A probe has been ordered after a video purportedly showing an Army jawan being beaten up by the police in Uttar Pradesh went viral on social media, officials said on Tuesday. The soldier, posted in Hyderabad, was on leave at his native village Pallia, Kanpur (Dehat) Superintendent of Police Radheyshyam said. He said Derapur circle officer T.B. Singh will investigate the matter and has been asked to submit a report within three days. The video went viral on Sunday.
We are minutes away from the much-talked about Argentina vs Venezuela match, which will see Barcelona star Lionel Messi wear the captain’s arm band for the first time in his career. PhotosThe move has been done to bring in the crowds at the famous Salt Lake Stadium.But, the Messi-mania had already gripped the city months before the D-Day. And today the Stadium is packed to the brim with fans across the country converging to see their ‘God’ of football.Blog of the happenings at the stadium and on the web:Stars tweet on Messi matchWriter Taslima Nasreen: He is god of football and He is messi of the universe.Bollywood star Neha Dhupia: Futbol fever is in full swing here in Kolkatta… Litle kids runnin around in Messi jerseys, waving flags.. Absolutely delightful!Some interesting tweets before the matchOh wow. Today is #messi’s first match as Argentina captain. History being made at Kolkata.24 underprivileged children will walk alongside the players of Argentina & Venezuela as they come out to play in Kolkata – a dream come true.14-year-old Rohit Mallik living in a slum of Kolkata would be walking alongside Messi as the team steps out to playFrom the Salt Lake Stadium6:45 pm: Crowds are chanting Messi Messi and the chants are growing louder by the minute.6: 55 pm: Its blue all the way…all roads seem 2 lead to the Yuba Bharati Kirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) as people are going berserk.6:59 pm: The players step in in the centre of the Salt Lake Stadium. advertisement7:05 pm: Player meet the Governor of West Bengal M.K Narayanan and All India Football Federation president Praful Patel7:10 pm: National anthems of the two countries Argentina and Venezuela being played (A mess up here) Here’s what the twitter says: They announced Argentina’s national anthem and played Venezuelan & Vice Versa. What a shame! 7:15 pm: Messi gets early ball control.7:20 pm: The No. 10 player (Messi) fails to gather the ball near the box and falls to the ground.7:23 pm: Argentina No. 7 Angel Di Maria fails to convert an easy pass near the box.7:30 pm: Venezuela player Roborto Rosales fails to convert after heading close to the goal post7:33 pm: Angel Di Maria fails to convert off a pass from captain Messi.7:36 pm: Messi misses a good chance.7:43 pm: Argentina captain Messi ran through the opposition ranks and shot off towards the net from near the box, but the Venezuela goalkeeper Rafael Romo made a nice save. It has been Argentina match all the way, but for those final finishes7:45 pm: Venezuela’s Nicolas Fedor fails to convert and his cross goes past the goal post.7:48 pm: Venezuela players strike again but miss.7:55 pm: Venezuela’s Cesar Gonzalez misses the goal by inches and hits the back of the goal net.8: 00 pm: break – scoreline reads 0-0Interesting update: For those who didn’t have time to pick up an Argentina jersey, they wore blue t-shirts and tops. Read more8: 20 pm: Players back in field and again it’s Argentina players to dominate the game.8:40 pm: Messi misses the free-kick and the ball goes past the goal post.8:44 pm: Another miss and the scoreline remains the same.8: 47 pm: Finally Argentina go one goal up in the match. And it was captain Messi’s conrner that did the trick. He took an aerial shot and Nicols Otamendi converted with a header near the goalmouth. It was his first goal in 12 matches. Argentina are 1-0.9:05 pm: Messi misses another chance in goalmouth melee9:10 pm: match over and Argentina win 1-0 with Lionel Messi and Nicols Otamendi combining for the lone goal.More off twitter Cameraman exceptional – he could hv hit ten fish eye for sure – only only focused on MessiFor this 90 minute match – our experts in Kolkata will discuss for 90 days and find 900 magic moments of Messi :)Post match updateLoinel Messi: Media playing a big role. Great job guys.Finally Messi receives the winner’s trophy.
Ahmedabad, Jul 4 (PTI) The ruling BJP in Gujarat, where Assembly polls is slated for 2017-end, is expecting “good representation” from the state when the Union Cabinet is expanded tomorrow.”We expect Gujarat to get good representation in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led cabinet when it is expanded. The expectation stems from the meeting of Gujarat BJP MPs (called by party chief Amit Shah),” said state BJP President Vijay Rupani here today.Rupani and state BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya will attend the Cabinet expansion ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Gujarat is represented in the Council of Ministers by Haribhai Chaudhary (MoS Home), Mohan Kundariya (MoS Agriculture) and Mansukh Vasava (MoS Tribal Affairs) – all Lok Sabha MPs. In 2014 general elections, the BJP won all the 26 seats of Gujarat.If one counts representation from Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and HRD Minister Smriti Irani also represent Gujarat.The names doing the round for getting berth in the Council of Ministers are of recently elected Rajya Sabha member Purshottam Rupala, Lok Sabha MPs Mansukh Mandvaia and Jaswantsinh Bhabhor.While Rupala and Mandavia are Patels, Bhabhor is a tribal leader of Gujarat BJP.The induction of new faces from Gujarat in Union Cabinet is expected to be driven by the 2017 state election factor.Meanwhile, the state BJP has postponed a two-day meet of MPs from Gujarat in view of the Cabinet expansion. The meeting, which was to start today, was called to discuss citizen-related problems in Gujarat and how they can be resolved with help from the Centre.advertisement”The meeting has been postponed due to Cabinet expansion. It will now take place at a later date,” Rupani said. PTI PD RSY DIP RDS
New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Indian footballs much-hyped meeting in Kuala Lumpur turned out to be a damp squib as the stakeholders failed to arrive at a consensus on the contentious issue of merging the ISL with the I-League. A stakeholders meeting was facilitated by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in the Malaysian capital to find a way forward for Indian club football. Chaired by AFC general secretary Dato Windsor John, the meeting included representatives of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Sports Ministry, the I-League and ISL clubs as well as from the world governing body, FIFA, the players representatives and the AFC. Sources in the know of developments said though a lot of things were discussed, nothing concrete came out of the meeting when it came to merging the two leagues and allotment of the AFC Cup continental playoff slot. A source said the AFC was not keen on recognising the Indian Super League as the countrys premier domestic league as it is “against a privately-managed tournament undermining the top division league”. The AFC is also learnt to have denied AFC Cup playoff spot to ISL as it is still neither the top division league of India nor the premier tournament. While the ISL proposed to run its league alongside the I-League, representatives from Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were in favour of the ISL and I-League being merged to form one unified top division league as that would “enhance the performance of the national team, develop players and coaches”. The AFC urged the AIFF to conduct a meeting with all I- League clubs to discuss this years league structure. Mohun Bagan said they have requested the AIFF to convene a meeting on June 12, as proposed by the AFC to discuss this years league structure. AFC general secretary Dato Windsor John stressed on the need to have a strong domestic set-up in India for the continental body to see football become the number one sport in Asia. “The stated vision of the AFC is to be the number one sport in Asia, and so to achieve that aim Indian football and its development is extremely important. There is no doubt that Indian football has huge potential, and the meeting was convened so that potential could be realised,” Dato said. “There is a need to find solutions which ensure that Indian football is protected and that there are opportunities for young players, who must not be lost to our game.” In the meeting, it was agreed that the history, commitment and contributions made for more than 100 years as well as the new skills, investments and marketing and promotional skills required respect. In a release the AFC stated, “The AIFF will decide the format for the short-term and there was an agreement around a road map to deliver medium and long-term plans for the game in India through a detailed process. Independent research would be commissioned and analysed before being evaluated by the AIFF and the stakeholders, with the decisions on the medium and long-term pathway being taken as soon as possible after the FIFA U-17 World Cup, held in India later this year, it further said. Dato added: “There was a desire by people, who are extremely passionate about the game, to marry the strengths of both the traditional and the new, which helped in delivering the objectives of the meeting in which the AFC listened to the key stakeholders. AIFF secretary Kushal Das said, “We are grateful to the AFC for facilitating the meeting which is crucial to the development of football in India. “We must go through this process to create the best future for the game in our country. In the meantime, we have to decide on the short-term future of the game as soon as possible.” PTI AH PM PMadvertisement
By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Jul 26 (PTI) A Centre of Excellence, under the guidance of Somdev Devvarman, will soon be established at the DLTA to provide coaching to budding players but the development has cast a doubt over the future of the grassroots level program, which has been running there for four decades. Scouting has begun for coaches, sports psychologist and physios, who will work in tandem at the upcoming National Academy, which will have involvement of the Sports Ministry. Under the supervision of Indias former number one singles player Somdev, who is also a government observer for the sport, a comprehensive plan has been submitted by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) to the Sports Ministry for approval. It has been learnt that coaching in various age groups has been planned and a foreign coach will also be roped in. A sports science centre is also being planned at the Academy and qualified physios and sports psychologist will be hired for all round development of the players. The Academy will accommodate about 300 kids for coaching and at least 100 of them will be able to stay after relocating from their respective states. The Centre would require an annual budget of at least 20 crore to sustain and the plan is being scrutinised by the Ministry. “Who can be better than Somdev to plan such a project. He is Commonwealth Games and also Asian Games gold medallist,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI, confirming the development. However, it has put a question mark over future of Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA)s junior coaching program which one of the oldest in country, and close to 20 coaches who are working there for more than 20 years. Some coaches are involved for three decades. When asked specifically about the future of DLTA coaching program, Chatterjee did not reveal if it will continue or taken off or merged with the upcoming Centre of Excellence. “We will discuss it when we come to it,” was Chatterjees terse reply. When Somdev was contacted, he refused comment, saying the project was still taking shape. It has been learnt that the Sports Minstry will not object if DLTA runs its own program simultaneously but it remains to be seen what is eventually decided. About 200 kids are taking classes by paying just Rs 3000 per month while private academies in Delhi charge anything between 10 to 50,000 a month. Also, close to 150 government school students get free coaching at DLTA. DLTA currently has 15 coaches, who help in running the junior program. A few coaches also provide private coaching by paying a fee to DLTA for renting out courts. Now it is unclear if they will be allowed to continue their programmes or will be asked to shift somewhere else. According to a sports ministry offical, the proposed Centre of Excellence requires a minimum 10 courts. DLTA has 14 courts, including two clay courts, in its sprawling complex. PTI AT KHS KHSadvertisement
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: A UCF Knights helmet sits on the field after the UCF Knights defeated the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Fiesta Bowl featuring No. 8 UCF and No. 11 LSU is underway from Phoenix, Arizona.ESPN is televising this afternoon’s contest.Unfortunately for the Worldwide Leader, one of their camera operators had an embarrassing moment before kickoff.ESPN’s camera operator following LSU into the stadium fell down.Thankfully, Coach O was there to help him up.Check it out:CAMERAMAN DOWN pic.twitter.com/Q4WpUFNmDQ— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) January 1, 2019LSU is driving, about to take an early lead against UCF, which is seeking its second straight major bowl win.The game is on ESPN.
A new dietitians act introduced today, Oct. 21, will update the licensing process, define the profession’s role and responsibilities, and help ensure the public’s interest is protected through establishment of a new professional college. “The former Professional Dietitians Act has remained substantially unchanged since 1990 and needs to be replaced by modern legislation that serves the public interest,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. The new act will define the scope of practice of dietitians and address standards of practice. It will require all practitioners to be licensed, unlike the previous act. It will also establish the Nova Scotia College of Dietitians and Nutritionists whose primary responsibility will be to serve and protect the public interest. The board of the college will include public members. The new act is supported by the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association whose membership approved a draft of the act at their May 2009 annual general meeting. “Our members are pleased with the new act which will give us legislation similar to other health professions in Nova Scotia,” said Jennifer Hutchinson, president of the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association. “This act will enable licensed nutritionists and dietitians to practice to their full scope of practice which will be of benefit to their patients.”
wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants and socks so ticks are more visible, and enclosed shoes while working or playing outside or hiking in the woods pull socks up over pant legs and tuck in shirts spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellant containing DEET check clothing and exposed skin for ticks after working or playing outside in the bushes or tall grass and remove any ticks attached to the skin when possible, take a bath or shower within two hours of coming indoors. This makes it easier to find ticks. keep grass well cut to minimize suitable habitat for ticks on your property As the weather continues to be unseasonably warm and Nova Scotians are enjoying woods and parks earlier this spring, it is important be aware and protect against bites from blacklegged ticks that can cause Lyme disease. “With the days becoming longer and warmer, it’s important for people to be mindful that when working or playing in grassy, shrubby and wooded areas that they prevent tick exposure, even though risk of contracting Lyme disease remains low,” said Dr. Robert Strang. ‘Ticks become active when air temperatures are consistently above 4C.” There are several easy ways to prevent or reduce contact with ticks: “Tick checks are very important,” said Dr. Strang. “Removing ticks as soon as possible can prevent or reduce the risk of infection, since blacklegged ticks can only transmit the bacterial infection after they have been attached to the skin for about 24 hours.” There are five known areas in Nova Scotia the Lyme disease bacteria is present in ticks. They include areas of Lunenburg, Shelburne, Pictou and Yarmouth counties and Halifax Regional Municipality. “Regardless of where you live in Nova Scotia, it’s important to remember that ticks are everywhere and to take precautions whenever working or playing outdoors,” said Dr. Strang. There are many kinds of ticks in Nova Scotia, but only blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. Infected ticks can spread a bacterial infection through bites. If detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. The earliest and most common symptom of Lyme disease is a bull’s eye rash at the site of the bite. Other symptoms include fever, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches. If untreated, more serious illnesses can occur, including facial palsy (a weakening of facial muscles) and heart or chronic joint problems. These complications can also be treated with antibiotics. There have been 120 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in Nova Scotia since 2002. For more information and a map of known areas, visit www.gov.ns.ca/dhw .
Jammu: Security forces averted a tragedy on Monday by detecting an improvised explosive device (IED) on a highway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. A road opening party (ROP) of the Army detected the IED lying near Kallar Chowk alongside the highway that connects Rajouri district with Jammu, police said. ROPs are foot patrols that move out early every morning to secure roads and highways before allowing the movement of vehicles carrying security forces. “An alert was sounded and the road was closed till the bomb disposal squad reached the site and defused the IED, thereby averting a tragedy,” a police officer said.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wished a speedy recovery and a healthy life to senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to excuse himself from being included in the new government at the Centre citing his illness. Kejriwal praised Jaitley for his affection and warmth while wishing him good health. “Wish @arunjaitley ji speedy recovery and a healthy life. I have known him since many years and despite political differences, I have always found him to be affectionate and warm,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo said in a tweet. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC A day before the swearing-in ceremony of the new government, Jaitley urged Modi to be kept out of it, saying he did not want to be a minister in the new government due to health reasons. Ending days of speculation over his role in the new government owing to his ill health, Jaitley posted on Twitter the letter he wrote to Modi requesting recusal from being a part of the new government on health grounds. He said soon after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a massive majority in the just-concluded Lok Sabha election, he had informed Modi orally about his intentions of taking time out for treatment of an undisclosed illness. Without disclosing the ailment he is being treated for, Jaitley said he would continue to informally support the government and the party in any form that is required.
APTN National NewsA Yukon First Nations man has been living in a tent for the last six months in Whitehorse.George Stewart depends on a city drop-in centre for survivors of residential schools.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has Stewart’s story.
Rabat-The Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, reported on Thursday that over 1,162 people have benefited from the Winter 2014 campaign that was created to give assistance to the elderly homeless population.Highlighting the results of “Winter 2014” campaign in a meeting on Thursday in Rabat, the Minister noted that nearly “275 women (23.6%) and 887 men (76.33%) have benefited from its assistance,” according to Akhbar Al Yaoum.This initiative was launched in January with the tagline “The care of the elderly homeless … everyone’s responsibility”. It kicked off on January 13th and ran until March 21st. According to the same source, “nearly 618 cases (141 women and 477 men) have been integrated into social welfare institutions,” Bassima explained. The other 224 cases were assisted onsite “Geographically, the highest number of treated cases was recorded in Casablanca, with 153 cases (13.17%), followed by Marrakech-Tansift-Al Haouz with 129 cases (11.10%) and Souss-Massa-Draa 26 cases (10.84%), and Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen (40 cases / 3.44%), while Laayoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra recorded the lowest number of cases with 5 (0.43%).This humanitarian operation was, according to Ms. Hakkaoui, “a mobilization of civil society and benefactors, especially in terms of location and orientation of cases requiring assistance and in-kind support. “Assistance has also included the granting of subsidies for seniors who refused to join centers located in their region, providing mattresses and clothes, organizing cultural and artistic activities or organization of medical caravans,” said the minister.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,905.14, up 49.38 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up five cents, or 1.77 per cent, to $2.88 on 11.4 million shares.Lithium Americas Corp. (TSX:LAC). Miner. Down 17 cents, or 7.80 per cent, to $2.01 on 6.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 41 cents, or 2.91 per cent, to $13.68 on 5.3 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down eight cents, or 4.06 per cent, to $1.89 on 4.8 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Down two cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $1.77 on 4.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up seven cents, or 0.27 per cent, to $26.03 on 4.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Retailer. Up 23 cents, or 1.96 per cent, to $11.98 on 2.2 million shares. The Toronto-based retailer is selling its Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building in New York to a joint venture between WeWork and Rhone Capital in a deal valued at $1.075 billion. The agreement will also see workspace company WeWork lease office space within HBC department stores starting in Toronto, Vancouver and Frankfurt. Rhone Capital will also make an $632 million investment in HBC. WeWork Property Advisors, the joint venture between WeWork and Rhone, is expected to assume part of the investment.
Former Governor of the Eastern Province M.L.A.M. Hizbullah appeared before the Presidential Commission today to make a statement on the controversial Batticaloa campus.
After two days of the General Assembly’s annual debate on reforming the 15-member Security Council, the Assembly President has outlined three possible options on how to proceed, noting that while consensus appears to exist on the need to expand its membership, a “divergence of views” continues on how best to do this.“There does… appear to be consensus on the need to expand the Security Council to better reflect our world in the twenty-first century. However, there remains a divergence of views on whether enlargement should occur in both the permanent and non-permanent categories, or, only in the latter,” Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa said late on Tuesday after more than 70 delegations had spoken on the issue.“There appear to be three possible options that have been presented: first, the process could continue within the framework of the Open Ended Working Group; second, the onus could be on Member States themselves to find a way forward. And third, the President could lead an open and inclusive process of consultations and negotiations to reach the broadest possible agreement.”Sheikha Haya said that she would get back to the Member States on how best to move ahead with reform, an issue that has been locked in stalemate for 15 years because of the difficult political issues at stake. A working group started formulating proposals on the subject in 1994. The number of non-permanent members on the Council was increased from six to 10 by an amendment of the UN Charter which came into force in 1965. The five veto-wielding permanent members are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.In September, as part of his efforts to speed up the process of overall UN reform, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the Council must change to reflect the new reality of international relations, warning that as long the status quo remains, “the whole process of transforming governance in other parts of the system is handicapped by the perception of an inequitable distribution of power.”In March last year, Mr. Annan also issued a report entitled In Larger Freedom, in which he endorsed two models for reforming the Council that were first presented by his High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.The first model provides for six new permanent seats – two each from Africa and Asia, and one each from Europe and the Americas, with no veto being created, while the second model provides for no new permanent seats, but creates a new category of eight four-year renewable term seats, and one new two-year non-permanent (and non-renewable) seat, divided among the major regional areas.
by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2016 3:30 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Premium Brands Holdings Corp. says it will acquire Montreal-based C&C Packing Inc. and affiliate Premium Meat Packers in a cash-and-share deal worth up to $146 million.Vancouver-based Premium (TSX:PBH) said the purchase price includes $102 million in cash and almost 515,000 shares. An additional $20 million is also part of the deal, but the sum can be lowered if earnings targets aren’t realized.C&C is a leading supplier of fresh and frozen meat to retailers and food service distributors in Central and Eastern Canada. Its annual sales are around $250 million.The 42-year-old company is owned and operated by the sons of founder Stanley Cons, both of whom will join Premium Brands.The transaction is expected to close in April, subject to regulatory approvals.Premium Brands CEO George Paleologou said acquisition will enable the company to create a national platform complementing its meat distribution initiatives in Western Canada.The company will partially fund the transaction through up to $86.25 million in gross proceeds, including over-allotments, through the issuing of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures to a syndicate of underwriters led by CIBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets.Premium Brands owns a range of specialty food and food distribution businesses in Canada and the United States. Premium Brands buying Montreal meat firm C&C Packaging for up to $146 million
A total of seven early commitments who have pledged to play for coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are officially on campus and taking classes, according to an OSU press release.Of the seven former high school seniors who have signed financial aid agreements with OSU, five are offensive players, one is a five-star linebacker and the other is a kicker.The five-star linebacker is Raekwon McMillan, who comes to OSU from Hinesville, Ga., and Liberty County High School, according to the release.The five offensive players include: quarterback Stephen Collier from Leesburg, Ga., wide receiver Johnnie Dixon from West Palm Beach, Fla., offensive lineman Kyle Trout from Lancaster, Ohio, hybrid running back and wide receiver Curtis Samuel from Brooklyn, N.Y., offensive lineman Marcelys Jones from Cleveland and kicker Sean Nuernberger from Buckner, Ky.This is the third straight year that at least five high school seniors have elected to graduate early and enroll at OSU for a winter or spring academic term, according to the release.The complete list of early enrollees:-Stephen Collier, quarterback – 6 feet 4 inches, 210 pounds from Leesburg, Ga., and Lee County High School-Johnnie Dixon, wide receiver – 5 feet 10 inches, 195 pounds from West Palm Beach, Fla., and Dwyer High School-Marcelys Jones, offensive lineman – 6 feet 4 inches, 340 pounds from Cleveland and Glenville High School-Raekwon McMillan, linebacker – 6 feet 2 inches, 242 pounds from Hinesville, Ga., and Liberty County High School-Sean Nuernberger, kicker – 6 feet 1 inch, 235 pounds from Buckner, Ky., and Oldham County High School-Curtis Samuel, hybrid running back and wide receiver – 5 feet 11 inches, 185 pounds from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Erasmus Hall High School-Kyle Trout, offensive lineman – 6 feet 6 inches, 295 pounds from Lancaster, Ohio, and Lancaster High School
Shelby Lum / Photo editorBuckeye football coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.The Ohio State football team was missing two returning starters in its secondary for the season opener versus Buffalo, but at least one of them is set to be back for this Saturday’s game against San Diego State.Following practice Wednesday, coach Urban Meyer told media that redshirt-senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, who missed the season opener with a sprained ankle, is back on the practice field and ready for Saturday.Meyer remained noncommittal, however, on whether redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby would be in the starting lineup. Roby was suspended for the season opener after his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, and Meyer said earlier this week the second-team AP All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist would have to earn his starting job back from sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves.“We haven’t made that decision yet,” Meyer said. “He did pretty good today in practice, obviously you got to watch the film today. But he’s had two good days I believe. I know he had a good day yesterday.”Roby and Reeves were listed as co-starters on the Buckeyes’ most recent depth chart, which was released Tuesday. Barnett was listed as a co-starter with redshirt-senior Corey Brown at strong safety.Barnett’s return to the lineup will give the Buckeyes three returning starters on defense, along with senior free safety Christian Bryant and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. Roby’s return would give OSU four returning starters.One player who was conspicuously absent from the depth chart released Tuesday was redshirt junior running back Rod Smith, who was also suspended for the season opener due to a violation of team rules. Meyer said Wednesday, however, Smith is in the mix to be the No. 2 running back on the depth chart Saturday behind starter senior Jordan Hall.“Jordan Hall will most likely start,” Meyer said. “Who the No. 2 (running back) is … I’m not sure.”Meyer said Smith is set to play on the Buckeyes’ punt and punt block units Saturday, which Meyer said is “more important” than him getting on the field at running back.The Tuesday depth chart lists sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-freshman Warren Ball as the backup running backs. Freshmen Ezekiel Elliott and Dontre Wilson could also see playing time at running back, though Meyer said Wilson is “more of a receiver right now.”OSU took a 23-0 lead against Buffalo before the end of the first quarter, but the Bulls twice cut the Buckeyes’ lead to only 10 points, once in both the second and third quarters. The Buckeyes scored the final 10 points of the game and ended up with a 40-20 victory, but on Wednesday, redshirt senior right guard Marcus Hall and junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant both admitted that the Buckeyes took their “foot off the gas pedal” after taking the big first quarter lead.“I hate to admit it, but it’s the first game of the season and it’s hard keeping it going throughout the whole game,” Marcus Hall said. “That was just a wake up call that we needed, good thing it was the first game.”Grant said last week’s game taught him to “just keep going” even when the Buckeyes take a significant lead like they did in the first quarter Saturday.“With the defensive mentality, we’re never satisfied,” Grant said. “We just got to keep working and keep working hard to get where we want to go.”Offensively, Meyer said the Buckeyes “didn’t adapt fast enough” when the Bulls made some changes to their defense after the first quarter.Going into this Saturday’s game, however, the Buckeyes have had another week to do just that. Both Buffalo and SDSU run 3-3-5 defensive schemes and Hall said the experience against the scheme in the opener will help the Buckeyes’ offense this week.“San Diego State, they’ve got a lot of athletes on their defense,” Hall said. “Not taking away anything from Buffalo, they did too, but they definitely prepared us for this defense. I feel like we’re better suited to go against it and will have less mistakes.”Kickoff for Saturday’s contest between the No. 3 Buckeyes and SDSU, who lost 40-19 in their season opener versus Eastern Illinois, is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Montpellier defeated Nantes for 33-28 to stay at the top of the Lidl Starligue. Under the command of Diego Simonet, the team in blue took control of the first half of the first period. With 3 out of 3 shots (two of them with empty goal), the team in blue took the lead for 11-7 after 16 minutes, while Vincent Gerard started his show under the posts (closed the first 30 minutes with an impressive 37% of saves).The team conducted by Patrice Canayer extended their lead to a +5 on the 23’ minute through Vid Kavticnic, but that would be the last goal of the period for them, while Nantes dangerously shortened the gap to 15-13 at half time. Those 7 goalless minutes for Montpellier coincided with the absence of Simonet, who is the natural conductor of the team.On the second half, the coached by Thierry Anti suffered the early loss of Dominic Klein, who got his second 2’ suspension of the match, followed by the third one after having complained to the refereeing duo, less than a minute into the game. Goals from Nicolas Tournat, Eduardo Gurbindo and Olivier Nyokas put Nantes in front after 7 minutes (18-19), and the match became more exciting. But the break came after 14’, when Ludovic Fabregas set the 22-20. It took the away team 7 minutes to score again, and at that point the score was looking good for the home team, who were leading 25-21 with a much more comfortable rhythm.Efforts from Tournat, Romain Lagarde and Nicolas Claire were not enough to defeat a team that is well headed into both the Velux EHF Final 4 and the last stretch of the Lidl Starligue. Simonet continued to orchestrate the attack while Melvyn Richardson and Vid Kavticnik did the scoring. Gerard had another impressive evening and the match was closed well before the end of the regular period. Montpellier continue to be at the top of the French league, a week before their maiden debut in the Velux EHF Final 4 in Cologne.“We started off very well on the first half, but then on the second period we got stuck a little. In the end you could see that we have much more experience, we know each other well and we know that this tournament has to be ours, so we never gave up”, expressed Simonet. “We’ve been here before, we’ve been leaders and then on the last three matches PSG would catch up on us, but I think we’re seeing all the experience that we’ve gathered these all these years”.When asked about the Velux EHF Final 4, the Argentinian centre back has everything quite clear in his head: “I’m not really thinking about it yet because we still have a very important match ahead of us, against Saint Raphael. This year I’m very focused, knowing what to do every day, I’m focused on what I eat, what I do, the way I train; so before thinking about the Final 4, Saint Raphael is in our heads”. Diego SimonetMontpellierNantesPatrice Canayer ← Previous Story ROMANIA: Steaua and Dinamo Bucuresti to fight for the title Next Story → 78 SECONDS: Myrhol & Eggert storm over GOG
MOWAFFAK AL-RUBAIE sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes.The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam’s 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret.“A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. But he was strong until the end.“I received him (Saddam) at the door. No one entered with us — no foreigners, and no Americans,” Rubaie said in an interview with AFP at his office in the Kadhimiyah area of north Baghdad, near the prison where the execution took place seven years ago.“He was wearing a jacket and a white shirt, normal and relaxed, and I didn’t see any signs of fear.“Of course, some people want me to say that he collapsed or that he was drugged, but these facts are for history,” Rubaie said.“I didn’t hear any regret from him, I didn’t hear any request for mercy from God from him, or request for pardon.“A person who is about to die usually says, ‘God, forgive my sins — I am coming to you.’ But he never said any of that,” Rubaie told AFP.Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for more than two decades marked by brutal repression, disastrous wars and punishing international sanctions, was hanged after being found guilty of crimes against humanity for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiite villagers in Dujail.He was president from July 1979 until the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, and was found by American forces hiding in a hole on a farm in December of that year.Saddam was executed three years later on December 30, 2006 after a summary trial.ViolenceSome Iraqis, particularly Sunni Arabs, look back fondly on the time of Saddam’s rule, especially the periods of internal stability that stand in stark contrast to the brutal violence that has plagued the country since his overthrow.Saddam is also held in high regard by some Arabs for his 1980-88 war with Iran, his confrontations with the United States, his strikes against Israel, and his composure during his execution, which was recorded on mobile phone videos.‘This is for men’“When I brought him, he was handcuffed and holding a Koran,” said Rubaie, ignoring the statue of Saddam behind him, which depicts the dictator dressed in a uniform bearing the insignia of his exclusive military rank.“I took him to the judge’s room, where he read the list of indictments, as Saddam repeated: ‘Death to America! Death to Israel! Long live Palestine! Death to the Persian magi!”Rubaie then took Saddam to the room in which he was to die.“He stopped, looked at the gallows, then he looked me up and down… and said: ‘Doctor, this is for men’.”When it was time for Saddam to mount the gallows, his legs were still bound, so Rubaie and others had to drag him up the steps.Just before he was hanged, witnesses taunted him with shouts of “Long live Imam Mohammed Baqr al-Sadr!” and “Moqtada! Moqtada!” — references to an opponent of Saddam who was killed during his rule, and the dead man’s relative, who rose to command a powerful militia after 2003.Saddam replied: “Is this manhood?”Rubaie said he pulled the lever to hang Saddam, but it did not work. Another person he did not name then pulled it a second time, killing him.Just before he was hanged, Saddam began to recite the Muslim testament of faith.“I testify that there is no god but God, and Mohammed…,” he began, but he was hanged before he could say the final words, “is the messenger of God.”Rubaie went under the gallows to retrieve the body, which he said was put in a white bag and placed on a stretcher.The body was then transported in an American helicopter from the prison where he was hanged to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s residence in the heavily-fortified Green Zone.The helicopter was crowded with people, Rubaie said, so the body had to be put on the floor, and the doors of the helicopter were left open during the flight, as the stretcher was too long to fit otherwise.“I remember clearly that the sun was starting to rise” as the helicopter flew over Baghdad, Rubaie said.‘The room was full of death’At his residence, “the prime minister took our hands and said: ‘God bless you.’ I told him, ‘Go ahead and look at him.’ So he uncovered his face, and saw Saddam Hussein,” said Rubaie, who is still a close ally of the premier.“I have never had such a very strange feeling,” Rubaie, who was thrice imprisoned during Saddam’s rule, said of participating in the execution.“He committed countless crimes, and he deserved to be hanged a thousand times, live again, and be hanged again. But the feeling, that feeling is a strange feeling,” he said. “The room was full of death.”Rubaie said Saddam’s execution was set in motion after a video conference between Maliki and then US president George Bush, who asked the Iraqi prime minister: “What are you going to do with this criminal?”Maliki replied: “We hang him.”Bush gave him a thumbs up, signalling his approval.- © AFP 2013.(All pictures: AP Photo)Read: Car bomb targeting Christmas mass in Baghdad leaves 17 deadRead: America is sending missiles and drones to Iraq