TIBBETTS REWARD FUND TOPS $300,000

first_imgA spokesman for a central Iowa nonprofit says the reward fund for a missing University of Iowa student has grown to more than $300,000 and is likely to continue climbing.Greg Willey, spokesman for Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, says the Mollie Tibbetts reward fund has reached $301,363, which is a record for the organization that was incorporated in 1982.Willey says donations have come from more than 180 individuals and businesses from across the country.The 20-year-old woman went missing July 18th from her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.last_img

4 days agoArsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?by Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery believes Arsenal were robbed of a clear penalty against Sheffield United on Monday night. The Blades won the match 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Lys Mousset.But Emery says the Gunners were unlucky not to have a chance to equalise from the penalty spot after Sokratis was fouled in the box.He told Sky Sports: “The scorer was with our goalkeeper and we had three players free to attack the ball. They gave us a key moment – the goal and another one when we should have had a clear penalty on Sokratis.”Bukayo Saka drives forward but I do not know if it was a penalty. It is a hard action for a yellow card. With VAR, the foul on Sokratis should have been reviewed. it was clear but we have to accept it.” last_img read more

OECD raises outlook for Canadian growth to 22 per cent this year

first_imgOTTAWA – The OECD is raising its economic forecast for Canada amid a strengthening global economy, but also warns that tensions are appearing that could threaten global growth.The Paris-based economic think-tank says trade protectionism remains a key risk that would negatively affect confidence, investment and jobs.The OECD comment follows moves by the U.S. to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from most countries in the world, with Canada and Mexico exempted.The OECD says it now expects the Canadian economy to grow 2.2 per cent this year, up from an earlier prediction of 2.1 per cent.It also raised its Canadian growth outlook for next year to 2.0 per cent compared with its forecast in November for 1.9 per cent.The OECD says the revised outlook compares with growth of 3.0 per cent last year in Canada.last_img read more

Russian award for Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Thursday named for the ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ award by Russia for exceptional services in promoting bilateral ties between the two countries, a Russian embassy official said. The Order of St Andrew the Apostle is the highest state decoration of Russia, the official said. Modi has been conferred with the award for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India, the official said.last_img

Egypt video of student sexually harassed at university goes viral

first_imgBy Abdelatif Ait AaziCasablanca- In a video that went viral on social media, a female university student who can be described as having long blond hair, wearing black pants and a pink sweater, was aggressively harassed both verbally and physically by a group of male colleagues who were shown trying to strip her clothes off her. The woman took refuge in the bathroom from the dozens of male students who were grabbing her until university security escorted her from the campus. But instead of condemning the behavior of students who harassed the young woman, the head of the Cairo University put the blame on her, arguing that she made a “mistake” when she dressed in an “unusual or inappropriate way” on campusSpeaking to the Egyptian private channel ONTV on Monday, the head of Cairo University, Gaber Nasser, said that “this girl entered the university wearing an abaya (loose cloak) and then took it off in the university “The girl’s mistake doesn’t justify [the male students’] behavior,” said Nasser, adding that the university does not allow students to wear “unusual or inappropriate” outfits on campus.“We will find out who is guilty – whether the girl or the [other] students – and we are going to punish them with the proper punishment, which might be expulsion from the university,” he was quoted by the The Guardian as sayingThe head of Cairo University added that the whole incident was monitored by security cameras and the harassers will be investigated.Egyptian women report that they encounter harassment even if they dress conservatively.According to a study conducted in 2013 by UN Women, more than 99% of women in Egypt have been subjected to a form of harassment.Edited by Sahar Kian© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Can William Buford fill Evan Turners shoes

As the final buzzer sounded, cementing a devastating loss to Tennessee in last year’s Sweet Sixteen, the No. 2-seeded Ohio State men’s basketball team somberly walked off the floor at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. The defeat left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Buckeyes. That low moment for the team might have been the motivation guard William Buford needed. The disappointment has driven Buford to fuel his desire to elevate himself to the next level as a basketball player.         Owning such titles as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 2008, 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 2010 Third Team All-Big Ten honoree, Buford’s ability on the court has rarely been questioned. He has always been able to shoot the ball with consistency, averaging double digits in scoring during his OSU career. “I have been scoring all my life, that’s just what I do, basically,” Buford said at media day on Oct. 14. The 2010-11 version of OSU will feature a new-and-improved Buford. Now in his third year, he is a veteran and has been thrust into uncharted waters as a young team looks to its top returning scorer for leadership. Though he was content to play second fiddle during his first two years, Buford has embraced his newfound role as a leader. “When I came back, I just had a different mindset,” Buford said. “Last year, we had a veteran team, so I really didn’t think too much. We had the best player in the country. I was just taking a backseat, basically. But this year, I am just trying to be more vocal and help the young guys.” Buford’s change has not gone unnoticed. It took little time for the 6-foot-5-inch guard’s development to catch his coach’s eye.  “I think with Will, I have seen a side of him in the month that we’ve been together that is very exciting,” coach Thad Matta said. “From a leadership standpoint, from a work ethic standpoint, he is about as focused as I have ever seen him over an extended period of time.” Aiding in Buford’s development was his selection to the USA Select Team this past summer. One of 20 college players picked for the team, Buford spent a week in Las Vegas in late July, honing his skills against some of America’s best. “I think the USA basketball deal that he did this summer was pretty beneficial for him,” Matta said. “He got to see what the best is really like. He’s been coaching the young guys, putting his arm around them, getting them where they need to go and I think that’s been exciting for him.” Along with furthering his own skills, Buford also hopes to share some of what he picked up from his U.S. teammates and NBA counterparts with his OSU teammates. Matta is not the only one to notice Buford’s transformation. The quiet, pull-up shooter from two years ago has evolved into a well-rounded basketball player and one of the Big Ten’s best. “He is more vocal, not just on the offensive end either,” Lighty said. “He is taking a leadership role on the defensive end.” Although he has his sights set on becoming a complete player, Buford has not forgotten what got him to this point. After long practices, the Toledo, Ohio, native stays in the gym perfecting his smooth jumper and continuing to sharpen his offensive prowess. Senior guard Diebler expects big things from his dedicated fellow guard.  “Will is a guy where he has always had the talent, and I think now, just focusing more on the mental aspect of the game is just going to make him unbelievable,” Diebler said. “The guy is so talented, and we have seen glimpses of it, especially last year and with him being Freshman of the Year his freshman year. Will is a guy who I think is going to have a great year.” Buford played down the individual aspect, saying the only number that matters is the number in the win column. “Personal goals: I just want to win,” he said. “Team goals: Do good during the regular season, be the Big Ten Tournament champions again and go farther in the NCAA” Tournament. And as questions of a possible jump to the NBA loom, Buford’s sights still go no further than winning. “I am still looking forward to two more years,” he said. “If I feel I am ready to go after this year, then I will go, but I’m more focused on this year and trying to win games.” read more

Womens Lacrosse Late push not enough for Ohio State in 1712 loss

Ohio State then-junior attack Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsDespite an effort to make a comeback one game after dropping a road contest to Jacksonville, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Cincinnati 17-12 Monday night. The Buckeyes (1-3) rallied late to close Cincinnati’s (3-1) lead, but the deficit was too big for Ohio State to overcome. Cincinnati went on a 4-0 run early in the second half to lead Ohio State by seven points. The Bearcats maintained the pace throughout the half to give the team its first home win of the season.Senior midfielder Katie Burgee and sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez both scored for Ohio State 14 seconds apart with under two minutes left in the second half to make it 17-12. Despite the effort, it was too late for the Buckeyes to come back. Ohio State senior Molly Wood led the team with four goals. Hernandez, one of the team’s leading scorers, only had one goal and two assists. Junior midfielder Bailey Parrott had two goals for Ohio State and forced two turnovers. Cincinnati held an advantage in draw controls, free position shots and saves. The Buckeyes had six saves compared to the Bearcats’ 11. The Bearcats set the tone by going on a 4-0 run five minutes into the first half. Sophomore midfielder McKenna Rushford led Cincinnati with six goals, tying her career high. Four of her goals came within the first 20 minutes of the game. Parrot tied the game four minutes into the first half, but the Buckeyes failed to keep up with the Bearcats and could not remain close enough to take a lead. Ohio State will have 10 days to rally before taking on Binghamton at 4 p.m. March 9. read more

Full Day for Obama in Jamaica ahead of Historic Summit in Panama

first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – Quite a day for Jamaicans as the most popular world leader is in country, gushing about the Jamaican hospitality and turning a serious face toward the issues of electricity, national debt of CARICOM countries, youth development and opportunities and security.“Wonderful hospitality, we very, very much appreciate that. I assure you that Michelle wishes she was on this trip and so we will have to return with the girls sometime in the future, (applause) she would also applaud for that. As Madame Prime Minister indicated, we had a lot to talk about. First and foremost we discussed how much we support the ongoing reform efforts in Jamaica to deal with its public debt while still making investments in youth and the people of Jamaica which ultimately will determine long term growth to strengthen good governance and rule of law.”US President Barack Obama last night landed at the Norman Manley Intl Airport, was whisked by helicopter to a tour of the Bob Marley museum, which he called one of his most enjoyable experiences since becoming president; adding that he has been a fan of the man and his music which speaks to the spirit of Jamaica. CARICOM leaders numbered fourteen; according to a JIS source close to Magnetic Media and a meeting with those leaders at the UWI immediately followed a press conference which was held at Jamaica House. President Obama, escorted by Hon Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica had earlier on signed and commented in the Official Diplomatic and Courtesy books; funniest thing, Obama added April 10, 2015 – which is the wrong date. It has become a source of fun for the regional media. Just moments ago, a White House town hall meeting wrapped up. It was held at the University of the West Indies and among the students selected to attend and selected to ask a question of President Obama was a female Turks and Caicos Islander studying at UWI. The question focused on the financial services sector and its increased stringency; President Obama gave a comprehensive response and cited Singapore as a good model for the Caribbean when it comes to being more diverse and competitive. The president has had a full day, but shortly will leave Kingston en route to Panama City, Panama for the Seventh Summit of the Americas where for the first time Cuba, a Communist regime, will be in attendance. Related Items:barack obama, jamaica, portia simpson millerlast_img read more

BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV COMMENCES

first_imgThe 19th edition of National School of Drama’s (NSD) International Drama Festival ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ commenced on February 1. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, National School of Drama Society and addressed by Waman Kendre, Director, NSD in the august presence of Chief guest, Dr Sonal Man Singh – renowned Bharatnatyam and Odissi Dancer; Guest of Honour, Mr Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India; and Special Guests, Mr Feroz Abbas Khan – eminent film and theatre director and Ms Vera Berzak Schneider – famous theatre director from Israel, whose play in English ‘A Stranger Guest’ will also be performed during the current ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProf Kendre said, “Today, on the occasion of Basant Panchami, the spring season of theatre has also started.” ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ – an International Drama Festival is Asia’s biggest and also among the largest in the world. Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s this years’ schedule features 94 theatre performances by renowned theater groups from different parts of India and world. This year, in this 21 day festival, theatre lovers of 6 Indian cities including New Delhi, Kurukshetra, Pune, Agartala, Hyderabad and Patna would be treated to scintillating theatre performances. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMr Feroz Abbas Khan said,”I feel that artists should not speak, it is their work that should speak. I appreciate the two doyens of theatre are on the dais – namely Prof Waman Kendre and Ratan Thiyam, who are institutions in their own right. I think festivals means and expresses civilizational values which we cherish. It is during such festivals that the civilizational values like the following comes to the fore: diversity, with their differences and choices are accommodated and welcomed in such festivals.” Chief guest Dr Sonal Mansingh said, “Every day is an auspicious day but today being Basant Panchami, it is considered as one of the most auspicious days according to Hindu calendar. Since ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ started today, which is an auspicious day to begin work as it is a day dedicated to Goddess Saraswati – the deity of knowledge. I feel that knowledge will kill all the ignorance and I am still a student and seeker of knowledge. National School of Drama is growing each day and it is leaping ahead, my warm wishes and blessings are with this organization. ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ has also invited me and I feel honored to showcase my maiden performance here.” The inaugural play ‘Uttara Rama Charitham’ (in Hindi) was staged before the discerning audience as a tribute to the legendary theatre director, Kavalam Narayana Panikkar. The play was performed by Sopanam Theatre Group of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, which lasted for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. This year 3 plays as a tribute to Indian Theatre Masters – Kavalam Narayan Pannikar, Heisnam Kanhailal and Prem Matiyani who recently left for heavenly abode are being staged. Sopanam Theatre’s maiden Hindi production, ‘Uttara Rama Charitam’ is adapted from Bhavabhuti’s Sanskrit play. The play directed and designed by Kavalam Narayana Panikkar has its text rendition done by Hindi poet Dr Udayan Vajpeyi. The play depicts the dual state of Rama, who is torn between ‘Rama-the family man’ and ‘Rama-the ruler’.last_img read more