Canadian general named honorary parade marshal to mark 1919 Victory Stampede

first_imgCALGARY — This year’s Calgary Stampede parade will be marking the 100th anniversary of what was called the Victory Stampede after the First World War.The event in 1919 was the first after the Great War and was officially opened by Brig.-Gen. H.F. McDonald, who was commanding Military District 13 at Camp Sarcee in Calgary.The Victory Stampede offered a place for everyone to come together and build community at a time of difficulty.Brig.-Gen. Stephen Lacroix, Commander 3rd Canadian Division, has been named honorary parade marshal for this year’s event.To acknowledge First World War soldiers, Lacroix will ride in the parade escorted by two officers from the Lord Strathcona Mounted Troop.The Royal Canadian Mint is also to unveil a silver collector coin next month to mark the Victory Stampede.“It is a privilege to continue the Canadian Army’s long partnership with the Calgary Stampede,” said Lacroix.“2019 is a year of great significance for 3rd Canadian Division and our participation in the 100th anniversary of the Victory Stampede both honours and celebrates this.”Canadian actress Amber Marshall from the long-running CBC drama series “Heartland” was named official parade marshal earlier this month.The Stampede will run from July 5 to July 14. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Province announces funding to redevelop Dawson Creek Hospital

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix was in Dawson Creek Wednesday to announce funding to redevelop the Dawson Creek Hospital.The redeveloped hospital will include a new inpatient building, a bigger emergency department, modern operating rooms and more beds.  Northern Health and the Province are now working on the business plan and finalizing the details of the redevelopment, which should take anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Once that has been completed, the project will go to construction in early 2021.With support from the local community, Northern Health has identified the hospital for renewal, as a priority, since 2008. The Dawson Creek and District Hospital Master Program and Master Plan was completed in December 2013. Northern Health submitted a concept plan for a redeveloped hospital in September 2015, but it did not receive consideration for advancement in the capital planning process. Upon request of the government, Northern Health provided an updated plan in March 2018. “I am proud to announce that the government has approved the concept plan to redevelop and expand the Dawson Creek and District Hospital. That means the project is a go and we are moving full steam ahead,” Dix said.“This day has been a long, long, long time coming. Our government approved this project so patients can receive public health-care services in updated, state-of-the-art surroundings. The South Peace region, its patients and health-care workers deserves nothing less.”“We’re so pleased to receive this announcement from the Province of B.C. that commits to improvements to our facility, services and care of patients at Dawson Creek and District Hospital,” said Colleen Nyce, Northern Health board chair. “This project will support our pledge to take a person- and family-centred approach to everything we do in a modern and up-to-date setting.”“The Peace River Regional Hospital District joins in celebrating that the much-needed improvements to Dawson Creek and District Hospital are moving forward,” said Brad Sperling, Peace River Regional Hospital District chair. “A redeveloped and expanded hospital in Dawson Creek will ensure that health-care services meet the needs of our residents well into the future. I would like thank the City of Dawson Creek and the PRRD board of directors for working together with the Province to see this much-needed project come to reality.”last_img read more

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MP Ghost patients in hospital SC bars it from admitting students

first_imgNew Delhi: In a real life plot resembling the Sanjay Dutt starrer film Munna Bhai MBBS, a medical college in Bhopal allegedly admitted fake and ghost patients to comply with minimum requirements of Medical Council of India, a CBI inquiry has found.On the basis of the findings of the agency, the Supreme Court has barred RKDF Medical College Hospital and Research Centre from admissions in its first year MBBS course for the next two years 2018-19 and 2019-20. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The apex court has also directed its Secretary General to initiate prosecution against the Dean of the college S S Kushwaha and imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore for playing fraud on it. The apex court has directed the college to refund the fee paid by the students for the academic year 2017-19 along with a compensation of Rs one lakh to each student. The inquiry found that the college misled the Supreme Court by manipulating and filing of fabricated records. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The assertion made by the college regarding the genuineness of the patients in the hospital turned out to be false in the enquiry conducted by the Committee which was comprised of the officers of the CBI and medical experts,” an official said. The Central Government and Medical Council of India had highlighted before the Supreme Court gross mal-practices in the college and inadequate infrastructure and patients to impart education to MBBS students. This was contested by the college which had challenged the report of the Government and the MCI. In order to verify the allegations against the college, the Supreme Court in 2017 had constituted a committee headed by a senior officer deputed by the CBI Director and two doctors of the AIIMS recommended by the AIIMS Director. The CBI registered a preliminary enquiry and submitted its report before the Supreme Court last year which included opinion of AIIMS doctors. “The Committee exposes the evil design of the college in resorting to deceitful methods to cheat the authorities concerned and this court to secure permission for admission of students. Apart from the prosecution of the Dean, the college is liable to be suitably punished for committing perjury,” the court said. The MCI in its inspection in 2015 had found that the college, for the purpose of granting admission for 2014-15, admitted fake patients and others who were without any significant illness. The matter went to number of litigations in various courts before Supreme Court constituted a committee under the CBI to look into the claims of the hospital in 2017. The allegation was corroborated by the Supreme Court appointed committee comprising CBI officer and AIIMS doctors which went through medical sheets of 436 patients shown to be admitted in the hospital in September 2017 when it carried out inspection. During inspection it found that the number of patients was abysmally low while medical files were not in conformity with the actual number of patients. Going through records collected by the committee, Surgical disciplines Professor in AIIMS went through 96 medical sheets of the patients on bed in 2017 and raised serious doubts over “genuineness of the patients actually admitted”. Similar views were expressed by AIIMS experts in Gynaecology, Oral surgery, Ophthalmic sciences, dermatology, Paediatrics, General medicine, orthopaedics and ENT departments. The experts found the spectrum of patients shown to be admitted by college as inadequate for MBBS education. After the report was filed before the Supreme Court, the college gave an unconditional apology to the apex court requesting to give a quietus to the matter. “The brazen manner in which the college has indulged in relying upon manipulated records to mislead this court for the purpose of getting favourable order deserves to be dealt with a serious manner,” the Supreme Court said. The court said it has noticed a disturbing trend of some medical colleges in projecting fake faculty and patients for obtaining permission for admission of students.alast_img read more

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UN officials warn of escalating human rights violations across Middle East

United Nations human rights officials today voiced deep concern about the situation in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, where rights violations have escalated as governments respond to ongoing protests for greater democracy and reform with deadly crackdowns.The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said it has received reports that the Bab Amr residential district of the Syrian city of Homs was shelled on Wednesday and that many opposition leaders and activists have been across the country.Figures issued by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) indicate that between 700 and 850 people have been killed since the demonstrations began in mid-March, and that thousands more have been arrested.“We cannot verify these numbers for sure, but believe they are likely to be close to reality,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva.“These are extremely worrying reports and we urge the Government to exercise utmost restraint, cease the use of force and of mass arrests to silence opponents.”The UN Human Rights Council has ordered a fact-finding mission to Syria to assess the situation on the ground, and Mr. Colville said OHCHR was in contact with the Government to obtain their full cooperation.The mission – which will travel to Syria and neighbouring countries – will be held by Kyung-wha Kang, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, and “should be ready to deploy as soon as we are granted access.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has spoken by telephone with President Bashar al-Assad on several occasions during the crisis, this week urged him to cooperate with the human rights mission and with a separate planned humanitarian mission to the southern city of Deraa, where fighting has been particularly intense.The protests in Syria are part of a broader pro-democracy movement that has erupted across the Middle East and North Africa since the start of the year. Long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt have been toppled and open conflict continues in Libya.Mr. Colville said today that OHCHR continues to receive disturbing reports that hundreds of people detained in connection with Bahrain’s protest movement – including medical professionals, opposition politicians and human rights defenders – are being denied their legal rights to due process.“We have worrying reports of severe torture and that, so far, four detainees have died while in custody,” he said.“We reiterate our call for prompt, impartial and transparent investigations into these allegations of grave human rights violations. We are deeply concerned about the reported scale of arbitrary detention and of the trials of civilians before military courts leading to life imprisonment and death sentences, which we have already said is illegal.”Mr. Colville said reports indicated that peaceful demonstrations may take place today in Bahrain and he urged security forces not to use force against the protesters.OHCHR also spoke out about reports of rights violations and continued killings in Yemen, the poorest country in the region.Mr. Colville said the situation was difficult to assess because of a lack of access to the country and to affected areas in particular.The Yemeni Government has informed the office that its staff can visit at the end of next month, but Mr. Colville stressed that “we stand ready to deploy urgently so that our human rights officers can independently assess the situation.” 13 May 2011The United Nations human rights office voices deep concern about the situation in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, where violations are on the rise as governments crack down against protest movements. read more

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Mahinda says protest was only the beginning more to come

He said the Government is delaying holding the Local Government elections and is also not recognising the strength of the joint opposition in Parliament.“For the Government a group of 16 MPs and 6 MPs are more important than 70 joint opposition members in Parliament,” he said. He said the Government was looking to divide the country and also burden the public by imposing new taxes. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the ‘Jana Balaya’ protest staged today was only the beginning and that there was more to come in the efforts to topple the Government.Speaking to his supporters near the Lake House roundabout, Rajapaksa said that the protest walk organised by the joint opposition was a huge success. The former President said that the country was moving towards dictatorial rule and that must be stopped. Mahinda Rajapaksa said that if not for him the current administration would not be able to travel to the North.He said the campaign to overthrow the Government will continue and he urged the public to support his campaign till the end. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UNP MPs Palitha Thewarapperuma Heshan Withanage arrested

He accused the two MPs of being involved in the assault.The two MPs were granted bail after being produced in court. (Colombo Gazette) United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarians Palitha Thewarapperuma and Heshan Withanage were arrested today over an assault on a retired Army officer linked to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.Retired Major Ajith Prasanna had complained to the Police that he was assaulted in front of Temple Trees recently.

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Eldorado lowers capital expenditure cuts exploration budget on low gold prices

Eldorado lowers capital expenditure, cuts exploration budget on low gold prices VANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD) said Tuesday it was reducing its 2013 capital budget by $240 million and delaying work on some projects to adjust to declines in gold prices.The move was well received by the markets, which reacted by pushing the company’s stock up more than four per cent or 30 cents to $7.07 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Vancouver-based miner cut its overall capital plan for this year to US$430 million from US$670 million, and said it would focus on mine site and brown fields exploration.It also announced it would delay a full expansion of its Kisladag project in Turkey until prices strengthened, and set a new exploration budget of US$51 million for 2013 instead of the planned US$98.5 million.Chief executive Paul Wright said the company revised the plan to ensure it can develop its business based on a gold price of $1,250 an ounce for the foreseeable future, adding he expects 2014 exploration spending to be at or below the new level.“With the company’s strong balance sheet and low production costs, the company remains well equipped to grow its high quality business, albeit at a slower pace than previously envisaged,” he said in a statement.“The company’s mines continue to deliver in accordance with plan, in terms of both production and costs underpinning Eldorado’s ability to progress its development projects.”John Ing, president of Maison Placements Canada in Toronto, called the reductions a smart move, noting they are part of a shift toward profitability throughout the entire sector.“Cutting back, slowing down Kisladag, are the moves that he should (be making),” said Ing.“It’s a recognition of the reality that capital is scarce and the fact that the stock has reacted favourably is positive.”Over the past few years, the emphasis in the gold mining industry has been on growth, he added, but that growth came “at any cost.”“What we saw was near $20 billion worth of writeoffs in just a matter of weeks because a lot of those acquisitions turned out to be not only overpriced and overvalued,” Ing said.“The mining executives just tried to over achieve.”With the collapse of the gold price, the industry itself has realized the focus should be on profitably, he said.Eldorado said it still plans to replace the existing mining fleet at Kisladag with larger loading and haulage equipment and continue with the electrification of the mine. It will also continue work on an amended Environmental Impact Assessment application for the full expansion, which it expects to get approval for by year end.But it will delay its Skouries, Perama and Certej projects by about a year.Its year-end production guidance remains at 745,000 ounces of gold with cash costs of $520 and ounce, which is in line with original guidance provided of 705,000 to 760,000 ounces at cash costs of $515 to 530 an ounce.Wright said the company’s dividend policy will be reviewed by its board of directors at an upcoming quarterly board meeting to ensure it “fits the company’s current development spending plans.”Eldorado is a gold producing, exploration and development company with operations in Turkey, China, Greece, Brazil and Romania.— By Romina Maurino in Toronto. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2013 10:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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In bid to fight art fraud Sothebys acquires forensic lab

by Ula Ilnytzky, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2016 7:40 pm MDT In bid to fight art fraud, Sotheby’s acquires forensic lab NEW YORK, N.Y. – In bid to fight art fraud, Sotheby’s announced Monday that it had purchased a forensics firm whose founder once helped the auction house belatedly identify a $10 million painting as a fake.Sotheby’s said that Orion Analytical, based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, will be folded into the company and its founder, the artist, conservator and forensic scientist James Martin, will lead a new scientific research department charged with making sure the works the auction house deals with are authentic.The purchase comes amid a number of recent art forgeries in the art world, including a supposed Old Master painting that was sold by Sotheby’s to an art collector for $10 million in a private sale in 2011.In March of this year, Sotheby’s declared “Portrait of a Man” by Frans Hals a fake after questions arose about its authenticity. An in-depth technical analysis by Orion, reviewed by another conservation scientist, confirmed the suspicion. The forger remains unknown.Sotheby’s said Monday that the acquisition of Orion and Martin’s appointment would add to collectors’ confidence in the auction house.Martin, who founded Orion Analytical in 1990, has analyzed the chemical and structural composition of disputed artworks for clients around the world, including private collectors, museums, galleries and the FBI.“Rather than being retained on a series of one-off assignments when issues arise, Jamie will be establishing a set of protocols to determine which works should be examined proactively, as well as training our specialist staff to identify potential issues, placing us in a position to provide even greater service to our clients,” in the areas of art, objects and wine, Sotheby’s said.New York art attorney Peter Stern called Sotheby’s move “brilliant” and said Martin was “one of the most highly respected art analysts in the world.”Among his nearly 2,000 investigations, Martin examined the paintings in a sensational art fraud case involving the once highly respected Knoedler & Company, a Manhattan gallery accused of selling forged fakes of modern masters like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko for millions of dollars.The 150-year-old gallery closed in 2011. The bogus paintings, created by a Chinese immigrant in New York City, were sold between 1994 and 2011. The civil trial ended in a settlement in February. The terms were not disclosed.“Knoedler’s lesson may well be that art attorneys need to educate clients who are buying artworks to require warranties relating to authenticity,” Chicago-based art attorney Scott Hodes said. “The Orion Analytical acquisition has spotlighted this need.”“Sotheby’s will definitely be in a better position than its competition to detect forgeries,” he added.Artworks have long been authenticated based on provenance, style, and paint pigments. But in an art market where buyers think nothing of spending several millions of dollars on one piece of art, scientific examination that uses state-of-the-art technical imaging, molecular analysis, magnified visual inspection and other sophisticated methods, adds another layer of assurance that a work is real. It also can protect buyers and sellers from monetary losses and protect the integrity of artists and their works.Martin has taught at The Getty Conservation Institute and The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute and will continue to teach and consult with museums and conservators as part of his work at Sotheby’s.“The range of works offered by Sotheby’s, as well as the breadth of existing expertise and experience, provides for a unique opportunity to leverage my capabilities across the company’s global platform,” Martin said in a statement. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Denouncing US decision to pull out of nuclear deal Iranian President says

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate, delivered hours after President Trump from the same podium accused his country of spreading “chaos, death and destruction” in the Middle East, Mr. Rouhani said it was unfortunate that international leaders trampled international law and encouraged extremist, racist and xenophobic tendencies, “not far from Nazism”. In particular, he said it was preposterous that such leaders would be convening on Wednesday of a high-level meeting of the Security Council devoted to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.The United States, “at least the current administration,” seemed determined that international institutions will be paralyzed, Mr. Rouhani said. He lamented the recent withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in defiance of international law and the obligations of Mr. Trump’s predecessor.The JCPOA – reached by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US and the European Union – sets out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring restrictions placed on Iran’s nuclear programme, while paving the way for the lifting of UN sanctions against the country.He praised, however, the “united and categorical” position of the international community vis-à-vis the US withdrawal and recalled that the Plan of Action had been unanimously endorsed by the Security Council in its resolution 2231 (2015).Iran had honored its commitments under this Plan of Action, as shown by 12 reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), while the United States has failed to respect its own, under misleading motives, said Mr. Rouhani. He urged the UN to ensure that no State could evade the implementation of its international commitments, before denouncing US threats against countries implementing resolution 2231.Denouncing US unilateral sanctions, the Iranian President said no nation could be forced to negotiate by force. There is nothing better than dialogue, as long as it takes place in both directions, he said.“We invite you to return to the bargaining table that you have left. If you do not like this Plan of Action because it is the fruit of your political opponents, then come back to the resolution, return to international organizations, do not impose sanctions,” he said, adding that sanctions and extremism are two sides of the same coin.The Iranian President said the two sides could still listen. “I’m starting the dialogue right here,” he said, stressing that the UN is not part of the US administration. “The dialogue can be resumed at the same point and by the same person who left the negotiating table”. This requires a cessation of threats, he said. read more

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Fridays Daily Brief human rights in Sudan sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and

Carlos Ruiz Massieu, who heads the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, told the Security Council about the latest developments in the country’s peace process implementation. He emphasized the need for the Statutory Law – which is the last missing element to enable the Special Jurisdiction for Peace to operate with independence and autonomy – to be put in place so the peace process can move forward.Colombian President Iván Duque has delayed the process by objecting to six articles of the draft Statutory Law; the Chamber of Representatives rejected these said objections earlier this week. Now, the Senate’s decision on these objections is pending.The Special Jurisdiction for Peace is a critical component of the peace process as it is the transitional body in charge of deciding responsibility for crimes committed during the armed conflict. The body started working over a year ago and has now initiated seven large cases concerning “significant violations affecting 820,000 victims.”“In a climate of uncertainty – for victims, for those subject to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, for FARC members awaiting funding for social and economic reintegration and for communities who have suffered from the conflict – the greatest uncertainty would be to reopen core elements of the underlying Peace Agreement itself,” said Mr. Ruiz Massieu, calling for the Security Council’s “firm and unified support”. Sudan’s military has an “overarching duty” to refrain from using violence against protesters and ensure that their human rights are protected amid concerns of a further escalation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.Her comments followed the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir, announced on State television on Thursday, accompanied by the declaration from the defence minister, that a military council would govern the country for up to two years. The full story here.From ‘dead on the inside’ to ‘truly alive’: Survivor of genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda recounts her story as UN marks 25th anniversary Concern continues to grow for civilians in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli, amid reports of increasingly heavy fighting on the outskirts of the city, between government and opposition forces.In an update from Tripoli on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that airstrikes and heavy artillery had been deployed during clashes between the internationally-recognized Government forces and the self-styled Libyan National Army, or LNA.Here’s WHO’s Dr Jaffar Hussain Syed, speaking from the capital: “Our major worry of escalation is increasing the airstrikes which we have witnessed in the last few days; they have increased from both sides and heavy artillery.  If at all the LNA forces manage to cross the current front line and come closer to the more densely populated city areas that obviously will increase the chaos inside the centre of Tripoli and will obviously end up with more casualties. But so far the centre of Tripoli is relatively calm and we have not witnessed any direct artillery shells coming or airstrikes taking place on the centre of Tripoli.”Since clashes erupted a week ago, hundreds of people have been injured and dozens have died, including seven civilians – four of them health workers. More than 9,500 people have also fled fighting – 3,500 in the last 24 hours.Head of UN mission in Colombia updates Security Council on peace process “Miraculously I had no machete marks” a survivor of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda told a solemn United Nations event in New York on Friday, 25 years on, to remember the systematic killing of more than one million people, over less than three months.“Most of the survivors we have today were broken in their bodies and their souls”, Esther Mujawayo-Keiner told those gathered in the General Assembly Hall.More details here.Five years since mass-abduction of Nigeria’s Chibok girls In Nigeria, it’s been almost five years since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by armed separatists Boko Haram in the town of Chibok. Today, more than 100 of the abducted girls remain missing.Those that have been rescued or escaped, have been receiving help from UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, which says that since 2013, more than 3,500 children have been recruited and used by non-state armed groups in the north-east of the country.It has warned that these numbers are only those that have been verified, while the true figures are likely to be higher. In addition to these children, last year, 432 children were killed and maimed, 180 were abducted, and 43 girls were sexually abused in this conflict-wracked part of the Lake Chad region.Ahead of the 14 April Chibok anniversary, UNICEF appealed to all parties to the on-going violence, to end violations against children and to stop targeting civilian infrastructure, including schools.This is the only way to make lasting improvements in the lives of children in this devastated part of Nigeria, it said in a statement.UN chief condemns attack in PakistanThe UN Spokesperson issued a statement saying the Secretary-General is shocked at today’s attack in Quetta, Pakistan. He strongly condemns this cowardly act and extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan.  He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. The United Nations expresses its fully solidarity with the Government of Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.Airstrikes and heavy artillery exchanges increase fears of ‘chaos’ in Libya’s Tripoli Sudan military committed to ‘ensuring stability’ and ‘peaceful transition’ says senior diplomat, as UN rights chief appeals for protesters’ rights to be upheld read more

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Ohio State stays alive at Big Ten tournament with Dawsons 10th inning

OSU junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson walks away from the plate during a game against Rutgers on April 15 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn its second game on Saturday and fourth game in four days, No. 4 seed Ohio State Buckeyes avoided elimination once again by defeating the No. 7 seed Michigan State Spartans on a game-winning homerun in the 10th inning off the bat of junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson. The Buckeyes’ victory in the Big Ten semifinal forces a second game with MSU on Sunday morning to determine who will play the eighth-seeded Hawkeyes in the one-game Big Ten final.Since OSU’s first game of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday against Michigan, coach Greg Beals drew the path for his Buckeyes to reach the Big Ten final. A ninth-inning collapse against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday created a detour littered with adversity to reach the championship game, but OSU had stepped up time and time again.Dawson’s home run was his 10th hit of the tournament, leading all Buckeye hitters. He powered OSU to a victory over Big Ten regular season champ Minnesota on an identical home run in the same inning just a week ago. Dawson has become OSU’s leader on the field through its Big Ten tournament run and seems to come through at the most important times.MSU was playing its third game of the tournament, so its pitching staff was rested and ready to go. Out of necessity, Beals had to pencil in senior pitcher Daulton Mosbarger for his first start in his career with the Buckeyes. It was a classic cat-and-mouse game. When OSU scored, the Spartans retaliated. MSU took the lead in the third, OSU came right back to knot things at 2-2 in the top of the fourth. Each team traded blows throughout seven innings. After Mosbarger left in the fifth inning allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out five, redshirt sophomore Kyle Michalik took the reigns and ended all chances of MSU scoring the go-ahead run.Spartans redshirt sophomore reliever Jake Lowry was equally as impressive out of the bullpen. In the eighth, OSU junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson smacked a leadoff double down the right field line for his ninth hit of the tournament. Lowry came back with two straight strikeouts to end the Buckeye threat.Coming in for Michalik was sophomore pitcher Seth Kinker, who was on the hill when Iowa started its miraculous comeback and devastated the Buckeyes. Beals still had confidence in his pitcher to give his team a chance to survive and advance. Kinker delivered a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts, and with the go-ahead run on second base in the ninth inning, Kinker fielded a ground ball back to the mound and alertly caught the MSU runner between base paths which ended up in a double play to clear the bases. Kinker struck out the next batter, which set the stage for Dawson to become the hero.Redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos was credited with the save in the 10th, and the Buckeyes advance to the final day of the tournament.The victory improves the Buckeyes record to 41-18-1, likely putting them firmly in the NCAA tournament picture.Austin Woodby will start for OSU against the Spartans on Sunday at 10 a.m. for the right to go to the Big Ten tournament final. read more

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Dale Winton died of natural causes coroner finds

“While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.” Christopher Biggins and Claire Sweeney arrive for the funeral of Dale WintonCredit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA Dale Winton was found to have died from natural causes, the much-loved presenter’s agent has said.The Supermarket Sweep star was found dead at a house in north London, which he had moved into just weeks earlier, in April, aged 62.The office of Dale Winton’s long-time agent, Jan Kennedy, told the Press Association “that the coroner investigating the death of Dale Winton has found death by natural causes”.Winton became a household name with game shows such as Supermarket Sweep, Touch The Truck and the National Lottery game show In It To Win It.Supermarket Sweep, which saw contestants run around a mocked-up shop collecting shopping items, was a hit in the 1990s and was later revived. David Walliams, Martine McCutcheon and Christopher Biggins were among the stars who attended a humanist service in central London in May, on what would have been Winton’s 63rd birthday.The send-off included a performance of One Love by boyband Blue and an impersonation of Winton courtesy of Jon Culshaw.Kennedy previously said in a statement to the Press Association: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Christopher Biggins and Claire Sweeney arrive for the funeral of Dale Winton In 2016, Winton opened up about his battle with depression, triggered by a break-up.”Listen, there are worse things in the world – but I had depression and I didn’t realise,” he told Loose Women.Scotland Yard previously said the star’s death was being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious. After the sudden news of his death, Paul O’Grady, Davina McCall, Graham Norton, Laurence Fox, Les Dennis, Jack Whitehall and Paddy McGuinness were among those to pay tribute to the man David Walliams described as “always outrageous and hilarious”. read more

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Council says some Dubliners face water shutoff on Sunday

first_imgPARTS OF SOUTH Dublin will be hit by major problems with the water supply for a period of around eighteen hours on Sunday.Dublin City Council said essential works mean there will be reduced pressure and a loss of supply from 6am until midnight.The areas likely to be affected are between Rathmines Road and Ranelagh Road in Dublin 6, and between Chelmsford Avenue and Leeson Street Upper, as well as all surrounding areas, the Council said in a statement.Mobile water tankers will be brought to areas where they are needed in response to requests from the general public and businesses.Dublin City Council said the works are needed to significantly improve the water pressure in the area. The council apologised for the disruption to service and said all efforts will be made to carry out the work in the shortest possible timeframe.Read: Gut infection outbreak in Roscommon caused by water supply > Read: Health risks in hospital baby baths discovered in random inspection >last_img read more

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New push for downsizing of health system

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos met with hospital directors and other officials on Tuesday to discuss the blueprint for reducing the capacity at state hospitals as part of cost-cutting measures.Lykourentzos outlined to the health officials what steps should be taken to reduce capacity by 661 clinics and 11,000 hospital beds. There are currently some 2,500 clinics and 46,000 hospital beds. The meeting was called a few days after health officials admitted that efforts to merge and close down departments had been incorrectly planned, leaving some hospitals exposed.“With the hospitals’ management, we are watching the implementation of reforms closely with open minds,” said Lykourentzos after the meeting. “We have the determination to tackle any weaknesses or imbalances.”Speaking to NET TV on Monday night, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras suggested Greece should do more to use its public healthcare capacity to treat foreigners, thereby earning revenues from social insurance funds outside the country.Stournaras pointed to the example of Greece having recently treated Libyan fighters who took part in the overthrow of the Ghadafi regime.Lykourentzos also met on Tuesday with representatives from the Pharmacists’ Association, which the government has accused of standing in the way of members who want to stay open for longer hours. Neither side made any statements after the meeting.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 Karan Wahi is the new Mr Bajaj set

first_imgKaran WahiFacebookEver since Ekta Kapoor announced on beginning the hunt for new Mr Bajaj in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 on Instagram, several names have cropped up to play the iconic character earlier essayed by Ronit Roy in the first part.Sharing an old video of Ronit as Mr Bajaj, Ekta wrote on social media: “The time has come ! To say bye to @ronitboseroy as d iconic mr bajaj ! N d search for d new one@begins! I have cast ( n not ‘casted’ As someone told me) Ronit in many roles but this remains our most iconic one together @iam_ejf @the_parthsamthaan @realhinakhan @poojabanerjeee @subhavi all have been perfect as anurag Prerna komo Nivi .. willl bajaj match up( hmmmm).”And now, rumour has it that Karan Wahi has bagged the role, SpotboyE reported. If everything goes as planned, the handsome actor will sign the contract soon and will be seen reprising the role of Mr Bajaj and even romance Erica Fernandes aka Prerna on Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2.Meanwhile, Erica celebrated her birthday on May 7 with co-star Parth Samthaan aka Anurag Basu. The actors, who are rumoured to be dating in real life, took a break from their hectic work schedule and flew off to Mussoorie to celebrate the special day.Erica took to Instagram to share every detail of her Mussoorie trip with Parth. From gorging on some delicious pizza to cutting the birthday cake at midnight, both Erica and Parth made sure to keep their fans updated on all that went down at the special birthday bash away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai city.last_img read more

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Finalist To Be Announced For NASAs Fourth New Frontiers Mission

first_imgThe Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital ATK’s eighth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)NASA is set to announce the finalists for the next “New Frontiers” mission. 12 groups have been competing for this expedition.According to NASA, each New Frontiers mission is led by a “principal investigator” (PI) who takes responsibility for managing the project within designated cost and schedule limits. NASA says this will be the fourth mission in this series of spacecraft that have a development cost cap of  approximately $1 billion, which is a medium-size planetary mission cost by NASA standards.The finalists are: Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission DirectorateJim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA HeadquartersCurt Niebur, New Frontiers program scientist at at NASA HeadquartersPrincipal investigators of the selected missions NASA will choose among six possible destinations for the winning mission.Comet Surface Sample ReturnLunar South Pole-Aitken Basin Sample ReturnOcean Worlds (Titan and/or Enceladus)Saturn ProbeTrojan Tour and RendezvousVenus In Situ ExplorerThe winning group will be announced in 2019 and is expected to launch in the mid 2020’s. Sharelast_img read more

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Full Show Lessons From Hurricane Alicia And Celebrating Anett Cobb Aug 10

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:09 center_img X On Friday’s Houston Matters: We turn to Party Politics co-host Brandon Rottinghaus for analysis of Attorney General Jeff Sessions visit to Houston to discuss  the federal government targeting so-called sanctuary cities to crack down on violent crime. Sessions spoke in downtown Houston this morning.We look back at lessons learned from Hurricane Alicia in 1983 in the latest installment of Houston Public Media’s podcast, Hurricane Season.Also this hour: From a fight over a Twitter handle, to watching movies on a Houston rooftop, our rotating panel of “non-experts” discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news.And local musicians celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Houston jazz legend Arnett Cobb.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

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After Five Years NY Police Officer Who Chokes Eric Garner to Death

first_imgBy Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire ContributorOn August 19, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Pantaleo choked Eric Garner, 43, to death on a sidewalk in Staten Island New York on July 17, 2014, after Pantaleo stopped Garner for selling loose cigarettes.The video of Garner begging for his life and repeating the words “I can’t breathe” eleven times, catapulted the case into the national spotlight and made it an often-mentioned example of police brutality.Pantaleo was later assigned to desk duty and had his salary raised. Five months after the Garner killing, a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo. Then-District Attorney Dan Donovan made the decision and was later elected to Congress.In his August 19 announcement, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said he expects rank and file officers to be upset with him for firing Pantaleo. “If I was still a cop, I would probably be mad at me.” Police in New York have long been accustomed to winning political battles in public and rarely does the Commissioner admit mistakes by individual officers.“In this case, the unintended consequence of Mr. Garner’s death must have a consequence of its own,” O’Neill stated. “There are absolutely no victors here today,” he added.(Photo: Eric Garner Protest 4th December 2014, Manhattan, NYC. This image was originally posted to Flickr by The All-Nite Images at https://flickr.com/photos/7278633@N04/15327384664. It was reviewed on 6 November 2015 by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-sa-2.0.)“After five long years, justice finally breathes. But firing this guy is just the beginning,” wrote Professor Ibram Kendi of American University moments after the news was released.The head of the Police union in New York had another view.“He will lose his police department,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the city’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.Eric Garner’s death on video at the hands of Pantaleo occurred less than a month before the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. by police Officer Darren Wilson.Lauren Victoria BurkeLauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and writer for NNPA as well as a political analyst and strategist as Principal of Win Digital Media LLC. She may be contacted at LBurke007@gmail.com and on twitter at @LVBurkelast_img read more

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Playcrafting Teams With Bose to Invest in Game Developers

first_img“Games bring people of all ages, genders and ethnic and cultural backgrounds together the way nothing else can,” said Playcrafting founder Dan Butchko. “Playcrafting is all about giving developers – aspiring and established – the tools they need to succeed. We’re so excited to join Bose in bringing cutting edge technologies to more game creators and fans.”The Playcrafting/Bose partnership includes standalone programs and customized Bose integration opportunities that give creators access to the latest Bose AR wearables and developer tools.Here is the full schedule:Global Game Jam (January 25-27, New York) – Official site partner for the biggest Global Game Jam site in the United States and best AR game award sponsor.3rd Annual Bit Awards (February 1, New York) – Official event sponsor and best XR game category sponsor.Four Exclusive Bose AR Game Jams – Select developers from Boston, New York, and San Francisco will collaborate in their respective cities to create 20 original games using Bose AR technology in just two days.Bose AR-cade (March 21-31, PAX East – Boston; August, Play NYC – New York; August/September, PAX West – Seattle) – The 20 games created during the Bose AR Game Jams will be featured in the traveling Bose AR-cade, debuting at the gaming industry’s biggest expos – PAX East, Playcrafting’s 3rd Annual Play NYC, and PAX West.3rd Annual Play NYC Convention (August, New York) – Official sponsor and partner of New York’s premier games convention. Presenter of the Bose AR City Block Experience – an immersive experience that will allow developers and consumers to explore the convention and New York city streets with Bose AR technology as their guide. Popular on Variety Playcrafting, a New York-based network with over 30,000 game developers, is teaming up with audio company Bose to invest in other creators across the U.S., it announced on Wednesday.Via the year-long collaboration, game developers will create 20 exclusive titles for the new Bose AR platform, a pair of sunglasses that claims to offer an “immersive audio experience.” The 20 games will be showcased in a traveling “Bose AR-cade” during some of the gaming industry’s biggest events in 2019.“We see the passion and creativity that game developers bring to their work, and we are excited about the opportunities that Bose AR presents to this community,” said Catharina Lavers Mallet, head of Bose Wearable and AR platform. “Our alliance with Playcrafting will provide added support to game developers as they build new and innovative experiences for this fast-growing industry.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Traffic cameras not happening anytime soon

first_imgAs authorities struggle to cut down road deaths, MPs learned on Friday that traffic cameras will not be up and running anytime soon.Speaking to reporters, House transport committee chairman Giorgos Prokopiou said they had been informed by ministry officials that they had not yet invited tenders.He said they have asked the transport minister to come to the committee in a month to give them more details about the conditions and how the new system will operate.Traffic cameras had been installed in 2006, helping cut down traffic collisions by 53 per cent. But technical issues and subsequent legal problems meant their removal and considerable delays in installing new ones.The state was now looking to install 90 fixed cameras and 20 mobile ones to catch speeding drivers and those running red lights.Ruling Disy MP Demetris Demetriou stressed the need for the systems to be up and running as soon as possible since it was a matter of safety and human lives.He said they were told that the ministry had finished drafting the technical conditions and was now ready to go to tenders.Edek MP Elias Myrianthous suggested that the system wouldn’t be ready anytime soon.He said the matter was long overdue but it looked like there wouldn’t even be a result in the next two years at the rate the procedures were going.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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