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  • What Oklahoma State is getting in Trey Sterling: His take

    first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State landed a commitment from a dynamic athlete, Trey Sterling, earlier this week. The Cowboys plucked Sterling out of Sunnyvale High School, just outside the Dallas area, and PFB caught up with him to talk about his recent decision to play for the Cowboys.Q: Walk me through the recruitment process for you — when did OSU offer, and what was your decision process like that helped you land on the Cowboys?A: The offer came a couple of days ago. But before the offer I had been talking to the coaches quite often and that helped with the decision, along with the coaches showing they cared about me actually wanted me and not just sending stuff they send to hundreds of players across the country. After the offer me and my family talked about the pros and cons of OSU and there was only one negative and it had nothing to do with my academic or athletic lifestyle. I’m into all of the tradition at OSU, it’s so rare I would be stupid not to commit as early as I did.Q: What position are they looking to slip you into at OSU, and what type of player is OSU getting in Trey Sterling?A: OSU is getting a player who is still discovering his potential. I’m a very physical safety who isn’t shy to come down hill and hit someone! My coverage is just as good but most people don’t see that because my physicality is what stands out.Oklahoma State’s getting a tough, physical safety made in the form of Jordan Sterns — he has good range and coverage, and isn’t afraid to lay down the truck-stick on the back end. He’s played multiple positions in high school, including running back which only adds to the intrigue of Sterling as an athlete with some high upside. Check out highlights from the early part of his senior season.last_img read more

  • Tramonda Moore Says He ‘Fell Off’ With OSU Following Departure of Greg Adkins

    first_imgIt’s been almost a year-and-a-half since Tramonda Moore, then a four-star offensive tackle from John Marshall, committed and signed to play with Oklahoma State. Moore eventually failed to qualify academically and took the junior college route where OSU, up until the firing of Greg Adkins, stayed in constant contact with him.As we all know by now, Moore has now committed to play for Oklahoma. As we reported upon his Sooners commitment, OSU wasn’t in contact with him of late after switching offensive line coaches. New offensive line coach Josh Henson moved down the line and took a different direction in his recruiting approach—a point of contention specifically among Sooners fans—but Moore confirmed as much in an interview with The Oklahoman this week.The Cowboys had supported him through his work to try to get academically eligible in time to make it to Stillwater the first time around and they’d stayed in contact with him even after it became clear he’d have to go the junior college route.“I talked to Coach Gundy here and there but once Coach (Greg) Adkins left Oklahoma State, I fell off with those guys,” Moore said.Adkins’ February firing and his replacement by Josh Henson ended any chance Moore would wind up in Stillwater. [NewsOK]Although Moore has all the physical tools on the football field, Henson’s new path in a different direction in recruiting has been wildly successful since taking over. He’s already landed five high school offensive line commitments in Bryce Bray, Hunter Anthony, Hunter Woodard, Jacob Farrell, and Tyrese Williams, and could land another before signing day comes around.Moore is a 6-foot-6, 330-pound prospect who committed to the Sooners over offers from UCLA, Texas Tech, South Carolina and Iowa State. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

  • Coutinho & Dembele beginning to fit in at Barca

    first_imgBarcelona Coutinho & Dembele start to show they belong alongside Messi & Suarez Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 06:06 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Philippe Coutinho Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Barcelona Girona La Liga Soccrates Images Barcelona Lionel Messi Luis Suárez Philippe Coutinho Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División Opinion The two forwards signed to replace Neymar both played their part in the 6-1 win over Girona on Sunday amid another masterclass from their team-mates A night of celebration for Barcelona at Camp Nou. The Blaugrana went behind somewhat carelessly in the first few minutes, but proceeded to lay on an exhibition in attacking football after that. And it was not only Lionel Messi this time, either.The Argentine was at the forefront of all of Barca’s best play, threading inconceivable passes through to his team-mates from seemingly impossible angles, one after the other.Thanks to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and his partner in crime Luis Suarez, Ernesto Valverde’s side were back in it almost as soon as they had gone behind, the Argentine setting up the Uruguayan for a well-worked leveller. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Messi then added two incredible goals of his own, dancing around the area until he found an opportunity to shoot for the first and slotting a low free-kick under the wall for his second of the evening to make it 3-1.This was mesmeric Messi at his brilliant best and the Camp Nou crowd roared in appreciation. However, things were proving a little more difficult for the club’s two expensive new forwards – Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.That would soon change, however, as the former Liverpool connection of Coutinho and Suarez combined to make it 4-1 before the interval, the Brazilian claiming his very first assist for the Catalan club since moving from Anfield last month.Dembele was there amid the celebrations, yet there was a look on his face that seemed to say, “We’ve scored four and I haven’t done much…” In truth, he had not, but he did improve in the second half and ended up bagging an assist himself with a fine run and cross as Suarez completed his hat-trick.Before that, Coutinho had gone one better by blasting home a long-range effort to claim Barcelona’s fifth of an extraordinary evening.By the end, it was three for Suarez, two for Messi, one for Coutinho – and six of the best for Barca.Barca Girona scoreThe football, at times, was extraordinary and Dembele grew into the game as well. Having been left on the bench for the full 90 minutes in the Champions League against Chelsea on Tuesday, he had a point to prove and showed signs here that he can become the great player that Barcelona believe they bought.The France forward is still only 20 and has time on his side, although with Coutinho cup-tied in the Champions League, his adaptation this season after two injuries and a tough time so far could be the key to Barca’s hopes in the continental competition.On this evidence, that process has started already and, with Messi and Suarez in this mood, Barca’s breathtaking football made a mockery of suggestions after the game at Stamford Bridge that this team is tired and predictable.Valverde’s side are surely anything but that, and with Coutinho and Dembele starting to show that they belong alongside Messi and Suarez, these are exciting times again at Camp Nou.last_img read more

  • Malcom high on Bayern’s wishlist – Heynckes

    first_imgTransfers Arsenal target Malcom among top players on Bayern’s radar, admits Heynckes Goal 19:34 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Malcom Bordeaux Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Robert Lewandowski Hamburger SV Bordeaux Bundesliga Ligue 1 The 20-year-old is on his way out of Bordeaux in the summer and the Bavarian side are among many keeping a close eye on him Bayern Munich are keeping a close eye on Bordeaux star Malcom, Jupp Heynckes has admitted, but he is just one of many high-profile players the Bundesliga side are interested in.The Brazilian winger caught the attention of the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham in the January window, but opted to stay in France for the remainder of the season.Malcom, 20, has suggested he will be looking for a new club ahead of next season, however, revealing that Bordeaux have “promised” he can leave in the summer, and Bayern are expected to be in for him when the transfer window opens again. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And Heynckes has confirmed the Bundesliga champions and leaders are paying attention to him, along with a few others.”I do not know the player enough,” Heynckes admitted to Sport Bild. “But he’s certainly in the focus of our scouting department, like many other players as well. [Sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic has very clear ideas and is driving forward the plans for next season. “He knows exactly who is in our sights and which players he would like to have. He has high quality players in mind.”Recent reports have suggested Bayern are in danger of losing one of their star players in the close season, too, as Robert Lewandowski is said to be considering a summer switch to Real Madrid.And although the Bundesliga has seen some recent high-profile departures after Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced moves from Borussia Dortmund in the last two transfer periods, Heynckes does not see the Poland international leaving in a similar fashion.”Robert turns 30 in the summer, he has a contract until 2021. Football is short-lived and unreasonable things happen,” he added. “[The Dembele and Aubameyang situation] would not happen at Bayern because here it is clear from the outset that Bayern don’t do things like that. “This is an absolute top club, incredibly well run and with a good atmosphere. I cannot imagine a case of Aubameyang or Dembele at Bayern.”Bayern sit 20 points clear of second-placed Schalke after 25 Bundesliga games and host Hamburg in their next game on Saturday.last_img read more

  • Follman returns to Chapecoense as ambassador

    first_imgChapecoense Chapecoense sign crash survivor Follmann to be club ambassador Rob Lancaster 03:51 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jackson Follman_cropped Alexander Koerner/Getty Images Chapecoense Serie A After losing part of a leg in the 2016 plane crash that claimed 71 lives, the former goalkeeper has signed a deal to return to the Brazilian club Former Chapecoense goalkeeper Jackson Follmann has rejoined the Brazilian club in an ambassadorial role.The 25-year-old was one of three players to survive the November 2016 plane crash as the team travelled to Medellin to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional.While team-mates Neto and Alan Ruschel recovered to return to action, Follmann was forced to retire after losing part of his right leg in the accident that claimed a total of 71 lives. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp However, he is now back on the books at Chape, signing a deal to work in their public relations department.Follmann attended the Laureus Awards last month, picking up the honour of Best Sporting Moment after Chapecoense qualified for the 2018 Copa Libertadores.last_img read more

  • Samsung Heavy Industries Linked to LNG Pair Order

    first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has won an order for an LNG carrier duo, according to a report from the country’s news agency Yonhap.As informed, the order has been placed by the yard’s compatriot shipping company Korea Line Corp. for two 7,500 cubic meters LNG carriers.Under the terms of the deal, the value of which is yet to be disclosed, the ships are slated for delivery by the end of 2019 and are intended to transport liquefied natural gas between local ports.The order comes amid stabilization in the shipbuilding industry that has helped SHI cut its operating loss by around 90 percent in 2016. The shipbuilder also reduced its net loss by KRW 1 billion, which represents an improvement of 88.5 percent.At the end of 2016 the conglomerate’s net loss stood at KRW 138.8 million, against a net loss of KRW 1.2 billion booked in 2015.Due to anticipated recovery of the shipbuilding industry during 2017, the shipbuilder decided to raise its orderbook goal to USD 6 billion, from last year’s USD 5.3 billion target, after winning a major order to build a large offshore platform at the beginning of the year worth USD 1.3 billion. The turnaround is in particular expected in the LNG carrier sector and FSRUs, according to SHI, with up to 30 LNGC orders forecast to be placed on annual basis from 2017.The shipbuilder had a good start of 2017 reporting a total new order amount of USD 1.5 billion. SHI’s order backlogs as of March 31, 2017 on delivery basis totals in USD 26.5 billion, the company’s data show. These are dominated by tankers, 34 of them, followed by 15 LNG carriers and 10 drilling rigs, among other units.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

  • Britains ambassador to US resigns amid row over leaked emails

    first_imgLondon: Britain’s ambassador to the US Kim Darroch resigned on Wednesday, amid ongoing diplomatic row over leaked emails critical of US President Donald Trump’s administration. “The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,” said Darroch, a career diplomat. The UK Foreign Office confirmed Darroch’s resignation. Darroch is at the eye of a diplomatic storm after remarks he made about President Donald Trump’s administration, and shared with UK officials in confidence, were leaked over the weekend. “Since the leak of official documents from this Embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador,” Darroch wrote in a letter to the Foreign Office. “I want to put an end to that speculation,” he added. In response to the letter, Simon McDonald, permanent under secretary and head of the diplomatic service, said Darroch had served a “long and distinguished career, with dignity, professionalism and class”, BBC reported. “You are the best of us,” Simon said, describing the leak as “malicious”. Prime Minister Theresa May said it was a “matter of great regret” that Darroch felt the need to resign. He has “given a lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude,” she added. The scandal broke out over the weekend when classified emails from Darroch to a range of UK government officials emerged in the media. Trump launched a tirade against the diplomat as “not liked or well thought of within the US” and that he would “no longer deal with him”. His characteristic social media attack extended to May, as he tweeted: “I have been very critical about the way the UK and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit.” “What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way.” In some of his communications leaked to the ‘Mail on Sunday’, Darroch, who became ambassador to the US in January 2016 about a year before Trump took office, questioned whether the White House at the time “will ever look competent” but also warned that the US President should not be written off. The emails, dating from 2017, said rumours of “infighting and chaos” in the White House were mostly true, the White House under Trump was “uniquely dysfunctional” and that the policy on sensitive issues such as Iran was “incoherent, chaotic”. The US President took to Twitter to attack Darroch as a “very stupid guy” after disinviting him from an event at the White House on Monday night in retaliation. In a debate for the Tory leadership contest on Tuesday, frontrunner Boris Johnson repeatedly refused to say whether he would keep Darroch in post if he became prime minister. UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, one of two British Prime Ministerial hopefuls alongside Johnson, backed the diplomat, saying it was important for diplomats to be able to give frank views to ministers.last_img read more

  • Youth arrested for thrashing traffic police constable in Ghaziabad

    first_imgGhaziabad: A 23-year-old SUV driver has been arrested by Ghaziabad police for allegedly thrashing a traffic police constable and trying to run the vehicle over him when he tried to stop him from driving on wrong side of the road in Sihani gate police station area of Ghaziabad.According to police, the arrested person has been identified as Tarun Tyagi, a resident of Patel Nagar-3 area in Ghaziabad. “Tyagi is a student by profession and he belongs to a business family,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPrateek Kumar, traffic police constable with Ghaziabad police said that the incident occurred on Saturday afternoon around 2:30 pm when he was deployed at a roundabout in Sihani Gate area. “During duty, I spotted a Toyota fortuner car, bearing a VIP number which was being driven on the wrong side of road. When I signalled the driver to stop, he tried to run the vehicle over me. I had to climb in order to save myself. However, the driver along with three to four other men stepped out of the car and started misbehaving with me. The accused persons thrashed me, hurled abuses and tore my uniform. The threatened me and later fled away from the spot,” Kumar said in his complaint. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile police officials said that the accused was arrested later after locals identified him. “The victim lodged a complaint with police on Saturday evening and a case was registered at Sihani Gate police station. Police questioned nearby shopkeepers to identify him and also get into the details from vehicle’s registration number which was told by the victim. The accused was arrested on Saturday night and he has been booked under section 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 504 of Indian Penal Code. He has been produced before the court and sent to jail,” said Umesh Bahadur Singh, Station House Officer of Sihani Gate police station.last_img read more

  • Judge who jailed KI 6 named interim head of law school in

    first_imgCorrection: APTN News incorrectly labelled the Bora Laskin Law School as an Indigenous law school in this story on Friday. While Indigenous laws and rights are a part of the school’s agenda, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and Sole, Small Town Practice with the Integrated Practice Curriculum is also taught according to the school’s website.APTN NewsA judge who jailed six members of the Kitchenumaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation in Treaty 9 has been named the interim head of the Indigenous law school at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.Ten years ago, Justice George Patrick Smith sent the chief and five councillors from KI to jail for contempt of court because they refused to stop blocking access to their territory to a resource company.Chief Donny Morris was one of those jailed.“For him to take interim… it has to be somebody else in that position,” Morris told APTN News.“It is a polluted environment now. Some sort of opposition will be forthcoming in the form of a letter.”The university is searching for a full-time dean of the law school after the departure of Angelique EagleWoman who resigned saying that she experienced racism and a university board that was apathetic towards Indigenous issues.Morris questioned whether Smith had an understanding of the country’s Indigenous issues when he sentenced the six KI members almost a decade ago. He said he invited Smith to his community after his release from prison, but the justice never accepted.“He would’ve heard firsthand from our elders why we are like this,” Morris said. “We truly believe this is our land, our area, our issues, the non-native system is not recognized. It’s faith-based too, we believe God put us here, this is our area, we didn’t migrate here. We were born and raised here, this is our land, our territory and his expertise and his areas contradicts what we believe in.”More to come…news@aptn.caWith files from Willow Fiddlerlast_img read more

  • Lebanons economy faces stark choice Reform or collapse

    first_imgBEIRUT — Lebanon is marking 75 years of independence with a military parade Thursday in Beirut, but many anxious Lebanese feel they have little to celebrate: the country’s corruption-plagued economy is dangerously close to collapse and political bickering over shares in a new Cabinet is threatening to scuttle pledges worth $11 billion by international donors.The World Bank issued a stark warning last week, with one official saying that unless a government is formed soon to carry out badly needed reforms, “the Lebanon we know will fizzle away.”It’s been more than six months since Lebanon held its first national elections in nine years but the prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, still hasn’t formed a government to undertake the reforms necessary to unlock the donors’ funds.The vote, in which the Shiite militant Hezbollah group and its allies made significant gains, did little to pull Lebanon out of a political impasse. Anger against politicians’ apparent indifference, worsening public services and distress over down-spiraling finances and gloomy predictions are building up.Last Friday, heavy rains caused Beirut’s sewage system to burst, turning the city’s famous Mediterranean coastal avenue into a river of filthy, foul-smelling black water that engulfed motorists along the otherwise scenic route. On the same day, the military had closed a main artery for drills ahead of the Independence Day parade, paralyzing traffic for hours. Flights from Beirut’s international airport were missed and a woman reportedly went into labour on the road. The army later apologized.Despite a population of over 4.5 million that is among the most educated in the region, Lebanon still has a primitive infrastructure, widespread electricity and water cuts and a longstanding waste crisis that over the past few years saw trash piling in the streets for weeks at a time.“There is no independence (to celebrate) because corruption is eating us up,” said Mohammed al-Rayyes, a shop owner in Beirut’s Hamra district. “The coming days are going to be very difficult.”The tiny Arab country has coped with multiple political and security crises over the past decades and also suffered from the seven-year civil war in neighbouring Syria, a conflict that has occasionally spilled over the border and brought more than 1 million refugees into Lebanon, putting even more pressure on its dysfunctional infrastructure.A soaring debt of $84 billion and unemployment believed to be around 36 per cent are compounding concerns that the country will finally cave in.“It is a shame because so much time is being wasted,” Ferid Belhaj, the World Bank’s vice-president for the Middle East and North Africa, said during a meeting with a group of journalists last week.For years, he said, Lebanese officials have been promising to work on solving the electricity crisis, which costs the country about $2 billion a year and has been the main factor in accumulating Lebanon’s debt.Of immediate concern is the future of $11 billion in loans and grants pledged by international donors at a meeting in Paris in April, which Lebanon risks losing if no Cabinet is in place soon to unlock the funds and approve reforms that were set as conditions by the donors and which have been delayed for years. In April, Hariri pledged to reduce the budget deficit by 5 per cent over the next five years.The crisis has prompted some Lebanese to change their deposits from the local currency, which has been pegged to the U.S. dollars since 1997, to U.S. dollars for fear the Lebanese pound might collapse. Riad Salameh, the Central Bank governor, has been repeatedly reassuring the markets, saying the local currency is stable.Mohamad Shukeir, head of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, told the local MTV station that 2,200 businesses closed doors so far this year.Aftershocks of rising tension between the United States and Iran are also felt in Beirut, with Tehran ally Hezbollah being blamed by opponents for preventing Western-backed Hariri from forming a national unity government.Hezbollah has demanded that six Sunni lawmakers allied with the Shiite group and opposed to Hariri be included in his Cabinet — something that Hariri, the country’s top Sunni Muslim leader, categorically rejects.Despite the dangers, political bickering is not likely to end soon and the debt is mounting.“The level of debt that we have in Lebanon requires us to act very quickly,” said economist Kamel Wazne. “Any delay will expose us to financial collapse.”Belhaj of the World Bank said that reforms would act as a buffer to the crisis. But in their absence, “the crisis can be very nasty.”“If we don’t go about these reforms fast, the Lebanon that we know will fizzle away,” he said.___Associated Press reporter Fadi Tawil in Beirut contributed to this story.Bassem Mroue, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Dawson Creek RCMP search for man wanted on numerous outstanding warrants

    first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP have issued an arrest warrant and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 24-year-old Devin Calliou who is wanted on outstanding warrants.According to RCMP, Calliou is currently wanted on numerous warrants which include, but not limited to:Driving while ProhibitedFailing to Comply with RecognizanceBreach of Recognizance ConditionsFlight from PoliceIf you have any information on Calliou’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

  • UN rushes aid as security situation in Somalia deteriorates

    Nearly 40,000 people have fled the capital Mogadishu in recent weeks, bringing the total number of those displaced by the ongoing fighting since the end of last October to over 294,000, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).Some 1,600 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who left their homes in the 1990s have been given 24 hours to vacate a compound of the Mogadishu polytechnical college where they have been living, but have not been provided with an alternative place to settle.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have supplied monthly food rations to nearly 200,000 people along the corridor between Mogadishu and the near-by town of Afgooye, where many people have fled.The agency’s programme in the capital is now fully operational, providing 50,000 meals a day through its 10 kitchens to vulnerable people trapped in Mogadishu.Clashes between the Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces on one side and anti-Government elements on the other – both in Mogadishu and in other regions of the country – are contributing to a worsening of the security condition.In the capital, fighting erupted in areas where Ethiopian troops were conducting a house-to-house weapons search, while elsewhere, more than one dozen civilians lost their lives when a security operation was held in an area where thousands of IDPs sought refuge.The UN is particularly concerned about the rising number of incidents targeting humanitarian organizations, such as the kidnappings of staff, invasions and looting of non-governmental organization (NGO) facilities and warehouses.On his recent two-day mission to the Puntland region, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia has stressed that safety guarantees are crucial for humanitarian workers, underscoring the key role of local authorities and communities in ensuring their safety.Last month, the Security Council called on all sides in Somalia to use peaceful means to consolidate peace in the country. In a statement, the 15-member body urged “all Somali parties to reject violence and… to enter into substantial dialogue aimed at achieving a full and all-inclusive national reconciliation.” 11 January 2008The United Nations is stepping up its efforts to help Somalis forced to flee their homes due to the violence engulfing the Horn of Africa nation, where security continues to deteriorate. read more

  • US manufacturing activity accelerates in June as new orders boost employment

    by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2015 8:31 am MDT Last Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 9:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this photo taken June 11, 2015, machinist Angel Altamirano, 32, of River Rouge, grinds a guardrail for a staircase in Detroit. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for June on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Todd McInturf /The Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index rose to 53.5 last month from 52.8 in May. Manufacturing activity matched January’s level for the highest this year. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.Manufacturing growth has accelerated for the past two months, evidence that U.S. factories are beginning to adapt and overcome the drags caused by a rise in the dollar’s value and cheaper oil prices, two trends that date back to last fall.The index’s measure of production fell, but it remained above 50. The gauge of new orders rose slightly to 56 from 55.8. But manufacturers are responding to the increased demand by hiring more workers, as the employment measure increased to 55.5 from 51.7, a sign that many companies expect additional orders in the coming months and are hiring in advance.“When it goes up like that, it’s in anticipation of future orders,” said Bradley Holcombe, chairman of I.S.M.’s manufacturing business survey committee.Falling oil prices forced energy companies to curtail orders for new equipment and pipelines as their margins were squeezed and rigs were shut down. The stronger dollar made U.S. goods more expensive overseas, which weighed on sales.Those two trends seem to have tailed off.Oil has stabilized at around $60 a barrel. It had plunged as low as $50 a barrel at the start of the year from roughly $110 in June 2014. The decrease caused a decline in oil refining in May that weighed on factory output, according to the Federal Reserve.The dollar, too, has steadied in recent months. While U.S. currency will continue to be a drag on exports, manufacturers say they can at least adjust production schedules to account for it.This leaves manufacturers dependent on greater demand domestically from consumers. Solid job growth over the past year has flowed into spending on cars and trucks, which should bolster manufacturing. Auto sales rose 2 per cent in May compared to the prior year, as people bought 1.64 million cars and trucks, the highest total since July 2005, according to Autodata Corp. US manufacturing activity accelerates in June as new orders boost employment read more

  • UNESCO chief denounces killing of Pakistani journalist calls for ensuring justice

    The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the murder of television journalist Zakir Ali in Pakistan’s Sindh province and urged the authorities to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.“It is important that no effort be spared in seeking out those responsible for this crime. Attacks on journalists and media workers represent a serious attack on citizens’ right to be kept informed,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“Press freedom and freedom of expression hinge on journalists’ ability to carry out their work without fearing for their lives. Such crimes must therefore not go unpunished.”Mr. Ali, also known as Shan Dher, was the bureau chief of news channel Abb Takk TV. He was shot on his way home on 31 December in Larkana and died in hospital on 1 January.Last year the UNESCO chief condemned the killing of eight media workers in Pakistan. read more

  • Three Minute Thesis contest will coincide with Brock research celebration

    John McNamara isn’t sure how he would stack up presenting against Brock graduate students in this year’s Three Minute Thesis contest.John McNamara isn’t sure how he would stack up presenting against Brock graduate students in this year’s Three Minute Thesis contest.The Professor of Child and Youth Studies contemplated that question during a recent radio interview about the competition with Mike Saunders on CFBU’s Inquisitive Minds program.McNamara and Associate Professor Kim Gammage, of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, are coordinating Brock’s second annual contest on behalf of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.“The contest really relies on a different skillset,” says McNamara, who has been teaching at Brock since 2003. “If I think back to my graduate student days, I don’t think I would have done as well as some of our presenters last year. They were amazing in the way that they took complex phenomena and presented it with style and humour.“It looks easy when you watch them present. It almost looks as if they are doing it off the cuff. But I know it involves weeks and weeks of preparing.”The preliminary round of the contest takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., in Pond Inlet. That event will determine the top spots for Brock’s 3MT® Final that will be held on Monday, April 7 as part of the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.On the line are cash prizes of $500 for the winner and $250 for the runner-up. Both events are open to the Brock community and the general public.“In planning for this year’s contest, the Faculty of Graduate Studies thought it would be a good fit to hold our preliminary round on Feb. 25 to coincide with the University’s second annual research celebration,” says Gammage. “It’s a fun competition that puts a spotlight on graduate students and lets them tell us about the great research they are doing here.Everyone is welcome to attend and we hope to see faculty, staff and students come out in support of graduate student research.”The faculty held a recent coaching session for all participants. Sharing advice and tips with the students were Prof. Stephen Cheung and Brock graduate Julia Course, a professional actor.Cheung spoke about how to make complex research come alive for public interest, while Course talked about and demonstrated effective performance skills.McNamara says the 3MT® contest is a valuable communications and presentation exercise for students because it teaches them how to take a complex research topic and make it accessible for non-academic audiences.That’s a skill he says graduate students can harness in many other ways from job interviews and grant applications to media attention about their research.“One of the eligibility criteria for 3MT® is to be in the latter stages of their research, so that means you know your data, you know your research,” he explains. “The challenge isn’t so much understanding your data – the challenge is in presenting your data to non-academic audiences in a colourful way, in a way that makes its implications very clear.“We’re used to talking to our peers and colleagues and we use the vernacular that we are used to as academics and researchers. But when speaking to non-academics these terms and language really don’t make much sense. The challenge for 3MT® presenters is to present research in a non-academic way in a short period of time and in a way that highlights your presentation skills.”Students competing Feb. 25 will be scored by a non-academic panel of judges who include Brian Hutchings, Brock’s vice-president, finance and administration, Debbie Slade, director, Brock’s Centre for the Arts, and Mike Saunders, CFBU radio host.The 3MT® competition was initially developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, soon followed by other Australian and New Zealand universities, culminating in the first Trans Tasman competition held in 2010.3MT® has spread internationally and is now held at universities across Canada.Brock took part in the first Ontario competition held last year at Queen’s University. This year, the winner and runner-up of Brock’s April 7 final will advance to the provincial contest April 24 at McMaster University in Hamilton.The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies is sponsoring the first national (3MT®) that will be held as a virtual event in May. read more

  • Bucks breeze past Eastern Michigan Turner injured

    The Ohio State men’s basketball team beat Eastern Michigan 111-60 Saturday to move to 7-1 on the season.The outcome of the game quickly became secondary, however, after junior guard Evan Turner left the game with an apparent back injury just seven minutes into the game.Turner, who leads the Buckeyes in nearly every statistical category, was fouled on a dunk attempt and fell hard to the floor directly on his upper back. The Schottenstein Center crowd went silent as the medical staff attended to Turner, who eventually left under his own power before he was taken to the OSU Medical Center for precautionary x-rays.“It got pretty quit in the gym,” junior guard Jon Diebler said. “It got really quiet.”Reports after the game were that the x-rays were negative, but he will undergo a CT scan to check for any further injury.“Everything looked good in the x-ray,” coach Thad Matta said. “At this point I’m pretty optimistic he’s going to be OK.”Senior P.J. Hill, who had been struggling to gain playing time, scored a career-high 18 points on 6-7 shooting as a replacement for Turner.  “I want to do whatever is best for the team,” Hill said. “I know whenever my opportunity arises just to take full advantage of it.”Junior guard Jon Diebler added 21 points including six three-pointers.“Tonight showed how versatile we are, Diebler said. “When a guy like Evan goes out, it forces everyone to step up their game because Evan does so much for this basketball team both offensively and defensively.”As for Turner, Diebler is confident he’ll be fine. “It was good to see him up and walking,” Diebler said. “Evan is a tough kid. I know he’s going to do what he has to do to get healthy.” read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball set for Big Ten Tournament Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Senior guard Shannon Scott (3), freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) and senior forward Sam Thompson (12) lead the Buckeyes into the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed.Photo illustration by Mark BatkeThe Ohio State men’s basketball team tasted a blowout loss on the final day of the regular season, but the Buckeyes don’t have much time to reflect.After OSU lost to No. 6 Wisconsin, 72-48, on senior day on Sunday, the Buckeyes are set to play Thursday night in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Coach Thad Matta said he wants his team to learn from that loss, but added that the players can’t dwell on it.“For me, it’s more of just having the understanding that we can’t change what happened Sunday,” Matta said Wednesday. “‘OK, that’s over with. We had one of those games, don’t have another one of those for the remainder of the season.’ I hope that we wash it down the drain afterwards and guys are ready to go.”Matta added that there’s always added pressure when tournament play rolls around, and his players have to be up to the task.“You chose the wrong school if you don’t want the pressure tomorrow night at 8 o’clock, if you don’t want the pressure the next day, the next day, going into the NCAA Tournament,” the 11-year OSU coach said. “If you don’t want that, we made a mistake recruiting you.”The Buckeyes (22-9, 11-7) didn’t find out exactly who they’d play until late Wednesday night, meaning they didn’t have a particular opponent to prepare for. But Matta said their opponent might have a slight advantage, already having won one tournament game.“You need a little bit of luck,” Matta said of the keys to finding success in a tournament. “I think a lot of it is getting through that first game. Whoever we play will have played a game in there before us.”OSU learned its tournament draw when Minnesota (18-14, 6-12) topped Rutgers (10-22, 2-16), 80-68, in the first round at the United Center, sending them through for a matchup with the Buckeyes.OSU already played Minnesota once this season, and it took every last effort to top the Golden Gophers, 74-72, in overtime on the road on Jan. 6.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell said it will be important to focus on each opponent one at a time, rather than dwelling on the past or the future, especially in tournament play.“We’re in the postseason, so if you’re not mentally prepared for this, it’s not for you,” Russell said Wednesday. “I think we’ve got a great connection of guys that are willing to do whatever it takes to win and advance round by round, just take one game at a time and be successful with it.”But even if OSU is now focused on the task at hand, Russell said the Buckeyes can still look at the Wisconsin game and gain something from the senior day letdown.“I feel like it can trigger a great point of what we need to do, and what needs to be done and all the work that we need to do to be successful in the tournament,” he said. “So we can just take it as a learning point.”Last season, the Buckeyes lost two of their final three regular season games, but pulled out a close win over Michigan State to close the regular season. Then OSU won two games in the Big Ten Tournament before falling to Michigan, 72-69, in the semifinals.That roster included four of OSU’s five current seniors, who were also on the team when the Buckeyes last won the conference tournament in 2013. That happens to also be the last time the tournament was held in Chicago.Matta said players have to have camaraderie on the court to succeed in tournament play, and he has at least four Buckeyes who have already experienced that.“I think one of the big keys is the togetherness that you have, because it is game after game after game,” he said. “And you’ve gotta have a purpose, you’ve gotta have a cause when you go into these things.”This time around, the Buckeyes aren’t coming off a five-game winning streak like they were in 2013. With the loss to Wisconsin still fresh in his mind, Matta said he’ll just have to wait and see what OSU can do.“I’ll be interested to see on how they come out and play,” he said. “I want them to feel the heat.” read more

  • Seequent and SRK roll out global software Masterclasses

    first_imgSeequent (formerly ARANZ Geo) a world leader in the development of data visualisation software together with SRK Consulting have announced the roll out of global masterclasses in geologically-driven resource estimation. The collaboration will showcase Seequent’s latest solution, Leapfrog® EDGE and harness SRK’s resource estimation expertise.The global roll out is in response to the success of two pilot Masterclasses run in Vancouver and Peru at the end of 2017. Seequent’s General Manager Mining and Minerals Nick Fogarty, explains, “These Masterclasses quickly sold out and we’re therefore delighted to collaborate with SRK to bring more to the market. They will focus on geologically-driven resource estimation and combine SRK’s international consulting experience with our innovative new resource estimation solution, Leapfrog EDGE.”Leapfrog EDGE is a dynamic resource estimation solution that seamlessly integrates with Leapfrog geological models, enabling stronger emphasis on robust domain modelling to underpin the estimate. This delivers major benefits relating to how users can manage change as they continue to interpret geology and make use of the latest information. The result of extensive industry consultation, Leapfrog EDGE includes intuitive and highly visual tools within a streamlined, flexible workflow and has been thoughtfully crafted to improve productivity and reduce training time.SRK’s Corporate Consultant, Peter Gleeson, who has over 30 years of mining geology and resource estimation experience, will be one of the trainers. He comments, “The Masterclass is designed to help improve operational efficiency and reduce the risk inherent in any mineral resource estimation by producing robust estimates that are associated with your geological domains and underpinned by a sound, practical application of geostatistical methods.”The Masterclass is for mining and resource geologists who are already involved in developing resource estimates and who wish to learn about estimation using Leapfrog EDGE. No previous experience of Leapfrog EDGE is required, although a background in resource estimation using other 3D modelling software is preferred.The three-day course includes a series of theoretical presentations and discussions on the key aspects of estimation using Leapfrog EDGE. As an outcome of the course participants will be shown how to produce a validated, classified and robust resource estimate. The course focuses on a real world deposit, chosen specifically to highlight common estimation issues. Topics under discussion include:• Importance of geology in all aspects of resource estimation and domaining• Importance of QA-QC of data• Exploratory data analysis• Variogram selection and fitting• QKNA• Estimation strategies and methods• Block model validation• Classification strategiesPeter Gleeson has worked in open pit and underground production roles on a diverse range of deposits from precious metals through to bulk commodities and is a CP for gold, uranium and base metals. He is an advocate of hands on geology through pit mapping, face mapping and in driving the resource development from the ‘coal face’.Nick Fogarty concludes, “We look forward to welcoming more resource geologists to the Masterclass and demonstrating how they can more thoroughly integrate their geological modelling in resource estimating. We believe that this refreshing new approach will enable better decision making which will increase confidence and reduce risk.”The first masterclass dates to be released include:Toronto, Canada: 2nd – 4th May 2018Hermosillo, Mexico: 8th – 10th August 2018Zacatecas, Mexico: 13th – 15th August 2018Vancouver, Canada: 12th – 14th September 2018last_img read more

  • Training tech 6 steps to the perfect plank

    first_img6. Mix it upForearm-down isn’t your only plank option. Don’t kill yourself trying to hit Brian Dooher levels of plank zen, instead try a straight-arm plank or even take a leaf from another Brian and use a Swiss ball or medicine ball to rest your core further. Source: INPHOOther options are to slot push-ups in between a minute of planking, lift a weight with alternate hands during your minute or raise alternate legs.Whatever variation you, use the same core principles above and your abs and back will thank you once they’ve stopped working overtime.This article was originally published at 10.24, then updated at 15.13.Training tech: 5 steps to the perfect squat ‘ACCURACY’ HAS BECOME one of the most common words uttered by Irish athletes in search of greatness in recent years.It relates, not just to hitting the target with a ball or putting your feet in the right place during competition; it encompasses everything within the daily grind of trying to become fitter, faster, stronger, better.So, every Tuesday we’ll aim to bring you the best technical advice on an individual exercise that can make all the difference to both your physique and performance. This week, the plank. Source: ShutterstockIt doesn’t look like much, but when planking properly it is the most effective exercise you can do for your core and abdominal muscles. Rather than risking curling your spine while struggling to do a sit-up, plank for a minute and feel the sweat glands begin to pump.So here’s how.1. Elbows and toesThe beauty of the plank is that it’s simple and effective. There’s not much to be explained that you can’t already see happening in a still image.Get onto all fours and make sure to plant your elbows directly under your shoulders – an angle will put stress on the joint, which you don’t need to be doing for extended periods – and lift your weight onto your toes and forearms.2. Keep that ar*e up! Too low. Source: Scott Herman Fitness/YouTube3. But(t) below the shoulders More like a downward facing dog than a plank. Source: Scott Herman FitnessPerfect. Try to keep that straight line running from your neck all the way to your heels as you drive your feet into the floor behind you. Source: Shutterstock4. Now flexYour exercise time will be tougher and a whole lot more beneficial if you try to engage not only your upper body muscles, but also your thigh muscles and glutes.5. Challenge your PBOn a regular plank, try to set two or three minutes aside a couple of times each day and challenge yourself to build on that time with each attempt.last_img read more

  • Verizons LTE phones cannot switch to ATTs LTE network

    first_imgHere’s a hope-crusher for US mobile customers: Not all 4G LTE-capable phones are created equal. Verizon customers looking to take their high-end LTE devices and hop over to competing networks, such as AT&T, are in for the same sore surprise that customers have dealt with on 3G networks for years–the devices run on different frequencies depending on their carrier.American wireless carriers have played this game for years. A phone may be sold in as many as three or four different carrier’s stores, but each one will be shipped with a radio that uses a frequency that the others don’t. In the case of 3G phones, this problem was most commonly experienced by iPhone owners who jumped ship and left AT&T (usually for T-Mobile). Their phones would still work, but only on EDGE, which is considerably slower than what they had to begin with.AdChoices广告Now, it seems that this aging practice is still in play–even with the new generation of 4G LTE networks and somewhat “open” devices. To make matters worse, the number of potential frequency bands available for LTE networks is a whopping twelve, ranging from 700MHz to 2600MHz. In this case, we’re dealing with Verizon’s use of the upper 700MHz band, while AT&T only uses the lower segment. There’s absolutely no overlap.The disparity between Verizon’s and AT&T’s networks goes beyond LTE, too. Because the two networks use entirely different technologies for their “3G” networks, customers would be unable to keep even the most basic of speeds if they try to switch carriers.Frequency splitting like this is nothing but bad for consumers, but it clearly works for carriers in more ways than one. No amount of rooting has been able to affect the actual bands that a phone’s radio uses, so consumers are more or less locked into their services–even if they hate their carrier. It’s an ugly practice, but it’s unlikely to stop any time soon.via PC Magazinelast_img read more