BURNABY, B.C. – The homicide of a 13-year-old girl found dead in a suburban Vancouver park involved a random attack, police say.Cpl. Meghan Foster of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Wednesday there are no suspects in the death of Marrisa Shen.Her body was discovered in some brush at Central Park in Burnaby on July 19.Police have not revealed how the teen died, but Foster said no other acts of violence have been linked to the case.Shen was to start high school in the fall.Few details about her death have been released, but police have said the girl was spotted around 6 p.m. on July 18, when she was recorded on surveillance video leaving an apartment building.Shen’s family has been devastated by her sudden death, Foster said.“The family is in pain. They’re suffering the loss of their daughter, their sister. And they’re learning to cope in these hard times.”The case has been a “crushing blow” to the entire community, said RCMP Supt. Chuck McDonald.“It is very difficult to make sense of,” he said. “As a parent of two daughters I cannot begin to imagine the impact and the terrible toll this has had on Marrisa’s family. This incident has shaken us all.”Police have been patrolling Central Park on bicycles and on foot since Shen’s body was found and residents are being asked to stay vigilant about their personal safety, McDonald said.Officers have received a number of tips but are still looking for any photos or video taken in the park between 6 p.m. on July 18 and 1 a.m. the following morning.People may think their photos, videos or other information is insignificant, but anything could be important to the investigation, Foster said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Marrisa Shen’s first name and said 1 a.m. on July 18.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – A Canadian man has been sentenced to 20 years in a U.S. federal prison for his role in a smuggling operation that sent more than $130 million worth of drugs between the United States and Canada.Harinder Dhaliwal, of Brampton, Ontario, was sentenced on conspiracy charges Wednesday in federal court in Buffalo.Prosecutors say that the operation involving Dhaliwal and at least six others sent cocaine from the United States into Canada and marijuana and ecstasy from Canada to the United States between 2006 and 2011. The drugs were hidden in secret compartments in the floors of tractor-trailers.Six co-defendants also have been convicted.
Rabat – As focus has been directed to the importance of regional development across Morocco, the Draa-Tafilalt region is seeking to implement new development projects.The city of Ouarzazate will host a meeting on November 4 to discuss initiatives and projects that could boost local economic, tourism, and cinema activities.Regional development projects have become a state priority in Morocco, with King Mohammed VI lately sacking a number of top officials for their failure to serve the socio-economic needs of the populace, especially in the region of Al Hoceima. The meeting will include debates which will try to shed light on the “urgent” demands of citizens and the entire region, according to a press release issued by the organizers. The symposium’s panelists will cover the difficulties of reaching the city by land and air and ways to improve tourism and film sector. They will also discuss the creation of an ecosystem under the umbrella of industry, solar energy, and agriculture.The meeting, which will take place at the Berbere Palace hotel in Ouarzazate, will be marked by the attendance of several officials: Mohamed Sajid, Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Craft and Social Economy, Mohammed Laaraj, Minister of Culture and Communication, and representatives of Moroccan National Tourist Office and Morocco’s Cinema Center (CCM).Elected officials as well as other representatives of the private and associative sectors will be also in attendance.As transport infrastructure plays a key role in the development of any region, better connectivity would help end the physical isolation of this region. Thus, the meeting will also focus on the region’s infrastructure, figuring out how to ensure the safety of road users and release the potential for the field of tourism and the film industry to contribute to the development of the country’s heritage and the renewable energy ecosystem.Ouarzazate is full of immense potential for the development of tourism and film production, but it must be better exploited, according to the meeting organizers. “These two sectors would allow substantial wealth creation, with large foreign exchange inflows and higher employability of young people,” say organizers.As the city has one of the world’s largest solar power plants and potential for mining, this could lead to the creation of an ecosystem centered around renewable energies and the valorization of abundant mineral resources in the region, added the press release.The panelists hope to provide useful insights intended to promote this “unique” region of Morocco.
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested on Saturday an engineering student with alleged ties to ISIS in Mohammedia, a city located between Casablanca and Rabat.According to a statement from the BCIJ, the suspect “was planning a terrorism plot to undermine the stability of the country by using an explosive belt.”The statement added that BCIJ officials seized computers, two hard disks, several suspicious CDs and two mobile phones. During the operation the BCIJ also seized suspicious materials, including diving equipment, a wooden stick, electrical cables, a voltmeter, and an adhesive tape.Authorities put the suspects in custody for further investigations to identify other potential suspects with links to terror groups.The operation followed a similar arrest in September in which 12 suspects with alleged ties to criminal and terror networks in Casablanca and Tangier were arrested. BCIJ members have carried out several operations that resulted in the dismantling of terror cells with links to ISIS.In July, BCIJ officials arrested seven pro-ISIS extremists operating in central Morocco, near Agadir and Marrakech.During the same month, BCIJ arrested four suspects in four Moroccan cities: Casablanca, Nador, Tangier, and Tiznit.Ever since the Marrakech terror attack in 2011, Morocco has modernized and upgraded its security system to fight radicalization and organized crime.
Rabat – In a note dedicated to International Women’s Day, Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) discussed a number of issues facing Moroccan women in urban and rural areas, including child marriage.HCP estimated that 48,291 minors got married before the age of 18 in 2014, a slight decrease of 13 percent from 2004. HCP acknowledged that girls remain the majority of the victims of child marriage, representing 94.8 percent (45,786 girls) of married minors. In 2004, HCP said that 55,379 girls were married before the legal age.The note added that almost one-third of married minors (31.1 percent) already have at least one child, and the vast majority of non-single girls are housewives (87.7 percent).A previous study from HCP explained that child marriages actually increased in Morocco between 2007 and 2015. Child marriages can be legalized if the family gets a waiver for the minor. The number of waiver requests for minors, which are usually granted, increased to 41,669 in 2015, compared to 38,331 in 2007.The study suggested that the increase in marriages of minors was caused by traditions and a crisis of deteriorated values.While Morocco has not published recent statistics about child marriages, some associations have estimated the large number of minors who enter wedlock in Morocco, especially in rural areas, each year.Read Also; Study: Child Marriages in Morocco Are IncreasingThe “Droit & Justice,” an organization specializing in promoting rule of law in Morocco, found that 30,000 child brides get married each year in Morocco.Education is no betterFrom child marriage to illiteracy, Moroccan women continue to face major obstacles in education.Despite progress, women are still disadvantaged, especially in rural areas, according to HCP.The March 8 note emphasized that one in 10 girls aged 7-12 dropped out of school in rural areas and 15 percent of girls aged 15-24 are illiterate.The statistics from 2014 show that six out of 10 rural women remain illiterate compared to 35 percent of rural men and 30 percent of urban women.In 2018, Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Development (ONDH) again found that illiteracy is higher in rural areas, noting that 8 percent more boys went to high school than girls during the 2012-2017 period.The wide gap between the gender increases with age as the gap between boys and girls was 0.5 percent for ages 6-11, 4.5 percent for ages 12-14, and 8.1 percent for ages 15-17 in 2017.Women’s employment rate is lowDespite the government’s promises to integrate Moroccan women into the labor market, statistics show few Moroccan women are employed.HCP presented data from the 2018 National Employment Survey that reveals women’s labor participation rate is only 22.2 percent. The rate for men is nearly three times higher.The note emphasized that the unemployment rate of women is continuously increasing and remains much higher than that of men.“In 2017, almost 40.5 percent of employed women are family helpers who receive no remuneration.”Read Also; 5 Moroccan Women to Inspire You on International Women’s DayHCP added that only 8.9 percent of employers and 14.1 percent of the self-employed are women.The alarming findings reveal that more than a quarter of young people between the ages of 15 and 24, or 1.7 million young Moroccans, do not work, are not in school, and are not pursuing any training, of which 80 percent are women.In mid-2018, Morocco had an estimated 17.67 million women, just more than a half of its population (50.1 percent).Fertility rate drops in MoroccoThe note, however, shared concerns over the fertility rate, which dropped from 4.46 children per woman in 1987 to 2.2 children in 2014.HCP said that the urban fertility rate is as low as that of France, 2 children per woman, thus falling below the population replacement rate.In rural areas, the fertility rate dropped from 5.95 children per woman in 1987 to 2.5 in 2014.Young women suffer more violenceThe Moroccan government adopted a law last year to combat violence against women and to curb gender discrimination.Moroccan and international activists criticized the law, arguing that it has several loopholes.Law 103-13 on gender-based discrimination criminalizes sexual harassment and assaults in public spaces as well as cybercrime.Although HCP did not provide updated statistics, the number women subject to violence is alarming.HCP revealed that 63 percent of women had experienced violence in 2009.“Young women aged 18 to 24 are the most affected by all types of violence: 70.3 percent at the national level (79.3 percent in urban areas and 60.4 percent in rural areas).”Defending the law, Minister of Solidarity and Family Bassima Hakkaoui said that the law against violence on women ensures the “protection of women at a very high level, it will frame people, raise awareness about the issue of violence, and the issue of discrimination of Moroccan women.”
The main opposition UNP claims several government members are in talks with the UNP to back the opposition.UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that a Government Minister is among those in talks with him. “Talks are going on with these government members. Ideas are being exchanged. At the right time the names will be revealed,” he said. However Attanayake said that the names of those in the government willing to support the UNP cannot be revealed at this moment. Attanayake said that the names cannot be revealed now as it will be too soon.He said that the UNP is doing its part to prepare to work with these government members. (Colombo Gazette)
Ontario Provincial Police says a woman from rural Lambton lost roughly $60,000 in a romance scam. Police say the 35-year-old woman established an online relationship with a man who claimed to be a 43-year-old law enforcement agent from Canada, currently living in the United States. During their eight-month relationship, the man said he was having money problems involving hospital bills, plane tickets and visa travelling expenditures. The woman sent the man pre-paid gift cards and money-grams using financial wire transfers. OPP says all of the transfers were sent to bank accounts in various cities within Nigeria. The OPP, RCMP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) are investigating the incident. Police are warning residents to be aware of the many frauds and scams affecting community members.
Mr. Roed-Larsen said he took positive note particularly of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s announcement that his intention is to evacuate all settlement in the Gaza Strip. The international community, led by the Quartet, Mr. Roed-Larsen said, has repeatedly pledged its support to any Israeli plan that would lead to an end of the occupation of the Gaza Strip. Last month, after meeting in New York, the Quartet of the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States issued a positive reaction to Prime Minister Sharon’s plan, calling it a “rare moment of opportunity” and a possible restart to its Road Map peace plan for the Middle East. That plan calls for a series of parallel and reciprocal steps by the Israelis and Palestinians leading to two states living side-by-side in peace by 2005.
DELTA, B.C. – A tiny First Nation in British Columbia could play a huge role in Premier Christy Clark’s billion-dollar plans to grow the province’s liquefied natural gas industry.The leadership of the Tsawwassen First Nation, in suburban Vancouver, is encouraging its 290 eligible members to vote on a proposal to build a LNG export facility on the reserve, saying the potential benefits outweigh the limited drawbacks.The First Nation, located in Delta, B.C. and close to the Canada-U.S. border, was to hold the first of several consultation meetings with its eligible voting members on Monday night, before the Dec. 16 vote.Chief Bryce Williams said the proposed export facility was expected to only require a short stretch of additional pipeline between it and the nearby Tilbury LNG plant, which FortisBC (TSX:FTS) broke ground on one year ago.“We think this project has potential to be relatively low-impact,” said Williams.The First Nation would seek to make use of an existing deep-water port nearby for shipment of the LNG overseas, he said.But Williams acknowledged there are some “negative impacts” to think about, namely how the LNG is extracted. That’s an issue he anticipates members to raise, he said.“I appreciate this topic is likely to generate a lot of discussion in our Lower Mainland area,” Williams said. “Our council would not be putting it forward if we did not think it important and had a lot of good potential benefits for our members and for our future.”B.C.’s Oil and Gas Commissioner confirmed earlier this year that fracking — or the process of injecting fluid into the ground to extract natural gas — set off a 4.4 magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C.The proposed export facility would process three- to five-million tonnes of LNG annually, with natural gas coming through an extension of an existing pipeline located 10 kilometres away.The First Nation has pledged to uphold the strictest environmental practices, from extraction of the LNG to the loading of the liquefied gas onto tankers moored at nearby Roberts Bank, just north of the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.Five to six tankers per month would be expected at the export facility, which is predicted to be in operation as early as 2022.The Tsawwassen First Nation, with a population of 480, is one of a handful of B.C. aboriginal bands to sign a treaty with the federal and provincial governments. Since 2009, the band has signed multimillion-dollar agreements with the neighbouring Vancouver port and for a giant shopping mall to be built on its landChris Hartman, CEO of the TFN Economic Development Corp., said the facility would be located on 32 hectares of industrial lands in the community’s north end. The lands were designated for industrial purposes in the original 2008 land-use plan, which was a condition of their treaty, he said.The project would still need full environmental approval from federal and provincial bodies, he added.It is too early to quantify the potential financial benefits for members, he said.“We always try and describe what some of the potential benefits are to members, those include long-term employment, additional revenues and other opportunities.”The announcement of the proposed LNG export facility came as the premier promoted an expansion of FortisBC’s $400-million Tilbury LNG project.Clark said the “dramatic” expansion will help meet the rising demand for clean energy in B.C., including powering up B.C. Ferries on liquefied gas instead of “filthy” diesel fuels.She said she hopes the First Nation’s membership will approve the new proposal, adding there continues to be demand for LNG around the world, especially in Asia.“And I know that global prices are now low, but we have an incredible opportunity in front of us,” she said.— Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 16, 2015 4:44 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tsawwassen First Nation launches plans for LNG export plant in Delta, B.C.
FILE – In this Thursday, March 3, 2016, file photo, a sailboat makes its way past the container ship MSC Ivana as she is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for April. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) US trade deficit increases 5.3 per cent to $37.4 billion WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit, after falling to the lowest point in more than two years, increased in April as a surge in imported goods outpaced a rebound in exports.The Commerce Department said Friday that the deficit increased 5.3 per cent in April to $37.4 billion, up from an imbalance of $35.5 billion in March. Exports increased 1.5 per cent to $182.8 billion but imports rose faster, increasing 2.1 per cent to $220.2 billion.The politically sensitive deficit with China surged 16.3 per cent to $24.3 billion, a development certain to heighten trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.So far this year, the deficit is running 4.8 per cent below the pace set a year ago with a fall in imports offsetting further weakness in U.S. exports, which have been hurt by a slowdown in global growth.U.S. export sales have also been hurt by a strong dollar which makes American products more expensive on overseas markets. However, the dollar has weakened a bit since peaking earlier this year. If that trend continues, it could help export sales going forward.The deficit for all of 2015 totalled $500.4 billion, up 2.1 per cent from the previous year. The higher deficit subtracted 0.6 percentage point from overall growth in a year when the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, expanded by a modest 2.4 per cent.Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho bank in New York, said that the April trade report was weaker than expected and would likely cause forecasters to trim their expectations for overall growth in the April-June quarter to a rate of 1.5 per cent to 1.7 per cent, down from 2 per cent before the trade report was released.America’s perennial trade deficits have been a topic in this year’s election campaigns with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attacking the Obama administration for failing to protect American workers from unfair foreign competition.Trump has accused China and other nations of pursuing policies that have cost millions of American jobs. As president, Trump has said he would seek to impose a 45 per cent tariff on Chinese goods to try to halt the objectionable practices.U.S. and Chinese officials will meet next week in Beijing for annual talks between the two nations aimed at resolving disagreements between the two nations in the areas of trade and foreign policy. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, leading the economic talks, said that China could suffer bad consequences for its economy if it backs away from its program to open its markets and reduce its reliance on export-led growth.The big increase in the U.S. deficit with China in April reflected a surge in shipments of Chinese goods after they had been curtailed in March, a drop that reflected disruptions caused by the China’s Lunar New Year holiday.The United States recently imposed tariffs of 267 per cent on imports of cold-rolled steel from China, accusing the Chinese of selling the steel below cost in the U.S. market, just one of a number of trade tensions between the two nations. The value of the China’s currency has been fallen to a five-year low against the dollar, raising fresh accusations that China is manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages. A weaker yuan makes Chinese goods cheaper for U.S. consumers and American products more expensive in China.Even with the April increase in the U.S. deficit with China, the imbalance so far this year is running 7n per cent below the level of a year ago. That would still keep it on track to be the highest deficit America has with any country.The United States ran a $900 million surplus with Canada in April, the highest monthly surplus on record. Byh contrast, the U.S. deficit with Mexico, the other partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement, rose 5.7 per cent to $5.7 billion. Trump has called NAFTA an example of the type of bad trade agreement that has cost American jobs.The U.S. deficit with the European Union totalled $11.9 billion, an increase of 9.3 per cent from March. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2016 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Toronto Maple Leafs recently offered Brock Sport Management students a rare behind-the-bench experience they will never forget.Representatives from the fan-favourite team, including General Manager and Brock Alumnus Kyle Dubas (BSM ’07), gave 250 SPMA students insight into the franchise during an exclusive Speakers Forum held Saturday at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls.Toronto Maples Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas, bottom right, spent time with the Sport Management Student Council during the Leafs training camp in Niagara Falls Sept. 15.Dubas is among several notable Brock alumni who have returned to campus through the years to inspire the next generation. The Sept. 15 forum, however, was particularly unique as it allowed students to see the successful grad in his element.Students had the opportunity to hear from and participate in a question-and-answer session with Dubas; Toronto Maple Leafs In-game host Danielle Emanuele; Toronto Maple Leafs Director of Client Services, Event Experience Team Duncan Fraser; and Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni and NHL Broadcaster Brad May.“Kyle and the rest of the speakers shared their personal and professional insights into the industry and how working in sport can be both rewarding and exhilarating at the same time,” says Sport Management Student Council President David Stark.“I think the biggest message I got from the speakers is that as students, we need to make sure we are dedicating our time right now for our future,” he says. “It won’t come easy and we need to seek out experiences. This means being involved and being mindful of who we surround ourselves with.”Dubas said the opportunity to share personal experience and field questions from Brock students is “always a great experience.”“I hope the students were able to come away with something of value, as their questions and curiosity certainly challenged me and pushed me to continue to improve our process here with the Maple Leafs,” he said.While the Department of Sport Management has continuously nurtured relationships with alumni since the late 1990s, more formalized efforts have taken place with the Department’s hosting of the annual SPMA Alumni Day in addition to events that bring alumni back to the classroom to share their knowledge with students.“This opportunity with MLSE is really the result of the commitment of faculty and staff to support students and develop relationships with industry partners and alumni that go beyond graduation day, and continue throughout their careers,” says Department of Sport Management Chair Kirsty Spence.When the Toronto Maple Leafs called Brock in mid-August to propose the forum, Spence knew immediately it would be a valuable student experience.“I cannot thank the organizers enough for conceiving of this event and reaching out to us,” Spence says. “I knew right away it would be a win for our SPMA Student Council, who could take this event and run with its development, and a real boost for student enthusiasm and engagement leading up to and during the event. It was a hit from the get-go.”The Sport Management Student Council had very little time to mobilize the executive team, but was able to hit the ground running before classes started and get planning underway.Stark says it was exciting to be able to assist in bringing an event of this magnitude, in partnership with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, to life for Brock students.But the biggest reward was “being able to provide our first-year students insight into the industry so soon into their academic careers,” he says. “Our success is a testament to our years of quality education at Brock. It was so exciting to be able to use our skills and put them into practice for Brock Alumnus Kyle Dubas who has brought so much attention to our program and continues to give back.”Following the forum, students also watched training-camp activities, including the team’s full roster on the ice for practices, scrimmages and player analysis.“I am pleased that everyone had an enjoyable experience. It was certainly an action-packed weekend and having Brock be a part of it was one of our highlights,” said Mike Ferriman, MLSE Director of Event Presentation and Director of Alumni Relations for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “Building experiences such as the Brock Sport Management Speakers Forum, our visits to Hornblower Cruises and Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School, our end-of-camp barbecue and involvement with the Terry Fox Run, Canadian Armed Forces and the Niagara Children’s Centre are a big part of what makes our training camp so special for our team staff, alumni and fans.”The Toronto Maple Leafs held their 2018-19 training camp for the second year at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls from Sept. 14 to 16. Fans of all ages came out to watch the players prepare for their upcoming season.
OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle (13) dribbles the ball up the court in a game against Air Force on Dec. 8 in Columbus. OSU won, 74-50. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith the ball at the top of the key, Ohio State freshman guard JaQuan Lyle drove right and blew by two Indiana defenders, resulting in a nearly uncontested layup. He rose up and flicked the ball off his right hand toward the hoop, except the ball rolled around the rim and fell out. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, it landed into the hands of redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson on the left block, who quickly muscled up a put-back shot. But that, too, missed. Indiana freshman Center Thomas Bryant grabbed the rebound, quickly throwing an outlet pass to his teammate. A blink of an eye later and freshman forward OG Anunoby was finishing off an alley-oop pass to give the Hoosiers a 34-14 lead with 5:02 left in the first half. That 22-second sequence is just a small sample of what happened between the two teams Sunday at Assembly Hall, as the Hoosiers (14-3, 4-0) thoroughly dismantled the Buckeyes (11-6, 3-1) by a score of 85-60. Junior forward Troy Williams tied a career-high with 23 points to lead Indiana but he was not alone in burying the Buckeyes, as three other Hoosiers were in double-figures. Senior guard Yogi Ferrell had 16 points, Bryant had 18 points and 13 rebounds and sophomore guard Robert Johnson added 11 in the scoring column. Perhaps the lone bright spot for OSU was the much-aligned Lyle. His freshman season has had its fair share of ups and downs, but Sunday was definitely a positive showing for the 6-foot-5 guard. After just five points in the first half, Lyle exploded in the second frame, finishing the game with 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The rest of Lyle’s teammates looked lost for much of the day, providing him with little assistance. Outside of junior forward Marc Loving’s 12 points, no other player had more than six points. From the opening tip it was clear which team was the better one, as the Hoosiers scored just 15 seconds into the game on a layup from junior forward Troy Williams. It took OSU, on the other hand, nearly five minutes before it was able to tally a point when Loving got to the rim. Over the course of the next five minutes, the Buckeyes looked relatively competitive, as the two teams traded buckets, making it a 24-12 game with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. But that was as close as it got for the remainder of the game. Behind seven points apiece from Williams and Anunoby, the Hoosiers peeled off an 18-2 run to grab full control of the game, as they led 42-14 with three minutes left in the opening frame. OSU’s only points during that stretch came from a pair of free throws by Loving, while it also turned the rock over five times during that same span. The Buckeyes entered the locker room trailing 48-18. It was their largest halftime deficit since Feb. 9, 2003, when they trailed Illinois by 27 points. At the break, Williams paced Indiana with 16 points — nearly as many as OSU had — and three rebounds. As a team, the energetic Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded OSU 24-14 to build their lead. Loving led the Buckeyes with eight points but they were inhibited by their 11 turnovers and 28-percent shooting from the field. The script was slightly different in the second half, as OSU was more energetic and physical, while also being more careful with the ball. That led to a more competitive 20 minutes of basketball between the teams. The Buckeyes did, in fact, outscore the Hoosiers 42-37 in the second half but it was a case of too little, too late. Overall, the Buckeyes shot 39 percent from the field and lost the second-chance points battle 32-5. Sunday’s defeat ended a seven-game winning streak for OSU, while Indiana extends its win streak to nine. OSU is set to get back in action Wednesday against Rutgers (6-11, 0-4) at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Football spokeswoman Shelly Poe reassigned The Ohio State football program is looking at another shake-up, as Poe has been reassigned within the athletic department, associate athletic director of communications Dan Wallenberg confirmed to The Lantern. Jerry Emig, who serves as sports information director for baseball, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s swimming and diving will trade roles with Poe. Poe has been the top liaison between the media and OSU’s football program for four years. She came to OSU after serving as the SID at West Virginia for nearly 20 years. Poe and Emig did not immediately return emails for comment. Women’s track and field adds Big Ten Outdoor Championships to successful season The OSU women’s track and field team won the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Sunday, marking the first time OSU has won the outdoor championship. And, just two months earlier, the women won the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The women’s 4-by-100-meter relay team took first with a time of 43.94 seconds, while junior Madison McNary won the 200-meter dash. Junior Shaniqua McGinnis won the 400-meter dash, and Christina Manning won the 100-meter dash. Junior Kelcey McKinney took first place in the triple jump with a jump of 12.80 meters. “It’s pretty amazing, really,” coach Karen Dennis said. “Their efforts were so brilliant today. I’ve never seen that kind of dominance.” Men’s track and field finishes 3rd at Big Ten Outdoor Championships, earns 5 individual titles The Ohio State men’s track and field team took third place in the 2011 Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Sunday, finishing behind Iowa and Minnesota. On day one, freshman Cody Marshall won the pole vault with a jump of 5.05 meters. Junior Michael Hartfield got things started for the Buckeyes on the second day, claiming first place in the long jump with a jump of 7.54 meters. “It feels good to defend the long-jump title and get 10 points for my team,” Hartfield said. “But it feels even better that as a team we had three people score. … I’m just glad we could pull through and bring in some major points.” Junior Steve MacDonald followed Hartfield’s lead, taking second place with a jump of 7.26 meters. “It felt great to go one, two with my teammate Mike because we train hard together and always talk about doing that,” MacDonald said. “It was a mental day with the tough weather, and we came prepared.” Sophomore Heath Nickles took first place in the decathlon, scoring 7208 points. Thomas Murdaugh took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.44, and then helped the 4-by-400-meter relay team hold on to win a tight race with Iowa with a time of 3:06.45. For senior Aaron Roberts, the victory was special. “We came up short indoor and really wanted to reclaim the relay title,” Roberts said. “Personally, I’ve been working for this opportunity for four years, and to finish my Big Ten career with a title is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.” Rowing wins 3rd Big Ten Championship The 10th-ranked OSU rowing team earned its third conference title in program history Sunday. The Buckeyes First Varsity Eight finished in second place with a time of 6:20:53, edging out Michigan by less than 1 second. All six Buckeye boats finished in the top three in each race, including first-place finishes from the Second Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Four. Ulrike Denker and Claudia Schiwy earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, followed by Carolin Helmholz and Claire-Louise Bode, who received second-team All-Big Ten honors. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship in 2002 and 2006.
Markus Persson (Notch), the creator of the uber-popular indie hit game Minecraft, caused a bit of a storm early last week when he developed an entry for the 22nd Ludum Dare accelerated game development competition. It was called Minicraft, and saw Notch put together a Zelda-like mini Action RPG in just 48 hours. You can play the game in your browser.The game was instantly popular, but just thought to be a bit of fun for Notch who must of had some spare time. Now it looks as though Minicraft is set to continue as Notch has confirmed via his Twitter account that Minicraft 2 is in development.Two things will be different about the second game. The first is that the name will be changed as Notch believes, “it needs a better name.” The second is an expansion of the gameplay, which when asked on Twitter about the direction he was taking, Notch explained he is creating an, “action roguelike with crafting and modifiable terrain.”I don’t think many people will be complaining about Notch spending more time developing a follow-up to Minicraft. It was certainly a nice distraction in the run up to the holiday weekend, plus the fact it was free and played in your browser meant there were no barriers to getting into the game for anyone sat at a computer.Will Minicraft 2 get as popular as Minecraft? No. But if Notch keeps building up a series it could eventually lead to a game people are willing to pay for across iOS, Android, and Nintendo and Sony handheld devices. I also doubt the Minicraft name will disappear. Instead, we’ll just get something better than a “2” at the end for the second game.via Joystiq
Two air force commandos and two suspected rebels were killed during a gunbattle Wednesday in Indian-administered Kashmir, the army said, during an upsurge in violence in the disputed region.The fighting started when soldiers searching for militants cordoned off a neighbourhood in the northern town of Hajin.“It was a difficult operation. Two militants were killed in the encounter. unfortunately two air force commandos also died,” a police officer told AFP.The deaths came two days after a leader of the banned militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad was killed in a shoot-out with government forces in Kashmir.The Pakistani national known only as Khalid was accused of organising a string of suicide attacks across Indian-administered Kashmir, which Pakistan also claims.Rebel groups have for years been fighting Indian soldiers deployed in the region, demanding that Kashmir be given independence or merged with Pakistan.India accuses Pakistan of sending militants into Kashmir to launch attacks on its forces. Islamabad says it only gives diplomatic support to Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.The fighting has left tens of thousands dead, most of them civilians and earlier this year India launched “Operation Allout” to hunt down the rebels.Police say at least 160 militants and 59 soldiers or police have been killed so far this year.The Himalayan region has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 but both claim the territory in full.
STILL PENDINGCaps on state government spendingUnder the Texas Constitution, state spending cannot grow faster than the state’s economy. Ahead of each legislative session, state leaders set a growth rate for state spending based on the estimated rate of growth in Texans’ personal income over the next two years. Abbott has asked lawmakers to require future legislatures to limit how much state spending can grow to the estimated combined growth in population and inflation, a figure that is often lower than the one lawmakers currently use. The Senate has passed a bill on this issue. A House bill was derailed by a parliamentary tactic known as a point of order during the last weekend of the special session.Related bills: HB 41, HB 127, HB 208, SB 9, Share STILL PENDINGTeacher pay and retirement benefitsAbbott asked the Legislature to put more money into the Teacher Retirement System amid concerns that retired teachers would no longer be able to afford their medication amid rising health insurance premiums and health care costs. Both chambers have passed measures that would inject $212 million into the system — but the bills would draw funding from different sources. Abbott also wants school districts to rearrange their budgets to increase teacher salaries by an average of $1,000, a measure educators vehemently oppose and have criticized as an “unfunded mandate.” Neither chamber has passed such a measure yet.Related bills: HB 20, HB 198, SB 19, SB 97, SJR 1 STILL PENDINGSchool finance reformAt first, Abbott said he would task legislators with creating a commission to study the school finance system. But in July, he added immediate school funding reform to the session’s agenda amid complaints from Democrats and moderate Republicans in the House that the state’s beleaguered system for funding public schools deserved more concrete action. The governor also tasked legislators with helping small, rural districts struggling after the expiration of a $400 million state aid program. While the Senate has advocated for a study, the House has pushed to put more money into public schools immediately. On Monday, the two chambers took steps toward breaking their stalemate on the issue.Related bills: HB 21, HB 23, HB 30, HB 191, SB 16 SENT TO GOVERNORMunicipal annexationA bill that would have allowed homeowners targeted by a city for annexation to vote on the proposal died during the regular session when state Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, successfully filibustered it, claiming it offered inadequate protections to military bases from encroaching development. After Abbott added annexation reform on the special session agenda, lawmakers in both chambers debated tweaking the original measure. Eventually both chambers passed Senate BIll 6, which included a five-mile buffer around military zones. Menendez told The Texas Tribune Sunday that his filibuster was worth it because of the revised bill’s changes.Related bills: HB 6, SB 6 STILL PENDING“Private school choice” for kids with disabilitiesDuring the regular session, the Senate passed a measure to subsidize private school tuition using state funding. But school-choice proposals have long faced significant opposition in the House, particularly from Democrats and rural Republicans. Abbott has narrowed the issue for the special session by calling for “private school choice” specifically for students with disabilities. The Senate has passed a bill on this issue.Related bills: HB 253, SB 2 STILL PENDINGTaxpayer funding for abortionState and federal law already prohibit using tax dollars to pay for abortions, but Abbott wants the Legislature to broaden that ban to block local and state government agencies from entering into any financial contracts — including lease agreements — with clinics that are affiliated with abortion providers, even if those clinics don’t perform abortions. The Senate has passed a bill on this issue.Related bills: HB 14, HB 163, SB 4 STILL PENDINGLimits on local tree regulationsDozens of cities and towns across Texas have ordinances protecting trees on private property; in many cases, property owners either have to pay a fee or plant new trees if they cut down larger trees on their land. Lawmakers are looking at measures that would weaken those local ordinances or make them illegal,. Both chambers have passed bills related to this issue, but neither chamber has agreed to the other’s version yet.Related bills: HB 7, HB 70, SB 14 SHUTTERSTOCKThe Texas Capitol in Austin. STILL PENDINGMaternal mortalityIn 2013, lawmakers created The Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity to examine why so many Texas mothers die within a year after their pregnancies end. A study last year in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology showed that Texas’ maternal mortality rates had nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. While public health experts and legislators have not been able to pinpoint reasons for the spike in deaths and pregnancy complications, there’s bipartisan support behind extending the task force until 2023 to continue its work. Both chambers have passed bills on this issue, but no bill has yet passed both chambers.Related bills: HB 9, HB 10, HB 11, SB 17 STILL PENDINGPreventing local rule changes on already acquired propertiesThis measure would prohibit cities and towns from enforcing any local regulation on a property that was not in place when that property was purchased. Critics have expressed concern that the measure could have far-reaching consequences on environmental, health and other local ordinances in place in communities across the state. Neither chamber has passed a bill directly related to this issue yet.Related bills: HB 188, SB 12 STILL PENDINGSpeeding local government permittingLawmakers want to make it easier for developers to get approval for projects in cities. Abbott wants state law changed so that permits would be approved automatically if cities don’t respond to them fast enough. Lawmakers are also looking at outlawing construction permitting rules currently in place in Austin that expedite permitting for projects that include certain worker protections. The Senate has passed a bill on this issue. The House has passed three bills related to permitting from groundwater conservation districts.Related bills: HB 164, SB 13, HB 26, HB 27, HB 275 SENT TO GOVERNORSunset legislationDuring this year’s regular session, lawmakers failed to pass “sunset” legislation needed to prevent some state agencies from closing. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held key sunset legislation hostage in a successful effort to force a special session on other issues. In announcing the special session, Abbott said he would only add an additional 19 issues to the agenda after the Senate passed sunset legislation. On the third day of the special session, the Senate did just that, and Abbott significantly expanded the session’s agenda. Though the House had its own sunset bills, it eventually passed the Senate’s bills in the last week of the special session, sending both measures to Abbott’s desk. Abbott quickly signed them.Related bills: HB 1, HB 2, SB 20, SB 60 STILL PENDINGUnion dues deductionState lawmakers are considering for the second time this year a measure that would end the practice of collecting membership dues automatically from the paychecks of certain public employees who are in labor unions or other associations. The proposal would apply to public school teachers, corrections officers and other government employees but would exempt firefighters, police officers, emergency first responders and charitable organizations — a carve-out that’s received a lot of pushback, even from some of the law enforcement groups that would benefit from the exemption. The Senate has passed a bill on this issue.Related bills: HB 156, SB 7 SENT TO GOVERNORAbortion reportingThe Legislature sent House Bill 13 to the governor, a measure that would require physicians and facilities to report more details about abortion complications — and fine those who do not comply. (Another bill, House Bill 215, requires additional reporting from doctors on whether minors seeking abortions did so because of a medical emergency and whether they obtained parental consent or a judicial bypass. That measure cleared the House and has received tentative approval from the Senate.)Related bills: HB 13, HB 195, HB 215, SB 10, SB 73 SENT TO GOVERNORAbortion insuranceThe Legislature approved a measure requiring Texas women to pay a separate health insurance premium if they want their health plans to cover abortions performed outside of medical emergencies House Bill 214 has now been sent to Abbott, who is expected to sign it.Related bills: HB 214, SB 8 STILL PENDINGTexting while drivingTexas will be under a statewide texting-while-driving ban starting Sept. 1. But Abbott has complained that this measure leaves in place a “patchwork quilt” of driving safety regulations that differ across cities and counties. He has called on lawmakers to effectively pre-empt local ordinances in more than 40 Texas cities that are stricter than the statewide ban. The Senate has passed a bill on this issue.Related bills: HB 171, SB 15 STILL PENDINGDo-not-resuscitate protectionsThe governor has asked lawmakers to ensure that patients or their legal guardians have consented to a do-not-resuscitate orders before doctor can issue them. Proponents say it codifies practices already in place at many hospitals, while some opponents say that it could needlessly complicate the process of issuing a do-not-resuscitate order. Both chambers have passed different versions of Senate Bill 11.Related bills: HB 12, SB 11, SB 80 SENT TO GOVERNORMail-in ballot fraudAmid an investigation of mail-in ballot irregularities affecting city council races in Dallas, Texas lawmakers this year put a newfound focus on mail-in ballot fraud, a documented vulnerability in elections. During the 2017 regular session, Abbott signed into law a bill that overhauls absentee balloting at nursing homes, in an attempt to shore up that process. During the special session, lawmakers approved Senate Bill 5 which widens the definition of mail-in voter fraud and increase penalties for those who commit it. The bill also repeals the nursing home law Abbott had signed just weeks earlier, after various Republicans described their earlier support for that law as a mistake. Abbott signaled that he too believed he shouldn’t have signed that nursing home bill by signing SB 5 within hours of the Legislature sending it to him.Related bills: HB 184, SB 5 STILL PENDINGCaps on local government spendingAbbott asked lawmakers to cap how much additional money local governments could spend each year without an election, drawing immediate criticism from city and county officials. They say such a limit would make it difficult to develop long-term financial plans and fund maintenance and services that residents want from their local governments. Neither chamber has passed a bill directly related to this issue yet.Related bills: HB 206, SB 18 STILL PENDINGProperty taxesThere’s a constitutional prohibition on the state levying a property tax, but that’s a major source of revenue that keeps cities, counties and special-purpose districts operating. Amid Texans’ complaints about rising property tax bills – often driven by rising property values – Abbott called on the Legislature to tackle measures aimed at reining in increases in local property taxes. Local government officials argue the bills would hamstring their ability to deliver services their residents expect. The Senate passed a measure, Senate Bill 1, requiring property tax rate elections if a local entity’s revenues would exceed 4 percent from the year before. The House responded by raising the trigger to 6 percent in a measure that chamber tentatively approved on Saturday, August 14. As of late Monday, negotiations over the two bills were ongoing. The lower chamber has also considered more than a dozen other property tax proposals, including one that would abolish school property taxes altogether.Related bills: HB 3, HB 4, HB 32, HB 72, HB 74, HB 81, HB 82, HB 108, HB 155, HB 165, HB 192, SB 1 STILL PENDINGBathrooms, showers, locker and changing roomsAmong the most contentious issues during the regular session, proposals to bar transgender men, women and children from restrooms that do not match their biological sex are back under consideration in legislative overtime. Efforts to pass such restrictions fizzled out in May as part of an ongoing fight that’s pitted Republicans against businesses and Republicans against Republicans. Lawmakers are now considering proposals that would affect bathrooms overseen by both school districts and local governments like cities and counties. While the Senate has passed a bill on this issue, bathroom legislation appears to be all but dead due to opposition in the House.Related bills: HB 46, HB 50, SB 3, SB 91
Explore further Sensors to map air pollution represent an ambitious project involving Google. A number of tech sites are talking about its activities in strapping Aclima sensors to Street View cars. Aclima is in the business of delivering “internet-connected sensor networks.” Video: NASA Researcher discusses the air quality of three cities The initial test was done in Denver, said Lunden, where they were able to instrument three Google Street View vehicles.Constine in TechCrunch said the three cars collected 150 million air quality data points over a month of driving around Denver. “They measured for chemicals that are hazardous to breathe, like nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, black carbon, particulate matter, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).”Dave Gershgorn in Popular Science pointed out that “This partnership also comes on the heels of a Google pledge to reduce its own environmental impact. The company joined 12 other industry leaders in signing the American Business Act on Climate Pledge on Monday, pledging to power its Bay Area headquarters on 100 percent renewable energy and reduce water consumption.” © 2015 Tech Xplore Constine said “Independent scientific analysis confirmed that the mobile sensor system worked for collecting street-by-street data and could improve upon the regional network of sensors operated by the Environmental Protection Agency.”Aclima blogged recently: ” To assess if air quality is meeting – or exceeding – public health standards, the EPA relies on an extensive network of stationary equipment, placed in urban areas, that measure carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, hydrocarbons and photochemical oxidants. The monitoring network is designed for air quality regulation, but does not give a detailed picture of a community or urban area such that people can get a real sense of what air pollution is in their immediate surroundings. Aclima’s mobile sensing platform on Street View cars complements EPA’s regional air measurement network by introducing a new body of knowledge about air quality at the street level.”Over the next year they will test to see how viable it is to measure air pollution in more cities. They are planning on expanding to the Bay area, working with community groups and scientists to explore possibilities. This may be a transformative step to advancing air quality monitoring. “Our hope is that one day this information is as accessible as the weather,” said Herzl, where people can access the information on a daily basis and that, together, make smarter decisions that add up to change.On the other hand, there is the question of just how much impact air pollution data unleashed on a city population, down to the streets where they live, might have. How much will residents and leaders be willing to put up with findings, once they learn more about the air quality they breathe? Could such hyper-local data make changes that affect the well-being of residents?Herzl said citizens, scientists, policy-makers and governments around the world need access to this information. She said for the first time there can be a human-scale understanding of what is happening in our environment, and how it is directly affecting us.Herzl offered an example to TechCrunch: “We know that trees absorb pollution, NO2 specifically. If we can know where pollution hotspots are, we can know where to put green spaces.” The finalized prototype of Google self-driving car. Citation: Air-quality sensors on cars at heart of Aclima-Google partnership (2015, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-air-quality-sensors-cars-heart-aclima-google.html Their work cuts across three platforms—indoors, outdoors and on vehicles. Referring to the latter, Aclima said, “Vehicles and buses that drive repetitive routes through cities offer perfect platforms for Aclima sensing technology. We outfit vehicles to take community-scale snapshots of pollution and greenhouse gases. In just a few days of driving, an interconnected urban system comes into focus.”Aclima CEO Davida Herzl said many factors inform the quality of life we experience in cities in a video titled “Aclima and Google —How Cities Live and Breathe.”On any city day one can see what Melissa Lunden, director of research, Aclima, sees, as told in the video: “We’ve got buses. We’ve got trucks. We’ve got cars in traffic buildups….all are emitting pollutants that go into the mix of the city.”Aclima is on a fundamental mission toward improving human health through environmental protection. They talk about their plug-and-play sensor modules that are calibrated and adapted to provide detailed, environmental data. The networks measure a broad spectrum of variables, including noise, humidity, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and methane. A fuller list of the variables can be found on the company’s site.Google has been working with Aclima for the past year and a half, said Senior Writer Josh Constine in TechCrunch. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Assuring that a comprehensive financial package for farmers affected by unseasonal rains would be announced before the Budget session ends, Maharashtra government on Wednesday said it was planning a group insurance scheme to help the kin of farmers who committed suicide. Under the group insurance scheme, the kin of the farmers who committed suicide would get Rs two lakh.However, not satisfied with the government’s reply to the marathon debate which took place on Tuesday, the Opposition Congress and NCP staged a walkout as their demand for loan waiver and Rs 25,000 per hectare assistance was not accepted. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIReplying to the debate on the issue in the Assembly, state revenue minister Eknath Khadse, who also heads the agriculture department, said, “I have sought permission of the House on this issue and if needed, the MLA fund and salary for a period of one-year would be freezed.” The minister also said that uncertain climatic changes have caused havoc with the state repeatedly experiencing unseasonal rains and hailstorms in addition to drought.”Panchnamas (evaluation) of some districts are awaited. Even on Tuesday, there was unseasonal rain in some districts. So at the end of the session, we will announce a financial package for the farmers,” he said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindAdmitting that the Centre has not acted on its demand for Central assistance of Rs 6,013 crore, Khadse said the reason was that after the proposal was sent for it, the state repeatedly faced unseasonal rains and hailstorms.”The Centre has asked us for a single proposal, which is not possible as the hardships of farmers do not seem to end because of unpredictable climate. But, (Union Home Minister) Rajnath Singh and (Agriculture Minister) Radha Mohan Singh have assured us that the Centre would give more funds to the state than given by the previous governments,” he said.