Nicole Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosis

first_img Reuters New YorkMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 10:26 IST Nicole Gibbs said she has salivary gland cancer and that is why puled out of the French Open (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNicole Gibbs pulled out of the 2019 French OpenShe has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancerShe said that she will have surgery on FridayAmerican Nicole Gibbs said on Monday she will miss the rest of the clay court season including this month’s French Open after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.The 26-year-old world number 116 said that about a month ago a dentist alerted her to a growth on the roof of her mouth and a biopsy revealed she had salivary gland cancer.”Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that she will have surgery on Friday.”He even okayed me to play an extra couple (of) tournaments these past few weeks which served as a nice distraction.”Quick update ???????? pic.twitter.com/NkODqVreVINicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) May 13, 2019The Stanford University product said her goal was to be back for Wimbledon qualifying at the end of June.”I am feeling extremely grateful for the UCLA health network that’s been taking amazing care of me, and for rock solid friends and family who are helping me every step of the way,” she said. “See you back on the court soon.”Also Read | Returning Serena starts clay campaign with routine Rome winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Nicole GibbsFollow French OpenFollow Cancer Nicole Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosisNicole Gibbs was forced to pull out of the French Open after she was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer. Nicole took to social media to inform her fans that she will have surgery on Friday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Chhichhore made non-smoker Tahir Raj Bhasin smoke 200 packs of green-tea cigarettes

first_imgChhichhore made non-smoker Tahir Raj Bhasin smoke 200 packs of green-tea cigarettesTahir Raj Bhasin, whose doesn’t smoke in real life, opened up that he smoked 200 cigarette packs for his character in Chhichhore, but he mixed it with green tea and basil.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 16:00 IST Tahir Raj Bhasin will be seen in the upcoming film ChhichhoreActor Tahir Raj Bhasin, who is gearing up for the release of Chhichhore, said that in his upcoming film he had to smoke 200 packets of cigarettes with organic green tea and basil, as his character is a chainsmoker.”Derek, my character in Chhichhore, is a chainsmoker. His cigarettes are a constant accessory in spite of being the college poster boy for sports. The problem was that I’m a non-smoker in real life. I have always been extremely health conscious and I have never smoked and don’t encourage the habit of smoking,” Tahir said.In the film, Tahir plays the role of Derek who was director Nitesh Tiwari’s real life senior from engineering college. The real Derek was an extremely close friend of Nitesh and was a driven and passionate sportsman who excelled in whichever sporting discipline he competed.The actor, who played the character of Walt in the Rani Mukherji-starrer Mardaani, said he had to look extremely convincing for the role.advertisement”I had to play the part on screen and look extremely convincing. I needed a solution and the art department came up with a brilliant idea. They repackaged 200 packets of cigarettes with organic green tea and basil which when smoked looks exactly like cigarette smoke on screen. Basically, all the tobacco was replaced to create herbal cigarettes,” he added.Watch the official trailer of Chhichhore:ALSO READ | Tahir Raj Bhasin on Chhichhore: It is the toughest film of my careerALSO READ | Chhichhore: Tahir Raj Bhasin plays character inspired by Nitesh Tiwari’s senior from IIT BombayALSO READ | Confirmed: Tahir Raj Bhasin to play Sunil Gavaskar in Ranveer Singh’s 83ALSO WATCH | Zaira Wasim quits films. What is choice when religion decides all?Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Tahir Raj BhasinFollow ChhichhoreFollow Cigarettelast_img read more

ING Resorts to Vessel Arrests to Collect OW Bunker Debt

first_imgzoom Three product tankers have been arrested as the ING Bank pushes to claim over $400,000 of unpaid bunker bills on behalf of bankrupt Danish fuel supplier OW Bunker.The vessels in question include a product tanker duo, MT Celosia and MT Iris, operated by Indonesia’s Berlian Laju Tankers (BLT), which were arrested last Wednesday in Singapore, data from the Singapore Supreme Curt shows.The vessels were released following the security payment. In addition, ING Bank is reported to be behind another vessel arrest, namely that of the Sunrise Eco product tanker that took place last week in Sikka, India.The arrests come in the wake of ING Bank notification to OW Bunker’s customers that they must pay money owed to OW Bunker, directly to the bank.ING’s position is supported by the bankruptcy trustees, Danish law firm Gorrissen Federspiel, who say that all amounts outstanding to OW Bunker must be paid in accordance with invoices, failing which the bankruptcy estate will take legal action to enforce payment, and that the physical suppliers must file claims in the bankruptcy as unsecured creditors.As a result, there is a threat of arrest of vessels and/or the bunkers under the so called “retention clause“, however whether a vessel can be arrested in a particular jurisdiction depends on the law in that jurisdiction, according to the Swedish Club.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Tenders Called for Traffic Signals in Reserve Mines

first_imgA provincial tender to install new traffic signals in Reserve Mines will result in safer crossings and reduced waiting times for area motorists. The Department of Transportation and Public Works called for tenders, today, Sept. 14, to install traffic signals at the intersection of Trunk 4 (Reserve Street) and Main Street in Reserve Mines. “The need for these signals was identified through a corridor study the department worked on with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The underground conduit is already in place so traffic disruption during the installation of the signals will be minimal.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Province Welcomes New Interest in Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

first_img co-funding the board’s data-management centre, an online centre of geological data, seismic studies and core samples reprocessing government-owned seismic data of properties around Sable Island, with release to potential investors and explorers an economic-scoping model for small-field development around Sable Island, available at no cost ongoing efforts to market Nova Scotia’s offshore in major oil and gas centres around the world new terms and conditions for exploration licences in offshore Nova Scotia Renewed interest in offshore Nova Scotia’s oil and gas resource is good news for the province, said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. Two companies, Ammonite Corporation and Catheart Energy Inc., are the successful bidders for the new type of exploration licences announced late last year by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board for two parcels off Nova Scotia. The work-expenditure bids were $103 million and $114 million respectively for the two parcels near Sable Island. “These are the types of entrepreneurial companies that we wanted to attract here when we worked with the offshore petroleum board on new rights issuance policies,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “These companies have tremendous expertise in the business of finding and developing petroleum deposits.” Mr. Hurlburt said the board’s announcement, combined with a industry-nominated offshore call for bids in late June, shows momentum is building for Nova Scotia’s offshore. Mr. Hurlburt thanked the board for its hard work to prepare the recent calls for bids, including the preparation of geoscience data and studies related to the parcels. The province, with the federal government and board, has been a leader in stimulating activity, through measures such as: “This industry is a significant contributor to the provincial economy with more than $500 million in royalties this year and many, many jobs, so it is important that we continue to find new and innovative ways to stimulate activity,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “The province will continue to work with the board and the federal government on new and enhanced geoscience, policies, regulations R&D, and marketing in the coming months to continue building momentum in our offshore.”last_img read more

Duchess Of Cambridge Announced As Charity Patron

first_img“The Duchess’ support will help Place2Be hugely in its efforts to shine the spotlight on child mental health, and on the need to tackle these issues at the earliest possible stage, so that children have the brightest possible futures, as they deserve.

“By helping to raise awareness of Place2Be’s early intervention work in schools, The Duchess will also help the charity to reach even more of the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families who so desperately need support.”The Duchess also announced she is to be patron of SportsAid. SportsAid helps talented British athletes from the age of 12 who compete in more than 70 sporting disciplines, the majority of which are contested at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. These athletes are nominated to the charity by their sports’ governing bodies based on their performance, commitment and potential. Around 1,500 of them receive a SportsAid Award – which is typically £1,000 per athlete – each year. Past recipients include Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ellie Simmonds OBE, Tom Daley, Baroness Grey-Thompson, Jessica Ennis CBE, David Weir CBE and Rebecca Adlington OBE.Tim Lawler, the charity’s chief executive said, “This is fantastic news for young sports people throughout the UK and especially for those who hope one day to represent the country at the highest level of their sport.“I can think of no greater endorsement of SportsAid than for me to be able to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge as the charity’s patron. As a champion of future champions she will make a big difference to young athletes, helping them to tell their inspirational stories and maintain the support they need.”SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy said, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”SportsAid alumna Rebecca Adlington OBE added, “This is just brilliant news! What a fantastic boost to SportsAid’s work with our next generation of talent. It will certainly help to maintain a living legacy from London 2012.” The Duchess of Cambridge has announced that she has become patron for several more charities.Place2Be is proud to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has become Royal Patron of Place2Be.The Duchess’ decision to support Place2Be is a reflection of her personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK.

Benita Refson OBE, Chief Executive and Founding Trustee, said: “Place2Be is hugely honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Royal Patron.

“This is a tremendous endorsement of the tireless work and commitment of our staff, volunteer counsellors and supporters, as well as of the partner schools with whom we work to help troubled children to overcome emotionally difficult times in their lives.last_img read more

Kusugak remembered

first_imgAPTN National NewsJose Kusugak, an Inuit leader who spent his life fighting for Inuit rights, died two weeks ago.On Thursday in Ottawa friends and family paid tribute to Kusugak at a memorial.Kusugak held several titles, but most remember him for his work on the Nunavut land claim.Friends only hold fond memories.last_img

New panel has vital role in reforming UNs internal justice system says

24 July 2008A newly-created group of legal experts will play a pivotal part in improving the system of internal justice within the United Nations, the body’s head said today. The Internal Justice Council was created after the General Assembly decided to reshape the UN justice system, given that a 2006 “redesign” panel concluded that the administration of justice in the UN “fails to meet many basic standards of due process established in international human rights instruments.” Addressing reporters in New York today, the Council’s Chair, Kate O’Regan, said that the new five-member body “is a small but key part of the process for the reform of the internal justice system at the United Nations.” The Council – which seeks to be operational by 1 January 2009 – is tasked with advising on suitable candidates for judges in a two-tier arrangement: the UN dispute tribunal, which will be the key avenue for dealing with disputes arising within the Organization’s staffing system, and the appeals tribunal. Ms. O’Regan, who has been a judge on South Africa’s Constitutional Court since 1994, was selected to head the new body by its other members consisting of a staff representative, a management representative and two distinguished external jurists – one nominated by the staff and one by management. The two members nominated by staff, following a process inclusive of all staff unions, are Jenny Clift of Australia, a Vienna-based senior legal officer with the International Trade Law Division of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), and Geoffrey Robertson of the United Kingdom and Australia, who served as the first President of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). The two members nominated by management are Maria Vicien-Milburn of Argentina, Director of OLA’s General Legal Division, and Sinha Basnayake of Sri Lanka, who previously served in the same position and has since served the Organization in various advisory capacities on legal and administrative issues. The Council’s Chair stressed the “cost-effective” nature of the new body, with two panel members being permanent UN employees and the other three being paid an honorarium and per diem expenses. To date, the Council, which was modelled on similar mechanisms at other international public organizations, has received more than 230 applications from 54 Member States for positions on the two future tribunals. Some candidates are “judges with extremely high qualifications who sit on their countries’ highest courts,” Ms. O’Regan said, adding that short-listed applicants will hopefully be interviewed in early September. “But I should emphasize that at this stage the two draft statutes which will in fact be the legal basis for the two tribunals have not yet been adopted, somewhat disappointingly,” she told reporters, noting that the Council will continue to endeavour to forward its list of recommendations to the Assembly in October. With a four-year mandate, the panel will also draft a binding a code of conduct for the judges and will also provide an ongoing review to the Assembly on the implementation of the new system. read more

Iraq UN envoy deplores deadly bomb attacks in northern city

19 May 2011The top United Nations official in Iraq has strongly condemned this morning’s deadly terrorist bombings that targeted police officers in the country’s northern city of Kirkuk. Media reports say at least 27 people were killed and dozens of others were injured as a result of three explosions near a police station in the city. The second explosion was apparently timed to go off as people rushed to the aid of the victims of the first bombing.Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq and the head of the UN mission to the country (UNAMI), offered his condolences to the families of the victims and the people and Government of Iraq and voiced hope that the wounded will recovery.In a press statement Mr. Melkert expressed concern at the continuing series of attacks targeting security or Government officials in Iraq.“He urges all parties concerned to work together to expedite settlement of all pending issues that will show collective determination to promote stability and security throughout Iraq,” the statement stressed. read more

Security Council members call on Kosovo Albanian leaders to support security efforts

In a presidential statement delivered by the Council President, Ambassador Richard Ryan of Ireland, the 15-member body also called on all Kosovo leaders “to publicly condemn violence and ethnic intolerance” and assume their responsibility for ensuring that the campaign and the elections were “peaceful, democratic and inclusive.”The Council commended the Yugoslav authorities, particularly president Vojislav Kostunica, for their encouragement of the Kosovo Serbs to register, and called on Belgrade to promote the fullest possible participation in the vote. In his briefing, Hans Haekkerup, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told Council members that more than 1.2 million people would be eligible to vote at the elections leading to the creation of a Kosovo Assembly. Some 83 per cent of them were Kosovo Albanian, 12 per cent Kosovo Serbs, and the remainder Kosovo Bosniac, Gorani, Turk, Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian. “All of Kosovo’s communities are now in a position to participate in the 2001 Assembly Election,” Mr. Haekkerup said. He informed the Council that 26 political entities had been certified to stand in the elections, including a Kosovo Serb citizens’ initiative, presenting “a genuine and critical opportunity” for Kosovo Serbs to participate in the shaping of Kosovo’s future. Women should comprise more than 20 per cent of the Assembly, due to requirements that a percentage of candidates were women.Election Day would be under “100 per cent international supervision,” Mr. Haekkerup said, with observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe. In addition, more than 6,000 voters were expected to be certified as domestic observers, including representatives from a well-regarded Yugoslav non-governmental organisation.After the certification of the elections, the Assembly would hold its inaugural session and elect the Assembly’s Presidency and the President of Kosovo. The President would then appoint the Prime Minister, who would present a proposed list of ministers to the Assembly for ratification. Ten ministries would constitute the executive branch of the provisional self-government, with one minister from the Kosovo Serb community and another from other non-Albanian communities. UNMIK was on the verge of moving into “a determining phase of interim administration,” Mr. Haekkerup said, with its role moving from one of direct administrative responsibility to one of oversight of self-government. The mission would transfer many of its responsibilities to the provisional self-government institution, but would continue to monitor and support these institutions in their work, and its mandate would remain the same during all stages of the transition. read more

Initial UN report aims to reconnect science and policy towards global sustainable

The “prototype” Global Sustainable Development Report, created by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, looks three generations back — from 1950 to 2013 — and 40 years into the future to 2050, to learn from what was tried, in order to put economies and societies on the path of sustainable development.“To date, there exists no comprehensive and authoritative report that brings together the range of existing assessments of global sustainable development, reviews global progress and future pathways in an integrated way, taking into account the perspectives of scientific communities across the globe,” said Under Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, at the launch of the report.The Report aims to make the findings of a wide range of scientific assessments available to policymakers and delegations gathered for the first meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum currently meeting in New York under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, as they prepare to lay the foundation for a new set of sustainable development goals to follow the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and new challenges. The new agenda is expected to me adopted in September 2015.The current report is meant to help policymakers as they deliberate the scope and methodology of future global development sustainable reports. Among the findings, the report authors said that historical progress towards sustainable development has been mixed. The world has managed to feed, nurture, house, educate and employ on the order of an additional 800 million people every decade from 1970 to 2000, and even 1.1 billion people in the 2000s, it reports. In the past 12 years alone, there have been cities built to house 770 million people, equivalent to 93 New York cities – more than in any decade before. “Yet, we have not managed to employ our much greater wealth and technological capacity to eliminate poverty and hunger,” they wrote, noting that 850 million people today remain food insecure. In addition, the world is still making insufficient progress in a number of areas including reducing deforestation, providing sustainable energy for all, protecting the oceans, providing decent work for all, and achieving gender equality, among others. The report, which is the outcome of expert group meetings and informal networks of scientific contributors, was produced on official statistics and so-called ‘big data,’ which uses information from sources such as satellite images, cell phones and online sites.During its preparation, authors pointed out data gaps as a result of scarcity and inconsistency in measuring and monitoring progress. In his remarks, Mr. Wu highlighted the use of flexible national assessment frameworks, similar to the MDGs, which might be useful in the future. Among other issues highlighted in the report is the estimated range of global investment needed to achieve a sustainability transition, and the importance of international cooperation to share environmentally sound technologies. read more

Human rights must be at the heart of historic election period in

“This is a watershed moment in the democratic transition of Myanmar and I urge everyone involved to ensure that respect for human rights is front and centre in the run up to the elections, during the elections and following the elections,” Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said in a press release.“It is vital that the elections are conducted in an environment that encourages participation from all sectors of society. In the same vein, it is crucial that divisions and tensions are not manipulated for political purposes,” she continued. The Special Rapporteur said that the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association are indispensable ahead of a democratic election and must be ensured. “I have observed worrying trends that have been undermining the democratic space in Myanmar. The arrests, convictions and harassment of civil society and journalists should immediately cease. Independent voices are vital and must be included in public debate,” said Ms. Lee. Moreover, she expressed concern about the disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of individuals from across society, and about the disqualification of many Muslim candidates from standing for election. The UN expert also highlighted the increasing influence of extreme religious nationalist movements in the political process, noting an apparent lack of action taken against disturbing public statements from religious leaders and members of political parties that could amount to incitement to hatred against minorities. Meanwhile, speaking on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee in New York, the Special Rapporteur addressed the human rights impact of the continuing conflict across parts of the country; the continuing institutionalized discrimination against the Rohingya community and the restrictions to freedom of movement in Rakhine state; as well as the prevalence of land grabbing, land confiscations and forced evictions.“With the recent signature of the nationwide ceasefire agreement and the elections to come, the extent to which human rights are respected and protected in this critical period will greatly impact the future of Myanmar,” she added. She expressed her dismay at the adoption of four discriminatory laws aimed at “protecting race and religion,” which she stressed do not conform with Myanmar’s human rights obligations. “There is a clear need for continued legislative and constitutional reform to bring the country’s legal framework in line with international human rights laws and standards,” she said. Finally, the UN Special Rapporteur urged the international community to remain constructively and critically engaged on human rights. “Now, more than ever, it is critical for all actors to work together to support further reforms in Myanmar,” she said. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball set for Top 15 matchup against Loyola

Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson fires a serve during a match against Lees-McRae Jan. 17 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIn the midst of a four-match winning streak, the No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes are set to see how they stack up against the nation’s best.The Buckeyes (4-3, 2-0) are scheduled to travel to Chicago to take on No. 1 Loyola Saturday at 5 p.m.OSU snagged a pair of conference victories last weekend, beating Quincy in straight sets and then Lindenwood in a 3-1 decision.The Ramblers (6-1, 0-0) lone loss came Jan. 4 against then-No. 11 USC and are led by redshirt-senior opposite Joseph Smalzer, who was named First-Team All-American last season after leading the country in service aces with 74.“(Loyola) has the best server in the nation,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said of Smalzer. “We’ve done lots of drills to help us slow him down.”The Ramblers rose to No. 1 in the rankings after wins at Sacred Heart and No. 13 Harvard last weekend.“It would be very exciting to be the team to knock them down from the top,” redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen said.The Buckeyes are familiar with the “weapons” Loyola has, and the team is prepared strategically as well, Henchy said.Freshman outside hitter Gabriel Domecus said that even though they will be going against other top schools later in the season, this match will be one of the biggest matches of the season.“This is a conference matchup, and Loyola happens to be the top team in the country,” Domecus said. “This will prove that we have the ability to hang with all the teams in the country.”OSU coach Pete Hanson said the team has already been exposed to top competition early in the season — in Hawaii — which has prepared them for yet another match on the road.“It’s unfortunate that the first four times we have played top teams this season have all been on the road, instead of in our own building, but it is what it is, and eventually those teams are going to come to us, so we just have to bide our time,” Hanson said. read more

Ohio State womens soccer falls in double overtime to Toledo 10

Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) watches her teammates during a game against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Managing editor for contentAfter two scoreless periods, the Ohio State women’s soccer team lost in double overtime against the Toledo Rockets, 1-0, Tuesday.“(Toledo’s) style is very disruptive,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “They were extremely effective tonight in putting us under a lot of pressure, and we made some poor decisions and did not adjust well.”Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick had another solid performance, totaling six saves. The only goal allowed during the game was scored in the 105th minute by Toledo junior midfielder Geri Siudzinski.OSU was outshot 19-14 over the course of the game, a category the team trailed in through their first three games of the season as well. Senior forward Kayla Varner said she was disappointed by the team’s lack of offense.“We didn’t come out as hot as we should have,” she said. “We kind of dropped off and let them dictate the pace of the game, which shouldn’t have happened and that was the biggest thing — playing catch-up.”Toledo was the first non-ranked opponent on OSU’s schedule so far this season. Varner said it was still tough playing an unranked team, though.“I think that’s almost more challenging,” Varner said. “You have to get up for the game because you know they’re going to come in and give you hell for it.”The Buckeyes are 1-3-0 for the season. The game marked the team’s third consecutive loss after losing to then-No. 4 North Carolina and in its home opener against then-No. 4 Virginia Tech.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said the team still has work to do.“I think we have a lot of potential for a really good season but we just have to put the pieces together,” Gruber said. “We have to start finishing our chances, but also be really good on defense, like we were the first three games, and put two halves together, and just move on from it.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play Dayton on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the first of two home games this weekend. OSU is set to play George Mason Sunday at 2 p.m. in Columbus. read more

Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett named Maxwell Award semifinalist

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett throws a pass in the first quarter against Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing his 33-for-39, 328-yard performance in Ohio State’s 39-38 comeback win against Penn State, quarterback J.T. Barrett was named one of 18 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday afternoon. The Maxwell Award is given to the player of the year.Barrett has completed 171 of 246 passes for 2,166 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, the third-most in the nation. He also has rushed 87 times for 454 yards (5.2 yards per carry). Five of those carries have gone for touchdowns. His 176.2 passing efficiency this year is currently a single-season school record and ranks third nationally. Barrett’s 25-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio tops the nation, and his average of 22.8 points responsible for ranks second in the country behind West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.Barrett and redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber were both named to the Maxwell Award watch list in July.Earlier Monday, Barrett was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.The Buckeyes will return to action at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when they take on Iowa. read more

Karen Danczuks brother handed 15 years for sexually assaulting her and two

first_imgMs Danczuk, who waived her anonymity, previously told The Sun that he had sneaked into her bedroom climbed into bed with her when she was a child.“I would always pretend to be asleep and lie with my back to him, facing the wall. I was terrified and confused but I didn’t know what else to do,” she said.”It started out like it was a game, it was not so much an attack, it was, like, innocent.“Now I’ve got children of my own that makes me feel sick. I was living in a hell-hole — there was no love in my house. It wasn’t a normal household.”She told a jury she was regularly molested in the family home between the ages of six or seven until she was 15 or 16 by Michael Burke.She told the court: “Most people remember their first time having sex with somebody they love.”Whereas my first time of having sex was with my brother. It’s horrible. Even now I can’t sleep naked. I can’t even cuddle in bed.”I will never love properly, I will never be able to let someone in. It’s horrible.” Michael Burke, 38, the brother of Karen Danczuk Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Karen Danczuk, the former Labour councillor During the three-week trial, the mother-of-two told the court her brother abused her at the family home in Middleton, near Rochdale, from the age of six or seven – progressing to rape when she was aged 11 – until she was in her mid-teens.Burke denied 15 counts of rape, one attempted rape and one indecent assault against his sister and two other women, spanning an 18-year period from 1992 to 2010.But the jury found him guilty of eight counts of rape and another serious sexual offence against the three women, including three counts of rape against his sister, when she was aged between nine and 11 and he between 14 and 16. Michael Burke, 38, the brother of Karen DanczukCredit:GMP Karen Danczuk’s rapist brother was today jailed for 15 years for a series of sex assaults on her and two other victims.Michael Burke, 38, the brother of the estranged wife of Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, shook his head and threw up his hands today as he stood in the dock and was sentenced following a trial last month at Manchester Crown Court.His sister later waived her right to anonymity as a victim of sexual offences to brand her brother a “monster” who had “robbed me of my childhood” and made her suicidal. He was cleared of nine other serious sexual offences. The two other women have not waived their right to anonymity and cannot be identified.Mrs Danczuk told the jury the abuse had ruined her schooling, left her incapable of love and intimacy and that she struggles with depression and anxiety.Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Gilbart said: “She was your little sister, over whom you held sway.”Your actions affected her emotionally well into adulthood. As she put it, instead of looking back on her first sexual experience as something to be remembered fondly, she looked back on being raped by her brother before she reached puberty.”You groomed her. Your little sister was your playmate and susceptible to anything you suggested. You have shown not a shred of remorse.” Karen Danczuk, the former Labour councillorCredit: Andrew Crowleylast_img read more

Education Minister to meet parents on NGSA

The Ministry of Education will be meeting with parents of students who will be writing the upcoming National Grade Six Assessment on April 17 and 18, 2019.The meetings will be held on Thursday 7th March 2019 at BV Quamina Primary school from 2 pm and at Supply Primary on the East Bank on 8th March from 2 pm.This exercise is geared at bringing about better results with the involvement of parents and the communities, the Ministry said.Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry will be present to address and interact with parents.2018 NGSA results showed that students still performed poorly in the area of Mathematics.An overall performance assessment showed that 38% of the pupils who wrote the exams gained 50% or more, compared to 45% the previous year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNGSA results to be announced on ThursdayJune 25, 2018In “latest news”NGSA 2017 results are out, Nations’ Saskia Twahir tops with 524June 30, 2017In “latest news”NGSA results to be released next weekJune 30, 2016In “Local News” read more

Rann says goodbye to political life

first_imgFormer South Australian premier, and Philhellene, Mike Rann walked away from politics yesterday after 26 years as a Labor MP, with almost ten of those years spent as Premier of South Australia. Mr Rann who stood down as SA Premier on October 20 last year, told Neos Kosmos he is confident in leaving politics as he has left South Australia in a safe economic position and feels it is time for the old guard to leave and make way for new blood. Mr Rann’s decision to retire was also sped-up due to his wife’s health condition as she is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast and lymph node cancer. He said that by stepping down “it gives [him] an opportunity to give her some support”. After speaking with her doctors, Mr Rann understands that the next six to seven months will be a tough battle for his wife, but one he is certain she will win. When Mr Rann first took over as the Premier of South Australia in 1994, he said the state was an “economic basket case”. “What we had to do was really work hard to diversify our economy,” explains Mr Rudd. In his time as premier, the state saw an increase of approximately 15 mines – with 30 more to come; won multibillion dollar defence projects; electrified the trains; invested in a desalination plant to drought proof Adelaide for the next 80 to 100 years; extended the tram network; built a brand new central hospital and invested more than two billion dollars in stadiums. “South Australia is going to be a mining, resources and energy powerhouse,” says Mr Rann about the increase in mines. “And we’ve been investing in infrastructure too for the future, so I’d like to think I’ve left leading South Australia in much better condition than I found it when I took over as leader.” As the longest serving Labor premier of South Australia, Mr Rann talks about his time in politics with pride, but is also looking forward to what the future holds as well.And one of his future plans is to keep his strong connection to the Greek community both in South Australia, and nationally as well. “When I came to South Australia to work for Don Dunstan in 1977 he introduced me as a young 24-year-old to the Greek community and they have been the most loyal friends, and that loyalty will always be returned,” says Mr Rann. He will continue to be involved in a number of environmental causes, specifically climate change. And, he will also be doing some university teaching in the future too. “I feel happy I have done the best I can,” says Mr Rann of his political career. “I am looking forward to the next phase in my life and career.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hearst Explores Cost Cutting Measures

first_imgHearst has become the latest magazine publisher to contemplate major cost-cutting measures. The company is “examining where we can streamline,” a spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.According to a Women’s Wear Daily report, president Cathie Black is combing the business “floor-by-floor” in order to cut costs. One move would be to close Oprah at Home magazine, the report says. Hearst shuttered CosmoGirl earlier this month.When asked about the cost cutting measures, the Hearst spokesman wrote that “in some cases, that may mean shifting resources and adjusting staffing.” The spokesperson declined to say exactly how much money Hearst is looking to save, and declined to comment on closing any of its magazines.“At the same time, we continue to hire, as well as introduce new successful products like Food Network Magazine and Delish.com,” the spokesperson wrote. “Hearst is a debt-free, privately held, and diversified company, so we’re confident that we’ll be well-positioned when the market rebounds.” In recent weeks, Time Inc., Playboy and Condé Nast have said they are exploring cost cutting measures.last_img read more

Need to adopt fast changing technologies underlined at AKNU

first_imgRajamahendravaram: A two-day national seminar on ‘Block Chain and Bitcoin-Solutions and Applications’ was commenced at Adikavi Nannaya University (AKNU) campus under the aegis of university college of engineering here on Friday. Addressing the students, faculty and researchers at the meet, Central Tobacco Research Institute (CTRI) principle scientist Dr H Ravi Shankar said that the developed countries are using Bitcoin technology for money transfer and Block Chain relating to education systems. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us He underlined the need to adopt new technologies to compete with others and also for development as every day many changes are taking place in the world mainly relating to technologies. The seminar will benefit a lot to the participants and advised them to know well about it and gave a power point presentation in this regard. Engineering college principal Dr V Persis said the college is hosting the national seminar and briefed about the advantages of Block Chain and Bitcion. It is the time for the students, faculty and researchers to elevate themselves to the changing trends, he said.last_img read more