India-UAE Bilateral Trade to Exceed $100 Billion by 2020

first_imgIndia’s relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered a vibrant growth phase with bilateral trade expected to exceed $100 billion by 2020, key speakers at the 2018 Dubai Global Convention said on April 17, Khaleej Times reported.“India is an important demographic and economic powerhouse in Asia and investments between the two countries exceed billions. This convention will take the India-UAE relationship a step further as both countries explore ways to enhance business ties, intensify economic cooperation and increase innovation and entrepreneurship in sectors of mutual interest,” Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary, Foreign Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, said in his inaugural address, as per the report.Al Saleh added that India is the first trading partner for the UAE. “In 2017, trade relations between the UAE and India reached $53 billion, of which $35 billion is non-oil trade. The UAE is the third largest foreign trade partner to India after China and United States,” he added.He pointed out that UAE has invested more than $5 billion in India through foreign direct investment stock till the end of 2017. India was also the second largest direct investor in UAE at the end of 2016 with $6.6 billion, he explained, as per the report.“In the beginning, foreign trade and oil and gas were the focal point of the India-UAE relationship. But today, this has diversified to include many new sectors following the recent high-level visits of UAE and Indian leaders,” Al Saleh said.During the inaugural session, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Institute of Directors (IOD), India, and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) to further strengthen the support between the two institutions.In March 2018, Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of UAE, met Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister, and other top officials in New Delhi. The two countries discussed strategic ties and ways to enhance cooperation and joint coordination on regional and global issues. UAE’s ambassador to India Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Banna was also a part of the meeting.The two countries also have a “shared interest” in combating terror and this brings the two nations closer, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash had said in March 2018 in New Delhi. Related ItemsIndiaUAElast_img read more

PBA D-League: Valencia-San Sebastian gets playoffs spot, outlast Metropac-San Beda in 2OT

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue 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 Allyn Bualnadi vs Pierre Tankoua. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian punched its ticket to the playoffs after a 96-92 comeback win in double overtime over Metropac-San Beda in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.JM Calma made the game-sealing basket off a pass from Ken Villapando with 14.5 seconds left to give the Stags their sixth win in seven games.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Boxing chiefs hit out at IOC over Tokyo threat “Everybody stepped up even the players who played limited minutes. Credit goes to the whole team. They were all composed in the last part of the game,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya in Filipino.Allyn Bulanadi led the way with 32 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals while RK Ilagan fired 31 points that went with six rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Stags, who trailed, 34-14, early. Calma finished with 12 points.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, logisticsIlagan nailed the game-tying basket with 41 ticks to go in regulation to force the first overtime.Donald Tankoua posted a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Movers, who squandered a golden opportunity to secure a twice-to-beat edge and instead fell to third in the Foundation Group with a 6-2 record.last_img read more

Deepti six-for helps India women clean sweep Sri Lanka

first_imgMedium-pacer Deepti Sharma grabbed six wickets haul before Veda Krishnamurthy scored a half-century as India women completed 3-0 clean sweep after posting a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI in Ranchi on Friday.Deepti followed up her four-for in the previous game with figures of 6 for 20 to bundle out Sri Lanka for a meagre 112 in 38.2 overs.India then crossed the target in just 29.3 overs with Veda Krishnamurthy top-scoring with an unbeaten 61. Sri Lanka got off to a good start after electing to bat, with openers Yasoda Mendis (14) and Prasadani Weerakkody (19) adding 33 before Deepti took two wickets in two consecutive deliveries to trigger a dramatic collapse.Although captain Shashikala Siriwardene (14) and Dilani Manodara (23) later combined for a 32-run sixth-wicket stand, wickets kept falling and Sri Lanka were ultimately bowled out for 112 from 94 for five at one stage.Debutant Preeti Bose also put up an impressive show, returning figures of 8-4-8-2. India’s chase started in a shaky fashion as the home team lost both openers Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana cheaply.While Poonam was dismissed for a duck in the very first over, Mandhana was run-out soon after for six. Veda and Deepti (28) then consolidated the innings with the duo adding 70 in 109 balls to take India closer to the target. India then cruised to the target with 123 balls to spare.Krishnamurthy remained not out on 61 off 90 balls that was studded eight fours.Brief scores: Sri Lanka Women: 112 all out in 38.2 overs (Dilani Manodara 23, Deepti Sharma 6/20). India Women: 114 for three in 29.3 overs (Veda Krishnamurthy 61 not out, Deepti Sharma 28).advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgPatel said there has been a turnaround in the fortunes of Patel said there has been a turnaround in the fortunes of Indian football and this can be attributed to the emphasis placed on youth scouting, and the investment flowing into sectors such as grassroots development, infrastructure building and refurbishment. “There has been intense focus on these areas by the AIFF helped by the AFC. Corporates have started putting money into football over the last few years and this is starting to pay dividends,” he said. “The prime example is the historic run of three-year-old club Bengaluru FC in the AFC Cup and the global appeal of the Indian Super League. Winning the Under-17 World Cup hosting rights has sparked the interest of the Indian government in the development of the sport. “Bengalurus historic feat of finishing as runner up in the AFC Cup and the fighting display of our Under-16 national team against traditional Asian powerhouses Saudi Arabia and UAE in Septembers AFC Under-16 Championships in Goa have illustrated that Indian football has begun to find its feet again,” said Patel. He said he was impressed by the passionate support shown by Indian expatriate community of Doha to Bengaluru FC during the AFC Cup final. “We believe Qatar are our natural partners in Asian football family and the AFC Cup final has illustrated this. Qatar has identified its Indian community as an important stakeholder of 2022 World Cup and more than 5,000 Indian expats were at the stadium to cheer Bengaluru FCs historic feat proving they are emotional stakeholders in Indian football as well.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Rain may play spoilsport in first ODI at Dharamsala

first_imgThe opening One-day International (ODI) between and Sri Lanka in Himachal Pradesh’s picturesque stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday has come threat with the local weather bureau on Friday forecasting widespread rain and snow in the state.An active western disturbance is likely to affect northwest India on December 10 with peak activity on the two subsequent days, Manmohan Singh, director of the Meteorological Office in Shimla, told IANS.”Isolated heavy rain and snowfall very likely to occur over Himachal Pradesh on December 11 and 12 and scattered activity on December 13,” he said.You cannot keep @hardikpandya7 @akshar2026 and @Jaspritbumrah93 away for too long. They are back and ready to go. #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017The HPCA is, however, not worried about the Met Office forecasts.”Our groundsmen are fully prepared to handle any situation owing to the rainfall. We even have three super soppers to mop up the ground,” Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) media manager Mohit Sood told IANS.The beautiful Dhauladhar range can be a pleasant distraction but you must keep your eyes on the ball. #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017The HPCA stadium is situated at an altitude of 4,000 feet in the backdrop of the Dhauladhar ranges that are already wrapped in a thick blanket of snow.It became a part of the international cricket map in 2005, when it hosted a warm-up tie between the touring Pakistan team and the Indian Board President’s XI..@sidkaul22 on his reaction when he got the India call up ahead of the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017last_img read more

Report: Man City 2 Shakhtar 0

first_imgManchester City 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 0: De Bruyne scores stunner as Aguero misfires Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:45 27/9/2017 kevindebruyne-cropped Getty Images Sergio Aguero missed a penalty and the chance to equal the club’s all-time goalscoring record in a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk. Kevin De Bruyne scored a spectacular goal to open his account for the season and help Manchester City earn a hard-fought 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, while Sergio Aguero missed a penalty.The star midfielder has been a creative force during City’s terrific start to the campaign and he showed his eye for goal has not left him when he rattled the ball into the top-right corner of the net early in the second half following a tricky first 45 minutes for his side.Shakhtar arrived at the Etihad Stadium unbeaten in nine competitive games and their contingent of Brazilian players made life difficult for City, with Taison, Marlos and Bernard depriving the hosts of the possession they have become accustomed to enjoying this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. City tightened their grip on the game in the latter stages and Aguero missed the chance to equal Eric Brook’s record of 177 goals for the club when he had a penalty saved by Andriy Pyatov in the 72nd minute, but substitute Raheem Sterling made it 2-0 when he applied a neat finish to a sweeping attacking move.The result extended City’s winning streak to seven games in all competitions and they are unbeaten in 10 Champions League home fixtures, this latest triumph moving them three points clear at the top of Group F.No record for @aguerosergiokun tonight – there’s always the next game! #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 26, 2017Shakhtar resisted City’s early pressure and showed their quality going forward when Brazilian playmaker Taison played in compatriot Fred for a one-on-one with Ederson after 10 minutes, but the striker lost his footing and the chance went begging.Belgium international De Bruyne threaded two exquisitely weighted passes in behind Shakhtar’s defence midway through the first half, but first Aguero and then Gabriel Jesus were caught offside as they gave chase.De Bruyne then missed a great chance when Jesus played him in as he made a diagonal run into the box, but the Belgian snatched at his shot and dragged it wide of the near post.Shakhtar countered and found plenty of space in the final third, allowing Marlos to curl a shot from the edge of the box that Ederson saved at full stretch, diving to his right.Marlos turned provider five minutes before the break when he curled a free-kick onto the head of Facundo Ferreyra, who aimed a shot narrowly wide before Sane flashed a shot across the face of goal at the other end.The second half was just three minutes old when a sloppy pass by Marlos allowed De Bruyne to launch the ball forward to David Silva, who reached the edge of the box before squaring it back to De Bruyne, who unleashed an emphatic shot that flew into the net before Pyatov could get across his— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 26, 2017Aguero was given the chance to score his landmark goal when Silva chipped a wonderful pass into the box for him to volley, but Pyatov was equal to the shot, parrying it to safety, and Silva had a claim for a penalty waved away after 65 minutes when Ivan Ordets dispossessed him with a heavy challenge.Kyle Walker released De Bruyne down the right flank three minutes later and his cross presented Sterling with what looked like a straightforward finish, but the England winger put the ball wide as he slid in at close range.Ordets collided with Leroy Sane after 70 minutes and the referee pointed to the penalty spot, but Aguero’s penalty lacked power and accuracy, leaving Pyatov to palm the ball away from danger.Fabian Delph, who had an outstanding game at left-back for City, fired an audacious shot just wide before Sterling had a late spot-kick claim turned down, but he got his name on the score-sheet when he side-footed Bernardo Silva’s cross high into the net to seal the victory in the 90th minute. Key Opta facts:- Manchester City have won their opening two Champions League group games in a season for the first time.- No Ukrainian club has ever won an away game in the Champions League against English opposition (W0 D2 L13).- City are unbeaten in their last 10 Champions League home games (W7 D3 L0), their longest run without a defeat on home soil in the competition.- Kevin De Bruyne has been directly involved in 12 goals in his last 12 games for Manchester City in all competitions (three goals, nine assists). read morelast_img read more

PM Youth Award Rescheduled to Early Next Year

first_imgNominations for the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence have been extended to Monday, December 31, with the award ceremony rescheduled for early 2013. Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, made the disclosure on November 28, during a regional leadership seminar at the Rockfort Vocational Training Centre in Kingston. The award function was initially set for Sunday, December 2 at the end of Youth Month, and as part of ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations. Ms. Hanna said the decision to extend the nominations was taken following a review of the planning process. She said that the new deadline will allow for more exemplary young people, from all over the island, to be recommended for the prestigious award. “I wanted to make sure that every young person in Jamaica, those persons at the HEART Trust/NTA, those persons in rural communities, those persons with disabilities, has a chance to submit a nomination or have someone nominate them. So, if you know of anyone, who you believe is a leader in this course, across the country, in your own community, (nominate them),” she urged. Nomination forms can be collected from the Ministry of Youth and Culture, 4-6 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 5; the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) information centres in St. Ann, St. Mary, St. James, Portmore, Kingston and Portland; and NCYD Youth Empowerment Offices island-wide. Nomination forms can also be downloaded at Additionally, applicants can drop off their nominations at the Ministry’s office; and at National Youth Service (NYS) offices island-wide. The annual Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence is co-ordinated by the NCYD, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture. The award is the highest honour given to young Jamaicans ages 15 and 24, who have achieved national and international distinction in the areas of: academics, agriculture, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, international achievement, leadership, journalism, sports, and service to their communities. The award aims to motivate each individual recipient through positive re-enforcement and recognition, and also seeks to optimise their growth and development.last_img read more

Poor Communication Leading Culprit in Maritime Accidents

first_imgzoom Half of the costs of hull and machinery claims handled by the Swedish Club have arisen due to navigational claims such as collisions, contacts or groundings, the Club says in a release.The Gothenburg-based marine insurer says that this figure has remained steady over recent years despite improved technology and the widespread implementation of Safety Management Systems.In its latest Loss Prevention publication, Navigational Claims, the Club has revealed a number of findings relating to claims made for hull and machinery damage between 2004-2013.The report suggests that many navigational claims still occur due to procedures not being properly followed by crew members, and officers not communicating with each other properly. In addition poor communication between both vessels and bridge team members and a lack of situational awareness all play a part.Navigational Claims details measures that can be adopted to help prevent these incidents occurring in the first place, such as having clear, meaningful procedures for officers and crew to adhere to and, more importantly, ensuring they understand the consequences of not following them properly.The Club also stresses in the report that the implementation of an effective training programme for officers is vital, especially in relation to effective communication and risk assessment. Often risks increase when sailing in congested waters, dense traffic or close to land and this needs to be acknowledged and appropriate measures adopted.“Being able to identify the reasons for navigational claims is invaluable for masters and shipowners,” says Lars Malm, Director, Strategic Business Development & Client Relationship for The Swedish Club. “This report shows that most claims can be prevented by simply ensuring that all crew follow proper procedures and consult with each other before making major decisions.” Image: The Swedish Clublast_img read more

Fire Season Begins

first_imgNova Scotians will need burning permits as of today, April 15,with the start of fire season. Burning permits have been required in the counties of Queens,Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Lunenburg sinceApril 1. Fire season continues through to Oct. 15. “Some people seem to misunderstand the intent of burning permitsand feel they can burn only during fire season when permits areavailable,” said Robert Uttaro, supervisor of the fire controldivision of the Department of Natural Resources. “For the mostpart, rural residents don’t need a burning permit to collectdebris and burn it during the winter when there is a protectivecovering of snow. People should check with their nearest NaturalResources office for local burning regulations.” Burning permits are required to burn non-toxic refuse and debrisoutdoors once fire season begins. Domestic burning permits cost$5. Industrial permits cost $50. These fees have not changed fromprevious years. The permits are available at local NaturalResources offices and at some municipal fire departments. “As Nova Scotia emerges from spring to summer, the forests losetheir natural protection provided by the winter snows and springrains. As the potential for forest fires grows, people must takeprecautions to prevent fires, and that includes getting a burningpermit,” said Mr. Uttaro. There have been an average of 335 forest fires during the last 10years, each burning an average of 661 hectares. In 2004, thenumber dropped to 264 fires, with 290 hectares burned. Ninety-seven per cent of forest fires are caused by people. Thetop three causes are residential debris and garbage burning,which start 34 per cent of the fires; incendiary devices andarson cause 22 per cent; and recreational activities oraccidents, such as campfires and improperly disposed cigarettes,which cause the third largest number of fires. Fire prevention is one responsibility of the Department ofNatural Resources. The fire weather index, and other fireprevention information, is posted daily during fire season on thedepartment’s website at .last_img read more


first_imgFor the second year in a row, Montreal comedy fans will be treated to the musings of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who’s returning to perform at the Just For Laughs festival.Noah is bringing his arena tour, Loud and Clear, to the Bell Centre July 26. The South African comedian hosted two galas at the festival last year.Also performing at the 37th edition of the festival: Australian standup comedian Jim Jefferies, who will host two galas, British comedian Jimmy Carr, whose latest Netflix special debuted on Tuesday, and Cristela Alonzo, who will host the Ethnic Show. Login/Register With: Advertisement Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, is the first big-name comedian attached to the 2019 Just For Laughs festival. (Evan Agostini/Invision via AP) Advertisement Twittercenter_img More acts will be announced in the coming weeks. The festival runs from July 10 to 28.In 2018, Howie Mandel and a Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency bought the struggling festival.Its future was uncertain after sexual assault allegations involving co-founder and president Gilbert Rozon emerged during the #MeToo movement.Rozon is facing one count of indecent assault and one count of rape, charges that were part of the Criminal Code when the alleged events occurred in 1979.His case will be back in court April 25, when a judge is expected to decide whether his trial will be held in front of a jury or a judge alone. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

UNICEF praises Chinas AIDS policies urges more be done for affected children

Addressing the opening session of a one-day seminar in Beijing on “Care and Love for Children affected by HIV/AIDS,” UNICEF country representative Christian Voumard told the gathering of high-ranking government officials, experts and civil society organizations that China had rightly moved from “the what” to addressing “the how” in working to turn back the epidemic.Urging Seminar participants to do yet more to care for children, Mr. Voumard told of how HIV/AIDS touched every aspect of youngsters’ lives, emphasizing that “the emotional toll alone can be devastating as children suffer from isolation, loss of self-esteem and depression.”Peter McDermott, chief of UNICEF’s Global Unit on HIV/AIDS, saw two major obstacles to moving forward with policy development: the lack of scientific understanding of how HIV/AIDS affects children in China, and the need to reduce discrimination against children affected by HIV/AIDS and their families.The seminar was hosted by the China National Committee for the Care of Children (CNCCC) in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. read more

John Nash A Beautiful Mind and an inspiration for those struggling and

John Nash, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and an inspiration for those struggling and striving, dies at 86 by Bruce Shipkowski, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2015 12:38 am MDT Last Updated May 25, 2015 at 4:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 24, 2002 file photo, John Nash, left, and his wife Alicia, arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards, in Los Angeles. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday, May 23, 2015, police said. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File) TRENTON, N.J. – Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than his achievements in mathematics.Nash had read the classic “Men of Mathematics” by E.T. Bell by the time he was in high school. He planned to follow in his father’s footsteps and studied for three years at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh — now Carnegie Mellon University — but instead followed his passion for math.He then went to Princeton, where he worked on his equilibrium theory and, in 1950, received his doctorate with a dissertation on non-co-operative games. The thesis contained the definition and properties of what would later be called the Nash equilibrium.But it was while teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959, when his wife, Alicia, was pregnant with their son, that schizophrenia began to emerge, a yearslong fight that was chronicled in the Academy Award-winning blockbuster “A Beautiful Mind.” The Nashes died in a car accident late Saturday on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86; she was 82.“John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in game theory, and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges,” Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber said in a statement.In an autobiography written for The Nobel Foundation website, Nash said delusions caused him to resign as a faculty member at MIT. He also spent several months in New Jersey hospitals on an involuntary basis. However, Nash’s schizophrenia diminished through the 1970s and 1980s as he “gradually began to intellectually reject some of the delusionally influenced lines of thinking,” he wrote.2001’s “A Beautiful Mind” was based on an unauthorized biography by Sylvia Nasar, who wrote that Nash’s contemporaries found him “immensely strange” and “slightly cold, a bit superior, somewhat secretive.” Much of his demeanour likely stemmed from mental illness.“A Beautiful Mind” won four Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, and generated interest in John Nash’s life story.Russell Crowe, who was nominated for best actor for playing Nash, tweeted that he was “stunned” by news of the couple’s death.“An amazing partnership,” he wrote. “Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”Jennifer Connelly, who won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Alicia Nash, called the couple “an inspiration,” and the film’s director, Ron Howard, tweeted that “it was an honour telling part of their story.”The Nashes split in 1963 then resumed living together several years later and remarried in 2001.John Nash held a research post at Brandeis University before eventually returning to Princeton. Known as brilliant and eccentric, he was associated with Princeton for many years, most recently serving as a senior research mathematician.He was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his work in game theory, which offered insight into the dynamics of human rivalry. It is considered one of the most influential ideas of the 20th century.Just days before his death, Nash received a prize from the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo with New York University mathematician Louis Nirenberg, who called Nash a truly great mathematician and “a kind of genius.”Nirenberg said he had chatted with the Nashes for an hour at the airport in Newark, New Jersey before they’d gotten into a taxi to return home to Princeton Township.New Jersey State Police say the Nashes were thrown out of the taxi when it crashed around 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Monroe Township, about 12 miles from their home. The cab driver was hospitalized.___Associated Press writers Geoff Mulvihill in Trenton and Jeff McMillan in Philadelphia contributed to this report. read more

New recruits will add fresh firepower to Ohio State wrestling squad

After coming up short in its pursuit of the coveted NCAA National Championship, the Ohio State wrestling program is looking to use this season as a stepping stone toward its ultimate goal of winning a title. Coach Tom Ryan said next year’s incoming talent will greatly improve the team’s chances at that goal. “Recruiting is going very well,” Ryan said. “We’re bringing in two of the nation’s top wrestlers and they’re really going to add some firepower to our lineup.” Both five-star recruits according to The Open Mat, Nathan Tomasello, a 125-pound wrestler from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has verbally committed to the Buckeyes, while Bo Jordan, a 160-pound wrestler from Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, has already signed his national letter of intent. Ryan was disappointed with how the season ended and said the Buckeyes will have to push themselves harder next year. “There’s a tremendous amount of work to be done,” Ryan said. “We have the guys to do it (win a title). We just have to put ourselves in a better position to win it.” The Buckeyes finished the regular season as the No. 6 team in the nation, posting an overall record of 11-4. In Big Ten play, the Scarlet and Gray went 5-3. The conference is arguably the best in the country when in comes to wrestling. “This was definitely a good learning year for us,” said 141-pound sophomore Hunter Stieber. “Next year we’ll be a lot better than this year and hopefully go for a title.” OSU got off to a hot start, placing first in the Buffalo Invitational and winning its first three dual meets. The Buckeyes then took home their second consecutive Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational title and won both of their matches against Maryland and Hofstra in the inaugural “Grapple at the Garden” located in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The streak ended there, however, as the Buckeyes would be defeated by then-No. 5 Iowa in their first Big Ten action of the season. Despite the loss, the team rebounded by going 5-1 in its next six meets, suffering their only defeat in that span at the hands of Minnesota on Jan. 11 at home. In their last match of conference play, the Buckeyes went head-to-head with Penn State in the first several bouts before falling to the eventual NCAA champions, 29-18. After being rewarded an automatic bid into the finals of the NWCA/Cliff Keen “Mat Mayhem” National Duals because they were among the top four returning dual-meet teams from the previous year, the Buckeyes looked poised to make a run. But whatever aspirations they had soon faded as they were routed by Missouri, 28-6. Next, the Big Ten Championships presented a challenge for OSU, even with six wrestlers earning top-10 seeds in the tournament. The team went on to place fourth with a total of 109.5 points. Winning individual titles for the Buckeyes were redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber at 133 pounds, his second-straight Big Ten title, and his younger brother, Hunter Stieber, at 141 pounds. Next, at the NCAA championships, OSU amassed 59.5 points en route to a sixth place finish out of the 10 teams in the tournament. Both Stieber brothers earned No. 1 seeds for the championships, but Hunter Stieber placed third as his older brother earned the title of NCAA champion in the 133-pound weight class for the second year in a row. “It was a pretty good season I guess,” Hunter Stieber said. “There was a little letdown towards the end, but I only lost one match this entire season as opposed to seven last year. I’ve improved but I just wish I could have wrestled for the title.” Redshirt junior Nick Heflin placed fifth at 174 pounds and joins the Stiebers as an All-American. “It’s what you work for,” Heflin said of earning the honor. “It means a lot, but you know, I definitely want more. I want to be the champion.” Key Contributors: 125: Nikko Triggas, senior, 22-14 131: Logan Stieber, redshirt sophomore, 27-0 141: Hunter Stieber, sophomore, 36-1 / Ian Paddock, redshirt junior, 15-9 149: Cam Tessari, sophomore, 13-7 157: Josh Demas, redshirt sophomore, 20-12 165: Mark Martin, freshman, 19-18 174: Nick Heflin, redshirt junior, 20-7 184: Kenny Courts, redshirt freshman, 22-8 197: Andrew Campolattano, sophomore, 17-12 / C.J. Magrum, redshirt senior, 18-9 HWT: Peter Capone, redshirt junior, 17-6 / Kosta Karageorge, redshirt sophomore, 9-8 Looking forward, Heflin envisions big things for the program in the upcoming years, comparing the process they’re making to that of the Nittany Lions. “It’s going to continue to grow,” Heflin said. “It’s going to be like Penn State. They got Cael Sanderson (2004 Olympic gold medalist) and now they’re becoming a powerhouse. I see that in Ohio State’s future, being a contender to compete with them in the next two or three years.” read more

Womens Basketball No 8 Ohio State falls 6960 to No 14 Duke

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun launches a shot during the first half of the Buckeyes’ game against Quinnipiac on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team came back from a 17-point deficit to No. 14 Duke midway through the third quarter to tie the game with 9:15 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Blue Devils (6-1) responded with a nine-point run to pull away down the stretch en route to a 69-60 victory against the Buckeyes (7-2) Thursday night in Durham, North Carolina, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.Guards Lexi Brown and Rebecca Greenwell each scored 19 points for Duke. The Blue Devils won the rebounding battle, holding a 49-30 advantage. This led to a 36-18 edge in points in the paint.The Blue Devils led by 17 points in the third quarter, but did not score for the final six minutes of the third quarter. The Buckeyes slowly pulled even with Duke. But Ohio State struggled to get its offense going in the fourth quarter, missing 11 of its final 12 shots, and turning the ball over five times in the last nine minutes.Duke held Ohio State to its lowest scoring total of the season. The Buckeyes shot just 32 percent from the field and 28 percent from beyond the arc, while the Blue Devils made 46 percent of their shots and 47 percent of their 3-point attempts.Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with 24 points, but played inefficiently. She made just 9-of-27 shots and hit 4-of-17 3s. Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper added 12 points and eight rebounds. The Buckeyes forced the Blue Devils into 21 turnovers, including 12 steals, despite their lack of offensive rhythm. Ohio State never led in the entire game. read more

Satellite images of possible missing plane debris released by Chinese government

first_imgSATELLITE IMAGES ON a Chinese government website show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating off the southern tip of Vietnam, near the plane’s original flight path, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported this evening.The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard early Saturday.The Xinhua report said the images from around 11am on Sunday appear to show “three suspected floating objects” of varying sizes, the largest about 24 meters (79 feet) by 22 meters (72 feet).The report includes coordinates of a location in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia. The images originally were posted on a national defense technology website.No other governments have confirmed the Xinhua report, which did not say when Chinese officials became aware of the images and associated them with the missing plane. They state that verification is ongoing.The search for the plane, which left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing before disappearing early Saturday, has encompassed 35,800 square miles (92,600 square kilometers) of Southeast Asia and on Wednesday expanded toward India.Map shows search areas for missing Malaysia Airlines jet. (AP Photo)Two-thirds of the passengers on the flight were Chinese, and the Chinese government has put increasing pressure on Malaysian officials to find solve the mystery of the plane’s disappearance.It was also revealed that the last message from the cockpit of the missing flight was routine. “All right, good night,” was the signoff transmitted to air traffic controllers five days ago.Then the Boeing 777 vanished as it cruised over the South China Sea toward Vietnam, and nothing has been seen or heard of the jetliner since.Those final words were picked up by controllers and relayed in Beijing to anguished relatives of some of the people aboard Flight MH370.The new Chinese reports of the satellite images came after several days of sometimes confusing and conflicting statements from Malaysian officials.Earlier today, the Malaysian military officially disclosed why it was searching on both sides of country. A review of military radar records showed what might have been the plane turning back and crossing westward into the Strait of Malacca.That would conflict with the latest images on the Chinese website.Read: Malaysia under fire over ‘chaotic’ search for missing jet> Read: ‘Alright, good night’ – last known words of mystery Malaysia Airlines flight>last_img read more

Galaxy Note 7 Battery Explosions Blamed On Samsung Going Too Thin

first_img Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Not DIY FriendlyGalaxy Note 7, Fan Edition ‘Same Phone’ with Different Batte… When it comes to your smartphones, many of you would probably trade a few fractions of a millimeter in overall thickness for a bigger battery. Apparently, that’s something Samsung should’ve strongly considered with the Galaxy Note 7.According to a report from the engineers at Instrumental Technology (who supplied the image above), Samsung got a little too aggressive with the design of the Note 7. They shaved down the gaps around the Note’s sizable battery to dangerously thin margins. That, Instrumental believes, is ultimately what caused numerous Note 7s to explode.It’s perfectly normal for “jelly roll” lithium-ion batteries like the ones Samsung used to swell during use. Engineers and designers take that into account when they’re cooking up a new product. Instrumental notes that the Note 7’s battery “sits within a CNC-machined pocket,” which should have afforded it protection from other internal components.With expansion gaps ranging from .1 to .5mm, though, Instrumental says that Samsung pushed the balance between safety and capacity too far. On the device that they disassembled, Instrumental actually didn’t even see a measurable gap, and they believe the battery may have already been under stress.They also believe that’s what led Samsung to scrap the Note 7 completely rather than, say, retrofitting a different battery.Samsung, you may recall, offered a different explanation for why so many Galaxy Note 7s were exploding. President Koh Dong-jin blamed a “tiny manufacturing error” in the batteries that made them more likely to overheat and burst.Whichever explanation is true, the flawed Note 7 ended up burning a $5 to $8 billion hole in Samsung’s corporate pocket. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Wrangell business owner held up at LAX due to Trump travel order

first_imgWrangell fisherman and business owner Syliva Ettefagh said she, her husband and friends were returning from a vacation in Costa Rica this weekend when she got held up at Los Angeles International Airport. Ettefagh has been an American citizen since birth. She was born in Iran, to an American mom and an Iranian dad, before that country’s Islamic Revolution.Listen nowEttefagh didn’t know about Trump’s order when she got to LAX, so when she was stopped at passport control, she didn’t think too much of it, until an agent led her to a door.“And I asked him what was going on and he said, ‘well, you can thank Trump for this,’” Ettefagh said.Ettefagh said she was held in a crowded room with at least 50 others, most of them foreign. One person she spoke to had been there for five hours. She saw a security guard treat an elderly woman roughly for trying to use her phone. She said she noisily protested that she was a U.S. citizen and that holding her was unconstitutional. She says she was held for an hour. She did not miss her connecting flight, but Ettefagh said the whole exercise seems pointless and wasteful.“You know to hold the country secure, I’m all for it,” Ettefagh said. “But it’s how you do it. If you need security, why name 7 countries? Why not have security?”Ettefagh said she thinks Customs and Border Protection agents made a mistake in holding her because they were blindsided.“And in looking up the chain, to have an idea of what they were supposed to do, there was nothing for them,” Ettefagh said.Ettefagh said she’s certain if she hadn’t been as outspoken about her rights, she might have languished in the holding room for much longer.last_img read more

GOP Congressman Expelled From Arizona House Due To Sexual Misconduct

first_imgtwitter via @theseanloganGOP Rep Don Shooter as the Arizona House votes to expel him over sexual assault.THE LATEST on efforts to punish an Arizona lawmaker over sexual harassment allegations (all times local):2:05 p.m.The Arizona House has voted to expel a Republican lawmaker over sexual harassment allegations.Rep. Don Shooter is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be voted out of his seat since the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct began last fall.Thursday’s vote comes after an outside investigator determined that Shooter engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment that created a hostile workplace.Shooter says he’s done nothing to justify expulsion. He made a last-ditch effort to avoid a vote by sending a letter questioning the thoroughness of the report that found evidence of pervasive misconduct.Republican House Speaker J.D. Mesnard had sought a censure but moved to expel Shooter after receiving the letter. He says Shooter’s comments represented a clear act of retaliation and harassment worthy of expulsion.Waiting for the House to vote on whether to expel Don Shooter LIVE on #Periscope— Katie Campbell (@_KECampbell) February 1, 2018___12:30 p.m.Female members of the Arizona House from Republican and Democratic parties have gathered in an emotional moment in advance of a vote that could lead to the expulsion of a male member that a report found violated sexual harassment rules.In the center of the group was Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, whose complaint against fellow Republican Rep. Don Shooter prompted Thursday’s action.Republican Rep. Kelly Townsend says she told members they could silently pray ands then told them “today is going to separate the politician from the statesmen, or stateswomen.”Shooter says he won’t resign but accepts responsibility for boorish behavior and won’t fight a censure.___11:45 a.m.Arizona House Speaker J.D. Mesnard is calling for the immediate expulsion of a fellow Republican after Rep. Don Shooter said a sexual harassment report that found he harassed female members omitted claims about another lawmaker.Thursday’s developments come as the full House was poised to vote on Mesnard’s previous call for a formal censure of Shooter. He now says Shooter’s new comments represent a clear act of retaliation and harassment and he wants him voted out immediately.Shooter says in an interview he deserves censure but did nothing to justify expulsion.He sent a letter to fellow members Thursday saying a woman interviewed for the report looking into his behavior and that of Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita omitted a young woman’s complaint. He says she complained another lawmaker subjected her to unwanted sexual advances.Shooter would not say who that lawmaker was.___10:30 a.m.A Republican Arizona lawmaker says a report showing he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women omits serious allegations against another House member.Rep. Don Shooter faces a censure vote in the House Thursday and some GOP members want him expelled.Shooter says in an interview that he deserves censure but did nothing to justify expulsion.He sent a letter to fellow members Thursday saying a woman interviewed for the report looking into his behavior and that of Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita omitted a young woman’s complaint. He says she complained another lawmaker subjected her to unwanted sexual advances.Shooter would not say who that lawmaker was. His letter says he wants the report to include those allegations before the House acts on his possible punishment.The report contains a section about Ugenti-Rita’s boyfriend sending sexually explicit communications to a person. The investigators determined they happened but there was no credible evidence Ugenti-Rita knew or was involved in the actions.___12:30 a.m.A showdown is looming in the Arizona House over what penalty should be imposed on a Republican lawmaker found to have engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women.The House is set to meet late Thursday morning to consider Republican Speaker J.D. Mesnard’s proposal for a formal censure of Rep. Don Shooter. A censure is the harshest penalty possible short of expulsion.Republican Majority Whip Kelly Townsend is calling for Shooter’s resignation and says she’ll move for an expulsion vote if he doesn’t step down. Meanwhile, some other Republicans believe Shooter deserves a lesser penalty or a chance to defend himself.Expulsion requires support from 40 of 60 members, while a censure requires a simple majority. Republicans control 36 seats and Democrats 24. Sharelast_img read more

Bryson Starts Youth Sports Coalition to Improve PG County Athletics

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comDr. Rick Bryson has long been an advocate for youth sports and participatory activities in Prince George’s County. Bryson has put his money where his money mouth is by creating the County’s Scholastic Sports Awards Banquet and has now begun a new initiative designed to improve the quality of youth and participatory sports.Dr. Bryson’s latest cause is the creation of the Youth Scholastic Coalition, designed to support and advocate for the activities kids participate in while collaborating with the scholastic support network for young athletes throughout Prince George’s County. Building bridges for youth and scholastic sports athletes with an academic support network has been a passion for the longtime podiatrist since his days as a baseball dad when his son was growing up and competing in Accokeek.The PG Youth Sports Coalition hopes to improve the quality of baseball field throughout the county. (Courtesy Photo)During that time Dr. Bryson built a relationship with St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Fort Washington. For three years youth baseball players from the District and Prince George’s County participated in an academic development program that served as the genesis for the establishment of the coalition. They competed on the field while “barnstorming” throughout the DMV for games during the summer.However, the players also participated in a Scholastic Aptitude Testing Program at the church for 12 weeks over three years. The synergy between the athletics and academics for that group of players helped prepare them for the road to college. Several players part of the initial group would head to schools such as the U.S. Air Force Academy and Morehouse College to pursue their college degrees not just as athletes.“Sports is one thing, but academics will carry you which is what we’re trying to stress,” Bryson told the {AFRO}. “It was a lot easier to get the kids to participate in the learning phase when their peers were a part of the program.”There are many organizations in the community that provide academic and athletic options for youth as individuals and the Coalition is working to connect students with groups that will able to provide additional information and services. For example, organizations with athletic–based programs can expose their participants to services offered by an academic-based program. Those programs can include everything from college preparatory test tutoring to advising families about the NCAA eligibility clearinghouse requirements for potential college student-athletes.“Most groups are focused on the specific activities of their respective organizations, but the Coalition’s focus is on addressing issues that concern everyone,” Bryson said. “The basic premise of establishing the Coalition is the belief that collectively, organizations can be more effective in addressing concerns and issues that have an impact on the community, if there is a positive atmosphere of collaboration.”The Coalition is also serving as the advocate for the various needs related to youth sports programs in P.G. County. The Coalition assists by lobbying to improve facilities and interacts with various state and county officials to engage them in addressing issues of concern for high school sports participants as well. In addition to providing academic support and access to potential scholarship opportunities, one of its goals is to make access to quality fields a priority for all sports participants.The greatest challenge that faces the Coalition is developing corporate partnerships to help sponsor the programs Dr. Bryson and his group are working to establish. Grantors typically look favorably on civic organizations that partner with other groups to address community needs and services. The Coalition helps facilitate these partnerships.“We are aware of the various needs related to youth programs,” Bryson said. “We are working to identify grant-funding sources from various government and non-profit organizations.”last_img read more

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Expand Refi Opportunities

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Expand Refi Opportunities Lawmakers introduced a new bill on Monday with plans to once more revamp the Home Affordable Refinance Program for current borrowers with eligible loans with “”Fannie Mae””: and “”Freddie Mac””:[IMAGE]Sens. “”Barbara Boxer””: and “”Robert Menendez””:, among others, drafted the Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act to increase lender competition, open up refinance opportunities to all current borrowers with government-backed mortgages, and strike through appraisal costs and upfront fees on home loans.[COLUMN_BREAK]Menendez said in a statement that passing the bill “”will get rid of the red tape that leaves millions of borrowers… trapped in higher interest loans, put money back into the pockets of middle class families and strengthen our economy. I’m asking Republicans to join us in putting families first.””If the bill passes the House ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô an unlikely feat, given election-year partisanship and unyielding Republican opposition ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô lenders will begin to compete more often with other lenders that typically face tough underwriting standards.Underwater borrowers would also benefit from expanded eligibility. The bill would do away with equity thresholds responsible for encumbering borrowers, giving those most affected by the financial crisis and sweeping losses in equity the opportunity to refinance their home loans.Borrowers with less than 20 percent equity on their homes would face lower upfront fees, and the bill would get rid of manual appraisal fees for those trapped in underwater neighborhoods.This bill is a win-win-win: homeowners will have more money in their pockets, Fannie and Freddie will see fewer foreclosures, and the housing market and economy will be strengthened. That’s why the Menendez-Boxer bill has such broad support from industry and consumer groups,”” Boxer added. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Freddie Mac HARP Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Regulation Service Providers 2012-09-10 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Share September 10, 2012 413 Views last_img read more