11 convicted of lynching Jharkhand meat trader

first_imgA fast track court here on Friday convicted 11 people of lynching a meat trader in June last year over the suspicion that he was carrying beef in his car. Judge Om Prakash found them guilty under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.The quantum of punishment would be pronounced on March 21. A group of people had lynched Alimuddin Ansari, 40, in Bazaar Tand locality of Ramgarh town on June 29, 2017, on the suspicion that he was carrying beef in his car. Forensic tests later confirmed that the meat he was carrying was beef. The sale of beef is banned in the State.Additional Public Prosecutor S K Sukla said there were 12 accused and one of them is a minor. The prosecution has moved the Juvenile Justice Board with a prayer that the minor be treated as an adult in the case, Sukla said. The chargesheet against the accused was filed in the case on September 17. Phone call records had revealed that one of the accused followed Ansari for about two hours on June 29, informed two others about the victim’s location, before intercepting him at Bazaar Tand. The mob had also torched the vehicle of the victim.last_img read more

DU admissions 2014: St Stephen’s College postpones FYUP admissions

first_imgSt. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (DU), has postponed the final admissions to the four-year undergraduate programme course following a directive from the University Grants Commission (UGC).The commission, in a notification, ordered DU that admissions for the 2014-15 academic year at the undergraduate level in general degree programmes, including honours programmes, shall be only for the three-year undergraduate programme.The three-year course was the practice prior to the introduction of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).The notification stated that under no circumstances shall Delhi University or any of its colleges admit students for the four-year programme.”In view of the reported UGC directive to the Delhi University regarding its undergraduate programmes, St. Stephen’s College, while continuing with the ongoing selection process, including the publication of provisional lists of selected and wait-listed candidates for various courses, shall defer final admissions till a decision is taken on the matter by the competent authority,” said the college in a press statement.The UGC has further said that any deviation from this directive either by DU or any of the colleges under it shall be deemed to be in contravention of the UGC Act 1956, with its consequences.The statement from St. Stephen’s added: “The college will admit students only to duly approved courses. Students seeking admission to a particular course need to have definitive information about the structure and duration of the courses they join.”The ‘admission list’ being put up now is, hence, provisional. The final admission to all courses, including payment of fees, is deferred till a decision on the matter is taken by the University/the UGC.”advertisementHowever, the admission interviews as well as sports trials and interviews will continue as per the schedule already announced, said the college.”Candidates, if affected by any delay in the University/UGC taking a final decision in respect on the FYUP, shall be granted three working days for depositing their fees from the time a notice making the final admission offer is put up on the college notice board and web site,” added the statement.Being a minority institution, St. Stephens conducts its admission process separately from other colleges in DU.last_img read more

India Bag Gold in World Archery Youth Championships

first_img IndiaRaginee MarkooSukhbeer SinghWorld Archery Youth Championships First Published: August 24, 2019, 10:56 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Madrid: India clinched a gold medal in the compound junior mixed team event of the World Archery Youth Championships here on Saturday.Sukhbeer Singh and Raginee Markoo prevailed over their Swiss opponents Andrea Vallaro and Janine Hunsperger 152-147 to clinch their second medal of the tournament. Sukhbeer had won a bronze in the junior compound team event on Friday.India are also in the hunt for a second gold as Komalika Bari will take on Sonoda Waka of Japan in the recurve cadet summit clash on Sunday.Sukhbeer and Raginee made a strong start and shot consistently to keep the Swiss pair at bay.In the first end, the Indian duo shot two 10s to win 38-36, and they followed it up with three 10s in the second end to make it 39-37.Andrea and Janine gave some fight in the third end but Sukhbeer and Raginee managed to prevail by one point (37-36) for an overall five-point lead.Both shot 38-all in the final end but the Indians’ overall lead was enough to clinch the issue 114-109. last_img read more

Football: Suspended Shakhtar Donetsk veteran Darijo Srna joins Cagliari

first_imgAdvertisementAfter staying for 15 years at Shakhtar Donetsk- veteran Darijo Srna has moved to Serie A to join Cagliari Calcio on a 1-year contract with an option to extend it for another year. He is Croatia’s most capped player at 134 caps and has 22 goals to his name. Srna last appeared for the Ukrainian champions, Shakhtar Donetsk in September 2017 after he failed a doping test last March.Srna started his career at Hajduk Split back in 1999 and after playing 4 seasons there he moved to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2003. In the last 15 years, he has won the UEFA cup with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2009 and has made 339 appearances for the club.Srna got banned when he failed a doping test last year and his ban ends on 22nd August 2018 and can play in the upcoming 2018-19 season after that.Benvenuto, Darijo!#Srna è un giocatore rossoblù 🔴🔵➡️ https://t.co/7dTEof8GUb#benvenutoSrna pic.twitter.com/mIDVOiMcnn— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) June 22, 2018 🔥🔥🔥 #Srna 🤩🤩🤩#benvenutoSrna #forzaCasteddu pic.twitter.com/5qNGjRfHc0— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) June 22, 2018It is expected that this will be Srna’s last season as a footballer and only time will tell if he decides to extend his contract.Let us know what you feel in the comments below!Read Also:-Football: Dutch wonderkid Justin Kluivert signs for RomaFIFA World Cup 18: Germany Vs Sweden Review Advertisementcenter_img 🔊🔊🔊#benvenutoSrna #forzaCasteddu pic.twitter.com/5xZjIjS1mb— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) June 22, 2018last_img read more

ICC cautions Kingsmead, Queen’s Park Oval for ‘poor’ outfield

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday handed officialwarnings under its pitch and outfield monitoring process to Kingsmead in Durban and the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.Kingsmeadhosted the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand while Queen’s Park Oval played host to the fourth and final Test between West Indiesand India last month’Both the rain-marred matches were heavilycurtailed because of “poor” outfield conditions, forcing the ICC toissue sanctions after the respective match referees Andy Pycroft andRanjan Madugalle submitted their official reports. (Also read: Durban Test: Wet outfield prevents play in Durban, embarrasses South Africa)Madugalle andGeoff Allardice, the ICC’s general manager, reviewed Cricket SouthAfrica’s (CSA) response to the “poor” rating, while Allardice and matchreferee David Boon reviewed West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) response.Since this was the first occasion either ground had received a “poor” rating, the grounds stood to receive either a warning or a fine not exceeding$15,000, along with “a directive for appropriate corrective action”.”The sanctions take into account Durban and Port of Spain venues’ history of producing good conditions for international cricket and commitment byboth the boards to take appropriate steps to ensure similar events arenot repeated in future,” an ICC statement said. (Also read: Match referees rate Kingsmead and Queen’s Park Oval outfields rated as ‘poor’)”Both the matters were decided in accordance with Clause 4 of the process,” the statement added.last_img read more

Rain may spoil Durga Puja festivity

first_imgKolkata, Oct 7 (PTI) Rain may play spoil sport during the five-day Durga Puja celebrations in Gangetic West Bengal this year with the formation of a cyclonic circulation over North Bay of Bengal.”Light to moderate rain in short spells is liekly on October 8 and 9,” regional Met director G K Das told PTI here.”However, a cyclonic circulation has formed near Odisha coast over north Bay of Bengal, which is likely to reach Gangetic West Bengal on October 10,” Das said.”This cyclonic circulation may lead to increase in rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal and also in the northern parts of the state on October 10 and 11,” he said.The festivities have already started in the metropolis and other places as people thronged puja pandals since afternoon with today being Mahashasti, the beginning of the five-day Durga Puja festival.There were sharp showers in different parts of the city in the afternoon, but that could not dampen the spirits of the pandal-hoppers.There were, however, massive traffic snarls in south Kolkata and some parts of north Kolkata owing to the rains and people coming out on the streets for visiting different puja pandals.On Mahasaptami and Mahashtami, there is likelihood of light to moderate rain with a cloudy sky.On Mahanavami and Dashami, which fall on October 10 and 11, rainfall activities are likely to increase owing to the cyclonic circulation. PTI AMR MD KISlast_img read more

Six stories in the news for today June 30

first_imgSix stories in the news for Friday, June 30———NDP TO FORM MINORITY GOVERNMENT IN B.C.The NDP will form a minority government in British Columbia after the Liberals were defeated Thursday in a non-confidence vote, sending them to the Opposition benches for the first time in 16 years. Premier-designate John Horgan emerged from a meeting with Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon to say he was asked to form a government after reaching a deal with the Green party on a legislative agenda.———PROTEST TEEPEE ON PARLIAMENT HILL MOVED AGAINAn indigenous demonstration teepee was moved onto Parliament Hill Thursday evening close to the main Canada Day stage through a compromise worked out with authorities. The teepee had been erected on a slope near the eastern entrance to the Hill the previous night after attempts to place it close to the Parliament buildings were thwarted by police. The teepee is a centrepiece of a four-day Canada Day protest.———CANADIANS ABROAD CELEBRATING CANADA 150Many Canadians expats or those who can’t be at home for Canada 150 Saturday will have a chance to celebrate Saturday. Canada’s High Commission in London is throwing a Canada Day party in Trafalgar Square, including a performance by Inuk singer Tanya Tagaq. Similar parties are also being held in cities across the world, many of them organized by expats. Hundreds are expected to pack Hollywood’s Hard Rock Cafe for what organizers are billing as the largest Canada Day celebration in Los Angeles history.———ROYAL TOUR ROLLS INTO EASTERN ONTARIOPrince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit eastern Ontario today as they continue a royal tour. Their day will include meeting members of the military at CFB Trenton and honouring soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. The royal couple arrived in Iqaliut on Thursday and will be in Ottawa on Saturday for Canada Day festivities.———SENTENCING ARGUMENTS TODAY IN POLYGAMY TRIALSentencing arguments will be held today for two people convicted of taking a girl into the U.S. to marry the leader of their polygamous sect. A B.C. judge earlier found Brandon Blackmore and Gail Blackmore guilty of taking a 13-year-old girl across the border for a sexual purpose. Records show she was married to Warren Jeffs, 61, who is now serving life in a U.S. prison.———STAMPEDE BAROMETER OF ALBERTA’S ECONOMYThe Calgary Stampede will be watched again next week for more than its parade, rodeo and chuckwagon races. The event is considered a barometer of the health of the energy industry. Stampede spokesman Larry Lalonde said about 3,500 temporary employees have been added to 1,500 permanent staff, about the same as last year. Corporations that kept their events going last year say they will party again this year while keeping a close eye on costs.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release the latest data on gross domestic product by industry and industrial product and raw materials price indexes.— The Bank of Canada will release the summer issues of the Business Outlook Survey and the Senior Loan Officer Survey.— The Ontario Human Rights Commission will release its 2016-2017 Annual Report.last_img read more

NB Power settlement for Point Lepreau project could lead to lower rates

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Crown-owned utility has reached a settlement with insurers who underwrote an all-risk policy for refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station, which took three years longer than planned and cost a billion dollars more than budgeted.NB Power CEO Gaetan Thomas did not disclose the terms of the settlement Monday, citing a confidentiality agreement.However, he said the proceeds from settlement will allow the utility to seek a lower electricity rate increase “for all New Brunswickers.”In a 2018-19 rate application, the utility had asked the province’s Energy and Utilities Board to raise rates by about two per cent.NB Power wants to temporarily adjourn the rate hearings so it can assess the settlement.In January 2015, the province’s auditor general uncovered problems with the $2.4-billion project, saying the cost was reasonable — but NB Power might have lost opportunities to save money by using sole-source exemptions rather than seeking competitive bids.The utility later agreed with 10 recommendations from the auditor general, which included obtaining competitive bids for all significant engineering services.The refurbishment was aimed at extending the plant’s lifespan by at least another 25 years.The 660-megawatt station produces enough electricity to supply more than 333,000 homes.“NB Power is pleased to have resolved this matter and to be in a position to share the benefits of this settlement with our ratepayers,” Thomas said in a statement.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version put the cost at $2.4 million rather than billion.last_img read more

No transparency Manitoba survivors opting out of 60s Scoop settlement

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Some Manitoba survivors of the ’60s Scoop are encouraging others to opt out of a settlement with the federal government.They say they were not consulted in the agreement meant to resolve several class-action lawsuits and suggest lawyers will walk away with more money than the Indigenous people who were affected by the adoptions.“We as children had no say in where we were sent and now they are giving us no say in how we are going to be compensated,” said Coleen Rajotte, who was taken from her community in Saskatchewan when she was a baby and raised by a Manitoba family.In October, the federal government announced it had reached a $750-million agreement with about 20,000 people who were placed in non-Indigenous foster homes as far away as New Zealand between 1951 and 1991. The agreement, which is yet to be finalized, would see survivors each receive between $25,000 and $50,000.The four law firms involved would get a separate $75 million. Another $50 million was set aside for the Indigenous Healing Foundation.Priscilla Meeches and Stewart Garnett were the lead plaintiffs in the Manitoba lawsuit and were in Ottawa for the announcement. They said they didn’t see the agreement before they were brought on stage with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.At a news conference organized in Winnipeg on Friday by a local ’60s Scoop survivors group, they said they are opting out of the settlement.Meeches said she has felt a loss of identity and home throughout her life because of being adopted out during the ’60s Scoop. She said she spent her life trying to find a place to say, “I’m here. I’m home,” and the settlement has only brought up more feelings of loss.“I’m not happy with the fact there was no transparency,” Meeches said.Garnett said Manitoba was the epicentre of the ’60s Scoop and its impact can be seen on the streets of Winnipeg, where many people who were taken from their families are struggling in life after losing their identities.They said if people accept the agreement they will be signing away the right to sue for sexual and physical abuse that some adoptees experienced.The group also criticized the settlement for leaving out Metis survivors. The federal government has argued that Metis weren’t recognized as having Indigenous rights at the time, so Ottawa can’t be held responsible for those children. The National Indigenous Survivors Network in Ottawa is also trying to get people to opt out.The groups say there is a clause in the agreement that if 2,000 people agree to opt out it can be declared void.A statement from Bennett’s office said the proposed settlement resolves issues in the longest-standing case and similar class actions, and represents a significant first step in “resolving this historic injustice.”“We know that there are other claims that remain unresolved, including those of the Metis and non-status,” the statement said.It added that the office is committed to resolving remaining litigation through negotiation.last_img read more

Bosnian Croat commander jailed by UN tribunal to serve time in Italy

13 May 2008A Bosnian Croat military commander, found guilty of committing crimes against Bosnian Muslims in the area around Mostar, was today transferred to a jail in Italy to serve out the remainder of his 18-year sentence, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced. A Bosnian Croat military commander, found guilty of committing crimes against Bosnian Muslims in the area around Mostar, was today transferred to a jail in Italy to serve out the remainder of his 18-year sentence, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced. Vinko Martinović, also known as Stela, had served as commander of a sub-unit of the Convicts’ Battalion, which was a military unit within the Croatian Defence Council.In March 2003 Mr. Martinović was convicted by the ICTY for persecutions, inhumane acts, inhumane treatment, unlawful labour, wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, murder, wilful killing, unlawful transfer of a civilian and plunder, and was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment.Mr. Martinović was personally involved in the forcible removal of Bosnian Muslims from the west bank of Mostar, leaving that side of the town “completely rid of Muslims.”The Muslims, including many women, children and the elderly, were forced out of their homes at gunpoint and their homes were looted. Many Muslim civilians from Mostar were rounded up and placed in a detention camp, where they were forced to dig trenches or carry wounded and dead soldiers, and serve as human shields on the front line.Italy is one of 15 European countries that have signed an agreement with the ICTY to enforce sentences imposed by the Tribunal on convicted individuals. read more

Woman arrested over Kataragama temple shooting incident

The Venerable Kobawaka Damminda Thero and another monk were injured in the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette) Two more suspects including a woman have been arrested over the recent Kataragama temple shooting incident.The Police said that the woman is believed to have assisted the suspects who shot at the chief incumbent of the Kiriwehera Rajamaha Vihara temple in Kataragama, the Venerable Kobawaka Damminda Thero.

Airline group warns of possible trade war with European Union over carbon

by News Staff Posted Jun 12, 2012 5:35 am MDT Airline group warns of possible trade war with European Union over carbon charges BEIJING, China – The global aviation industry group warned Tuesday that governments might be moving toward a trade war over Europe’s carbon charges on airlines and appealed for a negotiated settlement.China, India, Russia and 26 other governments that oppose the charges issued a joint declaration in February that cited possible retaliatory steps such as imposing charges on European airlines.“The last thing that we want as an industry is a trade war,” said Paul Steele, director of environmental issues for the International Air Transport Association, at an industry conference in Beijing.“The problem is that the way things stand right now, I think we are on the brink of something like that happening,” he said.The European Trading System requires airlines that fly to and from Europe to buy permits for all the carbon they emit en route. The charges took effect Jan. 1 but airlines will not be required to pay until next year.China and India have prohibited their airlines from co-operating and Beijing has blocked purchases of European aircraft by its carriers in protest. European courts have rejected legal challenges by U.S. airlines, supported by governments including China and India.Talks on a global system to regulate airline emissions have begun in the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. body. The European Union has said it would be willing to reconsider its system if an agreement is reached.“We’re calling on all parties to get back around the table in ICAO and hammer out a solution,” Steele said.Aviation accounts for 3 per cent of total carbon emissions but is the fastest-growing source.EU officials have defended the charges as in line with Europe’s efforts to be a leader in curbing climate change. Environmentalists welcomed the program, one of the most far-reaching measures adopted by any government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.Other governments object that Europe should not be imposing charges on what airlines do outside Europe.The conflict adds to uncertainty for an aviation industry that is being squeezed by high fuel prices and a weak global economy.“We can’t afford to be caught in the middle of a trade war over the EU’s extraterritorial application of its emissions trading system,” said the IATA’s executive director, Tony Tyler. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Security Council approves one year renewal of UN Assistance Mission in Iraq

The Security Council today extended for another year the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and expressed its intention to review the operation’s mandate in 12 months or sooner, if requested by the Iraqi Government.Adopting a resolution, the Council extended UNAMI’s mandate through 31 July 2016, and, in line with the recommendations in the Secretary-General’s latest report to revise and prioritize the Mission’s tasks, requested the UN chief, in full consultations with the Iraqi Government, to report back with further details within the next 90 days.In the report, the Secretary-General describes a UN strategic assessment mission conducted from 21 to 29 April. Based on an overview of the current situation in Iraq as a point of departure, as well as extensive consultation with the Iraqi authorities and key national and international partners on the ground, the strategic assessment mission report endeavoured to look beyond the current crisis and to provide recommendations for UN strategy and configuration in Iraq in the next several years.The Secretary-General noted that while the current mandate of UNAMI would benefit from some streamlining, any changes to the mandate be made in full consultation with the Iraqi Government in order to complement its priorities. To that end, his recommendations included, among others, for UNAMI to maintain its focus on political good offices, as well as to facilitate humanitarian assistance, enhance mission activities in human rights and the rule of law and play a support role in specialized areas such as electoral assistance, and stabilization activities in areas liberated from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).In the resolution adopted today, the Security Council noted that the presence of ISIL on Iraq’s territory is “a major threat” to the country’s future, and underscored that the only way to address such a threat is for all Iraqis to work together by addressing both security and political concerns. The long-term solution to instability, the Council stressed, will require Iraq’s political leadership to make decisions that will united the country. The Council emphasized the support of the international community in this regard. read more

Brock prof offers advice for US campaign speeches

On the day of the New York primaries, Brock University political scientist Stefan Dolgert has some interesting advice for those running against Republican party candidate Donald Trump.Come up with a better enemy-and-victim story.“Enemy and victimization narratives are politically effective, even if they’re not actually true,” Dolgert says of Trump’s claims that various ethnic and religious groups cause problems for the wider American public.“It’s less important for progressives to point out the problems or the falsities with the other side’s narratives,” he says.“It’s more important for progressives to construct a different narrative of victimization,” says Dolgert, adding that Democratic party candidate Bernie Sanders has done this by pointing to big banks wreaking havoc with the American economy.“You can’t radically change the voters’ perspectives; what you can do is motivate them to come over to you if you give them a better story about why they’re suffering.”Dolgert’s study — The Praise of Ressentiment: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump — will be published in a political science journal later this year. read more

Deshaun Thomas shows versatility in loss to Kansas

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. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set for road matchup with No 12 Illinois

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. read more

No selfie is worth your life Coastguards warn tourists to stop taking

first_imgThe beach near Birling Gap, close to where part of the Seven Sisters cliffs have previously collapsed Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Bob Jeffery, from Eastbourne Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), warned it is just a matter of time before the piece of cliff in one of the photographs collapsed.He said: “You can see it is like a ledge and you can see where the cracks are forming. Once there are cracks it is only a matter time before it goes and if you happen to be on the edge at that moment you are not going to survive.”It is estimated that around 10 inches of rock are lost along the Seven Sisters each year. However, bigger chunks have been known to disappear into the sea in one fall following particularly bad storms.Recent campaigns have aimed to highlight the dangers of posing for photographs on cliff edges with the National Accident Helpline’s #SelfieSafety launched in October.In March this year, a female photographer wearing a bright red jacket was criticised for sitting on the edge of the 530ft high Birling Gap.Last year, a group of teenagers took it in turns to sit, stand and even lie on the edge of a cliff nearby with a 200ft drop below, and was photographed by retired teaching assistant Pearl Carter.She said: “We were horrified. It was terrifying. The height down to the beach, if they had fallen, would have killed them.”Earlier that summer, a group of teenagers were also seen relaxing on a crumbly 300ft high ledge. In 2014, a man was spotted posing for a picture while dangling his legs over the cliff at nearby Beachy Head. The beach near Birling Gap, close to where part of the Seven Sisters cliffs have previously collapsedCredit:Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph The Coastguard today branded their behaviour dangerous and warned that no photograph is worth risking your life for.The antics emerged in a series of posts on Instagram over the weekend under the hashtag #sevensisters.Cliff collapses in the area have been regularly reported this year and in May remarkable footage showed a huge chunk of a 250ft tall chalk cliff fall into the sea.Thousands of tons of the rock were lost in the landslide, which is thought to have moved that stretch of coastline back around ten metres – but the latest photo over the weekend has prompted fresh warnings. The cliff edge at Seven Sisters is not fenced off.A spokesman for Dover Coastguard, which patrols the area, said: “There is nothing we can do to stop them doing it, but we do advise and request people not to do it.”It’s a problem and you can only tell people not to do it. It’s a beauty spot and people do take pictures there, but there are signs up warning people not to go near the edge. Education is the best thing we can do.”center_img We really can’t stress enough how important it is to keep back from the edge. There is no safe place to beSolent Coastguard A group of tourists were today slammed by the coastguard after risking their lives by posing for photos on the edge of a crumbling 500ft cliff.The young tourists, believed to be Korean, even took it in turns to teeter on one leg or dangle their feet over the edge at Seven Sisters Country Park near Brighton, East Sussex.One photo shows a woman dressed in a black coat, striped tracksuit bottoms and white trainers dangling her legs over the edge with her arms spread out wide.Another shot shows a young woman in a cream-coloured dress stood on one leg just inches from a sheer drop to the sea below at the popular beauty spot. A spokeswoman for Solent Coastguard said: “We’ve seen a number of cliff collapses around the coast in recent months and it’s very clear that these cliffs are very unstable in places.”We really can’t stress enough how important it is to keep back from the edge. There is no safe place to be.”Don’t be tempted to go and investigate and don’t risk going to the edge to get a dramatic picture – no selfie or photograph is worth risking your life for.”Use the designated paths, take notice of any warning signs, be responsible and don’t take any unnecessary risks.”It’s not known if the tourists in the social media posts were on a group outing together. There have been record levels of coastal erosion over the last few years in the area, with increasingly frequent storms softening up the chalk cliffs.This has resulted in dramatic collapses along the stretch, notably at Birling Gap where the National Trust cafe has had to be moved back from the edge.last_img read more

Man finds out live onair that his son missing for 11 days

first_imgI checked my basement, the FBI checked my basement, Detroit Police checked my basement, my wife checked my basement, I’ve been down there several times. We’ve all been checking.The boy, also named Charles Bothuell, was found behind a makeshift barricade of boxes in the basement after being missing since 14 June.Police have said that when the young boy was found on Wednesday he didn’t appear to have been there for long because investigators found cereal and a fizzy drink in the area.He has been turned over to his mother’s custody and met with child psychologists before talking to police yesterday according to CNN. His step-mother has also since been arrested for a probation violation on an unrelated weapons charge, police have confirmed.The child’s father is not allowed to have any contact with his son while the investigation continues. Investigators say this is standard operating procedure in such cases.Read: Woman who had just been raped told to “quit crying” by 911 operator >Read: I wish Monica Lewinsky well, I hope she builds a life she finds meaning in – Hillary Clinton > Source: HLN/YouTubeCHARLES BOTHUELL’s 12-year-old son was missing for 11 days when he went onto a US news television network to make another appeal for information on his disappearance.Just as he went live on-air, HLN’S Nancy Grace heard that his son was found alive in the man’s own basement.Grace informed the man of the development to gasps of disbelief and confusion from Bothuell, who asked the presenter to confirm the news.He was then asked by Grace whether he had in fact checked his basement for his missing child:last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S2 launching in the US on ATT Sprint and TMobile

first_imgIt’s a rarity for a top-notch smartphone to launch somewhere other than the U.S. first, but that’s precisely what happened with Samsung’s Galaxy S2. Heck, even in Canada — where folks like me usually wait weeks or months for new gadgets to launch after their U.S. debut — the Galaxy S2 has been available since June.Finally, however, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. With an avalanche of press releases today, Samsung has revealed that a trio of Galaxy S2 phones are launching in the U.S. The Galaxy S2 boasts some impressive specs: a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 16GB of internal storage, Super AMOLED screens at 480×800 resolution, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras, and microSD expansion.On AT&T, you’ll find the Galaxy S2 sporting a 4.3-inch display, HSPA+ support, and a 1650mAh battery. They’ll be selling it as the “thinnest 4G smartphone.” Sprint customers will be able to pick up the Epic 4G Touch with WiMax support, a larger 4.52-inch screen, and a more capacious 1800mAh battery. The T-Mobile variant splits the difference with a 4.52″ display and HSPA+ support. Unlike the others the processor on this one is not confirmed as being Samsung’s Exynos.The Samsung Galaxy S2 will arrive in the U.S. on Sprint first, where it will begin selling on September 16th for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. You can pre-order now with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card at participating stores. If that’s too steep for you, you could always skip Android and pick up one of Samsung’s less expensive new Bada-powered Wave handsets that were also just unveiled.When Russell previously shared the four upcoming flavors of the U.S. Galaxy S2, he mentioned Verizon — who was notably absent from Samsung’s announcements. Verizon’s as-yet-unnamed LTE slider could still be on the way, but we’ll have to wait patiently for more details.last_img read more