U.S. Investors Bullish on Indian Real Estate

first_imgAnoop Dave, a real estate consultant in Philadelphia, recalls a dinner conversation he had two years ago with a senior Goldman Sachs executive involved in the firm’s global real estate investments. This executive swore he would never invest in India, adding that his determination had been cemented by impressions formed after a recent visit to the country.Times change. For about a year now, Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds have been exploring the Indian market and checking out potential investment partners. In March 2005, the firm announced it planned to invest up to $1 billion over the next two years in Indian private equity, real estate, private wealth management, and other businesses in India for its institutional clients. A month later, California Public Employees’ Retirement System invested $100 million in a $400 million real estate fund promoted by India’s Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services.At last count, international funds had reportedly invested some $2.5 billion in Indian real estate. Nearly two dozen domestic funds have raised another $3.5 billion for similar investments, including Wall Street powerhouses such as J. P. Morgan, Warburg Pincus, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, the Blackstone Group, Colony Capital, Starwood Capital, etc.Rising ReturnsAll these companies are encouraged by Indian policy changes in February 2005 that allow foreign investment of up to 100% in construction development projects with fast-track approvals. The real attraction is investment returns of potentially 25% and more in Indian projects that might be hard to come by today in the U.S. and Western Europe. India’s urban office space market is tiny at about 60 million sq. ft., compared with New York City’s 400 million sq. ft. or New Jersey’s 175 million sq. ft. (Bangalore, in southern India, has 25 million sq. ft. of office and high-tech space, of which 9 million sq. ft. was built last year.) Investors could view that as a glass half-full or half-empty.Investors from Asia have been among the earliest to jump into India’s construction development industry, firming up a presence established before the latest hreforms. Large Singaporean development companies that already have projects underway in India are Ascendas, CapitaLand and Keppel Land. In June 2005, Ascendas launched its $350 million “Ascendas India IT Parks Fund,” with investments in two IT parks – the International Tech Park in Bangalore and the Vanenburg IT Park in Hyderabad. Keppel Land has stakes in several IT parks across the country. Indonesia’s biggest conglomerate, the Salim Group, has proposed four investment projects in West Bengal – a “health city,” a “knowledge city,” a special economic zone and an express highway that will account for 1,500 acres.Enter the DeveloperTishman Speyer is among the first U.S. developers to invest in India. In April 2005, the New York City-based firm formed a joint development company with ICICI Venture Funds of Mumbai that will have a war chest including leverage of up to $2.5 billion. Tishman Speyer and ICICI Venture Funds are bringing in $300 million each in equity and will invest equally in projects. Kishore Gotety, ICICI Venture Funds’ director of investments, says the internal rate of return net of developer margins and fees could be between 25% and 28%. He says returns were “in excess of 100%” in some markets such as Devanahalli in Bangalore, where a new international airport is being planned. He believes returns could be equally high in other locations earmarked for large infrastructure projects.So far, the Tishman Speyer-ICICI Venture Funds company has signed memorandums of understanding for two ventures in India. One is a $200-million project for residential and commercial development on 42 acres in Bangalore’s prime Whitefield suburb. The project is in the final stages of due diligence, and the Tishman Speyer-ICICI Venture Funds company has struck a deal to buy the land. Gotety expects to have the residential component ready for occupancy within two years. The commercial space is expected to be ready in five years. While it will initially be leased to tenants, plans are to sell it eventually. The second project is in Devanahalli, where Tishman Speyer and ICICI Venture Funds are buying a 25-acre lot whose final use has not yet been decided, says Gotety. An earlier plan for a development project in Pune, 100 miles south of Mumbai, has been shelved for now.“This is a long-term partnership,” says Gotety about ICICI Venture Funds’ venture with Tishman Speyer. He explains that the U.S. developer has “relationships with large tenants that we find very valuable. We are able to contribute with our access to institutional land owners and banks and our local influence.” He believes that once the current fund with Tishman Speyer kicks off, “very shortly we will need more capital.”Gotety has no complaints about the government’s revised construction development policy, though he worries that too much money could inflate short-term property prices to unjustifiable levels that will hurt later investors. He says it is important to ensure that price spikes are not driven by speculators. But that is not an immediate worry; he adds that most of the market is driven by users, and that about 70% of the bookings in residential projects “are made by the people who want to live in those houses.”Gotety believes that Indian real estate is unlikely to face speculative bubbles like those in other Asian markets in the mid-to-late 1990s. He points to India’s conservative ratios for “floor space indices” (FAR or “floor area ratio” in the U.S.), which measure the relationship between the size of a lot and the total space that can be built on it. That index is between 1 and 2 in most Indian markets, while in land-constrained Hong Kong, it went up to more than 10.New York City-based developer Vornado Realty Trust has teamed up with the Chatterjee Group, a venture capital firm also located in New York City. The Chatterjee Group has more than $1.5 billion in investments, including some in Indian real estate development projects and business process outsourcing operations. Vornado’s investments through this partnership are primarily in the booming market for information technology parks in cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Navi Mumbai.Vornado’s president Michael Fascitelli declines to detail the company’s investments in India, but says that it plans to create a fund that will co-invest with its Indian partner. Initially, Vornado will be a minority partner in the fund. “It will buy and develop corporate properties all over India,” says Fascitelli. “We are encouraged by the growth of India and the opportunistic play in that market.” He adds that while his company has targeted China and India as the top destinations among emerging markets for real estate investments, India scores higher marks. “We feel more comfortable about India than we feel about China,” he says.The lay of land for development in India has improved in several other areas over the years, according to Marja Hoek-Smit, director of the International Housing Finance Program at Wharton’s Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center. “You have to lower the transaction costs,” she says. “India has had a problem with high stamp duties, and they are addressing it state by state.”She says land assembly procedures have been simplified with the removal of India’s land ceiling act. “The land ceiling act made it difficult for private investors to accumulate land for development, and governments in different states have eliminated the law.” Hoek-Smit says zoning and permitting regulations, while having been simplified, “are still major constraints for development both because of the rules themselves but also because so many different agencies have overlapping jurisdictions. Simplifying the process is as important as improving the zoning, planning and subdivision rules.”Wharton real estate professor Peter Linneman discussed some of these challenges in a 2001 paper titled, “International Real Estate Investing.” According to the paper, “One of the most difficult questions faced when deciding to enter a local real estate market is whether to use a local partner.” Linneman acknowledges that local partners bring knowledge and expertise, but they also play by a different set of rules.“All too often foreign investors find that their local partners use their powers to re-strike their partnership, and that there is little that can be done to stop them.” Linneman says an alternative is for foreign investors to build their own “deep local infrastructure,” but that requires a much greater commitment of capital and managerial effort.Choosing the right investment vehicle is also difficult. U.S. investors who weigh buying equity in an existing Indian developer worry about control and their downside exposure if the company defaults. Another option is to set up special purpose vehicles, but here the Indian developer could cherry-pick the more lucrative projects for its own firm, and leave the riskier ones for the joint venture. Dave says U.S. private equity funds are trying to deal with such situations with an array of contractual restrictions.Brokerage DealsWhile many U.S. investors are still testing the waters, real estate services firms with existing operations in India are on a roll. Anshuman Magazine, managing director of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) South Asia based in New Delhi, joined CBRE in 1994 to launch its Indian operations – the first by a foreign brokerage firm. Today, he runs operations in 66 cities in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal from his New Delhi base, with 600 employees in seven cities. It has property management contracts totaling 25 million sq. ft. in 14 cities, and has advised on construction projects of more than 10 million sq. ft. in just the last two years.Cushman & Wakefield of New York City entered India in 1997, and the firm has since grown to offices in four cities with 350 employees. Many of its global clients have significant operations in India, including HSBC, Verizon, IBM, Lucent Technologies and Boeing. Arshpreet Chaudhry, managing director of client solutions at Cushman & Wakefield in New York City, who oversees his firm’s India strategy sees big gains around the corner. “Real estate and construction development in India will have availability of cheaper, long-term capital from international lenders,” he says. “Foreign developers will encourage implementation of international best practices, and prices will get competitive for better quality.”The $5-Billion QuestionDepending on whom you ask, the total equity capital headed for Indian real estate is between $3 billion and $5 billion – and that could be just the beginning.What lessons can India learn from similar hreforms in other emerging markets? Wharton’s Hoek-Smit believes there are many. She points to Thailand as an example of well-executed real estate policy hreforms. Thailand adjusted its regulations and approval procedures related to urban development to facilitate moderate income housing development. The second measure it took was to make housing finance more widely available. Hoek-Smit says Thailand started that process withreforms at its state housing bank, which before the mid-1980s “was hindering the creation of a competitive playing field for mortgage lending.” The Thai government revamped the bank’s management in the late 1980s, which pegged its rates just below the rest of the market. “They gradually teased the market down into serving a lower income clientele as spreads came down,” she says.Soon, the resulting competition lowered the average mortgage lending rate from 15% to between 7% and 8%. The newly energized state housing bank works on other fronts as well such as improving borrowers’ credit information and setting up a credit bureau. Hoek-Smit says Thailand carried its hreforms across the system, making it easier to get development rights and smaller plot sizes to build affordable housing.When Hoek-Smit revisited Thailand in 2000 after the real estate crisis had blown over, she saw the net positive effect. “If you were at the 20th percentile of income distribution, you could buy a small new apartment and receive mortgage finance to pay for it, and that is unique,” she says. “In most emerging economies, the lowest priced new construction is affordable only for the 60th and 70th percentile of the income distribution.”Vornado’s Fascitelli says he expects high returns from investments in India “because of the risks.” He admits that he has “tons of concerns” about investing in India. “It is a developing market, and global business practices are being established slowly,” he says. “It’s a high-growth, developing economy, like a child becoming an adult.”Whatever the temptations, there are some who won’t allow themselves to be swayed. Wharton’s Linneman says there’s certainly money to be made from investing in Indian real estate, but he is convinced that “developing is for locals.” “India is a place where Indians will make money but I am not sure Americans will; it’s the same thing with China,” he says. “I don’t even want to develop in St. Louis, much less in Bangalore.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Geje Eustaquio, Filipinos banner ONE: Hero’s Ascent in Manila

first_imgBanario is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Rahul Raju back in November and that win was his sixth victory in seven matches. Tynanes, meanwhile, owns a win over Folayang when the two fought in December of 2012 and the undefeated Hawaiian will make his return to the cage after three years. Danny Kingad looks to pick up where he left off and sustain his strong form in 2019 after sweeping his three fights in 2018.Kingad (8-1) will take on Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada in a bout between flyweight championship contenders.Thailand’s rising star Rodtang Jitmuangnon will return to the ONE Super Series on a Muay Thai bout against Tunisia’s Fahdi Khaled.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Moraes (17-3) was the first to score a victory when he submitted Eustaquio (11-6) via guillotine choke 3:54 into the second round of their March 2015 fight. Eustaquio got his revenge three years later when he earned a split decision win to take the flyweight strap. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionA couple more Team Lakay fighters are also slated to fight in the card with former featherweight champion Honorio Banario (14-7) taking on undefeated Lowen Tynanes (9-0) in the quarterfinals of the ONE lightweight World Grand Prix.The winner in the eight-man tournament will get a crack at the lightweight title that Eduard Folayang currently holds. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES UST’s EJ Laure to skip UAAP Season 81 View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Rodtang made his ONE Super Series debut in September with a dominating decision win over Sergio Wielzen while Khaled, who trains in Thailand, will make his debut in the promotion.In another Super Series bout, Brown Pinas of Holland will take on Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy.Pinas looks to build on his knockout of Yohan Fairtex in November while Bangpleenoi will make his ONE Championship debut.Elias Mahmoudi of France will make his ONE Super Series debut against Japan’s Yukinori Ogasawara.Back into the mixed martial arts picture, South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee decided to remain in the featherweight division and he will fight the debuting Tang Kai of China.Malaysia’s Mohammed Bin Mahmoud is set to take on Hiroaki Suzuki in the Super Series.Starting off the card are strawweights Egi Rozten of Indonesia and Himanshu Kaushik of India.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—ONE Championship is starting off 2019 with a bang with its first trilogy set as ONE world flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio puts his title on the line against rival Adriano Moraes in ONE: Hero’s Ascent on January 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.Eustaquio and Moraes split their first two title meetings and they will now have a chance to settle things once and for all in Team Lakay’s home country.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

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Microsemi: integrated FPGA-in-the-loop workflow for PolarFire and SmartFusion2 development boards

first_imgMicrosemi announced its collaboration with MathWorks to launch hardware support for FPGA-in-the-loop (FIL) verification workflow with Microsemi FPGA development boards. The new integrated FIL workflow with HDL Coder and HDL Verifier from MathWorks enables customers to automatically generate test benches for hardware description language (HDL) verification, including VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) and Verilog, providing rapid prototyping and verification of designs.The collaboration with MathWorks enables customers to integrate MATLAB, a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization and numeric computation, and Simulink, a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design, with Microsemi’s SmartFusion 2 SoC FPGA and PolarFire FPGA development boards, which allows the stimulation of designs through FIL verification workflow using Microsemi’s development boards. FIL verification workflow enables customers to analyze the results back in MATLAB and Simulink.Microsemi’s Accelerate Ecosystem facilitates collaboration between Microsemi and leading firms in the semiconductor integrated circuit, IP, systems, software, tools and design spaces to integrate, test and deliver pre-validated designs and system-level solutions for end customers in Microsemi’s key vertical markets—aerospace and defense, data center, communications and industrial.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous FII Tech Growth invests in SECONext AAEON updates intelligent vending development kitlast_img read more

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Ox inherits number from Liverpool cult hero

first_imgTransfers Oxlade-Chamberlain inherits Liverpool squad number from departed cult hero Last updated 2 years ago 23:18 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool Getty Transfers Liverpool Premier League The England international midfielder has completed a £35 million move to Anfield from Arsenal and will take the 21 jersey last worn by Lucas Leiva Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has taken the No.21 jersey at Liverpool last worn by club hero Lucas Leiva.The England international completed a £35 million move to Anfield from Arsenal on transfer deadline day.Liverpool 10/1 to win EPL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina His arrival bolsters the midfield options available to Jurgen Klopp, with the 24-year-old helping to fill the void created by Lucas’ departure to Lazio.Not only will he be stepping into the Brazilian’s boots on Merseyside, he will do so wearing the same squad number.The number @Alex_OxChambo will wear at #LFC…  https://t.co/B0xiKSDYqE pic.twitter.com/IRmrtTe6fL— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 31, 2017Oxlade-Chamberlain had been number 15 at Arsenal prior to his departure from the Emirates Stadium.He is taking on a new challenge after six years in north London, where he made 198 appearances in all competitions and scored 20 goals.Klopp moved to secure his signature on the back of a bright start to the 2017-18 campaign which has Liverpool sat second in the Premier League table with seven points from three fixtures.Olxade-Chamberlain will get the opportunity to help them build on that opening and make his debut for the club when the Reds return to domestic competition with a trip to Manchester City on September 9. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Antonio Conte defends Chelsea policy of loaning out young players

first_imgAntonio Conte has sought to justify Chelsea’s policy of loaning out a squad of players while he pushes the board to make further senior signings by Thursday’s transfer deadline. He argues that the youngsters are not ready for the champions’ first team and that involvement would risk damaging their long-term development.The Italian suggested the club had a straightforward choice this summer: to seek to defend their title or to prioritise the progression of younger players and he appeared comfortable at the numbers permitted to depart on temporary deals despite the senior squad lacking depth for a return to the Champions League. Kenneth Omeruo became the 27th player to leave on loan on Friday when he joined Kasimpasa in Turkey for the season, having previously signed a new three-year deal at Chelsea. More exits will be sanctioned in the final week of the window. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter There has been intense frustration among supporters that Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Izzy Brown and Kurt Zouma have been loaned to Premier League clubs for the season while Chelsea’s bench has exposed an apparent lack of depth for an onerous fixture schedule. Furthermore, Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Aké, who had progressed through the academy, departed on permanent deals having grown disillusioned with the constant cycle of loan moves. Chalobah is now set to make his full England debut in the games against Malta and Slovakia.Yet Conte, who handed a teenage Paul Pogba a key role in his Juventus side in 2012, suggested those youngsters leaving on loan were not ready for protracted involvement in the senior setup. “If there are young players who deserve to play regularly and give me a good feeling, then why not [pick them]?” he said. “I put Pogba, at 18, into the team, and for [Claudio] Marchisio. Not a ‘simple’ player. But you must have this type of possibility, [that these] players are ready to play with Chelsea, a great team, otherwise it’s very difficult to make this decision. You must decide if you want to fight for the title or develop your young players. Two different ways. Show me young players who deserve to play regularly for Chelsea, and I’m ready to pick them. Don’t forget my first game in Serie A, I was only 16.“I’m the first person open to do this because another coach did this with me. But you must have the possibilities to do this. Not to invent [them].”Those younger players who did gain game time under the Italian last season were offered only cameos, most notably after the title had been won. Aké, Chalobah, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina made three league starts between them, with Zouma also having three. “But Chalobah played some games, Loftus-Cheek played some games, Aké played the semi-final of the FA Cup, Aina in the League Cup and Kenedy, too,” said Conte. “The question is this: Manchester City and other clubs, are there players from the academy playing regularly [for them]? I don’t know. Share on LinkedIn “It’s very difficult to find [in England]. Now, maybe only [Marcus] Rashford. That’s the one player now, Rashford, who has shown he is strong physically, fast technically, and a really good player. But it’s not easy. Now [Andreas] Christensen, after two seasons on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach to develop himself in Germany, stays with us. He has to fight with David Luiz, Gary Cahill, César Azpilicueta, Antonio Rüdiger to play, but if there is the possibility to play, I’ll put him in. I’m the first to be ready to do this. But it’s very important the young players are ready to play. Otherwise you provoke damage to the players, the club and the team.”Conte has endured a tense summer at Chelsea having grown frustrated at the club’s inability to add significantly to his senior ranks. He still hopes a trio of England internationals – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £35m from Arsenal, Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City and Everton’s Ross Barkley – will join before Thursday’s cut-off, even though they are established players who could further bar the club’s promising youngsters from the first team.“Usually, there is a path for the young players. It’s very difficult to see players when they are 16, 17, 18 years old so they have to develop [on loan elsewhere] and then come back. This is the right way.” Share on WhatsApp Chelsea Chelsea v Everton: match preview Topics news Share on Facebook Chelsea close in on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and chase Ross Barkley Antonio Conte Reuse this content Share via Email Read more The Observer Read more Share on Messenger Transfer windowlast_img read more

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Old Trafford

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 17:22 IST Old Trafford, Manchester (Getty Images)The busiest venue of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Old Trafford, which is the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, will play host to six games, including a semi-final. It will also be the venue for the blockbuster fixture in international cricket when India face Pakistan.Old Trafford has hosted ICC Cricket World Cup in the past too – in the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions of the tournament – with England having played two semi-finals at the venue.England won one, against New Zealand by nine runs in 1979 and losing one to India by six wickets in 1983.The city of Manchester, with their hardworking industrial men and women, is arguably more well-known all over the world because of football with one its clubs Manchester United also having their stadium (also named Old Trafford) just 800 meters away.Old Trafford, the home of the Lancashire County Cricket Club, is England’s second oldest Test venue and is also the same venue where legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne bowled Mike Gatting with the “Ball of the Century” in the 1993 Ashes Test.Old Trafford also recently renamed their Pavilion End the ‘James Anderson End’ after England’s leading Test wicket-taker.Opened: 1857Capacity: 19000Ends: Stretford End, Brian Statham EndLocation: Manchester, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches schedules15:00 IST: IND vs PAK, Match 2215:00 IST: Eng vs AFG, Match 2418:00 IST: WI vs NZ, Match 2915:00 IST: WI vs IND, Match 3418:00 IST: AUS vs RSA, Match 4515:00 IST: TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi-Final (1 v 4)STATS – ODITotal matches: 46Matches won batting first: 18Matches won bowling first: 27advertisementAverage 1st Inns scores: 214Average 2nd Inns scores: 192Highest total recorded: 318/7 (50 Ov) by SL vs EngLowest total recorded: 45/10 (40.3 Ov) by Can vs EngHighest score chased: 286/4 (53.4 Ov) by Eng vs NZLowest score defended: 221/8 (60 Ov) by Eng vs NZFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow Old Trafford Old TraffordWorld Cup 2019: Old Trafford, the home of the Lancashire County Cricket Club, is England’s second oldest Test venue and is also the same venue where legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne bowled Mike Gatting with the “Ball of the Century” in the 1993 Ashes Test.advertisementlast_img read more

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5 Most Common Running Injuries: Tips for Prevention and Treatment

first_imgMake no bones about it, almost everyone who runs will experience pain, discomfort, and possible injury during their career as a runner. The human machine is a complex and interconnected system of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Even with the best preparation and training, this complex machine is still subject to breaking down and sidelining you for a matter of days, weeks, or longer. However, with the proper maintenance, you can reduce your risk of injury and stay healthy.“Runners make up a significant portion of the patients we see at our clinic,” says Grant Hennington, physical therapist and certified running coach based in Seattle, Washington.According to Hennington, the five most common running injuries are patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and hip impingement. Here is a rundown of each injury, along with tips on how to prevent and treat the conditions.Note: This is not meant to replace seeking medical advice. “If pain is creeping into your daily life, not just when running, it’s time to see a medical provider,” Hennington adds.Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Better known as “runner’s knee,” PPS usually manifests itself as pain at the front of the kneecap, aka the patella. This injury, often caused by overuse, creates a tenderness due to inflammation from friction between the patella and your thigh bone, aka the femur. While common in runners, it can also develop due to the repetitive carrying of heavy loads and in older adults.Prevention and Treatment Tips:Therapeutic strengthening exercises targeting the quadriceps and the gluteals.Gentle stretching exercises of the muscles surrounding the hip, knee, and ankle joints.Patellar taping to alter the forces and positional faults at the patellofemoral (kneecap and thigh) joint.Biomechanical or positional training; for example, receiving instruction on the proper mechanics of squatting or lungingAchilles Tendonitis (Tendinopathy)Achilles tendonitis, or tendinopathy, can affect as much as 50 percent of all runners in some capacity during their career. It can be the result of a single acute injury or can be more chronic in nature, caused by the repetitive irritation of the Achilles tendon. This tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel. Injuries can range from mild to severe, with severe often presenting as a rupture of the tendon that requires surgery to repair.Prevention and Treatment Tips:Gentle stretching of the calf and Achilles tendon.Foam rolling of the calf and Achilles tendon.Progressive therapeutic strengthening of the calf and Achilles tendon, incorporating an eccentric loading program in the mix.Plantar Fasciitis When the plantar fascia (a thick band of connective tissue between the heel and forefoot) becomes inflamed or tears, extreme pain in the heel is the result. While the condition can present at any age, it is most prevalent in both men and women in their forties. The pain is most pronounced in the morning upon getting out of bed or after prolonged periods of sitting. On a personal note, I dealt with this affliction for over 12 months and found relief stretching continually throughout the day, especially before getting out of bed each morning.Prevention and Treatment Tips:Gentle stretching exercises targeting the calf and plantar fascia.Gentle rolling of the plantar fascia with a ball (think tennis ball) in order to mobilize and desensitize the tissue.Therapeutic taping of the arch to provide support for the tissue.Therapeutic strengthening and stability exercises of the hip joint in order to improve lower kinetic chain control.Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)This is one of the most common athletic injuries and most often results from a “too much, too soon” scenario. Shin splints occur when too much stress is placed on the shin bone, aka the ribia, and the connective tissue (fascia) connecting the muscles of the lower leg to bone become inflamed or irritated.Prevention and Treatment Tips:Gentle stretching of the calf.Foot stability and control exercises.Hip mobility exercises.Therapeutic taping of the medial longitudinal arch.Hip Impingement Hip impingement involves a change in the shape of the surface of the hip joint and most often crops up in young, active people This change predisposes the joint to damage and can result in pain and stiffness. Prevention and Treatment Tips:Strengthening exercises targeting the gluteals.Gentle stretching of the hip musculature.Hip stability exercises in order to improve dynamic control of hip and lower extremity alignment.Final AdviceHennington also shared some tips for anyone training for a “big race” or seeking to start a new running program:Respect and adhere to the “10 percent rule” in regards to adding mileage. Most injuries occur as a result of the aforementioned “too much, too soon.” It is best to train slow and only increase mileage by 10 percent each week.Have a relationship with a medical professional prior to a big event, including a primary care physician and a physical therapist.Make sure you know what kind of treatment your medical insurance covers ahead of time.Consider utilizing a massage therapist.Article originally published July 24, 2018. Last updated January 2019. Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More How to (Almost) Painlessly Improve Your Running The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady last_img read more

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PHOTOS: G-G and JDF Support Services Batallion

first_imgGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), greets members of the Support and Services Battalion of the Jamaica Defence Force, at King’s House, on Friday (February 15). At second right is Head of the Support and Services Battalion, Dionne Smalling. Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), greets members of the Support and Services Battalion of the Jamaica Defence Force, at King’s House on Friday (February 15). At second right is Head of the Support and Services Battalion, Dionne Smalling. Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (centre), with members of the Support and Services Battalion of the Jamaica Defence Force, when they visited King’s House on Friday (February 15).last_img read more

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Local Government and Community Month Being Celebrated in November

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says there will be a strong focus on community, as the Ministry celebrates Local Government and Community Month in November.“We have stressed the importance of community development because it is important that people understand that the Ministry is not just about cleaning drains. It is not just about providing allocation for councillors… but we do have community development as an integral part of the Ministry’s portfolio agenda,” Mr. McKenzie said.The Minister was speaking at the official launch of Local Government and Community Month at Water Square in Falmouth on November 1.This year, the month is being celebrated under the theme ‘Local Governance: The Pathway to Securing Better Communities’.As part of activities for the month, a major renovation project is to be undertaken at the Kingsvale Police Station in Hanover. Stakeholder meetings are also to be held across the island.“The people in tourism here in Falmouth would be pleased to hear that the Ministry will be having a stakeholders meeting, bringing to the table the tourism sector, so that we can understand what are the needs…and the tourism sector will understand what are the needs of Local Government,” Mr. McKenzie said.Meanwhile, the Local Government Minister is encouraging property owners to pay their property taxes, as this enables the Agencies of the Ministry to provide basic community services, including, garbage collection and the provision of streetlights.“It is your property taxes that is used to pay for streetlights and for public cleansing. It is your property taxes that is required in order to provide community services. So when residents complain that we live in a community and there is no street sign; there are no stop signs, it is your property tax dollar that provide those services,” he emphasized.He also reminded Jamaicans that they can pay their property taxes in instalments. Payments can be made quarterly, half yearly or in full.“Property tax now is no longer one big down payment. You can pay property taxes the same way you put credit on your phone. So you pay what you can afford. Because I don’t know of any government that turns away revenue. But remember if you don’t pay, you can’t complain when your garbage is not collected,” Minister McKenzie said. The Minister was speaking at the official launch of Local Government and Community Month at Water Square in Falmouth on November 1. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says there will be a strong focus on community, as the Ministry celebrates Local Government and Community Month in November. Meanwhile, the Local Government Minister is encouraging property owners to pay their property taxes, as this enables the Agencies of the Ministry to provide basic community services, including, garbage collection and the provision of streetlights.last_img read more

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Cheers and Applause Greet Unveiling of Miss Lou Statue

first_img There were loud cheers and spirited applause from the massive crowd, which gathered in Gordon Town Square, St. Andrew on Friday (Sept. 7) to witness the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue in honour of Jamaica’s late cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately called “Miss Lou.”Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, removed the covering to reveal the statue done by noted sculptor Basil Watson, which depicts Miss Lou’s expressive face and her arms outstretched, appearing to have frozen her in time as she performed one of her many cultural pieces on stage.The unveiling of the monument brought a climatic end to an evening filled with glowing tributes to Miss Lou in song, dance, poetry and personal reflections. The event coincided with the 99th anniversary of the birth of the late cultural ambassador, who was an acclaimed writer, poet, folklorist, educator and radio and television personality.The Prime Minister described Ms. Lou as an outstanding Jamaican “who proudly and without reservation, put our rich cultural heritage on display for the world to see and admire.”“What Miss Lou did, is that she was the first Jamaican to bring our language on the world stage,” he said, noting that she popularised the Jamaican dialect.Mr. Holness pointed out that she was one of the first Jamaicans to be employed to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and she used that platform to bring Jamaican expression to the world.“She was able to do it by also mastering the English language so she was a perfect ambassador,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that with the installation of the statue in Gordon Town, where Miss Lou called home for most of her life, the area will now have even greater cultural value and will be ideal for community tourism.“Very soon we will be making Kingston a port of call for cruise shipping. We will be returning cruise ships to Port Royal and to Victoria Pier….and the tourists will want to not just come and see the Bob Marley statue and (visit) the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) and all the other places, but they are going to come right here in Gordon Town,” he said.The installation of the statue is part of the Government’s plan to upgrade Gordon Town Square and transform it into the Miss Lou Square by the 100th anniversary of her birth next year.“I am very happy that the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be making the appropriate changes to uplift the built environment in the area,” Mr. Holness said.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who was integral to the project’s completion, said the statue pays homage to a woman, who represents the best of the Jamaican people and culture.“It is a great joy for me to see this woman, who so many Jamaicans see as mother, being elevated both physically and psychologically in the minds of the Jamaican social and cultural landscape,” she said.“Miss Lou now has a statue to celebrate her and those who pass by, will look up to her for inspiration and encouragement as we continue our efforts to achieve sustainable prosperity for our people,” she added.Known for writing and performing her poems, folk songs and stories in Jamaican patois, Miss Lou is regarded by many as the “mother of Jamaican culture.”During the 1930’s, she wrote and recited dialect poems and in 1942 she published her first poetry collection, Dialect Verses.After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she hosted the BBC radio shows Caribbean Carnival and West Indian Night. She later taught folklore and drama at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and served as director of the Jamaican Social Welfare Commission from 1959 to 1963.Notable among her many publications is Jamaica Labrish, a collection of folklore and poetry, which was published in 1966. Among the albums she recorded were Jamaican Folk Songs in 1954 and Children’s Jamaican Songs and Games in 1957.Miss Lou also had popular radio monologues, known as Miss Lou’s Views, from 1966 to 1982. Between 1970 and 1982, she hosted a weekly children’s television show, Ring Ding.In recognition of her outstanding work, Miss Lou was bestowed with the Order of Jamaica in 1974 and the Order of Merit in 2001.She received the Norman Manley Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1972; Member of the British Empire in 1960; and the Silver Musgrave Award in 1965 and the Gold Musgrave Award in 1978 from the IOJ.She also received Honorary Doctor of Letters from UWI in 1983, and the York University in Canada in 1988.Harbourfront Centre, a non-profit cultural organisation in Toronto, Canada, named a venue as the Miss Lou Room.Born on September 7, 1919, Miss Lou passed away on July 26, 2006 in Canada and was buried at National Heroes Park in a section reserved for cultural icons.Other stakeholders in the mounting of the statue include Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams; Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, and wife of the Prime Minister, Juliet Holness; the IOJ; Miss Lou’s estate; residents of Gordon Town; and the Jamaican Diaspora, particularly in Canada. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, removed the covering to reveal the statue done by noted sculptor Basil Watson, which depicts Miss Lou’s expressive face and her arms outstretched, appearing to have frozen her in time as she performed one of her many cultural pieces on stage. “Miss Lou now has a statue to celebrate her and those who pass by, will look up to her for inspiration and encouragement as we continue our efforts to achieve sustainable prosperity for our people,” she added. Born on September 7, 1919, Miss Lou passed away on July 26, 2006 in Canada and was buried at National Heroes Park in a section reserved for cultural icons. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Budget Bulletin Tax Changes and Incentives for Nova Scotians

first_img The province is also implementing changes announced in the May 4 budget address to maintain revenues. These include: The province of Nova Scotia is introducing enhanced credits and rebates to make life more affordable for Nova Scotian families and to improve our productivity and competitiveness. Tax relief from changes to the basic personal amount and other non-refundable personal tax credits will proceed in 2009 and 2010 as planned. Previously announced reductions in the large corporations tax will also continue as legislated. This fiscal year, new measures will provide tax relief and other incentives for priority areas, including: expanded HST rebates on household electricity and new home construction increased incentives for retaining new university and college graduates a new manufacturing and processing investment rebate a higher Equity Tax Credit rate introduction of Tax-Free Savings Accounts announced in the 2008–09 federal budget (the province will also allow investments made under the Equity Tax Credit Act to be held in Tax Free Savings Accounts) increasing the maximum amount that can be withdrawn from an RRSP under a Home Buyers Plan to $25,000 carrying back decreases in value from a deceased annuitant’s RRSP or RRIF to be deducted against year-of-death income accelerated Capital Cost Allowance for computers acquired after Jan. 27, 2009 accelerated Capital Cost Allowance for manufacturing and processing equipment (announced in the 2007–08 federal budget, extended in the 2008–09 federal budget, and adjusted to reflect straight-line accelerated CCA in 2010 as part of the 2009–10 federal budget) KEY MEASURES Your Energy Rebate On Oct. 1, the government will implement a rebate of the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on residential electricity usage below the current 27.4 kWh per day threshold. Your Energy Rebate will now cover all residential electricity usage including the monthly basic charge. This enhancement to the rebate will reduce home energy bills by approximately $15 million in 2009–10. Graduate Retention Rebate The government is increasing and extending the incentive for new graduates to live and work in Nova Scotia. The Graduate Retention Rebate will offer graduates with a recent university degree a tax reduction of up to $15,000 over six years, to a maximum of $2,500 per year. College diploma and certificate graduates will be eligible for a tax reduction of up to $7,500 over six years, to a maximum of $1,250 per year. Students who graduate in 2009 and thereafter will be able to take advantage of this program. The Canada Revenue Agency will administer the Graduate Retention Rebate as part of the annual tax return. Students who graduated in 2006, 2007, and 2008 will still be able to take advantage of any unused credits from the previous Graduate Tax Credit. These credits can be used in the year of graduation or in the two years following graduation.This rebate will replace the $14-million Graduate Tax Credit. Manufacturing and Processing The government will introduce a new Manufacturing and Processing Investment Credit worth 10 per cent of eligible investments made on or after Jan. 1, 2010. This is designed to boost innovation and productivity in Nova Scotia’s manufacturing and processing industries. The details of this $25-million program will be announced after further consultations with the manufacturing industry. The province announced the elimination of the Manufacturing and Processing Tax Credit in 2000. As announced in the 2006–07 budget, the use of credits accumulated under this program will cease on Dec. 31, 2009. Equity Tax Credit The rate of the Equity Tax Credit will be increased from 30 to 35 per cent of the value of eligible investments made, starting in January 2010. The maximum annual claim will be raised from $15,000 to $17,500. The higher tax credit rate is expected to provide over $1 million in new incentives to support investments by Nova Scotians in local enterprises. The Equity Tax Credit and the Labour Sponsored Venture Capital Corporation Tax Credit will both be extended to Feb. 29, 2012. New Home Construction Rebate On July 7, 2009, the government announced a rebate of 50 per cent of the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales tax on new homes that began construction on or after Jan. 1, 2009, and are substantially complete by March 31, 2010. The maximum rebate available is $7,000 and will be limited to 1,500 homes for a total cost in 2009–2010 of $10.5 million. Healthy Living Tax Credit The 2008–09 budget announced the extension of the Healthy Living Tax Credit to all Nova Scotians effective Jan. 1, 2009. The extension of this credit to adult recreation expenses has been deferred. Extension of the Healthy Living Tax Credit to adults will be revisited at a later date. This credit enhancement would have cost $5.3 million in 2009–10. For the 2009 and subsequent taxation years, up to $500 in expenses for children’s sport and recreation registration fees are still eligible for a tax credit. Transit Tax Credit The 2008–09 budget announced a new Transit Tax Credit starting in 2009. The implementation of this credit has been deferred and will be revisited at a later date. This tax credit would have cost $1.5 million in 2009–10. Tobacco Taxes At midnight on June 22, the tobacco tax rate was increased by five cents per cigarette, five cents per proportioned tobacco stick, and five cents per gram of fine cut tobacco. This measure will provide an estimated $21.9 million in additional revenues for 2009–10. Other Tax Changes The government will proceed with other previously legislated tax reductions for both individuals and businesses. These measures will take effect in the 2009 or 2010 taxation years. Basic Personal Amount and Other Non-refundable Credits As announced in the 2006–07 budget, the province is increasing the basic personal amount exempted from personal income taxes by $250 per year over a four-year period. This represents an increase of $1,000 or 13.83 per cent. The province’s other non-refundable credits will also grow by 13.83 per cent over this period. The basic personal amount will increase from $7,731 to $7,981 effective Jan. 1, 2009, and to $8,231 in January 2010. Other non-refundable tax credit amounts will grow by 3.23 per cent in 2009 and 3.13 per cent in 2010. Increases in credit amounts in 2009–10 will save Nova Scotians $19.1 million relative to the 2008 taxation year amounts. Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit For the 2009 tax year, the Volunteer Firefighters and Ground Search and Rescue Tax Credits will increase from $375 to $500. Increasing this refundable tax credit will provide an additional $900,000 to these volunteers. Large Corporations Tax The province’s Large Corporations Tax on capital of non-financial institutions declined from 0.2 per cent to 0.15 per cent on July 1, 2009. That tax rate will continue to decline each year until its elimination in 2012. The tax reduction from 0.2 per cent to 0.15 per cent on July 1, 2009, will save large Nova Scotia companies an estimated $9.1 million in taxes. Federal Tax Changes Changes to federal legislation can result in different calculations of taxable income. The province maintains a common tax base with the federal government for personal income taxes, corporate income taxes, Large Corporations Tax (even though the federal government eliminated its capital tax in 2006), and Harmonized Sales Tax. In 2009, federal amendments to tax bases altered taxable income bases on which Nova Scotians pay provincial taxes, including the following: deferring the extension of the Healthy Living Tax Credit to cover expenses for recreation registration fees for adults in 2009 deferring the introduction of a Transit Tax Credit for 2009 -30- NOTE: For further 2009–2010 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .last_img read more

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Moroccan Interior Ministry Announces Merit Promotions for 7,000 Officers in 2018

Rabat – Some 7,092 police officers of different corps and ranks received merit-based promotions for the 2018 financial year, announced the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) on Tuesday. They represent 44 percent of the overall officers registered for the promotion.This includes 5,208 uniformed and 1,820 plainclothes officials, as well as 64 managers and inter-ministerial officials, said the DGSN.The Promotion Committee has worked to increase the number of recipients in the lower ranks and echelons, from peacekeepers to senior officers, totalling 6,406 civil servants and accounting for over 90 percent of the recipients.Unlike other ways of being promoted such as competition or examination, those who receive promotions based on merit are selected by the administration. The choice is based on the need to recognize competent public officials who could not pursue further education or take part in competitions and examinations.Around 8,644 police officers from different corps and grades were promoted last year and 6,067 in 2016. read more

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Getting youth active for life

Making it to an Olympic podium takes years of dedication, special training and a certain level of skill.Jumping on your bike to head to the store doesn’t require the same type of expertise. Just an interest in being active. But developing that interest relies on commitment during the early years.Maria Hayes reports.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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UN humanitarian office asks help for Congolese women expelled from Angola

OCHA had previously issued a special appeal for help for some 80,000 Congolese, some born during their parents’ exile in neighbouring Angola, who were expelled during the Angolan sweep of its diamond mines for illegal workers. Today it called for boosting the capacity of health partners already working in the area and the financing of new partners with expertise in sexual violence and the prevention and transmission of HIV/AIDS. According to OCHA, it received reports that Angolan military agents “sexually abused women and girls under the pretext of searching for hidden diamonds among Congolese being expelled from Angola. “In addition to the psychological trauma caused, (the) risk of HIV/AIDS infection and other sexually transmissible diseases is high as military agents are reportedly using unsanitary methods for internal body cavity searches of both men and women,” it said. The Congolese were being expelled from the Angolan provinces of Malange, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul and Kwanza Sul since December, the Office said. To reach the border, they were forced to walk for days, leaving the weak and the young behind to their fate. A shipment of aid, including blankets, generators, boats and jerry cans, arrived in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, on Sunday and was to be distributed by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), OCHA said, adding that it also requested more help with truck transport. read more

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Google introduces Chromebooks – computers built to use the web – to

by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2013 1:00 am MDT Google introduces Chromebooks – computers built to use the web – to Canada AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – For consumers who find they really only use a computer to get online and not much else, Google now has the Chromebook, a brand of Internet-only computers officially introduced in Canada on Tuesday.Chromebooks look like standard laptops but don’t come loaded with a version of Windows or a Mac operating system. They run on Google’s Chrome OS, a streamlined platform with the web browser as the main attraction.They’re being pushed as a low-cost device — they start at about $250 — for users who spend most of their time on a computer using the Internet, and therefore don’t need the processing power to run full-blown software applications. They can connect to the web via WiFi or mobile networks.Stripping away the convoluted operating system and setting things up so users can jump right into the web makes the experience simpler and faster, said Google’s Caesar Sengupta, product management director.“The whole idea is basically to have a computing experience that’s extremely simple, that’s very stable, very secure, and sort of just gets out of your way,” Sengupta said.Chromebooks turn on quickly like mobile devices — although they still take a few seconds to boot up after being shut down. There’s a store with a selection of simple programs and games to access, and web-based applications — such as the Google Docs suite to create documents and spreadsheets — run smoothly within the Chrome browser and store files online. Consumers who have been frustrated with the limitations of tablets, and miss a keyboard, may find Chromebooks are more suitable substitutes for a full-blown laptop. Asus, HP and Samsung all plan to release Chromebooks in Canada.While some users will be uncomfortable with the concept of an Internet-only machine — although you can use some apps while offline — Google saw a growing demand for it.“Users today, particularly the younger generation, are very web savvy … the current generation of people or kids are very used to having stuff in the cloud, they prefer that model,” said Sengupta.“For many people they won’t move completely (to the Chromebook concept) but it’s a fantastic second computer…. But from our point of view we absolutely feel this is where modern-day usage is heading, this is where users are heading, so that’s what we’re building towards.” read more

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Mens Basketball Keita BatesDiop reportedly forgoes redshirt senior season to enter 2018

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) looks to drive in the first half the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will need to find a way to replace a large void of production in its starting five for the 2018-19 season.Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop will not return to Columbus for his final season of collegiate eligibility, electing to enter the NBA draft on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.After missing a majority of the 2016-17 season due to an injury, Bates-Diop returned to the starting five to begin the season and emerged as a star for the Buckeyes, averaging 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 blocks per game. The breakout campaign netted him 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year honors, as well as first-team all-conference by both the media and coaches.In Ohio State’s two games in the NCAA Tournament, Bates-Diop averaged 26 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, scoring 24 points in the first-round matchup against South Dakota State and 28 points in the second round against Gonzaga. He shot 17-for-40 overall, including 8-of-22 from 3.Head coach Chris Holtmann led the Buckeyes to a surprising season few expected in his first year at the helm of the team. Now following Bates-Diop’s exit from the team, Holtmann will have several key positions to fill. The team saw both starting shooting guard Kam Williams and another forward Jae’Sean Tate spend their final years of eligibility.It is expected that given the loss of both forwards, freshman and former four-star prospect Kyle Young will be counted on to produce in at least one of the two starting positions. In a limited role during his first season, Young averaged just 1.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game with 8.6 minutes per game. Other candidates to fill out the starting spots at forward will be sophomore Andre Wesson and incoming freshmen Jaedon LeDee and Justin Ahrens.Bates-Diop is expected to hold a press conference at Ohio State later Monday. read more

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RTÉ now lists all candidates in a constituency whenever one is mentioned

first_imgRTÉ now lists all candidates in a constituency whenever one is mentioned on air How does RTÉ achieve balance with its election coverage? The ‘stopwatch’ approach and listing all its candidates. By Gráinne Ní Aodha 19,490 Views 15 Comments For example, last Sunday The Week in Politics had a live studio panel discussion with five candidates in one constituency, broadcast pre-recorded contributions from other candidates and listed the remaining candidates and their main issues within the programme for the audience. However, broadcasters must be in a position to demonstrate how any mechanisms have ensured fairness, objectivity and impartiality in instances where complaints are received directly by the broadcaster or referred to the BAI.“Other than in the context of a complaint or other compliance investigation, the BAI does not comment on the specific mechanisms that a broadcaster chooses to uses to ensure fairness, objectivity and impartiality in relation to election or referenda interests.” Section 5 of the BAI Election and Referenda Guidelines requires broadcasters to develop mechanisms in respect of their approach to election and/or referenda coverage that are open, transparent and fair to all interested parties, but the BAI does not set detailed requirements for those mechanisms. StopwatchRTÉ also uses a “stopwatch” or 50:50 time limit is where programme makers measure the airtime received during broadcasts by representatives of opposing sides of a debate.This was used during the Eighth Amendment referendum campaign where a debate featuring a pro-life and pro-choice candidate would aim to allocate both candidates with an equal amount of airtime.But the BAI has said previously that there’s been a misconception that this type of approach is necessary to adhere to its guidelines, and said that if it’s applied “rigorously that it doesn’t do justice to the programming, it’s too narrow”. RTÉ has said that it does use a “stopwatch” approach, but it’s “an editorial tool to guide our coverage, and is not the only factor we use”. Balanced coverage is determined by a number of factors, outlined in Section 5 of the Rule 27 BAI guidelines.The BAI said that its guidelines state that decisions in respect of editorial coverage of an election or referenda rests solely with broadcasters. Image: Eamonn Farrell Image: Eamonn Farrell Share10 Tweet Email When the BAI was asked if it had instructed RTÉ to list each candidate so that it adheres to its guidelines, a spokesperson said it “had not issued instructions to RTÉ regarding the listing of candidates in its election coverage”.  Short URL May 5th 2019, 6:01 AM RTÉ IS ENSURING it adheres to the broadcasting authority’s election rules by listing all candidates in a particular constituency whenever one is mentioned.This means that if RTÉ report on comments made by Peter Casey, then all other candidates in the constituency he’s running in – the Midlands North-West – must also be listed.Since official election campaigning began on 24 April, RTÉ is must adhere to airtime coverage guidelines, set out by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Among those rules are:“In terms of airtime allocated, broadcasters must do so in a manner that is equitable and fair to all interests.”RTÉ said that listing candidates is just one way it achieves balanced coverage:“In our coverage on all platforms, we list all candidates if covering a given constituency. https://jrnl.ie/4617355 Sunday 5 May 2019, 6:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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