first_imgCaptain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai became the world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles in Mumbai on Tuesday.Aarohi Pandit achieved the feat around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland. The Indian flag was presented to Aarohi Pandit by the Indian Ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup. (Photo: WE Expedition)”This is part of her ongoing year-long global circumnavigation flight which was launched wither friend Keithair Misquitta on July 30. Aarohi continued solo from UK to Canada, and they will return to India by July 30, 2019,” said an excited Lynn de Souza, head of Social Access, a not-for-profit communications firm which organised and sponsored the expedition.”En route, she set another world record as the first woman pilot to fly solo above the treacherous Greenland ice-cap in a LSA, and is due for at least half a dozen other records by the time she reaches India,” Lynn de Souza told IANS.A commercial pilot and LSA licence holder, Aarohi Pandit and her best friend Keithair Misquitta left India on the Women Empower (WE) Expedition in the tiny aircraft christened ‘Mahi’. Keithair Misquitta and Aarohi Pandit. (Photo: The Navy Blue Foundation)’Mahi’ is a tiny, single-engine Sinus 912 weighing a little of 400 kg or nearly equivalent to a Bullet motorcycle, manufactured by Pipistrel of Slovenia, and is also the first LSA registered by Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.advertisementPandit and Misquitta flew over Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, then to Pakistan, where they landed — making it the first civilian LSA flight to land in the neighbouring country since 1947 — and went onto to Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France and UK.After landing in Iqaluit, Aarohi Pandit proudly exhibited the Indian tricolour presented to her by the Indian Ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup, said Lynn.”I am so honoured and grateful I could do this for my country and for women everywhere… Flying over the Atlantic Ocean is a humbling experience. Its just you and your little plane, the light blue sky above and dark blue see or shining white ice below,” said a tired but cheerful Pandit in her landing remarks to her cheering friends in Mumbai, who stayed awake till early on Tuesday to witness her making history.Though she admitted certain sectors in the long flight were bumpy, the “beauty of the ocean and islands was breathtaking and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat”.Aarohi Pandit is an ardent fan of the legendary American aviator, Amelia Earheart — who became the world’s first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight in a bigger aircraft, 87 years ago, on May 20, 1932.A resident of Borivali, northwest Mumbai suburb, Pandit underwent an arduous seven-month preparatory training schedule in India, Greenland, Siberia, Italy over oceans, high altitude, snow, extreme weather conditions, different terrains testing her physical and mental capabilities to undertake her circumnavigation feat.After a brief sojourn in Canada, the WE Expedition will continue with Aarohi Pandit flying westwards to Russia, cross many a longitudes and hurdles, create or break more records, before she finally returns home by July 30, after clocking in around 37,000 km.Also Read | Indian woman suffering from rare disease fights deportation from UKAlso Read | Maratha students fail to meet CM Devendra Fadnavis for medical quotaAlso Watch | Anti-Muslim riots kill one in Sri Lanka, nationwide curfew imposed after attack on mosquelast_img read more

first_imgA Woodbury County jury has returned a verdict of not guilty to a Sioux City man charged with second degree sexual abuse of a minor.The jury returned the verdict in the case of 45 year old James Beyne, who was arrested in October of 2016 and accused of the abuse of a minor from 2011 to 2012 in Sioux City.The jury deliberated for 2 hours before returning the not-guilty verdict.Beyne’s attorney released a statement from him saying he was elated about the outcome of the case and this proved his innocence.last_img

first_imgUS sports Share on WhatsApp Mexico: North America’s team Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Mexico World Cup Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter World Cup 2018 Here at Guardian US we have decided to back Mexico. El Tri have already made the US a second home: just over half of their international matches since 2007 have been played in the US, across 22 metropolitan areas. Then there’s the shared football history between the two countries, from thrilling World Cup qualifiers to Mexicans who have lit up Major League Soccer and Americans who have made the journey to star in Liga MX. And, of course, Mexico and the US, along with Canada, will co-host the 2026 World Cup.And then there’s the political climate we are living in. As presidential policy creates rifts between the US and Mexico now is an excellent time, to use an old cliche, for sport to bring the countries closer together.In the next few weeks, we’ll have a reporter at each of Mexico’s games, starting from their opener against the reigning champions Germany on Sunday. We’ll also liveblog every El Tri game – in English and Spanish – and provide news and analysis throughout the tournament.Our coverage won’t be limited to the pitch though. To launch our coverage we have Mexican-American boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya explaining why the US should support Mexico while Raul Vilchis will explain why, at a time of division and walls, the World Cup can be a time to celebrate both countries’ shared history and culture. He will also explore the importance of football and the national team to the country’s identity.Later in the tournament, we’ll hear from Tom Dart, who travelled to Laredo, Texas to talk to Mexican-Americans fans on the border about how they handle their split loyalties in soccer while Nick Ames profiles looks at the career of one of Mexico’s biggest stars, Javier Hernández, on the eve of the tournament. Léelo en españolAs the World Cup kicks off this week without the US men’s national team, American fans are choosing who to put their support behind. Will it be the world champions Germany, the jogo bonito of Brazil, Lionel Messi’s Argentina or rank outsiders like Panama, Saudi Arabia and England? Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgAsus 6z to launch in India today: Flip Camera, specifications, pricing, and everything else you should knowThe Asus 6z will the company’s latest flagship offering or the Indian market. The Asus 6z features an innovative motorised Flip Camera as well as a massive 5000mAh battery.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 10:44 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Asus 6z comes with a Flip Camera module to use the rear cameras for selfies and videos.The phone comes with a 5000mAh battery along with support for the 18W fast charging system.Asus is expected to price it against the OnePlus 7 series in India.It’s been over a month since Asus announced the ZenFone 6 – its latest flagship smartphone globally. India Today Tech was able to have a brief hands-on with the device back then and it easily managed to amaze with its unique Flip Camera module. Asus at the time said that it will bring the Zenfone 6 to the Indian market and today, it will be commercially available in India. However, due to legal restrictions, Asus has changed its name and will be calling it the Asus 6z in India.The Asus 6z will be available exclusively on Flipkart as the teasers suggest. Technically, the Asus 6z is expected to be the same ZenFone 6 launched globally. Hence, it will carry over all the features and highlights of the device from the international version. The Asus 6z is expected to made available in at least three variants, with the base version sporting at least 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.The launch event will begin from 12:30 pm and Asus will stream it live on YouTube. You can watch it here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyyrNLDP7_A&feature=youtu.be)Asus 6z features at a glanceThe Asus 6z is primarily known for its Flip Camera module that helps Asus eliminate the display notch. The module houses a 48-megapixel the primary camera with the Sony IMX586 sensor and a secondary 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, both of which can be used as a front camera when required. The Flip Camera is controlled by a mechanized motor and Asus said that it has built several safety mechanisms to make it more durable.advertisementThe Flip Camera makes for a notch-less narrow-bezel display with a slim chin. The phone sports a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution. There’s a capacitive fingerprint sensor at the back. Like all 2019 flagships, the phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 855 chipset that comes with a choice of 6GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage. The phone also offers a triple card slot that can accommodate two SIM cards and a micro SD card at the same time. To keep the phone alive, it uses a 5000mAh battery with support Quick Charge 4.0. It also comes with a Smart Key that can be customised either to launch the Google Assistant or custom functions.Asus 6z expected India priceThe Asus 6z is aimed at this year’s flagship killer phones. In India, there are chances that Asus could price it competitively against the OnePlus 7 series. The base version with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage could be priced closer to the OnePlus 7, i.e. under Rs 37,000. On the other hand, the prices for the top-end variants could reach the low-end variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro, i.e. close to Rs 50,000.ALSO READ: | Asus ZenFone 6 launched globally: Price, specifications, cameras and all you need to knowALSO READ: | Asus ZenFone 6 launched with innovative 48MP Flip Camera, Snapdragon 855: Starts from Rs 39,000ALSO READ: | Asus ZenFone ban case: Asus says it will resolve issue with court, sales remain unaffectedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Asuslast_img read more

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff, September 30, 2014 zoom National shipping association Shipping Australia voiced its disappointment with the draft report released by the Competition Review Panel that has recommended removal of the existing shipping exemptions in Part X of the Competition and Consumer Act.The Australian Federal Government appointed a panel of experts to undertake a major review of Australian competition laws and underlying competition policy. On 22 September 2014, the panel, headed by economist, Professor Ian Harper, released its draft report and recommendations.The report said that the exemptions provided by Part X of the CCA were too broad and predicated on anti-competitive agreements in liner shipping.The Panel recommended repeal of Part X of the CCA, adding that a block exemption should be granted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for liner shipping agreements that meet a minimum standard of pro-competitive features.“Repeal of Part X will mean that existing agreements are no longer exempt from the competition provisions of the CCA. Transitional arrangements are therefore warranted. A transitional period of two years should allow for authorisations to be sought and to identify agreements that qualify for the proposed block exemption,” the report reads.With respect to coastal shipping the Panel said that having in mind the current Australian Government Review of Coastal Trading, the cabotage restrictions should be removed,” unless they can be shown to be in the public interest andthere is no other means by which public interest objectives can be achieved.”“Not one of the users or providers of shipping services in Australia recommended this outcome,” the association said.There are at least 25 international shipping companies providing services to Australia.“Part X currently provides both the certainty of levels of service that shippers require and the certainty that carriers need to decide to invest in providing ships on Australian routes,” Shipping Australia CEO, Rod Nairn said.“I expect that this number will reduce and competition will suffer under the proposed changes.“The current system is promoting competition, as evidenced by the most competitive shipping rates ever seen. It seems ludicrous for the Panel to recommend so much extra bureaucracy and red tape in a philosophical quest to fix something that isn’t broken.”According to the association, on the positive side, “at least the Panel has recognised that shipping requires special treatment and recommends the creation of a block exemption process.”Shipping Australia believes that the proposed changes would, however, ” bring uncertainty by replacing clear legislation with an, as yet, undefined block exemption process to be developed in consultation with the shipping industry, but no doubt driven by the dogma of the ACCC. Anything falling outside these unknown limits will require the full authorisation process, which even the Panel agrees, “might lead to unnecessary compliance costs”.”“This would clearly raise barriers to participation, reduce competition and increase shipping rates. Those shipping companies that can afford to remain in the Australian market may well be pleased,” Rod Nairn said.“Shipping Australia will continue to provide constructive input to the Panel despite the fact that our previous submission seems to have been largely ignored.”Full report is available here.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Singapore-based owner and operator of gas carriers BW LPG Limited has taken delivery of BW Libra, the fifth Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) in its newbuilding programme of eight VLGCs, from South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Following the delivery, the vessel will immediately join BW LPG’s commercial programme.Commenting on the delivery, BW LPG CEO Martin Ackermann said: “The newbuilding programme plays an important role in our customer commitment to delivering quality transportation of LPG. We are very pleased with the high quality of vessels delivered from HHI and look forward to the continuation of this partnership.”Including the BW Libra, the company now owns and operates a fleet of 39 vessels, comprising 26 owned VLGCs, eight chartered-in VLGCs, and five owned LGCs, making it the world’s largest VLGC owner and operator by number of VLGCs and by LPG carrying capacity.last_img read more

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world’s richest, most powerful companies.“We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York,” the online giant from Seattle said in a blog post announcing its withdrawal.The stunning move was a serious blow to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had lobbied intensely to land the project, competing against more than 200 other metropolitan areas across the continent that were practically tripping over each other to offer incentives to Amazon in a bidding war the company stoked.Cuomo lashed out at fellow New York politicians over Amazon’s change of heart, saying the project would have helped diversify the city’s economy, cement its status as an emerging tech hub and generate money for schools, housing and transit.“A small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community,” he said.But Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York City’s new liberal firebrand, exulted over Amazon’s pullout.“Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted, referring to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.The swift unraveling of the project reflected growing antipathy toward large technology companies among liberals and populists who accuse big business of holding down wages and wielding too much political clout, analysts said.READ MORE: What people are saying about Amazon dumping NYC HQ plans“This all of a sudden became a perfect test case for all those arguments,” said Joe Parilla, a fellow at the Brooking Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Project.Amazon ultimately decided it did not want to be drawn into that battle.Amazon announced in November that it had chosen the Long Island City section of Queens for one of two new headquarters, with the other in Arlington, Virginia. Both would get 25,000 jobs. A third site in Nashville, Tennessee, would get 5,000.The company planned to spend $2.5 billion building the New York office, choosing the area in part because of its large pool of tech talent. The governor and the mayor had argued that the project would spur economic growth that would pay for the $2.8 billion in state and city incentives many times over.After Amazon backed out, the mayor criticized it for not doing more to try to win over New Yorkers, saying: “You have to be tough to make it in New York City.”In pulling out, Amazon said it isn’t looking for a replacement location “at this time.” It said it plans to spread the technology jobs that were slated for New York to other offices around the U.S. and Canada, including Chicago, Toronto and Austin, Texas. It will also expand its existing New York offices, which already have about 5,000 employees.Amazon faced fierce opposition over the tax breaks, with critics complaining that the project was an extravagant giveaway — or worse, a shakedown — and that it wouldn’t provide much direct benefit to most New Yorkers.The list of grievances against the project grew as the months wore on, with critics complaining about Amazon’s stance on unions and some Long Island City residents fretting that the company’s arrival would drive up rents and other costs.Opposition to the deal was led in the Democrat-controlled state Senate by Michael Gianaris, the chamber’s No. 2 lawmaker, whose district includes Long Island City. Initially among the politicians who supported bringing an Amazon headquarters to the city, Gianaris did an about-face after the deal was announced, criticizing the secrecy surrounding the negotiations and the generous incentives.Earlier this month, Gianaris was appointed to a little-known state panel that could have ultimately been asked to approve the subsidies.It is unclear whether the City Council had any power to scuttle the deal. But City Council members held hearings at which they grilled Amazon officials about the company’s labor practices, its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide facial recognition technology and other issues.Construction industry groups and some local business leaders had urged the public and officials to get behind the plan.Eric Benaim, a realty executive who gets most of his sales and rentals in Long Island City, had led a petition in support of Amazon, drawing 4,000 signatures.“I woke up this morning and I had no clue this would happen. Zero. This news is a shock, and I’m devastated,” he said.A Quinnipiac University poll released in December found New York City voters supported having an Amazon headquarters 57 percent to 26 percent. But they were divided over the incentives: 46 percent in favor, 44 percent against.Andrew Ousley, a business owner who lives near the proposed site, said he had been considering moving out before Amazon moved in.“Now that they’re not coming, I’m more likely to stay and see how the neighborhood continues to grow and evolve in a more organic fashion,” he said.In recent weeks, a City Council leader whose district includes Long Island City tried to get Amazon officials to agree to remain neutral in the face of any potential union drive. But an Amazon executive would not give such a commitment.___Associated Press Writers Verena Dobnik, Karen Matthews, Kiley Armstrong in New York; Chris Rugaber in Washington; and Chris Carola and David Klepper in Albany, New York, contributed to this story. read more

CALGARY – Premier Rachel Notley is to head to Washington, D.C., at the end of the month to promote Alberta and highlight existing trade ties.Notley says she plans to meet with as many policy-makers as possible to remind them that supporting Canadian business helps U.S. business.“Trade with the United States represents a significant part of our economy and we need to make sure that those interests are protected,” Notley said Friday.“There’s a pretty strong consensus among the premiers and the prime minister that probably the best way to do that is to get in front of as many people as we can to describe how much the relationship with Canadian business actually benefits American business.”She says an itinerary will be firmed up in the days to come.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travels to the U.S. capital on Monday to meet with President Donald Trump. Congress and Trump are publicly musing about imposing new tariffs on Canadian imports.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said this week that she has told U.S. politicians that Canada would strongly oppose new tariffs — and would respond in kind.Notley noted the issue is a long way from being settled.“The border adjustment tax is still very much up in the air,” she said.“Generally speaking, we’ll see the prime minister argue that the border adjustment tax applied to any sector will not be obviously helpful to Canadian exporters, but … that it will actually cause damage to American job creators and to American industry.”Before she leaves, Notley will meet with members of the oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, and manufacturing sectors to gather information and advice on the best way to make Alberta’s case.Trade between Alberta and the United States totalled more than $100 billion in 2015. About $80.6 billion worth of goods was sent to Americans from Alberta that year.Industries that export to the U.S. include oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and utilities.— By Dean Bennett in Edmonton by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 2:21 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Premier Notley heading to Washington at month’s end to talk trade read more

Brock’s Faculty of Humanities is mourning the loss of Dramatic Arts student Katherine Oswald.The second-year student from Niagara Falls passed away Monday with her family by her side after a battle with cancer.Katherine Oswald performing the role of the mad butcher Swelter in the stage adaption of Gormenghast in the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre in November, 2016.“She was an inspiration to us with her dedication to her craft, her courage to live life to the fullest, and her caring nature towards all with whom she worked,” said Department Chair Joe Norris. “DART and the Brock community were enriched by her presence and are fortunate that she chose Brock to share her exuberance.”Oswald came to Brock after studying for two years at the highly acclaimed American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Before coming back to Canada, she also worked for a year performing in off-Broadway shows and working in the costume department at her former school.Mike Griffin, Brock instructor and director of Gormenghast, which Oswald performed in last year, called the student a “shining light.”“She beamed with excitement to be part of our department. She was so full of energy and passion for theatre and her spirit was contagious to everyone she came into contact with. She wanted to do everything and was driven like no student I had ever met,” he said.In Gormenghast, Griffin said he gave Oswald a role unlike anything she had ever played, but she “brought everything in her being to the part because that is what Katherine did. Everything she did she committed to with the fullness of her heart.”Funeral services are being arranged at Patterson Funeral Home in Niagara Falls. read more

Ohio State senior setter Christy Blough sets the middle for redshirt sophomore Blake Leeson against Quincy on April 15 at St. John Arena. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern reporterWith “win or go home” in full effect for the No. 2 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (28-2, 16-0 MIVA), the Buckeyes are looking to keep the momentum rolling from Saturday’s sweep to Wednesday’s semifinals match against No. 11 Ball State (19-9, 9-7 MIVA).After downing Quincy in straight sets in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association quarterfinals, the Buckeyes hold a perfect record in conference play thus far and will clinch the MIVA Tournament Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament if they win their next two games.“I don’t think there’s more pressure,” said senior middle blocker Matt Dorn. “I think there’s always pressure to just keep winning and just keep playing well. I think it’s pretty much the same now.”Ball State is a familiar foe for OSU with the Buckeyes having faced the Cardinals more than any other opponent in program history. Both OSU and Ball State were founding member schools of the MIVA conference.Since 1968, the teams have met on a total of 179 occasions, with the Buckeyes holding the upper hand in the all-time series 98-83. The No. 4-seeded Cardinals have only won one of the last seven meetings.“The two times we played them earlier this season, I thought we had good offensive nights, and we had good serving nights,” said OSU coach Pete Hanson. “They’re a team that plays with a real focus on defense in terms of blocking, digging, transitioning the ball, keeping the ball coming back at you.”Ball State will come into Columbus ranked top-10 nationally in three defensive categories. The Cardinals are third in digs per set, averaging 9.37, and fifth in blocks per set, averaging 2.48.Ball State’s junior middle blocker Matt Walsh holds the sixth spot nationally for individuals in blocks per set, with 1.19. In Walsh’s last meeting with the Buckeyes, he failed to record any blocks against OSU’s attacking regime.OSU’s 1.94 aces per set is tops in the country. MIVA Player of the Year junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen leads the nation with 0.64 aces per set.Szerszen, along with senior opposite Miles Johnson, heads OSU’s offensive pursuits with both players ranked in the top-10 nationally in points per set. Johnson, the top point producer, averages 4.81 points per set.“We talked in the locker room about (how) this is the beginning of a playoff run. (Saturday) needed to be our best match,” Hanson said. “I put on the board that now Wednesday’s match has to be the best match of the year. Each step going forward, we just need to step it up a little bit. Ratchet up the intensity, ratchet up the focus.”The Buckeyes and the Cardinals face off on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

After one season as the Ohio State’s football team’s wide receiver coach, Stan Drayton is the Buckeyes’ running backs coach, returning to the position he once played as a three-time Division III All-American at Allegheny College.In his first season under coach Urban Meyer, Drayton faces the task of replacing the team’s top running back from last season, Daniel “Boom” Herron, who ran for 672 yards in just eight games.Drayton won’t have Herron to work with, but the team returns three running backs who combined for 1,090 rushing yards last season.Carlos Hyde, a rising junior, ran for 566 yards this past season. Rising senior Jordan Hall ran for 408 yards as a junior. Additionally, rising redshirt sophomore Rod Smith ran for 116 yards in his first season.OSU’s stable of running backs also includes freshman Bri’onte Dunn, who enrolled at OSU in January and is participating in spring practices.Drayton said all four of the players are competing for playing time.“It’s open competition right now,” Drayton said. “We’re just trying to see who’s going to separate themselves. Nowadays, you got to prepare at least three or four (running backs) to make it through an entire season anyway, so all of these guys are preparing to get game-ready. As far as me setting the depth chart right now, I like to leave it open so these guys can continue to compete throughout the spring.”Hall, who led the Buckeyes with 1,275 all-purpose yards last season, is expected by some to be the leader of the OSU running game.Drayton said the coaching staff will use Hall in a variety of ways this season.“We’re going to play into Jordan Hall’s strengths,” Drayton said. “He’s a guy who can be a versatile player for us.”Drayton said he expects Hall to contribute as a receiver this season, but added that he thinks all the running backs should do so.“He’s very, very capable,” Drayton said of Hall’s receiving abilities. “We may put a little bit more on Jordan’s plate, but all of my backs are going to have to get out there, get lined up at wide receiver, recognize coverages and play out there.”Hall said he is uncertain how he will be used in the offense this year, but said he is looking forward to playing in the offense implemented by this year’s new coaching staff.“I don’t know really what my role is yet, but I just know that the offense is more zone reads, bubble screens, screens … just getting in open space,” Hall said. “I like being in space, and this is the perfect offense.”Drayton said he has been very impressed with Hall’s maturity this spring.“I’ve seen an unbelievable change,” Drayton said. “The leadership and the toughness, both in the weight room and on the field, that was already there, but he’s taken it to another level.”Drayton said he also has big expectations for Hyde this season.“Carlos’s progression is going to be very significant to our run game,” Drayton said. “We need Carlos to take his game to another level so he can contribute to this football team. He’s too talented not to.”Hyde was not made available for comment.Drayton said he expects Smith to have a bigger role this fall.“I’m very confident that (Smith) is going to make an impact for this football team,” Drayton said.Drayton also said he has high expectations for Dunn.“I think his future is going to be really, really bright around here,” Drayton said.Hall was asked whether he thought opposing defenses would be able to stop the OSU offense this fall.“Not if we execute,” Hall replied.OSU will kickoff the 2012 Spring Game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

first_img Twitter Pinterest Google+ WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight in Toledo, Ohio.Scheduled for tonight’s show is a Gauntlet Match featuring Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, The  Miz, Rusev and Big E where the winner will advance to challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at the upcoming Extreme Rules PPV on July 15.Also announced for the show tonight is the official debut of Sanity (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain) as they take on The Usos and Becky Lynch vs. Billie Kay.205 Live will feature Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami vs. Buddy Murphy on the WWE Network.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of Smackdown tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT). 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show WhatsAppcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Outlast_img read more

first_imgPrograms like USDA’s McGovern-Dole Food for Education have purchased U.S. soy to improve nutrition in developing countries throughout the world. Shown here is a food fair that introduced Nicaraguan school children and their communities to new foods and the nutritional value of foods made from U.S. corn-soy blend. Photo Credit: Project Concern InternationalThe American Soybean Association (ASA) signed onto a letter that was sent this week to the House Appropriation Agriculture Subcommittee urging them to maintain at least FY2016 funding levels for Food for Peace and the McGovern-Dole School Feeding Program for FY2018.Food for Peace serves as the first line of defense against food security emergencies caused by ongoing conflict, weather related conflicts and economic instability around the world. During an emergency, U.S.-sourced commodities serve as a core component of humanitarian relief, and where appropriate, other forms of flexible food assistance are utilized.The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program provides millions of children access to education, and thus increases the likelihood of attending school and retaining information, by serving a meal—often the only meal those children will receive that day—every school day.For more background on these programs and their importance to agriculture, visit Pod Policy.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

first_imgRescuers on Thursday evening reached a local kayaker who was dumped from his boat into the cold, fast-moving Washougal River near Southeast Blair Road, north of Washougal.“He was very very lucky,” said Chief Scott Koehler with East County Fire & Rescue. “He was not injured. He was a little wet and a little cold, but not much worse for wear.”The river was running high and fast after recent rains and snowmelt.“The water’s kind of loud here,” an official radioed during the rescue.Shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, a resident of the area saw the man in the water, separated from the boat, and called 911.Firefighters arrived in several minutes but saw that the man had pulled himself up on the bank on the other side of the river, the east side, away from immediate road access.Brian Mull, about 30, of Washougal was later identified as the kayaker, said Sgt. Shane Gardner with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Mull was first seen near Blair Road, which follows the Little Washougal River. The small river empties into the main river, Koehler said.Officials walked down through the yard of a residence and were able to yell across to Mull, who said he wasn’t hurt and had been kayaking alone. Police offered to bring a boat to the scene, but rescuers told them to stand by as they made a plan to reach the man.An area resident pointed out a newer skid path used for logging, and said that if the kayaker walked up it, he’d come to a house on a hill.last_img read more

first_imgE-commerce major Amazon India has doubled its authorised capital to $2.4 billion (about Rs 16,000 crore). According to documents filed with the Registrar of Companies, the firm increased its authorised capital from Rs. 8,500 crore in February.In July 2014, the firm’s authorised capital was Rs. 1,500 crore. During the same time, Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos had promised it would infuse about $2 billion in its India operation in the course of the next few years, Mint reported.Authorised capital of a company or authorised share capital of a company simply means the maximum amount of share capital, which a company is authorised to issue to its shareholders, by the company’s charter.Amazon India is reportedly increasing its investment so as to surpass rivals Snapdeal and Flipkart, who are currently struggling to raise funds, Mint added. The company intends to become India’s largest e-commerce firm soon.Last week, the government allowed 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in online marketplace, the Indian Express reported. The new norm could give a boost to e-commerce firms, which seek foreign investments. However, under the new rule, the e-commerce retailers would have to stop giving discounts.Ever since Amazon lost out to Alibaba holdings co in China, it has become eager to succeed in India. The company invested Rs. 1,980 crore in its Indian wing last month, the second such investment made by the company in less than two months. Amazon had invested capital worth Rs. 1,696 crore in December 2015.According to the company’s filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), the U.S.-based e-commerce retailer has invested over Rs. 6,700 crore in its Indian business since January 2015.India’s e-commerce market is reportedly expected to reach about $40 billion by 2020. At present, it is roughly valued at $8-12 billion.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Pallab Kanti Ghosh, a member of the Special Investigation Team formed by the West Bengal government to probe the 2013 Saradha money laundering scam, appeared before the CBI Wednesday. Ghosh, a retired IPS officer, arrived at the CBI office at Salt Lake for interrogation. The central agency wrote a letter to the West Bengal director general of police on August 18 for a meeting with the SIT members between August 21 and 25. “We want to proceed with (investigation into) the Saradha scam for which the CBI sought a meeting with the members of the SIT,” an agency spokesperson said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He said the purpose of the meeting is to plug gaps hampering the investigation. The West Bengal government had formed the SIT in 2013 with officers drawn from the state’s CID and Kolkata Police. The Supreme Court ordered a probe into the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam and transferred the case to CBI in 2014. Thousands of investors were left in the lurch by the scam and it led to the arrest of many leaders and ministers of the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress. All of them are now out on bail. Saradha group founder Sudipta Sen and his associate Debjani Mukherjee, arrested in 2013 from Kashmir, are in custody.last_img read more

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Darnell Dockett sings a contract with the Arizona Cardinals as head coach Bruce Arians, right, and team president Michael Bidwill, left, watch Monday, July 25, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. Dockett, who spent 11 seasons in Arizona, signed a one-day contract so he could retire as a Cardinal. (AP Photo/Matt York) Top Stories “All I ever wanted to do is make everyone in Arizona happy,” he said.Dockett will probably be inducted into the Cardinals Ring of Honor one day, and whatever bad blood existed after the team released him 17 months ago was hidden from view when team president Michael Bidwill told Dockett Monday, with coach Bruce Arians sitting beside him, that “this will always be home.”Dockett was charming on Monday. He drew laughter when he chided Arians for stealing his only shot at a Super Bowl ring by calling great plays for the Steelers. He was appreciative of the Cardinals gesture, and he thanked the former teammates like Wilson, Antrel Rolle, Antonio Smith, Bertrand Berry, Josh Scobee and Frostee Rucker who showed up for his special day.As you listened to Dockett spin those mesmerizing yarns that are a large measure of his stark reality, sprinkled with some fiction, you remembered why every interview session he held was a must-attend event, and why lockerroom sessions without him are less interesting.“All your interviews, everything will be boring from here on out,” he told a small gathering of reporters after the press conference had ended. “I’m not a duplicate of someone else. When I walk away and somebody says, ‘That’s Darnell Dockett, tell me about Darnell Dockett,’ [it will be], ‘Oh man, sit down I’ve got some stories to tell.’ Comments   Share   “Most people in those situations don’t make it,” he said. “They aren’t supposed to make it.”Instead, Dockett sat at the podium on Monday at Cardinals headquarters, signing a one-day contract to retire with the only team for which he ever played an NFL game — the one with which he became a defensive force and a Valley icon.It would be easy to point out all of Dockett’s foibles over the years, like the pet alligator and pet tiger that may or may not have existed; or the time he may or may not have spit in teammate Kerry Rhodes’ face; or the time he streamed himself live in the shower; or his bizarre social media near-stalking of Katherine Webb that was without question over the line.“There’s heroes, there’s villains and then there’s Dockett,” former teammate Adrian Wilson told him. “You were a great mix of the two.”In spite of his sometimes-inappropriate behavior, it was hard not to feel a tinge of admiration for the 11-year Cardinal. Dockett’s actions and words weren’t always well planned, but his backstory is a big qualifier in anything that comes afterward, and there was no questioning his passion for the game, his motor on the field or his loyalty to his team and community. TEMPE, Ariz. — Darnell Dockett’s backstory is a tragedy that would have defeated most of us.By now you’ve probably read the grim details of a 13-year-old Dockett coming home on Fourth of July weekend to find his mom, Cheryl Hambrick, murdered, execution style, with blood splattered all over the walls and furniture.Four months later, Dockett’s father died of pancreatic cancer and his uncle, Kevin Dockett, took him in to save him from a criminal life Dockett freely admits he would have embraced. “It won’t be ‘well, he was a good guy. He did everything he was supposed to do.’ Nah, that’s not how I wanted to live my life, and in my next 20 years, it’s going to be the same thing, it’s just going to be more exciting because I don’t have rules.“Those people that walk the thin lines in life can easily fall off, but I took a thin line for 10 years. I said what I wanted to say, I did what I wanted to do, I voiced my opinion. I was never going to be tamed to the NFL ways; the way they want you to do things, the way they want you to dress, the way they want you to talk…“I beat the odds in a lot of ways.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgThe course looped around the project, along the Agua Fria River through a mesquite bosque, and into the Valletta with the Arcosanti “skyline” above.Pictured: Eli Forsythe won first place in his age division as well as a bronze medallion for first place Arcosanti resident (male).[Photo by: Scott Riley] Arcosanti Site Coordinator Mary Hoadley also won a first place award for completing the course in 43 minutes.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] Another first place winner in her age division hold up her ceramic windbell prize.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] The top overall finishers, male and female received bronze bells with linkages carved by Dr. Paolo Soleri specifically for the race.Cindy Rosenberg holds up her award for first place overall female with a time of 20:03.Drew Mumford won first place male with a time of 17:04.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] The event was sponsored by the Arcosanti Community Council and received support from the Cosanti Foundation,Cosanti Originals – who donated our ceramic and bronze awards, and companies such as Tucson Food Cooperative, Arizona Roadracers, Sysco, and Papa’s Place restaurant.Pictured: Adam and James (a November Workshopper) drum at the finish line.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] November 27, 2001Arcosanti 5KOn Sunday, despite the chilly weather, over 150 runners participated in our second annual5K run/walk.[Photo by: Scott Riley] Arcosanti Alumnus Chris Evans completes the course in 24 minutes and 16 seconds. Other Alumni that attended includedPaul Bagley, and Emilie from the ECOSA program.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] 4 1/2 year old resident Tristan Tollas, won a special award for being the youngest participant.[Photo by: Scott Riley] Resident Liz Shiffler receives her first place Arcosanti female finisher medallion from Cosanti resident Katharine Tomalty.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton]last_img read more