Parrikar’s fate to be decided today

first_imgPANAJI: The fate of the BJP-led State government headed by Manohar Parrikar will be decided on Monday, with the election machinery gearing up to count the votes of the bypolls held in Panaji and Valpoi Assembly constituencies last week.Mr. Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister to head the coalition propped up by the BJP in Goa after the Assembly elections in February. He thus had to contest the bypoll from Panaji within six months of taking over as Chief Minister. He is contesting against All India Congress Committee Secretary Girish Chodankar and Goa Suraksha Manch president Anand Shirdokar.The result of the Valpoi bypoll, meanwhile, will decide if Vishwajit Rane continues as Health Minister in the Parrikar government. Mr. Rane, who resigned as Congress MLA soon after the Assembly election to join the BJP, is contesting against Roy Naik from his former party.Goa Chief Electoral Officer Kunal said vote counting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Entertainment Society of Goa complex in Panaji, and results are expected in around three hours.last_img read more

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Tribes to the fore in Bastar Dialogue

first_imgThe Bastar Dialogue, aimed at furthering peace in the Red Corridor, concluded in Jagdalpur on Saturday with the passing of a resolution and finalising a roadmap towards achieving peace in the Dandakaranya region. Krishna Kumari Devi, the queen mother of Bastar, supported the movement, but cautioned that it should not be politicised after meeting a group of tribal people led by a Gondi-speaking group from Telangana. Following royal tradition, Krishna Kumari Devi (who does not communicate directly) through her spokesperson conveyed, “We completely understand your plight and are with you in initiating peace. However, it should be ensured that this peace process should be above politics with a sincere thought to make it succeed.” In a historic move, Krishna Kumari Devi has also invited 10 tribal leaders from Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra for an annual meeting of Manjhis on October 20. Manjhis are hereditary heads of various parganas in Chhattisgarh. The 10 tribal leaders will speak at the gathering. While concluding the Bastar Dialogue that was preceded by a Shanti Padyatra, or peace walk, Nehru Madavi of the Adivasis Sankshem Parishad, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, called for a sustained effort in achieving their task. “We cannot continue to live in fear. It’s better to not live. This historic act of us will take time to fructify, but we cannot step back. We have to initiate a dialogue with everyone… every single tribal villager living in Chhattisgarh,” Mr. Madavi said. Uttam Atla, a tribal youth from Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra, said that they had been discussing the setting up of community-level discussions with local groups. “A cycle yatra to keep the pressure on is on the cards,” he said.Strong platformTelangana tribal leader Sidam Arju said that there cannot be a fight without a strong platform formed. C.R. Bakshi of the Adivasi Mahasabha of the CPI suggested the use of a mix of Gandhiji’s teachings and Marxist learnings to achieve peace. Shubhranshu Choudhury, one of the organisers of the Bastar Dialogue, called upon the government to create an atmosphere for dialogue. “After two days of deliberation we have decided on taking the cultural route forward. A Bhumkal, conglomeration of tribal villagers, is being worked out,” he said. In the event of the government not being responsive, the tribal people have decided to continue the rally to Raipur. “Small groups will be formed from Gond-speaking groups to visit Maoist villages,” Mr. Choudhury said.last_img read more

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London Olympics: US wins gold in women’s 4x200m freestyle relay swimming

first_imgAllison Schmitt anchored the American girls to Olympic gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Schmitt charged down Australia’s Alicia Coutts to take gold for the US in 7 minutes, 43.92 seconds, an Olympic record.”I knew it was going to be close,” Schmitt said on Wednesday.”I was just trying to swim my own race and save legs on that first 50m, just like I did last night and bring it home strong for the US.”Coutts, meanwhile, focused on the positives.”I got a phone call at quarter past twelve today telling me I was in the relay. I was a bit nervous coming in. Hopefully, I made the girls proud with what I did.”The Australians, who won the 4x100m relay on Saturday, clocked 7:44.41, while France, the early leader, hung on for bronze in 7:47.49.last_img

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Glenn Maxwell out of IPL with side strain

first_imgGlenn Maxwell. File Photo   –  The Hindu Glenn Maxwell. File Photo   –  The Hindu × Dashing batsman Glenn Maxwell is the latest Australian cricketer to end his IPL campaign prematurely as a side strain has ruled him out of Kings XI Punjab’s remaining two matches in the cash-rich league.With franchise already out of contention, Maxwell has returned home in order to get some rest and also get fit in time for their tri-series against West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean islands.Maxwell thus joins his captain Steve Smith, Marsh brothers Shaun and Mitch, pacer John Hastings to the list of cricketers, who have been IPL casualties during this edition.According to a media release issued, Cricket Australia’s Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist David Beakley said, “Glenn reported increasing soreness in his left abdomen area following last night’s match and as such a decision was made for him to return home for further assessment and treatment ahead of the West Indies tour.“From the information we have so far, the injury doesn’t appear to be something that will prevent Glenn from participating in this tour but we are keen to give him the necessary time to recover before departing to the West Indies at the end of this month.”Maxwell had scored two half-centuries this season, with a highest score of 68, but averaged less than 20 in his 11 matches. He scored 179 runs at 19.88 but had a strike rate of 144.35.Kings XI have won only four of their 12 matches and are out of play-off contention.Smith and Mitch Marsh — who were teammates at the Rising Pune Supergiants — are expected to be fully fit to play in the ODI tri-series against the West Indies and South Africa, which begins on June 3.Smith had been managing an ongoing wrist injury and had been doing it quite well given his final three scores in the competition were 46 not out, 101 and 45.Marsh’s setback was a side strain but scans confirmed it was a minor issue. The touring party flies out on May 27, leaving Smith and Marsh with limited time to recover from their respective concerns. The obvious temptation would be to rest both players from a series that isn’t as important as the ensuing Test tour of Sri Lanka.But coach Darren Lehmann reiterated earlier this year that players wouldn’t be ordered to miss games haphazardly.“We’ll pick the side to win every series as we normally do,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia website.It also mentioned that “Lehmann will temporarily hand the reins over to Justin Langer for the trip, with Cricket Australia (CA) wanting to give the mentor a break from a relentless schedule. Those members of the ODI squad not taking part in the IPL will head to Brisbane later this month to shake off the rust at CA’s training centre.”John Hastings (ankle) and Shaun Marsh (back) both suffered injuries during the IPL and won’t be part of the upcoming tri-series.Hastings’ injury required surgery and he was replaced in the touring party by Victoria teammate Scott Boland, while Marsh wasn’t part of the original squad because of the impending birth of his first child.It is presently unknown if Hastings will be fit enough to be considered for selection for the Sri Lanka tour that follows the Caribbean tri-series. The Australians have been joined on the injured list by fellow internationals Kevin Pietersen and Faf du Plessis.The South Africans made it four internationals from Pune who had fallen victim to injury. The injury opened the door for Australians Usman Khawaja and George Bailey to make late appearances in the IPL.Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), George Bailey, Scott Boland, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Rising Pune Supergiants call up Bailey for rest of IPL May 17, 2016 COMMENTScenter_img IPL 2016 Joins Steve Smith, Shaun and Mitch Marsh, pacer John Hastings to the list of cricketers, who have been IPL casualties during this edition. Published on cricket Mitchell Marsh ruled out of IPL with side strain SHARE RELATED last_img read more

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Cillessen set for Barcelona stay

first_imgErnesto Valverde hopes Jasper Cillessen remains at Barcelona after the Netherlands goalkeeper suggested his future is unclear.Barca paid an initial €13 million (£12m/$15m) to sign Cillessen from Ajax in 2016 and he made just four appearances in La Liga and the Champions League over his first two seasons, with his main usage being in the Copa del Rey.The 29-year-old has started all three of the Catalan giants’ International Champions Cup fixtures but was replaced by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who only returned from a post-World Cup break this week, at half-time in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to AC Milan in Santa Clara. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! When asked in the mixed zone after the match if he will move on before the end of the transfer window, Cillessen simply responded: “I don’t know.”But head coach Valverde made it clear he wants the Dutchman to remain at Camp Nou and provide competition for Ter Stegen.”My idea is to have two good goalkeepers, the two we have now, Marc and Jasper,” said Valverde.”It’s true that [Cillessen has] not played as much as Marc, but that’s what being a goalkeeper can be like.”He knows what I think. I don’t think he will be hard work if he stays – we are very happy with his professionalism and his attitude. We hope he stays with us and is happy here.”last_img read more

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2018 BMW 2 series coupe and convertible revealed ahead of debut

first_imgBMW unveiled the latest BMW 2 Series which features the latest generation of BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder inline engines, paired with specifically tuned chassis and suspension promotes a driving experience that fuels sporting ambition. The new BMW 2 Series will be available in the US as Coupe and Convertible 230i and M240i models, which can be specified with xDrive, BMW’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System.BMW 2 Series CoupeIn 2014, the BMW 2 Series Coupe was launched in the US as 228i and M235i model variants. This successor to the successful 1 Series Coupe will continue the decades-long tradition of premium sub-compact coupes with impeccable driving dynamics. The BMW coupe, a two-door body with classical three-box design, four seats and rear-wheel drive is 4437mm, with a trunk capacity of 396-litres.2018 BMW 2 series coupe and convertibleBMW 2 Series ConvertibleThe BMW 2 Series Convertible will be available as a 230i and M240i models, also available with BMW’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System. Short overhangs, a long trunk a set-back passenger compartment, a long wheelbase and a wide track produce the classical proportions of a BMW convertible. The electrically operated fabric soft-top slips down into the body to create a boat-deck look and offers excellent acoustic comfort when closed thanks to additional insulation. The roof can be opened while driving – at speeds of up to 30 mph.2018 BMW 2 series coupe and convertibleDesign:The BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible come equipped with new Bi-LED headlights as standard. The headlights are composed of a familiar silhouette: flat-bottomed headlight tubes encircled by daytime running light rings and a dynamic cropped look produced by the characteristic “eyebrow” design. Adaptive LED headlights can also be specified, featuring their eye-catching light graphic strengthening the dynamic and technical impression created by the front end. The familiar twin-circular-headlight look has a hexagonal interpretation, creating a more precise appearance. On 230i models, LED front fog lamps are standard.advertisement2018 BMW 2 series coupe and convertibleThe kidney grille emphasizes the broader stance of the front facia of the new BMW 2 Series. The links between the headlights and the kidney grille combined with the light graphic, ensure the nose of the Coupe and Convertible projects a sportier impression. The outer air intakes in the three-section front end are now larger, while two horizontal bars emphasize the cars’ powerful stance on the road. The rear of the BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible cuts a wide and muscular figure. Its stylistic impact is reinforced by the single-piece rear lights (LEDs as standard) with hallmark BMW L-shape, which extend well into the flanks.Engine:The new BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible are available as 230i and M240i models. The 4-cylinder produces 248 hp while the M Performance model features a 6-cylinder engine that generates 335 hp. The Convertible is also available in extra-sporty BMW M Performance trim. These engines are from the latest BMW EfficientDynamics engine family and feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.2018 BMW 2 series coupe and convertibleTransmission:The new BMW 2 Series comes standard with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. The Steptronic Sport also allows drivers looking for a sportier drive to change gear manually using shift paddles next to the steering wheel, as well as laying on smooth automatic gear changes. Also available is a 6-speed manual gearbox on 230i and M240i model variants.Features:The new BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible come complete with various assistance systems, the latest-generation iDrive control technology, latest BMW user interface available, iDrive 6.0. The 8.8-inch high-resolution central display with optional Navigation System available adds Touchscreen technology to both 230i and M240i models.2018 BMW 2 series coupe and convertibleALSO READ:2017 BMW 330i with petrol engine launched in India at Rs 42.4 lakhALSO READ:BMW teases new 8 Series coupe, to showcase on May 26last_img read more

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I-League: Mohun Bagan beat East Bengal 1-0 in Kolkata derby

first_imgMohun Bagan rode on Nigerian centre-back Kingsley Eze’s first-half header to down arch-rivals East Bengal 1-0 in a heated Kolkata derby and claim their first win of the 2017-18 I-League at a packed Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Sunday.The lunchtime kick-off saw 64,630 spectators turn up for the marquee fixture being played at the colossal venue after a gap of almost two years.Eze scored in the 39th minute to give the ‘home team’ the lead. He was impressive at the heart of the Mohun Bagan defence and weathered a string of efforts by East Bengal in the second half along with Kingshuk Debnath to help seal the three points.East Bengal were disappointing throughout the match. They lacked teeth up front and failed to deliver in the final third.Courtesy the result, Mohun Bagan now have four points from two games while East Bengal remain on one point from two outings.Mohun Bagan made three changes from the last game against Minerva Punjab FC with Yuta Kinowaki making a comeback from injury.The mariners prevail in the #KolkataDerby.#HeroILeague #MBvKEB Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) December 3, 2017East Bengal ringed in the same number of changes. Luis Barreto was preferred over Mirshad between the sticks with Mohammed Rafique and Salam Ranjan Singh making way for veteran Gurwinder Singh and Laldanmawia Ralte.In the first 20 minutes, tackles flew in thick and fast with Mohun Bagan’s Dipanda Dicka the victim of some debatable refereeing decisions.The ‘home team’ came close to taking the lead in the 33rd minute when Kingsley’s powerful header was parried away as far as the far-post by keeper Barreto before Kinowaki’s effort on the rebound was cleared by East Bengal defenders from a goalmouth melee.advertisement.@Mohun_Bagan get 3 points.#HeroILeague #MBvKEB #KolkataDerby Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) December 3, 2017Minutes later, Sanjoy Sen’s charges took the lead sending their supporters in front of East Bengal’s goal into wild celebrations.Norde’s corner was flicked on by Kinowaki into the path of Kingsley who nodded in from close to score against his former coach Khalid Jamil with whom he won the I-League at Aizawl FC last season.After the breather, East Bengal threw everything at their eternal rivals to restore parity. At the heart of their forays was Syrian midfielder Mahmoud Al Amna.The former Aizawl FC schemer played in the middle of the park, trying to set up Willis Plaza ahead of him, and even drifted wide on a few occasions in the hope of delivering an incisive cross.Looking to protect their slender lead, Mohun Bagan took off Dicka and drafted in defensive midfielder Shilton D’Silva.Katsumi got a free kick five minutes into the hour mark from a good-looking area, but failed to keep the ball on target from 25 yards out.Plaza got a golden oppotunity to equalise, but the Trinidadian striker dilly-dallied with his backs to the wall for Shilton Paul to smother the ball.Shilton then pulled off a top save off a Laldanmawia curling shot from inside the box.East Bengal threw the kitchen sink at Mohun Bagan in the dying minutes of the game with an Al Amna shot and Katsumi corner failing to bear fruit.last_img read more

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1st Test: Neil Wagner’s 7-wicket haul puts New Zealand in charge vs West Indies

first_imgNeil Wagner was twice on a hat trick to take career-best figures of 7-39, helping New Zealand dismiss the West Indies for 134 and take control of the first cricket Test on Friday.The West Indies reached 59-0 before losing all 10 wickets for 75 runs in the face of Wagner’s onslaught of accurate, short-pitched bowling. A last wicket partnership of 29 between Kemar Roach (14 not out) and Shannon Gabriel (10 made the collapse less severe.New Zealand, playing its first Test since March and its first against the West Indies in three years, was 85-2 at stumps with Jeet Raval 29 and Ross Taylor 12. It’s command of the first day was undermined slightly by the loss of Tom Latham for 37 and captain Kane Willaimson, in a dry patch, for 1.After losing the toss and being asked to bat at Basin Reserve, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite (24) and Kieran Powell (42) looked completely comfortable in their 90 minute partnership for the first wicket of 59.But Wagner removed Brathwaite with a bouncer for his first wicket, which was a prototype for most of the rest, and that began a collapse which was only broken by the lunch break before seven wickets fell in little more than an hour in the second session.It was a very pleasing day,” Wagner said. “It’s funny, I struggled for rhythm at the start and didn’t really feel comfortable and I had to work really hard to get something to click. Then it all started happening.”We thought the wicket might do a bit more than it did. But that’s the Basin, it can do that at times and I thought we adjusted quite well and bowled good areas and asked good questions of the guys at the top of the order.”advertisementThe West Indies lost three wickets in the half hour before lunch and two more to successive deliveries from Wagner immediately after the break. That included Sunil Ambris who suffered the indignity of being out hit wicket for a golden duck to the first ball of his Test career.Wagner went on to dismiss West Indies captain Jason Holder for a first ball duck, one delivery after he had removed Roston Chase. He twice had the chance of a hattrick but wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich survived the first hattrick ball and Kemar Roach the second.Trent Boult chipped in 2-36 – the wickets of Powell and Miguel Cummins – and Mitchell Santner effected the run out of Dowritch whose 18 was the best effort by a West Indies batsman after the openers.By continually digging short-pitched deliveries into the ribs of the batsmen, occasionally surprising them with a fuller delivery or one that rises more sharply than the rest, Wagner has found a tactic which opponents find difficult to counter.Though well-grassed, the pitch gave little assistance to the bowlers on Friday. It didn’t seam, its pace was uniform and the bounce wasn’t extraordinary. In spite of warm conditions, the ball didn’t swing and without that assistance, Wagner’s barrage of short-pitched deliveries became the most effective tactic.Brathwaite, his first victim, was caught close in on the leg side by Henry Nicholls when he fended a ball off his ribs to the short-leg fieldsman.Powell’s impressive innings, which featured a series of well-struck straight drives, was ended by Boult who surprised the batsman with a shorter delivery outside off which he had to play and could only edge to Raval at third slip.Wagner removed Shimron Hetmeyr with the last ball before lunch, extracting steep bounce which forced the batsman to spar at the ball defensively as he tried to sway away. It took the bat and carried to Tom Latham at second slip.Shai Hope fell to the second ball bowled by Wagner after lunch, as he completed his sixth over. Hope played at a ball which was short outside the leg stump and gloved a catch to Tom Blundell, giving the debuting wicketkeeper the first catch of his Test career.Ambris’ dismissal to the first ball of Wagner’s next over was unfortunate and historic for a batsman on debut – he was the first batsman to be dismissed hit wicket for a golden duck in his first Test innings. He had taken a step inside his crease, expecting a short ball from Wagner and moved back further on playing his shot, stepping on the base of the stumps and dislodging the bails.Wagner then removed Chase and Holder with successive deliveries, surprising holder with a yorker which bowled him as he hovered on the back foot expecting a bouncer, to expose the West Indies tail and to complete his fifth five-wicket bag in Tests.advertisementAfter the run out of Dowrich and the removal of Cummins by Boult, Wagner ended the stubborn last-wicket partnership between Roach and Gabriel for his seventh wicket of the innings.last_img read more

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Jets’ Geno Smith Aims Higher

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J.  — Geno Smith has done lots of apologizing lately. For cursing at a fan. For poor performances. For missing a team meeting.The New York Jets quarterback is in a rut, on and off the field. But he’s getting another chance to hold on to his starting job, and knows that if he doesn’t improve quickly, he could end up back on the sideline — maybe for good.“Obviously, I’m disappointed in some of the uncharacteristic things that I have done,” Smith said after practice Oct. 8. “But I have apologized for those things, and now it’s about not letting those things occur again, and just remaining focused on football — staying grounded and remaining focused on football.”Last week, Smith was fined $12,000 by the NFL for shouting an expletive at a heckler after the Jets’ 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions at home.He talked about making progress on the field, playing at a higher level. But then came the news that he missed a meeting — along with a teammate — the night before the Jets’ 31-0 drubbing at the hands of the San Diego Chargers.Smith was present for the rest of the meetings, missing only what was a 10-minute session. The quarterback said he told his teammates he was sorry, and coach Rex Ryan didn’t consider benching him for the start of the game — saying the discipline would be taken care of in-house.“Was this thing just an aberration?” Ryan said. “I believe it was.”Some fans and media insisted it was a display of immaturity by Smith, not exactly becoming of a team leader. There were also criticisms of Ryan, saying he was perhaps too lenient by letting him start at San Diego.“I learned that all of my actions definitely are being watched and I know that already, but I just have to remain the guy that I have always been,” Smith said. “Just continue to be humble. Don’t let outside distractions affect me, and they usually don’t. Unfortunately, I made a mistake and all I can do is rebound from it.”Smith was eventually benched Oct. 5th in favor of Michael Vick, but that was only because the Jets’ offense was struggling in a big way — again. Immediately after the game, Ryan declared that Smith would start Oct. 12th against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.Publicly, Ryan remains steadfast in his support of Smith, despite the six interceptions and two lost fumbles that have been part of the reason the offense has played poorly. The passing game is ranked last in the NFL, and Smith ranks at the bottom of nearly every major statistical category.“I see things that maybe not everybody sees,” Ryan said. “I see where on his day off, he’s got seven receivers in here with him watching tape. I see those types of things. I believe that this young man is going to be fine.”For some, it sounds an awful lot like how Ryan used to come to Mark Sanchez’s defense in previous seasons, confident the quarterback would rise past his problems on the field.Sanchez is long gone, a backup in Philadelphia. And the guy he replaced in that spot with the Eagles — Vick — is now waiting for his chance with the Jets while being supportive as Smith tries to find his way through his second NFL season.“Give the man some space,” he said half-kiddingly when he walked into the locker room and saw Smith at the middle of a large scrum of reporters and cameras. “We’ll find out if he has the ability to persevere,” Vick said later.The Jets are counting on that, or they might be forced to turn to Vick, who struggled just as much as Smith against the Chargers. He finished 8-of-19 for 47 yards, compared to 4-of-12 for 27 yards by Smith.“I learned a lesson last week: Always stay ready, always be prepared,” Vick said. “That left a bitter taste in my mouth, that I wasn’t able to go out and put points on the board or even help this team in any fashion.”Smith is trying to do the same, and a solid performance could muffle the calls for his benching. Ryan suggested that Smith would benefit from running more than he has. After all, he has 91 yards on 25 carries, and his seven rushing touchdowns since the start of last season are the most of any NFL quarterback.“In this league, sometimes guys are going to be covered and I have the ability to pick up a few yards running,” Smith said, “so that’s what I have to do to help this team and to help this offense.”And, himself. “I just want to go out there and try to get a win for the fans and go out there and compete,” Smith said, “and give them something to be excited about.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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You’ll Never Guess Who Retweeted This “Retweet If You Want Cardale Jones To Be Ohio State’s Starting QB” Tweet

first_imgCardale Jones retweets a tweet saying "retweet if you want Cardale Jones to be your Ohio State Buckeyes starting QB".@CJ12_Cardale Jones wants to be Ohio State’s starting quarterback. Obviously. The redshirt junior led the Buckeyes to a national championship last January and, of course, wants to play this fall. So it really shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise when we tell you that Jones retweeted a tweet wanting retweets to support the idea of Jones as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback. It is a very Cardale move, though.  Cardale Jones Retweet@CJ12_Here’s the actual tweet.Retweet if you want Cardale Jones to be your #OhioState #Buckeyes starting QB— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) August 4, 2015Never change, Cardale. Ohio State opens its season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes’ starting quarterback won’t be named until then.last_img

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CR7-less Real a warning to Barca life after Messi

first_imgReal Madrid’s form after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure is a “warning” to Barcelona when it comes to Lionel Messi, according to former Blaugrana player Jordi Cruyff.Ronaldo, 33, made a surprise move from Madrid to Juventus for a reported €100million in July after spending nine seasons with the LaLiga giants.Madrid initially struggled to cope with Ronaldo’s absence and are eight points adrift of league leaders and rivals Barca – although they hold a game in hand. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Messi is contracted at Barca until 2021, but the club’s former midfielder Cruyff urged them to learn from Madrid’s mistakes.”What happened to Madrid is a warning for Barca,” the Chongqing Dangdai Lifan coach told Sport.”Madrid players are still great, but in football you need that player who even losing 2-0 you think you can win. It happens with Messi.”It’s much more than football… it is belief.” One year ago… The moment Leo #Messi  Bernabéu Stadium — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 23, 2018 Messi has enjoyed another stellar start to this season, scoring 21 goals in just 20 games in all competitions.Cruyff, a former Netherlands international, said Ronaldo – like Messi at Barca – was holding Madrid together.”You analyse Madrid and you see that Cristiano was the man who holds the umbrella,” he said.”When it rains, nobody gets wet. Now, there is no umbrella.”Ronaldo has scored 12 goals and set up seven for new club Juventus as they lead the Serie A by eight points from Napoli.The Old Lady have also qualified for the Champions League knockouts and will face Atletico Madrid in the round-of-16.last_img read more

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Dravid effect: Like India, Pakistan wants former cricketers for coaching juniors

first_imgDravid effect: Like India, Pakistan wants former cricketers for coaching juniorsThere is speculation here that former captain Younis Khan is being considered for the role of Pakistan’s under-19 coach and manager.advertisement Press Trust of India LahoreFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 12:29 IST Dravid has been coach of the Indian under-19 and A teams and has drawn a ot of credit for shaping the youngsters (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan great Younis Khan has expressed interest in coaching youngstersPCB chairman Ehsan Mani says Pakistan can follow India and Australia’s way of roping former cricketersPCB considering appointing Muhammad Yousuf as the batting coach at its National Cricket Academy in LahoreThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to hire some former players as coaches and managers of the national age group teams, taking inspiration from the success that India has achieved with Rahul Dravid in a similar role.There is speculation here that former captain Younis Khan is being considered for the role of Pakistan’s under-19 coach and manager.Younis, who retired last year after becoming Pakistan’s highest Test run-getter and the first to reach 10,000 runs in the format, has expressed interest in coaching junior players if the board gave him “full freedom” to implement his program.”Australia utilised the services of their top players like Rodney Marsh, Allan Border and Ricky Pointing while India has also given Dravid the responsibility of manning their under-19 players and it has produced good results,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said.Dravid has been coach of the Indian under-19 and A teams and has drawn a ot of credit for shaping the youngsters. Under his tutelage, the under-19 team won the ICC World Cup last year.In Australia, Border has served as a selector and Ponting is currently part of the national team’s coaching staff.Muhammad Yusuf as NCA coach in Lahore?The PCB, on the other hand, has constantly changed the coaches and managers of the under-19 squad, something that has been blamed for its below-par performances. It has also avoided appointing high profile former players as coaches/managers of the youth teams.Mani, while speaking to the the media in Lahore, said that the board has finally decided to utilise the services of its former senior players to work with the youth.advertisement”We also need to have classes for our players as they go on to become ambassadors for the country. They will be given grooming and education at the National Cricket Academy,” Mani said.”We should have attached our own coaches with foreign coaches just like India did so that they could have also learnt a lot more.”The PCB is also considering appointing former Test captain Muhammad Yousuf as the batting coach at its National Cricket Academy in Lahore.Also Read | Pakistan can beat India and end World Cup jinx in England: Moin KhanAlso Read | Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC after on-field exchange with Joe RootAlso Read | Great experience to share dressing room with Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit: Vijay ShankarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Rahul DravidFollow Younis KhanFollow Muhammad Yusuflast_img read more

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds roadshow in Gzb

first_imgGhaziabad: Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha election, Congress party star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a roadshow in Ghaziabad on Friday and also appealed the residents of the city to vote Dolly Sharma, who is the lok sabha candidate from Congress party in Ghaizabad district.A massive crowd throng into the road show while Gandhi breached her security and went into the crowd of women where she took a small child into her hands and interacted with the local people. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn the occasion, she spoke about her party’s minimum income guarantee scheme and asked the ruling party what they did in five years of their tenure. “PM Modi has travelled the world. But in 5 years, has not for once, visited a family in his constituency and ask how they have been. PM hugs all world leaders. Have you ever seen him hug a poor family in Varanasi or other place of the country?” said Gandhi. She also assured the people of the city that Congress will work for welfare people and development not for anyone else. “We have come up with a manifesto which is focused on the development of all the segments of society. The manifesto has been decided after speaking to the shopkeepers, farmers and the young people what they want,” added Gandhi.last_img read more

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Ranil says Mahinda has no chance to return

The Prime Minister said that his minority Government was able to achieve a lot thanks to President Maithripala Sirisena. Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has no chance of returning to power.Speaking at an event in Kulliyapitiya today, Wickremesinghe said that some members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have begun to work against President Maithripala Sirisena with the hope that Rajapaksa will return to power. However Wickremesinghe said that Rajapaksa has no chance to win the next Parliament elections and so he urged the SLFP to work with President Sirisena. He noted that President Sirisena continues to have talks with the SLFP members and cements their support for most of the work being done by the Government.Wickremesinghe also said that while the UNP and the SLFP will contest the Parliament polls separately, he hopes both parties will work together after the election in a National Government. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN refugee agency aims to double funds for cashbased assistance to refugees

“The use of cash-based assistance has been a real game changer in the way we help refugees and we have now decided to make it a worldwide policy and expand it to all our operations, where feasible,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said in a news release. According to the release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency is already providing cash-based interventions in 60 countries, including Jordan and Lebanon, and plans to expand the programmes to another 15 countries next year.    “UNHCR was one of the first UN agencies to employ cash-based assistance in the mid-80s and has developed an in-depth expertise in this field. Over the years, we have seen its remarkable effect on the life of refugees and forcibly displaced people,” Mr. Grandi said, adding that refugees know best what they need and cash-based assistance enables them to decide how to manage their family’s budget. The High Commissioner noted that cash-based programmes often prove to be an efficient way to help those fleeing conflict and persecution, in a context of growing urbanization and the search for alternatives to camps. He also stressed that cash assistance benefits local businesses and economies and is an important asset to foster relationships between host and refugee communities. “Expanding our cash-based assistance to refugees and forcibly displaced people in the coming years will go hand-in-hand with enhancing our partnerships,” he said, noting that the development of joint cash delivery arrangements with partners on the ground will help ensure a more predictable and coordinated assistance and maximize efficiency and synergies. Cash-based interventions have been particularly successful in Jordan and Lebanon, where they have allowed UNHCR to help the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in the most cost-efficient manner. With a firm commitment to achieving the 2020 target, UNHCR will next year introduce and expand cash-based assistance to vulnerable refugees and people in need of help in 15 additional countries, including Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Afghanistan and Iran. read more

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Ohio State baseball stays hot defeats Akron Zips 94

Sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson (4) is welcomed in to home plate by junior infielder Troy Kuhn (5) and redshirt-junior infielder Nick Sergakis (21) before scoring an OSU run. The Buckeyes beat in-state opponent, Akron, 9-4, on March 25 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Ethan Scheck / Lantern photographerFor Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals, the 2015 season has been five years in the making. After being named the head coach in 2010, Beals said he dedicated the first five years of his career toward forming a balanced program.“It’s been five years of developing, it’s the idea of recruiting, the idea of talent and having a balanced baseball club,” Beals said.For the Buckeyes, the five-year plan has been a long process, but it all starts with recruiting, Beals added.“When you are developing your program you have 35 guys, and only 11.5 scholarships so you can’t just throw out a bunch of scholarships and build it in a year,” he said. “It takes some time to find that depth and find the right type of guys.”The Buckeyes showed the depth and balance of their team Wednesday night, beating the Akron Zips, 9-4, at Bill Davis Stadium.Akron started the game off strong by scoring the first two runs in the second inning before the Buckeyes tied the game at 2-2 going into the third.After two innings of three up, three down baseball, the Buckeyes took control of the game, scoring six runs in the fifth inning.“In the fifth inning, it’s a situation where we figured out their starter,” Beals said. “It was our third at-bat, the lineup had flipped and it was our third line through. That’s when we figured him out and were able to get some extra base hits.”After struggling with their bats in the first few innings, the Buckeyes showed their tenacity to get the win as sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson slammed a two-run homer. After struggling throughout the beginning of the season, Dawson said he feels that he’s gaining some of his confidence back.“I was struggling a little bit, but the coaches have faith in me and talk to me every day,” Dawson said.Dawson said the issue had come from his mentality, feeling like he wasn’t able to relax and be patient at the plate.“I just put a lot of pressure on myself. When I didn’t do so well, I got mad, but as I play more people are going to figure out who I am and how to pitch to me so I just have to patient,” Dawson said. “I’m just starting to relax again.”Along with Dawson, senior outfielder Pat Porter blasted a home run, maintaining his offensive leadership with one double and three RBIs.But the real standout for the night was junior Zach Ratcliff, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. The first baseman began the season starting for the Buckeyes, but struggled at the plate with a .185 batting average heading into Wednesday’s matchup.Wednesday was the day to test what Ratcliff could do when given an opportunity, Beals said.“I thought today was a good matchup for Zach to get in there and get his shot back and he took advantage of it,” Beals said. “I’m happy for him. He got the call tonight and answered the bell.”Ratcliff was humble to acknowledge his multiple double performance and grateful for the opportunity presented. But the junior said his mentality is to “just keep working.”Akron was consistent in the batters box, having seven of nine batters with at least one hit on OSU’s junior left-hander, John Havird. The Buckeyes’ starter tossed 84 pitches in 5.2 innings, with nine hits, only allowing one walk, four strikeouts and three earned runs, tallying his third win of the season.“The depth in our pitching staff is something we take pride in. We have multiple guys, we went two midweek games without any of our starting pitchers,” Beals said.The Buckeyes will look to maintain their consistency against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J., on Friday at 3:05 p.m., Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. read more

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How to Recover Deleted Files From Your PC or Mobile Device

first_img Raspberry Pi 4 Is the Most Powerful Yet and It’s Still Just $35Intel ‘Twin River’ Prototype Teases Our Dual-Screen Tablet F… Accidental deletion happens. Whether it was a result of a mass deletion followed by the realization that you needed just one of the files, deleting the wrong version of a document, or just accidentally hitting the delete button, everyone has been there.Some people sulk, complain, and/or throw the computer out the window, but those with the right knowledge — and the right software — can have a much happier outcome. In many situations, it is possible to recover deleted files and bring it back to the world of the living. You don’t need to be a brainy computer nerd, either.After reading the following tips, you’ll realize that the delete button doesn’t have the power over you that it seems to have!Recover deleted files on your PCOf course, just as a matter of dotting all your i’s and crossing all your t’s, make sure you double-check your computer’s recycle bin to see if your file is still waiting there. If so, you can right-click the file and choose the “restore” option. No harm, no foul.If that doesn’t help, you can try to navigate back to the folder where the file originally was. Right-click on that folder and, if available, select “Restore previous versions.” You may be able to go back in time and bring back the contents of that folder from a previous date.Chances are, though, that if you’re reading this you have already tried those options. Not to worry! Even after your file leaves the limbo of the recycle bin, even if you can’t remember where it was, it isn’t necessarily lost forever. It just moves to a sort of purgatory on your hard drive.Once a file is “deleted” from your computer, the space that the file was taking up is marked as free and available for use. But your computer won’t overwrite that space unless it has no other option. So if you have 100MB of free storage and you delete a 50MB file, your hard drive will still have 100MB of completely open storage, but it will also have 50MB of usable space. So if you download a 20MB application, it will be stored on the part of the hard drive that is completely open. However, if you tried to download a 120MB program instead, the computer will completely kick your 50MB file out of the hard drive to make space for the new file.So the first step in recovering a deleted file is to make sure you don’t save or download anything else. It’s likely still tucked away somewhere deep in that hard drive. Of course, you told the computer you don’t need the file anymore so it’s not a simple thing to go back and grab it on your own. Luckily, though, there are numerous software options that will do the heavy lifting for you.And guess what — a lot of them are free. Recuva is a great, user-friendly option. Brian Kato’s Restoration program is also well received among those who have tried it. These software programs will automatically scan through the dark recesses of your hard drive to find any files that have not yet been overridden. From there, it is a simply point-and-click process to bring back your accidentally deleted pictures, videos, and documents back from the digital graveyard.Recovering deleted files on your mobile deviceReviving deleted files from a mobile device can be a bit trickier, depending on what kind of file it was and whether or not the file was on the actual device hard drive. If you’re trying to restore a photo that was stored to your memory card, remove the memory card and insert it into a computer. From there, you can run a program like ZAR, which will scan through the entire card to see if there are any recoverable images. Recuva also works if you are trying to recover non-image files.If you deleted a file directly from your iPhone or iPad hard drive, things get much more hairy. Because of the highly proprietary nature of iOS devices, it is either difficult or impossible to grab these files back. However, there is a tool called Dr. Fone which can. Unfortunately, the full version does cost money and it doesn’t work with every type of iOS device, but there is a free trial and it is just about the best option out there.If you need to recover a deleted file from your Android phone or tablet, first plug the device into your computer via USB and mount it as a USB hard drive. Then download a recovery program, like Recuva. When prompted to select the file folder, be sure to select the USB hard drive that corresponds to your Android device. The software will automatically scan through your phone’s internal memory to see if it can locate deleted files that have not yet been overwritten.Pro tip: To prevent this unfortunate situation from happening again, there are apps you can install that will make it much easier to recover deleted files in the future. Dumpster is one of the most highly reviewed options. It acts as a “Recycle Bin” for your device, meaning that all deleted files will be sent to the Dumpster app, and will remain there until you open the app and confirm that you want the file gone for good.The importance of creating backupsWhile there are many ways to recover accidentally deleted files on your computers, tablets, and smartphones, the best way to be sure you can always recover lost data is to have your data backed up automatically. There are numerous options for PCs, Macs, iPhones, and Android devices. While it may take some effort and perhaps a bit of a cost upfront, having that digital safety net is priceless.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Andrew Lloyd Webbers Cats makes Larnaca Festival

first_imgAndrew Lloyd Webber’s renowned musical Cats will be on stage in Cyprus as part of the 2009 Larnaca Festival. Cats first opened in the West End in 1981 and then on Broadway in 1982, has been performed around the world in numerous productions and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Cypriots and foreign visitors will be able to enjoy the musical, by top performers from London’s West End, on July 1 and 2 at the Pattichion Municipal Amphitheatre of Larnaca. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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AdamTots Presents You Can Never Log Off

first_img AdamTots Presents: One Bowsette to Rule Them AllAdamTots Presents: By Your Powers Combined Stay on target Twitter: @moby_dickheadInstagram: @adamtotsTeePublic: @adamtotsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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