Leh in Ladakh region was the coldest recorded place in the state at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius, as the minimum temperature across Kashmir division dropped by several degrees due to dry weather and clear sky.The night temperature in Leh dropped from the previous night’s low of minus 5.1 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the Meteorological Department here said.Along with Leh, the temperature at other places across Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, went down last night due to dry weather and clear sky.Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, recorded minimum temperature of 0.9 degree Celsius down from the previous night’s 2.7 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.He said Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir along Srinagar—Jammu national highway, registered a low of 0.4 degree Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius.Kupwara town of north Kashmir had registered a minimum of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, a decrease of three degrees from 0.5 degree Celsius yesterday.The night temperature recorded at the famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir was minus 6.6 degrees Celsius down about seven degrees from the previous night’s 0.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.He said Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, registered a low of minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, adding the resort had yesterday recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius.He said the resort was the coldest place in the Valley.The spokesman said the weather is likely to remain dry for a few days after which there is possibility of another wet spell from February 26.
LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Executing well under numbing endgame pressure, Meralco scored an 85-83 nipping of Barangay Ginebra that squared the PBA Governors’ Cup title series at 2-2 at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.Clearly, the win gave the Bolts momentum with the series now down to a best-of-three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was a game we had to win,” Black said inside a packed press room while seated beside Baser Amer, one of the heroes down the stretch.“We knew that losing this game and going 1-3 down would be very difficult.”Amer hit a triple with 76 seconds remaining which made it 83-81 for Meralco. He was scoreless in Game 3. Import Allen Durham was the other big performer for the Bolts, shooting 10 points in the fourth period, including the marginal layup off a tight Reynel Hugnatan pass.Ginebra had a chance to at least forge extension, but the Kings on the floor failed to call a timeout with under 20 seconds left that could have given coach Tim Cone the chance to draw up a good play.“Our players just couldn’t see us,” Cone said, referring to his entire staff that was trying to get the attention of their players.Black’s biggest concern now is how to get his players fresh for Game 5, set Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bulacan, especially Durham, who is averaging more than 44 minutes in the series.“He’s probably tired, there’s no question about that, but he’s driven to win. ” Black said of the Best Import awardee.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Norman Black put it as plainly as he could: “We have a series now, guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, but missed Ginebra’s last shot which could have necessitated overtime.Earlier, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo scooped up a fourth straight Most Valuable Player award after just five seasons in the league.The 27-year-old Fajardo said he wants more championships for San Miguel, which failed in its Grand Slam bid after losing to Ginebra in the Final Four.“In winning championships, everyone is happy,” said Fajardo. “I’m the only one who gets a bonus for winning the MVP.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSL unveils foreign cast Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I am still studying, but I learned how to manage my time with the help of my coaches and senior teammates,” the Team Lakay member said. “I love this sport, I love to compete because this is my passion.”Kingad (5-0) is in his second year of his Physical Education major and he had to lessen the units he takes per semester so he can properly juggle his time training and studying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd in the process of finishing his degree, the 22-year-old plans to disprove the stereotype that professional fighters don’t put a premium on education.“I am giving everything I have in training for this fight and bringing home the belt will be a testament that pursuing your passion is not a hindrance in securing your future through education,” said Kingad. MOST READ Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPThere are two things that Filipino mixed martial artist Danny Kingad wants, the ONE Flyweight title and his college diploma from University of the Cordilleras.Kingad is set to face ONE Flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena and as he hits the bags at night preparing for the fight, he does the same thing on his books in the morning.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is also a way of breaking the stigma that fighters have in our society.”Kingad is aware that being a professional fighter is not a lifetime job and having a college degree will open avenues for him in the future.“Education is very important because my career as a fighter will not last for long time,” said Kingad who had his first professional fight in 2014. “By the time I reach 38 or 40-years-old, I need to retire and have another job to support my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Read Next TNT was called for 32 fouls for the game, which led to San Miguel going 26-of-38 from the charity stripe. In comparison, the Beermen had 23 fouls, which turned to the KaTropa’s 14-of-21 shooting from the free throw line.Racela and his coaching staff have two days to devise a plan to trim those free throws attempt down, downplaying the situation. “I don’t know how. We’ll find ways to better defend them.”One thing’s for sure, is that TNT will come to play on Sunday with one goal in mind: to force a Game 7.“Again, the goal is to get to a Game 7. I think that’s the target of a lot of people,” he said. “I mean, your emotions cannot be dictated by this game. You just have to focus on the next one, and there will be a Game 7.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela was at loss for words after his side suffered a 111-102 Game 5 defeat to San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday.“I would like to say that San Miguel easily outplayed us, but that’s just not the case,” said the soft-spoken coach, seemingly struggling to find the right words to say.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chris Ross credits teammates: ‘Everyone was up to the task’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Racela looked the other way and raised that just like in Game 3, turnovers once again led to the KaTropa’s downfall as they committed 24 turnovers which led to 23 turnover points for the Beermen.“Again, we have to limit our turnovers. I think that’s number one,” he said.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 starsThose miscues haunted TNT as it lost its 15-point halftime lead, 61-46, and succumbed to a furious San Miguel rally in the second half.Racela continued: “We also have to limit San Miguel’s free throws.” What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend
Instagram/therockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson became famous for his time in the WWE, and later on, his hit movies, but first he played football at Miami. The Rock continues to be a big Hurricanes supporter. Miami gets knocked for its fan support at times, but the ‘Canes definite have their diehards, and today, The Rock proved it with a pretty crazy Instagram video. According to his caption, a pair of ‘Canes fans followed The Rock for miles, and got out of their car in heavy traffic to have him autograph a poster. Oh, and to throw up “The U.”Luckily for them, The Rock is an awesome guy, so he complied. We’re not sure all legendary former athletes would be so gracious.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe RCMP in Manitoba has an open investigation into allegations involving the use of money from a Peguis First Nation land settlement trust fund, APTN National News has learned.The RCMP investigation, triggered by a complaint from a Peguis First Nation band member, is currently on hold pending the completion of a financial review launched by Indigenous and Northern Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch, APTN can report. The review is being executed by auditing firm Deloitte.The complaint filed with the RCMP involves the use of funds from the $64 million Peguis received as part of a 2006 treaty land entitlement (TLE) agreement. Some of those funds, held in trust by the Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement Fund, were used to launch a joint venture with the Manitoba Jockey Club to develop the Assiniboia Downs race horse track.Indigenous Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch opened an investigation in December 2015 after receiving allegations involving the misuse of the TLE funds from former Peguis chief Cindy Spence. The branch tapped Deloitte to lead the probe in early 2016.“The review is being conducted as a result of information received by the department’s audit and evaluation sector,” said a statement from department spokesperson Valerie Hache. “At this time, the review is ongoing and no additional information is available.”The time frames for the allegations sent to the RCMP and Indigenous Affairs correspond with Glen Hudson’s previous terms as chief for Peguis. Hudson was chief of Peguis from 2007 until 2015 when he was beat by Spence, whose campaign focused on the previous administration’s alleged misuse of funds. Hudson regained his seat in March by beating the incumbent Spence.Hudson has not been charged with any crime and no allegations against him have been proven in court.Hudson was contacted by Deloitte shortly before the election in mid-March, according to his lawyer Jamie Kagan. Kagan said he recommended Hudson reject a meeting with Deloitte. Kagan said Deloitte wouldn’t reveal the client who requested the financial review or provide any documents ahead of time.“I never heard back from them again. Either this is not a particularly good audit or something is fishy,” said Kagan.Kagan said he initially didn’t believe Indigenous Affairs (INAC) was behind the financial review.“It was during the election call, that is what made me immediately suspicious it wasn’t INAC,” said Kagan. “INAC is not going to mess around in the middle of an election.”Kagan said the federal department’s Winnipeg office told him they were not aware of any financial probe. Kagan said he did not, at the time, contact the audit and evaluations branch in Ottawa.When informed of the department’s statement to APTN last week, Kagan said he would be looking into it.“I would like to know when this so-called investigation happened and I would like to know when Deloitte was retained. To me this is all interesting in an artificial sense. The details are important,” said Kagan.As of this article’s posting, Kagan said he was still trying to get clarity from the federal department on the issue.Shortly before the March 24 election in Peguis, Kagan penned a carefully worded letter on behalf of Hudson addressing claims around the RCMP investigation and the department’s financial review.“We can confirm we have never been contacted by the RCMP in respect of former chief Hudson. We are not involved in any investigation and do not believe any such investigation exists. We understand this allegation to be false,” said the March 16 letter, signed by Kagan.“We have also contacted Indian and National Affairs Canada [sic] (INAC). INAC has confirmed that there is no investigation at all of former chief Hudson. These allegations are therefore equally false,” said the letter.In a subsequent interview, Kagan repeated his assertion that, based on the information in his possession, he didn’t believe the investigations by the RCMP and INAC existed at the time. This led him to believe the information about the allegations was incorrect, said Kagan.Kagan said he stands by what he wrote and is willing to litigate to defend himself and Hudson.“If your network is going to put on the air that there is a file open and here are all these allegations and they are going to put my name, my firm’s name or Hudson’s name associated with them, I can tell you there will be a response,” said Kagan. “If our letter is referred to as anything other than factually accurate there will be consequences to that. I know that every word of that letter is factually accurate.”As to the allegations, Kagan said he has no intimate knowledge of Peguis’ side in the Assiniboia Downs venture.“If you are talking about the Downs—which I don’t know much about and was not involved with at all. Interestingly enough I acted on the other side of Peguis on that matter,” said Kagan. “I don’t have information on Peguis and the transaction. A transaction closed and there are lawsuits outstanding related to that”Kagan represented former NDP provincial finance minister Stan Struthers who opposed the deal between Peguis and the Jockey Club.The Jockey Club launched a civil suit against Struthers and the province alleging a conspiracy to sink the horse race track. The suit was eventually settled out of court in 2014 through a deal between Manitoba and the firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
40:12Stephen Gostkowski kicks onside 6 yards, recovered by Shiloh Keo and returned for 3 yards-16.4% 42:303rd & 6Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Danny Amendola (defended by Kayvon Webster). DEN challenged the incomplete pass ruling, and the play was upheld.-7.3% 27:463rd & 3Tom Brady sacked by DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller for -6 yards-6.4% 32:484th & 11Britton Colquitt punts 53 yards-4.6% 413:393rd & 1C.J. Anderson left tackle for 30 yards (tackle by Devin McCourty)-9.7% 42:332nd & 1Tom Brady pass incomplete short left intended for James White-4.2% Did you hear? Stephen Gostkowski, FiveThirtyEight’s Football Player of the Year,1Who actually uses his feet missed his first extra point since his rookie season, and it cost the New England Patriots a chance to win the AFC championship game and repeat as Super Bowl champions. For shame.Yes, Gostkowski was an important part of getting them there in the first place. Yes, he went 2 for 2 on 3-point field goals and sent all four of his (non-onside) kickoffs for touchbacks. And yes, the miss did come in the first quarter. But see, if he’d made that kick and everything else in the game played out exactly the same way over the next 47 minutes, and the Patriots — down 1 point after their counterfactual final drive — decided to kick an XP instead of going for two, and Gostkowski made that one as well, and the Patriots won in overtime, on the road, they would be getting ready for the big game right now. And in case that logic wasn’t proof enough, Gostkowski himself confessed!To some extent, this line of thinking is natural. Holding people who commit minor sins accountable for major negative results that flow from them is deeply ingrained in modern society. For example, if someone runs a red light and nothing bad happens, he may be cited and fined. But if he hits another car, he may incur civil liability and be sued for damages. If he hits and kills a pedestrian, he may open himself up to criminal liability and be prosecuted. In all three cases, the person may have committed the same sin, but its consequences would stem from the results.But if this were actually a tort case, there is no chance Gostkowski would be held responsible. Even if we presumed he did something wrong — which is a dicey proposition because some amount of human error is built into the expectation for kickers — it could never be considered a proximate cause of the Patriots’ loss, because from the perspective of expectation, things that happen early in games are all pretty fungible.For about the first two-thirds of a game, a 1-point lead is worth about the same as 20 yards of garden-variety field position. The following chart looks at game situations where both teams have all of their timeouts and an equal chance of winning before the game started. One team is at first and 10; the question is: Would that team rather have a 1-point lead and be on its own 20-yard line, or be in a tie game on the 40?2This chart uses an expected wins model created by Brian Burke of ESPN’s Stats and Info Group. 15:051st & 10Steven Jackson middle for 5 yards (tackle by Derek Wolfe). Penalty on Bryan Stork: unnecessary roughness, 15 yards-6.0% 40:213rd & 4Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Julian Edelman-5.6% 39:011st & 10Peyton Manning pass complete short right to Cody Latimer for 13 yards (tackle by Logan Ryan)-3.8% 112:543rd & 10Peyton Manning pass complete short right to Emmanuel Sanders for 11 yards (tackle by Malcolm Butler)-6.0% 47:301st & 10James White middle for -1 yards (tackle by Shaquil Barrett and Danny Trevathan)-5.1% 17:372nd & 11Peyton Manning pass complete deep middle to Owen Daniels for 21 yards, touchdown-7.7% 214:412nd & 10Tom Brady pass incomplete short right intended for Rob Gronkowski is intercepted by Von Miller at NWE-20 and returned for 4 yards-12.7% For the most part, early in games, points and yards are practically interchangeable, and 1 point — even when it’s the difference between having a lead or not — isn’t really a big deal.3In fact, even the difference between being up 1 and up 2 early in the game is almost identical to the difference between being up 1 and tied. Aside from its point value, having the lead early just doesn’t matter much.To that end, here are the 36 plays that most hurt the Patriots’ chances of beating the Broncos, sorted by how much of an impact they had on the Patriots’ expected win probability, from Pro-Football-Reference.com’s play-by-play:4Note that their win probability model may vary slightly from Burke’s (i.e., PFR suggests Gostkowski’s missed XP hurt the Patriots’ chance of winning by 3.3 percentage points, while Burke’s model says 3 percentage points). Also, ESPN and PFR don’t always agree on the exact times when plays took place. E.g., Gostkowski’s kick appears to have taken place with 1:49 left in the quarter, but PFR records it as 1:53 — the time of the previous play. However, on the field goal by Brandon McManus in the second quarter, ESPN records the time left as 33 seconds, when the clock had been stopped at 38. Rather than going through every discrepancy, this table reflects PFR’s version of events. 111:352nd & 11Peyton Manning pass complete short right to Jordan Norwood for 13 yards (tackle by Logan Ryan)-4.5% 16:563rd & 3Tom Brady pass incomplete short right intended for Rob Gronkowski-4.5% 42:303rd & 1Penalty on Marcus Cannon: false start, 5 yards (no play)-6.2% 10:463rd & 4Peyton Manning pass complete deep left to Emmanuel Sanders for 34 yards (tackle by Malcolm Butler)-10.5% 19:473rd & 6Peyton Manning pass incomplete short left intended for Demaryius Thomas. Penalty on Logan Ryan: defensive pass interference, 14 yards (no play)-6.0% 19:032nd & 3Peyton Manning pass complete short middle to Andre Caldwell for 15 yards (tackle by Justin Coleman)-3.4% 313:254th & 15Britton Colquitt punts 53 yards, returned by Danny Amendola for 1 yard (tackle by Cody Latimer)-5.1% 213:513rd & 6Peyton Manning pass complete short right to Owen Daniels for 12 yards, touchdown-7.6% 20:384th & 3Brandon McManus 52 yard field goal good-6.3% 46:512nd & 11Tom Brady pass incomplete deep right intended for James White-4.7% 40:124th & 4Two Point Attempt: Tom Brady pass incomplete intended for Julian Edelman, conversion fails-35.4% 36:421st & 10Tom Brady sacked by Von Miller for -6 yards-3.6% 113:173rd & 8Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Rob Gronkowski-3.6% 46:034th & 1Tom Brady pass complete short left to Julian Edelman for -1 yards (tackle by Chris Harris and Aqib Talib)-9.1% 48:231st & 10Tom Brady pass incomplete deep right intended for Rob Gronkowski-3.4% 22:344th & 14Britton Colquitt punts 48 yards, fair catch by Danny Amendola-4.3% 310:353rd & 10Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Danny Amendola (defended by Chris Harris)-4.0% 39:493rd & 10Peyton Manning right tackle for 12 yards (tackle by Logan Ryan)-8.5% 30:492nd & 10Tom Brady pass incomplete short right intended for Julian Edelman-3.4% 30:453rd & 10Tom Brady sacked by Von Miller for -4 yards-5.8% 42:254th & 6Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Rob Gronkowski (defended by Aqib Talib)-9.7% QTRTIMEDOWNDESCRIPTIONWIN % CHANGE 24:153rd & 5Tom Brady pass incomplete deep left intended for James White is intercepted by Darian Stewart at DEN-36 and returned for 8 yards-11.1% 11:53Stephen Gostkowski kicks extra point no good-3.3% The blame game that inevitably follows close outcomes in sports (and elsewhere) can be infuriatingly good fun. But people favor easy-to-score counterfactuals over murky ones and in general don’t create ad hoc narratives along the lines of, “Wow, that incomplete pass in the third quarter cost them a chance to win that game,” even though it may have been much more consequential than an early extra point.
Fans and students alike, breaking last year’s national spring game attendance record, flocked to Ohio Stadium on Saturday to watch the annual intrasquad scrimmage by the Ohio State football team.The 2016 OSU spring game started with a moment of silence honoring both former OSU standout Will Smith and Columbus swat officer Steve Smith. Both men were killed over the weekend in separate instances, and the crowd of over 100,000 stood and remembered the two.This year’s spring game was a chance for Buckeye faithful to see how OSU coach Urban Meyer would answer many of the question marks left after a multitude of starters left for the NFL draft.Meyer did not shy away from the high expectations of the new starters.“We certainly don’t lower our standards just because a player moves on,” Meyer said. “That’s not what this place is all about.”Starting things off for the Buckeyes was the Scarlet team, led by redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. After the Gray defensive line put on a display of pass-rush skills, junior Sean Nuernberger came on for a field goal attempt. In an example of an event unique to the spring game, after nailing a 43-yard attempt, he stayed on the field to drill a 51-yard kick.The Scarlet team struggled to score after the opening drive. Barrett was picked off twice, once by redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and later by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The pick by Hooker was returned for a touchdown, and even though the Gray was called for a defensive holding, the play stood, once again evidencing the unusual nature of the spring game.Gray capitalized off these miscues, finding the endzone twice in the first half. The Gray team’s starting quarterback Joe Burrow connected with redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson on a picture-perfect 18-yard strike over the defensive player for one of the scores.Burrow provided many over-the-shoulder throws when given time, and looked sharp on his reads.Gibson scored another touchdown on a two-yard end-around. The score put the Gray up 21-3 before redshirt freshman Mike Weber of the Scarlet side barreled his way into the endzone to end the first half.Weber impressed the coaching staff, finishing the day with eight carries, 38 yards, and two touchdowns.“They were starting to compare him to Carlos Hyde,” Meyer said. “Easy now. He hasn’t reached that level yet.”The second half began with a quick score by the Scarlet, set up by redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier. A 40-yard pass to redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell led to a short touchdown run by Weber.After a dazzling one-handed interception by sophomore Jerome Baker for the Scarlet, the Gray were given the ball right back immediately following an errant pass from Collier, of the Scarlet team, which was picked off by Hooker for his second takeaway of the day.“Our D-line got to (Burrow) and I saw Joe under pressure and I went up and got it … I just made a play,” Hooker said.Redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin continued his stellar showing with a 47-yard touchdown reception. McLaurin carried two defenders into the endzone with him for the score and finished the day with four receptions for 111 yards.“I had a lot more confidence coming in,” McLaurin said. “I just want to take that next step forward, being a guy that this offense can depend on, trying to find my role in this offense.”The wide receiver corps for OSU provided most of the offense on the afternoon. A defensive presence in terms of pass-rush kept the quarterbacks for the Buckeyes on their toes for most of the game.Both the Scarlet and the Gray had four sacks apiece, and the offensive line appeared to struggle retaining the pocket at times. The occasional lack of protection can be directly credited to a majority of the line being replaced by underclassmen. Even with certain areas clearly needing attention before the Scarlet and Gray are set to take the field against Bowling Green on Sept. 3, the Buckeyes have shown the team has potential heading into regular season play. “What I didn’t like?” Meyer asked about the events of the afternoon. “I liked it all.” OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) warms up before the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. The Gray team beat Scarlet 28-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo Editor
Women leaders of Baltimore attended the Breaking Down Barriers Roundtable, which was hosted by Hillary for Maryland at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center March 30, to discuss policies that would enhance the lives of women in Maryland. Among the 14 women on the panel were Tessa Hill-Alston, president of the Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP; Paris Bienert, president of the Maryland Women’s Political Caucus; Khalilah Harris, senior advisor to the director at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; and Maryland Del. Brooke Lierman, D-Dist. 46.Also in attendance were Ricarra Jones, political organizer with 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Tashea Coates, former member of the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee in the 45th District and Rebecca Nagle, founder and co-director of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Host and moderator Karenthia Barber, representative of Hillary Clinton’s national campaign, quizzed the leaders about the policies they want changed in Baltimore. The women were questioned on three topics: working women, policing issues, and public education.On the issue of working women, leaders were asked about the changes needed to ensure equity in the workplace and to make it easier for women to balance work and family.“Paid sick leave is one really important policy change,” Nagle said. She added, “Another really important policy change is raising the minimum wage. Our minimum wage is not a living wage; it’s not enough money for people to be able to support a family.”Harris chimed in: “There are lots of systems and policies in this city and in this state that are contributors to systemic oppression. Some of them look like they are intended to help people when, instead, it is set up to keep people in their place.”Bienert said change would not happen unless more women were elected “from the most local office all the way up to president of the United States.“Women are not going to be fully and equally represented until women are at the table making these policy changes,” she said.On policing policy, the panelists were asked what reforms should be implemented on the state or national level to address police brutality, the disconnect between officers and communities, and other issues, and ways to make Baltimore streets safer for everyone.“We have to stop allowing the police to police themselves” was Jones’ suggestion.“I think it’s critical, especially for Baltimore City, that its police live within city limits,” Harris said. “If we can, within Baltimore City limits, enact some legislation to ensure that our police are community police and not occupiers of our community, I think we can go a long way.”Attendees of the roundtable signaled approval and agreement with Harris’s response with a hearty applause.On the subject of public education, panelists were asked what improvements could be made to help Baltimore youth receive a quality education to improve their chances of success in life.“We need affordable childcare, universal pre-k, to make sure that when kids enter the system they are ready to learn, and we need to figure out summer opportunities for kids,” said Lierman, who also indicated a need to integrate schools.“Right now schools are being closed because of, geographically, where they sit,” opined Hill-Aston. “No child should be left out based on where they live or what their parent can’t afford and so everyone is not going to make it.”Coates added, “The reason that Montgomery County and Prince George’s County is so strong is because of the PTA. In order to make change from the bottom up, it starts with the parents first.There was a question-and-answer session after the event for attendees to ask the women questions.Other participants of the roundtable included: Verna Jones-Rodwell, former Maryland state senator; Mary Pat Clarke, Baltimore City Council member representing the 14th District; LaDavia Drane, National African American Outreach for Hillary for America; Brittany Oliver, director of Hollaback! Baltimore; Stephanie Pettaway, supervisor at the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.
Simon Fiduciaria, the company in which Vivendi placed the bulk of its shares in Italian broadcaster Mediaset to meet regulatory demands that it reduce its participation in the company, has demanded the suspension of the execution of resolutions passed by the Mediaset shareholders meeting in June relating to the creation of a medium and long-term incentive plan.Simon Fiduciaria, which holds a 19.19% stake in Mediaset – leaving Vivendi with a 10% holding – has demanded the annulation, through a Milan court, of a proposal for a medium and long-term incentive and long-term incentive plan and authorisation of the board of directors to purchase and sell treasury shares to support stock options and other share-based incentive plans.Simon Fiduciaria has also called on the court to ascertain and declare its right to particulate in shareholders meeting and to exercise all administrative rights inherent in the shares it holds.Mediaset’s board claimed in June that the shares held by Simon were in fact owned by Vivendi in violation of the country’s Testo Unico dei Servizi di Media Audiovisivi e Radiofonici (TUSMAR) rules and the obligations assumed by Vivendi in its aborted agreement of April 2016, when the French media giant agreed to purchase Mediaset Premium, the group’s struggling pay TV arm, and to acquire a small stake in Mediaset proper as part of a long-term partnership between the pair.Regulator AGCOM ruled last year that Vivendi’s shareholding in Mediaset – acquired in a series of moves after the pair spectacularly fell out over Vivendi’s decision to pull out of the April agreement – was in breach of the TUSMAR regulation that determines that electronics communications companies with a market share in excess of 40% cannot control more than 10% of a Sistema Integrato delle Comunicazioni (SIC) – meaning a large TV, radio and publishing outfit, such as Mediaset. This meant that Vivendi, which was the biggest single shareholder in Telecom Italia, with a stake deemed to mean it exercised effective control over the telco, could not simultaneously hold a large stake in Mediaset.Vivendi subsequently moved to transfer its holding above the 10% threshold to a blind trust, while at the same time contesting the AGCOM ruling.AGCOM noted Vivendi’s solution last April without endorsing it as a solution.The regulator did however last week publish a decision it had taken some months earlier to the effect that Vivendi no longer exercised a controlling influence over Telecom Italia, the other leg of Vivendi’s problematic two-pronged drive to establish a presence in the Italian market, leading to speculation that Vivendi’s case that it was now conforming to Italian regulations in the case of Mediaset would be accepted.Vivendi’s loss of control of Telecom Italia came after the coup initiated by activist investor Elliott Management, which saw Vivendi lose control of the telco’s board. Vivendi remains Telecom Italia’s largest single shareholder.