ALAMEDA — The Raiders will be without running back Marshawn Lynch for at least a month and it remains to be seen if he’s played his final down with the organization.Lynch sustained a groin injury in a 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in London. Coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday the running back was injured, the severity was not determined, and the Raiders were still gathering information. A team source confirmed an NFL Network report that the news from an MRI was not good and that Lynch would …
25 February 2016Described as a steam-punk inspired, relaxed meeting place for Cape Town’s hip and happening crowd, Truth Coffee features hand-roasted blends created onsite and an immeasurably cool atmosphere. It’s a combination so appealing, it’s landed Truth back at the top of the list of best coffee shops in the world, according to the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.It’s the second year running the coffee shop has grabbed the top slot.Its old-timey industrial charm, created with leather and steel art pieces and decorative installations by some of the city’s best artists, is part of the appeal of the coffee shop. But above all, as voted by the newspaper’s readers, the coffee at Truth is near perfect, elaborately presented with the most original foam art by its inspired baristas.artwork by the barista @TRUTHcoffee pic.twitter.com/eyT478uUBi— Belinda Basson (@Acorncrafts) February 19, 2016A friendly and welcoming atmosphere tops off one of the best coffee-drinking experiences in the Mother City, and now, officially, in the world. The food menu, something often overlooked in coffee culture, also comes highly recommended, with a wide selection of freshly baked confectionaries and light lunches.Truth topped rival coffee shops in Turkey (Fazil Bey in Istanbul), Italy (Rome’s Sant Eustachio Cafe) and the Barista Parlor in Nashville, Tennessee, which was voted the best coffee shop in America by the Buzzfeed website.Other contenders included coffee shops in Sweden, Singapore and Australia.Truth enjoys a four-star rating on TripAdvisor, based on over 200 positive reviews, making it one of the top 50 eateries in the city. Situated around the corner from the District Six Museum and other well-known Cape Town attractions, the shop is popular with tourists and locals alike.Truth also won the best coffee shop category in the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes- Benz Best Everyday Eateries for the Western Cape, and was nominated for the Boschendal Style Award in the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.Being one of the hippest hangouts in Cape Town, Truth is naturally popular with the most fashionable social media personalities, particularly on Instagram and Twitter.I am back… Leaving my mark! @TRUTHcoffee pic.twitter.com/ziA2ZN9xLj— Belinda Basson (@Acorncrafts) February 19, 2016Yep. @TRUTHcoffee has just been voted the #1 coffee shop in the world by @TheTelegraph__: https://t.co/19jP7xGEaW pic.twitter.com/CCeqxLXg7d— PulseCheck (@PulseCheckSA) February 23, [email protected] So when Home Affairs only opens at 9h today this is where you come to find peace and great coffee! — Jas (@thisisjassi) February 24, 2016Step Inside Truth, a Steampunk #Coffee Shop in Cape Town, South Africa. https://t.co/HxcoPgjDrm @Colossal pic.twitter.com/WC061XPbHI— I LOVE COFFEE MUGS (@LOVECOFFEEMUGS) Februar y 22, 2016Source: News24
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association gathered for another fantastic meeting where they hashed out policy, recognized award winners and set goals for 2017.OCA president Joe Foster discussed the accomplishments of the organization in the last year and highlights from the meeting.“One of the high points was a new dues structure for student members. We are going to try to engage some of the college level students and get them more involved in the organization,” Foster said. “We are coming off a record membership last year. We are down just a few from last year but are very comparable to last year and we’re confident we will have another record year in 2017.”The group also heard from Kendal Frazier, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, on the national outlook for 2017.“We’re going to be focused on the new Trump Administration and the new Congress. We will be working on regulations like Waters of the United States that the EPA put out. We are hopeful the Trump Administration will pull that back. Taxes will be something we will be very interested in. The Administration has indicated that they want to do tax reform. We’d like to repeal the estate tax, which is a long-standing goal of the NCBA,” Frazier said. “Trade will be a big issue for us too. We export 13% of U.S. beef production overseas and that is worth $250 per head on fed cattle. It is very important to us. We’re anxious to sit down and talk to the Administration about what the trade strategy will be. He has basically said that we should renegotiate NAFTA and Mexico and Canada are two of the most important markets for U.S. beef. He has said he does not support the Trans Pacific Partnership. In America, we export 27% of all agricultural production. If he does not support these trade deals, what is the trade strategy for agriculture? Trade has deep roots in rural America and those are the conversations we will be interested in having with the Trump Administration.”He said the key positions in the Trump Administration for the NCBA are the Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Interior, the U.S. trade representative, and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.“American agriculture will have to continue to speak out to accomplish the interests of rural America,” Frazier said. “Rural America did support Trump for a number of reasons and we look forward to the new positions being confirmed so we can go in, sit down with them and talk about the issues that are important to the beef industry.”The OCA also recognized another great group of award winners. Pat Hord and Dave Neef of Hord Livestock in Crawford County were recognized with the Environmental Stewardship Award. The Hord family is in its fifth generation of farming hogs, cattle and grain with a dedication to environmental care.The Vollborn Family from Gallia County was honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award for four generations of cattle production and the tireless work with the current herd of Angus and Charolais genetics.Dave Felumlee and family with Claylick Run Angus Genetics in Licking County were recognized with the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award. After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural economics and working briefly as a nutritionist, Dave came home to farm with his dad full time in 1996. David had gradually expanded his Angus herd since 1983, and in 1998 he bought all his dad’s beef cows and took over management of the farm’s beef operation.J.L. Draganic of Fayette County was named the Young Cattleman of the Year. He works full time for Ricketts Farm, Inc., and he and his wife, Jessica, own Paint Creek Cattle, an Angus-based cow-calf operation in South Solon.Stan Smith with Fairfield County Extension received the Industry Service Award. His duties include education in all areas of natural resources including agriculture and horticulture production. He also serves as editor of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter, a weekly publication of the OSU Extension Beef Team since 1996.Tom and Susie Turner were the recipients of the Industry Excellence Award for their dedication to Ohio beef producers and the work on their Perry County Shorthorn operation, Turner Shorthorns. As a professor at Ohio State, Tom coached 32 intercollegiate livestock judging teams that included 266 students and is the longest serving coach in the 105 year history of the program at Ohio State and the second longest in the U.S. He has judged livestock around the world and was a crucial part of the development of OCA’s popular BEST program. Joe Foster Kendal Frazier, Chief Executive Officer for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Dave Felumlee and family with Claylick Run Angus Genetics in Licking County were recognized with the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award presented by Mark Butzow of “Farm World.” Pat Hord and Dave Neef of Hord Livestock in Crawford County were recognized with the Environmental Stewardship Award presented by “In Ohio Country Today.” J.L. Draganic of Fayette County was named the Young Cattleman of the Year presented by Jennifer Kiel of the “Ohio Farmer.” The Vollborn Family from Gallia County was honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award presented by Susan Crowell, Editor of the “Farm and Dairy.” Tom and Susie Turner were the recipients of the Industry Excellence Award presented by Andrew Flinn of Brownfield Ag News. Stan Smith with Fairfield County Extension received the Industry Service Award presented by Matt Reese of “Ohio’s Country Journal.”
Take I: Wednesday, September 18. Lisbon, Portugal. Time: 8 p.m. Place: Expo ground near river Tejo. Autumn is just setting in. Arsalan Mohsin Ali is cruising in his Cherokee jeep when he finds himself being tailed by the Portuguese Police. Ali steps on the gas, only to lose control and,Take I: Wednesday, September 18. Lisbon, Portugal. Time: 8 p.m. Place: Expo ground near river Tejo. Autumn is just setting in. Arsalan Mohsin Ali is cruising in his Cherokee jeep when he finds himself being tailed by the Portuguese Police. Ali steps on the gas, only to lose control and crash into the kerb. The officers lend him a hand and cuff him. Take II: 284, Rua Da Palma Apartments, Martin Moniz. A svelte siren clad in designer togs walks down wooden stairs. The lackey walking alongside cracks a cheap joke as they step outside. Even as their laughter rings into the balmy air, the smiles freeze on their faces. They are surrounded by a team of armed officers who handcuff them and push them into a van while another team of officers rushes to search the apartment.THE CHAMELEON: Switching looks and passports, Salem had eluded arrestThis could well have been the climax of a Bollywood blockbuster. And Ali, sporting a Sanjay Dutt hairstyle and demeanour, driving around in flashy jeeps and Mercedes cars, could well have been the archetypal baddie. Except that this is real life.Though the woman, Sana Malik Kamal, was indeed a starlet – also known as Monica Bedi – 34-year-old Ali, aka Abu Salem, is among the 20 most wanted men in India, running an underworld empire worth over Rs 300 crore. The IRA dossier (No. A 103/3/ 1995) cites his involvement in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and 45 other heinous crimes, including murder, kidnapping and extortion from Bollywood stars and producers.Salem’s arrest was the culmination of 180 days of tracking by officials across three continents. The don was using several passports and identities – among them Ramil Kamal Malik, Danish Beg, Akhil Ahmed Azmi, Arsalan Mohsin Ali and Ramesh Kumar. Police officers in India, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US and Interpol had been tracking Salem on nine cellphone numbers and three satellite phones as he flitted in and out of London, Dubai, Singapore, Kathmandu, Atlantic City, New York, Chicago and Zurich before being trapped in Lisbon.This is not the first time he has been detained. In 1997, the UAE authorities let off Salem – then travelling as Azmi – after he was arrested in Sharjah. Last year he was detained in Abu Dhabi as Hamid Atiq but slipped away to Nairobi in Kenya. Salem, it would seem, is not third time lucky. Thanks to the FBI which put him on the International Fugitive Tracking system. Besides intercepting Salem’s e-mails – which were passed to the CBI-FBI agents also tracked Bedi to confirm their findings.Salem’s end really began in February when the FBI sent a detailed description to the Interpol in Lisbon as they suspected a possible link with the Al-Qaida, which matched the dossier provided by India. Salem apparently acquired his fake passport from the same source as four key suspects probed by the FBI after the 9/11 attack. Interestingly, the FBI also got unsolicited help as a series of e-mails – now believed to have originated from arch rival Chhota Shakeel in Karachi – kept it informed about Salem’s movements.Indeed, Salem and Bedi would have been nabbed in Lisbon this summer but they slipped out to the US where Salem was trying to set up a legitimate business. But his property – buying binge attracted a decoy from the FBI and Salem fled back to Lisbon.Lisbon seemed a safe harbour as he could blend in among the large Asian immigrant population from Goa and Mozambique. Salem and Bedi had purchased property, showed downtown Anjos as their domicile and, to the surprise of the Portuguese Police, even acquired a residency permit to live in Portugal. In Lisbon, Salem mostly stayed at a downmarket 25-Euro guesthouse, puzzling his neighbours with a lifestyle rather too high-flying for someone who introduced himself as a Pakistani national and was known to fix travel documents for illegal Asian immigrants.If only they knew it was Salem. His interests in the overseas rights of Hindi movies and earnings from Bollywood stars’ overseas stage shows have fetched him between Rs 70 crore and Rs 100 crore. Investments, extortion, counterfeit currency rackets and hawala operations contribute the rest of the kitty. Abdul Qayum Ansari, the 14-year-old boy who ran away from Sarai Meer near Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh in 1982, is now estimated to be worth over Rs 300 crore.advertisementThe Fugitive’s TrailClick here to EnlargeSalem, now lodged at Estrada National, 2475, Tires Paradede – courtesy Judge Fatima Mata Mouros – may not get to keep his ill-gotten wealth. Charged with carrying illegal travel documents Salem argued for three hours that he was Ali, a Pakistani. But when his fingerprints matched prints taken 18 years ago in Bandra, the judge signed the 90-day detention order. Says Sara Pina, press attache of the Portuguese Police and Judiciary Department: “We have confirmed the identity of Salem”, and are investigating possible links with terrorist groups.In India, the Government has launched a concerted move to bring Salem to book. To back its claim and the Portuguese charge of travelling on illegal documents, the Government has initiated a series of arrests. In Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, Assistant Sub-Inspector S.A. Sattar, passport office clerk G. Srinivas and revenue inspector Mohammed Yunus have been arrested for aiding Salem get fake passports. In Bhopal, Siraz Khan, who helped Salem and his wives get passports – as Danish Beg, Rubina Beg and Fauzia Usman – has apparently spilled the beans and has even been attacked by Salem’s goons.Unlike in the past, the Indian initiative is not unidimensional. A CBI team led by Additional Director Vijay Shankar and Superintendent of Police O.P Chatwal is in Lisbon with every bit of evidence against Salem that could get him extradited, if not deported.While Rajesh Ranjan, India’s representative at Interpol headquarters in Lyon, is doing his bit, the CBI in Delhi has been coordinating action with Paul Ralf Houghton, who represents the FBI in the US Embassy in Delhi, CBI Director PC. Sharma also spoke directly to FBI director Robert Muller and sought US assistance in bringing Salem back.Action is not just at the bureaucratic level. Since India does not have an extradition treaty with Portugal, it is keenly aware that the key to getting Salem booked is to put to use the US leverage with the Portuguese Government. External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha has spoken to US Secretary of State Colin Powell and asked for “US assistance in keeping things on track in the Abu Salem case”.advertisementSinha has also written to the Portuguese Government apprising it of the heinous nature of Salem’s crimes and the need to put him on trial in India. Portugal and EU nations have guidelines about not extraditing criminals to countries where capital punishment is awarded. Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani has suggested that India could consider waiving the death penalty to secure Salem’s custody.It is not going to be easy though. Joanna Ferreira, public prosecutor, international cooperation department, points out that this is not a normal extradition situation. Salem, she says, has been arrested not just on the Red Corner notice put out by Interpol but also for committing a crime in Portugal. “If he has criminal responsibility in the present case of having travelled on false documents, then he has to fulfil that first. If proven guilty in this case, he could be jailed for one to five years.”In other words, it will be a time-consuming affair. Even if Salem is not tried in Portugal, the extradition process could take as long as 11 months. While India hopes that in the post 9/11 circumstances the US leverage should help, one thing is certain: unlike previous occasions, Salem won’t be able to escape this time. Even if he manages to avoid Indian custody, his game is quite literally over. -with bureau reportsadvertisement
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “But doing anything at Roland Garros is very special, because I played a lot here. It was my first Grand Slam where I was in the main draw.“It’s the closest one to Basel (his home town), and this counts, as well.”Federer fired 11 aces and 52 winners past Ruud who was just five months old when the Swiss made his main draw debut in Paris in 1999.Federer, playing the French Open for the first time since 2015, eased through the first two sets against world number 63 Ruud on Court Suzanne Lenglen.But the 20-year-old Norwegian made a match of it in the third set, saving three match points in the tiebreaker and carving out a set point of his own before Federer delivered the knockout blow.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Norway’s Casper Ruud in three sets, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (10-8), at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Roger Federer on Friday became the first player to contest 400 Grand Slam matches, marking the occasion in style with a straight-sets victory over Casper Ruud to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros and admitted it was an “impressive” landmark in a career full of iconic moments.The 37-year-old downed a battling Ruud, whose father Christian was in the draw when Federer made his Paris debut 20 years ago, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (10/8).ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Should Federer go on and win the title a week on Sunday he would become the oldest men’s Grand Slam champion of all time.It’s that possibility as well as the knowledge that his career is winding down which has him admitting he’s feeling a touch nostalgic on his return to Paris.“I feel that my 20 years on the tour went too fast,” he explained.“When you play against people like Casper Ruud, you ask, How was it at the time? When I started on the tour he was hardly born.“I guess it’s mainly due to the fact that I didn’t come here for many years.”Federer has already admitted that he is nowhere near being the favorite for the title in Paris despite his third seeding.World number one Novak Djokovic, bidding to become only the second man to hold all four Slams at the same time twice, and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal are expected to contest the final a week on Sunday.“A few months ago I didn’t know what to expect with anything,” said Federer.“Now I know where my level’s at. I still don’t know exactly where my absolute best is, but I feel like it could be there.“So I’m happy I’m putting myself in a position like this in a fourth round of the French Open after not having played so many years here.” Federer, the champion in Paris in 2009, has now made the fourth round at the French Open for the 14th time where he will face Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer.He is the oldest man to reach the last 16 in Paris since Nicola Pietrangeli 47 years ago.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“Well, it is impressive,” said the 20-time major winner who has already passed the 100 title mark in his career as well the $100 million prize money barrier.“It’s even more pleasant to do this at Roland Garros, because I have a lot of records, milestones from Wimbledon and the US Open. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Tokyo Olympic torch relay to pass through Japan’s disaster-hit areas DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments
Genoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa director Giorgio Perinetti admits there’s big interest for young striker Christian Kouame.There has been talk of a €25m move to Napoli.But Perinetti says, “First of all, I want to make clear that nobody is leaving Genoa in January. Having said that, some might want to get a deal in early to stave off competition.“We did have a meeting with Napoli for Kouame. The collaborators are here and we’ll have another encounter with them over the next week.”There are at least two Premier League clubs who want Kouame, as they often send scouts to observe him. I look at Kouame and Krzysztof Piatek and am happy to have both at Genoa.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
West Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with matchwinner Riceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice proved West Ham’s matchwinner for victory over Arsenal on Saturday.The 19-year-old midfielder struck early in the second half to condemn Arsenal, who left Mesut Ozil out of their squad, to a fifth defeat of the season.Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini said, “Declan Rice is improving in every game, maybe first of all I decided for him to be a midfielder because he can play as a centre-back too. After that, when he was giving solid performances in that position, we tried to help him play a little bit up. “Today you could see he played a lot of balls in front and not back, and he has a good shot, is good technically and is good on aerial duels so I think we are seeing a complete player. He is just 19 years old and I’m sure in the future he will be a top, top player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LALIGA RECAP: Messi glory; Epic at Atletico Madrid; Rossi Villarreal returnby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveA round-up of this week’s LaLiga news, including a new award for Leo Messi, a high-profile retirement and a very special comeback.BARCELONA CLIMB TO TOP OF TABLEThere’s new team at the top of the table and it’s a familiar face. Reigning champions Barcelona jumped into top spot with an impressive 3-0 victory away at Eibar. For the first time ever, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann all scored in the same game for Barcelona, while Frenkie de Jong also stood out and was even applauded off the pitch by the Eibar fans when substituted.LUUK DE JONG GETS OFF THE MARKThe other de Jong in LaLiga Santander also had a weekend to remember. Sevilla’s summer signing Luuk de Jong scored his first goal for his new club and it was an important one, as his late effort secured a narrow 1-0 win over Levante.A MEMORABLE NIGHT IN MALLORCARCD Mallorca hosted Real Madrid for the first time since dropping out of the top flight in 2012 on Saturday night. A special occasion for the newly promoted islanders became extra special as they secured an unlikely 1-0 win over Zinedine Zidane’s side. And, as sign of just how solid this ‘new’ Mallorca project is, the only goal of the game was scored by Lago Junior, who’s been at the club throughout their journey from the third tier to LaLiga Santander. SPAIN QUALIFY FOR EURO 2020 WITH GOALS FROM LALIGA SANTANDER STARSSpain’s ticket to Euro 2020 was mathematically clinched during the international break, thanks to 1-1 draws in Norway and Sweden. The Spanish goals came from a couple of LaLiga Santander favourites: Atlético de Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez and Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno.AN EPIC DRAW AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANOFollowing their international break heroics, Saúl and Rodrigo’s sides then met over the weekend at the Wanda Metropolitano. Injury kept Rodrigo out of the action, but he’ll have cheered as Dani Parejo’s wonderful freekick was able to cancel out a Diego Costa penalty for a 1-1 draw between Atlético de Madrid and Valencia.MESSI RECEIVES SIXTH GOLDEN SHOELionel Messi picked up the European Golden Shoe, the award given out each year to the top scorer in European leagues, for the sixth time in his career to mark the 36 goals he scored last season. He attended the ceremony with his wife and sons in Barcelona on Tuesday.CARLOS CUELLAR HANGS UP BOOTSSpanish defender Carlos Cuellar has announced his retirement from football. Cuellar played for Numancia, Calahorra, Osasuna and Almería during his career, spending four seasons in LaLiga Santander while at Osasuna.GIUSEPPE ROSSI IS BACK AT VILLARREALVillarreal’s all-time top scorer Giuseppe Rossi is back training with the club as he looks to return to full fitness. Rossi, who scored 82 goals for the Yellow Submarine between 2007 and 2013, has long-suffered injury problems but is looking to follow in the footsteps of Santi Cazorla by rehabbing with the club and then returning to action. SEVEN LALIGA PLAYERS ON THE GOLDEN BOY SHORTLISTThe 20-player shortlist for the Golden Boy award, the annual prize given to the top player under the age of 21, has been announced. There are seven LaLiga players on the list, with Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona), Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid), Ferran Torres (Valencia CF), João Félix (Atletico de Madrid), Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid), Kang-In Lee (Valencia CF) and Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid, on loan from Real Madrid) making the cut.GETAFE TAKE THE SOUTHERN MADRID DERBY BRAGGING RIGHTSIt was derby day in southern Madrid on Saturday as Getafe hosted neighbours Leganés. Jose Bordalas’ Europa League hopefuls ran out comfortable winners, with ‘Geta’ picking up a 2-0 win thanks to a brace from Angel Rodriguez. TagsTransfersOpinionLaLiga RecapAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
APTN National News OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Indigenous leaders and premiers in Vancouver early next month to discuss climate change, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement posted on its website.Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Indigenous leaders representing Inuit, Metis and First Nations, in Vancouver on March 2.The prime minister is then scheduled to meet with provincial and territorial premiers the next day in the city.“Canada’s Indigenous peoples have a sacred relationship with the Earth. Their unique perspective will help guide us in developing policies that ensure our land, air and water are protected for future generations,” said Trudeau, in the statement.The PMO release stated that the planned meetings are a “follow up to the commitments made on climate change” during the Paris conference which finalized a global deal on curbing greenhouse gasses in hopes of slowing down the planet’s warming.The meetings will discuss developing a “pan-Canadian framework” to grow the economy while meeting emission reduction targets.
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams attempts a shot in the first half against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 31. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorFrustration is mounting in Columbus, with the team, coaching staff and fan base. It’s been like this way for awhile.But after a disheartening loss to Iowa on Saturday and another single-digit home loss in a pivotal conference matchup, it doesn’t seem like the frustration around the Ohio State men’s basketball program will stop anytime soon. With a 77-71 defeat at the hand of No. 17 Maryland on Tuesday, the Buckeyes (13-10, 3-7 Big Ten) continued their descent down the Big Ten standings.The Terrapins (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) remain in first place in the conference with the win, riding the performance of freshman forward Justin Jackson who had 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4 for 7 from 3-point range.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate led OSU with 20 points. Senior forward Marc Loving had 18.“We were playing on our heels defensively at the beginning of the game. They just sort of had their way with us,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “When guys are active, we’ve done a pretty good job. It’s got to be every possession. We got to get back to locking down on the defensive end.”At four different times, OSU cut the deficit to a single point. Loving drilled a 3 with 7:10 to go. Tate scored a layup at the 4:54 and 4:10 mark, each answered by a Maryland field goal.Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson hit two free throws with 2:35 on the clock, trailing the Terrapins 70-69. After a foul on the floor, Maryland’s go-to junior guard Melo Trimble buried a 3-ball to put the Terrapin lead back to four which sealed the game.The one-point deficit was symbolic of OSU’s season and its inability to simply get over the hump.“I think that at those certain times we have to believe that we have another gear,” Tate said. “You have to have even more of a sense of urgency. You have to want it a little more than the other team. At times, we did not do that.”OSU also found itself down by double digits early in the second half, which has become a theme in Big Ten play. Maryland closed the half on a 7-0 run to lead 42-36 at the half, then came right out of the gate and scored a quick four points in the second half.In the first four minutes before the first media timeout of each half, OSU gave up a combined 22 points. The Buckeyes also struggled with keeping Trimble and freshman guard Anthony Cowan out of the paint on drives to the basket. The two combined 22 points and nine of the team’s 15 assists.On the defensive glass, another struggle for OSU this season, the Buckeyes stumbled on executing long closeouts and rotating when boxing out. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle, particularly, was taken out of the game in the final 12 minutes despite being one of OSU’s best scorers.Matta said that move was strategic in the fact that Jackson was playing better than Lyle and the matchup favored using Jackson. However, the lack of focus on the defensive end is a visible problem and a fixable one.Aside from the opponent’s’ offensive rebounds and the ease that opponent’s guards have when driving the lane against OSU’s man-to-man defense, the effort and heart on the defensive end is worth questioning and it’s not something coaching can fix. It’s up to the player. Tate said that it should be obvious for players that they have to play with grit on the defensive end. For those who don’t, he didn’t have an answer as to why that is.“As the leaders on this team, we have to figure out ways to — if guys are in funks or if guys aren’t playing to the best of their ability — we have to figure out a way to lift them up,” he said. “But also, it’s on them to buy into us. We can’t lead if they don’t want to be led.”Up NextOhio State travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a battle with the Wolverines at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Crisler Center. It’s the team’s only meeting this year.