Sequel to Humraaz possible: Abbas-Mustan

first_imgMumbai, Sep 15 (PTI) Director-duo Abbas Mustan say they are working on a script which can be developed as a sequel to their hit 2002 romantic-thriller “Humraaz”. “There is one script and it can be directed as Humraaz 2. We are working on it. The idea is it can be made into a sequel. We will go for younger lot of actors but we are still working on it,” Abbas-Mustan told PTI. “Humraaz” was produced under Venus Movies banner. The film, starring Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna and Amisha Patel in lead roles, performed well at box office. The directors are also working on “Race 3”, the third installment of “Race”, a 2008 thriller produced under the Tips banner. It had Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Akshaye Khanna, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor and Sameera Reddy in pivotal roles and did good business at the box office. The sequel “Race 2” was released in 2013, and was also a success. The film explores themes of sibling rivalry, betrayal and passion. “It is in scripting stage… too early to talk about it. The character of Anil Kapoor will be part of the project. There will be two heroines,” the duo said. There were reports of some financial issues between the producer and Saif. On this, the directors said, “I dont think so there was any problem with money. Saif has done three-four films with producer Ramesh Taurani (producer of Tips Films).” Also there were reports of a sequel to their Shah Rukh Khan starrer “Baazigar”. “No I dont think it is true. Shah Rukh Khan cannot be part of it. We love him, he is busy. He is on the top now. I am happy for him,” they said. “Baazigar” a 1993 Bollywood crime-thriller film was directed by Abbas-Mustan. It is a contemporary thriller about a young man who stops at nothing to get what he wants. Reportedly, the story of “Baazigar” was inspired from the Hollywood film A Kiss Before Dying. The film got commercial success at the time of its release. PTI KKP DK BKadvertisementlast_img read more

World No.1 Simona Halep pulls out of Kremlin Cup with herniated disc

first_imgFrench Open winner Simona Halep will not be a part of Kremlin Cup in Moscow as she has still not completely recovered from a herniated disc that she suffered during the Wuhan Open earlier this month.Halep announced her withdrawal on Twitter on Tuesday, which led to further doubts on her participation in next week’s WTA Finals.Halep had sustained the injury while training for the Wuhan Open last month, where she lost in the second round. She then retired midway through her opener in Shanghai.”I really wanted to play here in Moscow, but unfortunately my back is still causing me pain and I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks,” Halep, who will still end the year as women’s world number one, tweeted on Tuesday.I really wanted to play here in Moscow, but unfortunately my back is still causing me pain and I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks.While it’s disappointing to withdraw, I know it’s important to put my health first. I wish the tournament great success Halep (@Simona_Halep) October 16, 2018″While it’s disappointing to withdraw, I know it’s important to put my health first,” the 27-year-old added.Halep had said on Monday that she would be “very doubtful” for this month’s season-ending WTA Finals if her injury prevents her from playing in Moscow.The French Open champion, who claimed her maiden Grand Slam title this year, was the first player to qualify for the Oct. 21-28 event in Singapore.advertisementHalep, on Monday, retained her number one spot in the WTA rankings. WTA announced that Halep will finish the year as women’s world number one for the second season in a row.The 27-year-old Romanian beat Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros to win her maiden Grand Slam title in June and will have spent 40 weeks at the top of the rankings by the end of the season.”Finishing the season as the world number one last year was a huge honour for me,” Halep said in a WTA news release.”To do it for a second time in 2018 feels like a special achievement, especially having also won my first Grand Slam this year.”It’s really tough to keep (the number one spot) because the pressure is every tournament… I feel like I’ve played a good level of tennis and I was consistent… consistent and strong, mentally and physically.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more


first_imgFor the sixth time in the last decade and second consecutive year, the Siouxland metropolitan area ranks first in the nation in its population category for economic development.The results were released Wednesday by Adam Bruns, Managing Editor of Site Selection magazine:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..IN SIOUXLAND. ;22Sioux CityMayor Bob Scott says the economic growth comes from both new companies and expansions of existing businesses in the metro area:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….of course. :11The Sioux City MSA was also recognized as the top community for populations under 200,000 in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2015.The Siouxland metro ranked second in both 2009 and 2014 and finished third in 2006.Charese Yanney, a board member of the Siouxland Initiative, says the rankings stem from the cooperation of the tri-state cities that make up our Siouxland area:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..each of the communities. :16Yanney presented each community with an inscribed award commemorating the national recognition.last_img read more

IAAF accused of ‘blatant racism’ over new testosterone level regulations

first_img Katrina Karkazis and Rebecca Jordan-Young Since you’re here… Caster Semenya news Read more IAAF doctor predicts intersex category in athletics within five to 10 years The backlash in South Africa comes at a time when a number of leading experts in statistics, sports science, and bioethics are raising serious concerns about the study that underpins the new IAAF regulations. This study was conducted by Dr Stéphane Bermon and Dr Pierre-Yves Garnier at the 2011 and 2013 world championships. The authors claimed to have found that “in certain events female athletes with high testosterone levels benefit from a 1.8% to 4.5% advantage over female athletes with lower testosterone levels”.The methodology that produced those figures has been discredited, and the validity of the entire study widely questioned. In a recent blog published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine three academics, Simon Franklin, Jonathan Ospina Betancurt, and Dr Silvia Camporesi write: “Contrary to what IAAF claims, science is not [on] its side.” The authors believe the Bermon study was “significantly flawed”, some of its conclusions the “result of pure chance” and that the “IAAF have cherry-picked a few events for which a statistically significant correlation was shown in the original Bermon/Garnier study, and applied restrictions on athletes only for those events. This constitutes a seriously wrong application of scientific findings.” Like Xasa, they believe that the new regulations “seem targeted towards Caster Semenya”. Athletics Read more Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Sport politics Topics Share on Facebook The IAAF has been accused of “blatant racism” by the ruling party of South Africa, the African National Congress, over its new regulations on testosterone levels.On Thursday the IAAF introduced the regulations aimed at athletes with differences of sex development. The rules limit the testosterone levels of female athletes competing over distances between 400m and a mile.The rules will have an impact on Caster Semenya, South Africa’s world and Olympic 800m champion, who now has to take medication to lower her testosterone levels to keep competing at that distance. The South African minister of sport, Tokozile Xasa, described them as “Caster Semenya Regulations as they are designed to disadvantage Caster in her career”.The ANC spokesman Pule Mabe also compared the new IAAF regulations to government policies in apartheid South Africa. “The regulations are a painful reminder of our past where an unjust government specifically legislated laws for certain activists in society to stifle their fight against an unjust system,” he said. “The IAAF uses the same tactic to exclude those who have defined the past decade as champions and treasures of their home countries. We call on government to challenge this grossly unfair, unjust and blatant racist attempt by the IAAF to the court of arbitration for sport.“The ANC has always understood sport as a unifier and a tool to bring people and nations together. It is for this reason and many that the ANC cannot ignore the attempt by the IAAF to discriminate and exclude athletes. These new regulations infringe on the human rights of athletes, targeting mainly those in east Europe, Asia and the African continent. The racial undertones of this cannot go unnoticed.”Xasa added: “South Africans and all progressive people of the world must unite and support Caster and all affected athletes in this regard. Caster is not just an athlete to people of South Africa – she represents their hopes and aspirations. She is a pathfinder to the rural poor and downtrodden, she is an affirmation of black excellence. She undermines a stereotype that nothing good will ever come from the rural villages.”The secretary general of the women’s league of the ANC, Meokgo Matuba, described the new regulations as the culmination of a “concerted effort to please some of the sore racist losers who cannot afford to see a black female South African athlete dominating the world”. South Africa Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest The treatment of Caster Semenya shows athletics’ bias against women of colour IAAF Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Fitness Crazes That Are Genuinely Crazy

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Fads come and go. From the slap bracelet to Swing music to McCarthyism, some things can be all the rage one day, and just a wretched, rotting pile of offal the next. This is usually the case because the popular item du jour (which is French for “dude, sure” I think) clearly boasts a dearth of intrinsic merit, and it merely takes a moment for Johnny Q. Public to catch on. How else would parachute pants have ever become a thing, right? Right.Just… the worst.This trend remains true as we move away from matters sartorial and communist witch hunt and into the arena of health and wellness. Clearly the Lemon Detox Diet is absurd and without merit, for example, yet it was briefly quite popular (and even remains as such among some very ill-informed people) despite a lack of proponents in the medical community. Why can I deride this detox with such certainty despite my having never passed (nor attempted to pass) the examinations required of a certified nutritionist? Because consuming nothing but lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for days on end is not healthy, it’s stupid. Yes, you’ll lose weight on this “diet,” but you’ll also lose weight stranded on a life raft, and I don’t see anyone clamoring for the Oh Jesus Christ, I’m Lost At Sea Diet. (Though I do see dollar signs dancing before me now that I think of it. Better slap a patent on there…)Related: A Man Who Knows FitnessIn other instances, though, we find so-called diets and exercise fads that, in their own time (even if said time is… today), seemed not only plausibly effective, but became surprisingly popular. In fact, the fitness crazes we’re discussing today are or were, at least for a time, considered to be not only not horrid ideas, but in fact great ideas.Spoiler alert… these are bad ideas.Victorian Exercise Machinery As we know well today, everyone who lived in times earlier than today was a goddamned lunatic without any common sense. Just look at the funny clothes they wore and the smallpox, right? The silliness of these olden days often carried over into what can sort of be called the gym, or at least its predecessor. Before there was the Bowflex and the NoricTrack, there were the Zander Institute’s Exercise Machines. The institute was named for Gustav Zander, a Swedish physician whose heart may have been in the right place, but whose designs for “exercise” equipment lead us to question if his head was there, too. To be fair, Dr. Zander didn’t have much to build on, but that still doesn’t give him a pass for most of his Rube Goldberg-style contraptions…Barefoot RunningRemember a few years back when people were suddenly saying that the less you wore on your feet, the more benefits you’d get from running? Some people started wearing those weird toe-shoe things…Weird Toe Shoe…while others ditched the shoes entirely and hit the road/trail barefoot! And guess what? That was a mistake. As it turns out, the several thousand years we as a species have spent developing and perfecting footwear was time well spent, as proper footwear protects our feet, not to mention other body parts like knees and spines and such. When you ditch the shoes and run barefoot or in minimalist shoes, you may well reduce the “heel strikes” that padded soles can allow a runner to endure, but you also put yourself at great risk for stress fractures, torn tendons, plantar fasciitis, and of course cuts and punctures.Hot YogaFirst off, we want to make sure you know two things:Yoga dates to the 6th Century BCE, arising in a region now a part of modern India.Hot Yoga dates to the 1970s, arising in CA “thanks” to Indian emigre Bikram Choudhury.This Guy…Being limber, fit, and at peace are all good things. Yoga provides those things for many of us. Suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and heat stroke are all bad things. Hot yoga can provide all of that for many people.There is no science to support the central claims of Hot Yoga, such as the benefits of sweating out “toxins” or the increased flexibility the heat gives you. Your liver and kidneys will take care of the toxinsAnd as for getting limber? There’s a reason we call the pre-exercise routine “warming up.” You do it slowly, safely, and organically, you don’t just go right to 11.And last but not least: folks, take it easy with the cross training stuff. Working out hard is great; working out so hard that you collapse and/or injure yourself is madness. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts center_img The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

Akwesasne flashes its fashion on the runway

first_imgAPTN National NewsDesigners and models were strutting their stuff at the annual fashion show in Akwesasne.The show is becoming an annual tradition at Christmas.More than 1,000 people came out to watch the action on the runway.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was there to check out the latest fashions.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,712.31, up 9.62 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 36 cents, or 3.48 per cent, to $9.98 on 19 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up 12 cents, or 6.22 per cent, to $2.05 on 16.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down $1.27, or 9.03 per cent, to $12.80 on 11.2 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down eight cents, or 3.74 per cent, to $2.06 on 7.4 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down three cents, or 0.17 per cent, to $17.50 on 6 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down 28 cents, or 7.63 per cent, to $3.39 on 5.2 million shares.Companies reporting:Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Up $1.09 to $82.66. Tim Hortons and an association representing some of its frustrated franchisees are close to reaching a settlement in two class-action lawsuits the group filed against the coffee-and-doughnut chain. The first lawsuit, filed in June 2017, alleged Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons, improperly used funds from a national advertising fund. The second lawsuit alleged RBI subverted the franchisees’ right to associate. RBI also denied these allegations and they were also not proven in court.Bombardier Inc. — Bombardier can rest a little easier after European antitrust authorities blocked a plan by manufacturing giants Siemens and Alstom to merge their rail operations, analysts say. The scuppered merger would have given the combined company a “dominant position” in Europe and left Bombardier’s passenger rail operations a “distant third” globally, said analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial. Bombardier said it was “pleased” with the European Commission ruling on the merger.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Up 26 cents to $43.76. Suncor is calling on the Alberta government to make an earlier-than-planned exit from the oil curtailment program it enacted on Jan. 1 because of its “unintended consequences.” CEO Steve Williams said the program designed to draw down crude storage levels and free up space on export pipelines has worked too well, reducing local price discounts to the point that shipping crude by rail into the United States is no longer financially sustainable. The criticism came as Suncor reported a $280-million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2018, in part due to the very price discounts the curtailments are designed to reduce. Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). — Aphria Inc.’s board has formally rejected a hostile takeover bid by Green Growth Brands Inc., saying it “significantly undervalues” the company and would have “negative repercussions.” The all-stock offer of 1.5714 shares of Green Growth Brands (GGB) for each Aphria share is “inadequate” and not in the interest of shareholders, the company’s independent board chairman Irwin Simon said. Negative repercussions include a delisting from the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange, he added.  read more

The IMF is nowhere near as optimistic about our economy as the

TORONTO — The International Monetary Fund expects Canada’s economy will improve compared with last year, but not as much as the Bank of Canada predicted last week following unexpectedly robust growth on several fronts.[np_storybar title=”Suddenly, Canada has one of the world’s fastest growing economies — but is it real?” link=””%5DAlmost out of nowhere, our economy is running hot, but still caution prevails. Here are three reasons policy makers fear growth might not stick around. Read on [/np_storybar]The Washington-based organization continues to estimate Canada’s gross domestic product will grow by 1.9 per cent this year, unchanged from its previous forecast.By contrast, the Bank of Canada projects the economy will expand by 2.6 per cent this year, up from its previous estimate of 2.1 per cent growth.The central bank cautioned, however, that Canada’s economy might be unable to maintain the pace set in early 2017.The Bank of Canada also lowered its estimate for next year to 1.9 per cent, below the IMF forecast of 2.0 per cent.The International Monetary Fund’s most recent world economic outlook provides little analysis of Canada’s performance but notes that it stands to benefit this year from improved commodity prices and a stronger outlook for the U.S.Suddenly, Canada has one of the world’s fastest growing economies — but is it real?If you want to blame someone for Canada’s housing bubble (and you will), blame Mark Carney‘Not good news’: Bank of Canada warns of economic threat from U.S. trade protectionismThe IMF’s global growth estimate is 3.5 per cent for this year and 3.6 per cent for 2018, up from 3.1 per cent last year.“The expected growth improvements in 2017 and 2018 are broadly based, although growth remains tepid in many advanced economies, and commodity exporters continue to struggle,” the IMF says in a report released Tuesday.Among the G7, the U.S. has the highest projected growth, with increases of 2.3 per cent this year and 2.5 per cent in 2018, unchanged from the IMF’s outlook in January. read more

11 executives companies and business stories to watch in 2013

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A look at 11 executives, companies and business stories to watch in 2013:Research In Motion and Thorsten HeinsThe future of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) is riding on the launch of its new smartphones and the BlackBerry 10 operating system, set to debut on Jan. 30. RIM faces an uphill battle against the latest iPhone and Android-powered devices, including Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and the HTC Droid. While the initial reports of the new BlackBerry system have been positive and the stock has more than doubled since hitting its lows of the year, the launch is widely considered a make-or-break for the company.———The fight for the Canadian shopping dollar is expected to intensify in 2013 as big U.S. discount retailer Target moves in and starts opening locations in March, luring shoppers with its cheap and chic merchandise. Canadian retailers such as Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC), Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC), Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) and Loblaw (TSX:L) have upped their game, but not since the arrival of Walmart have they seen such a competitor open up shop. The arrival of Target and the big red bull’s eye follows the opening in Canada of stores by Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Kate Spade and Microsoft. And in 2014, high-end retailer Nordstrom is expected to start opening its first four stores in Canada.———CP Rail and Hunter HarrisonChief executive Hunter Harrison was brought in to replace Fred Green in a bid to improve efficiency at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) after a bitter proxy fight. The cuts have already started with a plan to cut about 4,500 including 1,700 by the end of 2012, but those aren’t the only changes going on at the railroad. The former CN chief executive is also looking to sell surplus real estate, the Delaware and Hudson line in the U.S. Northeast and is moving CP’s head office in downtown Calgary to its Ogden Yard by 2014.———BCEInvestors will be watching BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) and chief executive George Cope as they await the CRTC’s decision on their revised plan to buy Astral Media Inc. (TSX:ACM.B). The federal broadcast regulator rejected an earlier proposal after a week of hearings in 2012 over concerns about the control the deal would give BCE over television broadcasting. Analysts have suggested that if the deal doesn’t go ahead, BCE will have to look for other acquisitions to continue to grow its dividend, a view Cope has rejected.———CarneyBank of Canada governor Mark Carney heads across the pond to take up the top job at the Bank of England. He has been widely lauded for his job at Canada’s central bank during the financial crisis, but the former Goldman Sachs investment banker had it easier than most with a strong domestic banking sector here at home. The story isn’t the same at the Bank of England and the job will be far more challenging as he takes over a central bank in a country faced with an uncertain economy.———AgriumJana Partners LLC and management at fertilizer company Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) appear headed for a showdown as the U.S. investment fund looks to replace five directors of the company’s 11-member board. Jana wants Agrium to spin off its retail business, which supplies products such as fertilizer to farmers, from the part of its business that makes those products, but chief executive Mike Wilson has shown no sign of backing down and remains committed to the current strategy. Both sides will vie for shareholder support ahead of a vote in 2013.———Air Canada and WestJetBoth Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) head into the new year with plans to launch new airlines and move beyond their traditional bases. Air Canada is aiming at grabbing a share of the holiday travel market with its new discount airline Rouge by offering flights to the Caribbean and Europe, while WestJet is launching its regional airline, called Encore. The Air Canada plan follows Tango and Zip, both earlier attempts at breaking into the discount business.———PipelinesThe battles over Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway and TransCanada Corp.’s (TSX:TRP) Keystone XL are expected to continue in 2013 as pipeline companies seeking approval to build new capacity out of the oilsands clash with those worried about the dangers associated with piping the thick bitumen and heavy oil found in Alberta. Kinder Morgan has also proposed to expand its TransMountain pipeline from Alberta to the Vancouver area, while Enbridge is looking at expanding some of its pipes in the Great Lakes region and reversing the flow of a pipeline that currently runs from Montreal to southern Ontario.———Housing DebtThe pace of home sales has slowed and many think a soft landing has been achieved as prices have held relatively firm, but not everyone agrees. Canadians are loaded with record levels of debt and are vulnerable to increases in interest rates or an economic shock. If U.S. lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid spending cuts and tax hikes and the fragile U.S. economy heads back into recession, Canada could be in trouble too.———Oilsands dealsWith its decision to allow the takeover of Nexen (TSX:NXY) by China National Offshore Oil Co., Ottawa also all but slammed the door on any future takeover deals in the oilsands by state-owned enterprises. The deep pockets of so-called SOEs have been a source of cash for the industry as it develops its expensive projects, so new sources of funding will have to be found. A joint venture between Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) and PetroChina subsidiary Phoenix Duvernay Gas may be a sign of things to come as the Chinese firm acquired a 49.9 per cent stake in the project.———SNC-LavalinSNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) named American Robert Card as its new chief executive in 2012 as it worked to try to put investigations into the company and millions in payments to undisclosed agents behind it. However, since then, former chief executive Pierre Duhaime has been charged with fraud along with another former top executive by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad and investigations remain ongoing. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 31, 2012 5:00 am MDT 11 executives, companies and business stories to watch in 2013 read more

Former Buckeyes continue careers in professional lacrosse but not with money in

Former Buckeye Dominique Alexander picked up 31 ground balls and tallied 3 goals and 4 assists in his 2nd MLL season in 2014, helping the Ohio Machine to its first playoff apperance.Credit: Courtesy of the Ohio Machine / Getty ImagesDominique Alexander answers to two names. On the lacrosse field, teammates call him  “Big ‘Nique.” At New Albany High School, his students know him as Mr. Alexander.Alexander plays Major League Lacrosse for The Ohio Machine, but during the week, he teaches health at New Albany and attends graduate school at Ohio State, where he spent his collegiate playing career. Like many professional players in his field, he knows lacrosse cannot pay the bills.“There’s only a handful of guys able to make some sort of living off it,” Alexander said. “And everyone else is just playing because they enjoy it, being on teams and staying a part of the game. Even if you look at the top players, what they’re making, it’s not enough to make a living,”The term “professional athlete” for sports like football, hockey and basketball typically means multimillion-dollar annual contracts, but Alexander knows the professional paycheck for lacrosse looks much different.A 2012 article in The Wall Street Journal revealed that a professional lacrosse player typically earns between $10,000-$25,000 per season, a salary that requires him to work one or more additional jobs.Balancing a lacrosse career with a full-time teaching position and graduate school has been admittedly hectic, Alexander said. But his decision to continue his lacrosse career came with both an understanding of those complications, and more importantly, their inability to outweigh his love for the game.“For so many guys, lacrosse ends in high school or in college,” Alexander said. “So to be able to extend my career, keep putting on those pads and keep playing, it means a lot.”And while many second-semester college seniors approach graduation and the inevitable “real world” with job interviews or graduate school applications, OSU men’s lacrosse captains Jesse King and David Planning are preparing differently, by following Alexander down the professional path.On Jan. 23, the senior midfielders were each selected in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, getting a chance to continue his lacrosse career as a professional following his final season with the Buckeyes.King became the second-highest draft pick in OSU history when Rochester chose him during the first round with the sixth overall pick. And despite inevitable obstacles, King said he accepted without any hesitation.“Obviously it is more difficult to have a career that supports you being a professional lacrosse player,” King said. “Honestly, I didn’t really have a plan for my future until about a couple months ago. All I know is that I definitely wanted lacrosse to be involved.”King, who grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, begins his senior season with a resumé of 77 collegiate goals and a gold medal from 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Denver.He has been playing the sport since age 7, and said lacrosse has become much more than a game to him.“Lacrosse has taught me many life lessons, including honesty, trust, leadership and the meaning of family,” King said. “And that carries on to the next level professionally.”So what exactly does that next level entail? Professional lacrosse differs from college level lacrosse in that it requires diversity and flexibility on the field, but more importantly, self-discipline off of it, said Bear Davis, vice president and coach for the Ohio Machine.“In college, these guys have strength-conditioning workouts in addition to weekly practice,” Davis said. “But the biggest difference in the pros is that you have to do your own workouts. Our guys practice Friday night, Saturday morning and play Saturday night, so the whole week leading up to that, they’re on their own.”Making the transition from collegiate to professional lacrosse means letting go of structure and accepting a more costly level of pressure, Alexander said.“If you think of a professional, you think of someone who is about their craft and always working on it,” Alexander said. “You have to motivate yourself to get up, go workout, shoot around and hit the wall in the gym to always try and get better. It’s on you. And whether you continue dressing for games depends on how you perform.”Planning, who was drafted No. 57 in the eighth round by the Machine, has started in 31 of 42 games with the Buckeyes, and possesses both the physical versatility and the mental discipline required at the professional level, Davis said.“We can only field 12 guys on gameday,” Davis said. “And David has a lot of different skill sets. He can play defense, he can play offense, so he could fill a lot of those spots.”Planning grew up dreaming of taking the field with the Buckeyes, never imagining his lacrosse career would extend beyond college, and instead planned to pursue a career in politics, he said.But when the offer came from the Machine, Planning said he did not hesitate.“Growing up, I always dreamed of playing Division I lacrosse,” he said. “Pro lacrosse was so far removed from my thought process that it never even occurred to me. The chance to play lacrosse at the professional level, especially for the Ohio Machine, is an honor and a blessing.”While King and Planning admit a career in lacrosse rarely paves a road to fame and fortune, each player said he could not imagine a greater privilege than taking the field on the professional level.Before officially turning the page to the professional chapter, though, the graduating seniors must first finish the college one.“For now, I am focused on my senior season,” Planning said. “There is nothing I want more than to bring some shiny hardware back to Columbus at the end of this spring.”Planning, King and the rest of the Buckeyes started their regular season on Saturday 9-8 loss to the Detroit Titans on the road. read more

Harris on PTSB home loan sale Its time to see a bit

first_imgI think they could do an awful lot worse than show a little bit of humility and engage with the people’s representatives. I think that should happen, that is a matter for the bank, but that is my personal view.Harris said Minister Donohoe had a “constructive” meeting with Fianna Fáil’s Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath about a new Bill, due to be introduced next week, which seeks to regulate the vulture funds.He said the government wanted to work with all parties on the issue.Minister says the loans have not been sold The health minister said there is time to tackle the issue as the loans have not been sold and the finance minister has not been consulted yet. “There will be time to engage,” he said.However, Harris said people listening to the debate may get worried when they hear statements like: “The train has left the station.”He maintained a decision on the sale has not been made nor has a decision been made about the potential buyer.“Please don’t scare people,” he told Doherty. Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says the selling of long-term loan products to vulture funds who have short-term interest should not be allowed. Source: Oireachtas TVThe Sinn Féin spokesperson said that it was time to “insert some honesty” into the debate.While he said he is in favour of regulating the vulture funds, it will not be the “magical solution”.‘Vulture funds don’t do long-term solutions’Even if vulture funds are regulated, long-term loans should not be sold to them under any circumstances, he insisted.“They are only interested in the short-term turnaround and the quick turnaround,” said the Donegal TD, who said unlike banks they do not have a public persona or reputation to keep up.Citing Central Bank figures, Doherty said 120,000 home mortgages were restructured by the end of September 2017 – with the vast majority (87%) of these accounts meeting the terms of the restructured arrangements.However, he told the minister all of these deals done with customers were done by regular banks, not vulture funds.He said vulture funds don’t offer the suite of options mentioned above, because they don’t have to.“They [vulture funds] don’t do split mortgages, they don’t do interest only, they don’t do arrears capitalisation,” he said.Doherty told Harris that families at home and renters in the buy-to-lets due to be sold “are hoping and praying that you will stand up to the vultures and stop this sale”.The Sinn Féin TD said the government must tell PTSB that it is not allowed to sell long-term family products to vulture funds who only have a short-term interest.If you sell long-term products to companies that have a three or five-year interest, it will only end in one way and that is repossessions, that is people being evicted, that is more homelessness and we cannot stand here as legislators and pretend that there is some sort of magic solution.  You own 75% [of the bank]. Lift the phone, tell Jeremy Masding [PTSB CEO] the government refuse to stand idly by while you are about to throw your customers to the wolves just because you didn’t get your act in order over the last three years and work those mortgages down the way that you should have.Harris said he is conscious that some homeowners are “concerned” and “worried”.He said the government would work towards providing “maximum security, clarity and assurance” to mortgage holders.Read: Minister concedes homeowners who engaged with PTSB may not have deals honoured>‘Many have made no payments at all for years’: PTSB defends controversial €3.7 billion mortgage sell off> Image: Oireachtas TV Health Minister Simon Harris says PTSB should appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week. 18,505 Views Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 4:02 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn Feb 22nd 2018, 4:02 PM Short URL I think PTSB should go before an Oireachtas committee. I think it is time to see a little bit of humility from our banks – banks that the taxpayers of this country have supported through very, very difficult times. Share121 Tweet Email “I THINK IT is time to see a little bit of humility from our banks,” said Health Minister Simon Harris when asked about the €4 billion mortgage sale by Permanent TSB today.The statement from the minister comes a day after a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting in which members raised concerns that the government is coming across as the “spokespeople for the banks”.PTSB, which is 75% State owned, has been defending its plan to sell off a book of non-performing loans known as Project Glas.The proposed sell-off of 18,000 properties, including 14,000 private dwelling homes, has become the subject of a political battle in recent days.Yesterday, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe conceded that even homeowners who engaged with the bank could find their mortgage arrangements with PTSB are not honoured by the buyer.Speaking about the issue today, Harris said the government had to “find a balance” whereby they protect mortgage holders, but also ensure there is a stable banking system.Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said PTSB has been invited to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next Tuesday.Doherty told the Dáil the bank has informed the committee that it has already entered into “confidentiality clauses” with interested parties and would be restricted in speaking about certain issues. A formal invitation has been issued to the bank today.“The train has left the station – these are vulture funds,” he said, referring to the interested parties.‘Time to see a bit of humility’ Harris said PTSB should appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee: Harris on PTSB home loan sale: ‘It’s time to see a bit of humility from our banks’ Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the bank has been asked to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week. Health Minister Simon Harris says PTSB should appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week. Image: Oireachtas TV 91 Comments last_img read more

Tom Hardy catches motorcycle thief after chase in London

first_img Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tom Hardy catches ‘motorcycle thief’ after chase in London The actor is known for his roles in action films such as Mad Max. 28,235 Views 18 Comments Short URL Apr 25th 2017, 10:28 PM center_img Tom Hardy ACTOR TOM HARDY helped catch a man who had allegedly stolen a motorbike in London, police have said.A Richmond Police spokesperson confirmed the incident took place on Sunday, telling BBC News two males on a stolen motorcycle drove through a red light and crashed into another vehicle.“The males ran off and one was detained by Tom Hardy. Both suspects were initially taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” they said in a statement.Witness Arun Pullen told the Sun it was like Hardy “switched to superhero mode in an action movie”.“He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious. I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block.”Read: Ivanka Trump defends father at women’s summit, gets laughed atRead: Thai man murders child and kills himself on Facebook Live Share308 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 10:28 PM Tom Hardy Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Seven US sailors missing after destroyer rammed by cargo ship

first_img Share183 Tweet Email By AFP Short URL Damage to the right side of the USS Fitzgerald Source: AP/PA ImagesSEVEN AMERICAN SAILORS are missing and their ship’s captain injured after a US Navy destroyer collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan early this morning, leading to the badly-damaged ship being partially flooded.Aerial television footage showed one sailor lying on a stretcher and a rescuer being pulled up to a helicopter that was hovering above the USS Fitzgerald, its right side partially crushed.Three sailors were injured in the pre-dawn collision, including the guided missile destroyer’s commanding officer Bryce Benson.“Two sailors, in addition to the commanding officer, have been medically evacuated from USS Fitzgerald to US Naval Hospital Yokosuka for lacerations and bruises,” the navy said.There are seven sailors unaccounted for; the ship and the Japanese Coast Guard continues to search for them.The accident between the Fitzgerald and Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal happened around 2:30am local time off the coast off the Izu peninsula southwest of Tokyo, the US Navy and Japan’s coastguard said.The area is a busy shipping channel near major container ports in Yokohoma and Tokyo.“The volume of ships is heavy in this area and there have been accidents before,” coastguard official Yutaka Saito told Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. Damage to the ACX Crystal container ship Source: AP/PA ImagesIt was not immediately clear what caused the collision, but NHK said the massive 222-metre container ship made a sharp turn around the time of the accident.Japan’s coastguard, which is probing the incident, has sent five vessels, two planes and a team of specially trained rescue personnel to help in the search for the missing crew, a spokesman said.The USS Dewey and two Navy tugboats were helping out in the search and rescue, the US military said, while Japan’s Self-Defence Forces also joined the operation, sending three ships and several aircraft.‘So worried’The 154-metre Fitzgerald – which was commissioned in 1995 and was deployed in the Iraq war in 2003 – is based in Yokosuka and operates in the Pacific and the Sea of Japan.The accident happened 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, the navy said.“My daughter is on the Fitzgerald,” a parent wrote on the 7th Fleet’s Facebook page.So worried. Just need to hear she is ok. Thinking of all of our sailors and their families!!US chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson said in a statement: “As more information is learned we will be sure to share it with the Fitzgerald families and, when appropriate, the public.”All of our thoughts and concerns are with the Fitzgerald crew and their families.Video by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK showed heavy damage to the right side of the Fitzgerald just ahead of the control tower, and that the ship had taken on water.An orange hose was visible on the ship’s deck, with many crew members seen checking the damage. The damaged USS Fitzgerald sailing for port in the wake of the collision Source: AP/PA ImagesThe destroyer, piloted by two tugboats, was sailing to Yokosuka.“The USS Fitzgerald suffered damage on her starboard side above and below the waterline. The collision resulted in some flooding,” the Navy said.The Fitzgerald was still under its own power “although her propulsion was limited”, the navy said. It is not in danger of sinking and is headed back to port on its own power.The footage meanwhile showed relatively light damage to the ACX Crystal.Twenty crew members were aboard the container and none was injured, another Japanese coastguard spokesman said, adding that the vessel was separately sailing back to a Tokyo port.“We are now investigating the case as further details, including the weather conditions at the time, are not available,” the spokesman said.The ACX Crystal is a commercial container ship that, according to marine tracking websites, was on its way to Tokyo.The ship carries a Philippine flag but is listed as owned by Japanese shipping giant NYK Line.© – AFP, 2017Read: Carrie Fisher’s death caused by sleep apnea and ‘other causes’, coroner saysRead: Gardaí have filled just a fraction of counter-terrorism roles they promised at the start of the year 40,110 Views Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 10:36 AM Seven US sailors missing after destroyer rammed by cargo ship The circumstances that led to the collision are currently unknown. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 17th 2017, 10:36 AM 69 Comments last_img read more

Xenophon backs probe into Darwin port sale

first_imgA motion co-sponsored by Nick Xenophon has demanded an urgent senate inquiry into controversial foreign investment deals in Australia, including the 99 year lease of the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company.The terms of reference for the inquiry ask for a sweeping examination of the Foreign Investment Review Board and national interest issues. It will specifically look at the Port of Darwin deal, the blocking of the Kidman property sale and the proposed sale of electricity assets in NSW.“There’s a real sense of urgency with this inquiry, given concerns that our current foreign investment framework is full of loopholes (particularly in relation to state and territory assets) and a lack of clarity of the national interest test and how it applies. This inquiry will give a timely opportunity to deal with these issues,” said Senator Xenophon.“In particular, the Port of Darwin deal deserves special scrutiny, given concerns expressed by our key strategic think tank, the Australians Strategic Policy Institute.”Further details of the Darwin deal emerged this week, including that the Port of Darwin Corporation’s 2014 Annual Report refers to it as a “strategic defence port” and listed more than 100 visits by navy vessels in the 2013-14 financial year. It has also been confirmed that Defence Minister Marise Payne only heard about the planned sale hours before the Northern Territory government announced it publicly.“The details emerging around the Darwin deal show what a shambles the whole process has been. How on earth this deal got waived through without due process is beyond most Australians,” said Xenophon. The inquiry is due to report by early February. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Scientists Successfully Grow Neanderthal Minibrains in Petri Dish

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Researchers have long been looking for clues about one of our closest evolutionary relatives — Neanderthals. Our now-extinct kin has shifted from a presumed earlier form, to a close cousin, to… well still a close cousin, but one that we got a little too close to. Still, even though a good portion of scientists who study the topic now consider neanderthals and humans sister subspecies, there’s still a lot of differences between the two. The brain, in particular, is of prime concern as it… y’know, is kind of the whole thing with us apes. So, to learn more about the development of the Neanderthal brain, as well as what it was actually capable of, scientists have done the truly unbelievable — grown miniature brains of our ancient family.As Science Mag reports in an exclusive, the unity of three bleeding-edge fields — including CRISPR, organs built from stem cells, and the fully sequenced Neanderthal genome — has allowed Alysson Muotri and her lab to pull off an exceptional feat. The work has yet to be published, but it was presented earlier this work at a conference for the University of California, San Diego, where Muotri is a geneticist. In essence, the team used stem cells created with neanderthal into small, pea-sized organs that resemble the cortex, or outermost layer of the brain. The hope is that the team will understand how different regions of the Neanderthal brain fit together, and how they would affect its cognition. This is done by comparing the structures to similar mini-brains made with human DNA to understand where and how they differ.“We’re trying to recreate Neanderthal minds,” Muotri says.To be clear, this is quite far from a full brain. We aren’t (probably) making conscious minds in Petri dishes. These organoids represent a very early stage of brain development, far from anything that could be expected to actually produce thought. Others, including Svante Paabo, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and one of the researchers that first sequenced the Neanderthal genome, noted that even the genetics of the project has plenty of hurdles to overcome. “Organoids are far from being able to tell us how adult brains function,” Paabo said, noting that there could be plenty of unintended mutations. “There are lots of control experiments to do, and then I’m quite hopeful we’ll overcome those doubts.”On a much creepier note, though, Muotri, in time, hopes to jack mini human brains into crab-like robots and pit them against robots run by Neanderthal organoids. So… that’s a sentence.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

SPOILERS 76 WWE Superstars tapings from Chicago

first_img The following was taped on Monday night in Chicago, Illinois.7/6 WWE Superstars tapings:* Neville def. Heath Slater.* WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players def. The Ascension.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Facebook Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network Cesaro Seth Rollins Videos Articles Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Google+ WhatsApp WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brandscenter_img Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Is Ronda Rousey Taking A Hiatus From WWE? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Twitter Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Highway 500 weekend closure canceled due to wet weather

first_imgThis weekend’s closure of a section of state Highway 500 in Vancouver has been canceled due to forecasted rain.Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation had planned to remove the stop lights at the intersections of Northeast 42nd Avenue/Falk Road and Northeast 54th Avenue/Stapleton Road and replace them with right-in/right-out interchanges.Crews were set to close the highway in that area starting on Friday at 11 p.m. That’s no longer the case because of the fall weather.“The weather forecast changed significantly overnight and there is not enough of a dry window to complete the work this weekend,” the transportation department said in a tweet.The work will be rescheduled to a later date.Heads up…This weekend’s closure of SR 500 between St Johns and Andreson is canceled. The weather forecast changed significantly overnight and there is not enough of a dry window to complete the work this weekend. The work will be rescheduled at a later date. read more

Spalletti hopes Inter can take the leadership from Barça

first_imgInter manager Luciano Spalletti, expects a very difficult match despite Lionel Messi’s absence and wants his squad to take Group B’s top spot.Looks like Inter manager Luciano Spalletti is motivated because of Lionel Messi’s absence at FC Barcelona on Wednesday, the Catalan club won’t have their best player for this Wednesday’s match at Camp Nou stadium in Catalonia.The Inter manager is aware of the big opportunity his squad has for this and the next match, he obviously has told his players repeatedly how important a win could be for them against this club.“They could be three fundamental points for us and we have a great chance against an impressive squad, one of the strongest in world football,” said Spalletti via Diario Sport. “We have dreamt of coming to play here and make the squad take a step forward. We have to be ambitious and have the desire to perform well in a match of this nature, we require a great level of self-esteem and confidence. We also need to be organized and try to keep the ball.”Spalletti also spoke about his former player Rafinha, who played for Internazionale Milano last season and helped the Nerazzurri reach this competition with his football.“I will take this opportunity to greet him and thank him for everything he did for us last season in order to reach this spot in the Champions League, he was a fundamental player for us,” added Spalletti about Rafinha.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I would love it if he could play against us, but he will create a lot of problems if he does because he has the quality of a player who knows our squad very well.”Luciano also explained why Rafinha didn’t stay at Inter last season: “His loan period came to an end and we knew that we weren’t able to make any new transfers during the summer.”“We could only work on exits from Inter, but Barcelona wasn’t interested in any of our players. We will try to make Rafinha understand that we have a good thing going in the squad,” he concluded.🎙️ | #Spalletti: “#BarcelonaInter? A possible three points will be fundamental. We’ll treat it as a key game, hugely important.” #UCL #BarçaInter #FCIM— Inter (@Inter_en) October 23, 2018last_img read more

1105 Enterprise Computing Group Launches Marketing Services Division

first_imgCurrent ECG staff from its marketing, design and content teams will also work with Smart Market clients on campaigns. Allain says 1105’s main play in the growing marketing services sector is its IT expertise. “1105 ECG has the largest media footprint in the Microsoft developer, IT professional and channel partner community. We are also in the virtualization arena, which is one of the fastest growing segments in enterprise computing. We also have a deep dive emphasis in enterprise computing and developments such as the data center, cloud computing and Java development.”Smart Markets will not limit number of client partnerships. “Our goal with Smart Markets is to help maximize the dollars advertisers and marketers are spending on campaigns, be it branding, demand generation, product launches, or lead generation,” says Allain. “We know the better a clients’ campaign performs, the more they will spend with us. Simple as that. We are in this to maximize the results of our clients spend and to make our customers successful.”1105 joins publishers like Penton, Hanley Wood, UBM, Hearst, Northstar Travel Media, Summit Media Group and Meredith in the marketing services push. Largely depending on publisher wallet size and staff bandwidth, the industry’s content marketing sector is developing through both organic growth and acquisitions. 1105 Media’s Enterprise Computing Group [ECG] launched Smart Markets, marking yet another publisher move into marketing services. The new division will provide content, strategy and design services to the IT sector ECG serves.Henry Allain, president of 1105 ECG, says Smart Markets was born of client interest. He tells FOLIO:, “We have been doing more and more of this type of work and we felt the need to formalize a program so that not only can we react in a more efficient way to these requests, but to also get our clients thinking about the many other services we are able to provide.”Smart Market offers website creation, lead-gen programs, advertising creative, brand building and product launch support, according to the company. A trio of executives spearhead the new division: Doug Barney will act as vice president, new content initiatives; Michele Imgrund is senior director of marketing and audience engagement; and Scott Shultz is tapped as creative director, media and events.center_img 1105 ECG publishes Redmond, Visual Studio Magazine, Redmond Channel Partner, MSDN Magazine and Virtualization Review.last_img read more