Ten senior Indian Administrative Service officers were transferred in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.The reshuffle, which was necessitated because of the retirement of senior IAS officers, comes within a week of the change in the Ministers in-charge of different districts in the State.R.P. Mondal, an IAS officer of the 1987 batch and currently posted as Chief Secretary in the State Forest Department, has been asked to take over as Principal Secretary of the Panchayat and Rural Development Department. Mr. Mondal will assume his new duties next month when the current Chief Secretary M.K. Raut retires. Mr. Mondal has also been given additional responsibility as Director of the State Institute of Rural Development.C.K.Khetan, an IAS officer of the 1987 batch and currently posted as Director of the State Administrative Academy, will replace Mr. Mondal as the Chief Secretary the Forest Department “until further orders”.Sonmani Bora, an IAS officer of the 1999 batch and currently posted as Secretary of the Social Welfare and Sports Department, has been posted as Secretary of the Water Resource Department and religious trusts.Devi Lal Singh, Secretary of the Cooperative and General Administration Department, has been posted as Secretary of the Commercial Tax and Excise Department. Avinash Champawat, an IAS officer of the 2003 batch and posted as Chhattisgarh’s Labour Commissioner, has been transferred to Sarguja as the Divisional Commissioner.Rita Shandilya, Divisional Commissioner of Sarguja, will take over as Special Secretary (with independent charge) of the General Administration and Cooperative Department.R. Prassna, an IAS officer of the 2004 batch and posted as Director of the Health Department, has been asked to take over as Special Secretary of the Social Welfare and Sports Department. R. Shangita, Special Secretary of the General Administration Department, has been transferred as Special Secretary of the Labour Department.Dharmesh Shahu, an IAS officer of the 2010 batch and Registrar of Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University in Raipur, has been posted as Director of the Sports Department and Deputy Secretary of the Cooperative Department. Sarveshwar Bhure has been transferred as Director of the National Rural Health Mission in Raipur.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that he was ‘really proud’ of his team after they beat Sri Lanka by a big margin of 7 wickets in Leeds on Saturday. Sri Lanka scored 264/7 batting first but twin centuries from openers KL Rahul (111) and Rohit Sharma (103) ensured that India finished off the chase with 39 balls to spare.At the post-match presentation, Kohli said that he didn’t expect such a commanding scoreline right before the all-important semi-finals.”We wanted to play good cricket. To be honest, we didn’t expect this kind of scoreline heading into the semis. But that’s what consistent performances and hard work get you. Really proud and happy of our team. Most amazing team to be a part of. It is a real honour to play for India,” said Kohli.Even though India have qualified for the semis, they will still have to wait for the result of the match between Australia and South Africa to know which team they would be facing in the last-4 stage. Kohli, on his part, is least bit bothered and said that India’s focus is on ‘playing good cricket as a team’.”It is just about turning up on the semifinal day and putting up a performance. The opposition has never mattered. We don’t focus on what the opposition brings to the table. If we don’t play well anyone can beat us and if we play well we can beat anyone. The focus has to be within and we are confident of our skill sets. We just want to go out there in the semifinal and express our skills and strengths as a team. So regardless of who we will play, we want to play good cricket and get the result our way,” said Kohli.advertisementKohli also heaped praise on all-rounder Hardik Pandya who has managed to combine his superb form with the bat with his bowling variations to emerge as a genuine wicket-taking option for the team.”He (Hardik Pandya) has been outstanding especially after being under the pump in the first 3-4 games, but he has come back beautifully, so he’s really motivated and is thinking like a batsman. He has a gut feel as to what the batter might do, so he’s trying different things. Even when he goes out to bat you can see that intent, he’s just switched on from ball one. It is amazing to have a cricketer like that who can bring in so much to the table. Hopefully two more performances from him and till now it has been wonderful to see his performances and passion for the team,” Kohli signed off by saying.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul hundreds help India crush Sri LankaAlso Read | Rohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single World Cup
India Today Web Desk PallekeleSeptember 6, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 22:24 IST Lasith Malinga became the 1st bowler to pick up 100 T20I wickets on Friday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLasith Malinga picked up his 2nd T20I hat-trick on FridayMalinga’s 5/6 helped Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in 3rd T20IMalinga became the 1st bowler to take 5 international hat-tricksYorker King Lasith Malinga was at his best in the 3rd T20I between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Pallekele on Friday and the apprentice Jasprit Bumrah was in awe of his master.Lasith Malinga demolished the New Zealand top-order with a historic hat-trick as he delivered a masterclass in bowling yorkers with the white-ball. Malinga went past Wasim Akram to become the 1st-ever bowler in international cricket to pick up 5 hat-tricks.Malinga did not stop with just a hat-trick as he went on to pick up 4 in 4, thereby becoming the only bowler to achieve the feat in international cricket twice.”History maker #Malinga. Simply amazing,” Bumrah wrote on social media, giving a 5-star rating to his Mumbai Indians’ teammate’s performance.History maker #Malinga. Simply amazingJasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) September 6, 2019Malinga finished with figures of 5/6 in his 4-over quota as the Sri Lanka captain left New Zealand in a lot of trouble in their 126-run chase.Malinga showed the world he is not done yet with perfectly-executed yorkers that left even the likes of Ross Taylor and Colin Munro baffled.The Sri Lanka captain, who also became the frist bowler to pick up 100 T20I wickets, started it all in the 3rd over of New Zealand’s chase by castling Colin Munro with an unplayable inswinging yorker. He then came up with a similiar delivery to Hamish Rutherford that trapped him in front.The hat-trick ball was a ripper as it was an outswinging yorker to right-hander Colin de Grandhomme. The New Zealand all-rounder had no clue as he heard the death rattle after which Malinga celebrated in delight.advertisementIn the final ball of the 3rd over, Malinga completed 4 wickets in as many balls with another toe-crushing yorker to Ross Taylor, New Zealand’s most experienced batsman. Taylor was given out LBW after he was struck plumb on his pads.Wow ! Malinga . 4 wickets in 4 balls for the second time in International cricket. Unbelievable #SLvNZMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 6, 2019Shall never forget the spell of commentary I did describing Lasith Malinga’s 4 in 4. It was a truly special moment in a commentators life.Roshan Abeysinghe (@RoshanCricket) September 6, 2019Malinga, who surpassed Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi’s tally of 97 scalps to become the leading wicket-taker in T20Is on Sunday, went past the 100-wicket mark on Friday in Pallekele.Malinga’s inspired spell gave Sri Lanka a consolation win in the T20I series. New Zealand had won the first 2 T20Is to seal the 3-match series as early as Sunday.Chasing 126, New Zealand were bowled for 88 in 16 overs, thanks to Lasith Malinga’s heroics in Pallekele.Also Read | Only Test: Rashid Khan bags 4 wickets as Afghanistan leave Bangladesh reeling on Day 2Also Read | Darren Gough picks Jasprit Bumrah to win battle against Steve SmithAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Lasith MalingaFollow Sri Lanka vs New ZealandFollow PallekeleFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Lasith Malinga hat-trick commentary view more view less graphs scorecard No data available! Next Jasprit Bumrah gives 5-star rating to Lasith Malinga’s hat-trick vs New ZealandSri Lanka vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I: Jasprit Bumrah took to social media to congratulate his mentor and Mumbai Indians teammate Lasith Malinga after the Sri Lanka veteran went past Wasim Akram with his 5th international hat-trick on Friday. advertisement
The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home PrepDeck Makes Meal Prep Work a Breeze Taxa Outdoors’ Rugged Mantis Travel Trailer Just Got Even Better Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market The Ooni 3 Portable Pizza Oven Produces Perfect Pies on the Go Editors’ Recommendations Here at The Manual, it’s no secret we love to cook outdoors. Whether it’s grilling or hovering over a camp stove, few things beat the satisfaction of a great meal enjoyed under the open skies.One thing that isn’t so great: hauling all of the necessary gear to do so. It can take a dozen different pieces of gear to achieve that magical cookout experience.Our friends at iKamper (the same company that created the awesome SkyCamp), have come up with the EatOut, an all-in-one, self contained cooking box that can roll along for just about any tailgating or car camping experience. This aluminum box contains everything you’ll need to prep, cook, and store a day’s meals (everything except the kitchen sink).An expansive, full Birch plywood table (with a waterproof, easy-clean coating) folds out with enough room to seat four people. There are two gas burners set up as the second panel of the table. These burners feature an easy ignition and 8500 BTUs per unit. They’re compatible with any standard butane canister too.The smaller “Excursion” model has a 37-liter volume for storage, while the bigger “Expedition” tops out just under 51 liters. Both models weigh in excess of 15 lbs before filling, so it’s certainly more for stationary use.Just like the Skycamper, the EatOut can be upgraded with additional options: One is an attachable LED lantern with a telescopic stand that mounts onto the burner panel. It can be controlled via an app to modify brightness and the color of the light. The lantern is built to withstand rain, dust, and the general rough and tumble of the day’s events as well.Another upgrade is the built-in soft cooler that turns part of the storage volume into a well-insulated cold box. It’s removable and comes in two sizes to fit both models.EatOut is currently in the early stages of development. iKamper launched a Kickstarter campaign which, at the time of publication, was more than half-way funded with a month left to. The brand says it will produce five to 10 different colors of the unit, depending on the final level of support the Kickstarter receives. Prices start at $185; delivery is slated for May 2018.
The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs now has an actingexecutive director. Wayn Hamilton’s appointment was announcedtoday, Nov. 14, by African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister BarryBarnet. Mr. Hamilton was born in Beechville, Halifax Co., and holdsundergraduate degrees in arts and education from Dalhousie and amaster of arts in community development from the University ofGuelph. He has been seconded from the Department of Education,where he was a student service consultant in the African CanadianServices Division. With Education, Mr. Hamilton was involved in developing programsaimed at keeping black students in school. He also assisted inimplementing the recommendations of the Black Learners AdvisoryCommittee Report on Education. “We are very pleased that Mr. Hamilton has accepted thisassignment,” Mr. Barnet said. “With his solid background incommunity development, race relations and involvement ineducational issues related to young African Nova Scotians, he isthe right person to help this office become firmly establishedand operating.” Before joining the Department of Education, Mr. Hamilton workedwith CUSO West Africa in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ghana from1983 to 1996. He had earlier served as assistant director withthe Saint Mary’s University International Education Centre. Mr. Hamilton’s secondment begins on Monday, Nov. 17, and will befor a six-month period.
“Katie Challenge for Change” is a weeklong programming event airing the week of November 18-22, 2013, in which the “Katie” show will travel to five cities across the country and challenge communities to create positive changes, both big and small.With the help of Katie Couric’s special correspondent Cameron Hughes, the show partners with local charities in Denver, Detroit, New York, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. with one mission in mind — to inspire, involve and engage communities to help make a difference in their hometowns.The “Katie Challenge For Change” air schedule:• Monday, November 18 – Phoenix, Arizona • Tuesday, November 19 – Denver, Colorado • Wednesday, November 20 – Detroit, Michigan • Thursday, November 21 – Washington, D.C. • Friday, November 22 – New York, New YorkOn Monday, November 18, the show will collaborate with the world’s first food bank based in Phoenix, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, which was recently struck hard by the government shutdown and food stamp cutbacks, to try to obtain 1 million meals to help the community make it through the winter.On Tuesday, November 19 “Katie Challenge For Change” will be in Denver, joining forces with several local troops from The Girl Scouts of America to assist those affected by the devastating floods that hit the region in September. The show and the Girl Scouts partner with Coats for Colorado to help by aiming to collect 5000 winter coats at an Avalanche hockey game and other locations throughout Denver.Next stop is Detroit on Wednesday, November 20 where the show teams up with Alternatives for Girls, encouraging the community to come together to adopt one child’s Christmas list for $30.00 and/or make a donation with a goal to fulfill 200 lists.On Thursday, November 21, “Katie Challenge for Change” makes its second to last stop in Washington, D.C. where the community is urged to enrich the lives of inner city youth by making a donation of art supplies or donate any dollar amount in the attempt to stock the shelves at the Life Pieces To Masterpieces organization for a full year.On Friday, November 22, “Katie Challenge for Change” completes its mission to challenge communities in New York City, where participants are persuaded to make the effort to collect 1,000 turkeys in a community-wide “Turkey Crawl” organized throughout NYC for collaborating organization, The River Fund.“Katie” airs across the country in national syndication. Check your local listings for time and channel or go to www.KatieCouric.com.
Rabat – British Sound Energy has received Moroccan ministerial approval for its new eight-year petroleum agreement to drill for oil in Morocco’s eastern Tendrara region.Sound Energy announced the news today, October 16.The British company originally signed the new petroleum agreement, named “Greater Tendrara Petroleum Agreement,” with the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), Morocco’s regulator for petroleum operations, on August 31. The agreement pended ministerial approval to go into effect. Commenting on the Moroccan finance and energy ministries’ approval, James Parsons, Sound Energy’s CEO said, “The Greater Tendrara petroleum agreement has now become effective – securing Sound Energy’s rights to this potentially transformational acreage up to 2026.”“We look forward to commencement of our exploration drilling programme in the near future,” he added.Read also: Sound Energy Signs New 8-Year Petroleum Agreement with MoroccoThe agreement united the areas covered by the company’s Tendrara petroleum agreement in April 2013, the Matarka reconnaissance licence granted in July 2017, and the Anoual petroleum agreement, said the British company in statement published August 31.Following the petroleum agreement’s implementation, Sound Energy will hold a 47.5 percent share in the Greater Tendrara licensed area. The Texas-based Schlumberger company, a Sound Energy partner, holds 27.5 percent and ONHYM holds 25 percent.The project covers an area of approximately 14,500 square kilometers extending across eastern Morocco and “surrounding the development concession application area relating to the Tendrara gas discovery.”In September, Morocco’s Ministry of Energy gave Sound Energy a production concession for the company’s Tendrara natural gas discovery in eastern Morocco.Read also: Morocco Grants Production Concession to Sound Energy for Gas DiscoveryThe new agreement will be divided into 3 phases: an initial 4-year phase to dig 2 exploration wells, an “optional first complementary” 2-year phase to dig one exploration well, and an “optional second complementary” 2-year phase to dig another exploration well. All exploration wells will comply with the minimum Triassic objective.In July 2018, Sound Energy said it discovered large oil deposits in Anoual after exploring in the area. In September 2017, the Advisory & Finance Group Investment Bank (AFG) gave Sound Energy a funding offer worth $60-100 million for its Tendrara gas export pipeline project.AFG is a Moroccan oil and gas investment fund owned by Mohamed Benslimane, who is married to Princess Lalla Zineb. AFG acts as a manager for Sound Energy in the country. In July 2017, the British company signed two contracts with ONHYM, acquiring two new licenses for the two areas near Tendrara and the Algerian border: Anoual and Matarka.
The gazette Extraordinary containing the Excise Notification No 03 of 2018 has also re-introduced the previous business hours for liquor establishments. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, on a request put forward by the Cabinet of Ministers, today withdrew the two gazette notifications issued under the Excise Ordinance earlier which had lifted the ban on women buying liquor and working in places where liquor is manufactured or sold in addition to relaxing the business hours of liquor establishments, the Finance Ministry said.Accordingly, the prohibition on selling liquor to women and employing women in places where liquor is manufactured or sold has been re-imposed under Excise Notification No 04 of 2018 signed by Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
The price of oil rose Thursday on positive economic news from the U.S. and China.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gained 72 cents to finish at US$95.95 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, rose 48 cents to end at US$113.28 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Observers pointed to signs that oil demand is picking up in China, where HSBC’s monthly purchasing managers’ index rose for the fifth consecutive month in January to 51.9 from 51.5 in December.Readings above 50 on the index, which gauges manufacturing activity, indicate expansion. More manufacturing means more energy consumption, which should push oil prices higher.In the U.S., the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in five years, evidence that employers are cutting fewer jobs and may step up hiring.Meanwhile, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said oil supplies rose by 2.8 million barrels last week, more than analysts expected. That pushed oil stockpiles to 363.1 million barrels, up 8.5 per cent from year-ago levels.But gasoline supplies dropped by 1.7 million barrels as demand rose and refineries slowed down, according to the Energy Department’s statistical arm. Analysts had been expecting an increase in gasoline stocks.On Wednesday, oil dropped by $1.45 a barrel after crude shipments through the Seaway pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on the Gulf Coast had to be cut to less than half because of limited capacity. Supplies of benchmark crude at the crucial Cushing hub remain at the highest level in 20 years. That’s expected to fall as the pipeline carries more crude.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose three cents to finish at US$2.86 a gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added less than a penny to finish at US$3.09 a gallon, and natural gas fell 11 cents to end at US$3.45 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2013 3:51 pm MDT Crude oil near US$96 a barrel on upbeat China manufacturing, US jobless data
ATLANTA — Paul Johnson is heading to Motown for his final game as Georgia Tech’s head coach.In a bit of a surprise, the Yellow Jackets (7-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) were paired Sunday against Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl at Detroit’s Ford Field on Dec. 26.The 61-year-old Johnson announced last week that he is retiring after 11 seasons at Georgia Tech . He is the fourth-winningest coach in school history, trailing only Bobby Dodd, Bill Alexander and John Heisman — all members of the College Football Hall of Fame.Johnson said he doesn’t want any extra attention for his finale.“I haven’t thought much about it as far as that,” he said. “I’m going to get ready to play this game like I would any other game. This game is not about me, it’s about the players. It’s about going up there, having a good time, having an enjoyable trip and hopefully getting the win. That’s what it’s all about.”Georgia Tech was projected to go to the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, with the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York City also mentioned as possibilities.But the ACC berths in those games went to Virginia Tech (6-6), Virginia (7-5) and Miami (7-5), respectively — all teams that were defeated by the Yellow Jackets.Johnson downplayed the apparent slight.“Like I tell the players, ‘Worry about stuff you can control,’” Johnson said. “We have no control over that. I’ve heard some really good things about the bowl game in Detroit. We’ll make it fun for our players. We’ll accentuate the positive.”That includes the venue.Ford Field is the domed home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, while those other three games are all played in outdoor venues. Johnson, in particular, knows how frigid it can get in Annapolis in December — he was the coach at Navy before moving to Georgia Tech in 2008.“We could be going to one of those other games where it’s 20 degrees,’” he said. “I lived in Annapolis. It can get really damn cold, especially at time of year when you’re playing outside. This game is going to be in a great stadium, it’s going to be indoors, it’s going to be fun.”This will be Georgia Tech’s first game against a Big Ten opponent since losing to Iowa in Orange Bowl at the end of the 2009 season . The Yellow Jackets have never faced Minnesota (6-6), which became bowl eligible with a 37-15 victory over Wisconsin in its regular-season finale .“I know Minnesota finished this season strong,” Johnson said. “I didn’t get to see a lot of their games, so I don’t know a whole lot about them. But I did get to watch them when they waxed Wisconsin. I know they’re very formidable. They’ve got a good team. It’s going to be a challenge for us. I’m looking forward to it.”Paul Newberry, The Associated Press
OSU coach Thad Matta has never started 0-4 in the Big Ten. Credit: Tino Bovenzi | For The LanternThad Matta has not been in this situation before in his 13-year tenure at Ohio State. The Buckeyes currently sit at 0-3 in the Big Ten, 10-6 overall, and in danger of falling to 0-6 in conference play with its next three games against three of teams at the top of the conference standings.However, that didn’t stop redshirt junior guard Kam Williams from entering Wednesday’s press conference laughing and joking with freshman forward Andre Wesson.“There’s a lot of season left,” Williams said. “Just because we lost three games don’t mean I’m not going to have a smile on my face. We just got to keep playing.”OSU lost one of its leaders on the court last week in junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who underwent surgery on Tuesday for a stress fracture to his shin. At 6-foot-7 and having a wingspan of more than 7 feet, Bates-Diop was a primary influence on the glass and in post defense. On offense, he was one of the primary scoring options for the Buckeyes. He averaged 9.7 points per game this season.OSU lost a narrow game to Purdue last week at home, 76-75. Then the Buckeyes went on the road to streaking Minnesota, losing by 10. Both Purdue and Minnesota are currently ranked in the top 25.In its three conference games, OSU has allowed an average of 76.3 points per game, compared to 63 during nonconference play. OSU has relied on its defense for most of the season to get stops when the offense struggles to execute in the half court. In those three Big Ten matchups thus far, OSU has been able to do that, but that’s after the team finds itself in a double-digit hole. OSU was down 15 at Illinois, 10 to Purdue and 18 at Minnesota.OSU coach Thad Matta said the biggest thing he’s after is seeing improvement from his players in the thinking component of the game. In a way to expedite that process, Matta estimated that he has had the team work on situational execution this year more than any of his years of coaching combined.“We got to stop putting ourselves in these positions,” Matta said. “We got to find a way not to dig ourselves in that hole, if at all possible.”WisconsinThe Wisconsin Badgers, led by seniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, and sophomore Ethan Happ host the Buckeyes in the Kohl Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Badgers were looked at as a possible Final Four team in the preseason. Since then, coach Greg Gard’s team has fluttered in a few games and looked dominant in others, including wins over Indiana and Syracuse. Wisconsin currently doesn’t own a win against a top-25 team. The Badgers return all five of their starters from the 2015-16 season. Seniors Vitto Brown and Hayes are both from northwest Ohio. Wisconsin is ranked 11th in the KenPom rankings and 17th in adjusted defense with an estimated 92.8 points allowed per 100 possessions.OSU ranks 85th in adjusted offense (points per 100 possessions).Hayes was named the Big Ten’s Preseason Player of the Year, but he isn’t alone in dominating on both ends of the court. Koenig, at point guard, averages 14 points per game, while Happ, last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, puts up 13.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.“They got inside, outside — just a solid basketball team, just in terms of, if you make a mistake, they will make you pay with a 3,” Matta said. “Then defensively, you gotta make shots up there.”Williams is OSU’s best 3-point threat on a team that ranks 244th in the country at shooting the ball from deep. He struggled against Minnesota, shooting 1 for 10 from the field. Matta said that he is not as worried as the fan base because of the tough stretch to start the conference slate. But make no mistake about it, it’s time to go for OSU.“We know once we get locked in, and once we get engaged and start doing things with force and aggression and have that attack mentality, we’re pretty tough to stop,” Williams said. “We just got to find a way to keep that going for a full game.”
The NCAA Tournament is about four months away, but the Ohio State men’s basketball team will get to experience a postseason-like environment this weekend in Connecticut. OSU is scheduled to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic Saturday and Sunday in Uncasville, Conn. The No. 4-ranked Buckeyes (1-0) take on Rhode Island (0-2) Saturday, and depending on the outcome of the game, will play the winner of the Seton Hall (2-0) – Washington (1-1) contest Sunday. It’s only November, but OSU coach Thad Matta said playing two games in two days will help prepare OSU for March. “It’s more of a Big Ten tournament, NCAA Tournament type feel,” Matta said. “I think doing this early, the two games in two days, will tell us quite a bit about our team. You play the first day, win or lose, you’ve got to go back and prepare for your next opponent.” Coming off a Final Four appearance and a third consecutive Big Ten regular season championship , the Buckeyes are still trying to figure out what type of team they are. After this weekend, they should be further along in that process. “Most of the time when you’re playing on the road, you have to find different ways to win. You have to do extra stuff,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr. “It’s actually a little harder to win out on the road. That’s what helps us build more as a team.” Smith Jr., who scored 18 points in OSU’s 82-60 season-opening win against Albany Nov. 11, said the Buckeyes are in the beginning stage of coming together as a cohesive unit. They still have plenty to work on and get better at, but OSU’s main concern right now might be rebounding. OSU seems to have its scoring down with Smith Jr., junior forward Deshaun Thomas and junior guard Aaron Craft all dropping more than 18 points in the victory against Albany. On the other end of the floor, redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel said OSU has the potential to be the “best defensive team in the country.” Rebounding wise, there is still a lot to be done. OSU had even rebounding margins against Albany and Walsh University, its NCAA Division II exhibition-game opponent. “We got to find a way to rebound the ball. We can’t just depend on one person to grab 10 to 15 rebounds. We have to gang-rebound, because that’s just the team we are,” Ravenel said. OSU lost one of the nation’s best rebounders from last season in former forward Jared Sullinger, who now plays for the Boston Celtics. Sullinger averaged almost 10 rebounds per game in his two seasons with the Buckeyes. Ravenel, along with sophomore centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, is trying to fill in for a former two-time All-American in Sullinger. In order for the Buckeyes to be successful on the glass, they need to be hungrier, Ravenel said. “Nobody wants to go against an overly-aggressive guy for 40 minutes in a basketball game,” he said. While OSU is yet to face a Big Ten-caliber team after one regular season game, an exhibition game, and a canceled Carrier Classic contest against Marquette, the team should face some bigger teams this weekend. Rhode Island’s leading rebounders are 6-foot-7 senior Nikola Malesevic and 6-foot-8 freshman Mike Aaman. Washington, which suffered a 63-62 Tuesday loss to the same Albany team that OSU handled easily, has several lengthy forwards that could give the Buckeyes trouble. Seton Hall has five players on its roster 6-foot-9 or taller. Matta said he is looking forward to the challenges this weekend will pose for his Buckeyes. But more than anything, the OSU coach said he is excited to get out on the road and actually play a game after the Buckeyes’ season opener scheduled aboard an aircraft carrier was canceled due to condensation. “We’ve got the travel part down. We’ve got all the way to tip-off – warm-ups, everything on an away court. Now we’ve just got to play a game,” Matta said. OSU and Rhode Island are set to tip off 5 p.m. Saturday night on ESPN3 at Mohegan Sun Arena. With a win, OSU would advance to Sunday’s championship game, which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Specialist supplier wire and rope solutions Bridon International recently unveiled its latest innovation in dragline ropes. Bridon’s new Tiger Big T Bristar has been designed for use as drag and hoist ropes on dragline excavators working in open-pit mining.“Continuous product improvement is part of our growth philosophy and in such a competitive market environment, our aim is to be the technology leader for demanding rope applications”, said Thomas Lichte, Market Sector Manager for Bridon’s mining products.The new product improves productivity for end users running draglines in surface mining, and is believed to result in overall cost reduction for the mines. A special feature of this new product is that it comprises of an independent wire rope core covered with a fluted polypropylene material having helical grooves around its outer surface.“This fluted shape core was formed by a special extrusion process,” explained Johannes Verwaayen, Technical Director at Bridon Group. “The internal contour of the fluted profile matches the internal contours of the outer Dyform strands, and the pitch of the helical grooves is controlled to closely match the lay of the rope and to ensure a smooth closing process.“Six or eight compacted outer strands surround the independent wire rope core, giving it several competitive advantages. This includes achieving a higher metallic area and high breaking load due to compaction. With more accurate and durable placement of the outer strands, there would be even load distribution, reduced internal friction and increased bend fatigue,” said Verwaayen.Tiger Big T Bristar was developed within Bridon’s Technical Department in Doncaster, UK and produced at the manufacturing unit in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It is due to be introduced to the surface mining market in major areas across the globe, with North America, Australia and South Africa being the key target areas as these are locations which carry a majority of the world’s fleet of draglines.“The new product will deliver overall cost reduction for our customers or end users by providing longer service life and as a result, less change outs”, concluded Lichte.
Facebook made a lot of announcements last week during the f8 conference, one of which was new partnerships with media and entertainment services. Spotify was on the list, allowing you to link your Facebook and Spotify accounts making it easy to share what music you listened to with your friends.It’s a nice opt-in feature, right? Well, no. It turns out the feature, or at least the account link up, isn’t optional at all. Anyone trying to sign up for a new account with Spotify is now asked to supply a Facebook login. If you don’t, you can’t create an account.Such a decision obviously sparked some chatter on the Spotify forums with someone asking how you sign up without a Facebook account. The response from Spotify is very clear: you can’t. From now on all new accounts require Facebook. If you don’t have a Facebook account you need to create one or do without both services.The comments following that response from a Spotify employee have all been negative with users stating it is a ridiculous move. No further official comment has come from Spotify regarding why this is mandatory, so we can only assume it was part of the deal it made with Facebook to get the link up in the first place.If you don’t use Facebook, but want a Spotify account, unfortunately you will have to set up a dummy Facebook account to get access. Existing account holders don’t seem to be affected by this new requirement, though.While this may aid Spotify as a service in the short term, I have to wonder what it means for the longer term prospects of Spotify, especially if users get used to listening to tracks on Facebook pages, and then Facebook goes and implements its own music service at a later date.Read more at Spotify forums and the Spotify blog
By Rohey JadamaDefence Lawyers Ibrahim Jallow and S. Fatty, yesterday 30thJanuary 2018, quizzed Mr. Assan Badjie, the eight prosecution witness (PW8), in the ongoing trial against the former Director General of the NIA and eight others, before Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara.The accused persons are Yankuba Badjie, the former Director General, Louis Gomez, former Deputy Director, Saikou Omar Jeng (alias Sir Jeng), the former director of Operations, Haruna Susso, Yusupha Jammeh, Tamba Masireh, Lamin Darboe, Baboucarr Sallah, and Lamin Lang Sanyang.They are jointly facing twenty-five charges ranging from multiple counts of murder, causing grievous harm, conspiracy to commit felony, accessory, forgery, making a document without authority, disobedience to statutory duty among others. All accused persons denied culpability to the charges levied against them.During his cross-examination of PW8, Lawyer Jallow asked the witness whether he (the witness) told the court that he didn’t see any of the accused persons featured in the video and the witness responded in the positive. “It is also correct that you have not seen any of the accused persons doing anything to anybody?” No, Sir. I have not seen anybody,” responded the witness.Responding to questions from Lawyer Fatty, defence counsel for the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th accused persons during cross-examination, the witness told the court that he conducted only one interview and was present throughout the interview; that the interview started at around 8pm. When asked by Barrister Fatty to tell the court the names of those posing questions to the UDP demonstrators in the video, the witness responded that those posing the questions were Lamin Ceesay and Kebba Secka; that he did not see any of the accused persons where the interview was held.“Mr. Badjie do you know anything about the demise of Solo Sandeng?” asked Lawyer Fatty. “No, Sir”, replied PW8.“Did you see any of the accused persons flogging or beating any of those people?” asked Lawyer Fatty. “No Sir, I have not seen any of them,” responded the witness.“Mr Badjie after making the video, who did you hand it over to?” asked Lawyer Fatty. “My Officer Commanding, Baboucarr Njie,” replied the witness.“It is correct that it has not been under your custody since the time you handed it over to your boss?” asked Lawyer Fatty. “No Sir,” answered the witness.At this stage, Lawyer Fatty told the court that that will be all for PW8. When Lawyer Dayo, defence Attorney for the 6th accused person was asked whether he has questions for the witness, he told the Court that the question he wanted to ask were asked and as a result he has no question.At this point Lawyer Gaye told the court that they have another witness called Kebba Secka. The said witness came and entered the witness box, but Lawyer Mene applied for a short adjournment on the premise that he was served with an additional witness statement in court and needed time to read it and prepare for the witness. There was no objection from the prosecution team.Consequently, the trial judge adjourned the case to today 31st January 2018 at 12 noon for Kebba Secka (PW9) to testify.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 31, 2016 – A major blunder was exposed on the weekend after the Premier had to recall the December 5 election date to issue a new date and now national voting will take place on December 15.It appears no one, except the Elections Office picked up on a discrepancy in timing… and it meant that that office did not have the requisite days to prepare for the General Elections according to Elections Ordinance.The Governor in a media statement Saturday night admitted to the embarrassing error and said in consultation with the Premier a new date was to be selected and it was; at the PNP Rally on Saturday night December 15 2016 was presented as the alternate.Reaction to the change was swift, in many cases harsh and for most speaking to Magnetic Media, shocking… the leader of the PNP, Dr Rufus Ewing was called ‘incompetent’ by the Leader of the PDM, Sharlene Robinson and threatened with legal action by former premier, Michael Misick.There was a lot of blame for the blunder and on Sunday, an urgent press conference was called by Premier Ewing where he explained that constitutionally he and his party selected accurately a date that was at least 35 days away; but that the Elections Ordinance needed there to be at least enough working days before a national vote – that one word, WORKING, making the difference and presenting the problem.The PNP Party leader flanked by his Deputy Premier, the Finance Minister, the Tourism Minister and the PNP National Chairman said that everyone missed that conflict; including the PDM Leader whom they blamed for the crafting of the law and the Attorney General who would have advised the Governor legally before he issued that proclamation to dissolve the House of Assembly and allow the date chosen by Premier Ewing to go forward.The Premier said he did not have to acquiesce to a change because the Constitution is the over arching law of the land but that his team thought it best to play within the Elections Ordinance rules to ensure the national vote was not challenged as illegal; if that were to happen the entire process of voting would have to be redone.But Michael Misick is of an opposing view and said to change the date, without an emergency, is ultra vires and that the Premier and Governor should take measures to make sure the Elections Supervisor can hold the elections on the original December 5 date. Magnetic Media on Sunday asked the premier if he was embarrassed by blunder, he said no.“I don’t feel embarrassed, I mean it’s an unfortunate event that we have to go through it, but I don’t feel embarrassed. I never question the works of the Almighty God, and divine intervention for whatever reason, and I always trust that things what appear to be negative are something for the positive. So I look forward for the good that comes out of this. I look forward to an elections office that is even more well prepared to avoid election challenges, because the less prepared you are, the greater the likelihood of election challenges or blunders during the course of the election, and so this probably will give persons the opportunity to prepare themselves even more. This also gives the opportunity to those political parties who may need more extra time to get their voters out their constituency to actually canvas and get their votes. It may give time for students to come home probably because the date is now further on.”
KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:56 PM KUSI Newsroom, May 14, 2018 Posted: May 14, 2018 San Diego County Registrar of Voters urges residents to voteSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The deadline to register for the June 5 primary election is a week from Monday, the San Diego County registrar reminded residents Monday.Prospective voters can register at sdvote.com. Those unsure of their registration status can check it at the same website.Related Link: San Diego People: County Board of Supervisors Race“If you’ve recently moved or changed your name, you’ll need to fill out a new registration form,” Registrar Michael Vu said. “If you go online, the process is quick, easy and convenient.”Those without computer access can find registration forms at the Registrar of Voters office at 5600 Overland Ave., or at any public library, post office or DMV office.The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot, meanwhile, is May 29.San Diegans will cast primary ballots for four City Council seats, while San Diego County has two supervisor seats up for grabs, and voters will also choose a sheriff, treasurer, assessor and district attorney.The ballot also includes state legislative races, as well as contests for House of Representatives and Senate seats. An array of challengers are vying for the chance to replace termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown, with the race likely heading to a runoff on Nov. 8. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Deadline is a week away to register for June 5 primary election
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to visit Border Field State Park Updated: 8:02 PM Posted: November 20, 2018 November 20, 2018 Dan Plante During her visit Tuesday, Nielsen echoed President Donald Trump’s disagreement with reports that the migrants in and traveling to Tijuana have legitimate asylum claims and are mostly women. She said at least 500 of the migrants heading for the border are known criminals, although she did not say how she arrived at that figure.“This administration will not tolerate frivolous asylum claims or illegal entry,” she said. “If you try to enter our country without authorization, you have broken the law of the United States, you will be detained, prosecuted and repatriated. The DHS and the administration will continue to take all possible actions to stop the caravan from entering the United States illegally, without just cause and to ensure our borders are secure.”A report from Politico on Monday suggested that troops who were dispatched to the border as part of Trump’s vow to prevent the massive migrant caravan from entering the country will start returning home this week, with a full disengagement planned by Dec. 15.Nielsen would say only that DHS and the Department of Defense will continue their work at the border “until it is resolved.”The migrant caravan has been moving slowly toward the border, with an estimated 3,000 already amassing in Tijuana over the past week, and thousands more still making the long trek. Customs and Border Protection agents have been processing roughly 100 asylum claims per day since caravan members arrived in Tijuana on Nov. 11.Local organizations and immigration advocates, like the business group Business for Good San Diego, pushed back on Nielsen’s visit and DHS policies as a whole, arguing that they clash with San Diego’s welcoming stance toward immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers.“The border-strengthening policies the Department of Homeland Security plans to add to the western border are a wasteful use of taxpayer dollars,” said Business for Good Executive Director Karim Bouris. “The existing means of security we have at the border are sufficient. From a human rights perspective, we must remind ourselves that those seeking asylum are fleeing horrific conditions and, from an economic perspective, more than give back to our local economies once their businesses begin operating in the U.S.”The visit was Nielsen’s first to the border in San Diego since becoming DHS secretary 11 months ago, although she has visited other sections of the border. She toured the Calexico border in October and sections in Imperial County and southern Arizona in April.RELATED STORY: Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited Border Field State Park Tuesday to view reinforcements added along the Mexican border in anticipation of a caravan of Central American migrants, saying her agency will do what it takes to prevent illegal crossings.Customs and Border Protection, which DHS oversees, and military troops stationed in the area have been reinforcing border fencing with concertina wire, jersey barriers and other barricades since the beginning of November. Traffic at the border has also tightened because of the preparations, with CBP officials temporarily closing northbound lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry early Monday morning.
WASHINGTON — Gay couples in Utah were thrust into legal limbo Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge’s ruling sent people rushing to get married.The justices did not rule on the merits of the case or on same-sex marriage bans in general, leaving both sides confident they’ll ultimately win. The decision stays in effect while the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the long-term question of whether gay couples have a right to wed in Utah.For those couples who just got married — or were planning their nuptials — the latest twist in the legal battle clouds what was seen as a cause for celebration.“It feels like we are second-class citizens during the stay,” said Moudi Sbeity, who is waiting to get married until the legal process plays out. “There’s also the fear of the unknown of what might come next.”Sbeity and partner Derek Kitchen are one of the three couples who brought the Utah lawsuit that led to the surprise Dec. 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby, who said the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated gay and lesbian couples’ constitutional rights.