India’s Rare Tea Picked Under a Full Moon

first_imgSet 2,200m high on the steep slopes of the Indian Himalayas and surrounded by the ice-capped peaks of Khangchendzonga, the world’s third-highest mountain, the hills surrounding Darjeeling are – quite literally – breath-taking. Wild elephants and tigers roam the valley ridges and Buddhist monasteries cling to the slopes, but it’s Darjeeling’s vast blanket of emerald-green tea plantations that has led its cash crop to be called the ‘Champagne of teas’ and propelled it to international fame.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img read more

London Olympics: Team Britain wins gold in men’s team sprint cycling

first_imgBritain won gold at the velodrome in world record time on Thursday, beating France in the men’s team sprint final. Britain’s Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won in a time of 42.600 seconds, knocking 0.147 seconds off the world record they had set earlier in the day, and beating France’s Gregory Bauge, Michael d’Almeida and Kevin Sireau by 0.413 seconds.With the win, Hoy picked up his fifth Olympic gold and sixth overall, and secured a place in history for winning medals at four consecutive Olympics.Germany’s team of Rene Enders, Robert Forstemann and Maximilian Levy won the bronze medal, edging out Australia’s Matthew Clatezer, Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland.The Germans won the bronze medal match in a time of 43.209 seconds, with the Australians 0.146 seconds behind.The women’s team sprint earlier saw controversy when Germany took the gold after their Chinese opponents’ winning performance in the final was disallowed for an illegal changeover.The same fault had previously seen the British team disqualified, allowing the Germans to take the hosts’ place in the final. Australia took bronze, beating Ukraine.last_img read more

Tokyo unveil new logo for 2020 Olympics after plagiarism row

first_imgA ring of interconnected indigo blue rectangular shapes is the new symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Opting for simplicity and harmony, organizers unveiled the new official logo on Monday, seven months after an initial design was scrapped over allegations of plagiarism.The winning logo, by Japanese designer Asao Tokolo, is entitled Harmonized Checkered Emblem. It features three varieties of indigo blue rectangular shapes to represent different countries, cultures and ways of thinking.”My mind has gone blank as I just found out my design won,” Tokolo said. “I put a lot of time and effort into this design as though it was my own child.”Organizers said the checkered design in the traditional Japanese color of indigo blue expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.The previous logo by Kenjiro Sano was scrapped last year over allegations of plagiarism because of its similarity to the logo of a theater in Belgium.A special selection committee was subsequently established to choose the new logo. The committee selected the winning design from four finalists that were shortlisted from 14,599 entries submitted in a contest open to the public.The logo has a corresponding design for the Paralympics.Japanese baseball great Sadaharu Oh, who was a member of the selection committee, announced the winning design. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori, International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates and Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe.”The new Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 emblem symbolizes important elements of the Tokyo 2020 Games vision and the underlying concepts of achieving personal best, unity in diversity and connecting to tomorrow,” Coates said. “I congratulate the Tokyo 2020 team for the inclusive process that led to this selection.”advertisementlast_img read more

Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on football pay fight

first_imgRapinoe and her teammates were feted with a ticker-tape parade in New York after their World Cup victory. She shared the same float with U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro, basking in the chants of “USA” and “Equal Pay.” The U.S. women’s team sued the federation in March for gender and pay discrimination.At the post-parade celebration at City Hall, Cordeiro said, “We believe at U.S. Soccer that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay.” However, so far the two sides haven’t reached an agreement, with a May 5 trial date set in federal court in Los Angeles.Rapinoe says there’s a “major discrepancy” in pay for accomplishing the same success on the field compared to the U.S. men’s team. The 34-year-old said she can’t understand why female athletes must fight their soccer federation so hard for pay and benefits.“I guess other than just not believing that we deserve it or not willing to pay,” she said. “I think it’s really counterintuitive, you have two really amazing products in both the men’s and women’s teams that are both very successful by a lot of different metrics. It’s a huge growing business. Soccer in general is growing exponentially in the country, so why not be able to leverage your best assets instead of fighting them all the time?”U.S. Soccer has maintained that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements and the pay structures are different as a result. The federation has also said the men generate more revenue than the women.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s very surreal to say the least,” Rapinoe said. “Downtime? When I sleep, that’s my only rest time. It’s mostly good stuff, so hard to complain.”Julie Foudy, a World Cup champion with the U.S. in 1991 and ’99, calls Rapinoe the “golden girl.” She won the FIFA Golden Boot and the Golden Ball for most goals and best player, respectively, after the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 in July at the World Cup in France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceNow she’s the winner of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award, presented at the 40th annual event hosted by Billie Jean King on Wednesday night.“They’re such a force in women’s sports and beyond,” Rapinoe said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ However, that argument has been debated by the women’s legal representatives, given the women’s two consecutive World Cup titles and the revenue generated from both victory tours.The U.S. capped its latest victory tour with a 1-1 tie against South Korea before a crowd of 33,027 at Soldier Field on Oct. 6. Rapinoe lofted a perfect pass on a corner kick to Carli Lloyd, whose header tied the match.Rapinoe said it’s 50-50 on a settlement before the trial date.“I think it would probably be in everyone’s best interests not to drag this thing out or drag it through court, but that’s really up to them,” she said. “We deserve what is fair and right under the law.”Rapinoe received the FIFA player of the year award in Milan last month but didn’t get a chance to talk with FIFA President Gianni Infantino about another pay gap — the U.S. women’s team received $4 million for winning the World Cup while the French men’s team received $38 million in 2018.Infantino has said FIFA’s total prize money for the participating women’s teams will double from $30 million to $60 million at the 2023 World Cup. The men’s teams received $400 million in total prize money in 2018.King knows something about a pay fight. She threatened a boycott of the 1973 U.S. Open, reaching an agreement with a company to pay the difference before tennis leaders offered equal pay to the winners.“They’d be heroes if they did it,” King said of the U.S. Soccer leadership. “It’s the right thing to do, right side of history.”On Sunday, Rapinoe will be aiming for another title when her club team, Reign FC, faces defending champion North Carolina in a National Women’s Soccer League semifinal. The final is Oct. 27.The next match for the U.S. team is an exhibition against Sweden on Nov. 7 in Columbus, Ohio. New U.S. general manager Kate Markgraf, a former national player, wants to hire a replacement for Ellis by then. Rapinoe’s Reign coach Vlatko Andonovski is among the candidates. Wizards sign Beal to 2-year, $72 million extension DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, photo, soccer star Megan Rapinoe talks to reporters on the red carpet of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 40th annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York. Rapinoe, who was honored at the gala, won Sportswoman of the Year in the team category. She led the U.S. women’s soccer team to victory at the World Cup in France and earned the FIFA Player of the Year award. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner.She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis with an undefeated victory tour and kept up the fight for pay equity against the U.S. Soccer Federation.ADVERTISEMENT Rapinoe believes women’s sports are “in a different place” since Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and Foudy fought similar pay issues 20 years ago.The WNBA players’ union and the WNBA, where Rapinoe’s partner Sue Bird is a star for the Seattle Storm, are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement to improve wages. The U.S. women’s hockey team threatened a boycott of the 2017 World Championships to leverage better salaries and benefits.“This is the age-old tale,” Rapinoe said. “The powerful have always kept a lot of the benefits of that power for themselves. With women in particular, you have the Me Too movement, Times Up. A lot of sports leagues — yeah, people are sick of it. I think women in general just feel really empowered in this moment.” MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Realme X and Realme 3i on sale today on Flipkart, Realme Online Store at 12pm: Price, specs and offers

first_imgRealme X and Realme 3i will be on sale yet again at 12pm today on Flipkart and The two phones fall in two very distinctive price segments in India. The Realme X is a premium mid-range smartphone that touts features like a pop-up selfie camera, notchless AMOLED display, 48MP dual cameras and a Snapdragon 710 chipset. The Realme 3i is a budget phone that offers an attractive diamond-cut design along with a Dewdrop display and Helio P60 chipset.You will be able to purchase the Realme X and Realme 3i starting 12pm today i.e August 2 on Flipkart and Reamle’s Online Store. Realme X’s price in India starts at Rs 16,999 for the base model that offers 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The 8GB + 128GB variant costs Rs 19,999.On Flipkart, Realme X will be available with No Cost EMI options, Rs 6,550 buyback guarantee on exchanging the phone within 12 months, Flipkart Complete Mobile Protection for Rs 399 and bank offers like 10 per cent off with Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card, 5 per cent cashback on Flipkart Axis Bank Credit Card and 5 per cent cashback on HDFC Bank Debit Card. On, the phone will be available with Jio benefits worth Rs 7,000, Mobikwik and Paytm First offers as well.Realme 3i, on the other hand, is a low cost phone with a starting price of Rs 7,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant going up to Rs 9,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage option. The smartphone will be available in Diamond Red, Diamond Blue and Diamond Black colours. It will also be available similar bank offers on Flipkart as the Realme X. On Realme’s online store, the customer can avail Jio benefits worth Rs 5,500 and an offer on Mobikwik.advertisementRealme X specificationsRealme X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED notchless display. The phone features a pop-up camera system that houses the selfie camera. It gets a 3D curved glasstic panel on the back that comes in Polar White and gradient Space Blue colours. The Realme X also offers an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is powered by 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It comes with dual SIM support but lacks a microSD card slot. The smartphone houses a 3,765mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.The Realme X also features a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 f/1.7 main camera on the back that is paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera offers a 16-megapixel sensor. The main camera also supports Nightscape and Chroma Boost modes. In our review of the Realme X, we found the phone to offer a rich set of features that make it one of the best options under Rs 20,000.Realme 3i specificationsRealme 3i sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) Dewdrop display and a diamond-cut design. It comes in some attractive colours with the Diamond Red offering a gradient finish. The smartphone is powered by a Helio P60 chipset paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone supports dual SIM cards and a dedicated slot for microSD card. The smartphone offers a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back and a 13MP front-facing camera. The main camera supports PDAF, Nightscape, Chroma Boost and Portrait mode. The Realme 3i packs a 4,230mAh battery and ships with Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.ALSO READ | Realme X review: Offers everything you need under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 quick review: A new pop-up camera phone for the masseslast_img read more

10 months agoCruyff: Great players will choose Man City over Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cruyff: Great players will choose Man City over Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Jordi Cruyff believes the world’s top players would now prefer to join Manchester City.Cruyff, 44, joined United from Barca — the club built in his father Johan’s image — in 1996 when they were the dominant force in England.He said, “Like other players at the time, I did not need to think twice about whether I would join United or City. Just like Barca, United were irresistible in those years.“With everything that is happening and developments at City, it is no longer an automatic choice for players to choose United, and that is an even bigger concern.“United was not just a beautiful football club, it also followed up the football I was used to.“Home or away, United had a playing style, youth players and a winning mentality which was clear to everyone in the club.“If Barcelona have one bad year, they would still not finish any lower than 3rd in La Liga. That should be the case at Man United, but sadly it is not.” last_img read more

Media Urged to Report Government Statistics Responsibly

first_img Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says media practitioners, particularly those involved in delivering news and current affairs content, have a key role to play in how official government statistics are communicated to the public. Story Highlights He acknowledged that in an increasingly “fluid and fast-paced” news culture, there is pressure on and competition among media houses to creatively report on current developments, which could lead to miscommunication, particularly on economic data. “At some point, we are going to have to transition to [such] an environment [and] I think competition is going to take us there, because news media will emerge [that] actually take these things seriously and have serious dialogue around [them],” he added. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says media practitioners, particularly those involved in delivering news and current affairs content, have a key role to play in how official government statistics are communicated to the public.Speaking at a recent Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, Dr. Clarke said that as the Administration pursues Jamaica’s development as a market economy, data and official statistics will become increasingly pivotal to the planning process.“Those who are best able to interpret and best use them will have an advantage… and media practitioners… have a crucial role to play in, first of all, understanding these  official statistics, and communicating them to the public,” the Minister said.He acknowledged that in an increasingly “fluid and fast-paced” news culture, there is pressure on and competition among media houses to creatively report on current developments, which could lead to miscommunication, particularly on economic data.“The adjectives and adverbs… that we use around issues such as inflation [at times] become misplaced. So verbs like ‘jumped’ and ‘plunged’… those kinds of sensational words that we use, sometimes, do not add to the public good,” he contended.The Minister suggested that official data should, ideally, “just be reported in a neutral way”.“If you look at the international financial news channels… when [journalists] are discussing matters like inflation, the gross domestic product and unemployment [they are] having a rational discussion around the numbers,” he pointed out.“At some point, we are going to have to transition to [such] an environment [and] I think competition is going to take us there, because news media will emerge [that] actually take these things seriously and have serious dialogue around [them],” he added.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.It focused on the gross domestic product (GDP) and consumer price index.last_img read more

BW LPG Orders Four Gas Carriers from DSME

first_imgzoom BW LPG Limited has entered into ship building contracts for four Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) newbuildings with Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).The delivered cost of these vessels, including interest and other costs, is likely to be approximately USD 290 million, the company said in a stock exchange filing.The vessels were previously reserved by DSME’s existing client, however; as explained by Andrew Hoare, CCO of BW LPG, “BW’s relationship with DSME has afforded this opportunity to us when it became available.”The vessels are to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2016.“Whilst the exceptionally high rates of today are not likely to last forever, there are many years of anticipated growth in export volumes in this market, which elicits our desire to enhance our fleet and its capability. These contracts now provide us an opportunity to grow or renew our VLGC fleet in the coming years, without adding further to the new building fleet on order,“  Nicholas Gleeson,CEO of BW LPG, said.The quartet will be financed from free cash and the revolving credit facility, BW LPG explained.last_img read more

Marrakech to host 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Nov 1921

Rabat – The 5th Edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Morocco will be held as scheduled in Marrakech on November 19-21, 2014, said Monday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.Several preparatory meetings were held to ensure the success of this important international event organized under the theme “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” the ministry added in a statement.Held for the first time in an Arab-African country, the selection of Morocco as host country reflects the active role Morocco plays in the overall economic development of the African continent, and the Kingdom’s leadership in supporting entrepreneurship and the integration of youth and women into the economy. The event will bring together over 3000 entrepreneurs, along with heads of State, high level government officials, global entrepreneurs, small-medium enterprises (SME’s), corporate leaders, and young entrepreneurs from around the globe.Launched in 2009 by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit is a government-supported forum aimed at creating bridges between entrepreneurs, banks, venture capitalists, investors and others in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. read more

Three new appointments in Social Sciences

It’s the summer of change in the Faculty of Social Sciences with the appointment of three new administrators. And now, with the school year just two weeks away, they’re ready to make their marks.Ingrid MakusIngrid Makus took charge as acting dean in place of Tom Dunk who is on research leave, Nick Baxter-Moore was named associate dean for undergraduate studies and Diane Dupont became associate dean for graduate studies and research.Makus, who was associate dean for graduate studies and research for the past three years before becoming acting dean, has her Hons. Bachelor of Arts from Winnipeg in addition to a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Toronto.Her research interests include examining current debates over identity politics and rights discourse. Her most recent work discussed Simone de Beauvoir ‘s contribution to the ethics of political responsibility.As acting dean, Makus’s goals this year include continuing to foster excellence in teaching, research and service in the Faculty of Social Sciences.“I want to move forward the development of several new programs in the Faculty and help the Brock team put on a successful Congress,” she said. “I want to showcase the Faculty’s high-calibre researchers, scholars, students and policy-makers.When Makus isn’t dedicating her time to academic pursuits, she likes to play tennis, swim, play the violin and hang out with her two daughters, Kira and Megan.Her passion? “I love shoes!”Baxter-Moore has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manchester, a ?MSc from the London School of Economics and a?PhD from Carleton University. His research interests include?popular culture and identity; class, nation and popular music; local popular culture and politics; and popular culture.He stepped on the Brock campus in 1985.“I came to Brock on a three-year limited term position and have been here ever since – first in Political Science (1985-2003), and since 2003 in Communications, Popular Culture and Film.”As associate dean for undergraduate studies, Baxter-Moore’s principal goal is to use his office to support teaching and learning in the Faculty of Social Sciences.“I can’t, or won’t, be more specific about how I’ll do that,” he said, “until I have spent more time talking – and, more importantly, listening – to people on the front lines.”That would include academic advisers, chairs and directors, and other faculty members and staff directly involved in counselling students, curriculum development, and devising innovative methods of program delivery in the various Social Sciences departments and centres.“We have to find ways at least to maintain – better yet improve on – our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, and to insist on the continuing importance of the Social Sciences in the current climate of restraint and retrenchment.”Baxter-Moore’s downtime activities are as eclectic as his academic interests and include soccer, listening to and playing pop music, reading detective novels, English country dancing and being a historical re-enactor.Diane DupontDupont, a Brock professor for 20 years, has a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia (1988).She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, 2006-2009, and the Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award for 2012.As associate dean for graduate studies and research, Dupont has three aims.“I want to work with graduate program directors to build on past successes in graduate studies in our faculty,” she said.“Secondly, I’m looking forward to working with colleagues to support research by FOSS faculty. And finally, I am eager to help Ingrid and Nick represent FOSS faculty and interests within the Brock community.”Dupont enjoys a gourmet-dining group, gardening, camping and investing when she’s not researching environmental economics, non-market valuation and fisheries economics. read more

Strong defensive performance not overshadowed by big game for Ohio State offense

Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) celebrates with senior linebacker Curtis Grant (14) and senior defensive lineman Steve Miller (88) during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOn a day when Ohio Stadium welcomed Big Ten football for the first time in 2014, when the weather was the age-old mixture of cold and gray, it was the familiar sight of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and the Ohio State offense lighting up the scoreboard.But for all the firepower the Buckeyes produced on offense in a 56-17 win against Rutgers, the team’s defense continued to improve during a season that is proving more and more exciting for OSU fans.The same defense that couldn’t get off the field against Virginia Tech over a month ago held Rutgers to 156 offensive yards in the first half and 17 total points.“Our defense, you credit that, you can take the first half and that’s a credit to our defense,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “They took a team that threw 400 plus yards against our rivals and really played well, creating turnovers once again and getting the ball to the offense rather quickly.”Meyer’s assessment might be an understatement. Rutgers averaged a time of possession of just two and a half minutes on its seven first-half drives. Four of those drives ended in punts, two in turnovers, and only one in a touchdown.Senior cornerback Doran Grant said for all the growth OSU’s offense is doing, the defensive corps are also improving each week.“It’s been steady. Each week we’re getting better,” Grant said. “I think we’re playing pretty good, I still think we haven’t reached our full potential.”Two weeks prior to Saturday, Grant and the rest of the unit gave up 310 yards to Maryland, the lowest total surrendered by the Buckeyes other than the 126 yards against Kent State on Sept. 13.The Scarlet Knights produced 345 yards, but 122 of those came in a third quarter when the Buckeyes were already comfortably in front. Even so, junior linebacker Joshua Perry said the defense needs to be at its best for the entire duration of a game.“That’s the good thing about some of the guys we have is that we can win by as much as we did but we’re not going to be satisfied if we don’t close out the game and if we give up some plays in the second half,” Perry said. “And that just comes with maturity over time and being able to lock in and execute for a full game.”The defense did provide a spark in the first half when redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier forced a fumble out of Rutgers’ sophomore wide receiver Janarion Grant before redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple picked up the ball and ran it in for a score.Perry stressed the effect a defensive score has on the team’s mentality.“We need one of those every game,” Perry said. “That’s one of those things, it’s big momentum, it takes a little pressure off the offense and it gives us something to work for.”Frazier was able to knock the ball loose after redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee stopped the Rutgers wide receiver from getting around him. OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said he enjoyed seeing each part of the defense — linebackers, linemen and defensive backs — get involved on the big play.“That’s what we call team defense. We stress it, we talk about it,” Fickell said. “We want to take the name off the back of the jersey and just worry about the one on the front, and we do those kinds of things, good things happen.”Grant tied with Perry for the team lead in total tackles with seven, along with securing OSU’s only interception of the day. But the Buckeyes’ co-captain said the defense’s strength comes from the entire unit, and how when one part of the unit excels, they all do.“That’s team defense. Of course it makes it easier for (the defensive backs), and us covering makes it easier for the linebackers blitzing and also the D-line,” Grant said. “So we just play a team game.”While sophomore Joey Bosa added another two sacks to his season total, his fellow defensive lineman — senior Steve Miller — made a career-high four total tackles. He and his fellow linemen helped to hold the Scarlet Knights to only 34 rushing yards in the first half, but Miller echoed Perry’s claim that they need to execute for an entire game.“I think our run defense is pretty good, we just gotta be consistent,” Miller said.Lee had one of the team’s four sacks, and after the game he said he was pleased with the way the defense came out and dictated the flow of play.“We played great. We knew we had to bring pressure and stop their run,” Lee said. “We knew we had to execute and this was something coach Meyer emphasized the past few weeks.”Those points of emphasis are set to be put into use once again next week, when the Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa., to face Penn State at 8 p.m. on Oct. 25. Penn State’s sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg was placed on the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s best player, and OSU sophomore safety Vonn Bell said he’s excited to go up against him next week.“It’s a big game,” Bell said. “They put up points, we put up points, too.” read more

EHF CL Kiel win thriller in Brest – Third victory for KIF

3SG Flensburg-Handewitt320187:84431 Kadetten : Dunkerque 25:23 (12:10) 2AaB Handball211049:44350 3Rhein-Neckar Lowen210159:51280 Here are the other results of the EHF CL Friday:Chekhovskie Medvedi – RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 30:35 6HC Metalurg-Skopje200246:550-90 6Alingsaas HK300368:920-240 1Paris Handball220054:444100 3Naturhouse La Rioja210171:6526-1 1KS Vive Targi Kielce220070:604100 THW Kiel had tough 60 minutes in Brest, but at the end, “Zebras” managed to win led by Andreas Palicka, who saved some important shots. At the end, Kiel took two points 25:24 (11:11).Pesic (1.-60., 13 saves), Charapenka (n.e.); Babichev (4), Bozovic (3), Manojlovic (3), Kamyshyk (n.e.), Spiler (1), Nikulenkau (1), Shumak (2), Vukic (2), Baranau, Karacic (2), Rutenka (3), Razgor (2/1), Shylovich (1), Astrashapkin (n.e.); Trainer: Babic Sjöstrand (1.-41., 8 saves), Palicka (41.-60, 6 saves); Duvnjak, Toft Hansen (2), Sprenger (5/1), Weinhold, Wiencek (1), Ekberg, Cañellas (3/1), Palmarsson (5), Klein (2), Vujin (7/1); Trainer: GislasonSTANDINGS: Alingsas : Kolding 19:23 (13:15) 5Besiktas Istanbul200243:610-180 4RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko310290:922-21 1KIF Kolding330091:646270 4Pick Szeged210159:632-40 2FC Barcelona220068:534150 5Dunkerque HB310267:722-5-2 5Montpellier Handball210159:642-5-1 4Wisla Plock SSA310281:842-3-1 EHF CLTHW Kiel 2MKB Veszprem KC220064:56480 1HC Vardar Pro Skopje220066:544120 2THW Kiel320184:83411 5HC Meshkov Brest310283:882-50 6Chehovski Medvedi300390:1110-210 3K. Schaffhausen311176:793-32 6Motor-Zntu-Zas200247:500-30 ← Previous Story Darko Stanic and RK Metalurg – THE END Next Story → GOLDEN LEAGUE: Norway beat Brasil – Denmark lost against France! 4Croatia Osiguranje210149:522-30 read more

Budget 2014 the key things to know from todays announcement

first_imgUpdated 9.50pmIT WAS IRELAND’S seventh austerity Budget.We were warned it would be ‘tough’ – and it was.Finance Minister Michael Noonan revealed how his department plans to increase the nation’s tax take, while his colleague in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform explained how he intends to help take €2.5 billion out of the economy.Here are the main details of Michael Noonan’s speech:Income Tax, VAT, USC-No increases in any of the three tax categories.VAT-Reduced rate of 9 per cent for tourism sector to be retained.-All other VAT rates are to remain untouched.Air Travel Tax-Reduced to zero per cent with an aim to encourage airlines to build new routes and traffic.DIRT-A new higher single unified rate of 41 per cent for DIRT and the exit tax that applies to life assurance policies and investment funds has been introduced.Pensions-The pension levy of 0.6 per cent will be abolished on 31 December 2014. An additional levy on pension funds at 0.15 per cent will be introduced during that time, increasing it to 0.75 per cent.-From 1 January 2015, the levy will be 0.15 per cent of the value of pension funds.Home Improvement Incentive Scheme-To be calculated at 13.5 per cent on works worth over €5,000 and under €30,000 on family’s primary residences in 2014 and 2015.Corporation Tax-The Minister said Ireland is 100 per cent committed to its 12.5 per cent Corporation Tax rate.-However, the Finance Bill will be changed to secure Ireland’s reputation as being ‘part of the solution’ to the global tax crisis and not ‘part of the problem’. The change will ensure Irish registered companies cannot be ‘stateless’ in terms of their place of tax residency.Magdalenes-Any lump sums paid to survivors as part of a compensation scheme will be tax exempt.Cigarettes and Alcohol Excise-From midnight, cigarette packets will be taxed 10 cent more.-Also from midnight, bottles of wine will be taxed an extra 50 cent more.-Meanwhile, and also from 12pm today, beer, cider and spirits will all rise in price by 10 cent.Medical Insurance-Tax relief for medical insurance will be capped at €1,000 for adults and €500 for children.Single Parents-The tax relief credits will be changed from the One Parent Tax Credit to a Single Person Child Carer Tax Credit. Only the primary carer, rather than both single parents, will be able to claim the credit which is of equal value to what it is replacing.Motoring-There will be no increase in excise duty on petrol or diesel.-There will be no increase in motor tax.Banks Levy-Irish banks will be expected to make an annual contribution of €150 million to the Exchequer annually.Farming-The farmers’ flat rate addition is being increased from 4.8 per cent to 5 per cent from January. The scheme compensates farmers for VAT incurred on their farming inputs.-The Capital Gains Tax retirement relief has been extended to disposals of long-term leased farmland in certain circumstances so older farmers will lease out their land to younger men and women.Property-Any property sold next year will be exempt from Capital Gains Tax if it had been held for at least seven years.Business-The ‘Start Your Own Business’ Scheme will see those who are unemployed, and starting their own new business, exempt from income tax for two years.Here are the main details from Brendan Howlin’s statement:Medical Cards-The income thresholds for medical cards for those aged over 70 years old have been reduced to €900 for a couple and €500 for a single person.GP Care-Free GP care for all those aged under five years old will be introduced. The cost to the State will be €37 million.Maternity-Maternity benefit will be standarised to €230 per week for new claimants from January. Currently, it lies between €217 – €262 for women.Prescription Charge-Per-item prescription charges are to increase to €2.50 per item – this charge began as a 50 cent levy in 2010. The monthly cap is €25 per family.Social Welfare-The total adjustment is €290 million.-The €100 reduced rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance to existing recipients who reach 22, and for new entrants aged up to 24 on or after 1 January 2014, has been extended.-Another reduced rate of €144 for jobseekers will apply to those reaching 25 from January next year.-The telephone allowance will be discontinued to save €44 million.-The number of waiting days for entitlement to Illness Benefit is being increased from 3 days to 6 days to save €22 million.-Child Benefit remains unchanged at €130 per month.Public Service-There will be some hiring next year in schools, hospitals and An Garda Síochána but the paybill will still be reduced by €500 million.-There are plans to hire 1,250 new classroom and resource teachers for the school system.-€5 million is to be allocated to extend the reach of the books to rent programme in primary schools.National Lottery-The €200 million from the sale of the National Lottery licence will be used for a range of measures, including: road maintenance and repair works; a new round of Sports Capital Grants; the building of a new National Indoor Training Arena at the National Sports Campus; the Better Energy Programme; housing adaptation grants for older people and people with a disability; the National City of Culture Initiative; the development of a large scale multi-functional events centre in Cork; the Wild Atlantic Way Driving Route tourism project; and a number of 1916 Commemoration Projects.Housing-€10 million will be provided for an unfinished housing estate resolution initiative.-€30 million of the lottery licence proceeds to recommence the State’s house building programme.INTREO-€9 million for the completion of the ‘one stop shop’ for Intreo offices to provide better services for the unemployed.-€14 million to a “Youth Guarantee Fund”, which will support additional activation places for people under 25.Bereavement Grant-The €850 once-off payment to bereaved families will be abolished to save €17 million.TV License -The annual payment to RTÉ for the Free TV Licence will be reduced by €5 million.Invalidity Pensions-The €230.30 weekly rate will be discontinued for those age 65 and aligned to the €193.50 currently paid to those under 65.Sports-Irish Sports Council funding cut by €3.1 million.Irish Aid-Reducing funding for Irish Aid by €14 million.Third-Level Education-Cutting funding to third level institutions by €25 million.LIVEBLOG: Budget 2014 as it’s Budget 2014 coverage, in fulllast_img read more

Time for a cut

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Tuesday, I predict the Reserve Bank of Australia is going to cut official interest rates by either .25 per cent or .50 per cent. Look at the official figures. The Reserve follows a whole lot of economic data but the number they focus on is inflation, taken from the Consumer Price Index. The March quarter CPI came out last Tuesday, and it ‘printed’ an inflation number well below what most economists were thinking. The Reserve is bound to use monetary policy to keep inflation in the target range of 2 – 3 per cent. And the March CPI means core inflation becomes around 2.2 per cent. When this is the trend, the economy might need a kick-start, by reducing the price of money – the ‘cash rate’ – and hoping that Australians will spend more. There are other indicators that the Reserve could be looking at. I call these my indicators of the ‘real economy.’ I talk to business owners and I look at the ‘For Lease’ signs, the ‘closing down sale’ signs and the ‘50% off’ specials in shop window. I look for empty shops, car yards with no people in them and bank boards on the pavement that spruik their deposit rates, not their variable mortgage rates. I look at the newspapers: who’s being laid-off? Car workers and bank staff. These indicators tell a story of struggling businesses and cautious consumers. This sort of dynamic can become a nasty spiral if it’s not broken at the right time, because consumers become more cautious with their money and businesses wear the consequences, having to lay-off staff which feeds greater consumer uncertainty and which feeds a worse climate for businesses. With my view of the real economy and the CPI and inflation figures, I think it’s time to break the spiral. When you have large concerns such as Toyota and Harvey Norman talking about a downturn in consumer demand, you have to multiply that stress several times to glimpse what the average small business owner is going through. It’s a dangerous position because our 3.5 million business owners are our biggest employers. We can cut the cash rate, making borrowing easier for business owners and easier for householders. But while you can’t affect what the Reserve Bank does, or what the major banks do, you can use a rate cut to your advantage. If you’re not financially stressed, you can continue to make your normal repayment even after the bank cuts your variable rate. A 0.25 per cent cut on a 30-year $300,000 loan at 7.4 per cent, will save you just over $50 a month, worth $18,000 over the life of the loan. A 0.50 per cent cut will save you $101 per month, worth $36,000 over the life of a loan. You can’t change the RBA or your bank, but you can put the interest rate savings straight back into the mortgage, or put them into a high interest bearing fixed interest account. You can’t change the world but you can make good decisions when the cash rate drops. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on any queries you may have.last_img read more

Des voitures communicantes pour une plus grande sécurité

first_imgDes voitures communicantes pour une plus grande sécurité ?Amsterdam, Pays-Bas – Pour la première fois en Europe, des voitures communicantes vont être testées en conditions réelles autour de l’aéroport d’Amsterdam. Ces véhicules devraient être capables de communiquer entre eux et avec les infrastructures, pour améliorer la sécurité routière.Initié par la Commission européenne, ce premier test sur routes ordinaires tendra à prouver qu’en communiquant avec les autres véhicules (V2V) et avec les infrastructures routières (V2I), ces voitures du futur permettront d’éviter de nombreux accidents et que le trafic gagnera alors sensiblement en sécurité. Ces véhicules communicants pourraient par ailleurs offrir une meilleure gestion de la consommation de carburant et permettre une réelle réduction des émission de gaz à effet de serre.”Les systèmes et les services coopératifs comme ceux de nos voitures communicantes vont apporter une réelle valeur ajoutée aux conducteurs européens. Ils contribueront à une mobilité plus sûre et plus intelligente en Europe, débouchant sur une baisse des accidents et de leur gravité ainsi qu’à une réduction de l’empreinte carbonique” assure Neelie Kroes, responsable de la stratégie numérique de la Commission européenne.Cette dernière a cofinancé à hauteur de 52 millions d’euros trois projets liés aux technologies de l’information et des communications pour les transports. Ceux-ci ont permis de développer des systèmes de mobilité coopérative tels que des réseaux de communication entre voitures et infrastructures, mais aussi d’améliorer les techniques de localisation de véhicules en mouvement.Les organismes européens de normalisation vont désormais développer les normes nécessaires pour le V2V et le V2I. Une première série de normes est attendue d’ici la fin 2013 tandis que la mise sur le marché de systèmes de mobilité coopérative par les constructeurs et équipementiers automobiles serait envisageable dès 2015. Le 29 mars 2010 à 18:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ibrahimovic warning for Mourinho

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has warned his former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho over their recent form and insists that they must keep winningThe former Swede international left the club last month to join LA Galaxy in the MLS and, while praising the Portuguese coach, Ibrahimovic did warn Mourinho that the club must continue winning silverware in order maintain their status among Europe’s elite.“I like Mourinho. He is the Special One.” Ibrahimovic told ESPN (via Manchester Evening News).“He likes to win. Wherever he went he won. He made me feel comfortable. He gave me a lot of responsibility.“He said to me the only problem he had with me was when could he rest me.“They’ve been doing it good. Let’s hope, there’s one last trophy to play for, and that’s the FA Cup. So hopefully they win it.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Ibrahimovic joined United in the summer of 2016 and had a terrific debut campaign at the club with his 28 goals in his 46 appearances proving to be a critical factor in their triumphs in the Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League.“Last year we had a big success with the three trophies with a new team like that, new coach, couple of new players.” said the 36 year-old.“And hopefully that rings on, because as a top team, like United, you need to keep winning, because that is the status of the club.“You need to win. And if you’re not winning, you’re not belonging to the top.”Ibrahimovic made his debut for LA Galaxy in last weekend’s surprise 4-3 win. The Swede came on as a substitute in the second-half and his two goals played a decisive effect on the derby.last_img read more

Emery to stick with his guts

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery insists his team’s stuttering start to the season won’t stop him from overhauling their style of play.The Gunners have lost their first two games of the season to Manchester City and Chelsea, and the former Paris Saint-Germain manager has come under heavy criticism for changing the club’s style of play.Where Wenger demanded Arsenal played an all-out attacking system that often left them vulnerable at the back, Emery favours a high-tempo pressing game.The Spanish boss also prefers his goalkeeper and defenders to start moves with passing from the back, even when under pressure from opponents.This has led to Arsenal putting themselves in difficult positions at times, but Emery is adamant the issues are just teething problems that will soon resolve themselves.“In our process, we are going 38 matches against all the teams — whether you are playing againstManchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham on Saturday,” he said, as quoted by France24.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“There are three points on this game. It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically.”“After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.”West Ham’s visit gives Jack Wilshere a chance to prove Emery was wrong to let him leave.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” Emery said.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future.“On Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also. I think there is a good reception for him here.last_img read more

Conrad Howell autopsy complete

first_img Funeral remarks point to a non-suicidal Conrad Howell Memories of two TCI men lost on March 4 Related Items:autopsy, complete, conrad howell, kevino smith, patty smith Recommended for you Patty Smith dreading holidays, says ‘Bah’ killers still out there Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Sept 2015 – The autopsy on Reverend Conrad Howell is completed; done on Wednesday as announced by Acting Police Commissioner, Rodney Adams. The pathologist was brought in from The Bahamas to performing the autopsy.The Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force is expected to host a press conference on Friday, where media is expecting to hear updates and progress of the police investigation on the death of Rev. Howell.As speculation continues to swirl around how Reverend Howell, who wrote the country’s national song, died Acting Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams on Monday, told media that Howell’s death has not been classified as a murder.Today, Patty Smith, mother of murder victim – Kevino Smith – says to remind the country that it is not just the life of Conrad Howell that matters to family and friends. The Premier attempted to remember those open or unsolved cases in the islands during his Saturday press conference saying, “Rev. Howell’s death is just another death in a string of so-called murders in our beloved TCI over the past several years to which no closure have been brought.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Last Chance to Be Recognized as a Great American Defense Community

first_imgApplications for ADC’s new initiative recognizing communities for providing outstanding support to service members and military families are due Friday, Feb. 12.The Great American Defense Communities program is intended to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. Candidates will be selected based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.The program will use local and national press events, exhibits in Congress and the Pentagon, and recognition during ADC events to highlight the successful initiatives being employed by defense communities to support the nation’s military men and women.A panel of defense community advocates and experts will review the nominations and select up to 10 honorees as Great American Defense Communities. Winners will be announced at the ADC Installation Innovation Forum in Charleston, S.C., at the end of the month.Apply by Friday on the ADC website! Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame openingnight tickets for sale on eBay for 5000

first_img 2019 movies to geek out over Tags 77 Photos Captain America (Chris Evans) wouldn’t spend his life savings on Avengers: Endgame tickets. He grew up during the Great Depression after all.  Marvel Do you want to see Avengers: Endgame on opening night? Do you really, really want to see Avengers: Endgame on opening night? Like, enough to give up the same amount of money you might spend on Super Bowl tickets, or a glorious international vacation, or several months rent, or a used car, or a kid’s college fund, or your own damn retirement? If so, then make your way to eBay and throw your money at someone who lucked out and got their tickets right away on Tuesday. Who needs to retire anyway? Comments TV and Movies Russo brothers didn’t trust Tom Holland with Avengers: Endgame script Avengers: Endgame proves we should bring back the intermission Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plancenter_img 4 Share your voice As you likely heard, Avengers: Endgame tickets went on sale Tuesday and sold faster than it takes Iron Man to deliver a smart-aleck quip, which is to say, instantly. Not everyone could get the tickets they wanted though, in part thanks to AMC Theaters’ site and mobile app choosing the exact wrong day to succumb to Thanos’ snap.But plenty of people did get tickets, and an enterprising batch of them are selling their opening-night tickets on eBay, as often happens with hot tickets these days.endgametixonebayWhat a bargain… Screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET Want to see it in New Jersey at the AMC Dine-In Essex Green 9? You and a pal can sit in the middle row on opening night and get a free poster to boot. It’ll just cost you $15,000 to Buy It Now, or try your luck with an opening bid of $2,500.But maybe you want to see it in New York City, at the AMC 84th Street 6. Bidding begins at $4,999, please. But hey, the seller will ship them to you for an additional $4.81.Other sellers are more reasonable, although that word is relative, looking for $350 for three tickets in Sherman Oaks, California, or $250 for two tickets in Las Vegas, or a bargain $85 for FIVE tickets in Novi, Michigan.But as eBay veterans know, you can ask for any price you want for anything — whether or not you get it is another story. So far, we’re not seeing any huge sales completed for these high-priced tickets — though a scan of completed auctions shows one or two sales, each for less than $100.Avengers: Endgame is scheduled for an April 26 release in the US, April 25 in the UK and April 24 in Australia.See even more ridiculously high prices for Endgame tickets on our sister site CBS News. More on Avengers: Endgame Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more