Zach LaVine carries Chicago Bulls past Washington Wizards

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LAVINE TURNS IT ONNot only did LaVine score 11 straight in the third quarter, but he secured the game with 33 seconds left with a three-point play.“We took the game over,” LaVine said. “We made some big stops. I think the main thing is that we’re learning how to win.”PLAYING TOGETHERLaVine, Markkanen and Kris Dunn started together for the first time this season.“We talked about it and I feel like we just got to keep working on doing our stuff and we’ll get better,” Markkanen said.STRANGE LINEUPSFour of the nine players Brooks used are in their first month with the team. They are forwards Trevor Ariza and Sam Dekker and guards Ron Baker and Chasson Randle.“You’re going to have some funky lineups,” Brooks said. “There are going to be some strange lineups until some people get back.”TIP-INS LaVine, who finished with 24 points, shot just three times in the first half, and turned aggressive in the second half, hitting three 3-pointers in a 2:45 stretch of the third quarter.“He didn’t panic, he wasn’t flustered and the game turned for him,” Boylen said. “He gave it to us the second half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefWendell Carter, Jr. had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Lauri Markkanen added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago, which scored 100 points for just the second time in 10 games.The Bulls have won three of four and are 5-7 since Boylen replaced Fred Hoiberg on Dec. 4. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening In Vegas or LA, UFC 232 is a dynamite show to fans, fighters Zach LaVine #8 celebrates scoring with teammate Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls in the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on December 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPWASHINGTON — Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen knows that Zach LaVine can’t play as much he’d like due to a recent ankle injury.But LaVine made the most of his 29 minutes on Friday night, scoring 19 points in the second half, including 11 straight in the third quarter, in the Bulls’ 101-92 victory over the Washington Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT Bulls: G Brandon Sampson, who was signed to a two-way contract on Thursday, did not travel with the team. . F Bobby Portis was out for his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. When he suffered the injury, the team said he’d be out one-to-three weeks. Coach Jim Boylen said that he wouldn’t guess on a return. “We’re not going to rush him,” Boylen said. “Knowing Bobby he’ll be rushing himself.”Wizards: Wall missed his fourth game of the season. He was in the locker room before the game, but did not comment on his condition. . F Otto Porter missed his ninth straight game with a bruised right knee. Brooks said he was getting closer to a return. . F Markieff Morris was out with a neck injury.UP NEXT:Bulls: Visit the Raptors on SundayWizards: Host the Hornets on Saturday in their only back-to-back home games of the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ Bradley Beal led Washington with 34 points.The Wizards played without John Wall, who was sidelined with a sore left heel. Washington coach Scott Brooks said that he found out during the morning shootaround that Wall would be unable to play, and said he would see a specialist.The Wizards fell to 13-23. They’ve dropped nine of 11.Beal remains convinced that Washington can turn the season around, and he refuses to believe that with the team 10 games below .500, the season is too far gone.“I’ll never say that,” Beal said. “I’ll never think it. I’ll never believe it. My main objective is to make sure we get out of the hole and we will.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibidlast_img read more

After constant unrest surrounding his future, Neymar may be returning to Barca

first_imgAdvertisementThe star Brazilian centre forward Neymar is eyeing to make a return at Camp Nou in the next season. The club officials of Paris Saint Germain have kept their silence over the future of Neymar. According to several reports in Spain, Neymar is desperate to join his old friend Lionel Messi at Barcelona. There was no disclosure of the release clause of Neymar by the club management of Paris Saint Germain in the previous season. According to various sources, if any club wish to go for Neymar, they can’t buy him until 2020 and they have to pay the release clause around £215 million which is very close to his transfer fee worth £220 million. If the club want to buy in the next season, they have to go friendly terms with Paris Saint Germain which is very unlikely to happen. Real Madrid are targeting to get Neymar in their squad from last summer transfer window. But according to former Barcelona full back Juliano Belletti, Neymar will wish to join Barcelona over Real Madrid any day. He said, “I think that if Neymar came back to Spain, he would do so with Barca.” “I don’t think he will spend many years in Paris, but I don’t think he will go to Madrid. The relationship between Barça and Brazilian players is incredible.”The rumours are suggesting that, the President of Barcelona have already talked with the Barcelona players about the possibility of the return of Neymar at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi & Co have no problem with Neymar joining his old club. They will be ready to greet him again in their side if the Brazilian centre forward wish to make a comeback at Camp Nou. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly feels that Eden track will not turn much

first_imgThe pitch at the Eden Gardens is not going to turn much during the second cricket Test match between India and New Zealand beginning on September 30, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly said in Kolkata on Tuesday.”The pitch is not going to turn … there is too much moisture and this is the first match of the season,” said Ganguly. (Eden Gardens all set to make India’s 250th Test at home a grand occasion)”So unless something happens in the last two days, I don’t see a lot of turn in the pitch,” added the former national captain. (India’s hot streak at home: 12 Tests, 10 wins, 2 draws)Meanwhile, the pitch was covered all day on Tuesday and so it is expected to be on the damper side.Meanwhile, India will practice in the afternoon on Wednesday.last_img read more

WATCH: Akshay Kumar’s son Aarav Bhatia and his friends clicked by the paparazzi

first_imgAarav Bhatia, the handsome, young stud that he is, is frequently spotted with his girl-friends (not girlfriend) at outings in Mumbai. Last night was no different as the star-kid and his pals ran for cover from the intrusive paparazzi.Aarav and his friends were spotted outside PVR Juhu last night as he was leaving from the theatre along with his buddies. The moment Aarav and his gang spotted the cameras, they began looking here and there. They were clearly uncomfortable with the paparazzi’s gaze.Sporting a blue Rolling Stones jacket and ripped, black pants, Aarav Bhatia after a while walked towards his car with a calm, zen-like appearance.However, he let go of that look when he got inside his car and escaped the darn shutterbugs. All photos by Yogen ShahALSO READ: Forget Akshay Kumar’s National Award win, did these actors deserve it?WATCH: Stop politics over surgical strikes, says Akshay Kumarlast_img read more

Yanks Knock Tigers Around, 8-4

first_imgDETROIT — For the third time in less than a week, Detroit’s starting pitcher was pulled early, the game already just about lost.This rough outing was particularly surprising because it came from star left-hander David Price. “I’ve had bad games before. Not that bad,” Price said. “That was probably the worst game I’ve ever had in my life.”The New York Yankees chased Price with nine straight hits in the third inning, beating the Tigers 8-4 on Aug. 27. New York scored all eight of its runs in the third off Price, who had pitched a one-hitter in his previous start.“Sometimes it just happens. The game doesn’t always make sense,” New York Manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s as good as it gets, and we were able to hit some balls in the holes, and it worked out.”Jacoby Ellsbury started the barrage, and New York went all the way through the batting order until the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner was pulled after the ninth hit of the inning.Rookie Shane Greene (4-1) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked one for New York.The Yankees pulled within 2 1/2 games of Seattle for the second AL wild card, while Detroit remained a half-game behind the Mariners. The Tigers fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.Victor Martinez homered for Detroit.Detroit spot starters Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer were knocked out of the game in the second inning of starts last week, but Price had been solid since the Tigers acquired the left-hander from Tampa Bay at last month’s trade deadline.Price pitched out of jams in the first and second inningy, but there was no escaping the third. Ellsbury led off with a single and scored on Derek Jeter’s double. Martin Prado added a single, and Mark Teixeira followed with a double that made it 2-0.New York added five more singles — by Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli. Not every ball was hit hard, but by the time reliever Blaine Hardy replaced Price, it was 6-0 and the bases were still loaded.“When you are watching that, and he’s facing the bottom of the order, you are thinking that’s he’s going to get a double play and then get out of the inning and then he’ll be rolling,” Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus said. “But it didn’t happen, and he was starting to run out of gas.”Price (12-10) was the first pitcher who allowed nine straight hits in a game since Houston’s Bob Forsch gave up nine against Cincinnati on Aug. 3, 1989, according to STATS.(NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

How can Dortmund save their season?

first_imgBorussia Dortmund How can Borussia Dortmund save their season? Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 18:03 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Borussia Dortmund celebrate Getty Images Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Mainz 05 v Borussia Dortmund Opinion The Bundesliga giants finally parted company with Peter Bosz, but now face a difficult task turning their season around under new manager Peter Stoger Peter Bosz’s tenure as Borussia Dortmund manager was over as soon as Schalke scored their second goal to narrow the lead to 4-2 in the Revierderby.From then, Naldo’s stoppage time equaliser to complete the greatest comeback in Bundesliga history was inevitable. Bosz had been outwitted and outclassed not by a better team, but by a better manager, whose two substitutions after just over half an hour changed the game utterly and exposed the failings of the Dutch coach’s approach.Peter Stoger’s tenure as Borussia Dortmund manager started no sooner than Bosz was out the door at Signal Iduna Park. The former Cologne boss was out of work for just a week before being ushered in at the club’s hastily arranged press conference on Sunday. Following a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, club chiefs announced the event to discuss the current “sporting situation”, which not only saw Bosz sacked but Stoger appointed until the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player BVB’s new man comes in with the team on a horrific run of eight Bundesliga games without a win, their worst stretch in 17 years. This is in stark contrast to how well the team started under Bosz, with six wins and a draw in his first seven games. Dortmund overachieved at the beginning of the campaign, but that turned to underachievement, and Stoger must find the answer somewhere in between. So, how can Dortmund save their season?Peter Bosz Borussia DortmundOne of the big problems for Bosz’s Dortmund was their inability to see out games or force second-half victories. This was in part due to his desire to play high-intensity, pressing football which saw a lot of the ball and hoped to turn possession into chances.As a result, his players often became fatigued in games, leading to dropped points like against Schalke, Bremen and Spurs in the Champions League. In fact, BVB have won just one second-half in their last 13 league and European games — and that was merely to earn a point against the 10 men of Bayer Leverkusen.At Cologne, Stoger was a proponent of the 4-4-2 formation, which will be a shift in the right direction from the three-at-the-back approach which marked the final days of Bosz’s stay in Dortmund. This should help keep the defence more compact, and result in a slower build-up, like the counter-attacking approach Stoger utilised as he helped Cologne return to Europe after a 25-year absence. Julian Weigl was one of the most poorly utilised players this season in the high-tempo game, but will now be able to dictate games better from a deeper defensive midfield position.Marc Bartra was forced out to the right at times under Bosz, but the former Barcelona man needs to play in the centre of defence to really stand out. Stoger needs to identify if the Spain international is part of the club’s best defensive pairing, or if two of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Neven Subotic, Omer Toprak and Dan-Axel Zagadou are better options. Whatever duo Stoger chooses, Marcel Schmelzer should not be shoehorned into centre-back any more and maybe even deserves to be replaced as club captain due to his continued poor showing this season.GFX Possible Borussia Dortmund XI?GFX Possible Dortmund XI?Raphael Guerreiro showed enough last season under Thomas Tuchel’s attractive attacking side to earn an extended role in the team, but has yet to play at left-back as part of a four-man defence this season. If Stoger moves on from Schmelzer, the Portugal international will provide attacking quality from deep, overlapping with Christian Pulisic, Andre Schurrle, a fit Marco Reus or Maximilian Philipp, or whoever starts at left-midfield.Anthony Modeste scored 25 goals for Cologne last season, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be freed of the shackles of being the lone striker to do what he does best — score goals. Mario Gotze is injured until the new year but, until then, Stoger has plenty of options who can support Aubameyang in attack. Shinji Kagawa, Andriy Yarmolenko and Alexander Isak can all provide the service needed, giving the new manager positive selection problems.The new man should immediately bring in a new sense of excitement to the team, rebuild their confidence, and kick things off with a win against Mainz on Tuesday evening. By the time the Europa League clash with Atalanta in February arrives, Dortmund will be shaped in Stoger’s image — and will have climbed back up from eighth in the table.last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Is Predicting A Major Upset Today

first_imgA general view of the Dallas Cowboys StadiumARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week 3 of the 2018 college football regular season has arrived. Hopefully, it doesn’t disappoint.This week’s slate of games is highlighted by a major showdown in the SEC, where Auburn is set to host LSU.Elsewhere, Ohio State and TCU are set to meet in a major non-conference game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.ESPN’s College GameDay will be live from TCU’s campus this morning. It should be pretty awesome.The Buckeyes, though, enter the game as the big favorite. The oddsmakers list Ohio State as a double-digit favorite entering the contest.One ESPN reporter is picking the upset, though.ESPN veteran college football reporter Ivan Maisel is picking TCU to pull off the upset against Ohio State.The score prediction: TCU 31, Ohio State 28.This is the Buckeyes’ final game of Urban Meyer’s suspension. He returns to the sideline in Week 4.Ohio State hasn’t missed him yet, but maybe that will change on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

Neeraj Chopra recovering without complications: AFI president

first_imgNeeraj Chopra recovering without complications: AFI presidentNeeraj Chopra may miss the Doha World Championships as his recovery is likely to take at least three months after he had arthroscopic surgery on his throwing right hand to remove bone fragments from his elbow joint.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 20:58 IST Neeraj Chopra was operated on May 2 at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNeeraj Chopra went under the knife on May 2 to remove bone fragments from his elbow jointNeeraj is recovering well but it is likely that I will take at least three monthsNeeraj may miss the Doha World Championships though the AFI is hopeful of his participationStar javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is recovering from his elbow surgery without complications but he will not be rushed into any competition, including the World Championships later this year, Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwala said Thursday.The 21-year-old Neeraj, who won a gold in the Commonwealth Games as well as Asian Games last year, was successfully operated by celebrated orthopaedic surgeon Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on May 2.The arthroscopic surgery on his throwing right hand was done to remove bone fragments from his elbow joint. His recovery is likely to take at least three months, putting his participation at the prestigious Doha World Championships (September-October) in doubt.”There were some bone fragments (in Neeraj’s elbow) which were removed. He has started his physiotherapy with Heath Matthews. He must have done four sessions by now. I will discuss Neeraj’s progress with Matthews and doctor Pardiwala tomorrow,” Sumariwala said.”He (Neeraj) is doing everything except throwing. He is undergoing rehabilitation. The daily report is good, so far so good, there are no complications. We are hopeful (of his complete recovery),” he added.Matthews is a renowned physiotherapist and head of sports medicine at Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. He has treated the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi.Asked if the AFI is hopeful of Neeraj competing in the World Championships, Sumariwalla said, “We are taking step by step, there is no point jumping the gun. We are not pushing him (to do things).advertisement”We are not even talking to him about the World Championships. If we do that he would want to throw hard. We will go step by step. We told him you do so much of rehabilitation and we will see what to next.Also Read | PM Narendra Modi wishes for Neeraj Chopra’s speedy recovery post elbow surgeryFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Neeraj ChopraFollow AFIFollow SurgeryFollow RecoveryFollow World Championshipslast_img read more

Don Julio Releases Reposado Double Cask, Its First Innovation in 6 Years

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles Tequila producer Don Julio recently announced new additions to its portfolio in the form of a new expression and a new program for tequila lovers. The new expression — a limited-edition release named Reposado, Double Cask and the brand’s first new product in six years — gives a nod to Scotland while the reposado cask program serves as an homage of sorts to the company’s founder, Don Julio González.What we’re trying to say is if you like reposado tequila, strap in! Don Julio has got some good stuff coming your way.Reposado, Double Cask starts life just like the usual Don Julio Reposado: maturing in American White Oak barrels for eight months. After this period of aging, Double Cask is finished in Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whisky casks for an additional 30 days. The resulting product is a rich, complex tequila with Scotch whisky overtones to it.According to master distiller Enrique de Colsa, he spent three years trying out different casks from the Diageo portfolio (a beverage company that owns Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, and Captain Morgan, among others) until he came across the Buchanan’s. “I found that finishing the tequila for one month in casks used in the making of Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whisky allowed me to create a tequila that perfectly balances the core flavor of Tequila Don Julio as well as the signature flavor of Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whisky. It’s an incredibly unique flavor profile that is excellent enjoyed responsibly neat or on the rocks,” de Colsa said.In addition to the new expression, Don Julio also unveiled the Reposado Private Cask Program. Starting in the fall of this year, 300 limited edition barrels (all selected by de Colsa) will be made available to retailers to be sold in the store with accompanying personalized certificates of authenticity. These casks were aged for two additional months (10 in total), which is five times longer than the minimum amount a reposado tequila must be aged. The decided on Reposado because it was the first variant that Don Julio González distilled under his name.Tequila Don Julio Reposado, Double Cask will be available beginning summer 2018. It will retail for around $60 and will be found nationwide. If you are interested in learning more about the Private Cask Program, you can visit the brand’s website.Once you’ve gotten your new tequila, make sure to master these essential tequila cocktails with it! 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider last_img read more

World’s Largest PCTC Enters Service

first_imgHöegh Target is the first in a series of six Post Panamax vessels under the company’s New Horizon design. The remaining five PCTCs in the series are expected for delivery throughout the next 18 months.The vessel has a higher door opening than Höegh Autoliners’ current vessels, enabling cargo up to 6.5 metres high and 12 metres wide to be loaded.Extra ramp strength allows for cargo weighing up to 375 tonnes to be loaded over the stern ramp and 22 tonnes over the side ramp.Höegh Target will service East Asia – Europe trade. zoom Höegh Autoliners took delivery of Höegh Target, the world’s largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) with a deck space of 71,400 square meters and carrying capacity of 8,500 car equivalent units.last_img

Vopak Wraps Up Sale of Amsterdam Hamburg Terminals

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Netherlands-based tank storage company Royal Vopak has completed the divestment of its terminals in Amsterdam and Hamburg to First State Investments.Unveiled in April this year, the transaction involving the terminals in Amsterdam and Hamburg is worth about EUR 600 million (USD 655.5 million).The move is said to be in line with Vopak’s strategy focused on industrial, chemical and gas terminals as well as strengthening its position in Rotterdam and Antwerp.At completion, the transaction generates a cash inflow for Vopak of approximately EUR 555 million. The total exceptional gain after taxation will be around EUR 190 million, to be recorded in the third quarter of 2019, according to the company.With regards to the terminal in Algeciras, Vopak said it is in discussion with the current minority shareholder in this terminal to dispose of its 80% share interest.The stake in the 403,000 cbm facility would be sold for the same purchase price and terms and conditions as agreed with First State Investments, Vopak added.last_img read more

Tressel Rested Buckeyes ready for grueling November schedule

Time off has not been advantageous for Ohio State in the past.   The Buckeyes have dropped three of their last four contests following a bye week, but coach Jim Tressel said he thinks the week off could pay dividends this time around when OSU hosts Penn State on Saturday. “I thought we used our time wisely,” Tressel said. “Hopefully we will be back on the field with a lot of enthusiasm and pep in our step. We did work out on Sunday for about an hour and guys seemed to be refreshed.” As the Buckeyes prepare for the home stretch of the season, Tressel said it’s also important to recover emotionally. “I think if there’s anything that you can accomplish during an open week, it’s perhaps to fill your emotional gas tank back up,” he said. “We’re going to need every ounce of emotion we can get as Penn State comes in.” Injury report Plagued by injury this season, the banged-up Buckeyes got the chance to rest and heal during their break. After suffering a foot injury in the team’s lone loss at Wisconsin, captain Ross Homan has been making strides toward full health, Tressel said. “The key will be how does he do two days in a row to see if there’s any issues,” Tressel said. “But based upon after Sunday, I would say no doubt” he’ll be ready. Tressel said he expects both Homan and fellow linebacker Dorian Bell to play Saturday. Revived running games A key to each squad’s success of late has been a resurgence from the running back position. For the Buckeyes, junior Dan “Boom” Herron eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground for the first time in his OSU career against Minnesota on Oct. 30. “I think ‘Boom’ has raised us through his play,” Tressel said. “I think his play has been excellent, and if he’ll play like he did this last month and like he did last November, we have a chance this November because I think he is a difference-maker.” The Nittany Lions’ leading running back, Evan Royster, has regained form from his First-Team All-Big Ten selection a year ago. Achieving 100-yard performances in each of the last two games, Royster is now PSU’s all-time leading rusher, with 3,652 yards. “Evan Royster is a guy that now has hit it into gear,” Tressel said. “I think at the beginning of the year, he probably wasn’t himself, and as the year has gone on, just like most tough backs do, he got himself back to where he’d like to be.” Featuring two of the conference’s elite rushers, dominance on the ground could be the key to victory on Saturday. “We’ve never been bashful about saying if you do well with the run game, you’ve got a chance to win,” Tressel said. Penn State quarterback duo The Nittany Lions will come to the Horseshoe with two quarterbacks who have thrown for at least 500 yards and five touchdowns: redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin and freshman Rob Bolden. Tressel said the Buckeyes expect to see both under center. “They’ve now played two quarterbacks, and I would expect that we may, perhaps, see both of them. That’s the way we would prepare,” he said. Despite having to prepare for two signal-callers, Tressel said the duo’s styles don’t differ much. Mr. November The Buckeyes are 26-4 under Tressel in November, including 14-1 since 2005. Tressel said his team knows the importance of improvement in the last month of the season. “I think they’ve done a pretty good job of believing you have to keep working to get better, and if you keep working to get better, you probably will,” he said. “Then it gives you a chance in November.” Tressel said his players understand the importance of the team’s final three games. “When I saw these schedules about four or five years ago when they said, ‘You’re going to have Penn State to start your November for a few years,’ I thought, ‘Oh,’” he said. “Not to mention you’re going to have Iowa and Michigan right after them, that’s going to put a challenge on any November record anyone would ever have. “I think our guys believe that this is a very important time.” read more

New technology obviates the need for water in coal separation

first_imgMineral Separation Technologies has created a new product, the DriJet 100, that separates coal and ash without using water or chemicals. The introduction of the DriJet 100 follows the recent chemical spill on the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia. A liquid used for separating coal leaked from a storage containment tank into the river. The spill endangered more than 300,000 West Virginia residents. “DriJet technology has many valuable practical applications. Perhaps the most important one is that it eliminates the possibility of a chemical spill such as the one that happened recently in Charleston,” said Charles D. Roos, CEO of the company. Mineral Separation Technologies recently received a patent for its DriJet technology, a process that uses x-rays to identify the atomic weight of coal particles and air jets to separate coal from ash. The DriJet 100 has been field-tested and is now available to coal companies nationwide.“We remove the ash right at the mine face. Our technology means fewer coal trucks on the road and less coal waste in impoundments,” Roos said. “It cuts the cost from mine to market. And it is much better for the environment than processes now in use.”The company says “DriJet requires low power and has few moving parts. Operating costs, compared to other coal preparation technologies, are low.”“Simply stated, our technology is cleaner, portable and more reliable than traditional coal prep plants,” Roos said.last_img read more

The people still fighting leprosy years after the world stopped paying attention

first_img Share Tweet Email3 By AFP 20,997 Views Jan 29th 2017, 11:30 AM The people still fighting leprosy, years after the world stopped paying attention to it More than 200,000 people still get leprosy every year. Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 11:30 AM A man with leprosy drinks water at a specialist hospital in South Korea. Image: AP/Press Association Images center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL FARMER FOLAHAN IS one of up to 200 people in the west African country of Benin who still contract leprosy every year.Her face is covered in nodules –  a symptom of the condition – when she arrives at the screening centre in the town of Pobe, in the east of the country.Doctors put her on medication straight away. If she takes it properly for 12 months and there are no side effects, she will be completely cured.Leprosy is officially a disease of the past, relegated to the annals of history with conditions such as smallpox and bubonic plague.But more than 210,000 people across the globe still contract it annually.The disease, which affects the skin and nerves, causing grave damage to the hands, feet and eyes, is spread by close contact between people, particularly those living in poverty.Folahan’s four-year-old son will need to be monitored closely.In 2000, the World Health Organisation said that leprosy, a disease long associated with biblical times, was no longer a public health problem with a rate of less than one case per 10,000 people.“It’s true that leprosy affects fewer people than malaria,” said Beninese doctor Roch Christian Johnson, who is the current president of the International Leprosy Association (ILA), on a return visit to his home country.But here 25% of the cases detected already have serious and debilitating handicaps.In the tiny nation of Benin, between 150 and 200 new cases of leprosy are recorded every year, of which 10% are children. That number hasn’t changed much in a decade.Rural area The screening centre in the heart of Pobe was built by the Fondation Raoul Follereau on the site of a former leper colony and has taken in about 20 patients every year since 2000.Pobe is situated near the border with Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, which every year records some 4,000 cases of leprosy.“Patients always arrive too late, when their wounds are gangrenous,” said Thierry Gateau, who runs the Pobe centre.People with leprosy are often farmers like Pascal Boton, who don’t get a diagnosis early enough and damage their numb limbs.Boton had an accident and didn’t feel anything but, as it does with most cases, the wound got infected and his foot had to be amputated.“Nurses came to give me medication and then they stopped,” he said.Without regular treatment, the symptoms of leprosy don’t go away.‘A curse’“It’s a sensitive issue,” said Annick Chauty, a French doctor, who has spent 15 years in Pobe.“Here leprosy is associated with a curse so we pretend we’ve come to study skin diseases.”In Benin, “it’s thought to be an illness caused by bad luck”, added Ambroise Adeye, a surgeon for the foundation and the town’s public hospital.People with leprosy first go to see traditional healers and that makes things worse. They then have to save up to pay for a consultation.But treatment for leprosy, which involves a course of three antibiotics, is free and prescribed in free clinics across Benin.To spread the word, the National Programme Against Leprosy, run by the country’s health ministry, broadcasts messages on community radio stations and conducts awareness programmes.An illness of poverty People with leprosy, many of them left disabled by the disease, have seen their houses knocked down and fields trampled. Wives have been thrown out of their homes.Oladele, a 24-year-old barber, for example has been leprosy free for three years. The only traces of the disease are his slightly clawed fingers.“I don’t want to go back to the fields. The centre offered me training. I chose hairdressing,” he said.Sessions with a physiotherapist mean he can hold the cutters and scissors without any problems.His boss is supportive and his family paid for his apprenticeship. When money isn’t available, the Follereau foundation steps in and pays for rehabilitation.“There’s better acceptance but people who’ve had leprosy need help,” said Gateau.It’s possible to make leprosy a thing of the past, he said, but on one condition: “A country needs to develop. Leprosy is still an illness of poverty.”Read: Irish people told to avoid Gambia as West Africa troops prepare to move inRead: Priest arrested for predicting 92-year-old Robert Mugabe will die this year 9 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images A man with leprosy drinks water at a specialist hospital in South Korea. last_img read more

Three month tax relief for diaspora

first_imgA three-month extension of the deadline for Greeks abroad – including Greeks in Australia – for the submission of documents to avoid double taxation has been approved by the Greek Ministry of Finance, following strong reaction by the diaspora. For the 2012 financial year, the deadline for submission of supporting documents is extended until March 29, 2013, instead of December 31, 2012, that was stipulated in the initial decision of the Ministry of Finance of the mother country. With the controversial law 3943/2011 passed by the Greek parliament last year, the Ministry of Finance compels all Greeks – who declare residence abroad and are subject to taxation only on their income arising in Greece – to file a tax return in the Directorate of Financial Services for Greeks Abroad (Διεύθυνση Οικονομικών Υπηρεσιών Εξωτερικου- ΔΟΥ) for residents abroad, together with evidence of permanent resident status abroad and taxation of the income of every Greek, permanent resident in Australia, by the Australian Taxation Office. Bureaucratic procedures introduced by the controversial decision of the Ministry of Finance will cost a lot of money and heartache to Greeks abroad – and potentially jeopardise Australia’s relationship with Greece – while there is a simpler and cheaper way of obtaining and submitting documents to the Directorate of Financial Services for non-residents. This solution is supported by the Greek Embassy in Canberra. Early this week, diplomatic circles in Athens told Neos Kosmos that Athens treats Greeks of Australia as third-class citizens. “Australia is not a third world country,” they said. “If there is a political will, Athens can immediately begin negotiations with Australia for signing a mutual agreement to avoid double taxation that would put an end to the issue.” The same circles added that “the three-month extension of the deadline for submission of supporting documents is a short term solution. The permanent solution is a Double Tax Avoidance Agreement signed by Australia and Greece, as Greece has done with many other countries.” The Greek community of Australia urges Greece’s Government to immediately engage in negotiations with the Australian Government for the signing of a mutual agreement which will prevent double taxation, instead of wasting time, energy and money for the Reconstruction of World Council of Hellenes Abroad. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SYRIZA and Independent Greeks form front over Cyprus crisis

first_imgIn an unexpected alliance, leftist SYRIZA combined its forces with nationalist Independent Greeks to form what they called a “front” to push for Greece to show greater solidarity toward Cyprus.The two parties demanded that Bank of Greece Governor Giorgos Provopoulos appear before a parliamentary committee to explain why he had rejected a request from Nicosia for 2 billion euros from the 48-billion-euro Greek recapitalization fund to be used to support Cypriot lenders. Banks in Cyprus suffered losses of about 4 billion euros last year following a haircut on Greek bonds.Although both parties have been outspoken in their criticism of Greece’s bailout terms and the actions of its lenders, they are from different sides of the political spectrum and their cooperation prompted criticism from other parties.“At last [SYRIZA leader] Alexis Tsipras has been accepted by the only Greek politician that can understand his thoughts so well,” said New Democracy in a caustic statement about the leftist chief and Independent Greeks president Panos Kammenos.“The cooperation between SYRIZA and Independent Greeks confirms that SYRIZA is a party that favors monopolies, since it has no qualms about working with nationalists,” said the Communist Party (KKE). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Australia reacts to Golden Dawn

first_imgGreek Australian’s voiced their concern regarding Golden Dawn’s growing presence in Australia after their intentions to open an Australian chapter highlighted in a report on Dateline this week. The report, entitled Rise of The Neo-Nazis, detailed Golden Dawn’s rise to power in Greece – now the third largest political party in the Hellenic Republic – and their desire for an Australian chapter, with many viewers turning to social media to voice their opinion on the matter. Most viewers were not only alarmed by their political tactics, but also repulsed by their anti-immigrant stance. In the report, Ilias Panagiotaros, Golden Dawn’s deputy commander, said that the Australian chapter of Golden Dawn was growing in numbers on a daily basis with his eerie promise of “you’ll see us in Australia – summer or a bit later, but you’ll definitely find us there”. When asked about their anti-immigrant political stance and the hypocrisy that surrounds it in a country built on multiculturalism and the acceptance of Greek migration, he turned against Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In an interview with Neos Kosmos earlier this year, Ms Gillard stated that although Australia believes in the freedom of speech and parties such as Golden Dawn will not be “muzzled in Australia”, she added that there is “no place for that kind of politics in our nation”. Mr Panagiotaros responded with this message to Australia’s PM: “We could tell her to look back a couple hundred years to see what they did to the Aboriginals, and not lecture us about racism and rights”. He also said that the intention of Golden Dawn is to have a presence in not only Australia, but the US and Germany – countries that have a large Greek diaspora. Following the presence of Golden Dawn in Greece, the report stated that racist violence has increased in the county by 30 per cent, with 154 racist attacks last year, resulting in 71 severe injuries and two deaths. Due to this, Greece is currently debating an anti-racism bill – that is dividing the government – to thwart such violent attacks against migrants living in the Hellenic Republic. Readers of Neos Kosmos’ facebook page responded as the program was going to air on Tuesday night with viewers calling Golden Dawn names such as ‘despicable filth’ and ‘hate fuelled scum’. However, some of the comments were in favour of Golden Dawn, with one viewer stating: “The days of leaving your front door open, of sleeping on the balconies in summer – those days are over for Greece. People are afraid to walk in the streets. The police can’t do their job; they admit they can’t protect their citizens from all this crime so they turn to Golden Dawn.” But it wasn’t just Greek Australians who were concerned by Golden Dawn’s growing presence in Australia. Viewers of SBS’s Dateline turned to the program’s Twitter page to voice their opinion on the political party that is growing in numbers daily. Even Greek Australian MP Jenny Mikakos turned to Twitter to say: “Australian Greeks, immigrants themselves, will show Golden Dawn the door”. One concerned viewer called Golden Dawn “xenophobic meatheads”, whilst another said: “they are the storm troopers of the corrupt political establishment”. One viewer said she was “gobsmacked by the parallels” of the situation in Greece to that rise of the Nazi party in Germany, and subsequently, the beginnings and impact of WWII. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Taco Bell and Lyft Join Forces to Satisfy Your Latenight Chalupa Cravings

first_img It’s late at night, and you’re stumbling out of a concert. Your ears are still ringing. You’re in no shape to drive, so you call Lyft for a ride. Then it hits you: you’re starving, and you need food stat.Rather than waste precious brain power thumbing through nearby drive-through options on Yelp or Zomato, you could simply switch on the new Taco Mode in the Lyft app. What’s Taco Mode? Why, it’s the quickest way to get the driver of your hailed ride to make a detour to Taco Bell for some munchies, of course!Lyft has tons of data on its riders’ requests, and lots of those involve making a detour to pick up late-night eats. Many of those hungry hailers were making a run for the border already, but, as TechCrunch points out, Taco Bell realized there was an opportunity to cash in.With tiny tacos dotting Lyft’s built-in maps, riders might be more likely to come in for a pit stop. To sweeten the deal, they’re dangling a free Doritos Locos Taco.For now, Taco Mode is being trialed in a limited area and during two short windows. Riders in Orange County will be able to use it on July 27, 28, and 29 and then again on August 3, 4, and 5. It has to be after dark, too: Taco Mode will only be available from 9 PM to 2 AM.If all goes well, Lyft and Taco Bell plan to roll it out nationwide in 2018… and Taco Bell will likely be the first of many “special offers” you see popping up in the Lyft app.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target KFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in AtlantaMinneapolis Bans Construction of New Drive-Thrus last_img read more

The Greatest Grand Theft Auto Protagonists of All Time

first_img ‘Saints Row: The Third’ and ‘Shakedown: Hawaii’ Are GTA on Nintendo SwitchHow Shenmue Paved the Way for Modern Gaming The Grand Theft Auto series isn’t merely a video game franchise. It’s a cultural phenomenon. Since Grand Theft Auto III in 2001, the open-world series has remained one of the strongest properties in all of entertainment. Some love it, some hate it, but there are few — gamers or otherwise — who haven’t heard of GTA.Grand Theft Auto is popular for its open-world environments, its satirical take on American culture, and of course, its over-the-top depiction (and perhaps glorification) of sex and violence. While all of this is true, few speak about perhaps the main reason GTA has embedded itself into the psyche of those who play it: the characters. Specifically, its rotating cast of protagonists. From Italian thugs, street hustlers, and psychopaths, GTA has featured a unique and memorable assortment of criminal leads.Below are some of the greatest Grand Theft Auto protagonists of all time.Trevor PhilipsGTA allows players the freedom to cause total carnage in the virtual streets the games take place in. In some installments (particularly GTAIV), this caused some level of cognitive dissonance. Why would a relatively low-key character like Niko Bellic want to shoot rockets into a park full of civilians? Even some of the crazier GTA characters wouldn’t do half the things players can make them. Then there’s GTAV’s Trevor Philips.Unlike GTAV’s other protagonists (Michael and Franklin), Trevor embodies the pure and unbridled chaos of Grand Theft Auto. He is the perfect vessel for players to fulfill all of their destructive desires. Trevor is certainly not a person you’d want to hang out with in real life… but he’s sure fun to play as in GTAV. He is the quintessential GTA protagonist.Niko BellicThe complete opposite of Trevor Philips is GTAIV’s Niko Bellic. Most GTA protagonists are psychopathic American gangsters who love killing, looting, and whoring. Niko is a peace-seeking immigrant from Yugoslavia who fought in the Yugoslav Wars. Like most immigrants, Niko comes to America for the chance to start over and live “the American dream.” He soon discovers that for people like him, the dream is nothing more than a fantasy.Many people didn’t appreciate Niko Bellic’s decidedly somber disposition. GTA games were always about pure fun, but GTAIV and its protagonist attempted to deliver something with more depth. Players can ultimately decide if moving GTA in this direction was wise, but no one can say Niko isn’t a unique protagonist in the franchise. There truly is no other character like him.Tommy VercettiGTA: Vice City’s Tommy Vercetti is the first protagonist in GTA history who can actually speak. Because of that, it is easy to understand what motivates the Italian mobster. Like Trevor Philips, Tommy is a crazed individual who is quick to anger and violence. However, he is also highly intelligent and is a master planner; even if those plans simply involve killing all his enemies.Tommy Vercetti is clearly influenced by Scarface, “Mister Blonde” from Reservoir Dogs, and even his voice actor, Ray Liotta. His story mirror’s those of the characters he’s based on. Like Mister Blonde, Tommy leaves prison after doing time for his crime family. Like Scarface, he arrives in Vice City (Miami) and forms his own criminal empire. Tommy is another prototypical GTA protagonist that players can’t get enough of.Carl “CJ” JohnsonGTA: San Andreas is still considered by many fans as the very best GTA game. One of the reasons for this is its protagonist, Carl “CJ” Johnson. CJ appealed to a different audience than previous protagonists because he was the first African-American lead. Despite his ethnicity, CJ still had universal appeal because of his grit and determination. Although CJ was still a madman at heart, he is more composed and focused than either Tommy Vercetti or Claude.CJ is also the first customizable GTA lead. Players can change his clothes and hairstyle. They can take CJ to the gym and make him muscular. Conversely, players could also take CJ to the local Burger Shot and let him get fat. Every one of CJ’s actions — from driving, swimming, running, flying, and shooting — gave him experience. Subsequent GTA games would let players customize their characters, but not anywhere close to the level they were with CJ.Michael De SantaMichael De Santa is one of the more unique GTA protagonists. In most games, you play a character who is building a criminal empire or who works for a crime boss. By the start of GTAV, Michael divorced himself from that life decades ago. Married with two children, Michael lives a life of luxury in Rockford Hills. Despite living what some would consider a dream life, Michael is absolutely miserable.Michael is a self-described washed-up crook, but he comes to life while committing crimes. As he slowly becomes more like his former self, he begins to connect with his family in a way he was unable to while wallowing in self-pity. Michael also shines while mentoring Franklin Clinton, who he sees as the son he actually wanted. Michael’s self-loathing can get a bit grating at times, but that’s also part of his charm.Franklin ClintonFranklin Clinton is essentially a younger version of a standard GTA character. He spent much of his youth committing petty crimes and getting into trouble with the police. At the start of GTAV, he works as a repo man. This line of work isn’t exactly getting him where he wants, however. Luckily, he meets Michael who needs him to pull of higher-paying criminal jobs. He also unexpectedly finds a father-figure in Michael.Franklin is the glue that holds the main trio of GTAV together. He is the only one who is able to calm Michael and Trevor down whenever the two get into a dispute. Franklin stays focused on the task at hand and makes sure everyone follows suit. At the same time, he is also somewhat self-conscious. This is due to how his life-long friends and family see him as a “sell-out” even though he’s constantly protecting them. Franklin is a multi-layered character, that’s for certain.Luis Fernando LopezGTAIV is the darkest, most sober entry in the GTA series. That’s just the main game, however. The two DLC expansions brought back the fun, over-the-top insanity GTAIV lacked. While The Lost and the Damned did a nice job course-correcting, it was The Ballad of Gay Tony that truly returned delivered the craziness GTA fans crave. This DLC is fun in no small part due to its lead: Luis Fernando Lopez.Like a lot of other leads, Luis works for a crime boss (in this case, Gay Tony) and is trying to make a name for himself as a career criminal. Luis is the first Hispanic lead in GTA. As a Dominican, I was happy to play a character that was similar to myself (minus all the killing and dope dealing). Luis also enjoyed all of the mayhem he caused, which made playing as him even more fun. We’ll hopefully see Luis return in a future installment.ClaudeGTAIII’s Claude let his actions speak for him. GTAIII was revolutionary in so many ways. Despite that, it still featured the same kind of mute protagonist typical of older games. Claude’s silence didn’t hurt his stance with fans, as he’s often cited as one of their favorite protagonists.What makes Claude great is that he truly is the player. Since he doesn’t have a personality, a player can easily inject theirs into him. He is a blank canvas for players to build on. This is essential for a game that allows so much freedom. Unlike, most other silent protagonists, Claude’s silence isn’t a distraction. His lack of voice is fitting. He’s the perfect character for such a seminal, ground-breaking title.Johnny KlebitzGTA games have mostly focused on crimes perpetrated by Italian mobsters or street gangsters. Because of that, GTAIV’s The Lost and the Damned DLC was a breath of fresh. In this expansion, players take on the role of Johnny Klebitz who is a member of The Lost biker gang. This DLC is clearly inspired by Sons of Anarchy. Fans of that show will feel right familiar with Johnny Klebitz’s adventures.This DLC does a great job of making one feel like they’re truly a member of a biker gang. Perhaps this is why players took a liking to Klebitz. Though he could certainly drive cars, the fact Johnny mostly rode motorcycles certainly made him “cooler.” Unfortunately, Johnny would eventually meet an untimely and horrific end at the hands (or boots) of Trevor Philips in GTAV. You’re gone, but not forgotten, Johnny. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more