NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have signed former UCLA right-hander James Kaprielian, the 16th overall pick in the June draft.Kaprielian agreed to a minor league contract Wednesday with a $2.65 million signing bonus.The 6-foot-4 Kaprielian was 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA and had 114 strikeouts in 106 2-3 innings for the Bruins as a junior. In May, Kaprielian combined with David Berg to throw the first no-hitter in UCLA history, a 1-0 victory over Arizona in 10 inningsTweetPinShare0 Shares
The foreign ministers of India and Antigua and Barbuda met on Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.The most important part of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s focus was the issue of extradition of the 14,000-crore Punjab National Bank scam accused Mehul Choksi.Speaking exclusively to India Today, Foreign Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Chet Greene said that he “assured” his Indian counterpart full “cooperation” on the matter.”We want to assure the people of India like we assured the foreign minister that our commitment of cooperation and collaboration has not in any way changed. Rather, it is strengthened by the fact that we have a body of laws which govern extradition and matters of this nature which we have to respect,” he said.India’s Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “The External Affairs Minister had requested him that quicker the matter is resolved, the better it is. Her counterpart replied that they’re trying their best, he said there are some legal angles and court procedures that they’ll examine but he expressed the commitment of his prime minister and government before Sushma Swaraj.”While India has submitted a 720-page document, the Antiguan minister said that he could not commit to a time frame given that the matter is now in court.”The executive does not control the judiciary. So, I would not like to answer your question about the time frame. However, I can tell you that we have received the documents from the Indian government. Meanwhile, as reported earlier, Mehul Choksi’s lawyers have gone to the court and this matter is now sub-judice and as such we have to wait for the outcome of legal proceedings before anything can happen,” said Greene.advertisementIndia has invoked extradition under the Antiguan laws that cover all Commonwealth nations even in the absence of a bilateral agreement. But, because Mehul Choksi is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda and has rights of legal recourse there and with the matter now “sub-judice” the government cannot interfere in case.”Remember Mehul Choksi is also a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda and is protected by all the laws and constitution of the nation. It is a matter which has to go through due process, a matter which can’t be handled otherwise lest we be accused, as a government, of interfering with the judiciary and the legal processes,” Greene explained.The meeting, on Wednesday, between Swaraj and EP Chet Green was arranged at the request of the foreign minister of Antigua.”He personally wanted to tell the external affairs minister of the commitment of his PM and his government regarding the extradition of Mehul Choksi,” Raveesh Kumar said.Among other things, the government of Antigua and Barbuda showed interest in the Electronic Voting Machines used by India and expressed desire to use them for elections in his own country.Greene said, “We also looked at your elections and the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). We have an interest in implementing and using the technology. We have a population far less than yours but it takes us much longer than you to count our ballots.”Finally, on soft power diplomacy front, Chet Greene proposed greater cooperation between the two nations in academics and training institutes for young cricketers. Citing the example of Sir Viv Richards, an Antiguan national, he said, “You have Sachin Tendulkar and we have Viv Richards. We are looking for having an exchange in sports and particularly in cricket. We believe that we can find a lot of experience in India and a lot to exchange. Our academy will provide space to cricketers across the world.”ALSO READ | Relief is just 1 tweet away: Sushma Swaraj in VietnamALSO WATCH | India calls off meeting between Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s foreign minister
(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with NewsVoir. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)CG Hospitality completes acquisition of the Award-Winning Eco Luxury Medical Wellness Resort, The Farm at San Benito, Philippines to add to its fast growing global portfolioManila, Philippines(NewsVoir)CG Hospitality Holdings, a Kathmandu-based multi-national conglomerate with 200 years of legacy and a proven track record over the past two decades in the hospitality industry, has bought out its current partners to take control of The Farm. CG will take over the full management of The Farm at San Benito after Mr. Binod Chaudhary, Chairman of Chaudhary Group (CG), bought the shares of Avalon Hospitality.With this buyout, The Farm, located in Lipa, Batangas, is expected to grow its business by building more villas and facilities inside the 48-hectare lush tropical jungle. 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For direct inquiries, call (+632) 884-8074, (+63) 918 884-8080, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.About The Farm at San BenitoThe Farm at San Benito is a five-star holistic medical wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas, a 90-minute drive south of Manila, Philippines. It rests on 48 hectares of lush green jungle, with a stunning view of the majestic mountains, pure and fresh air with clear and positive life-giving energy radiating around the property. Its world-class facilities and services have made it a recipient of 56 prestigious accolades, including ‘The Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World.’The multi-awarded eco-luxury resort promotes holistic wellness through carefully planned and conducted programs by licensed medical professionals, spa therapists, nutritionists and living food experts, fitness coaches, and yoga teachers. 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Exactly six years ago on this day, India defeated hosts England to clinch their second ICC Champions Trophy title at Edgbaston. With that thrilling win, India also became the second team after Australia to win the ICC Champions Trophy more than one time.With this triumph, MS Dhoni became the first captain in history to win all three major ICC trophies – World Cup in 2011, World T20 in 2007 and 2013 Champions Trophy.The tournament was contested by 8 teams divided into two groups. Group A had England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia, while Group B had India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies.#OnThisDay in 2013, India lifted the Champions Trophy pic.twitter.com/6U61pphCsMICC (@ICC) June 23, 2019New Zealand and Australia were knocked out of the competition in the first round itself, with Australia failing to win any match. In Group B, India proved to be a dominant force against all their opponents.Both England and India had qualified for the final after crushing wins over South Africa and Sri Lanka in the two semi-finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2013.England’s inclement weather had already affected the big final between hosts England and India as the match was reduced to 20-overs-a-side due to rain. India crawled their way to 129/7 after 20 overs, after being put to bat by England on a slow and turning track.Kohli made 43 and Jadeja slammed 33 runs to help India post a competitive total in Birmingham. Ravi Bopara was the hero of the day with the ball for England with figures of 3/20 as he accounted for the prized wickets of Dhawan, Raina, and Dhoni.advertisementAshwin and Jadeja provided India early breakthrough by removing Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott. But Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara had other ideas as the duo stitched together a 64-run stand to give England more than a chance to fancy their chance to lift the trophy. It was then that MS Dhoni played a masterstroke by bringing Ishant Sharma, who was not having a good day, in the attack.Ishant, who had leaked 32 runs in his first three overs, dismissed both batsmen and ended England’s prolonged search for an international one-day title. Finally, when the last ball was bowled of the 20 over, India won the match by 5 runs and won the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and celebrated like never before.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fined for excessive appealing during India vs AfghanistanAlso Read | Heartwarming: Photo of Kane Williamson consoling Carlos Brathwaite hit among World Cup fansAlso See:
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 16: Cornerback Trae Waynes #15 of the Michigan State Spartans and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa #18 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers reach for a pass during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)There was a major upset in the Big Ten last weekend, with Purdue falling at home to Eastern Michigan. Could another one be on the way today? It looks like it.Nebraska, which fell in its season opener to Colorado last Saturday, is without starting quarterback Adrian Martinez this afternoon. The Huskers’ offense is hurting in a major way.Walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch is starting in Martinez’ place. Nebraska’s offense has struggled to protect him. The Huskers also have multiple turnovers.It’s Troy 10, Nebraska 0 with about 12 minutes to play in the second quarter.ROOKARD TO THE ?!!!!Cedarius Rookard with a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown and Troy leads Nebraska 10-0 in second quarter.2Q | 12:17 | #RTW #OneTROY pic.twitter.com/Chx1GW1GCv— Troy Trojans Football ⚔️ (@TroyTrojansFB) September 15, 2018Nebraska hired Scott Frost knowing it was a multi-year project to get the Huskers back to the level they want to be at. However, starting the season 0-2 with back-to-back home losses would be quite the blow.The Huskers and the Trojans are playing on BTN.
Shirley McLeanAPTN National NewsAt one point in his life, Glenn Scott wanted to study broadcasting.Instead, he found himself in the circumpolar north studying climate change in Russia and Alaska.Now Scott, owner of AgriArctic Yukon Inc is developing spaceship-like pods with silver material on the walls surrounded by budding signs of life.He calls it the Agridome, a small dome he designed and built to test the feasibility of growing vegetables year round in Canada’s North.“So for the last three months I’ve been involved in constructing these germination racks,” explained Scott. “And this vertical aeroponics unit here all connected to an automation system to demonstrate you can grow things in the north and grow them productively.”The walls are lined with mylar; a shiny silver material that reflects the energy efficient lighting.Scott is experimenting with aeroponics to grow the vegetables without soil and minimum amounts of water.The vegetables receive food through a fine nutrient-rich mist or spray which is applied directly to their roots.In the middle of the dome is a double sided wall holding rows of soilless plants in plastic pods with their roots exposed to the air.Scott said one of the major benefits of using this system is the reduction in water usage.And by arranging plants vertically, rather than horizontally, northern growers will optimize space and energy efficiency.He can also monitor the plants ph balance and temperature inside the dome via his high-tech computer system.The $90.000 project is funded by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Cold Climate Innovation of the Yukon Research Centre.“Food security is an important issue in the North and we are committed to supporting innovative and affordable technologies to grow our food”, said Stephen Mooney, Director, Cold Climate Innovation, Yukon Research Centre.Mooney says one of the factors that make this project promising is the potential for commercialization.“The idea is to really cookie cut this and work the bugs out so we can make more of these and pack them up and distribute them across the north.”During the winter, Whitehorse temperatures dipped to -30 C while the dome maintained a balmy 15 C.The whole dome takes up about 30 square metres.Scott said he wants Northerners in remote communities to be able to grow fresh vegetables year round and help with the high cost of living.His contribution to food security.Food security is a big issue in the North.This past fall, Canada’s Auditor General critisized Canada’s Nutrition North program for not being able to tell if it was making food in the North more affordable.And an APTN Investigation into the problem found people scrounging in the local dump to find food.Also, an internal federal government report stated that Ottawa must spend more money in the North for food. In Whitehorse, Scott’s crop yielded tomatoes, peppers, sweet peas, cucumbers, zucchini, herbs and even cantaloupe.Next winter he hopes to experiment growing the staples, carrots and email@example.com@shirlmclean
LONDON – Retired German tennis star Boris Becker is claiming his unpaid role as a sports attache for Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.The three-time Wimbledon champion took up the attache role in April. His lawyers claimed in Britain’s High Court late Thursday that this protects him from ongoing bankruptcy actions.Becker says his role as Central African Republic attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs means he is covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations.Legal expert Mark Stephens told The Associated Press that in his view Becker’s claim is valid, but he urged Central African Republic to take steps to prevent the apparent abuse of diplomatic immunity.“Central African Republic should be asked to revoke his immunity for this particular case because it relates to his personal activities and predates his appointment and in no way relates to his diplomatic function,” Stephens said. “That would let the court case proceed.”The 50-year-old Becker, who lives in Britain, was declared bankrupt in June 2017. He is selling some of his memorabilia including Wimbledon trophies in an effort to reduce his debts.The former world No. 1 has criticized the bankruptcy proceedings as “unjustified and unjust,” saying he had been pushed into an unnecessary declaration of bankruptcy by “a bunch of anonymous and unaccountable bankers and bureaucrats” trying to damage him.“I have now asserted diplomatic immunity as I am in fact bound to do, in order to bring this farce to an end, so that I can start to rebuild my life,” Becker said.Becker was named to the volunteer sports attache role on April 26, more than nine months after his bankruptcy declaration.Central African Republic President Faustin Touadera said at the time he was “extremely pleased that a world star like Boris Becker, with his extensive international relations, has agreed to support our country.”Becker said then that he hoped to help improve living conditions in Central African Republic. A press release indicated he would have an office at the country’s embassy in Brussels.Since the appointment, Becker’s Twitter feed has shown no signs of promoting anything in Central African Republic. It was also not immediately clear whether Becker has ever visited the African nation.The landlocked Central African Republic is one of the world’s most impoverished countries, destabilized by deadly sectarian violence since 2013 with thousands of people of killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.The news of Becker’s claim of immunity was met with confusion Friday in the country’s capital, Bangui, where several people said they didn’t even know who Becker was.A spokesman for the presidency said it was up to Becker to be responsible for his own actions.“We’re not responding to something that has nothing to do with us,” spokesman Albert Yaloke Mokpeme said.But a member of the country’s Olympic committee, Cecile Kolingba, said “trying to brandish this diplomatic cover to escape justice, I find that dishonest.”Attacks by armed groups surged again last year in parts of the country of 4.5 million people, sending thousands of people fleeing from their homes. The unrest has created more than a half a million refugees, according to the United Nations.___Marboua reported from Bangui, Central African Republic. Cara Anna in Johannesburg contributed.
Bengaluru: Cricket pundits Wednesday called for fresh ideas to prevent key games being abandoned without a result after Virat Kohli’s team crashed out of the Indian Premier League following a rain-hit match. Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore were locked in a must-win game against Rajasthan Royals but the match was abandoned late Tuesday due to heavy downpours. After the start had been delayed by more than three hours due to rains that left one end of the pitch sodden, organisers reduced the match to the minimum five-overs-a-side. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBut further showers meant Rajasthan could not complete even that. Indian leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal took a hat-trick to restrict Bangalore to 62 for seven in five overs and Rajasthan were 41-1 off 3.2 overs when rain stopped play. Former South African captain Shaun Pollock suggested the match could have started earlier if more “adaptable” rules had allowed bowlers to all use the same, drier end of the pitch. “When they looked at the pitch and saw there was a water problem could they not have reduced it to a five-over game (earlier) and played from one side?” he told the online Cricbuzz chat show. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”If you know rain is coming on the PGA (golf) tour they don’t tee off at one o’clock, they bring it forward then they make it two-tee start and begin at nine o’clock.” “We need to be a little more adaptable. At the end of the day both those teams needed those two points. Somehow a common sense rule should be implemented at times.” Bangalore, who have never won the IPL, have nine points from 13 games and are out of the race for the play-offs with one match to go. Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have already made the play-offs while the remaining five teams are still fighting to grab the last two slots. “Sometimes the players have to give a little bit and sometimes the officials have to give a little bit,” former India batsman Ajay Jadeja said on the Cricbuzz chat show. “Covers need to get better. We still can’t be living in an era of uncovered pitches. And there are people who are providing you better covers, you just don’t want to spend on it.” Before the start of the match Kohli, the world’s number one Test and ODI batsman, had rued losing 10 out of 13 tosses in the current IPL season. “I was trying to practise the coin toss, nothing seems to be working,” Kohli joked. The world’s most popular T20 tournament ends with the final in Hyderabad on May 12.
26 April 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Sri Lanka on The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to press for the release of tens of thousands of civilians still confined to a shrinking pocket of land on the country’s north-east coast, which has been fiercely defended by separatist Tamil rebels against a Government military offensive since December. The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to press for the release of tens of thousands of civilians still confined to a shrinking pocket of land on the country’s north-east coast, which has been fiercely defended by separatist Tamil rebels against a Government military offensive since December.“The months of fighting during which the inhabitants of the conflict zone have been trapped have taken a terrible toll among the civilian population,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes at the beginning of a two-day visit to the South Asian nation.Mr. Holmes, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, called on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to let the remaining civilian population – estimated to be around 50,000 people – leave the strip of land and to lay down their arms.For its part, he also urged the Government “to exercise maximum restraint including no use of heavy weapons” in the conflict zone.Underscoring the need for a new humanitarian pause – a two-day break in hostilities was observed a few weeks ago – to get aid and aid workers into the combat zone, Mr. Holmes stressed, “We must have access to all IDPs [internally displaced persons] wherever they are, including in the conflict zone.”His visit to Sri Lanka, will include meetings with Government officials, the UN humanitarian country team, civil society and the donor community, when Mr. Holmes will raise “extreme concerns” about civilian casualties from the fighting, as well as the urgent need to get those trapped in the conflict zone out of harm’s way without further loss of life.He will also highlight the urgent need for access by the UN Country Team to thearea, which the President of Sri Lanka already granted during the recent visit of the Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet, Vijay Nambiar.With overcrowding an increasing problem in the existing IDP camps, Mr. Holmes will call for the freedom of civilians who have been screened to leave the shelters and find refuge with friends and family elsewhere. The issue of the 13 UN staff members who have been prevented from leaving IDP camps despite repeated promises from the Government that they will be released, will also be on the agenda.Together with the Government, international aid agencies and donors, Mr. Holmes will also review the major humanitarian operation under way to help the approximately 200,000 civilians who have escaped from the combat zone over the last three months.
(Updated)It may not have been the best weather to be out trick or treating. But whether your six or 66, Halloween is a time where people can be anyone or anything for a night.Our Phil Perkins first visited a must-see haunted house for trick or treaters — and then caught up with some adults who still love dressing up.For the last fourteen years, the Parcher family in Dundas have perfected the art of the haunted house.John Parcher: “Motion and pneumatics, the kids will be able to turn on the electric chair and zap their friends.”In the daytime, trick or treaters kept their distance, but once the sun and the mood set, they showed up in droves.The house saw its fair share of avengers and ice princesses.“What are you dressed up as?” “Elsa” “And you?” “Elsa”.And some very original creatures.“I’m dressed up as a post-apocalyptic soldier with gas mask and helmet and a glowing back-pack.”Not only is this horror hotel mostly hand-made, it’s also interactive.Safe to say, everyone loved taking turns getting a jolt — including entire families who also got in on the Halloween spirit!‘Princess Leah’: “Well, you dream about it as a kid that your parents will get as involved and y’know mine just never did. So I’m making up for lost time right here.”The folks at the Thirsty Cactus in Dundas were holding a Halloween party for adults into the early morning to raise money for charity.
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 21, 2014 12:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WestJet pilots vote in favour of new four-year contract CALGARY – Pilots at WestJet have accepted a new contract.The airline says the deal includes improved pay and scheduling that it says places the airline’s more than 12-hundred pilots among the highest paid in Canada’s airline industry.Statements from the airline and the WestJet Pilot Association issued on Sunday did not give any specifics of the contract.The four-year deal, which was hammered out last month, will expire April 30, 2019.WestJet flies to more than 120 destinations in more than 20 countries.
According to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), ISIL militants destroyed an important Armenian church in the Syrian city of Deir Al-Zor in mid-September as part of an ongoing campaign of violence and terror which has seen the group also blow up mosques, shrines and damage churches in northern Iraq. “We condemn the destruction of the church and of other religious institutions,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva. “We stress that religious personnel and buildings dedicated to religion enjoy specific protection under international humanitarian law and must be respected and protected by all parties.” Mr. Colville also highlighted his agency’s concern about the safety of three clergymen suspected to have been captured by the militant group. Both the Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi, were abducted in Aleppo in April 2013 while Paolo Dall’Oglio, a Catholic priest, went missing in Ar Raqqah city in January. Their whereabouts remain unknown. In a report jointly produced by OHCHR and the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and released yesterday, the UN describes a host of serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross abuses of human rights perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups, including “attacks directly targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, executions and other targeted killings of civilians, abductions, rape and other forms of sexual and physical violence perpetrated against women and children, forced recruitment of children, destruction or desecration of places of religious or cultural significance, wanton destruction and looting of property, and denial of fundamental freedoms.” At today’s briefing, Mr. Colville pointed out that ISIL’s indiscriminate violence – targeting members of numerous religious sects including Muslims from other Muslim sects – was a product of the Takfiri belief system adopted by some extremely radical religious groups. In applying the Takfir, groups such as ISIL and Nigeria’s Boko Haram automatically assume the authority to declare anybody to be kafir, or apostate. The spokesperson added that such a doctrine clarified why ISIL militants, in addition to persecuting non-Muslim groups, were also committing atrocities against fellow Muslims and destroying mosques and shrines – a tactic, he said, which the militants used simply to increase their power through fear and intimidation. The concept of Takfir was originally brought to the fore by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who, Mr. Colville said, is working to draw attention to this “very explicit belief that was not subscribed to by the vast majority of Muslims.” At the same time, yesterday’s OHCHR paper also cites a number of violations committed by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and associated forces battling ISIL.Mr. Colville similarly explained that both Government and anti-Government armed groups in Syria were perpetrating the destruction of the country’s holy sites as well as numerous heritage and archaeological sites. “Anti-Government groups’ attacks on religious personnel and buildings have also increased this year,” he noted, adding that Government forces also shared responsibility for the increased destruction as they “they continue to place military objectives around cultural sites and turn them into military bases.”
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Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Nathan Williams trailed behind the pack of scarlet and gray-clad Buckeyes players as the team rushed onto the field for the opening game of the 2012 season. Williams said he was savoring the cheers of the 105,039 fans in attendance Saturday at Ohio Stadium for the No. 18 Buckeyes’ game against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. It was Williams’ first chance to make the dash onto the field since OSU’s Sept. 3, 2011, home opener against the Akron Zips, which he exited with an injury that would eventually require season-ending microfracture surgery to repair his injured knee. In the year that followed the game against Akron, Williams’ life has consisted mostly of rehab and icing his injured left knee. Football, Williams said, was a job he loved to get up in the morning for, and it was taken from him last September. “For so many months, I was down and out,” Williams said, “and on a machine and icing. Countless ice bags I’ve made.” Projected by several OSU coaches to play between eight and 10 snaps in his return against the RedHawks, Williams reclaimed his livelihood in surprising fashion – he started, was on the field for about 30 plays and made two solo tackles in OSU’s 56-10 win. “It means a lot. I’m at a loss for words,” Williams said following his return. “I’m happy that the coaches believe in me and that these players have stuck by my side and Buckeye Nation stuck by my side. I appreciate everyone for that.” First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer was noncommittal about Williams’ status for Saturday’s game until Tuesday when the player passed tests in practice to get into the game. After beating the RedHawks, Meyer said Williams played more than he expected and lauded his performance. “I love Nate. I love the fact that he is a warrior, that he loves Ohio State. That he’s doing the best he can,” Meyer said. “And I like the fact that (Williams’ position coaches) had enough confidence to get him in the game.” It was more of the same from OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, who said he wanted to ease Williams back into the flow of the game by limiting his time on the field. That plan changed after watching Williams get loose before kickoff, Fickell said, adding he could tell Williams had a chance to really make an impact. That intuition was realized by game’s end. “You see what kind of competitor he is,” Fickell said after the game. “From what I saw, he looked pretty good.” There’s still work to be done – Williams knows that. He failed to convince himself that he was the same player that tallied 92 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11 sacks prior to the surgery that ended his 2011 season. On Miami’s first drive of the game, Williams missed a chance to sack RedHawks senior quarterback Zac Dysert, a player Meyer said has NFL potential. “If I would have got (Dysert), I would have considered that I’m back,” Williams said. “I’m kind of upset that I didn’t. My glove kind of slipped over top of him. There ain’t gonna be no more of that.” Williams said he saw an opportunity on the play and went for it, but defensive line coach Mike Vrabel disagreed during a Monday interview at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, saying there was no opportunity because Williams didn’t do his job. Perhaps evidence of lingering rust, Williams incorrectly abandoned his assignment to cover a Miami running back on the play, Vrabel said. However, Vrabel’s remarks came across as playful chides at Williams – he and members of the media laughed while delivering his criticisms with a smile. Vrabel said he was among those that were just glad Williams was a productive member of the team again. “Nathan, God love him, he can tell you whatever he wants,” Vrabel said. “I’m happy he was out there. He had some energy. He had some enthusiasm. (He) played with some toughness and, you know, I think it was a big confidence builder for him to be out there. He was pumped. He was excited that he could do it.” Considering the long hours of rehab and bagging ice cubes to tape to his surgically repaired knee, pumped might be an understatement. “Unparalleled” and “a dream come true” were the words Williams used to describe his feelings. “Getting another chance to be in this stadium and play for you guys – I wake up every morning looking forward to go to work just to make you guys happy,” he said, “so I’m not going to take it for granted.” OSU returns to action Saturday at Ohio Stadium with a game against Central Florida scheduled for noon.
Handball-Planet.com presents you the list of the biggest handball derby matches across Europe.1. THW KIEL – SG FLENSBURGThis match has all features to be classified as the biggest derby match in handball. Two cities in the neighborhood from the area, where handball is the most popular sport, probably in the whole World. Two teams from the best League in the World, played against each other, Champions League and Cup EHF finals. The halls are always full, even now, when is Kiel clearly better. Even a book about the clashes between the North Germans exists…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuCE10SW8uM[/youtube]2. MKB Veszprem – Pick SzegedHungarian derby match, very interesting one, has the respect of all the handball fans in Europe. Two cities where handball is loved and two sports team among the best teams in Europe for a decade. Few years ago, atmosphere went out of the “handball box”. Pick Szeged was on TOP in 2007. We had almost “war on the court”, among players, but after the tragic death of Marian Cozma, everything became again peaceful…3. F.C Barcelona – Atletico MadridBarcelona against Madrid. No matter, how small Ciudad Real was, many years they were better than the biggest team in the World of Sports. Many fantastic matches behind us and many of them will make us happy…4. Montpellier – ChamberyEven Montpellier was clearly better in the last decade, there was some point, when Chambery managed to show their capability to conquer France. Last season was interesting. We hope that the next one will be as interesting…4. Celje PL – GorenjeTwo stable teams on European level for the last 20 years, Celje and Velenje 20 km away from one another, built strong rivalry on domestic level. “Florijani” and “Saleski Grascaki”, two official fans group made these matches something special…6. Orlen Wisla Plock – Vive Targi KielcePolish euphoria by the handball give us a pleasure to enjoy fantastic clashes between Wisla and Vive. Good players, enthusiastic fans. Two growing teams with the highest ambition guarantee interesting years ahead. It is just a question of time, when will Poland have two teams in the EHF Champions League.7. Porto – Sporting LisbonHandball is Portugal is strongly connected with the football. Porto and Sporting are the two most successful handball teams in the history, while Benfica now has more reasons to be known as “Porto’s enemy”.8. Vardar – Metalurg SkopjeIn Macedonia, there are three famous teams. Pelister Bitola, from the time of Former Yugoslavia lost its position. Now, Skopje’s derby is the most important. Vardar against Metalurg, two halls, Vujovic against Cervar, two ambitious presidents among the richest in the whole country, Mihajlovski against Jordanov.9. AG Copenhagen – BSV SIlkeborgMost visited handball match in the history was the game between newly formed, AG Copenhagen and BSV Silkeborg. Hopefully,there will be a lot of that kind of matches in the following years…10. Crvena zvezda – PartizanThe best known for their football or basketball sections, Serbian teams have from season to season stronger rivalry among each other. Despite the fact that they don’t have enough money to be competitive on European level, fans make from this match something special…photo: sg-flensburg ← Previous Story Brest Meshkov with three new foreign players Next Story → Christian Dissinger MVP of Junior WC 2011 – “Best 7” of Generation 1990
WHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILMichael Noonan gets the day underway at 2pm when he takes Questions to the Minister for Finance, before Enda Kenny – only just back from Boston – takes Leaders’ Questions at 3:15pm and Questions to the Taoiseach for an hour at 3:36pm. There follows a brief discussion to agree to the rest of the day’s agenda.Just after 5pm party leaders will discuss this week’s European Council summit, which will focus on tax fraud and tax evasion, before discussing four of the day’s topical issues at at around 6:10pm. There’ll be about half an hour left between then and 7:30pm to talk about Ireland’s offshore natural resources.The last 90 minutes of the day are devoted to a motion from a technical group which calls on the Government to begin a national debate on Ireland’s role within the Eurozone and the EU itself, and to ensure that any future treaty change allows Euro members to leave the single currency. Debate continues until 9pm.All of the day’s Dáil business can be viewed here.SEANADNo Seanad business today – the chamber is being used by the Health committee to continue its hearings on the draft abortion laws, so the Seanad won’t be back in action until tomorrow.COMMITTEESToday marks the third day of the Health committee’s hearings on the abortion laws; it’s sitting in four sessions, as outlined here: 9:30am to 12pm: Medical Law (Paul Brady, BL; Dr Simon Mills, BL; Tony O’Connor, SC; and Caroline Simons, Solicitor)12:15pm to 2:45pm: Constitutional Law (Prof William Binchy, BL, TCD; Dr Maria Cahill, UCC; Mr Frank Callanan, SC; and Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, retired judge of the Supreme Court)3:30pm to 6pm: Medical Ethics (Dr Ciaran Craven, BL; Dr Ruth Fletcher, Keele University; and Sunniva McDonagh, SC)6:15pm to 8:45pm: Members’ time and closing statements (Minister of State Alex White)We’ll be liveblogging the day’s events – check back from around 9:15am for a live stream of the hearings.Meanwhile, there are four other committees holding public sessions today…The Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation committee meets at 1:30pm to discuss a dozen new plans for EU laws, including new rights for cross-border rail and road passengers, before hearing from the Construction Industry Federation about the effects of the black market on their sector. Later, at 2:30pm, Grant Thornton will be in to discuss its report on illicit trade in Ireland. (Watch here.)The Agriculture committee continues its discussion on a proposed code of conduct for grocery sellers, hearing from representatives from the West Cork Liquid Milk Producers Group; Fresh Milk Producers of Ireland and National Milk Agency. (Watch here.)Also meeting at 2pm is the EU Affairs committee, which will discuss the European Movement Ireland’s Accountability Report for 2012. (Watch here.)Finally, the Environment committee gets together at 2:15pm to discuss the general topic of climate change with 0fficials of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; from the National Economic and Social Council; and the Environmental Protection Agency. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?
Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM 6 Comments Short URL Apr 1st 2017, 8:00 PM Members of the Italian performance troupe Quadri Plastici recreate Caravaggio’s painting The Taking of Christ as a ‘living painting’ in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London. Image: John Stillwell 11,335 Views Share6 Tweet Email5 An award-winning short story before bedtime: The Taking of Mrs Kennedy Read the winner of the Emerging Fiction category in this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards. By Aoife Barry THE WINNERS OF this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards were named at a ceremony on Tuesday of this week.Winner of the Emerging Fiction award was Rachel Donohue, for her short story The Taking of Mrs Kennedy.Speaking about the piece Rachel – who was previously shortlisted for the Hennessy First Fiction Award in 2013 and the Hennessy Emerging Fiction award in 2014 – said:This story really began as a ghost story. I wanted to capture the sense of shadows under a seemingly perfect life. Caravaggio’s painting The Taking Of Christ fed into this mood of a dark fate and along with it came the idea of betrayal.The Taking of Mrs Kennedyby Rachel DonohueIt was at dinner. In her well-appointed, extended kitchen. We were sitting on the distressed oak chairs, which perched on the lime washed floor, beside the dresser, with the pictures of her children, husband and the dog. When her lover called at the door. Just before she served the salad. It was like a demolition. Shouting in the hall above and the sounds of a well upholstered life cracking apart.I knew her before she became Mrs Kennedy. We had been in School together, a Victorian pile perched on a cliff in Wicklow. It was closed in the early 1990s after becoming mired in scandal when a student went missing. Gardaí and journalists on the steps. We tended not to reference it in polite company. Back then she had seemed destined for greatness as an actress or a politician, but she somehow mislaid the map and became a solicitor. I didn’t see her for many years until she turned up in one of the big houses around the corner from my two roomed cottage. She and her husband had renovated all three floors into submission, painted everything grey and then had me over for coffee.We had never been close friends in School, I was on the edges of her orbit and 20 years later it was the same. I wouldn’t say I saw it coming then, during those coffee mornings, though it was there. You might call it a capacity for restlessness, masquerading as the desire for an authentic life. She was bored though she didn’t fully yet know the extent. Her constant energy was admired and understood to be ambition. A partner by thirty two, with two children under three and a three storey red brick. There seemed, for a time, nothing left to surprise us with.But, to go back to the beginning of the end, the detour. She told me there had been a thunderstorm. She was walking back to the office on a Wednesday afternoon in August, when the sky opened. Lightning, even. Having no umbrella, she took shelter in the National Gallery. And instead of standing in the porch, as others might, she decided to visit the Caravaggio. It was the kind of story she would have told everyone at our book club and we all would have thought how bohemian she remained. Of course this wasn’t a story for the book club. Though it would be in time.Apparently, she sat in front of the painting watching St John, Jesus and Judas in the half light. A few tourists milled past but mostly it was quiet, the dead-hour before closing. I imagine the attendant hovering in the background, wishing the foreign and the middle class would go home. I didn’t ask her why the Caravaggio. She’s never been interested in art, even in School it was always drama and public speaking, never art. She’s not particularly spiritual either, though there is a Buddha on the patio. If it had been me that afternoon, in the Gallery and I hadn’t stayed in the porch, I think I would have gone to the Yeats room. I would have sought out Grief in the rain. Not Christ.Now this I don’t know but I imagine he spoke first. She probably looked expensive. Her hair doesn’t fizz in the wet. She gets all dewy and healthy looking, not drowned and old. She is appropriately attractive for thirty eight. The make-up is subtle; clothes understated; the perfume light with the air of choices wisely made; roads well-travelled and a helpful au pair all floating in the ether around her. I have noticed that women always underestimate her attractiveness. The face is not perfect. It’s only when their husbands end up clustered around her at the end of a dinner party do they realise the allure of controlled restlessness. The hint of possibility.He was from Belfast. Working as an interpreter in Brussels but studying in Trinity for a few months. He’s younger than her, though not embarrassingly so. They were both enraptured. The painting. The history. Hanging on the walls of the Jesuits’ house. Layers of dust and dirt hiding its true colours, its true genesis. He had heard about the painting and felt that he had to see it, that day in a summer storm. He walked her out. It was still raining. They stood in the porch. It was after five. She thought she might just head home rather than go back to her desk. I don’t know what he was thinking but can surmise. She told me it didn’t start then. That was later. The evening I met them.I had lunch with her after this. She felt the need to explain and that’s how I know some of the story, though not all. We went to the café in Brown Thomas. We didn’t usually lunch alone together. I am with the gang but not one of them. I thought she would lie and say he was a friend but instead she told me it was unstoppable. She knew it was a train wreck but couldn’t say no. She’d started smoking again which I took as a sign of conscience on her part. We left the café and stood behind the car park beside a pile of rubbish. She didn’t look dewy and fabulous. I didn’t say much. I offered no judgement and become in essence her confidante. As we were about to leave she asked me about school. Did I remember the name of the nun who went mad and knitted a hat for the Virgin Mary in the Chapel? Sister Evangelista, I said.We met every week after this, every Thursday evening. She needed me. She was going back, far back to find cause and meaning. We spoke of school. She remembered me differently. I was the trusted advisor, the one people told everything to. This was not the case. She said they all thought I would be a writer. That was true. I had been eloquent on the madness of King Lear. And Aoife. Forever 15. Every few years, when the picture of her in her school uniform appeared in the paper, she said she thought about calling the Gardaí to say that she had seen her the night she went missing. I told her I had seen her too. I was standing on the staircase of the school, looking out through the arch window above the porch. She waved and walked into blackness.I have to admit I was interested to know what the sex was like. The sense of it hung around her. He was not an unattractive man. All she would say is “he inhabits me”. I thought yes, like a virus but I knew she meant other things. He had a flat on Raglan Road. She likes the fact he is from Belfast. She imagined a childhood of guns and bombs and religion. She said younger men were different. They were not intimidated by women with money and status. No indeed, I thought, it could well be the attraction. They had arguments over politics and the cultural significance of the GAA which she found refreshing and they’d go to the Lighthouse Cinema in the afternoons when she was supposed to be at meetings. She wanted me to meet him but I drew the line at this. I saw her husband most mornings on the walk to work. He is an accountant, always pinstriped and suitably master of the universe in greeting. He knows the mothers at the school gate better than her, advises them on tax issues and residential parking rights. I felt sorry for him. His wife was spending her lunch hours in the bed of a man from Belfast, who reads poetry. In French.We don’t speak of him. In the wine bar, her husband was a blot on the landscape. An indicator of time having passed, choices set in stone and regret. She had a mistaken belief that there was a real her, not in the future but in the past. The one who might have been an actress or a war correspondent. I was tempted to share my philosophy for living, that there is a good chance that in the quest for a better life, you will miss the life you have. This is why admitting you are imperfect, regret will be a constant companion and accepting that most lives, like political careers, end in failure is the best approach to living. You will suffer from melancholy but it won’t slip into depression which is as much as anyone can ask for. But then I realise, the wanting to miss the life you have, is the point of her, her lover and all those with the energy to be restless.You know the end. He arrived on her doorstep the night of her dinner party for the residents committee. We were trapped for over an hour in the basement kitchen as her husband shouted and broke things in the hall above. Someone finally found a key for the back door and regrouped next door. It was all very Eastenders, someone joked. I thought she would send him packing, attend marriage counselling and express contrition. But it was not to be.She left the house a few days later, her children in the window and went to Brussels with him. Dragging her matching suitcases down the steps and into a taxi. It must have been love, of a sort, though no one ever mentioned this as the tale wound its way around the circle. It would have been less amusing.They have an apartment. The children will spend the summer with her and become bilingual. There is always an upside. She writes me sometimes. Letters and cards never emails. She trusts me even more now. I didn’t tell. It was someone from her office. It’s mostly memories of nuns and school trips that even I have forgotten. She wrote once that she thought she saw Aoife, one day in the rain in Stephens Green, just before the affair came out. She took it as a sign. A ghost from the past inviting her to walk towards oblivion.She is working in a think tank on Europe. Every now and then an article about European social policy appears in the newspaper with her name underneath. She is happy, I think, though the restlessness is there, the box opened. There is talk of new cities, new opportunities. She thinks her lover could probably earn more elsewhere. I fear for his bohemian soul.I go to the Gallery every week myself now. I have found surprising peace watching St John, Jesus and Judas in the half light. I too find it mesmerising, though draw different conclusions, that at the peak of your power, you are at your most vulnerable and alone. Always alone, except for some ghosts and a rendezvous with your fate.Rachel is from Dublin and works in communications and PR. She was short-listed for the Hennessy First Fiction Award in 2013, the Hennessy Emerging Fiction in 2014 and was previously a runner up in the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland short story competition. Rachel is a philosophy and politics graduate from UCD.Read: ‘Crouched Burial’: An award-winning poem before bedtime> Members of the Italian performance troupe Quadri Plastici recreate Caravaggio’s painting The Taking of Christ as a ‘living painting’ in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London. Image: John Stillwell http://jrnl.ie/3315046 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
A Portland man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run in the death of a passenger who fell from his moving convertible on Highway 14.With his court-appointed attorney Susan Stauffer, Russell Amon, 29, appeared before Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis.Trial was set for Nov. 14.Amon is accused of driving his Mercedes convertible recklessly the afternoon of Aug. 20 on Highway 14 east of Washougal. Other drivers told state troopers that they saw Amon speeding, cutting off another car, swerving and spinning out, according to court documents.The fatality occurred near Washougal, when Amon allegedly accelerated to pass another car. One of his passengers, Jose Gonzalez-Ramirez, 34, was sitting on the trunk lid of the car and fell. Amon allegedly sped off before returning to see a group of people starting to surround the victim, according to a probable cause affidavit. Gonzalez-Ramirez apparently tried to wave at the driver but the car sped off again, prosecutors said. Gonzalez-Ramirez died at the scene.The next day, upon the prompting of the second passenger, Amon allegedly turned himself into police.“Amon said that it was an accident, that he was scared and drove off because he was scared,” Deputy Prosecutor Jim David wrote in the affidavit.David, in charging papers, alleged that Amon “drove with disregard for the safety of others,” constituting the vehicular homicide charge.Troopers also alleged that alcohol was a factor.Amon is being held in the Clark County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Wanaparthy: As the release of water from Jurala still continuing with over more than 3 lakh cusecs of outflow and also with the release of water from Tungabhadra dams, the water level in Krishna river downstream at Gaddabaswapur village in Chinnambavi mandal of Wanaparthy district is rising with every passing hour.With this, the Wanaparthy district administration has alerted the local officials to be on high alert and take up all necessary precautionary measures. As per the directions from District Collector, the mandal Tahsildar, agriculture officials and Irrigation officials have already taken up measures to shift the villagers to safer places and arranged temporary shelters and providing all the necessary facilities including food and drinking water. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us “We have taken all precautionary measures and alerted the locals regarding the rising of Krishna river above the danger mark in the village. The villagers have already been shifted to the safer places and they are taking shelter at temporary makeshift homes. We are hoping the river will soon recede. However, we are prepared to deal with any kind of exigency,” said the district officials.
Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai.IANSHere are a few stocks that are likely to move in trades on Monday.Punjab National Bank: The lender has revelead possibility of additional fraud of Rs 1,325 crore in the Nirav Modi case. This increase means that the total fraud now amounts to about Rs 12,622 crore.HDFC Bank: The private-sector lender said that it will work closely with the Securities and Exchange Board of India to prevent leakage of confidential financial data.IMAX: The company has signed a new five-year pact with PVR Cinemas, reported Bloomberg.Torrent Pharma: The company plans to raise about Rs 2,000 crore through a qualified institutional placement.Ambuja Cements: The company said that it was not pursuing the merger with ACC owing to some constraints.Berger Paints: The company is planning setting up an integrated paint plant in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.Sagar Cements: The company said it will to acquire 4.3 megawatt hydel power projects for Rs 26.9 crore.