Virat Kohli’s rampaging run in the South Africa series cemented his place as one of the best players of the modern era, not just in one-day cricket but across all formats.India’s tour of South Africa was going to be Kohli’s biggest challenge till now as captain and as a batsman and he passed both those tests with flying colours.WATCH FULL INTERVIEWKohli amassed 871 runs on the tour and finished as the highest run-getter in the Test and ODI series with 286 and 558 runs respectively.His outstanding form with the bat helped India beat South Africa in the third Test at Johannesburg and then clinch the six-match ODI series 5-1 and the T20I series 2-1.India head coach Ravi Shastri attributes the captain’s phenomenal success to his mental toughness as a cricketer.”Virat Kohli leads from the front. He is a tough guy in the mind and that makes a huge difference because it spreads amongst his teammates as well. And we knew even after losing 2 Tests that we weren’t far behind. People might say anything, they might write anything but we give two hoots,” Shastri told India Today. Virat Kohli led India to it’s first bilateral ODI series win in South Africa. (Photo: BCCI)”The captain not for one minute didn’t believe India wouldn’t win (the Johannesburg Test). That was the difference. Even at 120 for 1 he believed that India could win. Even when they came in at tea time he was very clear that “we are winning this Test match”. They (South Africa) were three down at that time.advertisement”When you have that kind of self-belief, as I said it’s like a disease which spreads among the other players,” he added.The former India all-rounder also felt that Kohli learnt a lot as captain on this tour.”As captain he would have learnt heck of a lot because this was a tough tour, make no mistake about it. I’ve been going to South Africa since 1992, you tell me one South African team which is not a strong team? And when you look at their attack now, it’s as good as any in the world specially in those conditions.”Kohli was the only batsman from either side to score a hundred in the Test series and he followed that up with three tons in the ODIs where he averaged a mind boggling 186 from six games.Shastri feels the hundred he scored in the second Test at Centurion was the turning point for Kohli on the tour.”Once he got that 150 in Centurion there was no looking back. Even the two innings that he played next he might have just got 40-50 but it was top class. By the time the one-day series was over he showed why he’s the best batsman in the world. There is no question that he is the best batsman. Virat Kohli was the only batsman from either India or South Africa to score a hundred in the Test series. (Photo: Reuters)”Across all formats to have that kind of consistency, to have that ability to finish a game. To first know that there is a chance here and then to go out and dominate and then to have that level of consistency. Close to 870 runs on a tour of South Africa is unreal,” the 55-year-old said.Kohli has 56 international hundreds already and is the fastest batsman to amass 17,000 international runs. He is second on the list of most hundreds scored by batsmen in the 50-over format with 35 centuries behind only the great Sachin Tendulkar (49).Therefore, it is but natural that comparisons do take place between the Master Blaster and the India’s run-machine.”Just the fact that Virat Kohli has been brought on the same page as Sachin Tendulkar, I don’t have to say anything more.”He’s unbelievable and he challenges himself. He says, ‘I’m up against the best attack in the world, the conditions are suiting the opposition, if I’m worth my salt let me get runs here’. And he goes out and does it. And the manner in which he gets runs is something that sets him apart. He dominates. He’s a dominating player and you don’t see too many,” Shastri concluded.
Hasin Jahan has questioned her husband Mohammed Shami’s “morals” and called him a “liar” as their public dispute continues to get murkier.Last week Hasin had accused Shami of adultery and domestic abuse. She had shared screenshots of Shami’s alleged chats with his girlfriends in a Facebook post. “I did not want to take the matter to the court. The way he has been treating me for the last two years forced me to take this step. Had I not found the phone, he would have left me. I tried to convince Shami in our every conversations but he was not ready,” Jahan told India Today.Mohammed Shami-Hasin Jahan controversy: A timeline of eventsShe further called Shami a big liar who was trying to save himself with the help of his lies.”Shami is a liar. He is lying to save himself. Our last conversation was during a WhatsApp call. It was planning call by him. He asked me how we can save the family. I told him to apologise and admit all your mistakes and comeback,” she added.Watch: Never made match-fixing claims against Mohammed Shami: Wife Hasin Jahan to India TodayHasin also said she never accused Shami of match-fixing.Shami had told the media that his wife had made fixing claims against him but Jahan said she never made such allegations as she doesn’t understand the game.”I have never made any match-fixing claims. I do not even understand the game then how can I talk about it. It is Shami who is bringing the match-fixing angle,” she said.advertisementIPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils waiting to hear from BCCI before deciding on Shami fateShami is currently being investigated for match-fixing claims after the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai instructed BCCI’s Anti-Corruption chief Neeraj Kumar to probe alleged corruption allegations against the cricketer, surfaced during a reported telephonic conversation between the fast bowler and his wife.The CoA chief asked Kumar to submit a report within a week. It is to be noted that the letter nowhere mentions the word “match fixing”.”This has reference to the various media reports pertaining to allegations against Md. Shami. The Committee of Administrators has listened to the audio recording of a telephonic conversation which it is claimed is between Md. Shami and his wife. The said audio recording is available in public domain,” Rai wrote in the letter.Shami says all hopes of re-uniting with wife Hasin Jahan are overJahan has alleged that Shami “took money from a Pakistani woman named Alishba on the insistence of an England-based businessman Mohammad Bhai”.Shami had met with ACSU chief Neeraj Kumar in Delhi on Thursday. It is understood the Indian team management also wants Shami to be cleared of match-fixing charges.Jahan also hinted at an out-of-court settlement.”Problem started since our marriage. He has been asking for a divorce for the last two years. If Shami is ready to apologise and accept all his mistakes then he can come back. Otherwise we will meet in court,” Jahan said.Shami says Hasin Jahan kept him in the dark about her first marriageShami had claimed that Hasin Jahan did not tell him of her first marriage but Jahan revealed that the India cricketer knew everything about her past.”Shami does not have anything to say but lie. I used to stay with three girls in Poddarnagar and Shami knew about it. He used to come and play them often. I have nothing to hide. he knew about it,” she said.My wife has always been insecure, she is a liar: Shami to India TodayThe Indian pacer was slapped with charges of attempt to murder, criminal intimidation amid others.An FIR was last week registered against Shami and his four other family members in Kolkata’s Jadavpur police station under several Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including section 498A, which amounts to cruelty to a woman by her husband or his relatives.The other charges recorded against Shami are under Section 307 – attempt to murder, Section 323 – punishment for voluntarily causing hurt, Section 376 – rape, Section 506 – criminal intimidation, Section 328 and Section 34.”I have never said in any interview on when the gang rape happened. Please check the FIR copy when the incident happened. He is a big liar and he will lie to save himself,” she added.WATCH: Have all the evidence to prove my innocence, says ShamiOn why she took such a long time in taking legal action against her husband, Jahan said: “I did not have any support in the last two years. I gave up my career, Shami was my only hope. I tried to save our marriage. He tortured me throughout and was involved several extra-marital affairs.”advertisementJahan also had a message for Shami in which she told him to accept his mistakes.”Shami there is nothing kept in lying. Please accept your mistakes,” she signed off.
So long then, and thank you, Japan. Bruises fade, bones heal, tears dry, and even the pain of this will give way, in time, to resounding pride at everything this team have achieved in these last few weeks, and the four consecutive victories that came before this last defeat. Because whichever of the four sides left in this tournament go on to win it, this will be remembered as Japan’s World Cup. Not just because of the job they have done of hosting it but for the way their team, representing what is, in the large part, still an amateur league, lit up the sport with their bravery, wit and creativity. Share via Email Japanese fans have a saying, “ganbare!” It is another one of those fiddly words that people tend to translate three ways: “Do your best!”, “hang in!”, “go for it!” And that’s exactly what they did. When Faf de Klerk scored the try that decided the game, in the 66th minute, Japan were 18 points down and there were 14 minutes to play. The game had gone then but their indomitable captain, Michael Leitch, pulled them all together into a circle underneath the posts and shouted at them to go again. Which they did. All the way to within arm’s reach of the South African try-line.South Africa stole the ball back from a lineout and ran the ball all the way back again. Makazole Mapimpi scored their third try, which should have been the killing blow. The gap was 23 points now. But Leitch was still exhorting his players to give more. And in the last few minutes they hit South Africa with some of the hardest tackles anyone had made all match. The game ran on long after the sound of the gong, till at last Handré Pollard realised the only way South Africa were ever going to finish Japan off was by booting the ball deep into touch.“The last five minutes of that Test match showed what type of team this is,” said their coach, Jamie Joseph. “A team that keep getting back up.” Japan rugby union team Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Twitter Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Topics Sportblog Read more South Africa to face Wales in semi-final after grinding down Japan Play Video Rugby World Cup Gerard Meagher at Oita Stadium Read more Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Messenger Reuse this content South Africa’s Tendai Mtawarira received a yellow card for dump tackling Japan’s Keita Inagaki. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO/Rex/Shutterstock Since you’re here… They bellowed loud and ceaseless rounds of Stand Up For The Japanese. They have become the rest of the world’s second- favourite team. Wales sigh collective relief as Moriarty gives Warren Gatland a shot at glory Rugby World Cup: Wales edge France and South Africa beat Japan – video highlights Pinterest New Zealand are ultimate challenge but England can face them down South Africa rugby team Read more They needed to. Because they kept getting knocked down. Physically it was a mismatch. Their starting team gave away all of 67kg, which is about as much as their little scrumhalf Yutaka Nagare weighs himself. As if they didn’t have enough muscle, South Africa had stacked their bench with six more forwards. It was a brutish plan.They bullied Japan in the early scrums and did such a number on their lineout that it became a 50-50 proposition. Most of all, they damaged them with their unstoppable rolling maul, a tactic they could not have been any keener on if you had served it grilled in a bun with onions. features Share on LinkedIn 0:35 Rugby union Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Their defence was absolutely relentless too, the midfield busier than Shinjuku station in rush hour, and the breakdown packed out like a commuter carriage. They strangled Japan, Joseph said, by denying them the time and space they needed to work in.For all their bewitchingly clever kicks, flicks and tricks, no-look passes and intricate loop-moves, they rarely made it into open space. The one time they did have a clear chance was when Timothy Lafaele put away their dazzling winger Kenki Fukuoka, who broke down the left wing in a run that lit the touch paper on a series of 13 phases that died out right under the posts.The crowd were roaring for them now. Never louder than when Japan won a penalty against the South Africa scrum. And in the quieter moments, when their nerves started to get the better of them, the thousands of Irish fans, who had bought tickets for this match in the expectation their team was going to be playing here instead, did their singing for them. Facebook The question, then, is when will we see them again? Joseph was too diplomatic to get into the question of what comes next, now their tournament is over – “I’m just the coach,” he said – but the people who run the game are going to have to answer that same question. The only full-time professional side in Japan, the Sunwolves, are going to be booted out of Super Rugby at the end of the 2020 season, and there’s no guarantee that Japan’s run of fixtures against the top teams is going to carry on either, since a lot of the opposition is going to be less keen to come to visit once the World Cup has come and gone.When they were young these Japanese players didn’t even dream of a night like this. They couldn’t, because it seemed so wildly unlikely, well beyond what anyone here ever really thought was possible.The team had won one World Cup game in 28 years of trying, against Zimbabwe in 1991. But there are young players out there now who have entirely new ideas about what is possible. They just need the chance to prove it. Japan didn’t quit on the game. The game cannot quit on them.
zoom Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has signed a contract for construction of two mega-class liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers with an undisclosed Asian owner.The ships have the capacity to carry 84,000㎥ of LPG and feature a length of 226m and 36.6m in width. The LPG carrier newbuilds are slated for delivery to their India.based owner in 2017 from DSME’s Okpo yard. The contract value has not been disclosed.DSME said that it has USD 3.9 billion worth of ship orders so far, or the equivalent of 27 ships.However, the shipbuilder has been struggling with liquidity issues having recorded a major operating loss of KRW 2.39 trillion (USD 2.1 billion) for the first half of 2015, confirming media predictions that saw the shipbuilder’s shares plunge by 30 % in July.The company is undergoing restructuring process which is expected to include disposal of its six poor performing subsidiaries, and a switch of focus to its core shipbuilding activities.World Maritime News Staff
APTN National News OTTAWA–Algonquin Senator Patrick Brazeau has been told to pay back at least $48,000 following an audit into his claimed living expenses.The Senate committee on internal economy issued the edict Thursday following the release of audits into Brazeau’s living expense claims along with those of Conservative Senator Mike Duffy and Liberal Senator Mac Harb.Duffy has already paid back $90,000. Harb has been told to pay back about $51,482, but the Liberal Senator plans to challenge the report’s conclusions in court.Brazeau, who was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and was once tapped as a government spokesperson on the murdered and missing women’s file, is already facing assault and sexual assault charges against his former partner. He has since been kicked out of the Conservative caucus.Brazeau had claimed his father’s home in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary place or residence, but also rented a house in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa. Maniwaki is about 130 km north of Ottawa.The audit, conducted by Deloitte, found that Brazeau spent only 57, or 10 per cent, of the 549 days examined in Maniwaki.Senators are allowed to claim up to $22,000 in living expenses if their primary residence is more than 100 kilometres outside Ottawa.Brazeau has been asked to pay back a total of $48,746 in living expenses and mileage.The audit found that Brazeau was in Ottawa for 443 days, or 81 per cent of the time reviewed. In that time period, he spent 76 days, or 14 per cent, on Senate business in the capital, but could not account for the remaining 317 days, or 58 per cent, he spent in Ottawa, concluding, “the nature of which is unknown.”The audit also could not “identify visits to Maniwaki during the months of December 2011 and March 2012.The audit also examined Brazeau’s travel claims for trips between Ottawa and Maniwaki, but could only find evidence for 11 of the 28 days he claimed.“Given the relatively short travel distance between Ottawa/Gatineau and Maniwaki, it is possible that Senator Brazeau travelled to Maniwaki…without making purchases at stores or using his cell phone,” said the audit. “Overall, we have assessed that all of the trips between Ottawa/Gatineau and Maniwaki claimed by Senator Brazeau did take place or could have taken place.”The audit examined credit card records, cell phone records, bank accounts and a personal income tax return along with the senators’ travel expense claims and filings.Liberal Senator James Cowan, leader of the opposition in the Senate, said he believes the police should look into the matter now.Conservative Senator Marjory LeBreton, the government leader in the Senate, said she didn’t feel police involvement was necessary because the rules around travel and living expenses were unclear.The Senate now plans to tighten its rules.Harb is no longer part of the Liberal caucus. Duffy is still in the Conservative caucus.
HALIFAX – Despite an analysis that highlights the potential for billions of dollars worth of onshore gas in Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil says his government has no intention of lifting its ban on hydraulic fracturing.The Nova Scotia Onshore Petroleum Atlas lists the economic potential at between US$20-billion and US$60-billion.The analysis, which began in 2013 and was recently released by the Energy Department, says that based on available geological data, the Windsor and Cumberland sub-basins are the areas that hold the most potential for hydrocarbons.But McNeil said Thursday that it’s simply one report that will give Nova Scotians a chance to discuss fracking and onshore gas exploration. The Liberals passed legislation banning fracking in 2014, but have not proclaimed it.“At this time there is no discussion to lift that ban,” he said. “The information that has come out I’m sure will lead to great public discussion.”McNeil said barring any new information, the government remains concerned about the potential impacts fracking could have on potable water tables given the province’s geology.Most of the potential, about US$40 billion, exists in shale gas which would require hydraulic fracturing to extract it.McNeil said he wasn’t concerned that the province is passing up an economic opportunity as offshore reserves of natural gas dwindle.“No, you always weigh these things as they come forward as we did when the ban was put in,” he said. “As the ongoing discussion happens across our province, we like everyone else will be part of that and look at it, but I can tell you the issue of removing the ban has not got to my desk.”The atlas estimates Nova Scotia is sitting on up to seven trillion cubic feet of hydrocarbons when conventional natural gas reserves are included.In spite of the government’s reassurances, a coalition of environmental groups issued a news release this week warning of the potential interest for lifting of the ban in light of the atlas findings.Stephen Thomas, energy campaign coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre, called the atlas a waste of “time, money and expertise” given the existing ban on fracking.“We need to move beyond fossil fuels and invest time and money in renewable energy development, improving energy efficiency, and meeting our climate targets in a way that benefits Nova Scotians and our growing green economy,” said Thomas.A study commissioned by the government and released in 2014 said fracking shouldn’t be allowed for the foreseeable future.The report, by former Cape Breton University president David Wheeler, said more independent research was needed on health, environmental and economic impacts.
MONTREAL – The Canadian government may be handing SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. a lifeline to resolve the criminal charges it faces by vowing to change the law to allow settlements to address corporate wrongdoing.The introduction of deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) will offer a way for companies to address bribery and other corruption accusations without going to trial, according to the federal government.Under a DPA, criminal prosecution is suspended if the accused admits guilt, pays a significant fine, puts safeguards in place and co-operates with authorities. Upon completion, the charges are withdrawn.The process is meant to prevent blameless employees and others from suffering dire consequences if a convicted company is barred from securing government contracts.Shares in SNC Lavalin, which faces fraud and corruption charges, closed three per cent higher Friday at $57.25.The firm has argued that the agreements allow companies to settle corporate corruption cases and avoid being put at a disadvantage when competing against rival firms in G7 countries that have such dispute resolution options.An SNC-Lavalin spokeswoman said the move is beneficial for Canadian companies doing business internationally.“It’s about levelling the playing field, about Canada’s international competitiveness, about improving transparency and encouraging self-reporting,” said Daniela Pizzuto.However, it’s not yet clear if the changes will benefit SNC-Lavalin, which is slated to begin a preliminary hearing in September.Paul Lalonde, chairman of Transparency International Canada, an anti-corruption organization, said there is doubt about whether a DPA program would apply retroactively to charges that are already in process.And he said the normal timeline for enacting legislation suggests it likely won’t be completed before the next election in 2020.Without details, it’s impossible to render judgment on the changes, but DPAs can be a useful enforcement tool that will bring more issues to light, he said.“They’re not meant to be just turned into a cost of doing business and an expensive get out of jail free card,” he said in an interview.Ottawa also said it will make enhancements to the Integrity Regime, introduced by the former Conservative government.That could remove the mandatory 10-year debarment and provide flexibility so that penalties are proportionate with the circumstances.No details or timeline for the legislative changes were provided.Public Services and Procurement Canada said addressing corporate wrongdoing protects the integrity of markets and promotes fair competition.It said in a summary of last fall’s consultations that the public is supportive of “fair, proportional and transparent measures” that hold companies to account for misconduct.Most contributors also said DPAs shouldn’t be available to individuals.Patricia Adams, executive director of public interest research group Probe International, said she’s disappointed, but not surprised, by the government’s move.She said DPAs are bad for corporations and bad for the criminal justice system.“It’s basically going to let anybody in a corporation who actually does commit a crime off the hook and there’s no guarantee that it’s not going to happen again,” she said.“And it just becomes a cost of doing business.”SNC-Lavalin has pleaded not guilty to the one fraud and one corruption charge filed by the RCMP against it and two of its subsidiaries.The RCMP alleges SNC-Lavalin paid nearly $47.7 million to public officials in Libya and defrauded various Libyan organizations of about $129.8 million.The company said the actions were taken by executives who are no longer with the company and who face criminal charges.Industry analysts said the legislation should be helpful to SNC-Lavalin.“We see this as a (long overdue) step in the right direction toward finally putting the 2012 corruption scandal to rest and bringing new investors to the table,” said Frederic Bastien of Raymond James.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)
LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):10:00 a.m.The European Union’s Brexit negotiator is warning about “a long and winding road ahead” before the UK leaves the bloc March 29, insisting before the British parliament’s vote on the breakup that the current withdrawal accord “is the only possible deal.”Michel Barnier briefed the EU’s parliament early Thursday and still saw many potential pitfalls ahead despite last Sunday’s agreement between the 27 EU leaders and British Prime Minister Theresa May.“We are not at the end of the process,” Barnier said. “The road ahead is long and it is up and down — a long and winding road.”May is facing an uphill battle to get the deal past British legislators on Dec. 11. If she succeeds, the approval in the European Parliament is almost certain.___9:20 a.m.The governor of the Bank of England says most British businesses aren’t ready for a no-deal departure from the European Union.Mark Carney told the BBC on Thursday that “less than half of businesses have initiated” contingency plans designed to protect operations in the event Britain leaves the 28-nation bloc without an agreement on future trading relations.When asked if businesses are ready, Carney said “as best as we can tell, the answer is no.”The comments come as lawmakers from all parties are criticizing the agreement Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU, increasing the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit. Carney warned Wednesday that a no-deal departure would trigger a recession more severe than the one that followed the 2008 financial crisis.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Authorities say passengers at airports in Canada and around the world have suffered some delays because of a problem with check-in systems.Amadeus, a company based in Spain that provides software to airports, airlines and the tourism industry, confirmed Thursday that a network issue temporarily caused disruption to some of its systems and services.It later said its technical teams solved the problem and its systems were functioning normally again.Amadeus would not say how many airlines or airports were affected, but Air Transat is reporting check-in delays of 30 minutes.Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines say they aren’t affected by the glitch.London’s Heathrow airport said a small number of airlines experienced intermittent issues with their check-in systems at airports around the world. It said there might be delays but that passengers would be able to check in.
United Nations relief officials today strongly condemned an attack on civilians during a food distribution on Wednesday in southern Sudan, the latest in a string of acts of violence this month by the Government and associated militias. A joint statement issued by the UN’s top relief official, Kenzo Oshima, and the Executive Directors of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Children’s Fund (UNCIEF) said that a Government helicopter gunship killed 17 civilians and wounded an unknown number of others at the food distribution site near Bieh. According to the statement, the Sudanese authorities had cleared this food distribution and vulnerable populations had gathered in the location to receive humanitarian relief assistance provided by the UN. On 2 February facilities belonging to a non-governmental organization (NGO) were looted, and a week later, Government aircraft attacked Nimne, killing five civilians, including one humanitarian worker. On 10 February, two people died and a dozen more were injured when a military aircraft dropped bombs in Akuem, where WFP had just completed food distribution to hundreds of people. “These acts are especially shocking when set against the backdrop of a population in dire need of assistance and the apology issued last week by the Government of Sudan for the Akuem incident,” said the statement by Mr. Oshima, WFP’s Catherine Bertini and UNICEF’s Carol Bellamy. “We call on the Government of Sudan to cease all attacks against civilians immediately and to ensure the safety of those trying to provide or receive life-sustaining humanitarian assistance,” they said. Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, WFP said it started on Wednesday its first emergency food aid distributions, delivering a one-month ration of maize-meal to 40,000 people threatened by serious food shortages in Hwange. The distribution is part of the agency’s larger operation to hand out one-month food rations to more than 100,000 people over the next two weeks. Distributions to reach some 558,000 people in Zimbabwe’s 19 worst-affected districts in the south, west and extreme north will resume after the March election period, the agency said. WFP started a large-scale feeding programme for more than half a million people in Zimbabwe last year after food shortages were caused by erratic rainfall, a strong economic downturn coupled with a sharp rise in food prices, and a disruption to the commercial farming sector due to land acquisition activities.
OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) celebrates with the bench in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorIt’s 9:31 p.m. on Friday and the Ohio State men’s hockey team is in overtime with Big Ten rival and 14th-ranked Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. Buckeye freshman forward Mason Jobst has just blocked a slapshot with his left leg with 2:42 remaining and is visibly in pain.In stereotypical hockey player fashion, Jobst doesn’t stay down. Although slow to get up, he musters all the strength he has left in him and frantically tries to help his teammates clear the puck out of the zone so he can get off of the ice.Fourteen seconds after blocking that shot, just as Jobst returns to the action, Penn State freshman forward Alec Marsh ends the game with his sixth goal of the season.Questions are immediately raised as to whether the leading scorer in the Buckeyes’ nine-man freshman class would return for Game 2 of the series the next night.Twenty-four hours later, Jobst dekes Nittany Lions’ junior goaltender Eamon McAdam out of his jockstrap on a breakaway and buries the fourth of his team’s five goals on the night in a 5-1 OSU win.For Jobst, the Big Ten’s second-leading freshman scorer with six goals and 14 assists, the path to success this season has come through the patience of sitting out most of his final year of junior hockey.The former captain of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, the top junior hockey league in the country, Jobst, who had already had both of his shoulders repaired, heard an all-too-familiar pop during a home game in October 2014.“I had a good summer working out and I was hoping to have a good year,” Jobst said. “I can’t really describe how deflating it was mentally that I had been through a full year of rehab and trying to take care of my body and for it to pop out again was devastating.”After speaking with his future coaches in Columbus, he determined that it was best to shut it down, have yet another surgery, and hope for an elusive healthy season next fall.However, the true captain and determined player that he is, Jobst battled back through rehab to rejoin his team for the Clark Cup Finals, where he contributed a goal and two assists, but his Lumberjacks were swept in three games by current teammate and classmate Dakota Joshua’s Sioux Falls Stampede.Jobst’s journey then continued to Ohio’s capital city to join coach Steve Rohlik’s Buckeyes.For Rohlik, he was not worried one bit about his somewhat injury-prone center. His recruitment of Jobst told him all that he needed to know about not just the type of player he was getting, but the type of person he is too.“First and foremost, I saw his competitiveness. Everybody would look at him and say that he’s not a very big kid in stature,” Rohlik said. “What we saw is a kid that competes all over the ice. He wants the puck. He’s not afraid to have the puck. He’s not afraid to go in tough areas. Sometimes guys get to the next level and they are afraid to make mistakes. Mason’s made mistakes, but he’s not afraid. Everyone that has coached him said, ‘Wow, you are going to get a heck of a player here.’”Jobst, who stands at 5-foot-7 and 159 pounds, has been exactly that through 22 games this season. Not only is he producing on the stat sheet, but in the faceoff circle as well, where he has emerged as the Buckeyes’ top faceoff man, winning 52.5 percent of his draws.His play has more than impressed the veteran leaders on the team.“He has the right to be confident out there,” said junior captain Nick Schilkey, who also plays at a height disadvantage at 5-foot-10. “Things are going the right way because he’s playing hard and he is a relentless forward out there and that is what we have to be as smaller guys. You have to pretend that you’re not 5-foot-8 and play like you’re six feet tall. The bounces are going his way and rightfully so.”After an 0-7 start and a 3-11 record heading into the winter break, Jobst and the Scarlet and Gray are starting to put things together.OSU is 4-2-2 since the second half started on Dec. 28, and three of those wins have come over top-15 ranked opponents. Jobst had seven points (three goals, four assists) in the 14 games he played in the first half of the season. In the seven games he has played in during the second half, his play mirrors that of his team’s, as he has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists). He also recently garnered the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week after a seven-point weekend against rival and sixth-ranked Michigan. “When we went down to Florida and had those two big wins (over then-No. 4 Boston College and then-No. 9 Cornell), I think that was a huge confidence booster for all of us,” Jobst said. “In the locker room, the whole attitude is just like, ‘Wow, we do have it.’”Time will tell if Jobst and the Buckeyes still “have it” this upcoming weekend as they get set to host Michigan State for a two-game series. Puck drop on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“But the next step, which is going to be complicated logistically, is how do we give safe passage for people down from the mountain and where can we ultimately relocate them so that they are safe.”In a significant boost to efforts to help the civilians stranded on Mount Sinjar, the Obama said British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande have agreed to lend their support following telephone talks.Risk of genocide Obama has justified the US intervention by warning of the risk of genocide against the small Yazidi minority, many of whose members have been trapped on the mountain for a week in northern Iraq.But the president repeated assurances that no US combat troops would be deployed to Iraq in the first American offensive since Washington pulled out its forces in 2011 after nearly a decade of a brutal war that proved costly in both blood and treasure.“I’m not going to give a particular timetable, because as I’ve said from the start, wherever and whenever US personnel and facilities are threatened, it’s my obligation, my responsibility as commander in chief, to make sure they are protected,” Obama told reporters.The Islamic State’s march on Kurdistan is placing US diplomats, including at the American consulate, and business people at risk in a region that was relatively safe from the violence.Calling for unity government “The most important timetable I’m focused (on) now is the Iraqi government getting formed and finalized, because in the absence of an Iraqi government, it is very hard to get a unified effort by Iraqis against ISIL,” the president said.Stressing that Iraq’s deep divisions along ethnic and religious lines were undermining the effort to combat IS, Obama said that it would be easier to mobilize Iraqis against the threat and obtain international support once an inclusive government is in place.“Ultimately, only Iraqis can ensure the security and stability of Iraq, and the United States can’t do it for them, but we can and will be partners in that effort,” he said. The US President spoke before his departure on Marine One for a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Source: Pablo Martinez MonsivaisThe United States aims to deny a safe haven to the “barbaric terrorists” and help provide a humanitarian corridor to provide aid to thousands of refugees — most from religious minorities — trapped on a mountaintop.“We will continue to provide military assistance and advice to the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces as they battle these terrorists so that the terrorists cannot establish a permanent safe haven,” Obama said.He also acknowledged that the movement of the militants, who have captured swathes of the oil-rich country, was more rapid than intelligence estimates and the expectations of policymakers inside and outside Iraq.“Part of that is, I think, not a full appreciation of the degree to which the Iraqi security forces, when they’re far away from Baghdad, did not have the incentive or the capacity to hold ground against an aggressive adversary,” Obama said.Thousands of Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking minority, fled their homes when militants attacked the town of Sinjar and many have since been stranded in the nearby mountain range with no food and water.The first US bombings struck Islamic State positions and at least one convoy of vehicles carrying militants west of Arbil.Earlier today, the US military air-dropped food and water for the second day in a row on Mount Sinjar.- © AFP, 2014Read: Over 28,000 meals and 5,600 litres of water dropped over northern Iraq amid continued air strikes >Read: US launches air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq > US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has warned that the US offensive in Iraq was a “long-term project” to rout out militants and deliver aid to beleaguered civilians.Recognizing there was no US military solution to reverse Islamic State fighters’ advances in Iraq, Obama called on Iraqi officials to urgently form a unity government.While US air strikes have destroyed the militants’ arms and equipment within striking distance of the autonomous region of Kurdistan, Obama said the operations that began this week could last “months.”He spoke as Iraqi forces prepared a US-backed counter-offensive.“We feel confident we can prevent ISIL from going up the mountain and slaughtering the people who are there,” Obama said, using the militant group’s former name of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Get our daily news round up: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3850644 Feb 13th 2018, 8:51 PM No Comments NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Oliver Staels from Lille, France pictured wearing a pancake on his face to celebrate Pancake Tuesday 2018 in Dublin city. Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieIreland rugby player Paddy Jackson denied threesome took place the morning after alleged incident, a court heard today.We received some more bad weather news as heavy rain and 100km/h gusts are expected tomorrow.A new Daft.ie report found that renting prices in Dublin have never been higher. It emerged that over 500 jobs are to be created by two companies in Dublin.A new report found that the Irish economy will suffer a hit even in the best-case Brexit scenario.A teenager was in court in Dublin charged with sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl.Arlene Foster said that the DUP won’t sign off on an Irish language act.Irish prison officers described what it’s like to walk the landings just before a serious incident happens. Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Here’s what made the news this Tuesday. Short URL Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 8:50 PM Revellers perform during a Carnival parade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Source: Dieu Nalio Chery via PA#PORTUGAL: Police detained a man at Lisbon’s international airport, accused of carrying a kilo of cocaine inside a fake arse.#RUSSIA: Ice on sensors may have caused a plane crash which killed 71 people.#SWEDEN: An asylum seeker confessed to wanting to mow down “infidels” in an April 2017 Stockholm truck attack that killed five people.PARTING SHOTSo, Valentine’s Day is just about upon us. Have you been conned into buying outrageously expensive roses and chocolates for your other half? Many have chucked in the greeting card holiday and spent the cash on something they actually want.Luckily for us, the good folk over at the Daily Edge have reminded us of the reality of most Valentine’s Days. Nice one.Sometimes people just want to profess their love for pizza and that’s fine too. Source: Matt Alexander via PAComments are off for legal reasons Share1 Tweet Email 13,306 Views By Garreth MacNamee WORLD
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As Victoria’s public transport system expands and becomes more accessible, Travellers Aid has continued to play a vital role helping passengers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds use Victoria’s public transport system for 100 years.Founded in 1916 after the First World War, Travellers Aid supported women and girls arriving in Melbourne and travelling across the city and the state.CEO Elias Lebbos was joined last week by Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan to mark the centenary of the not-for-profit organisation.“Over the last century, no matter what Australia has been confronted with, we have evolved and responded as an organisation to meet the needs of people in transit through Melbourne and regional Victoria,” said Mr Lebbos.“Not much has changed, we are still doing the same work today. Our main focus is on people who have been displaced, have a disability, experience mobility challenges, travel disadvantage or financial hardship.”Throughout the Great Depression and World War II, Traveller’s Aid reunited lost children with their parents, along with greeting and housing migrant families on their way to rural reception centres.Meanwhile, it provided support to young migrants from 1960 with the increase in international students from Asia under the Colombo Plan, and in the late 1980s it began providing support to people with disabilities.Travellers Aid now provides a range of services for passengers on Victoria’s public transport network, including free information, emergency support, mobility equipment and a buggy service for passengers and luggage.“Travellers Aid has been helping passengers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds use public transport for 100 years,” Ms Allan noted.“Their staff and volunteers are everyday heroes that help vulnerable travellers stay connected to education, employment, friends and family right across Victoria, every single day.”
Sex education was different in the 1950s. Actually, it was virtually nonexistent.A few years ago, when my friends from high school days and I got together for our biennial meet-up, a friend whose mother was a nurse asked us if our mothers had explained periods and sex when we were young. Most had been told about periods but not sex. This friend was the only one whose mother had an open discussion about sex and periods, out of the nine in our group!While my mom had explained I would someday have periods, when I started my period, she simply gave me a sanitary napkin and the belt to go with it. No other explanations. So I called a friend who had already started her period to ask her questions.In seventh or eighth grade, my mother gave me a little black book to read. She borrowed it from an older friend. It had been published in the 1930s. I still remember the sentence on how babies are made: “When a man and a woman love each other, they embrace very closely.” I remember this clearly because it confused more than educated me. After all, I hugged my dad and grandpa.I read the entire little black book and still knew nothing. I had no one to ask for clarification. Mom did not like to be questioned. My dad allowed questions, but I didn’t think this was a question for him.By the time I was in ninth grade health class, I still knew nothing. After the one hour of “sex education” (girls only), I was walking home with two of my friends. I had the older Mrs. Mayne for health, and they had the younger Miss Argus. As my friends discussed what they had learned in class, I stopped in my tracks! Mrs. Mayne never said any such thing!
Alex Lovell, 29, of Camas is pictured at an area hospital where he’s recovering from injuries suffered March 3, 2018, when his girlfriend, Emily Javier, allegedly attacked him with a samurai sword at their shared home. (Photo courtesy of Alex Lovell) A Camas woman who tried to slice and stab to death her live-in boyfriend with a samurai sword, because she believed he was unfaithful and spent too much time playing video games, was sentenced Monday morning to 19 years in prison.Emily Javier, 31, pleaded guilty Jan. 23 in Clark County Superior Court to attempted first-degree domestic violence murder in the March 3, 2018, attack. Javier, who had no prior criminal history, faced a standard sentencing range of 15 to 20 years in prison.Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein had asked for 20 years, stating the amount of premeditation that went into the attack was “huge and probably more than the court has ever seen.” She shared new details of Javier’s plan to kill her then-boyfriend, 29-year-old Alex Lovell, whom she had been dating for two years.“This was an incredibly brutal attack,” Klein said.Javier told investigators that about a week before the attack, she found evidence Lovell was cheating on her, including the dating app Tinder on his cellphone, scratches on his back and red hair in the shower drain; the hair was not hers, court records say.According to Klein, Lovell described Javier as an “extremely jealous girlfriend” who would wake him at night to accuse him of being unfaithful if another woman liked his photo on Facebook. Javier was also upset that Lovell wanted to be a professional video gamer, Klein said.
Dallas made the right decision by ditching DezThe Cowboys cut Dez Bryant today, and Colin thinks it was the right decision. Once an elite wide receiver, Bryant’s dramatically decreased production didn’t justify his $16.5 million yearly salary, or the distractions he caused. Without Bryant’s looming presence and locker room distraction will also help Dak Prescott’s continued development. Lakers process is working, it just doesn’t have a catchy nameThe Lakers missed the playoffs, but Colin thinks they made some important strides in their rebuild, this season. Not only did Lonzo Ball show he can play point in the NBA, Brandon Ingram also took a huge leap in his second year. They also found rookie steal Kyle Kuzma, and Julius Randle went from malcontent to key contributor. In the difficult Western Conference, the Lakers put together a respectable second half and Head Coach Luke Walton proved he belongs as an NBA head coach.They still need to sign key veteran free agents before they can seriously be considered a contender, but this season should help convince potential targets that they have some key pieces. The Lakers process is working, even if it doesn’t have a catchy name.Also:– KD’s move to Golden State has revealed his weaknessesGuests:Rick Barry = NBA Hall of Famer and former Warriors great joins the show to talk how steph’s Curry impacts Golden State’s title chances.Matt Mosely – DallasNews.com columnist joins the show to discuss Dez Bryant getting cut by the Cowboys.Earl Watson – Former Suns Head Coach is in-studio explaining why he thinks the Spurs can beat the Warriors in their first-round matchup.Joe Vardon – Cleveland.com Cavs Beat Writer is in-studio talking Cleveland playoff prospects and Kevin Love becoming the second option.
The 2013 Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange, hosted by InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa kicked off yesterday, with e-Travel Blackboard and e-Travel Blackboard TV the exclusive trade media for this year’s event, reporting every day through articles and videos, bringing you what’s hot and new in Fiji and also reporting from the stunning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.David Voss Chair of the BFTE organising committee said that BFTE is the event for marketing Fiji and other Pacific islands taking place in the stunning setting of the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, offering unrivalled networking opportunities, showcasing the best of tourism in Fiji, a top destination for Australians and also one of the closest exotic destinations to our shores and other Pacific destinations, including Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and moreWith the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa offering delegates five star accommodations and award winning dining, all in a recreated BFTE ‘village’ layout, but this year undercover within the building, Mr Voss also said that the 2013 Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange will expose key industry partners and buyers from all over the world to some of Fiji’s top and exciting tourism offerings and to hear what he had to say about this excellent event, click on the video box below: To “be there” with me, John Alwyn-Jones at e-Travel Blackboard and eTravel Blackboard TV reporting on location from the 2013 Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange, brought to you by the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and Fiji Airways, watch out for our article and video reports on what’s hot and new in Fiji and other stunning Pacific islands, all this week and next.John Alwyn-Jones reporting for e-Travel Blackboard and e-Travel Blackboard TV on location from the 2013 Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange, brought to you by the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and Fiji AirwaysSource = e-Travel Blackboard: JAJ InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. Image: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
9 Comments Share Comedian Frank Caliendo performs onstage during Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Moore/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I’m looking at these stories, I text Steve, like, ‘Can you believe what’s happening here?’” Caliendo said. “It was kind of a lesson and I know Steve will never do me another favor — I wouldn’t if I were him. I mean, he’s been so good to me and a great friend … I’m even scared to ask for tickets now.”Here is the original appearance on The Dan Patrick Show that sparked all of it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I’ve never been in that kind of social media fakeness.”Keim, who also joined Caliendo on Dan Patrick’s radio show, joked that it was “torture” and said he believed he actually did “three or four trades” with the Raiders and had to confirm with Oakland GM Mike Mayock that it was all a farce. Within context of the interview, it sounded like Keim was joking.But headlines took those comments seriously, charging Caliendo with actually, nearly duping the Cardinals GM. Just look at the headlines their duel appearance produced:Comedian Frank Caliendo tried to fool the Cardinals into trading first pick to the RaidersComedian Frank Caliendo nearly fooled Arizona Cardinals on draft day with Jon Gruden impressionFrank Caliendo Nearly Pranked Steve Keim Into Trading Him No. 1 Pick as Jon GrudenFrank Caliendo hilariously pranked GM Steve Keim into almost trading him No. 1 pick as Jon GrudenCaliendo, who lives in the Valley close to Cardinals headquarters, has known Keim for a while. He’s coached one of Keim’s sons in flag football and two of their children are friends.He doesn’t feel great about how some news entities took his ribbing and turned it into an indictment on the Cardinals GM. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comedian Frank Caliendo thought he was being a funny guy when he sent Cardinals general manager Steve Keim audio messages impersonating Raiders coach Jon Gruden and proposing a trade before the NFL Draft.It wasn’t so funny when the two publicly discussed their pre-draft joking around and the vicious news cycle churned the prank between friends into a lambasting of Keim.After Caliendo and Keim went on The Dan Patrick Show to joke about their friendly exchange, headlines posted to more than one website took things out of context. Some accused Keim of nearly being fooled by Caliendo’s Gruden impression, charging the GM with nearly believing a trade for the first overall pick for the fourth and 27th selections was truly on the table from Oakland. Others even suggested he should have been focusing on the actual draft, believing Keim was busy joking with Caliendo while on the clock.Related LinksFrank Caliendo sent Steve Keim fake trades via Jon Gruden impression“Steve always knows it’s me,” Caliendo said Tuesday on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf. “I sent him audio files. This is not during the draft. So Yahoo! takes the story and says that I’m doing this during the draft. It’s a complete lie. Fake news.“I’m like, no, this is 100 percent not — he knew it was me from the beginning. This is a joke. This is silly.”Caliendo also sent fake messages to some of his NFL reporter friends. He impersonated Jay Glazer and Adam Schefter as part of the practical joke.But like Keim, they knew it was him all along.“It was amazing to get caught up (in it),” Caliendo said. “It was a phony story. My dad’s texting me, like, ‘What are you doing?’ I’m like, ‘It’s not real!’ People are mad at me, like, ‘Grow up.’ It was known by all parties what was going on.
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