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first_imgThe video game industry is a whopping $100 billion industry today. Back in the days, two-dimensional video games of various sports were able to satisfy technological appetite. Gamers today are increasingly demanding a more immersive gaming experience, one that the industry is constantly striving to meet. This has paved way,The video game industry is a whopping $100 billion industry today. Back in the days, two-dimensional video games of various sports were able to satisfy technological appetite. Gamers today are increasingly demanding a more immersive gaming experience, one that the industry is constantly striving to meet. This has paved way for an augmented demand for character animators to create unique styles and movements that are easily distinguishable.”Animations can either be made through walkthroughs or drawn on paper and scanned on to the screen. Almost every video game today uses a character animator. For instance, in an animation feature, if 600 people are on the job, 250 to 300 would be character animators. And even though most of the animation work is being outsourced, there is a huge scope for character animators in India,” says Ketan Karekar, Animation Director, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC).Though most examples of character animation can be found in animated feature films, the role of character animator within the gaming industry is rapidly increasing. “Films such as Jurassic Park and Avatar are classic examples of character animation. This is also flowing into video games such as Hitman or Dead Space to name a few,” says Karekar. The basic objective of an animator is to create empathy for the character. Avid gamers look for reasons to connect with the lead protagonist in the game and animators have been able to give them this opportunity.Animations must demonstrate character development, where the lead gets stronger with each passing level and increases the player’s commitment level to the game. All of this can only be done, once the animator is able to understand the basic structure of character. Karekar explains that an animator must know the anatomy of humans as well as of animals. Knowledge of the bone structure and the muscle movement can help him move the character accordingly.Another important aspect of character animation is the ability to act. Here, their body mechanics are put to use. Industry experts suggest that initially, studios were done up with mirrors everywhere and the animators could act and replicate the same reactions in their characters. But with the introduction of three-dimensional graphics and the extensive use of camera, animators are able to record their expressions and make the same changes in the animation. This way, the animated characters were able to fight and show emotions; they could fly and repel enemies with a swoop.Creating the animation for various characters can be challenging, yet rewarding and fun. An animator is responsible to bring to life what can only be imagined. They are able to create an ambience where the real world ceases to exist and the only thing important is the world that has been developed. “A good visualiser with a creative bent of mind can easily excel in the field. Indian animation industry is growing at the rate of 40 per cent, paving way for aspirants to showcase their talent and earn a hefty package,” says Ninad Karpe, managing director and chief operating officer, Aptech Ltd.India is becoming the hotspot for animation. With games becoming more sophisticated and technologically advanced, plot-driven games with more real and believable characters is where the gaming industry is headed. Amit Prajapati, team leader at Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) explains, “Developing a character for games is quite interesting. The pre-production department familiarises all the character animators about the storyline and the psychology and physique of the character. This is followed by design development, rigging (adding bone structure and movement), modelling and texturing the character. All of this completes the character which can then be placed according to the story line.” It is evident that the concept of “total immersion” has led to more character detailing along with the demand for bigger challenges.Another trend that is coming to play in the gaming industry is tying a game to a movie release. “Most of the activities and nuances of the characters borrowed from films are repetitive. They need to have the same walk, tone and movements as that of the character in the film. This requires even more detailing because such games have long shots and extreme close-ups where an animator cannot go wrong,” says Prajapati. No matter what the future holds for the gaming industry, it is clear that character animators are in demand more than ever.InstitutesArena Multimedia, Pan-India www.arena-multimedia.com MAAC, Mumbai www.maacindia.comIndustrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai www.idc.iitb.acStarting salary: Rs 35,000-40,000 per monthadvertisementlast_img read more

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INDIA OPENER SACHIN DEPARTS EARLY VS WI

first_imgIndia opener Sachin Tendulkar departed early against West Indies in their World Cup Group B match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Sunday.This is last league game of the World Cup before the knock out stage that stars from Wednesday. If India win this match they will earn nine points and finish second of the Group B table and that way they will play Australia in the quarter-fianls. If they lose this match they will play Sri Lanka in the next stage. India have rested their regular opener Virender Sehwag and playing Suresh Raina in his place. Ashish Nehra has been replaced by local boy R Ashwin, who will add depth in the spin department.West Indies has excluded Chris Gayle and and Kemar Roach. Krik Edwards and Ravi Rampaul have been included.Teams -West Indies: Kirk Edwards, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, R Sarwan, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Devon Thomas(w), Darren Sammy(c), Sulieman Benn, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul India: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Yusuf Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patellast_img read more

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Cone unsure if Ginebra has what it takes to win title after big loss to Meralco

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Elorde, NorthPort have big shoes to fill in Bolick’s absence MOST READ Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! View comments The loss put Ginebra in a fourth-place tie with San Miguel and Cone knows it’s an ideal position be in.With three games remaining in their schedule, the Gin Kings have to sharpen up if they want to maintain their place in the top four and get a twice-to-beat incentive in the playoffs.Ginebra’s loss gave Meralco a firm hold of the third spot with a 6-2 mark.“We don’t like it certainly,” said Cone. “It’s not a good place to be in right now.”ADVERTISEMENT “We just didn’t do it tonight so you wonder if we have the trust necessary to go out and win a championship. At this point and after this performance, I don’t think so,” said Cone.“They beat us black and blue. They beat us in all the phases of the game tonight. We came into the game playing on our reputation and didn’t put the work in. If you don’t put the work in, these are the kind of results you have.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Bolts found the mark fairly easily against the Gin Kings with a 52 percent clip and they also dominated the rebounding department,  56-38.Meralco took a commanding lead early, building a 26-15 buffer at the end of the first quarter before extending it to 28, 60-32, in the third period. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra is still on track to nail a top four berth in the 2019 Governors’ Cup at 5-3 but a blowout loss to Meralco head coach Tim Cone was left to wonder if his team still has what it takes to go all the way.The Bolts manhandled the Gin Kings, 101-77, Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum and Cone let his team know that a performance as bad as this one won’t do them any good in the future.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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India vs Pakistan: Recent history suggests India firm favourites against Pakistan

first_imgThe countdown is nearly over. India will take on Pakistan in arguably the biggest match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Sunday in Manchester.The hype surrounding the match has hit the roof. What makes the clashes between the Asian rivals special? Pakistan’s ever-impressive pace battery, India’s gifted batsmen, the cricket-crazy fans from both the countries, the history between the two nations to name a few.Moreover, the lack of India-Pakistan matches has made the wait for these rare big-ticket encounters even more special.India have met Pakistan only 4 times since the 2015 World Cup. They aren’t playing bilateral cricket anymore due to strain in cross-border relations.Ahead of another chapter in one of the greatest rivalries in sport, here’s a look at how the two teams have fared against each other in ODI cricket. While India are behind in their overall ODI record vs Pakistan, they are overwhelming favourites in World CupsThe India-Pakistan rivalry in ODIs began with India’s tour to Pakistan in 1978. Under, Bishan Singh Bedi, India had won the first-ever ODI between the two sides held in Quetta.Nonetheless, Pakistan had won the 1st two bilateral series between the two countries before Kapil Dev’s side clinched 2-0 win at home in the 1983-84 season.Pakistan had dominated bilateral series against India, winning 6 out of their first 7 meetings. While Pakistan had beaten India in bilateral series in India as early as 1986-87, India were able to clinch their first-ever bilateral series win on Pakistan soil only in 2003-04. The win came under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy when India went on to beat their arch-rivals 3-2 in a 5-match series.advertisementThe last bilateral series held between the two countries in 2012-13 was won by Pakistan in India.Pakistan’s dominance of bilateral ODI series is evident from the numbers. In 131 ODI meetings, Pakistan have won 73 and India only 54.However, things have changed in the recent past. Since the 2015 World Cup, India have beaten Pakistan thrice in 4 meetings.In fact, India have managed to start as outright favorites on most of these occasions.India handed Pakistan a 124-run thrashing in their Champions Trophy 2017 opener in Birmingham. India flexed its batting muscles with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli hitting fifties. Yuvraj Singh’s late cameo helped India post 319 which in the end proved too much for Pakistan.However, Pakistan led by Sarfaraz Ahmed, clinched one of their biggest wins over their arch-rivals by clinching revenge when the two teams met in the final of the Champions Trophy.Fakhar Zaman was handed a reprieve by Jasprit Bumrah early in the big final and the left-handed opener punished India with 114 and fired Pakistan to 338 in 50 overs.In reply, India had no answers to Mohammad Amir’s masterclass as the left-arm pacer demolished the Indian top-order, removing Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan cheaply. India were eventually bowled out for 158.Nonetheless, India are heading into the big clash on Sunday on the back of two comprehensive wins over Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018. Even in the absence of their best batsman, Kohli who was rested for the tournament, India were able to comfortably outclass Pakistan in the group stage and then in the Super 4 of the continental tournament.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India won’t be overconfident because of 6-0 record vs Pakistan, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Why India are outright favourites against Pakistanlast_img read more

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Transfer latest: Man Utd, Chelsea & PSG eye Asensio

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd, Chelsea & PSG eye Asensio Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marco Asensio Real Madrid Getty Images Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd, Chelsea & PSG pursue AsensioManchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are set to battle it out for Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio, according to  El Gol Digital.The Spain international is keen to stay at Santiago Bernabeu but wants assurances of his playing time from new Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui.And should he not get the answer he wants from the former Spain boss then he could look to depart the Spanish capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Juve demand €80m for PjanicJuventus will demand at least €80 million (£70.4m/$92.6m) if Barcelona make an approach to sign Miralem Pjanic, claims Tuttosport.Barcelona are scouring the market for a replacement for Andres Iniesta and Bosnian midfielder Pjanic is one of the names reportedly under consideration.However, Juve don’t want to sell and will set the bar high for Pjanic, who could also be subject of interest from Real Madrid.Torreira’s €30m Arsenal transfer confirmedSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that Lucas Torreira has left the club to join Arsenal for €30 million (£26m/$35m).The midfielder is currently in Russia as part of the Uruguay squad for the World Cup, and is expected to complete his transfer to the Emirates Stadium once the tournament has finished .Torreira will join the Gunners after the World Cup, with Sampdoria chief Ferrero announcing the departure on Italian television, highlighting the excellent business the club had done by increasing his price tenfold.Read the full story on Goal! Liverpool enter Grealish raceLiverpool have entered the race to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, according to The Sun.Grealish, 22, has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham after impressing for Villa in the Championship in 2017-18.However, with Spurs reportedly haggling over Villa’s £40 million asking price, Liverpool are ready to step up their interest.West Ham complete £7m Fabianski signingWest Ham have completed the signing of Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.The former Arsenal stopper – who is currently at the World Cup with Poland – joins the Irons for a reported fee of £7 million (€8m/$9m).He will replace Joe Hart at the London Stadium, with West Ham opting against making the England international’s season-long loan deal a permanent one.Read the full story on Goal! Sarri wants Mertens as first Chelsea signingMaurizio Sarri wants to make Dries Mertens his first signing as Chelsea manager, according to the Daily Mirror . The former Napoli boss is closing in on a move to take over the Blues, and wants the 31-year-old to come to London along with him. Mertens scored 22 goals under Sarri last season, as Napoli finished runners-up to Juventus in Serie A. De Gea to be best-paid keeperManchester United are prepared to make David de Gea the best-paid goalkeeper in world football with an £18.4 million-a-year ($24m) deal, reports Marca .The Spain international is poised to pen a new five-year deal at Old Trafford which will end renewed talk of interest from Real Madrid.Arsenal & Spurs eye BrewsterArsenal and Tottenham are the latest clubs to show an interest in signing teenage Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, according to The Sun.The 18-year-old is closing in on signing a new deal with the Reds but is still seeking assurances of his playing time from Jurgen Klopp.And the north London rivals join the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Monaco in monitoring the Under-17 World Cup top scorer.Barcelona to wait for De JongBarcelona are increasingly resigned to waiting until 2019 to complete a deal for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to Mundo Deportivo.The 21-year-old is viewed as a long-term option for Barcelona and there had been suggestions the Spanish champions would look to conclude a deal this summer.However, with Ajax reluctant to sell after already losing Justin Kluivert, and with De Jong having suffered ankle ligament damage earlier in the year, Barca are now likely to wait another 12 months before pressing ahead with a deal.Wilshere announces Arsenal departureJack Wilshere has announced that he will leave Arsenal after 17 years, despite having agreed to sign a new contract on reduced terms.In a message on Instagram, the 26-year-old confirmed that new manager Unai Emery had told him he wouldn’t be guaranteed consistent playing time should he stay with the Gunners. Wilshere is set to become a free agent, with plenty of interest in the Premier League and Italy in the midfielder’s services. Read the full story on Goal! Serie A giants in for GrujicSerie A heavyweights AC Milan and Lazio have joined the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, Goal understands.Cardiff City remain the frontrunners to take the Serbia international on loan having spent the second half of last season with the Bluebirds.But there is now interest from Italy while Fulham are also monitoring his situation.Read Neil Jones’ full story for Goal! Leno completes €22m Arsenal moveArsenal have completed the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for €22 million (£19.2m/$25m).The 26-year-old goalkeeper is expected to replace Petr Cech as the Gunners starter next season. Leno has been capped six times by Germany, but failed to make his country’s World Cup squad this summer.Read the full story on Goal! Guardiola makes Kroos top targetManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made Real Madrid midfielder his top target for the summer transfer window, reports Don Balon .The Germany international is currently away on World Cup duty, but the Premier League champions are preparing to step up their efforts to bring him to England.Ramos wants Courtois at RealSergio Ramos has warned Real Madrid off a big-money deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson and urged the Blancos to sign Thibaut Courtois, claims Diario Gol .The Chelsea star has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for some time, making no secret of his desire to return to Spain, and the Belgium international may be on the move this summer.Monaco seal €20m deal for GeubbelsMonaco have completed the €20 million (£18m/£23m) signing of 16-year-old forward Willem Geubbels from Lyon.Geubbels is one of the brightest prospects in Europe, having already made his senior debut for Lyon in the 2017-18 season.The France Under-17 international also became the youngest player to ever appear in the Europa League last season.Read the full story on Goal! Arsenal tell Bellerin he’s ‘untouchable’Arsenal boss Unai Emery has told right-back Hector Bellerin he is one of five “untouchable” players the Gunners will keep at any cost, reports the Mirror . Bellerin has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Juventus and Barcelona, but Emery views the 23-year-old as a vital piece in his side.West Ham land Diop in club-record dealWest Ham have announced the signing of centre-back Issa Diop from Toulouse for a reported £22 million (€25m/$29m) fee.The 21-year-old has become the club’s record signing after impressing in Ligue 1 and with the France U-21 side. West Ham beat a host of European clubs to Diop’s signature, with Everton and Sevilla reported to be interested. Read the full story on Goal! Palace to offer Zaha new contractCrystal Palace will offer star Wilfried Zaha a new contract to keep him away from interested Premier League clubs, reports the Mirror . Tottenham are leading a host of clubs hoping to land the 25-year-old, who only just signed a new contract at Selhurst Park last summer.But Palace hope that a still-better contract worth £120,000 (€136,000/$158,000) a week will keep him away from a big-money move elsewhere.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Pradhan begins Russia visit seeking investments in oil natural gas fields

first_imgNew Delhi: Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday began a three-day visit to Moscow, seeking stake in more oil and fields in Russia and inviting Russian investment in refining and petrochemical business. Pradhan met Russian oil firm Rosneft officials to discuss collaboration between the two nations. “Met with Mr Didier Casemiro, Deputy CEO, Mr Krysz Zielicki, Head Business Development, Mr Anand, CEO – Nayara Energy representing @RosneftEN. Discussed scope of collaboration in the Oil & Gas sector & ways to leverage Russian expertise in Indian E&P and Refining sectors,” Pradhan tweeted after the meeting. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalA Rosneft-led consortium had in 2017 bought Essar Oil that operates 20 million tonne refinery at Vadinar and over 5,500 petrol pumps in the country, for $12.9 billion. Essar Oil has since been renamed Nayara Energy. Pradhan welcomed Rosneft to make new investments in refining and petrochemicals business in India. He also met Russian officials to discuss bilateral cooperation. “Met State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Viktor Evtukhov and explored avenues for strengthening economic cooperation, enhancing flow of investments between our two countries,” he said in another tweet. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia and Russia have a long history of cooperation in the steel sector. “Deliberated on further strengthening our relations in this sector in areas of coking coal sourcing, technology transfer, skill development etc,” he said. He also held discussions with Russian Deputy Prime Minister & Presidential Envoy to Far Eastern Federal Districts of Russia, Yury P Trutnev. “We discussed to expand the scope of co-operation between India & Far Eastern Russia, in the energy and steel sectors,” he tweeted. “Also discussed to further co-operation in the sourcing of metallurgical coal and crude oil from Far East of Russia. Reiterated that Russia is a valued & important energy partner for India in its objective of transforming into a gas-based economy.” India is seeking oil and gas fields in Far East Russia to boost its energy security. “In our further discussions with Trutnev, we also talked about potential Indian investments in oil & gas and steel sectors in Far Eastern Russia,” he said. Pradhan is in Moscow ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia. Modi will be the chief guest at this year’s Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok between September 4 and 6. Modi would also meet the Russian President for the annual summit. “Also, reviewed the progress in these sectors in the run-up to the visit of Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi ji during the first week of September to Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum and for the 20th Annual Bilateral Summit,” Pradhan tweeted. Energy-hungry India is keen on sourcing one million barrels per day of oil and oil-equivalent gas from Russia and had identified Sakhalin-3 in the Far East, Vankor in East Siberia, and Terbs and Titov oilfields in Timan Pechora region as fields for potential collaboration. But it has so far been unsuccessful in its attempts. OVL already has 20 per cent stake in Sakhalin-1 oil and gas field in Far East Russia and in 2009 acquired Imperial Energy which has fields in Siberia for $2.1 billion. Russia is wooing Indian investments in its Far East ahead of Modi’s Vladivostok visit to balance China’s expanding presence in the resource-rich region.last_img read more

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Help floods in as BC wildfires force evacuation of 37000 people

first_imgAs thousands of British Columbians are forced from their homes by wildfires, hundreds of people are stepping up to offer whatever support they can.There are up to 37,000 evacuees in the province, including about 10,000 people forced out of Williams Lake on Saturday.Kristi McLean posted to an Facebook evacuee support group saying she has a tent trailer at her home near Kamloops, B.C., that would be perfect for a family.McLean, who has an autistic son, said it would be a good environment for a family with an autistic child.“Being in an evacuation centre, I know it wouldn’t be good for us, for sure,” she said in an interview. “Any family with special needs that need a place … we’re cool with it.”There are numerous offers of accommodation, ranging from a room to full homes.“Chilliwack accommodation for evacuees: three-bedroom house with full basement,” one posting said.Others are offering space for evacuees to park their trailers.Many people have said they can provide shelter for pets.“We have space available for evacuee horses, sheep, goats, chickens and a few dogs and/or cats,” one person said.Supplies for the evacuees are also being offered.“I have a 20-foot container almost full of non perishable food, Gatorade, baby supplies, toiletries, blankets and pillows,” a Chilliwack, B.C., resident said.There was even thought of evacuees who would be missing Sunday night’s premiere of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones.”Kayla Charest posted on Facebook that she’d be willing to host seven or eight fans of the series who’ve been evacuated to Prince George.“There’s not much I can do to help with accommodations but I can definitely house some people for a couple of hours for some entertainment — take their minds off things,” she said in an interview.last_img read more

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Saskatchewan confirms case of animal anthrax seven farm animals dead

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture says seven farm animals are dead due to anthrax.The province says the case was confirmed in the Rural Municipality of Chester located about an hour and a half drive southeast of Regina.It says lab results from Thursday confirmed anthrax caused the sudden death of seven animals.Dr. Betty Althouse, the ministry’s chief veterinary officer, says the animals were farmed livestock.She says the last cases of animal anthrax that resulted in death occurred in 2015.Althouse says there have been a few other suspected cases of anthrax throughout the summer, but all of them turned out negative.“We do suspect anthrax in the summer on pasture when there’s sudden deaths in animals. It is important to get a veterinary diagnosis to confirm whether it is or not, so this is the first case that was confirmed.”Anthrax is caused by a bacteria that can survive for decades as spores in soil.The province is warning farmers to be on the lookout for anthrax as changes in soil moisture from flooding or drying can cause spores to build up on pastures.The ministry say animals are more at risk of being exposed to anthrax in drier years.Althouse says the livestock that died were grazing in a slough on a pasture.She says the veterinarian dealing with the herd is considering whether to relocate the rest of the animals off the contaminated pasture, as well as if short term treatment is needed.The province says animal cases pose little risk to humans, but people can become infected through direct contact with sick animals or their carcasses.It says anthrax can be prevented through vaccination.Althouse says couldn’t confirm whether or not the livestock that died were vaccinated.The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version using information provided by the Agriculture Ministry said the affected rural municipality was that of Golden West.last_img read more

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Heritage Minister Joly says Netflix money is new for full Canadian productions

first_imgAdvertisement OTTAWA – Heritage Minister Melanie Joly says the marquee $500 million Netflix investment rolled out as part of the government’s just-announced vision for cultural policy is new money that’ll be spent on fully Canadian creations.After days of questioning, Joly finally filled out details of the controversial Netflix deal, and what it means in terms of new Canadian content and production.“This is not supporting service production… This is new money for Canadian productions,” said Joly in an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement On Thursday, Joly unveiled the federal government’s new vision for cultural policy in Canada. The marquee portion of the “Creative Canada” announcement was a $500 million agreement with Netflix to set up a Netflix Canada production house that, over five years, will invest in original Canadian productions, as well as $25 million for French-language content.In the interview, Joly said that Netflix will be expected to produce fully Canadian shows with members of Canada’s creative sector, like filmmakers, writers, and actors, and not just supporting service production, which is what’s common now—American shows shooting content in Canada, using Canadian crews.“Of course Netflix has been present in our landscape because they’ve been shooting American films in Vancouver and Toronto, but now they will be investing in Canadian productions,” she said.“That’s why it’s great. It’s $500 million of new money,” she said, explaining that, although the company told the government in 2016 it commissioned “hundreds of millions of dollars of original programming produced in Canada,” this is different, and will help the creators that were never really assisted by American shows being shot here.Joly said that the government took this investment approach instead of a Netflix tax, to make sure there was money to spend in the sector while insuring that Canadians’ internet bills weren’t bigger at the end of the month.It’s a model Joly said she’d like to see replicated by other digital producers.Also part of the agreement, Netflix will help viewers find Canadian shows by including “vignette of Canadian content” on its site, Joly said.The specifics on how the deal and Netflix’s investment will be monitored have yet to come forward, but Joly says that the government will be able to enforce fines, if needed, through the Investment Canada Act.BY Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Case against Gambhir for rallying without permission

first_imgNew Delhi: Following the directives of the Election Commission (EC), the Delhi Police on Saturday registered a case against cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir for holding an election rally without taking permission, a police officer said on Saturday. East Delhi Electoral Officer K. Mahesh on Saturday asked the police to take action against Gambhir for rallying in Jungpura on Friday without permission and violating the model code of conduct. “We have registered Delhi Police (DP) Act against Gautam Gambhir and are taking action against him under Non Cognizable Report,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal said. Gambhir is the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from the East Delhi Constituency.last_img

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Markets Right Now Health companies lead early stock gains

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Health care companies are leading stocks broadly higher in early trading on Wall Street.UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurance company, rose 1.3% early Tuesday after beating first-quarter earnings forecasts and raising its estimates for the full year.Other health care sector companies also rose. Abbot Laboratories rose 1.5% and Johnson & Johnson added 2.5%.The S&P 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,914.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 110 points, or 0.4%, to 26,492. The Nasdaq rose 28 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 8,004.The Associated Press

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UNESCO welcomes decision to halt oil exploration in home for mountain gorillas

18 March 2011The United Nations today welcomed the decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to suspend oil exploration in Africa’s oldest national park, home to numerous endangered species, including the mountain gorilla. This week’s halt to exploration in Virunga National Park “constitutes an important step in preserving Virunga, a remarkable site and unique natural habitat for endangered species,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a statement.“It is a very positive response to the concerns raised by the World Heritage Committee, the international community and UNESCO on the issue of oil exploration in the park. I hope that the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will abandon all plans for oil exploitation within this World Heritage site.”Virunga was enshrined on the World Heritage List in 1979 for the diversity of its habitats, including swamps, steppes and snowfields. It is home to one of the last remaining mountain gorilla populations. But in 1994 it was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, largely because of the impact of poaching of gorillas and ongoing conflicts in Africa’s Great Lakes region.Announcing the decision to suspend oil exploration, the DRC’s Environment Minister Jose Endundo Bononge said a strategic environmental assessment of Virunga is being undertaken, with the results due by the start of next year. read more

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Security Council extends mandate of UN force in Golan Heights by six

In a resolution adopted unanimously, Council members agreed to renew the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which was first established in 1974, through 31 December this year.The resolution calls on both sides to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any breaches of the ceasefire or the area of separation.In his most recent report on the work of UNDOF, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the events of 15 May and 5 June – when demonstrations in the mission’s area of operations resulted in civilians being killed – were extremely worrying.The 15 May protests commemorated Al-Nakba or “the catastrophe,” the term used by many Palestinians to refer to the displacement of Palestinians when Israel became independent in 1948. The 5 June protests marked An-Naksa or “day of the setback,” which refers to Palestinian displacement that accompanied the Six-Day War in 1967.Council members echoed the concerns of Mr. Ban and urged all parties to cooperate fully with the operations of UNDOF. 30 June 2011The Security Council today agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations force monitoring the ceasefire in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria for another six months, voicing grave concern that recent events have put the long-held ceasefire in jeopardy. read more

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TSX up amid Loblaw REIT plan solid bank earnings

The Toronto stock market was higher amid strong earnings reports from TD Bank (TSX:TD), CIBC (TSX:CM) and National Bank (TSX:NA) along with a major announcement from grocer Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX: L).The S&P/TSX composite index added 7.68 points to 12,164.97 as the market failed to find lift from the bank reports.Loblaw stock soared almost 25 per cent to $41.84 after the company said it wants to unlock shareholder value by creating one of the largest real estate investment trusts in Canada. Units of the REIT are expected to be sold in an initial public offering to be completed in mid-2013, subject to regulatory approvals.TD Bank’s (TSX:TD) quarterly profit amounted to $1.66 per share before adjustments, down two cents per share from the same time last year. On an adjusted basis, TD had $1.83 per share of diluted earnings, up from $1.75 per share a year earlier and two cents a share above a consensus estimate. Its shares dropped 89 cents to $81.69.TD also announced it is buying the U.S.-based Epoch investment management business for US$668 million in cash.CIBC (TSX:CM) shares dipped two cents to $80.50 as the bank had $852 million or $2.02 of net income in the fourth quarter, an increase of nearly $100 million from the same time last year. On an adjusted basis, CIBC’s fourth-quarter profit amounted to $2.04 per share, six cents above estimates.And National Bank’s (TSX:NA) quarterly earnings ran ahead 20 per cent from a year ago to $351 million or $1.97 per share. Ex-items, the bank earned $1.93 a share, which matched expectations. National is also upping its dividend by five per cent to 83 cents a share but its shares gave back 25 cents to $77.52.The TSX Venture Exchange dipped 1.6 points to 1,182.94.The Canadian dollar rose 0.05 of a cent to 100.89 cents US.U.S. indexes were also positive as traders also hoped that lawmakers are getting closer to an agreement that would avert a fiscal crisis at the end of the year.The Dow Jones industrials rose 9.24 points to 13,043.73, the Nasdaq was up 5.46 points to 2,979.16 while the S&P 500 index added 0.79 of a point to 1,410.07.Stocks finished higher Wednesday amid reports a substantial number of Republicans had signed a letter calling for exploration of “all options” on taxes and entitlement programs, a signal that some rank-and-file members could be ready to bargain.President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner spoke Wednesday for the first time in days in a telephone discussion on the so-called “fiscal cliff.” That’s the name for the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that would kick in at the start of next year if no budget deal is reached.Economists think the subsequent sharp drop in economic activity would send the U.S. back into recession.Obama said a compromise was “not that tough” and could even be done quickly, raising the possibility that broader negotiations will soon resume between the White House and congressional leaders.But Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned Wednesday after markets closed that the administration will “absolutely” let the double whammy take effect as scheduled unless Republicans give in to Obama’s demand to raise tax rates at upper income levels.The industrials sector led advancers amid a major announcement from transport giant Bombardier Inc.’s (TSX:BBD.B) aerospace division. American carrier Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 40 of its CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. Delta has also taken options on an additional 30 planes.Montreal-based Bombardier said that, based on the list price, the firm order is valued at approximately US$1.85 billion and could reach approximately $3.29 billion if the 30 options are exercised and its shares gained 11 cents to $3.39.The gold sector was up 0.2 per cent while February gold declined $5.70 to US$1,688.10 an ounce. Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) gained 10 cents to $13.36.Other commodities were lower as the March copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed two cents to US$3.67 a pound after rising three cents Wednesday amid rising hopes for more economic stimulus in China, the world’s biggest consumer of the metal. The base metals sector was down 0.5 per cent and First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) lost 35 cents to $20.50.The energy contract was off about 0.1 per cent as the January crude contract extended losses from Wednesday that resulted from data showing a sharp run-up in U.S. gasoline inventories last week. Crude lost $1.51 to US$86.37 a barrel.In other corporate news, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) earned $57.3 million or 39 cents a share in its latest quarter, up from $38.8 million a year ago. Revenue grew by 37 per cent to $316.5 million. Its shares gained $2.18 to $70.22.Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) posted quarterly net profits of $51.5 million or 68 cents per diluted share, up from $41.8 million or 55 cents a year earlier. Revenues soared to just under $458 million from $400.3 million but its shares dipped 49 cents to $62.11.And Rona Inc. (TSX:RON) shares gained 20 cents to $10.35 as it said it is planning to sell non-core assets to focus the business and improve profitability. Rona is Canada’s largest home-improvement retailer.European bourses were positive as London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.24 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX climbed 0.89 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 rose 0.07 per cent.Earlier in Asia, shares in China were flat after big gains in the previous session when investors were cheered by hopes of more stimulus measures. The main Shanghai index ended 0.1 per cent lower while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.1 per cent. However, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.8 per cent to its first closing above 9,500 since April. read more

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Three babies among 100 feared dead off Libya

Libyan deportation centers are rife with abuse, rights groups say, and a CNN undercover investigation last year revealed cases of migrants being sold at slave auctions.Italy’s new populist government has stirred controversy this month by closing its ports to ships rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte welcomed the European Council deal Friday, saying it took “long negotiation, but from today Italy is no longer alone.”Oscar Camps, president of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, complained that the Italian coast guard did not call on a rescue boat his organization had in range to assist the migrants, as it had in the past.“Today 100 people died in the Med. We are outraged, not only for the deaths of these people, but because they didn’t use the rescue boats in the area. The Open Arms has been here for many days, and neither Italy, nor anyone else, is using our capabilities,” he said.“We did it in the past — we intervened at seven miles from the Libyan coast to assist with a shipwreck — we have done so many operations under the coordination of the Italian coast guard. But suddenly, they ignore us, they don’t call us, and people keep dying a few miles away from us. This is a shame and someone needs to take responsibility for this. We are not here to obstruct the work of the coast guard. We are here to collaborate so that people don’t die in the sea.” Aid group Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières, urged EU leaders Friday to “show some basic decency” by committing to search and rescue operations for those in trouble at sea — and then taking them to a place of safety, rather than Libya.“EU member states are abdicating their responsibilities to save lives and deliberately condemning vulnerable people to be trapped in Libya, or die at sea,” said Karline Kleijer, head of emergencies for the aid group.“They do this fully aware of the extreme violence and abuses that refugees and migrants suffer in Libya.” The news came just hours after European Union leaders hailed a new deal on migration that could see more migrants prevented from making the Mediterranean crossing — if it can be made to work.Hundreds of people have already lost their lives this year attempting the perilous Mediterranean crossing, according to the IOM. Separately, an estimated 345 migrants were returned Friday to Libyan shores by the Libyan coast guard, IOM said.Close to 10,200 migrants have been taken back to Libya so far in 2018, Petre said. More than 2,000 were returned by the Libyan coast guard last week. Meanwhile, EU leaders have squabbled over taking responsibility for migrants rescued at sea and vowed to strengthen Europe’s external borders.Only 14 migrants had been rescued after the boat capsized Friday, the IOM said, as the rescue operation was ongoing.“The bodies of three children under the age of five have been retrieved. How many missing or dead total, we don’t know for now,” IOM spokeswoman for Libya, Christine Petre, told CNN.Doctors are providing medical assistance on site, and additional staff have been deployed, Petre said. “IOM is providing humanitarian direct assistance at the disembarkation point, including water and food,” she said. Held in the outstretched arms of three men close to the water’s edge, one of the babies was still wearing sneakers, fastened shut with pink Velcro straps, another with red socks that matched a pair of red and white dotted pants and the third barefoot, partially wrapped with a makeshift covering. Three babies are among 100 people feared dead off Libya after their boat capsized on Friday, CNN reported.The lifeless bodies of three babies, dressed in brightly colored clothing and looking almost as if they were sleeping, were carried carefully ashore Friday in Libya. They were the latest victims of the migrant crisis, their young lives lost as a rubber boat carrying desperate migrants seeking a better life capsized off the north Africa nation’s coast. A hundred or more people are dead, a spokesman for the UN migration agency, the International Organization for Migration, said in a tweet. read more

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African States must give high priority to agricultural research to cut hunger

With more than 850 million people worldwide suffering from chronic hunger, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today urged African countries to give high priority to agricultural research and development to meet the goal of halving the number of hungry by 2015.“If current trends continue, the World Food Summit target may not be accomplished until 2150,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf warned of the 2015 target first set at the 1996 UN food summit and reaffirmed in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000.“The current levels of undernourishment and the alarming trends provide ample justification for giving high priority to agricultural development in Africa,” he told the opening session of the two-day Dakar Agricole Forum, convened by President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal to formulate a new vision to reduce the world agricultural divide.The first challenge today is to fight and eradicate hunger and poverty from the face of the earth and concurrently sustain the environment, Mr. Diouf said, referring to another MDG of slashing extreme poverty in half, also by 2015.Despite the continuous growth in the world economy and sufficient food availability at the global level, more than 850 million people are chronically hungry, he stressed.Several African Heads of State and world leaders are expected to attend the Forum. Talks will focus on the role of science and technology in agricultural development, which are crucial to solving the global problems of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation, taking into account the various constraints in the least developed regions, and on ways and means to stimulate development and promote international trade.“In Africa, the main condition for agricultural development is the control of water and the building of rural roads, storage facilities and markets,” Mr. Diouf said.Only 7 per cent of arable land in Africa is irrigated, as against 40 per cent in Asia, and only 4 per cent of its renewable water resources are used, as against 14 per cent in Asia. Fertilizer consumption in Africa is only 9 kilograms per hectare compared to 100 in southeast Asia and 206 in industrialized countries, according to FAO. read more

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Smaller large same charge Cineplex shrinks its soft drink sizes

Smaller large, same charge: Cineplex shrinks its soft drink sizes by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cineplex is shrinking soft drink sizes at its theatres and while the hulking large cup will disappear, moviegoers will be paying the large price for a drink that’s 12 ounces smaller. A Cineplex theatre is seen Friday May 22, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld TORONTO – Cineplex is shrinking soft drink sizes at its theatres and while the hulking large cup will disappear, moviegoers will be paying the large price for a drink that’s 12 ounces smaller.The movie chain says it has decided to shrink its largest drink size as part of a countrywide reduction in cup sizes.Company spokesman Michael Langdon says the move comes after Cineplex (TSX:CGX) weighed the possibility of raising drink prices to accommodate for the higher costs of running its business.Instead, the company decided to keep prices the same, but make the soft drinks smaller.Under the changes, a large drink will assume the size of the former regular drink — 32 ounces down from 44 ounces.A regular soft drink will be reduced to 24 ounces versus 32 ounces previously. A small drink is unchanged at 16 ounces.Cineplex has been testing the revised drink sizes in British Columbia and Saskatchewan since 2013, Langdon said.“Because we found a general trend toward smaller cup sizes, we made the choice to reduce the size rather than increase the price,” he said.Langdon added that Ontario’s Making Healthier Choices Act, set to be introduced in 2017, also factored into the decision.The Act will require fast-food chains to display calorie counts on their menus, unmasking just how much its biggest drinks counted towards your daily intake.“We’re making a change to help prepare for that,” he said.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. read more

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UN agencies and Myanmar lay groundwork for possible Rohingya return

Since the conditions are not yet conducive for return, this agreement to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is being seen as a first and necessary step.Since August last year, some 700,000 mainly-Muslim Rohingya have fled Rakhine State, in majority-Buddhist Myanmar, for neighbouring Bangladesh. Most say they were fleeing violence and persecution, including a military campaign by Myanmar forces, which began in response to violent attacks by Rohingya insurgents.The agreement – reached by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Myanmar – will be officially signed within a week or so, with the exact date to be confirmed.Under the agreement, UNHCR and UNDP will be given access to Rakhine State, including to refugees’ places of origin and potential new settlement areas, that so far the UN has been unable to access since the violence escalated last August.The access, once effective, will allow UNHCR to assess local conditions and help the refugees to make informed decisions on voluntary return.The agreement will also allow the two UN agencies to carry out needs assessments in affected communities and strengthen the capacity of local authorities to support the voluntary repatriation process.The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State – a neutral and impartial body composed of six local experts and three international experts, chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan – has proposed concrete measures for improving the welfare of all people in Rakhine State.Its recommendations include establishing a clear and voluntary pathway to citizenship and ensuring freedom of movement for all people there, irrespective of religion, ethnicity or citizenship status.Meanwhile, the UN migration agency, known formally as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is helping Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, properly prepare for the monsoon season, which is getting underway.Radios, megaphones, first aid kits, stretchers, protective clothing, warning flags and sirens are among the items being distributed to more than 500 Rohingya emergency volunteers in the largest camp there.With most of the refugees forced to live on steep and sandy slopes in low-lying hills, surveys by IOM and other agencies have found that around 200,000 people will be in serious danger from landslides and serious flooding when the worst monsoon weather arrives. read more

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Womens basketball Buckeyes dominate the paint struggle defensively in win versus Cleveland

OSU redshirt sophomore Makayla Waterman (25) attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Cleveland State on Nov. 16. Credit: Carlee Frank | For The LanternTwo days removed from its first loss of the season, Ohio State recovered to down the Cleveland State Vikings 96-78 on Wednesday evening in Columbus.Despite struggling defensively throughout, the No. 7 Buckeyes (2-1) used their size and athleticism as an advantage to take over the game. The Buckeyes outscored the undersized Vikings 60-24 in the paint.“They’re not very big, so a point of emphasis was to get the ball around the basket,” coach Kevin McGuff said.The inside effort was led by redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who put up 12 points and 10 rebounds in 14 minutes. Freshman forward Tori McCoy had the best night of her young career, adding 12 points and six boards.Cleveland State had its chances to score in the first half, but they struggled to finish. OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 14 points at the half and OSU senior forward Shayla Cooper added 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting.The Vikings outscored the Buckeyes 8-4 over the first 1:24 of the third quarter, but that’s the closest they would get in the second half. A 17-0 run gave OSU a 30-point lead and the Buckeyes would close out the quarter leading 79-52.Cleveland State would go on to outscore the Buckeyes 26-17 in the final quarter. OSU held its largest lead of 33 with 6:43 left in the final frame, but the Vikings climbed to within 18 before the final buzzer sounded.“We still let them shoot a lot,” Mitchell said. “Our defense still was not good.”Mitchell finished with a game-high 31 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field, including a 7-for-14 mark from 3-point territory. Cooper and freshman guard Kiara Lewis each added 12 points.The Buckeyes shot 51.9 percent from the floor, while Cleveland State shot just 39.4 percent.“We missed, I thought, some open shots,” McGuff said. “Especially Sierra [Calhoun] and Asia [Doss], they usually shoot it a little better, but it wasn’t there tonight.”Defensive struggles continueThe night was highlighted by the Buckeyes’ interior play, rebounding and a strong night for Mitchell, but the underlying issue of OSU’s defensive play was still evident. The Buckeyes were sluggish to start the game and allowed Cleveland State to get plenty of good looks.“We had a lack of communication on several possessions,” McGuff said. “I thought we had a good third quarter defensively and just were real spotty to end the game; kind of lost our focus and intensity down the stretch.”In the third quarter, OSU’s defense held the Vikings to just two points in the paint and five turnovers, and Cleveland State managed to convert on just four shots from the field.In the fourth, however, with the game in hand, the Buckeyes reverted to less-than-stellar defensive play. OSU allowed nine fast-break points and 12 points in the paint.“It’s a lack of effort,” Mitchell said. “And that’s the whole team; myself on down, coaches on down.”OSU overcame some of its defensive issues thanks to solid work on the boards. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Vikings 51-32 and limited the opponent’s second-chance opportunities throughout the contest.Even though the Buckeyes’ defensive issues were covered up by other aspects of its game on Wednesday, Mitchell said that OSU still needs to take pride in its defensive efforts.“You can’t teach it,” Mitchell said. “You can do all the help defense, you can do all the drills that we need to do, but at the end of the day it’s about you and yourself.”Up nextLIU Brooklyn will travel to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tipoff is set for noon. read more

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Eircom revenue plunges by €174m

first_imgEIRCOM HAS ANNOUNCED a double digit fall in revenues and earnings for the year to the end of June.Revenues for the year to the end of June fell by €174m to €1.5bn, while the company’s earnings before interest adn tax fell by €104m to €542m.The company continued to shed retail broadband customers but the number of mobile phone customers it had grew by 4 per cent to 1,076,000.“The performance of the business continues to decline, but this was in line with our expectations. We must do more to retain our customers, stabilise our revenues and grow our profitability” said Herb Hribar, Eircom CEO.He said that the telecoms market is witnessing intense competition from other operators, but that the company was endeavouring to do what it could to return to fortunes.“Eircom will do more to fight for, retain existing customers and even win back former customers,” he said.Vanishing phoneboxes doc represents Ireland in China fest>last_img read more

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