The all-party meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu on Sunday failed to arrive at a consensus on holding panchayat polls in February, in the wake of prevalent hostile atmosphere fuelled by six civilian deaths in January.“The majority of the leaders are for panchayat polls but were of the opinion that the situation was not feasible for holding it [soon] and suggested its deferment,” Rural Development Minister Haq Khan said after the meeting.Mr. Khan said the Cabinet would consider the views gathered on Sunday and “take a final call.”The meeting was attended by leaders from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, the National Conference (NC), the BJP, the Congress, the CPI(M), the PDF, the National Panthers Party, the Awami Itihaad Party and the Democratic Party Nationalist.Ms. Mufti on December 25 last year announced that grassroots elections will be held from February 15. However, six civilian killings during counter-insurgency operation in January cast a shadow on the prospect of holding the polls this month.‘Heightened tension’A senior police officer said the death of six civilians in January, of which three died in Army firing on stone-throwers on January 27, has “further heightened tension in volatile areas in south Kashmir.”“In March last year, we faced a similar situation during the bypolls for Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha polls. Just 11 days before the Srinagar bypoll, three civilians died near encounter in Budgam, impacting the voter turnout,” said the official.Srinagar witnessed only 7.14% turnout in April last year and eight people were killed in clashes on the day of polls, forcing the authorities to cancel the Anantnag by-polls later.“The government failed to hold the Anantnag by-polls in time. Instead it announced panchayat polls. We are not against it but the government has to ensure a conducive security situation,” NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar said.CPI (M) leader M.Y Tarigami said if the government was sceptic about people’s participation, it “should take serious confidence building measures on the ground. The government has to regain peoples’ trust first.”Jammu and Kashmir conducted its first panchayat polls in 2001 after four decades. The fresh elections were due in 2016 but the government failed to conduct them due to volatile situation in the wake of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhwan Wani’s killing.As Ms. Mufti announced fresh dates, separatist leaders called for its boycott.
It was supposed to be the other way around considering how both teams entered the season: Barcelona was in turmoil, Madrid was thriving.Madrid, the defending European and Spanish champion, was considered the early favorite after keeping its top players from a season ago and routing Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup. It had also defeated Manchester United 2-1 in the European Super Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarcelona was reeling after the surprise departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and the failure to sign many top players during the offseason. It also had to deal with the absence of Luis Suarez because of an injury.It all pointed to early success for Madrid and disappointment for Barcelona. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight But three games into the season, Barcelona has a perfect record and Madrid has only one victory.The Catalan club is the league leader with nine points from three victories, along with Real Sociedad, while Madrid is in seventh place with five points from a win and two consecutive draws, both at home.“It’s early in the season and the difference in points is not significant, but it’s better to be in front than to be behind,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the team’s 5-0 rout of Espanyol at Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday. “You never know what may happen later on. It doesn’t mean much now, but it’s good to be ahead. We will keep focused on winning and adding points.”Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid could not manage more than a 1-1 draw against minnow Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.“I’m not worried, games like this one are normal in a season,” Zidane said. “There will be ups and downs, but the good thing is that we have plenty of time to fix things.”ADVERTISEMENT FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — No one saw this one coming.Real Madrid is the team struggling early in the Spanish league. Barcelona is just cruising along in the lead.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Madrid had opened with a convincing 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna but then was held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu. Next weekend it will face a difficult test when it travels to play co-leader Real Sociedad at Anoeta Stadium. Before that, it makes its Champions League debut against Apoel.Barcelona, which opened with 2-0 victories against Real Betis and at Alaves, hosts Juventus in the Champions League before playing at Getafe in the league on Saturday. Getafe has four points and is yet to win at home.To make things worse for Madrid, it will have to face Real Sociedad without Karim Benzema because of a muscle injury sustained against Levante, and without veteran left back Marcelo because of red card picked up late in the game.Cristiano Ronaldo, still suspended after pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final, also won’t play on Sunday.Barcelona is back at full strength after Saturday’s return of Suarez, who missed the first two league games with an injury.Lionel Messi thrived as the team’s lone star, scoring five goals in the first three league matches, including a hat trick in the Catalan derby against Espanyol.Barcelona’s good start has put fans back at ease after the team started the season in bit of a crisis following the Spanish Super Cup loss to Madrid and the transfer-window debacle in which it failed to sign any top players other than Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.“The most important thing is that the team has been playing well and the players are committed,” Valverde said. “We are being able to play well and please the fans who have been coming to watch us.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Timberland Heights to host first Spartan Sprint Philippines LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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FILE – In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale reacts as he calls a timeout while facing the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Grizzlies have fired Fizdale, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. General manager Chris Wallace announced the move Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss.General manager Chris Wallace announced the move. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been namedinterim coach.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward and provide theteam and organization its best chance at success this season and beyond,” Wallace said in a statement.Gasol, given a maximum deal by the Grizzlies in July 2015, sat throughout the fourth quarter of a 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in points, rebounds and assists, and he was an All-Star in Fizdale’s inaugural season. But the center spent plenty of time after the game making it clear to reporters how upset he was at sitting out a full quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a first for me, trust me, and I don’t like it one bit,” Gasol said. “I’m more (ticked) than I can show and frustrated.”Fizdale explained his decision before Gasol spoke in the locker room and said he simply was trying to win a game while sticking with his reserves. Fizdale said taking a risk as head coach means sometimes upsetting a player or two. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “If I’m not on the floor, I’m not valued,” Gasol said. “I’m sure (the coaching staff) knew that would hurt me the most.”The move caught the NBA by surprise. Dwyane Wade, who played with the Miami Heat when Fizdale was an assistant coach, wrote on Twitter that he needed answers . LeBron James retweeted a comment that called the move “stunning.”“I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy,” James wrote.Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he was “shocked” by the firing.“I think David Fizdale is one of the best coaches in the league,” Kerr said. “He’s a brilliant guy, he’s got an edge to him, he’s tough, he’s smart. Their whole team is injured, Mike Conley is out. Like, this is what happens, you lose when your best players are out and when your whole team is wiped out. It caught meoff guard.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas goes 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers, hurdles Taiwan QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Portland coach Terry Stotts called Fizdale’s firing very disappointing.“Losing in this league and not meeting expectations in this league takes its toll on everybody,” Stotts said before a game in New York. “Owners, general managers, coaches, players, and handling that is a strain on relationships, and it’s disappointing. It’s probably the most difficult part of being in the NBA, is managing that part of the season.”Fizdale became the franchise’s 13th head coach on May 29, 2016, and he went 50-51.The Grizzlies reached the postseason for a seventh straight time in Fizdale’s first season, when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the NBA for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2.Memphis let Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen all leave as free agents and signed Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to retool the roster around Gasol and point guard Mike Conley and giveFizdale a faster lineup.The moves appeared to be working when Memphis started this season an NBA-best 5-1. The Grizzlies stood atop the Western Conference with a win over the Golden State Warriors and two over Southwest Division rivalHouston.But Conley has been out since Nov. 17, resting an aching left Achilles tendon . Then the team lost its eighth straight on Sunday, matching the longest skid for this franchise since Feb. 11-March 3, 2009. Now Fizdale is the second NBA coach fired this season, joining Earl Watson, who was fired by Phoenix three games into the season.This will be the second time as an interim coach for Bickerstaff, who will start Wednesday night in San Antonio against the Spurs. He joined the Grizzlies in June 2016 after five seasons with the Houston Rockets, including an interim coach stint that lasted most of 2015-16 and included a playoff berth. Bickerstaff went 37-34 in that role.He also was an assistant coach with Minnesota and in Charlotte under his father, Bernie Bickerstaff. 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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrated with his team’s fans at the end of a crucial 3-0 win at Everton on Sunday but then quickly warned that plenty of work remained to be done for his side to clinch the Premier League title.A beautiful, long-range strike from Pedro, a Gary Cahill tap-in and a neatly worked goal from substitute Willian secured three points in the trickiest test in Chelsea’s title run-in.While aware of the significance of the victory, the Italian manager, in his first season in the Premier League, remained wary of counting his chickens.”At this part of the season every win is a great win for us. Before this game there were five games to go. Now there are four games to go. For us every win is a great win and for this reason we must celebrate in the right way, with my players with the staff, with our fans.We have to have great enthusiasm and great patience because I think we are having a great season but for it to become a fantastic season we must win,” he told reporters.That ‘fantastic season’ could yet become a repeat of the club’s double – Premier League and FA Cup – triumph in 2010 with Conte’s team facing Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 27.Everton was expected to be the toughest game in Chelsea’s run-in. Ronald Koeman’s team had lost only one game at Goodison before Sunday and had won their last eight in a row but after a tight first half Chelsea ran out comfortable winners.advertisement”For sure today is a great result for us. To win away against Everton is not easy but I think we have to continue in this way and to go step by step and game by game and take three points every game until the end,” Conte said.”Now it is very important after this crucial week for us, we played against Tottenham for the final in the FA Cup and then on Tuesday against Southampton and now against Everton. I think we finished a crucial week very well. We all know there is this part of the season that is the most important.”Now it is important for us to prepare the right way (for) the next game. If we don’t win against Middlesbrough (on May 8) you lose this great win,” he said.The always emotional Conte said that his post-game interaction with his team had been physical rather than verbal.”The message was only great hugs and great enthusiasm, great passion,” he said.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kilbane still unimpressed by Man Utd midfielder Pogbaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton defender Kevin Kilbane remains unimpressed by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.United travel to Wembley to face Spurs in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first big test at 4.30pm.”It’s all very well strutting his stuff now Jose Mourinho is gone – Paul Pogba needs to show he’s not a one trick pony today,” Kilbane told the Daily Mail.”He could be one of the Premier League’s best midfielders but he is quite obviously a weak player who needs someone to tell him how good he is all the time, before he can perform.”Clearly Mourinho was not the ideal manager to get the best out of the Frenchman. “But then the former United and Chelsea boss has shown little sympathy for dozens of mavericks or pretty average players throughout his career.”The relationship between the two was poison but while Pogba is undoubtedly very talented, and now a World Cup winner, he has been really poor and remarkably inconsistent in this second spell at Old Trafford.”
CALGARY, May 7, 2019 – Following the official launch of WestJet’s new 787-9 Dreamliner service between Calgaryand London, Gatwick the airline’s newest marketing video #LondonCalling highlights real-time surprises for unsuspecting Calgarians.In the video, WestJet’s teal painted phonebooth was positioned to ring throughout the day in downtown Calgary in hopes of enticing curious pedestrians to answer the call. Of the thousands who walked by, 10 of those who answered were gifted round-trip tickets for two from Calgary to London, Gatwick. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: “London is an incredible destination for our guests and with our new non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and London, Gatwick there’s never been a more comfortable way to get there,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “We thought there was no better approach to entice guests to visit Britain than by testing out Calgarians’ curiosity for adventure through the unusual ringing of an iconic London phonebooth in our own downtown core.”The phonebooth used in #LondonCalling is authentic and was shipped from the United Kingdom prior to being painted teal. The ‘Piccadilly style kiosk’ weighs over 1,500 pounds and was transferred throughout the day on April 23 to locations on Stephen Avenue and Eau Claire in downtown Calgary.WestJet currently offers daily flights between Calgary and London, Gatwick. Its new Dreamliner aircraft carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 non-stop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.About WestJetTogether with WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas. Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.WestJet is proud to be recognized for three consecutive years as Best Airline in Canada (2017-19) and awarded among travellers’ favourite Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (2019). From 2017-2018, WestJet was also awarded among travellers’ favorite Mid-Sized and Low-Cost Airlines in North America. The airline was also recognized among the Economy Class winners in North America, 2018. All awards are based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook.WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.Recent recognition includes:2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)2018/2017 Winner Among Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines – North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)2018 Winner – Economy, North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)2018 North America’s Best Low-Cost Airline (Skytrax)2018/2017/2016 Canada’s Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)Connect with WestJet on Facebook at facebook.com/westjetFollow WestJet on Twitter at twitter.com/westjetFollow WestJet on Instagram instagram.com/westjet/Subscribe to WestJet on YouTube at youtube.com/westjetRead the WestJet blog at blog.westjet.com Advertisement WestJet’s #LondonCalling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
LAWRENCE, Kan. — On an otherwise glum day for the No. 2-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team Saturday, sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas was one of the few bright spots for the Buckeyes. Thomas helped keep the Buckeyes competitive as they suffered their first loss of the year in a 78-67 defeat against Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. Thomas shot 50 percent from the field, and finished the game with 19 points. Sophomore forward Jared Sullinger was absent from the OSU lineup due to back spasms he suffered during the Buckeyes’ Nov. 29 win against Duke. As a result, Thomas was forced to split time defending Kansas’ 6-foot-10 forward Thomas Robinson with Buckeyes’ freshman center Amir Williams. Robinson ended the game with 21 points, but Thomas said OSU coach Thad Matta was complimentary of Thomas’ defensive effort against Robinson after the game. “Coach just said I did pretty well with (Robinson),” Thomas said. “We tried to switch it up and confuse him.” Matta said the additional work was taxing for Thomas. “(Thomas) went 40 (minutes) tonight,” Matta said. “He wouldn’t have had to. He could have been a little bit fresher down the stretch.” Thomas still had enough left in his tank to contribute on the offensive end. Down the stretch, Thomas said his teammates wanted the ball in his hands and that Matta told him to be ready. “I came into the game hitting shots,” Thomas said. “I figured since (Sullinger) wasn’t playing, somebody has to make up for those points. So, I just kept my head in and knocked down some big (3-pointers) in the first half.” Thomas was 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-7 shooting from 3-point territory in his 40 minutes of work. Two of his three made 3-pointers came on back-to-back possessions with just under eight minutes to play in the first half as OSU trailed, 23-16. Kansas coach Bill Self said that Thomas was a challenge for his team to guard. “In the first half… we were going to make Thomas make shots and keep Craft out of the (lane), and he made us pay,” Self said. Thomas said his shooting success was the product of working on each facet of his game during practice leading up to the Kansas game. “I mix it up in practice,” he said. “I play with the bigs and the shooters in practice. I’m versatile.” The Buckeyes wouldn’t go quietly Saturday, despite the eventual loss. OSU cut the margin to four at 62-58 with 5:39 to play. When Kansas’ lead grew to 10 points with fewer than three minutes to play, the Buckeyes cut that lead as well, coming to within six points with 1:56 to play. Comeback attempt after comeback attempt fell short in the end, but Thomas said the entire team was encouraged by how it competed. “We’re a competitive team and that’s a positive,” he said. “Without (Sullinger), we came out and competed without him. We’re a great team with him — don’t get me wrong — but we came out and competed.” OSU returns to action Wednesday against South Carolina-Upstate at the Schottenstein Center. Opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m.
OSU junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (23) leaps to spike a set by OSU senior setter Taylor Sherwin (8) during a match against Maryland on Nov. 7 at St. John Arena.Credit: Madelyn Grant / Lantern photographerThe No. 17 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set for a chance at a season sweep against No. 12 Illinois when the two teams go head-to-head Wednesday night.The Fighting Illini (19-6, 11-3) and Buckeyes (18-8, 9-5) played earlier this season in Columbus in a closely contested battle. Ending in five sets, the Buckeyes prevailed, 16-14, in the final frame.Three days later, the Fighting Illini traveled to then-No. 5 Penn State and defeated the defending national champions in four sets.Coach Geoff Carlston said he expects the Fighting Illini coaching staff to motivate the team because the previous matchup was so close and either team could’ve won.“Obviously there’s going to be a little bit of a payback,” Carlston said. “I’m sure their coaching staff is going to use that, say, ‘Hey remember what happened last time?’ Whenever you play a team twice, and you win the first one, there’s some motivation there certainly, and playing at their court, they have a good crowd, and it’s a lot tougher to play on the road than it is at home.”Since playing in Columbus on Oct. 8, the Fighting Illini have won eight of nine conference matches, with the lone loss coming at Northwestern on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes have won six of nine conference matchups in that stretch.Freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she’s seen a lot of improvement in the team since playing the Fighting Illini earlier this season.“We’ve been getting better, we’ve been working hard to fix a few things that we know we wanted to make some improvements on,” Schirmer said.She added that the Buckeyes need to work on “staying steady and consistent” if they want to come out of Huff Hall with a win.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree has seen improvements in the gym, too, she said.“Every day we’re just coming here trying to get better,” Goree said. “And I can see an improvement in all the girls.”The Fighting Illini will be led by sophomore middle blocker Katie Stadick, who ranks first in the Big Ten in blocks per set with an average of 1.46. Redshirt-junior outside hitter Jocelynn Birks is also top in the conference in points per set with an average of 4.54.The team as a whole is first in the conference in blocks, averaging 2.88 per set, and second in digs with 15.01 per set.Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said the team will treat Wednesday’s contest like any other match, even though the Fighting Illini might be fighting for revenge.“We just have to take every road trip like it is,” Sekinger said. “We just have to really focus and do what we did against them when they came to our house.”Wednesday’s match is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. in Champaign, Ill.
Ohio State players celebrate a goal in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State’s men’s lacrosse team is headed to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history as the Buckeyes knocked off Towson 11-10 in the semifinals on Saturday.Trailing the Tigers 8-3 early in the second quarter, the game looked to be potentially out of reach for the Buckeyes. But behind an 8-1 run in the second half, OSU completed a miraculous comeback in the Buckeyes’ first-ever appearance in the semifinals.Towson (12-5) struck first as senior midfielder Mike Lynch scored the first goal of the game with 10:36 remaining in the first quarter. But the Buckeyes (16-4) found the back of the net twice in eight seconds as sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski and sophomore midfielder Logan Maccani scored a goal apiece to give OSU its first lead of the game.Late in the first quarter, Towson evened the game up at two when sophomore midfielder Jon Mazza barely slipped the ball over the goal line.The Tigers opened the game up early in the second quarter as two Towson players – senior attackmen Joe Seider (two goals) and Ryan Drenner – scored three goals in the first four minutes of the period.OSU freshman attackman Tre Leclaire ended the run with his first goal of the game, but the Tigers scored twice before the end of the quarter to pull ahead 8-3 at halftime.Towson opened the second half by extending its lead by one goal, but OSU came right back as senior attackman Eric Fannell threw a behind-the-back pass to fellow senior attackman Austin Shanks who finished the highlight-worthy play off with a goal.That goal gave the Buckeyes life.Leclaire scored his second goal of the game on a fast break, then Shanks scored his second goal of the game as OSU utilized a man-up advantage. With 4:11 remaining in the third quarter, Fannell ripped a shot, scoring his first goal of the game to pull the Buckeyes within one goal of tying the Tigers.But Towson senior midfielder Tyler Young ended the Buckeyes run as he scored his 13th goal of the season. OSU ended the season strong, though, as Fannell scored his second goal of the quarter to pull his team within one.With 11:42 remaining in the final quarter, Leclaire fired a laser past Towson’s goalie to tie the game for the first time since the first quarter.The Scarlet and Gray rally didn’t end there.With 10:20 remaining, senior midfielder JT Blubaugh scored, delivering OSU its first advantage since the Buckeyes’ relinquished their 2-1 lead in the first quarter. Just over four minutes later, OSU extended its lead to 11-9 when senior midfielder Johnny Pearson scored his first goal of the game.Towson pulled within a goal with 3:17 remaining as Drenner scored for the fourth time in Saturday’s game. But that was it for the Tigers as the Buckeyes held on for an 11-10 victory, sending them to the championship game.Saturday’s game wasn’t the first matchup between these two teams. OSU knocked off Towson 6-3 on March 15.OSU advanced to the NCAA semifinals with a 7-4 win over Loyola Maryland in the first round and a 16-11 victory against Duke in the quarterfinals. Towson reached the semifinals after upsetting Penn State, 12-8 in the first round, and Syracuse, 10-7 in the quarterfinals. The Buckeyes will take on the winner of Saturday afternoon’s No. 1 Maryland – No. 5 Denver matchup at 1 p.m. on Monday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Related Items:Opening, premier rufus ewing, quality food center Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2014 – Premier Rufus Ewing cuts the ribbon and assists in hoisting the Turks and Caicos Flag at the new grocery store located in Cheshire Hall. A tour with the entertaining Obrien Forbes, prizes and giveaways, shopping and congratulatory remarks plus rhythmic junkanoo peppered the opening ceremony tonight.The store is now open with a grocery sale this weekend! Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service
KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man robbed two women, then took off in their friend’s car in Mission Valley, police said Sunday, and officers were still searching for both the suspect and the car.A 22-year-old woman, a 31-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were talking in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant on Rio San Diego Drive near Camino Del Este at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when a man approached the trio with a small black pistol, according to San Diego Police Sgt. Michael Tansey.The suspect took the two women’s purses, then got in the male victim’s car and drove away, Tansey said.The stolen car was a 2010 Chrysler 300 sedan with a California license plate number of 6KVX405.Police described the suspect as a black man in his early 20s, about 5- feet-9-inches tall with a thin build. He had short dreadlocks and was wearing a light-colored hoodie and blue jeans, Tansey said. May 27, 2018 Posted: May 27, 2018 Police search for carjacking suspect in Mission Valley KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
US senators Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) talk with House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) as a bipartisan group of lawmakers meet to discuss border security as part of government funding legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, 30 January 2019. Photo: ReutersUS congressional negotiators said on Monday they reached a tentative deal on border security funding to avert another partial government shutdown due to start on Saturday, but an aide said it did not include the $5.7 billion president Donald Trump wants for a border wall.”We reached an agreement in principle” on funding border security programs through 30 September, Republican senator Richard Shelby told reporters.”Our staffs are going to be working feverishly to put all the particulars together,” Shelby said. He did not say whether Trump would get any money for the US-Mexico border wall.It was not clear if Trump would embrace the agreement. His December demand for $5.7 billion to help pay for the wall – rejected by congressional Democrats – triggered a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended last month without him getting wall funding.A congressional aide, who asked not to be identified, said the outline of the deal included $1.37 billion for erecting new fencing along the southern border. That is about the same amount Congress allocated over the past couple years and far below what Trump has demanded.The aide said none of the money would be for a “wall,” which Trump has been touting since he launched his campaign for president in 2016. Democrats say the wall would be costly and ineffective.Trump was holding a rally in the border city of El Paso, Texas, on Monday night to argue for the wall he says can protect Americans from violent criminals, drugs and a “tremendous onslaught” of migrant caravans.Trump said he heard about the progress in the talks just before he took the stage in El Paso, but he did not discuss details. “Just so you know – we’re building the wall anyway,” he said. “Maybe progress has been made – maybe not.”Detention BedsUnder Monday’s agreement, which must be fleshed out by congressional staff experts, Democrats would gave up on a demand they floated on Friday night to cap the number of immigrant detention beds in the interior of the United States.Democrats had complained that the Trump administration was increasing detention capacity as a way of speeding up deportations of illegal immigrants, some of whom were seeking asylum under US law.But an overall cap – on borders and in the interior – would remain at 40,520 beds. The aide said that despite that cap, the number had actually grown to 49,057 and that under the deal, it would be brought down to the legal cap.Democratic Representative Nita Lowey said on Monday night: “I hope by Wednesday we’ll have a finished product.” Lowey said she had been in touch with House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi, who she said “has confidence I have made the right decision.”Trump agreed to reopen the government last month for three weeks to allow congressional negotiators time to find a compromise on government funding for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends on 30 September, to avert another shutdown.In Washington, the small group of lawmakers leading the negotiations met for about two hours on Monday. They said they wanted to seal a plan by Monday night to allow time for the legislation to pass the House and Senate and get Trump’s signature by Friday, when funding is due to expire for the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and several other federal agencies.
An examination of the DNA of 1,983 people from around the globe suggests that extinct human species such as Homo neanderthalensis or Homo heidelbergensis interbred with our own ancestors during two separate periods, and their genes remain in our DNA today. The research was carried out by a group of genetic anthropologists from the University of New Mexico, and leader of the team, Jeffrey Long, said the findings mean Neanderthals did not completely disappear, but “there is a little bit of Neanderthal left over in almost all humans.”The subjects of the study were drawn from 99 population groups in the Americas, Oceania, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and the researchers analyzed over 600 microsatellite positions on the genome, which are sections that can be used rather like fingerprints. Doctoral student Sarah Joyce then developed an evolutionary tree to explain the genetic variations found in the microsatellite positions. The results were unexpected, but Joyce said the best explanation for the variations was that our human ancestors and the archaic species interbred during two periods after the first Homo sapiens had left Africa: the first in the Mediterranean around 60,000 years ago, and the second in eastern Asia about 45,000 years ago. The group found no evidence of the interbreeding in the DNA of modern Africans included in the study.The findings suggest that after the first interbreeding populations migrated from the Mediterranean to North America, Europe and Asia. A second interbreeding in Asia then altered the genome of the people who went on to migrate to Oceania.The findings were presented on 17th April at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists’ annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they created a great deal of interest among other researchers in the field, who had been attempting to explain some curious variations in the genome. One researcher, Linda Vigilant from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, said the findings may help explain what she called “subtle deviations” in the genetic variations in the Pacific region.Other researchers from the Max Planck Institute, led by Svante Pääbo, finished sequencing the first draft of the Neanderthal genome last year. (See the PhysOrg article here.) The results are expected to be published soon and may shed more light on the possibility of interbreeding. Earlier research suggested interbreeding did not occur, but unlike Pääbo’s latest research these early results were not based on an analysis of the complete genome. Homo neanderthalensis, adult male. Credit: John Gurche, artist / Chip Clark, photographer Citation: Neanderthals may have interbred with humans twice (2010, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-neanderthals-interbred-humans.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Extinct human species such as Neanderthals may still be with us, at least in our DNA, and this may help explain why they disappeared from the fossil record around 30,000 years ago. New ancestor? Scientists ponder DNA from Siberia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Top Stories Now, that’s more like it.The Arizona Cardinals bounced back from a season-opening loss to the New England Patriots by pasting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday. Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes and the Arizona defense forced five turnovers from reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week Jameis Winston on the way to an easy 40-7 win.The victory, if nothing else, quelled the seemingly growing sentiment that the Cardinals were not the same team that won 13 games a year ago before trudging through a playoff win against Green Bay and stinking up the joint against Carolina in the NFC Championship Game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals Average Power Ranking: 5.20(up from 7.10 last week)High Ranking: #3 (ESPN)Low Ranking: #9 (CBS Sports) Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots, Steelers power up to 1-2Cardinals rank: #3 (▲ 2)Even at 1-1, the Cardinals are the top-ranked team according to our NFL Football Power Index (FPI). Ball control (zero turnovers) is a major reason behind that. A reeling Bills team is up next for the Cards.NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Red-hot Steelers claim No. 1 spotCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 2)Impressive response from the Cardinals, who took it to the upstart Buccaneers in the first half, then pumped the breaks in the second. Drew Stanton was running mop-up duty with a ton of game clock to burn. At the heart of Big Red’s win: Forcing five turnovers from a Bucs attack that put it on Atlanta’s D in Week 1. Offensively, Arizona kept running the same plays on the ground, while Carson Palmer was busy averaging 10 yards per throw. Tampa had no answers. You get the feeling the Cardinals had no smiles last week at practice following the disconcerting home loss to Jimmy G and the Patriots. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling NFL Power Rankings: Packers offense looks as average as it did in 2015Cardinals rank: #4 (▲ 2)Again, it was funny how many people tried telling me last week that the Cardinals were actually not very good.USA Today Power Rankings – Week 2Cardinals rank: #5 (▲ 1)You knew they weren’t going to open 0-2 at home, especially considering they have to spend four of their first six road games on the East Coast.NFL Week 3 power rankingsCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 3)After a disappointing loss to the Patriots in Week 1, the Cardinals blew the Buccaneers out of the water. The offense was firing on all cylinders, while the defense forced five turnovers in the 40-7 win. It’s not as if the Bucs are a terrible team, either. The Cardinals are just that good.PFT’s Week Three Power RankingsCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 1)Maybe every coach should call out multiple players in the media by name. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That’s the NFL for you — reactionary on a week-to-week basis.Here’s a rundown of what some prominent national outlets are saying about the Cardinals: Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) – / 44 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Impressive Texans on the rise as Colts keep tumblingCardinals rank: #5 (▲ 4)It has been just two weeks, of course, but Larry Fitzgerald currently sits on pace for 112 receptions and 24 touchdowns this season. Those retirement rumors that popped up prior to Week 1 should be tucked away for a long while. Fitzgerald looks like he could play another decade.NFL Power Rankings: Go ahead and pile on the 0-2 Redskins, Colts and JaguarsCardinals rank: #9 (–)They bounced back from their first loss with an impressive blowout of the Bucs. They now face a long road trip to Buffalo, but the Bills are reeling.NFL power rankings 2016, Week 3: Broncos defense is as scary as it getsCardinals rank: #6 (▲ 4)No comment.NFL Power Rankings: Chris Simms’ Rankings Heading into Week 3Cardinals rank: #5 (–)BruceBall is back in the desert.Head coach Bruce Arians put his foot on the gas pedal and didn’t take it off until his team sealed its first win. Then, he kept scoring just to show the league he could.Tampa Bay couldn’t stop it. Late in the second quarter, the Cards launched a four-play drive that essentially sealed their win. Time of possession on that scoring march? Forty-five seconds. 0 Comments Share
Samsung is bolstering its UK gaming line-up with the addition of the PlayStation Now and GameFly Streaming apps to its smart TV store.The new apps join a growing line-up of services available to download through its smart TV hub, which include Amazon Instant Video, Curzon Home Cinema, Mubi and YouTube.“At Samsung, we are committed to giving people the best home entertainment experience possible, and our gaming offering is just one of the ways in which we aim to achieve that,” said Samsung UK and Ireland content product manager, Rhian James.As part of a promotion aimed at gamers, Samsung will offer UK customers who buy Samsung Smart TVs between June 6 and September 4 a three-month subscription to GameFly Streaming and a complementary controller. The offer will apply to selected TV models, bought from participating retailers.
Portuguese pay TV provider NOS has launched multiscreen picture-in-picture mode, allowing users to view content while simultaneously accessing other applications and services.NOS has staked its claim to be the first operator in the market to offer picture-in-picture, with a second pop-up screen enabling users to access content from another app.NOS said that the launch of the service was designed to meet growing demand from subscribers to be able to multitask on the TV, allowing them to view supplementary information.The picture-in-picture window can be placed anywhere on the TV screen and is available across devices regardless of the app or browser being used, according to NOS.Picture-in-picture from NOS is available on Android smartphones and Android and iOS tablets as well as PCs via Chrome.João Ferreira, director of product development at the pay TV provider, said that the functionality had been full designed in-house by the company’s innovation team.He said that the feature would “allow the user to enjoy an innovative and enriching experience in the context of the interactive consumption of multiple content”.
In This Issue.*Currencies attempt to recover. *10-year Treasury recovers. *Canada’s jobs data is strong! *$136 Billion more stimulus for Japan.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Fundamentals Return!Good day. And a Marvelous Monday to you! The first Monday of the year! The NFL playoffs this past weekend didn’t exactly have me riveted to my seat, as the games weren’t very exciting. (except if your team won!) The NHL has decided to salvage ½ of their season, and will begin games soon. I’ve complained about the lack of hockey this winter, so, this was welcomed news to hear. And so it goes for the first weekend of 2013.On Friday morning, I told you about the dollar rally that was kicked off by a stupid statement in the FOMC meeting minutes about ending Quantitative Easing (QE) in 2013. Recall that I said it was stupid for the markets to have reacted they way they did, for the FOMC didn’t say “when in 2013!” they could continue with QE until 12/31 and it would still be 2013! And I think that calmer heads began to pop up and prevail on Friday, as the ugliness of the morning, didn’t last all day. Friday’s, end of day, price action in the currencies and metals wasn’t good, but at least it wasn’t as bad as earlier in the day!You can watch the 10-year Treasury most of the time to get the pulse on what the Fed is up to. On Friday morning I told you that the 10-yr Treasury yield had risen to 1.96%… A little later that morning, I was talking to the Big Boss, Frank Trotter, and I said, “you watch, I think the Fed will be in to buy, for they can’t have the 10-year’ yield breaking through 2%”. And guess what? Or better yet, guess where the 10-year yield is this morning? Back down to 1.90%… So. Friday’s claims by some pundits that the rise in yields would remove the need to own risk assets, turned out to be exactly what I thought, and said it would be. a lot of nothing! Could it still occur? Sure it could. But not in my opinion. not now. Shoot Rudy, I don’t think I have to remind you all that The Fed has said they will leave interest rates near zero for a long time still, The Fed is still buying $85 Billion in bonds to stimulate the economy and keep interest rates down for a reason. The economy is walking on eggshells.OK. speaking of economies. Ty Keough sent me some data that I thought was very good at illustrating a point that I’ve been making. and that is the relative calm that is spreading in the Eurozone. For instance. did you know that Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain all reported current account surpluses in late 2012. To me, I see nothing but more relative calm from news like this. The head of Economic research at UBS told CNBC that “The euro breakup call has been proved entirely wrong. The economy is recovering. European imbalances have been reduced massively, half of the GDP of Europe is now in countries which are able to stabilize their debt-to-GDP ratio.”Does this mean the euro or Eurozone are out of the woods? Hardly! It just means that things are looking up and for once the light at the end of the tunnel for the Eurozone isn’t an oncoming train!The Jobs Jamboree on Friday turned out to be OK. not great, just OK. and I guess that’s better than a negative report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said that 154,000 jobs were created in December (152K was forecast).. The Unemployment rate ticked higher though to 7.8% (from 7.7%). So. the report was OK. nothing more, nothing less. certainly not the stuff that strong economies drive. And with the Fed’s new “tying of interest rates to the unemployment rate” tells us that interest rates aren’t going anywhere for now!So, the winners and losers from Friday though the overnight trading last night, are wide spread. and I was telling a dealer friend on Friday, that I’ve been writing about the divergence that’s returning to the markets. Which means the Risk On, Risk Off Days of explaining what’s going on are ending. Because you may have days when the Aussie dollar (A$) rallies and the euro or yen get sold. Or days when stocks go up but currencies go down, or days when Gold gets sold but Oil and the euro rally. So. once again, we’ll get back to fundamentals for valuations. I LOVE IT! We’re not “all-in” on this yet, so there will be days that we revert, but for the most part, fundamentals are returning. YAHOO!For instance. this morning, the euro has lost about 1/4-cent, but the A$ is stronger, and the Canadian dollar / loonie is stronger on news that Canadian employment jumped by 39,000 in December (only 5,000 was expected) with the unemployment rate falling to 7.1% from 7.2%… And the “real good news” is that the Average Hourly Wages for full-time workers were 2.5% higher than in 2011. Now that’s the kind of news that screams strong fundamentals, and that a currency should be rewarded. and so it was!The A$ is rallying on the news that the price of Iron ore is rallying to the highest level since October 2011! This is just another illustration of what I’ve been telling you about the Chinese economy. The Chinese economy is recovering and with that is their renewed demand in raw materials. if the demand for iron ore wasn’t strong, the price wouldn’t be hitting its highest level in over a year!So, see. it’s much easier to explain why a currency is going up or down in a day when their movements are tied to fundamentals, and not if the markets’ think it’s a Risk On or Risk Off Day!China and Brazil have renewed their currency swap agreement, which allows them to remove dollars from the terms of transactions between the two countries. So, Brazil can sell oil to China without having to use U.S. dollars to settle the transaction. The first time I read about these currency swap agreements I saw them for what they truly were. and told you! These agreements are to lessen the role of the dollar. China has signed these agreements with a medium list of countries, and continues to look for more countries that no longer want to be saddled with depreciating dollars in their reserves! Australia and Japan signed last year. And there are still rumors of the Arab countries signing an agreement with China. Should that happen, then the dollar’s relevancy in the world will have taken a HUGE blow!OK.. so there I was on Sunday morning, sipping some coffee, and taking my last bite of the scrumptious egg casserole I had prepared that morning, when a story in my local paper’s business section caught my eye… The title of this story was: For Peace Of Mind, Spread The Risk… OK! now I’m interested to see what this is all about… but, as I suspected before I read one word of the story, not one investment adviser that was interviewed about how they would, in their minds, diversify investors’ portfolios, talked about currencies… or Gold/ Silver / Platinum… Only one, even mentioned in passing that an investor might want to allocate some money to commodities… of course, he didn’t say which ones… This is the battle that I have fought for a long time now.. The battle to make investment advisers accept currencies and precious metals as asset classes that should be used when properly diversifying an investment portfolio.. Why do these investment advisers refuse to include these two asset classes? Because they don’t: 1. understand them 2. takes away from their mutual fund commissions 3. their brokerage doesn’t allow these asset classes in accounts… So, if they have to do all this work to get their accounts properly diversified… forgetaboutit! And so…. I’m out here, by my lonesome, battling to get investment advisers to understand that there’s more to diversification than stocks, bonds, and mutual funds! And it looks as though I’ve got a tough row to hoe, given this story in my local paper… UGH!Did you see what St. Louis Fed President, James Bullard said on CNBC last Friday? When it was stated that “it is easy for you to say, you have a lot of dollars to spend; you get to print them” Bullard replied, “Ahhh- indeed we do”. the Fed Heads have been out in force since the printing of the FOMC meeting minutes that caused the big hub-bub in the markets on Friday. The Fed Heads are making certain that the markets know that the Fed Heads believe that the economy is weak and in need of QE!And then we have the Japanese doing everything they’ve already not done, to weaken the yen, inject inflation, and revive the economy. They’ve played this game for almost 2 decades now. The latest is a demand by new Japanese PM, Abe, to inflate the economy, and he will introduce a $136 Billion stimulus. I’m shaking my head in disgust. but. weaken the yen, he will get his wish, soon enough.Then There Was This. the story I found on Bloomberg plays well with the thoughts I have for the euro and the Eurozone. So. here you go! “Futures traders reversed bets that the euro will decline against the dollar, wagering for the first time since August 2011 that the shared currency will gain, figures from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission show.The difference in the number of wagers by hedge funds and other large speculators on an advance in the euro compared with those on a drop, so-called net longs, was 5,126 on Jan. 1, compared with net shorts of 2,549 a week earlier. The figures reflect holdings in currency-futures contracts at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as of Tuesday.The euro halted a two-year losing streak versus the greenback in 2012 as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s commitment to backstop the shared currency stymied the debt-contagion threat. The shared currency rose 1.8 percent in 2012, after sliding almost 10 percent during the prior two years, aided by a 2.6 percent gain in the fourth quarter.To recap. The currency & metals selloff on Friday morning, pared back a bit as the day went on, and the 10-year Treasury yield gained back to 1.90% (it had been as high as 1.96%) The risk assets continue to move away from the Risk On / Risk Off trading and back to fundamentals. The Jobs Jamboree in the U.S. was just OK. Canada’s job data was very strong, and Japan is going to announce a $136 Billion stimulus.Currencies today 1/7/13. American Style: A$ $1.05, kiwi .8355, C$ $1.0135, euro 1.3035, sterling 1.6065, Swiss $1.0785, .. European Style : rand 8.6065, krone 5.6075, SEK 6.53, forint 223.85, zloty 3.1610, koruna 19.5795, RUB 30.41, yen 87.75, sing 1.2295, HKD 7.7510, INR 55.22, China 6.2295, pesos 12.74, BRL 2.03, Dollar Index 80.59, Oil $92.72, 10-year 1.90%, Silver $30.23, and Gold. $1.656.30That’s it for today. Well. 625 NHL games were cancelled but at least the remainder of the season will get played. I received a few notes on our Sunday Pfennig & Pfriends video, that the “link didn’t work”. Make certain you are viewing the whole email, and have accepted downloads and pictures, when you do, you’ll see a video box with Frank, Chris and Chuck. Hope that helps. Last Friday, I was remiss in not mentioning that it was my dad’s birthday. He’s been gone since 1995, but not forgotten. He would have been 88 this year. Next week I’ll be on hiatus in S. Florida for the week. Chris and Mike will have the conn on the Pfennig, as I get away from the cold weather for a few days! And I hope your weekend was grand. Thanks for reading the Pfennig, now go out and make this a Marvelous Monday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Circular.About Tristram Stuart’s TED TalkOur industrial food system is doing serious damage to our planet and food waste is a rampant problem. Tristram Stuart offers one strategy to combat food waste: cook scraps and feed them to livestock.About Tristram StuartTristram Stuart is an environmental activist working to combat food waste. He is the founder of Feedback, a charity that works to improve the environmental impact of food around the world. Also, in 2016, he founded Toast Ale, a company that brews beer from leftover bread.Stuart is the author of The Bloodless Revolution, and Waste: Uncovering The Global Food Scandal. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a WEF Young Global Leader, and the recipient of the international environmental award, the Sophie Prize. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Paralympians heading to Rio next week have lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed as part of the government’s programme of benefit cuts and reforms, a member of the ParalympicsGB team has revealed.Some Paralympians have spoken previously of the importance of the support they receive from the benefits system particularly through disability living allowance (DLA), but this is the first confirmation that any of them have lost that support as a result of the government’s austerity programme.The concerns were raised by wheelchair-racer Ben Rowlings, one of the young track stars of the British team, who is set to compete in the T34 100 metres and 800 metres in Rio, and holds the British record at 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres.He currently receives the higher rate mobility component of DLA, which has allowed him to use that payment to lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme.But like hundreds of thousands of other disabled people, he has been told he will be reassessed for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP) – introduced in 2013 in a bid to cut working-age DLA spending by 20 per cent – and that an assessment of his eligibility will take place next year.The Shropshire resident does much of his training 50 miles away in Coventry, alongside fellow Paralympians Kare Adenegan and Mel Nicholls, and told Disability News Service this week that the PIP reassessment could put his career in jeopardy if it results in him losing his Motability car.He said: “It is something that’s on my mind because without the access to having my Motability car… I wouldn’t be able to get to any of the training that I do.“I need my car, I need the support to get me around to places, and training and work, because racing is my job, and without the support of the Motability [car] and the DLA, I wouldn’t be able to get to training.”The 20-year-old said he knew of fellow Paralympians who have already lost their Motability cars after being reassessed for PIP.He said: “There have been Paralympians who have been told that they are too able to claim Motability and they have had to fight to get the cars back because they have been taken off them.“I don’t know too much about it, I haven’t spoken to them about it because that’s a personal matter for them, but it’s something I’m a little bit concerned about.”He said he was not comfortable providing further details about colleagues, and could not say how many fellow team-members had lost their Motability vehicles, but added: “All I know is anyone with disabilities is getting assessed at the moment, so it’s a possibility for any of us.”Last month, another ParalympicsGB star wheelchair-racer, Hannah Cockroft (pictured with Rowlings), told DNS she was “scared” that she would lose her independence when she was reassessed for PIP.Cockroft, who won double gold at London 2012, has also yet to be assessed for PIP, but she said that she was dreading her eventual reassessment, the possibility of having her support cut, and potentially losing the car she leases through the Motability scheme.Motability has said that it expects 35,000 vehicles will have to be returned by disabled people during 2016 as a result of the PIP reassessment programme.Of Motability customers reassessed for PIP so far, 44 per cent of them have lost their entitlement to the scheme and have had to hand their vehicles back.Activists who took part in a national day of action last month – organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), WinVisible and the Mental Health Resistance Network – said they believed PIP was “rotten to the core”, and pointed to growing evidence of the “shoddy nature” of PIP assessments, which are carried out by the government’s contractors, Capita and Atos.The British Paralympic Association – which manages the ParalympicsGB team – has not responded to a request for a comment.Asked how removing a Motability vehicle from a Paralympian training for Rio would have helped their medal efforts, a Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “This question is unfounded.“Decisions on Motability are made based on claimants’ individual needs and after consideration of all the evidence, including an assessment and information provided by the claimant and their GP.“All claimants have the opportunity to appeal their decision.”Asked how many Paralympians had lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed, she said: “We do not ask PIP claimants whether they are Paralympians, and they are not required to disclose this information when making a claim.“Therefore, we are unable to answer this question.”But she said there were now more people on the Motability scheme than before PIP was introduced*, while the “majority of people leaving the Motability scheme will be eligible for a one-off payment of £2,000**, which will help ensure their mobility needs continue to be met”.Asked if DWP accepted that DLA and PIP played a vital part in providing the support that disabled people need to live independently and contribute to society, she said: “Yes. DLA and PIP provide important support for those who have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the benefit(s).”Meanwhile, research by the MS Society suggests that up to one in 10 of the 100,000 people with multiple sclerosis in the UK could lose the highest rate of mobility support as a result of the PIP reassessment process.The charity has estimated that more than 1,000 people with MS have already had their benefits cut since PIP was introduced.Under DLA, 93 per cent of people with MS who received the benefit [not everyone with MS claims DLA or PIP] were awarded the highest rate of the mobility component, and of the 4,349 DLA claimants with MS who have so far been reassessed and awarded any kind of PIP award, only 70 per cent have received the equivalent rate. The charity is calling on people with MS to share their experiences of the reassessment process with the government’s second independent review of PIP.*The Motability scheme is still growing slowly overall, at about 1.5 per cent a year, because of the number of new members joining, and currently has 651,000 vehicles (636,000 through the car scheme and 15,000 powered wheelchairs and scooters). Motability expects the overall number of customers to start falling at some stage in the reassessment process but does “not expect the number of vehicles to fall below 600,000 over the next few year”.**This payment applies to those customers who joined the scheme before January 2013.