Two women injured in Pakistan firing

first_imgTwo women were injured in fresh ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in Baramulla and Poonch on Friday. An official spokesman said Naseem Akhter, a resident of Dharati Balakote in Poonch, was injured when Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling, which was retaliated “in equal measure”.Another woman identified as Shakeela, 45, sustained splinter injuries at her residence in Baramulla’s Uri sector. “She was staying at Behak Dardkote. She has been referred to a Srinagar hospital for treatment,” said an official.Meanwhile, separatists held protests in the Valley against the U.S. move to designate Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a ‘global terrorist’. To contain the protests, security forces restricted the movement of people and vehicles in areas coming under five police stations in Srinagar. This affected daily life as many markets remained closed. No Friday prayers were allowed at the historic Jamia Masjid. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, also Valley’s head priest, was placed under house arrest in Srinagar.Sporadic protests were reported from north and south Kashmir over the U.S. move against Salahuddin, who is also the United Jehad Council supremo. Separatist JKLF chief Yasin Malik said: “Clubbing Kashmir’s legitimate struggle with terrorism is unjustified and unacceptable.” Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani accused a few news channels of “representing fanatical forces and creating a state of intolerance.”last_img read more

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Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin star as Pistons outlast Magic in OT

first_imgDetroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) passes the ball around Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) to center Andre Drummond (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Andre Drummond’s bad habits bother Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey.Luckily for Casey and the Pistons, Drummond’s good moments can win basketball games.ADVERTISEMENT Australian men’s tennis hit by infighting, Twitter rants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross each scored 24 points for Orlando, which had won two in a row after a four-game losing streak.“We had to find a way to win that game,” Ross said. “We didn’t play a consistent defensive game. We weren’t physical enough in the third quarter.”Detroit led by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter, but Vucevic helped pull the Magic within 105-104 with 3:23 to play and tied it at 107 with 2:14 to go. D.J. Augustin followed with a layup to put Orlando ahead, and the teams went scoreless on their next possessions.Drummond’s tip-in tied the game at 109-all, and Vucevic missed a jumper with 20.4 seconds left.“It was a good play, but no one makes every shot,” Clifford said. “We scored 109 points in regulation, and if we defend the way we are capable, we win the game. This wasn’t about making shots.”Griffin ran down the clock, but missed a jumper at the end of regulation.Detroit scored the first four points of overtime, but Ross answered with a pair of 3-pointers.“I raised T from a pup, and I’m thrilled that he’s become one of the best shooters in the game,” said Casey, who coached Ross in Toronto during his first five seasons. “I just wish he wouldn’t do it against us.”Both teams struggled to score after that, and the Magic called a timeout with 42.5 seconds left, trailing 117-115.Vucevic missed a hook, and Griffin hit a layup in traffic to give Detroit a four-point lead. LATEST STORIES 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 The Magic shot 67.5 percent from the floor in the first half, but the Pistons were able to hold the margin to 63-58 with a 6-1 rebounding advantage on the offensive glass and nine free throws to Orlando’s three. Vucevic and Ross had 15 each for the Magic, while Griffin led Detroit with 12.Ish Smith’s 3-pointer gave the Pistons a 75-74 lead late in the third quarter, and Griffin’s nine points in the period helped Detroit take a 90-84 lead into the fourth.The Pistons reserves, supplemented by Drummond, started the final period with a 7-2 run to expand the margin to 11 with 9:45 to play.TIP INSMagic: Orlando has lost 20 of its last 26 games in Detroit. They trail this season’s series 2-1, with the final game on March 28 at Little Caesars Arena.Pistons: Detroit, which leads the league in offensive-rebound margin, had 10 or more for the 30th time this season. . Griffin came into the game averaging 20.2 points in 13 career games against Orlando, his lowest average against any team other than 18.7 against the Memphis Grizzlies.DRUMMOND’S PERSONAL STATDrummond’s 11 triple-doubles of points, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds is four more than any active player (Tyson Chandler 7) and more than twice than the players in third (Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard 4). This season, he has three of the league’s five with Whiteside and Clint Capela each having one.UP NEXTMagic: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Drummond put up his version of a triple-double on Wednesday and the Pistons notched a crucial 120-115 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic.Drummond had 14 points, 11 offensive rebounds and 11 defensive rebounds to record his 11th career “Moses Malone triple-double.” Only Malone (24) and Dennis Rodman (17) have recorded more since the ABA-NBA merger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Andre’s the best rebounder in the league — it isn’t even close — and that’s a huge asset,” Casey said.Drummond, though, doesn’t impress his coach as a point guard, especially when he tries to go coast-to-coast after a rebound. “Andre and I are going to have a heart-to-heart talk about his sashays down the court,” he said. “Those aren’t winning plays, because teams aren’t going to let a center dribble down the floor and score. It might happen once a month.”Drummond finished with 11 of the game’s 22 rebounds. Detroit ended up with a 14-8 edge on the boards.“That was the game,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “In the last 42 seconds, we were up two and got two stops, but they got three offensive rebounds and tie the game.”Blake Griffin scored 30 points for the Pistons, who won for the third time in 11 games and moved a half-game ahead of Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings. Detroit had six players with at least 13 points.“I thought we were sluggish, which is understandable coming off a West Coast trip, but we dug down defensively,” Griffin said. “In overtime, we were getting stops and forcing them into shots that we wanted. That was great.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Pistons: Host the Miami Heat on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

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Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins available for NBA Finals Game 1

first_imgThe Warriors originally thought Cousins’ quad injury would be season-ending. He got hurt on April 15.Kerr said he has a plan for how Cousins will be used in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I do,” Kerr said. “But I’m not going to tell you.”When Cousins actually plays, it’ll be his NBA Finals debut. He had not appeared in any playoff games until this season. FILE – DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — Golden State coach Steve Kerr says center DeMarcus Cousins is available for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.Kerr made the announcement at the team’s shootaround practice Thursday. Cousins has not been on the Warriors’ active roster since injuring his right quadriceps muscle early in Game 2 of the Warriors’ opening-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cousins has been doing more on-court work leading up to Game 1, and the Warriors believe he’s ready to contribute — even if he isn’t fully recovered.“I’m happy that he’s back,” Kerr said. “But I feel badly for him. You want to be in the finals. You want to be in the best shape and on top of your game as you can possibly be. Life doesn’t work that way. It’s not always perfect.”Cousins said at finals media day Wednesday that he’s anxious to get a feel for what the finals are all about.“I believe this is the stage that every basketball player, as a kid growing up, dreams of,” Cousins said. “To be here is a huge honor and it’s an incredible feeling, so I’m extremely excited about it and it makes me that much more antsy to get on the floor and help my team. If that opportunity is presented to me, I plan on taking full advantage of it.”The comeback from the quad injury is just one in a series of comebacks over the last year for Cousins.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He ruptured his left Achilles in January 2018 and missed nearly a full year of NBA action. The injury dramatically reduced his asking price on the free-agent market last summer — instead of potentially being a max-contract player, the six-time All-Star signed a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Warriors.It was a low-risk, high-reward move for Golden State. The Warriors were coming off two straight titles and got to add an elite talent for mid-level money.Cousins appeared in 30 games during the regular season, working himself into shape for the playoffs. He got hurt while chasing a loose ball and taking an awkward fall in the second postseason game, and now apparently will face the challenge of rejoining the Warriors’ lineup — one that still is without Kevin Durant while he recovers from a calf strain — during the finals.Warriors forward Draymond Green said he anticipates Cousins dealing with some awkward moments while adjusting to the finals stage.“One thing we do know is DeMarcus is a great basketball player,” Green said. “So at that point then you just go out there and you do what you’re great at. And everything else will fall in line.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Navy earns trips to China for Kings of Kings Basketball Challenge Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

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Drummond, Griffin lead Pistons over Pacers 113-109

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 26 points and 16 rebounds, Blake Griffin had a triple-double and the resurgent Detroit Pistons won for the seventh time in eight games, beating the Indiana Pacers 113-109 on Monday night.Griffin had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Detroit, which is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference — and right now is on the right side of that cutoff. Indiana lost for only the second time in 10 games.Pacers center Myles Turner returned after missing two games with a bruised left hip. He scored seven points. Domantas Sabonis scored 23 for Indiana, but he appeared to injure his left ankle with just over a minute remaining. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 pointsThe Pacers won their previous meeting with Detroit, 125-88 on Dec. 26, but the Pistons look a lot better now. Detroit raced out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter.Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) passes around Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Indiana trimmed the deficit to four by halftime and tied the game at 75 in the third quarter. Detroit answered with nine straight points, including six by Drummond.The Pistons later went on a 13-2 run in the fourth, taking a 100-86 lead on a 3-pointer by Langston Galloway.STANDINGSThe Pistons remain in seventh place in the East but increased their lead to 1½ games over Charlotte and two games over Orlando.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana is now 14-10 without guard Victor Oladipo this season. He ruptured a quad tendon in his right knee Jan. 23 and is out for the season.Pistons: Luke Kennard scored 19 points. He and Griffin made five 3-pointers apiece.UP NEXTPacers: At Dallas on Wednesday night.Pistons: At San Antonio on Wednesday night.___By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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How to Exercise Like a Pro, According to Expert Trainer Mike Barwis

first_imgWhat exactly separates the pros from the Joes? Other than being born with a 6′ 6″ frame and natural hand-eye coordination, that is.We asked Mike Barwis — professional athlete trainer, senior advisor of strength and conditioning for the New York Mets, and founder of BARWIS Methods — how you and I can train insane like Richard Sherman (cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks) and Yoenis Céspedes (outfielder for the Mets), both of whom he has coached.“I spent my whole life working with and training the world’s top athletes,” says Barwis, who has led rigorous programs for 42 different sporting events and 5,000 athletes. “I had never been in a regular gym. Then, once I opened my own with BARWIS Methods, I realized there’s a massive gap between pros and the general public. I mean extremely vast. The difference between what top athletes and the general population understand is highly different, meaning a lot of the break lies in education.”Make a Plan“It’s all a hodgepodge,” Barwis says of his reaction to seeing the general public working out. “There’s no plan.”Instead of leaving your workout up to chance or feel, make a schedule. “The body conforms and adapts to the intensity and patterns it’s subjected to. So, when you’re looking to create adaptation (bigger, leaner, stronger, etc.), there has to be a habitual program that creates consistent loads or stresses on your body on a regular basis.”In the pro world, Barwis calls these “cellular-specific programs”. He’s created such regiments for the Miami Dolphins, University of Michigan football, WNBA athletes, women’s soccer, NHL, ice hockey, softball, motocross, sprinters, and Olympic wrestlers and lifters. He’s also taken this cellular-specific approach to working with children and adults with neurological damage, disabilities, and disorders.“Once you apply the correct habit and load to a cell, it will elicit a desired result and your body adapts to accommodate that stress. That’s when you see change. Right now, I see a lot of random stuff. So to change that, ask yourself ‘What’s my goal?’ and ‘What stresses to I need to place upon my body to accommodate them?’”Barwis recommends a habitual cycle of two to three days a week — at least — working on strength in the gym. If your goal is cardio/running, you need four to five days a week, as it only takes two to three days off to lose aerobic capacity.Balance Your BacksideIn our modern world of driving cars and sitting at computers, Barwis says we have become much stronger in our anterior (front) side. This creates imbalance in connection with a weak posterior (back), leading to tighter quads, hamstrings, and more. Our dependency on anterior muscle groups follows us to the gym (after all, those are the muscles we can see), and we tend to train our chest, stomach, thighs, and biceps, as opposed to glutes, delts, back, and hammies.“This creates poor development, poor range of motion, and sets you up for injury,” Barwis says. “Think instead of balancing out the anterior with the posterior, which in practice means five sets of bench to six  sets of row, because you’re probably already overdeveloped in the front.”Personalize Your SupplementsIf you’re a pro, seven-figure athlete training in one of Barwis’ gyms, your schedule would look something like this: Get to the gym, eat a pre-prepared breakfast by Barwis’ nutritionists, workout, eat a pre-prepared snack, workout, eat a pre-prepared lunch, follow a recovery routine, and leave with prep-prepared dinner.Nutrition is at least 50 percent of the equation.“There’s an even greater difference in knowledge between the general population in terms of the science of nutrition,” Barwis admits. “Your body needs a certain kind and amount of fuel at a certain time, in collaboration with its training. But most of us don’t work out three hours a day, so we don’t need pure nitrous — just good, solid gasoline.”Barwis was training NHL star Jack Johnson and Olympic swimmer Peter Vanderkaay, creating his own concoctions for the athletes, when one day they got together and suggested Barwis create his own branded supplements. Luckily, Barwis has a background in biochemistry alongside his astounding training credentials in exercise physiology, so he helped found the plant-based nutrition company Revere.Revere personalizes monthly supplement subscriptions (i.e. powders for workout shakes) depending on a variety of factors in your regular training and working life. The goal? To place weekend warriors on the podium. As a nutrition mastermind for Revere (the three co-founders didn’t have a background in nutrition), Barwis aims to use pure food and whole, vegan ingredients with no chemicals.“I would never send anyone I know, whether pro or Joe, to a supplement store to guess what their body needs and what dosage. None of those powders and drinks are regulated. You must know the details of the specific human being to be able to prescribe what their body needs,” Barwis says. “And Revere allows us to do that in a similar way as the pros.”“What it boils down to are limits in understanding. These limits in understanding are direct limits in performance.”Find what your unique supplement regiment would be here. Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Is Calisthenics Right For You? 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Tanzania mourns 69 killed in fuel tanker blast

first_imgMorogoro (Tanzania): Tanzania was in mourning Sunday, preparing to bury 69 people who perished when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon off leaking petrol. President John Magufuli declared a period of mourning through Monday following the deadly blast near the town of Morogoro, west of Dar es Salaam. He will be represented at the funerals by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, an official statement said. “We’re currently mourning the loss of 69 people, the last of whom died while being transferred by helicopter to the national hospital in Dar es Salaam,” Majaliwa told residents in comments broadcast on Tanzanian television. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe number of injured stood at 66, he said. The burials will start Sunday afternoon, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Jenista Mhagama announced during the morning after relatives identified the dead. “The preparations for the burials have been completed. Individual graves have been dug and the coffins are ready,” Mhagama said, adding that experts would be available to offer psychological counselling to the victims’ relatives. DNA tests would be carried out on bodies that were no longer recognisable, Mhagama said, adding that families could take the remains of their loved ones and organise their own burials if they preferred. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn the latest in a series of similar disasters in Africa, 39 seriously hurt patients had been taken to hospital in Dar es Salaam while 17 others were being treated in Morogoro, 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of the economic capital of Tanzania. Footage from the scene showed the truck engulfed in flames and huge clouds of black smoke, with charred bodies.The burnt-out remains of motorcycle taxis lie scattered on the ground among scorched trees. A video posted on social media showed dozens of people carrying yellow jerricans around the truck.last_img read more

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Drake did not submit More Life to the Grammys

first_imgDrake has described the album as a mixtape and playlist. The album has sold more than two million units — based off of album sales, singles sales and streams — according to Nielsen Music. The album, which set streaming records when it was released, includes the Top 10 hits Fake Love, Passionfruit and Portland.Representatives for the rapper and the Recording Academy didn’t reply to emails seeking comment.READ MORE Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Drake’s More Life album won’t earn him more Grammy Awards: The rapper didn’t submit the album for consideration at the 2018 Grammys.A person close to the nomination process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said the multi-platinum rapper did not submit More Life for album of the year or best rap album. The person also said Drake did not submit any of the songs from the album to categories like song of the year, record of the year or best rap song.More Life was released in March and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Advertisementcenter_img Canadian rapper Drake apparently hasn’t submitted his record-breaking album More Life for consideration at the 2018 Grammys. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Prosecutors Ponzi suspect tried telling wife to hide cash

first_imgBALTIMORE — Prosecutors say a man charged in a $364 million investment scheme planned to tell his wife to drink the “good wine,” stash cash and hide and sell his valuables.The Baltimore Sun reports 53-year-old Kevin Merrill of Towson, Maryland, is accused of trying to show 30-year-old Amanda Merrill a note with the instructions. Prosecutors say he was headed to a jailhouse visit with her when guards found the note in his sock.Prosecutors described the note in conspiracy, obstruction and other charges filed last month against Amanda Merrill. Her attorney declined to comment.U.S. Attorney Robert Hur previously said the scheme entrapped more than 400 victims nationwide. A federal judge had issued a restraining order barring Merrill from selling his sports cars, mansions and designer clothes. He’s pleaded not guilty.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN team in Cambodia for talks on funding special Khmer Rouge courts

Last week UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan reiterated that UN approval of the agreement on the trials will depend on whether sufficient money is in place to fund the staffing and operations of the Extraordinary Chambers for the trials for a sustained period of time.He said that condition will be met once pledges have been made for the Chambers’ three years of operations and once actual contributions for its first year have been received.

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Measure of future US economic activity posts solid rebound in September but

WASHINGTON – A measure of U.S. economic activity designed to give signals about the future posted a solid gain in September, rebounding after a dip in August. The index is still signalling weak growth, however.The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators rose 0.6 per cent in September after falling 0.4 per cent in August and rising 0.4 per cent in July. The previous months were revised down slightly.The strength in September came from a big jump in applications for building permits, which the government reported Wednesday had climbed to a four-year high that month.Other areas of strength came from low interest rates and rising stock prices. In all, six of the 10 indicators that make up the index showed strength. The major areas of weakness came from a decline in the Institute for Supply Management’s new orders index and in consumer confidence.The overall economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.3 per cent in the July-September quarter and many analysts believe growth in the second half of this year will continue to muddle along at an annual rate of between 1.5 per cent and 2 per cent.However, there have been some recent signs of strength. Retail sales jumped 1.1 per cent in September and the gains in August and September were the strongest in two years. Also, housing construction in September climbed to the highest level in four years. by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:30 am MDT Measure of future US economic activity posts solid rebound in September but trend remains weak AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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With eight starters departing what will Ohio States defense look like in

OSU redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) defends during a game against Western Michigan on Sept. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU 38-12. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorYesterday, The Lantern began its two-part examination of what Ohio State’s starting lineups might look like during the 2016 season after an unprecedented amount of talent depart due to graduation or the NFL draft, which included 16 of 22 starters — eight on offense and eight on defense.The three offensive starters returning — redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior guard-turned-center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price — will have to quickly integrate with the large number of offensive weapons asked to step up in a big way to keep the powerhouse program afloat.The same will have to be done on defense, which was often considered the bread and butter of coach Urban Meyer’s 2015 squad. The three returning starters there — junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis — started all 13 games in 2015. However, beyond that trio the projected starters next season ranged from players splitting snaps to seeing limited playing time to being in high school in 2015.Here is an early glance at OSU’s defense as it turns the page on the next era of talent.On the lineThe players occupying the two ends of the front four seems obvious enough, with Lewis returning to one end and redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, who was a key contributor off the bench in 2015 with 6.5 sacks, on the other.Hubbard will be asked to fill the shoes of Joey Bosa, though Hubbard actually registered 1.5 more sacks than the consensus top-10 pick.Almost as important as filling Bosa’s spot with Hubbard, however, is filling Hubbard’s role of picking up snaps on both end positions on the line when a starter gets a breather. The likeliest candidate for that job seems to be junior Jalyn Holmes, who received an extended look in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame after Bosa’s early ejection.Things get murkier up the middle, however. Both starters there, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt, were lost to graduation, with not a ton of strong options waiting in the wings.Redshirt junior Michael Hill started a few games in 2015 that Schutt missed with various injuries, so it is reasonable to think he will step into a full-time role next year.But Meyer might have to get creative for the other spot in the interior. It is possible that lower-ceiling players like redshirt sophomore Donovan Munger or redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle could get the early nods as a placeholder, but don’t be surprised to see Meyer turn to a true freshman to occupy the role.Malik Barrow, a four-star recruit from Tampa, Florida, could be ready to step up from Day 1 if he performs well in spring and fall practice. Fellow Floridian Nick Bosa, the younger brother of Joey, is also a possibility. Recruited as a defensive end, some have thought the five-star recruit could project as a defensive tackle. The hitch with him is that he is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during his final year of high school, so health could hold him back from playing right away.In the middleAs one of the few returning starters, combined with his natural leadership role of the Mike linebacker, McMillan will be the unquestioned captain of the defense. There is a very strong possibility that his junior season will be his final one in college, so another strong season from the Hinesville, Georgia, product, who led the team with 119 tackles in 2015, should be expected.The other two starting linebacker spots, however, are not so easy to figure out.Expect one of them to go to redshirt junior Chris Worley, who would have likely been a starter each of the last two years had he not been beaten out before the 2014 season by the now-departed Darron Lee.The third seems to be an absolute toss-up. Junior Dante Booker and sophomore Jerome Baker could certainly be considered the favorites when camp opens, but a name to keep an eye on is redshirt freshman Nick Conner.Conner broke out with a very strong performance during the 2015 spring game, leading many to believe he could play a significant role as a true freshman. While a knee injury ended his hopes of contributing in 2015, Meyer has made it clear how much he likes the product of nearby Dublin Scioto High School.While Conner’s future will likely lie with inheriting McMillan’s Mike linebacker job, he could get an early head start should he be granted the outside or strong-side linebacker position in 2016.In the backAs with the first two defensive groups, the secondary features one returning starter in Conley. This unit arguably features more talent loss than any other, with safeties Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell and top cornerback Eli Apple saying goodbye with eligibility remaining.Opposite Conley at the cornerback position should be junior Damon Webb, who saw snaps in seven games as OSU’s nickelback in passing situations.Occupying Webb’s former role as the third corner, therefore, is up for grabs. Redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore is probably the leading candidate for the job, but sophomore Denzel Ward, who took the familiar Meyer route of getting his feet wet on special teams, could be keyed in on for a bigger role.The safety spots should be occupied by redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker and redshirt junior Cam Burrows, simply by process of elimination of the thinnest position on the team.Unless Webb or Ward shift from cornerback to safety, those two are really the only candidates on the roster with any experience. Hooker appeared in each game in some capacity in 2015, while Burrows was ahead of him on the depth chart before suffering a season-ending foot injury midway through the year.That projection, however, hinges on the health of junior Erick Smith, who should have a starting spot with his name on it should he recover fully from a torn ACL suffered in early November. But ACL injuries are no joke when it comes to both getting healthy and regaining effectiveness, so it’s a big question mark if Smith will be able to step into a large role when the season begins on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green. read more

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Ohio State Golf Club provides a fair but tough challenge

Challenging but fair. It is a phrase that a professor might use to describe that last calculus test, but it also happens to fit the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club.The Scarlet Course, the club’s main attraction, re-opened on April 2 after being shuttered since November for the winter season.Topping out at more than 7,400 yards from the back tees, the course is often compared with the marquee country clubs of central Ohio.“Some people say it’s just as difficult as a Scioto Country Club or Muirfield Village,” said the club’s assistant golf professional Ben Mersy. “It’s pretty forgiving off the tees. The bunkers will get you, and the greens can be pretty tough.”Mersy added, “Overall it’s a fair but tough challenge.”The Scarlet Course was originally completed in 1938 and saw a major renovation between 2005 and 2006 under the guidance of former OSU golfer and PGA Tour legend Jack Nicklaus.A frequent user of the course, Daron Prater, a second-year in engineering, vouched for the venue’s difficulty.“The greens are nearly impossible,” he said. “You have to leave (the ball) below the hole or else you won’t stand a chance.”For those looking for an easier course, Mersy said the OSU Golf Club is still the place to go.“We have two golf courses here, which is unique to central Ohio,” he said.The Gray Course, completed in 1940, tops out at 5,800 yards.Prater said that the Scarlet Course is beautiful.“There are some really nice views, it’s a very scenic course,” Prater said. “It gives you a great view of Ohio.”The course is also known for its pristine condition, Mersy said.“The condition of the course is great all year round,” he said. “We have a superintendent and his crew that do a wonderful job.”Mersy also said, though, that the Gray Course is just as nice as the Scarlet.“They take just as good of care on Gray as they do on Scarlet,” Mersy said. “(But) Gray is a much easier golf course for beginner to moderate golfers.”The club tries to keep the Gray course open throughout the winter if the weather permits, said Marc Lucas, the club’s general manager.Mersy said having two courses isn’t its most notable quality.The Scarlet Golf Course was ranked No. 7 on “Golfweek’s” list of the best college course of 2012.The OSU Golf Club is not only one of the best in the nation, but Mersy said that it also is one of the only establishments of its kind in Ohio as one of the few university-owned and operated clubs.Mersey said that Kent State has Windmill Lakes Golf Club, but the facility is not owned and operated by the university.Brian Kelly, OSU Golf Club’s head golf professional, said there is only one other college-operated course in the state.“The only other one that’s around is Bridgeview, which is owned by Columbus State Community College now,” he said.Bridgeview Golf Course is a nine-hole course, while OSU’s courses both have 18 holes.OSU Golf Club hosts a multitude of tournaments at all levels. Beyond some of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournaments and various collegiate competitions, Mersy said the club also hosts an event for the PGA Web.com Tour and is now part of the PGA Tour Qualifying Series.The club will be hosting the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship from Sept. 9 to 15.OSU Golf Club is located at 3605 Tremont Road. For OSU students, a day on the Scarlet Course costs $33 and on the Gray Course is $20. read more

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Aodhán Ó Ríordáin I never pass pickets We are all humans and

first_img 73 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3252911 Senator, Labour AS A CHILD I remember sitting in the back of our family car as my dad desperately sought a parking space so we could be in time for our trip to the pictures.As we attempted to enter one supervised car park dad rolled down his driver-side window and enquired of the attendant if there were many spaces left. A softly spoken gentleman in an luminous jacket leaned into the window and said in a resigned voice that there was an industrial dispute ongoing but there were spaces at the back of the car park.Immediately my dad popped the gearstick into reverse and said: “A strike is a strike.” I’ve always remembered the man’s hesitant and heartfelt response as he touched my dad’s arm. “Thanks very much,” he said.Ethics of picket passingFor anyone who didn’t grow up in the same labour tradition perhaps the ethic of passing pickets is something strange and alien. For me and my family it was unthinkable.But when I heard this week that students from St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra were indignantly passing the picket of Tesco workers at their store in Drumcondra, it occurred to me that we have a responsibility to explain why respecting a picket line is so important.We need to explain so people can make their own choices, but they should do so on the basis of understanding.The withdrawal of labour is one of the only weapons a worker hasIt is a decision that no worker or trade union takes lightly. Engaging in industrial action potentially puts your job and your livelihood on the line. It means that you are in open defiance of your employer. The repercussions could be career-defining.Those who leave their home to go on the picket line say goodbye to their loved ones in the morning or evening, and can see the worry in their eyes. And there is absolutely no guarantee of success. In fact, often a dispute can embitter relations in a company or workplace for many years. It is the action of a group of people who see no other way.In respecting the picket line you are respecting the only weapon that workers consider open to them. You are not being asked to take sides in the dispute, but you are recognising that nobody would ever stand with a placard for hours on end with no pay, unless they fully believed they were justified in taking this action.There is a lazy assumption that some workers enjoy industrial disputesAnd there are political forces who often hijack them to promote their ultimate goal of destabilising the state. But for the workers themselves it is the nuclear option. And one that is taken in a quiet dignified manner.Work defines us. It is what gets most of us up in the morning. It is where we spend a huge amount of our time. It is how we introduce ourselves to people we don’t know. And unhappiness in work is devastating.Good employers work with trade unions to ensure that disputes never take place. It should be acknowledged that Tesco are an employer that recognise trade unions, unlike some others in their sector. But without going into the depths of this dispute, it is important that local people respect the stance taken by the workers in these stores.Life is long and experiences can changeNone of us know when we might be forced onto a picket line. None of us know whether or not at some stage in our careers we may have nowhere else to turn. Imagine if you came to that conclusion, and you were standing outside your place of employment wondering our your future, and a young student walked past you laughing? Because their chicken fillet roll was more important.I’ve visited three pickets at this stage: Baggot Street, Artane Castle and Drumcondra. In fairness, one lecturer from St Pat’s brought her class of geography students down to the picket line to ask the workers about the dispute. They took the time to listen and to ask questions. They weren’t being politicised by their lecturer. They were just learning about an issue that perhaps they had never been exposed to before.SolidarityI have no idea how that strike by car park attendants in the early 1980s resolved itself. And my memory of the geography of the car park is a little hazy. But I’ll never forget the hand on my dad’s arm and the sense of solidarity that flowed between them, two men that didn’t know each other.I can’t remember the name of the film that we were almost late for that day. But I learned that this man in a low-paying job genuinely appreciated the gesture of a stranger.That is why I never pass pickets. That is the tradition I am from. Because we are all human beings at the end of the day, and all of us need each other to survive.Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is a Labour Party Senator.A St Pat’s lecturer brought her students to Tesco today to teach them about the strike>Tesco: ‘This dispute is about our need to compete’> Share975 Tweet Email Aodhán Ó Ríordáin Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: ‘I never pass pickets. We are all humans and need each other to survive’ Going on strike is one of the only weapons a worker has, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Feb 23rd 2017, 6:45 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 264 Views By Aodhán Ó Ríordáin Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 6:45 AMlast_img read more

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Police arrest hitrun driver suspected of injuring pedestrian

first_imgPolice on Thursday arrested a 24-year-old driver who allegedly hit a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk and fled the scene.The accident occurred about 6:35 p.m. Jan. 9 at East Fourth Plain Boulevard and Neals Lane, near Evergreen Park.The pedestrian, a 52-year-old woman, was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed life-threatening, according to a bulletin from the Vancouver Police Department.Officers found the vehicle Jessica Pyper allegedly drove unoccupied in a nearby parking lot.Pyper also spells her name Piper, the bulletin said.Those who know where Pyper is are asked to call Officer Steve Donahue at 360-772-2376.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

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The September Issues In 3 Charts

first_imgWomen’s fashion titles saw ad pages come back from the dead last year, but they kept the forward momentum going (for the most part) in 2014. The top of the market consistently outperformed 2013, while overall averages also inched upward, according to min boxscore data.last_img

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New taxi regulations will be on April ballot

first_imgAfter an expedited review, a referendum on Anchorage’s new taxi cab regulation will be on the April ballot. The ballot question asks voters if they want to repeal an ordinance that passed last December, creating more than 100 additional taxi permits in the municipality over the next five years. Sponsors said the measure aims to foster competition in the industry. The ordinance also allows medical-vehicles-for-hire to take Medicaid vouchers and creates a new kind of taxi permit for non-profits that serve people with disabilities.Listen nowThe ordinance was fiercely opposed by cab drivers and the taxi industry. Drivers say they are already struggling to make a living with the current number of cabs on the road, and that adding more permits unfairly dilutes the money invested in the capped system.To be on the ballot, referendum sponsors gathered nearly 6 thousand voter signatures. The Clerk’s Office received the petition last Friday. Deputy Clerk Amanda Moser said it took 12 people nine hours to review all the signatures and ensure that it could be included on the April 4th ballot. Otherwise the city would have had to call a special election, which cost about $400,000.last_img read more

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Tata Motors Strike at Sanand plant enters 27th day 350 workers detained

first_imgMore than 350 workers of Tata Motors were detained by the Gujarat police Saturday for holding demonstration outside the company’s small car factory in Sanand, near Ahmedabad. The workers are on strike for the past 27 days demanding the reinstatement of 28 suspended co-workers. The other demand of the workers — recognition of their union by the Gujarat government — which was the initial cause of the strike between the company and its workers has been met. The workers now want their 28 suspended colleagues to be taken back by the company, the Indian Express reported. “We are happy that the union has been recognised. However, our major demand remains to have our 28 suspended colleagues reinstated, and our agitation will continue until a compromise is reached over the matter,” the daily quoted Hitesh Rabari, president of the newly formed and recognised union, the Bhartiya Kamdar Ekta Sangh (BKES), as saying.Besides Nano, the Sanand factory manufactures the company’s hatchback Tiago. The 300 workers went on an “illegal” flash-strike Feb. 22 demanding the reinstatement of their 28 colleagues, who, Tata Motors said, were suspended for “serious misconduct.” The company also said the strike “does not have a material impact” on its operations. Media reports had put the number of striking workers at 422 of a total strength of about 2,200 workers. However, a PTI report said that production of Nano has been curtailed to 10 percent of the Sanand unit’s small car capacity. The company manufactures about 2,000 Nano cars on an average every month, statistics revealed. The plant has an annual production capacity of about two lakh units. The company set up the Sanand factory in 2010 since it faced problems in acquiring land for the plant in Singur, West Bengal. Tata Motors appointed Guenter Butschek as chief executive officer and managing director Jan. 18. His last assignment was with Airbus Group where he worked as CEO at Airbus, according to Tata Motors.last_img read more

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US may have to destroy N Korea Trump

first_imgUS President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on 19 September, 2017. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump warned leaders gathered at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that the United States may have to destroy North Korea if Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear-armed regime threatens its neighbours.“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” he said, using his new nickname for the North Korean leader. “The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”last_img read more

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Gaming Should Not be Painful 3 Great Chairs to Ease the

first_imgVideo gaming is a fun, energetic, and competitive pastime, but like sports, gaming comes with a unique set of health challenges. Most people, however, don’t see those challenges. What can go wrong when all you are doing is sitting down and using your hands to play a game on a computer or television screen?Well, sitting — and sitting wrongly — is the problem. Many gamers site perched on the edge of their chair or couch, leaning toward the screen. Others slouch, get comfortable or put their feet up on the table. The longer they stay in one position, the more damaging the effects to their body can be.Adam Fields, an American chiropractor, says a lot of his patients are heavy gamers. He says, “The biggest problem I see is postural syndrome” — a condition in which a person has rounded shoulders, an unusually extended neck, and a hunched back. He adds, “These are the slouchers. It comes from sitting forward or looking at your phone or TV screen for hours without any kind of exercise to counter that.” If not corrected early and quickly, the postural syndrome will lead to being hunchbacked in later years and can cause other health problems.So, what can gamers do to alleviate stress, back pain, and postural syndrome? They can consider getting an ergonomic gaming chair — one specifically designed to keep gamers comfortable while not cutting back on their fun. Below are three great chairs to consider.Kinsal Large Size PC Gaming ChairThis bold, blue and black, high-back, ergonomic chair is ideal for gamers who want to care for their bodies while engaging in their favorite pastime. It is suitable for all people short and tall, big and small. No matter how intense the game, your body will feel relaxed and stress-free. Some of the great benefits of this chair include a high, straight back; fully adjustable armrests; adjustable height; 90 to 180-degree tilt mechanism; lower-back cushion and headrest pillow; universal, smooth and silent racing wheels; and a high quality, easily-cleaned, and fade-resistant finish.OPSEAT Master Series PC Gaming ChairThis wide-shouldered gaming chair is comfort personified. Its open design provides users with a full-range of motion which is useful for games that require action from the arms and shoulders as well as the fingers. Its quality metal frame construction is covered in durable, soft, synthetic leather. The adjustable seat allows for changing the height, shifting the armrests, and even lets users lay back in a fully reclined position. It comes with a removable lumbar and headrest.KingCore Ergonomic Gaming ChairThis breathable high-backed racing chair is perfect for helping you keep your hip and waist posture correct. The seat itself is made of a special fill sponge used in racing cars that have endured one hundred thousand extrusion deformation tests. The backrest is adjustable and the seat is designed to be comfortable for resting and napping. Armrests are also adjustable helping users avoid shoulder aches and blood stagnation in the arms.A one-time investment in an ergonomic gaming chair can go a long way to benefiting your body and preventing pain and discomfort down the road. An added benefit is that the chairs listed above — and any ergonomic gaming chair — easily doubles as an office utility which is extremely useful for those who spend much of their work time seated at a desk.last_img read more

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