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first_imgNew York: Rafael Nadal ramped up his quest for a fourth US Open title Monday with an impressive win over 2014 champion Marin Cilic to advance to the quarter-finals while Alexander Zverev slumped to a four-set defeat.Second seed Nadal — the winner at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017 — produced some electrifying moments of brilliance to end the challenge of Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. After barely breaking a sweat in reaching the last 16, a run that included a second-round walkover, Nadal stared down his stiffest test so far to surge into a quarter-final meeting with Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman.The Spaniard exchanged the first two sets with Cilic but grasped control by breaking for 3-1 in the third, a series of dazzling winners drawing an animated fist-pump from golf legend Tiger Woods at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Nadal reeled off nine games in succession across the third and fourth sets and 12 of the final 15 to nail down a 40th Grand Slam quarter-final appearance, nine of which have come at the US Open.”The emotions I have when I play here are impossible to describe. I love the sport and feel very lucky to still be playing tennis here. Eight years ago I didn’t think that would happen as my body was suffering badly,” Nadal said.”It’s a huge honor playing in front of all of you and playing in front of Tiger is a very special thing. I always say I don’t have big idols but one idol is him and I always try to follow him.”Nadal’s path to the final sees him take on Schwartzman next after the 5ft 7in (1.70m) Argentine chopped down sixth seed Zverev.”He is playing amazing, nothing new, he’s one of the players with best talent on tour,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion said of his upcoming opponent.”It will be a big challenge. I have to play my best. I’m happy for him. He’s a close friend and I hope to play a great match.”Berrettini, Monfils winZverev rolled through the opening set against Schwartzman under the roof on Ashe during a rainy afternoon session, but he lost his way to go down 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.The German was enjoying his deepest run in New York but committed 17 double faults and 65 unforced errors and received a point penalty for swearing as Schwartzman advanced to a second US Open quarter-final in three years.”Generally my season so far has not been the best,” said Zverev, who has reached just two quarter-finals in 18 Grand Slam appearances. Zverev said he was hindered a “very swollen” back and right hip following a fall in his previous match.”I had a lot of chances which I didn’t use early in the match. He kind of ran away with it.”Zverev lost his serve three times during the second set but appeared to have steadied himself when he moved a break ahead at 3-2 in the third, only for Schwartzman to wrest the momentum back in his favor after a lengthy sixth game.”It was tough because I was feeling I had the chance to win this and I had a few break points I could not take,” Schwartzman said. “He was up a break and then I recovered really quickly and I felt great after that.” Matteo Berrettini became just the second Italian man to progress to the US Open quarter-finals, 42 years after Corrado Barazzutti’s run to the last four in New York.Berrettini, the 24th seed, eased to a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win over Russia’s 43rd-ranked Andrey Rublev to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time. “It’s something really crazy. I cannot believe it right now. I need a few hours to understand what happened,” said Berrettini, 23, who goes on to play French 13th seed Gael Monfils.”I’m just happy. Seeing my team and family here and crying, for me it’s unbelievable.”Berrettini went one step further than his run to the last 16 at Wimbledon in July, where he was beaten by Roger Federer.Monfils, a 2016 US Open semi-finalist, crushed the 33-year-old Andujar’s bid to become the oldest player in the Open era to reach his first Grand Slam singles quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 rout. 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. alexander zverevCilicMarin Cilicnadal First Published: September 3, 2019, 7:17 AM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgKenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s Olympic marathon with a dominating performance, running alone into the Sambadrome and finishing in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds on Sunday. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa claimed the silver medal and American Galen Rupp took the bronze on a soggy course.Kipchoge, 31, has now won seven of the eight marathons he has entered, including two London Marathon victories.In previous Olympic appearances, in 2004 and 2008, he had competed in the 5,000 metres before shifting his focus to the longer distance.It marked the third straight time a Kenyan had claimed a spot on the Olympic podium, following silver and bronze performances in 2012 and a 2008 gold.last_img read more

first_imgA promo for the College Football Playoff on ESPN.How much money can the four College Football Playoff coaches make with a win today?Making it to the College Football Playoff is hard. Only four teams can make the playoff in a given year, out of more than 120 schools. So, what do you get for making it this far?Well, if you’re one of the coaches of the four playoff teams–Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Wisconsin–you’re in for a great payday. Each college coach has bonuses written into his contract, and well, making the CFP pays pretty well.Bonuses for wins today in CFP semis:Dabo Swinney: $500KChris Petersen: $450KNick Saban, Urban Meyer: $100K eachhttps://t.co/mbpFKesvUZ— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) December 31, 2016These bonuses are telling of the college football landscape. Urban Meyer and Nick Saban are expected to make it this far, thus the smaller bonus. Both Dabo Swinney and, especially, Chris Petersen are up for huge bonuses due to their somewhat surprising seasons.All four coaches are paid extremely well, so a bonus is only the icing on the cake. Well, that, and a win, of course.last_img read more

first_imgFrank Lampard has spoken with Callum Hudson-Odoi to try to keep him at Chelsea and a deal is now believed to be close as the youngster has increasingly become convinced that his dreams can be realized at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea have been trying to convince Hudson-Odoi to sign a new five-year deal for over a year since his pre-season breakthrough under Maurizio Sarri’s early time at the club.However, the chances to play were slim in the first six months leading to disillusionment over his future and Bayern Munich quickly emerged as front runners from a group of elite clubs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Bayern made several bids up to £35 million ($44 million) but they were all refused, even after Hudson-Odoi personally handed in a transfer request to Blues director Marina Granovskaia at the end of the January transfer window.Sarri played Hudson-Odoi for four Premier League games in a row after he made his England debut before his league debut. This softened his stance on leaving with a year left to run on his contract but the appointment of Lampard has boosted him, along with other academy stars.The new contract will likely be worth around £100,000-per-week and it will end Bayern’s hopes of signing the 18-year-old, who has long been a primary transfer target.Hudson-Odoi remains behind at Cobham Training Centre getting treatment for his Achilles tendon rupture that he suffered in April with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is set to sign a new deal himself worth around £120,000-a-week, while Antonio Rudiger and Reece James also recover from injuries.Last season’s loanee at Derby County Mason Mount will be offered a new deal by Chelsea too but talks are not yet as advanced as they are for both Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi.Marcin Bulka, meanwhile, is joining Paris Saint-Germain after similarly breaking through in pre-season last summer with the Blues. Unlike Hudson-Odoi, he has left the club after his contract expired but had a pre-contract agreement with the French champions since May.He will be unveiled as a PSG player tomorrow and he will sign a deal until 2021, alongside former Ajax star Mitchel Bakker.last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk BaselAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 23:15 IST BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth’s poor run continues as the India shuttler suffered an early exit in Basel (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu needed just 34 minutes to beat Beiwen Zhang of USASindhu will face familiar foe Tai Tzu Ying in Friday’s quarter-finalKidambi Srikanth was beaten in straight games by Kantaphon WangcharoenPV Sindhu created history on Thursday as she became the first women’s singles shuttler ever to reach at least the quarter-finals of the BWF World Championships in each of her first six appearances in prestigious tournament. Sindhu came up with a dominant display against 9th seed Beiwen Zhang of USA in ther Round of 16 meeting.Sindhu became the 2nd Indian shuttler after Sai Praneeth to reach the quarter-finals of the ongoing edition of world championships in Basel. Praneeth had come up with an impressive show earlier in the day to beat 6th seed Anthony Ginting in straight games in the men’s singles Round of 16.On the other hand, there was disappointment for 7th seed Kidambi Srikanth as he was blown away in his Round of 16 outing by lower-ranked Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand.Sindhu confirms Quarterfinal berth!’s top shuttler @Pvsindhu1 puts up a dominant display to enter the QF of #BWFWorldChampionships2019 after defeating @Beiwen0712 21-14,21-6.Keep the streak hot champ!#IndiaontheRise #badminton #BWFWorldChampionships pic.twitter.com/lHYCbh5uNN BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 22, 2019PV Sindhu was at her absolute best as she handed Beiwen Zhang a 21-14, 21-6 defeat in just 34 minutes. The United States shuttler had no answers to Sindhu’s aggression and control in the one-sided Round of 16 encounter. Notably, this is Sindhu’s 3rd straight win over Zhang to whom she had agonisingly lost the India Open final in 2018.Sindhu’s bid for a third straight final at BWF World Championships is alive. However, the India shuttler faces World No. 2 Tai Tzu Ying who has a superior record against her. Despite Sindhu winning their latest meeting in 2018, Tai has established superiority over the Rio Olympic silver medallist, winning 10 of their 14 meeting on the tour.advertisementSrikanth’s horror 2019 continuesMeanwhile, Srikanth’s horror run in the ongoing season continued as the 7th seed came up with an insipid display against 12th seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen.Srikanth was blown away in just 40 minutes as he lost 14-21, 13-21 to crash out of the competition. Srikanth’s poor run of form is cause of concern for India badminton as the World No. 10 has not managed to reach the business end of tournaments on the tour since his quarter-final appearance in Singapore Open in April.Also Read | BWF World Championships: Sai Praneeth stuns Anthony Ginting to reach quarters, HS Prannoy oustedAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Sai PraneethFollow BWF World ChampionshipsFollow Badminton BWF World Championships 2019: Kidambi Srikanth crashes out, PV Sindhu eases into quartersPV Sindhu joined Sai Praneeth in the quarter-finals of the badminton world championships after a comfortable straight-game win over Beiwen Zhang of USA. Kidambi Srikanth though crashed out after an ordinary display against lower-ranked Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the Round of 16 on Thursday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_img Held at Newcastle in St. Andrew in late March, the event saw approximately 1,000 patrons in attendance and was completely sold out. Story Highlights The three-day event, which showcases the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region, was launched last year and featured Blue Mountain coffee, coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops. The second annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will be launched at a press conference on January 14. The second annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will be launched at a press conference on January 15.The three-day event, which showcases the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region, was launched last year and featured Blue Mountain coffee, coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops.Held at Newcastle in St. Andrew in late March, the event saw approximately 1,000 patrons in attendance and was completely sold out.Chairperson of the Tourism Ministry’s Gastronomy Network, Nicola Madden-Greig, said the festival is part of a strategy to have locals, as well as visitors, exposed to Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee where it is produced.“We will continue to work with the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Tourism Linkages Network to push the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee through our hotels and attractions,” she said.“Most of our gift shops sell it, a lot of our hotels serve it, but we want to see how we can improve on that and grow those numbers,” she added.Mrs. Madden-Grieg was addressing a press conference to launch Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), at JAMPRO’S offices in New Kingston, on January 4.The MOU, which was signed by JAMPRO, JACRA and the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA), establishes a formal framework to guide a promotional campaign and marketing strategy to support the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffees.To be observed on January 9 by Jamaica and Japan, the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day is being held in recognition of the formidable relationship forged between the two countries since 1953 when Jamaica sent its first shipment of coffee to the Asian country.It also marks the day the largest shipment of coffee left the port of Kingston en route to Japan in 1967.last_img read more

first_imgLast week in the House of Assembly, I introduced first contract settlement legislation, An Act to Prevent Unnecessary Labour Disruptions and Protect the Economy. Since then, and in the weeks leading up to its introduction, I’ve heard from many people who support the bill. I’ve also heard from people who have concerns about this legislation. The intent of the bill is simple. It will prevent unnecessary, costly strikes that would hurt businesses, workers and the economy during first-contract collective bargaining. It helps employers and unions deal with the difficult task of negotiating a first collective agreement. In the rare event the union and employer cannot reach a first agreement, the bill allows for a neutral third party to resolve the dispute, avoiding a prolonged lockout or strike. Right now, 85 per cent of workers in Canada are covered by laws that provide a way for unions and employers to resolve first contracts. Having a mechanism in place to deal with first-contract disputes will help protect Nova Scotia’s jobs and productivity by avoiding damaging, prolonged strikes or lockouts. The bill only applies to workplaces that are already unionized, and where there is no collective agreement in place. In the run of a year, there are very few of those in Nova Scotia. The rate of unionization didn’t go up in places after the legislation was introduced. In fact, unionization has been decreasing across Canada. And it has been stable in Nova Scotia for well over a decade. A stable labour environment — people at work, rather than on a picket line — is a key ingredient of productivity. Nova Scotia needs to compete with jurisdictions that use reasonable methods like first-contract settlement to promote good labour relations and continued productivity when workers do decide to unionize. Based on the decades of experience with it in Canada, first-contract legislation is another ingredient of a stronger economy. Almost every other province in Canada is already covered by first-contract legislation, including Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec. First-contract settlement means workers keep getting paid and employers enjoy continued productivity. That’s very attractive to people wanting to invest in, or expand, businesses in Nova Scotia. We enjoy a harmonious labour environment. It’s important to our future prosperity that this continue. Catching up with the rest of the country with first-contract settlement will prove to be another positive step in that direction. -30-last_img read more

first_imgBut whereas the cerebral Pierre Trudeau hated the back-slapping, baby-kissing, retail side of politics, English says his son seems to feed off the energy he derives from engaging directly with people. Liberal strategists are counting on him out-perform his rivals on the hustings.The latest Liberal slogan — “Choose Forward” — appeals to Canadians to continue supporting the party’s general direction, implicitly acknowledging that not everyone is entirely satisfied with some of the particulars. It attempts to frame the election as a choice between going forward or backward, not as a referendum on Trudeau’s first four years.As Trudeau put it in the interview: “I think people get that there is a choice in this election, that it’s not about judging me on everything you’d hoped I’d do and where I might not have fulfilled all everyone’s individual hopes for what this could be.”According to strategists, the key to victory is framing the election as a binary choice between the Liberals and Conservatives. In other words, forget about those New Democrats and Greens, whom Liberals intend to mention as little as possible even while emphasizing the values and policies they share. OTTAWA — Canada’s 2019 federal election could wind up looking a lot like the 1972 cliffhanger — the last time a Trudeau asked Canadians for a second mandate after the first blush of Trudeaumania had dissipated.But if Liberals play their cards right, party strategists are hoping it will end up more like a replay of 2015, with Canadians choosing to continue moving forward with Justin Trudeau’s progressive agenda rather than going back to the bad old days of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.Never mind that Harper is no longer Conservative leader. His successor, Andrew Scheer, is, by his own admission, “Stephen Harper with a smile” and his agenda, by the Liberals’ telling, is Harper’s agenda: tax breaks for the wealthy, cuts in services for everyone else, no action on climate change, the politics of fear and division. They’ll reinforce that message by tying Scheer wherever possible to someone else who isn’t running: Ontario’s unpopular Progressive Conservative premier, Doug Ford. And they’ll no doubt throw in, at least obliquely, references to mercurial U.S. President Donald Trump.Here’s how Trudeau himself framed the choice in a recent interview:“We are on a very good path and we need to continue it because we see what happens elsewhere in the world when people make poor choices. Hell, we’re seeing in Ontario what happens with cuts to services and tax breaks for the rich,” he said.“I mean, it doesn’t work and that’s the big thing that we turned around (in 2015). We said no, you don’t grow an economy through trickle-down, you grow it through investing in people, investing in their communities. That was the big disagreement we had with the Conservatives in 2015 and it remains the big disagreement we have with them in 2019.”At the moment, however, polls suggest the Liberals are essentially tied with the Conservatives, with neither in a position to capture a majority of seats in the House of Commons. Should that hold, the outcome could be very similar to 1972, when the Liberals under Trudeau’s father Pierre wound up with the barest of minorities, just two seats ahead of the Progressive Conservatives.There are, says historian and former Liberal MP John English, some “really striking parallels” between Trudeau senior’s bid for a second term and that of his eldest son. Both swept to power on a wave of adulation rarely seen in Canadian politics, creating unrealistic expectations that crashed against the hard rock of reality during four years of governing. At the same time, Liberals need to motivate progressive voters to back Trudeau again. They can’t afford to let disappointed progressives — turned off by Trudeau buying a petroleum pipeline or scrapping his promise to end Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system or the SNC-Lavalin ethics imbroglio, for instance  — to drift over to the NDP or Greens, or just stay home. Robust turnout will be crucial, as it was in 2015 when young voters turned out in droves to support the Liberals.Liberals are under no illusions they’ll be able to replicate the enthusiasm that attended Trudeau’s debut election. But they’ll emphasize what they say is at stake if the Conservatives win, reversing all the progress that’s been made on everything from climate change to gender equality and gay rights — a tactic evident in the interview with Trudeau.“Just across the country, seeing conservative premiers elected from the Rockies to the Bay of Fundy, who are trying to turn back the clock on the fight against climate change. I mean people are like, whoa, there is a lot at stake,” he said.While national poll numbers suggest a dead heat with the Conservatives, regional results tend to favour the Liberals in areas with lots of seats, such as Ontario and Quebec. They expect to lose MPs in the Prairies and know they’re unlikely to sweep all 32 seats in the Atlantic provinces as they did in 2015, although they hope to hang onto most. What will happen in British Columbia, where a four-way fight among Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens is playing out, is unpredictable.But Liberals are still hoping to offset some of those losses with gains in Central Canada, which accounts for almost 60 per cent of the 338 seats up for grabs, capitalizing on Ford’s unpopularity in Ontario and the collapse of the NDP in Quebec.KEYS TO VICTORY:— Frame the election as a binary choice between forward-looking Liberals and backward-looking Conservatives.— Paint Scheer as a clone of Stephen Harper and a yes-man to conservative premiers, particularly Ontario’s unpopular Doug Ford.— Motivate disappointed progressive voters to back Trudeau once again by emphasizing that all the progress made, however imperfect, would be reversed if the Conservatives win.— Pick up seats in Ontario and Quebec to offset inevitable losses elsewhere.— Ensure Justin Trudeau is at the top of his game. Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rabat – Spanish multinational oil and gas company CEPSA has chosen Morocco as a preferred destination to expand its presence.The company aims to expand in northern Morocco because it represents for CEPSA a “preferred market for expansion due to its proximity to our refineries on the south coast of Spain.”The company expressed its interest in a prospectus published on October 2. According to the document, CEPSA’s presence in Morocco is limited to one joint venture, Petrosud. CEPSA holds a 35% stake in Petrosud, “which is focused on the marketing of marine oil at the port of Agadir.”CEPSA notes, “The project has a storage facility with a capacity of 10,000 m3, as well as a license for the operation of ten service stations in Morocco, which are managed by our joint venture partner, Afriquia.”The company said that it aims to develop an “integrated downstream business in the north of Morocco.”CEPSA wants to focus on retail, business to business sales, and storage.“In July 2018, we established a 50/50 joint venture with a local partner to commence the development of our business in Morocco, with the objective of opening 30 points of sale by 2020, 100 points of sale by 2023 and a 15% market share in the medium-term (by number of service stations),” the prospectus says.An expert in fuel retail, the company wants to increase fuel volume sales to 4 percent in the medium-term. It also wants to increase the number of service stations to 1,940 stations in Europe, the Canary Islands, and Morocco. read more

“A ceasefire must be declared immediately,” Mr. Ban said in a statement he himself read to the news media. “They must also curb their inflammatory rhetoric. Only then can dialogue start.”He faulted regional and international partners for not doing enough. “They should do more. They should use all possible means to end the violence and encourage political dialogue, emphasizing peaceful ways of resolving differences,” he said.At the same time, other world leaders must also step up efforts to support a longer term resolution of the issue, he added. “I expect all parties to fully heed my call,” he declared. “In particular, Israel must keep opening all border crossings necessary for the continued provision of humanitarian supplies. The Israeli Government leaders have given me a guarantee that such supplies and personnel would be allowed entry into Gaza. This cooperation must continue on a rolling basis in the coming days,” Mr. Ban stressed.UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told a news conference after Mr. Ban’s statement that 60 truckloads of supplies had been allowed into Gaza today, including four with medical supplies. He said there were “just about enough supplies” in Gaza at the moment, but if the number of casualties increases humanitarian efforts could be overwhelmed.UN officials said at least 62 of the 320 Gazans killed so far in the Israeli air strikes were women and children, but they did not yet know how many men killed were civilians. Some 1,400 people have been injured. In a video link-up from Gaza, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Karen AbuZayd said civilian casualties could be much higher.“The scale of casualties on the Palestinian side reflects the fact that however hard you try to target, in circumstances such as those of Gaza with a large population in a small area, civilian casualties are almost impossible to avoid,” Mr. Holmes said.Reiterating Mr. Ban’s condemnation of the excessive use of force, Mr. Holmes said international humanitarian law demanded a “proportionate response and very clear distinction between combatants and civilians, and it’s very hard to say that this is what’s happening in the present attacks on Gaza, although of course we also know that the [Hamas] rockets themselves are indiscriminate in their effects.”The UN has protested to Israel “in the strongest possible terms” over collateral deaths and damage at two UN buildings, expressing deep concern about the safety of UN personnel and installations and requesting “specific and immediate undertakings regarding their security.” Eight students aged 18 to 20 at an UNRWA training centre who were waiting for UN buses to take them home were killed and 19 injured on Saturday from the blast of a missile that targeted policemen standing near a government building. Also, the Gaza headquarters of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) was damaged today when the adjacent presidential guesthouse was hit, and seven vehicles were totally or partially destroyed.“UN premises must be protected and inviolate,” UNSCO said in a statement. “The Government of Israel has all coordinates of UN premises in Gaza. These strikes occurred without prior warning. Military attacks in these circumstances, so close to UN premises as to recklessly endanger UN personnel and property, must not be repeated.” Mr. Ban noted that he had repeatedly condemned rocket attacks by Hamas militants against Israel, which Israel has cited as the reason for its present operation. “While recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself, I have also condemned the excessive use of force by Israel in Gaza,” he said. “The sufferings caused to civilian populations as a result of the large-scale violence and destruction that have taken place over the past few days has saddened me profoundly.“The frightening nature of what is happening on the ground, in particular, its effects on children who are more than half of the population troubles me greatly. I have continuously stressed the need for strict observance of international humanitarian law.”Mr. Ban deplored injury and damage to UN premises and personnel as well as to others associated with UN programmes. “All this must stop,” he declared.Noting that Arab Foreign Ministers will meet soon in emergency session, he urged them “to act swiftly and decisively to bring an early end to this impasse.”He said he had consulted with various international leaders on the escalation of violence, including Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.“I reiterate my call that unhindered access should be ensured for the delivery of humanitarian assistance,” Mr. Ban stressed.“The United Nations, through the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, and other agencies on the ground have been in continuous contact with all relevant authorities and mobilizing themselves to provide much needed assistance and alleviate civilian suffering.”Mr. Holmes said the UN had no intention of pulling staff out at the moment.Asked if UNRWA had any contingency plans should Israel launch ground operations into Gaza, Ms. AbuZayd said UNRWA had no reserves or stocks on hand because of Israel’s closure of crossing points in recent months, but she thought Israel would help the agency bring in supplies because “they say that, no matter what they do, they do want to make sure that there’s no humanitarian disaster or catastrophe and want to serve the humanitarian needs of the people.” 29 December 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today demanded that Israel and Hamas halt their acts of violence, take all necessary measures to avoid civilian casualties, and that Israel keep open all border crossings necessary for the continued provision of humanitarian supplies to Gaza. read more

As per WFP’s most recent Cost of Diet Analysis, almost 6.8 million (33 per cent) Sri Lankans cannot afford the minimum cost of a nutritious diet and a large portion of this vulnerable population lives in poverty and is frequently subjected to extreme weather events. “Most of those living on these high-risk areas rely on agriculture and we need to see how to secure their livelihoods,” head of the disaster management centre, Kegalle district, tells SciDev.Net.The UN estimates that every year around 700,000 Sri Lankans are impacted by extreme weather, some repeatedly. “A sizeable segment of the flood affected population are squatters living in vulnerable areas prone to frequent flooding,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said following estimates made soon after the May floods and landslides.“We need to develop long-term solutions, not stop-gap answers,” says Yapa, agreeing that there were serious problems arising from erratic weather patterns in Sri Lanka in recent years. (Colombo Gazette) In May heavy rains, brought on by Cyclone Roanu, affected 340,000 persons in 22 of the island’s 25 districts. “These people have very limited coping mechanisms, and these kinds of disasters can drive them deeper into poverty,” says minister for disaster management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.After the landslides and rains the government decided to shift out those living in high-risk areas but, according to public officials, they were faced with the problems of locating safe land and making income from agriculture. Food shortages brought on by extreme weather events have resulted in almost a quarter of Sri Lanka’s 21 million people becoming malnourished, says a World Food Programme (WFP) document, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. “The increased frequency of natural disasters such as drought and flash floods further compounds food and nutrition insecurity,” says the document, the latest WFP country brief for Sri Lanka, released in June. read more

NEW YORK — Nordstrom has opened a new store in Manhattan that carries no merchandise and instead offers tailoring services and allows customers to pick up or return online orders from any retailer.The Upper East Side location is the first Nordstrom “mini store” in New York. The company opened three others in Los Angeles and plans another one in New York’s West Village later this month. The company’s co-president Erik Nordstrom declined to say how many are planned in total.The push to open the service hubs comes as Nordstrom, like many department stores, is trying to reinvent itself as it sees customers shopping more online.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

by Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 17, 2016 7:50 am MDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Emissions, First Nations and the IMF: three ways politics touched us this week OTTAWA – Federal politicians were scarce on Parliament Hill this week, taking advantage of the last few days before Parliament returns to kick up their heels and work the barbecue circuit one last time in other parts of the country.The Conservatives decamped to Halifax for a caucus retreat, while the NDP went whitewater rafting on the St. Lawrence before a similar retreat in Montreal. The Liberals rubbed elbows with Bay Street types and some global economy thinkers in Toronto, and then moved on to Montreal to shmooz and brainstorm with other so-called progressives from around the world.Beyond all that socializing, however, divisions deepened over how the country’s economy should be run; the Liberals’ approach to Aboriginal Peoples drew newfound scrutiny; and questions about how to wrestle climate change to the ground intensified.Here’s how federal political developments affected Canadians’ lives this week.THE LEFT-WINGERS OF THE IMF:IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, popping up in Toronto and then Ottawa this week with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, praised Canada for embracing the IMF’s recipe for economic growth: invest in infrastructure using government borrowing and deficits. Fiscal policy needs to replace monetary policy to give economies a boost, the argument goes, because lowering interest rates doesn’t have the oomph it once did.The Conservatives, however, accused Lagarde of “spouting left-wing ideology” for backing the reckless Trudeau plan of running up deficits in the naive hope the Canadian economy would blossom. Instead, Tories are urging a more constrictive path of constraining deficits and aiming for a balanced budget.What’s not spelled out is how a would-be Conservative government would actually bolster growth. Data released this week showed Canadians are paying the price of monetary policy gone awry: household debt burdens are the highest ever, and consumer borrowing has driven house prices beyond the reach of many buyers. But economic growth, despite the low interest rates, remains paltry. If not fiscal policy, then what?STRIKE TWO:Is the symbiotic relationship between the Trudeau government and First Nations in trouble? Two developments this week point to discord.Trudeau has made much of the need to improve the lot of Aboriginal Peoples, saying repeatedly that the relationship is his top priority. He won accolades by launching an inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women, and by allocating $8 billion in the federal budget, including $635 million over five years for child welfare.But now the Assembly of First Nations’ national chief is speaking out against the government’s decision earlier this summer to pave the way for construction of the huge Site C dam in British Columbia. Perry Bellegarde’s comments — accusing the government of betraying the constitution and a UN agreement to respect First Nations’ rights — preceded protests in Ottawa and Montreal, where the matter is in court.Plus, the country’s human rights tribunal had to issue a notice telling Ottawa it needs to stop discriminating against child welfare services for 163,000 First Nations kids on reserves — the second such order to comply with a ruling issued by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal last winter.First Nations children on reserve are among the most under-privileged in Canada.EMISSION OMISSIONS:China and the United States seized the world by the lapels in August when the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases announced they were ready to ratify the international Paris climate accord to deal with global warming. Canada, meanwhile, looked on, with Trudeau saying he wasn’t yet ready because he still had to talk to the provinces.But now, sources tell The Canadian Press that Canada wants to quickly ratify the Paris deal too — even though the federal government is not yet close to forging a workable deal with the provinces to meet Canada’s international commitments.The two levels of government have been talking for months, but they can’t quite figure out how to make all their systems mesh, let alone settle on a carbon-pricing scheme that would actually take a big bite out of our emissions without imposing economy-destroying taxes and regulations on consumers and businesses.How Trudeau can ratify Paris and also make good on Canada’s commitments with the provinces at his side may not become clear until later this fall when he meets with the premiers. read more

by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2017 12:04 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian envoy fires back at Trump over dairy, says criticism not based on facts President Donald Trump speaks at Snap-On Tools, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) OTTAWA – Canada’s envoy to Washington has shot back at criticism by President Donald Trump and U.S. milk producers, saying the facts don’t support a charge that the Canadian dairy industry is to blame for the woes of some American farmers.“Canada does not accept the contention that Canada’s dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States,” Ambassador David MacNaughton said in a letter to the governors of Wisconsin and New York that was released Tuesday night in rebuttal to Trump’s surprise criticism of Canada earlier in the day.“The facts do not bear this out.”The U.S. president’s surprise decision to call out Canada by name Tuesday put dairy farmers north of the border on notice that they are in America’s fair-trade sights.Trump launched his broadside after a brewing trade spat that has seen the U.S. dairy lobby accuse Canada of “systemic disregard” of its trade obligations, while the Canadian industry accused its American rival of “scapegoating.”Trump also signalled he wants to do more than simply tweak the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying he is looking for “very big changes” to the trilateral pact that includes Mexico, or else he will scrap it once and for all.Trump levelled the threats — some of his strongest-ever anti-Canadian rhetoric — during an event at a Wisconsin factory where he unveiled his “Buy American-Hire American” executive order.After what has been a relatively warm beginning in relations with Canada, which included what was seen by many as a positive trip to Washington by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump dropped the gloves on Canada’s well-guarded dairy sector.He appeared to be taking dead aim at the industry, its coveted supply-management system long a sacred political cow in Canada, during an appearance in Wisconsin, a state he took from the Democrats with his “America First” anti-trade message.It is also a state that is feeling the effects of Canada’s decision to reclassify ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese.A spokeswoman for Canada’s dairy industry says the change did not result in any new taxes on dairy imports.About 70 dairy producers in both Wisconsin and New York are affected by the decision. Trump promised to work with Wisconsin’s congressional delegation to get a solution after the governors of Wisconsin and New York urged him to take action.Last week, Trump received a letter from four U.S. dairy industry groups — the National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture — that accused Canada of violating its trade commitments to the U.S.“Time and again Canada has demonstrated its disregard of its dairy commitments to the United States — hampering America’s exports to Canada — while pursuing ways to use its government-controlled system to unfairly dump greater Canadian exports in global markets.”The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which has previously denounced the complaints as “falsehoods and half-truths,” said Tuesday it was confident the federal government would continue to defend the dairy industry.MacNaughton backed the organization’s position that Canada has done nothing to block U.S. imports, and that the predicament is the result of an “over-saturated” market that has led to lower prices.MacNaughton attached a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that he said “indicates that poor results in the U.S. sector are due to U.S. and global overproduction. As made clear in the report, Canada is not a contributor to the overproduction problem.”He said the trade balance on dairy “massively” favours the U.S. by a five-to-one margin.MacNaughton called Canada-U.S. relations a “model” for the world, “but it is important that we work together to grow middle-class jobs and not lay blame where is does not belong.”Trump, however, blamed Canada for “some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others and we’re going to start working on that.”Standing up for dairy farmers in Wisconsin “demands fair trade with all of our trading partners,” Trump said, “and that includes Canada.”The work would start immediately, he added.“When it comes to wasteful destructive job killing regulations, we are going to use a tool you know very well — it’s called the sledgehammer,” he said.“We’re going to get together and we’re going to call Canada, and we’re going to say, ‘What happened?’ And they might give us an answer, but we’re going to get the solution and not just the answer, because we know what the solution is.”Trump also criticized the U.S. trading regime, which calls for a waiting period, and consultations that can stretch to three months or beyond. He suggested it has stalled his attempt to renegotiate NAFTA.“The whole thing is ridiculous. NAFTA has been very, very bad for our country,” Trump said. “It’s been very, very bad for our companies and our workers, and we’re going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all.”Francois Dumontier, a spokesman for Les Producteurs de lait du Quebec, said imports of U.S. milk products have increased since 1993 and now account for three-quarters of milk products in Canada.“So the Americans are not suffering from the current terms of NAFTA and existing trade agreements.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Canada had imposed new import taxes on diafiltered milk. read more

The last time the Ohio State men’s tennis team lost a home match, President George W. Bush was serving his first term in office, the average gas price per gallon in Ohio was $1.49 and Mark Zuckerberg was more than six months away from first imagining Facebook in his Harvard dorm room. The No. 8 Buckeyes (14-2 overall, 1-0 conference) are currently in the midst of a 160-game home win streak, the longest ever recorded in any of the active NCAA Division 1-A sports. The win streak dates back to April 5, 2003, when the Scarlet and Gray dropped a 5-2 home match against conference rival Illinois. Since then, the Buckeyes have emerged victorious against every team to visit Columbus. This season, with only four home matches before the team’s historic win streak reaches its 10-year anniversary, players and coaches said they are hoping to get to celebrate the milestone. “Obviously you want to get to 10 years (without a home loss) because you’re close. When I’m done coaching and the players are done playing, it’s something in your bag of tricks that lots of people don’t have,” said coach Ty Tucker, who has led the Buckeyes since the 1999 season. Tucker credited the team’s ability to consistently win with a variety of different players as what he is most proud of about the streak. “The fact that you’ve won the matches is a proud thing, but to be able to do it with so many different parts – in college athletics, every four years you’re with new guys, and you lose guys to graduation, and people coming in and being able to keep the tradition going (is great),” Tucker said. Tucker also said the strength of schedule during the span of home matches has made the win streak even more memorable. “It’s not like we’ve been playing a ton of easy matches. We play some good teams at home and have beaten many top 10 teams at home during the win streak, so that’s pretty pleasing to me,” he said. Some members of the team said that the win streak has drastically improved the playing environment of matches that take place in Columbus. “When I first got here, we didn’t have that good of crowds, but now we’re getting 300 to 400 people a match, which for college tennis is huge,” said redshirt senior Devin McCarthy. “When we play on the road, for instance at Penn State, they maybe had 20 people at a match. When we come out here and we have a home crowd and you win a big point, it’s not just your teammates – you’ve a got a whole crowd cheering for you. It’s a really big difference.” In addition to improving home attendance, redshirt junior Peter Kobelt said the streak carries a strong “intimidation” factor. “It’s a little bit of intimidation right from the beginning – other teams not believing they can beat us (at home) because of our success here. It’s definitely a confidence booster because we practice (in Columbus) every day and we’re really comfortable in this building, and we expect to play well when we’re here,” Kobelt said. Kobelt also said the intimidation factor brought on by the streak will benefit OSU when the Big Ten Championships are played in Columbus in April. “I think we are going to try and get a really big crowd out (to the tournament) and recognize the streak that Ty (Tucker) has put together,” he said. Tucker and his squad, who try not to acknowledge the streak often, admit that keeping the looming number off of their minds is not always easy. “We don’t talk about it that much, because obviously we don’t want to jinx it. But in the back of our heads, I think everyone knows that we don’t want to be the team that loses it,” McCarthy said. Younger players such as redshirt sophomore Hunter Callahan are especially eager to defend the win streak and attempt to graduate without suffering a home loss. “It’s definitely a big factor in our practice, because we want to practice hard to keep the streak alive,” Callahan said. If the Buckeyes hope to reach a 164-game win streak and 10 years unbeaten at home, they will have to secure key victories at home against Louisville, Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin. Ultimately, Tucker said he would mostly remember the people that contributed to the program’s success and not just a number in a record book. “What’s special is good assistant coaches and very good tennis players,” he said. “Guys that have bought into the fact that you can’t take anything for granted.” read more

Junior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) dives into the end zone during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorUrban Meyer has won every game since taking the reigns at Ohio State, but it was one game in particular that stood out.The team has ripped off 24 straight victories since Meyer took over, including 16 in the Big Ten but it wasn’t until OSU’s first conference victory under Meyer that his presence seemed to be truly felt.That win came Sept. 29, 2012, when the Buckeyes traveled to East Lansing, Mich., and beat Michigan State 17-16.It was a game Meyer and his players mention often, the crossroads of what has now become the nation’s longest winning streak.“Last year, it was a big turning point for us,” OSU junior wide receiver Devin Smith said Monday. “I felt like after that game, the team started to get a little closer, the leadership started to grow and got a lot stronger and led the team to keep winning ball games and be 12-0.”The Buckeyes used the momentum gained from earning their first big win on the road to run the table in 2012, never really facing a challenge for much of the rest of the season.Saturday, OSU and the Spartans meet again — this time with the 2013 Big Ten Championship on the line and for the Buckeyes, a likely berth in the BCS National Title game.A 2012 NCAA-imposed postseason bowl ban kept the Buckeyes home last December, but now with it all back in play, it’s the Spartans who once again stand in their way of getting to their ultimate goal.Redshirt-senior Corey Linsley said it “absolutely” is ironic that the same team OSU beat to turn their 2012 season in the right direction now could keep it from getting a chance to play for the crystal ball.“We were just talking about (that) in the weight room the other day. Everything changed last year for us (after beating the Spartans),” Linsley said Monday. “And now everything’s on the line for us … I’m sure they want to get us. They feel like they maybe should have won that game.”Against the Spartans last season, OSU took the lead late in the third quarter when then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller connected with then-sophomore Smith on a 63-yard strike that proved to be the game winner. It was Miller’s only touchdown of the game, but helped catapult his team to victory and on to an undefeated season.Meyer said he’s studied and learned a lot from that game, but this year’s Buckeye team is better than it was a year ago.“I learned quite a bit,” Meyer said Monday. “They were very good (last season). We were not very good. I’m not taking anything away from Michigan State because they are excellent. But we’re a much better offense than we were a year ago, but that was a street fight last year.”Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said during Sunday’s Big Ten teleconference there was one big thing that stuck out about last year’s loss at home to OSU.“I’d say missed opportunities,” Dantonio said. “We hit a trick play down I think to the 5-yard line but were misaligned, which resulted in a penalty. Came back the next play, hit a deep crosser and dropped the ball. We get a fumble recovered where we scooped it and scored. They blew the whistle or something and it didn’t count, so we ended up driving partly down the field and having to settle for a field goal rather than a touchdown. So opportunities like that, we had the lead briefly in the fourth quarter, I believe, or third quarter, I believe, and they hit a deep one to Devin Smith.”The intensity and magnitude of the game with the Spartans coupled with the chance to play for the BCS title caused Linsley and a few of his teammates on the offensive line do something they aren’t used to once they got back from Ann Arbor Saturday night: take a dip in the cold tubs.“I don’t think I’ve ever done that before after a game,” Norwell said. “The level of focus that that gave us, it was a moment of intensity there for a second, but now it’s a level of focus that our dream is here. The chase is real.”The journey Meyer has taken OSU on since he came to Columbus seems to have come full circle — all the way from the turning point in the form of last season’s win against Michigan State, to now.“That’s one of the interesting things about college football. Everything I guess just kind of comes back,” sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said Monday. “That was a big game for us last year, and that was a dog fight and I expect it’s going to be a dog fight this weekend too. It’s going to be a big game. They’ve really got a good defense and their offense has been hitting their stride lately so Buckeyes gotta play Buckeyes football.”OSU looks to fulfill a goal of capturing a Big Ten Championship when it takes on the Spartans Saturday, scheduled for a 8:17 p.m. kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

J.T. Barrett looks up into the Buckeye crowd following Ohio State’s 27-21 win over Wisconsin in the B1G championship on Dec. 2. in Lucas Oil stadium. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — J.T. Barrett wants to make one thing clear: he doesn’t care about the past or future. The only thing that remains ever-present in his mind is just that — the present.Even with Friday night’s Cotton Bowl against USC being the only game between Barrett and the end of his collegiate career, he said he does not reflect on the past and think about, for example, the final Wednesday practice or the final team meal of his collegiate career as he goes through a week filled with many ‘lasts.’“I don’t really think about it. I don’t know. I think I’m just a different guy, I guess,” Barrett said. “I’ve been thinking about other things like, I don’t know, things I’m going to eat next or, like, when is the next nap I’m going to take. Those are things that come across my mind.”He has seemingly experienced nearly everything a college football player could during his five seasons at Ohio State. The fifth-year senior quarterback filled in unexpectedly for an injured star signal-caller as a redshirt freshman, suffered a season-ending injury late in the season, watched his team win a national championship, then found himself embroiled in a quarterback battle the next season. Barrett won the Fiesta Bowl, was shut out in the first round of the College Football Playoff the following year, experienced a change in offensive coordinator, quarterbacked his team to a Big Ten championship and became the first Ohio State quarterback to beat Michigan in all four of his matchups with the Wolverines.But he does not want to talk about his career highlights — or lowlights. He said he never sits back to consider the successes of his program and conference-record-filled collegiate career.“I haven’t really thought about it, honestly,” Barrett said. “I think I’ve done some good things here at Ohio State, but I haven’t sat down and really thought about those things. That would be something I probably do later on in life, look back at just life in general and reflect and things like that.”Barrett seems to care less about the past and future with each passing day, preferring to take a “day-by-day” approach, a phrase he uttered at least five times Tuesday. He used to care. He used to wonder what life in the NFL would be like and consider the possibilities of his potential professional football career. That changed in 2015 when, amid a quarterback battle with Cardale Jones, Barrett began to let thoughts about the future seep into his mind and started to worry about things that had not yet happened, that he could not control. He let it negatively affect him.“So once I was able to just focus on the task at hand and things right now and the day-to-day things, one, I was less stressed. Two, things worked out better for me,” Barrett said. “Those are things that I focus on with the day to day. “And then, when those things come across, those hurdles come, I’ll jump them when they come.”The “day-by-day” attitude extends to Barrett’s thoughts on the future of his playing career. His career as a Buckeye will end Friday night when either confetti rains on his victorious team or it suffers its third loss of the season. But it will continue just weeks later when he takes the field for the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 20. He isn’t worried about that yet, saying he will focus on that next challenge after Friday’s game.When asked about what 2018 has in store for him, Barrett was succinct in his answer.“What does it hold for me? I’ve got a couple things going on,” he said. “It’s the 26th of December. I’m worried about today. Then when the 27th comes, I’ll worry about that.”Barrett doesn’t care about the past and the future, which is what everyone else seems to focus on.He doesn’t care about the dozens of Ohio State and Big Ten records he has set. He doesn’t care about the nice things said about him or the compliments dished out after big wins. Barrett doesn’t care about the vitriolic comments fans make when he makes mistakes.He used to. He used to let it affect him. But he doesn’t anymore. He’s focused on the now. read more

Junior opposite hitter Maxime Hervoir spikes the ball during the NCAA championship on Saturday. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (3-1) beat No. 13 USC (3-3) 3-1 at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge Thursday night. The Buckeyes and the Trojans played nearly even for much of the first set until the score was 21-16, when USC senior opposite hitter John Rivera missed his serve. Ohio State was able to score the final four points of the set with kills from freshman outside hitter Martin Lallemand and senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, as well as two consecutive service aces from Szerszen to win 25-16.The Buckeyes had 12 kills and a .409 hitting percentage in the first set.Ohio State won the second set 25-20. Ohio State redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson and Lallemond each contributed four kills. The Buckeyes garnered nine points from USC service errors.USC ended Ohio State’s two-set win streak and pulled within one set, winning the third 25-20. The Trojans scored 16 kills and had their highest hitting percentage in a set of the match at .407. The Trojans received nine points from Ohio State service and attacking errors.The Buckeyes clinched the match by taking the fourth set 25-21, despite having their lowest hitting percentage for the match at .276. Ohio State also had seven service errors, its highest total of the match. USC’s .125 hitting percentage was its lowest of the match.USC redshirt junior outside hitter Jack Wyett’s 18 kills were the most by anyone on either team. Szerszen finished with an Ohio State-leading 17 kills. Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas led the game in assists with 44 and his teammate, redshirt junior libero Aaron Samarin, led both teams with seven digs. read more

first_imgA workman at the beauty spot said: “People living nearby have had enough of this dogging lark.”It is worse at this time of year because of the warmer nights.”One of the car parks has been blocked off and filled in, the other has been fitted with a large lockable security gate.” People living nearby have had enough of this dogging lark. It is worse at this time of year because of the warmer nights.Workman at Llwyn-Onn Reservoir “Dogging blocks” have been installed at a national park beauty spot in a bid to stop the late-night sexual encounters. Locals have welcomed the large concrete barricades, after being plagued by the nocturnal activity for years, but some nature lovers have complained that the measures have ruined the idyllic waterside location.Llwyn-Onn Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park is recommended on dogging websites.Couples park up and flash their car lights to attract voyeurs waiting to watch them have sex.Welsh Water, who own the land, has spent £50,000 blocking up car parks alongside the reservoir and filling them in with tons of chippings.A spokeswoman said: “We have been carrying out work following complaints regarding anti-social behaviour in the area.”We have been working closely with local authorities, the community and the police to prevent future incidents at these sites.”The car parks have been used by genuine dog walkers, fishermen and sightseers for generations. Sandra Davies, of Merthyr Valley Ramblers, said: “It seems a bit heavy handed and unfair on genuine country lovers using the National Park.”They’ve spent a lot of money blocking the car parks off but these doggers will just move to other locations in the area.” 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

first_imgSome have always been sceptical about just how much good games like Wii Fit are for you. Nevertheless gullible parents buy every single dance and fitness game for their weight-challenged children every Christmas, hoping those games will be better for them because they’ll have to get off the sofa in order to play them.A new study conducted by the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston concluded that playing active video games is no better than playing a game sat down.Previous studies have shown that adults and children who play active video games do engage in physical exercise when encouraged. However, these studies took place under ideal laboratory settings, this new study tested what the results would be in actual homes.The participants were children aged between 9 and 12 who had a larger than average body mass index and whose households did not already own a console. Each household was given a Wii and were randomly split into two groups. One group could choose two among the five most physically demanding games; Active Life: Extreme Challenge, EA Sports Active, Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports. The other group got to choose among the most popular games played passively including Disney’s Sing It: Pop Hits, and Madden NFL 10.The children wore accelerometers to measure physical activity over the 13-week long experiment. The researchers did not encourage them to exercise so they could clearly see if there was a change in attitude. They found no evidence to suggest the children playing active video games took part in more physical activity than the children who played the non-physical video games.Anthony Barnett, an exercise physiologist, thinks this is due to a popular phenomenon that when you prescribe physical activity the overall amount done never increases because the participant reduces the amount of other activity they were doing to compensate. So, if you play the Wii Fit for an hour you think it’s OK not to go for a long walk with the dog later.If you’re thinking of investing in the new Wii Fit U, I would suggest just playing what you really enjoy and keeping your fitness and your video games separate.More at NY Times.last_img read more