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Governor Wolf Announces Naloxone Standing Order to Combat Heroin Epidemic (+ FAQs)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Naloxone FAQs:What is naloxone?Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (prescription pain medication or heroin). When given during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death. Naloxone has no potential for abuse- a person can’t get high or become addicted to it – and it is safe to use. (Naloxone does not work to reverse overdose from other types of substances).How do I get naloxone?Family members and friends can access this medication by obtaining a prescription from their family doctor or by using the standing order (a prescription written for the general public, rather than specifically for an individual) issued by Rachel Levine, M.D., PA Physician General. The standing order is kept on file at many pharmacies, or may be downloaded here.If you cannot access Scribd, you can also download the standing order here from the Department of Health’s website.Naloxone prescriptions can be filled at most pharmacies. Although the medication may not be available for same day pick up, it can often be ordered and available within a day or two.What types of naloxone are available?Two of the most common ways that naloxone is administered are intranasal (nasal spray) and the auto-injector. Please note, not all pharmacies stock both forms and insurance coverage may vary depending on the type of medication being purchased and each individual insurance plan. Check your insurance prescription formulary or call your benefits manager to determine if the medication is covered by your particular plan or if your purchase of the medication will be an out-of-pocket cost.Intranasal currently has two pieces that are easily assembled: a prefilled medication tube and an atomization device which is sold separately. The nasal piece may not be stocked at your local pharmacy; however, they may assist in ordering it. Additionally, the nasal atomization device can be ordered from a number of medical supply companies without a prescription.The Auto-injector comes in a manufactured dosage form (similar to an epi-pen) and has a recorded message to talk you through giving the medication.How do I administer naloxone?In addition to talking to your healthcare provider or the pharmacist about how to use naloxone, individuals giving this medication to someone should take the online training ahead of time. Training is available at one of the Department of Health approved training sites: Get Naloxone Now or PA Virtual Training Network. These easy to understand, brief trainings explain how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, what to do in the event of an overdose, and instruct on how to give naloxone. While it is not necessary to obtain a training certificate in order to purchase naloxone, learning these important details will help you respond properly in the event of an overdose and also meet the immunity requirements of PA Act 139.Could I get in trouble for giving someone naloxone (statutory immunity)?Good Samaritan: Through the ‘Good Samaritan’ provision of Act 139, friends, loved ones and bystanders are encouraged to call 911 for emergency medical services in the event an overdose is witnessed and to stay with the individual until help arrives. The provision offers certain criminal and civil protections to the caller so that they cannot get in trouble for being present, witnessing and reporting an overdose.Administering Naloxone: Physicians are permitted to write third party prescriptions for naloxone and you are immune from liability for giving naloxone if you believed the person was suffering from an opioid overdose (heroin or prescription pain medication) and you called for medical help/911 after giving the medication.Does insurance cover naloxone?Insurance companies vary in how they cover naloxone and other drugs used to treat an opioid overdose. Prior to having a naloxone prescription filled with a pharmacy, consumers are encouraged to check with their insurance carriers to find out whether naloxone is a covered benefit under their policy, and, if so, what form of naloxone is covered, and any cost-sharing amounts that may apply under their policy.Will Fee-for-Service and the managed care organizations (MCOs) pay for naloxone dispensed under the standing order for Medical Assistance recipients?Yes.Will Medical Assistance require a prescription in order for the pharmacist to fill the naloxone for a Medical Assistance recipient?Yes, per 55 Pa Code, Chapter 1121 – Pharmaceutical Services – §1121.52, pharmacists can treat the standing order as a verbal order for Medical Assistance recipients.Can a person other than the eligible Medical Assistance recipient (friend or family member) obtain the naloxone at the pharmacy on the recipient’s behalf? Will the Medical Assistance Program make payment?PA Medical Assistance will make payment for naloxone for the eligible Medical Assistance recipient.Is prior authorization required by Medical Assistance for any of the naloxone products or supplies?The Evzio Auto-Injector is covered by Medical Assistance, but requires prior authorization. Generic naloxone is covered without the need for prior authorization.Where can a pharmacy access Medical Assistance billing procedures for naloxone and the nasal actuator?The Fee-for-Service Program will post information related to billing for naloxone on the DHS Pharmacy Services website. Pharmacies will need to contact each MCO individually to obtain information about their billing procedures.Will copays apply for the naloxone products and nasal actuator?No, the Medical Assistance copay will not apply.Is there a limit to the number of times that a Medical Assistance recipient can get naloxone?No, there is no limit to the number of fills that can be obtained.How can someone with an addiction to prescription pain medicines, heroin or other drugs get help?Treatment for drug abuse and addiction is available! You can find out more by calling the County Drug and Alcohol Office where you live. For more information or to get the contact information for your local office visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs website or call 717-783-8200.While it may be uncomfortable to talk to someone about their substance abuse problem, research shows that it is more likely for an individual to seek help for their problem within 30 days following an overdose if someone talks to them right after the overdose event about going to treatment.Are there any other standing orders in Pennsylvania?Yes. There have been three well publicized standing orders that we are aware of to date that impact Pennsylvania which include: 1) CVS who has developed one for their pharmacies nationwide; 2) Montgomery County; and 3) Allegheny County.The standing order being signed today does not affect these standing orders. Instead the Physician General’s standing order expands upon them to ensure statewide access.Naloxone Standing Order by Governor Tom Wolf*If you cannot access Scribd, you can also download the standing order here from the Department of Health’s website.# # # Governor Wolf Announces Naloxone Standing Order to Combat Heroin Epidemic (+ FAQs) Government That Works,  Press Release,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder On January 10, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf declared the opioid epidemic a statewide disaster. Under this declaration, emergency service providers are now able to leave naloxone behind after a 911 visit. Centralized Coordinating Entities (CCE) can contact the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to obtain naloxone for first responders under their jurisdiction. For more information, visit PCCD’s website. Updated with the paragraph above: February 15, 2018, 12:00 PMUpdated with FAQs: October 29, 2015, 3:59 PM Posted: October 28, 2015, 1:20 PMHarrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his “Government That Works” Tour and announced a significant step forward in his administration’s fight against the heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf stood with Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society as Dr. Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone*, a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. The governor was also joined by Secretary Ted Dallas, Secretary Gary Tennis, Secretary Karen Murphy, and Chairman Josh Shapiro.“This standing order is the next step in my administration’s fight against the addiction and overdose epidemic in our state,” said Governor Wolf. “We must do all that we can to support those Pennsylvania families suffering from the effects of addiction. I am proud to take this action with my cabinet members today.”Through the signing of this standing order, Dr. Levine has signed a prescription for naloxone to all Pennsylvanians. For more information about naloxone and how to administer it, please visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s page on overdose reversal.“Making it possible for all Pennsylvania residents to access the life-saving drug naloxone is a huge victory in our battle against drug overdose deaths in the commonwealth,” said Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine. “I am proud to sign this standing order and continue the efforts of the Wolf Administration to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. This forward-thinking initiative gives people the tools they need to keep their communities and families intact.”The rise in heroin addiction and prescription drug abuse has quickly led to a public health crisis in Pennsylvania, where 1 in 4 families suffer from the effects of substance abuse addiction. Heroin and opioid overdose are now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals than those involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents. In 2014, 2,400 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses.“Addiction can happen to anyone from any walk of life, and heroin is now the second leading cause of years of life lost,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “I am not going to accept that. We must fight to ensure our children, our loved ones, and our neighbors have access to these critical life-saving programs.”“Too many Pennsylvania families are being affected by this crisis,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis. “In addition to finding solutions like these to save lives, we are also working hard to raise awareness and break down stigmas about substance abuse disorders. My department will continue to work tirelessly to provide the best possible recovery and treatment options, to ensure that we do not see high rates of overdose recurrences.”“It is our goal at the Department of Health is to ensure that life-saving resources such as naloxone are available to every Pennsylvanian,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy. “Educating Pennsylvanians on how to use naloxone in case of an emergency is essential to curbing the devastating number of opioid-related overdose deaths that we have seen in the commonwealth over the past several years.”“The opioid epidemic is a serious public health issue and is it also an issue of public safety,” said Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chairman Josh Shapiro. “PCCD is working to ensure that the healthcare and law enforcement communities are working collaboratively to bring all our resources to this fight.”Since his inauguration, Governor Wolf has worked with his administration to provide real solutions not only to save lives but also to help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives. Such actions taken by the Wolf Administration include the development of the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program, the creation of the interagency Heroin Task Force, the support for the use of naloxone at schools across the Commonwealth, and stocking all Pennsylvania State Police cars with the naloxone drug. Since equipping State Police cars with naloxone, over 300 lives have been saved with this drug.Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposes $7.5 million in funds to provide more naloxone to police and to provide more and better treatment options for Pennsylvanians.“My administration, law enforcement agencies, those in the health care field, those in county services offices, and many others work hard every day to fight back against heroin epidemic,” concluded Governor Wolf. “My greatest hope is that today’s action will continue to aid these statewide efforts to overcome the addiction and overdose crisis in Pennsylvania.” October 28, 2015last_img read more

Budget hotel begins Africa roll-out in SA

first_img25 March 2013London-based investment holding company Lonrho and British entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s investment business, the easyGroup, have joined forces to open their first African budget hotel in Johannesburg.Located on De Korte Street in Braamfontein – part of Johannesburg’s central business district – the easyHotel by Lonrho follows the easyGroup’s low-cost business model to allow access to a higher number of people.“South Africa is indisputably the largest entry point to the continent, with Johannesburg as the primary international gateway to the African hub,” the organisations said in a joint statement last week.“The country also remains very popular with the US, UK and German markets for both leisure and business travel, while over the last five years, arrivals from China and India have increased year-on-year.”Its location in the central business district was selected to ensure hotel guests have easy access to transport hubs such as the high-speed Gautrain, which connects Johannesburg’s central business district with OR Tambo international airport, Rosebank, Sandton and Pretoria.“EasyHotel is all about simple comfort and great value, so I’m delighted to open our first African hotel in Johannesburg,” said easyGroup chairperson, Sir Stelios Haji- Ioannou.“The city has a wealth of attractions for leisure and business visitors and this new easyHotel will allow them to enjoy the best of Johannesburg.”The opening of the new hotel heralds the roll-out of easyHotels by Lonrho throughout the rest of Africa to meet growing demand, according to Lonrho chief executive, Geoffrey White.“This will be the first of many hotels specifically designed to provide an international standard hotel room at a budget price starting from US$31 (R290) per room per night,” he said.Lonrho signed a long-term lease with property-owners South Point to acquire the property and adopt the existing Hotel Lamunu into its global network.“Opening its first ‘easyHotel by Lonrho’ at the heart of Johannesburg, the commercial capital of South Africa, demonstrates Lonrho Hotels’ corporate objective of operating hotels in Africa’s high demand, high growth destinations,” the organisations said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Harvest weather outlook

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a first half of September which was 5 to 10 degrees below average, the second half of September will average 5 to 10 degrees above average making September in the end a near average month but marked by significant differences in the month. Temperatures the week of September 19 through 25 will run 10 to 15 degrees above average with no risk of frost.Rainfall will remain limited in most areas for the rest of September as well. Some rainfall will occur Tuesday Sept. 19 through Wednesday Sept. 20. Rainfall will average less than a tenth of an inch in the southeast half of the state to 0.10 to 0.50 inches in the northwest half with isolated higher totals. After Sept. 20, the next chance for rain does not come up until around Sept. 26 or 27.October OutlookTemperatures are likely to relax closer to normal in October after the warm late September. Rainfall is also expected to increase some especially in the second half of October. We expected October rainfall to be near or slightly below average which is close to 2 inches for the month on average.Tropical OutlookTropical activity looks to stay east of Ohio in the coming weeks. In fact, with storms well east it is enhancing high pressure and drier conditions over the region locally. Historically, storms tend to shift into the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico once we get to October and November. We will have to wait and see if some of that moisture would make its way back into our region.Frost/Freeze OutlookThere is really no risk of frost and freeze conditions for the rest of September. At times we do see historically late September frosts in Ohio but none are expected this year.We have been talking in recent months that data suggest a normal to later than normal frost/freeze in Ohio and that looks still to be the case. Sometime in October we will likely see our first widespread frost and possible freeze and typically that arrives the first two or three weeks of October but chances are growing it will be in the middle to end of the month of October.La Nina Watch issued by NOAA Climate Prediction CenterConfidence is still low to moderate but the NOAA Climate Prediction Center has issued a La Nina watch for cooler equatorial Pacific Ocean water this winter.See: http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/This could lead to a winter and early next spring that is wetter than normal with temperatures starting winter warmer than normal and turning normal to colder than normal. It is too early to tell, but those are some of the early indications.Two week rainfall outlookThe outlook for the next two weeks is normal to below normal rainfall for early harvest in the eastern corn, soybean and wheat areas with much above normal rainfall in western areas as the NOAA/NWS/OHRFCgraphic shows.last_img read more

Jimdo: Another Startup in Code-Optional, Multimedia-Friendly Website Creation

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start center_img In a recent post, we highlighted a few awesome resources for building websites, both personal and professional, without needing a lot of geekcore coding knowledge.We omitted many sites in this roundup of personal favorites, and one such startup contacted us directly to make a case for their site. We followed up, and what we found was one of the easiest tools we’ve seen for creating truly multimedia sites with photo galleries, audio players, slide shows, RSS feeds, and more. Read on to learn more about Jimdo.Jimdo’s origins lie in a farmhouse in Germany. The startup’s three young founders, Christian Springub, Fridtjof Detzner, and Matthias Henze, started working there together in 2004 on NorthClick, an enterprise-level site editing service. As more and more people asked the team for the same service for personal sites, the tech used in NorthClick became the backbone of Jimdo.This year, the 750,000th Jimdo-powered site went live.With the uniquely flexible nature of the content on Jimdo sites, “Athletes [can] report their latest success, bands publish tour dates, or parents upload the latest pictures of their children,” according to the company’s site.“Furthermore, any kind of widget can be integrated in the Jimdo page: weather, news ticker, music player – there is no limit for the users’ imagination.”Free pages are simple to create, regardless of the level of coding experience. Noobs can easily navigate through the slick GUI to add modular content elements, and CSS pros can drill down for the exact look and feel – and function – they require. And the new media junkies can channel information from all their feeds into the site. The free pages also allow for in-site blogging through a simple CMS, or users can import their existing blogs through RSS feeds or WordPress export files. We must note that blogging features are still in beta and haven’t worked perfectly for us yet.Pro accounts allow users their own domain names, email addresses, ad-free sites, and a healthy analytics package for $5 a month.We created a free page in a few minutes, but it’s ham-fisted compared to what other users have devised with the same tools. The use cases for Jimdo are definitely expanded because of the ease of pulling multimedia content into the pages.Take a look at the screenshots of Jimdo at work, and give the site a try! Let us know what you think in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Without Neymar, Messi and Suarez keep Barcelona thriving

first_imgLATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “He does something different in every game,” Suarez said of Messi. “He was spectacular again. The fans who came to the stadium were able to enjoy the best player in history.”Suarez has also been impressive.The Uruguay striker also scored twice against Betis, reaching 100 goals with Barcelona in 114 matches. He is the league’s second-best scorer with 15 goals, and has found the net 10 times in his last eight matches.His first goal on Sunday was a neat volley from inside the area, and the second was a well-placed shot into the top corner after a set up by Messi.Barcelona had been unbeaten in 29 matches until a 1-0 loss at Espanyol in the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey last week, when Messi failed to convert a penalty kick in a rare miss. Suarez began that game on the bench. The second leg is Thursday at Camp Nou, when the duo is expected to play from the start.Messi and Suarez helped Barcelona open an 11-point lead at the start of second half of the Spanish league, its biggest advantage after 20 matches since the 2008-09 season.Barcelona has a 19-point lead over defending champion Real Madrid, which it beat 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium late last year with Messi and Suarez each scoring once. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates with Luis Suarez, right, after scoring the fourth goal of his team during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad, at Anoeta stadium, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Sunday, Jan.14, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)MADRID — It turns out Barcelona had the solution to its problems right at home.After starting the season surrounded by doubts following failed attempts to bring in a top player to replace Neymar, Barcelona showed it can do just fine regardless.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez proved they can get the job done by themselves, leading Barcelona to an impressive first half of the season.With the talented duo thriving, Barcelona became the runaway leader in the Spanish league and stayed alive in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMessi and Suarez have combined to score 34 goals in the Spanish league, more than the total tally of all but three other teams.There was concern when Barcelona failed to sign Philippe Coutinho after Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain in the offseason, but the duo took over the attacking responsibility and made sure the team stayed highly competitive despite not having the extra forward. The Catalan club added young France forward Ousmane Dembele, but the France international got injured and hasn’t been able to play much. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City ONE Championship partners with Global Citizen to fight poverty John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Messi has been on a level of his own, leading the league in scoring with 19 goals. He has scored nine times in his last 10 games.The Argentina forward had a mesmerizing performance in Barcelona’s 5-0 rout at Real Betis on Sunday, scoring twice and being applauded by some of the opposing fans.“We are lucky to be able to see him play,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “I suffered when I was on the other side, now I can enjoy it. It’s a spectacle to be able to watch him. He is the best who will ever play.”Messi’s second goal on Sunday was one to admire, with the playmaker entering the area and going past two defenders before calmly finding the net.He also impressed late in the game by escaping from three defenders after being pressured near his own area, changing direction several times while coolly controlling the ball. He finished the play by putting the ball through the legs of one of the defenders.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

a month agoLee Clark: Newcastle need Almiron goal; Noble tribute; Souness right on Man Utd

first_imgLee Clark: Newcastle need Almiron goal; Noble tribute; Souness right on Man Utdby Lee Clarka month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWithout being disrespectful to Brighton, because every team you come up against in the Premier League are tough opponents, but if Newcastle are playing teams in the same situation as themselves at St. James’ Park, you expect them to be on the front foot, be positive and taking the game on.I think Steve Bruce would have wanted his team to play that way. He certainly wouldn’t have wanted the 71 per cent possession to 29 per cent possession ratio in favour of the away team. In the first-half Brighton were totally dominant and in saying that if you look over the course of the game Newcastle probably had as many clear cut chances as Brighton.The chance that Miguel Almiron had is one that a striker with confidence puts down the side of the goalkeeper into the corner of the goal. Instead he just fired it straight down the goalkeeper’s throat. That’s a player who is trying desperately hard to break this goalscoring duck. He’s got such a brilliant work ethic for the team, the reports you get from the training ground is that he works ever so hard on the pitch and I think everybody that is associated with the club are willing Almiron on to get this goal because I think if he gets the first one, his confidence levels will rise and he’ll go on a bit of a run.I know Brighton had their own chances and they were the dominant team. So I think all in all it was a disappointing performance and a disappointing weekend because I think Steve Bruce and his staff were probably expecting three points. The positive thing out of it is that they haven’t lost the game, they’ve kept the clean sheet that will help the defenders and the goalkeeper and then obviously they’ve got a point from a performance that probably didn’t warrant it. The problem they’ve got now is they’ve got extremely tough league games in the next three. They’ve got to start to picking up points because it’s getting really tight at the bottom there in terms of there being five or six teams where one or two wins can get you out of the relegation zone and on the other hand two or three losses puts you right in there and gives you confidence issues.DELIGHTED FOR ANDY, BUT…I was absolutely delighted to see Andy Carroll back in Newcastle colours, but the problem we’ve got is everyone is hanging their hopes on him because of the season we’ve had. It’s a big call because of his injury problems, he’s not going to be straight into the firing line in terms of starting games. It’s going to have to be a gradual process with Andy working up his match fitness. He got 10-15 minutes against Brighton and I think Steve will be trying to use him from the bench and maybe giving him a little bit longer with each appearance, then seeing how long it will take before he believes he is ready to start. But Andy has obviously lifted the mood around the club and around the city. All I’d warn is that there’s a lot of pressure on him because everyone is hanging their hopes on him to be the one that turns things around for the club.HUDDERSFIELDI’ve seen the two games since Danny Cowley took over and I totally agree with his sentiments from what he said after those games: it’s a club that has forgot how to win. It’s been that long. It’s a group of players, I think he used the words, that play the scoreboard rather than the game, so even when they go ahead they are worrying about getting pegged back, and if they get overtaken it seems to effect their mentality and confidence. I thought for an hour they did great against West Bromwich Albion, it’s always a tough place to go the Hawthorns. But then as soon as West Brom got back to 2-2 there looked like there’d be only one winner and that ended up being the case.Danny has come out and said he feels the team isn’t fit enough to play the way he wants to play for 94, 95 minutes. It’s a really tough period for the club. The manager is trying to get his ideas across, it’s not going to happen overnight, especially if he wants to change so many things. Reports stated that ten days leading up to the game Danny gave the players so much information, so you could worry about it being overload for them. You just hope that they can get this first win sooner rather than later because the longer it goes on the longer it will just frighten the life out of everyone in terms of fans, players, staff, because everyone starts losing their confidence and wondering where the next result is coming from.SOUNESS WAS RIGHT ABOUT MAN UTDI think there is a good chance that it could be the worst ever Manchester United squad in the Premier League era without a doubt. I was really disappointed with their performance against West Ham United. The three guys in the Sky Sports studio – Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho – know a hell of a lot about winning major trophies and what it takes, and they were quite scathing and rightly so on the performance level that Man Utd delivered against West Ham. I thought it was quite inept, quite flat to be honest. All you expect from a Man Utd team, even in the games that they’ve lost, you expect them to be up and at you, creating numerous chances, playing with lots of a tempo, lots of speed, hitting you on the break, you’re always worried even when you’re in front that they can come back and hurt you because of their pace. They just look like a run of the mill Premier League team at the moment. People are talking about them breaking into the top-four, I would say that you’ve got to worry about them getting into the top-six at this moment in time, never mind the top-four, because I think their performance levels are quite average at best. NOBLE RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS TO BEThe answer to Mark Noble joining a bigger club is tough when you’re playing for the club that you love and support and you’re playing every week and you’re classed as one of the main men.He’s been a terrific ambassador for West Ham. You can see he loves the club. When they’ve had the times of turmoil and disappointment, he’s always been the one that steps up and comes to the fore, whether that has to be communicating with the fans or on the pitch.He’s the leader for those West Ham supporters and their fans – and the group of players who are in the dressing room would understand what the club means to play for West Ham because of Mark Noble. Am I surprised he hasn’t been in the England set-up? Yeah I probably am. But in terms of playing for a big club, I don’t think he’d be too bothered or interested in that. He’s living his dream so I don’t think moving anywhere else would’ve been of any interest to him. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorLee ClarkShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Researchers Plotting Safe Northwest Passage Course

first_imgzoom A German-Canadian research team has been conducting preparatory work to develop a system for a safe navigation through the icy waters of the Northwest Passage.A research team, coordinated by German Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE, aims at establishing a monitoring and information system that would enable ships to navigate safely through the passage in the future.The project entitled PASSAGES (Protection and Advanced Surveillance System for the Artic: Green, Efficient, Secure) is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as well as the project partners Airbus, exact Earth, and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.Wolfgang Koch, Head of Sensor Data and Information Fusion at FKIE, said that enabling the safe navigation through the passage is not an easy task because the route is challenging not only due to the presence of a number of bays, islands, uncharted shoals and narrows, but also because of drift ice and extreme weather conditions.In addition, vessels sometimes do not record their positions or (in cases like those of illegal fishing vessels) record false positions. The system has to provide reliable information about all of that.According to Fraunhofer, one of the problems is that there is little data available, because of the lack of infrastructure in sensor and communication technology. The entire route is larger than Western Europe and is sparsely populated. Even if there were sufficient data these would have to be processed into information which would be useful for stakeholders such as ship crews, Fraunhofer said.The researchers are addressing all of these difficulties by developing concepts about which technology can gather what information and where and how it can be fused.“The difficulty is to bring together very diverse and inaccurate data in order to provide for instance decision support for ship captains to decide on which route to take when,“ Koch said.The researchers said they need to create algorithms for the fusion of sensor data.The first thing to do is to tap data sources in the harsh climate zone. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) can be used, which reports among other information ships‘ current position. In addition, there are satellite images. Even old sonar systems from the Cold War era could be resurrected, the researchers said.However, a high-resolution view by means of which captains could safely pilot through the water does not yet exist. Koch is therefore still hoping for another data provider – the passive radar.Ships could navigate safely through the Northwest Passage in the future.This technology uses the electromagnetic pollution from mobile stations near the coast. Receiving stations will tap into this and gain information about ships and ice blocks – their size, position and speed. In this way, Koch said that large areas can be monitored. Other possibilities are unmanned vehicles that gather information below and above water.As the polar ice caps are melting, the Northwest Passage is becoming navigable for longer periods of the year. Ship traffic, however, still bears hazardous risks, according to Fraunhofer. The goal of the project is to change this.The sea route is said to be important for the federal government of Germany, due to its economic benefits.“For a country dependent on exports, such as Germany, shorter sea routes are of great importance,“ Koch said. “Compared to the route between East Asia and Europe via the Suez Canal, the route via the Northwest Passage is about 5,000 nautical miles shorter, which means enormous savings for ship owners,“ Koch added.The researchers hope that the project would evolve from a research into a development project. An operational system would be a great asset for shipping companies, coast guards, maritime authorities as well as for insurance companies, the researchers claim.Referring to insurance companies, Koch said that they could calculate premiums for the ships that are to be insured. After the tricky route is made manageable through safe navigation, ship owners would not have to spend so much on insurance coverage.It will take at least a decade until the navigation system is ready to be launched, according to Fraunhofer. Over these years, the route is expected to become progressively ice-free and economically navigable for shipping traffic.“As dramatic as global warming is, we try to get at least something positive out of it,“ Koch said.last_img read more

Deadline looming to find buyer for former Nova Scotia wind tower plantminister

first_imgTRENTON, N.S. – Time appears to be running out to find a new operator for a former wind tower manufacturing plant in northeastern Nova Scotia developed with $56 million in provincial funding.In an interview Thursday following a tour of the former DSME Trenton plant, Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said the province would have to make a decision on what comes next by the end of this fiscal year if a buyer isn’t found.“We are coming to a point where we have to make a final decision on this,” said MacLellan.The minister said possible future steps could include finding buyers for the equipment, or in the worst case scenario, liquidating the plant’s assets.“The best case scenario for the Pictou County region and for the government and the province is to find a buyer that would operate this (plant) in its totality,” said MacLellan.However, he wouldn’t speculate on the likelihood of that possibility given the time remaining.“Obviously we are remaining hopeful,” he said, although he couldn’t give specifics on how many business entities had expressed interest in the plant.MacLellan said two years into the receivership process and near the end of a second round of bids, it’s costing the province $150,000 a month to keep the plant in operational shape.The first round of bids was abandoned in late 2016 after the province rejected three, including two of only $1.The plant closed in February 2016 after taxpayers had sunk $56.3 million into the facility. Operations wrapped up less than a month after the province said it wouldn’t put any more public money into a plant that had hoped to develop the capacity to produce 250 wind turbine towers and 200 blade sets per year.The previous NDP government announced in 2010 it had taken a 49 per cent equity stake in the firm, committed up to $59.4 million to the manufacturing plant and predicted 500 jobs would be created within three years.At the time of the closure, DSME told the province that it couldn’t start payment on $36 million in repayable loans.Former business minister Mark Furey said in November 2016 that he didn’t know whether there was an opportunity to recover “any of those losses.”MacLellan said nothing had changed since then.“There’s no conversations I’m having about recovering any of the loans or the investment that was made by the previous government,” he said.The province is the primary secured creditor for the plant.last_img read more

Trump cancels meeting with Putin as he heads to G20 summit

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he headed to the Group of 20 Nations summit Thursday, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels as a source of tension in a relationship he has fostered in the face of criticism.Trump tweeted his decision from Air Force One shortly after his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, revealed he had lied to Congress to cover up that he was negotiating a real estate deal in Moscow on Trump’s behalf during the Republican presidential primary in 2016.The news ensured any meeting with Putin would spotlight the special counsel’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow during the campaign. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and on Thursday called Cohen a “weak person” looking for a reduced sentence.The last-minute move kicked off a global economic meeting expected to be dominated by Trump’s seat-of-his-pants diplomacy. The Putin meeting — a continuation of a controversial summit between the two in July — was just one of a series of high-stakes items on Trump’s agenda, which also includes talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on how to ease a rising trade war.Although Trump had previously floated cancelling the meeting with Putin, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he did not make the final decision until boarding the plane for Argentina and speaking with national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Kremlin said it had not been formally notified of the decision, which came hours after Moscow said the meeting was on track.“I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!” Trump tweeted from Air Force One.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko praised Trump on Twitter, saying, “This is how great leaders act!”Sanders also said two of Trump’s planned bilateral meetings — with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in — had been cancelled. Trump will instead speak informally with those leaders at the conference. She did not offer any explanation for those changes to the schedule.The stakes for the sit-down between Putin and Trump were raised this week by Russia’s stepped-up aggression in the Kerch Strait, stemming from its years long occupation of Eastern Ukraine. Russia recently seized three Ukrainian vessels and crews. Russia said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.Tensions had already been high over the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. Trump has sought to improve the relationship with Putin, but was roundly criticized after the July summit in Helsinki for failing to publicly denounce Russia’s interference and appearing to accept Putin’s denials of such activity.While Trump’s statement was strongly worded, he has made similarly dramatic moves before only to walk them back. In the spring he cancelled a planned summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, only to revive the meeting a week later.The G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires comes amid growing economic uncertainty and global displeasure with Trump’s trade policy.The most pressing issue on Trump’s packed schedule of meetings is whether he can reach a detente with Xi over trade after months in which both sides have raised tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods, shaking financial markets and threatening the global economy. Without an agreement, the U.S. is set to increase the tariffs on January 1.Departing the White House Thursday, Trump said he was “very close” to a deal with China, but added, “I don’t know that I want to do it, because what we have right now is billions and billions of dollars coming in to the United States in the form of tariffs or taxes.”With China, experts said Trump likely wants to see something come out of the meeting.“I think it’s in President Trump’s interest to have this meeting be viewed as a success,” said David Dollar, a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. “The markets are looking for some kind of dialing down of the rhetoric, and in particular markets are hoping there will not be an escalation of U.S. tariffs on January 1. So there’s a foundation for some kind of agreement.”That approach leaves open the possibility for a preliminary or vague deal. Trump’s Singapore summit with Kim produced a vague agreement on denuclearization with few, if any, specifics. Since then progress between the two nations appears to have slowed, but Trump continues to hail the meeting as a historic breakthrough.Trump’s advisers have sought to manage expectations heading into the talks, though some have projected optimism.“If China will come to the table, or in this case the dinner table, with some new ideas and some new attitudes and some new co-operation, as the president said, there is a good possibility they could make a deal,” economic adviser Larry Kudlow said this week. “He’s open to it. So nothing is written in cement or stone.”On the ground for just two days, Trump is packing every moment with diplomacy, conducting bilateral meetings with numerous world leaders as well as group events.Trump’s visit will also put him in the same room as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the first time since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. resident and prominent critic of the Saudi royal family was brutally killed last month upon entering the country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, a plot that sparked a diplomatic row that cast the future of the U.S.-Saudi relationship into doubt.U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi crown prince, known as MBS, must have at least known of the plot. Lawmakers in both parties have called on Trump to, at minimum, avoid the young heir apparent as punishment.But Trump publicly announced his decision to effectively give the prince a free pass in the name of “America First,” citing vastly exaggerated claims of Saudi military contracts and investments in the United States. The president also views Saudi Arabia as a vital counterbalance to Iranian influence in the Middle East.While no official sit-down is scheduled, Trump has kept the door open to a casual meeting.“I don’t know that he’s going to be there,” Trump said last week. “But if he is, I would.”The crown prince arrived in Argentina on Wednesday and on Tuesday White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “I wouldn’t say that we’ve ruled out any interaction.”Taking office on an “America First” platform, Trump has long had an uneasy relationship with his position on the world stage and has largely eschewed taking on a moral leadership role. Instead he has tailored his portfolio to promote American interests and to sow disruption. He has slapped tariffs on the European Union and pulled the U.S. out of the landmark Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal. Trump also has suggested he might be willing to pull the U.S. out of NATO if member counties don’t significantly boost their defence spending.Zeke Miller And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Dean Brody bringing tour to Fort St John and the Pomeroy Hotel

first_imgOct20 – Marigold Centre – Truro, NS 22 – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium – Halifax, NS 23 – Playhouse Theatre – Fredericton, NB 24 – Imperial Theatre – Saint John, NB 25 – Homburg Theatre – Charlottetown, PE 26 – Convocation Hall – Wolfville, NS 27 – Capitol Theatre – Moncton, NB 29 – Imperiale Bell – Quebec, QC 30 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC The below dates are with Andrew Hyatt: Nov1 – FirstOntario – St. Catharines, ON2 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre – Burlington, ON 3 – Rose Theatre – Brampton, ON 4 – Fraser Auditorium – Sudbury, ON 5 – Academy Theatre – Lindsay, ON 7 – Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts – Brantford, ON 8 – FirstOntario Arts Centre – Milton, ON 9 – The Grand Theatre – Kingston, ON 10 – River Run Centre – Guelph, ON 11 – Regent Theatre – Oshawa, ON 12 – Festival Hall – Pembroke, ON The below dates are with Tenille Arts: 15 – Club Regent – Winnipeg, MB 16 – Club Regent – Winnipeg, MB 17 – Casino Regina – Regina, SK 20 – Vic Juba Theatre – Lloydminster, SK 21 – Red Deer Memorial Centre – Red Deer, AB 22 – Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts – Grande Prairie, AB 23 – Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre – Fort St. John, BC 24 – Quesnel + District SR Citizen Centre – Quesnel, BC 26 – Massey Theatre – New Westminster, BC 27 – Port Theatre – Nanaimo, BC 28 – Tidemark Theatre – Campbell River, BC 29 – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre – Duncan, BC 30 – Vernon Performing Arts Centre – Vernon, BC Dec1 – Charles Bailey Theatre – Trail, BC 2 – Key City Theatre – Cranbrook, BC Many of Brody’s songs were in fact written at his kitchen table, and the acoustic tour is meant to replicate that intimate setting that inspires his original works, “I want to give my fans a window into how my songs were written, how they sound in their rawest form, performed in an intimate theatre setting,” states Brody.The focus on compelling storytelling in country continues where the opening acts in each market are concerned. Acclaiming singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell will join Brody on each of the East Coast dates, including Montreal, giving listeners a taste of her genre-bending sound with tracks on her recently released debut album, Heart of Glass. Country musician Andrew Hyatt, who recently released his second Top Ten hit, “Do It With You”, will join Brody on his dates in Ontario. SK native Tenille Arts who was recently featured on The Bachelor, will be involved in the dates in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, providing insight into the meaning behind the songs on her debut EP. THE FULL LIST OF TOUR DATES IS AS FOLLOWS: The below dates are with singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell: Ticket OptionsGeneral Admission – Grab a seat and enjoy the show at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre – Tickets are $55 plus fees and taxes.VIP – Enjoy the show from the VIP section right in front of the stage.  You’ll have a private bar and you’ll get access to the build your own nacho bar for the entire show – Tickets are $75 plus fees and taxes.Dean Brody VIP – Not only will you enjoy the show from the VIP section and all the features listed above, you’ll also get to meet Dean Brody, Question and Answer session with Dean and an exclusive merch item – This exclusive opportunity is limited and costs only $139.99 plus fees and taxes.About Dean BrodyFresh off of his second headline show at Budweiser Stage in Toronto on August 17, Brody is a 3-time winner of the CCMA Award for Songwriter of the Year in previous years, and is currently nominated for “8th Day”, from his sixth album, Beautiful Freakshow, which hit the #1 spot on the Nielsen BDS and Mediabase Canadian Country Airplay Charts earlier this year. Brody’s reputation for penning thoughtful, articulate, original narratives in music began back in 2009 with the release of “Brothers”, a touching song about a loved one leaving for the military, which resonated both north and south of the border. Celebrated songs such as “Trail in Life”, “Another Man’s Gold”, “Bounty”, have gone on to place Brody in a unique category all his own, rising beyond the conventional tracks that can be heard on mainstream radio in lyrical composition, and yet still retaining conventional success, with Brody recently landing his 22nd Top 10 hit at country radio, with “Good Goodbye.” His ballad “Time” released in 2016, laments on the passing of time, becoming especially poignant in a social media era with less one-on-one interaction with loved ones, earned critical acclaim and a great deal of recognition, showcasing Brody’s unique ability to make people think about their actions through his lyrics.center_img Dean Brody Heads out on the Dirt Road Stories Tour Beginning October 20 on the East Coast with a stop in Fort St. John.Current CCMA Fan’s Choice, 2-time Juno Award-winning artist and celebrated songwriter, Dean Brody will be hitting the road this fall for the Dirt Road Stories Tour, with a stop in Fort St. John on Friday, November 23 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time at Systems Sound Source or online at www.energetictickets.ca.  Tickets start at only $55 plus fees and taxes.  Plus there are VIP options for you to get up close and personal with Dean Brody, see below for all the details.  Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.Make sure to join the Energetictickets.ca/newsletter before the end of the day today, for your chance to buy tickets before anyone else.  You’ll get a special email early Thursday morning.last_img read more

Awshomapto Mir Afsar releases his new album

first_imgMir Afsar Ali has come up with an album ‘Awshomapto’ – a monologue by the poet/author, where he recollects his memories of different endeavours – all of which has a common ground of love.His memoirs of six different phases of life which he had gone through in his lifetime are recorded. The album was released on April 12 in Kolkata. In all the phases, he thinks his main strength – escape refuge – and in the end the place where it all kind of converges in one point is songs and verses by Rabindranath Tagore. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHere we are connecting these six dots with six expressive Tagore songs in the project. List of songs (In exact order) Bhalobashi Bhalobashi (Koishorer Bhalobasha) Diosho Rojoni Ami Jeno Kar Ashae Ashae Thaki E Parobashe Iboshdo – Biroho (The distance in a relationship) Dekho Sokha Bhul Kore Bhalobeshona – (The labour of love) Chaya Ghonayeche Bonay Bonay(death separates) Megh Boleche Jabo The album stars following people: Male lead – Mir Afsar Ali (story teller) Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFemale lead – Jayati Chakraborty (song) Composition and lyrics – Rabindra Nath Tagore Concept and music direction – Ashu Chakraborty Script – Rajib Chakraborty Hindusthan Records, the forerunner to The Indian Record Manufacturing Company Ltd (INRECO), began its journey in the early decades of 1900s. Being the oldest Indian music label in the country, it was evidently popular as the only Indian Music Company. Rabindranath Tagore recorded his first recording with ‘Hindusthan Records’ and encouraged his disciples to record as well. The music label has the top recording artists of the past hundred years including K L Saigal, S D Burman, Debabrata Biswas, Subinoy Roy, Pankaj Kumar Mullick, Amar Pal, Kanika Banerjee,Pannalal Bhattacharjee, Mohiner Ghoraguli, Abbasuddin, Gyan Prakash Ghosh, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Kanan Devi, Feroza Begum, Begum Akhtar, Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali and other luminaries. As the format changed, the need of the hour was to take a strategic decision to diversify into the domain of emerging media and technology. INRECO was the first to get into the Digital Domain.last_img read more

Andhra CM meets Rahul Gandhi likely to call Opposition meeting on May

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed plans to hold a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21, two days ahead of Lok Sabha results to chalk out a post-poll alliance. Naidu met Gandhi before heading out to West Bengal to attend public rallies in support of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state, sources said. In a brief meeting, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief is believed to have discussed the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) issue, voting percentage in the recently held five phase polling besides the Andhra Assembly election developments, the sources said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The sources said Naidu and Gandhi also discussed the post-poll scenario and more or less agreed to call a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21. The Lok Sabha elections are being held in seven phases. So far, polling in five phases are over and the counting of votes will be on May 23. Naidu will be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee apart from attending her rallies on Wednesday and Thursday. The Andhra Pradesh CM was in Delhi to attend the Supreme Court hearing on a petition filed by the Opposition parties to review its judgment rejecting 50 per cent random physical verification of EVMs using VVPATs. The apex court dismissed the petition following which the parties again met the Election Commission to press their demand.last_img read more

NYC building collapse kills one injures 17

first_imgNew York – A residential building in Manhattan exploded and collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring 17 others as a serious fire engulfed the area in thick smoke, officials said. The explosion struck a building at 116th Street and Park Avenue in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, where witnesses said they were jolted awake by what sounded like an earthquake.Mainline train services in and out of Grand Central terminal were suspended as a result of the incident next to its tracks. Hundreds of police and firefighters were on site with emergency service vans and fire trucks, as a dense white column of smoke spewed into the sky next to the Metro-North railway line, an AFP reporter said.A spokesman for energy company Con Edison told local TV channel NY 1 that it got a call from the building alerting them to a possible gas leak at 9:13 am, shortly before the blast.Local residents also spoke of smelling gas in the area.But Con Edison stopped short of confirming that the explosion had been caused by a gas leak.“Obviously what we see is something that would be consistent (with a gas leak) but we can’t say at this point what caused (the explosion),” the spokesman told NY1.“It was an explosion and a building collapsed,” a spokesman for New York Police Department told AFP. Scores of firefighters were dispatched to the scene.Police told AFP one person was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital and that 17 other people had been injured.“The call came at 9:34 am (1334 GMT). It is a residential building. The New York Fire Department is in the process of extinguishing the fire,” another police spokesman added.The New York Fire Department told AFP that more than 168 fire fighters and 44 different units had responded to the explosion.Witness Robert Santiago told CBS that he was sleeping when all of a suddenly the explosion shook his bed and the floor.“It smells very bad out here. It smells like rubble,” he said.“I thought the world was coming to an end, an earthquake or something like that. Terrible,” he added.Another witness told CBS that “a lot of people” lived in the six-storey building, including one of her friends.“I’m scared, I’m scared. I came out to see the situation,” she told the channel from behind the security cordon at the scene.“I’m very scared. I’m shaking. I’m asthmatic and I’m not supposed to be here. I just came,” she added.Another witness who lived across the street told the channel that his relatives living further way also felt the blast.“I saw a lady running with no shoes on. It was crazy. It was like a war zone,” he said.“First of all I thought it was an earthquake. I got calls from my family who felt it too and that was all the way up town. Man, it was crazy,” he added.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Metro-North trains had been suspended indefinitely in and out of Grand Central because of the building explosion and collapse.“Southbound trains are being held at stations to await further instructions. Northbound trains are being held in Grand Central,” said an emergency notice published on its website.last_img read more

Ohio State baseball blows 3run lead in 9th falls into losers bracket

With a 4-1 lead heading into the ninth, the No. 4 Ohio State baseball team looked poised to take down No. 1-seeded Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament, but a four-run outburst by the Fighting Illini ended that possibility Thursday night. “That’s by far the toughest loss that we’ve had all season,” senior outfielder Brian DeLucia said. “I don’t know if it’s going to hit quickly or if we are going to feel it tomorrow.” OSU (26-26, 13-11 Big Ten) had freshman pitcher and first baseman Josh Dezse try to close out the ninth against Illinois (26-25, 15-9 Big Ten). Dezse came into the game with six saves, but played a different role than usual, pitching the eighth and ninth innings. He pitched a scoreless eighth, but walked two and had runners in scoring position at one point. Coach Greg Beals kept him in for the ninth, and Dezse gave up a leadoff double and two RBI singles. He was taken out after giving up a walk with a pitch count of 55, well above a closer’s average. Junior reliever Andrew Armstrong came in with two outs to finish the game, but gave up the walk-off RBI single on his very first pitch. Beals said he asked a lot out of Dezse in the game but that, win or lose, he likes to have Dezse on the mound. “Obviously, in retrospect, when you look back, we asked him to do something he hasn’t done yet this year,” Beals said. “As a coach, as a competitor, you want to put your players in the best opportunity possible, and we thought we were. As you look back at it, maybe we should have gone with the bullpen like we’ve done all year long in that eighth inning.” After Illinois scored its only run off starter Brett McKinney in the bottom of the third, it was DeLucia who responded with a leadoff home run in the fourth to tie the game, 1-1. Both starters went deep into the game. McKinney pitched six innings and gave up one run, while Illinois starter Kevin Johnson went eight and gave up four. Illinois coach Dan Hartleb said McKinney pitched well and that OSU threw some pitches that made his hitters look bad. “Ohio State’s a very good team,” Hartleb said. “We’re very fortunate getting down like that, to come back and beat a good team.” Johnson’s last three runs came in the eighth when the Buckeyes made their push. On Wednesday, OSU scored five runs in the eighth to beat Minnesota, fueled by a leadoff bunt single by sophomore catcher Greg Solomon. Same inning, different game and with a man on second, Solomon lined a ball to center that the Illinois outfield missed, allowing him to complete a two-run inside-the-park home run. Tim Wetzel later provided a two-out RBI single to increase the lead to 4-1 before Illinois made its comeback. “You never think you’ve got the game secure, but I certainly liked where we were at, at that time,” Beals said. “Our guys kept grinding to get us that fourth run, and, as you see, every run’s very valuable.” With the loss to Illinois, the Buckeyes move to the losers’ bracket, in which they will play Minnesota again in an elimination game at 12:05 p.m. Minnesota rematch This will be the fifth time in less than 10 days that OSU and Minnesota will meet. The Buckeyes won three of the first four. Both have a loss already, so the loser of the game will go home, while the winner will turn around and play Purdue. Freshman Greg Greve is the expected starter for the Buckeyes. “The first challenge is put this game behind and get ready for Minnesota,” Beals said. “Minnesota, you can bet, is going to be ready for us. We’ve been playing with them, and we’ve got them three of the four games we’ve played, so they’re going to be hungry for us.” Making the rounds DeLucia and Solomon had home runs in the game, marking the second time this season against Illinois that the Buckeyes have hit multiple home runs. OSU has hit just 19 home runs this year. Thursday’s home runs were DeLucia’s first and just Solomon’s second of the year. Cat scratch fever Assistant coach Mike Stafford visited the mound in the third to talk to McKinney after he gave up his only run of the day and hit an Illinois batter. Play was delayed more when a cat somehow found its way onto the field, making an appearance on the bullpen near the OSU dugout. Junior reliever Paul Geuy was able to chase the cat under the tarp and out of play. The extra break seemed to help relax McKinney, as he allowed just three more hits through his last three innings. read more

Brexit Firms expect spending on IT to take a hit in short

first_imgNasscom has urged policymakers from the European Union (EU) and the UK to adopt measures to alleviate impact of Britain’s exit (Brexit) on the Indian IT services exporting sector, says a PTI report.”NASSCOM urges policy makers in Brussels and London to provide greater clarity and guidance on the next steps as soon as possible, so that our businesses have the certainty they need to continue to invest in UK and Europe,” NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar was quoted as saying.Indian IT companies expressed concern over short-term risks to businesses as they get ready to pull through the consequences of Brexit from the EU.Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said the company was “watching the situation closely” and that he was expecting a possible short-term impact on currency and business.The company’s chairman R Sheshasayee told the Economic Times that political events like Brexit are beyond the scope of business operations but added that the company is working on “hedging strategies” to temper macro level risks. “There is also an immediate impact due to the currency, the GBP has already fallen by 8-10%,” said Sangeeta Gupta, senior vice president of Nasscom.Wipro was quoted as saying that the immediate risks were labour mobility, currency fluctuation and a different financial system.”Wipro has been present in the UK for over two decades and today employs over 4,000 people there. We remain committed to the UK and are optimistic that the close ties between India and the UK will further strengthen in the long run and open up new opportunities for us,” the company said.There was no comment from TCS and HCL.A 2016 Grant Thornton India Tracker report provided a picture of Indian business scene in Britain. India’s investment in the UK increased 65% in 2015, making it the third largest FDI source for the country, says the report.Two IT companies figured in the report’s list of largest Indian employers. HCL Technologies was named the 7th largest employer with above 3,100 employees, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) took a close 8th place with more than 3,000 employees.The report also said the combined tax revenue payed by the Indian firms to the UK went up by £150 million in 2015 compared to the previous year.Echoing Nasscom’s earlier warnings, Ganesha Natarajan, former vice-chairman of Zensar Technologies, said: “Lots of UK companies have trans Europe operations, Britain’s exit will mean reorganization and impact on their business volumes as well, it would shrink their wallets and thereby spending on IT will be hit immediately.”last_img read more

Indictment in Baltimore CVS Fire Set During Riots

first_imgRaymon Carter faces 20 years in prison if found guilty. (Photo/Baltimore Police Department)Raymon Carter, 24, was indicted by a Federal grand jury on July 22nd. He was charged with starting the fire at the CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of Penn and North in West Baltimore.The image of the burning CVS dominated the news coverage of riots following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Hundreds of business were devastated and the Small Business Administration estimates that there is at least $9 million worth of damage throughout the city. The cost to Baltimore in lost tourism revenues is projected to be even higher.Volunteers working to clean up the CVS at Penn and North after it burned during the riots. (Photo by Kamau High)“Federal law enforcement agencies are working closely with local police and prosecutors to investigate crimes committed during the Baltimore riots,” said U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, in a statement.The CVS was looted and burned on April 27. In late May, federal agents released surveillance images of a suspect in the fire and announced $10,000 reward.Carter is facing up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.last_img read more