Finally, Maharashtra declares drought in 151 tehsils

first_imgThe Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced severe and medium-scale drought in 151 tehsils in 26 districts. The announcement will hold for the next six months.Out of the 151 tehsils, 39 come under the ‘medium-scale’ category while 112 are ‘severe drought’ areas.Under the Centre’s drought manual of 2016, the State had to follow three steps before declaring a drought.The government identified over 200 tehsils from 13 districts that received rainfall between 50% and 75% and prescribed the first trigger or step, to identify whether drought can be declared in these locations. By the end of the second step, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had declared 180 tehsils as drought-prone. A ground truthing [inspection] exercise was held thereafter and the report was submitted to the CM’s office. The Opposition Congress on Tuesday had charged the government for delaying the announcement.The State has been facing water scarcity in October, with the next monsoon still nine months away. Total water storage as on October 31 in all dams of the State stands at 59.46% in comparison to 76.14% last year. The number of tankers deployed across the State too has increased from 74 on October 30, 2017 to 489 on October 29, 2018.The government has already asked District Collectors to not collect land revenue from farmers, implement a 33% subsidy on the electricity bill of agriculture pumps, kick start employment guarantee scheme, and exempt school and college fees for students from these tehsils. Farmers will get financial help ande government is likely to credit ₹6,800 per hectare to farmers with non-irrigated farms and ₹13,000 per hectare to those with irrigated farms.last_img read more

Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 6

first_imgNow all that is out of the way, here are the players that made the start of the second round a spectacle.1. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMaddie Madayag was a defensive fortress for Ateneo when it went the distance against University of Santo Tomas.The Lady Eagle was an impenetrable wall tallying 11 blocks, the most in the Final Four era, en route to 23 points leading Ateneo to the 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11 win over the Golden Tigresses.Madayag broke the record previously set by La Salle’s Celine Hernandez a decade ago when she put up nine denials against Adamson University in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PBA D-League: Che’Lu, Marinerong Pilipino post third win Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 4. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, outside spikerWeeks on list: 4Last week: N/AKat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKat Tolentino was relatively quiet for Ateneo the past week with Ponggay Gaston taking a more prominent role as the Lady Eagle’s outside hitter.The start of the second round, though, was a different field for Tolentino.Although she played as a secondary for Madayag, Tolentino still finished with 20 points in their game against the Golden Tigresses and that production pushed her to the third spot of the Best Scorers table with 127 total points.5. Mary Ann Mendrez (University of the East, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMean Mendrez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUE recorded just its second win in the tournament at the start of the second round and the one most responsible for it all was Mary Ann Mendrez.The Lady Warriors’ quiet star wasn’t that silent on the stat sheets when she tallied 19 points to lead UE past NU, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16.6. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 4Last week: No. 4Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEya Laure may be a second fiddle to Rondina in the UST system but that status doesn’t make her any less of a player.Laure has consistently delivered for the Golden Tigresses in her hot pursuit of the Rookie of the Year plum and although it came off a loss her 21-point performance against the Lady Eagles was the third-best offensive output this week behind Rondina’s 35 and Madayag’s 23. LATEST STORIEScenter_img 2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 4Last week: No.2Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCherry Rondina has been nothing short of amazing for the Golden Tigresses this week but their loss to the Lady Eagles relegated her to the No. 2 spot instead.It’s long established that Rondina is one of the most potent offensive players of her generation especially when she bagged the Best Scorer award in Season 80 and she showed her abilities once more in UST’s lone game this week.Rondina put up 35 points in UST’s five-set loss to Ateneo and her offensive exploits tied Alyssa Valdez’ mark for the most in the UAAP in the Final Four era.And those 35 points further solidified Rondina’s hold of the top spot in the Best Scorers table when she totaled 157 points six weeks into the tournament.3. Lycha Ebon (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/ALycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAn unfortunate injury was the only thing that stopped Lycha Ebon when the Lady Tamaraws faced the Lady Falcons.Ebon was making her case for the Rookie of the Year plum when she punished Adamson with 19 points but a bad landing forced her to leave the game early after her right knee buckled after she scored her final point.The Lady Tamaraws then finished the job for Ebon taking the five-set win, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13.Here’s to hoping Ebon goes through a quick recovery. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—It’s the second round and the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament just turned the craziness up a notch.Ateneo has created distance between itself and the No. 2 teams in the league with its 7-1 record being two games ahead of its nearest competitors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhat made the start of the second round into an absolute mess is that four teams are all tied at No. 2 seed with University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle, University of the Philippines, and Far Eastern University sporting identical 5-3 records.National University and University of the East are tied at the sixth spot with 2-6 records while Adamson University is at dead last at 1-7. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And this consistency allowed Laure to hold on to that No. 2 spot in the Best Scorers when she tallied a total of 138 points after Week 6.7. Jennifer Nierva (National University, libero)Weeks on list: 2Last week: No.3Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJennifer Nierva’s plummet from the third spot to the No. 7 can be mainly attributed to NU’s loss to UE this week.Although the Lady Bulldogs lost to the Lady Warriors in their lone game this week, Nierva was still a shining star in the middle of that gloomy outcome.Nierva, already seen as one of the best liberos in the tournament, managed to outplay UE’s Kath Arado in their matchup.Arado, the reigning Best Receiver and Best Digger, tallied 32 excellent digs and 13 successful receptions but Nierva won that personal matchup with 30 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Congs allegation false, mischievous & motivated: BJP MP

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) BJP MP Abhishek Singh, son of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, today rejected as “false, mischievous and politically motivated” the Congress charge against him that he held offshore accounts and asserted that he held no investment or share in any foreign company.”I categorically deny the allegations of Congress party which is false, mischievous and politically motivated. In fact, Congress had made similar allegations in the past also which I had unequivocally.”For the purpose of record, I will once again while denying these allegations like to reiterate that neither do I have any foreign account nor any investment/share in any foreign company,” he said in a statement.At a press conference earlier in the day, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had cited a previous report of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to allege Singh was holding offshore assets.BJP also rejected the Congress attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as “false and foolish”.Ramesh had demanded that Jaitley “recuse” himself from probe into Panama Paper leaks citing his sports promoter Lokesh Sharma, who reportedly held offshore companies.”We reject such false and foolish claims. Its ironical that Congress is making such claims as it is mother of black money. It looted the country and facilitated flow of illicit money abroad. Our government swiftly ordered a multi-agency probe. It had also set up a SIT to look into black money and passed a law in Parliament to curb it,” BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said. PTI AKV KR VSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Cricketers don’t need Bollywood, Bollywood doesn’t need cricket: Virender Sehwag

first_imgFormer India opener Virender Sehwag, currently hosting the “Viru Ke Funde” web series, says Bollywood and cricket have no connection and are not dependent on each other.Bollywood and cricket stars are often seen hanging out together. In fact, some of the actors, including superstar Shah Rukh Khan even co-own cricket teams. (Virat Kohli’s team has the bowling attack to win overseas: Virender Sehwag)So are Bollywood and cricket interlinked?”In context of Indian Premier League, there is nothing that Bollywood is doing except buying teams because they have a lot of money. Cricket is separate and Bollywood is different. Cricketers don’t need Bollywood and Bollywood doesn’t need cricket. They are doing really well on their own platforms,” Sehwag told IANS. (Virender Sehwag trolls James Anderson after India crush England)However, there are cricketers like Navjot Singh Siddhu, who have chosen the entertainment industry after performing on the cricket field.Also, a lot of cricketers like Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh have featured on TV shows and films. What lures sportsmen to the entertainment world?”Cricketers have a good fan following. If you look at all the cricketers who have played for India, they have fans in millions on social media. If you are making something with a cricketer then you are sure that people will watch it. The TRP will go up which is why cricketers are being roped in for TV shows, films or any other social media platform,” the 38-year-old said. (Current Indian Test team has potential to succeed abroad: Rahul Dravid)advertisementAsked if the entertainment industry could be spelled out as a back-up plan for cricketers, he said: “Entertainment industry is not a back-up plan for cricketers. I am not doing anything on big scale to entertain people, it’s just on my Facebook or my Twitter on Viu (Vuclip’s video streaming service Viu), where people can watch ‘Viru Ke Funde’. I am not going commercial. I am just giving it to my fans rather than going to TV.””If you do a TV show, you have to have at least a 30-minute or a one-hour show. Then you have to depend on a script as well, here (‘Viru Ke Funde’) I am not doing that,” he added.He is seen giving his opinions and “sharing my experiences with my friends through the series”. (Virat Kohli’s passion for winning Test matches is unreal: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”I am chatting with my friends on ‘Viru Ke Funde’. They all play cricket. They have questions for me and they think that I am a bigger player so, I can give better answers. But they don’t understand that I am human being as well and I am facing the same problem. I don’t have answers to everything. What I give them is my own off field or on field stories,” he added.last_img read more

POLICE PLAN TO TOW ABANDONED VEHICLES

first_imgSioux City Police Department will soon begin enforcement the removal of abandoned motor vehicles on city streets.Sgt. Todd Sassman says the goal of the project is to remove the vehicles from the streets before they become snow bound and are difficult to remove for proper street clearing:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/TOW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………parking ordinance. :19Sassman says in most cases the vehicles will be tagged and the owners will be able to remove them before they are impounded.If they don’t the fines and towing and storage fees could be well over a hundred dollars:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/TOW2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….to the owner. ;07The project is expected to begin in early November.last_img read more

Gundy Just Chillin’, Y’all

first_imgIn case you missed Mike Gundy lounging on the sideline with Joe Wickline during the bloodletting on Saturday night, here it is. (courtesy of @cdiel17)Screen shot 2012-09-03 at 9.19.10 PMIf 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!last_img read more

Oklahoma State Jumps into top 6 in CFP Rankings

first_imgJust a week after demolishing TCU at Boone Pickens Stadium and jumping up to No. 8 in the last poll, Oklahoma State has jumped up to No. 6  after winning 35-31 over Iowa State in Ames this weekend.The committee also placed Baylor at No. 10 after losing last week to Oklahoma.So…. top 10 matchup in Stillwater Saturday.Here’s a look at the top 25:View full #CFP25 for games played through November 14: https://t.co/7JieHQs09Z pic.twitter.com/08OOFd2w3C— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 2015 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!last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Man Utd boss Mourinho releases statement on Benfica move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho releases statement on Benfica moveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has confirmed he will not return to management with Benfica. The Portuguese was sacked last month as manager of Manchester United.He said: “I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal.”I don’t really want to go there but the best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached.”It’s a tremendous honour when you return to a club where you’ve been, but I’m talking to you and I will not talk to anyone else.”I’m not training, I love that I am no longer talked about all the time and the best way to ensure that will remain the case is for me to not talk either.”I want to able to think and prepare for the next step.” last_img read more

Analyst Wonders If Willie Taggart’s Florida State Era Is Already “Falling Apart”

first_img Bleacher Report’s David Kenyon wonders if the Taggart era is already “falling apart.”Poor on-field results. Frustrating recruiting. Inconsistent culture. Those concerns amount to one enormous problem.And if the Seminoles struggle in 2019 with a favorable schedule to buoy them, Taggart’s tenure may quickly become a nightmare.Francois’ dismissal has left FSU with one scholarship QB, James Blackman, expected to be eligible next season. Louisville transfer Jordan Travis would need a waiver approved, and that seems unlikely at best. The current backup is walk-on Nolan McDonald.It’s a fair question. There aren’t many major college football programs with more questions right now than Florida State.Taggart needs to get things going – and quickly.Florida State opens the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Boise State. An interior view of Florida State's football stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Few, if any, major college football programs had a more disappointing 2018 season than Florida State. The Seminoles, in Year 1 of the Willie Taggart era, went 5-7 and missed a bowl game.Florida State entered the 2018 season with some serious optimism, as the Seminoles were ranked fairly highly in the preseason top 25 polls.Things fell apart quickly, though, as FSU was blown out by Virginia Tech in Week 1 on national television.Florida State will enter the 2019 season with some higher hopes, but there’s still a ton of skepticism about Taggart and the future of the Seminoles’ program.last_img read more

Mumbai Indians oversee Alzarri Joseph’s surgery, rehab to continue in Mumbai

first_img Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 16:09 IST IPL 2019: Alzarri Joseph had impressed with his pace for Mumbai Indians ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAlzarri Joseph played only 3 matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019Joseph dislocated his shoulders while fielding in a match against Rajasthan RoyalsMI have organised Joseph’s surgery and he will undergo rehabilitation in MumbaiComing into the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians pacer Alzarri Joseph impressed all as he finished with best-ever IPL figures of 6/12 in his debut game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. But a bad tumble while fielding against Rajasthan Royals saw him dislocate his shoulder.Not only was he ruled out of the league, but also the upcoming World Cup for the West Indies. While the mental anguish cannot be discounted, MI have taken him under their wings and will be looking after the pacer till he is fit to bowl again.IANS has learnt that not only did Mumbai Indians organise for the fast bowler’s surgery, but Alzarri will undergo complete rehabilitation under the watchful eyes of the MI management and will be released only after he is fit to take the field. The entire process could take around four to five months.”He has been in Mumbai throughout and his situation was assessed and the surgery was done on April 30. He is currently recovering and has no movement on the shoulder as it is strapped. One of his family members is here to stay by his side. All his treatment and rehab will be taken care of by MI. He will be shifting to the MI guest house in Navi Mumbai and continue physiotherapy for the next two to three months at the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital.”After this, he will undergo rehab and hit the ground at the Mumbai Indians academy. It should ideally take around four to five months and even his family member shall stay with him during this phase,” the source said.advertisementThis isn’t the first time when the MI management has ensured that an injured player is taken complete care of till he is ready to take the field. Even in the case of former MI player Pawan Suyal, the management had taken complete care of the player when he was injured and not fit to play.”Nita Ambani has always made it very clear that the players in this team are not just a bunch of cricketers representing Mumbai Indians, they are all part of the family,” the source added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Under-21 players rise up to the occasion in DC vs SRH EliminatorAlso Read | Rishabh Pant credits ‘muscle memory’ for his big-hitting prowess in T20sAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Alzarri JosephFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019 Mumbai Indians oversee Alzarri Joseph’s surgery, rehab to continue in MumbaiAlzarri Joseph dislocated his shoulder while playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019. The young West Indies pacer has been ruled out of the 2019 World Cup as well.advertisementlast_img read more

Gov’t Negotiates $100 Million Loan Package for Banana Farmers

first_imgTo assist with the resuscitation of the banana industry, the Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has negotiated a $100 million loan package from the People’s Cooperative (PC) Banks, which will be available to farmers at an interest rate of five per cent. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, during a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Nov. 6), said the PC Banks have also agreed to reduce the one-off fees on loans from three per cent to 1.5 per cent to assist the industry at this time. She said the Government recognises that some of the smaller banana farmers may not be able to access these loan funds and so the Ministry has negotiated with the European Union to allocate $13 million from the European Union Banana Support Programme (EUBSP) to assist small farmers with fertilizer and insecticide. Some 3,888 bags of fertilizer and 39 kilograms of insecticide will be distributed in the worst affected areas this week. She informed that banana farmers, who suffered losses above 50 per cent of production and who are subscribers to the Catastrophe Fund, will receive their pay-out shortly.last_img read more

CEPA will not be discussed during PMs India visit

This will be Wickremesinghe’s first official overseas visit since being appointed Prime Minister last month and the Prime Minister says he considers it important to visit India first. Meanwhile, Minister of International Trade and Investment Malik Samarawickreme denied reports that the CEPA agreement will be discussed and signed during the visit.The signing of the CEPA agreement has remained stalled over the years as both sides had failed to reach a consensus on some issues. Wickremesinghe will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, among others, during his visit which begins tomorrow, the Prime Ministers office said in a statement today. The proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Sri Lanka and India will not be discussed during Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India, the Government said today.The Prime Minister’s office said that Wickremesinghe will discuss domestic issues as well as regional security with the Indian leaders. Samarawickreme said that before signing such an agreement there is a need to look at Sri  Lanka’s requirements today.The Minister said that be it an agreement with India or any other country, the new Sri Lankan Government will ensure it meets the interest of the Sri Lankan people. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Deposed PM addresses the nation from Temple Trees

He accused the President of making false claims which even a child will not believe.Wickremesinghe said that the appointment of a new Prime Minister last week was undemocratic. He called on Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to summon Parliament immediately in order to resolve the political crisis.Wickremesinghe said that the crisis in the country can be resolved only through Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) Deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the nation from Temple Trees this evening.Making a special statement, Wickremesinghe rejected all the allegations made by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday. read more

Football Ohio State defense struggles with its identity against Indiana

Ohio State sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor (12) tackles Indiana running back Reese Taylor (2) in the fourth quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIndiana redshirt sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey did what Richard Lagow did against the Ohio State secondary last season. After Lagow threw for 410 yards passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the 2017 season opener, Ramsey, despite completing 53.1 percent of his passes, threw for a career-high 322 yards passing, throwing three touchdowns. However, unlike Lagow, who set the tone for something to fix in the second level of the defense, Ramsey continued the problem that has plagued the Ohio State secondary through the first six weeks of the season. The problem that should be the selling point of the Ohio State safeties and corners: press man coverage. Like many quarterbacks have done to the Ohio State secondary this season, Ramsey beat the defense with the deep ball, completing four passes of 30-plus yards in the game, including three in the first half. However, the secondary was not only beat using press man on the deep ball. With Indiana down 15 in the third quarter, Ramsey, facing a 3rd-and-goal at the Ohio State 3-yard line, looked to redshirt junior Donovan Hale in the end zone. Hale was guarded at the line of scrimmage by redshirt junior Kendall Sheffield, who fell to the ground after Hale made a move on him at the start of the play. With Sheffield on the ground, the safety, sophomore Isaiah Pryor, stepped forward when the ball was hiked, expecting the run. With the bad angle, Pryor was not able to take Sheffield’s spot guarding the slant, allowing Ramsey to hit a wide open Hale for the score. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano knows where the troubles in the defense lie. “I actually think I can narrow it down pretty good. We need to fix it,” Schiano said. “The frustrating part is when you know there is something going on and you are not as successful getting it repaired.” Schiano said it comes down to him and his staff not coaching well enough, saying the unit, as a whole, is not playing consistently to the standards of what the Ohio State defense is expected to perform. He said it comes down to a few positions, positions he would not name, but said it has to do with the perimeter pass plays made against the unit. To head coach Urban Meyer, Ohio State is a man coverage team, plain and simple. He said, even after the win over Penn State, the coaching staff looked at the defensive play calling, hoping to find something that would improve against Indiana. To Meyer, it especially hurt against the Hoosiers.“It didn’t really snap at us like it did today,” Meyer said. “Penn State, guys made some plays on us. But today we really felt it. I felt it. That first half was awful.” Schiano said it’s not about changing the identity of the defense. It’s all about execution. “Whether it’s [defensive pass interference] or a completed pass, we play press man-to-man around here,” Schiano said. “When you play press man-to-man, you invite vertical threats and if you cover them, they stop throwing. If you don’t they keep throwing. So, we haven’t done a good enough job covering them.” Without much pressure from the defensive line, Ramsey thrived in the first half, throwing for 239 yards and two touchdowns for Indiana. As the Buckeyes went to the locker room with a 28-20 lead, junior safety Jordan Fuller said there was not much discussion about adjustments that needed to be made. It was more about continuing to find the identity of the defense. “It was just reminding ourselves that we are a top-notch football team,” Fuller said. “We made sure to take care of the long routes before the short ones and I think we did that.” Fuller and the Ohio State secondary knew what it takes to defend the deep ball. He said it’s a mix of improving technique, coverage on 50/50 balls, taking proper angles and making what have been missed tackles. But it’s not all about the secondary play. Up front, the defensive line began to put pressure on the quarterback, forcing him to complete only nine of 20 passes in the second half. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones said the group up front has a lot of responsibility to create havoc in the backfield to limit plays downfield. “We can only control so much. We can’t control what the LB’s do or the safeties or corners,” Jones said. “So, as long as we are disrupting up front, they don’t get a chance to throw the ball.” With that, the defense did what Schiano said the group did a week ago: make opportune stops. The defense allowed only six points in the second half, leading to Ohio State’s 49-26 victory over the Hoosiers. With the high expectation of the Ohio State defense coming into the season, Fuller said the first half was unlike what should have happened with a group like this. However, with the play in the first half, Jones feels like some doubt of the group’s ability is starting to creep in. “I think people are starting to lack our defense,” Jones said. “Saying we are more potential than performing. I don’t think that’s true.” In Fuller’s mind, there is only one way to stop that thinking. Prove them wrong, which is something he is expecting and not doubting. “No, I’m not worried,” Fuller said. “Because we have the guys to do it.” read more

Brazen couple put on show for police helicopter crew who filmed sex

first_imgMatthew Lucas (left), 42, and Matthew Loosemore, 45, deny the chargesCredit: Ben Lack Photography Ltd “On three separate occasions they filmed a total of five people sunbathing naked in private and, on another occasion, they filmed a couple having sexual intercourse in their own garden.” Continuing his opening of the case, Mr Wright said: “How then does the prosecution say that we can prove that these recordings are not simply the product of one swinging and sex-obsessed air observer, Adrian Pogmore, but were made with the connivance of the other members of the crew?” As Mr Wright opened the case for the prosecution, the jury was shown graphic footage of the couple shot from the helicopter. Playing the footage, Mr Wright said: “As you will see in a moment, the couple who were filmed on this occasion were very much aware that they were being observed, indeed they seem to relish it.” South Yorkshire Police’s helicopter crew are accused of using the aircraft to film people sunbathing naked and taking shots of naturists on a campsite.Prosecutors outlined details of the South Yorkshire Police’s helicopter crew’s activities as the trial began of two police officers and two pilots at Sheffield Crown Court.Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, told a jury: “They used the unique viewing position afforded to them, together with the powerful video camera with which the helicopter is equipped, to video members of the public engaged in private activities in a gross violation of their privacy. Lee Walls arrives at Sheffield Crown Court for the start of his trialCredit:Ben Lack Photography Ltd Mr Wright said the final incident – again featuring people sunbathing naked – was on July 22 2012, when the aircraft was piloted by Reeves, with Lucas and Pogmore as observers.The prosecutor said that in the cases of all four recordings there was “no legitimate police purpose” for flying over the homes.Mr Wright said: “This was a deliberate invasion of their privacy for, at the very least, the inappropriate amusement of the crew and, at worst, for their sexual gratification.”He said that it was also a “gross waste of valuable resource”.The prosecutor told the jury that it may hear attempts to trivialise what happened as “isolated incidents of laddish conduct” but he said the people who were filmed did not see it that way.Mr Wright said the prosecution stemmed from recordings found in Pogmore’s possession at a police station in 2015 and that he was the only person present on all four flights mentioned in the charges.The trial, which started on Tuesday, is expected to last three weeks.Pogmore, of Whiston, Rotherham, has admitted four charges of misconduct in a public office.Mr Wright said the other four men deny the charges and, “in short”, blame Pogmore for what happened. Adrian Pogmore has admitted four charges of misconduct in a public officeCredit:Ben Lack Photography Ltd Mr Wright said the incident involving the couple having sex on the patio happened on July 28 2008 when the aircraft was piloted by Loosemore, with Pogmore and Lucas as the observers.Earlier on the same day, the helicopter was used to film a couple sitting naked by a caravan on a campsite used by naturists, also in South Yorkshire.The prosecutor said: “Although naturists expect to be seen naked by other naturists, they do not expect to be monitored by the crew of the police helicopter.”The jury was shown the video recording of the naturists shot from the helicopter as well as two more recordings of people sunbathing naked.Footage shot on August 23 2007 – when the pilot was Reeves and the observers were Pogmore and Walls – appeared to involve the aircraft circling a garden where a woman was sunbathing without clothes on a lawn.Mr Wright said the woman was with two daughters – aged 18 and 15 – who were wearing bikinis and an eight-year-old daughter, who appeared to be fully clothed in the footage.The prosecutor said: “There is self-evidently no legitimate policing purpose connected to orbiting her home and using equipment to film her naked body.” 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.center_img Pilot Malcolm Reeves denies two counts Pilot Malcolm Reeves denies two countsCredit:Ben Lack Photography Ltd Lee Walls arrives at Sheffield Crown Court for the start of his trial Matthew Lucas (left), 42, and Matthew Loosemore, 45, deny the charges The prosecutor explained how the couple featured were friends of Adrian Pogmore, 50, a police officer and an air observer on the helicopter, who has pleaded guilty to offences of misconduct in a public office.The four men on trial – Matthew Lucas, 42, Lee Walls, 47, Matthew Loosemore, 45, and Malcolm Reeves, 64 – all deny the same offence.Mr Wright told the jury: “The reason that this couple are so happy to be recorded engaging in sexual intercourse is that they are friends of Mr Pogmore and shared his sexual interest in the swinging scene.”It was clearly, therefore, no coincidence that the helicopter orbits around their garden while they brazenly put on a show.”The prosecutor said: “You may hope that the police helicopter is chasing down criminals and keeping the community safe.”You may never imagine that in fact it is being used to film a pair of swingers in the throes of sexual passion for the entertainment of the crew.” A police helicopter crew filmed a brazen couple carrying out sex acts in their garden while “putting on a show” for the officers hovering above, a court heard today.The pair waved at the aircraft at one point during the clip as they engaged in a range of sex acts and sexual positions on the patio of a suburban house.The eight minute long film features a naked woman – who waves at the aircraft at one point – and a man wearing only a Manchester United football shirt. Reeves, of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, denies two counts.Walls, of Aston, Sheffield, denies one count.Loosemore, of Auckley, Doncaster, denies one count.Lucas, of Chapeltown, Sheffield, denies three counts. Adrian Pogmore has admitted four charges of misconduct in a public officelast_img read more

Metso wins with Newmont and with new HPGR technology

first_imgMetso Mining and Construction has been named Newmont Mining’s Global Supplier of the Year for its delivery of high quality products and services and demonstrated commitment to Newmont’s global projects and operations. And in MINExpo, the company showed how it is taking high pressure grinding roll technology to the next level, to great interest. “The team at Metso Mining and Construction exhibits the values that are important to Newmont,” said Gerry Gluscic, who oversees Newmont’s global supply management organisation as the company’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “Their attention to our needs, transparency and ability to integrate into our business has helped Newmont achieve our business goals.” Newmont’s supplier awards program recognises top vendors at its annual Supplier Summit. Nominees are evaluated on their contributions toward creating operating efficiencies, developing strong relationships andembracing Newmont’s values in worker safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Newmont notes that “Metso supplies Newmont with top-tier process equipment, including mills and crushers as well as engineering services and optimisation services. Metso has been part of Newmont’s global alliance of suppliers since 2008.”Metso’s latest development in comminution equipment, the HRCTM, is a major step in the profitable application of HPGR technology. Metso has made several key innovations in order to increase throughput and decrease total cost of operation http://www.im-mining.com/2012/09/28/metsos-hrc-and-megaliner-comminution-solutions/.The HRC is ideal for high-tonnage, hard rock applications and can be used as a tertiary, quaternary or pebble crusher. Currently, several HRC units are in operation around the world – with a total of 6,500 operating hours including over 3,800 hours in a mining hard rock application. The machine does have range within hard rock applications: it’s been designed for use in diamond, iron ore, copper, gold, platinum and various industrial minerals.last_img read more

La Nasa commémore les 25 ans de lexplosion de la navette Challenger

first_imgLa Nasa commémore les 25 ans de l’explosion de la navette ChallengerL’Agence spatiale américaine commémorait jeudi la disparition de sept de ses astronautes qui ont perdu la vie en mission, le 28 janvier 1986. Ils se trouvaient à bord de la navette Challenger qui a explosé quelques secondes après son lancement, en direct à la télévision.Il y a 25 ans, pour la première fois, les Américains ont perdu des astronautes dans l’espace. La navette Challenger s’enflammait dans le ciel, avant de se désintégrer dans une énorme boule blanche. Des débris avaient zébré le ciel bleu, puis sont tombés dans la mer. Sept astronautes se trouvaient à bord : cinq hommes et deux femmes. Il s’agissait de la 10e mission de la navette, appelée STS-51-L.Au sol, l’incrédulité régnait. Aussi bien au centre de contrôle de mission de Houston, que dans les gradins ou dans les foyers qui avaient allumé la télévision. Le porte-parle de la Nasa avait pris quelques secondes avant de lâcher : “De toute évidence, il s’agit d’un dysfonctionnement majeur”, une phrase devenue célèbre. Il confirmait ensuite que la navette avait “explosé”. Cela s’est passé 73 secondes seulement après le lancement de la navette. Pourtant, tout semblait normal dans les premiers moments du vol, le 25e d’une navette depuis avril 1981. L’accident aurait été provoqué par un joint défectueux d’une des deux fusées d’appoint, selon les conclusions d’une commission d’enquête.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACette semaine, le patron de la Nasa, Charles Bolden, a déposé une gerbe au cimetière national d’Arlington, et une cérémonie devait se dérouler aux centres spatiaux Kennedy en Floride et Johnson à Houston au Texas. La commémoration coïncidait avec d’autres anniversaires : la mort de trois membres d’Apollo 1 le 27 janvier 1967 et de sept astronautes lors de la désintégration de la navette Columbia le 1er février 2003.Dans le ciel, aujourd’hui, sept astéroïdes portent désormais les noms des astronautes de la navette Challenger disparus.Les portraits de quelques membres de l’équipage de Challenger, photographiés à l’époque par la Nasa.Le 29 janvier 2011 à 13:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bahamas TCI Marine Forecast for Today

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 17, 2017 – Nassau – WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS AND MARINERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ALERT FOR THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AT BEACHES MAINLY ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES. BOATERS SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS AS WELL AS REDUCED VISIBILITY TO 3NM OR LESS.GENERAL SITUATION:  A QUASI-STATIONARY FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO MEANDER ACROSS THE EXTREME SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS WHILE A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM CENTERED NORTH OF THE AREA MAINTAINS BRISK WINDS OVER THE ISLANDS.SE BAHAMAS AND TCI SMALL CRAFT SHOULD NOT VENTURE FAR FROM PORT; SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT.WINDS:          NORTHEASTERLY AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS TODAY BUT INCREASING T0 20 TO 30 KNOTS BY TONIGHT OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS:              5 TO 8 FEET TODAY BUT BUILDING UP TO 7 TO 10 FEET OVER THE OCEAN BY TONIGHT.SWELLS:        NONEWEATHER:  ISOLATED SHOWERS AND CHANCE OF A FEW THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY IN VICINITY OF THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY THROUGH TONIGHT.#Bahamasweather#MarineForecastBahamasandTCIlast_img read more

Sushma Swarajs initiative on staying Kulbhushan Jadhavs death

first_imgFormer external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj played a crucial role in staying Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case who was sentenced to death by a Pakistan court.The former Indian Navy officer was detained in Pakistan on charges of spying. Sushma challenged it at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and took a particular interest in the case hearing following which the court ordered a stay on the execution of Jadhav’s death sentence. She was the first leader to react to the ICJ’s verdict. “I wholeheartedly welcome the verdict of International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. It is a great victory for India,” she tweeted. She also took the initiative for allowing Jadhav to meet his family in Islamabad on December 2017. An hour before her death, she tweeted to Harish Salve, the lawyer who represented India at ICJ in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case to visit her residence in Delhi on Wednesday to collect his fee of Re 1..last_img read more