GANGNEUNG, South Korea >> Ten North Korean skaters and skiers arrived in rival South Korea on Thursday to participate in this month’s Winter Olympics, which has brought a temporary lull in tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons program.The North Koreans are the second and final batch of 22 athletes from their country who have won special entries from the International Olympic Committee for the Feb. 9-25 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A dozen North Korean female hockey players came last …
The CAG has exposed another incident of high spending by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. It has questioned why Shashi Tharoor was paid 30,000 dollars for attending the OC office for 12 days.The CAG has revealed that the OC hired Tharoor for his international exposure. They planned to use his services to influence national and international communities in order to ensure successful staging of the Games.The audit found that Tharoor attended the OC office for four days each in September and October 2008 and then again in January 2009. He charged a fee of $2500 per day during this period.Payments were made to a Dubai branch of HSBC bank later in 2009 by which time Tharoor had been appointed the minister of state for external affairs.But, Tharoor has clarified saying that he was not a part of the government when he rendered his services to the CWG.He said, “My association with CWG as a consultant relates to a different phase of my life, when I was a private citizen with no relationship to the government. It seems the CWG was inefficient enough to make the payments late, but the activities paid for are for a period well before I entered public life.”In fact, Tharoor also says that the amount he charged was far below the fee he used to command just to make a single speech.The OC is yet to provide details of Tharoor’s contribution.
Newcastle icon Shearer gives glowing praise for Longstaff brothersby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer was full of praise from the Longstaff brothers after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester United. Playing alongside brother Sean in midfielder on his debut, Matty Longstaff scored the winning goal to cap off a memorable day at St. James’ Park.”What an amazing day for the Longstaff family. Well done and congratulations,” Shearer wrote on Twitter.Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer added: It had energy, it had legs in midfield, it had good shape and dangerous at times on the counter attack but the stars of the show were the two brothers in midfield, Sean and Matty. Wow!”From the first minute Sean got stuck in, won the ball and put Newcastle on the front foot. It’s what they did. It got the crowd up, (it gave them) a little bit of energy that was obviously missing last weekend and it was a sign of things to come (in the first minute).”Matty wasn’t frightened to have a go at all. Look at his brother before he hit the bar saying ‘Go on, have a shot Wor Kid – just hit it!’ And he did! Steve described it as the enthusiasm of him and his brother spraying the ball around – both of them can do that, no problem at all if you give them time on the ball.”Sean’s long ball to Almiron, a lovely weighted pass – he didn’t need to take that touch, just hit it now. But the pass from Sean was fantastic. They linked well together, they understand each other’s game and it was keeping Newcastle going forward.”His goal: what a moment for him, what a moment for his family. What an unbelievable strike and momen for him. It will stay with him for his whole life.”The two of them were fantastic and his Dad should be very, very proud. What an unbelievable day for them and a great day for Newcastle, because they needed that result.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
zoom The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has denied a request for Jones Act waiver to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.The Jones Act prohibits the transportation of cargo between points in the US. In wake of a number of hurricanes which hit the country recently, the DHS waived the act in an effort to help speed up the recovery of the affected areas.However, although the waiver was introduced after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the officials informed that waiving the Jones Act would not help address Puerto Rico’s main impediment to shipping, damaged ports, according to Reuters.On September 25, US Representative Nydia M. Velázquez led Members of Congress in writing the US Department of Homeland Security calling a temporary waiver of the Jones Act in order to expedite supplies being shipped into the island’s ports.“The President must waive the Jones Act for one year. The aftermath of Hurricane Maria is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis. Puerto Ricans are without food, clean water and electricity. We must use every tool at our disposal to channel assistance to the Island,” Velázquez said.In a letter to the DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, US Senator John McCain urged the department to waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, and asked DHS to assess how a long-term waiver or full repeal of the Jones Act would impact recovery efforts of hurricane-damaged communities, including in Florida and Texas.“I am very concerned by the Department’s decision not to waive the Jones Act for current relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which is facing a worsening humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria.“It is unacceptable to force the people of Puerto Rico to pay at least twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure due to Jones Act requirements as they work to recover from this disaster. Now, more than ever, it is time to realize the devastating effect of this policy and implement a full repeal of this archaic and burdensome Act,” McCain said.World Maritime News Staff
Sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile (8) battles for the ball in a game against Saint Louis on Aug. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won the season opener 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team brought home its second Big Ten win of the season Sunday afternoon on the road against Penn State, 2-1. Sophomore midfielder and Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, native Morgan Kile won the game when she scored her first goal of the season nine minutes into the double-overtime period off a fast break. In addition to scoring, Kile has tallied up three assists on the year for the Buckeyes, who now sit at 6-3 overall and 2-0 for Big Ten games. OSU’s first goal of the game was scored by junior forward Brooke Hiltz nine minutes into the second half, which tied the score 1-1.Looking back, October 2011 was the last time the Buckeyes defeated Penn State (4-5, 1-2). With its first two conference games ending in wins, OSU is having its most successful start in the Big Ten since 2010.The first half of the game was mostly controlled by an offensively driven Penn State, with 14 shots and nine penalty corners in its favor. The Nittany Lions scored the first goal of the game 23 minutes in when junior forward/midfielder Brooke Birosik shot successfully off a penalty stroke.OSU’s defense, including sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro and her 11 saves, kept Penn State from advancing anymore on the scoreboard. Freshman back Hannah Pany and sophomore midfielder/back Carolina Vergroesen also assisted the defense with one save each. The score was tied in the 47th minute thanks to Hiltz’s goal shot from the short left side with an assist from freshman midfielder/forward Casey Cole. Despite the Buckeyes’ five shots, the offense was unable to score again, bringing the game into overtime.During the first overtime period, Penn State generated two shots, but the game swayed in OSU’s favor during the second. Including Kile’s game-winning goal, the Buckeyes had four total shots and took home the win with a final score of 2-1. The Buckeyes are set to return to the home field when they face off against Maryland on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field.
OSU redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) defends during a game against Western Michigan on Sept. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU 38-12. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThe Ohio State defense has nearly been an impenetrable blockade for opposing offenses so far in 2015.Through four weeks, the Silver Bullet unit ranks sixth in the nation for total defense, having allowed opponents to cross the goal line just six times while holding them to an average of 253 yards per game.A considerable chunk of the defense’s early success can be traced to the transformation and emergence of redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard — whose road to becoming a key rotation piece at defensive end for the defending national champions has been long, winding and far from conventional.Before ColumbusPrior to arriving at OSU, Hubbard was a two-sport standout for Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller High School, playing safety on the gridiron and midfield on its lacrosse team. He was already planning on going to college for athletics, but neither at OSU nor for football. Rather, he had already given his verbal commitment to play lacrosse for Notre Dame.He might have stayed on that road had OSU coach Urban Meyer not waltzed through Hubbard’s gym class during his junior year in high school and seen him playing dodgeball.“We were all just playing like a normal day in class and he walked in with his leather jacket and everyone was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s Urban Meyer,’” Hubbard said.Meyer was there to see Moeller’s football coach, John Rodenberg, who is also the gym teacher.Hubbard admitted to giving extra effort, but said he didn’t think much of it until his coach introduced him to Meyer after class.From there, their relationship began, and by early April 2013, Hubbard decommitted from Notre Dame and pledged to play football in Ohio’s capital.After the football season, Hubbard decided to forgo his final year of lacrosse to spend the winter gaining an extra 15-20 pounds to prepare for enrolling in Columbus, as he would no longer be a safety.Redshirt seasonHubbard was recruited to be an outside linebacker, and he went through camp at the position. Shortly after, however, the coaches decided to try him at tight end to utilize the former lacrosse player’s athleticism. That experiment would only last a few weeks before he was back to working as a linebacker.Soon thereafter, his road took another turn when coaches told him he would be heading to defensive line coach Larry Johnson’s position room.“I just sat down in the back of the room and just had no idea what he was talking about for the first four or five weeks,” Hubbard said.Despite the lack of familiarity, Hubbard’s ability shined through during his first few weeks, impressing the coaching staff, including Meyer — who considered pulling Hubbard’s redshirt after a few weeks but deemed it “unfair” due to how late into the season it was.The strong finish to his redshirt campaign, combined with a spring practice effort that earned effusive praise from Meyer, resulted in high hopes for Hubbard’s regular season debut wearing scarlet and gray.Game reps at lastHubbard, who now tips the scale at 265 pounds, was just supposed to be in the rotation at defensive line for OSU, but junior Joey Bosa’s suspension for the season opener meant an increased role in his first live action.On just the game’s ninth play against Virginia Tech, he registered his first career sack before corralling three more tackles and one quarterback hurry.OSU sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) and senior linebacker Joshua Perry (37) attempt to tackle Virginia Tech redshirt-junior tailback Trey Edmunds (14) during a game against Virginia Tech on September 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. OSU won 42-24. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorSince the win, Hubbard has continued to excel, which is a key reason for the Silver Bullets’ dominance. The redshirt freshman has amassed multiple tackles in each game — including 1.5 sacks against Northern Illinois — to bring his season tackle total to eight.After the three position switches, Hubbard said he finally feels like he belongs.“I didn’t feel like a defensive end until I got into the game and actually played against Virginia Tech,” he said. “After I saw those game reps I realized that I did belong where I was.”It must be noted that a certain portion of his early success stems from the fact that a consensus top-10 pick in the NFL draft plays on the opposite side of the defensive line in Bosa.Hubbard doesn’t refute that claim though, admitting that Bosa was seeing double and triple teams throughout the game. However, he won’t be complaining.“I’m thankful for it,” Hubbard said.Despite the additional blockers Bosa commands, Hubbard committed to the switch and worked hard to get this far down the road so swiftly.“He’s a hard worker,” sophomore linebacker and fellow class of 2014 recruit Raekwon McMillan said. “During the offseason he was working hard, showing the older guys that he can go out there and do it out on the field.”The season is young, with the Buckeyes having eight more regular season games still on the docket. But despite Hubbard’s immediate impact, his growth and development — which safeties and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash called “off the charts” — still has a long way to go.But he knows that.“I haven’t even been at this position for a full year. I’m just gonna keep taking all the coaching in, knowledge and more experience I get the better,” Hubbard said. “It’s only up from here.”
Is Labour serious about a second #Brexit referendum?Shadow Brexit secretary @Keir_Starmer tells #Ridge a three-month extension would be “doable”.Follow live reactions as the PM is warned she faces another #Brexit defeat: https://t.co/n5ZnHtlhyq pic.twitter.com/d2WiODdKab— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) March 10, 2019The Andrew Marr ShowJohn McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor, spoke from Labour’s Scottish conference and emphasised the need to prevent ‘no deal’. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says he hopes Labour will get a “get a clean bill of health” if the human rights watchdog holds an anti-Semitism investigation #Marr https://t.co/N6b04c6rh6 pic.twitter.com/LIAVQa9WFY— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 10, 2019Pienaar’s PoliticsJenny Chapman, shadow Brexit minister:On another referendum: “There is more than one way to ruin your country. Yes, there is economic damage that can be done. There is another kind of damage too around division and lack of confidence in politics.” On delaying Brexit: “There’s no point in having a delay if then she’s going to run down the clock and come back with the same deal again.”On Emily Thornberry saying delay would be limited to three months: “I don’t think the EU will want a long delay. They might provide us with a three-month delay only if we can demonstrate that we can use that time usefully.”How long do you want? “As long as necessary. I think we could agree Labour’s deal in a matter of weeks.”On Labour’s deal: “If parliament can’t agree the terms that Labour has put forward, there’s always that option of going back to the people.”On whether the preferred plan is to pass Labour’s deal then put it to a public vote: “Not necessarily.”On welcoming an investigation into Labour’s handling of antisemitism: “Yes, and let’s get on with it now. I’m hoping we’ll get a clean bill of health… if there’s issues that EHRC can advice us on, I’d welcome that.” Tags:Labour /John McDonnell /Keir Starmer /Jenny Chapman /Sunday shows / Ridge on SundayKeir Starmer, Shadow Brexit Secretary, confirmed that Labour wouldn’t be tabling a ‘people’s vote’ amendment on Tuesday despite John McDonnell saying it would come with the second meaningful vote.On Shamima Begum and her child’s death: “I think the decision by the Home Secretary was the wrong decision and I think it was a rushed decision… Our Terrorism Acts are very wide ranging now so if you commit an offence in another country you can be prosecuted back here in the UK.”On the second meaningful vote on Tuesday: “I don’t know whether something dramatic will happen in the next 24 hours but unless it does, exactly the same deal, exactly the same deal is going to be put before parliament.”On why Labour isn’t laying down an amendment for another EU referendum on Tuesday: “There was an expectation that the deal would be different. I think across parliament, now people know the deal is the same, there is a strong sense that there should be an up/down vote on the deal… Tuesday is about exposing the weakness of the Prime Minister.”On delaying Brexit: “Three months is probably doable, beyond that it becomes much more difficult so we need to look at that sort of period in the first instance.”On whether Labour is seriously considering Common Market 2.0: “We have got to break the impasse, we have got a deal that isn’t getting through and we can’t just keep running down the clock.”