Lots of Luck

first_imgThe World Cup tickets for the knockout rounds will be available via an online lottery system because heavy load crashed the official ticketing website www.kyazoonga.com. This will be the first time that there will be an online lottery for a sports event held in the subcontinent. Kyazoonga says that it had suggested the lottery system at the start of the tournament but the idea had been rejected. The lottery is common at other global sporting events where there is a heavy demand for tickets. The lottery for the London Olympic Games in 2012 opens on March 15.In order to claim tickets, people will have to visit the website and record their names in an online ballot box. The lottery will take place once the period of registration is complete. Each winner will be restricted to two tickets. “This way at least more people will have a chance to get tickets,” says Ratnakar Shetty, tournament director. The organisers scrapped the online ticket booking system for the World Cup final as the website crashed within hours of business on February 21. “We will announce a date and time when people can apply and after a draw, those winning will be asked to buy the same online,” says Shetty.The World Cup final will be held at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, which can accommodate 33,000 spectators. During initial bookings, 4,000 tickets were made available for the public out of which 1,000 tickets can be purchased online and the remaining 3,000 are reserved for people who queue up at the stadium counters. The rest of the tickets have been distributed among clubs associated with the Mumbai Cricket Association and the ICC.advertisementlast_img read more

Afternoon Newswrap March 30

first_imgMuslim students beaten up for not chanting ‘Jai Mata Ki’A group of Muslim students were beaten up for not chanting the nationalist slogan ‘Jai Mata Ki’ in New Delhi’s Begumpur area. The assault has left one of the student’s arm broken.Pakistan is a very, very vital problem: Donald TrumpA nuclear-armed Pakistan is a “very very vital problem”, Republican presidential front- runner Donald Trump has said and asserted that the country needs to “get a hold of” its situation.ICC World T20: Shahid Afridi says sorry after Pakistan’s horror showPakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi has begged the nation for forgiveness after his team failed to qualify for the World Twenty20 semifinal and also losing to arch-rival India in a league game.Salman’s sister Arpita Khan and Ayush Sharma blessed with a son, AhilSalman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan Sharma and her husband Aayush Sharma were blessed with a son on Wednesday (March 30), who they have named Ahil. “Our Prince has arrived,” Arpita’s husband Aayush posted on Twitter, along with the link to an Instagram image. The image features a note which reads: “Our wait is over. Our little prince Ahil has arrived.”last_img read more

Ronaldo moving on – Alex Sandro

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is looking forward after he was sent off on his Champions League debut for Juventus, according to team-mate Alex Sandro.Ronaldo was dismissed in Juve’s 2-0 win at Valencia on Wednesday after tangling off the ball with Jeison Murillo, appearing to pull the centre-back’s hair.UEFA are yet to confirm the severity of Ronaldo’s punishment, with an extended ban potentially ruling the Portugal superstar out of a reunion with former club Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Despite Ronaldo being inconsolable as he left the Mestalla pitch following his red card, Alex Sandro feels his colleague is putting the incident behind him.”I see him motivated,” Alex Sandro said to Sky Sport Italia. “He has a lot of experience and he knows that what happened on Tuesday belongs to the past.”He is already looking forward, he came to help and brought quality to our group.”My understanding with him I’m learning to know him inside and outside the field. “I’m understanding his movements and how he likes to receive the ball. Slowly I will start to assist him.”Running towards #FrosinoneJuve! #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/GJAiZE55z9— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 21, 2018Ronaldo will have a chance to bounce back in Juve’s next game, away to Frosinone on Sunday.Although the Portugal captain has had an uneven start to life with the Serie A champions, Juan Cuadrado hailed Ronaldo’s impact.”The arrival of Cristiano certainly gave us something more,” Cuadrado told Juventus TV.”We know the player he is, but I think Juventus has always been well built.”Now maybe we are even stronger because some of us have been here for a long time and they know each other well and because they have become great champions.”We hope to go far in every competition.”last_img read more

Panasonic plans Rs 200 cr marketing spend for smartphone biz

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Japanese tech major Panasonic will pump in about Rs 200 crore this year towards marketing and promotion of its smartphones as it revs up competition with the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi and Lenovo in the booming Indian market.Panasonic, which is making a renewed attempt at capturing the Indian market, plans to launch as many as 28 devices this year in the Rs 6,000-Rs 20,000 price bracket.”We will spend Rs 200 crore this year towards various activities to promote our smartphone range. The initiatives will span across TV, print and other media,” Panasonic India Business Head, Mobility Division, Pankaj Rana told PTI.Panasonic has also roped in actor Taapsee Pannu as brand ambassador, along with Varun Dhawan, for the smartphone vertical.Players like Vivo and Oppo have pumped in millions of dollars towards branding and promotion of their smartphones. Vivo is the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League cricket as well as some other sporting events.Panasonic has been trying to make inroads into the hyper competitive Indian smartphone market but has not met with much success. The company recently ended its partnership with Jaina and is now pursuing the smartphone business on its own.”We have spent the last few months preparing for the launch. We will bring in the best products from our range for the Indian consumers,” he said.Panasonic is also betting on the smartphone business as a lever to push its portfolio of consumer durables.”We have a very strong consumer durables brand. We are targeting the youth with our smartphone range and are confident that they will also become customers of our other products like ACs and TVs,” Rana said.advertisementThe company has an intense focus on the offline retail market.”Of the 28 devices planned this year, about 20 are offline. The sales numbers in the offline market are significant and we are keen on tapping into that segment,” he said.Apart from large format retail stores and other distribution points, Panasonic will use its 250 exclusive retail counters (that sell its other products) to showcase its smartphones.India is one of the worlds fastest growing smartphone markets. Driven by increasing data consumption and falling data prices, a huge number of feature phone users are also migrating to smartphones and seek affordable devices.According to research firm IDC, 27 million smartphones were shipped to India in the January-March quarter of 2017. Samsung led the pack with 28.1 per cent share, while Xiaomi and Vivo had 14.2 per cent and 10.5 per cent share, respectively.Lenovo had 9.5 per cent, while Oppo had 9.3 per cent share in the said quarter.This year, Panasonic is hopeful of clocking Rs 2,000 crore revenues from its smartphone business, up from Rs 1,400 crore last year. PTI SR ADI JM SRKlast_img read more

US Wins Tense Presidents Cup

first_imgINCHEON, South Korea — Bill Haas delivered the winning point to his team and to his father Oct.11 in a Presidents Cup that ended with a familiar result amid tension not felt in years.The Americans won for the sixth straight time, 15 1/2-14 1/2, only this was one came down to the final match.And the emotion was never stronger — on both sides.U.S. captain Jay Haas made his son one of two wild-card selections, and he put him out in the last of 12 singles matches at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea against the local star, Bae Sang-moon, playing in his final event before he starts his mandatory military service in South Korea.Bae did everything he could to give the International team a chance by holing a 10-foot putt on the 16th to stay 1 down and nearly holing a bunker shot on the 17th for par to extend the match.Needing to win the par-5 18th to share the cup, Bae stubbed his chip short of the green. As the ball rolled back down the slope, Bae sank to his knees and covered his eyes as caddie Matt Minister consoled him.Haas blasted out of a bunker to 6 feet, and Bae conceded the birdie putt.Haas choked back emotion and then chided himself for doing so. “It’s just golf,” he said. Jay Haas couldn’t even get started before his voice cracked during a TV interview. He treated his son like one of the 12 Americans all week, but this moment suddenly turned special.“When we put him out 12th, I had no idea, obviously, that was going to happen,” the captain said. “But he played beautiful.”Haas wasn’t the only star.The biggest putt belonged to Chris Kirk, the only American who had never played in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup, especially because of the shocking turnaround in the match and in deciding who won the gold trophy.Kirk was all square with Anirban Lahiri of India, both just short of the 18th green. Kirk hit his pitch too hard and it went 15 feet by the cup, while Lahiri played his shot with perfect pace to 4 feet.Given the status of the other matches on the course, it looked like an International victory. But only briefly.Kirk, as stoic as they come on the PGA Tour, slammed his fist down when his putt took one last turn and dropped into the cup. It looked as though they would halve the match until Lahiri’s birdie putt hit the right side of the cup and spun out, and he let his putter fall over his back in disbelief.It was like that all day. Seven of the 12 matches went the distance.Branden Grace joined Shigeki Maruyama (1998) as the only International player to go 5-0 by easily beating Matt Kuchar. Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson each completed unbeaten weeks for the Americans, and Adam Scott got his putter going in the shortest match of the day, 6 and 5, over Rickie Fowler.The Americans never looked like they were going to lose for so much of the day. And when it looked like they were in trouble, it turned on two putts. The International team twice turned late deficits into victories on the 18th hole — Marc Leishman beat Jordan Spieth, and Hideki Matsuyama took down J.B. Holmes.There also were two key half-points.Louis Oosthuizen hit his approach to 12 feet for the only eagle on the 18th hole to halve with Patrick Reed. The biggest shot was Thongchai Jaidee, who hit into the water on the 18th hole and still halved the hole, and the match, when Bubba Watson missed a 5-foot putt.But the Americans, who started the day with a one-point lead, won the two matches that mattered.The International team still has only won the gold trophy one time, at Royal Melbourne in 1998, but a change to fewer matches (30 instead of 34) contributed to making this Presidents Cup the closest in 10 years.“I don’t think it could have got a whole lot more exciting than that,” International captain Nick Price. “I can’t tell you what it’s like to bring eight countries together, six different languages, different cultures. … They bonded, and I tell you what, I’m so proud.“Irrelevant of the outcome — we obviously would have loved to have won — we put on a show of golf this week.”(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dinesh Karthik rues dropped catches after KKR slump to 102-run defeat

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were absolutely decimated by Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Eden Gardens in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday slumping to 102-run loss and falling out of the top four in the points table.KKR captain Dinesh Karthik accepted that there were too many runs on the board and rued the dropped catches that eventually cost them the match.Evin Lewis was dropped by Kuldeep Yadav early on even though he was dismissed in just the next over. Nitish Rana dropped Rohit Sharma at just one run in the 12th over and that proved to be fatal as the captain went on to score 36 runs, hitting two boundaries and a six.”200 is always a big ask. We didn’t bat well enough. If we had held on to our catches, you never know. It was a good batting wicket,” Karthik said after the match.Also read – IPL 2018, KKR vs MI: Ishan Kishan lifts Mumbai to 4th on points tableKarthik admitted that the loss of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn within the powerplay pegged KKR back immensely as they were chasing a humungous total.”When you lose wickets in the powerplay, you are always playing catch up. We weren’t in the game after the powerplay,” Karthik added.Despite the huge loss and disappointment, Karthik asked his men to lift up their spirits and better their game. He said such losses can affect the team’s morale and here is exactly where he as a leader would like to come into play.advertisementSee Photos – IPL 2018, KKR vs MI: MI inflict 102-run loss on KKR”We just took it as a normal game. Chin up for the boys and keeping moving forward. We need to rise our skill levels and that is the most important thing. This kind of losses can put you down and that is where I as a leader need to stand up. Be honest about it. We need to believe and I have to make them believe we can make it to the playoffs,” Karthik concluded.Ishan Kishan proved to be the major difference between the two sides as the youngster smacked a 21-ball 62 to propel MI to 210/6.Also read – Shah Rukh Khan returns from Sonam Kapoor’s wedding to cheer for KKRMI were cautious and struggling early on and even lost their openers Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav cheaply. However, after a first-ball jitter, Kishan smashed every other ball to the ropes and batted life into the MI innings.In his 82-run partnership with captain Rohit Sharma, the latter’s contribution was a mere 20 runs as the 19-year-old on the other side of the pitch hit the balls away with utmost ease.At the death, a brilliant cameo of 24 off 9 deliveries by Ben Cutting set things up for MI brilliantly and from there, the bowlers took the initiative and silenced the Eden Gardens crowd.None of the KKR batsmen could hold on and play the required innings as regular wickets from MI meant Kolkata were chasing the game throughout.Two crucial runs outs of Chris Lynn and Karthik put MI in absolute control from where, KKR only played for a better Net Run Rate (NRR).However, others failed to step up when required and eventually KKR slipped to the fifth place while MI rose to the fourth spot in the points table.last_img read more

Liverpool announce signing of Colombian starlet

first_imgTransfers Liverpool announce signing of Colombian starlet Arroyo Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:37 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Anderson Arroyo Transfers Liverpool Premier League The Under-20 international, who is comfortable in possession and is a strong dribbler, will play in Spain in order to secure a work permit Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo, who has joined Real Mallorca on an 18-month loan deal.The teenager, recruited from Fortaleza CEIF in his home country, will remain with the Segunda B leaders until June 30, 2019 in an effort to earn a work permit.Equally adept on both flanks, the 18-year-old is an attacking full-back who has also functioned in wide midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arroyo, an Under-20 international, is comfortable in possession and is a strong dribbler. Quick and well-versed in link play, he is also defensively astute.The starlet had a trial stint at Mallorca in December and impressed manager Jose Galvez Estevez. He will train with the first-team, but represent their reserve side.Liverpool had agreed the deal with Fortaleza in January, with the player also showcasing his attributes at the Academy, but had to wait for the necessary paperwork before making an announcement. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ferrari unveil new car designed to end an era of Mercedes domination

first_img Reuters MaranelloFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 18:56 IST Ferrari presented the SF90 with plenty of fanfare at their Maranello factory (Photo tweeted by @ScuderiaFerrari)HIGHLIGHTSFerrari unveiled the Formula One car for the upcoming 2019 season on FridayFerrari last won a title more than a decade ago and finished runners-up last year”I think the team is on the right path and hopefully we can continue improving,” Sebastian Vettel saidFerrari turned a page on their recent past on Friday as they unveiled the Formula One car designed to end an era of Mercedes domination and shatter Lewis Hamilton’s dreams of a sixth championship this season.The sport’s oldest and most successful team, who last won a title more than a decade ago and finished runners-up last year, presented the SF90 with plenty of fanfare at their Maranello factory.”I’m looking forward to this year. I think the team is on the right path and hopefully we can continue improving,” four times world champion Sebastian Vettel, winner of five races in 2018, assured the audience.Newborn #SF90Discover all contents at https://t.co/bS2YGkBDkv#essereFerrari pic.twitter.com/FvzpUdWrGtScuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) February 15, 2019The German has a new teammate in Charles Leclerc, replacing 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen, and a new principal following the departure of Maurizio Arrivabene and appointment of Mattia Binotto.”I’m extremely excited to start this new adventure,” said Leclerc. “It’s a dream since childhood. I’ve always been looking at the red cars, hoping to be one day in this car, so it’s a very emotional day for me.”Ferrari chief executive Louis Camilleri said Raikkonen, now at Alfa Romeo, and Arrivabene would always be part of Ferrari’s history but made clear the team was entering a new era.Noting that Ferrari had enjoyed their best season in 10 years, he said they had still fallen short of their objectives in a setback that was “never easy to swallow.advertisement”I can assure you that we look ahead with strong commitment and determination,” he added.Camilleri said Vettel was as hungry as ever, and Leclerc a youngster with a great future.He hailed Binotto as a “team player, decisive, talented and determined to make a huge difference at all levels.””Despite all the obvious pressure that exists, the atmosphere in the team from top to bottom will be one in which serenity will prevail,” said Camilleri.”It is a precondition to a tightly-knit team where creativity, talent and transparency will flourish.”Ferrari were far from serene under Arrivabene, adopting something of a siege mentality with the media often shut out and insiders talking of a climate of fear at Maranello.Binotto said there were a lot of positives to take from 2018 but the new car was a step up.”We simply tried to raise the bar, raise the level, tried to be as extreme as we could,” he added. “Certainly we tried to push very hard, being innovative. The roll hoop is very narrow and very slim. The bodywork from the back, very slim.”In terms of engine installation, power unit installation, packaging, a lot of effort has been done and I think the final shape is the result of all these efforts.”Testing starts in Spain on Monday with the first race in Australia on March 17.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow FerrariFollow Formula OneFollow Sebastian VettelFollow Charles Leclerc Ferrari unveil new car designed to end an era of Mercedes dominationFerrari, Formula One’s oldest and most successful team, presented the SF90 with plenty of fanfare at their Maranello factory. Ferrari last won a title more than a decade ago and finished runners-up last season.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Mnuchin says markets negative reaction to Fed overblown

first_imgWASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the negative market reaction following the Federal Reserve’s rate hike this week was “completely overblown.”Mnuchin says the market overreacted, with computerized program trading taking over and driving stock prices down further. In a Fox Business interview Thursday, Mnuchin says that he believed markets were disappointed in Powell’s comments at a news conference following the meeting.The Fed boosted its key policy rate for a fourth time this year but lowered its projections for further rate hikes from three to just two. However, this failed to calm investors’ concerns that the central bank is not taking into account warning signs that the economy is slowing.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img

SecretaryGeneral journeys to San Francisco site of first overseas visit

“I’m very touched to be able to visit this place, my second home,” he told journalists following the meeting. “I stayed eight days in this home with love and affection.”Asked about her impression of Mr. Ban, Mrs. Patterson told the UN News Service, “He’s as sincere now as he was at 18.”As a teenager, Ban Ki-moon scored top points on a nationwide English-writing exam as part of the competitive process to win a coveted chance to go to the United States in a trip sponsored by the Red Cross.From his rural hometown of Eumseong in the North Chungcheong Province, Republic of Korea, the young Ban Ki-moon took an unpaved road to the capital, Seoul, where he was selected to participate in the Red Cross’ VISTA programme (Visit of International Students to America) which would take 41 students representing 25 countries to different cities throughout the United States.Writing about the trip in Junior Red Cross, a Korean-language publication, Mr. Ban said, “I was so excited I felt I could grab the stars from the sky, but also concerned about how I should present myself to this new world.” He reminded himself to be “careful not to prejudge” the people he would encounter along the way. The first stop was San Francisco, where the eager foreign student crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County’s town of Novato along Highway 101. The fog resting over the span “is still in my eyes” Mr. Ban wrote in describing his trip to meet the Patterson family, which would host him during his short stay in the western state.Having difficulty with English, Ban Ki-moon asked the family to speak more slowly. The shared communication that ensued would continue over the decades to come. Mr. Ban’s meeting today with Mrs. Patterson was not a reunion of long-lost friends; the two were together last in 2006 before he became Secretary-General, maintaining a relationship that has taken each to the other side of the Pacific Ocean over the years. The 1962 visit included what Mr. Ban called in his Junior Red Cross essay the “great honour to meet with President Kennedy.” Meeting the President in person would have been “unimaginable,” wrote Mr. Ban, who had only seen the US leader in pictures and on television.The President greeted a few students, and Mr. Ban thought of saluting him but did not because there was no time. “I wished that could have happened,” he wrote, “but in vain.” Although he did not make any formal gesture at the time, Mr. Ban “was inspired to pursue his diplomatic career” during the meeting, his spokesperson, Choi Soung-ah, told the UN News Service. 26 July 2007The United Nations Secretary-General today met in San Francisco with the woman who, in 1962, hosted the young Ban Ki-moon when he was a student on the first stop in what would eventually develop into a life of international travel as part of his diplomatic career. read more

Thompson brothers lead Oregon State past LBSU 7572

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Ethan Thompson had 18 points and seven rebounds, and brother Stephen Thompson Jr. added 17 points to help Oregon State hold off Long Beach State 75-72 on Sunday.Tres Tinkle, who entered second in the Pac-12 with a 21.8 scoring average, was held to two points on 1-of-5 shooting in the first half and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Oregon State (5-1). Gilgorije Rakocevic added 10 points and six boards.Ethan Thompson’s 3-pointer and back-to-back buckets by Tinkle gave the Beavers a 46-42 lead with 14:40 left to play. Stephen Thompson’s layup capped a 30-14 spurt and OSU had its first double-digit lead, 63-52, with 7:53 to play.A layup by KJ Byers pulled the 49ers within 69-67, but Ethan Thompson sank a jumper and Tinkle added two free throws to push the Beavers’ lead to six. Once again LBSU battled back, using Byers’ 3-point play and two free throws by Deishuan Booker to get within 73-72 with 34 seconds remaining. But Zach Reichle sank two free throws with 11 seconds to go and Booker and Jordan Griffin missed 3s in the final seconds.Edon Maxhuni scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half for Long Beach State (2-5). Maxhuni was 3 of 4 from 3-point range while the rest of his teammates made just 1 of 12 from distance. Byers finished with 13 points and six rebounds, Temidayo Yussuf added 10 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, and Jordan Robers scored 10.BIG PICTUREOregon State: The Beavers came in leading the Pac-12 in scoring defence at 61.2 points per game. They have held three opponents below 60 points this season after doing so in just 3 of 32 games last season. … OSU shot better from the floor with more rebounds and assists than their first five opponents this season.Long Beach State: Booker came in shooting 95.5 per cent at the free-throw line (42 of 44), fifth best in the nation. He has the top percentage among players with at least 30 attempts. The rest of his teammates, however, made just 50 of 93 at the foul line (54 per cent) through the first six games. Booker hit 5 of 6 from the foul line against OSU, while his teammates sank 13 of 19.UP NEXTOregon State: The Beavers return home to host Missouri State on Saturday.Long Beach State: The 49ers travel to Los Angeles to play Southern California on Wednesday.The Associated Press read more

Mens Basketball Ohio States future secured with NCAA Tournament bid

Head coach Chris Holtmann talks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinal, head coach Chris Holtmann was confident that his team’s body of work was representative of an NCAA Tournament team. He felt the same the day after, telling Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith he felt the Buckeyes were locked in as an 11 seed, maybe even a 10. Then Sunday rolled around. “As each hour passed today and I studied the numbers, I studied myself into absolute paranoia,” Holtmann said. “I just had to stop. Thank God we had practice.” For the first time in his coaching career, Holtmann experienced what leading a bubble team was really like. And on Sunday, sequestered in a room together as a team, experiencing the pressure of the unknown as a group, the unknown became known. Ohio State was an NCAA Tournament team. “All season long, we have been leaning on each other just throughout the struggles,” senior guard C.J. Jackson said. “Obviously this year has had its ups and downs and just to see our name pop up there is a bit of a sigh of relief.” For redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, Ohio State’s name popping up as an 11 seed set to play Iowa State in Tulsa, Oklahoma was validation that he made the right decision to join Holtmann for his final season. This was what came to mind for the second-year head coach when Ohio State’s future became secure, watching Woods achieve what he has wanted for his collegiate career. “Keyshawn, the reason he came here was to play in the NCAA Tournament,” Holtmann said. “It wasn’t me. He basically came here and said, ‘Hey, I’m putting my faith in you that I can get there.’” Woods echoed that sentiment, saying the NCAA Tournament was always on his mind when selecting a school to spend his last season. “It’s the whole reason why I chose to become a Buckeye,” Woods said. “The belief I had in the guys, C.J., coach Holtmann, the staff, it’s a great feeling, especially to see our name pop up there.” But Holtmann said, at the beginning of the season, what Woods strived for was no guarantee. He said the Buckeyes had to establish a new identity from the very start of the season. Even with that, playing well, finding the right players to mold into his scheme and game plan, Holtmann said a Tournament bid was not exactly expected. “I thought we would have to play well. I did,” Holtmann said. “I thought it was if we played well, I thought it would be very close.” Now that Ohio State has made the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row — Holtmann’s fifth-straight season dating back to his head coaching tenure at Butler — the approach is not one of appreciating the bid. Simply put, the Buckeyes want to show up. “I don’t think that was just our goal: just to make the Tournament. We are not here just to play one game in the Tournament,” Jackson said. “We are here to actually win some games and make a run. Not winning anymore games up to this point is not our approach and not what we are thinking.” Ohio State will begin that run against Iowa State, a team that had just won the Big 12 Championship Saturday against Kansas and had defeated six ranked opponents this season. Holtmann thought the Cyclones might be the No. 1 team of all the six seeds, saying they could have easily been a five seed. No matter Ohio State’s performance against the Cyclones in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Jackson will end his season in the big dance, in March Madness: where he wanted it to end. And as for the future, Jackson said that is not unknown. “I just think that that shows that Ohio State is back and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.” read more

Nokia gives a sneak preview of bendable phones

first_imgWe’re used to our smartphones and tablets getting upgraded processors, higher resolution screens, and better batteries. We’re accustomed to seeing their displays get larger, and their casing lighter and thinner. But what if you could one day add “more flexible” to that list? Nokia is investing in this future, with a vision of bendable phones on the market one day. You may have heard some of this before, but what’s new this time is that the company actually has some working demo models to show off at the Nokia World show.The demo hardware is being called the Nokia Kinetic Device. It isn’t just bendable, but its flexibility can actually be used to control various aspects of the interface. The concept model doesn’t appear to be on par with current high-end devices though, as its capabilities in the demo were mostly limited to scrolling through photos.Why would you want a bendable phone or tablet when your current inflexible one is doing just fine? Sturdiness is one advantage here. There will be no question about whether a flexible phone will survive a pavement drop. A collision with a hard surface isn’t likely to damage it much more than it would a banana, a shoe, or a piece of garden hose. The Nokia rep also suggested that you could actually run the device under a water faucet to clean it, without suffering any problems.The flexibility can also serve a means of user control. This particular concept model lets you zoom out of an image by bending the device back. Additionally, bending the upper left corner back can be used as a menu selector. This aspect of the device looks a little gimmicky to me in its current state, but it could be radically advanced by the time it hits market.Speaking of hitting the market, you won’t want to expect to get one of these into your hands anytime soon. The Nokia rep who was showing off the bendy-phone said “hopefully soon” when asked about availability, but added that manufacturing needs aren’t there yet. He also added that “of course the experience would have to be really superior.” In other words, this prototype has limited capabilities, so getting an advanced model to market could be years away.You can see the Nokia Kinetic Device in action in the two videos below: via CNET, IntoMobilelast_img read more

Kehlani Tove Lo Set To Headline 2018 Los Angeles Pride Festival

first_img Kehlani, Tove Lo To Headline L.A. Pride Festival kehlani-tove-lo-set-headline-2018-los-angeles-pride-festival News Kehlani, Tove Lo Set To Headline 2018 Los Angeles Pride Festival Facebook Twitter Email The singer/songwriters have earned top billing at one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations of the yearRenée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2018 – 11:29 am We’re still about three months out from the annual nationwide celebration of LGBTQ Pride, but lucky for us, we’re already getting some information on what we can expect from some of the country’s biggest celebrations.On March 12 the Los Angeles Pride Festival, which is produced by the nonprofit organization Christopher Street West, announced that singer/songwriters Kehlani and Tove Lo have top billing for the popular event on June 9–10. “Kehlani and Tove Lo are two of the most daring women in music today,” the festival’s programming lead, Gregory Alexander, told Billboard. “We’re excited to see how they lead the raw and authentic voice of this year’s festival.”Both artists will help celebrate this year’s Pride theme, #JustBe, “a deeply personal invitation for self-expression that, we hope, will empower members of the LGBTQ+ community — as well as our very important straight allies — to embrace, embody and express what Pride truly means to them in the rawest, most authentic ways possible,” said Christopher Street West board member Shayne Thomas.Tickets go on sale March 12 via the L.A. Pride Festival’s website.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

Tarique joins BNP nomination board on 4th day

first_imgNomination seekers enter the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman joined the nomination board using a telecommunication app as the party started interviewing its nomination seekers for the upcoming national elections for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday.The interview of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party nomination aspirants will conclude with today’s interview at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office, reports UNB.The party nomination board, comprising BNP standing committee members, started the interview with those who bought nomination forms for Mymensingh and Faridpur districts at 10:00am.The interview of the nomination seekers of Dhaka division will begin around 2:30pm.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamir Uddin Sircar, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Mahbubur Rahman and Mirza Abbas were present there in the nomination board.Though the authorities concerned blocked telecommunication application Skype on Monday the nomination seekers who faced interview said Tarique joined the board on Tuesday as previous days using another application.On Monday, BNP alleged that the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked telecommunication application Skype across the country.The move came after election commission secretary Helal Uddin remarked that the commission has “nothing to do” with Tarique Rahman’s involvement in the nomination processes of the party, the party added.last_img read more

UPDATE Supreme Court Declines To Take Up DACA Yet White House Says

first_imgThe March 5th deadlineThe Trump administration has not tried to block the injunctions that force it to continue operating the program. Though the March 5 date is now moot, Greisa Martinez, policy and advocacy director for United We Dream, said DACA supporters planned to demonstrate in Washington on that day.“Over 1,000 people will mobilize to Congress on March 5th because although you can apply to DACA based on the ruling, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have the protection of DACA,” Martínez said. The Supreme Court’s announcement Monday that it wouldn’t step in to the case now means the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will likely be the first appeals court to weigh in on the topic, the step before the case would return to the Supreme Court.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who joined other states in lawsuits to keep DACA in place, cheered the Supreme Court announcement Monday.“It’s a victory for all Dreamers, certainly a great victory for California,” Becerra said during a phone call with reporters. “It’s a victory for the rule of law and it’s a victory for our economy.”The Ninth Circuit has set no date to hear arguments but has given lawyers dates by which they must file briefs that run through April. Andrew Pincus, an attorney who represents more than 100 businesses that intervened in support of DACA, said June is probably the earliest that the court would rule.Trump on Monday didn’t seem to hold out much hope of winning at the Ninth Circuit, criticizing the liberal-leaning court by saying “nothing’s as bad as the Ninth Circuit.”“I mean, it’s really sad when every single case filed against us is in the 9th Circuit we lose, we lose, we lose and then we do fine in the Supreme Court,” he said.Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza Statement on DACA:The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the appeal of the decision requiring the federal government to keep DACA in place is good news for thousands of Houston-area families, students and teachers. We remain steadfast in our commitment to make sure every child, regardless of their immigration status, gets a high-quality education. Over the past several months, families have felt a great deal of anxiety and this court decision brings much-needed relief. We continue to support the dreams of our young people and their desire is to build a better life for themselves, their communities, and the nation as a whole. Share MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO / KUTThe U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services will have to accept applications of renewal for DACA after the Supreme Court decision, at least until the appeal process is over. In the image, a group of of people demonstrates for DACA in Texas.The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s highly unusual bid to bypass a federals appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.The announcement means the case affecting “Dreamers” will have to work its way through the lower courts before any Supreme Court ruling is possible. The case could also become moot if Congress takes action in the meantime. Right now, however, further congressional action is in doubt after the Senate stalemated on the issue two weeks ago.The Supreme Court’s decision for now to stay out of the case on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, wasn’t surprising. It’s highly unusual for the Supreme Court to hear a case before a lower appeals court has considered it.But DACA supporters hailed the decision as a significant — if only temporary — win. President Donald Trump said the case would now be heard by an appeals court and “we’ll see what happens from there.”“You know, we tried to get it moved quickly because we’d like to help DACA. I think everybody in this room wants to help with DACA,” he said to visiting governors. “But the Supreme Court just ruled that it has to go through the normal channels.”DACA has provided protection from deportation and work permits for about 800,000 young people who came to the U.S. as children and stayed illegally.In September, Trump argued that President Barack Obama had exceeded his executive powers when he created the program. Trump announced he was ending the program effective March 5 and gave lawmakers until then to come up with a legislative fix.But in recent weeks, federal judges in San Francisco and New York have made Trump’s deadline temporarily moot for people who have sought and been granted renewals; the rulings do not extend to people who are applying for the first time. Judges issued injunctions ordering the administration to keep DACA in place while courts consider legal challenges to Trump’s termination. As a result, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resumed accepting and processing DACA renewals in January, just as it had before Trump’s September announcement.last_img read more

Comcast Signs On as Movies Anywheres First PayTV Partner

first_imgComcast’s Xfinity Digital Store has joined digital movie-collection service Movies Anywhere, with the cable giant becoming its seventh digital retail partner — and first pay-television partner.For its October 2017 launch, Movies Anywhere partnered with four initial retailers: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Apple’s iTunes and Walmart’s Vudu. FandangoNow, Fandango’s FandangoNow on-demand video service came aboard this past March, and Microsoft Movies and TV joined in August.Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers are now able to synchronize their accounts with Movies Anywhere, combine eligible movie purchases from the Xfinity Digital Store with those from other Movies Anywhere digital retailers, and access them on Xfinity X1, the Xfinity Stream app and other Xfinity TV platforms. One year after its debut, Movies Anywhere, which is managed by Disney in partnership with four other studios, had signed up nearly 6 million registered users who had added more than 150 million purchased movies to their collections.For a limited time, Xfinity consumers who sync for the first time with one of the other participating Movies Anywhere digital retailers will receive a free digital copy of “Happy Feet,” a 2006 computer-animated musical family film with a domestic box office gross of nearly $200 million. Those who sync for the first time with two digital retailers also are eligible to receive digital copies of “The Martian” and “The Fate of the Furious.”“Comcast is one of the country’s leading pay-TV providers with a customer base that, like ours, consists of people who are passionate about the movies they love,” said Karin Gilford, general manager of Movies Anywhere. “We are thrilled to now include Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers among those who can benefit from Movies Anywhere’s ability to bring their favorite movies together in one place that can be accessed across a multitude of devices using the Movies Anywhere app and across Xfinity TV platforms.”“Xfinity X1 is the only platform that provides customers with seamless, integrated access to all of their entertainment choices within one user interface, whether that content is live, on demand, streamed, recorded, rented or owned,” said Daniel Spinosa, VP of entertainment services at Comcast Cable. “And by joining Movies Anywhere, Xfinity TV customers can now easily link their accounts across participating digital retailers and watch their consolidated digital library on X1, or anywhere in the country via the Xfinity Stream app and portal.”With the addition of Comcast to the Movies Anywhere lineup, Movies Anywhere collections owned by the cable company’s customers will be accessible for the first time directly on the TV through Xfinity On Demand, and on devices via the Xfinity Stream app and web portal. All Movies Anywheres users are also able to access their collections via the Movies Anywhere app and web portal on an array of additional platforms. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety One of the top digital retailers for new releases, the Xfinity Digital Store offers Xfinity TV customers the ability to purchase and access thousands of movies, many featuring enhanced extras.Movies Anywhere is backed by five Hollywood studios — Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including Focus Features, DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), the Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm) and Warner Bros.Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate are not part of the service, which also does not extend to television programming.Consumer spending on digital purchases of movies, TV shows and other filmed content rose 18% in the third quarter of this year compared with the same quarter in 2017, a significant uptick from the single-digit gains posted in prior years, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Media Play News.last_img read more

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