “That’s what transformation in education can mean — not just changing curriculum, hiring excellent teachers or creating policies, but at the social level broadening what is possible in all directions.”Raby and Pomerantz agreed that, while “great work” is currently being done in many schools, there remains lots of work to do.When they wrote Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism, Hillary Clinton looked poised to become the president of the U.S., a sign for many that gender equality had been achieved.Instead, the election of Donald Trump “confirmed for many girls and women that gender inequality continues to exist and needs confrontation,” Raby said.The 2017 book investigated how self-identified smart girls managed their academic and extra-curricular achievements while dealing with stress, perfectionism, race and class issues, and sexism. Barely two-and-a-half years later, the authors wonder how different the focus of that book would be if they were writing it now.“I think the smart girl today would probably talk about political engagement of some kind,” Pomerantz says. “There would be a broader awareness of the need for activism and the need to be heard.”Adults often fail to recognize the extent of young people’s involvement or their right to a voice in the present, said Raby. For example, the civics classes that are compulsory in many Canadian high schools tend to be framed as a way to prepare kids for adulthood. But today’s youth aren’t prepared to wait that long.Amplified by social media, young people are making their voices heard now.“This seems to me to be the largest shift I have seen,” said Pomerantz, pointing to the many “incredible student-led activist movements” around the world, including standing up against sexism, gun violence, the climate crisis, cuts to education and environmental degradation.For some young people who feel they must “do it all,” adding political activism to the list of pressures facing them can be overwhelming.“The need to be conventionally attractive, super smart, athletic, and now also to be outspoken and involved can take a toll on young people,” Raby said. read more

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Brock to partner with Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre

Brock University is set to formalize a partnership aimed at helping newcomers to Niagara through research, outreach and support services.The University will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre in St. Catharines on Tuesday, Aug. 13.First launched in 1970 as the Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre is a charitable not-for-profit organization with a mandate to support and assist the ethno-cultural and newcomer community in Niagara through a broad range of programs and services.The MOU will solidify a partnership between the two organizations, which have collaborated together on numerous projects over the years. Both Brock and Niagara Folk Arts aim to address localized newcomer challenges as well as larger issues of equity, diversity and inclusion through a mix of academic and community-based approaches.What: Collaboration announcement and MOU signingWhen: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.Where: Robertson Hall, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, 85 Church Street, St. CatharinesAnyone interested in attending the event is asked to RSVP to Amanda Laprise at comengage@brocku.ca or phone x3245. read more

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Wrestling Ohio State remains undefeated with a 433 victory against Indiana

No. 2 Joey McKenna attempts to finish a single leg takedown on North Carolina State University’s Jamal Morris in the 141-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. McKenna won the bout by major decision, 10-2. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) won 43-3 in dominant fashion against Indiana (3-7, 0-3 Big Ten) in Bloomington, Indiana on Friday.No. 17 redshirt freshman heavyweight Chase Singletary started the Buckeyes off with a pin to defeat freshman Rudy Streck. No. 2 senior(141) remained undefeated on the season pinning redshirt freshman Paul Konrath and No. 3 redshirt senior Micah Jordan (149) also won via pin against redshirt freshman Kyle Luigs.Freshman Malik Heinselman (125) won a close match 3-2 over three-time NCAA qualifier senior Elijah Oliver following Singletary’s pin to give Ohio State an early 9-0 lead, with which the Buckeyes continued to dominate, eventually winning nine out of 10 bouts.Ohio State No. 1 senior Myles Martin (184) won via pin against redshirt junior Norman Conley. No. 2 redshirt junior Kollin Moore (197) won by pin defeating redshirt junior Jake Hinz.  Martin and Moore both remain undefeated on the season.Redshirt freshman Kaleb Romero (165) was defeated by Indiana’s redshirt senior Bryce Martin.Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell (174) has won two in a row since returning from knee injury, winning by major decision 12-2 over redshirt sophomore Jacob Covaciu.This was the first of two duels for the Buckeyes this weekend. They square up against Michigan State at 2 p.m. on Sunday at St John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Following the Michigan State duel Sunday, Ohio State has an highly anticipated battle against rival No. 6 Michigan on Jan. 25. read more

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Mens soccer Ohio State ends 17match winless streak against UIC

Ohio State then-junior midfielder Jack Holland (19) crosses the ball into the box during the second half of the Ohio State-Rutgers game on Sep. 30, 2018. Ohio State lost 3-2. Credit: Cody Mefferd | For the LanternAfter 52 minutes of scoreless soccer and an hour-and-45 minute lightning delay, it took four minutes for Jack Holland to find Devyn Etling and put Ohio State ahead 1-0.The redshirt sophomore’s finish ended a 17-match winless streak for the Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-1-0) Sunday with a 1-0 victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames (1-1-0) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.“I noticed there was so much space in the midfield obviously with them being down a man, so I kept trying to find little spots in the midfield,” Etling said. “Soon the defender started following me and then there was so much space behind so I tried to take advantage of that and that certainly worked out in the end.”The Buckeyes’ last win came against Hofstra on Aug. 26, 2018. Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve said he’s glad that the improvement he’s seen in his team since the past season is finally showing on the scoreboard.“Don’t get me wrong, we still have a lot of work to do,” Maisonneuve said. “But again, this group of guys — I told them in the locker room, just their overall growth and development, in a pretty short time, for a new team has been good.”Neither team put much together offensively before the delay, preventing each other from finding any room in their respective goal boxes. UIC didn’t take its first shot until the 18th minute.Ohio State redshirt senior midfielder Jake Scheper came close to scoring, but his shot was saved by UIC redshirt junior goalkeeper Sokratis Vasilas.The Buckeyes took this opportunity to drive back toward the goal. Junior midfielder Joshua Jackson-Ketchup found an opening in the twenty-fourth minute but his shot was kicked straight into the arms of the standing Vasilas.In the 33rd minute, a threatening Buckeye pass toward a lunging Jackson-Ketchup did not connect.“Sometimes we just missed a few passes like we were a little off. It was just little miscommunications that we kind of fixed in the second half and that helped us a lot,” Etling said.However, in the same minute, UIC junior midfielder Elias McCloud picked up his second yellow card and was ejected from the game, giving the Buckeyes the advantage of having one more player on the pitch.Coming out of halftime in a scoreless contest, the Buckeyes found open field and were challenged by fewer Flames defenders. Another threatening pass was kicked past Etling in the 51st minute, five minutes of game time before the eventual game-winner.“We were up a man, so being aggressive was the main thing,” Maisonneuve said. “We wanted to get out of the gate and put our foot on the pedal and get after it.”UIC’s best chance to get a goal of their own came when sophomore forward Bar Hazut took the ball near the Ohio State goal and shot it, just missing the right goal post by inches. It put another shot on goal in the 81st minute.The men’s soccer team now moves its sights to the University of Dayton, who they play on Friday. read more

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Our Updating NBA Depth Charts Give You A New Way To Follow

✓ In-season ratings updates use …Game resultsGame resultsPlayer ratings and rosters Accounts for trades and injuries? How CARMELO compares with previous forecastsSide-by-side feature comparison between FiveThirtyEight’s Elo, CARM-Elo and CARMELO NBA forecasts That, of course, stems from the fact that the Nuggets are awaiting the returns of Will Barton, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap and Isaiah Thomas.4It remains to be seen whether Thomas’s return will actually benefit Denver, particularly with how well Monte Morris has been playing as the backup point guard. Denver hasn’t been fully healthy all year. But when the team gets everyone back, it will be interesting to see just how far it can push things.However, while the forecast realizes that the Nuggets haven’t been healthy yet, it only recognizes them as the West’s fourth-most talented club at full strength, after Golden State, Oklahoma City and … Houston. The Thunder and Rockets currently own championship probabilities of 8 and 4 percent, respectively, while the Nuggets claim just a 2 percent chance. The numbers may be a nod to the fact that depth — which Denver has far more of than those other contenders — generally means less during the playoffs, when stars often steal the show (a fact our model now accounts for).If there’s a saving grace for the team’s fans, it’s that the basic Elo projections are still high on Denver and have the club tied for the fourth-highest title probability, with a 9 percent chance.The updated forecast believes in the Rockets but hates the Kings and MavsThe CARMELO forecast model relies on real-time depth-chart information to make its projections. So the CARM-Elo system might have penalized the Rockets for technically having Carmelo Anthony on the roster, even though he’s away from the team and hasn’t suited up for more than a month. But just like Mike D’Antoni, the new mode simply assigns Anthony no minutes on the depth chart and moves forward. Accounts for postseason experience?✓✓ Used in 2018-19 predictions?✓(if you select it on the Standings page)✓ And speaking of Houston, the club is an interesting one to analyze here because of how fervently the model still believes in the Rockets, who are given a 93 percent chance of reaching the playoffs despite having a record just barely over .500 more than a third of the way through the campaign. By contrast, the basic Elo forecast has them at just 72 percent to make the postseason.Again, this is almost certainly the new model showing faith in the top of Houston’s depth chart: It likely believes that guards Chris Paul and Eric Gordon won’t continue to have career-worst years from an efficiency standpoint.5Keep in mind that CARMELO does project and account for a player’s aging curve, and it updates player talent ratings in-season. (Those deficiencies alone don’t explain the Rockets’ slide — which many of us saw coming — on their own. The team also gambled by letting two of its better, more switchy perimeter defenders walk without having reliable replacements for them.)Yet while the CARMELO team projections are high on Houston, they don’t make much of a pair of a clubs that have been pleasant surprises this season. The Kings and Mavericks, each with records above .500, are given just 6 and 4 percent probabilities, respectively, to make the playoffs. That’s a night-and-day difference from the basic Elo model, which gives Sacramento a 34 percent chance of getting in and Dallas a 21 percent chance.What that spells out, aside from CARMELO’s limited belief in each roster, is the model’s view that neither club has enough battle-tested veterans in their rotation to get a boost for postseason experience. The Mavs are tied with the Nets for lowest playoff adjustment in the new system, while the Kings rank seventh-lowest. Houston, by contrast, has the fifth-highest adjustment for its postseason experience.Overall, we think the changes to our model will help us do a better job of predicting the season. And now you can check out the inner workings of what goes into the predictions on each team’s page. You can see the depth charts we’re working with — which, by definition, are estimates, but we try to keep them updated daily by tracking trades, injuries and other changes to each player’s status — as well as an updating chart of a team’s chance to make the playoffs. Also included is a handy graph of changes to a team’s talent rating, which highlights the difference between how a club looks at full strength compared with the present moment.So when you’re watching the NBA’s Christmas Day games with friends and family, check out our predictions to follow along with how each team has been playing and sound like an expert.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Those numbers, far more in line with conventional wisdom, are based on two things: First, Golden State has an insane amount of talent when healthy — far more than any other club. (This is reflected in the full-strength CARMELO.) Second, the system believes that the Warriors are nowhere near their peak yet because of all the injuries they’ve dealt with to this point. They just recently got Stephen Curry and Draymond Green back in the lineup, and the team should see All-Star DeMarcus Cousins make his Golden State debut soon. And rotation players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston rejoined the team Monday.Looking beyond the Warriors, there are a handful of other key takeaways that stand out with the new system:The Nuggets haven’t hit their peak, but the system doesn’t fully buy their talent Aside from a poor stretch in mid-November, Denver has arguably been the most solid team in the NBA to this point. The Nuggets are tied for first place out West and have pieced together an unprecedented turnaround on the defensive end.Nothing about this situation comes across as a fluke so far in our forecast. In fact, if anything, the model thinks Denver is capable of more. Earlier this week, Denver has the biggest gap in the league between its full-strength CARMELO rating and its current rating — a 63-point shortfall. The Warriors are a great example of the differences between the forecasts. With our basic Elo rating projections, Golden State currently has just a 27 percent probability of reaching the NBA Finals and a puzzling 14 percent chance of winning a title. That’s lower than the Raptors’ 21 percent championship odds — and it’s a relative head-scratcher for a back-to-back champion that’s still relatively young and returned the vast majority of its core from the past two years.Yet using the new CARMELO forecast, which takes into account a team’s talent and fully healthy potential, the Warriors’ probability of reaching the finals is a whopping 67 percent, and their chances of winning a third-consecutive championship sit at 51 percent. If you’ve followed along with our NBA projection system in recent years, you probably noticed a recurring theme. During the regular season, the Golden State Warriors would either hit dry spells while key players were injured, or coach Steve Kerr, guarding against injuries, would frequently sit key players. Because of that, the Warriors would lose games that ultimately didn’t matter that much, and our Elo model — designed to track the ebbs and flows of the season’s wins and losses — would punish Golden State each time. But like clockwork, the Warriors would emerge in the spring as strong as ever — despite their blemished Elo rating.Even after updating our model in 2015 to try to account better for the talent on each team (using a blend of our basic Elo ratings and our preseason CARMELO player projections,1Which estimate a player’s future performance based on the trajectory of similar NBA players. which we called “CARM-Elo”), the model would give us some weird projections because it still reacted solely to wins and losses — it didn’t understand injuries, trades or rest.Last year, that flaw left CARM-Elo insisting that the baby-faced Sixers had a better probability of winning it all as the playoffs approached than the battle-tested Warriors did.2Last season’s system was the first of ours to use a playoff-experience metric, which gave credence to teams with considerable postseason chops. We found the addition necessary after LeBron and the lackadaisical Cavs kept flipping the switch after stumbling into the playoffs each year. The Elo-based system simply proved to be a bit too gullible, with too much of a recency bias to recognize that just because a team is playing extremely well doesn’t mean it’s going to be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy at season’s end. So we’ve tried to fix these problems by launching a new set of projections specific to each team’s baseline talent.Our NBA forecast now offers two sets of projections: one that will track teams’ basic Elo ratings just like our original forecasts and one based solely on our player projections, without focusing on daily wins or losses.3We’ll no longer be using the CARM-Elo forecast at all. The latter projection will account for real-time movements and talent adjustments on the depth charts for every team — which are available to check out on the new individual team pages. That marks a somewhat seismic shift for the system, since it didn’t previously have a way of factoring in long-term injuries or the idea of players resting. But now those things are considered, and it shows in the new ratings. (Read more about the methodology here.) Preseason team ratings use …Last year’s final rating, regressed to the meanUp-to-date depth chartsUp-to-date depth charts EloCARM-EloCARMELO read more

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Womens basketball Kelsey Mitchell named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year

Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorAfter being honored as Big Ten Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017, Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell was named the favorite to win the award Monday afternoon as she was selected as 2018 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by coaches and media.If Mitchell was named unanimous 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, she would join former Ohio State forward Jessica Davenport as the second Big Ten player to unanimously win the award three times.The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 22.6 points per game in 2016-17 and led the Buckeyes with 137 assists. Mitchell also hit 115 3-pointers, the second-most in the Big Ten. She was named an Associated Press first-team All-American in 2016 and second-team All-American in 2015 and 2017.Mitchell was also honored on the preseason All-Big Ten team. She was joined by redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who earned a spot on the second-team All-Big Ten last season. The 6-foot-3 Mavunga averaged 11.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game last year, becoming the third Ohio State player to ever average a double-double. Mitchell and Mavunga’s season will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 when the Buckeyes play host to Stanford at St. John Arena. read more

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18yrold gets 5 years for armed robbery

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeen admits to committing armed robberies, to be sentenced tomorrow  August 5, 2019In “Court”Horse cart operator jailed for stealing motorcycle, remanded on armed robbery chargesJuly 5, 2019In “Court”Teen slapped with 8th robbery charge  September 16, 2019In “Court” Quacy JupiterOne day after an 18-year-old teen told the court that he committed the robberies because he was hungry and had no money, he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus handed down the sentence on Tuesday to Quacy Jupiter of Campbell Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.He was slapped with five charges when he made his first court appearance, however, he only admitted to robbing two persons while denying the third. He had also denied being in possession of an illegal gun and ammunition when Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus had read the charges.The Magistrate sentenced Jupiter to two and a half years for each of the charges to which he pleaded guilty. The sentences will run concurrently, hence, he will only spend two and a half years behind bars.The first charge stated that on August 1, 2019, at Louisa Road, Georgetown, while being in the company of another and armed with a gun, he robbed Robert Rollins of a number of items which collectively totalled G$43,000.It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, he robbed Ulric Bristol of a quantity of items valued at G$63,000.The third charge stated that he robbed Roxanne Daniels of two mobile phones and G$15,000 in cash, totalling G$131,000.It was further alleged that on August 1, 2019, at Campbell Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, he had in his possession a .32 revolver and four matching rounds of ammunition without being a licensed firearm holder.The matters were reported and a search was carried out in a room in which the suspect was occupying where the stolen articles were found.Jupiter was then arrested and taken to the station where he was positively identified by the victims as the perpetrator. As such, he was charged for the offences. read more

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GTT encounters issue with mobile data service

GTT has encountered several technical challenges which has impacted its mobile data service.The company says it is working assiduously to fix the problem.“The matter is currently being assessed and those who have lost mobile data will be reimbursed soonest. Measures will be put in place to diminish the likelihood of this reoccurring,” GTT said.INews understands that the issue began since yesterday.Customers are complaining of large amounts of data and minutes disappearing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt, GTT ink “non-binding” pact for telecoms liberalisationMarch 6, 2019In “Business”GTT rolls out ‘Free Basic 4G Services’ – Gov’t lauds initiativeJune 2, 2016In “Business”GTT has capacity to service Digicel, millions lost in bypass link- CEOOctober 8, 2018In “Business” read more

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SCE wins transport contract for Peabody Metropolitan coal mine

first_imgAustralia-based SCE says it has been awarded a multi-year contract to transport coal wash reject from Peabody’s Metropolitan mine in Helensburgh, New South Wales, to various tipping locations in the Illawarra district.Under the contract SCE will be moving 400,000 t/y with special consideration to be given to the Helensburgh community to ensure minimal heavy vehicle impact operating between set hours (7 am-5 pm), including operating outside school zone hours.The contract is estimated to be worth A$14 million ($9.83 million) during the initial three-year period with options for a further two-year extension.Metropolitan uses underground longwall mining techniques to extract the coal which is then transferred by conveyor to the major surface facilities area. The coal is transported by train to the Port Kembla Coal Terminal for shipping to domestic and overseas customers. The mine sold 1.9 million tons (1.7 Mt) of coal from the mine in 2018.“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this contract by Peabody,” SCE Transport and Logistics Manager, Paul Minogue, said. “Metropolitan is one of the oldest continually operating coal mining operations in Australia and has been an integral part of the Helensburgh community for 130 years.”He added: “Similarly, we have a wealth of experience in all facets of the mining services industry including stockpile management, emplacement services, civil projects, water management and transport solutions.”Minogue said the company will have a fleet of up to 25 semi-trailers to transport coal wash reject from the mine site with the capability to flex down and up, depending on demand.“As always, our top priority is to ensure we move all materials safely while also taking into consideration the communities in which we operate,” he added.last_img read more

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Veszprem beat Barca

Telekom Veszprem made an opening evening of 2019 unforgettable for their fans! FC Barcelona lost their second match in EHF Champions League season 2018/2019 against Hungarian vicechampions 29:26 (15:15) at Veszprem Arena.Telekom Veszprém – Barca Lassa 29:26 (15:15) ← Previous Story 2018/2019 STORM: HBC Nantes – PSG Handball 0:4 Next Story → PGE Vive Kielce win in Kristianstad 7.Meshkov Brest11218300:3445 3.Vive Kielce11704348:33614 4.Telekom Veszprem11704317:30014 1.Barcelona11902377:31218 Telekom Veszprém: Sterbik, Mikler – Manaskov 4 (1), Ilic 2, Tonnesen 4, Gajic, Nilsson 1, Nagy 2, Marguc 1, Strlek 1, Terzic, Blagotinsek, Nenadic 4, Mahé 4, Mackovsek 3, Lékai 3 5.Rhein-Neckar11605339:32412 6.Kristianstad11218317:3685 8.Montpellier11218294:3185 Barca Lassa: De Vargas, Möller – Tomas 4, Entrerrios 1, Andersson, Arino 4, N’Guessan 4, Gomez 3, Syprzkak 1, Goncalves 1, Dolenec 3 (3), Mem 3, Duarte 2, Ilic, FabregasSTANDING: FC Barcelona LassaTelekom Veszprem 2.Vardar11713314:30415 read more

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