LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 24: A general view during the game between the Rider Broncs and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on November 24, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Get ready college basketball fans. It is March, which means Madness is right around the corner. Before it’s time to fill out our NCAA Tournament brackets, however, we have the conference tournaments, which can be amazing events in their own right.The Big 12 has been arguably the best and most competitive league in college basketball this year, and the conference tournament kicks off next Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m., with the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds playing on ESPNU. Seeding for the tournament isn’t set yet, but we have an idea of how things will shake out when the Big 12 standings are set on Saturday.With Monday night’s domination of the Texas Longhorns, Kansas has clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks face the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game, currently slated to be Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State.There is a large gap between the top seven teams in the conference, and the bottom three. Texas Tech, currently No. 7, is 8-8 in the league, four games ahead of Kansas State. Oklahoma State and TCU each have 14 conference losses.The tournament will take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.Wednesday’s first round games will be broadcast on ESPNU. On Thursday, the first two games will be on ESPNU, and the second two will be on ESPN2. Friday’s games are on ESPN2, and Saturday’s championship game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5 p.m.Here is the bracket, which includes the tournament schedule, via the Big 12’s official website. The Big 12 standings won’t be finalized until after Kansas plays Iowa State at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.More Big 12 Tournament notes:Iowa State won the 2015 Big 12 Tournament, defeating Kansas 70-66 in the final. The Cyclones also won the 2014 tournament, topping the Baylor Bears in the final.Kansas, winner of 12 straight Big 12 conference regular season titles, last won the tournament in 2013, blowing out Kansas State 70-54.Big 12 Tournament tickets are available at StubHub.Kansas will enter the tournament as a favorite, but Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, and West Virginia have all been very strong this year, and will vie for the Big 12 championship. We can’t wait for things to kick off from Kansas City.Information on the ACC Tournament is available here, and learn about the Big Ten Tournament here.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called for stronger collective efforts to enforce the law underpinning the Agricultural Produce Receipt Book System, which was established to combat praedial larceny.His urging comes against the background of complaints from several victims that enforcement of the law by the police force has, to some extent, been inadequate, resulting in thieves frequently raiding farms and escaping with produce.“We have to get serious about our laws. This is a time that is going to require of us courage, collective action, and working in unity. When the criminals find out that we are serious because we’re working together, this problem is going to become a diminishing [one]. So the police must demand receipts,” he underscored.The Minister was speaking at the Coconut Industry Board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 4, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (right), and Coconut Industry Board (CIB) Chairman, Christopher Gentles, peruse documents during the CIB’s Annual General Meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on May 5. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called for stronger collective efforts to enforce the law underpinning the Agricultural Produce Receipt Book System, which was established to combat praedial larceny. Story Highlights “We have to get serious about our laws. This is a time that is going to require of us courage, collective action, and working in unity. When the criminals find out that we are serious because we’re working together, this problem is going to become a diminishing [one]. So the police must demand receipts,” he underscored. His urging comes against the background of complaints from several victims that enforcement of the law by the police force has, to some extent, been inadequate, resulting in thieves frequently raiding farms and escaping with produce. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who also spoke at the AGM, said his Ministry is aware of the farmers’ challenges, and is willing to continue working with them to eliminate the problem.“The challenge has become much more critical. Security is one of the foundations on which we build our economy and, certainly, praedial larceny is an area [of the Ministry’s focus],” he stated.Dr. Chang, who also noted that there have been increased attacks on farmers, assured that efforts are being made by the security forces to combat this.Delegates attending the meeting were updated on wide-ranging developments.These include impending plans for the industry’s expansion and farmers’ roles in this undertaking.The Coconut Industry Board was established in 1945 under the Coconut Industry Control Act.
OTTAWA – Bob Zimmer, M.P. for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Damian Collins, M.P. in the U.K., have sent a joint letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Zimmer is Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics and Collins is Chair of the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.The letter to Zuckerberg requests that he appears before an international committee formed by Zimmer and Collins to examine disinformation and ‘fake news’. The hearing on Tuesday, November 27 at the Westminster Parliament, will allow collaborative scrutiny by members of the national committees of both the British and the Canadian Parliaments in their studies into digital policy including disinformation, digital vulnerabilities, and the potential threats to democracies.Other parliaments are also being invited to attend the session.Both committees have separately requested Zuckerberg to appear before their respective committees to discuss the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, as well as subsequent breaches. However, none of these previous requests were successful.In a statement, M.P. Bob Zimmer said, “We have asked Mr. Zuckerberg to appear at our committees several times and expect him to show respect for both of our great nations by appearing at this hearing to answer for his platform’s practices.”Both Zimmer and Collins would like to receive a response from Zuckerberg by November 7.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Farmers Advocate Office is currently seeking participants to fill out an evaluation survey.On behalf of the Peace River Regional District, MNP LLP is conducting an evaluation survey on the Farmers Advocate Office as an independent third party.The Regional District says this evaluation is to determine if the FAO is performing as expected and assess if changes and improvements to services are needed. “This evaluation requires input from all the stakeholders and landowners in the region who have interactions with the oil and gas industry are encouraged to participate in this survey.”The survey takes approximately five to ten minutes to complete, depending on the amount of detail you provide.All responses must be submitted by Wednesday, December 12.The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/northeast-landowner
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a City of Fort St. John Council meeting on Monday, Council were provided with an update on NorthRiver Midstream’s current projects.Talese Shilleto, External Affairs with NorthRiver Midstream, says NorthRiver has provided notice to the B.C. Oil & Gas Commission to deactivate the BuckinghorsePetroleum Development Road.According to Shilleto, they are deactivating the road as they no longer have a need for it since the deactivation of the Buckinghorse Plant. “The Buckinghorse Plant and the Petroleum Development Road came to NorthRiver Midstream and the Buckinghorse Plant hasn’t been operational in over 20 years. We have been maintaining that road for the last 20 years. Now that we’re working to abandon that plant, we’re looking to deactivate the road.”Shilleto says NorthRiver had sent out letters to the City, the Peace River Regional District, and all known users of the road to notify them of this decision.The deactivation project will include the removal of all bridges and culverts along the road and reestablishing the natural drainage.NorthRiver plans to deactivate the Buckinghorse Road starting September 1, 2019.
New Delhi: All good things must come to an end, and that stands true for hugely popular shows like ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Suits’. Here are some shows that are coming to an end soon: GoT: With a storyline that paints a whimsical world of dragons and White Walkers on one hand, and stays close to reality by showing how relationships cannot be trusted when it comes to ruling a kingdom, the show, with its story based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, has become a global phenomenon.’Game of Thrones’ Season 8 will premiere internationally on April 14. Suits: The story started when a hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter (essayed Gabriel Macht) took a gamble by hiring a brilliant college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) as an associate in his law firm, and gave the audience a glimpse of the trials and tribulations of the legal world. The drama began in 2011. Supernatural: Credited as the longest-running sci-fi genre show, ‘Supernaturals’ is all about the supernatural and paranormal. It follows brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester as they join their family business of hunting down supernatural monsters. Big Bang Theory: This show’s universe originated with the story of how four nerds – react when a girl enters their life as a friendly neighbour. Other shows include ‘Modern Family’, ‘Arrow’, etc.
New Delhi: The Patliputra Lok Sabha constituency, which was created after the delimitation of 2008, is set to witness a very tight fight as Lalu Prasad’s elder daughter Misa Bharti, who was fielded as RJD candidate after rejecting the candidature of RJD’s old warhorse in 2014 election, is again in the poll arena to take on Ramkripal Yadav.The prestige of both Lalu Prasad and his son Tejashwi Yadav is at stake as Misa Bharti has been fielded against the ‘wishes’ of Tejashwi Yadav. The RJD had ‘wanted’ to field Maner MLA Bhai Virendra from the high profile Patliputra seat in 2019 polls. Though the contest is Yadav vs Yadav and the best Yadav would win the game. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghInterestingly, even though the Patliputra Lok Sabha seat is a completely Yadav-dominated, Lalu Prasad who had contested in 2009 general elections had faced an unprecedented defeat. Notably, Lalu Prasad had contested from Patliputra seat in 2009 when the BJP’s key ally JD(U) had ‘restricted’ incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from holding the election rallies in Bihar. In the neck to neck fight, the RJD supremo had faced unprecedented defeat by JD(U) candidate Ranjan Yadav, who had switched his side from RJD. Lalu Prasad had lost the seat by 24,000 votes, while CPI(ML) candidate Rameshwar Prasad, who had secured 36,000 votes, was at the third position. Later on, Ranjan Yadav became a member of BJP in 2015. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The election of 2014 had become more interesting after Lalu Prasad, who was banned from contesting elections preferred his family member over his old confident and fielded elder daughter Misa Bharti to wrest the prestigious seat. As like Lalu Prasad, Bharti too failed to wrest the seat and lost it to BJP’s Ramkripal Yadav, who had started his political career under the tutelage of Lalu Prasad. Bharti, who faced the defeat by a margin of 40,332 votes, had scored 3,42,940 votes, while BJP nominee Ramkripal Yadav had scored 3,83,262 votes out of the total 9,78,649 votes polled in 2014. According to political experts, the contest is going to be very close as Yadav voters are now stand divided. “Given that both the leaders represent the same community, the best candidate would make it to the final. The circumstances for Misa Bharti have become little favourable in comparison to 2014,” the expert said, adding that during the 2014 polls the sympathy of Yadavs was with Ramkripal as he was being ‘ditched’ by Lalu Prasad. “The situation is all different in 2019 polls as voters of the area are now counting the development works being done by sitting MPs for the community. Voters are judging both the leaders on the parameters of their performance,” the expert said, adding that the contest is all about who has done what in the last 5 years for the area and the community. It’s worth mentioning that Misa Bharti was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha in June 2016. The Patliputra Lok Sabha constituency has six assembly seats — Danapur, Maner, Phulwari (SC), Masaurhi (SC), Paliganj and Bikram. There are about 5 lakh Yadavs, 3 lakh Bhumihars and 4 lakh Kurmi voters in the parliamentary constituency which has about 16.5 lakh voters. Prior to delimitation, Patna was the Bihar’s capital seat which was divided into two Lok Sabha seats – Patliputra and Patna Sahib. Patliputra comprises of rural areas while Patna Sahib comprises of mostly urban areas.
OSU redshirt junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) jukes a Scarlet player during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWhen the wide receivers met with their position coach, Zach Smith, and the rest of the offensive coaching staff in the offseason between the Fiesta Bowl and the start of spring camp, they knew things had to change.Following Saturday’s spring game where the top five wideouts reeled in 24 catches for 327 yards and four touchdowns, it appears that the unit has been resurrected for the time being.But it remains a priority for the offense moving into summer workouts and fall camp.“I saw some guys, some receivers really step up and make some nice plays,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said Saturday postgame.Redshirt junior Parris Campbell grabbed five receptions for 46 yards in one quarter of play, redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill had six receptions for 62 yards, redshirt junior Terry McLaurin scored twice with 80 yards on four catches, and redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon led the team with six catches for 108 yards and two scores.OSU’s passing struggles last season were most evident when the lights were brightest, throwing for an average of 112 yards in the final three games. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett ranked 55th in passing efficiency in 2016, while the team was 81st in passing yards per game with 213.9. Barrett said after the spring game that with a group of experienced receivers this coming season, the mindset has changed.“Now, I think we’re at the point where we have older guys in that room now just understanding what we’re trying to do offensively,” he said. “I think a lot of times … you’re just like, ‘I have my route, I see my coverage and then that’s it.’ But now really understanding what we’re trying to do on offense with certain plays and who’s going to get open and be able to help those guys — help each other in that room — not just saying (it’s) just me getting the ball.”OSU’s new offensive coordinators, Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day, unleashed the passing game in Saturday’s annual Scarlet-Gray spring game. The quarterbacks threw for 654 yards with seven touchdowns to one interception. While that’s the start the two wanted, the receiving unit had a similarly strong showing in the 2016 annual team scrimmage that didn’t carry over to the real stage and often floundered even more in crucial moments. Now that the receiving corps has its base to build on, the rest of the offseason up until Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana, will be dedicated to continuing to return to the electrifying offense OSU had in 2014, when the Buckeyes averaged nearly 250 yards per game through the air.Barrett said now that the receivers have displayed their potential, it’s time for he and the receivers to polish the details.“I remember, for example, me and Noah (Brown) last year, we worked on back-shoulder fades all the time,” he said. “And then it came up in the game several times whether it be Oklahoma or it came up against Wisconsin (in) overtime. So those are the little things that you work on. Red-zone timing, because that’s when you really have time for that, but also too, that’s the little details that you need, especially in the red-zone area.”Dixon finally had his breakout game after missing nearly the entirety of the past three seasons, so his confidence in the wide receivers being showstoppers in 2017 might seem a bit skewed. However, Meyer will be looking closely at the unit to make that leap before August.“I think the unit, Zone 6, we can make a big impact,” Dixon said. “Right now, we just know we have to enhance everything because we felt like this spring, we’ve done so good. What we do, we just have to enhance it and keep going and get better.”
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Niko Kovac has his players back on side after having discussions with some of the players following a poor start to the season.The Bavarians got a 3-0 win over the Kovac’s former club Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, as Franck Ribery scored a brace and Rafinha rounded things off late on.The victory was Bayern’s fifth in a row in the Bundesliga, suggesting an upturn in their fortunes in the league.The German champions go into the mid-season break six points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund and look certain to mount a title challenge when the league resumes next month.Rummenigge is of the opinion that talks with certain players have helped Kovac turn the club’s season around, despite having come close to losing his job.“Niko and the team are one again,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“There have been discussions with Niko and some players, which has led a bit to the team re-joining with the coach.”“It was important that we reacted well, which has made the team very well with the coach.”Meanwhile, Kovac revealed he was impressed with the way his team raised their game after a nervy start, accepting they made mistakes in the first 20 minutes.“It was a really good game of our team after the first 20 minutes, because we did not manage to stop the counter-attack or we made one or the other mistakes [early on],” Kovac told reporters.“After that, we raised what we wanted. We ran the ball fast with few touches, so the opponent did not get into the pressing. The last games were very good, that’s what makes Bayern the winner.”