Militant who aided Jatt’s escape killed

first_imgA Hizbul Mujahideen militant who had helped Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Naveed Jatt to escape from a Srinagar jail in February last year was killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Tuesday. One soldier also died and another sustained injuries in the gunfight.Hizb militant Hilal Ahmad Rather, a resident of Behgambagh-Kakapora in Pulwama, was encircled by a joint search team of the Army, police and CRPF in Ratnipora area. “As the midnight searches were going on, hiding militants fired upon security personnel. Rather was killed in retaliatory fire. The operation was called off in the morning after the body was retrieved,” said the police.The police said Rather hatched the conspiracy for LeT’s Jatt alias Hanzalla to escape from a Srinagar hospital on February 6 last year. Jatt was eventually killed in an operation on November 28 last year in Budgam’s Chadoora area. “Rather a long history of terror crime. He was the main conspirator and executor in helping Jatt to flee,” said Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani.The police said he was involved in attacks on security establishments. “Incriminating material, such as arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation,” said Mr. Pani.An Army soldier, Havildar Baljeet, who sustained bullet wounds at the encounter site later died in a hospital. “Another injured soldier was admitted to a Srinagar hospital and is undergoing treatment,” said the police.Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, commander of the Chinar Corps, paid tributes to deceased Baljeet, 35. A resident of Karnal district in Haryana, the soldier joined the Army in 2002 and is survived by his wife, daughter and son.Meanwhile, internet was stopped in Pulwana and train services halted in view of street protests. Authorities said many youth took to the streets during the encounter. Hundreds of locals, including women, participated in the last rites of Rather. The funeral procession witnessed anti-India slogans.Teenage boy dies in blastThe police said a 15-year-old boy died when a blast occurred mysteriously in Anderhama area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara around 3:55 p.m.“We are ascertaining the facts regarding the incident,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shriram Ambarkar.In a separate incident, a loud explosion took place outside Srinagar’s Central Jail. The police said it’s investigating the nature of blast.last_img read more

Down under

first_imgMore often than not, it ends up as a messy broom closet. But it doesn’t need to. Here are some creative ways to use the space under the stairs. The staircase at the end of the living room has been worked into the overall decor scheme. Shelves have been installed,More often than not, it ends up as a messy broom closet. But it doesn’t need to. Here are some creative ways to use the space under the stairs.The staircase at the end of the living room has been worked into the overall decor scheme. Shelves have been installed in the space under the stairs to store books and knick knacks. Two upholstered chairs, with cushions in tones that match the stair railing, and a high table bearing a lamp create a cosy seating space.This is style at its most serious. The banister-less stairs slice through the space below till they kiss the ground. Other planks slide in horizontally to create a cross section of shelves that you can use for books, music, even wines. A word of caution: this design is not for you if you have small children or old people in the house.Make this your industrious corner. Create a cosy nook with simple shelves and a desk that you can use as a study station or a craft section, and stock supplies in drawers below the desk. You can even put in a PC if you like.Now this is truly an inspirational idea for those with a practical approach to life. Stow your fridge and washing machine below the stairs and save oodles of space.This kitchen uses the under-stair space for pullout drawers and cabinets. All you need is a counter for the stove and you’re sorted. A great idea for small kitchens.These occupants use the space for storing their outdoor gear: bags, coats, scarves and brollies. You can also stow away your sporting equipment here. Cover the space with a door if you want a neater look.We just love the way this homeowner has fit a powder room snugly into the area. Note the way the chequered tiles shimmy down the ceiling, creating a sense of drama.If you live in the colder part of the country, an electric fireplace works well under the stairs. In warmer areas, the space can be used to install a cabinet or a wall-mounted TV.advertisementlast_img read more

Mercury Rising

first_imgM J AkbarWhen you buy tickets to a circus you expect to see a few clowns. A clown is not a fool. It is far more difficult to make people laugh than to annoy them. A good clown must silence his ego, for he has to reduce himself to the lowest common denominator to maximise the laughs. He is a professional. But he is also, inherently, a character, or he would be just another diligent accountant, trapped within the limitations of safety-first. It is this characteristic that impels him to leap into the unexpected.Sports, it was drilled into me at boarding school, builds character. Judging by the opening bouts of the cricket World Cup, sports builds characters. Perhaps it is the panorama, the scale on which a game that began on a village green, with the pub as the sole source of entertainment, is being played. A cricket star now lives in a universe second only to the football idol, with money to match. Money has this curious propensity to travel in two directions simultaneously: it goes to your head at a much faster pace than it travels to your bank. This heady feeling is even more seductive when you are young. Talent is best nurtured in incremental steps; the happiest god is one who has reached divinity through stages. The sudden transition from obscurity to hero-worship can easily breed illusions when you are in your early twenties. You lose the difference between a tantrum and an honest expression of emotion within the hothouse of intense competition. Stardom can be contagious. Even a starlet like Billy Bowden, the pesky umpire from New Zealand, gets affected, searching for the bizarre within the fine print of cricket legislation.advertisementI was quite determined to be sceptical about the 2011 World Cup. The geopolitics of the tournament, spread across the realm of the British Raj, seemed more interesting than the game itself. You could see, for instance, how far the two wings of the Pakistan of 1947 had flown apart. Bangladesh has the worse team and the better environment. The playing fields of Pakistan are lost to those for whom war is sport, rather than the other way around; Pakistan has become, by common consent, too dangerous for recreation. The ruling planet of Pakistan is now obviously Mercury; mercury has entered the bloodstream of its players. Shoaib Akhtar might have been Shoaib Akhtar irrespective of which country he played for, but a Kamran Akmal is either above or beyond the law. I never fully understood the meaning of the phrase ‘on a wing and a prayer’ until I saw Shahid Afridi praying with soundless lips at a crucial moment during the match with Sri Lanka. Divine intervention worked that day, but the Lord surely cannot be biased, no matter how fervent the appeals to Him.The playing fields of Pakistan are lost to those for whom war is sport, rather than the other way around; Pakistan has become too dangerous for recreation.It is predictable to report that the hook returned to my cricket-hungry soul during the brilliant tie between India and England. But that was a game that exposed the weakness of two self-appointed triumphalists: neither have bowlers who can survive much daylight, and there is a lot of sunshine coming. Tidbits during commentary were amusing, but not entrancing. I was pleased to learn that Imran Khan banned hamburgers and never forgave anyone who got out to Kapil Dev. But that was not worth a wait.Epiphany came during a match whose tickets were safe even from the gluttony of the BCCI and its multiple parasites. Ireland is not going to win this World Cup, but Kevin O’Brien’s innings against England had the majesty of a rebellion against centuries of colonisation. It was the Easter Uprising all over again as Ireland resurrected from 111 for 5 to 293 for 6 by the 45th over. Ireland believed in themselves, which is always the true starting point of a sporting miracle. When they touched 300 for 6, the World Cup became a holy grail. If W.B. Yeats were alive he would have written an ode to O’Brien. When the unknown John Mooney backed away and smashed a four through cover, English captain Andrew Strauss’s stiff upper lip crumbled. Story over, although we still had to wait for Mooney to hit the winning four in the last over and raise a triumphant yell. The magic of sport lies in the triumph of the unexpected.Stiff upper lips are not quite the fashion in cricket anymore, although the game remains a preserve of the Commonwealth. There is more than cricketing skill on display, of national purpose. A post-war bounce is on parade in Sri Lanka, as it places its newest city on the world stage. Bangladesh is determined to prove that 40 years after independence, it is one of the big boys. Multi-ethnic Canada is visibly as colourful as the Commonwealth. The clowns are pickle at the feast; the main meal is wonderful cuisine. Time to share the joy.advertisementM J Akbarlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Valencia bags brace in Ecuador’s 2-1 win over Honduras

first_imgEnner Valencia celebrates after scoring his second goal for Ecuador Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup. Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E with a game remaining against group-leading France, which has tallied eight goals and conceded two in a pair of dominating wins.Honduras took the lead in the 31st minute with its first World Cup goal in 32 years when Carlo Costly latched onto a long ball following a misjudgment from Ecuador defender Jorge Guagua. The goal ended a 511-minute drought that stretched back to the 1982 World Cup.MATCH COMMENTARY Valencia equalized three minutes later, tapping in with his left foot from close range after Brayan Beckeles had failed to clear a cross from the right.Honduras applied more of the pressure leading up to halftime and nearly took the lead. A fierce free kick in injury time from Victor Bernardez forced a good save from Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.Honduras got the ball in the Ecuador net seconds before the break when a Costly header rebounded off the post into the path of Jerry Bengtson, but it was disallowed – apparently for a hand ball.The second half was far less frenzied than the opening 45 minutes and Valencia’s winner came in the 65th minute when he out-jumped the Honduras defense to head home a left-sided free kick from Walter Ayovi.”A very contested match, it was very complicated to deal with the nerves because of everything in play,” Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez said.advertisementValencia’s goals, which take his tournament tally to three, made up for a glaring miss earlier in the match that would have given Ecuador an early lead. He blasted over the Honduras bar when through on goal.Honduras, which has never won a World Cup match, isn’t completely out of contention despite two losses but faces an uphill battle ahead of its last group game against Switzerland, which lost 5-2 to France earlier Friday.”We still have that possibility, though it is remote and we will fight for it,” Suarez said.Honduras lost 3-0 to France in its opener, and Suarez was happier with Friday’s performance.”I think we improved a lot compared with the France match, but we still fell short.”Team Line-ups(from):Ecuador: Alexander Dominguez; Juan Paredes, Jorge Guagua, Frickson Erazo; Walter Ayovi, Antonio Valencia, Cristhian Noboa, Oswaldo Minda (Carlos Gruezo, 83rd), Jefferson Montero (Gabriel Achilier, 90th, injury time); Felipe Caicedo (Edison Mendez, 82nd), Enner ValenciaHonduras: Noel Valladares; Brayan Beckeles, Victor Bernardez, Maynor Figueroa; Emilio Izaguirre (Juan Carlos Garcia, 46th), Jorge Claros, Luis Garrido (Mario Martinez, 71st), Boniek Garcia (Marvin Chavez, 82nd), Roger Espinoza; Jerry Bengtson, Carlo Costlylast_img read more


first_imgAsked about his views about cricket under lights with Asked about his views about cricket under lights with pink ball, Laxman said, “Its a work in progress, especially in India where dew is a big factor. Also the ball they used in the Duleep Trophy was a different one to what they used in the New Zealand-Australia Test match in Adelaide. “It is more about not losing the hardness and the shine because in India the wickets will not have that much of grass cover, even though the grounds are lush green and well-maintained. “A lot of effort and time will go in making sure that the ball is right because any match should not be dictated by ball. They are trying to make sure that the seam is thicker compared to the match played in Adelaide,” he added. Asked why Indians are averse to DRS, he said, “I am not convinced with the hawk-eye especially for the LBW decision. I am not convinced with that technology as yet. “Because of that, BCCI too has got some kind of (objection) and is not allowing to execute it in a series where India is involved. There is a fixed mindset that everyone is thinking that BCCI is intentionally not taking the DRS, but I feel the technology should be fool-proof,” he explained. The 41-year-old former cricketer also recalled the contribution made by ex-national coach John Wright, who was the first foreign coach to be appointed by the BCCI. “Within the team the growing urge to become more competitive overseas came with the arrival of, in our coaching set up, John Wright, the first overseas coach of a national side. John was laid-back, but was also very demanding. “He believed we had what he felt in terms of talent, mental fortitude, temperament and resolve to be a strong force outside our shores,” he remarked. PTI NRB SSR SSC SSC RDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Tiger Woods Welcomes Kid Rock To Tiger Jam 2013

first_imgOn May 18, multi-platinum recording artist Kid Rock will bring his Rebel Soul Tour to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to headline the 15th annual Tiger Jam.The two-day charity event, May 17-18, hosted by Tiger Woods, combines world-class golf, high-stakes poker, gourmet cuisine and exclusive VIP experiences into an exciting, star-studded weekend benefitting the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.“Kid Rock is a great performer. We welcomed him to the Tiger Jam stage a few years ago, and we’re excited he’ll be back to headline our 15th Tiger Jam,” Woods said. “This event is so important to my foundation, helping us grow our programs and provide even more young people with the chance to attend college.”Over the course of his career Kid Rock has sold more than 26 million albums and reached the highest levels of rock superstardom. The consummate showman, he has performed on the world’s biggest stages and at the most prestigious awards shows. He is an ardent supporter of the U.S. troops both home and abroad, and also supports causes close to his hometown of Detroit through his Kid Rock Foundation. His ninth studio album, “Rebel Soul,” was released last November. Kid Rock previously performed at Tiger Jam in 2001, making an appearance on stage with John Mellencamp.The 2013 Tiger Jam will kick off Friday, May 17, when poker legend Phil Hellmuth teams up with Woods to host Poker Night. For a $10,000 buy-in, participants will join Woods, Hellmuth, Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson and other of the game’s greats for an exclusive night of poker followed by a Pre-Jam Party at Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay. Tournament prizes include a package to attend the Masters, a round of golf with Tiger Woods, Pro-Am playing spots in premier PGA TOUR events and other unique items.Prior to Saturday evening’s live concert, guests can participate in a morning golf outing at Cascata Golf Course before starting the night with a VIP reception at Mandalay Bay. This exclusive pre-concert party will feature gourmet food and spirits as well as live and silent auctions filled with luxury items. Following a rocking performance from Kid Rock at the Events Center, the night will conclude with a post-concert party at House of Blues.A variety of VIP packages are available to attend this one-of-a-kind charity concert event and experience a fun weekend in Vegas. For more information on 2013 Tiger Jam opportunities or to attend the dinner and auction, call (949) 725-3003.Concert tickets starting at $60.75, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For more info, click here.Tiger Jam has a tradition of featuring incredible performances by some of today’s best musical talents. GRAMMY Award-winning artists such as No Doubt, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bon Jovi, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Eagles, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion, Train, LeAnn Rimes, Don Henley, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Babyface and Van Halen have all performed at past Jams. In addition to the concert, Tiger Jam highlights include top-notch epicurean fare and exclusive live and silent auctions featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items.last_img read more


first_img Facebook The TV Junkies: There’s a lot of Rookie Blue alums that are involved in Saving Hope. Is that how this opportunity to do a few episodes came about?Missy Peregrym: Well, yes because it’s the same team of people and a lot of the Saving Hopewriters were on Rookie Blue. It was great, the same crew and I was just really happy to go back. It felt like a little bit of a reunion actually, but also super strange because it’s not what I used to do at all. It was just nice to be back in Toronto, I was happy to do that and see everybody.READ MORE Login/Register With: Things in our TV universe just seem better when Missy Peregrym is on our TV screen. It’s no secret we here at The TV Junkies loved and miss Rookie Blue, so we were overjoyed at the prospect of Peregrym’s two episode guest appearance on Saving Hope this season. As we saw last week, Peregrym is playing Layla, a self-help guru, who Alex (Erica Durance) helped through surgery. Peregrym returns Thursday night, as Layla convinces Alex to let her use her new age techniques to try and heal whatever is going on with Alex.This Saving Hope guest role won’t be the only time we can catch Peregrym. She has joined Season 2 of Syfy’s Van Helsing as Scarlett Harker and will make her debut when it premieres this fall. Not much is known about Scarlett, but Peregrym was able to share some about her experience joining Van Helsing when we recently spoke to her. She also discussed with us why she related so much to Layla and why, after taking some time after Rookie Blue, she feels more ready than ever to get back to work. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Mens basketball Ohio State goes for three in a row hosting Northwestern

Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate drives to the basket against a Purdue defender against the Boilermakers on Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | For The LanternIt wasn’t long ago that the Ohio State men’s basketball team was 6-0 heading into a matchup at Virginia. Then, the Buckeyes lost seven of their next 11 games, including four consecutive Big Ten contests. On Sunday, a win against the Northwestern Wildcats (15-4, 4-2) would make it three straight for the Buckeyes and put them right back into the thick of things in the one of the most difficult conferences to figure out this season.OSU escaped Nebraska with a 67-66 win on Thursday off a game-winning layup from senior forward Marc Loving with 0.6 seconds remaining. It was the Buckeyes first road win since Nov. 11 at Navy — the first game of the season.For the second consecutive game, the Scarlet and Gray were able to dig themselves out of a hole. The Buckeyes were down by as much as 10 in the second half, but found a way to still win the game in a tough road environment. At 2-4 in the Big Ten, OSU still has its backs against the metaphorical wall, but the team is beginning to see a little daylight.“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Loving said. “Before, we hadn’t been able to execute out of timeouts after drawing up a play and I was just happy to see that.”Last time out against Northwestern, the Wildcats had a seven-point halftime lead before OSU exploded for a 15-point advantage in the second half to take the game 71-63. Five players were in double figures for the Buckeyes, which was the case in last Sunday’s win against Michigan State.Four players scored double-digit points for the Buckeyes against Nebraska. Loving had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The second-half difference was OSU locking down on defense — the Cornhuskers shot 24 percent in the second half — and limiting turnovers. OSU committed 11 in the first half and zero in the second. A step in the right direction, maybe, but coach Thad Matta said those errors are unacceptable, especially against a Northwestern team that ranks 37th in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom ratings. OSU is 72nd best in that category.“I want to see how we can continue to grow. We’re not a team that can feel good,” Matta said. “The biggest thing I want these guys to understand is we didn’t play very well in the first half. And to look and say, ‘well, we won the game, everything is fine.’ It’s not fine.”NorthwesternThe Wildcats are in the best shape the program has been in since the 2011-12 season to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Northwestern has lost close games to top-25 opponents Butler and Notre Dame, and beaten notable opponents like Dayton and Wake Forest this season. Coach Chris Collins’ team received seven votes this past week for the Associated Press top 25 and currently sits as a No. 9 seed in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracketology. A road win in Columbus for the first time since 1977 would make the Wildcats even more appealing to the eyes of the selection committee and AP voters.Northwestern has three players averaging at least 12 points a game, all of whom have had success in the past against OSU. Junior leading scorer Scottie Lindsey has been the most improved player for the Wildcats, averaging 15.8 points per contest compared to 6.4 last season. Lindsey has attempted 109 3-pointers this season, converting on 41.Vic Law and Bryant McIntosh are the two other leaders for the Wildcats. Law sat out all of last season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Since his return, he is scoring better than 14 points per game and shooting 45 percent from 3. McIntosh leads the conference with 5.6 assists per game, but does turn the ball over roughly three times per contest.Northwestern is rated No. 31 by KenPom whereas OSU is No. 57.The GameIf there’s advantage anywhere in the matchup, it will be determined on the glass and in turnover margin. OSU has struggled allowing offensive rebounds in several matchups. The Buckeyes have equally struggled in keeping possession once they get it.OSU turns over the ball 13 times per game with a negative turnover margin. Northwestern commits 11 turnovers per game and has a positive turnover margin. On the glass, OSU gave up nine offensive rebounds to a Nebraska team that averages 11.7 per game. Northwestern gathers less than 10 offensive rebounds on average, but ranks tied for 117th in the nation in defensive rebounding to OSU at 15th with over 26 per game.Foul trouble for OSU’s top rebounders was a problem against Nebraska. Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, who averages nine rebounds per game, fouled out at the last media timeout and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate played with four fouls for the final four minutes. If it becomes an issue again on Sunday, OSU could have difficulty with putting bodies on 6-foot-8 Dererk Pardon and 6-foot-6 Sanjay Lumpkin and limit second-chance opportunities.Still, OSU has played well at home and there’s isn’t a reason why the Buckeyes shouldn’t play well with a chance to extend the winning streak. Thompson should own the glass which will prove to be the difference.Prediction: Ohio State 71, Northwestern 65 read more

Ameryst Alston Cait Craft lead Ohio State womens basketball to upset of

Sophomore guard Cait Craft (13) looks for an open pass during a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Campus editorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team entered day two of the Big Ten Tournament as the only remaining team in the tournament with a losing record.The Buckeyes proceeded to pull the biggest upset in the conference this year, upsetting No. 1-seeded Penn State, 99-82.The 99 points scored by the Buckeyes were the most points ever scored in a single game in the 20-year history of the women’s Big Ten Tournament. OSU also broke the record for most points scored in the first half as it jumped out to a 58-34 halftime lead.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said post-game that he was pleased with the energy his team came out with against the Nittany Lions.“I am really proud of our players,” McGuff said in a post-game interview with the Big Ten Network. “We played incredibly hard and we played to win the game. I think that was the most important thing.”The Buckeyes caught fire early, hitting on 10-14 3-point shots in the first half, nine of which came from sophomore guards Ameryst Alston and Cait Craft.Recently named first team All-Big Ten, Alston recorded a career-high 33 points to go along with nine assists. It was her fourth 30-point performance in her last six games.Craft has her highest scoring game since scoring 29 against Florida Atlantic Nov. 10, as she finished with 24 points and six assists.Craft said the Buckeyes are playing with nothing to lose.“They were the No. 1 seed, they had all the pressure on them, and I think our group realizes that this could be the last time we ever play with each other,” Craft said in a post-game interview with the Big Ten Network. “Everybody is just playing for each other right now, trying to do what we can for one another.”Five Buckeyes scored in double-figures, including senior centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore, who combined for 22 points and 11 rebounds. Adams, who finished with 11 points, did all of her damage in the second half after not playing in the first.Despite trailing by as much as 27 points in the second half, Penn State was able to trim the Buckeye lead to just nine with under four minutes to play, something McGuff said he wasn’t surprised to see.“They were going to make a run because they are a good team, but we really stayed relentless,” McGuff said.Contributing to the Penn State run was two-time Big Ten player of the year, senior guard Maggie Lucas, who scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half, including a fade-away 3-point shot that made her the Big Ten’s all-time leader in 3-pointer shots made. The Nittany Lions also received a big game from senior forward Ariel Edwards, who scored a team-high 29 points while pulling down 10 rebounds.Although she scored 21 points, Lucas was held to just 5-16 shooting thanks in part to the defensive effort put forth by Craft.“You just have to stay glued to her,” Craft said. “My teammates trusted me to guard her so I just take that in stride.The Buckeyes scored more points in the quarterfinal game (99) than they did in their first two games against Penn State combined (96), losing to the Nittany Lions both times.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of Iowa against Purdue Saturday at 3:30 p.m. read more

Ohio State quarterbacks battle for the firststring spot

OSU quarterback J.T. Barrett speaks to the media March 12.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Senior Lantern reporterMuch like this offseason, last year, the Ohio State football team had a heated battle for the quarterback depth chart on its hands.Only then, the race was on for the No. 2 slot.Now, the two contenders for last year’s backup spot — redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt-junior Cardale Jones — are entrenched in a race for the starting job with the incumbent heading into the 2014 campaign, redshirt-senior Braxton Miller.Jones said it’s easy for people to forget that the quarterbacks are constantly in competition, even if the starter is firmly in place.“It’s always been a competition to us,” Jones said Thursday. “Ever since I stepped on campus when (former OSU quarterback) Kenny (Guiton) was here, it’s always been a competition.”Barrett agreed with his teammate that the situation isn’t new for the Buckeyes.“Last year at this time, Braxton was coming off his surgery, me and Cardale was competing for the No. 2 spot,” Barrett said. “So it’s still the same, we still critique each other, run around and give each other advice. Braxton and Cardale help me, and I try to do my best to help them.“There’s no bad blood out here. We’re all still friends and trying to help each other.”Jones said while he and his teammates are aware of the ongoing competition, his main focus isn’t on next season, but rather just working to improve.“I don’t know (how the competition will play out). That’s up to the coaches. I’m just going through the spring, trying to get better,” Jones said.The Glenville High School product added that he doesn’t think that any decisions will be made for the foreseeable future, which helps alleviate some of the pressure.“I don’t think anything will be decided in the preseason. That’s not up to me, but I don’t think I have an advantage over the guys, because they’re still doing things to get better. Quarterbacks always get better,” he said.The résumés of the three quarterbacks could only make the situation murkier for coach Urban Meyer and new co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck.Miller is a two-time Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, and Barrett is the reigning holder of that title. Jones made three starts last season, throwing for 742 yards as a starter — which just so happened to come in emphatic victories in the Big Ten Championship Game, Allstate Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff National Championship Game.However, Jones said he thinks, in the eyes of both the candidates and the coaching staff, that the past is the past and should not play into the decision of who the best man for the job is in 2015.“That really don’t mean anything now,” Jones said. “That meant a lot to us, going through that run we had, but I don’t think last year’s going to affect the competition for this year.“If we would’ve won or lost the national championship or Big Ten championship, I still would’ve come into spring the same.”OSU quarterback Cardale Jones speaks to the media March 12.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Senior Lantern reporterBarrett said the on-field abilities of the trio are not in question. What the battle could come down to, he said, are some of the other qualities that a coach needs out of his quarterback.“For me to be that guy, I think just being able to lead the guys around me,” Barrett said. “I think all three of us definitely have the ability to definitely go out there and play good, but being able to go out there and lead the people who may not have the same ability and give them confidence will be big.”One advantage over the competition that Jones might hold is the ability to work with the team as spring practice begins. Barrett is still recovering from a fractured right ankle suffered Nov. 29 against Michigan, while Miller’s road to recovery from August shoulder surgery is still ongoing.Barrett said he is on track in his recovery, but there is no timetable for the Wichita Falls, Texas, native to see the field. He said he is more concerned with entering the competition healthy than returning quickly.“I’m on schedule, but there’s not really a set date where I’ll be ready to pass and run, things like that. It’s really just how I feel,” Barrett said.An update on Miller’s return to the field was not available Thursday, as the redshirt-senior opted not to speak with the media after practice.One thing Barrett doesn’t expect to see in 2015 is a two- or three-quarterback system. He said that he believes one player will be the starter, and the other two will simply be waiting in the wings.But if Barrett is not named the first-stringer, he doesn’t anticipate a loss in motivation.“If I’m not the starter, then obviously I’m not doing something right. I can always get better,” Barrett said. “So I would keep trying to get better.“Somebody’s going to be the best quarterback for Ohio State, so whoever that is, I think that’s going to be a great situation for our team, and we just let the other two guys know that they need to get better and have things to work on.”OSU will have until Sept. 7 to select the starter, when it is scheduled to open the season against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State falls 10 in doubleovertime to Penn State in

Ohio State senior midfielder Nikki Walts tracks a ball during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 9 Ohio State women’s soccer team (15-4-1, 9-2-0), the top seed in the Big Ten tournament, had their conference championship dreams fall short in a 1-0 double-overtime loss to No. 15 Penn State (11-4-4, 6-2-3 Big Ten) in the Big Ten semifinal Friday in Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.Nittany Lion midfielder Laura Freigang hit the back of the net in the 109th minute for the game’s lone goal, leading Penn State to a dramatic 1-0 victory.Ohio State’s offense was absent nearly the entire match, only attempting four shots, none of which was on frame.Penn State finished the game with 24 shots, nine on goal. The Nittany Lions also held a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.An early scoring threat by Penn State began in the eighth minute, when Freigang missed the Nittany Lions’ first  Nittany Lions’ first shot on goal  as it was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr. Penn State dominated time of possession and shots on goal with seven shots, compared to Ohio State’s zero. That defensive slugfest continued through the second half, sending the game into overtime. After the first overtime period, the score was still tied, and the game advanced to a second overtime. Finally, Penn State got on the board with a goal in the 109th minute, ending the match. The Buckeyes will await their next opponent as an at-large team in the NCAA tournament Monday when the field of 64 teams is announced. If Ohio State is a top-16 seed, it will host the first round at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Lucas Silva wants to return to Madrid

first_imgThe 26-year-old was seen as the future of Los Blancos when he joined them in 2015, but he couldn’t shine and he wants revenge.Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva started playing professionally in 2012 with Cruzeiro.He was loaned to Nacional Minas Gerais in 2012 but didn’t play a single game.The Brazilian was then bought by Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid, he was seen as a big youth promise.But he only played in eight matches, three of them as a starter, and was quickly loaned off to Marseille in France and now to Cruzeiro in Brazil.And now, Lucas Silva spoke to Marca on how he wants to return to La Liga giants.“I left Europe thinking about resuming my career and having more consistency and rhythm in matches,” he explained.“I didn’t achieve it in my first season, but last year was very good because I played regularly and I was winning titles.”“It was a very good year. The most important thing is that I’m back playing at a high level,” he said.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I have contact with the [Real Madrid] board, but you end up distancing yourself and that’s normal.”“I also still have a relationship with some players, but I have to thank the club for everything and their understanding,” he commented.“They were always concerned about my career and wanting me to play. They have taken good care of me.”“I have a contract with Cruzeiro until the middle of the year and I intend to fulfill it.” Lucas Silva said.“From there, we’ll have to see. I dream of playing in Europe again, but I feel happy and at home with Cruzeiro.”Parabéns @Cruzeiro! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🔵⚪🦊 Muita honra por ter sido criado nesse grande clube do futebol brasileiro e mundial e vestir essa camisa!!! Enorme satisfação estar na história com títulos e conquistas!!! Vamos com tudo para 2019!!! 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 #Cruzeiro98AnosDeGlórias #Cruzeiro98Anos— Lucas Silva (@16LucasSilva) January 2, 2019last_img read more

Cardinals Host Robert Morris on Friday Night

first_imgLouisville won its only previous meeting against Robert Morris 104-68 on Dec. 10, 1977 in Freedom Hall as Darrell Griffith led the Cardinals with 21 points and Ricky Gallon added 14 points and 10 rebounds. UofL posted a 23-7 record in the 1977-78 season and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 before falling to DePaul in double overtime in the Midwest Region semifinals.. Live Stats GAME 12Date: Dec. 21, 2018Time: 7:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (138-21 in 9th year)Television: ACC Network Extra (available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN on theWatch ESPN app) Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Jody Demling, analyst.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 193, Internet 955)Only Previous Meeting: UofL 104, RMU 68 (Dec. 10, 1977 in Freedom Hall)Officials: Bert Smith, Brent Hampton, Anthony BurrisNext UofL Game: Dec. 29 vs. Kentucky, KFC Yum! Center, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2) Louisville Game Notes Story Links CARD FILES Louisville, ranked 18th in the NCAA Men’s Basketball NET ratings through games of Dec. 16, plays its third of five straight at home in the KFC Yum! Center as the Cardinals face the Robert Morris Colonials on Friday. Louisville won for the fifth time in its last six games in beating Kent State 83-70 as the Cardinals shot 51.0 percent from the field, committed just 10 turnovers and held a 34-27 rebounding advantage. Christen Cunningham led UofL with a season-high 17 points with four assists, his 75th career double-figure scoring effort. Dwayne Sutton scored a season-high 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out a career-high four assists. Jordan Nwora produced his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Josh Williams leads Robert Morris in scoring at 17.4 points per game, and is fourth in the nation in three-point field goals made per game (4.36) and 34th nationally in three-point percentage (48-of-102 threes, .471). Williams is sixth in the Northeast Conference in scoring. Robert Morris is 48th in the nation in turnovers forced(16.27). The Colonials have taken 40.6 percent of their shots from three-point range. Louisville is the Colonials’ eighth road game of the season.center_img The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with five players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.  Dwayne Sutton is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.  Senior Christen Cunningham ranks third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points. Steven Enoch and Ryan McMahon round out the top scorers with 8.5 points apiece.  McMahon leads the team and the nation in free throw percentage, connecting on 96.7 percent.     Robert Morris (4-7) has dropped its last four games, including a 69-50 loss at Rider on Dec. 15 as senior guard Josh Williams scored 20 points. Robert Morris Game Notes ACC Network Extra Watch Link Game Program Louisville has an 80-5 record against nonconference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals have won 36 of their last 38 home games against non-conference opponents. Louisville has made 28 more free throws (239-of-311, .768) than its opponents have attempted (150-of-211). Louisville is sixth in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (311/614, 50.7 percent) and is second in the nation with 26.9 percent of its points coming from free throws. UofL is 18th in the nation in free throw percentage. Jordan Nwora has scored in double digits in 10 of 11 games this season, averaging 17.7 points per game (seventh in the ACC). He had 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last game vs. Kent State, his third double-double of the season and his eighth game with seven or more rebounds. He has scored 20 or more in six games. Malik Williams has averaged 11.5 points and nine rebounds in his last two games. He gained his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Lipscomb. He is the fourth Cardinal in over 40 years to produce a double-double in 17 minutes or less. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (33.3 points per game). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by, third by and fourth by All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Long term study shows grasslands can recover naturally from too much atmospheric

first_img(—A long term study conducted by managers of The Park Grass experiment at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, UK, shows, according to a team of researchers from Germany and the U.K., that under certain conditions, grasslands are able to recover naturally from overexposure to atmospheric nitrogen. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the condition of grasses and soil at the research center over the course of the past century and a half and what has been learned from it. David Tilman and Forest Isbell with the University of Minnesota offer a News & Views piece on the work done by the team and compare it with findings in other parts of the world. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists know that an overabundance of atmospheric nitrogen can lead to loss of plant diversity—Tilman and Isbell explain that the reason this happens is because of the trade-offs involved in the evolutionary process. When plants in a certain area are suddenly faced with a new nutrient, those with adaptations well suited to the new nutrient are able to take full advantage, while those that are not get pushed out. Over the past couple of hundred years, levels of atmospheric nitrogen increased as part of human caused air pollution, but as problems became evident, people in some parts of the world took action to cause less to be emitted which meant less was put into the air. One of those places was Great Britain, a country heavily involved in the industrial revolution and which also took action to reduce such emissions. During part of this time period a group of progressive thinkers set up a plot of land at Rothamsted Research and planted sections of grasses, with the sections being treated differently—some were fertilized, others were not. This allowed for noting the natural loss of diversification in the grasses that grew on the plots as atmospheric nitrogen levels increased and then as diversification returned, (somewhat) naturally as levels of atmospheric nitrogen were reduced. It was this change that the researchers with this new effort noted and they claim that it shows that under certain circumstances grasslands can heal themselves.There is one major caveat however, the grass blocks at the research center were mowed periodically and the cut grass removed, which presumably took with it some of the nitrogen. More information: J. Storkey et al. Grassland biodiversity bounces back from long-term nitrogen addition, Nature (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nature16444AbstractThe negative effect of increasing atmospheric nitrogen (N) pollution on grassland biodiversity is now incontrovertible1, 2, 3. However, the recent introduction of cleaner technologies in the UK has led to reductions in the emissions of nitrogen oxides, with concomitant decreases in N deposition4. The degree to which grassland biodiversity can be expected to ‘bounce back’ in response to these improvements in air quality is uncertain, with a suggestion that long-term chronic N addition may lead to an alternative low biodiversity state5. Here we present evidence from the 160-year-old Park Grass Experiment at Rothamsted Research, UK6, that shows a positive response of biodiversity to reducing N addition from either atmospheric pollution or fertilizers. The proportion of legumes, species richness and diversity increased across the experiment between 1991 and 2012 as both wet and dry N deposition declined. Plots that stopped receiving inorganic N fertilizer in 1989 recovered much of the diversity that had been lost, especially if limed. There was no evidence that chronic N addition has resulted in an alternative low biodiversity state on the Park Grass plots, except where there has been extreme acidification, although it is likely that the recovery of plant communities has been facilitated by the twice-yearly mowing and removal of biomass. This may also explain why a comparable response of plant communities to reduced N inputs has yet to be observed in the wider landscape. Explore further Park Grass aerial view May 2005. Credit: The Park Grass experimentcenter_img © 2015 Team studies diversity among nitrogen-fixing plants Journal information: Nature Citation: Long term study shows grasslands can recover naturally from too much atmospheric nitrogen (2015, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Painting a wide panorama of WWII

first_imgIt is a rare feat to pen a chronicle of a historical event which is not only the first introduction for succeeding generations but also the most vivid and enduring. And an Irish-born journalist did it thrice – aided by two of these works becoming well-known films. In the process, he also became a pioneer of “popular history” or one meant for the general reader and complementing the big picture with personal experiences across the board from all sides and a rich amount of detail, instead of analysis. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’If your first introduction to the D-Day (the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944) is the 1962 big-screen spectacle with a John Wayne as a US colonel fighting on despite a broken ankle, Richard Burton as a RAF pilot on the edge, and an American paratrooper trapped on a church tower as a firefight rages in the village square below, Cornelius Ryan is responsible.The same if all you know of Operation Market Garden is from seeing Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, James Caan and Ryan O’ Neal in a desperate fight to grab Dutch bridges while the likes of Maximilian Schell and Hardy Kruger do their best to foil them. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWorld War II not only saw authors like John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, and Edgar Rice Burroughs become journalists but also journalists like Australians Alan Moorehead and Chester Wilmot and Soviet Vasily Grossman turn authors. Ryan, one of the latter group, was the most famous.Born in Dublin in 1920, he moved to London in 1940 and became a war correspondent, flying along over a dozen bombing missions with the US Air Force, before being attached to Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army. This did not take part in D-Day, but only came into action after the breakout from Normandy, when it chased German forces right to the German border before lack of supplies led to a halt. Ryan, however, had himself been in Normandy twice on D-Day (which came a day after he turned 24) – first in a bomber over the beaches and then on a patrol boat back to Normandy after landing in England. In 1947, he emigrated to the US and worked for Time (for whom he reported on US nuclear bomb tests and the First Arab-Israeli War) and then Collier’s Weekly. At a loose end after this folded in 1956, Ryan, who had proposed a book on D-Day two hours after the invasion began and grew further determined after a Normandy visit in 1949, set to work on earnest. An ad “Personal: Were You There on 6 June, 1944?” elicited thousands of responses.This was followed up with a three-page questionnaire, and on basis of replies, thousands of interviews – of Allied and German soldiers and commanders and French resistance members and civilians – were taken and hundreds of accounts were used to construct a gripping narrative of the hours leading to and of that eventful day in all its panorama of anticipation, danger, heroism and fear. Some journalists never learned to stop working!last_img read more

Threat poster put up on TMC leaders door in Birati

first_imgKolkata: Within just 24 hours of Trinamool leader Nirmal Kundu’s murder, a threat poster was pasted on another Trinamool leader’s house. On Wednesday morning, Trinamool leader Nirmal Bala found that someone had pasted a hand-written poster containing a death threat on the door of his house.Bala, who is a resident of South Pratapgarh in Birati, is a ward president of Trinamool in the area. During the Lok Sabha elections, he had played a crucial role in Trinamool’s victory in the area. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Wednesday morning, some local residents saw a hand-written poster pasted on the door of Bala’s house. A few of his neighbours read the poster and informed Bala. In the poster it was written that his head will be severed as Bala is a Trinamool leader and worker and that more are to face such consequences. The name of BJP and ‘Jai Shri Ram’ was written at the end. The poster read: “Trinamool korchhis Nirmal Bala, tor mundu kete football khelbo. Aaro oneke achhe. Jai Shri Ram, BJP zindabad.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateImmediately, Bala informed Nimta police station about the poster. Later, police removed the threat poster from Bala’s house. A probe has been initiated. Local Trinamool leaders alleged that after losing in Dum Dum, BJP is trying to create terror in the area and thus they are sparking violence and attacking Trinamool leaders and workers. BJP, however, has denied the allegations and claimed it to be a plan to malign them.last_img read more

Pascal Lamy The 700MHz spectrum band currently use

first_imgPascal LamyThe 700MHz spectrum band currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting in Europe should be allocated to wireless broadband use by 2020, give or take a couple of years, while broadcasters should be given regulatory security over their rights to use remaining UHF spectrum below 700MHz until 2030, according to a report presented by former EU commissioner Pascal Lamy to EC vice-president Neelie Kroes yesterday. Lamy also proposed that a review should be undertaken by 2025 to assess technology and market developments.The report suggested that a 2020 time-frame for the transition would enable spectrum users and citizens alike to minimise the costs associated with the change.He also proposed that Europe should reject any plans for primary allocation of mobile to the 470-694MHz band, which is already allocated to broadcasting on a primary basis, at the World Radiocommunication Conference next year.The EC High-Level Group on UHF spectrum, while agreeing on the importance of digital-terrestrial TV, has yet to reach a consensus on when and how to repurpose the 700MHz band, although this will be a key topic at the forthcoming WRC.“For too long the broadband and broadcasting communities have been at loggerheads about the use of the UHF spectrum band. There have been many different views and perspectives. On the basis of discussions with the two sectors, I have put forward a single scheme that could provide a way forward for Europe to thrive in the digital century,” said Lamy.“”Pascal’s report lays down a path for creating capacity for fast wireless broadband everywhere and for ensuring a stable and predictable future for terrestrial broadcasting, while allowing those Member States that want to move forward more quickly to do so. It would also ensure sustainable co-existence, as both sectors focus increasingly on advanced media services. This is essential to secure our changing digital future and hold our own in international negotiations,” said Kroes.last_img read more

Daydream View headsets Google has launched the fir

first_imgDaydream View headsetsGoogle has launched the first phones that are compatible with its Daydream VR platform and revealed its new Daydream View headset and controller.At a launch event in San Francisco, Google unveiled its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, which are equipped with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software and are the first to come ‘Daydream ready’.The Pixel phones have high-resolution displays, high-fidelity sensors and are equipped with Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 821 mobile processor – and Google said that a lot more Daydream-ready phones are now “on the way from leading Android smartphone makers”.The Pixel phones are due to launch later this month, while the Daydream View headset plus controller is due to follow next month in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia – priced at US$79 in the US, £69 in the UK and €69 in Germany.Designed and developed by Google, the headset works with any Daydream-ready phone, is made with soft and breathable fabric and will come in a choice of three colours.The controller meanwhile contains sensors that are designed to understand movements and gestures, with Google claiming “it’s so precise that you can draw with it”.Google’s new Pixel phones“We’ve brought some of the most popular Google apps into VR. With YouTube, you can watch the entire library of videos on a virtual big screen and experience immersive videos from creators like Buzzfeed, PrankvsPrank, Meredith Foster, CollegeHumor, Tastemade, UnboxTherapy and VSauce2,” said Google in a blog post announcing the launch.A VR version of Google Street view will allow users to take virtual tours of “more than 100 of the world’s most amazing places like the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal” while the Google Play Movies app will makes movies and TV episodes available to watch “in your own virtual theatre”.Content from Hulu, HBO and Netflix will also be available to watch on a “virtual big screen” in VR, while other VR launch partners include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and a VR experience for Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, produced by Warner Bros.Google first announced its Daydream platform at its I/O developer conference in May and said at the time that Samsung, Alcatel, Asus, Huawei, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, and ZTE will all launch Daydream ready smartphones.“The Daydream platform underlines Google’s commitment to virtual reality and 360-degree content as major focus areas,” said CCS Insight VR and wearables analyst, George Jijiashvili.“Daydream lowers the entry barriers for smartphone makers wanting to deliver high-quality virtual reality experiences, which so far only Samsung Gear VR has been able to offer thanks to its partnership with Oculus.”However, Jijiashvili cautioned that the fragmentation that exists with different versions of Android is “likely to limit the addressable market for the VR platform.”The Pixel phones are available for pre-order now and will launch in the UK on October 20, priced from £599 for the 32GB Pixel to £819 for the 128GB Pixel XL.last_img read more