London’s house prices drop for first time in EIGHT years

first_imgHome » News » London’s house prices drop for first time in EIGHT years previous nextLondon’s house prices drop for first time in EIGHT yearsWeak demand and small rises in supply help put capital into reverse – as price drops spread out of prime central London.Nigel Lewis29th September 20170896 Views The once mighty London property market has been laid low and its house prices are now the weakest in the UK, the Nationwide has revealed.Its latest index reports that prices in the capital have fallen for the first time since 2005 and are currently down 0.6% year-on-year on a quarterly basis.Nevertheless the years of double-digit growth are still there to see. The average price in London is £471,761, more than twice the national average of £210,982.Softening prices“The softening of prices was initially led by the capital’s prime market, which was knocked sideways both by Brexit and in the wake of the introduction of higher rates of stamp duty for high-value homes,” says Nicholas Finn, Executive Director at Garrington Property Finders.“But it is now spreading from the central boroughs – which saw prices rise fastest during the boom – to other areas where the growth came later.”Despite London’s problems, across the UK average house prices are relatively stable, rising by two percent year-on-year and Nationwide says housing market activity overall – including mortgage approvals and housing transactions – has “strengthened a little”, it says.naea |propertymark agrees with this analysis, revealing in its latest figures published today that the number of properties on the market has “increased marginally” with an additional two properties available for sale within each member branch, but Its Chief Executive Mark Hayward (pictured, left) says this isn’t “remotely enough to start to close the gap between supply and demand”.Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s Chief Economist (pictured, right) says: “Low mortgage rates and healthy rates of employment growth are providing some support for demand, but this is being partly offset by pressure on household incomes, which appear to be weighing on confidence,” says“The lack of homes on the market is providing ongoing support to prices.” NAEA Propertymark Mark Hayward Nationwide Robert Gardner September 29, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Water Trees.

first_imgUnderstanding Water Important in a Drought Without water, a tree’s life begins to ebb away. Trees diefrom quiet exhaustion and starvation, not from a sudden, dramaticevent. And the prime cause of death for trees is the lack of water.Yet trees are actually surrounded by water. It’s in the soil,the air and even throughout their own wood. Water is everywhere,but much of it is unusable or unreachable.Water is where you find it, and you’ll find about 97 percentof all water on our planet in the oceans. Ocean water containsaround 35,000 parts per million (ppm) dissolved materials, comprisingat least 70 elements.Fresh Water, PleaseBecause of the dissolved elements, most trees can’t extracta drop from the ocean. Trees need fresh water.Fresh water, which has less than 1,000 ppm dissolved materials,makes up the remaining 3 percent of all the water on Earth. Ofthe 3 percent that’s considered fresh, two-thirds of it is snowand ice in glaciers and the polar ice caps.The final 1 percent of the fresh water can be found in theatmosphere, as ground water and as surface water in lakes andstreams.Earth is a wet planet. Liquid and solid water covers roughlythree-quarters its surface. But for all the expanse of water onor near the Earth’s surface, trees can use little.Across the landscape above sea level is a patchwork quilt ofrain forests and deserts, bottomlands and mountaintops. Limitedwater resources, in some form, are everywhere.The air abounds with water. Water vapor in the air is the humidityeveryone complains about. Large amounts of water vapor in theair slows water loss from trees and soils.In fog (100 percent relative humidity), trees lose no waterto the environment. Unfortunately, few of us live in a fog forest.Wind heated by pavements and dry ground surfaces reduce the humidityand increase landscape water loss. Water vapor is available tothe tree only when it’s condensed and absorbed.Feed RootsThe soil is filled with water. Water in the soil coats everyparticle and root tip. As the soil dries, more water evaporates.At some point, the soil becomes dry enough to prevent tree rootsfrom extracting any more water.The soil still has water held close around mineral and organicsoil units and in tiny pores between clay particles. But it holdsremaining water tighter than the trees can exert force to extractit.Water is found in greater abundance deeper in the soil. Butthis water is beyond trees’ reach. Tree roots can reach soil depthsof hundreds of feet if plenty of oxygen is available. But theyhave to have a lot of oxygen from the air to grow and survive.Tree roots stay shallow because they can’t get enough oxygen tolive in the deep, water-soaked soils.Like most things in life, it’s not how much you have, but howmuch is accessible, that allows survival. Under drought conditions,trees must deal with low soil moisture levels and still effectivelyextract water.Nature provides trees only a few tools to collect water. Thethirst a tree develops can be immense. Do your tree a favor, whenyou can, by watering. Water is a gift to trees beyond any silverand gold, pruning or fertilization.Water is life to a tree.(For more information on water, what it is and how it worksin trees, visit the University of Georgia School of Forest ResourcesWeb site at www.forestry.uga.edu/warnell/service/library.Click on “Service & Outreach,” then “InformationLibrary,” then “Drought Information.”)last_img read more

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Campaign Orion V Deals Hard Blow to Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo June 30, 2020 The international naval campaign Orion V to combat narcotrafficking, carried out in the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean, as well as in Colombian rivers, enabled the seizure of 50.3 metric tons of cocaine and 7.3 metric tons of marijuana, Colombian President Iván Duque announced on May 29.Duque, together with Colombian military leaders and representatives of participating nations, presented a summary of the results in a virtual press conference, where he described the combined work as “inspiring.” The campaign, with the participation of 26 countries from the Americas and Europe, took place from April 1 to May 15.“During the implementation of the phase, when we see that the tons of drugs seized not only continue to grow but also exceed dozens, we can all reaffirm that the multilateral commitment in the fight against narcotrafficking is essential, inspiring, and a guide for public policy,” Duque said. “Each of the nations involved has contributed with their intelligence, has contributed with their operational capabilities, has contributed with their prosecution capabilities, as well as with rigorous and timely information gathering, to show the world that we are united in preserving security and justice for our people.”Colombian Minister of Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo said that the cocaine seized represented about a $1.7 billion impact on criminal funding. The total marijuana seized has an estimated value of more than $36 million on the international market, the minister added.In addition to drug seizures, authorities (48 international institutions and agencies) captured 150 people of different nationalities, found 72 cocaine laboratories, and confiscated 38 boats, two semi-submersibles, and four aircraft that were intercepted on the ground. Members of the nations involved praised the Colombian forces’ leadership and the operational efficiency of the campaign, conducted in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.“Colombia is a trusted friend and ally whose immeasurable contributions to security and peace at home, in our hemisphere, and around the world, has earned the respect from nations around the globe. What better example than operation Orion in Colombia’s tireless work, with more than two dozen nations to defeat a foe, narcotraffickers, who heartlessly profit from human suffering and death,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command. “Colombia’s successes against this threat are notable and one of the many reasons nations seek its advice on security and defense matters.”“This extremely effective collaboration among international agencies during the operation serves as a model for future multinational efforts to counter the common threat of transnational criminal organizations,” said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Pat DeQuattro, director of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South).The Colombian Navy has been leading the Orion campaign since 2018. In its fifth edition, the campaign had the participation of 41 maritime and riverine warships, 62 coast guard interceptor boats, 39 riverine combat boats, seven sea patrol aircraft, nine helicopters, and four unmanned aerial vehicles.Argentina, Belize, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Uruguay took part in the naval campaign.last_img read more

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LeBron James’ best individual performance of the decade will never be remembered properly

first_img“They have a guy who is playing basketball at a level that I’m not sure anybody’s ever seen before.”Those are the words of Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was describing Cavaliers star LeBron James after Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. Kerr happened to play with a guy named Michael Jordan as a member of the Bulls in the 1990s, and he has coached MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. So, yeah, Kerr’s comment carries some weight. MORE: SN’s NBA All-Decade team for the 2010sJames finished Game 1 with 51 points, eight assists and eight rebounds — and Cleveland lost. That Finals contest will go down in history not because of James’ excellence, but because of JR Smith’s infamous gaffe.The play that decided Game 1. pic.twitter.com/e1UeOv57Rn— ESPN (@espn) June 1, 2018Smith’s absent-minded play left the Cavs despondent and sent the game to overtime. Golden State throttled a stunned Cleveland team in the extra period and ultimately swept the Cavs for back-to-back championships.LeBron was the NBA’s most successful athlete of the decade. He has a library of notable games and playoff stretches. Many would point to his 45-15-5 game against the Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals as the signature moment that elevated him and placed him firmly on a title track.That may still be considered James’ “defining” performance whenever he retires, but in terms of an individual display of brilliance and dominance against an elite opponent, it could be argued he had his “best” performance against the Warriors.After playing the full 48 minutes against the Celtics in Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference finals, James scored a playoff career-high 51 points in a game-high 48 minutes, becoming one of only six players to reach 50 points in a Finals game and the only one to do so in a loss. He shot 19-of-32 from the field, 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 10-of-11 on free throws — the rest of the Cavs went 25-of-67, 7-of-30 and 6-of-11 in those categories.He ran through defenders on his way to the basket like a senior going against the junior varsity team, shooting 12-of-18 in the paint and 9-of-10 in the restricted area. He hit pull-up bombs from beyond the arc, found open cutters and operated comfortably in transition or half-court settings.James led the Cavs with a 39.0 usage percentage ahead of Jordan Clarkson (25.8), who scored four points on 2-of-9 shooting. Larry Nance (4-of-6) was the only other Cleveland player who shot better than 50 percent from the field. James simply didn’t have much help — of James’ 19 field goals, 16 were unassisted.Despite the heavy workload and limited offensive options around him, James never allowed the Warriors to blow the Cavs away with a trademark Oracle Arena run. He made multiple clutch plays in the fourth quarter, including a tough bank shot through contact …A charge on Kevin Durant that was reversed to a block after a questionable review process …And a double-clutch layup over Draymond Green at the rim. Then George Hill stepped to the line and missed the shot. Smith grabbed the rebound and floated out of the paint without any sense of urgency. It was effectively over. The Cavs couldn’t mentally recover.LeBron’s peak performance, wiped out in a matter of seconds. Imagine how it would be remembered now had the Cavaliers scored just one extra point in regulation.”If he had won that, it might be the best Finals game ever played, by anyone,” former Cavs general manager David Griffin told Business Insider. “Hard to think of its equal.”last_img read more

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Agro Liquid Field Day

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Libya Shuts Down Internet

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Tags:#Breaking#Government#international#news#web Rensys reports that Libya has completely shut down their Internet as of midnight Saturday local time. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn… and Libya is off the Internet. One Libyan route originated by Telecom Italia directly is still BGP-reachable, but inbound traceroutes appear to die in Palermo. A minority of our peers report some surviving paths through the peering connection between Level3 and Telecom Italia, but traceroutes into those prefixes fail, suggesting that the Libyan cutoff is complete. “Qaddafi’s Libya is engaging in the strategy that Mubarak’s Egypt used to little effect, clearly hoping for a radically different outcome. On January 27, as an attempt to interfere with protester communications with each other and with the outside world, Egypt shut down its Internet connections. However, Telecomix has already provided dial-up access for Libyans. Libya has been wracked by iits #feb17 protests for several days, with 84 people killed by security forces, according to Human Rights Watch. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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GBA Editor Holladay to Speak at Westford XIV

first_imgFolks attending the invitation-only Fourteenth Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science – otherwise known as Westford XIV or, more colloquially, “Summer Camp” – reflexively dive deep into technical discussions of high-performance residential and commercial construction, design, and equipment. Attended by manufacturers, homebuilders, architects, engineers, academics, and scientists from the Department of Energy’s system of National Laboratories and Technology Centers, Summer Camp is all about enriching industry professionals’ working knowledge of building science, forging contacts, and having some fun in the process.This is, however, an unusually small group. The Summer Camp invitation list is limited to about 350 people, and being asked to participate as a symposium presenter or facilitator puts one in extremely select and highly regarded company. That is why GreenBuildingAdvisor.com is proud to report that one of our editors, Martin Holladay, is among the presenters at the upcoming camp, scheduled for August 2 through 4 in Westford, Massachusetts. Martin’s historical overview of energy-efficient residential design and construction is titled “The History of Superinsulated Houses in North America.” (The slides from Holladay’s presentation can be viewed by clicking here.)A well-spoken advocate for green buildingIf you’re among the many GBA readers who follow his weekly Musings of an Energy Nerd blog, you know that Martin draws on more than 35 years of building-industry experience in his analyses of the environmental, technical, and financial pros and cons of everything from ceiling fans and wood stoves to insulation systems, renewable-energy systems, HVAC appliances, building code, and all the other components and variables that affect the quality and cost of residential construction. Just as important, he presents his topics carefully and writes clearly, in terms easily absorbed by both consumers and the technically savvy.In a recent newsletter sent to Summer Camp invitees, “camp counselor” Joe Lsitburek, a principal at Building Science Corporation who also is a frequent contributor to GBA’s Building Science podcast series, points out that Martin “was there at the beginnings of the Superinsulation movement. His personal observations and participation are fascinating and need to be shared.”Suffice to say, he won’t disappoint.last_img read more

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NBA: Paul believes blockbuster trade will benefit both Rockets, Clippers

first_imgClippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it endedSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Before Mayweather-McGregor … Ali v Inoki “Everyone says, ‘We get killed. We can’t get there. We just can’t get over the hurdle.’ I felt like it was time for change,” he shared.“I got an opportunity to grow here,” he added. “It’s unreal to think about the times that we had. We had some good runs.”Furthermore, Paul downplayed the rumored nepotism between coach Doc Rivers and his son Austin, which pundits attribute to his exit in Los Angeles.“Just like I called Blake (Griffin) and those guys, I called Austin,” he said. “I wish him the best of luck with what he has going on in the future. No, that report wasn’t true. If anything, Austin has grown up a lot and is getting better. I heard the report. It’s not worth responding to.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Chris Paul  APNBA fans will definitely get some getting used to seeing Chris Paul donning the Houston Rockets’ colors.The league’s premier playmaker opted for a change in scenery and left the Los Angeles Clippers, which he helped rise from obscurity for the past six seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealSpeaking to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, a sports news site, the 32-year-old point guard shared how  the trade bodes well for both franchises.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I feel like the last six years we’ve had a great run. I felt like it was not only a good time for change for me, but for the team, too,” he said.The nine-time NBA All-Star also addressed the Clippers’ struggles to get over the hump throughout his tenure, with the team looking like contenders throughout the season only to burn out come playoff time. View commentslast_img read more

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Petron turns back Cignal, barges into PSL Grand Prix finals

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–Petron started off cold but still got enough fuel to go full steam ahead to its seventh straight championship appearance Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Bucking an opening set defeat, Petron bounced back to crush Cignal HD, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 and enter the final of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.It was the Blaze Spikers’ 17th win, needing just two more wins to capture the title by sweep, something they themselves accomplished four years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut Petron will have to contend against the winner between F2 Logistics and PLDT in the other semifinal duel.Stephanie Niemer had 35 points for Petron. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Spurs looking for Game 7 vs Nuggets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Off-Field Referee Uniform

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce ordering for the Off-field range for referees courtesy of BLK is now available.To place an order please use the following Survey Monkey Portal – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RefereeUniform Ordering Deadline – Midnight Wednesday, 10 December 2014Please see the attached Uniform Catalogue to assist in your ordering.For any enquires please contact Matt Irons [email protected] Filestfa_blk_off-field_off-field_range_-_2014-pdfRelated LinksReferee Uniformlast_img read more

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Animal rights activists want Winnipeg zoo to shut down stingray exhibit

first_imgWINNIPEG — Animal rights activists want the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg to permanently shut down its interactive stingray exhibit.“Stingray Beach” allows visitors to get up close to a shallow pool, and touch and feed the animals.The zoo temporarily closed it down last week after three stingrays died and another three were injured because of natural — but aggressive — mating behaviour.The randy cownose rays are being exposed to less daylight and colder water to try to fool them into thinking mating season has passed.The zoo says it’s won’t permanently close the exhibit, which opened in May.Danae Tonge, who organized a small protest held on Sunday, says the stingrays are being used for entertainment and aren’t in a natural setting.“They’re being prodded at and that’s not right,” Tonge said. “They have nowhere to go to escape people. Their behaviour is being thrown off. Their being abused.”The zoo said a decision on when to reopen will be done based on what’s best for the stingrays. It said forceful mating behaviour — in which competitive males fight each other but also sometimes bite females while mating — has been observed in the wild as well as in captivity.The injured rays are receiving treatment and recuperating, it said, and the males and females have been separated in the main pool.Spokeswoman Laura Cabak told CTV Winnipeg that the zoo closed the exhibit to give its animal-care workers a chance to provide treatment, observe the stingrays without outside influence and modify their environment.“We take our responsibility to care for these animals very seriously,” said Cabak.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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CN Rail lining up pilot plant partners to make oilsands bitumen pucks

first_imgCompanies in this article: (TSX:CNR)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Canadian National Railway Co. says it is planning to build a pilot plant worth up to $50 million next year to create pucks made of oilsands bitumen to transport by rail and ships to customers around the world.CN has been working for years on a technology that mixes and coats the heavy, sticky oil with polymer plastic, creating a pellet-shaped product called CanaPux that can be shipped in an open rail car and will float if spilled into water.James Cairns, vice-president of petroleum and chemicals at CN, says the railway is in discussions with the federal and Alberta governments, along with potential oilsands industry partners and the Heart Lake First Nation of northern Alberta, to fund the 10,000-barrel-per-day pilot plant.He says he hopes pilot project costs will be split into thirds between CN, government and industry.If the pilot succeeds, CN would build a commercial-sized plant with capacity to convert up to 50,000 barrels per day of heavy crude.Cairns says the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with an unnamed Asian customer who is interested in importing the pucks to his country and separating the oil and polymer for processing and sale.“It’s not going to replace pipelines, not even close,” Cairns said, noting the current mismatch between pipeline capacity and western Canadian oil production that has been blamed for punishing price discounts.“This is just another idea, another way of getting Canadian product to market, that we can build upon.”last_img read more

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Special Police Observer expresses satisfaction over preparedness in poll bound Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Special Police Observer for Bengal Vivek Dubey on Monday expressed his satisfaction over the preparatory work done by the district and police administration in connection with the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.Dubey, who reached the city on Sunday evening, held a video conference with the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents of five districts in the state, which are going to polls in the first two phases. “I took stock of the ongoing work regarding the elections and also asked them about any requirement. They are doing well,” he told reporters after the conference. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDubey, who held a series of meetings during the day, had a short interaction with the media in the afternoon, where he reiterated that the Election Commission will take all possible measures to ensure free and fair elections in the state. “It is not correct that all booths in the state are sensitive, as claimed by some political parties. They can claim so but they have to furnish evidence,” Dubey said. Sources in the commission said that Dubey, who gave a patient hearing to the political parties, asked them to provide evidence against their claims so that the commission can take action against them. Dubey’s advice came in the wake of some political parties alleging partiality of the state administration and police. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen asked whether there will be Central Forces in all the booths, the IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh said: “We are yet to decide on the deployment pattern. We will see the existing state forces and then examine the availability of Central Forces and strategise the force management.” Dubey began his day by holding a meeting with all political parties in the state. He followed it up with an extensive discussion with the senior BSF and CRPF officials at the Port guest house, strategising the possible deployment of forces in the first two phases of election. He then accompanied Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab to Nabanna. Subsequently, Dubey held a meeting with state Chief Secretary Malay De in presence of state Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya. He then held a detailed meeting with DG Virendra on the pending arrests warrant. The Police Observer ended his day with the video conference. He will again meet the state officials on Tuesday before flying to Jalpaiguri. Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress delegation led by MLA Tapas Roy made a number of complaints against BJP for making provocative statements and trying to instill a sense of fear among the voters. “They are making statements in a manner that is giving the impression that the commission and the Central Forces are functioning under their instructions. I have brought this to the notice of the Police Observer,” Roy said. Mukul Roy, who led the BJP delegation to the CEO’s office, claimed that the CEO was acting in a partial manner. It has been learnt that the CEO was not present when Roy interacted with the Observer, though he was present during the meeting with the political parties. When asked to comment on Roy’s claim, Additional CEO Sanjoy Basu said: “I shall not say anything on this because it goes against the protocol and decorum.”last_img read more

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Blast off Bucks top Rockets

Ohio State unleashed a week’s worth of frustration on Toledo, with the Rockets playing the role of punching bag in the Buckeyes’38-0 victory Saturday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.A week after falling to No. 3 USC at home, 18-15, the Buckeyes shut down Toledo’s spread attack, which had averaged 42.5 points per game before facing OSU.“Our defense came out of the box,” Buckeye coach Jim Tressel said. “When you swarm on defense like we do, it gives your offense a few more opportunities, and we struck a couple plays that took command of the ballgame.”The Buckeyes got off to a quick start.On OSU’s third play from scrimmage, quarterback Terrelle Pryor launched a strike downfield to a wide-open Dane Sanzenbacher for a 76-yard score.“It felt like it was in the air forever,” Sanzenbacher said. “We got lucky that it opened up like that, easy pitch and catch.”Sanzenbacher found open seams throughout the day, totaling 126 yards on five catches, two resulting in touchdowns. The junior receiver enjoyed excelling against his hometown team.Pryor finished with a career-high 262 passing yards, in addition to 110 yards on the ground on 12 carries. He kept Toledo’s defense off-balance all afternoon with his dual-threat approach.“I love getting the ball to my receivers,” the sophomore quarterback said. “Believe me, if I can run, I’m going to take off and run and get the ten yards or whatever. That’s a choice of mine. I could take off and get ten yards every time, but I love getting the ball into my receivers hands, and maybe they can break it for 70, 80 yards.”The Rockets, meanwhile, struggled to sustain drives against a flocking OSU defense.“We got down 21-0 early and had to throw the football a little more than we would have liked,” Toledo coach Tim Beckman said. “I thought at times we were able to run the ball, but we got into so many situations that we couldn’t continually run the football.”Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt, who racked up 742 passing yards and seven touchdowns in his first two games of the season, managed just 197 without a score in the loss. The Buckeyes held the Rockets to just 210 total yards, a far cry from Toledo’s previous average of 559 yards per game.The Buckeyes’ second series lasted 12 plays and covered 68 yards. Pryor found Sanzenbacher for another touchdown, this time slinging an 18-yard pass into tight coverage for the score. Sanzenbacher made a one-handed stretch to snag the throw.“That ball was thrown in a hurry and right at the break,” Tressel said. “Dane’s got good hands. He’s a steady guy. Nothing bothers him inside, even when there’s a lot of bodies flying around.”Each of Toledo’s first ten drives ended with a punt. The Rockets fumbled away their only glance at the end zone late in the third quarter.On its only drive lasting more than seven plays, Toledo moved the ball deep inside Buckeye territory. Opelt connected with receiver Eric Page in stride near the end zone, but he lost control of the ball when unsuccessfully spinning away from a Kurt Coleman tackle.Linebacker Ross Homan recovered the fumble for the Buckeyes, who regained possession and maintained the shutout.The victory cleanses some of the rotten taste left in the players’ mouths after losing to Southern Cal. Following a week of criticism and scrutiny, the team is ready to move forward onto Big Ten play.“Criticism doesn’t bother us,” Pryor said. “I know what I’m capable of. I know what the offensive line is capable of. We all know what each other is capable of. It comes with the territory, you just have to do your job.”The dominating performance against Toledo helped prepare Ohio State for the rigor of conference play, Sanzenbacher said.“We have to be a lot more focused,” he said. “We know that every team has us marked down on their calendars and is going to play us tough.” read more

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Commentary Reds Indians managers produce same results with different styles

Courtesy of MCTBoth the Cleveland and Cincinnati baseball organizations have managers that are familiar with winning. Although the two men have different managing techniques, they both seem to know which buttons to push. Cleveland’s Terry Francona’s loose way of orchestrating seems to fit his team’s persona. On the other hand, Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker’s calm approach to guiding a team appears to work, but has not gotten his team over the hump to win a championship.It is not farfetched to believe the Indians can win a championship with Francona at the helm. The former Boston manager won two titles with the Red Sox, one where his team defeated the Tribe in the American League Championship Series before winning it all in 2007.With a little over half of his first season as the Tribe’s manager under his belt, Francona has seen a fair amount of success with his new team. The Indians are second in the division, trailing the Tigers by 2.5 games. In recent years, the Indians have been in this identical position leading up to the All-Star break, but then find themselves in the back of the pack by season’s end. With the way the season has gone so far, it’s looking more and more like Francona has a formula that will keep his team in the playoff race into September.Cleveland’s skipper has a bit of a loose approach when it comes to managing. He likes his players to have fun on the field, and his loose personality appears to be working well with the team’s character. An example of Francona’s easy going style came before the start of the season when the team took part in the nationwide craze of making a “Harlem Shake” dance video.Although Cleveland has gone through a few managers over the past ten seasons the Reds have not, as Baker is in his six straight year with the organization.Although some may want Baker out of Cincinnati, no one can complain about him leading his ball club to two division titles in the last three years. The Reds won their division both in 2010 and again in 2012. Before the 2010 season, the only time Cincinnati had won the central division was in 1995. That year also marks the last year the Reds made the playoffs prior to the Baker era. He has turned the franchise into a consistent playoff contender.As great as it is that Baker has won division titles in Cincinnati, the higher goal is to get deep into the playoffs and win a World Series. The last two playoff appearances for the Reds have been the opposite of that. In 2010, Cincinnati was swept in three games in the divisional series against Philadelphia. The 2012 squad had a 2-0 lead on San Francisco before losing the next three games at home in the divisional series. Baker has been an outstanding manager in regards to getting his teams to the playoffs, but the playoff appearances are short-lived.Baker’s managing style is mainly laid back and relaxed, though there are times where he gets intense and wears his emotions on his sleeve. How the squad is this season, he may have to be more forward than usual in order to get his team on a roll. This 2013 team appears to be the type needing a constant push, seeming to have no sense of urgency. During one of the club’s more recent hitting slumps, second baseman Brandon Phillips said they would eventually get out of it. Baker needs to be more assertive and tell his players that eventually is not good enough.Both managers have the makeup of bringing championships to their respective cities. With this being Francona’s first year in Cleveland, he has a couple seasons to prove himself. Baker does not have that luxury with this being his sixth year in Cincinnati.The rest of the season is important to both franchises and managers as each are making a playoff push. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball tops VCU 9686 Amy Scullion returns

OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) maneuvers around VCU freshman guard Keira Robinson (34) to attempt a layup during a game on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-86. Credit: Nina Budeiri / Lantern photographerRedshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion shoots a free throw against VCU on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-86.Credit: Nina Budeiri / Lantern photographerIn a tight contest, the Ohio State women’s basketball team defeated Virginia Commonwealth after pulling away late in the game.OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston got the action started with a quick layup in the opening seconds of the 96-86 win. Both teams shot the ball well through the first six minutes as the game was tied, 20-20. Then a jumper from freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell sparked a 19-7 run over a span of nine minutes to take a 39-27 lead for the Buckeyes.Virginia Commonwealth outscored OSU, 16-13, in the last 5:48 of the half to make the score 52-43 as the teams headed to the locker room. The Buckeyes shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, while holding the Rams to 37 percent.The Rams opened the second half with an 8-0 run to cut the Buckeye lead to just one point. But OSU answered with an 11-2 run to bring the lead back into double digits. OSU went on to score seven unanswered points to take its largest lead of the game, 70-56.Virginia Commonwealth cut the deficit to six with less than nine minutes remaining. After an 8-2 run by OSU, the Rams hit three consecutive 3-pointers to pull the game within three with less than four minutes remaining in the half. The Buckeyes closed out the game on a 14-7 run to get the 10-point victory.OSU improved to 2-2 for the season. Alston led all scorers with 34 points while Mitchell added 29 of her own. Freshman forward Alexa Hart came off the bench to tally 12 points along with eight blocks.Alston said the team excelled in finding an offensive rhythm throughout the game.  “I think we did a pretty good job, we got a nice little pace going,” Alston said. “We kind of got stagnant for a little while but I think we did pretty good offensively.”Redshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion added three points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Buckeyes. Scullion was in action for the first time since the end of the 2013-14 season after initially forgoing her final year of eligibility to attend medical school. Scullion said that while she had some anxiety at the start of the game, it eventually wore off. “Not going to lie, I was a little nervous, I felt like a freshman again,” Scullion said. “Once we started going up and down a little bit it wasn’t bad.”Mitchell found herself in foul trouble, earning four throughout the game. Mitchell said that she’s still making the transition from playing defense in high school to college.  “I’m in the process of learning,” she said. “I know I’m at the collegiate level so stuff I used to get away with in high school, I’m not going to get away with. I know as I grow, my fouls have to stop.”Coach Kevin McGuff said Mitchell’s fouls are a result of her effort on the court and sees them as something she’ll eventually overcome.“She’s so competitive and is always trying to make a play for her team that sometimes she gets herself in a little bit of trouble, but she’ll grow through that,” McGuff said. Up next for OSU is a trip to the Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Clemson on Thursday at 1:15 p.m. in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. read more

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Opinion Braxton Miller could feature prominently in Ohio States season opener

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Lantern file photoSkepticism and doubt surrounded Braxton Miller when he announced in late July via an interview with Sports Illustrated that he’d be transitioning from his original position of quarterback to H-back this upcoming season.On a roster brimming with talent, especially on offense, many wondered just how much of the field the redshirt senior would see in what will be his final season at Ohio State. On top of taking on the challenges of learning a whole new position, Miller would have to leapfrog a multitude of skilled players.Regardless of his incredible playmaking ability, it looked like it’d be an uphill climb for the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.That is, until OSU coach Urban Meyer announced that redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall and junior Dontre Wilson, as well as wide receiver Corey Smith, would be suspended for the Buckeyes’ season opener at Virginia Tech. Junior star defensive end Joey Bosa was also amongst those suspended.Outside of Bosa, all were projected to be key components in OSU’s spread offense. Marshall and Wilson are hybrid type players, and each play the role of H-back. Smith, entering his redshirt senior season, enjoyed a great spring and had firmly cemented his status as the No. 2 wideout in rotation.So, through unfortunate circumstances, a rare opportunity has been presented to Miller. With the highly anticipated “revenge game” fast approaching, he’s in line to receive significant minutes.Thus far, his move to H-back has gone pretty seamlessly and has fans eager to see what he’ll bring to the table. Miller is still capable of breaking any game wide open as his athletic ability has been all too apparent in practices, something senior linebacker Joshua Perry has become pretty familiar with.“Don’t blink, he’s got some of the crispest, most ridiculous moves,” Perry said at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 30. “His footwork is amazing, he’s really fluid, and his speed is obvious.”Meyer, a former wide receiver coach, remains skeptical and is Miller’s biggest critic, going so far as to say that it’d be “uncommon” to throw the ex-quarterback straight into the fire so early in the season. Admittedly so, the three-time national champion coach can’t deny the kind of difference-maker that sits ready in his stable.“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached,” Meyer said on July 30. “He’s got an incredible first step. Above all else, you say it’s time to win or lose, and he’s not going to lose.”The expectation is that Miller will be a true “impact player” on offense. Considering the suspensions that have been handed out, plan on seeing a fairly heavy dosage of him in the Buckeyes’ Sept. 7 showdown in Blacksburg, Va.Only versatile sophomore, and current backup running back, Curtis Samuel stands in Miller’s way at H-back. Time will tell, though, as to who exactly will get the majority of the work at the hybrid position.How Miller comes along in terms of the continued development of his route running is something worth keeping a close eye on. At any rate, Meyer will undoubtedly find it tough to make a case for not adequately providing OSU’s in-state product with substantial playing time come Week One. read more

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Keylor Navas on Real Madrid future Im calm I have two

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas insists that he is “calm” over his future, despite reports suggesting that he could soon be dropped in favour of Thibaut Courtois’ arrival from Chelsea this summerNavas has been the first-choice at the Santiago Bernabeu for the past three years but, in that period, he has often been on the receiving end of criticism and uncertainty over his future.Following Real’s failed attempts to sign either David de Gea and Alisson from Manchester United and AS Roma respectively, the Spanish giants have now reportedly turned their attention to Chelsea’s unsettled number one goalkeeper Courtois.But after three years of constant rumours, Navas has evidently learned to just focus on himself.“I’m happy, the truth is that I’m very thankful to God because these are incredible opportunities,” said the 31-year-old, as stated on Marca.“I have all the hope in the world, just like in my first season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We’re going to work hard, putting effort in every day and we’ll keep enjoying what it is to be at Real Madrid.”When asked if he could be leaving Real this summer, Navas answered: “I’m calm, I have two more years on my contract, what I have to put my mind and energy into is how to improve every day, the effort that I have to put in,”“I have to enjoy every moment, we will see what happens in the future, but that doesn’t mean stop enjoying, I’m calm and I feel good.“I still have the same hope and excitement, to be competitive, to always want to win, it’s something you can never lose.”After joining Real from fellow La Liga side Levante in 2014, Navas has gone on to make 141 appearances in all competitions for the Champions League holders.last_img read more

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