MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Jones’ yearlong suspension has ended, and the UFC put him right back in a title shot with Cormier, who dutifully defended the belt during the mercurial ex-champion’s absence. Cormier, an ex-Olympian and family man who also works as a television commentator, sees every flaw in Jones’ makeup.“He’s a guy who can’t stop hurting himself and people around him,” Cormier said. “He’s a talented athlete, but mixed martial arts aren’t just about the best athlete. He’s weak mentally. He’s got problems, and I don’t know if he solved them yet.”Jones plays it cool when talking about Cormier, yet their promotional staredowns have usually devolved into trash-talking and physical drama. They got into an infamous brawl in a Las Vegas casino lobby in 2014 during the early stages of their promotion of the first bout.They exchanged harsh words again this week in a faceoff, but Jones has vowed to be classy after he wins their rematch.“He’s a good dude,” Jones said. “I want the best for him, I really do. I wish he was just man enough to realize that he’s (in) the wrong era. He just happened to come into the sport, he’s 39 years old, and he’s (fighting) a guy who’s in his prime, a guy who’s doing everything in his power to make sure this is his era. I wish he could just swallow that and say, ‘I’m the baddest (man) outside Jon Jones, and I can go to sleep with that.’”The UFC 214 pay-per-view card starts with two absolute corkers: Veteran brawlers Robbie Lawler and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone meet after light heavyweight prospects Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir. Even the undercard is strong, featuring fights for Ricardo Lamas, Renan Barao, Aljamain Sterling and Brian Ortega.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ But the remarkable main event could be the culmination of Cormier’s career or a monumental return for Jones, whose career and life have been severely fractured since their first bout.“It’s pretty cool that it ends here,” Jones said recently, speaking of both his disputes with Cormier and his own winding path back to the top. “There will be no grudge match. There will be no trilogy. Like I say all the time, Daniel Cormier is not my rival. I have no issue with him.”Jones’ biggest issues have always been with himself.Jones reached the pinnacle of his sport when he soundly defeated Cormier in January 2015 to defend his UFC 205-pound title. Practically nothing has gone right in the ensuing 2 1/2 years for Jones, whose capacity for self-sabotage and lousy decision-making surpassed even his incredible MMA talent.The UFC stripped Jones of its title twice — after a hit-and-run accident in which he broke a pregnant woman’s arm, and again after he was revealed to have failed a doping test four days before fighting Cormier at UFC 200 last July.ADVERTISEMENT Everything about Jones’ behavior suggests he might have stronger feelings than he acknowledges. When they finally hit the Honda Center cage on Saturday night, he’ll have a chance to show how he really feels.“A guy like Daniel, he has my full, undivided attention,” Jones said this week. “He says that he’s in my head, and that’s exactly where I want him to be, because he is in my head. I think about him all the time. That’s what makes me do the things I do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJones and Cormier are headlining the UFC’s best show of the summer, and likely the entire year, in Orange County.UFC 214 features three title fights and numerous rising stars. Before Jones and Cormier, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia in a compelling clash of styles, and pound-for-pound women’s superstar Cris “Cyborg” Justino faces Invicta champion Tonya Evinger for the vacant featherweight title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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If Cormier wasn’t Jones’ bitter enemy, the UFC light heavyweight champion probably could could give sound advice to Jones, the troubled former champ. Instead, the steady Cormier realizes he needs a victory over his self-sabotaging archrival on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at UFC 214 to validate his own title reign. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)ANAHEIM, Calif.— Jon Jones insists Daniel Cormier isn’t his rival, not even when their rematch at UFC 214 is the most anticipated mixed martial arts fight of the year.Jones says he doesn’t even dislike Cormier, the man who has spent most of the past 2 1/2 years holding the light heavyweight title belt that Jones considers rightfully his.ADVERTISEMENT Younghusband brothers set for Davao move on 5-year deal View comments
Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Manchester United from German club Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.The 27-year-old scored 41 goals in 140 appearances during his three-year spell at Dortmund. (Also read: Jose Mourinho charts new path for Wayne Rooney at Manchester United)”I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time,” Mkhitaryan told the club’s website (www.manutd.com).After defender Eric Bailly and forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan becomes new manager Jose Mourinho’s third signing as the Portuguese looks to build on last season’s FA Cup win. (Also read: Jose Mourinho will be massive improvement at Manchester United, says Alex Ferguson)
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — After beating the New York Yankees on consecutive nights, the Baltimore Orioles were 6 1/2 games behind Texas for the AL’s second wild card with 23 games left and four other teams in front of them.“We’re going to try and win out. Crazier things have happened,” Manager Buck Showalter said following a 5-3, come-from-behind win Sept. 9.“I tell them all the time in advance meetings, today’s an opportunity to start doing the things that we’re capable of doing.”A 3-15 late-summer slide dropped the Orioles from contention. They won consecutive games for the second time since mid-August.After a day off, the Orioles open a three-game series at home Sept. 11 against AL champion Kansas City.“It starts now,” said Steve Pearce, who broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth with a solo homer off Adam Warren (6-6). “We’ve haven’t been playing good baseball, but there’s a lot of baseball left and we can turn it around, and it started with this series.”Carlos Beltran homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees. New York took a 3-1 lead in the third against Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9), who retired 13 of his last 14 batters.“We’ve seen many times this year him pitch real well, like he did tonight, in a tough environment, on the road against a good team, that’s scratching and clawing for everything,” Showalter said.Jimenez allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none to win his second straight start after going winless in four outings.“You have to take every game like it’s the last and try to go with everything you have and let’s see what happens,” Jimenez said.New York got only one hit after the third. Darren O’Day and Zach Britton finished the four-hitter, with Britton saving his 32nd game in 35 chances.Wearing a new brace on his surgically repaired right knee, CC Sabathia made his first start since Aug. 23 when he cut an outing short because of knee pain.Sabathia left with a two-run lead, the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth, and Jonathan Schoop hit a one-hopper to third baseman Chase Headley. But second baseman Stephen Drew allowed the throw to bounce past him for an error that let Baltimore tie the score at 3-3.Drew’s shaky night began when Gerardo Parra’s first-inning bouncer on what could have been a double play bounced off the second baseman’s glove and face, limiting him to a forceout when he recovered. Chris Davis singled in a run with two outs on a catchable soft fly that dropped in front of Beltran in right.Davis added a run-scoring double in the eighth against Brian Mitchell and reached base five times (2 for 2, two walks and a hit batter).“We’re back into a corner,” Pearce said. “It’s a long shot, but we know we’re not out of this thing.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)
Heading into the combine this week, it was widely believed Ogbah projected as a late first – early second round pick with a chance to improve his stock at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.Ogbah certainly showed out at the combine this week, flashing an incredible 4.63 40-yard dash and other dazzling numbers across the board. Despite his impressive showing, analysts are still skeptical about the reigning Big 12 defensive player of the year. Todd McShay, an NFL analyst who creates mock drafts, currently projects Ogbah going No. 30 to the Carolina Panthers.From ESPN:The Panthers will be in the market for more depth at cornerback, so you’d have to think William Jackson III and Kendall Fuller would be in the mix here too. And while Ogbah had a terrific combine, his motor runs hot and cold on tape, which is a concern. When he decides to cut loose as a pass-rusher, he has an outstanding combination of length, quickness and power.So yeah. If there was a “winner” of the combine, Ogbah was arguably a top five finisher among defensive linemen finishing second in the 40 and vertical, and third in broad jump. Yet McShay has him going off the board as the tenth defensive lineman in the draft. Maybe it’ll only fuel Ogbah to prove his doubters wrong about his questionable motor and “hot and cold” tape.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Atletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Simeone has job as long as he wants itby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin says coach Diego Simeone has the job for as long as he wants it.Gil Marin is confident the Argentine is happy in Madrid, despite an admission that he sees a future with Inter Milan in Italy.The Atleti director stated: “I think the answer is simple, he has the job for as long as he wants to.”And I am convinced that he will continue to love it here as long as he believes that the club can continue to help him achieve his goals, which continue to produce results. That would mean that Atlético continues competing with the biggest.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)A college basketball game was cancelled earlier this week after a player collapsed during a game and later died. The match-up between Hawaii Pacific and TCU was scheduled to take place on Friday, but was cancelled in light of the tragedy.Hawaii Pacific’s Emil Isovic collapsed during a game against Southern Nazarene and never regained consciousness, according to the school.He was 21-years-old.Athletic director Sam Moku released a statement following Isovic’s passing.You may have heard that on Tuesday of last week, HPU student Emil Isovic collapsed during a basketball game against Southern Nazarene. While Emil received the best care possible at Straub Medical Center, he unfortunately did not regain consciousness. We are deeply saddened to share that late this afternoon, Emil passed away. His family, friends, teammates and coaches were at his side. He was 21 years old.We all mourn the loss of Emil, who was both a gifted athlete and a wonderful friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, Nedzad and Sanela, his brother Dino, and everyone who knew and loved him.TCU released a short statement saying “it was not appropriate to play the game.”Our thoughts are with the Isovic family and Hawaii Pacific community.
Next Simona Halep favourite to win French Open: Justine HeninSeven-time grand slam champion Justine Henin believes Halep has a complete game required to be played on clay and thus would be the favourite to lift the title.Last year in a gruelling French Open final, Halep had defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to secure her first major title.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 17:58 IST Simona Halep defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to secure her first major title last year. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJustine Henin said Simona Halep has complete game required to be played on clayHalep defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens last year to win the French OpenSimona Halep recently pulled out of Simona Stuttgart Open due to hip injuryFormer world number one Justine Henin believes defending champion Simona Halep is favourite to win the women’s singles title at the French Open starting this month from May 26.Last year in a gruelling French Open final, Halep had defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to secure her first major title after three previous final appearances, including two at the Roland Garros.After that, the current world no. 2 didn’t have much success and had to face losses in the subsequent US Open and Australian Open, that too in the initial rounds. Recently, she had withdrawn from the Stuttgart Open due to a hip injury which she sustained while playing against Caroline Garcia in Romania’s Fed Cup earlier this month.However, seven-time grand slam champion Henin believes Halep has a complete game required to be played on clay and thus would be the favourite to lift the title.”It is going to be a very interesting tournament. I think Simona Halep is going to be the favourite. I like her game, I like how she plays on clay because on clay you need to be a complete player, both physically and mentally,” she said.”Every grand slam, you get one or two surprises. So, I am expecting that also to happen,” she added.Henin, a four-time French Open champion, was in the capital to attend the fifth edition of the Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series where Mann Maulik Shah emerged as champion in the boys’ category while Shaikh Humera won in the girls’ category.advertisementDuring the interaction with the media, the 36-year-old pointed out that tennis needs a lot of big names to inspire young children to take up the sport. She was also off the view that the game has changed a lot in the last 15 years.”The game has become more physical and surfaces have changed a lot. There has been a big change in the last 15 years. There is now more power and control as there are long rallies which take place in the matches these days.”Henin had engaged in a long-standing rivalry with co-countrywoman Kim Clijsters. During the 25 meetings over a 12-year period — with eight taking place in a Grand Slam tournament — Clijsters had a 13-12 record against her Belgian opponent. While it was often reported that the duo did’t share a healthy off-court relationship, Henin cleared that they were just rumours.”Kim and I never had any problem… It’s been a relation that has helped both of us to become better as players. So, I always say I would not have been half a player as I was if Kim was not there,” she insisted.When asked about her relationship with the Roland Garros, a place where she dominated over a decade and won four singles’ title, the Belgian said, “Roland Garros is in my heart, it’s in my body. Whenever I go there, even now I feel there is something for me. It’s connected to my history. My first connection towards tennis has been at the Roland Garros. I feel at home there. Roland Garros would be tough for me to miss.”She also made it clear that at present, she doesn’t want to take up coaching as a profession like many of her colleagues, while maintaining she has not closed the door for it in the future.”Being a coach is an all together different profession because it’s not you who has to play, but the player you are coaching. You have to stop thinking about yourself as a player but the person you are coaching,” Henin said.”You have to invest a lot. You cannot just travel 15-20 weeks but you need to travel 30-35 weeks which, for me, is currently not possible. I give advises to players at my academy. Right now, I am not in a condition to become a coach. But, I have not closed the door for it in the future,” she signed off.Also Read | Australian Open: Simona Halep knocks out Venus Williams in 3rd roundAlso Read | Laureus Sports awards: Djokovic, Biles win Sportspersons of the Year awardsAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Simona HalepFollow Justine HeninFollow French OpenFollow US OpenFollow Australian Open
zoom Titan Salvage, Crowley Maritime’s Houston-based marine salvage, emergency response and wreck removal company, has successfully refloated and scuttled the bow of the wrecked bulk carrier Smart.The vessel was carrying a load of coal when it went aground in August 2013 in heavy seas in Richards Bay, South Africa. Complications ensued when the carrier broke apart after only two days.The Titan team refloated, towed and scuttled the bow into designated waters, as approved by the South African Maritime Safety Authority, in three days.“It was a difficult job because there were so many unknowns,” said Titan’s Gordon Amos, director operations. “From the very beginning, we had to accurately assess the weight of the bow to determine the lightering process and appropriate pulling forces. This was complicated by the fact that we didn’t know how much mud and cargo filled the forward compartments. Additionally, we were battling five-meter swells and challenging weather conditions.”Titan is now preparing for the removal of the Smart’s remaining mid-section. This final stage of work is expected to be completed in the beginning of next year.
zoom Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit launched MV Arklow Clan, an open hatch single decker, at its Westerbroek yard on April 7.The 5,200 dwt Arklow Clan is the fourth in a series of ten ships that will be delivered to Ireland-based Arklow Shipping.With a hold volume of 220,000 cft, the newbuilding features a length of 86.8 meters and a width of 15 meters.The ship has one single hold and an 1A iceclass notation and is propelled by a 1740 kW MaK engine with a single ducted propeller.Market value of Arklow Clan currently stands at USD 5.97 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The vessel, which will fly the flag of the Netherlands, was ordered by Arklow Shipping in August 2014.Arklow Castle, the third ship from the batch, was launched in January this year.
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Greenfield Road Greenfield Road will be closed from Tuesday, July 14, until Friday, July 17, for bridge repairs. A detour is available from Salmon River Road to Valley Road to Valley Dale Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5760 Fax: 902-893-6103 -30-
London: Pleased with Pakistan’s convincing win over South Africa in their crucial World Cup fixture, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar is hoping that Sarfaraz Ahmed and the boys play fearless cricket in the remaining games and make it to the semi-finals. “I recommend Pakistan to hold their ground, play pressure-free cricket, play according to the best of their abilities and display their talent,” Akhtar said on Monday in a video posted on his YouTube channel. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev With five points from six games, Pakistan are now at the seventh spot in the points table. They will next face New Zealand on Wednesday. After that, they play Afghanistan and Bangladesh on Saturday and July 5, respectively. If Pakistan manage to win all their remaining three fixtures and results of matches of other teams go in their favour, the 1992 champions can secure a spot in the last four. “Pakistan have a good chance of making it to the semifinals. They need to play fearless cricket without any pressure. If England lose their three matches against Australia, India and New Zealand, Pakistan can come through,” said Akhtar. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships On Sunday, Pakistan defeated South Africa by 49 runs at the Lord’s, thus knocking them out of the competition. Opting to bat, Haris Sohail played a brilliant knock of 59-ball 89 — which consisted of nine fours and three sixes — thus helping Pakistan post 308/7 in their 50 overs. In reply none of the Proteas batter expect skipper Faf du Plessis (63 off 79) could handle the scoreboard pressure and were restricted to 259/9. “South Africa looked disintegrated. After losing the toss, their morale went down. Their batters, especially Quinton de Kock, didn’t look interested in getting South Africa out of hot waters by scoring a hundred. Faf looked a very average captain. They bowlers could not manage to bring out the magic.” The Rawalpindi Express was full of praise of Sohail, saying that his inclusion — in place of Shoaib Malik — in the playing XI made the difference. “I was constantly saying that Haris Sohail should be included in the playing XI because he is a very compact player. Against South Africa, he showed how to score runs. In fact he looked better than Babar Azam. Haris provided the thrust and helped Pakistan get a total in excess of 300,” said Akhtar “Haris Sohail was a great addition and Shoaib Malik was dropped which was a fair call,” he added. The 43-year-old also showered praise on Pakistan’s bowling performance especially Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, who picked up five wickets between themselves against South Africa. “Pakistan’s bowling was very good. Amir picked up wickets upfront and that was crucial…Pakistan have raised alarming bells for other teams as their bowlers – Wahab Riaz and Amir – have been able to get the ball reverse swing.” However, he was critical of Pakistan’s poor effort on the field and said they need to work upon their catching and improve in the upcoming matches. Pakistan have dropped as many as 16 catches in the tournament till now. Against South Africa, they dropped around six-seven catches out of which Amir grasped three- off his own bowling, at third man and at long-off. “Pakistan’s fielding was just not good. They dropped fairly easy catches and that needs to be rectified. Their fielding has to improve,” he said.
Munger: Police have busted eight illegal mini gun factories in Bihar’s Munger district and arrested seven persons in this regard, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar) Hari Shankar Kumar raided several places and busted eight illegal mini gun factories on Tuesday night and arrested seven persons, Superintendent of Police, Gaurav Mangla said here. Police seized eight base machines, four pieces of partially made pistols, eight pieces of 9 mm cartridges, 20 other cartridges of different bores, five pistol barrels, and various equipment to manufacture arms along with ammunition from the illegal mini gun factories, the SP said. The raids were jointly conducted by Kasim Bazar, Jamalpur, Naya Ramnagar and Safiyasarai police stations, he said. An FIR was lodged at Naya Ramnagar police station under Arms Act in this regard, the SP added.
NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will launch its second phase of campaigning for the upcoming general election on April 10 with an aim to reach out to 35 lakh people, including the working-class population, and tell them about the importance of full statehood to Delhi.Delhi minister and senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the booth-level workers of the party would go to people, instead of calling them to jan sabhas. “In the first phase, we held jan sabhas with people, now we will go to the people, including the working class, and tell them about the importance of full statehood,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRai added that the campaigning would be held in three phases and the second phase would start from April 10. “We will be engaging 13,814 booth heads and train them over the next two days to convey the message of the importance of full statehood to the people,” he said. The AAP leader said the third phase of campaigning would be launched after the candidates file their nominations. Rai claimed that his party’s first phase of campaigning had pushed the BJP on the “back foot”. “The BJP, which had thought it would have a walkover in Delhi, is now confused about which candidates should be fielded,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, he also said if the Congress is confident of winning in Punjab without an alliance, his party is also capable of winning all the seats in Delhi on its own. Questioning Congress leader Randeep Surjewala’s statement where he said his party was not in talks with the AAP or any other party for an alliance in Haryana and Punjab, Rai asked whether the Congress has forgotten about its loss in the bypolls in Jind. “I do not understand why Congress is so self-obsessed. It appears that it is in a state of maha-confusion,” he said. Rai said AAP took the decision of contesting on 35 seats in different states, keeping in mind that “it can contribute in defeating the BJP. You can win in Punjab but what about Haryana. The Congress is ready to lose but not form an alliance in Haryana,” he said. “Even people in Haryana are saying that if JJP-AAP and Congress stand together then BJP cannot win and can lose all 10 seats,” he added.
Home Capital shows sign of turnaround as high-interest savings accounts rise by The Canadian Press Posted May 18, 2017 5:09 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. says its high-interest savings accounts rose Wednesday, a sign the cash-strapped lender may be turning itself around after customers began running away amid a funding crisis that erupted nearly a month ago.The Toronto-based mortgage company said Thursday there was $120.2 million in its high-interest savings accounts as of Wednesday, up $3 million from the day before.GIC deposits stood at $12.35 billion, almost unchanged from Tuesday.Home Capital (TSX:HCG) has been trying to rebuild confidence among investors following a C-suite shakeup and an investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission into allegations it misled investors — accusations it denies.Earlier Thursday, Home Capital announced the appointment of James Lisson to its board of directors.Lisson has been an adviser to the federal government and comes with more than 30 years experience at two prominent law firms.
For the 95th consecutive year, The Game endures – as strong as it ever has. The Ohio State and Michigan football teams are prepping for their 109th meeting on Saturday at Ohio Stadium and the series, known to many simply as “The Game,” is far from stale. It’s a matter that’s as salient for first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer and players up and down his roster as it likely was for the renowned Buckeyes coaches and players of yesteryear. Recognized by the United States Congress as the greatest rivalry in sports, the OSU-UM rivalry dates back to 1897, and an air of hatred for “that team up north” still pervades the OSU football facilities. Letter “M’s” visible on campus signage were covered with red tape and the name of the state that borders Ohio to the north might as well have been a four-letter word for OSU players during Monday press conferences at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Media availability began with Meyer, who, with a glint in his eyes, recounted his memories of The Game by rattling off names like Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, Pete Johnson and Archie Griffin. Meyer recalled the OSU’s 1987 win at Michigan Stadium. It was the final game for Meyer’s mentor, former OSU coach Earle Bruce, who was informed of his firing prior to the contest. “I can tell you (about) walking into coach Bruce’s office right here,” said Meyer, who was an assistant on Bruce’s staff at the time of the incident. “I saw a bunch of coaches with their arms on the table, with their face in their arms, and tears and the whole deal. I was like the last guy to walk in, and he said that coach Bruce will no longer be the coach after this game … Just an incredible moment in Ohio State history.” OSU went to Ann Arbor, Mich., the following Saturday where Bruce’s Buckeyes defeated UM, 23-20. Bruce was carried off the field on the shoulders of his players. To understand how deep The Game still permeates the sporting culture at OSU in modern times, look no further than athletic director Gene Smith’s Monday press conference at the Fawcett Center. Smith was made available to discuss the University of Maryland’s move to the Big Ten Conference, and Smith found himself fielding questions about OSU’s current bowl ban and whether he could or should have administered a self-imposed ban during the 2011 season. His focus? Beating Michigan. Smith said he wasn’t worried about hypotheticals. In the midst of the historic addition of Maryland to the Big Ten, Smith said his aim was to help the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines. “I’m worried about making sure that we position our football staff, our student-athletes – everything we can to have the opportunity to beat that team up north,” Smith said. “That’s my mission right now.” The teams have taken turns dominating the rivalry for years at a time. From 2004-2009, OSU won six consecutive times. The Buckeyes also won in 2010, but the game was later vacated due to NCAA violations for which OSU is also currently serving an NCAA-imposed postseason ban. Those penalties came as a result of the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal in which players received extra impermissible benefits in exchange for OSU football memorabilia. OSU’s dominance in the mid-2000s caused some to forget about the rivalry, said Buckeyes senior wide receiver Taylor Rice. “To be honest, people felt like the rivalry was dying down because it had been so many years since they beat us,” Rice said. Both teams come into this year’s game ranked nationally, making the game relevant to both sides and the rest of the country. OSU enters this year’s grand finale with an unblemished, 11-0 record, which is complimented by the Associated Press‘ No. 4 ranking. The Buckeyes are also playing for the sixth undefeated season in program history and the first since 2002. UM didn’t quite fulfill expectations this season – it began its 2012 campaign with a 41-14 loss to then-No. 1-ranked Alabama in its opening game, followed by later losses to Notre Dame, America’s current No. 1-ranked team, and Nebraska. The Wolverines have managed to claw their way to an 8-3 overall record and the No. 20 ranking in the AP poll – they still have a meaningful bowl game to play for. The Buckeyes are coming off a loss in Ann Arbor last year, too. While frustrating for OSU, the defeat, Rice said, was for the good of the rivalry. “Honestly, I think that reality check helped us,” Rice said. “It let people know that this is a rivalry and there’s nothing like it. This game alone will make or break your season.” Several OSU players, and scores of Buckeyes before them, have echoed that sentiment – The Game is all that counts. In 2012, OSU players likened the OSU-UM game to “their Super Bowl” and “their national championship.” The superlatives change, but the message is consistent – The Game is still The Game, and it’s as strong as it’s ever been. “This is what it all comes down to – playing Michigan,” Rice said. “Winning or losing. This is what determines the outcome of our season … It’s been a great season but this is what really counts. This is what our season comes down to. This is our Super Bowl.” This year’s installment of The Game will is scheduled for a noon start at Ohio Stadium.
(AFP) The global unemployment rate is expected to tick down in 2018, the United Nations said Monday, while warning that far too many workers still live in desperate poverty.The International Labour Organisation forecast a worldwide unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent this year, a marginal improvement on the 5.6 per cent recorded in 2017, thanks to broad economic growth. But in its flagship “World Employment and Social Outlook” trends report, the ILO also raised serious red flags about the health of the planet’s labour market.“Even though global unemployment has stabilised, decent work deficits remain widespread: the global economy is still not creating enough jobs”, the organisation’s director-general, Guy Ryder, said in a statement.A key problem is the abundance of “vulnerable employment”, a category that includes informal work arrangements with little or no social and contractual protections.“The significant progress achieved in the past in reducing vulnerable employment has essentially stalled since 2012”, the ILO said in a statement.The problem is most acute in the developing world, where three out of every four workers have a “vulnerable” employment status, the report said.The study’s lead author, ILO economist Stephan Kuhn, pointed out that 40 per cent of all employed people in the developing world still live in “extreme poverty”.Uneven economic growth and the huge concentration of global wealth in the hands of very few is expected to be a key topic at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, which opens on Tuesday.The charity group Oxfam reported Monday that 82 per cent of the wealth created in 2017 was controlled by the world’s richest one per cent.For ILO chief Guy Ryder, broadening the benefits economic growth remains the key priority.“Additional efforts need to be put in place to ensure that the gains of growth are shared equitably”, he said Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGlobal unemployment expected to reach 199.4 million in 2016 – ILO ReportJanuary 20, 2016In “Business”Despite progress, inequalities persist for women in labour market- ILOMarch 8, 2018In “Business”Labour Survey welcomed but conclusions worrisome, says FITUGMarch 20, 2018In “Business”
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, will not pursue federal legislation to transfer the Pearson Air Museum from the U.S. Park Service to the city of Vancouver.On Tuesday morning, the Congresswoman learned the Vancouver City Council no longer supported the measure.Casey Bowman, Herrera Beutler’s spokeswoman, said she is “extremely disappointed with the current situation.”“Because the success of this bill hinges largely on the city’s willingness to assume ownership of the property, pursuing HR 716 without the City’s support makes no sense at this time,” Bowman wrote in an email.The Fort Vancouver National Trust, which previously operated the museum, can’t go forward with plans to return to the site if the city decides it doesn’t want to own the property, said Steve Horenstein, chairman of the trust’s board.“The property can’t be transferred to a private nonprofit like the trust,” Horenstein said. “It can only be transferred to the city or another government agency. So there’s nothing else the trust can do.”The city’s decision means the National Park Service will continue to operate the Pearson Air Museum, which it has done since parting ways with the Fort Vancouver National Trust in February 2013 after the two were unable to agree on a range of issues, including what activities and exhibits should be allowed at the museum.
The Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee commends the Defense Department for its efforts to invest in renewable energy projects and energy security, improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill.Those efforts, along with the department’s programs to enhance water conservation and to improve the security of installation energy sources, are critical components of DOD’s strategy to meet federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation, the panel said.The committee also supports the department’s efforts to incorporate green building technologies when constructing new facilities or renovating existing ones. “In doing so, DOD and the services should seize upon leading edge technologies and new and underutilized, low-cost, energy-efficient technologies that provide value through minimal life-cycle costs,” according to the report.The panel highlighted projects underway in Hawaii as being at the forefront of the military’s energy initiatives, including the development of net zero energy installation facilities, and upgrades to improve energy and water efficiency. Two installations in Hawaii are serving as demonstration sites for the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security [SPIDERS] Program.“The efforts underway in Hawaii, and at military installations elsewhere, are helping to inform department-wide and government-wide energy policies and investment strategies,” the lawmakers said.These investments already are paying off. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus earlier told the Senate Armed Services Committee that energy efficiency projects underway in Hawaii are projected to save the federal government $4.5 million annually.“This is an example of the progress being made to reduce spending while addressing energy and water efficiency, conservation and security at installations throughout the country,” the report stated.The Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2016 milcon spending bill on May 21. The committee report, S. Rpt. 114-57, is available on congress.gov. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
A federally mandated environmental study will delay by one or more years planned construction of a high-speed ferry project intended to ease traffic congestion experienced by commuters to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.A study to determine the best location for a ferry terminal could take two years, and likely force postponement of the 2017 start date for construction, reported the Tampa Tribune.The project calls for running high-speed ferries from a yet-to-be-determined point in South Hillsborough County across Tampa Bay to MacDill. The service would relieve traffic congestion on clogged highways as well as lessen the bottlenecks that occur each morning at the base’s front gates.Much of the project’s $20 million price tag would be paid for by Hillsborough County, the state and private partners, but the smaller role played by the federal government is forcing the delay, said Jeff Seward, CFO for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. The Federal Transit Administration is slated to contribute $4.7 million to the ferry project.“It’s fairly frustrating,” Tampa attorney Ed Turanchik, who represents the two companies partnering with Hillsborough County, told the Tribune. “Commissioner [Sandy] Murman expressed some concerns about the fact that the federal government is a minor partner in this, but has taken control of the whole process. That’s the problem with federalizing these things,” Turanchik said.Local officials were hoping to select a site for the terminal — likely in Gibsonton — by the end of the year, but now that decision will need to wait until the analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act is completed. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:02Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Courtesy: Jet AirwaysGiving a brief respite to Jet Airways pilots, Korean Air will hold a two-day job fair in New Delhi on May 24 and 25. The main aim of the job fair is to hire Jet Airways pilots who were laid off when the carrier suspended their operations earlier this month.Korean Air is looking to hire at least 300 pilots of all ranks to fly their Boeing 777-300s.”The road show is a kind of job fair for pilots. The executives from Korean Air would brief us about their requirements. The job fair is being held in both Delhi and Mumbai,” a senior pilot was quoted as saying by IANS.The pilots hired would by flying Korean Air aircraft which connect 124 cities in 44 countries. The company owns 167 aircraft, including Boeing and Airbus.”The information sessions are important to understand growth prospects, routes flown, home base rotation etc. It will be conducted by the Korean expat cell who will be handling the Jet Airways pilots as well,” a mail addressed to pilots read.National Aviators Guild’s vice-president Captain Asim Valiani said that while he is relieved that Korean Air is hiring and giving pilots a relief, he still hopes that Jet Airways will be revived.He said, “We are waiting for the outcome (of the banks-led stake sale process for Jet Airways). We have three months window to join a new airline so we are waiting.”After the grounding of Jet Airways, many pilots have joined SpiceJet, Indigo and GoAir, Air India and Vistara. Naresh Goyal quits as Jet Airways chairman, stake slashed to 25%