Swiss couple assaulted in Agra; Sushma seeks information

first_imgExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government in connection with the assault on two Swiss tourists by locals in Agra during their trip to Fatehpur Sikri.The young Swiss couple was attacked by a group of youth in Fatehpur Sikri on October 22 with stones and sticks, leaving them both injured and bruised.Quentin Jeremy Clerc and his partner Marie Droz, both in their twenties, were strolling around a railway track in Fatehpur Sikri when they started to be harassed by a group of local youth who insisted they click selfies with the female tourist, police said.The youth then started inquiring about the place of stay of the tourists and after a set of intrusive questions began assaulting Mr. Clerc with stones and sticks. Even Ms. Droz was not spared and assaulted with stones and sticks, the couple said.Mr. Clerc suffered a fractured skull while Ms. Droz received a broken arm. The two are receiving treatment in a Delhi hospital.Police filed the complaint on its own cognisance after the victims were not interested, a spokesperson for the Agra SSP said.Police have identified some of the assaulted and could arrest them soon, the spokesperson said.”I have asked for a report from the State Government,” Ms. Swaraj tweeted about the incident.”My officers will reach them in the hospital,” Ms. Swaraj said.last_img read more

Congress candidate arrested for rhino poaching wins Assam rural poll seat

first_imgA Congress candidate arrested twice for alleged involvement in rhino poaching has won the Gram Panchayat president’s seat from Suwaguri in northeastern Assam’s Biswanath district.The victory of Dilwar Hussain has left the Congress red-faced. Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia, who represents the Congress from the Nazira seat, said this was “unfortunate” and blamed it on a technical glitch.“I don’t know how this happened. We had cancelled his candidature. Probably, the withdrawal time was over, or there might have been a technical glitch because of which he could still contest and win. It is unfortunate. Any decision on him will be taken by the party president,” Mr. Saikia said.Before the elections on December 5, Assam Congress president Ripun Bora had said that the party had rejected Mr. Hussain’s candidature. Mr. Hussain was allegedly involved in killing rhinos at Kaziranga National Park in 2011, and a case had been registered against him at Biswanath Chariali Police Station.The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), too, had fielded Ganesh Doley, who served jail in cases of rhino poaching and illegal trade in wildlife body parts. He lost to a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from the Moridhansiri Gaon Panchayat seat in eastern Assam’s Golaghat district.last_img read more

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first_imgSiddique, meanwhile, rued that Pakistan athletes were not Siddique, meanwhile, rued that Pakistan athletes were not doing that well in this 12th edition of the Games. Pakistan had finished second in 10 out of the 11 earlier editions and here they in a distant third much below Sri Lanka and far below medal tally toppers India. “I am not happy about Pakistans performance. We have not done well to the level we could have done. There are many reasons,” he said. He, however, refused to blame the factional fight in the Pakistan Olympic Association as the reason for the poor performance. “I dont think that was the reason,” he replied when asked about the problems in the POA, which was resolved just before the start of the Games. POA held its elections last month after a long internal feud with one faction being supported by the government. Pakistan was at one time on the verge of being suspended by the International Olympic Committee. PTI PDS CM CMlast_img read more

ICC to assess security measures for Champions Trophy after Manchester terror strike

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) will hold a meeting in the aftermath of the bomb blast in Manchester to look into the safety and security of all the participating teams in the Champions Trophy which begins next week.London, Birmingham and Cardiff are the three venues which will host Champions Trophy matches in England from June 1-18.At least 19 people were killed and 59 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday, in what two U.S. officials said was a suspected suicide bombing.Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in July 2005.”The ICC will hold a meeting later in the day to address the issue in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester,” a top ICC official told India Today. (Manchester United shocked after terror strike at Manchester concert )”The ICC is concerned with what has happened in Manchester and will have a conference call later in the day with stakeholders joining from various places. How and what happens will be conveyed to all the participating teams,” the official said.The Champions Trophy was last held in 2013, also in England. India are the defending champions and will open their campaign this year against Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston before taking on Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11 at the Kennington Oval in London.advertisementWith inputs from ReutersHere’s the ICC Statement:Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrific attack in Manchester. The ICC and ECB place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.We operate on advice from our Tournament Security Directorate – in conjunction with the ECB and relevant authorities – to ensure that we have a robust safety and security plan for both tournaments. We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.We do not disclose our security details as a matter of policy.last_img read more

Seedorf accepts Deportivo rescue mission

first_imgPrimera División Real Madrid and AC Milan legend Seedorf accepts rescue mission as Deportivo boss Dom Farrell 02:52 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Clarence Seedorf Getty Primera División Real Sociedad v Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña The former Netherlands international, who last coached in China, is back in the dugout having inherited the reins at a struggling La Liga outfit Clarence Seedorf has been appointed as head coach of La Liga strugglers Deportivo La Coruna.The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Netherlands midfielder has been installed, along with assistant Valerio Fiori, until the end of the season at the Riazor.Seedorf succeeds Cristobal Parralo, who was appointed as interim boss until June when he succeeded Pepe Mel last October. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Friday’s 5-0 hammering at the hands of Real Sociedad persuaded Deportivo to cut his tenure short after two wins in 13 LaLiga games, with the side languishing third bottom.Former AC Milan boss Seedorf had a brief spell in charge of Chinese team side Shenzhen in 2016.He appeared in line for a surprise switch to English football when he was interviewed by League One club Oldham Athletic last year, while a proposed move to Brazil to take charge of Atletico Paranaense failed to materialise.last_img read more

19 days agoKurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fear

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fearby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKurt Zouma says Chelsea’s young team are still adjusting to eachother’s games.Zouma is relatively new to this particular Chelsea side, which he acknowledges is a work in progress.”We are improving a lot,” the central defender told chelseafc.com. “Last year there were some players out on loan who have come back, like me, so you need time to settle everything. We are getting better and better.”The young guys are here to bring something new, and the older guys are here to calm things down, stop the young guys getting too excited too quickly, and give advice on dealing with the pressure. We have a very strong team because we have that mix. It can be good for everyone.”We have a very young squad but they are talented at the same time. You can see all the guys, Fikayo, Tammy, Mason, Reece who started his first game, have no fear. They just play their football.”All the guys are ready to give advice and help. We are a team. For me they are ready to compete in every game. They will be very important to help the team keep going forward. They have the quality and you can see from the way they’re playing they’re doing very well.”We have a good mix of young and old, everybody speaks to everybody.” last_img read more

Vijender wins 11th successive bout to continue unbeaten run

first_imgNewark (USA): Indian boxing star Vijender Singh remained an unstoppable force, clinching a Technical Knockout over the more experienced Mike Snider on his debut in the US professional circuit here. In what was to be an eight-round super middleweight contest on Saturday night (early Sunday morning in India), the 33-year-old from Haryana prevailed in four rounds for his 11th consecutive victory in the circuit. “It was excellent getting back in the ring after a long time off. It’s great to be here in the USA and to get the win. It was really exciting. I am really happy for my winning debut in USA,” Vijender said after the bout. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe triumph came in the second minute of the fourth round when Vijender cornered Snider with a flurry of straight punches, prompting the referee to stop the bout in the Indian’s favour. “It took me about four rounds to get back in the swing of things. I expected it to take two or three rounds, but it took me four. I felt good,” said Vijender. This was Vijender’s eighth knockout win in all. The 38-year-old Snider was flailing his arms without any significant force in his punches for most of the bout. Vijender, on the other hand, was sharp as ever despite fighting his first bout in more than a year. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe Indian never looked threatened by the local favourite and thwarted his feeble attacks quite easily. Snider came into the fight with an overall record of 13-5-3. Vijender, a former WBO Asia Pacific champion, recently fought and lost in the Indian general elections from the South Delhi seat. Vijender would be aiming to compete in two more fights this year after signing up with Hall of Famer Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions. “Top Rank has a bigger plan for me, and whatever they say is next, I’m fine with it,” Vijender said. Vijender’s British trainer Lee Beard, who has been with the Indian ever since he turned pro in 2015, lauded his commitment. “I am happy that after a long gap Vijender is finally back in good shape and action in the ring. His dedication helped him. We will now look forward to have bigger plans for him,” he said. Commenting on his defeat, Snider said, “Vijender is a good boxer and I believe I underestimated his experience and technique. It was his day and he won. I had never thought that I would lose in early rounds.” Vijender’s India promoters IOS Boxing’s Managing Director Neerav Tomar said bigger fights await the former Olympic medallist in the next few months.last_img read more

British sailor accused of sexual assault hospitalized delaying trial

first_imgHALIFAX – A British sailor on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a Halifax woman has been hospitalized, delaying proceedings in Nova Scotia Supreme Court yet again.Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people in the Warrior Block accommodations at CFB Shearwater in April 2015.The trial was scheduled to continue Friday, but Radford’s lawyer David Bright informed Justice Patrick Duncan that his client was in hospital.“He’s anticipating a surgery — today, tomorrow — it depends entirely on the medical people,” said Bright.“Following that, there will be an in-house requirement for antibiotics and that sort of thing. The concern, I guess, is septicemia of the wound and they’re being very, very cautious.”Bright added: “He’s anxious to get back and get underway.”The case was adjourned until Monday. It’s not clear yet whether Radford will be well enough to continue at that time.The commencement of the trial had been delayed on Tuesday because Radford was in hospital. Bright had told the court his client was injured in the United Kingdom and suffered a torn artery.The trial has only heard from one witness, a military police officer who investigated the alleged incident.Sgt. Tyler Bruce-Hayes told the court Thursday that a number of electronic devices were seized from the barracks after a search warrant was obtained.Bruce-Hayes said videos and photos were extracted from those devices. He identified Radford, 34, as the man in one short video clip that was played in court.“A male has no clothes on lying on his stomach on the bed being massaged by Mr. Radford,” said Bruce-Hayes when asked to describe what was happening in the clip.Laughter can be heard throughout the video, as an unidentified naked man is shown being massaged on the back of his legs before the camera moves in close to the man’s buttocks.Smalley, 38, appeared unable to hold back laughter as the video was played loudly on multiple monitors in the courtroom.Bruce-Hayes did not elaborate on how or if the video relates to the alleged sexual assault.The court also saw video surveillance of a beer store drive-thru from 11:55 p.m. on April 9, 2015, showing an attendant putting several cases of beer in the trunk of a white van.Bruce-Hayes said the complainant and a friend who was with her that night had both told him during their interviews that they rode in a white minivan to pick up beer.Also Thursday, the sergeant reviewed a number of photos of items that were seized as part of the investigation, including photos showing a bra and underwear the complainant was wearing during the alleged sexual assault.He identified photos of biological samples that were taken during an examination of the woman by a nurse at a Halifax hospital in the early hours of April 11, 2015.Bruce-Hayes told the court Wednesday that he interviewed the complainant — whose identity is protected by a publication ban — for about two hours following the examination, and that she appeared upset.The accused, members of the Royal Navy, were participating in a naval hockey tournament in Halifax at the time of the alleged sexual assault.The complainant is expected to testify at the judge-alone trial, which will last roughly six weeks.Crown lawyer Eric Taylor has said he will call about 12 witnesses.Both Smalley and Radford are not in custody, but are under strict bail conditions.The Crown had originally charged four men, but charges against two of the sailors were dropped.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Kids Surprise Enrique Iglesias With Valentine Hearts

first_imgGrammy Award-winning artist Enrique Iglesias received a sweet pre-Valentine’s Day surprise from Save the Children last week, just before he finished a pair of recent concerts.Carlos Carrazana surprises Enrique Iglesias with valentines from kids in Save the Children’s Filipino programsCredit/Copyright: Susan WarnerThe global nonprofit presented the pop star with handmade valentines from children in Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities in the Philippines to show appreciation for the #Hearts4Kids project for kids in crises.Teaming up with Save the Children last fall, Iglesias launched a #Hearts4Kids T-shirt to support the non-profit’s Children’s Emergency Fund, which allows Save the Children to pre-position lifesaving supplies before an emergency hits, respond immediately to a crisis, and do whatever it takes to protect the lives of children and create a sense of normalcy. All net proceeds from the purchase of a #Hearts4Kids T-shirt, or $12, goes to the fund.“Disasters like Typhoon Haiyan can take a tremendous toll on children. Yet, when given the proper care and support from their families and communities, children can pick up the pieces in their lives and move forward,” said Carlos Carrazana, COO of Save the Children.“That is why the fund is so valuable. It allows Save the Children to prepare communities and help children to better weather the next storm.”The design of the T-shirt was inspired by the heart Iglesias drew on his bloodstained T-shirt after injuring his hand on a drone during his concert in Tijuana, Mexico last year. Iglesias’ fans are able to snatch up a special shirt at certain concert venues, or can purchase the shirt with a few clicks online at www.enriqueiglesias.com.Iglesias’ #Hearts4kids partnership with Save the Children has brought in $25,000 to date for kids in crises, including funds raised from T-shirt sales and contributions from Iglesias and his fans.Representatives from the nonprofit gave Iglesias his special Valentine’s thank you right before his concert tonight.“I am honored to receive these hopeful messages from children in the Philippines,” said Enrique Iglesias, whose mother hails from The Philippines, upon receiving the valentines from Save the Children. “My fans have embraced this project in more ways than I could have imagined, and their generosity is going to make a big difference for kids in crises.”Save the Children is responding to 50 humanitarian emergencies worldwide, including the Nepal earthquake, the conflict in Syria and the migrant crisis in Europe. In 2014, the agency directly reached nearly 6 million children through its humanitarian response work.last_img read more

Discrimination in the Indian Act that must be dealt with says minister

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsCrown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says more work is needed to rid the Indian Act of discriminatory practices.Bennett made the comments while appearing before the Senate’s Aboriginal Affairs committee.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img

Green panel refuses to entertain EDMC plea for handover of landfill site

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has refused to entertain a plea by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) seeking land to manage garbage at the Ghazipur landfill site, saying that dispute of departments is to be resolved at the administrative level.The green panel said the issue of availability or suitability of the site for the landfill and its allotment is to be sorted out between the EDMC and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in accordance with the law. “We have considered the matter. We find difficult to pass further orders on the applications. The matter pending before the tribunal already stands disposed of. Inter se dispute of departments is to be resolved at administrative level. Jurisdiction of the tribunal is to provide remedy to a victim for environment protection against action taken in violation of norms,” a bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Rules are in force which have to be followed. Applicants do not have grievance against the authorities which may fall under Sections 14 and 15 of the NGT Act, 2010,” it said. The green panel also said that it was leaving the issue to be dealt by the authorities concerned without expressing any opinion on merits at this stage. The saturation of the Ghazipur landfill site and the non-availability of alternative land to manage garbage had prompted the EDMC to move the NGT. The EDMC had moved an application, seeking direction to the DDA to hand over a piece of land at Sonia Vihar and a plot at Ghonda Gujran for solid waste management facilities on a priority basis.last_img read more

Polk data shows worldwide new registrations up 15 in February over the

Based on data which is preliminary in some cases, global demand for passenger vehicles in February was up 15% over the year before. All regions except for Western Europe and Latin America posted clear gains, which were in the double digits in some cases.The Asia/Pacific region was up by 40% from the year before in February, according to preliminary estimates. Japan was up a good 30% over February 2012. In addition to the dynamic rebound in these markets, it is apparent that new incentives are beginning to bear fruit. Extraordinary growth is expected in China as well compared to a very weak February 2011 given the typically strong performance of that market, as well as the fact that the Chinese spring festival was celebrated in January this year.In Eastern Europe (up 14%), the growth continued in February 2012 with double-digit gains, as Russian growth has not let up following expiration of the scrappage scheme. Latin America was down 10% from the year before in February, as that region’s economic problems have started to leave their mark.New registrations were once again down in Western Europe (down 10%). This trend has been driven primarily by the Southern European markets, which have suffered the most from the current financial crisis.The global passenger vehicle market is still on track for growth: only Western Europe is expected to post a loss in 2012Global new registrations will once again set a new record in 2012, growing by almost 7% over 2011. In general, expectations have been revised slightly higher (up 0.3%) relative to the month before. Significant downward revisions were made for Argentina (down 110,000 units) as a result of economic problems in that country. On the other hand, the forecast was raised in India (up 300,000 units), where the weakness in demand seems to have finally been overcome. The outlook is also somewhat better now for Russia, the US (up 50,000 units each) and Japan (up 70,000 units).The Asia/Pacific will be up almost 12% from the year before in 2012. This is attributable to the aforementioned situation in the Japanese passenger vehicle market and the continuing growth in China. Only in South Korea is a slight decline expected.The NAFTA region is expected to continue to recover, although its former levels will remain out of range. Nevertheless, new registrations will exceed the 16 million mark by a significant margin. Eastern Europe will grow by more than 8% in 2012 thanks to the good conditions in Russia.Western European passenger vehicle demand will be down again in 2012 (by 5%), as was the case in 2010 and 2011. New registrations are expected to fall in every country except Germany. Germany has been only slightly affected by the crisis so far, and its outlook for the current year is very good, especially in the job market. As a result, the German economy is expected to remain stagnant at the least, and will perhaps even manage to post slight growth.Data: Copyright R.L. Polk Europe Holding Ltd, all rights reserved. No reproduction allowed without prior written consent from Polk – www.polk.com.For more detailed data on the UK vehicle market, contact SMMTAutomotive Information Services (AIS).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Toronto Raptors hold off Milwaukee Bucks in 2OT

Take Our PollPascal Siakam had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol bounced back from a horrible Game 2 to score 16 points and grab 12 rebounds, and Norman Powell scored 19 points off the bench.Game 4 is Tuesday in Toronto, then the series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 5.Kyle Lowry, playing with a taped sprained left thumb, had 11 points, five assists and four rebounds before fouling out midway though the fourth quarter.Danny Green, one of the team’s top shooters in the regular season, had just three points on 1-for-9 shooting, but played a huge role on the defensive end.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 23 rebounds before fouling out in the second overtime period. George Hill had 24 points to top the Bucks.The Raptors led for most of the night, going up by double digits in the first quarter and responding to every Bucks run. But they managed just nine points in the third quarter, and when Hill hit a floater with 12.7 seconds left in the frame, the Bucks pulled to within 77-75 with one quarter left to play.But if there was any angst creeping into the Scotiabank Arena crowd, Lowry and Leonard had the fans roaring with back to back three-pointers that had the Raptors ahead by eight with 9:05 to play. Five straight points by Antetokounmpo pulled the Bucks within four, but when the “Greek Freak,” who’s the front-runner to win the season’s MVP award, missed badly on a free throw, the crowd chanted “Air ball!”A frustrated Lowry fouled out with 6:12 to play, and the Bucks, who hadn’t led since 2-0, scored five straight points to pull even two minutes later. Fred VanVleet and Hill traded threes, then Leonard connected from 16 feet and the Raptors clutched a two-point lead going into the final two minutes.Malcolm Brogdon’s basket with 38 seconds left pulled the Bucks to within two points. Siakam missed two free throws with 7.4 seconds left prompting groans from the Scotiabank Arena crowd that included rappers Drake and Gucci Mane, actor Mike Myers, former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban and Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner.Khris Middleton scored with 2.2 seconds to play. There were no end-of-regulation heroics this time for Toronto as Siakam missed on a long jumper to send the game into overtime.Green’s three with 3:32 left in the first overtime, his first make of the game, had Toronto up by three. Baskets by Siakam and Leonard gave Toronto a four-point cushion before Brogdon, with a basket, and Hill, with two free throws, tied it up with 14.5 seconds to play. Leonard’s basket at the buzzer bounced off the rim, sending it to double OT.Antetokounmpo fouled out with 4:24 left in the second OT. A Gasol three and Leonard dunk off a Green steal had the Raptors up by three. Then, leading by a point, Leonard had a steal and dunk and it was a two-point game with a minute to play. A big Siakam block led to a Leonard basket, the Bucks turned over the ball and it was game over.Despite pre-game talk of changes to Toronto’s starting lineup, Nick Nurse stuck with his same five. It proved to be a smart choice, as Gasol, who struggled mightily in Game 2 and shot just 2-for-9 from deep through the first two games, connected on his first two three-point shots. The Raptors raced out to an early 11-point lead and took a 30-21 advantage into the second.The Bucks pulled to within three points midway through the second, but a Lowry three-pointer capped a 12-4 Raptors run that restored the Raptors’ 11-point cushion. Serge Ibaka hit a three-pointer with 1.1 on the clock to send Toronto into the halftime break up 58-51.The emergence of Powell, who had 14 points in Game 2, is good news for the Raptors, whose bench has been terrible throughout the post-season.“He’s just been good at both ends,” Nurse said before the game. “I think it’s just a type of game that it is and the type of player he is. He’s fast, he’s athletic, he’s played aggressive. When the ball has swung around to him, he vaults up like he’s going to make them. There’s no hesitancy there, and he knocks them down.”The Raptors dropped a narrow 108-100 decision in Game 1, leading for 37 minutes before falling apart in the fourth quarter. In Game 2, they were destroyed virtually from the opening tipoff, falling behind 9-0 in the first two minutes and trailing by as much as 28 points en route to a 125-103 loss.A loss would have been a horrible result for Toronto. Historically, teams that have led 2-0 went on to win seven-game series 94 per cent of the time. But of the exceptions: the Cleveland Cavaliers trailed Boston 0-2 in last year’s Eastern Conference finals before winning the series.The Raptors have never won a series after falling behind 0-2, but have twice tied up the series, in 2016 against Cleveland and 2002 versus Detroit.Awaiting the winner is either the Golden State Warriors or Portland Trail Blazers. The Warriors can sweep Portland with a victory on Monday, giving them more than a week’s rest before the NBA Finals tip off. Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points to lift the Raptors to a 118-112 thrilling double-overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, throwing Toronto a lifeline in the Eastern Conference finals.The Raptors trail Milwaukee 2-1 in the best-of-seven series heading into Tuesday’s Game 4. Do you think Toronto will even their NBA playoff series against Milwaukee on Tuesday night?YesNoVoteView Results read more

Former Ohio State linebacker Jordan Whiting still chasing NFL dreams

Jordan Whiting could be playing for an Ohio State football team that won all 12 of its games last season, or playing for a Louisville team that upset Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Formerly an OSU linebacker, Whiting transferred to Louisville prior to the 2012 season. He was not eligible to play for the Cardinals last season, due to NCAA rules requiring players who transfer between Football Bowl Subdivision schools to sit out one year before playing for their new school. His career at Louisville, however, ended before it even began because of a failed drug test. “When I first got here, I was hanging out with a buddy of mine, and unfortunately, hanging out with him, not really thinking too clearly, I decided to take a few hits of marijuana,” Whiting told The Lantern in January. “I failed my first drug test of my college career.” This wasn’t the first time Whiting made a mistake that affected his college football career. On Dec. 23, 2010, Whiting received a one-game ban as one of six OSU football players suspended for receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Those violations, dubbed “Tattoo-Gate” by many, eventually resulted in the Buckeyes vacating the results of their 2010 season, being banned from postseason play in 2012 and losing nine scholarships over a three-year period. Whiting said his violation came as a result of accepting a discount on a tattoo and said he did not realize he was receiving a discount at the time. “It’s a learning experience and unfortunately some rules, even though we don’t necessarily agree with them, they still are rules,” Whiting said. Whiting said the hardest part of the situation was dealing with the criticism he and his suspended teammates received. “I learned that some people can be very cruel,” Whiting said. “A lot of the guys, not necessarily me, but some guys were getting death wishes via email. “None of those athletes, including myself, ever would bring harm to any other person out here,” Whiting added. Whiting has tattoos on both of his arms, his chest and his back, which he said “mean everything” to him. “My tattoos are all religion and family,” Whiting said. “I don’t have one tattoo that you could look at and be like, ‘What does that mean?’ or ‘Why would you get that tatted on you?’ or anything like that. “I love tattoos,” Whiting added. “I guess you could say it’s somewhat of an addiction.” Whiting remained with the Buckeyes in 2011 after serving his suspension but transferred to Louisville that spring. His three-year career at OSU consisted of one redshirt year and two playing seasons, but only one career tackle. Whiting said he became more mature as a result of his experience at OSU. “It was a growing pain that I had to go through,” Whiting said. “I think me being at Ohio State, it wasn’t for me to shine as an athlete, it was for me to grow up as a man.” By blowing his opportunity to play at Louisville with his failed drug test, Whiting said he disappointed himself and his family. “I made a bad decision, and unfortunately that bad decision did lead to me not being a part of the team anymore,” Whiting said. “I don’t blame them for that decision, I don’t blame anybody else but myself, but you live and you learn and you move on, and that’s the only thing you can do.” Whiting hasn’t given up on his football dreams quite yet. He said he is continuing to pursue a career in professional football. He told The Lantern earlier this month that he had not yet received interest from NFL teams leading up to the 2013 NFL draft. “I’m not ready to tell the game goodbye, and not under these circumstances,” Whiting said. “I’d rather tell the game goodbye under circumstances that I cannot control. Whether it be because I got hurt, or whether it be because I got cut from a team, or retirement … I can accept that, but I cannot accept telling the game goodbye off of my bad decisions. I feel like I have a lot to bring to a team.” OSU assistant coach Luke Fickell said it is critical for Whiting to take advantage of any opportunity he gets if he is going to make it at the next level. “He’s a guy that’s got some physical tools and ability, and you know, anybody that finds the right place and the right situation and at the right time has a chance to be successful,” Fickell said. “You have a chance and you get an opportunity, the window is slight and you got to take advantage of all those opportunities.” Etienne Sabino, who is pursuing his own NFL dreams and could be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft as an outside linebacker, played with Whiting at OSU from 2009-2011. He said Whiting “looked good in drills,” although Whiting did not get much chance to play. “He definitely had a lot of ability,” Sabino said. “He has a lot of potential, and I know he’s a strong kid so I wish him the best of luck.” Whiting said it would mean “the world” to him if he gets a chance to play in the NFL, but he is also working on other pursuits. He is enrolled to resume classes at OSU this summer and work toward completing his degree in marketing. He is also a founder of a marketing consulting company (J. Infinity LLC) and is writing a book, which he said is titled “A Developing Man.” Whiting said he also wants to start a foundation to benefit and mentor low-income children. Whiting said he “would never make the same mistake twice,” has learned from his mistakes and hopes young athletes can also learn from his story. “I’ve played over 17 years of football and I’ve been a part of five different organizations,” Whiting said. “I’ve earned 12 championship rings, 10 in high school, 2 in college. I’ve been to three BCS bowl games and I was one season away from what I would like to see as my blowout season. But one thing that prevented all that from happening was one bad decision. And that’s all it takes.” read more

Pair appear in court over £40m gem heist plot at celebrity jewellery

first_imgGeorge and Amal Clooney arrive in Venice for their September 2014 wedding Two alleged burglars have appeared in court accused of plotting a £40million gem heist on a branch of the exclusive jewellery store that made the earrings worn by Amal Clooney at her wedding.Danny Jones, 59, and Terry Perkins, 68, are charged over a raid on Chatila’s flagship store in London’s Mayfair.The pair are accused of a failed attempt to target a safe containing jewellery and precious stones worth about £40m, over the 2010 summer bank holiday weekend, between August 27 and 31.They are also accused of stealing jewellery, precious stones and watches worth around £1m from the shop’s display cabinets in Old Bond Street, as well as £45,000 in cash.The family-owned firm owns a collection of rare and expensive gems and is popular with the world’s rich and famous.International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 38, wore a pair of Chatila-crafted pearl and diamond earrings when she married Hollywood actor George Clooney, 55, in 2014. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Westminster Magistrates' Court Jones and Perkins appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with non-residential burglary.The charge states that “having entered as a trespasser part of a building, namely Chatila… stole a quantity of jewellery, precious stones and watches.”They both spoke to confirm their names and dates of birth before prosecutor Kevin Christie outlined the case to magistrates.The pair appeared alongside Charles Matthews, 53, who is charged with receiving stolen goods.center_img The three defendants appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday morningCredit:Alamy Chief magistrates Paul Brooks said the case would be sent to Southwark Crown Court.All three defendants are due to appear for a plea and trial preparation hearing on November 7.Jones and Perkins, both of Enfield, north London, were remanded in custody. Matthews, of Virginia Water, Surrey, was released on conditional bail. George and Amal Clooney arrive in Venice for their September 2014 weddingCredit:ALESSANDRO DI MEO/EPAlast_img read more

British Handball Record entry for University Championships

British handball ← Previous Story Henrik Toft Hansen in AG Copenhagen Next Story → Stefan Kretzschmar: “Schwarzer and Biegler to succeed Brand” A RECORD number of teams are set to battle it out for a place in Europe at the British University Championships at Nottingham University on February 19-20.Around 30 teams from as far apart as Glasgow, Bournemouth, London, Edinburgh and Southampton will compete at the 2011 BUH Championships, demonstrating the continued growth of Handball as we look to the future beyond London 2012.The winning BUH Championship teams will go forward to the EUSA European Universities Handball Championships in Rijeka, Croatia, later this year, representing another major step up for all our British University players.Entry to the event is free for spectators and the standard of handball is bound to be high. And once you’ve seen the sport in action you’ll also be chasing for London 2012 Handball tickets!GB Men’s team captain Ciaran Williams will be in attendance and refereeing, while British Handball’s performance Director Lorraine Brown and women’s team manager Mel Chowns will also be there scouting for future international talent. read more

Heres how you can keep track of how much mobile data you

first_imgGOING OVER YOUR data limit is never a fun experience. With apps requiring more data and phone providers keeping data caps at the same level, it means that you need to be careful about how you use your mobile data.While there are measures you can take that will help reduce the amount of mobile data used, knowing how much is used for each app is always a start. Here’s how to keep things in check.iPhoneThe least straightforward of the three main OS platforms, you can check to see how much data is used, but you can at least see how much mobile data is going towards which apps.All you need to do is go into settings > mobile and scroll down to see all of your apps that require mobile data. Here you can toggle whether you want these apps to use mobile data too. All apps are listed alphabetically so you will have to do a little bit of research to see which ones use the most data. Source: iPhoneAlso, if you scroll further down, you can access System Services which shows you how much data is used for traditional services like messaging, push notifications, sync and software updates.Essentially, you will either need to keep a note of how much data you use on a monthly basis, by resetting the statistics, or downloading a third-party app that will do the hard work for you.Some apps worth checking out are DataWiz (free), DataMonitor (Free) DataUsage (€0.89) or DataMan Next (€1.79), both offer a different approach to the same task.AndroidA more straightforward experience thanks to it having its own data usage service in settings. Not only can you monitor how much data each app is using, you can also set limits to how much data is being usedYou can set both a data limit warning, telling you when you’re getting close to the cutoff point, and the actual cut-off point so you don’t end up racking any unnecessary bills as a result. Source: AndroidWindows Phone Similar to Android, tracking your data use is rather easy on Windows Phone. Data Sense works similar to Android’s data tracker except for some major differences. Source: Windows PhoneRead: How to keep your mobile data limit under control >Read: SMS messaging takes a serious tumble as mobile data grows in popularity > You can choose what data contract you’re using, pre-pay or monthly options, and enter the data limit and dates that match your plan.It allows you to restrict background apps automatically so you’re only using data when you’re using an app.You can adjust the amount of data downloaded when you’re browsing a web page.You can choose a manual option (compressing images slightly or a lot), or set it to automatic which lets the phone decide the best course of action depending on how close you are to hitting your data plan limit.last_img read more

Liveris warns of Trump phenomenon

first_imgOn a whistle-stop visit to Australia, US business tycoon Andrew Liveris shared his views on boosting the Australian economy, the dangers of ignoring Donald Trump, and voters’ disillusionment with governments and the business community worldwide.Speaking at an event in Perth a fortnight ago, the Darwin-born CEO of Dow Chemicals said the business community has been ignoring – at its peril – the response the Republican presidential candidate had received from the American public.Mr Liveris said the “Trump phenomenon” was down to the billionaire property developer’s success in marketing himself to Americans who were disenfranchised from government and business.“All of us in the business community, and maybe we are fooling ourselves, are fundamentally ignoring all of that right now,” Mr Liveris told the West Business Events breakfast.Mr Liveris said an explanation of Trump’s success related to previous US presidents who mastered the power of mass communication.“Now the presidential cycle is bringing us ‘the Kardashian presidency’,” said Mr Liveris, adding that the only conclusion to be drawn was that “America wants something different. Trump is an incredible marketer of the fantasy of what could be.”Sixty-one-year-old Liveris has led Dow for more than a decade and served as a business adviser to President Obama. He is also the founder of The Hellenic Initiative, the US-based philanthropic diaspora organisation set up to assist Greece.While the global business community was “aghast” at Mr Trump’s success to date, Mr Liveris tipped Hillary Clinton to win the November election. Turning to Australian politics, he said Malcolm Turnbull, who is a close friend, would retain his role as PM when Australia goes to the polls.After the Perth event Mr Liveris jetted across to Sydney (in Dow’s new $85 million Gulfstream jet) to spend the Easter weekend with Mr Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Point Piper. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dauphins et tourisme une manne pour léconomie écossaise

first_imgDauphins et tourisme : une manne pour l’économie écossaiseÉcosse – Selon une étude récente menée par des universitaires d’Aberdeen, l’observation de dauphins en mer serait l’une des motivations principales de nombreux touristes visitant l’Écosse. Un succès chiffré à 4 millions de livres pour l’année 2009.Quatre millions de livres générés l’année dernière, 200 emplois directement liés à l’accueil des 17.100 visiteurs venus essentiellement pour les voir : les grands dauphins qui fréquentent la côte est de l’Écosse ne sont pas les seuls à profiter des mesures de protection du gouvernement local, selon l’étude réalisée par le Centre pour la durabilité de l’environnement d’Aberdeen, à partir d’un échantillon de 529 touristes. À lire aussiDes dauphins surpris en train de faire du ”toboggan” sur des baleines au large d’HawaïRichard Lochhead, secrétaire des Affaires rurales et de l’environnement, a déclaré que le Marine Scottland Act (loi) mis en place visait non seulement à favoriser la protection des espèces sauvages, comme les dauphins, mais aussi à s’assurer que le pays tire bénéfice de ces ressources naturelles. Selon un rapport du gouvernement, le tourisme lié à la vie sauvage dégage 65 millions de livres par an en Écosse et représente 2.760 emplois.   Le 9 octobre 2010 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Microsoft Excel: Go From Zero to Hero for Just $34

first_imgThe Ultimate Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle – $34See Deal This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Try it free for 14 days now!Prices subject to change. Microsoft Excel is, hands down, one of the most popular software titles used in business today. It’s been that way, in fact, for the last three decades and will likely continue to be for many more. So, if you’re looking to add a skill to your resume that employers are sure to appreciate, picking up Excel is a smart move. The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle can get you started, and it’s on sale for only $34 today.True to its name, The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle provides enrolled students will the ultimate Excel learning curriculum. You’ll receive access to six in-depth courses that explain the basics of Microsoft Excel as well as its many features. By the end, you’ll be an expert. And, it’s perfect for everyone. Even if you have no idea what a spreadsheet is right now, you can still enroll today and come out of it looking like a number crunching rock star.Best of all, you’ll save a bunch of your hard earned cash. That’s because The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle, which contains $945 worth of education, is marked down to just $34. That’s a savings of a hefty 96 percent off the original value. Stay on targetlast_img read more