Report: Jalen Hurts Has “Won The Coaches And Team” At Alabama

first_imgAlabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium during a day gameInstagramCould Alabama start a true freshman at quarterback this season? According to Shannon B. Terry, Jalen Hurts has “won the coaches and team” heading into the 2016 season.Terry, the founder of 247Sports.com, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to discuss Alabama’s quarterback situation heading into this year’s campaign. He notes that junior Cooper Bateman is “trending down”, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett is “improving” and true freshman Jalen Hurts has “won” the team over.Terry implies that even if Hurts isn’t named the starter at the beginning of the season, he expects him to be the quarterback by mid-season. That’s huge news, considering Hurts’ lack of experience.(1 of 2) #Alabama QB Bateman is trending down this fall, Barnett is improving and Hurts has won the coaches and team at this point.— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016(2 of 2) Only real decision 4 UA coaches is what is best way to develop Hurts? unless there’s a sig change, he will be the QB by mid-season— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016For the past two seasons, Alabama has turned to seniors to lead the team behind center. In 2014, Blake Sims helped the Crimson Tide reach the College Football Playoff. In 2015, it was Jake Coker leading the team to a national championship. Before that, it was AJ McCarron taking snaps for three seasons.Hurts getting the nod would be a surprise, but it’s never wise to doubt Nick Saban. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the call against USC.last_img read more

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California makes people ask for straws sodas with kid meals

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with a kids’ meal at a California restaurant, you’ll need to ask for them starting next year.A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws. Another law he approved requires milk or water to be the default drink sold with kids’ meals at fast-food and full-service restaurants.Neither law is an outright ban on straws or sugary drinks in kids’ meals. But some Republicans have called the measures government overreach by the heavily Democratic state.California restaurants that don’t comply with the straw law will get two warnings before being fined. Lawmakers changed the legislation to add a $300 annual fine limit. It will apply only to sit-down restaurants where customers are waited on by restaurant staff, not fast-food establishments.Health inspectors will be responsible for enforcing the law.Democratic lawmakers who support the policy call it a small step toward reducing ocean pollution.Brown, who has made environmental issues a signature priority, pointed to the large amount of plastic dumped in oceans every year that can kill whales and fish and contaminate people’s food and water supplies.“Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Brown said in a statement. “Plastics, in all forms — straws, bottles, packaging, bags, etc. — are choking the planet.”California’s law doesn’t go as far as those in cities, including San Francisco and Seattle, that ban straws outright.Critics argue California’s straw law won’t significantly improve the environment. Some say restricting straws hurts disabled people who rely on them.And some lawmakers who voted against the measure said it would unfairly punish restaurants, although the restaurant industry didn’t oppose the proposal.The law doesn’t address the biggest causes of plastic ocean pollution, such as fishing nets, and doesn’t apply to some of the biggest users of plastic straws: fast-food restaurants, said Tod Hardin, director of operations and communications for the non-profit Plastic Oceans International.“That in some ways makes it a little bit weaker than we would have hoped for, but it’s a step toward changing behaviour and raising awareness,” he said. “It’s a move in a positive direction.”The sugary drink law will still let restaurants and fast food chains sell soda or juice with children’s meals. But it says only milk; a non-dairy milk alternative; or sparkling, still or flavoured water can be handed out as a default and advertised on the menu.Democratic Sen. Bill Monning says his measure aims to combat diabetes, obesity and other health problems in California.Both laws take effect Jan. 1.last_img read more

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Canada to oppose Alaska oil drilling on caribou habitat Minister

first_imgYukon Environment Minister Pauline Frost said her government will fight any attempt to allow industrial activity in what is one of the most pristine areas left in the U.S.“We do not want to proceed with development. We in Yukon are taking a very strategic and proactive approach to protecting the Porcupine caribou herd,” she said. “We have a treaty obligation that the U.S. has committed to.”The N.W.T. is also preparing a submission to the Alaskans.“Some of the areas we would look for in the (environmental impact study) would be full consideration of potential impacts on the Porcupine caribou herd, polar bears, migratory birds and grizzly bears, allowing adequate time for consultation and respecting obligations established in international agreements and land claim agreements,” said a statement from Environment Minister Robert McLeod. Last Friday, the U.S. opened a 60-day public comment period before environmental hearings on allowing drilling on the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd.The herd is the largest and healthiest in the North and one that is considered crucial to the physical and cultural health of Indigenous people in Canada’s northwest.The animals are protected under a U.S.-Canada treaty, which commits both nations to preserve it. While it calves in Alaska, the 218,000-strong herd spends most of its time in Canada.Caribou is a regular part of the diet of Gwich’In people and remains key to their culture.The governments of Canada, Yukon and Northwest Territories, as well as several First Nation governments, met in Inuvik, N.W.T., last December to discuss fears the refuge would be opened. They all signed an agreement promising to fight to uphold the treaty.“We, the parties, reaffirm our commitment to co-operate to take action to achieve effective conservation and management of the Porcupine caribou population throughout its range, specifically the conservation of important calving areas,” the agreement said. OTTAWA, O.N. — Three levels of Canadian government say they will oppose the latest attempt to open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.“Canada supports the continued conservation of the Porcupine caribou herd’s habitat, including in the Arctic refuge, and opposes opening this area to resource development,” said Global Affairs Canada spokesman John Babcock.“The federal, territorial and Indigenous governments in Canada are united in their commitment to conservation of the herd and its habitat.”center_img Babcock pointed out Canada has established two national parks in an effort to protect the herd.Frost, a Gwich’In herself who represents a riding where people depend heavily on caribou, said her people began fighting the latest attempt to open the refuge as early as last fall, when the U.S. Congress was considering the bill that eventually allowed it. Band representatives were in Washington to ensure legislators understood Canadian concerns, she said.Further speaking tours with American lobby groups are likely, Frost said.But it’s not a new fight. The Gwich’In have been lobbying Americans to keep development out of the refuge for 30 years.“It was 20 years ago when I was sent off on a lobbying effort to the United States,” Frost said.“I (spoke) for three weeks straight every day. The young people of the community are as committed today as we were back then. We will continue to advocate and fight for protection.”By Bob WeberTHE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

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Dust Advisory remains in effect for Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Dust Advisory that was issued for Fort St. John on Monday remains in effect today.Environment Canada issued the advisory due to high levels of road dust in the air. Dust levels have increased due to higher traffic volumes and winter traction material on dry road surfaces. Levels of dust tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations.Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise near busy roads until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. Although the current dust concentration in Fort St. John below the Provincial objective, the forecast suggests the dust concentration will increase until there is precipitation or more dust suppression. The advisory will be in effect until further notice.Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at www.bcairquality.ca.last_img read more

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China to stay on path of ‘peaceful development’ & continue to be ‘positive force’: Premier Li

first_imgBeijing: China will stay on the path of “peaceful development” and continue to be a “positive force” and contribute for regional and global peace, Premier Li Keqiang said here on Friday, amidst global concern over Beijing flexing its muscles in the region. Li, who addressed over two-and-a-half-hour press conference at the end of the Chinese legislature the National People’s Congress, mostly answered selected questions on China’s economy and internal social issues as well as ties with the US, Russia and the EU. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang However in his closing remarks, he said that China will continue to follow the principles of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness in developing relations with its neighbours. “China will stay on the path of peaceful development and continue to be a positive force and contributor for regional and global peace,” he said. China asserts nearly all of the resource-rich South China Sea as its territory, while Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam have counter claims over the area. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: Trump The US has been conducting regular patrols in the South China Sea to assert the freedom of navigation in the area where Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region. When asked about China’s priority regarding the conclusion of the China-Japan-South Korea Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Li said it will depend on the efforts made by parties concerned. “Whichever will be concluded first, China will take a welcome attitude to the development,” Li added. Though he did not comment on the current situation in South Asia, Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his annual press conference last week said that India and Pakistan should quickly turn the page after the Pulwama terror attack, meet each other halfway and transform the present crisis into an opportunity for a long term and fundamental improvement in their bilateral relations.last_img read more

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Ohio State softball takes final game in series against Purdue

The Ohio State softball team took the last win in a three-game series Sunday afternoon against Purdue at home, 5-3. After a four-inning deadlock with the teams tied, 3-3, the Buckeyes hit back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning to grab their only win of the series. The Buckeyes lost Friday afternoon, 4-2, and Saturday, 8-7. “There was just no way we were going to let them beat us three times,” said sophomore infielder Maddy McIntyre, who hit her third home run of the year in Sunday’s extra inning. Junior first baseman Evelyn Carrillo hit the other 10th-inning home run, her second of the year, and added 3 RBI in the game. Carrillo said it was satisfying to win the game with McIntyre. “It feels awesome,” Carrillo said. “Maddy and I always talk about tag teaming, so I’m really happy that we were able to tag team this last inning and get two home runs for the team.” The duo scored the first back-to-back home runs since former Buckeyes Alicia Herron and Sam Marder did in 2010. Sophomore pitcher Olivia O’Reilly replaced redshirt junior Melanie Nichols in the bottom of the second inning and finished out the rest of the game only allowing one run. O’Reilly said she depended on her teammates to finish out the game. “I just knew I had my team behind me, they were making great defensive plays all day,” O’Reilly said. “I just knew if I put it on the plate and they hit it, my team would have my back.” The Buckeyes started off strong with two runs in the top of the first inning, only for the Boilermakers to tie things up by the bottom of the second inning. OSU pulled ahead of the Boilermakers again in the top of the fifth as sophomore outfielder Taylor Watkins hit it out of the park. But Carrillo is looking ahead and said she is ready for the series against Michigan next weekend. “Rivalry, just blood, straight out blood. We’re going after them,” Carrillo said. “So we’re going out there with the mindset that we’re going to win, and that’s what we’re going to do.” The Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 14 Wolverines starting on Friday at 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

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Ohio State baseball knocks down Youngstown State 30

The Ohio State baseball pitching staff, using five arms, combined for a two-hit shutout victory against Youngstown State Tuesday night, 3-0, at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeye hurlers combined for 10 strikeouts and did not walk a batter. The Penguins only looked more and more helpless at the plate as the game grew old – their final 13 hitters were retired in order. The lack of offense was welcomed by the sparse crowd of 495 on a night of low-40 degree temperatures, as the contest wrapped up in under two hours. The Buckeyes collected a hit and stolen base in each of the first two innings, but were unable to push any runs across the plate. Despite not allowing a hit, OSU senior starting pitcher Brett McKinney went just two frames before being pulled in favor of redshirt junior Tyler Giannonatti. After the Penguins followed suit, bringing freshman Lance Horner in to pitch the third, the first two Buckeyes reached base before the rally was brought to an abrupt end on an unassisted triple play by sophomore shortstop Phil Lipari. The unassisted triple play, with just 15 occurrences in MLB history according to MLB’s website, is more rare a feat than a perfect game. Youngstown State did not collect its first hit until the top of the fifth, when designated hitter David Saluga lined a single to right. Giannonatti would eventually pitch out of the jam, stranding a pair of base runners in his final inning of work. OSU freshman second baseman Troy Kuhn led off the sixth with a single, and was then put into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by redshirt senior lead-off man Joe Ciamacco. The game found its first run one batter later on a base hit to center off of Horner by redshirt senior designated hitter Ryan Cypret. The rally came to an end three batters later, but not before the Buckeyes pushed an insurance run across to take a 2-0 lead. OSU would add another score the following inning on an RBI single by Kuhn, his third hit of the evening in as many at bats. OSU sophomore right-handed pitcher Trace Dempsey came in for the ninth and converted his team-leading eighth save. With three strikeouts in two innings of work, junior Greg Greve recorded the win, improving his record to 2-0. Horner took the loss in the first decision of his young career. OSU (17-8, 4-2 Big Ten) is scheduled to make a quick turnaround and welcome Miami (Ohio) to Bill Davis Stadium on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. read more

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PSV boss urges squad to not focus on swapping shirts with

first_imgPSV Eindhoven boss Mark van Bommel has urged the squad to focus on getting a positive result against Barcelona instead of worrying about swapping shirts with Lionel MessiThe Dutchman is preparing for his first European game at managerial level following his appointment as the new PSV coach earlier this summer.And things have got off to an impressive start for Van Bommel with PSV having comfortably won all five of their opening games of the 2018/19 Eredivisie campaign.But now the 41-year-old will face his first true test at managerial level in the form of his old team Barcelona and former teammate Lionel Messi.Many fancy the idea of getting a hold of their own original Messi shirt.But Van Bommel expects his players to remain professional as they begin their European campaign against the world’s best player.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“If a player asks for Lionel Messi’s shirt, that is not strictly a matter for me,” Van Bommel told reporters on the club website.“If we can get a positive result from the match then everyone can fight for that shirt.“Part of being a professional is being extra focused and each time doing what is correct as a footballer.“I do not like when someone asks for the shirt during halftime, whether it’s for the best player in the world or not, I can understand the question, but not during halftime.“I only played with Leo when he made his Barca debut in 2005 but even by then, you could tell that he was destined for greatness.“For me, he is always the best in the world even when he does not win the Golden Ball.”last_img read more

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Girls outdo boys in ICSE ISC

first_imgKOLKATA: Girls have performed better than the boys both in ICSE and ISC examinations in the state. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) declared the results of Class 10 (ICSE) and Class 12 (ISC) examinations across the country on Monday. In Bengal, the pass percentage amongst girls has been 98.22 percent in ICSE, while for boys it is 97.33 percent. In ISC, nearly 97.82 percent girls have passed whereas around 94.56 percent boys secured pass marks. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe overall pass percentage in ICSE has been 97.72 percent and 96.06 percent in ISC.While 33,898 candidates had appeared for ICSE exam in the state, 23,000 appeared for ISC. The number of boys and girls who had appeared in ICSE was 19,163 and 14,735 respectively whereas the figures stand 12,443 and 10,557 respectively in ISC.As many as 8 students from the state have secured more than 99 percent marks in ISC. Kaushiki Dasgupta Chaudhuri of St. Xavier’s Institution Panihati bagged 99.50 percent. While three students namely Jaydeep Basu of Modern English Academy Barrackpore, Risav Jalan of Don Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBosco Liluah and Asmita Sarkar of Modern High School for Girls have secured 99.25 percent, four others namely Adittya Pal of Garden High School, Aman Choudhury of Don Bosco Siliguri, Aryaman Jain of Don Bosco Park Circus and Sumedha Ghosh of La Martiniere for Girls got 99 percent.In ICSE, Sphira Pandey of Heritage School in Kolkata and Anuraag Ghosh of Aryans School of Kolkata have bagged 99 percent each. Archisman Ghosh from MP Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School has secured 98.8 percent. “I was hopeful of securing good marks but 99 percent have come as a surprise. I want to take up research work in science, become a professor and dream of teaching in a national level university,” Sphira said.Anurag wants to pursue a career in Engineering and has opted for science in ISC. “I thank my parents and teachers for their enormous support,” said Anurag who loves to play and watch cricket.last_img read more

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