WHO award for Rajasthan Health Dept.

first_imgThe World Health Organization has selected the Rajasthan government’s Medical & Health Department for its award this year in recognition of its achievements in the field of tobacco control. The department’s Additional Chief Secretary, Rohit Kumar Singh, will receive the award at a function to mark World No Tobacco Day in New Delhi on Friday.The Health Department of the State is the only government body in the country which will be awarded for its tobacco-free initiatives. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has praised the department’s efforts for tobacco control, which, he said, were being acknowledged internationally, and affirmed that the State government would keep striving to accomplish the goal of a “healthy Rajasthan”. WHO has selected five organisations from the South-East Asian region for the prestigious award. WHO representative to India Henk Bekedam said in a communique to Mr. Singh that individuals and institutions in each of the six WHO regions were recognised every year for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.Three other organisations in the South-East Asian region have been selected from Thailand and Indonesia, while the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, New Delhi, is also among the recipients of the award.Many campaignsThe Medical & Health Department launched several campaigns against tobacco consumption at places such as schools, colleges, police stations and government offices during 2018-19. As part of the tobacco-free initiatives, 1.13 crore people took a pledge against tobacco consumption at the events held in 1.56 lakh government institutions on January 30 this year, marking Martyrs’ Day.last_img read more

Guardiola’s Message to Liverpool as De Bruyne Returns

first_imgReceiving a pass at shoulder height while facing his own goal, Kevin De Bruyne headed the ball backward and over an opponent just behind him before spinning to collect it and race forward to start yet another Manchester City attack.That’s just one snippet from the FA Cup match between City and Rotherham on Sunday.Or, as it could also be called, “The Kevin De Bruyne Show.”It was, however, only Rotherham, a struggling second-tier team. And a 7-0 rout is hardly the game to make big judgments.But in a frustratingly injury-hit season, De Bruyne appears to be back and ready to give a lift to City’s bid for trophies on four fronts. Everything about De Bruyne’s display against Rotherham — his delivery from wide, his passing , his hard running and his skill — oozed class.“He is going to give us extra,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “The creativity in the final third, the fight. He has the vision to see what other people cannot see.”Guardiola also had a message for Liverpool, which leads City by four points in the Premier League title race.“We have done incredible in terms of results, but we have an opponent that has done better,” he added. “Fifty points is incredible, it is huge. But they are an opponent that has done better than us without him.“Now he is back. He will be fresh in the mind and the legs.”This was only De Bruyne’s fifth start in a season in which he has been struck by two knee injuries and, most recently, a muscular problem.City’s midfield of De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho was the foundation of its record-setting year in the Premier League last season, but that trio has yet to play together once this season. Silva and Fernandinho have also been out with injuries in recent weeks.No wonder Guardiola is so delighted to have De Bruyne back, and he protected the midfielder ahead of City’s packed upcoming schedule by taking him off after 67 minutes against Rotherham.Next up is Burton Albion, a third-tier team managed by former England forward Nigel Clough, in the first leg of the English League Cup semifinals on Wednesday.City is coming off an exhilarating 2-1 win over Liverpool, followed by its biggest win in Guardiola’s 2½ years in charge. The team might also want to put the semifinal match to bed early by running up a big score in the first leg, so Guardiola can rest players for the second leg in two weeks.All the best, Burton.TOTTENHAM VS. CHELSEAThe other semifinal matchup is between London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea, with the first leg at Tottenham’s temporary home of Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.It offers the latest chance for Tottenham to pick up a first trophy since 2008, with many pundits feeling the club needs something tangible to validate its progress under Mauricio Pochettino since his arrival in 2014.Similarly, Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, who has also been lauded for his teams’ style of play throughout a managerial career spent mostly in Italy, has yet to win a piece of silverware. At Chelsea, more than most English clubs, trophies are what managers are judged on.MORATA’S MISERYIt was one of the few times there should have been a big smile on Alvaro Morata’s face.He scored both of Chelsea’s goals in its 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday, but still the Spain striker had the look of a someone who would rather be anywhere else than a soccer field.Upon getting substituted in the 75th minute, Morata looked to the ground as he trudged off and headed straight down the tunnel instead of to the bench.Sarri has already spoken this season of Morata being “mentally fragile” and last week said he wanted a new striker in the January transfer window.It seems only a matter of time before Morata, signed for a club-record fee of 58 million pounds ($75 million) in 2017, is put out of his misery at Chelsea.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Week 3 watch guide

first_imgRyan Hartwig is back with his Week 3 college football watch guide.You should give his the Twitter account a follow, too: And here’s the Week 3 guide:Week 3My three favorite games:1. Ours (duh)2. Georgia-South Carolina3. Tennessee-OUTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

When WANT Becomes Need

first_img The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie is widely known for their classic and sturdy collection of man-friendly bags, travel accessories and backpacks – but now the minimalistic brand is kicking it up a notch with their very first collection of men’s footwear. WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie was founded by Canadian twin design duo Byron and Dexter Peart and their style and products have proven to be effective – using simple shapes and high quality materials to get their point across .The label’s perfectly crafted accessories are designed to transform each individual’s journey in life —whether you’re traveling the world or dashing to your daily commute downtown. Each product will help you transition with smooth and stylish procession – which means footwear is the perfect addition to Byron and Dexter’s growing collection of goods.Byron and Dexter created two fundamental styles for Spring/Summer 2015 that carefully blend form, function and style:The Montoro, which presents a classic derby silhouette updated slightly with a bias cut and the signature gold and silver finishes that have become a hallmark for the brand. This iconic style is made with a supple yet durable, premium Italian leather and with high performance sole construction that guarantees a comfortable fit –andThe Lennon, which offers a sporty, oxford-style sneaker with a versatile shape and style. Also made with premium Italian leather, the Lennon features a cushioned insole, breathable leather lining and a custom rubber cupsole for superior comfort and performance. Available in a variety of neutral and bold colors, the Lennon is guaranteed to become the essential sneaker of the season – which means you should run to the nearest retailer that carries the brand and test out your future kicks before they sell out.You can purchase these two styles, and other products at the company’s website. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups Editors’ Recommendations Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable A Quick Overview of the Sustainable Adidas Outdoor and Five Ten Line Essentials last_img read more

JIS Jamaica 50 Photo Album Wins International Award

first_imgThe Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) commemorative Jamaica 50 photo album has won an international award in the prestigious Mercury Awards Competition, organized by New York-based firm, MerComm, Incorporated, in the United States.The publication, titled: “Our Golden Jubilee, Snapshots of Post Independent Jamaica 1962 – 2012”, was selected for the 2012/13 Bronze Award in the Photo Album category, eclipsing some 677 other publications, representing 21 countries, which were vying for one of the top three awards.Now in its 26th year, the International Mercury Awards Competition recognizes the best outputs in public relations, public affairs and corporate communications, by honouring the hard work of the creative professionals.Major categories for awards include: Advertising, Annual Reports, Brochures, Custom Publications, Designs, Emerging Media, Magazines, Special Projects, Websites and Writing.Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, who was pleasantly surprised on receiving notification of the Award, informed that the Golden Jubilee publication was the choice of some of the world’s leading communications specialists.The commemorative album has been endorsed by the Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who commended the JIS for its foresight and creativity in producing the publication, during its official launch in July 2012.In describing it as “timely and welcome”, Senator Falconer pointed out that “with this publication, Jamaicans at home and abroad and friends of Jamaica, have been provided with a unique opportunity to relive some of the special moments in the story of our glorious independence journey.”MerComm, Inc. is the world’s only independent awards organization dedicated to defining the standards of excellence in the communications field and recognizing the professionals whose work has made outstanding contributions to their organization, corporation, or clients.To view a list of all recipients of the award, see related link at: http://www.mercommawards.com/mercury/awardWinners/categoryWinners/customGeneral.htm,under photo album.By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

March elections offer Iraq chance to move beyond conflict to development Ban

Next month’s elections offer Iraqis the chance to move beyond the bloody conflict of the past seven years towards long-term political and economic stability, but armed groups may repeat their recent high-profile attacks to disrupt the process, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in his latest report on the country.“I appeal to the people of Iraq not to be deterred, in the face of these and other criminal acts, from exercising their democratic rights,” he says, citing among other attacks the coordinated series of suicide bombings in Baghdad in December in which scores of civilians were killed and injured immediately after the successful adoption of the electoral law.“I also urge the Government of Iraq and its security forces to redouble efforts in the lead-up to the elections to ensure that the elections are as peaceful as possible,” he adds, stressing that every effort must be made to ensure that the poll is broadly participatory and as inclusive as possible.“A credible election process will greatly contribute to national reconciliation and give Iraqi leaders a new impetus to work together in a spirit of national unity to rebuild their country after years of conflict. It will also serve to strengthen Iraq’s sovereignty and independence at this key juncture in Iraq’s history as the United States prepares to draw down its military presence.”Mr. Ban pledges the full support of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which has already helped in three previous polls, for the success of the 7 March elections in providing strong technical assistance to the Independent High Electoral Commission and helping to ensure that the results are widely accepted by the Iraqi people.Referring to the controversy over the possible disqualification of hundreds of candidates considered to have been closely linked to the Baath party of ousted, and later hanged, President Saddam Hussein, he calls for a transparent and non-discriminatory review, and appeals to all sided to use the mechanisms in place to submit complaints and abide by the final results once they are certified by the Federal Supreme Court.“I also hope that, once the new government is formed, the focus will shift gradually to accelerating the country’s reconstruction and development,” he writes, calling on those newly elected to resolve political and constitutional matters that could hinder Iraq’s long-term political and economic stability, by adopting a viable revenue-sharing arrangement, a hydrocarbon law and settling the issue of disputed territories between the regions.“In this regard, the Iraqi people will expect to see greater efficiency, accountability and transparency on the part of their elected officials. If ordinary Iraqis witness an improvement in their daily lives, they will begin to feel that their votes made a difference,” he says, highlighting the support of the entire UN system for a steady shift of focus from humanitarian response to longer-term development. He notes that 18.9 million voters have been allocated to some 50,000 polling stations in an election which will see 6,600 candidates nominated from 86 political entities or coalitions. The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has funded an initiative to train over 29,000 domestic observers to monitor the polls.UNAMI has helped develop key procedures for a range of polling and counting processes, including those for regular polling and counting in polling stations on election day, absentee voting for internally displaced persons (IDPs) registered to vote for their governorate of origin, and special voting using either the voter list or a conditional ballot for several categories of voters unable to cast ballots in regular polling stations on election day.UNAMI electoral advisers have also trained Electoral Commission staff on best practices, and this staff will now train 360 governorate trainers over a two-week period. This will be followed by a cascade training programme that will ultimately ensure that approximately 300,000 polling station staff are able to conduct polling and counting processes.“UNAMI is supporting the Electoral Commission in developing a robust and timely complaints mechanism to ensure that the credibility of the results is not eroded by a delay in the adjudication of complaints,” Mr. Ban adds.Reviewing the past three months since his last report, Mr. Ban cites continuing ethnic political disagreements in the Ninewa Governorate between Kurds, Arabs and others as “a matter of concern,” while noting the agreement of the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government set up joint security structures in Kirkuk, Ninewa and Diyala to ease tensions. He calls on both governments to protect the rights of minorities and end forced displacement of minorities. “During the past year, hundreds of civilians have reportedly been killed in attacks that have targeted the Christian, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi communities,” he writes. Among humanitarian priorities for the coming year, he includes the impact of drought, mine action, protection for IDPs, refugees and returnees, and supporting critical social safety nets.“The protection of civilians, particularly women, children and minority groups, remains a serious concern, as do the ongoing constraints due to lack of access and security that continue to hinder the ability of humanitarian organizations to effectively assess and respond to unmet needs,” he says. “I again thank the donor community for its support in addressing humanitarian issues throughout this period and encourage continued engagement.” 12 February 2010Next month’s elections offer Iraqis the chance to move beyond the bloody conflict of the past seven years towards long-term political and economic stability, but armed groups may repeat their recent high-profile attacks to disrupt the process, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in his latest report on the country. read more

Man injured in Hwy 6 crash

A man remains in stable but serious condition after a crash on Highway 6 south of Caledonia this morning.The highway remains closed in both directions at 3rd Line in Haldimand County after. A tractor trailer and a Volkswagen collided.The victim was originally taken to Hamilton General Hospital in critical condition. Crews are currently at the scene cleaning up, but OPP say the problem now is moving the tractor trailer.“Due to the damage of the transport, we’re no longer able to move it — full load of gasoline — because of the shape of the truck its still stable,” said Const. Mark Foster of the OPP.The road closures are expected to last for several hours. read more

Plaques laid at Peace Memorial Park to remember veterans

Five World War II veterans from Hamilton were honoured today with plaques at Peace Memorial Park in the city’s east end.One name that that many will recognize is Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Five more plaques were unveiled today ahead of Remembrance Day. They memorialize five men who so courageously went off to serve in World War II without knowing if they would ever return.As the last post was played.Dozens endured the wind and the cold to honour these late men. Stan Darch, Robert Davidson, Bill Eisan, Fred Englebrecht, and Jack McFarland.Described as heroes today, the daughter of Dieppe veteran Fred Engelbrecht, who died earlier this year, says her father never thought of himself that way.“He always said he wasn’t a hero. He was just doing what he had to do to help the country, I’m so proud of him.”One by one, the families were called to see their loved one’s plaque.God Save the Queen and O Canada were sung.Deborah Adams is the daughter of Dieppe veteran Stan Darch, who died in 2014, and sang the anthem proudly.“He fought to keep us alive and well and free and we can sing O Canada and God Save the Queen. If he and his buddies didn’t do this we would be singing a German anthem.”The ceremony was organized by the North Wall Riders, a group of bikers with the mission to serve and remember those who have fought for our freedom. President Keven Ellis hopes the new plaques will let the families of these men know, that they will never be forgotten.“We will continue to install them as the need arises to make sure that Hamilton veterans aren’t forgotten.”One veteran in the crowd today says while its important to remember the veterans of both World War I and II, he feels as though many Canadians seem to forget that there are many others who have also served.“We always have people who are serving, we’ve had veterans from the last 40 to 50 years that people just don’t seem to recognize. I think they should be recognized a whole lot more. ”A time to remember all the brave people who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.There will be many services across the region tomorrow to remember veterans. The service at Gore Park will begin at 10:45 tomorrow morning. read more

Why AI visionary Andrew Ng teaches humans to teach computers

In this Friday, July 14, 2017, photo, computer scientist Andrew Ng poses at his office in Palo Alto, Calif. Ng, one of the world’s most renowned researchers in machine learning and artificial intelligence, is facing a dilemma: there aren’t enough experts trained to train the machines. So when he isn’t pushing into the frontier of AI himself, Ng is building new ways to help educate the next generation of AI specialists. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Why AI visionary Andrew Ng teaches humans to teach computers PALO ALTO, Calif. – Andrew Ng has led teams at Google and Baidu that have gone on to create self-learning computer programs used by hundreds of millions of people, including email spam filters and touch-screen keyboards that make typing easier by predicting what you might want to say next.As a way to get machines to learn without supervision, he has trained them to recognize cats in YouTube videos without being told what cats were. And he revolutionized this field, known as artificial intelligence, by adopting graphics chips meant for video games.To push the boundaries of artificial intelligence further, one of the world’s most renowned researchers in the field says many more humans need to get involved. So his focus now is on teaching the next generation of AI specialists to teach the machines.Nearly 2 million people around the globe have taken Ng’s online course on machine learning. In his videos, the lanky, 6-foot-1 Briton of Hong Kong and Singaporean upbringing speaks with a difficult-to-place accent . He often tries to get students comfortable with mind-boggling concepts by acknowledging up front, in essence, that “hey, this stuff is tough.”Ng sees AI as a way to “free humanity from repetitive mental drudgery.” He has said he sees AI changing virtually every industry, and any task that takes less than a second of thought will eventually be done by machines. He once said famously that the only job that might not be changed is his hairdresser’s — to which a friend of his responded that in fact, she could get a robot to do his hair.At the end of a 90-minute interview in his sparse office in Palo Alto, California, he reveals what’s partially behind his ambition.“Life is shockingly short,” the 41-year-old computer scientist says, swiveling his laptop into view. He’s calculated in a Chrome browser window how many days we have from birth to death: a little more than 27,000. “I don’t want to waste that many days.”BUILDING BRAINS AS A TEENAn upstart programmer by age 6, Ng learned coding early from his father, a medical doctor who tried to program a computer to diagnose patients using data. “At his urging,” Ng says, he fiddled with these concepts on his home computer. At age 16, he wrote a program to calculate trigonometric functions like sine and cosine using a “neural network” — the core computing engine of artificial intelligence modeled on the human brain.“It seemed really amazing that you could write a few lines of code and have it learn to do interesting things,” he said.After graduating high school from Singapore’s Raffles Institution, Ng made the rounds of Carnegie Mellon, MIT and Berkeley before taking up residence as a professor at Stanford University.There, he taught robotic helicopters to do aerial acrobatics after being trained by an expert pilot. The work was “inspiring and exciting,” recalls Pieter Abbeel, then one of Ng’s doctoral students and now a computer scientist at Berkeley.Abbeel says he once crashed a $10,000 helicopter drone, but Ng brushed it off. “Andrew was always like, ‘If these things are too simple, everybody else could do them.’”THE MARK OF NGNg’s standout AI work involved finding a new way to supercharge neural networks using chips most often found in video-game machines.Until then, computer scientists had mostly relied on general-purpose processors — like the Intel chips that still run many PCs. Such chips can handle only a few computing tasks simultaneously, but make up for it with blazing speed. Neural networks, however, work much better if they can run thousands of calculations simultaneously. That turned out to be a task eminently suited for a different class of chips called graphics processing units, or GPUs.So when graphics chip maker Nvidia opened up its GPUs for general purposes beyond video games in 2007, Ng jumped on the technology. His Stanford team began publishing papers on the technique a year later, speeding up machine learning by as much as 70 times.Geoffrey Hinton, whose University of Toronto team wowed peers by using a neural network to win the prestigious ImageNet competition in 2012, credits Ng with persuading him to use the technique. That win spawned a flurry of copycats, giving birth to the rise of modern AI.“Several different people suggested using GPUs,” Hinton says by email. But the work by Ng’s team, he says, “was what convinced me.”TEACHING HOW TO TEACH COMPUTERSNg’s fascination with AI was paralleled by a desire to share his knowledge with students. As online education took off earlier this decade, Ng discovered a natural outlet.His “Machine Learning” course, which kicked off Stanford’s online learning program alongside two other courses in 2011, immediately signed up 100,000 people without any marketing effort.A year later, he co-founded the online-learning startup Coursera. More recently, he left his high-profile job at Baidu to launch deeplearning.ai , a startup that produces AI-training courses.Every time he’s started something big, whether it’s Coursera, the Google Brain deep learning unit, or Baidu’s AI lab, he has left once he felt the teams he has built can carry on without him.“Then you go, ‘Great. It’s thriving with or without me,’” says Ng, who continues to teach at Stanford while working in private industry.For Ng, one of his next challenges might include having a child with his roboticist wife, Carol Reiley. “I wish we knew how children (or even a pet dog) learns,” Ng says in an email follow-up. “None of us today know how to get computers to learn with the speed and flexibility of a child.”___Follow AP Technology Writer Ryan Nakashima at https://twitter.com/rnakashi read more

Urban Meyer on victory against Penn State Arguably our best team win

OSU players pile up on Penn State running back, Zach Zwinak (28). OSU won against Penn State, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium Oct. 26.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorTwenty games. Twenty victories.Coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football team appear as if they can do no wrong.The Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) dominated from the outset Saturday, sending Penn State (4-3, 1-2) back to Happy Valley on the wrong side of a 63-14 outcome. Such a lopsided victory on national television might seem like Meyer and company were looking to impress the national media and change the perception of the Big Ten’s inferiority, but the OSU head coach won’t be saying that anytime soon.“That was certainly not our mindset,” Meyer said following the win. “Our mindset is ‘find a way to win this game against a very talented team’ … I’d be disappointed if I said (making an impression is) our focus. That’s not our focus.”OSU has held steady at No. 4 in the AP top 25 poll since week three of the season and is currently in the same spot in the BCS standings behind unbeaten Alabama, Florida State and Oregon. If the Buckeyes have hopes of playing for a national title in January, winning by large margins might be the only way to do so with the Big Ten currently lacking national respect.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett agreed with his head coach, though, and said the only thing his team can do is take care of its own business.“We don’t really worry about (polls). We don’t really focus on that,” Barnett said. “All that stuff will take care of itself … If we win all our games and take care of our business, I don’t think it will be a problem. I think that we can only handle what we can handle. That’s all we control, is how we play.”Impressing the voters, though, was a priority for some players heading into Saturday.“This was definitely a statement win,” redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby said. “That’s the attitude we carried to this game, that we were going to make a statement on prime time when everybody was watching, and that’s what we did.”OSU kept Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg under wraps for most of the game, picking him off twice and sacking him four times. Hackenberg left the game in the third quarter with an injured shoulder.One of those sacks came at the hands of junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who led OSU with 10 tackles. Shazier sided with Meyer and Barnett, saying that winning games is all the team cares about, not the polls.“We (are) trying to go out there and just win every game and try to win them handily like we should,” Shazier said. “We’re just trying to go out there trying to win every game, and at the end of the day, things (are) going to happen how it’s supposed to.”Meyer called the victory “arguably our best team win” of 2013, and said he felt the Buckeyes played well on offense, defense as well as special teams, but particularly the pass rush.“I like where we’re at right now. I like where we’re at as a team,” Meyer said. “We all needed to see some pass rush and pass defense and guys step up and they certainly did. That was the most impressive part of the game to me.”OSU scored on six of its seven first half possessions, taking a 42-7 lead into halftime after Miller threw a dart to senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown from 25 yards out with only seconds left. Freshman running back Dontre Wilson, who scored his first touchdown since the San Diego State game Sept. 7, said the Buckeyes did want to prove something to their doubters.“It’s a pretty big statement because everybody always downgrades us and puts us down,” Wilson said. “So for us to come out with this performance against Penn State, a good team that just beat Michigan, it’s a pretty big statement.”The Buckeye offense racked up 686 total yards, good for third best in program history. A total of 408 of those yards came on the ground, as junior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior running back Carlos Hyde and redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton ran for a pair of scores each. Miller also threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and said he is “very comfortable” with what the passing game is doing right now.“I know what I’m doing and (the) defensive coverage, and I know where the guy is going to be,” Miller said. “It’s exciting to see a (teammate) with the ball in his hand do something with it.”With this kind of strength on the ground and a multitude of players playing at such a high level, the end result was something worthy of recognition, Barnett said.“We definitely want to make an impact on the country and have people notice us. We like that,” Barnett said. “We would love for every game to be like that. Hopefully we can just come out and execute like we did tonight.”The Buckeyes are set to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday to take on Purdue (1-6, 0-3). Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Ohio States Draft Class Is The Most Impressive In Modern NFL History

1981Pittsburgh12 ILBJoshua Perry1025.1 1967Michigan State8113.7 1987Penn State13 POSITIONPLAYEROVERALL SELECTIONDRAFT VALUE 1944Notre Dame13 1975USC14 1981Pittsburgh12106.2 WRMichael Thomas4710.1 1946Notre Dame16170.4 1945Notre Dame15126.2 1988Oklahoma13 1993Notre Dame9114.0 1975Ohio State13 2015Florida State11101.7 1944USC12 1945Notre Dame15 FSVonn Bell618.4 1944Texas12 TENick Vannett945.7 2016Ohio State12 2004Ohio State14 Source: Pro-football-reference.com Coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus in 2012, and the Ohio State football team has been outstanding from the moment he arrived. In his first season, the Buckeyes went 12-0, although the team was ineligible for a bowl game or postseason play. In 2013, the team began 12-0 again before being upset by Michigan State in the Big 10 championship game. Two seasons ago, Ohio State won the national championship, going 12-1 in the regular season and defeating Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in the postseason behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones. And last season, Ohio State’s only loss came as time expired against Michigan State in late November. 2006USC11102.8 1952Maryland12 1976Colorado12 2000Tennessee9102.6 OLBDarron Lee2015.5 Given all that, it wasn’t a surprise that Ohio State produced a top-notch draft class in 2016. What is surprising is that it’s the most impressive draft class in modern history. At the most basic level, there were just a lot of Buckeyes taken in the draft. Twelve Ohio State players were selected during the 2016 NFL draft, the 25th time a school has had such a distinction. And, in fact, it’s the fourth time Ohio State has sent at least a dozen players to the pros via the NFL draft:But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength. Here is how many points of draft value were used on each Ohio State player in the 2016 draft: CBEli Apple1019.9 1953USC15 Schools with more than a dozen players chosen in one year YEARTEAMNUMBER OF PICKSDRAFT VALUE 1940USC9100.3 1971Ohio State13 1982Texas12 1950Minnesota13 1988Miami (FL)12 DEJoey Bosa327.6 1987Miami (FL)7108.1 1968USC11122.2 Source: Pro-football-reference.com Total OTTaylor Decker1616.9 1947UCLA9103.1 1974UCLA12 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1946Notre Dame16 DTAdolphus Washington806.7 2002Miami (FL)11103.3 RBEzekiel Elliott425.8 2008USC10107.1 1977USC13 1954Notre Dame12 2004MiamI (FL)9114.8 1984Texas17 WRBraxton Miller856.3 2016Ohio State12151.2 1942Texas10100.6 1954Notre Dame12121.7 1939TCU6100.1 1977USC13113.9 2006Ohio State9111.5 1955Notre Dame9128.8 1975Nebraska12 The 2016 Ohio State draft class is amazing 151.2 Incredibly, Ohio State had five players drafted in the top 20 and another five in the top 100. As a result, a total of 151.2 points of draft value was used on Buckeyes players. That’s the most — by a very large margin — in 70 years. The table below shows the top 25 draft classes as measured by points of draft value used to select players: 1948Alabama6103.8 2010Oklahoma7112.9 YEARSCHOOLPICKS QBCardale Jones1393.2 2012Alabama898.7 1950Notre Dame12 Using this methodology, the best draft class between the 1970 merger and this year came out of Miami in 2004. And yet this class beat that mark by 31.7 percent! That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth. As a result, it stands out as the most impressive draft class in modern history. read more

Centerras Öksüt expected to pour gold in Q1 2020

first_imgCenterra Gold’s Öksüt project is a gold deposit situated in Turkey some 300 km southeast of Ankara and 48 km south of Kayseri, the provincial capital. The nearest administrative centre is at Develi (population 64,000) located approximately 10 km north of the project. Öksüt Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (OMAS), a subsidiary of the company, owns the rights to mine and explore Öksüt. 2018 developments:In January 2018, received the pastureland permit, which was the last remaining permit needed to begin developmentIn February 2018, the Öksüt project received Board approval for the construction and development of the property. OMAS also received an Investment Incentive Certificate (IIC) from the Turkish Ministry of Economy which provides Öksüt with tax related advantages for the development of the projectIn late March 2018, construction activities commenced with the contractor mobilizing equipment and breaking ground on main road access construction.As at June 30, 2018 the project construction is approximately 14% complete. Following receipt of the pastureland permit and construction approval, activities focused on providing access to the site with the construction of the main access road.Work on access roads began in April 2018. The road to the main gate and the extension to the administration buildings are expected to be completed in early and mid-August 2018, respectively.Stripping of top soil on the waste rock dump in the north valley started April 2018.Excavation of the main sub-station was completed in early July. Construction of the sub-station is due to begin in early August 2018.Excavation of the absorption, desorption and refining (ADR) plant was completed at the end of July 2018, with construction of the ADR structures due to start in late August 2018.Topsoil stripping and main excavation of the crusher area has begun and is due to be completed mid-August 2018. Mobilization and construction of the secondary crusher/radial stacker/ crusher laydown area, is due to commence mid-August 2018.Phase 1 stripping of the top soil in the heap leach area was started in April 2018, and included toe filling and heap leach haul road construction.Blasting works at the admin/truck shop campus has been completed. Earthworks in this area are ongoing.Construction of the boundary fence started in July. All material for the fence is onsite.Earthworks activities in the well area are completed. Construction of the water infrastructure started in late July 2018.Clay screening started in early July 2018.Earthworks of cyanide and reagent storage area started in July 2018 and is due to be completed mid-August 2018.The first gold pour is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2020.On June 26, 2018, all conditions precedent on the $150 million Öksüt credit facility were satisfied and an initial draw of $15 million was made.During the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company spent $9.9 million and $15.5 million respectively, mainly on fees associated with the pastureland permit and on development activities as explained above.In the comparative periods of 2017, the company spent $2.1 million and $4.8 million in the first three and six months of 2017 on development activities to progress access and site preparation and detailed engineering plans.The picture shows crusher area excavations.last_img read more

Hungarian Handball Federation to investigate the MKB Veszprem – THW Kiel match

champions leagueEHF Champions LeagueEHF CLfazekashandballHungaryLaszlo NagyMKB Veszpremnandor fazekasveszprem ← Previous Story EHF CUP: Danish Holstebro booked ticket for Nantes! Next Story → EHF CUP F4: German clash in semi-final The President of the Hungarian Handball Federation (MKSZ), Vetési Iván, has announced that he asked the Federation Refereeing Subcommittee to investigate the match between MKB Veszprem and THW Kiel and share their point of view, which ended with narrow THW Kiel win which saw them going to the F4 in Cologne. The players of MKB Veszprem, as well as numerous journalists and the fans as well, have heavily criticized the match between MKB Veszprem and THW Kiel, saying that the Danish referees were largely in favour of THW Kiel. Nandor Fazekas called the referees to be unfair to the Hungarian side, while Laszlo Nagy named the whole match on his twitter page as “Scandal EHF”. read more

Talant Dujshebaev about Alexs mother dilemma She support the one who brings

Alex DujshebaevTalant Dujshebaev Vive Tauron Kielce’s coach Talant Dujshebaev has stated for eurohandball.com that his team goal would be place at EHF F4 in Cologne next May. The new Hungarian head-coach answered also on one funny question for the end of the interview – who will have support of Dujshebaev’s wife – Alex (son, who playing in RK Vardar Skopje) or Talant in possible clash…– This answer is very easy. Alex has his own bank account in Skopje, my wife and me have a common bank account. So she must support the one, who brings the money home – said Talant. ← Previous Story LNH (Round 6): Montpellier win and join Nantes on top of the table Next Story → Aron Palmarsson out for a few weeks! read more

Magenta founder, artistic director updates her 2008 hit

first_imgThose beautiful, talented, seemingly perfect people — they’re the worst, aren’t they? The folks you really want to hang out with are the slobs and neat freaks, the neurotic worriers and bumbling stumblers. They’re the fun ones, the real human beings.“If you lived in my mind, I guess that’s how it would look,” said Jaynie Roberts, the founder and artistic director of downtown Vancouver’s Magenta Theater. “I wanted to write something quirky and fun with unusual characters. It has a lot of English humor in it. And it has a lot of unfortunate people in it, the poor things.”As Roberts’ fictional fairy godmother says: “Every family’s got their problems, and there’s no predicting what will swim out of the gene pool, is there?”“Once Upon a Palace Purple,” Roberts’ original musical-comedy-fantasy, returns to Magenta Theater this month after a decade of mounting demand for a revival. It’s a revision of the same wry, whimsical show that proved a popular local hit and helped put Magenta on the map in 2008 — a time when the DIY theater troupe could not be found on any map. In those days, Magenta rented space for performances in the church across from the Main Street Dairy Queen.Since then, Magenta has gone on to greater and greater things — from a shoebox theater on lower Main to a big, bright auditorium in the heart of downtown — and Roberts kept on generating the occasional original comedy for the group. She’s had success with a few, she said, and there really was demand for a “Palace Purple” redux, but there was also sufficient skepticism to keep her saying no. Until she finally said yes.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday June 13 2019

first_imgJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Federal review finds gaps in Alaska ‘critical incident’ reporting As the debate rolls on over the proposed development of Pebble Mine, some government officials made their way from Washington D.C. up to Bristol Bay to talk to people in the area. ‘Pretty unbelievable,’ says Kotlik hunter who helped document recent spike in seal deaths Former University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey standout Colton Parayko helped the St Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup last night. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska Two local high school students were killed when a truck plunged off the cliffside and fell about 900 feet to the shoreline below. Authorities said they hope to have an explanation by the end of June. Dunleavy calls for round two in Wasilla after Alaska Legislature adjourns first special session Corrections commissioner cancels prison’s Father’s Day event Gov. Mike Dunleavy has called for a second special session to be hosted in Wasilla next month. The session’s agenda is limited to PFD funding. A new report by a federal watchdog agency finds that Alaska health care providers and administrators failed to correctly report and monitor critical incidents involving people with developmental disabilities. Murkowski differs with Trump on campaign help from foreign powers Why fishermen are mailing corks to Murkowski Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Bristol Bay fishermen who oppose the Pebble Mine are adding an unusual task to their pre-season chores: They’re writing messages on cork floats and mailing them to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Alaska’s attorney general is hailing a federal judge’s ruling that could ease road building throughout Southeast Alaska. The ruling came in after the state sued the U.S. Forest Service in 2016 over a disputed road easement near Ketchikan that runs through Tongass National Forest. U.S. senators from Alaska and three other border states have written to British Columbia’s premier expressing concern over transboundary mining. Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Alaska’s Corrections commissioner has canceled an upcoming Father’s Day event at Goose Creek Correctional Center near Wasilla a couple days before it was set to take place, due to concerns about contraband and safety, the department says. Former UAF hockey player part of Stanley Cup-winning Blues Three women removed from state human rights commission without much explanation Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks EPA officials hear concerns over Pebble Mine during Bristol Bay visit State attorney general praises federal ruling on road-building in Southeast Partnering with FBI, Unalaska police aim to finish Ballyhoo crash investigation Three members of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights have been abruptly removed from their positions with several months left in their five-year terms. Alex Hager, KDLG – Dillingham Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome Harold Okitkun counted 18 dead seals north of Kotlik — a number he says he’s never seen or heard of other people in the village seeing. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was not happy to hear President Trump say he would accept foreign intel on a political opponent. Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Alaska’s US senators express concerns over transboundary mines in BC letterlast_img read more

Quota reform leader Rashed arrested 6 RU students assaulted by BCL men

first_imgQuota reform movement joint convener Rashed Khan. Photo: Prothom AloPolice have arrested Rashed Khan, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council, the platform demanding civil service quota reforms.Rashed has been arrested in a case filed by a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).Deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) media wing, Masudur Rahman, confirmed this to Prothom Alo at 1:30pm on Sunday.Earlier, family and friends alleged Rashed was detained around 12:30pm Sunday. They said another person, Mahfuz, was also detained along with him at the time.Rashed’s friend Din Yamin said, he along with Rashed and Mahfuz were in front of a relative’s house at the Majumdar intersection in Bhashantek around 12:30pm Sunday. A police officer in uniform along with several others in plainclothes asked their identity. There were several local BCL leaders along with them, he added.Yamin said, Rashed left the place and took shelter in a neighbouring house as the law enforcers’ movement seemed suspicious. He went missing from there and his cell phone was found switched off.Mahfuz also remained missing along with Rashed.Rashed’s sister Rupali Begum was crying. She said, “I want my brother back.”Sabbir Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Bhashantek police station said, “The media has beem asking about the issue, but we don’t know anything about this. None from our police station has detained Rashed.”Meanwhile, six activists of quota reform movement were injured in an attack reportedly by the activists of BCL near the central library at Rajshahi University campus on Sunday, reports UNB.Witnesses said some activists of quota reform movement gathered in front of the central library to form a human chain as part of their scheduled programme protesting at the attack on the leaders and activists of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council at Dhaka University around 11:30 am.At one stage, a group of BCL men, numbering 40-50, led by BCL president Golam Kibria and its general secretary Foysal Ahmed Runu swooped on them and chased them.They also assaulted some students, forcing them to leave the place.Morshed Alam, co-convener of RU unit of the council, said six students were injured as the BCL men assaulted them while they were preparing to form a human chain as part of their scheduled programme in the morning.Earlier on Saturday, at least six leaders of the central committee of the council were injured in an attack allegedly by some BCL activists on Dhaka University campus.Protesting at the attack, the students’ council called for an indefinite boycott of classes and examinations in all universities and colleges across the country from Sunday.last_img read more