Vada Chennai: Daniel Balaji to lock horns with Dhanush again

first_imgDaniel Balaji, known for his antagonist roles, is joining the Vada Chennai team. The film is directed by Vetrimaaran and has Dhanush in the lead role.This is Balaji’s second film with Vetrimaaran-Dhanush duo. He has earlier played a sly villain role in Vetri’s debut film Polladhvan.Notably, he is also playing an important role in Vijay 60, an upcoming yet-untitled film of Ilayathalapathy Vijay.A source close to the actor told Times Of India, “Daniel Balaji was called in for a look test recently in Chennai, and only then, was he finalised for the role in Vada Chennai. His role is a very crucial one, and he will sport a completely new look this time. He is currently shooting in Hyderabad for Vijay’s next film with director Bharathan and will fly down to Chennai and join the set on June 26. This film is set to go on floors on 22nd of this month, and major portions will be canned in the slums of Chennai.”Balaji is also known for his psychopath role in Kamal Haasan’s Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu. In spite of acting in only a handful of hit films, the brilliant actor is quite popular with the Tamil audience. He has also acted in all four south Indian film industry.last_img read more

Manhattan Upsets Iona, 79-69

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — The third time was a charm for Manhattan.After losing two tight games during the season to rival Iona, the Jaspers knocked off the top-seeded Gaels 79-69 March 9 to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title for the second straight year.“It’s a very proud moment for me, but this is all about my players,” said Manhattan coach Steve Masiello, who nearly left after last season and was placed on leave after being disqualified for the South Florida job because of false claims on his resume.“These guys have taken this program into a whole new atmosphere. I couldn’t be prouder of these young men. It’s more than basketball to us. And they’re the reason I’m here.”Ashton Pankey had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Emmy Andujar added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jaspers Manhattan.It was the third straight time the New York-area rivals met for the MAAC tournament title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and the defending champion Jaspers (19-13) rallied late to win it again. Manhattan, which lost to Iona two years ago, improved to 4-2 against the Gaels in the MAAC tournament.Now, it’s on to bigger things.“We’ve been there,” said Pankey, who earned the tournament’s MVP honors. “We battled Louisville (as a 13 seed in last year’s NCAA Tournament) and we went right down to the wire with them. We’re trying to go win games there. We’re not just going there just to experience it and lose first round.“Sweet Sixteen, Final Four, that’s what we’re about,” Pankey said as Masiello jokingly tried to muffle his microphone.Iona (26-8) was 17-3 in the conference in the regular season, posting two close wins over Manhattan — 70-67 on the road in mid-January and 79-75 at home a month later.This wasn’t what the Gaels were expecting.“Not fun for anyone here,” Iona coach Tim Cluess said. “We’re obviously upset after a game like that. We worked hard all year. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t work out.”Iona junior guard A.J. English was 7 for 10 on 3-pointers in a 95-77 semifinal win over Monmouth on March 8 and 6-of-10 against Siena in a 74-71 victory on March 7 and had a key hand in seven close victories.He was a non-factor in the second half of this one, failing to score and attempting only three shots after a riveting close to the first half. He had 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting.“It was typical Manhattan defense,” English said. “They played well. It’s just basketball, just another game.”The Gaels entered the game shooting 40 percent as a team from beyond the arc and were coming off a 19-for-35 effort in their semifinal win against Monmouth on March 8. They finished 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) against the Jaspers.“We’re a team that’s built on making 3s,” Cluess said. “We needed some from yesterday. The same shots we got yesterday, we got today. We just missed them.”Kelvin Amayo converted a layup off a pretty feed from Laury to tie it at 60-all with 7:01 left but missed the free throw after he was fouled.After Richards sank two free throws, Amayo then missed a soaring one-handed dunk try as he attempted to beat the Manhattan press. “I should have made the play,” Amayo said.Seconds later, Andujar converted a fast-break layup at the other end to give Manhattan a 64-60 lead with 6:22 to go.Pankey made two free throws and a leaner in the lane to boost the Manhattan lead to 71-63 with 4:03 left and the Gaels were done.Iona trailed for most of the first half, hitting just 2 of 13 shots during a dry spell before Amayo hit a pretty driving scoop and sank the free throw to complete a three-point play and give the Gaels a 20-19 lead midway through the period.RaShawn Stores scored nine points, his only points of the game, during a 13-2 run that gave Manhattan 32-22 lead with 5:56 left.English, Iona’s leading scorer at 20.2 points per game, was held to just 1-for-5 shooting and two points for the first 18 minutes. He then made two free throws and two long 3-pointers to pull the Gaels to 39-37 at halftime.(JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rakitic motivated by Messi meeting

first_imgWorld Cup Croatia’s Rakitic ready to take on Messi and Argentina Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 02:45 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LionelMessiIvanRakitic - cropped Getty Images World Cup Croatia Argentina v Croatia Argentina Ivan Rakitić Lionel Messi The two Barcelona stars will go head-to-head in Group D, a meeting that the midfielder cannot wait for Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic is relishing a World Cup showdown with Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.Messi and Argentina were placed alongside Croatia, Nigeria and tournament debutants Iceland in a tough-looking Group D at Friday’s draw in Moscow.Argentina were beaten finalists when Germany triumphed at Brazil 2014, but they needed heroics from Messi, who scored a hat-trick in their final qualifier against Ecuador, to get to the finals this time around. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Rakitic is part of a celebrated Croatia generation who are likely to have their final collective shot at a major tournament in Russia.”It’s a tough group, it will be big fight,” the 29-year-old told 24 sata.”I believe we have the quality to go through. I am glad to play against my friends Messi and Mascherano.”It is a World Cup and we have to face the best. I can’t wait for the World Cup, especially against Argentina.”Respect towards Argentina and Messi but it makes our motivation even bigger.”Rakitic’s national coach Zlatko Dalic unsurprisingly took a more pragmatic view and conceded he would rather not be making plans for Messi.@FIFAWorldCupZlatko Dalić: “It could have been better, it could have been worse. Group D will be a great challenge, but #Croatia has to believe”. #BeProud #Vatreni #FIFAWorldCup #WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/xmDGPin5Kf— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) December 1, 2017″It could have been better and could have been worse,” Dalic told HTV.”Nigeria has a young team, very fast. I wanted to avoid those two or three best teams [like Argentina] but we have nothing to lose. They are favourites.”Iceland and Croatia were paired together in qualification, claiming a win apiece, and Dalic added: “Iceland, we know them well. I spoke to their coach [Heimir Hallgrimsson] and he said, ‘Oh no, not you again’.”last_img read more

Brazil handed questionable penalty against Australia

first_imgAustralian fans and former players have questioned a penalty awarded to Brazil in the first-half of their Women’s World Cup clash against the Matildas. Brazilian attacker Santos went to ground in the 25th minute under pressure from Elise Kellond-Knight with VAR confirming the referee’s decision to award a spot-kick. Marta would make no mistake from the spot to put the South Americans ahead with former Socceroo Tim Cahill leading calls on social media that questioned the penalty being awarded.  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? Wow no way a penalty ….. #AUSBRA— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 13, 2019Soft! #AUSVBRA— Rob Cornthwaite (@robcornthwaite) June 13, 2019Wow thats a weak call. Very harsh on Aus. #AUSvBRA— Daniel Garb (@DanielGarb) June 13, 201927′ GOAL #BRAMarta slots home from the spot to create history.The first player to score in five #FIFAWWC Finals.#AUS 0-1 #BRA #OptusSport pic.twitter.com/0mQY3CeV0t— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 13, 2019Just before Brazil’s penalty, the Matildas were denied one of their own on VAR review with a handball in build-up ensuring no spot-kick was given.Things would only get worse for Australia in the first-half as Cristiane doubled Brazil’s lead in the 38th minute.The Matildas would grab a goal back before the break via Caitlin Foord with their World Cup campaign hanging by a thread.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Economic Performance Remains Strong – IMF

first_imgStory Highlights The Executive Board Review said that inflation remains anchored. It said that higher food prices resulting from flooding have begun to unwind, and Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has remained low (2.7 per cent in February 2018), in part due to weak domestic demand. “All quantitative performance criteria and structural benchmarks for end-December 2017 were met. Fiscal consolidation is ongoing; primary surplus is expected to be at least seven per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in financial year (FY) 17/18 and a similar target is set in the FY18/19 Budget. Public debt is projected to be under 100 per cent of GDP by end-March 2019,” the report said. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given high marks for Jamaica’s performance under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), saying programme implementation remains strong, with public debt firmly on a downward trajectory. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given high marks for Jamaica’s performance under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), saying programme implementation remains strong, with public debt firmly on a downward trajectory.In its recently released Executive Board Review, the Fund highlighted that strong programme implementation continues to anchor macroeconomic stability.“All quantitative performance criteria and structural benchmarks for end-December 2017 were met. Fiscal consolidation is ongoing; primary surplus is expected to be at least seven per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in financial year (FY) 17/18 and a similar target is set in the FY18/19 Budget. Public debt is projected to be under 100 per cent of GDP by end-March 2019,” the report said.The multilateral agency noted further that the unemployment rate is at a 10-year low, inflation and the current account are modest, international reserves are at a comfortable level, and external borrowing costs are at historical lows.The Executive Board Review said that inflation remains anchored. It said that higher food prices resulting from flooding have begun to unwind, and Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has remained low (2.7 per cent in February 2018), in part due to weak domestic demand.In addition, the current account deficit remains relatively low (at 2.8 per cent of GDP in FY17/18) and it is expected to shrink over the medium-term as oil prices remain contained and tourism earnings improve.The Executive Board, in its review, pointed to the need to boost growth, which was estimated at 0.5 per cent in 2017, with the growth forecast revised down to 0.9 per cent in fiscal year 2017/2018.It was noted that weakness in agriculture, slow recovery in mining, and a deceleration in manufacturing had offset growth in tourism and construction.The Fund stated that formalising the current inflation targeting regime will help entrench macroeconomic stability and promote growth.“With inflation likely to remain in the lower part of the Central Bank’s target range, a looser monetary stance remains appropriate. Upcoming revisions to the BOJ Act – including a clear mandate for price stability, a reformed governance structure, and a strong Central Bank balance sheet – will help institutionalise the inflation targeting framework,” the IMF said.The Fund further noted that structurally reducing the wage bill is critical for the Government to reprioritise spending towards growth-enhancing projects.It said that more expenditure is needed for infrastructure, citizen security, building agricultural resilience, health, education, and the social safety net.The Fund contended that creating the space for such spending will require going beyond temporary remedies like wage freezes and adjustments to non-wage benefits.The entity noted, further, that building the resilience of agriculture to weather-related events, and investing in school attendance and youth training programmes will improve growth and social outcomes.It added that continued reform implementation will not only safeguard hard-won gains but also deliver stronger growth and job creation.last_img read more

Saskatchewans highest court denies universitys appeal in swimming accident

first_imgREGINA — The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has rejected a bid by the University of Regina to overturn a jury’s verdict that found the school liable after a teen was paralyzed diving into the university’s pool.Miranda Biletski, a Paralympian, was a 16-year-old member of the Regina Piranha Swim Club in 2005 when she dove into the pool from competition starting blocks during a practice and hit the bottom.The university had argued at trial in October 2017 that the pool’s depth and the height of the starting blocks met Swimming Canada guidelines, and that Biletski did a bad dive.She was awarded more than $9 million in damages, plus another $1.5 million for such things as pre-judgment interest and a claim by the Saskatchewan Minister of Health.The university had argued before the Appeal Court that comments made by Biletski’s lawyer, as well as the lawyer for the swim club, played to the jury’s sympathies and were inflammatory.The university was not immediately available for comment following the written decision by an Appeal Court judge.The judge rejected the university’s argument and said Biletski and the swim club are both entitled to their costs in court.The trial heard that the pool depth of 1.2 metres was laid out in the tiles, but at issue was whether there was enough water in the pool.Court was told that the person responsible for pool maintenance only added water one time in the two months leading up to Biletski’s accident.The university filed its own lawsuit against the swim club to cover damages if the jury found the university liable. It said swim club coaches made the decision that the water level was safe and to use the starting blocks.Reg Watson, lawyer for the Piranhas Summer Swim Club, said at the time of the trial that the club never signed a contract with an indemnity clause that would make it liable.Watson also took issue with the university attempting to shift the blame to the club. He said the university is in charge of the facility and knew how people were using the pool.The jury did not find the swim club liable.Biletski fractured her cervical vertebrae during the dive.She would go on to become the first woman on Canada’s wheelchair rugby team. She played with the Team Canada squad at world championships in 2010 and 2014, and at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the team placed fourth.(CTV Regina, The Canadian Press) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NLC hosting Maritime Bhangra Group at first annual charity talent show

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Northern Lights College is going to be bringing the renowned Maritime Bhangra dance group to the Fort St. John for its first annual International Talent for Charity Show next month.The talent show, which is taking place at the Evangel Chapel on April 7th, is being hosted by the College to celebrate the diversity and talents of Peace Region residents. The Maritime Bhangra Group was founded in Halifax two years ago. Since July 2016, the group has raised money for multiple causes, including the ALS Societies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as the Leukemia Society and Autism NS. The group also performed on Parliament Hill at the Canada 150 celebrations, and has appeared on the CBC’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and “The Rick Mercer Report”.The group will be joined on stage by members of the Fort St. John community who will be helping to raise money for local charities. Each performance will name a charity, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to their chosen group. Tickets are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre, with adult tickets at $30. Student tickets are $20. The talent show is Saturday, April 7, at the Evangel Chapel. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00. For more information, call Cleo at 250-785-6981 ext. 6212 or email cbaker@nlc.bc.ca.last_img read more

Belgians Living in Morocco Say They Feel Safer Than in Belgium

Fez- Belgians living in Morocco say that the north African country “is a safe haven amidst a rough sea of turbulences, threats and insecurity, perhaps even safer than Europe these days.”This was the gist of a Belgian TV report on the life of Belgian expatriates in Morocco. The trend of travelling southwards and residing in Morocco has hitherto been common among the French and the Spanish, but it seems ‘the cold country where the sun is hot’ as some tourists describe it has a lot to allure other Europeans.At times when Belgians in Belgium are living in constant apprehensions and fears under the lurking menaces of ISIS terrorist cells, their fellow compatriots in Morocco are cherishing the stability, security and warmth Morocco provides. Belgians in Morocco, the report says, are very well established and their children feel completely safe away from the threats of ISIS. Veronique, a Belgian interviewee living in Casablanca, told the reporter: “We have no problems whatsoever roaming in the streets of Casablanca or even in the Moroccan countryside.” Veronique’s positive attitude was confirmed by Ophelie who stated: “I have the feeling that I am safer and more secure here than in Belgium.”Marine seems satisfied at how easily she integrated in Morocco and at the way Moroccans received her at first. “We felt we were immediately accepted, and I am very sure that it was easier for us to come and live here than it is for a Moroccan to go and live in Belgium,” she stated.According to the report, there are approximately four thousand Belgians living in Morocco who are officially registered at the Belgian consulate. Yet, the true number is much bigger than that, ranging between twenty thousand and forty thousand Belgians.The growing number of the Belgian community in Casablanca encouraged Moroccan private money to sponsor Belgian schools in the country; some are open, others under construction. Etienne Crousse, the director of a Belgian school in Casablanca praises the Moroccan authorities for their efforts to establish security for the Belgians. “The school is protected from all corners by the gendarmes, and this reassures everyone. We have no fears of living here today,” he said.It’s worth noting that Morocco has been very proficient in thwarting ISIS destructive plans in the country after disintegrating a number of terrorist cells across the country, the last of which was last Friday, Feb 19, 2016. The disintegrated cell infiltrated into Morocco through the eastern borders with the aim of wreaking havoc in the country. Yet, the preemptive operations of the Moroccan national intelligence services paid off. read more

Ban announces seven new members of advisory group of UN emergency fund

The Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) was approved by the General Assembly in December 2005, and was created to speed up relief operations for emergencies, make funds available quickly after a disaster and finance under-funded emergencies. Its funds are also made available to address the existing imbalance in global aid distribution which results in millions of people in so-called neglected or forgotten crises remaining in need.Since its inception, the CERF has allocated nearly $1.3 billion for humanitarian aid in almost 70 countries.The 16-member Advisory Group, created at the same time as the CERF, provides periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use and impact of the Fund, which is managed by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes on behalf of the Secretary-General.The Group’s members – who serve in their individual capacity – include government officials from countries that have contributed to or received funding from CERF, representatives of humanitarian NGOs and academic experts.Luz Amanda Pulido, Director of Colombia’s Risk Management Department in the Ministry of the Interior and Justice;Satu Helinä Lassila, Senior Adviser for Finland’s Humanitarian Assistance Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Silvano Langa, Senior Adviser in Mozambique’s Ministry of State Administration; Janina Ochojska, founder and head of Poland’s Polska Akcja Humanitarna; Brigadier General Abdullah Muhammad Alsuwedi, General Manager of Qatar’s Directorate of Civil Defence; Elena Madrazo, Secretary-General of Spain’s Agency for International Aid and Development (AECID); and Jon C. Brause, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 7 October 2009A Finnish humanitarian official and the founder of a Polish non-governmental organization (NGO) are among the seven new members of the group of advisers, announced by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, for the United Nations emergency relief fund. read more

Government ready to face another noconfidence vote

Abeywardena said the Government is not prepared to face a no-confidence vote done unconstitutionally. The Government has refused to accept the outcome of two no-confidence votes conducted in Parliament this week, both which it lost. (Colombo Gazette) He said that if Rajapaksa loses the no-confidence vote the right way he will then take the next step. The Government today urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to set dates to debate and conduct a fresh vote on a no-confidence motion on the cabinet of Mahinda Rajapaksa.Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) member and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the Government is prepared to face a no-confidence motion in Parliament if it is presented and voted on the right way. read more

Pence to talk to conservative group at Trumps new DC hotel

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Vice-President-elect Mike Pence will deliver a speech on Tuesday night to a conservative group at Donald Trump’s new Washington D.C. hotel, raising anew conflict of interest questions surrounding the venue.The Trump International Hotel has come under scrutiny by government ethics experts since the election. They worry foreign governments, lobbyists and others will book rooms and events there to curry favour with the new president.The Heritage Foundation said Pence will talk about areas of focus for the Trump administration in the first 200 days. The Washington think-tank said he will also talk about the conservative movement.The Heritage Foundation said its decision to use the hotel was driven by space needs.The Pence speech is the highlight of the group’s annual gathering for its biggest donors. The event is mostly being held at the Ronald Reagan Center across the street from the hotel.“The space wasn’t large enough and there are security concerns,” said Heritage spokesman Wesley Denton. “It’s just this one speech.”Trump’s new hotel appears to be doing a brisk business, with reports of foreign envoys booking rooms and foreign embassies planning events there.On Monday, U.S. Rep. James McGovern of Massachusetts sent a letter to Trump urging him not to accept any money from the Bahraini monarchy for use of his hotel. He cited news reports that Bahrain will hold its National Day celebrations at the hotel on Wednesday.The Embassy of Bahrain did not reply immediately to an email and phone call about the event.Since the election, government ethics experts have called for the Trump Organization to sell its interest in the hotel.Aside from attempts to use the hotel to influence the president elect, they worry about a 60-year lease that his company took out with the U.S. to use the government-owned building that houses the hotel. In addition to an annual rental fee, the Trump Organization has to pay a special payment based on various measures on how well the hotel is doing.Any disputes over that payment will be handled by the General Service Administration, the federal agency overseeing the property. The head of the GSA will be appointed by the new president. Pence to talk to conservative group at Trump’s new DC hotel FILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump, left, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence acknowledge the crowd during the first stop of his post-election tour, in Cincinnati. The Heritage Foundation says Pence will deliver a speech Tuesday night, Dec. 6, 2016, to a conservative group at Trump’s new hotel in Washington, about areas of focus for the Trump administration in the first 200 days. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) by Bernard Condon, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 10:49 am MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Master of Science thesis defence

Thomas Beniac, a candidate in the Department of Physics, will present his Master of Science thesis defence by video conference on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. in Welch Hall 147.His thesis is titled Effect of Topological Morphology on Optical Filtering Properties of Porous Silicon.His examination committee members are Dr. Vincenzo De Luca, Chair; Dr. G. Todd Andrews, External Examiner, (Memorial University of New Foundland); Dr. Thad Harroun, standing in for Dr. Maureen Reedyk, Supervisor; Dr. Fereidoon Razavi and Dr. David Crandles, Committee Members. read more

Tressel meets with Buckeyes before Michigan game

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When the bus departed the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Friday afternoon, some players were in tears. Not because of a loss and not because of their season, but because of a moving and emotional speech from one man. Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel spoke to the team before the Buckeyes departed for the 108th meeting between the OSU Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines. “It was like he didn’t skip a beat,” said senior center Michael Brewster. “It was like you blinked and your like, ‘man was everything just a nightmare?’” Brewster said the visit from Tressel was brief, and a surprise to the whole team. “To be able to see him again and hear a few words from him, it definitely got us pumped up. It was an honor,” Brewster said. Tressel gained a reputation at OSU as the Michigan killer. With a record of 8-1 against the Wolverines, Tressel looked to bring a little of that magic to the Buckeyes on Saturday. In the end, OSU fell to Michigan for the first time since Nov. 22, 2003, with a 40-34 victory on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. “He came in and spoke to us and did a great job and got us fired up,” said junior linebacker John Simon. “Unfortunately we couldn’t come up with a win.” When Tressel was introduced as head coach of OSU on Jan. 18, 2001, Tressel’s disdain for Michigan became almost immediately apparent. During halftime of a basketball game between OSU and Michigan, Tressel had a brief message for Buckeye Nation. “Be proud of our young people in the class room, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the football field,” Tressel said. Sure enough, 310 days later Tressel and his unranked-Buckeye squad travelled to Ann Arbor and defeated the No. 11-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 26-20. Tressel’s respect for the rivalry and the dedication to it was heart-felt and genuine, not only from the day he was introduced as head coach, but up through his dismissal from the university. Less than a week after his forced resignation for his involvement with “Tattoo-gate,” a group of students walked to his house in Upper Arlington, Ohio, to show their support to the former head coach. After meeting with several students and speaking to the crowd, Tressel had one parting message to students. “Don’t forget: Nov. 26, we’re going to kick their ass,” Tressel said. The game did not go as Tressel had promised. OSU’s attempt to comeback from a late-fourth quarter deficit was stopped by an overthrown pass to senior wide receiver DeVier Posey and was ultimately thwarted by a fourth-down interception thrown by freshman quarterback Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes didn’t win the game like they had wanted, but Simon said one of Tressel’s message was clear. “(Tressel) said you have to live in the moment, play the game in the moment,” Simon said. “And I think we did that today, you know, taking every play one play at a time.” Brewster said he was one of the guys that found himself in tears after Tressel spoke. “It was emotional for some guys, myself included, it stinks when you feel like you get robbed a year out of your life with him,” Brewster said. “I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that I get to meet back up with him next year, somehow, some way.” Tressel’s message was simple, Brewster said. Tressel told the team that the key was to be relentless on defense, to play opportunistic and mistake-free offense, and to have superior special units. “(Tressel said) the same thing he says all the time, that we used to be bored about,” Brewster said. “But now we can’t wait to hear it again.” read more

Oculus Rift is immersive enough to horrify someone who fears roller coasters

first_imgThe Oculus Rift has seen a real turnaround in public perception since it was first shown off on Kickstarter. People who try the head-mounted virtual reality system are usually blown away by the impressive sense of immersion and depth it offers. It’s so good, that it can apparently terrify someone that’s deathly afraid of roller coasters. Don’t buy it? Here’s rather convincing video proof.Meet Jacob. Jacob is probably a regular guy with a job and hobbies, but he has terrible friends. Knowing that Jacob does not like roller coasters, they strapped the Oculus Rift on his head and queued up a roller coaster demo. It starts off okay, but the stereoscopic 3D effect really makes you feel like you’re there, which is a problem in Jacob’s case.As the virtual roller coaster starts to drop down the first hill, he gets a little wobbly. The Oculus Rift tracks head movements and pans the UI accordingly. The experience can be a little disorienting, and it’s not easy to get out of the simulation if it gets to be too much. That’s why there’s a spotter behind Jacob to catch him when he tips backward. Okay, his friends probably aren’t that terrible, and there was reportedly some alcohol involved.The Oculus Rift is is not up for sale yet, but you can pre-order the development kit for $300. Games need to be designed with Oculus Support, but some game devs have opted to include support. Orders are expected to go out next month.last_img read more

Google raises the price of G Suite by 20 percent

first_imgGoogle’s G Suite includes apps nearly every small business could use. Google Google is raising the price on its set of office productivity tools by 20 percent.The company on Tuesday announced the first price increases for two flavors of G Suite, its set of apps that resemble Google Docs and Sheets but are tailored for the office. G Suite Basic Edition is going from $5 per user per month to $6, while G Suite Business Edition will go from $10 per user per month to $12.It’s the first time Google has raised the prices on the two suites. Google said the price of its G Suite Enterprise Edition, which includes lots of enterprise-level administration and management tools, will remain at $25 per month per user.Productivity packages like G Suite and Microsoft’s competitor, 365, generally contain a certain set of applications that nearly every small business needs, such as email, a calendar, word processing and spreadsheets. Others may include a presentation manager, a database or a forms manager.Google beefed up its offerings in July by adding the ability for companies to choose where their data is physically stored, whether in the United States, Europe or distributed around the globe. Another new feature uses Google’s artificial intelligence tools to bring grammar suggestions to Google Docs. AI can also help users write messages and replies.More than 4 million paying businesses use G Suite, Google has said. Read the Rylo camera preview Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Software Tech Industry The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Angela Lang/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $520 at HP Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $59 at eBay Sprint JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read Google Home Hub review Rylo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon 2 7 See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy Turo The Cheapskatecenter_img $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazon Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy Apple iPhone XS See at Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See it Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Comments Chris Monroe/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $155 at Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tags Share your voice Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Boost Mobile Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Amazonlast_img read more

EidulFitr Monday

first_imgThe holy Eid-ul-Fitr is set to be celebrated in Bangladesh on Monday as moon was sighted in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on Sunday evening.The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office on Sunday evening after reviewing information of the Shawwal moon sighting, reports UNB.Responding to the call of roots, thousands of people have already left the capital for their village homes to celebrate Eid with their loved ones.The main Eid-ul-Fitr congregation will be held at the Jatiya Eidgah in the capital at 8:30am.In case of inclement weather, the main congregation will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 9:00am.Five more congregations will be held at the National Mosque at 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, and 10:45 am.The country’s largest Eid congregation is likely to be held at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj at 10:00am.On the Eid day, the national flag will be hoisted atop public and private buildings.Besides, the main thoroughfares and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in Bangla and Arabic. Public buildings will be illuminated on the occasion.BTV and other television channels, and Bangladesh Betar and private radio stations will air special programmes.Improved diets will be served at hospitals, jails, government children homes and vagrant welfare centres.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages greeting people on the occasion.In his message, the president said after a month-long siam practice, Eid-ul-Fitr brings messages of pure joy and pleasure for the mankind. “Eid builds the ties of harmony, amity and unity among people of all classes and professions.”He hoped that the teachings of Eid-ul-Fitr will inspire all in building a prosperous Bangladesh.In her message, the prime minister said, “Eid teaches us about peace, sympathy and brotherhood.”Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies, including police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), have taken additional security measures across the country ahead of Eid to avert any untoward incident.last_img read more

The Division beta gets delayed alpha coming to Xbox One this week

first_imgUbisoft announced today that the planned beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division has been delayed to early 2016. However, it will be holding a closed alpha for those who pre-ordered the title on the Xbox One.The alpha will begin December 9 at 4 AM EST and will end December 12 at 3 AM EST. During this time, Ubisoft will test the game’s infrastructure under real world conditions (i.e. having the public play it) in order to iron out any kinks, and to also get fan feedback in order to make the final product stronger.The alpha game client will have a file size of 23.2 GB. It will be available worldwide except for Japan and China. The alpha client will only support English language. Codes will begin to be sent out on December 7 to those who pre-ordered the game on Xbox One.As for the beta, that is now expected to be released in early 2016 on the Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 for those who pre-ordered. The beta will feature multiple languages as well as other features not present in the alpha. It will also allow Ubisoft to test their servers with a larger group of users.The Division was first announced during E3 2013 and is billed as open world action-rpg by Ubisoft. The game’s Snowdrop engine will allow for many subtle touches like being to shoot holes in specific sections of objects, as well a dynamic weather system with snow that actually accumulates over time.The Division will be released on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on March 8, 2016.last_img read more

All rained in

first_imgFirst showers of monsoon are welcomed by everyone. With the monsoons here, let’s alter our food and lifestyle habits according to the season to stay healthiest. From the health and well-being perspective, it is important that we stay in tune with nature so that our physical and mental acuity is high, and our immunity functions at its best. Stick to seasonal fruits and vegetables. For instance, eat mangoes only till the season lasts, not till the end of rainy season. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Well, it’s really comforting to sit at home with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the lashing rain. But then there are always comfort foods which will add more warmth to your soul on a rainy day. If you are still pondering over what to make, then you can go ahead and indulge in soup, chips and dips, mini pies, and of course the pakoras, samosas and tikkis that are the ultimate delights for a delhiites in monsoon. And if you are one of those, who love their share of sweet fare, then go for a hot brownie with chocolate sauce. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy advice on what to try in this monsoon season would be- Bittu Tikki Wala at Karol Bagh, who is famous for its tikkis, pakodas and mutter kulchas. Food joints at C R Park are quiet popular too for its fried delicacies. Daddu’s cutlet shop is one of my favourite place at C R Park for its dhakai paratha, moghlai paratha, piyazi, fish chop, alu chop, mutton chop, egg devil chop, fish fry, chicken seekh kabab rolls, egg mutton seekh kabab rolls and off course mocha chop which is made from banana flower. Apart from giving relieve from the intense heat of the summer season, monsoon brings with itself some health risks as well. Monsoon is the time when the humidity levels are high in the atmosphere and the capability of our body’s digestive system is at its lowest. There’s no need to panic, as some small variations in eating habits will keep problems at bay. Unhealthy diet: Potatoes, cauliflower, cluster beans, kidney beans, urad, sprouted grains should, consume milk can be avoided. Avoid leafy greens altogether or wash in potassium permanganate before cooking. To avoid stomach ailments and other water-borne diseases, avoid cut fruits or any cold street food. You must carry water from home when you head out or insist on packaged drinking water. To keep immunity high, eat fruits and vegetables high in vitamin c, beta carotene and iron (carrots, beets, lime, amla, dates). Add ginger and garlic to your cooking to keep sniffles at bay and stomach ailments down. Enjoy monsoon with French Onion Soup and Lamb lasagna, which are the two monsoon favorites at Olive Bar and Kitchen.last_img read more

Star Wars James Bond and Thunderbirds Star Shane Rimmer Passes Away at

first_imgThe actor Shane Rimmer has passed away aged 89. Arriving in England from Canada in the late Fifties, he started life as a cabaret singer and enjoyed a long career which spanned over half a century. He appeared in major movie franchises such as Star Wars, James Bond and Batman. However, to generations of fans he will always be the voice of Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds. Produced between 1964-66, the series famously used elaborate puppets instead of actors to depict the heroes of International Rescue and their array of world-saving vehicles. These marionettes were part of an approach dubbed “Supermarionation”.The brainchild of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (who voiced character Lady Penelope), Thunderbirds was arguably their biggest hit. In a 2015 interview for the site Sci-Fi Fantasy Network he said, “For Thunderbirds, he (Anderson) had heard my voice on a BBC series, and thought it might suit Scott Tracy. You still had to come in and put your voice down on audition, which happened, and two weeks later I got a call asking would I like to do the part… I thought it was going to be quite a brief exercise, but that was fifty years ago!”Gerry AndersonRimmer also contributed to other Anderson series, notably Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. He wrote scripts as well as lending his voice. When the company made live-action shows like UFO (1970) and Space: 1999 (1975 – 77) he appeared in front of the camera. He had a shot at playing the lead in an Anderson pilot called Space Police in 1986, but the show was reworked as Space Precinct in the mid-Nineties. He was replaced by Ted Shackleford.Related Video: Surprising Facts about James BondScott Tracy – the pilot of every child’s dream ride Thunderbird 1 – played a massive part in his success and he looked back fondly on the experience. “Gerry always insisted that we record in a circle with one big central mic,” he revealed to the Washington Times in a 2017 interview. “He said, ‘You’re out in space, for God’s sake. You don’t have all the conveniences. Act like it!’ I think that worked. Usually in situations like that you have individual cubicles. Somebody does their bit in cubicle A, somebody else in B, another in cubicle C. This was all together.”Billboard for the 1989 production of the stage show tribute Thunderbirds: F.A.B. at London’s Apollo Photo by Theatre Bachcell -CC BY-SA 3.0Thunderbirds hit the big screen in two movies, Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1968). Rimmer went beyond the world of puppets and strings to gadgets and girls, featuring in 3 Bond films – You Only Live Twice (1967) Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He also lent his vocals to Live and Let Die (1973). Aside from actors playing recurring roles he is the performer to have appeared most in the franchise.Speaking about his part in Stars Wars Episode IV (1977), he commented, “They were doing one phase of the picture up there with a small unit while the main unit was downstairs doing the main action. It never stopped. [George] Lucas was a kind of a genius that he could keep all this sort of thing in hand.”Stars Wars Episode IV (1977)Getty ImagesOn the small screen, he acted in Doctor Who (1966’s The Gunfighters) and played two characters in British soap opera Coronation Street in the Sixties and Eighties respectively.Read another story from us: Stunning Bond Girl from “Goldfinger” Passes Away at 77In the twenty-first century, he played a small but prominent role as a water technician in Batman Begins (2005). He never lost his association with Gerry Anderson. After Anderson’s death he worked with son Jamie, most recently on “Ultramarionation” pilot Firestorm.A cause of death has so far not been mentioned. Anderson Entertainment made a Twitter statement, saying his death had come “as a real shock” before going on to say they would be “celebrating Shane’s amazing life and career” in a podcast.last_img read more

Niagara Falls has turned black and smelly too

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Niagara Falls has turned black (and smelly too) NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black before tourists’ eyes following a foul-smelling discharge from a wastewater treatment plant.The water board for the city of Niagara Falls, New York, says Saturday’s discharge was part of routine maintenance of one of its basins.Video taken from a helicopter shows black-colored water along the Niagara River’s U.S. shoreline below the falls that border the country and Canada. The inky water enveloped the dock for the popular Maid of the Mist tour boats.Officials say the blackish water contained accumulated solids and carbon residue but no organic oils or solvents. They described the odour as “normal sewer water discharge smell.” The board says the discharge was within permitted limits.The black water dissipated by Sunday.center_img Share Tuesday, August 1, 2017 last_img read more