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December 3, 2019
Responding to reports questioning its claim, the Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday clarified that the mysterious substance found last week under a chair in the State Assembly was indeed a deadly explosive, pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN).The State Home Ministry, a department directly under the control of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, issued the clarification after some reports suggested that the substance recovered from the Assembly was not an explosive.Some media outlets on Monday had reported, relying on sources, that tests conducted at the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Agra had indicated that the substance was not PETN.Also Read Explosive found in UP Assembly; Yogi Adityanath seeks NIA probe The State government has stood by its stand and said that the “preliminary test conducted using explosive detection kit” tested positive for PETN at the Lucknow FSL.The laboratory in the state capital in its report on July 14 had found the substance as “water insoluble” and that “different reagents confirm the presence of a nitrate.”Sample not sent to AgraIt also said that samples of the substance were not sent to Agra for testing in the first place.“It is to clarify that no sample of the substance has been sent to FSL Agra as they do not have the machines/wherewithal to conduct the requisite tests,” the UP Home Ministry said.This appeared to contradict the information on the police website which states that “cases related to explosives are examined at Agra FSL only.”Final report by July 20The government also said that two confirmatory tests are still being conducted at FSL Lucknow. Their report is likely to be out by Thursday.A major controversy was created on July 14 when Mr. Adityanath informed the U.P. Assembly that a mysterious packet discovered under a bench in the House two days earlier was identified as PETN by forensic tests.Mr. Adityanath, while alleging a “terrorist conspiracy”, promptly called for a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).With the U.P. Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) probing the case, security has been beefed up at the Assembly.As a security measure, the government has cancelled the vehicle passes of more than 700 former legislators and plans to conduct police verification of all staff working in the Assembly.The ATS has already recorded the statements of 15 officials and staff members who were on duty in the House on the day the packet was found. The ATS questioned one assistant Marshall, 4 engineers, 2 security personnel, one AC operator, and seven grade-4 staff members.It has also gathered all the footage from the 23 CCTV devices installed in the Assembly.
December 1, 2019
Incessant rain triggered by a well-marked low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal threw normal life out of gear in several parts of Odisha on Thursday.The regional meteorological centre here issued red, orange and yellow warnings for the coastal and southern districts of the state till October 26.The state government declared the closure of all schools and Anganwadi centres for two days in eight districts and asked the teachers and staff to remain present at the institutes for an emergency.The district collectors of Cuttack, Ganjam, Gajapati, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Puri, Khordha and Jajpur declared holidays in all the schools and Anganwadi centres.East Coast Railway (ECoR) said incessant rain and subsequent water-logging on railway tracks affected the train services too.It said many express and passenger trains are running behind schedule while a few trains have been cancelled and rescheduled.The signalling posts also got affected at many stations due to heavy water flow all night long.While the Visakhapatnam-Brahmapur train has been cancelled from both directions, the Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam Intercity-Express will be terminated at Srikakulum which will run empty up to Visakhapatnam.The Visakhapatnam to Bhubaneswar Intercity-Express has been cancelled, said ECoR.However, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena said chances of a flood situation in the state are low.“Over the last 24 hours, the distribution of rainfall has been even across the state so there is less likelihood of any flood situation in the state,” said Mr. Jena.The district collectors have been asked to remain alert to take all possible measures to meet the situation arising out of the heavy rain.“A mudslide has been reported from two villages of Badakalakot panchayat in Gumma block of Gajapati district in which 20 houses were destroyed, 80 villagers have been relocated and are being supplied with water and cooked food,” the SRC said.
November 28, 2019
When Indian wrestlers begin their competition on Thursday, they will be aware that this Olympics has already fetched us one silver and three bronze medals, and it should spur them to give their best.Sushil Kumar’s bronze medal win in Beijing has brought many changes to the sport. The government is spending more money; there is more awareness and stress on training on the lines of scientific methods, more exposure trips etc.It may also happen that our wrestlers may not return with any medal, because we have still not reached a stage where we can say that our athletes are sure shot medal contenders. The competition at the Olympics is at a different level. Everyone hopes Sushil wins a medal. And there will be huge pressure on him. He has had an inconsistent run in the last one year or so and has also been bogged down by a shoulder injury. But he has been a fierce competitor and cannot be written off.I think among the five wrestlers, Yogeshwar Dutt (60kg) stands the best chance to win a medal. Like Sushil, it will be his third Olympics.He lost the quarter-final bout in Beijing by a whisker. He has come back from a career-threatening knee injury, and is hungry for success. Amit Kumar Dahiya (55kg) could be the surprise package. If he gets a good draw, he can succeed. He has come up fast, and won gold in the Asian qualifier.Geeta Phogat (55kg) has done her bit in becoming the first woman Indian wrestler to qualify. Narsingh Yadav (74) made the cut in the last qualifier. They have the potential, but will have their task cut out.advertisement(The writer is president of All India Women’s Wrestling Association)
November 27, 2019
“Today I felt some of calls were unfair, that’s how my team feels and how I feel as a coach.”UP’s loss also stung more since both the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Maroons are gunning for a spot in the Final Four.UST is tied with Far Eastern University at the third spot while UP is at fifth with a 6-6 card with a loss sending the Lady Maroons out of the Final Four race.Okumu rued the missed chance to at least tie the Golden Tigresses at the fourth seed.“Today was the biggest moment that we should’ve seized comfortably but like what the others said, it’s not over until it’s over so we know what’s at stake,” said Okumu. “We’re going to work for it and we’re going to produce the result.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UP coach Godfrey Okumu. Photo by TRistan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines is on the brink of elimination in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and its three-set loss to University of Santo Tomas was a tough to swallow.The Golden Tigresses swept the Lady Maroons, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24, Wednesday when late game blunders were crucial in the outcome of the match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA: Magnolia knocks out Ginebra, nabs last semis berth UP got to the 24-22 set point in the third but got called with three straight errors that saw UST pull ahead, 25-24, lead just before Eya Laure denied Marian Buitre to give the Golden Tigresses the win and the 8-4 record.Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu said his players were broken with how the game ended especially with how the referees seemed to, he said, dictate the finish of the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I can see that my players were pretty much broken, some of the calls, the last minute calls, they were crucial calls,” said Okumu. “The players were down, it’s not an easy thing to happen to a team when the referee makes two of the last points in the game by whistling.”The third set was tied at 24 when Jessma Ramos seemed to dump the ball back to UST’s side of the floor but the two referees convened on the late point and ruled that UP’s blocker committed an overreach. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
November 27, 2019
Indian handset manufacturer Jivi launched the cheapest available Android smartphone in Indian markets, Jivi JSP 20. The device has been priced at Rs 1,999. The 3.5-inch handset is also the slimmest in its class and at around $33, possibly the cheapest Android smartphone in the world.The handset is aimed at feature phone users who are yet to join the smartphone bandwagon. This is a space which has seen major attempts by manufacturers to bring out affordable, feature rich smartphones. Google had launched the Android One series of smartphones with this specific user base in mind a couple of days ago. The 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen on the JSP 20 comes with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The hardware running this Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) model is a 1Ghz processor, 128MB RAM, 256MB internal storage with capacity for 32GB microSD. The phone also sports a 2.0 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and has a 1350mAh battery.In terms of connectivity, features like WiFi and Bluetooth are included as well as support for GSM + GSM dual-SIM operation. 3g isn’t included but EDGE and GPRS are available.The phone is targeted at the Indian audience with built in support for English, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, and Telugu.The phone uses One Glass solution display panel which uses a layer of Indium Tin Oxide to reduce the thickness of the panel.Jivi has partnered with Amazon.in to release the phone from the 25th of September. Pre-orders and bookings have been started along with today’s launch announcement and a free flip cover worth Rs 499 is included in the deal for customers who register now, bringing the overall price of the phone even lower.advertisement
November 25, 2019
Portugal’s players crowded around Cristiano Ronaldo as he sat on the turf, but their tearful captain couldn’t withstand the pain of his injury any longer. (Full Coverage – Euro 2016)The Portuguese had to win their first major trophy the hard way on Sunday, stunning France 1-0 after extra time in the European Championship final – having played without Ronaldo from the 25th minute. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo told me I would score the winner, says Eder) Two hours after being carried off on a stretcher, the three-time world player of the year returned a champion for the first time with his country.Twitterati were abuzz after Ronaldo lifted the trophy at Stade de France on Monday. Here are a few reactionsProud of my team. Proud of my country. Make them believe. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/Zt2iqmDPZQ Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 10, 2016CAMPE?ES! Muito grandes!!! Parabns @selecaoportugal ???????? https://t.co/uq7xaeE0nN Lus Figo (@LuisFigo) July 10, 2016#Euro2016Final Congrats #Portugal like #Ronaldo or not you can’t deny he deserves this. He carries this team and the team carried him today Craig Forrest (@craigforrest1) July 10, 2016My prediction from game one was spot on! #Euro2016Final #Portugal #champion2016 @Cristiano the greatest! What u y’all got to say now?!?? ???? Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) July 10, 2016Yes there’s a lord! #Euro2016Final #POR #Portugal #EURO2016 #Eder ???? #PORFRA Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) July 10, 2016So much positive energy & passion from @Cristiano what a legend! Congratulations #POR #Euro2016Final ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/wbUj2hsnMZ Mikey Fisher (@mikeyfisher_) July 10, 2016A new star player-manager is born. #Ronaldo #Euro2016Finaladvertisement Ned Zelic (@NedZelic) July 10, 2016Ronaldo has got so much passion, desire and commitment, let alone class, ability and talent!! What a legend! #Euro2016Final #Ronaldo ?? James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) July 10, 2016Years from now , history will not remember #Ronaldo left that game early. It will remember he won #EURO2016 , his legacy sealed. Maximiliano Bretos (@mbretosESPN) July 10, 2016Student of Sir Alex Ferguson Academy of World’s best football managers.#Ronaldo #Euro2016Final pic.twitter.com/faUlofu5mU Transfer News (@FootyRumor) July 10, 2016Revising for exams vs Getting your degree #Euro2016Final #Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/qmFVACrKaD Safwan Ahmedmia (@SuperSaf) July 10, 2016Hahahha #Ronaldo will be a good coach???????????? bcz he is the best#Euro2016Final pic.twitter.com/8g4vEJzf3X Aryan_Aradhya (@Kriishnadasi) July 10, 2016The moment you realise that a tiny moth is more famous than you #Ronaldo #Euro2016Final pic.twitter.com/lmRg0NQ0gJ G4SHI (@G4SHI) July 10, 2016RIP Ronaldo’s Moth. The world’s most famous footballing insect has died after a long and illustrious career. He was 6 weeks old. Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 10, 2016Best performer of the final: Sissoko, Clattenburg or Ronaldo’s moth? Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 10, 2016Has the moth on Ronaldo’s face got a Twitter account yet? ??? (@_DanSheed) July 10, 2016
November 17, 2019
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been England’s highest run-getter in the Test series against India so far. And England are in no mood to leave out Bairstow for the fourth Test at Southampton, despite the keeper fracturing his finger in the third Test.Bairstow has scored 206 runs in five innings in the series at an average of 41.20.Bairstow fractured his left middle finger after being struck by the ball while keeping on day three of England’s third Test defeat at Trent Bridge on Monday, putting his participation in the match in Southampton starting on August 30 in doubt.However, coach Trevor Bayliss has said that Bairstow could play as a specialist batsman in the fourth Test if he is cleared to return from a broken finger.”We have got to check with the medical guys in the next few days. They’re suggesting he may not be able to keep but might be able to bat. Well have to see how it responds,” Bayliss told the British media.England called up Hampshire batsman James Vince as cover on Thursday and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler could once again take over behind the stumps if Bairstow cannot recover in time.Bayliss said Bairstow could also be asked to give up keeping duties completely after his injury has fully healed, to help him focus on his batting higher up the order.”That’ll be the hard thing, trying to convince Jonny, Bayliss added. That will be a decision that is taken from the team point of view. He is a world-class batter, we know that, one of the difficult things might be convincing Jonny of that.”advertisement”If that was the way we went, it would certainly be a deep conversation. Jonny’s a reasonable bloke… we know he wants to keep but there would be a lot of explaining and chatting.”India’s victory at Trent Bridge saw them cut the hosts lead to 2-1 in the five-match series.(With Reuters inputs)
November 16, 2019
Transfers New York City FC signs Slovenia defender Andraz Struna from Hearts Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 02:32 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() KARIM JAAFAR Transfers New York City MLS The right back arrives on a free transfer after spending the 2016-17 campaign with Scottish Premiership side Hearts New York City FC has signed Slovenia defender Andraz Struna, the MLS club announced Wednesday.The 28-year-old arrives on a free transfer on a deal that takes him through the end of the 2017 season, with option years for 2018 and 2019.NYCFC 7/1 to win MLS Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “We’re entering a really important stretch of the season and I’m pleased that we were able to bring in Andraz at this stage to strengthen our squad,” NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said in a news release. “Andraz is an experienced international defender, I’m looking forward to working with him on the training field.”Struna most recently played for Scottish Premiership side Hearts, where he logged 13 league games during the 2016-17 season. Struna played three seasons for PAS Giannina of the Greek Super League prior to his time in Scotland, and he also has had stints in Poland and Slovenia.The right back has played for Slovenia 25 times, though he did not feature in the country’s most recent World Cup qualifiers.”For me, it’s a great pleasure to sign here for New York City FC,” Struna said. “There are many reasons why I’m glad to be here, such as the club having a solid foundation and giving me the opportunity to work with great experts.”This is a big thing for me because I think I can learn a lot from the likes of Patrick and all of the experienced people at the club.”NYCFC sits second in the Eastern Conference at 14-7-5.
November 16, 2019
There will also be some grappling with the same issue Sindelar faced: namely, how do we respond when fascism arrives in our neighbourhood? Would we be heroes, risking our lives? Would we seek to cheekily disrupt the official narrative, like Sindelar may have done? Or would we end up complying as most people ultimately do? It’s a prescient subject. And, as Simpson points out, it’s something people in this country are facing not just in the future but right now. “Maybe someone’s employee’s immigration papers have been destroyed, so do they keep them in a job?” he says. “People are making those choices right now. Whereas for people like me, I can see that the fascists are in town, but they’re not on my doorstep. Yet.” To tell all these multiple stories and arguments, all four cast members play themselves, with Simpson fronting the show. Does that not mean that Improbable have switched from telling the story of Matthias Sindelar to telling the story of … well, another white guy? Simpson nods, aware of this contradiction: “Sometimes, when you intend to have a conversation about which stories get told, or even to tell a different story altogether, you end up spending more time about the white guy in the room. But recognising that and unfolding it has been really interesting.” There’s still a little time left for the Improbable crew to carry on unfolding it, no doubt while rewriting the play entirely and – who knows – maybe even throwing in the odd rollerblading scene. However The Paper Man ends up, though, it’s likely to be quite a story. The Paper Man is at Norfolk and Norwich festival, 14-19 May. Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Twitter It’s easy to see why a theatre company might want to put the story of Matthias Sindelar on stage. After all, it involves football, Nazis and a mysterious death. That’s certainly how Lee Simpson felt when he watched an old BBC documentary and wondered: “Why haven’t I heard of this bloke?” Sindelar was, after all, perhaps the greatest Austrian footballer ever, a man who inspired the “wunderteam” of the 1930s to within a whisker of the World Cup. But that’s not all. The story goes that, following the 1938 annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany, a friendly game was arranged to signal the merging of the two nations’ teams. Set up to finish as a draw, Sindelar disrupted the script by scoring in the second half and then celebrating wildly in front of the Nazi high command. The following year, he was found dead in his apartment with his girlfriend. Was he murdered? Or was it, as was concluded at the time, a case of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty heater?These were the questions Simpson was hoping to explore when he invited three actors – Anna-Maria Nabirye, Vera Chok and Jess Mabel Jones – to workshop the story for his theatre company Improbable. “But after two weeks we decided we weren’t really interested in football,” says Nabirye, when we meet for coffee at Improbable’s rehearsal space. “We didn’t really think the story of this dead white man who did something heroic-ish, but not that heroic, was the most pertinent story of our time to tell.” Oof! So obviously Simpson sacked all the actors and brought in three new ones who could realise his vision, right? “Some directors might have done that but it didn’t occur to me,” says Simpson, whose company prides itself on doing things differently. “I thought, well, if that’s the conversation going on in the room, I want to have that conversation on stage.” And so The Paper Man – “Der Papierene” was Sindelar’s nickname due to his slight frame – is not really about the Austrian striker at all, or even football or Nazis that much. It’s about how we choose the stories we tell, and who gets to tell them. Nabirye concedes that Sindelar’s story is far from boring – if it was, there’d be no debate about staging it. She just doesn’t know if the story merits arts funding in a world where so many other brilliant stories get overlooked. Why not, for example, tell the tale of footballer Lily Parr instead, the towering munitions worker with a shot so strong she once broke a goalkeeper’s arm? Parr helped pack out stadiums during the first world war when the men were sent to the front, and Jess Mabel Jones got so excited when she stumbled on her story that she apparently yelled at Simpson: “Why aren’t we doing this instead?!” “And I did think, ‘Yeah, why aren’t we?’” laughs Simpson.Maybe they will – the play isn’t officially finished yet, despite the fact they’re less than three weeks away from it opening when we meet. Improbable like to keep things fluid: cast members come and go as they please, with each one taking turns at writing sections and directing. It’s a brave, occasionally chaotic but ultimately rewarding way of putting a play together. To illustrate the spontaneity, Simpson recalls returning from a toilet break to find the three female cast members dancing together to Take That. “I’d never dream of hanging out with my friends in that way, it just wouldn’t happen,” he says. As a result this play ostensibly about football and Nazis currently features an “outrageous dance scene” that serves as a metaphor for how different people like to communicate. Despite the loose working methods, the team are certain that some things will make the final cut. There will be shadow work and puppetry and sections of improvisation, although no staging of actual football. (As Simpson points out: “Go and see a football match – they do it really well there!”) There’s also going to be at least some of Sindelar’s story in the mix, even if they ended a recent rehearsal without even mentioning him once. “But we really missed him,” laughs Nabirye. “So after all this time of saying we didn’t want to tell his story we think we probably need him in there.” Share on Facebook Twitter Puppetry news Shadow work, puppetry and improvisation … The Paper Man. Photograph: Camilla Greenwell Share on LinkedIn Twitter ‘After two weeks we decided we weren’t interested in football’ … The Paper Man. 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November 16, 2019
The PGA don’t seem too worried: when Miguel Angel Carballo and Brian Campbell were given slow-play penalties in 2017, it was the first such punishment in more than two decades. Penalties and fines should be issued though. Slow golfers simply won’t speed up if they know there are no repercussions. It’s working for Holmes: he won the Genesis Open by one stroke.But outside of slow play being inconsiderate for fellow players, it is also idiotic when golf’s core audience is literally dying. In 2014, Nielsen noted that 63% of the PGA’s television audience was over the age of 55, while only 12% was younger than 35. Meanwhile, only 25% of the NBA’s audience is 55 or older, and 47% is younger than 35. The PGA Tour has the oldest TV viewership of any sports competition in the US at 64 (the youngest are the NBA and MLS at 42 and 40 respectively). Golf needs to attract more young people, and sitting around watching someone indecisively hit a one-foot putt, or figure out the air density as DeChambeau does regularly, is not exactly going to pull in Generation Z.Particularly when golf is up against other sports that don’t allow the luxury of practice shots. Can you imagine if basketball players started mimicking their jump shot in the middle of a game, or if an NFL kicker was allowed as long as he wanted to take a field goal ? The crowds would mercilessly boo, and TV viewers would switch off.Golf doesn’t have much time to figure out a way to draw in a younger audience that is already losing interest in playing and watching the sport. Until the game figures out a way to overcome problems like slow play, one can be sure that more people will tune out, or never tune in at all. George Savaricas (@GeorgeSavaricas)Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/ZUrqTMb6M3February 17, 2019 Read more Share on Messenger Despite Holmes breaking the pace of play rule over and over again during the round – the rule book allows players 40 seconds to take their shot – officials failed to give him a penalty. So it was little wonder the round took five-and-a-half hours, 60 minutes more than the suggested pace of play. Holmes is not the only offender on tour. Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau have faced criticism for their slow play, and early on in Sergio Garcia’s career he was notorious for standing over the ball for what felt like an eternity. The video says it all: as JB Holmes paced a 15-foot putt at the Genesis Open, he checked his yardage book thoroughly, presumably looking over notes that he had taken during a practice round. Then he plum bobbed with his putter, stepped away and plum bobbed again, stared down the line of the putt as if he were hunting prey, stood over the ball, then finally hit a shot. Which he missed. It got worse: he then took 50 seconds to hole the one-footer that remained, an age for something even amateurs would consider a tap-in. Ken Duke (@DukePGA)I guess rules only apply for some players. That was ridiculous how long it took him to play that shot. The rules officials need to change your policy on slow play and be more active on slow players and you won’t have these 5 1/2 six hour round. @PGATOURmedia @GolfChannel #finesJanuary 29, 2018 Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Facebook features … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. García, Kuchar and Holmes: three golfers out of touch with reality US sports Since you’re here… Share on Twitter I hate to watch slow play because it’s painful reminder that I was a serial offender during my professional playing days. I would step over a shot, only to back off three or four times, and take countless practice swings until finally pulling the trigger. My indecisiveness – driven by anxiety – undoubtedly hurt my playing partners. Not until I received a one-stroke penalty for slow play did I start to speed up. On top of that, other players confronted me and told me how problematic it was for them. The LPGA was right to penalize me, and my playing partners were right to vent their frustration.It appears PGA Tour players are just as frustrated by slow play as their counterparts on the LPGA. Zac Blair wrote on Twitter that Holmes’s play was “ridiculous and … beyond disrespectful to your playing partners and golf in general”. Meanwhile the 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, who played with Holmes in the final round on Sunday, said sponsors should take action. “The tour is an entertainment business and a big money maker for a lot of people,” Scott said this week. “Until sponsors and TV tell the commissioner you guys play too slow and we’re not putting money up, it’s a waste of time talking about because it’s not going to change.” Share on LinkedIn Golf Share via Email Topics Reuse this content
October 24, 2019
Press Release, September 11, 2014; Image: MSC Cruises zoom The first of four MSC Cruises ships to undergo the Renaissance Programme of enhancements was on Wednesday physically extended by 24 metres under the watchful gaze of international journalists, MSC said.The remarkable feat of engineering, which took place at the Fincantieri shipyard, in Palermo, Sicily, saw the 14,000 tonnes separated bow of MSC Armonia slowly advanced 30 metres away from her stern on rails to allow a new 2,200 tonnes prebuilt midship section to be inserted.The procedure marked a key milestone in the €200 million Renaissance Programme, which will enlarge and enhance MSC Armonia, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera and MSC Lirica, giving them all an array of new improvements and amenities.Careful preparation was required ahead of the separation to ensure the ship would be ready.Steel-cutting operations started on 2 September when Fincantieri’s world-class engineers marked the cutting line to enable accurate grit blasting of the area.On 3 September the ship’s electrical systems were deactivated. The cutting operations finished on 8 September, ahead of the event on 10 September.After the Renaissance Programme, MSC Armonia’s environmental impact will be significantly reduced. She will receive a new hull treatment to minimize drag and lower water resistance, considerably reducing fuel consumption.In addition, LED technology in all public spaces on the ship will mean less energy is consumed on board.A Variable Speed Drive Inverter will also be installed – an energy-saving system that markedly reduces the ship’s electricity consumption by adjusting it in line with operational conditions.Finally, a new design of propeller blade is being studied by MSC Cruises’ blade manufacturer to maximize efficiency and lower fuel consumption even further.Emilio La Scala, General Manager MSC Cruises Technical Department, told the gathered press: “MSC Cruises wanted to implement such a highly demanding programme for a long time, but we wanted to ensure that we would choose the best partner in the shipbuilding industry, to not only enhance the ships’ features but also to bring technical, safety and environmental upgrades to the ships. Fincantieri has the proven expertise and experience in this type of operation, which was essential to satisfy our high standards, and have been long-standing partners for various maintenance and refitting operations on our fleet.”In addition, the ship will be refitted and many other parts of the ship will be renewed, upgrading the level of comfort, entertainments and services available on board. MSC Cruises’ Renaissance programme will add a total of 193 new cabins to MSC Armonia.The ship entered drydock on 31 August and will remain onsite for 11 weeks, until resuming service on 17 November with a one-off inaugural Mediterranean cruise from Genoa to the Canary Islands.
October 22, 2019
The department also plans to work with First Nations, African Nova Scotian, Acadian and immigrant communities to ensure they are aware of, and access, available services. By working with local service providers, children will be referred as early as possible so they receive the services they need, when they need them. Gerard Kysela, chair, Ste. Anne du Ruisseau Bev Cooke, vice-chair, Amherst Krista Thibault, treasurer, Halifax Angela Thornhill, secretary, Hammonds Plains Theresa Fraboni, Head of St. Margarets Bay Sharon Hope Irwin, Sydney Normand Carrey, Halifax Margaret Ann Green, Glace Bay Shirley Shot, Brooklyn, Queens Co. Chrissi Lynch, Queensville Bill Chisholm, Antigonish Marika Holmes, Halifax Janean Marshall, Eskasoni Suzanne Saulnier, Concessions Debra Sundstrom, Centreville Kirk Schmidt, New Glasgow Families who have children at risk for developmental delays are getting into the program faster with improvements to the early childhood development intervention program. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provided funding to hire new developmental interventionists to address the waitlist after a review of the program, ensuring all families receive service faster. Before the review and increased support from government this year, more than 300 families were waiting for services. These families are now benefitting from the program and receiving services. New families will be seen within a month of being referred. “Investments we have made are already leading to an increase in support for early childhood development intervention programs across Nova Scotia,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “I am very encouraged we are able to help so many families with the new model of service delivery as part of Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education.” Early childhood development intervention programs are designed to help children and families from the time the child is born, to when they enter school. They also help parents access resources they need to help their children. Under a new board structure, the Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Intervention Services Association will deliver services across the province. The new board will work closely to align the programs with the broader early years and public school systems. This will help provide consistency in services across the province. Board members representing all areas of the province are:
October 18, 2019
It’s not just Swachh Bharat that’s positioning itself firmly on people’s minds. Slowly but steadily, the next big Jan Andolan, the POSHAN Andolan is also taking shape in India. In the latest episode of “Man Ki Baat,” on August 25, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke extensively about Poshan. A movement against the gigantic problem of undernutrition was long due in India. Let’s take a look at the startling figures. As many as 38.4 per cent children are stunted (low height for age), 35.7 per cent children are underweight (low weight for age), 21 per cent children are wasted (low weight for height), 53 per cent women in the age of 15-40 years are anaemic, and 22.9 per cent women have low Body Mass Index. So consequences of any further delay in attention on this would have been disastrous. Also Read – A special kind of bondNutrition constitutes the foundation for human development. It reduces susceptibility to infections, related morbidity, disability and mortality burden. Proper nutrition enhances cumulative lifelong learning capacities and adult productivity. Nutrition is critical to the physical and cognitive development of children as well as women’s health. Undernutrition, anaemia and stunting are underlying causes behind half of under-five children mortality and one-fifth of maternal mortality in India. Undernutrition also has a serious bearing on learning outcomes in children and productivity in adults. Also Read – Insider threat managementTo generate a mass movement for a Kuposhan Mukt Bharat – free from malnutrition, across the life cycle, the government of India had launched POSHAN Abyhyaan on March 8, 2018. The government also provided a massive budgetary commitment of Rs 9046.17 crores for the Abhiyaan. A big challenge like this can only be tackled with high goals. Thus, ambitious targets of reducing stunting by 2 per cent, anaemia by 3 per cent and low birth weight by 2 per cent every year for three years were set for the mission. These targets are formidable given the history that maternal and child undernutrition in India has persisted despite a slew of government schemes and programmes. Data shows that Stunting had just decreased by just 1 per cent annually between 2005-06 and 2014-15, while underweight prevalence went down by a mere 0.68 per cent annually. Surprisingly, Wasting, on the other hand, went up slightly by 1.8 per cent during this period. To reverse the trend and achieve the dream of a Kuposhan Mukt Bharat, Prime Minister gave the call to make it a “Jan-Andolan”. This meant taking the message of nutrition to every household and involving every person in the fight against malnutrition. There has already been a series of intensive efforts to build the Jan-Andolan against malnutrition at the village, block, district, and state levels. However, the real battle on the ground is being fought by our 14 lakh foot soldiers, the Anganwadi didis. Anganwadi didis get a meagre amount of Rs 4,500 per month as honorarium by the Centre. Many states also pay an additional honorarium to them. However, the motivation of these foot soldiers lies in their burning desire to do something for the community as against any monetary benefit. The list of duties that Anganwadi didis perform is humongous. For pregnant women and lactating mothers, they provide supplementary nutrition or take home ration, nutrition and health education, and test them for anaemia. They also facilitate health check-ups and referral services and provide counselling on early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, family planning and balanced diet, hygiene and sanitation. Duties of Anganwadi didis also include looking after children of 0 to 6 years of age. They provide them early childhood education, supplementary nutrition, iron and folic supplementation, and deworming. They also monitor their growth, help in managing diarrhoea, and teach them handwashing and hygiene. Anganwadi didis are true friends of adolescent girls, who come to them with the various problems they encounter. They also provide them with counselling on health and nutrition and also provide them with supplementary nutrition. With POSHAN Abhiyan, they have now been equipped with smartphones and tablets. Their capacity has also been enhanced through training on 21 specially designed modules. Anganwadis have also been provided with growth monitoring devices, teaching and learning material and Flexi-fund. The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development recently organised an award function to recognise the contribution of Anganwadi didis. 237 Anganwadi didis and other foot soldiers were felicitated at the function for their exceptional contribution to the fight against malnutrition. Recently in Mann ki Baat, Prime Minister also talked about some of these initiatives like ‘Mutthi Bhar Dhaanya’ in Nashik district in Maharashtra, where Anganwadi didis go house to house to collect food grains from people during the harvest period and use them to feed women and children at Anganwadis. “Ann-Praashan Sanskar” is another such initiative being pioneered by Anganwadi didis to celebrate the first morsel of supplementary food for a child. Such celebrations have spread awareness about the importance of supplementary nutrition among the masses. “Tithi-Bhojan” or the meal campaign is one more innovative concept pioneered by Anganwadi didis. It is a wonderful confluence of a sense of service and satisfaction where people carry food to Anganwadis and celebrate their birthdays, other auspicious days with the children in Anganwadis. Anganwadi didis with other foot soldiers of the health department, namely ANMs and ASHA workers are mobilising the community through community-based events like prabhat-pheris, suposhan-rallies, suposhan-chaupals, and Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Days (VHNDs). Our Anganwadi didis have integrated social festivals and family festivals like “God Bharai” with nutrition. Anganwadi centres are now buzzing with a plethora of activities like cooking competition, parent meets, mehndi competitions, and drawing competitions. One should not be surprised to see vegetable gardens at the Anganwadis, producing nutritious fresh vegetables. They add value to the food being served at the Anganwadis. Our Anganwadi didis are playing a key role in generating awareness and taking the message of nutrition to every household. The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has recently launched a campaign to thank our Anganwadi didis. A film showing the contribution of Anganwadi didis in protecting and promoting the health of women and children was also released on the occasion. It is high time that each one of us recognises the contribution of our Anganwadi didis. They need to be thanked for their efforts to bring the country out of the circle of malnutrition and in building a strong and healthy India – securing the future of the country. Let’s join the movement and visit our foot soldiers at Anganwadi centres. Let’s have selfies with them and recognise their selfless service. Let’s say in one voice, #thankyouAnganwadiDidi. (The author is a senior IAS officer, Mission Director, Rashtriya POSHAN Abhiyaan & Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development. The views expressed are strictly personal)
October 17, 2019
OTTAWA – Before its controversial tax proposals triggered a bitter war of words this summer, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s department was waging a similar communications battle over another contentious file: the Trudeau government’s infrastructure bank.A briefing note to Morneau last spring offered a glimpse of the strategy his department hoped to use to overcome “communications challenges” surrounding a $35-billion infrastructure financing agency central to the government’s economic plans.The “secret” memo offered reassurances to Morneau that his department would continue to work with Infrastructure Canada to find openings where they could proactively counter criticisms and misunderstandings related to the bank.“The purpose and the benefits of the (Canada Infrastructure Bank) are not well understood,” said the May memo, signed by deputy finance minister Paul Rochon.“Messaging on the purpose of the CIB and the merit of its design could be reinforced. The (Finance) Department will be actively seeking opportunities to communicate the merits of the CIB to a broader audience.”It also offered some detail on how they could defend the bank, including a presentation designed to communicate its benefits “more plainly.”The partially redacted document, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, was released last week as Morneau continues to fight fresh communications fires.This time, Morneau is struggling to sell his controversial proposals to change the tax system for small businesses, a measure that’s been met with howls of both opposition and grassroots outrage.Morneau bills the changes as necessary to end tax advantages unfairly exploited by some wealthy business owners. Critics, including some Liberal backbenchers, fear the changes could hurt middle-class entrepreneurs, damage the economy, hinder investment and potentially drive doctors out of the country.Amid the backlash, Morneau conceded last week that changes will be required to the proposals he announced in mid-July. The government is reviewing feedback it received on its tax plan during a 75-day consultation period that ended last week.In defending his tax proposals, Morneau has said misinformation is circulating about the tax reforms.“It’s not always the case that everything we’re hearing is unvarnished truth,” Morneau told the Senate last week in reference to some of the complaints the government has heard about the tax reforms.The government’s efforts to sell the infrastructure bank earlier this year also became a victim of misperceptions, according to the memo to Morneau.“A number of issues have been raised in the media coverage of the CIB proposal, which suggests there are communications challenges to overcome,” said the briefing, which also provided examples:— Media commentary suggested a lack of understanding about the bank’s functions and the country’s infrastructure issues, such as the infrastructure gap, the types of projects the bank would be involved in and why a new institution is needed.— Concerns that the bank would only help private-sector profits and do little for the public.— An impression the bank would privatize airports, even though Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi had publicly stated it would not be part of its mandate.The document also listed key areas of criticism from parliamentary hearings into the bank, including concerns about the financial risk of the bank’s activities for taxpayers, that it would not provide benefits to small municipalities and insufficient time for parliamentarians to study it.In the weeks after the memo was created, the bank attracted a significant amount of media attention — thanks, in part, to Independent Sen. Andre Pratte’s unsuccessful attempt to divide the budget bill to separate out provisions for the creation of the bank.Objections were also raised about the bank’s governance structure, which gives cabinet the final approval over projects to be financed.Political rivals have warned the Crown corporation will likely force Canadians to pay twice for their infrastructure — first via the public treasury and then through user fees that will generate corporate profits.The soon-to-be-operational bank is designed to use billions of public dollars as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for large, new projects — such as highways, bridges and transit systems.Infrastructure is central to the Trudeau government’s long-term growth strategy. It’s committed more than $180 billion for new projects over the next 11 years and, as part of the effort, its hoping to further boost investments with a lift from private cash.But in order to attract private capital the projects will have to be designed to generate steady, reliable returns for investors through revenue streams such as user fees.Sohi has argued the bank will be a tool to fund infrastructure projects that may not otherwise be built, or projects that public or private bodies can’t afford on their own.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
October 12, 2019
Rabat – A 3.8 magnitude tremor was felt Thursday in the province of Ifrane, the National Geophysical Institute said.The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 5:13 p.m., was located in the town Dayat Aoua, the same source said in a statement. On Tuesday morning, a 4.9 magnitude quake hit the same province.
October 12, 2019
Rabat – Moroccan authorities have made six arrests in connection with Thursday’s evening shooting, in which one was killed and two were injured at La Créme café in Marrakech.The arrests took place between Thursday evening and Friday morning in Casablanca, according to a statement issued by the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN). The shooter’s identity has also been determined by the police, who said they are intensifying their search operations. The assailant was already sought by the national authorities for charges of money laundering, extortion and international drug trafficking. The search operation for the main suspect, and any other parties involved in the crime, is still under way.According to the DGSN, determining the motive behind the shooting and the involvement of the victims is a top priority. According to the preliminary investigations, the shooting was an act of “settling scores” in connection with an international drug trafficking network. The statement added that this network is also involved in similar crimes in other European countries.An Evening ShootingOn Thursday evening, two armed masked suspects opened fire on the cafe’s terrace, killing one victim and severely wounding two others. The suspects fled the scene immediately after the shooting at about 7:45 p.m. local time, using a T-Max motorcycle.Moroccan media have reported that the victim was named Hamza Chaib, a 26-year old medical student, whose father is a highly placed judge in the city of Beni Mellal. A second victim, also a medical student, is now hospitalized in Marrakech’s clinic. The third victim was a waiter at the cafe.The preliminary search operation conducted immediately after the act resulted in the discovery of the motorcycle, firearm, and bullets used in the crime. The attackers abandoned them in an empty lot before setting them on fire, according to the DGSN. Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani took to his Twitter account after the incident, saying that the DGSN managed to arrest the shooters. His tweet was immediately relayed by many news outlets, who announced the arrest of the suspects. But 34 minutes later, El Othmani posted another tweet saying that authorities were still looking for the suspects.
October 6, 2019
At Mr. Annan’s request, envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held consultations with Government officials, as well as a broad spectrum of people in the country, the spokesman said.A ceasefire agreement in February 2002 ended two decades of fighting between Government and separatist forces of the minority Tamils, in which tens of thousands of people are reported to have been killed. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, a Tamil who joined the Government, was shot to death in Colombo last month.”The heightened attention by the United Nations is meant to reinforce, and in no way to replace, the ardent efforts of Norway to facilitate the peace process. The Secretary-General reiterates his full support for the Norwegian-led efforts to advance the peace process,” the UN spokesman said.
October 4, 2019
TSX rises amid weak U.S. consumer spending data, mixed earnings news TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed with a solid advance Thursday even as a disappointing read on American consumer spending raised concerns about economic growth.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 56.09 points to 15,030.74.The Canadian dollar rose 0.25 of a cent to 93.52 cents US.U.S. indexes were in the red with the Dow Jones industrials down 21.38 points to 16,846.13, the Nasdaq 0.71 of a point lower at 4,379.05 and the S&P 500 off 2.31 points at 1,957.22.The U.S. Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.2 per cent last month after no gain in April, missing expectations for a 0.4 per cent rise.“More importantly, in real terms, consumption fell for the second straight month, down 0.1 per cent in May,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Jennifer Lee, who also observed that consumers still account for the “lion’s share” of the U.S. economy.“Going forward, the second quarter will still see rebound but something in the order of around a three per cent annualized pace, down from our call of 3.8 per cent. This is very disappointing,” Lee said.U.S. incomes rose a solid 0.4 per cent in May, which met expectations, after a 0.3 per cent April gain.Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the final revision to American economic growth in the first quarter showed that U.S. gross domestic product shrank 2.9 per cent, larger than the two per cent contraction economists had expected. However, the decline was due in large part to severe winter weather.Analysts also point out that markets are close to record highs and susceptible to negative news.Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors in New York, said the stock market has been rising a little too fast recently, so a slight drop in the summer months wouldn’t come as a surprise.“I fully expect to see a hiccup here, but I wouldn’t get too worried about it,” he said.On the corporate front, grocer Sobeys plans to close about 50 of its underperforming stores, most of them in Western Canada where parent company Empire Inc. (TSX:EMP.A) purchased the Canada Safeway supermarket chain.Empire made the announcement as it also posted fourth-quarter adjusted net earnings from continuing operations of $131.3 million, or $1.42 per diluted share, beating estimates of $1.29. That compared with $95.7 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, in the same quarter of last year. Sales were $5.94 billion, up $1.68 billion year over year, narrowly missing expectations of $5.95 billion. It also upped its dividend 3.8 per cent to 27 cents a share but its shares gained 59 cents to $67.69.Also, media giant Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B) reported quarterly earnings per share of 47 cents, two cents less than estimates. Revenue in the quarter was $1.34 billion, up one per cent year over year and its shares were unchanged at $26.35.The TSX finished the day close to session highs as financials gained ground, up 0.43 per cent, and energy and golds erased early losses.The energy sector was ahead 0.73 per cent as oil prices declined while fears diminished somewhat over supply disruptions from Iraq, with the August contract down 66 cents US to $105.84 a barrel.The gold sector advanced about 0.38 per cent even as August bullion faded $5.60 to US$1,317 an ounce.September copper was up a cent at US$3.17 a pound and the base metals component edged up 0.07 per cent. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2014 6:17 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
October 2, 2019
OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) looks on during the Buckeyes’ loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on March 11 in Indianapolis.Credit: Evan Szymkowicz | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — It turns out the third time wasn’t the charm for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.Michigan State had beaten the Buckeyes two times within the last two weeks, and on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament, it completed the trifecta.After staying within striking distance for the first 20 minutes, OSU (20-13, 11-7) faded as soon as the second half began, eventually falling to the second-seeded Spartans 81-54.The Scarlet and Gray’s 54 points were a season low.Leading the way for the seventh-seed Buckeyes was freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle with 10 points. Junior forward Marc Loving added nine points and six rebounds.Senior guard Denzel Valentine paced the Spartans (27-5, 13-5) with 19 points, while adding nine boards and eight assists.“He just makes that team go,” said OSU coach Thad Matta of Valentine. “He does so many things … hats off to him.”Like much of the regular season, OSU was plagued by turnovers, as it finished with 14 giveaways, which led to 21 points for Michigan State.The Buckeyes showed flashes at times, but the talent of the Spartans was just too much for them to overcome.“I think that team right there is one of the best I’ve seen,” Matta said.The Spartans’ offense was effective early on, using a combination of low-post play, outside shooting and transition game to sprint out to an early 14-7 lead through the opening five and a half minutes.OSU was mixing up its shot selection, too, but unlike Michigan State, a lot of its early looks wouldn’t fall. Although the Buckeyes had the length advantage, it seemed that every time a player went to the rim, whether it was junior forward Marc Loving or freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, a Spartan was there to contest it.Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said that there is no excuse for missing inside shots in such a make-or-break game.“It’s something where you’ve just got to finish, honestly,” he said. “Me, everybody else that got in the paint … we’ve made those shots pretty much all season.”Through the opening eight and a half minutes, the Buckeyes shot just 3-of-10 from the floor, whereas the Spartans posted a 6-of-11 clip, half of which were successful 3-pointers.Effort level was not the issue from the outset for OSU. The Buckeyes were matching the Spartans in intensity, but the same couldn’t be said about their execution.Matta said some of the mistakes OSU made were reminiscent of those from November when his young team was still learning to play together.The two teams leveled off a little bit from there, as baskets were traded to keep the Buckeyes’ deficit hovering near double digits.But, sensing his team’s dire need for offense, Lyle began looking for his shot as the clocked ticked near the 8:00 mark. The freshman guard connected on back-to-back field goals to make the game 25-19.After a nearly two-minute dry spell from both teams, a tip-in from freshman forward Deyonta Davis and four straight points from Valentine bumped the Spartans’ lead to 11 points, the largest of the first half.But instead of letting Michigan State separate further, Thompson and freshman guard A.J. Harris were able to score the half’s final four points, sending the Buckeyes into the locker room trailing 33-26.Lyle led OSU with seven points and three rebounds in the first half, while Loving added five points and three boards. As a team, the Buckeyes actually shot a higher percentage than the Spartans, 40.7 to 35.5 percent.OSU’s seven-point hole boiled down to its six turnovers, which translated into seven points for Michigan State, and its failure to connect from 3-point territory. The Spartans, by contrast, didn’t shoot a high percentage — 28.6, to be exact — but they were able net four triples, which helped keep them out front.Matta said part of the problem with the lack of 3-point shooting from the Buckeyes stemmed from the lack of spacing. With OSU not being able to make the Spartan zone collapse, shooters were left with contested looks. For the game, OSU made just one triple and it came with just over a minute left in the game from Lyle.In the two regular-season meetings, the Buckeyes were able to hold it close through the first 20 minutes, only to be outplayed in the second stanza.Players said after defeating Penn State they were hoping to buck that trend Friday.They didn’t.The Spartans came out of the gates blazing hot, scoring the half’s first eight points in less than two minutes.“I thought we were in pretty decent shape (to start the second period),” Matta said.But before anyone could blink, Michigan State was up 41-26 and Matta was forced to call a timeout amid blistering applause from the green-and-white faithful.Whatever the coach preached in the huddle didn’t make a difference.The Spartans continued to pull away from the Buckeyes, powered by three rim-rattling dunks and a long 2-pointer from Valentine.Bates-Diop said OSU’s turnovers translating into transition opportunities allowed the Spartans to get cooking early in the second half.“They just kept going and going, and we couldn’t stop it,” he said.At the 13:57 mark, OSU trailed 51-32, prompting Matta to burn another timeout to try and right the ship.The Buckeyes’ energy level spiked, and they were able to stop the vessel from veering too far of course on offense. The problem, however, came defensively.OSU struggled mightily to get a stop, even as its bench provided a nine-point scoring spark.Michigan State had a stretch where it connected on 10-of-11 field goals, which helped keep its lead hovering near the 20-point mark.Whether it was senior guard Bryn Forbes connecting from 3-point territory or post play from senior Matt Costello and junior Gavin Schilling, the Buckeyes couldn’t find a way to keep the Spartans from scoring.By the time there were four minutes remaining, OSU’s deficit had swelled to 26, the largest of the game. It stayed above 20 points all the way to the final horn.The Spartans are set to continue their tournament run Saturday 25 minutes after the conclusion the first semifinal, which pairs Michigan versus third-seeded Purdue at 1 p.m. Michigan State is set to take on the the winner of Nebraska and Maryland.