first_img BREAKING: 2021 North Shore WR Shadrach Banks (@ShadrachBanks) has committed to Texas A&M.— TexAgs (@TexAgs) August 1, 2019Landing Banks is quite a coup for the Aggies, who managed to get him over the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, and LSU among others.Banks is now the second player to commit to Texas A&M’s Class of 2021. The team now ranks No. 23 in the nation and No. 7 in the SEC by 247Sports. Four-star quarterback Eli Stowers was the first to commit in early-July.The Aggies are heading into their second year under Jimbo Fisher, but were a distant second in the SEC West behind Alabama. Reducing the ground between them and the Crimson Tide will be contingent on matching their recruiting acumen. Fans at Texas A&M for a game vs. Arkansas.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of fans cheering during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 29, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Four-star wide receiver Shadrach Banks has been busy this summer, taking a bunch of visits to top college football programs. After visiting with multiple schools, Banks has decided to make his decision.According to TexAgs, Banks has given his verbal commitment to Texas A&M. Banks has visited the Texas A&M campus no less than four times in the past year alone.247Sports ranks Banks as the No. 60 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 5 athlete in the nation, and the No. 10 prospect from the state of Texas.This past year at North Shore High School he had 60 receptions for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Sweden’s Port of Gothenburg will undertake its first ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation on September 3, the port said. The first ship to bunker LNG is the newly-constructed 15,000 dwt chemical tanker M/T Ternsund, operated by the Swedish Donsö-based company Tärntank Ship Management AB, which is scheduled to bunker natural gas at the entrance to the port.Namely, the bunkering will take place at a protected location just off the island of Fotö, where M/T Ternsund will bunker LNG from the Belgian bunkering vessel Coral Energy.Port of Gothenburg said that some ten newly-built LNG-powered vessels could soon start calling at the port to bunker LNG on a regular basis.Additionally, to induce more operators to switch to LNG, the port has introduced a discount on the port charge and M/T Ternsund will be the first ship to qualify for the maximum discount of 30 per cent.“We have worked resolutely for a long time to create a situation where a ship could bunker liquefied natural gas in Gothenburg. We have now managed to achieve our ambition,” said Jill Söderwall, Vice President and head of commercial operations at the Energy Port in Gothenburg.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Port and terminal operator Yilport Holding, part of Yildirim Group, recorded a 9% year-on-year increase in container volumes in 2017.Volumes rose to 4.3 million TEU in 2017 from 3.93 million TEU handled in 2016.As explained, the increase was led by Yilport’s ten container handling terminals in Turkey, Scandinavia, Iberia and Latin America.In Turkey, the volume increase was attributed to strong exports. Yilport Gebze, the company’s home terminal, recorded 501,284 TEU for 2017, reflecting 26% YOY increase. Gemlik and Gemport terminals also closed 2017 with record-breaking volumes.Yilport’s Nordic terminals handled 13% more cargo in 2017 due to strong Swedish exports. In addition, the terminals absorbed volume from competitor’s corridors during labor disputes, Yilport said.In Yilport’s Iberian terminals, volumes surged by 5.8%.What is more, the company’s Latin America terminals displayed a 22.6% YOY growth.Yilport also owns a 50% stake in Malta Freeport whose throughput rose by 2% to 1.75 million TEU in 2017.The company revealed that 2018 will be the year of Yilport Turkey with a focus on development projects to increase its operational efficiency.“The year is expected to be bright in both container and general cargo volumes as regards to the consolidations of the alliances and increasing demand for the general cargo flow across Turkey,” Yilport concluded.last_img read more

first_imgNavi Mumbai: West Indies batting great Brian Lara on Thursday likened Virat Kohli to a run machine, avowing that the India skipper is way ahead of rest of the world when it comes to batting across formats. Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar remains Lara’s all-time favourite but in today’s era, he said it is Kohli, who is the best. “He (Virat Kohli) is a (run) machine. But sorry to say Sachin Tendulkar is my (choice),” he said after being conferred the Doctorate in Science (Honours Causa) by the D Y Patil University in Nerul here. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “But getting back to your question, no doubt there is a huge gap between Virat Kohli and the rest of the world in all forms of the game. Rohit Sharma might have got four centuries in this World Cup, (Jonny) Bairstow or whatever, if you want somebody to bat in T20, T10, 100 balls (cricket) or Test cricket, it is going to be Virat Kohli today, added Lara, who still holds the record for highest score in Tests. Lara, who scored 22358 (11953 in ODIs) in international cricket, said if today Indian batsmen are doing well in away series, it is because of Tendulkar, who instilled such confidence in them. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “The (impression) Sachin left on the game is just unbelievable, because he sort of bridged that period, where you felt that when Indian batsman leaves Indian soil, Indian pitches, they are not that good. But Sachin Tendulkar was good on every surface and all of the Indian batsman are good on every single surface today, I think simply because they took a page out of his (Sachin’s) book,” added Lara. Meanwhile, Lara was pained to witness the plight of the Caribbean cricket. The West Indies have already been knocked out of the World Cup semifinal race “We have been turned to a corner. Every country, every sports team goes through a little bit of cycle, but we seem to be in the same position for quite some-time, which is unfortunate.” During the over-hour programme, Lara spoke at length about his early days, contribution of his father, his college days and facing the spin duo of Sri Lankan great Muttiah Murlidharan and Shane Warne and his relationship with Tendulkar. D Y Patil Univesity Chancellor Dr. Vijay Patil was present on the occasion.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: The contentious ‘conflict of interest’ issue is set to be discussed by past cricketers during an informal meeting to be held at the BCCI headquarters here on Monday. Several top cricketers are expected to attend the meeting in the presence of at least one Committee of Administrators (CoA) member. They are expected to deliberate on the issue at length. While the CoA is chaired by Vinod Rai, the other members are Diana Edulji and Lt Gen (Retd) Ravi Thodge. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt is understood that former India batsman Dilip Vengsarkar and pacer Ajit Agarkar would attend the meeting. Even the likes of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid are expected to attend it. However, it is reliably learnt that Sachin Tendulkar will not attend the meeting. Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will not attend the Monday meeting but has already shot off a letter to the Board giving his views on the subject. The latest cricketer to get a ‘conflict of interest’ notice was former India captain Dravid, as a specific charge was levelled against him and he has replied to the notice. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAccording to a complaint filed by Sanjeev Gupta, a life member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Dravid was allegedly conflicted as he was the National Cricket Academy director and also employed as vice-president of the India Cements Group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. The CoA has, however, cleared Dravid’s appointment as Head of Cricket at the NCA, ruling that there is “no conflict of interest” case against him. Thogde said on August 13 that the ball is now in BCCI Ombudsman-cum-ethics officer DK Jain’s court to take a final decision in the matter. Earlier, Tendulkar and former India batsman Laxman had got a ‘conflict of interest’ notice for being a part of Cricket Advisory Committee and also mentors of IPL franchises, a charge which was categorically denied by them.Even Ganguly in the past was served a ‘conflict of interest’ notice. Later, the CoA had dissolved the earlier CAC comprising Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly. Tendulkar had refused to be a part of the panel till he was given terms of reference. Instead, the COA formed a new CAC comprising 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaikwad and former women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy, who reappointed Ravi Shastri as the men’s team coach till the end of T20 World Cup to be held in India in 2021. Meanwhile, the process to select the support staff of the Indian team will also begin at the BCCI headquarters on Monday and will go on till Thursday. The selection committee headed by former India stumper MSK Prasad will conduct the interviews. It is still not known whether the announcements will be made on a daily basis or once together after all the interviews are over. While Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are almost certain to retain their jobs as bowling and fielding coach, Sanjay Bangar could get the boot as the batting coach.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Jadavapur University (JU) on Monday allowed the screening of ‘Ram ke Naam’, a 1992 documentary based on the Babri Masjid demolition, but it was not allowed to be screened on the Presidency University (PU) campus auditorium after the authorities allegedly denied permission. The students of the film studies department took the initiative of screening the film in Jadavpur University. “If a department takes an initiative, there is no point in denying or giving any permission,” JU Registrar Sneha Manju Basu said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja A group of PU students had also planned to screen the national award winning documentary directed by filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, but were denied permission. However, officials at JU didn’t put any restriction on its screening. “Some students had planned to screen the documentary on Monday. The audhall was sanctioned to us, but as per the norm we should have been given a receipt. We didn’t get that and on Saturday we were told that the hall was not meant for such screenings,” said Sayan Chakraborty, a student of PU’s economics department. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway However, PU officials said that the students were stopped from screening the documentary as they didn’t have proper permission. Chakraborty said that the auditorium has been used for screening various films in the past. The students will discuss the matter with the university administration on Tuesday, he said. “We will try to get permission. If denied, we will go for open screening. If we don’t use university infrastructure, no one will be able to stop us,” he added. ‘Ram ke Naam’ explores the campaign waged by Vishva Hindu Parishad to build a Ram temple at the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and the communal violence it triggered.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government wants to provide respite to people from steeply hiked penalties under the amended Motor Vehicle Act and will take a “conscious” decision on it, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Wednesday. He said the government is taking feedback from the stakeholders and looking at how other states are moving on it.”We are taking feedback from all stakeholders. If need is felt that penalties should be reduced we will take a conscious call. We want to give respite to the people,” Gahlot said in a press conference.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she wants progress within days from Ottawa in resolving a pipeline dispute with British Columbia, or her government will look at further retaliatory measures.Notley, who has already suspended talks to buy B.C. electricity and has banned B.C. wines from Alberta, reiterated Monday that B.C.’s actions on the Trans Mountain pipeline are illegal and must be reversed.“We do not seek an escalation, but if B.C. continues to insist that they have rights to attack Alberta’s economy that they don’t have, we will have no choice (but) to respond,” said Notley.“It’s in British Columbia’s power to put this issue to rest.”Two weeks ago, B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government announced it was looking at restricting expanded flows of oil into the province pending a review to make sure that such spills could be properly cleaned up.The move would have a direct impact on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which was OK’d in 2016 by the federal government but has faced delays and opposition in B.C. ever since.Horgan says the restriction is in keeping with the province’s responsibility to keep its coastline and waterways safe.But Notley said it’s clear constitutionally that Ottawa has the final say on interprovincial projects like pipelines.She said Horgan and his government can follow the law, “or they can dig in their heels and pretend they are a separate country with powers to make whatever laws they want with no regard for the Constitution or the views and rights of other Canadians.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been meeting with B.C. counterparts in recent days to resolve the impasse.Notley has announced she has suspended talks with B.C. to buy $500 million worth of electricity and has halted imports of B.C. wine, worth about $70 million a year. She has also struck a task force to look at other ways to respond to incursions from B.C., and from any other jurisdiction, on its core industry.Notley said she will give the feds a little more time to resolve the issue, but not too much.“When I say we’re going to give them a little bit of space, we’re talking days, not much more than that,” she said.Notley said she hasn’t ruled out more extreme options such as finding ways to restrict oil to B.C. or refusing to transport gas from that province, but said she doesn’t want to harm Alberta’s interests in the process.“You cut off shipments to B.C, it’s Alberta’s economy that feels that more than B.C.’s,” she said.Kinder Morgan Canada has approval to triple capacity on the existing Trans Mountain line, from Edmonton to Burnaby.It’s a critical lifeline for Alberta’s, and Canada’s, oil industry as it seeks better prices globally for its product and offsets steep discounts due to tight pipeline capacity on the North American grid.Trudeau’s government has said the project will proceed.Alberta United Conservative Opposition leader Jason Kenney has urged Notley to reconvene the legislature for an emergency debate on the issue.Notley dismissed that.“I think that what we need to do is not be talking to each other inside this building, but rather speaking to people across this country about the import of our position, and so that’s what we’re going to do.”She said on Tuesday her government will roll out an online campaign “so that Albertans and Canadians who want to voice their support for a strong economy and a strong environment can do so to the B.C. and Canadian governments.”last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsSalmon fishing on the Yukon River both on the Alaska Side and the Yukon Side has been restricted all summer.Officials were expecting between 49,000 and 71,000 Chinook to enter the Yukon River this year, but the number of Chinook returning to spawn is way down again.APTN’s Shirley Mclean has more.last_img

first_imgVANCOUVER – A provincial advisory council is recommending fish farm companies be required to have agreements in place with area First Nations before the British Columbia government approves any new or replacement tenures.The proposal is part of a series of recommendations issued in a 230-page report from the advisory council.Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said the province will consider the recommendations as it reviews 20 fish-farm tenures that are up for renewal this June in the Broughton Archipelago off northeastern Vancouver Island.Protesters have occupied multiple fish farms in the archipelago over the past year, claiming they are operating in First Nations’ traditional territories without their consent.The council also recommended establishing an independent science council to review “conflicting science” and fill information gaps about the farms.It said the government should consider putting farms in areas where there is lower salinity to reduce sea lice infestations and putting a cap on how many farmed fish are allowed in a certain area.The B.C. Salmon Farmers Association is largely supportive of the recommendations, member Ian Roberts said. But he takes issue with a requirement for First Nations’ consent at each point of tenure renewal.“We can agree in principle to a recommendation that allows for collaboration and consultation with First Nations, but we think — as it’s written — it’s unworkable in practice,” Roberts said.An “extremely tenuous” environment would be created for businesses investing in multimillion-dollar projects if they became vulnerable each time a new band council is elected and could withdraw support, he said.Chief Bob Chamberlin of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance said a coalition of seven First Nations in the Broughton Archipelago are already in talks with the province about what consent might look like for fish-farm tenure renewals in relation to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The report’s recommendations fit into a broader movement toward greater recognition of First Nations sovereignty and also represent an acknowledgment that science hasn’t been adequately considered in past salmon-farming policy, he said.“The mounting science and evidence that has come forward, as well as the absence of science to inform decision making, and the government’s embracing of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sets a very different table than what we’ve had in the past. And it’s one that’s going to be a full recognition of our rights and title and the authorities we have that are inherent to our people and our self governance,” Chamberlin said.last_img read more

Rabat – Surprisingly, the increase in the budgets of the ministries of education and reforms started over the past decade in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have not resulted in significant improvements in the quality of education, and the level of students remains uneven across countries and regions and within the same country.The quality of education in the region is a real challenge. Not all countries reach the international average in global assessments. The progress made will be insufficient to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely to attain quality education and reduce poverty and socio-economic inequalities. By international standards, the quality of educational systems in the MENA region is still relatively low, although governments spend far more than Singapore, one of the strongest countries that devote much less on the education budget than the Gulf area or other developed countries. There are many ways to improve the educational system. In most countries, reforms are very complex and their results are controversial. Successful education systems are characterized by a number of criteria. First, they encourage excellent students to become teachers in the future.Second, as the recent McKinsey Research Group study shows, best practices can be implemented in Morocco or in any other cultural environment, and include relying on teachers for improving the quality of education. Upgrading the quality of the education system, however, cannot be achieved without highly trained teachers, who can ensure the quality of teaching within classrooms. Third, an effective educational system is always reflected in the learning achievements and results of each student.Lastly, to contribute to the quality of education, modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) should be integrated into educational institutions, leading to a positive change in teacher-student relations and improved teaching methods. Using these technologies will contribute to improving the quality of courses and teaching methods, curbing disparities in the quality of education, and reducing the gap between urban and rural areas.Recent field studies on the use of ICTs in Moroccan schools and universities indicate that there are insufficient computer materials at the disposal of students and teachers alike. Further, modern technology is rarely used to help teachers in schools.Read also: Morocco’s Education Minister Calls for ‘Effective Implementation’ of Controversial Education BillThus, an integrated approach to using educational ICTs in schools is essential, which means not only more investment in infrastructure, but also the urgent need to allocate more resources to train teachers and provide rewards to those who use ICTs in the classroom, and job opportunities for coordinators of modern technology within educational institutions.To achieve these goals, the gap in the use of ICTs between regions must be narrowed. Programs focusing on new teaching methods must be established through digital technologies, which will help improve the quality of education and monitor progress in the use of digital technologies to acquire relevant skills.In order to reach this goal, ICT training for teachers should be mandatory, most of whom master the software, as they often train themselves outside of working hours to acquire these skills.It is helpful that students and pupils have access to ICTs both at home and at school, and the lack of infrastructure in schools does not mean that teachers and students are not interested, but the problem is that there is no clear educational policy to promote the use of information technology in Moroccan schools and universities. Although most students and teachers support the use of digital technologies, most schools lack enough computers and internet access.By comparison, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently provided Internet access and offered thousands of computers to schools and libraries in many developing countries including Chile, Mexico, Botswana, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria and Vietnam. The Foundation has also invested $240 million to provide Internet access in 99% of public libraries in the United States, as well as a huge number of computers and training workshops.Our education system should invest in communication technologies, equip all educational and administrative facilities with computers with connection to the Internet, and train teachers and students in this field. There are thousands of students who need information literacy and do not find opportunities. The most important thing, as mentioned above, is that in all educational frameworks, students and pupils should be fully prepared to take advantage of this type of technology.Read also: Delegation of UK Educational Organizations Visit Rabat, CasablancaIt has become necessary to increase the dissemination of scientific and technological culture among teachers and students. Likewise, introducing entrepreneurship will enhance the interaction with the business world and promote cooperation and partnership with the private sector. Seeking to achieve greater harmony between the educational system and its economic environment will strengthen the practical aspect of education and enhance the compatibility between school curricula and the economy.Finally, the integration of ICTs into the curriculum and teaching methods is essential for the development of Moroccan student personality, because in addition to access to knowledge, the goal of education is to produce knowledge, boost creativity and contribute effectively to development. read more

A senior United Nations human rights official today urged the Government of Guinea-Bissau to strengthen its fight against impunity, as he completed his first mission to the West African nation.Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović noted that the analysis undertaken by his office of the consequences of the 2008 Amnesty Law clearly shows that the number of gross human rights violations has increased since its promulgation. “The human rights situation has in fact significantly worsened after the coup in 2012, which further contributed to the culture of impunity in Guinea-Bissau,” he noted in a news release.Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau – which has had a history of coups, misrule and political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974 – seized power in April 2012. Constitutional order has still not been restored in the country, where a transitional government is in place until national elections – slated for November 2013 – are held. Mr. Šimonović insisted that amnesties can only be given in accordance with international law, and are impermissible for gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law. “Devising strategies for the future should take into account not only the need for a fresh start but also the justice aspect,” he said. “Dealing with this justice aspect is necessary for both addressing past human rights violations and preventing future ones,” he added. “Guinea-Bissau continues to be all too well known for the repeated coups d’état and associated human rights violations, including political assassinations, abductions, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention of political opponents and civil society representatives alike,” he stated. “The acknowledgement by both my governmental and non-governmental interlocutors that impunity is the main challenge to the protection of human rights and stability of the country is a positive sign,” he said. “The struggle to combat corruption, drug trafficking and political violence takes time, but every long journey begins with a first step and OHCHR is here to assist you on that journey,” he added, referring to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. During his 7 to 11 July visit, Mr. Šimonović participated in a National Conference on Impunity, Justice and Human Rights, organized to help with the establishment of a roadmap to end impunity in Guinea-Buissau. “This conference is particularly timely as it creates positive momentum in the combat against impunity before legislative and presidential elections, and paves the way for further strengthening the rule of law after the elections,” he said.Noting that general elections are planned for this November, he stated that free, fair, transparent and credible elections are only possible if a certain number of human rights prerequisites are in place, such as freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and the absence of acts of intimidation against political figures, the media and civil society organisations. In addition to meeting with a wide range of stakeholders, Mr. Šimonović visited Mansoa prison, the Judiciary Police detention centre, Simao Mendes Hospital in Bissau and the law faculty of Bissau University. While in Simao Mendes Hospital, Mr. Šimonović was “disturbed” by the poor infrastructure and the lack of medicine, which hamper much needed treatment. “It is appalling to see how political instability and corruption is negatively affecting social and economic rights of people,” he said. “I have seen a hospital with little equipment or stocks of medicine where up to three sick babies have to share the same bed due to the lack of space and a proper paediatric unit. Medical doctors do not have critical life saving equipment. “If national resources were more efficiently used and if international support, suspended after the coup, was to be re-established, dramatic health and education needs could be more adequately addressed,” he stated. read more

A British company has a made a major breakthrough in converting a conventional petrol car to run on pure hydrogen. It’s a development which could slash CO2 emissions from cars, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and lead to hydrogen re-fuelling at home rather than on the forecourt. A bi-fuel Ford Focus, with minimal modifications, has successfully completed initial trials in a programme conducted on behalf of ITM Power Plc by the University of Hertfordshire. During tests the vehicle was able to travel over 25 miles on a single charge of hydrogen – more than the average commuting journey – before being switched back to run on petrol. During the hydrogen-powered journey the car generated no CO2 emissions. Of equal significance is how the hydrogen was generated and the car fuelled. ITM Power, Europe’s largest electrolyser and fuel cell company, has developed a low-cost electrolyser which can convert renewable energy (wind, wave or solar power) or off-peak electricity into hydrogen. It then used its own prototype ‘home refuelling system’ to fuel the car. Both the refuelling system, which will be able to generate and store hydrogen at home or at work, and the bi-fuel car are to be publicly demonstrated later this year. Meanwhile, ITM Power is finalising the design of a manufacturing facility in Sheffield which will deliver one of the largest electrolyser production capabilities in the world. Manufacturing is expected to commence as early as the first half of next year. ITM Power’s CEO, Jim Heathcote, said ‘Both these developments represent a seismic advance in our efforts to cut ourselves free from the dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. The Bi-fuel car and refuelling system clearly demonstrate a simple, convenient and low-cost transportation solution that can significantly reduce greenhouse gases and help mitigate climate change. We believe combining electrolysers with an internal combustion-engined vehicle brings affordable hydrogen transportation forward by many years.’ ITM Power, which has its headquarters in Saffron Walden and research and development centre in Sheffield, is leading the drive to use hydrogen as a green fuel to replace hydrocarbon fuels. The firm is developing a number of devices that will allow homes, offices and factories, as well as vehicles, to use hydrogen, as a non-polluting fuel. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State redshirt junior midfielder Brady Blackwell (4) protects the ball from a Falcon during the Ohio State-BGSU game on Sep. 22. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEighteen minutes into the first period of the Ohio State men’s soccer game on Sept. 26 against Detroit Mercy, redshirt junior midfielder Brady Blackwell flicked in a shot four yards out from the net and scored his first career goal as a Buckeye.Blackwell’s collegiate soccer story doesn’t begin in Columbus, Ohio, however, and it wasn’t always easy. He spent two seasons playing soccer at San Diego State University before he made the decision to transfer 2,263 miles back home and attend Ohio State.Growing up in Dublin, Ohio, 10 minutes away from Ohio State’s campus, it was always a dream for Blackwell to don a scarlet and gray jersey and play soccer for the Buckeyes.“When the opportunity presented itself to come home, I couldn’t pass it up,” Blackwell said.A little over a year ago, Blackwell was working hard during the preseason prior to his junior year at a new school with a new team.That preparation came to a halt when he was injured. It forced him to take a medical redshirt and stand on the sidelines while he watched his teammates play the 2016 season without him.“It was just tough having to watch my teammates work and not being able to help out,” Blackwell said. “I tried to encourage them and do all I could, but there’s nothing like competing and practicing with your teammates.”Blackwell said it was frustrating not being on the field with his team, but ultimately, he took his injury as a learning experience.“I was very upset I couldn’t help contribute in my first season here at OSU,” Blackwell said. “But that’s part of the sport, and I think the injury helped me learn some important lessons.”Fast forward to the 2017 season and Blackwell is healed from his injury and trying to make every second of this year count.So far this season, Blackwell has played in 13 games for Ohio State, started 11 matches and added one goal to his list of accomplishments.Being injured can be detrimental to a player’s future career and success, but Blackwell said being injured made him appreciate the game even more and motivated him to work harder.“It’s important to play and train hard everyday, because you have no idea when something like an injury might happen,” Blackwell said. “Overall, it just made me respect the opportunity I’ve been given.”Blackwell’s return to play has been a huge boost to the Buckeyes success in the season so far, his teammates said. In the midfield, Blackwell’s ability to dictate the flow and tempo of the game has made a large impact on Ohio State’s game, said senior defender Niall Logue.“Last year we knew he was going to be a big player for us,” Logue said. “In the preseason he got the news that he was going to have to medical redshirt, and that was a huge blow for us, especially in the midfield.”For the Buckeyes, having a roster filled with 15 freshmen requires plenty of leadership from the few upperclassmen. Blackwell delivers that much-needed command both on and off the field, Logue said.“Having him back this year is a big influence in a leadership way as well,” Logue said. “He’s a big personality in the locker room.”After experiencing different trials and tribulations throughout his collegiate soccer career, Blackwell brings a lot of wisdom to the team. “I’ve played at two different universities and have gained experience along the way. My injury humbled me and allowed me to take a step back and observe the opportunity we have as Ohio State athletes,” Blackwell said. “I hope that I can encourage younger players to take nothing for granted, and to train and play everyday like it’s your last.” read more

first_imgA strike by university staff will continue after union members thwarted a deal between employers and lecturers’ leaders over pensions.The University and College Union (UCU) has been locked in a battle with Universities UK (UUK) over proposed pension reforms to address a reported deficit and rising benefit costs.An agreement was reached between the parties on Monday under which employers and employees would both temporarily pay higher contributions to plug the funding gap.It would also have seen the estimated deficit of the scheme – currently said to be £6.1 billion – re-evaluated by an independent body.The proposals were considered by UCU’s higher education committee and branch representatives on Tuesday, but rejected, the union said.Lectures and classes have been disrupted at more than 60 universities by 14 days of strikes across four weeks, due to end with a five-day walkout until Friday. UCU said “detailed preparations” will be made for strikes “over the assessment and exam period”Credit:Getty 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. UCU said "detailed preparations" will be made for strikes "over the assessment and exam period" “We want urgent talks with the universities’ representatives to try and find a way to get this dispute resolved.”Staff have been striking in protest at changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).The row centres on proposals that would change the USS from a “defined benefit” scheme, which gives workers a guaranteed income in their retirement, to a purely “defined contribution” scheme, in which pensions are subject to fluctuations in the stock market. Students during a protest in Cambridge in support of striking lecturerscenter_img UCU said “detailed preparations” will be made for strikes “over the assessment and exam period”.The union’s general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Branches made it clear today that they wanted to reject the proposal.”UCU’s greatest strength is that we are run by and for our members and it is right that members always have the final say.”The strike action for this week remains on and we will now make detailed preparations for strikes over the assessment and exam period. UCU had argued that the reforms, which UUK maintained were necessary, would leave a typical lecturer almost £10,000 a year worse off in retirement.Talks had been mediated by the conciliation service Acas.UUK said it was now consulting with USS employers about a “revised mandate” ahead of a scheduled joint negotiating committee meeting which will be attended by UUK and UCU representatives on Wednesday.The committee, which decided upon the benefit changes in January, has an independent chair who can choose to cast a deciding vote if agreement between both parties cannot be reached, according to UUK.A UUK spokesman said: “It is hugely disappointing that students’ education will be further disrupted through continued strike action.”We have engaged extensively with UCU negotiators to find a mutually acceptable way forward. “The jointly developed proposal on the table, agreed at Acas, addresses the priorities that UCU set out.”We have listened to the concerns of university staff and offered to increase employer contributions to ensure that all members would receive meaningful defined benefits.”We recognised concerns raised about the valuation and have agreed to convene an independent expert valuation group.”Our hope is that UCU can find a way to continue to engage constructively, in the interests of students and those staff who are keen to return to work.” Students during a protest in Cambridge in support of striking lecturersCredit:Joe Giddenslast_img read more

first_imgRitchie Bros. will conduct a complete dispersal of mining and heavy construction equipment for Appalachian Fuels in Charleston, West Virginia on September 28, 2009. More than 450 equipment items will be sold without minimum bids or reserve prices during the one-day unreserved public auction at the Charleston Civic Center. Interested buyers can bid in person at the civic center, online in real time at or by proxy. “This is the largest package of mining equipment we’ve seen in a single auction for some time,” said Joe Boyle, Vice President, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. “Appalachian Fuels invested money into upgrading and maintaining this equipment so it would stay in good working order. This dispersal definitely wasn’t something planned – but now other equipment users have an excellent opportunity to obtain good quality, used heavy construction and mining equipment at fair market prices during our unreserved auction in Charleston on September 28. We’ve already had expressions of interest in this equipment from people in Australia, South America and South Africa, as well as Canada and the US.”Hundreds of equipment items will be sold to the highest bidders at the September 28 auction, including more than 30 crawler tractors, nearly 30 wheel loaders and more than a dozen rock trucks, as well as a large selection of motor graders, hydraulic excavators, articulated dump trucks, water wagons and blast-hole drills. A number of late-model pieces will be sold on auction day, including two 2008 Cat 993K wheel loaders, a 2006 Cat 988H wheel loader, a 2008 Cat D10T crawler tractor and two 2008 Liddell tri-axle lowboy trailers.Appalachian Fuels is a large coal mining operation headquartered in Ashland, Kentucky. The equipment being sold on September 28 is distributed between several mines in Kentucky, West Virginia and Illinois. Equipment can be inspected at each mine site starting on September 21, 2009. Viewing information can be found at auction will take place at the Charleston Civic Center, with all of the equipment being sold remotely using the Ritchie Bros. Virtual Ramp auction method. Large photos of each lot will be displayed for the bidding audience at the civic center; interested buyers can also bid online in real time or by proxy.last_img read more

first_imgThough mapping the brain with modern-day technology isn’t strictly impossible, it takes quite a bit of time and effort. Similar to creating a large panoramic shot of the night sky, modern-day methods used to chart the brain consist of mapping small areas of the organ separate from one another, then connecting the resulting images together. Considering the brain is a three-dimensional object and quite complex, the method of piecing together tiny, completed maps can result in significant errors. Now, Karl Deisseroth and his team at Stanford University in California have created a method to make whole brains transparent, allowing researchers to get a much clearer view of the organ.Called Clarity, the technique uses sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), an organic compound found in standard detergent, to turn the brain transparent. The SDS removes lipids that prevent the passage of light. This method has been used before — and to some success. However, most techniques that attempt to remove lipids also dissolve proteins and damage the tissue in such a way where it’s difficult to discern one neuron from another, resulting in about 41% protein loss.The Stanford team solved this issue by adding acrylamide to the mix, which is a chemical compound that when heated, forms something of a “mesh” that protects and contains the tissue. Using this method when removing lipids, only around 8% of the proteins were lost.The tissue that results from the Clarity method ends up harder and more stable than tissue that didn’t go through the treatment. Considering it can change preexisting tissue into something more stable, it is theorized that old specimens can be somewhat revitalized and made reusable for study. Deisseroth feels that since the specimens can be made sturdier and reusable, scientists could theoretically create something of a brain library. This would provide researchers with specimens they can check out to study, and without the fear of damaging the specimen as much as it could be if it didn’t go through with the Clarity treatment.The Clarity technique is relatively new, so further thorough testing is needed, as it is possible that the SDS application and subsequent lipid removal damage the structure of the brain tissue. So far, however, the method looks promising.last_img read more

first_imgFrom the vaults to the resurrections: Best horror movies to watch this Halloween Please don’t make us watch alone. Short URL Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 11:00 AM 16,361 Views 107 Comments By Fora Staff A HEALTH WARNING: This list might cause some unfortunate side effects such as outrage that your favourite is not on here.Add your suggestions in the comments…From the vaults: The pioneers Source: Vinicius Reis/YouTubeNosferatu (1922) – Max Shrek personifies Dracula for the movie age. Still properly haunting.The Mummy (1932) – Egyptology, a beautiful woman pursued by a monstrous Boris Karloff and a powerful atmosphere that dictated the code for mummy movies for decades to come.Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – A poignant sequel to Frankenstein of four years earlier, the monster meets the missus.Six feet under: The ‘golden’ era Source: Miguel Olivas/YouTubeThe Exorcist (1973) – Children are pure evil, part 1.The Omen (1976) – Children are pure evil, part 2.Halloween (1978) – Ever before Scream, this was the movie that launched a million Halloween masks. Horror comes to the suburbs.The Shining (1980) – The monstrous creativity of Stephen King is translated into this masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick. Here’s Johnny – and he will never leave you.Freshly-dug: Contemporary classics Source: Movies Fan/YouTubeBlair Witch Project (1999) – A terrifying presence that remains unseen until the very last frames, coupled with a convincing ‘found footage’ pre-launch whisper campaign made this a massive and effective hit.Let the Right One In (2008) – Romance and horror go together like a … vampire and a vulnerable young boy in this moving and tense Swedish film.The Babadook (2014) – Who is the monster in this terrifying and claustrophobic thriller? The answer hits uncomfortably close to home.Resurrections: Reboots and remakes Source: MovieStation/YouTubeThe Ring (2002) – Possibly scarier than the Japanese original Ringu, with a cursed videotape storyline that’s still just about believable because this is 2002 and Netflix was yet to be invented.Dawn of the Dead (2004) – Very appealing to fans of a gorefest and moved away from the George Romero 1978 version by making the zombies move at terrifying speed, now a given for your modern screen depiction of the undead.The Hills Have Eyes (2006) – Wes Craven is the master of the original but this version, 30 years later, is somehow more subtle, with more left to the imagination – and somehow all the more atmospheric for it.If you fancy the big screen experience, there are a number of outings of classic horrors this Halloween. One of the biggest is the Monsters! season at the LightHouse in Dublin, where there are a dirty dozen of them scheduled all over the weekend. Share105 Tweet Email2 Oct 29th 2016, 11:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img 31,841 Views By Gordon Deegan Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 6:24 PM A JUDGE TODAY warned a 22-year-old Shannon man who uploaded 19 girls’ Facebook profile pictures to a pornographic site that he faces jail if he doesn’t comply with the directions of the court.At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan told Evan Meehan “the reality is that there are people out there who you hurt and who you hurt seriously”.Judge Durcan said that Meehan must receive professional assistance for issues he has to deal with.Addressing Meehan, Judge Durcan said: Feb 1st 2017, 6:24 PM Short URL The man may be jailed unless he complies with orders from the court. The man may be jailed unless he complies with orders from the court. Image: PA Images/Empics No Comments Image: PA Images/Empics Share Tweet Email2 Co Clare ‘loner’ avoids jail after posting photos of 19 local teenage girls to porn site Evan Meehan was ordered to seek professional help. I am putting you on a particular course of action. I want to see that it is complied with and complied with seriously. If it is not, I will have no hesitation in imposing a prison sentence. It is a matter for you.In the case, Meehan of Dernish Lawn, Shannon pleaded guilty to uploading 30 photos of local teenage girls to a pornographic site between October 2013 to the end of June 2014.The 30 charges relate to 19 girls with 17 having Shannon addresses with two other girls living in the nearby villages of Sixmilebridge and Newmarket-on-Fergus.All of the girls were Facebook friends of Meehan while most went to the same secondary school in Shannon as him.Meehan acted alone in the crime and a number of the captions accompanying the photos described the girls engaging in various sexual acts with their fathers.The offences took place during a period when Meehan was aged 19 and 20.The offences came to light after a number of girls presented themselves to Shannon Garda Station on June 30th 2014.Insp Tom Kennedy outlined the facts of the case to court today.He said:The girls found out what went on and they were very distressed and upset by it.Insp Kennedy said: “Mr Meehan was identified as the person responsible. He was very co-operative with the gardai and took the photos off the system when he was asked to and obviously no further deviation has occurred.”Insp Kennedy said Meehan has no previous convictions.The inspector said:“It was a comprehensive investigation. It is a very unusual case and we all learned a great deal about social media and the trepidations associated with its use .”IntrovertedA comprehensive Probation Report on Meehan was before the court today and his solicitor, Stiofán Fitzpatrick told the court:“Mr Meehan was 19 at the time of the offences. He was someone who wasn’t extroverted. He was very much introverted and during his formative years in school, he would describe himself as being very much on his own and being a loner.”Fitzpatrick said that Meehan dropped out of a third level ‘Energy’ course at the University of Limerick after his first year there.He said that Mr Meehan has enrolled in an apprenticeship course at aircraft maintenance firm, Lufthansa Technik in Shannon.Fitzpatrick said that Meehan has taken moves to address the underlying issues “that caused him to do something so foolish and so stupid”.He said:When Mr Meehan was confronted by gardai, he made full admissions and made no effort to justify or hide anything. He co-operated fully.Mr Fitzpatrick said that Mr Meehan has two sisters and a brother and he lives with his parents in Shannon.He said: “His parents were very shocked by the whole thing and it has had a significant impact on the family in their neighbourhood where they have been shunned to a certain degree.He said: “Like all small communities, certain opinions are formed and that has been difficult for them. He has been supported on all occasions by his father who has accompanied Mr Meehan to court every time. Mr Meehan has the full support of his family.” Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesCounsellingFitzpatrick said that Meehan has attended counselling sessions.Judge Durcan said that Meehan’s total co-operation with gardai and having no previous convictions are very commendable.After reading the Probation Report, Judge Durcan added: “But it does seem to me that there are issues that this young man has to deal with a very positive way and definite way.Dealing with these issues requires professional intervention. I am not happy to let this off on the basis of a Probation Bond.Judge Durcan said that is happy to adjourn it for three months to allow that professional intervention take place.Judge Durcan adjourned to case to 3 May and said that he would like victim impact statements from the injured parties before the court on that date.Comments have been closed for reasons.Read: Report recommends that ‘revenge porn’ and ‘upskirting’ are made criminal offences >Read: ‘I will hunt you down and find you’: Meet the New York solicitor who’s tackling revenge porn > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 9:45 PM By Christina Finn Image: Shutterstock/Dmitry Kaminsky Here are the things that must happen before and after a united Ireland becomes a reality The first report in the history of State to outline a road map for reunification throws up a number of ideas. 56,711 Views 175 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Dmitry Kaminsky The report is being officially launched today, 2 August 2017.THE PROSPECT OF a united Ireland was given front page prominence in the Financial Times this week.The story said that the EU’s guidelines for Brexit will include a provision that would allow Northern Ireland automatically rejoin the EU should reunification with the Republic ever happen – a strategy that has now been backed by the EU 27 leaders.Up until the Brexit vote on 23 June 2016, the concept of a united Ireland seemed a distant aspiration for many. However, since the vote, issues relating to the North, its border and the possibility of reunification have become mainstream discussions.Rewind twenty years ago, and that certainly would not have been the case. But over the last year, a number of public figures have spoken about, not just the possibility, but the concrete steps that need to be taken to achieve a united Ireland.In July 2016, Enda Kenny said “the EU needs to prepare for a united Ireland”, while Leo Varadkar (perhaps the next Taoiseach) said he believes he will see a united Ireland in his lifetime.Both Sinn Fein and Fianna Fáil have produced documents on uniting the North and South, while a Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research poll found that nearly half of Irish people think it is time for a united Ireland.The road map to reunification Next week, a new report which outlines in detail what Ireland needs to do to achieve a peaceful reunification of the island of Ireland will be discussed by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.The detailed report by the committee’s rapporteur, Senator Mark Daly, entitled ‘Brexit and the Future of Ireland: Uniting Ireland and Its People in Peace and Prosperity’ runs to over 1,200 pages and contains submissions and writings from key figures who have been involved in conflict resolution across the globe.It details what needs to be done both before and after a united Ireland becomes a reality.It may be hypothetical, but it paints a clear, evidence-based picture of what a united Ireland could look like and the issues that will need to be addressed.For reunification to take place, there would first have to be a vote.The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) provides for the people of the island of Ireland to exercise their right of self-determination by agreement between the people of North and South.If such a vote passed, the process of Irish unification would begin.Then what? Well, that’s the big question.The new Oireachtas report – which is the first in the history of State to outline a road map for reunification – includes 18 recommendations. Here are some of the key ideas. Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson leaving a session of the New Ireland Forum in 1984. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandIt recommends the establishment of a ‘New Ireland Forum Two’ to set a pathway to achieve the peaceful reunification of Ireland.The first New Ireland Forum took place in 1984 to discuss the lasting peace and stability of Ireland through the democratic process.It listed three possible structures for the future of Ireland: a unitary state, a federal/confederal state, and a joint British/Irish authority.It’s aimed the new forum could begin in the same way as the original New Ireland Forum, whereby the new group would be the mechanism used to plan for a peaceful reunification. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandA task-force to counter breakout of terrorismTalk of reunification will not be welcomed by everyone and the report acknowledges that.Michael Ortiz, who worked as a senior policy advisor on counter terrorism in President Obama’s administration, said to counter any breakout of terrorism an international task force with experts in counter terrorism should be established to devise and implement a plan ahead of any reunification.The national-level task force would have national and local officials, law enforcement, civil society and other local leaders to examine potential threats, better understand the drivers of violent extremism and evaluate current resources.“This would help everyone have a baseline understanding of what the challenge is and what needs to be done,” said Ortiz, adding:Unfortunately, there is not an easy fix to violent extremism… If Ireland is able to launch a transparent, open and inclusive process with strong communications mechanisms, sufficient programmatic resources and creative proposals for strengthening community resilience, I believe this will go a long way in working to prevent terrorism before it starts. Source: Shutterstock/sevenMaps7How much will it cost? The report says the Irish government needs to establish how much reunification will cost.It calls for research to be carried out into the actual income and expenditure for Northern Ireland.Dr Kurt Hubner of the University of British Columbia, who came before the Joint Committee, constructed economic models of scenarios of Irish unification, one of which showed a benefit of €36.5 billion in the first 8 years of unification.Sinn Féin has also argued it would be beneficial to Ireland and has published a report to dispel what it calls the “unaffordability myth” that it might cost £24.1 billion – the figure some commentators claim is spent by Britain on the North.It also states a report should be commissioned by the government on the impact of unification.Legal and constitutional issuesFolding in 1.8 million people will have its problems.The new report states the government needs to carry out an audit in relation to the legal and constitutional changes that would be needed both pre and post-unification.What issues might emerge? Well, there is the question of citizenship and the significant problem surrounding the question of national identity which is at the core of the clash between the two versions of the constitutional future for Northern Ireland, according to High Court Justice Richard Humphreys whose work in ‘Countdown to Unity’ is relied on heavily in this report.He highlights other constitutional issues that would have to be dealt with including, allowing for a devolved executive to continue to exist in Belfast, the question of voting rights in presidential elections or referenda which is confined constitutionally to citizens – so, the extending of voting rights to British citizens would need to be addressed.Again, similar considerations would have to be given to extending the entitlement of non-citizens to run for the office of President or to be a member of Dáil Eireann.“As with the reunification of Germany, it is clear that any change to the extent of the national boundary of Ireland will require changes in European Union law across a range of issues… it is likely that the technical exercise of adjusting European Union law to accommodate Irish reunification will be an extensive one and may take a considerable period of time,” said Humphreys.What happens after the reunification of Ireland? Source: Shutterstock/Stopped_clockThe potential financial problemsOnce reunification takes place, there are financial implications.Northern Ireland’s fiscal deficit would need to be paid for – and the report finds that the Irish government should not have to pay it.Northern Ireland’s net fiscal deficit in 2013-14 was £9.3 billion (€12 billion).The Oireachtas report states that the current full Northern Ireland deficit should continue to be paid by HM Treasury for a period of 30 years after a vote for unification.This could be a hard one to sell to the British.International Court of Justice Planning is key for it to work, but issues are sure to emerge. In order to deal with these, the report recommends that Northern Ireland is included in the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice to resolve disputes arising from the Good Friday Agreement.Whatever way you look at it – reunification of Ireland will not be easy. Similar to Brexit, Ireland’s reunification would be uncharted waters.To close the report, an extract from TK Whittaker, who perhaps captured the complexities of the issue best in November 1968 in a note on North South Border Policy, said:“We were, therefore, left with only one choice, a policy of seeking unity in Ireland between Irishmen. Of its nature this is a long-term policy, requiring patience, understanding and forbearance and resolute resistance to emotionalism and opportunism. It is not the less patriotic for that.Read: EU President’s letter: Britain must settle ‘people, money and Ireland’ first>Read: The potential for a united Ireland is on the front page of the Financial Times> Share Tweet Email13 Apr 30th 2017, 9:45 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more