Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon tuneup for extra rest

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Nadal won a record 10th French Open championship Sunday after also winning clay-court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid over the last two months.The Queen’s Club event is one of the major grass-court tournaments leading up to Wimbledon. This year’s field includes defending champion Andy Murray and runner-up Milos Raonic, as well as French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal won the event in 2008. An emotional Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy as he celebrates winning his tenth French Open title against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, during their men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)French Open champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Queen’s Club tournament, a warmup event for Wimbledon, saying he needs to rest.Nadal said Tuesday in a statement: “After speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon.” He apologized to tournament organizers and British fans.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgFurniture fiestaInternational Furniture Brands is offering Delhi’s design buffs a line of contemporary furniture from Italian luxury label Fendi Casa. The collection happens to be an amalgamation of superb craftsmanship and fine materials. Take your pick from a range of iconic pieces such as the Polo Club and Fabio sofa, Canova dining table and chairs, Diamante bed, Bernini Deco table along with several other trendy home accessories, furnishings and lighting products.At: The Gallery, 13 MG Road, New Delhi. Tel: 011-26802319.A shiny cuppaAs part of its winter collection, Magppie has introduced an exquisite range of art-inspired tea cups, saucers and coffee mugs. Available in stainless steel and porcelain, the line comes in a variety of designs, shapes and styles. Take a look at the 15-piece Platinum tea set, priced at Rs 19,900. At: City Square Mall, Second Floor, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi. Tel: 09873918016.Greedy for 3DHigh-end decor specialist Casa Paradox has introduced a new range of spherical vases sporting designs with 3D effect. Made from wheat straw, they are available in three sizes and five beautiful colours. At: The Gallery, 13 MG Road, New Delhi. Tel: 011-26806441.The creative connectIndian home furnishings store Onset has collaborated with leading American label Robert Allen to provide a unique interior experience to its patrons. Inspired by art, history, nature and architecture, their offerings include table linen, curtains and upholstery. Besides, there are vases, glassware, and candles. At: E-24, South Extension-II. Tel: 011-41641600.Decor chicZolijns has come up with a neat assortment of home accessories by Diamantini & Domeniconi comprising state-ofthe-art wall clocks and geometrically conceptualised vases. Also on offer are wall art and lamps from international brands like Nomon, Progetti and The Polo Art. At: C-19 Nizamuddin West, New Delhi. Tel: 011-41458383.advertisementlast_img read more

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The big bang Cabinet reshuffle: Ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls, UPA II goes for an overhaul

first_imgThe big bang reshuffle by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, billed as the biggest ever in the past two decades, takes place on Sunday (today) morning. It could well be the last shuffle of the Union council of ministers before the next Lok Sabha polls in 2014.After the recent changes in key portfolios of finance, home and power in the wake of Pranab Mukherjee’s elevation as the President, the exercise on Sunday will see new faces in external affairs, information and broadcasting, power, railways, tourism, petroleum, parliamentary affairs, HRD and a few more. This is the biggest single shake-up witnessed in the eight years that the UPA has ruled the country.According to Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony, the ceremony to swear in the new ministers will take place at 11.30 am on Sunday. Though contours of the reshuffle became visible late on Saturday evening after a few meetings between the Congress brass and the PM, and between Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul, a clear picture was expected late on Saturday after a one-on-one meeting between Sonia and the PM to resolve some outstanding issues.Among those expected to be promoted are urban development minister Kamal Nath, who will be given the additional charge of parliamentary affairs and sports minister Ajay Maken, who is expected to move to housing and poverty alleviation. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Manish Tewari, Sachin Pilot and Pallam Raju are expected to get big portfolios. The first three will become MoS with independent charge while Raju will be a full cabinet minister. Veerappa Moily, Salman Khurshid, Dinsha Patel, Harish Rawat, Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar are expected to be rewarded with important and powerful portfolios.External affairs minister S. M. Krishna , information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni, social justice minister Mukul Wasnik, tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahai, minister of state for minority affairs Vincent Pala, Mahadeo Khandela (MoS) shipping -all from the Congress and Agatha Sangma, MoS rural development from the NCP, resigned on the eve of the revamp of the council of ministers. Former Rajya Sabha deputy chairman K. Rahman Khan (who is from Karnataka) is expected to get minority affairs currently held by Salman Khurshid. Fellow Kannadiga and MoS railways K. H. Muniyappa, a Dalit face of the party, may be elevated to the cabinet rank in the social justice department. The state is bracing for polls next year.Another Dalit MP from Kerala, Kodikunnil Suresh (50) is being inducted as MoS in the railway ministry.The 49-year-old K. C. Venugopal (MoS in power ministry), also from Kerala, may get elevated as MoS Independent, while MoS home Mullapally Ramachandran may be dropped. Youth leaders Meenakshi Natrajan and Mausam Noor, sources said, declined to become ministers preferring to work for the party. The rejig has taken special care of Andhra Pradesh which is in turmoil over the demand for a separate Telangana state and the threat posed to the Congress in the wake of Jaganmohan Reddy’s rebellion. The Congress, which has 33 of the 42 Lok Sabha MPs from the state is struggling to retain its vote base.Surya Prakash Reddy and Porika Balram Naik belong to the Telangana region while Kruparani Killi and Chiranjeevi are from Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra. Daggubati Purandeswari, who is likely to be MoS for commerce, also belongs to the Andhra region.Apart from Purandeswari, who is the daughter of late NTR, Andhra Pradesh already has four other ministers -Jaipal Reddy, Kishore Chandra Deo, Pallam Raju and Panabaka Lakshmi.However, the Andhra package triggered a revolt with K. S. Rao, an MP from Eluru, shooting off a letter to Sonia and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, resigning from his parliamentary seat in protest against his non-inclusion in the council of ministers. The five-term MP feels he has been overlooked while greenhorns are being inducted. While the DMK has decided not to reclaim its portfolios, the NCP has dropped MoS rural development Agatha Sangma, and senior party leader Tariq Anwar will replace her.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bad day for No. 1s: Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka upset at Indian Wells

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after losing a point to Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California — It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world’s top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert.Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the five-time tournament champion 6-4, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Big night from DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge help Spurs beat Mavericks Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour in the fourth round of the first title defense of her career.“She sort of came out there really aggressive,” Osaka said. “She sort of knew what she wanted to do more than me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSince Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago, she won the U.S and Australian Opens. Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky. Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins, who came on court during the match.“It’s always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well,” Osaka said. “We communicate well, so I think that’s a really big plus. I don’t think it’s going to be difficult.” On Tuesday, the 23rd-ranked Bencic served and returned better.The bottom half of the men’s draw still includes No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Roger Federer, both of whom breezed to victory.Nadal eased by 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1, while Federer defeated Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.“Overall it’s not been easy playing Stan,” Federer said. “He feels the same way, so that’s very awkward sometimes.”Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.“I haven’t played that much, so I wanted to make it count,” said Williams, who expects to play about 12 tournaments this year. “I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play.”Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2. Kohlschreiber liked the weather — sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s — much better than the cold and rain on Tuesday night.“I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn’t to be last night,” Djokovic said. “Completely different conditions today. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. He deserved to win.”The 35-year-old German started thinking he had a chance early in the first set when he survived a handful of break points on his serve.“I would say after 3-all in the first set I felt like getting closer to the set, holding my service games, which is not easy against Novak, because he’s such a great returner,” Kohlschreiber said. “I know from that point on it’s going to be a very interesting match.”Djokovic was just 1 for 5 on break-point opportunities. Kohlschreiber converted three of his four chances.Next up for Kohlschreiber is Gael Monfils, who owns a 13-2 record against the German.Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini. Djokovic returned about an hour after his loss for their match.“When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn’t happen in singles,” he said.Also ousted were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev.In women’s fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; and No. 7 Kiki Bertens was beaten by 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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Court reserves order on closure report in DDCA funds misappropriation case

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 24 (PTI) A Delhi Court has reserved its order on whether to accept the closure report of the police in a case relating to alleged misappropriation of funds and forgery in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) by some of its office bearers.Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra has fixed the matter for pronouncing the order on October 30.While the FIR was lodged in November 2015, the Delhi Police filed a closure report in the court in 2016, saying it has found no evidence of misappropriation of funds in the DDCA.”There is no evidence on record to suggest any wrongful loss to DDCA by opening this account in Central Bank and also by transfer of the amount from the other bank accounts of DDCA into this account,” the closure report said.The Delhi Police had registered an FIR against Ravinder Manchanda and Chetan Chauhan, office bearers of the Sports body of DDCA for the alleged offences of criminal breach of trust, cheating, impersonation and forgery in documents. The FIR was lodged on a complaint by DDCA Director and former cricketer Sunil Dev.The FIR had accused Manchanda and Chauhan, Uttar Pradesh minister, of criminal conspiracy along with another senior official of the Central Bank of India for illegally opening a bank account by forging signatures of Dev.The FIR had also alleged that after opening the bank account, they had illegally transferred Rs 6.5 crores into the account and got fixed deposits (FDR) worth Rs 4.5 crores. However, the police said in its closure report that Dev has given a written statement saying the complaints were filed by him due to a misunderstanding with regard to the resolution of the company and now he has seen the records and submitted that the bank account was validly open.advertisement Police said Dev has stated that he wished to withdraw the complaint unconditionally against these persons.Chauhan had also given a written statement to the police stating that the complaint filed by Dev was wrong and was outcome of a misunderstanding.The FIR had alleged that office bearers in pursuance of a criminal conspiracy had “forged documents, committed impersonation, illegally influenced decisions of bank officials to open a bank account even without the formalities being complete, made false statements, siphoned Rs 6.50 crores in the bank accounts, issued blank cheques” among other illegal acts.It had alleged that the illegal account was opened and funds were mobilised to help one of the officer bearers’ wife, who was working as a high official in the same bank where the illegal account was opened in utter violation of RBI norms and guidelines. “The FDR were prepared for denominations of such amounts which fetched lesser interest. The details of the FDR prepared and the interest rate prevailing in the market would clearly reveal that the accused deliberately made the sports body suffer loss of interest and illegal motives,” it had said.After the matter came to light, the sports body had lodged a complaint with the bank’s chairman who stopped operation of the bank account and constituted an internal enquiry into the matter. PTI LLP SKV SKV DVDVlast_img read more

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Madrid ready for Copa Libertadores final second leg

first_imgMadrid, Dec 8 (IANS) Sunday sees the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Argentinean sides River Plate and Boca Juniors in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium: a game which has attracted worldwide attention given the dramatic circumstances surrounding it.Such is the global interest in the match that the press box in the Bernabeu has had to be expanded to allow space for all the accredited journalists, reports Xinhua.The game was moved from Argentina after violent scenes around River Plate’s El Monumental stadium saw the second leg postponed on November 25th after the Boca team bus was attacked by stones and other missiles by River fans.Both sides had previously agreed that only home supporters would be allowed to attend the two-legged final, in a bid to reduce the risk of violence between rival fans. However, with both sets of supporters travelling to Madrid, where they will be joined by thousands of Argentines already living in Spain, Sunday’s game is surrounded by extraordinary security measures.Both sets of fans will be separated for the duration of the day, with Fanzones for each set of supporters on either side of the ground.Around 4,000 police, 2,000 of whom are members of the Anti-Disturbance branch of the Spanish national police, will be on duty, more than for a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona or a Madrid derby between Real and city rivals Atletico.These security forces will be backed up by emergency services such as the fire brigade, ambulances and civil protection units.advertisementFans with tickets have also been issued with wrist bands and will have to pass through three separate security cordons before gaining access to the Bernabeu, while journalists have been advised to pick up their accreditation the day before, as there will be no way to access the stadium without a wristband on Sunday.There are also plans to ensure supporters remain separate after the game, as one group of fans will be celebrating while the other laments their loss.If Boca win the title, they will celebrate in the Plaza de Cibeles, while River Plate fans would make their victorious way to the Puerta del Sol in the heart of Madrid.Spanish police, who are being helped by their Argentinean counterparts, are also on duty at Madrid’s Barajas Airport aiming to prevent known hooligans from the Barras Bravas gang from attending the game.One notorious Boca “Barra Brava” was identified and immediately deported on Friday morning. Meanwhile, there are also worries that Spanish fans may also get involved in any violence, with Boca having a close relationship with Real Madrid’s “Ultra Sur” supporters, while River Plate’s radicals are close to Rayo Vallecano’s “Bukaneros” ultra group.In sporting terms, the final is finely balanced after a 2-2 first leg draw in Boca’s La Bombonera stadium. This makes River Plate slight favourites for the title, but given the events of the past fortnight, almost anything can be expected in Madrid on Sunday.–IANsajb/vmlast_img read more

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India vs Australia: KL Rahul trolled on social media after falling cheaply again

first_imgKL Rahul was one of the two changes that India made for the fourth and final Test in Sydney, along with Kuldeep Yadav.Rahul came back into the side in place of Rohit Sharma, who returned home to be with his wife and newborn daughter. Rahul was dropped in favour of Hanuma Vihari, went back down the order.As Rahul and Mayank Agarwal opened the innings for India, it ws the first time in the history of Indian cricket that two Karnataka batsmen walked out to start the innings.Virat Kohli at the toss said that it would be good pitch to bat on, as decided to bat first after winning the toss.”It will be tougher to tougher to bat on as the game goes on, so its ideal for us to bat,” Kohli said.Rahul looked uneasy at the crease and after just nine balls, walked back to the pavilion, as Josh Hazlewood dismissed him for the fourth time in his Test career – the joint most along with Stuart Broad and Nathan Lyon.In his six-ball stay at the crease, Rahul got two boundaries as he kept edging the balls.This is how he was dismissed – J. Hazlewood to L. Rahul: OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Ball number 9. Wicket number 1. Australia have struck early. Once again, an Indian opening stand has been dislodged cheaply. Rahul’s tentativeness outside the off stump continues. He is not sure which balls to play and which ones to leave. His two boundaries came off edges and this one again, he is unsure. The ball lands on a good length outside off and then moves away slightly. Takes the outside edge and is stored After Rahul’s dismissal, Twitter blasted the opening batsman for his poor choice of shot and lauded him for his ‘consistency’.Here is what Indian fans had to say on KL Rauhl:KL Rahul trying to come back to form: pic.twitter.com/eIPoA21583Mohammed Ibrahim Farooqui (@iBM1105) January 2, 2019I got up 5 mins late. Missed legend’s batting. KL Rahul #AUSvIND #INDvAUS https://t.co/PlhsvCfohuadvertisementSir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 3, 2019Virat Kohli: What was the need to bat at a strike rate of 150 and lose your wicket?KL Rahul: pic.twitter.com/FDQmR9dScDSir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 3, 2019Still A Better Opener Than KL Rahul #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/4kSxDFq0wJBuzz In The Town (@Buzzinthetown) January 3, 2019Year changed, partner changed, pitch changed, but the scorecard of KL Rahul doesn’t. Flopshow. #KLRahul @bhogleharsha @RankaRohit @cricbuzz @vikrantgupta73Bhushan Ranka (@RankaBhushan) January 3, 2019KL Rahul’s instagram story lasts longer than his inning. #AUSvIND #INDvAUSSir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 3, 2019Kl rahul’s wagon wheel in this series #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/s1oMWycmnSDictator (@whatsiniiid) December 30, 2018This is Exact contribution of KL Rahul in the series #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/BGvpkZbwohSankalp Dua (@dua_sankalp) December 30, 2018Also Read | Team India pay tribute to deceased Ramakant Achrekar at SCGAlso Read | KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav back in playing XI for Sydney Test, make history for IndiaAlso Read | India have dominated Australia ever since the start of Border-Gavaskar Trophylast_img read more

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Three Questions: David Ubben

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Nov 18, 2011; Ames, IA, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys linebacker Alex Elkins (37) holds up the football while surrounded by teammates during the second half of a game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State Cyclones defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-US PRESSWIREDavid Ubben is a Big 12 blogger for ESPN and one of my lunch-eating partners in the DFW Metroplex. You can follow him on Twitter here and read his stuff for ESPN here. 1. We’re pretty sure this season is going to fall somewhere between rebuilding and reloading for OSU, how surprised would you be if they won the Big 12? Oh, not all that shocked. The truth is, Oklahoma’s flaws are only growing, and as that happens, the league title race only becomes more and more wide open. Everybody’s got flaws. If Wes Lunt plays well, I don’t think OSU will have any glaring flaws, with the exception of the defensive line. Honestly, it’s anyone’s guess how TCU and West Virginia handle the transition, even though they’re both really talented. Kansas State’s issues have been well-chronicled, and OSU could be simply better than the Cats this year.Texas, well, look no further than the QB spot for that flaw, which is equal parts enormous and mind-boggling, considering the Longhorns’ resources on the recruiting trail and history at the position under Mack Brown.The only question is how good Lunt will be, and if he’s good enough and doesn’t turn the ball over, OSU may be in the mix to win this thing again. I’m not picking it to happen, but I mean it when I say there are really six teams in this league good enough to win the Big 12 without needing anything supernatural to do it. 2. Which unit (LBs, RBs etc.) outside of QB is most important to OSU’s success this year?Like I mentioned above, I’m going with the defensive line. We know what most everyone is bringing to the table, but you need new faces to have big years if you want to turn the so-called rebuilding year into a reloading year. Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnick were ridiculously underrated last year, as was Nigel Nicholas. Those losses will be huge. Ryan Robinson and Cooper Bassett have a very important task ahead of them, as does Nicholas. OSU needs Calvin Barnett to be the kind of player they hoped they recruited, too. Bill Young was pretty bullish on him when I visited Stillwater this spring.Justin Gilbert and Brodrick Brown are great. So is Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey and Alex Elkins. Ultimately, none of that matters in coverage or in run defense if the guys up front can’t get a push. I don’t care how good your corners are. None of the good offenses in this league can be stopped if they aren’t facing a legitimate pass rush. If you start facing really good QBs (and in the Big 12, there are plenty), blitz at your own risk. They’re more likely to turn those into big plays than sacks or turnovers.That reason is the same one why I’m skeptical of what West Virginia can do this year and why I think Texas, who has the luxury of just throwing four guys on the line and applying pressure, could win the league, too. Everybody’s got pieces. Nobody’s got it all. That’s why there’s no real favorite to start the season. OU’s injuries on the offensive line all of a sudden turned one of its biggest strengths into a big question mark with no depth behind the first unit. That’s equalized this league.3. We talk a little bit behind the scenes about which guys you like covering (and which ones you don’t like covering) in the Big 12, who are your favorite OSU players to interview and why?Oh, I really just like guys who will offers some insight beyond the cliches and offer thoughtful answers, not just ones that they’re sure won’t get them in trouble. I think the climate scares some guys from showcasing their personalities over their careers. It’s so easy for one quote to be taken out of context and all of a sudden end up on another team’s infamous bulletin board when that wasn’t a player’s intention at all. Teams are all too often looking for some perceived slight in a quote.Loved dealing with Weeden last year. He was all of those things above, and unbelievably patient with what was an absolute crush of media interviews last year. Dare I imply Weeden and RG3 had something in common, but RG3 used to talk a lot about how he never minded the interviews. He saw himself as more than a player, he was an ambassador for the school and it was his responsibility to get out and be the face of the team and do all the interviews he could. Weeden never talked as explicitly about it, but I think he thought much of the same thing.I’m still getting to know this year’s team, but Jonathan Rush is a great guy to spend some time with. Offensive linemen are consistently the best interviews on football teams. A vastly underused resource. Joseph Randle’s come into his own this year. I spent some time with him at Big 12 media days and got to know him a little better. He’ll be fun to cover this year. Expect him to be the face of this year’s team in Lunt’s media absence.Speaking of, I’m fascinated to see if Gundy sticks to that through the bowl game. I’m betting he does at least one or two interviews by season’s end if he plays well.Your boy Justin Gilbert’s a great interview, too. OSU’s got some great personalities on this team.last_img read more

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The Spun’s 2018 College Football Staff Picks: Week 2

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The NFL starts up tonight with the league’s annual Thursday night kick-off game. We don’t need to wait much longer for the start of College Football Week 2, though.Friday night only has one game, but it features a ranked team.No. 16 TCU has a big road tune-up game ahead of next weekend’s highly anticipated match-up against Ohio State in Arlington.The Horned Frogs travel to Dallas to face SMU, now coached by former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes. The Mustangs fell to a tough North Texas team last weekend.From there, we have a full Saturday slate.Mississippi State-Kansas State, UCLA-Oklahoma, Colorado-Nebraska, and Michigan State-Arizona State.There are also rivalry games between Iowa and Iowa State, Georgia and South Carolina, and a big Pac-12 battle between ranked Stanford and USC teams, among others.After Week 1, here are The Spun’s staff pick standings.T-1.Dan Lyons47-7T-1.Andrew McCarty47-7T-3.Matt Lombardi45-9T-3.Steve Driscoll45-95.Andrew Holleran44-10T-6.Matt Hladik43-11T-6.Chris Rosvoglou43-11Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 2 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglou16 TCU at SMUNew Mexico at 5 Wisconsin18 Mississippi State at Kansas StateWestern Michigan at 21 MichiganTowson at Wake ForestA Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.A Wake Forest logo.Eastern Michigan at PurduePlain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Plain gold Purdue Logo.Nevada at VanderbiltArizona at HoustonThe Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.The Arizona Wildcats logo.Duke at NorthwesternA Duke logo.Georgia Tech at South FloridaUSF's logo.USF's logo.Georgia State at NC StateUCLA at 6 OklahomaHoly Cross at Boston CollegeWilliam & Mary at 12 Virginia TechVirginia Tech's logo.Virginia Tech's logo.Virginia Tech's 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logo.Michigan State LogoThe official Arizona State logo.Michigan State LogoMichigan State LogoSan Jose State at Washington StateLogo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Logo for the Washington State Cougars.Season Record45-944-1047-743-1145-947-743-11last_img read more

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Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)One week before the deadline, whatever mystery remained surrounding Dwayne Haskins’ draft decision has now disappeared. He is turning pro.The Ohio State redshirt sophomore announced moments ago that he will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins is projected to be the No. 1 quarterback in the draft this year.“To my coaches, teammates and friends that I’ve made at this prestigious university, THANK YOU to Buckeye Nation, what an unbelievable experience,” Haskins wrote. “I love this university and will support it for the rest of my life.”They say that dreams come trueand when they do, that there’s a beautiful thing… Scarlet & Gray Forever #BuckeyeNation #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/ngHQfLq8C7— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) January 7, 2019In his first and only season as a starter, Haskins took the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record and a win in the Rose Bowl. He was also a Heisman Trophy finalist.For his career, Haskins threw for 5,396 yards, 54 touchdowns and nine interceptions.In 2019, new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has backup quarterback Tate Martell returning, and could have Georgia transfer Justin Fields at his disposal as well. Fields announced that he was heading to Ohio State last week.The former five-star recruit is seeking a waiver to play immediately in 2019. If he gets it, he and Martell will battle it out for the starting spot.last_img read more

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Premier League: Liverpool extend lead at the top, Manchester United win

first_img Reuters LondonJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 23:17 IST Mo Salah celebrates after scoring against Crystal Palace (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool came from behind to beat battling Crystal Palace 4-3Manchester United stretched their perfect run under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seven winsNewcastle United moved out of the relegation zone with 3-0 win over Cardiff CityBig guns Liverpool and Manchester United won their matches in the Premier League on Saturday to keep pressure on their opponents. While Liverpool extended their lead at the top, Man United mounted pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.Liverpool recovered from a poor first-half display as they came from behind to beat battling Crystal Palace 4-3 in a thrilling goalfest at Anfield.The win, secured by late goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, moves Juergen Klopp’s side seven points clear of Manchester City, who face bottom club Huddersfield Town on Sunday.Palace took a shock 34th minute lead, against the run of play, when Andros Townsend slotted home a fine pull-back from Wilfried Zaha.P A S S I O N pic.twitter.com/A0ZccOGxJyLiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019Liverpool equalised 47 seconds after the interval when the ball looped high into the area where Salah skilfully converted with the outside of his left foot after Virgil van Dijk’s long-range effort was blocked.Give the ball to Bobby and he will score… pic.twitter.com/Mt1gIIASfiLiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019Suddenly Liverpool were buzzing and it was no surprise when Brazilian Roberto Firmino put them ahead, collecting a pass from Naby Keita and beating veteran Palace keeper Julian Speroni with a slightly deflected low shot.Ice cool pic.twitter.com/ntuhbB7W3ILiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019But Palace were not about to roll over and they fought back to level at 2-2 in the 65th when James Tomkins was left unattended to head in a Luka Milivojevic corner.advertisementSperoni, Palace’s 39-year-old third-choice, then gifted Liverpool a goal when his one-handed waft at a harmless-looking James Milner cross fell for Salah to tap in after 75 minutes.Milner was sent off in the 89th for a second yellow card after a late challenge on Zaha before Mane added the fourth for the hosts with a solo strike in stoppage time.There was still time for Palace to strike again with Max Meyer beating Alisson Becker with a low shot which the Brazilian keeper would have expected to save.MAN UNITED WIN 2-1Manchester United stretched their perfect run under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seven wins from as many games in all competitions with a 2-1 home defeat of Brighton & Hove Albion.The result provisionally lifted United one place up to fifth on 44 points from 23 games, three more than sixth-placed Arsenal who were playing fourth-placed Chelsea in the 1730 GMT fixture.”He’s one of the best players in the league.”@NemanjaMatic is full of praise for @MarcusRashford! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/F1MaSxatUVManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019United stormed into a two-goal lead through Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford in the first half but faded in the second and served up a nervy finish to their fans after Pascal Gross pulled one back for battling Brighton.Here’s to another three points for #MUFC! #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/NQE6kudWkGManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Pogba opened the scoring with a 27th-minute penalty and Rashford made it 2-0 in the 42nd with a superb individual goal, beating his marker with dazzling footwork before hitting the top corner from a tight angle on his 150th appearance for United.Another excellent display from @MarcusRashford, who receives a standing ovation as he’s replaced by @DarmianOfficial. #MUFC #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/iyffcU1enfManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Gross reduced the arrears out of the blue in the 72nd minute, drilling in a close-range shot off the underside of the bar after Davy Propper floated in an inch-perfect cross with the outside of his foot.United, who missed several chances to increase their lead in the opening hour, were forced to hang on in the closing stages as the visitors pounded a flurry of crosses into the penalty area.NEWCASTLE BEAT CARDIFFNewcastle United moved out of the relegation zone and dropped Cardiff City into it as an unlikely double by Fabian Schar earned them a crucial 3-0 victory at St James’ Park.An afternoon that began with unpopular club owner Mike Ashley being booed by disgruntled home fans ended on a brighter note as Rafa Benitez’s side took maximum points at home for only the third time this season.FULL-TIME: Newcastle United 3 Cardiff City 0Fabian Schär’s first two goals for the Magpies gave the hosts a two-goal lead before Ayoze Pérez’s stoppage-time strike sealed a welcome three points for United!Reaction to follow at https://t.co/6wuhjKS0XX. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/fkj8oE4SAAadvertisementNewcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 19, 2019After five games without a league win the visit of Cardiff had the feel of a key relegation battle and Schar’s 24th-minute opener eased the tension around the ground.Finding himself in an advanced position the Swiss international centre back drove in from near the touchline and curled a superb shot past Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge.It was Schar’s first goal for Newcastle since joining from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna and having got the taste for it he doubled his side’s lead when bundling the ball into the net from a Matt Ritchie corner just past the hour mark.Cardiff offered little in response apart from the odd flurry and Schar was not far away from claiming a hat-trick when he headed off target from another Ritchie corner.Ayoze Perez added some late gloss, tapping in Newcastle’s third in stoppage time from Salomon Rondon’s cross.Newcastle climbed to 17th with 21 points, one place above the drop zone while Cardiff are in 18th spot, with 19 points.BURNLEY-WATFORD DRAWLowly Burnley made it four games unbeaten in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at seventh-placed Watford.But the Clarets were left frustrated after a stoppage-time effort by striker Chris Wood was deemed narrowly offside.Watford came out of the blocks strongest and Gerard Deulofeu twice went closely early on, with one effort superbly saved by Tom Heaton before James Tarkowski cleared a shot off the line.It wasn’t a classic… #WATBUR 0-0 [FT] pic.twitter.com/wR1gkw96yXWatford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 19, 2019Burnley had several chances to win but Ashley Barnes and Dwight McNeil missed great opportunities for Sean Dyche’s side, who had won their last three games.SOUTHAMPTON STUN EVERTONSouthampton earned a crucial 2-1 win over Everton at St Mary’s on Saturday but had to endure a nervy finish as they boosted their battle against relegation under galvanising new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.James Ward-Prowse scored a superb individual goal just after the break before a Lucas Digne own goal looked to have comfortably sealed a deserved win for the Saints in the 64th minute.We were all Ralph Hasenhüttl when that full-time whistle finally blew! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/U6hmtaKAUASouthampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 19, 2019Yet a goal at the start of stoppage time from Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the home fans a nervous finish as eight minutes was added on, much to Hasenhuettl’s consternation, while Everton pushed for the equaliser.The win pushed Southampton into 15th place on 22 points, three clear of the relegation zone, as they won only their second home match of the season — both coming under their new Austrian boss’ stewardship.Back-to-back #PL wins! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/TMKGuuP99jSouthampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 19, 2019Southampton deserved the win after dominating the first half and twice striking the woodwork — first, as Nathan Redmond hit the post and then as Andre Gomes hit his own side’s upright while trying to defend another attack from Danny Ings.advertisementSaints got the reward for their enterprise when Ward-Prowse was given too much freedom to maraud towards the Everton goal and smashed a 50th-minute shot past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.The hapless Digne then toe-poked the ball past Pickford while desperately trying to quell an attack from the ever-dangerous Redmond in the 64th minute before Everton’s late attacks came to nothing.WILSON WONDER VOLLEY IN BOURNEMOUTH’S WINBournemouth’s Callum Wilson smashed home a wonderful second-half volley and his strike partner Joshua King added a second to give their side a much-needed 2-0 home win over West Ham United.First win of 2019First clean sheet of 2019A goal each for the front menEnjoy your Saturday night Cherries! pic.twitter.com/yXXiVT05RZAFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 19, 2019With Bournemouth desperate to secure their first league victory in almost a month, Artur Boruc started in goal ahead of Asmir Begovic while West Ham left unsettled striker Marko Arnautovic, who has been linked with a big-money move to China, out of their squad.Both sides struggled to hit the target in the first half, but West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski made two superb saves early in the second and moments later striker Andy Carroll, in for Arnautovic, blazed over from close range as the game opened up.Wilson gave the home side the lead with a thunderous volley in the 54th minute, catching the ball perfectly and leaving Fabianski rooted to the spot as it flew into the top right-hand corner for his 10th league goal of the season.With West Ham attacking and Bournemouth content to play on the counter, Wilson almost got a second in the 71st minute but this time his first-time shot came off the foot of the far post and rolled to safety.The visitors continued to leave space at the back as they desperately chased an equaliser, and King was able to slot the ball into an empty net after a superb counter-attack to secure all three points for Bournemouth.Also Watch: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. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow LiverpoolFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Newcastle UnitedFollow Premier league Premier League: Liverpool extend lead at the top, Manchester United winPremier League: Liverpool recovered from a poor first-half display as they came from behind to beat battling Crystal Palace 4-3 in a thrilling goalfest at Anfield.advertisementlast_img read more

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I try not to get affected by criticism: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgI try not to get affected by criticism: Ajinkya RahaneAjinkya Rahane’s form was a subject of widespread debate but he silenced his critics with scores of 81 and 102 in India’s 318-run win over the West Indies in the first Test.advertisement Press Trust of India North SoundAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 13:12 IST Ajinkya Rahane hit his first Test hundred in 2 years on Sunday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane hit his first hundred in 2 years in the opening Test against West IndiesRahane had come under scanner for his form in the recent timesHowever, the batsman said he tries not to get affected by criticismIndia’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who withstood intense pressure to score match-winning knocks in the first Test against the West Indies, said he made a conscious effort to ignore criticism directed at him for not reaching three figures in the last two years.Coming into the Test series, Rahane’s form was a subject of widespread debate but he silenced his critics with scores of 81 and 102 in India’s 318-run win over the West Indies here on Sunday.”I try not to get affected by criticism as it is unwanted and I can’t control it. You are always happy when you make a hundred,” Rahane told fellow Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma in a chat aired on ‘bcci.tv’.”It was satisfying as I had to grind a lot. Needed to put the team in a good position before getting to the hundred,” he added.Despite the dip in his performance, the Indian team management persisted with Rahane and it paid off.Skipper Virat Kohli has also backed him to do well for the team and persistently defended the batsman’s credentials in the face of questions over his form.The second and final Test between the two sides begins in Jamaica on Friday. The series is part of the inaugural World Test Championships, in which India are currently on top in the points table.Also Read | Dedicate it to people who backed me through times: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma script record Test victory for India over West Indies Also SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow India VS West Indies Nextlast_img read more

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Queen Mary 2 and Her Sister Ships Sail to Southampton, UK

first_imgzoom Ocean liner Queen Mary 2 and her sister ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria sailed in formation from Lisbon to the UK ahead of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to celebrate Queen Mary 2’s 10th anniversary in Southampton on Friday 9 May.Queen Mary 2 is on the final leg of her World Cruise and her sister ships were on hand to escort her home in style.David Dingle, CEO of Cunard Line said: “This is the first time all three Queens of the Cunard fleet have been seen together anywhere outside Southampton or New York, and the first time these magnificent ships have been seen together at sea.”Queen Mary 2, the only ocean liner in service today, is still the fastest passenger ship afloat ten years after she was named by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004. The ship measures 1,132 feet in length and stands 236.2 feet in height. She also weighs in at 150,000 gross tons.Since entering service Queen Mary 2 has sailed 1.5 million nautical miles on over 400 voyages including 213 Transatlantic Crossings. She has called at 182 ports in 60 countries and carried over 1.3 million guests.The 90,900 ton Queen Elizabeth is the newest member of the Cunard family, having been named by Her Majesty The Queen in 2010, and measures 964.5 feet in length.Rounding off the trio is Queen Victoria, named in 2007 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and (just) the smallest of the Queens at 90,000 gross tons and measuring 964 feet in length.Press release, May 09, 2014last_img read more

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Matthew McConaughey named professor at University of Texas

first_imgLos Angeles: The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey as a professor of practice in the Department of Radio-Television-Film. The 49-year-old actor will continue to teach the “Advanced Producing: Script to Screen” class at the Moody College of Communication he helped develop three years ago. The official Twitter page of the Moody College of Communication shared the update on Wednesday. “In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “@McConaughey will continue to teach the #UTScriptoScreen class in @UTRTF,” the tweet read. The account also shared the Oscar winner’s photograph with a class of students and faculty. In a statement acquired by Complex, McConaughey, said he wished he would have had a chance to attend such a class when he was in film school. “Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them. Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and art – no matter the time or generation. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus,” the actor said. The title will take effect starting from the late 2019 term. He was previously a visiting instructor at the school. McConaughey graduated from UT Austin with a film degree in 1993. It was the same year, when he broke out with “Dazed and Confused”. Navigating his way in Hollywood, most of his films in the 2000s were rom-coms like “The Wedding Planner”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”. Then came 2014, when he won his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Ron Woodroof, a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS, in “Dallas Buyers Club”.last_img read more

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French troops deployed amid protests on Reunion island

first_imgPARIS — France is deploying soldiers to calm violence on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion after protests over fuel tax hikes degenerated into looting and rioting.Schools are closed for a third day Thursday because protesters’ roadblocks prevent teachers, children and food supplies from reaching them, according to the regional administration.Gas price protests have simmered in France and its overseas territories since Saturday. On Reunion, the protests unleashed broader anger over poverty that is much more widespread than on the French mainland.French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night defended government efforts to boost the economy on Reunion but also ordered troops to the area, calling the violence “unacceptable.”The prefecture said 123 people have been arrested since Saturday and some 30 police officers injured.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Five projects in Northeast BC get Rural Dividend grants

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. government announced today that five projects in Northeast B.C. will be getting $567,190 in funding from the Province’s Rural Dividend Program.The funding is part of nearly $8 million in 58 project grants being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations through the Program.The Community Futures Peace Liard is receiving a grant of $112,200 to deliver a virtual entrepreneur training program, a Junior Dragons’ Den, and a mentorship program for students in grades 7 to 12, as well as those taking post-secondary and trades training classes. The District of Chetwynd is getting $20,000 in funding complete improvements to three local trails. Futurpreneur Canada is being awarded $311,100 to continue the ThriveNorth programs in 2019. The Fort Nelson First Nation is being awarded $50,000 to complete business and technical planning necessary to help secure a forest licence for birch stands, while the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is being awarded $73,890 to guide future economic development for the municipality.“Government is following through on its commitment to help rural communities navigate changes that have impacted local economies, by supporting local business development and creating new partnerships to promote shared prosperity,” Donaldson said. “These rural dividend grants are bringing positive change to rural communities throughout B.C.”Earlier this month, nearly $5 million was granted to fund 30 projects in wildfire-impacted areas and two communities that were affected by the shutdown of local mills.last_img read more

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Taylor to turn Peace Island Park into licensed marijuana growop and dispensary

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — The District of Taylor announced this morning that it will be closing the campgrounds at Peace Island Park effective immediately to turn the 109-hectare park into the Peace Region’s first licensed marijuana cultivation and dispensing facility.In its announcement the District said that it ahead of the planned legalization of recreational cannabis this summer, it had chosen to convert the park into the grow-op and dispensary to capitalize on both tourism and tax revenue. The announcement explained that the island was chosen because of its incredibly fertile soil in the floodplain of the Peace River. Having served as the host venue for music festivals in the past was also factored in to the decision.“Man, this is going to be soooooo dope,” said Mayor Rob Fraser in a release. “Like, we’re going to have the dankest strains of kush this side of B.C. If you thought they were good at this on the Coast, well man, you better wait and see this.” The District explained that the park’s campground facilities, especially those with electrical hookups, are perfect for setting up hydroponic equipment and ultraviolet lights. The plans are to renovate the current park caretaker’s house to become the grow-op’s retail facility, which will also include a demonstration room complete with incense, bead curtains in lieu of doors, along with a catalogue of LP vinyl records from such artists as Steely Dan, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane.If all goes according to plan, the District says it anticipates having the new “Peace” Island Park open for business the same day that the federal government legalizes recreational cannabis.If you’ve read this far and still didn’t realize today is April 1, then start at the beginning of the article and try again. Happy April Fools.last_img read more

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for the BC Peace

first_imgFlooding seen in Beaverlodge near the Esso gas station on Wednesday afternoon. Photo submitted by Tabitha MoffattSee the full weather warning that has been issued for the B.C. Peace below.Issued at 2018-08-02 02:33 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm watch continued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms this evening. These storms may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Peace is under a severe thunderstorm watch.  Environment Canada says current weather conditions could create severe thunderstorms Wednesday evening.The storms could have strong winds, large hail and heavy rain.A thunderstorm watch continues in the Alberta Peace.  According to 2DayFM, Beaverlodge received over 45.5 mm of rain in two hours Wednesday causing flash flooding in the community.  Highway 43 was closed for several hours due to the flooding seen below.  The Highway is now open.last_img read more

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UKs Labour Party to remember Mullivaikal deaths in UK Parliament

Sen Kandiah, Chair of Tamils for Labour, said: “I am pleased so many Labour parliamentarians will be attending the Mullivaikal memorial event in Parliament this week. Labour has always stood alongside and spoken up for the Tamil people. Labour parliamentarians will express their solidarity with the Tamil people and their full support for Tamils’ fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to self-determination. Importantly, the Party will also be providing details on the pressure Labour will bring to bear on the UK Government to ensure the Sri Lankan authorities abide by their commitments on truth, justice, accountability and reconciliation. 9 years on from the end of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict and the Sri Lankan Government has failed to live up to its promises on justice and reconciliation, as set out in the UN Human Rights Council resolutions. The international community must redouble its efforts to pressure the Sri Lankan authorities to get this agenda back on track.Labour – as a government in waiting and a proudly internationalist party – has a vital role to play in this regard. I believe that the Labour leadership and all Labour MPs can help to deliver tangible outcomes to the Tamil people before the 10th anniversary of Mullivaikal next year.” (Colombo Gazette) Leading figures from the UK’s Labour Party – including the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth MP, the Shadow International Trade Secretary, Barry Gardiner MP, the Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, Fabian Hamilton MP, and a number other Labour MPs – will mark the 9th anniversary of Mullivaikal with a special commemoration event in the Houses of Parliament.The meeting, which will take place on Wednesday 16 May from 6.30pm to 9pm in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, will provide an important opportunity to remember all those that died during the country’s civil war and to reaffirm Labour’s strong belief that only with a true reckoning with its past will Sri Lanka be set on the path to lasting peace. read more

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