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Living by the bow and arrow in Bhutan

first_imgThimphu, Oct 8 (AFP) Every weekend Bhutanese Pema Dorji channels his inner Robin Hood and aims for the bull’s-eye, but not without generous sips of the local brew and a leg-kicking dance and song routine.The likes of Dorji make up the vibrant archery scene in the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan where the traditional sport is a way of life for its 800,000 people.Competitions are held across the country on various auspicious days each month before culminating in national championships attended by hundreds of raucous fans.”Alcohol and archery go hand in hand,” said Tashi Dorji, the research and development officer with the Bhutan Indigenous Games and Sports Association (BIGSA).”We drink to gain confidence. We have a belief that if we drink we can hit the target better,” the 25-year-old said, barely hiding a sheepish grin.The game they play pits two teams of 11 players each who try to hit the maximum number of bull’s-eyes on a fixed target a full 140 metres (yards) away.A war cry rings out each time the target is hit. Players in traditional “gho” dresses dance and sing folk numbers — different ones for winning and losing.The crucial drink breaks see archers gulp down locally brewed whisky before locking horns again on the field where colourful flags flutter in the breeze. The beloved national sport is steeped in legends about how bows and arrows were used to hunt prey and destroy demons and evil spirits.Stories also abound about how the Bhutanese fought the rifle-armed soldiers of the British army in the 19th century using arrows dipped in poison.advertisementArchery was popularised by the first king of Bhutan Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuk (1862-1926) and it continued to flourish under royal patronage through the years.But it suffered a decline after the reclusive nation decided to pursue economic development and open its doors to modernisation, eventually allowing in television in 1999.”TV made modern sports available, sports like football and volleyball which are cheaper to play. Suddenly there was competition for our traditional sports,” said Kinzang Dorji, president of the BIGSA.”Children had a wider choice unlike the generations before them,” he told AFP.In addition, the advent of more advanced compound and recurve archery has meant Bhutanese archers used to traditional equipment made of bamboo reeds have struggled to find their feet in international competitions.Bhutan has sent archers to every Olympics since 1984 but a medal has eluded the nation. Some say the Bhutanese, who will vote in only the country’s third elections later this month, lack the fiercely competitive streak needed to do well in the sport.The likes of Ygyen Dorji beg to differ though.”The rivalry is quite intense. Opponents often plant women in the stands to distract the rivals,” said Ygyen Dorji, a mental health counsellor and archery enthusiast.”The ladies mimic you, try to pull you down and one has to concentrate hard as pride and honour are at stake.” Fellow participant Karma Tshering said Bhutanese archers were not aspiring to global acclaim.”Anybody can shoot with the sophisticated modern bows with the help of release aids and all,” said Tshering.”It’s the traditional archery which is more challenging, you have to focus on both your body and mind,” he said, adjusting the sashes on his waist which he won for scoring maximum points during a game at Thimpu’s national sports stadium.The Bhutan Archery Federation recently started a programme to train and encourage children to take up the sport.In a shot in the arm for traditional archery, two Bhutanese athletes won gold medals at the historical World Archery championship held in August in Hungary.”It was a great experience to compete with some 300 archers from all over the world,” said gold-medallist Damcho Wangdi.”It showed traditional archery can be revived as many countries in Europe and Asia have some history of playing with bows and arrows.”And with our rich archery history and culture Bhutan can lead the way.” (AFP) PMSPMSlast_img read more

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India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 18: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

first_imgIndia will take on New Zealand in the clash of the only two undefeated teams in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday.Recent formNew Zealand are on top of the 10-team World Cup 2019 table with 6 points from 3 matches. The Black Caps opened their campaign, crushing Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in Cardiff in their World Cup 2019 opener.New Zealand were then tested by Bangladesh in their second match on June 5 but the Black Caps managed a 2-wicket win after huffing and puffing to a 245-run target.Kane Williamson’s men are heading into their first big test of World Cup, 5 days after their comfortable 7-match win over Afghanistan.On the other hand, pre-tournament favourites have begun their World Cup campaign with two dominant performances.After thrashing South Africa in Southampton, India made light work of a challenge from defending champions, Australia on Sunday at The Oval.Pitch, weather prediction: Trent Bridge, NottinghamTrent Bridge has provided sporting wickets so far in World Cup 2019. West Indies blew Pakistan away with their pace battery in the first match in Nottingham. However, Pakistan came back to beat England in a high-scoring game. Australia also posted 288 before clinching a 15-run win in the 3rd match held in Nottingham on June 6.Trent Bridge has provided assistance for pacers and there has been a bit in it for batsmen who were willing to grind it out.With wet weather forecasted for most of Thursday in Nottingham, expect a lot of swing and seam from the Nottingham wicket.advertisementRain is expected to play a huge role in Nottingham as a curtailed game is on the cards.IND vs NZ: Predicted Playing XIsIndia are fretting over the thumb injury to Shikhar Dhawan. KL Rahul is the front-runner to replace him at the top of the order. Expect Vijay Shankar to come in place of Dhawan in the playing XI. On the other hand, India might beef up their pace bowling department by bringing Mohammed Shami in after which they might play Ravindra Jadeja as their only spinner.”As far as batting order goes, KL (Rahul) moves top of the order and there are various options the team can utilise going into the next game,” India batting coach Sanjay Bangar said on the eve of the match.India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.Also Read | Want KL Rahul to be versatile ODI player like Dravid: Sanjay BangarAlso Read | Rain and New Zealand dominate World Cup 2019: Fans come up with hilarious memes on wet English weatherAlso See:last_img read more

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REYNOLDS DEALS WITH IOWA BUDGET SHORTFALL

first_imgIowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she hopes to cover a state budget shortfall by pulling $50 million from the state’s economic emergency fund avoiding the need to call lawmakers back in a special session to make spending cuts.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IABUDGET.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..of July 1st. :12Two weeks ago revenues remained $97 million behind projections.Reynolds says the shortfall has shrunk but it’s difficult to tell where it will be in September when the state closes its fiscal year books.At her weekly news conference Tuesday she said she can transfer funds for a shortfall under $50 million.Lawmakers cut $118 million from the budget in January then borrowed $131 million from cash reserves.Reynolds blamed a slow farm economy and increased online purchases for which Iowans pay no sales tax.House Democratic leader Mark Smith blamed Republican-led corporate tax cuts.last_img read more

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Sale Knockout Results

first_imgSale held its annual knockout on the weekend with 51 teams and some of Australia’s best players including Sam Brisby, Dylan Thompson and Leah Percy in attendance. The men’s and women’s sections were played on Saturday with the following results:-Women’s “A” – Synergise 10 to Latrobe University Imperial Eagles 2.Women’s “B” – ENUF 4 to Ballarat Dolls 3 in extra time.Men’s “A” – Tune Squad 5 to Maori Saiyanz 3Men’s “B”  – Ballarat 6 to Monash University Shredders 1In the mixed competition played on Sunday the results were:-Mixed “A” Division – Falcons 5 to Mixed Grill 3Mixed Social – Monash University Pinky and the Brain 6 defeated Ballarat 1The Laurie Smyth Perpetual Award for the player showing true sportsman ship in the Mixed Social Division was won by Rachel Davine from Melbourne.The 2014 Sale Knockout is scheduled for the 12th & 13th April at Stephenson Park.Information taken from the Sale Touch website – www.sale.mytouchfooty.com Related LinksMen’s “A” Winners – Tune Squadlast_img read more

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Grange Welcomes Tourism Ministry’s Support Towards Development of Jamaica Music Museum

first_imgStory Highlights The Jamaica Music Museum, which was launched by Minister Grange and brought into operation in 2009, is a division of the Institute of Jamaica — an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. Kingston 23 January 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has welcomed the announcement of the Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Edmund Bartlett, that his Ministry is providing J$25 million towards the further development of the Jamaica Music Museum, also referred to as the Reggae Museum. Minister Grange said the support of the Ministry of Tourism will fast track the development of the Jamaica Music Museum which is “now housed in the corridors of the Institute of Jamaica”. Kingston 23 January 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has welcomed the announcement of the Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Edmund Bartlett, that his Ministry is providing J$25 million towards the further development of the Jamaica Music Museum, also referred to as the Reggae Museum.The Jamaica Music Museum, which was launched by Minister Grange and brought into operation in 2009, is a division of the Institute of Jamaica — an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.Minister Grange said the support of the Ministry of Tourism will fast track the development of the Jamaica Music Museum which is “now housed in the corridors of the Institute of Jamaica”.Minister Grange said:“The inscription of the Reggae Music of Jamaica to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list makes it even more urgent for us to intensify our work on the Jamaica Music Museum as a major resource in promoting and preserving our music, and this support from Minister Bartlett will go a far way in helping us to establish, in a short period of time, a museum befitting Reggae’s global status. This is a great example of Ministers, Ministries and Agencies working together for the benefit of the people of Jamaica. It goes to show that when you put us [Minister Bartlett and I] together, nobody can beat us.”Minister Bartlett said support for the further development of the Jamaica Music Museum will be provided through the Tourism Enhancement Fund. He said the sum of J$25 million has been set aside for the further “scoping, design and the development of the concept of a physical museum… then you give us the budget for what is required for the rest of it.”Minister Bartlett explained that the investment in the Jamaica Music Museum is part of a broader strategy to develop the Reggae product. The strategy includes investment in the development of trails to sites that are significant in the history of the music and the use of Reggae in a new advertising campaign for the Jamaica Tourist Board.Ministers Grange and Bartlett were speaking at the launch of Reggae Month 2019 on Sunday.Reggae Month, celebrated annually in February, is being organised jointly by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Ministry of Tourism.last_img read more

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Taapsee lived with real life revolver dadis before shooting Saand Ki Aankh

first_imgMumbai: Actor Taapsee Pannu has revealed that she spent time with Chandro and Prakashi Tomar, subjects of her upcoming “Saand Ki Aankh”, to get into the skin of her character. “Saand Ki Aankh” follows the inspiring story of the world’s oldest sharpshotters, Chandro and Prakashi fondly known as the “Revolver Dadis”. Taapsee is portraying Prakashi in the Tushar Hiranandani-directed film, while Bhumi Pednekar is essaying the role of Chandro. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka To experience the village life first hand and get to know them personally, Taapsee stayed in their original home in the interiors of UP, to better understand the kind of lives the duo lead, and interacted with their family and neighbours. “It was the best experience for me so far. Living in Johri and spending time with these two ladies, who has strength and compassion was very inspiring. There were so many stories to hear from them and so much to learn,” Taapsee said in a statement. A lot of jewellery and outfits which the actor sports in the film have been borrowed from their actual wardrobe, the markers said. Produced by Reliance Entertainment, Anurag Kashyap, Nidhi Parmar and Chalk n Cheese Films, the film is scheduled to be released on Diwali.last_img read more

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Manitoba has new government and new Indigenous representation

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsManitoba is set to have a new government for the first time in nearly 17 years.The Progressive Conservatives decimated the NDP in historic fashion.Some high-profile Indigenous candidates are heading to the legislature.last_img

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New water management program at SAIT touted as first of its kind

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — A new program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is looking to tackle issues in the rapidly changing world of water management.We announced a new program! Details: https://t.co/xn60YOsRyu #SAIT #H2Onward pic.twitter.com/AQ2SkFm9hw— SAIT (@sait) March 19, 2019The integrated water management program will train students in practical and theoretical skills that will be transferable across multiple industries.It’s a two-year diploma program, and the first cohort of students are expected to begin in the fall of 2019.The program is targeted towards students with a passion for the environment and more importantly water.David Ross, president of SAIT, said the demand is high for people with these skills.“Water management. The water resource issue has really come to the forefront, whether it’s managing the climate issue or just where it’s just the scarcest resource we find in many areas,” he said. “Not a lot of talent available to manage this important resource.”Ross also thanked their industry partner Imperial for a $1-million donation towards the development of the program. read more

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UN helped return normalcy to Haitian slum peacekeeping official told

“MINUSTAH’s presence has permitted us to re-establish security,” Haitian Police Inspector Rosemond Aristide told Under-Secretary-General Alain Le Roy, adding: “Now the population of Cité Soleil can pursue their normal occupations.”Among the sites visited by Mr. Le Roy, who was accompanied by MINUSTAH head Hedi Annabi, was the imposing police edifice renovated through mission funding along with grants from the Haitian Stabilization Initiative, a project of the United States Government.According to a MINUSTAH press release, operations conducted in 2006 by the Mission and the Haitian national police helped neutralize the heads of the armed gangs, who after 2004 had created a lawless zone in the neighbourhood, which was founded in 1967 to shelter people displaced by construction in the port area of Port-au-Prince.Much of the neighbourhood then descended into extreme poverty over the years as large-scale migration from rural areas came to Cité Soleil, which in the 1990s, was the power base for ex-President Jean Bertand Aristide.During the visit of Mr. Le Roy, the mayor of Cité Soleil, Wilson Louis, reminded him that the problems that foster crime in the neighbourhood remain, including high employment and inadequate housing.As part of his five-day trip, Mr. Le Roy held a press conference yesterday at MINUSTAH headquarters, during which he promised to be an advocate for its operations in the country to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and international partners. 29 January 2009The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has been key to returning law and order to the Cité Soleil neighbourhood of the capital city Port-au-Prince, which was formerly controlled by armed gangs, the UN’s top peacekeeping official was told during a visit today. read more

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Envoy unveils welfare plan for expat workers in Saudi Arabia

The Sri Lankan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Azim Thassim says his mission has chalked out a 20/20 plan to promote bilateral relations with the Kingdom and to work for the welfare of the island’s 500,000 workers in Saudi Arabia, Arab News reported.The envoy was addressing the Sri Lankan community on the occasion to mark Sri Lanka’s 68th anniversary of its Independence Day. The envoy called upon his community members to build up the various projects earmarked during the next five years.“We need professional help in social, cultural, economic and educational fields from our countrymen in the Kingdom,” he said, stressing that the expatriate community can help the country as well as the host country in their march toward national development.He also announced that in addition to the two community schools in Riyadh and Jeddah, the mission has received a license to operate another school in Dammam. “Arrangements are being made to open this school during the new academic year,” he added. Around one-third of the Sri Lankan population of 1.5 million overseas workers are concentrated in the Kingdom. Speaking further, the ambassador noted that the new government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, supported by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, is working hand-in-hand to create a new political culture, economic system and communal harmony in the country.“Good governance (Yahapalanaya) is the motto of the present government. Following the end of the war, we had massive development drives and projects. Around half a decade later, now the country is led toward the marvelous goals of good governance and social justice where significant paradigm shifts in social, economic and political arenas are at their dawn,” he concluded.In Jeddah, acting Consul General M.S.M. Ansar, hoisted the national flag at the consulate. More than 100 expatriates in the western province were present at the morning function to meet and greet fellow Sri Lankans. (Colombo Gazette) A large gathering of the Lankan community, including schoolchildren and Saudi businessmen, graced the colorful ceremony organized by the mission. To begin the day’s event, the ambassador unfurled the national flag amidst the beat of drums (Magul bera). Then community members joined the choir of the Sri Lankan International School in Riyadh to sing the national anthem. It was followed by the recital of Jayamangala Gatha and observance of two-minutes silence in memory of fallen heroes. “This was done as a mark of respect to all those, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation,” the envoy said. Expatriates from all walks of life were present at the morning function to meet and greet one another on this auspicious occasion.Thassim, who also re-launched the mission’s website with new features, said the website will give an insight into the activities of the mission. “It provides a portal to learn about the facilities and services rendered by the mission for the welfare of workers.” read more

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Wyoming comes back in second half to beat South Carolina

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Justin James scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out five assists as Wyoming came back in the second half to beat South Carolina 73-64 Wednesday night.James scored 15 of his points in the second half to help Wyoming (3-6) overcome a 37-33 halftime deficit. The Cowboys opened the second half with a 17-4 run and extended their lead to as many as 12 points. The Gamecocks could get no closer than two possessions the rest of the game.Jake Hendricks contributed 16 points, and TJ Taylor 11 for Wyoming, which made 10 of 20 3-pointers on the night.South Carolina (4-4) was led by A.J. Lawson’s 15 points and nine rebounds. Chris Silva had 11 points and eight rebounds. The Gamecocks converted just 3 of 20 of their 3-point attempts.BIG PICTURESouth Carolina loses a game that is the longest distance it’s travelled in the regular season schedule. The Gamecocks travel no farther than Oklahoma State later in January the rest of the season.Wyoming improved to 2-3 on its home court so far this season. In 37 years of play at Arena-Auditorium, the Cowboys have won 74.7 per cent of their games.MENTOR MARTINFrank Martin coached Wyoming’s Allen Edwards at Miami Senior High School before Edwards went on to play at Kentucky.UP NEXTSouth Carolina stays on the road with a game Saturday at No. 5 Michigan, the first game this season the Gamecocks will have faced at Top 25 team.Wyoming is off until Tuesday when it plays host to Denver.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Bob Moen, The Associated Press read more

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Womens Hockey Ohio State outlasts St Cloud State in 22 shootout victory

Ohio State redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve stares down a rolling puck against St. Cloud State on Feb. 4 at the OSU Ice Rink. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s hockey team (11-3-3, 8-2-3 WCHA) defeated the St. Cloud State Huskies (3-12-1, 1-9-1 WCHA) in a shootout 1-0 after tying 2-2 during regulation at the OSU Ice Rink Friday.With 8:03 remaining in the final period, Buckeyes senior forward Julianna Iafallo scored to tie the game at 2-2. The game remained scoreless after that and the Huskies and Buckeyes were headed to overtime.After the overtime period the score was still tied at two, and the game entered a shootout. After a lengthy shootout, Ohio State junior forward Grace Zarzecki scored the game-winning goal.The Buckeyes came out strong in the first period. Less than 10 seconds into the first period, freshman forward Tatum Skaggs had the initial shot on goal that was just wide of the net.“I just kept crashing the net, the goalie left a couple rebounds out,” Skaggs said, describing her early shot attempts.The two teams traded shots throughout the first period with Ohio State tallying 12 shots and St. Cloud State reaching nine shots, but neither team could score.“They played great, they were doing all the little things right, they were moving their feet on passes,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said of her teams play in the opening period.With 10:05 to go in the first period, St. Cloud State struck first when defenseman Abby Thiessen scored on a rifled slap shot that bested Buckeye goalie Kassidy Sauve and gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead.Ohio State had won both previous meetings on Oct. 20 and 21 between the two teams, both by final scores of 4-0.St. Cloud State added to its lead with just under seven minutes to go in the opening period on a power-play goal by forward Kayla Friesen, making it 2-0 Huskies.With 30.2 seconds remaining in the first period, a presumed goal by Ohio State was overturned after replay review.After a slower-paced second period, it took until nearly the end for Ohio State to score its first goal of the game. Forward Tatum Skaggs scored with just over 30 seconds to go in the second period to make it 2-1 St. Cloud State. It was Skaggs’ 12th goal of the year. Later that period, Ohio State tied the game at two, then won the shootout.“To sweep either on the road or at home in this league is very difficult,” Muzarell said, knowing that she will see the familiar foe Huskies again in less than 24 hours.Ohio State hosts St. Cloud State for the season finale Saturday afternoon at 3:07 p.m. at the Ohio State Ice Rink. read more

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Tressel Pryor trade Scarlet and Gray for colors of NFL teams

The last two days saw two former members of the Ohio State football program make their respective NFL debuts, though both had forgettable outings. Former OSU coach Jim Tressel debuted in the coaching booth for the Indianapolis Colts in a Sunday Night Football matchup with New Orleans. Tressel, now a game-day consultant with the Colts, opted to postpone his term of employment until Week 7 of the NFL season due to concerns about current and former OSU players who were suspended in both the NFL and NCAA. In Tressel’s final game coaching the Buckeyes, he led the team to a 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome. That game, along with the entire 2010 season, was later vacated by OSU as part of its self-imposed penalties for violating NCAA policies. Tressel resigned from his post with the Buckeyes on May 30. Tressel returned to the Superdome last night only to see his new team fall to the Saints, 62-7. The loss dropped the Colts’ 2011 record to 0-7. On Wednesday, Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell said that Tressel will assist in situations when the team might challenge a play. “I may have a couple of other things for him to do, sort of game day activities, but that’s basically what he’s going to help us with, among other things,” Caldwell said. “I want him to come around and make certain that he gets a feel for how we do things. Practice, preparation and all those kinds of things, so he’ll have a sense of that. The rest of the time it will probably just be towards the weekend, but he’ll be around. (Tressel will) travel with us, obviously.” Tressel was not made available for comment. Week 7 also saw former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor make his first appearance for the Oakland Raiders. Pryor, who was slated to miss the first five games of the Buckeyes’ 2011 season, departed the university on June 7 to pursue an NFL career with a year of NCAA eligibility remaining. Pryor and five of his then-OSU teammates were suspended for selling team memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Despite his off-field problems, Pryor was selected by the Raiders in the third-round of the NFL supplemental draft with the understanding that he would be suspended for the first five games of the NFL season. During the first quarter of the Raiders’ 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, the former Buckeye lined up at the wide receiver position before going under center and taking a snap. Pryor was flagged for a false start penalty on the play and did not return to the game. The Raiders did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding Pryor. Indianapolis will return to action Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The Raiders are in the midst of their bye week and will next play the Denver Broncos at home Nov. 6. read more

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Ohio State Pride Night aims to raise awareness advocacy for LGBT Community

“You can play,” was the message some fans sported on their shirts during the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s second annual Pride Night.Executive Director of the You Can Play Project and former NFL player, Wade Davis, spoke Saturday at the Schottenstein Center before the Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-6-1, 1-2-1) took on Michigan State (6-10-3, 0-2-2).You Can Play is an organization that seeks to bring equality, respect and safety to all athletes regardless of their sexual orientation. Before the game, which ended in a 1-1 tie with Michigan State winning the shootout, Davis spoke about the challenges he faced as a gay athlete.“I didn’t have the courage to exist in the world as I really was,” Davis said. “The safest place for me was with my teammates because I wasn’t thinking about the idea that I was gay.”It was that mindset that led Davis to his involvement with You Can Play. Davis said that when it comes to sports, one’s race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation should not matter.“You Can Play addresses the idea that athletes really don’t care about your sexuality,” Davis said. “They only care about if you can help the team win.”The Board Room in the basement of the Schottenstein Center filled up at 5 p.m. with hockey fans, students and families who came out to support OSU’s partnership with Gay Hockey Ohio in an effort to show the university’s commitment to ensure equality amongst all athletes. At Pride Night, Davis spoke about how his experience being open about his orientation as an athlete has been both “liberating and awful.”“There is a common misconception that sports culture is a culture that is really homophobic, but actually in a lot of ways, sports is one of the few places where athletes are used to dealing with someone who is different,” Davis said.Pride Night aimed to raise awareness and advocacy among both athletes and students at OSU through team videos expressing support of the You Can Play Project.A video message from Mayor Michael Coleman played on the jumbotron opened the game in support of the project and OSU’s decision to promote the program.“Tonight is about our sportsmanship and the strength and diversity of our community. These are values we embrace and honor right here in Columbus,” Coleman said in the video. “I take pleasure that we celebrate this kind of diversity.”Davis said a huge idea that You Can Play stresses to athletes is that they need to treat each other with respect regardless of their sexual orientation in order to help other athletes play freely and openly.There was also a silent auction held prior to the game to help raise money for the project. A hockey stick signed by current Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and other signed merchandise was available to purchase.Brooke Cartus, a second-year law student at OSU’s Moritz College of Law, said OSU is the first Big Ten university to host a pride night. Cartus is the co-chair of The Outlaws, an organization within Moritz that seeks to understand legal issues that affect the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. She called the organization “an opportunity for open communication and education.”Ben Brown, a first-year in agricultural engineering, supported the project along with many other students who attended the hockey game.“If you have a love for the sport, it shouldn’t matter your orientation and if you’re good at the sport, it shouldn’t matter,” Brown said. read more

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Football Ryan Day Greg Schiano prepare Ohio State for No 15 TCU

Ohio State finished the 2017 season in Arlington, Texas, ending the season with a 24-7 win over USC in the 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic. In the first road game of the 2018 season, the Buckeyes will return to AT&T Stadium to take on No. 15 TCU. In his weekly press conference, acting head coach Ryan Day said his approach for the first road game of the season is not the same as any neutral-site match-up. He said Ohio State is looking at this as a true road game, facing a team that usually plays 18 miles away. Day said many on Ohio State’s roster will have some sort of familiarity with AT&T Stadium, just with the experience the team had preparing for the 2017 Cotton Bowl. However, to him, that is just a minor advantage Ohio State could have against a TCU team that is close to home. “At the end of the day, it just comes down to going in to play,” Day said. “Obviously a beautiful stadium and they will have a great crowd, so it will be a hostile crowd.”Ohio State not only has to prepare for what the coaching staff considers a hostile road environment for the first time this season, but also preparing for a ranked opponent in that environment.With head coach Urban Meyer still facing the final game of his suspension, Day said the offensive play call sheets will continue to be made with Meyer during the week prior to the game on Saturday. However, Day said he is not preparing a new offense for TCU. “We are going to be who we are and do what we are. I think when you start to stray and focus on other things, like it being a big game, that’s when you get distracted. We’ve got to focus on us and if we play the way that we know we can play, then that’s going to give us the best chance to win.” Day said the level of competition that Ohio State will face on Saturday just comes with the job, having the expectation to bring the team’s “A-game” every week. “If you don’t think it’s a big game, try losing it, you know,” Day said. “So they are all big, and you’ve got to play hard. Every game you’ve got to be ready, you’ve got to be prepared and do a great job.” Safety rotation continues with the return of Jordan Fuller After missing the first game of the 2018 season against Oregon State with a hamstring injury, junior safety Jordan Fuller returned to the Ohio State defense on Saturday against Rutgers. Recording three tackles and one pass break-up, Fuller helped the Buckeyes pass defense to allow 65 yards, forcing two interceptions against Rutgers. Even Fuller’s presence in the backfield was huge for Ohio State, according to defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Describing Fuller as an athlete with good anticipation and vision in Monday’s press conference, Schiano said his versatility and different attributes are very vital to the success of the Ohio State secondary as a whole. “Jordan would be good whatever he did,” Schiano said. “He came here as a corner. He could play corner. He’s got that kind of coverage skills. He could play receiver and he was a quarterback in high school. He has a real good spatial awareness and he’s a good tackler.”Schiano said the starting safety spot next to Fuller is still an ongoing battle, saying that the players battling for playing time are “young.” The defensive coordinator said he was encouraged by the play of sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, but said he is still young and needs more reps. He also said redshirt freshman cornerback Shaun Wade, who had played nickel safety for Ohio State on Saturday, “is getting better and better.”Even with the performances from Wade, Pryor and redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint, Schiano is still not ready to name a full-time starter at the position opposite Fuller. “They are all the same age, so we’re going to keep that thing going for a bit and see if one of them can pull away,” Schiano said. Middle linebackerSchiano has made it clear in the past he believes in his linebacker depth, saying Monday he will play more than three starting linebackers because, “I think we have more than three linebackers.” With redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland receiving more playing time as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury, Schiano was asked about the split of playing time between Borland and sophomore Baron Browning, who had been starting for Ohio State in the middle. Schiano said both linebackers have improved, but both will continue to split playing time as Borland continues to recover and Browning, in the words of Schiano, continues to get his feet underneath him at the position. However, both players bring a unique playing style to the middle linebacker position, something Schiano said he will continue to utilize in the rotation. “Tuf has got just such a sense for the football,” Schiano said. “He seems to be around the ball all the time, and Baron has an unbelievable ability to cover ground. If you look at him, for a big man, or for anybody, he runs extremely well.” read more

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Fmr taxi driver accused of stealing 500000 in goods charged 2

A man accused of stealing $500, 000 worth of groceries in 2016 found himself before City Magistrate, Judy Latchman after he was caught by Police earlier this month.Accused: Micheal Boodhoo (White jersey)Micheal Boodhoo, 58, of Coven Garden, East Bank Demerara (EBD) denied that on December 23, 2016 at Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown he stole 2 boxes containing  foods and beverages valued approximately $500,000 property of Lisa MacDonald.The Police Prosecutor told the Court that on the day of the incident, Boodhoo, who is now a dredge owner but was previously a taxi driver, was hired by the Virtual Complainant (VC).The woman, he said, purchased the goods, loaded the defendant’s taxi and proceeded to Avenue of the Republic. However, upon her arrival there, she began to unload the goods and while doing so the woman reportedly went use the washroom and when she returned, the defendant, his car and her goods were nowhere to be found.The matter was reported to the Police but it wasn’t until this month that the VC saw the accused and pointed him out to the Police.As such, Boodhoo was arrested and charged with the offence.His Attorney, George Thomas made an application for his client to be granted his pre-trial liberty noting that he is willing to lodge his passport if necessary and to report to the Police Station.Boodhoo was granted $160,000 bail and is expected to return to Court on May 14, 2018 for statements. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner gets $400,000 bail on fraud chargeJune 4, 2018In “Court”Bandits snatch $6M after trailing businesswoman from bankFebruary 1, 2017In “Crime”Taxi driver accused on stealing $6M granted bailNovember 19, 2016In “Court” read more

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British Columbia suffering bad environmental planning

first_imgRecent project rejections call into question both the system and the understanding of that system by British Columbia’s mining companies. If these rejections stand, a great deal of money has been wasted.The most recent problem arose this week, on September 25. Imperial Metals reports that the Federal Court of Canada ruled that the Federal environmental assessment of the Red Chris project was procedurally incorrect and should have been carried out by way of a comprehensive study review and not as a screening level review. The Court found the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Natural Resources Canada, as the ‘Responsible Authorities’ did not have the authority under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), to re-scope the project to a screening level review after the Responsible Authorities had determined they would proceed by comprehensive study review. The judgment sets aside the Federal environmental assessment completed in May 2006 which determined the Red Chris project was not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. As a result of this judgment, the Responsible Authorities will be required to revisit the environmental assessment of the project under CEAA. The decision of the Federal Court does not affect the Environmental Assessment Certificate issued by the Province of British Columbia in August 2005 following a thorough environmental assessment that concluded the Red Chris Project is not likely to cause significant adverse impacts. Imperial says it “sees this decision as a setback for environmental review of projects in Canada by significantly limiting the ability of Federal and Provincial authorities to harmonize their respective review processes and avoid costly duplication and uncertainty. The company will be conferring with the Responsible Authorities to determine how they wish to proceed.”Imperial acquired bcMetals Corporation in February 2007 at a cost of about $68.4 million. bcMetals’ main asset was the Red Chris property, located in northwest British Columbia, 18 km southeast of the village of Iskut and 80 km south of Dease Lake on the north facing Todagin Plateau. The Red Chris project had received Federal and Provincial environmental approvals for mine development. A 2004 feasibility study on the property indicates a 25 year mine life at 30,000 t/d with reserves of 276 Mt grading 0.349% Cu and 0.266 g/t Au. Not long ago, Northgate had its plans to develop a second pit to the north of its existing Kemess Mine, located more than 400 km northwest of Prince George, rejected. Northgate was proposing to dump its tailings beneath a local lake, and that seems to have been the major stumbling block. The Kemess North project is of significant importance to Northgate because it has the potential to increase the productive life of its existing infrastructure by over 11 years. Since 2000, Northgate has invested almost $8 million in exploration and development to expand its resources base by over 800%. On the basis of a feasibility study completed in the third quarter of 2004, Northgate moved 4 Moz of the resources at Kemess North into the Proven and Probable reserve category. Northgate reported on September 17 that the Panel was “satisfied, taking into account its commitments and proposed mitigation and compensation measures, that the project would not likely result in significant adverse environmental effects. The panel also concludes that Duncan (Amazay) Lake is the only waste disposal alternative which is environmentally effective, and technically and economically feasible. In spite of these conclusions, the panel has recommended to the Federal and Provincial Ministers of the Environment that the project not be approved as proposed, but also acknowledges that the Ministers could disagree with the Panel’s advice and approve the Project. Over the next several days, Northgate will be reviewing the details of the report and speaking with the federal and provincial authorities in order to more fully understand the Panel’s decision and determine how to proceed.last_img read more

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9 people youll definitely see at the Garth Brooks concerts

first_imgFEW WOULD HAVE predicted it, but Garth Brooks is now set to play a whopping five nights in Dublin’s Croke Park in July of this year.Five nights, which means 400,000 people – just under one-tenth of the Republic of Ireland’s population.But who are these people?  Well, we’ll tell you exactly who they are.Here are nine people you’ll definitely see at the Garth Brooks gigs.Die-hards Source: FlThese people have bought tickets for all five gigs, and may have flown in for them from all over the world.They will queue every day from 7AM to ensure that they are right up the front.  They will remain stony-faced from dawn ’til dusk, but when Garth comes on they will LOSE THEIR MINDS.They live for Garth.Mams Source: LookbookThey’ll be out in force in their Dunnes Stores fold away rain jackets, their good jeans and their practical shoes.Depending on the intake of pinot grigio, they may or may not don a diamante cowboy hat and a feather boa.Dads The dad who can still fit into his 1993 tour t-shirt is a proud man.You’ll find the dads in small groups, discussing Garth Brooks memories through the years.The real heroes will have been to see him in The Point in ’94 and Croker in ’97.Watch them, they’ll know every word to every song.People in full costume Source: FlickrYou can bet your bottom dollar you’re going to see people in full Brooks regalia.  They’ll have the shirts, the Stetsons (proper ones now, not the rubbish ones people buy outside the O2), the cowboy boots, they are probably planning their outfits already.That is, of course, if they haven’t had the gear since 1997.Children Source: FlickrYou don’t know why they’re there. They don’t know why they’re there. But €70 was spent to make sure that they are.People in pink cowboy hats Source: Ali ExpressThese people are at every gig, wearing the same pink cowboy hats.  These hats have nothing to do with country music you see, they are simply a garment which screams ‘I’m off the lead, the kids are at home, and I’m ready to get lllllllloooooockkkkkked!’#GIRLSNIGHTOUTPeople who haven’t been to a gig since Garth in 1997 Source: Garth rThey’re a little shell-shocked by the crowd, but dammit if they aren’t prepared.They’ll arrive early wearing a Garth Brooks ’97 t-shirt, with sandwiches and possibly a flask of tea.  Their method is to be respected.Bandwagoners Source: psdYou’ll know these guys because they’ll be locked.They bought tickets out of FOMO (fear of missing out) during the ticket-buying frenzy because they know one or two songs, but truth be told they’re just there for the gas.Watch out for the withering looks being fired at them by the real fans.The Unexpecteds Source: ShutterstockThese are not people you’ve seen tweeting or posting about the struggle to get tickets, nor have they been snottily giving out about Garth’s popularity.  Instead, they’ve been strangely silent.They’ve been silent, because they secretly love Garth Brooks and know all the words to all the songs because his albums were the only ones allowed to be played on family car journeys from 1993-1999.They might have beards and be wearing skinny jeans, but don’t let that fool you, they are big fans.Garth Brooks has announced a FIFTH date at Croke Park>Yes, Garth Brooks fans are queuing for tickets once again>last_img read more

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Hear the Sailor Moon Theme On Traditional Japan Instruments

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Everyone knows how the Sailor Moon theme goes, whether you know the English version with lyrics by DiC (“Fighting evil by moonlight/Winning love by daylight”) or the original Japanese lyrics to “Moonlight Densetsu.” It’s an iconic track, and you probably know it even if you’ve not willingly given it a listen before. But there’s almost certainly a version of the song you’ve never heard before, brought to us via professional shamisen Nami Kineie, who’s put together a traditional Japanese iteration of the song, accompanied by other Japanese instruments such as the shakuhachi, fue, and koto.The result is a complete captivating version of the song that has something of an elegant and regal-sounding lilt, and the video of the performance itself is pretty awesome, too. The band members make everything look super simple, despite all the work that went into making this song a reality. And we’ve heard tons of different iterations of this iconic theme song over the years, but this is the only one that’s ever sounded this completely different.So if “Moonlight Densetsu” is a go-to in your karaoke mix or you tend to listen to the single a whole lot, you might consider adding this version of the song into your mix at some point, even if only to just listen to as tribute to one of the most catchy and amazing anime openings of all time.The best part? You can sing along with the English opening lyrics or the Japanese set, depending on which ones you’re more comfortable with. They still work even with this gorgeous-sounding rendition, so it works no matter which language you’re feeling more on a particular day. Hopefully, there are plenty more traditionally Japanese songs coming in the future, as that would be absolutely awesome to hunker down to and listen to sometime. The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Thousands may not graduate because of WA math test

first_imgSEATTLE — Thousands of high school students in Washington’s Class of 2013 don’t know yet if they will get a diploma later this spring because they have not yet met the state’s newest graduation requirement: a math exam.Most of their fellow seniors have met their requirements: 77.5 percent of this year’s senior class have passed three statewide tests, are in line to earn all their credits, and are ready to complete a senior project and write a plan for what they want to do after high school. Those percentages look good, considering Washington’s on-time graduation rate has hovered just below 80 percent for the past few years.But about 16,000 students across the state don’t yet know if they will need a cap and gown in a couple of months.The class of 2013 is the first expected to pass either an algebra or geometry test to graduate, although high school students have been taking statewide math exams for years.About 8,000 students in the class of 2013 have not yet fulfilled the math testing requirement and another 4,300 have not met any of the state testing requirements for reading, writing or math. About 3,800 still need to pass one or two tests.Nearly 80 students in Seattle Public Schools are in danger of not graduating, just because of the new math test, said Nancy Steers, the district’s assessment coordinator. More are still struggling to meet the writing or reading requirements.last_img read more

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