Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed Iowa State (12-19, 5-13) vs. No. 8 seed Oklahoma State (17-14, 7-11)Big 12 Conference Tourney First Round, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Iowa State is set to face off against Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played each other on Feb. 29, when the Cowboys shot 51.9 percent from the field while holding Iowa State to just 40.7 percent en route to a 73-61 victory. March 10, 2020 Associated Press Oklahoma St. faces Iowa State in Big 12 tourney For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Cameron McGriff, Isaac Likekele, Lindy Waters III and Thomas Dziagwa have combined to account for 60 percent of Oklahoma State’s scoring this season. For Iowa State, Solomon Young, Prentiss Nixon and Michael Jacobson have collectively scored 37 percent of the team’s points this season, including 48 percent of all Cyclones points over their last five.BRILLIANT BOLTON: Rasir Bolton has connected on 33.6 percent of the 134 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 14 over the last five games. He’s also made 84.8 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Iowa State is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 12-10 when scoring at least 63.PERFECT WHEN: Iowa State is a perfect 6-0 when the team blocks at least seven opposing shots. The Cyclones are 6-19 this season when they block fewer than seven shots.DID YOU KNOW: Iowa State is rated second among Big 12 teams with an average of 72 points per game.___
Rangers boss Gerrard ‘flattered’ by Klopp’s Liverpool plan for himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard was happy to hear Jurgen Klopp tipping him as his successor at Liverpool.But he expects and hopes Klopp to be in position at Anfield for many years to come.”I was surprised and flattered at the same time,” Gerrard said when asked about Klopp’s comments. “But when you read the quote really carefully, like I have, it said, ‘if I get sacked tomorrow’ he thinks Steven Gerrard should be the next Liverpool manager.”Jurgen Klopp’s not getting sacked tomorrow. I don’t want him to get sacked tomorrow. He’s doing a fantastic job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY — A journalism professor says the controversy over an anti-diversity opinion piece published in — and then pulled online from — the Vancouver Sun has nothing to do with freedom of expression.“Journalists have always had the ability to decide what to publish and broadcast and what not to publish and broadcast,” Sean Holman with Calgary’s Mount Royal University said Monday. “We’re not common carriers. We’re not the telephone system.”Mark Hecht, an instructor of geography at Mount Royal, argued in the column that showed on the weekend that more diversity means less social trust. He commended Denmark for becoming more restrictive toward immigrants.“Can Canada learn from Denmark? The jury is out,” Hecht wrote. “But the minimum requirement is that we say goodbye to diversity, tolerance and inclusion if we wish to be a society that can rebuild the trust we used to have in one another and start accepting a new norm for immigration policy — compatibility, cohesion and social trust.”The piece was removed from the paper’s website on Saturday, but not before it went to the printing press.“I am dismayed by the suppression of open and rational debate in this country,” Hecht wrote in an email Monday.Holman said he and many of his colleagues were troubled by the piece. Several Vancouver Sun journalists also denounced it on social media.Holman said newspapers have no obligation to run op-eds — columns submitted by people unaffiliated with the paper — that don’t pass journalistic muster.He said one major red flag in Hecht’s piece was that it cites the Gatestone Institute, a think tank that has been widely criticized for spreading anti-Muslim misinformation.The op-ed may help fuel anti-immigrant sentiment in Canada, he suggested.“The Vancouver Sun should not have published this op-ed. It does not meet our standard of helping facilitate the kind of rational, empathetic, informed decision-making expected of us in a democracy.”The Sun’s editor-in-chief, Harold Munro, apologized for the piece he said did not meet the paper’s journalistic standards.“The Vancouver Sun is committed to promoting and celebrating diversity, tolerance and inclusion. Our vibrant community and nation are built on these important pillars,” Munro wrote.“We are reviewing our local workflow and editorial processes to ensure greater oversight and accountability so that this does not happen again.”Hecht’s biography on the Mount Royal website says his main interests include “invasive species dispersal, invasion, colonization and evolutionary adaptation, especially as it relates to European ecological dominance.”He has a self-published book called “The Rules of Invasion: Why Europeans Naturally Invaded the New World.”Neither Hecht nor Mount Royal indicated whether he still has his job at the university.“Mount Royal, like all universities, is a place for debate, for freedom of expression and for the respectful exchange of ideas,” Jonathan Withey, dean of the faculty of science and technology, said in an e-mailed statement.“The ideas expressed in this newspaper op-ed, while protected by freedom of expression, do not represent my personal views, nor the position of Mount Royal University as a whole.”The press secretary for Alberta’s Advanced Education Ministry said the provincial government would not tell Mount Royal what to do.“Freedom of expression, within the limits of the law, on Alberta’s campuses is at the heart of the academic experience and is integral to Alberta’s adult learning system,” Laurie Chandler said in an email.“Universities have the sole discretion on the employment of professors and instructors.” Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada is warning the partial shutdown of the U.S. government could have an impact on the agency’s ability to release a complete picture of trade between North America’s largest trading partners.Each country has been using the other’s import data to produce its export statistics since 1990.U.S. imports from Canada reported to U.S. Customs and Border Protection are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and sent to Statistics Canada to be used as statistics for Canada’s exports to the United States.Data for November won’t be affected by the shutdown which started Dec. 22. However, future months could be affected because data for Canada’s exports to the United States ended with the December numbers.The U.S. is Canada’s most important trading partner, with about 75 per cent of Canada’s total merchandise exports destined for the U.S., while Canada is the top export destination for U.S. goods, accounting for about 18 per cent of total U.S. merchandise exports.The statistics agencies of each country normally publish trade statistics simultaneously on predetermined dates.“The sharing of import data, which is generally preferred because of the greater scrutiny import shipments are subject to by customs agencies, helps to ensure accurate and coherent bilateral trade statistics, while reducing the administrative burden on exporting companies,” Statistics Canada said in a statement Thursday.
The NDP government has been announcing financing as part of a made-in-Alberta strategy to support diversification in the energy sector.Calgary-based Nauticol announced last fall plans for the new plant, with support from the Western Cree Tribal Council.Methanol is used in making products such as paint, plastic, electronics, shoes and furniture and is used widely in energy applications such as biodiesel.“Nauticol’s major investment in the Peace region means thousands of good jobs and more upgrading of our raw resources into the products the world needs right here at home,” Notley told a news conference in Grande Prairie on Wednesday.“By seizing these opportunities today, we’re making sure our kids and grandkids have new opportunities in a stronger, more diversified energy sector.” GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Alberta is giving $80 million in future royalty credits for construction of a new methanol plant in the province’s northwest.Premier Rachel Notley says Nauticol Energy is to start construction on the $2-billion plant near Grande Prairie next year with an opening set for 2020.She says the project is expected to create 3,000 jobs.
New Delhi: The issue of alliance with the AAP has delayed election campaigning of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee as party workers are confused. The workers are in dilemma, said a senior leader of the party on condition of anonymity. Congress leader said that workers who have been associated with the party for years were in favour of the alliance. But, the situation is not clear so far. They are sitting idle waiting for a decision from the high command. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe workers are reportedly in favour of an alliance with AAP, aware that it will be impossible to win even one of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi without this understanding. The seat sharing formula that has been discussed by the two parties earlier followed a 3+3+1 formula, with the one being left for a neutral candidate.A senior Congress leader said that the DPCC is divided in two groups — one is led by its president Sheila Dikshit while the other is led by two ex-DPCC presidents and a senior leader of AICC who is active in Delhi politics. Dikshit opposes the alliance while the other group supports it on the ground that alliance is a necessity for defeating the BJP. If it is not done, the BJP will sweep in all seven Lok Sabha seats. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources said that four former Delhi Congress presidents — Ajay Maken, Subhash Chopra, Tajdar Babar and Arvinder Singh Lovely favoured an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.Dikshit’s point of view is that the Congress should contest alone whether it loses or wins. This will encourage the party workers who have been associated with the party for generations. They will work to strengthen the party. The second point is that alliance might damage the party in assembly election also that is to be held next year.In 2013, the Congress had supported the AAP for formation of government. The government had collapsed after 49 days. The second time the Congress could not win even a single seat out of 70 though it had ruled the state for three consecutive terms. The AAP had won 67 seats.
New Delhi: The battle lines have been drawn in the politically crucial state Bihar. The Mahagathbandhan has finally declared its candidates for the 37 out of 40 seats in the state. Names of the two candidates for Sheohar and Madhubani would be announced later.Surprisingly, BJP rebel leader Kirti Azad, who had recently joined Congress, may not be fielded from any seat of Bihar as the Congress is yet to declare its candidates for Patna Sahib and Valmikinagar. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAs Shatrughan Sinha, who is set to join Congress on April 6, is all set to contest from Patna Sahib seat and Congress planning to field Shakeel Ahmad from Madhubani seat after exchanging the Valmikinagar seat with Vikasheel Insaan Party (VIP), it is very tough for the party to accommodate Kirti Azad. As per sources, the BJP rebel leader may be fielded from Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat or he may be shifted to Delhi. After many hiccups and series of meetings with all the constituents of the Grand Alliance, the alliance of Opposition parties finally declared the names of its candidates on Friday. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has declared the names of candidates for 19 seats out of total 20 seats it is contesting, including one candidate of Communist Party of India-(Marxist-Leninist). The RJD has given one seat Ara Lok Sabha from its quota to CPM and the Left party will field Raju Yadav against the BJP’s candidate and Union Minister R K Singh from the seat. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAmong the RJD candidates is Misa Bharti, who is a RS member and eldest daughter of RJD present Lalu Prasad. Bharti will contest from Pataliputra against BJP’s candidate Ram Kripal Yadav. Bharti was badly defeated by Yadav, a confidant of Lalu Prasad, in 2014. Tej Pratap Yadav’s father-in-law Chandrika Rai has been fielded from Saran seat against BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy. The other candidates of the RJD are Bulo Mandal from Bhagalpur, Jai Prakash Yadav from Banka, Sharad Yadav from Madhepura, Abdul Bari Siddiqui from Darbhanga, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh from Vaishali,
Andul(WB): Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday claimed that her party will win all the 42 seats Lok Sabha seats in the state and BJP will draw a blank. “I am sure that BJP will not come to power in the country and in West Bengal it will draw a blank this time, down from two seats it got in the last LS polls”, Banerjee told a public rally at Andul in Howrah district in support of TMC candidate footballer-turned-politician Prasun Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Referring to BJP president Amit Shah’s statement at a rally at Kalyani in the state during the day, Banerjee without naming him said “a person has come and said the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in the state when his party comes to power. Let them (BJP) come to power first and then we will show how they dare do it”, she said. Shah had said that NRC would be implemented in Bengal to weed out infiltrators. Banerjee said that election to 300 L S seats is already over and BJP is staring at defeat in the states of Rajshthan, UP, Bihar, Punjab, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Now the BJP has turned its eyes on West Bengal. Is it so easy for a party like BJP, whose workers’ minds are infertile like a desert to make inroads in Bengal?” the TMC supremo lashed out. “BJP is not putting its ears to the ground and feeling the pulse of the people. Twelve thousand farmers have committed suicide and three lakh jobs have been done away with,” she said. Referring to the Ram Temple issue, she said BJP is in the habit of raising it during elections. “In the last five years has the party had been able to build even a miniature Ram Temple?” she asked. “Now Narendra Modi is coming to Bengal often and asking for votes. Modi does not know anything about the state,” she said. Referring to demonetisation, which she and her party have often opposed, Banerjee said the Modi government had announced it apparently to stop terrorism. “A day will come when they (BJP) will close down banks saying that there is no money”, she said. Referring to the naxal attack at Gadchiroli in Maharashtra which claimed the lives of 15 policeman, Banerjee said “We have restored peace in Junglemahal area (comrpsising the erstwhile Maoist affected forested areas of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts). We have establish peace there”. “Let BJP do the same in states like Jharkhand and Maharashtra in dealing with the Naxalites and restore peace,” she added.
CAIRO –A source from within Egypt’s prison authorities dismissed the allegations, claiming that none of the prisoners had declared a hunger strike. “Some prisoners only objected verbally to the introduction of glass dividers,” he said.As many as 463 jailed supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Monday declared a hunger strike in a Cairo prison to protest alleged maltreatment by Egyptian prison authorities, a lawyer with the detainees’ defense team said.Among those who have joined the hunger strike are Muslim Brotherhood deputy leader Khairat al-Shater; deputy head of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party Essam al-Erian; leading Brotherhood member Mohamed al-Beltagi; and former youth minister Osama Yassin, lawyer Sayed Nasr told Anadolu Agency. A handful of former Morsi aides – including secretary for foreign affairs Essam al-Haddad, adviser for Egyptian expatriate affairs Ayman Ali, adviser on media affairs Abdel-Meguid Mashali, security advisor Ayman Hodhod, and aide Ahmed Abdel-Atti – have also joined the hunger strike, Nasr added.“They declared the hunger strike to protest the prevention of their families from visiting them and new measures to install glass dividers between them and visiting family members,” he added.However, a source from within Egypt’s prison authorities dismissed the allegations, claiming that none of the prisoners had declared a hunger strike. “Some prisoners only objected verbally to the introduction of glass dividers,” he said.The Interior Ministry had announced earlier that jailed Brotherhood leaders would be able to use booths to see visiting family members through a glass divider and talk to them through handsets instead of face-to-face meetings.In a statement, the ministry said that prison regulations gave the authorities the right to organize prison visits in ways that prevented prisoners from passing messages on to followers outside.Following Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the military, the government launched a wide-ranging crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which the ousted president hails.Most Brotherhood leaders, including the movement’s supreme guide and his top aides, are currently in jail on multiple criminal charges that they insist are politically motivated.By Islam Tawfiq
Rabat – The Moroccan government condemns, in the strongest terms, the hurtful words and demeaning expressions by the Ambassador of France in Washington, which described Morocco as a “mistress with whom we sleep every night and, though we are not particularly in love with her, must defend,” said a statement by communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.The source recalls that these insulting statements “were made by a Spanish actor, notoriously known for his deeply-rooted hostility towards Morocco’s territorial integrity, to French media outlets as part of a slanderous campaign against the sacred cause of all Moroccans.”These statements are scandalous and unacceptable all the more so since the government of the Kingdom of Morocco is tirelessly striving for the reinforcement of bilateral ties, on the basis of sincere friendship, mutual respect and a win-win partnership, it added. The Moroccan government, it went on to say, is convinced that France will put right the harm done by these statements which have hurt all Moroccans.France will find an adequate way, beyond the mere denial by the spokesperson of the French foreign affairs ministry without a reaction by the diplomat concerned, to make redress and undo the harm done by these statements, and what was deceptively attributed to it or really said, the source added.