BJP promises Jallikattu, implementation of prohibition

first_imgChennai, Apr 21 (PTI) Conducting the bull taming sport of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu from next year, implementation of prohibition and waiver of all loans availed by farmers are among BJPs promises in its election manifesto released here today.Toeing the line of Dravidian majors AIADMK and DMK, the party promised imposition of prohibition and freebies of eight gram gold to eligible women in Below Poverty Line category for marriage.Taking a cue apparently from DMK, the party said it would waive “all loans availed by farmers” and assured a separate budget for agriculture and Lokayukta to end graft.Ramadoss-led PMK for a long time has been advocating a separate farm budget.Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari today released the party manifesto, labelled as “Vision Document”, in the presence of state leaders led by Tamil Nadu party chief Tamilisai Soundararajan.The saffron partys pet themes like cow protection and a law to stop forced religious conversions also featured in the manifesto.The party also promised quality education on par with CBSE standards in government-run schools and linking of all intra-state rivers.BJP is fighting polls in alliance with smaller parties like IJK. PTI VGN APR IKAlast_img read more

West Bengal polls: 80 per cent polling recorded in second phase

first_imgAmid reports of sporadic violence, over 79.70 per cent of votes were cast in the second phase of West Bengal elections for 56 constituencies.In Alipurduar, 82.07 per cent voting were recorded, in Jalpaiguri 77.69 per cent, Darjeeling 74, North Dinajpur 78.90, South Dinajpur 82.72, Malda 79.60 per cent and Birbhum 82.89.At Dumrut, in south Bengal’s Bolpur constituency in Birbhum, several people were arrested following a clash between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party workers.Controversial Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mandal, the party president of Birbhum district, who has been put under strict surveillance by the Election Commission, stoked another controversy when he went to vote sporting a batch of party symbol on his shirt. The Congress lodged a complaint against the alleged violation of the model code of conduct by him.”I didn’t realise it. But the presiding officer could have stopped me from going like this,” Mandal said later. Two FIRs- one for going out of his constituency despite warning and another one for going to cast vote sporting party symbol on his kurta – are being lodged against him.Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, who was in Kolkata today, alleged that booth-capturing and false voting continued in the state.”Despite the presence of central forces, there is a ‘bhoot’ (ghost) in the booths,” he said.In north Bengal, Malda district reported a clash between CPI(M) and TMC supporters in front of a booth in the Englishbazar Assembly seat. Two persons, including the TMC polling agent, were injured in the brawl, the police said.advertisement#WATCH: Clash between CPI(M) and TMC workers outside a polling booth in West Bengal’s Malda, two injured ANI (@ANI_news) April 17, 2016In another instance, TMC polling agent Asraful Hossain was allegedly beaten up at a booth in Chanchol constituency in Malda district allegedly by Chanchol ex-pradhan Maqbul Hossain of Congress, polling officials said. As a result, polling was temporarily stalled. Hossain has since been arrested, the police said.Earlier in the morning, a clash between BJP and TMC workers left eight persons injured in Dumrut village of Birbhum before polling began, an EC report said. Three persons were later arrested by the police. TMC candidate from Siliguri Assembly constituency Baichung Bhutia complained of bogus votes being cast at Sriguru Vidayapith booth and a complaint has been registered with the EC.Five of the constituencies are in Alipurduar district, seven in Jalpaiguri, nine in North Dinajpur, six each in Darjeeling and South Dinajpur and 12 in Malda districts. The only south Bengal district going to the polls in this phase is Birbhum. In pics So far, voters in 49 of the total 294 constituencies of the assembly have exercised their franchise on two dates — April 4 and 11 — that make up the first phase. Polling for the remaining phases will be held on April 21, 25, 30 and May 5.Also read:PM Modi attacks Mamata Banerjee, says Trinamool not working for people of West Bengal8 injured in clashes between BJP, TMC workers in Bengal’s Birbhumlast_img read more

Lalita Babar protests against gangrape: India’s superstar cricketers can learn some lessons from her

first_imgLong distance runner and national record holder Lalita Babar came forward to protest against the ongoing crimes against women.  On Sunday, the Rio Olympian participated in a big Maratha protest rally in Pune triggered by the July 13 Kopardi rape-murder of a 14-year-old school girl.”I walked in the march not as a member of any caste or a sportsperson, but as an ordinary woman still angry about what happened to the school going girl. I came here as a normal girl who believes that such a crime should never happen again,” Babar told the media. (Maratha community holds silent march in Pune )Her efforts to speak up and actually do something on an ongoing issue in the country is laudable, considering not many Indian athletes involve themselves in sensitive issues. This can specifically be said about India’s superstar cricketers, whose fans hang on their every word, especially when they sell major cola brands, luxury cars and fancy insurance plans.(Maharashtra government offers class one post to athlete Lalita Babar for her Olympic feat) It is not surprising that Babar stood up for the 14-year-old who was gangraped and murdered in her own village. The victim belonged to Babar’s community. Babar was in Pune for a program when she decided to participate in the ongoing protest.On July 13, the Class IX student was brutally raped and murdered in her own farm, confirmed by the postmortem reports.  According to the police, she was returning home when three assailants belonging to the Dalit community of the same village, killed her after allegedly gang-raping her.(Should have broken national record in steeplechase final: Lalita Babar)advertisementBabar told a leading media house that despite being  an international athlete, she has come from a rural environment and that her parents still work in the farm. She said, “That killing meant girls in villages across the country will think twice before stepping out of the house. I find it unbelievable that women should be made to feel so unsafe.”WHY PLAYERS’ PROTESTS ARE IMPORTANT?There have been instances recently and in the past when athletes have made a strong statement, sometimes even iconic,  by demonstrating a protest for what is right.Recently, USA’s National Football League player Colin Kaepernick started a protest that developed into a controversy by kneeling down while the National Anthem was being played, to mark the violence and killings of innocent African-Americans. (Maharashtra announces Rs 75 lakh cash reward to Lalita Babar)Likewise Serena Williams has always taken a strong stance against Black violence in the country. She raised her fist in the air after clenching Wimbledon title, her 22nd Grand Slam this July. The clenched fist is known as a symbol of black power and solidarity. This was done for the first time by Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968 Olympics, who were then sent back home as punishment.During the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Zimbabwe cricket players wore black armbands to protest against the death of democracy in the country. Consequently, the cricketers were thrown out of the country but the issue gained international attention. (Virat Kohli on Uri attack: As an Indian, it hurts)Serena’s gesture in front of millions of fans watching her at Wimbledon or on TV spoke volumes. Sports stars are viewed as idols, even role models. Even though movie actors have a bigger fan following, sports players invoke more respect, considering the hardwork and sweat that goes behind the laurels they bring while representing the country.  These sports stars have a position and power to influence and make a difference.INDIAN CRICKETERS SILENTThe culture of taking a stance has somewhat been missing among the Indian cricketers. Occasionally, they might tweet about how a certain issue makes them sad, probably because it is trending.Take the example of the Indian Test captain. Virat Kohli has tweeted in the recent past about how sad the Lahore attack has made him or how he does not have words to express on the Uri attack. When the social media trolled his then girlfriend Anushka Sharma, he asked them to have some compassion. The cricket heartthrob even posted a picture on Instagram of him with ‘Sorry’ written across it on Women’s Day, apologising to women for the atrocities they face.Sorry for the jerks, the cat-callers, the stalkers. Don’t let them ruin it for the rest of us. Happy Women’s Day ?????? Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 8, 2016But most forms of speaking out have been on social media posts, which usually loses sheen among many in a day. Kohli, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu appeared in a video last year, urging people to ‘respect & protect’ women. The video unfortunately did not gain popularity, unlike Deepika Padukone’s ‘My Choice’ that created a storm.advertisementIndia faces multiple social issues, from sexism to casteism, poverty to unemployment, drug abuse to racism. But there has been no strong stand by any of the Indian cricket Gods on any ongoing social issue, such that it gets people of the country talking, if not spark a controversy.Lalita Babar has thus set a benchmark for fellow athletes to come out and stand up for issues that require urgent change in India.last_img read more

Would urge finance ministry to include CGHS in CSR: Tendulkar

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar today said he would request Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to make Central Government Health Scheme for sportspersons a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budget, which can be used to develop sports infrastructure.Tendulkar, whose maiden speech in Rajya Sabha could not take place due to protests in the Upper House feels “India is a sport-loving nation not a sport-playing nation”.”I know its going to be a Herculean task to have CGHS benefit covering all international medallists but we can take some steps to give them a respectable life. Imagine our first ever swimmer in Olympics Shamsher Khan. He had no funds to get treated for his heart ailment and hearing problem,” Tendulkar told PTI today.”In my speech, I have requested Arun Jaitley ji to have a percentage of CSR budget for sport infratsructure. I would say for a start, if we have that budget, CGHS scheme can be incorporated in that project,” Tendulkar said.The legend has also spoken about transforming Smart Cities into Smart Sport Cities.”We can think about a Public Private Partnership which enables us to have more grounds. The Smart City should be a Green City with solar lighting, more playgrounds for the public. With association of big organisation, tournaments can be organised. Its not always having professional athletes but a fitter generation,” Indias greatest ever cricketer said.Tendulkar also spoke about how the younger generation should compulsorily know about the sporting achievements of the past heroes.advertisement”I have prepared a sample booklet with a number of sportspersons and their achievements but I would like our children to know about our sporting heroes. It should be made compulsory in schools. I have only tried to set a template,” he concluded. PTI KHS AHWould urge finance ministry to include CGHS in CSR: TendulkarNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar today said he would request Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to make Central Government Health Scheme for sportspersons a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budget, which can be used to develop sports infrastructure.Tendulkar, whose maiden speech in Rajya Sabha could not take place due to protests in the Upper House feels “India is a sport-loving nation not a sport-playing nation”.”I know its going to be a Herculean task to have CGHS benefit covering all international medallists but we can take some steps to give them a respectable life. Imagine our first ever swimmer in Olympics Shamsher Khan. He had no funds to get treated for his heart ailment and hearing problem,” Tendulkar told PTI today.”In my speech, I have requested Arun Jaitley ji to have a percentage of CSR budget for sport infrastructure. I would say for a start, if we have that budget, CGHS scheme can be incorporated in that project,” Tendulkar said.The legend has also spoken about transforming Smart Cities into Smart Sport Cities.”We can think about a Public Private Partnership which enables us to have more grounds. The Smart City should be a Green City with solar lighting, more playgrounds for the public. With association of big organisation, tournaments can be organised. Its not always having professional athletes but a fitter generation,” Indias greatest ever cricketer said.Tendulkar also spoke about how the younger generation should compulsorily know about the sporting achievements of the past heroes.”I have prepared a sample booklet with a number of sportspersons and their achievements but I would like our children to know about our sporting heroes. It should be made compulsory in schools. I have only tried to set a template,” he concluded. PTI KHS AH AHlast_img read more

Disha Patani sizzles in lingerie for racy photoshoot. See pic

first_imgDisha Patani cranked up the temperature a few degrees with a sultry picture of herself posing in lingerie. The actress showed off her figure in a lingerie set from the Calvin Klein Underwear collection.The smouldering snap is taking the internet by storm and has already garnered over 1.5 million likes on Instagram. Take a look:Last evening, Disha was at the launch of the new Calvin Klein Underwear store at DLF Promenade mall in Delhi. She was swarmed by a horde of cheering fans and took to Instagram to share a video from the event.”Thank you Delhi for the love and support, I love you guys so much. Gratitude,” she wrote. In less than four hours, the video has already garnered over 7,50,000 views.On the work front, Disha will be seen playing a trapeze artist named Radha in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat. She will be paired opposite Salman Khan in the 1960s portion of the period drama, which also features Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Tabu and Nora Fatehi in pivotal roles.advertisementDisha is eager to work with Salman in Bharat and told a leading daily, “I’m excited to be a part of Bharat, it’s like a dream come true to get an opportunity to work with Salman sir and I can’t wait for the journey to begin. I am a big fan of Ali Abbas sir’s work.”The actress is also gearing up to make her Tamil debut in Sundar C’s ambitious film Sangamithra. According to reports, the film is being made on a staggering budget of Rs 400 crore, and will be released in two parts. The actress has been learning sword-fighting and horse-riding to look convincing as a warrior princess.ALSO READ: Disha Patani wishes fans on Diwali in sports bra and lehenga, gets trolledALSO WATCH: Disha Patani talks about her personal style preferenceslast_img read more

Is OSU’s Defense Really That Bad?

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMIYou’ve all heard the numbers: the 68th best scoring D in the nation, even worse in total yards at an even 100. But to watch this team, to watch the last six teams…they look different than in years past.They make game-changing plays, get huge stops, and always come up big when they need to. After the Texas game, Jamie Blatnick said:It’s just one of those things that when it’s time to go and get it done, we get it done.Is that true though, or is it just the politically correct thing to say?The OSU fan’s defense (no pun intended) to the negative national backlash thus far has been “but wait, the starters are never even in games. How can you count something that isn’t even really happening.”Well one group of football analysts smarter than everyone reading this blog combined (including myself) says you can’t.Football Outsiders has devised a formula called S&P+ that is, essentially, a true measure of how good/bad your team is during games while the outcome of those games is still in the balance. Here’s the three-part formula:1. Individual play success (as measured by  whether or not a play gained 50 percent of necessary yardage on first down (usually just 5 yards), 70 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth down.2. You basically give every yard line a point value (based on how many points you would be expected to score from that yard line) and then score each play based on how much closer a team got to the end zone.3. Numbers 1 and 2 are compared to the expected output based on opponents and opponents’ opponents. In other words: schedule adjusting.Here’s the biggie though (and what OSU fans have been complaining about all year) – stats are only compiled when a game is within 24 points in the first quarter, 21 in the second, and 16 in the second half.“Finally!” you might be saying, but let me remind you that this means the formula didn’t count anything beyond the first quarter of the Kansas game.Here’s how OSU stacks up:S&P+ offense: 9thTeams ahead of them: Wisconsin, Oregon, Bama, Baylor, Boise, Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas A&M.S&P+ defense: 9th (in the country!) (NOT A TYPO)Teams ahead of them: Boise, LSU, OU, Alabama, Penn State, Michigan State, Stanford Notre Dame.Sure, this is a little askew with only seven weeks of college football under our belts and it hurts the offense a little bit because you can’t not count defensive performance in blowouts but keep the offensive numbers.However it brings to light two things. The first is that this disparity in what the old-school stats say and the new-school stats say means that OSU’s defense is getting a TON of rest because it also means they aren’t on the field very much. As reader Htownpoke pointed out yesterday, that’s huge for a team like OSU that isn’t as deep as some other national powers.The second is the point that I was making yesterday: this is not the best defense in the country, but it is improved (30th in the country in S&P+ defense last year) and it’s good enough to win a national title.Huge thanks for this post: the guys at Football Outsiders (seriously, check out their work) and CowboysRFF for bantering back and forth with me on statistical analysis like we were a couple of crazed sports bloggers. Which we are.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoModric: Real Madrid improving under Solari

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Modric: Real Madrid improving under Solariby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric believes Real Madrid are improving under coach Santiago Solari.Real begin their Club World Cup defence this week on the back of a scratchy 1-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano.But Modric says: “We are working on our physical preparation so that we can better express our talent and our qualities on the field. “We must do more work. I believe that we have progressed to this point under the guidance of Solari. There is still room for improvement, but I think we will get to Abu Dhabi in a good shape. “Motivation is always there when a trophy is at stake.” last_img read more

a month agoBurn felt Brighton let themselves down in defeat at Chelsea

first_imgBurn felt Brighton let themselves down in defeat at Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Dan Burn felt they let themselves down in defeat at Chelsea.Burn arguably had Albion’s best chance of the game when his downward header clipped the bar, and reiterated the need for the team to start taking their chances.He said, “I thought Chelsea were the better team on the day and we didn’t do what we do as well as we have done in other games.“They had some good chances, but we were frustrated with the penalty because I didn’t think it was, at the time.“I could’ve scored with that header as well, so it was very frustrating. We are creating chances, and we have to take them, which is what the top teams do.“We’ll look at it all on Monday and Tuesday and see what we could have done better.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Predicts Every Game Left On Michigan’s Schedule

first_imgMichigan quarterback Shea Patterson throws in first half.MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 21: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Last weekend, the Michigan Wolverines suffered an embarrassing loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. With the program’s playoff hopes dangling by a thread, it’s time to look ahead at the rest of their schedule.Fans in Michigan are already panicking about the team’s outlook for the rest of the season. The upcoming schedule doesn’t do the school any favors.Michigan has to a face a handful of ranked opponents this fall, which includes games against Ohio State and Notre Dame.The pressure was already on for Jim Harbaugh and the loss to Wisconsin only magnifies it now. It’s fair to wonder if this could be his final year coaching in Ann Arbor. ESPN’s Football Power Index actually predicts the Wolverines to finish with an 7-5 record.Here is how the rest of Michigan’s schedule will shape out, per ESPN’s FPI:September 28 – vs. Rutgers: 95.8%October 5 – vs. Iowa: 61.4%October 12 – at Illinois: 85.6%October 19 – at Penn State: 25.1%October 26 – vs. Notre Dame: 29.0%November 2 – at Maryland: 52.6%November 16 – vs. Michigan State – 54.4%November 23 – at Indiana: 69.7%November 30 – vs. Ohio State: 19.0%According to the FPI, the Wolverines are projected to lose to the Nittany Lions, Fighting Irish and Buckeyes.Michigan has struggled against Ohio State in recent years so it’s not surprising that it’ll be an underdog in the regular season finale.The next big test for Michigan takes place next Saturday when it hosts Iowa.last_img read more

NSBI Approves Innovation Rebate

first_img Information on NSBI transactions can be found at -30- the Innovation Rebate Program was developed in consultation with Nova Scotia companies the Innovation Rebate Program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private-sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes the program provides up to a 25 per cent rebate based on eligible project costs, as defined in the Innovation Rebate Program Guidelines the total project cost must be between $2 million and $15 million. The maximum amount of eligible project costs to which the rebate will be applied is $15,000,000 the maximum rebate amount for an eligible project, including related parties, cannot exceed $3,750,000 over a 24-month period the innovation rebate works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs and is only paid out once the project is complete Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for John Ross and Sons Ltd. Incorporated in 1955, the company specializes in the purchasing, grading, handling and processing of scrap metals from manufacturers, contractors, recycling yards and individuals. John Ross and Sons Ltd. is investing in new technology to increase its capacity in markets outside Nova Scotia. The Halifax-based company is proceeding with a $4.5 million total capital investment to install a wire and cable recycling plant. The plant takes raw material and by using a range of technologies and processes, refines, separates and sorts the material into separate components. This new plant will allow the company to extract high-valued materials more efficiently, and in turn, will increase productivity and capacity. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,070,296 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $4.5 million. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $2 million and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.center_img Quick facts:last_img read more

Chinese prime minister to discuss trade with EU leaders

BRUSSELS — China’s prime minister is set to meet top European Union officials to discuss thorny issues including better access for European companies to Chinese markets and security concerns over high-speed 5G network technology.The stakes are high with two-way trade between the EU and China worth around 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a day.A senior EU official speaking on condition of anonymity because the meeting has yet to happen says that the EU wants “a more balanced financial-economic relationship” with Beijing and for European companies to have the same access to Chinese markets as Chinese businesses have to Europe’s markets.Tuesday’s summit in Brussels comes two weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed during a visit to Paris to work with European leaders to seek fairer international trade rules.Mike Corder, The Associated Press read more

UN experts urge US state of Virginia to halt execution of man

“We urge the authorities to annul the death sentence against Mr. [William] Morva and to retry him in compliance with international standards related to due process and fair trial,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, and on right to health, Dainius Pūras, in a news release.Their joint appeal to the Governor of Virginia was issued ahead of the planned execution of Mr. Morva by lethal injection. The 35-year-old Hungarian-American was sentenced to death in 2008 for the murder of a hospital security guard and a Sheriff’s deputy.According to the news release, a court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed Mr. Morva with delusional disorder in 2014, and noted that his crimes may have been committed as a result of the delusions he was experiencing. During his trial, the jury was not told about his psychosocial condition and he did not receive reasonable accommodation to adjust the process to his individual needs. “The denial of reasonable accommodation in detention can be considered a form of discrimination against him because of his mental health condition,” the experts said. Mr. Morva’s condition is such that he has ceased all communication with his legal team, gravely hampering their ability to defend him as his execution approaches. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Podcast MLB Playoff Preview Maya Moores Legacy And The Kickpocalypse

Welcome to this week’s 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 (Oct. 6, 2015), we discuss whether the Major League Baseball playoff system is subject to too much randomness, talk about Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA finals, and ask FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Morris about the state of kicking in the NFL. Plus, a Significant Digit glimpse at our forthcoming CARMELO NBA Projections.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below is a video excerpt and links to some of what we discussed on the show.FiveThirtyEight’s 2015 MLB playoff coverage.Neil Paine reveals the Elo system he developed for baseball.A stats-y primer on the WNBA finals.Ian Levy writes for FiveThirtyEight about why the best teams in the WNBA don’t seem to shoot threes.Ben Morris with more historical data about kickers than you thought was possible.If you live near New York City, join Carl Bialik, Walt Hickey and Neil Paine at “Varsity Letters” on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.Significant Digit: 83.1. That’s Anthony Davis’s projected wins above replacement for 2016-22, according to our forthcoming CARMELO NBA Projections. CARMELO found that he’s the most valuable player in the league over that time span. Stay tuned for the full system, which will be up on FiveThirtyEight soon! By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, Benjamin Morris and Sara Patterson 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. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS read more

Opinion 5 takeaways from Ohio States win over Rutgers

Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) reaches for a pass from redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during OSU’s 56-17 win against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead Saturday, en route to a 56-17 drubbing of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.And beyond just a victory, the Buckeye offense collected another record-setting performance by racking up more than 500 yards for the fourth straight game.The Lantern sports editors compiled a list of five things we learned from the Buckeye victory.1. J.T. Barrett could be best in the Big TenComing into the season, senior quarterback Braxton Miller and Penn State sophomore gunslinger Christian Hackenberg were thought to be the class of the Big Ten quarterbacks.But eight weeks into the season, Barrett seems to be heads and tails over any quarterback in the conference.The redshirt-freshman from Wichita Falls, Texas, leads all Big Ten quarterbacks in completion percentage, touchdown passes and quarterback rating and has not thrown an interception since Sept. 13 against Kent State.Not too bad for a guy who was the third string quarterback to start fall camp.If Barrett continues to impress with his play, there is a good chance he could unseat Miller as the Big Ten offensive player of the year.2. The offensive line is dominatingAfter being embarrassed against Virginia Tech in the second game of the season, the Buckeye offensive front has been making opposing defenses look silly.Since the loss to the Hokies in which the Buckeyes totaled just 108 rushing yards, OSU is averaging 314.25 yards per game on the ground.In addition, the Buckeye line has allowed just five sacks in four games since the Virginia Tech game, when Barrett was sacked seven times.OSU coach Urban Meyer has said this year that the Buckeyes are an offensive line driven team, and it has shown the last four weeks.3. Secondary improving, but yet to be testedWhile the OSU secondary held Rutgers to just 196 yards passing, how much stock can we put into the Buckeyes’ performance?Yes, Gary Nova threw for more than 400 yards against Michigan, but this year’s Wolverines are not your traditional Big Ten power.The Buckeye secondary has yet to be tested, but will be on Saturday against Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions.Hackenberg leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game and Penn State is last in the Big Ten in total rushing.Needless to say, the Nittany Lions will be throwing early and often against the Buckeyes in what will likely be the first real test of the OSU secondary this season.4. Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall has star potentialMarshall — a former high school quarterback — had to take some time before finding his role in OSU’s offense. On Saturday, that role become more defined than ever before.He is simply a playmaker for the Buckeyes and keeps on improving week to week. In OSU’s win against Rutgers, he totaled three receptions for a team-high 58 yards and returned four punts for 45 yards along with one kickoff return for another 26 yards. He ended up leading the game with 129 all-purpose yards, 22 ahead of Barrett.Marshall was expected to make contributions last season before ending up having to redshirt, but he’s proven so far this year that he can step up when his number is called. If he continues on the same kind of trajectory, he has a chance to become the most dangerous player on the Buckeyes’ offense along with the special teams units.5. And so does freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillanNot only does McMillan have star potential down the road, but he is quickly morphing into an important player this season.While he’s not a starter on OSU’s defense, his playing time has continued to increase week by week, and at times it seems like he is the more trusted option ahead of senior linebacker and incumbent starter Curtis Grant.McMillan totaled five tackles against Rutgers — tied for fourth on the team — and made his presence felt throughout the game. Grant, much like McMillan, is a former blue-chip prospect, but it’s starting to look like the younger of the two is ready to unseat the elder sooner than anyone expected.Regardless of Grant’s experience, look for McMillan to be starting games before this season comes to a close.The Buckeyes are set to hit the road on Saturday to take on Penn State in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Mehidys fivefor restricts WI to 354 after Brathwaite ton

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedShakib six-for restricts WI to 129; Bangladesh need 335July 14, 2018In “Sports”Brathwaite ton catapults Windies into driver’s seatJuly 13, 2018In “latest news”Dominant Windies leave Bangladesh facing innings defeatJuly 6, 2018In “latest news” Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Abu Jayed led Bangladesh’s fightback on the second morning, limiting West Indies’ first-innings total to 354, after Kraigg Brathwaite’s dogged century on the opening day had set up a strong platform for the home team in the second Test in Jamaica. Mehidy ended up with his fourth five-wicket haul, and his first since his debut series against England in 2016, while Jayed took three wickets. The duo’s efforts ensured West Indies collapsed from 295 for 4 overnight to lose their last six wickets for 59 runs.Mehidy Hasan completed a five-for on the second morning (AFP)Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das negotiated the two overs before lunch to secure a great session for Bangladesh, taking them to 10 for no loss.Mehidy removed debutant Keemo Paul and Miguel Cummins off successive balls in his second over. Paul was given out caught at short leg off an inside edge, without opening his account, before Cummins fell lbw next ball.But it was Abu Jayed who started West Indies’ slump when he got Shimron Hetmyer to edge a short delivery to the wicketkeeper in the day’s third over, the batsman unable to pull away from a delivery leaving him. Hetmyer had added just two runs to his overnight 84. Roston Chase followed soon after, after he was adjudged lbw for 20. Even a review could not save Chase, as replays showed that the ball would have hit leg-stump, prolonging his string of low scores in Test cricket this year. Taijul Islam then produced a leading edge from Shane Dowrich that was held Mehidy in the covers. Mehidy then struck twice in his next over as West Indies were nine down.Shakib Al Hasan, however, removed Mehidy from the attack thereafter, only for Jason Holder and the No. 11 Shannon Gabriel to add 35 runs in the following five overs. Holder struck a couple of sixes while Gabriel struck three fours in his 19-ball stay, before becoming Jayed’s third victim. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Liebherr demonstrated stability in 2009 though sales in mining suffered

first_imgAt Bauma, Liebherr reported that although turnover fell by 16.9% there was no change in the size of the workforce and investments reached EUR656 million. “After the severe collapse of the international economy in the 2008-2009 winter half-year period, economic activity gradually stabilised by midway through 2009, and in the last two quarters of the year the lowest point in the economic crisis had largely been overcome. In 2009 the world economy shrank by 2.1%. In the industrial countries the drop was 3.4%, and more severe in the Eurozone and Japan than in the USA. Developments in the threshold countries had a stabilising effect. According to provisional estimates, the Chinese economy grew by almost 9% and the Indian economy by approximately 7%. In Brazil, economic performance in 2009 almost equalled the previous year’s level, whereas in Russia the effects of the financial and economic crisis were more evident, with a drop of about 8% in gross national product. Overall economic performance rose slightly in the threshold countries. The drop of 12% in 2009 was the most severe downturn suffered by world trade since the end of WWII.“The Liebherr Group was obliged to accept a drop in turnover in the 2009 business year. Total sales revenue went down by EUR1,422 million or 16.9%, to EUR6,986 million. As in earlier economic downturn phases, the 2009 crisis year confirmed the stabilising effect of the group’s broad diversification in terms of both products and markets. Despite the drop in turnover, Liebherr succeeded in recording a higher annual result than in the previous year. In the earthmoving and mining division the group incurred a drop in turnover of EUR881.7 million or 32.6%, to EUR1,825.1 million.”Despite the difficult business situation, important and essential investment projects went ahead; they are aimed at production plant extension and the worldwide sales and service network. At EUR656 million, investments were EUR258.9 million or 28.3% below the previous year’s total. A development, assembly and logistic centre for mining excavators was built in France. In Russia, work went ahead on erecting a production plant in which Liebherr intends to build or assemble machinery such as earthmoving machines for the Russian market, and also structural steelwork. Work began in India on the construction of a production plant for drive technology components.last_img read more

Pistorius emotional during bail hearing as Reeva Steenkamp laid to rest

first_imgI am still in shock following the heart-breaking events that occurred last week and my thoughts and prayers are with both of the families involved.Pistorius’ top sponsor, Nike, said in a brief statement to the AP yesterday that it “has no plans for Oscar Pistorius in upcoming campaigns.” They declined to give any further information.While Pistorius goes to court, Steenkamp’s funeral will be held today in her hometown of Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s southern coast, her family said. It is to be a private ceremony at a local crematorium, closed to the public and media.“We’re just taking things one day at a time,” Reeva Steenkamp’s brother Adam Steenkamp said outside the family home. “But at the moment it’s family coming together and the one person who would be the strongest, who held us all together, is unfortunately not here anymore – and that’s my sister.”Police said they arrived in the predawn hours of Thursday – Valentine’s Day – to find paramedics trying to revive Steenkamp and said that she had been shot four times. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene. Pistorius was arrested and charged with murder the same day.Prosecutors said in Pistorius’ first court appearance Friday that they would pursue a more serious premeditated murder charge against the Olympian and world’s most high-profile disabled athlete.Arnold Pistorius, Oscar’s uncle, said the prosecution’s own case would show there was no murder.“We have no doubt there is no substance to the allegation,” he said, “and that the state’s own case, including its own forensic evidence, strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all.”Pistorius has been in custody in Brooklyn police station in Pretoria since Friday. His agent told the AP that there is no way to predict if he will ever run track again.“For me it’s too early to comment,” Peet Van Zyl said. “I think it’s still a huge shock and tragedy that took the world by surprise so I can’t comment on that one (Pistorius’ future career) or give any timeline to that at this point in time.”- Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: ‘Why did he do this?’ — Reeva Steenkamp’s mother demands answers from Oscar Pistorius > MURDER-ACCUSED OSCAR PISTORIUS arrived early at a courthouse in South Africa’s capital this morning for a bail hearing in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.Prosecutors say they will press a charge of premeditated murder against the 26-year-old double-amputee Paralympian and Olympic athlete. Pistorius’ family says police evidence will show there should be no murder charge.The shooting death in the early hours of Valentine’s Day of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in Pistorius’ home in a gated neighbourhood has shocked South Africans and many around the world who idolised Pistorius for overcoming adversity to become a sports champion, competing in the London Olympics last year in track besides being a Paralympian.Journalists watched Pistorius, head covered with a hoodie, leave the police station and arrive at the back entrance to the courthouse in Pretoria, before 7am local time.Pistorius’ brother Carl and longtime track coach Ampie Louw – the man who convinced Pistorius to take up athletics – were also in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court building, pointing out friends of the family that should be allowed in. A line of dozens of people waited to go in that public entrance.Among those who waited were protesters, many of whom called for him to be denied bail.Around 100 people filled the court room, that has a capacity of about 60, where Pistorius’ father sat in the front row and his sister just behind him. The windows of the courtroom were covered from outside so that photographs could not be taken.There were also fears of a crush, with the announcement that only 26 journalists to be given access, despite that fact that many more were in attendance.The bail hearing will be the first opportunity for the prosecution to describe evidence police gathered against the runner and the reasons why he was charged with murder.Pistorius’ family denies he committed murder though they have not addressed whether he shot her. When word first emerged about the killing there was speculation in the local media that Steenkamp had been mistaken for an intruder in Pistorius’ home. Police have said that was not something they were considering.In an email to The Associated Press yesterday, Pistorius’ longtime track coach – who was yet to comment – said he believes the killing was an accident.“I pray that we can all, in time, come through this challenging situation following the accident and I am looking forward to the day I can get my boy back on the track,” Louw wrote in his statement.last_img read more

Learn to plant a hellstrip veggie plot

first_imgUrban vegetable gardening is not always pretty. If picture-perfect curb appeal is crucial to you, a “hellstrip” veggie plot probably isn’t in your future.But if you don’t mind some raised eyebrows from the neighbors while you experiment, master gardener Laura Heldreth wants to help you get started with your own small, street-side vegetable farm. Heldreth gives a free talk about her experiments and successes with “Growing Vegetables In Your Hellstrip” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Washougal Community Library.Heldreth has been an avid urban vegetable gardener for much of her life. Her earliest memory is holding her grandfather’s hand while exploring his garden in Southeast Portland; he harvested a Walla Walla sweet onion, peeled it with a knife and handed it to his granddaughter, who “ate it like an apple,” she said.Fourteen years ago, Heldreth and her husband moved to a shady, woodsy parcel in northeast Vancouver’s Burnt Bridge Creek neighborhood; the only spot on their property that enjoys full sun is that little strip between the sidewalk and the street — known to many as the “parking strip” or the “planting strip.”Heldreth, who has a slightly wicked sense of humor, prefers the damnation of “hellstrip” — even though she’s checked on tailpipe-pollution levels with fellow master gardener and soil scientist Martha Minnich, who reassured her that your typical residential-street planting strip is safe for growing food. But it might be less safe if you live right alongside a freeway, she added.last_img read more

Man pleads not guilty to fatally shooting exgirlfriend at Skyline stop light

first_img September 7, 2018 Man pleads not guilty to fatally shooting ex-girlfriend at Skyline stop light Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend from his car in Skyline after she got out of a different vehicle to yell at him pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.Robert Haywood Reed, 38, is charged in the Aug. 25 death of 27-year- old Sylvianita Widman, a mother of two.Judge Maureen Hallahan found that Reed is a danger to the community and granted a prosecutor’s request for $1 million bail.Deputy District Attorney Amy Colby said Reed and Widman had dated for only a month.On Aug. 25 about 5:30 p.m., Reed stopped his car at a stop light at the intersection of South Meadowbrook Drive and Skyline Drive and a car Widman was riding in pulled up behind the defendant’s car, according to Colby.Witnesses said Widman got out of the passenger seat and approached Reed’s car, and he allegedly shot her with a .38-caliber handgun. The victim collapsed in a nearby parking lot and died about an hour later at a hospital.Reed turned himself in to authorities 12 days after the shooting.The defendant is seen on surveillance video going into a liquor store and on another traffic surveillance video as the shooting takes place, the prosecutor said.Reed faces up to 50 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and the use of a gun causing death.A status conference was set for Sept. 18 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 20. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Veterans Still Face Hurdles when Entering the Civilian Workforce

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Service members entering the civilian world continue to face challenges obtaining licenses and certifications for skills they used during their service. Combat medics, for example, typically will not qualify for basic health care jobs despite being highly trained.At a two-day American Legion conference last week, leaders from business and government looked for ways to smooth the transition for personnel seeking to enter the civilian workforce.Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the government has overhauled DOD’s job readiness program for service members leaving the military over the past two years, but said “unnecessary licensing barriers” still exist, reported Stars and Stripes.  “We need to do a better job of recognizing the core competencies that our service members bring to the table,” Perez said.The military once was reluctant to help troops gain skills and certifications that translated to civilian work for fear of losing them. But that has changed greatly, said Steve Gonzalez, the American Legion’s assistant director for veterans employment and education.One speaker underscored the critical resources that service members can provide society.“There’s a demand for skilled workers and we’ve got the supply coming out of the military,” said Lisa Lutz, president of the policy and research analysis group Solutions for Information Design. “We can’t afford to ignore that.”last_img read more