It Hasn’t Been Perfect, but There Are Only 17 Teams in FBS at 4-0

first_imgHave the first four Oklahoma State games gone according to how a lot of us hoped they’d go?[looks at preseason prediction of Oklahoma State in CFB Playoff]Nope.[1. All four of my picks are 4-0, by the way.]But hey, there are only 17 teams in FBS that are 4-0, and OSU is one of them (12 more teams are 3-0). They might not have played any legendary games that we’ll tell our grandchildren about, but they’ve been perfect so far (and won six straight overall).Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 10.31.28 AM“To go down there and win and play in those conditions and that environment is always a plus,” Gundy said about the Texas game on Monday. “I think you’re going to find that in the league this year. There’s a lot of parity, and there are a lot of teams that can play well. Each week will be a battle.”This is true, and especially so on the road. Oklahoma State is 51-16 at home in the Gundy era and just 30-24 on the road.“My phone works just like everybody else’s,” Gundy said on Monday about Texas. “You get 30-40 messages telling you everything you did wrong. You get 3-4 telling you what you did right.”Maybe the Texas game will be like the A&M one in 2011 that propelled OSU to a season for the ages (not if they don’t figure out how to run the football … but possibly).“I tell them, what we’ve done is elevate Oklahoma State football to the point to where it’s (a win at Texas) isn’t enough. They want you to dominate. I tell them, you guys have done a great job. Now you have to live with the flip side of it.”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

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Information Minister Urges Patience as JPS works to Restore Power

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, is appealing to Jamaicans still without electricity, to continue to exercise patience. She said the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has been working hard to restore service following the passage of Hurricane Sandy last week. “I think as a country, we really can’t complain about the level of work the JPS has done. When we look at some of the areas they have to go into and we are talking about seven days after…significant damage, and we have about 90 per cent of the country back with electricity, I think we have to give them some commendation,” she said. The Information Minister was speaking on Wednesday October 31 during the Jamaica House Press Briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Kingston. “I know that people are impatient…because we have become accustomed to going home and turning on the television…and when you cannot do that you become frustrated. I think we have to be realistic,” she added. She posited that the light and power company has to ensure that all their systems are in place before they can reconnect the power to ensure safety and security of its customers and workers. “JPS, they have to reconnect light across the island, they are never going to have enough crew members and they had other challenges where they had to be bushing areas,” she said. The Minister noted that in first world countries such as the United States of America, whenever they lose power, service takes some time before it is restored, as every company has to do their checks and balances to ensure that all systems are safe before restoration. JPS is reporting that it has significantly reduced the number of customers without power over the last two days. According to the JPS, about 24,000 customers were brought onto the grid since Monday (October 29), leaving approximately 36,000 customers without power at the end of restoration efforts Tuesday night (Oct. 30). The majority of customers still without electricity are in the parishes of Portland and St. Mary, where JPS faces challenges of access and extensive damage to its infrastructure.last_img read more

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CTruck’s THOR Completes Sea Trials

first_imgzoom Since a high-profile launch at DSEI, CTruk’s first-in-class Twin Hulled Offshore Raider (THOR) Force Protection Craft variant has been put through its paces during a series of sea trials and promotional deployments.The company’s military and security division team have spent the last two months fully exploring the 11m catamaran’s capabilities, pushing the boundaries to test the advantages of this innovative composite design for military and maritime security roles.The craft has been trialled in a range of sea and weather conditions, including sea states of 4-5, where she proved to be supremely controllable. Twin hulled THOR continued to give a superior ride in quartering, beam and following seas, confirming the value of the stable catamaran platform which is a key advantage for troops and weapon systems.CTruk’s amphibious operations specialist and THOR skipper, Matt Lane, said, “This proof-of-concept vessel does exactly that, she proves the value of her relatively light weight for her size, as well as clearly demonstrating the strength and stability gained from a composite catamaran hull form. Initial WBV measurements are also positive, with command seats enabling crew to function normally even in high sea states and be delivered fit for task. We are delighted with performance so far.”Development of this potentially game-changing Force Protection Craft variant continues, with new members of the CTruk CAP Consortium enhancing capability. CAP member Talking Headsets Ltd recently hosted the Director of Business Development for the Sonetics Corporation on board in London, demonstrating how this consortium, formed pre-DSEI 2013 with CTruk as the lead, continues to benefit members.CTruk THOR also successfully completed a recent promotional tour along the UK’s south coast, impressing visitors and operators at Portsmouth and Poole as well as radar evaluators at Ramsgate. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close CTruck, December 10, 2013 My locationlast_img read more

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Chhattisgarh 6 Naxals arrested in Dantewada

first_imgDantewada: Six Naxals were arrested during a search operation by the CRPF and local police in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, an official said on Tuesday. The arrests were made on Monday evening from the forests near Marjoom village under Katekalyan police station limits, he said. He identified the arrested ultras as Pide Veko (25), Piso Kawasi (22), Payko Veko (26), Fagnu Madkami (30), Sanna Kudami (25) and Pojja Kudami (24), all jan militia members on the lower rung of the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist). “A tiffin bomb, electric wire, Maoist bags and commodities of daily use were recovered from them. They were involved in an encounter with security forces near Chikpal village on July 28 this year,” the official said. There were no casualties on either side in that encounter, he added.last_img read more

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Cereal Production in 20162017 Largely Exceeding Average Season

Rabat – The production of cereals like durum wheat, common wheat, and barley has reached a total of 96 million quintals during the 2016-2017 crop year, 63 percent more than the average season, according the Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries.Wheat production is estimated at 49 million quintals, or 51 percent, followed by barley with 25 million quintals, or 26 percent, and durum wheat with 22 million quintals, or 23 percent, the ministry told the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The 2016-2017 agricultural season has come up to an average of 17.8 Qx / ha for the three cereals, exceeding the average agricultural productivity of the two decades before the launch of the Plan Maroc Vert (11 Qx / ha), said the ministry. With 49 million quintals of common wheat, this year’s production exceeded that of the previous year for this cereal (18.6 MQx) by 163 percent and exceeds that of an average season (30 MQx) by 63 percent.By region, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra led the way with more than 12 million quintals of soft wheat production, followed by the Casablanca-Settat region.The desired wheat production in 2016-2017 was due according to the ministry to “the good temporal distribution of precipitation in the majority of the cereal regions,” with a national rainfall of 327 mm up until July 28, a 51 percent increase compared with 2015-2016 season (216 mm), but less than the average of national rainfall of 384 mm.“The efforts made by farmers and professionals in the sector, as well as the permanent and constant involvement of the Department of Agriculture with regard to the agricultural sector, made it possible to carry out a good agricultural campaign despite the climatic specificities of this campaign, in April, warmer and drier than expected,” concluded the ministry. read more

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UK undecided on CHOGM

Asked to what extent trade ties with Sri Lanka, such as the aviation deal, were a factor, he said: “Obviously, you have to separate the bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka from CHOGM. They are aligned but our decision on CHOGM will be a result ultimately of what our objectives are for that meeting. Our relationship with Sri Lanka is not defined by one meeting” Douglas Alexander, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, said: “We have repeatedly said that, whilst the Sri Lankan government fails to meet its international obligations, the British government must use the prospect of the forthcoming Commonwealth meeting in Colombo to pressure them to do so.“The prime minister must urgently raise with the Sri Lankan government the need for a full, independent, international investigation into the allegations of war crimes committed by all parties. Withholding his attendance at the conference until progress has been made is one of the tools at the Prime Ministers disposal.” Britain has not decided if it would attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) summit in Sri Lanka in November and at what level it will attend, the Guardian newspaper said.A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said that a decision had yet to be made on whether the UK would attend the summit, and if it did, who would attend. The opposition has stepped up pressure on the government to state how it would approach the controversy surrounding CHOGM. Ann Clwyd, a Labour MP and member of the Foreign Affairs select committee, said that holding CHOGM in Sri Lanka sent the wrong signal on the country’s human rights situation, which she described as “appalling”.On the question of trade ties as a factor in the UK government’s deliberations, she said: “People shouldn’t be forced to give up values on the trade altar. Trade is important in terms of jobs in this country. It’s always a difficult issue for people to speak about but I would say that it really should not be used as a bargaining tool.” “The decision to hold the meeting in Sri Lanka was taken by the Commonwealth as a whole in 2009 and reaffirmed in 2011. We respect the collective will of the Commonwealth,” he said, adding that the meeting was an opportunity to put the spotlight on Sri Lanka, human rights concerns and efforts to improve peace and security. read more

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Undetonated explosive removed from Burlington home

Officers have safely removed an explosive from a home in Burlington after a resident called police to dispose of a piece of vintage military ammunition.Halton police were called to a home on Clarendon Park Dr. around 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.The Halton Regional Police Service Explosive Disposal Unit arrived on scene and the item was determined to be an “undetonated” ordnance.The street was shutdown while crews safely removed it for disposal. No one was hurt and police say there was no concern for public safety.Halton police are reminding residents who have any unknown ordinance, vintage or modern, it is important not to handle the device and contact police immediately. read more

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New measures in Afghanistan aim to promote law and order UN reports

Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Manoel de Almeida e Silva reported that a new police academy is set to open in November in Gardez, with others planned next year in Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz, Bamiyan, Jalalabad and Herat. “The courses are aimed at existing policemen who have had little or no previous police training and cover the democratic principles of policing, human rights and basic law as well as policing techniques such as arrests,” he said. In addition, Afghan police officers have begun a three-year forensics training programme. Over 80 participants will learn how to detect forgeries and conduct DNA and blood analysis. Meanwhile, the Faryab Province Peace Commission – which includes the area’s Chief of Police, representatives of the Jumbesh and Jamiat factions as well as the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) – “has taken an innovative and open approach as it deals with many of the sensitive issues” facing the region, the spokesman said.The Commission has been inviting the aid community to observe its sessions. “In addition, the developments and agreements generated by these meetings are broadcast by local radio so that the public too is informed about the issues and how they are handled,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said.First established in August, the Commission aims to mediate and resolve issues that have the potential to degenerate into fighting. “These tensions are generally caused by local commanders who are vying for more power and to extend their territory, control and influence,” the spokesman observed. read more

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UN stresses key role of regional groups in peacebuilding

The statement also called for a closer and more effective partnership between the UN, regional and other intergovernmental organizations, “creating a truly interlocking system that guarantees greater coordination in both policy and action.”The summit of world leaders set to take place at the United Nations in September would be “an unparalleled opportunity” to address the challenges faced by the international community, the group also said in the statement released at the conclusion of a two-day meeting.“The Summit should recognize that neither any individual State nor the United Nations can effectively respond alone to the challenges to peace and security,” it added.It also noted that the global community, as a whole, needed to collectively combat terrorism with vigour and in so doing address its root causes, protect human rights, respect diversity and generate a true partnership among civilizations.They agreed that the international community must more effectively address the challenges of post-conflict peace-building through mechanisms such as the Peacebuilding Commission proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his UN reform report “In Larger Freedom,” while giving equal attention to conflict prevention.Separately, the participants agreed on the need to proceed towards a “partnership of civilizations” involving all stakeholders – governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society – to foster diversity and overcome divisiveness.“This partnership will represent a powerful response to those who feed on exclusion and arrogantly claim the sole ownership of truth,” the group said in its statement. read more

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Where Does Boxing Go After Mayweather

At the age of 40, after a 21-year career and a 50-0 record, Floyd Mayweather, the greatest prizefighter of his era, has walked away. He peddled the most lucrative act in the history of not only boxing, and not only sports, but entertainment.When Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao in 2015, he earned over $200 million for hardly breaking a sweat. The audience who witnessed those 36 minutes had the star power of the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, ESPYS and White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — combined. Some seats at the MGM Grand sold for $350,000 a pop. The fight obliterated records for gate and pay-per-view numbers. And why not? Mayweather had proven himself the most exciting fighter in the history of boxing — that is, until he stepped into the ring. After the opening bell sounded and the crowd had its chance to lean in toward the “Fight of the Century,” most recoiled before the first round was over, as though reacting to the stench of a spoiled carton of milk. Despite the ensuing bitterness and buyer’s remorse, only two years later, against Conor McGregor last month in Las Vegas, Mayweather was able to both earn and generate nearly as much money — although final estimates have yet to be released — fighting an opponent who had never boxed professionally.Mayweather is gone. Pacquiao had his bite at the Mayweather apple and is now intent on becoming this generation’s answer to Muhammad Ali, hanging around too long at the fair. So what now? Mayweather was a lightning rod for the sport — many loved him, more loved to hate him, and he defined the big-money barometer of boxing success. Without this conduit, where does boxing’s energy flow? We might glimpse the future this weekend over 12 rounds in Las Vegas.Two international fighters are ready to assume the mantle of the Face of Boxing. This Saturday, three weeks after the sideshow of Mayweather-McGregor, Mexican phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez squares off against undefeated Kazakhstani knockout artist Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin for the WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles in one of the most combustible matchups in decades.After Mayweather, Alvarez has established himself as the sport’s most bankable pay-per-view star, albeit with far smaller numbers. The only blemish on his record is a 2013 defeat to Mayweather himself,1 Not counting a 2006 draw to Jorge Juarez in his fifth fight. which nearly broke what was then the all-time pay-per-view record Mayweather set against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. Alvarez has fought seven times since, mainly against stiff competition, and steadily improved with each outing. Golovkin, meanwhile, is mounting his 19th-consecutive title defense.But how much will the public care? In the U.S., this fight, more than any on the horizon, will prove a bellwether for what the health and complexion of boxing look like in a post-Mayweather era. Examining the top pay-per-view fights over the last couple of decades provides some useful clues and insights into the evolution of what the public sought from boxing and, ultimately, what it got for its money. Long before Mayweather-McGregor infected the water supply, Mike Tyson single-handedly set boxing on course where spectacle would supplant substance. After serving a three-year sentence for rape at Indiana’s Plainfield Correctional Facility, the former champion emerged from prison more popular than ever, facing off against a walking punchline named Peter McNeeley, in 1995. The fight was billed with the line “He’s Back,” with Tyson playing the role of the “Jaws” shark and McNeeley the teenager wandering into the ocean with a surfboard. The resulting 89-second disqualification (McNeeley’s manager jumped into the ring) became the most lucrative fight in boxing history and Tyson was again one of the highest-earning entertainers on earth. Tyson offered a poignant assessment of the American public’s frightening fascination with him: “I can sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating.”Tyson was a box-office behemoth after that. He continued to generate big numbers the next year when he faced Frank Bruno and the 25-1 underdog Evander Holyfield, who shockingly knocked out Tyson. Their rematch broke records yet again, before Holyfield’s ear was bitten off and spat out into the public consciousness. Only Van Gogh’s might be more famous.Tyson lost his boxing license for just over a year. All he really had left in his career was offering the public his comeuppance against Lennox Lewis in 2002. It didn’t matter that Tyson was 35, more than a decade past his prime, and fighting one of boxing’s most menacing and dominant heavyweight champions. The public’s infatuation with Tyson ensured that the fight would set the pay-per-view record as the highest-grossing fight in boxing history. Only three years later, in 2005, a worn-out, broken-down Tyson quit on his stool against an Irish journeyman named Kevin McBride. Two hundred and fifty thousand people still paid to watch.In 2007, two years after Tyson retired, Mayweather had fought on pay-per-view only three times and produced underwhelming numbers, never reaching even 400,000 buys. But the public spent $136 million on Mayweather-De La Hoya, and Mayweather used the opportunity to usurp his opponent’s considerable fan base. If he couldn’t win them over with his style in the ring, he would entice them to pay even more money, exploiting his undefeated record and willingness to play the “heel” role. “Pretty Boy” Floyd became “Money” Mayweather, and he dipped his toe into “Dancing with the Stars” and the WWE to gain even more exposure and cultural purchase. It worked like a charm. A decade after fighting De La Hoya, only 11 fights later, before Mayweather was done — not including the astronomical figures yet to be crunched from the McGregor bout — there was $1.3 billion in revenue from more than 19.5 million pay-per-view buys.Mayweather tapped the post-prison Tyson business model of packaging hype and spectacle in ways that transcended the sport. But operating on a different plane during the same era, Pacquiao assumed the pre-prison Tyson business model. Pacquiao earned legions of devoted fans by becoming the most devastating fighter in the sport who would steamroll opponents with almost cartoonishly iconic knockout victories. As a result, from 2008 to 2012, there were six Pacquaio fights on pay-per-view that earned more than 1 million buys.2Against De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and two against Juan Manuel Marquez.Which brings us to boxing’s next chapter. The story on these pages is a new one. Although Golovkin and Alvarez may be the two most exciting boxers in the sport, neither has crossed the blockbuster threshold established by Tyson. Among the 22 fights estimated to have yielded more than 1 million pay-per-view buys, only three didn’t involve the names Tyson, Mayweather or Pacquiao: De La Hoya versus Trinidad and Holyfield’s fights against George Foreman and Lewis. Canelo’s six non-Mayweather fights on pay-per-view have averaged 575,000 buys and Golovkin’s two each earned fewer than 200,000.The potential for a great fight is no guarantee that we’ll get one. Andre Ward demonstrated this last year in his pay-per-view disaster against Sergey Kovalev. Ward inherited the pound-for-pound crown from Mayweather, is sponsored by Nike’s Jordan brand, in his prime, and the last male American to win an Olympic gold medal. He challenged an undefeated knockout machine in Kovalev in one of the best 50-50 fights on paper in decades. Nobody cared and the fight generated anemic numbers. Their rematch this year produced even worse numbers.3The first fight had an estimated 165,000 pay-per-view buys; the second got 130,000.Both Golovkin and Alvarez are in their primes. They aren’t marketing this fight with dog whistles toward racism, homophobia or misogyny, or with cynical appeals to the lowest common denominator. They simply are offering what promises to be one of the best fights in years. Is that enough? In today’s America, nothing is taken seriously that doesn’t sell. And after years of being hooked on the antiheroic narrative, is America in our modern age willing to pay to watch a fight without one boxer wearing the black hat? read more

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Football Barrett and Watson have walked different paths but hope to obtain

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs into the endzone for a touchdown during the first overtime of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win over Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State and Clemson fans have known how dynamic the starting quarterback for their favorite teams has been since they first suited up. On Dec. 31, the nation will get to watch the playmaking ability of both OSU redshirt junior J.T. Barrett and Clemson junior Deshaun Watson.Both players have a similar skill set behind them. While Barrett and Watson have the ability to tuck it and run when the pocket collapses or carry an offense with their arms, each has their own background and past that drives them forward.Barrett was a young Longhorns fan, who had aspirations of one day playing under then-Texas coach Mack Brown in the burnt orange uniforms beloved by Austin natives. Watson, hailing from Gainesville, Georgia, is a former five-star recruit who drew interest from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Clemson and even Ohio State.Barrett was thrust into the starting role during his redshirt freshman year with the Buckeyes after then-quarterback Braxton Miller injured his shoulder before the start of the 2014 season. Watson, on the other hand, received playing time in his freshman season and was named the starter late in September 2014. Both have been discussed as possible Heisman Trophy winners in the past, and even drew some eyes this season as the best player in the nation. While Barrett has seemingly dropped out of the race following a few disappointing performances, Watson is still very much in the running. “I don’t have a vote, but if I had one, it’d be the easiest vote ever,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said on Sunday. “He represents everything you could possibly want in a Heisman. He’s made college football better in his three years.”Barrett was a front-runner for the 2014 Heisman Trophy, but broke his ankle against Michigan, which ended his season. He was forced to watch from the sideline, as Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliott led OSU to an improbable national championship. Barrett had his chance to finish the game against the Wolverines this season, and capitalized for a 30-27 double overtime win. He ran for 125 yards and a score, and threw for 124 yards and an interception. Although he is just a two years removed from his injury, he said he tries not to dwell on it too often.Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles in for 4-yard touchdown run during the second half against North Carolina State at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Clemson won, 24-17, in overtime. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)“I don’t go back to it often, if at all,” Barrett said prior to the Michigan game. “It’s one of those things, it happened, I grew from it, learned from it, got better from it, mentally more than anything. So I guess I don’t revisit that time.”For both players, their roads to starting in the Fiesta Bowl have been different. However, both have the ultimate goal of bringing home the hardware to their respective school, but each has a different reason for wanting to win.Watson has been the answer for Clemson since Tajh Boyd left for the NFL draft, but the 6-foot-3 signal caller has yet to win it all, or bring home college football’s biggest individual award. Although his long list of achievements is impressive — All-American, Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, first FBS player with 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a season — the pressure to win it all still looms for Watson.Barrett, hungry for a chance to finally have his time to shine and lead his team, was asked about his accomplishments on Sunday, including being named first team all-Big Ten and Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, and how they might affect his play against Clemson.The low-voiced quarterback kept his same calm composure he’s known for when he answered, and gave an answer in his trademark blunt style. “I guess I don’t really think about it like that,” he said. “I think my main thing is to go out there and play my best. I think my best is pretty good — puts us in a place to win games.” read more

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Serbian Eagles together without Bojinovic

Serbian NT coach, Veselin Vukovic announced 21 players, who will start the preparation for the “historical event”, EHF EURO 2012. The biggest question of Serbian national team, despite injuries of Nikola Manojlovic and Zarko Sesum, was appearance of Mladen Bojinovic, the most experienced Serbian player from French HC Montpellier. Vukovic decided to put him in reserve. Bojinovic won’t be included in squad until 1st of January, when something maybe will change.“Eagles” will begin with preparation at 23rd of December in Novi Sad. Six days later, Serbia will play against Romania friendly match. In 2012, Serbia will have two more test matches. Rivals will be Macedonia (8th) and Czech Republic (11th January).SQUAD:Goalkeepers: Darko Stanic, Strahinja Milic and Dragan Marjanac.Left wing: Dobrivoje Markovic and Ivan NikcevicRight wing: Rajko Prodanović and Milos KostadinovicPivot: Alem Toskić, Rastko Stojkovic and Bojan Beljanski.Left backs: Momir Ilic, Nenad Vuckovic, Momir Rnic, David Rasic.Mid-backs: Zarko Šešum, Nikola Manojlovic, Dalibor Cutura, Petar Nenadic, Luka Mitrovic.Right backs: Marko Vujin and Ivan Stankovic.Reserves: Jozef Holpert (goalkeeper), Danimir Ćurković (left back), Vukasin Rajkovic (right back), Nemanja Pribak and Mladen Bojinovic (middle back), and Slobodan Djukic, Milan Pavic (right wing). ← Previous Story Nikolaj Jakobsen is leaving BSV Silkeborg Next Story → In Kielce always fun – Rosinski the Winner of Bowling competition read more

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Ward pens brutal final chapter in Egans story

first_imgBOXING LOVES A trilogy. There’s something about the narrative arc, the lingering hurt and the shots at redemption that makes for compelling viewing.The great ones roll off the tongue: Leonard-Duran. Gatti-Ward. Ali-Frazier.Last night’s light-heavyweight decider at the National Elite Championships was the closest thing Irish boxing had to a modern epic; the third installment of the absorbing rivalry between Kenneth Egan and Joe Ward, a trilogy now closed with deafening finality.(A quick primer: one of Ireland’s finest ever amateur boxers and an Olympic silver medallist at the Beijing 2008 games, among other honours, Egan won 10 straight national senior titles and was set for a record-breaking 11 out of 11 when he met Ward, then just 17 years old.If this story has any sense of a fighter wronged, it came in that 2011 final, their first meeting. Egan was twice penalised by the referee and docked points in an 11-6 defeat. But there were no questions of what might have been 12 months later when the youngster from Moate, a year older and a year stronger, romped to a 29-10 win, defending his title and ending Egan’s dream of another Olympic shot.)After the emphatic nature of his downing in 2012, the inevitable questions were asked of Egan and of his future in what now seems to be a young man’s division. No, he swore, he wasn’t ready to hang up his gloves; life in the old dog yet.And so at 31, he paraded into the ring in Dublin’s National Stadium last night for his 13th straight final. As the boxers were introduced to the crowd, he shared a joke in the blue corner with Willie McLaughlin and then retired to the balcony, relaxed, to watch the opening fights on the 14-bout card disturbed only by some young fans in search of autographs.Ward, on the other hand, was a picture of confidence, bordering on arrogance. Dressed all in red, rocking from side to side in time with the rhythmic chewing of his gum, here was a man who knew he had the tools in his arsenal.Whatever mutual respect exists between these two — and there certainly appeared to be plenty when all was said and done — it evaporated with the opening bell. Within seconds Ward made a terrifying statement of intent, driving through the mat and launching his whole body into a wild swinging right. It missed but the tone for the evening was set.The first round bore all the echoes of the past. Egan tried to stay just out of reach but Ward had the speed and agility to make him pay. When Egan tried to respond in kind, the youngster did just enough to draw him off balance and then catch him on the counter. It was the kind of move that would have made a young Egan proud.If this was to be the man from Neilstown’s last hurrah, it would do a long and storied career a great disservice to go out with a whimper. Trailing 8-2 at the end of the first, he came to fight in the second round and this was where Ward came into his own. When they stood toe-to-toe, there could only be one winner and a vicious Ward flurry forced the referee to step in for a standing count.There were punches to make Ward think, and when Egan landed a right shortly afterwards, the volume of the vocal Westmeath support briefly dipped a notch or two. It only seemed to anger Ward and he lashed back with a right hook that was designed as much to decapitate as to score points. Fortunately for Egan, and for the medics at ringside, it missed its mark.But as the bell went and the scores flashed up 21-3, it became ever more apparent that this bout was descending from contest into slaughter. Whereas Egan had sought to stand his ground in the second, now the imperative was to see it through to the end. Only pride was at stake but that was all that mattered.“I want to thank Joe,” Egan said after final bell in the final act, a 25-5 win for Ward. “He’s improving all the time. He’s going to be the next man and I’m glad I’m handing over the mantle to someone like that because he’s a legend in his own right.”“I want to thank everyone who has come out over the last 13 years to cheer me on in 13 finals but tonight is the last of it. I’m retiring in the ring tonight.”The torch passed, Egan left the ring — his ring — for the final time to a sustained ovation of appreciation and gratitude. Ward remained, soaking up the acclaim for his latest devastating show.Egan retires as explosive Ward dominates National Finals nightTaylor shows her class in first fight as Olympic championlast_img read more

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Gameloft develops Duo Gamer Apple certified Bluetooth game controller

first_imgThere are many different Bluetooth controllers that allow you to play games on your tablet or phonea in a much more natural way and without covering the screen. However, Apple has never certified one of these controllers before for iOS devices. In fact, current Bluetooth controllers for Apple devices just trick iOS into thinking the controller is a Bluetooth keyboard in order to make them work.Well the Duo Gamer controller has arrived to change that. It has been created by game developer Gameloft and is the first to carry Apple certification. It comes with a stand to place your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch on, but there’s a catch to this product — it only plays Gameloft apps. So no, you can’t play Angry Birds or Temple Run using the Duo Gamer, you can only play Asphalt 7, Modern Combat 3, Brothers in Arms 2, NOVA 3, and Order & Chaos at the moment.There will be more compatible games released later on, but the Duo Gamer costs $80, which is way more than the cost of all these games combined. Not many people are going to fork out $80 just to play five games when they could do that on a much cheaper solution and the only difference would be that the controller wouldn’t be Apple certified.Worst of all, the battery inside isn’t even rechargeable via USB like most accessories these days. It requires two AA batteries to use it, they do at least supply you with your first two. You can also use an Apple Digital AV Adaptor to hook up your iProducts to a larger monitor to view your Gameloft games on, if you so wish.The Duo Gamer will be avaliable to buy from October 5 in Apple Stores, Target, Best Buy, and on Amazon, but at that price and with only Gameloft app support, we can’t see the Duo Gamer selling very well.via Forbeslast_img read more

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Oakleigh traders express parking concerns

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Concern over parking in Oakleigh saw traders meet with council staff and Mayor Stephanie Perri. The meeting, called by expat entrepreneur Nick Batounas, took place on Monday, when a number of traders gathered at a restaurant at Eaton Mall. The main requests were that the council look at extending the parking in the Chester Street car park from two to three hours; a review of the parking arrangements near the market; and a suggestion that the Centro car park remain open later into the night. Mr Batounas doesn’t think the requests are unreasonable, and says the issue is more about “leniency towards the elderly population, and businesses in the area who have lost customers due to the large number of fines being handed out lately”, having noticed an increase in parking inspectors patrolling the area. The Monash Council have one of the highest recorded revenues derived from fines, and by the next financial year it is estimated revenue from illegal parking could reach up to $5.5 million. By increasing the hours of street parking in Oakleigh to that of other suburbs in the Monash region, Mr Batounas says that not only will businesses benefit, but seniors will also be able to get around easier without the added stress of time constraints. Cr Perri pledged that the council would consider and investigate the ideas put forward by traders after the holidays. She also added that the council acknowledge that “there is a need for more parking spaces in Oakleigh”. For this reason, the mayor says the council is currently reviewing a proposal to build two additional levels on the existing ground level car park in Atkinson Street, which will provide 195 new parking spaces. But there are areas where the council refuses to budge. “There was some discussion around no stopping zones, loading and leniency around people stopping briefly in those zones. “No stopping zones are there for a reason – it’s not safe to park there [and] people who do park in those zones risk a fine,” she said. The council currently provides a grace period for parking, which takes into account that people may be held up for a few minutes before returning to their car.last_img read more

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Inspection de travail pour les usines de Foxconn fournisseur dApple

first_imgInspection de travail pour les usines de Foxconn, fournisseur d’ApplePour lutter contre la dégradation de son image, Apple a demandé à la Fair Labor Association, la FLA, de mener un audit dans les usines de son plus important fournisseur, le chinois Foxconn.Des séries de suicides parmi les salariés des usines Foxconn, qui construisent les produits d’Apple, avaient déjà suscité en 2010 et janvier 2012 d’importantes critiques envers leurs conditions de travail. La marque à la pomme a donc décidé de réagir en prenant l’initiative de demander des études sur les usines de son fournisseur. La FLA mènera son enquête sur les usines à Shenzen et Chengdu.Cette nouvelle a été annoncée par Tim Cook, le PDG d’Apple. Il rappelle que chaque travailleur a le droit d’avoir un environnement de travail sain et sécurisé. Pour lui, c’est la première fois qu’un audit de cette ampleur sera réalisé dans l’industrie de l’électronique.Foxconn affichant depuis toujours le même type de discours, leur direction a promis de donner leur entière coopération à l’enquête. Depuis les vagues de suicide, la situation s’est déjà améliorée : la semaine dernière encore, les salaires sont montés de 16 % à 25 %, ce qui porte le maximum à 285 $ par mois… C’est la troisième hausse depuis les suicides de 2010. Les heures supplémentaires peuvent monter jusqu’à 80 par mois, les semaines y durent 60 heures et les journées peuvent trainer pendant 14 h. Des conditions qui font tache, pour les produits Apple au design tellement clean…Le 21 février 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Here We Wait A Web Series About the Service Industry and Purgatory

first_img With approximately 500 hours of video uploaded to YouTube each minute, it’s easy for a new web series to fall through the cracks. An independent TV show may struggle to stand out among the videos of people eating food and speaking softly into a microphone. They are absolutely worth seeking out. At their best, they provide artists complete freedom to tell original stories without the studio influence that comes with being on a major network. Plus, the bite-size episodes make them easy to keep up with on your lunch break.Here We Wait is a web series that proves an interesting premise and well-written characters can overcome a minuscule budget. The series takes place in Here, a restaurant that is essentially purgatory. When somebody dies, they appear at a table. A staff member serves them some food, goes over their life and sends them on their way. Depending on the kind of person they were, the guests either go There or Somewhere. Somewhere is not necessarily Hell; it’s just not There.Sound complicated? It is, but the show does a decent job of spreading out the information over the first few episodes. While the first episode is a little confusing, it establishes the rules our main characters have to follow, and what happens if they don’t. It’s not until a few episodes in, when a new staff member shows up, that our questions about the world are addressed.As the series progresses, we see that things are going wrong in Here. In the first episode, we’re informed that the balance is off. (Eight episodes in, we’re still not entirely sure what that means.) Gideon, the boss of these afterlife waiters, fires one of his staff, Siv, to correct it. It becomes clear, insubordinate though she was, Siv was not responsible for throwing the balance off. The culprit is still among the staff. Things begin to break, and one staff member begins to cough up blood. Is Here beginning to fall apart?The world of Here We Wait is interesting and unlike anything else out there. What makes the series work is the characters. Each episode takes place in the same location: Here (portrayed by creator Olivia Baptista’s parents’ restaurant). That could easily become stale if not for the great character work present here. They have the familiar camaraderie that comes with working at a restaurant for an eternity, but each person has a different agenda or coping mechanism. Kylie has stopped a guest from moving on, keeping him as a pet. Thalia has a romantic relationship with Rachel and seems to enjoy sending people Somewhere.Think of the series like Lost, only without the confusing leaps forward and backward in time. And you already know the show takes place in purgatory. The first few episodes are a little confusing, but they’re intriguing enough to keep you going. And since they each clock in at well under 10 minutes, it’s not long before you have enough information to start piecing the world and the characters’ relationships together.Series co-creators and stars, Olivia Baptista and Diane Chen, speak at the Here We Wait premiere party. (Photo by Laila Alsabah)If you’re looking for good character drama with a supernatural twist, definitely give Here We Wait a try. Especially if you don’t mind being kept in the dark at least a little bit. At this point, it appears to be revealing its cards at a satisfying rate, but it takes a few episodes to get there. If you’re not turned off by the low-budget look, there’s an intriguing story to be found in Here We Wait. That alone makes it worth the six-to-eight minutes it takes to check out an episode.Here We Wait is hosted on Multihyphenate Productions’ YouTube channel. New episodes are released every Tuesday. Carmilla to be made into a movieMacaulay Culkin’s older Kevin from Home Alone has been traumatized Stay on targetlast_img read more

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ACP Press Clubs Federation plans more Member States Involvement

first_imgCaptionExecutives of the newly formed African Caribbean & Pacific (APC) Press Clubs Federation declared to encourage more involvement from journalists in member states, especially the Caribbean and Pacific, as it moves to establish an identity for the new organization.  The meeting was held at the ACP House on the Avenue Georges-Henri in Brussels on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Pictured front row from left to right are: Mr. Mahamat Ababderamane Souleymane, President, Maison des Medias du Chad; Mr. Anthony Newbold, President, The Bahamas Press Club; Ms. Anny Andrianaivonirina, Presidente, Centre de Presse Malagasy; Mr. Edouard Adzotsa, Secretaire general Federation Syndicale des Travailleurs de la Communication, Republic of Congo and Albert Rudatsimburwa, Press Club of Kigali. Second row from left to right are: Mr. Lance Polu, Secretary General, Journalist Association of Samoa, Mr. Joseph Ailonga, President, Editor’s Forum of Namibial Mr. Abdou Gningue, Journaliste President du Club de las Presse du Senegal; Her. Excellency, Ambassador, Dr. Len Ishmael, St. Kitts & St. Lucia; Ms. Onel Sanford-Belle, Association of Caribbean Media Workers; H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes, ACP Secretary General and Derek Fox, Cook Islands Media Association. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBRUSSELS, Belgium – Executives of the newly formed African Caribbean & Pacific (APC) Press Clubs Federation took a conscious decision on Wednesday night (November 30, 2016) to encourage more involvement from journalists in member states, especially the Caribbean and Pacific, as it moves to establish an identity for the new organization.Representing the Caribbean Region are The Bahamas Press Club President Anthony Newbold and Jewel Forde, Asst. Secretary General, Association of Caribbean Media Workers.Meeting at ACP House on the Avenue Georges-Henri in Brussels for the first time since being appointed in Kigali in October, executives of the Federation pledged to do all within their power to ensure the presence of the ACP and the Federation in all member states is evident.“The first recommendation to the president for action was my suggestion to mount a competition for the design of the Federation’s Logo,” says Bahamas Press Club President Anthony Newbold. “Graphic artists from news organization, who are hopefully members of the areas press clubs would be asked to submit samples for consideration.”Leading the discussions was Mr. Albert Rudatsimburwa from Kigali, who represented ACPC Federation President Gaspard Safari who could not attend because of health reasons.“It is important that we agree a vision for this organization,” he said. “Because we must move quickly to establish the ACP Press Clubs Federation as a vibrant and relevant force in our member states in raising the cause of press freedom.”The vision for the ACP PCF as articulated by the executive council: “To strengthen and sustain media associations in ACP countries to be a catalyst for development, by bolstering transparency in public affairs, rising public awareness on important issues as well as facilitating open debate and the dynamic exchange of information and ideas.”The ACP PCF will initially be directed from Brussels which will allow the Federation to lean on the support of the ACP Group Secretariat, which in the initial stages will provide the funding necessary for the operations of the organization.ACP PCF Interim President, Gaspard Safari is expected to soon release the agenda for the next meeting of the Council which is scheduled for February 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda ahead of the World Congress of Press Clubs.The ACP Press Clubs Federation was established at a special meeting in Kigali in October 2016, with the primary objective being “to foster dialogue, cooperation and an exchange of practical experience and ideas between ACP-PCF members.”An interim Executive Council was appointed comprising 12 members, two from each region represented: West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean Region. Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Cold War destroyer Inside the USS Turner Joy

first_img Tags Comment Heroic destroyer of Puget Sound: Exploring the USS Turner Joy The quiet of Puget Sound The Turner Joy’s life now is a quiet one, resting peacefully in the calm waters of Puget Sound. There are only two Forrest Sherman-class destroyers still around that you can tour, and only a few more museum destroyers of any kind. Adults go aboard for $16, and the ship is open every day most of the year, but Wednesday-Sunday in the winter. Just don’t get there too late in the afternoon, because they shut down and seal up promptly at closing time. I found out the hard way and had to go back the next day to get the photos I needed. Speaking of photos, if Seattle is farther than your travel plans allow, even by train, check out the gallery above for an extensive tour from stem to stern.   As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more.  You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.  Culture Photography 1 Postwar destroyer Construction began on the Turner Joy in late 1957, after World War II. She was part of the Forrest Sherman-class — fast, capable vessels that at the time were the largest destroyers ever built by the US Navy. Destroyers are quick and light largely at the cost of armor. Segments of the hull aren’t much thicker than the width of your finger. They became known as “tin cans.”Powered by two 35,000-horsepower steam turbines, the 4,050-ton Turner Joy had a top speed of 32 knots (about 37 mph), with a range of around 4,600 miles. Her crew consisted of 17 officers, and 260-283 enlisted men. Built just as guided missiles were starting to enter the Navy arsenal, the Turner Joy is one of the last all-gun destroyers. Some of her sister ships were converted to carry missiles, but she was not. Instead she had three 5-inch and four 3-inch guns, along with six torpedo tubes, throughout her 23 years of service.  Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Sitting at the end of the dock in Bremerton, just a short walk from the ferry terminal, the Turner Joy looks out of place, of course, but not as much as you’d think. Destroyers are bigger than your average private yacht, but much smaller than most Navy ships. It’s only slightly longer than the ferry that brought me over from Seattle, and half as wide. You board the Turner Joy at the stern, and then it’s up to you to explore. And there’s a lot to explore. Even with an army (navy?) of volunteers, most museum ships have large sections closed to the public. The Turner Joy, perhaps because it’s a smaller ship, is one of the most open I’ve toured. Nearly every cabin and compartment is accessible. In a few spots that are closed off, like the Combat Information Center, there’s plexiglass so you can still see in. Share your voice When it comes to combat ships, aircraft carriers and battleships get all the attention. I am certainly guilty of this. I mean, I’ve toured battleships from the Pacific to the, well, other side of the Pacific, and aircraft carriers on both US coasts. However, there’s something to be said about destroyers. These are fast, maneuverable vessels once dedicated to escort duties, but now filling a wide variety of roles. Few are preserved as museum ships. Many don’t even make it to the scrap stage, instead being used as target practice in fleet exercises.   The USS Turner Joy is different. She’s one of only a handful of destroyer museum ships, largely because of her involvement in the Vietnam War’s Gulf of Tonkin Incident. She served many roles in her 23-year career, saw extensive combat in Vietnam, and today sits in Bremerton, Washington, close to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where she was first commissioned in 1959. Best of all, she is almost entirely accessible, making for a fascinating and extensive tour. Click through the gallery below for my photos, or read on for more about the ship. 52 Photos The Big Stick: A photo tour of the battleship USS Iowa Tour the battleship USS Missouri Japan’s 114-year-old battleship Mikasa: A relic of another time Behold the USS Midway, the largest aircraft carrier in the world you can tour Military Tour more cool shipslast_img read more

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Srinivas Goud MLAs Gaddam Ranjith Reddy take part in 5K Run

first_imgAllwyn colony: Serilingampally MLA Arekapudi Gandhi and local Corporator Dodla Venkatesh Goud on Sunday launched a 5K run from Tulasivanam to IDEL Tank. The run was organised by Sathur Sirisha Naveen to commemorate the memory of freedom fighters. State Minister V Srinivas Goud, Chevella MP Gaddam Ranjith Reddy, Gandhi, MLA Madhavaram Krishna Rao, MLC Naveen Rao and Goud later gave prizes to the first three winners of the race. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Addressing the participants, the minister complimented Sathur Sirisha for holding the run in a pleasant atmosphere. He advised people to take up in the morning hours walking and running to stay healthy. “I am happy to see the participants to be active during the race without any age distinction,” he observed. He announced that soon the IDEL Tank would be beautified as a tourist spot.last_img read more

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