While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Blake Jarwin not only had a career game with 96 yards and a touchdown, it was the best game by an OSU “tight end” since Blake Jackson was had multiple triple-digit performances back in 2012.“When you have some one on the inside who can do what he did, safeties aren’t able to cheat all the way out and try to guard the outside guys,” James Washington told the Stillwater News Press. “They’ve got to start respecting him, too, because if not he will do exactly what he did today.”Jarwin’s 17.64 yards per reception is second on the team only to James Washington’s 19.48 average this year (sophomore Cowboy Back Keenen Brown does have a 23.50 average but on only two catches). Jarwin has catches in each of the last three games. All four of them have been for 20+ yards. This opens up the field for Rudolph as well as his stable of RBs.The former walk-on has become a consistent outlet for Mason Rudolph. In Jarwin’s previous career-best game earlier this year against Texas, he had three huge third-down plays that were crucial to OSU’s win over Texas as I wrote here for Cowboys Ride For Free.On the opening drive, before Justice Hill’s 30-yard touchdown run that lit up Twitter, the Cowboys faced third down and 6 on their own 40-yard line. Mason Rudolph threw it to Jarwin who made a man miss and went 17 yards, keeping the drive alive.On the next drive, Jarwin made a 13-yard catch on third down and 10 from the Cowboy 30-yard line. Again he kept a drive alive that ended this time with James Washington “going house” on a 54-yard play which we will see for years to come on YouTube compilations.The Cowboy Back has seen an increased role in the Cowboys’ offense and one of the biggest reasons for that has been the consistency of Blake Jarwin. As the Cowboys moved away from the wide-open Air Raid of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, Mike Gundy wanted to implement a more pro-style system featuring a tight end. The idea was to recruit players who could fit both the tight end and fullback role.Blake Jarwin has been the poster child of the three-year old hybrid position named “Cowboy Back” by its position coach Jason McEndoo.Saturday started off with a bang for Jarwin. His first catch went for 54 yards and the Cowboys’ second touchdown of the day to give them a 14-13 lead in the second quarter. His next play in the same quarter went for 42 yards.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Big 12 has gone through a shake up over this offseason. Bell cows Oklahoma and Texas both have new CEOs for the first time in 70 years. A couple of teams look to take a step forward and a couple more may sink to the bottom.So, let’s look at take a look at the realistic expectations for each program. We’re only taking regular season records into account (not the Big 12 title game) and looking at them in alphabetical order.BaylorBest: 6-6, middle of the Big 12, Cactus BowlWorst: 4-8, bottom of the Big 12AdChoices广告Comments: Baylor may be the toughest team in the league to peg. It’s one of three teams with a new head coach in 2017, but unlike Texas and OU, the Bears are looking at a big rebuild. There is still some talent left on the roster, including ten returning starters from last year. But how quickly can Matt Rhule implement his new system, and how will that match up with some of the offenses he’ll face in the Big 12? Not to be underestimated, Baylor is undergoing a complete culture change, as well. This is a different team than the one Art Briles had, and I think expecting much better than 6-6 may be unreasonable.Iowa StateBest: 7-5, middle of the Big 12, Heart of Dallas BowlWorst: 3-9, bottom of the Big 12Comments: Can Iowa State take a step forward in Matt Campbell’s second year? There are some things to like about the Cyclones. They return plenty of skill players like Allen Lazard, David Montgomery and Mike Warren and Jacob Park has gone through his first spring as the No. 1 QB. The biggest question comes at the offensive line where they lose four starters from maybe their best position group last year. Former quarterback Joel Lanning has been moved to linebacker but they’ll need more help than that for a defense that finished ahead of only Texas Tech in points per drive allowed in 2016.KansasBest: 4-8, bottom of the Big 12, but improvingWorst: 0-12, last placeComments: Despite the obvious punchline, David Beaty has shown improvement over his 2-22 first two seasons. The Jayhawks were at least disruptive on defense last season and return several leaders on that side of the ball. The question is whether or not they have an offense that can at least give the defense a break. A 4-8 record is optimistic, but I see a couple other Big 12 teams falling off as well. Kansas’ non-conference is not a gimme with Central Michigan coming to town. No comment.Kansas StateBest: 10-2, Big 12 title, Sugar BowlWorst: 7-5, middle of the Big 12, Cactus BowlComments: I’m not sure what to think about this team. I can understand why some are picking K-State as a dark horse Big 12 pick and I could also see them finishing fourth to fifth in the league. They do welcome Oklahoma, TCU and West Virginia to Manhattan, and they have an established, returning QB which normally makes for a tough Bill Snyder-coached team.OklahomaBest: 12-0, Big 12 title, CFP berthWorst: 8-4, middle of the Big 12, AutoZone Liberty BowlComments: Oklahoma probably should be the Big 12 favorite based on history and the talent on their roster. But the Sooners lost their winningest head coach and Baker Mayfield’s three best weapons — by far. An improved defense will go a long way in securing another conference title and possible College Football Playoff berth, as well as a Bear Bryant Award for Lincoln Riley in his first year.Oklahoma StateBest: 12-0. Big 12 title, CFP berthWorst: 9-3, 2nd place in the Big 12, Camping World BowlComments: The orange Kool-Aid is flowing like a mullet in September. We could see the best Gundy-led team since a trip up in Ames kept them from a National Championship game in 2011. How good is Oklahoma? What effect does the change in schedule — or the changing of the visor — make on Bedlam? How much better is this defense? A 9-3 record would be a disappointment. The ceiling is the roof.TCUBest: 7-5, middle of the Big 12, Cactus BowlWorst: 4-8, bottom half of the Big 12Comments: TCU has a ton of questions heading into the fall. Can Kenny Hill salvage a career as a starting QB? How much does the offense miss Doug Meacham? Their defense has a chance to be good again, but it had that chance last year and got embarrassed a few times down the stretch.TexasBest: 9-3, 3rd in the Big 12, AdvoCare V100 Texas BowlWorst: 5-7, middle of the Big 12Comments: Is Texas back? No. It’s July. But new front man Tom Herman brings with him plenty of, uh charisma, and his coaching chops are well-documented. He inherits some decent talent from Charlie Strong. Is he the right fit? How long does a rebuild take? Does he have a quarterback? Time will tell.Texas TechBest: 6-6, middle of the Big 12, Heart of Dallas BowlWorst: 2-10, bottom of the Big 12Comments: My 6-6 ceiling may be generous. The Red Raiders lose Pat Mahomes to the NFL Draft as well as receivers Jakeem Grant to graduation, Jonathan Giles and Tony Brown to transfer. We like to look at their offense as a plug-and-play system but it’s hard to not expect at least a step back in production without Mahomes. And their defense has an uphill battle — with no clear path — to mediocrity. Mahomes’ arm and legs kept them in games last season. Tech may be historically bad in 2017.West VirginiaBest: 10-2, 2nd place in the Big 12, Valero Alamo BowlWorst: 7-5, middle of the Big 12, Cactus BowlComments: West Virginia, like Baylor, is hard to peg. On one hand, they add what appears to be a talented passer in Florida transfer Will Grier. On the other, they lose key pieces on both sides of the ball, including seven offensive linemen. This could be a huge year for Dana Holgorsen. He’s off the hot seat after churning out his first 10-win season a year ago, but drop back down into the middle of the pack and the groaning will return. If he can pilot the Mountaineers to a 9- or 10-win season, he sets himself up nicely moving forward.
We are now into the single digits. That means that game week is on the horizon. Next up in our countdown is a fourth-year senior who’s made most of his hay on special teams but is looking at a rotational spot on defense this fall.How he got to OSUGyasi Akem was a four-star prospect out of Broken Arrow High School who picked Oklahoma State over offers from Oklahoma, Clemson, Baylor, TCU and others. Akem, a Scout 300 recruit, was the highest ranked signee in Oklahoma State’s 2014 class.What he’s done in StillwaterAkem saw action in 10 games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams and eight as a sophomore in 2015. Last year, Akem saw an increased role on defense including career-high six tackles against Texas Tech. He’s seem time at both the Mike and Will linebacker spots.Role in 2017The Cowboys will be without All-Big second-teamer Devante Averette who carved out a nice career from the Will linebacker role. Justin Phillips is slated to take over his starting role but Akem could be in play there as well as backing up Chad Whitener at middle linebacker. Juco-transfer Patrick Macon will be in the mix at Mike backer as well.Noteworthy stats and highlightsHad a career-high six tackles (four solo) had tackles for loss against Central Arkansas in 2015 and against Pitt and Oklahoma (assisted) in 2016. Akem was credited for a forced fumble against Kansas State last year. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
minnesota frogger tcuThe Big Ten just released its prime-time schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the 2015 season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host a pair of night games, including their season opener against TCU on Thursday, Sept. 3. Minnesota promoted its prime-time contest against the Horned Frogs with this humorous graphic based on the classic 1980s arcade game, Frogger. Round One. Primetime on @ESPN. pic.twitter.com/0e4k11ixHC— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Pretty cool, and Minnesota didn’t stop there. For their Halloween night game against Michigan, they used a Gopher in a Jason mask from the Friday the 13th movie series.Happy Halloween, #Gophers. Primetime on @ABCNetwork, @ESPN or ESPN2. pic.twitter.com/5AMcXj3EHM— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Nice touch again, but perhaps a Mike Myers mask from the old Halloween movies would have been better.
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Every year, one week of the college football season wrecks absolute mayhem on the landscape of the sport.Week 7 was that week.Four Top 10 teams fell last Saturday, with a few other Top 25 clubs going down, or at least looking very shaky in near-losses.With that, it was a tough week for our picks contest. Just two of the seven members of staff picked 20 games correctly.After seven weeks, here are the staff pick standings:1.Matt Lombardi224-592.Dan Lyons222-61T-3.Matt Hladik221-62T-3.Andrew McCarty221-62T-3.Chris Rosvoglou221-626.Andrew Holleran215-687.Steve Driscoll208-75We’ve added another staff member to pick games this week as well: Tzvi Machlin.Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 8 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglouMachlinStanford at Arizona State6 Michigan at 24 Michigan State9 Oklahoma at TCUMaryland at 19 Iowa20 Cincinnati at TempleIllinois at 23 WisconsinTulsa at ArkansasAuburn at Ole MissNorthwestern at RutgersNorth Carolina at SyracuseVirginia at Duke1 Alabama at Tennessee16 NC State at 3 ClemsonColorado at 15 Washington18 Penn State at IndianaWake Forest at Florida StateMinnesota at NebraskaKansas at Texas TechMemphis at MissouriCal at Oregon State22 Mississippi State at 5 LSU10 UCF at ECUUConn at 21 USF2 Ohio State at Purdue12 Oregon at 25 Washington StateVanderbilt at 14 KentuckyUSC at UtahArizona at UCLASeason Record224-59215-68222-61221-62208-75221-62221-62208-75
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 29: Defensive end Amani Bledsoe #72 and defensive end Tyreece Lott #93 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate a play against the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 66-33. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma football has a serious depth issue on the defensive line. News of junior Tyreece Lott’s departure will undoubtedly exacerbate things.Lott was expected to be a veteran presence on the line for the Sooners this year. Last season, he played in 11 total games as a reserve for Oklahoma, recording nine tackles and one tackle for loss.The year before, he played in five games, recording five tackles. Lott was a three-star member of OU’s 2017 class.Details on Lott’s decision are extremely scarce thus far.Former Ardmore Tiger Tyreece Lott is leaving the Sooners football program according to OU, we’ll have more details for you tonight on @KTENnews at 10 @SportsKTEN @ardmorefootball pic.twitter.com/eg3ulTy98W— Brendan Agans (@BrendanAgans) April 12, 2019Lott had previously made headlines this off-season, as one of a few Sooner linemen to make impressive body transformations. He dropped 20 pounds, as new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch pushes for more speed up front.Tyreece Lott is the fourth defensive lineman to become unavailable for the Oklahoma Sooners program this off-season.Earlier in the off-season, redshirt freshman defensive end Ron Tatum left as a transfer. 2019 early enrollee Derek Green left the program after a few weeks, first with the intention to enter the military. He will instead transfer and play elsewhere.Redshirt freshman Jordan Kelley is out indefinitely due to an ACL injury.Lott, an Oklahoma native, starred at Ardmore High School. He was the No. 19 ranked player in the state in the class of 2017.
Smriti Mandhana moves to third spot in ICC T20I women’s batting rankingsSmriti Mandhana shone with the bat in the three-match T20I series against England despite India suffering a 3-0 whitewash. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service DubaiMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 10, 2019 19:25 IST India opener Smriti Mandhana is among the top three batters both in ODIs and T20Is (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana recently became the top-ranked batter in women’s ODI rankingsSmriti Mandhana took the place of West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin on the T20I batter rankingsMandhana’s India team-mate Jemimah Rodrigues fell to the sixth spot after a poor series vs EnglandIndia opener Smriti Mandhana broke into the top three of the ICC Women’s Twenty20 International batting rankings, released on Sunday.Mandhana was India’s highest scorer, with 72 runs in three matches, in what was a dismal series for the home team as they suffered a 3-0 sweep by England in Guwahati.Mandhana took the place of West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin who rose to the second spot to second place displacing Mandhana’s India team-mate Jemimah Rodrigues.Rodrigues totalled just 15 runs in the three-match series and took a tumble to sixth position. New Zealand’s Suzie Bates continued to hold the top spot, with 765 points, extending the gap between her and second-placed Dottin to 38 points.The rest of the top-five remained unchanged, with Australia captain Meg Lanning retaining the fourth position with 695 points, followed by Stafanie Taylor with just one point less.Harmanpreet Kaur slips to ninth spot after missing England seriesIndia captain Harmanpreet Kaur who missed the England series with ankle injury went down two spots to No.9, allowing New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine to climb to No. 7, followed by Australia wicket-keeper Beth Mooney. Mooney’s team-mate Alyssa Healy retained her position to round off the top ten.Meanwhile, England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor fell six places to No. 24, as did her team-mate Jenny Gunn who slipped to No. 61. Lauren Winfield, however, moved up eight places to No. 45. India’s Deepti Sharma moved up five places to the 71st position.But the biggest mover was England’s Sophia Dunkley, who barged into the top 100 by moving 16 places to 86th position. India’s Pooja Vastrakar went out of the top 100, tumbling 11 places to 103.advertisementRadha Yadav biggest mover in bowlers’ rankingsThere were significant changes among bowlers too. While Megan Schutt and Poonam Yadav the top two in the bowlers’ charts, Ellyse Perry, the Australia all-rounder, moved up one spot to No. 3, followed by New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek, who was fourth after jumping two places.The biggest mover, however, was Radha Yadav. She moved up five positions and is now No. 5 in the bowlers’ rankings, level with South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail. However, that meant Anya Shrubsole slid two places to No. 7. Her team-mate Sophie Ecclestone also took a massive tumble, falling seven places to No. 10.Deepti Sharma was another to have a poor time of it against England, and she fell ten places to No. 24 after the latest update. However, Katherine Brunt rose 12 places and is now No. 35.The all-rounders charts were largely unchanged — Dottin still leads the charts, and Bangladesh’s Salma Khatun rounds off the top ten. However, Hayley Matthews has displaced Natalie Sciver at No. 6.Also Read | ustralia series will help India gain confidence ahead of the World Cup: HarbhajanAlso Read | Shane Warne explains how to dismiss Virat Kohli, Australia do exactly thatAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Smriti MandhanaFollow India women’s cricket teamFollow Radha YadavFollow Harmanpreet Kaur
The Icelandic provider of energy management solutions for maritime industry Marorka has posted this image to announce the contract with United Arab Shipping Company (S.A.G.) to deliver ship performance monitoring solutions.The company says its Marorka Wallboard energy management system will help optimize vessel performance and subsequently reduce the fuel consumption and carbon emissions of the UASC fleet.”We have been running Marorka systems on two of our vessels and this decision is based on the results of the trials we have undertaken. The Marorka Wallboard has delivered verifiable fuel savings and significant eco-efficiency benefits, as well as greater transparency, which is important for our fleet management team,” said Waleed Al Dawood, COO at UASC.
Mumbai: In a setback to the NCP ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, its Mumbai unit chief and former minister Sachin Ahir joined the Shiv Sena on Thursday.Ahir, who was a minister in the previous Congress-NCP coalition government in the state, joined the Shiv Sena here in the presence of its party president Uddhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray. Welcoming Ahir into the party-fold, Uddhav Thackeray, in an apparent jibe at senior ally BJP, said splitting other political parties was not the Sena’s tendency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I want Sena to grow but not at the cost of morals and ethics,” he told reporters here, without naming any party. The Shiv Sena wants to do politics by”winning the hearts of people”, he said. “SachinAhir has joined us willingly and happily. I assure him that he will not regret his decision,” he said. He said the yatra recently undertaken by his son Aaditya Thackeray and the mass outreach programme to be soon taken up by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were for ensuring the Sena-BJP alliance’s win in the Assembly polls, due in September-October. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAhir, who was associated with the NCP since its formation in 1999, represented Shivdi Assembly seat in Mumbai from 1999 to 2009 and was later elected from Worli, after delimitation of constituencies. In 2014, he lost the Assembly election to Shiv Sena’s Sunil Shinde. Ahir said he will work for the expansion of Shiv Sena’s base, but will not try to break the NCP. “Sharad Pawar will be in my heart. But I will have Aaditya and Uddhavji’s strength in my body to work for the Shiv Sena,” he said. Ahir said he has no grudge against the NCP. “But some unavoidable political decisions had to be taken considering the prevailing situation,” he said. Ahir said a couple of days back, he met Aaditya Thackeray at a social event where the latter told him that the Shiv Sena needed leaders like him, who were “well-versed in urban politics”. “The Shiv Sena is in power in most of the municipal corporations in the state. I can use my expertise gained as a minister for the development of cities. Hence, I took the decision to work for the development of cities by being in power,” he said. Ahir said the Sena will now take decision on whether he will contest the state Assembly polls. On the occasion, Aaditya Thackeray said Ahir and he knew each other since long. “Despite being in different parties we realised that our goal and aim is development of urban areas,” he added. Meanwhile, reacting to Ahir’s decision to join the Sena, NCP’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said those deserting the party lacked courage and strength to fight the Assembly elections on their own.
CHARLOTTETOWN – Prince Edward Island could be the first province in Canada to ban retailers from giving out plastic bags after a private member’s bill passed third reading Friday morning.The Plastic Bag Reduction Act, introduced by Liberal member of the legislature Allen Roach, would eventually prohibit retailers from providing customers with single-use plastic bags, encouraging them instead to sell paper or reusable cloth bags.“The purpose of this Act is to reduce the use by businesses of single-use checkout bags, to reduce waste and environmental damage and to promote responsible and sustainable business practices in Prince Edward Island,” the bill reads.The change would come in phases, with retailers beginning to charge customers 15 cents per plastic bag on July 1. The fee would increase to 25 cents in July 2019, before becoming an outright ban in January 2020, after which businesses could face fines for giving away plastic bags.Jackie Bourgeois of the Southeast Environmental Association supports the bill, saying single-use plastics wreak havoc on Canada’s waterways and marine life.“All you have to do is go on the internet and you can see the disastrous videos of bags that are being removed from these big huge animals out in the ocean, and it’s really just a tragedy that it’s happening,” she said.According to Greenpeace Canada, Canadians generate about 3.25 million tonnes of plastic garbage each year, which the environmental group says could fill 140,000 garbage trucks.As well, the federal government says more than 150 million tonnes of plastic waste is clogging the oceans worldwide, and it’s estimated that plastic could outweigh fish by 2050.Bourgeois hopes other provinces will follow the Island’s lead in discouraging the use of plastic bags.“We’re small, but we can lead the way in a lot of things,” she said. “If this move encourages others to follow, then that’s great.”The Retail Council of Canada, however, has some trepidations over the bill. Atlantic Canada director Jim Cormier says the council was not consulted before the motion was put forward.“It was really concerning that they would go so far as to try to jam something through without even talking to the sector that it’s going to impact the most,” Cormier said during a phone interview Saturday.The paper and reusable bags wouldn’t be free: customers will be charged no less than 15 cents for a paper bag, while reusable bags would cost a dollar each.Cormier said that it should be up to the retailers to decide the cost, and that the businesses should also be able to individually develop their own plans for plastic bag reduction.He added that many customers like getting plastic shopping bags, and some reuse them for garbage bins and cleaning up after their pets.“We just want to have a way for people to serve the customer,” said Cormier.MLA Allen Roach could not immediately be reached for comment.P.E.I.’s move comes amid a national conversation about single-use plastics and their environmental impact.Ikea and A&W are the latest big chains to join the war against single-use plastics, with each promising to limit waste production amid a growing public outcry over pollution.Ikea said Friday it would eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.And A&W Canada said it wanted to be the first fast food chain in North America to eliminate plastic straws, with a plan to stop using them by the end of the year.
TORONTO — An investigation is underway into an alleged sexual assault at a prestigious private school in Toronto, police said Wednesday as the institution announced it had expelled students over two serious incidents.Police released few details but said the investigation involved St. Michael’s College School, an all-boys Catholic institution that teaches grades 7 through 12.Spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante said she couldn’t release any more information about the police probe because of the age of those involved and noted that the Child and Youth Advocacy Centre was participating in the investigation.The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment but said in a letter to parents that administrators became aware of “two very serious incidents” that recently occurred on campus and were in violation of the student code of conduct.“The nature of student conduct in each case is injurious to the moral tone of the school and the well-being of our students,” the school wrote. “The school has zero tolerance for such behaviour.”The school said it learned about the incidents on Monday and began an investigation that included informing police and meeting individually with the students involved and their parents.“Swift and decisive disciplinary action has taken place, including expulsions,” the school said in a separate statement posted to its website.The school told parents it addressed the student body in a “formal assembly” on Wednesday afternoon, and would talk to Grade 9 students who were participating in Take Our Kids to Work Day on Thursday.“Given police involvement, and respecting the privacy and confidentiality of all parties, the school will not be making any further comments at this time,” it said.A follow-up email to parents said additional support would be available for students who need it. The email from the director of student affairs said boys who need someone to talk to can approach any guidance counsellor.The school is known for its athletic program. Alumni include hockey greats Frank Mahovlich, Dave Keon and Tim Horton. Track star and Olympic hopeful Justyn Knight also attended the school.The Canadian Press
WHITEHORSE — An event considered to be the toughest dog sled race on the planet begins Saturday in Whitehorse.Thirty teams from Canada, the United States and as far away as the Czech Republic and New Zealand will vie to win the 1,600-kilometre Yukon Quest, which begins this year in Whitehorse and ends in Fairbanks, Alaska.For the first time since 2003, mushers must truck their teams between Braeburn, the first checkpoint north of Whitehorse, and Carmacks, about 75 kilometres further along the route.Race Marshall Doug Harris says a lack of snow made the Braeburn to Carmacks stretch of the route too rough for the teams.In all, mushers must pass through nine checkpoints, four dog checks, and four mountain peaks, including the 1,200-metre King Solomon’s Dome.The gruelling race was won last year by Two Rivers, Alaska musher Allen Moore in nine days, 18 hours and 53 minutes.The route follows the Yukon River and the historic winter “highway” travelled by prospectors, mail and supply carriers between the gold fields of the Klondike and the Alaska interior.Mushers and race organizers are concerned about the lack of snow and warmer weather along the trail, but Sgt. John Mitchell with the Canadian Rangers says a 32-member squad has been working on the Yukon side of the trail and conditions have improved in the last week.“The low snow conditions allowed us to brush it out a lot better than has been done in the previous years,” Mitchell says.“When you get down to the low stuff on it, and then we got the snow dump … so it actually set up (well) and we’ve got a pretty darn good base.”This year’s prize purse is $115,000, down slightly from the $125,000 awarded last year, and the first 15 finishers will share a percentage of the pot.The first musher to reach the Dawson City checkpoint also receives two ounces of gold nuggets, worth about $3,400.Moore took home just over $23,000 as the 2018 winner and also kept the gold nuggets as he led almost from start to finish.Four past champions, including multiple winners Moore and Whitehorse resident Hans Gatt, as well as 12 rookies are among the 2019 field.Quebec’s Denis Tremblay, who finished 14th in the 2013 Yukon Quest, drew bib number one at the start banquet held in Whitehorse, Thursday night. (CKRW)The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — A Quebec judge’s “unusual” decision to modify the Criminal Code as he sentenced six-time murderer Alexandre Bissonnette to a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 40 years highlights the ongoing legal debate over consecutive life sentences in Canada, according to legal experts.On Friday, Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot rejected the Crown’s call to sentence Bissonnette to 150 years with no chance of parole, arguing a sentence of 50 years or more would constitute cruel and unusual punishment under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Sentences that exceed an offender’s life expectancy and offer no reasonable hope of release are “grossly disproportionate and totally incompatible with human dignity,” he wrote in his 246-page decision.But instead of sentencing Bissonnette to serve his six sentences concurrently, Huot rewrote the 2011 consecutive sentencing law, section 745.51 of the Criminal Code, to give himself the discretion to deliver consecutive life sentences that are not in blocks of 25 years, as had been the case. (First-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole before 25 years.)In the end, Huot decided Bissonnette will serve at least 40 years in prison.Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty last March to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into the mosque at the Islamic Cultural Centre during evening prayers on Jan. 29, 2017 and opened fire.Kent Roach, a law professor at the University of Toronto, described Huot’s decision as “innovative.”“Charter challenges to the 2011 provisions had previously been denied on the basis that the judge was not forced to increase parole ineligibility for multiple murders,” he wrote in an email.“It may very well be appealed by both the Crown (who wanted far more than 40 years) and the defence, which may argue that if the judge thought the provision violated the Charter he should have imposed only 25 years of parole ineligibility.”But Renald Beaudry, a criminal lawyer who was at Bissonnette’s sentencing, doesn’t think the sentence would be easy to overturn.He noted that Huot’s lengthy decision included a comprehensive overview of worldwide jurisprudence on the issue of consecutive sentences, the philosophy behind the fundamental principles of Canadian law, and a summary of House of Commons debate on the issue.“He really backed himself up, to use the expression,” he said.On Friday, lawyers for both the Crown and defence said they would study the decision before deciding whether to appeal the sentence. A spokesman for the Quebec Justice department also indicated its lawyers were studying the possibility of appeal.Lisa Silver, a law professor at the University of Calgary, said the decision reflects the ongoing conversation in Canada surrounding the law that allows judges to “stack” life sentences for multiple murders instead of serving them concurrently.“(The decision) does seem unusual, but it’s also very consistent with what some judges are saying, not just about this section, but about sentencing and the larger discussion about these sections in the Criminal Code,” she said.Recent high-profile sentencing decisions across Canada have reflected different judicial approaches to the idea of multiple life sentences.The longest prison sentence in Canada to date is 75 years without parole, which has been given to at least five triple killers including Justin Bourque, who murdered three RCMP officers in a shooting spree in New Brunswick in 2014.But other judges have rejected calls for consecutive sentences, including the Toronto judge who on Friday sentenced Bruce McArthur to life in prison with no parole for 25 years for murdering eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village.Silver said the difference in sentences can be problematic because it leads to comparisons, such as the perception that a gay or Muslim person’s murder isn’t “worth” as much as that of an RCMP officer.But she said people should understand that a sentence isn’t about putting a numerical value on a person’s life.“We need to remember that sentencing is individual, it takes in a number of factors, and those include the circumstances of the crime, the severity, the impact on the community, but it also has to reference the circumstances and background of the offender,” she said.Silver agreed that the Bissonnette sentencing is also likely to be appealed, and she believes that’s a good thing.She said she believes the consecutive sentencing law needs to be reviewed in order to provide more guidance for judges and avoid the harm caused by the perception of inconsistent sentencing.“The difficulty in the street level is, these are communities that need to have some closure,” she said. “And when you have appeals and decisions that, in a public view don’t seem consistent, it’s difficult for people to move on with their lives.”Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and the New York Comedy Festival are proud to announce that John Mayer and Roger Waters will perform at the 6th annual Stand Up for Heroes event on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Beacon Theatre, in addition to previously announced performers Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams.Roger Waters will be performing with a band comprised of military veterans.Musical performances will be streamed live on YouTube and available worldwide on Remind.org, the website of the Bob Woodruff Foundation as the 6th annual Stand Up for Heroes gala kicks off at the same time as the event, 8 p.m. EST. Viewers of the live stream will be able to make donations to the BWF to help support injured service men and women.“We look forward to this event all year, because we are always honored when we get to meet the inspirational men and women who have served our country so heroically,” said Bob Woodruff, co-founder, the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “In addition, we are amazed at the caliber of talent we are able to pull in for the benefit. These performers simply want to help give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much. We hope that the social media component, new this year, will enable more people to enjoy the show—and will raise even more awareness for the cause that lies behind it.”“We’re always profoundly appreciative of these incredible artists who donate their time and considerable talents to this cause every year,” says Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival. “To add John Mayer and Roger Waters to a line-up already bursting with star power and talent is a testament to the amazing work that the Bob Woodruff Foundation is doing on behalf of those injured soldiers who have so bravely served our country.”This is the sixth year of the nationally recognized Stand Up for Heroes benefit; the five previous events have raised more than $10 million in all to support wounded warriors and their families.The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $12 million to help wounded service members, veterans and family members.Source:PR Newswire
Rabat – The executive bureau of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had named Morocco’s Mouad Hajji as CAF’s new secretary-general.The executive made the nomination on Thursday when they gathered in Cairo.Before the appointment, Hajji was CAF’s administrative general coordinator. The director of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, reacted positively.“Mouad has the abilities and energy to excellently fulfill his duty. It is an honor for Morocco and Moroccan football,” said Lekjaa to Moroccan sports channel Arryadia.#فوزي_لقجع رئيس الجامعة الملكية المغربية لكرة القدم حول تعيين المغربي #معاذ_حجي كاتبا عاما للكاف ‘لمعاذ كل الكفاءات كي ينجح في مهمته’@caf_online_AR @FRMFOFFICIEL #الإتحاد_الإفريقي_لكرة_القدم #الكاف @hajji_mouad pic.twitter.com/py5kfriOjd— Arryadia TV officiel (@arryadiatv) April 11, 2019The two officials were colleagues at the FRMF when Hajji was the director of the cooperation commission.CAF’s continental tournament, the Africa Cup of Nations, is set to kick off in Cairo on June 21. Morocco’s Atlas Lions will play in the competition, along with 23 other national teams.
A woman walks on waste ground as others sit by one of many tents near the business district of Madrid, Spain, Friday, March 28, 2014. Official data show Spain’s inflation rate dipped into negative territory this month, a development likely to add pressure on the European Central Bank to ease its monetary policies. In it’s monthly report released Wednesday, the Bank of Spain said that despite the economic recovery, the unemployment rate of 26 percent should edge down to 25 percent this year and to 23.8 percent in 2015. Spain emerged from a double-dip recession in the third quarter of 2013. (AP Photo/Paul White) Eurozone inflation rate drops further to 0.5 per cent, strengthening deflation worries AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2014 3:07 am MDT BRUSSELS – Official data show the eurozone’s inflation rate in March decreased for the third consecutive month to a new low of 0.5 per cent, a development likely to add pressure on the European Central Bank to ease its monetary policies.The preliminary estimate for the 18-country currency bloc published by the European Union’s statistics agency Monday was down from February’s annual rate of 0.7 per cent.Eurostat says the core inflation rate — excluding volatile food and energy costs — also dropped, from 1 per cent in February to 0.8 per cent in March.The ECB aims to keep inflation just below 2 per cent, but the data raise the prospect of falling prices, or deflation, which can choke off growth as consumers and businesses delay purchases in hopes of getting better bargains down the line.
Highlighting the vulnerability of children on the move, the agency advised all transit and destination countries, to consider alternatives to immigration detention.According to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), thousands of men, women, and children, including unaccompanied children, are still making their way through Mexico toward the southern border of the US.Their journey is arduous, especially when opting for irregular migration routes. The dangers of inclement weather, including soaring temperatures and lack of shelter are high, especially for children, say UN agencies. Some have already fallen ill or are suffering from dehydration, said UNICEF, while the danger of extortion by criminal smuggling gangs, or threats of robbery and sexual violence are also present; perils from which many are already fleeing.‘When I saw our house burning…it was time to flee’ Eduardo, 16Eduardo, a sixteen-year-old from Honduras, told UNHCR that the gang violence in his hometown of Colon had become so intense, he felt he had no other option but to leave the country.Describing his reaction after gang members torched his family home, he said, “When I saw our house burning, I knew out number had been called, our luck had run out, it was time to flee.”Eduardo and his cousins joined the caravan, fearing forced-recruitment by gangs. They first crossed into neighboring Guatemala, when authorities closed the border. The group was able to cross into Mexico along with 1,500 other migrants, but Eduardo admitted he was anxious about whether they would be granted entry.“I felt helpless, unwanted by any country. I thought they would send us back, and then my real nightmare would start,” he recalled.A priority for UNHCR, which has mobilized extra staff and resources to help those making the journey in Mexico’s southern borderlands, is ensuring migrants are informed on their rights to asylum. In an agency video, a UNHCR protection associate said many migrants were simply unaware asylum was an option.UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva earlier this week that transit and destination countries must consider their human rights obligations ahead of immigration status.“UNHCR would like to remind countries along this route that this caravan is likely to include people in real danger,” Edwards said.“In any situation like this it is essential that people have the chance to request asylum and have their international protection needs properly assessed, before any decision on return or deportation is made.”
“Its not a perfect system but it’s much better than what we has before,” says @simoncoveney over rent pressure zones pic.twitter.com/OQ53EMxwp1— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) March 29, 2017 10,837 Views Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 11:41 AM Coveney said that his department used the report to target the areas facing the most severe pressures from rent increases, so that they too could be designated rent pressure zones.Any area where rents had gone up by more than 7% in four out of the previous six quarters, and where the rents were above the national average qualify to be designated rent pressure zones.Four Dublin local authority areas, and Cork City, were chosen as areas which would limit annual rent increases in December, and a further 12 areas in Galway, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow were designated as rent pressure zones in January.With the addition of Maynooth and Cobh local electoral areas, Coveney said that some 57% of tenancies nationally are now located in rent pressure zones.Drogheda had also been up for rent pressure zone status, but while rents had risen by more than 7% in the previous six quarters, rents for the entire area were still not above the national average and so it did not qualify.When questioned over the huge rents in areas of Dublin, which in some cases are double the national average, Coveney said the zones “did not solve everything”.He said that building more houses was key to lowering rents, and that the 4% rents controls were designed to give “some certainty” to tenants living in areas of high rent. Drogheda didn’t get pressure zone status as average rent not above nat average (€986) – looks like it will be soon at rate rents are rising pic.twitter.com/1cQR8bi8bP— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) March 29, 2017 24 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter Share28 Tweet Email5 Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie MINISTER FOR HOUSING Simon Coveney has signed orders that will designate Maynooth, Co Kildare, and Cobh, Co Cork as rent pressure zones, which will limit the annual rent increases in these areas to 4%.The expansion was announced at the launch of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) expanded rent index report, which showed that private sector rents across the country grew by 7.8% in the last quarter of 2016, compared to the same period last year.Private rents in Dublin are now 8.3% above their peak level reached in 2007, while the country as a whole is 2.7% below its 2007 peak.The standard national average rent as 2016 closed stood at €986 per month.The pace of growth in the Dublin rent index exceeded that of house prices in the fourth quarter of 2016.Minister Coveney said that the report “represents a major innovation”, involving collaboration between the RTB and ESRI which “will give us a significantly more detailed understanding of market behaviour in the rental sector”.The new report now focuses on more localised geographical data for the first time by focussing on different rents in the 137 Local Electoral Areas across the country. By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter Mar 29th 2017, 11:41 AM “The practice effect of these measures,” he said, “is that more than 186,000 households who currently rent their homes in these areas now know exactly what maximum rent they will have to pay over the next three years.”In June, six months in to the policy, it will be possible to ascertain the initiative’s effectiveness, Coveney added.With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: ‘Rent pressure zones’ to be introduced with immediate effect in Dublin and CorkRead: These are the 23 towns where rent caps will be extended to from midnight Maynooth and Cobh to be subject to rent controls from midnight Minister Simon Coveney made the announcement this morning. http://jrnl.ie/3312668
Les prédateurs peuvent-ils apprendre à déjouer le camouflage de leurs proies ?Publiant leurs travaux sur PLoS ONE, des chercheurs britanniques ont cherché à évaluer l’efficacité du camouflage des animaux et la pérennité de celle-ci face à leurs prédateurs. Ils ont montré que les humains, en tout cas, peuvent apprendre à éventer cette stratégie de survie. Comment fonctionnent les différentes stratégies de camouflage des animaux ? Et surtout, sont-elles durablement efficaces ? Pour essayer de répondre à ces questions, des biologistes de l’Université d’Exeter et de l’Université de Cambridge ont mis à l’épreuve le plus redoutable des prédateurs : l’Homme. Les scientifiques ont ainsi demandé à des volontaires de ‘chasser’ des papillons camouflés dans un décor approprié. Toute l’expérience se déroulait virtuellement, par le biais d’un jeu vidéo. Les résultats montrent que les papillons portant des marques à fort contraste – qui ‘brisent’ la forme du corps et empêchent d’en percevoir les contours, un peu comme les rayures du zèbre – sont les plus difficilement détectables… du moins au début. Car en effet, les participants ont appris à les repérer plus vite que les papillons dotés de marques à faible contraste qui se confondent sur le fond. L’avantage d’un camouflage dépendrait donc à la fois de la façon dont celui-ci empêche initialement la détection, mais aussi de la façon dont il inhibe l’apprentissage chez le prédateur.De l’importance de varier les camouflages À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous avons constaté des différences considérables dans la façon dont les prédateurs apprennent à éventer différents types de camouflage. Si trop d’animaux commencent tous à utiliser la même stratégie de camouflage, alors les prédateurs sont susceptibles d’apprendre à surmonter cette stratégie plus facilement”, explique le le Dr Jolyon Troscianko, auteur principal de l’étude. “Donc, les proies doivent utiliser différentes stratégies de camouflage pour rester ‘sous le radar’. Cela contribue à expliquer pourquoi une telle gamme de stratégies de camouflage existent dans la nature”, poursuit-il. “C’est la première fois qu’une étude a mis l’accent sur l’apprentissage [par un ‘prédateur’] des différents types de camouflage plutôt que sur la rapidité avec laquelle le camouflage empêche la détection initiale”, souligne encore ce chercheur du laboratoire de biosciences de l’Université d’Exeter. Cherchez l’engoulevent ! Pour alimenter leur recherche, lui et ses collègues ont même lancé un jeu en ligne où les internautes sont mis au défi de rechercher des engoulevents – un oiseau connu comme étant ‘un as’ du camouflage – cachés sur un fond de brousse africaine…Le 15 septembre 2013 à 16:55 • Maxime Lambert
Annalee Hoffman-Shives said something “just wasn’t right” when she spotted a motorcycle lying in the road on her way home from work near Kelso in September. So the registered nurse pulled her car over and found the driver of the motorcycle in the grass gasping for breath. She monitored the man’s vitals and directed others who stopped to help for 15 minutes before emergency responders arrived.Hoffman-Shives, five others and one dog were honored Friday morning at the Real Heroes breakfast for taking action to help others. About 700 people packed into the Hilton Vancouver Washington to attend the event, the only fundraiser for the American Red Cross of Southwest Washington.The event opened with a series of sketches by Magenta Theater Company that highlighted what the Red Cross does, including assisting people after a disaster, and preparedness training. Former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard was one of two soldiers who made an appearance in uniform. The Red Cross Youth Council and about 25 children from Groove Nation also performed a “Gangnam Style” dance.Suzanne Arnits, community partners director for the local Red Cross, said that this year’s breakfast was the largest in its 16-year history. She said stories of heroes were chosen to help inspire others.