Knicks’ Enes Kanter to skip London trip, fearing Erdogan reprisal

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kanter will stay in New York while the Knicks travel to face Washington at The O2 arena in London on Jan. 17. He says he can’t travel anywhere except the U.S. and Canada because “there’s a chance I could get killed out there.”“Sadly, I’m not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president,” Kanter said. “It’s pretty sad that all the stuff affects my career and basketball, because I want to be out there and help my team win. But just because of the one lunatic guy, one maniac, one dictator, I can’t even go out there and do my job. It’s pretty sad.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionKanter has been a vocal critic of Erdogan for years, once referring to him as “the Hitler of our century.” Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked in 2017, and an international warrant for his arrest was issued by Turkey.Kanter is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric accused by Turkey’s government of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, center, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, and guard Lance Stephenson defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks’ upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Kanter announced his plan Friday night after the Knicks’ 119-112 win over the Lakers. The Knicks later said Kanter also won’t make the trip because of a visa issue.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kanter said it would be “easy” for an attempt on his life to be made in London.“They’ve got a lot of spies there,” he added. “I think I can get killed there easy. It would be a very ugly situation.”Kanter’s father, Mehmet, was indicted last year and charged with “membership in a terror group.” The former professor lost his job after the failed military coup even though he publicly disavowed his son and his beliefs.“People often ask me why I continue to speak out if it’s hurting my family,” Kanter wrote in a column for Time magazine last year. “But that’s exactly why I speak out. The people Erdogan is targeting are my family, my friends, my neighbors, my classmates. I need to speak out, or my country will suffer in silence.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Paul George fires 37, Thunder hold off Blazerslast_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins leads Warriors past Pelicans; Stephen Curry leaves hurt

first_imgCousins had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Pelicans 112-103 on Tuesday night in a game that also saw guard Stephen Curry leave with a mild foot sprain.“He’s going to be fine,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Curry. “He tweaked it, but we weren’t going to mess around.”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, logisticsCurry, who played the first nine minutes of the game, did not speak with reporters but also did not appear particularly distressed as he sat at his locker signing basketball shoes and showed no signs of a limp as he left the arena.Golden State, which already had clinched the top playoff seed in the Western Conference, also played without several other prominent players, including forward Kevin Durant, who was listed out with an illness, and guard Klay Thompson, who was given an opportunity to rest his sore right knee. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LEE’S FATELee, who turned pro in 2016 out of Louisville, said he is aware he probably won’t be on the Warriors’ playoff roster, but was grateful for his experience with Golden State this season.“Picking up all this knowledge, this experience … is something that I can cherish forever,” Lee said, adding that he also appreciated the Warriors providing him a platform “to showcase myself on the NBA level.”UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.Pelicans: Head into what promises to be the making of an eventful offseason that will include the hiring of a new general manager and a likely trade of Davis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The likely end of the Davis era in New Orleans arrived unceremoniously. The disgruntled six-time All-Star, who missed his seventh straight game with what the team has listed as back spasms, wore a T-shirt with the famous Looney Toons sign off, “That’s All Folks,” written across the chest. As he walked down the tunnel toward the locker room after the game, he gave one fan a high-five.Davis is under contract through next season, but has asked to be traded — and is expected to be dealt this offseason by a new general manager that the Pelicans have yet to hire.When the game ended, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry described Davis as “a great kid” who “got some bad advice,” referring to Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron James and who orchestrated a public, mid-season trade demand for which Davis was fined $50,000.“But there’s nothing wrong with A.D.,” Gentry added. “He’s a good, solid guy with good character.”Cousins was playing in New Orleans for the first time since tearing his Achilles as a member of the Pelicans in January 2018.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As he finished dressing in the locker room after the game, Cousins smiled and acknowledged reporters who approached, but dissuaded them from asking questions by asserting he had nothing to say.“Write what y’all want. That’s what you do anyway,” Cousins said. “Y’all have a wonderful evening.”Damion Lee, who has a two-way contract with Golden State and has spent much of this season in the G-League, matched his career high with 20 points. Former Pelican Quinn Cook scored 19 points.Christian Wood had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans, who closed out the season with 13 losses in their last 16 games as they mixed and matched lineups of primarily young or recently acquired players they sought to evaluate for the future.Jahlil Okafor scored 30 points and Ian Clark 20 for New Orleans.TIP-INSWarriors: Forward Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) and Andrew Bogut (rest) also did not play. … Louisiana native Jacob Evans scored 11 points, while Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell each scored 10.Pelicans: Diallo, who came in 0 for 3 on the season from 3-point range, hit a 3 from along the right sideline late in the first half and held up three fingers as he ran back toward the defensive end. He finished with 11 points.WHAT A RUNGolden State owns at least a tie for the best six-season stretch in NBA history, going 373-118 in the regular season from 2013-2018. Boston went 373-119 from 1980 to 1985. Golden State can eclipse that mark by winning its finale Wednesday. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ 41.21.1: Dirk Nowitzki announces retirement after final home game for Mavs Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) loses control of the ball while driving to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) and center Jahlil Okafor (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins played a season-high 35 minutes while visiting the city he called home last season, drawing a mix of cheers and boos during a productive performance.His former teammate, Anthony Davis, sat on the end of the Pelicans’ bench in street clothes for what likely was his last game with the team that made him the face of the franchise when it drafted him seven years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

4-Star QB Recruit, A Former MLB Prospect, Announces His Commitment

first_imgA view of Auburn's field during a game against Mississippi State.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of the stadium as the Mississippi State Bulldogs kick off against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)A former MLB prospect who spent six years in the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization will be playing college football moving forward. The former four-star quarterback recruit has announced his commitment.Cord Sandberg, a 4-star quarterback in the 2013 class, has committed to Auburn. He chose the Tigers over LSU and N.C. State, among other programs.Sandberg will be a part of Auburn’s 2018 class.“Absolutely humbled to have been given the opportunity to pursue a childhood dream of mine. After some visits and a lot of prayer I’m excited to announce I’m officially an Auburn Tiger! Fired up and ready to get to work!” he announced on Twitter.Absolutely humbled to have been given the opportunity to pursue a childhood dream of mine. After some visits and a lot of prayer I’m excited to announce I’m officially an Auburn Tiger! Fired up and ready to get to work! #WarEagle ? @AuburnFootball pic.twitter.com/ot49iTRW9c— Cord Sandberg (@sandberg_cord) July 30, 2018Sandberg was a two-sport recruit coming out of high school. He had some major college football scholarship offers, but ended up signing in the MLB for a $775,000 signing bonus.He spoke to 247Sports about his decision to commit to Auburn.“When (Auburn coach Gus Malzahn) gave me a call maybe a month or so ago and said he would have interest in me, obviously the scholarship wasn’t a deciding factor at all because if the best situation had been somewhere else that’s what I would have done. But when I talked to him and kind of knew playing quarterback at Auburn was a possibility, it was obviously something I grew up watching. The Iron Bowl is something pretty special and I grew up watching a lot of them. To have the opportunity to potentially play in one of those games and really all of the games that Auburn has a chance to play in and the venues the SEC has, it was definitely something that I knew was going to be tough to pass up. When I visited, (Sandberg and his fiancé) were even more confident with the coaches and everything Auburn football is,” he said.You can read more quotes from Sandberg here.last_img read more

Country’s No. 3 Overall Recruit In 2021 Announces Commitment

first_imgohio state's new head coach ryan dayCOLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)One of the top recruits in the country for the 2021 class has announced his college decision.Jack Sawyer, the No. 3 overall recruit for the 2021 class per 247Sports, announced his commitment on Twitter.The elite defensive lineman has committed to Ryan Day and Ohio State.“This whole recruiting process has been a great experience and I’ve met some amazing people along the way. With that being said, I’ve talked with my family and decided I have to do what’s best for me and my future. That’s why I’ll be committing to THE Ohio State University!! Big thank you to Coach Day and Coach Johnson for giving me this opportunity, I’m ready to be a Buckeye!!” he tweeted.Here’s his full statement:COMMITTED! So excited to be a Buckeye! #GoBucks #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/s48Y0zSrVj— Jack Sawyer (@jacksawyer40) February 3, 2019Sawyer is a 6-foot-5 defensive end out of Pickerington North in Columbus, Ohio.The elite recruit also had scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.Sawyer becomes Ohio State’s first commitment in the 2021 class.last_img read more

Spring Weight Restrictions Around the Corner

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Spring Weight Restrictions Aroundthe Corner Now that March is here and spring is around the corner, it’s timeto plan for spring weight restrictions on the roads. Each year, the Department of Transportation and Public Worksplaces restrictions on heavy trucks during spring thaw to helpprotect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather. “The department is monitoring the roads daily to determine whenspring weight restrictions will begin,” said Transportation andPublic Works Minister Ron Russell. “The trucking industry will begiven as much advance notice as possible.” The exact date for spring weight restrictions depends on weatherconditions. If the province has an extended period of mildtemperatures and rainy weather, spring weight restrictions may beimposed at any time. Last year, the restrictions came into effecton March 17. In 2002, it was about two weeks earlier, on March 4. Advertisements, with a complete list of roads that are exemptfrom spring weight restrictions, will be published in majornewspapers across the province.last_img read more

Smoking can trigger severe pain in legs

first_imgResearchers have found a strong link between smoking and peripheral artery disease – a circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs – and this elevated risk can persist up to 30 years after quitting smoking. A recently published study also found that the link between smoking and peripheral artery disease was even stronger than that for coronary heart disease and stroke. “The study suggests that campaigns about smoking’s health risks should emphasize the elevated risk of peripheral artery disease, not just coronary heart disease and stroke,” said senior study author. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study found that compared with never-smokers, those who smoked for more than 40 pack-years had roughly four times more risk for peripheral artery disease, versus 2.1 times and 1.8 times more risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, respectively. A pack-year is a parameter of smoking – 10 pack-years can mean one pack per day for 10 years or two packs per day for five years or some other combination. Similarly, participants who reported currently smoking more than a pack per day had a relative increased risk – 5.4 times more for peripheral artery disease versus 2.4 for coronary heart disease and 1.9 for stroke – compared to those who had never smoked. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardPeripheral artery disease features the atherosclerotic build-up of cholesterol-laden deposits in arteries serving the legs. The reduction of blood flow leads to limb pain, poor wound healing, and other signs and symptoms. The effect of smoking on peripheral artery disease risk was not just stronger; it was also longer-lasting. Only after 30 years of smoking cessation did the peripheral artery disease risk for former smokers return to the baseline level seen in never-smokers. By comparison, coronary heart disease risk took about 20 years to return to baseline after smoking cessation. The good news is that quitting smoking appeared to bring a meaningful drop in peripheral artery disease risk fairly quickly. “We observed a lower risk for peripheral artery disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke within five years of smoking cessation,” says Ning Ding, a data analyst and author of the study. “Smoking almost always starts in adolescence or early adulthood, and it’s very important that young people understand how long the elevated health risk persists even after they’ve quit,” the researchers noted.last_img read more

Lekjaa Renard will Stay

Rabat – The president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, has announced that Morocco’s head football coach Herve Renard will stay with the Atlas Lions.Lekjaa confirmed the news Tuesday, July 24, at a Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) forum held in Rabat.Renard had tried to shut down the rumors about his possible exit from the Moroccan team earlier this month through an Instagram post. “Some people talk about my future in the media to sow trouble in the Moroccan spirit and if it’s still a little too early to know what will be done, one thing is certain: Out of respect for Morocco and all Moroccans I will not leave in any way for another African nation regardless of it. Those who claim so are wrong,” wrote Renard.However, Renard had kept a door open for speculation that he would leave for a non-African team this time. Renard, a French national, has been coach of the Moroccan team since 2016. Previously, he coached Côte d’Ivoire (2014-2015) and Zambia (2011-2013), with whom he won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.At the forum, Lekjaa also discussed the possibility of bidding jointly to host the 2030 World Cup with neighboring countries. He said Morocco has not yet studied this possibility. Both Tunisia and Algeria have said they would consider a joint Maghreb bid.Lekjaa also announced that FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been invited to take part in Morocco’s Throne Day celebrations, on July 30.The outcome of Morocco’s participation in the Russia 2018 World Cup was also a topic in the forum. Most prominent in the discussion was the “unjust” refereeing in the competition.Lekjaa heavily criticized video assistant referee (VAR) and the fact it was not used during Morocco’s World Cup games.However, Lekjaa thought Morocco’s participation in the World Cup should give them a push to do better in upcoming competitions, including the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2019).“We want a competitive national team and Hervé Renard will continue his mission,” he said. read more

Oil production to be increased

The province has announced that they are once again allowing an increase in the amount of oil that can be produced.It says production levels in May will increase by 25-thousand barrels a day and 25-thousand more in June, which will bring the total to 3.71 million barrels per day.The increase, since production was curtailed on January 1, is now 150-thousand barrels a day.The province says the limits are based on monitoring a number of indicators and recognizing that less diluent is needed in warmer weather for bitumen to flow in pipelines, meaning more capacity.In a statement, Premier Rachel Notley says they hope to provide more certainty for producers who have been working with them to protect jobs.“This temporary policy has been critical to reducing the oil price differential while we move ahead with our medium-term plan to ship more oil by rail and lead the long-term charge for new pipelines as we fight to get full value for the resources owned by all Albertans,” said Notley.The province says the increased production limits will match what can be shipped via pipeline and rail.Its crude-by-rail program is scheduled to start shipments in July, ramping up to 120,000 barrel-a-day shipments by 2020.The curtailment was brought in to lessen the price differential for Western Canadian Select against oil sold on world markets. read more

UN agency welcomes entry into force of cluster munitions convention

17 February 2010The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today added its voice to UN plaudits for the news that the international convention banning the manufacture, use and stockpiling of cluster munitions will become law from the start of August. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today added its voice to UN plaudits for the news that the international convention banning the manufacture, use and stockpiling of cluster munitions will become law from the start of August.Thirty countries have now ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions after Burkina Faso and Moldova did so yesterday, setting off the trigger for its entry into force on 1 August.Jordan Ryan, the Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, congratulated the Member States that have ratified the pact, a day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the move.“The broad partnership and expeditious commitment evident in this process clearly signals the relevance of this instrument, and the urgent need to realize its provisions on the ground,” he said.First used in the Second World War, cluster munitions contain dozens of smaller explosives designed to disperse over an area the size of several football fields, but often fail to detonate upon impact, creating large de facto minefields. They are also notoriously inaccurate.The failure rate makes these weapons particularly dangerous for civilians, who continue to be maimed or killed for years after conflicts end. Some 98 per cent of victims are civilians and cluster bombs have claimed over 10,000 civilian lives, 40 per cent of whom are children. Recovery from conflict is also hampered because the munitions place roads and lands off-limits to farmers and aid workers. read more

Ravi Karunanayake grilled by Bribery Commission on bond scam

Karunanayake had been named in the report of the Presidential commission which investigated the scam.He had been questioned for around four hours by the Bribery Commission today. (Colombo Gazette) Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake was questioned at length today by the Bribery Commission.The former Finance Minister was questioned over the treasury bond scam.

New Jersey takes over debtridden Atlantic City government

In this June 24, 2016 photo, gamblers play slot machines at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016, the state of New Jersey seized power in Atlantic City, taking control of the cash-strapped city’s assets and major decision-making power. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Nov 9, 2016 10:50 am MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Jersey takes over debt-ridden Atlantic City government TRENTON, N.J. – Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has seized power in Atlantic City, taking control of the assets and major decision-making in the struggling seaside gambling resort that is half a billion dollars in debt.The New Jersey Local Finance Board voted Wednesday to take over the city’s main governmental functions after the state government rejected a proposed five-year financial turnaround plan.The state can now sell assets including the former Bader Field airport property and the city’s much-coveted water utility. It also can reverse decisions of the City Council, break union contracts, and hire or fire workers, but declined to give itself the power to file for bankruptcy on behalf of the city.“This is an example of what this country could turn out to be under Chris Christie and President-Elect Donald Trump, taking away our rights and sovereignty,” said Steve Young, an Atlantic City community activist. “Who do we talk to as residents? What will government look like with the state of New Jersey overpowering the residents? We are headed for some bad times, and your city could be next.”Timothy Cunningham, head of the finance board, will oversee the city, unless he appoints someone else to do it. He said one of the first priorities is to determine the way the state will interact with the local government. He could not immediately say what powers the mayor and City Council would retain.Mayor Don Guardian said the city may challenge the takeover in court, but would give the state a chance to lay out its vision of the new working relationship first.The takeover occurred a week after the state Community Affairs Department rejected a proposed financial turnaround plan that would have seen the city lay off 100 workers, cut spending and sell its largest tract of vacant land to its water utility, keeping both in private hands.The state said that plan did not provide sufficient financial stability for a city already heavily dependent on state aid.The city’s financial strife is largely due to the decline of gambling. Atlantic City has seen five of its 12 casinos close since 2014, taxes have more than doubled over the last six years, and the city’s base of taxable property has declined by two-thirds in recent years.In 2006, Atlantic City’s casinos took in $5.2 billion; last year that had fallen to $2.56 billion. When times were good and casino money was flowing, that was enough to support the city’s spending. But now, not even major cuts are enough to ward off a takeover.Cunningham said the city’s water utility, which it refused to privatize, will be a major part of the solution to the city’s financial woes. But he stopped short of endorsing its sale.The takeover can last for five years, unless the city makes sufficient progress on its finances before then.“It’s an incredible responsibility, one that I’ve lost sleep over the last few weeks,” Cunningham said. “I’m sure I’m going to lose sleep tonight.”___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC read more

Serious global collaboration needed in war on terrorism Iraqi premier tells UN

“Currently we are heading towards liberating Nineveh, the last province remaining under Daesh (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), from which we regained major areas and we shall complete its liberation by the end of this year,” he told the Assembly’s annual general debate. “Assisted by our friends in the international community, we started to implement programs for the return of internally displaced people (IDPs) to their liberated areas, where we developed an integrated program for re-stabilization and service provision, particularly water, electricity, schools and hospitals.“We call on the international community to maintain further their support for the sheltering and return of IDPs, especially, with the forthcoming battle to fully liberate Nineveh and the anticipated increase of displaced persons,” he said. He praised UN for helping to address IDP issues and the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other international organizations for shoring up Government economic reforms, citing the reduction of expenditure despite the costs of the war against terrorism, the restructuring of state institutions to prioritize citizen services and ease investment, and fight against corruption. “We look forward to the day when Iraq and the whole region is free of Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant],” Mr. Abadi said. “Nevertheless, our delight would come true only when the whole World becomes free from terrorism that threatens our peoples and nations. This requires serious collaboration to besiege terrorism, dry out its ideological and financial resources, and demolish its networks and recruitment hubs which are all over the world.“Without such co-operation, terrorism would reach everywhere and refugees fleeing conflict areas would increase in numbers, which has already reached serious and unprecedented levels, he added.” read more

Mens basketball What to expect from Ohio State in 201718

The 2017-18 Ohio State men’s basketball team held its preseason media day Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorKnowing how the Ohio State men’s basketball team was going to perform each night the past two seasons was a mystery. This year, it might be even more difficult to predict.Ohio State held its preseason media day Wednesday with all seven returning players, plus Michigan transfer guard Andrew Dakich, before the team’s first official practice Saturday for the first season under head coach Chris Holtmann. With a fresh coaching staff and a roster full of new players, there likely haven’t been more question marks heading into an Ohio State season since former head coach Thad Matta took over the program in 2004. But despite all the program turnover and offseason storylines, the team goals haven’t changed.“I was definitely excited [for the season] because I felt that as a team, we didn’t leave it all out there on the table [last season],” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “I wouldn’t say that overall goal hasn’t changed since coach Holtmann came, but the style was an adjustment from one coaching staff to another.”It’s difficult to know if Ohio State can actually compete with top programs this year, but based on depth and overall uncertainty, the logical answer would be “no.” Yet, if there’s a reason Ohio State can surprise teams and critics around the country, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop’s play could be it.After playing just nine games due to a season-ending leg injury last year, which led to a medical redshirt, Bates-Diop returns as perhaps Ohio State’s best two-way player. He said he hasn’t “felt this good in probably a year and a half, physically.”At 6-foot-7 and with a wingspan of more than seven feet, he has the ability to contest on the glass, defend on the perimeter and shoot over top of any defender.“I think I’m more consistent with my jump shot. I worked on a lot of the stationary stuff, so I kind of went back to basics, essentially with shooting,” Bates-Diop said. “And coming back, I worked on a lot of footwork and agility stuff just because my leg was weaker and I needed it. I think I’m better in a lot of areas.”Tate said he believes the team is talented enough to meet its goal, presumably being competitive in league play and improving significantly from last season’s dismal 17-15 finish without a bid to the NCAA Tournament, or even the NIT. However, the steps to get there have changed a bit.The first step for the team is learning an entirely new system. All the players who spoke Wednesday said Holtmann is a defensively focused coach. In the two hours per week the team can be with the coaching staff in the offseason, per NCAA rules, Holtmann has steered clear of working in the half court, instead focusing on transition defense and offense.“He’s big on defense,” Bates-Diop said. “All the details in everything. It just kind of opened our minds, essentially.”Sophomore center Micah Potter said the team is in better condition now than it was at this point last season, which could be a direct cause of the heavy work in transition.“If you remember back last year, there were a lot of games we lost by, like, one to five points,” Potter said. “I think being in shape will help us keep that focus and help us make those extra hustle plays that help us win those kind of games.”Depth at point guard is a major issue for Ohio State in 2017-18, with junior C.J. Jackson being the only true point guard on the roster. It is still unknown who is going to be the backup point guard, but all signs point to Jackson playing extended minutes. Tate, Dakich, Bates-Diop and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams have all been practicing as ball handlers. Bates-Diop said Williams is the most likely of the bunch to receive time at point guard. Williams said he expects to play some point guard this season.Including Bates-Diop, Ohio State returns three starters and because of depth problems will have to play inexperienced freshmen forwards Kyle Young and Kaleb Wesson and freshman guard Musa Jallow because of depth problems. The players raved about the maturity of the freshmen, which is important for the future of the program, but might not translate to victories in the intermediate.“We’re Holt guys. We’re Thad guys, but at the end of the day, we’re Holt guys,” Tate said. “We’re the start of this new tradition and coach Holtmann has let us know that there’s an emphasis on we’re going to be the building blocks for years to come.” read more

Jacqueline Connolly says a witness possibly saw Alan Hawe driving his car

first_img 71,237 Views By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Jacqueline Connolly says a witness possibly saw Alan Hawe driving his car after killing Clodagh and the boys Alan and Clodagh Hawe and their three children were found dead in their Cavan home in August 2016. Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 9:35 AM 34 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4521704 Clodagh Hawe (right) with her sister Jacqueline (centre) and mother Mary (left) JACQUELINE CONNOLLY – THE sister of murdered woman Clodagh Hawe – has said that she was informed by a local man that he had seen Alan Hawe driving his car in the early morning of 29 August.In a personal account published in the Sunday Independent, Jacqueline, who appeared with her mother Mary Coll last Monday on the Claire Byrne Live show, said that she felt her family had been mistreated by the state. Alan and Clodagh Hawe and their three children – Liam (14), Niall (11), and six-year-old Ryan – were found dead in their Cavan home in August 2016.An inquest the following year concluded that Clodagh and her three sons were unlawfully killed by Alan who took his own life after the murders at their home at Oakdene, Balcony, Ballyjamesduff. On Monday, Mary Coll and Jacqueline spoke out for the first time about the unanswered questions regarding the murders. They met with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan on Thursday and are also due to meet Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. The pair have raised issues with how the case was handled, saying they were mistreated by the state and that Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan were failed. The family have also called for a number of changes to how cases similar to theirs are handled. They propose that immediately after the conclusion of an inquest in the case of a familicide and family annihilation, a book of evidence is published and that Tusla is responsible for independently monitoring all such cases and maintaining research on familicide perpetrators. The family has also called for a review of the Coroner’s Act and laws surrounding exhumations. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1416 Tweet Email2 So, after Alan Hawe murdered his wife and three sons did he leave the house to go to his place of work, Castlerahan National School, where he was vice principal, perhaps to destroy evidence?Jacqueline said that when they raised this with investigating gardaí they were “accused of tampering with a witness”. She said that her mother Mary told Minister Flanagan on Thursday: We were the ones made to feel like criminals; the investigation officers said we were reading too much about the case in the papers and constantly asking questions.Jacqueline said that the man who told her he had seen Alan may have been mistaken but that she “believed the man when he said he gave a statement to gardaí”. “Overwhelming”Jacqueline said that this week had been “overwhelming” and she thanked Minister Flanagan for meeting with her and her mother and giving them time to go through the case. “It has been an overwhelming week and at last Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan are at the centre of the review of the case,” she said. Jacqueline spoke at length about the case and the initial media and local reaction to the news of what happened. She spoke about Alan Hawe and the particular features of family annihilation cases. She also criticised the “online keyboard warriors” who attacked the family for their initial decision to bury Alan with the rest of the family, a decision which Jacqueline said was made “in the stupor of our grieving”.She criticised the laws that meant it was Alan Hawe’s family that would have “the ultimate say whether there would or would not be an exhumation”.Jacqueline called for more rights for next-of-kin in cases like theirs, and changes to the Succession Act. Finally, she called for a zero tolerance approach in the state to domestic abuse “in any way shape or form”. “We are now a tiny family, with my Mam and me and my little boy, but we hope to make a difference in this country to protect women and children, and let us not forget the men, who are also suffering through coercive control,” she said.  Anyone affected by issues raised in last night’s Claire Byrne Live programme can contact: Samaritans on 116 123Pieta House on 1800 247 247Childline on 1800 66 66 66, or text “support” to 50101Women’s Aid on 1800 341 900  Clodagh Hawe (right) with her sister Jacqueline (centre) and mother Mary (left) Mar 3rd 2019, 9:35 AM Investigation Writing in the Sunday Independent, Jacqueline Connolly said that she and her mother felt that key information surrounding the case was being withheld from them. “The reason we have formed the view that key information is being withheld from us is because a local man told me he had made a statement to gardaí in which he said he and another person saw Alan Hawe driving his car, near the school, very early on the morning of August 29,” Jacqueline said. last_img read more

Greek and FYROM foreign ministers reach an agreement

first_imgThe Foreign Ministers of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) reached an agreement on Monday, culminating the main round of negotiations that might put an end to the decades-long dispute between the two countries on the latter’s name, with the final stage of talks to be led by the countries’ prime ministers, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev.“We two Foreign Ministers have completed the task given to us by our respective PMs,” Nikos Kotzias said to the press after a meeting he had with his FYROM counterpart Nikola Dimitrov in Brussels on the sidelines of a European Union meeting. “Today and possibly tomorrow, we will continue negotiations to resolve technnical and legal issues that need to be clarified. After that, the  documents that have been drafted at a ministerial level will be delivered to the two prime ministers who will discuss between themselves and reach a final deal.”Tsipras and Zaev are to have a telephone discussion on Thursday, which will be crucial to the possibility of solution to be found by a June 28 EU summit meeting, which would see Zaev invited to begin talks for FYROM to enter the EU,  under its new name. Another invitation awaits the FYROM PM for 11 and 12 July, when his country will participate in the NATO summit meeting.The EU’s Foreign Minister, Federica Mogherini, expressed her satisfaction for the progress made by Kotzias and Dimitrov, while a spokesperson for the German Foreign Ministry urged Athens to take advantage of a “historic opportunity” for an agreement that will have a “positive effect on bilateral relations as well as on regional stability.”All this depends on the outcome of Tsipras and Zaev’s scheduled telephone discussion on Thursday, which will probably result to a new meeting between them to take place within the next ten days in Prespes, near the two countries’ borders.Although the name that the two Foreign Minister’s have agreed upon has not been disclosed, it is rumored to be ‘Republika Severna Makedonija’ (Republic of North Macedonia). This marks a compromise for both countries; Greece has reportedly campaigned for ‘Gorna Makedonija (Upper Macedonia), while FYROM had insisted on ‘Nova Makedonija’. Both names remain on the table, according to various sources, while many other issues remain to be resolved; it is rumored that Greece has agreed to the country  using the abbreviation MK internationally, and also on its language being called ‘Macedonian’.The more important is whether FYROM will agree to the new name being used ‘erga omnes’  – i.e. both within the country and in its international relations – but also to change parts of its constitution, something that Greece has set as a prerequisite. Dimitrov said that this is not a decision for him to make, so the matter will be resolved between Tsipras and Zaev, during the final part of the negotiations in Prespes.If this happens, then Greece will send letters to NATO and the EU, calling off the veto it has raised in both organisations regarding FYROM’s membership. In any case, the final agreement has to be ratified by the Greek parliament, but more importantly, it has to pass through a referendum in FYROM. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google la Chine étudie le renouvellement de sa licence

first_imgGoogle : la Chine étudie le renouvellement de sa licenceChine – La licence d’exploitation de Google en Chine a expiré mercredi. Le géant de la recherche sur Internet attend désormais de savoir si elle sera renouvelée.”Nous sommes dans l’attente d’une réponse du gouvernement”, a déclaré à l’AFP Jessica Powell, une porte-parole de Google en Chine. La demande de renouvellement aurait été soumise tardivement et les agences chargées de l’examiner n’ont pas encore achevé de passer les procédures en revue.Sans licence, le site Google.cn est partiellement bloqué et renvoie vers la page Google.com.hk, la page du site basé à Hong Kong et non soumis à la censure. Plusieurs fonctions comme les messageries et les actualités restent toutefois accessibles aux internautes.En mars dernier, Google avait mis en place un système de reroutage qui dirigeait automatiquement sur son site hongkongais les internautes visitant le site chinois. Un basculement jugé “inacceptable” par les responsables du régime communiste. Face aux menaces de la Chine de ne pas renouveler sa licence, le géant de la recherche sur Internet a annoncé lundi qu’il mettrait fin à cette redirection automatique et qu’il proposerait en option aux internautes chinois, d’effectuer manuellement leurs requêtes sur le site hongkongais. Suite à cette annonce, le ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères a déclaré n’avoir aucun commentaire à faire sur cette décision. Le porte-parole du ministère, Qin Gang, s’est contenté de rappeler que “les sociétés internet opérant en Chine devraient se conformer aux règles et législations chinoises”.Le 1 juillet 2010 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

GEEK PICK Star Trek Schematic Illuminated Display

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls We’re a long way from getting functional displays that float in the middle of your desk thanks to holograms, or borderless, transparent LCDs, or other currently unwieldy technology. It might look cool in things like Detroit: Become Human, but we aren’t there yet. Fortunately, we can create the illusion of them with LEDs and etched acrylic.Acrylic is a fascinating material. It’s available in clear sheets, but if you have a burning laser you can etch those sheets with patterns. Shine a light through the edge of a sheet, and the etched surfaces light up while the clear parts stay transparent. It’s a great effect anyone can do with a few LEDs, some acrylic, and… well, a burning laser that costs several thousands of dollars and requires a ventilation system so you don’t pass out from the fumes. Think of it as a modern, cool-running, low-power neon sign. And you can get one with both major U.S.S. Enterprises from ThinkGeek.The Star Trek Schematic Illuminated Sign is a simple desk lamp that lets you have a glowing schematic of the NCC-1701 or NCC-1701-D on your desk. It consists of a base with a strip of LEDs in a slot, and two etched acrylic sheets you can insert into the slot. Press the button, and Kirk or Picard’s Enterprise lights up, complete with era-authentic labels. Pressing the button again cycles the lights through seven different colors, then a rotating color mode. The lamp can run on three AA batteries or micro USB power. Micro USB is easiest for keeping the light constantly running, especially if you connect it to a cool USB hub on your desk.Both sheets look great lit up, though I prefer the Next Generation version, because you know I rep the D. That, and I love the LCARS aesthetic (I have an LCARS watch face on my Fitbit Versa, because I’m that kind of nerd). It looks great in cool blue or white, and the original Enterprise (not the Enterprise Enterprise) really works with yellow. Of course, either one looks striking with red light, if you want to have a ship-wide emergency. It doesn’t produce enough light to be more than an accent lamp; you can’t read by the light of the schematics. Still, it looks very nice in both bright and dark rooms.ThinkGeek lists the price of the Star Trek Schematic Illuminated Sign as $49.99, but it’s currently in the site’s clearance section for $12.99. $50 is a bit pricey for this kind of lamp, but for $13 it’s a steal. Check it out if you like original Star Trek or Next Generation.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more