Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

first_imgWASHINGTON – Disgruntled conservatives threatened late Tuesday to scuttle Republican leaders’ plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown, saying GOP leaders now lack the votes to push their proposal through the House. The setback came as a deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation also remained distant.The intransigence by the House Freedom Caucus came as Republican leaders raced against a Friday deadline for pushing a short-term spending bill through Congress. If they fail, federal agencies would start shutting their doors over the weekend — an election-year debacle that GOP leaders and many Democrats are eager to avoid for fear of alienating voters.The leader of the hard-right Freedom Caucus emerged from a Tuesday night meeting to say its members — and other GOP lawmakers as well — want a short-term bill keeping federal agencies open to contain added money for the military.“There’s not enough support to pass it with GOP-only votes in the House,” the group’s leader, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters. He said he planned to discuss their concerns with Republican leaders.The GOP focus on keeping government open comes as it’s become certain there’s no time to cut a deal by Friday on protecting young immigrants.Those talks were soured by Trump’s incendiary remarks about “shithole” countries in Africa last week. Democratic leaders said they would not promise to vote to keep the government open past Friday without a plan to preserve a program that protects the young immigrants known as “Dreamers.”“We don’t want to shut down the government. … We want to keep the government open,” Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters. “But we’re not going to be held hostage to do things that we think are going to be contrary to the best interests of the American people.”House Republican leaders tried to win over wary conservatives with a promise to repeal unpopular taxes as part of the bill preventing a shutdown.They sweetened the plan with a two-year delay on implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and generous employer-subsidized health care plans. The taxes, also unpopular with many Democrats, are part of former President Barack Obama’s marquee health law.The temporary funding bill would also include a long-delayed, six-year renewal of a popular health insurance program for children of low-income families. It would fund the government through Feb. 16.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the plan at a Tuesday evening GOP meeting. Lawmakers and aides initially said it was received well, raising hopes that a potential shutdown would be sidestepped with relative ease. A Ryan spokeswoman declined later to comment on the Freedom Caucus’ opposition.Many Democrats said they’re still unlikely to support the measure without an agreement on immigration. The prospects for such a deal were complicated as Democrats appeared to see scant reason to bargain with a president many in their party view as holding racist views.“There’s no trust there,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.Negotiations on immigration were to resume Wednesday but Marc Short, a top White House aide, said an agreement was very unlikely to come this week. “We’re optimistic that we’ll get a deal,” Short said. “I think this week would be fairly Herculean.”Even if they succeed in the House, Republicans would still need at least nine Democratic votes to push a spending package through the Senate, which the GOP controls 51-49. Democrats seeking leverage are forcing that bill to require 60 votes for passage.When the Senate approved a similar short-term spending bill in December, 17 Democrats plus Maine independent Angus King voted to keep the government open. Seven of those Democrats face re-election in November in Trump-won states — including West Virginia, North Dakota and Montana, which have small numbers of minority voters.Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, said Tuesday he’ll vote for a short-term spending bill without a plan to assist the immigrants facing possible deportation. Other red- and swing-state Democrats did not commit.“I think everyone has the empathy and compassion to want to help these young people who are stranded and we’re trying to find that, but shutting down the government isn’t going to help them,” Manchin said.Democrats voting against that December bill included some senators — such as Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California — who might seek the presidency in 2020 and would love support from their party’s liberal voters.On the left, liberal groups are ramping up pressure on Democrats to resist any spending plan. Groups like MoveOn, United We Dream and CREDO shifted their focus from Republicans to Democrats earlier in the month, threatening primary challenges and public ridicule for Democrats unwilling to risk a government shutdown to save the program for young immigrants.Meanwhile, the bipartisan group of senators continued work to build support for a plan to protect the “Dreamers” and toughen border security, including funds to start building Trump’s long-promised border wall.Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, late last year but gave Congress until March 5 to pass legislation extending the initiative created by President Barack Obama. It has protected around 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought to highlight the later deadline, suggesting there was more time to work out a deal. A shutdown now would be “a manufactured crisis,” he argued.___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Marcy Gordon and Steve Peoples contributed to this report.last_img read more

US firm Lockheed Martin gets first crack to design 60B warship fleet

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is giving U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin the first crack at inking a contract to design Canada’s $60-billion fleet of new warships.Government officials say Lockheed’s proposed design beat out two rival submissions during what has been a long and extremely sensitive competition to design the replacements for the navy’s entire frigate and destroyer fleets.However, that doesn’t mean Lockheed executives will be popping champagne, as negotiators for both sides will now have to sit down and iron out details including the final cost before an actual contract is awarded.The stakes will be high for both sides, with hundreds of millions of dollars in play as well as pressure to make up for lost time even though whatever decisions are taken could have ramifications for the navy and taxpayers for decades.The government has reserved the right to walk away from the talks, if Lockheed drives too hard a bargain, and negotiate with the second-place bidder, which the government did not identify, though officials are hoping that won’t be necessary and a contract will be signed this winter.The warships are to be built starting in the early 2020s by Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, which worked with the government in identifying Lockheed as the preferred bidder and will also participate in the pending negotiations.last_img read more

Spanish Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse

Rabat – A Spanish man has just been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for sexual abuse and rape against a Saharawi minor from Tindouf.Four years ago, the abuser hosted the victim in the eastern Spanish port city, Alicante, as a part of the summer vacation program organized annually for the benefit of the children in the Iberian country.Moreover, the abuser, who is a member of a local NGO that cares for sick children in Tindouf, was also sentenced by the Provincial Court of Alicante to pay a fine of EUR 3,240 for “corrupting a minor,” according to the Spanish press. The accused was also ordered to pay a compensatory fee of EUR 6,000 to the victim. He was banned by the court from receiving children from Tindouf camps for a period of four years.According to the judge of the provincial court, the minor was in Alicante in the summer of 2014  to receive treatment for an ear disease, at which time the child was touched repeatedly by the accused during his stay in the Spanish city.In addition, the searches carried out in the man’s home as part of the investigation revealed nearly 50 files containing pictures of children aged 12 to 15 who were either semi-nude or wearing underwear. read more

UN announces next round of talks to try to resolve Western Sahara

Delegations from the parties to the dispute – Morocco and the Frente Polisario – and the neighbouring countries of Algeria and Mauritania will gather just outside New York for three days of discussions starting on 11 March.The participants are expected to deepen their discussions on their respective proposals for a settlement to the dispute, and to also further discuss the ideas associated with governance put forward by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his latest report on the issue, according to a spokesperson for Mr. Ban.He added that the meeting is being held at the invitation of the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross.During the meeting the participants are also expected to review the status of confidence-building measures between the two sides and discuss the outcome of the last coordination meeting on the issue held by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The UN has been involved in efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended. A peacekeeping force (MINURSO) has been in place since 1991. 24 February 2012The next round of United Nations-backed informal talks aimed at reaching a settlement in the Western Sahara dispute will take place next month, the UN announced today. read more

Groups expect big global climate protest amid union support

BERLIN — Civil society groups say they expect hundreds of thousands of people to join a worldwide protest for climate action Friday.Environmental activists, trade unions and church groups in Germany said Monday that more than 400 rallies are planned in the country alone.The protest, billed as a “global climate strike,” is also expected to see events in Australia, Japan, India, South Africa, Britain the United States and dozens of other countries.It’s partly inspired by the activism of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has staged weekly demonstrations over the past year calling on world leaders to step up efforts against global warming.The demonstrations take place days before a U.N. climate summit in New York at which heads of government will present their long-term plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.The Associated Press read more

GM reverses course says strikers will keep health coverage

DETROIT — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after saying coverage would be cut off.The company says in an email to the United Auto Workers union that it will keep benefits in place due to significant confusion among members. The letter says employee health and well-being are GM’s top priorities.Workers howled and politicians criticized GM after the company said it would end benefits the day after the strike began Sept. 16.It’s standard procedure for health care costs to shift to the union in a strike. The United Auto Workers’ website says the union would pick up the cost of premiums.The strike by about 49,000 factory workers has shut down production at more than 30 GM factories. Talks continued Thursday.The Associated Press

US productivity grew at 23 per cent rate in third quarter while

In this Sept. 4, 2014 photo, Family Dollar assistant manager Robin Swint arranges merchandise at her store in Wilmington, N.C. The Commerce Department revises its estimate of U.S. company productivity and costs for the July-September quarter on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Matt Born) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2014 6:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US productivity grew at 2.3 per cent rate in third quarter while labour costs fell WASHINGTON – U.S. workers’ productivity increased in the July-September quarter at a slightly faster pace than previously estimated while labour costs declined for a second straight quarter.Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, increased at an annual rate of 2.3 per cent in the third quarter while labour costs fell at a rate of 1 per cent, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.In its first estimate, the government had put productivity growth at a slightly slower 2 per cent and said labour costs had risen a tiny 0.2 per cent. The strengthening of productivity growth combined with a faster drop in labour costs should reassure the Federal Reserve that there is little threat of unwanted inflation pressures harming economic growth any time soon.Greater productivity is the key factor determining rising living standards. It enables companies to pay their workers more without having to increase prices.The slightly faster productivity growth compared to an initial estimate one month ago reflected revisions the government made to the gross domestic product, the economy’s total output of goods and services.Last week, the government revised GDP for the third quarter up from its first estimate of 3.5 per cent to a stronger 3.9 per cent. Greater growth in output translated into stronger growth in productivity and lower labour pressures.In the five-and-a-half years since the recession, when millions of workers lost their jobs and found it difficult to secure new ones, labour costs have remained well contained.Over the past year, labour costs have risen 1.2 per cent, a modest increase that is well below the long-run average of 2.8 per cent in annual gains. That suggests that wages and salaries are not rising fast enough to spur inflation.The Federal Reserve keeps a close watch on productivity and labour costs for any signs that inflation may be accelerating.Productivity over the past year has increased by a modest 1 per cent, well below the long-run average of 2.2 per cent.In the two years after the recession, productivity surged. Companies cut jobs faster than their output was falling, driving productivity higher as fewer workers did more. Productivity grew 3.2 per cent in 2009 and 3.3 per cent in 2010.But in the past three years, productivity growth has averaged just 1 per cent per year as hiring has picked up. Economists at JPMorgan, however, are looking for a slight improvement in productivity growth next year, forecasting a gain of 1.5 per cent in 2015. read more

Correction Female Game Artists story

Correction: Female Game Artists story by The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2016 8:33 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHILADELPHIA – In a story May 30 about female video game developers, The Associated Press reported erroneously when Gamergate, a controversy over video game criticism and ensuing online harassment of women in the industry, began. It began in 2014, not 2013.A corrected version of the story is below:After Gamergate, female video game developers on the riseThe male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women get involved in designing, playing and reviewing themBy NATALIE POMPILIOAssociated PressStudents from an all-female arts college in Philadelphia attended a conference for video game developers last year and, without even trying, they stood out.“We were basically the only girls in the room,” recalled Lindsey O’Brien, 21, a rising senior at Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art & Design.The male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women develop games, play games and take jobs reviewing games. While the ongoing cyber harassment of female gamers known as “Gamergate” indicates a reluctance by some to accept the growing number of women in the industry, mainstream institutions are welcoming all to the console.Moore’s animation and gaming arts program will see its first class of game developers graduate next year. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology created its Game Lab in 2012. New York University’s Tisch School began offering a video game design degree last year.“There’s going to be a huge boom of women entering the industry in the next 10 years,” said Stephen Wood, Moore’s gaming arts professor, who took over the fledging program when he joined the faculty in 2014. “In the ’80s and ’90s, video games were seen as things boys do. But in the ’90s and early 2000s, girls said, ‘We’re going to play, too.’ Now those girls are going to college and studying video games. We’re helping close that gender gap and being part of the solution.”According to a 2015 survey by the International Game Developers Association, the number of female video game developers has doubled in the past seven years, from 11 per cent in 2009 to about 21 per cent now. About 79 per cent of the survey’s 2,000 respondents agreed diversity in the industry is “very” or “somewhat” important.“Much dialogue has occurred in the past couple of years around the topic, (with) a strong majority recognizing that greater diversity on development teams creates a stronger foundation for the team to create games that may maximize their global appeal,” said Kate Edwards, executive director of the association.Since joining Moore, Wood has seen the gaming arts program grow from eight students to about 40. He acknowledges he had some bias against female game creators until he saw his students’ work.“They create these awesome games that are no different than what you’d see in the industry today,” he said. “It’s a misperception that girls are making games with rainbows and unicorns. They’re really not. I don’t play a new game and say, ‘Oh, this was designed by a woman, this was designed by a guy.’”O’Brien learned the ins and outs of gaming from her mother, who could tear up the Atari. O’Brien started out on Sega Genesis and PlayStation systems, bonding with her older brother as they played games like “Mortal Kombat.”“I have tons of female friends who like shooter games, like ‘Call of Duty,’” she said. “A lot of people who aren’t part of the community are shocked when they hear that.”“Gamergate” began in 2014 after anonymous online commenters claimed a female video game developer was getting an unjust amount of attention for a new product. She was the victim of cyber harassment that then spread to other women in the industry, including Edwards, the executive director of the Game Developers Association.Edwards said the incidents have raised important industry issues. Intel, for example, pledged $300 million in 2015 to fund a three-year effort to increase the number of under-represented groups — including women, Hispanics and African-Americans — by 14 per cent.Wood said he talks to his students about the potential for abuse. The good thing, he said, is Moore students have a tight bond and can stand together against such threats. O’Brien, too, said she expects some negative responses, but she’s ready for them.“There are some people who say girls don’t know about games, that girls can’t make games,” O’Brien said. “I think if somebody has the skills to do the job, they should do the job.” In this Friday, May 13, 2016, photo, animation and gaming arts student Lindsey O’Brien works on her project at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. The male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women develop games, play games and take jobs reviewing games. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) read more

Live at the Apollo UN chief urges Democracy Prep grads to help

‹ › “We provide shelter to refugees – and schools for refugee children who have been forced to flee fighting in Syria and other troubled parts of the world,” he continued, adding that: “Our peacekeepers destroy weapons and train ex-soldiers for new jobs that contribute to society.” When there is an earthquake, a tsunami or a flood, the United Nations rushes in with food, medicine and hope. The Secretary-General said that the world body also negotiates and mediates to prevent wars and establish peace.The United Nations needs all kinds of people: politicians, diplomats, lawyers, doctors, teachers, engineers, police and more, he said, declaring: “I am here to say: we need you!”“We need you to think beyond the borders of the United States. We need you be global citizens. Climate change, poverty and violence affect all countries. We have to respond as one human family,” he said.The Secretary-General noted that every single one of the graduates was going to college. That is why he referred to them as the “class of twenty-seventeen.” He urged them to take the strength inside them and challenge every problem. “Then look for a harder problem – one that affects more people. Reach inside yourself and fulfil the promise of your school to change the world,” he said.The UN chief said that Democracy Prep “is very close to my heart” because it proved his belief that education transforms the world. In that spirit, he had launched the Global Education First initiative, with the aim of getting some 57 million out-of-school children back in school by the year 2015.“We want to raise more leaders like you – people who will shape a new future. You are my inspiration. Keep changing our world,” the Secretary-General said in closing. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Congressman Charles Rangel at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the first graduation ceremony of Democracy Prep Public School. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “This is your moment,” the Secretary-General said in a rousing commencement address as the first graduating class of Democracy Prep High walked across the stage at the legendary Apollo Theater in historic Harlem, New York City, to receive their diplomas.Democracy Prep Public Schools are a network of six open-enrolment, high performing, public charter schools, serving some 1,600 students in Harlem. The School’s stated mission is to educate “responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.”“Congratulations on the first graduation of this remarkable school!” said Mr. Ban, adding:“You rose to every challenge. You showed that you appreciate tough demands. And you are ready to reach for the stars.”Telling the graduates that he had always dreamed of appearing live at the Apollo but the problem was that he could not sing, Mr. Ban still managed to kick off his commencement speech with a song – showing a music video by Beyoncé, entitled I was Here. He said that when the video was taped, the pop superstar asked him about the work of the United Nations and he had explained that the Organization feeds about a hundred million hungry people around the world each day; it works to save the lives of millions of children with vaccines and basic health care. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, take a group photo with the graduating class of the Democracy Prep Public School at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, applauds graduating students during the first graduation ceremony of Democracy Prep Public School. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, delivers the keynote address at the first graduation ceremony of Democracy Prep Public School. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, delivers the keynote address at the first graduation ceremony of Democracy Prep Public School. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, delivers the keynote address at the first graduation ceremony of Democracy Prep Public School. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

Three OSU players still suspended for game against Toledo

Contrary to what Ohio State said earlier this week, junior running back Jordan Hall, sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard will not be available for the game against Toledo on Saturday. OSU issued a statement late Friday afternoon that said Hall, Howard and Brown have not yet been reinstated by the NCAA, and therefore, will not participate in Saturday’s game against Toledo. “The university continues to work with the NCAA on the reinstatement process and is hopeful that the student-athletes will be reinstated soon,” the statement said. The statement also said that the university would have no further comment on the matter. The NCAA released a statement just minutes after OSU released its statement, clarifying some things concerning the players’ eligibility. “The nature and scope of their violations merit a minimum two-game suspension,” the NCAA’s statement read. “The facts submitted by the university have raised further questions that need to be answered before the reinstatement process is complete.” Thursday, it was reported that the players received $200 in cash during a fundraiser. This is consistent with the university’s statement last week, that the three players received impermissible benefits totaling less that $300 each. The Buckeyes will now continue to rely on the running back tandem of sophomore Carlos Hyde and freshman Rod Smith, the two backs featured in last Saturday’s game against Akron. There is a chance that sophomore running back Jaamal Berry will be available this week as well, but Berry has been nursing a hamstring injury and his status is uncertain. read more

Urban Meyer Ohio State football kick off season with 5610 win against

The offense sputtered in the first quarter while Miami jumped to an early, 3-0, lead, but the Buckeyes, led by sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and his receiving corps, scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions to go up, 21-3, before the half. OSU didn’t look back. Miller set an OSU single-game rushing record for quarterbacks in the win with 161 yards and one touchdown, breaking Cornelius Greene’s 1974 record. Miller also tied Greene for the most 100-yard rushing games in OSU history with four. “The objective with Braxton is to make him from an athlete playing quarterback to a quarterback that manages,” Meyer said. “He has to be a leader and he showed that today.  By game’s end, OSU junior Carlos Hyde collected 84 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and receivers Corey Brown, a senior, and Devin Smith, a sophomore, each collected a touchdown reception before a chorus of Buckeyes added scores of their own. There were frequent off-field reminders that Saturday was Meyer’s first game at OSU, from the game day program, which featured Meyer’s likeness, to a banner unfurled by the Block-O student cheering section. Meyer, squinting from the sideline, focused his attention not on the celebration that was his first game as OSU coach, but the Silver Bullets defense, which was on-field for the first official snap of his Buckeyes coaching tenure. OSU eventually forced a Miami punt on its first series. Then, at the 13:34 mark of the first quarter, Meyer’s spread offense made its Ohio Stadium debut. Miller took the first snap and rushed for three yards. The possession, which began deep in OSU territory, eventually stalled, ending in a punt. Twice in the first quarter, Meyer’s defense had its collective back pressed against its own end zone. In the first instance, Miami freshman kicker Kaleb Patterson missed a 24-yard field goal attempt about seven minutes into the game. OSU was unable to dodge a second bullet, however, and Patterson redeemed himself on Miami’s next possession with a 23-yard field goal that put his side up, 3-0, with 5:06 to play in the first quarter. The Buckeyes, perhaps fortunate not to be trailing by two touchdowns, staggered into the second quarter trailing 3-0. Meyer said the first 15 minutes were embarrassing.  “Obviously, the first quarter was very poor football,” Meyer said.  Not only was OSU’s offense sputtering early, but Miami’s offense was stealing the show. The RedHawks outgained OSU in the first quarter, 178-42, and the partnership of Miami senior quarterback Zac Dysert and junior receiver Nick Harwell gashed the Buckeyes’ defense several times. Dysert finished the game, 31-of-53 passing for 303 yards and two interceptions while Harwell ended the game with 8 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. The second quarter yielded different results from the very beginning. The first big blow for OSU came when Miller lobbed a 38-yard pass to Brown, allowing OSU to cross into RedHawks territory and down to the 23-yard line for the first time in the game. On the next play, Smith hauled in a one-handed circus catch in the back right corner of the south end zone to bring OSU fans to their feet – it was the first score and lead of the Meyer era. “It was definitely my best all time catch,” Smith said. “I’ve had some catches at practice but nothing like this one.” The touchdown catch by Smith, who dropped down on his side after corralling Miller’s pass with only his right hand, capped an 83-yard drive that put OSU up, 7-3. The Buckeyes came right back down the field on their next drive and tacked on another touchdown when Miller found Brown on a five-yard touchdown catch to cap a 57-yard drive. OSU’s offensive stagger was gone – now it was swaggering, marching to two touchdowns on consecutive drives that lasted a combined 3:25. Suddenly, the Buckeyes were outgaining Miami, 188-172. Then came another score. A 33-yard rush by Miller pushed the Buckeyes down to Miami’s 2-yard line and Hyde finished the drive two plays later with a 2-yard dive into the end zone. The cheers softened, fans began to walk about the aisles and stadium corridors – it was a comfortable lead that OSU would only add to. Then came Hyde’s desperate, goal line lunge as time expired in the first half. OSU lost out on a chance at more points in that instance, but Miller made up for it early in the second half. OSU was back on the offensive a mere 17 seconds into the third quarter. Miller dashed down the visiting sideline and stuttered at the tail end of a 66-yard run to shake the lone remaining Miami defender before crossing into the end zone. Make it 28-3, OSU, and counting. Meyer’s special teams unit, which contains a subunit referred to by coaches and players as “the freak show,” got in on the scoring action too. OSU forced a RedHawks punt on the visitors’ next possession, but a play that was officially scored as a “team rush” resulted in a snap that never reached Miami’s punter. The ball was loose and sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby came up with it in Miami’s end zone for another touchdown to make it 35- 3. At 10:24 in the third quarter, Miami struck back when Dysert connected with Harwell on a 44-yard touchdown pass to narrow its deficit to 35-10. The pace of the scoring slowed for both teams after that touchdown, and the 35-10 score line held into early in the fourth quarter. OSU senior cornerback Travis Howard intercepted Dysert for the second time at the 14:09 mark of the fourth quarter, setting the offense up at Miami’s 5-yard line. OSU redshirt junior quarterback Kenny Guiton entered the game for Miller, who twice fell to the turf with cramps, and handed the ball to Hyde who ran five yards for his second touchdown of the day. With 9:33 remaining in the game, the OSU points kept coming. Guiton drove the Buckeyes down and put the ball in senior fullback and captain Zach Boren’s hands. Boren ploughed into the end zone for the first rushing touchdown of his OSU career and extended his team’s stranglehold to 49-10. Lastly, freshman Bri’onte Dunn scored with 44 seconds to play in his OSU debut, and the Buckeyes led, 56-10. “Our offense is built to keep scoring,” Hyde said. “That’s Coach Meyer’s standard, and to have fun.” All the while, the Buckeyes’ defense stifled Miami’s rushing attack, allowing, if you can call it that, -1 yards in the game. And the Guiton-led offense did its job running out the clock, allowing OSU to finish the game with a comfortable distance between it and the RedHawks. OSU will host Central Florida next Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. With Ohio State leading Miami (Ohio), 21-3, a mere three seconds before halftime, first-year coach Urban Meyer tried for a touchdown from the 1-yard line rather than take the easy field goal. “Ohio State should be able to knock it in from the 1-yard line,” Meyer said after the game. “I wanted to see how they would do.”  The attempt, a desperate lunge by junior running back Carlos Hyde, fell short and OSU came up empty handed at the stroke of half time. Nevertheless, an impression was made – Meyer and his aggressive play-calling style had officially arrived in Columbus. It was that same aggressive style that allowed Meyer’s No. 18 Buckeyes (1-0) to cruise to a 56-10 win against the unranked Miami RedHawks (0-1) Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Elector from Washington says he wont vote for Clinton

first_imgWASHINGTON — A Democratic elector in Washington said Friday he won’t vote for Hillary Clinton even if she wins the popular vote in his state on Election Day, adding a degree of suspense when the Electoral College affirms the election results next month.Robert Satiacum, a member of Washington’s Puyallup Tribe, supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. He said he believes Clinton is a “criminal” who doesn’t care enough about American Indians and “she’s done nothing but flip back and forth.”He said he has wrestled with what to do, but feels that neither Clinton nor Republican Donald Trump can lead the country.“She will not get my vote, period,” he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.Satiacum said he believes Sanders did a better job of reaching out to Native Americans. “She doesn’t care about my land or my air or my fire or my water,” he said of Clinton.Americans vote for the president on Election Day, but they’re really casting votes for each state’s electors, who will decide the next president on Dec. 19.In all but two states, the winner of the state’s popular vote gets all of the state’s electors. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the electors are required to vote for a particular candidate, but some states have penalties for so-called “faithless electors.” Satiacum faces a $1,000 fine in Washington if he doesn’t vote for Clinton, but he said he doesn’t care.last_img read more

Tight money prevents some Oregon prosecutions

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Many Oregon prosecutors say tight money has forced them to stop prosecuting dozens of illegal acts as crimes.The Oregonian reports that Multnomah County is treating many minor crimes — such as being caught with small amounts of drugs or minor shoplifting — as violations where a perpetrator can pay a fine and go free. District Attorney Mike Schrunk says he’s had no choice because his office doesn’t have the funds.Some counties like Washington and Linn have public safety levies or timber money that allow prosecutors to pursue more cases. But other district attorneys say it’s difficult to get voters to approve levies, and they have had to do more with less.Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.comlast_img

Police called after humongous pig goes on the run in Massachusetts neighborhood

first_imgGEORGETOWN, MA (WSVN) – A humongous pig has been captured after running loose through a Massachusetts neighborhood.Police in Georgetown say Officer Henry Olshefsky responded to a report of a loose pig in a yard, but when he arrived, it was nowhere to be found.Olshefsky cavassed the area and spotted “something large” in a driveway a few streets over.“When I first got this call I thought I was going to be dealing with a small pig, but after seeing him, I realized I was dealing with a giant animal,” Olshefsky said.The pig, which Georgetown Police estimate to be around 1,000 pounds, appeared friendly and was hanging out by a Frisbee.Police say Olshefsky walked the pig down the road into Rowley, where it took off running back to a farm where it had escaped from.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Commissioner VK Singh says printing stationery dept is

first_imgHyderabad: Commissioner at printing, stationery & stores purchase of Telangana planning VK Singh has begun efforts to make Hyderabad a garbage-free city by launching a social movement to promote literacy, Haritha Haram, Swachata Abhimanam and good governance. VK Singh said that the printing & stationery department has no resources and has become totally outdated. Unless the government decides to retrieve it, nothing can be done in this department. As there is almost nil work in this charge, he wants to take a social movement starting from Hyderabad and later extending it to village level.last_img

5 killed in rainrelated incidents as Avalanche records wettest

first_imgUdhagamandalam: The death toll in rain-related incidents in the hilly Nilgiris district rose to five on Friday, even as the tourist destination of Avalanche recorded the highest rainfall of 911 mm on a single day in south India. A woman and her daughter died when the wall of their house collapsed on them in Indira Nagar in Pykara, some 21 km from here, while a man escaped with minor injuries in the early hours of Friday, official sources said. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Amutha (35) and Kavya (10) were sleeping when the incident occurred, while Amutha’s husband Krishnamurthy was admitted to hospital with minor injuries, they said. In another incident, bodies of two women estate workers were recovered from a blocked drain in Kuruthukuli, about 12 km from here, in the early hours. As the workers Vimala and Sushila had not returned home from work Thursday evening, the relatives thought that they may be in the estate office. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us This morning, relatives found the body of Vimala stuck on a rock and that of Sushila in a blocked drain, the sources said. A 65-year old man had died in a wall collapse on Thursday. Avalanche — a major tourist destination — had recorded 820 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period till Thursday morning and 2,136 mm in the last 72 hours, claimed to be the highest in South India. Advertise With Us Avalanche recorded 911 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending 8.30 am on Friday, the weather department said. As incessant rains continued in the district, almost all the areas were flooded. Traffic snarls were reported across the district, particularly on highways, as trees were uprooted and fell on them.last_img read more

TRS holds bastilevel committee elections

first_imgHafizpet: The TRS division committee of Hafizpet division, headed by the local corporator V Pujitha Jagadishwar Goud, formed new colony committees for strengthening the party at Huda Colony on Thursday.The division was divided into east and west divisions and two committees were formed. Two women’s committees were formed. Speaking on the occasion, Pujitha Goud said that the TRS colony (basti) committees were formed to strengthen the party in the division. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The party would continue to strive for development of the regions with systematic planning. Raju Yadav was elected the president of East committee and Rajeshwar Goud the president of West committee. Durga was elected as president of east women’s committee and Venkata Lakshmi as president of west women’s committee.Among those who participated in the meeting were Madapur division corporator Jagadishwar Goud, former corporator Ashok Goud, committee members Nalla Sanjeeva Reddy, B Yadagiri Goud, B Goutham Goud, V Chandrashekhar Prasad, Krishna Mudhiraj, V Harish Rao, Manohar Goud, Ravinder Reddy, Thayyar Hussain, local residents Mallikarjun Sharma, Manohar Goud, Ravi, Dharma Rao, Raju Yadav, Ramu, Venkata Narayana, Umesh, Rajeshwar Goud, Murali, Ajish, MS Raju, Saibaba, Malla Reddy, Chandrashekhar, Radha, Devi, Kavitha, Sunitha, Sharada, Saritha, Suvarna and others.last_img read more

Mexico devastated by another major earthquake 2nd in two weeks

first_imgMexico devastated by another major earthquake, 2nd in two weeks Travelweek Group With files from The Associated Press Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Posted by MEXICO CITY — Buildings collapsed in plumes of dust as a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico, resulting in at least 200 fatalities and severely damaging infrastructure in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states.Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone.The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake left 90 dead in the country’s south.The quake caused buildings to sway in Mexico City and sent people throughout the city fleeing from homes and offices, and many people remained in the streets for hours, fearful of returning to the structures.Alarms blared and traffic stopped around the Angel of Independence monument on the iconic Reforma Avenue. Electricity and cellphone service was interrupted in many areas and traffic was snarled as signal lights went dark.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 hit at 1:14 p.m. (2:15 p.m. EDT) and was centred near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 123 kilometres southeast of Mexico City.Earlier in the day workplaces across the city held readiness drills on the anniversary of the 1985 quake, a magnitude 8.0 shake, which killed thousands of people and devastated large parts of Mexico City.Mexico City’s international airport briefly suspended operations and was checking facilities for any damage. The airport has now reopened but there are many flight cancellations.Much of Mexico City is built on former lakebed, and the soil can amplify the effects of earthquakes centred hundreds of miles away.The new quake appeared to be unrelated to the magnitude 8.1 temblor that hit Sept. 7 off Mexico’s southern coast and also was felt strongly in the capital.U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle noted that the epicentres of the two quakes were 650 kilometres apart and most aftershocks are within 100 kilometres.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureInitial calculations show that more than 30 million people would have felt moderate shaking from Tuesday’s quake. The US Geological Survey predicts “significant casualty and damage are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread.” Share Tags: Mexico, Travel Alert << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Who makes the best vanilla yoghurt in Australia

first_imgMCEC chefs The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA) awarded the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) house made vanilla yoghurt the champion trophy at the Royal Melbourne Show presentation lunch on Tuesday 25 September.MCEC’s vanilla creation was the overall winner coming up against the cream of the crop including Bulla Dairy Foods and King Island Dairy and beating almost 30 yoghurt entries across Australia.MCEC’s Executive Chef Tony Panetta said: “I’m incredibly proud of our skilled kitchen team and their ability to create produce that has stood out amongst really tough competition at the Royal Melbourne Show. “These awards acknowledge some of the best producers around the country and we’re thrilled to be included in this list.” This year the team were awarded seven medals, including four gold, for their ice cream, sorbet, labna and yoghurt that were created using ingredients from local Victorian suppliers.MCEC’s Chief Executive Peter King said: “It’s unique for a business events venue to take out awards like these and our kitchen team should be congratulated on such a huge achievement, not only for our medals wins but also bringing home the champion yoghurt trophy.“Visitors from around the world, many who have not travelled to Melbourne before, get to experience a true taste of Victoria at MCEC and these awards help put Victorian produce on a global stage.”Conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the 2012 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards received almost 1000 entries from 225 exhibitors across Australia, ranging from larger commercial brands to smaller farmers and producers.MCEC’s vanilla yoghurt is now eligible for the 2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards and winners will be announced in November. Sous chef Dale Vocale with MCEC yoghurt MCEC chefs and Chief Executive Peter King with champion yoghurt trophy Source = MCEClast_img read more

Peter Kacheris managing director of Bonnet Creek

first_imgPeter Kacheris, managing director of Bonnet Creek, home to the Waldorf Astoria® Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, announced the addition of the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club to the destination’s extensive list of amenities. Created by acclaimed golf course architect Rees Jones, the 18-hole, 7,113-yard championship course is the centerpiece of the first golf club for the Waldorf Astoria brand. The Waldorf Astoria Golf Club will also feature a clubhouse and be open for play October 1, 2009, the same day as all of Bonnet Creek, conveniently surrounded on three sides by Walt Disney World® Resort.“As the first Waldorf Astoria to be built outside of New York City, our desire is to pay tribute to the landmark hotel’s legendary past and create new traditions. Due to our distinctive preserve setting, there is a sense of being alone with nature, playing the ‘game of kings’ in a fairy tale forest,” says Kacheris.One of the few golf courses in the Orlando area to be free of real estate dotting its greens, the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club is open to all players – those staying at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando or Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and those who want to experience a piece of history. Although designed with a five-tee system for all playing abilities, the course is challenging. Winding through a large wetland preserve, it has a par 72, slope 130 and 72.5 rating from its professional tees.Holes are visually arresting from tee to green and require intelligent management of the game. Bunkers are carved to be reminiscent of the hazards designed on courses a century ago. Majestic stands of pine and cypress trees line the fairways. The style was dictated by the land’s existing contours, which Jones then enhanced, always mindful of the natural elements and environmental sensitivity.“Opening the first Waldorf Astoria Golf Club in conjunction with legendary designer Rees Jones is a tremendous monumental addition to Bonnet Creek and the golfing public,” states Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president, North Eastern Americas for Hilton Hotels Corporation. “We are thrilled to be part of Orlando’s prominent golf community and look forward to introducing the Waldorf Astoria experience to visitors of our hotels and the destination.”www.WaldorfAstoriaGolfClub.comlast_img read more