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Housing agency explores cutting red tape for selfemployed borrowers

first_imgOTTAWA – The national housing agency is exploring ways to make it easier for entrepreneurs and new immigrants to buy a home by cutting some of the red tape required to prove they can afford to pay the mortgage.“Right now, under our mortgage insurance policies, you have to be able to document income to get mortgage insurance, to a level of specificity that discriminates against new Canadians, because they can’t do that,” Evan Siddall, the CEO of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., said in a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press.“It discriminates against entrepreneurs, as well, because they can’t prove their income as well, so we’re looking at our own policies to try and make sure that there is more equity in our mortgage insurance programs,” he said.Anyone who wants to buy a home in Canada without a down payment of at least 20 per cent of the purchase price is usually required to get mortgage loan insurance from the CMHC, which requires a smaller down payment of five per cent on a home worth up to $500,000.A 10-per-cent down payment is required for the portion of the price over $500,000, with $1 million being the maximum property value allowed.The mortgage insurance comes with a premium, which the lender will then pass on to the person buying the home.Borrowers need to satisfy lenders they will be able to make their mortgage payments, which usually means providing proof of employment and a few pay stubs. But that can be tricky for people who just started their own business.It can also be a barrier to those whose employment history has gaps for other reasons, such as having recently immigrated to Canada.People who are self-employed, for example, usually need to provide notices of assessment for the previous two years. Their income is determined by averaging those two years, although the most recent year can be used if it has increased annually for at least four years.They also need to have been doing the same type of work for at least two years.Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said more flexibility would be welcome, especially for startups.“If one starts a business or is self-employed, the lines between their personal and business finances are often quite blurry,” said Kelly.“Often, their personal assets are required to get financing for the business. But then they also have a challenge getting financing on the personal side, because they don’t have the nice, clean letter of offer from an employer that is often quite convincing in these situations,” he said.Any relaxation of the rules would naturally increase the risk. So Siddall said the agency is looking at how to manage that, including different ways to document income, and higher premiums.“Can we charge for that risk? Better to charge that risk than not to make it available,” he said.Jack Fiorillo, a broker with TMG The Mortgage Group in Woodbridge, Ont., said he expects the CMHC to be fairly conservative on this front.“It will be a very small sandbox that CMHC will play in, probably at the beginning, and then maybe if once their risk appetite increases, maybe they can expand that box,” said Fiorillo.He said he expects the potential change to make it easier for a relatively small number of self-employed people to get a mortgage, and they will likely have to pay higher interest rates.The CMHC said it has been compiling data on how many would-be homeowners have their mortgage applications rejected for these reasons, but cannot disclose those numbers right now because it is based on conversations with commercial lenders.“We are still doing research and development to move this forward,” CMHC spokesman Jonathan Rotondo said in an email.Siddall said the Crown corporation has raised the idea with its board and expects to announce something within the next six months.– Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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TORONTO STAR SHORT STORY CONTEST

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Good Luck writers! The second-place winner will take home a $2,000 prize, while third place will be awarded $1,000.The winner can choose a 30-week creative writing correspondence program, valued at $3,000, at Humber, or a week-long summer workshop, worth $1,000, at the college’s Lakeshore campus in Toronto.Three prizes will be awarded:First Prize: $5,000, plus the tuition fee for either The Humber School for Writers 2018 Creative Writing by Correspondence (Approximate retail value: $3,000), or Summer Workshop in Creative Writing on July 8-13, 2018 at Humber’s Lakeshore Campus (Approximate retail value: $1,000).Second Prize: $2,000.Third Prize: $1,000. Facebook If the winner does not claim the prize within 48 hours of notification, the next eligible entry selected by the judging criteria set out in these rules will be contacted, and the first potential winner will have no further claim to the prize. Sponsor will not mail or courier the prize and is not responsible for unclaimed prizes.Winners must attend a prize presentation event at the Yorkville Public Library, 22 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4W 1L4 on or about Thursday, April 19, 2018 to collect the prize won.The winners’ stories will be published in the Sunday Star as follows: The Third place story will appear on Sunday, April 29, 2018; the Second place story will appear on Sunday, May 6, 2018; the First place story will appear on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Should any of the above-mentioned dates become unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances, the stories will run, in the order listed above, on the next available Sunday edition of the Toronto Star. Release:Prior to receiving the prize, the potential winner will be required to show valid photo ID and to sign a declaration of eligibility and release form releasing the Sponsor and its related parties from any and all liability in connection with the Contest and/or the prize, confirming compliance with the rules and consenting to the use of his or her name and short story in any and all forms of media, without further compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor and/or its advertising and promotional agencies. If a potential winner is under the age of majority, his/her parent or legal guardian must also sign and return the declaration of eligibility and release form. The signed form must be received within 48 hours of notification or the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate entrant.Indemnity:By participating in this Contest, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsors, and their parent, subsidiaries, affiliates and/or related companies and each of their officers, directors, shareholders, employees, advisors, assignees, agents, licensees, representatives, advertising, media buyers and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of action, or losses of any kind (including but not limited to lawyers’ fees) arising from your participation in the Contest, your violation of any term of these Contest rules, your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or any claim that your submission caused damage to a third party. Privacy:We use your personal information to administer this Contest, including contacting, announcing and promoting prize winners, and may transfer your personal information to third party service providers (including but not limited to prize suppliers) in order to perform services such as prize fulfillment and delivery. The Contest is run in compliance with the Toronto Star’s privacy policy, which may be found in full at http://thestar.com/privacy.Banning:The Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, prohibit any person from entering the Contest whom it believes to be abusing the rules. Such abuse includes entering false information and entering more than once.Other:This Contest is governed by the laws of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein and is void where prohibited by law. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest or the Contest rules at any time without notice. All prizes must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and are not convertible to cash. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize or portion of the prize with a prize of equal or greater value. All prizes are awarded as-is. Sponsor is not liable for any lost, late, misdirected or stolen entries or inability to process entries, or any errors, damage or negligence that may arise in connection with this Contest, including human error. Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest. Submissions will be judged by a panel of the Humber School for Writers and narrowed down to a short list. The three winners will then be selected from that list by city librarian Vickery Bowles, award-winning author and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, Toronto Star books editor Deborah Dundas, and the Star’s former theatre critic Richard Ouzounian.Agreement: These rules govern the Toronto Star Short Story Contest (“Contest”). The act of entering the Contest constitutes acceptance of the Contest rules and the decisions of the Contest judges, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants.Sponsor: The Contest sponsors are Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, the Toronto Public Library and The Humber School for Writers (“Sponsors”).Eligibility: The Contest is open to all residents of Ontario who have attained the age of 16, except for employees, their immediate families and anyone living with any employee of the Sponsor or its corporate affiliates, advertising or promotional agencies. There is a limit of one entry per person.Contest and Judging Criteria:Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 and ends at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2018.Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2018.By entering this Contest you acknowledge that all entries become the property of the Contest Sponsors and will not be returned or acknowledged.To enter the Contest, submit your entry by the contest deadline in its own envelope. Stories submitted by fax machine and e-mail will not be accepted. Illegible entries will be disqualified.Stories must be written in English, original and unpublished up to the time the winners are declared on or about Thursday, April 19, 2018.Stories must be written on a computer or typewriter, be double-spaced and no longer than 2,500 words.Total word count must be printed on the front page of the story.All submissions are final. No changes or substitutions to a story are allowed once Toronto Star Newspapers Limited receives your entry.Manuscripts will not be returned.Entrants may wish to enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with their entries to ensure that their story has reached the Toronto Star Newspaper Limited.Information is not available by email or telephone.Pseudonyms are not permitted.By entering the Contest, entrants agree to allow Toronto Star Newspapers Limited to publish their stories, names and biographical information in all media, including but not limited to its newspapers and thestar.com without compensation. Entrants also agree to allow the Toronto Public Library and The Humber School for Writers to publish their stories, names and biographical information in all media. Do not send photographs with entries. Winners will be contacted about a photograph at a later date and must agree to publication of his/her photograph.In connection with your submission, you affirm, represent and/or warrant that (i) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use and authorize Sponsors to use all copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights in and to your submission to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the manner contemplated by these Contest rules; and (ii) you have the written consent, release and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the submission to use the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the matter contemplated by these Contest rules.Sponsor reserves the right to reject and disqualify any submissions that could be offensive or inappropriate or that do not meet the terms and conditions of these rules.How to enter:The author’s name, address, telephone number, email address and a 25-50 word biographical sketch must be included with each entry on a separate sheet of paper.The name of the author should not appear on the story itself.Mail or drop off your submission to:Short Story ContestToronto StarOne Yonge Street, 4th FloorToronto, ON  M5E 1E6Entries may also be dropped off in the Short Story contest box in the main lobby of the Toronto Star building, One Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario.NO ENTRY FEE REQUIRED.Judging and notification:Members of the faculty of The Humber School for Writers will complete the first round of judging starting on or about Wednesday, March 21, 2018.The finalists’ entries will then be judged by the 2018 Toronto Star Short Story Contest judging panel, who will select the First, Second and Third prizewinners on or about Friday, April 6, 2018. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and the caliber of the entries. The decisions of the contest judges are final in respect of any matter relating to this Contest.The potential winners will be contacted by telephone or email between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on or about Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by a representative of the Sponsor, and must reply within 48 hours to maintain eligibility. If the potential winner(s) cannot be contacted within this time period or fail(s) to respond to any attempted contact, such potential winner(s) will be disqualified, his/her entry will be declared null and void and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select another potential winner based on the judging criteria, in which event these provisions shall apply to such other eligible entry.Ownership/Use Rights:Entrants retain the copyright to their stories. However, by entering the contest, you hereby grant the Sponsors a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to print, publish, use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and display your full name, short story and photograph in connection with Sponsors’ (and its successors’) business, including without limitation in any media formats and through any media channels.Prizes:Three prizes will be awarded:First Prize: $5,000, plus the tuition fee for either The Humber School for Writers 2018 Creative Writing by Correspondence (Approximate retail value: $3,000), or Summer Workshop in Creative Writing on July 8-13, 2018 at Humber’s Lakeshore Campus (Approximate retail value: $1,000).Second Prize: $2,000.Third Prize: $1,000. Shannon Elizabeth Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Stories can be about any topic the entrant chooses, as long as it’s original, unpublished, and amounts to less than 2,500 words. Entries are limited to one per person.This year’s contest runs until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.The winner will receive $5,000 and a creative writing course from The Humber School for Writers. 1 COMMENT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Log in to leave a comment Mar-10-18 at 7:06 am Twitterlast_img read more

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Egypt: 14 Dead, 15 Injured in Terrorist Attacks on Sinai Security…

Cairo – 14 people, including 7 policemen and a civilian, were killed and 15 others wounded on Monday in terrorist attacks targeting security posts in Sinai, according to a new toll by the Egyptian interior ministry.The ministry said the militants targeted the checkpoint in the city of el-Arish with a garbage van filled with explosives but that security forces killed the driver and succeeded in detonating the truck bomb, adding that the security forces killed five of the assailants.The ministry also said that another group of militants attacked a second checkpoint in el-Arish, killing a policeman before fleeing under heavy fire from the security forces. read more

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UK mobile operators suspend launch of Huawei 5G phones

LONDON — Two British mobile phone companies say they’re putting on hold plans to sell new 5G mobile phones from China’s Huawei.EE and Vodafone said Wednesday they are pausing the launch of Huawei smartphones that can be used on next generation mobile networks.The companies said they are holding off amid uncertainty about devices from the world’s No. 2 smartphone maker.The U.S. government last week restricted technology sales to Chinese telecom gear suppliers because of alleged security risks, though Washington announced a 90-day grace period for telecom carriers to find other suppliers.EE’s CEO Marc Allera said sales would not resume until it gets “the information and confidence and the long-term security” that customers will be supported over the device’s lifetime.The Associated Press read more

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US to take do no harm approach to NAFTA talks Trumps trade

OTTAWA – Donald Trump’s trade czar says U.S. negotiators will take a “do-no-harm” approach to renegotiating NAFTA amid fears that altering the deal could hurt many American agricultural sectors.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer repeated the remarks several times Thursday as he testified before a House of Representatives committee in Washington.He insisted he would enter the upcoming NAFTA talks with the goal of modernizing outdated aspects of the 23-year-old agreement, while protecting gains U.S. farmers and ranchers have been reaping from the trilateral pact.“It is very important that we do no harm,” said Lighthizer, who will play a central role in negotiations that could begin as early as mid-August.“Our very high priority will be making sure that we do not disrupt our sales in agricultural products to either Canada or Mexico.”U.S. President Donald Trump has signalled he wants to do more than simply tweak the North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes Canada and Mexico.He’s called for “very big changes” to a pact he’s labelled a disaster, or else he will scrap it once and for all.NAFTA is a deeply important deal for Canadian businesses, which have been closely following developments in the U.S.Lighthizer’s responses Thursday to the ways and means committee suggest the U.S. is preparing for a surgical approach to try to avoid severing any American benefits.“Clearly, with respect to the provisions where NAFTA has been successful, we want to secure that going forward,” said Lighthizer, who noted he will pursue adjustments to some rules of origins issues.“We clearly will not be part of a negotiation where there are new barriers to agriculture.”Rep. Jason Smith, a Republican from Missouri, said his constituents blame NAFTA for job losses in places like shoe, bicycle and clothing factories in the state.Smith said the deal needs updates when it comes to manufacturing, but he urged Lighthizer to preserve the big agricultural gains.“Any disruption of trade with Mexico and Canada is a concern of our farmers and our ranchers,” Smith said.Lighthizer’s remarks Thursday came shortly before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the New York Times in an interview that NAFTA had been improved a dozen times over the years and will be updated once again to adjust to new challenges.“Canada is far more important to the United States that the United States realizes,” said Trudeau, when asked about the future of the deal.“I can understand the politics around saying that ‘Oh, we need to improve it, it’s terrible.’“The facts don’t necessarily bear that out, though. It’s created massive numbers of jobs in both of our economies. It’s created tremendous advantages.”Earlier this week, Lighthizer told the Senate finance committee that the U.S. plans to move very quickly on NAFTA talks. The negotiations can begin Aug. 16, at the end of a 90-day consultation period in the U.S.He said the U.S. is still discussing the specific start date with its partners.The U.S. will hold public hearings scheduled for June 27-29 and will release a detailed summary on July 17 of NAFTA negotiating objectives.Lighthizer has also indicated he has no deadline to complete the negotiations because the Trump administration’s top priority is nailing down the best deal possible for the U.S.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter U.S. to take ‘do no harm’ approach to NAFTA talks: Trump’s trade representative by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2017 1:24 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Yemen faces critical juncture must continue political transition – UN envoy

“It is paramount to underscore to this Council that the transition process in Yemen has reached a critical juncture,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar.“While the historic National Dialogue Conference is on its way to conclude its work with far-reaching recommendations to guide Yemen’s future course, the country is facing serious political, economic, humanitarian and security challenges, and key issues are yet to be resolved.”The country has been undergoing a democratic transition, with a Government of National Unity, which came to power in an election in February 2012 following protests that led to the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.Launched on 18 March, the National Dialogue Conference brought new actors to the political process such as youth, women, civil society representatives and the Hiraak Southern Movement. The Conference will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections in 2014. “The Conference has not only provided the opportunity for delegates from previously marginalized groups to participate in serious and deliberative discussions about the future of Yemen, but also has convened former parties to conflicts to negotiate solutions and address historical grievances in order to move towards a brighter and democratic future for all Yemenis,” Mr. Benomar said.He praised progress achieved by the Conference so far, such as recommendations for the integration of women’s rights in the new constitution to ensure equality and for a guarantee of 30 per cent women’s representation in the three branches of Government. “This is quite extraordinary, particularly in a part of the world that suffers from an evident deficit on women’s rights and gender equality,” he said, adding that the Dialogue is a blueprint for building a more peaceful and prosperous Yemen.However, he noted that the decision of the Hiraak Southern Movement to suspend their participation in the Conference, and the subsequent persuasion to rejoin it after additional commitments by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour and the Government, stress the need to address this issue in the long term.“Consensus has been sought on a number of delicate issues, including with regard to natural resources, power-sharing, and allocation of authority to federal, regional and local levels,” he said.The Special Adviser added that recent difficulties encountered must not be allowed to jeopardize the gains achieved thus far, while also pointing out that the Conference is just one step in the country’s transition and is not meant to resolve all of Yemen’s challenges. Currently some 13 million people – more than half the entire population – require some form of humanitarian aid. In addition, child malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world with close to half of Yemen’s children under five years – two million children – stunted and one million acutely malnourished.Meanwhile, the security situation remains volatile in parts of the country, and Al-Qaida in theArabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains a major threat, Mr. Benomar said. Just in the last week, AQAP carried out major attacks in Shabwa governorate, resulting in dozens of deaths.“The world is watching Yemen to see whether it will follow through on the promising path on which it has set out. Once the National Dialogue Conference concludes, implementation of the agreements reached will present other challenges,” Mr. Benomar said.“Yemenis are counting on the international community to continue its unified support for their country. As the United Nations, we will continue to provide expertise, facilitation and advice, as necessary and in close cooperation with our partners, to support a successful transition in Yemen.” read more

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Haiti Amid ongoing humanitarian problems Security Council extends UN mission for another

In a resolution unanimously adopted this morning, the Security Council decided on the renewal of the MINUSTAH presence in Haiti for another year, until 15 October 2015, with the intention of further renewal, and reduced the Mission’s military presence in the country to 2,370 troops, down from 5,145, while keeping the police contingent unchanged at 2,601. Through the text, the 15-member body reiterated that MINUSTAH’s efforts to strengthen the institutional and operational capacities of the Haitian National Police remained a “most critical task,” and recognized the “ownership and primary responsibility” of the Haitian Government “over all aspects of the country’s stabilization,” particularly against a background of “grave violations” committed by criminal gangs against children, women and girls and an overall arc of community violence. “In the framework of the improvement of the rule of law in Haiti, strengthening the capacity of the Haitian National Police is paramount for the Government of Haiti to take timely and full responsibility for the country’s security needs, which is central to Haiti’s overall stability and future development,” the resolution stated.At the same time, the texts strongly urged Haitian political actors “to work cooperatively and without further delays to ensure the urgent holding of free, fair, inclusive, and transparent” elections at the legislative, partial senatorial, municipal, and local levels. The Haitian Parliament’s current mandate expires on 12 January raising concerns that “an institutional vacuum” would be created if voting is not held by the end of the year, as Sandra Honoré, the head of MINUSTAH, told the Council in a recent September briefing. Today’s resolution calls upon MINUSTAH to support the political process and “to deliver and coordinate” electoral assistance to the Government. The Council also acknowledged the important progress made by Haiti during the course of the year but admitted that the country continued to face “significant humanitarian challenges” with 85,432 internally displaced persons still living in camps where they face malnutrition and uneven access to water and sanitation. The decision by the Council comes amid the UN’s ongoing effort to temper the continuing health and humanitarian crisis enveloping the country. Just last week, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim pledged $50 million ahead of the high-level conference on “Haiti: Clean Water, Improved Sanitation, Better Health,” co-hosted with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to substantially improve water and sanitation coverage in Haiti, strengthen health services and contribute to the implementation of a project that will reach about 2 million people in rural Haiti. Meanwhile, the United Nations has developed a two-year support plan to the Haitian National Plan to eliminate cholera and which focuses on four pillars: epidemiological surveillance; health promotion; medical treatment; and water, hygiene and sanitation. According to the World Bank, about 38 per cent of Haitians lack access to safe drinking water, and only 24 percent of Haitian families has access to improved sanitation. Evidence shows that for every dollar invested in water and sanitation, seven dollars are gained in healthcare savings and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean. This new initiative calls for concerted push for water and sanitation will help save lives and improve people’s health. read more

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Playing The Game OSU Michigan prep for battle

Malcolm JenkinsOverall: 16-8      Last week: 3-0Prediction: Ohio State 21, Michigan 10Comment: OSU’s defense is playing great and the offense won’t have to feel any pressure to have quick scores. They just have to maintain the drives and not turn the ball over. Look for the “D” to have a big game. I’m calling this the 6th in a row.Favorite memories: Beating them at home when we were No. 1 and they were No. 2 in ’06, that was an epic game. And last year when I slammed Michigan’s wide receiver Greg Mathews in the beginning of the game.Jenkins played cornerback for OSU from 2005–08.Marcus FreemanOverall: 13-11     Last week: 1-2Prediction: Ohio State 28, Michigan 10Comment: This is the greatest rivalry in all sports. No matter what the records are, it will be a fight until the end. Favorite memory: Celebrating in Ohio stadium with OSU students after the win in ’06.Freeman played linebacker for OSU from 2004–08.Zack MeiselOverall: 12-12    Last week: 2-1Prediction: Ohio State 34, Michigan 17Comment: Rabid Wolverine fans get over-excited about a first quarter lead, then reality sets in quickly once the typically slow-starting Buckeyes get rolling against a porous Michigan defense.Meisel is the sports editor for The Lantern. Whether undefeated or winless, it’s still Ohio State-Michigan.In 2006, OSU and Michigan clashed in Columbus undefeated as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation.Any sensible observer could have explained the magnitude of the stakes.On Saturday, the Buckeyes will meet Michigan at The Big House, with a Big Ten title and trip to the Rose Bowl already wrapped up.Still, as OSU coach Jim Tressel warned, anyone involved in the unparalleled rivalry can find grounds for motivation.“There’s a reality in life that if you take anything for granted, you’re probably not thinking right,” Tressel said. “We talk about a lot of things that we shouldn’t take for granted. Maybe some things that aren’t even that real to us, but when you talk about the Ohio State-Michigan game, that’s very real. So I’d like to think our guys don’t take anything for granted, although I’m sure we all do take things for granted, but this wouldn’t be one of them.”The Buckeyes are currently riding their longest winning streak in the series’ 112-year history, having won each of the last five meetings.A sixth straight mashing of Michigan might spark comparisons to the Wolverines’ domination at the start of the series, when Michigan won 12 of the first 14 contests, tying the other two.Since taking the reins at Ohio State, Tressel has coached the Buckeyes to victory over their rivals to the north in seven of eight meetings.“I’ve known before I was even part of the series of the significance of the game and the excitement of the game,” Tressel said. “It’s part of you if you like football and you’re from Ohio State or you’re from Michigan, or if you’re in the Big Ten. You just grow up knowing that we’re fortunate to be a part of this game. It’s extraordinary.”While OSU will feed off the motivation to stomp on a struggling Michigan program, the Wolverines will rely upon desperation.Michigan must beat Ohio State to secure bowl eligibility. Otherwise, Rich Rodriguez’s squad will start the offseason early for the second consecutive season.“The nice thing of the Ohio State-Michigan game is it’s always let it all hang out because this is it,” Tressel said. “I mean, this is what it’s all about. And I think if you look specifically at Michigan, they could be at eight or nine wins right now with the ball bouncing this way different or a call being made this way different. I mean, that’s the fine line in college football.”So, despite the disparity in records, statistics and performance, it is all thrown out the window when the two programs go head-to-head, Tressel said.“It’s Ohio State-Michigan,” he said. “I’m sure you could talk to some people who have participated in this game as a player or a coach and they could tell you that probably in the forefront of their mind of their memories of their time here, more so is the Ohio State-Michigan things that flow through their head than it is which bowl did you go to and where were you ranked and this and that, so what’s at stake is Ohio State-Michigan.”The nature of the rivalry brings out the best in both sides, which represents the best in college football.It didn’t take much time for Rodriguez, closing out his second year at the helm at Michigan, to take notice of the passion and enthusiasm that encompasses the rivalry.“I don’t think it takes long to understand the rivalry when you’re a coach at Michigan or Ohio State,” he said. “You don’t even have to coach here or play here to understand the intensity of it if you watch college football.”Regardless of Saturday’s outcome, Ohio State will play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.The undetermined future to Michigan’s season rides on the 106th meeting in the OSU-Michigan rivalry, and Tressel hopes his team is playing its best football to thwart a Wolverine attempt at evening its record.“What we’ve got to focus on is feeling like at the end of this game we’ve played the best we’re capable of playing,” he said. “It’s game 12. We’re as healthy as we are, and got all these experiences and learned all these lessons, and did we play the best we were capable of playing? Making the assumption Michigan will do that, because most people do that in the Ohio State-Michigan game, so all those other outside things, whether they’re outside things in their world or outside things in our world, this week there’s only one thing.” Justin ZwickOverall: 16-8     Last week: 3-0Prediction: Ohio State 31, Michigan 10Comment: Defense plays another great game while the offense continues to grind it out but sprinkles in a few big plays against Michigan’s weak secondary. Bucks roll!Zwick played quarterback for OSU from 2002–06. WEEKLY FOOTBALL PICKSSaturday’s Game: No. 10 Ohio State @ MichiganQuinn PitcockOverall: 18-6     Last week: 2-1Prediction: Ohio State 45, Michigan 13Comment: This game will be a true test of our focus before the Rose bowl.Favorite memory: Pregame speech my senior year and the fans rushing the field aftervictory are my favorite OSU vs. M*chigan memories.Pitcock played defensive tackle for OSU from 2002–06. read more

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Football Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes exits the game with apparent

Senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes (11) waits in between plays during the 2017 season opener vs. Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes was forced to leave with an apparent injury with 6:11 remaining in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska Saturday night. At the time, Ohio State led 49-7.Holmes was able to walk off the field and into the locker room with his arms draped over members of the training staff. Holmes has been listed as a co-starter at defensive end all season, and has also helped fill in at defensive tackle following the injury to redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones that caused Jones to miss the Rutgers and Maryland games. read more

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Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide study shows

Indonesia is among the countries that have struggled to curb smoking (Getty Images)(BBC) Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, a new study shows, half of them in just four countries – China, India, the US and Russia.Despite decades of tobacco control policies, population growth has seen an increased number of smokers, it warned.Researchers said mortality could rise further as tobacco companies aggressively targeted new markets, especially in the developing world.The report was published in the medical journal The Lancet.“Despite more than half a century of unequivocal evidence of the harmful effects of tobacco on health, today, one in every four men in the world is a daily smoker,” said senior author Dr Emmanuela Gakidou.“Smoking remains the second largest risk factor for early death and disability, and so to further reduce its impact we must intensify tobacco control to further reduce smoking prevalence and attributable burden.”The Global Burden of Diseases report was based on smoking habits in 195 countries and territories between 1990 and 2015.It found that nearly one billion people smoked daily in 2015 – one in four men and one in 20 women.Higher taxesThat was a reduction from one in three men and one in 12 women who lit up in 1990.However, population growth meant there was an increase in the overall number of smokers, up from 870 million in 1990.And the number of tobacco-related deaths – more than 6.4 million in 2015 – increased by 4.7% over the same period.The study found some countries had succeeded in efforts to help people quit, mostly through a combination of higher taxes, warnings on packages and education programmes.Over the 25-year period, Brazil had seen the percentage of daily smokers drop from 29% to 12% among men and from 19% to 8% among women.But, the report said, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines saw no change from 1990 to 2015.Russia saw smoking among women rise by 4% over the same period and similar trends were emerging in parts of Africa, the authors warned. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMovies hook millions of young people on tobacco – new WHO report says films with smoking scenes should be rated ‘R’February 1, 2016In “Entertainment”Global anti-smoking measures quadruple since 2007 — WHO reportJuly 19, 2017In “Health”Tobacco Control Bill proposes G$20,000 fine for public smoking after first offenceJune 1, 2017In “Health” read more

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Miner remanded for alleged murder of exlover

Email(required) Website Message Name(required) Accused: James AllenA 38-year-old miner was earlier today (Tuesday), remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with a murder charge.James Allen of Two Friends Village, East Coast Demerara was not required to plead to the indictable charge. The court heard that that between June 28, 2018, and July 8, 2018, at Thomas Island, Bartica, Allen murdered his lover, Petal Hafez.According to the facts presented, the woman’s skeletal remains were recently discovered at a trail in Bartica, Puruni River, Region Seven.He was remanded to prison and the matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court for August 16.On Saturday last Police exhumed the remains of the victim to facilitate a post-mortem examination.According to Pathologist, Dr. Nehaul Singh he was unable to determine the cause of death but noted a crack of the skull. As such, his findings are inconclusive.Speaking with a section of the media on Monday last, Hafez’s daughter explained that her mother left home about the second week in May for Thomas Island, Puruni and they last heard from her on June 28.A Police source close to investigations revealed that the case jacket was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers for advice.After the discovery, the Police held Allen for questioning.The badly decomposed body was found in a shallow grave. A bag containing the woman’s clothes was also found close to the body. It was reported that a security personnel stumbled upon the remains while heading to an internet cafe to make a telephone call. He, however, reported the findings to the Police a few days later. As such, a party of Police ranks was dispatched to the scene to conduct preliminary investigations.Due to its present state, identification of the body — clad only in a brassiere and still having some amount of flesh — was not possible.On this note, the aggrieved daughter noted that samples of the remains were sent overseas to determine the identity of the remains. The daughter is positive the remains are that of her mother. Submit Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner arraigned with murder of drinking buddyFebruary 12, 2019In “Court”Miner remanded to prison on attempted murder chargeNovember 26, 2014In “Crime”Gold miner accused of murdering Venezuelan further remandedJuly 26, 2018In “Court” read more

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Hitachi Construction Machinery buying Bradken

first_imgBradken has agreed to a takeover bid by Japan’s Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) in a deal analysts say may indicate the worst of the mining downturn has passed. Yuichi Tsujimoto, HCM President said his company believes Bradken’s “businesses are complementary with our mining equipment services business. Both companies leveraging each other’s global network will enable us to strengthen our combined businesses and enhance our earnings.”“Bradken’s staff have worked very hard to reposition the business for success following the downturn in mining,” said Paul Zuckermann, Bradken CEO.Bradken describes itself as “a leading global manufacturer of differentiated consumable and capital products to international markets, supplying an extensive range of cast and fabricated products through four market focused divisions and an independently branded business.”These five are Mining & Transport, Fixed Plant, Mineral Processing. Engineered Products and the independently branded, Cast Metal Services. Bradken is well-known for its wear parts in mineral processing and ground engaging tools.last_img read more

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Kielce strong for Dunkerque even with only nine players

2. MOL-Pick Szeged9603253:241(12)12 5. Kadetten Schaffhausen9225239:268(-29)6 EHF Champions LeagueVive Tauron Kielce TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 6. HC Motor Zaporozhye8206220:226(-6)4 Kielce started their Champions League participation in 2015 with a victory, as they beat Dunkerque 36:32.The Polish team proceeded with the match in a quite depleted squad. Coach Duyshebaev could use only 9 players, including two goalkeepers, while the rest of the team has still been recovering from injuries.The situation forced Duyshebaev to come up with some non-standard solutions. The wingers often played as back players and from the first minutes we could see Aginagalde and Bielecki in Kielce defence; it could not go unnoticed because the defence wasn’t really strong.Dunkerque had no problem with breaking through it and Polish champions conceded goal after goal. In 7. Minute the French team had two-goal-lead (5:3) but it took their rivals 2 minutes to score three times in a row and led 6:5. Dunkerque lost their chance to get back on the lead again when Šego saved a penalty throw and its retake. For the next 15 minutes the game went on really tightly, with a slight edge for Kielce. 3 minutes before the half-time Reichmann gave his team 3-goal-lead (16:13); they set the half-time results scoring in the last seconds at 19:15.Kielce seemed to take the better start in the second half as they began by netting in their 20. goal but one unsuccessful attack allowed Dunkerque to reduce the gap to three goals (20:17, 33. minute). However, the 3/4-goal-distance was being kept and the French champions couldn’t get closer. Throughout the whole game Kielce had to manage not only without the injured players; players from the court were sent off for two minutes seven times, while Dunkerque lost players only twice. In the end Kielce won 36:32.The best scorers of the Kielce team were Aginagalde, Bielecki and Čupić by 6 goals; Dunkerque’s best scorer was Butto with 5 goals.KADETTEN – PICK SZEGED 32:29 3. Aalborg Handball8224203:210(-7)6 ← Previous Story Kiril Lazarov dreams about EHF CL trophy with Barca until 2017 Next Story → VIDEO: Dusko Celica scores from 17 meters for PPD Zagreb TOP 16 spot! 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce9900284:244(40)18 4. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…9306228:238(-10)6 read more

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Mayo boss Horan amazed by Jim Gavins comments over referee

first_img“What was the free count? And what were Dublin saying after the semi-final last year, were they shouting up and down about it? “Sure look it, fair play to Jim and fair play to Dublin, they won the game and they deserved to win it.”At Dublin’s team base yesterday morning at the Gibson Hotel, Gavin expanded on the comments he made on Sunday and insisted that he only raised the issue from the position of strength as All-Ireland champions.He also expressed his belief that two referees should be introduced for games in the GAA.“In defeat it’s not the place to be saying it so we were never going to bring it up before this unless we were in a position where we could mention it.“I still think we should have two referees on the pitch. When you see the quality of Cormac Reilly there on the sideline, why shouldn’t he be able to referee as well.“We’ve got such quality referees, to leave one man in there on his own, it’s a big ask on anybody, especially with the way the game is gone so fast and furious.” Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanIn relation to the series of fouls Dublin made in the finale of the game, Gavin believed they were borne out of frustration.“We’ve had very few frees all season within the scoring zone against opposition teams. For whatever reason I don’t know.”“That was the frustration of the Dublin players boiling through and coming to the surface. Rory O’Carroll was a case in point. I saw it again last night and it looked a good shoulder on shoulder tackle.“The Mayo players didn’t seem to make a big deal of it, they played on but then the referee blew for a free and gave him a yellow card. That was a bit strange.”5 Talking Points after Dublin’s All-Ireland final winThe Dublin team visited Our Lady’s and Temple Street Hospitals this morningcenter_img JAMES HORAN HAS revealed his amazement at Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s assertion that ‘not only were we playing Mayo, we were playing the referee’ in Sunday’s All-Ireland final.Gavin made the comment in the aftermath of the game as he felt aggrieved by the free count of 32-12 against his side.Yet Horan responded yesterday and referred to Gavin’s comments at a press event before the final when the Dublin manager had stated, ‘I would be loathe to think that if anyone said this Dublin team is cynical, you know, I’d take a step back if that was the case’.“I find that amazing,” revealed Horan at the Citywest Hotel yesterday. “I find that absolutely amazing if that was the comment.“I know Jim made another interesting comment, that he’d walk away if his team were cynical so maybe that’s another comment Jim should look at.last_img read more

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Column Chris Hadfield is inspiring a new generation of astronauts

first_imgTHE WORLD’S SPACE agencies put the International Space Station into space, but Commander Chris Hadfield connected the world’s people to it.His stunning photographs along with their poetic captions have shown us our world from a different perspective, literally and figuratively. Yes, we’ve all seen photos of the Earth from space before but it’s been different this time.They’re not taken so they can be scoured over and analysed by research teams; he wants us to learn about space and the Earth. These photos are taken specifically for us, and shared on Twitter and Facebook for the whole world to see.It’s hard not to get a little romanticThere is real community spirit to everything Hadfield does. He’s made informative and entertaining videos to answer people’s questions about simple everyday living on the ISS. Whenever he mentions the population of a city, he never says two, four or six million “people live there” – it’s always two, four or six million of “us”.He’s been taking pictures of everywhere on the planet and a few nice ones of Ireland as well. His photos are artistic and the captions that go along with them are more poetic than you’d expect from an astronaut. But if you’re looking out over the entire planet and getting hit by 16 sunrises a day I suppose it’s hard not to get a little romantic.He strikes you as such a nice guy. He recently led a singalong with schools all across Canada; at the end, while someone was asking him a question, he was just floating upside down (if there’s such a thing in space) playing the guitar, with a smile on his moustachioed face.Changing our whole view of the worldHadfield makes life on something which cost many, many billions look so casual. Others may want to explain the engineering behind how the space station was built and how it was all put up into orbit and how sensitive all the equipment is. But he’ll be explaining something with the microphone in his hand, then let it float in front of him while he makes a sandwich.His videos show you how they do different things in space like brushing your teeth, getting sick, wringing out a cloth and many more. His pictures are great too – but he is, of course, great at explaining the science behind the space station and the different effects being in space has on the body. He explains how eyesight is affected and how the bones of your body start to lose density.Some of the photographs have changed our whole view of some parts of the world. Take the Sahara. Before seeing his photos I thought it was just a seemingly endless sea of golden sand dunes which were all pretty much the same. But then you see the photos and it’s actually a mosaic of different shades and colours, with rock formations making lines across the Earth. What you’d think is one of the most uniform places in the world is actually one of the most diverse.Few of us ever get the chance to EarthgazeIt’s ironic that astronauts spend most of their lives looking up at the stars and dreaming of being among them but when they get up there the most amazing thing and the thing that they want to do the most is look back down.Hadfield said, “When I get back from this I’m going to regret every minute I spent not looking at the world.” You have your whole life to stargaze but only a few of us ever get the chance to Earthgaze.With his photos and videos he is surely inspiring many young people to become astronauts and to work in other areas of the space industry. By taking these photos and videos it is clear he wants everyone in the world to be a part of what they are doing on this space station. More than that though, he wants us to really look at our planet and ourselves and see the how special all of it is.‘The exploration of the universe can become part of everybody’s life’He said, “The exploration of the universe around our planet is something that can become part of everybody’s life. And not just the science, the science is important but also the humanity of it, the beauty of it, the wonder of it, the perspective it gives to us and the music that goes along with it. Those things are what make exploration worthwhile because of what they bring back to us all.”Commander Hadfield arrived back to Earth this morning, where there were many people eager to get a piece of him.He’s changed the ISS from a big chunk of metal miles above our heads, which not many people paid much attention to, into something we care about. He has made it our space station.Colm Quinn is a freelance journalist based in Wexford.last_img read more

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Et si la planète Alpha Centauri Bb nexistait pas

first_imgEt si la planète Alpha Centauri Bb n’existait pas ?Selon une nouvelle étude, la planète Alpha Centauri Bb que des astronomes ont récemment annoncé avoir découverte, pourrait ne pas exister. Les preuves de son existence seraient faibles d’après les auteurs.C’est en octobre 2012 dans la revue Nature que des astronomes européens ont annoncé leur trouvaille : à quelque 4,3 années-lumières de nous, dans le système stellaire le plus proche de notre Système solaire, Alpha Centauri, ils auraient déniché une planète. Baptisée Alpha Centauri Bb, elle orbiterait autour d’une des trois étoiles (la B) du système, en 3,2 jours et à une distance de quelque 6 millions de kilomètres. Au moment de l’annonce, les astronomes avaient expliqué que la découverte n’avait pas été facile car elle avait nécessité la détection de signaux très faibles. Il l’avait ainsi qualifiée de “découverte extraordinaire”. Toutefois, certains scientifiques n’étaient pas totalement convaincus de l’existence de ce nouveau monde et il semblerait qu’ils n’avaient pas tort. C’est du moins ce que suggère une nouvelle étude menée par un chercheur américain qui émet de sérieux doutes quant à Alpha Centauri Bb.Une découverte pas si facile Pour faire leur découverte, les astronomes européens ont observé la région d’Alpha Centauri à la recherche d’un changement dans la lumière de l’étoile B. Un changement qui serait causé par une planète et l’attraction gravitationnelle qu’elle exerce sur l’étoile. Cette méthode dite de la “vitesse radiale” est souvent efficace pour chercher de nouvelles exoplanètes. Mais lorsque ces dernières sont petites et exercent donc une attraction moins forte, la tâche est beaucoup plus difficile.  En effet, l’étoile est susceptible de produire du “bruit” qui va perturber le signal. Pour éviter cela, les astronomes doivent donc filtrer les “signaux parasites”, ce qui a été fait dans le cas précédent et a conduit à la découverte d’un signal interprété comme étant celui de la planète Alpha Centauri Bb. Mais ce résultat est contesté par Artie Hatzes, un astronome de la Friedrich Schiller University de Iéna en Allemagne qui a recommencé les observations et n’a trouvé que de faibles preuves de l’existence de la planète.Comme il l’explique dans la revue Astrophysical Journal, le scientifique a utilisé deux méthodes avec différents types de filtres. La première a servi à éliminer les signaux périodiques les plus forts, par exemple ceux liés à la rotation de l’étoile mais ceci n’a abouti qu’à un faible signal de la potentielle Bb. La seconde technique elle, n’a rien permis de détecter du tout. “Je ne peux pas dire que la planète n’existe pas mais j’émets de sérieux doutes”, a indiqué Artie Hatzes cité par le New Scientist.    Plus de mesures pour confirmer ou non l’existence de Bb À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePour être sûr que ses méthodes étaient capables de détecter Bb si elle existait, Hatzes a créé un faux signal d’une planète similaire et l’a inséré dans les données. Et il a constaté que les deux méthodes parvenaient à détecter la fausse planète, confirmant ainsi qu’elles pourraient bien identifier Bb. “Mon instinct dit qu’avec davantage de mesures, ceci pourrait ne pas tenir. J’ai trouvé des planètes qui ont disparu avec plus de données, et ceci ne semble pas être une découverte solide”, a ajouté l’astronome qui serait néanmoins ravi qu’on lui prouve le contraire. Aujourd’hui, l’équipe découvreuse d’Alpha Centauri Bb poursuit donc les recherches et tente de détecter la planète en utilisant une autre méthode qui consiste à observer, depuis la Terre, une baisse de luminosité lorsque cette dernière passe devant son étoile. S’ils n’y parviennent pas, alors l’existence d’Alpha Centauri Bb pourrait être définitivement démentie. De quoi décevoir ceux qui lui avaient déjà trouvé un petit nom, Albertus Alauda.(crédits photo : ESO/L. Calçada/N. Risinger) Le 1 juin 2013 à 12:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Civil rights complaint filed after Vancouver mans ICE arrest

first_imgNorthwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a civil rights complaint Tuesday on behalf of a Vancouver man who was detained earlier this year, alleging that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer eavesdropped on a conversation between the man and his defense attorney that occurred in the Clark County Courthouse.The Seattle-based legal services organization filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. It alleges that the ICE agent violated Jorge Luis Acebal-Coria’s attorney-client privilege.“The United States Supreme Court has pointed out that the attorney-client privilege is one of the oldest recognized privileges for confidential communications,” said Tim Warden-Hertz, directing attorney of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Tacoma office, in a written statement. “It is a fundamental principle of our Constitution that clients should be able to communicate about their case with their attorneys without government intrusion.”In addition to the complaint, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has filed a motion with the U.S. Immigration Court in Tacoma to dismiss Acebal-Coria’s deportation case. His next hearing is Friday.Lori K. Haley, ICE spokeswoman for the Western Region, declined to comment on the pending litigation.“However, lack of comment should not be construed as agreement or stipulation with any of the allegations. In DHS’s homeland security mission, our trained law enforcement professionals adhere to the department’s mission, uphold our laws while continuing to provide our nation with safety and security,” Haley wrote in an email.last_img read more

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Merson Emery is pushing Ozil towards retirement

first_imgMesut Ozil may consider retiring early if his struggles to get into the Arsenal first team continue, according to Paul Merson.Ozil was a surprise omission from the Gunners team that lost to BATE Borisov in Thursday’s Europa League round-of-32 clash.However, former Arsenal player Merson reckoned Ozil is the best player in the team and should be feature consistently in Emery’s team.“You play your best players and work around them,” the former Gunners midfielder told Sky Sports News. “Ozil is Arsenal’s best player and he doesn’t play, it beats me.“He must sit at home and watch Arsenal and think ‘how am I not getting into this team?’“I don’t know if they are trying to push him into retirement, because he must sit there and think he might as well retire if he can’t get into Arsenal’s team.”Arsenal have struggled in the absence of the German midfielder having lost five matches during the 30-year-old’s inconsistent run in and out of the team.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The former Madrid star man has missed key games against Manchester City and Chelsea in recent weeks. And Merson feels that should change.Emery’s take on the Ozil conundrum. #AFC #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/NDqqVoKTY7— AFCMike (@AFCPW) February 14, 2019“Ozil is not so influential that you have to build a team around him, but he has to play because he is their best player,” he added.“He’s not going to run around and put sliding tackles in, that is never going to happen, but he makes things happen.“Arsenal have to stick with him, they are not good enough not to have him in the team.”last_img read more

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Awareness drive on garbage segregation held

first_imgVivekanandnagar: Corporator Lakshmi Bai and GHMC Additional Commissioner Ashok Samrat, Health Officer (AMHO) Chandrasekhar, AE Hemu Naik and sanitation staff conducted an awareness drive in Venkateshwarnagar 33, 34 and 35 blocks on segregation of garbage. They also impressed upon the residents the need for maintaining cleanliness in their areas and surroundings as part of the ‘Saaf and Shaandaar Hyderabad’ campaign. Among those present were GHMC SRP staffer Nageshwar Naik, SFAs, CRP women Jyoti, Yamini, Priya, Padma, local elders Harinath, Jithernder, Narayana, Somulu.last_img read more

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Bandage Bank Robber Strikes Again in Howard County Md Video

first_imgAuthorities say the robber nicknamed the ‘Bandage Bank Robber’ is responsible for nine bank heists. (Courtesy Photo/FBI)A man who has been robbing Maryland banks with his face half-bandaged recently committed his ninth heist, according to the FBI.The agency said the suspect robbed two banks on April 1, including a Sandy Spring Bank branch in Burtonsville, Md. and a Capitol One Bank in Elkridge, Md., the latest in a string of heists which began in October.In each of the nine robberies, the suspect hands the bank teller a note stating he’s an armed robber and demands money. No one has been hurt in any of the robberies, according to police.The suspect is described as a Black male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. The FBI is offering up to $5,000 for any information leading to the man’s arrest.The nine banks robbed so far are:October 19—Capital One Bank, Mount Airy, MarylandNovember 3—Susquehanna Bank, Eldersburg, MarylandDecember 3—PNC Bank, New Market, MarylandDecember 29—Suntrust Bank, Burtonsville, MarylandDecember 30—Har Co Maryland FCU, Abingdon, MarylandJanuary 15—Sandy Spring Bank, Laurel, MarylandFebruary 5—Howard Bank, Scaggsville, MarylandApril 1—Sandy Spring Bank, Burtonsville, MarylandApril 1—Capital One Bank, Elkridge, Marylandlast_img read more

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