A joint effort to conserve water in Rajasthan

first_imgVillagers and elected representatives of Panchayati Raj bodies in Rajasthan will assist the State government in its efforts for water conservation and rainwater harvesting, which are expected to increase the groundwater level in the geographically difficult areas. The projects have been formulated to meet the local needs with regular monitoring.The Rajiv Gandhi Jal Sanchay Yojana (RGJSY), launched in all the 33 districts of the State on August 20 this year, has identified as many as 1.80 lakh works to be executed in its first phase for creating a robust water harvesting infrastructure in over 3,900 villages.Erratic rainfallChief Secretary D.B. Gupta said here on Wednesday that the RGJSY’s long-term projects would permanently resolve the issue of paucity of water caused by scanty and erratic rainfall in the State. The completion of works through convergence with the departments concerned will ensure the availability of sufficient water for drinking and irrigation.The RGJSY has incorporated the works identified in the Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan undertaken during the previous BJP regime in the State. Proposals for making budgetary provisions under the State Plan for 2019-20 have been submitted to the Finance Department, while a meeting of the Water Cess Committee for making the water cess provision was convened on October 31.Mr. Gupta said at a meeting of the State-level committee on RGJSY that the contribution of villagers and elected representatives would help in identification of places where no water harvesting structures were constructed in the past. He laid emphasis on stopping the practice of flood irrigation.last_img read more

World T20: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs

first_imgSouth Africa topped Group C after skipper A B de Villiers led them to a 32-run victory over Sri Lanka in a rain-curtailed match of the ICC World Twenty20 here today.South Africa rode on De Villiers’ 13-ball 30 to post 78 for four after the match was reduced to a seven-over-a-side affair. In reply, the Sri Lankans were restricted to 46 for five as the Protea bowlers took centrestage at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.The loss meant Sri Lanka will enter the Super Eight stage as the second best team from the group.Besides de Villiers, Hashim Amla (16), Faf du Plessis (13) and JP Duminy (12) chipped in with important runs to lay the foundation for a comfortable win, after being put in to bat.In what was the first international T20 match between the two sides, the hosts always had a tough task at hands after the Proteas set a stiff target. It became even more difficult after the Lankans lost openers — captain Mahela Jayawardene (4) and Tillakaratner Dilshan (0) — cheaply.The Sri Lankan batsmen simply failed to find their ground, even as Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Jacques Kallis came up with tremendous bowling efforts to restrict the opponents.The bowlers managed to tightened the noose further and the likes of Dilshan Munaweera, Kumar Sangakara (13) and Thisara Perera (1) could never get the momentum going.Steyn finished with impressive figures of two for 10 from as many overs. Earlier, South Africa also did not have an ideal start as Nuwan Kulasekara dismissed opener Richard Levi (4) in the very first over, when Dilshan Munaweera took a brilliant diving catch going back from mid on.With the match reduced to just seven overs, Amla quickly got into the groove, stealing three boundaries before his nine-ball cameo was cut short by Rangana Herath.But de Villiers took over from where Amla left, and in the able company of Faf du Plessis, sent the bowlers on a leather hunt.Besides hitting fours and sixes off loose deliveries, he chipped in with the twos and threes to keep the scoreboard moving.His knock was studded with a four and two sixes. It came to an end when he mistimed a shot off Malinga’s bowling.Plessis was quick to follow his partner to the dressing room.But JP Duminy made sure that his skipper’s good work did not go waste. He hit a four and a six in the last two balls of the innings to take the team past the 75-run mark.advertisementlast_img read more

(Reopens LGD15)

first_imgThe Maharashtra government had brought an amendment in 2005 — Bombay Police Act — which was challenged in the high court by the association representing restaurants and bars.The Bombay High Court had on April 12, 2006 quashed the governments decision and declared the provision as unconstitutional, saying that it is against Article 19(1)(g) (to practise any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business) of the Constitution.However, the state government had moved the apex court against the high courts order that same year.On July 16, 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the Bombay High Court verdict quashing the state governments order and had said that the ban violated the constitutional right to earn a living.The state assembly, however, had on June 13, 2014 passed the Maharashtra Police (Second Amendment) Bill which prevented licences for dance performances in starred hotels.The ban also covered drama theatres, cinema halls, auditoriums, sports clubs and gymkhanas, where entry is restricted only to members.The 2014 amendment in the Maharashtra Act was challenged by Indian Hotels and Restaurant Association and others before the apex court.Nearly 1500 bars across the state had employed more than 75,000 women dancers before the state government first imposed the ban in 2005. PTI SJK MNL SKV SClast_img read more

Katrina Kaif has this to say on Salman Khan’s Goodwill Ambassador controversy

first_imgKatrina Kaif, who just wrapped up the shooting of her upcoming film Baar Baar Dekho, was asked about Salman Khan’s Goodwill ambassador controversy. She said, the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor is not new to controversies. “Salman Khan ko le kay controversy hai, woh naya cheez hai kya?,” said Katrina.From ‘chinkara’ poaching allegation in 1998 to 2002 hit-and-run case, Salman has had an unending tryst with controversies. The current controversy stirred up when the Dabangg actor was recently appointed as the Goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the 2016 Summer Olympic to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.On this, many sportspersons have expressed their anger and displeasure over Salman Khan being appointed as the ambassador. Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who bagged bronze in the 2012 London Olympics, took to Twitter to question Salman Khan’s Olympic role. “What is the purpose of an ambassador? Stop fooling the people of this country,” said his tweet. Ambassador ?? ???? ??? ???? ?? ??? ???? ??? ???? ?? ????. ????? ???? ??? ??? ?? ??? ?? ???? ??.?? https://t.co/vtjb0XWdP8 Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 23, 2016 Dutt had also added, “This country gives you right to go and promote your movie anywhere but Olympics is not the place for movie promotion.” Not just Yogeshwer Dutt, but Milkha Singh also was not in the favour of this decision. The sportspersons in the country also feel that Salman doesn’t have any experience in sports and also the hit-and-run case has tarnished his image.But Salman’s fans and his industry friends have taken a stand for the Wanted actor. Salman’s father Salim Khan had recently tweeted, “Salman may not have competed but is an A list swimmer, cyclist and weight lifter. Sportsmen are performing because of sports lovers like us (sic).”advertisement Salman khan may not have competed but is an A level swimmer cyclist and weight lifter Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) April 25, 2016 On the work front,Salman Khan will next be seen in Ali Abbas Zafar’s film Sultan. The film is slated to release on Eid this year.last_img read more

Real Madrid C.F. sign Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior

first_imgRecord European football champions Real Madrid have announced the signing of Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior of Flamengo for a reported transfer fee of around 45 million euros.The deal will take effect in July next year but the 16-year-old will remain at Flamengo until July 2019, according to a Real Madrid statement on Tuesday.Real Madrid are said to have beaten off interest in the teenager from a slew of other high-profile suitors, including Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United, Xinhua news agency reportedVinicius made his first-team debut for Flamengo earlier this month. He is tied to the club until 2019 and had a 30 million euro release clause written into his contract.According to media reports in Brazil, it was the second-most expensive transfer in Brazilian football history after Neymar’s move to FC Barcelona in 2013.Dubbed as the next ‘Neymar’, Vinicius has been the standout young player at Flamengo since bursting onto the scene with the under-13 side.In March 2017, Junior helped Brazil win the Under-17 South American Championship, scoring seven goals and being named the tournament’s best player.last_img read more

Quickshot Devils Beat King, 5-3

first_imgLOS ANGELES — After spending two games in street clothes, Steve Bernier was back in the New Jersey Devils lineup and on the power play.The move paid off Jan. 14 against the Los Angeles Kings.Bernier netted two goals with the man advantage, while playing on a line with Adam Henrique and Scott Gomez, and the Devils scored three times during a 68-second span of the second period in a 5-3 victory.“It was a different line than I was used to playing on and it’s a different role,” said Bernier, whose power-play goals were his first in 120 games since March 30, 2013. “These two guys don’t play the same way, and it was a lot of fun to play with them.“When you’re on the fourth line, it’s more dump-and-chase. But these guys want the puck on their stick and want to make plays.”Martin Havlat, Michael Cammalleri and Michael Ryder also scored for New Jersey, and Cory Schneider made 23 saves. The Devils are 4-3-1 since General Manager Lou Lamoriello fired Peter DeBoer on Dec. 27 and went behind the bench with coaches Adam Oates and Scott Stevens.“When your boss is in the room with you a lot, you’re on alert. You’ve got to play well and produce,” Schneider said. “He’s got a presence, and he was around a lot before he did this. But now he’s just trying to get a close-up look and see how things are operating under the hood.“It hasn’t been wholesale changes. It’s been subtle things. Lou has been supportive and encouraging.”The Kings’ goals were scored by Marian Gaborik, Justin Williams and captain Dustin Brown, who ended a 17-game drought. The defending Stanley Cup champions have played 20 consecutive games without being outshot, but are 8-7-5 during that stretch.“We just need more effort and a willingness to get it done,” Kings defenseman Matt Greene said. “I’m speaking for myself, but that’s what has to get better. Everybody has to get better, but it starts with yourself. The coaches have been doing a good job of breaking it down for us every night. It’s just a matter of us showing up and doing it.”It was the third meeting between the teams since the Kings beat the Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu didn’t make the trip for the three-game West Coast swing because of the flu.The Devils, 2-for-26 on the power play over their previous 10 games, opened the scoring on Bernier’s goal with 14 seconds left in the first period.“I thought the key was us scoring right away,” Cammalleri said. “I think you’ve got to give some credit to Adam Oates for putting people in positions where they can succeed on the power play and working on some things that make it hard to defend.”Los Angeles’ Martin Jones, making consecutive starts for the second time this season following a 19-save shutout over Toronto on Jan. 12, was pulled by coach Darryl Sutter at 9:20 of the second period after the Devils grabbed a 3-1 lead on their eighth shot.Bernier was credited with another power-play goal after his intended pass to Cammalleri caromed into the net off the left skate of defenseman Drew Doughty. Havlat added his fourth of the season just 23 seconds later.“Our penalty kill is just draining us,” Sutter said. “It takes so much out of your team. They score the goal at end of the first, then we come back and score, and then we give it up right away. It is really disappointing.”The results were the same after Jones was replaced by Jonathan Quick. Cammalleri and Ryder scored on rebounds exactly 7 minutes apart to increase New Jersey’s lead to 5-1 at 17:05. It marked the eighth time this season that the Kings allowed at least five goals — something that happened only six times last season.“I think all of our goals were a pretty much result of guys working hard to either keep the puck alive with a second or third effort, or to make the extra effort to get on the right side of somebody and compete,” Cammalleri said. “Sometimes, that’s what goal scoring is — a hunger and a compete level. Everybody feels a lot better once the puck starts going in.”(JOE RESNICK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Daniele De Rossi to leave AS Roma after 18 years

first_imgAS Roma’s combative midfielder Daniele De Rossi will end his playing career at the club after 18 years, during which he made 615 appearances and scored 63 goals in all competitions.The club confirmed in a statement that Roma’s final game of the season – at home to Parma – would be his last for the club he joined as a teenager in 2000. Roma added that he would continue his playing career elsewhere.”We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi (yellow-and-red) shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career – even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome,” said club president James Pallotta.”I’d like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants.”ROMANISTA. CAPITANO. DANIELE DE ROSSI#DDR16 pic.twitter.com/0JqyucZAT6AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) May 14, 2019He won two Coppa Italia titles with Roma in 2007 and 2008 although the nearest he came to a Serie A title was in 2010 when Roma led the table with four games to go but were overhauled by Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.De Rossi also played 117 games for Italy, making him their fourth most-capped player, and came on as a second-half substitute in the 2006 World Cup final where they beat France on penalties after a 1-1 draw.De Rossi missed most of that tournament, however, as he was given a four-match suspension for elbowing an opponent in their opening game against the United States.advertisementHe was also sent off nine times playing for AS Roma although there is far more to De Rossi than aggression, as he is famous for his vision, passing ability and eye for goal.A graduate of the club’s academy and a Roma supporter during his childhood, he made his debut in the 2001-02 season.”For 18 years, Daniele has been the beating heart of AS Roma’s team,” added Pallotta.”From his debut in 2001 to taking on the responsibility of the captain’s arm band, he always represented the Roma fans on the pitch with pride as he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.”Also Read | Solskjaer the right choice but needs time at Manchester United: Ander Herreralast_img read more

Tah extends contract to end Liverpool talk

first_imgBundesliga Liverpool and Barcelona target Tah pens Leverkusen extension until 2023 Peter Hanson 23:08 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jonathantah - Cropped Getty Images Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen Barcelona Liverpool Borussia Dortmund Primera División Premier League Bayer Leverkusen v Schalke 04 Schalke 04 The highly-rated centre-half has previously been linked with leading sides in Germany, Spain and England, but will be going nowhere any time soon Jonathan Tah has extended his contract at Bayer Leverkusen until 2023, the club have confirmed.The Germany centre-back signed a five-year deal at Leverkusen when he joined from Bundesliga rivals Hamburg in July 2015.He has since become a mainstay of their defence, chalking up 69 league appearances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A short statement on the club’s Twitter account read: “FanTAHstic News! @jonatah has extended his contract with #Bayer04 until 2023!”Tah is regarded as one of the most promising defenders in European football and the 22-year-old has previously been linked with the likes of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.His performances at Leverkusen saw him earn a first Germany call-up in March 2016, and he was taken to the European Championship in the same year to replace the injured Antonio Rudiger.last_img read more

Poch’s Alli advice: ‘Be the focus for scoring’

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino’s advice to Alli: ‘Be the focus for scoring great goals’ Dejan Kalinic 13:03 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Dele Alli Tottenham Crystal Palace Premier League Mike Hewitt Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Spurs boss offered his young star a bit of advice after the latest controversy surrounding the midfielder Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino offered fresh advice to Dele Alli after the midfielder went down easily during his team’s win over Crystal Palace.Harry Kane’s late header earned Spurs a 1-0 win on Sunday, with Alli criticised for the way he went down over Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.Alli appeared to have escaped the attentions of Patrick van Aanholt before going to ground and the pair later clashed at the full-time whistle, with Kane and Christian Eriksen separating the duo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pochettino said he had discussed the incident with Alli, who has been accused of simulation on numerous occasions this season, and offered the youngster a bit of advice on what he should work to be remember for. “After the Palace game we had a short chat about this situation,” he said. “He is an easy target for other fans as it is easy to complain about or accuse Dele.”He is very focused on trying to improve, we are focused on trying to help him. He is a great player, a great kid and a very competitive guy who wants to win.”He is an amazing player with an amazing personality and of course he is always in focus, as [Wayne] Rooney was.”I am happy with him and all players need to improve in different areas, not only in football. In these types of situations, it is about being clever. “Don’t be the focus for these types of situations. Be the focus for scoring great goals.”Alli has scored five goals and provided seven assists in 27 Premier League games this season.Spurs host Rochdale in an FA Cup replay on Wednesday, while they are also fighting to stay in the top four in the Premier League, with Chelsea just two points back in fifth.last_img read more

Newport News Shipbuilding Slashes 480 Jobs

first_imgzoom Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HHI), has started the layoff process of 480 employees.“While this is a very difficult decision, it is a necessary step to effectively control our costs and successfully manage our business during a decline in work.  It is something we take very seriously and is a last step after all other options have been exhausted,“ Matt Mulherin, President of Newport News Shipbuilding, said in a letter to employees on Tuesday.The job cuts come amid a significant slowdown in business operation, which is expected to pick up in 2017.As indicated in the letter, additional layoffs are expected in 2016, however; it has not been disclosed how many people would be affected in the next round of layoffs.“We are providing severance, benefits and transition assistance to help them in finding other employment.  Because of relevant past experience, we have identified 77 of the 480 impacted employees that will be offered hourly employment positions,” the letter reads.“During this stressful and challenging time, please remember that the workload valley has both a beginning and end as our workload increases again in 2017.  Please continue to focus on your work at hand.  Strong, safe performance is the best way we can weather this workload valley,” Mulherin concluded.Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. With approximately USD 4 billion in revenues and more than 23,000 employees, it is the largest industrial employer in Virginia and among the largest shipbuilding companies in the United States.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Halifax urged to tread carefully on complex rethink of Cornwallis

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax council will embark on the delicate task of choosing the people who will rethink how the city honours its founder, a difficult process that will attempt to disentangle Edward Cornwallis’s actions from his historical context.Amid mounting calls to topple the city’s Cornwallis statue and strike his name from municipal land, a municipal staff report warns that the expert panel could lose credibility if its members appear to have too strong a bias or insufficient credibility.“There is a risk that some community members will question the validity of the panel,” the staff report issued ahead of Tuesday’s regional council meeting said.The proposed panellists, which the staff report said carefully balances experts and community members with a range of backgrounds, will be discussed by councillors behind closed doors before being publicly announced.Debate has raged across Nova Scotia as calls to change the names of places and landmarks — such as Cornwallis River in the Annapolis Valley or Cornwallis Street in Halifax — grow louder.Yet nothing has generated quite the same level of controversy as a statue of Cornwallis in downtown Halifax.The city briefly covered up the bronze figure this summer as protesters converged on the statue with calls to knock it down.For some, Halifax’s founder may be the product of a bygone era, but he still played an important role establishing the city and serving as governor of Nova Scotia.He still deserves to be commemorated, they argue, and removing the statue or changing the name of streets and parks is akin to “rewriting history.”But to others, Cornwallis is a symbol of colonial oppression, a savage man who issued a scalping proclamation against Mi’kmaq people and unleashed death and destruction on Indigenous inhabitants.His barbaric extermination campaign should be in history books, they say, not celebrated with a heroic monument in a city park.“The question of the commemoration of Edward Cornwallis … is tied to deep, intractable questions of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations and history,” the municipal staff report said. “The panel cannot reasonably be expected to resolve such questions but, it is hoped will exercise a process that helps advance the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons in the Halifax region.”Council had voted in April for the staff report on examining the use of Cornwallis’s name on city property.Halifax is not alone in its attempt to reconcile opposing, and often heated, views on how to commemorate disgraced historical leaders.South of the border, several cities are grappling with ways to remove or diminish the prominence of Confederate monuments.Some monuments have been removed in the dead of night to avoid conflict. Interpretive panels have been added alongside other monuments to provide context, while others have been moved to museums or Confederate cemeteries.Montreal, meanwhile, is renaming a street named after British general Jeffery Amherst, who wanted to ‘exterminate’ Indigenous people by giving them smallpox-laced blankets, and Ottawa is changing the name of a building due to Sir Hector-Louis Langevin’s association with the residential school system.These examples “underscore the complexity and challenge of responding to questions of commemoration,” the staff report said.The expert panel to examine the commemoration of Cornwallis comes two years after council adopted a statement of reconciliation, which committed to ensuring the needs and aspirations of Indigenous people are included in the city.Once the expert panel is chosen and council endorses the terms of references set out by municipal staff, the special advisory committee will be asked to deliberate first on the commemoration of Cornwallis in the city. The panel will then be asked to investigate the broader question of commemorating Indigenous history.last_img read more

Quebec ministers son released charges still possible in alleged hit and run

first_imgMONTREAL – A son of Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette has been released under a promise to appear after an alleged hit and run involving a cyclist in Montreal early Friday.Geoffroy Barrette, 23, was questioned by police investigators for several hours before being allowed to go.Police did not reveal the identity of the man but said he was taken into custody at 5 a.m. and freed about seven hours later.Spokesman Daniel Lacoursiere says investigators will recommend two charges: hit and run causing bodily harm and reckless driving causing bodily harm.Police say the accused’s licence was valid, correcting earlier information it had been suspended.The cyclist wasn’t wearing a helmet and suffered serious head injuries, but is expected to survive.Police tracked down the vehicle a few kilometres away after witnesses noted the plates on the vehicle.Barrette’s office issued a statement earlier Friday confirming his son was in police custody.“I learned the news of my son’s arrest when I woke up this morning,” Barrette said. “I was shocked and my first thoughts were immediately for the victim and his family.”The elder Barrette said he’ll stand by his son.“My son, who I will accompany as any parent, will now have to answer for his actions,” he said.Barrette, who retained the health portfolio in a recent Quebec cabinet shuffle, has represented the Montreal-area riding of La Piniere for the Liberals since 2014.last_img read more

Smile Cookie fundraiser to benefit NGH

Tim Hortons Smile Cookies are back to help Norfolk General Hospital in its  pursuit of a new CT scanner.The Norfolk General Hospital Foundation Year of the Cat 2.0 Campaign is one of the 550 Canadian charities, hospitals and community programs supported through the annual Smile Cookie campaign.For one week, from Sept. 16 to 22, Tim Hortons restaurant owners donate $1 from every purchase of a freshly baked chocolate chunk Smile Cookie to support charities in their community.“This is just awesome,” said Jennifer White, NGH Foundation director.“The foundation is so grateful to Tim Hortons store owners in Norfolk County who have chosen to support the Year of the Cat 2.0 Campaign through Smile Cookie sales.“We are even more grateful to Tim Horton customers who enjoy thousands of Smile Cookies each year. We truly live in a generous community that truly cares about its hospital and our ability to provide the best care possible.”The foundation is seeking funds for a new 128-slice computed tomography unit to replace the current one that has been in service since 2006.The hospital says the unit is its most important diagnostic imaging tool. The new unit will produce sharper images, allowing radiologists to better diagnose patients.“It’s such a pleasure to partner with the NGH Foundation,” said Grant Nelson, Simcoe Tim Hortons restaurant owner. “Our local hospital does such impactful work in Norfolk and area.” read more

UN police hold suspect in connection with murder of local official in

The polling on Saturday “proceeded without any incidents of election-related violence,” but on Sunday, the calm was shattered when the President of the Municipal Assembly in Suhareke/Suva Reka, Uke Bytici, and two other people were shot dead in that municipality.“UN Police have a suspect in custody and are continuing their investigation into the killings,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. “At this time, it is unclear whether the killings were politically motivated, or whether any other people besides the suspect in custody were involved.”The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Michael Steiner, on Sunday denounced the killings as “an appalling act of calculated murder,” and extended his condolences to President Ibrahim Rugova. Early returns from Kosovo’s municipal elections show that an estimated 54 per cent of all registered voters, including nearly 58 percent of people voting inside the province itself, cast ballots. Final results are expected by 2 November. read more

Ohio State mens track distance team to get a boost for 201415

The Ohio State men’s track and field team recruited a distance-heavy class for the 2014-15 season, as five of the seven members are expected to make an impact in long interval events.Associate head coach Brice Allen said the coaching staff started its search looking “from the inside out.” They first looked in the Midwest and then moved to a more national level to find the right fit for the program. Allen said the staff was interested in finding runners who were not only gaining top 10 marks in their class, but men that could perform in multiple events.All seven recruits who signed to join the Buckeyes next fall are from the Midwest, six of which are from Ohio.“Primarily, we are looking for top 10 recruits in the country,” Allen said. “The class as a whole, we got them close to home and they are top 10 in the country.”The coaches recruited distance heavy because they were looking for runners that could not only make an impact in track but in cross-country as well.Five are set to join the distance program at OSU. These athletes are slated to compete in three seasons: cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track.Kevin Blank, Solon, OhioClayton Bowie, IndianapolisNick Elswick, Chardon, OhioMitch Leitch, ColumbusJake Mandel, ColumbusAll five of the distance runners coming in placed within the top 10 at their state track meets in 2013. The staff expects that same success when the runners compete next fall.“They need to make an impact their freshman year but in the realms of being freshmen,” Allen said. “We are hopeful that all seven of these guys will have a national impact in their time here at Ohio State.”The other two recruits are sprinter/hurdler Davon Anderson from Cleveland and thrower Max Siepel from Avon Lake, Ohio.“Davon will give us needed depth in both the hurdles and sprints,” coach Ed Beathea said, according to a press release.Anderson was the 2013 South Carolina state champion in the 110-meter hurdles and runner up in 100 meter dash before moving to Glenville High School in Cleveland for his senior season. In 2012, he won the state championship in the 200-meter.Siepel placed fifth in the shot put at the 2013 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I State Championships. Beathea said he is a “fierce competitor” and he is looking forward to Siepel’s development at OSU, according to the release.In 2013 and 2012, the team also recruited top 10 classes.Beathea said the coaching staff did a great job with recruiting once again this year, and the team has had “three years of successful recruiting at this level” and that “this class should rival (the) two previous years of top 10 recruiting classes.”The coaching staff is excited to have this group of seven men join the team and believe that ultimately they will be able to help the team win a Big Ten Championship.“The talent that these guys are bringing in will add to the quality of our workouts and in turn, add to the quality of our team performance,” Allen said. read more

Was Aaron Rodgers Trying To Game The Coin Flip

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Jan. 19, 2016), ESPN writer Bill Barnwell joins us as we look at whether Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were cheated out of their NFL playoff game by the flip of a coin. We ask FiveThirtyEight writer Ben Lindbergh whether sabermetrics is making baseball coaches smarter. And we explore the brilliance of Australian college basketball player Ben Simmons. Plus, a Significant Digit on 17-year-old soccer star Mallory Pugh.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Bill Barnwell on Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s hyper-conservative decision not to go for 2 points.An academic study on gaming the coin flip.Ben Lindbergh on how sabermetrics is making baseball coaches better.Significant Digit: 17. That’s the age of Mallory Pugh, the youngest woman ever to gain a professional soccer contract in the U.S.So, how good is Ben Simmons? Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Football JT Barrett sets Ohio State passing yards record

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the second quarter of the 2017 Ohio State-UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDuring the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Rutgers, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett claimed the Ohio State record for career passing yards, surpassing Art Schlichter with his 7,559th passing yard on a 13-yard pass to wide receiver Terry McLaurin. Ohio State currently leads 28-0.On a 37-yard rush in the first quarter, he became the first Ohio State player to reach 10,000 all-purpose yards, and the 10th player in the Big Ten to accomplish the feat.This Barrett’s 23rd program in three-plus seasons as the starting quarterback for Ohio State. Among the many Buckeye records Barrett owns, the three-time captain also holds the record for most touchdown passes (81) and 200-yard passing games (23), including today’s game in which he has two touchdown passes and has 212 passing yards.Against Army, Barrett set the Big Ten record for most touchdowns responsible for with his 107th career touchdown, surpassing former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees. He has since extended the record to 114. read more

Grand Theft Auto Vice City heading to iOS Android

first_imgBack in December last year Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto III on iOS and Android. It was the game’s first appearance on mobile devices and was generally well received even if the controls were a little limiting compared to the original. It joined the previously released GTA: Chinatown Wars which saw a release early in 2010.This year, Rockstar aims to please mobile gamers again and has announced that GTA: Vice City is also heading to iOS and Android devices soon.Originally released in October 2002, Vice City is set in the Miami of the 80’s. The re-release for mobile is actually a 10th anniversary celebration, so Rockstar is taking the opportunity to give it a proper update. That includes giving the graphics a HD makeover, releasing a new trailer, and including a load of artwork that has never been seen before from the original development of the game.If you have already played the game to death, Rockstar may be able to tempt you into purchasing some commemorative merchandise instead. They haven’t announced what that includes yet, but it will all appear on the Rockstar Warehouse online store once the game is available.The fact Rockstar is promoting Vice City now means the release can’t be too far off. It would be nice to see it appear before the end of October, which means they have until next Wednesday to get it on the App Store and Google Play. As for price, I’m hoping it’s no more than the $4.99 Grand Theft Auto III debuted for last year.More at Rockstarlast_img read more

Car Insurance Company Sniffs Facebook Posts To Set Customer Premiums

first_imgWhat you post on social media reveals a great deal about what kind of person you are. And now there’s an insurance company that wants to use those revelations to set prices.Admiral, one of Britain’s largest insurance companies, believes that their algorithms can tell whether or not customers are responsible drivers just by analyzing their Facebook posts. It’s all about word choice. According to an Admiral spokesperson who sat down with the Guardian, using words like always and never — which might indicate that you’re an overconfident person. That’s a red flag when it comes to driving.They’re not using what they find on Facebook to penalize customers or deny coverage. Instead, Admiral says that they’ll only use the data to offer discounts. Decent ones, too. Admiral’s customers can reportedly save up to $430 a year on their premiums by letting the company check our their Facebook activity.This might sound creepy to some, and there may be people out there who see it as an invasion of privacy. Admiral is quick to point out that the service — which they call firstcarquote — is an opt-in thing. They’re also trying to be as transparent and discrete as possible.Admiral doesn’t continuously track you once you’re on board, either. It’s a one-time thing, they say, and all they’re looking at are likes and posts. They don’t do any kind of analysis on photos or videos.For a teen who’s just received his or her license, the possibility of saving a few hundred dollars may be all the incentive they need to give Admiral access. It’s not like they have any driving history to prove that they’re responsible on the roads.Admiral says they’re blazing a trail with firstcarquote. They feel like it’s something that could transform the insurance industry, and they’re absolutely right. If it improves the bottom line for Admiral, it won’t be long before other insurers start turning to Facebook to assess their customers. I’m picturing companies that insure smartphones being very, very interested in doing something like this.last_img read more