first_imgThe Haryana Cabinet on Monday took an in-principle decision to bring an amendment in Section 31 of the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, allowing devolution of powers to the Gram Sabha to ban liquor within the local area of a Gram Panchayat.A Cabinet meeting, held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, decided that a Gram Sabha may, at any time, during the period commencing on the 1st day of April and ending with the 31st day of December of any year pass a resolution banning the opening of a liquor vend in its region from April 1 of the next year.“The quorum of the Gram Sabha meeting for passing such a resolution shall be one-tenth of its members,” said an official statement.The Cabinet also gave authorisation to the Chief Minister for a further period of 6 months for all matters pertaining to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in the State including framing of new rules and rate of tax, amendments thereto and issue of notifications under the Act.More HRA for MinistersThe Cabinet also decided to revise the house rent allowance of Ministers from ₹50,000 to ₹80,000 plus ₹20,000 to cover electricity and water charges by bringing amendment in Rule 10-AA of the Haryana Ministers Allowances Rules, 1972.last_img read more

first_imgBernadeth Pons had her lowest-scoring game for Far Eastern University this season, but the Lady Tamaraws’ captain is fine with sharing the offensive limelight with her teammates.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Madayag: Ateneo needs to play with more confidence 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READcenter_img Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES After Saturday’s matches, Pons is the fourth-leading scorer of the season averaging 16.5 points-per-game, just half a point behind third placers Diana Carlos of UP and Jhoanna Maraguinot of Ateneo.FEU improved to a 2-2 record, sharing the fourth spot with Ateneo in the standings, and Pons is confident they can start putting together a winning run at this point in the first round.“We still have three remaining games in the first round and this win was really big for us because we got a lot of confidence from this,” said Pons. “Our morale really improved after this one.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU’s senior hitter had just nine points in FEU’s sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-23, 24-19, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament and Pons is actually relieved that her teammates were able to fulfill the team’s demands.“I’m happy with my scoring because that means everybody can contribute,” said Pons in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I even told them that volleyball comes easy when everyone scores.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAgainst UP, Heather Guino-o and Toni Rose Basas carried the scoring load finishing with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Pons was FEU’s leading scorer in all three games prior to its win against the Lady Maroons and had eclipsed the 20-point mark twice.last_img read more

first_imgSpain will not crumble under the weight of expectation during Euro 2016 in France as they have grown accustomed to the pressure that comes with winning several major honours in recent years, winger Pedro has said.Vicente del Bosque’s charges are under increased pressure to win their third successive European Championship title, after their ill-fated 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil, where they were eliminated in the group stages. (Struggles in front of goal concern Spain coach Del Bosque )”There is big pressure for us to win. That’s normal but we just need to focus on the tournament and each game when it comes along,” Pedro told his club, Chelsea’s website (www.chelseafc.com).”We have had time to prepare but the Euros are always very difficult to win.”Pedro, who has scored 17 goals in 57 appearances for his country, insisted the morale in the squad remained upbeat despite Spain’s embarrassing loss to 137th-ranked Georgia in their final Euro 2016 warmup friendly on Tuesday.”Confidence is high and the team have been doing well,” Pedro added.”All the players are focused on the tournament and winning the cup but there are a lot of other strong teams such as England, Belgium and France, who are playing at home, so it will be difficult.”Spain kick off their title defence in Group D against the Czech Republic on Monday in Toulouse before facing Turkey and Croatia.last_img read more

first_imgChennai, Nov 24 (PTI) Chennaiyin FCs resounding win over NorthEast United here in their Indian Super League match was marred by the heckling and mocking of a visiting side fan by a home supporter which was strongly condemned by both the team owners.Videos of a man, who is seemingly a supporter of Chennaiyin FC, making curious gestures towards a female NEUFC supporter were posted on Twitter, which drew condemnation.Chennaiyin FC, who had emerged 3-0 victors in the match last night, has condemned the alleged “unbecoming behaviour” by a section of their fans against a group of North-East United FC fans during the ISL game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and said the club will take strong action.”Chennaiyin FC has a very strict and firm policy against racism and any unbecoming behaviour in the stadium. The club strongly condemns any such act. We are looking into any such incidents and will take strong action against it,” Chennaiyin said in their official Twitter handle.NorthEast United owner, Bollywood actor John Abraham too slammed the incident and said the team stood by the fan who was “victimised”.”Its deeply disturbing to me when sports becomes an unsafe or unharmonious place for anyone. Everything I have taken back from sport has been only positive, from learning to play with people who are different, learning to take loss with a sense of sportsmanship, winning with humility,” Abraham said.”To the girl who was victimized by these insensitive and thoughtless people, we stand with you and you will never feel alone you mustve felt at that moment. I will personally meet you and make sure you are OK.”advertisement”To the fans who troubled her, Ill call you fake fans because I know that Abhishek or myself would never condone this behaviour from our own true fans. I will find you and make sure you are punished and apologize for your behaviour,” Abraham said. PTI SS PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_imgIndia’s top-ranked table tennis player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran expressed his shock over the kind of treatment they received from Air India and the way they were left stranded at the international airport in New Delhi after being denied boarding for a flight to Melbourne.The ITTF World Tour Australian Open is set to begin on Monday and 17 players and officials of the Indian table tennis team were set to fly to Melbourne but only 10 of them could fly out.Upon their arrival at the airport, they were told that the flight was overbooked and only 10 members of the team could board the Air India flight.Among the seven who could not fly were Commonwealth Games gold medallists Manika Batra and Mouma Das.Also read – Manika Batra and team finally board flight to Australia. What delayed them?Sathiyan said that it was “shocking” as they had a confirmed ticket and he hoped that they won’t face such problems in the future.”Very unfortunate and shocking as we had a confirmed ticket from Air India and we never expected something like this would happen,” Sathiyan told IANS from Melbourne.Along with the 40th ranked player, celebrated paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal and six others have reached the venue while Mouma and Manika are slated to arrive at night.I would like to thank @NeelamKapur mam for the prompt action and getting our tickets booked for tonight. Finally got my boarding pass and flying soon. Thanks @Media_SAI @Ra_THORe sir @PMOIndia sir pic.twitter.com/ciZPt07fABadvertisementManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018″I am really disappointed and hope we don’t face such problems in future from the airline,” Sathiyan added.”It will be quite hard for the players who come late but I still feel it was really nice that SAI, sports ministry and TTFI (Table Tennis Federation of India) made good efforts at the last moment to fly them as early as possible with alternate arrangements. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is ranked 40 in the world and is India’s top-ranked table tennis player. (Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Instagram Photo)”They will reach tonight and sleep over there as well, otherwise they were supposed to reach next day morning, just few hours before the match which would have been worse,” he told.On Sunday, Manika took to Twitter to post a couple of tweets speaking of the trouble they faced and expressed her shock over the mismanagement.Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tomManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Contd- On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked &only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock.7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie.@Ra_THORe @PMOIndia Shocked at such mismanagement by @airindiainManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Even as Sports India Director General Neelam Kapur sprung into action immediately and made the arrangements, Air India blamed the late arrival of players and the bookings done under different PNRs.Sathiyan brushed aside such claims and said that the airline should do a better job than leaving people hanging like that.”Still I feel Air India should manage it better and not leave passengers like this.”They gave us hotel, food and stuff but the purpose would have been defeated had we not reached on time.”(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

first_imgThe 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket.We’re midway through Friday’s action in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, which means that 24 of the 32 games have been completed. Despite not one of today’s contests having resulted in an upset, we’re down to just 24 perfect brackets in ESPN’s challenge. For reference, there were only 273 perfect brackets entering the day after Thursday’s insanity.On ESPN’s website, there are only 22 perfect brackets listed. Of those, the champion breakdown is as follows: Kentucky with eight, Arizona with five, Duke with three, Wisconsin with two, Villanova with two, Notre Dame with one and Georgetown with one. There were 11.57 million brackets submitted this year.After 24 games played, just 24 perfect brackets remain in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, out of 11.57 million. That’s 0.0002 percent.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 20, 2015Will anyone make it through the day?last_img read more

first_imgThe LSU Tiger leads cheerleaders and players onto the field.NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: The Louisiana State University Tiger runs on the field before the Tigers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes during the AllState BCS National Championship on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season sits just under two months away. While the NBA offseason has done a solid job of entertaining us, we’re ready for our favorite teams to retake the gridiron.In 2017 a few pleasant surprises took our attention. Scott Frost led UCF to an undefeated season, while TCU, Miami, and Northwestern put together better-than-expected campaigns.But we’re not here to talk about the positives from last season. We’re head to talk about the impending doom for the upcoming season.25 teams finished in the AP’s ranking of the best college football teams following the 2017 season. There are five, that’s right five, who won’t make it to a bowl game this season. Pom Squad of the Memphis Tigers celebrate with the fans after a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)1. Memphis (No. 24)We’ll start with a less-bold prediction. With quarterback Riley Ferguson gone, the load now falls on unproven arms. Without the veteran leadership of Ferguson, the Tigers will rely heavily on the legs of running back Darrell Henderson, which could make the team one-dimensional.The team’s leading receiver from 2017, Anthony Miller, is also gone, leaving incumbent quarterback David Moore with young wideouts. LSU cheerleaders run around the field with flags.(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)2. LSU (No. 18)With one pick down, we’re starting to feel a bit more bold. Ed Orgeron and company landed a massive  free agent in former Ohio state quarterback Joe Burrow. However, Burrow might not even start the 2018 season.With new players in place and an incredibly difficult schedule in store, the Tigers could be in trouble. LSU opens the season against a Miami team that was much-improved under Mark Richt and returns a healthy number of starters including a top-8 recruiting class.This isn’t the year for Orgeron, and he might be out after. The USF mascot raising its arms.(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***3. USF (No. 21)Charlie Strong and company are in for a rude awakening during the 2018 campaign. The most-pivotal piece of the 2017 team, quarterback Quinton Flowers, is now a Cincinnati Bengal. With Flowers gone, the Bulls will have to look elsewhere for the majority of their offense.Flowers not only led the team in passing, but he also led the team in rushing. Yes, the team brought in former 5-star quarterback Blake Barnett, but he’s had trouble locking down a starting gig at every turn. Stanford's tree mascot at a football game.(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)4. Stanford (No. 20)Sure, Bryce Love decided to bring his talents back to the college game, but that won’t be enough for the Cardinal, who fielded a dreadful passing attack during the 2017 season. Love’s legs can only carry the team so far.With trips to Oregon, Notre Dame, Washington, Cal, and UCLA, it will be tough for Stanford to hold together throughout the entire season. Opponents can stack the box against Love and try to make K.J. Costello beat them with his arm. UCF flag flies before AAC championship game.(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)5. UCF (No. 6)An undefeated season and a win over a major college football program during a bowl (Auburn), will be what lives on from the 2017 campaign. However, the Knights are now left reeling from that success. Scott Frost and company took their talents to Lincoln and will now lead the Nebraska Cornhuskers.Meanwhile, the emotional heart of the UCF defense, Shaquem Griffin, is in the NFL. McKenzie Milton is back and will lead a potent passing attack, but offense was never the problem under Scott Frost. The team needs defense, and it will be tough to adjust after losing significant players.There are the five programs in for a rude awakening following a season of success – bring on the criticism.last_img read more

first_img Queens County Senior Safety Association Association des seniors en sécurité Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association Shelburne County Senior Safety and Services Society South Shore Safe Communities Initiative Association Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association Seniors’ Safety Program Association of Hants County Annapolis County Seniors’ Safety Program Association Yarmouth Town and County Crime Prevention Association Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association Digby and Area Seniors’ Safety Society Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society The Canadian Red Cross Society, Halifax Regional Seniors’ Safety Program Association for Safer Cape Breton Communities Government support will help Nova Scotia seniors live more comfortably and independently in their homes. Fourteen non-profit groups providing direct service to seniors, as well as education and awareness of senior abuse and crime prevention, are receiving senior safety grants. “The senior safety grant provides direct support and is a crucial investment at the community level to help seniors remain living safely in their homes and actively engaged in their future well-being and independence,” said Sharon Elliott, co-ordinator of the Annapolis County Seniors’ Safety Program. The grants are used to provide information or services directly to seniors in their homes, or through group presentations and workshops at locations within the community. This includes one-on-one visits from safety co-ordinators, seminars with professional experts, and the production of various materials. “Seniors have told us they want to stay in their homes longer and feel safe in their communities,” said Minister of Seniors Leo Glavine. “These grants support community-based programs that create healthy, safe, inclusive and supportive communities for seniors to remain independent, contributing members of society for even longer.” The grants also support community-based senior safety programs that address senior abuse, promote crime prevention and raise awareness of safety and health issues for seniors. To qualify, programs must demonstrate financial or in-kind community support and cover a large geographic area, typically a county. “The money provided by the province was the starting point for our program. We were able to leverage the province’s support to show the program’s value and secure additional community funding to grow,” said Paul Fynes, chair of South Shore Safe Communities. “Our program works on both preventative and intervention levels, from improving a senior’s driving skills to helping someone with dementia function.” The 14 groups each receive up to $20,000, for a total of more than $278,000. Funding is provided by the departments of Seniors and Justice. The recipients are: For more information on the safety grants, visit http://novascotia.ca/seniors/senior_Safety_Grant.asp .last_img read more

first_imgAlcohol has not been ruled out as a causal factor of this collision.The passenger sustained minor injuries.Chetwynd RCMP is continuing to investigate and no further information is available at this time. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd RCMP attended a single vehicle fatal collision on Highway 29 near Jackfish Lake Road on November 29.Upon arrival, it was determined that a Ford F150 pickup with two male occupants had left the highway.The driver of the pickup was ejected and was found deceased at the scene.last_img

first_imgParis: Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami. The Swiss great switched places with Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who had briefly climbed to fourth after defeating Federer in the final at Indian Wells two weeks ago. Rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas moved up to a career best of eighth, while Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov cracked the top 20 for the first time following his run to the Miami semi-finals. Felix Auger-Aliassime, 18, soared 24 places to 33rd after matching compatriot Shapovalov’s run to the last four in Florida before losing to defending champion Isner. Novak Djokovic remains comfortably clear at the top despite crashing out in the last 16 in Miami, with Rafael Nadal still well ahead of third-ranked Alexander Zverev as the Spaniard targets a return from injury for the clay-court season.last_img read more

Rabat – The Atlas Lions performances during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers are still mesmerizing international football figures. For Spain’s national football team coach, Julen Lopetegui, Morocco’s national football team is the best in Africa.The international former Spaniard footballer held talks with Spanish daily sports news outlet Marca about his plans for the 2018 World Cup. In the interview, the 51-year old coach talked about La Roja’s Group B opponents: Iran, Morocco and Portugal.As he was speaking about Morocco, Lopetegui said that he believes that Morocco is the best team in Africa, adding that the Atlas Lions “achieved their objective in a wonderful way, without letting in any goals and by knocking out Ivory Coast, one of Africa’s strongest teams.” In the World Cup first round, Morocco has finished unbeaten in front of the continent’s tough teams, including Mali, Gabon and Cote d’Ivoire.This is not the first time Lopetegui expresses his admiration for Morocco’s team performances and achievement. After the World Cup final draw, which took place in Moscow on December 1, Lopetegui said that  “one of the toughest teams, is the Moroccan squad, who excluded the Ivorian team in the World Cup qualifiers.”Speaking about Spain’s future rivals, Lopetegui said that Portugal is the “champion of Europe” as it has “the best players in history, they have a great generation and they have a coach with a lot of experience.” For the Spaniard, the Iranian squad “has been the best team in Asia over the past five years, ahead of Japan and South Korea.”Lopetegui also shared with Marca his vision of what is leadership. For him, leading means “convincing, specifically convincing everyone to give the best that they have in search of a common goal.” He added that football is “a team sport and one of our main strengths is that we have great players who are committed to our common goal, both with the ball and without it.”Morocco will play against Spain on June 25 after facing Iran on June 15 and Portugal on June 20. read more

TORONTO — Sears Canada Inc. says executive chairman Brandon Stranzl has resigned from its board of directors following court approval last week for the retailer to begin its liquidation sales.The company says his services are no longer required.Sears Canada has been operating under court protection from creditors since June.Stranzl had led a group that was interested in buying the retailer and turning its fortunes around.However, no deal was reached and the company was granted approval last week to begin the process to liquidate all of its inventory and close its doors.Sears Canada says it expects to start its liquidation sales on Thursday.

After an insurgency that forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has spent more than a year re-establishing order in the Caribbean country, especially in two shanty towns, Bel Air and Cité Soleil, in the capital Port-au-Prince.In a wide-ranging news conference earlier this week, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Juan Gabriel Valdés said: “I say clearly that MINUSTAH will continue to use the necessary force that our mandate permits” to remove the capacity to inflict injury from those who do not understand the disarmament appeal or who understand only the language of violence and weapons.In the difficult year, the mission’s drive to respond to the armed gangs seeking to prevent the elections had not weakened, he said. Since the cabinet was re-shuffled at the end of June and recent appointments were made within the Haitian National Police (HNP), tangible progress has been made in the fight to increase security.For the first time since MINUSTAH’s arrival, he said, they could see a significant improvement in security, with abductions and other criminal acts having decreased considerably since mid-July, and these successes had to be followed up.Party registration was closed on Monday and all parties would have representatives and all the voters would have the opportunity to vote for the candidates of their choice, Mr. Valdés said.”We believe in an inclusive electoral process because it confers a profound legitimacy,” he said, adding that the parties had agreed that 30 per cent of the candidates fielded would be women.A new government would be installed by 7 February no matter the changes in other deadlines, he said. The Government’s electoral commission has extended the voter registration period by six weeks, until 15 September, for the elections scheduled for November and December.For voter registration, more than 429 centres were operating across the country, he said.Since last Friday the residents of Bel Air were able to register at the National Fort, where Brazilian UN peacekeepers and the Haitian National Police were providing permanent security. On the first day, more than 400 voters signed up, Mr. Valdés said.In Cité Soleil, registration was also continuing under strict security surveillance, he said.He called on the political parties to accept the challenge of working out concrete programmes to solve the big social, economic and security problems facing the country, saying the rights of Haitians included access to objective information on which to base their choices.On behalf of the mission, Mr. Valdés congratulated Haiti and Canada on the appointment of Haitian-born, award-winning broadcast journalist Michaëlle Jean of Québec as Governor-General of Canada. read more

“Schools in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, have been looted, pillaged, damaged and destroyed during military operations […], putting the future of an entire generation at risk,” Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict told the African Union’s Peace and Security Council during the body’s third annual Open Session on children and armed conflict.Attacks against schools and their military use have become a common aspect of today’s conflicts, with long-term consequences, especially on fragile education systems. The Special Representative emphasized the heavy burden placed on communities and post-conflict societies to rebuild or repair schools and bring back skilled teachers.“The African Union and its member States can and must make a difference by including measures to end and prevent attacks against schools in domestic legislation, including criminalization of these acts, and must hold perpetrators accountable,” she said.She called on Member States to endorse the Safe School Declaration, developed in 2015 through an inter-governmental political process, and commit to implement the “Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict” adopted in December 2014.The Declaration has already been endorsed by 15 African countries.In conclusion, Ms. Zerrougui recalled that the international community has firmly put the protection of schools on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentand urged Governments to take action to realize that collective commitment.The World Humanitarian Summit will be held on 23-24 May in Istanbul, Turkey. read more

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterTo say the Ohio State baseball team had an up-and-down 2017 season might be too generous. It limped to a 22-34 overall finish, including an 8-16 conference record, and did not qualify for the Big Ten tournament.In particular, the pitching staff performed uncharacteristically poor, with an ERA climbing above the 5.00 mark for the first time since head coach Greg Beals took over in 2011.“We know it’s not acceptable to have the record we did last year here at Ohio State,” redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer said. Despite last season’s struggles, sophomore outfielder Dominic Canzone and senior pitcher Seth Kinker both said this team expects to compete for and win a Big Ten title.Being fresh off an 11th-place Big Ten finish does not provide much reason to believe that goal is attainable. But the return of several starters and a renewed chemistry provides hope for the Buckeyes.Niemeyer said a main issue with last year’s team was the growing pains involved in having “17 or 18 new players in key roles.” This year’s team will not have that problem. Beals used the word “feeling” to describe the attitude last season’s group had as opposed to “attacking” like he expects this squad to do.“I see a lot better baserunning, being able to go first to third, being able to score from first base,” Beals said. “Dirt-ball reads, having some action in counts where in a 3-1, 3-2 count where we think there’s gonna be action with the bat we’ll get runners started. Just little things like that.”The Buckeyes will return all of their starting pitchers from a season ago except Jake Post. Junior Ryan Feltner, who was recently listed as the top-ranked Big Ten prospect by both D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game scouting services, has struggled in the past, but could prove to be the ace of the staff. He already has been named as the regular-season Friday night starter.To fill out the starting rotation, Beals also will look to Niemeyer and fellow redshirt senior Yianni Pavlopoulos, along with junior Connor Curlis and sophomore Jake Vance. All five of those players have started at least five games for Ohio State, and only Vance has fewer than 24 game appearances.Curlis will take the mound first for the Buckeyes this weekend during the Snowbird Classic, Beals said.“[Curlis] is working very hard,” Kinker said. “He works with Feltner who, honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone work as hard as Feltner.”Kinker, who had 54 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA last season, headlines a bullpen that features four additional seniors. Experience won’t necessarily translate to performance on the mound though, especially on the back of a poor performance from the pitching staff last year. Niemeyer expects his fellow hurlers to improve their control.“[We want to] fill up the zone early in counts, ‘cause that gives us an advantage,” Niemeyer said. “You just have to have the mindset if someone hits a first-pitch ground or fly ball that’s a good thing. You don’t have to try to strike everyone out.”The Buckeyes maintained all but two starters from last season’s starting lineup. Among the returnees is sophomore Conner Pohl at third base, who was second on the team with a .325 batting average last season. Last year’s primary third baseman Brady Cherry is back playing second base. Canzone will be in right field once again; he led the team with a .346 batting average and was second with 36 RBI. He also stole 13 bases.“I’m very confident with the guys that we’re gonna put on the field this year,” Canzone said. “All around it’s just a lot of great chemistry across the board, this team. I’m just excited and it’s the most fun I’ve had, honestly, in a preseason.”Junior catcher Jacob Barnwell is back behind the plate after 51 starts last season, and junior college transfer Kobie Foppe rounds out the infield at shortstop with a defensive style Beals called “smooth.” Malik Jones, another junior college transfer, will be in center field.An intriguing development within the batting order is the group of athletes vying for playing time at first base, left field and designated hitter.“We’ve got several capable bodies. Bo Coolen and Noah McGowan are both gonna get playing time at first base, McGowan can play some left field and DH, Nate Romans can DH, [Tyler] Cowles can play left field and DH,” Beals said. “We’re gonna be able to wiggle and play some guys that are hot.”Ohio State opens its season Friday against UW-Milwaukee as part of the Snowbird Classic. read more

first_imgWhen it comes to people making games inspired by existing properties, it is only a matter of time before the rights holders bring the hammer down on those projects. Nintendo in particular is notorious for killing off any and all fan-made projects. Just this year, the company shut down a Metroid II remake, as well as took down an archive that contained full issues of Nintendo Power magazine. Now? It has shut down a No Man’s Sky/Super Mario Bros mash-up. However, there is a twist to this tale.For those who may not know, last week saw the launch of No Mario’s Sky by a small team of developers. In the game, Mario boards a ship and travels to various planets to run around and stomp on indigenous wildlife. The game practically screamed to be taken down by Nintendo, so it came as no surprise when it was.However, that isn’t the end of the tale. No Mario’s Sky has been rebranded as DMCA’s Sky — a hilarious snub at Nintendo’s laywers. This rebranding now ensures that Nintendo can’t have the game shut down. The game’s description has been changed to the following: “Spaceman Finn search for Princess Mango in an infinite universe.” It also says: “Featuring crazy Moombas, An Infinite Universe, Muscle, Amazing Physics and a Radical Space Ship; DMCA’s Sky is the hackneyed remake-gone-mashup you’ve been craving.”The story surrounding No Mario’s Sky/DMCA’s Sky can be seen as a lesson for anyone looking to do a fan remake game. Perhaps instead of creating something that is directly tied to an existing IP, folks should create original titles that are inspired from a source material. This way, all the hard work that goes into creating a game isn’t in vain when the rights holders come knocking.You can download DMCA’s Sky here.last_img read more

first_imgIn the wake of its recent announcement to convert to an all-digital portfolio, Ziff Davis Enterprise realigns its eWEEK editorial staff. This translates to the division of eWEEK editor-in-chief duties between two staffers: Scott Ferguson and Chris Preimesberger.Ziff Davis Enterprise CEO Steve Weitzner says in a company statement, “”The versatile nature of digital platforms allows IT professionals to not only search for news and information when and where they want it, but also to enjoy richly-endowed multimedia analytical and feature content. To reflect this dual utility of digital platforms we are implementing a new editorial management structure…”Ferguson will act as editor-in-chief of eWEEK news, managing reporting staff and news for e-newsletters, websites, digital magazines and mobile apps. Preimesberger is named EIC of eWEEK features and analysis, focusing on industry trends and investigative content in addition to acting as the “face of the magazine in the marketplace.”Other changes include the departure of Eric Lundquist, formerly eWEEK editorial director. Lundquist leaves Ziff Davis “to pursue other interests”. UPDATE: Lundquist joins UBM TechWeb’s InformationWeek Business Technology Network as vice president and editorial analyst.  The publisher announced its decision to convert to digital only in late October, strategically focusing on traditional websites, mobile websites, tablets and digital editions. Its three print magazines (Baseline, CIO Insight and eWEEK) will be digitized for their January issues.Of eWEEK, CEO Weitzner tells FOLIO:, “We will publish it in the same way–it will go through the same editorial process, the stories will get vetted, they’ll be laid out by art, we just won’t print it or mail it. We’re going to invest that savings in content. We’ll be able to add editors for the first time in a while-we’ve been adding but we’ll be able to make a substantial investment in content-we’ll have more vehicles, so we’ll need it.”last_img read more

first_imgSnapdeal will revamp its brand ahead of the Diwali season this year. The third largest online marketplace by sales is set on strengthening its market share which is currently dominated by rivals Amazon and Flipkart.The company is planning a new logo, similar to the Dropbox logo, with a new colour palette, replacing the company’s trademark red and blue logo and a new tag line, two anonymous sources were quoted by Mint as saying. The campaign is being spearheaded by co-founder Rohit Bansal who is said to be working with advertising agency McCann Erickson.The new brand will be marketed across television, print, YouTube and social media next month. The newspaper said it did not receive information on the investment behind the rebranding activities.Snapdeal had announced earlier this month that it would spend Rs. 200 crore for the festive season campaign which will run for 60 days. The online retailer is known to introduce a new tagline ahead of festive season every year.Last year Snapdeal roped in Bollywood star Aamir Khan to promote the brand which went by the tagline ‘Dil ki deal’ (deal that touches the heart). In 2014, the eCommerce company anchored its message on thrifty spending through ‘Bachaate Raho’ which means ‘keep saving.’The largest online marketplace retailer Amazon India too had come up with taglines such as ‘Apni Dukaan’ meaning ‘my shop’ and ‘Aur Dikhao’ which means ‘show me more.’In the festive period from September-November last year, the major players in e-Commerce were estimated to have spent Rs. 500 crore on marketing, almost as close to the total marketing expenditure of Rs. 600 crore for the entire 2014. Jeff Bezos led Amazon spent Rs. 224 crore whereas Flipkart had spent Rs. 70 crore, according to Tam Media Research cited by cash-back website Cash Deal Kart.The three online retailers together spent Rs. 1,200 crore in the first nine months of 2015, up 46 percent from the preceding year.last_img read more

first_imgThe sixth series of  Feminism Beyond Boundaries was organised in the Capital on 28 July featuring a discussion titled Hum Gunehgaar Auratein: We Sinful Women by Oxford Bookstore Connaught Place and Apne Aap Women Worldwide. The event also marked feminist reading from Urdu poetry by Saif Mahmood. Mahmood, holding a doctorate degree, speaks and writes on diverse issues ranging from law to literature. He has been associated with both Hindustani Awaaz and Sahmat and is currently writing a series on Urdu poets of Delhi titled Dilli Jo Ek Sheher Tha. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Oxford Bookstore Connaught Place offers a carefully curated list of titles for booklovers to browse through and buy and of teas in the hip Cha Bar, to create a holistic experience for book lovers. A wide range of knowledgeable and highly trained book specialists, offer suggestions of handpicked titles from major, independent and indie publishers. Also it incorporates a great selection of books exclusive to Oxford Bookstore.The selection features both emerging and established authors from India and the world. Amongst the best in books for different age groups are ones that help the young ones deal with experiences relevant to their age.last_img read more