Bencic upsets Halep to reach Dubai semifinals; Kvitova wins

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting IAAF allows 21 more Russians to compete as neutrals Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic celebrates after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep in their quarterfinal match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Unseeded Belinda Bencic rallied to beat second-ranked Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.Bencic, who saved six match points in the previous round against Aryna Sabalenka, failed to capitalize on an early break in the first set but Halep continued to struggle with her serve and was broken seven times in total. Bencic broke for a 5-4 lead in the second and then raced out to a 3-0 lead in the decider, having won six games in a row. Halep, who was playing her ninth match in 13 days after reaching the final in Qatar last week, got one break back but Bencic broke again for a 5-2 lead before converting her third match point.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “It was really difficult physically,” Halep said. “I was tired. After the second set, I felt like I’m getting cramping a little bit. It’s normal. I was sweating a lot. She played very well. In the end, she was a little bit stronger.”Second-seeded Petra Kvitova had no such problems, winning the last eight games to oust Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-0 to book her spot in the last four. Kvitova, the 2013 Dubai champion, needed just 62 minutes to wrap up the win. She will next face Su-wei Hsieh of Taiwan, who came from 5-1 down in the final set to beat fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. It was the latest upset for Hsieh, who ousted Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn the final quarterfinal, two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine defeated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-2, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Bencic. It’s the fourth year in a row that Svitolina makes the semifinals in Dubai, although she had to come from a break down in each set to get past Suarez Navarro.Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic celebrates after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep in their quarterfinal match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Kings, NBA begin sex-assault inquiry into coach Luke Walton

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess John Havlicek, Boston Celtics great, dies at 79 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Walton’s attorney, Mark Baute, has called the allegations “baseless” and says the coach will prove that in court.The 31-year-old Tennant contends Walton attacked her when he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, which was from 2014 to 2016.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, logisticsTennant said she confided in people at the time but never filed charges because she was scared. Her lawyer, Garo Mardirossian, said because years had passed, he believed it would be difficult now to file a police report and put together a criminal case.Tennant said Walton continued to harass her after he became coach of the Lakers and she was working as a broadcaster in Los Angeles for Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA. She now does a wellness podcast. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Tennant said she considered the 39-year-old Walton, the son of Hall of Famer Bill Walton, to be a longtime friend and mentor. The coach had written the foreword to a 2014 book she had written and she went to give him a copy while he was at a Santa Monica hotel during a Warriors road trip to Los Angeles.Tennant said Walton met her in the lobby and invited her to his room. After discussing the book, Tennant said Walton suddenly grabbed her, pinned her to the bed and forcibly kissed her. Tennant said that when she asked him to get off “he laughed at me.”Tennant said Walton relented and she started to leave the room when he grabbed her again and kissed her ears and neck. She said he finally stopped, laughed and said “good to see you” before she left.The Kings investigatory team will be led by Sue Ann Van Dermyden and Jennifer Doughty. Van Dermyden is founding partner of the Sacramento law firm Van Dermyden Maddux and an expert on employment law.Doughty is a veteran investigator and senior associate attorney at Van Dermyden Maddux.The NBA’s investigatory team will be led by Elizabeth Maringer, the senior vice president and assistant general counsel of Integrity and Investigations. Previously, Maringer served 12 years as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – In this Oct. 20, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton directs his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles. A person with direct knowledge of the agreement said Saturday, April 13, 2019, that Walton will become coach of the Sacramento Kings, just a day after parting ways with the Lakers following three losing seasons. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)The Sacramento Kings and the NBA began a joint investigation Thursday into allegations that coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted a woman.The Kings and the league said they will be looking into the accusations from a lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles by former sportscaster Kelli Tennant.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

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Nova Scotia government expands treatment for addicts of opioid painkillers

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia is expanding treatment for opioid addicts, as overdoses continue to take a steady toll of lives in the province.The Liberal government outlined on Wednesday how it will spend $800,000 annually at a dozen treatment centres, with new locations in Antigonish, New Glasgow and on the province’s south shore.The centres will offer methadone maintenance programs, exchange needles, provide antidote kits for overdoses, and make referrals to family doctors for ongoing treatment.The province says the added money — announced in the recent budget — will mean services will be available to 250 more people, for a total of over 1,600 people annually.Health Minister Randy Delorey said the funding will eliminate a waiting list, which addictions specialists say is crucial to bring down the death toll of about 60 Nova Scotians annually.So far this year, 39 people have died from overdoses, with 11 more probable deaths in Nova Scotia — figures similar to last year’s death rate, said Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer.Specialists say getting addicts into contact with treatment systems quickly is a key part of bringing those numbers down.“It can’t be overstated. An increase in the capacity of our opioid use disorder treatment programs will save lives,” said Dr. Sam Hickcox, a family physician who also is an addictions specialist, who attended the news conference at the Nova Scotia Hospital.“The majority of the individuals we see do not need admission to hospital to manage their addiction to opioids. They recover best in the community.”Hickcox also said he’s pleased that $70,000 annually will be used to set up an advice line for family physicians and others who encounter addicts.That may include having the doctors themselves administer methadone and begin counselling people how to gradually come off the highly addictive painkillers, he said.Strang said that while the overdose figures are remaining steady in the province, the risk of coming into contact with potentially lethal fentanyl-laced versions of opioids is rising.Cindy MacIsaac, the director of the Direction 108 methadone clinic, says that adds urgency to getting people into treatment.The veteran advocate described how in the past her centre had to tell addicts calling in and seeking help that nobody was available, losing opportune moments to begin treating their substance abuse.Having four additional staff at her centre in Halifax will change that, she said.“When that moment of opportunity opens, and they call, you can say, ‘Come on in, we’re going to get you assessed and we’re going to get you to see a doctor right away,’” she said.“Well, then there’s hope.”However, MacIsaac said the province still badly needs a supervised safe injection site, a program that the province and the federal government have yet to arrange.She said the sites give her staff a chance to engage with addicts to ensure they are using the potentially fatal drugs safely.“As a result of that you can refer them on to treatment. Some may choose not to go on to treatment, to others it’s an opportunity,” she said.“It’s essential to keeping people alive.”Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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More help on the way for family that lost seven children to

first_imgThe Canadian Press HALIFAX — One week after a house fire claimed the lives of seven children in a Halifax suburb, the local member of Parliament says the community has come through “in a beautiful way” to help the grief-stricken mother and her badly injured husband — both of whom are Syrian refugees.Liberal MP Andy Fillmore says offers of support and donations continue to pour in for Kawthar and Ebraheim Barho.Fillmore says the Halifax International Airport, for example, has offered financial support for flights that are bringing some of Kawthar’s relatives to Halifax from overseas as she struggles to come to terms with the unimaginable loss of all her children.The MP for Halifax says a group of relatives arrived Monday and more are on the way, though he declined to offer details.Fillmore says Kawthar Barho has asked that these details remain private.As for Ebraheim Barho, Fillmore says he remains in critical but stable condition after undergoing burn surgery on Monday.last_img read more

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Alberta First Nation communities jumping on solar revolution

first_img(Green Arrow Renewable Energy Corp. solar panel installers at Montana First Nation. Submitted photo)Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsIn the midst of a collapse in oil prices and an uncertain economic future, Albertans are also looking at ways to wean off of a dependence on oil and gas and on to alternative sources of greener energy.And Alberta First Nation communities are readying to take advantage of the coming “solar revolution.”“There is a solar revolution happening all over the world,” said Jesse Cardinal, co-ordinator with Keepers of the Athabasca and organizer for the We are the Land conference held in Edmonton last week. A major focus of the conference was providing education to Indigenous communities about renewable energy technologies.Canada has just been slower to jump on board the solar wave compared to other countries, she added.Many Alberta First Nation communities recognize solar initiatives as an opportunity that includes environmental and economic benefits.“The difference between the solar and the oil industry – when the oil industry started taking off the Indigenous people were so behind in every way. We were the janitors, we were the house keepers and even now it was a slow evolution to become business owners. Whereas with the solar energy industry I see that it’s going to be a different playing field altogether,” said Cardinal.Montana First Nation in Maskwacis launched the Green Arrow Renewable Energy Corp. last year. It is Canada’s first Aboriginal-owned company of its kind. The band office is now powered by solar energy and one home on the reserve is part of a solar powered pilot project.Montana also recently partnered with Canada’s leading energy provider Bullfrog Power to build a 20 kW solar installation on Montana’s water treatment plant.Green Arrow is working with several other First Nation communities across the Prairies to form partnerships to identify and assess the feasibility of clean renewable energy projects on reserve lands.Green Arrow CEO Barry Wheaton said it helps to provide reserves with a means of self-sufficiency, spurs economic development and employment on reserve.“We’re really hoping to use this to develop economic opportunities,” he said. “Solar is saving money on electricity bills, it’s reducing your carbon emissions, it’s reducing pollution and it creates jobs.”Saddlelake Cree Nation in Alberta is also creating a solar project to power their water treatment plant.Last fall, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation unveiled its first-ever solar pilot project that generates power to its youth and elder lodge.The project is a model for future potential solar initiatives in the community that is located upstream from the tar sands in northern Alberta.Alternative energy initiatives are spreading quickly and Cardinal said the response to solar technology is positive among most First Nation’s.“I think people have a revived sense of hope that it isn’t the end of the world. That we can still live a long life, there’s hope for us. Whereas before we were just digging our own graves in the oil sands and that was the only solution we had. But with this new technology it’s really exciting,” said Cardinal.With the scale of the destruction to the land, the impacts on the air and animals and the health impacts on people, the havoc caused by tar sands extraction can no longer be ignored, she added. And it’s time to think outside of the “Alberta Box.”“We’re at a point where we have to make a choice. Do we want a future for our children? Do we want clean water and do we still want to have jobs to go to? Then we need to diversify our economy, we can’t just depend on one source of economy,” said Cardinal.With the new NDP government promising a shift to greener alternatives, Cardinal is hopeful that more funding will be made available for future Aboriginal solar projects.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

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Huawei says no legal case against Australia, for now

first_imgSydney: Chinese telecoms giant Huawei said Friday it had no immediate plans to mount a legal challenge over Australia’s decision to bar the company’s equipment from the 5G network Down Under. A day after taking Donald Trump’s administration to court for banning US federal agencies from buying Huawei products, the firm said no such move was envisaged in Australia. “Whilst we have our differences with the federal government, we would still rather work cooperatively,” a company spokesman told AFP. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “A legal challenge is not a priority at this moment.” Australia in August announced guidelines on contracts to build fifth generation mobile networks in the country which effectively barred Huawei and another Chinese giant, ZTE, from the project. Canberra cited intelligence agency warnings against the “involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government”. As Huawei has grown, fears have emerged that the company could effectively provide the Chinese state with a switch to cut critical infrastructure during a crisis. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs While Huawei insists it is a private company, its founder Ren Zhengfei is a 74-year-old former People’s Liberation Army engineer. And while there are no formal ties with the state, in practice large Chinese firms and the ruling Communist Party are intricately interlinked. In 2015, Beijing passed a law obliging its corporations to aid the government on matters of national security. That, coupled with Beijing’s more muscular foreign and security policy overseas, has raised concerns among members of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing collective. All five members — Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States — have taken at least some steps toward limiting Huawei’s role in sensitive infrastructure. But at the same time, Huawei has become enmeshed in local economies. The company says its business in Australia alone is worth Aus dollars 650 million and has 700 employees, and its equipment is used directly or indirectly by half the population.last_img read more

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Somali authorities deplore denial of entry to UN rights expert invite him

“The UN Political office for Somalia (UNPOS) says that the Somali authorities have deplored the incident and have since invited Mr. [Ghanim] El Najar to return to complete his mission, saying that his expulsion had been the result of a misunderstanding,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told a news briefing in New York. Given the poor security situation inside the strife-torn Horn of Africa country, UNPOS, which was set up in 1995, has been working from Nairobi, with officials making visits to Somalia. Somalia has been riven by factional fighting and has had no functioning central government since Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991. 21 September 2007An independent United Nations expert on human rights in Somalia who was denied entry to the town of Baidoa earlier this week and asked to travel back to Nairobi, Kenya, has been invited back in. read more

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Sears Canadas top shareholders explore possible deals with struggling retailer

TORONTO — Two groups of major U.S. shareholders in Sears Canada have hired legal counsel to explore possible deals with the struggling retailer as it undergoes a court-supervised restructuring.ESL Partners LP and entities affiliated with its principal shareholder, Edward S. Lampert, announced Monday that it is working with Fairholme Capital Management on potential proposals to make to Sears Canada.ESL and Lampert currently own 45.3 per cent of common shares in Sears Canada and Fairholme owns about 20.8 per cent of Sears Canada’s shares as of early May — a total of about two-thirds of the company’s total common stock.Sears’ court protection is in best interest of remaining workers‘Totally unacceptable’: Employees and retirees emerge as victims amid Sears restructuring plan‘Being eaten away’: Struggling Sears Canada to close 59 stores, cut 2,900 jobs in bid for survivalHowever, under a court-supervised restructuring, shareholders are ranked lower than most creditors and major decisions must be approved by the presiding judge.ESL and Fairholme, both based in Florida, say they are considering a potential negotiated transaction with Sears Canada and its subsidiaries and may work together or independently to considering financing, purchase and sales or restructuring deals.ESL says there’s no assurance it will pursue any proposal or that such a proposal would result in a transaction, or that Fairholme will participate. read more

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Welcoming Karzai Security Council vows support for Afghanistans recovery

“The Security Council reaffirms its wholehearted commitment to supporting the interim authority and the transitional process,” the Council’s President, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, said in a statement read out in an open meeting after Mr. Karzai addressed the 15-member body during a brief visit to UN Headquarters. Noting that efforts to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan were “on the right track,” the Council said it remained committed to move this process forward. “We stand ready to extend the necessary assistance to the people of Afghanistan who have suffered virtually every privation known to mankind and who deserve a better future,” the statement said. Welcoming recent donor pledges to Afghanistan, the Council emphasized the importance of rapid disbursement of assistance and good coordination in its delivery, in full cooperation with the Interim Administration. It also stressed that the reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Afghanistan should not be derailed by any outside pressure or intervention. “Here we appeal to the international community to continue extending their valuable support to the Afghanistan Interim Authority to take the country away from the legacy of war, poverty and instability,” said the Council statement. It also urged leaders and representatives of different ethnic groups within Afghanistan to “forego their differences and invest in the reconstruction of a nation with sound democratic potential.” While expressing concern about episodes of lawlessness in Afghanistan, the Council hailed the efforts of States contributing to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and welcomed ISAF’s progress in helping to restore security to Kabul and its surrounding areas. “We emphasize that the UN and non-governmental organizations must be allowed to operate in security and with full freedom of movement particularly in those areas most in need of humanitarian assistance,” the statement said. The Council pledged its continued support for all efforts based on the Bonn Agreement leading to the formation of a broad-based, multiethnic and fully representative Afghan Government committed to peace with its neighbours. “It is essential for the Afghanistan Interim Authority and the new government of Afghanistan to respect the basic human rights of all Afghan people regardless of gender, ethnicity and religion,” the Council said, welcoming recent “bold steps” by the interim authorities to promote the rights of women, including their appointment to Cabinet posts, and to ban illegal drugs. Expressing full support for Lakhdar Brahimi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, the Council also paid tribute to the work of UN humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations operating in Afghanistan and underscored the importance of assuring their security. read more

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Details timeline for changes to BC foreign homebuyers tax unclear

Details, timeline for changes to B.C. foreign homebuyers tax unclear Nic Benner is seen along with his daughters Julia, 14, top left, Lana, 12, right, Anya, 9, and Sonia, 4, in this undated handout photo. Benner, who lost thousands of dollars when British Columbia introduced a tax on foreigners buying homes says tweaks to the policy are a good step forward but the harm has already been done to his family. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Nic Benner MANDATORY CREDIT by Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2017 2:51 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A man who lost thousands of dollars when British Columbia introduced a tax on foreigners buying homes says tweaks to the policy are a good step forward but the harm has already been done to his family.Nic Benner and his family had just moved to the Vancouver area from Colorado for his job in the telecom industry when the tax came into effect and were surprised to find it would apply to deals that were signed before it was announced last summer.Benner signed a contract last May for a new home in Langley where he and his wife planned to raise their four daughters. But the tax added about $80,000 to the price tag, which the family couldn’t afford.“What the government had done was put us in a position, and I’m sure other families in a position, where there was no relief,” Benner said in an interview on Monday.The family walked away from the deal and has been renting ever since.Premier Christy Clark announced Sunday the government would lift the tax for people who have work permits and pay taxes. The 15-per-cent tax was implemented Aug. 2 in a bid to cool skyrocketing real estate prices in Metro Vancouver.Amending the policy to exempt people with work permits is a good step forward, Benner said, but it doesn’t change the impact the tax has already had.“They’ve already done damage and they’ve already hurt families, including mine. And I hope they will work in an expedited way to correct the damage that has been done,” he said, adding that he has written to the government asking for compensation.David Eby, housing critic for the Opposition NDP, said the tax made it more difficult for companies to recruit and retain employees because it added a surprise cost to living in Metro Vancouver.“When the government introduced the tax, it actually made housing even more expensive for this group of people who want to come and live and work here and help build our province, it made absolutely no sense,” he said.Eby said his party tried to address the problem with an amendment when the tax was introduced, but were defeated in the legislature, where the Liberals hold a majority.Dealing with the tax was difficult for people who wanted to move to B.C. and be part of the community, he said.“It was quite devastating for them and for many families in that situation. One of the things I’m wondering is will the government pay that money back to them as an apology for what they did to these families that were trying to help build our province,” Eby said.The Finance Ministry said in a statement that details of the regulations were still being worked out, including when the new policy will come into effect and whether it will retroactively cover people with work permits who have already paid the tax.It said the tax has been effective.“Now that the additional tax has effectively cut back the excessive demand we were seeing last year, we are in a position to make the adjustments necessary to help ensure we can keep attracting highly skilled workers.” read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann making difficult nonconference schedule priority

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann leading a team practice on Oct. 4, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann promised during his opening press conference in June that a “really challenging” nonconference schedule was a priority.Tuesday, his influence on the Buckeyes’ future schedules was first seen with the scheduling of a season-opening home-and-home with highly regarded program Cincinnati in 2018 and 2019. That’s just the first example of what he and the coaching staff intend to do with future nonconference slates, Holtmann said Wednesday.“Our schedule is tied into some future series,” Holtmann said. “I would like to play in some of these events that happen, some of these tournaments. Whether it’s Maui, Battle for Atlantis, whatever, I would like to do that.”In the past few seasons with former head coach Thad Matta, Ohio State had one or two games scheduled nonconference against ranked teams per year. At Butler under Holtmann, the Bulldogs were often in early-season tournaments and played in the Crossroads Classic with a game against either Indiana, Purdue or Notre Dame in Indianapolis.In 2016-17, Ohio State had the 290th most difficult nonconference schedule while Butler ranked 40th, according to Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistical ratings. Holtmann’s Bulldogs played in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in 2015 and the Las Vegas Invitational in 2016 against high-major teams Miami (Fla.), Vanderbilt and Arizona, all of which made the NCAA Tournament last season.Calls for a tougher nonconference schedule have been prominent from the Ohio State fan base, especially for games against quality in-state programs Cincinnati, Xavier and Dayton. Holtmann said at first he wasn’t aware of the hankering from fans to see those games scheduled. The first scheduled series with Cincinnati since 1919 and 1920 is a step in that direction.“I don’t know if I really understood that until I had spent maybe a few weeks, a couple months, here,” he said. “This game met all the requirements to be a really high-level game and the excitement [from fans] was certainly a big part of that.”As much as Holtmann wants to be involved in nonconference destination tournament fields with top-ranked teams, he’s limited with Ohio State’s one-game obligation to the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the CBS Sports Classic, the Big Ten-Big East agreement for the annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, and the possibility of the Big Ten expanding conference seasons from 18 to 20 games.“It’s a puzzle we’re trying to put together here based on what I would like to do and what is reality,” he said.Matta’s schedules don’t require a massive overhaul, Holtmann said, but there are changes he wants to make based on his philosophy. That philosophy could include packed schedules with several blue-blood programs, including at least one or two marquee home games in November or December per season, before a demanding Big Ten slate.“The argument that you don’t have to play [in-state teams] because you’re the state university, that doesn’t resonate with me as much because, again, the quality of the program and the energy around the game, and the fact that it could be a really good RPI game,” he said. “I think if you can do that, your fans, it’ll excite your fan base.”The Buckeyes are reportedly scheduled to play Xavier in a closed-door scrimmage this month, which Holtmann said was originally scheduled by Matta. Holtmann has a relationship with Xavier coach Chris Mack and said he would be open to scheduling the Musketeers if the two do not meet in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.“We get a dose of reality and honesty in those settings,” Holtmann said. “And why not do it against a high-caliber team?” read more

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Softball No 21 Ohio State remains on road for Texas Invitational

Second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternAfter returning home with three of four possible wins in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Raleigh, North Carolina, the No. 21 Ohio State softball team will hit the road again when it heads to Austin, Texas, for four games in the Texas Invitational. The Buckeyes will take on Wichita State, Virginia Tech and Texas.Ohio State enters as the team with the best record (8-1) with Texas sitting at 4-4, Wichita State at 5-4 and Virginia Tech at 6-2. Despite the early success, neither the team nor head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly are reading into these records too much.“As much as we will talk about the opponents, we try not to focus on the opponents,” Kovach Schoenly said, “Regardless of their record, they’re going to come out and try to beat Ohio State.”This weekend will be another full one with four games. The Buckeyes have already played four extra-inning games this season, three of which took place last weekend. Ohio State won two of those extra-inning games.“I just think it shows what we’ll be able to do throughout the season,” sophomore outfielder Spencer Sansom said. “It shows our energy. We want to compete, we want to be out there. We never give up.”The Buckeyes found success over the weekend based on contributions from all members of their team stepping up. Knowing that another long weekend lies ahead, Ohio State needs to have that happen again to come away with four wins.“The whole weekend, it was a new person every single time that stepped up and I think that’s what our advantage is,” junior catcher Emily Clark said. “We have a strong lineup, a strong nine.” Kovach Schoenly said Ohio State must watch out for Virginia Tech’s pitchers. Not only do they possess high strikeout rates, but she said they are also great hitters. As a team, Virginia Tech has struck out 58 batters in 54.1 innings. The team’s second-most effective pitcher, Carrie Eberle, also has been a potent hitter, batting .313 with one home run in seven games.The Buckeyes also will face a Texas team playing in front of its home crowd, one that Kovach Schoenly said can get the stands filled and create quite an atmosphere. But she thinks her team is ready and excited to spoil the game for the Longhorn fans. The only team Ohio State plays twice this weekend is Wichita State. The Shockers have struggled offensively, but has won five games on the strength of their pitching staff. The Shockers have been shut out in three losses — all to the only ranked opponents they have faced this season  — but have held opponents to just 10 combined runs in the five wins. Wichita State is hitting just .222 as a team, but has a team ERA of 3.66.Ohio State opens the series against Virginia Tech at 10 a.m. Friday before playing Wichita State at 3 p.m. later that day. It will play Texas at 6:30 p.m. and Wichita State at 9 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Children are growing up in shipping containers due to lack of council

The interior of accommodation in Marston Court on Bordars Walk in Hanwell, west London where converted shipping containers have been re-purposed for use as temporary accommodation.Credit:Stefan Rousseau /PA The interior of accommodation in Marston Court on Bordars Walk in Hanwell, west London where converted shipping containers have been re-purposed for use as temporary accommodation. “It is a scandal that a country as prosperous as ours is leaving tens of thousands of families in temporary accommodation for long periods of time, or to sofa surf.“It is essential that the Government invests properly in a major house-building programme and that it sets itself a formal target to reduce the number of children in temporary accommodation.”The repurposing of shipping containers is a recent development in its use as temporary accommodation. Often they are located on “meanwhile sites” – land that is earmarked for future development but currently not in use.  However the units are typically one or two-bedroom and small in size, meaning that overcrowding can be an issue.They also often become too hot in summer and too cold in winter, and, as with some office block conversions, antisocial behaviour has been a problem, leaving some parents worrying about letting their children play outside, forcing them to stay inside the cramped conditions instead. Children are being raised in shipping containers and office blocks because councils do not have enough accommodation to house them, an official report has found. Almost a quarter-of-a-million children could be without a permanent home in England and are instead living in “unfit” accommodation – including the likes of office blocks, shipping containers and B&Bs.The findings are published today by the Children’s Commissioner in a report which “shines a light” on the “disruptive and frightening impact on their lives”. Anne Longfield OBE, who took up the role in 2015 has dubbed the situation a “scandal” while children’s charities have described such accommodation as “poky, dangerous conditions [which] belong in a Dickensian novel”.The report, entitled ‘Bleak Houses: Tackling the crisis of family homelessness in England’, estimates that there could be more than 210,00 homeless children in England. Of them, 124,000 are officially homeless and living in temporary accommodation, with around 90,000 children living in ‘sofa-surfing’ families. However, the total figure is likely to be higher due to a lack of data on the number of children placed in temporary accommodation by children’s services. The Children’s Commissioner said: “Something has gone very wrong with our housing system when children are growing up in B&Bs, shipping containers and old office blocks. Children have told us of the disruptive and at times frightening impact this can have on their lives.  The report also found that the 23,000 families being housed in temporary accommodation in 2018 were living away from their home council area. Ms Longfield reported that discussions with these children and families revealed how moving away from an area has a “deeply disruptive impact on family life”, with children often moving school, losing touch with their friends and having to pay increased travel costs to stay at the same school. She also expressed concerns about B&Bs being  used a temporary accommodation, and creating “intimidating and potentially unsafe environments” for children.The bathrooms are often shared with other residents and vulnerable adults, including those with mental health or drug abuse problems.Of the 2,420 families known to be living in B&Bs in December 2018, a third had been there for more than six weeks – despite this being unlawful.Furthermore, in 2017, around two in five children in temporary accommodation had been there for at least six months, and around one in 20 – an estimated 6,000 children – had been there for at least a year.Almudena Lara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at NSPCC, said that the data exposes the “awful impact on children when they are forced to live in such unsafe places”.“These descriptions of poky, dangerous conditions belong in a Dickensian novel, but instead they paint a picture of life in the 21st century for many families. 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. “It should act as a wake-up call to the new government that is it failing to deal with the homelessness that is robbing hundreds of thousands of children of a decent childhood.” In response Cllr Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s housing spokesman, blamed the “severe lack of social rented homes available” for not being able to place more families in good quality, secure homes.He added that homelessness services were facing a £159million funding gap in 2020/21 and urged the government to use the upcoming Spending Round to give councils the tools they need to prevent homelessness and build infrastructure.Cllr Tom Beattie, Vice Chair of the District Councils’ Network, also called on the government “to provide councils with the flexibilities we need to enable us to prevent it happening in the first place”.  A Government spokesman said: “No child should ever be without a roof over their head and we are working to ensure all families have a safe place to stay.“If anyone believes they have been placed in unsuitable accommodation, we urge them to exercise their right to request a review.“We have invested £1.2billion to tackle all types of homelessness, including funding a team of specialist advisors which has, in two years, helped local authorities to reduce the number of families in B&B accommodation for more than six weeks by 28%.”   “Homelessness has terrible consequences on a child’s mental and emotional state, and families should not have to endure such a punishing way of life.” Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, the homelessness charity, added that the report was “a damning indictment of the government’s catastrophic failure to address the housing emergency”. read more

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Ugly prejudices about the handball fans from Balkan

← Previous Story DHB Cup (Last 16): Fuchse Berlin “kick out” HSV! Next Story → EHF EURO 2010 semifinal: Denmark vs Norway – Romania vs Sweden Danish spectators at the EHF EURO 2010 give 100% of their effort to help their national team at the road to the Final, but this way of supporting don’t like vice president of EHF and director of EHF EURO 2010, Jean Brihault, full of prejudices about Balkan sports fan:– For the first time I have during Euro competition experienced a Danish audience, who protesting against opponents. It is Balkan-style, and it does not fit the Danish mentality. I would not urge the Danish audience to go in that direction now, “Jean Brihault according spn.dk.From an idealistic perspective, DHF-director Morten Stig Christensen totally agree with the French vice president of EHF.– I think that Jean Brihault”s fear from the Balkans, where you sometimes have fear and violence, but it will never happen in Denmark.Danish national coach, Jan Pytlick, doesn’t agree with Brihault:-I simply don’t understand it. The atmosphere is fantastic and it is a part of the sport to be away from home. I have experience with Danish team away and things were 20 times worse -said succesfull Danish coach.We have to ask mister Christensen, when he discovered violence and fear at the Balkans? Maybe at World Cup 2009 in Croatia, which was the best organised handball event ever with some standards which Scandinavia, with full respect, will never reach.photo: hbold.dk read more

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11 sure signs youve got that Friday Feeling

first_img Source: rebeccaPlay: The Unofficial Late Late Toy Show Drinking Game>The Top 10 Toy Show Moments Of All Time> 9. You’re planning on getting something bold for lunchSure feck it, it’s Friday. Extra points if you eat it while browsing Just Eat to plan what to order later.10. You’ve already had three lengthy Gchat and text discussions about your plans for tonight11. You’ve said “at least it’s Friday” to your colleagues in the kitchen about five times alreadyEmbrace that Friday feeling. You’re officially half-way through the day now, and so much closer to that finish line Source: Shutterstock THE FRIDAY FEELING. We have it, you have it. Well, unless you work in retail, then you’ll have it during the week. Disregard the name, it exists.It’s easy to diagnose the feeling, here are the symptoms you should look out for.1. You got up easily by convincing yourself that you won’t have to budge tomorrow Source: Gurl2. You’ve been in work for three hours and you’ve only spent about ten minutes of it actually working3. You’re blaring your desk jams playlist to hype you up for laterWe suggest the 90s button. Source: Tumblr Source: Uproxx4. OR imagining all the sweet F. A. you’re going to indulge in once you hit the sofa5. ANYTHING will distract you, and you’re actively seeking those distractionsYou know that this was built on a Friday Source: Stormthecastle6. You’ve calculated the bare minimum you need to doOnce that’s done, you only need to LOOK like you’re working, and no one will know.center_img 7. Your colleagues have never been more interestingAfter you’ve exhausted “Any plans for the weekend?” conversation can arise around the simplest of things, such as whether it’s best to stir tea clockwise or anti-clockwise. Source: Shutterstock8. This is your Facebook feed and for once, you’re loving itlast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha A man was charged with the alleged rape of a woman in a Blanchardstown parkIt would be “absolutely futile” to go to the High Court to require journalists to answer questions, the Disclosures Tribunal heardHillary Clinton was heckled by protesters during a visit to Trinity CollegeIrish Rail is to beef up security on its north Dublin Dart servicesA female tourist Quadra Abed Abbassi has been missing from Cork city for a monthJust half of all 204 requests for medical records from CervicalCheck have received responsesTickets to see Pope Francis at Knock and the Phoenix Park go on sale on Monday.WORLD  Friday 22 Jun 2018, 9:07 PM Source: Peter Strain/Twitter Brexit could result in Irelands border being redrawn or erased. Good news for some and not for others. New work for @politico – big thanks to @tball #Ireland #illustration #Brexit #unitedireland #portrait #pencil #pen #ink pic.twitter.com/66lBzsmnGb— Peter Strain (@peter_strain) June 21, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/4087246 A united Ireland didn’t seem so fantastical when it was on the front page of the Financial Times. Jun 22nd 2018, 9:07 PM Share1 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.IRELAND President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is gifted a jersey by Tánaiste Simon Coveney at Croke Park. Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.iecenter_img A couple take a punt in the sunshine through Westgate Gardens in Canterbury, Kent. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#BREXIT: European aviation giant Airbus and BMW have warned that they could pull out of the UK if there’s a “no deal” Brexit.#FRIENDS AGAIN: The end of the Greek debt crisis was announced, in a deal that will give a big cash payout for Athens and close eight years of financial rescues.#JAMES COMEY: The former director of the FBI described the separation of children from their parents at the Mexican border as shameful and disgraceful.#MELANIA TRUMP: The First Lady visited the Mexican border wearing a jacket that said “I really don’t care. Do U?” – an action that sent the internet ablaze.PARTING SHOT Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Between Hillary Clinton, Jean-Claude Juncker and James Comey, Ireland had its fair share of dignitaries today. Get our daily news round up: Once, Northern Ireland was the more progressive of the two polities; its residents had access to divorce and contraception — both unavailable in an Ireland under the tight grip of the Catholic Church. Now, it is Northern Ireland that looks like a conservative outlier, after the Republic of Ireland voted to legalize gay marriage and abortion by large popular mandates. (Both remain illegal north of the border). No Comments 9,172 Views Short URL US site Politico reviews the current prospects of a united Ireland in the context of Brexit, which makes for an interesting international perspective on something we’re very much used to hearing about. Here are some lines that caught our eye: A lot of educated, outward-looking, liberal-minded unionists would tend to favor remaining in the European Union,” said Dan O’Brien, chief economist of the Institute of International and European Affairs. “There are a chunk of unionists reconsidering [their options] in the context of Brexit.last_img read more

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Authorities continue search for suspect in violent Oceanside home invasion

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Authorities continue search for suspect in violent Oceanside home invasion Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 16, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Authorities Wednesday released photos of a man who they believe is responsible for a violent home invasion a week ago that left an Oceanside woman hospitalized with serious injuries and asked for the public’ help in identifying and locating him.A 911 call alerted Oceanside police to the crime — which was first reported as a battery — about 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday at a home in the 500 block of Monterey Drive, Oceanside police Detective Ryan Malone said. Responding officers found the 64-year-old woman, whose name was withheld, “battered and bloody,” he said.“She reported that an unknown male attacked her in her bedroom,” Malone said. “The victim sustained life-threatening injuries and is currently recovering in the hospital.”Police released no details about the investigation, but said that in the ensuing week, detectives identified a suspect in the case and were able to obtain two photographs of him. He’s described as a roughly 5-foot-9-inch, 160-pound black man between 30 and 35 years old, with a shaved head, goatee and mustache and possibly pierced ears. He was last seen riding a red bike.Anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery was urged to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4900 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can also contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org; anyone with information leading to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 16, 2018last_img read more

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Local animal center warns of possible coyote encounters as weather heats up

first_img June 13, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Helen Woodward Animal Center warned San Diego County residents Thursday to watch out for coyotes as the weather gets warmer, an announcement spurred by multiple coyote attacks and encounters in recent weeks.According to the shelter, coyote encounters may have increased recently due to hotter seasonal weather, housing development and last year’s fire season. In the last week, the shelter has received reports of three pets killed by coyotes and several more encounters and close calls.One such close call came late last month when the shelter received a report of a dog in the Creekside and Brengle Terrace neighborhoods being constantly chased by several coyotes. Local Realtor Babs Fry, who also runs a nonprofit that rescues hard-to-catch pets, secured the dog, nicknamed Roadrunner, and brought him to the shelter.“We were concerned that Roadrunner may have been bitten and would require rabies shots and months of down time, but he was one of the lucky ones who managed to escape without incident,” said Madison Hughes, the shelter’s animal health supervisor.Residents are advised to avoid leaving pet food or water outside overnight and to constantly supervise pets while they’re outdoors. The shelter also suggested keeping cats inside overnight, walking dogs on a leash at all times and bringing a whistle or bear spray on walks or hikes to ward off coyotes.If residents do cross paths with a coyote, they should make loud noises and throw things at the animal rather than running from it, according to shelter officials. They said the goal should be to deter the coyote from coming back, especially if its spotted in a residential area. Posted: June 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Local animal center warns of possible coyote encounters as weather heats up KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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