TORONTO – The government of Ontario will give municipalities $40 million dollars from its share of federal marijuana taxes to help cover law enforcement and safety costs associated with pot legalization, the province announced Friday.The money — which will be provided to municipalities upfront, beginning before legalization takes effect later this year — will come from the first two years of federal excise duties on producers of recreational pot.“This funding will ensure that Ontario’s municipalities have dedicated resources for cannabis enforcement,” said Marie-France Lalonde, minister of community safety and correctional services. “Ontario will continue working with law enforcement agencies to protect our communities from illegal cannabis activity, and to keep impaired drivers off the road.”The money will be provided to municipalities based on the number of households they have, but will be adjusted so every municipality gets a minimum of $10,000. If Ontario receives more than $100 million from federal marijuana tax over the course of two years, it will give half the surplus to municipalities.The province will also earn money through the sale of recreational marijuana at provincially-licensed stores and online. The government revealed Friday that its pot-selling agency will be known as the Ontario Cannabis Store.“The name is designed to convey a safe, simple and approachable environment for consumers, and agency employees, in a clear and easily understood manner,” the government said in a statement.Ontario is also creating a Cannabis Intelligence Co-ordination Centre to help shut down illegal storefront pot dispensaries, paying for training to help police across the province recognize and stop drug-impaired drivers, and assembling a legal team to support the prosecution of drug-impaired drivers.“We want to ensure Ontarians are protected from the dangers of drug-impaired driving and the sale of illegal, unregulated and potentially unsafe cannabis,” said Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi. “That is why it is so important that our municipal and enforcement partners have the tools they need to take down illegal cannabis stores, better detect impaired drivers and prosecute offenders.”The Association of Municipalities of Ontario said it was pleased to see Ontario help local governments with local needs arising from Canada’s new marijuana laws.“Cannabis legalization will impact municipal governments across Ontario,” said president Lynn Dollin. “Legalization is new for everyone and both the province and AMO recognize the need to monitor and measure the real costs as implementation unfolds.”The federal government agreed in December to give 75 per cent of its marijuana excise tax revenue to the provinces and territories for two years. One third of the provincial and territorial governments’ shares are expected to be given to municipalities.The federal government’s share of the duties is capped at $100 million, with any additional revenue going to provinces and territories. Every province and territory has signed on to the plan except Manitoba, which is holding out for a larger cut of excise revenue.
Brian Blessed delighted a glamorous celebrity audience this evening as he played host at the star-studded world premiere of ADI Films’ action-documentary Lion Ark at the Raindance Film Festival.Brian Blessed roars his approval for ADI Films’ action-documentary Lion Ark at its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival © Animal Defenders InternationalCredit/Copyright: Animal Defenders InternationalCelebrities turned out in style to support Lion Ark, which follows the epic battle to rescue 25 lions from illegal circuses in Bolivia. Nutritionist Gillian McKeith, DJ Sarah Young, singer-songwriter Lynsey De Paul, TV host Wendy Turner-Webster, Northern Line’s Dan Corsi, and Wire’s Robert Gotobed and Colin Newman attended the glitzy world premiere, where Brian Blessed made his address.Brian Blessed introduced the film, saying, “Buckle up for a nail-biting adventure following the truly outstanding ADI as they struggle to liberate long-suffering circus lions and restore their true majesty. Lion Ark will leave you roaring for joy!”Lion Ark is an uplifting story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination – how a poor but proud country said “no” to cruelty and how attitudes to animals were changed across an entire continent. The film has already attracted droves of celebrity support and glowing reviews from those lucky enough to watch it ahead of its world premiere.Joanna Lumley said, “The resilience shown by the lions and the ADI rescuers in Lion Ark is astounding. You must see Lion Ark.”The film follows the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescue which begins with a shocking undercover investigation and leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia; when the circuses defy the law, the team behind the investigation returns, tracking down the illegal circuses and saving every animal.All aspects of the remarkable rescue operation were recorded and Lion Ark is meticulously compiled from film, interviews, conversations and the reactions of participants as actual events unfold. The confrontations, heartache and incredible risks the rescue team face are all captured before a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom in Colorado. Tim Phillips says that it was “a painstaking, but worthwhile, process.”The rescue was backed by Emmy award-winning TV host Bob Barker and ADI Ambassador and CSI actress Jorja Fox, both of whom appear in the film. Bob Barker’s support enabled the rescue team to empty Bolivia of its suffering circus animals and build homes for them in the US.Lion Ark Reviews:“Lion Ark takes an already incredible and unforgettable story and breathes life and passion and transformation into it…. one of your must-see films of 2013” – The Independent Critic“If you enjoy movies filled with suspense, thrills, surprises, adventure and action, put Lion Ark on your must-see list… For me, Lion Ark is the feel-good movie of the year!” – Betty Jo Tucker, Reel Talk“A consciousness-raising milestone of a documentary… which wears its heart on its sleeve, engaging the viewer viscerally” – Edgar Vaid, The Ecologist“Such a moving film… a thriller – I was in suspense watching” – Tim Boxer, Editor 15MinutesMagazine.comFor more information and to watch the trailer, please visit www.LionArkthemovie.com.
8 July 2009Displaced Pakistanis, driven from their homes by fighting between Government forces and militants in north-west of the country, today expressed their desire to return home as soon as possible to the top United Nations relief official. On the second day of his four-day visit to the South Asian nation, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, visited Peshawar, Mardan and Swabi in North West Frontier Province (NWFP).In Peshawar, he met with Owais Ahmed Ghani, the provincial governor, as well as top officials from NWFP, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and UN agencies.Mr. Holmes expressed his appreciation to the Government, but also voiced concerns the difficulties faced by some people in registering and about preparations for the monsoon season, which is set to begin in a few weeks. Authorities, in turn, said they are worried about the resumption of education when the school year begins on 1 September, given that those uprooted by fighting are sheltering in nearly 4,000 schools.Mr. Holmes and the Government agreed that returns should begin as soon as possible, provided they are voluntary and sustainable.In Mardan and Swabi, the UN official met with internally displaced persons (IDPs).“Many of them told me they would leave this very afternoon – if conditions were right,” he said. “But they need to be sure that they will be safe when they go back, that basic services are there, and most importantly that they will not have to leave their homes again.”The vast majority of the 2 million people displaced by the crisis are living in spontaneous settlements, rented accommodations or with host families. Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, he visited a spontaneous camp, currently home to 3,000 uprooted people who live in a very basic, crowded school complex.In Jamal Garhi, he visited a village where the 1,500-strong population has doubled since the crisis, with one family of seven taking in 95 distant relatives from Swat.He also stopped at Sang-e-Marmar hub, where hundreds of IDPs are receiving rations and supplies from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Mr. Holmes wrapped up his day by visiting the Yar Hussain camp, where nearly 30,000 displaced people mostly from Buner district – where he will be going tomorrow – are taking shelter.“We still need to do more to help people both now and in the coming months,” he said, stressing that host families and communities need particular help. “Those who will remain displaced will need help for some time, and those who go back will need help for six months to make sure they can stand on their own feet again.”UNHCR said yesterday that preparations continue in the displacement camps, with the monsoon season beginning shortly.The agency’s spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva that, depending on the intensity of the monsoon, some families may have to be relocated to other areas less prone to flooding.
According to the police when the 21 year old girl was arrested yesterday she was not in her senses so she was admitted to hospital. The snake was handed over to the Dehiwala Zoo on a court order. Further investigations are underway. A report was filed at the Colombo Magistrates Court and the Magistrate visited the hospital where the woman was being kept under police protection.The Magistrate ordered that the woman be remanded till tomorrow in order to hear the case. The police were not immediately sure if she was under the influence of a drug, if she was stung by the snake or if she was mentally unstable. A young woman was arrested with a snake in her possession from the Cleopatra night club at Liberty Plaza, the police media unit said today.The police said that the woman was employed at the club and had behaved in a manner which could pose a threat to others.
cloud-3843352__340.jpg Avaya has taken the covers off a new delivery model for its unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) offering and contact center as service (CCaaS) solutions, showing it’s serious about public cloud. Introduced today, delivery is available through a new Avaya storefront that reflects the simplicity of purchasing desired by SMB and midmarket companies.This move follows the recent hiring of cloud veteran Gaurav Passi as cloud chief. Since Jim Chirico took over as CEO in October 2017, he has certainly been talking a big cloud game, and now the company is starting to follow up the talk with people and products.In actuality, the Avaya marketplace has existed for some time, but it hasn’t been a core sales component. Rather, the old marketplace was strictly for quoting and ordering. The new interface, which expands the shopping experience and buyer journey, is persona-based so each user has a unique experience.In addition, now that the storefront is available as part of the Avaya.com site it is more tightly integrated with Avaya’s ordering and billing systems, which will streamline purchasing. The marketplace is part of a much larger sales platform that will allow it to scale and expand as the offerings do, and the change to an as-a- service model will enable Avaya to accelerate the rollout of new capabilities. The cloud was designed to be highly flexible for geographic expansion.Instant CloudThe CCaaS solution is the product built on the Spoken platform Avaya acquired early this year, as one would expect. However, the UCaaS offering isn’t from Zang, Avaya’s cloud communications suite. Instead, Avaya has advanced the way it’s selling the container version of its market-leading IP Office service that runs on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). I like this approach, as IP Office is a proven product with a rich feature set.Here’s how this works. When a customer purchases the service, a containerized version of IP Office is immediately spun up on GCP. Because containers are lightning fast compared to any other delivery method, the customer can download a softphone and be making calls in a few minutes. The other benefit of basing the UCaaS offering on IP Office is that the transition for customers that want to move from the on-premises or private cloud version to the UCaaS one should be seamless.The new services, geared toward SMB and midmarket companies, will allow Avaya to better compete in the cloud wars. Previously, customers that have wanted to purchase Avaya “cloud” services were directed to a private cloud version that could take several days or even weeks to set up. Now, if a customer wants to buy cloud, it’s instant — as it should be. This makes the sales process much easier. With the old model, a customer might mention wanting cloud UC, and the sales team would have needed to explain Avaya’s private cloud approach and then ask if the customer had a week or so to wait. Now the response is, “How many seats do you want?”Avaya’s Becky Carr, head of marketing, told me in a pre-briefing that the company would be adding more offerings to the marketplace in the future, but didn’t say what those would be. I’d speculate that this could be team messaging, communications platform as a service, video as a service, or some cool artificial intelligence (AI)-based products, depending on how Passi prioritizes things.Focus on Customer SuccessIf businesses that want to order services through the site aren’t working with an agent, they’ll be matched up with one — since the portal is designed to leverage Avaya’s master sales agents as the primary route to market. A fair question is why not cut the agents out of the loop and let customers buy direction from Avaya.com? By involving the agents, Avaya ensures customers are buying the right things for their businesses. There will be different option packages for UC and contact center, as well as a range of phones. Also, with contact center there is some front-end work to do on setting up call routing and other things with which the agents can help. Regarding phones, the services will support J Series phones, B series conference phones, and Vantage phones.Once the customer is onboarded, Avaya will own the customer success function — a sensible move. Most agents, particularly the smaller ones, aren’t set up to have a customer service team, so it woudn’t be wise to let the agents learn on Avaya’s customer base. Also, this is just the start of the cloud journey for Avaya, so the customer success team has an important role not only of ensuring customers use the stuff they’re paying for today but also making sure they’re aware of new products, features, and functions available to them. The more sophisticated agents that want to fullfil the customer success function can do that with Avaya’s support.Avaya has priced the the UCaaS offering as you’d expect — a monthly recurring charge and a one-time fee for the phones. In addition, Avaya is helping to offset the price of the phones by offering phone credits.The amount of the phone credit is determined by the length of the contract. One-year contracts earn an $80 credit; three years, $220; and five years, $280. These amounts coincide with the price of the J-Series phones (J-129, J-169 and J-179), meaning the longer the contract, the higher-value phone a customer can get for free. Of course, the customer has the option of paying the difference if it wants a higher-end phone, such as a Vantage, but Avaya is trying to incent longer-term deals. Avaya has the ability to control the path of the phones and can be as aggressive as it wants with bundles since it doesn’t OEM them. All Bundled UpCustomers that purchase Avaya’s UCaaS service have a choice of three bundles: Essentials, for $25/month; Business, for $30/month; and Power, for $40/month. These match the current IP Office bundles. At time of writing, details of what each bundled included wasn’t available to me, but I do believe Avaya’s team collaboration solution, Zang Spaces, will be part of each bundle (and you can see for yourself when accessing the new storefront). Given how competitive this market is now, bundling Spaces is the right thing to do.The CCaaS offering has agent-focused bundles with the following prices and features:Voice — $110/month includes business voice features, skills-based routing, recording, compliance recording + 90 days of storage, IVR, and a cloud webphoneAdvanced — $130/month includes all the features in Voice plus screen capture, quality management, coachingAvaya will be the phone carrier so country availability will be determined by where it has that capability. Initially that will be the U.S. in January, followed by Canada and other countries coming soon.Avaya has a massive installed base and a broad set of communication products. The new delivery model addresses the most obvious missing pieces to its portfolio — contact center and UC available in true as-a-service models. I recently spent a day meeting with investors discussing Avaya, and everyone agreed that the company’s current market cap of $1.8 billion is low given its revenue this year will be above $3 billion. Juxtapose this with RingCentral, which has a $6.3 billion market cap on an expected $666 million in revenue, and it’s easy to see that Wall Street favors the cloud business model and investors are skeptical that Avaya can grow. It’ll be interesting to see if the new UCaaS and CCaaS model changes investor sentiment, even slightly in Avaya’s favor.The first chance we’ll have to see if this happens is at Avaya’s Investor Conference taking place this Wednesday, Dec. 12. At the event, CEO Chirico’s job isn’t to convince the investment community that its products can go toe to toe with the pure-play cloud providers but rather how the combination of public cloud, private cloud, AI and the Internet of Things can enable it to create experiences that a one-trick pony can’t.As I pointed out in this summer post, it’s not good enough for Avaya to ride the wave created by the pure-plays. It should strive to create a vision that’s unique to Avaya. The UCaaS and CCaaS services are part of the vision but not the whole enchilada. Avaya has been a market leader for a long time and given its huge installed base, it needs to use this announcement to springboard the industry in a different direction. 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DETROIT — The Latest on criminal charges in an alleged scheme to cheat on emission tests on Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles (all times local):3:35 p.m.An auto engineer has pleaded not guilty in an alleged scheme to fool regulators about the amount of engine pollution emitted from more than 100,000 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles.Emanuele Palma entered the plea through his lawyer during a hearing Tuesday in a Detroit federal court. He was a manager until June 2016 at an engine company owned by Fiat Chrysler.Prosecutors allege that Palma rigged the software in a total of more than 100,000 diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 trucks so that they would perform differently during emissions testing than on the road.The judge rejected prosecutors’ request that Palma, a native of Italy, be forced to wear an electronic monitoring device to keep track of him while he’s free on bond.___12:48 p.m.An engineer has been charged with conspiracy and fraud in an alleged scheme to fool regulators about engine pollution from more than 100,000 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles.Emanuele Palma is due in a Detroit federal court Tuesday on a raft of charges.Palma, who was a manager until June 2016 at an engine company owned by Fiat Chrysler, is accused of manipulating emissions during government tests to make it appear that engines were producing less pollution than they were.Palma couldn’t immediately be reached for comment and Fiat Chrysler didn’t immediately reply to a message seeking comment.The automaker this year agreed to a $650 million settlement with federal and California regulators. The deal covered Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 trucks with diesel engines made between 2014 and 2016.Separately, Volkswagen in 2017 pleaded guilty in a diesel emissions scandal and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in penalties on top of billions more to buy back cars.The Associated Press
DELHI – Prestigious awards to members of the community were handed out by the Delhi Chamber of Commerce at a gala event on Wednesday night.Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ruth Brown for her extensive amount of volunteering, including her dedication to helping food banks.Brown told the crowd at the Delhi Hungarian Hall that she is not a public speaker but she had a few words to say.“I accept this honour happily on behalf of anyone that has donated one dime, or given one moment of their time to support any and all ministries reaching out to make this town a better place,” said Brown.The Junior Citizen of the Year was awarded to 13-year-old Isabella Spinella.Spinella volunteers with youth groups, shovels snow for the seniors on her street and refuses to take any money. She also visits seniors at their homes and volunteers with wheelchair basketball.“I’m feeling really excited, really nervous, and amazed by how many people realize how much I do,” said Spinella. “I’d like to say thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and my community for this award.”“Also thank you to my grandma, my papa, my friends and family for being my example and strength.”The Business of the Year award went to Wilkinson’s Your Independent Grocer.This grocery store has been owned and operated by Matt and Kristie Wilkinson since 2009.Matt and Kristie accepted the award with their daughters, Jordan and Madison, who are featured in all of their commercials for the store.“First I’d like to thank the community,” said Matt. “I’d really like to thank my team at the store that I inherited, they really love it when I tell people some of them have worked there longer than I’ve been alive.”Matt gave the biggest thanks to his family for understanding how many hours he puts in at the store.The Long Standing Business of the Year is E.R. Adams Insurance Limited.Marianne Murphy, owner of the store, accepted the award on behalf of herself and her partner Robert Smith who was unable to attend the event tonight.Murphy shared her secret to success with the crowd.“I started when I was 18 at $2.50 an hour, and now I own the company. Start small, work hard, and you’ll get there.”The night included entertainment from the musical group Small Town Girls, and a speech from Rick Van Laecke, of Horizon Seeds Canada. The host of the event was Aaron Gautreau.firstname.lastname@example.org
“By focusing on and sustaining broader international attention to situations which may not be on the Council’s immediate ‘radar screen,’ the PBC is supporting the Council to ensure that the energy and resources invested in addressing and stabilizing conflict situations are preserved and protected for the long-term,” the Chair of the Commission, Ambassador Ranko Vilovic of Croatia, said in his briefing to the Council.“At the same time, we are also convinced that this is a shared responsibility requiring improved two-way interaction between the Council and the PBC, as well as much better clarity on roles and responsibilities in relation to other operational actors involved,” he added.The Peacebuilding Commission was set up in 2005 to help struggling States avoid slipping back into war and chaos by providing strategic advice and harnessing expertise and financing from around the world to aid with recovery projects.The cornerstone of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture, the Commission currently has six post-conflict countries on its agenda – Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Countries can also avail themselves of financial assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund to jump-start rebuilding projects.Mr. Vilovic noted that missions in three countries on the Commission’s agenda – Burundi, Liberia and Sierra Leone – are in the process of drawing down and transition. “We believe that the Commission can and should play a role in support of the Council’s consideration of draw-down and transition strategies in these countries.”Also, he added, where the PBC continues to be engaged following the transition and exit of a UN mission in a country on its agenda, the Council could benefit from periodic updates on progress towards peace consolidation and risk factors. This would ensure that the Council remains abreast of country-specific, peacebuilding-related developments that may require attention.In addition, in situations where the peacebuilding process in countries on the Commission’s agenda face serious challenges, the Council could draw on the PBC’s perspectives as it considers options for its response and formulates its strategy.“The situations in Guinea-Bissau and the Central African Republic serve as reminders that peacebuilding is a process fraught with many risks and that there is a need for coordinated response and strategy which need to be adapted to evolving national and regional developments,” said Mr. Vilovic.Also briefing the Council was the former chair of the PBC, Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, who presented the annual report of the Commission, including highlights of its country-specific engagement. These included providing support for the launching of a national reconciliation strategy and for the first regional hub for security and justice in Liberia; support to the successful conduct of elections in Sierra Leone; and resource mobilization for the peacebuilding pillar of a new poverty reduction strategy in Burundi. At the same time, the disruption of the presidential electoral process through an unconstitutional change of government in Guinea-Bissau in April 2012 undermined the progress in peacebuilding that had begun to take place there, Mr. Momen noted. This and the violence witnessed in CAR towards the end of 2012, leading to the current security, humanitarian and political challenges in the country, underlined that the Commission’s engagement needed to be “more comprehensive, targeted and well coordinated,” he said.
“This was an unprecedented disaster which taught us all a great deal about the changing nature of exposure to risk and disaster,” the UN chief said in a message.On 11 March 2011, more than 20,000 people were killed in eastern Japan when an earthquake and tsunami hit the country’s coastline. The tsunami also slammed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, located in Fukushima Prefecture, disabling cooling systems and leading to fuel meltdowns in three of the six units. The accident shook the nuclear industry, regulators and governments.“After Fukushima, it became clear that we are in a new era in which technology and natural disasters can combine to create danger on a previously unimaginable scale. Our dependence on technology is a double-edged sword, if we do not reduce our exposure to natural hazards,” Mr. Ban stressed.“The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami helped shape the Sendia Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction a year ago,” Mr. Ban highlighted. “The Framework extends the remit of disaster risk management to include both man-made and natural hazards, as well as related environmental, technological and biological hazards and risks.”He further noted that “Japan has shown the world how important it is to pause for reflection, to examine the lessons learned from past calamities and to raise public awareness of the importance of prevention and mitigation.”In addition, starting in 2016, World Tsunami Awareness Day will be commemorated on 5 November. It marks the day in 1854 when a tsunami struck the Japanese village of Hiromura; a farmer, who recognized the warning signs, set his rice sheaves alight to alert his neighbours to the coming danger.“Acting for the common good is a frequent theme in Japanese culture and it infuses the country’s approach to disaster preparedness and risk reduction. The rest of the world has much to learn from Japan, if we are to make progress on saving lives and livelihoods, and reducing disaster losses,” the Secretary-General said. “On this solemn day of remembrance, I would like once again to extend my condolences, and those of the whole United Nations system, to the people of Japan and especially to those who lost loved ones in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami,” he added. Also today, Robert Glasser, Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), attended the 5th anniversary memorial service in Tokyo and extended sympathies to the bereaved and those who are still displaced from their homes.“The earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear emergency which unfolded on that day resulted in a multi-systems collapse as a result of an unprecedented combination of man-made and natural hazards,” he said in a press release. “This disaster has profoundly shaped our understanding of disaster risk in a world which is hugely dependent on technology for its smooth functioning.” He recalled last year’s adoption by Member States of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which extends the remit of disaster risk management to include environmental, technological and biological hazards. “In many ways this shift in attitudes to go beyond a focus on natural hazards is due to events here in Japan five years ago,” he noted.
“The dropping production was the result of poor rains during the cropping season,” Cristina Coslet, FAO Country Monitor, said in a video interview, adding that “low availabilities of irrigation water following recurrent dry spells also in the previous year compounded the situation.”Paddy rice and maize, being the country’s main staple and its second most crucial crop, have reduced by more than one fourth to 1.9 million tonnes and three per cent to 2.29 million tonnes in 2015, according to the latest data by FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System.Moreover, an uncovered deficit of 394,000 out of 694,000 tonnes cereal import target represents the highest gap since 2011/12.“This situation is of particular concern as the public distribution systems rations, which are the main source of food for around eight million [people in DPR Korea] have been decreased considerably since July 2015,” Ms. Coslet stressed.However, the report also noted about a one third increase of drought-resistant soybeans and a triple harvest of other cereals such as sorghum, millet and buckwheat. Expressing concern over tight food supplies and deteriorating food security, the UN agency is offering immediate technical support as well as long-term risk prevention and mitigation guidance.“FAO is providing the most-affected farms located in the north and south provinces with essential agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and seeds as well as equipment such as water pumps, said Ms. Coslet, adding that it will help “farmers to cope with future shocks for planning and provide training in risk reduction management.”
Redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis forces a fumble from Indiana junior quarterback Richard Lagow in the first half. OSU won, 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAll week, the Ohio State football team said they were focused on the task that lay before them in Indiana, and not on next week’s matchup against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes appeared to be a little distracted in the first half, but ultimately pulled away in the second half, picking up a 38-17 victory.The first quarter has been slow for OSU this season, and Saturday, things were no different. Both teams’ offenses struggled to find a rhythm early on, resulting in just a field goal apiece. On the opening drive for the Buckeyes, redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber mishandled a pitch, resulting in a recovered fumble by Indiana redshirt junior defensive lineman Patrick Dougherty. The short field allowed the Hoosiers to take a brief 3-0 lead.Junior H-back Curtis Samuel, the early season hero for OSU so far, failed to touch the ball until the second quarter. With under six minutes left in the half, OSU decided to uncage Samuel, resulting in four carries for 46 yards on one drive.A normally stout defense for the Buckeyes was exposed at times in the first half by Indiana, including a 50-yard completion from redshirt junior quarterback Richard Lagow to sophomore wide receiver Nick Westbrook. The drive eventually ended in a Hoosier touchdown, with Lagow finding senior wide receiver Mitchell Paige wide open in the middle of the field for a score.“A lot of their formations, we kind of expected what was going to come,” redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard said.” What we saw today was not what we saw on film. They kind of totally switched it up on us. We just had to make adjustments as the game went on.”OSU continued its trend of scoring in the final two minutes of the first half, as a long kickoff return by redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell returned the ball to the six yard line of Indiana, which eventually led to a 5-yard touchdown run by J.T. Barrett.After setting the record for most passing touchdowns for a quarterback in OSU history last week, Barrett struggled to connect with his wideouts, going 4-for-9 with just 41 yards. He failed to find a score through the air.“I didn’t play particularly well in the passing game by any means,” Barrett said. “So I just have to do a better job of reading the coverages better and getting the ball to our playmakers.” The second half got off to a bad start for the Buckeyes, as Indiana marched 89 yards down the field, chewing up nearly five minutes before Lagow found redshirt junior tight end Danny Friend in the end zone. Both redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore and redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker bit on the play-fake, giving Friend the opening.The play is a staple of the Hoosier offense, but even a secondary that has been as successful as OSU’s will make a misstep from time to time.“They did the fake tunnel screen,” Lattimore said. “We (were) in man, and I guess Malik thought it (was a screen pass). We made the adjustment though. We knew they was going to try something, but they got us on that one.”OSU answered back with its own long drive, using 13 plays and grinding out 85 yards to find the end zone again. Weber picked up his second score of the day by diving over the pile. After failing to pick up redshirt senior center Pat Elflein against Rutgers, Weber turned and made sure to hoist the anchor of the offensive line as high as he could after crossing the goal line.Back-to-back three-and-outs by both sides gave Indiana the ball back, but another punt inside the 20-yard line kept the Hoosiers on their heels, forcing another three-and-out. Redshirt senior Cameron Johnston had three punts inside the 20, along with four punts over 50 yards. The wide receivers for OSU, who showed promise last week against Rutgers, were nearly a non-factor against Indiana. Redshirt sophomore Noah Brown was the only Buckeye receiver to catch a pass throughout all four quarters. Early in the fourth quarter, a Barrett pass intended for redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh was tipped right into the hands of Indiana freshman cornerback A’Shon Riggins. Riggins returned the ball to the OSU 13. After nearly giving up a fumble, Indiana was stuffed on the six yard line on fourth down, turning the ball back over to OSU.“It’s not the sharpest thing in the world, we have our own thing to work on,” co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said. “That relentless mentality to get a fourth down stop on the goal line, huge momentum swings, things like that, they’re doing exactly what the culture of the program is and what we are asking them to do. But there’s a lot of things we can sharpen up as well.”After drives by either side, the Buckeyes dealt the decisive blow on a 37-yard touchdown reception for senior H-back Dontre Wilson. Wilson now has two touchdown receptions this year.Redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker picked off a deep pass from Lagow, giving the ball inside the Hoosier 20. OSU proceeded to run the clock out. Hooker now has four interceptions this season.Meyer said Barrett would be running the ball less this year, but that wasn’t the case Saturday. The Texas native had 21 passes, compared to 26 carries. The inefficiency did not hurt the Buckeyes, but it appears the wide receiver position is one that finishes the game either on fire or stone cold.Although it was a brutal thing to put his signal caller through, Meyer stood by the choice to run Barrett so frequently.“We had to win the damn game,” Meyer said. “And he’s one of our best players.”Weber continued his streak of efficient games, finishing the day with 15 carries for 71 yards. The two touchdowns he scored are the most in one game for Weber this season. Samuel did not register a catch for the first time this season, but was able to pick up 82 yards and a touchdown. The score brings his season total to three touchdowns.The defense for the Buckeyes went through its roughest games this year, allowing 281 yards and two passing touchdowns. Freshman defensive end Nick Bosa, who picked up four tackles and earned considerable playing time this week, said the defense did what they had to to ensure a win.“It started off a little rough, we had some put-backs, but we stood together strong,” Bosa said. “Coach Fick(ell) had a great gameplan and we stuck to it. I think it was 98 yards rushing?”Even with a poor showing compared to other games for the Buckeyes this season, the win improves their record to 5-0, with a perfect 2-0 mark in the Big Ten. Next week, OSU travels to Madison, Wisconsin, to face the Badgers.Wisconsin is ranked No. 11 and coming off a loss to No. 4 Michigan. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Oct. 15.
NEW YORK (WSVN) – Even thought he didn’t win, Rudy the bulldog had all eyes on him when he competed at the Westminster Dog Show.He exceeded all expectations in the agility contest, running the track in about 50 seconds.Although he gave a great performance, Verb the border collie ended up taking home first place.The Westminster dog show is taking place in New York City and will continue through Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Tirupati: On the directions of DGP Gautam Sawang, the Urban police launched a special cybercrime detection unit at District Police Office (DPO) here.The unit will be focusing on sensitising the students of various universities and engineering colleges about cyber fraud. Tirupati Urban SP KKN Anburajan had started a sensitisation campaign targeting students and youth as they are using mobile phones extensively. The SP sending women police teams to create awareness among girl students and women in colleges and colonies on cybercrimes. Speaking to The Hans India, the Urban SP stated majority cybercrimes are related to women, besides, cheating, fraud and stealing money through online transfers by knowing pin numbers of debit cards. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Anburajan made an appeal to girl students and women to lodge complaint to police through Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp numbers. He informed that cybercrime unit is investigating more than 56 cases. The SP gave call to public that any victim can approach police or cybercrime by dialling 112, 1181 and WhatsApp number 9121211100.
Police takes position in front of Shah Jalal Hall of Chittagong University after two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League clashed on Frinday night. Photo: Prothom AloAt least 10 people were injured in a clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) over the alleged abduction of a leader on Chittagong University (CU) campus on Friday night, reports UNB.Supporters of two groups — Ulka group and sixty nine group, both are shuttle-train based BCL factions, attacked each other and exploded crude bombs on the campus at, leaving 10 students injured, campus sources said.The clash ensued between the two BCL factions at Zero point and Gate no 1 areas on the campus around 10:30 pm after a news spread that Golam Rasul Nishan, vice-president of the defunct BCL committee belonging to Ulka group, was abducted from Lalkhan Bazar in the city, said Md Akhtaruzzaman, in-charge of CU police camp.The Ulka group activists claimed vice-president of Sixty Nine group Mansur Alam, publications affairs secretary Iqbal Tipu and joint secretary Abu Torab picked up Nishan from the place around 10:30pm and released him 12:30am.However, Mansur denied the allegation and said, “We don’t know about the abduction incident and learned it from Facebook posts. If anyone blame on us, I must say it was done out of vengeance.”
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