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Clash of the Khans
Utter chaos is bound to reign if there are two separate events involving Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan respectively at the same time, in the same city and on the same day. This is precisely what happened on Sunday when Salman came out to release the first look of his upcoming film Kick and Shah Rukh celebrated Fathers’ Day in an event with a group of kids in Mumbai. Fans and the media were confused as to which event they should attend because both of them took place at the same time.Jacqueline and Salman Khan pose for the shutterbugs.The first look of the Sajid Nadiadwala- directed Kick, slated for release this Eid, brought together the film’s cast. Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui joined Salman at the event.Kick is a remake of a Telugu film of the same name.The action thriller was partially shot in Poland and will have Salman in a new bearded look.Salman, whose last release Jai Ho performed far below expectations at the box- office, seems to be in a mood to go all- out to ensure the success of Kick . At the event, he jovially danced to the music of his films along with Jacqueline.For Nawazuddin, this is his first outing in a major role in a big- budget film. The arty actor was enjoying the attention coming his way.Other guests present on the stage included composer Himesh Reshammiya and UTV honcho Siddharth Roy Kapur.Salman’s character in the film will be called Devil, which obviously attracted the audience attention. ” My character is mischievous and naughty and that’s why it is called Devil,” said Salman.advertisementShah Rukh Khan shook a leg with kids.Around the same time, Shah Rukh was dancing with little kids to celebrate Fathers’ Day at a glittering event organised by Smile Foundation. Sporting a blue bandana, Shah Rukh taught the moves of his popular Lungi dance to the young ones, who came up on stage to dance with him.Both Salman and SRK avoided queries on the Preity Zinta- Ness Wadia controversy when the media quizzed them. ” You are asking the wrong person. Only you ( media) are interested in knowing about this issue,” said Salman. Shah Rukh on the other hand called it a ” personal issue”, and maintained a distance.” It is a personal issue that has been brought up and I assume it will be dealt legally. As a friend of her, I will talk to her,” said Shah Rukh.
Olympiacos Stuns Arsenal, 3-2
TweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON — A goalkeeping blunder by David Ospina helped Olympiacos beat Arsenal 3-2 in the Champions League on Sept. 29 and leave the Gunners in real danger of its first group-stage exit in 16 years.Ospina fumbled a corner over his line to give the visitors a 2-1 first-half lead, and substitute Alfred Finnbogason scored the winner in the 66th minute — almost immediately after Alexis Sanchez had drawn Arsenal level.Arsenal, which has advanced past the first group stage every year since 2001, has now lost both its opening games — and still has two meetings with Group F leader Bayern Munich to come. Bayern beat Dinamo Zagreb 5-0 to take a tight grip on first place in the group.“It leaves us in a bad position, but we are still in it,” Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have to make a result in our next game against Bayern at home. We are not out of it.”Felipe Pardo gave Olympiacos the lead in the 33rd, but Theo Walcott equalized two minutes later as Arsenal looked likely to start an immediate fightback.However, the London club couldn’t prevent Olympiacos from securing its first ever European win in England in 13 games — which included three group-stage losses at Arsenal in the last six years.“The key factor today was our endurance,” Olympiacos coach Marco Silva said. “We ran a lot, we knew how to battle and how to remain determined to hold onto the result we deserved until the end.”Wenger decided to rest first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech, just as in the 2-1 loss at Dinamo in the first round, and it proved a costly decision.Ospina misjudged an inswinging corner in the 40th minute and had to backtrack before failing to hold on to the ball, letting it bounce on the line.The extra official behind the extended goal-line ruled the ball had crossed completely, although some TV replays seemed inconclusive. There is no goal-line technology in use in the Champions League.Wenger bristled after the game when he was asked about the decision to rest Cech.“I don’t have to sit here and give you an explanation of every decision I make,” the Frenchman said. “Ospina played 19 games last year and kept 14 clean sheets. … No keeper is mistake free. It could have happened to Petr Cech as well.”Olympiacos’ first goal also came from a corner, when Pardo was left completely unmarked outside the area, and his shot took a deflection to wrongfoot Ospina.Arsenal’s reaction was swift, though, as Walcott took a pass from Sanchez and broke into the left side of the area, firing a low shot toward the far post that Olympiacos goalkeeper Roberto got his hands to but could only deflect into his own net.Still it was the Greek side that went into halftime in the lead after Ospina’s howler, and the two teams traded quick goals again in the second half.Walcott turned provider for Sanchez this time as he lofted a cross into the area and the Chile striker leaned forward to head in his fourth goal in two games. But Olympiacos was back ahead a minute later after some more poor defending from Arsenal.Pardo set it up this time as his cross from the right flank found Finnbogason, who beat Per Mertesacker to the ball and slotted his effort past Ospina.Mertesacker had come on as a substitute after Laurent Koscielny went off injured.With Olivier Giroud suspended, Wenger only had the rarely used Joel Campbell to throw on in search of a late equalizer, but the Gunners didn’t come any closer than a free kick from Mesut Ozil that was punched away by Roberto.Walcott had a last chance in injury time when he broke into the area but shot well wide. (MATTIAS KAREN, AP Sports Writer)
Kiki Bertens beats Simona Halep in Madrid Open final to lift the title
Kiki Bertens won the biggest title of her career on Saturday, beating Simona Halep 6-4 6-4 in the Madrid Open final while also becoming the first woman ever to win the championship without dropping a set.Making up for her loss in last year’s final to Petra Kvitova, the clay court triumph ensured the Dutchwoman Bertens will move to a career-best fourth in the world rankings on Monday and become the highest ranked Dutchwoman in history.The defeat was extra painful for Halep, though, who would have regained her number one ranking had she won the showpiece.Bertens came back from 4-2 down in the first set against French Open champion Halep by winning the next three games, striking the first blow in a gripping final full of drama which lasted one hour and 27 minutes.Bertens, who hit four aces among her 25 winners in an excellent performance, got off to an ideal start in the opening game of the second by breaking Halep, who was playing in her third Madrid final after triumphs in 2016 and 2017.The Romanian stayed in contention but was dealt a terrible dose of luck in the eighth game which handed more momentum to Bertens.A shot from Bertens was heading way out and would have handed Halep two break points but the wayward ball struck the Romanian’s body, earning her opponent a fortuitous point that eventually led to her holding serve.”REALLY SOLID, REALLY SMART””At the beginning, I was a little bit searching for my game still, but I think the rest of the match I played really solid, really smart,” Bertens told a news conference.advertisement”Maybe a little bit lucky like on the 4-3 game when I hit the ball in the fence and it hit her but sometimes you need a little luck. I’m just happy how I was able to finish the match.”Bertens earned her first championship point with a scorching ace but Halep saved it with a drop volley at the net, only to then hand her rival another one by finding the net with a careless shot.Bertens missed out again but earned a third championship point when Halep narrowly missed the baseline and she finally seized her ninth WTA title when the world number two hit a backhand out.It was Bertens’ fourth victory over a Grand Slam winner during the week on her way to the title.”I just feel really happy. I am really proud of this week. I played some good tennis and will be number four in the world on Monday, it is just all amazing things,” Bertens added.Halep had no complaints, congratulating her opponent while admitting she played into Bertens’ hands.”She played better tennis tonight. She deserved to win the match, definitely,” she said.”I think I played wrong, and I’m upset about that. I played stupidly today, I did everything that she liked. It was a good match from her. And she deserved to win the title because she played really good tennis throughout the whole week.”Also Read | World number one Naomi Osaka exits Madrid OpenAlso Read | Kiki Bertens beats Donna Vekic to win St Petersburg title
IOWA LAWMAKERS CONSIDER EXTENDING ONE CENT SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE TAX
The Sioux City School District has funded the building of several new public schools through a one cent sales tax.That tax is scheduled to end in 2029 but Republicans in the Iowa Legislature say they’re willing to continue the tax for 20 years beyond that — but may require a portion to be used for direct property tax relief.Representative Ashley Hinson, a Republican from Marion, says she and her Republican colleagues haven’t settled on “specific language” yet — but may prevent sales tax money from being spent on certain projects.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/SCHOOLTAX.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….school boards more accountable.” :21School officials say they’ve used nearly all the tax that will be collected now through the end of 2029 as leverage to pay off bonds borrowed to finance infrastructure projects.An analysis from the Legislative Services Agency indicates the 20-year extension of the statewide one-cent sales tax could generate as much as 16 BILLION dollars for school infrastructure over those two decades.Radio Iowa contributed to this story
Wenger relaxed over Chelsea record
Arsenal Wenger unconcerned by Stamford Bridge struggles after recent success against Chelsea Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:10 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Arsenal Arsène Wenger Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea Premier League The Arsenal boss pointed to his club’s recent cup wins over the Blues as evidence his side can cope well away from home Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists his team’s poor recent record at Stamford Bridge will count for little against Chelsea on Sunday.The Gunners have not won at the home of their London rivals since October 2011, when Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick in a 5-3 thriller.Arsenal 22/1 to beat Chelsea 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Wenger’s side have also lost both of their Premier League away fixtures this season to sit 11th after four matches.But rather than dwell on recent history, the Frenchman preferred to focus on Arsenal’s recent FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs over Antonio Conte’s men.”Basically, in recent years, Chelsea have always had a great team,” Wenger told reporters after the Europa League win over Cologne.”It was always difficult to win [at Stamford Bridge] but our record against Chelsea recently has been good.”We won the FA Cup final, we won on penalties in the Charity Shield, so let us just continue to focus on the quality of our game and not too much on where we play. #CFCvAFC And the boss has given us the latest on the squad… https://t.co/nMcOCCMXN2 — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 15, 2017 “I do not really believe in [home-ground advantage], I believe the pitch is 105 metres long and 68 metres wide everywhere and never in my life could I accept or understand that it is different away from home.”It is just a question of how much you want it, no matter where you play. That is football. So it is a good opportunity to show that we have that quality.”Wenger rested Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey against Cologne, but believes the pair “should be alright” for the trip to Chelsea.Fellow midfielder Jack Wilshire could also be involved after making his first appearance for the club since August 2016 in the 3-0 victory.”It is good for him. It will give him more confidence. You could see that he still needs competition,” the Gunners boss said.
Atletico Madrid join race to sign Morata on loan
Atletico Madrid have joined the race to sign Alvaro Morata on loan, Goal understands.The Chelsea forward has been linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks as his struggles have caused the Blues to look at going in a different direction.Sevilla have been seen as the favourites to secure his services, but negotiations over a loan deal with a permanent transfer clause have yet to be fully agreed upon, although the club is prepared to pay the entirety of Morata’s £140,000-a-week wages to bring him to Andalusia Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The club’s director of football Joaquin Caparros recently stated that he believes the forward wants to join Sevilla, but admits a deal with Chelsea would prove “very, very complicated”.Now, the Spanish forward’s agents are also in talks with Atletico Madrid over a temporary switch.Over the next 48 hours, Morata’s people will have a meeting with Atletico over a potential loan switch to the club. The Madrid native was previously in the club’s academy from 2005-07 before switching to Getafe and, ultimately, Real Madrid.Goal understands that Morata would be happy to return to Madrid, where he would be surrounded by family and friends.If he were to move to Atletico, he would join another former Chelsea star as part of the club’s strike-force in the form of Diego Costa, who has scored four goals in 15 matches this season.Antoine Griezmann is the club’s leading scorer in the league with eight goals, although none of his team-mates have fired more than twice in La Liga.Diego Simeone is a fan of Morata’s, and sees the forward’s ability to play with his back to goal as something that could be a major asset to Atleti’s attack.Costa’s injury issues also add to the club’s need for forward depth, even if it is just through to the summer window.Morata has scored five goals in 16 Premier League matches for Chelsea this season while adding two more in the Europa League.The 26-year-old forward moved to Chelsea in July 2017 in a reported £60 million ($76m) deal, but has scored just 16 total Premier League goals for the club.Morata missed Chelsea’s recent 1-0 League Cup first leg defeat to Tottenham due to a hamstring injury.
ESPN Ranks Country’s 10 Toughest Remaining Schedules
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Week 9 of the college football season is in the books. We’re just a few hours away from the College Football Playoff committee releasing its first rankings of the season.Following the Week 9 slate of games, ESPN updated its Football Power Index – a computer model that measures overall team strength. Obviously Alabama sits as the consensus No. 1 with Tua Tagovailoa under center.While updating its FPI, ESPN’s computer model also projects win/loss, percentage chance to win a team’s respective conference, and strength of schedule.According to ESPN’s FPI, here are the 10 hardest schedules for the rest of the season.RutgersArkansasMarylandWest VirginiaFlorida StateLouisvilleOklahoma StateOregon StateBoston CollegeIndianaYou can see the full results here.West Virginia is the only team with College Football Playoff aspirations – though technically Boston College has an outside shot if all hell breaks loose. Sitting just outside the top-10 is Ohio State at No. 17 – the Buckeyes still have Michigan State and Michigan on the schedule.
Premier Says Energy Corridor Still on the Horizon
There is still opportunity to route hydro energy from Labrador through Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, despite Hydro Quebec’s recent agreement to buy New Brunswick Power, Premier Darrell Dexter says. Premier Dexter made the statement today, Nov. 20, after the meeting of the 17th session of the Council of Atlantic Premiers in Newfoundland and Labrador. “We had a good discussion on energy possibilities in the Atlantic region,” said the premier. “New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham said that he remains open to an energy corridor through his province.” The meeting was an opportunity for the Atlantic premiers to discuss collaboration on a number of issues, including energy co-operation, climate change and Canada’s economic relationship with the United States. The group also toured the hydro energy plant in Lower Churchill. Premier Dexter says the four Atlantic provinces plan to continue energy discussions in the near future. PREMIER’S OFFICE-Premier Says Energy Corridor Still on the Horizon
Tall Ships Nova Scotia Loves Volunteers
Waterfront Development, host of Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2012, is looking for 400 volunteers to act as ambassadors of the city and province during the event in July 19–29. “In addition to being part of an exciting event, this is a wonderful development opportunity for Nova Scotians,” said MLA Leonard Preyra, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “Volunteering is an excellent way to build skills that can strengthen your marketability for the workforce.” “Tall Ships 2012 is sure to be a great success with the contributions of Halifax Regional Municipality’s many tireless volunteers,” said Deputy Mayor Bill Karsten. “It is these people who selflessly give of themselves and make events in our community spectacular.” The Tall Ships Nova Scotia event is the last race port of the Tall Ships America Race, Tall Ships Challenge – Atlantic Coast. The race series will begin in Savannah, Georgia in May, the ships will the race to Greenport, New York, and Newport, Rhode Island, before racing to Halifax. “Tall Ships events are signature events for the city and province, and volunteers play a huge role in the success of the event,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development. “Volunteers help us to welcome the ships, captains and crews to the ports, and showcase the best of Nova Scotia to residents and tourists.” Volunteers will be able to sign up for positions at each of the participating Nova Scotia ports. The positions will include shifts in transportation, crew and cultural services, and event site volunteers. Volunteers can register online by visiting www.my-waterfront.ca . Tall Ships Nova Scotia will take place in Halifax July 19 – 23, and following the Parade of Sail, the fleet will split and half of the ships will sail to Lunenburg July 25 and 26 and Shelburne July 28 and 29, and the other half will sail to Port Hawkesbury July 25 and 26, Pictou July 28 and 29, and Pugwash July 28 and 29. The event will showcase the best of Nova Scotia through film, art, music, food and history. Historical animation and programming will involve a commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 including dressing the ships to look like period ships, re-enactments and encampments. Waterfront Development is a provincial crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. The corporation fosters the creation of waterfronts that drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences, and reflect and protects marine heritage. The Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts are the two most visited destinations in the province.
Marrakech: fight at a VIP club between Moroccans and Saudis
Casablanca- There are times when too much excitement turns celebrations into chaotic battlefields. This is what happened in one of Marrakech’s glamorous nightclubs, where fistfights erupted between a group of Moroccans and some Saudi tourists during what was supposed to be a typical, cheerful celebration of New Year. According to Le360, a scuffle broke out between a group of Moroccans and some Saudi tourists on New Year’s Eve, at one of the red city’s VIP clubs. It all started like any typical celebration of New Year at a nightclub—drinks served, spectacular lights, music on, people chatting and dancing—until one of the Saudi tourists neared (a bit too much) a girl accompanying the group of Moroccans. A heated argument between one of the displeased Moroccans and the Saudi tourist abruptly turned into a fight, a bit too fierce for the club’s security to handle. To put an end to the chaos caused by the fight, the security managed to force some of the troublemakers out of the club.Having drunk excessively, one of the Saudi tourists who stayed inside made it rain bottles on the club’s clients, leaving behind a bath of broken glass and blood—more of a battlefield after a chaotic battle. Surely the worst way of ending a year!
UN official lauds US decision to shelter 7000 of the most vulnerable
15 February 2007After a meeting with the United States Secretary of State, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has strongly welcomed twin decisions by Washington regarding the desperate plight of Iraqis: to take in up to 7,000 refugees deemed most vulnerable and to contribute $18 million for continued humanitarian support. After a meeting with the United States Secretary of State, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has strongly welcomed twin decisions by Washington regarding the desperate plight of Iraqis: to take in up to 7,000 refugees deemed most vulnerable and to contribute $18 million for continued humanitarian support.High Commissioner António Guterres, however, cautioned that while sheltering refugees can help the most defenceless, it alone is not a panacea. “Resettlement is the difference between life and death, but it is not a solution for all problems and it is not an excuse not to address refugee problems in their global dimensions,” he told reporters in Washington, D.C. yesterday after his meeting with Condoleezza Rice and other US officials. He emphasized that resettlement is a last resort, to be utilized for those with particular needs who can only find safety in a third country, such as at-risk women, children, the elderly and those with health concerns. The $18 million contribution made by the US, where more than half of all refugees resettle annually, will be put towards last month’s $60 million UNHCR appeal to allow the agency to continue providing humanitarian assistance in Iraq, where one in six have been forced to flee their homes, and surrounding areas. “Our commitment to working together to find durable solutions for Iraqi refugees includes providing humanitarian assistance, augmenting the capacity of UNHCR to identify and refer refugees in need of resettlement and committing additional resources to assist internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq,” said Paula Dobriansky, the US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. Ms. Dobriansky also said that her country will work closely with UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to assist those forced to flee their homes through voluntary repatriation when possible and will also persuade Iraq’s neighbouring countries to uphold the principle of first asylum, or the first nation to which people escape. UNHCR estimates that up to 50,000 people are forcibly moved from their homes within Iraq monthly. It is believed that there are 1.8 million IDPs out of a total population of 26 million, with this number potentially swelling to 2.3 to 2.7 million by the end of the year. An additional 2 million refugees reside outside the country’s borders, mainly in Iraq’s neighbours such Syria and Jordan, putting a great strain on the economic, social, education and health infrastructures and resources of these countries. High Commissioner Guterres also informed US officials of a UNHCR-sponsored donors’ conference to be held in April in Geneva to address humanitarian issues posed by the mass displacement of Iraqis. The US pledged its support for the conference and also to supporting the Iraqi Government in efforts to stabilize the environment to allow refugees to return while reaching out to those in immediate need of assistance.
Decision taken to increase bus fares from July 1
A decision has been taken to increase bus fares, the Ministry of Transport said today.The Ministry of Transport said that accordingly bus fares will be increased from July 1st.
Syria UN agency appeals for longterm access to starving desperate civilians in
“Today, UNRWA distributed 715 food parcels in Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, bringing to 3,709 the number of parcels distributed since we gained access to the camp on 18 January, said Chris Gunness, Spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.“There have been large crowds and long lines of people waiting for food which attest to the enormous humanitarian need and the desperation of a sizeable number of civilians,” he explained, stressing that there is need for long-term support to Yarmouk and its civilians. “To make any progress in addressing these needs, UNRWA’s presence and humanitarian assistance work must be permitted to continue and expand over a period of months, not days,” Mr. Gunness said, adding: “We must accelerate the pace of distribution.”While appreciating that the authorities on the ground have significantly improved processing to enable the agency to distribute food parcels to an average of about 900 families each day, Mr. Gunness underscored that further improvements are required to reach many more families each day. “Moreover, there is an absolute necessity for continuous, uninterrupted and substantial humanitarian access to Yarmouk for the long-term,” he said, telling the UN News Centre that UNRWA has had confirmed reports of widespread malnutrition and women dying in childbirth for lack of medical services, “so the need for this access is urgent.”He has earlier noted that that an UNRWA food parcel will feed a family of between five and eight people for 10 days. There are approximately 18,000 Palestinians in the camp that remain from a pre-conflict population of about 160,000. He added that UNRWA estimates that there are non-Palestinian civilians also trapped in Yarmouk.“UNRWA has called repeatedly for substantial, secure and permanent access for all civilians living in the camp,” reiterated Mr. Gunness, adding that ongoing delivery of humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk demonstrates that this is possible in other areas where civilians are trapped and besieged. In a three-year conflict between Government and opposition forces that has killed what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday at a press conference on the margins of the Munich Security Summit, could be “considerably more” than 100,000 people and driven nearly 9 million others from their homes, humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the fighting has been a key concern for the United Nations.Just this past week, UN-League of Arab States Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, mediating negotiations in Geneva between the Syrian Government and the main opposition group, pressed the rival sides to agree on humanitarian access to some 500 besieged families who have been trapped in the Old City of Homs without any aid for almost two years. The first round of talks wrapped up last Friday with no agreement on the matter, with Mr. Brahimi expressing deep disappointment about the desperate situation in Homs and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos voicing “deep frustration” at the failure to agree on access to civilians blockaded in towns and cities all across Syria. She noted that more than 3 million people are trapped in areas where heavy fighting continues or that are besieged by Government or opposition forces.
Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 10 August 2012
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511 honored as Ohio State ScholarAthletes
Five hundred and eleven Buckeyes were honored as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes Monday at the 46th Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner at Archie Griffin Ballroom in the Ohio Union. The Big Ten Medal of Honor, given annually to the graduating male and female athletes who have shown the most proficiency in both academics and athletics, was given to senior fencer Max Stearns and senior softball player Alicia Herron. There were 10 finalists: senior women’s soccer star Tiffany Cameron, senior Katarzyna Dabrowa of the fencing team, senior volleyball player Mari Hole, senior synchronized swimmer Caitlin Stewart, Herron, senior football player Ben Buchanan, senior wrestler C.J. Magrum, redshirt senior tennis player Devin McCarthy, senior volleyball player John Tholen and Stearns. Fourteen student-athletes received honors at the dinner for having 4.0 cumulative GPAs, including Stearns. “This is my fourth (time receiving the 4.0 GPA honor) and it’s honestly a huge honor … some of the people here are just the best in their field both athletically and … academically,” Stearns said. “I’m just excited to be recognized for all of these awards.” Senior swimmer Kelsey Moran received the Leann Grimes-Davidge Award, which is given to a female reflecting the level of athletic performance, scholarship, leadership and character as Grimes-Davidge, a four-time state and Big Ten title winning women’s tennis player who graduated from OSU summa cum laude. Senior swimmer Lauren Massey received the M/I Homes Foundation Award, one of the first awards to specifically recognize and promote women’s achievements in intercollegiate athletics at OSU. The Woody and Anne Hayes Award went to graduated gymnast Nicole Krauter, McCarthy and senior soccer player Aly Walker. The award provides athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA and leadership qualities with financial assistance for postgraduate studies. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for people to celebrate the greatness that we have across all the sports and in the classroom,” Walker said before the ceremony started. “We all get recognition for what we do on the field or on the court and I think this is great to see how smart we are at Ohio State.” Senior rower Julie Dick was presented with the Pierce Phoenix Award, for excellence in academics, athletics and personal growth through perseverance and hard work and is to be used for postgraduate studies at OSU. “This is great to be recognized for these awards and being appreciated is a good feeling,” Dabrowa said. “I want to succeed at everything I do and I have all these great people around me, like my teammates, family and coaches, who support me and motivate me every day.” The John Dana Cole Award was presented to Dabrowa. The award provides a one-time stipend for postgraduate studies at OSU and has a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0. The Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award, given to student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, received at least a 3.0 GPA, demonstrated positive qualities of character and citizenship and shown potential for success in postgraduate studies, was awarded to four athletes: baseball’s redshirt senior David Fathalikhani, women’s track and field’s graduated Kelcey McKinney, Dick and Stearns. The award is given in the memory of Fergus, a former OSU football player, graduate of the OSU School of Law and a successful businessman. Each scholarship is worth $5,000 to be applied for postgraduate studies at OSU. Women’s gymnastics was recognized for having the highest GPA among the women’s teams, and women’s track and field was recognized with the most improved GPA, presented by Men’s Varsity O. For men’s sports, men’s golf took home recognition for having the highest GPA, and men’s rifle had the most improved GPA. The Varsity O graduate scholarship award was given to senior swimmer Andrew Spurling. The ceremony opened with remarks from OSU President E. Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith, associate professor of law and chair for the OSU Athletic Council Charlie Wilson and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board Billy Gehring, a redshirt senior on the men’s track and field team and five-time scholar-athlete. The MC for the evening was Columbus Blue Jackets announcer Bill Davidge. Men’s basketball junior guard Aaron Craft, who was attending his third Scholar-Athlete Dinner, said he was honored to be invited again. “It’s fun to be around all of these people and it means a lot,” Craft said. “I came here to play basketball and everything, but to get an education that’s above a lot of other places and be successful, and be recognized for it means a lot.”
LeBron Kyrie And Draymond All Made History In The Cavs Win
2012Heat @ Thunder228 Missing from this picture: the rest of the Cavs. Kevin Love, the team’s purported third banana, scored just 2 points and grabbed three rebounds, alongside four fouls and two turnovers. As a team, the Cavs had 16 turnovers and 22 fouls. That’s why it took both a historic suspension and a historic two-man performance for Cleveland to upset the Warriors and bring the series back to Ohio.Unfortunately for the Cavs, Green won’t be watching from next door in Game 6. And although LeBron and Co. will be at home, where Elo considers them 59 percent favorites to force a climactic Game 7, Cleveland was also the site of a late-game collapse and a double-digit defeat for the host team in Game 4. So the Cavs are not out of the woods yet — they’ve needed to make history to get this far against the defending champs, and to go any further, they’ll likely have to make some more.Check out our NBA Finals predictions. YEARGAMETEAMNAMESCORENAMESCOREDUO SCORE 101991James WorthyLAL1+2.3+0.5+2.9 20012LALShaquille O’Neal32.2Kobe Bryant26.158.3 Together, LeBron and Kyrie combined for a Game Score of 72.4, the top single-game performance by a duo in the finals since 1984. That means their collective performance topped any by Jordan and Pippen, O’Neal and Bryant, or even James and Wade — and it’s not particularly close. When the smoke cleared on Game 5 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to the seventh-biggest finals upset since 1984,1The earliest year for which Basketball-Reference.com has complete game-level data. according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our favored way to get a snapshot of team quality). 2015Cavs @ Warriors224 19871LALJames Worthy32.0Magic Johnson30.962.9 32000Kobe BryantLAL1+3.2+1.2+4.4 1992Trail Blazers @ Bulls228 92000Chris MullinIND3+2.4+0.8+3.2 Biggest NBA Finals upsets according to Elo forecast, 1984-2016 Source: Basketball-Reference.com Of course, Elo doesn’t capture that a certain someone was missing from Monday night’s game. Draymond Green, the Warriors’ all-world defender, playmaker and swag leader was suspended for Game 5 after picking up a flagrant foul from a shot at LeBron’s … [groin] area. The suspension was historic in its own right: According to the Box Plus/Minus talent ratings,2Consider these a slightly lower-fi version of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus ratings, with the benefit that they can be computed going back to the 1970s. We’ve used them here in the past. Green is the second-best player to miss a finals game since 1984. (Magic Johnson’s 1989 absence takes the top spot — by a mile.) So take the magnitude of the Cavs’ Elo upset with a grain of salt. 2001Sixers @ Lakers117% 42015Kyrie IrvingCLE5+4.7-0.8+3.8 19904PORClyde Drexler33.9Jerome Kersey26.059.9 20134MIADwyane Wade30.6LeBron James29.660.2 81996Nate McMillanSEA2-0.1+3.4+3.2 YEARPLAYERTEAMGAMES MISSEDOFFENSEDEFENSEOVERALL 19925CHIMichael Jordan33.3Scottie Pippen24.557.8 Among players who played at least one finals game (i.e., those who were not injured earlier in playoffs, etc.)Source: Basketball-Reference.com, Daniel Myers 1993Suns @ Bulls523 2014Heat @ Spurs224 22016Draymond GreenGS1+1.4+3.7+5.1 72016Kevin LoveCLE1+2.2+1.3+3.5 YEARGAMEUPSET ODDS BPM TALENT RATINGS Dray is the second-best player to miss a finals game since ’84 1993Suns @ Bulls321 PLAYER 1PLAYER 2 11989Magic JohnsonLAL1+6.5+1.7+8.3 20165CLELeBron James39.2Kyrie Irving33.272.4 But we shouldn’t let Golden State’s short-handedness take too much away from LeBron and Kyrie’s twin performances in Game 5. They scored 82 of Cleveland’s 112 points, accounted for 15 more with their assists to other Cavs and chalked up two of the top 22 single-game performances in the NBA Finals since 1984, according to Game Score, John Hollinger’s productivity rating. LeBron in particular dropped the second-best stat line of that entire span, trailing only Tim Duncan’s 2003 dismantling of the New Jersey Nets. 19934CHIMichael Jordan38.9Horace Grant23.462.3 1984Lakers @ Celtics127 Top combined average Game Scores for single-game finals duos since 1984 19921CHIMichael Jordan36.9Scottie Pippen28.865.7 2003Nets @ Spurs221 2016Cavs @ Warriors526 19855LALMagic Johnson29.7James Worthy29.158.8 51990Dennis RodmanDET1+1.3+2.3+3.6 Source: Basketball-Reference.com 62015Andrew BogutGS2-1.4+5.0+3.5
Speedos daring Racerback swimsuit that caused moral outrage is to go on
Swedish swimmer Arne Borg, who won five Olympic medals and broke 32 world records, was one of those who embraced the daring new design and he featured in several Speedo advertisements. It was also marketed to surfers and sunbathers, with a Speedo catalogue describing the Racerback as giving “maximum body exposure” for those in search of a tan.The controversial costume became key to the success of the Australian company, founded by Scottish immigrant Alexander MacRae.MacRae, who was born in 1888, grew up in a small fishing village near Loch Kishorn in the West Highlands, before moving to Sydney, Australia in 1910, and setting up a hosiery company called MacRae Knitting Mills in 1914. The Racerback is believed to be the only one in a UK collectionCredit:V&A Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Arne Borg (C) who won the gold medal in the 1500 metres freestyle in 1928Credit:Popperfoto It prompted moral outrage when it was first launched in 1928 and was banned on many beaches for being too revealing.The Racerback swimsuit for men came onto the market at a time when swimwear was made out of wool and had sleeves to protect the wearer’s modesty.It was significantly more tight-fighting than other costumes of the time and made of cotton or silk which absorbed less water, allowing greater ease of movement. But it gradually became an essential piece of kit and soon came to prominence, cementing the reputation of the iconic Speedo brand.Only one known example of the revolutionary design remains in a UK collection and it is to go on display at the new V&A museum in Dundee.The costume has been loaned to the gallery, which is due to open on September 15, by the Leicestershire County Council Museums Service, which snapped it up when it came up for sale at a local vintage shop.Despite initial reservations, the design, which was comparatively sleek and lightweight, became a favourite with athletes and was worn by competitors at both the 1928 and 1932 Olympics. The firm was known for supplying the Australian Army with socks during the First World War before branching out to cater for the growing popularity of beach sports.Meredith More, the assistant curator of the V&A Dundee, said organisers were “delighted to be able to include such an early Speedo swimsuit” in the Scottish design galleries.She added: “Alexander MacRae was one of many Scottish entrepreneurs who moved abroad to make his fortune. Capitalising on Australia’s growing beach culture, he created a ground-breaking swimsuit design that appealed to competitive swimmers and sunbathers alike.”The racerback’s revealing back straps challenged moral codes in the 1920s, when mixed bathing was only just becoming acceptable, but nobody could deny his hydrodynamic design allowed swimmers to achieve faster times.”
Landmark deal for GFS as Eagle Butte opts for fleetwide LNG plus
After an 18 month pilot program operating the world’s first liquid natural gas powered mine haul trucks, Alpha Coal West has placed an order with GFS Corp to convert its entire fleet of Caterpillar 793s at the Eagle Butte mine near Gillette, Wyoming, to the EVO-MT™ 7930 system. In June 2012, Alpha Coal West became the first mining company to operate mining haul trucks using natural gas, having initiated a pilot program on three trucks in conjunction with GFS Corp, the maker of the EVO-MT conversion system.Late last year, the company converted a fourth truck. After a year and a half of daily operation and proof of concept, Alpha Coal West has decided to move forward with the conversion of 12 additional trucks at Eagle Butte. GFS Corp will convert the balance of Alpha Coal West’s Caterpillar 793 fleet at its Eagle Butte Coal Mine to GFS’s NG+D™, natural gas plus diesel conversion system. The 12 truck conversion will phase in over time with the last conversions scheduled for October 2014. Along with the truck conversions, Alpha Coal West is installing permanent, full scale LNG fuel storage and dispensing infrastructure to replace the temporary solution used during the pilot.“We are pleased that our pilot project with Alpha Coal West has led to a commercial implementation our of EVO-MT system,” said Jason Green, GFS Corp’s President. “Alpha is to be commended for being the first mining company in the world to use LNG in haul truck operations. There has been a lot of talk about using LNG in mining operations, but Alpha Coal West is actually doing it and we are very proud that our NG+D technology is enabling their transition.”GFS Corp currently offers conversion kits for the mechanical drive Caterpillar 777 and 793 as well as the electric drive Komatsu 830 and 930. Conversions for other truck models are under development. All of the systems are available now and the company is taking orders for the limited quantity of 2014 delivery positions on all four of the systems.
Police in Scotland investigate after two 12yearolds left with significant injuries in
Police in Scotland investigate after two 12-year-olds left with ‘significant injuries’ in chemical attack Police said that the two boys had a substance on them which caused “burn type injuries”. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson Mar 23rd 2017, 10:51 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald 2 Comments Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 10:51 AM POLICE IN SCOTLAND are appealing for information after two 12-year-old boys were left with “significant injuries” following a chemical attack.Police said that the two boys had a substance on them which caused “burn type injuries”.The incident took place around 8pm yesterday on Granitehill Road in the Northfield area of Aberdeen in northeast Scotland.Police said that officers are looking to speak to two youths who around the same age of the victims in relation to the incident.Detective inspector Allen Shaw, who is leading the investigation, said:“This has been a shocking and despicable incident against two young boys who have obviously been left upset and shaken by what has happened to them.“They have been left with significant injuries and were taken to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital for treatment.“Extensive inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible and we are working with our colleagues in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as part of our investigation.There will be a police presence in the area for some time, however the scene where this incident happened has been examined and I can assure the public it is safe.“I would appeal for anyone with information about the incident, whether you were in the area at the time or know anything about it, to please get in touch.I can assure the local community that all resources available to us will be used to trace those responsible. It won’t be tolerated.The area where the incident happened has been cordoned off to allow the scene to be examined.Read: Man charged over murder of one-year-old boy and attempted murder of girl in London Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10,928 Views Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson http://jrnl.ie/3302205 Share1 Tweet Email