Musicians on Call recently welcomed superstar Austin Mahone to a bedside performance program at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Miami.Video: Austin Mahone Delivers the Healing Power of Music In MiamiAustin first got involved with Musicians On Call in January, when he participated in the soon-to-be released multi-artist advocacy campaign, ’We’re On Call!’ But he wanted to do more!“I love Musicians On Call and how they deliver the music and joy right to the bedside of the patients,” says Austin. “I met one little girl who they told me hadn’t smiled in days, but when we left, her smile was brightening all of our souls. Knowing that we were able to bring her and the other kids and families a bit of joy during our visit is the best gift of all.”Austin stayed at the hospital for several hours, going room to room in multiple wards, taking photos with patients and their families, and then performing at a nurse’s station for two floors of patients, visitors, staff and volunteers (accompanied by Musicians On Call volunteer Phil Barnes). He generously brought teddy bears for every child in the hospital, and took the time to distribute them himself, as he visited the kids.“Musicians On Call is an amazing organization and it’s inspiring to be part of it,” says Austin. “I’m looking forward to delivering the healing power of music to more patients during my upcoming tour.”To win Austin’s autographed guitar and handwritten sign, click here. All proceeds from this auction will help Musicians On Call expand the number of patients and hospitals they serve in Miami.Source:Musicians On Call
OTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in July. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. per cent 9.0 (8.6)— Halifax 6.5 (6.0)— Moncton, N.B. 6.4 (6.4)— Saint John, N.B. 5.4 (6.2)— Saguenay, Que. 6.8 (6.6)— Quebec 3.9 (3.8)— Sherbrooke, Que. 4.4 (4.7)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 4.8 (5.2)— Montreal 6.1 (6.0)— Gatineau, Que. 4.9 (4.9)— Ottawa 4.3 (4.3)— Kingston, Ont. 5.9 (5.6)— Peterborough, Ont. 3.3 (2.7)— Oshawa, Ont. 4.4 (4.2)— Toronto 6.1 (6.3)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.7 (4.6)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.0 (6.3)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.7 (6.0)— Brantford, Ont. 5.3 (5.9)— Guelph, Ont. 4.3 (4.5)— London, Ont. 5.4 (5.5)— Windsor, Ont. 6.0 (5.8)— Barrie, Ont. 7.0 (6.9)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.6 (6.8)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.0 (5.1)— Winnipeg 6.7 (6.8)— Regina 6.5 (6.5)— Saskatoon 7.1 (7.0)— Calgary 7.9 (7.7)— Edmonton 6.5 (6.6)— Kelowna, B.C. 5.7 (5.6)— Abbotsford, B.C. 4.8 (4.8)— Vancouver 4.4 (4.3)— Victoria 4.2 (4.2)
New Delhi: India on Sunday raised with Pakistan an incident of alleged abduction of two Hindu teenaged girls and their forcible conversion to Islam in Sindh province even as a war of words broke out between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary over the issue.Offcial sources said India issued a note verbale — a diplomatic communication — to Pakistan, sharing its concerns over the incident and called for suitable remedial action to protect and promote safety, security and welfare of people from the minority communities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a tweet, Swaraj said she has sought a report from Indian envoy in Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on the incident. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has already ordered a probe into it. According to Pakistani media reports, Reena and Raveena, hailing from village Hafiz Salman near the town of Daharki in Sindh, were kidnapped and forced to convert from Hinduism to Islam on March 20, before being married to Muslim men. Separately, there were Pakistani media reports of abduction and forced conversion of another minor Hindu girl, Shania from Mirpurkhas in Sindh, sources said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBoth girls have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab to avoid their arrest by Sindh Police, they said quoting latest reports. Responding to Swaraj’s tweet asking the Indian envoy to send a report on the incident, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: “Maam its Pakistan’s internal issue and (be) rest assured it’s not Modi’s India where minorities are subjugated, it’s Imran Khan’s Naya Pak where white colour of our flag is equally dearer to us.” “I hope you’ll act with same diligence when it comes to rights of Indian minorities,” he said. Swaraj, in her response to Chaudhry, said she had only asked for a report from the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad about the kidnapping and forced conversion of two minor Hindu girls to Islam. “This was enough to make you jittery. This only shows your guilty conscience,” she said. This prompted Chaudhry to respond again. “Madam Minister I am happy that in the Indian administration we have people who care for minority rights in other countries. I sincerely hope that your conscience will allow you to stand up for minorities at home as well. Gujarat and Jammu must weigh heavily on your soul,” the Pakistani minister tweeted. In a Twitter post in Urdu, Information Minister Chaudhry said the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. A number of Pakistani human rights activists have claimed that it is another case of forced conversion and abduction, which are becoming increasingly common in the southern region of Sindh. After kidnapping of the two girls, a purported video emerged showing that the underage girls accepted that they were converting to Islam with their own desire. In another video, a Maulvi is seen explaining that the girls were living in an area which was surrounded by Muslims and the girls were inspired by the teachings of Islam and wanted to convert. Sources quoting reports from Pakistan said an FIR of the incident was registered in Daharki Police Station on behalf of the victims’ brother, Shaman Das, son of Hari Das Meghwar. On 20 March, Das claimed that he was at home along with his family members when six persons, armed with pistols, entered their house, the sources said. The complainant said that the six men took the family members hostage on gunpoint and took away the two girls. According to media reports, the Hindu community in the area staged protests, demanding action against perpetrators of the alleged crime.
Trevon Logan, an associate professor of economics at Ohio State, poses for a photograph inside his office at Arps Hall. Logan is one of the head researchers involved with the recently created Sports and Society Initiative at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Trevon LoganA newly formed organization of Ohio State professors and other distinct faculty are challenging the traditional views of sports through in-depth research.The Sports and Society Initiative at OSU performs data analytics research to look at the way sports interact with the economy and society. The collective, which is composed of professors from five different majors, began in October. Despite being just five months old, SSI is already making headway through its multiple areas of expertise. Its members work toward developing new findings in the realm of sports research. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the divisional dean for social and behavioral sciences in the OSU College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the driving forces behind SSI. Her role is to support the ideas and research done by professors, as well as galvanize outside donors, public officials and OSU alumni about this newly thriving organization.“(SSI) wants Ohio State to be the place to go for research on sports,” Box-Steffensmeier said. One of the leading professors on the forefront of SSI’s research is Trevon Logan.Logan, an economics professor who has been at OSU for more than 10 years, is the group’s main member that is deeply examining the correlations between sports and economics.“There are social science and policy aspects to sports,” he said. “They are just never brought up in the public sphere and talked about.”That is where SSI comes in. Its goal is to challenge the conventional wisdom of sports, as well as provide a platform in which research and discussion of sports issues can take place.“We want to make Ohio State sports-related research as prominent as the sports themselves,” Logan said.His recent research dove deep into the issues of compensation for student-athletes. The professor began delving into years of OSU data in order to analyze the effects the school’s recruits have on the number of wins and bowl game appearances.Thereafter, Logan took that information of wins and appearances and reviewed their connections to the university’s football-related revenue. The research revealed, based on revenues and expenditures, that a five-star recruit is worth about $900,000 for a university, Logan said. That number dips to $400,000 for a four-star recruit.“If you think about that number based on a five-star and four-star recruit’s salary in the NFL, those are honestly not too crazy of numbers,” Logan said.Next, Logan examined the data around transferring and the frequency of players departing early for the professional ranks across FBS schools.This research found that 15 percent of college football players will transfer to another university. The most common transfer position, Logan said, was the quarterback position. Additionally, the professor found that 11 percent of players will leave early for the NFL draft.“When these numbers were generated, I was shocked,” he said.SSI members will present this research — and more — in the coming months at a multitude of events regarding policy and economics in the world of sports.One of these events includes a forum centered on the pay-to-play model in high school athletics. The event is titled, “Pay to Play: Who’s In, Who’s Out and How Much?” and it is set to be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 in Pfahl Hall room 202.Discussing the issue, Logan said, will be a panel of professors and politicians, such as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, State Sen. Cliff Hite, Scott Grant, a professor at the University of Findlay and Ohio University Professor David Ridpath.“The goal of this forum is to discuss ways to increase participation in high school athletics without increasing the costs,” Logan said.A separate gathering is slated to be held on April 15 to dissect compensation for collegiate student-athletes. This function will present sports experts and OSU alumni from across the nation to examine this subject, Logan said. Arguably the crown jewel of the panel will be Vince Doria, an OSU graduate and senior vice president and director of news at ESPN.Research SSI has conducted concerning this issue will be presented at the forum, too, Logan said.“(SSI and the panel) want to discuss the implications of compensation for student-athletes and what it would mean for the future of college athletics,” he said.Box-Steffensmeier possesses similar goals for these cutting-edge gatherings. Her hope is to further dialogue about these important national issues while promoting the faculty involved with SSI and the research it has performed.Additionally, she said she also wants to intrigue students who have a passion for sports and encourage them to contact those involved with SSI. She said she believes that students doing this could spark new ideas and issues to research.She said she holds big aspirations for the future of SSI. “I would love major news outlets to have a hot sports topic and know that we have an outstanding roster of faculty and students to call upon about the issue,” Box-Steffensmeier said.SSI might be in its early stages, but the collective is taking giant leaps, reaching new, unexplored heights in the vast expanse of college athletics. “Ohio State is on the move in regards to sports-related research,” Logan said. And with the passion, intelligence and ability of this small group of faculty members, there is no telling just how influential its work might be.
The Barcelona coach talked after his team beat 1-0 the Estadio Jose Zorrilla tenants but was angry about the state of the field“My players are also football players, not farmers. Nobody is interested in playing on a lawn that does not meet good conditions,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.The Blaugrana manager was angry about the state of the field in Estadio Jose Zorrilla after his team beat Real Valladolid 1-0.The grass “was the same for everyone”, he added.“Valladolid played with good pressure and they pushed us, but the pitch had a lot to do with it.”“We were more dominant and had opportunities, but we couldn’t score the second goal,” he said to the club’s official website as quoted by Sport.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“There was a time when they changed the system and we could’ve made it 0-2 then, but in the last few minutes we did badly.”“These results give us opportunities to win the league, but we feared that there could be some injury, the state of the pitch has conditioned both teams,” he added.La Liga president Javier Tebas tweeted that the turf “did not meet the minimum conditions required.”El estado del césped del José Zorrilla no reunía las condiciones mínimas exigidas para una COMPETICIÓN como @LaLiga, evidentemente se procede a abrir el expediente disciplinario correspondiente para depurar las responsabilidades.— Javier Tebas Medrano (@Tebasjavier) August 25, 2018
In a press release from Governor Dunleavy’s office, the four bills represents the next step in fulfilling a promise made to repeal and replace SB91, which took away critical discretion from judges and eliminated tools for prosecutors and law enforcement to properly respond to Alaska’s crime wave. The four bills focus on Sex Offenses, Classification and Sentencing, Pretrial, and lastly Probation and Parole. Dunleavy said the legislation released on Wednesday is “just the beginning and that Public safety is Job No. 1.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy introduced a suite of crime-fighting bills on Wednesday aimed at repealing and replacing SB91, a criminal justice overhaul bill that came into law in 2016. Dunleavy: “When people ask the question, ‘Well, are these folks going to go to jail?’ Yes, they’re going to go to jail. And, ‘Will we need to increase the number of beds in jails?’ Probably, yes. ‘Will we need to increase jails?’ Maybe. We’ll see. We’re not going to spare the resources that’ll be necessary to turn this around.” Governor Dunleavy: “If you are a criminal, this is the beginning of the end for your activities. If you’re going to assault people if you’re going to engage in sexual assaults, physical assaults this is going to be a very unsafe place for you. We’re not going to tolerate it at all.”
The board for SPJ’s North Central Florida chapter voted unanimously to rescind the awards for articles that carried Lee’s byline or “in which Lee played a significant role,” according to the paper.”SPJ and its members strive to serve the public with accurate, truthful and fair reporting. The awards program is intended to honor these ideals,” said Ana-Klara Anderson, chapter president, in a statement. “Given the overwhelming evidence of frequent plagiarism, we had no choice but to rescind every award tainted by Ms. Lee’s byline.” The Society of Professional Journalists has rescinded 10 awards it had given to a Florida magazine after its editor was fired for alleged plagiarism.Heather Lee, the editor of Ocala magazine, was fired last week after being accused of plagiarizing from magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah magazine and Entertainment Weekly.According to a report in the Ocala, Florida Star Banner, there were at least 20 examples of plagiarism in stories and columns written by Ocala magazine editor Heather Lee, spanning a period of four years.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has ordered Pearl Agrotech Corp Ltd (PACL) to refund ₹49,000 crore to the investors along with a three-month interest, and has also asked the company to stop raising money from them.This step is the biggest crackdown on a large scale unlawful scheme after the Saradha Scam and is over twice the size of Sahara’s illicit scam.PACL is said to have collected money from depositors and invested in agricultural land across the country. SEBI said that the total number of PACL investors would be 5.85 crore, and that it would file a complaint with the state government or local police to register a criminal case against PACL, reported Economic Times.”Total amount mobilised comes to a whooping (sic) Rs 49,100 crore. This figure could have been even more if PACL would have provided details of funds mobilised during April 1, 2012 to February 25, 2013. The collection of such huge funds suggests that PACL has many more customers than the stated 1.22 crore,” ET quoted SEBI’s statement.In February this year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against the promoter of PACL and its subsidiary firm PGF limited, after which the agency conducting an inquiry, as directed by the Supreme Court, into allegations of collection of huge deposits from the public, reported Business Standard.The company claimed to have paid a commission of ₹7893.8 crore up to March 2012. It said that the firm had 5.8 crore customers, which is more than twice the 2.2 crore demat accounts in India.”It is difficult to believe a person in Uttar Pradesh will purchase 100-150 yards of agricultural land 2,000 km away. The lack of maintenance of proper records/data is a clear indication the activities of PACL are in the nature of a Ponzi scheme,” the court said.According to Court’s order, not a single person has received land even after eight years. The company operated through a network of 250 associate companies to avoid state laws on land ownership.Timeline:Mar 4, 1998: SEBI writes to PACL about its schemesMar 23, 1998: PACL replies to the SEBI order, challenges its jurisdictionMay 26, 1999: Delhi High Court directs SEBI to appoint auditors for ascertaining the genuineness of PACL’s transactionsFeb 22, 2000: Report highlights deficienciesNov 16, 2000: Delhi High Court appoints K Swamidurai to verify transactionsJun 24, 2002: SEBI passes order, saying PACL schemes fall under CISNov 28, 2003: High court of judicature for Rajasthan, Jaipur, says PACL schemes not CISFeb 26, 2013: Supreme Court sets aside high court orderAug 22, 2014: SEBI passes order asking company to refund Rs 49,100 crore and asked to stop raising money from investors.