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Penn State Lands Commitment From 4-Star RB

first_imgJames Franklin walking onto the field with his Penn State players.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head coach James Franklin, Marcus Allen #2 and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walk out to field arm in arm before the start of the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Penn State added another key piece to its 2020 recruiting class with the Monday night commitment of Clearwater (Fla.) Superior Collegiate Academy four-star running back Keyvone Lee.Lee is the 23rd commitment in this cycle for the Nittany Lions. He and fellow four-star Floridian Caziah Holmes are the two running backs in the group.Lee chose Penn State over Florida, Florida State, LSU and others.#BREAKING: 4⭐️ RB Keyvone Lee (@KeyvoneL) has committed to #PennState. #WeAre #PSUnrivaled @247Sports @Rivals @BN9 @SpecSports360 pic.twitter.com/uBgw61VB6X— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) August 27, 2019 Overall, Lee is the No. 17 running back in the 2020 class and the No. 39 senior in Florida, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is also the 216th-rated overall prospect in the country.With Lee in the fold, Penn State now has nearly filled out its 2020 class. The Nittany Lions’ haul currently ranks third in the Big Ten behind Michigan and Ohio State and 14th in the nation.You can view the entire 2020 team recruiting rankings here.last_img read more

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UNSC reform extremely important says outgoing president of General Assembly

first_imgUnited Nations: Describing Security Council reform as “extremely important”, outgoing President of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa has said the UN is not an organisation “written in stone” and its working methods must be revitalised and improved to make it a contemporary, 21st century body. Espinosa, only the fourth woman President of the General Assembly in its 73-year old history, said reform has to be the word of the day because we have to believe that the UN is an institution that wants to be better everyday to deliver better for the people we serve. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “UN Security Council reform and revitalisation of the General Assembly are extremely important,” Espinosa said in her last press conference here Monday as President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly. The 74th session of the General Assembly opens Tuesday and Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria will be the president of the 193-member UN body for one year. “We are not like a written-in-stone organisation from 75 years ago. We have to be a contemporary, 21st century organization, while sticking to the founding principles of the UN, but to see that everyday we can do something that transforms and improves the way we work and deliver on all fronts – the Secretariat, UN agencies and programs, the General Assembly, the Security Council” and all other organs of the UN, she said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Espinosa stressed that the world body has constantly renew and reform itself. She added that there are several pending issues before the UN, significantly the need to continue working seriously on the revitalisation of the General Assembly, to streamline and improve its working methods, accountability mechanisms and transparency at the Assembly. “It is so important that we get our act together and we deliver better on the work we do everyday,” she said. Espinosa also noted that reform of the UN, “a very ambitious and profound reform”, under the leadership of the Secretary General is crucial. “As member states, we need to have more ownership of the reform process.” She said she has requested Muhammad-Bande to continue focus on the gender parity agenda and expand the work on addressing plastic pollution worldwide as he takes charge as President of the 74th session of the General Assembly. Addressing journalists in her last press conference as the General Assembly chief, Espinosa presented some highlights of her presidency. She maintained that her practice of formally reporting back to Member States every three months, had been “very useful, especially for the smaller missions” that cannot cover all the agenda items, “so they can refer to the reports I share with them”. While noting that the 73rd session, has adopted 341 resolutions, with a few more expected, she has been told this is “the highest number in several years”. “Basically, my call to Member States has been: let’s read the resolutions we have adopted again and let’s deliver and implement them using this norm-setting power of the General Assembly,” she said. We have delivered on all seven priorities , she told correspondents, highlighting the global campaign against plastic, the Women in Power high-level events, and “our work in advancing the multilateral agenda”. Espinosa flagged that we have managed together to transform the UN Headquarters in an area free from single-use plastics , owing to the support of Member States, the Secretary-General, UN staff, and journalists, saying: I feel very proud of what we achieved .last_img read more

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Study looks at littleknown effects of musculoskeletal issues on other diseases

first_imgFREDERICTON – If you’re like a lot of other Canadians who suffer from pain in your back, hip or knees, you could be on your way to developing cardiovascular disease or other issues, and researchers at the University of New Brunswick want to know why.The university is getting $1 million over the next five years to study health issues, such as spinal pain and osteoarthritis. The funding announced Wednesday comes from the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.“Spinal pain — back pain, in particular — is the number one cause of disability worldwide, including Canada. When combined with other musculoskeletal disorders, it really is the leader in terms of cause of disability,” said Dr. Jeff Hebert, who has joined UNB’s faculty of kinesiology from Murdoch University in Western Australia.Hebert said doctors often treat the pain, but fail to look at how the patient’s level of activity has been affected.“It can reduce your levels of physical activity that keep you healthy. It can lead to other problems, such as cardiovascular disease,” he said.“We don’t really understand how these things relate to each other. Our job is to unravel these relationships.”Hebert said they want to examine the effects on other health problems, such as sedentary behaviour, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.“The goal here is that we can intervene at some point to prevent these kinds of cardiovascular disorders from developing in people who have these extremely common problems,” said Hebert, who has spent the last 18 years working in the United States and Australia.Dr. Paul Carey, chairman of the board of directors for the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation, said the research at UNB may help people around the world.“We are confident that Dr. Hebert’s experience and international research network will greatly benefit the health of individuals in Canada and beyond,” Carey said.Hebert said he’s surprised that in 2017, doctors are still asking some basic questions about the impact of musculoskeletal disorders, like back pain.“I was really shocked when I dove into the scientific literature and realized how very little we know about these topics. To me, it’s absolutely intuitive and obvious, but sometimes it’s those simple questions that are the important ones that we really need to dig in and answer before we go onto the next step,” he said.last_img read more

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McFlys Harry Judd To Lead Charity Challenges

first_imgThis year will see Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador Harry Judd (from the boy band McFly) and his Merry Men take on not one, but two challenges of severe endurance.McFly’s Harry Judd To Take Part In Charity ChallengesThe team is made up of Harry Judd and his 4 friends Nick, Stuart, Rob and Ben.The first challenge will see the boys complete the London Marathon on 21st April. The second task (just two weeks later) is Tough Mudder, a 13 mile assault course with all manner of obstacles. The boys will be raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust and Eyes Alight!.Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the six young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. They build specialist units within NHS hospitals bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. They want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated during treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience.Teenage Cancer Trust also educates young people and health professionals about cancer to ensure a swift diagnosis and referral to specialist support. Cancer in young people is rare but they want young people to know the common signs and symptoms so they can seek medical advice if they are worried.The second charity is the Eyes Alight appeal, part of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).The Eyes Alight appeal raises money for BIRT which will be used to pay for things that give service users something to enjoy or look forward to as they go through the daunting and difficult process of brain injury rehabilitation. Alongside this, they are making improvements to the range of resources available to support the rehabilitation process, with input from service users as to what would make a real difference to them personally.The appeal was set up by Izzy Judd and her family. Izzy’s brother, Rupert, was seriously injured in a road accident in 1997.“Eyes Alight is totally inspired by my brother Rupert who suffered a serious brain injury as a result of a car accident. Rupert’s story is just one of so many stories about people who, sadly, are going through long term brain injury rehabilitation. After getting to know other service users at Kent House, I noticed that there were things that would make a big difference to their lives. For example, laptops to help them keep in touch with their family and friends, developing a sensory garden for everyone to enjoy, and providing music therapy sessions which are both fun and an aid to rehabilitation. By supporting the Eyes Alight Appeal, together we can make brain injury rehabilitation a little bit brighter.”To support Harry and his Merry Men, visit their donation page or text HARRY to 70300 to donate £3.Source:Teenage Cancer Trustlast_img read more

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MMIWG inquiry grappling with healing aftercare for families

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls says it’s fighting to get recognition for culturally appropriate aftercare for families.“We want to help change the narrative on what healing and wellness means to Indigenous people,” said Terrellyn Fearn, director of community engagement and support services for the inquiry.Fearn says her staff can source traditional healers but government and group insurance plans refuse to pay for them in favour of western medicine providers.“We have a family member who shared they want to engage in ceremonial aspects, but through their work employee assistance program it’s not something that was identified,” she said, noting the inquiry covered the cost.Long criticized for its patchwork or even lack of aftercare services, Fearn approached APTN News to detail how her team works with survivors and families to meet their wellness needs.She said the inquiry covers about three months of aftercare – potentially more if support services aren’t readily available.“In some communities we’ve actually had to fly people out to receive services …because they either weren’t available or they weren’t connected or comfortable with utilizing those support services,” she said.“It is challenging in some communities where there are no services or very little services available to support the families.”Some survivors and family members tell APTN they are still waiting for aftercare while others say they have paid out of pocket and are waiting to be reimbursed.Evelyne Youngchief, who testified at the trial of serial killer Robert Pickton, is one of 100 witnesses scheduled to share her story at the inquiry’s hearings in Vancouver this week. But she is bringing her own counsellor along to support her before, during and after.“Where do they think women are going to go afterward?” she asked Monday. “They’re going to walk out and go to the bar.”Youngchief is part of a national coalition of survivors and family members worried about the trauma that is going untreated when the hearings leave town. It’s one of the main reasons her group opposes the inquiry’s request for a two-year extension recently submitted to the Trudeau government.“After sharing, too many families have been left with few or no supports, little or no follow-up, and without knowledge of what will become of the information they communicated to the commissioners,” the group says in a letter to politicians shared with APTN.“Caught between the inquiry’s dysfunction and government inaction, Canadians become little more than voyeurs of the horrific stories shared while systemic inequalities and resulting daily realities of lived violence continue. If the inquiry were aptly implementing trauma-informed practices, families would feel loved, cared for, and willing, without hesitation, to participate in the process; instead, many are reluctant.”The inquiry’s mandate has commissioners travelling the country to hear intense, painful and always emotional testimony. This Vancouver stop that begins Tuesday is the 15th and final community hearing.Fearn admits theirs is an “immediate, short-term, aftercare program” but the inquiry can and does contact individuals and organizations to offer more.“It’s not long-term but really our hope is at the end of this process, there will be some clear calls to action that will be really clearly defined from the families’ and survivors’ needs,” she said.It is also her goal, she added, to see “culturally competent” healing recognized, encouraged and supported after the inquiry winds down.“We’re trying to develop a process…to have choice,” she said.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

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Morocco Launches Business Platform for 300000 Moroccan Entrepreneurs Living Abroad

Rabat – Moroccan Business Bridge, a forum for Moroccan entrepreneurs living abroad, opened in Rabat on Monday.The two-day event marks the launch of the digital economic region aimed at attracting 300 thousand Moroccan entrepreneurs abroad.The digital region was first announced by the government and General Confederation of Moroccan Companies (CGEM) in February. One-hundred Moroccan entrepreneurs from around the globe as well as 200 local entrepreneurs and representatives of public and private institutions have a chance to meet and network.For the organizers of the forum, the event aims “to create a platform for professional exchange between entrepreneurs from around the world and Morocco” and facilitate meetings between Moroccan entrepreneurs living abroad and local decision makers.The organizers also hope to encourage Moroccan investors residing in foreign countries to invest in their country of origin and help Moroccan companies grow their exports with the help of Moroccan entrepreneurs abroad.In a statement, the Ministry Delegate for Moroccans Abroad said that CGEM, “being a representative of the private sector, decided to regroup its efforts in a digital economic region” which will become the confederation’s 13th region.The union of Moroccan business people has 12 economic regions all over Moroccan territory, while the 13th is reserved for Moroccan entrepreneurs living outside the kingdom.The Arabic service of Anadolu news agency reported that the 13th digital economic region will create an electronic platform and economic and social network and help Moroccan businesses, not subjected to Moroccan law, to engage and exchange.During the opening ceremony of theforum, Moroccan Minister of Justice Mohamed Aujjar, said  “We are a state of rights. It is true that we have some problems in terms of business climate, but we are going to overcome them.”The Minister Delegate in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad Abdelkrim Benatiq said that the new plafrom “crowns partnership” between his department and CGEM.“During the last years, we have witnessed in Morocco an important increase in the number of companies created by Moroccan entrepreneurs, investors, and talents living abroad,who belong to a community of more than 5 million people distributed in around 120 countries,” said the release.The ministry said that the government has sought encouraging “this dynamic” through the establishment of orientation service and the launch of a program to assist initiatives aiming to create companies.The release added that CGEM, through its commissions, regions, and representatives, “works to promote the development of companies” by creating a place where businesses can flourish.“The 13 economic region of CGEM will thus help the integration of Moroccan entrepreneurs around the world in Moroccan economy by bringing their experience and expertise and making them benefit from Moroccan experience in different fields,” added the statement. read more

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Telus profit declines in Q4 amid Alberta economic slowdown more competition

Telus profit declines in Q4 amid Alberta economic slowdown, more competition by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2016 5:13 am MDT Last Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The slowdown in the oilpatch is again showing its effects on the wider economy, this time with Telus Corp. citing the struggling Alberta economy along with a very competitive market as factors that took a big bite out of fourth-quarter profits.Telus (TSX:T) reported Thursday that net profits in the final three months of 2015 dropped 16.3 per cent to $261 million from $312 million a year earlier, although adjusted net income slipped just 1.2 per cent to $324 million from $328 million.Overall, the Vancouver-based company added a net 62,000 postpaid wireless subscribers in the quarter, 52,000 fewer than in the same period last year. It also reported a 1.01 per cent postpaid subscriber churn rate, which was a seven-basis-point increase over the previous year.Average revenue per user for the wireless arm was $63.74 in fourth quarter, up from $63.34 in the same prior-year period.The company attributed the decline in subscriber growth to a more competitive environment as two-year and three-year contracts started to expire simultaneously last June to make the so-called double-cohort, and to Alberta’s economic slowdown.In Alberta, the company added just 4,400 postpaid wireless customers in the second half of 2015, well down from the net 50,000 it added in the comparable year-earlier period, president and CEO Darren Entwistle said during a conference call with analysts.In the province, average revenue per user declined more than 4.5 per cent in the second half of 2015 compared with the same time the year prior, he said.Still, the impact on Telus in the province was most pronounced in the business wireless sector, where average revenue per business user declined 7.6 per cent in the fourth quarter, Entwistle said.David Heger, a senior equity analyst at Edward Jones,, said consumers in the province may be watching what they spend on cellphone plans a bit more closely, but noted they are unlikely to drop their service completely.Some businesses, on the other hand, have had to cut back on employees and have been trying to trim expenses wherever they can, including wireless, he said.Meanwhile, Entwistle said that while the company has a disproportionate exposure to the Alberta market, there is a silver lining.“If we can generate results of this ilk within the context that we face now economically within Alberta then I would say we have a very bright future ahead of us” when the province’s improves, he said.The company projects a three per cent increase in revenue growth this year and committed to hiking its dividend 10 per cent in 2016.The company’s next dividend will be unchanged 44 cents per share, payable April 1. However, there will be a five per cent increase the following quarter and another five per cent increase in the fourth quarter, said chief financial officer John Gossling.If these increases occur, this will be the sixth consecutive year in which Telus has increased its divided by 10 per cent or more in what Entwistle calls a multi-year dividend growth program, which remains a priority for the company.Telus said it paid out $252 million in dividends in the fourth quarter and spent $234 million to repurchase its own shares under its 2015-16 share buyback program.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: An earlier version incorrectly gave average revenue per user as $36.74 read more

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General Debate wraps up with calls for stronger UN role in sustainable

“São Tomé and Príncipe reaffirms, in accordance with our principles, our desire to see the United Nations take on a more active role in intervening in the fight against imbalances and in the mediation and resolution of international conflicts,” said the African country’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Carlos Filomeno Agostinho Das Neves.“The fight against poverty, the struggle against injustices, and greater dissemination of knowledge must, in our view, be of permanent concern to our Organization in order to ensure that all peoples may achieve a satisfactory level of development and dignity, as established in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and thus reduce the conflict and hostility that is prevalent in the world today.”It was a theme that has run through the seven days of the General Debate and was stressed yesterday by foreign ministers of many developing nations with special resonance as the theme of this year’s 68th Assembly – “The Post 2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!” – seeks to draw up an ambitious long-term sustainable development programme to succeed the current MDGs cycle in the war on poverty and its associated ills.Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderIt was a theme, too, taken up by the developed North today with Denmark’s Permanent Representative Ib Petersen stressing the UN’s vital role at a time when strong multilateral cooperation is needed to cope with global challenges transcending national borders.“In a globalized world, with dramatic shifts of power and influence, a strong United Nations is more relevant than ever,” he declared. “We need the UN with its unique legitimacy and its universal membership. We need a UN which can contribute with common solutions to global challenges. We need a UN which reflects the changing political landscape – including through a reformed Security Council.”Mr. Das Neves also voiced the need for UN reform, including enlargement of the 15-member Security Council to better represent the world of today, as he enumerated the hurdles facing developing countries.“The profound imbalance in international relations, the injustice that ails trade exchanges, the enormous gulf in the access to goods and cultural values, and the glaring disparities in the access to information and knowledge among the peoples that inhabit our planet do not contribute to improving living conditions for millions of human beings,” he declared. “Rather, they open the way for increased conflict and threaten international peace and security.” Mr. Petersen stressed the need to end the huge inequality between rich and poor, and called gender discrimination “the single most widespread driver of inequalities in today’s world.” Kodjo Menan, Permanent Representative of Togo. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeTogo’s Permanent Representative, Kodjo Menan, said the Assembly’s theme called for the UN set in motion a sustainable development programme that is valid for all countries. “If the United Nations principal vocation is the maintenance of peace and international security, it is obvious that these goals can only be reached in any lasting way if abject poverty and misery do not in their turn provide fertile soil for all sorts of instability in our societies,” he said. Vince Henderson, Permanent Representative of Dominica. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeFrom the Caribbean region, Dominica’s Permanent Representative, Vince Henderson, voiced impatience at the slow pace of anti-poverty programmes. “We must resolve to take stock,” he said. “We must be forever mindful, that those who are condemned still await our intervention; the over a billion people who have only known darkness at the end of each day, long for at least one light bulb in a rural home so that their children can have opportunities for a brighter tomorrow.“We have run out of excuses about why we are still waiting to act or why we cannot act. Rest assured that our people will judge us harshly for failing to make a difference in their lives,” he added, also stressing the need for sustainable energy and sustainable harvesting of the ocean’s fish stocks. Kosal Sea, Permanent Representative of Cambodia. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeFrom half way round the world in Asia, Cambodia called on donor countries to fulfil their commitments for development aid. “The post-2015 development agenda will be one of the UN’s most ambitious projects to date where all the nations will be called to galvanize actions to help the world live up to our pledges to end poverty, educate children, empower women and provide health services for all,” Permanent Representative Sea Kosa declared.“It is high time for donor countries to fulfil their commitments concerning ODA (official development assistance). In addition, international trade expansion can also contribute to the promotion of economic growth and poverty reduction,” he added, calling for debt relief, the “critical” transfer of technology by developed countries to developing world, and comprehensive UN and Security Council reform. Xavier Lasso Mendoza, Permanent Representative of Ecuador. UN Photo/Ryan BrownFrom South America, Ecuador’s Permanent Representative, Xavier Lasso Mendoza, stressed that the needs of the disabled must be included in the post-2015 development agenda. “We must take concrete measures to incorporate the disabled on a global, regional and national scale to achieve verifiable results,” he said in a speech largely devoted to denouncing alleged United States electronic spying on Latin American Governments and elsewhere. read more

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Perpetrators of attack on European mission in Kosovo must be brought to

Farid Zarif, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the attack that took place on 25 April as the two vehicles travelled to Brnjak/Bërnjak.The Mission “stands in solidarity with EULEX, and reminds those who would carry out such acts that they are understood as acts against the international community as a whole, as well as against all civilized human values. Such acts must never be tolerated, regardless of motive or circumstance,” it stated in a news release. The Mission urged all persons to cooperate fully with the investigation by EULEX, so that those responsible for the attack will be brought swiftly to justice.UNMIK, which was set up in 1999 after North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid deadly fighting, is mandated to help ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo and advance regional stability in the Western Balkans.The Mission coordinates with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which retains the status of UNMIK’s pillar for institution building, as well as with EULEX, which has operational responsibility in the area of rule of law and operates under the overall authority of the UN. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, but Serbia does not recognize the declaration. read more

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May 2017 new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for May pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in May 2017 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the May 2017 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Football Ohio State ranked No 5 in AP Preseason Poll

The Ohio State football team takes the field for the 2018 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium between Team Scarlet and Team Gray. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOhio State was ranked as the No. 5 team in the country according to the AP Preseason Poll released Monday. With Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Wisconsin as the top four teams listed, the Buckeyes failed to earn a first place vote. Ohio State is one of five teams from the Big Ten in the AP Preseason Poll along with Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan. In the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, released on Aug. 2, the Buckeyes were ranked as the No. 3 team in the nation behind Alabama at No. 1 and Clemson at No. 2 and did received one first place vote. Last season, Ohio State was No. 2 in the preseason poll, receiving three first-place votes behind the No. 1 Crimson Tide. The Buckeyes will have four ranked matchups this season, according to the preseason poll. Ohio State will face No. 16 TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 15. The Buckeyes will also face No. 10 Penn State at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 29. Ohio State will also face both ranked teams from the state of Michigan, No. 11 Michigan State in East Lansing on Nov. 10 and Michigan at Ohio Stadium on Nov. 24. The Buckeyes will open the season against Oregon State at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 1 at 12 p.m. The AP PollNo. 1 Alabama (42)No. 2 Clemson (18)No. 3 Georgia No. 4 Wisconsin (1) No. 5 Ohio StateNo. 6 WashingtonNo. 7 Oklahoma No. 8 Miami (FL) No. 9 AuburnNo. 10 Penn State No. 11 Michigan State No. 12 Notre DameNo. 13 StanfordNo. 14 MichiganNo. 15 USCNo. 16 TCUNo. 17 West Virginia No. 18 Mississippi StateNo. 19 Florida StateNo. 20 Virginia TechNo. 21 UCFNo. 22 Boise StateNo. 23 TexasNo. 24 OregonNo. 25 LSU read more

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Paedophiles should be tried again for abuse if new evidence emerges says

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. “However, the statutory provisions for a re-trial following acquittal (double jeopardy) as set out in Chapter 10 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 restrict scope for a re-trial to ‘serious cases’ as listed in Schedule 5 of the Act. “The sexual offences listed in schedule 5 are those that involve penetration and, as I understand, carry a maximum sentence of life. Sexual assaults as alleged by the six complainants are not included.”Mr Nocivelli said the new evidence was “substantial” and “compelling” as required by the law, in that there were now some 100 victims, with a consistent pattern of abuse at the same club and same method by a man who had been found to be a convicted abuser.“We don’t want abusers on the street because of a legal technicality,” he said. “A change would allow these victims’ cases to be reopened and they could get justice and closure for the offences that happened to them.”The Ministry of Justice said it was considering Dame Vera’s request. It said any changes could prompt demands for other crimes of arguably equal seriousness to be included but it accepted the list of offences was not “set in stone.” “Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime which has no place in our society,” said a spokesman.Since 2013, it is thought thee have been 16 cases where the double jeopardy rule has been overruled. The court of appeal decides if a case can proceed and has powers to quash the acquittal if there is new and compelling evidence and direct a new case be heard. Dame Vera Baird made her case in a letter to the new justice secretary, Robert BucklandCredit:Geoff Pugh Dame Vera Baird made her case in a letter to the new justice secretary, Robert Buckland Child abusers should no longer be allowed to escape prosecution under the double jeopardy rule, says the victims’ commissioner.Dame Vera Baird wants the law to be re-written so that paedophiles who have been acquitted of indecently assaulting children can be brought before the courts again if new evidence emerges.It follows cases where sports coaches have been charged and acquitted but cannot be retried because the offences did not involve penetrative sex.Less serious sexual assaults are not included in the list of offences where prosecutors can override double jeopardy – the rule barring the retrial of a defendant for an offence of which they have previously cleared by a court.The changes to double jeopardy were introduced in 2003 by then Home Secretary David Blunkett to pave the way for the prosecution of the killers of Stephen Lawrence who had been acquitted. However, it was limited to only the most serious offences of murder, rape and arson.In a letter to the new Justice Secretary, Dame Vera writes: “Sixteen years later, we now have a much better understanding of the terrible and long-term consequences of sexual offences committed against children. “Our approach towards complaints and complainants is very different, as is the way in which we conduct investigations and gather evidence. Having consulted, I am proposing offences relating to non-penetrative sexual abuse of children be included.“I am not suggesting a significant increase in the number of offences, but simply those focussed on the typical activity of a child abuser.”It follows Dame Vera’s meeting the lawyer representing sex abuse victims of Southampton football coach Bob Higgins who was initially acquitted after six young players came forward in 1990.He was convicted earlier this year of sexually touching and groping 24 victims, most of them trainees at Southampton FC and Peterborough, between 1971 and 1996, but the original six have been left without justice or closure, said Dino Nocivelli, lawyer for five of the six victims.Dame Vera said: “The legal representative for five of the six complainants is of the view that there is new and compelling evidence in their cases. read more

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JOHNEX licenses explosives perimeter control technology to Nordex

first_imgBeginning in 1966 as a distributor of dynamite and blasting accessories, JOHNEX Explosives says it has “become recognised as Australia’s leading innovator in safe and effective high-tech explosives technology,” adding: “the company’s signature product, Econotrim Buttbuster® is world renowned for perimeter control in mining. The product reduces overbreak, creates smooth walls and a safer environment for portals, shafts and tunnels.”“Normal explosives blasting is an economical method of breaking rock, but can result in damage to the perimeter of the opening,” explained former JOHNEX Project Engineer David Tait. “The damage can be controlled by a more precisely measured explosive and a bit more science.” JOHNEX Econotrim Buttbuster explosives accomplish this with a one-piece, custom-length, semi-rigid, coiled yellow tube that is 25 mm in diameter and contains a precisely measured quantity of specially formulated explosive.JOHNEX manufactures the explosive using a custom designed 10 m high carousel in which 12 tubes are filled with one of two grades of Buttbuster explosive. Delivering each grade of powder from a ribbon blender to two dosing bowls at the top of the carousel are two Flexicon flexible screw conveyors, each 11 m long. JOHNEX recently licensed its Buttbuster technology to Nordex Explosives Ltd of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, located in the heart of Canada’s gold and silver mining territory. From its new manufacturing facility, Nordex supplies Buttbuster explosives to gold and silver mines in northern Quebec and Ontario and is initiating trials in a number of locations.The Nordex plant produces the same two grades of explosive powder with the same carousel system as the JOHNEX plant in Australia. Both grades are proprietary formulations, and the raw materials for the Nordex plant are sourced through JOHNEX.In an enclosed room, the raw materials are precisely weighed, poured into the ribbon blender, and mixed to a homogeneous blend that has a bulk density of approximately 950 kg/m3 and a particle size distribution of 1-6 mm in diameter. The blender discharges the material into one of two 110 litre capacity floor hoppers, each connected to a flexible screw conveyor that transfers one of the explosive powder grades without separating the blended materials.The outlet of each hopper is connected through a charging adapter to the inlet of the flexible screw conveyor. The conveyors pass through openings in the wall to the adjacent area where they rise to the top of the carousel. Each conveyor consists of a heavy-duty spiral rotating inside a 114 mm diameter polymer tube. As the screw propels the material through the tube, it self-centres, providing sufficient clearance between the screw and tube wall to assure gentle, safe handling of particles. The spiral, which is the single moving component of the conveyor, is connected to an explosion proof electric motor located above the conveyor’s discharge. This design eliminates contact of the sensitive powder being conveyed with any bearings or seals.The material exits each conveyor through a 0.9 m long downspout into one of the dosing bowls. Each bowl, under PLC control, releases a predetermined amount of powder into the Buttbuster tubes rotating and indexing under it. At the bottom of the carousel, the tubes oscillate up and down to properly fill and compact the powder. The filled tubes are then hand removed from the carousel, capped, coiled and placed into boxes for shipping. From the time ingredients are added into the blender until the filled tubes are removed from the carousel and capped (both done manually) the entire process is automated by a PLC. The flexible screw conveyors start and stop on reaching a pre-set bowl volume detected by a level sensor and transmitted to the PLC. “The carousel can produce a 5 m length of explosive in seven seconds,” says Jim Taylor, Nordex president and CEO.Although the Nordex production line meets the same safety standards as the JOHNEX system in Australia, it needed to be engineered to Canadian standards. “Walkways and access platforms, for example, needed to be reconfigured,” says Taylor.  “Also, while Australian electrical systems are designed for 50 Hz, 415 V operations, Canadian systems operate at 60 Hz, 600 V.” Application Engineers from Flexicon Australia assisted with the layout of the hoppers on JOHNEX drawings and supplied an explosion proof 60 Hz, 600 V motor from North America to be brought into Australia for testing before being shipped to Canada. The Buttbuster production system has been designed to meet the strict specifications required to operate in an environment that contains potentially explosive materials.JOHNEX says it plans to manufacture and supply Buttbuster explosives in other countries by forming partnerships similar to the one with Nordex.last_img read more

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Xbox One external USB storage support wont be ready at launch

first_imgYou have to hand it to Microsoft. The software giant and heir to the next-generation gaming throne took criticisms of the Xbox One seriously. It tweaked the DRM, got rid of the region lock, and even made Kinect optional. But still some things aren’t coming together as expected. At PAX last weekend, Xbox Community Manager Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb explained external USB storage support will not be ready when the console launches in November.The standard Xbox One will be rocking a 500GB internal drive, but users won’t have access to the drive as they have in with the 360. Well, they won’t have official access. Someone will probably figure out how to crack the Xbox One open and fit it with a new drive. The lack of external USB storage means most owners will have to make do with a measly half terabyte of space, at least for a while.Major Nelson went on to explain completing work on the USB storage feature is on the list of things to do, but other projects are currently taking priority. He could not provide an approximate release date for the feature.Whether or not this seriously affects early adopters of the Xbox One will depend very much on how fast that 500GB disappears. Xbox One games will be taking up space on the drive, and they’re likely to be quite a bit bigger than 360 games were. The PS4, by comparison, will not support USB storage devices, but will allow owners to replace the 500GB internal hard drive with something bigger. The Wii U supports external USB drives up to 2TB.This isn’t the first promised feature that’s falling behind schedule — Microsoft amended its FAQ page last week to clarify only five countries would have Kinect voice controls at launch. Perhaps making all those changes to the way the Xbox One operates delayed Microsoft more than we thought.last_img read more

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WiFi security flaw discovered

first_imgHome Wi-Fi networks are popping up all over the place, with more and more people plugging them into their broadband Internet connections. But beware of a security flaw which has been identified by US-CERT, a USA-based industry body. It turns out that the very feature which is designed to make Wi-Fi installation easy has in fact opened a security flaw. The “Wi-Fi Protected Set-up” or WPS protocol, was designed to allow “unskilled” (or non-nerd) home users set up WPA encryption without a lot of heartache. As part of the process, users can use shortened passwords to add new devices to the network, exposing the access point to educated computer criminals (eg. hackers) who are able to compromise the security. Using a “Brute Force” hacking attack, cyber deviates are able to break 8-PIN passwords within 2 hours by deciphering the information returned from the router. Most new Wi-Fi routers shipping today come with the WPS feature activated as default, meaning millions of Wi-Fi hot spots are potentially vulnerable to attack.So if you took a quantum leap recently and installed a home Wi-Fi network, I suggest you check your security setting to make sure your pimple-faced 14-year-old neighbour isn’t compromising your service. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greek scientists among the worlds most influential minds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Seven Greek academics appear in the Thomson Reuters corporation’s 2016 list of the World’s 3,000 Most Influential Scientific Minds. The list provides a yearly acknowledgement to those scientists who “have made the most significant global impact within their respective field of study”, based on an analysis of the number and quality of citations each receive.Most of the scientists on the list come from the world’s top universities, notably from the United States, but also from Britain, Germany, China and Australia.The Greeks who were distinguished among thousands of peers around the world are Dimitra Daferera and Moschos Polissiou of Athens Agricultural University; Meletios-Athanassios Dimopoulos and Gerasimos Filippatos of Athens Medical School, IT professor George Karagiannidis of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and National Technical University of Athens professors Dimitris Rakopoulos and Constantinos Rakopoulos.last_img read more

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James Gargasoulas to stand trial next week for Bourke St killings

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram James Gargasoulas, accused of murdering pedestrians on Melbourne’s Bourke Street in January, 2017 by running them down with a vehicle, has been found fit to stand for trial.Despite suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and delusions, after a week-long Supreme Court hearing the jury returned the verdict on Monday that Mr Gargasoulas would go on trial next Wednesday.During the trial held to determine the accused’s mental state and fitness to stand trial, two psychiatrists and a psychologist gave evidence.All agreed that Mr Gargasoulas does in fact believe he is the Messiah, and that he is not faking his evident mental illness.However when it came to whether he met the criteria to be fit to stand trial, opinions were split.While forensic psychiatrists Andrew Carroll and Lester Walton argued that Mr Gargasoulas was not in the state to enter a plea, give instructions to his lawyers or understand the substantial effect of the evidence, psychologist Michael Daffern thought otherwise.Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd QC referred to a phone call Mr Gargasoulas made from prison to a welfare worker about his children, which she claimed demonstrated his capacity to think sensibly and make decisions.“[Mr Gargasoulas] initiated that call, he engaged in a very sensible discussion … he took advice from the worker about how best to engage with his children,” she said.“It was a call where his delusions did not manifest themselves at all.“This phone call demonstrates that … the delusions, persistent as they are, do not intrude to such a degree to prevent [Mr Gargasoulas] from acting in a sensible and proper way.”While in custody, Mr Gagasoulas has been treated for schizophrenia, but the court heard that his illness had been resistant to the six medications he had been prescribed.Well over a year since the shocking incident took place, Monday’s verdict was welcomed by the victims’ families said Genna Angelowitsch, the lawyer representing them.“The jury’s decision will mean a resolution to these lengthy proceedings,” she said.“The families thank the court for bringing on the trial so quickly. It may help to bring some closure.”Mr Gargasoulas has pleaded not guilty to six counts of murder and 28 counts of attempted murder.last_img read more

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Fate of the Furious starring The Rock sets new global opening record

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Google+ Gerald Bocook The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii 1 p.m. forecast for Chicagoland on September 4th Deadline.com is reporting that “Fate of the Furious” debuted at a record $432.3 million debut at the international box office. The film also drew a $100.2 million domestically as well, bringing it to a total of $532.5 million worldwide.The film, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has now set a record for the biggest opening for a film worldwide ever. It bested both “Jurassic World” ($316.7 million) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($529 million).The Rock shared the following on Instagram before the news was official. Or at least as long as people are stupid enough to keep spending money on it. April 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm Thomas Costello Now Playing Up Next Damn, son. Oh good lord, this thing is going to go on forever. Monday, September 16, 2019 Weather Forecast According to Vin Diesel, they were signed to do three more(Including F8) and then that is it for the main movies. So we will see a total of ten movies. There is also the possibility of spinoffs, including Rock’s character Luke Hobbs having his own movie or series of movies. Ellie Kemper Now Playing Up Next April 17, 2017 at 5:27 am 4 COMMENTS Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest Paid Actors of 2019 list Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. ARTECHOUSE displays ‘machine hallucinations’ April 17, 2017 at 1:24 am Payroll company closes, deposits reversed Joe Videos Articles TheCyberZon WhatsApp April 17, 2017 at 11:44 am 1 p.m. forecast for Chicagoland on September 3rd Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMonday, September 16, 2019 Weather ForecastVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 2:12/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 48.89%0:02Remaining Time -2:10 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five last_img read more

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CDB and TCI Government announces monumental partnership

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Nov 2015 – Five months of consultation in the TCI has led to a ‘Country Strategy Paper’ being produced by the Caribbean Development Bank and that document has already been approved by Parliament; it will bring over $100 million dollars to these islands over four years. According to Dr. Justin Ram, the CDB’s Director, the CSP charts a course for development in the territory until 2018.On Thursday at the Office of the Premier it was revealed that a number of stresses financially including the global financial crisis and two natural disasters caused the country’s economy to contract by nearly 20%; but he hailed the bounce back as remarkable. Dr. Ram, flanked by Premier Rufus Ewing and Finance Minister Washington Misick shared what the $100 million will be used for: “One, macroeconomic policy and development planning; enhancing the infrastructure of TCI; three, access to finance and provision of business development services; four, the enhancement of education and five, environmental sustainability.” Recommended for you Related Items:caribbean development bank, country strategy paper, justin ram, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CDB closes in TCI, heads to Grenada Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Servicelast_img read more

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Semifinals are ready for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup

first_imgFour teams will battle to get two tickets to the tournament final, as they want to show they are the best nation in the confederation.After eight teams battled it out in the Quarterfinals, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals are ready to be played now.Iran won the right to attend the Semifinal when they defeated China 3-0 on January 24.Meanwhile, Japan was able to beat surprising Vietnam the same day.On January 25, South Korea lost 1-0 against Qatar, while hosts the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defeated current champions Australia.The stage is set now for the Semifinals, which will start playing on January 28th at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium when Iran takes on Japan.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.Iran trashed Yemen 5-0 in Group D and then defeated Vietnam 2-0, only to draw against Iraq 0-0. The Persians then beat Oman 2-0 and China 3-0. They are the only team left who hasn’t allowed any goals against.Meanwhile, Japan has won all its five matches, beating Turkmenistan 3-2, Oman 1-0, and Uzbekistan 2-1. The Samurai Blue then defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Vietnam 1-0 in the elimination rounds.The other Semifinal will be played between Qatar and the hosts UAE on January 29th at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.Qatar is the only other country which has won all its matches so far in the tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts defeated Lebanon 2-0, trashed North Korea 6-0 and then beat Saudi Arabia 2-0. The Qatari then won 1-0 against Iraq and 1-0 against South Korea to be in the Semifinals.And of all four nations qualified to this stage, the United Arab Emirates have had the worst time at the tournament. The UAE drew 1-1 against Bahrain, then defeated India 2-0, only to draw again against Thailand. In the Round of 16, the locals had to go to overtime to beat Kyrgyzstan 3-2 but then defeated current champions Australia 1-0 in the Quarterfinals.The Final will be played on February 1st, at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, where the AFC will meet its new champion after Australia was defeated in the Quarterfinals.last_img read more

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