Glenn Spencer’s Tweet Game is Strong

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 Spencer posts to twitter weekly what seems to be a motivating story for the game each weekend. He posted his scouting report titled “UT” yesterday which features an anecdote about Sparta.UT pic.twitter.com/hTeuArSZeX— Glenn Spencer (@Glenn_Spencer) September 24, 2015Sounds like Spencer is ready to go to war on Saturday.last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd fullback Shaw: I’ll repay contract faith

first_imgMan Utd fullback Shaw: I’ll repay contract faithby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuke Shaw is determined to repay Manchester United’s faith in signing him to a lucrative five-year contract. A strong start to the season earned the 23-year-old a brand new contract.After falling out with Jose Mourinho towards the end of his rein, Shaw wants to become a regular contributor under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”I signed a new contract and I want to be playing every game and trying to help the team as much as possible,” he said. “Hopefully I keep playing games and keep myself in the team.”I haven’t had many injuries recently so that’s good. I need to stay fit and keep helping the team and maybe win a cup this season.”We are not where we want to be and not where we should be, so we have a very important second half of the season. Our aim is to get back into the top four because United without Champions League isn’t good. That’s where we want to be and what we are fighting for.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New Report Reveals The Raise Zach Smith Received After 2015 Season

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A new report from college football insider Brett McMurphy has revealed some of the details of the contracts/raises now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith received during his time at Ohio State under Urban Meyer.According to the new report, Smith, who was fired earlier this summer, received a much-smaller raise following the 2015 season than he did in other years.McMurphy’s bombshell report last week revealed 2015 domestic violence accusations against Smith.From the report:Zach Smith’s annual base salary only increased $6,600 – by far the lowest annual raise of his career – following the 2015 season, the year he was investigated for domestic violence and felonious assault against Courtney Smith.The $6,600 increase was the lowest in his six-year career at Ohio State, according to documents provided by the school.By contrast, he received his largest raises of his career the season before the domestic violence investigations – $50,000 before the 2015 season – and also the year after the investigations – $73,400 before the 2017 season.It’s unclear, of course, if the smaller raise had anything to do with the domestic violence accusations against Smith in 2015.McMurphy also reports that “personal matters” were listed under the “work on” section of a 2017 performance review.You can view the full report here.Urban Meyer, meanwhile, remains on paid administrative leave. Ohio State announced on Sunday night that the investigation is expected to be completed in two weeks. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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HHI SWS in The Race for 22000 TEU Behemoths

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding major Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is competing with the Chinese rival Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) for the construction of up to nine 22,000 TEU containerships, Asiasis reports.The order for the record-breaking Ultra Large Containership Vessels (ULCV) has been linked to the French shipping giant CMA CGM and is said to be undergoing final negotiation stage.As disclosed, the order would include six firm ships and three options.The newbuildings would feature LNG dual fuel engines.CMA CGM is yet to provide World Maritime News with a comment on the matter.Once the order is made official, the new 22,000 TEU newbuilds would push the 21, 413 TEUOOCL Hong Kong from the throne as the largest containership by TEU capacity.The order comes on the heels of a USD 600 million contract HHI inked with Vitol for up to eight gas tankers. The two firm 84,000 cbm LPG tankers are expected to be delivered in 2019, while Vitol has options for six more tankers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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JuD chief Saeed arrested on terror financing charges

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested Wednesday on terror financing charges by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Province, just days ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the US. Saeed, who has several cases pending against him, was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested, a CTD official said. Soon after the arrest, Saeed was presented before an Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala that granted his judicial remand. He was subsequently shifted to Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is lodged, the official said. See P6Lahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested Wednesday on terror financing charges by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Province, just days ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the US. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DaySaeed, who has several cases pending against him, was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested, a CTD official said. Soon after the arrest, Saeed was presented before an Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala that granted his judicial remand. He was subsequently shifted to Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is lodged, the official said. See P6last_img read more

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Canada and US lift tariffs on steel and aluminum

first_imgWord of the agreement began to trickle out amid reports that U.S. negotiators had backed off long-standing demands for a hard limit on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum, part of an effort to keep cheap Chinese product out of the country.Late Friday morning, Trudeau and President Donald Trump wrapped up their third phone call in less than a week on the tariff dispute, including Canada’s decision to retaliate with more than $16 billion of its own punitive levies on American products. OTTAWA – Canada’s year-long standoff with the Trump administration over punitive U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs is finally over, removing a key hurdle in efforts to ratify the new North American trade pact.Global Affairs Canada says the tariffs will be removed within two days.BREAKING: now official! Canada and the US reach deal to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum. Here is the joint statement on what the countries have agreed to. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/0PCeE8PWaq— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 17, 2019Canada has also agreed to drop all of its retaliatory measures and legal actions at the World Trade Organization.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making an unscheduled, last-minute trip to Hamilton, Canada’s steel-manufacturing capital, where he’s expected to confirm the breakthrough at an event at steel giant Stelco with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.last_img read more

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Alicia Silverstone Feed Pussy Riot Girl Vegan Meals

first_imgAfter learning from PETA that Maria Alekhina, a member of the protest band Pussy Riot, collapsed from malnutrition during a recent court appearance, actor Alicia Silverstone fired off a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking that he show consideration regarding the jailed rocker’s vegan diet.In the letter, Hollywood sweetheart and vegan cookbook author Silverstone asks Putin to make plant-based foods available to not only the imprisoned Alekhina but also all Russian prisoners.“Regardless of the trial and its outcome, I’m sure you can agree that everyone has the right to show compassion and refrain from harming animals by being vegan”, wrote Silverstone.“We hope Putin will give serious consideration to Alicia’s request”, says PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA and Alicia stand ready to help Russian authorities plan nutritious, inexpensive vegan meals for all inmates.”For more information on making the switch to a vegan diet, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

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US stocks rebound but still face losses for the week

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rebounded in morning trading on Wall Street Friday, but were still on track for a third straight week of losses.The market has been swaying between gains and losses all week as investors face the prospect that the trade war between the U.S. and China will drag on longer than anticipated. Trading has been volatile since the dispute escalated earlier this month, with both sides taking measures to raise tariffs on each other’s goods.President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a summit next month in Japan. Both sides have expressed a willingness to resume negotiations, while at the same ratcheting up the antagonistic rhetoric, leaving investors confused about what happens next.Technology stocks rallied on Friday after leading losses on Thursday. Tech companies have been bearing the brunt of the now monthlong downturn as they face the possibility of restricted sales to Chinese companies. Apple rose 1% and Intuit jumped 5.8% after reporting solid profit results and issuing a surprisingly good forecast.Health care stocks and financial companies also led the gainers. Medtronic rose 2%, Prudential Financial rose 1.3% and Capital One rose 1.2%.Utilities lagged the market with small gains as investors shifted their money into riskier holdings. That marks a reversal from Thursday when investors fled to utilities and other safe-play holdings, including bonds. The yield on the 10 year Treasury rose to 2.33% after slipping to 2.29% Thursday, its lowest level in more than a year.Consumer staples, which include beverage company Coca-Cola and General Mills, was the only losing sector.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.5% as of 10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 138 points, or 0.5x%, to 25,630. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.8%.SORE FEET: Foot Locker tumbled 16%, erasing all of its gains for the year. The shoe store reported disappointing first quarter financial results and trimmed its profit forecast.The company’s profit and revenue both fell short of forecasts, along with a key sales measure used by retailers. The company now expects full-year earnings per share to be up by high-single digits, a more reserved outlook than the double-digit increase it had forecast earlier.Foot Locker, retailers and shoe companies all face higher costs if the U.S. goes ahead with additional tariffs on Chinese goods that would impact footwear. The company and others have sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him not to put these additional tariffs into effect.SPORTING GAINS: Hibbett Sports surged 21.9% after the sporting goods retailer blew past Wall Street’s profit expectations and raised its forecast for the year.The solid first quarter results included a surge in a key sales measure that also dominated analysts’ forecasts.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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DPR Korea Ban sounds alarm on lack of progress in human rights

7 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken out against the lack of “tangible progress” made by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in addressing serious human rights concerns, with reports from the nation pointing to such actions as torture, public executions and forced labour. DPRK authorities have “not recognized the resolutions adopted by the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly on the situation of human rights in the country,” Mr. Ban said in a report to the General Assembly made public today.The Government has yet to engage in a substantive dialogue on the rights situation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Further, the DPRK has not cooperated or given access to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the nation.“Reports emanating from the country continue to indicate trends of arbitrary arrests, absence of due process and the rule of law, torture, inhumane conditions of detention, public execution, ill-treatment of refugees or asylum-seekers repatriated from abroad, and forced labour,” the Secretary-General wrote.“In addition, reports also indicate that the population is being denied the freedoms of thought, religion, opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association, movement and access to information.”Calling on the Government to protect fundamental rights and freedoms, he urged authorities to enact domestic legal reforms to comply with international standards.Mr. Ban spotlighted the dire food shortages in the DPRK, and their impact on the economic, social and cultural rights of the population.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) cautioned in July that millions faced dangerous hunger levels, while the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned of a 1.7 million-ton cereal deficit.But positive steps have been taken, the Secretary-General noted, such as the Government’s agreement to boost food assistance and expand the operations of UN agencies, including WFP and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).He stressed the need for authorities to increase budget allocations for food and highlighted the importance of preventing discrimination in distributing food and health services.“The Secretary-General is encouraged by the Government’s recognition of the urgency of the problem and its desire to address the issue of the people’s sustainable access to food, and he welcomes the Government’s extension of cooperation to the United Nations agencies and encourages the international community to lend its full support to efforts to address this issue,” the report said.Additionally, Mr. Ban welcomed progress made under the six-party talks, also involving China, Russia, the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea, calling “upon all regional and international actors to facilitate the creation of an environment conducive to generating greater engagement between the Government of the [DPRK] and the international community.”Late last month, DPRK authorities informed the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it planned to restart nuclear activities at its reprocessing plant in Yongbyon, shut down last year.They also said they are terminating access by IAEA inspectors to the facilities, which the agency verified had been taken off line last summer. read more

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Facebook takes aim at fake news with new trending formula

Facebook takes aim at fake news with new ‘trending’ formula SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook is updating its “trending” feature that highlights hot topics on its social networking site, part of its effort to root out the kind of fake news stories that critics contend helped Donald Trump become president.With the changes announced Wednesday, Facebook’s trending list will consist of topics being covered by several publishers. Before, it focused on subjects drawing the biggest crowds of people sharing or commenting on posts.The switch is intended to make Facebook a more credible source of information by steering hordes of its 1.8 billion users toward topics that “reflect real world events being covered by multiple outlets,” Will Cathcart, the company’s vice-president of product management, said in a blog post.Facebook also will stop customizing trending lists to cater to each user’s personal interests. Instead, everyone located in the same region will see the same trending lists, which currently appear in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and India.That change could widen the scope of information Facebook’s users see, instead of just topics that reinforce what they may have already heard or read elsewhere. The broader perspective might reduce the chances of Facebook’s users living in a “filter bubble” — only engaging with people and ideas with which they agree.Facebook introduced its trending list in 2014 in response to the popularity of a similar feature on Twitter, the short-messaging service that competes for people’s attention and advertising revenue.Questions about Facebook’s influence on what people are reading intensified last summer after a technology blog relying on an anonymous source reported that human editors routinely suppressed conservative viewpoints on the site.Facebook fired the small group of journalists overseeing its trending items and replaced them with an algorithm that was supposed to be a more neutral judge about what to put on the list.But the automated approach began to pick out posts that were getting the most attention, even if the information in them was bogus. Some of the fake news stories targeted Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton, prompting critics to believe the falsehoods help Donald Trump overcome a large deficit in public opinion polls.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially brushed off that notion as “crazy ,” but in December the company announced a slew of new measures to curb the spread of fake news.To discourage the creation of fake news in the first place, Facebook also is banishing perpetual publishers of false information from its lucrative ad network.Google, which operates an even larger digital ad network, has taken a similar stand against publishers of fake news. In a report released Wednesday, Google said it had exiled about 200 publishers from its AdSense network for various misrepresentations as part of a review conducted during the six weeks of last year. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2017 9:34 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is updating its “trending” feature, which shows popular topics discussed and shared on its site, in an effort to root out fake news and misinformation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) read more

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Aboard Italian navy ship Ban urges collective action to ease plight of

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon aboard the San Giusto with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ ›Critical to that is finding a political solution, on the ground, particularly in Libya and all the political instability in northern Africa. The European Union (EU), a group of countries that has “maximum capacity and willingness,” must continue its leadership on this issue, he said, pledging support from the United Nations.“As Secretary-General of the United Nations and also concerned departments and agencies, particularly the High Commissioner for Refugees, we are ready to work with you. First of all, we have to stop and prevent human trafficking. This is criminal,” Mr. Ban stressed. “So many thousands of people have lost their lives in their pursuit for a better future. I know why they have been risking their lives despite very difficult challenges,” he continued. “They are the most vulnerable and poorest people, in fact. They do not have any means.” The UN chief also thanked Prime Minister Renzi and his Government for its “compassionate leadership” and for “bearing the brunt” of the crisis and commended EU High Representative Mogherini for strong leadership to address this problem. “I really appreciate your hard work, despite limited resources and capacity. But only your commitment and hard work can handle this matter,” Mr. Ban also told the officers. Today’s briefing was an “invaluable experience,” he said, pledging to raise voice” for collective responsibility and sharing of responsibility and burden in the name of humanity. “We have to help them and you can help them with your compassion,” Mr. Ban said. “That is very sad. I think it seems to be the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks on board the San Giusto in Sicily, Italy. “It is because [of a] lack of opportunity, their pursuit for peace and a better future. We have to care for them,” he added about the migrants. According to the UN, some 219,000 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean in 2014, and at least 3,500 lives were lost. So far this year, more than 30,000 people are known to have made crossings to Italy and Greece – the first and second largest countries of arrival respectively. And numbers have recently been picking up further as sea and weather conditions improve.Focused on the growing crisis, Mr. Ban, on an official visit to Italy, arrived in Rome this morning to meet with Italian and European leaders. Later in the day, he travelled to Sicily with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini to get a first-hand look at Italian naval operations to protect people on the high seas.“I know it is a huge challenge for the Italian Government and, in a broader sense, European governments. Not a single country – like Italy – can bear all this responsibility,” the UN chief stressed, emphasizing the need for a more united front to focus on saving lives of those who are at sea. read more

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Brocks graduate student research excellence recognized

Michael Plyley, Naomi Johnson and Carly Cameron at the 2014 Graduate Student Awards and Donor Recognition ReceptionLast month, more than 150 guests, including graduate students, donors, and faculty and staff, gathered in Pond Inlet for the University’s annual Graduate Student Awards and Donor Recognition Reception.This year’s event celebrated the success of more than 240 graduate students in winning a total of $2.5 million in internal and external scholarships and awards.“This is one of my favourite days in Brock’s graduate studies calendar,” said Michael Plyley, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at the outset of the event.“As you leaf through the pages of the awards booklet you received when you entered, you’ll see the many reasons why we’re celebrating today,” he said. “Congratulations to all of our student award winners, many thanks to our generous donors, and a special thank you to our long-term donors who continue to support our students.”“I also want to take this opportunity to thank our faculty and staff,” he added, “who do so much to support the students in their success.”As part of the reception, graduate students had the opportunity to share their academic experiences with those in attendance. Award-winning students Naomi Johnson and Carly Cameron spoke about their research and the importance of graduate awards and scholarships in supporting their success.Johnson is an MA of Applied Disability Studies student who works with Tricia Vause, associate professor of Child and Youth Studies. In her studies, she researches the effectiveness of a group cognitive behavioural therapy for children with high-functioning autism and obsessive-compulsive behaviours.“Being involved with research has given me many unique experiences that I did not think possible before I entered the program,” said Johnson. “I was able to work as a therapist and provide potentially life-changing therapy to children and all of these families, and I was able to watch the impact that the program had on their lives.”In support of her research, Johnson has received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Kathy Tweedy Memorial Award, and the Susan Tough Award.“Receiving awards means that I do not have to worry about finding work to support my schooling and I can focus on my research and my school work,” she said. “It serves as a boost to my confidence to know that the donors, the faculty and the staff all feel that my work is important enough to deserve these awards.”Carly Cameron, an MA student in Applied Health Sciences, also spoke at the event.“During my undergraduate degree here at Brock,” said Cameron, “I fell in love with the small tight-knit and supportive university community that we have here.”“When considering my options for future education, my incredibly positive undergraduate experience helped encourage my decision to continue studying at Brock,” she said. “Graduate students here are provided with a wealth of opportunities to submerge themselves in the research field while gaining personal and professional development skills.”Cameron works under the supervision of Kim Gammage, associate professor of Kinesiology, and her research in exercise psychology looks at ideas of body image in an exercise setting. Her graduate research program has received support from the Vern and Donna Sutherland Memorial bursary.Lee Belding, a PhD student in Chemistry and president of the Graduate Students’ Association for 2014-15, also spoke at the reception about internal and external funding support he’s received for his research at Brock.For complete testimonials from all of the event’s grad student speakers, go to: brocku.ca/graduate-studies/faculty-news-3/celebrating-excellence read more

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Ohio State pistol team finding success shooting in relative obscurity

Senior Joe Totts aims his pistol during a team practice Feb. 12 in Converse Hall at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.Credit: Nick Deibel / Lantern reporterWithin view of Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center, a reigning individual national champion, a Hall of Fame coach, and an undefeated team are all preparing to compete at nationals for the second consecutive year.The Ohio State pistol team set a school-record overall team score at the Midwest Collegiate Pistol Sectionals, held Jan. to 31 Feb. 1, to remain undefeated this season. Now, OSU is in its final weeks of practice before the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships March 8-13.In 15 years as the head coach, James Sweeney has led the pistol team to five national titles and coached seven student-athletes to 23 NRA collegiate individual championships, including senior Joe Totts, the 2013 National Individual Champion in the standard pistol event.Gene Smith, athletic director and university vice president, said Sweeney is a great teacher and an icon he is proud to have in his athletic department.“Jim is awesome. Jim has been in it for so long and he’s just a great human being,” Smith said. “He does it the right way, he understands what our goals are — to help young people get their degrees.”Sweeney, who was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame last year, said he is confident this year’s team can add to his already long list of champions.“All we have to do is shoot our average and we’ll at least be on the podium, if not win it,” Sweeney said.Despite the program’s winning past, some members of the team said when their classmates hear they are on the pistol team, usually involves elicited reactions like, “That’s a real thing?” But Sweeney said the team is aware it is one of the least recognized sports at OSU and that it is comfortable that way.“We shoot in relative obscurity because we love the sport and we’re very fond of each other,” Sweeney said. “We’re a nice tight-knit team and shooting in obscurity doesn’t bother us. I’m proud of my team, that they don’t need the adulation of 100,000 people to try their best.”Smith said even though the athletic department makes sure it does everything it can to make every sport they sponsor successful, it is up to the program to generate interest in the sport.“We do not have a marketing program that is designed to do that. We let the people who are interested in finding and following that sport follow it,” Smith said. “Pistol is a unique sport and as far as fan attendance in Converse Hall, it is very difficult to have fans in that environment, so we don’t promote it that way.”As he prepares to defend his title in standard pistol, Totts said he is pleased with where he and the team stand right now in terms of OSU athletics.“I’m not real sure where exactly we fit in. We’re not well-known, that’s for sure,” Totts said. “I’m happy to be off in the corner doing my own thing. It’s unfortunate we’re not well recognized, but it’s understandable because if you’ve ever watched us shoot, it’s not exciting to watch.”Regardless of how obscure or unexciting the pistol team might be, the program’s five team championships as a team count toward OSU’s total number of team championships. Also, because it is a varsity sport, every time a pistol team member wins a national championship, Smith gets an extra week of base pay, more than $18,000. Smith said even though they are not in the NCAA, the pistol team’s status as a varsity sport makes it equal to every other sport at OSU.“They are a varsity sport for us. They compete in their own conference, they just don’t have a NCAA Championship,” Smith said. “They’re not a club sport. They have scholarships, they actually go out and recruit talent.”Sweeney said the support of the athletic department is a major influence on the program’s success, making it a mutually beneficial relationship.“OSU gives us almost unlimited resources — so we have the guns, the bullets, the uniforms, the travel. The resources are there,” Sweeney said.Junior Clay Beckholt said the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall and the equipment provided by OSU gives the team an upper hand against its competition.“I think having such a great facility at our disposal and being able to shoot a hundred rounds a day definitely helps. Not a lot of people can say that,” Beckholt said.OSU is the only non-military school in the country to offer scholarships for shooters, an advantage assistant coach Donna Knisley said allows her and Sweeney to get some of the best junior shooters to come to OSU. Knisley said the majority of the team’s opponents are military academies that attract a large number of talented shooters.“We don’t have as many walk-ons as we used to because we’ve been able to recruit ones that have prior shooting experience,” Knisley said. “In the military academies, they are required to do some sort of physical education or recreation, so a lot of them choose to shoot.”Totts said his only concern right now is bringing home another championship.“I constantly try to improve. A perfect score has never been shot so you strive towards that,” Totts said. “I know how to shoot, so I just have to not think about shooting and go do it.” read more

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Jamaican jailed for threatening US immigration judge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaican guilty of passport fraud gets 8 months jailMay 2, 2018In “Court”Man remanded for threatening to kill his children’s motherAugust 23, 2013In “Crime”Repeat offender jailed for beating, threatening to kill wifeMarch 12, 2015In “Crime” A Jamaican man who threatened to “bash the head” of an immigration judge in the United States will spend the next three years in federal prison.Delroy Anthony McLean, 42, was slapped with the prison term on Tuesday.According to prosecutors, he was at a hearing at the Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia, where he was awaiting deportation, when he made the threat towards the judge.But he did not stop there, according to an Associated Press report. McLean also threatened the judge’s husband and repeated his comments outside the courtroom.He is expected to be deported to his homeland at the end of his sentence. (Caribbean360.com)  read more

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What happened on the furious phone call between Sean Quinn and Anglo

first_imgTHE TRIAL OF three senior executives at Anglo Irish Bank has heard details of an angry phone call between Sean Quinn and bosses at the bank, just hours before a plan began to end the holding he had built up in the bank.During the phone call Quinn told the bank he did not want to go ahead with the plan which would see him getting rid of the financial instruments which had built up his ownership in the bank.Quinn remained optimistic that the share price in the bank would recover and the plan wouldn’t have to go ahead, the former CEO of the Quinn Group Liam McCaffrey told the court this afternoon.The conversation was “angry and difficult”, McCaffrey said, and ended either when David Drumm of Anglo walked out or when Sean Quinn hung up the phone.McCaffrey said Anglo told Quinn that he had needed to go ahead with the plan, which had been put together as the share price in the bank cratered.“They… were saying if you don’t [do this] then we have a major, major problem here,” said McCaffrey.The conference call in question took place on the day in which the unwinding of the contracts for difference began in July 2008, the prosecution said.McCaffrey said the conference call was between himself, Sean Quinn, and finance director Dara O’Reilly for the Quinn Group with CEO David Drumm on the Anglo side, along with accused Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer, he said. He believed Matt Moran may have been on the call too.McCaffrey told the court that he and Quinn had met with Sean FitzPatrick and David Drumm of Anglo at the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan in September 2007, ten months earlier.McCaffrey said this was the first time that the Anglo bosses had been told about the level of Quinn’s holding in the bank through contracts for difference (CFDs), which now stood at 24 per cent.McCaffrey said they were concerned at the level of it “and somewhat surprised”.The discussion moved on to what Quinn’s intention was to do with the holding and he told the Anglo bosses that it was purely an investment which he would unwind if there was some recovery in the share price.McCaffrey was the fifth witnesses out of around 103 who are due to appear in the trial of three former executives of Anglo Irish Bank, which is in its second day.Seán FitzPatrick of Greystones,  Pat Whelan of Malahide, and William McAteer of Auburn Villas in Rathmines have all pleaded not guilty to charges under section 60 of the Companies Act of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – to buy shares in the bank in 2008last_img read more

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Kytherian Association of Australia honours former president Dr Victor Kepreotis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA) honoured one of its longest serving president for almost 19 years Dr Victor Kepreotis, in a special event last month.In a Testimonial Luncheon held at the Kyle Bay on Georges River in New South Wales on Sunday 14 October, 200 plus people, including the Consul General of Greece Christos Karras and his wife, and the Trade Commissioner of Greece Katia Gkikiza.Praised by several speakers who flew in from the USA, Germany, Athens and Kythera for the event, Dr Kepreotis stepped down from his role as president in June but remains a board member of the committee.Consul General of Greece Christos Karras and his wife Katia Gkikiza.Victor (M) and Helen Zerefos OAM (R) who performed at the event.Victor Kepreotis. Victor and his wife Kathy.Consul General of Greece Christos Karras and his wife Katia Gkikiza.Under his leadership, the Kytherian Association which is one of the oldest established Greek associations in Australia, has gone from a financially struggling association to one where it is now in a prosperous position, and as quoted by the Consul General of Greece “one of the most prominent and significant Associations of Greek Australians in Sydney”.The association provides functions for varying interest groups of which its members are of Kytherian descent often acting as a charity organisation that raises funds for various other charities.An example of some of the events the KAA provided successfully under Dr Kepreotis’ helm is the annual Debutante Ball; many childrens’ events such as bowling and movie nights; a wine making sub group; a four wheel drive and a recreation sub group; a ladies auxiliary group that organises theatre groups; visits to museums; Melbourne Cup and Mothers Day luncheons; there is also a soccer club, while until recently KAA held various cooking classes among several other activities.last_img read more

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Un faible QI entraînerait un risque accru de maladies cardiovasculaires

first_imgUn faible QI entraînerait un risque accru de maladies cardiovasculairesGrande-Bretagne – Selon une étude publiée dans le European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation de février, un QI faible entraînerait un risque accru de maladies cardiovasculaires.Selon cette étude, réalisée par le Medical Research Council britannique, les personnes avec un QI moins élevé, c’est-à-dire dotées d’une intelligence plus limitée, ont un taux de maladies cardiovasculaires bien plus accru que les personnes avec un QI supérieur. D’autres facteurs étaient auparavant connus comme l’obésité, le manque d’activité physique, le tabac et l’hypertension artérielle. En matière de fréquence des maladies cardiovasculaires, un QI faible représente le deuxième facteur, avant même la pratique d’une activité physique, ce qui le place juste après le tabagisme.Il avait déjà été démontré qu’une faible intelligence entraînait un risque élevé de développer une maladie cardiovasculaire, mais ce risque n’avait jamais été comparé avec ceux qu’occasionnent les autres facteurs (obésité, tabac…). À lire aussiDes chercheurs réussissent à imprimer un coeur en 3D à partir de tissus humainsCes résultats sont issus d’une étude effectuée pendant 20 ans sur 1.145 femmes et hommes de 55 ans ou plus. Elle a consisté en un suivi régulier de leur taille, poids, tension artérielle, éventuels tabagisme et activités physiques, niveau d’éducation ainsi que le métier qu’ils exerçaient. De plus, des tests ont permis d’évaluer leur quotient intellectuel. Ce qui différencie cette étude des autres, c’est que les résultats des facteurs à risque ont été statistiquement comparés. La cigarette arrive donc en tête de ces facteurs, suivie par un QI faible. Les indices relatifs d’inégalité sont de 5,58 pour le tabagisme, 3,76 pour le QI bas, 3,20 pour les faibles revenus, 2,61 pour l’hypertension systolique et 2,06 pour le manque d’activité physique. Ces résultats, en ce qui concerne le QI, peuvent être expliqués par le fait que ces personnes ont une idée erronée du mode de vie sain et n’appliquent pas les méthodes les plus logiques dans leur hygiène de vie.Le 12 février 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Sami Khedira signs a new twoyear deal at Juventus

first_imgJuventus have announced that Sami Khedira has signed a new two-year contract with the option to extend it by another 12 monthsThe German midfielder’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the current campaign.Due to his expiring contract, Khedira had been heavily linked with an exit from Turin with MLS clubs allegedly keeping close tabs on the situation.Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel also suggested that he would welcome the chance to sign his compatriot for the Ligue 1 giants.But the 31-year-old has now signed off his best remaining years to Juventus.“It’s official! Sami Khedira will be a Juventus player until 2021 after signing a new two-year extension, with the option of a third year,” read a statement.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Khedira will be 34 by the time his new contract at Juventus expires.The former Real Madrid midfielder has managed 20 goals and 14 assists in 113 games across all competitions for Juventus.Juve e @SamiKhedira: la storia continua ?? Il centrocampista ?? ha rinnovato fino al 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ ?https://t.co/4YqPLIITkK #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/SlXLL3d4nK— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) September 12, 2018last_img read more

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The Atlantic Reddit Partner on AMA Series

first_imgThe Atlantic has been gradually expanding its use of video over the last two years, relying mostly on curation, but is delving into original content more aggressively of late.Headed by Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, executive producer of Atlantic Video, the site has launched five original series since this summer.They’re launching another project Friday: “Ask Washington Anything.”Inspired by reddit’s popular “Ask Me Anything” series, or AMAs, The Atlantic is partnering with the social network to generate questions from the community for Washington insiders to answer on camera. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, and Sam Kass, executive director of “Let’s Move!” are the first to be featured. Unlike some of von Baldegg’s other series—namely, the editor-led ones like “Economics in Plain English” and “The Users Guide to Energy”—it’s a stripped-down, simplified format: an interviewee, a camera and a sheet of the best questions complied from commenters in their dedicated thread. Each speaker answers 10 questions and goes on for 20 to 30 minutes.”It’s been an exciting opportunity to make something that feels different than the political conversation as we know it,” von Baldegg says. “It’s becoming very clear that a lot of what we see on TV doesn’t really work online; it doesn’t take advantage of the interactivity that’s online and the communities you can engage with online. This experiment is one way to take advantage of the social media space.”All told, the three threads received more than 300 comments and 600 votes with minimal promotion from either side.For reddit, who is owned by Condé Nast parent company, Advance Publications, the project was a return to earlier initiatives it had gotten away from, says Erik Martin, the site’s general manager.”We used to do video AMAs a lot,” he says. “In the early days, especially with the political folks, asking them to spend two hours answer text questions on a site they’d never heard of was a pretty big ask. Having them do [30 minutes of video] was easier.””As the AMA became this sort-of phenomenon we didn’t have to,” he continues, “but it was something we always wanted to continue to do.”AMAs—especially political AMAs—exploded in popularity when Barack Obama answeredquestions on the site in the run up to the 2012 presidential election. His session drew more than 5.2 million readers in the first 24 hours.Both Martin and von Baldegg say they don’t have any immediate plans to extend the series right now, but both were open to continuing the relationship. “We’re excited to see how it goes, but this is an experiment for everyone involved,” von Baldegg says.last_img read more

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