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10 months agoReal Madrid’s locker room happy to see back of Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid’s locker room happy to see back of Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid’s locker room isn’t missing Cristiano Ronaldo.While they’ve suffered without the Portuguese’s goals, Marca says as a personality, the Juventus striker isn’t missed.Ronaldo only has one friend left at Real – Marcelo – with the rest of the squad happy to see the back of him.The Juve star’s decision to snub the Ballon d’Or ceremony and Luka Modric’s triumph only further convinced Real’s players they’re better off without him.Indeed, there is lingering anger amongst the players that Ronaldo would swerve Modric’s biggest night of his career. last_img read more

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19 days agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer calls for patience after Newcastle loss

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer calls for patience after Newcastle lossby Freddie Taylor19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer insists patience is necessary for Manchester United after Sunday’s shock loss to Newcastle United. The Red Devils now have nine points from eight games heading into this week’s international break.But Solskjaer says there is no need for panic.”[As a club] we’ve come together and discussed the direction we’re going,” said Solskjaer.”If you only walk on sunny days you’ll never get to your destination. So we’ll have these days, we’ll have these downs. “We’ve had a couple of them this year, or three defeats now already. It’s disappointing but we’ll keep on working.”We know where we want to get to.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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16 days agoBarcelona defender Lenglet: Griezmann handling new position

first_imgBarcelona defender Lenglet: Griezmann handling new positionby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Clement Lenglet insists Antoine Griezmann is in good spirits.There’s been talk his France teammate has found settling at Barca difficult after his €120m move from Atletico Madrid.But Lenglet said, “We’re laughing all day long. “He loves making jokes and he’s not changed at Barcelona. We all have to understand the change of position he’s made. “At Barça, he’s evolved to even playing on the wing. He works really hard for the team and helps us with his talent and sacrifice. For me, there’s no Griezmann issue.”On Ousmane Dembele, he added: “If he has the necessary continuity, I think he has all the necessary quality to return to the France squad. He’d prepared brilliantly, but then he got injured again. “Now he’s got the red card, which also put the breaks on. He is a player with huge amounts of talent, but he needs more continuity to be at his best.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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UConn Professor Turns Team’s Slim NCAA Tournament Chances Into A Probability Problem

first_imgUConn professor's probability problem about Huskies' tournament chances.Twitter/@fractologistUniversity of Connecticut professor of mathematics Joe Chen certainly knows how to craft a math problem from the school’s basketball program. Earlier this year, after the Huskies suffered a shocking loss to Chen’s alma mater Yale, he gave his students a problem about the likelihood that the Huskies would lose to another Ivy League program. Now, with UConn at 15-11 and squarely off the NCAA Tournament bubble, Chen has designed a set of problems designed to find the probability of the team making a run in the AAC Tournament and making it to the Big Dance.A timely @UConnMBB exam problem. I make no claims to the accuracy of the probabilities involved. @NoEscalators pic.twitter.com/W5HINKViSU— Joe (@fractologist) February 25, 2015Chen’s math class was probably more fun for the UConn basketball fans in his class last spring semester, but at least he tries to keep things interesting for the students.last_img read more

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NAFTA Deadlock on hard issues as round concludes under cloud of question

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Another round of NAFTA talks wrapped up with all key issues still deadlocked Tuesday as negotiators prepared to leave Mexico City with a plethora of question marks lingering over the trade deal.The negotiators made progress on a variety of technical files, nearly concluding some less-controversial chapters such as digital trade, sanitary measures, customs enforcement and telecommunications.But on hot-button files like autos, dairy, dispute resolution, and a U.S. idea to make it easier to terminate NAFTA, they cite no real progress. Sources from host country Mexico described a lingering standoff on multiple fronts, which Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed back in Ottawa.”I think our approach is to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst,” Freeland said outside the House of Commons, describing the state of the talks.”Canada is certainly prepared for any eventuality. As I’ve said, we want a good deal, not just any deal.”Canada and Mexico spent this round taking shots at the logic of some controversial U.S. proposals — demanding details about how they would work, and delivering presentations illustrating how they would hurt the U.S., too.That approach has frustrated the U.S. side.The Americans say that instead of delivering lectures, the other countries should be making counter-proposals.”I remain concerned about the lack of headway,” said U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer. “Thus far, we have seen no evidence that Canada or Mexico are willing to seriously engage on provisions that will lead to a rebalanced agreement.”I hope our partners will come to the table in a serious way so we can see meaningful progress before the end of the year.”Some media reports described the dynamic of this round as Canada and Mexico teaming up against the U.S. The front-page headline Tuesday in Mexico’s Excelsior newspaper declared, “Mexico and Canada form a common front against the U.S.”But some Mexicans vehemently rejected the idea of an organized Canada-Mexico tag-team.They said, for instance, that there are no pre-session strategy hurdles between Canada and Mexico. They said these countries simply have mutual interests on a few important files, such as autos, dispute settlement and professional visas. ”(But) gang up on the U.S.? No, no, no,” said one Mexican source, speaking on condition of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the matter.Mexico demonstrated at this round, however, that it’s willing to play hardball.It showed that two can play at the game of zero-sum thinking and hostile tit-for-tat. On the issue of Buy American, the Mexicans said they could respond with equivalent Buy Mexico policies for public projects — and the biggest loser would be the U.S. That’s because American companies do more construction business in Mexico than vice-versa, they argued.”We would all lose,” said another Mexican source familiar with the talks.”But the U.S. loses more.”The Mexico City round ended with uncertainty on multiple fronts. Two major question marks are: will President Donald Trump start pulling out of NAFTA as a negotiating ploy? And what happens if a deal isn’t done by the end of the current schedule of talks, now extended to March?One thing the Mexican sources are adamant about is if Trump makes good on his threat to start the NAFTA cancellation process as a bargaining ploy, they will refuse to negotiate under that pressure — and would rather let the U.S. withdraw.They said it’s impossible to negotiate with such a metaphorical gun to the temple; every concession would be seen as Mexico caving. They said they would simply allow the U.S. to walk away, accelerate trade talks with Brazil and Argentina and expand trade with Canada in meat, wheat and energy, where Canadian suppliers would pick up some of the U.S. slack.”There’s the door,” one Mexican said, pointing at an actual door.”We will send a couple of decrees to the Senate (of Mexico) saying that (from) this moment forward, U.S. goods and persons are no longer going to be traded under NAFTA preferential provisions.”Canada has not drawn such a hard line.The politicians leading the talks have attempted to turn down the public pressure. Freeland, Lighthizer and Ildefonso Guajardo skipped this round and will skip another round next month in Washington.They will be back at the table in the next round in Canada, in late January, in Montreal. The politicians will review progress made, and begin assessing next steps for the February and March rounds and what happens thereafter if there’s no deal.The Mexicans say they’re fine to keep negotiating after that — even though there are national elections there and in the U.S.last_img read more

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RCMP to review arrests at BC pipeline blockade create temporary detachment

first_imgHe says one person secured themselves to a barricade, while two others attached themselves to the underside of a bus that was blocking access to a bridge and another was suspended in a hammock from the bridge.Stubbs says he understands there are concerns about the RCMP’s actions and its review will produce recommendations to address any issues, though he says none have been found yet.The RCMP reached an agreement with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs last Thursday to allow Coastal GasLink workers across the bridge, and Stubbs says the Mounties will bring in a temporary detachment to the area.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) SURREY, B.C. – The RCMP will review the actions of its officers who arrested 14 people at an Indigenous pipeline blockade in northwestern British Columbia last week.The Mounties enforced a court injunction Jan. 7 allowing Coastal GasLink workers and contractors access to a work site where a natural gas pipeline is planned.Assistant commissioner Eric Stubbs says the situation was challenging and emotional, and he alleges the protesters’ actions toward police ranged from passive resistance to “actual assaultive behaviour.”last_img read more

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GAIL top bidder for ILFSs 7 operating wind power plants

first_imgMumbai: Debt-laden Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) Monday said GAIL (India) has emerged as the highest bidder for its seven operating wind power plants. The bidding process to these assets having 12 sites spread across seven states was launched in November last year. “Gail’s offer of approximately Rs 4,800 crore for 100 percent enterprise value contemplates no hair-cut to the debt of the SPVs, aggregating to nearly Rs 3,700 crore,’ the company said in a release. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThese wind power assets have a total generation capacity of 874 MW. The proposal was approved by the committee of creditors of IL&FS Wind Energy (IWEL), majority owner of the SPVs, it said. The company said engagement with the ORIX Japan, the other shareholders in the SPVs, with regard to the proposal is in progress, and the deal is expected to close in three weeks, it said. The sale proceeds will be distributed as per the resolution framework filed with the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) by the government,the company said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe closure of the deal will be subject to approval of Justice (Retd) D K Jain and NCLT. The Uday Kotak-led board of IL&FS group, as part of the resolution process has initiated sale of a number of group assets. Sale process for assets including education, funds, roads and thermal power plant are currently underway and binding financial bids are expected for these companies in stages by May 2019, it said. Under the resolution plan, the government has categorised IL&FS group companies into green, amber and red categories based on their financial position. Firms classified as “green” would continue to meet their payment obligations, while “amber” companies can meet only operational payment obligations to senior secured financial creditors. The “red” firms are the entities which cannot meet their payment obligations at all. Thousands of crores of money of more than 15 lakh employees of both public and private sector companies have exposure to IL&FS bonds. As these investments were classified as unsecured debt, the funds feared that all money would be lost if all market-related risks fell on them.last_img read more

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Womens gymnastics Ohio State hoping to regain momentum on road meet against

Redshirt Freshman Amanda Huang preforms on beam against Iowa in St. John Arena on Jan. 21. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterNow sitting at No. 22 in the country after falling to the Iowa Hawkeyes in a close meet last Saturday, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team plans to make several lineup changes for their meet on the road at Minnesota.The Buckeyes added an extra practice this week to focus on floor, an event that has seen lower average scores in the last two consecutive meets. Coach Carey Fagan is using the extra practices from this week to determine potential lineup changes in the coming meet in Minneapolis this Saturday.“We need to get better on floor,” Fagan said. “That’s really the event we’ve struggled on. We’re going to get three days of floor in before we leave for Minnesota.”Among the athletes being considered to compete for the Buckeyes on floor on Saturday is junior Taylor Harrison, who has been absent from the lineup due to a hip injury.“I think if she has a solid week of practice, we may put her in the floor lineup in Minnesota,” Fagan said. “She had a good practice this last week, and I’d like to give her a couple more days, but if she’s ready, that will be exciting. She’s historically a 9.85 every time she goes on an event, so that’s going to be a big boost.”The lineup for bars might also be altered against Minnesota. Freshman Amanda Huang has performed in the exhibition slot for the bar event in the last two meets and might be stepping up to the performance lineup.Even vault, an event where the Buckeyes have excelled in the last two meets, might be changed to improve the already strong lineup. Senior Tenille Funches might make an appearance after also performing in the exhibition slot in the last meet. Although no lineup is set in stone, Fagan said a meet on the road is the best time to implement them.“Each week we have a six-person lineup, and depending on who is prepared that week, they go in and compete for the team,” junior Alexis Mattern said.With 12 available athletes competing for limited spots, the Buckeye have more athletes to choose from for each different event.“I think that probably for the next four or five weeks, you’ll see some things mixing up,” Fagan said. “As we get towards senior meet, it will be pretty solid, and barring any injuries or illnesses, it will probably be set from that point on.” read more

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Ohio State mens basketball looking to bounce back against Minnesota

The Ohio State men’s basketball team looks to rebound against the Minnesota Golden Gophers following a brutal 71-49 loss at Wisconsin Sunday. Similarly, the Gophers are also looking to respond after a devastating 21-point loss to unranked Iowa Sunday. That loss dropped Minnesota to seventh place in the Big Ten, three games behind OSU. With both teams trying to get back on track, sophomore forward Sam Thompson said he’s ready for a battle. “We’re expecting a war,” Thompson said. “We need a win, they need a win, and tomorrow I think that’s going to show on the court.” Several Buckeyes have said the team is bothered by the way the team played against Wisconsin. “Sunday afternoon we were an embarrassment,” Thompson said. “We have to correct that.” The Gophers (18-8, 6-7 Big Ten), which have been ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation this season, are coming into the game looking to turn their season around. After starting off with a 15-1 record and a 3-0 mark in conference play, Minnesota has gone 3-7 in its last 10 games. All of those games were against Big Ten opponents. While the No. 18-ranked Buckeyes (18-7, 8-5 Big Ten) have lost three of their last four conference games, those defeats all came at the hands of ranked opponents. “We’re playing some great basketball teams,” coach Thad Matta said. While both teams are likely to be playing with a chip on their shoulder, the loss in Madison has a number of Buckeyes fired up. “I think I can speak for the team, we are embarrassed,” junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said at a Tuesday press conference. “We not only embarrassed ourselves, we embarrassed our coaching staff, our university, our school president and our fans. We embarrassed everybody. We didn’t answer the call. We didn’t do anything we’re known to do. We kind of abandoned everything: our principles, offensively and defensively.” Matta, Thompson and Smith Jr. all stressed the need for the team to play better defense if it wants to be successful moving forward and also improve on the season-low 49 points the team scored against the Badgers. Thompson said the team has met several times since the loss to address their shortcomings. “We understand that what happened on Sunday is unacceptable and we’re working to change that,” Thompson said. “When we all come to play defensively, we’re a heck of a defensive team.” However, getting everyone to “come to play” has been a challenge at times for the Buckeyes this season. Both Thompson and Smith Jr. spoke about the need to focus more consistently. “It’s almost getting close to March,” Smith Jr. said. “It’s time that we turn the page and become that team that we know we’re capable of being.” Their first opportunity to become that team is Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more

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Football Five takeaways from the 2017 spring game

OSU redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks down field during the Spring Game on April 15. Scarlet beat Gray 38-31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFootball returned to Ohio Stadium on Saturday when the Buckeyes played the annual spring game in front of over 80,000 scarlet and gray-clad fans. Team Scarlet, led by redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, took to Team Gray 38-31.Here are five takeaways from the 2017 LiFE Sports Spring Game.Backup quarterback battle far from overNeither redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow nor redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins gave an inch in the contentious fight to be named OSU backup quarterback.“I know it is very close,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “But I’m not prepared to say who is 2, who is 3, et cetera, yet.”Burrow, the starter for Team Gray, completed 14-of-22 passes for 262 yards. All three of his touchdown passes came within five minutes of each other. His 44-yard connection with redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon in the corner of the end zone on the first play of the second quarter, might have been the prettiest throw-and-catch by a quarterback-receiver duo of the afternoon.Haskins — who personified the casual nature of spring games by playing for both teams — passed 37 times, completing 26 of those passes for 293 yards. He twice dropped dimes for touchdowns, which were a couple of the highlights of the afternoon. First, he hit Dixon on a fade route. Then, he hit redshirt junior wideout Terry McLaurin running at full speed in the back of the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown. Given the nature of how well each quarterback played and how important winning the backup spot might be to potentially being named start next season, the potential for jealousy or bad feelings exists. But Burrow emphasizes the strength of the quarterbacks’ bond.“Everything we focus on at Ohio State is power of the unit, power of wide receivers, quarterbacks, offensive line, defensive line, all on an individual level. We focus on having a great relationship within the unit,” Burrow said.Haskins agreed, saying he doesn’t feel like the quarterbacks room is overcrowded.“I even told the guys like ‘I love each and every one of you.’ It’s a competition, but I’m not competing with people,’” Haskins said.Having lost H-back Curtis Samuel and receivers Noah Brown and Dontre Wilson to the NFL, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett must be counted on to lead the Buckeye offense as much as ever before in his time in Columbus. But having two backup options battle into the fall to prepare for a worst-case scenario has to make make Meyer breathe easier.Matthew Burrell taking over as right guardWhen OSU released the spring game rosters on Friday, we were offered a hint that redshirt sophomore Matthew Burrell would start at right guard.Engaged in a battle for the starting spot with redshirt junior Demetrius Knox and redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon, Burrell was only one of the three linemen playing for Team Gray with redshirt senior center Billy Price and the rest of the starting offensive linemen.Burrell’s escalation from backup to leading candidate to start has been quick, yet decisive. Against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, when freshman left guard Michael Jordan went down with an ankle injury, Knox, not Burrell, was the backup to replace him.A little over a month ago, redshirt senior center Billy Price noted Burrell might be indulging in the potentially negative aspects of college.“I told him, ‘You’ve got to close your circle and tighten your circle down because people want to hurt you, people want to take you down. People want to see you mess up and put you on the news,’” Price said.But after the spring game, it was clear that something had changed. Price noted no one has grown more than Burrell.“Matt is a younger brother to me,” Price said. “Being able to see him grow before my eyes is something that I really was really, really proud of.”Nothing is set in stone as Burrell must make further strides to keep the starting spot as Knox and Pridgeon. Barrett’s single interception was caused when redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard pushed Burrell into the quarterback. But optimism is high regarding Burrell.“I think he played pretty well today, we’ll see on film,” Price said. “You start seeing strides and you start seeing confidence built within a kid and that’s something that — again, for those of you who are parents, to see your child develop and to see your kid grow before your eyes is something I’ve been told is very incredible.”Deep ball: Progressing The lack of tackling on the opening drive overshadowed Team Scarlet’s methodical drive down the field. Only a single incompletion and a stuffed rush up the middle from redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber at the 1-yard line sullied Barrett’s team’s 65-yard touchdown drive.On the fourth play of the game, Barrett hit Campbell for a 17-yard completion, longer than all but two passes in the Buckeyes’ previous two games. Though Barrett’s only touchdown pass came from the 1-yard line, he sees progress in connecting with receivers down the field.“It went very well. Before, we were just shooting them. We weren’t necessarily making them at first,” Barrett said. “But then, with coach (Zach) Smith and coach (Ryan) Day, just really finding landmarks for those throws, to the field and to the boundaries.”OSU quarterbacks threw six touchdown passes 18 yards or longer. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson noted the deep ball was a point of emphasis, but was less charitable in his praise.“We’ve gotten in the ballpark where we’ve got catchable balls,” Wilson said.He says he understands that further progress will come during the summer when the Buckeyes take off the pads and focus more on the passing game than the running game which has been the focus of the spring.Vying for the touches available after former OSU H-back Curtis Samuel, receiver Dontre Wilson and wideout Noah Brown moved to the NFL, 16 players caught passes for 10 or more yards.But remember, former OSU receiver Torrance Gibson caught six passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns at last season’s spring game and now he’s playing quarterback at Cincinnati for former OSU defensive coordinator, and current Bearcats coach, Luke Fickell. So, temper your expectations on Dixon and the rest of the spring game standouts.Questions in the defensive backfieldOSU’s offense combined to complete 50-of-74 passes for 654 yards and seven touchdowns with 10-minute quarters and a running clock in the second half. Looking at those numbers from the perspective of the offense, co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day should be ecstatic. But defensive coordinator Greg Schiano might be less than pleased. A bevy of receivers from each team was running open seemingly every time one of the four quarterbacks dropped back to pass. Five-star freshmen cornerbacks Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah  along with redshirt sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield, a junior college transfer, will be counted on to make plays. “It was good to see the young corners kind of rebound — talking about Wade, Okudah, (Marcus) Williamson and Kendall Sheffield,” Meyer said. “They kind of started a little slow, but — I have to go back and watch the video — but I thought they finished the game pretty good.”Meyer noted, after the game, that the team has to work on certain areas.“Couple areas we’ve got to shore up, and I don’t think we’re nine strong, but I think we’re seven strong right now. And that’s pretty good in April to be that,” Meyer said.He declined to name the two units that need to improve, though it’s fair to assume the defensive backs, specifically the relatively inexperienced cornerbacks, must improve before OSU heads to Bloomington, Indiana on Aug. 31 for the Buckeyes’ season opener.No injuries, no problemIt’s impossible for a team to lose in the spring game on the scoreboard. But it is possible to lose a player to the spring game.The Buckeyes avoided this, suffering no major injuries Saturday afternoon. But they helped facilitate it in an unexpected way. The coaching staff decided to prevent players from tackling for the first five series.After the game, Meyer said OSU did this once before, in 2014, when the team was full of veterans.“It’s either you don’t play some guys or you kind of restrict the tackling and keep guys up. And I wanted them to experience the crowd and play and finish a good spring,” Meyer said.Prior to kickoff, players from each team gathered at the 50-yard line for the annual “circle drill” at midfield. Ramping up the intensity for that, then tampering it down for “thud tempo” — what Meyer called the two-hand touch period. To some players, it was a bit odd.“I’m ready to go play ball. Strap it up, let’s go to town,” Price said. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins to enter the 2019 NFL Draft

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) walks up to the field prior to the the start of the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn his first season as a starter for Ohio State, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins cemented his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks the program has ever had.And after just one season as starter, Haskins’ time as a Buckeye is officially finished.On Monday, Haskins announced on Twitter he would forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.In the days before the Rose Bowl, then-offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he did believe Haskins was ready to make that jump to the professional level.“You reflect on the whole season, where it’s at, how far he’s come. I do think that he has a chance to be really successful in the NFL,” Day said. “When you look at what he’s done this season, it’s been very, very impressive.”In 14 games as a starter, Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, both Big Ten records for a single season.The redshirt sophomore broke the single-game passing yards record for Ohio State, throwing for 470 yards against Purdue, then topping his own record with 499 against Northwestern.The record-breaking numbers were enough for Haskins to get invited as a Heisman Trophy finalist, where he ultimately finished third.In his final game for Ohio State, the Rose Bowl matchup against Washington, Haskins completed 25-of-37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdownsHaskins said on Dec. 29 he has “to make a decision faster,” after being asked if he was tired of everyone asking. It took the redshirt sophomore quarterback six days following the Rose Bowl to ultimately make his decision.“Just excited to be in the position to make a decision,” Haskins said. “A lot of people dream about playing in the NFL and people don’t really get to achieve that, so I’m one of the few people that get to, so I’m just taking it all in.”As Haskins now prepares for the NFL as what many believe is the top quarterback on the board, Ohio State has redshirt freshman Tate Martell, freshman Matthew Baldwin and junior Chris Chugunov as the remaining quarterbacks on the roster.The Buckeyes gained freshman quarterback Justin Fields, a former five-star prospect, who announced he would be transferring from Georgia following this season.Martell, who would have been the projected starter this season before Fields’ transfer, said on Dec. 30 he is not worried about a quarterback who is not yet on the roster.“Why would I leave for someone who hasn’t put a single second into this program?” Martell said. “To just run away from somebody who hasn’t put a single second into workouts, anything like that and doesn’t know what the program is all about, there’s not a chance.”Haskins leaves Ohio State with a 13-1 career starting record, and 5,396 total passing yards and 54 total passing touchdowns. read more

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Thibaut Courtois defends his footwork

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has dismissed critics’ views over his footworkThe 26-year-old delivered his best performance for Los Blancos in Saturday’s goalless draw in El Derbi against old club Atletico Madrid with three saves.But critics have been quick to question Courtois’ footwork as the competition between himself and Keylor Navas to be Real’s permanent number one grows.“I’m not bad with my feet,” Courtois told Belgofut.“I may not be among the best, but I’m certainly not bad either. Sometimes I miss a long ball but I dare to play with my feet.“The last ball on which [Nikola] Kalinic put pressure was given to [Raphael] Varane with my right. Many goalkeepers would have cleared that ball.“Sometimes I give a bad ball, yes, but I know more goalkeepers who are, so to speak, phenomenal with their feet making more mistakes than me.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m just doing what I have to do, and that’s the most important thing.”Saturday marked the first time Courtois had gone up against Atletico as a Real player.“You stop that ball and hear the whole stadium cheer,” said Courtois.“And then they chanted my name. I liked it. I have to try to take my place little by little.“I have to show myself, especially if you have two good goalkeepers, as is our case. Helping the team is always the most important thing.”Real will take on Russian side CSKA Moscow in their second fixture of Group G in the Champions League tonight at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

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PDM to reinstate Daylight Savings Time

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI July 20, 2017 — Daylight Saving Time (DST) will be reinstated in the TCI with effect from April 2018. The announcement came from Cabinet this afternoon.The time change will take effect next in order to allow enough time to notify the public and all relevant local and international organizations. DST will be reintroduced in the winter months and Local Standard Time will be effective during the summer months. According to the Cabinet note, DST is being reintroduced following extensive public consultation. The note said also that the response to the proposed DST reinstatement was favourable. No evidence of the consultation has been provided, however, although at a public meeting in Provo last month some residents expressed interest in returning to DST.DST was abandoned in 2015 following a 2014 Cabinet decision. The removal was delayed in order to provide international carriers with sufficient time to adjust schedules. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, daylight savings timecenter_img No time change for Turks and Caicos Day Light Saving Time Delayedlast_img read more

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One Injured In Four Vehicle Collision On KBeach Rd

first_imgEach of the vehicles sustained major damages and all were towed from the scene except the minivan. The pickup continued after hitting the sedan and struck a Chevy pickup driven by Casey Ellis, 30, of Kenai.  A Dodge minivan, driven by Marisa Mack, 27, of Soldotna, went into the ditch trying to avoid the other vehicles in the roadway. According to an online Trooper dispatch, Sydney Giver, 32, of Kenai, was driving her Chevy pickup when she lost control and struck a Volkswagen sedan driven by Garrett Fronk, 28, of Soldotna. One occupant was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.  All occupants reported wearing seatbelts.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers and Central Emergency Services responded to a four vehicle collision near mile 17 on K-Beach Road, around 7:50am, on Wednesday. Traffic was halted for roughly two hours while crews remained on scene.last_img read more

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Of Panic Perez and Print

first_imgArticles like this are giving my boss, the publisher of amuch smaller b2b house, all the motivation he needs to tighten the reins on ourstaff here. Great and timely news, but I’m afraid of the impact it will have onour small, highly profitable company.Kerry Smith—our CEO—on “Is it Time forB-to-B Publishers to Panic?”:Everyone I’ve spoken with in b-to-b management has theirantennae up and tuned for what the coming months may bring. Prudence inmanaging costs in the face of the uncertain moves by our customers is what weshould all be thinking about right now. However, this is also the time to rampup investment in new products and new initiatives. We should also resist thetemptation to cut costs at the expense of the long term viability of ourproducts.More panic talk:No one seems to address the most pertinent fact when itcomes to what’s impacting B2B publishing—the pressure on content. Statedbluntly, the original articles (almost always written by freelancers these daysfor many B2B magazines) around which some ads could be sandwiched worked outpretty well economically for print. Pay a freelancer $1500 bucks or something,sell $18,000 worth of ads around it. That just doesn’t work on the Web.Another:YES, content is king… So why do so many of us continue to give it away? Per-fumed again. Most perfume is made with synthetic andtoxic chemicals. The pages of the 2008 VF issue were laced with this toxic respiratorygoo. I’d looked forward to reading this issue, however as soon as I opened it Iknew it had to go immediately to the radioactive bin.On Henry Donahue’s “WhyNo One’s Gonna Buy Your Blog” post:I have a blog about Florida swampland for sale.On “MagazineAd Revenue, Pages Decline”: Anyone heard of a little thing called the Internet?Jack-tards! You people are dinosaurs. Ah, yes, the Internet. The user comments on FOLIOMag.com have been ramping uplately. Some funny, some informative, someclearly originating from redirectedPerez Hilton readers. Here are some recent favorites …On Penton Media’s salary freeze (“PentonMedia Announces Hiring, Salary Freeze, Company-Wide Revenue Reforecasting”):center_img On Vogue’s controversialLebron-Gisele cover:While I do see the “King Kong” resemblance, all Ithought of upon seeing that cover was how ridiculously awkward Gisele Bundchenlooks. She looks like she’s falling … yet happy about it?On VanityFair’s “Green Issue waste”:Condé Nast just doesn’t get it. Can you imagine therationale on a sales call—CN Salesperson: “We have a star-studded ‘Green’issue coming up, editorial adjacent special ad ops …” Client: “Great, you’reprinting on recycled stock, yes?” CN Salesperson: “Ha-ma-na, Ha-ma-na (JackieGleason did it best!).” With brains like this in the business masquerading asmedia industry avatars, is it a wonder publishing is tanking?last_img read more

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ASCAP Makes Disaster Relief Donation To MusiCares

first_img Email https://twitter.com/ASCAP/status/1075132594763685888 ASCAP Makes Disaster Relief Donation To MusiCares ascap-makes-disaster-relief-donation-musicares Facebook News Twitter Donation will help music community members most affected by the firesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 27, 2018 – 11:59 am Performing rights organization ASCAP announced on Dec. 18 that it is donating to MusiCares to support music’s creators including those “affected by the recent wildfires in northern and southern California” needing help with food, shelter and replacement of instruments or equipment.”We are truly grateful for the support and ongoing partnership of ASCAP,” said Recording Academy and MusiCares President/CEO Neil Portnow. “Their work on behalf of music people is vital, and their generosity to the music community is equally strong. This donation demonstrates how the music industry works together to take care of their own.””We have all been stunned by the devastation caused by the California fires and the heartache and loss suffered by our members who reside there,” said ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams, winner of three GRAMMY awards as a songwriter. “ASCAP has always been an advocate for music creators, and faced with these terrible circumstances, we have their backs. We are pleased to work with MusiCares to get help to those who need it most.” ASCAP Makes Disaster Relief Donation To MusiCares Members may make disaster relief requests by contacting MusiCares toll-free at 1.800.687.4227.For those wishing to donate, the “Gift Designation” choice at MusiCares’ donation page offers “Disaster Relief” as a selection.”The music community knows that it can turn to MusiCares in times of distress,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “They have the organization and the infrastructure necessary to respond to these horrible events and help members of the music community in times of need. We’re glad to work with MusiCares once again to ensure that our funds reach the people most affected by the fires.”Learn Why “She Is The Music” & ASCAP’s Female Songwriting Camp Felt “Essential”Read morelast_img read more

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Watch Frozen juice box eggs hard like rock this is how Indian

first_imgscreengrabThe Indian Army stationed at Siachen glaciers have to break their meals, which includes frozen juice, vegetables and eggs, everyday. At minus 50 degrees Celsius, the soldiers live and operate in some of the harshest conditions.In a video posted by the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun, three army officers posted at Siachen can be seen unpacking a frozen juice bottle and trying to defrost eggs that have become hard like a rock along with other vegetables due to the harsh climatic conditions.The video has gone viral on social media that shows the soldiers struggle to make the frozen food supplies usable at the high-altitude base. The soldiers can be seen trying to break the frozen juice with a Ghurkha knife and hammer. The soldier tells that the juice brick has to be heated up and melted in order to drink it. One of the soldiers throws the eggs at a solid slab but the egg does not break.Even though the video is fun to watch, it shows the extreme conditions through which a soldier in the glaciers have to fight not just with the enemy beyond the lines but also with Mother Nature herself to stay alive. Frostbites, avalanche, landslides are the other things the soldiers are fighting in their everyday life.Siachen, located in the eastern Karakoram Range of the great Himalayas, is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and second-longest in the world’s non-polar areas making it one of the coldest battlefields in the world. These are one of the most hostile terrains in the world where the Indian Army has posted its finest men to guard the nation with high spirit and valour.last_img read more

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Memorial Chapel JBMHH Gospel Service Black History Month Celebration

first_imgThe Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Gospel Service will host a Black History Month celebration on Feb. 6 at the Memorial Chapel, 204 Lee Avenue, at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Myrtle Bowen, senior pastor at Contee A.M.E. Zion Church in D.C. Lt. Col. Bowen is with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. The event is free and open to the public, however, all attendees must present picture identification when entering the installation.  Early arrival is recommended. For more information, contact Edgar Brookins at 202-320-0939 or edgarb@afro.com.last_img

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Feds Coast Guard Officer Targeted Supreme Court Justices

first_imgBy MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated PressROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists looked at other targets: two Supreme Court justices and two executives of social media companies, according to federal prosecutors.Those new allegations are contained in a court filing Tuesday in which prosecutors urge a magistrate judge to keep Christopher Hasson, 49, detained in custody pending trial on firearms and weapons charges.This file image provided by the U.S. District Court in Maryland shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson. Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists looked at other targets: two Supreme Court justices and two executives of social media companies, according to federal prosecutors in a court filing Tuesday, April 22, 2019. (U.S. District Court via AP, File)The filing doesn’t name the two justices and two company executives but says Hasson searched online for their home addresses in March 2018, within minutes before and after searching firearm sales websites.“The defendant conducted an internet search for ‘are supreme court justices protected’ approximately two weeks prior to searching for the home addresses of the two Supreme Court justices,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Windom wrote in a footnote.Hasson, who is due back in court Thursday for a detention hearing, is renewing his request to be released from custody while awaiting trial. A lawyer who represented Hasson at a Feb. 21 detention hearing accused prosecutors of making inflammatory accusations against Hasson without providing evidence to back them up.Prosecutors haven’t charged him with any terrorism-related offenses since his Feb. 15 arrest and subsequent indictment in Maryland. Hasson’s attorney, Liz Oyer, wrote in a court filing last week that prosecutors recently disclosed that they don’t expect to seek any additional charges.In an email to The Associated Press, Oyer declined to comment Wednesday on the prosecutors’ new allegations.In a February court filing, prosecutors called Hasson a “domestic terrorist” and said he “intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.” They also said he is a self-described white nationalist who espoused extremist views for years and drafted an email in which he said he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.”Hasson’s internet search history “lays bare his views on race, which in turn inform his criminal conduct,” Windom wrote.In November 2017, according to the prosecutor, Hasson searched for “please god let there be a race war.” And the defendant did an internet search for guns with a search term that used a racial slur for blacks in March 2018 before visiting firearm sales websites.Prosecutors have said Hasson appeared to be planning attacks inspired by the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage. Windom said “it cannot go unnoticed” that the terrorist who perpetrated the deadly New Zealand mosque attacks in March also was a “devotee” of Breivik.In 2017, Hasson sent himself a draft letter he had written to a neo-Nazi leader and “identified himself as a White Nationalist for over 30 years and advocated for ‘focused violence’ in order to establish a white homeland,” prosecutors said.That letter also refers to “Missouri,” a person with whom Hasson has a “long history,” Windom wrote. In 1995, according to federal prosecutors, Hasson and “Missouri” went to a home in Hampton, Virginia, where the homeowner arrived by car and asked them why they were there. The victim identified Hasson and Missouri as “skinheads.”“Missouri,” wearing a black jacket with Swastika patches, aimed a handgun at the victim’s face and pulled the trigger, according to a police report cited by prosecutors. When the gun didn’t fire, “Missouri” beat the victim with it.“Chris Hasson was standing there with the suspect when this occurred,” Windom wrote.Investigators found 15 guns, including seven rifles, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition at Hasson’s basement apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland, prosecutors said. Hasson’s Feb. 27 indictment also accuses him of illegal possession of tramadol, an opioid painkiller.Prosecutors claim Hasson drew up what appeared to be a computer-spreadsheet hit list that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and presidential hopefuls Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Several network TV journalists — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Van Jones — also were mentioned.During the February detention hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day agreed to keep Hasson held in custody but said he was willing to revisit his decision if prosecutors didn’t bring more serious charges within two weeks.Hasson pleaded not guilty last month to charges of illegal possession of firearm silencers, possession of firearms by a drug addict and unlawful user, and possession of a controlled substance. He faces a maximum of 31 years in prison if convicted of all four counts in his indictment.“The silencers serve one purpose: to murder quietly. The defendant intended to do so on a mass scale, and his detention has thwarted his unlawful desire,” Windom wrote.Hasson, a former Marine, worked at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington on a program to acquire advanced new cutters for the agency. A Coast Guard spokesman has said Hasson will remain on active duty until the case against him is resolved.last_img read more

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