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first_imgLondon, Nov 14 (AFP) Roger Federer has hit back at claims he gets preferential treatment from tennis tournaments due to his status as one of the sport’s all-time greats. Federer was responding to controversial comments from French veteran Julien Benneteau, who said the 20-Grand Slam champion was able to use his reputation to secure favourable scheduling. Benneteau offered Federer’s matches at the last two Australian Opens as evidence, suggesting the Swiss star was granted his preference to play in the evening session to avoid the blistering Melbourne heat. “Over the last two Australian Opens, he played 14 matches, because he was champion and finalist. And he played 12 or 13 of them in the night session,” Benneteau told France’s RMC Sport recently. “On the same day Federer played Jan-Lennard Struff, Novak Djokovic played Gael Monfils. “Any tournament director would put Djokovic-Monfils on the night session at 7:30pm, right? But no. They played at 2:30pm, in 104 degrees. And Federer-Struff played at night. “It’s normal that he gets preferential treatment, with everything he’s done. But, in some tournaments, there are big differences in the conditions. He has no idea what that’s like.” But Federer was supported by world number one Novak Djokovic on Monday, with his rival suggesting the six-time Australian Open winner had actually earned the right to “special treatment” for all the good he has done for the sport. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley also released a statement saying the scheduling of Federer’s matches for the evening was a response to fan demand to watch a “once-in-a-generation athlete”, rather than any desire to cater to tennis’s biggest star.advertisement Tiley is an investor in the Laver Cup, a Ryder Cup-style annual tournament promoted by Federer and his management group Team8, but denies a conflict of interest. – Special favours – =================== Asked about the controversy, former world number one Federer said that while he does speak to tournament chiefs about scheduling, he doesn’t believe he gets special favours. “I get asked ‘would you like to play Monday or Tuesday’ sometimes. Sometimes I get asked, ‘Do you want to play day or night?’ Sometimes they go ask my agent,” Federer told reporters after his win over Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals on Tuesday. “Sometimes they ask me, you know, Asia wants you to play at night. Yes, sometimes we have our say. But I asked to play Monday at the US Open and I played Tuesday night. “It’s all good, you know. I’ve had that problem for 20 years in the good way. Sometimes I get help, sometimes I don’t. I think there you have it. “Yeah, sometimes they come ask, sometimes they don’t. But a lot of the facts are not right, just to be clear there, from what I heard.” Federer is bidding to win his 100th career singles title at the ATP Finals and he made it clear he wanted to draw a line under the favouritism issue. “I don’t really in feel the mood during a World Tour Finals to discuss that topic, to be honest,” he said. “The radio interview that happened over a week ago that surfaces now in French, Julien, who is a nice guy, I know him since the junior times, I think all of this has been totally taken out of context.” (AFP) AHlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) Footballer Sunil Chhetri’s plea for supporting the national football team was the most retweeted post in India for 2018, while celebrity couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s picture on Karvachauth turned out to be the most liked tweets of this year, according to Twitter.As per ‘2018’s biggest moments in India on Twitter’ released on Wednesday, the southern film industry clinched seven of the top 10 hashtags for this year.Women speaking up against sexual harassment in the #MeToo movement and people demanding #JusticeForAsifa were the ‘most influential moments on Twitter’ on 2018, it said in a statement here.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the most talked about Indian account on Twitter, followed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and BJP President Amit Shah. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal followed them on the list that also had Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan at number 7.”In 2018, people on Twitter connected, campaigned, learned, debated, and had conversations. They came to share opinions and see other points of view. From #MeToo to #Sarkar, #IPL, state elections, and everyday interests, Indians flocked to Twitter to find out what’s happening in the world and to talk about it,” Twitter said.Chhetri’s video post of June 2 was retweeted about 60,000 times.Virat Kohli’s tweet featuring a picture with Anushka Sharma on the occasion of Karvachauth, quite literally won over the Twitterati. With over 2,15,000 likes, the tweet showcasing the celebrity couple in ethnic wear emerged as the Most Liked Tweet of 2018, the statement added.advertisementSouth Indian films #Sarkar, #Viswasam, #BharatAneNenu, #AravindhaSametha, #Rangasthalam, #Kaala and TV show #BiggBossTelugu2 clinched 7 of the top 10 hashtags this year. Other top hashtag that trended, related to return of Chennai Super Kings with #WhistlePodu and the emergence of #MeToo in India.”2018 was also the year when Twitter reacted en masse as people demanded #JusticeForAsifa, engaged in ongoing political debates on #KarnatakaElection and #Aadhaar. But it wasn’t just politics and movements that had people Tweeting in 2018,” it said.India celebrated #DeepVeer’s romance as well as major wins at global sporting occasions like #AsianGames as Indian athletes, including Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia), Hima Das (@HimaDas8) and PV Sindhu (@Pvsindhu), won laurels – all of which was captured in the ‘most influential moments on Twitter’, the statement noted. PTI MBI BALlast_img read more

first_imgWho do you think is to blame for the final outcome of the Oklahoma State game on Saturday? Mike Gundy admitted the end of the game was a “dumb call” on his part; meanwhile, the MAC official who called the game admitted an error had been made. What’s your take? Vote below in the twitter poll and leave us a comment!Curious who everyone holds at fault for the final play today … this will be an interesting discussion on Sunday.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 10, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgClose view of NCAA football.(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)College football is heating up when it comes to recruiting, and the latest recruit on tap to announce his decision is none other than Joseph Johnson. The four-star cornerback from Virginia is expected to make his decision later today.The current favorite for Johnson is Penn State, which makes sense considering his recent visit with the program.Following his visit in Happy Valley, Johnson went on Twitter to announced that he’s changing his decision date. He originally expected to make his decision on July 4, but ultimately moved up the date two days earlier.The four schools remaining in the hunt for Johnson are Penn State, Ohio State, NC State and Texas A&M. They’ll find out whether or not they’re landing the talented defensive back very soon. Johnson revealed on Twitter that his commitment will come later this evening.Check it out:I’m committing at 7 today !— (J3)Joseph Johnson lll (@joseph_johnson7) July 2, 2019Johnson is the No. 33 cornerback in his class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. The site’s internal rankings have him as No. 20 recruit at his position.Penn State is on a recruiting hot streak lately, and receiving a commitment from Johnson would help bolster their future secondary.The only defensive back that Penn State has a commitment from at the moment is Ji’Ayir Brown. Perhaps that’ll change around 7  p.m. EST, when Johnson announces where he’ll play college football.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The Panama Canal has welcomed 11 new services through the waterway since its expansion, the canal authority said, adding that this number is expected to grow further as global shipping lines are redrawn to take advantage of the canal’s economies of scale.“The Expanded Canal has had a global ripple effect on maritime trade,” said the Panama Canal’s Strategic Relations Manager, Marianela Dengo.“However, the true impact will be felt gradually over the long-term, and we’re very excited for the growth still to come.”Specifically, the ports along the U.S. East Coast have benefited considerably from the canal’s expansion. Namely, January 2017 was a record month for many U.S. East Coast ports, including the Ports of Charleston, Philadelphia, and Savannah, which recorded 28 percent, 34 percent and 16 percent container volume growths, respectively.Ports in Virginia and Baltimore also saw record-breaking volumes in 2016. The Port of Virginia handled more than 2.65 million TEUs, a 4.2 percent increase compared to the year prior, while the Port of Baltimore handled more than 10 million tons of general cargo and a record number of containers.“This growth can be attributed in part to the Canal, which has and will continue to draw additional cargo volumes to the region, as ports continue to expand,” ACP said.In Florida, PortMiami is ‘Big Ship Ready’, having completed more than USD 1 billion in infrastructure improvements, including its Deep Dredge Project. The project was responsible for increasing Miami’s channel depth up to 52 feet, and allowing the port to welcome its first Neopanamax vessel on July 9, 2016.Other ports, such as the Ports of Virginia and Charleston, have plans to invest millions of dollars for dredging projects, infrastructure improvements and other work to enhance their logistics capabilities. The Port of New York and New Jersey recently announced plans to increase investments to USD 200 million at the Port Elizabeth facility.In January 2017, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), with the transit of 1,260 ships through both the expanded and original locks, the canal authority announced.The expansion program included the construction of a new set of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the waterway and the excavation of more than 150 million cubic meters of material, creating a second lane of traffic and doubling the cargo capacity of the waterway.The expanded locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original canal.Seven months after the beginning of operations, the expanded canal has been transited by more than 750 Neopanamax vessels.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave an “in-principle” approval to three of the six new Delhi Metro corridors under Phase-IV of the network. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley shared this information with reporters at a media briefing after the cabinet meeting.Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has expressed his happiness by this decision taken by the Union Urban Development Ministry but on the other hand, Gahlot expressed his disappointment with the Union cabinet approving only three corridors after two months of Delhi government decisions. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsWhile the Delhi Cabinet had approved all the 6 corridors comprised in Delhi Metro’s phase-4 on December 21, 2018, the central government approved only Tughlakabad-Aerocity (20.20 km), Janakpuri West-R K Ashram (28.92 km) and Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km) sections. This will add to the existing 350 km-long Delhi Metro network. “No reasons have been given as to why all the six corridors could not be approved. I hope that the Union Cabinet would approve the remaining three corridors as well,” Gahlot said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe matter of fact that Delhi Cabinet had given in-principle approval on December 19, 2018. The Delhi government had passed estimated amount of Rs 9,707 crore on Phase-IV for the next five years. This financial year, the Delhi government has allocated Rs 500 crore. “The lines will have 17 underground and 29 elevated stations with 25 stations between Janakpuri and R K Ashram, 15 stations between Aerocity and Tughlakabad and six between Maujpur and Mukundpur,” said in the Union government statements. The other three lines which are yet to receive the Cabinet nod are Rithala-Bawana, Inderlok-Indraprastha and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block. The total outlay for the project will be Rs 24,948.65 crore in a 50:50 sharing pattern with the Delhi government. It may be pertinent to mention that by the end of December, 2018, DMRC had finished third phase Metro projects but fourth phase metro project could not yet start. This happened for the first time since 1998 that Delhi Metro could not start next project after finishing previous one.last_img read more

19 February 2008The top United Nations envoy to Sudan told the Security Council today that the implementation of the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement ending the long-running north-south civil war remains on track, despite being behind schedule. The top United Nations envoy to Sudan told the Security Council today that the implementation of the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement ending the long-running north-south civil war remains on track, despite being behind schedule.Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Sudan, said the overall security in the ceasefire zone remains relatively stable, but tensions between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) actually increased along the current boundary between northern and southern Sudan.Mr. Qazi warned that while the working relationship between the two parties – which fought the 21-year civil war until 2005 – was relatively cordial, it suffered from a significant lack of trust and confidence.But the envoy pointed to several important upcoming milestones for the accord (CPA) ending the war, including the conduct of a national census and then the holding of national elections next year.The most recent UN report on the implementation of the CPA found that major challenges lie ahead, but praised the leaders of both sides for demonstrating a willingness to resolve their differences through dialogue.As many as two million people were killed and 4.5 million others displaced during Sudan’s north-south civil war, which is separate from the conflict in the country’s western region of Darfur. read more

by News Staff Posted Oct 15, 2012 8:06 am MDT Softbank of Japan says deal reached to acquire 70 per cent of Sprint for $20.1 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Softbank Corp. has reached a deal to buy 70 per cent of U.S. mobile carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. for $20.1 billion in the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company.The agreement, announced Monday at a joint news conference in Tokyo by Softbank President Masayoshi Son and Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse, will bring together the third biggest mobile carriers of both Japan and the U.S., underlining the growth ambitions of Softbank, which has made a series of acquisitions over the last couple of decades.It also shows how the strong yen, which is usually seen as a negative for export-reliant Japan Inc., has boosted the overseas purchasing power of Japanese corporations as a stagnant domestic market pushes them to look abroad for growth. The Sprint buy pushes Japan’s overseas acquisitions so far this year, including debt of the acquired companies, to over $100 billion, nearly double the same period last year, according to deal tracking company Dealogic.The deal was given a green light by the boards of both companies. It still needs approval from Sprint shareholders and U.S. regulators. Softbank said the transaction is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.The combination of Softbank and Sprint will tie with AT&T for world’s No. 3 mobile company by revenue after China Mobile and Verizon, according to Softbank.Son said the investment made sense because the U.S. is the world’s biggest market in smartphones, and it was still growing.The news of the deal, which leaked late last week, had spooked investors worried about such a big investment and sent Softbank shares lower by about a third in recent sessions. Standard & Poor’s had placed Softbank on “credit watch negative,” meaning its credit rating could be downgraded. Shares of Sprint shot up in anticipation of the offer.Sprint has struggled in recent years to compete with Verizon and AT&T. The company has $21 billion in long-term debt, and has launched a costly network restructuring and signed a long-term contract to buy $15.5 billion worth of iPhones from Apple Inc. over four years.But Son said Sprint has been recovering on its own lately and is now getting cash, thanks to his investment. Son has a record of buying struggling mobile companies and turning them around, including the Japan unit of Vodafone.Under the agreement with Sprint, $12.1 billion will go to Sprint shareholders and $8 billion will be fresh capital, which will serve to strengthen Sprint’s balance sheet and networks, Son said. Softbank is offering $7.30 a share for the existing shares, about 27 per cent above Friday’s closing price of $5.73.Son has made no secret that he has been looking abroad for new growth as the Japanese mobile market has been stagnant for years. Softbank has been an exception in racking up strong profit despite such stagnation, largely on the popularity of the iPhone.Softbank was the first carrier to offer the iPhone in Japan. The iPhone has been such a hit in Japan it has shaped Softbank’s brand image and helped it lure customers away from its two bigger rivals. Son said earlier this year that he is determined Softbank will overtake NTT DoCoMo, the longtime No. 1, and a former government monopoly.Son said the advent of smartphones means that the U.S. and Japanese markets have much in common, and the two companies could benefit and learn from each other. They can also work together on faster speed “4G” mobile networks called LTE. Softbank recently bought smaller Japanese rival eAccess, largely to gain LTE networks.By joining forces, Sprint and Softbank will become one of the top world smartphone providers, gaining greater bargaining power with the manufacturers of the gadgets and network equipment suppliers.“This is a transformative transaction for Sprint that creates immediate value for our stockholders, while providing an opportunity to participate in the future growth of a stronger, better capitalized Sprint going forward,” Hesse said.Son, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, said he was only 16 when he ventured alone to the U.S.“I am happy to be able to tell you today of my big comeback to the U.S.,” he said. “This is going to be an even bigger challenge.”Before Monday’s deal, the biggest overseas acquisition by a Japanese company was Japan Tobacco Inc.’s purchase of Gallaher Group of Great Britain in 2007 for about $19 billion.But the strength of the yen, with the dollar plunging to 78 yen from about 85 yen two years ago, is encouraging Japanese companies to go shopping.Son, an unusually risk-taking and innovative executive in a corporate culture that tends to favour a staid conservative approach, acknowledged the big question is whether his overseas foray will succeed.“I am confident,” he said.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter: www.twitter.com/yurikageyama read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wheat board to buy Saskatchewan grain terminal as part of privatization plan by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2014 11:38 am MDT WINNIPEG – The Canadian Wheat Board is purchasing a grain-handling company in western Saskatchewan as part of a privatization plan.The federally owned grain marketer said Monday it has reached an agreement to buy all of the common shares of Great Sandhills Terminal Ltd. for $17.4 million pending approval by shareholders.The deal includes a grain-handling facility near Leader, Sask., and a shortline railway in the region.Dayna Spiring, the CWB’s chief strategy officer, said the purchase strengthens the board’s network, which includes other grain facilities in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.“It is a very big piece of our puzzle and we are not done yet,” Spiring said.“To privatize and to be a successful grain company the CWB has always said that we need to have a network of assets across Western Canada.”The deal through a wholly owned subsidiary is to be financed through a combination of the corporation’s retained earnings and commercial borrowing, she said.Great Sandhill’s board of directors has unanimously endorsed the sale and is recommending that shareholders approve the transaction at a meeting expected to be held in August.Spiring suggested the Canadian Wheat Board now wants to add a facility in Alberta to its network.Earlier this month the CWB announced it had wrapped up a $43.2 million deal to buy all of the shares of Prairie West Terminal Ltd. in Saskatchewan.The corporation announced last November it would buy all shares of Mission Terminal, Les Elevateurs des Trois-Rivieres, and Services Maritimes Laviolette from Upper Lakes Group Inc.Mission Terminals markets crops around the world and operates grain-handling facilities in Western Canada and Thunder Bay, Ont.Les Elevateurs des Trois-Rivieres in Trois-Rivieres, Que., has loading and storage facilities than can handle 110,000 tonnes of grain per year.The price of that deal was not disclosed.Under federal law, the CWB is to be privatized no later than August 2017, but the corporation said it expects to beat that deadline.It hopes to provide Ottawa with its privatization plan within a year, Spiring said.The federal government passed a law in 2011 that stripped the Canadian Wheat Board of its monopoly on western wheat and barley sales.Farmers can still market their grain through the board, but now it is a voluntary decision.— By John Cotter in Edmonton read more

Loonie continues to soar on rate hike expectations, as North American indexes slide TORONTO – The Canadian dollar continued to climb Thursday as speculation grew that the Bank of Canada is ready to raise its key interest rate sooner rather than later.The loonie touched 77 cents US for the first time since February during the session before pulling back at the close to an average price of 76.83 cents US, trading 0.26 of a U.S. cent higher.The increase was also helped by an uptick in oil prices, with the August crude contract adding 19 cents at US$44.93 per barrel.Comments from Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz on Wednesday raised expectations that a rate increase could come as early as next month’s central bank meeting on July 12.The bank had lowered its rate twice in 2015 to the very low level of 0.5 per cent to help offset the effects of the lower oil prices.Chief market strategist Colin Cieszynski of CMC Markets Canada says Poloz’s remarks point to the prospective trend that central banks around the world may start moving on rates.The U.S. Federal Reserve has already hiked its interest rates three times in about six months, and earlier this month, suggested it will raise rates again later this year.“Ideally what the Bank of Canada is looking for is some kind of sweet spot for rates,” said Cieszynski.“A few years back when the loonie was up at par (with the U.S. dollar), companies were really, really struggling,” he said. “When it was down in the low 70s, it was tough for consumers.”He says he expects the Canadian dollar to “take a break” over the next few days because it has risen a full U.S. cent against the greenback in two days.The gain in the currency Thursday came as the S&P/TSX composite index shed 142.16 points, or almost one per cent, to 15,213.42, with nearly all sectors ending in the red.It was also a negative session in New York. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 167.58 points to 21,287.03 and the broader S&P 500 index fell 20.99 points to 2,419.70.The Nasdaq composite index dropped 90.06 points to 6,144.35 as U.S. technology companies continued to decline for another day.Elsewhere in commodities, the August gold contract retreated $3.30 to US$1,245.80 an ounce, the August natural gas contract dipped five cents at US$3.04 per mmBTU, and the September copper contract added two cents at US$2.70 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 9:38 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres expressed that the use of chemical weapons, under any circumstances, is unjustifiable and abhorrent.“Equally unjustifiable is a lack of response to such use, if and when it occurs. Impunity cannot prevail with respect to such serious crimes,” he added.The statement follows a meeting on 20 March, between Mr. Guterres and Ahmet Üzümcü, the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).During the meeting UN chief reiterated his support for OPCW’s work in investigating allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria as well as his confidence in its integrity and expertise as well as in that of its Fact-Finding Mission and its conclusions.The OPCW is an international organization which works closely with the UN to implement the Convention against Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and eliminate the use of chemical weapons as well as the threat of their use. read more

OSU redshirt junior outfielder Alex Bayne (left). Credit: Courtesy of OSU“Small but mighty” might be the most fitting adage to describe Ohio State softball player Alex Bayne. Despite standing a mere 5-foot-5, the redshirt junior is currently leading her team in home runs and RBIs after three weekends of play.“She’s a monster in the weight room,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly.Bayne, a Texas native, played her freshman year at Marshall University in West Virginia but said she did not find her fit in the team and culture. After visiting a friend at OSU, she fell in love with the community and decided to transfer.“I saw the team was having open tryouts, and I was lucky enough for them to want me to come on,” Bayne said.Schoenly already envisioned Bayne, who took a year off from playing in 2014, as a great addition to the team prior to tryouts.“She pestered me over email for seven months, saying, ‘Coach, I want to try out for the team,’” Schoenly said. “After, she came into my office and had zero expectations. She was willing to do whatever we needed her to do.”This conversation showed Schoenly the type of selfless player the outfielder was — and continues to be — as she steps into a larger leadership role this season.“My close friends last year were the leaders, and I just followed in their footsteps and communicated with my coaches about what they and my team need out of me,” Bayne said.Bayne, who studies strategic communication, was given the OSU Sportsmanship Award in 2015, in addition to being named a scholar-athlete. Because of her natural leadership skills, her teammates nominated her to be a captain despite having just a lone season donning the scarlet and gray. Senior teammate Maddy McIntyre, who ultimately earned the captain role, indicated her enthusiasm about what Bayne continues to bring to the team.“Bayne has kind of taken it to a new level this year. She’s really stepped up into a leadership role,” McIntyre said. “She’s just the embodiment of empathy and so mature beyond her years.”Like McIntyre, Schoenly also described Bayne as lighthearted and commended her incessant dedication to the team.“She’s never going to leave anybody out. She’s a part of every group on the team,” Schoenly said, mentioning how Bayne will offer to give teammates rides or help the pitchers out at any chance she gets.Schoenly also recalled a game against Nebraska last season when Bayne’s commitment first started to show.“I put her in to pinch hit and she hit a double. I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to keep her in,’ and then she hit another double,” Schoenly said.Within two weeks, Bayne had earned a starting position, and by the end of the season, she was hitting .375 with 17 RBIs.“A few games after Nebraska, she hit two home runs against Ohio University,” Schoenly said. “Because of her commitment to the process, she was more than ready for the opportunity.”Those two home runs were just the beginning of the slugger’s ascension to being one of the Buckeyes’ most dominant and consistent hitters. As she takes on a starting role, Bayne said she wants to focus on what her team needs rather than being only a big hitter.“Hopefully, I can continue to keep doing what I’ve been doing, but I’m not trying to think too big,” Bayne said. “Just bat on ball.”McIntyre laughed when asked what she expects from Bayne as the season moves forward.“If she could hit three home runs every weekend, we would love that,” she joked. Regardless of whether Bayne actually hits three home runs per weekend, she said she plans to keep supporting her teammates no matter what happens. “I just want to be there for my team through the ups and downs of it all,” she said.Bayne is planning to use her fifth year of eligibility on the diamond to attend OSU for graduate school, where she hopes to prepare for a career in either a communication program at a university or an athletics public relations firm.To Schoenly, who praised her player’s outlook on life, Bayne is the precedent for the younger players when it comes to making the most out of any opportunity.“She has this ‘I’m not taking anything for granted’ attitude,” Schoenly said. “She is really competitive, though.”Right now, Bayne’s competitive edge is the epicenter of the Buckeyes’ dynamic start to the season. The Scarlet and Gray are 9-4 with a chance to bolster that mark during a four-game stint in Tempe, Arizona, beginning Friday. When asked about whether her choice to come to OSU was the right one, Bayne’s eyes lit up as she started to grin.“It’s been one of the best decisions of my life,” she said. read more

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Tate Martell (18) looks to throw a pass in the first half of the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

first_imgSony was expected to release its Nasne media hub back on July 19 in Japan. But one day before the release, Sony recalled all the units from retailers due to a defect with the device.It later turned out that the hard drives the Nasne used had been damaged in transit and there was no guarantee they would work. That’s surprising considering each Nasne would be secured inside packaging, with both the device and packaging being tested for handling the odd bump or drop. A teardown of one of the Nasne units that didn’t get returned has revealed the most likely reason why the hard drives malfunctioned so easily, though.Inside the Nasne there’s a single mainboard with the tuner and hard drive mounted directly on to it. The drive is actually a 7mm 2.5-inch Hitachi 5400rpm unit with a 500GB capacity. The cause of the damage to the drive looks to be the method used to attach it to the mainboard.Typically you see a drive either mounted in a bay and then attached to a board or screwed on to the board using some form of shock absorbent rubber washers. That’s not the case in the Nasne. Images of the teardown reveal the drive has been screwed directly on to the board just with screws.Using this method of attachment means any vibration traveling through the mainboard is also going to be felt fully by the drive. So if the Nasne is dropped or hit, the sensitive hard drive components will feel the full force of the impact.It’s no surprise then that the hard drives stopped working if a serious drop occurred during transit, and it looks to be an expensive mistake Sony could have avoided just by employing some shock absorption in the drive mounting.Read more at Tech-On!last_img read more

Another NXT debut at Sanford live event New WWE Photo Shoot episode

first_img Twitter 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) In addition to Matt Riddle making his debut on Friday night, another newly signed talent made his debut at NXT’s live event in Sanford.Gymnast Stacey Ervin Jr. made his debut, losing to Kassius Ohno. Ervin first reported to the WWE Performance Center this past July in Orlando.Congrats to @staceyervinjr on his @WWENXT debut vs. @KassiusOhno at #NXTSanfordTryout in February. Signed in May. Reported in July. NEVER seen someone have a match like that with less than six months in the business. He’s more of a Natural than Dustin Rhodes. pic.twitter.com/uzm12xHgyq— Kyle (@FLWrestlingFan) September 22, 2018New WWE Photo Shoot episode with Scott HallThe next episode of “WWE Photo Shoot” will premiere on the WWE Network this Monday night after RAW featuring Scott Hall as the focus.Hall will be looking back at moments during his wrestling career.WWE has yet to release a preview of the episode as of this weekend. Pinterest WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+ NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Madonna Teases Possible New Music Beautiful Game

first_img What’s Madonna’s New “Beautiful Game”? madonna-teases-possible-new-music-beautiful-game The caption vaguely says, “That I never learned … coming soon!” The tags #music indicate anew track, with the additional hint from her callout of Mirwais, a French producer Madonna enlisted for 2000’s GRAMMY-nominated Music and 2003’s American Life.We last heard from Madonna musically with her 2015 LP, Rebel Heart, which featured the raucous single “Bitch I’m Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj, for which the video gifted us with cameos of everyone from Diplo to Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Chris Rock.Now all we have to do is wait and see what “Beautiful Game” the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter has in store for us next.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Madonna Teases Possible New Music “Beautiful Game” The GRAMMY winner takes to social media to tantalize fans with the possibility of new music Renée FabianGRAMMYs May 17, 2018 – 12:11 pm “Like A Prayer” answered, the “Material Girl” seems to have some new “Music” in the works, and it’s coming soon.On May 17, Madonna took to social media to drop a tantalizing hint about what we assume is new music. She posted what looks like cover art with the title “Beautiful Game” with a stylized portrait of the queen herself wearing a tiara. Twitter center_img Facebook Email News last_img read more

Trumps Rigged Vote Claims Resonate With Some In Texas GOP

first_imgREUTERS/Lucas JacksonRepublican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the first debate with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Sept, 26, 2016.As Donald Trump intensifies his claims that widespread voter fraud this November could derail his election, he is finding a sympathetic constituency among some Texas Republicans who have long sounded the alarm about mischief at the ballot box.“We do share a concern” with Trump, Texas GOP Chairman Tom Mechler said Tuesday. “We know it’s out there, and we know it’s massive. We’re doing everything we can to identify and to prepare for it.” Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016As Trump’s campaign has tumbled, the Republican presidential nominee has increasingly complained that the election is “rigged” against him. In recent days, he has been more vocal than ever describing a conspiracy against his candidacy that includes “large scale” voter fraud, although proven cases in Texas or elsewhere are rare — and virtually unheard of on the scale Trump is suggesting. The spectre of voter fraud has factored prominently in Texas politics for years, raised largely by Republicans who have won virtually every statewide election for almost two decades. The state’s controlling party aggressively seeks to root out alleged fraud, while Democrats decry such GOP efforts as a ploy to suppress the vote.Passed in 2011, Texas’ strict voter ID law repeatedly landed the state on the national stage, most recently earlier this year when a federal appeals court found it discriminatory. If anyone is trying to rig the presidential election, Texas is not the place to do it, according to state election officials. The secretary of state’s office noted Tuesday that Texas’ election system is “highly decentralized,” making it very difficult for a successful statewide conspiracy. “The election isn’t conducted on a statewide level but in each of Texas’ 254 counties, which use a variety of voting machines and methods,” Alicia Pierce, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office, said in a statement. “Due to the decentralization, plus the layers of cross-checking done with election results, prearranging the outcome of a statewide election would be essentially impossible.”Pressed on how widespread he believes voter fraud is in Texas, Mechler said he does not believe it is present in every county but insisted there are “pockets of this state that are a real problem, and we have to watch.” He declined to name the areas while speaking with the Tribune at the Bexar County GOP headquarters, where signs adorn the walls asking for poll watchers on Election Day. To be sure, not every Texas Republican is fully echoing Trump’s claims about far-reaching voter fraud. That includes U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who kept the focus on the need for heavy turnout when asked Tuesday if he was worried about the integrity of the election this November in the Lone Star State. “Voter fraud has long been a challenge in America, but the best way to combat voter fraud is for voters to turn out in such overwhelming numbers that corrupt politicians can’t steal an election,” Cruz told the Tribune on Tuesday, leaving an event in San Marcos. He declined to comment further when asked whether he specifically shared Trump’s concerns about the election being “rigged.”For months, Trump has been making vague allegations that his opponents — the media, Democrats and even members of his own party — are trying to steal the election from him. In recent days, however, he’s sharpened his focus to voter fraud, tweeting Monday that “of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day.” The problem has gotten a fresh look in recent days in Texas amid reports that the state is investigating voter fraud in Tarrant County, Texas’ third most populous county. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the probe involves mail-in ballots, which do not require ID and have long been singled out as vulnerable to fraud. Proven cases of voter fraud are highly uncommon in Texas. Between the 2012 primaries and July, the attorney general’s office prosecuted only 15 cases after receiving more than 360 allegations in the same period.Among the state’s most outspoken voices on voter fraud is Gov. Greg Abbott, who made a point of fighting it as attorney general and called it “rampant” earlier this year. “Texans will crack down on cheating at the ballot box,” Abbott tweeted Sunday in response to a story about the situation in Tarrant County.On Trump’s claims about voter fraud this November, however, Abbott’s office deferred comment Tuesday to the secretary of state’s office. Abbott’s successor in the attorney general’s office, Ken Paxton, also had no comment Tuesday.All the while, Texas Democrats have countered that Republicans’ voter fraud concerns are insincere, truly meant to push discriminatory legislation while whipping up their base. They repeated that Tuesday, adding that Trump “knows his campaign is in a tailspin — and as a result, he’s weaving a web of excuses with dangerous charges that strike at the core of our country’s democracy.”“The real voter fraud is Texas Republicans’ relentless effort to keep Texas’ diverse new majority away from the voting booth,” Manny Garcia, the party’s deputy executive director, said in a statement. “For years, Texas Republicans have made it harder for people to vote. They’ve clung to power, winning the very elections they say are rampant with voter fraud.”As another day came to a close Tuesday in which Trump complained about the deck being stacked against him, Texas Republicans were again warning about voter fraud. In an email about the Tarrant County investigation, conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan urged supporters to fight for election reform. “Turns out,” Sullivan wrote, “elections really are being rigged.” This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/10/18/texas-republicans-trumps-voter-fraud-concerns-noth/. Sharelast_img read more

Court rules a 1565 wreck off the Florida coast belongs to France

first_imgTwo years after a U.S. salvage company announced finding a wrecked ship off Cape Canaveral, Florida, that had three bronze cannons — each worth more than $1 million — and beautiful marble monuments, a Florida judge has ruled that the submerged wreck and its artifacts are the exclusive property of the nation that built the ship and set it to sea in the 16th century: France. The ship is believed to be one of a fleet of French ships, led by the explorer Jean Ribault, which sailed to the New World to form colonies in America in 1562 and 1565.The Florida marine salvage company Global Marine Enterprises (GME) that located the wreck did not, of course, want to lose the rights to it, and argued that the identity of the ship couldn’t definitively be established.Portrait of the French Mariner, Jean Ribault (1520 – 1565)Moreover, GME theorized that “Spanish raiders had looted the cannons and monuments from the early French colony at Fort Caroline in Florida in 1565 — and so, they were on board a Spanish ship, probably bound for Cuba, when the ship went down off the Florida coast,” according to Fox News.The magistrate of the U.S. Federal Court didn’t agree. The court ruled that the found ship is very likely La Trinite, the 32-gun flagship of French captain Jean Ribault.The disaster of Ribault’s fleet gave France’s rival, Spain, the opportunity to strengthen its hold on Fort Caroline and claim Florida for Spain and its ruler, Philip II.Ribault is wrecked on the coast of FloridaOne historical theory is that Ribault was in that area trying to reinforce a French colony in what is now Jacksonville.France was in the middle of violent religious wars between Catholics and Protestants at the time. Ribault was a Huguenot navigator who was trying to establish a Protestant colony in the southeast region of America.In 1562 Ribault led an expedition that founded the outpost of Charlesfort in present-day South Carolina. When he later tried to strengthen the colony in Florida, violence broke out.Ribault and some of his men survived the hurricane that wrecked the ships and made it to the coast, but they did not survive the Spanish. When the Catholic soldiers learned he was a Protestant, Ribault was killed on October 12, 1565, in a massacre.Marker at Fort Matanzas National Monument showing the location where Jean Ribault and his men were slaughtered by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in September 1565. Glass negative.Now Ribault’s flagship is the subject of tremendous excitement.John de Bry, director of the Center for Historical Archaeology, a nonprofit organization, earlier said, “If it turns out to be ‘La Trinite,’ it is the most important, historically and archaeologically, the most important shipwreck ever found in North America.”The ship has “three bronze cannons with markings from the reign of King Henri II, who ruled right before Charles IX; and a stone monument with the French coat of arms that was to be used to claim the new territory,” reports the Daily Mail.122 yr old British shipwreck found buried on Brazilian beachFinding La Trinite has been a dream for years.Several years ago, an expedition from the state-run St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program attempted to locate the wreck but failed.Marine archaeologist Chuck Meide, who led that trip, said of the later success “this is one of the most important shipwreck discoveries we have had in Florida,” according to the Daily Mail.GME, which succeeded in finding the wreck, is unhappy with the court’s ruling. Robert Pritchett, the owner of GME, says “he has invested $3 million in this gig and now runs the risk of getting nothing for his trouble,” according to media reports.“It is not a French military vessel. Tell France to prove it. They cannot. I can tell you France has no proof of anything,” said Pritchett.Read another story from us: Finally, after 70 years divers located the wreckage U-966French authorities, who do not want to disclose exactly where the wreck is, call the find a major discovery that deserves careful and rigorous analysis.James Goold, the attorney representing the French government, told the press that the July 2018 ruling will protect artifacts from the wreck from being privately salvaged.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

No headway reported on Riviera Maya Amikoo Theme Park

first_imgThe Amikoo theme park received authorization in November of 2018 to begin work on the 100-hectare project just north of Playa del Carmen. Once complete, the theme park was to consist of three hotels, a Mayan museum, wave pools, The Pirates of Bacalar and two Maya-themed parks. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The megaproject, which was initially set to be a DreamWorks theme park, was changed to reflect a local Maya theme which was announced in September of 2017. Since then, other announcements have been made, but news of progress has been nonexistent. Máximo García Rocha, undersecretary of Tourism Promotion in Quintana Roo said that the project was not only officially presented at Los Pinos, but also before Governor Carlos Joaquín González where the business groups that promoted the park announced that by August 2018, the first phase would be opened since they wanted Peña Nieto to inaugurate it before concluding his term. “We do not have any information that tells us it’s canceled. The only thing is that the deadlines that they set for their inauguration are already expired, and we do not have a report on the progress of the work,” said Garcia Rocha adding that with projects of this magnitude, there are always unforeseen events with Amikoo being projected as one of the largest hotel investments in the country. Although there is no indication of its cancellation, the Amikoo megaproject, which is a theme park composed of a complex of hotels and shops, continues to be delayed. center_img The official project was presented in November of 2017 where it was announced that $840 million USD would be invested in the complex through an alliance between the firms IUSA and Grupo Gala. Riviera Maya, Q.R. — It has been more than a year since the announcement of the Amikoo Theme Park set for Riviera Maya, however, development has been nonexistent. Founding partner Ángel Isidoro Rodríguez Sáez told El Ecomomista last year that the first phase was an investment of $240 million USD and would generate 2,500 jobs, and that once the park was complete, 9,000 jobs would have been generated.last_img read more

Dominica announces opening of hiking trails

first_imgDiscover Dominica Authority, in collaboration with the Forestry Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has announced the opening of a number of Dominica’s hiking trails.Seven segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, Caribbean’s longest walking trail, are ready to welcome the adventurous hiker. Although some trails were closed after infrastructural damage caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, the Forestry Division has worked tirelessly to ensure their accessibility. Segments Three, Four, Six, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen and Fourteen, totalling nearly 81 km (50 miles), are open to hikers. Trail users are advised to exercise caution when hiking the open segments of the trail as some landscape features may have changed.Other popular, accessible and operational attractions which involve some level of hiking include: Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool, L’Escalier Tete Chien, Middleham Falls, Freshwater Lake, Cabrits National Park and Syndicate Nature Trail.The trek to the famous Boiling Lake–a level 4 (difficult) hike across towering mountain ranges, hot streams, hot boiling mud, mini geysers and forests–is open and considered a “must do” for the trekking enthusiast. Guides are recommended as there are landscape changes on certain trails.  Hikers are encouraged to use appropriate hiking gear when trekking in Dominica.The Forestry Division continues to assess the island’s hiking trails and will provide updates once assessments have been made and necessary repairs have been completed.last_img read more