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More than a million Indians planted 220 million trees on August 9, 2019 in Uttar Pradesh. It was part of a massive effort to tackle climate change and improve the environment.Students, lawmakers, officials and others planted dozens of species of saplings along roads, rail tracks and in forest lands.The trees include 16 fruit species, and will increase forest cover in the state.”We set the target of 220 million because Uttar Pradesh is home to 220 million people,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath said.
India’s head coach Michael Nobbs admitted on Sunday that four successive defeats at London Olympics could have adversely affected the confidence of the team.After defeats to the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany, India went down 1-4 to Korea, a team they had had success against in the recent past.”The performance so far has been very disappointing and unacceptable, but we need to remember that we haven’t been at this level for eight years. Maybe the first three games have taken their toll on ability to believe in ourselves,” the Australian told Mail Today after Sunday’s defeat.The coach was especially frustrated that his team could not capitalise on the chances they created against the Koreans before conceding three goals in the last 12 minutes.”We played well for the first 50 minutes and let ourselves down by not taking our chances.” Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh was expected to be one of India’s main weapons, but the occasion seemed to have got the better of him.”It looks like he may have succumbed to the pressure as up until this, he had an 82 per cent success rate and now some of his corners almost fail to make the goal line,” Nobbs said.
AdvertisementImage courtesy: Crictrackr.comCricket South Africa announced the passing away of former off-spinner Hira Jairam. The ex-cricketer died at his home in Lenasia.The Transvaal native immigrated to South Africa as a young child in 1942 and lived in Johannesburg.Jairam was an off-spinner was a domestic cricketer having represented Zenith and HindsCricket Club. His finest moment came in a club match where he managed to pick up mindboggling figures of 7 for 2.Over the course of his career, Jairam played 8 first-class matches in which he managed to pick up 24 wickets at an average of 24.25.The CSA acting CEO Thabang Moore paid tribute to the deceased cricketer with a statement which read:“On behalf of the CSA Family, I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and his many cricketing colleagues,”Read Also:Cricket: Arjun Tendulkar sizzles with pace in Team India’s training ahead of England tourFootball : Inter Milan Complete The Signing Of Radja Nainggolan On A 4 Year Deal Advertisement
Former Test bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been banned for eight years, taking to seven the number of South African players kicked out of the game for their part in a 2015 match-fixing scandal, Cricket South Africa said on Tuesday.The 33-year-old, who played in five Tests and 61 One-Day Internationals, was charged in April with contriving to fix or improperly influence matches in the South Africa domestic Twenty20 Series and seeking to accept, or agreeing to accept, a bribe.Tsotsobe admitted one charge of contriving to fix a match and nine separate charges of failing to co-operate properly with various investigations.”I was, at the time, in a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot fixing,” he said in a statement.”There are no words to describe the regret I have in relation to my actions and I hope that the cricket world could consider my apology and understand my deepest feeling of remorse.”Gulam Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumi Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen were previously banned for between two and 20 years for their part in the scandal, although CSA has long held that no matches were actually fixed.
Virat Kohli fondly remembered his meeting with tennis legend Roger Federer, when he attended the Australian Open after India’s 2-1 one day international series win in the country.In an interview with BCCI, Kohli recalled his fanboy moment on meeting Federer, saying how the former not only remembered him but asked questions too.”Well amazing! I have met him a couple of times before as well and the fact he remembered was like wow,” Kohli told bcci.tv.”I mean he told me that he met me in Sydney a few years back when he played an exhibition game and I was like ‘wow he remembers me’ and I can’t explain that feeling to you, you know,” Kohli said.A Day i’ll never forget. Greatness on and off the court. @rogerfederer Absolute legend. pic.twitter.com/ezb09XaIwsVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 12, 2015″I have seen him play since I was a child and he is a great, great man, not just a great tennis player but a great human being as well,” Kohli added.Kohli also saw six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and 23-time Grand Slam title holder Serena Williams in action on the court.DO NOT MISS: @imVkohli speaks about his fondness for Kiwi land, the simple things he loves to do off the field and his memorable meeting with tennis legend @rogerfederer at the @AustralianOpenFull Video https://t.co/wnEBzUBkOJ pic.twitter.com/ueqrfAPPDxBCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2019Kohli also said that not only was he asked questions by the tennis legend, he too quizzed Federer about his processes.advertisement”He kept asking questions and I was like ‘he is asking me questions’ and I could speak to him about mindset, how he prepares, what he thinks about his sport,” Kohli said.”It was just a beautiful, beautiful time,” Kohli added.On Saturday, Kohli led Team India to a comfortable 90-run win over New Zealand in the second ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. The win was India’s highest-ever margin of victory against New Zealand in their country and also helped India take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.Also Read | Fearless cricket paid off, says Virat Kohli after India destroy New ZealandAlso Read | Feeling good: Rohit Sharma after match-winning knock vs New Zealand in 2nd ODIAlso Read | I will close my eyes and bowl wherever MS Dhoni wants me to: Kedar Jadhav
Swansea City Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Reuse this content Left-sided Dutch international centre-back Wesley Hoedt has joined Southampton for £15m. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Southampton appear to be holding firm in their stance on the defender Virgil van Dijk, with an official statement announcing the arrival of Lazio centre-back Wesley Hoedt stating that their new signing will “develop alongside” his Dutch compatriot.Hoedt, who joins on a five-year deal for a reported £15m, is the second centre-back signed by Mauricio Pellegrino this summer, following the arrival of Jan Bednarek for £5.7m in July.Hoedt’s arrival is likely to increase speculation over Van Dijk’s future, despite Southampton’s football vice-chairman, Les Reed, reinforcing the chairman Ralph Kreuger’s claim that the defender will stay at St. Mary’s. Van Dijk took part in training with the club’s under-23s on Monday but is still unavailable for selection. The centre-back has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City and submitted a transfer request earlier this month.“Wesley is one of the most promising young defenders in Europe and represents a significant addition to our squad,” Reed said in an official statement.“We believe he has all the qualities to play a big part in our future, and we have worked hard to bring him to Southampton, with a number of other high-profile clubs interested in him. Finding a top-quality central defender is difficult in the current environment and now we have six internationals in this position, both young and experienced. Swansea agree fee for Hull’s ClucasSwansea City have agreed an initial £15m fee with Hull City for the midfielder Sam Clucas.Paul Clement has begun reinvesting the £45m fee received for Gylfi Sigurdsson with a move for Clucas, who played in all but one of Hull’s Premier League matches last season.Press Association Sport reports that the deal includes £1.5m in add-ons, which could make Clucas the club’s record signing ahead of the Spanish forward Borja Bastón.Swansea are also reportedly interested in the PSV Eindhoven right-back Santiago Arias as well as a deal to bring their former striker Wilfried Bony back to South Wales from Manchester City. Transfer window Share on Pinterest Read more Southampton Premier League Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Share via Email Topics European club football Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Facebook “Finding a naturally left-footed player is even more difficult. We have been tracking central defenders on our target list for the past 12 months and Wesley has always been at the top of that list, so it was important to act when the opportunity came.“We believe [Wesley] can develop even further here at Southampton, alongside his international team-mate Virgil van Dijk, as well as the likes of Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida, Jan Bednarek and Florin Gardos. With Wesley joining those players, we believe we have the right amount of quality, depth and flexibility to help us achieve our aims this season.”Hoedt commented: “I’m really happy to be here. I think Southampton is a really big club, so it’s a good next step for me to come here and to play in the Premier League and try to help the best I can.” Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Crystal Palace set to bid for RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke
We were scared in 2nd half: Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka after Watford drawArsenal lost control of the game in the second half as they gifted a goal to Tom Cleverley by trying to play out from the back.advertisement Next Reuters LondonSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 13:41 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSArsenal threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at WatfordArsenal have conceded nine goals in their last four Premier League gamesVictory would have put Arsenal in third place in the Premier League points tableArsenal skipper Granit Xhaka accused his team mates of being scared after the Gunners threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.Victory would have put Arsenal in third place and they looked comfortable when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in the first half at Vicarage Road.But Arsenal lost control of the game in the second half as they gifted a goal to Tom Cleverley by trying to play out from the back before a rash challenge by Brazilian David Luiz allowed Roberto Pereyra to score from the spot.Watford then spurned two golden late chances to seal a remarkable comeback victory.Arsenal have conceded nine goals in their last four Premier League games after opening the season with a 1-0 win at Newcastle United. They have also allowed 96 shots at their goal this season, more than any other team in Europe’s top leagues.Watford alone had 31 goal attempts, the most Arsenal have faced since Premier League stats partner Opta began collecting data in 2003-04.Swiss international Xhaka did not hold back in his analysis.”What went wrong? That’s a good question,” he told the BBC. “At half-time we went to the dressing room and everything was good. Everyone was happy but we came out and played such a bad second half. You have to say we are happy to take a point.”We were scared in the second half. We knew they would come at us and push us hard but we have to show more character and not be scared. We have spoken about it. We cannot give a performance like this in the second half.advertisement”We knew they had nothing to lose and they would come for us but we didn’t show our game, we were too scared, nobody wanted the ball,” he added. “You have to stay calm, be mentally strong and we weren’t today.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Granit XhakaFollow Watford vs ArsenalFollow Premier league
A small surfing community is flourishing in the Philippine islands. Both novice and experienced surfers will be impressed with San Juan, La Union (Union is pronounced “onion”). It’s just a four to seven hour drive from Manila, depending on whether you take a car or bus. Once you arrive, there are a number of accommodations that go anywhere from basic to luxury, and as a flourishing surf destination that attracts travelers from around the world, restaurants with cuisines from all over are also popping up. The water there is shallow and the waves are easy for the beginners, and more experienced surfers can also take advantage of the good waves.GETTING THEREBus: Taking the bus can be confusing, since there aren’t really any clear schedules on the internet, but the best advice we can give you is to go to one of Manila’s main terminals and ask them where the bus to San Juan, La Union is. Busses usually leave every hour. You can also try checking PinoyTravel for departure times. Once you’re on the bus, ask the conductor to drop you off in San Juan, La Union if your accommodations are on the highway.Car: You can hire a driver for approximately $200 or rent a car, and take on the new expressway, which will get you there in four hours.STAYMonaliza Surf ResortThis affordable and charming family-run hotel has 11 rooms right on the beach with all the basics. It was also the first surf resort to be set up on the coast in San Juan when the founder noticed the influx of American air force men coming from nearby Wallace Air Station to catch some waves back in the early ‘80s, so there’s a lot of history there.UrbiztondoSan Juan, La Union+63 072 888 4892Kahuna HotelThis boutique hotel features 31 rooms with Filipino and Balinese-inspired decor with garden or ocean views. Take up their surf clinic, get a bite at their café, or take a dip in the infinity pool.Manila North RoadSan Juan, La Union+63 72 607 1040LEARN TO SURFDepending on where you stay, you can have the hotel hire a surf instructor, which averages to about $10 for surfboard rental and an hour-long lesson.San Juan Surf SchoolThis San Juan Surf School, which was established by Australian-Filipino surfer Luke Ladrigan, hails itself as the #1 surf school in the Philippines.UrbiztondoSan Juan, La Union+63 916 744 2229EATHalo Halo de IlokoThis eatery serves up delicious, authentic Filipino food, along with the best halo halo, the dessert it was named after, in the area. It also offers Palabokano, a noodle dish with a local touch.12 Zandueta StreetSan Fernando City, La Union+63 72 700 2030Gefseis Greek GrillTwo Greek guys helm the kitchen here, so aside from the lack of native Greek ingredients in the area, you know it will be as authentic as you can get for the Philippines. It’s pretty decent if you’re in the mood for cuisine that isn’t Filipino.Urbiztodo 2514San Juan, La Union+63 92 160 49989 The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
A scenic highway section around Chedabucto Bay will be smoother and stronger after the completion of a paving tender announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender is for repaving of Route 344 from the intersection of Trunk 16 at Boylston for 6.6 kilometres east to the intersection of MacPherson Lake Road. Also included is repaving of Trunk 16 from the intersection of Larrys River Road for 2.5 kilometres northerly to Church Street. “Improving this connection to Trunk 16 will benefit residents and visitors alike,” said Jamie Muir, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It’s part of our aggressive plan to upgrade Nova Scotia’s roadways.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) has joined forces with comedian Ricky Gervais and musician Moby to give shoppers a great way to raise money for animals in need, with the launch of ADI’s new online store.Moby poses in one of ADI’s new T-ShirtsMoby poses in one of ADI’s new T-Shirts, sporting an image of Pepe the Spider monkey, one of over 100 animals rescued by ADI earlier this year from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in South America. Ricky’s cat Ollie, famous in his own right with 35,000 Twitter followers, can be seen happily ‘lion’ atop a T-Shirt of Rey, the ex-circus lion from Peru. The full range of gifts, ideal for animal lovers of all ages, can be found here with 100% of the profits going towards ADI’s work to save animals.There are gifts and accessories to suit all budgets and interests, from fashion items, such as hats and T-Shirts, to Christmas cards and canvas prints of rescued animals.Jan Creamer ADI President said “The ADI store has some great items, perfect for Christmas presents, so you can not only look good, but do good with your money. The proceeds help ADI end the suffering of animals in captivity.”Shoppers will also be first in line to pick up the multi-award winning film ‘Lion Ark’ out on DVD in November. The critically acclaimed documentary follows the story of the dramatic rescue and relocation of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia.The Lion Ark DVD also carries short films about this year’s rescue, where over 100 wild animals had been saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia. This culminated in a massive airlift of more than 30 lions, from South American circuses, home to Africa. ADI is raising funds for a huge natural habitat construction project for the lions costing over $250,000.Timed with the release of the DVD, Lion Ark is hitting the road, screening at theaters across the US. Each event includes a Q&A with the filmmakers and rescuers, giving the inside story on frontline rescues.See tour schedule and book tickets here.Find out more about Lion Ark at www.lionarkthemovie.com.
TORONTO – Enbridge Gas Distribution Ltd. says its typical Ontario residential customer’s natural gas bill will go down about $29 a year.The gas distribution company says its received approval from the Ontario Energy Board for new rates starting next month.The Ontario government’s cancellation of the cap and trade program will decrease rates by $80.Higher transportation costs and natural gas prices, among other things, will partially offset those savings.The company says the typical residential customer’s annual bill will be about $873.Enbridge distributes natural gas to more than two million customers in Ontario.
Rabat – Lancôme, the French luxury perfumes and cosmetics house, recently launched the “Write Her Future” project as a global commitment to fight illiteracy among women.76 million young women around the world are illiterate—a staggering number that has not changed over the last two decades. This what has inspired Lancôme to light a candle in illiteracy’s darkness, with a pledge to invest a sum of two million euros to fund international literacy programs and to develop local support communities.Lancôme’s International President, Françoise Lehmann, remarked that, “Today, 76 million young women lack basic reading and writing skills. Often hidden, this handicap causes young women to face exclusion and becoming dependents, creating serious consequences for themselves, their families, and their loved ones. This is why Lancôme is committed to ?ght against young women’s illiteracy and to lend a voice to this invisible reality. There is a natural draw for Lancôme to help with this cause, because since the very beginning, our goal has always been to help women in their quest for self-ful?llment and expression of what makes them unique. “Write Her Future,” Lancôme’s very ?rst global philanthropic program, is a civic and long-term commitment that aims to raise awareness, implement concrete actions in the ?eld, and to initiate a movement in favor of women.” In addition to increasing self-confidence and opening up career prospects, the brand believes that literacy also allows people to lead longer and healthier lives. “Knowing how to read and write means having the freedom to express yourself fully and build your own future freely,” affirms Lancôme.To fulfill its mission, Lancôme has also joined hands with Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), a humanitarian agency that delivers emergency relief and long-term international projects.Morocco will witness this project’s first steps as a pilot literacy program. Two other programs in Guatemala and Thailand will follow in suit . Together, these three programs aim to help around 8,000 women, who will directly benefit from educational resources, while more than 40,000 people are expected to benefit from educational training.To help further this ambitious campaign, Lancôme evoked its Ambassadors, which include A-list Hollywood stars such as Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, Kate Winslet, and Penélope Cruz, who will work alongside the brand’s employees and CARE workers to develop social networks and help build the vision of global literacy.“Literacy is one of the most defining human skills. We need to be able read and write—that’s how we communicate, share, express our feelings and opinions, and how we learn to understand the world. To not have that accessible to everyone is a crime. It’s so great that Lancôme is getting seriously involved and supporting young girls in the world through the work of ‘Write Her Future,’” remarked Julia Roberts.
2 April 2008On the third stop of his tour of Nepal ahead of historic elections, the United Nations’ top envoy in the south Asian country said that security appears to be under control for the poll, despite recent political violence. “All the officials that I have talked to with security responsibilities – chief district officers, police, Armed Police Force – have expressed the view that they are able to make adequate security arrangements,” Ian Martin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in Nepal, told journalists after he visited a cantonment site for Maoist rebels in the west of the country.“And in my contacts with representatives of political parties, of civil society, of national election monitoring organisations, almost no one has suggested that the election cannot or should not go ahead, although, of course, there is concern,” he added.As he has at previous stops, Mr. Martin reiterated that the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) and its regional offices will exert their utmost efforts to make the current electoral process successful.He also repeated the message that all political parties must respect the code of conduct they all agreed to, which affirms the right to campaign freely without obstruction in any district or village.In that regard, he welcomed the agreement signed yesterday by the leaders of the three major parties of the governing Seven-Party Alliance. The agreement commits to hold the historic Constituent Assembly election in “a free, impartial and fearless manner.”Responding to questions about recent reports that some of the Maoist combatants had violated agreements and come out of the cantonment site to campaign, he said that UNMIN investigations had confirmed that “that while there was a problem a little time back, the situation has now improved and free campaigning is going on in the area around the cantonment site.”He stressed that “UNMIN will do the most it can through its arms monitors to monitor compliance” by both the national and Maoist forces, with their commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the decade-long civil war in 2006.Mr. Martin travels to the hill district of Baitadi in the far-western region tomorrow where he will meet local electoral officials and UNMIN electoral advisers before returning to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
South Asia is home to one-fourth of the global population, including some of the world’s poorest people, who have access to less than 5 per cent of the planet’s freshwater resources, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia,” a new report produced by UNEP and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), examines the state of freshwater resources in selected major river basins in the region, identifies key threats to water resources development and management, and assesses the challenges in coping with these threats. The three transboundary river basins assessed in the report include the largest in South Asia: the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) river basin (which spans Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal), the Indus river basin (in Afghanistan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan) and the Helmand river basin (which covers Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan). “Water is a vital resource for people’s health and livelihoods, especially in South Asia where these three transboundary river basins sustain about half of the region’s 1.5 billion people, and some of the poorest people in the world,” said Young-Woo Park, UNEP Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, as he launched the report today at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. The report calls for urgent policy attention and more research into the impact of climate change on water resources, infrastructure and management practices, as well as improved cooperation among the affected countries and integrated basin management.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner stressed the need to invest in the sustainable management of these vital river basins.“These river systems are major economic arteries as well as social and environmental assets for South Asia,” he stated. “Investing in sustainable management is thus an investment in the current and future prosperity of Asia and will be a central and determining factor underpinning the transition to a resource efficient, sustainable green economy.” The report is the first of a series produced by UNEP that covers three sub-regions, North-East Asia, South Asia and South-East Asia. A similar assessment was completed for selected river basins in Africa. They are intended to complement the efforts of Governments, non-governmental organizations and development agencies engaged in improving the status of water systems in Asia. 6 February 2009Hundreds of millions of South Asians face growing water stress due to over exploitation, climate change and inadequate cooperation among countries, which are threatening river basins that sustain about half of the region’s 1.5 billion people, the United Nations warns in a new report.
The remarks came as China gets ready to host Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wicikramasinghe for the high-profile silk road summit on May 14-15. “What I can tell you is that China and Sri Lanka enjoy traditional friendship. The two sides maintain sound cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, culture and military to military exchanges,” Geng said. The Chinese Foreign Ministry today parried questions on reports that Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request for its submarine to dock at Colombo next week after a similar visit in 2014 triggered a strong protest from India, the Press Trust of India reported.“I have just read the relevant information. I suggest you raise it with the defence ministry for more details,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said when asked whether China has expressed dissatisfaction to Sri Lanka for refusing to let its submarines to dock in Colombo port. China has made about USD eight billion investments in Sri Lanka in the last few years, specially in port projects like Hambantota and Colombo ports. It continues to pressure the island nation for docking its submarines despite assertion by Sirisena government that it will not permit them due to concerns from India. India has expressed concern over the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government for permitting a Chinese submarine in Colombo harbour in 2014. China’s request to dock its submarines coincided with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Colombo.China says it wants docking facilities for its submarines to take part in the anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. In February this year, Sri Lankan Ambassador to China Karunasena Kodituwakku told the media here that Colombo will not permit any military activity by China in any of its ports including Hambantota where a Chinese firm plans to acquire 80 percent in view of India s concerns. However, China is happy that Wickaramansinghe has consented to take part in its Belt&Road Forum. Significantly, Wickaramansinghe and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are the only two top leaders from South Asia to attend the conference in which India is yet to confirm its participation owing to its objections to the USD 46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The other South Asian countries would be represented by either ministerial and official level delegation. China is yet to release the list of delegates participating in the event. During his visit, Wickramasinge is expected to finalise the Hambantota Port deal as well as a Chinese free trade zone in the area which were stalled by public protests.Saddled with heavy Chinese loans, Sri Lanka offered to lease 80 per cent of the loss making Hambantota port for 99 years lease. The two sides are also expected to finalise Free Trade Agreement. (Colombo Gazette)
Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) runs the ball during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeye won 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State redshirt quarterback J.T. Barrett is a confident player and has never been one to say he doubts his wide receivers.Through the issues in the passing game, Barrett has remained steadfast in critique of himself and timing difficulties with his targets. But his confidence in his receivers hasn’t faltered. Likewise, the trust the wideouts have in Barrett hasn’t wavered.Now, it seems that mutual conviction is becoming legitimate with Barrett’s confidence in his arm and his receivers growing with each throw. It has manifested itself in a third different wideout — Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and now Binjimen Victor— emerging as a potential go-to target for the third straight week.“Not a jump, but a steady incline [from the receivers],” head coach Urban Meyer said. “Very pleased with their attitude and they’re making plays.”Four throws in Saturday’s 62-14 Ohio State victory against Maryland exemplified the strengthening connection between Barrett and his receivers.On Ohio State’s first offensive series, Barrett rifled a third-down pass between two defenders to Dixon to move the chains. Barrett later connected with the 6-foot-4 Victor on third-and-6 from the Maryland 8-yard line in the back of the end zone for a score. Sophomore wideout Austin Mack caught a back-shoulder fade for 20 yards on the following drive, and then hauled in a touchdown reception with a defender on his back while getting two feet in bounds with 10 seconds left in the half.Barrett deserves credit for his play — including 20-of-31 passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns Saturday — and the play-calling has improved. However, the wide receivers have also managed to get open more recently, which has allowed the quarterback to build confidence and compete at a tempo the team will need in a showdown with Penn State in three weeks.“It’s great seeing [Barrett] make those passes and having confidence in us to make those contested catches,” Mack said. “Shoot, keep it coming.”Both Campbell and Dixon recorded more than 100 yards and a score in one of the two most recent games, displaying their potential to be the go-to playmaker at receiver. Saturday, Barrett turned to his big target in Victor for four catches and a team-high 55 yards. Campbell and Dixon each had three receptions during those weeks, but their play was significant enough to be noted by opposing coaches on scouting reports.Victor’s five targets were all against man coverage and thrown to a spot where Victor can elevate above the defender and be the only one to come down with it.“Down in the red zone, top shelf, I mean that’s where the ball has to be,” Barrett said. “Based on coverage, I think that was something good.”Victor is a different receiver than Campbell and Dixon. Campbell is used over the middle or on bubble screens when he can use his speed in the open field. Dixon is a deep-ball threat.Victor might not be more than a red-zone target, but he’s Ohio State’s tallest receiver and its best option in jump-ball scenarios.The trio of Campbell, Dixon and Victor all bring something different to the table for defenses that have to design a scheme to minimize their impact. And Mack, who showed Saturday he can be another option for Barrett, might be the best route runner on the team with less speed than Campbell and Dixon, but more than Victor.The competition hasn’t been great. And it is uncertain whether Ohio State’s wideouts can be difference-makers against the Penn States of college football, but they deserve recognition for finishing the plays Barrett makes and giving him options — two elements of the offense which weren’t present in early September.The next logical step: consistency.“I wouldn’t say we’re where we need to be,” Campbell said. “But I like where we’re at.”
Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Takeaway worker caught up in west Dublin shooting incident while trying to deliver food The woman escaped the incident without injury. May 4th 2019, 12:10 AM A TAKEAWAY DRIVER was caught up in a shooting incident Thursday night as she went to deliver food to the home of an individual involved in the escalating west Dublin gang feud.It is understood a motorcycle carrying two men pulled up beside the delivery driver’s car outside a house in the Ratoath area of Finglas. They fired shots over her car at the house.The woman, who had not yet left her car to bring the food into the targeted house, managed to escape without injury and there was no damage to the vehicle.Gardaí are now investigating this incident, as well as a number of other reports of shots fired in the west Dublin area over the past week.On Wednesday night gardai were alerted to anothet incident connected to the feud at a house on Warrenstown Drive, in Corduff.A garda spokesperson said it is alleged that two men carrying hammers smashed front windows of house and also vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.And on Tuesday a loaded semi-automatic shotgun concealed in undergrowth was found in the Sheephill Estate in Blanchardstown. So far this year 17 firearms have been recovered around Finglas and Corduff, all believed to be linked to this tit-for-tat feud. In recent weeks, the homes and property of innocent brothers, sisters, uncles and cousins of the gangland figures have been targeted by vandals. Family members of the gangs’ main players have all been informed that their safety cannot be guaranteed and they may end up being targeted.TheJournal.ie understands there will be checkpoints in these areas over the bank holiday weekend and increased armed patrols. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan also paid a visit to Blanchardstown garda station yesterday to get an update on the operations targeting the feud and to offer his support. By Michelle Hennessy There will be increased armed support in west Dublin over the weekend. There will be increased armed support in west Dublin over the weekend. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4619297 72,776 Views 42 Comments Saturday 4 May 2019, 12:10 AM Share21 Tweet Email1
Todd Gloria receives first endorsement from city official in mayoral bid KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Todd Gloria FacebookTwitter May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott announced her endorsement Monday of Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, in his run for mayor of San Diego.Elliott is the first elected official in the city to endorse a candidate in the mayoral race, which also includes City Councilwoman Barbara Bry. Elliott, who is currently running unopposed for re-election, is the only other elected official in San Diego that represents the city in its entirety.“I know Todd has the unmatched experience and unwavering values San Diego needs in its next mayor,” Elliott said. “Todd will deliver on the priorities that matter to San Diego families, and that’s why I’m endorsing him for mayor.”Elliott and Gloria have yet to serve in the city of San Diego’s government together, although the two have collaborated to improve ordinances like the city’s minimum wage increase. Elliott was first elected as city attorney in 2016, the year Gloria left the San Diego City Council for the Assembly.Gloria has racked up multiple local, state and federal endorsements in recent weeks, including the Assembly’s Democratic caucus, Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, state Treasurer Fiona Ma and a handful of local labor unions.“Mara Elliott has been a remarkable city attorney for San Diego and I am greatly looking forward to working with her as the next Mayor,” Gloria said. “With Mara as city attorney, I know we can move San Diego forward and build a new San Diego that works for all of us.”Bry called the endorsement “no surprise,” contending that Gloria and Elliott have both made attempts to weaken governmental transparency while in office.Bry noted Gloria’s since-discontinued practice of deleting city emails older than one year while he served as acting mayor and Elliott’s co- sponsorship of a state bill earlier this year that would have gutted enforcement of the California Public Records Act. Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, who authored the bill, withdrew it in March.“If San Diego voters want a mayor who is afraid of transparency and accountability in city government and who is more interested in currying favor with other politicians than in standing up for the public, then I would agree with Mara Elliott — I am probably not their best choice,” Bry said in a statement.In addition to Gloria and Bry, the mayoral race includes attorney Cory Briggs and activist Tasha Williamson. A Republican has yet to enter the race for the technically nonpartisan position.Gloria and Bry have, to date, garnered the most high-profile endorsements since announcing their respective campaigns in January. Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, is among Bry’s supporters.