Province Continues to Invest in Nova Scotias Life Sciences Sector

first_imgThe life sciences sector received another boost today, Oct. 28, when Premier Rodney MacDonald announced a major long-term investment in a new BioScience Enterprise Centre to be located at Dalhousie University. This new infrastructure will enable the sector to continue to thrive. The province of Nova Scotia, through InNOVAcorp, will make a financial commitment of $1.6 million each year for 20 years to fund the initiative. The planned facility will replace the existing centre on Lower Water Street in Halifax, and relocate to Dalhousie University in spring 2011. “Life sciences is one of the fastest-growing sectors in our region’s economy,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “It has tremendous potential not only to create employment and attract investment, but also to improve the quality of health care and life for Nova Scotians.” The investment builds on an announcement by the province and the federal government earlier this year to partner in the construction of the Life Sciences Research Institute on Dalhousie University’s campus. It will house key research assets including the Brain Repair Centre, which makes it a logical location to bring the worlds of research and industry closer together. “InNOVAcorp is uniquely positioned to interact and work together with the life sciences industry, entrepreneurs, the academic and healthcare research communities and professional services organizations,” said Dr. Tom Traves, president of Dalhousie University. “This new infrastructure will provide researchers and their students with a compelling environment to pursue their passion and apply their skills and energy to the great companies of tomorrow.” “InNOVAcorp’s BioScience Enterprise Centre has been used by many early-stage life sciences companies in need of specialized lab facilities in a highly supportive business environment,” said Dan MacDonald, InNOVAcorp’s president and CEO. “Without this type of infrastructure these companies would have nowhere to go to access the unique services they need to thrive.” InNOVAcorp continues to recruit companies in the life sciences industry and will work to ensure a seamless, one-move transition to the centre’s new location. “When industry, academia, research and healthcare collaborate to solve both technical and business oriented challenges, the life sciences industry builds momentum to succeed in the global marketplace,” said Brian Lowe, vice-president of InNOVAcorp client ImmunoVaccine Technologies and chair of BioNova, the Nova Scotia Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Association. “This collaboration will also help to position Nova Scotia as a leader in research and development, innovation and technology.” Since it began operations in 1999, InNOVAcorp’s BioScience Enterprise Centre has facilitated the commercialization of technology. As of 2007, clients and graduates of the BioScience Enterprise Centre employed 395 people and generated export revenues of $117 million.last_img read more

Making Big Strides with Small Businesses

first_imgSmall businesses are a big part of Nova Scotia. We see these businesses every day: the corner stores, the local shops, the startups. We get to know the entrepreneurs and shop owners personally. They are our neighbours and friends, part of the fabric of our communities. Most businesses in Nova Scotia are small businesses but together they employ almost half of the province’s workers. They are found across the province, from our smallest rural corners to the hearts of our urban centres. Businesses of all sizes contribute to the success of our province’s economy, though it is often the bigger companies that are more visible and get the attention. But a large business was once a small business. Multi-million dollar corporations often start as a mom and pop shop and the next big innovation may begin as an idea on a startup’s napkin. That’s why we celebrate Small Business Week, which runs from October 16 to 22 this year. Government believes in making investments that benefit Nova Scotians and in creating a climate in which businesses can thrive. We are working to cut red tape and move more services online, thereby reducing the amount of time and resources companies have to spend on paperwork. Through Nova Scotia Business Inc. we are supporting companies looking to export their goods and services to markets around the world and underscore Nova Scotia’s reputation for quality wherever we go. NSBI also oversees the Credit Union Small Business Loan Guarantee Program which has provided loans to almost 2,000 small businesses across Nova Scotia. The Department of Business, is working with municipalities and the private sector to bring better Internet services to rural homes and small businesses who depend on swift and reliable connections for their day-to-day activities. Through Innovacorp we are working to ensure small companies have access to the funds they need at those crucial early stages as they turn their ideas into innovations with significant commercial potential. The ocean is part of our competitive advantage here in Nova Scotia. Government has made investments in the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship to help smaller players learn from the best and collaborate on new and innovative technology. Our Invest Nova Scotia fund works with private and social enterprises to improve the competitiveness of Nova Scotia’s businesses. Government cannot create jobs or run local services but we can support the people doing just that in the small businesses serving communities across our province. I hope you will join me in supporting local businesses on Small Business Saturday, and throughout the year. Let us celebrate our small businesses- the longstanding members of our communities and the brand new companies just starting out. -30-last_img read more

Brad Goreski And Melissa Rivers Are Policing For A Good Cause

first_imgBoth Brad Goreski and Melissa Rivers know a thing or two about fashion, but this June the duo will strive to prove that teal is the new black and fighting cancer is just one stylish step away.QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVEThe dynamic pair will appear in both the print and television public service announcements promoting “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA).The star-studded event is scheduled to air live on QVC from Santa Monica, CA, on June 11 from 4 to 6 PM (ET). The broadcast will feature prestige brands with an assortment of accessories, apparel, beauty, jewelry and more at sale prices reflecting HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Best of all, 80 percent of the purchase price of donated merchandise benefits OCRFA, the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while helping women and their families.“We are thrilled to have both Brad and Melissa joining our campaign this year and creating awareness for this cause,” said Rachel Ungaro, vice president, fashion and beauty merchandising, QVC. “Their magnetic personalities will inspire shoppers to support our mission of empowering women through the power of relationships.”Often going undiagnosed in the early stages due to lack of an early detection test, ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women. QVC’s PSA campaign was designed to shed light on the disease and, this year, with the help of Goreski and Rivers, expose the cause to more women across the country. Additionally, QVC will harness the power of social media and continue the #KeepinItTeal social media campaign featuring videos of celebrities to help raise awareness for ovarian cancer.“Ovarian cancer is such a prominent issue in women’s health and it affects so many,” said Rivers. “I’m happy to join QVC in supporting this cause and to give women a reason to give back. This research can truly help to change so many lives for the better. Whether shopping for themselves or for others, viewers can feel confident that their purchases are making a difference.”“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of this year’s campaign,” said Goreski. “I love being able to empower women to look and feel their best. I’m encouraging all the women in my life to tune in and shop! I know they’ll find something they love while making an important contribution.”As part of QVC’s ongoing commitment to support charitable causes that promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships, this event has generated more than $10.3 million since 2007. For more information, tune in to QVC on June 11, visit and the QVC apps.last_img read more

Calgary Comic Expo Few actors better suited for fan conventions than Edmontons

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Nathan Fillion does his best to prepare for fan conventions.But there is a lot of ground to cover. Few actors come to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo with a history as chock full of fan-favourite, genre and cult projects for devotees to geek over: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Desperate Housewives, the animated Green Lantern, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, Modern Family, Castle and — perhaps the grandaddy of all cult shows — Firefly.“It doesn’t matter how many 8 x 10s you have lined up for them to collect, they’ll say ‘What about the one from this project?’” says Fillion, in an interview from his home Los Angeles. “I forgot I did that project, how do you remember I did that project?” Twitterlast_img read more

HC conditional bail to Maoist who cleared SET from home

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday granted conditional bail to Maoist inmate Arnab Dam presently lodged at Hooghly District Correctional Home.Dam has been in prison since 2012 after he was arrested in connection with Maoist attack at the Silda camp of the Eastern Frontier Rifles from Balarampur in Purulia. Twenty-three jawans were killed in an attack on Silda camp in West Midnapore in February 2010. The division bench of Justice Joymalya Bagchi and Manojit Mandal granted bail against a surety bond of Rs 50,000 and has directed him not to venture out of the Sonarpur police station area where he lives. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDam will have to depose before the investigating officer of the case every alternate day. The high court has also directed the state to dispose all cases pending against him in the lower court within a span of six months. Dam has recently cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) examination from a correctional home in the state, the results of which was published in March. No person in the state had cleared SET from correctional home before. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDam wants to do a PhD in environmental studies. He had bagged his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) from the correctional home and had secured first division in both. Dam had also applied for National Eligibility Test ( NET) examination but failed to appear for the same because he turned up at the examination hall late due to some administrative issues. Dam, the son of retired judge S.K. Dam has been a meritorious student right through his academic career. He passed his higher secondary examination from Narendra pur Ramkrishna Mission and joined mechanical engineering at IIT Kharagpur. However, in the year 1998 while in his third semester he mysteriously disappeared from the campus . He was arrested in the year 2005 for Maoist activities and after some months in prison he was out on bail. Dam was a state committee member of CPI Maoists in Bengal and was active even in areas of neighbouring states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. He had appeared for her SET examination from Presidency Correctional Home.last_img read more

Saskatchewan finance minister says budget update will come Friday

REGINA — Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty says he will present a first-quarter budget update on Friday.Doherty says it’s too soon to know what impact a drought in southwestern Saskatchewan might have on budget numbers.He says there’s no question the area is in distress, but producers in other regions are reporting better-than-expected yields given the conditions.Agriculture has been helping the Saskatchewan government’s bottom line in the last couple of years — bumper crops have boosted the books while oil and gas prices fell.The budget delivered in March was — by Premier Brad Wall’s own description — unpopular with voters because of cuts that were made to help tackle a $1.3-billion deficit.The government ended up reversing cuts to libraries, community-based organizations and to poor people for funeral services. read more

Annans envoy to Iraq holds first talks at UN Headquarters in New

The envoy was briefed by UN staff as he transfers from serving as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States to the new assignment, a UN spokesperson said, confirming also that Mr. Qazi will be shuttling between New York and Washington, D.C., for the next couple of weeks.Responding to press questions, spokesperson Marie Okabe said the Secretary-General intended to send Mr. Qazi to Iraq as quickly as possible, circumstances permitting, and predicted that he should be able to deploy with a small team by late July or early August.She said that the exact timetable for the new envoy’s deployment will depend on the overall security environment in Iraq and on the necessary arrangements for appropriate facilities and security arrangements with the multinational force, which still need to be finalized.Mr. Qazi’s predecessor, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was killed along with 21 others when terrorists attacked the UN headquarters in Baghdad last August.Once the team is on the ground, Ms. Okabe said, its work would include “supporting the Iraqis in their political process, and one of the first steps in that would be the holding of the national conference.”In a separate development, the International Advisory and Monitoring Board (IAMB) for Iraq, an audit oversight body dealing with the country’s oil revenues, opened a meeting today in Washington at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The members of the Board expect to receive a finalized audit of the coalition-managed Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) from the accounting firm of KPMG covering the period from its inception to 31 December 2003.The IAMB is expected to release that audit when its meeting concludes on Thursday. read more

Pressing for national unity government in Iraq UN envoy meets top Shiite

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi met with Mr. Al-Sistani in the Muslim Shiite holy city of Najaf for one the periodic discussions he had held with the cleric over the past year. “Mr. Qazi focused on the need for political leaders to form a government of national unity as soon as possible in order to redress the problems of instability, insecurity, inadequate public services and unemployment in Iraq,” the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement on the talks, which came a day after the envoy issued a new public call for the speedy formation of a national unity government.“He stressed the responsibility of all political, religious and community leaders to work together in creating an environment in which sectarian tensions could be reduced and a genuine political settlement reached. Mr. Qazi welcomed Grand Ayatollah’s advice and support on these important issues,” it added.Yesterday Mr. Qazi called on all religious, political and community leaders to ensure restraint by their followers and to refrain from sheltering those who have engaged in criminal behaviour after prolonged violence in the Adhamiya quarter of Baghdad.The envoy also met with the Governor of Najaf, As’ad Abu Gelal and stressed the importance of prioritizing humanitarian, reconstruction and development projects in the governorate.He noted that adequate coordination with the central authorities in Baghdad was of critical importance to the success of such programmes and explained the work undertaken by UNAMI with the Ministry of Planning and Development Coordination to support both humanitarian and reconstruction/development projects throughout Iraq. read more

Ban concerned by clashes between Syrian forces and opposition in Golan

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the potential for escalation,” said Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in a statement. “He calls for the utmost restraint and urges Syria and Israel to uphold the Disengagement Agreement, respect their mutual obligations, and halt firing of any kind across the ceasefire line.”Golan is an area between Syria and Israel, where the peacekeeping mission known as the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) monitors the 1974 disengagement accord between the two countries after their 1973 war. In July, the Security Council agreed to extend the mission’s mandate until 31 December this year.According to media reports, Syrian small arms fire and one artillery round landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan today, prompting a response by Israel. No injuries to civilians or UN personnel in either instance were reported.Syria has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 380,000 refugees, while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates.On Tuesday the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman warned of signs of the violence spilling over to neighbouring areas.“The situation inside Syria is turning grimmer every day,” Mr. Feltman said, adding there was a growing risk the crisis could “explode outward into an already volatile region.” read more

Smart Georgia facing Bamas elite group of skill players

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Kirby Smart’s Alabama defences routinely squared off in practice against Heisman Trophy-winning running backs and NFL-bound wide receivers.Still, the Georgia coach never saw a collection of offensive weapons during his days as the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s defensive co-ordinator like he’ll see Saturday when the teams meet in the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta.Smart and his fourth-ranked Bulldogs are preparing to face what he calls “one of the most elite group of skill players I’ve seen assembled in college football.”The Tide’s headliner is Tua Tagovailoa, who could become the first Alabama quarterback to win a Heisman Trophy. But even Tagovailoa knows he has been spoiled by the quality of his supporting cast, from a formidable offensive line to a deeper-than-ever group of receivers and a typically loaded backfield.“I’m like a kid in a candy shop. It’s awesome,” Tagovailoa said. “I can go to the right, I can get a Snickers bar if I wanted to. I can go to the left, I get some Skittles. It’s really fun for me as a quarterback to be behind some first-round draft picks.”In truth, this fast-paced, high-powered offence scarcely resembles some of the past groups under coach Nick Saban in style and methodology.It starts with Tagovailoa and first-year offensive co-ordinator Mike Locksley, but it’s also a product of a stockpile of skill players.There’s the standard-issue deep, talented backfield. Like usual, there’s also a seemingly made-for-the-NFL wide receiver putting up huge numbers. Now, it’s Jerry Jeudy, not Julio Jones, Amari Cooper or Calvin Ridley — all first-round draft picks.But Jeudy has plenty of playmaking company among the receivers, more so than any of those high-profile predecessors. And Tagovailoa has put up huge numbers for an offence that ranks second nationally in scoring, fourth in total offence and, most tellingly, sixth in passing.“They have the most explosive receiving corps we’ve faced all year, so I feel Alabama is the best team we’ve faced all year,” Georgia linebacker Juwan Taylor said.It’s not as if Saban’s old offensive formula didn’t work, but times have changed and so has the Tide offence.Alabama has won five national titles in the Nick Saban era with none of those championship teams ranking higher than 62nd in passing yards per game.The Tide hasn’t had a Top 15 offence under Saban.Enter Tagovailoa. And Jeudy. And fellow receivers Henry Ruggs III, DeVonta Smith and freshman Jaylen Waddle. Plus tight end Irv Smith Jr. Not to mention tailbacks Damien Harris, Najee Harris and Josh Jacobs.Yes, it’s a long list.All of the receivers are deep threats who are dangerous once they have the ball in their hands. They’re all averaging more than 17 yards per catch with at least five touchdown receptions.They’ll face a Georgia secondary led by cornerback Deandre Baker and one of the SEC’s top defences.“When you look at the wide outs they’ve got, they’ve got a bunch of them, and they’re really good,” Smart said. “Then they’ve got some toys they can do things with. Then they’ve got the tight end, and they’ve got really good backs. With all those things, we’ve got to play a really good football game, and our kids are excited for the opportunity.”The Bulldogs, of course, are painfully familiar with Tagovailoa. He came off the bench to lead a second-half comeback in the national championship game against them.Since then, he’s logged 12 starts, 3,189 yards and a school-record 36 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions.The Georgia defenders also have far more game film of him to study. Last season, they were preparing for the more run-oriented Jalen Hurts not Tagovailoa.“We didn’t know he was that elusive or had an arm like that,” Bulldogs defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter said.They do now, and Georgia also has the nation’s No. 10 scoring defence, a unit that has been stingy about giving up big plays.Tagovailoa has gained seasoning and so have Jeudy, Ruggs and DeVonta Smith. All four were freshmen last season.“I think Tua is a dynamic player,” Ledbetter said. “He’s very elusive. And he’s a deep ball threat even for us, and we’ve got to make sure our DBs are on top of that.“We’ve definitely got to make sure we affect the quarterback, whether that’s getting sacks or getting batted balls or just great pocket push and just making them throw uncomfortably. I think the name of the game is just making him uncomfortable for as long as you can.”___AP Sports Writer Charles Odum in Athens, Georgia, contributed to this report.___More AP college football: and Zenor, The Associated Press read more

Puck drops Friday for Ohio State against Wisconsin

Ohio State redhshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo during the game against Ryerson on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 7-4. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsAfter the Ohio State men’s hockey team surprised the nation last year, the Buckeyes are coming out this season to prove their success was no fluke.Ohio State will get a chance to prove that early, with a season-opening series at No. 12 Wisconsin this weekend. The No. 19 Buckeyes are coming into this year after a season in which they finished 21-12-6, which was enough to earn the team’s seventh all-time NCAA tournament appearance and the first in eight years.In the tournament, the Buckeyes lost to eventual NCAA-runner-up Minnesota Duluth 3-2 in overtime in the first round.  “We watched [the film] a couple of weeks ago in the locker room, and all those chances we had in overtime, I thought we were right there and hopefully we can get back to that point and make it further,” junior forward Mason Jobst said.Jobst is the most pivotal player returning to the Buckeyes this season, as he led the Big Ten in points last year with 55, and was named team captain.The Buckeyes lost their only exhibition game 7-4 to Ryerson. Ohio State roared out to a 4-1 lead midway through the second period, then proceeded to give up six unanswered goals, leading to the defeat.“[Ryerson] came in here and they were the better team no question,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “It’s going to take hard work, and how we prepare Monday through Thursday is when you win the game, not showing up on Friday.”Ohio State had less than a week to get back on track after the defeat as it opens its season with a pair of road games at Wisconsin, the team that eliminated the Buckeyes from the 2017 Big Ten tournament. Ohio State opens the season against the Badgers Friday at 8 p.m. and the two teams return to action the next day at 7 p.m.“It’s going to be exciting,” junior defenseman Sasha Larocque said.  “Obviously they’re a great team and it’s going to be a great test for us to see where we’re at at the start of the year.”The Buckeyes lost several All-Big Ten players from the previous season, including top goal-scorer Nick Schilkey, forward David Gust, defenseman Josh Healey and starting goalie Christian Frey.Now, the team will rely on their remaining talent, starting with two NHL draft picks — junior forward Dakota Joshua and sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski — who were fourth and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively. “I think I need to be more consistent,” Laczynski said. “Night in, night out not taking any games off, really just work hard and try to be a leader out there.”The Buckeyes managed to remain consistent on the road all last year, with an impressive 13-2-3 record away from home, the best in the NCAA.  The problem was their record at the Schottenstein Center, which was a much less glamorous 7-7-2.When asked about improving the home record, Rohlik said, “Well if you know that answer let me know. I just think it’s a mindset of coming out here and just, in that locker room knowing that we have to step on the ice and win games here at home, and I think that’s something our guys want to do.”Season PredictionThis Ohio State team is going to need players to step up in big ways for them to have the same level of success they achieved last year, especially considering the Big Ten got even stronger with the addition of No. 8 Notre Dame to the conference.  The good news is that this leaves Ohio State with numerous chances scattered throughout the schedule to prove themselves as a legitimate contender to make the NCAA tournament.Jobst will be a major factor if this team will want to succeed, as his incredible playmaking abilities allow for other players on his line to really strive. Ohio State will also need help from its newcomers, as transfers redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege and redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo could help the team massively on the defensive end, where it struggled mightily against Ryerson.The power-play success will be essential, as the Buckeyes were by far the best team in college last year with a man up, boasting a 31.4 percent success rate. That success had a lot to do with both Schilkey and Gust, who scored 26 of the team’s 49 goals with a man advantage. Still, Jobst had nine of the goals, and set up plenty of others, leaving open the possibility the power play will again be among the NCAA’s best.The road to the NCAA tournament will be tough, but it’s not completely out of the question.  The opening series against Wisconsin will answer more questions as to where exactly this team sits, and just how much of a threat they will be in the Big Ten, but if the team gets stronger defensively, keeps its impressive power play, and gets Jobst some added help from some new faces, the Buckeyes could match last season’s success. read more

Balanced attack leads Ohio State mens basketball to 7666 victory over Michigan

OSU Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) dribbles the basketball during a game against the Michigan Wolverines on Feb. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-66. Photo Credit: William Kosileski | Lantern Photographer Just about any coach appreciates the service of a star player, one who can strike fear in the opponent and take over a game at any given moment. It’s something that can be a huge asset in winning basketball games, especially against a conference rival.However, as the Ohio State men’s basketball team proved Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center against Michigan, the one-man wrecking machine is not the only means to that end.Despite its leading scorers only putting up 13 points, OSU (17-10, 9-5) used double-digit scoring performances from five players to take care of Michigan (19-8, 9-5) 76-66 in the Big Ten matchup.“This was a great team win,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Guys made big plays when we needed them down the stretch. Some of the best teams I’ve had had like five guys averaging close to double figures.”Junior forward Marc Loving had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate added 13 points of his own, as OSU shot 54 percent to Michigan’s 39 to grab just its second win this season against a team ranked in the top 50 of the RPI.“I thought Marc was really dialed in,” Matta said. “The biggest thing I liked tonight was the way he got rebounds. He was out of his area, getting boards.”In the first 12 minutes of the game, seven different OSU players scored, with only freshman point guard A.J. Harris and redshirt sophomore shooting guard Kam Williams connecting more than once. While the team knew it would need someone to pick up more of the scoring load at some point, it could not argue with the results, as it took a 21-16 lead into the under-eight-minute timeout.“We wanted to come out and prove to ourselves that we could play well from the beginning,” Loving said. “We got out to a great start, and it’s always a sense of pride beating the team up north.”The miniature takeover finally arrived for the Buckeyes in the waning minutes of the first half, in the form of Tate.The sophomore scored three inside shots in the final two minutes of the half, including an and-1 bucket with 14 seconds left to help OSU grab a 36-28 lead at the half.In addition to Tate’s nine points, OSU received a significant contribution from its bench, where it led Michigan in points 14-5 in the first half. That was led by Harris’ and Williams’ six points each.OSU shot 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes, including buckets from eight of the 10 players to see the court, while Michigan was held to 33 percent. The Wolverines were led by junior guard Zak Irvin’s six points and four rebounds. He shot just 1-of-6 in the opening 20 minutes, though.Sometimes when one team shoots very hot in one half and the other can’t buy a bucket, the extended rest from halftime and the change in hoops to defend, turns that trend around completely.That was not the case as the teams geared up for the second half on Tuesday.The first-half percentages held the same in the early minutes, with OSU making three of its first six shots and Michigan making two of six. That enabled the Buckeyes to take a 10-point lead and forced the Wolverines into a quick timeout.A 7-0 run by the Wolverines to cut OSU’s lead to seven points briefly quieted the Schottenstein Center crowd of 17,088, but a 3-pointer on the other end by Loving followed by a Michigan travel quickly reset the tone of the game in the home team’s favor.“My teammates and coaches encouraged me to keep shooting,” Loving said. “They have a lot of confidence in me, so I feel like I should have a lot of confidence in myself.”And that is how the second half continued to go, with Michigan simply unable to sustain the offense needed to stick around, while OSU received solid contributions across the board.“Our mindset was totally different, our togetherness, and it showed,” Tate said. “We stayed with it, we actually grew up today, we showed we can keep a lead.”Redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson was the star of the second half for the Buckeyes, scoring 10 second-half points, including a pair of alley-oop finishes. Much like the first half, he was one of seven Buckeyes to score. “I think it’s difficult to guard us because we have that team that can — any given night, a guy can give you 20,” Tate said. “So I think it’s hard for another team to guard us. Nights like this, I think everybody’s happy.”Junior forward Mark Donnal ended up being Michigan’s top scorer, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting.A major deficiency that the Scarlet and Gray cleaned up on Tuesday was free-throw shooting. Coming into the game shooting just 65.7 percent from the line as a team, OSU was 16-of-23 (73.9 percent) against the Wolverines.Senior guard Caris LeVert, one of the top players for the Wolverines, was unable to play on Tuesday with a leg injury. He indicated he would be good to go the day before the game after returning from the injury in the game prior, but the game-time decision by Michigan coach John Beilein was to hold him out.At halftime, former OSU guard Evan Turner had a video package played on the jumbotron before his No. 21 was unveiled in the Schottenstein Center rafters. Turner, with tears gathering in his eyes, addressed the crowd with a speech. He gave credit to several of his OSU teammates and coaches, as well as his family, for getting him where he did.“I really do appreciate every nice thing my teammates did for me and the Ohio State University did for me, it really doesn’t go unnoticed,” Turner said.The 2009-10 national player of the year sat courtside with current Boston Celtics teammate and fellow OSU alumnus Jared Sullinger. Other players who played with Turner at OSU, including Greg Oden, Dallas Lauderdale and Mark Titus attended the game, while William Buford, Jon Diebler and Matta prepared video statements.The Buckeyes’ next contest is set to come on the road in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday to duel with the Cornhuskers. Tipoff against Nebraska is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

Pippa Middleton admits she has not tried out all the recipes in

first_imgThis summer she scaled the Matterhorn in Switzerland with her brother James in memory of her fiancé’s late brother, who died in 1999 while descending Mount Everest.Meanwhile her husband-to-be has previously completed the gruelling Marathon Des Sables, and the pair have done a 50-mile swimming and running race together.”I think we do exhaust most people,” she joked.  Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at Wimbledon Miss Middleton, who recently became engaged to hedge fund manager James Matthews, also revealed that early on in her relationship she had impressed him with a “special dinner” – a dish of halibut with roast tomato and herb dressing.She said the couple prefer to eat at home rather than dine out at expensive restaurants and spend their spare time living an active lifestyle.  Pippa Middleton has previously written a book of party-planning tipsCredit:Tim P. Whitby /Getty Pippa Middleton Her first book Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends included such tips as playing pass the parcel at a kids’ party and to hold a barbecue in the summer. It was largely panned by critics, earning just one star in The Daily Telegraph. “I believed in it and can’t blame anyone else, but maybe it might have been better if I had waited a bit longer before doing it,” she said. I believed in it and can’t blame anyone else, but maybe it might have been better if I had waited a bit longer before doing itPippa Middleton on her first book 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. Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at WimbledonCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA She was widely ridiculed for her debut book, a collection of painfully obvious top tips for party planning. Now Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, has risked further mockery by admitting she has not tested all the recipes in her new healthy cookery book herself. The book Heartfelt, which was produced to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, includes a range of recipes vetted by dieticians to keep salt and sugar levels low. And while Miss Middleton, 33, tried out some of the dishes on her family members including her parents and sister, she concedes that she has yet to make some of them herself – despite being the book’s author.”I would like to say I have made every single one, but I have definitely done a good 80 per cent of them,” she said in an interview.”I made a lot of the dishes at home.”Speaking about the critical reception of her first literary offering, she told the Daily Mail that at the time she had not yet “earned the right” to write such a guide.last_img read more

Royal Ballet soloist wore makeup to lighten his skin to try to

A Royal Ballet soloist has told how he felt he needed to wear make-up to lighten his skin in order to be selected for major roles. Fernando Montano, who has performed privately for Prince Charles, said he used cosmetics during his early years at Britain’s largest ballet company as he was one of only three black dancers. Born in the Colombian department of Valle del Cauca, Montano’s dancing talents allowed him an escape route from poverty and drug violence which plagued his…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– While Montano, 33, felt his skin colour placed him at a disadvantage when auditioning for roles, he said he never believed he was discriminated against, adding that his use of make-up instead reflected his inner insecurities.

Gardaí investigating after shots fired outside Donaghmede Shopping Centre

first_imgGardaí investigating after shots fired outside Donaghmede Shopping Centre It is believed that the shots were fired at a male. By Adam Daly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article GARÁI ARE RESPONDING to an incident outside a Dublin shopping centre in which shots were fired. Shortly after 5.20pm, gardaí were called to the scene outside Donaghmede Shopping Centre.It is believed that the shots were fired at a male but according to gardaí, no injuries were sustained. Investigations are ongoing as gardaí remain at the scene.  Short URL Donaghmede Shopping Centre Image: Google Maps May 14th 2019, 8:23 PM 27,693 Views center_img Share23 Tweet Email1 Donaghmede Shopping Centre Image: Google Maps 21 Comments Tuesday 14 May 2019, 8:23 PM last_img read more

Simple Geeks Guide to Cheap Travel

first_imgStay on target I’ve spent a lot of my life traveling. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. I’ve actually been a professional travel writer for over a decade, so I’ve ended up in some pretty amazing places and seen spectacular things. I’m a firm believer that everyone should leave the country they live in and explore other places. It’s one of the best ways you can learn about not only the big, wide, world but also about yourself and where you come from.Too many people have the misconception that travel must be prohibitively expensive. I’m gonna show you that they are wrong. Get your passports ready.Choose Cheap DestinationsThe easiest way to travel cheaply is to go somewhere that’s inexpensive. There’s no doubt that Western Europe is full of magnificent museums and fantastic food, but it’s also hella expensive. Luckily there are huge swaths of the world where your dollar can go incredibly far. Central America and most of South America are cheap to visit. So are Southeast Asia, India, China, and most of Africa. Being born with English as your primary language is almost like a super power. You can use it to get around most of the world.Cheap Flight DealsOften the actual act of traveling is the most expensive part of travel. Think about it, you’re sitting in a metal tube flying across the world at like 500 mph! It’s like magic! Luckily with the introduction of many low-cost carriers, the price of flights has gone down. My favorite place to find cheap deals is Scott’s Cheap Flights. It’s a rad email list that sends you incredible flight deals all the time. Sign up for the free option because…duh, but I also recommend signing up for the paid option. It’s only like $39 a year, and you get triple the deals. If you end buying even one ticket you’ve made your money back. I recently got round trip tickets from Oakland, CA to Oslo, Norway for $450!Other places to find cheap flights are The Flight Deal and Airfare Watchdog.Cheap Places to StayDepending on where you’re traveling, hotels can sometimes be more expensive than the airfare. But there are a number of workarounds for that. I’ve stayed in hostels all over the world and have met people who, to this day, are still dear friends. Personally, I’m too old and too light of a sleeper to crash in a dorm with like 16 other people at this point, but that’s a really cheap option. If you’re willing to pay a little more though you can get a room to yourself in the hostel. It’s the best of both worlds; you get the social atmosphere of a hostel but also a private room to flop around naked in. Good places to book hostels are Hostel Bookers,, and Hostel World.There’s also obviously the option of using AirBnB or VRBO. These allow people to rent out rooms in their homes, or their entire homes, to travelers. It’s often cheaper than staying in a hotel but far more private than a hostel. Plus you get the full amenities of whatever home you’re staying in.Cheap GuidesThe internet is a big freaking universe, and the amount of info on it is limitless. That can make finding out what to do in the place you’re going pretty overwhelming. Personally, I hate shit like Trip Advisor because, just like Yelp, it lets everyone think they’re a professional critic. Most of those people are assholes. So I like to go to a trusted authority. I always get a Lonely Planet guidebook when I go places. You can get paperback versions or buy downloadable chapters from their store. Another great resource is Nomadic Matt. He’s been traveling around the world on a budget for years, so he has tons of tips and even writes his own guides for locations around the world. Also, many cities that you go to will have local free/cheap websites so just google something like “Free and cheap things in San Francisco” and watch and SF Funcheap pop-up.Google TranslateGoogle translate is getting increasingly excellent. When I was in China, I could use it to translate the Chinese language just by opening the app and focusing on the characters! How incredible is that? It didn’t always work, but it worked often enough. Note: you must have data or wifi for this to work. Another great thing to do is to buy a language app for the country you’re going to so that way you always have a dictionary ready.Overseas DataWhen leaving the country, it’s important that you don’t get roaming charges on your phone. So reach out to your carrier and see what the options are. I know T-Mobile allows you to use your plan anywhere in the world at no extra cost. Whereas when I travel, I pay Verizon an extra $10 a day and have full access to my data plan. This is great because it gives me access to things like Google maps and Google Translate.Credit CardsMake sure to let your banks and credit card companies know you’re traveling. Otherwise, they may think your activity is fraud and shut down access to your money.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services last_img read more

4 JMB men held in Natore drive

first_imgNatore police superintendent Biplob Bijoy Talukder speaking with reporters after conducting a drive where four suspected activists of JMB surrendered to the law enforcers in Natore. Photo: Muktar HossainPolice in a drive arrested four suspected activists of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Dighapatia, on the outskirts of Natore town, early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The arrestees are—Anisur Rahman Anis, a resident of Arkandi village in Singra upazila, Shafikul Islam and Fazlur Rahman, residents of Chapapukur village in Bagatipara upazila and Jakir Hossian, a resident of Kholabaria village in Naldanga upazila.Acting on a tip-off, a police team cordoned off a house adjacent to the Uttara Gonobhaban around 3:00am and started operation at the house from 5:30am and asked the insiders to surrender to the law enforcers after nine rounds of firing, claimed police.After one hour, the four suspected activists of JMB surrendered to the law enforcers.Police, later, recovered five hand bombs, petrol, a laptop, one motorcycle and books searching the house.Details will be come to light after interrogation of the arrestees and investigation, said Natore police superintendent Biplob Bijoy Talukder.last_img read more

Top 8 Tips for Women Entering IT

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read The future of IT is bright: New technologies are being developed at a faster rate than ever before, and our lives are increasingly integrated with and dependent on technology. IT talent, therefore, is in high demand.Related: The 4 Biggest Myths Discouraging Women From Tech CareersA Careerbuilder & EMSI survey showed that the most in-demand IT positions in 2016 are information security analysts, software and application developers, network and systems administrators and computer analysts. The survey also showed that with the shortage of skilled IT talent, between 65 and 89 percent of these positions will remain open.Yet, despite this bright outlook, the number of women in IT remains low. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, in 2015 only 25 percent of professional computing jobs in the U.S. were held by women. And the presence of minorities was especially low.Of the women in the National Center survey, only 5 percent were Asian, 3 percent were African-American and 1 percent, Hispanic. The problem apparently starts in high school: Although 47 percent of AP calculus test-takers last year were female, only 22 percent of those taking AP computer science tests were female.Clearly, while women aren’t lacking in aptitude, there are obstacles — real or perceived  — to women succeeding in IT professions. Experts regularly debate what those obstacles are, discussing things like male-dominated work environments, lack of female role models and a failure by employers to accommodate measures that allow women to balance a career with a family.But does all that mean women can’t enjoy a long, successful IT career? Absolutely not. Think of Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper and the six female mathematicians who worked as programmers on the ENIAC computer. Since that time, many more women have made hugely important contributions to the field. In short, participation from women has always been, and remains critical to, continued innovation in IT.So if you’re a woman looking to enter IT today, what do you need to know?1. Be confident.Being the only woman in the room can be intimidating. However, you should always keep in mind that you’re there thanks to your skills and experience — just like everyone else. You’re a valuable asset to your company, and that’s why you were hired. One way to maintain your confidence is to keep a list of all of your qualities, skills and accomplishments, and review it every day.2. Assert yourself.A male-dominated workplace and industry will likely require some getting used to, since men and women have distinctly different ways of working and communicating. You don’t have to adapt your behavior to match that of your male colleagues, but you are advised to assert yourself. Speak up when you have something to contribute. Don’t let anybody patronize you. Use assertive (but not aggressive) body language. If you want or need anything, ask for it. And take the initiative when that’s appropriate.3. Cultivate a thick skin. In her Inc. article, “The 2 Things Ellen Pao Says Women in Tech Need to Know,” Christine Lagorio-Chafkin quotes Pao, the former Reddit CEO, as advising women to have a thick skin. In her high-profile position, Pao received a lot of negative and hurtful feedback — which is often the case for women dealing with social media. However, even if your IT position has nothing to do with social media, you might encounter negative attitudes from colleagues, peers or clients.Related: Women Made Incremental Progress in Tech the Past Few Years (Infographic)It’s often better to ignore it and to constantly produce high-quality work than to let other people’s negativity get to you and compromise your performance. Keep in mind that every minute of energy you spend worrying about what others are saying about you detracts from the energy you have to focus on your own work and life.4. Report bullying and sexism. Having a thick skin doesn’t mean you have to tolerate actual bullying and sexism — nobody does, regardless of gender or profession. If you encounter these issues at work, review your employee handbook to determine what company policy says about reporting these kinds of incidents. Follow company regulations to the letter. If this doesn’t resolve the situation, consider taking legal action and/or reporting the incidents to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).5. Project your brand. Your personal brand is the persona you project professionally: how you dress and interact, as well as what your specialties and values are. In Scott Carey’s TechWorld article “13 Career Tips for Women in Tech, from Women in Tech,” Emily Forbes, founder of Seenit, advises carefully projecting your personal brand. This will help prevent others from stereotyping you.6. Seek out other women. Many women in tech feel supported when they seek out other women, whether that happens in real life or online. Look for LinkedIn groups and professional associations like the National Center for Women & Information Technology, as well as local events through through colleges and chambers of commerce.7. Create a career map and stick to it.Opportunities are rife in IT — but you have to be alert to them. Create a career map that depicts what your ultimate objective is and how you’ll get there; then focus on creating or taking advantage of the opportunities that come along. This will help you advance. And, in the event you become discouraged, your career map will show you how far you’ve come.8. Maintain a good work-life balance. Just as your colleagues do, set boundaries around your time and ask for what you need to make your work environment a pleasant and productive one. If you’re a new mom and need a private room where you can pump breast milk, ask for it. If you want to work from home two days a week to be with your toddler, say so. If you want to join the department’s running team that trains at lunch time, that’s fine too!Related: The 5 Richest Women in TechKeep these eight tips in mind, and you’ll find that you’ll be able to focus more and more on your actual work instead of on the fact that you’re one of the few women in IT. And that’s exactly what the industry needs in order to keep advancing. May 24, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Introducing The Tico Times merchandise

first_imgWho doesn’t love Sloth Kong? Now you can own a little bit of Sloth Kong, support The Tico Times and help the environment at the same.We’re proud to launch our line of Tico Times merchandise with Zazzle starting with reusable Sloth Kong shopping bags. Ditch plastic bags at the grocery and have Sloth Kong help you lug around your weekly vegetables. Related posts:Here’s how you can donate to Hurricane Otto relief in Costa Rica Costa Rican pitching prospect signs with MLB’s Houston Astros Two Costa Ricans investigated for role in international child porn ring Defendants captured aboard supposed drug vessel accuse U.S. authorities of torture Sloth Kong reusable tote bagby TheTicoTimescenter_img You can also grab yourself a Tico Times 5% pin, a shirt or a Tico Times hat and help support independent journalism in Costa Rica. We’ll continue expanding our offerings throughout the year and stay tuned for exclusive discount codes and special holiday items. Facebook Commentslast_img read more