first_imgNew York City’s Union Square, July 29.WW photo: Teresa GutierrezJuly 29 — “We can’t survive on $7.25!” and “What’s outrageous? Poverty wages!” chanted hundreds of striking fast-food workers and their supporters outside a McDonald’s restaurant in New York City’s Union Square. Similar job actions were held at other NYC locations, including in midtown Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn, and in five other U.S. cities.These brave workers, mostly African American and Latino/a, insisted: “We deserve a living wage!” While demanding the right to organize into a union, they stressed, “New York is a union town!” Their militant spirit was expressed in their chant: “The workers have a right! Fight! Fight! Fight!”Fast Food Forward, New York Communities for Change and the Services Employees union are helping on the NYC campaign. Among strike supporters in Union Square today were members of various labor unions, Laundry Workers Center, Occupy Wall Street, Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services, immigrant rights organizations and other pro-working class groups.People’s Power Assembly organizers came in solidarity with the workers and distributed a leaflet linking the struggle for low-wage workers to that for “Justice for Trayvon Martin.”Similar walkouts in this “Nationally Coordinated Day of Fast-Food Workers’ Strikes” were held at restaurants, including McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s, Domino’s Pizza, Taco Bell and Subway, in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Kansas City, Mo. This is the third set of nationally planned job actions by fast-food workers.Each day of organized protests brings more support. Dozens of community, labor and faith-based groupings have joined this campaign. In addition to the organizations listed above, Jobs with Justice and Action Now are involved, among others.Momentum is quickly growing in support of these workers and their call for a $15 hourly minimum wage. This call is resonating louder and clearer than ever — and is rapidly becoming a national issue. These workers’ strong, persistent demands on pay and the right to organize, gain medical benefits and be guaranteed workplace respect are being heard — because they’re fighting back!The workers taking on this struggle are courageous. They are risking jobs they so desperately need to pay for essential expenses like rent and food for their families. Many work two and three jobs to do so. Yet, they are standing up to the most powerful corporations, which make super-profits from their labor. McDonald’s alone is worth $100 billion, yet the company refuses to pay its workers a living wage.These fast-food workers are blazing the road ahead for all workers, employed and unemployed, who have been hit hard by the economic crisis, rising cost of living, growing income inequality and corporate downsizing of their standard of living. Not only would their victory help the 4 million employed in this industry, but it would be a boon for all workers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgRANGANA Herath became only the third bowler to claim a five-wicket haul against all Test-playing nations to put Sri Lanka firmly on course for a series victory over Zimbabwe.Muttiah Muralitharan and Dale Steyn were the only other men to have completed the set before veteran spinner Herath took 5-89 as Zimbabwe were all out for 272 in reply to 504 on day three of the second Test at Harare Sports Club.Stand-in captain Herath was well supported by Kusal Perera (3-51) and Suranga Lakmal (2-55) on Tuesday, with Zimbabwe losing their last five wickets for only 19 runs after Brian Chari top scored with 80.The in-form Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 54 and the tourists were 102-4 when stumps were drawn, leading by 334 to leave Zimbabwe surely facing a 2-0 whitewash.Lakmal and Herath applied intense pressure when Zimbabwe resumed on 126-2, with just seven runs added in as many overs before the former had Craig Ervine (64) well caught by Karunaratne at first slip.Chari dug in, but found runs hard to come by and rode his luck until his 158-ball knock – which included two sixes and a further nine boundaries – came to end when Herath bowled him through the gate.Sean Williams (58) scored more freely, dispatching Lakmal for a cover drive to the boundary and reverse sweeping Herath for four then getting a life on 29 when Kusal Perera missed a stumping off the bowling of his namesake Dilruwan.Zimbabwe were 210-5 when Herath got rid of Malcolm Waller (18) just before lunch, but a positive Williams brought up his half-century by guiding Lahiru Kumara over the slips to the third man boundary.Williams’ dismissal soon after sparked a Zimbabwe collapse from 253-5 to 272 all out in the space of just seven overs, with Herath matching a feat achieved by only South Africa paceman Steyn and former team-mate Muralitharan by trapping Carl Mumba leg before.Mumba took 3-31 to reduce the tourists to 84-4, but there was no shifting Karunaratne despite a couple of mix-ups with suspect running between the wickets as he made a third half-century in four innings to strengthen Sri Lanka’s grip on the Test ( LANKA 1st innings 504 (D. de Silva 127, A. Gunaratne 116, U. Tharanga 79) Zimbabwe 1st innings (Overnight: 126-2)T. Mawoyo lbw b Herath 3B. Chari b Herath 80H. Masakadza c D. de Silva b Herath 0C. Ervine c Karunaratne b Lakmal 64S. Williams lbw b D. Perera 58M. Waller c K. Silva b Herath 18P. Moor lbw b D. Perera 33G. Cremer c Karunaratne b D. Perera 3D. Tiripano c Herath b Lakmal 3C. Mumba lbw b Herath 2C. Mpofu not out 0Extras (b-2 lb-6) 8Total (all out, 82.1 overs) 272Fall of wickets: 1-17 T. Mawoyo,2-17 H. Masakadza,3-134 C. Ervine,4-173 B. Chari,5-210 M. Waller,6-253 S. Williams,7-265 G. Cremer,8-268 P. Moor,9-272 C. Mumba,10-272 D. TiripanoBowling: S. Lakmal 21.1 – 5 – 55 – 2,R. Herath 26 – 4 – 89 – 5,L. Kumara 14 – 0 – 60 – 0, 0D. Perera 18 – 2 – 51 – 3,A. Gunaratne 2 – 0 – 5 – 0, D. de Silva 1 – 0 – 4 – 0.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsD. Karunaratne not out 54K. Silva c Waller b Mumba 6K. Mendis c Mpofu b Mumba 0U. Tharanga lbw b Cremer 17D. de Silva c Chari b Mumba 9A. Gunaratne not out 6Extras (b-6 lb-4) 10Total (for 4 wickets, 40 overs) 102Fall of wickets: 1-14 K. Silva,2-16 K. Mendis,3-44 U. Tharanga,4-84 D. de SilvaTo bat: K. Perera, D. Perera, R. Herath, S. Lakmal, L. KumaraBowling: C. Mpofu 9 – 2 – 17 – 0, C. Mumba 11 – 3 – 31 – 3,G. Cremer 8 – 1 – 21 – 1, D. Tiripano 6 – 3 – 4 – 0,S. Williams 5 – 0 – 16 – 0, B. Chari 1 – 0 – 3 – 0.last_img read more

first_img1 England captain Wayne Rooney Captain Wayne Rooney declared himself delighted with England’s performance as they beat Switzerland 2-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying.The match in Basle was their first of the campaign as they look to earn a place at the European Championship in France in two years time.And, following a dismal World Cup showing, Rooney praised his team-mates as their hard work in training under manager Roy Hodgson paid off on the pitch.The Manchester United forward told ITV: “We’ve put the work in, we worked on our defensive shape when we haven’t got the ball and then springing from defence into attack, which you see with the goals tonight. We’re pleased that the things we’ve worked on have paid off so it’s a happy performance for us.“We did well as a team and we took our chances. We caught them on the break with speed and Dan [Welbeck] got two great goals so I’m really delighted.”last_img read more

first_imgMeet the Skyscrapers, a Cape Town trio of pre-teen musicians taking South Africa by storm with their catchy pop music.The Skyscrapers are an up-and-coming band from Cape Town that write their own music and play their own instruments. (Image: Bandcamp)CD AndersonFormed two years ago, the Skyscrapers is a gifted band that make catchy but intelligent pop music with touches of jazz and African rhythms. The group comprises vocalist Mila Smith, aged 12, drummer Dan Buchalter and keyboard player Leo Letschert, who are both 11.Based in Cape Town, the band released their first seven-song album in September 2016 on the music purchasing website Bandcamp, to modest but increasing success. Popular songs on the album include original songs Confusion and Megaphone, as well as a knockout version of the jazz standard Summertime, made famous by Ella Fitzgerald and Janis Joplin.Listen to Summertime and purchase the Skyscrapers’ début album on Bandcamp here:<ahref=””>Possibility by Skyscrapers</a>The song highlights the incredible vocal skills of Mila, ably backed by Dan and Leo. Mila has been singing and writing songs since she was seven and is also a burgeoning musical theatre performer. The boys in the band are both currently studying classical and jazz music theory.As the Skyscrapers, the band, with back-up support from friends and family members who are all involved in the Cape Town music scene, perform regularly at local festivals and outdoor markets around the city.The Skyscrapers’ song Megaphone was used as the theme song for a DStv kids pop-up channel in December 2016. Watch the video below:  Georgia Black, the band’s manager and Leo’s mother, makes sure the band keeps grounded in the often tumultuous culture of the music business. Speaking to the Superbalist website about the band, Black, who is also a full time music promoter in her own right, said “I make sure they’re not spoilt. What they earn must go towards [keeping the band going]. It’s come relatively easily to them and it’s important that they understand that they still need to work for it.”In between doing normal things kids do, like school and sport, the band manages to rehearse twice a week, jamming new ideas into workable songs and developing their performance skills.Musician Nathan Woodman, who has worked with South African artists such as Jeremy Loops and Good Luck, is part of the band’s support team, and vocal coach Sadé Ross. Part of their role in nurturing the band is keeping their love of music fresh and varied, introducing the kids to a wide scope of different styles of music: “We try and show them [music] that sounds cool, [but also to] bring it back to where it came from,” Woodman told Superbalist. Ross focuses on developing Mila’s voice, while also trying to maintain its uniqueness as it changes with age, saying “people often discard the natural voice and adopt [a] pop star’s habits. They try emulating others. But I’ve made Mila aware that there’s no longevity in that.”Despite the support, the sound and the success of the band comes down the three performers themselves, who, unlike most pop music performers their age, write their own music and play real instruments.The Skyscrapers are an up-and-coming band from Cape Town that write their own music and play their own instruments. (Image: Bandcamp)Mila writes the lyrics, while the composition of songs is a team effort. Usually Mila and Leo will create the melody together, with Dan adding the song’s backbone with drums. The whole team, including manager, producers and coaches, polish up the final song that fans will eventually hear on the album.Ultimately, the Skyscrapers want to create good music, music that is both catchy and that will endure. As the Superbalist website aptly concludes, “the Skyscrapers have towering talent and multiple stories to tell, so you’d better look up, because they may be small now but are surely destined for big things.”Watch the music video for the Skyscrapers’ song Confusion below:  Brand South Africa reporterSource: The Superbalist Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodIt all started with a Super Bowl ad.Those little 30 to 60 second blips on the screen, usually meant to be funny (sometimes they actually are), had one ad from beer maker Bud Light that touted in a roundabout way the fact that Bud Light is made without corn syrup, which they also pointed out was being used by their competitors.Corn growers were quick to respond, including the National Corn Growers Association releasing a statement saying the ads were misleading and portrayed corn syrup in a negative light. In recent weeks, a judge has even ordered Anheuser-Busch (the parent company of the Bud Light brand) to stop using the words “corn syrup” in attack ads without more context. It is the result of an ongoing lawsuit by competitor MillerCoors.The fact is that yes, Bud Light is made without the use of corn syrup, though rice is used in its stead to derive the sugars essential in the beer brewing process. Other beers by Anheuser-Busch include corn syrup in their creation.Quite a few emotional thoughts, lawsuits and changes in drinking habits were made in the days and weeks following the incident, with continued ad use still catching grief. Many of those beverages in question are produced on the north side of Columbus at the Anheuser-Busch plant just south of 270.“We bought this land from a local farmer here in Columbus and broke ground in 1966. We opened our doors in 1968. In our first year we were capable of making about 1.8 million barrels of beer. Since that time, we’ve actually doubled our capacity more than twice and today we can make almost 10 million barrels of beer in a calendar year,” said Josh Zabek, senior general manager at the Columbus Brewery of Anheuser-Busch. “We have about 500 full-time employees at work here. In the summer months, we’ll actually scale up and have 600 employees that are here full-time. We’re a 24/7 operation and are brewing beer 365 days a year. We are producing and packaging almost every single day of the year.”About 20 brands are brewed at the Columbus facility, including hallmark items such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Busch, Busch-Light, Natural Light, Landshark, Bud Light Lime, Select 55, and Rolling Rock among others, including non-alcoholic brands.“We make a pretty wide range of beer, some of which many people don’t know comes out of a brewery right here in Columbus, Ohio,” Zabek said.With so much production, Zabek said agriculture is essential to their success and they stay well-integrated with their farming community.“Everybody knows malt is used to make a lot of different beers. We use a lot of rice in our Budweiser and Bud Light, but we also use a lot of corn. Corn grits and corn syrup in Busch and Busch-Light and a lot of other products,” he said. “We’re very happy to be close to a lot of our farmers in the local community and to know that we are dependent on them. We are dependent on all of our farmers in the United States.”The brewing process brings together those agricultural commodities and puts them to work to create the end product many enjoy. Matt Kaminske is the head brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch in Columbus, and detailed that unique procedure from beginning to end.“Our process really begins with the grains unloading,” he said. “We’ll bring up to six rail cars per day, five days at least per week for about 500 million pounds that are coming through this facility. Whole grain rice, whole grain barley malt, and we’re also bringing in corn grits. We use different combinations depending on what we are brewing that particular week. We then move that grain into our silos where we house millions of pounds of grain that are used in the brewing process each and every week.“We also unload dextrose syrup here, that we receive from Cargill in Dayton, Ohio — over 30 million pounds per year of dextrose that we bring into this facility to make our value-brand products,” Kaminske said. “It comes from Ohio farmers. As a company, over 16 million bushels of corn per year go through our facilities.”From the grains unloading process, the grain eventually enters the brewhouse and is added to a mash cooker, an enormous stainless steel vat, designed to do most of the “heavy lifting” in the brewing process.“From there, we step into the lagering process. That’s where we take the mash we developed in the mash cooker and we’re trying to separate the wort from that stream. Out from that process comes spent grains that is then collected, and is ultimately sold back to local farmers for cattle feed. The wort then goes to the brew kettle and it sets again a lot of different processes in place. That’s where the hops are added, a key process in the profile of a Budweiser versus a Michelob versus an Ultra. The hops help to stabilize the wort and really sets the rest of the processes in place as we go downstream into fermentation,” Kaminske said.The total process can take almost 10 hours to get from grain coming into the cooker until its ready with yeast and cooled back down for fermentation. The brewhouse is also not a cool place to work, with air temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.“From the brew kettle process, then we set the stage for fermentation. That is where we cool the brew back down, we add yeast, and we really kick off that fermentation process,” he said. “Depending on the different recipes we have will dictate how long those brews then sit in the fermentation process.”Brews will sit in the large, upright, fermenting vessels for about a week or so before they move onto the second stage of the aging process.“Primary fermentation will move onto secondary fermentation in the beech wood aging tanks, our chip tanks as we call them. That’s where we add beech wood chips. That’s really what helps make the beer clean, crisp, refreshing, and sets it in profile for Bud and Bud Light, or our other brands as we dictate the recipes,” Kaminske said.The beer is then removed from the chip tanks, filtered several times, and dialed into the final product before it heads into packaging. All packaging happens on site in the facility with three can lines, three bottle lines, and one draft line working around the clock.“The can line is capable of producing at 2,100 cans per minute and has an upward capacity of producing almost 40,000 cases in an eight hour period. At max capacity, this brewery can produce almost a half a million cases of beer in a 24-hour period,” Zabek said. “It’s a very fast and complex operation. We are shipping about 230 full trailers of beer every single day out of this facility.”The Anheuser-Busch plant highlights a simple fact in agriculture that is sometimes hard to see from field-side — farm products are essential in thriving industries, like that of brewing beer. No matter your thoughts on Bud Light and its controversial ads, the fact is it has started a conversation about ag being used each and everyday, and that is a good thing.last_img read more

first_imgGeocachers kidcard and friend with the 1000 Steps CacheThe view from the top. Photo by MrBee&WillowTree. Geocache Name:Thousand Steps Cache (GC59AF) by Team KP and KidDifficulty/Terrain Rating:D3/T5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:It may be a bit of a misnomer, but the 1000 Steps Cache is not for the faint of heart. To reach it, geocachers trek up an old set of stone steps (just over 1000 steps, in fact) along the side of Jacks Mountain in Pennsylvania. The rewards of the journey are three-fold. There’s the stunning view at the top, which is well worth the climb. Then there’s the cache, a large, well-maintained ammo can that lends itself well to being a 1000th cache find milestone (check out the pictures and you’ll see why). Then there’s the fact that you can skip the stairmaster for the next few days…or week…or month. Geocachers in the area do this hike as a kind of rite of passage, even a pilgrimage. It’s a great example of a simple cache hide that brings immense pleasure to those who find it.What geocachers have to say:“We wanted to do this one for a long time and found a great day to do it. Lots of folks on the trail today even a couple with their pet goat. Thanks for bringing us here for the physical challenge and a great view. TFTC.” –Bob*kat“When we arrived at the parking for this cache, it was pouring down rain, and I practically had to physically drag Zoimbeee out of the car to head up the steps. For most of the climb, we were surrounded by thunder and lightning, but there was no way I was going to skip this awesome cache location, if it meant arguing with a teenager the entire walk up and trying to convince him the entire experience would be worth it. Thanks for hiding this great cache.” –Geo_Ghosts“What an exhausting hike to this one, and an awesome view. Creepy spiders all over, cant wait to see what kind the are. This was one of the most difficult terrains we have done, and loved every minute of it. Really enjoyed reading the history of the steps. Favorite from me. TFTC.” –GeoJane77“What a fantastic thought for a cache! It does take you up a bit. The view is spectacular! We definitely will add this to our favorite list! Thank you for this well thought out cache. Winwinters and I are out and about. We are enjoying the hunt! Many thanks to all the CO’ s for hiding and maintaining these caches.Thanks for the cache!” –PenguinTeacherWhat the cache owner has to say:When did you first visit the thousand steps, and how many times would you say you’ve climbed them since then to do maintenance on the cache?“We first visited Thousand Steps about 20 years ago with our kids. They were around 10 &12 at the time. A few years later we started Geocaching as a family & decided to place a cache up at the top where the view is amazing. We use to go up a few times a year for maintenance. I even took up small bottles of water for those who didn’t bring any. In the past few years it’s been about once a year. Our daughter has helped with it also. We’ve even had fellow geocachers who were kind enough to help.”What’s the main reason you think people go for your cache (despite the trek)?“We think people go for this cache because of all that it offers, a challenging climb, an excellent view, lots of travel bugs, etc. Also because of all the great things geocachers write about it and it being a favorite of many.”Do you have any funny stories about this cache or this area?“My daughter and husband were in front coming down the steps my son and I following. All of a sudden my son stops because of a rattle snake on the steps. My daughter and husband stepped right over it and didn’t notice. It had just eaten (evident by bulge in body) so my husband set it way off the path.Also my friend and I were doing the steps to get in shape and an older gentleman with a weighted backpack passed us a few times on our trek. Turns out he does Thousand Steps twice a day. We felt really out of shape after that.”What’s been your reaction to all of the nice logs and Favorite Points?“Our reaction has been one of amazement. We knew people would like it but we never expected it to be such a fan favorite or for it to be Geocache of the week!”Is there anything you’d like to say to the geocaching community?“Thank you Geocaching for getting our family into this wonderful sport! It was a way to keep our family close even as our kids grew and went off to college. Now our kids are Geocaching with their kids! Thank you to all geocachers who visited Thousand Steps. Thank you for making it a favorite and thanks for helping with the maintenance!”Photos:The start of the steps. Photo by Shrlock. magicmike&honeybee making this one their 3000th cache Tundra Wolf and his geo-pack posing at the top. The thousandth step… but not the last one! Another stunning view from the top. Photo by GeoChara.This cache is difficult to reach, but it’s well worth the hike. What’s been the most satisfying cache find you’ve had after a strenuous adventure?Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks! OhMelli, Nana’s Luz, and T-Tyger after finding the cache. SharePrint RelatedStep inside my geocache. — Tschröuwe-Galari (GC3V52D) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 2, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Another one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum coach Topex Robinson is well aware of the monumental task he has to face entering the NCAA Season 93 Finals.After steering the Pirates to their first ever playoff appearance, the youthful mentor has been stern in keeping his wards in check  for the best-of-three championship clash against San Beda, which starts on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “I guess my job as the coach is to put them in the right frame of mind. The excitement will always be there, but it’s a matter of channeling it to positivity. We’re more excited than nervous, to be honest,” he said.“We know it’s our first time to be in this level and it’s really an unchartered territory for us. But rather than being scared, we should be excited. We know that we got nothing to lose and we’re happy where we are. We know we wanted to be in Finals and we did everything in the best way that we can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRobinson knows how the Red Lions operate, and he even served as an analyst for the clash between San Beda and San Sebastian in the final level of the stepladder semis on Tuesday.And the third-year mentor could only derive one thing from their Finals date. Read Next View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia PLAY LIST 01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa TNT acquires Onwubere as Phoenix makes moves MOST READ “It’s obvious that (San Beda) is determined to win,” he quipped. “At the end of the day, they’re the stronger team, they have more experience than us and it showed against San Sebastian. With coach Boyet (Fernandez) there, and they have a good group of guys that are motivated to show that they are the defending champions, we know what we have to face.”Robinson had only one more reminder for Lyceum: to stay the course and continue what it has been doing all season long — playing to inspire.“I just remind them of our vision, which is to inspire others. Of course, we want to be on the winning side, but victory or not, our vision will not stop,” he said. “We’ll still do what we have do and our dedication will never change. It’s really an opportunity for us to inspire people. That will never change.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Joey Bosa leaving the field.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after being ejected for targeting during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program won the 2016 NFL Draft, having 12 former Buckeyes taken during the draft’s seven rounds (including five in the first round). Two more former OSU stars – Tyvis Powell and Jalin Marshall – have already agreed to unsigned free agent deals. 12 Buckeyes off to new places in this record-setting draft. Congrats guys and best of luck! #NFLDraft2016 #GoBucks— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 30, 2016What numbers will OSU’s rookies wear in the NFL? Here’s what we’ve found. Joey Bosa – 99New Chargers DE Joey Bosa on his new number: “97 was taken. Not too many choices. But I like 99.” Was either 90, 96 or 99.— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) April 29, 2016Ezekiel Elliott – 21. @OhioStateFB RB Ezekiel Elliott @EzekielElliott to wear No. 21 for Dallas Cowboys. Other 21s: Joseph Randle, Julius Jones, Deion Sanders.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) May 2, 2016Eli Apple – not yet known.Taylor Decker – not yet known. Darron Lee – not yet known. Michael Thomas – 13. Vonn Bell – not yet known. Adolphus Washington – not yet known. Braxton Miller – 13. Nick Vannett – not yet known. Joshua Perry – not yet known. Cardale Jones – No. 7 (this hasn’t been officially announced, but it looks like Jones hinted at it on Twitter.)~7~— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2016Jalin Marshall – not yet known. Tyvis Powell – not yet known.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said Wednesday he’ll consider going to court to block or delay the adoption of a new NAFTA if the deal is unsatisfactory to Quebec farmers.Speaking in Montreal, Couillard said the province won’t accept an agreement that doesn’t meet the approval of dairy producers, who are against dismantling of the supply management system that regulates the price of dairy, eggs and poultry.He added he won’t present any deal to the legislature that the agricultural sector opposes.“I will not, not accept something that they would not accept,” he said at an election campaign event where he unveiled his party’s financial framework.“I would fight it, I would not submit the text to the national assembly if that happens.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Washington on Tuesday to resume negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement after two weeks of intense negotiations ended last week without a deal.Freeland said following the meeting that the talks were progressing in good faith and had reached a point where discussing them face to face with the prime minister was “absolutely essential.”On Wednesday, Couillard said he has so far received no indications the Trudeau government is planning to bend to American demands.But he said he wants all of Canada to know he’s ready to fight if that position changes.“Am I ready to postpone, or even be a negative factor? Yes, because I want to work and speak for our dairy producers and our farms,” he said.Nearly half of Canada’s dairy farms are located in Quebec and all of the major political party leaders have promised to stand up for supply management if elected.Earlier this week, former prime minister Brian Mulroney said he didn’t see how Canada can reach a deal without some flexibility on the issue.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah Saturday cited Sam Pitroda’s comments to accuse the Congress of “insulting” martyrdom of soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack and asserted that only his party can ensure the country’s security. In a fresh offensive against the Congress a day after its leader Pitroda questioned the government’s aggressive action against Pakistan, Shah asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to apologise to people and armed forces for these comments. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Speaking to media, Shah said Pitroda’s statement conveyed that the Pulwama terror attack was a “routine” incident carried out by a few people for which Pakistan cannot be blamed, as the BJP chief asked Gandhi to make his party’s stand clear on the issue. Pitroda, he added, also questioned surgical strikes and air strikes by the Indian armed forces. “Does the Congress believe that terror incidents in the country have nothing to do with the Pakistan government or Pakistan Army?” Shah asked, seeking Gandhi’s response. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Pitroda is Indian Overseas Congress chief and is seen to be one of the key advisers to Gandhi. His comments, including that one cannot “jump on entire nation” (Pakistan) just because some people from there “came here and attacked” in reference to Pulwama terror attack, were Friday seized on by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead the BJP’s all-out attack against the Congress on the issues of terrorism. Keeping the heat on the opposition party on the issues of terrorism and nationalism in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, Shah said Saturday the Congress is known for “vote bank” and “appeasement” politics during election and asked if such politics can be above national interest and the “blood of martyrs”. The BJP president then drew a comparison between the Congress-led UPA dispensation’s “no strong action” against terrorism and the Modi government’s “zero tolerance” against it to assert that only the saffron party is capable of securing India. “I want to reassure people of this country that only the BJP can provide security to the country, can give a befitting response to terrorism and can foil Pakistan’s conspiracy,” he said. The Modi government has succeeded in isolating Pakistan internationally and the morale of security forces is sky high, he said. Shah said the Congress president on March 7 had said that questions raised on air strikes should be answered. “But whose questions he wants to be answered and who raising questions on Indian Air Force. Who do you support? It is not proper for the national president of a party to raise such questions and doubt the IAF,” he said. Attacking Gandhi, he added, “When anti-national slogans were raised in JNU you called it freedom of expression and you also went there in their support. This is an example of your abhorrent vote bank politics”. The BJP president also rejected the Congress distancing itself from Pitroda’s comments by terming them as his personal views, as he wondered “what is personal view in politics”. People have seen through the Congress’ “strategy” of running an orchestrated campaign like this for vote bank politics and have been distancing themselves from it, Shah said in a swipe at the opposition party. He cited past controversial comments of several Congress leaders – including B K Hariprasad, Kapil Sibal, Digvijay Singh and Sandeep Dikshit among others – from which their party had disassociated itself, and claimed that it is part of Gandhi’s politics. The Congress president should tender an apology without any delay, he demanded. Citing Pitroda’s comments, Shah said Gandhi should also answer if he believes that armed forces’ actions like surgical strikes and air strikes will not work in dealing with terrorism but dialogue with Pakistan will. Shah said many terror attacks were carried out in the UPA rule government and asked, “If terror attacks shouldn’t be responded with surgical strikes and air strikes, then is this the Congress’ policy to deal with terrorism with talks. You opted for talks but what was the result?” The “Sonia Manmohan” government was in power for 10 years but there was no tough action taken against terrorism because the Congress lacked courage, he claimed.last_img read more