December 10, 2019
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first_imgA high school teacher allegedly involved in sexual exploitation of a minor girl studying in Class VII was arrested by the police in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Tuesday.According to Sub-Divisional Police Officer Utkal Keshari Dash, Bhanja Kishor Parida was reportedly sexually exploiting the school-going minor girl for the past few months.Recently, the victim informed her parents about her ordeal. Her parents then registered a complaint at the Jagannathprasad police station on Tuesday. The police immediately arrested the accused.last_img

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first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war But it was Creamline’s other import, Thai Kuttika Kaewpin, who did most damage, hitting 27 points to inflict the Perlas Spikers’ second setback in three outings.Creamline was ahead, 21-20, in the fourth until Kath Bersola and Dzi Gervacio scored back-to-back kill-blocks on Alyssa Valdez to take the upper hand.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, logisticsBut a Valdez retaliation and two errors in the row did BanKo Perlas in before Blanco hit the clincher. MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines—Creamline recovered from a lethargic opening set and a rough fourth frame to defeat BanKo Perlas, 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-23, Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Aleoscar Blanco fired the winning shot to finally end the Perlas Spikers’ last-ditch comeback attempt and ensure the Cool Smashers’ second win in three matches.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:15‘Perla’ intensifies into severe tropical storm03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’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 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Veteran August Benedicto, Leonard Rondina banner Filipino finishers in Ironman 70.3 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBastian Schweinsteiger, one of the most decorated footballers in history, bid an emotional goodbye to international football yesterday. Earlier this week, his wife, celebrated Serbian tennis player, Ana Ivanovic, also crashed out of the US Open in the first round. Both developments would have left their fans aghast but it at least gives the newly married couple some time to go around the world and have some fun. They had tied the knot on July 12. (Also read: Ana Ivanovic breaks hearts, marries Bastian Schweinsteiger)However, the German star has to soon report for training at Old Trafford, where he is hoping to prolong his career with Manchester United. But what’s going stopping the wife from joining him in England now that her US Open dreams are over again?Schweinsteiger announced his retirement right after the semi-final loss against France in the Euro’s and set off for the sunny and beautiful canals of Venice to marry his long time girlfriend Ivanovic, who herself endured a heart-breaking exit in the first round of the Wimbledon to Ekaterina Alexandrova.MANCHESTER UNITED CAREER OVER?Schweni’s attitude didn’t go down well with the Old Trafford hierarchy as he was supposed to work on his rehabilitation to get fit on time for the new season. Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United from Bayern Munich in a very surprising but hyped move back in 2015 as Louis Van Gaal was looking for an experienced midfielder but keeping the German’s injury record at mind, there were no shortage of doubters. However with the charming personality he has and the history of his admiration for the club, he won the fans and people in the club over soon. He started off well in the United shirt but again injuries plagued him and he just made 14 starts for United throughout the season, not starting a single match since March this year. The club asked the 32 year old to work on his rehabilitation and come back strong but the former Bayern Munich man was seen travelling around the world and cheering his  girlfriend Ivanovic as she participated in tennis tournaments. This pushed Bastian down the pecking order at United and since Jose Mourinho has arrived, Schweinsteiger’s chances are as good  as done as the Portuguese has made it very clear that the German is not in his plans for the current season. But, Schweinsteiger surprised everybody as he decided not to join any club in Europe saying that he can’t join any as he would have only left Bayern for Manchester and he still harbours dreams of playing for United and he will be ready if the team needs him.advertisementHowever, with Mourinho clearly stating that the chances of Schweinsteiger playing for United is next to impossible and he doesn’t see it happening anytime soon, what next for the legendary midfield general? (Also read: Manchester United will be Bastian Schweinsteiger’s last European club)For now all he could think of is spend some quality time with his wife Ivanovic and consider their future as Ivanovic herself has reached the twilight of her career and after her first round exit in the US Open to 89th ranked Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic, she has nothing to do now. The 28 year old Serb is not getting any younger and with injuries making her life difficult on court, she needs to sit down and think long and hard as well on what to do ahead in her career. MLS MOVE ON THE CARDS?As Schweinsteiger’s exodus from the Manchester United dressing room continues, it remains to be seen what he does. With the transfer window closed now and it again re-opening in January,  this decision of his now has forced him to continue to be a sad and sorry figure in the United U-21 dressing room. As his Germany days comes to an end, he has two options now, to train hard, regain full fitness and show that he is still capable of being the midfield general that he showed glimpses of in his early United career or take some more time off and spend it with his equally disappointing wife off-late, Ivanovic and ideally shift to the USA and join the MLS. A move that suits both the parties as the former German international gets to play his fair share of football and sports most glamorous couple also get to hang-out in the sunny beaches of the United States and live the enchanting life that has led to his downfall in the last year and a half. (Also read: Bastian Schweinsteiger bows out on an emotional note)advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img PittNews.com had more:The iconic Pitt Victory Song, written in the 1920s, ends with the line, “For the blue and gold shall conquer as of old, so fight, Pitt, fight!” The “blue and gold” the song references has undergone some changes throughout the decades, with the current shades being dark navy and champagne yellow, but the athletic administration has hinted that will change in the near future, back to the royal blue and mustard yellow fans that know as the “retro colors.”According to Director of Licensing and Merchandising Lori Burens, Panther fans should look for an official statement coming later this spring.“We are anticipating some updated news from a branding perspective later this spring,” Burens told The Pitt News. “We could circle back on this at the end of the semester.”If true, this is a great decision by Pittsburgh’s administration.Make it happen, Panthers. The Pittsburgh Panthers football players gathered together.ANNAPOLIS, MD – DECEMBER 28: The Pittsburgh Panthers gather before the start of their game against the Navy Midshipmen in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 28, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)A major college football program is reportedly set to return to its retro colors in full-time fashion at some point in the near future. This is fantastic news.Pittsburgh, which boasts some of the coolest throwback uniforms in the sport, is reportedly set to make a switch with its full-time colors.The Panthers currently wear a dark navy and champagne yellow, but the throwback colors are royal blue and mustard yellow, and those could be returning.Uniforms don’t get much better than this:last_img read more

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first_imgIslamabad: Pakistani military courts have sentenced a three-star retired Pakistan Army General to 14 years in jail and a retired Brigadier to death sentence on charges of espionage, the military announced Thursday. A doctor associated with a sensitive organisation has also been handed the capital punishment on similar charges, according to a brief statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa endorsed the punishment to the officers on the charges of espionage/leakage of sensitive information to foreign agencies prejudice to national security, the statement said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The officers identified by the ISPR as Lieutenant General (retd) Javed Iqbal, Brigadier (retd) Raja Rizwan, and Doctor Wasim Akram were tried under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by separate Field General Court Martial for separate cases, the Express Tribune reported. Lt Gen (retd) Iqbal has been sentenced to 14 years rigorous imprisonment, while Brigadier (retd) Rizwan has been handed the death sentence. Dr. Akram, who, according to the ISPR, was employed at a sensitive organisation, has also been given the death penalty.last_img read more

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first_imgAccording to the City, US companies invested over $800 million last year by filming in Toronto.“These overall figures confirm the expanding economic impact of Toronto’s screen-based industry and validates its contribution to the vitality, prosperity and creativity of our city,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), chair of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board, in the release.All the numbers above show a larger Toronto industry success story.“Combining the $2 billion in investment noted above with figures from broadcasters and the interactive digital media cluster results in a total investment figure of $3.26 billion for all of Toronto’s film, television and digital media production in 2016,” according to the City.That number represents a 16% increase from 2015.Expect to see more filming as Toronto continues to take over Hollywood North.The detailed report can be found here. Other production highlights for 2016 in the city included:• Foreign major production investment in film and television grew to $794 million, a 49-per-cent increase from 2015. Since 2014, foreign production investment has increased by 129 per cent.• Investment in animation and visual effects grew to $403 million, a 179-per-cent increase from the $144.5 million reported in 2015. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 363 per cent from $87.1 million.• Television series, foreign and domestic, remains the dominant investment type in Toronto with an increase to $908 million in 2016.• Investment in commercials production continued to rise to record levels, growing to $380 million, a 10-per-cent increase from the $345 million reported in 2015. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 95 per cent from $195 million. (Note that this type of investment is measured by Toronto but not by other levels of government.)• The number of location filming shoot days has seen three record breaking years, with an increase to 7,280 shoot days in 2016.“The sector’s exceptional growth is the result of the City’s abundance of high quality talent and world-class facilities, supported by provincial and federal tax incentives available to productions in Toronto,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee.Tory has been a major supporter of Toronto’s film industry. In January, the mayor headed to California in a bid to take home a larger chunk of the film and television production business that has been going to Vancouver.My message to the film, TV & digital industry globally is clear – Toronto is open for business. #FilmTO— John Tory (@JohnTory) February 27, 2017 Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “The epic growth of our creative screen sector illustrates that Toronto is a compelling and competitive global production hub with a long-term, sustainable success story,” said Mayor John Tory in the release. “We’re proud of Toronto’s film and television industry and we want it to continue to grow. We will keep working with our industry partners so they have what they need to create jobs, attract talent and contribute to the economy.”Last year’s reported investment was a 33% increase over 2015’s $1.55 billion.mayor @JohnTory sharing update on impact of #film & #tv industry in 2016. Two Billions & 40K jobs. impressive! pic.twitter.com/7NEdTFzHpo— Hani Roustom (@HaniRoustom) February 27, 2017 Last year was a record-breaking year for film and television production in Toronto.The city hit $2 billion in film, television and digital production in 2016, according to a press release from the City of Toronto.Domestic and foreign film, television, digital and commercial production investments in Toronto had a third record-setting year, and achieved the +$2-billion level for the first time. ($2.01-billion to be exact.) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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“Civilians still account for the vast majority of casualties and continue to be targeted and subjected to indiscriminate attacks and other violations by parties to conflict,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.Mr. Ban said that “for all the reports, resolutions and actions of the last decade, the situation that confronts civilians in current conflicts is depressingly similar to that which prevailed in 1999,” when the Security Council took on the concern as a thematic issue.The changing nature of combatants over the last 10 years, with a growing number of non-State armed factions in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia, has seriously endangered civilians as these groups “flagrantly violate international law” in a bid to overcome their military inferiority, said Mr. Ban.Militarily superior forces, in fighting an enemy that is often difficult to identify, employ “methods and means of warfare that may violate the principles of distinction and proportionality, of which civilians again bear the brunt,” he added.Mr. Ban’s report also pointed to the number of conflicts reliant on private military and security companies, with sometimes fatal consequences for civilians, as another development in warfare in recent years.“Common to old and new ones [conflicts] alike are persistent and sometimes appalling levels of human suffering owing to the fundamental failure of parties to conflict to fully respect and ensure respect for their obligations to protect civilians,” wrote Mr. Ban.The failure of warring parties to respect “their legal obligations to protect civilians and spare them from the effects of hostilities” is a defining feature of most conflicts, leading to the death and injury of hundreds of civilians every week and forcing thousands more to flee their home to escape the violence, the report said.The Secretary-General called for determined efforts to meet five critical challenges facing the protection of civilians in armed conflict: enhancing compliance to international law; enhancing compliance by non-State armed groups; enhancing protection through more effective and better resourced UN peacekeeping and other relevant missions; enhancing humanitarian access; and enhancing accountability for violations. 17 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for more robust measures to protect civilians caught in the middle of armed conflict, noting the “appalling levels of human suffering” endured due to the failure of combatants to fully respect international law. read more

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“More than 12 billion trees have been planted by people from all walks of life – schoolchildren to presidents – testament to a growing global movement for sustainability,” said Secretary-General ban Ki-moon in his remarks marking the handover of the campaign.“As we look to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and beyond, we will need just this kind of commitment if we are to guarantee that our planet can continue to provide the foundation we need to reduce poverty and improve security and opportunity for all,” he added.Inspired by the work of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai and her Green Belt Movement, the Billion Tree Campaign was created by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) in 2006 and quickly surpassed its initial goal of planting one billion trees in just a few months, reaching the 12 billion landmark in October.The campaign counted with the participation of 193 countries with China currently in the lead, having planted a total of 2.8 billion trees since 2004. India holds second place with 2.1 billion trees, followed by Ethiopia, Mexico and Turkey.According to a news release issued by UNEP, the agency had always seen the campaign as a finite project and decided to transfer it to a partner rather than close it.The campaign was handed over to the youth-oriented Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation yesterday during a ceremony held at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. “The Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation’s profile, with its emphasis on young people, its academies on climate change and its existing commitment and involvement in the Billion Tree Campaign, gave it the right profile with which to allow the campaign to continue as a supportive element in a wider youth initiative,” said UNEP in a statement.“I congratulate all who have participated in the Billion Tree Campaign and on its achievements to date,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Each time we set a target and each time we thought it was time to bring the campaign to an end, more and more trees came forward and the bar was set even higher.“Today we open a new chapter with the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation and its network of enthusiastic young people around the globe,” he added.Deforestation has been a key issue during the Climate Change Conference this week, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on countries yesterday to throw their support behind the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), which seeks to create financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions and invest in low-carbon technologies to sustainable development.The benefits of the REDD+ initiative were also discussed today at a side event of the conference, with more developing countries partnering with developed nations to reduce emissions from forests.Indonesia, for example, revealed plans to utilize around $1 billion of funding from Norway under the REDD+ programme.“Countries ranging from Indonesia to Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are recognizing that REDD+ investments can offer myriad opportunities to boost green development in the 21st century – through optimizing and enhancing ecosystem services, tackling climate change, improving water security or promoting green jobs,” said Mr. Steiner. “Mobilizing more partnerships such as that between Norway and Indonesia, or private sector funding is vital if the full potential of forests to contribute to a green economy is to be realized,” he added. 8 December 2011A United Nations campaign that has overseen the planting of more than 12 billion trees around the world has been handed over to a youth-led environmental organization based in Germany that will build on the initiative’s achievements over the past four years. read more

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“One thing I would like to have as an open meeting is my initiative to try and get the Security Council talking to ECOSOC about the grey areas of conflict management, conflict prevention, peacekeeping and post-conflict peace-building,” said Ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, which just assumed the Council’s rotating presidency for the month of April. Ambassador Greenstock told a UN press conference that with the agreement of the Council members, he said he would hold a meeting on 27 April with the ECOSOC bureau at the Security Council table “to discuss conflict management where we have responsibilities that overlap, for instance, disarmament, demobilization and reconciliation, and its relationship to peacekeeping operations.”Ambassador Greenstock also referred to the Security Council’s “joint interest with ECOSOC in conflict prevention and post-conflict peace-building — handing over after a peacekeeping operation [responsibility] to those running the economic and social aspects.”Under Article 65 of the UN Charter, ECOSOC “may furnish information to the Security Council and shall assist the Security Council upon its request.”Ambassador Greenstock also said he would work to “make the Council’s business progressively more transparent” by holding meetings in open session whenever possible.In an overview of the Council’s planned work during April, the United Kingdom Ambassador said he anticipated holding meetings on the UN Expert Panel on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the situation in Sierra Leone and West Africa; and the protection of civilians in armed conflict.The Council President also predicted an in-depth discussion of the situation in Western Sahara, where the UN has deployed a peacekeeping mission to allow the people of the Territory to determine whether they want independence or integration with Morocco.”We’ve rolled over MINURSO for a couple of months saying this will be the last time three or four times, and this may or may not be the last time,” he said, referring to the Mission by its French acronym. He added that there could be “quite a heavy debate on what we do with MINURSO and what happens in Western Sahara in the next phase.” read more

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Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, also said that a high-level meeting in Bamako, Mali from 6-8 December to discuss bird flu, would call for more donor funds for African countries to fight the disease and its H5N1 virus, which experts fear could mutate and pass from person to person unleashing a deadly human pandemic.“Perhaps it’s the continuing problems faced by African countries in getting themselves more ready to deal with the outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza and to be prepared for its consequences that led to the decision by the African Union and the European Commission and the Government of Mali to host [the meeting]… in Bamako next week,” Dr. Nabarro told reporters in New York.“And the reason why in Bamako we’re going to be talking with donors again and looking for more money is that the financial needs, particularly of African nations, have not been fully met [and] much of that money that was committed in Beijing was for Asia,” he added, referring to an international conference in January that pledged almost $2 billion.Dr. Nabarro acknowledged that much progress has been made over the last year in combating the disease, but he warned against complacency, and said up to $1.5 billion was still needed over the next few years to fight bird flu, although this figure could change.“We’ve done… a very careful analysis, the World Bank and the UN system of what’s needed in the countries, what’s needed by international agencies in the UN system and their partners, what’s needed by the World Organization for Animal Health, and we have come to a figure of between $1.3 and $1.5 billion dollars… over the next two to three years… an amount of between half a billion and three quarters of a billion dollars a year continued international assistance to help countries to maintain this effort,” he said. “I am delighted with the level of effort that countries have shown during the last 12 months in particular on the avian influenza… but I’m afraid that the danger is still very much there. We still have highly pathogenic H5N1 virus moving around in Asia and also in the Middle East and in Africa, and we still have to be prepared for human pandemic as a result of this virus or another influenza virus.”Although well over 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the virus or preventive culling, there have so far been only around 260 human cases, 150 or so of these being fatal, since the current outbreak started in South East Asia in December 2003, and these have been ascribed to contact with infected birds. read more

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres had to go to overtime after squandering a two-goal third-period lead, but they still made it a perfect 10.Jeff Skinner scored his team-leading 19th goal 1:19 into overtime, and the Sabres won their 10th straight by beating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday night.Rasmus Ristolainen scored off a deke around Brent Burns, and Nathan Beaulieu also scored for Buffalo, which hasn’t lost since Nov. 4.The streak matches the longest in Sabres history and is the NHL’s best run since the Columbus Blue Jackets won 16 in a row from Nov. 29, 2016, to Jan. 3, 2017. Buffalo won 10 straight twice before, and most recently by going 10-0 to open the 2006-07 season.Carter Hutton stopped the first 32 shots he faced and 36 overall to extend his personal-best winning streak to eight, during which he’s allowed just 15 goals.Joe Pavelski scored twice for the Sharks in the final 8 1/2 minutes to up his team-leading total to 15.Martin Jones stopped 28 shots and had little chance on any of the three goals.SENATORS 4, FLYERS 3PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brady Tkachuk scored twice in the third period and Matt Duchene scored the eventual winner with 2:59 left, lifting Ottawa past Philadelphia, in the Flyers’ first game since they fired general manager Ron Hextall.Thomas Chabot also scored for Ottawa, which snapped a three-game losing skid.Jake Voracek, Radko Gudas and Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers, who coughed up a 3-1 lead over the final 6 1/2 minutes and lost for the sixth time in seven games.DUCKS 3, LIGHTNING 1TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Miller made 34 saves and Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist for Anaheim.Miller won his 373rd game, moving past Andy Moog for sole possession of 17th place on the career wins list. He also moved within one victory of tying John Vanbiesbrouck for the most by a U.S.-born goalie.Josh Manson and Carter Rowney also scored for the Ducks.Brayden Point scored for Tampa Bay, which is 3-1-0 on a five-game homestand. Louis Domingue stopped 19 shots.HURRICANES 2, CANADIENS 1MONTREAL (AP) — Curtis McElhinney stopped 48 shots and Carolina defeated the Canadiens in Shea Weber’s return from injury for Montreal.Victor Rask and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for the Hurricanes, who have won four of five.McElhinney made 21 saves in the third period alone for his fourth straight victory.Phillip Danault scored for the Canadiens, whose losing streak reached five games. Carey Price made 20 saves.Montreal outshot Carolina 49-22, but its scoring woes continued. The Canadiens have seven goals in their past four games.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 10, 2017), we take a look at the Clemson Tigers’ stunning fourth-quarter defeat of Alabama in the College Football Playoff championship game. Next, we explore whether a Miami frolic on a boat is to blame for Odell Beckham Jr.’s poor playoff performance and the Giants’ 38-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday. Finally, we chat with Neil Greenberg, who writes for the Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog, about winning streaks in the NHL this season — and what it might mean for the playoffs down the road. Plus, a significant digit that’s in part about Hot Takedown’s own Kate Fagan.Links to what we discussed:ESPN’s Edward Aschoff recapped the CFP championship game, which had a particularly wild fourth quarter.Neil Paine wrote about how Clemson made history defeating Alabama.The Washington Post’s Cindy Boren reported on Beckham and his yacht trip last week.Beckham is likely not going to have a fun offseason, writes The Ringer’s Kevin Clark.Last weekend was one of the worst wild-card weekends in NFL history.Last week, the New York Times recapped the game that ended the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 16-game winning streak, just one win shy of tying the NHL record.Do winning streaks in the NHL help us to predict anything about the playoffs? ESPN Stats & Information’s Mike Wilson explores.Significant Digit: 53, the number of consecutive free throws that Lexie Brown, a guard for the Duke women’s basketball team, has hit in a row. This is a new ACC record, and more than our very own Kate Fagan had when she set the Big 12 record. read more

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Ohio State freshman midfielder Jake Withers goes down to the ground toward a loose ball while being defended by Michigan sophomore midfielder Chase Brown in the second quarter of OSU men’s lacrosse 15-6 victory April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerFor the briefest of moments, it seemed like the Michigan Wolverines were going to come to Ohio Stadium and pull an upset against the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team.A three-goal deficit early in the second quarter seemed to be a bad omen for the Buckeyes, who started the year winning one of their first five games.But OSU (5-6, 2-0) held Michigan (4-9, 1-3) scoreless in the second half, and pulled away in front of a season-high crowd of 17,641 to earn a 15-6 win Saturday in Ohio Stadium.OSU coach Nick Myers said the game presented his team with the opportunity to get a huge win in front of a larger than usual crowd due to the Spring Game.“For us, keeping it under the right microscope, it’s a league win and second to that, it’s a chance in front of a really special crowd,” Myers said. “I know our men understand the responsibility of what it means to put on that Block ‘O.’ We were excited about coming out here and defending it against one of our rivals.”Winners of four of their last five, the Buckeyes fell behind early after the Wolverines jumped out to a 5-2 lead less than two minutes into the second quarter.However, led by junior midfielder Jesse King, OSU battled back to even the score at six heading into halftime. King, who finished the game with five goals and an assist, now has 21 points in his last three games.King said the Buckeyes started poor, but found a way to turn things around and calm the game down.“We started rushing things a little bit on our offense, we were getting a little tedious and playing a little fast,” King said. “We just slowed things down and made it really simple.”Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the job the offense did maintaining possession was a big reason why the defense held Michigan without a goal for the last 35:24 of the game.“Usually the best defense is an offense,” Meurer said. “I don’t think we lost more than three faceoffs in the second half, so that is a tribute to the hard work that the faceoff guys are putting in and the offense. They’ve been playing extremely well lately, and they kept the ball down in their end so we didn’t have to play.”King said freshman midfielder Jake Withers, who won 16 of 25 faceoffs during the game, has been improving week in and week out, and he expects great things to come.“Jake’s a really talented player,” King said. “A freshman coming in and he’s one of the guys that is stepping up really big for us. I can’t wait to see what else comes from him.”Offensively, the Buckeyes had five players register three or more points, including sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter, who scored a career-high four goals in his second career start.Defensively, OSU got another stellar outing from senior goaltender Scott Spencer, who made nine saves to improve to 3-1 on the season in replacement of injured senior goaltender Greg Dutton.Up next, OSU is set to play its final home game of the regular season against Air Force, April 19 at 1 p.m.Meurer said despite the win today, the Buckeyes need to stay the course and focus if they want to finish the season with a chance to make their second consecutive postseason appearance.“It’s huge but at the same time we can’t get complacent,” Meurer said. “We know there is still a long road ahead for us and we are going to continue to work hard and get better every day.” read more

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first_imgWhat’s the latest on the heat wave? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:‘Don’t climb up there’: Girl pushed from Moulton Falls bridge recovering at hospitalJordan Holgerson, 16, said she had never jumped from the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park, and after being pushed off its edge and injured as a result, she doesn’t plan to anytime in the future.“I just, you know, don’t suggest going up to a 60-foot bridge. Don’t climb up there,” Holgerson said during a press conference at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.Holgerson is recovering at the hospital surrounded by friends and family.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies are investigating the incident.Holgerson was advised by the sheriff’s office to decline answering specific questions about the fall, such as who she was with at the time or identifying the person who pushed her, as it may compromise the investigation and have legal ramifications.Clark County Fire District 13 Chief Sean Ford told The Columbian on Wednesday that ambulance crews responded to Moulton Falls park around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Kids were horsing around and jumping off the bridge, and a girl, later identified as Holgerson, was injured.last_img read more

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed his excitement about playing Arsenal in the next round of the Carabao Cup.The two North London rivals face off next month in the quarterfinals of the League Cup and the Belgium international has revealed he can’t wait for the match.“They are very special, historical games, more than just a Premier League game,” says Alderweireld, according to Sky Sports News.“I feel fortunate to play those games and to be a part of it and looking forward to it very much.”Whatever the outcome of the game at the Emirates, though, Alderweireld assures Spurs fans the players are doing all they possibly can to end the club’s decade-wait for a trophy.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are doing everything we can to get, I think every team is doing this,” he says. “You do not overestimate the performance we did in the last couple of years.“If you do every point from the last four years, then we will be up there. So it is not one season we played well and then bad, no for a couple of seasons now we play on a high level.“And the next step is silverware and we are doing the best we can to achieve that.“We try to play good football – it is not easy, but we try and we can improve a lot more and we do the best we can.”last_img read more

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first_imgCrushed plastic debris on beach at Patton Bay, Montague Island. (Photo courtesy Chris Pallister)A bill targeting plastic waste in the ocean and other marine debris cleared the U.S. Senate last week. Alaska’s junior Senator, Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, sponsored the legislation.Listen now“What is particularly troubling about the marine debris challenge and crisis … is that the majority of marine debris in the world’s oceans come from five countries in Asia: China, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam Indonesia and South Korea,” Sullivan said.The bill calls on the State Department to engage other countries to find solutions. It would also reauthorize the Marine Debris Program for another five years, with up to $10 million a year.Kevin Allexon, senior manager of government relations at the Ocean Conservancy, said his group has worked with Sullivan’s office on the bill. He calls it “small but significant.” Small, he said, because it’s the first item on the to-do list. And significant, he said, because it could unleash the power of the State Department to “engage with those countries, bilaterally, multilaterally, to begin a dialogue or continue a dialogue that is really kind of in its infancy right now on what to do.”Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Balton described the waste deluge as a casualty of rapid growth for the countries most responsible.“Their pace of economic development is just moving ahead so much more rapidly than their waste-management capabilities,” Balton said at a Senate hearing on the bill last month, “so to get a handle on this we really need to help them improve waste management processes.”Sullivan’s 21 cosponsors span the ideological spectrum, from Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla, and far to his left , Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.Booker praised the bipartisanship but said every time he reads a report on plastic waste in the ocean, he sees the situation is more dire than most people realize. He cited massive growth in the production of plastics, and the unabated use of the material for packaging.“This is a crisis of global proportions and we’re acting as if the little tiny bit that we’re doing is somehow going to stop our grandchildren from experiencing a world where there is more plastic … in our ocean than all of the fish and marine wildlife,” Booker said.Booker and others say the problem isn’t just the fault of far-away countries.Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. Image: Senate.gov.Nancy Wallace directs the Marine Debris Program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She confirmed the top five contributors of marine debris are in Asia.“But the United States is No. 20, and we are the No. 1 generator of waste in the world. So we are contributing to this problem,” Wallace said.The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent, without a rollcall vote. Alaska Congressman Don Young sponsored an identical version in the House. It has also attracted a raft of co-sponsors from both parties, but the House has no hearings scheduled yet.last_img read more

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first_imgSrinagar:Twenty pilgrims who were returning from the Amarnath Yatra got injured on Saturday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Police sources said two buses carrying Amarnath Yatris rammed into each other at Hernag in Anantnag district. “20 Yatris were injured in this mishap. 18 people sustained minor injuries while two reported at the hospital with serious injuries. “Locals rushed to rescue the Yatris immediately after the accident occurred,” the police sources said.last_img

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first_imgBANDA: A 57-year-old farmer committed suicide by hanging himself at his farm in Brahma Dera village under City Kotwali Police Station here Wednesday, officials said. Ram Kishan hanged himself from a tree near the tubewell in his field, SDM Sandip Kumar said. According to the deceased’s family, Kishan had taken loan of Rs 3 lakh under the Kisan Credit Card and Rs 2 lakh from village money lenders. Kishan was distressed about repayment of the loans as he had received repeated recovery notices. The SDM said an inquiry was being conducted to ascertain whether Kishan was being troubled for the outstanding debts. The family will be extended all help as per norms, he said.last_img

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first_imgThe Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings merger received approval from the District of Columbia Public Service Commission recently.On March 23, public service commissioners Joanne Doddy Fort and Willie L. Phillips voted to support the merger, while the chairman, Betty Ann Kane, opposed it. The merger is valued at $6.8 billion and is now official with Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Justice Department on board. The merger will make Exelon the largest energy utility in the mid-Atlantic region.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who opposed the merger in August 2015, but supported an October 2015 settlement agreement with District government officials that was rejected by the commission earlier this year, issued a short statement of disapproval on the final agreement.“It appears the Public Service Commission favors government and commercial ratepayers over D.C. residents,” the mayor said. “Instead of a three-year rate increase reprieve we negotiated, it appears that D.C. residents will be hit with a rate increase as soon as this summer.”Commissioners Fort and Phillips liked the benefits that Exelon offered that included a $72.8 million Customer Investment Fund, including $25.6 million in rate base credits; $11.25 million in funds for energy efficiency and energy conservation programs, especially for low-income residents and $21.55 million to promote the District’s sustainability agenda through pilot projects to modernize the electric grid to accommodate more distributed energy resources.D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) tweeted their general disapproval of the commission’s decision to approve the merger.A Pepco spokesperson said, in a statement, that the company “must carefully review the commission’s order.”“Once we have had the chance to do so, we will have more to say about what it means and our next steps,” the statement said.last_img read more

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first_imgStory Links Watch Live Stats Against Marquette, Louisville went on yet another 5-0 run in under 10 minutes to even the score at 7-7 with 2:38 left in the first half. However, the Golden Eagles tallied two straight goals to end the half with a 9-7 lead that they would never relinquish, despite a stretch of three unanswered goals by the Cardinals in the second half. Tessa Chad leads Louisville with six goals after two games. She has recorded hat tricks in both games and now has 10 hat tricks as a Cardinal. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s lacrosse concludes its three-game road trip to open the season at No. 19 Denver on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.center_img Despite opening the season with back-to-back losses, the Cardinals have shown fight and mounted rallies to get back into both games after falling behind early.After falling behind 15-4 at the half in their season opener at No. 7 Northwestern, the Cardinals reeled off five straight goals and ultimately won the second half by a margin of 7-6. Despite the strong second half performance, the Cards fell to the Wildcats, 21-11. ABOUT THE PIONEERSDenver (2-0) opened its season with a pair of quality road wins over Stanford and California. After narrowly edging Stanford 8-7 to start the weekend, the Pioneers routed Cal 13-4. Sophomore Hannah Liddy leads the scoring effort with 11 points and is tied with fellow sophomore Bea Behrins for a team-high five goals. In goal, junior Carson Gregg has tallied 12 saves for a .522 save percentage. The Pioneers were selected first in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll and had five student-athletes named to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team, including BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Kennedy Milburn. Last season, Denver finished with a 13-7 record, earning a bid to its third consecutive NCAA Tournament.Series History – UofL is 3-3 all-time against Denver and 1-2 on the road. The last meeting was a 12-5 win for Denver at UofL Lacrosse Stadium on Feb. 17, 2018.Date: Saturday, Feb. 16Time: 3:00 p.m. ETSite: Denver, Colo.Video: denverpioneers.comLast Meeting: Denver 12, Louisville 5 (2/17/18 at UofL)Series History: The series is tied 3-3 (2-1 at home, 1-2 on road)For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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