The next time you go to Goa, you will have the option of experiencing its culture and history through cycling. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on Friday launched India’s first electric tourism initiative ‘B: Live’. The initiative is a partnership with Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd, which will provide curated tours on electric cycles. Chairman of GTDC, Dayanand Sopte, said at the launch that while tourists come here to see Goa’s natural gifts, their endeavour is to give more and better services to tourists through the use of technology. “We can provide good service to our tourists, without polluting the environment,” he said. At present Arcis Tours has four tours, which Samarth Kholkar, CEO and co-founder of Arcis Tours, said took them six to seven months to curate. “There are several aspects of Goa, which we feel we should showcase as the real Goa,” he said At present there are 50 bikes on offer across three categories: Easy Bike, City Bike and Adventure Bike. Sandeep Mukherjee, COO and co-founder, Arcis Tours, said the cycles have been customised for tourists. “We have made ergonomical changes to the cycles such as installing better seats and changing the handle to provide a more comfortable experience. The cycles cost between ₹35,000 and ₹60,000 and will be maintained locally,” he said. The cycles have a maximum speed of 25 km an hour and can travel 50 km in one charge. Mr. Mukherjee said they had a 20-year contract with GTDC and it had provisions to include other electric vehicles in future. “We have plans to go into providing bikes on hire but we need to see how it works,” he said. The initiative is currently completely funded by Arcis Tours, with GTDC providing marketing and branding support. Nikhil Desai, Managing Director, GTDC, said that Arcis will give the government 5% of the gross income as part of the arrangement. “We are ready to support them till such time this initiative stabilises. It’s a new concept and it will take some time,” he said. Experiential tourism is a learning curve and they are trying to overcome regulatory issues, he added.Arcis Tours have tied up with Make It Happen for the content of the tours. The founder of Make It Happen Maria Victor said that the aim is to create collaborative tourism involving locals. “We will be training locals to serve as guides for the cycle tours,” she said.At present the four tours explore Panjim, Divar Island and Old Goa. All tours are between three to four hours long and will have at most five people. The tours will start at E-Hubs, the first of which was inaugurated at Panjim’s multi-level car park. “In time we will be creating more such hubs across Goa and our aim is to turn them into focal points for tourists to also avail other services,” Mr. Kholkar said
Gulzar has always been special. Playing out his chosen role as a poet, lyricist and film-maker par excellence, he has always been unique, consciously avoiding the spotlight, passionately engaged in artistic communion with his muse. However his reticence and life-in-the-shadows should not be mistaken for indifference or detachment to issues that matter.Frank and forthright, Gulzar has strong opinions, views and takes on a variety of subjects and he articulates them, only as he can. We begin with the type casting of poets and how they are popularly perceived to be in a certain, pre conceived mould…. Any break from that image is considered blasphemy.When Kajra Re burst on the scene, a couple of years ago (and threatened to become the national anthem, much like Beedi Jalaile, later!) an entire group of people were shocked that I, of all people, could write such populist and chalu stuff! Wasn’t I a Poet, someone who wrote about love, longing and loss … about emotion, sentiments, feelings and romance? This was such down market sadak chhaap stuff! From the maker of Aandhi, Mausam, Ijaazat, Mere Apne and Mirza Ghalib, this was the last thing they expected!I was both amused and irritated. My point is: why don’t people abandon their ghisa-pita and archaic ideas about how poetry should be written and how poets should look and live! For gawd’s sake , this is year 2008, not the fifteenth century! The image that emanated from the courts and the feudal period unfortunately seems fixated in their collective mind … why can’t a poet enjoy dancing, hit the disco, play tennis (or tabla), sleep early, get up early to go jogging, drink in moderation and engage in academic pursuits? Because it goes against the image! Over time, romantic notions about poets and poetry have embedded themselves so deeply and firmly in the public/popular psyche that anything that remotely conflicts with their perception and imagined version of a poet or his poetry, leads to a solid shake-out! To discerning, educated, evolved and intelligent viewers, both Kajra Re and Beedi Jalaile, were enjoyed as hundred percent poetry, the words, sensibility and feel totally embracing and in-sync with the requirements of the scene and the context it related to. It was focused, relevant and made-to-order lyrics. I guess, one of the biggest reasons why both of them caught fire was also because they were played out by (Amitabh, Aishwarya, Abhishek, Bipasha) red-hot stars, in flamboyant style. I am not complaining… nor are Shaad and Vishal!Up next is the popular trend of badmouthing today’s music directors while constantly celebrating the music makers of the past. Gulzar begs to differ….It is fashionable today for one kind of people (who consider themselves intellectuals and culturally evolved) to trash most of the music and music-directors of today, flashback to maestros of yester years and rhapsodise about their melodies. I find it insensitive, unfair and totally uninformed because every single piece of work that appears in the public domain has to be contexted before being congratulated or condemned. The easiest thing on earth to do is pass casual and frivolous value-judgment. Fortunately opinions, are not facts; they remain opinions! Before dismissing today’s music – and raving about Madan Mohan, Naushad, Roshan, Shanker Jaikishen, Hemant Kumar, S.D.Burman and gang – it would be useful to remember the time and environment those greats operated in. The fifties, sixties, even seventies were periods that were leisurely. The insane pace, buzz, crazy competition, a zillion entertainment avenues [TV, Internet, video, viral) changing target profiles, a young, promiscuous, impatient audience-base (more driven by exciting novelty than loyalty) technological boom, open markets, globalization, consumerism … none of these touched their pure sensibilities. They worked on one or two films a year, had their space and did their work in secure and uninterrupted fashion. Naturally they turned out quality material.Today’s scene is totally different. We produce over 700 films a year. It’s a jungle out there with every single composer – old and new – eyeing the prized projects. It’s a nano-second world and everything is wanted yesterday. Quality with speed is the mantra and only the ones who can deliver in that mode, consistently, is the one wooed.Don’t forget the music-director is responsible only for the music, not the movie, and his work has to relate to the tone and tenor of the movie’s soul. Not all film-makers are music-literate or have subjects that are music-friendly. This makes their task doubly difficult because its now their job to rise above it and deliver something that is both memorable and – more importantly – popular! In this complex, bewildering and crazy scenario (which the old masters never had) we still have an A.R.Rehman, Shanker-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shantanu Moitra, Salim-Suleman, Preetam, Jatin-Lalit, Anu Malik, Vishal-Shekhar …. Admittedly not all of them produce fabulous music all the time, but then, since music cannot manufactured but created, there are a number of intangibles that influence the end-product – artistic compatibility, heading the list – that must be taken into account before summarily passing judgement.Can a Mohabbat ki jhooti kahani pe royen, Kali ghata chaye mora, Hum tumse mohabbat kar ke sanam, Bhoolisi Dastan, Aapki nazron ne samjhan, Waqt ne kiya, Na jao saiyaan, chudhake baiyyan, Pyar par bas to nahin mera, Jalte hai jiske liye, Jo vada kiya … work in today’s SMS-driven times? It is a context thing. That was then … and nostalgia always holds a special magic. In today’s cut-throat, market-driven here today-gone today times, relevance to both the spirit of the film and the target base addressed, is critical. In this tough environment, my hats off to music-directors, who, despite everything, have the courage, gift and ability, to create music that is wonderfully pleasing and popular! Putting my neck on the block – and with due respect to all those eminent and established greats – I wonder how many of them would be able to provide that kind of brilliant compositions in these times…Finally, a take on women film makers, their fate in Bollywood and why they need to be understood, encouraged, supported and celebrated.There is a notion that Women directors are not taken seriously and remain fringe people, in Bollywood. I don’t think that’s totally true because the whole issue must be seen and understood in the right perspective. Women directors have always entered the industry with seriousness and a definite desire to make meaningful films. Movies that entertain and enlighten, put forth a point of view, present an agenda wrapped in an engaging story. Men or women, the box-office is seldom gender-sensitive, but yes, traditionally it’s the men’s films that have been more commercially successful. The reason, I suppose, is historical. Men, by nature, are more cued-in to business, money, projections and financial matters. It is of vital importance and they put a huge premium on it. Women, by nature, are far less financially or commercially inclined or savvy and bring a different kind of sensibility to bear on the film. It is usually serious not frivolous, with something to say in a voice and tone that is their very own. Their subjects and treatment also are unlikely to embrace popular/masala territory, so the audiences are going to be, of the evolved, intelligentsia kind – not the barnstorming aam junta! Farah Khan is a hugely popular exception with two mega-hits, but her films, consciously define unadulterated, populist entertainment, with the biggest stars, sets, music and razzmatazz galore! More power to her elbow!For me – and a significant body of viewers – Women directors bring something very special, different and unique to the table. 36 Chowringhee Lane, Mr & Mrs Iyer, Sparsh, Chashme Buddoor, Filhaal and a host of others, present themes and treatment that offer a whole new world of rich cinematic experience. Today, with the climate changing, multiplex movies addressed to new-age audiences with off-beat themes and non-star cast finding acceptance, this unsung, neglected, under-rated and ignored breed could very well re-write the script to find their long overdue place in the sun. I wish them, Godspeed! Related Items
Private steel manufacturer Tata Steel has employed women engineers at its Noamundi iron ore mine in Jharkhand, a release said. The company has recruited ten women officers from mining, electrical, mechanical and mineral processing engineering disciplines, the firm’s statement said on September 2.“Tata Steel is the first company in India to employ women in all shifts in mines from September 1, 2019,” it said. According to the release, measures such as sanitary napkin vending machines, canteens, rest rooms, female security guards, transportation and deployment of women in groups of not less than three in a shift are being put in place. Security measures such as GPS and CCTV monitoring have been implemented, it said. It added that written consent has been taken from every woman prior to their posting in the mines. The initiative comes after the Centre earlier this year scrapped Section 46 of the Mines Act, 1952 which restricted employment of women in the mines. Arun Misra, vice president, raw materials division of Tata Steel, said, “We are enhancing facilities to recruit more women in all sections of our mines.”Mr. Misra said employing women in mines leads to generation of innovative ideas and perspectives. The release said the initiative is in line with the company’s target of achieving 20 per cent women officers in the workforce by 2025, adding that all norms stipulated by Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) are being adhered to. Earlier, the company had started two shifts for women employees at its Jamshedpur plant shop floor on April 1 this year, it added. A total of 52 female employees were posted at its coke plant and electrical repair shop floor in A and B shifts between 6 am and 10 pm, the release said.
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Sunday said detained mainstream leaders in Srinagar’s Centaur Hotel were sending messages “that gun was the only way out in Kashmir now”.“If you [politicians] want jobs for locals, fight for it and do politics on it. Do politics on early restoration of statehood. But don’t send secret messages from [the Centaur Hotel in] SKICC that “gun need to be picked up”. This is not politics. Let these politicians sacrifice first. But I must tell you, one call makes them shiver,” said Mr. Madhav, who presided over a party convention in Srinagar’s Tagore Hall.Over 40 mainstream leaders were arrested at the SKICC after August 5.Addressing the party workers, Mr. Madhav, also Kashmir in-charge, had terse message for the regional parties. “Some politicians want to play politics by connecting Article 370 with peoples’ sentiments. J&K is set on the path of peace and development now. Those who try to become stumbling block will be dealt with severely. If keeping 200-300 leaders behind the bars will maintain peace in J&K, let them be there for some time,” said Mr. Madhav.He was hinting at the arrests of National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, NC vice president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti. “Political process will start as and when situation improves. It has to restart,” Mr. Madhav said.Terming the fears of locals on losing land and jobs after revocation of J&K’s special status as ‘propaganda’, he said, “Where will jobs go? No such step will be taken. In fact, more jobs will be created. Utmost caution will be taken to ensure protection of culture, heritage, jobs for the youth and education for Kashmir’s residents,” he said.The situation was returning towards normalcy, he said. “There has been negligible violence this time. Earlier, small incidents would provoke violence. The common man wants peace in Kashmir. I reached the Srinagar venue late because Batamaloo area was chock-o-block, with people busy in their activities. Shops have to open. There should be no fear,” he said. The BJP said all Kashmiris were “sons of the soil” and equal citizens of India and would be treated with respect by people. “The politics practised in the last 70 years has come to an end. New administration will run on “sab ka saath, sab ka vikas”. This is the motto of the Modi government. Nepotism and family rule has been the main reason for violence and now new leadership is the need of the hour.,” he added.He said his party was ready for creation of new leadership.
Advertisement AdvertisementA match is never over until the final whistle is blown. This tournament showed us why it is a testament to the statement. Some of the most memorable matches had been played in the world cup. Every nation gave its blood, sweat and tears to come out victorious. Some teams have shown us that they can cause an upset on the grandest stage of world football. Here are some of most memorable, intense matches played in this edition of the world cup.Spain vs Portugal : 3-3 When it seemed that Spain was about to bag three points from the match when they were leading 3-2, an 88th minute sensational free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo evened the score-line. All 3 goals for Portugal were scored by Ronaldo.Serbia vs Switzerland : 1-2Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia the lead when he scored in the 5th minute. However, the Swiss valiantly fought back in the second half and produced two goals, one each by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri to win the match.Spain vs Morroco : 2-2Morocco went all out in their group stage match against Spain when they took the lead with a goal by Kalid Boutaib. Although Spain looked out of breath against an aggressive Moroccan side, a late Iago Aspas equalizer in stoppage time helped Spain to advance to the knockouts.France vs Argentina : 4-3In what was a back and forth match that produced 7 goals in a single match (the most in this year’s World Cup), it was France who had the last laugh. The 7 goal showdown started when Kylian Mbappe won a penalty with a foul on him, which Griezmann finished perfectly. Gabriel Mercado then finished a shot from Messi to make the lead 2-1. After the goal it all went just wrong for La Albiceleste as they conceded three goals after that, with one coming from Benjamin Parvard and the other two coming from Kylian Mbappe.Belgium vs Japan : 3-2Japan surprised the world and Belgium when they took the lead with two goals. But Belgium came back into the match at the last moment and 2 headers and a 94th minute injury time winner, was what sent Belgium rolling to the quarter-finals.Croatia vs England : 2-1A beautiful 15th minute free-kick couldn’t stop Croatia from winning as they took control of the match soon and outplayed an English side which became lethargic in the second-half to advance to their first ever World Cup final.France vs Croatia : 4-2 – THE FINALSThe French took the lead at the 18th minute from an own goal by Mario Mandzukic. Ivan Perisic soon evened the odds after 10 minutes but it was not enough to stop Les Bleus. The Croats seemed to be lost from the game in the second half when Perisic gave away a penalty inside the danger zone and Griezmann regained the lead for his side. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored each soon after to make it 4-1. The only consolation that the Croats got was when Hugo Lloris took too long to clear the ball from France’s net and Mario Mandzukic intercepted and steered the ball into the net.Read also :Football: Twitterati reacts as the French add a second star to their kit“We won the World Cup” – when Kiran Bedi celebrated the French World Cup success as Puducherry’s own
Thirdy Ravena soars high for a jam. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO – Sharp and precise with its execution, Ateneo rolled to an 88-51 win over National U Saturday and moved to the brink of an elimination round sweep in UAAP Season 82 at Ynares Center.The Blue Eagles broke out of the gates hard and never looked back as they delivered their most lopsided win of the season just four days before facing University of the Philippines in the last game of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Doncic’s triple-double lifts Mavericks over Pelicans View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES A win by Ateneo against UP on Wednesday at MOA Arena will complete a 14-game sweep and a fourth straight finals appearance for the Eagles under coach Tab Baldwin.Ange Kouame finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in just 23 minutes on the floor, while Thirdy Ravena tallied 15 points and four rebounds for Ateneo, which had 14 players scoring at least three points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIt was another heavy defeat by the Bulldogs, whose once promising season has turned out to be a nightmare of sorts after they suffered a fourth straight loss for a 2-11 record.The Bulldogs’ struggles were characterized by main man Dave Ildefonso, who was held to just two points after averaging 16.2 points in the first 12 games of the campaign. Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 11 losses are already the most since a decade ago when the Bulldogs ended their season with a 3-11 slate. NU’s remaining game will be against University of the East on Wednesday.POST-GAME INTERVIEW
Wayne Rooney was on target as D.C. United were held to a 3-3 draw by New York Red Bulls, after Bradley Wright-Phillips equalized at the death to complete his hat trick.Wright-Phillips equalized three times, including his 90th-minute leveller, to deny his club’s Atlantic Cup rivals in Washington on Sunday.Paul Arriola put DCU ahead in the 25th minute with his fifth goal of the season, only for Wright-Phillips to restore parity four minutes before halftime at Audi Field. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Manchester United and England’s all-time leading scorer Rooney restored DCU’s lead with a sublime volley past the hour mark, however, fellow Englishman Wright-Phillips responded again – this time equalizing with 14 minutes remaining.Absolute class from @WayneRooney. #DCU pic.twitter.com/W1kscFIEUM— D.C. United (@dcunited) September 16, 2018DCU thought they had the game won when Luciano Acosta teamed up with Yamil Asad three minutes from the end but the hosts were thwarted by Wright-Phillips’ last-gasp equaliser… … … for @BWPNINENINE#RBNY pic.twitter.com/48jVccnEoh— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) September 16, 2018Unbeaten in four matches, DCU is four points adrift of the playoff places in the Eastern Conference, while the Red Bulls missed the chance to leapfrog Supporters’ Shield leaders Atlanta United – with New York a point off the pace.In Sunday’s only other MLS match, the Chicago Fire crushed Orlando City 4-0 in the battle of strugglers.Nemanja Nikolic scored twice to snap Chicago’s nine-game winless streak, while Orlando’s search for victory extended to 10 matches in all competitions.
New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) As many as 22 joint secretaries have been appointed in different central government departments as part of mid-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected today.Of the total officers, 11 are from Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and rest from other central services like Indian Police Service and Indian Revenue Service.There has been demand by officers of civil services of equal career-related opportunities as enjoyed by those in IAS.IAS officers Atul Kumar Tiwari and Lok Ranjan have been appointed as joint secretaries in Department of Rural Development and Department of Financial Services respectively, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.Kishore B and Ram Krishna Khandelwal will be JSs in Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, and Department of Food and Public Distribution respectively, it said.Anju Bhalla, an officer of Central Secretariat Service, will be Joint Secretary in Department of Science and Technology. Bharati, an Indian Forest Service officer of 1992 batch (Sikkim cadre) has been named Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power.IAS officer Govind Mohan will be Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs. Kamal Datta and Ritesh Kumar Singh have been appointed as joint secretaries in Department of Food and Public Distribution, and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change respectively, the order said.Roshan Jaggi has been appointed as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Ayush, Ravinder Goyal (an IRTS officer) as Advisor (JS level), NITI Aayog, Surendra Singh Meena as Joint Secretary in Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, and Sanjai Singh as Joint Secretary in Department of Defence, it said.advertisementIPS officers Satinder Pal Singh and Anil Kumar Agarwal have been appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion respectively.Amit Kumar Ghosh will be Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and Vinod Kumar Jindal as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.IAS officer Archana Varma will be Additional Secretary in Central Vigilance Commission. Sandip Mukund Pradhan, an IRS (Income Tax cadre), has been named Deputy Director General, Sports Authority of India.Anil Sant will be Additional Registrar General, Registrar General and Census Commissioner India, Chhavi Jha will be Joint Secretary in Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, and Rakesh Ranjan will be Member Secretary, National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority. PTI AKV DIP
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama and Oklahoma are set to battle it out in the Orange Bowl for the right to play Clemson in the national championship on January 7. We’ll get to see Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray go against the Alabama defense.It might be worth seeing if Isaiah Buggs and Cody Ford battle it out in the trenches tonight too. Buggs, an Alabama defensive end and Ford, an Oklahoma offensive tackle, got into a bit of a pregame tiff.Fortunately, nothing physical happened. However, media on the scene reported they were clearly getting into it verbally.There were some words between Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs and Oklahoma OL Cody Ford as the two teams left the field just now. It didn’t seem close to blows, but they had to be separated.— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) December 30, 2018TheFranchiseOK.com’s John Hoover has some more details on what went down.Bama just exited field. Some #Sooners walked toward exit. Not much activity. Then OL Cody Ford showed up, started exchanging shouts, trash talk and aggressive pointing with DE Isaiah Buggs. Game officials were between them, but both had to be held back. #BoonerSooner #RollTide— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) December 30, 2018Considering Buggs and Ford will likely go head-to-head at times tonight, the trash talk probably won’t end pregame.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at approximately 8:10 p.m. ET.ESPN will broadcast the game.
Story Highlights “What better occasion than this Summit to do just that,” the Prime Minister told the world leaders, as he delivered Jamaica’s Statement to a United Nations (UN) Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, held today (September 24), at the UN Headquarters in New York, to mark the centenary of Mr. Mandela’s birth. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on world leaders to “commit to the consolidation of peaceful coalitions”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on world leaders to “commit to the consolidation of peaceful coalitions”.“What better occasion than this Summit to do just that,” the Prime Minister told the world leaders, as he delivered Jamaica’s Statement to a United Nations (UN) Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, held today (September 24), at the UN Headquarters in New York, to mark the centenary of Mr. Mandela’s birth.“Let that be our legacy in his honour,” the Prime Minister emphasised.Mr. Holness underscored the forum’s importance and timeliness, “at a time of heightened global concern about hostility and conflict within some of our societies”.He stressed the relevance of the Summit’s focus – Global Peace – especially “with some regimes focused on the use of might, rather than the protection of right”.“The centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth provides space for us, as world leaders, to affirm the need for healthy and meaningful dialogue to engender peace, reconciliation and communal accord, principles that Mandela would very much wish us to promote on this occasion,” the Prime Minister said.Mr. Holness said these goals are not easily achieved without significant sacrifice from leaders, pointing out that “no one understood this more than Nelson Mandela”.He noted that Nelson Mandela understood, throughout his long walk to freedom, that full freedom could only be achieved if he left bitterness behind.Mr. Holness also used the occasion to underscore Jamaica’s proud and strong leadership role in driving efforts to dismantle the apartheid system in South Africa. “We were the first country in the Western Hemisphere and second in the world, along with India, to ban trade and travel with the racist regime,” he added.The Prime Minister is in New York leading Jamaica’s delegation to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, where he will deliver Jamaica’s Policy Statement on Thursday (September 27).Accompanying the Prime Minister is Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith.
Royal Canadian Legions in Nova Scotia will be able to improve facilities that benefit their communities with provincial support announced today, July 12. Through the Legion Capital Assistance Program, the province is investing more than $93,000 in 15 legions for capital upgrades such as new doors and windows, roof repairs, heating systems and washroom renovations. “We are pleased to help these legions make needed improvements and upgrades so veterans, their families and community members have access to facilities for the many activities, events and meetings they host,” said Jim Boudreau, MLA for Guysborough-Sheet Harbour, on behalf of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “These funds will help our legions provide better service to their communities.” The program provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum contribution of $10,000. Ronald Trowsdale, president, Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command, Royal Canadian Legion, applauds the province’s support. “Cost-shared grants awarded through this program are invaluable in assisting Royal Canadian Legion branches to remain accessible and sustainable to best serve our veterans and our communities,” said Mr. Trowsdale.
“Baby H” was taken from parents 90 minutes after being born. (Submitted photo)Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsAn hour and a half after enduring a C-section delivery at a Kamloops hospital, an Indigenous couple was exhausted but elated as they met their baby girl – a first child for both.But their joy was short-lived when an hour and a half after she was born, social workers came in to take Baby H, saying they’d had a report of neglect.“They were shocked,” said the paternal grandfather, who questions how one could be labelled neglectful and have someone issue a birth alert to apprehend in just 90 minutes.“Luckily the (maternal) grandmother was there and she held them off, at least for a while.”APTN News isn’t naming the baby or the family as the child remains in the foster system.Two days later, on June 14, social workers came back, reportedly two hours late for a meeting that had been scheduled with the family.But the mother was asleep from a sedative medical staff had administered.When she awoke she learned her newborn was gone.The apprehension was widely shared as an Amber Alert by anti-CFS activists on social media over the weekend with calls-to-action to contact the agency responsible – Secwépemc Child & Family Services.But Secwepemc CFS responded to the outrage saying they had “refused service on this request” and that it was Kamloops Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that took the baby.Baby H is now eight days old and has spent six of those essential parental bonding days in foster care.The father’s home community has gotten involved.“There are no grounds to take that child and no need for that child to have gone through this,” said Dr. Rohan Ghatak, health director for Tl’etinqox band, which is fighting to have the child returned.(A mom cuddles her newborn daughter moments before CFS arrived to apprehend the 90 minute-old baby on the grounds of neglect)The baby has been transferred to foster care in Williams Lake, B.C.. where her parents live and have been able to visit her for two hours a day under the watch of CFS.The family has found unexpected allies in two Williams Lake social workers who were wrongly identified on social media as being the agency that apprehended the infant.Ghatak said they are, in fact, assisting to get the child back and supporting the family at a mediation hearing set for June 25.“We’re trying to come to a reasonable understanding so we can get things right,” Ghatak said.If mediation doesn’t end with Baby H being given back to her parents that day, there is a court date set for June 27 to try again.She will be 15 days old then.Thirteen of which the newborn has been without her parents but for short supervised visits.Ghatak says he can’t comment on what put the family on CFS’s radar in the first place.The baby’s paternal grandfather said some of what troubled him was social workers allegedly telling hospital staff that the couple is homeless.“They’re not, they have a two-bedroom apartment. Then the story changed to they live in a group home – not true. They don’t drink or use drugs.“There’s no reason for this.”He says both parents are frustrated and exhausted.“(Agencies) are playing all kinds of games,” said the grandpa. “(The parents) are under a lot of stress. I took my son to a sweat lodge (Wednesday) night to help out but they have a lot of anxiety and stress.”He also believes they were stereotyped.“They saw them as being vulnerable and this being an easy baby to take and when the family stepped up they did everything to keep the family out of it.”The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development responded to the incident Friday via emailed statement that, in part, said, “We know that children thrive when they are able to be with their families, connected to their communities and their culture; and that the first few days with an infant are critical – not just for bonding, but ensuring that their needs are met, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”But despite knowing this, they apprehended Baby H.The ministry says it can’t discuss specifics but “is focussed on balancing the safety of a child or infant and keeping kids with families or extended family.”Baby H is not with family or extended family. She is in a non-indigenous foster home.As for having any grounds to take the baby, the ministry would only say “by law, the ministry can only remove if the child is in immediate danger and no less disruptive measures are available.”The family says no other measures were ever discussed when social workers came in demanding the 1.5-hr-old baby.Baby H could be home as early as June 25.More to firstname.lastname@example.org
AMHERST, N.S. – Ottawa says it will study ways to protect the 275-year-old dikes that connect Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada from being washed away by rising sea levels, storm surges and other effects of climate change.The $350,000 study will look at how rising water levels could affect key infrastructure in the Chignecto Isthmus trade corridor, including the Trans-Canada Highway, the Canadian National rail line and electricity transmission lines, Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey said in a statement Monday.The study will involve an engineering assessment of existing infrastructure, consultation and options to protect the corridor, which carries an estimated $50 million worth of trade a day between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.“Trade between our two provinces is the lifeline that keeps our economies growing and our goods moving and this is why we must do all we can to protect the Chignecto Isthmus trade corridor from climate change,” Casey, the MP for Cumberland-Colchester, said in a release.The initiative comes amid increasing calls for something to be done to maintain the land link between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia by raising and reinforcing dikes at the narrow isthmus that joins the provinces and allow goods to travel to and from the busy port of Halifax.The dikes in the Tantramar Marshes were built by Acadian settlers for agricultural purposes in the 1700s. The Chignecto Isthmus was cut off for several days in an 1869 storm, according to a 2008 study by Memorial University geologist Norm Catto.The study said the odds of a recurrence would increase as sea levels rise.Last month, the NDP in Nova Scotia said it would introduce a private member’s bill requiring the province’s agriculture minister to take steps to maintain the low-lying area where the Trans-Canada Highway goes over the Tantramar Marshes. The party said the governing Liberals should spend at least $10 million per year on maintaining the dikes in each of the next five years.Last fall, the mayor of Amherst also raised concerns about the condition of the historic Acadian dikes and their ability to hold back rising sea levels occurring due to climate change.Mayor David Kogon has said sea levels are projected to rise in the Bay of Fundy over the next two decades to the point where the Chignecto Isthmus will flood even when there is no storm surge, leaving Nova Scotia cut off.The area where flooding could occur includes 20 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway, 20 kilometres of CN Rail, 35 kilometres of electricity lines and 35 kilometres of dikes. The isthmus itself is a narrow, low-lying strip of land that is about 20 kilometres at its narrowest point.At the time, he said he wanted all three levels of government to work together, adding the first step would be an engineering study to determine the scope of the required repairs.The Nova Scotia government has said it is developing new design standards that incorporate sea level rise and storm surge into dike maintenance and construction.The province has also said that in the Amherst area specifically, it has allocated $10 million be spent to replace the Laplanche aboiteau for local farmland.
CALGARY — The Canadian oilfield services sector is expected to continue to suffer as it enters the summer drilling season despite recent developments such as the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the election of a conservative government in Alberta.In a report that forecasts lower second-quarter revenue for most Canadian operators in the industry, RBC Dominion Securities analysts say they’ve cut their 2019 rig activity and well counts for this year by between six and eight per cent and in 2020 by five to six per cent.They say the reduction reflects a slow start to the third quarter last month due to wet weather in Western Canada, along with lower producer spending due to softer commodity price forecasts and continued oil production curtailments in Alberta. “We’ve seen a considerable loss of talent … whether it’s to the United States through some of our high-spec rigs moving down there or just people moving on to other industries and not coming back to the (oil)patch,” Bayko said.“We haven’t had steady work, whether on the drilling or the services side, for coming on five years here.”Springtime is normally the slowest season for the Canadian drilling sector because the melting landscape makes it difficult to move heavy equipment into backcountry locations.The average western Canadian rig count for the three months ended June 30 was 90, down 23 per cent from the same period in 2018, RBC noted. The downgrade reflects what is being seen throughout the industry these days thanks to a lack of investor confidence in Canadian energy, said John Bayko, vice-president of communications for the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.“I think it has a lot to do with policy,” he said Tuesday, citing Ottawa’s recent approvals of Bill C-69 to revamp the way energy projects are approved and Bill C-48 to ban oil tankers off B.C.’s northern coast.“We just haven’t seen any commitment to this industry in this country that would cause people to think there’s a long-term plan for it.”There were 146 drilling rigs working or moving in Canada on Thursday out of an available fleet of 547 rigs, he said, compared with an average in July 2018 of 264 rigs.At about 135 jobs per rig, that means there are nearly 16,000 fewer people working in the industry now.Many Canadian oilfield workers have left the profession, Bayko said, but some are working in the United States because a total of at least 29 Canadian drilling rigs have been moved there since 2017. It pointed out drilling in Alberta, traditionally the most active province, matched that decline while B.C. was up slightly year-over-year and Saskatchewan was flat.“The divergence potentially highlights the impact of oil production curtailments, which it seems some producers have addressed through natural declines, in our view,” RBC said in its report.Alberta enacted the program to cut oil output starting in January to support crude prices. The cuts have been gradually reduced but Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said they may need to continue into 2020 if storage levels in the province remain high.Precision Drilling starts the parade of second-quarter results from Canadian oilfield services companies on Thursday.In its first-quarter report, it said it was relying on its U.S. operations for growth as its Canadian branches were generating a historic low of just 36 per cent of overall revenue.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:PD)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press
Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent a message to the participants in the second parliamentary forum of regions, which opened Thursday in Rabat.Here follows the full text of the royal message, which was read by the King’s advisor Abdellatif Mennouni.“Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon The Prophet, His Kith and KinLadies and GentlemenI should like to commend the House of Councilors, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and Morocco’s associations of regions and municipalities on their initiative to convene this second Forum, which will address one of the most far reaching and promising reforms introduced since the adoption of the 2011 Constitution, namely advanced regionalization.Your determination to meet regularly and exchange views on the progress made in connection with this flagship project shows that you are perfectly aware of the special importance I attach to this major reform. It aims to introduce a greater measure of democracy in the management of public affairs and to make sure national, sector-specific and local policies are all geared towards the achievement of the objective I have set for myself, namely to offer my fellow citizens, sustainably and equitably, the progress, well-being and fulfillment they deserve.I also wish to congratulate you on having included in your agenda themes that are essential for the accomplishment of the mission of local governments. In fact, they reflect my own concerns regarding the progression of the advanced regionalization process.Ladies and Gentlemen,Advanced regionalization is a key institutional achievement. It illustrates my unwavering commitment – since my accession to the throne of my glorious ancestors – to seeing a quantum leap in the reform and modernization of our institutions. We should therefore give it our undivided attention.It is gratifying to note, today, that the legal framework for the implementation of advanced regionalization is all but completed, and that local elected officials are already working hard to give concrete substance to the advanced regionalization process.As we speak, the objectives are set, the principles and the relevant rules are clearly defined and the stakeholders concerned are busy at work. In the coming phase, the aim will be to move up a gear and to start effectively giving substance to this historic paradigm shift.This is a gigantic project requiring the involvement of a vast array of actors as well as the commitment of the nation’s forces and society as a whole. A keen sense of responsibility and mobilization as well as a great degree of conviction will be required throughout the implementation of the project. It is just as necessary to persevere and promote dialogue and interaction in order to make sure that the enormous potential offered by the institutional and legal framework is fully exploited and that benefits are maximized.It is in the light of this new pedagogical exercise in responsibility and sharing, and through the adoption of novel modes of interaction that local elected officials will be able to serve as the standard-bearers for change, rise to challenges, fulfil their constituents’ aspirations and come up with the right answers to citizens’ expectations.As for central government services and public administrations, they are expected to re-establish relations, based on cooperation, dialogue, consultation, convergence and partnership with local governments. Only then will it be possible to ensure the complementarity, coherence of action and synergies required for the actual implementation of advanced regionalization, which means so much to me.Ladies and Gentlemen,The themes you have selected for your meeting are in line with the concerns I have just mentioned. It is up to you to discuss them freely and to submit your proposals to me in due course. I would simply recommend that, in your debate, you devote the necessary attention to some key issues that must also be taken into account by the government.Firstly, regional development programs must be part of the development model currently being finalized and for which a major call for contributions was made in my speech on 13 October of this year, on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament. Local governments – especially the Regions – which must fully live up to the pre-eminent role granted to them by the Constitution, will have to make their own contributions so as to remedy the failings of the current model, reduce regional disparities and inequalities and move forward purposefully and resolutely on the path towards social justice. Each region should be able to develop its own vision, provided the latter is consistent with the national development model.Local elected officials will then have to get deeply involved in the issues relating to young Moroccans, who are enthusiastic knowledge-seekers. They are also keen to participate in community life and aspire to dignity and betterment. The problems young Moroccans are facing today can be resolved only at the local level – in their neighborhood, their commune or their city. Solutions must be tailored locally to address the problems young people are facing. In that way, we would give meaning and coherence to the cross-cutting policies that central government must design for the benefit of young people.There is also the question of the scope of powers devolved to local governments, particularly regional councils. In fact, the aim is not to overburden local governments with multiple and varied prerogatives which would only discredit them, given the inevitable shortcomings. Instead, it is important to make sure their powers are sufficiently precise and clear to avoid confusion and overlapping. These powers should be gradually expanded as local governments’ capabilities in terms of human and financial resources increase. In this regard, I recommend better consultation to clearly define – among the vast array of powers reserved for regions by the organic law – the prerogatives that will have to be implemented immediately, subject to periodic updates.One last aspect which I should like to see reviewed further is governance. Beyond the measures introduced via organic laws on local governments, your consultations and your reflection should produce a more precise, practical and measurable concept which we must, at all costs, avoid trivializing. This means that, as far as voters and the general public are concerned, there is a need to explain and educate, so that the importance of governance and the extent of the efforts to be made can be properly understood.Ladies and Gentlemen,I realize that a project like that of advanced regionalization is necessarily a work in progress. It also requires resolve to combat inertia, vigilance to counter conservative attitudes and responsiveness to be able to adapt, adjust or redress the course of action.I believe the spirit of your forum is in line with this logic of watchfulness and of constant, gradual evolution. I will therefore pay particular attention to your work, hoping your debates will be objective, realistic, bold and insightful.I wish your conference every success.Thank you.Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.”
By Hajar Elkahlaoui Rabat – Morocco’s Abla Sofy is making headlines worldwide, from becoming the face of Elle Arabia to starring in RedOne’s latest music video ‘Boom Boom’. In an exclusive interview with Morocco World News, this multi-talented beauty talks about life as a model, stylist, blogger, and actress. Can you please introduce yourself in a few words?Abla Sofy: I’m Abla Sofy. I am a Moroccan stylist, model, actress and blogger. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 20 to go to fashion school. And here I am.How did your career in modeling begin?Abla Sofy: I’ve been in the modeling world for the last four years. But as a stylist, on a daily basis, I would meet talents managers that would propose to represent me to their agencies and propose some serious jobs. But me as an Arab, I was always worried about all these culture barriers. When RedOne reached out to me and saw that even in the modeling world we can still work and respect all our values, it made me very happy and excited to do it. It shows that I can always find a way to be a model with respecting all my values, and I can also have a final say to accept or refuse a job that doesn’t match with my values.You’re also an actress. How do you combine your two passions?Abla Sofy: It was always a dream of me to be in the light instead of backstage. The fact that I was a stylist and working with the biggest models and actresses allows me to learn a lot about this world and made it easier for me to get into it. I knew every trick and every detail as a model or actress.What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?Abla Sofy: The most interesting shoot for me is RedOne’s video clip. I think it is one of the first times in history that so many huge talents were all involved in the same project: RedOne , Daddy Yankee, Dinah Jane, Amanda Cerney. Even if I work in LA and have been in many projects, the ‘Boom Boom’ video clip was the biggest production I have ever worked for. It’s very hard to beat that. Everything was selected to be the best of everything. From singers, actors, dancers, and production…As an Arab model, do you face any particular challenges?Abla Sofy: Yes of course. It’s very important for me to keep my family and my country proud of me. I would never want to be associated or be in a situation that would be a shame for my family to see. This is why sometimes unfortunately I can’t accept some jobs even if they were big.You are currently in Los Angeles. How’s model life in LA?Abla Sofy: Busy! There are a lot of brands and photo shoots in LA. But also it’s more about videos movies reality shows. I’ve been working on a new TV show coming soon on TV, Fashion Rescue. When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?Abla Sofy: When I am not working or if I have a long break, I love to travel and discover places I have never been in before. It allows me to do research for my stylisting job and have more inspiration. For example, I was in Bali few months ago and I got so many new ideas. And if I have free time in LA, I love food and try new restaurants and then walk around Beverly Hills and go to the malls to see what is new in collections it’s always work for me.What are your future projects and campaigns?Abla Sofy: I’ve been overwhelmed with many opportunities since the success of the video. I recently shot for Fashion Rescue that would have me styling in different stores around America. This would be a television reality show in an American channel. I am also working on more exciting acting project with people that I’ve been following for a very long time, and also modeling projects that you will hear about very soon. Where can we follow you?Instagram: @ablasofySnapchat: essofiabla
By Morgan HekkingRabat – Sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) is a strong concern for displaced Syrians around the world, but this issue is especially heightened in host countries where economic opportunities are limited. SGBV includes psychological and emotional abuse, forced marriage, child marriage, sexual assault, and rape. This type of violence occurs in both refugee camps and non-camp settings, and can be perpetrated by fellow refugees or natives of the host country. According to the Jordan INGO Forum (JIF), economic pressures and stressful living conditions can trigger what psychologists refer to as negative coping mechanisms. Within families, examples of negative coping mechanisms include using child marriage, labor, and trafficking to ameliorate financial hardships. Psychological distress can also generate sexual assault and abuse within the home, often in the form of intimate-partner violence. Although the primary targets of SGBV in refugee communities are women and girls, men and boys are also vulnerable to sexual violence, based on UNHCR regional studies. The perpetrators of this violence are typically male family members or older boys and men from local communities, both refugee and host. Refugee girls’ mobility in Lebanon is restricted by looming threats organization’ threats of sexual assault and harassment outside the home. In a study conducted by the humanitarian organization Plan International, Syrian girls in Beirut reported being harassed and chased by men and boys, and expressed fears of being kidnapped or raped. In Lebanon, Syrian refugee girls are getting married and having children at a young age, according to Plan International’s research. Colin Lee, the regional program director for the Middle East says, “child marriage is on the rise because parents are so fearful for their daughters’ safety.” The Higher Population Council’s 2017 report on child marriage in Jordan offers similar reasoning: “for families, marriage seemed the only option for their daughters to be safe and provided for, even at 14 years old.” Early marriages amongst Syrian refugees in Jordan has been on the rise for several years, with many Syrian refugee girls getting married to older Jordanian men. Child marriage allows many refugee families to ease financial burdens and can offer peace of mind regarding the safety of their daughters. However, this survival strategy is ultimately damaging to young refugee girls, who are forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of their family’s livelihood.
Intense competition will force Dollarama to raise prices slowly due to loonie by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 6:27 am MDT MONTREAL – Dollarama says intense retail competition in Canada will prevent the discount chain from quickly boosting prices to compensate for the loonie’s rapid depreciation.“We’re just not going to pass on this approximately 10 per cent increase in foreign exchange to our customers that quickly,” chairman and CEO Larry Rossy said Wednesday during a conference call about Dollarama’s fourth quarter and 2013 results.“It will be done diligently and thoughtfully to respect the competitive environment that we’re in,” Rossy told analysts.The Montreal-based company’s profits grew by 7.6 per cent to $83 million in the fourth quarter, despite one week less business than the prior year.Instead of an across-the-board price increase, the chain is evaluating each of the thousands of products it sells in its 874 stores across Canada.Rossy said the competitive environment is tougher and the company’s success has made it a target.Although it is the largest dollar chain in Canada, offering prices up to $3, Dollarama (TSX:DOL) also faces stiff competition from large U.S. retailers like Wal-Mart and Target that offer low-priced items.“You have the major retailers giving extremely good values particularly in seasonal merchandise and we have to be on our toes and be very, very competitive, more so than five years ago,” Rossy said.Chief financial officer Michael Ross said while the currency deterioration isn’t good news, it is manageable. Dollarama has currency hedges that provide it at least six months of protection from changes to the Canadian dollar.He said the company will absorb some of the currency hit by keeping gross margins within a range of 36 to 37 per cent to ensure it offers value, protects sales and even stimulates the top line.Dollarama shares set a record high Wednesday after the company’s latest quarterly profit beat expectations and it announced a 14-per-cent boost to its quarterly dividend to 16 cents per share starting in May.The company’s stocks briefly hit an intraday high of $94.25, above the previous record $90.74 set last November, before giving up some of the gains. The stock was still up $6.87, or eight per cent, at $92.65 in early afternoon trading on the TSX.Dollarama said it earned $1.17 per diluted share for the 13-week period ended Feb. 2. That compared with $1.04 per share or $77.1 million for 14 weeks in the prior year.Sales for the quarter were $582.2 million, up 3.6 per cent from $561.8 million last year. Sales increased by 9.9 per cent when adjusting for the extra week of business last year that contributed $32.1 million of total sales.Sixty-one per cent of Dollarama’s sales came from products over $1, up from 56 per cent a year earlier.Dollarama was expected to earn $1.09 per share of net income or $1.10 per share of adjusted earnings on $575.8 million in revenues during the quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.The increase in sales was driven by an 11.3 per cent growth in the total number of stores with the addition of 89 location over the year, including 27 in the quarter, and a 1.1 per cent increase in same-store sales on a 13-week basis — a key retail measure for sales in stores open at least a year. The company plans to open 70 to 80 net new stores this year, mostly in Ontario and Western Canada.The increased same-store sales was helped by a 4.4 per cent increase in average transaction size, partially offset by a 3.1 per cent decrease in the number of transactions because of weather disruptions that reduced store traffic.The quarter spanned the important holiday shopping period when many Canadian retailers coped with especially bad weather before Christmas and early in the new year. In January, Dollarama said that its December sales fell significantly due to the temporary closures affecting nearly 10 per cent of the chain, but said customer traffic returned to normal levels in January.“Unfortunately circumstances beyond our control, such as severe weather conditions, had an unfavourable impact on our sales this winter, with a particularly adverse impact on traffic at store level in the important two weeks leading up to Christmas,” Rossy said.For fiscal 2013, Dollarama’s annual sales surpassed $2 billion, rising nearly 14 per cent from $1.86 billion in the previous year when it benefited from an extra week of business. Net earnings for the year were $250.1 million, or $3.47 per diluted share, compared with $221 million, or $2.94 per diluted share in 2012.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets raised her target price by two per cent to $103 after Dollarama posted another “solid quarter.”“Dollarama’s ability to deliver 10 per cent EPS growth despite weather disruptions in the fourth quarter underscore the strength of the business model,” she wrote in a report.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ian DuBose scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation, and Houston Baptist rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit and beat Wake Forest 93-91 in overtime on Friday.Jalon Gates had 20 points to lead Houston Baptist (2-2). Brandon Childress scored a career-high 27 points and Jaylen Hoard added 22 for Wake Forest (3-2).The Huskies trailed 71-57 with 8:58 to play after Wake Forest’s Sharone Wright, Jr. scored a layup, but the Houston Baptist defence stiffened down the stretch. The Demon Deacons failed to make another field goal and committed six of their 22 turnovers after Wright’s layup.DuBose made the most of a chaotic final possession of regulation, stepping back to hit a contested shot and send the game to overtime.Wake Forest appeared to regain control early in the extra period, building a 91-87 lead with 1:15 to play. But Gates made his sixth 3-pointer, and the HBU defence forced yet another turnover before Edward Hardt’s layup gave the Huskies a 92-91 lead it would not relinquish.BIG PICTUREHouston Baptist: The Huskies overcame a power conference opponent after falling in blowout fashion on the road at Arizona and Wisconsin. They get almost a month before visiting another Atlantic Coast Conference-foe, Miami on Dec. 19, in their final crack at such opposition this season.Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons did little to assuage the notion that this could be a long season. The team was picked to finish next-to-last in the ACC, and even that might be a lofty goal if improvement doesn’t come rapidly.UP NEXTWake Forest: Hosts Western Carolina on Tuesday. The Catamounts, coached by the late Demon Deacons coach Skip Prosser’s son Mark, entered the weekend with a 1-5 record.Houston Baptist: Hosts UTSA on Monday, which began the season 0-5 before knocking off Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Patrick Southern, The Associated Press
The Penn State women’s soccer team dodged some second-half bullets – 14 to be exact – and left Ohio State with a loss against its big ten rival. OSU (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) fell to the Nittany Lions, 3-0, Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes fired 14 second-half shots at PSU’s goal, but the visitors were able to outlast OSU. “You give Penn State an inch and they’re going to find the back of the net. Every mistake that you make, they’re going to capitalize on,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. Capitalize PSU did. Nittany Lions redshirt junior forward Tani Costa put PSU up, 1-0, with a goal in the 25th minute. Junior forward Maya Hayes doubled the visitors’ lead just before halftime and Christine Nairn rounded out the scoring with a long-distance blast to put PSU up for good in the 71st minute at 3-0. Thursday was the first time OSU allowed three goals in a game since Oct. 16, 2011. OSU senior defender Lauren Granberg said that, despite the lopsided score, the Buckeyes played well. “I think as a team we came out and played some of the best soccer we’ve played,” Granberg said. “Sometimes it doesn’t go your way.” OSU’s offensive attack took a blow early in the game when freshman forward Marisa Wolf went down with an injury in the 12th minute. Wolf will be evaluated by a doctor Friday, Walker said. Additional issues throughout the game included the team not being able to take advantage of opportunities. For the game, OSU outshot PSU, 22-14, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Walker said that the first step toward the OSU’s next conference match, a home game against Wisconsin, is recovery, both emotionally and physically. Walker also said the Buckeyes should take the lessons from the loss to the Nittany Lions and apply them in the next game. Granberg agreed, saying there were plenty of positives to take from the loss to PSU. “Our positioning, our movement off the ball and how dynamic we are is really working for us,” she said. “We can’t let this game deter us from playing the Ohio State soccer that we know how to play.” Ohio State is scheduled to face off against the Wisconsin Badgers Sunday at 1 p.m. The game is slated to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.