French Open: Andrey Kuznetsov senses upset over vulnerable Andy Murray

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray’s recent form of just four wins in eight claycourt matches is clear evidence that he can be beaten, the Briton’s French Open opponent Andrey Kuznetsov said ahead of their first round clash on Tuesday.Murray has not progressed past the round of 16 in three of his last four tournaments on clay, suffering a third round loss to Croatian Borna Coric in Madrid and losing out to home favourite Fabio Fognini early in the Italian Open this month.The 30-year-old is also recovering from an illness and Kuznetsov, who has previously lost to Murray twice in as many meetings, is hopeful he can make it third time lucky.”If you maybe see the results he showed on clay, maybe it’s not his best as he showed last year,” Russian world number 73 Kuznetsov told British media.”A few guys like (Borna) Coric, for example, beat him in Madrid. It shows that it’s possible to beat him. Also in the first rounds of the big tournaments, maybe they need some time to find rhythm and so on.”Kuznetsov, 26, who lost in the semi-finals at last week’s Geneva Open, said a quick start would be key to defeating the three-times grand slam winner.”Of course it will be important to start good. If it goes to a five-setter, there will be a few more chances for him to win because of the physical conditions,” Kuznetsov said.”But if he starts a little bit nervy and shaky, and I start with confidence, maybe I can win one set and take a lead in the second.advertisement”For me it’s a good experience to play against a world number one. If I win, I will be a hero. If I lose, nobody will be surprised. [There is] nothing to lose for me.”last_img read more

Hawks Beat Nets, 107-97, Lead 3-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATLANTA — Al Horford banged his dislocated finger and spent much of the game fiddling with it. Jeff Teague twisted his right ankle and hobbled to the locker room for a quick tape job.By the end of the night, they were both feeling just fine.Horford and Teague scored 20 points apiece, helping the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks hold off the Brooklyn Nets 107-97 on April 29 night in an NBA playoff series that’s closer than anyone envisioned.Down by 17 at the end of the first quarter, Brooklyn might have returned home with an improbable lead if not for Horford and Teague.With two fingers on his shooting hand taped together, Horford flew around the court in the fourth quarter, crashing the boards, knocking down jumpers and exhorting his teammates to hold off the eighth-seeded Nets.In the final minutes, Teague darted into the lane on his taped ankle for a pair of baskets that sealed another hard-fought victory.He let out a rare burst of emotion, screaming and waving his arms to pump up the home crowd, which included prospective new owner Antony Ressler and his wife, actress Jami Gertz.“It’s the playoffs,” said DeMarre Carroll, who led the Hawks with 24 points but also had his right hand wrapped up after taking a hard fall. “You don’t have injuries in the playoffs.”Atlanta leads 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, with Game 6 May 1 in Brooklyn. If needed, Game 7 would be back at Philips Arena on May 3.“The playoffs are a new season,” said Horford, who dislocated his right pinky in Game 1 but has played through the pain. “You never underestimate any team.”Alan Anderson led the Nets with 23 points off the bench. Jarrett Jack added 18 as the Brooklyn backups totally dominated Atlanta’s reserves, forcing the Hawks to rely almost entirely on their starters. Carroll played more than 42 minutes. Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap also went more than 40 minutes.“This was a game we really wanted to get,” said Korver, who made five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points.Horford appeared to bang his finger in the first half, clearly causing him plenty of discomfort. He had it sprayed at one point and was constantly tinkering with the tape job. But he still managed to make 10 of 17 shots and grab 15 rebounds.Teague, meanwhile, landed on Brook Lopez’s foot early in the third quarter and hobbled straight to the locker room. He was back in the game less than 3 minutes later.The Nets have been competitive in all three games in Atlanta, losing by a combined 22 points. This was actually the first game in the series decided by a double-digit margin, and that was only because the Hawks hit four straight free throws in the final 30 seconds.“They knocked us back in the beginning,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “But we fought back.”Jack hit back-to-back 3-pointers and drove for a floater in the lane that closed the gap to 90-89. That was as close as Brooklyn got, though Joe Johnson hit two more 3s to pull the Nets to 97-95 — their last gasp, it turned out.“We responded,” Jack said. “Maybe a little too late.”(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Ducati Scrambler 1100 launch fixed for August 27

first_imgDucati India is all set to launch the latest Scrambler 1100 in the Indian motorcycle market. The flagship Scrambler model from Ducati will make its India debut on August 27 with the announcement being made on the motorcycle major’s social media channels. A few Ducati dealerships have already started taking in bookings for the upcoming motorcycle for an amount of Rs 1-2 lakh, depending on the dealership. The price of the Scrambler 1100, although still waiting to be revealed, is touted to be around the Rs 11 lakh mark, ex-showroom for the base model.The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is powered by a 1,079c, L-twin engine which churns out 86bhp and 88Nm of torque. The standard Scrambler is powered by an 803cc engine which churns out 74bhp and 67Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.The major styling part of the Scrambler 1100 is similar to the 800cc siblings but with a few noticeable changes which include underseat twin exhaust mufflers and a new headlight. In terms of safety equipment, Ducati has provided the Scrambler 1100 with standard ABS, cornering ABS, and a 4-level traction control system. The motorcycle also gets ride-by-wire throttle and features three riding modes – Active, Journey, and City mode. The instrument cluster is different and features a second pod which reads out additional info which comes with new electronics.Ducati sells the Scrambler 1100 already in international markets in three variants – standard, Sport, and Special. Ducati may bring the three models but start the sales off with the base variant in India. Expect the pricing to be about Rs 11 lakh and will go head-on with rivals like the Triumph Street Triple Rs, or the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster.advertisementlast_img read more

Uttar Pradesh govt fails to complete sweater distribution in schools for second year in a row

first_imgWinters have started but lakhs of students studying in schools under the basic education department are forced to attend classes without wearing sweaters because the state government has once again failed to complete the distribution on time.The figures released by the government show that more than 50 lakh students have still been left out in the cold due to the delay.The UP government promised it would complete distributing sweaters in more than 1.6 lakh schools by October 31. Out of more than 1.57 crore children studying in schools falling under the basic education department, around 38 per cent are still waiting to get sweaters and continue to shiver because of the state government’s unpreparedness and mismanagement.India Today did a reality check at a primary school in Madiyaon area of Lucknow where the distribution of sweaters hasn’t even started.Speaking to India Today, Mohit a student of Class 5 said, “We come in the morning at 8:30 am to school. We haven’t been given sweaters as promised. We are feeling the cold. The school management has also not given any assurance on the distribution so far.”Another student Chandni who studies in Class 4 said, “The winters have already started and we are waiting to get sweaters from the government. No one in the school has got a sweater. We are forced to shiver.”In another school in Madiyaon area, some children have been given sweaters but many still await theirs.Speaking to India Today, Arun a student of Class 8 said, “I was given a sweater four days ago. The distribution of sweaters started in our school on November 16.”advertisementIn Etawah district, only 50 per cent of all students have received sweaters from school authorities.A student studying at a primary school in Luhanna area said, “I am not wearing a sweater because the school authorities have not distributed them. We feel cold and winters have already started.”Kavita Rajput, the primary school’s principal said, “Out of 180 students studying in the school, 80 have got sweaters. We will commence the distribution after receiving the remaining amount from the government.”In Fatehpur district, distribution of sweaters has only been completed among 45 per cent of the beneficiaries.Sonali, a student at a primary school in the district said, “When we come to school in the morning we shiver because of the cold. The teachers have assured us that the distribution will take place soon.”Basic education officer of Fatehpur district Shivendra Pratap Singh said, “Around 45 per cent of the distribution is complete. The progress is being monitored on a daily basis and hopefully the distribution will finish soon.”In Bijnor district, a majority of students have not been given sweaters by the school management. They are wearing old sweaters to protect themselves from the cold.Aman, a student at a primary school said, “The school have not provided us with sweaters yet. Winters have started and we are forced to wear old sweaters to protect ourselves from the chilly air.”Meanwhile the morning scene at Pilibhit district in Uttar Pradesh clearly exposes the insensitivity of the district administration. At Beesalpur block, a sports tournament was organised in which hundreds of students participated without sweaters while the district officers attending the event were seen in their woollens.A student who participated in the event said, “We have come here to participate but winter has started. We are facing problems but the school has not provided us sweaters.”Last year, the state government only managed to complete the distribution by February leaving lakhs of students shiver in the extreme cold conditions.Targeting the state government, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhi Singh said, “Last year also the students were shivering and the minister in-charge had put the onus on district magistrates. This year also there has already been a lot of delay. UP CM Yogi Adityanath should focus more on governance because people are ready to teach BJP a lesson in upcoming elections.”Responding to the delay, UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, “I want to ask why is it the previous government never thought about shivering school children? Last year there was a delay, this year the majority of distribution of sweaters has been done and 100 percent target will be achieved soon. The Yogi Adityanath government is highly sensitive towards improving the quality of education.”Funds not transferred a major reason for delay in sweater distributionAfter failing to get a suitable dealer and negotiating on price, the Uttar Pradesh government decentralised the process to procure and distribute sweaters. The school management committee was assigned the responsibility to purchase and distribute sweaters.advertisementIn most of the schools, the teachers said they have still not received funds to distribute sweaters but due to pressure from the department, they have purchased sweaters from the market out of their own pockets. The teachers in most of the schools have accepted that the delay in the transfer of funds by the government is the biggest obstacle in distributing sweaters. According to the government, the price per sweater should not exceed Rs 200.Not even half of total sweaters distributedAccording to the figures released by the director of the state’s basic education department Sarvendra Vikram Singh, 17 districts have failed to distribute even 50 per cent sweaters till November 19. The lowest distribution has taken place in Siddharth Nagar district where only 19.38 per cent sweaters have been distributed.This is followed by Mathura, Aligarh, Sonbhadra, Lalitpur, Shahjahanpur and Sitapur district where nly 30-35 per cent students have received sweaters till date.The figures given by UP government claims that 63.33 percent students across the state have been given sweaters so far.Also read: UP government considering renaming Allahabad State University: Deputy CMAlso read: Sadhus miffed with PM Modi over delay in Ram temple, serve ultimatumWatch: So Shayari: So this is why CM Yogi is changing city nameslast_img read more

Virat Kohli praises Chahar brothers for outstanding bowling performance after T20I series win over WI

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli heaped praise on Chahar brothers for their brilliant bowling display, terming Rahul outstanding with the new ball and Deepak for some fine swing bowling, as India beat West Indies in the third T20 to complete 3-0 whitewash.Seamer Deepak Chahar bowled a magnificent opening spell and ended with figures of 3 for 4 from 3 overs, which went a long way in restricting the West Indies to a manageable 146 for 6, while Rahul, playing his first game, chipped in with one for 27.”We wanted to try a couple of guys. We gave both the Chahar brothers a go in this game. It was Rahul’s first game and Deepak’s come back. Playing for the first time, I think he (Rahul) was outstanding with the new ball.”Pitch didn’t have much, there was a bit cloud cover but kind of swing he (Deepak) got early and got those three wickets really set West Indies back and they could not get to a big total,” said Kohli at the post match press conference.Kohli also applauded Bhuvneshwar Kumar, describing him as a “skillful bowler” but said it was Deepak’s performance that had impressed him a lot.”I think it was his (Bhuvneshwar’s) execution that pushed them back. Bhuvi is always been professional, a very skillful bowler. But I was definitely impressed with Deepak and how he bowled even with Rahul how he came back in the third over and got a wicket. I think it was a really good day for us as a fielding team, as a bowling unit and Deepak started it all for us,” said the 30-year-old.advertisementChasing a target of 147 on a slowish deck, Kohli anchored the innings to perfection with 59 off 45 balls while young Rishabh Pant was brilliant during his unbeaten 65 off 42 balls. India achieved the target in 19.1 overs.On his own innings, Kohli said: “I don’t think I need to prove myself with the bat or anything like that. I just want to do my job for the team. I don’t play for my own performance. It is just about getting the team across the line whether I score 20, 30, 40, 50, or whatever. I have been playing like that for 11 years so nothing new for me and no pressure at all.”Pant, who was widely criticised for his shot selection in the first two games, came up trumps in third T20 International, stitching a 106-run partnership with Kohli.Kohli said would be looking forward to seeing more such performances from the wicketkeeper-batsman in the coming matches.”For the first two games, he was really disappointed as he didn’t get any runs. He was playing well and hitting the ball well but that is how T20 cricket goes. Sometimes you don’t have the rub of the green but today he made sure that he applied himself and backed his skills, hit the big shots when required.”He played with the tempo of the innings, the tempo of what was required. Hitting the winning runs always gives you more confidence as a player, when you finish the game and come out not out batting in the end.”I am really looking forward to seeing more performances from him like this. He has got the tremendous talent we all know. It is all about getting into his zone and doing this more often for the team,” the skipper stated.India had exited the recent ODI World Cup after losing in the semi-final to New Zealand and Kohli said that the next one in 2023 is too far right now to think about and instead his team’s aim is to be one of most consistent sides in the world.”It’s too far to think about 2023 right now. For us, the priority always has been to be one of the most consistent sides in the world. I think in the last 3-4 years we have been able to achieve that. We are the number two side in the world and there is a good reason for that. We have been going to number one as well sometime,” he said.”You really start planning for the World Cup and looking forward to it 12 months to go and not four years away. The priority is to keep Indian cricket at the top. Play consistent cricket, go out and win games and find ways to win games for your team.”And that’s the reason we are one of the top teams in the world,” Kohli explained.India will next play three ODIs, commencing on August 8 at Providence stadium.advertisementAlso Read | Reliving India’s first-ever ODI win vs West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli on the cusp of ODI milestonesAlso Read | Rahul and Deepak Chahar to play together for India for the first timeAlso See:last_img read more

UBC astrophysicist honoured for work on determining universes age composition

first_imgVANCOUVER – Astrophysicist Dr. Gary Hinshaw wasn’t sure what a satellite would find when it launched in 2001.The data it discovered would lead his NASA team to create what Hinshaw describes as the universe’s baby picture.It also set up the researchers for a prestigious science prize awarded by a group that includes the founder of Facebook.“You build this instrument, you test it on the ground, you make sure it’s going to survive the rigours of a rocket launch and that it’s going to deploy it when you deploy it from the rocket, and if it doesn’t, you’ve just wasted 10 years of your life, because you don’t get a second chance,” said Hinshaw, now a researcher and professor at the University of British Columbia.The satellite, called the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), did survive and spent nearly a decade measuring heat radiation left over from the big bang. Hinshaw and his team then mapped that data, giving a visual picture of the early universe. They’ve also analyzed the findings to determine that the universe is 13.7 billion years old and only five per cent is made up of the chemical elements found in the periodic table.Hinshaw and 26 other researchers were honoured for their work Sunday with the Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics.Since 2012, the award has been handed out for top achievements in physics, life sciences and mathematics. The Breakthrough Prize board includes Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Anne Wojcicki, the co-founder and CEO of the genetics company 23andme, and Yuri Milner, a Russian physicist, entrepreneur and venture capitalist.Receiving the award is humbling, said Hinshaw, who travelled to Palo Alto, Calif., for the star-studded ceremony, which was to be hosted by actor Morgan Freeman.The WMAP work has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a labour of love, Hinshaw said, noting that he and his colleagues published about 13 papers over a span of five months on the first year’s results.He described the 15 to 20 years he spent working on the project as intense and “brutally rewarding.”“You’re both exhilarated by the data and exhausted by the processing and the work of just turning the raw data into an image that you can actually visualize, see, plot on the screen and then start to interpret.”The most amazing part is that the map included so many profound answers, Hinshaw said.“Nature could have been much less kind and not left a fossil like this behind. And we wouldn’t have the ability to answer these questions yet today,” he said.The work also created new questions for researchers looking at the origin and composition of the universe.Hinshaw is now looking to unravel dark energy. So far, he said, researchers know that it makes up the vast majority of the universe and causes it to expand faster and faster.To help with the latest work, Hinshaw and his team have built a radio telescope near Penticton, B.C., which will be used to try and measure dark energy.As part of the Breakthrough Prize, Hinshaw and the four other WMAP team leaders will share $1.5 million, while the 22 other researchers will share another $1.5 million.Hinshaw said he wants to use part of his prize money to fund his latest research efforts and bring in some young scientists to work on the project. He’d also like to set some money aside for his kids and give some to charity.But what Hinshaw really hopes the award will do is give the public some appreciation and respect for science.“Science doesn’t always have the right answers, but we’re always open to rejecting ideas and to accepting new ideas,” he said. “And that the process is very methodical and peer-reviewed, so science is not just a purely theoretical endeavour.”— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitterlast_img read more

Trudeau to address First Nation chiefs amid growing opposition to Indigenous rights

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will address First Nation chiefs Tuesday afternoon in Ottawa. File photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe deputy grand chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians says he has a clear message for Canada as he and other leaders from across the country head into the Assembly of First Nations’ Special Chiefs Assembly, which begins in Ottawa today.“There’s stuff you gotta stop doing right now, because this is not any part of reconciliation,” said Gord Peters.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to address the assembly Tuesday afternoon, hours after a First Nations youth-led rally on Parliament Hill that’s part of a growing movement to stop the Liberals’ planned Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework.The government originally hoped to table a framework bill before Christmas in an effort to have new legislation in place by the fall federal election. Now, some are questioning if anything will be tabled by October.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, who will also address the chiefs Tuesday, has said the government won’t rush the framework and wants to co-develop it with Indigenous groups.But even that prospect seems increasingly unlikely the way things have gone so far.Meetings earlier this year with Indigenous groups to discuss the proposed sweeping policy and legislative reform barely got off the ground before First Nation leaders and grassroots people began speaking out against the framework plans and the Liberals’ approach to developing it.In his Valentine’s Day announcement in the House of Commons, Trudeau said a framework would “include new legislation and policy that would make the recognition and implementation of rights the basis for all relations between Indigenous Peoples and the federal government moving forward.”He said with new legislation and policies in place Canada would “recognize Indigenous governments, and ensure rigorous, full and meaningful implementation of treaties and other agreements.”But before long suspicion grew as critics noticed a disparity between Trudeau’s promises and the department’s approach during meetings with Bennett as the minister criss-crossed the country to meet with First Nations people.By the end of summer chiefs were lining up at the AFN’s September framework policy forum in Gatineau, Que. to scorn Bennett.Leaders said Canada wasn’t listening to First Nations.An AFN summary report of that forum calls the government’s engagement process a “divide and conquer strategy” and accuses the feds of not being transparent about what it was hearing from First Nations.According to the report the sessions “fell short of full, fair and meaningful participation and were rushed.”Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) leaders have unanimously condemned the framework, calling it “a threat to the inherent rights of First Nations.”They said the government “continues to emphasize the supremacy of the Canadian Constitution and constrains the possibility for true self-determination among First Nations.”Canada’s approach also undermines the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the AIAI said, adding the engagement process “purposely sidelines important questions of Aboriginal title, consent, treaty obligations, land rights, and access to natural resources.”In June Ontario chiefs also rejected the framework and called on government to do a “hard reset” on the engagement process.“First Nations need to be leading the efforts on anything that affects their inherent and treaty rights,” the chiefs said.Grassroots missing from consultationsGovernment began engagement sessions on Feb. 16, the day after Trudeau’s announcement.The government says it has met with approximately 1,662 individuals at more than 100 engagement sessions since February.Data provided to APTN News by CIRNA shows almost half of the individuals were women, but only around 29 identified as elders and around 90 as youth or students.The department does note, however, that the figures “may not be perfectly reflective of participation.”The minister’s office told APTN that 55 individuals participated in the meetings with Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey and Peskotomuhkati chiefs in February, June and August.Just one elder participated, according to the department’s records, and no youth.Asked about the poor representation of elders and youth at the sessions the minister’s office explained in an emailed statement that invitations sent to “Indigenous partners included a direct prompt to the leader of the community-government that ‘Canada is prepared to reimburse eligible travel and related expenditures incurred for up to three individuals per community, with a request that at least one of these individuals be representative of women, youth or Elders.’”We’koqma’q First Nation Chief Rod Googoo told APTN last week he wasn’t aware leaders were supposed to invite elders.“You’ve got to send a clear message of who you want to invite,” he said. “Don’t say there was only one elder attended when you don’t notify us you want some elders there too.”Though the department continued meeting with groups into the fall, the last summary published on its “What We Heard” webpage—intended to keep the public abreast of its work—was six months ago.We’koqma’q First Nation Chief Rod Googoo said he wasn’t aware Mi’kmaq leaders were supposed to invite elders and youth to the framework engagement sessions, and that chiefs were only given a few days’ notice. File photo.Last week the minister’s office told APTN more summaries “will be posted shortly.”At the time of publication the most recent engagement session summary is for the week of May 31.Bellegarde told APTN in a recent interview that First Nations “took offense” to the government’s approach in engaging with groups.“It has to be First Nations driven—the rights and title holders to lead this,” he said. “Because it’s only the rights and title holders that will determine the path of decolonization, and as well the path for reconciliation.”Putting U.N. Declaration ahead of frameworkHowever, the federal Liberal government will continue on multiple fronts to reshape the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people, she said.Last week Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced Canada will table legislation in the new year to hand child welfare over to First Nations, Inuit and Metis.Bennett indicated in an interview with CBC this week that reform is also coming to speed up Canada’s approach to historical claims from First Nations.All of the government’s policy and legislative changes come as part of its broader effort to transform relations with Indigenous peoples.As the feds move forward on certain files, some First Nation groups are already putting forward their own proposals for how Canada can engage with them, and what an adequate approach to developing a broader rights recognition and implementation framework would look like.The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) in B.C. has drafted principles and recommendations on how Canada should proceed with First Nations in that province.The FNLC says any federal rights framework or associated legislation “must be directed at ending Crown denial of the existence of Aboriginal title throughout proper title and rights holders’ — respective First Nations — territories in B.C. Denial must be replaced by recognition throughout Crown legislation.”Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson says First Nations in B.C. are working with the province to co-develop legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. File photo.While questions linger around how Canada plans to get the provinces on board to hash out what changes to jurisdiction around services and title might look like, First Nations and the Government of B.C. announced last week they will co-develop legislation to fully implement UN Declaration.Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson says it’s a step in the right direction.“It’s all about free, prior and informed consent and self-determination of Indigenous people,” she said, adding it makes more sense to “implement UNDRIP and use that as our framework, than what Minister Bennett was pushing with the recognition and implementation of rights framework.“If there’s a reset that needs to happen” with the federal government’s efforts to develop an Indigenous rights framework, “then UNDRIP can be a good pathway, a good step in the right direction,” she said.With files from Angel Moore and Dennis read more

UN allocates 15 million in emergency aid to Palestinian territories

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced that it would allocate $1.5 million for emergency medical supplies and infrastructure repairs in the Palestinian territories.”We hope that this assistance will help to reduce the suffering of civilians who are under a 24-hour curfew in some cases without access to food, water, electricity or medical aid,” said UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown, who earmarked the funds from the agency’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. The money will be used to immediately begin repairing essential access roads, damaged and destroyed buildings, downed electricity and telephone lines, and uprooted water supply systems. Urgently needed medical supplies will also be distributed to hospitals and other health care providers.The Programme, started in 1978, has provided some $400 million in development assistance to help the Palestinian people through periods of occupation, civil unrest and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority. read more

Eight Buckeye athletes inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Members of the Ohio State Hall of Fame class of 2016 were inducted on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Ohio Union. Credit: OSU Athletics.The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed eight new members this Friday, including two of the greatest basketball players ever to play at Ohio State.The new members are Evan Turner (men’s basketball), Jantel Lavender (women’s basketball), John Machado (baseball), Justin Kronauge (men’s tennis), Dan Taylor (men’s track and field), Sam Marder (softball), Randall Larson (diving) and Paul Zelenak (pistol).Headlining the class are the two basketball stars, Turner and Lavender, who both ended their Ohio State careers among their respective team’s all time leading scorers.Turner, who was taken with the second overall pick back in the 2010 NBA draft, played both guard and forward for three seasons (2007-2010) at Ohio State and helped lead the club to a 2008 National Invitational Tournament championship, runner-up in the 2009 Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball tournament and then to victory in the conference tournament the following season.During Turner’s career, he led the Big Ten in scoring in both his sophomore and his junior season. Turner currently sits 18th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list with 1,517 points. He was also an All-Big Ten player in his two final seasons and a first team consensus All-American in his junior season. On Feb. 16, 2015, Turner’s number was retired during the Ohio State vs Michigan game.Turner said that he has been humbled by everything that has gone on to celebrate his legacy as a Buckeye.“The Ohio State is so close to my heart,” Turner said. “To be able to come back here and get honored, to be able to do things most guys aren’t able to do is a blessing. Like I said, I’m a big Buckeye. This is all unreal to me still.”Even after looking back at a career that has spanned six seasons in the NBA to this point, Turner still remembers his time fondly at Ohio State, saying that it is where he has had “the best memories.”“Still sometimes I go to my mom’s house and look at the trophies and things I was able to do here,” Turner said. “We were able to accomplish that, I was able to be a part of that, that’s unreal and to be appreciated for your hard work and your efforts is always a blessing.”The other basketball star joining the ranks of Buckeye immortality is all time leading scorer of the women’s basketball team Jantel Lavender. Over her four year career at Ohio State, Lavender averaged 20.7 points per game and totaled 2818 points and collected 1422 rebounds (most all-time in Big Ten women’s basketball history). Lavender played from 2007-2011 and reached double-digit scoring totals in all 136 games, an NCAA record. She is also the only athlete in the history of the Big Ten to be given the title of Big Ten Player of the Year in every season she played.During her tenure, Lavender led the Scarlet and Gray to three Big Ten regular season titles, three tournament titles, an appearance in the NCAA tournament in every season and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances.After her career at Ohio State was over, she was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks and was named an All-Star in 2015.Lavender has looked back on her successful career with a lot of pride and has felt that it is a tremendous milestone to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.“For me to become just eligible to be in the Hall of Fame and to be inducted, it’s unbelievable,” Lavender said. “I don’t think it’s really hit me 100% yet. I just know I put in so much work and I put myself forward to the game and gave my teammates so much that I think it’s well deserving and I’m happy about it and I’m just happy to be here.”The new Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s football game against Tulsa. read more

ATT receives worst carrier title from Consumer Reports

first_imgWhen it comes to the competition between wireless carriers it is sometimes a battle of the memorable taglines. For Verizon Wireless their tagline is “the nation’s largest 3G network.” Sprint claims to be “the only true 4G network” while AT&T claims to have “the fastest mobile broadband network.” Yet, AT&T just got handed a tagline from Consumer Reports they could have done without. According to the consumer group, AT&T is “the nation’s worst network”.The unenviable title came from the most recent reader survey which included 58,000 readers in 23 metropolitan areas. In the survey, readers were asked to rank wireless carriers on a scale from “Worse” to “Better’ on nine categories covering value, voice service quality, data service quality and customer support. The survey included U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. Unfortunately for AT&T, they received the lowest rating of “Worse” in eight out of nine categories. Ouch.As you can imagine, AT&T didn’t take this slap in the face laying down. A spokesperson was quick to respond by saying:We take this seriously and we continually look for new ways to improve the customer experience. The fact is wireless customers have choices and a record number of them chose AT&T in the third quarter, significantly more than our competitors. Hard data from independent drive tests confirms AT&T has the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network with our nearest competitor 20 percent slower on average nationwide and our largest competitor 60 percent slower on average nationwide.  And, our dropped call rate is within 1/10 of a percent – the equivalent of just one call in a thousand – of the industry leader.Besides giving AT&T a black eye, Consumer Reports also alluded to the fact that survey results said something about the overall satisfaction of iPhone users by stating:Over half of the survey respondents who used AT&T as a carrier owned some version of the iPhone, the Apple smart phone that is exclusive to AT&T, at least for now. Consumer Reports data, reflecting all versions of the phone, found that iPhone owners were much less satisfied with their carrier and rated data service (Web and e-mail) lower than owners of smart phones on other carriers that, like the iPhone, have a host of apps to encourage heavy data use.Read more at The Huffington Post and BGR.last_img read more

The man behind the 1985 bombing of a 747 off the coast

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP 26 Comments Short URL The man behind the 1985 bombing of a 747 off the coast of Cork has been freed On 23 June 1985, an Air India Boeing 747 bound for Delhi exploded some 120 miles off the coast of Cork. Source: National Archives 2016/22/203 & 204THE ONLY PERSON convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings that killed 331 people is now free, Canada’s parole board said today.Inderjit Singh Reyat had been ordered to live at a halfway house following his release from prison one year ago, after serving two decades behind bars.That condition has now been lifted and Reyat may return to a normal life, including “living in a private residence,” parole board spokesman Patrick Storey told AFP in an email.The Sikh immigrant from India was convicted of making bombs that were stuffed into luggage and planted on two planes leaving Vancouver, and of lying in court to cover for his co-accused.One bomb tore apart Air India Flight 182 as it neared the coast of Cork, killing all 329 people aboard, including entire families. Feb 15th 2017, 7:46 PM center_img Share Tweet Email1 A drifting piece of wreckage near Cork. Source: CAULKIN AND REDMAN AP/Press Association ImagesThe second exploded at Japan’s Narita airport, killing two baggage handlers as they transferred cargo to another Air India plane.The blasts followed a crackdown on Sikhs fighting for an independent homeland, and those behind it were allegedly seeking revenge for the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by Indian troops.Reyat was working as a mechanic in westernmost Canada and purchased the dynamite, batteries and detonators used to construct the bombs.Two alleged co-conspirators were acquitted due to a lack of evidence and, according to prosecutors, because of Reyat’s perjury.Storey said Reyat’s parole officer has assessed those with whom he will live “to ensure they will not have a negative influence on him.”Conditions of his release from prison also still apply, including having no contact with the victims’ families nor with extremists.Reyat must also shun all political activities and take counseling for violent tendencies, a lack of empathy and exaggerated beliefs.© – AFP 2017Read: Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombingRead: 30 years ago, the Irish navy began the search and rescue in ‘shark infested’ waters for victims of Flight 182 23,172 Views Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 7:46 PMlast_img read more

Greece demands war reparations for crimes committed by Nazi Germany

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Parliament met to discuss the issue of war reparations as a result of crimes committed by Nazi Germany in World War 2. Greek left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told lawmakers that the country will soon send a note verbale to Germany repeating its long-held demand for war reparations.The decision comes following a presentation of a relevant report by a House committee.The note verbale will address inalienable claims arising from the Nazi invasion and occupation as well as other crimes. The committee report calculated the estimated cost of the German occupation at up to 300 billion euros. War reparations are claimed for the material destruction, dismantling the country’s productive capabilities, the repayment of the occupation loan, the return of stolen archaeological treasures and compensation for victims and the relatives of the victims of war crimes.“The demand for German war reparations is a historical and moral debt for us. It will help us build a better future in our relations with Germany. Today, therefore, we have a duty to give our two peoples the opportunity to close this chapter,” Mr Tsipras said.last_img read more

Daniel Bryan’s in-ring return set for WrestleMania 34 in two weeks in a tag…

first_img When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Twitter Google+ Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Daniel Bryan WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Videos Articles Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WhatsApp Roman Reigns Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live During last night’s Smackdown Live, Daniel Bryan announced he would be making his official in-ring return to WWE at WrestleMania 34 for the first time in over two years.Bryan announced he would be teaming with Shane McMahon against the “fired” Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. He noted that if Owens and Zayn win, they earn their jobs back in WWE. If Owens and Zayn lose, they will remain fired from the company.Despite being hospitalized for diverticulitis in the last week, the promo seemed to indicate that Shane McMahon would be ready in time for WrestleMania.Also confirmed on Tuesday night is The Usos defending the Smackdown Tag Team Championships against The New Day and The Bludgeon Brothers in a triple threat.Rusev has been added to the WWE United States Championship match, making it a fatal four way featuring champion Randy Orton, Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal.Dolph Ziggler, Tyler Breeze and Fandango were also revealed as the latest names added to the upcomign Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal match in two weeks.Here is the updated card for WrestleMania as of Wednesday morning.WWE Universal Championship MatchBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman ReignsWWE Championship MatchAJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke NakamuraKurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahonDaniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens and Sami ZaynWWE Intercontinental Championship – Triple Threat MatchThe Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn BalorWWE United States Championship – Fatal Four Way MatchRandy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. RusevRAW Tag Team ChampionshipsThe Bar (c’s) vs. Braun Strowman and partner of his choosingSmackdown Tag Team Championships – Triple Threat MatchThe Usos (c’s) vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon BrothersAndre the Giant Memorial Battle RoyalConfirmed Names So Far: Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, Tye Dillinger, Dash Wilder, Scott Dawson, “Woken” Matt Hardy, Fandango, Tyler Breeze and Dolph ZigglerFirst Ever Women’s Battle RoyalConfirmed Names So Far: Sasha Banks, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Bayley and LanaSmackdown Women’s Championship MatchCharlotte Flair (c) vs. AsukaRAW Women’s Championship MatchAlexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia JaxFinals of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship TournamentCedric Alexander vs. Mustafa AliJohn Cena vs. The Undertaker remains the only expected match still to be announced.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Pinterest WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology)last_img read more

Chelsea need quick resolution

first_imgGianfranco Zola wants Chelsea to resolve the managerial situation quickly, according to Sky Sports.The Blues legend is hoping that his former club resolves the current uncertainty regarding the managerial position at the club whilst also refusing to deny speculation linking him with a move back to the club.Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked with the position but Antonio Conte still remains in charge of the Stamford Bridge.The Napoli boss  is keen on the Chelsea managerial position but Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is demanding compensation before releasing the 59-year-old.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Sarri has a backroom staff in place which includes Zola, and the former Chelsea forward is keen to see the matter resolved as quickly as possible for the good of the club.“I really hope whatever happens, happens quickly. I am in a tight situation because the speculation involves me as well,” said Zola.“It’s difficult because we are talking about two coaches I respect a lot, for me to say more on this is very hard. I hope a quick solution is found for both parties.”Zola who is adored by fans of Chelsea admitted he would relish a return to Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Snodgrass believes Pellegrini is one of the best

first_imgThe West Ham United manager has been under pressure after the catastrophic start in the 2018-2019 English Premier League seasonWest Ham United are in crisis.The English Premier League side has played four matches this 2018-2019 season, losing all four games.And this means that Hammers coach Manuel Pellegrini is under fire for the rough start.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.But Pellegrini is being backed up by winger Robert Snodgrass who praised his boss.“I’m working with one of the best managers. He’s won the Premier League (with Manchester City) and managed in La Liga and I can only learn from people like that,” Snodgrass told the Scottish Herald as echoed by HITC.“He’s been great with me, he’s always talking to me. That was the case from the off.”last_img read more

One of worlds strongest storms hits Philippines

first_imgMANILA, Philippines — One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces. But the nation appeared to avoid a major disaster because the rapidly moving typhoon blew away before wreaking more damage, officials said.Typhoon Haiyan raced across a string of islands from east to west — Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Panay — and lashed beach communities. Nearly 750,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 147 mph with gusts of 170 mph when it made landfall. By those measurements, Haiyan would be comparable to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the U.S., knocking on the door of the top category, a 5. Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are the same thing. They are just called different names in different parts of the world.Because of cut-off communications in the Philippines, it was impossible to know the full extent of casualties and damage. At least two people were electrocuted in storm-related accidents, one person was killed by a fallen tree and another was struck by lightning, official reports said. Southern Leyte Gov. Roger Mercado said the typhoon triggered landslides that blocked roads, uprooted trees and ripped roofs off houses around his residence. The dense clouds and heavy rains made the day seem almost as dark as night, he said. “When you’re faced with such a scenario, you can only pray, and pray and pray,” Mercado told The Associated Press by telephone, adding that mayors in the province had not called in to report any major damage.last_img read more

MPA to Meet With Top Administration Officials to Discuss Issues Affecting Magazine

first_imgThat may be left to newspaper publishers.Massachusetts Senator John F. Kerry has scheduled hearings in Washington this week on the ailing newspaper industry—including the troubled Boston Globe. The hearings, conducted by the Senate Commerce Committee are slated to begin April 30.The MPA also announced Tuesday details about its Magazine Innovation Summit—the business-style event that will replace the American Magazine Conference on the association’s calendar.The one-and-a-half-day summit will be held October 14-15 at New York’s grand Hyatt as well as various venues including Time Inc. and the Hearst Tower.In January, the MPA cancelled this year’s AMC, which had been slated for October in Boca Raton, Florida. The Magazine Publishers of America’s board of directors and government affairs committee was scheduled to meet on Capitol Hill with legislators from both sides of the aisle as well as top administration officials to “discuss policy issues important to the magazine industry,” Chuck McCullagh, MPA’s senior vice president, wrote in an e-mail to members today.On the agenda: the Reporter’s Shield Law, Congressional relief for Postal Service, tax exemptions for magazine subscriptions, the regulation of automatic subscription renewals and behavioral targeting legislation. “While Postal Relief remains a central focus of our GAC, adverse legislation in these other areas could have profound implications for our overall business,” McCullagh said.Notably absent from the agenda: a federal bailout for magazine publishers.last_img read more

Wilmington Police To Wear Sell Autism Awareness Patches This April To Support

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Police Department:During the month of April, the Wilmington Police Department will join the nationwide effort to promote autism awareness. Officers will have the option to wear a new Autism Awareness Patch on their uniform in lieu of the regular WPD patch. Members of the public will be able to purchase these patches for $10 each. 100% of the proceeds will go to support the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.Patches can be purchased at the front desk of the Police Department beginning on Monday, April 1, 2019. For more information, contact Officer Stebbins at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Is Raising Funds For Breast Cancer Research FoundationIn “Community”Wilmington Police To Sell Patches To Support ‘Concerns Of Police Survivors’ Group This MayIn “Police Log”Wilmington Police Launch ‘Police Explorers’ Program For Young Adults Interested In Law Enforcement CareerIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Rock Band 4 developers fill Amazon with positive reviews of own game

first_imgRock Band is back, and Rock Band 4 is aiming to give you a reason to move the couch out of the way and dust off all those plastic instruments you keep under the bed. Each full Rock Band installment has been great (if you like playing musical Simon with plastic instruments or prefer a cooler version of karaoke) on its own and better than the last, and Rock Band 4 should be no different, especially considering you can import DLC tracks from previous games. At this point, even though both Rock Band is attempting a comeback, the fake musical instrument genre probably only appeals to the fans that never stopped loving it and would give the game a rave review no matter what — but that didn’t stop Harmonix employees from getting caught leaving overwhelmingly positive reviews on their own game’s Amazon product page.The rumor that Harmonix employees were leaving great Amazon reviews of their own game was first spotted on Reddit, and the below image helped match some employees to their own reviews:Harmonix was contacted about the reviews, and confirmed that they were indeed from their own employees. The developer said that it believes the reviews were sincere (and rightfully so, people can be proud of their work, of course), but the reviews should be edited to make clear that they are from people who actually made the game. Some of the reviews were already updated to reflect this stance, both by identifying the reviewer as an employee of the company, and even an explanation as to why the reviewer felt the need to leave some words on Amazon about their own game.This might seem a little scummy, but Harmonix quickly rectified the situation, and the employees made heartfelt edits. Though the initial reviews should’ve made note of employment status, there’s nothing wrong with recommending something you’re proud of and believe in. In a possibly related note, check out for more awesome coverage about things we all enjoy.last_img read more