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India Maldives ink 6 pacts as PM Modi Prez Solih hold talks

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first_imgMale: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih held wide-ranging talks on Saturday as the two countries signed six agreements to strengthen bilateral ties in a number of key areas including defence and maritime. Modi arrived in the Indian Ocean archipelago on Saturday on his first foreign visit after re-election as Prime Minister to strengthen the bilateral ties, reflecting the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was for cooperation in the fields of hydrography. Another was on health. The other agreements included on the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, cooperation in customs capacity building between the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs of India and the Maldives Customs Service. An MoU was also signed between the National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Maldives Civil Service Commission on Training and Capacity Building Programme for Maldivian civil servants. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France A technical agreement on sharing white shipping information between the Indian Navy and the Maldives National Defence Force was also signed. Prime Minister Modi and President Solih held warm discussions, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. “Mutually beneficial partnership. Warm discussions marked the meeting between PM @narendramodi & President of Maldives @ibusolih. Focus on further deepening our special relationship by expanding cooperation across sectors,” he said on Twitter. A coastal surveillance radar system and a composite training centre for the Maldives defence forces were jointly inaugurated by the two leaders. After the talks, Prime Minister Modi said that the focus of the various projects that India is undertaking in the Maldives is to touch the lives of people. He said India has agreed on the construction of a Friday Mosque in the southern part of the Maldives where an urban development centre is being built. The two countries have agreed to start a ferry service between Kochi and the Maldives, he said. Prime Minister Modi said that the launch of RuPay Card in the Maldives will give a boost to tourism in the island nation. “There have been discussions over making the defense services stronger in Maldives. India wants a strong relationship with the Maldives and believes that a strong and prosperous Maldives will be in the interest of the region,” Modi said. He said that maritime and defence ties are a top priority and the radar system will boost maritime security. India is committed to help the Maldives in every way possible, he added.last_img read more

Infosys Q1 net grows 52 to 3802 cr increases revenue guidance to

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first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s second-largest IT services firm Infosys Friday reported 5.2 per cent growth in consolidated net profit to Rs 3,802 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. It had posted a net profit of Rs 3,612 crore in the April-June 2018 quarter, Infosys said in a BSE filing. Revenue from operations of the Bengaluru-based firm grew 13.9 per cent to Rs 21,803 crore in the June 2019 quarter, compared to Rs 19,128 crore in the year-ago period, it added. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepInfosys has increased its revenue growth guidance for FY20 to 8.5-10 per cent in constant currency. In April quarter, Infosys had said it expects a revenue growth of 7.5-9.5 per cent in FY 2019-20. “We had a strong start to FY’20 with constant currency growth accelerating to 12.4 per cent on year over year basis and digital revenue growth of 41.9 per cent. This was achieved through our consistent client focus and investments which have strengthened our client relationships,” Infosys CEO and Managing Director Salil Parekh said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe added that the company has consequently raised its revenue guidance for the year from 7.5-9.5 per cent to 8.5-10 per cent. In US dollars terms, Infosys net profit grew to $546 million in the June quarter from $534 million in the year-ago period, while revenues rose to $3.13 billion as against $2.83 billion. The company noted that its current policy entails paying up to 70 per cent of the free cash flow annually by way of dividend and/or buyback. The Board has reviewed and approved a revised Capital Allocation Policy after taking into consideration the strategic and operational cash requirements, it said. “Effective from Financial year 2020, the company expects to return approximately 85 per cent of the free cash flow cumulatively over a five-year period through a combination of semi-annual dividends and/or share buyback and/or special dividends, subject to applicable laws and requisite approvals, if any,” it added. The results were announced after the market hours. Infosys shares closed marginally higher at Rs 727.10 apiece on BSE.last_img read more

Bellamy Young Urges Those Impacted by Lung Cancer to Test Talk Take

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first_imgAcclaimed actress and singer Bellamy Young lost her father to lung cancer, and she is now sharing her personal experience as part of Test. Talk. Take Action., a new awareness campaign focused on increasing people’s understanding of biomarkers and the role they play in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).The campaign – led by Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, in partnership with Young and leading lung cancer advocacy groups – encourages those impacted by NSCLC to learn about biomarkers and talk with their health care provider about testing.Biomarkers, substances that can be found in cancer cells, give doctors a more well-defined picture of a patient’s lung cancer. In addition to being used to diagnose cancer, testing for biomarkers can help doctors make informed decisions about the most appropriate treatment for a patient’s lung cancer. There are several different biomarkers that can be used to plan treatment in NSCLC. These include EGFR, ALK, ROS-1, and PD-L1.“One of the most important parts of the lung cancer journey is becoming informed about what you and your loved ones are facing,” Young explained. “When my Pop was diagnosed with lung cancer, we felt helpless and confused. At the time, I just wanted more resources to help us understand and manage his treatment and care.”Leading lung cancer patient advocacy groups supporting the program include Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Free to Breathe, Lung Cancer Alliance, Lung Cancer Foundation of America, Lung Cancer Research Foundation, and LUNGevity. These organizations have made it their mission to support people impacted by lung cancer through education, resources and research.Young knows firsthand what people with lung cancer and their loved ones are going through; her father went through 10 months of treatment before he passed away from the disease.She added, “I’m honored to be a part of a campaign that is designed to provide people impacted by NSCLC with information that can help empower them to make informed treatment decisions. I encourage patients and their loved ones to visit www.TestTalkTakeAction.com to get the facts about biomarker testing and start a new dialogue with their health care providers about the next steps in their treatment.”Lung Cancer and the Role of Biomarker TestingLung cancer, which forms in the tissues of the lungs, usually within cells lining the air passages, is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. The two main types of lung cancer are non-small cell and small cell. NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 85 percent of all cases.Thanks to advancements in lung cancer research, doctors have found that every lung cancer is different and that they can use biomarker testing to uncover some of the characteristics of a patient’s cancer. Biomarker testing is now widely recommended in NSCLC and by testing, doctors can use the information to plan the best treatment path forward for a patient.“Everyday scientists are learning more and more about lung cancer, including how biomarker testing can play an increasingly important role in the care of people with NSCLC,” said Dr. Suman Bannur Rao, medical oncologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. “The results of biomarker testing can provide critical information that enables us to determine the specific treatments that are more likely to work for a patient.”“At Merck, we’re committed to helping patients affected by lung cancer, which includes developing resources to increase understanding about this disease,” said Jill DeSimone, senior vice president, Merck Oncology. “We are excited to work with the lung cancer community and Bellamy Young on Test. Talk. Take Action. and hope that through education, we can help inspire patients to be their own health care advocate by talking with their doctor about biomarker testing and making informed treatment decisions.”To learn more about comprehensive biomarker testing in NSCLC, including PD-L1, talk to your doctor, and visit www.TestTalkTakeAction.com.last_img read more

WIFTT – TORONTO ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 DGC ONTARIO DIRECTOR

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first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, August 8, 2016—Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce producer/director/writer Nadine Valcin as the recipient of the 2016 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Director Mentorship. The mentorship provides one emerging Canadian female director with a two-tiered approach to enriching both their business and creative acumen.“Fueling and supporting female voices is an essential part of our mandate at WIFT-T and this flagship mentorship is an outstanding catalyst for success,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is thrilled to offer this unique mentorship and we are extremely grateful to our partner, DGC Ontario, for helping us make this opportunity available to our members.”“DGC Ontario is, once again, proud to be a part of the WIFT-T director mentorship program.  We are dedicated to generating opportunity for creators and aiding them in pursuing their goals in the screen-based industry,” stated Bill Skolnik, CEO & Executive Director, DGC Ontario. “We were greatly impressed with the caliber of applicants this year and look forward to following Nadine’s career and to a continued partnership with WIFT-T.” Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The first portion of the DGC Ontario Director Mentorship focuses on business training and guidance through one-on-one mentoring sessions with this year’s business mentor Christina Kubacki – Director of Acquisitions at Entertainment One Films Canada. The second phase of the mentorship will pair Nadine Valcin with DGC Ontario Director member and 2008 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Mentorship recipient, Dawn Wilkinson, who will guide her through various creative approaches.  As the recipient of this mentorship, Nadine Valcin also receives a complimentary 2016 TIFF Industry pass.The DGC Ontario Director Mentorship is a highly competitive and coveted opportunity. Nadine has shown perseverance and versatility in her work, creating a range of documentary and narrative films in both French and English.  Her credits include her short film In Between and the NFB documentary Black Bold and Beautiful.“I am looking forward to the DGC Ontario Mentorship and working with two very prominent and successful women in the industry,” said Nadine Valcin.  “This very focused and personalized one-on-one opportunity is the perfect fit at this stage in my career as I transition from documentary and factual production to drama. The insights and strategies I acquire in the process will greatly assist me in making that important career leap. The success of past alumna is a testimony to the relevance and strength of this initiative and I am excited to partake in it.”ABOUT NADINE VALCIN:Nadine Valcin is an award winning bilingual producer, writer and director.  She has directed four documentary projects for the National Film Board of Canada, including the critically acclaimed Black, Bold and Beautiful and Une école sans frontières (A School without Boarders).  Most recently, she has written and directed three short dramatic films and is developing two feature films.  Terre d’asile (in French) and My Own Angel (in English).  Nadine has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a Drama Prize from the National Screen Institute for the short film In Between.  She holds a professional degree in architecture from McGill University and is an alumnus of Doc Lab, the Women in the Director’s Chair, and the National Screen Institute.  She was an artist-in-residence at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University for the 2015-2016 academic year.  www.rebelsandmisfitsmedia.com Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

INLAC Develops a Truly Global Education Perspective in Fez Morocco

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By Casey PoeFez, The medieval city many visitors and Westerners call their favorite Moroccan city. Being divided into the Medina and the modern city, Fez is very cosmopolitan, with a unique history and beauty. Numerous historical monuments, bazaars, cafés, fountains, restaurants, and festivals create a convivial environment for rich cultural exchanges. Fez offers a quality of life unmatched in the Arab world combining plentiful cultural contacts, local touch, abundant sunshine, and direct access to the mountains, forest, and desert. The International Institute for Languages and Cultures (INLAC) is located in the old Medina of Fez which boasts the oldest university in the Islamic world: Al-Qarawiyyin University. INLAC aims to foster dialogue between cultures and peoples, especially between the Islamic world and the West. The global unrest and the tragic events of September 11, 2001 have highlighted the urgency of promoting communication between civilizations and societies, especially the youth of the Islamic World and the West. INLAC was founded in 2011 by the well-known university professors Fatima Sadiqi and Moha Ennaji, as a structured forum for such a communication through both academic and cultural channels.Al-Qarawiyyin University: the Oldest University in the world.INLAC is a private institute which is accredited by the Moroccan Ministry of Education and is open to Study Abroad students. It welcomes students from around the world and offers classes in Arabic, as well as content courses in English, namely: contemporary North Africa, Islam, History, Politics, Women’s Issues, Migration, Education, and Anthropology of North Africa and the Middle East.INLAC is surrounded by quiet streets and is close to most amenities in the medina including riyads, tea houses, restaurants, bazaars, and shops. It is within walking distance to the Batha square and 15 minutes ride by taxi to the center of the city (Ville Nouvelle) and 30 minutes’ drive from Fez Saiss airport. A Western style shopping mall, with luxury boutiques, food courts and a leisure area, is less than 15 minutes ride by taxi.Programs are customized according to the needs of the students and the requirements of their colleges and universities. Arabic courses are taught according to university international academic credit standards by a dedicated and enthusiastic group of Moroccan university professors and experts. INLAC, which aims at excellence in teaching for credit, does not only lead students through textbooks, but it also offers a complete immersion in Morocco’s languages and cultures. The goal is to make students ‘think in’ as well as speak Arabic quickly, using the communicative intercultural approach.Furthermore, INLAC provides homestays in the medina, as well as in the new city or nearby hotels. It strongly recommends homestays, as living with a carefully chosen Moroccan family is an enriching experience which has a far-reaching and permanent cultural and personal impact.It also provides the participants with various excursions – an important element of cross-cultural education – to different parts of Morocco in order to give the participants a chance to discover the diverse aspects of Moroccan life.Likewise, students get involved in community service, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, with the aim to serve the host community in a give-and-take partnership. Allowing students to associate themselves with charities and non-profit causes facilitates their professional routes. Working directly for NGOs is a great experience that fosters self-confidence and a feeling of sharing.Students are also introduced to Moroccan cuisine, music, and dance. Arabic calligraphy is taught on an optional basis by well-known calligraphists in the country. Students are encouraged to pursue their special interests and hobbies so as to enhance their academic, cultural, and individual achievements.INLAC provides a unique environment in which to learn, socialize, and expand a cultural knowledge base that one can draw upon to help understand the impact of culture upon leadership and intercultural interaction, develop a lifelong appreciation and respect for cultural variation, and build up intercultural leadership skills that value and include cultural differences.Finally, INLAC has partnerships with many American and European universities such as: Northeastern University, New Haven University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, St’ John’s University in New York, University of New York Potsdam, Lewis and Clark College, Whittier College, Williams College, University of Manchester, American University Center in Provence, Copenhagen University, Université l’Oriental, Aalborg University, Oldenburg University, and others.INLAC seeks to become a beacon of learning and study abroad in Morocco.Casey Poe, CLS Program Director (Fès 2011), lecturer at the American University of Iraq© Morocco World News. 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Ban welcomes Central Asias decision to renounce nuclear weapons

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All five Central Asian nations – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – have ratified the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, first formally proposed by Uzbek President Islam Karimov at the General Assembly in 1993.The agreement, which opened for signature in September 2006, covers an area where nuclear weapons previously existed.Kazakhstan, which endured over 400 atomic blasts at the Semipalatinsk testing ground in the country’s north, previously had the fourth largest nuclear weapon arsenal in the world, but renounced its arsenal after gaining independence.Central Asia joins the four other nuclear-weapon-free zones: Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, South-East Asia and Africa.Mr. Ban pointed out that the Treaty is also “significant” because it sets up the first nuclear-weapons-free zone requiring parties to fully comply with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).Additionally, the five nations must also conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Protocol is a set of safeguards to boost the IAEA’s ability to ensure that a State does not have undeclared nuclear material.“In order to ensure the effective implementation of the Treaty, the Secretary-General would like to urge the States concerned to address any outstanding issues that may affect its operation,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.With the review of the UN-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime, coming up next year, the Secretary-General said that he “trusts that the entry into force of the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia will reinforce efforts to strengthen the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, underline the strategic and moral value of nuclear-weapon-free zones, as well as the possibilities for greater progress on a range of issues in the pursuit of a world free of nuclear weapons.” 20 March 2009Central Asia is set to become the Northern Hemisphere’s first-ever nuclear-weapons-free zone tomorrow, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcoming the entry into force of the pact underpinning the establishment of the zone. read more

More arrests over Lankan couple case

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The couple were originally from Sri Lanka and had settled down in the UK and obtained citizenship. Two persons, including a key accused wanted for the abduction of a Sri Lankan born British couple in Chennai recently were arrested today, taking the number of persons arrested in this case to 11, the Press Trust of India reported.Satya alias Sakthivel was arrested from Neyveli bus stand in Cuddalore district and on his information, one more person, Kaliamurthy, was also picked up, the Chennai police said. The couple was rescued and nine persons, including two Sri Lankans, were arrested for allegedly committing the crime and demanding Rs 2.58 crore as ransom.City police had coordinated with Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) to rescue them. The couple had arrived here to proceed to Tiruchirapalli, where they planned to join a tour operator and visit temples in Tamil Nadu for nine days.Police recovered Thavaraja’s two credit cards, his wife’s jewels and a knife from them, it said. They were wanted in connection with the abduction of British nationals Thavaraja (59) and his wife Salaja (55), who were kidnapped for ransom in Chennai on May 29 when they landed at the airport. read more

Housing starts rose in April mainly due to more apartments condos CMHC

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TORONTO – The pace of housing starts unexpectedly surged in April, mainly due to an increase in construction on urban apartments and condos, areas of the housing market that some analysts fear are already too hot.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said Tuesday that housing starts rose 14 per cent to 244,900 units on a seasonally adjusted annual basis last month, compared with 214,800 in March.The seasonal adjustment irons out seasonal variations and calculates an annual number as if the April pace were to continue for 12 months.The number of starts in April far more robust than the decline to a rate 204,000 units that economists had expected.There were just over 21,000 actual starts in April, CMHC said.“This is an important report: There’s little question now that Canada’s residential construction sector is heated, with the big-city condo market boasting the highest temperature,” said Bank of Montreal economist Robert Kavcic.Multiple urban starts —on buildings like apartments and condos — increased by 27.4 per cent to 158,500 units. That was the highest level on record since 2007, Kavcic said.The CMHC said the strong pace in April was fuelled by demand late last year.“The increase in this segment is partly a reflection of the high level of pre-sales in large, multi-unit projects since 2011, which is in line with job gains over the last year,” said Mathieu Laberge, deputy chief economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre.Construction on urban single-family homes was up modestly, rising 0.6 per cent to 67,700 units.In a sharp contrast to the robust activity in urban centres — up 18 per cent year over year — construction on rural homes fell by 19 per cent to 18,700.The housing market has been driven by historically low interest rates, which appears to be continuing to fuel the robust building pace despite economists’ expectations of some softening.Super-low mortgage rates and high demand have driven housing sales and prices higher, especially in large urban centres such as Toronto and Vancouver, particularly in the hot condo market.However, CMHC has said the condo trend is not sustainable and many analysts agree.Some economists have warned this frenzied pace of building could leave a glut of supply on the market if demand weakens.Kavcic said the market, especially in the multi-unit sector in an few major cities, is at risk of overheating.“While the weather in recent months has been unusually mild and supportive of construction activity, the pick up in home building has been far too persistent to be written off as just temporary,” he said, adding that starts have now moved well above underlying demand.“The trend away from building detached homes in favour of condos continues unabated, particularly in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. … Interestingly, the single-unit segment is very well behaved, if not underserved, and the scarcity of such homes is one reason detached prices in Toronto are being bid up.”Dina Cover, a TD economist said the level of home starts recorded in April is not sustainable.We expect to see some give-back in the coming months. Still, residential construction will likely be a larger contributor to real GDP growth in Q2 than we had anticipated,” she said.“Overall, we expect homebuilding activity to remain healthy this year, as builders work to complete projects before the Bank of Canada begins to hike interest rates — a move we expect to take place in September.”RBC economist Kirsten Cornelson said April’s acceleration of building activity suggests the strength in starts in the first quarter may not have been entirely due to warmer than usual weather.“While (the) report presents some upside risk to our housing starts forecast for 2012, we nonetheless expect that there will be some easing in the coming months to a more sustainable pace of growth.”The Bank of Canada and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently stepped up their warnings to Canadians to moderate borrowing on real estate, declaring household debt to be the domestic economy’s number one enemy.The finance minister has also announced changes to the designed to tighten controls on lending from CMHC, a move that was further expected to slow the market. by Sunny Freeman, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2012 11:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Housing starts rose in April, mainly due to more apartments, condos: CMHC read more

Rhea Branch

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April 14, 1940 – September 5, 2019To view the entire obituary, please click here.

Womens soccer McVicker sees injury as stepping stone

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Entering its game against Minnesota, the Ohio State women’s soccer team had high hopes for its season-opening run. Those high hopes were shattered on one serious play during the seventh minute, when redshirt senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker tried to make a save.McVicker collided with a Minnesota player, and sustained fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a lacerated kidney. She was quickly removed from the field and taken to a Minnesota hospital,where she remained in intensive care for two days before being downgraded to standard care.“Ohio State senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker is being held at a Minneapolis hospital through the end of the week for further treatment and testing after suffering an injury Sunday at Minnesota,” the athletic department said in a statement from an OSU spokesperson on Friday.McVicker has appeared in over 50 matches for the Buckeyes since joining the team in 2012. McVicker is a former assistant sports director for Lantern TV and also reported for The Lantern during the 2016 Spring Semester.After being released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon, she and her family drove back to Columbus, stopping in Chicago along the way before arriving back at OSU on Monday.Although not the first time the Metuchen, New Jersey, native has sustained an injury, this time, was different from the rest.OSU senior goaltender Jillian McVicker flexes as she recovers in her hospital bed in Minnesota. Credit: Courtesy of Jillian McVicker“I knew that it definitely wasn’t my muscle or anything. I just came out, I knew there was going to be a collision but I just had to get the ball,” McVicker said. “When I came out, I thought I had the wind knocked out of me at first, and then I couldn’t breathe for like a minute.”According to McVicker, her doctor said this type of injury is most common after being involved in a car crash, not with a sport like soccer.The injury has effectively ended the OSU career of McVicker, with a little over a month left in the regular season. Although her time as a Buckeye athlete has been cut short, she has still maintained a positive attitude and high spirits. “All the adversity I have faced, whether it be from injury or typical adversity that every athlete goes through, you just have to keep your head up and keep your mind on the process,” McVicker said. “Take it day-by-day and step-by-step. Which is actually very ironic because that’s exactly what I’m doing in my rehab right now.”As part of the healing process, McVicker can only lift things under 10 pounds, while limiting the amount of overall movement she has throughout the day.On social media, McVicker has received an outpouring of support from family, friends, teammates, players from other teams and, most notably, former United States Women’s National Team midfielder Julie Foudy. McVicker, a four-time OSU scholar-athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, has appeared in over 60 matches during her career with the Buckeyes. She is a double major in strategic communications and journalism, and will be graduating this December.After graduation and her injuries have fully healed, McVicker has intentions to continue her playing career outside of OSU.“I definitely want to graduate and want to look at playing overseas in Germany professionally or in America,” McVicker said. “I’m going to probably try to get an agent and figure that out once I graduate. It’s definitely not the last time I’m going to put on my keeper gloves and my jersey again.”Although she will no longer be lacing up her cleats for the Scarlet and Gray, McVicker said she will be embracing her new role of cheering her team on. Without the redshirt senior in the net, the Buckeyes will now be looking to the sideline when when she returns. From here on out, the focus of McVicker is to rally the troops to continue the team’s success. “Although this injury happened to me, my main thing for this season is for my team to be successful,” McVicker said. “Yes, this is horrible and I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone. But at the same time, all of my energy and everything when I get back is to prepare my the team the best I can in my new role.” read more

Football Mike Weber named to Doak Walker Award watch list

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OSU redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) throws the ball out of the endzone during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorAs watch list season continued to roll on, redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber was placed on the Doak Walker Award watch list. The award is given to the running back who is recognized as the best at his position.In his first season of action for the Buckeyes, Weber led the team with 1,096 rushing yards after taking over the role as the primary running back. He was also tied with redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett for the team lead with nine rushing touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 212-pound bruising back was the third freshman to tally more than 1,000 yards on the ground in Ohio State history.Weber was the leading freshman in the Big Ten conference in yards per game with an average of 84.3. After a standout freshman season, he was recognized with the Big Ten’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. He was also named to the freshman All-American team.The Doak Walker Award has been in place since 1989. Only one former Buckeye — Eddie George, during his Heisman-winning 1995 campaign — has won the award. read more

Razer Switchblade a gaming netbook with adaptive tactile keyboard

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first_imgThere has been a bit of a surprise device that has appeared at CES this year from a brand best known for its PC peripherals. Razer has decided to show off a concept gaming netbook called Switchblade, but with a big difference to a typical netbook.We say the Switchblade is a gaming netbook because it can’t be used for anything else really. It does not include a full Qwerty keyboard, instead replacing it with a second touchscreen and adaptive tactile keyboard that lays over the top of the screen. That means each key acts as a small display (like the Optimus keyboard) which can change the image shown based on what game is loaded.The Switchblade was designed through a collaboration between Razer and Intel. So while it has an Intel processor inside, it’s not going to impress anyone with its performance as it’s an Atom chip. We don’t know what the GPU is, but we suspect this is also going to be an Intel solution.For the moment the Razer Switchblade is just a concept netbook. It may never see the light of day, but Razer claim to have had a team working on this for two years so they clearly want to get it to market.Here’s the other information we’ve managed to extract from the Q&A page for the device:2x 7″ multitouch displaysDimensions: 172 x 115 x 25mmWiFi and 3G as standardWindows 7Mini-HDMI, USB 3.0 port, headphones and MicAlthough the Switchblade runs Windows 7 it is thought there will be Razer custom software running on top of this to allow for the profiling each game requires.Read more at Razer, via EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionWhile it looks great, the Switchblade has a number of shortcomings. A gaming netbook really needs a larger display than 7-inches. It also needs a bit more performance than an Intel Atom has to offer, unless it has been combined with a decent GPU such as Nvidia ION.We also have a small device here that supports two displays. That’s going to mean short battery life purely because you can’t fit a large battery in the case. And while the customizable keys are a nice idea, is it really worth having the power drain of a second display to get them? Two screens will also take the price up beyond typical netbook pricing.Until we see this concept realized as a working product we are going to reserve judgement. If it has a 10-inch display, and the GPU turns out to be solid, we may get a bit more excited.last_img read more

Unai Emery sends out message to Arsenal fans

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first_imgArsenal was defeated 2-0 by Tottenham at last Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final and Gunners manager Unai Emery wants his players to impress with great performance at Emirates Stadium.Gunners defeat on Wednesday is the fourth time Arsenal is being defeated this season but their coach is optimistic that future matches will be impressive and that he still has trust in his players.Speaking the official club website, Emery said:“Each match is very important and when other teams are winning, they are not stopping, they’re improving. We need, after our defeat in Southampton, we need the three points. But I am happy with the players. I think at the Emirates we are continuing strongly and for example, in the last match against Tottenham on Wednesday, the spirit is very good.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The players pushed and the players created the chances, and now we continue working on our efficiency to score. I trust in my players, I trust in our strikers, and tomorrow we need every supporter to help us.”“We are also going to push to give them a good match with energy, by playing well, and also with the three points in victory. We will play with a big respect for Burnley because they are a very good team with very good players.”“They played very well organised and also defensively they are very strong, and they have the personality to play with the long ball, the second action, a lot of crosses and have players with quality to score. This is a big match tomorrow.”last_img read more

Bahamas Prime Minister Makes Visit to Texas to Identify Foreign Investment and

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 23, 2018 – Texas – Please see link for the full Cabinet’s Office press statement on the Prime Minister’s visit to Austin and Houston, Texas.  Press.Statement000Photo caption: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, centre right, and his delegation departed Sunday, January 21, 2018 for Austin and Houston, Texas.Pictured at LPIA are for the delegation’s departure are, from left: OPM Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson, Prime Minister Minnis, Senior Policy Advisor Joshua Sears (partially hidden), and Non-Resident Ambassador for Central American States Cornelius Smith.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media)center_img Release: Bahamas Governmentlast_img read more

Investigation underway into fatal officerinvolved shooting outside Kohls in Oceanside

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VSAA adds color history to school

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first_img • Fort Vancouver High School: Obelisk filled with tiles representing the past, present and future.n Heritage High School: Mural of hand-crafted tiles depicting the history of the Orchards area.• Legacy High School: Walk-through representation of the Columbia and Snake rivers with windows to the past.• Shahala Middle School: Wooden Lewis and Clark Trail map symbolizing connection from the past to the future.• Thomas Jefferson Middle School: Slumped glass faces of the student body displayed as a river along a stairwell.• Vancouver School of Arts and Academics: Two mosaic triptychs telling the story of the Columbia River and the Native people.A Native American fisherman stands poised on a platform at Celilo Falls, ready to catch a salmon, which shimmers in the Columbia River. Many miles downstream, the Interstate 5 Bridge spans the great river.On Thursday, two mosaic panels featuring salmon fishing at Celilo and the I-5 Bridge joined an existing panel installed last year at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.This completes the first of two triptychs comprising the school’s Columbia River Confluence Project.Jeri Swatosh, the VSAA teacher who has overseen the project since its inception in 2004, said, “This project is a celebration of our region’s history.”On the panel that interprets the story of the completion of the Interstate Bridge in 1917, a collection of vintage hubcaps — miniscule compared to modern hubcaps — have become part of the bridge railing. A hubcap of an Overland, the first car to cross the bridge, is joined by Whippet, Hudson, Nash, Essex Motors and Dodge Brothers hubcaps. Dave Sams of Advanced Electric Signs, top, and Mike Starks of Soha Signs hang panels of mosaic artwork on the side of VSAA.last_img read more

Villagers kill 54 cobras in Bogura

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first_imgMap of BoguraVillagers on Friday morning killed at least 54 baby cobras and destroyed 52 eggs from a kitchen in Shiali village in Dhunat upazila in Bogura, reports UNB.Farman Ali, a farmer and owner of the house, said people killed the cobras including two big-one and destroyed its den including 52 eggs from a firewood heap in the kitchen.At first, his sister Fensi Khatun noticed a mammoth king cobra in the kitchen in the morning while she was cooking.However, the snake managed to hide in a hole after being noticed.Later, she started to scream and called neighbours. Farman Ali along with his neighbours started digging the hole.As they did, some 54 king cobras started to come out one after another, which they killed by beating with sticks on the spot.They also recovered a total of 52 eggs and destroyed those, he added.Upazila livestock officer Nur-e-Alam Siddique said snakes usually take shelter in high place during the monsoon and sometimes come to locality as forests are decreasing.”We should not kill the cobras but to call the snake charmer and handed those over to the livestock department,” he added.Earlier in two incidents, more than 500 cobras were killed at a primary school office in the upazila.Meanwhile, villagers were passing time in great fear as they could not manage to kill the king cobra.last_img read more

Rape Victims File Federal Lawsuit Against Howard University

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first_imgA federal lawsuit against Howard University alleges that the school’s failure to swiftly respond to reported rapes on campus led at least one suspect to rape another student.In addition, rape victims who said they were left suicidal from the sex assaults charge that the school did not help them and even let a resident advisor, who was an accused rapist, have access to a key to his purported victim’s dorm room.Two of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said they were so dismayed at the way the school handled the cases that they left Howard for concerns over their safety and mental health. The plaintiffs are referred to as Jane Doe 1 through 5 in the lawsuit, which was filed May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.The plaintiffs are five current and former students who reported sexual assaults at the hands of male students and employees of Howard University in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the lawsuit states.Two of plaintiffs claim the same resident advisor raped them. Jane Doe 1 alleged that she reported the rape to the school and did not receive any response or support, prompting her to complain on Twitter about the school “mishandling” her complaint.Other rape victims came forward to complain about how the school managed their rape cases, including Jane Doe 2. She alleges the school did not investigate her case and that she ended up leaving the university because she no longer felt safe there.Buzzfeed News reported that the assailant allegedly transferred to Howard after being accused of sexual misconduct at UCLA.“Howard’s failure to investigate and effectively resolve Doe 2’s complaint meant the assailant remained on campus as an RA and raped Doe 1 over five months later,” the lawsuit states.Following public criticism and a campus protest as a result of Jane Doe 1’s tweets in 2016, Howard finally reached out to Doe 2 to investigate her 2015 report, the lawsuit stated. In response to Doe 1’s Tweet storm, the school’s dean of student affairs told her “You embarrassed your family by doing that.” To date, the school still has not investigated her case, the lawsuit claims.Doe 1 says she was fired as a resident assistant after reporting her rape, while Doe 2 alleges the school rescinded her financial aid and threatened to refer her debt to a collection agency, the lawsuit alleges.In November 2014, Doe 3 filed a report alleging sexual and physical abuse by a Howard campus police officer. She sought counseling services from the school, which she said did not provide them. Her grades slipped and she was fired from her job due to her untreated emotional distress, the lawsuit states.In March 2016, Doe 4 reported that a male student from the university raped her in a dorm on campus. Days passed before the school responded to her requests about counseling services and to change dorm rooms for her safety, according to the lawsuit. When she asked about academic accommodations to allow her to recover from the assault, university officials said that was up to the individual professors, not the school. In addition, she alleges that school assigned her assailant to her dorm in the new academic year and did not move him out until three weeks later.In April 2015, Doe 5 reported to the school that a male Howard student raped her on campus. Shortly after she reported the assault, the school sent her a letter telling her she wouldn’t be graduating that semester as planned. She tried to make arrangements to take her remaining classes at a community college because she did not feel safe at Howard, the lawsuit states. But she claims that Howard administrators passed her around, and she was unable to get help until an outside advocate intervened. When she finished her classes, she alleges that Howard officials again gave her the runaround, this time about whether the school would accept the credits so she could graduate.Meanwhile, it took the school seven and a half months to investigate her sex assault report—more than three times the period allowed by Howard policy for an investigation. Her assailant was eventually convicted of raping another woman in the District in October 2016, according to the lawsuit.“The University’s actions have exacerbated and extended, rather than corrected, the resulting interference with the educational opportunities of each women,” the lawsuit states.Per university policy, Howard does not comment on pending litigation.last_img read more

Giant radio galaxy discovered by astronomers

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first_img More information: LOFAR MSSS: Discovery of a 2.56 Mpc giant radio galaxy associated with a disturbed galaxy group, arXiv:1702.01571 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1702.01571AbstractWe report on the discovery in the LOFAR Multifrequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS) of a giant radio galaxy (GRG) with a projected size of 2.56±0.07 Mpc projected on the sky. It is associated with the galaxy triplet UGC 9555, within which one is identified as a broad-line galaxy in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) at a redshift of 0.05453±1×10−5, and with a velocity dispersion of 215.86±6.34 km/s. From archival radio observations we see that this galaxy hosts a compact flat-spectrum radio source, and we conclude that it is the active galactic nucleus (AGN) responsible for generating the radio lobes. The radio luminosity distribution of the jets, and the broad-line classification of the host AGN, indicate this GRG is orientated well out of the plane of the sky, making its physical size one of the largest known for any GRG. Analysis of the infrared data suggests that the host is a lenticular type galaxy with a large stellar mass (log M/M⊙=11.56±0.12), and a moderate star formation rate (1.2±0.3 M⊙/year). Spatially smoothing the SDSS images shows the system around UGC 9555 to be significantly disturbed, with a prominent extension to the south-east. Overall, the evidence suggests this host galaxy has undergone one or more recent moderate merger events and is also experiencing tidal interactions with surrounding galaxies, which have caused the star formation and provided the supply of gas to trigger and fuel the Mpc-scale radio lobes. 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. Explore further Located some 820 million light years away from the Earth, UGC 9555 is a part of a larger group of galaxies designated MSPM 02158. Recently, a team of researchers led by Alex Clarke of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in Manchester, U.K., has combed through the data provided by the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) and uncovered new, important information about this distant disturbed galaxy group.The team has analyzed the data available in the LOFAR Multifrequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS). It is the first northern-sky LOFAR imaging survey that covers the sky north of the celestial equator at frequencies from 119 to 158 MHz in eight separate 2.0 MHz bands. The images obtained as a part of the LOFAR MSSS allowed the scientists to distinguish a new giant radio galaxy.”We report on the discovery in the LOFAR Multifrequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS) of a giant radio galaxy (GRG) with a projected size of about 2.56 Mpc projected on the sky,” the researchers wrote in the paper.GRG are radio galaxies with an overall projected linear length exceeding 6.5 million light years. They are rare objects grown in low-density environments. GRGs are important for astronomers to study the formation and the evolution of radio sources.The newly detected GRG which has not received any official designation yet has a projected linear size of 8.34 million light years. This makes it one of the largest GRGs known to date. Currently, with a projected size of approximately 16 million light years, the J1420-0545 holds the title of the largest giant radio galaxy discovered so far.The team noted that the newly detected GRG has integrated flux density at 142 MHz of 1.54 Jy over the whole dual-lobe emission, including underlying background point sources, which gives a total luminosity at 142 MHz of 11.6 septillion W/Hz.However, the available LOFAR MSSS and archival radio data are still insufficient to confirm the class of this GRG. Radio sources are divided into two classes: Fanaroff and Riley Class I (FRI), and Class II (FRII). “We cannot clearly classify this GRG as an FR-I or FR-II source based on its morphology in the MSSS and archival radio data. There are no conclusive enhancements of emission from the resolution of the MSSS data (without the contribution from unassociated point sources) from which to use the standard Fanaroff-Riley classification,” the paper reads.The researchers concluded that the luminosity suggests it is a borderline case between FRI and FR-II, although the large size and therefore old age contributes to a decreased luminosity. They hope that further data gathered from a deep LOFAR observation will clearly classify the properties of this GRG. LOFAR discovers new giant galaxy in all-sky survey (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a new giant radio galaxy (GRG) associated with the galaxy triplet known as UGC 9555. The newly discovered galaxy turns out to be one of the largest GRGs so far detected. The findings were presented Feb. 6 in a paper published online on arXiv.org. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Giant radio galaxy discovered by astronomers (2017, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-giant-radio-galaxy-astronomers.html Background SDSS image (composite from bands g, r and i) overlaid with white MSSS contours of the GRG at 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 times the RMS noise (34 mJy/beam). NVSS contours are overlaid in red at 3, 5, 10 and 20 times the RMS noise (0.55 mJy/beam) revealing a bright part of the radio jet towards the north-east. The beam sizes are shown in the lower left. Credit: Clarke et al., 2017.last_img read more

All things Punjabi

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first_imgAfter three days of a delightful cultural extravaganza that left people wanting for more, the Punjabi Mela came to an end on Sunday(27 April) with high volatage performances of singers Mamta Joshi and Lakhwinder Wadali lighting up the last evening. The talents enthralled the whole mass present at the event.Apart from a blasting ending of the festival, the first evening  (25 April) saw performances by singers Gurmeet Bawa, Lachi and Glory Bawa and Jasbir Jassi. The people of Delhi turned up to devote their Saturday to a rocking Punjabi feast, where hugely popular Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali charmed the audience with his performance on the second day (26 April). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Presented by the Punjabi Academy, the three-day festival showcased the vibrancy of the land of five rivers at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts where the best of Punjab was brought to the capital. Ranging from the traditional artefacts of Punjab like phulkari and Punjabi jutti to bhangra and giddha and mouth licking delicacies like Amritsari Kulcha. Over three days ethnic Punjabi items and artefacts like nale parande, bangles, wooden furniture and inlay items were put on display and sale in a perfect Punjabi Mela setting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCultural events like gatka, bazigar, dhadi, naqal, gidha, been, algoza dhol and bhangra vowed the audience while the evenings were devoted to Punjabi music.’Through this festival, we tried to create the atmosphere of a Punjabi village in a traditional mela-like setting where all the traditional artefacts of Punjab were displayed and sold. Punjab’s vibrant culture, its rich cuisine and soulful music, has always attracted people, and the people who turned up were delighted by the colorful display and songs and music. We hope to keep alive many of these traditions through such festivals,’  said Jawahar Dhawan, Secretary, Punjabi Academy.last_img read more