first_imgThe return of a handful of big banner films from Bollywood to Kashmir Valley’s picturesque locales for shooting has renewed the hopes of the tourism industry here, which has been hit by street unrest and growing militancy.Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu were in snow-laden Gulmarg in April for a shoot. Ms. Pannu uploaded videos of Gulmarg on several social media platforms, attracting interest online.Actors Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez are camped in Sonamarg, another tourist hotspot, for the film Race 3. They attracted large crowds of locals to the shoot.Producer-director Mahesh Bhatt has expressed interest in shooting his forthcoming Jalebi in Kashmir. The Telugu serial Muddamandaram has been given permission to shoot in Srinagar, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, as have the shooting of songs for some Tamil films.The Tourism department has launched a single-window clearance for shooting in Kashmir. “We are doing our bit to attract filmmakers to Kashmir,” said Mahmood A. Shah, director, Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department.last_img read more

first_imgJet Airways India Ltd. will offer direct flights from Mumbai to Manchester from November this year. The Manchester service aims to target the 500,000 people of Indian origin residing in the northern part of the United Kingdom, Jet Airways said in a statement on May 18.Initially, the carrier will connect Mumbai and Manchester four times a week — on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The airline will use 254-seat Airbus SE A330-200s for this service.“Jet Airways will launch its first non-stop service between Mumbai and Manchester, thus further strengthening its connect to the United Kingdom (UK). This new service is the first nonstop service connecting India, via its economic capital with Manchester,” Jet Airways said.The airline currently serves London three times a day from Mumbai and once a day from Delhi. The launch of the new service will provide seamless connectivity to several domestic destinations to and from India, including cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bengaluru, and Kolkata, through the airline’s hub, Mumbai.“The new service will bring Manchester into our global network, reinforcing our footprint as well as expanding the choice of connectivity to and from the United Kingdom for our guests with the four days per week, non-stop service,” Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube said in a statement.The airline will have over 8,000 seats on offer every week, making it convenient for both business as well as leisure passengers travelling between India and the United Kingdom, Dube added.If the Mumbai-Manchester route is successful, a service to Delhi could also be introduced, Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal said. Also, operations to other cities, including Amritsar, can be a possibility, Bloomberg reported.“Securing a direct service to one of India’s major cities is the product of a lot of hard work over a long period of time to forge closer ties between Manchester and this globally significant economy. We have worked, along with a range of partners, to create a compelling case for why our city – and the wider North – is a great place to visit, invest in and do business with,” Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan said in a statement.The new service between Mumbai and Manchester is expected to be of special significance for business travelers and also for a significant diaspora of people, including a growing Indian community residing in and around Manchester, the statement added.With the introduction of this new flight, which is the carrier’s fifth non-stop service to and from the United Kingdom, Manchester will become the 21st international addition to the Jet Airways network.On May 16, Iceland’s transatlantic airline Wow Air announced the launch of its services from Delhi to multiple destinations in North America and Europe via the country’s capital Reykjavik from December 2018. Related ItemsJet AirwaysmanchesterMumbailast_img read more

first_imgStayBangaram Island Beach ResortThis is luxury at its best in Lakshadweep. The beach huts with tiled roofs augment the scenic beauty of this uninhabited island. For more privacy there are the villas. The verandahs, all thatched with palm, are galleries to the spectacular views of the sea. This resort also boasts a bar–a rarity considering Lakshadweep is alcohol free.Tel: (0484) 266 8221; www.cghearth.comAgatti Island Beach ResortYou can walk straight into this resort after getting off the plane–it’s a stone’s throw away from the Agatti airport. This eco-friendly resort offers some of the best swimming stretches in Agatti. You can fish in the blue lagoon and barbecue your catch for dinner. The best way to while away time is to laze on a hammock under coconut trees.Tel: (0484) 236 2232; www.agattiislandresorts.comEatCoconut RiceThere can be arguments and more arguments about the authenticity of this dish, which is more associated with Tamil Nadu. But this recipe with the Lakshadweep twist is something you can try at home. And it will serve you well in the sweltering heat. Just boil the rice in coconut milk, instead of water. And that’s all you need to do. A lagoon fish pickle is the perfect accompaniment but it also tastes good with regular spicy fish and meat curry.KalanjiTry this for breakfast if you are bored of omelettes and toasted bread. Kalanji is a light, flaky roti (almost feels like paper) made of rice. It is served with milk and sliced bananas. A heavier and tastier version of the kalanji is the aluura, which comes with a generous coating of eggs and raisins. This is spiced with turmeric to give the roti a dash of colour. Aluura is usually had with a glass of cold milk.ShopTuna PickleThe islands of Lakshadweep have little or nothing for the avid shopper. But if you must bring back something from here–apart from happy holiday memories–then we suggest you choose the tuna pickle. These are tiny bottles of pure delight. Rich and delicious, the chunks of tuna fish in oil and spices can make even the most mundane of meals interesting. And the best place to buy these pickles is the popular canning factory on Minicoy Island. You can also pick up cans of tuna chunks, white tuna meat and smoked tuna from the factory outlet here.SeeMinicoy LighthouseThis lighthouse, built by the British in 1885, is the only one in the country where the Tricolour is unfurled every day. The 49m-high lighthouse once witnessed the hoisting of the Union Jack every day till April 2, 1956–the day the Indian Navy took over. Built with black bricks imported from England, the view from the top of this well-maintained structure, will take your breath away. The island of Minicoy, comprising a cluster of 10 villages, is also famous for lava, a colourful dance form unique to Lakshadweep.KalpeniThis island has the largest lagoon in Lakshadweep. The shallow yet sparkling lagoon is ideal for water sports. A huge storm bank of coral debris along the shoreline is yet another attraction of this secluded island, with the small islets of Tilakkam, Pitti and uninhabited Cheriyam making a pretty picture on the waterfront.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 7 (PTI) Devoid of any television coverage, Para Sports Foundation (PSF) general secretary Pradeep Raj has demanded that the 2016 Paralympics, which begins in Rio de Janeiro today, should be broadcast in India. Raj, himself a former para athlete, today launched a scathing attack on officials traveling for the Paralympics in Rio, saying most of them treat such events as vacation. “Most officials, who couldnt go for the Rio Olympics have been sent this time to Rio. These are powerful people and they force the athletes to take them as coaches,” Raj said while addressing a press conference here. “These officials obviously know nothing about sports or Para sports. They go there on taxpayers money just for vacation. On most occasions, these officials dont even visit the stadium, leave aside helping the athletes in their performance,” he added. Raj said despite repeated requests, they failed to yield any response from the authorities regarding the telecast of the event. “This is huge discrimination on the part of the government for the para athletes. We are also citizens of the same country and when there was no problem in telecasting the Rio Olympics, where is the hurdle now?” he asked. Raj said that they will be forced to take legal recourse if their demand was not fulfilled. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A battle of reserves to end the preseason was fittingly decided by a backup kicker.Chris Boswell kicked four field goals and the New York Giants finished off the preseason with a 12-9 victory Sept. 3 over the New England Patriots, who had already won a much larger victory earlier in the day.A Federal judge vacated the NFL’s four-game suspension of Tom Brady, clearing the Patriots star quarterback for the regular-season opener and beyond.Brady was among the 34 players who didn’t play against the Giants, who rested quarterback Eli Manning and most other starters as well.“It came down to a second half for a lot of people realizing that it was their opportunity and they played hard. That’s the best thing you can say about it,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.Boswell was waived on Aug. 16 but re-signed Sept. 2 with veteran kicker Josh Brown still nursing a bruised leg from making a tackle Aug. 22 against Jacksonville.If the Giants want to keep a backup kicker on the roster, Boswell made a good case for himself by with field goals of 34 and 29 yards in the first half and with a 33-yarder late in the third quarter. Boswell’s 41-yard kick with 8:18 left to play was the only scoring of the fourth quarter.Kicker Stephen Gostkowski also provided all of the scoring for New England, which left the offense in the hands of third-stringer Ryan Lindley.The focus was still on Brady, whose whereabouts were kept top-secret by the Patriots.“I’ll just talk about the game — any questions about the game,” New England coach Bill Belichick said, cutting off the first Brady-related question.There wasn’t much of a game to talk about, but New England fans continued celebrating until a downpour late in the fourth quarter.Brady was well represented in the stands. During one early stoppage, The Who’s “I’m Free” blared from the PA system as fans wearing “Free Brady” T-shirts cheered.One fan even suggested U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, whose ruling led to New England’s collective vindication celebration, should consider higher aspirations.The “Judge Berman for President 2016” sign got the most cheers of the many shown on the giant monitors.Brady’s teammates, like their coach, had little to say about the good news.“Hey man, I have enough on my plate,” recently signed receiver Reggie Wayne said. “I’m excited he’s available, but Reggie’s got to take care of what Reggie’s got to take care of — to get better.”(DOUG ALDEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – Most of the talk since rail service to Churchill in northern Manitoba was indefinitely interrupted by washouts and other track damage last month has focused on how to get goods and tourists in to the remote Hudson Bay community.Via Rail has a different problem — how to get one of its trains out.There are no roads or other rail lines to Churchill and the two locomotives and five passenger cars are sitting, silent, at the station.The track is the only land connection between the outside world and Churchill — a popular tourist destination famous for its polar bears and beluga whales.“Options to retrieve that (train) are being evaluated at this time,” Via spokeswoman Mylene Belanger said.Belanger wouldn’t say what those options might be. Each of the locomotives weighs 107 tonnes.A part-time maintenance person in Churchill inspects the train and runs it periodically, she added.Train service has been suspended for weeks due to flooding that rail line owner Denver-based Omnitrax Inc. says has resulted in “unprecedented and catastrophic” damage likely to take until next spring to repair.Omnitrax, which has been losing money on the line and has been trying to sell it, has said it has yet to get on the ground and fully inspect the almost-300 kilometres of remote track.Chief commercial officer Peter Tousenard said in an emailed statement that Omnitrax, too, has a number of rail cars in limbo in Churchill.“We understand Via is looking at options to ship their passenger cars and locomotive out by barge through the port, and we are working with them to find a solution that will meet their needs,” Tousenard said.Belanger wouldn’t confirm if shipping the train out by barge is under consideration.Francois Gaudreau with Nunavut Sea Link Supply-Desgagne Trans-Arctik, which provides shipping services in the region, said the company has ships capable of moving something as large and heavy as locomotives. The ships have cranes that could lift the locomotives and cars on board.But Gaudreau said there are numerous other challenges to moving the rail stock.“They would have to be brought alongside our vessel because there’s a certain reach of the cranes,” Gaudreau said.“But it’s possible.”A ship with his company is scheduled to arrive in Churchill on July 10, he said. There are no plans to load a train.Churchill already has a collection of large, immovable machines.The MV Ithaca is a large cargo ship that has sat, beached and rusting, since it ran aground more than 50 years ago.There’s also a twin-engine Curtiss Commando cargo plane, known locally as “Miss Piggy” for its freight capacity, in the middle of a rocky field, where it ended up after developing engine trouble in 1979.Tousenard said Omnitrax isn’t planning to move its own rail cars out of Churchill. The company is looking at using some of the cars, particularly the tank cars, as an additional fuel storage option for the town.The Manitoba government has said it is considering bringing in extra propane storage units and converting some homes to electricity to help people in isolated Churchill get through next winter.— By Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more

OTTAWA — Here is a timeline looking at Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s handling of his personal assets since his appointment:Nov. 4, 2015: The newly appointed finance minister tells the CBC: “I resigned my position as chair of the firm that I was chair of before and I expect that all my assets will go into a blind trust. I’ve already communicated with the ethics commissioner in that regard and I do need to work through that process and will do in the appropriate time frame.”——November 2015: Morneau’s mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau includes the following: “You must uphold the highest standards of honesty and impartiality and both the performance of your official duties and the arrangement of your private affairs should bear the closest public scrutiny. This is an obligation that is not fully discharged by simply acting within the law.”——Feb. 2, 2016: A letter from the office of ethics commissioner Mary Dawson to Morneau says that because his assets are not “controlled” under the Conflict of Interest Act, “a blind trust agreement is therefore not required.”——Oct. 19, 2016: Morneau introduces Bill C-27 in the House of Commons. The legislation would allow companies to set up what are called “target benefit” pension plans, which opponents say shifts risk to employees from employers. The NDP says Morneau Shepell, the family human resources and pension management firm the minister led before he entered politics, would benefit significantly from such a change.——July 18, 2017: Morneau announces a series of tax reforms including changes to rules that govern “income sprinkling” among family members, passive investment income and capital gains. He says: “We see these approaches to managing people’s affairs through a private corporation as creating an unfair playing field. I don’t want to see one small subset of the population advantaged because of our tax code, so it is about creating fairness … All Canadians should be willing to pay that fair share, including myself.”——July-September 2017: A backlash against the tax reforms builds across the country with doctors, farmers, fishers and small businesses complaining they will be unable to put away money for a rainy day, or maternity leave or expansion plans.——Sept. 13, 2017: Liberal backbench MP Wayne Long says publicly he will not support the proposals and later votes in favour of a Conservative motion to allow a longer consultation period on the changes.——Sept. 22, 2017: After the CBC begins asking questions, Morneau discloses his ties to a private corporation which owns a villa in France. His office blames the failure to disclose the private corporation on “early administrative confusion.”——Oct. 16, 2017: Trudeau promises to restore gradually trim the small-business tax rate to nine per cent by 2019, down from its current level of 10.5 per cent. He also says the government will drop at least one of the tax-reform elements: changing the lifetime capital gains rule, which is an adjustment intended to avoid negative impacts on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.——Oct. 17-18, 2017: In Parliament, opposition parties condemn Morneau for not using a blind trust from the outset, accusing him of being in a conflict of interest because he has holdings in Morneau Shepell, the human resources firm that bears his name and which is regulated by the federal government.——Oct. 19, 2017: Morneau says he has put his substantial personal assets in a blind trust and plans to sell off all of his and his family’s assets in Morneau Shepell. “If we’re getting distracted because some people are worried about my personal situation, it’s time to move on. And that’s what I’ve decided to do.” read more

Nine Brock alumni have recently been honoured for their success and positive impact in the Niagara region.The Business Link’s 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards give recognition to Niagara’s next generation of business leaders.At an event held on May 11, Mario De Divitiis (BA ’06, MA ’08), Jeff Guarasci (BA ’00), Alexandra Hlinyanszky (BA ’02), Karen Marquardt Wyers (BRLS ’93), Jeffrey Neill (BAcc ’04), Laura Ricciuto (BA ’05, MBA ’08), Dave Shaw, Natalee Tokar (BBA ’03) and Andrew Ware (BBE ’03) were all recognized for their work.We couldn’t be more proud of the continuous ways that Brock graduates develop as positive leaders within the community.Mario De DivitiisMario De Divitiis (BA ’06, MA ’08)Leadership NiagaraAs the executive director of Leadership Niagara, De Divitiis is responsible for planning and implementing their strategic direction – using his passion to develop public and private partnerships to help strengthen Niagara’s economy. He’s also co-owner of “Seven 2 Hospitalities” which includes properties such as the Moose and Goose, Envy Lounge and Donnelly’s Pub. De Divitiis sponsors several charities in the community including the Hernder Picasso’s Foundation, and hosts the Spirit of Christmas Dinner at his company’s venue – Stella’s Dining Lounge. Over the years, De Divitiis had job opportunities in Ottawa and Calgary but chose to work in Niagara so he could remain close to friends and family. And that has made all the difference to him.Jeff GuarasciJeff Guarasci (BA ’00)Project S.H.A.R.E.Jeff Guarasci is a highly energetic professional who is firmly committed to his community. As Resource Development and Communications Coordinator for Project S.H.A.R.E., Guarasci helps provide Niagara Falls’ residents that fall below the poverty level with the necessities of life like food and emergency shelter.  Since joining Project S.H.A.R.E. in 2002, Guarasci has helped increase food and money donations at his agency by over 400%. On a personal level, Guarasci has also been the recipient of Niagara College’s Peter F. Druker Award for non-profit innovation from Niagara College – and the Food Bank Innovator of the Year Award from the Ontario Association of Food Banks.Alexandrai HlinyanszkyAlexandra Hlinyanszky (BA ’02)Pan CafeAlexandra Hlinyanszky has always had a passion for food, people and social justice. Those passions convinced her to launch Pan Café in 2007 – a St. Catharines-based restaurant with a special menu designed to accommodate everyone from vegans and vegetarians to people with gluten and dietary issues. With the help of her husband, Hlinyanszky grows several organic foods for the restaurant in their backyard. She has also expanded her business, and now offers a new program that caters healthy food to young children.  Hlinyanszky has donated her time with many local organizations including Wellspring Niagara and the Suitcase in Point Theatre Company where she acts as Artistic Director.  She also provides free space at her restaurant to many community groups that need to hold special events.Karen Marquardt WyersKaren Marquardt Wyers (BRLS ’93)Radar Property Management Inc.As operating partner at Radar Property Management, Marquardt Wyers specializes in tenant recruitment, property management and property investment consulting. Marquardt Wyers’ husband launched their firm in 2001 and she decided to come on board after her maternity leave in 2006. Since that time, Marquardt Wyers has helped to grow their business – quadrupling their client base and adding a staff of five. She’s also seen her sales triple in the past three years. Marquardt Wyers is proud to serve her community, sitting on the Parent Involvement Committee at Prince Philip Public School. In 1997, she helped found Paul’s Kids – a charitable organization named after her late father that raises money for children’s sports initiatives. Their annual Tall Paul Fall Classic golf tournament has raised more than $30,000 to date.Jeffrey NeillJeffrey Neill (BAcc ’04)Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLPSince joining DJB as a co-op student in 2004, Jeffrey Neill has been committed to being the best.  Working his way up the ladder, he was promoted to the position of Manager in 2007 – and is now responsible for $400,000 in billings, training and mentoring a staff of 15, and chairing the firm’s IT committee.  Neill is a firm believer in helping out in the community.  Each year, he volunteers his time with several organizations and events including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Terry Fox Run – and helps provide free income tax clinics for low income families in Welland. He also assists with the Niagara Food Festival, recently helping their team get out of debt, turning a $130,000 deficit into $200,000 in assets.Laura RicciutoLaura Ricciuto (BA ’05, MBA ’08)Kaizen Marketing & Creative Design HouseLaura Ricciuto is President of Kaizen Marketing & Creative Design House where she is responsible for running the day-to-day operation and overseeing client project management. With Ricciuto’s strong work ethic and firm direction, her company has experienced strong growth, expanding its sales by over 50% each year.  Starting out as a small operation, Kaizen Marketing has now secured a premium office space in downtown St. Catharines and dramatically increased their range of services.  Ricciuto is also a pillar of the community through her volunteer work with countless local charities and non-profit organizations like United Way, Community Care and the St. Catharines & Area Arts Council.Dave ShawDave Shaw Advanced Office Solutions Inc.Dave Shaw is Co-owner and Managing Partner of Advanced Office Solutions – one of North America’s most successful Xerox partners.  He began his career as a Xerox sales rep in 2000 and quickly rose up the ranks to Sales Manager.  By 2004, Shaw had launched Thunder Bay Xerographix Inc. where he was responsible for all business accounts in Northern Ontario for Xerox Canada.  Born and raised in Niagara, he sold his business and moved back to the area to launch his new IT firm in 2008.   Shaw also has a professional auctioneering background and has volunteered those skills with a wide range of organizations – from the Thunder Bay Children’s Hospital to the Wise Guys Charity Fund.Natalie TokarNatalee Tokar (BBA ’03)Research & Innovation Division, Niagara CollegeAs Acting Director at Research & Innovation, Natalee Tokar is responsible for the direction and management of applied research projects and related innovation activities.  Here, Tokar provides opportunities for more than 1,000 Niagara College students to work on over 75 real world projects each year.  In her role, she develops relationships with provincial and federal funding agencies, obtaining more than $2-million in funding to assist small and medium-sized businesses in Niagara.  By creating partnership models, working with community organizations, and helping research and innovation to thrive in our region, Tokar is working to create a better community for the people of Niagara.Andrew WareAndrew Ware (BBE ’03)Meridian Credit UnionAndrew Ware is a Financial Services Advisor at the Glendale Branch of Meridian Credit Union where he is dedicated to providing their members with solid and straight-forward financial advice.  Joining the Meridian team in 2008, Ware has experienced incredible success, increasing his sales by 173% in the past year and improving his performance by taking in various seminars and training courses.  Ware enjoys working for an employer of choice like Meridian because of their dedication to the community.   And Ware has demonstrated that same commitment to the community as a member of the St. Catharines Jaycees where he helps to support several local groups including Community C.A.R.E., Big Brothers Big Sisters and Wellspring Niagara.Special thanks to Tyler James Photography for providing the above photos as well as Adam Shields (BSM ’02) and Julie Shields (nee Dodge) (BKin ’03) of The Business Link for providing the above background information for the seven Brock recipients of The Business Link’s 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards. read more

(Left) Maryland then-sophomore wide receiver Stefon Diggs (1) runs for a score during a game against Old Dominion on Sept. 7, 2013 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. Credit: Courtesy of MCT (Right) OSU then-freshman safety Vonn Bell (11), interacts with fans during a game against Northwestern on Oct. 5, 2013, at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Maryland Terrapins have never won a Big Ten football game at home — but then again, they’ve never played one.Ohio State, ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press top 25, is set to be the first Big Ten team to take a shot at Maryland on the Terrapins’ home turf since the team joined the conference this season.“We’re going to go there and welcome them to the Big Ten,” senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said Wednesday. “It’s going to be a big game. We’re going to show them what Big Ten football is, and hopefully it’ll work out in our favor.”The Buckeyes (3-1, 0-0) are set to face-off with the Terrapins (4-1, 1-0) on Saturday at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.The matchup pits the Buckeyes — members of the Big Ten for more than 100 years — against the Terrapins, who are set to play just their second game in the conference to date. It is set to be the first-ever football game between the two schools.Despite Maryland’s inexperience in the conference, Heuerman said playing a Big Ten game is always important, regardless of the opponent.“Obviously it’s going to be a little bit bigger than what we’ve seen so far,” he said. “So we need to go in there with the right mindset.”Both teams have suffered one loss this season, with Maryland’s coming by just three points against West Virginia on Sept. 13. The Buckeyes’ loss came a week earlier when they fell to Virginia Tech, 35-21, in their home opener.OSU coach Urban Meyer said beginning conference play won’t make his team work any harder, but he acknowledged games in the Big Ten are different for one main reason.“Our goal is to compete for a championship in November, and this is it,” Meyer said Wednesday.As OSU hopes to take its first step toward winning a Big Ten championship this season, there will be no guarantees as the Buckeyes’ defense is pitted against a Maryland offense that features multiple dimensions.Through five games, Maryland is averaging 36.8 points per game, largely because of the success of a dual-quarterback system and the talent of junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The two quarterbacks — junior Caleb Rowe and redshirt-senior C.J. Brown — each bring a different skillset to the table. Diggs is a player Meyer targeted coming out of high school, and the OSU coach praised him heading into Saturday.“I knew when watching him play (in high school) that he was special,” Meyer said Monday. “Now that I see him, he’s as good as there is in America.”Diggs has totaled 29 receptions for 398 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season.Brown is the runner of the quarterback duo and leads the Terrapins with 266 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. He’s also thrown 128 pass attempts, compared to just 32 from Rowe, for 996 yards, seven touchdowns and only three interceptions. Rowe has thrown four touchdowns in three games with only one pick.Meyer said he doesn’t expect to know which quarterback will start until the day of the game because Brown missed the end of Maryland’s most recent game with a wrist injury, but said he’s aware of the quarterback’s athleticism.“Obviously when (Brown) is in there it is changed, it’s a much different offense than when the other guy (Rowe) is in there so the quarterback run is a big part of it,” he said Wednesday.While the defense will have to look for that added dimension when Brown is on the field, the threat of Diggs making a big play could be ever-present with each snap of the ball.Sophomore safety Vonn Bell, who was one of a few OSU defensive backs to give up a long touchdown against Cincinnati last Saturday, said he and his teammates have seen what Diggs can do. He said the plan to stop Maryland’s top target will be simple.“He’s a player, he’s a very special guy,” Bell said Wednesday. “He likes to get his plays, make plays, so we gotta tackle him.”Bell went on to say Diggs has an idea of his own ability, and isn’t afraid to tell opposing players about it.“He’s got swagger, he’s very confident,” he said. “If he makes a catch, I think he’s gonna try and talk back to me, but I’m gonna tell him to come and make a play.”While Bell has no plans to back down from Diggs, he and his fellow defensive backs might not be the only position group keying on Gaithersburg, Md., product.Meyer singled out Diggs and sophomore defensive back William Likely as two of the top return threats in the conference.“(The) best punt returner is No. 4 (Likely), best in the Big Ten, and then Diggs is the best kickoff returner, very talented group,” Meyer said Monday. “Already spent an inordinate amount of time Sunday and Monday on our coverage units this week because that will be a big difference in this game.”Heuerman echoed his coach and addressed the stress put toward “attention to detail” on special teams during practice heading into the game.“We’re doing some things differently,” Heuerman said. “I wouldn’t say it’s been a dramatic amount, we know it’s going to be a big part to this week. Going into their house and playing on the road, special teams is always important.”Regardless of which particular units have brought the success, both teams head into the game on two-game winning streaks. The Buckeyes are coming off a matchup with Cincinnati in which they posted 710 yards of total offense while the Terrapins scored a combined 71 points in their two most recent wins — against Syracuse on Sept. 20 and Indiana on Sept. 27.Maryland received five points in the most recent AP poll, and could move into the top 25 with a win against the Buckeyes.The game is set to kick off at noon Saturday before the Buckeyes head into a bye week.After that week off, OSU is scheduled to play Rutgers on Oct. 18 for homecoming. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

first_imgIn the realm of space photography, the Hubble Space Telescope still has the mind share. However, there are some Earthbound competitors capable of taking some mighty pretty pictures, and you probably don’t know them by name. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is letting everyone vote on what celestial object the Very Large Telescope (VLT) should check out next.The VLT is based in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile, which is the driest place on Earth. The telescope is actually an array of four smaller telescopes, each with a primary mirror 8.2m in diameter. The four units can be focused individually, or in tandem to get a higher-resolution image. This telescope operates in the visible and infrared wavelengths, but this democratic process is all about those pretty visible light shots.The VLT is like a giant telephoto lens, so astronomers have to be judicious in choosing targets. Large objects, like nearby nebulae are too large to fit into the frame. The ESO has picked 16 possible candidates, and you can vote on which one gets imaged on the website. Researchers usually have to submit detailed proposals to have objects observed by the VLT, but not this time.Voting runs through October 5, 2012, which is the 50th anniversary of the ESO. At that time, the object with the most votes will observed by the VLT. As of now, Thor’s Helmet (an emission nebula) is in the lead. The preview images from the Digitized Sky Project are being used to give you an idea what the objects look like, but the VLT examples just illustrate how much better its images will be.You have to include an email address to vote, and the ESO is giving away some prizes to some lucky voters. Really, it’s a win-win.via ESOlast_img read more

first_imgA German couple visiting Greece were hailed as heroes by the local press Wednesday after paying 875 euros ($945) to a town hall in what they said were World War II reparations.“They came to my office on Tuesday morning, saying they wanted to make up for their government’s attitude. They made their calculations and said each German owed 875 euros for what Greece had to pay during World War II,” Dimitris Kotsouros, Nafplio mayor, told AFP.The mayor of the seaport town where the tourists deposited their cheque, said the money has since been donated to a local charity.He said they chose his town “because it was the first capital of Greece in the 19th century.”Greek media reports named the pair as Ludwig Zacaro and Nina Lahge. They say he is retired, and that she works a 30-hour week. They did not have enough money to pay for two, one paper said.Athens is struggling under a crushing debt mountain that amounts to around 175 percent of the country’s annual economic output.The country has long claimed Germany owes it payment for a forced wartime loan and other reparations, and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras recently said Greece had a “moral obligation” to claim payment.Germany’s economy minister last week rejected the calls however. “The likelihood is zero,” said Simgar Gabriel.Nearly 70 years have passed since the end of the war during which the Nazis occupied Greece for four years and forced the Greek central bank to give the Third Reich a loan that financially ruined the country.The dispute has grown in intensity because of tensions between Athens and the rest of the eurozone as Germany leads demands for economic austerity that Greece and other southern European countries are struggling to handle.Figures from some sources in Athens put the amount still owed by Germany at around 162 billion euros ($183 billion), or more than half the level of debt that Greece is currently struggling with.Source: AFP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgiPhone 4 : Apple essaie-t-il de noyer le poisson ?États-Unis – Lors de sa conférence de crise concernant les problèmes de réception observés sur l’iPhone 4, Steve Jobs a tenté de minimiser les effets de l’anomalie. Le patron d’Apple a décidé de régler le problème en offrant des coques aux utilisateurs, signalant que la concurrence ne fait pas mieux. Un argument assez mal accueilli.Depuis plusieurs semaines, Apple ne se fait pas que des amis. Montrée du doigt pour la mauvaise qualité de réception de son iPhone 4, la firme à la pomme a finalement provoqué une conférence de crise. Son PDG Steve Jobs n’a pas souhaité parler d’échange ou de retour mais propose des coques gratuites aux clients afin de corriger le problème d’antenne.Les utilisateurs de l’iPhone 4 pourront aussi se faire rembourser. Mais la polémique a enflé lorsque le dirigeant a cité des appareils RIM, HTC et Nokia en critiquant leurs performances. La concurrence est naturellement outrée par ce comportement : “La tentative par Apple d’intégrer RIM dans sa propre débâcle est inacceptable” expliquent Mike Lazaridis et Jim Balsillie, propriétaires de l’entreprise. “Cela semble être une tentative délibérée de tromper l’opinion et de détourner l’attention de la situation difficile dans laquelle se trouve Apple.”Le 19 juillet 2010 à 11:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Email Dave Mathews Band Announces North American Tour dave-mathews-band-announces-north-american-summer-tour Dave Mathews Band Announces North American Summer Tour News Twitter center_img Facebook The group continues the touring momentum since they released their first album in six years, ‘Come Tomorrow,’ in 2018Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 22, 2019 – 1:16 pm Amidst hopping on festival lineups, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Sea.Hear.Now Festival, the GRAMMY-winning Dave Mathews Band have announced their own tour across North America. The band will launch their summer tour on April 30 in Pensacola, Fla. that will include stops in Dallas and Hartford, Conn., before wrapping up in Asbury Park, N.J. at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival.The dates begin after Dave Mathews’ three nights with Tim Reynolds in Mexico’s Riviera Maya in Feb.DMB launched their first album in six years Come Tomorrow, the follow-up to Away From The World, in 2018.Presale for the tour begins on Jan. 24 via the band’s fan site, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Feb. 22. Additionally, each ticket can be redeemed for an unreleased live recording from the band’s 2018 tour.Meet First-Time Nominee: Ashley McBryde On Self-Acceptance & Why There’s Room For Everyone In Country Musiclast_img read more

first_imgKarimnagar: Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Saturday came to rescue of three bike riders who were injured in a road accident. Eatala who was traveling to Jagtiyal district saw the injured seeking help on the road. There bikes were hit by a car on Gangadhara-Jagtiyal road. The minister responded immediately and took them to a government hospital in Karimnagar. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Social Welfare Minister Koppala Ishwar and MLC Naradasu Lakshmanrao also accompanied Eatala. Eatala ordered the superintendent of the hospital in Karimnagar to provide best medical treatment to the injured. The victims belong to Gopalarao Peeta village of Kodimala mandal in Jagtiyal district. The injured are identified as Komati Chandsheker (45), Nalini (38)couple and their child Naveena Chandra(14). Their condition is reported to be stable.last_img read more

first_imgKamakshi RaiPR HandoutInfluenced by her mother, Gitanjali Rai, a renowned singer of ghazals and devotional music, Mumbai based Kamakshi Rai’s musical journey started early in life. Her musical career catapulted into the spotlight in 2015 when she featured as a contestant on ‘The Stage’, India’s first English music talent hunt. She was a runner-up on the show.Owing to her half-Mangalorean and half-Punjabi background, she can sing effortlessly in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Bengali. She has also dubbed in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, thanks to her aptitude for mimicking accents and sounds.Kamakshi’s Bollywood debut will take place with the release of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, a film produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Vasan Bala. She has sung two songs in this movie, ‘Tere liye’ and ‘Dreamtime’.The film has won several international awards – including the People’s Choice Midnight Madness award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – and is slated for March 21, 2019 release in India.Going from Batman pyjamas to flowing floor length gowns, this tomboy-turned-diva is now making her mark on the music industry with her sultry voice and dynamic personality.last_img read more

first_imgKathy Willens/APHouston Astros’ Jose Altuve has energized a city that’s still suffering the effects of a devastating hurricane.The World Series begins Tuesday night in Los Angeles and it’s a fitting conclusion to the baseball season. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have been two of the best teams all year. L.A. won a major league best 104 games; Houston, 101. And and now they’re playing for a championship.Time for a new memory? Last year’s World Series winner, the Chicago Cubs, ended a 108-year championship drought. If the favored Dodgers can beat Houston four out of seven games, L.A. can end 29 years without.That’s a blip compared to the Cubs.But who’s comparing?Not Dodgers fans or players … like pitching ace Clayton Kershaw. They appear ready to move on from the city’s most cherished sports memory — the 1988 Kirk Gibson pinch hit World Series home run.“There’s not a lot of organizations that have the type of history that the Dodgers do,” Kershaw said Monday. “And I hope after this week’s over, they can start talking about 2017 a little bit more and 1988 a lot less.”Win for HoustonStarting tonight, Kershaw will have a hand in shifting the conversation. A big left hand, and arm, that he’ll wield as L.A.’s Game 1 starter. Kershaw often is called the best pitcher of his generation, and he’ll have to summon all his skill against the Astros. Houston is the best-hitting team in baseball. The lineup from top to bottom can put balls in play and crush home runs. And the heart of that offensive attack is the smallest player on the field. Five-foot-six-inch second baseman Jose Altuve can hit any type of pitch. And he has energized a city that’s still suffering the effects of a devastating hurricane. Altuve said Monday he’ll have Houston in mind as he tries to help the Astros win their first ever World Series.“It’s been a city that, y’know, has been going through a lot of things this year,” Altuve said, “When we were playing on the road, while they were having a hard time with the hurricane. Then we came back, we tried to help them. We want to win this World Series for them. Because they deserve it and because they’ve been true fans all year long.”Matt Slocum/APLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been called the best pitcher of his generation, but he’ll meet his match with Houston, the best-hitting team.Best team ever?The Dodgers, though, are favored for several reasons. Kershaw leads a rotation of great starting pitchers, but the bullpen has been especially good. L.A. relievers held a powerful Chicago Cubs lineup scoreless for the entire National League Championship Series. It was part of the L.A. bullpen’s playoff record 23-straight innings without letting opposing batters score. The Dodgers will be tested mightily by Houston’s bats. But baseball analysts give L.A. hitters a better chance of breaking through against Houston’s bullpen, which hasn’t been great. Certainly not as effective as the Dodgers.Although a notch below the Astros offensively, L.A. still has a formidable lineup. From man-of-the-moment Justin Turner, to the always dangerous and flamboyant Yasiel Puig, to homerun pounding rookie sensation Cody Bellinger.If pitching and hitting aren’t enough, the Dodgers play great defense as well.In late August, Sports Illustrated had a feature on the Dodgers with these words on the cover: Best. Team. Ever? True to the SI cover jinx, L.A. then entered a curious tailspin, losing 16 of 17 games. Perhaps the baseball Gods needed to humble the Southern California juggernaut. Lucky for L.A., the losing streak ended early enough in September for the Dodgers to ramp up for the playoffs. And in the postseason, they’ve won 7 of 8 games.But few outside of Los Angeles expect a Dodgers rout in the World Series. Houston has faced adversity in the playoffs, winning two elimination games in the American League Championship Series. The Astros have outstanding starting pitchers, including former Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander and Game 1 starter Dallas Keuchel. And despite the adage that good pitching beats good hitting, powerful hitting teams like the Astros actually have had more success in recent World Series.It will be power vs. power. No Davids allowed — this World Series is Goliath and Goliath. And it’s the first World Series since 1970 matching two teams that have won at least 100 regular season games.A fitting end.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Aiming to popularise scientific thinking among the youth, a two-day science and technology meet began at a city college here on Tuesday. The primary objective of the 3rd Regional Science and Technology Congress is to provide a forum for dissemination of information on scientific research, especially among young scientists, a state minister told reporters. The meet was organised by West Bengal’s Department of Science and Technology, and Biotechnology, at the Bidhannagar College campus. Another basic objective of the science meet is to synergise new ideas with societal needs, Science, Technology and Biotechnology Minister Bratya Basu said. The number of abstracts received across 12 broad disciplines were 676 with 504 of them chosen for the technical session, the organisers said.last_img read more

first_imgNew York: Do people depend on gut feeling for taking tough decisions? Not really. They think through difficult moral problems and do not primarily rely on automatic “gut” reactions to make tough decisions, finds a study.The findings suggested that adolescents and adults reason deeply about complex moral issues, belying the popular notion that we rely on our ‘guts’ and don’t think through challenging questions on right and wrong.”When confronted with very, very hard questions about the value of life, decisions are grounded in multiple and sometimes competing considerations about harm, welfare, individual rights, fairness, and justice,” said lead author Audun Dahl, Associate Professor of psychology at the University of California in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Contrary to popular belief, people are quite able to articulate all of this when asked to justify how they arrived at their decision,” he added in the paper detailed in the journal, Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.In the study, he analysed moral reasoning by sharing examples of hypothetical dilemma scenarios, with 432 adolescents, college students, and other adults.In the first scenario, a train hurtling down a track was about to hit and kill five people, but a bystander could throw a switch and divert the train to another track, saving five lives. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the second, five people were tied to a track. A bystander on a footbridge above the track could push one man to his death on the track, taking one life to save five others. In both situations, people recognised the value of life, they want to maximize the welfare of all.In addition to the number of lives that would be saved, “both adolescents and adults considered a number of factors: the fundamental value of life, the intrinsic rights of individuals, and their responsibilities in the scenarios, as well as guilt and social repercussions,” he noted.”Our findings rebut that adults can’t reason about moral issues,” Dahl said.last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.  Click for Sound Watch Next Video will play in  We Are Stoke-on-Trentcenter_img Click to playTap to play Share this video Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to the Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, January 24. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsNo water for some customers in ST2 area15:35If you have a hacking cough here’s how you can get rid of it13:20Police hunt burglars who stole £13k cash and loved-one’s ashes after ransacking city home11:59Mum, 48, is BANNED from school – after leading revolt over flavoured water in packed lunches08:5517:43Busy on Bucknall RoadHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 17:32Slow traffic in Festival WayVery slow traffic on Festival Way in both directions near Forge Lane.17:02Accident on M6Slow traffic due to earlier accident on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and Keele Services. All lanes have been re-opened.Lane one (of three) was closed until around 16:50. Keele Services is located between J16 and J15. 16:17A50 busy but moving…A50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 16:08Warning as bogus Severn Trent Water workers try to gain entry into homesSevern Trent Water is warning its customers to be vigilant after several bogus company officials have tried to gain entry into people’s homes.The utilities company has received a number of reports from Stoke-on-Trent residents of people claiming there is low water pressure in the area.But when this occurred, there were no Severn Trent teams operating in those areas at that time.Read more here.15:44Advice for those without water this afternoon…15:41Broken down bus in EndonReports of heavy traffic due to broken down bus on A53 Leek Road in both directions near Basnett’s Wood Road.Broken down bus has been reported to be by Co-op. 15:35KEY EVENTNo water for some customers in ST2 areaA Severn Trent Water spokesman said:Customers in the ST2 area of Stoke-on-Trent may be experiencing water supplies to be off or at low pressure due to a repair being carried out to our water pipes. Our teams are out on site now and will work hard to get this pipe fixed and everything back to normal as quickly as possible.” Areas with an ST2 postcode include Abbey Hulton, Baddeley Green, Bentilee, Berry Hill, Bucknall as well as Milton and part of Werrington and the Staffordshire Moorlands. 14:31Accident in HanleySlow traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A5010 Etruria Road in both directions near A53 / Festival Way (Festival Park Roundabout).The accident is not too far from the Octagon Retail Park. 14:30Busy in EtruriaQueueing traffic on A53 Etruria Road in both directions around B5369 Basford Park Road (Basford Bank), congestion to A5010 Etruria Road / Festival Way (Festival Park Roundabout). In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights causing delays. 13:20KEY EVENTIf you have a hacking cough here’s how you can get rid of itHundreds of people across North Staffordshire are suffering from a nasty cough virus which first emerged in mid-December and has continued into January.Hospital admissions have soared across the UK because of the illness and surgeries have reported seeing a large number of patients with a cough that cannot be treated with antibiotics.For some it can turn into a more serious lung infection.Read what to look out for in our report here. 12:36Wetherspoon pulls steak from the menu at all 900 pubs – on STEAK NIGHTPub giant Wetherspoon has apologised to customers after steak night went ahead – without any steak.The meat was taken off the menu at every one of the chain’s 900 venues – including Hanley – due to an issue with supplies.A notice apparently pictured at one pub said the Aberdeen Angus rump steak, Sirloin steak and gammon were unavailable, with chicken replacing steak in the mixed grill.Read our full report here.12:24M6 Northbound accident now clearedAll lanes are now open and traffic has returned to normal on the M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). 11:59KEY EVENTPolice hunt burglars who stole £13k cash and loved-one’s ashes after ransacking city homePolice are hunting burglars who stole £30,000 of items including the ashes of a loved one after smashing their way into a home.Thieves ransacked the bedrooms of the property near the Catchems Corner pub between Meir and Blythe Bridge yesterday afternoon.Among the items taken included £13,000 cash, jewellery, electrical items and men’s designer clothes.A red decorative velvet bag containing a deceased family member’s ashes was also taken.The gang had broken in by smashing a glass panel in the rear door.Read our full report here. 11:04Heavily-pregnant Rebecca, 20, is having to sleep in the lounge of her ‘mouldy’ flat – and wants the council to re-house herHeavily-pregnant council tenant Rebecca Pritchard is having to sleep in the lounge – after claiming her only bedroom is riddled with damp.The 20-year-old’s double bed is now a permanent fixture in the lounge after describing her Smallthorne home as ‘uninhabitable’.She says she had to throw out all the fixtures and fittings from the bedroom after they were affected by damp and mould.Now Rebecca – who is 29 weeks pregnant – is set to be re-housed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council after lodging a complaint with the authority.Read the full story here.09:54Leek market cancelled due to weatherThe Sentinel has had confirmation that today’s outdoor market in Leek has been cancelled due to the strong winds and weather conditions. The indoor markets will be open as normal. 09:29THREE lanes of M6 Northbound closed after accidentThree lanes of the M6 Northbound are closed between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South) after an accident. One lane out of four is open, so traffic is very slow.08:55KEY EVENTMum, 48, is BANNED from school – after leading revolt over flavoured water in packed lunchesA mum has been banned from going to her children’s school – after leading a revolt over packed lunches.Bernadette Finnegan has been told she can no longer go on to Abbey Hulton Primary School’s grounds.The interim ban comes after she complained about new healthy eating rules for pupils who take their dinner in. You can read the full story here.08:40Traffic hotspots this morningWatch out for delays on the following road on your morning commute: A50 Eastbound around B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout)A500 Northbound between Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off) and M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is ten minutes. A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank), TunstallBucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre, Hanley08:25It’s a very blustery day…According to the Met Office, today will get off to a wet and windy start, with a band of rain heavy at times, accompanied by gusty and squally winds, moving quickly southeastwards, but clearing by midday. Sunny spells and some showers will follow into the afternoon, but it will stay windy. Maximum temperature 11 °C. 07:06Good morningWelcome to The Sentinel’s live blog, where we’ll be bringing you the latest news, travel updates and more.last_img read more