Barcelona ace Messi: I want to work again with Guardiolaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi admits he’d like to again work with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Guardiola and Messi won the Champions League together at Barca.And Messi’s latest comments could give fans slight hope that they may see him in a City shirt after all, even if he was hinting at a reunion at the Nou Camp.He told Marca: “Although it is difficult, I would like to work with Guardiola again. He is one of the best coaches in the world.”That’s why I would like [him to come back], but I’m telling you that I see it as complicated.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Father admits big transfer interest for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe father of Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen admits there’s growing transfer interest in the Dane.Jacob Andersen also acts as the Danish international’s representative.“I have been to many meetings, as Joachim is wanted by the top six clubs in Italy and England,” he told Ekstra Bladet.“I am not thinking about a January move and neither is Joachim. He is fine where he is now, although naturally if a big club were to request a meeting, we wouldn’t turn it down.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd boss Wilder early Huddersfield contenderby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder is an early contender for the manager’s job at Huddersfield Town.David Wagner left the post by mutual consent on Monday night.The Daily Mail says Under-23s coach Mark Hudson will take charge for Sunday’s clash with Manchester City but is not expected to be offered the role full-time. Chief executive Julian Winter is known to be a fan of Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder but no approach has yet been made. Sam Allardyce, who played for Huddersfield, is not understood to be considering an application.While they acknowledge that the situation is grave, officials at the club retain an element of belief that they can stay in the Premier League and will be looking for a candidate who shares that view.
Last week’s “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” hosted by Blake Shelton and NBC raised more than $6.5 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, doubling what had been raised to date.Blake Shelton concert raises millions for United Way Oklahoma tornado recoveryThis was the most successful telethon ever held for United Way’s rebuilding efforts, and donations are still coming in. Other concert performers included Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Ryan Tedder, Usher, and Darius Rucker.“United Way of Central Oklahoma and our community partners are committed to empowering people to get back on their feet,” said Debby Hampton, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Central Oklahoma. “The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund will not only care for immediate needs but also provide important long-term support like social services and mental health care, which is essential for community recovery. We’re proud to partner with Blake Shelton and all the artists who donated their talents to help raise awareness, resources and volunteers to improve lives and keep communities strong.”The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund will support community partner agencies that are providing immediate relief services, as well as ongoing long-term recovery and rebuilding assistance for those affected by the May tornadoes in central Oklahoma. In recent years, United Way of Central Oklahoma and local community partners have implemented essential programs, including physical and mental health care, the 2-1-1 hotline for social services and much more.“We’re so thankful for the incredible outpouring of generosity from people who want to help Oklahoma rebuild,” said Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide. “United Way is working every day in communities across the nation to create long-lasting change in education, income and health. When disasters strike, United Way brings partners together to address immediate and intermediate needs, and we stay the course for long-term recovery.”Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc. provided underwriting for the event. Facebook was the exclusive social partner for the event. To support the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, visit Facebook.org/unitedway. Source:PR Newswire
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Incredibles 2” fended off newcomers to top the box office again this weekend.The “Jurassic World” sequel took first place again with an additional $60.9 million in its second weekend in theatres. “Incredibles 2” landed second with $46.4 million.In its first weekend, another sequel, the action thriller “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” exceeded expectations with $19 million, as did the basketball comedy “Uncle Drew,” which launched with $15.2 million.“Ocean’s 8,” in its fourth weekend in theatres, rounded out the top five with $8.3 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal, $60,912,195, 4,485 locations, $13,581 average, $265,699,530, 2 Weeks.2. “Incredibles 2,” Disney, $46,417,761, 4,410 locations, $10,526 average, $440,601,275, 3 Weeks.3. “Sicario: Day Of The Soldado,” Sony, $19,007,566, 3,055 locations, $6,222 average, $19,007,566, 1 Week.4. “Uncle Drew,” Lionsgate, $15,242,781, 2,742 locations, $5,559 average, $15,242,781, 1 Week.5. “Ocean’s 8,” Warner Bros., $8,332,661, 3,426 locations, $2,432 average, $115,004,842, 4 Weeks.6. “Tag,” Warner Bros., $5,880,731, 3,176 locations, $1,852 average, $41,133,539, 3 Weeks.7. “Deadpool 2,” 20th Century Fox, $3,574,451, 2,094 locations, $1,707 average, $310,474,309, 7 Weeks.8. “Sanju,” Fox International Productions, $2,723,349, 356 locations, $7,650 average, $2,723,349, 1 Week.9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Disney, $2,687,670, 1,654 locations, $1,625 average, $207,673,785, 6 Weeks.10. “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?,” Focus Features, $2,421,975, 654 locations, $3,703 average, $7,619,057, 4 Weeks.11. “Hereditary,” A24, $2,286,811, 1,424 locations, $1,606 average, $39,406,564, 4 Weeks.12. “Avengers: Infinity War,” Disney, $1,542,704, 890 locations, $1,733 average, $672,625,416, 10 Weeks.13. “Superfly,” Sony, $1,403,058, 1,157 locations, $1,213 average, $18,382,177, 3 Weeks.14. “Book Club,” Paramount, $671,039, 505 locations, $1,329 average, $66,124,671, 7 Weeks.15. “Rampage,” Warner Bros., $601,162, 201 locations, $2,991 average, $98,401,264, 12 Weeks.16. “Adrift,” STX Entertainment, $536,930, 508 locations, $1,057 average, $30,151,781, 5 Weeks.17. “RBG,” Magnolia Pictures, $415,979, 185 locations, $2,249 average, $11,550,341, 9 Weeks.18. “Hearts Beat Loud,” Gunpowder & Sky, $388,442, 170 locations, $2,285 average, $1,295,309, 4 Weeks.19. “American Animals,” The Orchard, $368,999, 292 locations, $1,264 average, $2,132,004, 5 Weeks.20. “Gotti,” Vertical Entertainment, $316,692, 331 locations, $957 average, $3,964,979, 3 Weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
TORONTO — Stories of women who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or mistreated have dominated the headlines and social media for more than a year as the message of Me Too has spread across nearly every industry around the world.But now one of the movement’s most prominent icons says society needs to learn to recognize and address situations that could lead to sexual harassment long before they become full-blown lawsuits and crises.Anita Hill, the U.S. attorney and academic who accused a Supreme Court Justice nominee of sexual harassment decades ago, spoke with The Canadian Press ahead of a Dec. 3 visit to Toronto to deliver a speech at the Canadian Women’s Foundation annual The Exchange breakfast.“Often managers don’t want to address these issues in these workplaces so they send everyone to HR, but I would love for a manager to be trained to identify behaviours that are likely to escalate to more egregious behaviour and to not only identify but know how to respond,” Hill said.“When you don’t prevent gender harassment it creates this permissive culture in the workplace and in many cases that permissive culture becomes an incubator for much more serious behaviour.”Hill became a household name in 1991, when she testified against Clarence Thomas, saying he sexually harassed her while was her supervisor at the Department of Justice. She also alleged that he asked her out several times and often discussed sex at the office.Following Hill’s testimony, the Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court in a 52-48 vote. A CBS and New York Times poll conducted just after the testimony found 54 per cent of respondents thought Hill’s accusations were untrue and she faced significant public backlash.Nonetheless, she galvanized the women’s movement, which drew comparisons between her case and the recent accusations levelled by Christine Blasey Ford and two other women against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which were not enough to prevent him being named to the Supreme Court.Following her testimony Hill said she saw the number of sexual harassment complaints more than double, legislation pass allowing for recovery and compensation for victims of sexual harassment and an openness around discussing the problem.“We had a record number of women who were willing to come forward and share their stories and many of them raised a generation of children who understood that sexual harassment was wrong, that it was illegal and that they did not deserve to be treated in that way,” Hill said.“Unfortunately things like the Kavanaugh hearing set us back…but I think we are much smarter now, much more informed and there are much more people working on this than there were 27 years ago and that is why I think we can make progress.”However, Hill stressed that progress cannot come without paying particular attention to those who face added barriers because of their ethnicity, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.Hill said research has shown that minority women who come forward with claims of sexual harassment are sometimes treated differently from their majority peers.“Sexual harassment can impact any woman, but it will not necessarily impact all women in the same way,” Hill said.Several women have reached out to her over the years seeking advice on how they can come forward with sexual misconduct claims. The volume and intricacies of their situations and her busy schedule mean she refers them to organizations and people that can likely help, but Hill said there is never a simple answer as to what these women should do.She said it is hard to know why some industries have been rife with sexual misconduct accusations against public figures, while others, including Canada’s Bay Street, have been much more quiet since the Me Too movement began with a wave of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last October.Hill argues that coming forward is difficult for anybody, especially because research she’s read suggests 60 per cent of those who make such claims will face retaliation.Many also face difficulties navigating non-disclosure agreements — a silencing tool that she noticed was rampant after her testimony. Violating such an agreement can trigger legal implications and make it difficult to find another job.“There is still a lot of resistance. I don’t think there is smooth sailing for anyone,” Hill said. “My situation is different because it was so public and was politically driven, but I don’t know that anyone who comes forward and makes a charge of sexual misconduct, harassment, can have an easy time in a system that often assumes that they are not being truthful.”That system is also grappling with stories of unintended consequences stemming from Me Too, including men who are refusing to take meetings with or mentor women for fear of being wrongly accused of misbehaviour.Hill hasn’t heard of any instances of this kind of backlash, but said it “worries” her because it could “become an excuse for not doing the things they weren’t doing anyway.”She feels it also shows why men need to be part of the Me Too conversation.“We need men to be on board with us, not only because in many cases they are the decision-markers, but also because sexual violence affects them,” she said.As Me Too moves forward, she said it’s important that its proponents do not underestimate “the resistance,” which she saw in full force following her own testimony.“As much progress as we have made, there were efforts to reduce that progress or nullify that progress,” she said.“I am hoping at this point, we can move and work in our spaces, whether it be the private or public sector, to become problem solvers, to see sexual harassment not as something you want to address as a risk or a lawsuit, but because it occurs in your workforce and is causing institutional damage.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
SPIRIT RIVER, A.B. – One man is in custody after allegedly trespassing on a rural property near Spirit River and getting into an altercation with multiple victims that included gunfire.At approximately 3:00 last Friday afternoon, members of the Spirit River RCMP were called to a rural property south of town after a male suspect was found trespassing on the complainant’s neighbour’s property. When confronted, the suspect drove off in a vehicle, while the complainant called 911 and followed in his own vehicle.Shortly thereafter, the suspect pulled over and fired several rounds from a handgun striking the complainant’s vehicle. The suspect then headed south, until it followed another passing vehicle into a yard that led to a rural home. Once there, the suspect pointed his firearm at the male driver and demanded his vehicle. The female passenger took the keys and retreated inside the residence not wanting to give keys to the vehicle while her four-year-old daughter was still in the back seat. Inside the residence, a round was fired by the suspect that missed the female victim when he again demanded she hand over the keys. The victim handed the keys to the suspect and updated 911. During this altercation between the female passenger and the suspect, the male driver had entered his residence and retrieved a long gun. He exited his residence and confronted the suspect while he was transferring stolen property from one vehicle to another. The victim told the suspect to surrender and drop his weapon. The suspect then fired at the victim, discharging multiple rounds. The victim fired back at the suspect but did not strike him. Thankfully, none of the victims were injured in this incident.The suspect departed on foot. RCMP arrived and contained the area. With the assistance of RCMP members from Grande Prairie, Fairview, and Police Dog Services the suspect was apprehended a short time later without incident.Ian Preston Letendre (30) of No Fixed Address is facing 25 Criminal Code Charges including:Break and Enter to a residenceDischarge firearm with intent to endanger life (x3)Pointing a firearm (x3)Mischief (x3)Careless use of a firearmUse firearm while committing an indictable offence (x2)Transport firearm in a careless mannerPossession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x2)Possession of a loaded restricted firearm (x2)Possession of a property obtained by crime over $5000Armed robberyCareless storage of a firearmUnlawful possession of a firearm in a vehicleUnlawful possession of a firearmPossession of a firearm obtained by crimeFail to comply with RecognizanceLetendre was remanded into custody and appeared in Grande Prairie Provincial Court today.“This was a dynamic situation where the suspect’s actions posed an imminent threat to rural residents. With the support of area residents and the collaboration of responding RCMP members, we were able to bring the incident to a quick resolution where thankfully no one was injured,” said Sgt. Ryan Frost, Spirit River Detachment Commander.
New Delhi: A person who committed theft after breaking the windows of the cars was arrested from South Delhi.According to police, the accused had made self-made equipment through which he used to break the glasses of cars within seconds and fled with the bag containing valuable items. “The accused had thought that people who are visiting hospitals or showrooms will carry cash with them so he targeted the cars standing nearby by the two places,” police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice further said that in order to curb the reoccurring thefts in cars by breaking their window glasses alongside the Ring Road, a new strategy formulated and staff in plain clothes is deployed as spotters. This strategy worked and accused caught red-handed while he was just started running after stealing a lady’s purse from a car after breaking its window glass. During interrogation, accused Upender disclosed that he also has a history of previous involvements in PS Civil Lines, Hisar. The team under SHO (Defence Colony) Arvind made the arrest.
After spreading love with his romantic numbers in many Bollywood films, Arko Mukherjee recently came up with a patriotic song ‘Teri Mitti’ in Akshay Kumar’s latest release Kesari.In an exclusive interview with Millennium Post, the singer talks about the song, his tuning with Akshay and his upcoming projects: How did you come up with ‘Teri mitti’. Do you think like films, even the music industry is bending towards patriotism? Patriotism has been a relevant subject in Bollywood since a very long time now – from the time of Lata Mangeshkar singing ‘Aye mere watan ke logon’. The genre is not any new here, it has always been a subject of emotions and pride for the makers as well as the audience. It is not a sudden love for the country or patriotic fever. I believe the vibe persisting in India after the recent attacks is a bit more heavy and sadistic, and this is what gave me the motivation to come up with this song. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger After singing back to back romantic songs, how did you feel working on ‘Teri Mitti’? Generally, people associate me with romantic songs because of the popularity of ‘Nazm Nazm’, ‘Tere Sang Yaara’ etc. But, in the past, I have also done songs like ‘Paani Vala dance’ which was a club song and different situational songs in various other films. But yes, I haven’t ever done a patriotic song, so it was special to me. What were your initial expectations from this song? Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upI don’t think any singer makes a song with expectations – of numbers, awards or anything. As a singer it is always my responsibility to do my best. That’s what I attempt to do every time; whether it’s a love song, a sad song, or a patriotic song. You have made an extended version of this song dedicated to Bhagat Singh. Tell something about it? I think Bhagat Singh was the most influential freedom fighter. His bravery and valour has inspired youth of every generation. His death anniversary was on March 23, so we decided to extend our tribute to him in the form of that song. You have collaborated with Akshay for the fourth time. Tell us something about the bond you share with him. I have always been a big fan of Akshay sir. We collaborated for ‘Meherbani’, followed by songs for Rustom, Gold and now Kesari. After working together for various projects, I think he has built trust with me, and therefore discusses everything related to songs. I am working with him on a couple of others tracks as well. What are your future plans? I have some Hindi film projects on my plate and then two Bengali films. I haven’t ever done Bengali films before, so I m excited for it. I also have an English song coming up, for which I am travelling to LA this month. It has been a dream to be an independent English music artist – to write, compose and sing in English. So, I am looking forward to this year.
Monday marks the 2014 World Cup debut for the United States men’s national team, and with it begins the Americans’ 10th attempt to capture soccer’s most prestigious trophy. Since 1930, when the team placed third in the inaugural World Cup, the U.S. has never come closer to victory than the quarterfinals in 2002. The United States has the world’s biggest economy, the world’s third-largest population, and spends an exceptional amount of money on sports, but it can’t field a world-class men’s soccer team.Clearly, the U.S. women’s national team can say better. Since the advent of the Women’s World Cup, the United States has boasted the most successful women’s team on the planet, including two World Cup wins to go with one second-place and three third-place finishes. But global women’s soccer is quite young, relatively speaking,1The first Women’s World Cup was staged in 1991; before that, the major international women’s scene consisted of prototype events and assorted unofficial tournaments. and one of the challenges for the men’s national team is that the rest of the world had a sizable head start on the men’s side.Economists love to frame the U.S. men’s team’s problems by searching for correlations between other countries’ socioeconomic status and their athletic performance in international competitions. In a broad-based event like the Olympics, this approach works surprisingly well.2The correlation coefficient between the linked medal-count predictions and the actual totals from the 2012 Olympics was 0.987! But in a more specific sport like soccer, there isn’t as much of a link between a country’s vital statistics and its prospects of winning.If you tried to find a relationship between national populations and the Soccer Power Index (SPI), you’d have very little to show for your effort. For every Brazil, which ranks fifth in population and first in soccer talent, there’s a China or an India — hugely populous countries that aren’t especially good at the world’s favorite sport. Likewise, the link between a country’s economic performance — as measured by per-capita gross domestic product — and its SPI is similarly weak. Rich countries like Norway and Qatar aren’t soccer powerhouses, while a disproportionate number of the world’s best national soccer teams belong to poor South American and African countries.Total GDP, which combines population and per-head productivity, explains a somewhat larger proportion of a country’s SPI rating,3The correlation coefficient was .233. but still doesn’t scratch the surface when it comes to clarifying why a country like the United States isn’t better at soccer despite its overwhelming wealth and large number of inhabitants. Money alone doesn’t seem to be able to buy success in international soccer (a fact that, as Max Ehrenfreund of The Washington Post notes, stands in sharp contrast to the widespread perception of soccer’s top club leagues).There are other explanations for Americans’ soccer futility: Recent research suggests that the U.S. has been held back by historical inexperience playing at the highest level, and — traditionally speaking — its absence from the game’s most important competitive regions.More successful models looking to explain countries’ soccer superiority include factors beyond GDP. At the far end of the spectrum, these studies add a dizzying array of supplementary variables, such as a country’s type of government, its level of political freedom, its colonial history and even its amount of oil production.4I tend to be wary of such kitchen-sink models because of the risk of overfitting. But a simpler and more widely known model was developed by the economist Stefan Szymanski for his book (co-authored with journalist Simon Kuper) “Soccernomics.” Szymanski’s only additional variable was the number of matches a country’s senior national team had played, the effect of which dwarfed both population and GDP.This “experience” factor measures how long a country has been playing soccer, and serves as a useful proxy for how much exposure it’s had to the international game. It begins to explain why the U.S. hasn’t yet caught up to the powerful national programs of Europe and South America, despite America’s built-in advantages. Counts vary depending on how matches are classified, but according to the database maintained by the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation,5That link has data only up to 2001, but I augmented it with data through 2011. the U.S. Men’s National Team has played 618 international matches in its history. Almost all teams ranked ahead of the U.S. in SPI have played more frequently than that,6Excluding former Soviet satellites. and in many cases, it’s not close. France, Italy and the Netherlands have the U.S. beat by more than 100 historical games; Uruguay and Germany are ahead by more than 200; and England, Brazil and Argentina are up by more than 300. The U.S. comes out ahead of Colombia (509), Portugal (547) and Ecuador (464) on experience, but those are the outliers.At first blush, the apparent importance of historical experience in international soccer seems to be a chicken-or-egg dilemma along the lines of Malcolm Gladwell’s famed 10,000-hour rule: Is a country good at soccer because it has a long history of playing the sport, or does it have a long history of playing soccer because it’s good?Szymanski and Kuper sidestep this quandary in favor of a far more interesting discussion about what the experience factor means for the spread of information through interconnected knowledge networks. As they tell it, being isolated from the forefront of tactical innovation is one of the biggest handicaps a national soccer team can suffer. A lack of wealth and a small player pool matter, of course, but only to a point. For more developed countries — those that aren’t subject to malnutrition and extreme poverty — the things holding soccer back might be inadequate training and a sense of detachment from global soccer, whose networks allow innovation to spread.The United States is a good example. Between 1950 and 1990, the U.S. didn’t qualify for a single World Cup, and played in fewer than half as many international matches as Brazil, Argentina, England, Italy, France or West Germany. Even Spain (held up by Kuper and Szymanski as an example of soccer isolationism under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco from 1939 to 1975), played nearly three times as many international games as the U.S. did during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Cut off from the rest of the soccer world, the U.S. missed decades of innovation, and is still playing catch-up. For years, the men’s national team was defined as unsophisticated — a tough, hustling team that ran a lot and relied on counterattacks, while the rest of the world played tactically advanced, attacking soccer.There’s nothing the U.S. can do about those lost decades. But as Kuper and Szymanski note, there is a “shortcut” for new-world teams that lack experience: They can import it, bringing in coaches who can teach players the art of soccer as found in continental Europe, the central node in Kuper and Szymanski’s global soccer knowledge network.7Where does South America fit into that network? After all, Brazil and Argentina have combined to win five of the last 11 World Cups. But even those countries’ biggest individual stars tend to play club football in Western Europe. That’s effectively what the U.S. did when it hired the former Germany and Bayern Munich manager Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach in 2011. Klinsmann’s plan has often been described as one of de-Americanizing the men’s national team, bringing a European sensibility to it. The U.S. is hoping his personal experience in soccer’s most important information network can make up for an entire country’s lack thereof.Visions of such a utopian future have come in fits and starts. The best American players are still nowhere near the level of the best in the world, and the demand for their services in the club leagues of Western Europe remains limited. In the run-up to the World Cup, Klinsmann repeatedly warned the media that expecting the U.S. to win this year’s tournament was “unrealistic.” Thanks in large part to a brutal draw, American soccer will likely take a step backward before it can move forward.8Going into Monday, the U.S. had just a 32.9 percent chance of advancing out of the group stage, according to the FiveThirtyEight World Cup model.At the same time, inroads are being made. Klinsmann has stressed the importance of American players securing loans in Europe, to place themselves in the center of the game’s most fiercely competitive, innovative battleground. And he’s also taken steps to rid the U.S. of its traditional playing style, adopting tactics more emulative of the possession-based scheme that correlates best with winning. The Klinsmann experiment is not a slight adjustment to American soccer — it’s a total overhaul.Viewed this way, perhaps the United States isn’t underachieving at all, even after taking into account its economic resources. American soccer is making its way down an evolutionary path that other countries traversed decades earlier. The early growing pains of the U.S. men’s program under Klinsmann are part of a long process, one that someday may produce a team capable of legitimately competing for a World Cup.
Senior forward Nick Schilkey looks to put the puck past Michigan’s goaltender on Feb. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 1-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn order for No. 13 Ohio State (17-9-6, 8-7-1-1) to sweep Michigan State (6-21-3, 2-12-2-0) in the final home series of the 2016-17 season, the Buckeyes must clean up the turnover issues that plagued them last weekend.Coming off a tough 1-0 loss to Michigan on Feb. 25, the Buckeyes know they must protect the puck within the neutral and defensive zones. The Wolverines’ winning goal came from a defensive zone turnover by senior David Gust that went directly to Michigan forward Niko Porikos. Porikos ripped a shot towards the goal and it was tipped in by forward Nick Pastujov.The Buckeyes took this example as a lesson to build upon and fix in practice prior to this weekend. OSU coach Steve Rohlik understands how these crucial lapses in play can hurt the team, but envisions the flaws as capable of fixing.“Our guys have to know better than to just throw pucks away,” he said. “We had a few guys with nobody even on them, and they threw the puck away. That’s something that we can control, which is good.”The topic was not limited to the defensemen this week. There was a heavy amount of focus on the forwards and their ability to provide better support to get the puck out of vulnerable areas. Senior forward Nick Schilkey reiterated that it was a big focus in this week’s preparation.“(Back-checking has) been a big focus of ours — getting back as forwards to help the defense and making sure we’re all in the same frame,” Schilkey said.Schilkey explained what he and the fellow forwards are looking for on video to improve their contributions to the efforts.“We’re making sure that we aren’t getting too stretched out,” he said. “I think that’ll make it easier on the defense. I think that’s where we’re going to get better.”Looking towards this weekend’s battle with the Spartans, it’s imperative the Buckeyes improve their play in the two zones and get the much-needed sweep nearing the postseason. The team has little room to falter as OSU sits on the edge of an NCAA at-large tournament berth. When facing a team like Michigan State, who has struggled all season, OSU hopes to play with fire from the beginning of the game and not turn it on when the team has to. A few weeks ago, the Buckeyes struggled to come out firing in both games in East Lansing, Michigan, and had to hold onto one-goal wins. With some familiarity of the opponent, there is confidence that the team will know ways to attack the Spartans’ weaknesses and get the early leads.“If you limit your turnovers, you’re going to limit chances against and that’s what we have to do,” Rohlik said.Puck drop for the games are set for 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
Who would have thought that the sporting world’s next Cinderella story would have driven the Big Apple to Linsanity? If you haven’t heard of the New York Knicks’ point guard Jeremy Lin, chances are you’re a fashion major or just don’t care about sports. Heading into the Knicks’ game against Sacramento Wednesday, Lin has been rocking the NBA, scoring more points in his first five starts than any other player since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976, and leading the once struggling Knicks to a six-game winning streak after starting the season 8-15. During the first five games of the Lin era, the Knicks were without superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire due to injury and a family death, respectfully. Out of nowhere, the Harvard graduate and undrafted second-year comes off the bench and brings life to a dormant Knicks squad, and energy to Madison Square Garden that hasn’t been seen since Patrick Ewing was lighting up the scoreboards throughout the 1990s. Born and raised just north of New York City, I’ve been an avid Knicks fan since I was young. Speaking for a number of people I’m close with back home, we haven’t been this excited about the NBA ever. Lin has brought excitement and wins to the Knicks, something that names like Anthony, Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler haven’t been able to do, at a fraction of the cost. The rumble of Linsanity has even brought tremors to Columbus, Ohio. After his 38-point performance against the Lakers on Friday night, Lin was the topic of discussion on High Street. You’ll have your critics bash his high amount of turnovers, which is common among point guards who aren’t used to playing with a new cast, but for the most part it sounds like Lin has won over Ohio State. The only positive talk you hear in Ohio about New York sports is when the Giants win the Super Bowl or the Yankees win the World Series. Here’s a new bandwagon for Ohioans to jump on, and this time it’s not just the front runners coming on board. It might not be the sexiest story to hit sports; Lin doesn’t walk around with the swagger of superstar athletes, but his energy and determination make up for that. He’s putting wins on the board. In any sport, all that matters is the ‘W.’ It probably also helps that he’s Asian, a rare ethnicity in professional basketball. Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather’s comments on Twitter about Lin’s race angered many. From his Twitter account, @FloydMayweather, Mayweather said on Feb. 13: “Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.” Let’s be honest, anyone of any race that does what Lin has done deserves the credit they’ve received. I’m sure if a Caucasian with red hair were putting up Lin’s stats and leading the Knicks to victory, New York would have a severe case of “gingervitus.” Race aside, Lin’s performing miracles on the basketball court. And if seeing signs in Madison Square Garden that read “The Yellow Mamba” is all Knicks fans have to put up with in exchange for wins, I think we can deal with it. For now, I’m all Lin on what the Knicks are doing. It will be interesting to see if the hype and talent that Lin has made appear from thin air can last for what remains of this shortened NBA season.
Man killed in single rollover crash in the Miramar Ranch North area Posted: February 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, February 13, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was killed Wednesday morning in a solo rollover crash near an Interstate 15 onramp in the Miramar Ranch North area, police said.The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. near the northbound Interstate 15 onramp and Scripps Power Parkway, according to San Diego police.A man driving a Toyota Prius northbound on I-15 took the offramp at Scripps Poway Parkway, then ran a red light at the end of the ramp, Officer Dino Delimitros said.The Prius ran over the sidewalk, then continued through a fence and hit a tree before the car rolled over several times and came to rest down an embankment, Delimitros said.A witness attempted to help the trapped driver out of the burning vehicle, but was unsuccessful, the officer said.Firefighters responded to the scene and found a car fully engulfed in flames, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatch supervisor said.The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, SDPD public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said.No details about the victim were immediately available.Traffic division detectives were investigating the crash. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter
Public-sector lender Syndicate Bank’s non-performing assets (NPA) in the agricultural loans segment rose fourfold in the past five financial years, a report says.The bank, which is a likely candidate for merger and consolidation with some other public sector lenders, accumulated NPAs to the tune of Rs 10,253 crore until March 31, 2018, a reply to a query under the right for information law.The bank accumulated a major portion of the NPAs in the last three fiscals, with bad loans soaring to Rs 3,851 crore in 2017-2018 alone, according to the details an activist obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.Noida-based engineer and RTI activist Amit Gupta obtained information on the total amount of farm loans given until 2018 and the number of loans declared NPAs until last year.The bank’s agricultural NPA was Rs 962 crore in 2013-14, Rs 1,658 crore in 2014-15, Rs 1,536 crore in 2015-16, Rs 2,246 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 3,851 crore in 2017-18, according to the reply.”The agricultural NPAs of the bank show an almost four-fold rise in the last five years which suggests that NPAs are not restricted only to the business sector,” Gupta told a wire service.The RTI activist said he was awaiting replies to similar queries he had made to other banks and from the Reserve Bank of India and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard).Economists say that with NPAs at about 11 per cent of total bank loans in the country, the country is nearing a banking crisis. RBI data show public sector banks as a group sit on gross NPAs of 11.7 per cent of total bank loans. If NPAs of the State Bank of India and its associate banks were added, the gross NPAs would add up to 12 per cent.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been pushing for mergers of smaller public sector banks that have been plagued by NPAs. The government is in favour of fewer but stronger banks. In July 2018, the government had completed the merger of all associate banks into the State Bank of India. In September last year announced the merger of Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank. There are reports that next could be Syndicate Bank, Bank of India and Punjab National Bank.
The awful condition of road drives tourists away from Shalban Bihar and Mainamati in Cumilla. Photo: UNBThe awful condition of around two and a half kilometres of road stretching from Cumilla Kotbari to Cumilla University in sadar upazila is causing immense sufferings to local people as well as discouraging tourists from visiting different archaeological sites, including Shalban Buddhist Bihar and Mainamati Museum.University students, tourists and local people have to face problems as potholes and cracks on this road have made the vehicular movement difficult.Besides, the famous archaeological spots are losing attraction to visitors due to the dilapidated road as it is the only way to the historical sites.Ataur Rahman, regional director of Department of Archaeology (Chattogram and Sylhet divisions), said the number of tourists has been decreasing gradually due to the rundown road.“This year the authorities concerned set a target to earn Tk 15 million as revenue from the Shalban Bihar and Mainamati Museum but the target fell short by Tk five million,” he said.During a recent visit to the road stretching from Cumilla Polytechnic Institute to Cumilla University, the UNB correspondent found that small and large potholes and cracks have developed on the road.Vehicles, including auto-rickshaws and human-haulers, cannot move on the road as those often get stuck on the potholes and overturn.Passengers are often seen pushing up their stuck vehicles to reach their destinations.Locals said there are many tourist spots in the district, including Shalban Bihar, Cumilla University, Mainamati Museum, Itakhola Mura, Rupban Mura, Latikot Mura, Cumilla Cadet College, Lalmai Hill and Dinosaur Park.Mitali and Mariam, two students of Cumilla University, said they have to cross the road every day amid fear of possible accidents.They also demanded immediate steps to renovate the road.Mustafizur Rahman, a tourist who came here with his family members to visit the archaeological sites of the district, said, “I’m going to the Shalban Buddist Bihar and Mainamati Museum but now it seems impossible to reach there as the road condition is very bad.”Tariqul Islam Rony, a resident of No 24 ward of the city corporation area, said the road has been lying unrepaired for long but the local administration did not take any initiative to make it fit for plying of vehicles and the movement of pedestrians.Anupam Barua, chief executive officer of Cumilla City Corporation, said the renovation work on the road will start soon as a tender has been floated for the task.
Researchers have discovered why it is important to stay clam before taking any big decision in life. Anxiety disrupts brain activity that supports decision-making, says a study.Anxiety disengages a region of the brain called the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which is critical for flexible decision making, the findings showed. By monitoring the activity of neurons in the PFC while anxious rats had to make decisions about how to get a reward, the scientists made two observations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’First, anxiety leads to bad decisions when there are conflicting distractors present. Second, bad decisions under anxiety involve numbing of PFC neurons. The data indicates that anxiety has an exquisitely selective effect on neuronal activity that supports decision making, said lead author of the study Bita Moghaddam, professor at University of Pittsburgh in the US. The study was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.As with many people who suffer from anxiety but go through day-to-day life and make decisions, the anxious rats completed the decision-making task and, actually, did not do too badly. But they made far more mistakes when the correct choice involved ignoring distracting information.
Kolkata: Alipore Zoological Gardens will be soon sending two giraffes to Nehru Zoological Garden in Hyderabad in exchange for a pair of jaguars, two lions and six mouse deer that were procured in October 2017.Giraffes are very much in demand in zoos across the country and the city zoo boasts of having a collection of as many as 10 giraffes. “We have been able to do successful breeding of giraffes in the zoo, and currently, we have as many as 10 animals. We have procured two lions, two jaguars and six mouse deer against two giraffes which is a clear indication of the demand for these animals,” said Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoo. According to sources in Alipore Zoo, the two giraffes — one male and one female are named Sunny and Bunty. Sunny was born in June 2015, while Bunty in February 2017. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We will be taking all precautionary measures for transportation of the animals by low height trailers which is around 2,500 km by road. Two keepers from our zoo will accompany these animals that are very calm by nature. There will be arrangements for food and anti-stress medicines,” Samanta said. The pair of jaguars, lions and mouse deer were kept in quarantine for a month and were set free in their enclosures sometime in December 2017. The mouse deer is found in parts of Central India and it is after a span of more than three decades that these animals became a part of Alipore Zoo. The last female jaguar had died in Alipore zoo in 2013 after a prolonged illness. The two pure Asiatic lions, which are hybrids of African and Asiatic lion have already emerged as the prime attraction for the visitors. The two lions in the zoo are aged and are hardly put on display.