NBA: Toronto Raptors Hiring Spurs Staffer and Star Player Kawhi Leonard’s Friend

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe Toronto Raptors are hiring San Antonio Spurs staffer Jeremy Castleberry, a close friend of Kawhi Leonard to a position on their coaching staff, according to ESPN.The Raptors acquired Leonard and Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first-round pick last month.Per ESPN:“THE RAPTORS WOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER LEONARD A FIVE-YEAR, $190 MILLION CONTRACT NEXT SUMMER. IF LEONARD LEAVES THE RAPTORS, HE COULD SIGN A FOUR-YEAR, $141 MILLION DEAL WITH A TEAM WITH THE AVAILABLE SALARY-CAP SPACE.HIRING CASTLEBERRY CERTAINLY WON’T HURT TORONTO’S CHANCES OF KEEPING LEONARD.SO FAR, LEONARD’S PREFERENCE IS TO SIGN IN LOS ANGELES WITH EITHER THE LAKERS OR CLIPPERS NEXT SEASON, SOURCES TOLD WOJNAROWSKI.”The smart money is still on Leonard bolting next summer to go to Los Angeles, but if the Raptors are able to change his mind it will not be one big thing but a thousand little ones. And a lot of wins. But hiring Castleberry is a start.Also Read-NBA: Kawhi Leonard thanks Spurs, Gregg Popovich, San Antonio fans in letterlast_img read more

Virat Kohli an unstoppable force, says David Warner

first_imgVirat Kohli, who smashed 113 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore flatten Kings XI Punjab in a rain-truncated game last night, has drawn rave reviews from the likes of David Warner and Ravichandran Ashwin. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)Kohli is now the only man with four hundreds in a single T20 tournament. He is also the leading run scorer in the Indian Premier League with 4002 runs of which a record-breaking 865 have come this season. (Virat Kohli on record-shattering fourth hundred: It was unbelievable! )Here’s how the Twitter reacted to kohli’s sensational run.Even if they used a marble @imVkohli would still see it as a balloon. #seriousplayer nothing can stop him David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 18, 2016@imVkohli you are just unreal.You can’t stitch yourself up and do this.????? Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) May 18, 2016It’s getting ridiculous.Virat Kohli and his performances in this year’s IPL is/are arguably the greatest batting achievements I’ve ever seen Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) May 18, 2016This guy @imVkohli is abusing that form he in. the kookaburra can’t take any more punishment…#RCBvsKXIP #VivoIPL Darren Sammy (@darrensammy88) May 18, 2016Don’t know what more write or say about this guy @imVkohli imVkohli just stand up and just clap ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????God bless Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) May 18, 2016I’m sorry, but Virat Kohli can’t be normal. Four centuries in an IPL season!!!!!!!??????????????? ian bishop (@irbishi) May 18, 2016Times like this you just need to sit back & admire the genius that’s unraveling in front of you. @imVkohli #masterclass Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) May 18, 2016Very happy for u bro @imVkohli . Too see you conquered the cricket world with so much class!!?????????advertisement Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 18, 2016Away from all the Ipl action. Seems like I’ve missed a very special one from @imVkohli. Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) May 18, 2016You are a Genius @imVkohli !!! How do you do it ??? #RCBvKXIP Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) May 18, 2016Hundred no 4 incredible batting @imVkohli and world boss is back @henrygayle tough task for @lionsdenkxip but anything can happen incricket yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 18, 2016Is he for real? As a batsman, off days are normal in T20 cricket! @imVkohli clearly doesn’t know that! Salute to his consistency! #RCBvKXIP Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) May 18, 2016How does @imVkohli keep making the right decisions? How important is mental preparation for each game. Why is he so hungry for runs? #freak Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) May 18, 2016last_img read more

Greek Champion AEK Athens to Lose Points for Fan Violence

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Sporting authorities in Greece say defending league champion AEK Athens will be docked three points, fined 73,250 euros ($85,000) and play two home games without fans as punishment for fan violence at a recent soccer match.The penalty was announced Friday by a sports magistrate but is not likely to take effect until the case is heard on appeal.AEK fans clashed with police outside the Olympic Stadium, hurling rocks and petrol bombs last Sunday during a match against Olympiakos. The game finished 1-1.PAOK Thessaloniki currently leads the standings with 16 points from six matches, level with Atromitos. AEK and Olympiakos follow with 13 points each.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

iC-Haus: 1.4/2.8 A miniature driver iCs for short-pulse lasers

first_imgiC-Haus expands its product family in the field of laser diode drivers: The new iC-HN device family is suitable for extremely fast control of laser diodes with short pulses of down to only two nanoseconds. Possible fields of laser applications for the iC-HN family are various: In addition to optical image recognition and object detection, the laser drivers are also suitable for applications in robotics, LiDAR, and augmented and virtual reality.Having only eight ports and a small 3 mm DFN package, the iC-HN family best meets the requirements for a space-saving and highly integrated layout of laser control electronics. The permissible supply voltage of the laser diodes can be as high as 30 V. The laser driver iC can therefore also be used for a free and flexible circuitry of several or different laser diodes. The current setting of up to 2.8 A is generated via a control voltage input, which in turn can be controlled by an LVDS signal with short pulses up to 2 ns.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Cervoz: industrial wide-temperature 3D NAND TLC productsNext Cadence: Tensilica Vision Q7 DSP IP doubles vision and AI performance for automotive, AR/VR mobilelast_img read more

Gor Mahia coach celebrates title in style

first_imgKPL Gor Mahia coach celebrates title with a new Tattoo Elvince Joshua Last updated 2 years ago 01:13 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr Goal Kenya. KPL Gor Mahia v SoNy Sugar SoNy Sugar Gor Mahia Dylan Kerr joined Gor Mahia last July and went ahead to lift his first major title with a record 73 points and a game to spare Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr celebrated his first title with K’Ogalo with a new tattoo on his limb.The Englishman is set to lift his maiden title with Gor Mahia on November 18 in Kisumu having guided the club to a record 16th league crown in his first season.Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kerr joined Gor Mahia last July and went on to lift his first major title with a record 73 points and a game to spare. The new man in town joined in the celebration of K’Ogalo’s success by encrypting a tattoo on his left leg.“2017 KPL Champions,” reads the embedded text of the tattoo that has a complete Gor Mahia logo including the date the club was founded – 1968.While there has been uncertainty on Kerr’s future at Gor Mahia, the ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United defender sent a strong message of long-term commitment to the ever loyal Gor Mahia fans with a new tattoo.last_img read more

Dylan Alcott: ‘I don’t get out of bed every day to win a tennis tournament’

first_imgWheelchair tennis great Dylan Alcott likes to say he has seven jobs, although the release of his autobiography means bestselling author may soon qualify as No 8. Priority-wise, the dual-sport Paralympics gold medallist still considers himself a tennis player first – but with a caveat.“I would be wasting my life if I won 20 grand slams and that’s all I did,” says Alcott, who owns six in singles – including this year’s Australian and US Opens – and one in doubles and will reassess his competitive future after the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, having debuted as a basketballer in Beijing in 2008.“I love the ability to help people, so the work I do with my company, Get Skilled Access, and the work that I do at my foundation but also the work that I do in the media, which normalises disability, is really important to me as well, so it’s hard to split them. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Facebook Reuse this content Playing at Wimbledon meant so much to me, just to be there and to be included. It was still one of the coolest things I’ve got to do Disability and sport Pinterest Topics Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Twitter Alcott won his fifth grand slam title at Melbourne Park this year before adding a sixth at the US Open. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian “But, in saying that, playing at Wimbledon meant so much to me, just to be there and to be included. It was still one of the coolest things I’ve got to do. As a tennis fan, first and foremost, everyone loves Wimbledon, so be able to pull the whites on, and hang out there and get to play, it was unbelievable.”With Ash Barty, Alex De Minaur and John Millman, Alcott was one of four finalists for Tennis Australia’s highest individual award, the Newcombe medal. The trailblazing 2016 winner lost out to Barty and De Minaur this time, but is proud that the line between athletes with a disability and those without is becoming more blurred every year.He is clear, though, about the need to ease up on his relentless personal schedule occasionally, while no longer reluctant to admit that the way he manages to fit everything in is “because I work my arse off”. Not just on tennis, clearly, and Alcott describes his 6-1, 6-3 drubbing from American David Wagner in last year’s US Open final as the wake-up call he needed. By doing so much else, he was not devoting enough time to training. But no longer. On the day of this interview, he has just finished 90 minutes of boxing and then two hours on the court.Next stop was a recording session to finish the audio version of his memoir, but the author is yet to press pause. The title is the philosophy the dauntless Alcott lives by, and “able” the message he remains determined to spread.Dylan Alcott’s memoir, Able, is published by ABC Books and in stores now. It was not even Alcott’s first flirtation with royalty; the 27-year-old met the famous pair he chummily addressed as Meghan and Kate after taking part in the inaugural quad wheelchair exhibition at Wimbledon in July. The sequel came as the Sussexes mingled with various politicians, celebrities and sports stars in Sydney last month.“I said ‘hello, Duchess, my name’s Dylan, we’ve actually met before’, and she goes ‘yeah, I remember, at Wimbledon, outside the locker-room with your doubles partner’,” Alcott recalls. “I was like ‘shit, yeah, she remembers me!’. So I was pretty happy with that.”Alcott is similarly thrilled with so much in what he describes as a “super-busy” existence. His father Martin writes him an annual card noting that the year just gone will be a hard one to top. And yet his son seems to find a way. “It’s been unbelievable,” he says. “I’m a sucker for an opportunity, I love doing all kinds of different things, so when these opportunities keep coming up I just keep taking them. I’m very lucky and I’m absolutely loving my life at the moment.” “I don’t get out of bed every day to play to win a tennis tournament, I honestly don’t. I do it because I love it, but it also provides me with a platform to do what I really want: which is to continue to change the perceptions around disability.”His book, Able, is the latest vehicle, with its key message being the importance of celebrating and embracing difference. Left a paraplegic after being born with a tumour gripping his spinal cord, Alcott was once the tubby, embarrassed kid on the couch; he is now a TV and radio host, motivational speaker, businessman and advocate who lunched with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the prime minister, Scott Morrison, after interviewing Prince Harry at the recent Invictus Games. Since you’re here… Share via Email interviews Share on Facebook Tennis-wise, two events in the past 12 months are hard to separate: the quads’ long-awaited All England Club invitation, which ended six years of personal lobbying and has led to fully-integrated singles and doubles status in 2019; and the Australian Open.Having secretly spent time in hospital in the lead-up to the 2018 edition of Australia’s grand slam with the bacterial infection, cellulitis, Alcott was feeling the pressure of his increased profile as the face of a major bank’s advertising campaign en route to his fourth triumph at Melbourne Park.“I went from ‘you might have known my name’ to ‘you probably couldn’t really get away from me’ during the Open,” he laughs. “And I think if I’d choked it up and lost during that final it would have been pretty devastating. Alcott is ‘absolutely loving’ his life at the moment. Photograph: Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation Facebook Curtis McGrath: how the elite athlete found a life beyond the war zone Pinterest Read more Australia sportlast_img read more

Tunisia vs Spain: TV, stream & preview

first_imgSpain Tunisia vs Spain: TV channel, live stream, squad news & match preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Julen Lopetegui Spain Italy WC Qualifiers Getty Images Spain Friendlies Tunisia v Spain Tunisia World Cup Julen Lopetegui’s side continue their preparations for the tournament in Russia, where they are set to face Portugal, Iran and Morocco Spain continue their World Cup preparations with an international friendly against fellow qualifiers Tunisia this weekend.La Roja drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their last pre-tournament outing, while Tunisia played out a pulsating 2-2 draw with Turkey.Thus, both sides need momentum prior to the tournament kick-off, adding a slice of intrigue to the encounter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Goal brings you all you need to know ahead of the friendly clash between the two sides including team news, squad predictions and TV information. Game Tunisia vs Spain Date Saturday, June 9 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United Kingdom (UK) the game can be watched live on television on FreeSports, as well as being available to stream live online using TVPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports TV Player In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on ESPN Deportes, and can be streamed live online through WatchESPN.  US TV channel Online stream ESPN Deportes WatchESPN Squads & Team News Position Tunisia players Goalkeepers Ben Mustapha, Hassen, Mathlouthi Defenders Bedoui, Benalouane, Ben Youssef, Bronn, Haddadi, Meriah, Maaloul, Nagguez Midfielders Bari, Ben Amor, Chaalali, Khalil, Khaoui, Sassi, Skhiri, Sliti, Srarfi Forwards Khalifa, Khazri, Ben Youssef Tunisia have a couple of players who feature regularly in Europe’s top leagues, and will look to Wahbi Khazri to provide the magic required to give Spain a shock. The 27-year-old enjoyed a productive season at Rennes, on loan from Sunderland, and provides the magic touch.Elsewhere, Aymen Mathlouthi is an experienced goalkeeper and has won nearly 70 caps for his country, but the midfield is relatively inexperienced – only two players have over 20 caps.Potential Tunisia starting XI: Mathlouthi; Bronn, Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; Khaoui, Skhiri, Sassi; Badri, Khazri, Sliti Position Spain players Goalkeepers De Gea, Kepa, Reina Defenders Carvajal, Pique, Nacho, Odriozola, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Monreal, Alba Midfielders Busquets, Iniesta, Saul, Koke, Thiago, Asensio, Silva, Isco Forwards Rodrigo, Vazquez, Aspas, Costa Spain have one of the strongest squads in the entire World Cup, but were held to a dour 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their last friendly outing.Manager Julen Lopetegui used that game to make a number of tweaks to his starting XI; the likes of Iago Aspas, Alvaro Odriozola and Koke all started. It remains to be seen if he will be as experimental this time out.Potential Spain starting XI: De Gea; Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta; Silva, Isco, Asensio; CostaBetting & Match Odds Spain are overwhelming favourites with dabblebet, and can be found at 2/7. Tunisia can be backed at 10/1, while the draw is found at 4/1.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for this weeks’ international friendly matches. Match Preview Alvaro Odriozola SpainBoth Tunisia and Spain will face stern opposition in Russia, with the African side placed into a group with Belgium, England and Panama, and La Roja due to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, as well as Iran and Morocco.Lopetegui has yet to truly see his side click, but all of the talent is there, particularly in midfield. Indeed, the likes of David Silva and Isco may be forced to settle for a place on the bench when Spain kick off their tournament against Portugal.Tunisia do not have anywhere near as many riches, but they will be pinning their hopes on Wahbi Khazri, who plundered 11 goals and four assists this season in Ligue 1.Tunisia drew with Turkey last time out in an ill-tempered affair, and will hope to cause a shock as they prepare to take on two of Europe’s other heavyweights when the tournament kicks off later this month.Spain, meanwhile, must have the minimum expectation of reaching the semi-finals, and must pick up their momentum soon, with the Euro 2016 champions lying in wait.last_img read more

Massive security arrangements mark Jaitleys last rites

first_imgNew Delhi: The traffic volume was intense on the Ring Road and areas around the Indraprasth flyover and Chandagi Ram Akhara on Sunday afternoon as the funeral of former Union Minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley took place at Nigambodh Ghat crematorium on Sunday afternoon. The VVIPs along with Delhi’s who’s who accompanied by ambassadors of various countries too visited the Ghat to pay homage to the deceased BJP leader.Delhi Police made elaborate arrangements for the funeral procession as Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik himself supervised the arrangements along with DCP Central MS Randhawa. Traffic police made elaborate arrangements for easy passage of the funeral procession along the roads. The procession also passed through ITO, though Sunday was some respite for daily commuters as less traffic was seen on Delhi roads. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKeeping the funeral procession in view, the Delhi Traffic police had issued an advisory on their official Twitter handle. The advisory cautioned commuters about the heavy traffic between 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday and recommended motorists to avoid the aforementioned stretch of the Ring Road. The mortal remains of Arun Jaitley were taken to the Nigambodh Ghat for cremation. He was kept at the BJP headquarters for several hours in the morning for party workers and mourners to pay their last respects. The gun carriage carrying the body started off for the cremation ground at around 1:15 pm. Jaitley was cremated at around 3 pm at the Nigambodh Ghat with full state honours. The Ghat is located on the banks of the Yamuna river coast, situated on the Ring Road at the back of the historic Red Fort. Just after the cremation, it began to rain heavily and the movement of the VVIPs was also affected briefly as some of them got stuck in traffic after leaving the crematorium.last_img read more

Seven candidates vie for expremier Philippe Couillards former seat in byelection

first_imgQUEBEC — Seven candidates are in the running for a byelection to replace former Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard in the provincial riding of Roberval.The riding has been vacant since Couillard quit politics days after losing October’s provincial election.Elections Quebec says following a Saturday deadline, seven parties have put up a candidate seeking to replace the former premier when voters in the riding go to the polls on Dec. 10.Couillard garnered 42 per cent of the votes cast on Oct. 1, easily winning the riding in the province’s Saguenay region.The Coalition Avenir Quebec currently have 74 seats in the 125-seat legislature, followed by the Liberals at 29 and the Parti Quebecois and Quebec solidaire at 10 each, and one Independent member.Both sovereigntist parties were granted official party status on Thursday following a deal with government in spite of each falling two seats short of the minimum, meaning additional budgets and powers.The deal is expected to be ratified when the new legislative session begins next week with a first sitting on Tuesday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccos Parliamentary Elections a Barometer in the Maghreb

By Safa OthmaniTunis – October 7, 2016, is a very special day in Morocco, as over 15,000 will cast their votes for the party that best speaks up for their aspirations  and needs.With nearly 30 political parties running the 10th parliamentary elections race since 1965, 1,400 lists will compete to win seats in the 395-member Chamber of Representatives. As soon as the electoral campaign kicked off on September 24, 2016, hundreds of thousands of Moroccans flocked to local election bureaus to register to vote.North Africans, particularly, but not exclusively, Moroccans, have been keeping tabs on the electoral process with a mixture of anxiety and enthusiasm, wondering deep inside whether their nominee will be in the lead for the next parliamentary term.Quoted by the Jadid Presse news site, Jameela, a native of Agadir city, in southern Morocco, said: “I’ve been keeping tabs on ongoing political developments with a deep anxiety.”“It’s true that I sympathize with the Democratic Left, but I’ve heard that the Justice and Development Party is closer to people’s aspirations and concerns and, thus, enjoys a sweeping popularity,” added Jameela.Since the last legislative elections in 2011, the Islamist Party of Justice and Development, known by its French acronym PJD, has dominated parliament seats and led a government alliance of several ideologies.The PJD faces tough competition from the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM), widely regarded as close to the palace.Analysts believe the PJD could win a second term in the 2016 although austerity policies that the government embarked on to boost public finances have started to weigh on Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane’s popularity.A poll published by Morocco World News in April and which was conducted by the Tariq Ibn Ziyad Initiative (TIZI) – “an independent, nonpartisan, and patriotic” organization – in partnership with the Morocco-based Averty institute found out that 44,9 percent of Moroccans, among a representative sample of 1,098, support Benkirane in continuing his five-year reign.Political forecasters believe, Benkirane’s charismatic character will help his Justice and Development Party to gain an outright majority.“Morocco’s Islamists have been standard-bearers for co-existence rather than rebellion,” Reuters wrote a few hours before the ballot lift-off.However “defeats for Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party and the overthrow of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood may tempt Morocco royalists to push back against PJD where the palace once ceded to Islamists as an escape value for tensions in the past,” Reuters noted down.In an Arabic article published by the al-Ain news site under the title “PJD and PAM Competing over Morocco’s Election Cake,” observers believe PJD’s popularity has seen a setback due to the pension law and rise in fuel prices.In a paradoxical twist reflective of the impossibility to forecast Morocco’s ballot offspring in purely conclusive terms, the same news site wrote:  “PDJ’s chances to win parliamentary elections are higher compared to other political parties thanks to its organizational and financial potentials nurtured by a large spectrum of businessmen and the conservative bourgeoisie.”Morocco “is the region barometer”“Morocco’s political scene and that of North African nations are expected to undergo a watershed should Benkirane’s PJD party win another term,” Tunisian Analyst M. Ezzedine told Morocco World News.“Morocco is the region’s barometer since it is the only Arab country to hold multi-party elections on a sequential basis since its independence,” he noted“A metamorphosis in Morocco’s political texture means a change in regional and also, perhaps, middle eastern politics,” he added.Rabat-based political sociologist Mohammed Masbah, formerly a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center went through a similar line as he voiced his expectations about Morocco’s upcoming ballot.According to Masbah, the fact that Morocco is the only Arab country where Islamists have got consistently better results at the ballot box without stirring up domestic unrest and instability reflects Morocco’s ostensible commitment to political reforms, a tendency that ushers in a new era in the country’s journey towards democracy.Reports have also emerged on the probable surge of a new tide of voters for radical left wing parties, with a group of Moroccan citizens identifying with alternatives to the main socialist party.In Masbah’s view, the result of Friday’s election will determine the nature of the relationship between PJD party and Morocco’s far left. A new chapter of greater cooperation or conflict is awaiting Morocco around the corner.Offering an-in-between standpoint, other analysts said they believe the Federation of the Democratic Left led by Nabila Mounib might win a considerable number of seats in the ballot box.“This is a party that could offer Moroccans, and by the same token neighboring countries, a ‘third-way’ alternative,” said K. Nsir, a retired Tunisian University Teacher.“We, North Africans, are fed up with extremism overwhelming us from all directions,” added K. Nsir. “Why don’t we just pick up the ball from the middle of the pitch so that every party can score a goal? We’re awaiting the results of Morocco’s voting on tenterhooks.”Imad Agrili, 31, a painter from the rural town of Skoura, was voting for the first time and opted for the Federation of the Democratic Left. “They seem clean and transparent,” he said.For affiliates of the banned Islamist Adl wal Ihsan (Justice and Charity) movement, the election in Morocco is just futile and unproductive due to what they dubbed as “the centralization of power and the decision-making by the monarchy.”Political system makes hard for any party to win absolute majority Morocco’s multi-party political scene, not so much dissimilar to America’s “salad bowl” allegory, makes it almost impossible for any party to enjoy a sweeping majority. The fact that the most popular party can hardly gain over 20% of the overall votes, makes the winner in an ongoing chase for coalition-building initiatives between various parties to form majority blocs in the Parliament.Nonetheless, some now fear that the October 7 poll could give rise to a sort of distrust in the political process.Independent observers writing for the Morocco World News, said despite some peccadillos in the electoral process, voting has been so far carried out close to international standards.Bordered on the east by Algeria and on the south by Mauritania, Morocco has a population of 34 million, with Arabs constituting 70 percent and Berbers making up most of the rest.The main official language is Arabic. Berber language, which is spoken widely in the north and the south has been granted the status of official language by the 2011 constitution.The country’s new constitution, approved in a referendum in 2011, brought about a series of amendments that narrowed down the King’s political powers at the same time as they propped up the authority of the prime minister, endowing him/her with the privilege to assign government officials and dissolve parliament – powers previously endowed only to the king.Even if opinions among experts in North African affairs have often diverged vis-à-vis such a political dispersion reflected on Morocco’s ballot day, Morocco, to its credit, is among the few Arab countries that has been holding parliamentary elections on a sequential basis since its independence in 1965.Though far from being typical, elections in Morocco have saved the country from the serious landslides which rocked other neighboring countries like Libya and Egypt, where extremism has found a fertile ground to set up roots and flourish.“We are just hoping for the best” after the harsh campaign, said Fatima Ibn Abou, among dozens voting at the Mouad Ibn Jabal middle school in Casablanca where the prime minister is casting his ballot.Friday’s ballot will uncover the lineup of the upper chamber of parliament, comprised of 395 seats, 90 of which are reserved for women and youth. Definitive results are expected to come out Saturday.As more voters are likely to head out to vote before sunset, North Africans remain on edge for the ballot’s final upshots. read more

I Will Continue This Fight Maelainine Hits Back at Moroccos PJD

Rabat – MP Amina Maelainine, whom Morocco’s ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) recently punished for her association with a “scandalous” clothing choice, has said she will not be silenced by insincere criticism.Faced with criticism of hypocrisy from a number of Moroccans after pictures emerged in December of Maelainine walking unveiled while in Paris, PJD’s leadership lambasted the MP, who wears a veil while in Morocco.On Saturday, April 13, the party finally decided to punish Maelainine, also a PJD member, by removing her from her position as seventh vice-president in the House of Representatives. Maelainine, however, did not wait long to respond to what she perceives as an organized campaign against her personality and political convictions.Taking to Facebook on Monday, April 15, the demoted MP reminded her critics that a coordinated attempt to silence and sideline her from the party’s highest ranks will not take away her outspokenness and passion.Cheap heroism“That many people have been quick to comment, analyze, and repetitively seek glory on the back of Amina Maelainine is a sign of lack of character,” the MP lashed out. She added that her critics’ behavior since the Paris scandal is “reflective of their inability to take much more heroic roles by espousing more honorable political opinions and causes.”Maelainine rose to prominence in the aftermath of the 2011 general elections as the voice of the educated but virtuous and religious Moroccan woman.To those who have suggested that the PJD’s decision to demote Maelainine will further complicate the MP’s political future, making her gradually irrelevant in national political debates, Maelainine said she will continue her fight.“I want to point out that this is not the first time that the party’s secretariat general has opposed my candidacy for party leadership,” Maelainine wrote.According to Maelainine, the hype has more to do with a desire to use her to advance politicians’ own causes. As far as the MP is concerned, those who attack her only sought to paint her in a bad light to make themselves look more principled.However, while it “is normal” to prefer someone else over her for leadership positions, she stressed that critics’ “constant insinuations and selective condemnations” will not make up for their “lack of noble political convictions.”While Maelainine has remained uncharacteristically silent since mid-January, when the PJD started debating her political fate, it is not the first time that the outspoken MP has taken sweeping aims at her critics, both outside and within the PJD.In an interview with Moroccan weekly Al Ayyam in early March, Maelainine hinted at what other critics have called the “marketization of Islamic ethics.”The idea is that there is an inclination in Moroccan political circles, especially politicians who seek to appeal to a largely conservative and religious electoral base, to take more interest in “smear campaigns” and other “trivial issues” rather than discussing more pressing issues, according to Maelainine.She told Al Ayyam that there is a general tendency to “accord disproportionate importance” to people’s lifestyles and physical appearance rather than their actions and policies while in public office.Maelainine’s lost battleFor all of Maelainine’s defiance, it is unlikely that she will appeal to critics, most of whom were convinced of her “hypocrisy” from the very outset of the Paris scandal. For Moroccan liberals, the PJD has already been discredited as a genuine “Islamist party.”The Moroccan left has consistently held the view that the country’s ruling party only portrays itself—and falsely—as nationalist and Islamist in order to exploit the perceived gap between elites and “everyday Moroccans.”The party’s aim, critics have argued, is to take advantage of the voting capital of low-income Moroccans considered as more attached to the country’s religious and traditional values.Meanwhile, as the party seeks to wash itself of such criticisms of hypocrisy, Maelainine is increasingly viewed by many PJD members as a liability.In an interview with Morocco’s 2M television channel on April 14, justice minister and PJD frontbencher Mustapha Ramid said that “time is up” for Maelainine. Ramid said, “No one has the right to have two faces.”There are also reports that even Abdelilah Benkirane, former PJD leader and Maelainine’s traditional “protector,” is no longer supportive of his longtime “protegee.”Meanwhile, Maelainine, loyal to her feisty and defiant self, is adamant that even unanimous rejection from her party will not silence her.“I have worked hard, with devotion and engagement. I will continue this fight, which is not necessarily linked to holding leadership positions. I will continue fighting with the same passion and enthusiasm as before,” she wrote on Facebook. read more

From spaceships to hockey sticks Craft beer taps are flowing across the

Thatcher said breweries often come with pie-in-the-sky designs that aren’t practical for the bartender or the patron.Beer taps typically should be about 12 to 14 inches tall, three inches wide with the brewery’s name legible about 10 feet away, Thatcher said. Along with unique shapes, breweries have also approached Chrislan to experiment more with brighter and bolder colours.It typically takes the company about four weeks to finalize a design to do a minimum order of 25 taps. Costs start at $18 per tap, and can go up from there depending on whether the shape needs to be custom-made. Most tap handles are made out of ceramic, resin or wood.Thatcher said the biggest tip he has for breweries wanting to catch a customer’s eye with a tap is to be consistent with the design.‘I haven’t even taken a salary’: Small distillers say new Ontario liquor tax will kill themWhy people happily line up to pay more than $100 for a single beer“At the end of the day, they have to sell beer,” he said. “And unless they have the brand on there or the company name, people don’t know what they are. A spaceship may look cool but you have no idea what kind of flavour that is. It’s not very appetizing.”At Toronto bar C’est What, patrons can find everything from a giant turkey baster syringe filled with hops to a decommissioned telephone handle used as a beer tap.Owner George Milbrandt says one-of-a-kind beer tap designs definitely draw customers to the beer — many times even before they have tasted it.“There’s really no rhyme or reason (to tap design),” said Milbrandt, whose bar has more than 40 beers on tap. “It’s a very individual thing. Kind of like beer is.”The Canadian Press TORONTO — In the past five years, beer tap maker Chrislan Ceramics has seen its business double thanks to a boom in the Canadian craft beer industry.The Maple Ridge, B.C., manufacturer says it produces between 1,000 to 1,500 beer taps a week, up from around the 600 mark in 2012.Chrislan has designed beer taps featuring rocket ships, dog bones and hockey sticks for juggernauts like Guinness and Labatt as well as smaller breweries like Granville Island Brewing and Lake of Bays Brewing. But not everyone’s a winner.“A lot of the craft brewers come to us with designs that doesn’t really represent their beer,” says Chrislan sales manager Phil Thatcher. “Whether it’s cream ale or an IPA, we really want that prominent on the tap handle.”According to the latest statistics from industry association Beer Canada, there were nearly 650 breweries operating across the country, with the majority situated in Ontario, as of 2015.What’s driving the growth in beer taps, says Thatcher, are the number of craft breweries opening up shop looking to differentiate themselves.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck read more

Government seeks US grant assistance through MCC

Ambassador Kariyawasam briefed Ms. Hyde on the reform process in Sri Lanka and the significant progress that has been achieved by the government since its election to office in January. Sri Lanka now seeks to expand cooperation with the international community including through new partnerships with donor agencies, such as MCC to provide a tangible peace dividend to its people.Acknowledging the progressive developments taking place in Sri Lanka, Ms. Hyde said that MCC was encouraged by the reform process and would continue to closely follow developments in the coming months. She invited the Ambassador to continue interaction with MCC. (Colombo Gazette) Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004, with strong bipartisan support, MCC is an innovative foreign aid agency that operates on the principle of delivering U.S. grant assistance to select countries on the basis of a long-term consultative partnership, with the objective of reducing global poverty through sustainable economic growth. The Government has sought grant assistance from the United States under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington said.At a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Dana J. Hyde, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam has emphasized the desire of the Government to establish a partnership with the United States under the Millennium Challenge Corporation. MCC grants to partner countries can reach the tune of US$ 500 million over a five-year partnership. To date, MCC has approved over $10 billion in assistance worldwide that support country-determined projects in such sectors as agriculture and irrigation, infrastructure, water supply and sanitation, access to health, finance and enterprise development, anti-corruption initiatives, land rights and access to education. MCC selects eligible countries based on their performance in the areas of good governance, economic freedom and investment in their citizens. read more

Ex LTTE negotiator tells TNA to push for Eelam

Rudrakumaran also noted that the outcome of the August 2015 elections should not be in any way misconstrued by the TNA that the people have rejected the overwhelming mandate given at the parliamentary election of 1977 for the establishment of an independent Tamil State in the island of Sri Lanka adding that doing so would be utterly incorrect. “Of the different positions we articulated, the TNA included in their election manifesto the one concerning the Thimphu Principles, which recognize that Eelam Tamils have inhabited a traditional homeland, they constitute a distinct nation, based on which  Eelam Tamils were entitled to the right of self-determination.  With reference to the Report to be delivered by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, although there was no mention about an international independent investigation in TNA’s election manifesto, we saw that number TNA candidates reiterated on election platforms their support for an international investigation,” Rudrakumaran said in a statement. “The reality in Sri Lanka is such that 6th Amendment to the Constitution adopted after the 1977 elections prohibits any expression by the Tamil people of their aspirations for freedom through secession. The 6th Amendment has clearly established a situation in which the Eelam Tamil Nation in its campaign for political rights could not even express, let alone discuss freely, the options for a resolution to the Tamil National question. In this context, the failure of the Tamil voters to express a desire to create their own independent, sovereign state could be considered as a fresh mandate state only if they voted after the 6th Amendment had been repealed, and not when the voting took place with the 6th Amendment in place to muzzle their freedom of expression. The enormous sacrifice of over 40,000 martyrs and tens of thousands of citizens remain with us as a mandate, and reminding generations to come the duty to uphold that mandate towards establishing an independent State of Tamil Eelam,” he said.He also said that the opportunity for the Tamil people to express their true aspirations would come only when the said 6th Amendment is repealed and a Referendum is conducted under aegis of the international community whereby Tamils living in the North and East and in the Diaspora could vote on all options for a solution to the Tamil national struggle in Sri Lanka, including the option to secede. (Colombo Gazette) Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, the head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) and former LTTE peace negotiator, has called on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to push for the creation of a State of Tamil Eelam.While congratulating the TNA on its victory at the Parliamentary Elections Rudrakumaran noted that during the election the TGTE appealed to the Tamil people to cast their votes based on certain fundamental positions instead of the usual approach of supporting a political party. read more

We can all sing Kumbaya and keep going Leaders tee off on

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May stared at an empty podium, as they looked to get an edge on the absent Liberal leader.The debate was moderated by Maclean’s writer Paul Wells and covered four major issues: the economy, Indigenous issues, energy and the environment and foreign policy.Below, some of the highlights from the debate. Read all the National Post’s election coverage Terry Glavin: Empty chair at upcoming debate the lesser of two bad looks for Trudeau 9:45 p.m. — Singh thanks viewers “for sticking with us this long.” He says the NDP won’t be fighting “for the powerful” but for average Canadians.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.9:43 p.m. — Scheer’s closing comments centre almost entirely on cost-of-living issues. Taxes, home heating and a government that “lives within its means.”9:41 p.m. — In her closing comments, May asks voters to “give us a serious consideration” and recommends people check out the party’s platform.9:36 p.m. — “I wear as a badge of honour that I am the only party leader currently banned from Russia,” says Scheer. May accuses Scheer of taking his ideas from Donald Trump, such as moving the embassy to Jerusalem, and Scheer says “that’s just false” but doubles down on his support for Israel.Scheer noted with pride that he’s the only party leader to be banned from Russia because of his “support for Ukraine.”Which is….a stretch. It’s true that he’s banned — but that’s because he was speaker of the House of Commons at the time. Not for any policy position.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) September 13, 20199:30 p.m. — May blames Cambridge Analytica for Brexit and says it was a travesty of enormous proportions.9:28 p.m. — May grins broadly as Wells asks Scheer about his tweet supporting Brexit. “My focus is on restoring Canada’s place in the world,” says Scheer. Doesn’t touch the question of whether he supports it or not.9:25 p.m. — Scheer complains about how long it took to name a new ambassador to China. He says that when China starts “blocking our imports,” Canada needs to stand up for itself.9:24 p.m. — May says that anyone who can confidently say what they want to do with China is “talking out of their hat.” These are complicated issues, she says.Maclean’s/CITY made a point with the empty podium off the top. But then forgot about that empty space. Director has not been calling that shot and moderator has not directed any question at the empty spot. You’re either all in on showing up the no-show or you’re not.— David Akin 🇨🇦 (@davidakin) September 13, 20199:22 p.m. — At the beginning of the final segment, Singh ticks off what he thinks are Trudeau’s failure on foreign policy: diplomacy with China, his trip to India and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.9:15 p.m. — During the break, notes from the beginning of the debate were issued. Before it kicked off, Elizabeth May walked up to the Trudeau’s empty podium and said “Good to see you,” while shaking hands with no one, reported CP reporter Allison Jones.9:10 p.m. — Scheer looks a little bit taken aback as May reels off parts of his climate plan that she likes. But, “if you don’t have the right target you can’t make a plan that makes any sense,” said May. We are “hanging on to human civilization.”9:08 p.m. — Scheer says his plan for the environment is the most comprehensive policy ever put forward by an opposition party. “The carbon tax is proven to fail,” says Scheer.9:02 p.m. — The first major attack between Singh and May happens on abortion rights. “We have a solid position, unlike the Greens, on a woman’s right to choose,” says Singh, referencing a recent interview May did with CBC in which she said Green MPs would be able to vote their conscience on the issue. May later walked back that position after the interview aired. She calls the attack absurd and takes the argument back to climate change.8:59 p.m. — On May’s plan to retrofit buildings, Wells notes that it’s an audacious plan that requires “working with Jason Kenney and Doug Ford.” May says it may be audacious but it’s also essential. She ticks off the risks from climate change and says, “yes, we can do this.”I feel like Singh and May are focusing too much on attacking Scheer and not enough on each other. #elxn43— Maura Forrest (@MauraForrest) September 13, 20198:53 p.m. — Wells asks Singh about his thoughts on the B.C. LNG project that he has previously panned. Singh won’t say for sure whether an NDP government or a minority government supported by the NDP would be opposed to it.This Singh answer on whether he does or does not support LNG might be his first clear attempt to deflect tonight. He’s sounded pretty forthright up to now. #FirstDebate— John Geddes (@Geddes28) September 13, 20198:43 p.m. — Scheer says that under a Conservative government the director of public prosecutions will not see any interference on the decision about whether to prosecute SNC-Lavalin.8:42 p.m. — Scheer demands that Trudeau waive cabinet confidence on the SNC-Lavalin affair and May doubles down on the Green idea for a public inquiry.8:39 p.m. — May floats the idea of making SNC-Lavalin do “community service” by building infrastructure without making any profit on it. “It’s a bit ludicrous,” says Singh.8:37 p.m. — Scheer wants to know what happens if a single First Nations community rejects the project. Does it get halted? For our Albertan readers, don’t fear: Wells says there’s a lot more questions on pipelines coming.8:35 p.m. — “If you don’t have communities buying in, projects won’t go ahead,” says Singh, on the government’s “duty to consult” on major projects.8:33 p.m. — Both Singh and Scheer are going after Trudeau for his comments to protesters from Grassy Narrows, who were angry about mercury poisoning in their community.8:28 p.m. — May and Singh press Scheer on a recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision that concluded that Canada wilfully and recklessly discriminated against First Nations children. Singh says he’s “appalled that Mr. Scheer just couldn’t say ‘yes, we won’t appeal the decision.’”8:26 p.m. — On Indigenous issues, Scheer gives a shout-out to National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde, who in Scheer’s riding in Saskatchewan. Scheer says we need to end long-term boil water advisories and offer more natural resource opportunities for First Nations.8:23 p.m. — Singh says he wants Quebecers to know that “you can believe in who you are, you can celebrate your identity.”8:22 p.m. — On Quebec’s Bill 21, May says she wants to secure the rights of everyone in the province and floats the idea of giving jobs to people who lose them thanks to the new legislation. Scheer says he glad people are fighting the bill in the courts, but a Conservative government wouldn’t intervene.8:21 p.m. — Scheer warns that program promises like this will just juice the country’s debt. On pharmacare, the government should be more worried about people who fall through the cracks, not “universal” programs, he says.8:20 p.m. — Singh touts his party’s plan for universal pharmacare. May says she likes the idea, but her party was spooked by the $30 billion price tag they got from the parliamentary budget office. Singh says he’ll find revenue in offshore tax havens and other loopholes.8:18 p.m. — “We can all sing Kumbaya and keep going,” says May, after an exchange ends with all the leaders agreeing that Trudeau’s Liberals have made life more expensive for Canadians.8:16 p.m. — Singh is now comparing Scheer to Doug Ford’s Ontario government and says Scheer will offer similar budget cuts. That’s been a constant attack from Trudeau’s Liberals.8:14 p.m. — May complains that Scheer never answered the question: What about a surprise? Scheer says he will balance the budget. May interjects and insists that the Green Party will not cut services if there’s a surprise in the balance sheet.8:10 p.m. — Scheer is asked if there are circumstances in which he would have to embark on budget costs, like if he finds the finances in worse shape than is currently realized. He says his platform will be fully costed and he doesn’t expect to encounter those scenarios.8:09 p.m. — This debate, so far, is a free-for-all squabble, with the leaders going back and forth and interrupting each other.8:07 p.m. — Scheer briefly pans the policy, but turns immediately to a criticism of Trudeau’s fiscal management. Singh also goes straight to a jab at Trudeau.8:05 p.m. — The debate starts off with a question to Elizabeth May about her party’s guaranteed minimum income plan. May says she see it as an investment and will save money in other areas, for example, in housing fewer prisoners in penitentiaries.8:02 p.m. — “Now with 25 per cent fewer leaders,” says moderator Paul Wells as the debate begins. He says they left an empty podium in case Trudeau changes his mind.7:04 p.m. — As crowds gather in Toronto for the debate, Liberal supporters are lining up to see Justin Trudeau in Edmonton. After that, Trudeau will head to Trois-Rivières, Quebec, where Andrew Scheer kicked off his campaign yesterday.6:35 p.m. — As the leaders arrive for the debate, a group of People’s Party of Canada supporters have gathered outside to protest the lack of invitation for party leader Maxime Bernier.5:17 p.m. — Not be outdone, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh shot a video on the debate stage, saying he was excited to get started, but annoyed that Trudeau wasn’t attending. “I’m really disappointed that Mr. Trudeau didn’t decide to show up. He’s not been there for Canadians for the past four years and now he’s not there today,” said Singh.3:13 p.m. — Andrew Scheer took to Twitter to shame Liberal leader Justin Trudeau for skipping the debate tonight, posting a photo of the stage. “There are four podiums but only three leaders will show up. Trudeau keeps running away from his record instead of running on it,” Scheer tweeted. Gary Clement / National Post Federal leaders gathered for the first federal election debate on Sept. 12, but someone was missing. The party leaders in the 2019 federal election were studying hard Thursday afternoon, brushing up on their policies and practicing their zingers ahead of the first leaders debate.Well, not all of them. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau decided to skip the debate entirely. He will attend only one English language debate before the Oct. 21 election. English Canada won’t get to see Trudeau tussle with his opponents until Oct. 7. read more

Forbes Dallas Cowboys Worth NFLBest 32 Billion

They have been a nonfactor in the Super Bowl for almost two decades and have not won a playoff game in five years, and yet the value of the Dallas Cowboys franchise continues to rise.Valued at $3.2 billion, owner Jerry Jones’ Cowboys are atop Forbes magazine’s rankings of NFL teams by a healthy margin for an eighth consecutive season, having risen in value by $900 million to become the only NFL team worth more than $3 billion.Despite last having won a championship in 1996, the Cowboys are second in value only to soccer’s Real Madrid ($3.4 billion) among all global sports franchises.Dallas has the NFL’s highest revenue ($560 million) and operating income ($246 million), and this season becomes the first NFL team to have partnerships with a worldwide luxury watch and cruise line.The New England Patriots ($2.6 billion), the Washington Redskins ($2.4 billion), the New York Giants ($2.1 billion) and the Houston Texans ($1.85 billion) round out the top five. The entire NFC East is ranked among the seven most valuable teams, with the Philadelphia Eagles coming in seventh ($1.75 billion).Forbes says the average NFL franchise is now worth an all-time high of $1.43 billion, which is 23 percent more than a year ago and is the biggest year-over-year increase since 1999.It is more than the mean valuation of the world’s top 20 soccer teams ($1.05 billion), Major League Baseball teams ($811 million) and NBA teams ($634 million).Only seven football teams are worth less than $1 billion: the San Diego Chargers ($995 million), Cincinnati Bengals ($990 million), Oakland Raiders ($970 million), Jacksonville Jaguars ($965 million), Detroit Lions ($960 million), Buffalo Bills ($935 million) and the St. Louis Rams ($930 million).The value of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks rose to $1.33 billion, which ranked 15th.Other teams in the top 10 include the New York Jets (No. 6, $1.8 billion), Chicago Bears  (No. 8, $1.7 billion), San Francisco 49ers (No. 9, $1.6 billion) and the Baltimore Ravens (No. 10, $1.5 billion). read more

Nightmare continues for Ohio State volleyball

Correction: Oct. 29, 2013Andrea Kacsits’ name was initially spelled wrong in this article. It was been changed to reflect the correct spelling. Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits (4) defends a shot during a match against Nebraska Oct. 25 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Brandon Klein / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team, which has now dropped six straight matches, hit the half way point of the conference season with a 2-8 record.“We are not the team we were in this nightmare of a first half,” sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said. “We’ll be better in the second half (of the season) for sure.”The No. 24 Buckeyes, who have not won since Oct. 5 at Indiana, dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 13 Nebraska Friday at St. John Arena.“We need to remember what it feels like to win, and love that feeling enough to want to do it every time,” Kacsits said of the team’s recent struggles.The Buckeyes looked strong early Friday, taking the first set 25-22, but were unable to build on that form the rest of the way.Nebraska jumped out to a 12-4 lead over OSU in the second set, eventually winning it 25-12. The third ended 25-17 in favor of the Cornhuskers, and a late rally was not enough for OSU as they fell 25-19 in the final set.The final period was close until the end, as the Buckeyes only trailed one point, 20-19, but five straight Nebraska points closed out the match.Coach Geoff Carlston said his team can take positives from the match, but they still have work to do in the second half of Big Ten play.“I thought some individuals played really well (against Nebraska),” Carlston said. “I think (we had) … the effort that we need to get better.”Carlston has been working with multiple lineups during the losing streak, going with a two setter look against Nebraska as freshman Maggie Heim and junior Taylor Sherwin both saw significant playing time.“It’s an option, something that I like components of,” Carlston said about the different look.Heim finished with three kills and 14 assists while Sherwin tallied 24 assists.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the Buckeyes with 12 kills, while Kacsits added eight of 14 attempts for an attack percentage of .500.Senior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson led the match with 19 kills for Nebraska, while freshman outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen had 16 and sophomore middle blocker Meghan Haggerty added 10.After the loss, the Buckeyes have a week to rest, with their next match scheduled for Friday against No. 10 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.Leary said the second half of the season gives the Buckeyes a chance to see teams again and learn from their mistakes.“The good thing about the Big Ten is you play everyone twice,” she said. “Now everyone knows the teams better, they know us better, we know them better.”Carlston said the time off will help his team’s rhythm and give them a chance to get back on the same page.“We’re going to take these days off, regroup, and really focus on the second half of the season,” he said.After their match at Michigan State, the Buckeyes are scheduled to head to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a date with the No. 17 Michigan Wolverines. read more

Elderly people sent home from hospital in dead of night amid fundamental

first_imgMPs said the divide between health and social care services was extreme it amounted to political maladministration Credit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA ‘These shocking failures will continue to happen unless the government tackles the heart of the problem – the chronic underfunding of social care which is pilling excruciating pressure on the NHS’Dame Julie Mellor, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Latest figures show delays in discharging fit patients from hospital have risen 23 per cent in one year, while bedblocking is at record levels.The NHS Ombudsman report – which saw a 36 per cent rise in discharge-related investigations in 2015 – found that some deaths and incidents of suffering could have been prevented if hospitals carried out the right checks before discharging people.Last night Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Julie Mellor said: “We see too many cases where discharge from hospital has gone horribly wrong, particularly for older, frail people who often don’t have the right support in place at home to cope on their own.“These shocking failures will continue to happen unless the government tackles the heart of the problem – the chronic underfunding of social care which is pilling excruciating pressure on the NHS, leaving vulnerable patients without a lifeline.”PACAC chairman Bernard Jenkin, Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, said: “Hospital staff seem to feel pressured to discharge patients before it is safe to do so. Hospital leadership must reassure their staff that organisational pressures never take priority over person-centred care. And staff need to feel a level of trust and openness that enables them to raise concerns about unsafe discharge.”Janet Morrison, chief executive of the charity Independent Age, said: “This report paints a damning picture of the management of hospital discharge across many parts of the NHS. We are consistently seeing record numbers of people being kept in hospital unnecessarily because appropriate care services have not been put in place.”A spokesman for the Department of Health said:  “Patients should only be discharged from hospital when it’s clinically appropriate and safe for them and their families – and the best way to ensure that is to meaningfully integrate health and social care. We are investing billions to do so over the course of this Parliament to improve the experience of patients, many of whom will be vulnerable.” The Ombudsman report, published in May,  highlighted nine harrowing cases of unsafe release from hospital, including two patients who died as a result. One woman said she would be “haunted” for the rest of her life by the avoidable suffering of her mother, who was repeatedly sent home against her wishes.Today’s report said the cases were “not isolated incidents but rather examples of problems that patients, relatives and carers are experiencing more widely”.“We heard that pressures on resources and capacity within hospitals are leading to worrying and unsafe discharge practices,” MPs said.The report said patients were suffering because too many were stuck in hospital despite being medically fit to leave, while others were being forced out too early, to free up beds.   Old hands  MPs examined the issue of hospital discharges after the NHS ombudsman found a sharp increase in complaints about patients who had been sent home in unsafe circumstances.Cases examined include an 85-year-old with dementia, sent home at 11pm, without food, drink or bedding, and unable to get to the toilet.   Another elderly patient died in her granddaughter’s arms, hours after being sent home by doctors who failed to examine her.MPs today urged the Health Secretary to act to stop any patients being discharged against their will between the hours of 11pm and 6am. And they told the Government to set out plans explaining how it will fund social care so that services can survive in the long-run.center_img Delays in discharging fit patients from hospital have risen 23 per cent since June last year. Frail elderly people are being sent home from hospital in the dead of night because of a fundamental breakdown of the health and social care system, according to a damning report by MPs.Watchdogs said patients were increasingly being forced to endure “harrowing” and unsafe ordeals amid mounting pressures on services.The report by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) says patients were being put at risk by gaps between health and social care services, which are so extreme that they amount to “political maladministration”.Last night the health service Ombudsman said vulnerable patients were being left without a lifeline, accusing the Government of “chronic underfunding of social care.” MPs have urged Jeremy Hunt to set out how the practice of discharge at night will be endedCredit:PA  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more