Michael Cohen heads to prison in Trump hush-money scheme

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first_img(AP) – President Donald Trump ex-lawyer and fixer is due to start a three-year prison sentence Monday for crimes including campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments made on Trump’s behalf.Michael Cohen is expected to report to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville, a federal prison tucked in the lush countryside 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of New York City. A minimum-security prison camp there has become a haven for white-collar criminals including including “Jersey Shore” star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Fyre Festival fraudster Billy McFarland.Cohen, who’s been disbarred, is trading plaid blazers for khaki prison garb after trying and failing in recent weeks to get his sentence delayed or reduced.His legal team asked House Democrats last month to intercede after Cohen testified on Capitol Hill, but they were reticent to do so. Cohen’s lawyers said federal prosecutors in New York were also no help.last_img read more

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Lokayukta raids head constables properties; huge DA unearthed

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first_imgIndore, Dec 28 (PTI) The Lokayukta police today raided two establishments owned by a police head constable posted at Jabalpur districts Regional Transport Office (RTO) and unearthed huge disproportionate assets (DA) allegedly amassed by him.Police teams of the anti-corruption ombudsman raided two properties of head constable Arun Kumar Singh Baghel, one at Annapurna Nagar here and the other in Rewa district, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dulat Singh said.The DSP claimed that allegedly incriminating documents were seized from the places, according to which Baghel owns five pieces of land, two swanky houses and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).We are going to open his two bank lockers, one in Indore and the other in Rewa, he said.The police official said that they are calculating the constables wealth, disproportionate to his known sources of income, and added that the investigation was initiated following a complaint of corruption against the cop. PTI HWP LAL SDL AAR RDSlast_img read more

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Disha, Mihika shine in Bombay Scottish’s 2-1 win over St Lawrence

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Captain Disha Khadtare and striker partner Mihika Saraph combined effectively in assisting each other as they both scored a goal to fashion Bombay Scottish’s (Powai) 2-1 win against St Lawrence (Borivli) in a girls U-16 Division-II quarter-final of the MSSA inter-school football tournament at the Neville D’Souza ground, Bandra yesterday. In the third minute, Disha created an opening for Mihika who made no mistake in slotting past St Lawrence goalkeeper Prachi Raddi to give Scottish the early advantage. The Powai schoolgirls pressed harder and managed to double their lead two minutes from the half-time whistle. This time Mihika did the spadework to create the opening for Disha to score.Related News Jennifer Kounder of Canossa Convent was too good yesterday On resumption, St Lawrence girls returned a transformed side and did more of the attacking, but for all their hard work they could only manage one goal, which came through the effort of Yashika Rawat in the 35th minute. Yashika picked up the ball on the edge of the box and then dribbled her way past a couple of defenders before sending a low angular shot past the Scottish goalkeeper.In the semi-finals, Scottish meet Canossa Convent (Mahim) who defeated DY Patil (Worli) 3-0. Bhumika Mane scored two goals and Jennifer Kounder got one to complete the winning tally. Meanwhile, Aneri Raval continued to dazzle as she notched up another hat-trick to power Nahar International (Chandivali) to a 6-0 victory against Lilavati Podar International (Santacruz), who fielded just nine players in their quarter-final match at Cooperage ground. After Keisha Virani scored the first two goals for Nahar International, Aneri got in the thick of action scoring four goals in succession to seal the big win. In the fourth quarter-final, St Thomas (Goregaon) got the better of Rustomjee International (Dahisar) by a 1-0 margin with Dhiti Varma scoring the lone goal. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting worldlast_img read more

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‘Embarrassing’ Mourinho’s mouth is out of control – Scholes

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first_imgManchester United legend Paul Scholes has slammed manager Jose Mourinho, saying the Portuguese is “embarrassing the club.”Following a dismal 3-1 loss at West Ham at the weekend, United are off to their worst start since 1989-90.Aside from the club’s struggles on the field, Mourinho has made plenty of headlines for ongoing feuds with his players and the club’s board. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho’s relationship with star midfielder Paul Pogba has deteriorated, with the manager stripping the France international of his vice-captaincy last week.There have even been suggestions of a full-scale team mutiny, such is the state of affairs at Old Trafford currently. Mourinho is fighting for his job, and Scholes has opined that he is surprised the Portuguese even managed to keep his job after the defeat to West Ham.”I’m actually slightly surprised that he survived after Saturday, the performance was that bad,” Scholes said on BT Sport.”We’ll go on to show clips of attitude and performance, it just was nowhere near.”The West Ham defeat capped a trying week for the Red Devils that also saw them draw newly promoted Wolves in the league and fall to Championship side Derby County in the Carabao Cup.Scholes believes the situation is critical at Old Trafford, as Mourinho continues to fall out with his players and the club’s hierarchy.”He’s coming out in press conferences and he’s constantly having a go at players, he’s having a go at people above him because he’s not getting what he wants,” the 43-year-old said.”I think his mouth is probably out of control and I think he’s embarrassing the club.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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All England Open Championships: Saina loses to Sung Ji Hyun in quarters

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first_imgIndia’s campaign at the All England Open Badminton Championships came to an end as women’s singles shuttler Saina Nehwal followed her compatriot P.V. Sindhu and suffered a defeats in the quarter-finals on Friday.Eighth seed Saina fought hard but could not avoid a 20-22, 20-22 defeat to South Korean third seed Sung Ji Hyun in 54 minutes. (Also read: PV Sindhu crashes out of All England Championships)It was a heartbreaking loss for Saina who came close but could not pull it off at critical junctures at the Barclaycard Arena.The win was Sung’s only second triumph in eight games against 2012 London Olympic bronze medal winner Saina.Earlier, Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 14-21, 10-21 in the quarter-finals that lasted 34 minutes.Reaching the last eight was the Olympic silver medallist Sindhu’s best performance at the prestigious badminton tournament.Only two Indians — Prakash Padukone and current chief coach P. Gopichand — have managed to win titles at the world’s oldest tournament. While Padukone won in 1980, Gopichand’s feat came in 2001.last_img read more

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Ian Wright wants Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal at the end of season

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first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Ian Wright has launched a scathing attack on the club’s manager Arsene Wenger, saying that the club needs to change the manager as soon as possible to bring back their glory days.Arsenal lie 27 points behind leaders Manchester City in sixth position and were beaten 3-0 by Pep Guardiola’s side in Sunday’s League Cup final, leaving the Europa League as their only realistic trophy target following an early FA Cup exit.Wright, who played 213 games in seven years at Arsenal, says the club were stagnating well before the League Cup final drubbing.”There are excuses (from Wenger) and he is mollycoddling a team,” Wright told the BBC.”Whether he stays at the end of this season, I could not make a case. I am not sure anyone can. This development of mediocrity has to be arrested.”Arsenal last won the league title in 2004 and have not won the Champions League during Wenger’s 22-year reign with the FA Cup and League Cup the club’s only silverware in recent years.Wright, who retired in 2000, believes Arsenal should change managers as soon as possible as it will take the club years to regain their status as one of Europe’s elite competitors.”I want Arsenal to challenge again, for them to sign players who will get you excited. I want someone in the boardroom who will lay it down…,” Wright added.”How long would it take Arsenal to get back? It will take them a few years. Everyone is progressing and moving forward in that top five.advertisement”Arsenal are going the other way… It is a long road.”The 54-year-old also questioned Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke’s interest in the club after the owners disregarded the fans’ opinions to hand Wenger a new deal at the end of last season.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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North Carolina Has Already Hired Its New Head Football Coach

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first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 05: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)North Carolina’s football program fired its head coach, Larry Fedora, on Sunday. It didn’t take the Tar Heels very long to land a new one.247Sports is reporting that North Carolina has reached an agreement with former Texas head coach Mack Brown.Inside Carolina broke the news.BREAKING NEWS: #UNC has its next football coach. It’s Mack Brown, sources confirm. STORY: https://t.co/egJq2bYAFV pic.twitter.com/1159QyK8Ia— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) November 26, 2018From the report:North Carolina has reached an agreement with Mack Brown to once again coach the Tar Heels, multiple sources have confirmed.An announcement is expected Tuesday. Brown has already begun efforts to assemble his coaching staff, according to sources.UNC was intent on a quick process. The 2018 season concluded with a 2-9 record on Saturday, and Larry Fedora was officially dismissed on Sunday. Fedora was 45-43 in his seven seasons in Chapel Hill.Brown, who won a national title at Texas, has been out of coaching for five years. He’s spent that time doing analyst work for ESPN.An official announcement on Brown’s hiring is expected to come soon. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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He will close his eyes and defend: How Dhoni masterminded Boult dismissal

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first_imgHe will close his eyes and defend: How Dhoni masterminded Boult dismissalIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: MS Dhoni’s masterful tip from behind the wickets prompted leg-spinner, Kuldeep Yadav, to bowl a wrong’un and remove tail-ender Trent Boult on Wednesday. Brief score – New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19).advertisement Akshay Ramesh NapierJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 12:35 IST India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: MS Dhoni was constantly guiding the two wrist-spinners from behind the wickets (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav dismissed Trent Boult on 1 after paying heed to MS Dhoni’s tip from behind the stumpsKuldeep Yadav finished with a four-wicket haul as New Zealand were bowled out for 157MS Dhoni has received a lot of praise for his inputs from behind the wickets to spinnersNew Zealand vs India, 1st ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores: New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19).There were concerns about MS Dhoni’s batting form in the lead up to the recently-concluded ODI series in Australia. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had been struggling for consistency with the bat in 2018, managing just 275 runs from 20 matches.However, there has been no doubt about Dhoni’s skills from behind the wickets. Even as his speed with the gloves hasn’t gone down one bit, Dhoni’s inputs from behind the wickets, especially when standing up to the spinners is proving to be crucial for the second-ranked ODI side.On Wednesday, MS Dhoni was at it again as he guided young Kuldeep Yadav remove New Zealand’s tail-ender, Trent Boult in the first of the ongoing five-match ODI series at McLean Mark in Napier.Boult was threatening to give the dangerous Tim Southee support after New Zealand were left reeling at 148 for 9. The New Zealand No. 11 had batted nine balls and collected only a run before Dhoni gave Kuldeep a vital tip from behind the wicket in the final ball of the 38th over.”Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko (He is blocking with his eyes closed. Bowl a wrog’un to him),” Dhoni was saying, caught on stump mic. Kuldeep obliged to Dhoni’s tip and it led to the wicket of Boult.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST ODI LIVE SCOREFrom around the wicket, Kuldeep bowled the wrong’un. Boult was on his front foot trying to defend yet another ball but this time the ball took the edge and ballooned straight to Rohit Sharma at first slip.advertisementWatch MS Dhoni’s tip to Kuldeep YadavDhoni – Ye aankh band kar ke rokega. Idhar se daal sakta hai.Kuldeep goes round the wicket.Boult does exactly the sameBoult caught Sharma bowled Kuldeep.Look at the reactions of Dhoni & Kuldeep ????Dhoni ka dimaag Chacha Chaudhary se bhi tez chalta hai????#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/aC8Vs0gUPcThe Joker (@cooljalz1808) January 23, 2019″Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko.” MS Dhoni from behind the stumps reads Boult, suggests Kuldeep to bowl a googly. Kuldeep obliges and Rohit takes a simple catch at first slip.NZ have been bowled out for 157. #CricketMeriJaan #NZvINDMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 23, 2019Often in the past, Kuldeep and Chahal, India’s two young wrist spinners, have spoken about the impact of MS Dhoni’s inputs from behind the stumps to their bowling. The World Cup-winning former captain, who has one of the best cricketing minds going around, has been able to read the batsman’s mind and use that to his team’s advantage.”I turn to Dhoni bhai whenever I am in trouble or need any advice during a match. Dhoni bhai has amazing observation skills. He can tell from behind the stumps that a bowler has a doubt or has questions by out body language alone. Whenever I am in doubt, he comes and solves the problems,” Chahal had said in October 2018.Meanwhile, Kuldeep finished with four wickets as New Zealand were bowled out for a paltry total of 157. Kuldeep’s partner-in-crime, Yuzvendra Chahal picked up two wickets while pacer Mohammed Shami finished with a three-wicket haul as the bowlers gave the visitors a solid chance of going 1-0 up in the series.Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma made sure India got off to a cautious start as they went to the dinner break in Napier at 41 for 0 in nine overs.Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan emulates Brian Lara, joint-fastest left-handed batsman to 5,000 ODI runsAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Sticking to basics works for Kuldeep Yadav in NapierAlso See:For 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. 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Court proceedings against Hedley frontman who faces sex charges put over until

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first_imgHoggard, 34, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm.Toronto police said the charges relate to three separate incidents involving a woman and a girl that allegedly occurred in 2016.Officers would not provide any additional comment on the case or the charges.Hoggard, who is from Vancouver, has previously denied ever engaging in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but has said he behaved in a way that objectifies women.The Vancouver-based band played its last show before an “indefinite hiatus” in Kelowna, B.C., on March 24.Related contentHedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard charged with sexual assaultHoggard case revives questions over when police release mug shots The case against Jacob Hoggard, the frontman of the band Hedley who faces three sex-related charges, has been put over until August 15.His lawyer, Ian Smith, appeared in a Toronto courtroom Thursday and the judge granted a publication ban on the case proceedings.last_img read more

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Ottawa paid 75M for veterans cannabis last year could pay 100M this

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first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government shelled out a record $75 million to cover the cost of medical marijuana for veterans in the last fiscal year — and it is on track to spend nearly $100 million this year.The figures from Veterans Affairs Canada come despite the government having cited rising costs and a lack of scientific evidence about the drug’s medical benefits for cutting how much cannabis it would cover for veterans.Unless a veteran gets a special medical exemption, the government will reimburse veterans for a maximum three grams of medical marijuana per day, which is down from a previous maximum of 10 grams.While the change in November 2016 reduced the government’s costs the following year, those savings were shortlived as more and more veterans turned to the government to pay for their medical marijuana.Yet even as more veterans are using medical marijuana, Jason Busse of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis Research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., says its medical benefits remain unclear.The federal government is putting money into more research, but Busse says it is concerning that more and more veterans and non-veterans are turning to the drug when there are so many unanswered questions about it.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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United Nations Condemns London Terrorist Attacks

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first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the weekend’s terrorist attacks in London and expressed solidarity with the people and Government of the United Kingdom in the combat against terrorism and violent extremism.“The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and the Government of the United Kingdom as they fight terrorism and violent extremism,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesperson, which denounced the deadly incidents as “unjustifiable violence” and also expressed Mr. Guterres’ condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured a swift recovery.According to media reports, seven people were killed and dozens more injured when a van sped across London Bridge last night, ramming numerous pedestrians. After the van came to a halt, the attackers reportedly stabbed several people in the capital’s Borough Market, a crowded weekend gathering spot. The three assailants were reportedly shot by the police.This is the third deadly incident in the UK that authorities have attributed to terrorists in as many months, following a deadly attack near the Houses of Parliament in March, and nearly two weeks after a suicide bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.“This is a struggle in many parts of the globe that compels the international community to join up efforts to bring to justice those who use such inhuman tactics while also protecting and promoting the fundamental values, rights and principles that terrorists so fervently seek to undermine,” the statement concluded.last_img read more

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Africa must harness technology to ensure sustainable development UN official

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“The sustainable development of Africa is in our collective hands… Africa cannot afford to miss the opportunities that science and technology are now offering it,” the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Amoako, said at the International Livestock Research Institute, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “It’s all there in front of us. The time for speeches is past.” Speaking at the 5th Annual Peter Doherty Distinguished Lecture entitled, “Harnessing Technologies for Sustainable Development in Africa,” Mr. Amoako highlighted the crucial role of science and technology in the continent’s fight against poverty. He particularly stressed biotechnology for health and agriculture, as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which he said were relevant to solving Africa’s most critical problems. Mr. Amoako called on African governments to swiftly take advantage of the available opportunities to boost agriculture and ensure that the region does not miss the biotechnology revolution in the same way it missed the benefits of the earlier green revolutions. read more

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No place like home as UN to observe World Refugee Day on

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“All of us need a place to call home – a place where we belong. But for the millions of refugees and displaced people around the world today, home is little more than a distant dream,” said UNHCR chief Ruud Lubbers. This year’s theme is “A Place to Call Home.” Mr. Lubbers was scheduled to join UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie on Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, to take part in a discussion on “Conflicts: Prevention, Resolution and Reconciliation,” and present the annual Nansen Refugee Award to the Russian Memorial Human Rights Centre. Ms. Jolie joined Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States to launch World Refugee Day celebrations Wednesday at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. They presented awards to three winners of a student poster competition. “If you’ve never met a refugee, you don’t know what you are missing. They are some of the most amazing people you could ever meet,” Ms. Jolie said, describing her trip to help refugees who fled into Chad from militia attacks in Darfur, western Sudan. “I continue to be in awe of their courageous spirit and their ability to go on despite the difficulties they face. It is that strength of spirit we celebrate today,” she said. The Oscar-winning actress donated $500,000 to UNHCR to establish a National Legal Resource Centre that will work in partnership with the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the US Department of Health and Human Services to provide lawyers for children arriving alone in the United States after fleeing from desperate circumstances. The United States is the largest donor to UNHCR and the largest resettlement country in the world. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State faces highspeed Creighton offense

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Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) attempts to get a pass during the second half of the game against Purdue-Fort Wayne on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 107-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State has played in two very different basketball games to start its season.In their season opener, the Buckeyes went to Cincinnati and defeated the Bearcats 64-56 in a defensive battle that saw the Bearcats shoot 27.4 percent from the field against a stingy Ohio State defense.On Sunday, Ohio State took a seven-point halftime lead and turned it into a 46-point blowout, beating Purdue-Fort Wayne 107-61, shooting 60.7 percent overall and 53.6 percent from the 3-point line.In Ohio State’s upcoming matchup against Creighton, head coach Chris Holtmann said he expects the same high-flying game that the Mastodons provide, while matching the atmosphere of the game against Cincinnati.“It’s one of the hardest places I’ve ever coached in,” Holtmann said. “This team is fast and tremendous in the open floor and can really spread you out and can put pressure on the rim, so it’s very different, certainly different, than our opener, similar to last game, but they obviously have more size and really gifted players.”Projected StartersOhio State (2-0)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 19.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg. 3.0 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 11.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 8.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 4.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.0 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 11.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apgCreighton (2-0)G — Ty-Shon Alexander — Sophomore, 16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Mitch Ballock — Sophomore, 11.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3 apgG/F — Damien Jefferson — Redshirt sophomore, 11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.5 apgF — Martin Krampelj — Redshirt junior, 10.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.0 apgG — Davion Mintz — Junior, 9.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apgThe Bluejays finished their 2017-18 season with a 21-12 record, good for a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Creighton lost to No. 9 Kansas State 69-59 in the first round.Creighton has started its season with two straight victories, both coming by 11 points or fewer.Sophomore guard Ty-Shon Alexander leads the Bluejays early with 16 points per game after a 20-point outing against East Tennessee State. Holtmann said he expects head coach Greg McDermott to show his team’s depth and speed on Thursday.“I think Creighton is a team. While they’re young like we are, I think they’ll be an NCAA Tournament team,” Holtmann said. “Greg’s got a really good group, a lot of talented young players, gifted backcourt, good depth inside, terrific shooting, and they’re always a team that’s well-coached, so gonna be a great challenge for us on the road here.”The Bluejays are 43-11 at home in their past three seasons, including a 16-2 record in 2017-18.Redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods said this matchup is important for Ohio State moving forward.“It just shows us what type of group we are, really. We get tested early, we all have adversity and this is the type of adversity we want to have early on,” Woods said. “The great thing that Coach Holtmann did is he made sure that we was in dogfights early on so when we get to league play, we’ll be fine.”Through two games, Creighton has shot 49.5 percent overall, and 52.6 percent from behind the arc. In their previous season, the Bluejays had the No. 10 offense in the NCAA with 84.3 points per game.“I think it’s going to be a fast game,” sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson said. “I feel that it’s going to be a lot of scoring, you know. They’re very skilled and they got a great coach. They don’t want to foul a lot, so I bet it’s going to be a lot of possessions.”Ohio State takes on Creighton on the road at 7 p.m. Thursday. read more

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Labours nuclear defence policy descends into chaos

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first_imgTest firing of a Trident missile Credit:MoD/PA 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. Asked if Ms Thornberry was wrong, Ms Griffith said: “Indeed. Last year we looked at it, in particular, at the national policy forum and it was decided that we would keep the nuclear deterrent and that was reaffirmed at our conference in September.”Ms Griffith also put distance between herself and Mr Corbyn – a long standing campaigner for unilateral nuclear disarmament – over the potential use of nuclear weapons and commitment to the Nato principle of mutual defence.She said that for the deterrent to be effective it was necessary that “you are prepared to use it”, including a first strike policy if required.”You do have to be prepared that might be the circumstances you may find yourself in, in the very uncertain world we live in,” she said. Jeremy Corbyn refused to promise Labour would keep all four Trident submarines on Saturday as the party’s nuclear stance descended into chaos.During a BBC interview Mr Corbyn said his party was “committed to Trident”, but refused to specify whether that meant renewing each of the four nuclear submarines required to maintain a presence as sea at all times.He said: “Included in our manifesto is absolute commitment which is given by the party and given by me that we will also pursue multilateral disarmament through the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and that is a position that has been held for a long time by the party.”But when asked if he was committed to renewing the four submarines Mr Corby simply said: “It is clear what is said in the manifesto.”It came after senior Labour figures clashed over the party’s commitment to Britain’s nuclear deterrent.Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry indicated the party’s support for Trident could not be guaranteed after a defence review if Labour wins the General Election.But shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith promptly contradicted her, saying Ms Thornberry was wrong and the policy was not her responsibility.Ms Griffith said: “With all due respect, Emily is not the shadow defence secretary. I am.”Ms Thornberry, who said she was “sceptical” about Trident, was asked on LBC Radio to confirm that the missile system would remain as Labour policy after the review.She replied: “Well no, of course not, if you are going to have a review, you have to have a review. Overwhelmingly we need to make sure that our policy is up to date and meets 21st century threats and no one can disagree with that, surely?But Ms Griffith told BBC Two’s Newsnight: “We are very clear about the review. When we have the review, coming into government, it is about exactly how we would spend money and what we would be doing and what order we would be doing it, what sort of timetable.”What it is not about is actually questioning whether we would have a Trident nuclear deterrent because we settled that last year.” Test firing of a Trident missile last_img read more

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Proposal to redraw Waterford Kilkenny boundary will leave a very bitter taste

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first_imgProposal to redraw Waterford – Kilkenny boundary ‘will leave a very bitter taste’ A report from Waterford Boundary Committee recommended redrawing the boundary between south Kilkenny and Waterford 69 Comments By Ronan Smyth https://jrnl.ie/3239014 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 27,552 Views Short URL Share56 Tweet Email1 Feb 14th 2017, 4:53 PM Proposed Kilkenny and Waterford border change. Source: Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Updated: 11:45 15/02/2017PROPOSAL TO REDRAW the boundaries between Waterford and Kilkenny has drawn criticism in the Marble County.“We don’t want our identity to be changed,” said Councillor Ger Frisby after Kilkenny County Council unanimously rejected a proposal to redraw the boundaries between the two counties.The proposed change is contained in a report by the Waterford Boundary Review committee, which was published last week. It recommended a redrawing of the boundary where land from south Kilkenny would be transferred to Waterford, affecting approximately 4,500 people, to make it easier for local governments to be more effective in the area.Frisby, who lives in the the area that would be affected by the boundary change, said the parish of Slieverue will effectively be split in two between Kilkenny and Waterford.Speaking to theJournal.ie  he said: “We completely object [to the boundary change], you are talking about a person’s county, a person’s parish”.Frisby added “[it] is so divisive, people in the area are so proud of their identity and  any change will leave a very bitter taste”.Yesterday, Kilkenny County Council voted unanimously to give “not an inch” of Kilkenny land to Waterford and it is demanding a meeting with Minister Simon Coveney to discuss the matter.However, former Mayor of Waterford Councillor John Cummins disagrees and has called on the boundary recommendations to be implemented.Cummins said, “Using historic boundaries in modern day Ireland is not appropriate, cities in particular must be allowed to expand into what is their natural hinterland and for too long Waterford has been like a bird with one wing with only south side development in evidence.The reality is Waterford City has to expand Northwards in the decade ahead as South side development land is limited and it is only natural therefore that this area is administered by Waterford City and County Council.Cummins has called on the government to implement the recommendations of the report as a matter of urgency.“This has the potential, along with the Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework which is focusing on the growth of regional cities to be game changer for Waterford and the entire southeast region.” said Cummins.Waterford Boundary Review CommitteeThe committee that produced the boundary report was established under the previous government to review the administrative boundaries between the city and county of Waterford and County Kilkenny.It is one of four such boundary reviews that are being carried out around the country.The committee was asked to make recommendations on the boundary between Waterford and Kilkenny on what it considers to be necessary in the interests of what would be effective and convenient for local government.Over the course of the review the committee received close to 20,000 submissions.Most of the submissions were opposed to the boundary change, citing a sense of identity and belonging to County Kilkenny, as well as financial implications to Kilkenny due to loss of tax revenue.However, the committee did receive submissions advocating for the changing of the boundary, with many of the respondents saying that Kilkenny County Council has never invested properly in the area and that residents would benefit from a closer proximity to a service provider.Kilkenny County Council After the vote yesterday, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Matt Doran wrote to Minister Coveney to convey the council’s dismay, anger and disappointment about the issue.Frisby went on to say that the council will be engaging in the consultation process going forward for Ireland 2040, the new National Planning Framework, which is a national strategy for long-term planning and development across Ireland. But Frisby feels that the 20,000 submissions from the public were not taken into account by the boundary review committee when making their recommendations.However, the decision on the boundary change has not been made yet and it is yet to be considered by Minister Coveney.A spokesman for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said that “The Minister will consider the report and its implications very carefully in the context both of ongoing work in relation to the future of local government in Ireland and also the development of Ireland 2040, the new National Planning Framework over the coming months.“We would encourage people in the counties included in the boundary reviews to use the Reports to take part in the consultation process on the Plan. This is an important opportunity for them to get their views across on the future of the country, their regions, their counties, their local areas and their communities.”READ: Former head of Garda Press Office ‘delighted’ to be back at work after 22-month suspensionREAD: Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been delayed for a 19th time Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 4:53 PMlast_img read more

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SpiderMan Turf Wars is Gangs of New York With Superheroes

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first_img Last month saw the release of the first Spider-Man DLC, The Heist. It was a good chunk of extra content that gave us more spectacular Spidey goodness. The Black Cat-centric add-on ended with a shocking cliffhanger. Naturally, the latest DLC, Turf Wars picks up where the previous installment left off. As before, this new episode has everything that made Spider-Man one of 2018’s best games.The main villain in Turf Wars is Hammerhead, who’s on a quest to become the new king of crime now that Wilson Fisk is in jail. Spider-Man and police captain Yuri Watanabe do their best to stop the escalating gang war, but the situation is beyond control. Things become person for Watanabe when Hammerhead kills her men right in front of her. Now Spider-Man has to not only stop the gangs, but make sure Captain Watanabe doesn’t do something she’ll regret.Like the previous DLC, Turf Wars has two new sidequests to partake in. One has Spider-Man going to different Maggia strongholds across the city. There, he must defeat waves of goons and find information that he and Mary Jane can use against Hammerhead. The other sidequest once again involves Screwball, who has Spidey doing another series of stealth, combat, and gadget-based challenges. There are also new crimes to stop in upper Manhattan. The sidequests are essentially remixed versions of previous quests, which makes them a bit of a slog to play through. With that said, they do not take long to complete if you wish to try them out.Right from the beginning, Turf Wars introduces a new jetpack-wearing enemy type. To make things harder for Spider-Man, this foe also has forward-facing shields. In order to defeat these adversaries, Spidey has to dodge out of the way when they charge so he can attack from behind. This is perilous though, since the villains leave behind a trail of red electricity which temporarily disrupts Spider-Man’s gadgets. While not as bad as the chaingun brutes from the previous DLC, fighting jetpack thugs can get annoying. This is especially true when you’re dealing with the aforementioned chaingun brute and a host of other bad guys all at once.Since this is the second part of a three-story arc, Turf Wars ends on a cliffhanger. I won’t give it away here, but things are building toward an epic climax. Hopefully, we’ll get some sort of resolution to the Miles Morales subplot that has been building since the last DLC. I’m also hoping we find out exactly what happened to Black Cat. The expansions have thus far avoided introducing any of Spider-Man’s main villains, so it’d be nice to have at least one big heavy show up for the final round. The next DLC should arrive next month, so we won’t have to wait very long.If you liked the main Spider-Man game and enjoyed the previous DLC, then Turf Wars is a no-brainer. While fundamentally similar to the last add-on, it differentiates itself with an increased focus on combat. Make no mistake, this is one challenging DLC and you’ll need to be in tip top fighting shape to finish it. Turf Wars also makes me excited to see how this little trilogy ends. It will likely be the last thing we get until a full-blown sequel, so hopefully it’ll more than satisfy. Until next month, true believers!More on Geek.com:‘Hitman 2’ Is the New Gold Standard for Stealth Games11 Games To Play When You’re Finished With ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’Battlefied V’s War Stories Made Me Like a Military FPS Game Stay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split last_img read more

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Amazon agrees to make sure kids school supplies dont have toxic metals

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first_img Internet Amazon is going to increase quality control standards on some kids’ products. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon has agreed to increase its quality control standards for school supplies and children’s jewelry to make sure they don’t contain illegal levels of lead and cadmium.Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday that Amazon agreed to the reforms after an investigation by his office found dozens of items that tested above legal levels for the toxic metals. As part of the agreement, Amazon has also agreed to pay $700,000, which will be used to fund future environmental protection efforts.”As a parent, when I buy products for my kids, I expect them to be safe,” Ferguson said in a statement. “All retailers must ensure that their products do not pose a threat to Washington children. If they don’t, they will hear from my office.”Some of the items found in violation of laws prohibiting lead or cadmium in children’s products due to health risk were decorated with cartoon characters, plush exteriors and bright primary colors. Some pencil pouches had parts containing more than 80 times the legal limit for lead and nearly 29 times the legal limit of cadmium.When Amazon was informed of the investigation’s findings, it encouraged buyers to dispose of the toxic items and issued more than $200,000 in refunds.”Customer safety is Amazon’s top priority,” an Amazon spokesperson said. “We work closely with our selling partners to verify that the school supplies and children’s jewelry in our store are safe, and drive continuous improvement to our processes to verify the safety of these products. We welcome ongoing collaboration with the attorney general and other agencies to promote customer safety.” Tags Comment Share your voice 1 Amazonlast_img read more

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Clarks Point drawing families back to the village by reopening its school

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first_imgClark’s Point kids practice a traditional dance at summer culture camp. On August 21, they will be students at the village school. (Avery Lill/ KDLG)When a school closes in rural Alaska, families who stay face tough choices. They can send their children away to school in another village or city, or they can home school their kids. Clark’s Point fought for a third option, to reopen their school. The school, which closed in 2012, will be back in session next week.Listen nowClark’s Point is one of two schools in the Southwest Region School District that was closed because it did not meet the 10-student minimum enrollment set by the state. Portage Creek is the other. The school at Portage Creek has been closed since 2005. That village is now largely a summer fishing community with an official year round population of two. Clark’s Point saw its population decline as well after its school closed.“It was kind of sad. A lot of kids left, a lot of families left,” Clark’s Point resident George Ramondos said.This year, however, the village saw a brief window of opportunity. The village council heard from residents that they wanted to see the school reopened. As the council explored the option, enough families committed to bringing their children back to Clark’s Point to meet the minimum enrollment.Clark’s Point School’s modular building arrived in two pieces.(Avery Lill/ KDLG)“I’d hear that people wanted back, but they would say, ‘There aren’t jobs. There isn’t a school. If there was housing.’ Suddenly these things are opening up, and apparently they really meant what they said—‘If these things existed, this is the place in the world we’d want to be,’” village administrator Danielle Aikins said.13 students are registered for this school year. Aikins said it is unlikely the village could have met the minimum enrollment if the process had been put off another year. At least two families, a significant number in a village of 63 people, told the council that they would move if no school opened in the fall.“We assumed that if we didn’t get the school this year that our village couldn’t sustain itself. That is the impact of not having a school. You don’t get new people wanting to move in because there’s not a school for their children, and you have people having to leave,” Aikins said.With the headcount in place, the village initiated a conversation with Southwest Region School District. They needed to hire staff and find a new building. Using the old school building was not an option because it needs to be renovated to meet current building code.“It’s the heart of the community,” Steve Noonkesser, the associate superintendent of the Southwest Region School District, said. “When they came to us and said they came to us and told us they had students and that it was possible to reopen based on the numbers, I think it was more a question of how fast we can do this and how to put the pieces together.”After a year of working with the school district and other area agencies, the school is set to open on August 21.Clark’s Point received a block grant from the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation for a modular school building. It was delivered to the village in two pieces. The goal is to have it assembled and utilities connected in time for the first day of school. If construction is delayed, however, classes will be held initially in the village council building.Shannon Harvilla is the new principal and teacher at Clark’s Point School. (Avery Lill/ KDLG)The teacher and principal, Shannon Harvilla, arrived from Florida in July. The residents’ enthusiasm and effort were obvious to him even as they communicated with him before his arrival about plans for the school year.“The kids are excited. The parents are excited. They’ve missed the school tremendously, and it’s just a giant accomplishment to see the hard work of the village come together. They say it takes a village to raise a kid. It took the village to raise a school and bring it back,” Harvilla said.Members of the community describe the school’s reopening as a dream come true. One said that she and her grandson were packing to leave the village so that he could start school elsewhere when word came that the Clark’s Point School would reopen.Josephine Ingram’s children were living in Anchorage. She moved them to Clark’s Point last week.“I’m glad for my kids to be able to come experience picking the berries and looking forward to the moose hunt coming up and the skiff rides, all of that. They’re going to be learning about their culture also,” Ingram said. She said she would have kept her kids in school in Anchorage had Clark’s Point School not opened.In speaking with Clark’s Point residents, it becomes clear that the school is more than an institution of learning; it is a lifeline for a small community. It has given families with children more incentive to stay, and jobs at the school doubled the number of regular, full-time positions available in the village. Clark’s Point has cleared many hurdles to reopen their school, and they are certain to face more as the school year kicks off. Parents and community members describe many reasons why they want to stay in Clark’s Point and raise their children there – subsistence opportunities, quiet atmosphere and close proximity to family.“This is home,” longtime resident Diane Tennyson said.last_img read more

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SBI Life seeks capital markets regulators nod for IPO Report

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first_imgThe State Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileSBI Life Insurance, could become the second life insurer to get listed on stock exchanges after ICICI Prudential Life. The company, in which State Bank of India (SBI) has 70 percent stake, has filed for its initial public offering (IPO), according to the Mint.SBI intends to offload 8 percent stake in the venture while the other partner, BNP Paribas Cardif, will sell 4 percent, totalling 120 million equity shares, the business daily said.Also read: SBI Life posts robust performance for FY17Last year, SBI Life had sold 3.9 percent stake to private equity firms Singapore’s Tamasek Holdings and KKR & Co for Rs 1,800 crore, ahead of the planned IPO.”SBI Life is being valued at Rs 46,000 crore making it the most valuable company in the segment. The company is now looking forward to a public listing and the stake sale is a good benchmark. Depending on the market conditions, SBI Life Insurance will consider an IPO in 2017-18,” Arijit Basu, MD and CEO of SBI Life, had said.Last September, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance debuted on the stock exchanges, becoming the first private sector life insurer to do so but the company had a tepid listing compared to its issue price of Rs 334 apiece. Axis Capital, BNP Paribas, Citi, Deutsche Bank, ICICI Securities, JM Financial, Kotak Investment Banking and SBI Capital Markets will managing the issue for SBI Life Insurance, the Mint added.last_img read more

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