Watchdog backs Indian-origin principal who imposed hijab ban at London school

first_imgAn Indian-origin school principal, who was likened to German dictator Adolf Hitler for banning wearing hijab by girls under eight, today got crucial support from the UK’s schools watchdog which said it will back heads who take “tough decisions” in the interests of their pupils.Principal of the east London’s St Stephen’s School, Neena Lall had last month decided to impose a the ban on girls under eight on the grounds that Islamic teaching did not require girls to wear it until reaching puberty.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

Indian Maid in Singapore Jailed for Sexual Activities with Employer’s Son

first_imgAn Indian-origin maid in Singapore has been sentenced to 18 months jail term for performing sexual activities on her employer’s underaged son. Other than sexually exploiting the boy, she had also blackmailed him by claiming to have a video recording of them engaging in sexual acts.According to a report in Channel News Asia, the 33-year-old woman was sentenced on Nov.22 after the court heard that she performed sexual acts on an 11-year-old boy over a period of four months in 2016. She used to sexually exploit the boy while being alone at home with him.She was employed with the victim’s family from January 2015 to July 2016.District Judge Ng Peng Hong found her guilty of a total of five counts including four counts of sexual exploitation and one count of causing alarm to the victim. Counts of sexual exploitation come under the Children and Young Persons Act while the fifth charge comes under the Protection from Harassment Act.While underlining the psychological harm the maid’s actions did to the boy, Deputy Public Prosecutor Chee Ee Ling said “Rather than care for the victim which was her primary duty, she took calculated steps to sexually groom him into her pliant plaything,” reported Channel News Asia.The court documents said that the maid started these acts by showing obscene gestures to the boy. It was also told to the court that the victim’s physical exploitation started with kisses leading up to intense sexual activities, reported the Strait Times.Other than testifying about the sexual activities, the boy also told the court that maid started refusing to do his work and arguing after some time. She also started threatening him about an alleged video of them engaging in sexual acts.The entire matter came to light in July 2016, when the boy told everything to his father, who called the police to hand over the accused.However, defense lawyers urged the court to acquit the woman. They said that according to their client, boy was the one, who started behaving inappropriately toward her by performing indecent acts, reported the publication.Jonathan Cho from Covenant Chambers, who has been one of her lawyers, told The Straits Times that she will appeal against her conviction and sentence.The woman is currently out on bail. Her name has not been revealed to protect the identity of the victim and his family. Related Itemslast_img read more

Australia name unchanged playing XI for Perth Test against India

first_imgAustralia are going to play with the same team in the second Test against India which starts in Perth from Friday.Cricket Australia announced an unchanged playing XI for the second match, which is going to be the first Test to be played at the Optus stadium.Captain Tim Paine, who had copped a nasty blow on his right index finger on the final day of the Adelaide Test, declared himself fit and will lead the side in Perth as well.Out-of-form opener Aaron Finch has also been given another chance to prove his credentials in the longest format after he managed a duck and 11 runs in the two innings of the first Test, which Australia lost by 31 runs to concede a 1-0 series lead to India earlier this week.”He just needs that one big score at test level to give him that confidence he has at international level in T20s and ODIs,” Paine told reporters.Australia playing XI: Tim Paine (c, wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc.”Yeah, no I’m fine. I’ve got a few niggles everywhere but I’m not alone there, I don’t think, at my age. Finger is fine, yeah,” Paine told a news conference.Paceman Mitchell Starc retains his place in the side despite what was perceived to be a sub-par performance in Adelaide, and will be looking for a strong performance in conditions which are expected to favour his skills at the new Perth Stadium.advertisement”Starcy’s been good for us. I thought the criticism he got this week’s been pretty unfair to be honest..”Barring two or three overs where he got his radar wrong, I think he’s bowled pretty well. We know his best is the best so we’re pretty pumped to have him in our team,” Paine said of the left-arm quick, who took five for 103 in the first Test.Australia playing XI: Tim Paine (c, wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc.India on the other hand, will be forced to make two changes in their playing XI after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were ruled out of the Perth Test.Rohit jarred his lower back while fielding during India’s victory in the series-opener at Adelaide Oval and is undergoing treatment, while Ashwin, who took 6-149 in the first test, is unavailable due to a left-sided abdominal strain.Young opener Prithvi Shaw, who missed the first test after injuring his ankle while fielding during a tour match in Sydney is also continuing his recovery.”The team management is closely monitoring these players and a call on their availability for the third test will be taken at an appropriate time,” the BCCI said in a statement.India named a 13-man squad for the second test which starts on Friday at the new Perth Stadium, with Hanuma Vihari coming back in for Rohit to stiffen the middle order and left-arm spin bowler Ravindra Jadeja replacing Ashwin.The fast-bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah remains available, which could be significant if, as expected, the drop-in wicket at the new venue lives up to Perth’s heritage as a paradise for pacemen.India’s final XI will only be revealed once Kohli announces the team at the toss on Friday.India 13-man squad: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.Also Read | India will be undisputed No.1 in the world if they beat Australia: Mark ButcherAlso Read | More excited than nervous looking at lively pitches, says Virat Kohli ahead of Perth TestAlso Read | India vs Australia: Perth pitch curator unveils a green-top wicket for 2nd TestAlso Read | Have to be switched on from ball one against India’s bowlers: Marcus Harrislast_img read more

Muslim group asks for Jan 29 day of remembrance for 2017 mosque

first_imgOTTAWA – One of Canada’s most prominent Muslim groups is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to designate the anniversary of the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting as an official day of remembrance.The National Council of Canadian Muslims wants Trudeau to endorse Jan. 29 as a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia.In a letter to the prime minister released today, executive director Ihsaan Gardee says such a designation would help enhance public education about hate, bigotry and Islamophobia.Last January, six Muslim men were shot and killed and 19 others were wounded in an attack on the mosque during prayers. Alexandre Bissonnette of Quebec City is to stand trial in March on six charges each of first-degree murder and attempted murder.Gardee says Canadian Muslim communities are still feeling the aftershocks of the attack.He says the call for a day of remembrance is supported by dozens of other Canadian Muslim groups and community partners.Elected leaders like Trudeau need to work to ensure that such a tragedy is not repeated, Gardee writes.“We must not allow voices of hate, even ones that initially appear to be on the margins, to permeate our public discourse and damage our social fabric.”last_img read more

GLIDEs 17th Annual eBay Auction For Power Lunch With Warren Buffett

first_imgGlide’s 17th Annual eBay Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, offered through eBay for Charity, opens at 7:30 pm PDT on Sunday, June 5 and runs until 7:30 pm PDT on Friday, June 10.For the past 17 years, legendary investor Warren Buffett has hosted an annual power lunch in support of GLIDE, which serves San Francisco’s homeless, poor and most vulnerable residents. To date, with the help of eBay for Charity, over $20 million has been raised through this unique auction experience for the winning bidder to dine with Buffett and up to seven friends at New York City steakhouse Smith & Wollensky. Bidding starts at $25,000 and all bidders must pre-qualify at eBay.com/glide.“I am proud to be part of something that has directly benefited so many people in need,” said Buffett. “GLIDE is a bridge for thousands of people on the brink of despair, helping them achieve dignity and opportunity by providing them with basic services. Their vital work has a direct and immediate impact.”“As a partner with us on our mission of unconditional love and support for those in need, Warren Buffett is a great humanitarian and friend who has helped us provide tens of thousands of our neighbors with basic services and the opportunity to improve their lives in an authentic way,” said GLIDE’s Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation Reverend Cecil Williams.“Empowered by the kind generosity of Warren Buffett and the bidders, GLIDE is able to provide meals, shelter, childcare, legal assistance, counseling and more to help lift people out of hard times and give them hope in their future,” said GLIDE Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani.“With eBay for Charity, we enable our community to connect to the causes they care about through what we do best — technology-enabled commerce,” said eBay’s Vice President of Corporate Communications and Global Impact, Claire Dixon. “To date, we’ve helped thousands of organizations around the world raise more than $650 million through the eBay platform. We’re proud to be GLIDE’s partner for this iconic auction and help in its mission of alleviating suffering and breaking the cycles of poverty and marginalization.”The auction was conceived in 2000 by the late Susie Buffett, who long maintained a strong affinity for GLIDE’s efforts to provide dignity and opportunity to all people, regardless of income, gender, religion, political persuasion or any other factor. Winning bids have ranged from $25,000 to $3,456,789, with funds going directly to support GLIDE’s programs. Last year’s auction brought in $2,345,678.For information about the Auction for a Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, contact GLIDE at 415.674.6001, Buffett@Glide.org or ebay.com/glide.last_img read more

Interior Minister Investigation About Fish Vendors Death to be Released Soon

Fez – Morocco’s Interior Minister Mohammed Hassad said an investigation on the events regarding the death of Mohsin Fikri, a fish vendor who died in a trash compactor while trying to save his products, is currently underway.“We cannot accept officials acting in haste, anger or in conditions that do not respect people’s rights,” said Hassad, while promising due process for those responsible for the gruesome incident.Hassad also noted that the deceased and another man left the port with a car full of swordfish, which is illegal to fish. Both men had not been stopped at a police checkpoint, even though the prosecutor had been notified of the situation and an order to confiscate the fish had been issued. “Those who took the decision to destroy the fish and attack the impacter must answer to the public prosecutor,” the minister said.Hassad emphasized that the results of the investigations will be released soon, adding that “we can not consider the state directly responsible for Fikri’s death, but it is imperative that we identify the mistakes that were made and punish the perpetrators.”Previously, King Mohammed VI asked for a thorough investigation to charge all those found responsible for the incident to be held as an example for any public official who does not fulfill his duties to the best of his or her abilities.Following the tragic incident, several protests erupted around Morocco on Sunday evening, demanding governmental accountability. read more

Ubislate 7Ci review Datawinds ultracheap 38 tablet has a lot to like

TORONTO — What exactly do you get in a tablet that costs just $37.99 before taxes and shipping?The Ubislate 7Ci — which is billed as the “world’s lowest cost tablet” by its maker Datawind — has a seven-inch screen, is assembled with outdated hardware, and not surprisingly runs on Google’s Android platform, the common denominator of most ultra low-priced tablets.But does it work?Certainly there’s no comparing the Ubislate 7Ci to one of Apple’s iPads or another higher-end tablet. And it doesn’t even come close to rivalling Google’s Nexus 7, a cheap but very capable device designed to undercut the tablet market at $229.But for a device that costs just over $50 all in, there’s a lot to like about the Ubislate 7Ci — assuming a buyer has very realistic expectations about what they’re getting.First impressions of the Ubislate 7Ci in action are actually quite good. Users have full access to the million-plus apps in the Google Play marketplace and a quick test of favourites such as Netflix, Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga reveals they all work well. Remarkably well really, given the device’s price tag. Although there is some occasional sluggishness with some apps, Netflix and YouTube stream flawlessly with no slowdown or dropped frames, which is a bit surprising. You could make an argument that dropping $50 or so on the Ubislate 7Ci is worthwhile just to use it for Netflix streaming.While the video streams smoothly, the image quality is weak. The 800 by 480 pixel screen is not easy on the eyes and video playback is reminiscent of the quality you’d expect on an airplane’s seat-back screen. Still, for those with reasonable expectations it’s good enough.But problems with the tablet begin to be revealed as more apps are launched. The Ubislate 7Ci seems to handle most apps with ease but once a user starts to multi-task, or jumps from one app to another, the tablet grinds to a halt. Apps that previously ran without issue begin to hang and crash. Getting those halted apps to run again seems to require a reboot.Lower-end Android tablets typically do struggle when they get bogged down with too many tasks. But there are a few ways to alleviate the slowdowns.One tactic is to go into the tablet’s Settings menu and turn off unnecessary animations and graphical flourishes built into the operating system. Preventing apps from running in the background and automatically forcing apps to close when they’re not running also help performance. There are plenty of websites that help outline ways to speed up a sluggish Android tablet, but Ubislate 7Ci owners may not think to seek out those resources or know they exist. That’s unfortunate, because performance does pick up considerably and reboots are needed less often with a few tweaks.There are other annoyances with the Ubislate 7Ci. Battery life is pretty weak, with only up to three hours of usage to be expected. Web browsing can be sluggish, particularly with the default built-in browser that’s laden with ads. Users will be much happier with Google’s Chrome browser but the tablet does struggle at times to run it.The Ubislate 7Ci is not a very good tablet. Anyone who’s had experience with an iPad or another higher quality device will find it immediately frustrating to use.But for about $50, it has just enough horsepower to act as a decent movie or video game player for kids — at least those who aren’t old enough to already covet Apple products.For those who just don’t have the budget to spend more on a device and are patient enough to deal with its many quirks, its slow web performance, and the need to regularly reboot, it does work. Barely at times, but it works.The Canadian Press read more

Second UN food aid ship hijacked in Somalia

“It is scandalous that a small number of profiteers would once again hijack humanitarian food supplies destined for fellow Somalis,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Robert Hauser said of the attack yesterday on the UN-chartered ship Miltzow in Merka, 100 kilometres southwest of Mogadishu, the capital.The St. Vincent and Grenadines-registered Miltzow was being offloaded when six gunmen stormed the ship and forced it to leave the port. Some 400 tons of the total cargo of 850 tons of WFP food aid remained on board. The cargo – 703 tons of maize, 108 tons of beans and 39 tons of vegetable oil – was destined for the Lower Juba Valley, home to people who have repeatedly been affected by droughts and floods. In June, the WFP-chartered Semlow, carrying 850 tons of rice for 28,000 tsunami survivors in the Puntland region, was stormed by gunmen off the coast of central Somalia, the first time in WFP history that a ship carrying relief food has been hijacked. It was released to the El Maan Port Authorities on 4 October.Somalia has been without a functioning central government and has been riven by factional fighting ever since the collapse of President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime in 1991.The Miltzow’s cargo is part of WFP’s ongoing free emergency distribution in Jilib district, an area affected by civil strife, floods and, recently, complete failure of seasonal rains and harvest. Its 10-member crew includes a Kenyan captain, a Ugandan engineer and eight Kenyan crew members. The governor of the Lower Shabelle Region, Yusuf Indha Adde, immediately sent two small boats to pursue the vessel but no further details are available. After initially suspending shipments to Somalia for security concerns in early July, WFP resumed food deliveries to ensure that its operations continue. Given the continued insecurity off the coast of Somalia, the agency is looking at various alternative routes including overland from Kenya and through Djibouti. Shipping companies are currently demanding armed escorts. WFP aims to provide 1 million people in Somalia with food in 2005. read more

Fishing communities need better educational programmes UN agency says

Marginalized fishing communities need better educational programmes to build on their existing literacy skills and give them the means to navigate by satellite, understand microfinance, use digital technologies, diversify their businesses and cope with official documents, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says in a new report.“Fishing communities often face educational disadvantages due to geographical and social marginalization,” according to a news release about the report, which is scheduled to be released tomorrow. “Education providers are often unable or unwilling to provide services tailored to mobile and migratory populations, which include many fisherfolk.”The findings are based on field work carried out mainly by the Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods Programme, a partnership grouping FAO, which executed it, Britain’s Department for International Development, which funded it, and 25 countries in West and Central Africa. The research shows that even though levels of school attendance in fishing communities in such countries as Nigeria and Gambia are high – between 60 to 80 per cent – people are not sufficiently literate to access the resources they need or to understand government documents, the report says.“Literacy and education are crucial for fisheries management, environmental conservation and livelihoods diversification,” said FAO’s Benoît Horemans, who coordinates the Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods Programme. “However, they should be task-oriented, flexible and responsive to the fishing communities’ needs and aspirations.”He called this “‘functional’ literacy which, in contrast to formal schooling, has an applied, real-life orientation.” read more

EU accepts Googles latest concessions on search display bringing final deal in

BRUSSELS – The European Union’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday accepted “far-reaching” concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case close to an end.Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search results in Europe in favour of its competitors. But reaching a settlement will spare the company a longer antitrust procedure that could have resulted in fines of up to 10 per cent of the company’s annual revenue, or about $5 billion.EU Antitrust Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said he’s “strongly convinced” the U.S. company’s proposals — its third attempt to address the competition concerns — are sufficient.“This is an important step forward,” he told reporters in Brussels.Google’s proposals will now be sent to the 18 original plaintiffs for evaluation before the Commission makes a final decision in the coming months. The plaintiffs’ initial reactions were negative, but Almunia said he was confident the deal with Google will be upheld.Under its latest proposal, Google will commit to display results from three competitors in a similar way to its own whenever it promotes its specialized search services like Google shopping, restaurant or hotel searches. It will also label more clearly search results stemming from its own services to allow users to distinguish between natural search results and those promoted by Google.A shopping search for a gas grill, for example, would yield two boxes of the same size and position at the top of the search results page, one showing three “Google shopping results” and immediately to the left of it three results labeled “Alternatives”, according to an example provided by the Commission.At present, only Google’s own results are displayed prominently above all other search results. The changes will also be valid for search results displayed on mobile devices.“Without preventing Google from improving its own services, it provides users with real choice between competing services presented in a comparable way,” Almunia said.The results from three competing search providers would be chosen using Google’s web search algorithm. In many cases, the competitors would have to pay for their placement through an auction mechanism, the Commission said.The EU Commission last year threw out two sets of proposed concessions by Google because they were deemed insufficient.“We will be making significant changes to the way Google operates in Europe,” said Kent Walker, Google’s general counsel. “The company now looks forward to resolving the matter for good,” he added.Once a settlement is reached, the concessions will be legally binding for five years across the 28-country European Union, the world’s largest economy. The company, based in Mountain View, California, has a market share of about 90 per cent of Internet searches in Europe, compared with around 70 per cent in the U.S.“The concessions are far-reaching and have the clear potential of restoring a level playing field with competitors, said Almunia. “No antitrust authority in the world has obtained such concessions.”The U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigated Google in a similar case last year and decided not to take action.Google’s competitors, however, were not impressed. Internet commerce lobby group Icomp said the Commission should have given Google’s competitors more time to examine and test the concessions.“Without a third party review, Almunia risks having the wool pulled over his eyes by Google,” the group said.FairSearch, a Microsoft-led group of Google’s tech competitors that includes firms like Oracle, Expedia and Tripadvisor, condemned the Commission’s move as being “worse than doing nothing.”Its lawyer Thomas Vinje said the proposed commitments will “lock in discrimination and raise rivals’ costs instead of solving the problem of Google’s anti-competitive practices.”Google has already offered several concessions to the EU. It will give content providers an opt-out from its specialized search services, without being penalized regarding its ranking in normal Google searches. Google will also remove some exclusivity requirements in agreements with publishers and make it easier to move online advertising campaigns from its services to rivals’ offerings.A separate antitrust investigation on Google’s Android operating system is still ongoing, Almunia said.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jbaetz___Screenshots illustrating Google’s concessions can be found online: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-87_en.htm AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU accepts Google’s latest concessions on search display, bringing final deal in sight European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia addresses the media, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The European Union’s antitrust watchdog says Google is offering new and far-reaching concessions to address allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches. The EU’s executive said Wednesday that Google guarantees it will display results from three competitors in a similar way whenever it promotes its own specialized search services like Google shopping. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe) by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2014 4:26 am MDT read more

Columbus Blue Jackets lose fifth in a row fall to New York

Michael Chaput (39) of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Mats Zuccarello (36) of the New York Rangers battle for a puck during a game at Nationwide Arena Nov. 7. The Rangers won, 4-2. Credit: Courtesy of MCTGiven the directions the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have been sliding lately, it hardly comes as a surprise that the decisive goal Thursday came off a Columbus stick and into their own net.Mark Letestu failed to control the puck to the right of Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, watching in horror as it slid into past the posts. The goal, credited to Carl Hagelin – his second of the night – turned out to be the difference in a 4-2 decision, as the Rangers won their fifth game of their last six contests to improve to 8-8-0.“That was embarrassing hockey tonight, and to me that’s losing hockey, the way we played. We got exactly what we deserved,” Jackets coach Todd Richards said after the loss.The loss was the Jackets’ fifth in a row, dropping them to 5-10-0 overall in front of a modest but lively crowd of just under 12,000 at Nationwide Arena.“We shouldn’t have to talk about [the effort], but unfortunately right now we’re talking about it…we should hold each other to a high standard and be able to know that the guy sitting next to us in the dressing room is going to go out and perform and do his job and do everything he can to help the team win,” Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky said.There was no shortage of familiar faces on either bench, as the two teams met for the first time since a pair of blockbuster trades between them during last season. Former Jackets Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, and John Moore – each acquired in the trade deadline deal for Marion Gaborik – made their return to Nationwide Arena, while Gaborik, along with Rick Nash trade acquisitions Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov faced their former teammates for the first time.Nash, the Blue Jackets franchise leader in nearly every offensive category, was unable to make his return to the ice in Columbus as he continues to deal with concussion-related issues. Nash has only been able to play in three games this season.Hagelin got the scoring started early in the first, when he deflected a shot past Bobrovsky and into the net. The Jackets answered back late in the period, with defenseman Fedor Tyutin sneaking one past Rangers backup goalie Cam Talbot. Talbot started in place of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who did not play after the Rangers’ victory Wednesday against the Penguins.In the second period, it was again a deflected shot early in the period that put the Rangers back in front, when captain Ryan Callahan registered his second goal in as many nights. After Letestu’s own goal put the Rangers up 3-1, Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray answered back with a goal off an assist from James Wisniewski – the 200th point of Wisniewski’s career.However, the Jackets were unable to break through and tie the game in the third period, eventually surrendering a goal on an empty net by Ryan McDonagh that put the game away.“We had the same start last year.  I know it’s not ideal, but we’ve got to take a step back tomorrow and regroup, and figure out how we can win here Saturday…times like this test the character of the individual, but you can’t let yourself get down,” Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said.Richards did not agree with Johnson’s assessment of using last season’s turnaround as motivation, however.“It’s a different year. It’s different. We’ve got different players. An 82 game schedule. It’s different,” Richards said.The Jackets will attempt to get back on track at Nationwide Arena when they take on the New York Islanders Saturday. That puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. read more

National title NCAA Tournament aside Ohio State athletics in full swing

Junior pitcher Jake Post (10) delivers a pitch during a game against Northern Kentucky on March 11 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhile many students traded in their books for bathing suits over spring break, others continued to don the scarlet and gray as multiple Ohio State athletic programs were in action over break.The week saw some seasons come to a close: The OSU wrestling team captured its first-ever team national title and the men’s basketball team played its final game. Others kept going, as the women’s basketball team won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2011.But it was more than basketball and wrestling continuing their work over break. The baseball, softball and both men’s and women’s lacrosse teams were among the groups that continued their seasons over break.Baseball (all records from March 14 to Sunday)The baseball Buckeyes went 6-2 over the break, including a four-game winning streak that saw OSU outscore its opponents, 32-9.On Saturday, senior pitcher Trace Dempsey tied the school record for all-time saves, earning his 29th career save in a 6-5 win over Michigan State at home.Dempsey broke the record on Sunday, earning his 30th save in a 3-0 win over the Spartans at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes are now 14-6, 2-1 on the season.SoftballThe OSU softball team went without a win over last week, getting swept by both Louisville and Michigan at home.The Buckeyes were outscored, 69-13, in the two series losses, including a 20-0 loss at home to Michigan on Sunday. OSU is now 13-12 having lost its last seven games.OSU is set to return to the diamond on Tuesday to take on Wright State.Women’s GolfThe women’s golf team took home its 99th tournament title over the weekend, placing first in the MountainView Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.The Buckeyes were led by senior Jan Chanpalangsri and sophomore Katja Pogacar, who tied for fourth in an 103-player field in the tournament, each shooting five-under par.OSU is set to return to the course on March 30 for the Web.com Collegiate tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.Men’s LacrosseThe Buckeyes went 2-1 over the break, winning back-to-back games against Denver and Towson before being shutout by Notre Dame, 9-0, on Saturday.Despite the loss, OSU sits at 7-3 on the season, including a perfect 5-0 mark in Columbus.The Buckeyes are set to return to the playing field on Sunday against Penn State in State College, Pa.Women’s LacrosseThe women’s lacrosse team also went 2-1 during the break, winning games against Canisius and Cincinnati before falling to Notre Dame on Saturday, 13-5.The Buckeyes sit at 8-2 on the season, and are set to take on rival Michigan on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Men’s TennisAfter having its 200-match home win streak snapped earlier this month, the Buckeyes went 2-2 over break, playing three of four matches on the road.OSU dropped back-to-back matches to Tulsa and Texas before rebounding to beat Michigan on Friday, 5-2, and Michigan State, 7-0, on Sunday.The Buckeyes swept the singles matches against the Spartans and lost just one doubles match to improve to 15-6, 3-0 on the season. read more

Where Have All The Crafty Pitchers Gone

After Moyer’s retirement, the reigning kings of slow-pitch became Jered Weaver of the Angels and Mark Buehrle of the White Sox and Blue Jays. Buehrle especially belongs squarely among the crafty lefty lineage, alongside Moyer and Glavine; however, he retired after the 2015 season. Over the past two years, in particular, we’ve seen a distinct lack of outlier starters at the bottom of the velocity rankings, the place where the craftiest of pitchers once lurked.To call a pitcher “crafty” is a kind of backhanded compliment. After all, if a guy has overwhelming velocity or electric stuff, we would just talk about that as an explanation for him getting hitters out. (Strikeouts may be fascist, but they are also impressive.) However, Moyer, Buehrle, Hudson and — especially — Maddux and Glavine worked the formula out to perfection. In fact, the 1990s were a heyday of sorts for finesse pitchers, with perfect games from Kenny Rogers and David Wells to go with regular All-Star appearances from the likes of Andy Ashby, Brad Radke and Charles Nagy. None were big strikeout artists, but all were very good pitchers nonetheless thanks to a combination of sharp control, smart situational pitching and keeping the ball in the ballpark.Yet as baseball’s overall velocity bar has raised and preventing home runs has become more difficult, there’s evidence the control-and-command approach has progressively lost its effectiveness. While breaking pitches such as sliders and curves are moving more sharply than ever, it’s not the crafty junkballers of yore who are benefiting most from it.Bill James once broke pitchers into equally sized “power,” “finesse” and “neutral” groups based on their rates of strikeouts plus walks per inning (theorizing that high-velocity pitchers get lots of strikeouts and walks — think Nolan Ryan — while our crafty group doesn’t record much of either). If we do that for qualified starters each season since 1950, we can see the balance of leaguewide pitching wins above replacement1Averaging together the values from FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. has tilted strongly in favor of power pitchers since the early 1970s: Pitching has always been about throwing a baseball really hard — there’s a reason so much of the game’s mythology grew around how quickly hurlers like Walter “Big Train” Johnson and Bob Feller could get the ball from the mound to home plate. But for those who lack overwhelming stuff, there’s another core aspect to pitching: the art of throwing strikes and tricking batters into getting themselves out. Velocity makes a pitcher’s life easier, of course, but plenty of greats from history have thrived on guile instead of a dominating fastball.The craft of finesse pitching, however, might be a dying one in today’s game. A few, such as Arizona’s Zack Greinke and the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks, have managed to remain effective with a slow fastball and pinpoint control. But the number of star pitchers following that formula has dwindled in recent seasons, in conjunction with the ever-increasing velocity of the average pitch across Major League Baseball. Just a decade ago, we saw Jamie Moyer gutting out complete-game shutouts with an 81-mile-per-hour fastball at age 47 (!) — but are the Moyers of 2019 now getting squeezed out of the sport?Moyer, the southpaw formerly of the Phillies and Mariners (among other teams), was plainly a special pitcher no matter how you measure him. He won only 34 games by his 30th birthday yet still managed to finish with 269 total victories before retiring in 2012 at the age of 49. But Moyer also exemplified a very particular kind of hurler: the prototypical “crafty lefty” who gets by on smarts and makes the best of less-than-stellar velocity readings. In 2002, the earliest year of pitch-speed data at FanGraphs, Moyer — then a youthful 39 — averaged just 82.8 miles per hour on his fastball. (He and Tim Hudson were the only non-knuckleballers with an average fastball under 83.) It was a radar reading that only went down with the passage of time.Back then, though, 11 percent of qualified starters clocked in under 85 mph on average, and 70 percent threw under 90 mph. Moyer even had Hall of Fame company at the bottom of the velocity list, including the likes of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. But things changed by the mid-to-late 2000s, when Moyer was perennially the only qualified starter anywhere near the low 80s. In 2010, roughly 1 percent of qualified starters averaged under 85 mph, and only 29 percent were even averaging under 90 mph. Today, nobody averages below 85 mph — Hendricks is baseball’s softest-tossing qualified starter at 86.7 mph — while 16 percent of starters are above 95 mph on their average fastball: Aside from briefly closing the gap a few times over that span — specifically in the mid-1980s and the late 1990s, aka the Moyer and Maddux eras — the finesse pitchers have consistently lost ground value-wise to the hard throwers. The 2017 and 2018 seasons were the first two since 1950 in which the net gap in WAR share between power- and finesse-type starters was at least 18 percentage points in consecutive years. Of the 20 most valuable starters of 2018 by WAR, only one (Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals) was classified as a finesse pitcher; the other 19 were all either power (12) or neutral (7) pitcher types.What accounts for the trend? For one thing, balls in play are at an all-time low, setting a new MLB record for the fewest per game in each of the past five seasons. (We’re down to just 24 balls in play per contest in 2019 so far.) Although most pitchers have little to no control over hits allowed on balls in play during a given season, there are legitimate differences in skill that emerge over entire careers. And part of the crafty-pitcher archetype involves inducing a disproportionate amount of weak contact that fielders can more readily turn into outs.“I didn’t really have swing-and-miss stuff,” Maddux told Dan Patrick in an interview this year. “I wasn’t really worried about giving up singles, but I did what I could to keep the ball in front of the outfielders, not walk anybody and make them get three singles to score.”When there are fewer balls put in play to be had, that formula has less of an effect.There’s also the matter of teams turning to increasingly younger pitchers in recent seasons. Since just about every indicator of power pitching — from pure velocity to strikeouts — is strongly correlated with possessing a younger arm, it makes sense that as young pitchers account for a larger share of the value across MLB, so too will a larger share of WAR be associated specifically with power pitchers (and a smaller share associated with finesse pitchers). Which direction does the causation run? It isn’t totally clear, but it doesn’t especially matter. Whether teams are prizing youth or velocity, it’s squeezing out pitchers who lack either (or both) attributes.“If you look at pitching these days, everything is max effort,” Moyer told the Orange County Register in January. “Look at the younger generations — high school, college, minor leagues, everybody’s trying to light up a radar gun, throw 100 mph. Our bodies aren’t made to perform in this game as a pitcher at max effort.”Although Bartolo Colon, who pitched last season at age 45 as another exemplar of craft triumphing over stuff, the game is generally trending against pitchers like him and Moyer, in many ways.With all of this, it’s fair to wonder whether it would even be possible to dominate with an arsenal resembling, say, Maddux’s, in the modern game. The two-seamer, Maddux’s bewildering weapon of choice, has fallen quickly out of favor in the last decade or so, and a peak-era fastball that barely scraped 90 would rank among the slowest in the league today. Maddux’s specialty, changing speeds, can still be as disruptive as any tactic (just ask Cincinnati ace Luis Castillo). But it’s telling that Maddux himself recognizes what worked in his era might not be as effective now.“I was taught to throw strikes and get hitters out in the strike zone,” Maddux told Patrick. “And now, pitching has kind of turned the other way, where they try to get hitters out outside of the strike zone. I don’t know if I would have adapted to that or not. I’d like to think I could, but who knows what would have happened?”Perhaps the craft of pitching is making something of a comeback this season, with more finesse-oriented pitchers such as Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers and Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees off to great starts already. Certainly, there always will be a place for pitchers who can transcend the radar gun with intelligence and skill. But just the same, the obsessive quest for velocity in today’s game will probably continue to squeeze out the soft-tossing finesse archetype of yesteryear. Sadly, that means it will be harder than ever for crafty, Moyer-esque pitchers to carve out a place in baseball.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

GKN Bigfoot solution addresses 57 in tyre shortage in innovative way

first_imgGKN Wheels says it has successfully addressed an issue facing customers in the global mining industry, launching a new system to the market known in the industry as ‘Bigfoot.’ Mining operations around the globe are facing tyre shortages, specifically on the widely used 57 in size. GKN Wheels developed an innovative system to allow a 63 in rim assembly to be adapted to a 57 in hub – this allows mining operators to retrofit the larger, more readily available 63 in tyre onto haul trucks that would normally use the 57 in tyres. Working with Caterpillar, GKN installed the system on the Unit Rig MT4400 haul truck.Australian-based Downer Mining created the Bigfoot concept to alleviate the risk of short supply in the standard tire size for the 240t haul truck. In order to take the project from concept to solution, Downer Mining approached GKN Wheels. GKN Wheels’ North American Technical team collaborated with Caterpillar Unit Rig engineers to develop a solution that adapts to the truck without interfering with the standard components of the Unit Rig MT4400 haul truck. The technical engineering work for the rim arrangements was carried out at GKN’s dedicated Technical Centre in the US (Chicago, Illinois).The products were manufactured at GKN’s facility in China and are used by Downer Mining at a mining operation in Western Australia. GKN’s expertise in design and development has been critical in the development of the ‘Bigfoot’ program. Aaron Dahl, Chief Engineer, America, at GKN Wheels comments: “The development of the ‘Bigfoot’ program highlights our focus on innovation and problem-solving capabilities. We have provided an effective solution to the current challenges of tyre availability in the mining sector. Our world-leading engineering expertise and in-house test capabilities make us perfectly placed to react to industry challenges just like this one. GKN Wheels is proud to continually deliver dedicated products and solutions that meet the demands of our customers.”GKN says it is increasingly expanding its capability within the mining market, which includes its ‘Swift Wheel Technologies’ rangelast_img read more

Dialogue and consultation with mining industry critical says Zambian Minister

first_imgDialogue, cooperation and consultation between government and the mining industry are critical in helping to alleviate the trust deficit between the two and to grow Zambia’s production, Mines Minister Christopher has said. He made his remarks in an exclusive interview with Mining for Zambia during the annual Mining Indaba in Cape Town this week.“We could grow our annual production to 1 and even 2 2 Mt if we engage in dialogue, and end the distrust that is hampering our performance. We must all focus on the same goal, which is to up production.”Yaluma emphasised the importance of a stable mining policy that is arrived at in a spirit of cooperation, dialogue and consultation; this was a key element of the trust-building process,“You must start talking, doing things transparently. Embrace the industry, and get their input,” he said. “Don’t come and surprise them the following morning and say we have changed this. Because that will impact their long-term projections. But when there is trust and they believe you, they can start to plan and grow their business, which in turn will grow our [tax] proceeds.”Yaluma said that there are mining reforms around local content “coming up”, towards May 2018, and that they would be subject to a full consultative process. The mining industry would be given multiple opportunities to comment and provide input. “We want to be very open now – it’s an open game.”On the general issue of public perception of the role and contribution of the mining industry in economic development, Yaluma conceded that government could perhaps do more to explain this. He said there was a perception among certain people that the mines were not here for the long term, and would eventually close and “abandon” Zambia.“That is not the case,” Yaluma said, and spoke of long-term expansion plans at mines such as Konkola Copper Mines, Mopani, and First Quantum Minerals’ Sentinel and Kansanshi Mines – all of which would increase their respective mine lives for 30 to 50 years. “We just need to share that information so that [people] are more comfortable.”last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories, a little bit before nine, you need to know with your morning coffee.1.#BROKEN UP: The US has busted a major child porn ring, which used social media to lure 251 victims. Two victims were under the age of 3. The ring had more than 27,000 members, the US Department of Homeland Security said.2.#CRIMEA: The world community has condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Ukrainian leaders accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “playing a dirty game” and creating his own version of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.3.#FIRE: A woman arrested yesterday in connection with a fire in Cork that killed two men has been released. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, gardaí said.4.#CABRA: Gardaí are continuing to question two men in connection with the death of a man in Cabra in the early hours of yesterday. The two men, who are both in their 20s, are being held at Finglas and Blanchardstown Garda stations.5.#MAKE MY BODY SHAKE: A minor earthquake hit Ireland late last night. Yes, an earthquake. The faint tremor was felt mostly in Wexford, with the Irish Seismic Network saying that their reading was of a “low magnitude”.6.#TALK TO US: The government is reviewing how it engages with the diaspora. The Department of Foreign Affairs is looking to hear from Irish people living abroad as it carries out a comprehensive review of how it engages with Irish communities abroad.7.#JOBS: Over 1,000 jobs will be offered at an employment fair today. Those seeking employment will need a passport, however, as the roles are all based in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.8.#KAMPALA: The Department of Foreign Affairs says that it aims to fill the one outstanding Irish ambassadorial role within the coming months. The job of Irish Ambassador to Uganda has been unfilled since August.9.#BOOK OF FRANCIS: Pope Francis is proving to be a best seller – with Irish book buyers. Evangelii Gaudium, a book written solely by the Pope, has sold 11,000 copies since going on sale, says religious shop Veritas.last_img read more

Garda whistleblower to meet with Commissioner over harassment

first_imgGARDA WHISTLEBLOWER MAURICE McCabe is due to meet with acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan to discuss complaints he made about harassment by colleagues.The whistleblower, who is based in Mullingar Garda Station, has reported 13 incidents of alleged harassment and bullying to Garda Headquarters. A meeting previously scheduled with the acting Commissioner was put back earlier this month.However TheJournal.ie understands McCabe’s legal team have written to O’Sullivan’s office to set up a time this week to discuss the alleged harassment and the garda’s general working conditions.Speaking to a meeting of the Oireachtas Justice Committee last month, O’Sullivan said she would ensure these allegations of harassment would be fully investigated. She said at the time that senior garda management are in contact with McCabe on a “daily basis” – something she later had to correct.The Mullingar garda’s access to the PULSE system, which had been curtrailed after he made allegations of wrongdoing by colleagues, was only restored last month. This was the day after the publication of the Guerin Report, which expressed concern as to whether Justice Minister Alan Shatter took all appropriate steps to address McCabe’s allegations.Shatter rejected this view of his management of the situation, commenting a number of weeks after the report’s publication that he had paid “substantial attention” to the complaints.Read: Maurice McCabe has access to PULSE system restored>More: Garda whistleblower ‘vindicated’ by Guerin report>last_img read more

Alli Getting hit with water bottle made goal Vs Arsenal Sweeter

first_imgDele Alli said getting hit by a bottle at the Emirates Stadium in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Arsenal made his goal “a little bit sweeter.”Tottenham Hotspur striker Dele Alli scored in the Spurs’ EFL Cup quarter-final victory at Arsenal, where he assisted the first goal 20 minutes in and sealed the win with a goal at the hour mark. Less than 15 minutes later, Alli got hit by a water bottle thrown from the stands, and he replied with a “2-0” gesture.“It is what it is. It made the goal a little bit sweeter – and the win,” Alli told Sky sports, according to FourFourTwo.The victory gave Spurs vengeance for their defeat at the same ground earlier this month, delighting Alli.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“When we came here last time we didn’t get the result we wanted so we knew how important it was,” he said.“We wanted to go into the semi-finals. It was a big test for us and I think it was a strong performance in the end.“We knew how important it was to get the second goal. They’re a good team and can create chances at any moment so one goal sometimes isn’t enough.“I knew Harry [Kane] was going to play the ball, so all I had to do was time the run and finish it off.”last_img read more

Local rally held for fear of Airbnb rejection by Miami government

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Protesters have gathered at Miami City Hall, Monday morning, to demand an answer as to why the popular hospitality service Airbnb and their hosts are not prioritized over the Miami hotel industry.The local rally was held just after 10 a.m., and those hosts that attended sought an answer from Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia.According to reports, Regalado and Levine have sought to reject Airbnb in their cities, citing that the service disrupts residential living.“I think Airbnb is a platform that’s allowing middle class people to bridge the gap,” said Teresa Bajandas, an Airbnb host.The mayors held a news conference after the rally.“That’s the same argument that, for 40 years, elderly residents from Little Havana, Allapattah and Flagami have been saying about ‘illegal units,’” said Regalado. “You close your garage and you rent to your aunt or to your cousin and the city will go after you.”Regalado added that if he allows Airbnb to be anywhere, he has to allow anyone to have a rental unit. “This Thursday, we will be presenting to the City Commission an ordinance that reaffirms that the zoning code of the City of Miami, Miami21, prohibits any kind of commercial activity in the residential areas,” Regalado said.During the news conference, Levine said that the current $20,000 fine for illegally renting out a unit on Miami Beach is something he would like to see raised. “We’ve increased our fines dramatically, and we’re doing everything in our power to make sure if we have any semblance of proof, and our folks can go after them. We’re cracking down hard,” he said.In an open letter to both Regalado and Levine, the Greater Miami Airbnb Host Community said:The typical Airbnb hosts in Miami-Dade earn about $6,000 annually from sharing our homes. We use that valuable income to pay our mortgages and better afford to live in an increasingly expensive region. Please consider changing your stances and instead pursuing clear, fair rules that work for all of South Florida.Bajandas said rejecting Airbnb in Miami will hurt her’s and others’ bottom line. “Both my husband and I are retirees,” said Bajandas. “Should we not have this opportunity, we would lose the house. We wouldn’t be able to afford living in Miami.”This pushback comes after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez was reportedly close to endorsing an agreement with Airbnb to sanction the service, allowing renters to pay lodging taxes to the county.The Airbnb issue will be addressed again Thursday during a City Commission meeting and then later in March with the county. last_img read more