Chelsea had to withstand a brief period of pressure in the second half at the Emirates Stadium, where a win would put them level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool.Frank Lampard almost put them ahead in the first half, volleying against the underside of the bar after meeting Eden Hazard’s ball into the box.The England midfielder earlier miscued when Cesar Azpilicueta pulled the ball back from the left after linking up with the lively Hazard.Boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that his attacking players must improve the defensive side of their game when the team do not have possession if Chelsea are to sustain a title challenge.And with Fernando Torres and Willian constantly looking to stop Arsenal building from the back, and with Ramires dropping deep to join midfielders Lampard and John Mikel Obi when needed, they have looked solid so far.Arsenal finished the first half strongly, however, and wanted a penalty when Theo Walcott went down after Willian stepped on his feet, but referee Mike Dean was having none of it.There have been no clear-cut chances since the restart, with Chelsea standing firm during a 10-minute spell in which the Gunners had plenty of possession.Chelsea (4-2-3-1:) Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Ramiries, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Clemson and Oklahoma are just under one hour from kickoff, but it looks like both teams are ready to start hitting each other. Just minutes after OU quarterback Baker Mayfield got into it with a Tigers player, Clemson’s Shaq Lawson had to be held back from going after Sooners star Charles Tapper on the field during pre-game warmups.David Hood of Tigernet.com and Campus Insiders both captured video. The incident comes a day after Lawson reportedly boarded Oklahoma’s bus to talk trash after a team luncheon.Jacoby Ford pulls Shaq Lawson away from Tapper in pregame pic.twitter.com/yHWG7rWW8j— David Hood (@MDavidHood) December 31, 2015WOW!!! Clemson’s Shaq Lawson running real hot in pre-game… Lot of trash talk down here. Wow!!! #OrangeBowl pic.twitter.com/K5CcJ4IWXc— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) December 31, 2015Let’s hope the game is as entertaining as the build-up.
UPDATE: School District 59’s Director of Instruction Mike Readman said that the Hold and Secure at the South Peace campus was lifted at 10:25 a.m.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A Hold and Secure that was put into effect at one of Dawson Creek Secondary School’s campuses earlier this morning has been lifted, though another is still in effect.According to the School District 59 website, the Hold and Secure was put into effect at the DCSS South Peace campus at 9:00 a.m. after the school received a perceived threat earlier in the day. Officials locked the school’s outside entrances with limited entry, while students were kept in their classrooms with restricted hallway traffic. Secure and Hold at DCSS-SP Campus – https://t.co/50skAcTd6h— School District 59 (@SD59PRS) April 18, 2018At 9:25, officials at the Central Campus also initiated a Hold and Secure situation at their school, though in an update the School District said that was lifted at 10:15. The District added that the RCMP are currently on site at South Peace, and do not feel there is a direct risk to students. They are said to be investigating the threat and will advise the school of next steps.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canfor has announced another week of curtailments at it’s facility in Fort St. John.The operating curtailments will reduce production capacity by 75 million board feet between September 3 and the end of the year. Its Houston, Polar, Prince George and Fort St. John sawmills will be curtailed the week of September 3.In addition, Canfor’s Plateau and Houston mills will transition to a four-day work week in September, which will remain in effect until market and economic conditions support a return to the full operating schedule of five days per week. The curtailments are due to the ongoing low price of lumber and the high cost of fibre, which are making the operating conditions in BC uneconomic. These curtailments are in addition to all previously announced capacity reductions.
But the NDP also spent $1.4 million more than it had in revenues last year.New Democrats are facing a number of uphill battles that have blunted the competitive edge they had the start of the 2015 election race, when the party began in a virtual three-way-tie with the Liberals and Conservatives — the first time ever the NDP was in true contention for government.After peaking early in that campaign, New Democrats suffered a devastating loss of dozens of seats across Canada, bottoming out notably in Quebec — the region of the country that helped the “Orange Wave” of 2011 deliver them to Official Opposition status.The party’s fortunes were further hampered after members unceremoniously ousted their leader, Thomas Mulcair, at the 2016 party convention in Alberta, but then left him in place as a lame duck for more than a year.A steady stream of recognized and well-respected NDP MPs have since left their seats or decided not to run again. In total, 11 sitting NDP MPs are not running in this race — the highest attrition rate of any party with official status in the last six elections. This, coupled with a turnover of trusted internal staff, hasn’t helped morale.But despite all of this, party executives insist they have every reason to enter the race with a spring in their steps.Members and volunteers have been bolstered by Singh, who won a seat in the House of Commons ahead of the election, offering Canadians a glimpse of a confident leader at work in Parliament, ready to go head-to-head with Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.Supporters are drawn to Singh’s youthful energy, his unabashed style of brightly coloured turbans and bespoke suits and his passion for riding his bicycle to political events, New Democrats say.“I think the opportunity in front of them is real,” says outgoing NDP MP Nathan Cullen, who, after 15 years in office, decided not to seek re-election.Voters upset with Trudeau’s record on issues like Indigenous reconciliation, climate change and health care represent an opening for New Democrats, he says. He also believes Scheer’s political troubles on ideological issues like abortion and same-sex marriage make him vulnerable.“I think Jagmeet represents something completely different in politics, and why not lean into that?”While the party is quick to sing the praises of their leader, Singh’s race and religion — he is a practising Sikh — have been an issue the party has had to stickhandle from the time he ran for the leadership.Howard says she believes Singh’s ethnicity is an asset.“I think lots of people are excited to be working on the campaign of the first-ever person of colour who is running to be prime minister of the of the country.”The party’s decision to run an ad in Quebec that explicitly opens a dialogue about his religion allows Singh to show voters how his multicultural identity is part of what sets him apart, Cullen says.Even the party’s challenges could actually be a strength for the NDP.“With expectations, I would argue, being low right now in terms of the party and his performance, this is a real opportunity,” Cullen says.“I think Mulcair suffered from too-high expectations, in the debates and the outcome, where even 44 seats looked like a failure. But I think with Jagmeet going into these debates and his performance on the campaign, he could far exceed expectations and maybe surprise people and have people surprise themselves.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Press “We will be making some choices where we will be focusing our resources more.”Planes and buses will be used to tour NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh all around the country. Areas with key candidates or where the party believes it has the best opportunity to win seats will be the primary focus, however. Those include vote-rich areas with populations most likely to have become disenchanted with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on issues of affordability, housing, transit and pharmacare.Expect to see Singh spend much of his time in British Columbia and in Ontario, especially in areas around Toronto such as Brampton and the union heartland of Hamilton. The party hopes especially to appeal to factory workers and farmers upset over the impacts of trade disputes with the U.S. and China. “We are going to be spending the campaign talking to Canadians who are concerned with those issues and talking to them about what the NDP would bring — that we would be a government that would be on the side of people and not on the side of wealthy corporations,” Howard says.Organizers plan to deliver this message not just through traditional television ads, but by buying more digital advertising. The party will also try to speak directly to their audiences through direct social media content.Dedicated social-media staff will be on the leader’s tour to capture pictures and videos of Singh interacting with voters on the ground — something Singh has already been doing on his own with regular behind-the-scenes videos on platforms like Instagram. OTTAWA — As Liberals and Conservatives prepare to launch their well-funded election machines to fight for the highest political office in the land, federal New Democrats are taking a much less ambitious approach: try to outperform lowered expectations.The party will run a national campaign, with promising a full roster of 338 candidates. But with fewer resources than its two main political rivals, the plan is to be more targeted in areas where the NDP can get the best bang for its buck.“I think it just means being more focused, more strategic, more effective,” says Jennifer Howard, the party’s campaign director. Being more creative with party resources during this race will be necessary, due to a dismal party balance sheet.The NDP finished 2018 with nearly $4.5 million in negative net assets, the third year in a row the party has filed an annual financial return with total assets that were less than overall liabilities.It is the worst balance sheet the party has had since 2001, which is the earliest year for which the reports are available online.Donations and contributions were up a little, with the NDP receiving about $5.2 million in 2018, compared to $5.1 million the year before — thanks in part to a return to the “Jagmeet-and-greets” that proved popular fundraisers during his leadership campaign.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused BJP President Amit Shah of using police force to detain call centre workers of Aam Aadmi Party for hours.”Amit Shah has got down to using his goon-like ways. It is at his behest that the Delhi Police is threatening to shut down our call centres. Names of millions of people have been struck off the voters’ list. What wrong did we do in getting their names in the electoral roll? If they have to catch someone, catch us,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said on Twitter. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe party also wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) complaining against the police officers who, it said, harassed its workers. “It’s the duty of the Election Commission to get people to register as voters, but when this was not done, the Aam Aadmi Party worked to get people to register themselves by visiting them door-to-door and through call centers. “Doing this, we added 30,000 voters from south Delhi alone. This irked the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had earlier worked to striking off people’s names from voters’ list,” Sanjay Singh, Member of Parliament from AAP, said in the complaint to the CEC. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe BJP used police to harass these call centre workers by detaining them at Sunlight Colony police station and interrogating them for hours, he wrote in the letter. “Democracy is being stifled by BJP workers and the Delhi Police. Fear is being struck in the heart of common man and the opposition parties… We urge you to take action against the police officers by removing them from their posts and launching an investigation in the matter,” he added.
People who claim to have experienced personal encounters with ‘God’ report positive changes in their psychological health lasting decades, scientists say. Over the millennia, people have reported having deeply moving religious experiences either spontaneously or while under the influence of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin-containing mushrooms or the Amazonian brew ayahuasca. A portion of those experiences have been encounters with what the person regards as “God” or “ultimate reality.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the US report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a psychedelic. Moreover, a majority of respondents attributed lasting positive changes in their psychological health – life satisfaction, purpose and meaning – even decades after their initial experience. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe findings add to evidence that such deeply meaningful experiences may have healing properties, the researchers said. The study is the first to systematically and rigorously compare reports of spontaneous God encounter experiences with those occasioned, or catalysed, by psychedelic substances. “Experiences that people describe as encounters with God or a representative of God have been reported for thousands of years, and they likely form the basis of many of the world’s religions,” said Roland Griffiths, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University. “And although modern Western medicine doesn’t typically consider ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious’ experiences as one of the tools in the arsenal against sickness, our findings suggest that these encounters often lead to improvements in mental health,” Griffiths said in a statement. For the study, the scientists used data from 4,285 people worldwide who responded to online advertisements to complete one of two 50-minute online surveys about God encounter experiences. The surveys asked participants to recall their single most memorable encounter experience with the “God of their understanding,” a “higher power,” “ultimate reality” or “an aspect or representative of God” They also asked how respondents felt about their experience and whether it changed their lives. The people who said they had a God encounter experience when on a psychedelic reported that these experiences happened at age 25 on average, whereas those whose experience was spontaneous reported having it at an average age of 35. About 75 per cent of respondents in both the non-drug and psychedelics groups rated their “God encounter” experience as among the most meaningful and spiritually significant in their lifetime, and both groups attributed to it positive changes. Independent of psychedelics use, more than two-thirds of those who said they were atheists before the experience no longer identified as such afterward. Although both groups reported a decreased fear of death, 70 per cent of participants in the psychedelics group reported this change, compared with 57 per cent among non-drug respondents. In both groups, about 15 per cent of the respondents said their experience was the most psychologically challenging of their lives. “Continuing to explore these experiences may provide new insights into spiritual beliefs that have been integral to shaping human culture,” said Griffiths. The research team caution that the study relied on self-reported responses to a questionnaire, a method that carries substantial possibilities for biased responses among participants. They don’t advocate that people use hallucinogenic substances on their own because they carry not only legal risks, but also behavioral risks associated with impaired judgment under the influence and the possibility of negative psychological consequences, particularly in vulnerable people or when experience is not safeguarded by qualified guides.
OSU coach Thad Matta signals to the official that a foul should have been called in a game against Purdue on Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Courtesy of Tino BovenziThe speculation on Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta’s job safety has been rampant for much of the past two seasons, only amplified with this season’s 17-14 record and 11th-place finish in the Big Ten.The Department of Athletics has offered no clarity amid the speculation, until Wednesday.Ohio State Athletics Director and Senior Vice President Gene Smith cleared the air in an official statement, voicing his confidence in Matta’s ability to return the program to national prominence.“While we are not currently where we aspire to be with our performance on the court, Thad understands better than anyone that component has to improve,” Smith said in a statement. “I am confident in his leadership to return the program to the winning ways that we have all enjoyed during his 13-year tenure.”Smith’s statement comes after Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night that Matta would return to the program despite concerns about the coach’s health. Matta fielded questions on Tuesday about the report, his general well-being and the university’s lack of public support for him.Matta said that he didn’t care whether the athletic department publically supported him or not, but affirmed that his health would not affect him enough to step down from his his post.In the statement, Smith said that he and Matta had a discussion about the future of the program, and Smith mentioned Matta’s 337-122 all-time record, five Big Ten titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances as reasons to retain Matta as head coach.Earlier this season, Matta said that his travel for recruiting is indicative of his commitment to the future of the program. The Buckeyes currently have two players signed for the 2017 recruiting class, and three verbally committed in the 2018 class.Matta’s current contract runs through the 2018-19 season.
Tottenham have confirmed that they’ve agreed to sell Mousa Dembele to Chinese club Guangzhou R&FThe Belgium international has only made seven starts in 10 Premier League appearances this season for Spurs due to the strong competition and his own fitness problems.Dembele has been sidelined since injuring his ankle against Wolves at the beginning of November and was expected to leave Spurs this month due to being out contract this summer.Now London-based club have decided to cash in on Dembele before it’s too late with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou being his preferred destination, despite interest from Beijing Sinobo.“I’ve always had a good experience here,” Dembele told SpursTV.“I go away with an unbelievable feeling and with a certain love for the club. The club is part of my family now.”Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Dembele managed 10 goals and 12 assists in 249 appearances for Spurs in all competitions after joining from Fulham in 2012.”The Club is part of my family now.”🗣️ We caught up with @mousadembele for a nostalgic look back at his six-and-a-half year career at Spurs. 💙 pic.twitter.com/uCt7VIXE8V— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 17, 2019
Anyone interested in registering to vote or those who need to update their registration information, may do so in-person at one of the division’s offices or on DOE’s website. Voters can check their registration status online, viewing their voter registration cards or contacting DOE regional offices. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Eligible Alaska voters have until October 7 to make sure they are registered to vote or update their registration information in time for the upcoming November 6, General Election. State Elections Director Josie Bahnke: “We highly encourage voter participation in the General Election and ask all Alaskans to remind their friends, families and neighbors to register to vote now or double-check their registration information to make sure it reflects where they currently reside ahead of the statutory deadline.” The deadline to register to vote or update registration information for the General Election is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, 2018.