No saffron, it’s a contest between CPM, NCP in Kalwan reserved seat

first_imgUnlike other parts of the State, the saffron colour is conspicuous by its absence in Kalwan with flags and posters of only two political parties visible. The contest in Kalwan in Nashik district is not between Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combines. Instead, it is a fight between the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPM) and the NCP.In 2014, J.P. Gavit of the CPM won the Assembly elections beating a senior leader Arjun Pawar of the NCP by a slender margin of 4,700 votes. “The real fight here is between the CPM and the NCP. The Shiv Sena candidate is practically on the side of the NCP candidate,” Mr. Gavit said. After the demise of Arjun Pawar two years ago, the NCP has fielded his son Rohit for the upcoming elections. “In the last five years Mr. Gavit has been unable to address the issues of the region,” Rohit Pawar said. Mr. Gavit however has criticised the NCP for putting up a candidate against him despite an alliance with it in the State. “NCP as a party has been very devious. First they announce the alliance and then they field a candidate against me, a sitting MLA,” he said.On the ground, people feel that the election would be a close contest. “Each has their sphere of influence, while Mr. Pawar has a hold on Kalwan, Mr. Gavit has his base in Surgana. Mr. Pawar’s father’s goodwill will help him as well. But the margins will be very narrow,” said Devanang Chavan, who teaches in a college in Kalwan. Anil Gangurde, a daily wage farm labourer, said among the key issues is the daily wage rate which has dropped in recent months. “Earlier I used to get around ₹400 per day, now it is around ₹300,” he said.Mr. Chavan said that connectivity and roads were also major issues in the region as both Kalwan and Surgana talukas grapple with a lack of transport options. The constituency, with around 2.41 lakh votes, is reserved for scheduled tribes (ST) as the majority population living in both talukas belong to tribal communities. Mr. Gavit said a big fear among the residents was the State government’s plan to divert water from west flowing rivers to areas in the east like Marathwada. “If any Adivasi is affected due to this project, it will never see the light of day,” he said.last_img read more

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Tite recalls Thiago Silva to Brazil squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

first_imgBrazil coach Tite has recalled veteran central defender Thiago Silva to his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela.The 31-year-old former captain of the national side won the last of his 59 caps in the 2015 Copa America but then fell out of favour with Tite’s predecessor Dunga. (Also Read: Aguero, Higuain set for Argentina return)The new coach said he called the Paris St Germain player within days of taking over and he is now in contention for a place alongside either Miranda or PSG team mate Marquinhos at the heart of the Brazil defence.The other surprise in Friday’s announcement was a first call up for Flamengo goalkeeper Muralha.OSCAR ALSO RETURNSThere were also recalls for Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, Chelsea’s Oscar, Bayern Munich striker Douglas Costa and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool.Tite, the former Corinthians coach who took over from Dunga in July, led his side to victories over Ecuador and Colombia in his first two matches in charge and will take his squad to Natal in northern Brazil to play Bolivia on October 6 and then to Merida to face Venezuela five days later.Bolivia are eighth in the 10-team qualifying group for Russia 2018, while Venezuela are bottom with no wins from their eight games.Brazil are currently second in the South American table. The top four teams qualify automatically and the fifth-placed side goes into a play-off with a team from Oceania.SQUADGoalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Muralha (Flamengo), Weverton (Atletico Paranaense)Defenders: Miranda (Athletico Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Daniel Alves (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis -(Athletico Madrid)advertisementMidfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Lucas Lima (Santos), Giuliano (Zenit) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras)last_img read more

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Pakistan cricket community ridicules Thakurs statement

first_imgKarachi, Sep 24 (PTI) Pakistan cricket community has ridiculed the statement given by BCCI President Anurag Thakur, saying even when ties between the two countries were better India had avoided playing Pakistan in a bilateral series. Thakur, also a top ranked leader of the ruling BJP in India, yesterday said in a statement that there was no question of playing Pakistan in cricket. “I just dont understand what he wants to say. For the last eight years India has avoided playing us in a proper bilateral series even when relations were better,” former captain, Muhammad Yousuf said today. The Pakistan Cricket Board avoided making any official comments but a top official conceded to PTI that Thakurs statement had caught them by surprise. “It is an out and out political statement from the President of the BCCI. We are disappointed as we have been trying hard for a long time now to normalize cricket ties with India and we have always believed in keeping sports and politics apart,” the official said. Yousuf, however, was adamant that the International Cricket Council should take notice of Thakurs tirade. “The ICC keeps on saying it will not tolerate politics or government interference in member boards and the BCCI President is making political statements. Either he speak as a BJP leader or BCCI head,” Yousuf said. He lamented that whenever he played in India the people there enjoyed the matches but unfortunately now there was no Indo-Pak series. Former captain, Rashid Latif said that Thakurs statement carried no weight as already India had made it clear it didnt want to play against Pakistan. “The last time we went to India in 2012 as a goodwill gesture for a short series of one-day and T20 matches but since 2007 the Indian board has avoided playing us at a bilateral level in a full series,” he noted. Latif said atleast the PCB knew now where it stood as far as relations with BCCI were concerned. Former Test leg-spinner, Abdul Qadir said Pakistan had always tried to keep politics out of cricket with India but apparently the BCCI now was a body dominated by politicians. “They have not played us for so many years so what value is this statement off. I believe that the PCB should seriously think about playing India in the group matches of any ICC event,” he said. MORE PTI Cor ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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El Clasico: Isco hits back at rumours of his revolt against Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid were humiliated by their fiercest rivals Barcelona at their own home on Saturday.The first El Clasico of this La Liga season ended 3-0 in favour of the Catalans while Real Madrid were left ruing over their too many little mistakes.As if the view of being trampled by their biggest rivals was not enough, Real Madrid players, especially Isco, was hit by media reports claiming of his revolt against manager Zinedine Zidane.According to media reports, Isco, Asensio and Gareth Bale were warming up but Isco refused to be subbed on and sat on the bench as soon as Zidane sent Nacho on the pitch following Dani Carvajal’s red card.Isco shot back at the rumours after the Clasico angrily spewing on Twitter “Stop spreading crap.”Isco added that he went back to the bench because he knew that Asensio and Bale will be sent in to play.Dejar de meter mierda que ya iban a salir mis otros dos compañeros… no sabía yo que sé podían hacer 4 cambios https://t.co/CFnYgNZcbM- ISCO ALARCON (@isco_alarcon) December 23, 2017″Stop spreading crap. I knew my other two team-mates were already going to be subbed on,” Isco said on his official Twitter account.He sarcastically further added, “I didn’t know four substitutions were possible.”Real Madrid have been hit by one or other controversy this season ever since their form has gone for a toss.From reports of rift between Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo to rumours of unhappy players in the dressing room, Real Madrid have had a stressful campaign off the field as well.advertisementEven Marcelo took to Twitter to target the media and said “they kill us for things which are not true.”Hoy un dia duro!Pero no nos vamos a rendir nunca!Llevo aqui muchos años dando el maximo de mi y seguiré dando! nos matan por cosas q no son verdad! O no han comprendido o no quieren comprender: mi comentario ha sido explícitamente a la Prensa, no a nuestra afición.#M12- Marcelotwelve (@MarceloM12) December 23, 2017″Today a hard day! But we are not going to pay ever! I have been here many years giving the maximum of my and I will continue giving! They kill us for things which are not true! They have not understood or don’t want to understand: my comment has been explicitly to the press, not to our liking,” Marcelo tweeted.Sergio Ramos also displayed his grit on Twitter and said, “Screwed but not sunk. Hit but not sunk. Always #HalaMadrid Always #HalaMadrid.”Jodidos pero no hundidos.Hit but not sunk. Siempre #HalaMadridAlways #HalaMadrid- Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) December 23, 2017Saturday’s Clasico result was not the Christmas present Real Madrid were hoping to give the Bernabeu faithfuls and midfielder Toni Kroos apologised to the fans on Twitter but asked them to look at the larger picture of 2017 — the four trophies that Madrid have in their cabinet at the end of the year.Tough day because we started the game so well…But: Look at what we have achieved in 2017! You better celebrate this with your loved ones. Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/DXR3jI8zcj- Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) December 23, 2017last_img read more

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Marta Sets Record With 17th World Cup Goal In Brazil Victory

first_imgMarta set a record for men and women with her 17th career World Cup goal in Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday night at Valenciennes that advanced the Selecao to the knockout rounds for the sixth straight time.The 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth World Cup, scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute at Stade du Hainaut, sending a line drive to the left of goalkeeper Laura Giuliani after Debinha was fouled by Elena Linari.MARTA MAKES HISTORY! pic.twitter.com/OUNztHamH5— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 18, 2019It was the second goal of the tournament for Marta, and both have been on penalty kicks. Her goal against Australia last Thursday tied the record set in the men’s World Cup by Miroslav Klose, who scored 16 World Cup goals for Germany from 2002-14. The United States’ Abby Wambach and Germany’s Birgit Prinz are tied for second among women with 14 each.Marta is the only player, male or female, to score in five World Cups.Brazil had needed only a draw to advance.Italy won Group C on goal difference over Australia and Brazil as all three nations finished with 2-1 records and six points. Le Azzurre will play a third-place team in the round of 16 on Tuesday.Australia, which finished second, meets Norway on Saturday. Brazil wound up third and will play Germany on Saturday or host France on Sunday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Mesut Ozil’s stunning declaration wins him support on Twitter

first_imgMesut Ozil’s decision to not play for Germany comes as a rude shock for football fans all over the world especially due to the circumstances under which he has taken this call.Ozil on Sunday made a shocking revelation about him facing “racism and disrespect” because of his Turkish roots which is why he will no longer play for the national team.”In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in a lengthy statement in English posted on his Twitter account.”It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.Mesut Ozil, upset with racist abuse, declares he will no longer play for Germany”I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten,” Ozil said.The past couple of weeks have given me time to reflect, and time to think over the events of the last few months. Consequently, I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened. pic.twitter.com/WpWrlHxx74Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018II / III pic.twitter.com/Jwqv76jkmdMesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018III / III pic.twitter.com/c8aTzYOhWUMesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018Earlier in the day, Ozil released an official statement on Twitter defending his stance over the picture with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying it was not politics for him but about “respecting the highest office of my family’s country”.advertisement”My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies,” Ozil said.Six hours after making his stance clear on the controversial photograph, Ozil said that the treatment he has received from DFB (German Football Association) and many others “makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”.Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, a team mate also of Turkish descent who posed with Erdogan as well, were also jeered by German fans in warm-up games before the World Cup in Russia.But now that he has decided to retire from international football, Ozil has been receiving a lot of support on social media with the hashtag #IStandWithMesutOzil being one of the top trends on Twitter.People have been tweeting constantly in support of Ozil, who made 92 appearances for Germany and scored 23 goals.#IstandWithMesutOzilI love Ozil@MesutOzil1088Emmanuel Obande (@Emmanuelobande2) July 22, 2018My heart goes out to sympathize with Germany Football Federation for losing this talented, skilled and versatile player to play for the team again. Stop racism, it kills. #IStandWithMesutOzil. @MesutOzil1088 pic.twitter.com/UbVpKYPimYthe red lion (@MukhtarAyagi) July 22, 2018I have never seen or understood why ä humble man who is graceful in all he does can face such a sustained level of hate #IStandWithMesutÔzil @MesutOzil1088You (@IamAmedi) July 22, 2018#IstandWithMesutOzil#racismMustFall.While at it, spare a thought for the People of #Palestine pic.twitter.com/VByLM4UhsZBone Setter (@shandu009) July 22, 2018@MesutOzil1088 you definitely deserve better… this treatment of a legend who has served the national team to glory is not acceptable #Istandwithmesutozil https://t.co/4aplJ5rmMhRamakrishna Bhat (@rnbhat27) July 22, 2018#IStandWithMesutOzil @MesutOzil1088 ohhh to be a Gooner. Youre a hero. Racism has no place in football. Youre always and forever be welcome at our club @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/wURM17Zt3Kadü only (@ffsAdu) July 22, 2018#iStandWithMesutOzil pic.twitter.com/PoQW5EGrU6HawkesBay (Löuche) (@HawkesBay) July 22, 2018I thought we live in a reformed world but the #DFB action speak other wise. Despite winning so much for them. This people are just a bunch of an ingrate.When he win for them he is #German but when he looses he is an #immigrants” #IStandWithMesutOzilIyanu Adegbemile (@maxim_smd) July 22, 2018last_img read more

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Boothroyd: Foden will remain with Under 21’s

first_imgEngland Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd believes Manchester City starlet Phil Foden will remain with the junior team for now, rather than making the step up to the full international side. Foden was left out of the starting XI for England’s second game at the U21 European Championships, despite scoring a wonderful goal in their first game against France. Defeats in both games left England eliminated from the tournament at the first hurdle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Boothroyd left Foden out because he believed the 19-year-old stood a “really strong chance of being injured” and thinks that he will remain with the setup for the foreseeable future as they look to qualify for the next edition of the competition. “I think his next three to six months will be an indicator of where he gets to and what he is ready for internationally,” Boothroyd told a press conference. “But, right now, September-time, I’d imagine he’ll be with me.” The former Watford boss has two years to run in his current contract with the Under 21’s and intends to see it through. Despite the disappointment of an early exit in Italy Boothroyd believes his team is functioning well in terms of developing a culture and style of play right the way through the age groups to the full national side. “We are asking [the players] to take the ball off the goalkeeper in World Cup finals in front of millions of people. We have got to grow them and allow them to have their say,” the-48-year-old continued. “The job of the reserve team coach, me, is to get players into that team and to try to win games. “The Under-20s, Under-19s, Under-18s, because their teams have done well have been pushed up to me. “Gareth [Southgate] has obviously taken the best players that he wants and he needs. There is a lot of thought that goes into it.” Foden, who forced his way into the first-team reckoning at City last season, will hope to be a part of that pipeline, but his current international boss believes he may have to wait to represent the first team.last_img read more

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Alabama Announces Big Changes Are Coming To Bryant-Denny Stadium

first_imgA general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Changes are coming to one of the most prestigious stadiums in college football. Bryant-Denny Stadium opened as an 18,000-seat venue in 1929 and now fits more than 100,000 patrons.But that’s about to change. According to AL.com, the capacity at Bryant-Denny Stadium could drop below 100,000 in the near future following renovations.Currently the seventh-largest stadium in the country, Bryant-Denny will receive a massive video board that will reportedly eat into seating. A portion of the student section will also be removed.Here’s more from AL.com.The football stadium will see the south end zone upper deck reconfigured with a new massive video board in the middle of what is currently seating. This is the deck built less than 10 years ago and is home to a portion of the Alabama student section.These changes are pending approval from trustees and president. Construction on the stadium would begin after the 2019 college football season.Alabama opens the 2018 season against Louisville.[AL.com]last_img read more

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My father has been like a dragon to me, I’ve had closure with him: Yuvraj Singh

first_img Rohan Sen MumbaiJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 11:15 IST Yuvraj Singh played over 400 international matches for India since his debut in 2000 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh’s father Yograj played 1 Test and 6 ODIs for India between December, 1980 and February, 1981Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday (June 10)Yuvraj said he won’t be playing in the IPL anymore as wellYuvraj Singh has always credited his father, former India cricketer Yograj Singh, for all the success that he has had in his life as an international cricketer for nearly 19 years. But he has also admitted to having a difficult relationship with his father over the years, especially during his growing up years.Yograj Singh, who played 1 Test and 6 ODIs for India, strongly disapproved of Yuvraj playing any other sport and always wanted to see his son grow up and play cricket for India one day.Yuvi managed to realise his father’s dreams and went on to achieve enormous success in cricket and finally achieved the closure that he was looking for with his father.On Monday, Yuvraj announced his retirement from international cricket in a press conference in Mumbai and also took the opportunity to speak about his father and what kind of a role he played in his life during his childhood.”I made peace with it couple of days ago when I was talking about it with my father. I spoke to him and all the demons inside me as a kid came out. It was a very peaceful moment for me to have that closure.”I have never had that chat with him in the last 20 years. He’s always been like a dragon to me. Just confessing to the dragon was a very difficult time. Me and my father have a very different relationship now, I think both have grown up. I have grown up but I don’t know about him (laughs).advertisement”I’ve had closure with him. He never appreciated me playing any other sport which always scarred me when I was a young kid. Luckily for me, later in my career I started enjoying playing cricket and made something good out of it. It was a beautiful moment talking to my parents and family about my journey. I was looking for closure and today would be the perfect day,” Yuvraj Singh said in the press conference.Yuvraj, one of the biggest match-winners in Indian cricket, retires from the sport with 8701 runs from 304 ODIs at 36.55 with 14 hundreds and 52 fifties. He played 40 Tests in which he scored 1900 runs at 33.92 with three centuries while in 58 T20Is he amassed 1177 runs at 28.02 with 8 half-centuries.Winning the player of the tournament awards in the 2007 World T20 and 50-over 2011 World Cup remain the greatest achievements in the career of Yuvraj Singh.Also Read | Decided a year ago IPL 2019 would be my last: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Don’t want to say anything about Yo-Yo tests but my time wll come: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh retires: Yuvi and his love for the big momentsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen My father has been like a dragon to me, I’ve had closure with him: Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh opened up on the relationship that he shares with his father and how he broke the news of his retirement to him.advertisementlast_img read more

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Serene Name for Smooth Sailing

first_imgPress Release, September 17, 2014 zoom Pacific ArcadiaNagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. organised a naming ceremony for a new LNG vessel ordered by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).Toshihiro Sano, executive vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), named the ship Pacific Arcadia, and his wife cut the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place.“Arcadia” means “paradise, utopia,” and conjures the tropical image of Papua New Guinea, from where the LNG will originate, the company says in a release. Moreover, the country’s national bird is the bird of paradise.After delivery, Pacific Arcadia will be assigned to transport LNG for TEPCO from Papua New Guinea for 15 years under the operational management of LNG Marine Transport Ltd.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-578-9679 Fax: 902-563-0540 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mosher Bridge Mosher Bridge on Shore Road East will be closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 21. A detour route is available on Shore Road East to Gate Mountain Road to Route 362 and then back to Shore Road East. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewart’s Bridge Stewart’s Bridge will be closed for borehole testing until Tuesday, Nov. 18. Detour route on West North River Road and Route 311 to Crossroad. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road will have one-lane closures until Friday, Dec. 5 to install traffic signals at the entrance to Central Supplies and the Petro Canada station. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7094 Local Area Office: 902-956-2365 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Morrison Road Sections of Morrison Road, between Birch Grove Road and the intersection of Trunk 22, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 29. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 for 1.5 kilometres will have a one lane closure for upgrades until Aug. 31, 2009. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive About one kilometre of St. Margarets Bay Road, from Albert Walker Drive to Northwest Arm Drive, will have one-lane closures for clearing, subgrading, gravelling and paving until Friday, Nov. 21. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge on Trunk 3, will be closed for repairs until Sunday, Nov. 30. A temporary bridge is in place south of the work zone. Drivers are advised to obey signs and reduce speed on the temporary bridge and in the work zone. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Sections of Keltic Drive, between Seaview Drive and O’Neils Road, will be restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 29. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from the Fire Hall at Salmon River Lake east for 5.5 kilometres, will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving until Friday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from Phillips Harbour east for 2.8 kilometres to Half Island Cove until Friday, Nov. 21. Traffic-control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound for about 500 metres to Exit 7, will have occasional one-lane closures until Friday, Nov. 28 to install truck-weighing equipment. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgading, gravelling and repaving from the intersection with Trunk 16 and Half Island Cove, west for 4.7 kilometres until Friday, Nov. 21. Traffic-control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Thorburn Road will be closed to remove the underpass near Thorburn Consolidated School until Wednesday, Dec 17. Motorists are advised to use the detour route adjacent to the Thorburn Road via Hollow Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. Detour on East Margaree Crossroad. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 and Bog Road Overpass The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30. It is being replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until the spring of 2009. A detour route is available on Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August 2009. Traffic lights are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Nov. 21. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 and Exit 25 The Back Road, Trunk 1 and ramps at Exit 25 interchange on Highway 101 at Joggins Bridge will be closed to all traffic until Tuesday, Nov. 25. Detour routes are marked. Please obey signs and personnel, and travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murray Truss Bridge Murray Truss Bridge on the Murray Hill Road is closed because of storm damage. The bridge will be assessed and the road remains closed until repairs are completed. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 KINGS COUNTY: Ridge Road Construction Sections of Ridge Road, between White Rock Road and Greenfield Road, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 22, for repaving. Signs and traffic-control people are on site. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Dec. 19. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10 will have alternating one-lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, Nov. 28. There is a pilot vehicle, flashing-light unit, traffic cones and traffic control people on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville will be closed indefinitely for structural repairs. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Vincent Way and Hawthorne Street The intersection of Vincent Way and Hawthorne Street will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and asphalt concrete paving from Monday, Nov. 17 until Sunday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. -30- VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Repaving Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), south from the Path End Bridge, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Nov. 21 for paving. There are signs and traffic-control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Campbell’s Creek Campbell’s Creek Bridge on Route 305 will be closed for rail repairs on weekdays until Friday, Nov. 28. 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Crown drops sex assault charge against cabbie saying conviction not realistic

first_imgHALIFAX – A sexual assault charge against a Halifax taxi driver has been dropped, after the Crown said there was no realistic prospect of conviction.Farset Mohammad’s judge-alone trial, in relation to an alleged sexual assault in a cab in downtown Halifax in 2015, was scheduled to begin in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Monday.But Crown lawyer Kim McOnie told Justice Timothy Gabriel they would not be calling evidence in the case.The judge then told Mohammad, who was sitting in the public gallery, that the sexual assault charge against him had been dismissed.“You’re free to go, sir,” he told him.Outside of court, McOnie said the Crown determined there was no realistic prospect of conviction.“I’m not going to talk about the evidence. It was a combination of factors,” said McOnie. “The Crown’s mandate is not to proceed if there’s no realistic prospect of conviction.”The Halifax Regional Municipality said Mohammad’s taxi licence was suspended in July 2015.A number of Halifax taxi drivers have faced allegations of sexual assault in recent years.In January, a taxi driver acquitted of sexually assaulting a drunk and unconscious woman was ordered to again stand trial in a case that sparked a national debate over intoxication and the capacity to consent to sex.The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal had concluded the judge that presided over Bassam Al-Rawi’s trial erred in law by finding there was no evidence of lack of consent.A decision is expected Friday in the case of Seyed Mirsaeid-Ghazi, accused of groping a female passenger in October 2015.The Crown in that case alleges Mirsaeid-Ghazi rubbed the woman’s thigh and slid his hand down the top of her dress and touched her bare breast as she sat in the front seat of his cab.last_img read more

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Families who sheltered fugitive Snowden looking for fasttrack asylum to Canada

first_imgMONTREAL – The families who sheltered U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden in Hong Kong need to be brought to Canada immediately while the country processes their asylum claims, their lawyers said Monday.Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Tibbo said Canada needs to take this “exceptional” step and allow the seven people to enter the country after the Hong Kong government rejected their asylum applications last Friday.The seven people — four adults and their three children — allegedly helped hide Snowden when the fugitive was in the region in 2013 after he leaked documents revealing extensive U.S. government surveillance.They were put in contact with Snowden because they share Tibbo as a lawyer.Speaking from Hong Kong through a video conference, surrounded by the seven refugee applicants, Tibbo told reporters they have two weeks to appeal the decision or risk deportation to their countries of origin, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where they fear for their safety.A non-profit group is attempting to raise the estimated $15,000 to cover the appeals.There is little chance their appeals will be successful, however, Tibbo said.“The solution is Canada,” he said, adding the country is one of a handful of jurisdictions that permit a review of refugee applications from people who haven’t been screened by the United Nations.Tibbo said the Hong Kong government doesn’t allow the UN to screen refugee applicants into the country.Michael Simkin, part of the families’ legal team, said in Montreal his clients’ file could be handled “within days” in Canada if the government wanted to.“More importantly, if they were willing they could bring the families to Canada as an exceptional measure” while their claims are processed, he said. “It has been done before and can be done again.”The families’ lawyers say the Hong Kong government rejected their applications because it believes the Philippines and Sri Lanka are able to protect them.One of the refugee applicants, Ajith, said he is convinced he will be killed if he returns to Sri Lanka.Tibbo said he has “no regrets” about his decision to introduce the families to Snowden.“They made fully informed decisions but at the same time I feel a moral responsibility,” he said. “With Mr. Snowden moving on from Hong Kong it is my view my clients shouldn’t be left behind.”All four adults told reporters via video conference that they had no regrets sheltering Snowden.Snowden remains in exile in Russia. He has been charged with espionage in the United States and could face up to 30 years in prison.— With files from The Associated PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said lawyer Robert Tibbo was seeking to raise $15,000, not a non-profit group.last_img read more

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Tangier Authorities Launch Campaign against Beggars

Taroudant – The police commissioner of Tangier, Mouloud Oukhouya, has recently launched a campaign for the detainment of beggars, according to Le360.In an attempt to rid the city of this undesirable social phenomenon, the police commissioner has given the order to arrest people caught in the act of begging.The same source said that some arrests have already taken place; mainly in M’sala, a neighborhood within the old medina of Tangier. Now that the city has emerged as one of the biggest metropolises in Morocco, Commissioner Oukhouya said that beggars can be seen on every street, and are harming the image and reputation of the northern city.It is in this regard that the Commissioner, in partnership with various authorities, has decided to push back against beggars, who can be found in large groups at the doors of mosques, along Boulevard Mohammed V and throughout the M’sala neighborhood.The act of asking people for money is, probably for all nations, a despised deed which reduces the sympathy felt toward people engaging in such a debased occupation. The act becomes worse when the person in question has everything it takes to carry out the necessary activities to afford a decent living.While some people are in fact impoverished to such an extent that they are in need of other’s money or have a physical disability which forces them out of work, others practice deception as an uncontrollable habit because they have grown up with it or simply because it pays better than other jobs available to them. read more

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UN experts spotlight growing tragedy of enforced disappearances

30 August 2009A group of United Nations independent experts have highlighted the growing number of enforced disappearances worldwide, a terrible practice that it says remains underreported and has a particular impact on women and children. In a statement to mark the International Day of the Disappeared, observed on 30 August, the UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances noted that it has dealt with over 50,000 cases since it was established in 1980. But the practice “still remains severely underreported, particularly in certain regions of the world,” said the Group’s Chairperson, Jeremy Sarkin. In addition, while enforced disappearance affects many people worldwide, it has a particular impact on women and children, according to the five-member Group, which noted that women often bear the brunt of the economic hardships that accompany a disappearance. It added that when women are victims of disappearance themselves, they are particularly vulnerable to sexual and other forms of violence. Also, the disappearance of a child, or the loss of a parent as a consequence of enforced disappearance, is a serious violation of the rights of the child. The Group voiced its concern at the measures being taken by Governments while countering terrorism and the implications for enforced disappearances, and stressed that arrests committed during military operations, arbitrary detentions and extraordinary renditions “can amount to enforced disappearances.” It also called once again on States that have not signed and/or ratified the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance to do so as soon as possible. “Its entry into force will help strengthen Governments’ capacities to reduce the number of disappearances and it will bolster the hopes and the demands for justice and truth by victims and their families,” stated the Group. In addition to helping relatives ascertain the fate of their loved ones, the Working Group also acts as a conduit between the families and Governments concerned. read more

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UN marks World Refugee Day with message of hope and events around

From remote camps to big cities, from the steaming lowlands of Liberia to the high plateaux of Afghanistan, from floodlit fountains to fashion shows and soccer matches, the United Nations today celebrated World Refugee Day with a message of “Hope” broadcast around the globe by leaders, film stars and refugees themselves. “Let this Day serve as a reminder of our responsibility to help keep hope alive among those who need it most – the millions of refugees and displaced who are still far from home,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message, underlining this year’s theme.“For the thousands of people forced to flee their homes each year, escaping with their lives and a few belongings, is often just the start of a long struggle. Once they have found safety from persecution or war, they still face enormous challenges just trying to obtain things most of us take for granted – schooling, a job, decent housing or health care.”The theme of hope was chosen to highlight the continuing efforts of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners to find lasting solutions for millions of refugees and displaced people worldwide.“If there is one common trait among the tens of millions of refugees that we at the UN refugee agency have helped over the past 55 years, it’s the fact that despite losing everything, they never give up hope,” said High Commissioner António Guterres, who marked the Day on the ground at the Bo Waterside area near the Liberia-Sierra Leone border, meeting returning refugees and displaced people.“Despite the enormity of their suffering, refugees never give up their dream of home and all it entails … the fact they maintain that hope, sometimes against all odds, should be an inspiration to us all,” he added.There are currently 20.8 million people of concern toUNHCR, including 8.4 million refugees, more than 5 million of whom have been in exile for five years or longer.In a message picked up by TV stations around the world, United States actress Angelina Jolie, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, urged people to remember those forced to flee their homes. “I’m Angelina Jolie. For the millions of displaced persons around the world, please help keep their hope alive and remember World Refugee Day,” she said in the message, recently recorded in Namibia where she gave birth to a daughter.In Buta in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a simple man who had not seen his homeland in four decades since he was taken by his fleeing family to Sudan as a four-month old infant, symbolized UNHCR’s work and the Day’s theme.“I am now 41 and ready to start a new life,” Alberto Imangilikuwa said on arrival at Buta airport. “I am now middle-aged and ready to start new ventures in life,” he added in Juba Arabic, a language he speaks more fluently than his native Lingala. He is one of 648 long-time refugees brought home in an airlift that ended on Sunday.“Mbira, mbira” (palm tree) Mr. Imangilikuwa and his companions shouted on arrival, overjoyed at the sight of the thick forest surrounding Buta airport. For their entire exile in Sudan, they had never seen the beloved palm trees from which their favourite cooking oil is extracted. UNHCR agreed to repatriate the group although it does not consider the conditions in the areas of return to be favourable and conducive to sustainable return because the refugees demanded to leave Sudan.A world away in Afghanistan, UNHCR marked the Day with a documentary film and visits to aid centres in a country that has produced the largest group among the Agency’s total global populations of concern. Since the ouster of the Taliban regime more than four years ago, some 4.6 million Afghans have returned from Iran and Pakistan. Across the Hindu Kush mountains in Pakistan, where 2.6 million Afghans still remain after 3 million returned home, one of the highlights of the Day was a fashion show of costumes from Afghanistan’s myriad of ethnic groups. Other activities showcased refugee cuisine, music, dances, arts and crafts.In Geneva, UNHCR’s home base, the city’s iconic 140-metre-high jet d’eau fountain and public buildings around the country were set to be bathed in blue, the UN colour, and World Refugee Day banners were to line the Mont Blanc bridge. Australia was illuminating the old parliament building and other landmarks in Canberra, the capital.Other countries were hosting a wide range of activities, including film festivals, photo exhibitions, food bazaars, fashion shows, concerts and sports, including lots of soccer in a nod to the World Cup in Germany, with games being played from Côte d’Ivoire to Nepal and from Ecuador to Turkmenistan. There will also be quizzes, drawing and essay-writing competitions, tree planting, seminars and workshops.Across the Atlantic in the Americas, refugees were set to paint a mural on a wall in the Ecuadorean city of Ibarra, just one of many celebrations in the hemisphere, while in Asia a free Refugee Film Week is under way in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and refugee art is on auction in Bangkok, Thailand, again just two of many continent-wide events. “The international community owes returning refugees more than just a cooking pot and a handshake when they cross the border,” High Commissioner Guterres said, summing up the day. “We must continue to nurture their return and reintegration and to support the communities to which they are returning.” read more

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Report reveals tablet trends in Canada 1 in 4 own one the

by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 1:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report reveals tablet trends in Canada: 1 in 4 own one, the iPad is still king TORONTO – The iPad is still king, those addicted to their tablets read more news and watch more streaming video, and the popular gadgets are mostly used at home, even though they’re often called “mobile” devices, says a new report that details how Canadians are adopting and using tablets.According to the report by the Media Technology Monitor, a research product of the CBC, an estimated 26 per cent of the population had a tablet as of last fall. Tablet ownership had more than doubled in a year and was up from just five per cent in the spring of 2011.Of the tablet owners, almost two-thirds had an iPad, while about 15 per cent each had purchased either a BlackBerry PlayBook or a Google Android device.Owners of iPads were found to be the most enthusiastic about their purchase. While a vast majority of all tablet owners said they would definitely or probably recommend their device to family and friends (86 per cent), the numbers were even higher for those with an iPad, at 91 per cent. About 61 per cent of iPad owners said they would definitely recommend their tablet, compared to 44 per cent of other tablet owners.IPad users were also more active on their devices, with 38 per cent saying they picked it up several times a day versus 25 per cent of other tablet owners. About 35 per cent of iPad owners and 34 per cent of other tablet owners said they used it at least once a day.The most frequently cited reasons to use their tablets were accessing the Internet (86 per cent), playing games (59 per cent), reading news (51 per cent), social media (49 per cent), watching video (39 per cent), reading ebooks (35 per cent), listening to audio (31 per cent) and streaming Netflix (11 per cent).Usage habits were very different for frequent tablet users, who were more likely to seek out news and multimedia content.More than 75 per cent of those who use their tablet many times daily said they read news on it, compared to 44 per cent of other users. And about 69 per cent of frequent tablet users watched video, versus 43 per cent of other users.But for some, the novelty of having a tablet might be wearing off a bit.According to a survey conducted in the spring of 2012, 32 per cent of tablet owners said they were using it several times a day. That figure was 49 per cent a year earlier.Although tablets are often classified as mobile devices along with smartphones, the majority said they used the device at home most often. About 82 per cent used it most around the house, compared to just eight per cent at work, two per cent at school or while travelling, and one per cent either in a coffee shop or restaurant, in the car, or on public transit.The Media Technology Monitor conducts regular surveys with thousands of Canadians to follow tech trends and changes in consumer behaviours. read more

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Brock student wins Peoples Choice Award at Canadian 3MT finals

Carly Cameron has found her comfort zone when standing in front of audiences and talking about her research.In April, Cameron, a master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, gave a flawless presentation at Brock’s Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) Contest to place first. She was on her game again at the Ontario competition where she was one of five presenters to advance to the 3MT® Canadian finals and was also selected as the winner of the Participant’s Choice Award.She wrapped up her 3MT® streak with this week’s announcement that she was the winner of the national People’s Choice Award.“I wasn’t always comfortable speaking in public. This has been a challenge for me in the past,” she says. “My master’s studies allowed me to work on these skills through conferences and presentations, helping me to feel more comfortable and confident in front of a crowd.”Cameron, who is from Caledon, Ont., will receive her degree this week during Brock’s Spring Convocation ceremonies. After defending her thesis last fall, she accepted a position as a Research Ethics Officer in Brock’s Office of Research Services.“I realized that once I had defended my thesis, I wouldn’t have as many opportunities to participate in conferences and present my research,” she says. “The contest gave me a chance to keep telling people my story.”Cameron’s research investigates ways to make the gym setting a more comfortable and less critical place for women. In her presentation, ““Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…,” Cameron explains that societal pressures to appear slim and beautiful may initially cause many women to be anxious when they view their reflection during workouts. But when those women use the mirror to develop correct techniques and form during exercise, that anxiety disappears.As part of her 3MT® preparations, Cameron attended several communications and presentation workshops offered by Research Services and the Faculty of Graduate Studies through its VITAE Essential Skills program.“The communications workshops were extremely helpful,” she says. “It gave me a chance to brainstorm my ideas for the presentation with students who were not from my discipline. It helped me to break down more complex terminology that we use in our field.“After one of the workshops I went home really motivated and spent the evening writing my script. I thought very carefully about the unique aspects of my research that make it current and that people would relate to — that’s when I came up with the references, for example, to Kim Kardashian and taking selfies.”“I really benefited from the Performing the Text Workshop that was held in ahead of Brock’s 3MT® preliminary round in February. There was lots of advice and tips on the writing structure and how to approach the 3MT® from a performance lens versus our usual academic presentations.”Cameron also found it helpful to orient herself with the presentation venues.“Before the final round at Brock I went to the mezzanine at Plaza 400 and spent a few minutes in the environment,” she says. “When I arrived at the venue for the Ontario finals in Waterloo, I made a point of going up on the stage for a minute or two to become familiar with the room.”Cameron says 3MT® has been a fantastic experience on both a personal and academic level.“It was wonderful to meet other students who were involved in the contest,” she says. “As a graduate student you find yourself becoming absorbed in your work and your field. By being part of 3MT®, you get a chance to talk with students from other programs and to realize the range of research under way here at Brock and at universities across the province.“I encourage people to seize opportunities such as this, which push you outside your comfort zone — you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.”Videos of Brock’s 3MT® finals, held at the 2016 Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference, are now posted online. read more

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Commentary Keep potential Big Ten name changes simple

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference is considering changing the names of its Leaders and Legends divisions beginning in 2014, according to ESPN.com. For the majority of Big Ten fans, including myself, this comes as a relief, and we collectively say, “Thank goodness.” According to a Monday ESPN article, the decision to change the division names could be made as early as June, a little more than a year before Maryland and Rutgers leave the ACC and Big East, respectively, to increase the total number of schools the Big Ten houses to 14. It seems college football will soon be comprised of four super conferences, which I am not a fan of. With that being the case, I hope Delany and his colleagues see this expansion as a second chance to get this naming thing right. Two years ago ­- when the conference added Nebraska – they introduced a new logo and split the teams into the Leaders and Legends divisions. After I initially heard this news, I could not help but scratch my head. Originally I thought maybe the conference was just trying to promote how its members mold its student athletes to be leaders in whatever they choose to do after they leave school. Maybe their intentions were to honor such legends as Archie Griffin, Bo Schembechler and Bob Knight, who each helped make the history of the conference excellent. Then I thought about it again and found the new names to be too different to be likable for the common fan like myself. It is no secret that there are plenty of fans across the Midwest who do not care for how the divisions are named. It seems like Delany understands that, even though he said in the ESPN article that he was a “little surprised” about the responses that came when the names were released in 2010. “I’m not sure it was a national survey (of people who didn’t like the names),” Delany told ESPN. “I don’t take umbrage to negative reaction.” To me that means he knows fans currently are not supportive of how the divisions are named, but he knows no matter what is ultimately decided upon, not everyone is going to be happy. For that, I agree with the conference’s commissioner, but offer this bit of advice: Just keep it simple. Conferences like the SEC, MAC and even Conference USA call their divisions East and West. The Pac-12 has a North Division and a South Division, and the ACC dubs its divisions Atlantic and Coastal. I understand that the names mentioned above are easy to select due to geographic location within the boundaries of the conference, but I wonder why something similar in the Big Te cannot be done. Theoretically, all schools that lie west of the Indiana and Illinois border could become members of a West Division. With the addition of Purdue to that side, this would leave seven members (Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers) to create an East Division, and keep many of the traditional rivalries within the conference. Keep in mind the Big Ten could be looking to expand even more, with the potential of adding two more teams to bring the conference’s total to 16. If that does happen, having the names of East and West atop the divisions should have little to no impact on which division the new members join. As long as Delany is seriously considering the change, then even if it fails, Big Ten supporters can be happy. It appears he knows how the bulk of them feel and understands what is right in front of him. “We have the opportunity to look at divisional structure, branding, rivalries and geography all again,” he said. “Depending on what we do will probably influence exactly how we brand it.” Geography makes the most sense in my mind, but that is why guys like Jim Delany get paid the big bucks and students like me do not. read more

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Sajid Javid reveals his phone was stolen by moped muggers

“Our streets should be safe at all times, you shouldn’t have to worry about things like knife or other crime,” he said. 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. The Home Secretary has revealed he was mugged by moped thieves who stole his mobile phone.Sajid Javid, who is in charge of the nation’s policing and security, said he was targeted by criminals outside Euston station in north London.The incident happened during his previous role as Communities Secretary, he told The Sun.”It happened in a flash. I was walking out of Euston station and reached for my phone to call a taxi,” the minister said.”It was brand new. Before I knew what was happening, it had gone. They just rode up, grabbed it and zoomed off.”I was angry and upset but thought myself lucky not to have been stabbed or beaten up like many other victims who fall prey to these vicious criminals.” Mr Javid spoke about the incident after Michael McIntyre was robbed of his watch by moped-riding thieves in a violent incident.The comedian was on the school run in his Range Rover in north London when thugs smashed the windows before stealing the Rolex.The incident came amid concerns of a wave of violent crime in some parts of the country, particularly in London and other big cities.Mr Javid, who has four children, admitted he worries about them if they are out late and his parental concern drives him to tackle the problem. Theresa May has acknowledged concerns about moped gangs, but insisted police were being given the powers they need to crack down on crime.Earlier this month the Prime Minister was challenged about the Government’s response to criminals using mopeds to carry out robberies and other crimes.She said former home secretary Amber Rudd held talks with police to make sure they had the powers they needed to be able to chase moped-riding criminals.”This issue of moped crime is one that is of concern for people,” the PM said. read more

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