first_imgSymbolic distribution of appointment letters was alsoSymbolic distribution of appointment letters was also taken up following the appointment of 600 junior engineers, 250 health staff of National Health Mission, 25,000 Sakhia ? working in the nutrition areas and 375 Rozgar Sevaks.A total 2000 Self help group mates were given mate-kit and selection letters while 5000 people were given forest pattas.Some people were symbolically given medicated mosquito net out of a total 35 lakh long lasting mosquito nets to mark the day. PTI PVR SUS SUSlast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Full specs, top features and everything you need to know

first_imgXiaomi launched the successor to its 6.44-inch super-sized Mi Max phablet on Thursday, calling it simply the Mi Max 2. The Mi Max 2, much like its predecessor phone, comes with some likable specs at mainstream prices. Take a look.Specifications:Processor: The Mi Max 2 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU.RAM: 4GBInternal storage: The Mi Max 2 will be available in 64GB and 128GB memory configurations. Both the versions will support expandable memory of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot.Display: Just like the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also comes with a 6.44-inch full-HD IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixel resolution and 342 ppi pixel density.Camera: The Mi Max 2 sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. Interestingly, the Mi Max 2 comes with the same Sony IMX 386 image sensor as the one on-board the company’s flagship Mi 6. The Mi Max 2 will be capable of recording 4K videos. On the front, the Mi Max 2 comes with a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max review: A giant that’s surprisingly light on its feetSoftware and connectivity: The Mi Max 2 runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI and will be upgradable to Android Nougat soon that would bring split-screen multitasking to the phone. The Mi Max 2 further supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing.Battery: The Mi Max 2 is backed by a massive 5,300Mah battery which is rated to deliver up to 2 days of battery life on regular usage. The Mi Max 2 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 — can charge by up to 68 per cent in 1 hour according to Xiaomi — and Parallel Charging which means that you can continue to use the device even while charging.advertisementSpecial features:– The Mi Max 2 — although it comes with the same 6.44-inch 1080p display as the original Mi Max — is a complete overhaul in almost all the other departments including the design making it a thorough upgrade to last year’s model.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 5300mAh battery– The Mi Max 2 boasts of a full-metal body design, just like the Mi Max, but comes with repositioned antenna lines to enhance looks and rounded edges to enhance ergonomics. The Mi Max 2 also comes with smaller bezels as opposed to the Mi Max.– Last year’s Mi Max came in two processor variants: one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and 3GB RAM and another with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 and 4GB RAM. There were speculations that Xiaomi may do something similar with the Mi Max 2 with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 660 to make the cut. Xiaomi, however, decided to launch the Mi Max 2 in just the one processor variant.– The Mi Max 2, like most Xiaomi phones, comes with an IR blaster that can be used in tandem with the Mi Home app to control smart home appliances.– The Mi Max 2, just like the Mi Max, still belongs to a select niche of super-sized phones which is likely to attract buyers who are into considerable multimedia consumption, but don’t want to shell out on tablets, that on most occasions lack voice calling.Pricing and availability: Price starts at 1699 RMB (roughly Rs 15,953) for the base 4GB RAM/64GB memory model and goes all the way to 1999 RMB (roughly Rs 18,765) for the top-end 4GB RAM/128GB memory model. The phone is exclusive to China for now though and will be available for buying from June 1.last_img read more

Champions League Final 2019: Klopp pokes fun at finals record as he aims for 7th time lucky

first_imgLiverpool coach Juergen Klopp is looking to put right a dismal personal record of six straight defeats in finals when his side take on Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s Champions League showdown but the German has dismissed suggestions he is unlucky.Klopp’s worrying trend in finals began when his Borussia Dortmund side lost an all-German Champions League final to Bayern Munich in 2013, while he lost the biggest game in club football last year when Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1.In between those disappointments he lost two German Cup finals with Dortmund, to Bayern and Wolfsburg, as well as a League Cup final to Manchester City in his first season with Liverpool and the Europa League showpiece to Sevilla.”Since 2012, apart from 2017, I was with my team in a final. Sometimes by luck, but in the last seven years I am a world record holder in winning semi-finals,” a smiling Klopp told a news conference.”There can be moments that are unlucky and lucky, but I cannot change that. I understand luck… if you work for it, then you get it from time to time.”If I was the reason for losing six finals in a row then everyone should worry! If not, we have a chance.”The affable Klopp poked more fun at his poor record in one-off matches by jokingly suggesting that UEFA directors proposing changes to the Champions League could consider awarding the trophy to semi-final winners.Klopp has a full squad at his disposal after he confirmed forward Roberto Firmino had fully recovered from a muscle injury which has kept him out of action since May 1.advertisementFortune certainly seemed to desert him last year against Madrid when his side lost talisman Mohamed Salah to injury and conceded two goals due to woeful errors from goalkeeper Loris Karius, but he believes his team are stronger this time around.Bolstered by a more reliable keeper in Brazilian Alisson and with the added power of midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita, Liverpool picked up an astounding 97 points as they finished runners-up in the Premier League.They have also beaten European heavyweights such as Bayern, Paris St Germain, Napoli and Barcelona on their way to the final.”It was three strange goals which we don’t usually concede but we accepted it and we’ve learnt a lot since then, last year’s final was like a starting point for the next step,” he said.”We have become a completely different team, we had to develop our approach, our tactics and look at how to behave in different situations.”We still have fantastic football games, the boys made this step, that’s the reason for 97 points. They’ve been really consistent and tomorrow we should be consistent again.”Also Read | I wish to retire at Real Madrid: Sergio RamosAlso Read | Antonio Conte named new Inter Milan coachAlso Seelast_img read more

Germany roll to Norway thrashing

first_imgGermany 6 Norway 0: World Cup holders move one step closer to Russia 2018 Harry West 04:36 9/5/17 Germany - Cropped Bongarts Germany are on the brink of securing qualification to Russia 2018 after the World Cup holders demolished Norway 6-0 on Monday. Timo Werner scored twice as Germany swept aside Norway 6-0 to move one step closer to qualification for the World Cup finals in Russia next year.The holders would have secured progress had Northern Ireland failed to defeat Czech Republic, but their Group C rivals’ win means the defending champions will advance if they avoid defeat in Belfast next month.Few would back against Joachim Low’s side on this form, after a three-goal blitz in the opening 21 minutes effectively put the game to bed in Stuttgart on Monday. 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 Mesut Ozil, perhaps relishing the freedom of a break from the current discontent at Arsenal, gave Germany the lead and Julian Draxler – recalled as one of three changes from Friday’s 2-1 win in Prague – added a second soon afterwards.Werner’s first was a simple tap-in as Norway wilted under the opening barrage, and the RB Leipzig forward doubled his tally with a fine header shortly before the interval.Half-time substitute Leon Goretzka made it five shortly after the resumption and his fellow replacement Mario Gomez added further gloss as Germany maintained their perfect qualifying record this campaign.Current mood #DieMannschaft #GERNOR 5-0— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 4, 2017Germany had taken only quarter of an hour to make the breakthrough in the reverse fixture exactly a year ago and they were even quicker off the mark this time as Ozil swept home Jonas Hector’s cut-back from the left in the 10th minute.Toni Kroos blazed over when he ought to have doubled the lead a minute later but the hosts did not have to wait long to stretch their advantage as Draxler turned sharply inside the box and placed a calm finish into the bottom-left corner.Norway were in danger of complete capitulation and only had themselves to blame for Germany’s third. Jorgen Skjelvik’s loose pass set the defence on the back foot and Thomas Muller dummied Kroos’ square pass to Werner, who had the simplest of tasks to tap home.The visitors briefly managed to stem the black and white tide, but the respite was only temporary as Werner claimed his second in the 40th minute, arching his back impressively to head in Muller’s excellent right-wing delivery.Özil’s first goal for in over a yearDraxler goal on first start of the seasonWerner now 6 goals in 8 internationalsGermany— European Qualifiers (@EuroQualifiers) September 4, 2017Kroos was brilliantly denied by Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein on the stroke of half-time but the pattern continued after the break as Muller’s replacement Goretzka quickly announced himself on proceedings, rising highest to nod home Draxler’s chipped cross.Norway belatedly showed some signs of life as Ole Selnaes fired narrowly off-target and Mats Hummels deflected a low ball just wide but Germany were soon on the front foot again as Gomez’s diving header converted Joshua Kimmich’s cross to complete a thumping victory for the holders, whose form looks ominous for those hoping to relieve them of the trophy in Russia. read morelast_img read more

University of Delhi admission form releasing date postponed, now to be out on May 24

first_imgUniversity of Delhi admission form releasing date postponed, now to be out on May 24University of Delhi admission process has been postponed due to Lok Sabha election results 2019.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 15:23 IST University of Delhi undergraduate admission process is delayed. The application forms will now be available only in the middle of next week, according to the Dean of Students Welfare.There seems to be a further delay in the commencement of the University of Delhi undergraduate admission process. The application forms will now be available only in the middle of next week, according to the Dean of Students Welfare. The application forms were expected to be available from May 20, 2019. However, Professor Rajeev Gupta on Saturday said they won’t release the forms before Thursday due to the results of the Lok Sabha elections, which will be announced on May 23, 2019.Read: DU Admissions 2019: Agency to conduct entrance exams not yet finalisedUniversity of Delhi: Application processThe application process was to start at the beginning of May, but it kept getting postponed as the preparations for the admission process has not been completed yet said Gupta.Gupta said the admission for undergraduate and postgraduate courses will begin separately. The forms for PG courses are likely to be out by May 21. The admission process for masters will begin in the next two-three days, said Gupta.University of Delhi: Entrance examsWhile the admission process for most UG courses will be on merit basis, the university will conduct entrance tests for courses such as :BA (Honours) Business Economics,Bachelor of Management Studies,Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Investment Analysis),B.Tech (IT and Mathematical Innovations),Bachelor of Science in Physical Education,Health Education and Sports,BA (Honours) Multimedia and Mass Communication,The 5-year journalism programme among others.University of Delhi: Entrance exam date The university has approached the National Testing Agency for the entrance tests.advertisementLast year there was one agency which was roped in for the registration process. This year DUCC (Delhi University Computer Centre) is doing both registration and admission and that’s the reason for the delay, Gupta said. Last year, the admission process began on May 15.Read: BSE Odisha 10th Result 2019: Date and time to be confirmed by Odisha Board soonRead: Gujarat Board Class 10 SSC Result 2019: 7.5 lakh students anxiously waiting for resultGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKajari Goswami Tags :Follow University of Delhilast_img read more

Bone Broth in a Fruit Smoothie? It’s Actually Really Good.

first_img How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Okay, before you lose your mind (or your breakfast/lunch/dinner), let’s go ahead and get something out of the way. We know how the words “bone broth smoothie” sound: like something Leatherface would make before going out to terrorize people on the dusty landscape of Texas. But, if you’ve ever had any number of Asian dishes or, hell, if you’ve ever had a Hawaiian pizza, you’ve had some combination of meat and sweet before. Sure, the texture is different in those cases than with a bone broth smoothie, but the principles of the flavor still apply.We’ll admit, when we first saw this recipe, we were skeptical too. Mango is great. Bone broth is also tasty (more on bone broth here). But the two together? Well, we weren’t so sure. Maybe it was a texture thing. Maybe it was the idea of the flavors extracted from the bones of chickens mixing with the paradisiacal delight of a ripe mango. Maybe it was just the words “bone broth smoothie.” Whatever the reason, there was trepidation when we first made it.Osso Good Bone Broth/FacebookBut then we got to thinking about the ideas mentioned above. Could it actually work? Would it be more than just a source of protein and vitamins? Would it actually taste good? There was only one way to find out.With some hesitation, we dropped the partially-defrosted broth into the blender with the mango. We BAM’ed it with a little bit of sea salt and we were off. Needless to say, we were surprised. If you’ve got a ripe enough mango, the flavors of the chicken are fairly subtle. The saltiness of the broth comes through and melds with the sweet, tropical mango flavors in a really pleasant way.If you’re looking for a way to mix up your morning smoothie routine, this is a good option. You’re getting similar amounts of protein and vitamins as you would if you were using spinach and kale, but instead of an earthy, green flavor, you’ll find your palate dancing as it would if you were eating a tropical dinner.Mango Bone Broth Smoothie How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out center_img Editors’ Recommendations (Servings: 2)Ingredients:20 oz partially frozen pouch of Osso Good Chicken Bone Broth1 ripe, medium-large mangoCeltic sea saltMethod:Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martinilast_img read more

Defence says Crown used false confession from man accused of murder in

first_imgVANCOUVER — A defence lawyer for a man on trial for the murder of a 12-year-old girl in British Columbia over 40 years ago says the Crown relied on a false confession and failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.Patrick Angly told jurors in closing arguments at the B.C. Supreme Court trial that undercover police provided and promised inducements to Garry Handlen during a sting operation in Ontario in 2014.Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Monica Jack in Merritt in 1978.Angly says undercover officers used a so-called Mr. Big operation that led to his client’s confession but the law recognizes that those targeted by such police practices can falsely confess to crimes.Angly says Handlen found friends and a family in the supposed crime group he joined and was faced with losing his job.However, the Crown has said Handlen had plenty of friends and work, and argued he was a suspicious person who even asked if he was being recorded before his alleged confession, which was captured by a hidden video camera.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Facebook Soulpepper Theatre Company has been in dialogue with the artists of Amadeus and has made the decision to support their recommendation to cancel the production.The actors and designers of Soulpepper’s production of Amadeus say the following: “We reached a consensus to recommend not to continue with the show. Amadeus was directed by Albert Schultz. We believe Diana Bentley, Kristin Booth, Patricia Fagan, and Hannah Miller, and stand with them.”*Members of Soulpepper are experiencing profound anger, hurt, and confusion, both on a personal level and on behalf of all victims of harassment. We have a lot of questions and a lot of uncertainty. But we are determined to reimagine the future at Soulpepper by grappling with where the company has come from, facing difficult questions, in order for healing and transformation to take place. We are committed to making art at Soulpepper in a safe, respectful and professional environment.Colleen AllenDerek BoyesCourtney Ch’ng LancasterLeah CherniakOliver DennisAlan DilworthRaquel DuffyKen MacKenzieDiego MatamorosKelly McEvenueMiranda MullhollandGregory PrestMike RossLorenzo SavoiniGregory J. SinclairGuillermo VerdecchiaPaula Wing* Actors and Designers of AmadeusFrank Cox-O’ConnellMiriam FernandesKatherine GauthierHailey GillisKevin LamotteDiego MatamorosJohn NgColin PalangioGregory PrestPaolo SantaluciaLorenzo SavoiniJames SmithSugith VarugheseJennifer VillaverdeMichaela WashburnJeff YungArtists wishing to add their name to this statement should contact Lorenzo Savoini at view the pdf version of this statement – CLICK HERE The organization has agreed to share a statement from artists of Soulpepper Theatre Company.January 6, 2018The Soulpepper Artists listed below acknowledge there has been an unhealthy workplace culture for a long time.  Unequivocally, the behaviour described in the allegations is not acceptable and has no place at Soulpepper. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Yukon inquest called into custody death

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon coroner will be holding an inquest into the sudden death of a First Nations man.Robert Stone, 34, was found dead after he had been in the hands of the RCMP, health-care workers and detox centre staff for 14 hours.Stone’s death happened around the time when another inquest in the Yukon was looking into the death of another First Nations man who also died in police custody.The coroner in that case found that the RCMP watched but did nothing as Raymond Silverfox died in his cell.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has more on the story.last_img read more

NWAC to challenge Conservative government over core funding cuts

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Native Women’s Association says it will be “denouncing” the Conservative government over its decision to slash 10 per cent from core funding to Aboriginal organizations across the country.NWAC president Michele Audette says her organization will show the country the government’s true colours.“I’ll make sure that Canadian society sees what this government does to an organization that is really important,” said Audette. “They know that family violence is an epidemic in our communities, they know that women are being murdered, we are the ones pushing on this every day. I will make sure people know.”The department of Aboriginal Affairs announced this week it would slash 10 per cent from the core funding to Aboriginal organizations.The department announced on Tuesday it would be changing the funding formulas for so-called “Aboriginal Representative Organizations” and tribal councils. On Wednesday, Michael Wernick, deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs, sent letters to band councils, tribal councils the heads of the AROs, which includes NWAC and Assembly of First Nations, outlining the cuts.The department, however, couldn’t say how much the cuts would save or provide an official to explain the move.According to Wernick’s letter, on April 1, 2014, core funding for national Aboriginal organizations will be cut by 10 per cent and regional organizations will face the same cuts and be put under a $500,000 core funding cap.Wernick said the department would also be reducing money available for “proposal-based” projects, which was one of the sources for NWAC’s much-vaunted Sisters in Spirit initiative. Wernick said only proposals in line with the department’s priorities, like education, economic development and infrastructure, will be considered.“We are ensuring that government funding is directed primarily at the delivery of essential services and programs for Aboriginal peoples,” said Wernick.Tribal councils will also face funding changes for the first time in 30 years, said Wernick, in the letter. Tribal councils will no longer receive money for “advisory services” to member First Nations. The department will now focus funding for tribal councils that “support increased delivery of Aboriginal Affairs…programs and services to communities.”Audette said that the 10 per cent cut will take about $67,000 from NWAC’s core budget, which is a major hit for their small organization.“For them, it’s probably not that much, but for what we do every day … it is going to impact us a lot,” she said.last_img read more

Israeli demolitions displace record number of Palestinian children UN agency says

9 June 2011The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees reported today that Israeli home demolitions displaced 67 Palestinian children in May, a monthly record for the year. Figures released by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) show that 304 adults and children have been displaced or affected by demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year. The previous monthly record for the number of children displaced was 66 in March. “The figure for displaced and affected includes people who were not necessarily displaced by demolitions, but who were affected because some vital facility, like a water system, was destroyed,” said Chris Gunness, a spokesperson for UNRWA.Under the Israeli zoning policy in the occupied Palestinian territory, Palestinians are allowed to build in 13 per cent of occupied East Jerusalem and 1 per cent of Area C, the Israeli controlled territory in the West Bank, which is already heavily built up.“Palestinians are refused permits and are forced to build illegally. They then suffer the humiliation either of having the Israeli authorities destroy their homes, or are forced to destroy their homes themselves and foot the bill,” said Mr. Gunness.“Children often watch with their parents as their homes are demolished. A house is a place of safety and comfort for most children around the world. A home demolished is a future destroyed.”“Under international law, Israel must ensure that persons under its jurisdiction enjoy the fulfilment of their human rights, including the right to housing, health, education, and water. UNRWA calls on Israel to respect its legal obligations,” Mr. Gunness said.UNRWA also announced a new website designed to monitor donations.UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 4.8 million registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. The agency’s services encompass education, health care, social services,-net, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict. read more

Government says it has not asked IGP to step down

“He was appointed by the Constitutional Council so it is the Constitutional Council which has the authority to remove him,” he said.The Constitutional Council is not operational as the term of its members has ended. The Government says it has not asked Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to step down.Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told reporters today that concerns had been raised by President Maithripala Sirisena about the Police at the cabinet meeting yesterday. However he said there was no move by the Government to force the IGP to step down. He said that the IGP can be removed only by the Constitutional Council and not the Government. Senaratne said that new members will be appointed to the Constitutional Council soon. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Iraqi oil exports rise under UNs oilforfood relief programme

The Office of the Iraq Programme reported on Monday that the average price of Iraqi crude exported during the week of 14 to 20 July was approximately €23.65 or $20.45 per barrel. The previous week, Iraq earned €25.42 or $21.71 per barrel for the 6.8 million barrels lifted after oil exports resumed on 10 July. During the same period, seven new oil purchase contracts covering 28 million barrels of Iraqi oil were approved. Since the current 150-day phase of the programme began on 4 July, a total of 59 contracts covering 199 barrels of oil have been approved, the Office said. The total value of contracts placed on hold by the committee monitoring the sanctions against Baghdad rose slightly over the past week, from approximately $3.4 billion to $3.47 billion. The increase was attributed to the fact that while the committee released from hold 11 contracts valued at $22 million, it placed holds on 42 new contracts worth $78.4 million. read more

Opinion 5 keys to Ohio States matchup with the Nittany Lions

(Left) Sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg makes a pass during a Sept. 6 game against Akron in State College, Pa. Penn State won, 21-3.Credit: Courtesy of TNS(Right) Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. barrett carries the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn 2013, the Ohio State football team beat a reeling Penn State squad, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium.About a year later, the Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) and Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) are set to face off again. But this time around, Penn State is free of NCAA sanctions including a revoked postseason ban and likely looking to avenge its big loss last season.The Lantern sports editors picked five keys to the matchup that could either spark the Buckeyes or help the Nittany Lions turn around their season.1. J.T. Barrett vs. Christian HackenbergBarrett is OSU’s redshirt-freshman phenomenon while Hackenberg is a true sophomore with all-world potential.The two are set to go head-to-head under center when their teams meet this weekend, and the game could easily come down to which one plays better. Based off production so far this season, Barrett might be more likely to have the better day, but both have put up big numbers at times.OSU’s quarterback is the Big Ten’s most efficient passer — checking in with a 182.1 efficiency rating so far — while Hackenberg is averaging more passing yards per game than any other quarterback in the conference. That being said, the second-year Penn State starter is averaging less than four yards more than Barrett.Outside of yards per game, the Buckeyes look to have a huge statistical advantage as Barrett has thrown 20 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions, while Hackenberg has thrown seven picks to just five scoring tosses.If the Buckeyes’ defense can get after Hackenberg and force him to make more mistakes — and if Barrett comes out firing once again — it could be another long day for the Nittany Lions.2. Strength vs. StrengthBeyond two young guns at quarterback, the matchup between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions is set to feature the Big Ten’s top statistical defense against the conference’s best offense.Penn State ranks first in the conference in total defense, giving up 283.3 yards per game, but OSU is first in total offense at a whopping 533.8 yards per game. The Nittany Lions are also first in scoring defense, giving up just 15.2 points per game this season, while the Buckeyes are No. 2 in the Big Ten with 46.5 points for per game this season.The deciding factor in this game could be on the flip side of the field when the Buckeyes’ defense comes up against Penn State’s offense.While the Nittany Lions’ defense has been strong throughout the year, their offense is all the way down at No. 10 in the conference with just 375.5 yards per game. They’ll be going up against an OSU defense that ranks fifth in the Big Ten for total defense.If the numbers hold true, the Buckeye offense will be put to the test against Penn State, but the Nittany Lions might struggle to move the ball against a statistically superior OSU defense.3. Will sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott find space to run?Forget their total defensive numbers, the Nittany Lions’ defense has been simply dominant when it comes to the running game in 2014.So far, they’re giving up just 60.8 yards per game, which puts them up more than 30 yards against the No. 2 team in the conference: Michigan.But Penn State hasn’t had to face Elliott yet this season.He’s not the best running back in the world right now, but he’s been breaking out over the past few weeks to spark the OSU offense on the ground. Overall, the Buckeyes are fifth in the Big Ten in rushing offense, but if Elliott continues to improve, they should climb the rankings.Elliott will be up against a stiff test when he takes on the Penn State defensive front, but if he can find a way to match his season numbers — he’s averaging 88.5 yards per game — the Buckeyes will benefit greatly and likely find themselves in a position to win the game.4. Will the Penn State crowd affect a young Buckeye team?The last time OSU played a game in State College, Pa., nine current Buckeye starters weren’t even Buckeyes.The crowd at Beaver Stadium is notorious for being loud and sporting the white-out look for prime-time games against ranked opponents. This time, the game means a little more as well. The last time the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions squared off in Beaver Stadium, neither team was eligible for the postseason because of NCAA violations. Now, the tables are turned and the stakes are higher, which will likely result in a sell-out crowd from the Penn State faithful.Despite having the second-largest college venue in the country, Penn State ranked seventh in average home attendance as of Oct. 1. with an average of 99,806.Expect that number to drastically rise Saturday night.5. Could an OSU win give it a rise in the AP poll?Let’s be honest, the Buckeye schedule is not very strong.However, not many teams go into Beaver Stadium on a Saturday night and come out with a victory, except for the Buckeyes.OSU has won its last three games when visiting the Nittany Lions and three of the last four night games overall against Penn State.With that being said, will a win in a historically hostile environment be enough to impress the voters? Or will the Buckeyes have to blow out their division rival in order to get back into the top 10?Only time will tell as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to meet Saturday at Beaver Stadium in State College. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Mariano Rivera Completes Comeback Makes 1st Save

Mariano Rivera, the best closer in baseball history who was coming off a torn ACL, appeared in his first New York Yankees’ game since sustaining the injury on May 3, 2012, and did what he has done better than anyone else in his position.That is, he got the job done.It was not vintage Rivera — he walked a batter and allowed a run — but he shut down the hated Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win, the Yankees’ first of the season. It was his first since April 30, 2012.Thursday also marked Rivera’s first outing in what will be the final season of his 19-year career. He received a standing ovation during his jog from the bullpen to the mound, accompanied, as always, by Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”“It was like another one,” Rivera said. “The only difference was this one I waited for almost a year to pitch again, but it feels the same. It was wonderful to be there.”Rivera walked Dustin Pedroia to open the ninth, but retired Mike Napoli on a fly to right before allowing a double down the left-field line to Jonny Gomes that put runners on second and third with one out. Rivera said it took him a batter or two to adjust, as he rarely walks batters, but he felt things were much better after the Napoli at-bat.Will Middlebrooks then grounded out to drive in a run and slice the lead to 4-2, but Rivera then struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. to record his first save of the year. He preserved starter Andy Petitte’s  first win of the season, the 69th time Rivera has closed out a Pettitte victory.With his appearance Thursday, Rivera surpassed Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter nd Yogi Berra for the most seasons played with the Yankees, although Jeter will tie him after he returns from the disabled list. The closer acknowledged he was emotional as he ran to the mound.“At the same time, you have to control that. I have to be able to do that because I still have to finish the game,” Rivera said. “It was wonderful. You wait for almost a year to be on the mound and get your job done, especially here at home.”Rivera, 43, last pitched in April 2012, recording a save in a 2-1 win over Baltimore. It was during the Yankees’ next series in Kansas City that he tore his ACL and meniscus while shagging fly balls before a game. Rivera pitched just 8 1/3 innings and notched five saves last season, the shortest of his career.Although there had been speculation that last season would be Rivera’s last, the closer said he would return after the injury, not wanting to end his career like that. He rehabbed to ensure he would be ready for this season, and during spring training, he announced this would be his final year.“There were times, because the therapy and the pain and all that stuff, I thought if it would be worth it to come back,” Rivera said. “At the same time, the love and the passion and the drive that you have for the game motivated me to keep going.”Rivera’s manager and teammates described Thursday as a special night. Manager Joe Girardi said the combination of the Yankees being 0-2 entering the game, facing rival Boston, and Rivera returning to a raucous ovation, made for a memorable moment.  Teammates recognized that Thursday began the final stretch of time they’ll see Rivera work his craft.“It’s amazing. I always say I’m going to tell my kids I caught Mariano Rivera,” Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli said. “It’s one of the greatest moments I ever had in my career because he’s going to be the best reliever I ever see in my life.”Added Pettitte: “It’ll be special for me watching him this year and knowing this is it. After this, he won’t be closing any games for us, so I’ll savor it as much as I can.”After the victory, Rivera received the game ball, as he normally does. While he usually gives away the ball, he told that he plans to keep this one.Rivera is baseball’s all-time saves leader with 609.“I did miss (these moments) a lot,” Rivera said. “At the same time, I have to be patient. I couldn’t push it, I couldn’t rush it, I just had to make things right.” read more

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State opens up home schedule with 2313 victory

Ohio State then-redshirt junior Joey McKenna wrestles Vince Turk in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 2 Ohio State’s home opener went as planned, as the undefeated Buckeyes knocked off previously undefeated No. 19 Wisconsin 23-13 on Sunday.  Despite an early loss by sophomore 125-pound wrestler Braken Mead, junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 7 wrestler in the 133-pound weight class in the country, recorded a takedown in the second period. But Ohio State began to find its momentum early on, with senior captain Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the 141-pound weight class, defeated Wisconsin redshirt junior Tristan Moran, the No. 12 wrestler in the class, after takedowns in both the second and third period, leading to a dominant 14-2 win. Redshirt senior and No. 3 Micah Jordan continued the momentum for Ohio State, continued the momentum for Ohio State,  coming out with a quick takedown just seconds in to take an early 2-0 lead and never looked back. A 14-4 major decision win for Jordan improved his record to 12-1 on the season and put the Buckeyes up 11-3. Jordan said he felt his early takedown set the tone for the rest of the match.“It’s really important to score first,” Jordan said. “I had to stay after the guy, but it’s nice to go out there and get that early takedown to get the ball rolling.”With an 11-6 halftime lead, Ohio State opened the second half with its toughest task yet: taking on Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Evan Wick, the No. 2 wrestler in the 165-pound class. Undefeated coming into the match, Wick showed dominance against Ohio State redshirt freshman Ryan Ferro, earning a 13-1 major decision and lessening the Badgers’ deficit to one point. The momentum for Wisconsin continued early on in the 174-pound matchup between the Badgers’ No. 9 redshirt senior Ryan Christensen and Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith after an early takedown. But after an aggressive third period by Smith and pin attempt that was too late by Christensen, Ohio State picked up the upset victory. Smith said that crowd gave him some added energy but he wasn’t thinking about how close the dual score was when he stepped out on the mats.“The atmosphere helped and it was just unparalleled, but I try not to think of the team race when I’m out there,” Smith said. “Obviously you want to try to get bonus points for you team, but I just wanted to think about my match and what I wanted to do. I was just trying to think about my wrestling.”In the 184-pound division, it was senior captain and No. 1 Myles Martin who got off to a hot start with a quick takedown just seconds in to grab a 2-0 lead over Wisconsin’s redshirt junior Mason Reinhardt. Martin added two more takedowns in the final minute, eventually finishing the match off with a 21-8 victory. Martin improved to 7-0 on the season with his win.With a 17-10 lead over Wisconsin, Ohio State sent out redshirt junior and No. 3 Kollin Moore to take on Wisconsin’s freshman Andrew Salemme in the 197-pound division. A quick near-pin gave Moore an 8-1 lead before he got an actual pin to win the dual for the Buckeyes and make the score 23-10.The Buckeyes ultimately picked up the 23-13 victory after redshirt freshman and No. 14 Chase Singletary lost to No. 9 Wisconsin redshirt freshman Trent Hillger 6-1 in the 285-pound heavyweight division.Following the win, Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said his team needs to face more adversity in order to improve later in the season.“We raise our children in a way that we want them to experience joy and happiness, however, we need to suffer more,” Ryan said. “Suffering is really important for us. Moving towards discomfort and away from the coziness of our amazing lives, is very hard. This team needs more of that.” Ryan said Ohio State needs to sacrifice and suffer as a group to get tougher. And through this, he said this team has a lot of potential. “This team will have a chance to be really great,” Ryan said.“Tonight was a good performance, but we need to be better.”No. 2 Ohio State will be off for almost a month, and it will play host at St. John Arena in Columbus against North Carolina State on January 6. read more

Andy Schmid voted best Swiss player Wacker Thuns Martin Rubin coach of

Switzerland handball magazine “handball world” had an awards night few days ago, in which the best players of the domestic championship and the best Swiss player have been chosen. The best Swiss player has been voted Andy Schmid from the Rhein-Neckar Loewen, while Wacker Thun’s coach Martin Rubin won again the award ‘handball coach of the year’ after leading his team to this years’ double, and the first league title in club history. MVP of the championship is Lukas von Deschwanden (Wacker Thun), while female MVP is Azra Mustafoska (LC Bruehl). andy schmidazra mustafoskalukas von deschwandenmartin rubinschweiz handballswitzerland handball ← Previous Story (VIDEO): Two hours game, lots of incidents, HC Vardar becomes champion of Macedonia Next Story → Aljosa Rezar to French Istres read more

Roxy wins Museums Australia award

first_imgThe Roxy Museum at Bingara in northern NSW has won a Museums and Galleries National Award – one of the most prestigious awards offered by Museums Australia.The museum, which opened its doors last year, was created in a 1930s cinema and café established by Kytherian migrants. Curated by author and historian Peter Prineas, grandson of Peter Feros – one of the Roxy Cinema’s pre-war founders – the museum tells the story of Greek migrants who established cafés and cinemas across regional Australia from the 1920s to the 1970s, almost all of which are now long gone.Melbourne museum consultants Convergence were responsible for the winning design – a delicate task that involved installing the latest museum technologies at the precious heritage site.The company’s director Jenni Klempfner said she was thrilled for the project to receive such recognition.“Convergence Associates is delighted to hear that Museums Australia has chosen to recognise the Roxy Greek Museum with this award.“It shows the foresight of the Gwydir Shire Council in purchasing and restoring the Roxy complex, and illustrates the power of community-instigated and community-run museum projects, no matter their size.” The council and museum will receive a MAGNA winner’s award in the ‘Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout’ category, for projects with a budget of between $20k and $150k.Museum Australia’s judging panel said that the museum was “stunning project well executed” and that the remoteness and lack of resources of the community had made the project all the more exceptional.The judges added that the project was an “excellent revival of a heritage site to tell an important local story”.The museum – with fully-restored 1930s-style cafe – is owned and managed by Gwydir Shire Council.A spokesperson for the council told Neos Kosmos: “We’re very proud to have a facility of this calibre in our small town, and for it to be recognised. “Winning this award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers, the Roxy Greek Museum Committee and curator Peter Prineas.”The Roxy Museum’s donors include the Nicholas Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, AHEPA and Sydney businessman Nick Politis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more