Will Priyanka be Markle’s bridesmaid

first_imgIndian actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been rumoured to be one of the bridesmaid at actress Meghan Markle’s royal wedding with Prince Harry, kept the speculation live by saying “people will know if they see me”.The actress stayed tight-lipped about the ceremony on May 19 but was vocal about her belief that Markle will help modernise the British monarchy, reports usmagazine.com.Read it at Asian Lite Related Itemslast_img

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Cignal HD gets other outright semis berth

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pesky defense from Marcelino twins throws Salado off his game National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress PBA IMAGESCignal HD booked the last outright semifinals ticket after turning back a scrappy Centro Escolar University side, 96-89, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.Jason Perkins notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while John Villarias gave Cignal a big lift off the bench with a team-high 19 points built on five 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “I guess we were fortunate because we had a very long preparation. We had a lot of time scouting them, but it was still a struggle against them. But the boys delivered and we got the win,” said deputy Jude Roque, who coached in Boyet Fernandez’ stead. The Hawkeyes shot the lights out from downtown, going 15-of-33 from that area.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGuard Aaron Jeruta and big man Rod Ebondo led the Scorpions, who shot 51% from the field.Top seed Flying V, which rose to 9-0 with a blowout win over Zark’s Burgers earlier, is the first team to earn an automatic semis slot. Playmaker Pamboy Raymundo also shone with 11 points and nine assists for Cignal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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19-year-old Wrestler Collapses and Dies During Bout in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgSeoni: A 19-year old wrestler died after collapsing during a bout in Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni district, police said on Sunday.The incident took place on Saturday night when Sonu Yadav, a resident of Bhomatola village, participated in a wrestling match in Beltola village, located about 45 km from here, Kurai police station in-charge Ganpat Singh Uike said. “Yadav collapsed during the match. He was rushed to Seoni District Hospital where doctors declared him dead,” the official said.The body was handed over to the family members after the postmortem, he said, adding that a probe was underway.”If the match organisers and referees are found guilty, action would be taken against them,” he said.The official said an initial postmortem report suggested that Yadav died due to cardiac arrest.However, some eyewitnesses claimed Yadav participated in several wrestling matches on Saturday and despite the fatigue, he continued to play. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Sonu Yadavwrestler First Published: November 3, 2019, 4:56 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Paragon Hurt by Plummeting Market Rates

first_imgzoom Paragon Shipping Inc., a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, has reported a a net loss of over USD 35 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The company states that even though there was an increase in the number of operated vessels on average, a weak dry bulk market in the second quarter was cited as one of the contributors to the company’s loss increasing tenfold year-on-year.Gross charter revenue was USD 28.9 million for each of the first six months of 2014 and 2013. The company reported a net loss of USD 35.5 million, compared to a reported net loss of USD 3.5 million in 2013.EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was negative USD 21.2 million, compared to positive USD 8.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013.Adjusted EBITDA, excluding all non-cash items described below, was USD 1.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, compared to USD 9.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013.The company operated an average of 14.0 vessels during the six months ended June 30, 2014, earning an average TCE rate of USD 8,208 per day, compared to an average of 12.8 vessels during the six months ended June 30, 2013, earning an average TCE rate of USD 10,930 per day.Michael Bodouroglou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paragon Shipping, said: “For the second quarter of 2014, the dry bulk market, and more specifically the market for Panamax vessels, was weaker than expected. The Baltic Panamax Index 4 time charter routes average in the second quarter of 2014 was USD 6,304 per day, compared to USD 10,427 per day in the first quarter of 2014 and USD 7,775 per day in the second quarter of 2013, which represents a decline of 39.5% and 18.9%, respectively. Although we continued to outperform the market during the quarter, earning an average TCE rate of USD 7,870 per vessel per day, the overall decline in the market rates had a direct impact on our second quarter results, as we reported a net loss of USD 9.7 million, or USD 0.39 per common share. As we continue to expand our fleet, we will continue to take advantage of economies of scale and cost-cutting measures. In the second quarter of 2014, we reduced our daily vessel operating expenses by 12.0% year-over-year.“The company’s current newbuilding program consists of two Ultramax dry bulk carriers (Hull numbers DY152 and DY153) with expected deliveries in 2014, as well as two Ultramax dry bulk carriers (Hull numbers DY4050 and DY4052) and three Kamsarmax dry bulk carriers (Hull numbers YZJ1144, YZJ1145 and YZJ1142) with expected deliveries in 2015.The company’s newbuilding program has an aggregate cost of USD 201.2 million, of which USD 138.6 million is currently outstanding. Press Release, September 03, 2014last_img read more

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Drake breaks record for most American Music Awards nominations in a single

first_imgNominees for the title of new artist of the year are Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Shawn Mendes and Zayn.The awards show will air live Nov. 20 from Los Angeles on ABC.By Mark KennedyAssociated Press Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Drake earned a record-breaking 13 American Music Awards nominations on Monday, shattering Michael Jackson’s mark of 11 nominations in a single year from 1984.Rihanna got seven nominations and Adele and Justin Bieber tied with five each. Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers each received four nominations. Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and The Weeknd earned three nominations each.Nominees for artist of the year are Adele, Beyoncé, Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Adriana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Future of Mohawk internet casinos threatened by new Quebec government bill

first_imgdrochette@aptn.ca Danielle RochetteAPTN National News The Mohawk council of Kahnawake is raising serious concerns about a new law making its way through the Quebec legislature.Bill-74 is aimed at preventing Quebec residents from being able to choose from different online gaming sites. The intention is to make Lotto Quebec an online monopoly.But as Danielle Rochette reports, the Mohawks say that’s an infringement of their sovereignty and their territorial rights that extend into cyberspace.last_img

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Trump more cautious than his top advisers on Iran

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump says he hopes the US is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic. Asked Thursday if the US was going to war with Iran, the president replied, “I hope not” a day after he repeated a desire for dialogue, tweeting, “I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon.” The tone contrasted with a series of moves by the US and Iran that have sharply escalated tensions in the Middle East in recent days. For the past year, national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been the public face of the administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran. The friction has rattled lawmakers who are demanding more information on the White House’s claims of rising Iranian aggression. Top leaders in Congress received a classified briefing on Iran Thursday, but many other lawmakers from both parties have criticized the White House for not keeping them informed. Iran poses a particular challenge for Trump. While he talks tough against foreign adversaries to the delight of his supporters, a military confrontation with Iran could make him appear to be backtracking on a campaign pledge to keep America out of foreign entanglements. Lawmakers and allies, however, worry that any erratic or miscalculated response from Trump could send the US careening into conflict. Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear deal last year and reinstated sanctions on Tehran that are crippling its economy. Tensions rose dramatically May 5, when Bolton announced that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group would be rushed from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf ahead of schedule in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” without going into details. Since then, four oil tankers, including two belonging to Saudi Arabia, were targeted in an apparent act of sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, according to officials in the region, and a Saudi pipeline was attacked by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels from Yemen. The US also ordered non-essential staff out of Iraq and has dispatched additional military assets to the region. The Senate will receive a classified briefing on Iran on Tuesday, according to Jim Risch of Idaho, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. The House has requested a classified briefing as well. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said briefings are necessary because informing leaders “is no substitute for the full membership of the Congress.” She said a failure to inform lawmakers is “part of a pattern” for the Trump administration “that is not right,” because the power to declare war resides with Congress. “I hope that the president’s advisers recognize that they have no authorization to go forward in any way” against Iran, Pelosi said. Trump has dismissed suggestions that any of his advisers, particularly Bolton, are pushing him into a conflict. “John has strong views on things, but that’s OK. I actually temper John, which is pretty amazing isn’t it?” Trump said recently when asked if he was satisfied with Bolton’s advice. “I have different sides. I mean, I have John Bolton, and I have other people that are a little more dovish than him. And ultimately I make the decision.” Mark Dubowitz, an advocate of a hardline policy toward Iran and chief executive of the Federation for Defense of Democracies, said, “Trump is smart to let these advisers play the roles they play and it really does help him lay the table for negotiation, but ultimately, it comes back to his ability to oversee a negotiation and do so wisely and judiciously, and that’s an open question.” Tensions started to spiral last year when Trump pulled out of a deal the US and other world powers signed with Iran during the Obama administration. The deal lifted economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbing of its nuclear programme. Trump agreed with critics of the deal that it didn’t address Tehran’s work on ballistic missiles or its support of militant groups around the region. His administration reinstated sanctions that had been lifted under the deal the Europeans and other signatories are still in it and has piled on more. Trita Parsi, an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University who advised the Obama administration on Iran, thinks the Iranians are trying to exploit Trump and Bolton’s divergence on foreign policy issues. He cited a recent tweet from Hessamoddin Ashena, an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, directed squarely at Trump and Bolton, who is easily recognized in public by his white, bushy mustache. “You wanted a better deal with Iran. Looks like you are going to get a war instead. That’s what happens when you listen to the mustache,” the Iranian adviser said.last_img read more

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UNESCO honours young scientists for biodiversity conservation

Budding scientists from around the world whose interests range from environmental conservation in Argentina to land use and carbon storage in Ghana have been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for their work on biodiversity.Ten people have been selected as winners of UNESCO’s 2010 Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Young Scientist Awards, according to a statement released today by the Paris-based agency. Each laureate will receive a cash price of up to $5,000 to start his or her career by researching ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity.This year’s award recipients include HaiQian Li of China, who was recognized for work on sustainable economic development by comparing the Lake Heilongjiang Xingkai biosphere reserve near the Russian border with the Miyun water resource reserve in Beijing. Another winner, Salama El Fatehi of Morocco, has been evaluating the genetic resources of Vesce vicia ervilia or “bitter vetch,” a threatened ancient grain legume species that grows in the Mediterranean Intercontinental biosphere reserve in Morocco and Spain.All the work is carried out in biosphere reserves, sites recognized under UNESCO’s MAB Programme for taking innovative approaches to conservation, ecological sciences and sustainable development. There are currently 564 such sites in more than 100 countries.In addition, Fabio Kalesnik of Argentina has received the Michel Batisse grant, awarded for biosphere reserve management case studies for his work in the Delta del Paraná Biosphere reserve, which covers the delta of the Paraná River running through Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.Two scientists – Philista Malaki of Kenya and Sri Astutik of Indonesia – will share special awards funded by the Austrian MAB Committee for their work on socio-economics of the mangrove-dominated wetlands in the Malindi-Watamu biosphere reserve and carbon stock linked to plant diversity in the volcanic Mount Gede Pangrango National Park in West Java respectively.Austria is presenting these awards as part of the International Year of Biodiversity, designated by the General Assembly to promote the protection of the planet’s species and habitats. Biodiversity will also comprise a special thematic session at the annual high-level debate this September in New York. 4 June 2010Budding scientists from around the world whose interests range from environmental conservation in Argentina to land use and carbon storage in Ghana have been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for their work on biodiversity. read more

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Former Amaya CEO and others plead not guilty to securities charges

MONTREAL — The former head of online gaming company Amaya, two associates and three companies have pleaded not guilty to several securities-related charges following an investigation into allegations of insider trading, Quebec’s securities regulator said Monday.David Baazov, 35, was charged in March with five offences, including aiding with trades while in possession of privileged information, influencing or attempting to influence the market price of the securities of Amaya and communicating privileged information.He was charged following an investigation by the Autorite des marches financiers that resulted in 23 charges against three people — Baazov, Yoel Altman and Benjamin Ahdoot — and three companies: Diocles Capital Inc., Sababa Consulting Inc. and 2374879 Ontario Inc.Amaya Inc shares climb after CEO takes ‘indefinite’ leave of absence amid insider-trading allegationsAmaya CEO was ‘main source’ of insider info that helped him, friends pocket nearly $1.5M, documents allegeHow Amaya CEO David Baazov went from high school dropout to running the world’s biggest online poker roomThe accused all formally pleaded in writing in the last couple of weeks, said AMF spokesman Sylvain Theberge.He said the case will soon be forwarded to Quebec court for the selection of a judge and setting trial dates.Baazov, who took an indefinite paid leave of absence as CEO and chairman of Amaya after he was charged, has from the outset said the allegations were false.Ahdoot and Altman are facing four and six charges respectively, including for trading while in possession of privileged information and influencing or attempting to influence the market price of Amaya securities.Diocles Capital is facing five charges of trading while in possession of privileged information and influencing or attempting to influence the market price of Amaya securities. Sababa Consulting Inc. and 2374879 Ontario Inc. are facing a total of three charges for trading while in possession of privileged information.The charges stem from the alleged use of privileged information when trading company shares between December 2013 and the June 2014 announcement of a US$4.9-billion deal to acquire the Oldford Group. That deal included the acquisition of gambling website PokerStars.The penalty for insider trading is $5,000 to $5 million per charge plus up to five years in prison, said Theberge. read more

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Summons reissued on President PM in Tissa case

As a result the Colombo High Court issued fresh summons on the President and Prime Minister. The case is to be heard again in July.Attanayake was accused by the President and Prime Minister of forging their signatures in documents he displayed at the last Presidential election campaign. (Colombo Gazette) Summons were re-issued on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today in the case against former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake.The President and Prime Minister were scheduled to appear in court today but court was informed that the President and Prime Minister were unavailable today.

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UN official welcomes release of Russian relief worker abducted in Chechnya

In a statement, Kenzo Oshima thanked the Russian authorities for their efforts in securing the release of Nina Davydovich, the head of Druzhba, after more than five months. At the same time, he expressed “extreme concern” about the fate of Arjan Erkel, a volunteer for Médecins Sans Frontières who was abducted in Dagestan last August. Mr. Oshima joined the medical relief agency in calling for Mr. Erkel’s immediate release.Mr. Oshima also underscored the solidarity of the UN humanitarian community with the hundreds of civilians who have been abducted in Chechnya in recent years, and called on those responsible to ensure their victims.

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LeBrons Greatest Challenge The NBA Finals Arent Kind To Underdogs

Let’s play FiveThirtyEight Family Feud. Twenty seconds on the clock.Name an animal that begins with the letter ‘F’.Fox!Name a famous Super Bowl upset.J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets.Name a famous NBA Finals upset.I mean… umm, uh.Uhhhhhhrrrrrrrmm.That isn’t an easy question. Didn’t Bill Russell’s Celtics once lose in the finals? (They did, exactly once, in 1958 to the St. Louis Hawks.) Wasn’t it kind of an upset when Dwyane Wade and Shaq led the 52-30 Miami Heat to a title in 2006? (It was, though not by much.) The NBA doesn’t lend itself to upsets. When each team has around 100 possessions per game, small differences tend to add up. And the differences really compound over a seven-game series. This has been particularly true in the NBA Finals. Whether by chance or because of the conditions under which finals games are played, underdogs have had an especially low success rate.The 2015 NBA Finals, which begin Thursday night in Oakland, look like a compelling matchup. Our Elo ratings provisionally rate the Golden State Warriors as the third-best NBA team of all time based on their performance to date. (There’s no big secret here. A 79-18 record — that counts the playoffs — is pretty amazing against this season’s Western Conference competition.) But the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Elo rating has been rising and is at its high point for the season, 1712. Only three finals matchups started with a higher combined Elo rating, and all three involved Michael Jordan’s Bulls.Maybe LeBron James really is good enough to overcome a middling supporting cast. But his odds aren’t great. The Cavaliers would be only about a 3-point underdog on a neutral court, according to Elo. Over a seven-game series, however — and with the Warriors having home-court advantage in a potential Game 7 — that adds up to just a 25 percent chance of the Cavs winning the series.1I get to that 25 percent figure — meaning the Warriors have a 75 percent chance of becoming NBA champs — by solving for all possible permutations in the seven-game series. Based on Elo ratings, the Warriors have about a 3-in-4 chance of winning each game played at home in Oakland, while the teams are about even-money in games played in Cleveland. I also account for the fact that the teams’ Elo ratings will change over the course of the series, which improves the underdog’s (Cleveland’s) chances slightly. Without recalculating Elo ratings at the end of each game, Golden State’s chances would be 79 percent instead of 75 percent. (That matches the odds according to another statistical system we’ve been using to handicap the NBA.) And that may be optimistic if history is any guide.Elo’s a really simple formula, so there’s a lot it doesn’t account for. You can make a case — we could argue about this for a long time — that past NBA Finals experience matters and could help James. Any lingering effects from the injuries sustained by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson could matter a great deal to the Warriors, of course. Then again, Cleveland’s also pretty beat up,2Is Kevin Love’s injury the ultimate case of the Ewing Theory? and James’s superpowers were nowhere near enough against the San Antonio Spurs last year.The other thing is that underdogs have historically been bad bets in the NBA Finals. Here’s every NBA Finals matchup in history, with each team’s Elo rating going into the series and the probability Elo would have assigned to each team winning the series beforehand.It’s not just your lack of imagination: It really is hard to find monumental upsets in the NBA Finals. By Elo’s reckoning, the biggest one came in 1974, when the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games. That’s mostly because the Celtics looked worn down during the stretch run, finishing the regular season 27-20 in their final 47 games and deflating their Elo rating. (Plus, the Bucks were no fluke, with both Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson on the roster.)Overall, however, of the 39 series in which Elo would have given one team at least a 2-in-3 chance of winning, the favorite in fact won 35 times, or almost 90 percent of the time.Why such a high success rate? It could be a statistical fluke; we aren’t looking at all that large a sample. But this phenomenon isn’t unique to the NBA: It also holds for the NFL playoffs, we’ve found. Elo ratings treat regular-season games and playoff games the same. But in both the NBA and NFL, favorites tend to be more dominant in the playoffs, especially late in the playoffs, than they are in the regular season.The reason may be that some of the “noise” that affects teams in the regular season is absent in the playoffs. No team is coming off a back-to-back, for instance. Teams are going all-out to win, instead of potentially testing out new strategies or resting starters. And at least in theory — although there a lot of NBA fans who would dispute this when refs like Joey Crawford are often involved — the games are adjudicated by the best officials. When you remove some of the quirky circumstances that can cost teams games — bad refs, funky schedules — the best teams tend to prevail more often.That’s bad news for James, but it will add all the more to his legacy if the Cavs pull the upset off. read more

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Football Ohio State defeats USC 247 to win the Cotton Bowl

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber stiff-arms a defender during the first half of the Cotton Bowl against USC on Dec. 29. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — After the Cotton Bowl, Ohio State’s roster will experience much turnover. But during the final game of the season, it was turnovers that kept the Buckeyes in the game.Ohio State jumped out to a quick lead, scoring the first points less than three minutes into the game, and extended it to 24-0 with 5:27 remaining in the first half. It capitalized on two costly fumbles and an interception that senior safety Damon Webb returned for a touchdown.The Trojans bounced back, scoring a touchdown near the end of the first half, but did not score again, and the Buckeyes won 24-7 on Friday. Webb, one of 19 Ohio State seniors playing their final games, recovered wideout Deonta Burnett’s fumble that redshirt sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield forced. Then, he had a pick-six just 18 seconds into the second quarter on the first play of a USC drive.USC quarterback Sam Darnold, a potential top-five NFL draft pick, also fumbled when redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis stripped him and junior linebacker Jerome Baker recovered the loose ball. On the second play of Ohio State’s following drive, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett raced for a 28-yard touchdown to give his team a 24-0 lead with 5:27 left in the second quarter. Barrett made more plays on the ground than in the air Friday. He rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, which set the program record for most touchdowns in a single season, for the first points of the game. Barrett ended the game, the final of his career, completing 11-of-17 passes for 114 yards. He led the team with 16 rushes for 66 yards. He did not have much support from his running backs, who struggled to find holes in the Trojans’ defense. Redshirt sophomore Mike Weber and freshman J.K. Dobbins combined for 18 carries for 57 yards. Despite the shaky performance on the ground, the Buckeyes ran the ball heavily. They had 37 rushes for 165 yards, compared to 11 pass attempts for 114 yards.The Trojans had even less success running the ball, combining for 36 carries for 57 yards. Running back Ronald Jones, who entered the game averaging 6.1 yards per carry, had 19 rushes for 64 yards, an average of 3.4 yards per carry. Darnold went 26-for-44 for 356 yards with one interception. He made eye-popping throws at times despite his receivers being draped by defenders, but also turned the ball over three times. The Buckeye defense constantly affected Darnold and pressured the quarterback. Ohio State had eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss. That pressure continued for the entire game. In the fourth quarter, senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes sacked Darnold, forcing a fumble, which redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers recovered.Redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard led the team with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.The Buckeyes were missing junior cornerback Denzel Ward, who made a last-minute decision to skip the game in order to prepare for the NFL draft. read more

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Judith Kerr I have a do not resuscitate notice in the hall

first_imgJudith Kerr speaks at the Hay Festival in 2013 Credit:Clara Molden Judith Kerr at home with her cat, Catinka People over the age of 75 should keep a “do not resuscitate” note to hand in order to spare their families the misery and expense of their demise, Judith Kerr has said.Kerr, the bestselling children’s author, said it would be “very sensible” for anyone of a certain age to discuss the matter with their doctor.She disclosed she keeps her own “little piece of pink paper” in her hallway, signed by a medic, joking she had considered getting a necklace or tattoo to make things perfectly clear.Kerr, the author of The Tiger Who Came Tea and the Mog series, has previously been clear about her support for assisted suicide, after the death of her own father.Alfred Kerr, a famous German writer, fled the Nazis in 1936 with his family, and committed suicide in 1948 by taking pills procured by his wife after suffered a debilitating stroke. Judith Kerr at home with her cat, CatinkaCredit:Andrew Crowley One of Kerr's best-loved books As well as her picture books, she is also known for her semi-autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, detailing the adventures of her and her brother when they became refugees from wartime Germany.She has been so prolific, she said, because of her time as a mother at home, admitting: “A lot of it [childcare] is incredibly boring.“Children — it’s this weird thing. On the one hand, they are more interesting than anything else. And on the other hand, they are unbelievably boring. Such a funny mixture.”Speaking of her father, she has previously told the Telegraph: “I am 100 per cent for assisted suicide. Kerr told the Sunday Times magazine she now keeps “little piece of pink paper signed by the doctor, saying ‘Do not resuscitate’.”“Once you are over 75, I think, this is something that has to be done,” she said. “You have to discuss this with your doctor.“Very sensible, I think. The idea is that you have a stroke, or whatever it is, and the medics are going to come, and you want to let them know how you feel about this.”Having had a good life, to go through this misery, and at great expense to everybody else — expense not only in money but in emotion.“Imagine seeing your mother there, not themselves anymore.” “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t got a small stash of sleeping pills, just in case.“The way things are now, somebody might take those pills in a panic because they’d think: if I don’t do it now, I may not be able to.“Condemning people to live perhaps for years with Alzheimer’s is a most terrifying thought. Or totally to lose one’s independence and have to be cared for in a home; probably using up all your children’s inheritance for something that you don’t want and that you hate.“If it were possible to end one’s life legally, I think all of us old ladies would enjoy what remains of our lives so much more.”Her latest book, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal, is out now.  Judith Kerr speaks at the Hay Festival in 2013 center_img When asked where she kept her note, the author added: “I’ve put it in the hall, but I thought of nailing it up on the door.“I’m sure you could get a necklace or something.“If you make it too obvious, then everybody comes to the house and says: ‘What’s this?’“On the other hand, you would like the medics to see it. It is very unsatisfactory. I think a tattoo would be the only thing”Now 93, Kerr remains one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors, still regularly writing and appearing on the book festival circuit. Judith Kerr with the original Mog Her new novel Judith Kerr with the original Mog Her new novel One of Kerr’s best-loved books Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Amazon criticised for selling films promoting conspiracy theories on Prime

David Icke in Croatia back in 2011Credit:Antonio Bat/EPA Amazon’s television service is showing films by prominent conspiracy theorists claiming that governments are controlled by human-reptilian hybrids and that global elites secretly plan to exterminate most of the world’s population.The digital giant is spending billions on big budget dramas and sports rights to colonise the living room with Amazon Prime Video.But as concern over online misinformation mounts The Sunday Telegraph can reveal it is also propagating the bizarre fantasies of Alex Jones and David Icke.Mr Jones is a leading figure in the so-called US alt-right, known for his paranoid anti-government rants online.He is being sued by the parents of children murdered in the Sandy Hook school shooting after claiming the massacre of 20 six and seven-year-olds by a mentally ill young man was staged as a “false flag” to help impose gun control.In one of half a dozen feature-length films on Amazon Prime Video Mr Jones claims that the Obama administration was backed by a New World Order to “attempt to con the American people into accepting global slavery”.Mr Jones has been described by the Anti-Defamation league, a US Jewish group, has highlighted his rants against jews and the “Jewish mafia. He denies anti-semitism.Mr Icke, a former BBC sport presenter, remains best known for claiming he was the son of God in a Terry Wogan interview in 1991. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. David Icke in Croatia back in 2011 He has since carved out a career as a conspiracy theorist, claiming that the world is controlled by ruling families, including the Royal Family, who have interbred with an alien reptilian race.In a film on Amazon Prime Video, available as part of the service’s £7.99 per month subscription, Mr Icke claims all political leaders report to the reptilian race.Amazon’s dissemination of conspiracy theories as part of a service challenging traditional television is likely to stoke debate over regulation.The BBC and Channel 4 are demanding rule to ensure their programmes – which are produced under strict rules of accuracy – are guaranteed prominence as a shift to on-demand viewing via apps instead of channel menus accelerates.On-demand-only programming is currently subject to much more relaxed regulation, although the Government has signalled a crackdown is in the works. Amazon did not respond to requests for comment. read more

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JURY – HANDBALL PERSON 2013

handball juryhandball person 2013jurz MEMBERS OF HANDBALL PERSON 2013 – JURY:Kiril Lazarov (F.C Barcelona – Macedonia, WCh and EURO TOP scorer record holder)Laszlo Nagy (MVM MKB Veszprem – Hungary, HP World Best Player 2011)Konstantin Igropulo (Fuchse Berlin – Russia)Fabiana Diniz (Hypo – Brazil, World Champion 2013)Zarko Sesum (Rhein Neckar Lowen – Serbia)Kasper Hvidt (KK Copenhagen – Former Danish NT goalkeeper)Marcin Lijewski (Wisla Plock – former Polish NT player)Jovanka Radicevic (ZRK Vardar – Montenegro)Jose Hombrados (Former Spanish NT goalkeeper)Isabelle Gullden (Viborg HK – Sweden)Dragan Adzic (ZRK Buducnost – Montenegro head-coach, Handball Person 2012)Antonio Carlos Ortega (MVM MKB Veszprem head-coach)Partekur Johannesson (Austria NT head-coach)Dagur Sigurdsson (Fuchse Berlin head-coach – HP World Best Coach 2011)Andrej Golic (Former French NT player – World Champion 2001)Petar Metlicic (Former Croatian NT captain – Olympic winner 2004)Andrei Xepkin (Former F.C Barcelona line-player – 6th time EHF CL winner – record holder)Dragan Skrbic (Former Yugoslav NT line-player – IHF World Best Player 2001)Bjorn Pazen (Handball-Woche, IHF and EHF journalist)Tom O Braggain (EHF TV commentator)Nadege Coulet (French Handball Federation – press officer)Zika Bogdanovic (Balkan-Handball.com & Handball-Planet.com editor)Yuki Hattori (Japan– handball journalist) ← Previous Story NOMINATIONS – HANDBALL PERSON 2013 Next Story → WHO IS THE HANDBALL PERSON 2013? read more

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Transparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millions

first_imgMEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASES are costing the Health Service Executive millions of euro, which can be avoided, a major conference was told yesterday.The conference entitled ‘Patients’ Rights, Access to Justice and the Case for Candour’ organised by two advocacy organisations, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Medical Injuries Alliance (MIA), heard that the current adversarial approach to medical accidents and complaints prolongs pain for families, as they are forced to battle with the system for compensation on behalf of their loved ones.Honesty and transparency One of the key speakers, Dr Timothy McDonald, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Paediatrics at University of Illinois and Chief Safety and Risk Officer for Health Affairs for the University of Illinois, Chicago said that the defense in every case drives up cost, stating that Ireland could benefit from the introduction of a system grounded in “honesty and transparency” from both a cost and patient safety perspective.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Dr McDonald said that the traditional “deny and defend” method used by hospitals when accused of medical negligence is not helping the patient or the hospitals, stating that more money is lost this way.Negligence He said that hospitals going on the defensive when accused of negligence is common practice here, but said this can cost millions of euro, stating that a more honest and transparent procedure would have a better outcome for the patient and the finances of the hospitals.Dr McDonald said: He added that if Irish hospitals decide to move ahead and implement a more transparent system when it comes to medical negligence cases, there could be “huge efficiencies made and there is an opportunity to save a lot of money”.He said in the traditional manner, in a case where the patient is seeking $2 million, it will cost in the region of $4.5 million to get that patient the same settlement, which he said is simply money down the drain.He said there is a number of “bright spots” in Ireland where certain hospitals are moving towards transparency, but he said there is a long way to go before it is nationwide.CompensationDr McDonald said that the type of system that he is suggesting results in safer practices and fewer compensation cases.In a time when the Irish health service is in serious financial trouble, any savings that can be achieved was welcomed at the conference, said Dr McDonald.“We were in a similar situation when the board of the hospital I work in gave me permission to implement the changes and since we adopted the transparent approach we have saved tens of millions of dollars,” he said.Not only does it save money, but professionals learn from a more honest approach, he said.“You can’t fix what you don’t know about,” he said, stating that going underground about negligence in the workplace doesn’t improve learning.Read: More than €45m paid out to patients injured in HSE hospitals>Read: New system may see end of lump sum court awards> Having a deny and defend procedure in place is contrary to learning and improving – we need to recognise that the patient is not the enemy here. A candid approach leads to better learning for our nurses, doctors and surgeons and a quicker resolution can be achieved, one that is a lot more fair for the patient and will ensure that money does not get drained from the health service’s finances and buried into the legal system.last_img read more

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Heres how Senegal were knocked out of the World Cup on yellow

first_img SENEGAL HAVE BEEN knocked out of the World Cup by the smallest of margins.A 1-0 defeat to Colombia on Thursday afternoon saw them finish third in Group H.But the result might have been enough to see them into the knockout stages, were it not for their disciplinary record.Senegal finished on four points after beating Poland 2-1 and drawing 2-2 with Japan, while also finishing on the same goal difference as Akira Nishino’s side.Senegal scored four goals and conceded four in their three group games (the exact same as Japan) but exit the competition after racking up two more bookings than their Group H counterparts.Jan Bednarek’s strike at the Vogograd Arena saw Japan fall 1-0 to Poland on Thursday, but despite the defeat they progress to the last sixteen — where they will face either England or Belgium.Progression to the knockout stages is determined firstly by points total, then goal difference, then head-to-head — with the final determining factor being the disciplinary record of both teams.Senegal’s group stage exit is the first time in World Cup history a team has been knocked out of the tournament on account of Fifa’s Fair Play points.Group H came down to the finest of margins. #JPN go through ahead of #SEN, with the Lions of Teranga eliminated on Fair Play points. pic.twitter.com/YCDk0hSWmL— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018 Follow us: the42.ie Jun 28th 2018, 5:13 PM Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 5:13 PM 32,881 Views http://the42.ie/4097606 44 Comments Short URL Senegal defender Salif Sane dejected at the final whistle on Thursday. Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos ‘Do they expect us to win 10-0?’ – Pogba bemused by whistles from France fansWayne Rooney completes move to MLS side DC United Senegal defender Salif Sane dejected at the final whistle on Thursday. Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aaron Gallagher Share17 Tweet Email1 Here’s how Senegal were knocked out of the World Cup on yellow cards It is the first time in World Cup history a team has been knocked out based on Fifa’s Fair Play points.last_img read more

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