India’s trade deficit with China increased more than two-fold (219 percent) from $16 billion in 2007-08 to $51 billion in 2016-17, according to commerce ministry data. India’s imports ($61 billion) from China were six times its exports ($10 billion) in 2016-17, making rising trade imbalance a major concern.“Increasing trade deficit with China can be attributed primarily to the fact that Chinese exports to India rely strongly on manufactured items to meet the demand of fast expanding sectors like telecom and power, while India’s exports to China are characterised by primary and intermediate products,” CR Chaudhary, minister of state in the commerce ministry, said in a reply to the Lok Sabha (Parliament’s Lower House) on 18 December, 2017. Related Items
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It isn’t easy to change the stock of your shotgun just three months before the Olympics and then expect to be bang on target from the first day. Shagun Chowdhary’s story is no different.Now with less than 50 days to go for the London Games, the trap shooter is gradually getting attuned to her new equipment, and says she expects her scores to peak at the right time.”Just five days before the London World Cup (in April), I changed my stock and got a new one that was better suited to me. It takes some time to get used to that, so my performance went down in that World Cup and the one in Lonato immediately thereafter.”But now it’s getting better and my scores are gradually coming up and I’m hoping to peak at the right time for the Olympics,” Shagun told Mail Today from Italy, where she is preparing for the July 27-August 14 London Olympics.The London World Cup was an important one for Olympic bound shooters, since it was an official test event that gave them a taste of the range and the conditions. For Shagun, it was a harrowing time, as she struggled with the weather to shoot 56 out of 75 clay birds.”The temperature really took us by surprise because it was something like seven degrees Celsius and there was a big wind chill factor too. The range itself and the visibility of the targets etc is great, but thanks to my stock and the weather, I really was trying to find myself at the time, which accounts for the score. But since then, I’ve been shooting better and better and have been training at temperatures in the mid-20s, which is around what we’ll get in London in August,” the 28-year-old shooter said.advertisementNow, the buzzword for the Jaipur girl is ‘consistency’, and she is working hard to achieve it.”Consistency is the key to shooting, and I’m looking to keep myself at an above average level for the time being. I know the reasons why my performance went down, and whatever changes had to be made to my technique have been made. I’m taking part in a few local competitions here in Italy to keep checking my scores in a competitive environment. It also helps that people like (former world champion) Jessica Rossi are shooting there,” she said.The field for women’s trap at the Olympics is generally the smallest of any shooting competition, since each qualified country is allowed to send only one shooter. That means there is approximately 1/6th chance of winning a medal, but Shagun doesn’t want to think about the odds at this stage.”The Italians, Russians, Slovakians and Spaniards have been traditionally very strong in women’s trap, and I expect them to be the main competitors. Of course who doesn’t want to win a medal, but my aim is to give my absolute best on the given day, and hopefully that’ll get me the laurels,” Shagun said.
The Indian Premier League 2016 opening ceremony added more glamour and glitz to a Friday evening in Mumbai.Bollywood stars Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ranveer Singh and Yo Yo Honey Singh along with West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo set the stage on fire at National Sports Club in the city. (IPL opening ceremony: As it happened) Jacqueline initiated the proceedings on the big night with a performance from her hit number ‘Yaar Na Mile’ after which dance group Kings United, who won a Bronze medal at the World Hip Hop Championships, enthralled the audience with their moves. (IPL 2016: Full Coverage)Katrina also raised the oomph factor in Mumbai by shaking a leg to the title number from Bollywood superhit movie series Dhoom. Ranveer entered the scene with a bang dressed up as cricketer. He then changed avatars and sported an attire inspired from his blockbuster Bollywood film Bajirao Mastani. The Bollywood heart-throb was a live wire on the stage. Yo Yo Honey Singh and Los Angeles-based group Major Lazer grabbed eyeballs with a spirited show in the end.However, the star of the show was Bravo, who performed his chartbuster ‘Champion’, which took the world by storm during the World T20 season. As DJ Bravo.. DJ Bravo was reverberating around the stage, the West Indies all-rounder surprised the crowd with another number – Chalo, Chalo. Playback singer Ankit Tewari later crooned along with Bravo.Also, the captains of the eight teams set the ball rolling as they graced the stage with the IPL trophy. The trophy suddenly appeared from the roof and defending champions Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma pouched it safely. The captains along with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla posed with the trophy.advertisementShukla, who addressed the gathering, said said the BCCI was committed to the welfare of the farmers in drought-hit Maharashtra and that they will do whatever is suggested to them.Shukla said the viewers too would get a chance to air their views on decisions referred to the third umpire.”They will be given a placard, and whatever they say, out or not out, that will be caught by the camera and shown on the screen….but the decision of the third umpire will be final,” he added.”This opinion will not matter to the third umpire, he will go as per whatever he sees on the (TV) screen,” he said, speaking to reporters at a function here.This will increase the involvement of the viewers, he said.(With inputs from PTI)
Sri Lanka pace bowler Suranga Lakmal helped them steamroll India by seven wickets in the first one-day international in Dharamsala on Sunday.The 30-year-old claimed four wickets for 13 runs in his impeccable 10 overs, which included four maidens, as the tourists bundled out India for 112 in 38.2 overs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.India were reeling at 29-7 in the 17th over before Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a belligerent 65, with the former captain contributing more than half of the team total.Sri Lanka’s top order were not completely convincing against the moving ball but Upul Tharanga’s breezy 49 helped them chase down the small target with nearly 30 overs to spare and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.1-0 up in the series! Sri Lanka chase down their winning total of 113 to cruise to a seven wicket victory!Scorecard: https://t.co/rfW6hwUA0M #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/nyQi4DJ8wc- ICC (@ICC) December 10, 2017Smarting from their 1-0 loss in the preceding test series, Sri Lanka opted to field against an Indian team led by Rohit Sharma in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested ahead of the team’s imminent tour of South Africa.India got off to a terrible start losing Shikhar Dhawan, one of their five scoreless batsmen in the match, in the second over which triggered a spectacular collapse.Angelo Mathews, an all-rounder who has been reduced by injury to an occasional bowler, dismissed Dhawan leg-before and Lakmal sent back Sharma caught behind for two in the fifth.advertisementSri Lanka won by 7 wickets with 176 balls remaining against India. Much needed victory from our lions. #RoarLionsRoar #ApeKollo #WeBelieve pic.twitter.com/p7dEheGnCA- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) December 10, 2017On both occasions, Sri Lanka used the review option to overturn the original not out decisions.The double blow completely unhinged India, who lost the top half of their batting order to score their first 16 runs.Dhoni combined with number nine Kuldeep Yadav (19) to help India first go past the record for lowest ODI total of 35 — by Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in a 2004 match in Harare — and then their own lowest total of 54 against the Sri Lankans.Dhoni hit 10 boundaries and a couple of sixes but India still ended up with a total which Sri Lanka overcame without breaking a sweat.Mohali hosts the second ODI on Wednesday.
Michael Phelps’ comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool.The Olympic champion was arrested for the second time on DUI charges early Sept. 30th in his hometown of Baltimore, another embarrassment for a swimmer who came out of retirement this year with his sights set on competing at the Rio Games.Phelps issued an apology that sounded very familiar to the ones he made after a drunken-driving arrest a decade ago, as well as when a British tabloid published a photograph in 2009 that showed him using a marijuana pipe.“I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility,” Phelps said in a statement. “I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”Maryland Transportation Authority police charged the 18-time gold medalist after officers said he was caught speeding and failed field sobriety tests.The arrest came about a month after the 29-year-old Phelps won three golds and two silvers at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, setting himself up to compete at next summer’s world championships and at Rio in 2016.It’s too early to say if Phelps might face sanctions from USA Swimming, which took no action after his 2004 arrest but suspended him from competition for three months over the pot picture.“The news regarding Michael Phelps and his actions are disappointing and unquestionably serious,” the national governing body said in a statement. “We expect our athletes to conduct themselves responsibly in and out of the pool.”The U.S. Olympic Committee had a similar reaction. CEO Scott Blackmun said the organization was “surprised” by Phelps’ arrest and “disappointed on a number of fronts.”Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.If convicted on the DUI charge, he would face a maximum penalty of a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of his driver’s license for six months. Under Maryland law, the latest case is not considered a second offense because his first DUI conviction occurred more than five years ago.Phelps could face the wrath of his sponsors, though there was no immediate word of any company planning to drop him.“It’s too early to tell,” said Don Rockwell, the CEO of Phelps’ new swimsuit sponsor, California-based Aqua Sphere. “For the most part, we’re supportive. We just need to wait and see what happens. This is not a deal-breaker for us, unless we find out something else that happened.”Phelps also has deals with Subway, Under Armour, Omega and Master Spas.In early August, Phelps announced he was ending his long relationship with Speedo to sign the deal with Aqua Sphere. Just last week, according to Rockwell, company officials were in Baltimore working with Phelps on the sizing of his new suit, which he can begin wearing at meets starting Jan. 1.First, he must deal with a more serious issue.A Maryland Transportation Authority police officer was using radar about 1:40 a.m. when Phelps’ white 2014 Land Rover came through the tunnel at 84 mph in a 45-mph zone, the agency said in a statement.The officer stopped Phelps just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza.“Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence,” the statement said. “He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests.”Kelly Melhem, a spokesperson for the transportation agency, said department vehicles are equipped with in-car video recording devices. Officials were trying to determine if there was footage of Phelps’ arrest, which could be used as evidence if the case goes to trial.The statement said Phelps was cooperative during his arrest. He was taken to an authority station and later released.After the London Olympics two years ago, Phelps followed through on his long-stated plan to retire, having won twice as many golds as anyone else and 22 medals overall.Phelps returned to competition in April and set his sights on competing at the Rio Games, which would be his fifth Olympics.His first DUI arrest came in 2004 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Phelps received 18 months’ probation, a $250 fine and was required to deliver a presentation on alcohol awareness to students at three high schools.“I recognize the seriousness of this mistake,” he said at the time. “I’ve learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.”Phelps wasn’t charged after the picture came to light of him using a marijuana pipe at a party in South Carolina. He did accept the suspension from USA Swimming for what he called “bad judgment” and “a mistake I won’t make again.”One of his major sponsors, Kellogg Co., dropped him almost immediately. Subway stayed with him and remains one of his biggest backers.Phelps’ comeback is going well. “We accomplished everything we wanted to,” he said after the Pan Pacs. “We were able to find out some of the things I need to improve on over the next year, and things I want to improve on.”His biggest issue at the moment is outside the pool.___By Paul Newberry, AP National Writer. 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Former NRL premiership winning player, Matthew Johns was one of hundreds of parents to brave the conditions on day one of the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie to cheer on their children. Johns’ son, Cooper is playing for the Manly Sea Eagles at the event in the 14’s Boys division and has played in the younger divisions at Junior State Cup in the past. Cooper’s team had a first-up loss against Parramatta in game one this morning, but Johns was a proud Dad on the sidelines regardless of the result. “They are going good, they played Parramatta first up, they played very well, they didn’t win but they went very well,” Johns said. “He played in the under 12’s at Illawarra a couple of years back, so he’s quite fond of it.”Johns was full of praise for the sport of Touch Football and the skills demonstrated by the players. “(Cooper) loves it. Touch Football is so good for skill, it’s unbelievable. Days gone by, when I played Rugby League, they looked down on Touch Football but you just can’t beat it for skill.”Johns is enjoying the opportunity that the weekend provides to be a spectator and cheer on Cooper’s team. “It’s nice to get away and get up on the coast in Port Macquarie, although the weather, I’ve seen it better!”Related LinksJohns Enjoying JSC
Reilly Opelka blasts 43 aces in New York Open final to win maiden ATP titleReilly Opelka blasted 43 aces on the way to winning his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open.advertisement Reuters New YorkFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 09:28 IST Reilly Opelka won his maiden ATP title (Photo tweeted by @ATP_Tour)HIGHLIGHTSReilly Opelka defeated Brayden Schnur 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) in the New York Open finalOpelka blasted 156 aces throughout the tournament”This is definitely what I’m most proud of,” Opelka saidReilly Opelka blasted 43 aces on the way to winning his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open on Sunday.The 21-year-old American paved the way for the victory by successfully challenging what Schnur thought was an ace at 7-7 in the final tiebreak.Schnur’s shot was shown to be just out, so instead of having championship point the Canadian had a second serve, which he netted.Opelka then slammed in his 43rd ace of the match for the victory. He had the same number of aces in beating top seed John Isner in their semi-final on Saturday.”This is definitely what I’m most proud of,” Opelka told reporters. “I was tough mentally, especially losing a lot of first sets this week, and my first serve really helped me out. I was able to play clutch in those big moments.”43 aces later, Reilly Opelka defeats Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(7) for his first ATP Tour title!: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/nyXOCgNWanATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) February 17, 2019Opelka easily won the opening set against Schnur but the Canadian rebounded in the second by saving two championship points in a tiebreak and claiming the set when Opelka double faulted.Schnur had never won an ATP Tour main draw match before this week, and won two qualifying matches just to get into the tournament.”It’s a dream come true for me. This week showed that I belong in these big tournaments and playing against the top guys,” Schnur said.advertisement”It’s unfortunate the way it ended because I left it all out there and did everything I could, but that’s how sports go sometimes.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Reilly OpelkaFollow Brayden SchnurFollow ATP tourFollow New York Open Next
The much-loved sorrel drink has long been a favourite of Jamaicans during the Christmas period. As appetites grow for the taste of this delicious indigenous Jamaican product, so has the need for increased production of the sorrel plant, the sepals of which are used to make the drink. The Government has been working to improve efficiency in harvesting the crop, which will not only help to increase yields but aid in reducing labour costs, which is a major factor impeding productivity. Speaking recently at the opening ceremony for a sorrel harvesting training programme, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, noted that it takes two persons approximately 15 days to harvest one acre of sorrel. This is especially challenging as the Government is also eyeing export markets for the product, which has value-added derivatives. “Sorrel not only provides the drink that Jamaicans love so dearly, but there are other value-added products such as chutney, squashes, jam, cordials, flavoured water and even ice-cream that have made a great hit in the local market and with the Jamaican Diaspora. These products would be much more competitive even on the world market if we could reduce the cost of labour,” he said. Twenty Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) extension officers from across the island took part in the two-day training, where they were equipped with knowledge on production techniques to be transferred to farmers. Experts from the University of Chapingo in Mexico instructed the officers on the correct use of the sorrel harvesting machine, designed and manufactured by the university, to reduce harvesting time and cost. They also received instruction in colour stabilisation in sorrel and secondary products. According to Specialist in Regional Integration at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture(IICA) Alfredo Valerio, the machine is able to produce up to 40 kilograms per hour of fresh product. He explained that the machine takes the freshly cut branches and strips the calyx (sepals) from the seed pod. This, he said “takes most of the labour out of the equation.” “So, although harvesting is done manually, the machine helps stripping the…flower, keeping it fresh. The machine is able to do more work more rapidly, and production would increase,” he said. Acting Principal Director, Field Services/Operations, RADA, Winston Simpson expressed confidence that the employment of the sorrel harvesting machine would serve to increase productivity. “Once we can reduce the costs by mechanising the reaping, using these machines, then it will definitely impact on the industry and we could triple our production, because our cost of production would definitely be reduced,” he told JIS News. He lamented that 60 per cent of the cost of production for sorrel is labour and this labour intensity tends to drive away the farmers. “Farmers are paying up to $40 a pound just to strip sorrel – just to reap it,” he said. Reaping entails taking the buds from the tree and deseeding them to get the petals, which are normally used to make the end products. Mr. Simpson noted that the country also has the potential to achieve greater yields given that it already produces several varieties of sorrel on a wide scale, though mainly for domestic purposes. These are the Manchester Black, the Clarendon Black, and two varieties of the Bashment, which are reaped three times per year, yielding a tonne per acre. He informed that last year, a little over 1,100 tonnes of sorrel was reaped from 700 hectares of land, noting that mechanisation would yield even greater results. To further boost production, Mr. Simpson said RADA is also encouraging young farmers in particular, to cultivate the product, utilizing marginal lands. Whether enjoyed with a dash of ginger or a shot of rum, sorrel continues to be a drink of choice for many, and with the promise of increased production through the use of technology, Jamaicans and foreigners alike can rest assured of an ample supply of the product to savour for years to come.
The United States, together with the international community, sent a strong signal that Sri Lanka will only achieve lasting peace through real reconciliation and accountability, and the international community stands ready to help, she said. Clinton further added that the U.S government is committed to working with the Sri Lankan Government to help realize this goal, and she looks forward to discussing future actions with Minister Peiris soon.“We will continue the productive working relationship we have with the Sri Lankan Government based on shared values, respect and constructive dialogue. Most important, we seek to strengthen our partnership with all the people of Sri Lanka,” she said. U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she will meet External Affairs Minister .L Peiris soon to discuss the outcome of today’s vote at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).A statement by Clinton’s office said that today’s action by the UN Human Rights Council encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to continue on the path towards reconciliation following 27 years of civil war. ‘The next steps are clear. We look to the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and take the necessary measures to address accountability,” the statement said. Meanwhile India believes that the primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of human rights lies with the States. Consequently resolutions of this nature should fully respect the sovereign rights of states and contribute to Sri Lanka’s own efforts in this regard.In a statement made by India to the UN Human Rights Council, a copy of which was sent to the media, India said it had welcomed the recommendations of Sri Lanka’s LLRC report and believes that there is indeed a window of opportunity to forge a consensual way forward towards reconciliation through a political settlement respecting all the ethnic and religious groups inhabiting the nation.India urged the Sri Lankan Government to take forward the process of broader dialogue and show concrete movement towards a meaningful devolution of powers, including the implementation of the 13th Amendment and beyond. “We would also urge that Sri Lanka takes forward the measures for accountability and to promote human rights that it has committed to. It is these steps, more than anything we declare in this Council, which would bring about genuine reconciliation between all the communities of Sri Lanka, including the minority Tamil community,” India said.
“The union government is denying the rights of fishermen to live on their own land. They are facing serious difficulties in fishing due to arbitrary price hike of kerosene and diesel,” the Congress chief said.“The central government is not ready to interfere in the issues of fishermen imprisoned in Pakistan and Sri Lankan jails,” he added. He said when the Congress returns to power at the Centre, an independent fisheries ministry will be set up under a Cabinet Minister. India’s Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the Indian Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not doing anything with regard to fishermen jailed in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, IANS reported.Gandhi was addressing the first National Executive Committee meeting of the All India Fishermen Congress. He said Modi, who travels abroad frequently, has not raised imporatant issues concerning fishermen at international fora.“Lots of fishermen are imprisoned in foreign jails due to inadvertently crossing the international borders in the high water. Modi is instead only taking up issues of the corporates and multi-millionaires,” Gandhi added.“The Congress will bring ordinary and poor fishermen to the frontline of the political mainstream,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Gandhi said the Congress would fight for the rights of fishermen in India.
An 11-year-old Burlington girl is dead following a fatal snowmobile accident near Iroquois Falls.Police say Amanda Huxley was driving a snowmobile across the Highway 11 just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday when she was struck by a transport truck.She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.The highway was closed for about seven hour while police investigated.
The first blast in Spin Boldak occurred just before midnight, while subsequent explosions were heard until 11 a.m. today, according to UN officials.The explosions, which took place at military barracks and an ammunition depot, caused “extensive” damage to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office some 70 metres away. “One of UNHCR’s drivers was injured and has been taken to Kandahar hospital about three hours away for treatment,” Jennifer Clark, a spokesperson for the agency, said in Geneva.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which also has premises in the area, reported that one of its workers was slightly injured. Two of the agency’s storage tents as well as three containers used as offices were destroyed, while the gate of WFP’s premises was blown up. All food supplies, however, seemed to be intact.The risk posed by the blasts persists. “As a result of the explosions, unexploded ordnance and live ammunition are scattered in a wide area,” said Fred Eckhard, a UN spokesman in New York.Spin Boldak, the principal crossing point for Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, is host to five camps sheltering an estimated 32,000 internally displaced persons. While UNHCR has no reports yet of any injuries among the displaced, the agency is stressing that unexploded ordnance must be cleared from the town to ensure the safety of its citizens and returnees. A UN team, including demining experts, has been dispatched to the site to inspect the damage.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett prepares for a play in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Indiana on Aug. 31. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour days after Ohio State defeated Indiana 49-21 in its season opener on Aug. 31, coach Urban Meyer, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and a group of players addressed the media. Here are some of our takeaways.J.T. Barrett, inaccurate?In the postgame press conference after his team’s 49-21 loss to Ohio State, Indiana coach Tom Allen created a stir when he described quarterback JT Barrett as inaccurate.“We try to do quite a bit of dropping where we covered with eight, just because that’s something that I feel like with the quarterback like that that’s not an accurate quarterback, that’s what you try to do,” Allen said.Barrett admitted he had heard Allen’s comments.Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) warms up prior to the season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“Everybody has their opinion. But I think I’m an accurate quarterback,” Barrett said. “I think I displayed that on Thursday. And just trying to keep on getting better in that aspect because I could always get better.”Barrett, who was named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week, struggled in the first half as Ohio State’s offense tallied just 13 points at halftime. But the Buckeyes scored on three of the first four possessions in the second half, breaking the game open. Barrett completed 20 of 35 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions.Center Billy Price and H-back Parris Campbell said they also heard Allen’s comments. Campbell called Barrett the best quarterback in the nation.“I don’t necessarily agree with [Allen’s perspective] because this is a guy that I’m practicing with, you know, four times a week and I’m going into a game,” Campbell said. “I have to utmost confidence in J.T. and he has the utmost confidence in himself and he has the utmost confidence in his team. He’s a hell of a quarterback.”Eric Glover-Williams: “School conduct issue”Eric Glover-Williams could not find a position at which he best fit in his first two years on campus. And since it was reported that he will no longer be on Ohio State’s roster, he will never have that opportunity.On Monday, Meyer said Glover-Williams would no longer be with the team due to a “school-conduct issue.”Ohio State junior H-back Eric Glover-Williams stretches at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.This is an unfortunate end to the former four-star prospect’s career at Ohio State. The Canton, Ohio, native entered the program as the 101st-ranked player in the country and the fourth-best in the state in the 2015 class, according to 247Sports composite rankings.The 5-foot-9, 180-pound athlete played in 20 games in his two seasons, but spent most of his time on special teams. Glover-Williams played safety before transitioning to receiver in the spring.Entire offensive line: “Champions” vs. IndianaThough Meyer said the offensive line didn’t get the desired push early in the season opener, he and the coaching staff graded all five starting linemen — left tackle Jamarco Jones, left guard Michael Jordan, center Billy Price, right guard Branden Bowen and right tackle Isaiah Prince — as “champions.”Ohio State players are graded by the coaching staff and if they give exceptional effort, are honored as “champions”Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett prepares for a play in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Indiana on Aug. 31. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThough the line didn’t have much of a challenge pass blocking, due to a three-man rush from Indiana, the unit was tasked with opening holes for freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, who was starting his first college game. The five linemen helped open enough holes for Dobbins to run for the most rushing yards of any freshman making his debut in Ohio State history.Four of the linemen who graded out as champions returned this season as starters, but Bowen was making his first career start. Price, a first-team All-American who played right guard last season, said he took Bowen under his wing. “The stars have aligned and things are going great for him right now,” Price said. “Really, really, really, really proud of that kid.”Things didn’t begin smoothly against Indiana for Bowen, but he settled in as time passed.“He, in the first quarter, had a couple struggles,” Price said. “But that’s the great thing about Branden and players who are developing to be great, they can take those changes, take those adjustments and really start to develop in the second half, you see a whole other player.”Chase Young: Future No. 1 overall pick?Towering at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, defensive end Chase Young could be mistaken for an NFL player. In reality, he’s just an 18-year-old freshman at Ohio State, and not even one who played meaningful snaps against Indiana due to the Buckeyes’ foursome of starting defensive ends.Ohio State freshman defensive end Chase Young hits a pad at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.But defensive end Jalyn Holmes believes the young lineman has the ability to be the best player in his future draft class.“If he sticks to the plan that we have here for him, he will be the first pick,” Holmes said.No, he didn’t mean that Young will be a first-round pick. He meant the freshman could develop into the top pick in the NFL draft, something Ohio State hasn’t had since offensive tackle Orlando Pace was selected by the St. Louis Rams first overall in the 1997 draft. “He’s got a real competitive edge,” Holmes said. “You can have his speed and length and all that, but if you’re not a competitor, it really doesn’t matter. Chase Young has that competitive edge.”When asked whether Young could be like Myles Garrett, the top pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Holmes said he could be better. With Holmes and Tyquan Lewis graduating and Sam Hubbard possibly entering the draft after this season, Young could be in a position to start on the line opposite Nick Bosa.Tate Martell: Baker Mayfield 2.0 on the scout team?Lewis said walk-on linebacker Jared Drake, who was a first-team All-Ohio quarterback at Westerville Central, mimicked Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield on the scout team during Monday’s practice. But he and Meyer mentioned freshman Tate Martell would likely help the defense prepare for Mayfield Tuesday.Freshman quarterback Tate Martell (10) warms up prior to the 2017 season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerhide | Photo Editor“They’re twins,” Holmes said in regard to Mayfield’s and Martell’s similarities. “I mean, both of them have great moves. They’re elusive. They’re hard to tackle because you want to tackle them so bad and they take advantage of it. I don’t know how they do it.”In high school, Martell relied on improvisation and athleticism. As a senior, the Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) quarterback threw for 2,362 yards and rushed for 1,257 yards.Though that athleticism and mid-play creativity is, at least in part, what led Martell to being such a highly regarded prospect — he was the 56th-best overall player and the second-best dual threat quarterback in his class, according to 247Sports composite rankings — Barrett said Ohio State’s coaches have tried to temper the freshman’s propensity to scramble.“So it’s like we’re trying to keep Tate in the pocket and get him to distribute the ball from the pocket,” Barrett said. “There’s a time for [risks and improvisation], absolutely. Since he’s been here, it’s like kind of controlled.”Barrett said when he entered the program, he tried to improvise and escape the pocket, but soon learned it’s not as easy in college as it was in high school. The fifth-year senior said Martell learned a similar lesson.“[Martell] was fast in high school, but now you’re not so fast,” Barrett said. “That’s part of it as well. That’s why you try to control it as much as you can.”
Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) drives to the basket during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAaron Craft’s play is getting recognized on and off the court.Ohio State men’s basketball’s all-time leader in steals and assists has been named one of 23 finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s best point guard.“The 23 athletes on this list represent the most committed, determined and skillful points guards in college basketball,” President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, John L. Doleva said according to a press release. “We are honored to be recognizing their strengths and are excited to move forward in the selection process.”So far this season, Craft has started all 26 games and led OSU to a 20-6 overall record with five games remaining in the regular season. He also leads the team in assists (4.6), steals (2.5) and minutes (34.5) per game and is third on the team with an average 9.5 points per game.The senior point guard is also a two-time Academic All-American and the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Earlier this season, Craft and backcourt partner senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. became the fastest players to reach 100 wins in their OSU careers after the Buckeyes defeated North Florida, 99-64, Nov. 29.“The men on this list all have the athletic qualities of an exceptional true point guard in the game of college basketball, the same qualities that made Mr. Cousy an iconic player,” Chair of the Bob Cousy Award, Ken Kaufman said according to the release. “All of these young men are on this list because they deserve to be competing or this well-respected award.”If Craft wins the award, he would be the first Buckeye to win it and third Big Ten player to raise the trophy, with Illinois’ Dee Brown claiming the honor in 2006 and Michigan’s Trey Burke winning it in 2013.Craft looks to add to his résumé in OSU’s next game, scheduled for Wednesday against Northwestern. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
People at risk of suicide or self-harm will be offered tracking apps allowing the NHS to monitor their texts and alert doctors to changes in their moods.NHS England is to announce a £35m investment in digital technology aimed at slashing sucide rates and boosting mental health.The plans include trials of an app which will monitor the content of texts, and the regularity of phone calls, to alert services to potential risks.The prototype means that software would detect the use of “key words” associated with heightened risk, as well as highlighting changes in behaviour – such as an increase in late night phone calls. 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. “I am excited by this investment across a wide range of services and technologies and the opportunity it presents to provide both improved experience and outcomes for service users across the country.”Nicola Blackwood, Minister for Public Health and Innovation, said: “In the age of the smartphone, excellent use of information and technology is fundamental to the transformation of the health and care system.”Professor Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “Many mental health services across the country are already using technology in new and innovative ways to help provide the support people need and reduce pressure on services, including A&E departments.“Initiatives range from virtual appointments for people who feel more comfortable doing that than meeting face to face; or providing street triage teams to secure access to essential patient information via a tablet when they are called to support someone experiencing a mental health crisis.” Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is to embark on a study comparing use of the app with regular treatment.The prototype has been developed by Stanford University Medical Network Risk Authority, LLC.The trust is among seven which are testing new types of digital services for mental health patients.Others will introduce online consultations for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, on smartphones and computers.Trusts will be able to receive up to £5m investment each, as long as they match fund it.Professor Keith McNeil, NHS chief clinical information officer, said: “As clinicians, we must embrace technology to help us deliver the best care to our service users, just as it helps us in so many other areas of our lives. Digital technology has the potential to transform people’s experience of mental health services and challenge the unacceptable boundaries between physical and mental health.
By contrast the feminism movement has made underarm hair less taboo for women, ten per cent of whom now do not shave their arm pits. The changing trends now mean young men are removing body hair from anywhere on their bodies almost as much as young women of the same age, with similar proportions of both (29 per cent of men versus 34 per cent of women) removing hair more frequently… Nearly half of young men now shave their armpits and they are nearly as likely to remove hair from their body as women the same age, a survey has found. The study, by consumer researchers at Mintel, found underarm hair removal is becoming increasingly popular among men aged 16 to 24 who want to achieve a smooth body.
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AN AER LINGUS flight from Dublin to London was forced to turn back to Dublin shortly after takeoff this afternoon – after hitting a flock of pigeons.Flight EI168, bound for Heathrow, left for London shortly after 3pm – but was back on the tarmac in Dublin little over 15 minutes later after striking the birds on its ascent.The flight returned to Dublin as a safety precaution, and it is understood that no passengers were injured.The flight has since been cancelled, with passengers being accommodated on subsequent flights.Some subsequent Aer Lingus flights to Heathrow and Gatwick have been disrupted as a result.