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#AskLav finale

first_imgHave a question that you want answered? Tweet me at @RyanLavnerGC. So we’ve finally made it to the last week of the golf calendar. Surprisingly, not many of you are clamoring for up-to-the-second results from the Asian Tour’s Dubai Open, so in the absence of any notable tournament, here’s a recap from the most significant event in our little Golf Channel digital world: the third annual Red Solo Cup, which was held last week in beautif  … well, let’s just say it was held last week in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The RSC is a spirited one-day competition that pits 16 writers, editors and video wizards in a battle for a makeshift, alcohol-stained trophy. The format for our little shindig at Mission Inn Resort was nine holes best ball, nine holes singles, and each of the past two years the matches have gone down to either the last pairing or a sudden-death playoff. Indeed, the winner is usually decided by which team wants it less or chokes the least, and our 18th-hole chop-fest serves as an annual reminder that we should always think twice before criticizing a professional athlete for crumbling under the pressure of playing for a $1 million payday. Anyway, the Red Solo Cup once again proved to be golf’s fifth (or fiftieth) major. Several players pumped their opening tee balls into the wilderness. Others gagged over 3-footers. A nagging hangover crippled at least two team members. And when it was mercifully over, Team Coffin held on for a 6 ½ to 5 ½ victory. Managing editor Mercer Baggs, who went 2-0, was named Most Valuable Player – or the one who stunk the least when it mattered most. Saddled with a slumping partner, I lost the team portion of the matches, then rallied to take down the previously undefeated Bailey Mosier – or, as she was briefly known on Twitter, “Bogey Bailey” – in afternoon singles, 3 and 2. Just changed my name on Twitter for a week b/c I lost to @RyanLavnerGC in #RedSoloCup singles #LostSingles #WonTeam— Bogey Bailey (@BirdieBaileyGC) December 11, 2014 Alas, it still wasn’t enough to lead my side to victory, and Team Coffin celebrated in the clubhouse by snapping 46 blurry photos and drinking Guinness out of the trophy. Except the joke was on them – two days later, their captain revealed he had pneumonia. The Red Solo Cup was the final leg of our two-day off-site retreat during which we discussed our successes/failures, talked smack about each other’s golf games and, eventually, developed a plan of attack for next year. So thank you, loyal reader, for pushing us to new heights in 2014. We’re excited about what lies ahead. Without further ado, here are your questions for the year-ending edition of the #AskLav mailbag: @RyanLavnerGC what did you think about tiger swing?— nulscal (@nulscal) December 9, 2014 To my semi-trained eye, his swing looked markedly improved. He had a weaker grip, a wider base at setup, and more speed and power through the ball. That’s something that had been lacking over the past few years, when his clubhead speed dipped to 115 mph while dealing with his back injury. (By comparison, in 2008, the last year he won a major, he topped out at 124.6 mph.) I have no idea whether this new-look swing will lead to lower scores, or if his brittle body will even be able to withstand the wear and tear of a full season, but the early returns at the World Challenge were promising. His full swing looked great. His short game, not so much.   @GolfChannel will Tiger win tournaments next season with his new swing and can he finally end his major drought? #AskLav— Lee Hannon (@lee20495) December 9, 2014 Well, let’s break this down into two questions. Though the PGA Tour has never been deeper or more competitive, Tiger still has more than enough firepower to win at least one event next year. And yes, while swing changes take time, Woods should still be full steam ahead by summertime, given that he’s reverting to old motor patterns and not starting from scratch. As for the major question: It would be a surprise if he won No. 15 in ’15. The first three majors of the season set up particularly well for Rory and his power draw, and Whistling Straits isn’t a venue on which Tiger has traditionally fared well (no top 20s in two tries). A successful 2015 season would include a win and a few chances in the majors.   Hey @TigerWoods , @RyanLavnerGC is expecting you to be one of the Top 3 fallers of 2015. Show him why you are the GOAT. #FuelToTheFire— Mike Coleman (@the1mc) December 9, 2014 Well, you must not have been listening very closely. Actually, what I said was that I was fading the idea of Tiger Era Expectations – or the assumption that Woods can still four or five times a year, including a major. Those days are over. He’s entering his age-39 season, he’s coming off major back surgery, he’s on his third swing coach since 2010 and now he’s dealing with the chipping yips. He couldn’t afford that lost year in 2014, not at his age and not with that ideal slate of major venues. Embrace the new reality that there are better, younger players on Tour, and that Tiger’s best might not always be good enough. I’d argue that his race against Father Time and history – not to mention the Rorys, Rickies and Jordans of the PGA Tour – is the most compelling battle in all of sports.   @GolfChannel who will be favourite to win the british open? #AskLav— stew (@tigerstewy) December 9, 2014 Easy: Rory McIlroy. The kid has shown what he can do there, throwing down an opening 63 in 2010 en route to a T-3 finish. Plus, he didn’t look too shabby while shooting rounds of 64-68 on the Old Course during the Dunhill Links in October. If the weather is decent next July, McIlroy will be a monster favorite at St. Andrews. His driving ability gives him a massive advantage, and the huge, flat greens place an emphasis on lag putting, one of his strengths. After spending the past few years unable to solve the riddle that is links golf, Rory is now positioned to go back-to-back.      @GolfChannel #AskLav why isn’t Rory or any of tour players scrutinize or put under Microscope like TW?— john bethea (@BetheaJohn) December 9, 2014 Wait, we aren’t there already? That’s not to suggest that Rory is as popular among the mainstream sports audience as Tiger, but in our little golf media world there’s both a want and a need to document each and every one of his rounds across the globe – whether that’s a 64 or a 74. Adding to the intrigue for McIlroy next year is his impending court case against his former management company, slated for February, in which unflattering details are likely to emerge. As the new No. 1 in the men’s game, Rory is being thrust under the same microscope that Tiger has spent his past 20 years. That won’t change anytime soon.   @GolfChannel @RyanLavnerGC who is going to have the better year keagan bradley or webb simpson? Bradley if he uses a normal putter? #asklav— Tristan Lee (@TristanLee92) December 9, 2014 Bradley, but only because, quite frankly, he is the better player. Keegan switched to the 40-inch putter two weeks ago at Isleworth and said it was one of the most important tournaments of his career, because he was trying to convince not only fans but also himself that he could handle the move away from the belly putter. (It certainly helped that he finished in a tie for third.) Granted, Bradley made a similar switch at the Memorial, and he spoke just as confidently, but his comments at the World Challenge seemed to indicate that he’s converted for good. Who wins a major first: Spieth or Fowler? – @mattieb1976, via Instagram Right now, I think Rickie is better equipped to win a major. Spieth is arguably the hottest player in the game, and he’ll continue to roll in 2015 if his driver and putter cooperate. But with top 5s in all four majors this season, Rickie has experienced what it’s like to be a factor on major Sundays, and the sharpness of his tee-to-green game gives him an opportunity to factor more often. Obviously, both players are more than talented enough to win one in 2015, but Rickie’s big-game experience gives him an edge, however slight.last_img read more

Parikwaranau titled land encroachment

first_imgDear Editor,The residents of Parikwaranau Village, located in south Central Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu–Upper Essequibo) are highly concerned that a known cattle rancher has taken over and fenced a portion of their titled village lands, without their consent.This matter was brought by the village council to the attention of the Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Vice President Sydney Allicock, about a year ago, but, to date, nothing has been done.The residents are claiming that while Minister Allicock has recently addressed the land boundaries of villages in the North Rupununi, he is deliberately refusing to address the Parikwaranau-titled land encroachment by the known rancher, a situation of which he is fully aware.Villagers informed that both Ministers Allicock and George Norton visited Parikwaranau Village on September 14, 2017, but informed villagers on their arrival that their visit was not to deal with land issues, but to address other issues. Minister Allicock instead advised residents to take their land problem to the Land Commission of Inquiry (CoI), and he also advised on who should be invited to the village.The residents are of the opinion that their current land problem is not one for the Land CoI to solve, but the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs (MoIPA) should solve it.The residents have said they will not be taking their village problem to the Land CoI, neither will the Land CoI be invited into the village.Parikwaranau village residents are extremely disappointed over Minister Allicock’s refusal to settle their land problem with the known cattle rancher. They are wondering if it is a conflict-of-interest situation, and if so, then Minister Garrido-Lowe or a specially appointed person should take over.In the meanwhile, the problem is currently affecting the strategic development of the Parikwaranau Village.Yours sincerely,Peter Persaudlast_img read more

South Africa to start digital migration

first_img21 May 2015A massive public awareness campaign on digital migration will be undertaken in the coming few weeks, according to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.“The [Department of Communications] will be launching a focused public awareness campaign in the next four weeks. R22 million has been identified to enable the implementation of the broadcasting digital migration awareness campaign. Key messages have been developed. We will work with our local traditional leaders in implementing the digital migration awareness campaign,” she said.Muthambi was delivering her 2015/16 budget vote in the Old Assembly Chamber in Parliament yesterday.The broadcasting digital migration programme remained a flagship programme for her department, she said, adding that she would do all she could to ensure that the migration process began in the second quarter of this financial year.However, Muthambi admitted that the country would not meet the international deadline to migrate from analogue to digital. “We are mindful of the fact that the country will not meet the 17 June 2015 analogue switch off date as set by the International Telecommunications Union. We are ready to consult with [the] Cabinet on the digital signal switch-on date.”In March, the Cabinet approved the final amendments to the broadcasting digital migration policy, which unlocks the project to enable its implementation. It also agreed that the government must provide free set top boxes to five million poor households that have television sets.Radio interferenceThe minister also said her department was working to conclude and sign bilateral engagements with six neighbouring countries, namely: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, to minimise cross-border radio frequency spectrum interference.The government had prioritised South African communities along the borders for the distribution of set top boxes in order to mitigate any potential frequency spectrum interferences.“We anticipate to expedite the rollout of set top boxes to be completed in the coming 18 to 24 months so that we can switch off analogue signal and begin to realise the benefits of the digital dividend to allow for the rollout of wireless broadband services,” she said.Department establishedIn addition, “the process to establish the Department of Communications has been completed”.“We are committed to create an enabling environment for the provision of inclusive communication services to all South Africans in a manner that promotes socioeconomic development and investment through broadcasting, new media, print media and other new technologies, and brand the country locally and internationally.”According to the Statistics South Africa General Household Survey 2013, South Africa has 12 million TV-owning households, of which 62% rely solely on free-to-air broadcasting services; the remaining 38% rely on pay services.TransformationTransformation of the media industry, especially the print media in South Africa, was slow, and little had changed since 1994 when Times Media, Naspers, Caxton and Argus were the big four media houses, Muthambi said.“We do acknowledge that there is a significant number of community media players, thanks to the Media Development and Diversity Agency of South Africa. Transformation of the media remains at the apex of our priorities for this current financial year.”Work was under way to finalise the media transformation policy. “As part of finalising this policy, we will also investigate the possibility of pooling government media assets with a view to support the creation of a black-owned media house in the country.”Community mediaDeputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said it was important for the government to support community media in order to ensure they were able to sustain themselves. She was speaking to journalism students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology on 19 May, ahead of her department’s Budget Vote in Parliament.As the debate on media transformation continued, it was crucial for community radio, TV and newspapers to get support from local government, she said.The department, which subsidised community media through the Media Diversity and Development Agency, recently announced that to offer support, it was looking at setting aside 30% of its advertising to the sector.It would also mobilise local municipalities to re-channel most of their advertising that related to local communities to community media instead of placing it in national media.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

DC Emergency Bill Increases Sales and Use Taxes

first_imgThe District of Columbia sales and use tax rate will increase to 6% from 5.75% under emergency budget legislation. Other sales and use tax rates are also increased in the bill.New Sales and Use Tax RatesThe District’s 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 provides for increases to several sales and use taxes as of October 1, 2018.The District sales and use tax rate will be 6%. Currently, the rate is 5.75%.The lodgings tax will increase to 10.2% from 10.05%.The sales and use tax rate on spirituous or malt liquors, beers, and wine sold for consumption off-premises will increase to 10.25% from 10%.The tax on charges for theaters and major entertainment venues will increase to 6% from 5.75%.Rentals and leases of vehicles and trailers will increase to 9.25% from 9%.Act 22-434(D.C.B. 22-901), Laws 2018, effective July 30, 2018, for a 90-day periodLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Police: Jefferson City man dead after multi-state chase, murder

first_imgThe suspect behind shots fired in Jefferson City on Tuesday night may be behind a multi-state car chase and a murder before he died.JCPD investigated shots fired near East Elm and East Dunklin a little before 8 p.m. They found broken glass, but no people were hurt.Authorites say Leslie Austin, 39, sped away from the shots fired with two kidnap victims, including 33-year-old Danielle Smith.Officers spotted Austin’s SUV in eastern Missouri’s Franklin County, leading to a chase that crossed into Illinois. A few miles east of St. Louis on Highway 140, authorities say Austin shot and killed 67-year-old Gregory Price as he tried to hijack the victim’s car.The kidnap victims got away. Smith was shot several times.The cops say Austin wound up on a dead-end road, shot at them some more, and was killed. It’s not clear whether officers killed him, or he shot himself.last_img read more

SportingPulse Training Webinars Start This Week!

first_imgThursday, May 30, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM AEST Please refer below for the full schedule of webinars available: Register here Register here Related LinksSportingPulse Webinars Beginning this Thursday, SportingPulse will be holding webinars for all Touch Football Administrators. The focus of the sessions will demonstrate how simple and easy it is for you to set up your Touch Online Registrations.In just 30 minutes you’ll learn the benefits of using the system and how easy it is to get setup. We will also focus on the value to you as an administrator, the value to your members, and how to get started.You can be taking registrations and transacting online in just a few days!There will be four Webinars over the next two weeks – so you can choose a time that suits you best! DATES: Thursday, May 23, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM AEST Monday, June 3, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM AEST Register here Register here Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM AEST Touch Online Registrations Can’t attend any sessions?Never fear – once they are filmed, they will be available online for convenient viewing anytime. SportingPulse Training Webinars Start This Week!last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd decide to sell Dean Henderson

first_imgMan Utd decide to sell Dean Hendersonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to sell Dean Henderson.The Sun says United will spark an auction for Dean Henderson at the end of the season — and hope for a £20million payday.The England Under-21 keeper is showing his potential on loan at Sheffield United — despite his howler gifting Liverpool victory at Bramall Lane yesterday.The new deal to keep David De Gea at Old Trafford means that Henderson faces a long wait for his crack at the No 1 job.And a recent extension on the 22-year-old’s contract means there will be a big price on his head.Henderson wants to star for club and country.So he will be more open to a clean break if the right move comes up. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoMan Utd, Arsenal target Odegaard discusses Real Madrid plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd, Arsenal target Odegaard discusses Real Madrid plansby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard insists he sees his future with parent club Real Madrid.This despite speculation linking the 20-year-old with a move to either Manchester United or Arsenal.Speaking to ESPN, he said: “My intention is to stay (at Socided) two years and I think that’s important for me,” he said.”I have had two seasons in a row where I have changed teams. To have some stability is good (and) this is a great club and hopefully we can get European football for next season.”Of course I want to play there (Madrid) but I’m still young so I’m happy here at the moment.” last_img read more

Ohio State Miami to face off in conference playoffs

The last time the Ohio State men’s hockey team went to Oxford, Ohio, to play Miami, they were on the wrong end of a 6-2 RedHawks victory. This time around, the Buckeyes look to be David as they go against the hockey Goliath called Miami. OSU will meet the RedHawks in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinals in a best-of-three series for the right to play at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in the CCHA semifinals. Ohio State is coming off an impressive two-game sweep over Notre Dame last weekend where junior goaltender Dustin Carlson gave up only one goal on 84 shots over the two games. “We all know hockey is about goaltending and Dusty is playing very well right now,” coach John Markell said.But now OSU faces an in-state rival that has only given up four goals in its four meetings against the Buckeyes this season.“You’re going into a difficult situation,” Markell said. “They can defend as well as they can produce offense. They are a complete team.”Markell was pleased with his goaltending and offense against Notre Dame, but wants his team to cut down on the penalties. “We played half of our of our last game against Notre Dame shorthanded and we don’t want to test that [against Miami],” Markell said. Sophomore Zac Dalpe said that the Buckeyes’ familiarity with Miami will help them to not underestimate their opponents. “We’ve played them a lot this year and last year and we know what to expect,” Dalpe said. “They’re deep and have a lot of skill and they don’t give you  a lot of time. With them, you can’t really take a shift off or a period off and we’ve learned that now.”Carlson said that they need to play with a sense of urgency with their season on the line.“Hopefully we have that urgency right away,” Carlson said. “Not from the start of the third period, but right when the puck drops.”Two weeks ago in Oxford the Buckeyes skated to a scoreless tie with Miami after the first period. However, the RedHawks turned up the tempo en route to a six-goal second period and never looked back. The Buckeyes need to play with the consistency on defense like they did against the Fighting Irish. Markell says knowing how to adjust to each situation in games will be their key to success. “Momentum is a big part of the game,” Markell said. “You need to know how to skate with it and need to know how to defend it.”Markell also knows that Miami by no means is going to hold back physically, as they showed the last time OSU played in Oxford.“Our guys know we are going to get hit. They’re going to be physical, they are going to try to run us out of their building” Markell said. “Hopefully, we can get that competitive level back because we are going to need it.     Dalpe said despite the circumstances he doesn’t mind going up against the favorite in a playoff situation.“If we don’t bring our best, we could be done,” Dalpe said. “But competing is something we’re looking forward to and to be honest, I like being in the underdog role anyway.”The Buckeyes open up the series against Miami Friday at 7:35 p.m. and play game two Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Oxford. If necessary, game three will be at 7:05 p.m. Sunday. read more

Baseball Scarlet and Gray World Series gives Buckeyes first glimpse of touted

Ohio State freshman starting pitcher Seth Lonsway delivers a pitch out of the windup in the first inning of Game 3 of the Scarlet and Gray World Series. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State’s baseball team brought in one of its best recruiting classes in team history, landing the top prospect in Ohio — and the highest-ranked recruit signed by a Big Ten school — in freshman starting pitcher Seth Lonsway.Overall, Baseball America listed this as one of the best recruiting classes in the conference, citing Lonsway as the clear headliner, but also highlighting touted freshmen like catcher Dillon Dingler and Jake Ruby as potential impact players for the Buckeyes next season.Though the Scarlet and Gray World Series was just a scrimmage for the team, the performances of some of the younger players could lay the groundwork for upcoming position battles in the 2018 season.Nearly all of Ohio State’s top recruits had a chance to play in Tuesday’s game, with the star of the class — Lonsway — opening the game on the mound.Here are some thoughts on the performances of the younger players:LHP Seth LonswayTo find any faults with the starting pitcher for the Scarlet team would be to knitpick. Lonsway entered the game with the loftiest expectations of any newcomer in the class. He was regarded as the No. 148 prospect on MLB Pipeline’s 2017 Top 200 Draft Prospects and was drafted 557th overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the MLB draft.The southpaw fanned six batters in the outing and allowed just one run on three hits and two walks over four innings of work. It is clear why the Buckeyes are excited about his potential. Lonsway immediately flashed his dynamic stuff, spotting a low-90s fastball (it touched 94 a couple times) with plenty of life that he located effectively. If he ever fell behind in the count, he found he could come back to that pitch and help put himself back in the count. It is the most electric left-handed fastball to come out of an Ohio State arm in a long time, and it kept hitters off balance all day.“It was working inside, working outside. At times, I left it up a few times out of the stretch, which I’ve been working on quite a bit,” Lonsway said.The secondary offerings were about as steady as would be expected. His changeup was spotty at times, and it was clear the pitch is a work in-progress. When he had the pitch working, it kept both right- and left-handed hitters off balance, but often he lost his touch with it and bounced it in the dirt. The second-best pitch in his repertoire was his curveball. He located the pitch well — though he occasionally lost the grip on it — and it always seemed to keep hitters off balance.Lonsway is far from perfect, but head coach Greg Beals knows he could be a star player for the Buckeyes. It took him a few moments to ponder what Lonsway needed to improve on before citing the inconsistency in the southpaw’s secondary pitches as the key to improving.“He’s got a good changeup to go with his breaking ball, just a little bit better command of his offspeed stuff to go with the explosive fastball that he has,” Beals said. “That’s his next evolution is just the command part of his game and getting that intact because he’s got all the tools necessary to be a great pitcher at this level.”C Dillon DinglerLonsway’s battery mate did not have quite the same impact on the game the starter had, but his tools jumped out. The swing was easy and fluid, and built to make plenty of contact. He combined that swing with a patient approach at the plate and a good eye. And though he was never a great power hitter in high school, his 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame gives him space to develop some pop in his bat.What stood out the most about Dingler was his defense. He is athletic for someone of his size, and his above-average speed and athleticism helped him block pitches in the dirt and serve as an effective receiver for his pitchers. He possesses a missile for an arm, though the accuracy wavers at times. Base-runners will have a tough time running on him once he is able to harness the power in his arm. Lonsway said he feels comfortable with Dingler catching behind the dish, and said the freshmen tandem could be a dynamic pairing for the Buckeyes.“He’s got a great arm behind the plate, just very smooth and very fundamentally sound,” Lonsway said. “I have a lot of confidence when I’m on the mound and he’s behind the plate. I love throwing to him. He’s caught me quite a few times this fall, so it’s been a pretty good duo for us.”OF Jake RubyRuby enters his freshman season competing to fill a critical spot in the Buckeyes’ lineup. A natural center fielder, he will compete with transfer Malik Jones for the vacancy left by Ohio State’s Tre Gantt, who left early for the 2017 MLB Draft.The 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder showed off what made him such a highly regarded recruit in the state of Ohio, flashing well above-average speed both in the field and on the basepaths. In center, he had great jumps on nearly everything hit his way and his speed helped him catch up to everything. His speed also showed up on the basepaths, though likely not in the way Beals would have liked to have seen. He was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double on his first hit of the evening. Even when he safely reached first base, it was clear Ruby was an aggressive baserunner, though it seems only because his speed affords him the opportunity to test the limits. At the plate, he was able to make some contact, though he often appeared too patient. He was struck out looking once in the game. The swing is clearly designed to make plenty of contact, but there could be some raw pop to be channeled. The key for Ruby to win the battle as the starting center fielder will be to wait on some of his decisions and step into the batter’s box ready to hit rather than expecting to take, Beals said. The Buckeyes’ head coach said Ruby will need to make quicker decisions at the plate to be a fixture in the lineup.“Two-way decisions take too long and it’s that amount, that difference in time in the decision process is the difference between being on-time or being late in the batter’s box,” Beals said. “So we talked about that yesterday and I was excited to see him make a good adjustment live at game time today.” read more

Mens Soccer Ohio State battles to a scoreless overtime draw against Northwestern

Ohio State freshman midfielder Xavier Green (11) works to gain possession during the first half of the Ohio State-Northwestern game on Sep. 21. After two overtimes, the game ended tied 0-0. Credit: Scott Good | Lantern ReporterFollowing a visit Friday morning by American soccer goalkeeper Tim Howard, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-5-2) played Northwestern (4-2-2) to a scoreless overtime draw Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “That was unbelievable, everyone looks up to Tim Howard. He’s a goalkeeper but I think even field players look up to him,” fifth-year senior midfielder Brady Blackwell said. “One of the best American players we’ve seen, so everyone was amazed to see him, and really liked his message. He just told everyone to work hard, believe in your dreams and grind everyday.”Ohio State seemed to use Howard’s advice in Friday night’s game against Northwestern. The Buckeyes were forced to traverse the final 58 minutes of regulation and overtime with one fewer player than the Wildcats after redshirt freshman forward Devyn Etling was handed a red card after going after the ball along the near sideline in the 52nd minute.The subsequent resilience shown by the team was encouraging for head coach Brian Maisonneuve. “Being down a man for a majority of the game, that’s a win for sure, so we can take a lot out of that in terms of effort, fight, and, again, we still created stuff going the other way, so there’s a lot to take out of this one,” Maisonneuve said.Though the stat sheet will not show offensive dominance – Ohio State only managed two shots on goal for the entirety of the match – the Buckeyes controlled possession thanks to a combination of improved spacing and crisp passing through the midfield. “The best thing about the possession was as we went forward we didn’t leave ourselves susceptible in the back,” Maisonneuve said. “Soccer is a game of transition, so even as you go forward, you’ve got to be aware when the ball turns, you’re not giving to get and I thought our shape as we attacked was much much better.”The Ohio State defense also had a strong opening half as they fought off five Northwestern corner kicks in a scoreless 45 minutes. Overall, the Wildcats and Buckeyes were almost even in terms of shots during the match, with Northwestern outshooting the Buckeyes 9-8. Both teams managed just two shots on goal, despite Northwestern also gaining a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.The second half opened in controversial fashion with Etling receiving a red card. The play was reviewed and the call stood. The final 38 minutes of regulation ticked away as Ohio State stood its ground, and limited the Northwestern attack while creating chances of its own, as the match headed to overtime. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried came up with a clutch save in the 93rd minute to keep the game scoreless.“To fight against a good Northwestern team, and as you said we created as many chances [as Northwestern did], I think shots were close to even but a lot of our opportunities were wide service and chances that weren’t corner kicks or shots, but were really good dangerous attacks,” Maisonneuve said. Seven Buckeyes played all 110 minutes of the match, and will now have to turn their attention towards recovering for Tuesday’s upcoming match against Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Ohio State will take on Michigan in Ann Arbor on Tuesday at 7 p.m. read more

Maharshi digital and satellite rights sold Did it fail to beat Mahesh

first_imgMaharshiDirector Vamsi Paidipally’s Maharshi starring Mahesh Babu and Pooja Hegde has fetched Rs 27.80 crore from the sale of its digital and satellite rights but failed to beat the record of Bharat Ane Nenu (BAN).Maharshi is Mahesh Babu’s landmark 25th movie, which has doubled the curiosity and expectations about the film. Mahesh Babu’s popularity and hype generated by its promos have created a lot of demand for various rights of the movie. Several business houses are in the race to acquire its rights.Maharshi is scheduled for its worldwide release on May 9. The latest we hear is that the makers have already sold its digital and TV rights a month ahead of its release. Amazon Prime Video has bagged its digital rights for a whopping price of Rs 11 crore. Gemini TV has acquired its satellite rights for Rs 16.8 crore. The movie has fetched a total of Rs 27.80 crore for its makers from the sale of these rights.According to the latest reports, Mahesh Babu’s previous release Bharat Ane Nenu fetched a whopping amount of Rs 38 crore from the sale of its non-theatrical rights. It was reported that its satellite and digital and Hindi dubbing rights have received Rs 22 crore, Rs 11 crore and Rs 5 crore, respectively. MaharshiTwitterConsidering the huge hype, Maharshi was expected to beat the record of Bharat Ane Nenu. The prices its digital rights are equal to the other film and the details of its Hindi dubbing rights are not available. But the price of its satellite rights is much lower than that of 2018 hit movie. The people in the industry are wondering over whether the makers really sold its TV rights for a lower price.Maharshi is produced by C Ashwini Dutt, Dil Raju and Prasad V Potluri, under the banners of Vyjayanthi Movies, Sri Venkateswara Creations and PVP Cinema. The makers have shelled out Rs 65 crore on its production and it has already recovered them nearly 50 per cent of their investments. The movie is expected to fetch them over Rs 100 crore from the sale of its theatrical rights and Hindi dubbing rights.last_img read more

Liquid lunch Future of food or forgettable fad

first_img If there was a way that I could not eat, so I could work more, I would not eat. I wish there was a way to get nutrients without sitting down for a meal – Elon Musk.I might not be a billionaire polymath but one thing I do have in common with Elon Musk is wondering whether it will ever be possible to never have to eat again. It used to be a staple of science fiction that a single pill could replace an entire meal, and while we still might not be at the level of the Jetsons, three startups have taken it upon themselves to reinvent the way we think about food.Finnish startup Ambronite, UK-based Huel, and Silicon Valleys Soylent have developed what they variously describe as the future of food, a drinkable supermeal and a food revolution.What each product essentially consists of is a powder that contains all of the nutrients your body needs. Mix it with water and you have a meal.The whole idea is that one Ambronite contains a quarter of the daily guidelines for the average diet, which is 2,000kcal, Ambronite co-founder Simo Suoheimo told IBTimes UK.Its to give you a superior alternative to anything else thats out there, that youll have no trouble using – whether youre at the office or sailing the Atlantic.Suoheimo was referring to Ari Huusela, who last year completed a solo race across the Atlantic Ocean surviving partly on Ambronite. Although I had no plans to sail the Atlantic any time soon, I asked Suoheimo to send me a weeks worth of Ambronite to put his bold claims to the test.After one final fry up to line my stomach, I set about a seven-day challenge to replace all my meals with Ambronite.One week living on AmbroniteDay one (weight: 73.1kg) – Ambronites key selling point is that, unlike Soylent and Huel, it uses 100% organic food ingredients – including spinach and stinging nettle leaves – but this comes at a cost. Its four-times more expensive than its rivals and as a result cant be viewed as a solution to any impending global food crisis.The natural ingredients give it a mud green colour and the texture of a melted milkshake. My first impressions of the taste was that of green tea mixed with Ready Brek, which are flavours I fortunately quite like.It took me an hour to drink my first meal and afterwards I didnt feel hungry, but nor did I feel full. Lunch at my desk proved to be convenient but dinner was bleak and I learnt it doesnt go well with a beer. By my own unscientific rules, throughout the week I allowed myself to drink my usual beverages of water, tea and alcohol.Day two – After going to bed hungry the day before, I upped my intake from three pouches to four. As a cure for hunger, I found it about as satisfying as a salad. Drinking a pint of it gives a bloated feeling but it never actually makes you feel full.Due to the time it takes to drink, I found myself with it always by my side, sipping at it all the time, whether going to work or doing some shopping.Day three (weight 71.2kg) – Weighing myself again at lunch time I learnt that I had already lost two kilograms. With a 16-mile cycle and a game of football to play I forced five pouches down me. As a post-pub feed it proved ineffective.What the nutritionist saidIn terms of the nutritional content [of Ambronite], it does have a very balanced nutrition profile. The concerns are more about having a liquid diet. Chewing is a really important part of digestion. Its the first part where you mix it with saliva and you mix in digestive enzymes, and if that part isnt happening then youre actually missing out on a crucial part of digestion.The other concern about having an all liquid diet would be it doesnt satiate you when you drink your calories. If you drink 500 calories its not going to keep you going for as long as if you were to chew 500 calories just because of how long it takes you to actually physically break it down in your stomach.Having a high level of these meals would [mean] that you would have an excess of nutrients and you can end up with liver toxicity, from vitamin A especially. In terms of whether someone could eat it every day long term, or whether I would recommend that, Ambronite would probably be the best one that Ive seen.Louise Digby, director of nutrition, The Specialist Health CentreDay four – Despite being Friday, I decided against going out and stayed home instead, sipping my dinner in the bath. Ive never understood people who take pictures of their food and post them online – let alone the people who look at these pictures – but for the first time in my life I found myself browsing endless images of food. Solid food. I fell asleep with my stomach rumbling.Day five – Upping my intake meant upping the amount of fibre my body was consuming. Five pouches of Ambronite contains my recommended 2,500kcal, but more than twice the recommended daily allowance of fibre.My insides were a solid tube of organic goodness. Just as consuming it had become a continuous process, so had excreting it. And this wasnt a particularly satisfying experience: like pinching off a dark green Play-Doh pipeline.Day six – From Ambronite poo to Ambronite dreams, motes of green dust were beginning to infest every part of my life. And keyboard. For a treat in the evening I thought Id warm it up a bit. It was surprisingly good. The supermeal claims were tested by a significant lack of energy. I was pretty miserable too, though both of these could be as a result of having to live off the same meal, morning, noon and night.Day seven (72.4kg) – Just as the finishing line was in sight, it seemed to get easier. I became used to the routine, and working the late shift I even found it convenient to not have to worry about arriving home late and having to fix up dinner.When finally it came time to eat solid food again, I gorged on pancakes and maple syrup. 10 minutes later, whether from eating too much or the sudden change of diet, I was sick.How Huel and Soylent compareBoth Huel and Soylent come in at a significantly lower price, though my personal taste, texture and even colour choice is Ambronite. That being said, of the half dozen people who also tried all three, the preferences were evenly split.There is a long tradition of single-diet eating challenges. Soon after Morgan Spurlocks Supersize Me documentary, two guys from Ireland decided to try their own version called Guiness-Size Me – living only off Guiness for seven days straight. More recently, Vice journalist David Allegretti made it his mission to survive on a diet of Nutella. His pictures of acid vomit make my tales of organic green poop seem rather tame.What all of them go to show though, is that no monotonous diet is enjoyable. While Ambronite, Soylent or Huel might be useful as a breakfast, lunch or dinner on the go, theyre not going to replace food any time soon. Closelast_img read more

Flightstats says JAL most punctual in 2009

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Aggregator of flight information, Flightstats has just revealed that in 2009 Japan Airlines was the most punctual major global airline, with 90.95% of all flights being deemed as on time.Flightstats recorded that just under 197,000 of JAL’s 216,478 scheduled flights during 2009 were on time, making it the most punctual airline of the year.“In addition to being firmly committed to providing passengers with the safest standards in flight operations and offering high quality products and services, Japan Airlines regards punctuality as a basic quality of an airline that passengers can trust,” says JAL of the award.“The JAL Group established an On-Time Performance Project which sought to involve all Group employees by soliciting ideas to improve on-time performance while maintaining strict safety standards.”In addition to the major award, JAL subsidiary JAL Express was ranked number one in terms of regional Asia on-time performance. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Snapchat parent company Snap closed its first da

first_imgSnapchat parent company, Snap, closed its first day of trading with a stockprice of US$24.48, giving the messaging app a valuation of US$28.3 billion.Snap priced its initial public offering of 2 billion shares of Class A common at US$17 per share, for a total offering size of US$3.4 billion – higher than the US$3 billion it said it aimed to raise when it filed papers for its IPO with the SEC last month.The stock, which began trading on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday under the symbol ‘SNAP’ quickly climbed in value and in pre-market trading today stands at US$24.75.Bloomberg estimates Snap founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are now worth US$5.3 billion each, boosting them 150-places on the ‘Bloomberg Billionaire Index’ to number 280 and 281 respectively.Snapchat’s IPO paperwork revealed last month that the service has 158 million daily users, recorded revenue of US$404.5 million for full year 2016 and made a net loss of US$514.6 million for the same period.Snap, which describes itself as a “camera company”, said it competitors span from “internet technology companies and digital platforms to traditional companies in print, radio, and television sectors to underlying technologies like default smartphone cameras and messaging.”Research firm Ampere Analysis claims that Snapchat’s ascent will “change video forever”, noting that half of all Snapchat video viewers are under 25 – compared to 36% for Instagram, 23% for Facebook and 17% for YouTube.“Snapchat is unlike any other social media video platform in the audience it attracts and the way it impacts viewing behaviour, offering some clue to the huge valuations being placed on the platform for its impending IPO,” said the research note.Ampere said that Snapchat’s young viewing base, combined with the rise of digital native content as an outlet for brands and professional video, means that company’s value “becomes clear”.Separately, eMarketer predicts that 70.4 million Americans to use the Snapchat platform this year – up from its previous estimate of 66.6 million users.It said that much of Snapchat’s growth is being driven by older Americans and estimated that this year 6.4% of Snapchat’s users will be aged 45-54.last_img read more

Today the XAUgold ratio is at a historic low of

first_img Today, the XAU/gold ratio is at a historic low of 0.07. To fully appreciate what this means, look at these former lows for comparison: It’s lower than the 2008 gold stock selloff; It’s lower than the “nuclear winter” of the mid-’90s; It’s lower than the very beginning of the gold bull market in 2001. Right now, gold stocks are like a rubber band that’s being stretched to an extreme. As all rubber bands do, it will snap back. And not just that; based on how extreme the undervaluation has become, they’re bound to be among the most profitable investments of this generation. A year ago, I pointed out how cheap gold stocks were—and yes, they managed to get cheaper still. But that fact only underscores how vast this opportunity really is. Current sentiment in the precious metals sector, especially the stocks, is beyond dreary: it’s pitiful. At the Toronto Stock Exchange, where most mining stocks are traded, security guards are now doubling as suicide watchmen. (OK, I made that up.) What I didn’t make up is that your chances of following in Doug Casey’s or Rick Rule’s footsteps—and making similar breathtaking returns—have never been higher. Upside is at its greatest when even the cab driver laughs at the thought of buying a gold stock. As conditions return to normal, huge profits will be made… by those who didn’t listen to the investing herd and its mouthpieces in the mainstream financial media. Is there a guarantee gold stocks will rebound and deliver life-changing profits? I’m sure you’ve heard the “death and taxes” thing, so I don’t have to answer that question. And there are some scenarios that could conceivably prevent gold and silver from rebounding—possibly killing off the miners for a generation: If billions of Chinese, Indians, and other Asians finally realize that unbacked paper currencies are much more desirable to hold than physical gold and silver… If Ben Bernanke vows never to print another bloody greenback again, and neither does his successor… If Congress unanimously agrees to lower, instead of raise, the debt ceiling and drastically cut all but core spending, for the health of the country and its citizens (I know, don’t make me laugh)… If solar panel manufacturers and dozens of other industries find a valid replacement for silver in their products… If the insane amount of $700 trillion in derivatives circling the world like a cloud of toxic particles suddenly evaporates… If Beijing calls a press conference and proclaims they were mistaken and now feel no need to diversify out of the US dollar, that it’s the one and only reserve currency the world will ever need… … then we might see that happen. But I’m not holding my breath on any of these. (A phrase about snowballs and hot places comes to mind.) In the meantime, I bought another gold Eagle last month. But even if you don’t have $1,300 lying around, you can now add to your bullion in an easy and cost-effective way. I just told BIG GOLD readers of an exciting new program to accrue gold and silver—a program that deducts money from your bank account every month and buys the metal for you automatically. But the best part is: it’s the first auto-accumulation program that stores metal at an international vault. Every other similar program offers domestic storage only or doesn’t have a service for automatic purchases. Specifically for BIG GOLD subscribers, the company has agreed to lower the minimum amount from $250 to just $100 per month. If you sign up for a risk-free 3-month trial to BIG GOLD today, you can read all about this unique program and get the link to take advantage of this special subscribers-only offer… as well as our portfolio of deeply undervalued gold stocks. You have 3 months to decide if it’s right for you—if not, for whatever reason, just cancel for a full refund, or a prorated refund after the 3 months are up. Click here to read more about BIG GOLD or start your risk-free trial now. I caught myself daydreaming last week… It’s October 27, 2008, and Silver Wheaton (SLW) just hit $3 per share. I buy 10,000 shares, more than I’ve ever devoted to any one stock. I sell half when it hits $33 per share and pocket $150,000 after a 1,000% gain. I pay off the mortgage, and my wife quits work—and I still have 5,000 shares… Not a bad daydream, eh? I don’t know how many investors actually had the intestinal fortitude to plunk down a big lump of cash on a stock at that time—but Silver Wheaton did indeed offer that 1,000% return, and more. When you look back at the investments that have made the most money over the past few decades, they’ve always been assets that had reached an extreme—an extreme low or an extreme high. Buying gold at $250 per ounce in 2001… buying tech stocks in the early ’90s or Apple Computer at $8 per share in 2003… shorting real estate in 2007 or the stock market in 2008… the list goes on. Each of those speculations led to massive returns only because the price of the respective asset was either dramatically undervalued and poised to take off or, in the case of the short sales, a bubble ready to pop. Paradoxically, such opportunities aren’t that hard to find—the truth is, they sprout up all the time. What is hard to find is the type of investor who has the guts to take advantage of those opportunities. Fact is, most people run from assets that are at an all-time low… and happily buy into stocks that are reaching their peak. As legendary resource investor Rick Rule likes to say, “You’re either a contrarian or you’re a victim.” When you think about it, the strategy for getting rich—a strategy regularly applied by the Doug Caseys and Rick Rules of the world—is deceptively simple: Find an asset at an extreme (low or high) and determine if it’s headed in the other direction anytime soon; Take a significant position and hold the fort while market forces play out. That’s all. The difficult part is to muster the courage to hold on when all your senses are screaming that it’s a huge mistake, that your investment will never pan out, that today’s fool (you) is tomorrow’s loser. If, on the other hand, you don’t mind going where others fear to tread, opportunities practically jump into your outstretched hands. Here’s the best one I know of right now: gold stocks. Actually, to say they’re a “good opportunity” is a laughable understatement: Gold stocks are at an extreme low we haven’t seen in over 30 years in this industry. Let me prove it to you. An effective way to measure the true value of gold stocks is to compare them to the gold price. Other things being equal, a gold producer selling for $20 per share at a $1,500 gold price is a heck of a lot cheaper than when gold’s at $1,000. (When the price of a product is higher, the stock is more valuable, and vice versa.) The XAU (Philadelphia Gold and Silver Index) consists of 30 gold and silver stocks and began trading in December 1983. Here are the first 23 years of the Index’s ratio to gold. Any time the ratio reached 0.20 or below, gold stocks were undervalued in relation to gold, and investors who bought at those inflection points made a profit. Conversely, once the ratio reached 0.34 or above, stocks were overvalued and due for a pullback. For 23 years, from its inception through 2007, the XAU/gold ratio provided fairly reliable feedback for investors. Now let’s add the rest of the data.last_img read more