Interview: Outspoken Comedian Tess Rafferty on Getting Political

first_imgWe sat down with comedian, television writer, and activist Tess Rafferty to learn about equality, Italy, and her passion for politics.They say if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Or, in comedian, author, and activist Tess Rafferty’s case, spawn into a Borg collective spewing epitaphs of “resistance is futile” instead.Tess has written for @Midnight on Comedy Central and was the supervising producer for the cult-favorite clip show The Soup on E!, which tells us something about her witty sense of humor and her love for commentary on the current social and political scene.Luckily, we didn’t have to meet in an underground bunker to get the lowdown on why Tess is so over trying to find common ground with those on the other end of the political spectrum.Tess w/director Steve Cohen. Via Tess Rafferty.PREMIUM BEAT: Are you pissed at Mikemostly? In a sea of amazing reviews for your memoir, Recipes for Disaster, he titled his review “Meh” on Amazon. He laughed a bit, even made some of your recipes (and really liked them), but apparently he expected more. It made me think of Hillary and I got really sad for humanity! Are women held to a different standard even after they offer up a killer party idea like a grilled cheese station?TESS RAFFERTY: Yes. Exhibit A: the grifter squatting in the White House.Via Tess Rafferty.PB: It almost feels like comedians are our last line of defense these days. Not only have you put out a series of videos/political rants, but also you organized a “take back the workplace” march! Why have you stepped up to lead the charge and are you optimistic or terrified?TR: I’m mostly terrified and part of that is that it all seems so futile. I started the march because exactly a year before the Weinstein story broke, the Trump/Grab ’em By the Pussy story did. Women were compelled to share their stories of sexual assault online. It felt like a watershed moment. But a year later the Weinstein story broke. And once again women were compelled to share their most vulnerable stories and once again it felt like a watershed moment. I thought, “I don’t want us all to be here a year from now, sharing the same stories.” And then this year Kavanaugh happened. It’s like we’re living in fucking Groundhog Day.I don’t really know how to make Republican men and women think a man touching our bodies against our will is wrong. I don’t know that we ever will. And yet I keep trying to do something because to do nothing seems unthinkable. It’s all I know how to do. And sometimes there is a nice surprise, like with this year’s mid-terms. But then you think, how many more seats did we actually win, like Stacy Abrams’ gubernatorial race. It was stolen from her by her Republican opponent. We all know that. Heidi Heitkamp might have won were it not for the egregious suppression of the Native American vote. And then it seems futile again.Via Tess Rafferty.PB: You have never been accused of being demure, but do you think your outspoken political beliefs have impacted your career negatively in any way? Or has it been a positive thing?TR: The good news is that if it’s ever affected me negatively, I won’t hear about it so that’s nice. I can pretend whatever is convenient in that moment. I’m sure it has, because everything affects your career to some extent: whether you’re too outspoken or not outspoken enough. People can dislike you for any number of reasons and I’ve seen people hired or fired for all sorts of stupid, random things.You might as well be proud of it and wear it like a badge of honor. And the wonderful truth is that it’s actually impacted me positively. People have reached out because they’ve seen the videos and wanted to work with me. And it’s both a relief and encouraging when you can do what is right and be rewarded for it.PB: Spending time on your website, it’s clear you love three things: Equality, your husband, and Italy.   What would be your elevator pitch on why all three things are worthy of your adoration?TR: Italy is pretty much the thing holding my marriage together. It is the perfect intersection of everything my husband and I have in common: we love good food, great wine, art, history and dramatic scenery. I love both of them more because of the other. I’m not sure where equality fits into the equation. Italy doesn’t have the best record on sexism. My husband’s is definitely better.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for HallmarkScreenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a MethodIndustry Interview: Advancing Your Career from PA to ADInterview: Jennifer Gatti on Bon Jovi, Star Trek, and Leaving L.A.Jonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the Greatslast_img read more

Kath Arado sees bright future in ‘unique’ rookie libero Jennifer Nierva

first_imgArado added that Nierva is incomparable to the other liberos she’s faced and that the rookie Lady Bulldog has a style of her own.“She has this unique movement in her,” said Arado. “She has a unique style that’s her own and she’s not imitating anybody because that’s her own technique. No one should be ever compared to her.”“She has her own style and it amazes me when I watch her. That’s hers and she worked hard for that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arado, however, is also someone who is ready to praise defensive prowess when she sees it and National University rookie Jennifer Nierva has definitely caught her attention.READ: UE star Kath Arado confident change has come for UE Lady WarriorsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNierva and Arado faced each other for the second time this season with the Lady Warriors taking the four-set win, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.“That kid is amazing, that’s all I can say about her,” said Arado in Filipino. “She’s that great. She’s in her first year here and she’s already this good because she can lift her team up. I can already see her future and she’s really incredible.” Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kath Arado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“She’s restless in chasing the ball, so she really did a good job earlier.”Nierva, based on numbers alone, had a better outing than Arado, posting 30 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.Arado, on the other side of the floor, finished with 32 excellent sets and 13 successful receptions.READ: After breakthrough wins, Nierva confident Lady Bulldogs can play better in 2nd roundThe two teams, however, are just level based on win-loss records at 2-6, tied for the sixth spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snagcenter_img Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Metta World Peace gets another technical foul—this time at NBTC National finals Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants NU libero Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kath Arado is considered as one of the best, if not the best, defenders in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Not only does University of the East’s libero have the reputation of being an impenetrable force, Arado also has the hardware to prove it after being named the Rookie of the Year in Season 77 and winning the Best Digger award twice and the Best Receiver plum once.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 View commentslast_img read more

Strabismus

first_imgDefinitionStrabismus is a disorder in which the two eyes do not line up in the same direction, and therefore do not look at the same object at the same time. The condition is more commonly known as “crossed eyes.”Alternative NamesCrossed eyes; Esotropia; Exotropia; Hypotropia; Hypertropia; Squint; Walleye; Misalignment of the eyesCauses, incidence, and risk factorsSix different muscles surround each eye and work “as a team” so that both eyes can focus on the same object.In someone with strabismus, these muscles do not work together. As a result, one eye looks at one object, while the other eye turns in a different direction and is focused on another object.When this occurs, two different images are sent to the brain — one from each eye. This confuses the brain. In children, the brain may learn to ignore the image from the weaker eye.If the strabismus is not treated, the eye that the brain ignores will never see well. This loss of vision is called amblyopia. Another name for amblyopia is “lazy eye.” Sometimes amblyopia is present first, and it causes strabismus.In most children with strabismus, the cause is unknown. In more than half of these cases, the problem is present at or shortly after birth. This is called congenital strabismus.Most of the time, the problem has to do with muscle control, and not with muscle strength.Other disorders associated with strabismus in children include:Apert syndromeCerebral palsyCongenital rubellaHemangioma near the eye during infancyIncontinentia pigmenti syndromeNoonan syndromePrader-Willi syndromeRetinopathy of prematurityRetinoblastomaTraumatic brain injuryTrisomy 18Strabismus that develops in adults can be caused by:advertisementBotulismDiabetes (causes a condition known as acquired paralytic strabismus)Guillain-Barre syndromeInjury to the eyeShellfish poisoningStrokeTraumatic brain injuryVision loss from any eye disease or injuryA family history of strabismus is a risk factor. Farsightedness may be a contributing factor, especially in children. Any other disease that causes vision loss may also cause strabismus.SymptomsSymptoms of strabismus may be present all the time, or may come and go. Symptoms can include:Crossed eyesDouble visionEyes that do not align in the same directionUncoordinated eye movements (eyes do not move together)Vision or depth perception lossIt’s important to note that because children can develop amblyopia so quickly, they may never have double vision.Signs and testsA physical examination will include a detailed examination of the eyes. Tests will be done to determine how much the eyes are out of alignment.Eye tests include:Corneal light reflexCover/uncover testRetinal examStandard ophthalmic examVisual acuityA brain and nervous system (neurological) examination will also be performed.TreatmentThe first step in treating strabismus in children is to prescribe glasses, if needed.Amblyopia or lazy eye must be treated first. A patch is placed over the better eye. This forces the weaker eye to work harder.Your child may not like wearing a patch or eyeglasses. A patch forces the child to see through the weaker eye at first. However, it is very important to use the patch or eyeglasses as directed.If the eyes still do not move correctly, eye muscle surgery may be needed. Different muscles in the eye will be made stronger or weaker.Eye muscle repair surgery does not fix the poor vision of a lazy eye. A child may have to wear glasses after surgery. In general, the younger a child is when the surgery is done, the better the result.Adults with mild strabismus that comes and goes may do well with glasses and eye muscle exercises to help keep the eyes straight. More severe forms of adult strabismus will need surgery to straighten the eyes. If strabismus has occurred because of vision loss, the vision loss will need to be corrected before strabismus surgery can be successful.Expectations (prognosis)After surgery, the eyes may look straight but vision problems can remain.The child may still have reading problems in school, and for adults driving may be more difficult. Vision may affect the ability to play sports.With early diagnosis and treatment, the problem can usually be corrected. Delayed treatment may lead to permanent vision loss in one eye. About one-third of children with strabismus will develop amblyopia.Because many children will get strabismus or amblyopia again, they need to be monitored closely.Calling your health care providerStrabismus requires prompt medical evaluation. Call for an appointment with your health care provider or eye doctor if your child:Appears to be cross-eyedComplains of double visionHas difficulty seeingNote: Learning difficulties or problems at school can sometimes be due to a childs inability to see the blackboard or reading material.advertisementReferencesParks MM. Binocular vision. In: Tasman W, Jaeger EA, eds. Duanes Ophthalmology. 15th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009:chap 5.Goldstein HP, Scott AB. Ocular motility. In: Tasman W, Jaeger EA, eds. Duanes Ophthalmology. 15th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009:chap 23.Parks MM. Binocular vision adaptations in strabismus. Tasman W, Jaeger EA, eds. Duanes Ophthalmology. 15th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009:chap 8.Baloh RW. Neuro-ophthalmology. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 450.Olitsky SE, Hug D, Plummer LS, Stass-Isern M. Disorders of eye movement and alignment. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 615.Review Date:9/17/2012Reviewed By:Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Franklin W. Lusby, MD, Ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

10 months ago​Guendouzi lauds Arsenal striker Aubameyang as ‘Premier League’s best’

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Guendouzi lauds Arsenal striker Aubameyang as ‘Premier League’s best’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has admitted that he loves playing alongside teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The youngster has made a big impression at the Emirates Stadium club this season.Arriving from Lorient at 19, he has been a star in central midfield, turning in plenty of impressive displays.But he preferred to praise his teammate in an interview with Sky Sports.”He’s [Aubameyang] helping us a lot because he scores so much,” Guendouzi said. “For me he is the best striker in the Premier League this season and if he keeps scoring as much in the second half of the season, I know we will finish really high in the table.”As a midfielder it’s a pleasure to play with someone like him, it’s easy because he has so many qualities. “He can run behind, he’s in the box in front of goal but he can also link up play and play with his back to his goal. For a midfielder this is perfect because he offers so many solutions.” last_img read more

Stars Donate To IfOnlys American Red Cross Campaign

first_imgIfOnly, a marketplace for experiences and gifts that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, has announced the launch of its 2nd annual campaign with The American Red Cross.Fans can bid-on, buy, or win one-of-a-kind experiences and help The American Red Cross prepare for California’s next big quake.“The yearly auction is a great opportunity for Red Cross and California earthquake Authority (CEA) to join forces in emphasizing the need for earthquake-preparedness throughout California,” CEA CEO Glenn Pomeroy said. “Last year’s Napa earthquake reminds us how important it is to protect your family and your finances before the next damaging earthquake strikes.”The experiences are live from April 7, 2015 through Thursday, April 30, 2015. For the duration of the campaign, fans can bid-on, buy, or win over 50 incredible experiences including: • A sweepstakes to meet Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas at the Ultimate Wango Tango Experience • Performance by Eliminated American Idol Contestants at the iHeartRadio Performance Studio • Meet and Greet with Death Cab for Cutie at the Hollywood Bowl • Private Guitar Lesson with Self-Made Music Man Andy Grammer XYZ • Private Tour of the Capitol Records Building, the Architectural Marvel in Historic Hollywood • Experience Los Angeles floating high above the city in the iconic Goodyear Blimp • A Field Day for a Young Fan and a Signed Baseball with the LA Dodgers • Front Row Tickets for Kevin Hart’s “What Now” Tour • Lunch with Patti Stanger, Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker • Step behind the curtain and meet Lady Antebellum • Meet Vance Joy for a private ukulele lesson as he opens for Taylor Swift • Private Guitar Lesson and Song Writing Session with “American Idol” Winner Kris AllenThere are many more experiences listed with other celebrities and entities such as the Kids Choice Awards, Lady Antebellum, Vance Joy, Capitol Records, the NFL, Train, iHeart Radio, and more. Please visit ifonly.com/red-cross to view all of the experiences.The annual California auction to support the American Red Cross was created in 2012 to promote earthquake preparedness. The auction is managed by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and is sponsored by the California Earthquake Authority. Bidding via IfOnly ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on April 30th.last_img read more

20 best shows on Vancouver stages in 2017

first_imgPORTRAITS IN MOTION (January at the York Theatre, as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival)Sure, there were bigger shows at the PuSh fest in 2017, but for some reason this is the one we’re still talking about with friends. German artist Volker Gerling’s travelling flipbook-cinema-storytelling show was intimate and unflashy. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Looking back on 2017, it was sheer, fearless risk-taking that ended up marking the year on-stage.We’re talking about a wild, whirling skating spectacle at an East Side ice rink; a circus set in a kitchen where the acrobats actually cooked the audience a meal; a ballet that found its dancers hauling out hair-dryers and leaf-blowers; an opera featuring colossal, stylized headdresses; and a Shakespearean classic transported to a 1950s-era Italian film studio and set entirely in the grey scale of black-and-white cinema.The year’s most memorable productions ranged from the intimate and interactive to epic spectacles. And the stories being told gave voice to diverse cultural worlds: a multisensory exploration of the Indigenous men who fought in the First World War; a show that celebrated the street dancers of Algeria; a haunting look back at the residential-school system. Login/Register With: Dairakudakan’s Paradise blew minds. (Photo by HIROYUKI KAWASHIMA) Here are just 20 theatre, opera, dance, and undefinable genre-mashing performances that stuck with us, that made our nights, that rocked our worlds, and that challenged our beliefs.CUISINE AND CONFESSIONS (January at the Vancouver Playhouse; a Les 7 Doigts de la Main production, presented by Théâtre la Seizième)The circus met the delicious tastes and smells of food in one of the first shows of 2017, and for those lucky enough to have seen it, the results were unforgettable. Theatre critic Kathleen Oliver described it as “a spectacle that combines dazzling acrobatics with personal stories centred around food, offering deeply satisfying nourishment on so many levels”. She praised the “human dimension that counterpoints its many awe-inspiring physical feats, and invites you to become part of the experience.”last_img read more

Toronto stock index ends up on strong industrials Canadas dollar climbs

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended higher as gains in industrials outweighed declines from auto parts companies, while U.S. markets gained on strength in the technology sector.The S&P/TSX Capped consumer discretionary index was down 0.65 per cent as auto parts companies including Magna International, Linamar Corp, and Martinrea International slid on tariff concerns, said Michael Currie, an investment advisor at TD Wealth.“Consumer discretionary, which is really in today’s case talking about the auto stocks, the Magnas, Martinreas, Linamars, all getting beat up pretty good on the nervousness on NAFTA and the tariffs, especially with Trump talking about the auto tariffs.”The slide in the auto sector was countered by strong quarterly earnings results on the industrials side including rail and equipment companies.“On the flip side we have industrials with really good numbers, we have Toromont hitting a record high, CN Rail, by far the biggest one hitting a record high, CP’s up strong,” said Currie.Toromont, which runs a large network of Caterpillar dealerships among other equipment businesses, closed up $8.45 or 14.65 per cent at $66.14. CN Rail, which increased its annual earnings expectations and its spending plans, closed up $4.74 or 4.23 per cent at $116.74.Gains from the companies helped the S&P/TSX capped industrials index closed up 2.14 per cent on the day, while the energy sector also rose as crude prices climbed.Overall, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 30.63 points at 16,420.76 as strong earnings were somewhat tempered by trade fears, said Currie.“The overall theme is we’re getting pretty good numbers out of the companies, but a note of caution just because of the tariffs and trade skirmish.”Trade concerns featured prominently as European Union officials were meeting with U.S. counterparts Wednesday.U.S President Donald Trump said after market close that the two sides had agreed to work towards “zero tariffs” and “zero subsidies” on non-automobile goods.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 172.16 points 25,414.10. The S&P 500 index was up 25.67 points at 2,846.07 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 91.47 points at 7,932.24, a record close.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.41 cents US, up 0.40 of a US cent.The September crude contract closed up 78 cents at US$69.30 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up four cents at US$2.76 per mmBTU.The August gold contract ended up $6.30 at US$1,231.80 an ounce and the September copper contract was up a penny at US$2.82 a pound.Aimia Inc., the company behind the Aeroplan loyalty program, closed up 89 cents or 35.60 per cent at $3.39 after an Air Canada-led consortium proposed a $2.25-billion deal to buy the loyalty business.The consortium, which also includes Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada, have offered $250 million in cash, including points liabilities they would assume.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated the August gold contract at $131.80last_img read more

Back to zero Canadas premiers gather in Saskatoon but none are women

first_imgMoe and Kenney kicked off the week together at the Calgary Stampede, where they met with their conservative counterparts from Ontario and New Brunswick, along with the premier from the consensus-based government of the Northwest Territories.They discussed hurdles in getting Canadian resources to market, as well as their opposition to federal bills overhauling resource reviews and banning oil tankers from the northern B.C. coast, and their common causing in fighting against the federal carbon tax.Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are all challenging Ottawa’s carbon levy in court.Bashevkin said she doesn’t think an absence of women at the Saskatoon meeting will affect the content and tone of discussions.There are assumptions that women tend to be less confrontational and seek consensus more than men, she said, but it’s not necessarily true.“We could ask right now … are the relations between British Columbia and Alberta any better than they were when we had two women premiers?“The answer’s probably not,” she said, adding that pipelines were still front and centre under Notley and former B.C. premier Christy Clark.Stephanie Taylor and Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press SASKATOON — Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial leaders are in Saskatchewan this week, but for the first time in years, the annual gathering won’t have women at the table.“Symbolically, it’s very significant that there is no woman premier,” said Sylvia Bashevkin, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, who researches women in politics and recently edited a book on the effect of women in the premier’s office.She said the last time Canada was without any woman as premier was between November 2002, when Pat Duncan left her post in the Yukon, and in November 2008, when Eva Aariak was sworn in as premier of Nunavut. By early 2014, more than half of Canadians lived in a jurisdiction governed by a woman. Rachel Notley was the last one standing until her government was defeated in Alberta three months ago.Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have never had a woman as premier.The Council of the Federation conference, running Tuesday through Thursday, should serve as a reminder of the under representation of women at the premier’s table, Bashevkin said.It may also cause people to question whether gender diversity in Canada was really improving, she added.“It’s not just that things have stalled, but they’ve measurably gone backwards,” Bashevkin said.“We have to come back to the picture that’s going to come out of this premiers’ meeting and ask ourselves … what does it mean when we felt we’ve made all these breakthroughs and then we can go back to zero?”center_img The Council of the Federation conference starts at Big River First Nation, where the premiers are to meet with leaders of national Indigenous organizations, including the Assembly of First Nations.The gathering then shifts to Saskatoon, where premiers will participate in two-days of closed-door meetings at a downtown hotel.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, who is hosting the event, said health care, reducing trade barriers and increasing economic competitiveness are all topics on his agenda.Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said that in addition to trade and the need to further develop the energy sector, he’ll be pushing for jurisdictions to mutually recognize professional credentials so workers can more easily move between provinces for work.last_img read more

Iran resolute to keep on with nuke talks

first_imgTEHRAN – In critic of new US sanctions, Iranian FM Zarif warns that Tehran will give a proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response to any improper, unconstructive actionIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday voiced Tehran’s resolution to continue with the nuclear negotiations with six major world powers, namely the P5+1.Posting a statement on his official Facebook account, Iran’s foreign policy chief criticized the new sanctions announced on Thursday by the US Departments of Treasury and State blacklisting a number of companies and individuals for “providing support for” Iran’s nuclear energy program.“Over the past days, certain improper measures were taken by the Americans, to which we responded in the required manner and with the consideration of all aspects of the issue,” wrote Zarif.Iranian top diplomat also cautioned that Tehran would respond prudently to any unconstructive and inappropriate action on the part of the sextet, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany.“We will seriously pursue the Geneva talks, and we will of course give a proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response to any improper and unconstructive action (even if it does not violate the Geneva deal),” he said.The fresh US sanctions came shortly after a historic initial nuclear deal signed between Iran and the sextet in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, which aimed to provide a full resolution for the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy and enrichment program.“Negotiations and achieving results are difficult and will certainly involve many ups and downs. We had foreseen this from the outset, too,” Zarif said regarding the roadmap to achieve a final nuclear agreement with P5+1.In line with the Geneva deal, Iran and the P5+1 agreed that no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran for a six-month period.last_img read more

NC State Michigan State advance from NCAA Tournament Nationwide Arena

Several college basketball teams saw their NCAA Tournament runs end at Nationwide Arena in Columbus this past weekend. North Carolina State and Michigan State were able to stave off elimination, though, and advance to the Sweet 16.  North Carolina State 66, Georgetown 63 Jason Clark had a chance. The Georgetown senior guard had a shot from the right wing that could have sent the game between the No.3-seeded Hoyas and No.11-seed North Carolina State into overtime as time was expiring. Clark missed, sending the Hoyas (24-9) home and the Wolfpack (24-8) into the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years on a 66-63 victory in the third round of the Midwest Region in the NCAA Tournament in Columbus. “I felt like (the shot) had a chance. But it was off. We pushed the ball up the court, tried to get a last shot,” Clark said. “I felt like it had a chance, but it didn’t.” N.C. State, led by sophomore forward C.J Leslie, junior forward Scott Wood and senior guard C.J Williams, who scored 14 points a piece, rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half with balanced scoring and a plethora of offensive rebounds on way to a win. “I’m extremely proud of our team and these young guys. We came back, took the lead, and just how tough-minded they have become. It makes you feel very good as a coach, very proud of them,” N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. Junior forward Hollis Thompson dropped 23 points for Georgetown. Clark added 10, while fellow Hoyas’ senior, center Henry Sims, only played 22 minutes due to foul trouble. The first half was full of runs by both teams. Georgetown got out to a 5-3 lead on a floater and a 3-pointer by freshman forward Otto Porter. The Hoyas followed that with a 6-2 run, but not before Sims picked up two fouls, both of which came driving into the lane. Sims was forced to sit for the majority of the remainder of the half, but Georgetown was able to get out to a 25-15 lead with him on the bench, thanks to poor shooting by the Wolfpack and an array of 3-pointers by Clark, freshman forward Greg Whittington and freshman guard Jabril Trawick. “We came out kind of slow. We weren’t up-tempo like we wanted to be,” Leslie said. Around the seven-minute mark, Georgetown coach John Thompson III went with a lineup featuring four freshman and Clark, and N.C. State’s run followed shortly. The Wolfpack outscored Georgetown 15-2 to end the half, with most of their points from inside the paint, and took a 30-27 lead into halftime after a steal and breakaway dunk by sophomore forward CJ Leslie. “We got some fast breaks, got some easy buckets,” Gottfried said. “And then the game started to loosen up for us a little bit better.” N.C. State continued to play tough inside as the second half began. Sims picked up his third foul around the 15-minute mark, and the Wolfpack extended their lead to 45-34 after a jumper went for junior center DeShawn Painter. N.C. State grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the game. Georgetown rallied with a flurry of buckets by Thompson. With less than two minutes to go, Sims, with four fouls, hit a lay-up, his first points of the game, to cut N.C. State’s lead to three, 62-59. After Wolfpack sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown missed the front-end of a one-an-one, Sims was fouled inside, and hit both free throws to make it 62-61. Wood, a 92 percent free throw shooter coming into the game, only hit 1-of-2 free throws after being fouled, and the Hoyas had a chance to tie the game, but Porter missed a contested jump shot from the base line. Brown was fouled, and hit one of two free throws before Clark’s shot went wide.  Michigan State 65, St. Louis 61 For the 10th time in his career, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is headed to the Sweet 16, but it didn’t come easy. The top-seeded Spartans (29-7) outlasted No.9-seed Saint Louis (26-8) in a physical battle in the third round of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus on Sunday, 65-61. “I don’t know if you would believe this or not, but I thought to myself the game would go just like it went. I didn’t know who would win, but I told my guys I know what good a coach (SLU coach Rick Majerus) is,” Izzo said. MSU senior forward Draymond Green came up big for the Spartan in the win, making play after play in the game’s final moments, finishing with 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Spartan sophomore guard Keith Appling added 19 points, three assists and three rebounds. “I think (Green)’s the best player in the country,” Majerus said. “If I had to take a kid right now to win the national championship, I’d take Draymond Green.” The Billikens hung tough with the Spartans thanks in part to their defensive effort and the play of junior guard Kwamain Mitchell and senior forward Brian Conklin, who scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. “We fought our guts out. (MSU)’s a terrific team. I don’t know that we could have played better,” Majerus said. Physical defense dominated the game’s opening 20 minutes. After back-and-forth scoring, SLU took a 15-11 lead on the Spartans after a 3-pointer by Billikens’ sophomore guard Jordair Jett. It did not take MSU long to regain the lead. The Spartans went on a 13-2 run, capped by a driving finger-roll layup in the lane by Green with just less than four minutes to play in the half. Both teams had opportunities to score in the final minute, but the defenses held strong, and MSU took a 26-21 lead into half time. Coming out of the half, SLU sophomore guard Mike McCall Jr. hit a 3-pointer to bring the Billikens within two, but MSU followed with a 15-8 run to go up, 41-32. After Appling hit an open jump shot, one of the many SLU gave him, MSU went up 49-42 with just under seven minutes to play. “All night they pretty much had me begging to shoot the ball. We got in the huddle in one of our timeouts, Draymond (Green) instilled some confidence in me, told me I was a 41 percent 3-point shooter last year, so shoot the ball,” Appling said. Majerus said he was surprised by Appling’s ability to knock down open jump shots. “Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “I think with Appling, Izzo played it really smart, told him to shoot.” Following Appling’s jumper, Billikens’ sophomore guard Jordair Jett hit a rainbow floater, and on the next possession, got fouled and hit both free throws to make it 49-46. From there, the game went back-and-forth, with both teams scoring and hitting tough shots. With fewer than three minutes to go, Green started to take over. He hit a tough, outside jump shot with 2:47 to play to put MSU up, 55-51. A little more than a minute later, Green drove to the bucket and found Appling wide open in the corner, which he drilled, giving MSU a 58-51 lead with 1:34 remaining in the game. SLU made a couple more shots to keep MSU fans nervous, but the Spartans were able to hold on. read more