New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Professional Management Group (PMG), India?s first sports marketing company chaired by legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has signed Indian cricket?s youth icon Shikhar Dhawan for a three year period. As part of this long term association, PMG will now exclusively be looking after Shikhars brand endorsements and associations, corporate profile, patents and digital rights, with a special focus on image building and reputation management. PMG will provide a focused team working on Shikhar with special emphasis on enhancing his dynamic personality and his connect with youth. Commenting on the signing, Sam Balsara, Director, PMG & Chairman, Madison World said,”We are excited to sign up with Shikhar, one of the few batsman to play across all formats for India. He is one of Indias most gifted cricketers with right aggression, competitiveness & consistency. “He has made a place for himself with his solid and powerful batting skills. Being an instant crowd favourite, brands would love to associate with such a strong personality in order to project high spiritedness and exuberance amongst their target audience.” PMG signing youngsters like Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw, the signing of Shikhar now shows PMG?s intent of being serious player in the Player Management vertical. PTI KHS KHS
boy Patna, Sept 1 (PTI) Doctors of a reputed hospital here have successfully performed critical arthroscopic knee surgery using Fibre tape on a young boy weighing 130 kg. The surgery was conducted on Lapkin Doni, a boy from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, who had torn his knee ligament after experiencing an injury a few days ago and was referred to Paras HMRI hospital, Patna, a statement from PARAS hospital said here today. “The patient had come with swelling and instability in the knee area. This was aggravated by the weight (130 kg) the knees had to bear. It is difficult for us to operate upon a torn ligament in these cases, as there is a probability that the ligament may become lax again. We performed a ligament reconstruction,” said Arvind Prasad Gupta, Consultant, Orthopaedics (Sports Injury), Paras HMRI. Arthroscopy is a surgical practice performed through small incisions, where surgeons use a tiny telescopic camera along with a light source to look inside the joints. The procedure needs a super-specialization in sports medicine, and dedicated care during rehabilitation, both of which the medical care facility provides. This is for the first time in Bihar that the FiberTape technology used during arthroscopy, the reputed orthopaedic claimed. “For the first time in Bihar, I used a FiberTape during this operation. This is an ultra high-strength tape that is added to the ligament. It helps in its repair and ensures that the reconstructed ligament doesnt loosen in the near future. The technique originates from France, and uses a tape made of silicone elastic fiber and a non-elastic fiber, the doctor said. PTI SNS SUS SUSadvertisement
United States Five takeaways from the USMNT World Cup qualifying roster Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 20:02 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ezequiel Becerra United States WC Qualification CONCACAF United States v Costa Rica Honduras v United States Honduras Costa Rica Timmy Chandler’s absence from the U.S. World Cup qualifying squad was the biggest head-turner from an otherwise predictable side, but it shouldn’t be There weren’t many real surprises when the U.S. national team’s World Cup qualifying roster dropped on Sunday, but if there was one, it was Timmy Chandler’s absence.The Eintracht Frankfurt fullback’s exclusion from the squad wasn’t exactly a shock, but given the state of the USA’s right-back position it raised some eyebrows.The inclusions of Omar Gonzalez and Fabian Johnson were clearly good news. Both are key options for Bruce Arena and just returned from injury this past weekend. How they factor into the U.S. coach’s lineup decisions will be a big storyline heading into the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Anyone hoping to see some new blood called in found little, though Cristian Roldan’s inclusion is a very good sign considering how well he has been playing for the Seattle Sounders. His Gold Cup showing may not have been memorable, but it’s tough to deny the fact he’s playing some of the best soccer in MLS.Arena stuck with veterans, even bringing in some older options who U.S. fans might have thought we had seen the last of. Nick Rimando, DaMarcus Beasley and Chris Wondolowski have been playing well in MLS, and Arena clearly appreciates what they bring to the table as positive locker room influences.Here is a closer look at five key takeaways from the U.S. World Cup qualifying roster:HAVE WE SEEN THE LAST OF CHANDLER?When DeAndre Yedlin went down injured earlier this month, and Eric Lichaj began his club season stuck on the Nottingham Forest bench, it seemed a given Timmy Chandler would make his return to the national team. After all, he was starting for German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, and coming off a career year. A suspension helped keep him out of the March World Cup qualifiers, while a hamstring injury cost him a place in the June qualifiers. It seemed as good a time as any to bring Chandler in.Arena thought otherwise, choosing instead to call in Lichaj, who has managed zero starts and just 14 minutes in league play for Nottingham Forest this season. Clearly the U.S. manager liked what he saw from Lichaj at the Gold Cup, but without having yet seen Chandler in person, Arena decided now wasn’t the time to bring him in.Why wouldn’t Arena give Chandler a look now? It could have something to do with Chandler’s abysmal track record for the U.S. in past World Cup qualifiers, most recently in the USA’s 4-0 loss in Costa Rica last November – the game that cost Jurgen Klinsmann his job. Chandler was hardly the marquee scapegoat on that day – Klinsmann and John Brooks were tied for that distinction – but Chandler didn’t exactly instill confidence with his showing.Leaving Chandler out of September’s qualifiers due to past performances would be understandable, but it’s still curious why a coach wouldn’t want to bring in someone playing at the level Chandler is, especially given the weak right-back options available. Even if it simply came down to Arena preferring Lichaj, you have to wonder if we’ll ever see Chandler with the national team again. After all, if he can’t get a look when Yedlin is injured and Lichaj is stuck on the bench with his club, when can he?Chandler’s omission is sure to revive questions about his commitment to the national team, a long-standing question mark that has existed since he chose to skip some important national team matches early in Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as coach. Arena met with Chandler in Germany shortly after taking over for Klinsmann, and even took the step of calling in the 27-year-old for the June qualifiers before a hamstring injury sidelined him. Might Arena already be feeling as though Chandler isn’t fully bought into representing the national team? That’s a bit more reasonable of an explanation for Chandler’s absence than believing Arena simply rates a Championship second stringer (at the moment) over a Bundesliga starter for a pair of crucial World Cup qualifiers.Only Arena knows for sure, but whatever the reason, Chandler’s absence from the September qualifiers does make you wonder if we’ll ever see him in a national team uniform again.CENTER BACK DECISION WON’T BE EASYOmar Gonzalez returned to action for Pachuca this past weekend, re-entering the starting lineup after having been sidelined by an injury. It was welcome news for Arena, who was already due to be without John Brooks for the September qualifiers.Does that mean Gonzalez steps in and starts alongside Geoff Cameron? Don’t be so sure. Though Arena hasn’t necessarily insisted on pairing a right-footer with a left-footer at center back, Tim Ream and Matt Besler give Arena some very good left-footed options to partner with Cameron. A Cameron-Gonzalez combo might lack for quickness, which could prove costly against teams like Costa Rica and Honduras.Might we see some lineup shuffling like in June? It’s a safe bet we won’t see the same two central defenders in both September qualifiers for the U.S., but we won’t necessarily see two completely different tandems. The upcoming qualifiers are three days apart, compared to the two-day span the June qualifiers had.There is also the possibility of Arena toying with the same three-man defense we saw against Mexico in June. Gonzalez, Cameron and Ream combined to play well at Estadio Azteca, and could be a good option against Honduras in San Pedro Sula. That could open the door for Arena to start Besler alongside Cameron against Costa Rica, a team the Sporting KC man has performed well against in the past. CENTRAL MIDFIELD UP FOR GRABSBased on how the summer went for the USMNT, Kellyn Acosta seemed like a good bet to be working his way into a regular starting role once September rolled around. However, a dip in form from Acosta, coupled with some strong surges from competitors, could leave Arena with some interesting decisions to make.We know Michael Bradley is penciled in as a starter in a defensive midfield role, but the box-to-box midfield duties appear to be up for grabs a bit. Acosta hasn’t been playing his best in recent weeks, a stretch that has coincided with FC Dallas’ own struggles, while Dax McCarty has remained a consistent force even amid the Chicago Fire’s recent slump.Then you have Roldan, who has been lights out for the Sounders since returning from Gold Cup duty in July. The third-year pro has become a true box-to-box presence, increasing his attacking contributions while continuing to develop a real feel for the game. A lack of national team experience seems likely to keep Roldan from really mounting a challenge for a starting spot, but his time appears to be coming.Could Arena choose to go with a very attack-minded midfield, and eschew a box-to-box option in favor of Darlington Nagbe in a 4-4-2 diamond midfield, with Christian Pulisic deployed on the wing? Nagbe has shown himself to be so adept at getting and keeping possession that he can help control a game just as effectively, if not more than any true box-to-box option in the current pool could.And what about the 3-5-2? If Arena is going to consider bringing it back, will he have faith in Acosta or McCarty being able to handle the role alongside Bradley? Acosta has shown some promise there this summer, but he doesn’t quite have a hammer lock on the position.FORWARDS APLENTYWho starts up front? Arena finds himself asking the same question he asked in June. Back then he went with a Jozy Altidore-Clint Dempsey pairing in the first qualifier, then Wood in place of Dempsey in Mexico City.A similar rotation seems likely this time around, especially given how well Dempsey has been playing. At his age, he isn’t someone who’ll be expected to manage two international starts three days apart, so Arena could be left with the decision of either starting Dempsey against Costa Rica’s tough defense, or saving him for the demanding environment in Honduras. Either way, Wood gives the U.S. an in-form option in his own right.And what about Jordan Morris? The Gold Cup hero makes for a perfect super-sub option, with his speed being a real threat late in matches.There were definitely some questions asked when Chris Wondolowski earned the call-up ahead of Dom Dwyer, who showed real promise at the Gold Cup. Wondolowski has been in good form in MLS play, and also has more international experience than Dwyer, though you could argue he hasn’t done much with the opportunities he has had while Dwyer impressed right out of the blocks.WHERE WILL FABIAN JOHNSON PLAY?Fabian Johnson’s return from injury is a blessing for the U.S. for a variety of reasons. It isn’t just the kind of attacking weapon Johnson can be, but also what his presence could mean for other players.The U.S. is light in wing options, and Johnson gives the Americans a player who can play on either flank. His presence could give Arena the ability to play Pulisic in a central role, or he can choose to play Johnson and Pulisic across from each other, as interchangeable wingers. Without Johnson, Arena would almost certainly have had to play Pulisic wide, but with Johnson around, it makes Pulisic a bit tougher for opponents to pin down.By now we have figured out that Johnson is fragile, with the list of injuries he has endured over the past three years as long as that of any other player in the U.S. pool. Given that knowledge, will Arena really start Johnson in both qualifiers or try to focus him in on one match? Johnson has yet to play a full 90 minutes for his club this season due to injuries, and hasn’t actually started a match since the U.S. World Cup qualifying win against Trinidad & Tobago in June.With that in mind it’s probably unrealistic to think Johnson can start in both September qualifiers, and maybe even a bit ambitious to assume he can even start one of them.
Man City boss Guardiola: Incredible win at Evertonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his was very happy to leave Everton with a victory.A notoriously tough venue for top teams in recent years, the City boss was happy to tick this game off this season’s fixture list.“In the first half, we started well and were incredible for 25 minutes,” said Guardiola.”After that, we had problems with Sigurdsson and trying to control him.“Everton have incredible players up front and experience in the middle and a good manager, so we knew it would be a tough game.”Every season it is difficult at Goodison Park. With the ball we were outstanding.“They had chances, but we had chances too, it was this kind of game. Football is sometimes unpredictable.”We had a problem in the first half with our high pressing – they had one more player on our left side. It was between 25 to 35 minutes that we had problems.“In the second half we showed, better quality. After Liverpool’s result, it was important to reduce the gap back to five points.“We created problems, arrived in perfect positions, attacking their full backs, but we were not so clinical like we were against Watford.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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zoom The port of Rotterdam is set to benefit considerably from the new shipping scheduled recently released by the container shipping alliance 2M – formed by Maersk Line and MSC – for its Europe-Asia route.As explained by the port authority, the changes have proven very much to Rotterdam’s advantage, with an extra first port of call position and an extra last port of call position in the itineraries of the largest vessels.“The Port of Rotterdam Authority consequently expects a substantial increase in 2M container volumes in the period ahead,” the authority said.The existing shipping schedule already included Rotterdam as last port of call: the prime position, commercially speaking. In the new schedule, this status of ‘favourite’ will be doubled, since Rotterdam has been selected as first port of call on the AE10 service, linking the Far East and the North West Continent by 18,000 TEU boxship giants.In the five revised 2M schedules, one service, maintained by 13,000 TEU ships no longer includes Rotterdam as a port of call.However, according to the port, this loss is “amply compensated” for by Rotterdam’s improved position in the four other east-west services maintained by the larger ships.“In its forecasts, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will therefore be taking account of a substantial increase in the number of containers that need to be handled on behalf of 2M,” the port authority said.
Aligarh: A woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh city has claimed that she was asked to vacate her house by her landlord after she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The woman, Gulistana, said that her landlord misbehaved with her. “I joined the BJP on Saturday and when my landlord came to know of it, she misbehaved with me and asked me to vacate the house immediately,” she said. The police have registered a case and is investigating the matter. “Prima facie it appears that the mother of the landlord had demanded a sum of Rs 4,000 from Gulistana for an electricity bill, following which they had an argument over Gulistana joining a political party. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and the matter is under investigation,” said SSP Aligarh Akash Kulhari.
The Canadian Press WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says four men have been charged under the province’s new law than bans hunting at night with lights.The province says wildlife officers nabbed two men in December from the Lake Manitoba First Nation near Asher.They were also charged with carrying a loaded firearm in a pickup and hunting on private land without permission.In another case, officers arrested an Alberta man near Inglis and a man from the RM of Riding Mountain West and charged them both with hunting at night with lights. In both cases the trucks, firearms and spotlights were seized as evidence.The government passed the law last year despite protests from some Indigenous groups that said banning spotlight hunting infringes on their constitutional rights.Premier Brian Pallister has called spotlight hunting inhumane.
Kathleen Martens APTN News Embattled Sen. Lynn Beyak could be charged with a hate crime says fellow senator Lillian Dyck.Dyck is referring to letters Beyak, 68, recently posted on her Parliamentary website that support the “good” that Indian residential schools did.“I looked it up,” Dyck told APTN News Friday. “Hate speech is communicating statements in public that incite hatred against any identifiable group. “Someone could look into this…Check all the letters and make a determination as to whether it met the high standard for hate speech. She could be charged.”Dyck is from the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan and chair of the Aboriginal Peoples committee. Beyak was removed from that committee last year when she expressed support for the schools.Beyak was then removed from the Conservative Party of Canada caucus late Thursday.“On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, I learned that Senator Lynn Beyak posted to her Parliamentary website approximately 100 letters from Canadians in support of her position on residential schools,” CPC Leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement.Scheer said he demanded Beyak remove the content from her website, but she refused.“As a result of her actions, the Conservative Senate Leader Larry Smith and I have removed Senator Lynn Beyak from the Conservative National Caucus,” Scheer said. “Racism will not be tolerated in the Conservative Caucus or Conservative Party of Canada.”Scheer’s spokesman said there would be no further comment.Many consider the letters and Beyak’s position on the notorious school system to be racist.Dyck said the national outcry against Beyak could put her in the same boat as David Ahenakew, an Aboriginal leader from Saskatchewan charged with hate after making remarks about Jews in December 2002.Ahenakew was found not guilty after two trials.Dyck said some of the letters, which don’t reveal the authors’ full names, are “outrageous and offensive.”She said they promote false and negative stereotypes about Indigenous people that, in turn, lead to discrimination and negative treatment.Dyck praised Scheer for booting Beyak from caucus but says that frees the now-Independent senator from any censorship.“She is not alone,” Dyck added. “This is a symptom of the racism in our country.”Beyak’s views that some Indigenous children benefitted from forced residential school have been condemned by the Anglican church and Thunder Bay city council.It was churches that ran the schools – known for emotional, physical and sexual abuse – for the Canadian government.Beyak has not responded to APTN’s request for comment.Beyak was nominated to the senate by former prime minister Stephen Harper. It was Harper who apologized in 2008 for the residential school system.Dyck said reconciliation is meaningless if Canadians can’t address racism in society.“I’m 72 years old. Is it going to change before I die? I hope so,” she said.Meanwhile, she said she would not make the complaint to police to investigate Beyak.
BURNABY, B.C. – British Columbia government projects worth billions of dollars will now be built under a so-called community benefits agreement that sets out job training, who can work on the projects and the wages to be paid.The agreement is aimed at boosting apprenticeship opportunities and hiring more women, Indigenous people and other under-represented workers who will be organized under a new Crown corporation — BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc.Premier John Horgan said Monday the framework will make it a priority to hire local workers and provide good wages for people building roads, bridges, transit and hospitals.However, independent contractors and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation say it’s really a sweetheart deal for unions that will force costs up for public infrastructure.Horgan said the framework will allow everyone to bid on the projects.“Our objective here is to make sure that we can, to the greatest extent possible, hire local contractors to make sure they hire local workers,” Horgan said. “I’m confident there will be no shortage of work.”The first two projects to be delivered under the plan will be the new $1.3-billion Pattullo Bridge and the four-lane expansion between Kamloops and the Alberta boundary on Highway 1.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation said it has deep concerns with the B.C. government’s new “union first” rule for taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects.Contracts for bridges, roads and hospitals should go to groups with the best bids, said Kris Sims, B.C. director of the federation.“It’s very troubling to see the NDP government creating a new Crown corporation just to hand out contracts to their favourite unions, all at taxpayers’ expense.”The Independent Contractors and Business Association said there are nearly $30 billion in government construction projects planned over the next three years and overpaying by creating a union monopoly will cost taxpayers billions of dollars.The government’s announcement was long on taxpayer costs and short on details, said Chris Gardner, president of the association.“Procurement should be open, fair and transparent, not a payoff for political favours.”Horgan said the framework is flexible, would maximize the number of quality bidders and ensure public projects are competitive.“This is a new way of doing business in British Columbia, the previous government delayed and slowed projects by putting obstacles in the way,” he told a news conference at the ironworkers training facility at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.Tom Sigurdson of the B.C. and Yukon Building Trades Council said the best news coming out of the announcement is for apprentices currently in the system.He said the province is facing a severe shortage of skilled labour with more workers leaving than are entering the workforce.“One of the reasons that we have a shortage, or incompletions in the apprenticeship system, is because apprentices are not given job opportunities,” he said. “This is going to allow for apprentices to be on publicly funded projects. It’s something we’ve been calling for for years.”Sigurdson said the agreement means the government will, essentially, be the employer.The Crown agency will work with winning contractors to hire trades and will do the payroll and all the paperwork.“We do have a number of contractors that do not play in the legitimate economy,” Sigurdson said. “In the construction industry there are a lot of workers who are in the underground economy and the contractors are very happy to pay them cash. That’s going to end.”— By Terri Theodore in Vancouver
The Minister said the objective with this initiative is to give Sri Lanka a distinct brand identity which will help the country differentiate the island in the global competitive tourism landscape. Following the launch of the new brand identity of Sri Lanka, a global marketing campaign will be undertaken, for which the RFP process will be executed in the final quarter of 2018. We intend to launch this campaign at ITB in Berlin in March 2019, which is the largest annual tourism fair in the world. He said the strategic positioning of Sri Lanka as a destination was developed by a special committee who volunteered their time and professional acumen, with assistance from the governing bodies for Sri Lanka Tourism (SLTDA) and Tourism Promotion (SLTPB).At the invitation of the chairman of this committee, the team engaged the global advertising agencies with representation in Sri Lanka to contribute to the process.“The development of the strategy has been an inclusive process wherein we engaged the multinational agencies in the country and shared our perspectives with the two foremost bodies engaged with tourism – Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and the Tourist Hoteliers Association of Sri Lanka (THASL). I am confident that this collective and inclusive effort will help drive awareness of Sri Lanka as a destination and will be the fore-runner to help us achieve our ambition of surpassing 3 million visitors in 2019,” the Minister said. The launch event in London will comprise several activities including the engagement of the media as well as key leaders from the global travel industry. The activities in London will be graced by the Prime Minister, Tourism Minister and his team.“Sri Lanka has always focused on its diversity to attract visitors to the country. It’s this diversity that we intend to focus upon, strengthened by its authenticity driven by the rich heritage of our history, nature, culture and our people who smile from the heart that makes our island home a paradise for the visitor. We strongly believe that these factors are further supported by the compactness of this singular island, which gives us a competitive advantage. It makes us distinctive and different,” the Tourism Minister said. “The strategy for this important task has been unanimously approved by all relevant bodies governing tourism in Sri Lanka. At a recent meeting, the strategy was presented to the Prime Minister who endorsed it. It is hoped that the launch of Sri Lanka destination brand in November 2018 will be a critical driver to attract international visitors to the country,” the Minister said. A new country branding for Sri Lanka Tourism will be unveiled at the World Travel Mart (WTM) in London in November 2018, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga said.He said that Sri Lanka is now in the process of selecting a global branding agency for this purpose. “It is my intention to launch this campaign in Sri Lanka prior to premiering it to the world at ITB in March 2019. I would very much like to have the participation, engagement and support of the entire nation to make our dream of making Sri Lanka the most desired destination for international visitors,” the Minister said.He said the Government is committed to ensuring that tourism will drive all sectors of society and the diverse sectors of commercial enterprise. (Colombo Gazette)
With last Saturday’s launch of Fox Sports 1 across American television sets, ESPN may soon find itself in a long bout in the ratings ring. The new network is owned by Fox Entertainment Group, and has been creating a buzz among sports fans and media outlets since news surfaced of its creation in March.Sports fans have long cried foul over ESPN’s exaggerated coverage of the biggest sports in the biggest markets.Sportscenter routinely shows long highlights of Miami Heat games at the beginning of its broadcast while holding off news of a big-name hockey trade until the program’s final minutes. When was the last time a Yankees and Red Sox weekend series didn’t end on Sunday Night Baseball? But who can blame them really? At the end of the day it’s a ratings game, and the biggest markets have the largest number of television sets in them.This presumed weakness is where I expect Fox Sports 1 to exploit ESPN: sweeping up ratings from large geographical areas that lack the country’s most popular athletes and teams.Take Fox Sports 1’s debut lineup for example. It featured seven hours of NASCAR coverage followed by five hours of UFC bouts. I highly doubt that many people in their New York City apartment tuned in for a minute of all that, but I know some parts of the country found themselves glued to the couch and their TV set for hours. The new network has deals to begin running select NASCAR events as early as 2015 and will have UFC events on Wednesday nights. They also maintain the rights to air certain soccer events including the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and CONCACAF Champions League.ESPN will probably see a slow fall from its monopoly over sports coverage, but this has been evident for some time. Some of its biggest names have jumped ship for other networks over the past year. Erin Andrews, Bill Raftery andCharissa Thompson all left “The Mothership” (as NBC Sports and radio personality Dan Patrick refers to his former employer) to join Fox’s crew.The crucible of this whole debate most likely lies within these networks’ ability to draw ratings in the 11 o’clock hour. Sportscenter has long been the common man’s go-to program at the end of the day for scores and highlights. Fox Sports 1 will air Fox Sports Live at 11 p.m. in an effort to steal viewers from Sportscenter, which has run nonstop in that time slot since its debut in 1979.One thing’s for certain, ESPN is not going to sit back and wait to see whether or not Fox Sports 1 is a legitimate threat. The network has already thrown its first punch back, announcing the return of former outspoken Sportscenter anchor Keith Olbermann. The journalist left ESPN under a cloud of controversy in 1997 after referring to the Bristol, Conn., as a “Godforsaken place” during an unauthorized appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”His show, titled “Olbermann,” will air Monday-Friday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2 beginning Aug. 26. ESPN is surely hoping the rarely polite, but always intriguing figure, is another piece of the puzzle in winning the 11 p.m. hour.If nothing else, the battle between these two juggernauts over the next few years will be just one more rivalry to keep track of for those like me, addicted to all things competition.
Northwestern then-redshirt freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) throws a pass in the first half of a game against Stanford at Ryan Field on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 16-6. Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State football team walked into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Sunday to dissect film on its last game — but it wasn’t business as usual. The Buckeyes had their first post-defeat film session of the 2016 season, after dropping a 24-21 contest at Penn State.A couple of late blunders by the special teams allowed the Nittany Lions to topple then-No. 2 OSU, but it was a culmination of big plays allowed and a lack of cohesiveness on the offensive side of the ball. Meyer said after the game that his team was not “a very good team, right now.” As they move on to Northwestern on Saturday, the Buckeyes hope that the first home game in three weeks will rid the errors that plagued them in Happy Valley.“It’s not business as usual,” Meyer said. “If you lose a game, you accept it. That’s the message to our players. We work so hard so that doesn’t happen. It happened; move on. Get ready for a very good team coming in here.”The Northwestern Wildcats (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten), started the season at 1-3, but have won their last three games, including victories over Iowa and Michigan State. Wildcats’ coach Pat Fitzgerald has his team playing its best football coming into a matchup with a No. 6 OSU team fresh off of a loss.OffenseThe Wildcat attack begins and ends with junior running back Justin Jackson. He leads the Big Ten with the most carries (171), the most rushing yards (792) and rushing yards per game (113.1). He also ranks fifth in the conference in rushing touchdowns (6).Last week, OSU faced one of the conference’s top backs in Saquon Barkley, who ran well against the Buckeye defense. Barkley gained 99 yards on 12 carries (8.25 yard average), with two rushes more than 20 yards. Jackson provides the OSU defense with similar challenges, however he doesn’t have the size Barkley has. Standing at 5-foot-11, and weighing 193 pounds, Jackson is coming to Columbus having gained 453 yards on 88 carries and having scored three touchdowns in his past three games.“They got a great running back,” said junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan. “I think he leads the Big Ten in rushing yards. (He was) second last year to (Ezekiel Elliott) in the All-Big Ten.”Redshirt sophomore quarterback Clayton Thorson is in his second season as the starter for Fitzgerald and has shown significant improvement.Thorson has completed just 57.9 percent of his passes, but has thrown for 1,686 yards and 14 touchdowns, while running for three more scores. Like Jackson, Thorson is coming into Ohio Stadium playing his best football. He has thrown for three touchdowns in each of the past three games, which is a reason why Meyer said Northwestern is a thriving team.“That’s as improved a team as I’ve ever seen from beginning to now,” he said. “Three big wins, two on the road — Defining wins.”Redshirt defensive end Tyquan Lewis said on Monday that there’s a feeling inside the locker room, at least for the defense, that the team is ready to prove itself again on the field. Having the last game stand as an “L” on OSU’s schedule doesn’t sit well with Lewis or the team.“I feel more anxious to get out there,” Lewis said. “It’s not that big of a thing to me, to go to work. It’s more so getting over the feeling.”DefenseThe production of the passing game has been lacking during the past three weeks when compared with earlier games in the season. Against Northwestern, OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett might be going up against the perfect defense to assert himself through the air.The Wildcats rank dead last in the Big Ten — and 111th in the NCAA — in passing defense, allowing 282.4 passing yards per game. As a whole, the defense averages 414.1 yards allowed per game, ranking near the bottom of the Big Ten.To make things worse, just this week, four-year starter senior cornerback Matthew Harris retired due to concussions. He has been out since suffering a concussion in Week 2.However, a big reason Northwestern is respectable against the run is because of redshirt senior defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Circleville, Ohio, native has been terrorizing quarterbacks all season. He leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA with eight total sacks.Coming off of a game where the OSU offensive line allowed 11 tackles for loss and six sacks, this week may be just as tough as a task to give Barrett ample time to pass and create holes for redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel.“There’s not a question of ability within our team at all,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “We got very talented guys in our room. You got to focus in on what we have and continue to develop and execute higher.”BreakdownCoach Meyer and the Buckeyes hope to answer several questions that arose from the loss to now-No. 24 Penn State. The past two seasons, OSU has had great success following a loss, especially on offense. Against Northwestern on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the ‘Shoe, the Buckeyes should be able to re-establish their offense as one of the most potent in the conference.Last week, Samuel failed to get a touch in the first quarter and only ran the ball twice in the game. This week, there should be a higher emphasis on getting the ball to the team’s No. 1 playmaker.On the defensive side of the ball, the amount of big plays allowed last week overshadowed the defense giving up only 276 total yards. Going up against a more up-tempo offense might benefit OSU, which had success earlier in the year against that style of play.Barrett said that the team’s identity will be put to the test this week because they have a smaller room for error for the duration of the season.“We’re going to find out what we’re made of,” he said. “Everybody could be fine when we’re winning games … but as far as backs against the wall … that really shows your true colors.”
Junior forward Chad Niddery (19) fights for the puck during a game against Bowling Green Oct. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshman goalie Logan Davis is expected to make his first collegiate start as the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team sets its sights on a two-game series against Canisius College.Originally third in the depth chart, Davis is set to take over the reins from fellow freshman Matt Tomkins, who won’t be in the lineup because of a lower-body injury he sustained in the first four minutes of OSU’S 6-1 win against Niagara Nov. 9. Tomkins’ playing status is day-to-day. Davis’ projected start also comes less than two weeks after Collin Olson, who was Tomkins’ backup, elected to leave the team to play junior hockey in the USHL.“At this point, I feel like I might’ve gotten over the nerves a little bit after getting that first game under my belt, but I’m still a little jittery,” Davis said.Coach Steve Rohlik attributed his team’s 4-1 and 6-1 victories against Niagara Friday and Saturday, respectively, to his defensive unit, and said he wants the team to carry the success over into the series with the Golden Griffins (2-5-0, 1-3-0).“You’re only as good as your D-zone. Our D-zone leads all of our offense,” Rohlik said. “We’re doing a decent job on the penalty kill now, and I think we’ve given up quite a few goals early in the year, so we’re trying to clean that part of it up, but everything starts in the D-zone. If we can shut down teams defensively and still put up three, four, five goals, then we’re doing something right.”Junior forward Chad Niddery said the Buckeyes have to continue to build on the momentum they’ve generated in the last few games.“We’re having upbeat practices, just making sure everybody’s still going hard and getting ready for the weekend. These teams are coming in, they’re fast. They work as hard as they can,” Niddery said. “We’ve got to match their work ethic, and we’ve got guys with a lot of skill, so as long as we show as much work ethic — and Logan (Davis) is there backing us up in the net — so we’ll definitely be on top of our game.”The series will conclude a seven-game homestand in which the Buckeyes (6-4-0, 0-0-0) have only lost once, a 3-1 decision against Minnesota Duluth Nov. 1. OSU is set to open up Big Ten play at Ann Arbor, Mich., against rival Michigan Nov. 29.The Buckeyes and Canisius are slated to face off Friday and Saturday at Schottenstein Center, with the puck set to drop at 7:05 p.m. for both games.
Colin and Wyatt look back at Ohio State’s 27-26 road win over Penn State, and look forward to what Indiana may bring to Ohio Stadium this week, while seeing if the Hoosiers are the Iowa Hawkeyes of this season, who the Buckeyes lost to last year. They also go into the rise of Izzy Rodriguez for women’s soccer, the fall of men’s soccer, women’s hockey’s undefeated start and women’s volleyball’s struggles in the Big Ten.
However Daley didn’t go home empty-handed, as he claimed bronze with Dan Goodfellow in the synchronised 10m platform event. Tom DaleyCredit:@TomDaley1994 Flying home proud to be a part of @TeamGB . It may not have gone the way I hoped, but I’m ready for what’s next. pic.twitter.com/iPxRmZtKEj— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) August 22, 2016 Tom Daley’s bid for Olympic gold in Rio unravelled when he failed to qualify for the final of the 10m platform event. Tom Daley’s Olympics might not have gone the way he hoped, but the diver still took the time to record a special message for Team GB supporters.Wearing his team kit, Daley addressed the camera: “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all of the support over these Olympic Games. And I’m saying this on behalf of all Team GB too, because you’ve been absolutely amazing.” He was hoping to emulate swimmer Adam Peaty with gold, but exited the men’s 10 metres platform competition in the semi-final stage. His body would not do what his mind wanted it to, his coach said.Despite the setback, Daley vowed to be back in Tokyo. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Allow me to take you back in time. It was the 1990s. The Internet (always with a capital “I”) was a brand new thing. When you decided to stop accepting all phone calls for 10 hours just so you could download the theme song to MacGyver, those were the days of the classic internet. And nothing is more symbolic of those old days than the sound of a dial-up modem making its way through the information superhighway.Anyone older than 25 knows the sound of a dial-up connection, even if you haven’t heard it for more than a decade. But only the truly inquisitive ever stopped and asked themselves exactly what those sounds meant. One such inquisitive individual is Oona Raisanen, who has created a truly one-of-a-kind infographic that demonstrates the different steps that a dial-up modem must take before it can connect to the World Wide Web.The image takes users through every process, including the actual process of dialing a modem phone number, the exchange that occurs when the modem confirms it is not talking to an actual human but rather a machine, and the handing off of information about the types of data that can be processed through the connection.Unfortunately, it’s really hard to put into text. The dial-up sounds cannot easily be translated into American English, but the graphic pinpoints every blip, every beep, every boop that occurs during the dial-up connection process.Of course, today, this is completely irrelevant and obsolete, but those who have a real penchant for nostalgic technology will truly appreciate finally being able to understand exactly what was going on back in the day. Moral of the story — yes, those sounds actually meant something in the real world. Believe it or not.Infographic (Dropbox), via Absorptions Blog
Quand le Soleil a rendez-vous avec la LuneDeux à trois fois par an, le Solar Dynamics Observatory de la NASA observe la Lune alors qu’elle passe devant le Soleil, cachant ainsi une partie de l’astre. Un phénomène spatial qui donne l’occasion de capturer de superbes clichés.Les éclipses solaires, même partielles, font surement partie des phénomènes astronomiques les plus incroyables à observer et les engins de la NASA n’hésitent pas à nous le rappeler. Jeudi, l’agence spatiale américaine a ainsi dévoilé un remarquable cliché capturé par la sonde SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) qui scrute le Soleil dans les moindres détails depuis 2010. Cette image a été prise le 7 octobre 2010 alors que la Lune passait devant le Soleil, camouflant une partie de ce dernier.L’astre apparait sous la forme d’un gigantesque disque jaune d’or cerné par un aura lumineux. Sa moitié est cependant cachée par un tout aussi gigantesque disque gris-blanc, la Lune. Toutefois, comme on peut l’imaginer, ceci ne correspond pas exactement à ce qu’a vu la sonde ce jour-ci. En effet, cette image est en réalité un mélange de l’observation du SDO avec les données d’un autre engin, la sonde LRO pour Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Sur le cliché originel, la Lune apparaissait en fait sous la forme d’une ombre noire en forme de disque. Les scientifiques de la NASA ont ainsi eu l’idée de compléter cette vue en remplaçant l’ombre par la Lune telle qu’elle était réellement au même moment. C’est là qu’ils ont eu besoin du LRO. Un travail minutieuxPour commencer, les chercheurs ont relevé la position exacte et la date auxquelles l’image du Soleil éclipsé avait été prise. Puis les informations ont été rentrées dans un modèle issu du LRO qui est capable de produire la vue exacte de la Lune, depuis n’importe quelle position, à n’importe quel moment, en incorporant pas moins de 6 millions de mesures individuelles prises par l’un des instruments de la sonde. Le modèle devait alors prendre en compte de nombreux facteurs, pas seulement la distance du SDO et son angle de vue mais aussi la rotation de la Lune et son mouvement constant. Ernie Wright, travaillant sur le LRO, a ensuite utilisé un logiciel d’animation pour envelopper la vue obtenue autour d’une sphère pour simuler la Lune. Enfin, les deux vues ont été assemblées, fournissant un ensemble tout à fait crédible et plutôt impressionnant. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Les montagnes et les vallées de l’horizon de l’image du LRO s’ajustent parfaitement dans les ombres vues par le SDO”, note la NASA dans un communiqué. “De sa propre manière, ceci a servi à calibrer les données. Cela signifie que les données du SDO sur cette position et à cette date est très précis et que les modèles du LRO, aussi, sont capables de fournir des images précises ce que qui se passe à un moment donné”, ajoute t-elle.”Et bien sur, l’exercice fournit une image magnifique”. (crédits photo : NASA/SDO/LRO/GSFC) Le 14 juin 2013 à 17:54 • Maxime Lambert
In a study based on data from comScore MobiLens service, results showed that there are 37.9 million Apple iOS users; a number 59 percent greater than Android users, who totaled 23.8 million. comScore counted use of iPhones, iPad and iPod Touches for the Apple category in the study. The study also showed the choice of smartphone brand and iPad owner relationship. Apple currently holds 25.2 percent of the smartphone market, and 27.3 percent of iPad users are also iPhone owners. RIM currently dominates the smartphone market, claiming 28.9 percent of smartphone owners. 17.5 percent of the iPad user group is made up of RIM smartphone devotees.27 percent of iPad users fall in 25-34 year old age range. The 35-44 year old age range was the second largest group of users, claiming 20.3 percent of the iPad market. Apple unveiled the iPad 2 on March 2; the tablet began shipping on March 11. There is still a two to three week on shipments of the tablet for new orders from many distributors. RIM is hoping to take a piece of the tablet market with their new tablet, the PlayBook, which went on sale officially today in the U.S. and Canada. The PlayBook is designed to tether to RIM’s BlackBerry smartphone. The PlayBook is priced competitively, with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB models set at $499, $599 and $699. What we want to do—and it’s been hard, especially with Apple since they haven’t been too transparent—is make this a front-end experience for the subscriber that’s device-agnostic. We want to engage the subscriber, get their name and address, put them in a database and then send out files to whatever device they prefer.” Publishers may be gravitating to the more-publisher friendly Android market (to Google One Source and the like), but Apple still dominates the device market. As Bonnier consumer marketing director Bob Cohn said when explaining Popular Science’s presence in Apple and Droid markets, “Apple right now has the largest market share in tablet usage. Six months from now, Android and the whole Google platform may grow or it may not, or Apple and Google may split the market up.
Umaria (MP) : A tiger cub which had been abandoned by its mother died at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR) in Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Saturday. The cub, around five months old, was being treated in an enclosure inside the reserve after it was found. It died Friday evening, BTR director Vincent Rahim said. “The cub had been abandoned by tigress T-5. A patrolling party found it alone and starving on August 11 in Magdhi range,” he said. “We put it in enclosure. Our vet Dr Nitin Gupta and we tried our best but could not save it,” Rahim added.