GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County H.S. defensive end CeCe Jefferson was one of the top players in Florida and top defensive ends in the 2015 class. He ranked as the seventh-rated prospect overall in 247Sports’ national Composite Rankings. When Jefferson committed to and signed with Florida in February, it was a major coup for new Gators’ head coach Jim McElwain and his staff. Keeping a player of his caliber home is crucial to UF’s success.Besides McElwain, there’s one other prominent Florida resident who is happy Jefferson is staying in-state to play for the Gators. Florida Governor Rick Scott sent a personalized letter to Jefferson at his school congratulating him on his success and for staying local.pic.twitter.com/8Hf8TVQ2po— CeCe Jefferson (@cecejeferson7) March 31, 2015Pretty cool. We’ll see if Scott sent these to any other players who signed with the Gators (or other in-state institutions) as well.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The chorus of Hollywood stars denouncing film producer Harvey Weinstein echoed across the Atlantic on Friday, even as his brother said the embattled production company that bears both their names insisted business was “continuing as usual.”Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co. issued a statement saying the company wasn’t shutting down or exploring a sale following allegations that co-founder Weinstein sexually harassed or sexually assaulted dozens of women. The statement mentioned a slate of three upcoming films — “Polaroid,” ”Paddington 2″ and “War with Grandpa” — and said: “Business is continuing as usual as the company moves ahead.”The public pressure increased on the one-time movie mogul, with Oscar-winners and former Weinstein colleagues Emma Thompson and Quentin Tarantino airing their displeasure, and more actresses coming forward to describe harrowing hotel encounters with movie mogul.“I don’t think you can describe him as a sex addict — he’s a predator. There’s a difference,” Thompson, who starred in the Weinstein produced film “Brideshead Revisited,” said on BBC Two’s “Newsnight.” ”What he’s at the top of the ladder of is a system of harassment and belittling and bullying and interference.”Some 30 women — including actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow — have spoken out recently to say Weinstein had sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them. Weinstein was fired Sunday by The Weinstein Co., a studio he co-founded with his brother. Harvey Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sexual conduct with any women.Thompson said she had only “business contact” with Weinstein but recalled his “bullying behaviour.” The actress said there are “many” men in Hollywood in the Weinstein vein and asked: “Does it only count if you really have done it to loads and loads and loads of women or does it count if you do it to one woman, once? I think the latter.”Tarantino said he was “stunned and heartbroken” about the allegations, but needed time to wrap his head around it. In a brief statement via Twitter relayed by Amber Tamblyn, Tarantino, whose films “Reservoir Dogs,” ”Pulp Fiction” and “The Hateful Eight” were produced by Weinstein, says he will address the issue soon.“For the last week I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein. I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”More actresses took to social media to describe uncomfortable past meetings Weinstein had requested with them in hotels.Minka Kelly said on Instagram on Friday that after meeting Weinstein at an industry party, he invited her to his hotel room. Uncomfortable with that, they instead met at a hotel restaurant, joined by an assistant who left shortly afterward.Kelly said Weinstein suggested he’d give her “a lavish life filled with trips around the world on private planes” if she agreed to be his girlfriend. She declined, saying she wanted to keep things professional, and excused herself. He allegedly responded: “I trust you won’t tell anyone about this.”Kelly, who had a role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which was produced by Weinstein’s company, said she spoke out to add her voice to those demanding such abuses end.“I’m sorry for obliging his orders to be complicit in protecting his behaviour, which he obviously knew was wrong or he wouldn’t have asked me not to tell anyone in the first place,” she wrote.Claire Forlani, who starred in “Meet Joe Black,” said she also felt regret for not speaking up sooner about multiple meetings in her 20s with Weinstein, a man she recalled requested massages and whom she called in a tweeted statement a “master manipulator.”“I had two Peninsula Hotel meetings in the evening with Harvey and all I remember was I ducked, dived and ultimately got out of there without getting slobbered over, well just a bit,” she wrote. He bragged about the actresses he had slept with “and what he had done for them.”Social media remained a flashpoint. Rose McGowan, one accuser who has heavily relied on Twitter, was locked out of her account over what the company said were violations of its terms of service, prompting a protest movement using the hashtag WomenBoycottTwitter.In response, Twitter issued a statement, saying it was “proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.”Pushback against Weinstein and his company also came after Showtime said it will not move forward with an Oliver Stone drama in development, “Guantanamo,” unless The Weinstein Co. was removed as a producer.The drama about detainees at Guantanamo Bay had not yet been approved for a series and scripts are currently being written. Showtime was a partner with The Weinstein Co. in the project but the network said Friday “we do not intend to move forward with the current configuration of the project and are exploring our options.”Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and director David O. Russell said late Friday that they had agreed to scrap an untitled Amazon Studios series that was being produced by The Weinstein Co. The move came one day after Amazon Studios suspended its chief, Roy Price, after a producer on another series publicly accused him of making crude comments directed at her.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico’s governor announced Monday that he is moving to privatize the U.S. territory’s public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from Hurricane Maria focused new attention on longstanding accusations of mismanagement and corruption.Nearly 30 per cent of customers on this island of 3.3 million people remain without power more than four months after Hurricane Maria. Many blame the failings of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA.Its director was forced out in November after the utility failed to immediately call for help from its mainland counterparts after the storm. Instead, PREPA granted a power-restoration contract to a little-known company that the utility was later forced to rescind. Most recently, PREPA was blamed for the failure to distribute badly needed parts found in one of its warehouses even as repairs went undone for lack of supplies.Founded in 1979 as a public utility run by appointees of the island’s governor, PREPA is worth roughly $4 billion and has $9 billion in debt and years before Maria’s September landfall, the company was criticized for political patronage and inefficiency. It was also beset by frequent blackouts, including an island-wide outage in September 2016.“The Electric Power Authority has become a heavy burden for our people, who today are held hostage by its poor service and high cost,” Gov. Ricardo Rossello said. “The deficient and obsolete system of generation and distribution of energy is one of the great impediments to our economic development.”Power bills on the island have long been double the average of those on the U.S. mainland, in part because imported petroleum products supply three-fourths of the energy consumed in Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Because PREPA is bankrupt, a federal judge will have to approve the sale, in addition to the island’s legislature.“It’s sad that they’ve waited so long to do this,” said economist Gustavo Velez. “If they find not only a good buyer, but a good operator that invests the money that is needed, that clearly is very good news.”In the next couple of days, government officials will begin working with legislators to begin defining how to sell the utility’s assets. Rossello said the process could take around 18 months.Carlos Mendez, majority leader in Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, said he will ensure the body backs the governor’s objective.“Either we remain as we are, or we take the decisions needed to push Puerto Rico ahead and lift our economy up once again,” he said.Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz was more reserved, saying he would analyze the proposal and make sure that any changes guarantee an “adequate, efficient and affordable” electrical service for all Puerto Ricans.He also pledged to protect the utility’s workers as the island struggles with an unemployment rate of 10 per cent.Rossello said privatization would bring more affordable rates and better service to consumers and help attract more business to an island mired in an 11-year-old recession.But Sen. Juan Dalmau, whose party supports independence for Puerto Rico, said privatization would not necessarily translate into efficiency or savings.“The message is a manipulation of the justified hopelessness of an island facing a lack of power after the hurricane,” he said.Union leaders said they wouldn’t comment until Tuesday. A spokesman for the utility did not respond to calls seeking for comment.Rossello said PREPA’s electrical grid is not designed for Puerto Rico’s current needs, noting that the greatest demand exists in the northern part of the island, while the main generation plants are in the south. Rossello said PREPA’s infrastructure is nearly 30 years older than the industry average. The company has lost 30 per cent of its employees in the last five years, 86 per cent of whom worked in maintenance, he said.“With this transformation of PREPA, you will cease being its hostage,” he said. “The public corporation has had a historically deficient administration that has maintained a virtual monopoly on power generation in Puerto Rico.”
The School District has also announced that Bill Lindsay and Dori Auger have been named as the Chief and Deputy Chief Electoral Officers for the election.School Trustees are elected for four-year terms.Anyone can submit their nomination to become a Board Trustee, provided they are a Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age, have been a resident of B.C. since April 19th, and are not disqualified by the School Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, elected to, or holding office as a trustee.The School District will begin accepting nominations from prospective trustees from September 4th to September 14th, with the campaign period running from September 22nd to October 20th, which is also general voting day.For more information about the upcoming School Board election, visit School District #60’s website: https://www.prn.bc.ca/?p=3729#more-3729. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District #60 has announced the details for the upcoming school board trustee election, which is taking place in conjunction with the local government elections on October 20th.The upcoming election will see a total of seven trustees elected: one trustee will represent each of the School District’s areas with the exception of Area 5, which will be represented by three trustees.A map of the five School District 60 electoral areas. Supplied photo.
London: Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was on Thursday arrested after staying in Ecuador’s embassy in London for seven years as the South American country withdrew the asylum granted to him. Scotland Yard confirmed the arrest and said its officers had executed a warrant against Assange dating back to June 2012 for breach of bail conditions in the UK. The 47-year-old Australian-born has been holed up in a back room of the Ecuador embassy in central London for nearly seven years since his arrest on sexual assault charges in Sweden. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He claimed asylum on the grounds that he feared ultimate extradition to the US, where he faces a possible death sentence or torture for Wikileaks’ alleged leak of American secrets. “He (Assange) has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible,” a Metropolitan Police statement said, adding that Assange had been arrested on a warrant issued by the same court on 29 June 2012, for “failing to surrender to the court”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The MPS (Met Police Service) had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum,” the statement said. Assange sought refuge at the Ecuador Embassy in Knightsbridge in June 2012, having lost an appeal against extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and sexual assault that went up to the UK Supreme Court. While the Swedish case has since been dropped, Assange was wanted by Scotland Yard for breach of bail and faced arrest the moment he stepped out of the diplomatically immune territory. But once that immunity was lifted, he was taken into custody. The UK government welcomed the arrest, which it said was the result of “extensive dialogue” between the UK and Ecuador. “Nearly seven years after entering the Ecuadorian embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @MetPoliceUK for its professionalism. No one is above the law,” UK home secretary Sajid Javid said in a Twitter statement. UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt echoed the sentiment in his own Twitter message to say that Assange was no “hero” and hidden from the truth for years. “It is absolutely right that Assange will face justice in the proper way in the UK. It is for the courts to decide what happens next. We are very grateful to the Government of Ecuador under President Moreno for the action they have taken,” added UK Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan. Ecuador’s President, Lenin Moreno, said the country has withdrawn Assange’s asylum after he repeatedly violated the conditions of his asylum. “In a sovereign decision, Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols,” said Moreno. The relationship between Assange and his host country has soured considerably in recent months, resulting in the WkiLeaks co-founder taking legal action against Ecuador last October for allegedly violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”. He was placed under a new set of house rules and allowed only limited internet access. “Ecuador’s measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community,” a Wikileaks statement said at the time. The US authorities have never officially confirmed that they have charged Assange but the criminal charges related to the publication of classified documents were accidentally made public last year and WikiLeaks fears his extradition to the US. In December 2017, Ecuador gave Assange citizenship, and was reportedly preparing to appoint him to a diplomatic post in Russia, but the British government made clear that if he left the embassy, he would be arrested.
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mini roadshow in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad – where he had gone to vote Tuesday – is being examined, the Election Commission has said. Ahead of casting his vote, the Prime Minister rode an open jeep, walked down the road and even gave a short address. Following protests from the opposition leaders, the Commission said Tuesday evening that it had sought a report on the matter from the Chief Election Officer of Gujarat. “The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is a voter ID. I can say with certainty that the voter ID is much, much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs,” PM Modi said on his “IED vs voter ID” theme that appeared to be a reminder of his government’s national security plank.
New Delhi: A 35-year-old man was killed and two girls in their twenties injured after a battery rickshaw they were travelling in was rammed by a Honda city car at Jail Road Khalsa School in Hari Nagar. During preliminary enquiry, it was revealed that the driver of Honda City car was driving his vehicle rashly and negligently hit one E-Rickshaw causing injuries to Mohd Tahir age-42 (driver of e-rickshaw), one girl Kanchan age-22 years and one female Rakesh age-32 yearrs. The injured persons immediately shifted to DDU where Mohd Tahir has been declared brought dead by doctor. Legal action is being taken as per Law. The driver is absconding after the accident and the police team has been formed to arrest the driver. The owner of the car has been identified.
Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) hugs redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett following a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double-overtime, 31-24. Credit: Lantern file photoWith the Ohio State football team returning most of its starters from last season’s national championship team, many have lofty expectations for the team and the individual players.Members of the team have been named on 11 different major preseason award watch lists through Wednesday afternoon, including four players on the Maxwell Award watch list for the best offensive player in the nation.Quarterbacks Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, who are set to compete for the starting job, were put on the Maxwell Award watch list, as was junior running back Ezekiel Elliott.Miller and Barrett have combined to win the last three Big Ten Quarterback of the Year awards but are each returning from last season’s season-ending injuries. Miller injured his shoulder before the season started, while Barrett sustained an ankle injury in the final game of the regular season.Barrett was replaced for the Big Ten championship game and inaugural College Football Playoff by Jones, who threw for 742 yards in the three games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.Redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall and junior Dontre Wilson, a pair of H-backs, were each named to the Hornung Award watch list, given to the most versatile player in the country.Fellow offensive weapons Nick Vannett and Michael Thomas were named to the Mackey Award, given to the top tight end, and Biletnikoff Award, given to the top receiver, watch lists, respectively.Three of the five players expected to start on the offensive line were named to watch lists, as well. Senior Jacoby Boren was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list, awarded to the top center in the nation, while senior Taylor Decker and junior Pat Elflein were added to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, given to the top interior lineman.Senior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington also represented OSU on the Outland Trophy watch list.Bosa, Decker, Elflein, Washington and sophomore linebacker Darron Lee were listed on the Lombardi Award watch list, presented to the top down lineman. The award can go to an offensive or defensive lineman or linebacker.The top defensive honor, the Bednarik Award, also saw two OSU players on its watch list. Junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa and senior linebacker Joshua Perry were named to the Bednarik Award list.Junior safety Vonn Bell, who pulled in six interceptions last season, was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, given to the top defensive back.Finally, the OSU special teams were represented on the Ray Guy Award watch list, honoring the nation’s top punter, which included junior Cameron Johnston.OSU was shut out of the award recipients last season, but it did boast three players on the AP All-American team: Bosa as a unanimous first-team selection and Barrett and defensive lineman Michael Bennett, now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, on the third team. Correction: An earlier version of the story said the Biletnikoff Award is given to the top wide receiver in the nation, when it is in fact awarded to the top receiver regardless of position.
Turnovers and Kaleb Wesson fouls.These were the areas that have continually caused trouble for Ohio State, and two of the main reasons the Buckeyes have lost six of their past seven games.Against Rutgers, the sophomore forward and Ohio State’s leading scorer returned to form, scoring 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including three 3s, to lead the Buckeyes to a 76-62 win against the Scarlet Knights.“The game today was, I think a complete game for us in a lot of ways,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “Obviously Kaleb gave us a great lift there offensively … it was a good win.”Coming into the game, Wesson had 21 personal fouls and 13 made baskets in his past five games. On Saturday, Wesson scored 21 of his points in the first half, including the first 12 overall points for the Buckeyes and 19 of their first 24, finishing the half with zero fouls.The rest of the team scored 16 points and shot 5-of-19 in the first 20 minutes.“It’s been a tough stretch of games,” Wesson said. “I haven’t been scoring a lot, it just felt good to finally let the ball go in the rim, and my teammates finding me, it felt real good.”As Wesson’s foul trouble went away — Wesson didn’t record his first foul until more than 10 minutes into the second half — so did the turnover issues. A game after Ohio State recorded 19 turnovers against Michigan, the Buckeyes committed six turnovers, and zero in the first half.Ohio State’s first turnover of the game came 2:26 into the second half.“Last couple games, we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot just having a lot of turnovers ,” senior guard C.J. Jackson said. “We have to do a little extra conditioning for turning the ball over, so I think that helped translate to today.”Kaleb Wesson found ways to stay in the game and out of foul trouble, but his brother didn’t.Junior forward Andre Wesson fouled out with 6:43 to go in the second half, finishing the game with five points, three rebounds and two assists on 1-of-6 shooting in 26 minutes.After holding the Scarlet Knights to 40.7 percent shooting and 25 percent from 3 in the first half, Rutgers found some space in the second half, shooting 13-of-28 overall.“I did not think we were as alert or as active defensively as we need to be, and that’s a concern for me,” Holtmann said. “Obviously our shot making can cover up some things, and we made 13 3s, and I think our guys took great shots and our guys screened well, and the quality of shot was a high level.”Ohio State maintained control in the second half through its offense, led mainly by Jackson.Jackson led the team with a plus-22, and finished the game with 20 points, shooting 57.1 percent from the field. 17 of his points came in the second half on 7-of-11 shooting.“We just wanted to stay aggressive, we wanted to come out and finish the 40 minutes that we always talk about,” Jackson said. “I looked to be a little bit more aggressive in the second half than in the first half, and my teammates found me in great positions.”Rutgers gained the lead early on in the game, scoring four layups to take an 8-4 lead. From there, the Buckeyes went on an 18-3 run to go up 22-11, a lead they didn’t give up for the rest of the game.Rebounding was an issue for Ohio State throughout the game, with Rutgers outrebounding the Buckeyes 21-12 in the first half, and finishing with a 36-25 advantage on the glass.Junior forward Eugene Omoruyi led the Scarlet Knights in major categories, scoring 19 points, and six assists, also adding eight rebounds. Freshman guard Luther Muhammad and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods were the other two Buckeyes to finish the game in double figures, scoring 11 and 12 points, respectively.The victory is the fifth-best win for Ohio State thus far, according to KenPom.com, with Minnesota, UCLA, Creighton and Cincinnati being the teams ranked higher.Ohio State takes on Penn State at home at 7 p.m. on Thursday.