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first_imgNew Delhi: A 36-year-old man was shot dead allegedly by unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in northeast Delhi, police said on Wednesday. Imran was killed by unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants at Durgapuri Chowk on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, they said. The deceased was a resident of Shahdra and worked in an iron shop, police said. A case has been registered and an investigation is underway, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) Atul Kumar Thakur said. Police said they are trying to collect CCTV footage of the incident to ascertain the sequence of events and identify those involved in the incident.last_img read more

first_imgCanada’s top Catholic bishop says he hopes to emphasize the importance of believing victims when he discusses sexual abuse with his international counterparts during a gathering at the Vatican this week.Advocates and survivors of sexual abuse worry, however, that the meeting is unlikely to produce the sort of tangible results they’d like to see.The first-ever Vatican summit on clergy abuse of minors is meant as a “catechesis,” Pope Francis has said — a teaching session intended in part to raise awareness of the issue, decades after it first came to public light.  Bishop Lionel Gendron, of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Que., who is president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is among more than 100 Episcopal conference heads attending the gathering that runs from Thursday to Sunday.In an interview ahead of his trip, Gendron said he was looking forward to sharing what Canadians have gleaned about clergy sexual abuse over the past three decades with counterparts who are just beginning to acknowledge the problem.“People want to be listened to, and they want to be believed,” he said. “This was one of the things maybe in the past which was not perfect. We would not always believe the people.”He noted that his organization developed a new guide for dealing with clergy abuse that was released last year, updating previous versions of the document created in the 1980s and 1990s in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal at Mount Cashel orphanage in St. John’s, N.L. The document emphasizes the importance of listening to victims and their families, and supporting them through the healing process.Gendron said Canada’s history of tackling sexual abuse puts him in a slightly different position than his counterparts in some other countries, who may just be starting to acknowledge that the problem exists outside of North America.“The one who’s now the archbishop in France — he himself not long ago said that at the beginning, he was one of many people thinking that the problem of sexual abuse was from English-speaking countries. But now they discover it’s also in France, and it’s all over the world,” Gendron said.He added that while he has met with survivors of clergy sexual abuse many times throughout his career, he had not spoken at length with any since receiving word of the Vatican summit last September. But he noted that he has met with family members of survivors in that time who asked that he stress the effects such abuse has on victims’ loved ones.“It’s not only the person, the victim, but there is also the family of the victim and the community,” he said. “The victims are larger than the person.”But survivors and advocates say those sorts of general philosophies — believing and supporting victims — are just the first step in tackling the issue.Gemma Hickey, a Canadian clergy abuse survivor who is headed to the Vatican to protest during the summit, would like to see something more concrete than general platitudes — be it new policies or an external investigation.“The church has been handling this problem behind closed doors for far too long, and clearly they’re not capable of handling it appropriately,” said Hickey, who uses gender-neutral pronouns. “There needs to be other elements into a further investigation.”Hickey, who founded the Pathways Foundation for survivors of abuse in religious institutions, said they’re particularly concerned that the summit doesn’t not allow for public participation and has no sessions dedicated to hearing stories from survivors.The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a North American advocacy group with chapters in Canada, has demanded five things of Pope Francis at the summit, including that he compel bishops and cardinals to turn files related to alleged sexual abuse over to law enforcement so an independent investigation can be carried out.David Deane, an associate professor at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, said the disconnect between the Catholic hierarchy’s priorities and those of abuse survivors is stark.“Who would want to say, ‘Please investigate me. Please assess and analyze every decision I’ve made?’” he said. “That’s what’s needed and that’s what they don’t want to happen.”As for Canada’s role, he said existing policies in the country’s Catholic churches are good, but there is still an overall lack of transparency about what happened in the past and who was involved.“Even though the Canadian bishops are quite progressive on this, the fact that it’s still an all-bishops response illustrates its problems,” Deane said. “No matter who you are, if you’re a bishop, it is very, very difficult for you to say, ‘Let’s be transparent. Let’s have every single decision I’ve made, every response that I made to accusations, be they credible or far-fetched, let’s have all those exposed to investigation.’”Considering how the summit has been organized, with Pope Francis’s favourite clerics scheduled to speak, Deane said he doubts the meeting will produce the kinds of results survivors and advocates are calling for.“What will come out of this summit in the Vatican right now will be well-meaning soundbites, which are designed not to bring about real change but to placate the masses,” Deane said.Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett gave her department a deadline of July 1, 2017, to deliver concrete progress on reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of the country.Bennett set the deadline in a speech delivered during a department event introducing the new minister to the civil service held Tuesday.July 1, 2017, will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation.“At the core of our work is reconciliation. As our prime minister said, reconciliation is the unfinished business of Confederation. It must be central to all we do,” said Bennett, according to video of the speech released by the department. “Before July 1, 2017, we have to show we have accomplished something so we can go forward with our heads held high in a way that we can embark on the next 150 years of Canada in the way we can all feel proud.”Department officials whooped and clapped when Bennett was introduced as their new boss.Bennett said the department will now follow the lead of Indigenous peoples and the role of officials will be to implement solutions and changes called for by Indigenous communities.“It is going to be a hugely exciting journey together as we go forward,” said Bennett. “To really show in our four years we have been able to really make a difference in the lives of the people who were here first and who want to work with us and help us show the way. It is the time for their leadership and for us to facilitate what it is they know needs to happen in their communities.”Bennett told department officials they would be responsible for pushing the reconciliation agenda within the federal government.“You should feel absolutely deputized that your job is part of this reconciliation, friend to friend, colleague to colleague, and you are now empowered to correct people and to be part of what we need to do,” said Bennett.Bennett said just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would be bringing “sunny ways” to governing, she would also be bringing a new approach.“I have committed to what I call, ‘Going forward in a good way.’ For all of us, going forward in a good way means we all must once again learn from first peoples, their voices and wise practices,” said Bennett. “I believe this is central to reconciliation and it is the only way we are going to get this right.” read more

first_imgMajor North American indices fell after the Federal Reserve said it will raise interest rates this year more times than initially expected.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 23.16 points to 16,265.82.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average shed 119.53 points to 25,201.20. The S&P 500 index retreated by 11.22 points to 2,775.63 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 8.09 points to 7,695.70.The fall came after the Federal Reserve issued a statement saying it was raising its benchmark interest rate 25 basis points to two per cent — the second rate hike this year.The Fed also announced it would raise rates another two times this year, bringing the 2018 total to four when many investors expected three.“There’s going to be a lot more pressure on the Canadians right now if we’re seeing four rate hikes from the States to do at least one … if not two this year,” said Michael Currie, vice-president and advisor at TD Wealth.The Bank of Canada is expected to raise rates in July, said Currie, but now the likelihood that it will do so again before the end of 2018 has gone up. The Bank of Canada will have three more interest rate announcements after July 11.Foreign investors look for the best rates in stable countries for their money, he said, and often choose between Canada and the U.S.People moving their money out of Canada into the States, he said, pushes down the loonie.“The best way to defend the dollar is to keep raising rates.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.99 cents US, up 0.09 of a US cent.The July crude contract gained 28 cents to US$66.64 per barrel and the July natural gas contract advanced about two cents to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The August gold contract rose US$1.90 to US$1,301.30 an ounce and the July copper contract moved up about a penny to US$3.25 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Rabat – The challenges that the African continent faces cannot be overcome without the help of Morocco, says Moussa Faki Mahamat, the President of African Union Commission (AUC).In an interview with Moroccan news agency MAP on Thursday June 22  ahead of the 29th African Union Summit, which is scheduled from 27 June to 4 July in Addis Ababa, Mahamat said that the AU relies on Morocco to further strengthen Africa’s position in the concert of nations. Mahamat added that Morocco is a “very important” African state whose return to the pan-African organization had been welcomed by many countries.Morocco “is one of the countries where the African Union is based” noted Mahamat. He continued that the African Union relied on Morocco “to further strengthen the position of the African continent in the concert of nations.” Faki went on to underline Morocco’s “remarkable” economic progress in Africa and its “cooperation with other countries throughout the continent, particularly in the economic, financial, banking and telecommunication fields.”Strengthening AfricaBased on the 2063 agenda, the ultimate goal is to make Africa “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent,” he said. “We are waiting for Morocco to participate actively in the life of the Pan-African Organization Commission and help boost the African economies to face the globalization that requires more solidarity from this continent.”During the interview, Mahamat said that following the return of Morocco to the AU in late January after a 33-year long absence, emphasis had been placed on the need to further involve the Regional Economic Communities (REC) as the pillars of the integration of the continent to aid the ongoing reform of Africa.The President of the AU Commission went on to say that the RECs are capable of further integration in the economies of African countries, but that African countries need to pool together and cooperate  ‘to benefit from the demographic dividend,” especially given that 60 percent of the population in Africa is classified as “young.”Mahamat said that Morocco has a “real economic base, experience to share, and investments to be made in other countries.” read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was higher at the open amid strong bank earnings and an easing of concerns over a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 21.21 points to 12,628.43 as TD Bank (TSX:TD), CIBC (TSX:CM) and Royal Bank (TSX:RY) all beat earnings expectations and TD and Royal also boosted their dividends. The Canadian dollar was down 0.2 of a cent to 95.17 cents US.U.S. indexes were mainly lower despite indications that a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria may not be happening imminently.The latest reading on growth showed that the U.S. economy grew at a higher than expected pace of 2.5% in the second quarter. And that raised concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to wind up a key stimulus measure later this year, perhaps as soon as next month.The Dow Jones industrials slipped 9.91 points to 14,814.6, the Nasdaq was 2.38 points higher at 3,595.73 while the S&P 500 index was down points 2.05 at 1,632.91.Oil fell 64 cents to US$109.46 a barrel after surging earlier this week on supply disruption worries. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 2:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s new auditor general, Bonnie Lysyk, released a report Tuesday on the cost of cancelling a gas plant in Oakville. List of key events:September 2009: Ontario Power Authority announces it has accepted TransCanada’s bid to build a 900-megawatt natural gas-fired power generation facility in southeast Oakville.Dec. 11, 2009: Fast-growing Citizens for Clean Air coalition in Oakville steps up opposition to the project with campaign slogan: ‘It just doesn’t make sense.’October 1, 2010: Opponents of proposed Oakville gas plant bring in famed American environmental activist Erin Brockovich to speak against building the project so close to homes and schools.October 7, 2010: Ontario Government announces cancellation of the proposed Oakville Generating Station.Sept 28, 2011: In middle of the Ontario election campaign, Liberal candidate Charles Sousa quietly announces plan to scrap a partially built gas plant in Mississauga, but construction continues on the project for another two months.Oct. 6, 2011: Liberals fall one seat short of third majority government, but save all their seats in the Mississauga-Oakville area where two gas plants were cancelled.Nov. 21, 2011: The government announces Greenfield South Power would stop construction on the Mississauga gas plant, which was 30 per cent complete by then.July 16, 2012: Liberals announce decision to stop construction on the Mississauga gas plant project and relocate it to Sarnia area will cost $190 million.Sept. 13, 2012: Speaker Dave Levac issues preliminary ruling that Energy Minister Chris Bentley was in contempt of parliament for refusing to produce all documents on the cancelled gas plants to a legislative committee.Sept. 14, 2012: Premier Dalton McGuinty tells legislature the government doesn’t want to release all the gas plant documents until it completes negotiations to compensate developers of the cancelled projects.Sept 24, 2012: Energy Minister Chris Bentley announces deal with TransCanada Energy to relocate the proposed natural gas plant from Oakville to an Ontario Power Generation site in Bath, near Kingston. He claims total cost of cancelling Oakville plant is $40 million.Sept 24, 2012: Liberals release 36,000 documents on the two cancelled gas plants. McGuinty and Bentley say that’s all the documents that exist.Sept. 25, 2012: Progressive Conservatives introduce contempt of parliament motion asking that the prima facie case against Bentley go to a committee for public hearings.Sept. 26, 2012: Contempt motion starts nasty and, at times, personal debate that grinds all other legislative business to a halt for over a week.Sept. 27, 2012: Ontario Power Authority advises government it is searching out more gas plant documents.Oct. 2, 2012: Conservatives and New Democrats ignore plea from McGuinty and send contempt motion against Bentley to a legislative committee for public hearings.Oct. 12, 2012: About 20,000 more pages of documents on cancelled gas plants are released.Oct 15, 2012: McGuinty suddenly announces plan to resign as premier and prorogues the legislature until February to allow for a cooling off period after the bitter contempt debate, and to give the Liberals time to pick a new leader.Nov. 1, 2012: Energy industry analyst Tom Adams predicts final cost of cancelling both gas plants will be $1 billion higher than Liberals were claiming. McGuinty says all documents have been released and total cost will be $230 million.Jan. 26, 2013: Kathleen Wynne wins Liberal leadership race.Feb. 7, 2013: Premier-designate Wynne asks auditor general to investigate costs of cancelling Oakville gas plant in addition to looking into Mississauga project.Feb. 8, 2013: Bentley announces his resignation from politics.Feb. 19, 2013: Legislature resumes sitting. Progressive Conservatives revive contempt of Parliament charge against the Liberals over cancelled gas plants, which died when McGuinty prorogued the legislature in October.Feb. 21, 2013: Government announces third batch of documents on the cancelled gas plants has been unearthed.Feb. 28, 2013: Premier Wynne expands mandate of justice committee “to look at the tendering, planning, commissioning, cancellation, and relocation of the Mississauga and Oakville gas plants.”March 8, 2013: Justice committee hearings resume into cancelled gas plants and contempt motion against Liberal government.April 15, 2013: Auditor General Jim McCarter reports decision to scrap gas plant in Mississauga will cost at least $275 million, $85 million more than the Liberals had been claiming.May 7, 2013: McGuinty tells legislature’s justice committee he made the decisions to scrap the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants, and did so without knowing what it would ultimately cost.May 15, 2013: Wynne apologizes for way the government cancelled the gas plants, admitting mistakes were made.June 5, 2013: Ontario’s privacy commissioner rules top Liberal staff in McGuinty’s office broke the law by deleting all emails related to the cancellation of the two gas plants.June 7, 2013: Ontario Provincial Police launch criminal investigation into the destruction of emails involving the cancellation of two gas plants by senior Liberal staff.July 29, 2013: New Democrats say new batch of emails on cancelled gas plants shows unelected officials in McGuinty’s office tried to pressure the Speaker into changing his ruling on contempt of Parliament.Aug. 20, 2013: Privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian says staff in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet “misled the public”‘ about ability to recover deleted emails related to the cancelled gas plants.Oct. 8, 2013: Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk estimates cost of cancelling the Oakville gas plant at between $675 million and $815 million. Total cost of cancelling plants in Oakville and Mississauga rises to between $950 million and almost $1.1 billion. Key events related to the cancellation of two energy projects in Ontario read more

UNAMA/PSYoung activist Zabihulla Majidi talks about the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.The running conflict and constant uncertainty about the future has led to growing social problems, including a rash of drug addiction among the city’s youth, according to locals.“For the last three years we have lived under the constant fear that the city’s defenses will collapse again,” said Zabihulla Majidi, who advocates for peace along with Mr. Rahmani. “Recently, the situation has improved a bit, but there are not many new jobs, and young people are confused about their future and they are longing for peace.”As Habiba holds her daughter, she nods in agreement. Many young men in the region have tried to avoid the inevitability of fighting by fleeing as refugees through expensive and perilous human smuggling rackets. For women, such an escape from the realities of war is rarely an option.“For the most part, women and girls don’t have the possibility to leave – and that is why we are seeking a greater role in the peace effort.”UNAMA has a mandate to support the Government of Afghanistan and its citizens in a shared goal of becoming a stable, open, and peaceful nation. This feature piece is meant to tell a human interest story related to how Afghanistan and the UN are working together to overcome the many challenges to achieving this goal. UNAMA/PSHabiba Gulustani and her daughter are anxious for peace.Habiba recently spent several weeks with her group “Equality for Peace and Democracy,” interviewing “reconciled insurgents” who took up past offers to drop their armed struggle and return to their families and government-controlled territory.“Local peace for them is essential, but I must say that most of the families we spoke to this past year, including to former insurgents, remain disappointed by the process thus far. They require more help with transitioning and also need to know they are safe from reprisals after they turn in their arms.”For Habiba, the interviews she conducted highlighted the longer-term reconciliation needs that will have to be addressed as an Afghan peace deal with international backing takes shape. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has advocated for peace and reconciliation through events and media forums, including in Kunduz. More recently, President Ghani welcomed the UN role in future peace efforts, and 2018 is a year flush with fresh initiatives for peace.In the last five years, our hopes for peace have been dashed by war – Habiba GulustaniResidents here in Kunduz distinguish between “political peace,” which they see as a national priority, and a “social peace,” on a local level, which can address issues like women’s participation, long-term justice, and broader reunification efforts after years of conflict.“Seven years ago, when I first took a seat on the provincial peace committee, we worked on harmonizing peace on our own, and there wasn’t much international interest at all,” said Wahidullah Rahmani, 32, an activist, who this year launched a new peace initiative called the Kunduz Rescue Movement.“During my work with the provincial peace committee, we helped take 500 fighters off the battlefield, but the whole effort fell apart over time. Our overall security in Kunduz has suffered as fighters have returned to the battle. Because Kunduz has been at the centre of the struggle, we fear that – if work for peace is not done now – we’ll be facing a much greater conflict in a year or two.”Outside the city centre the conflict grinds on: Insurgents sustain themselves by taxing electricity lines and taking a cut from civil servant salaries, according to residents and local officials.The Kunduz Rescue Movement is concentrating its efforts now on work that needs to be done to secure a lasting peace. “We want security improvements but also development, including new links to the outside world – as in a new airport. Peace will be a ‘local reality’ when we help to reduce the distance between people and the government. We can do this on our own but we also want and need more international support.” “In the last five years, our hopes for peace have been dashed by war,” said Habiba, 32. “Earlier we had some optimism because of the dialogue established between local elders and insurgents. But right now, there is less talk of peace and not nearly enough security for making peace.”Even with that, Habiba and a group of fellow activists in Kunduz say they are willing to continue to work for peace at a local level in a city often described by residents as a “Mini-Afghanistan” because of its diverse ethnic mix of Pashtun, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Hazara, Arab, Uzbek, and Turkmen, among others. It is a city today that is at the centre of an incessant war, but one that is collectively searching for peace on every street corner.In February, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made an unprecedented and direct offer of peace talks with the largest anti-government force, the Taliban, who ruled the country until 2001. The offer – put forth at the “Kabul Process II” conference and discussed further by regional and international parties in Tashkent – raised hopes that peace has become not only a global concern, but also a top national priority, particularly in regions that have experienced the brunt of the conflict.Peace activists and common citizens in Kunduz city, however, see the nation’s hopes for peace less on a national level and more through a local prism, including through their own steady efforts to reconcile and make peace from day to day. read more

Royce White, the Houston Rockets’ first-round draft pick, is away from the team and says the club has been ”inconsistent” in its agreement to help him cope with his anxiety disorder.The 6-foot-8 White, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, made a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, so he could confront his fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder over the long term. He flew with the team to its season opener in Detroit, then traveled by bus to games at Atlanta and Memphis.He was not with the team for Monday’s home game against Miami and also missed Tuesday’s practice.”In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder – due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets,” White said in a statement released by his publicist Tuesday night. ”As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”Houston general manager Daryl Morey also released a statement on Tuesday night, saying White ”is not available right now. We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”White’s off-the-court issues were never a secret, but the Rockets felt as though he was worth the risks. In one spectacular season at Iowa State, he became the only Division I player to lead his team in scoring (13.4 points per game), rebounds (9.3 per game), assists (five per game), steals (1.2 per game) and blocks (0.9 per game) and led the Cyclones to their first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years.He missed the first week of training camp, though, to meet with the Rockets about creating an arrangement that he felt would help him balance his anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule. White said on his Twitter account Tuesday that he is ”most defiantly not AWOL” and that the team is aware of the reason for his current absence.”Any other response is inaccurate,” he said in his statement. ”This is important to me, it is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights, it is a player-commodity league – the failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport.”The Rockets play New Orleans on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center. Coach Kevin McHale has also been away from the team since taking a leave of absence on Saturday to return home to Minnesota and deal with a family matter. read more

October brings falling leaves, great postseason pitching and hitting, and painfully long baseball games. Look no further than Game 2 of the World Series: On the game’s biggest national stage, the Cubs and Indians played a 5-1 game Wednesday night that took four hours and four minutes to complete. Interminable games like Wednesday’s contest are the norm for the MLB postseason — but even by that standard, this year has been by far the slowest in recent memory.Baseball usually reserves its longest games for October, with the average game length jumping precipitously in the final month of each of the past five seasons. But even keeping that in mind, this year has been extraordinary: The last 27 games have featured an average game length of three hours and 24 minutes, the highest average for any continuous block of 27 games in the past five years (and far above the overall 2016 season average of three hours, two minutes). The only block of games that even comes close to the one we’re in now came in 2014 — and 2014 was before baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced new rules designed to speed up the games. That this year’s games are surpassing the heights of 2014 even with those pace-of-play rules in place is extraordinary.There are a number of contributors to baseball’s recent sluggishness, including instant replay reviews, reliever usage and pitcher pace. Managers are using replay-review challenges more aggressively in the postseason, averaging more than one per game, in comparison with the regular season average of 0.6 per game. Replay challenges take about 96 seconds each1According to data from Retrosheet on regular-season replay challenges., so the additional challenges are probably only adding a little less than a minute to the bloated postseason average.Reliever usage is probably a larger factor. As I documented in a recent piece, managers are asking more relievers to chew up a greater fraction of the innings this postseason than ever before. So far this postseason, there have been 4.06 relief appearances per game, compared with a regular season average of 3.14 per game. Each pitching change can take up to two minutes and 30 seconds, so pitcher usage accounts for another two- to three-minute chunk of the sluggish pace.Relievers themselves also slow the pace of the game. Relief pitchers take much more time between pitches — about 1.7 seconds more per throw — than starters do. Combine that leisurely tempo with the fact that relievers are being used more so far this postseason — about 14 more pitches are thrown by the bullpen per game — and we’ve accounted for another 25 or so extra seconds per game.Speaking of slow pitching pace, by far the worst offender this year was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen. At 25.9 seconds per pitch, Dodgers relievers were 0.3 seconds slower between pitches than the second-place team (the Boston Red Sox, who also made it to the playoffs), 3.3 seconds slower — per pitch, mind you! — than their NLCS opponent, the Cubs, and 2.2 seconds slower than the AL champion Indians.2A significant fraction of that was probably due to L.A. middle reliever Pedro Baez, whose astounding 30.2 seconds per pitch pace was highest in the league. Fans and announcers complain about replay challenges and pitching changes, but combined they probably have less impact on game length than specific teams (like the Dodgers) do.So after the Cubs advanced over L.A. in the NLCS, it was fair to think that the strongest influence on this postseason’s slow games was out of the race, and that we might see snappier baseball in the World Series as a result. But despite the Cubs and Indians being two relatively fast-paced teams, the World Series has featured two of the longest games of the postseason, each with relatively little offense and only nine innings. There’s a big chunk of this postseason slowdown that doesn’t seem to be due to relievers, or replay, or pace. Maybe it’s the drama of the moment or the potential to break a title drought, but baseball games now take longer than at any point in recent memory. read more

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins runs around a Northwestern defender in the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 1 in Indianapolis. Ohio State won the game 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — No. 5 Ohio State had the momentum heading into the Big Ten Championship.Coming off a 62-39 win against then-No. 4 Michigan, the Buckeyes were clicking on all cylinders, with redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins leading the No. 2 pass offense in the country, with redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and the defensive line providing consistent pressure, limiting success for opposing quarterbacks. But in the way of Ohio State’s 37th Big Ten championship was No. 21 Northwestern, a team that survived by playing opponents close, never winning or losing a game by more than 14 points, that limited opponents’ success in the passing game by playing a zone base defense, keeping pass plays in front of them. Ohio State became one of the victims of Northwestern football on Saturday, but came out with the largest win differential of any opponent the Wildcats have faced this season, recording the 45-24 victory and winning their 37th Big Ten title. Even without knowing what the College Football Playoff committee will decide for the Buckeyes moving forward, head coach Urban Meyer said the first focus was to get to the Big Ten Championship in the first place. “The ultimate prize is a National Championship. But you certainly can’t be in that discussion unless you win your conference,” Meyer said. “So our objective is to get to Indy, win in Indy, win the conference championship.”The Buckeyes never lost its lead in the entirety of the game, securing the victory on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins in the fourth quarter. Haskins finished the game with 499 passing yards, breaking his own school record for single-game passing yards, while completing 82.9 percent of his passes. The redshirt sophomore quarterback threw five touchdowns with one interception, his eighth of the season. Haskins said that the players around him, whether it’s the offensive line or the wide receivers, provided him the opportunities to succeed. “The biggest thing was execution,” Haskins said. “And the thing I had to do was give the ball to playmakers and let them make the plays. I’m just the distributor. And we did a great job tonight.” After Ohio State had held a 24-7 halftime lead, Northwestern surged back, recording 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, bringing its deficit to three points after a 18-yard touchdown run for redshirt senior quarterback Clayton Thorson and a 2-yard pass from Thorson to junior super back Cameron Green. But sophomore defensive end Chase Young batted a pass up at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter, landing in the arms of redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette for one of three turnovers by the Ohio State defense, seemingly giving the game back to the Buckeyes. Even after a 29-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to freshman wide receiver Chris Olave bringing the Buckeyes’ lead to 10 heading into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats continued to stay in the game, with Thorson leading Northwestern on a 7-play, 76-yard drive ending with a 21-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Ohio State extended its lead on a 9-yard pass from Haskins to redshirt senior Johnnie Dixon, who led the team with seven catches for 129 yards. Even with the late game success defensively, Ohio State looked more like the defense that played against Maryland in the first quarter. After recording a three-and-out in its first drive, Northwestern junior running back John Moten IV found running room on the right side of the Ohio State defense, taking the ball 77 yards for the Wildcats’ first score of the game, the seventh play of 70 yards or more the Buckeyes have allowed this season. It seemed to click for the defensive line later in the game, with Ohio State recording eight tackles for loss, including five sacks. Young finished the game with three sacks and a forced fumble. Facing a quarterback that he considered to be an NFL pro-style quarterback, Young said he and the rest of the line got its game plan from defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. “Coach Schiano said we have to get after him. Ran certain blitzes to block the storm press,” Young said.  “And today, we just won. And we followed what Coach Schiano said and we got the win.” Pressure in the backfield led to turnovers in the first half. As he was hurried by junior linebacker Malik Harrison, Thorson heaved a ball down the sideline, testing Ohio State’s man coverage and one-on-one ability as many opponents have done prior. Redshirt freshman defensive back Shaun Wade brought in the ball for his third interception of the season. Wade said pressure, whether it’s from the linebackers or from the defensive line, is vital to the success of the pass defense as a whole. “When they do that, as DB’s, we should be getting picks or just going to get the ball to be honest,” Wade said. “Because they provide that for us, that pressure for us all the time.” Young also recorded a strip sack, easily moving through Northwestern senior left tackle Blake Hance and bringing Thorson down on his blind side. After breaking former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s Big Ten record for most total yards in a single season in the first quarter, Haskins found redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin twice in the first half, recording a 16-yard score and a 42-yard score, breaking former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s record for the most touchdowns in a single season. After a 2017 Big Ten Championship in which McLaurin brought in two catches for 92 yards, recording a touchdown, Haskins knew, with where they were playing, that the redshirt senior wide receiver would be an impact on Saturday. “This is where Terry grew up,” Haskins said. “Whenever he has an opportunity to come back and play in this stadium, he does it for his family, for each other, for our teammates. And he shows out and he did a great job today.” Dobbins, recording his ninth rushing touchdown of the season in the first quarter, led the Buckeyes in rushing with 68 yards on 17 carries, averaging four yards per rush. Haskins said the win against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship is a perfect example of what he wants to remember about Ohio State and the season he’s had. “What’s so fantastic about this game is that I looked to my left, my right, and we’re all ready to go out there, make a play together and be trusting one another, trusting the coaches when they put us in that situation,” Haskins said. “And what better way to go out on a win today.” Ohio State’s postseason fate will be decided when the College Football Playoff selection committee releases its final rankings on Sunday at noon.Updated on Dec. 2 at 1:46 a.m. with quotes from players and coaches after Ohio State’s 45-24 win against Northwestern. read more

first_imgAmerica’s National Mining association (NMA) has just recently welcomed four new members – W.S. Tyler, REMA TIP TOP, Putzmeister America and Maintainer Corp. The latter, based in Iowa, has been manufacturing custom-built mechanics service truck bodies, lube truck bodies and cranes since 1976. The company, located in Sheldon, is currently expanding its manufacturing capacity by 30% and expects the expansion to be completed in 2015.W.S. Tyler is a leading manufacturer, systems provider and specialist in screening, washing and pelletising. It focuses on all aspects of the screening circle, from particle analysis and screen media to vibrating screens and processing technology as well as screening services. It is a member of the German-based Haver & Tyler, Processing Technology Alliance.REMA TIP TOP is a global market leader in high-quality conveyor belt maintenance, wear protection and corrosion protection. Augmented by state-of-the-art technology and pioneering innovations, the company is complimented by a team of experts to ensure that the business constantly maintains its position at the forefront of our industry. Putzmeister America is a leader in concrete and material placing equipment. It provides technology, longevity and support for all of its product lines including: truck-mounted concrete boom pumps, track-mounted telescopic belt conveyors, ready mix trucks, separate placing booms, trailer-mounted concrete pumps, truck-mounted line pumps, mortar, grout, concrete, plaster and fireproofing, tunneling machinery, shotcrete technology, pipe technology and industrial technology.last_img read more

first_imgLast week saw Daniel Andrews visit Greece. During his visit the Victorian Premier toured the Benaki Museum, announcing a new partnership, which will also see Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum receive from the Benaki Museum an exhibition of works by legendary Greek photographer Elli Sougioultzoglou-Seraidari, known as Nelly’s. The collaboration will also see and leading Australian artist Sam Jinks show a new major commission inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. “This unique partnership between our own Hellenic Museum and the internationally renowned Benaki Museum will combine the ancient with the contemporary through the exchange of collections, ideas and expertise,” the Premier said on Wednesday.(L-R): Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Terence Quick, Labor MP Steve Dimopoulos, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Minister for Families and Children, Early Childhood Education and Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos MP and  Nick Staikos MP.Meanwhile, Mr Andrews laid a wreath at the Athens War Memorial to commemorate the fallen Australian soldiers buried at the Phaleron War Cemetery, and all soldiers who lost their lives during the World Wars.He also announced that to mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One – a one off special delegation of Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize alumni will travel to Greece, the Western Front and London in 2018. The tour encourages young Victorians to study Australia’s wartime history by sending secondary students on a study tour of sites where Australians have served in war. In 2018, 10 participants from the first 10 years of the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Program travel to Greece to witness the signing of the Armistice of Mudros to recognise the 100 year anniversary since hostilities ceased in the region on October 30, 1918.The Government will provide $150,000 towards the tour for the party to visit significant sites on the Western Front and London where they will attend commemorative events on 11 November 2018 to celebrate the end of World War One and a book to tell the story of Victorians who served their country in Lemnos during wartime will be commissioned.Alexis Tsipras, Jenny Mikakos and Terence Quick.Another $5,000 will be allocated to Mudros High School in Lemnos to further strengthen the ties between Victorian and Lemnos school students developed over previous Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize Tours.A further contribution of $2,000 is being made to the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee – a Victorian organisation raising awareness of Lemnos’s role in the Gallipoli campaign – to support their work in formally recognising the significance of Australia Pier in Lemnos.“I’m proud to pay homage to Lemnos’ special place in Australia’s wartime story,” the Premier said.“The special delegation to mark 100 years since the Mudros Armistice and the end of the war in November 1918 is a wonderful opportunity for our best and brightest Spirit of Anzac Prize alumni to return to Greece and reflect on the Australians who gave their lives at war.”“It’s so important for our kids to learn about this time in our history and the sacrifices our veterans made – by supporting schools and organisations connected to Lemnos we’re ensuring they can,” he continued.Alexis Tsipras, Daniel Andrews and Terence Quick.The following day Mr Andrews climbed the Acropolis and took a candid photo on the holy rock which he posted on social media with this caption: “Britain must return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. These monuments to culture, democracy and society must be made whole again. This is not just my opinion. This is the position of the Victorian Government. And given our state’s unique relationship with both Britain and Greece, I believe we have a powerful role to play in righting this injustice.”Wrapping up his Athenian trip the Premier caught up with both President Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Tsipras, describing the meetings as “very warm”.“Our discussions focussed on strengthening our economic and trade ties and our cultural links,” he explained.“The relationship between Victoria and Greece can only get stronger and I know there are great things to come in the future”.Daniel Andrews, Jenny Mikakos and President of the Greek Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos.On Friday, the Premier announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Greek and the Victorian Governments that will bolster the delivery of Greek language programs in schools and kinders. The foundations for the agreement were set during Minister Jenny Mikakos’ visit to Athens in July where she met with Minister Zouraris.“Our government will now fund some Greek language and culture programs in our kindergartens for the first time. Until now there has been no Victorian Government funding for language programs in kindergartens,” Mikakos told Neos Kosmos.“We have only a small number of kindergarten programs that currently offer Greek language programs which I have visited and been impressed with. (…) If we are to retain a strong connection to our language and culture it is important that children make that connection as early as possible.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img March 22, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Five Oceanside lifeguards are set to receive the Medal of Valor Thursday night for their efforts during a rescue last October.On October 7, 2017, lifeguards received a call about a personal watercraft operator that was stranded on the Del Mar Jetty after capsizing.Upon arrival, lifeguards could find no sign of the operator of the vessel.More lifeguards were called to the scene where they found the operator buried under the rocks and immediately began life-saving measures.Lifeguards worked quickly due to free the man due to the relentless surf at the location.The victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.  Lifeguards were able to free the man with the help of additional personnel from the Oceanside Fire Department and Oceanside Police Department.The victim was then transported to a local hospital and later released.On Thursday night, The American Legion Oceanside Post 146 will be hosting their annual Law and Order Awards Dinner at the Oceanside Elks Lodge.Five Oceanside lifeguards will be honored at the event for their heroic efforts during the aforementioned 2017 rescue. , Five Oceanside lifeguards to receive Medal of Valor for 2017 boating rescuecenter_img Posted: March 22, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgOLYMPIA — Radioactive waste tanks may be leaking some 1,000 gallons per year at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday officials are still evaluating how to effectively remove the remaining material from the problematic tanks. The 1,000-gallon figure is a rough estimate based on the early assessment of six identified leakers. Inslee said the leakage numbers are still being evaluated to determine exactly how much has been lost and how fast the waste is leaving the tanks. Inslee said there’s no available technology to plug the leaks, so federal and state officials are working to find the best available solution to remove the sludge. Inslee said that solution could come in weeks or months.“We want to find the most expeditious way to get this job done,” Inslee said.Hanford has 177 aging tanks that store millions of gallons of radioactive sludge. Inslee said faulty data analysis meant officials did not properly catch signs of leaking before now, and Inslee expressed concern about the other tanks at the reservation.Federal officials say there is no immediate threat to public safety and that they have not detected any discernible change in contamination levels in monitoring wells.last_img read more

first_imgWhite Oak Music HallWhite Oak Music Hall To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:14 Harris County District Judge Kristen Hawkins recently granted a temporary injunction prohibiting two planned outdoor concerts at the North Main music venue. A lawsuit that was filed by nearby residents is set for May 15th, but attorney Cris Feldman says they’re now asking for a hearing in a separate action. Listen X “Residents are asking that Section 30-11 of the Municipal Code be invoked. That provision allows for a hearing on the sound permit. In papers publicly filed by White Oak Music Hall, they state it would be impossible — and they actually italicize the term ‘impossible’ — to keep their music to 75 decibels at the perimeter of their property.”   But Diana Pfeifer of the Lindale Park area says the music hall has been forthcoming about its plans when it first presented its Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU. “White Oak Music Hall never hid the fact that they wanted to have an outdoor venue, and that’s why components like sound and parking and traffic were included in the MOU.”   Attorney Feldman says the citizens he represents are not asking that the indoor stages be shut down — only that the hearing be held on the sound permit allowing outdoor amplified music. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgEA announced in a press release yesterday that the demo for Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 will drop on February 14. That’s right, you can either spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one, or you can get back into virtual alien husbandry.The demo packs two modes, single- and multi-player. The single-player demo previews the beginning of the game, including what Bioware calls the “mind-blowing opening attack on Earth.” Translation: you get to play the finished version of what leaked back in November. Basically, it sets up the all-out war against the Reapers on multiple fronts.Mass Effect 3 also brings a new cooperative multiplayer mode to the series for the first time, and the demo will offer a taste of that as well. Further details on what’s playable in the co-op demo weren’t given.As we learned last fall, the overwhelming change in ME3‘s gameplay is a set of difficulty sliders that can turn all the way up (or all the way down) either the story or combat components of the game. Players will presumably be able to see the differences for themselves once they play the demo. On the 360, Kinect functionality will also make its dramatic appearance in the demo.For fans, this is also a last call for pre-orders. The Collector’s Edition, at $79, offers a 70-page hardcover art book, a soundtrack, a Dark Horse Comics ME comic, and several digital goodies like extra weapons and Xbox Live Avatars.The ME3 demo drops simultaneously for all three platforms (PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) and will be followed up with the full retail release on March 6.last_img read more

first_imgX-Men actor Halle Berry is reportedly planning to finalize divorce with husband Olivier Martinez.The Monster’s Ball star sparked the rumours after she was spotted without her wedding ring when stepping out in Los Angeles reported Aceshowbiz.“It seems Halle and Olivier have finally hit the end of the road. They’ve weathered a lot of ups and downs in their relationship – but recently, Olivier has been completely MIA!” a family friend said. “Halle is telling pals she worries that Olivier’s runaway temper could put her kids at risk. They’ve just been delaying the inevitable split,” the insider said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with poll whiz Prashant Kishor at Nabanna on Thursday afternoon, whose latest success is ‘Project Jagan Mohan Reddy’ in Andhra Pradesh.After a reported two-hour meeting in Kolkata, Kishor signed up as the party’s poll strategist for the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2021. Kishor will kick off his assignment very soon and his primary job, as per party sources, will be to prepare a plan to counter the BJP which had bagged as many as 18 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections with the ruling TMC winning 22 seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP could manage only two seats in the state while the TMC had won 34. In terms of 294 Assembly seats, the saffron party could manage lead in as many as 121 Assembly segments against the TMC’s 164. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSources in Nabanna informed that Kishor was taken to the Chief Minister’s chamber at Nabanna by Abhishek Banerjee who is the president of All India Trinamool Youth Congress. According to party sources, the two deliberated over the causes of TMC’s performance in the parliamentary polls and Kishor explained his readings seat by seat for Bengal. It may be mentioned that TMC had sought the assistance of Kishor even in 2016 but the deal did not materialise due to the latter’s reluctance. Kishor had then just bagged the Congress contract for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections at that time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateKishor is credited with successfully organising the political campaigns for Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh. The YSR Congress won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats and 151 out of 175 Assembly seats. The incumbent Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s party was voted out of power in the parliamentary polls. It is learnt that after the convincing victory of Reddy, few more political parties in the state have been approaching Kishor for being their poll strategist. Kishor is credited with handling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He joined Nitish Kumar and strategised the election campaign for his party during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections. His venture to revive the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, however, was a flop. Kishor had joined politics last year as the vice-president of Bihar’s Janata Dal-United.last_img read more