Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra has returned to training after recovering from injuries sustained during last month’s attack on the team bus prior to their Champions League quarter-final tie against AS Monaco.Bartra, who joined Dortmund from Spanish side Barcelona before the start of the season, sustained a broken wrist and had shrapnel in his arm during the attack. He underwent surgery shortly after.”I’ve been looking forward to this moment for weeks. So happy to be here today. Can’t wait to compete again next to my team mates,” Bartra tweeted on Wednesday along with a picture of him training with team mates.Dortmund, who are third in the Bundesliga, have two league games left in the season and play Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final on May 27.
Monaco Jardim will be at Monaco next season – Vasilyev Robin Bairner 01:34 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AA Monaco Troyes v Monaco Troyes Ligue 1 The Portuguese has been linked with several openings in recent weeks, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim will not leave the Stade Louis II club this summer, sporting director Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed.The Portuguese has been linked with a number of top jobs over recent weeks, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs reputedly interested in his services.Vasilyev, however, says that the man who led Monaco to an unlikely Ligue 1 title in 2016-17 will remain in charge of the club on a long-term basis because he is the “ideal” man for the job. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “At the time he arrived, it was complicated, and I had met several candidates,” Vasilyev told Goal. “He had results behind him, it’s true, but when I spoke with him I felt his personality and his intelligence. I said: ‘OK, he’s the candidate.’ “I am happy that life has proved me right because I was behind his arrival in Monaco. “He is ideal because he fits into this project. Indeed, it became his project.”The Russian admitted that the Monaco job is not right for everyone due to the turnover of players, with key players such as Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Kylian Mbappe among those to depart the club last summer.“It’s not for all coaches, it’s really hard to see so many players coming and going,” Vasilyev admitted. “A coach who has the intelligence, the courage and the motivation to work with a team that needs [to be] constantly rebuilt, who remains ambitious and behind the decisions of his club, is rare.”Monaco finished second in Ligue 1 this season, 13 points adrift of runaway winners Paris Saint-Germain, who also defeated them in the Coupe de la Ligue final. read more
the fire at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co. is 70 per cent contained and good progress is continuing. The fire received rain last night with a chance of more today. Current size of the fire remains 395 hectares there are no significant changes to other fires in western Nova Scotia from the Aug. 13, 4 p.m. update Trunk 8 will continue to be closed until further notice despite rain in some parts of the province, travel restrictions and a burn ban remain in effect across Nova Scotia and people are asked to continue to avoid any activity that could potentially cause more fires more information can be found at http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/faq.asp The next update will be at 4 p.m. Additional updates will be issued if there are significant changes. Following is a provincial fire update for Sunday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. -30- read more
Nova Scotians can learn more about the personal challenges and diverse experiences of the Mi’kmaw community through a new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, attended the opening of This Is What I Wish You Knew on Thursday, Oct. 5. “The Mi’kmaq are Nova Scotia’s first people. As such, it is important that we all understand, acknowledge and embrace their culture,” said Mr. Glavine. “I welcome all Nova Scotians to visit the beautiful tile exhibit and learn more about the history of our Mi’kmaw community.” The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax. It combines 14 hand-made tiles and personal video reflections from 14 Mi’kmaq community members who created the artwork. Each piece expresses the diversity, strength and courage of Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaw community through the artists own personal experiences. “This was about giving individuals within the urban context the opportunity to express how they struggle – to express who they are, and to have a voice and the courage to say what they really need to say,” said Pam Glode-Desrochers, executive director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. “It is important that people understand who and what we are.” The exhibit reflects actions featured in Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community, including enabling Mi’kmaq telling Mi’kmaw stories, enhancing opportunities for Mi’kmaw cultural expression and partnering with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center. This Is What I Wish You Knew opens to the public today, Oct. 6. For more information, visit naturalhistory.novascotia.ca . October is Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. read more
CHENNAI: P. Rajagopal’s story has it all: rags to riches, the visionary creator of a trailblazing restaurant chain – and having a romantic rival murdered after some fateful cosmic advice. On Sunday, the founder of Saravana Bhavan, the eatery found in India and beyond – from Leicester Square to Lexington Avenue via Singapore, Sydney and Stockholm – is due to begin a life sentence. Rajagopal, 71, always dressed in white with a strip of sandalwood paste on his forehead, is the pious son of an onion trader from a village in Tamil Nadu. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefIn 1981, having opened a grocer’s shop in Chennai – then known as Madras – he took the brave step of opening his first restaurant at a time when eating out was unusual for most Indians. The winning formula was, and remains, dosas, vadas and idlis, which taste homemade, and are affordable. The concept spread beyond India, with around 80 outlets abroad today catering mostly to the homesick Indian diaspora in the United States, the Gulf, Europe and Australia. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCHe also treats his staff generously, giving even the lowest-ranking employees benefits like health insurance. In return, they adoringly call him “annachi” (“elder brother”). Alongside Hindu gods, the restaurants invariably have two pictures of him on the wall: one with his sons, who now run the business – and one with his trusted spiritual guru. But his beliefs, by no means unusual in India, proved to be his undoing. In the early 2000s, Rajagopal reportedly took an astrologer’s advice to make a fateful decision – to take as his third wife, the daughter of an employee he had his eye on. The young woman in question was already married and rejected his advances, but Rajagopal is not a man used to taking no for an answer. Threats, beatings and exorcisms directed at the woman, her husband and her family over months all failed, and in 2001 – after one failed attempt – the husband was murdered on Rajagopal’s orders. In 2004, he was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years. On appeal, he was convicted of murder and the sentence increased to life, a decision then upheld by the Supreme Court in March. He is meant to surrender by July 7 and spend the rest of his life behind bars. read more
Saskatchewan’s former premier has landed a job in Calgary.Brad Wall is joining the law firm of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt as a special advisor.In a statement on the firm’s website, Chief Executive Doug Bryce says “Some have called Brad one of Canada’s great leaders. We agree with that assessment.”Bryce says they are excited to offer their clients Wall’s “strategic insights” in the energy and agri-food businesses.Wall served as premier of Saskatchewan from November 2007 until he retired from politics this past February.
Warren has written music for and established friendships with top LGBTQ artists and important allies of the LGBTQ community such as Elton John, Ricky Martin, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LaBelle. Popular stars she has recently been at work with include Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Demi Lovato, Jessie J, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland, Renée Fleming and Paloma Faith among many others. In addition, Warren has written a song for Baz Luhrmann’s stage production of “Strictly Ballroom The Musical” which opened in Australia this spring. To date, Warren’s songs have been nominated for 6 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes (winning for the song “You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me”) and 12 Grammys (winning for the song “Because You Loved Me”) and have been featured in more than 100 motion pictures. The impact of her music has resonated across the globe. Her “Anthem for Peace” was performed in Tel Aviv in 2008 for over 1,000 dignitaries, including Nobel Prize laureates. In 2012, her song “I Was Here” was named the theme for World Humanitarian Day and was performed by Beyoncé live at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Her nonprofit, The Diane Warren Foundation has supported music education in schools, as well as programs to help those with serious illness and enrich the lives of the elderly. Warren is also a noted advocate for animal rights. ”Diane Warren has earned fame and respect not just through the creation of an incredible body of music, but also because of her empathy, integrity and her commitment to education,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Our Point Scholars learn through their leadership training, that a leader is someone who uses their talent and position to ensure that others can live with dignity and respect. We are honored to recognize Diane Warren’s accomplishments by presenting her with the Point Foundation Leadership Award.” The September 13 “Voices On Point” concert and dinner is a benefit for Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. The evening features performances and appearances by celebrities, as well as some of Point’s 80 current scholars and 184 alumni, who will share with the audience their compelling stories of perseverance and success. Table ticket packages and individual tickets to Voices On Point are available for purchase at www.pointfoundation.org/VOP2014. Point Foundation (Point) will present its Leadership Award to songwriter Diane Warren, whose work has been recognized with Grammy and Golden Globe awards and multiple Academy Award nominations.The Point Leadership Award is given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their professional career and unequivocally supported the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Warren has repeatedly spoken out against bigotry of all kinds, including discrimination directed at the LGBTQ community. The “It Gets Better” musical theater project that is touring the U.S. in support of LGBTQ youth includes songs of Warren’s alongside those of Gnarls Barkley, Kelly Clarkson and Alanis Morissette. read more
APTN National NewsNutrition North is the food subsidy program that replaced food mail, but one staple of life was not included.As APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll finds out, for one northern Manitoba community, that item is as vital as oxygen and it is a nagging concern.
Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsBishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Vital are well-known names in Winnipeg.The former is a major east-west thoroughfare that runs the length of southern end of the city.The latter is a neighbourhood nearby.But most Winnipeggers likely don’t know these places are named after Bishop Vital Grandin, a “pioneer bishop” who lobbied hard to establish residential schools.For that reason, some are pushing to scrap his name from the city’s neighbourhoods.But not all agree with that idea.Melissa Ridgen reports.
“We heard from a lot of the families that this was something that was needed in this facility so that those children with so much energy, while they’re watching family members and siblings use the rest of the facility, could come here and get rid of some of that energy.”Ackerman says play is important to the development of children, and this structure will help with that development.“Play is important to the development of children, not only physical growth but cognitive, emotional, and social development. The opportunity for climbing, tumbling, jumping, and crawling whenever they possibly can is certainly going to help them in their building blocks to physical movement and enhancing some specialized skills, it’s really going to help them and encourage them to carry on with an active lifestyle as they get older.”Councillor Tony Zabinsky says the structure is built great and will be well used by many kids.“It was greatly built, it will be well used, and the kids will have fun and the other nice part about it is that when they have their other siblings doing events here, what a great way to burn off some energy and enjoy yourself.”The play structure will be open during the regular operating hours of the Pomeroy Sport Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John held a grand opening on Monday for the new play structure at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Mayor Lori Ackerman, members of Council, and community members were on hand for the ribbon cutting.According to Ackerman, this is a much-needed structure that families were requesting to be added to the Centre for quite some time. read more
New Delhi: With the nomination period now completed, BJP is ready to prepare its functionaries for the heavy campaigning that is to begin soon, according to the state unit chief Manoj Tiwari, who spoke on Tuesday about prospects of BJP in Delhi.Tiwari said that the Modi wave is not dead as many claim it to be. In fact, he said if anything it is stronger in 2019 than it was last time. “Delhi BJP is going to help in making Narendra Modi Prime Minister again by winning all the seven seats in the Capital,” he said. He also took a dig at the opposition, saying that the people of Delhi are already aware of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s empty promises. Moreover, BJP’s Chandni Chowk candidate Harsh Vardhan echoed Tiwari’s beliefs that the Modi-led government’s work has helped in increasing the popularity of the party and its leaders across the nation. read more
Casablanca – Launched in 2010 by a group of young basketball lovers, TIBU, whose initials stand for “Teamwork, Innovation, Binding, and Uprightness,” aims to bring the passion of this sport to the Kingdom of Morocco.TIBU Maroc’s president, Mohamed Amine Zariat, hopes to inspire the Moroccan youth with basketball by conveying values such team spirit, solidarity, fair play, and dealing with challenges. Aside from that, TIBU is a non-profit organization.The basketball association provides sporting, educational, cultural and social activities for young boys and girls. It includes two other foundations: TIBU Basketball Academy and TIBU HandiBasket. The TIBU Basketball Academy is the first of its kind in Morocco.Their mission is to train young basketball players as well as to qualify the technical staff to an international level.TIBU HandiBasket is a special club for physically disabled children (from the ages of 8-16) that are given the opportunity to play basketball with one another without restrictions. With this initiative, TIBU demonstrates that sports are for everyone and anyone regardless of gender or impairment.Equally important to note, TIBU Maroc works closely with the following institutions: ESIG-École Supérieure Internationale de Gestion, MDJS-La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Locus English, Ville de Casablanca, Casablanca Events, as well as with the U.S embassy in Morocco.In addition, courses in English as well as leadership skills are both incorporated within the program. TIBU Maroc also offers exchange programs in France, Spain, Canada, the Netherlands, and Serbia, and thus mastering of the English language is a requirement.In a recent press conference, TIBU Maroc president Mohamed Amine Zariat explained that English is a must-have skill: “Why is English so important? Well, we want to become TIBU Worldwide, and in order to become known worldwide, English is essential, as it is an international language. We want our players to speak English. That’s why our coaches instruct them in English. And if ever players of our team would travel abroad to participate in international competitions, English would not be a burden.” Nevertheless, he also highlighted that French and Arabic still needed for the improvement of some children, in order to obtain the best of the Moroccan job market.In the past few years, TIBU Maroc has already organized several successful events such as the National TIBU School Tour, TIBU Basketball Camp, and many more. What started rather small is growing into a long-lasting benefit for the Moroccan youth. What’s more, TIBU Maroc is convinced that basketball would make a positive contribution to Moroccan society and the physical and personal development of its young people.For more detailed information about each establishment and how to participate or volunteer, please refer to TIBU’s Facebook pages below:TIBU Maroc. TIBU Basketball Academy. TIBU HandiBasket.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more
OTTAWA — A red hot Toronto real estate market drove the Canadian Real Estate Association’s home price index up 5.2% in May compared with a year ago.The association said gains in Toronto amounted to 7.93%, outpacing all the other regions measured by the index.Calgary was second with a gain in May of 4.84% compared with a year ago. [np-related]The index is based on prices for one- and two-storey single family homes, townhouses and apartments in several key markets across Canada.The price of two-storey single family homes was up 6.7%, while one-storey single family homes were up 5.8%.Townhouses and apartments saw more modest gains of 3.3% and 2.95 respectively.
The Secretary-General’s comments were made at the outset of a daylong open debate proposed by Colombia to examine the way the issue of small arms has been handled since the item was first introduced in the Council’s agenda in September 1999. The discussion, which involved representatives of some 40 countries, was chaired by Foreign Minister Guillermo Fernández de Soto of Colombia, the president of the Council for the month of August. A second goal of the debate was to discuss how the Council could help implement the Programme of Action adopted on 21 July 2001 at the “UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.” At that conference, countries had committed themselves to develop measures aimed at preventing the illicit manufacturing of – and trade in – small arms and light weapons. They had also agreed to place special emphasis on post?conflict situations, to destroy illicit or surplus weapons as necessary, and to act responsibly in the areas of export, import, transit and re-transfer of weapons, since legal weapons often found their way into the hands of terrorists, criminals and drug?traffickers. “These are significant first steps in alleviating a grave threat to international peace and security,” Mr. Annan told the Council. “We must now consolidate these gains. A programme of action is a beginning, not an end in itself. Implementation will be the true test.” Stressing the need for international treaties banning illegal small weapons, the Secretary-General pointed out that States had established binding norms and/or treaties in the areas of nuclear non?proliferation, chemical and biological weapons, and anti?personnel land mines. “The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons is conspicuous for its lack of such a framework of binding norms and standards,” he said. Another problem area, Mr. Annan said, was the increase since the mid-1980s in the number of companies and countries manufacturing small arms and light weapons. “Some of the world’s wealthy nations are the main suppliers,” he said. “But many developing countries also produce small arms, including for export.” Finally, the Secretary-General called attention to the devastating impact of light weapons on children, who face “death, injury or displacement; the loss of parents and siblings; and trauma at witnessing violence.” He said the glorification of guns sent children the wrong message: that non?violent solutions were unworkable and unrealistic, and that power was to be found not in one’s skills or intellect, but by intimidating or inflicting harm on others. “Children are the most vulnerable victims of small arms and light weapons, and their special needs have not been given sufficient attention,” he stressed. read more
There’s an important conversation ready to be had this week.Across campus and across the country, the topic of mental health will be in the spotlight Wednesday, Jan. 25 during Bell Let’s Talk Day.During the one-day annual initiative, Bell donates five cents towards mental health-related causes in Canada for every time someone uses its network to text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view and Snapchat geofilter.Proceeds go to organizations and charities that apply and are awarded grant money from the Bell Community Fund to enhance mental health initiatives.Brock has been a past recipient of the fund, using the money to support an online mental health training module for students. The University plans to again apply for a grant in 2017, said Kathryn Walker, Brock’s Manager of Health Management and Wellness.“It is understood that mental health conditions are on the rise and one in five Canadians will suffer from a mental health-related condition in their lifetime,” said Walker. “This impacts quality of life both inside and outside of the workplace.”Human Resources undertakes initiatives and programming to ensure that supports and resources are in place for staff and faculty to address this increasing concern, she said.The wellness portion of Brock’s SharePoint intranet includes many resources that staff and faculty are encouraged to review, as well as monthly newsletters from Shepell, the University’s Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP).Human Resources also develops a Wellness Calendar each month that highlights events and initiatives taking place on campus and in the broader community.A number of mental health-focused initiatives are being planned for Brock staff and faculty throughout the year.Similarly, the Brock University Students’ Union is taking a proactive approach to student wellness on campus.BUSU is transforming its former once annual Wellness Week into Wellness Wednesdays, to be held every other week during Fall and Winter terms.Jad Nasser, BUSU’s Vice-President of Student Services, said the late November timing of Wellness Week meant many students didn’t have time to participate because of final assignments and upcoming exams. The decision was made to break up the wellness days to provide continuous and ongoing support of mental health and student wellness throughout the year.Activities, run by BUSU with assistance from the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, will include free breakfast, cocktails and canvas, colouring books, free massages, manicures, a puppy room and yoga, among others.The first Wednesday event will take place Jan. 25 in conjunction with Bell Let’s Talk Day.Student activities for Bell Let’s Talk DayWednesday, Jan. 25:Free breakfast at Isaac’s Bar & Grill: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.Sponsored by BUSU and Alumni.‘Speak Up’ speech bubbles and pledge: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Scotiabank Hall, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Advocacy Hub in Mackenzie Chown Complex A hallway, Lowenberger Residence cafeteria and DeCew Residence cafeteria.Wellness Wednesday Yoga: 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in CJ’s Lounge, DeCew Residence.Puppy room: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kenmore Centre.Coffee Lounge: 1 to 3 p.m. in the Student Justice Centre.Upcoming activities for staff and facultyWomen and Wellness event, hosted by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) NiagaraThursday, Feb. 16, 6 to 9 p.m. at Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Dr., St. CatharinesProceeds from the event, which aims to educate guests on mental health and mental illness, support the walk-in counselling program offered by CMHA Niagara.For more information on the event, visit the CMHA Niagara website.Mental health first aid training for staff and faculty on April 10 and 11.The two-day program, developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, builds on participants’ existing skills to increase comfort and confidence in working with individuals experiencing mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, deliberate self-harm and/or psychosis.To register, visit the Focus on Learning site.Mental Health Week is scheduled from May 1 to 7 and plans are in place to build on last year’s activities, which included a free yoga session, art therapy, a seminar on understanding depressive illness and a fundraising barbecue for CMHA Niagara.More details will be released as plans are finalized.Follow the Brock Employee Wellness Twitter and Facebook accounts for more information on upcoming initiatives.Brock University Students’ Union is hosting a series of events for Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Skybar Supervisor Lyndsay Bradford, Director of Student Life and Communications Curtis Gadula, Clubs Co-ordinator Emily Napper and, front, Marketing Co-ordinator Nathan Chick are ready to share what mental health means to them. read more
What shapes the basic features of a language?Brock University developmental psychologist Jan Frijters is part of an international, multi-disciplinary research team that found people whose mother tongue contains many consonants also carry a specific gene variation that helps them to distinguish a wide range of sounds.The team, led by Jeffrey Gruen at Yale University, examined DCDC2, a gene strongly associated with the brain’s capacity to process phonemes. A phoneme is a basic unit of sound that makes up words in a language, such as ‘p’ and ‘b’ in pit and bit. The number of phonemes varies from 20 to 60 per language.The researchers examined the phonemes of languages spoken by 43 populations on five continents to see the extent to which genes play a role in subtle language differences.They concentrated on a component of the DCDC2 gene called READ1, which has been consistently linked to dyslexia. The researchers studied how READ1 mutated over a four million-year period in nonhuman primates, Neanderthals, Denisovans and modern humans, and found that a variation of READ1 called RU1-1 was associated with variations in the number of consonants in a language.There are more than 7,000 languages spoken globally, which are thought to have been shaped by migration, conquests and geographic isolation of populations, the researchers say.However, this new study suggests that genetic factors also play a role in changes in language.In determining this genetic connection, Frijters says the group — consisting of geneticists, a statistician, linguists, a pediatrician and a developmental psychologist — looked at three major characteristics of languages: tone, vowels and consonants.“Think of a brain that has a lower capacity to discriminate specific types of sounds,” says Frijters, an associate professor of Child and Youth Studies. “You need a language that has a small number of very distinct sounds or a low number of consonants.”In contrast, “a brain that can distinguish lots and lots of these types of sounds can handle a language that has very fine-grained distinctions between the consonants,” he says.“Of course, the amount of information that needs to be transmitted by every language is constant, because we are all human, so languages that have fewer consonants pick up the information load in other ways.”Some languages — especially those in Asian and African countries — are highly tonal, using many pitches and inflections. In Mandarin Chinese, for instance, the word ‘ma’ has several different meanings depending on the tone used to say the word.Languages also differ with the number of vowels, with high numbers in Estonian, Finnish and Danish.But the team found that only consonants are associated with genetic variations, specifically the RU1-1 allele group of READ1, says the study.“The brain uses distinct strategies to process and encode vowels and consonants, which are modified by dyslexia genes. Genetic variations of these genes, along with other cultural and linguistic processes, may account for differences in consonant use between populations,” the researchers conclude.Yale University’s Mellissa Demille is first author on the paper, “Worldwide distribution of the DCDC2 READ1 regulatory element and its relationship with phoneme variation across languages,” which was published April 16 in the journal PNAS. read more
Ohio State junior defender Lauren Boyle (6) fights for possession in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe historic season for the No. 6 Ohio State women’s hockey team continues.In their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history, the Buckeyes eliminated No. 4 Boston College with a 2-0 shutout victory Saturday, advancing Ohio State to the NCAA Frozen Four. The first goal of the night — and first tournament goal in program history — came from Ohio State junior defender Lauren Boyle 10:12 into the second period, with assists credited to senior forward Julianna Iafallo and senior defender Dani Sadek. As the game was entering the final moments, junior forward Maddy Field delivered the fatal blow with 3:54 remaining to put Ohio State up 2-0. It marked the 19th goal of her season and was again assisted by Iafallo. Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve stopped all 38 shots that came her way for the Buckeyes after an undisclosed injury kept her out of play for three weeks. Despite having the top-two leading scorers in the nation, with freshman forward Daryl Watts and sophomore forward Caitrin Lonergan, it wasn’t enough to shoot anything passed Ohio State’s award studded goalie. Ohio State (24-10-4, 14-6-4-3 WCHA) outshot the Eagles (30-5-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) by a final tally of 41-38.The Buckeyes will travel to Minneapolis for the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals on Friday with a matchup with top-seeded Clarkson. The time has yet to be announced. read more
A coalition of actors, broadcasters and entrepreneurs is warning that building work to replace Sizewell nuclear power station will “lay waste” to swathes of Suffolk’s most idyllic landscape.Bill Turnbull, the broadcaster; actors Bill Nighy and Diana Quick; the novelist Esther Freud and renowned sculptor Maggi Hambling are among those voicing their opposition to the movement of tons of construction materials and waste to and from the site.They say the plans could mean 1,500 lorries a day thundering through the quiet Suffolk countryside, with construction work disrupting the lives of residents and carving up farms and communities for years to come.The energy giant EDF Energy, which runs the Sizewell A and B nuclear power stations, is currently completing a public consultation exercise on plans to build a new replacement plant, Sizewell C, before submitting an application for development consent, with building work on the estimated £14 billion project due to start in 2021. Andy Wood told The Telegraph: “It’s not that I’m against new nuclear, it’s that I’m against the scale of this. It puts at serious risk the tourism economy that has grown substantially over the years.”Among those who say their lives will be turned upside down by the building work is Paul Field, a tech entrepreneur who lives eight miles from the Sizewell plant.He says EDF is planning to build a busy construction depot just yards from his family’s farmhouse, where he lives with his wife Michaela and their three daughters, effectively slashing thousands of pounds off the value of his property.Mr Field, a former newspaper executive, says that their lives will be made a misery by the construction work.“The last thing Michaela and I want for our daughters is the upheaval of moving from a home we love, but we accept there is no alternative,” he said. “EDF admits we will suffer ‘significant adverse effects’ from noise. At the peak of construction, 1,500 HGVs and 6,000 other vehicles would thunder past each day.”EDF Energy said that it “takes its responsibilities to the environment and local communities seriously” and that it had a “good track record of looking after nature around our operating power station at Sizewell B”. It added: “The environmental sensitivities of the local area have been a key consideration in the development of our proposals for Sizewell C. Our ecologists have continued to undertake environmental surveys and identify likely impacts to help inform our proposals. Our planners have worked with local councils to develop a transport strategy for workers and freight that minimises the impact on local roads.”We understand that how our workers travel to site and how we move freight is important to local people during construction. We will use rail as well as road transport and a beach landing facility to move freight. Our aim is to maximise the huge benefits in jobs and skills for local people, especially the young, whilst minimising the environmental impact of the project.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Actress Diana Quick pictured on Aldeburgh Beach, SuffolkCredit:Rii Schroer/The Telegraph In an open letter published in today’s Daily Telegraph opponents say the plans will not only threaten an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), but also jeopardise the area’s lucrative tourism industry.Campaigners, who also include Matthew Freud, the PR guru, Melvin Benn, who runs the Latitude music festival and Humphrey Burton, the classical music presenter and broadcaster, say the plans also threaten the viability of a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the area, along with the RSPB’s famous Minsmere Reserve.David Wood, chairman of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB said: “The impact will be phenomenal. This is a designated national park that will be virtually cut in two for a minimum of 10 years.“This is a fragile and beautiful landscape worth many millions a year in tourism and the impact will be devastating.”The row comes after EDF announced its construction plans would involve transporting materials for the project by road to and from the A12 rather than by sea.Previous proposals to transport the material along the coast, to and from a jetty at the site, were scrapped in the light of fears over the impact on marine wildlife and protected seabirds.In the letter the campaigners, who also include Andy Wood, the chief executive of Adnams, the Suffolk brewery and hotelier, and actor Helen Atkinson-Wood, state: “We are deeply concerned that EDF Energy’s Sizewell C plans will lay waste to large portions of this rich and diverse part of the country.“Landscapes, wildlife and residents of this unique part of the British Isles will suffer enormously.”It adds: “This is not hyperbole – the level of disruption will jeopardise tourism to the AONB, valued at more than £210m/year, as holidaymakers no longer associate the area with peace and tranquillity, and seek to avoid traffic chaos caused by the construction of Sizewell C.” read more
EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.1,820,000,000 – The amount in dollars that Twitter raised on its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange this week.360,000 – The number of people in Ireland who have used licensed moneylenders according to new Central Bank research.4,000 – The number of winners that jockey supremo Tony McCoy has had in his career after hitting the milestone on Thursday afternoon.2,000 – The number of manhours spent investigating the identity of Samantha Azzopardi after the 25-year-old Australia was found on O’Connell Street on 10 October. She was flown home on Thursday.894 – The amount in euros that the average household will apparently spend on Christmas this year, making the Irish the biggest splurgers in Europe.434 – The number of houses in Ireland found to have deadly radon gasses in them by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland.76 – The percentage of voters in Ireland who are in favour the introduction of same-sex marriage into the Irish Constitution in the first poll carried out since the announcement that a referendum is to be held on the issue in 2015.44 – The approval rating in percentage points of Toronto mayor Rob Ford who admitted to smoking crack cocaine this week. His rating is higher than that of any Irish political party leader.15 – The number of joints Lady Gaga used to smoke every day as she recovered from a hip injury, apparently.8 – The number of nights that the water restrictions in the greater Dublin area lasted for before being lifted on Thursday.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces > read more