Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Sunday urged his party colleagues to act as agents of transformation and bring cheer and satisfaction in the lives of the common man.“I want people to see integrity in our approach,” Mr. Patnaik said while addressing the party’s extended executive meeting here. The people are the central focus of the party’s work, he added.5T initiative Observing that the 5T (teamwork, technology, transparency, transformation and time limit) initiative was a major step towards good governance, Mr. Patnaik said that he was indebted to the people for blessing their party in the recent elections. He also thanked the party workers for their efforts.On the ongoing celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, Mr. Patnaik said the ideals and principles of the Mahatma were relevant even today. He advised the leaders to work with Gandhian institutions to spread the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.The Chief Minister also stressed the need for intensifying Jeevan Bindu, the party’s blood donation initiative.Doubling membershipMr. Patnaik further urged the leaders to actively participate in the party’s membership drive that is scheduled to begin on Monday. The drive will continue till October 31.Asking the leaders and grassroots workers to reach all homes and spread the party’s message, Mr. Patnaik said that he will review the progress of the membership drive every 15 days.It was decided at the executive meeting to double the number of party members from the existing 47 lakh during the drive. The drive will be intensified at the district and block levels by involving local leaders, a senior leader said.“Arrangements have also been made for inducting members online,” said Lok Sabha MP Bhatruhari Mahtab. Mr. Patnaik had earlier formed a State-level committee to monitor and coordinate the membership drive. The committee comprises senior leaders Prasanna Acharya, Debiprasad Mishra, Pramila Mallick, Sanjay Kumar Das Burma, Pratap Keshari Deb, Pradeep Panigrahi and Pranab Prakash Das.(With PTI inputs)
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celtics ink Paul Pierce to one-day contract Bracketed with Australia, Chinese Taipei and Japan, the Philippines will play games in those countries starting in November, before hosting the Aussies, the Taiwanese and the Japanese in games in Manila.The new scheduled is an arduous one and will have Gilas playing two games each in November, February and June next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith the new PBA opening schedule, the league also penciled its calendar to be playing elimination round games in the February and June playdates so as not to jeopardize title chances of teams where Gilas players will come from.Participation of the PBA’s veteran stars in the next Gilas event, the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon near the end of August, still hangs in the balance as it will run smack into the season-ending Governors’ Cup that opens this Wednesday. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, the reigning three-time PBA MVP, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra and Calvin Abueva of Alaska are just some of the names considered shoo-ins for Gilas in its toughest international tournaments.Gilas sent its team of Cadets and several amateurs led by Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena to the Jones Cup here where the Filipinos hold a 2-1 record going into a clash with Japan’s Under-24 team at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.This same squad – save for import Mike Myers – will be flying to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to defend the Southeast Asian Games gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Team Philippines is assured of being represented by its best when the World Cup Qualifying starts in November as the PBA has agreed to push back the opening of its next season to December.This move, plans of which came out in an Inquirer reports several weeks back, was approved when the league’s board met a few days ago as the PBA does its part in helping Gilas Pilipinas come up with the best selection possible.ADVERTISEMENT
Jayson Castro had 13 points, including a clutch 3-pointer that gave the KaTropa a 110-106 lead with 1:12 remaining.“That was a hard-fought win. It’s good that we’re able to play together especially on the defensive end. We struggled a bit offensively but we’re able to organize ourselves in the endgame,” TNT coach Nash Racela told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The last few days were really tough for us. And for us to really have a good chance today, important thing is we accept the change, embrace the change right away and move forward right away,” Racela, whose squad improved to 6-3, said.The KaTropa played their first game without veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, who was sent to Meralco on Monday in a shocking three-team deal. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Practice was emotional yesterday. Ranidel dropped by practice to say goodbye. Fortunately, the guys were able to focus.”De Ocampo won six championships at Talk ‘N Text during his eight seasons with the franchise.Aaron Fuller led the Road Warriors, who remained in second place despite sliding to 7-3, with 28 points and 18 rebounds while Alex Mallari had 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists.Larry Fonacier, the former longtime TNT swingman, who was traded to NLEX four months ago late in the Commissioner’s Cup, played against his former team for the first time and had 10 points off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Glen Rice Jr. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Glen Rice Jr. did a little bit of everything and TNT scraped past NLEX, 112-107, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Ynares Center here. Rice notched a triple-double with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists with five blocks while Troy Rosario added 17 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte tells PSC to include IPs, out of school youth in recruitment Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:53Gov’t, MNLF creating panels to ‘move forward’ in peace talks02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul
New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee has prorogued Rajya Sabha, which was adjourned sine die last month. “The Rajya Sabha, which was adjourned sine die on August 13, has been prorogued by the President on September 10, 2015,” a communique from the Upper House said. With no signs of support coming from main opposition Congress, Government had on Wednesday dropped plans for calling a special session of Parliament for passage of GST bill and decided to prorogue both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. “Keeping the political reality in mind, at the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs it was decided that we will recommend to the President to prorogue the Monsoon session,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had told reporters after a meeting of the Union Cabinet and CCPA. The decision came after Congress on Wednesday virtually vetoed governments attempts to call a special session for passage of GST bill, making it clear that it would not budge on its three key demands for amending NDAs legislation. PTI AMR SMJ
Bengaluru, Apr 11 (PTI) Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli today remembered former franchise director Vijay Mallya for picking him in the team and providing an opportunity to rub shoulders with the worlds best players. “My association with RCB has been special as it has been exciting from the first season. I was chosen to play for RCB by Mr Mallya. I have learnt so much and getting to play with the worlds best players. I am welcomed here warmly, I love this franchise, the city, fans, deep connection,” he told reporters on the eve of his teams face-off with Sunrisers Hyderabad at Chinnaswamy stadium here. Mallya, who has defaulted in loans in excess of Rs 9000 crore, is facing probe by various investigative agencies. The 60-year-old bought RCB in 2008 but the popular franchise has not been able to win a single Indian Premier League title in eight attempts. Mallya had resigned from the post of Director of Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited (RCSPL) before anointing United Spirits Limited President and Chief Marketing Officer Amrit Thomas as the new chairman of RCB. Replying to a query, Kohli said even though the team has the feelings of not lifting the title for he last eight seasons, the team takes pride in being among the top three teams. “There is always a feeling that we haven?t been able to lift the title having been runners-up twice. That is one hurdle we haven?t been able to cross despite wanting to, but as a team, we have been among top three,” he said. Kohli said he wouldnt comment about their best chance of lifting the title this season, but their number one priority is not to depend on any other team to reach the play-offs stage. “I wouldnt like to comment. Too long a tournament to think of the winning the title. We would like to be in a position to reach the play-offs first on our own effort and not depend on other teams, run rate, etc. Our number one priority is not to depend on any other team to reach the play-offs stage,” he said. On Mitchel Starcs absence, Kohli said the team would miss the Aussie pacer, but they have Shane Watson who is economical as he thinks like a batsman, and also Harshal Patel, Adam Milne to form a good bowling attack. “We will miss Starc, but we got Watson, who is very economical in bowling. An all-rounder like him can think like a batsman and bowl accordingly. We also got Harshal Patel, Adam Milne who is clocking 150, and Stuart Binny. We have a wonderful mix but everyone has to play their roles and work to potential,” he said. MORE PTI BDN BS BSadvertisement
DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical In 2018, they gave up a first-round pick in a huge deal for the often-injured Griffin. He was tremendous last season, joining LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only players in the league averaging at least 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game. The Pistons made the playoffs but were swept in the first round.Now Rose arrives, fresh off a season in which he averaged 18 points for Minnesota. He appeared in only 51 games because of a variety of injuries, but that was more than double what he played the previous season for the Timberwolves and Cleveland. Last season was his second-highest scoring mark since tearing his left ACL in 2012. He also shot a career-best 37% from 3-point range.“I’m more poised, I’m shooting the 3, I’m more efficient,” Rose said. “It’s just that people love to see the reckless way that I played, and the reckless way that I played led me to my injuries.”The Pistons would love for Rose to be healthy and resurgent, the way Griffin was for most of last season. Rose often played off the ball last season, so it’s possible he can succeed alongside Detroit point guard Reggie Jackson. He can also be an option at the point if Jackson struggles to produce consistently.While Rose is obviously an important part of the Pistons’ plans, Johnson’s future is murkier. He didn’t play in the NBA at all last season. He ended up in the BIG3 3-on-3 league — he said it was just something to do — where he was named MVP. Detroit acquired him last month.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man “It wasn’t like, ‘I’m going to play in the BIG3, so these people can see me.’ That wasn’t my purpose,” Johnson said. “I did it just for the love of the game, just to go out and have fun.”Pistons executive Ed Stefanski said Johnson would be competing for a roster spot, but the team was happy to bring in the veteran with over 20,000 career points. Johnson has averaged 14.8 minutes and 3.8 points in four preseason games.“Joe has all the traits you need to be a professional. That doesn’t hurt our team to have a guy like that. It doesn’t hurt the younger players to see the work ethic that Joe can bring to the table,” Johnson said. “Joe still, we think, has something left to prove. That’s what he wants to do.”So Griffin, Rose and Johnson — accomplished players all — enter the season amid varying expectations. Griffin is the team’s undisputed star, Rose the intriguing newcomer and Johnson the former standout trying to extend his career.All three sense an opportunity.“I think the sky is the limit. You’ve got pretty much everything on this team,” Johnson said. “Good point guards, great bigs, some wings. And then you’ve got a great mixture of younger guys and older guys.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Detroit Pistons’ Derrick Rose (25) drives as Philadelphia 76ers’ Shake Milton (18), Joel Embiid (21) and Trey Burke (23) defend and 76ers’ Christian Wood (35) watches during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)DETROIT — Blake Griffin was asked to recall the early stages of Derrick Rose’s career, when the dynamic point guard won an MVP for the Chicago Bulls at age 22.“His run in Chicago was special,” Griffin said. “I don’t want to say it caught us off guard, because it was kind of a nice natural progression for him, but just everything he did was at a higher level than anybody else. He was great for the game of basketball — is great for the game of basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The Detroit Pistons are hoping Griffin was right to use the present tense after signing Rose as a free agent this offseason. Now 31, Rose is far removed from his days as an MVP, but the Pistons saw enough upside to bring him in. Detroit also added 38-year-old Joe Johnson.The Pistons now have the top picks from the 2008 and 2009 drafts in Rose and Griffin. Rose, Griffin and Johnson have combined for 16 All-Star selections, although the last time they made it at the same time was in 2012. How this trio will do in 2019 is anyone’s guess.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDetroit’s moves were certainly interesting, and there were seemingly inevitable questions about whether the Pistons should double down on big names in their 30s by adding Carmelo Anthony. That did not happen, but Detroit has shown a willingness to be creative when trying to add talent.The Pistons haven’t won a playoff game since 2008, and they aren’t exactly a prime destination for the game’s top free agents. They also haven’t been bad enough lately to pick near the very top of the draft. 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ATHENS – Greek national soccer team coach Fernando Santos said he will not return to lead the team after next month’s World Cup in Brazil, deciding not to seek renewal of his contract after a four-year run.Santos, from Portugal, took over the reins from Otto Rehhagel in July 2010, who won a European championship in 20o4 but couldn’t reclaim the glory after that, with Greece failing to advance out of the first round of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.The decision was announced by Giorgos Sarris, the President of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO): “I’ve just informed the members of EPO administrative council that Fernando Santos will end his tenure with the Greek national team after the World Cup finals,” he said.Santos led the team to the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-finals and to their third World Cup and second in a row, where the team will face Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast in Rio de Janeiro.Before taking over the national side, Santos had a successful decade managing major Greek clubs such as AEK Athens, Panathinaikos and PAOK Salonika and had become a well-known figure in the country.He didn’t elaborate on the reasons why he is stepping down other than to say that he wanted to think about his next career step without pressure and decide what is best for him.The 59-year old manager lives permanently in Greece. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Indian cricketers got straight to work after reaching London as they hit the nets for their first practice session at The Oval which was followed by a game of football along with a new BIB catching session.Team India captain Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni were seen sweating it out in the nets along with the other batsmen.The nets session was followed by a BIB catching drills which involved all the players running around the ground trying to catch as many BIBs as possible.Getting into the groove Skipper @imVkohli for the #CWC19 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/LZHRnYxOyqBCCI (@BCCI) May 23, 2019Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal explained what their first warm-up was all about on Thursday.”We played footie first to warm up. You can see the chairs set as a sort of a net. And the team I was part of won in that.”Then we went on to bibs catching. That is all about agility and stamina. You have to run around with each carrying a bib at the back. In a two-minute round you have to snatch each other’s bibs. The one with the most number of bibs wins. After the second round we ran so much that we fell on the ground,” Chahal said.Some + BIB catching for #TeamIndia on Day 1 at the drillsMr. @yuzi_chahal at it #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/tupMzxNQUCBCCI (@BCCI) May 23, 2019India will play two warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and 28 respectively, before their first World Cup game against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.advertisementEngland are hosting the World Cup for the 5th time and for the 1st time in 20 years. Most of India’s cricketers have plenty of experience playing in England. India had reached the final of the Champions Trophy in England in 2017 and in 2018, India had toured England to play 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 5 Tests.In 2015, India had reached the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champions Australia.The Indian squad comprises Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (v/c), Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Vijay Shankar, M.S. Dhoni (w/k), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and others hit the nets after India reach LondonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni should be India’s No. 5, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Dhawan starts singing while waiting outside Bumrah’s room
Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? Today we speak to Virginia based butcher shop owner Ryan Ford.I’m a Virginia native. I’m grew up in Vienna, and graduated from William & Mary. After I got married, my wife and I left our careers in New York City (I was in sports marketing, she was in photography) and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, on a whim, where we opened an antique store and I developed an interest in farm fresh food.At the time, locally raised meat was only available to the general public in frozen form on Saturdays at the local farmer’s markets, so my brother-in-law and I opened a butcher shop in Middleburg called The Organic Butcher with the idea that we’d open a few of these outlets throughout the region. (This was right on the cusp of when opening butcher shops was becoming cool, and while I do have a butcher shop and a beard, I have zero tattoos.)Not long after opening the butcher shops, I realized that the challenge to expand beyond two Organic Butcher locations was that it was incredibly difficult to source local meat, and that the processing bottleneck in the mid-Atlantic region was the problem. So twelve years later we decided to make a big investment and commitment and create a plant. The focus of Seven Hills Foods is regional, and we’re smaller-scale and focused on sustainability. We’ll be working with local producers and will process their products in an abattoir in Lynchburg that’s been in use off and on for 100 years. It’s a forgotten urban gem that we’ve completely refurbished, and we’ll officially be open for business in August.As for Ryan’s personal style:Jeans: RRL & Co. Durable. Pricey for work but they last forever.Shirts: Ledbury. Was strongly advised by those close to me that my t-shirt days were over five …er, ten…years ago. Need to wear a collar, although t-shirts are the best.Pants: Hiltl. They fit right off the shelf. With others sometimes have to pull waists in to the point that the back pockets touch.Suits: Vintage Gucci. There was a time that I wore suits five days a week. Wear lots of sport coats.Shoes: Carolina Boots for work. Hate flip-flops and never go barefoot if I don’t have to.Accessories: I do not wear jewelry, including a wedding ring. I just don’t like that stuff. I’ll go through six-month periods of not wearing a watch then wear one for a few weeks. I like wearing my wife’s vintage men’s Rolex that was “given” to her by her first child on her first Mothers’ Day. I like feeling the connection it represents.Outerwear: Barbour rain jacket/windbreaker that gets lots of use.Favorite Cologne: Never used the stuff. Get some scent from my shaving foam – Santa Maria Novella. Awesome stuff.Your favorite App: I have never bought an App. Besides making calls and using email, I use my Calendar and Weather apps to the max.Favorite piece of technology: Seydelmann bowl-chopper which is an amazing German engineered meat cutter that is just super cool.Next tech purchase: Just committed to purchase software and hardware that will allow us to track yields and animal traceability when implemented in our abattoir. Very excited about how we can use data to do our jobs better and to give customers more information about what they are eating. Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy
The thieves then loaded up a pair of duffle bags with 25 of the digital cameras, worth an estimated $10,000. Wright said that the two thieves were in and out of the store in less than a minute, and that the two were focused only on stealing the cameras, explaining that the pair ignored several pieces of stereo equipment that were sitting out in the open.According to the surveillance video, one of the suspects was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, jeans, and dark-coloured running shoes. The other was wearing a grey hoodie, light gray sweatpants, and white Nike running shoes. It’s not known how old the suspects are or what their ethnicity is, since their faces were not caught on camera.Wright said that the two suspects likely walked in across the store’s front lawn, since the parking lot camera was not activated. It is not known if or what type of getaway vehicle the thieves used.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that police are currently investigating the break-in, and are asking anyone with information to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mounties in Fort St. John are searching for two suspects who broke into Autographics Trim & Signs this week.Autographics co-owner Jason Wright said that the break-in happened at around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning. According to surveillance video that the store posted on its Facebook page, two men smashed the front door to gain entry to the store, and proceeded smash a locked display case containing Go-Pro digital cameras.
Junior defensive specialist Valeria León (3) looks on during a game against Iowa on Oct. 2 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern PhotographerAnyone who has attended any Ohio State women’s volleyball game this season would have noticed one player’s passion and enthusiasm for the game stand out like no other. That player is junior libero Valeria León.OSU’s “firecracker,” as coach Geoff Carlston described her, has not only stood out for her energetic performance on the court, but also for the numbers she’s putting up. Over the course of her three seasons for the Buckeyes, León has piled up 1,193 career digs, which places her ninth all-time in the OSU record books.But for the Ponce, Puerto Rico, native, earning that accomplishment wasn’t easy.León said packing up and leaving her family and everything she had ever known to move to Ohio to pursue her dream of being an NCAA volleyball player was the toughest decision of her life.“It was really tough (for me),” she said. “Everything was different compared to back home. I was still really young. I didn’t know any English, so I had to learn English in a really quick amount of time. Just learning the culture — everything.” At times, she said, she questioned if she made the right decision, often telling herself, “I can’t do this,” and “I think I’m going home.” But she stuck with it, and her decision to stay has paid off for both her and the team. León’s season average of 4.38 digs per set has her on pace to be the best all-time at OSU. “I’m really glad I stayed,” León said. “This is the best decision I ever made in my entire life. This has changed me as a player and who I am as a person, too.”Not only does she rank first in digs per set, but if León continues at her current pace, next season she should surpass Stacey Gordon’s career-record of 1,572 digs. “Just looking back at the history of Ohio State, I think it’s pretty awesome, because I know there (have) been amazing players coming into this program,” León said. “Being able to be a part of it is something really special.”Carlston said León’s stats are something to behold, as the Big Ten is arguably the NCAA’s best conference. He said her energy and enthusiasm has helped propel the Buckeyes to the No. 16 ranking they currently hold. “I tell her to be Puerto Rican,” Carlston said. “Let that true Puerto Rican out. The team loves it, it makes us better, and it allows her to be who she is.” León said her style of play is something she brought along with her from Puerto Rico. “The way we play there is so energetic all the time,” León said. “We scream, we try to coach each other. So I think bringing that with me and being able to share that with the team, I know that makes me a better player and makes my team better too.” Carlston said it took a little time to develop for León’s leadership to develop, but now that it has, the coach has nothing but praise for it.“I think she’s grown up so much since she’s been here,” Carlston said. “A lot of it has been her leadership and her voice and finding her confidence and all that. That takes a lot of work, especially for someone who came over and didn’t know the language when she got here really, it took a little while to feel comfortable. It’s just been so cool. I wish everyone had known her and seen her grow since she first got here. This really is pretty incredible, and I couldn’t be more proud of how much she’s grown.”In addition to León being a standout defensively for the Buckeyes, she also has been extremely durable during her three seasons in Columbus, never missing a contest. This year, she has played in every set. As the defensive specialist for OSU, León said it takes a physical and mental toughness to be that durable, but despite her individual success statistically, she only cares about winning.“I don’t really think about the numbers, I just want to win games,” León said. So far this season, the Buckeyes are 22-8 overall and 11-7 in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes have two regular-season matches remaining: at No. 3 Minnesota on Wednesday and against Rutgers at 7 p.m. on Saturday to close out the season at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are ranked 10th in the RPI, which should land them in the NCAA tournament come season’s end. León said she is poised to lead her team to a strong performance once they get there.“We want to make it to the Final Four,” León said. “It’s a long journey. We know the team is capable of making a run and getting to the Final Four — we know what we can do.”
I’m not sure what flies at your home during the holidays, but apparently it’s not kosher at everyone’s house to unbutton one’s trousers to make room for a second course. If that’s the case wherever you end up this Thanksgiving, you might want to pick up a pair of Chris Cosentino’s new seasonal clothing item. The San Francisco chef has given the world the Gluttony Pants.The pants came with three pork-themed button positions: “Piglet,” “Sow,” and “Boar.” Naturally, the wider your belly expands, the larger a pig you become. The pant positions correspond to the names of portion sizes at Cosentino’s restaurant.AdChoices广告Consentino is celebrating Turkey Day with a special Thanksgiving-themed version of the pants, brown for turkey, with burgundy pockets in honor of cranberry sauce. The pants sell for $100 and ship with a large napkin to tuck into one’s shirt collar, featuring images of “the evolution of a foodie.”Consentino, for his part, denies that his pants promote overeating, “There have been some misconceptions about the Gluttony Pants — I’m not trying to promote obesity or overeating, it’s more about fun. It’s not always a bad thing to overindulge — I’m not saying sit down and eat a 100-ounce T-bone, but it’s OK to overdo it once in a while.”The company has sold about 600 pairs, so far. The pants are only available in men’s sizes, from 30 to 42.
The head honcho at indie game developer Rubicon wasn’t happy yesterday. You see, Rubicon poured a good chunk of cash — around $16,000 — and devoted a truckload of man hours into porting their smashing RTS Great Big War Game to Windows RT. The great big payback? Less than $90 in profits after the first week on sale.That prompted quite a rant, which called out Microsoft for being unwilling to promote GBWG in the Windows Store even though “there’s almost nothing to promote.” It’s a fair point. The Windows Store isn’t exactly bursting at the seams with top-shelf games and apps just jet, and at last count there were only around 25,000 apps available in total. Microsoft’s unwillingness apparently stemmed from the fact that Rubicon chose to support only ARM processors — meaning that the game will only work on Windows RT devices.According to to Rubicon, Microsoft’s decision would permanently “[consign Great Big War Game] to the rubbish bin.” Rubicon’s frustration is understandable — after all, this is a game that has been hugely successful on Android and iOS. That said, the Windows Store has only recently opened for business. Pair its nascence with the fact that there aren’t nearly as many users of ARM-only Windows RT devices compared to x86 Windows 8 systems, and it’s pretty clear what’s needed to fix the situation.First and foremost, patience. In time, traffic to the Windows Store (and sales) will increase. Second, developers like Rubicon need to be vocal with their complaints so that Microsoft will step up to right any wrongs. And that’s exactly what’s happened in this case.In the hours following Rubicon’s initial tirade, Microsoft reached out and pledged to work out the kinks. There’s no guarantee that Rubicon will be happy with the outcome, of course, but Microsoft clearly knows that it can’t allow developers to become frustrated with its new platform. This is a critical time for Windows RT and the Windows Store, and third-party developer contributions are paramount for their success.More at Rubicon and PC Pro
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dr Andrew Varigos, one of the pioneering physicians of Victoria’s Greek Australian community, passed away in Melbourne today at the age of 100.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, February 14, 2018 – Miami, FL – Love is in the air and so is the buzz around Season 4 of Caribbean’s Next Top Model (CNTM) as it expands to include aspiring young hopefuls from The Bahamas when it kicks off on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 9pm on Flow 1. According to Garry Sinclair, Caribbean President, C&W Communications, “We’re delighted to be on-board once again for the 4th season of CNTM which continues to draw bigger and bigger audiences as a platform for young Caribbean women to develop careers in the fashion industry.”Viewers are in for another captivating series which was filmed against the vibrant, rhythmic backdrop that is uniquely Jamaica, home of Season 3 winner, Shamique Simms. Miss Universe ‘98, Wendy Fitzwilliams who is also Executive Producer, Host and Chief Judge along with the sought-after fashion designer Socrates McKinney and world renowned Australian photographer, Pedro Virgil all return to the screen this season. The expansion to The Bahamas together with the poise, grace and stunning appearance of the aspiring models set against the eclectic charm of the islands makes for another scintillating series.The off-screen excitement continues via social media as Caribbean viewers can follow their favourite girls on the show using the #CaribeNTM for exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews. Flow customers will have the added benefit of watching on-the-go from their tablet or mobile device with the MyFlow app as well as catch up on the past three seasons of CNTM with Flow’s Video on Demand.Sinclair added, “Flow is committed to building Caribbean content for Caribbean audiences. In the end, regardless of who wins, the Caribbean benefits from productions that showcase the diversity, energy, talent and creativity of our people for the world to see.”Executive Producer Fitzwilliams lauded the production team and the aspiring models as well as she praised Flow for their commitment to the project. “It has been a tremendous challenge to take a production of this magnitude from a mere concept to amazingly a 4th season. Thanks to Flow for sticking with us, and thanks to the production team and the girls for showing up every season. Additionally, we couldn’t have done it without the support of the Caribbean people, and our loyal viewers – thank you. Stay tuned to Flow 1, the only place you can catch CNTM every Wednesday at 9pm. Let the season begin!”“Caribbean’s Next Top Model” is produced by Starfish Media Ltd, based on the “Next Top Model” format licensed by CBS Studios International. Executive Producers are Dionyse Fitzwilliam, Wendy Fitzwilliam and Kiran Maharaj.Currently, “America’s Next Top Model” is under license in over 100 markets around the world and has 20 international versions in production, which includes Caribbean’s Next Top Model. “America’s Next Top Model” and the “America’s Next Top Model” format are licensed internationally by CBS Studios International.Press Release: Flow
Sturgeon angling remains slow in Bonneville pool with the harvest at about half last year’s pace, which wasn’t that good either.About 6 to 10 boats a day are out on Merwin Reservoir when the weather is decent. While most trollers are not doing well, guides and few top anglers are catching kokanee.Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 27 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 47 sublegals released; 28 bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released; one boater with no walleye. (WDFW)The Dalles pool, three boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released; 13 bank rods with no sturgeon; two boaters with no walleye; eight boaters with six wild steelhead released; three bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)John Day pool, two boaters with two wild steelhead released; 15 bank rods with no steelhead; 46 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 16 sublegals released; 31 bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released; eight boaters with 11 walleye kept and three released. (WDFW, ODFW)Cowlitz — Forty-two bank rods with two steelhead kept; six boaters with no steelhead. During five days of operations last week, the Cowlitz Hatchery separator collected 179 winter steelhead. (WDFW)Kress Lake — Slightly more than 100 winter steelhead were released into the lake last week. (WDFW)
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – An SUV crashed into the window of the Jerk Machine, a restaurant in Lauderhill.Lauderhill Fire Rescue responded around 11:30 a.m. to the scene along Northwest 43rd Terrace and 12th Street, Wednesday.Witnesses said the driver of a Ford Explorer accidentally accelerated forward instead of putting the vehicle in reverse, plowing into the restaurant’s window as a result.“We’re going to get this all boarded up,” said owner Catherine Malcolm. “We just have to patch it up and move on.”The SUV hit the window and concrete barrier but did not make it inside the restaurant.“We are bigger than our circumstances,” said Malcolm. “This is stuff that you deal with with business.”No injuries were reported. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Islamabad : Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has criticised as “irresponsible” and “unfortunate” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s remarks that India has always adhered to its “no first use” policy on nuclear weapons but “what happens in the future will depend on circumstances”. Singh’s remarks on nuclear weapons came after he visited Pokhran where India carried out the nuclear tests in 1998 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “The substance and timing of Indian defence minister is highly unfortunate and shows India irresponsible and belligerent behaviour,” Qureshi said. “Pakistan will continue to maintain minimum credible deterrence,” he said. The statement of Indian defence ministers showed his “folly”, he said. Qureshi’s remarks came amidst tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The UN Security Council took up the issue of Kashmir in informal consultations. Pakistan has claimed it as big success. The meeting on Kashmir by the Security Council ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad. Qureshi said the UNSC meeting showed that the people of Kashmir were not alone. He also rejected the idea of any conversation with Indian counterpart S Jaishankar.
Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials sees off prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka. BSS File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday left Dhaka for London on an official visit to the United Kingdom, reports UNB.A Biman Bangladesh Airlines VVIP flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here for London at 9:35 am.Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, PM’s advisr HT Imam, Jatiya Sangsad chief whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury Liton, state minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali and state minister for religion Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah were present at the airport to see her off.Besides, the cabinet secretary, the chiefs of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy, the acting chief of the Bangladesh Air Force, the dean of the diplomatic corps, the British high commissioner to Bangladesh and high civil and military officials were present.The flight is scheduled to reach Heathrow International Airport in London at 3:55 pm (local time) today.Bangladesh high commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasnim will receive the prime minister at the airport.”During the visit, the prime minister will attend a conference of Bangladesh envoys (in Europe) in London tomorrow,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said.At the advice of Bangladeshi doctors, the prime minister will also receive eye treatment in London, he said.The prime minister is expected to return home on 5 August.
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope may be getting on in years, but it’s still uncovering incredible things. The more we look at the cosmos, the more boring our solar system seems to be. Hubble has recently spotted a solar system where the star, known as V Hydrae, appears to be shooting plasma balls the size of a small planet into space on a regular 8.5-year interval, and it probably been happening for at least 400 years. V Hydrae is a red giant star about 1,200 light years away from Earth. A red giant is a star at the end of its life cycle that has burned through most of its nuclear fuel. These stars expand to many times their original size and begin throwing off their outer layers, but they don’t have the necessary energy to launch blobs of plasma twice the size of Mars into space. Thus, astronomers have developed a model to explain the bizarre happenings around V Hydrae, and it involves a younger companion star.The best explanation for the plasma balls is a small companion star that’s on a highly elliptical orbit around V Hydrae. As it nears the vastly expanded V Hydrae every 8.5 years, it picks up matter from its atmosphere into an accretion disk. It then launches balls of plasma from this disk at roughly one million miles per hour as it swings around the star and heads out into deep space again.AdChoices广告The plasma ejected from V Hydrae eventually expand into super-hot plumes of gas that extend into its outer solar system. NASA analysis has detected visible blobs that date back as far as 1986 (on our timeline some 1,200 light years away), and sub-millimeter wave analysis of the V Hydrae system reveals cooler, non-visible plumes that date back centuries. Astronomers think V Hydrae might be an example of stellar processes that occur in many planetary nebulae surrounding dead stars. Astronomers plan to conduct further studies of V Hydrae with other instruments to they know what to look for in other star systems. Stay on target Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMilky Way ‘Ate’ a Nearby Dwarf Galaxy 10 Billion Years Ago, Study Finds