Indian Aces edge out Manila Mavericks 26-25 in thrilling IPTL tie

first_imgIndian Aces’ players celebrate their win over Manila Mavericks.Indian Aces began on Saturday the home leg campaign of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in a thrilling fashion, edging out Manila Mavericks 26-25 after super shootout in a tense contest at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Arena here.The win enabled the Aces to claim their top-of-the-table position with 24 points from seven matches while Mavericks remained at the third spot with 19 points after seven matches. The tie opened with a closely-fought mixed doubles match, with Mavericks’ Kirsten Flipkens-Daniel Nestor edging out Aces’ home pair of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza 6-5 (6).The Mavericks extended their slender lead in the next match, with Australian Mark Philippoussis clinching the past champions match 6-4 against Cedric Pioline. The 45-year-old Pioline, despite a lot slower and sharper than the big-bodied Philippoussis, fought evenly and was level at 4-4, but lost his service game at the most crucial juncture of the match to go down fighting.The Aces’ men’s doubles pair of Gael Monfils and Rohan Bopanna had their task cut out. They had to reduce the three-game deficit conceded in the first two matches. And the French-Indian pair began in aggressive fashion. Egged on by a sizeable and vocal crowd, they engaged in an exciting battle with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Treat Huey.Fittingly, the match extended to a tie-break and even then it was too close to determining a winner. Ultimately, the Aces held their nerves to emerge victorious 8-6 in the tie-break and reduce the games count margin to 15-17. The stage was set for a thrilling fight between two charismatic Frenchman, both presently ranked within the top 20 of the ATP rankings.advertisementThe match lived up to its billing with both players chipping and charging to the net, displaying characteristic athleticism. Racquets flew, fists pumped and “come on” shouts uttered numerous times.No favours were asked for or given as they traded blows at exhilarating pace and it was in the 10th game, with Tsonga leading 5-4 and 40-0 in Monfils’ serve that prospect of anyone winning the match emerged.The Aces took a timeout at this juncture to break Tsonga’s momentum but it proved futile as he won 6-4 stretching Mavericks’ lead to 23-19 going into the final match of the tie.The Aces’ hope lay on World No.5 Ana Ivanovic and she began in terrific fashion breaking Flipkens’ first service game to race to a 2-0 lead.That pumped up the Serbian to maintain the gained momentum. She led 4-2 and claimed the contest 6-2 to stretch the tie to a seven-minute super shootout as the scores were level at 25-25.An authoritative Monfils set early pace with a 4-2 and then 7-3 advantage and held onto the lead to win the super shootout 10-7 and secure the tie for Indian Aces 26-25.last_img read more

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Van Dijk dwarfed by NBA superstar Tacko Fall

first_imgImage Courtesy: LFCAdvertisementIts a nightmare for Premier League forward to get past Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, who towers at 6’3″, but the Dutchman dwarves in comparison to the Boston Celtics center Tacko, with a humongous height of 7 ft 7 in.Image Courtesy: LFCFollowing their match against Sevilla, the Reds and their gaffer Klopp met with the Celtics star, along with some photo sessions.A video was posted to Liverpool’s official Twitter handle @LFC, where the Netherlands international is being compared to the NBA giant. Watch the clip below-🏀 x ⚽️That reaction from @VirgilvDijk 😱@tackofall99 and @Grant2Will from @celtics got quite the reception from the Reds last night 👀🔴 pic.twitter.com/eaMa7K5PLQ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 22, 2019The 23-year old Senegalese contrasts 1 ft 4 inches over van Dijk, Liverpool’s pillar of defense. The center back, who has proven himself to be an ordeal against strikers, got a taste of the same feeling, and was quoted saying: “What. He will eat me alive, for breakfast.”The German coach, however, joked at Tacko by saying he has found the “perfect striker” for his team.The 23-year old was signed by the Boston giants as a reserve this year. With a wingspan of 8 ft 4 inches, add to that an enormous standing reach of 10 ft 2 in, Fall has been named one of the tallest humans alive.The Champions League winners will travel to Yankee Stadium to face Sporting, after back to back defeats against Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ministry decides to advertise for foreign coaches

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) Seeking to bring in transparency, the Sports Ministry today said the hiring of foreign coaches for various disciplines will be done through open advertisement. Sports Minister Vijay Goel approved has the proposal which emerged at a meeting he had with senior officers of his Ministry and Sports Authority of India in New Delhi yesterday. “This will bring more names before the foreign coaches Selection Committee in addition to those suggested by National Sports Federations,” the Ministry said in a statement. “The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports spends a substantial amount on foreign coaches to prepare Indian athletes for Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other important tournaments. Keeping this in view, extension to foreign coaches in future will be given on the basis of their performance as assessed by a committee. “Hiring of foreign coaches is a necessity for training Indian athletes in many sports disciplines at present, but they will be utilised for training Indian coaches so that our dependence on foreign coaches can be reduced in future. “The contract with foreign coaches will invariably include a component of training of Indian coaches for a certain period.” PTI PM PMlast_img read more

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Dogfish Head’s New In Your Mace Beer: Self-Defense in a Bottle?

first_img The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. When it comes to experimenting with beers, Dogfish Head Brewery consistently sits at or near the top of the heap (their slogan, after all, is “off-centered ales for off-centered people”), so it came as little surprise when the brewery announced that its latest experiment, In Your Mace, literally uses the key ingredient in Mace pepper spray.That being said, if you’re expecting it to be a great weapon for self-defense, you’d be better off channeling your inner Swayze and going Roadhouse with the business end of the bottle.In Your Mace is a coffee milk stout that is brewed with cinnamon verum chips from the Zanzibar Islands, mace spice (which is made from the outer shell of nutmeg), milk sugars, coffee, chicory, and chili oils — the ones that go into Mace pepper spray.“Any day we get to brew a beer wearing full body suits, face masks, and respirators is a memorable day in the brewhouse,” Dogfish Head CEO and founder Sam Calagione said in a statement.The project came about because Calagione went to high school with Mace brand vice president of sales Eric Crawford. While having a few beers and prepping for the Extreme Beer Fest, the two thought the beer would be a good way, as Dogfish Head normally does, to push the bounds of what we know as beer.The final product is 5 percent ABV and 35 IBUs. It has smoky and sweet notes, with spicy nutmeg, anise, and espresso notes all leading into the star of the show, the chili spice.If you’re sitting there reading this and thinking, “Boy, I need that in my life,” you better hope that you’re living in Boston or the Milton, Delaware area, because there are only two opportunities to get your hands on some (just remember that if you do get your hands on it, don’t touch your eyes after).First, In Your Mace will be poured at all three sessions of the Extreme Beer Fest on February 2 and 3 in Boston. The second opportunity is when the beer actually goes on sale. In Your Mace is only being sold from the Dogfish Head Tasting Room in Milton on Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. With only 200 750mL bottles made, you’re going to need a good dose of off-centered luck to snag a one or two for yourself.Need a beer that’s a little, um, tamer? Why not check out a Milkshake IPA? The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts last_img read more

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Fires Update Wednesday Aug 10 Noon

first_img A medical officer of health is available for interviews regarding air quality. To arrange, please contact the Department of Health and Wellness media contact below. -30- Following is a provincial fire update for Wednesday, Aug. 10, at noon. there have been no significant changes on the wildfires since the 9 a.m. update crews continue to work on the fires and resources are being sent to where they are most needed winds have begun to pick up, which will make conditions more challenging for crews and firefighters the crew from New Brunswick is expected to arrive in McGowan Lake in early afternoon smoke from the fires has been moving across the province, reaching Halifax smoke from the Seven Mile Lake wildfire has affected air quality in Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg and Queens Counties, which can put young children, the elderly, people with allergies, heart or lung conditions at risk non-coastal areas of mainland Nova Scotia are also expecting high humidity of between 35 and 39 degrees Celsius tomorrow, and this may also cause health problems for people who are vulnerable young children, the elderly, people with allergies, heart or lung conditions are most at risk. Symptoms include irritated eyes, increased mucus production in the nose or throat, coughing, or difficulty breathing, especially during exercise if you are sensitive to air quality or humidity, you may want to stay indoors, or somewhere that is cool. Spend time in an air-conditioned place – such as a library, indoor sports facility, mall or other public place if you have an air conditioner at home, set it to “re-circulate” and keep it running keep your doors and windows closed to avoid letting in polluted air, and avoid strenuous indoor activities as well as outdoor ones. if you have health concerns, contact 811 or your health-care provider.last_img read more

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This is an agonizing case Alberta stays charges in death of Indigenous

first_imgEDMONTON — The Alberta Crown has stayed charges against two caregivers in the death of a four-year-old Indigenous girl.Relatives of the girl known as Serenity were each charged in 2017 of failing to provide the necessaries of life.The Crown says it came to the decision after reassessing evidence called at a preliminary hearing and determined there was no reasonable likelihood of getting convictions.Serenity had a severe brain injury when she was taken to hospital in September 2014 where doctors noticed she was underweight and had multiple bruises.She remained on life support for about a week before she died.Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says the United Conservative government was not involved in the decision to stay the charges.“This is an agonizing case,” Schweitzer said in an email Tuesday.“The decision to stay the prosecution was taken independently by the Crown attorneys without any involvement by elected officials.”Schweitzer said that the Crown has one year to potentially reinstate the charges and there is ongoing related litigation and a pending fatality inquiry.When the charges were laid in 2017 the RCMP noted they were related to the circumstances in which the child lived, noting that the specific injury that caused her death was not criminal in nature.At the time of her death Serenity lived on a reserve in the central Alberta community of Maskwacis, south of Edmonton.Last October, her case prompted the then-NDP government to propose legislation that would see First Nations notified if social workers were thinking of removing an Indigenous child from a family’s care.In December 2017, the then Opposition United Conservatives introduced a private member’s bill dubbed Serenity’s Law.It called for requiring adults to report to police any child who needs intervention under the threat of six months in jail or a $10,000 fine.The private member’s bill did not pass.Alberta has about 10,000 children in care; about 60 per cent are from First Nations. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Hilarity For Charity Announces Lineup For 6th Annual Variety Show

first_imgHilarity for Charity (HFC) announced the line-up today for the 6th installment of its annual fundraising event taking place in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 24.The variety show will feature comedic greats including Michael Che, Sacha Baron Cohen, James Corden, Michael J. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Tiffany Haddish, Chris Hardwick, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Kumail Nanjiani, Chelsea Peretti, Craig Robinson, Sarah Silverman, and Michelle Wolf, and performers Post Malone and The Muppets. The special, which will stream globally on Netflix for the first time, will showcase a series of stand-up acts, comedic sketches and musical performances. Proceeds from the event will benefit HFC and its goal of raising awareness, inspiring change, and accelerating progress in Alzheimer’s care, research, and support through the engagement of young adults.In 2012, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen founded Hilarity for Charity as a resource for the millennial generation, to help bridge the gap in understanding the landscape of Alzheimer’s disease. Using this unique approach, HFC aims to significantly improve outcomes for all family members contending with Alzheimer’s disease by 2020.“We started the Los Angeles Variety Show six years ago in order to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a disease that has touched so many families including my own. Our goal is to educate a younger audience and ultimately create the next generation of advocates for the cause,” said HFC Co-Founder Lauren Miller Rogen. “I am so thrilled to be able to share this year’s show with an even larger audience through our relationship with Netflix and are proud to have them as a partner.”“Alzheimer’s sucks but comedy doesn’t,” added HFC Co-Founder Seth Rogen. “Which is why we’re excited to bring them together for one special night.”HFC’s flagship Los Angeles Variety Show is creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates through an evening filled with music and comedy. Past performers and special guests have included Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus, Paul Rudd, Bruno Mars, Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow, The Backstreet Boys, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Silverman, Weird Al and more. Funds raised through these events have been used to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s care, increase support groups nationwide, and fund cutting edge research. Since its inception, HFC has raised more than $7.5 million.HFC’s 2018 Los Angeles Variety Show is sponsored by La Croix, Audi, Twitter, and Guinness, with Crown Royal Canadian Whisky as the lead Spirits Sponsor for the 3rd year in a row, and as an extension of the brand’s platform of exceptional generosity.last_img read more

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Peace Regional RCMP lay drug trafficking charges in joint investigation

first_imgTrafficking of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) Trafficking of a controlled substance (cocaine) Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine), contrary to the Controlled Drugs & Substances Act. John Roberts is further charged pursuant to the Criminal Code with resisting a peace officer and Liza Roberts is additionally charged with being in possession of ammunition, contrary to a prohibition order.All four accused are scheduled to appear in Peace River provincial court on Monday, September 30, 2019, in relation to these matters. Paulovich has been released from custody while the remaining accused remain in custody at this time, pending their next court appearance.If you have information relating to this or any other crime, please contact the Peace Regional RCMP detachment at 780-624-6677.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).center_img Peace River, AB – On September 25, 2019, Peace Regional RCMP and Grande Prairie ALERT, supported by Grande Prairie GIS and the High-Level Police Dog Service, executed a search warrant and apprehended numerous individuals at a Grimshaw, Alberta residence, following a lengthy investigation into regional drug trafficking.According to the RCMP, the search of the residence resulted in the seizure of various quantities of suspected cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as materials and items used in the packaging and distribution of illicit drugs.As a result of the investigation, Grimshaw residents Daniel Terrence Guerin (41), Jonathan William Roberts (44) and Liza Lorraine Roberts (46) were apprehended on outstanding warrants for their arrest and are also jointly charged with Lorrie Kathleen Paulovich (39), with the following offences: Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine)last_img read more

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Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is down 33.29 points to 15,180.13.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 91.01 points to 21,378.04.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 7.59 points to 2,427.29.The Nasdaq composite index gained 10.69 points to 6,155.04.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.04 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 76.83 cents US.

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BSkyB announces deal to buy Sky Italia majority stake in Sky Deutschland

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BSkyB announces deal to buy Sky Italia, majority stake in Sky Deutschland LONDON – London-based satellite broadcaster BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a European pay TV giant, by buying stakes from 21st Century Fox.The deal announced Friday to buy Sky Italia and 57 per cent of Sky Deutschland is valued at 5.35 billion pounds ($9.1 billion). BSkyB’s largest shareholder is Rupert Murdoch, who holds just over 39 per cent of the company.Murdoch is also chairman and chief executive of 21st Century Fox, which has a strong presence in cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and other fields. The cash from the sale of some of its pay TV assets in Europe is expected to help fund the company’s pursuit of Time Warner after the recent failure of an $80 billion offer.James Murdoch, Rupert’s son and co-chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox, said the combination of European Sky companies would create “enormous benefits for the combined business and for our shareholders.” He also said the organizational structure would be simplified and service to customers would improve.BSkyB said the deal would create a multinational pay TV provider with 20 million customers and unite pay TV businesses in three of Europe’s four biggest markets.The company said 21st Century Fox would receive cash payments of 4.9 billion pounds and that BSkyB would also transfer its 21 per cent stake in the National Geographic Channel.BSkyB said it was paying 2.45 billion pounds for Sky Italia and 2.9 billion pounds for its stake in Sky Deutschland.The company said it would make a voluntary cash offer to Sky Deutschland’s minority shareholders at 6.75 euros ($9) per share. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2014 2:20 am MDT read more

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On World Telecommunication Day UN spotlights broadband for sustainable development

“Broadband connectivity is a critical element today in ensuring that information and communication technologies are used as effective delivery vehicles for health, education, governance, trade and commerce in order to achieve sustainable socio-economic growth,” declared Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in his message on the Day. Noting that the theme of this year’s Day is “Broadband for Sustainable Development”, he said that ITU’s efforts in line with that agenda focus on the dual goals of supporting the deployment of mobile broadband and the continued rollout of fixed-line technologies along with a thrust on meeting the global challenges of our times, such as combating climate change. “I call upon our partners – Governments, industry, academia and technical experts – to identify key gaps in broadband research and development, [and ] infrastructure,” Mr. Touré said, also urging stakeholders to define policy priorities for action in the areas of allocating radio frequency spectrum for broadband, and to seek leading edge technological solutions, particularly in the extension of broadband access into rural areas, least developed countries and small island developing States. In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said broadband connectivity is a transformative tool to achieve the three pillars of sustainable development – economic growth, social inclusion and environmental balance. “It is a key element of the debate on the post-2015 development agenda,” he said, stressing that broadband networks provide smart eco-friendly solutions to manage booming cities and transport systems; conduct long-distance diagnosis and treatment for patients in remote locations; and promote innovative educational applications for students around the world. Noting that the ITU was approaching its 150th anniversary next year, he urged stakeholders to work together to bridge the digital divide and harness the power of technology to create a better and more sustainable future for all. Echoing many of those sentiments UN General Assembly President John Ashe said that modern communication tools make it possible to connect the remotest communities and endow people with information and knowledge so they can realize their social, cultural and economic aspirations. “As we look to advance the post-2015 development agenda through North-South, South-South cooperation, to use ICT to advance our development goals, and to set the stage for a more technologically inclusive world, I encourage us to seek every solution that information and communication technologies offer to create a better future for all,” he said. read more

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Football JT Barrett named Big Ten Player of the Week

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball in the second quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing his seven-touchdown performance in No. 6 Ohio State’s win against Nebraska, quarterback J.T. Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday morning.Barrett has been named conference player of the week on eight occasions, the third-most ever. If he wins it again, he will tie former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson for the most career times being honored with the award.The redshirt senior completed 27-of-33 for 325 yards and five touchdowns, adding 48 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the Buckeyes’ 56-14 victory. He tied the school record — which he set in last year’s game against Bowling Green — for most touchdowns accounted for in a single game with seven scores.Barrett picked up his 32nd career win Saturday which gave him sole possession of the second-most victories by a Buckeye quarterback.Barrett and Ohio State do not play this weekend, but return to action against No. 2 Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Urban Meyer Ohio State to show off drastically improved pass defense at

Then-junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett (63) celebrates a tackle during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSpring practice holds different levels of importance for college football programs across the country.Some look to prepare for that next necessary step toward becoming elite, some look to completely reload after losing key members from a winning team the year before, while others still are dwelling in major transition periods while they welcome new leadership.The Ohio State Buckeyes could be considered to be in the latter as they sit mere hours from their annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium, after co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash as well as defensive line coach Larry Johnson were brought in to help revamp the OSU defense and get it back to championship level.The two coaches — along with head coach Urban Meyer and the rest of the staff — have preached the “4 to 6 seconds, point A to point B” mantra all spring long, and they’ll finally get to show the fans what they hope is an improved squad Saturday.“We had six units operate at capacity and three units that did not,” Meyer said Thursday on the Big Ten Teleconference regarding the 2013 team. “I’ve had people ask me that question, ‘(Why are you) changing the culture, you just won 24 straight?’ No, we’re enhancing our culture. We’re making it better.”Meyer said as the Buckeyes head into the annual intrasquad scrimmage, the pass defense — particularly on first down — has “drastically improved,” which is likely to be pleasing to OSU supporters. That unit gave up 268 yards per game last season, good for 112th in the country. The defense as a whole gave up 1,014 yards in OSU’s two losses last year — to Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl and Michigan State in the 2013 Big Ten Title Game — which put a stop to its 24-game win streak.“You’re only as good as your last game. You’re only as good as your last practice, and our last two games weren’t that great,” senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said Thursday on the Big Ten Teleconference. “But last year we did some really good stuff in the beginning of the season but kind of trailed off in the end for whatever reason. It’s important to look back and figure out why you trailed off so that it doesn’t happen again. It’s not about blaming people, it’s just about, find the problem and learning how to fix it.”Meyer said Wednesday he looks forward to the Spring Game as not just “another practice” because it allows him and his staff to evaluate players on a bigger stage. He echoed that statement Thursday, saying it’s not really for the guys who have that experience to get snaps.“That’s not really what spring games are for — I know what their reaction is going to be in front of a nice crowd,” Meyer said. “What I want to see are the skilled athletes that need to go learn how to make plays and let the fans watch them and have some fun doing it.”Meyer touched on the fall schedule as well, which sees two new conference opponents in Rutgers and Maryland added to it.“I think it’s great,” Meyer said of their additions to the Big Ten. “Plus, being the main attraction, the main conference on the eastern seaboard … I know that’s a big goal of the Big Ten.”Some new toys Meyer has on offense to combat those new foes are freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and freshman H-Back Curtis Samuel, who he said Wednesday are both in the rotation offensively. Bennett agreed with his coach on the latter, adding that redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones is also impressed him in place of the injured senior Braxton Miller. Miller’s been out all spring after having shoulder surgery.“I’d say the freshman Curtis Samuel, and Cardale’s been doing pretty well,” Bennett said. “Other than that, I haven’t paid too close attention.”A total of seven freshmen enrolled early as part of yet another top five recruiting class for Meyer, and they figure to be put to the test plenty Saturday once the Spring Game starts at approximately 1:30 p.m.“If you want to have a practice, have a practice,” Meyer said. “If you want to somehow arrange it so a receiver has to go beat a guy in coverage and catch a pass and hear the crowd roar, I mean that’s real. I think that’s one of the unique things we get at Ohio State.” read more

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Ciaran Sheehan I genuinely thought Id be gone past it for Aussie

first_imgTHE CALL CAME as a bolt from the blue.Ciaran Sheehan was winding down last Monday week after being part of the Ireland squad that had won the International Rules series.Then the phone rang. Gerard Sholly, Carlton’s recruitment officer, on the other end of the line.“It was a big shock to me”, says Sheehan. “I really didn’t see it coming, I genuinely thought I’d be gone past it for Aussie Rules. But he said there was interest in me signing and Carlton were making an offer.“I took a few days to think about it. I talked to my family, my girlfriend and a couple of friends. Once they were all on board, I decided to go for it.”Sheehan, who turns 23 on November 19th, and Carlton are not strangers. In the summer of 2009, he spent four weeks as an 18 year-old training with Carlton.But the lure of home proved too strong then and he returned to Ireland. Four years on, he feels he is better equipped for a life Down Under.“I feel I’ve matured an awful lot since then. At a young age, it was a massive move. It’s a lot easier to survive when you’re a few years older.“Now I’ve been to college in CIT, I’ve a degree in Recreation and Leisure and and an MA in Business management behind me.“And my mother is very comfortable with the decision now. I’d be very close to her. That’s a big difference and it makes it a lot easier to move. I’m excited about it.”Signing for Carlton means he has to cut ties with the Cork footballers.“I met up with Brian Cuthbert a few days ago to tell him. We discussed it and he was delighted for me. He said ‘you couldn’t deny a fella such an opportunity’.“That was great of him. I’m going to miss the Cork squad, we’re very close knit. I went away on holidays with a few of them last year to Cuba, we’d be a tight bunch.“The lads that have retired recently, I’d have great respect for. They were my heroes growing up and they were gentlemen on and off the pitch.” Sheehan with teammates before last summer’s Munster final.Pic: INPHO/James CrombieAnd he also has to leave his sporting roots.“That’s a difficult thing about it, to be leaving my club Éire Óg. It wasn’t an ideal way to end with the club last weekend when we lost a county hurling final, a year after we’d lost the football.“But it’s been great to play with them and that’s where it all started for me. All the lads have been very supportive and we’ll stay in contact.”RumoursThere had been speculation about Sheehan swapping codes but it was a move to the Cork hurlers that lead to the grapevine humming in September.“There was no truth to it at all. It was a bit mad really. I was outside the Hogan Stand for the hurling final replay a couple of hours before throw-in and people were asking me was I togging out.“It got blown out of proportion through word of mouth. All that really mattered was that I knew what was going on. There was never any contact with JBM. I was just supporting the hurlers like any other Cork person in September.”He appreciates the transformation in his sporting life. In July 2011 he lay crumpled on the turf in Fitzgerald Stadium clutching his knee. A snapped cruciate ligament saw him travel a tough road of rehabilitation for the following months.He’s grateful to the help in recovery of Dr Con Murphy from the Cork setup and Dr Ray Moran in the Santry Clinic. And most of all to Cork physio Conor Lane, whose wedding he’ll be at next Saturday, for being his taskmaster and soundboard during those early morning gym sessions at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.Sheehan tips a hat to another Cork football figure as well.“Conor Counihan was a massive influence on me. He took a chance on myself and Walshy in 2010, and I owe him for that. He gave everything he had to Cork.“He didn’t deserved some of the stick he got at times. He’s a Cork football legend and should be remembered for that.”Cork boss Conor CounihanPic: INPHO/Neil Danton He’ll jet off in January for a new life in Melbourne. The Carlton squad are heading to Arizona shortly for a high altitude training camp but Sheehan will miss that due to a pre-arranged holiday.“Carlton were good to me that way. I’m just looking forward to spending time with family and friends over the next couple of months. I’ll be getting myself ready for January.”And the prospect of a Rebel return down the road?“It all depends on what happens in the first couple of years. It’s very hard to think long term really. But look I’d always leave the door open. You never know what’ll happen.”13 Twitter reactions from GAA players to Ciaran Sheehan’s AFL moveCork’s Ciaran Sheehan to join AFL club Carlton Blueslast_img read more

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Astrotourism Kerry designated as stargazing reserve

first_imgRECOGNITION OF STUNNING night skies visible in Kerry could allow the region to become an area of ‘astro-tourism’, according to a local astronomy group.The region will soon receive recognition from the International Dark-Sky Association, which aims to highlight the negative effect of light pollution and also designate areas where it is absent, which means more stars than normal are visible in the night sky.An area of the county will now be designated a reserve.The project has the support of Failte Ireland, as well as Kerry County Council who are planning to replace existing street lights with ones that will not only cut down on costs, but will also result in less light pollution.Julie Ormonde of Kerry Dark Sky and South Kerry Astronomy Group says this is an opportunity being handed to the region on a ‘golden platter’.“It now gives Kerry the opportunity to become Ireland’s first region of astro-tourism”, she told TheJournal.ie. She also hopes that the Republic of Ireland’s first planetarium will be built in the region, something which many countries can have multiples of, but has “slipped under the radar” here.A number of smaller observatories could also be located in the region, allowing hands-on experience with telescopes.Ormonde first saw Kerry’s potential to be designated a reserve when she moved to the county from Dublin over two decades ago.“I was taken aback when I first saw the quality of the night sky here,” she said. Tourists are now looking for more than just scenery, they want something more. Not only is this recognition good for Kerry, it is good for Ireland as a whole.center_img A map of the reserve. (Image Credit: Kerry Dark Sky)Ormode says that local support for the project has been strong, but needs to be sustained for the full benefits to be felt.Find out more about the reserve here.Read: Sun-grazing comet likely to have broken up >Column: Stargazing for beginners – get the most out of these dark winter nights >last_img read more

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The TMobile G2 fades away

first_imgAfter less than a year, the T-Mobile G2, manufactured by HTC, has been relegated to the “discontinued” section of T-Mobile’s phone offerings. The G2 made waves back in October for running stock Android and being the direct successor to the wildly popular G1, the flagship Android phone that started it all. Even though the phone received modest sales, and the 4G model was one of T-Mobile’s first 4G smartphones, you won’t be able to get a G2 anymore.According to a snapshot of T-Mobile’s internal inventory system obtained by TmoNews, the phone was officially discontinued on June 6th. A number of outlets reported that the G2’s build quality just wasn’t up to par with HTC’s other devices, and users complained of a slider hinge that was too loose, allowing the keyboard to come forward too easily. Other reports say that the G2, even though it got a largely positive reception, just wasn’t a very popular device, and was missing the wow-factor that made Android phones on other carriers like the Droid 2 and the Droid X impossible to resist.G2 loyalists however, complained that T-Mobile never really highlighted the phone, and failed to market it. They claim that T-Mobile was too busy pushing the Nexus S to properly promote the G2, and that had T-Mobile paid more attention to the device, it would have sold better.Regardless of the reason why T-Mobile decided to kill the G2 a short 8 months after its release, HTC fans won’t have to wait too long for other options. HTC’s myTouch Slide is on the way on T-Mobile, and while it has a similar form-factor, it lacks the 4G sensibilities of its cousin. It’s doubtful that HTC will make a G3 or another successor to the G-series of phones, especially now that Google has embraced the Nexus line as the “official Google phones,” but we’ll just have to wait and see.via TmoNewslast_img read more

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Where does the worlds data live

first_imgEvery day the world generates massive amounts of information. Whether it’s a Monday  in July or New Years Eve, book are being written, photographs are being taken, and measurements are being made. Much of that data is stored, be it at home on our hard drives, on smartphones, or on a server somewhere far away where land is abundant and electricity is cheap. Online storage company Mozy, an organization that probably knows a bit about where data lives, put together the infographic you see below. It outlines how much data we’ve generated, where we store it, and how we store it.Obviously the  graphic tells the story, but there are some key takeaways like how much data we stored in 2007: roughly estimated to be an incredible 295 exabytes, or 295,000,000,000 gigabytes. And that was four years ago–today each of us stores more then we did then. According to the math in the graphic, we’re probably saving something like 600 exabytes now.And where does all the data live? As expected, it’s mostly on hard drives. Optical media and tape accord for a portion, but over 50% is on spinning disks. After that the graphics take a stab at where those hard drives are placed by listing some of the world’s largest data centers. It stands to reason that the largest data centers pack the most servers and thus most storage, but this is a guesstimate. Note the concentration of massive data centers around Chicago (#1, 5, and 8 account for about 2.3 million square feet when combined).Probably the coolest part of the graphic, for me, was that note that digital storage overtook analog in 2002. So prior to 9 years ago our books, photo albums, and cuneiforms tablets were believed to house more data then our Zip disks, floppy drives, and CDs. That’s pretty incredibly, especially considering how quickly data started to become digitized. There were reasonably good tools for digitizing information prior to 2002 and a burgeoning method of sharing our data (the internet), so it seems like it just took some time to get it all converted and for the pressure to grow to the point where everything had to be accessible.via Mozylast_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews FIFTY SHADES FREED

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ So Fifty Shades Freed must be pretty bad, right?Yeah… but, I mean – not prohibitively so?What, are you going easy on this one?Not really, it’s just… I’m trying not to contribute as much as I once did to the overriding critical paradigm that holds junky, pandering pop-culture artifacts aimed mainly at woman to an unreasonably high standard. Yes, this is nothing more than somebody’s beat-off fantasy dressed up trashy rewritten self-insert fan-fiction, but… So it’s a lot of stuff that more or less gets a pass. It’s kinda scummy that we decided that someone making probably too much money off harmlessly dumb books about having the world’s most handsome kinky rich dude fall head-over-heels for you and have ‘unconventional’ relations all because guys were weirded-out that their moms were reading ‘porn’.Okay, fair enough. Bu-That having been said… these movies are really, really bad.So I’ve heard! What is this whole thing about, anyway?The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (which originated as Twilight fan-fiction re-written into something “original”) is the story of Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson); an utterly plain, timid, virginal everygirl in trendy Seattle who attracts the romantic attention of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), a handsome world-famous billionaire playboy who’s deeply-entrenched in the BDSM lifestyle but sucks at relationships because he’s an adopted orphan with super-intense Mommy Issues who hasn’t met the girl who can fix him yet – guess who that is.“Anastasia Steele?” Seriously?Yeah… so, in the first one they have a whirlwind romance and break up because his whole dominant trip goes to a way darker place than she’s necessarily down with. Fifty Shades Darker has them getting back together when he helps her with a creepy boss who’s psychotically obsessed with her (and him for some reason). Anna meets the older woman who messed him up (more) as a teenager and understands that he’s partly the way he is because he was an abused orphan adopted into wealth/power. In this one they get married and finish dealing with the bad guy from the last one – who, despite being an unemployed book editor, is somehow super-adept at disguise, stealth break-ins, helicopter sabotage, high tech arson and staging kidnap plots.…Huh?Exactly. This is the problem with turning disposable pulp-erotica into a narrative movie. When the only important elements in play are what location and/or mood will these people next make the beast with two backs, you end up with “story” that makes so little sense it borders on the surreal. At one point Christian loads up his private jet with all of Ana’s best friends to go on a surprise vacation to his fabulous mountain house where they can all go on awesome hikes and party in cool clubs. The excuse for this digression? …one of the supporting characters had to propose to his girlfriend. That’s it. BUT!!! It was time for “happy mood” and “fabulous mountain house” line up in the random-fantasy generator, so there we go.So it basically never had a chance.Well… there’s the germ of an idea here that this one is now all about Ana finding her own power within their whole weird yet sort-of functional dynamic that you can almost imagine being a better movie. There’s a whole sequence built around arguing over home renovations with a lady architect who keeps flirting with Christian and is (of course) a stunning Italian blonde with a killer figure and how Ana puts her in place so dominantly (but in her own fashion). Christian is so impressed he decides she’s ready to do the driving when their souped-up crazy-expensive car needs to outrun the crazy villain chasing them in the very next scene.You’re making that up.I am not, but doesn’t that sound like something that could be fun if it embraced its own identity as campy wish-fulfillment nonsense like the Fast & Furious movies learned to do. But as happened with Twilight, someone bafflingly decided that this foolishness should be taken seriously; which means we end up with the limpest, dullest movie ever to feature this much gratuitous nudity. These movies aren’t the worst thing ever. But if they were I might’ve been more entertained.Is any of it at least funny?Well… I don’t want to say that it feels like the franchise is starting to make fun of its own presumed Horny Suburban Soccer Mom target audience, but I will mention that one of the big “sexy” sequences is built around Ana and Christian essentially having a threesome with a pint of Ben & Jerrys. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Jesse Ventura talks about Verne Gagne his career in AWA

first_imgFacebook Woody Harrelson Recalls ‘Brutal’ Dinner With Trump: ‘I Had To Go Outside and Burn One’ Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling sent this in.The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast lets our guest dictate the rules today and that is because it’s The Body’s Rules. We are joined by the WWE Hall of Famer, Former Governor of Minnesota, Best Selling Author and Actor/TV host; Jesse “The Body” Ventura. In what is described by Jesse as a rare interview about his pro-wrestling career, we get down and dirty with the man who “tells it like it is” and cover his legendary wrestling and announcing career as well as talk about the passing of legendary AWA Promoter, Verne Gagne. In typical Jesse fashion he pulls no punches and gives us all the details on why he now lives “Off the Grid”. Sit back and enjoy…it’s time to go head to head with “The Body”.You can download the full episode here: http://tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2015-04-29T21_00_00-07_00Jesse “The Body” Ventura on the passing of AWA Promoter Verne Gagnehttps://youtu.be/FzJuPCQNJ1kPlease Subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling: www.tmptofwrestling.com and twitter.com/therasslinpal – twitter.com/twomanpowertripVerne Gagne’s creation of “The Body” nickname:You have to remember both Hulk (Hogan) and I wrestled in other places before we came to the AWA. I had been wrestling five years, I wrestled in Portland, Oregon for three years, Hawaii and so let’s put it this way. It was during my tenure with Verne that I became Jesse “the Body” Ventura. In fact, Verne named me that. He had lost Superstar Billy Graham a couple of years earlier and he asked me; “Can you do Superstar Graham?” I told him I could do Superstar Graham better then Graham, because Billy was my hero. There would not have been a Hulk Hogan or a Jesse Ventrua if there was no Superstar Billy Graham. Verne said to me that’s what we want and it was Verne that actually thought of it, he said I want to call you Jesse “The Body” and I want you to pose and do all that stuff that Graham does and that’s where the birth of Jesse “The Body” came from.Working for Verne Gagne in the AWA:Verne had a great territory. The thing that made Verne’s territory so good was that you only wrestled about 12 or 14 times a month at the most. It gave you ample time with your family and ample time to work out and recover from injuries. I remember in Oregon I wrestled 63 consecutive nights in a row without a day off and there are guys who wrestled way more than that and beat that record like it was nothing. When you wrestled for Verne you would wrestle a day or two and then get three or four days off so it really made the Minneapolis territory at that time a wonderful place to be, if you wanted to make good money and not be on the road every day of your life.Verne being a perfectionist:We would be doing interviews and Greg (Gagne) would be running the interviews and we would bang through every market and have it down to like two or three markets and then Verne would come in and you would be there for six hours doing the final two markets. I would get so angry about that. At the time I lived along the Mississippi River and I would be so ticked off that I would park my car on the river bank before I would go into see my wife and kids. I look back on it now at age 63 and laugh about it but at the time it was happening Verne could literally (laughs) drive you crazy.Teaming with Adrian Adonis as part of the East-West Connection in the AWA and WWF:Adrian was phenomenal in the ring and I couldn’t have asked for a better and more athletic partner, he was a great wrestler and could do anything you could imagine. My only problem with Adrian was after being with him for three or four years, was outside the ring Adrian sometimes required a babysitter and I got tired of that role. I didn’t feel as a professional it was my job to make sure Adrian made the planes on time and the events on time. So he became a little dependent on me and I really didn’t like that aspect of being with him and that was one of the reasons I finally broke the tag team up. Taking care of myself is a load enough, I don’t need to be taking care of a second person and don’t get me wrong that was all stuff outside of the ring, Adrian was never a problem in the ring at all..ever.Favorite match teaming with Adrian:When we beat the High Flyers at the St. Paul Civic Center and I always loved that I got the pin on Greg Gagne, so it will go down in history that Jesse Ventura gave Greg Gagne the spike pile-driver with a little help from Adrian and covered him 1-2-3. That’s on the famous AWA tape that Vince has out there now, I know because I actually watched it this past winter.Jesse Ventura also talks at great length about the difference in working for Vince McMahon Sr. and Vince McMahon Jr., beating Jerry Lawler in Memphis, the problems he has with Hulk Hogan making the transition to commentary, working with Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross, WCW not using him properly and his new internet political talk show “Off the Grid”.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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