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___Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real timeLEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Walmart is experimenting with using artificial intelligence to manage its physical stores. The retail giant is opening the Intelligent Retail Lab inside a Neighborhood Market grocery store in Levittown, New York. Walmart says the technology will allow workers to quickly replenish products on shelves or open more cash registers if lines get too long.___Tesla posts surprisingly large 1Q loss as sales slump 31%SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk had prepped Wall Street for a first quarter loss but analysts were still stunned by its size: $702.1 million, among the company’s worst quarters in the past two years. The net loss was more than double what analysts had predicted as Tesla’s sales slumped 31% for the quarter. The loss of $4.10 per share left Musk spending much of a conference call explaining how it happened.___3M to cut 2,000 jobs, 1Q results miss Wall Street’s viewST PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M plans to cut 2,000 jobs globally as part of restructuring efforts. The company said the move is expected to save about $225M to $250M a year.___Comcast sheds cable customers but adds internet subscribersPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast kept shedding cable customers and adding home internet customers in its most recent quarter. To deal with the industry shift online from cable, Comcast has focused on growing its broadband business while integrating streaming apps into its cable box. It is also launching its own NBCUniversal streaming service in 2020. NBCUniversal revenue dropped in the first quarter, absent last year’s Super Bowl and Olympics events.___US durable goods orders up solid 2.7% in MarchWASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose 2.7% in March with a key category that tracks business investment decisions rising at the strongest pace in eight months. The Commerce Department says the increase in orders for durable goods followed a 1.1% drop in orders in February.___Disappointing 3M earnings weigh on Wall Street ahead of bellLONDON (AP) — Disappointing earnings from 3M, the maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, is weighing on stocks ahead of Wall Street’s open Thursday. The failure of two projected mergers in Europe has dented market sentiment, too.___UPS falls short of forecasts on bad weather, costsNEW YORK (AP) — UPS reports weak first quarter profit on flat revenue and higher costs. The company cited bad weather as a key factor in weighing down revenue growth during the quarter. It also counted a $123 million pretax charge as it restructures some of its business. Both profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts. The company reaffirmed is full year profit forecast.___Possible $5B Facebook fine echoes European tech penaltiesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The possibility of a $5 billion federal privacy fine for Facebook suggests that U.S. regulators may be taking a cue from their European counterparts, who have been handing out large penalties to U.S. technology giants. The potential move by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission would be more than a slap on the wrist, especially if it comes with strings that limit how the company targets advertising to its massive user base.___UK blocks Sainsbury’s merger with Walmart unit AsdaLONDON (AP) — British regulators have blocked Sainsbury’s 7.3 billion-pound ($9.4 billion) purchase of Walmart’s Asda unit amid concerns the deal would have increased prices and reduced the quality and range of products available. For Walmart, it’s another setback in its effort to export its low-price strategy around the world. The regulator said Thursday that the deal would lead to a poorer shopping experience across the country.___Nintendo profit jumps 39% on Switch software salesTOKYO (AP) — Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. is reporting a 39% rise in profit for the fiscal year through March on healthy software sales for its popular Switch console. The Kyoto-based company behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises reported Thursday a 194 billion yen ($1.7 billion) annual profit. Nintendo says popular Switch software included “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” which sold 13.8 million units. It expects to ship 18 million Switch devices the current year.The Associated Press read more

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Upcoming trade talks must focus on right to adequate food UN expert

16 November 2011The right to adequate food must be at the top of the agenda of next month’s global trade talks, an independent United Nations expert stressed today, calling for bold policies to ensure food security. “The world is in the midst of a food crisis which requires a rapid policy response. But the World Trade Organization (WTO) agenda has failed to adapt, and developing countries are rightly concerned that their hands will be tied by trade rules,” said the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter.“Food security is the elephant in the room which the WTO must address,” he stated in a news release, ahead of the organization’s ministerial conference set to take place in Geneva from 15 to 17 December. Next month’s meeting will focus on the future of the so-called Doha Round of negotiations on reducing international trade barriers, as well as the future of the global trading system. “We should grasp the opportunity to ask what kind of trade rules will allow us to combat food insecurity and realize the human right to food,” said Mr. De Schutter.He noted that “trade did not feed the hungry when food was cheap and abundant, and is even less able to do so now that prices are sky-high.” Global food imports will amount to $1.3 trillion in 2011, and the food import bills of the least developed countries (LDCs) have soared by over a third over the last year, he added.Some measures that have been cited as helpful in rehabilitating local food production capacity in developing countries are higher tariffs, temporary import restrictions, state purchase from small-holders, and targeted farm subsidies.But WTO rules leave little space for developing countries to put these measures in place, said Mr. De Schutter. “Even if certain policies are not disallowed, they are certainly discouraged by the complexity of the rules and the threat of legal action,” he stated. “Current efforts to build humanitarian food reserves in Africa must tip-toe around the WTO rulebook. This is the world turned upside down.“WTO rules should revolve around the human right to adequate food, not the other way around,” said the expert, who reports to the UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity. “We need an environment that encourages bold policies to improve food security.” read more

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Closing Bell Nasdaq sinks markets pull back on cloudy US outlook

TORONTO — North American stock markets weakened on Friday as traders soured to the latest U.S. jobs figures, and the Nasdaq was hammered on falling technology stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index closed 9.11 points lower to 14,393.10, while the Canadian dollar ended 0.48 of a cent higher at 91.07 cents US.The declines were even steeper on Wall Street where investors took a mostly negative stance on the March jobs data, which they had hoped would show a steady recovery after emerging from an intense winter season.The Dow Jones industrials slid 159.84 points to 16,412.71, and the S&P 500 index gave back 23.68 points to 1,865.09.The Nasdaq fell 2.6% to close at its lowest level in about two months, falling 110.01 points to 4,127.73. Tech stocks were the major drag, as influential names like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon all moved lower as growth momentum that’s played out in the sector this year started to lose steam.Traders have been looking for reassurance that the U.S. economy is solid, but despite key economic data throughout the week that pointed to reasons for confidence, the indexes haven’t followed suit.The U.S. Labor Department reported that American employers added 192,000 jobs in March, which fell slightly short of consensus predictions of about 195,000 and was lower than February.“The recovery is perhaps not as strong as one would hope, but the revisions to previous figures suggest that the overall results are quite positive all the same,” wrote Desjardins senior economist Francis Genereux in a note.Overall, employment growth helped back up opinions of a recovery in the U.S. economy, but that sentiment was fuelled by a positive revision to numbers for January and February. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7%.The employment figures couldn’t to shift perceptions about where the Federal Reserve is headed. During the past few months, the Fed has been reducing its monetary stimulus amid mounting evidence of a sustainable economic recovery in the U.S.All in all, the U.S. jobs report provided “further evidence that the economy is rebounding from the chill of an unusually severe, stormy winter,” wrote CIBC World Markets senior economist Peter Buchanan in a note.Domestic jobs data got a better reception, as Statistics Canada said 43,000 new jobs were added in March.The increase eased Canada’s unemployment rate down a tenth of a point to 6.9% — matching a post-recession low — but most of the gains were in part-time positions and the vast majority of the new jobs went to young Canadians.“I tend to not see that necessarily as a great sign for the Canadian economy,” said Kevin Headland, director of the portfolio advisory group at Manulife Asset Management.“It is positive because we are creating jobs, especially for the youth, but not very high-quality jobs.”As enthusiasm surrounding the U.S. economy subsided, gold prices moved higher. June bullion gained US$18.90 to US$1,303.50 an ounce, while May copper was relatively unchanged at US$3.02 a pound.Oil continued to trade above US$100 a barrel with May crude settling 85 cents higher to US$101.14 a barrel.Shares in Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) climbed nearly 27% after the company said results for the first quarter will be better than expected. Improved revenues and lower costs will help earnings remain in-line with the same time last year, the airline said.The new outlook erases a $15 million to $30 million shortfall that the company had initially anticipated in the period. Air Canada stock rose $1.54 to $7.30. read more

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UNP to decide between Ranil Sajith Karu

He said that with the Presidential elections just a few months away the UNP will need to decide on its Presidential candidate soon. Wijewardene said that the UNP will now need to meet to select the best candidate. The United National Party confirmed that it will pick either party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya or Sajith Premadasa as the UNP Presidential candidate.State Minister of Defence and Mass Media non-cabinet Minister and UNP Gampaha District Member of Parliament Ruwan Wijewardene said that there is one group in the UNP who want Wickremesinghe to contest the next Presidential election while another group backs Karu Jayasuriya and another Sajith Premadasa. Wijewardene said the UNP will also meet on 5 August to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with its coalition partners. read more

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Talks to continue after BC Rail buys coal licences in sacred area

VICTORIA – Sixty-one disputed licences to mine coal will be bought by a Crown corporation in an area of northwestern British Columbia consider sacred by First Nations, says Mines Minister Bill Bennett.The $18.3-million deal announced Monday will see the British Columbia Railway Company buy the licences in the Klappan area from Fortune Minerals (TSX:FT) and POSCO Canada.The Klappan has been the site of protests and a bitter fight over resource extraction.The Tahltan Central Council claims the area as part of its traditional territory and calls it the Sacred Headwaters, where the salmon-bearing Skeena, Stikine and Nass rivers meet.Chad Day, council president, said in a news release the stops halts development of the mines.“This latest news gives us years — rather than weeks or months — to develop a sustainable long-term management plan and agreement for an area that is so important to Tahltan people and others across the world,” said Day.The companies have held the licences since 2002, the ministry said.About 40 members of the Tahltan occupied Fortune Minerals’ camp on Mount Klappan in September 2013, before banning the company from the area months later.Under the BC Railway Act, the British Columbia Railway Company can acquire coal mines and land.The ministry announced the Crown corporation will use its cash reserves to purchase the licences, a move it said would have no impact on the government’s current fiscal plan.Fortune Minerals and POSCO Canada have a 10-year option, or until 2025, to re-purchase the licences at the original prices after the province and Tahltan develop a shared vision, the ministry added.“Everyone has recognized that we need to take time to decide how to manage the Klappan, including the mining company,” said Bennett.But he said the provincial government will not make a habit of buying out other mining or commercial interests as a matter of course.“We’re not going to apply this method to every single situation we run across in the province,” he said. “But when you do have these really difficult situations, if you’ve worked with everybody sometimes you can sort it out and find something that’s amicable and realistic and fair and that’s what we did.”The Klappan area is about 400 kilometres north of Smithers and includes few inhabited communities other than Telegraph Creek, and Dease Lake.–by Keven Drews in Vancouver and Dirk Meissner in Victoria Talks to continue after BC Rail buys coal licences in ‘sacred’ area: B.C. by The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2015 5:35 pm MDT Last Updated May 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Private sector waiting for Notleys first move political observers

by Stephanie Froese Posted May 10, 2015 7:34 am MDT Private sector waiting for Notley’s first move: political observers Big business is likely among the top of the list of those waiting for Rachel Notely to make her first major move. The premier-elect campaigned on the ideas of a royalty review and a look at raising corporate taxes. Allan Bonner, a Toronto-based communications consultant who has been closely monitoring the developments in Alberta, told 660News he doesn’t think companies will see that as an excuse for layoffs. “A single digit or two, taxes or royalties, is such a small portion of all those company’s inputs, that an executive who says that is why he or she is leaving or shutting down or laying people off is not being entirely forthcoming,” Bonner said He said private sector senior management would be in much bigger trouble already if they were not able to wade through a small tax hike. The premier-elect met with her caucus in Edmonton for the first time over the weekend. Bonner said, just because that first orientation is out of the way, Albertans shouldn’t expect to see a new NDP government hit the ground running by Monday morning. Some political watchers have said many people who voted for the NDP are expecting to see some concrete actions to distinguish the governing party from the outgoing Progressive Conservatives sooner rather than later.(With files from the Canadian Press) Stephanie Froese Stephanie Froese AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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US deeply concerned over Shavendras appointment

Major General Shavendra Silva has been accused of war crimes linked to the final stages of the war. President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Major General Shavendra Silva as the new Commander of the Army today. The United States is deeply concerned by the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander.The US Embassy in Colombo headed by Ambassador Alaina Teplitz said that the allegations of gross human rights violations against him, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible. “This appointment undermines Sri Lanka’s international reputation and its commitments to promote justice and accountability, especially at a time when the need for reconciliation and social unity is paramount,” the US Embassy in Colombo said. Shavendra Silva was appointed to the post despite concerns raised over the risk his appointment may pose to Sri Lanka’s cooperation with UN Peacekeeping operations and the defence cooperation between the US and Sri Lanka.Shavendra Silva replaces Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake who retired from service yesterday (Sunday). read more

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Thousands protest across Australia against removal of Sri Lankan Tamil family

“This is senseless cruelty, this is cruelty for the sake of being cruel,” Di Natale told a rally in Melbourne, the Australian Associated Press reported.Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has refused to budge despite mounting pressure from the community and opposition politicians to let the family stay. The parents say their family will face persecution as Tamils if they return to Sri Lanka. Dutton said Friday that the parents arrived illegally by boat and successive courts had ruled the family did not qualify as refugees so they were “not owed protection” by Australia.Priya, Nadesalingam and their Australian born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were at the centre of dramatic scenes on Friday when migration officials bundled them onto a midnight government flight from Melbourne to Sri Lanka.They were offloaded in the far-northern city of Darwin after a court granted an injunction against the deportation, but Saturday they were then flown to Christmas Island. Thousands of people protested in cities and towns across Australia Sunday against the Government’s efforts to deport a Tamil family back to Sri Lanka, Gulf Times reported.The asylum seeker family of four, including two children aged 4 and 2 born in Australia, are being held in a detention centre on remote Christmas Island while a last-minute appeal against their deportation is heard this week in a Melbourne court. Speaking by phone to the national broadcaster ABC by phone from Christmas Island Sunday, Priya said they were all alone in the centre and the children were constantly crying. Greens leader Richard Di Natale accused the government of cruelty in deporting the family, who are supported by the community in the remote Queensland village of Biloela where they had lived for the past four years. The family’s lawyer, Carina Ford, said she understood they were the only inmates of the Christmas Island detention centre.She said keeping them behind bars so far away made it more difficult to present their case in a Melbourne court before the injunction ends on Wednesday.The case centres on 2-year-old Tharunicaa, who has not been assessed for a protection visa. read more

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FR filed in Supreme Court against Elpitiya PS elections

The Supreme Court had last month ordered the Elections Commission to hold the elections of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha after accepting nominations by the Democratic United National Front (DUNF) which had earlier been rejected. They sought the intervention of the court to prevent the elections from taking place until a new nominations list is prepared. A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition was filed in the Supreme Court today against holding the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha elections.The petition was filed by three residents in Elpitiya. An Extraordinary Gazette notification was issued this month to hold the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha elections on October 11, 2019. read more

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Womens Volleyball No 3 Minnesota takes down Ohio State in five sets

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after winning a point against No. 3 Minnesota on Nov. 17 at St. John Arena. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterIn a five-set battle against No. 3 Minnesota, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team fought relentlessly and eventually fell 3-2 in a closer battle than the Gophers have faced all season.Minnesota (24-2) is the only undefeated team in the Big Ten with a 18-0 record, 12 of which were sweeps with only one other at 3-2. Despite the loss, Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston focused on the long-term team.“One of my favorite quotes is ‘Patience is understanding that you’re not always going to get what you want when you want it,’” Carlston said. “There’s people in our locker room right now that are going to win national championships because of nights like tonight.”In the first set, Minnesota cruised to a 6-1 lead before an Ohio State timeout. Junior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin had six consecutive serves and took the Buckeyes to a 7-6 lead. The Buckeyes (12-18, 3-15 Big Ten) won multiple points due to dropped balls by the Gophers. Ohio State led throughout the majority of the first set and held its ground against top-ranked Minnesota hitters. Ohio State senior setter Olivia Daily had 53 assists.“Liv kept us aggressive which we needed,” Carlston said. “We knew we needed to set the ball with some tempo to stress them out and she did a great job with that.”The Gophers ranked No. 2 nationally in kills per set (15.08), and No. 3 in hitting percentage (.301) coming into the matchup. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Regan Pittman led Minnesota with 20 kills and sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Samedy followed with 17.The Gophers tied the score at 19, but the Buckeyes fought back to win the match 25-23.Ohio State’s defense kept the team secure. Junior defensive specialist Camry Halm had 32 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder had 14.The Buckeyes kept the score close in the second set, but the Gophers took the win 25-20. The Gophers held a lead for the majority of the third set and took a 25-13 win. The Bucks carried a lead on-and-off throughout the fourth set. Ohio State called a timeout at a 21-19 Buckeye lead. The Buckeyes came out on top 25-23 to head into the battle of the fifth set. Ohio State held on strong but a kill by Pittman ended the set in favor of Minnesota 15-11.“You never want moral victories but with this group working as hard as they have it was fun to see them battle tonight,” Carlston said. “Especially the last match in this building it was pretty emotional.”This match marked the end of an era at St. John Arena, as the team will be playing in the Covelli Center starting next season.“There’s just something special about St. John Arena,” Franklin said. “Today was one of those days where the crowd was really into it and it was just another special day that we were lucky to play here.”The Buckeyes will finish their season on the road with their last two matches against Nebraska and Iowa next weekend. read more

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Football Ohio State enters Michigan matchup as underdog

The Ohio State Buckeyes walk onto the field before the game against Indiana on Oct.6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State had an idea of where it wanted to be by the time the Michigan game arrived. With redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins at the helm, a quarterback who has beaten Michigan before, and two former 1,000-yard running backs at his disposal, with an All-American at defensive end and a defense that seemed to have depth up front and high expectations everywhere else, the Buckeyes expected to use the Michigan game as a launching point. It would lead to a conference championship, a College Football Playoff bid and, if lucky, a national championship. But instead, Michigan, with a former top-rated pro-style quarterback recruit leading the offense, a 1,000-yard rusher and the best defense in college football, is in the spot Ohio State thought it would be in at this point. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten East and are the No. 4 team in the country with an ability to control its own destiny heading into the playoff. But this is not what Meyer is focused on. He said all he is focused on is getting players healthy and confident enough to play their best in one of the most important games of the year. Meyer has been here before. And he knows what it takes to succeed against the Wolverines. “It’s our seventh one. And like you said, it’s never been, in my opinion, the talent differential,” Meyer said. “It’s always been extremely close. And also when you play Penn State, I think Michigan State’s very close. And you’ve seen it, for me to say how we play, you’ve seen it over the years. We have to do what we need to do at the time to win the game.” That might be different than anything Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff has done this season. He said play-calling has been “a little more conservative when it is a team you’re better than.” For the first time in 51 games, Ohio State will not be viewed as the better team when it takes the field on Saturday. Michigan is favored by four points, the first time the Wolverines were favored to win this game since 2011. Heading into what many consider the best rivalry in all of college sports, Meyer is saying the same things he says about every opponent Ohio State faces: He has “absolutely incredible respect” for the Michigan football program. The way Ohio State shows that respect to the Wolverines does not change either. “How do you respect — you work so freakin’ hard at it to do your very best,” Meyer said. “How do you show respect for them and the game? You work, which we are. We’re working so damn hard for this.” And Ohio State will have to work hard against Michigan, especially after its 52-51 overtime win against Maryland, a game in which the Buckeyes defense allowed 535 yards of offense to the Terrapins, the most yards it has allowed this season. After the game, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said the Buckeyes view the Maryland win as its own “entity,” that it does not define the defensive performance Ohio State will have against Michigan. Schiano said there has been some consistency defensively throughout the season and that his unit will be ready for junior quarterback Shea Patterson and senior running back Karan Higdon on Saturday. “Look, we’re as ready as we’re gonna be,” Schiano said. “We’re gonna put together a good plan, we’re gonna have a good week of practice, and there’ll be two very focused teams show up on Saturday.” Even with ranked wins against Penn State, TCU and Michigan State this season, Ohio State’s toughest test this season will be Michigan. And with the added pressure of it being “The Game,” which every player and coach in each locker room waits for each season, this one carries more weight. Ohio State did not think it would be in this position heading into the Michigan game. However, even without being favored to win, without being in the position to control its own destiny in terms of the College Football Playoff, this game defines its season. This game is what brought players in from all over the country to join Ohio State and Michigan. This game is what convinced coaches to join the Buckeyes and the Wolverines. This game is everything for both programs, no matter the context. “It’s cold up here, you know,” sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins said. “That’s what I left Texas for.” read more

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Mens Volleyball No 14 Ohio State fights injuries ahead of matches against

Then-sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss hits the ball over the net during the final set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterWhen the No. 14 Ohio State men’s volleyball team steps onto the court in St. John Arena this weekend, it will look significantly different than it has this season. The Buckeyes (3-4, 0-1 MIVA) will take on Saint Francis University (4-3) and Lincoln Memorial University (5-2) without their top two setters — freshman Luke Lentin and senior Sanil Thomas — and the nation’s top scorer: sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes. Thomas and Lentin join junior setter Andrew Hillman, who hasn’t played this season after he sustained an injury during fall training, ensuring the Buckeyes will need to be creative in order to fill the setter position moving forward. Head coach Pete Hanson said junior libero Chase Moothart and freshman libero Parker Mikesch are two players who will fill some gaps for the Buckeyes. “You don’t need a whole lot out of everybody, you need a little bit from each guy,” Hanson said. “We’re just kind of that team right now because we’ve got some young guys playing.” Hanson said having older players on the court will help Ohio State play as a cohesive unit. One of the oldest players on the court, redshirt senior libero Aaron Samarin, said he tries to take ownership of his role as a leader with the new faces on the court. “[I] try to make them feel more comfortable,” Samarin said. “I know they have a lot of energy, and I think if we try to control that and focus it more on comfort and confidence in their play, then we’ll see a lot of positives.” On Friday, the Buckeyes will face a Saint Francis team coming off a 3-1 victory against McKendree. The Red Flash are led by redshirt freshman outside hitter Michael Fischer, who has tallied 102 kills and four aces. The Buckeyes have only lost one of the 34 meetings between the Red Flash since 1993. On Saturday, the Buckeyes will take on Lincoln Memorial, which beat Queens in straight sets in their last match. Junior opposite hitter and setter Evan Cory leads the Railsplitters with 94 kills, 33 digs and 20 aces. This will be the first meeting between Lincoln Memorial and Ohio State in the two teams’ histories. Junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss will return to the court this weekend after a two-week absence due to a concussion suffered in practice. “It’s been a long two weeks,” Devilbiss said. “It’s tough to see the guys go out there without you each match.” Hanson said he’s looking forward to having Devilbiss back this weekend. “Reese is a real steadying influence for us,“ Hanson said. “He’s the key to our passing and quite frankly, that was a part of our game that really went south on us.” Ohio State takes on Saint Francis at 7 p.m. on Friday and Lincoln Memorial at 8 p.m. on Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

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Track and Field Karrington Winters to leave prominent Ohio State legacy

Senior Karrington Winters runs a relay as a part of the Ohio State track and field team. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsWhen Karrington Winters crossed the finish line, she was almost in disbelief. As a sophomore, she had just broken the school’s indoor 600-meter run record. Winters, now a senior on the women’s track and field team, has broken two records at Ohio State, one in the 600-meter run in the Big Ten championships with a time of 1:27.60 and the other as a member of the 4×400-meter relay in the NCAA championships with a time of 3:31.23. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Winters didn’t think she was going to run track.“I always had aspirations of playing soccer, but it turned out that I started enjoying chasing after the ball a little bit more,” Winters said. During a family picnic in 2009, Winters raced the boys in her family for the last piece of cake. She beat all of them, and her parents then enrolled her in a track program.That was the same year that 12-year-old Winters placed third in the 400-meter run at nationals. The following year, Winters broke the national 800-meter run record, placed first in the 400-meter run and third in the 200-meter dash.Now, Winters is no stranger to performing on big stages. In 2016, she was part of the USA 4×400-meter relay team made up of Winters, Lynna Irby, Anna Cockrell and Samantha Watson that ran in Bydgoszcz, Poland, at the IAAF U20 World championships, ultimately taking home gold.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to another country, especially one like Poland and be able to compete for the USA,” Winters said. During her freshman year, she was part of the 4×400-meter relay team that broke the school record with a 3:32.88 mark at the indoor Big Ten championship and a second-place finish. She also took home gold in the 600-meter run at the Ohio State Opener with a time of 1:33.68. Winters’ success continued through her sophomore year, when she broke the school’s 600-meter run record at the indoor Big Ten championship and won her first career individual conference title. Winters claimed gold at the Buckeye Tune Up that year in the 400-meter run with a mark of 55.53. Her sophomore year she ran with Beatrice Hannan, Aliyah Barnes and Maggie Barrie on the 4×400-meter relay team, setting the school record with a time of 3:31.23 at the NCAA Championships. This relay team became the first women’s 4×400-meter relay in Ohio State history to earn First Team All-American honors.Throughout Winters’ junior outdoor season, she put up a 400-meter run time of 53.15 and advanced to the NCAA championships.That season she also marked a career-best 400-meter run time of 52.49 and claimed silver on the 4×400-meter relay team with a mark of 3:33.69 at the Big Ten championships.Competing in meets is just one part of being a student-athlete. Winters compared being a student-athlete to a job, saying you have to be able to balance your academic, athletic and personal life. While being a student-athlete, Winters still finds time to be involved in her community with the role of president as she serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is the voice of student athletes on campus. “I think [Winters’] leadership is something that she doesn’t ebb for,” Karen Dennis, director of track and field, said. “It’s not the kind of leadership that she tries to impose, it’s the kind of leadership that comes natural.”As the indoor season comes to an end and outdoor season nears, Winters said she wants to go all out in hopes of making it to nationals and being on the podium in the open 400-meter and 4×400-meter relay during outdoor season. “I can put numbers on this and say I want to win this accolade, but my biggest thing is that I want to leave a lasting legacy,” Winters said. “It’s easy to just be a number and to just come and go, but for me I actually want to be someone who is remembered by leaving my mark here at this institution.” read more

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Mens Lacrosse Jack Jasinski finds path to becoming crucial player for Ohio

Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Former Oller ReporterOhio State lacrosse senior midfielder Jack Jasinski is currently the top point scorer for the Buckeyes, but the Alabama native is focused on helping his teammates and changing the way people see lacrosse in his home state.Jasinski grew up in Birmingham, an area not known for lacrosse the way it is for football or basketball. His high school days weren’t normal due to him taking up the sport.“It was very, very different. I think there are only 13 high school teams in the whole state for lacrosse,” Jasinski said.Jasinski found lacrosse through his older brother, who decided to take up the sport while Jasinski was in the eighth grade. He was focused on baseball at the time, but decided to give lacrosse a chance. “I didn’t expect it,” Jasinski said. “I was like, ‘I’ll probably still play baseball,’ and I ended [up] playing lacrosse, and I’ve pretty much never looked back.”Now, as the top scorer for the Buckeyes with 26 points, Jasinski has become one of the most important players on the No. 4-ranked lacrosse team.“He’s a guy that just continues to get better and better,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said.Jasinski is usually one of the shortest players each time he takes the field, standing at 5 feet 7 inches, but his mentality has helped make him the top scorer of the only undefeated team left in the Top 25. “I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder, just being from Alabama, just being from a small area,” Jasinski said.His development has never been more evident than during this season. Jasinski broke onto the scene after an impressive junior season that was enough for him to be named on the Big Ten Watch List.“When he got here, he was probably a little bit more raw than not,” Myers said. “But I think he’s really developed well into a lacrosse player.”Not only has Jasinski made a difference to the stat sheet, he has also embraced the role of a leader that comes with being a senior.Hei is one of seven seniors on the Ohio State roster that is making team culture a priority.Despite not being named a captain, Jasinski still takes on that role and shows his support for the players named captains.“The guys that were selected captains were selected because they’re really good leaders,” Jasinski said. ”I have nothing but support and praise. They’ve done a great job this year.”Off the field, Jasinski took a service trip this past summer to help people in Puerto Rico.“I went down there and was blown away, their culture there, the positivity they bring, they had gone through a lot in the past 24 months with hurricanes,” Jasinski said. “It gives you a good perspective like, ‘You know what? You don’t really have a lot to complain about here.’”During the trip, Jasinski went to a village where it was difficult for the residents to get supplies in order to fix the houses affected by the hurricanes. He helped paint houses, give supplies, meet with local community members and hand out shoes to the kids who didn’t have any.The senior midfielder credits that trip to Puerto Rico for changing him as a teammate and reminding himself that things could be much worse. In the wake of graduation, Jasinski’s hopes to keep playing lacrosse as long as he can.“If I get the opportunity, that’d be awesome,” Jasinski said.With the Dallas Rattlers taking Jasinski with the 37th pick in the Major League Lacrosse draft, it looks like the undersized player from Alabama will get his opportunity. read more

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Shannon Scotts career night leads Ohio State past Minnesota 7973 in the

OSU senior guard Shannon Scott (3) drives toward the basket as Minnesota junior forward Joey King (24) defends during a 2nd round game of the Big Ten Tournament on March 12 in Chicago. OSU won, 79-73. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — After a season highlighted by the performance of freshmen, a senior stole the show for Ohio State in its first game of the Big Ten Tournament.Guard Shannon Scott scored a career-high 21 points and tallied five rebounds and six assists as the sixth-seeded Buckeyes topped 11-seed Minnesota, 79-73, on Thursday night in Chicago. The Buckeyes’ standout freshman, guard D’Angelo Russell, struggled early but finished strong to lead all players with 23 points.Scott said his big night stemmed from a focus on effort going into the game.“(I) just wanted to play hard, really,” Scott said. “That’s the main thing we all try to focus on, is just playing as hard as we can.”The Georgia native added that the Buckeyes’ balanced scoring attack helped them get an edge on Minnesota.“It just keeps the defense honest,” Scott said after the game. “I mean they can’t just single him (Russell) out and focus on him the whole game.”The game was tied at halftime before OSU (23-9, 11-7) outscored the Golden Gophers (18-15, 6-12), 44-38, in the second half. The win sends the Buckeyes through to the tournament quarterfinals, where they’re scheduled to play the No. 3-seed, Michigan State, Friday night at the United Center.Scott said OSU aimed to peak in the postseason after the Buckeyes lost to No. 6 Wisconsin, 72-48, to close the regular season on Sunday.“Our biggest thing was after our senior night loss, just to play our best basketball now,” he said. “We went out at the (Schottenstein Center) not playing how we wanted to play. So we had to move on past it and get going again.”Coach Thad Matta said he agreed that picking up a win fresh off the disappointing loss to Wisconsin was a key for the Buckeyes, especially with the NCAA Tournament looming.“The only thing I asked them to do was attempt to play their best basketball and fight and claw,” Matta said after the game. “I didn’t think we played perfect tonight by any stretch, but we played well enough to win. In the back of my mind I was thinking, ‘We really need this win for a lot of different reasons.’”OSU’s victory makes Matta the winningest coach in program history. The victory was his 298th since joining the Buckeyes 11 years ago, moving him ahead of Fred Taylor.Scott said it was a “great feeling” to help his coach reach a career milestone.“He (Matta) has done a great job with this program,” Scott said. “Turning it around the way he did, he got to the Final Four many times, but he wants to keep winning.”OSU jumped out to an eight-point lead less than 11 minutes into the game, but that proved to be the biggest lead of the half. Minnesota went on a 10-2 run to tie it at 26 before the teams headed to the locker room with the score level at 35.Both teams shot worse than 50 percent from the field in the first half, while OSU shot just 1-of-12 from 3-point range, including an 0-for-5 clip from Russell.Even after a slow start, Matta said he expected his leading score to come out strong late in the game.“He (Russell) wants competition, he wants to play the best,” Matta said. “That makes him special. I knew he was struggling in the first half a little bit scoring the ball, but I had great confidence that he would get going, and sure enough he did.”Sophomore forward Marc Loving, who had been held scoreless in three of six games since returning from a three-game suspension on Feb. 14, scored seven points in the first half.Both teams came out firing in the second half, but a Russell layup followed by his first 3-pointer of the game put OSU ahead, 47-42, with about 16 minutes to play.After his late-game heroics helped seal his team a win, Russell said he wasn’t daunted by the thought of playing in his first collegiate postseason game.“I’ve played a lot of big games in my life,” he said. “It’s win or go home, anything can happen. Whoever our opponent is, we are just going to treat it like another game and trust the system.”Two free throws from Scott and two more from senior center Trey McDonald helped OSU gain a 13-point lead with less than 10 minutes on the clock. The big lead was short lived as a three-point play by Minnesota senior guard DeAndre Mathieu pulled the Golden Gophers within two less than five minutes later.But that proved to be as close as Minnesota could come, as the Buckeyes scored 14 of the game’s final 24 points.The Buckeyes’ matchup with Michigan State is scheduled to begin about 25 minutes after the conclusion of Maryland’s 6:30 p.m. matchup with Indiana. read more

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XCMG bolsters Mongolia offering with spare parts centre

first_imgXCMG has opened its first spare parts centre in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in an effort to provide “all-around support and services” for customers in the country.The new centre will connect with the Xuzhou Headquarters, Erenhot Distribution Center and mining districts’ On-site Support Warehouses to create a complete “sale-support-repair” service, it said. This will provide “high-quality equipment, flawless support in operation and guarantees for equipment throughout the entire life cycle of XCMG’s products”, the company said.XCMG’s Song said: “As Mongolia accelerates the construction of infrastructure over the next decade, XCMG will be on-hand to help develop the local market. With our new service centre and complete solution, there will be no limit to what we can build together.”The company’s exports to Mongolia are increasing year by year, XCMG said, with the total number of machinery shipped to Mongolia up to July 2019 already exceeded the total for 2018, according to recent customs reports. “The dramatic increase underlines the position of XCMG’s large-tonnage mining excavators, loaders, graders and mining trucks as the top choice for operators in Mongolia,” XCMG said.To meet the ever-growing demand for spare parts support and services, XCMG initiated the spare parts centre project with local dealer AODE in April. Some 20 million yuan ($2.9 million) was invested to construct the 2,000 sq.m site located in Ulaanbatar. This will significantly improve XCMG’s ability to provide spare parts services in Mongolia and its neighbouring region, as well as better sales services in Middle Asia, the company said.Wang Min, Chairman and CEO of XCMG, said: “XCMG is committed to providing excellent products and service to all our customers, service is part of the product itself, and XCMG will invest heavily to create a global spare parts network and standard service procedures to win customers’ trust.”last_img read more

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Brest Bretagne demolished by Metz Handball

← Previous Story Vipers Kristiansand retains Norwegian Cup title Next Story → Luka Stepancic to join MOL Pick Szeged 1.Metz W111100367:25533 2.Brest Bretagne W11911335:26330 9.Fleury Loiret W10307258:26816 10.Dijon W10217227:28415 7.Chambray Touraine W11425283:28521 8.Toulon W11308272:30017 11.Bourg De Peage W10208257:29214 6.Paris 92 W11605242:28121 5.Nantes W11605260:26723 The biggest derby of French female handball wasn’t actually an encounter of two close rivals as home team Brest Bretagne have been demolished by Metz Handball 20:35 (11:18).Metz Handball extended fantastic winning run with 11th win in domestic Championship.BREST : Gardiennes : Darleux (5 saves), Quiniou, Mauny (1/4), Gros (5/10), Pineau (7/13), Lagattu (0/1), Prouvensier (1/1), Pop-Lazic (2/4), Stoiljkovic (1/6), Foppa, Manach, Coatanea (0/1), Limal, Mangue (3/6)METZ HANDBALL : Gardiennes : Glauser (19 saves), Kapitanovic (), Edwige (2/2), Gautschi (2/2), Zaadi (4/4), Flippes (6/8), N’Gouan (5/5), Houette (2/4), Levsha (5/5), Kanor O (2/5), Kanor L, Smits (1/3), Maubon (1/2), Niombla (5/8)STANDING: 3.Nice W11713283:25926 12.Saint Amand W111010243:32913 4.Besancon W10631292:23625 Brest BretagneMetz handball read more

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Mikkel Hansen is World Championship 2019 MVP

The Danish left back Mikkel Hansen was elected for the Most Valuable Player of the IHF World Handball Championship 2019 ended with the tremendeous success of his team at home court in Herning.MVP: Mikkel Hansen – DenmarkLeft wing: Magnus Jondal – NorwayLeft back: Sander Sagosen – NorwayCentre back: Rasmus Lauge – DenmarkRight back: Fabian Wiede – GermanyRight wing: Ferran Sole Sala – SpainLine player: Bjarte Myrhol – NorwayGoalkeeper: Niklas Landin – Denmark ← Previous Story DANISH “TRIPLE CROWN” DREAM COME TRUE! Next Story → “Daddy, become a world champion!” – Perfect January 19 for Mikkel Hansen! Mikkel HansenWorld Handball Championship 2019 read more

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Student with Down syndrome Eleanor Murray celebrates 93 Leaving Cert Applied result

first_imgMEATH STUDENT, ELEANOR Murray, is celebrating after a fantastic leaving cert result today.The 20-year-old from Trim, who has Down syndrome, achieved an overall mark of 93% in her Leaving Certificate Applied.Eleanor is now looking forward to embarking on a third level course in September.She told TheJournal.ie that she was thrilled with her results, “I’m really looking forward to starting college in September.”Eleanor received confirmation this week that she has been accepted on a Sports Management and Coaching Course at Dunboyne Institute of Further Education which starts next month.The Meath woman is also the only Irish athlete travelling to Mexico for the World Down Syndrome Games later this year where she will compete in swimming.Her mother, Liz Murray, said: “It is such a fantastic achievement. Eleanor is absolutely over the moon and completely overwhelmed.Liz thanked the staff at Scoil Mhuire, Trim who she described as “behind Eleanor from day one”.Every day one of them would come out as I dropped Eleanor off to update me on her progress. I am so proud today. This is a great day.Pat Clarke is the Chief Executive of Down Syndrome Ireland, he said: “This is an absolutely remarkable achievement by Eleanor and we would like to congratulate her and offer her the very best of luck for commencing college in September.A person with Down Syndrome wants to be employed and to live independently – and with the right supports and college courses each and every one of them can fulfil their potential.Eleanor was voted TV3’s Local Legend 2014 after being nominated by her colleagues at the Aura Leisure Centre in Trim where she works part-time for the inspirational role she plays in the community.last_img read more

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