Saina clinches Indian GP badminton singles title

first_imgTop seed Saina Nehwal rallied from behind to beat Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia 20-22, 21-14, 21-12 and clinched the women’s singles title in the Yonex-Sunrise India Grand Prix badminton tournament in Chennai on Sunday.After dropping the keenly contested first game, Saina held the temperament and clawed her way back into the contest by pocketing the second game.In the deciding game, the second seed Malaysian often came up with deep returns and powerful smashes close to the back line. Wong score winners twice finding the vacant spots behind Saina, but it was short-lived as the world number six Indian was able to score points almost at will.Meanwhile, another Indian seventh seed RMV Gurusaidutt failed to cross the final hurdle and went down 13-21, 18-21 to unseeded Indonesian Yunus Alamsyah in the men’s singles summit clash.Both Saina and Alamsyah, who won his maiden major title, collected 7000 ranking points.”I was nervous at the beginning and committed too many errors. In the normal course, I should have won in two games, but this being my first tournament in two months, I was nervous. But in the second and third games, I played aggressively,” Saina said.Later in the evening, top seeded mixed doubles pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta won the title by beating Singaporean combo of Chayut Triachart and Lei Yao 23-21, 20-22, 21-7.Top seed Malaysian combo of Mohd Fairuzizuan and Mohd Zarki won the men’s doubles crown by outplaying second seed Indian duo of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas, while women’s doubles title went to top seeded pair of Lei Yao and Shinta Mulia Sari of Singapore, who beat Indians Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta.advertisementlast_img read more

Nazareth, La Salle reach Rebisco semis unscathed

first_imgUniversity of Mindanao-Tagum ended up third in Pool A with a 3-2 record, including a 25-16, 25-19 triumph over Koronadal High.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nazareth School of National U and La Salle-Lipa pulled through with a pair of lopsided victories over their fellow fancied rivals to clinch the top seeding at the close of the 18-and-under Rebisco Volleyball League elimination round at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna last Friday.The Nazareth girls stepped up their title drive with a 25-15, 25-23 triumph over the Hope Christian High School side in Pool A while the Batangas-based La Salle squad stopped the host Holy Rosary College team, 25-14, 25-18, in Pool B.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout After bloody UAAP Finals opener, Baldwin says Game 2 ‘won’t be any different’ View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Nazareth and La Salle-Lipa thus finished the elimination round with 5-0 cards while Hope and Holy Rosary settled for No. 2 with 4-1 records.The victories also set up Nazareth against Holy Rosary and La Salle-Lipa versus Hope in a pair of explosive crossover semifinal matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe winners will dispute the crown at 5 p.m. Sunday.In other results, Bacolod Tay Tung High School routed Angelicum Learning Center of Cagayan de Oro, 25-16, 25-17, to finish third in Pool B with a 3-2 slate while University of San Jose-Recoletos posted its second straight win after three losses, repulsing FEU-Diliman, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15. FEU wound up with a 1-4 slate while Angelicum dropped all its five matches. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgan arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). – a Bright New Start-up that Lights up the Tech-Enabled Horizon MUMBAI, September 22, 2015/PRNewswire/ — With the Deluge of Internet-based Start-ups in India in the Last Year or so, the Time is now Ripe for the Consolidation Phase to Start This is where the contenders will be sifted out from the pretenders and also rans, and the deciding factors will primarily be the idea differentiator, robustness of the business model and plain-old-fashioned resilience. Amongst the latest crop of these portal-centered businesses, there are a few that clearly stand out, and leading this pack is [ ]. (Logo: ) is a concept borne out of young and creatively gifted entrepreneurs who have leveraged technology to create a niche in the unorganized furniture and home interior industry. It is aimed for perfection and by all means kept very simple in its day-to-day activities. Being available in different and specific categories along with professional customer support and ease of an online marketplace, has emerged as a one-stop solution for all the furniture and home interiors related consumer needs. Ujjwal Trikha, the founder of the company, is a successful entrepreneur in the technology-enabled space, and comes with a pedigree of having worked earlier as a Personal Assistant to Ms. Tina Ambani. A five-time National Champion in Karate and a national-level swimmer, Ujjwals sporting instincts seem to perfectly complement his business acumen and concept-building. While the concept of an online marketplace is not new in India, the rapid growth seen for portals such as, Flipkart and operating in a niche category with all the necessary domain expertise, is something very rare. Here, the FurnitureDekho team comes with a huge advantage – the team predominantly consists of formally trained interior designers. They have done extensive research in the field of furniture and home interiors, and appear to be well-versed with the current and past trends in this industry. With this as a knowledge base and the passion to provide superior service to consumers, this marketplace is completely equipped to sell new, used and even rent furniture. Having almost 200 different and specific categories such as flooring, bath fittings, lights, hospital furniture, lawn furniture, school furniture, along with professional customer support and ease of an online marketplace, has amassed 5000+ furniture sellers, makers and storefronts in a short span of six months.MORE PRN BMR BMRadvertisementlast_img read more

Sania Mirza meets UP CM, discuss tennis promotion

first_imgLucknow, Oct 20 (PTI) Tennis star Sania Mirza today met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to discuss ways and means to promote tennis in the state.The tennis star who has recently climbed new heights in her career today met the Chief Minister and discussed about development of sports, especially tennis in the state, an official spokesman said.The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by his wife Dimple Yadav, apprised Sania that his government has taken several steps to promote sports and sportsmen in the state, he said.The state has several talented tennis players and the government is serious in providing better infrastructural facilities and training to them to hone up their skills, Yadav told Mirza.On the Chief Ministers request, the tennis star promised to help coach budding tennis players from the state, the spokesman said.Discussions were also held on opening a tennis academy either in Lucknow or Noida for promoting the sport, he added. PTI SAB SRYlast_img read more

Football hooligans: Firms, films & violence

first_imgWorld Cup Football hooligans: Firms, films & violence culture among supporters Ryan Kelly 21:36 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Football hooligan Euro 2016 Hungary Iceland Getty Images World Cup Premier League It is a culture that has spawned books, films and documentaries, but what exactly is it? Goal takes a look at the phenomenon Football is a sport that has a global appeal and it plays a prominent role in many societies across the world.Supporters of the game come from all walks of life and they find common ground in following their favourite teams, displaying their allegiance one way or another.While many are content to wear their club colours, sing club anthems or simply watch games, certain cultures among supporters veer gleefully towards violence and it is something that has been thoroughly explored in recent years. 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 These strands of football fan are commonly known as football hooligans, but what does that mean exactly?What is a football hooligan?A football hooligan is, essentially, a spectator at football events who engages in violence and all-round disorderly behaviour, generally described as ‘hooliganism’. They normally operate in gangs and tend to seek out conflict with groups who identify with the opposing team.Violence and destruction among football hooligans can sometimes break out inside stadiums during games, but, due to the unlawful nature of the acts, the gangs often attempt to stage skirmishes in discrete locations, so as to avoid detection by police.Hooligan gangs do not necessarily adhere to any sort of politics, but a large number do identify themselves with extremist ideologies, both on the right and left wings of the spectrum.The word ‘hooligan’ itself is of British origin and it is used to describe a young man who engages in noisy or violent behaviour, usually as part of a gang. There are a number of theories regarding its etymology and it is commonly associated with the Irish surname Hoolihan due to the similarity in pronunciation.Football hooligan firmsEngland Russia Euro 2016 fans hooligansFootball hooligans tend to form gangs in order to perpetrate acts of disorder and violence. These gangs adopt different monikers to establish a facade of notoriety and mark them out against their rivals. In the United Kingdom gangs of hooligans often use quasi-militaristic terms such as ‘firm’, ‘crew’ and ‘squad’ to describe themselves. The term ‘casuals’ is also used after a subculture emerged in the 1980s where gangs wore plain or designer clothes rather than club colours.Elsewhere across the globe, terms such as ‘Ultras’ and ‘Boys’ are widely used, while barra brava, literally meaning ‘wild bunch’, is used to describe hooligans or ultras in South America. Some groups allude to violence in their names (see Chelsea Headhunters), while others simply identify themselves according to the area of the stadium they occupy.As well as identifying themselves with specific clubs, hooligans sometimes come together during international games to fight with gangs supporting other countries. There were instances of this at Euro 2016 in France and there are fears that it could re-surface during the World Cup in Russia.Below is a list of some football hooligan groups across the world and the clubs they are linked with. Note that the list is not exhaustive. Club linked with Country Group (s) Arsenal England The Herd Burnley England Suicide Squad Chelsea England Headhunters Everton England County Road Cutters Leeds United England Leeds United Service Crew Liverpool England Runcorn Riot Squad, The Urchins Manchester United England Red Army, Men in Black Millwall England Bushwhackers Newcastle United England Newcastle Gremlins West Ham England Inter City Firm (ICF) PSG France Commando Pirate, Independants Lyon France Mezza Lyon Borussia Dortmund Germany Frontline, Northside Mainz Germany Mz-Army ’84 Ajax Netherlands A.F.C.A., F-Side Feyenoord Netherlands SCF, UDF PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Lighttown Madness Lech Poznan Poland Brygada Banici, Young Freaks ’98 Legia Warsaw Poland Teddy Boys ’95 Wisla Krakow Poland Sharks Benfica Portugal Diabos Vermelhos Porto Portugal Super Dragoes Sporting Portugal Sporting Casuals CSKA Moscow Russia Gallant Steeds Spartak Moscow Russia Gladiators Firm ’96 Celtic Scotland Celtic Soccer Crew, Style Mile Vandals Rangers Scotland Inter City Firm, Her Majesty’s Service Barcelona Spain Boixos Nois Real Madrid Spain Ultras Sur Dynamo Kiev Ukraine WBC (White Boys Club) Football hooligan filmsElijah Wood Charlie Hunnam Green StreetThe phenomenon of football hooliganism has been creatively explored in film, particularly in the 21st century.The 1989 film The Firm, featuring Gary Oldman, is considered to be one of the main forerunners of a genre of sports dramas that became increasingly popular in the 2000s.Some of the more well known films that followed include The Football Factory (2004), starring Danny Dyer, Green Street Hooligans (2005), which starred Elijah Wood and Cass (2008). Others include I.D. (1995), Awaydays (2009) and The Guvnors (2014).A number of the films from the genre have been positively received, earning a cult following, but in many cases they have been criticised for seeming to glorify hooliganism.Below is a selection of films based on or related to football hooliganism, which is by no means exhaustive. Year Film 1989 The Firm 1995 I.D. 2004 The Football Factory 2005 Green Street 2008 Cass 2009 Awaydays 2007 Rise of the Footsoldier 2012 St George’s Day 2014 Top Dog 2014 The Hooligan Factory Football hooliganism in the United KingdomEuro 2016 hooligan EnglandDuring the 1970s and 1980s, football hooliganism developed into a prominent issue in the United Kingdom to such an extent that it became widely referred to as ‘the English disease’ or ‘the British disease’.Firms, crews, squads and gangs regularly caused disturbances at games around the country, leading to the implementation of crowd segregation, as well as the erection of fences at stadiums in an effort to minimise clashes.In the mid-1980s, the British government, under Margaret Thatcher, established a ‘war cabinet’ to deal with the issue head on and it was one of the most talked-about topics in British society.In 1985, in the aftermath of the Heysel Stadium disaster that claimed 39 lives, UEFA banned English clubs from participating in their competitions for “an indeterminate period of time” and there was a lot of pressure on both football authorities and politicians to clamp down on the scourge of hooliganism.The ban was fully lifted for the 1991-92 season onward after steps had been taken to tackle the issue, with English clubs being excluded from European tournaments for five years – Liverpool served six.While the so-called ‘English disease’ has not been totally eradicated, the culture subsided significantly through the 1990s and 2000s. However, the topic has been regularly revisited since, in arts and entertainment, as can be seen in the preponderance of films depicting English football hooliganism referred to above. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Robertson refuses to blame ‘clever’ Ramos for CL defeat

first_imgLiverpool ‘Clever’ Ramos and Salah injury not to blame for Liverpool’s final defeat, insists Robertson Joe Wright 04:31 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) sergio ramos - cropped Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Mohamed Salah Sergio Ramos The Liverpool full-back thinks the Reds would be “clutching at straws” if they blamed their Champions League final loss on the defender Andy Robertson has described Sergio Ramos as “quite clever” but refused to blame Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat on the injury the Real Madrid captain caused for Mohamed Salah.Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat in Kiev on Saturday as Madrid claimed the trophy for a third year in a row.Liverpool’s hopes of upsetting the holders were dealt a blow half an hour in, when Salah went off with a shoulder injury following a tangle with Ramos in the Madrid half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now A number of pundits and social media users have suggested the centre-back deliberately held on to Salah’s arm when jostling for the ball, thereby making his fall awkward.Klopp compared the challenge to a wrestling throw but Robertson is not certain Ramos’ act was malicious.”I don’t know,” he said. “I was trying to get the ball off Mo. I think it is just how he has landed but Ramos is quite clever, isn’t he?”El fútbol te enseña la cara más dulce a veces y la más amarga otras. Ante todo somos compañeros. Pronta recuperación, Salah. El futuro te espera.||Sometimes football shows you it’s good side and other times the bad. Above all, we are fellow pros. #GetWellSoon @MoSalah— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 27, 2018Asked if losing Salah was the reason for his side’s defeat, the full-back replied: “We are clutching at straws if we are saying that. It is just the way he has landed on it. It’s unfortunate. Hopefully, he’ll come back bigger and stronger.”I think it could have been Mo, it could have been any of us. It just disrupted our rhythm a wee bit. He has done unbelievable this season and for it to end that way for him was devastating.”Robertson impressed once more in the final but admits he would rather have had a poor game if it meant Liverpool had got their hands on the trophy.”It was an achievement to get here but second is as good as last, in my book,” he said. “That’s just how I am. I’d rather have had a stinker and we won. I’d rather 10 players turned up and I didn’t but we went home with the trophy.”There was just devastation in the changing rooms. We are all so upset. It’s just unfortunate. We have been on a good journey but we have just fallen short. Believe me, the lads are gutted. It was a 50-50 chance and unfortunately we never took it.”Loris Karius was at fault for two of Madrid’s goals and was distraught after the final whistle, but Robertson maintains the rest of the team are behind him.”We win as a team, we lose as a team. We fell short,” he added. “Of course he made mistakes. He did. But we are not blaming him. He will hold his hands up. He has been incredible since he got the number one jersey.”He is young and he will learn from it. He will be a top, top keeper. We have fallen short and there are no words that we can say to Loz that will make it better for him. We went around him. We all gave him a hug and tried to lift him. I don’t think anyone thought that was going to happen.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

NYC Referee Coaching Panel Appointments 2016

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken the process of Referee Coach Appointments for the 2016 National Youth Championships – including the Alliance Cup and Harvey Norman Schools Cup.TFA concurrently, have been undertaking a review and update of our Referee Coach pathway and education in alignment with the introduction of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) FTEM framework of athlete development TFA have aligned this framework in both our coach, referee and athlete development programs. This specifically commenced with the Foundation Referee Coach Course which was piloted late in October and December 2015, and will continue into the Talent, Elite and Mastery areas in 2016/17.The appointment process included an expression of interest and ranking assessment, followed by a suitability interview. The process highlighted the following findings:·         The process unearthed new talent to support the direction of renewal in the referee coaching area.·         Clear and direct organisation communication promoting a unified message in relation to expectations is paramount to the success of the discipline.·         An improved approach to coaching appointments is required and committed to by the coaching group. This will result in fewer games for coaches to improve quality of feedback, more resources to improve coverage and pathway of the coaching and/or coaching to suit the purpose/goals of the referees.·      The behaviour and conduct, and expectations of all members of the contingent must be set to reflect that of a national event.·         To supplement the requirements of referees and assist with self and peer analysis we will look to identify and allocate referee mentors (injured, retired, or international referees) to events.Please view the attached document for allocated roles and further information. Related Files2016_nyc_coach_appointment_annoucment_roles_and_responsibilities_01-pdfRelated LinksNYC Referee Coaching Panellast_img read more

MACK WELDON — Change your Underwear

first_img Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites Editors’ Recommendations What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul FOR DAILY WEAR. Mack Weldon thinks it’s time to get back to basics with, well, basics.  At a time when men have become a legitimate fashion consumer force, why are millions still settling for less when it comes to what they wear under all those well-tailored suits and premium brand denim? The creation of Mack Weldon, a men’s online essentials brand developed with fit and function at its core, it features the fundamental pieces that compose the base of any outfit: underwear, socks and undershirts.Mack Weldon is about the fusion between old-school quality and modern day technology. Today, men want shopping for underwear to be as painless as possible, so maintaining quality and consistency of fit is essential. Mack Weldon aims to offer its customer a reliable fit, making replenishment simple and quality ensured. “Fit is a key factor when buying a basic since it touches your skin and dictates the look and feel of everything you wear on the outside.  Our products are designed specifically with this in mind and deliver a wearing experience that is truly unique,” says Brian Berger, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mack Weldon.Each piece is engineered to promote comfort, mobility, moisture and odor management, and recovery. With a specially formulated 18-hour jersey fabric, underwear and undershirts retain their shape after repeated wear, and wash with minimal amount of shrinkage. The collection includes t-shirts ($22-$32), underwear ($19.50-$24) and socks ($12). The Best Men’s No-Show Socks to Keep Your Feet Happy and Stink-Free How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attirelast_img read more

Government House Celebrates African Heritage Month with Youth Panel

first_img Kayla Fells, Yarmouth, Theatre and Costume Studies student at Kings College and aspiring entrepreneur Jasmine Hudson, Cherry Brook, Halifax Regional Municipality, student, Schulich School of Law Dalhousie University Lindell Smith, Halifax, co-founder of CentreLine Studios Alvero Wiggins, Halifax, program co-ordinator of Hope Blooms and St. George’s YouthNet. The panel is part of the Lieutenant Governor’s Evenings at Government House free public event series which celebrates civic and cultural excellence in the province. To register for the panel e-mail or call 424-7001. Visit, or call 424-7001 for more information. Four young African Nova Scotians will share their insights on youth leadership and community engagement at a panel discussion at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Mayann Francis, former lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia and the first African Nova Scotian to hold the position. “Mrs. Grant and I invite the public to join us in celebrating African Heritage Month at Government House with youth leaders who are making a difference in our communities,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. Panelists include:last_img read more

BC to reimburse methadone patients for taking clinic fees off welfare cheques

first_imgVANCOUVER – The British Columbia government has agreed to pay back more than $5.5 million in fees deducted from the monthly social assistance cheques of methadone patients, a document filed in B.C. Supreme Court says.Details of the agreement were submitted late last week by Laura Shaver and outline how the government will reimburse 70 per cent of the $7.7 million, plus interest, collected from 11,719 patients.The settlement is subject to court approval and will go before a judge on Dec. 1.Shaver was the plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit launched two years ago aimed at preventing private methadone dispensing clinics from receiving $18.34 a month that the government allowed to be skimmed off clients’ income assistance or disability payments.The reimbursement applies to deductions made between November 2009 and July 2016, when the fees were suspended.Shaver’s lawyer, Jason Gratl, described the settlement as fair and said the average repayment would be between $400 and $500.“My overall impression is that the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction realized that this was just the right thing to do, legally and ethically,” Gratl said on Wednesday.Shaver could not be reached for comment.Social Development Minister Shane Simpson said the government is waiting on the courts before proceeding.“If approved by the courts, we will move forward very quickly after that with a settlement agreement for those people who were impacted,” he said.The notice of application says the agreement was reached in May but was conditional on approval from the province’s Treasury Board.The parties have not yet reached an agreement on the rate of repayment, though Shaver says in the court document it should be no less than $150 per month.Shaver’s original notice of civil claim says a Vancouver methadone clinic required her to sign a fee agreement drafted by the government in order to access treatment for her heroin addiction.The $60 fee was to go toward counselling services not provided by a doctor. A government provided supplement of $41.66 reduced that amount, but the agreement allowed the remainder to be paid from a recipient’s monthly social assistance allowance.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

City hosting movie in the pool this Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Leisure Pool with be hosting a night of entertainment with a movie in the pool this Friday.Despicable Me 3 will be the movie shown and residents of all ages are welcome to lounge in the pool.Admission for the movie is $15 for families, $4 for seniors, $6 for adults, $3 for youth (aged 6-18), and free for anyone under five years old. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m.last_img

BCCI looks to pocket Rs 20 crore from IPL playoffs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to pocket a cool Rs 20 crore from gate money during the playoff games in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. While the gate money during the group stage goes to the various franchises, the money collected from the last four games in the IPL goes to the board. The BCCI in its budget for the 2019 edition of the cash-rich league has calculated a Rs 2 crore rise from the gate money than what they had collected in the 2018 edition. In the 2018, the amount calculated as gate money was Rs 18 crore. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe final of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on May 12 after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) failed to secure permission to open stands I, J and K. But quality performance from Chennai Super Kings has seen the board keep Qualifier 1 in Chennai as BCCI doesn’t want fans to be robbed a chance to watch a knockout game. While Chennai will now host Qualifier 1 on May 7, Vizag will host the Eliminator and Qualifier 2. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe playoffs are generally hosted at the home grounds of the defending champions and runners-up team, however, certain challenges saw the BCCI remove this year’s final from Chennai to Hyderabad. Hyderabad was expected to host the Eliminator and Qualifier 2, but due to local elections scheduled on May 6, 10 and 14, that will not be possible as the police will not be in a position to provide the required security and permissions. Vizag was kept as back-up for the playoff games and will now host the Eliminator on May 8 and Qualifier 2 on May 10. Speaking after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting with Team IPL, chief Vinod Rai had spoken about the need to shift the final as the gate sales of the playoff games is BCCI’s prerogative. “We had to shift the matches from Chennai to Hyderabad after TNCA intimated us that they have not procured the requisite permission to open the three stands I, J and K. Since the gate sales of the knock-out matches is BCCI’s prerogative, we had to take a call,” he had said. But quality performance from Chennai Super Kings has seen them sit on top of the points table and the board felt that it would be unfair on the team if they removed Qualifier 1 also from Chennai citing the closure of the three stands which can seat around 12,000 spectators.last_img read more

US housing starts fell in March still stronger than in 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in March, but the pace of construction so far this year remains stronger than in 2016.Housing starts fell 6.8 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 million, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The setback came after strong gains in a warmer-than-usual February. Groundbreakings on new homes are still 8.1 per cent higher through the first three months of this year compared with 2016.More Americans are seeking homes as job security has improved with low unemployment. But even with a wave of construction, a dwindling supply of new and existing homes across much of the country has threatened to become a major drag on the housing market.Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, suggested that the March decline was likely temporary.“Is it the start of a trend? Likely not, given the strong demand for housing and the low levels of inventory to choose from,” Lee said.Despite a winter storm last month, housing starts increased in the Northeast largely because of apartment construction. The pace of groundbreakings tumbled in the Midwest, South and West.The March decline was likely due in part to an unseasonably temperate January and February, which allowed builders to begin construction earlier.“Much warmer-than-usual weather in the first two months of the year pulled starts forward into those months, and March — with more normal temperatures — saw the payback with declines in both single- and multifamily construction,” said David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Mutual Insurance.During the first three months of this year, construction of buildings with at least five units — mainly apartment complexes — has climbed 14.1 per cent. Single-family housing starts have risen 5.9 per cent.More properties will likely begin construction in the coming months. Building permits, an indicator of future construction, rose 3.6 per cent in March to an annual rate of 1.26 million.U.S. homebuilders expect rising sales, though they have become somewhat less optimistic. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday dipped to 68 this month from 71 in March. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as favourable rather than poor. The index has been above 60 since September.But strengthening demand and builder sentiment have yet to generate enough construction to sufficiently boost the availability of homes. That trend could temper sales growth and weaken affordability, in part because the shortage of homes has pushed up prices.There were 266,000 new homes for sale last month, up nearly 10 per cent from a year earlier. But sales of new homes rose 13 per cent over the past year.Purchases of existing homes have also increased. Yet sales listings of existing homes dropped 6.4 per cent over the past year to 1.75 million properties in February, a figure only slightly higher than in January when listings were at an all-time low. US housing starts fell in March; still stronger than in 2016 by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2017 6:46 am MDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mens Basketball Chris Holtmann eyes additional graduate transfers to round out young

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to referee after a blocking charge on the Buckeyes in the first half of the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will face an uphill battle to ascend back to the lofty level it reached last season.Head coach Chris Holtmann is more than aware of that.Replacing three starters, including 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate, will be a challenge for a team that returns only three impact upperclassmen.Holtmann said Tuesday that filling the lost production starts with the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes stepping up into key roles. But with at least one open scholarship, Holtmann said he expects to add at least one or two graduate transfers before the season begins.Former walk-on guard Joey Lane is currently on scholarship, but Holtmann said there is an understanding between the team and the energetic bench leader that he might need to lose the scholarship while remaining on the team so the roster can add another veteran player.Last season, Ohio State picked up a late graduate transfer when former Michigan guard Andrew Dakich joined the roster as the backup guard. Though never an impact player in maize and blue, Dakich quickly took up an important role in scarlet and gray.He went from averaging less than 5.5 minutes per game in his first three collegiate seasons to averaging 19 minutes per game in the 2017-18 season and providing the Buckeyes with much-needed depth at point guard.That came at a time when the Buckeyes desperately needed guard depth. With players like Micah Potter, Kaleb Wesson, Andre Wesson, Tate and Bates-Diop, there was no lack of talent at forward. Even with Tate and Bates-Diop no longer returning, Holtmann indicated the biggest depth concern again comes at guard. Ohio State will bring in four-star Luther Muhammad and three-star Duane Washington, while it returns senior C.J. Jackson and sophomore Musa Jallow. But with Kam Williams leaving, the Buckeyes no longer have a clear starter at shooting guard. Nor do they have anyone else who can run the point when Jackson needs a break.Holtmann said the team is currently looking at bringing in someone who can play point guard, thus allowing it to use a three-guard lineup like it did last year, albeit infrequently.“We’ll definitely play a three-guard lineup, probably in some ways, more than we did this year,” Holtmann said.It is not as simple though as just waiting for a player to decide to pick Ohio State. Holtmann said that April is a busy month for coaches, and that recruiting graduate transfers is an even more demanding process than high-school recruits.The timetable for recruiting high-school players is often extended. A coach can go visit a player and spend several years trying to get to know the player better and convince that player to join the school.Holtmann said, typically, as soon as the coaching staff is informed a player has been granted his release from his previous school, the race is on to recruit that player.“You’re at 10 right away on a scale of one to 10,” Holtmann said. “We’ve got a couple visits here in the next week and a half that we’re excited about that probably you guys will all hear about and then we have to continue to line up a couple.”One thing that Holtmann now has to back up his pitch to prospective Buckeyes is the fact he just brought the team to the NCAA Tournament in his first year as head coach. Often many of the transfers come from schools that failed to reach the tournament and the player leaving is just looking at a chance to make it to the Big Dance.“That’s not always the No. 1 criteria, but for guys that haven’t played in the tournament, it’s usually a pretty high criteria,” Holtmann said. Holtmann now has the track record to show he can take some of those graduate transfers to the tournament where they have always wanted to go. He just now needs their help getting there again.“Obviously in some of these cases, they could be a really important factor in whether or not we can get back to that point along with the most important factor, which would be our returning guys.” read more

Guyana represented at World Archery Americas General Assembly for the first

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArchery Guyana’s new Board of Directors electedSeptember 15, 2018In “latest news”Competition intense at first segment of 2018 Outdoor Archery ChampionshipsNovember 15, 2018In “latest news”Archery Indoor Recurve finals: Mangra, Mohamed win individual matchesDecember 5, 2018In “latest news” General Assembly 2018 at which Guyana was represented by Nicholas HingGuyana for the first time was represented at the World Archery Americas General Assembly which was held in Medellin, Colombia on August 18, 2018.Representing Guyana at this historic sitting was Nicholas Hing who expressed delight at being there at the General Assembly, noting in particular that it was exciting to hear all the news on upcoming competitions in the Americas and how we can all work together to develop the sport throughout the Region.Moreover, Archery Guyana sent official congratulations to Maria Emma Gaviria who was re-elected as president of World Archery Americas for a four-year term running until 2022 at the Confederation’s General Assembly, held during the 2018 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Championships in Medellin, Colombia.She noted that there were 45 delegates from 26 countries during the General Assembly, with the British Virgin and Guyana taking part for the first time. President of WAA indicated that “It’s a big step forward and we will continue to work non-stop for archery in our continent.”Cuba’s Sergio Font and Colombia’s Ana Maria Lopez were reassigned as Secretary General and Treasurer.Financial and development reports were presented during the assembly and approved by the member associations in Medellin.It was decided that Mexico City would host the 2020 Pan American Championships and the Tokyo 2020 continental qualification tournament for the Americas. Chile’s world ranking tournament in 2019 will act as the second qualifier for the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games.Mexico and Brazil will also host world ranking events in 2019, while the Bahamas will run the 2019 Caribbean Developmental Championships. read more

New Weir Minerals service centre in Hungary

first_imgWeir Minerals has launched its first service centre in Hungary to provide increased support to its growing customer base in the country, as well as in Romania and the former Yugoslavia. The centre is in Tatabánya in the north of Hungary, well placed for the motorway network allowing rapid access to customer locations around the country and beyond. As well as providing a convenient location for off-site repair and maintenance works by a team of engineers permanently based at the centre, the site will also hold strategic stock to minimise delivery times for replacement parts.The new location also includes a permanent office for the Weir Minerals’ sales team in Hungary. Weir Minerals’ key customers in the territory include industrial contractor GEA-EGI, ash handling and bulk materials specialist EWB, steel producer ISD Dunaferr and the Mátra Erömü power station. Ferenc Puskas, Weir Minerals’ sales manager for Hungary, said: “Weir Minerals has been supplying pumps and other equipment to businesses in Hungary, Romania and the former Yugoslavia for two decades and we have built a strong reputation with our customers. This is a key region for the business and the new centre will allow us to grow our share of the local market by making the service we provide our existing customers even better and improving our proposition for winning new business.”last_img read more

American model sues Rockstar for basing GTA San Andreas on his life

first_imgWhile Gran Theft Auto may be one of the most successful videogame franchises ever released, it’s also one of the most controversial spurning multiple lawsuits including the infamous Hot Coffee episode. Rockstar Games may have thought such lawsuits were all in the past, but a new one has just appeared from a very unlikely source.Michael Washingto a.k.a. “Shagg”, is an American model, and he’s suing Rockstar and publisher Take Two for basing the main character CJ in GTA: San Andreas on his life. Not only does Shagg believe that CJ looks like him, but his youth is the same, so Rockstar clearly stole it without his permission.The only evidence Shagg has in this case is the fact he spoke with Rockstar about his life when they were researching for the game. He was told he’d be contacted if they used him, but they never did, and went ahead anyway.AdChoices广告Apparently Shagg is listed in the San Andreas credits under “Talent”, so he was referenced. But apparently this isn’t enough and the actor wants $250 million compensation.As to why it took this long for him to take action: he never played the game and only heard about it through his nephew.Read more at GamePronMatthew’s OpinionI’ll be amazed if this goes anywhere. The CJ character can be customized to your liking in the game, and I think lots of people could read the back story and see parts of it that are similar to their youth.I suspect that when Shagg visited Rockstar he would have to sign some kind of contract before talking with Rockstar. That contract will contain the exact details of his role during the development of the game, and will likely nullify all claims being made by him in this lawsuit.What surprises me most is he didn’t play the game when it came out. If you’d spent time at Rockstar discussing your life for a GTA title, wouldn’t you run out and buy it on day of release?last_img read more

Google Earth app gets Android Honeycomb tablet tweaks

first_imgThe Google Earth app for Android devices has been around since last year, and it provides a cool, highly portable way to take a virtual jaunt around the globe from the comfort of your smartphone. For those of you who took the plunge and plunked down your hard-earned cash for an Android tablet, however, the experience has been less than ideal.Now, however, Google has announced an update to the app which brings a fully tablet-optimized experience. On your larger-screen device, the Google Earth interface adds a location bar for easier navigation and search, as well as support for fully textured 3D building renders. Several layers are also available for your exploratory enjoyment — including Google Places, Panoramio photos, and Wikipedia information.AdChoices广告While the original small-screen version of Earth for Android requires only 2.1 or better, the tablet mode is only available to users with a slate running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. If you happen to own, say, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, you’re just going to have to make do with a blown-up version of the smartphone app.To grab the Honeycomb-friendly version of Google Earth, just fire up the Android Market on your device — or head to in your favorite mobile Web browser. Want to see the app in action before taking the plunge? Check out the video below, courtesy of Droid Life.via Google Mobile Bloglast_img read more

Sesame Street Has Been Making Movie Parodies For Years

first_img In the Star Wars parody trailer, released via Sesame Street, the pun names are out of control. Luke Piewalker, Flan Solo, and Chewie the Cookie must work together to rescue Princess Parfaya from Darth Baker. Along the way, they must help Flan learn how to control his appetite for cookies, or else he’ll eat his partner.I had no idea this existed, yet the video came out in 2014. In fact, Sesame Street has a number of other movie trailer parodies, utilizing loose story elements, characters, and plot lines from famous films and TV shows, many which its target audience probably never saw.Sesame Street has been around for decades and comes from the same tradition as The Muppets, so the show making movie and TV trailer parodies isn’t surprising. However, the five-minute-long videos have been getting uploaded to the show’s official YouTube channel for years and seem to have slipped under the radar. It’s a shame because the bulk of them are clever, distorting some famous pop culture references in a way that is uniquely Sesame Street.Sesame Street has been making these videos since 2013 at least and uploading them to YouTube. They’re kid-friendly–often going over basic mathematics, colors, and words–but sometimes feature very adult source material. They’ve touched upon everything from Harry Potter to Star Wars, which its core audience of preschoolers probably understands, but also Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, House of Cards, and True Blood.It’s the ones in the latter category that tend to be the most memorable. Sons of Anarchy becomes “Sons of Poetry,” teaching kids how to rhyme “blue” and “you.” Even more astounding is how it manages to also feature the poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, which is a reference that makes no sense in this context but is so weird to spot in a show for preschoolers that it’s worth mentioning.Many of the videos feature Cookie Monster as he learns about self-control and delayed gratification, but some of its strongest works show off the work of the puppetry team with new characters and props. “Game of Chairs,” a musical chair parody of Game of Thrones, has puppet versions of Cersei, Joffrey, Ned and Robb Stark, and Daenerys, and an Iron Throne that’s made out of iron golf clubs.“Game of Chairs” is also noteworthy for all the dark references to the source material, much of which will go over the heads of toddlers and people who’ve been avoiding the show for six seasons. Robb Stark has a wedding to attend, for example. Grover needs to hurry this game of musical chairs along.It’s not that the videos are unpopular. The “Game of Chairs” skit has gotten over three million views since it was uploaded in April 2015. However, that seems to be one of the most popular ones. Most have between one and two million views after multiple years on YouTube, which is a shame considering this is Sesame Street: a cultural institution for multiple generations of kids whose parents want them to sit still for a while. IMore seriously, Sesame Street is made by a non-profit institution and has been running for over 45 seasons. It was made originally to help inner-city kids learn and just happened to appeal to a much wider audience.The low views on some of these parody videos seem related to its dwindling viewership, as the move to streaming and away from cable caused the show’s numbers and finances to drop. This resulted in a deal with HBO that has the seasons airing first on the network’s streaming service.We’re glad that we still get to have Sesame Street around for a few more years, but in the meantime, we’ll continue watching its work. The parodies specifically are great fun, even if the kids won’t always understand the references. It just means they have cross-generational appeal. Elmo Crashes ‘Game of Thrones’ Scene in Cute ‘Sesame Street’ CrossoverU.S. Postal Service Reveals New ‘Sesame Street,’ T. Rex Stamps Stay on targetlast_img read more

I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas singer inducted into Oklahoma Music Hall

first_img“I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” singer inducted into Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings(KUSI) – The woman behind the 1953 Christmas song “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” was recently inducted to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.Gayla Peevey is originally from Oklahoma but now lives in San Diego.Peevey visited Good Morning San Diego to talk about her recent induction and the history behind the famous Christmas Song. KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, December 10, 2018last_img read more