About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mazzarri adamant Torino deserved two spotkicks for Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino coach Walter Mazzarri is adamant they didn’t deserve defeat to Juventus.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.However, when it was still 0-0, Toro had two of their own appeals waved away.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” Mazzarri told DAZN.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive. Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”
New Delhi: The Congress Saturday fielded actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha as its Lok Sabha poll candidate from the Patna Sahib constituency in Bihar, hours after he joined the party quitting the BJP. The 72-year-old Sinha, the incumbent MP from the seat, will face senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Congress also announced that former Himachal Pradesh minister Ramlal Thakur will contest from the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat in the state against sitting BJP MP Anurag Thakur. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In Punjab, the party fielded Jasbir Singh Gill Dimpa from Khadoor Sahib, former IAS officer Amar Singh from Fatehgarh Sahib (reserve), and folk singer Mohammed Sadique from the Faridkot Lok Sabha seat. With the latest list of five candidates, a total of 377 names have been announced by the party for the Lok Sabha elections. The names were announced after party leaders from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar met Congress president Rahul Gandhi earlier during the day. Among those present during the meeting were: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, AICC secretary and the party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Asha Kumari, Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Kuldeep Rathore and state CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) recently enhanced the rate of its ambulance services. The rate of the service that wasRs 150 has now been raised to Rs 200. The revised rates has been made effective from April 1 after the decision of increasing the same was taken during the 2019-20 budget. The ambulance services of the civic body is restricted under the jurisdiction of the KMC that spans over 144 wards. However, the movement of ambulance beyond KMC’s jurisdiction for transporting a sick person to a hospital or nursing home is allowed with the special permission from the Mayor or Member Mayor -in- Council (Health). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe charge for ambulances going beyond KMC’s jurisdictional area has also been raised. The previous charge was Rs 8 per kilometre which has now been raised to Rs 10. It may be mentioned that KMC’s ambulance service caters to a large number of people in the city as the charges offered in private is much higher in comparison to that of KMC. The last financial year has witnessed a steep rise in the quantum of revenue earned by the Ambulance section of the civic body. There was a time before 2011 when ambulance service earned a paltry revenue of Rs 50000. It went up to more than Rs 4 lakh per annum in the last fiscal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording a senior official in KMC’s health department there are seven ambulance centres in the city that is maintained by them. The head office located at Central Avenue near Mohammad Ali Park has eight vehicles. The other centres at Jadavpur, Garden Reach, Ekbalpore, Metiaburj, Garia and Behala have one service each. There are seven such ambulances that are lying defunct and work will soon be taken up for their repair. In June last year, the KMC had introduced three hearses. “The use of matadors for carrying dead bodies for last rites has possibilities of infection. This air conditioned hearses has been of immense help . The service is available at an affordable rate of Rs 200 for two hours and an additional Rs 50 per hour extra. The hearses are stationed at the existing office of KMC ambulance service adjacent to Mohammad Ali Park on Central Avenue. People can call at the number 2219-7202 for availing the hearse facility.
Moscow: Russia emerged as a crucial power broker in the crisis in far-away Venezuela this week when Washington accused Moscow of convincing President Nicolas Maduro not to flee to Cuba. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro had a plane on the tarmac ready to fly to Havana when “the Russians indicated that he should stay”. Moscow hit back, dismissing the claim as fake and accusing Washington of supporting a coup “that has nothing to do with democracy” by backing opposition leader Juan Guaido. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportMoscow has its reasons for standing behind Maduro — he’s a rare ally in Latin America and Russia has poured billions into the Venezuelan economy. But analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is also playing the long game, hoping to use Venezuela as leverage in his global tug-of-war with Washington. “Russia is seeking to translate its influence over Maduro — which is in fact not absolute — into an opportunity to have dialogue with the United States,” Tatyana Stanovaya, head of R.Politik, a Paris-based analysis firm, told AFP. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Maduro is a bargaining chip.” Tensions in Venezuela have soared since Guaido declared himself acting president in January, claiming Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate. More than 50 countries led by the United States lined up behind the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, but Russia and China have backed Maduro. Reeling from Western sanctions, Moscow has quickly sensed an opportunity, even if it meant locking horns with the United States in Latin America, Washington’s traditional sphere of influence. In a highly publicised move in March, Moscow sent two planes with around 100 soldiers and equipment to Caracas, where Russian mercenaries are also believed to be operating. Ties between Russia and the West plummeted over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine and military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But the audacity with which the Kremlin inserted itself into the Venezuela crisis has drawn gasps in Washington. “Russia is making the next play in our hemisphere,” Frederick Kempe, president of the Atlantic Council, wrote last month. “Vladimir Putin may be laying the ground for making Venezuela the defining foreign policy debacle for President Trump in the same way Syria became that for the Obama administration.” Russia and Venezuela enjoy a long history of ties and Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, known for his passionate tirades against the United States, was a welcome guest at the Kremlin. After Chavez’s death in 2013 the relationship with a country that boasts the world’s largest proven oil reserves has continued to thrive. Russia is the second largest lender to Caracas after China, with Moscow heavily investing in Venezuela’s oil resources and Caracas acquiring Russian arms worth billions of dollars. However that also means, analysts say, that Russia has a lot to lose from a change in leadership. But what it stands to gain from a possible deal with Washington may be more important for the Kremlin.
Mumbai: Actress Patralekhaa, who features in the upcoming film “Badnaam Gali” alongside Divyendu Sharma, says the dull phase in her career has taught her not to live on someone’s mercy and only sign up for films she is convinced with. Patralekhaa of “Citylights” fame told IANS: “One of the most important lessons that I have learnt from the tough phase of my career is that if I am not convinced, I won’t play the character. I think for a performer, for an actor, conviction is one of the most important elements and if I am not fully convinced, it shows in my performance. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “So from now on, everything I will do, I will do it with conviction. Also I have stopped taking nonsense from people because we actors are here by choice and we cannot be on anybody’s mercy… No one should make us feel insecure or vulnerable just because an artiste has a sensitive mind.” Releasing on the OTT platform ZEE5 on Friday, the film “Badnaam Gali” tells the story of a young surrogate mother named Noyonika Ganguly, played by Patralekhaa. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up The film was shot in Delhi. “We shot in summer. The temperature was around 42 degrees and I was wearing that prosthetic belly as you know I have played a pregnant girl. It was physically exhausting under that heat. I was sweating all over and I was getting tired, but everything was worth it when we saw the end result,” she said. Asked about how the story of a surrogate mother has become acceptable for the audience, she said: “The good thing is that time is changing. An unmarried pregnant girl is always a taboo in the society and that is why earlier when actresses like Preity Zinta did that film ‘Kya Kehna’, it was an example. “Now it is great to see that the audience is receptive towards these kind of stories. That is how actors like us are getting chances to work on good stories. I always choose my films as an audience because I am the first audience of my film. “Though it is a story told in a lighter manner, it raises some important questions. She is a surrogate mother, an independent girl with a very unapologetic attitude and how society treats her… Digital platforms really have given us the opportunity to some of these progressive stories.” After “Badnaam Gali”, Patralekhaa has another film in her kitty. It is directed by Pradeep Sarkar, and the actress says it is quite dark and different. “We have room for versatility too,” she said. Starting her career in Bollywood with the film “CityLights”, Patralekhaa has also appeared in the web series “Bose: Dead/Alive”. She has been through few years of struggle to get good film offers, though critics always praised her performance. While she has an inclination towards playing a strong woman on-screen, she knows that as an actor, she shouldn’t say that “I only want to play such character.” “Yes, my character should have a strong opinion, but she could be vulnerable too. I think that is the intriguing point for me that I look for in every good script,” added Patralekhaa.
CAIRO- Locked in a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, Egypt has launched a diplomatic offensive against the movement’s foreign backers armed with funds from its old foes.In their first salvo soon after Morsi was toppled, the military-installed rulers took aim at Qatar — the only Gulf monarchy that openly supported the Brotherhood — by closing the Egyptian channel of Al-Jazeera television.The authorities also detained some journalists working in Cairo for the Doha-based network. In addition, officials said Cairo was willing to return to Qatar funds given to Egypt during the Morsi presidency.But the main confrontation for the new authorities is a diplomatic one that has developed with Turkey.On Sunday, Cairo expelled Ankara’s ambassador after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the repression of Morsi’s supporters.The tussle began soon after Egyptian security forces broke up two camps of Morsi supporters on August 14 in Cairo, in what was the bloodiest episode in Egypt’s modern history.A day later both Cairo and Ankara recalled their respective ambassadors, but while Ankara later sent its envoy back to Egypt, Cairo’s ambassador to Turkey stayed at home.On Sunday, the two countries went a step further by reducing their diplomatic ties to the level of charges d’affaires.Karim Bitar, a Paris-based analyst, said the row stems from “increasing Egyptian nationalism and bitter regional setbacks for Turkey, including in Syria, which has seen it lose influence” in the region.‘Coup accepted in name of realism’For Shadi Hamid, research director at the Brookings Doha Center, “Egypt’s ruling military leaders are clearly not tolerating any backing to the Muslim Brotherhood, either inside the country or outside.”“Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE have provided billions in aid to Egypt which is giving it the degree of latitude” in its diplomatic tactics which has even seen Cairo returning part of Qatari funds, he said.Saudi Arabia and Kuwait announced they would give $9 billion to Egypt just days after Morsi’s ouster on July 3.They even promised to make up for any shortage of military assistance Cairo normally gets from the United States.In October, Washington suspended its annual $1.3 billion military aid to Cairo amid repeated criticisms of Egypt’s deadly crackdown on Islamists.US officials, however, have refused to term Morsi’s ouster as a “coup.”The United Arab Emirates, which strongly backs Egypt’s new rulers, also announced it would provide Cairo with $4.9 billion.Hamid, the Brookings analyst, said Cairo’s public position on the United States or Europe was purely “rhetoric”, with both Washington and Brussels “unwilling to push for any confrontation with Egypt.”“They don’t have that political will,” he said.Bitar said many countries had already accepted what has happened in Egypt.“Most other countries, apart from traditional supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood like Turkey and Qatar, have taken note of the new Egyptian situation and acknowledged the coup in the name of realism and due to their basic hostility towards political Islam,” he said.Washington too is slowly stepping back from its earlier stance, with US Secretary of State John Kerry recently accusing the Brotherhood of “stealing the revolution” of 2011 that ousted long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.For Bitar the real challenge to Egypt is not any diplomatic isolation but the gradual loss of funds from abroad as “some Gulf countries have warned that the economic aid given to Egypt was emergency assistance and not intended to be a steady financial backing.”“Going forward, the challenges for Egypt will probably be more economic rather than making the legitimacy of the new authorities acceptable internationally.”Cairo University professor Mustafa Kamel al-Sayyed said it was this that made him feel diplomatic tensions with Ankara were only “temporary.”Sayyed said Cairo was unlikely to aggravate ties with Qatar “where hundreds of thousands of Egyptians are working as expatriates because ultimately it could be those employees who pay the price.”
Floyd Mayweather does not like being locked up so much, which is a surprise to no one.And surely he did not like the decision that came down Wednesday from a judge who denied his request that he be released from jail because the low-quality food and water have threatened his health.Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragoas wrote in her decision that Mayweather, who began serving and 87-day sentence for domestic battery on June 1, shoulde should eat and drink what is being given to him behind bars. She also wrote that water has been made available to Mayweather around the clock and the only reason he isn’t eating properly is because he refuses to eat the provided meals. Saragosa said Mayweather’s complaints that he is unable to exercise in jail are also unfounded.“While the physical training areas and times provided to (Mayweather) may not be consistent with his prior regimen, he is indeed provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses,” Saragosa decided.A mere 10 days after Mayweather turned himself in to begin his three-month sentence, his legal team filed an emergency motion Monday asking the court to put him under house arrest or move him into the general jail population — something that jail officials had avoided to protect the celebrity fighter. The motion claimed the undefeated champion might never fight again because he was getting out of shape in solitary confinement.Mayweather lawyer Richard Wright didn’t immediately return a phone message late Wednesday. Wright said earlier this week that he was not seeking special treatment for the 35-year-old fighter.Mayweather pleaded guilty last year to reduced domestic battery charges stemming from an attack on his former girlfriend while two of their children watched. The plea deal allowed him to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten Mayweather up to 34 years in prison if he was convicted. Mayweather was sentenced Dec. 22, but was allowed to remain free long enough to make a Cinco de Mayo weekend fight.Mayweather’s legal team told the court this week that his personal physician, Dr. Robert Voy, visited the jail Friday and determined the fighter had lost muscle tone. Voy estimated Mayweather was consuming fewer than 800 calories a day instead of his usual 3,000 or 4,000 calories. Mayweather also wasn’t drinking enough because he wasn’t allowed bottled water and doesn’t enjoy tap water.“I am concerned about Floyd withdrawing, developing anger he cannot dissipate through the usual means of dedicated exercise and training,” Voy wrote in an affidavit. “Boxing has been Mr. Mayweather’s life since he was a young man and we need champions of this type to continue to their natural retirement and hopefully their contributions to society thereafter.”
While the opening round of the NBA playoffs so far could have been blindly simulated, chaos is governing the ice.Ranked dead last in early January, the St. Louis Blues completed arguably the greatest midseason U-turn in NHL history by advancing to the conference semifinals. And that’s probably just the third-most-surprising storyline of this young postseason. Tampa Bay and Calgary, the top seeds in each conference, survived less than two weeks, combining to win a single game. Never before had the President’s Trophy-winning team been swept. Never before had the top seeds both been eliminated in the opening round.It has already seemed like “the year of the underdog” in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. But unlike its hardcourt brethren, the NHL is accustomed to things not going to plan in the “second season.” So how does this postseason stack up against years past? Using the archived money lines at SportsOddsHistory.com, we can decipher a team’s implied probability of advancing and use that to rank the wildest opening rounds in Stanley Cup history. After marauding the league during the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were installed as 1-to-4 favorites going into their series with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jon Cooper’s outfit won the President’s Trophy behind 128 points and 62 regular-season wins, which tied for the most ever. Tampa was the league’s highest-scoring team by a generous margin, spearheaded by three 40-goal snipers — a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in nearly a quarter-century. Not since 2009-10 had there been a bigger favorite in a series.1That year, Washington, Chicago and San Jose all had implied odds greater than 77 percent. Columbus checked in at +325, which translates to a 23 percent implied probability of winning after adjusting for the cut of the bookmaker, or the vigorish.2We calculated the true implied odds by dividing the implied probability of one team by the sum of the implied probability of both teams. Tampa Bay fell apart against the new-kids-on-the-block Blue Jackets in what could be argued was the single biggest collapse in modern sport. What’s more, it was the first series win in Columbus franchise history.“In today’s game with the parity, it’s not unusual that an eight [seed] beats a one anymore,” Cooper said after the loss. “Everybody’s that close.”North of the border, the Calgary Flames were given a 67 percent implied probability of winning their series against the Colorado Avalanche. Bill Peters’s squad included the league’s second-best offense3Tied with Boston. and a triumvirate of 30-goal scorers. After taking the series opener, Calgary got buried in four straight games by the Avalanche, a wild-card club with the 17th-best record in the NHL.“Obviously we were the big underdogs,” Avs center Nathan MacKinnon said. “And no one picked us to win.”But the pandemonium didn’t stop there. Despite not having home ice, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a 59 percent implied probability of winning their series against the New York Islanders. They were promptly swept. The Nashville Predators, which had reached at least the second round in three consecutive seasons, had a 61 percent implied probability against the Dallas Stars, but the Preds fell in just six games.The Vegas Golden Knights, last season’s expansion surprise, were slight favorites over the San Jose Sharks despite not having home ice. But the Sharks came back from down 3-1 in the series to force a Game 7, in which they found the net four times on one power play and edged Vegas in an all-time classic. “That’s a once in a lifetime game,” Sharks center Logan Couture told The Athletic. “I don’t think my heart can take another one like that.”The Winnipeg Jets, meanwhile, entered the season on the short list of Cup contenders but were slight underdogs against St. Louis even with their home ice. They lasted only six games in the playoffs. And the Toronto Maple Leafs gave the favored Boston Bruins all they could handle before falling in Game 7. There’s potential for more chaos as well: The defending champion Washington Capitals hold home ice and a 57 percent implied probability of winning. But they failed to put away the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 and will need to win a series-deciding seventh game on Wednesday to stay alive.In total, of the seven teams to advance so far to the second round, just two were favored (St. Louis and Boston), and just three of those with home ice advanced (Boston, San Jose and New York). Last year, seven of the eight opening-round matchups were won by the team holding home ice. Since the turn of the century, only 18 away teams have advanced to the second round without an implied probability of at least 35 percent. Two have come this season.Which is to say, the second round won’t be as top-heavy in terms of quality as it has been in recent years. From the 2010-11 season through last year’s playoffs,4Excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. the average team to qualify for a conference semifinal team had been a 105-point outfit that was 0.39 goals better than the average team in that given season, according to Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System. The average of this year’s crop is a 99-point outfit that’s 0.29 goals better than average. Three of the four best teams in the league didn’t even reach the second round. This means that the eventual winner is anybody’s guess: MoneyPuck.com gives six teams odds of better than 10 percent to win the whole thing, with the Blues leading the pack at 16 percent.These gargantuan first-round upsets are rare, regardless of the sport. In MLB’s wild-card era, only five teams touting the best conference record have failed to reach the second round, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In the NBA, a 1- or 2-seed hasn’t lost in the opening round of the playoffs since the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in 2012. But with its randomness, hockey stands out for its opportunities to surprise. Research by Michael J. Lopez, Gregory J. Matthews and Benjamin S. Baumer found that, on average, the better NBA team in a best-of-7 series advances 80 percent of the time. To match that rate, the NHL would require a best-of-51 series.This postseason has been a difficult one for giants, with new blood chasing Lord Stanley’s Mug. And while the outcome in the NHL is far less predetermined than, say, the NBA or NFL, it’s been a banner two-week stretch of upsets. Suffice it to say that luck goes a long way in hockey (so too does a red-hot goalie). But seldom does the best team hoist the trophy at season’s end. That’s what makes professional hockey special — you can witness history every time you tune in.
OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to throw the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested by Columbus police early Saturday morning near campus for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.The 20-year-old was cited with a misdemeanor OVI and released Saturday morning. Shortly after, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Barrett would be banned from OSU’s next game, a Nov. 7 meeting at home against Minnesota.The arrest came a week after Barrett made his first start of the season in a 49-7 win at Rutgers. Against Minnesota, the keys to the offense will be handed back to redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones.According to multiple reports, Barrett’s suspension is for one game — not the mandatory two outlined in OSU’s student-athlete drug and alcohol policy when the student is underage — because the citation was for a misdemeanor.OSU athletic director Gene Smith told various outlets that the one-game suspension was fully at Meyer’s discretion.Kickoff is scheduled for the Buckeyes’ meeting against Minnesota for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
After missing the first two games of the season due to a suspension, junior running back Jordan Hall has become Ohio State’s most reliable source of offense for the last two games. In Miami, Hall rushed for 87 yards, which at first glance may not seem like a lot. But in a one-dimensional offense that only accumulated 209 yards, two field goals, and 35 total yards of passing, Hall was the one good thing to come out of the disaster in South Beach. Against Colorado on Saturday Hall put up similar numbers on the ground. He rushed for 84 yards and had a touchdown. “It definitely felt good to be out there the whole game because last week felt like I let my team down because I couldn’t play in the second half,” Hall said. “So it definitely felt good.” Hall’s worth was much more than in head coach Luke Fickell’s pro-style offense. Hall was able to make a huge difference on special teams. “Coach says we want to use special teams as a weapon,” Hall said. Hall was that weapon. In the third quarter, after Colorado had narrowed the margin to 17 after a 47-yard field goal from CU kicker Will Oliver, Hall took the ensuing kick-off 90 yards down the field to give OSU a first-and-goal. Sophomore running back Carlos Hyde punched it into the end zone on the next play for a five-yard touchdown run. After the game, Hall was laughing at himself for his inability to take the kick return to the end zone himself. Hall was caught five yards short. He said he received playful ridicule from his teammates after the return. “They already said what they had to say on the sidelines,” Hall said. “So I ain’t worried about it.” Fickell said Hall gave the Buckeyes much needed lifts in the game against Colorado. “Obviously Jordan (Hall) can do a lot of different things. He can be a weapon back there. People have to be aware where he’s at, kicking the ball to him, whether it’s punts or kickoff returns,” Fickell said. In two weeks, senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron returns to the field after a five-game suspension for his involvement in the tattoo scandal. Herron along with former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, senior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and senior offensive lineman Mike Adams received a five-game suspension for their involvement that led to former head coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation. Coach Fickell has said all along that every player has to earn their starting roles each week, and nothing is assumed. Hall said that when Herron returns, it will just add one more weapon opposing teams have to prepare for. “We’re just going to feed off each other and just make the defense have to… account for all of us,” Hall said. “I think when he gets back, it will definitely spark the offense even more.” To start the season, Hall was suspended for the games against Toledo and Akron for receiving impermissible benefits from a former booster at a Cleveland-area charitable event earlier in the year. The NCAA reinstated his eligibility before the Miami game. It was determined that Hall took $200 from the booster, and was ordered to repay it to a local charity. Hall said that while the running game looked good against Colorado, there is always room for improvement. Between Hall, Hyde, freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore running back Jaamal Berry and freshman running back Rod Smith, the OSU running attack picked up 226 yards on the ground. “I think you can always get better,” Hall said. “I think we’re just going to have to keep working and practicing and use it on the field on Saturdays.”
After leading Ohio State’s lacrosse program to its first-ever national championship appearance, coach Nick Myers has signed a five-year contract extension, Ohio State announced Tuesday afternoon. Myers has been the coach at Ohio State for nine seasons and has led the program to the NCAA quarterfinals three times and final four and national championship games once, while posting a career 85-63 record.“We are excited to see Coach Myers’ contract here at Ohio State,” said Janine Oman, senior associate athletic director, student services and sport administration and senior women’s administrator, in a statement. “His focus on student athlete development in all facets of their life is an exemplar for others to follow. He has made a tremendous impact on the Ohio State lacrosse program, but, more importantly, the young men he mentors during their time at Ohio State.”Last season was Myers’ most successful as head coach of the Buckeyes as the team set a program record with 16 wins on his way to a semifinal victory against Towson and championship game loss to Maryland, the same team it lost to in the Big Ten tournament finals. Six All-Americans emerged from last season’s team, including then-junior defenseman Ben Randall, Ohio State’s first-ever first-team All-American.Under Myers, the program was accepted into the Big Ten in 2015 after spending its previous five seasons in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. While in the ECAC, Myers led the team to a conference tournament title in 2013 and a regular season title the following year. Ohio State reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2013 for the second time in school history before Cornell upset the Buckeyes, 16-6.Myers began his coaching career at Ohio State in 2002 as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons — including 2003 when the Buckeyes made it to their first NCAA tournament — before joining Butler’s staff in 2004. After the 2005 season, Myers returned to Columbus as the top assistant coach for the Buckeyes and helped to lead the team to its first NCAA quarterfinals appearance in 2008 when it lost to Duke. Myers was promoted to head coach in July of the same year.
Related Items:corruption, education, Pdm, sharlene robinson TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – ‘Integrity – Live it’ was the theme of the Anti-Corruption Day commemoration held by the TCI Integrity Commission and addressing attendees was attorney and PDM Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson. Robinson, who as a member of the House of Assembly heads one of the arms of the House which forensically examines the movement of public monies as the Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee issued a challenge to the Commission. Hon. Sharlene Robinson, PDM Leader: “…do more in the area of adult education especially in the climate that we are in. More must be said of the effects of corruption and how it impacts national development and how benefits can disappear or be reduced as a result. There is a great need for that connection to be made. I encourage you to partner with all Churches, attack the language barrier, use all the media tools available to educate and be courageous in showing the results of corruption. The task is great but achievable – you have many valuable partners awaiting your call. This will go a long way in the TCI’s public taking ownership of this Institution that others envy.”
The veteran West Ham United defender will finish his two-year contract in the English Premier League club this summer.After signing a two-year contract with West Ham United in the English Premier League, Pablo Zabaleta’s contract will finish in the summer.And the veteran full-back doesn’t know what he will do after the 2018-2019 season ends.“I haven’t made any decision yet,” Zabaleta was quoted by Kumb.“I am enjoying my football, but I will be 34 this week!”Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“For me, it is about still enjoying it – and at the right moment I will sit down with the club and decide what to do next,” he added.“I am happy at West Ham. It is a club with such great potential, but at the moment we are in January and it is too early to decide. I want to make the right decision.”“I am probably no longer in my prime, but I think I am still good enough to do the job. I don’t want to be selfish with the decision,” he commented.“If I believe I can’t give 100 percent then I will walk away, but it is too early to make that decision.”
Dunleavy was elected to the Senate in 2012 and issued a statement following his resignation : “One criticism I’ve made of state government is that it continuously grows and takes on too many responsibilities, and does many of them poorly.” Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp3VmJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp300:00RPd A Dunleavy campaign spokeswoman says the resignation will be effective January 15. Dunleavy: “I sent a letter to Senate President Pete Kelly this morning informing him of my resignation. I shared my appreciation for his leadership in the Senate, and for the collaboration that I have enjoyed with my former colleagues in the Senate Majority.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has announced his resignation from the state senate to focus on running for governor this year. Dunleavy, says the best way for him to advocate for his constituents’ values is to devote his full time and attention to ensuring that a new governor is elected. There are now five potential Republican candidates for governor including Kenai Peninsula Representative Mike Chenault.
A drone might be your next guard dog.Sunflower Labs, a San Francisco-based startup, is combining motion detectors, a quadcopter and a phone app into a home security system. The Sunflower system could go on sale in 2020, according to CEO Alex Pachikov, who expects to charge wealthy customers several hundred dollars a month for the peace of mind — and replacement hardware if anything breaks. For comparison, premium security systems can cost more than $100 a month, and Sunflower says that six-camera systems can cost up to $300 per month.Drones for home protection might seem like overkill, especially if you first heard of unmanned aerial vehicles as something the military uses. But Pachikov said Sunflower’s technology is actually meant to head off the bunker mentality. In some areas, 99 percent of all home security calls are false alarms, so you probably don’t need to freak out when you hear the backyard bushes rustling. ShadeCraft Sunflower 8 Photos 2:45 Share your voice “Our brand is built around dispelling the notion that you need a panic room,” Pachikov said during a meeting at his Sunflower-protected home in a suburb south of San Francisco. Sunflower’s drone system, he said, will set your mind at ease by confirming it’s a possum, not a prowler, in your backyard.Drones have captured popular attention as they’ve become commercialized. Farmers monitor crops with drones, real estate agents photograph homes with them and movie makers use them to shoot overhead scenes. Some pests using drones have shut down traffic at major airports, including London’s busy Heathrow and Gatwick.Sunflower, which has 20 employees located in both California and Switzerland and demonstrated its tech at CES this year, isn’t the only company to use drones for security. Alarm.com touted some in 2017, and Drone Guarder is taking preorders for its products.”Two-thirds of families in America live in homes suitable for this,” Pachikov said, so when costs come down, he expects drone security to be commonplace. “They’ll be as common as Ubers in San Francisco. An average home will be able to afford this.”How it worksSunflower drones are the most obvious part of the company’s system, but it actually begins with what look like sidewalk lights — “sunflowers” — that will dot your property. The lights illuminate the ground and are equipped with motion and vibration detectors. Drones Smart Security Systems Security Preview • This solar patio umbrella follows the sun Comments Now playing: Watch this: See Sunflower Labs’ home security drones 25 Tags How Sunflower’s home security drone spotted my bungled… The sunflowers send alerts to a computer in the drone’s base station, which Sunflower calls “the Hive.” The computer processes the signals to distinguish footfalls from car traffic and other benign sources of noise. The motion sensors can also tell if something is tall and narrow like a human, or short and wide like a dog.If the base station computer is worried, it sends an alert to an app on your phone. That will let you deploy a drone, which Sunflower calls “the Bee.” The base station cover opens and the drone heads out, piloting itself automatically around obstacles and staying about 20 feet in the air as it heads to the trouble spot. You can watch the video live on your phone.There’s no direct connection to the police, but Sunflower Labs’ setup can pull together a data package if you need to file a report. Pachikov says the startup could use others’ computing interfaces to automate reports in the future.Plenty of challengesGetting Sunflower’s quadcopters in the air won’t be without its challenges. Air space is heavily regulated, and a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration is necessary to fly a drone at night or beyond your own line of sight. If you’re near an airport, you’ll need to jump through more hoops. The Sunflower Labs drone emerges from its “Hive” base station. It’s part of a home security system set to go on sale in 2020. Stephen Shankland/CNET But Sunflower Labs expects those regulations to ease. Indeed, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao unveiled plans last month to liberalize some federal drone rules, in part to boost the economy and create jobs. Sunflower and its competitors will also face concerns from society at large. Is a mail carrier going to be happy when a quadcopter swoops by? And how about neighbors who don’t want the noise or privacy intrusion?I found the drones weren’t bothersome when I attended a company demonstration. I could hear the UAV through an open back door, but it was far quieter than gas-powered leaf blowers or lawnmowers.As for privacy, the drone flies only on the perimeter of your property and the cameras point toward your house. That means they won’t peer into other homes. Of course, you’ll have to explain that to an edgy neighbor. First published Feb. 7 at 5 a.m. PT.Update, 8:54 a.m. PT: Corrects the spelling of Alex Pachikov’s name and adds more information about the cost of security systems.Best drones for 2019: Our editors hand-picked these products based on our tests and reviews.High-flying pests: Super Bowl 2019 stadium pestered by drones, despite ban. Drones
Senators have a list of demands for Google. Future Publishing/Getty Images Ten Democratic senators, including presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have sent a letter to Google urging the tech giant to stop its “anti-worker practices.” The letter, dated July 25 and addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, said the company’s 121,000 contract and temporary workers should be promoted to full-time status. Google’s business model relies heavily on contract and temporary workers, so much so that the population is larger than its full-time employees, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said in the letter obtained by The New York Times on Monday. Google’s temps and contractors outnumber full-time employees by 19,000 people.The senators’ demands for the workers also include prohibiting financial disincentives, wage and benefit parity, limit on the use of independent contractors and temporary workers to temporary or non-core work, prohibition of mandatory nondisclosure agreements, elimination of all noncompete clauses in contracts, and Google’s acceptance of liability for any workplace violations that occur with independent contractors or temp workers. The senators requested that Google respond before Aug. 9. The company responded Monday. “We are proud to create economic opportunities for both the people we employ directly and our extended workforce of vendors, temporary staff and independent contractors, and believe that our practices in this regard accord with the highest industry standards,” says a letter sent by Eileen Naughton, vice president of people operations, to the senators. “Respectfully, we strongly disagree with any suggestion that Google misuses independent contractors or temporary workers.” In the letter, Google said it engages “only a handful” of independent contractors when it wants to bring in highly specialized expertise. The company also said its temporary worker population makes up 3% of its total workforce. Along the same lines, vendors, which Google says accounts for the majority of its extended workforce, are hired for specialized uses too. “Being a temporary worker is not intended to be a path to employment at Google, and because we want to be clear and upfront, this is a part of our written policies and the training that all Google employees managing temporary staff must take,” Naughton said in the letter.In May, a group of temps who work on Google Assistant alleged wage theft against the tech giant. The group said Google pressured its contractors to work overtime without extra pay. After an internal complaint, Google fired the executive in charge of the project. In April, Google said it’d require the companies that supply the search giant with temporary and contract workers to provide them full benefits. The benefits would include health care, a $15 minimum wage and paid parental leave. The change came the same day 900 Google workers signed a letter demanding better treatment of the company’s temps, vendors and contractors. In its Aug. 5 letter, Google said these policies will go into effect at the beginning of 2020. The company said it expects the majority of its temporary staff and vendors to be covered under the standard by mid-2020. Originally published Aug. 5, 12:27 p.m. PT.Update, at 12:56 p.m. PT: Adds response from Google. Mobile Internet Internet Services Comments Tags Share your voice 14 Google
TYLER PRATT FOR KUTThe Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that challenges local government employee benefits for married same-sex couples.At stake is whether the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide requires public agencies to provide taxpayer-subsidized benefits to same-sex spouses of government employees.Chuck Smith, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Equality Texas, tells KUT’s Becky Fogel that he’s the first to admit there’s no constitutional right to employee benefits. But, he says, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision is clear: When it comes to marriage, same-sex couples have to be treated the same as opposite-sex couples.“So if the City of Houston, or any employer, provides benefits to its married opposite-sex employees, it is obligated to extend those same benefits, on the same terms and conditions, to same-sex married couples,” he says. The Texas Supreme Court initially declined to hear the case, which challenged Houston’s benefits policy for married same-sex couples. In an 8-1 decision, justices let stand a lower court decision upholding benefits.But the state’s high court reversed course last month under pressure from top Texas Republicans. Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief in October asking the all-Republican court to reconsider. They also asked the court to clarify that the U.S. Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges, does not “bind state courts to resolve all other claims in favor of the right to same-sex marriage.”Copyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Share
Michael HagertyGreat sports rivalries – think the Yankees and the Red Sox – can be intense. Now imagine how much more intense it might be if both those two teams were located in the same city.That just begins to capture the intensity of the rivalry between the Manchester City and Manchester United football clubs in England. The two teams face off each year in the Manchester Derby, which has never been played outside the U.K. – until this week.On Thursday (July 20, 2017), Houston’s NRG Stadium will host the match. Carli Lloyd, star of the Houston Dash and US Women’s Olympic team, spent three months in Manchester earlier this year playing with the Manchester City women’s team and got a first-hand glimpse of the rivalry. She told Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty about the magnitude of the match.Then, we talk with Glenn Davis, a former professional soccer player who calls the broadcasts of Houston Dynamo matches and numerous other national games for Fox and ESPN. He explains the significance of the match and what it means for Houston.Michael HagertyHouston Matters host Craig Cohen poses with Glenn Davis, a former professional soccer player and current broadcaster for the Houston Dynamo, ESPN and Fox. Share
The BBC reported record-breaking online stats on Saturday thanks to high audience figures for the royal wedding and FA Cup final.The BBC said that Saturday was “the biggest ever day for BBC Online” with audiences consuming 11.9 petabytes (11.9 million gigabytes) of data, peaking at 2.8 terabits per second when people got their first glimpse of Meghan Markle’s dress.Prior to that, the largest peak of BBC Online traffic was on Jan 2, 2018 with audiences consuming 10.2 petabytes and with peak traffic reaching 2.6 terabits per-second.A BBC spokeseperson told DTVE that this wasn’t driven by a major sporting or national live event like the wedding, but by strong performances that day for BBC series EastEnders and McMafia.The royal wedding was also the second most-popular live event ever on the BBC iPlayer with 1.9 million live requests, according to BBC data.The largest ever live event on the iPlayer was the England vs. Wales Euro 2016 football match, which attracted 2.05 million requests.On TV, the BBC logged an average audience size of 8.7 million people for the royal wedding and a peak audience rating of 13.1 million.Separately, content delivery network (CDN) Limelight Networks monitored the online traffic spikes experienced during the royal wedding by its customers, which include the BBC, Sky and Channel 4.Limelight recorded an average increase of 225% in viewership during the wedding, with the UK seeing a 119% increase in viewers and the US a 343% increase.The three biggest peaks in traffic included, in order of total viewership: the first appearance of the bride; the bride and groom’s first kiss; and the beginning of the formal procession.“The royal wedding demonstrates the growing pressures high-profile events can put on a broadcaster’s network,” said Jon Smith, managing director of EMEA at Limelight Networks.“Without the right CDN in place these additional requests from viewers just cannot be met, resulting in the loss of customers and the loss of revenue.”Nielsen reported that an estimated 29.2 million US TV viewers tuned into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, which was carried live by 15 networks – including ABC, BBC America, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, Telemundo and Univision.
Porter’s Shocking Admission about Stock Picking “This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever learned about finance,” said Porter recently. “It could turn terrible investors into good investors – instantly.” Read More Recommended Links — Yesterday, oil plummeted to its lowest level in nearly seven years… The price of oil fell 6.2% to $37.65, its lowest level since February 2009. Oil has now fallen an incredible 65% since peaking at $106 in June 2014. The world has a massive oil surplus right now. The oil stockpiles of developed countries hit a record high of nearly 3 billion barrels in September, according to the International Energy Agency. Yet major producers are still pumping oil… Monthly oil output for the U.S., the world’s largest oil producer, is at its highest level in nearly three decades. Russia, the world’s third-largest oil producer, is pumping more oil than it has since the Soviet era. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is also pumping near record amounts of oil. OPEC is a cartel of 12 oil-producing nations. It accounts for 40% of the world’s annual oil production. On Friday, OPEC made clear it isn’t cutting production. • Weak oil prices have crushed energy stocks… SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP), which tracks large U.S. oil producers, has dropped 61% since oil peaked last June. Oil services companies, which sell “picks and shovels” to the oil industry, have also tanked. The Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH), which holds 26 oil services companies, has lost 50% since last June. • Oil companies have shelved billions of dollars’ worth of projects… Energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie estimates that North American oil companies alone have cut spending by $220 billion since last summer. And that’s only the beginning. The firm estimates that $1.5 trillion worth of North American oil projects can’t make money when oil trades for $50 or less. With oil trading below $40 now, they’ll likely make even bigger cuts. Meanwhile, investment research firm Moody’s expects cash flow for the global oil industry to drop by at least 20% this year. • Canada’s energy sector is in a full-blown crisis… Canada is the world’s fifth-largest oil-producing country. Crude oil makes up 18% of Canada’s exports, making it by far the country’s biggest export. In October, The Conference Board of Canada said it expects revenues for Canada’s energy sector to fall 22% this year. It also expects the industry to record a net loss of about C$2.1 billion ($1.6 billion) in 2015. Last year, Canada’s energy industry made a C$6 billion profit. • E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, said this would happen… A few months back, E.B. visited Canada’s oil country to see the crisis firsthand. E.B. shared his analysis in the October issue of The Casey Report. In that issue, E.B. said Alberta would become ground zero for Canada’s energy crisis. Alberta accounts for 16% of Canada’s $2 trillion annual GDP. And energy makes up a quarter of Alberta’s economic output. That means the entire province of Alberta is heavily influenced by the price of oil. Alberta’s economy shed 63,500 jobs from the start of the year through August. It hasn’t lost that many jobs in the first eight months of the year since the Great Recession. Last month, Alberta’s unemployment rate jumped to 7%, its highest level in five years. • E.B. also said the crisis would spread from the oil patch to other parts of Alberta’s economy… Here’s E.B.: While energy only makes up 25% of the province’s GDP, Albertans will be shocked when they see what happens to other sectors now that the oil business has been cut in half. Construction, finance, real estate, and services all benefited from a 15-year oil boom. These other sectors will start shrinking soon. And it’s not going to be pretty. E.B was right. The boom times are clearly over…but Canada’s economic problems are just starting. • Canada’s central bank is scrambling to fight the crisis… Lowering interest rates is the main tool central bankers use to stimulate the economy. To fight the financial crisis, the U.S. Federal Reserve cut its key rate to effectively zero in December 2008. Low rates make it cheaper for consumers and businesses to borrow and spend, which helps the economy…at least in theory. The Bank of Canada (BoC) – Canada’s version of the Fed – has already cut rates twice this year. Its key rate is now 0.5%. • The Bank of Canada might drop its key rate to zero soon… Last month, Carolyn Wilkins, the BoC’s number two official, said, “It’s more likely that policy rates will fall to zero than in the past.” Even so, more rate cuts are unlikely to help Canada’s economy. Last month, Bloomberg Business reported that the Bank of Canada is already considering other options. “One important challenge for central banks now is that conventional monetary policy is stretched to its limits in some countries, where policy interest rates are at, or below, zero,” [Wilkins] said. “Because of this, a number of countries are using innovative monetary policy measures to return inflation to target.” Wilkins is essentially saying the BoC might launch its first quantitative easing (QE) program. QE is when a central bank creates money from nothing and pumps it into its financial system. It’s basically another term for money printing. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida December 08, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. • QE would devalue Canada’s currency even more… Yesterday, low oil prices pushed the Canadian dollar to an 11-year low against the U.S. dollar. The Canadian dollar is now down 15% against the U.S. dollar over the past year. QE pumps money into a financial system without creating anything. The result is more currency units chasing the same number of goods. This makes a currency less valuable. QE is the last thing the Canadian dollar needs right now. As Casey readers know, the Canadian dollar is just one of many major currencies that has lost a huge amount of value this year. The Japanese yen has lost 16% against the U.S. dollar over the past year…the euro has lost 18%…the Australian dollar has lost 19%…the Mexican peso has lost 22%…and the Brazilian real is down 39%. These are stupendous moves for major currencies. After all, we’re not talking about volatile biotech stocks. This is the value of money in peoples’ bank accounts. • These huge losses suggest we may be in the early stages of a global currency crisis… Casey Research founder Doug Casey has been warning of a currency collapse. He believes a collapse of major currencies could wipe out trillions of dollars in wealth, including pensions. Here’s Doug: It’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer-lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009…The U.S. created trillions of dollars to fight the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. Most of those dollars are still sitting in the banking system and aren’t in the economy. Some have found their way into the stock markets and the bond markets, creating a stock bubble and a bond super-bubble. The higher stocks and bonds go, the harder they’re going to fall.” Unlike most people, Doug Casey has actually lived through a currency crisis. He was in Argentina when its currency collapsed in 2001 during the largest sovereign debt default ever. By making smart investments, he even managed to make a large gain on his money in the aftermath of the crisis. We recently recorded a video presentation with Doug on this topic. In the video, Doug shares his advice on how to position your money and investments for the collapse of a major currency like the U.S. dollar. Click here to watch the video. Chart of the Day The currencies of several major oil-producing nations are collapsing… Crude oil is the number one export of Canada, Norway, Russia, and Colombia. Each country’s currency tends to move with the price of oil. Today’s chart shows the performance of all four currencies versus the U.S. dollar. As you can see they have all crashed over the past year. The Canadian dollar (CAD) has dropped 15% to an 11-year low. The Norwegian kroner (NOK) has dropped 18% to a 13-year low. The Russian ruble (RUB) has dropped 23%. It’s now within 2% of the all-time low it hit in August. The Columbian peso (COP) has dropped 30%. It’s also flirting with its all-time low. Alternative currency that performs 300% better in a currency collapse Today, most Americans know absolutely nothing about, let alone own, this incredibly valuable asset. Click here to learn more. –