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first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Restaurant Vegetarian delightStep into Ahmedabad’s latest offering for vegetarians-Soya Express, which promises you the experience of meat without really eating meat. The decor reflects a natural atmosphere with the walls painted in various shades of green. The glass doors allow,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.RestaurantVegetarian delightStep into Ahmedabad’s latest offering for vegetarians-Soya Express, which promises you the experience of meat without really eating meat. The decor reflects a natural atmosphere with the walls painted in various shades of green. The glass doors allow you a view of the street as well as the Vastrapur Lake.The menu boasts of an assortment of Mughlai and Awadhi cuisine, all prepared with soya. The ingredient is not only known to be economical but an excellent source of protein. Thus, 80 percent of the dishes are prepared with this vital component. The dishes taste so authentic, that many have been fooled. The chatti ki lassi and biryani could be given a miss but the Afghani malai tikkas must be tried. However, we think the best dishes are the gulabo rani (soya and paneer cutlets) and dahi ke sholey (curd kebabs). Sadly, the desserts here are a disappointment; we suggest you skip them. A prior reservation or ordering takeaway is recommended, as the restaurant can only accommodate 30 people. Average meal for two: Rs 400. At: Kundalini Complex, Opp Vastrapur Lake, Ahmedabad.Tel: 09727703954 / 079 550917416.-Devika ChaturvediNew in townTee time!The state’s golfing enthusiasts will soon have a new haunt with the launch of Kalhaar Blues and Greens, a premier championship golf course. Designed by the legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus’s company, Nicklaus Design, the club strives to raise golfing standards. The upcoming golf course will be the biggest in the state and also the longest in India. It is spread over 175 acres of which 35 acres will be covered by water bodies.Developed by the Navratna Group, the course is slated to be among the most elite and prestigious golf courses in the country. It will also incorporate a club house, hotel and spa. A golf academy with a practice driving range to help beginners, amateurs and professional golfers to hone their skills in the game will be a part of the course. Apart from all this, a commercial shop offering equipment, apparel and accessories for the sport will also be an addition to the course.-Devika ChaturvediStuffadvertisementBag it Spice up your wardrobe with a dazzling range of colours from the new collection of Esbeda. At: Alpha One Mall, Near Vastrapur Lake, Vastrapur. Tel: 079 40053838.Nature’s basket Try Lush Handmade Soaps that are made of fruits, vegetables and essential oils for a natural feel and fragrance. Price: Rs 265 onwards.At: Iscon Megamall, SG Highway. Tel: 079 40027213.Seasonal bling Make a style statement with vibrant colours this season with the new range of flamboyant footwear by Metro Shoes. Price: Rs 990. At: All Metro Shoes outlets.Jewel tone Check out the exquisite 18 karat gold exquisite timepieces unveiled by Marigold, which may be the ideal gift for your loved one. Price: On request. At: Marigold Boutique, Sanskrut, Ashram road, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 26581494.Quirk it up Make a style statement with Footsy’s colourful and creative product line of socks for kids, women and men. Available at: Footsy.inlast_img read more

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Sanjay Manjrekar astonished by Ravindra Jadeja’s performance in the semi-final

first_imgImage Courtesy: CricbuzzAdvertisementFormer India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, who sparked controversy for calling Ravindra Jadeja ‘ bits and pieces cricketer’ finally praised him for his all-round performance against the kiwis in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on Wednesday. Image Courtesy: Cricbuzz“By bits and pieces, he has completely ripped me apart today. By sheer brilliance, he has proved me wrong on all fronts. But this is not the Ravindra Jadeja you see very often. In the last 40 innings his highest was around 33″ Manjrekar said after the match. He further added that ” Today, he was brilliant. Economical with the ball and the familiar sword celebration that you see in test matches with him”Jadeja played a gutsy innings when India were reeling for 92/6. He steadied the ship with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as they stitched a partnership of 116- runs with Jadeja scoring 77 off 59 balls. The left-hander was then dismissed by Trent Boult in the 48th over, hitting four fours and four sixes. But his exploits were not enough as the India team lost the semi-final fixture by 18 runs.Earlier Jadeja had said “learn to respect people” while replying to Manjrekar’s remark.Manjrekar had told the media that he was not a big fan of bits and pieces players like Jadeja. The statement didn’t go well with the all-rounder as Jadeja said in a tweet that he had played twice the number of games than the former cricketer.Advertisementlast_img read more

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How to Attract New Donors – Part 1

first_imgHow do I find new donors?It’s the question every nonprofit fundraiser must face. The white whale of fundraising. And you need to have an answer. Don’t let finding donor prospects intimidate you.In part one of this two-part blog series, we’ll explore some basics about how to identify and attract new donors to your nonprofit. First off, review our planning steps in 4 Essential Steps to Donor Acquisition.Before you launch your acquisition campaign, you need to decide who you’re going to target. So, how do you identify donor prospects? After all, they look just like everyone else.Use these three essential criteria to identify your donor prospects:Access: Do you have an existing relationship with this person?Belief: Do they support your cause?Capacity: Have they shown the financial capability of being a donor?Not sure? Read our eGuide, New Donors: Getting the Ungettable Get, to learn more about how to identify donor prospects. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find:Relationship mapping.Your current donors, board members, and volunteers are a great way to discover connections to new donors. Who do they bring to events? Who shares your social media posts? Sincerely cultivate your existing relationships. It’s not just good donor stewardship. It boosts your reputation in the eyes of prospects.Research, research, research.Research your donor prospects. They’re definitely going to research you. Read your local newspapers and magazines to see who’s active in your community; stay current on announcements of key new hires and promotions at prominent local companies; and don’t forget donor lists published in other organization’s annual reports, artistic playbills, and fundraising event programs. The right research can provide a wealth of information about whose interests intersect with your mission.Be where they are.New donors aren’t going to just walk in your door. Find out what social media your prospects use, where they get their news, and what other organizations they support. Take part in these same activities to build their awareness of your nonprofit.Once you’ve identified your target groups, you’re ready to begin your outreach for a successful acquisition campaign. Subscribe for more tips, including the next part of this series…How to Attract New Donors – Part 2. Subscribe today and never miss a post.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

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NEBRASKA LAWMAKERS TO DEBATE ELECTORAL VOTE PROCESS

first_imgA bill that would prevent Nebraska from splitting its electoral votes in presidential elections is headed to the full Legislature for debate.The Republican-backed winner-take-all proposal advanced out of a legislative committee on Tuesday on a 6-1 vote.Supporters say the state should speak with one voice in presidential elections.Democrats in the officially nonpartisan Legislature say the bill would reduce the incentive for Omaha-area voters to participate in elections because conservatives hold a strong majority in the state.Nebraska and Maine are the only states where it’s possible to divide electoral votes between presidential candidates in a general election.APlast_img read more

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Mixed Open Success for New South Wales

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNew South Wales claimed their first Mixed Open State of Origin division since 2004 after they won their deciding match 10-6 against Queensland.Cameron Nicholls led the way with three touchdowns as the Blues put their second game loss behind them.Unlike the first two matches where no team dominated the match, NSW came out firing and posted six touchdowns in the first half.Both teams went on to score four touchdowns each in the second half.New South Wales Mixed Open co-captain Kylie Hilder said it was a fantastic way to finish off the series. “It’s actually awesome,” she said.“I didn’t realise until we came into this series New South Wales hadn’t won the division for three series in a row so to come in here with the team we had – we had a few hiccups along the way with training – it feels awesome.“After we played in the second game we were a bit concerned coming into the third but we finally played some Touch we knew we could.“The nucleus of this team just came off a Test series in Mudgee and to win another thing with them is awesome.”New South Wales took out the Men’s 20s division in a clean sweep following their 8-4 victory in the dead-rubber.A hat-trick to Madalitso Masache was the backbone for the Blues’ win.New South Wales also had a clean sweep in the women’s 40’s.The Blues scored all their touchdowns in the first half and were strong in defence to deny Queensland more than one touchdown in the second half.The Women’s 35’s was another thriller but unlike the first two matches, a drop-off was not needed to decide the winner.Queensland claimed the division 3-0 with a 3-2 victory in the third game.In the corresponding Men’s match, New South Wales ran rampant in the first half.The Blues scored seven touchdowns to two, which set-up their victory.Darren Reynoldson scored three touchdowns in the 9-3 win.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksNSW’s Mixed Opens successlast_img read more

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US moves draft resolution in UN to blacklist JeM chief Masood Azhar

first_imgUnited Nations: Stepping up the international pressure to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the US, supported by France and the UK, has moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief. Two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council, the US on Wednesday circulated the draft resolution to the powerful 15-nation Council to blacklist the leader of the Pakistan-based terror group and subject him to a travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details UN sources told PTI that this is the “first time” the US, the UK and France have moved a draft resolution directly in the Security Council to designate Azhar. The previous have been listing proposals in the Sanctions Committee of the Council to designate Azhar. Unlike a listing proposal, which is generally under a 10- day no objection period, the draft resolution is not under any no-objection provision. Sources said that the draft resolution will be discussed informally and then it goes to the Council. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday However, it’s not yet decided by when a vote would be held on the draft resolution, during when it could again face a veto by China, which has in the past blocked bids to blacklist Azhar. Sources said the draft resolution would condemn “in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing” on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed 40 CRPF personnel. An annex to the draft resolution says Azhar is associated with the Islamic State terror group, Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating” or “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material” or supporting acts of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). It says that Azhar founded JeM after his release from prison in India in 1999 in exchange for 155 hostages held on an Indian Airlines flight that had been hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan. It adds that Azhar was previously the leader of the terrorist group Harakat al Mujahadin, also known as Harakat ul-Ansar, and that most of these groups’ members subsequently joined Jaish under Azhar’s leadership. In 2008, JeM recruitment posters contained a call from Azhar for volunteers to join the fight in Afghanistan against Western forces. The Sanctions Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members. However, for a resolution in the Security Council to pass, it needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes from any of its five permanent members – China, Russia, the United States, France and the UK. France, the UK and the US on February 27 moved a proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee. It was under the no-objection period and Committee members had a period of 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. More than a dozen member states had co-sponsored the proposal. About an hour before the no-objection deadline was to expire on March 13 at 3 PM, China blocked the proposal by putting a hold on it. India expressed disappointment by the outcome, saying in a statement “this has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of JeM, a proscribed and active terrorist organisation which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019”. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an apparent reference to China blocking the proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council when he said Wednesday that China abuses over a million Muslims at home, but “protects” violent Islamic terror groups from UN sanctions. “The world cannot afford China’s shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims. On one hand, China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN,” Pompeo said in a tweet, without mentioning the JeM or the outfit’s chief. The February proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. In 2009, India moved a proposal by itself to designate Azhar. In 2016 again India moved the proposal with the P3 – the US, the UK and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the air base in Pathankot in January, 2016. In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again. However, on all occasions China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocked the proposals from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee. A UNSC designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. An assets freeze under the Sanctions Committee requires that all states freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities. The travel ban entails preventing the entry into or transit by all states through their territories by designated individuals. Under the arms embargo, all states are required to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, spare parts and technical advice, assistance or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities.last_img read more

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UN Headquarters to be illuminated in blue to bring diabetes to light

14 November 2008The United Nations headquarters will join 800 monuments throughout the world in being lit up in blue at 6:30 tonight as part of the “Bring Diabetes to Light” campaign, which aims to highlight the impact of the disease affecting more than 180 million people worldwide. Other participants in the World Diabetes Day Monument Challenge that will light up include the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the London Eye, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Niagara Falls, the Tower of London, the Kuwait Towers, the Sears Tower, the Alamo and the Burj al-Arab.The monuments will either light up in blue or light a blue circle – the circle symbolizing life and health and the colour blue reflecting the sky that unites all nations – as part of the campaign by the International Diabetes Foundation.In his message to mark World Diabetes Day, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged for more action to inform children and adults about the warning signs of the disease, particularly in the developing world, as diabetes is often diagnosed late or misdiagnosed as the flu.“This year, we focus on the challenge of diabetes among children and adolescents. Diabetes is on of the most common chronic diseases of childhood, and both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can strike children at any age,” said Mr. Ban. “We must also ensure access to proper medical care. Many children in the developing world die from diabetes because they do not have insulin.”In 2005 alone more than 1 million people died from diabetes, of whom almost 80 per cent were from low and middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The Secretary-General warned that without immediate action the number of people worldwide with diabetes will continue to multiply, as will the number of deaths.“WHO projects that without urgent action, deaths from diabetes will increase by more than 50 per cent in the next 10 years. And by 2030, the number of people worldwide with diabetes – currently more than 180 million – is likely to double.”Mr. Ban thanked the International Diabetes Federation and the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh for co-sponsoring a panel discussion on diabetes and further congratulated Bangladesh for the country’s strong commitment to the UN.“Let us each do our part to shine a light on the impact of this deadly disease, and to light the way toward improved health services and care,” he said. read more

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Remand for Sarath Kumara Gunaratne extended further

Gunaratne was arrested in connection to the alleged misappropriation of funds of the Negombo lagoon development project. (Colombo Gazette) Former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne was further remanded today after being produced in court.The Colombo Chief Magistrate ordered that Sarath Kumara Gunaratne be remanded till January 20.

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24 million needed for food distribution to 2 million in Burundi UN

“While some food distributions have already been postponed or cancelled, starting in early June WFP will have to cut by 50 per cent its maize rations. In addition, all food-for-work activities which support local development will be suspended. By August, all other food aid commodities will be reduced” and by September all the food stocks will have run out, the agency said.WFP said its representatives in Burundi would focus on life-saving activities, such as therapeutic feeding for malnourished mothers and children, but even those programmes would be reduced without additional funds.Some 40.5 tons of food were urgently needed to assist 2 million Burundians until December, it said. In addition, more than 90,000 Burundian refugees were expected to return soon to their homelands and have been relying heavily on WFP assistance.The food rations keeping nearly a million farmers in Burundi from having to eat their seeds instead of planting them were also at risk, it said.”War has robbed plenty of Burundians of their homes and livelihoods. We have to do everything we can to make sure the assistance we provide meets their basic needs and support the return to peace. Otherwise, peace and democracy will just remain empty concepts,” WFP’s Zlatan Milisic said. read more

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South Sudan UN launches mass nutrition screening as hunger threatens lives of

UNICEF and WFP jointly launched a mass mobilization campaign today, where 240 trained volunteers will go door-to-door to assess and screen more than a quarter of a million children in Warrap, South Sudan till the end of the year, and refer those with malnutrition to health facilities and other nutrition treatment centres.“Visiting every single home will help ensure that children who are malnourished or sick will be referred for treatment and will receive life-saving care,” said Vilma Tyler, Chief of Nutrition for UNICEF in South Sudan in a statement.The statement further said that the community volunteers, who have been trained by the state Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and WFP, will teach mothers and caregivers how to keep their children healthy through best practices on nutrition, hygiene and sanitation.Similar campaigns conducted in 2014 has helped the UN agencies to strengthen its response around prevention and treatment of malnutrition by better providing communities with food and access to services to treat both severe and moderate acute malnutrition.According to the IPC report, at least 30,000 people are living in extreme conditions and face starvation and death in the country and in Warrap, about 26,000 children are thought to be acutely malnourished.Further, the report observed that despite Warrap not being directly affected by the ongoing conflict, the acute levels of food insecurity, inadequate food consumption, poor maternal and child feeding practices, illnesses and limited availability of health and nutrition services have contributed to the high numbers of malnourished children.The statement indicated that UNICEF has treated nearly 100,000 severely malnourished children under five at it outpatient therapeutic programme services, and added that WFP assisted more than 205,000 moderately malnourished children under five, since January 2015.However, the UN agencies warned that basic health and nutrition services remain out of reach for most children in South Sudan. read more

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UNs 2016 Year in Review Challenges and milestones for the international community

Yet 2016, the hottest year on record, was also marked by critical breakthroughs, such as the historic Paris Agreement on climate change entering into force faster than any other UN treaty, Colombia clinching a historic peace deal to end 50 years of civil conflict, and governments as well as stakeholders from the private sector agreeing on a plan to control carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also came into force this year, with calls for greater efforts towards their implementation.Also this year, which marks his last at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti for the world body’s role in failing to properly address the cholera epidemic that has claimed the lives of at least 9,000 Haitians since 2010. In addition, he announced a $400 million two-track plan to stem the outbreak and provide long-term support for those affected.Serious challenges remain on the international community’s agenda – especially in Syria, South Sudan and Yemen – with Secretary-General Ban calling for unity and consensus among UN Member States in order to resolve these and other conflicts around the world. Meanwhile, at the United Nations, the former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, was selected as the new UN Secretary-General and pledged to move away from fear and focus on rebuilding trust globally.The “UN Year in Review 2016,” produced by the UN Department of Public Information, takes a look at the milestones and challenges that marked the past 12 months.2016 United Nations Year in Review read more

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Opinion Cleveland Cavaliers playoff run should be celebrated not mourned

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James heads to the bench with seconds remaining in the game against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on June 16, 2015. The Warriors won, 105-97, to clinch the championship. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cleveland Cavaliers came up short.The curse lives on for another year (unless, of course, the Indians start living up to the lofty expectations of Sports Illustrated).The Cavs have still never won an NBA championship, and the good people of the City of Cleveland still haven’t been able to weep tears of joy since the winter of 1964.So as one of those (hopefully) good people, why do I feel an absence of dread the next day? In fact, I even feel pretty good about what just transpired in the NBA playoffs, even if it was the Golden State Warriors winning it all.The answer is simple: This is clearly not the end of the road for the Cavs. The window is still wide open, and I remain as confident as ever that LeBron James will bring a trophy to the city sooner rather than later.In 1995, after the Indians won 100 games and made their first playoff and World Series appearance in 41 years, a parade was held in their honor. Sure, there was no trophy to hoist — that was way down south in Atlanta — but their runner-up finish represented something new: hope and optimism. The Indians might’ve lost the series, but the city was sure that its time was coming.Of course, the Indians did not fulfill that destiny after all, but hey, that’s Cleveland sports for you.But the NBA is a lot more predictable than the MLB, and it’s hard to see the Cavs coming up short much longer, as long as LeBron is healthy.For one, the Eastern Conference has been, and will remain, absolutely horrible. The Cavs made an absolute mockery of the conference in the first three rounds, going 12-2, including two sweeps. And that was without Kevin Love for 10 and a half of those games and Kyrie Irving hobbled or absent for about half of them.Then in the Finals, against a far superior Warriors team, missing two Team USA players in Love and Irving, the Cavs very nearly stole the series. Their 2-1 lead after three games was the first time a Cleveland team had led a championship series at any point in 67 years.And that’s where my happiness behind the fresh pain of losing the series comes from. I know moral victories do not end a two-generation drought, but I can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel.The Cavs will be better next season. They won’t need half the season to learn how to play with each other, they will be getting Irving, Love and Anderson Varejao back healthy and they will know for a fact that they have the ability to get it done.I know how things work in Cleveland sports too well to count my chickens before they hatch, but this just has a different feeling to it.“There’s always next year” has never felt so true. read more

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Womens Basketball Strong third quarter pushes No 16 Ohio State to 8869

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorAfter coming off of a brutal loss in which Ohio State let South Florida junior guard Kitija Laksa drop 41 points on it in an 84-65 loss, the team’s main focus was to bounce back — and bounce back it did.No. 16 Ohio State (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten) went on the road and beat Illinois (9-18, 0-13 Big Ten) by a commanding score of 88-69. The Buckeyes received a lot of production from senior guard Kelsey Mitchell and redshirt senior Linnae Harper. Mitchell finished with 28 points, while Harper added a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.Ohio State’s strong third quarter proved to be the difference maker. After a rough end to the first quarter and strong second quarter, Ohio State finished the third quarter outscoring Illinois 28-15. Heading into the fourth quarter, Mitchell had 21 points with the Buckeyes up 66-48.The Buckeyes came out of the gates strong, quickly jumping out to a 13-4 lead to start the first quarter thanks to a couple of Mitchell 3-pointers. That lead quickly disappeared when Illinois closed out the quarter on a 17-3 run to take a 21-16 lead after one quarter. The Buckeyes again jumped out to a strong start in the second quarter to regain a double-digit lead. However, Illinois clawed its way back into the quarter and made its halftime deficit a manageable seven points, 38-31. Ohio State’s lead at the break would have been larger had Illinois junior forward Alex Wittinger been held in check. Heading into the second half, Wittinger had 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting with eight rebounds. Wittinger finished with a double-double, 30 points and 16 rebounds.After the third quarter, the Buckeyes cruised the rest of the way. Illinois trailed significantly while Mitchell continued to drain basket after basket in the fourth. After going down 21-16, the Buckeyes outscored Illinois 67-53 the rest of the way.With three games remaining in conference play, Ohio State will look to close out the regular season strong heading into the Big Ten Tournament. It returns home to face Purdue for Senior Night at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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New arrival terminals for CJIA open officially

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTemporary terminal at CJIA in full operationJuly 7, 2017In “latest news”CJIA increases security fees, introduces service charge for passengersApril 16, 2019In “Business”CJIA expansion project: Region 6 Chamber of Commerce representatives given tourJuly 31, 2017In “Business” Passengers at the baggage carrousel at the New Arrivals terminal at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA)The management of Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) on Saturday officially commissioned its new arrival terminal at the Timehri airport.Passengers arriving into the country were treated to local beverages by local companies BANKS DIH and DDL as they entered through the newly opened terminals.The new Arrivals Terminal and Boarding Bridges were tested earlier this month to ensure all systems under the passenger treatment/loading conditions are acceptable to allow the identification of final opportunities for improvements ahead of today’s opening.According to Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson he is pleased with the current development of the new services.CJIA Chief Executive Officer, Ramesh Ghir deemed the official opening “a major milestone in the airport’s infrastructural developments.”He said that the airport will now “process all arriving passengers through this new terminal.” Ghir made it a point to note that “departing passengers will also be using the boarding bridges.”“So, in essence, from our operational point of view, we’ll be using the newer part of the terminal for both arrival and departures,” the CEO explained.Chief Executive Officer of Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Ramesh GhirThe 4,891 square meters terminal features 10 passport control booths, one elevator, one escalator stair, two functional boarding bridges, three baggage carousels, a spacious customs area and a public greeting hall to welcome the arrival of family and friends.In February last, President David Granger and his Cabinet were given a tour of the airport, and were updated on the progress of the works.During a presentation on the project, it was revealed that some US$114 million has thus far been expended on the airport, while an additional US$27 million would be spent before the end of the year.The airport expansion works are between 75 and 80 per cent completed.The Project’s Manager, Carmichael Thorne, during his presentation, stated that under the previous Administration, Guyana had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Export-Import (Exim) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came in to power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between the Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contracting company, China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued, but with a reduction in its design and capacity. read more

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55 publicpaid educators earning more than the Taoiseach

first_imgA TOTAL OF 55 staff under the remit of the Department of Education and Skills earn more than the Taoiseach, it has emerged.Data published by education minister Ruairí Quinn shows that a significant number of staff – assumed to be employed at the country’s universities and institutes of technology – earn over €200,000 a year.That amount marks the ceiling for public appointees imposed by the current government after it took office – but the present government remains powerless to lower the salaries of college employees whose contracts predate the new limit.One person earns over €250,000 – the salary paid to the head of state, President Michael D Higgins.By comparison, 3,623 staff (or whole-time equivalents) earn under €25,000 a year, while 14,015 earn between €30,000 and €40,000 – putting them roughly equivalent with the average industrial wage of €36,182.A total of 1,525 staff under the Department’s authority earn over €100,000 per annum.The figures were revealed in response to written Dáil questions from former junior minister Róisín Shortall.Read: ‘Disgraceful’: Students slate top university staff refusal to take pay cutlast_img read more

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Nikola Tesla statue dedicated at Wardenclyffe laboratory in New York

first_imgA statue of Nikola Tesla on the grounds of Wardenclyffe laboratory in Long Island has been dedicated in a ceremony attended by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic. The inventor (who was Serbian) has found new fans in recent years, more than seven decades after his death. The statue is only the most recent addition to the Tesla Science Center, the upcoming museum which was funded by through an Indiegogo campaign spearheaded by The Oatmeal’s Matthew Ingram last year.The statue depicts Tesla with his arms outstretched in the midst of some sort of experiment. About 100 people showed up for the dedication, which is only the latest step toward making the Wardenclyffe Tesla Museum into a reality. The Indiegogo campaign last year raised $1.3 million, far above the $850,000 goal. The state of New York contributed matching funds to ensure the museum could be built.Wardenclyffe was Tesla’s most famous laboratory, where he began (but never finished) construction of a giant tower to transmit wireless power. Tesla fell on hard times and was forced to sell the property later in his life. The property was passed around over the years, at one point being used as a dumping ground for hazardous chemicals while it was owned by a photographic company. It was also nearly demolished several times.There is still much to do cleaning up the site before the museum can open. Now that the status is up on the lawn, things are starting to come together.last_img read more

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Barrow proud to be first Gambian to score in EPL

first_imgBy Sulayman BahLast Saturday Modou Barrow wrote his name in the history books – becoming the first Gambian to ever score in the English premier league.So that account is deserving of all the adulations thrown on him on backpages of today’s morning tabloids.The 22-year-old bamboozled his way past two markers to cut in from the left before unleashing the ball with his favoured left foot to the net.The goal drew level for the Swans after Ivory Coast Gradel had raced the Cherries (Bournemouth) to the lead with a right footed blast from close range.Sigurdsson scored for a two-all score but it was Joshua King –A player of Gambian heritage – who spoiled the day for Barrow as his side lost 3-2.And speaking on post-match, Barrow who ran to France’s striker Bafe Gomis to celebrate, said:  ‘It is a very proud moment for me to become the first Gambian to score in this league (English Premier League) makes me very happy. I wanted to celebrate with Bafe. He has supported me a lot and he told me that if I keep on doing what I’m doing that I will score soon enough. He said that I am quick one v one and that if I have a chance, I can do it.’Barrow who got subbed in the second-half, continued: ‘My team-mates kept pushing me and I kept working on my finishing. The fans wanted me to score too, and now I can finally get this out of my mind and focus on scoring more goals. It was important to have scored so soon after they had gone ahead. It gave us more confidence and we ended the first half well.”Barrow the EPL side from Swedish second tier side Ostersunds FK.last_img read more

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Rare black supermoon Wednesday offers exceptional skygazing chance

first_img8:35 A perigree full moon, or supermoon, is seen Sunday, August 10, 2014, in Washington. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it’s full. NASA/Bill Ingalls An unusual type of supermoon is set to take the stage this week. It’s called a “black supermoon,” and what makes it unlike other so-called supermoons is that it’s basically invisible. The term “black moon” is an old nickname given to the second new moon in a given calendar month. If you remember your moon phases, you know a new moon occurs when the sun’s light falls on the far side of the moon we don’t see. It’s essentially the opposite of a full moon.The western hemisphere is getting a second new moon Wednesday, July 31 just before the calendar flips to August.Making the celestial happening all the more intriguing is that this black moon comes when the moon is near its closest point to our planet along its orbit of Earth (the orbit is not a perfect circle). This is called perigee syzygy or more commonly, a supermoon. We normally talk about supermoons when they happen along with the full moon, which can make for a lunar spectacle that appears a little larger in the sky than normal. To actually see this black supermoon, however, would require special equipment and significant skywatching experience, but it does offer remarkably dark skies to see other things. Our future on the moon: What will the moon look like… Sci-Tech Space Share your voice 3 Shots of the super blue blood moon worth waking up early forcenter_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: That’s particularly convenient, as two meteor showers are currently still near their peaks this week. So take advantage of those black skies and the black moon to see if you can catch a shooting star or 2 or 10, just watch out for fireballs raining meteorites.  12 Photos Comments Originally published July 30. last_img read more

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Melania says oped author sabotaging country

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 24 August, 2018 US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, as they travel to Ohio. Photo: AFPUS first lady Melania Trump on Thursday accused the author of an anonymous attack on her husband in the op-ed pages of The New York Times of “sabotaging” the country.The article’s author, who is known to the newspaper but described only as a senior administration official, portrayed US president Donald Trump as “amoral” and reckless, and said a “quiet resistance” had formed among top aides to thwart his most misguided actions.”People with no names are writing our nation’s history,” the first lady said in a statement. “Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences.”She added that anyone bold enough to make such accusations should “stand by their words” rather than hiding behind anonymity.”To the writer of the op-ed — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions,” she said.last_img read more

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One Punch Man Season 2 Sees A Character Return and A New

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. One Punch Man first made its debut a while back, nearly two years ago now. It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten to see the One Punch Man himself, Saitama, in action aside from reruns and rewatches and whatnot. But there are some new announcements floating around about the show thanks to an announcement out of Anime Japan in Tokyo.First off, the disciple of Bang, Garou, is going to be coming in One Punch Man Season 2. He was previously seen in Episode 10 of the first season, but just a cameo role where you didn’t see anything other than his name and his silhouette. Now we know the character in all his glory will be appearing, which may not mean that much to you if you haven’t read further in the manga, but it’s still something to get very excited about.Also, there’s going to be a One Punch Man-related anime event called One Punch Man Maji Gakuensai on August 12, where it’s possible we might see the first real trailer for One Punch Man Season 2. That seems to be the purpose of the event, because it makes little sense for there to be an event this far ahead of the series’ debut otherwise. It seems that’s just what this event may be for.One Punch Man is the story of the hero Saitama, who can kill enemies in, very often, one punch as the title implies. He’s just not feeling it much anymore when it comes to going in for the kill and is looking for the same kind of excitement and passion he used to feel, and that’s where the story picks up. The first season is quite short, so you don’t have to worry about getting through a long season if you want to get ready for the second. One thing’s for sure: We’re all ready for the second one to start! ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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