Did Steven Spielberg kill a dinosaur? Facebook users think so

first_imgAn image of filmmaker Steven Spielberg sitting besides a Triceratops dinosaur that was posted on Facebook as a joke has left many users furious as they thought he has actually hunted a dinosaur!The image, posted by Facebook user Jay Branscomb as a joke, shows the director on the set of 1993-hit “Jurassic Park” with a mechanical dinosaur.The caption reads: “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.”The image, posted by Facebook user Jay Branscomb as a joke, shows the director on the set of 1993-hit Jurassic Park with a mechanical dinosaur.This has led to a barrage of comments from over 33,000 Facebook users so far – apparently unaware that dinosaurs no longer exist – criticising Spielberg for the cruelty, media reports said.Some branded Spielberg an “animal killer” and decided not to watch his movies again!”I did not know that Steven Spielberg is a dinosaur hunter. I am not only outraged, but disgusted!!” posted Andrea O’Donnell Koran.”This is no sport!!” added Omega McCracken.”Seriously, those poor Triceratops. If we do not stop this, they are gonna become extinct,” one user posted.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova withdraws from Stanford Classic with injury

first_imgMaria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Stanford Classic ahead of her second round match on Wednesday due to soreness in her left arm, the former world number one said.Sharapova, who was competing as a wildcard in her fourth tournament back after a 15-month doping ban, said she started to feel pain in her forearm late during her first-round win over American Jennifer Brady on Monday.”After yesterday’s scan, the doctor has recommended I don’t risk further injury,” Sharapova, who was awarded a wildcard to compete this week in California, said in a statement on the tournament’s website.”Monday night’s crowd was so special and I wish I could continue playing but I have to make a preventative decision.”Sharapova, playing her first match in the United States since 2015, was made to work against world number 80 Brady, needing two hours to secure the 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 win.Her early exit means Ukrainian seventh seed Lesia Tsurenko advances to the third round by walkover.It marks the second time in three months that the five-times grand slam champion’s comeback has been interrupted by injury as she also retired from her second round match at the Italian Open in mid-May after injuring her left thigh.Sharapova, banned after testing positive for heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has had mixed results since re-joining the WTA Tour.The 30-year-old Russian reached the semi-finals as a wildcard in Stuttgart but fell in the second round at Madrid to Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard who days earlier had labelled the Russian a “cheater.”advertisementlast_img read more

I was dejected when we missed the last edition of AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri

first_imgSunil Chhetri conceded that he was heartbroken when India did not qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia because he feels it is very important for India to make it to big tournaments and regularly play against the top guns in Asia.India qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup UAE by topping the third round Group A, which consisted of Kyrgystan, Myanmar and Macau after Asian Football Confederation (AFC) decided to increase the number of finalists from 16 to 24. The best result India have had in the Asian Cup has been a runners-up finish in 1964.Chhetri said playing against the big Asian teams brings a lot of experience and if India do well, people take notice of that.”I was really dejected when we missed out on the last edition,” Chhetri said of the 2015 tournament in Australia.”I think it’s very, very important for a country like us to keep qualifying for this big tournament, because that tells you where you are and if you’re doing well.”It also gives you a chance to rub shoulders with the biggest teams in Asia. If you do well, other teams take notice of you,” Chhetri told FIFA.com.Chhetri felt India had done well against their neighbours but they had to stretch themselves by going against tougher opponents.”It’s very, very important for us to keep playing against the big giants the UAEs, the Australias, the Korea Republics,” Chhetri said.”It’s one thing to do well against your neighbours, and without demeaning any one of them, it’s a different thing when you go out and play the giants of Asia.”advertisementIndia, managed by English coach Stephen Constantine, are in Group A alongside hosts United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Thailand for the January 5 to Febuary 1 tournament and Chhetri is under no illusions about the task facing them.#AsianCup2019 team bus slogans for Group A: pic.twitter.com/n3ohncKBin#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) December 11, 2018″Without putting ourselves down, when you’re India and you qualify for the Asian Cup any team that you face are going to be difficult,” said Chhetri, India’s record scorer with 65 goals and their most experienced player with 103 caps.”In UAE and Thailand we have two teams who are very, very technically gifted. I think even Bahrain are going to be very physical.”I’m just looking at it as one game at a time. I don’t think we will be thinking about the mathematics of the group from the moment go.”Constantine has announced the probables for the Asian Cup preparatory camp and apart from a couple of fresh names, the rest are mostly the same who the coach chose for friendly matches against China and Oman.Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh, Arindam BhattacharyaDefenders: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Lalruatthara, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Narayan DasMidfielders: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Jacki C Singh, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Rowllin Borges, Sahal Abdul, German P Singh, Komal Thatal, Bikash Jairu, Ashique Kuruniyan, Halicharan Narzary, Lallianzuala ChhangteForwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Sunil Chhetri’s plea to Indian fans marked as Golden Tweet by Twitter IndiaAlso Read | India to play friendly against Oman on December 27 for Asian Cup preparationAlso See:last_img read more

MS Dhoni comes home to Ranchi for India vs Australia 3rd ODI

first_imgFans welcomed hometown boy MS Dhoni on Wednesday as the Indian cricket team arrived at the Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi. India are slated to Australia in the 3rd ODI of the five-match series at the Jharkhand States Cricket Association International Cricket Stadium on Friday.Dhoni has played a total of three ODIs at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi, in which India have won one, lost one and rain washed the third match. Personally, Dhoni has batted only twice in Ranchi in which he has scored 10 not out (vs England on October 23 of 2013) and 11 (vs New Zealand on October 26 of 2016). In terms of wicket-keeping on his home turf, Dhoni has three catches and a stumping in Ranchi.India are coming into the third one-day international with a 2-0 lead, having won the first match by 6 wickets (in Bengaluru) and the second by 8 runs (in Nagpur).Ranchi – Look who’s here – @msdhoni #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/yH9vPG6vQYBCCI (@BCCI) March 6, 2019In the second ODI against Australia, Dhoni did not have a good outing with the bat as he was sent back to the pavilion for a duck, the 10th instance in his glorious career. In the first ODI however, Dhoni had scored an unbeaten 59 to inspire an Indian victory.Therer was also a funny incident in the second ODI between India and Australia, where Dhoni was chased around the stadium before the start of the Australian innings.Dhoni has already collected 301 runs from just eight matches at a staggering average of 100.33 in the ongoing season ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup. Overall, Dhoni has played 340 ODIs and scored more than 10,000 runs at an average of just under 51.advertisementDhoni also recently joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in an elite list of Indian batsmen to have scored over 13000 runs in List A cricket.In the 1st ODI, Dhoni had also become the most prolific six-hitter for India in one-day internationals as he hit his 216th ODI six to overtake Rohit Sharma.Also Read | Finisher MS Dhoni best suited in lower middle order, says Suresh RainaAlso Read | Your future is as bright as your faith: Ravi Shastri after India’s 500th ODI winlast_img read more

Watch: Chris Carson Scores First TD, Jumps OVER 6’0 Cornerback

first_imgChris Carson jumps over a 6’0 cornerback. pic.twitter.com/3lJk6gkCWp— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015AdChoices广告Here’s the TD, by the way.Chris Carson’s first TD as an #okstate Cowboy. pic.twitter.com/jNTf9AzOO6— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015 Not kidding. Chris Carson leaped a defender standing straight up and down. And he landed it. My goodness.WHAT WAS THAAAAAAT#okstate pic.twitter.com/NKZFaHuhIE— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 13, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Richard Scudamore’s £5m tip might blow over but resentment will linger

first_imgShare via Email Reuse this content Executive pay and bonuses Premier League comment Share on WhatsApp As my colleague Paul Wilson noted a couple of weeks ago, it is not the amount involved – though that is clearly significant – but the apparent failure to understand the public impression that being so blase about it gives. Or not caring. Do chairmen not realise that people collect for food banks outside their games? Perhaps not, given such inconveniences are naturally kept well away from the VIP entrances.Yet there are signs that fan fury about the Scudamore whip-round is getting dimly through to some of the chairmen, who are duly getting what I imagine they’d call “out in front of the story”. For last Saturday’s game against Leicester at the Amex, Brighton & Hove Albion’s chief executive, Paul Barber, wrote a veritable essay about it in his programme notes, in which his sighs at the misrepresentation of the £5m payment are almost audible. Richard Scudamore will accept £5m departure bonus from Premier League Read more Share on Messenger David Conn Share on Facebook And what a truly warming vignette of modern football it must have been, to sit down in your hyperinflation-adjusted seat, with your match programme, and open it to discover that a man whose wages you contribute to is lecturing you on the subtleties of the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee. “This is an entirely normal contractual agreement for very senior and highly sought after executives,” huffs Barber of the Scudamore golden handshake, in comments reproduced in the Brighton Argus, “and it has been designed by the Premier League’s board to protect the league’s commercial interests and those of it’s shareholders – including our club!”Paul? Take your jaunty little exclamation mark and do one, there’s a good chap. As the Football Supporters’ Federation put it when the initial news broke: “It appears clubs can stick their hands down the back of the sofa and find £250,000 at a moment’s notice. Fans strongly oppose the ‘golden handshake’ [paid to Scudamore] and we urge clubs not to make a decision which is hugely unpopular with supporters.”The clubs have made the decision to fork out, of course, even as their own fans continue to make their displeasure very clear. It’s the way of the league that Scudamore built. But the mistake is to think that these things blow over. They may appear to, or to be supplanted by other dramas – but in fact they simply add another resentment to the pile.There is no question that Richard Scudamore built an extraordinary global powerhouse – there is only a question as to what cost it came at. As he pockets this extra £5m, no doubt he will shrug off the ungrateful fans too foolish or benighted to understand what he has done for them.Yet my suspicion is that the more telling ignorance is the other way round. Scudamore will go goldenly into his retirement refusing to accept it. But he will be remembered as the guiding spirit of an era in which people talk more angrily, more cynically and more resentfully about football than ever before.center_img Richard Scudamore Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter A friend once stepped aboard a super-yacht hired by a super-rich, and asked far more questions about how much it cost than I assume is regarded as polite. Naturally, such things are bogglingly, unimaginably expensive to rent – but it was amusing to hear that the tip is also mandatory. In the case of this boat, the tip was £38,000 per week.I was reminded of this as the Premier League clubs voted to thank outgoing chief executive Richard Scudamore for his service earlier this month, in the form of what amounts to a tip of £250,000. Each. So a round £5m for a man who has been in post for almost 20 years, and who last year took home just the £2.5m salary and undisclosed bonuses. Richard Scudamore’s £5m reflects greedy and ruthless Premier League Football politics Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Initial reports about the proposal suggested Premier League clubs were “stunned” by this request for a whip-round from Scudamore’s friend, the Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck. (Incidentally, if you need help getting this chumocracy in order, Bruce shoots with Richard. Furthermore, their shooting parties reportedly also frequently include former Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe and former Manchester United and Chelsea Village idiot Peter Kenyon. To which the only reasonable response is: paging Dick Cheney. Or the late Willie Whitelaw; I’m not fussy.)Anyway, perhaps the clubs were literally stunned, as they seem to have ended up being mugged for the donation after all. And that, somewhat stunningly, seems to be that. I am sure that Scudamore and the generous club chairmen will be delighted that the storm over the news has since been supplanted by stories about mid-Mesozoic PFA chairman Gordon Taylor OBE. Some confected row or other over the Sports Personality of the Year award might reasonably be expected to take care of much of December, meaning that Scudamore will be home and dry by the time he steps down next month, and this latest piece of big-bucks grotesquery will be conveniently forgotten. Or will it? I do hope not. This remains a scandal that upsets supporters of even the very richest clubs, and one that it is encouraging to see fans now dipping into their own pockets to return to, even after the news caravan has moved on. You’ve heard of straight-to-DVD. The £5m Scudamore tip turns out to be a decision that is straight-to-bedsheet. Or rather, straight-to-professionally-printed banners.Last Saturday at Watford v Liverpool, multiple banners were held aloft by travelling fans at Vicarage Road, where Scudamore was said to be in attendance. “11,662 Premier League season tickets,” read one. “56,180 weekly shops for food banks,” read another. “Scudamore’s £5,000,000,” ran the next. And the Premier League lion logo next to the word “Greed” finished off the display. Read morelast_img read more

AUSTOUCH KICKS OFF FOR TOUCHWEST

first_imgTouch football for kids aged 8-18 years in Western Australia is about to take off in a new, fun and friendly way under an initiative known as AusTouch. AusTouch is being seen as a change from the traditional junior development strategies and one that will hopefully provide a clear path to bring young players from informal schoolyard games into registered participation with touch football clubs. It will provide an additional avenue to expose potential players to participation outside the school-based competition, developing skill and social interaction abilities at the community level. TouchWest are leading the way in taking up the program and they believe that the introduction of AusTouch will ensure their continued growth and expansion into the future. The first AusTouch program in WA will take place at Perth club affiliate Southern Districts. It will run over 6 weeks, beginning with a registration day in late February before qualified instructors will run weekly sessions throughout March and early April. TouchWest have spent a significant amount of time and effort in recent months working to introduce the program. Their lead-up work has included identification of suitable AusTouch leaders, sending information letters to schools in the area of Southern Districts Touch Football Club promoting AusTouch and offering them free coaching clinics. 11 people attended an AusTouch Leadership training course on February 8th, including Southern Districts Club Administrators and members, as well as people from various other TouchWest clubs. Those attending from other clubs are keen to not only help Southern Districts establish AusTouch, but are also enthusiastic about commencing the program within their own club. Following the interest and excitement that has been generated in recent weeks and at the Leadership training day, another leadership course is being planned for the next few weeks. Matt Bamford, the State Development and Technical Officer, believes it is fortunate for touch in WA that their clubs are so open to new initiatives. He believes that there is no doubt their enthusiasm for AusTouch to be a success makes it a great deal easier for all the planning to come together. Mr Bamford highlights that the AusTouch session plans are easy to follow, that they keep in mind it is about the kids having fun and not purely about the technical aspects of skills. After all, if the kids enjoy themselves, in the years to come they will still be around to hear about the technical stuff when they’re ready for it. Further information on the AusTouch program can be found on ATA’s website or by contacting: Megan Currie- National AusTouch Co-ordinator. Email : technical@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

14 days agoEverton standing by Marco Silva

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton standing by Marco Silvaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton do not plan on sacking Marco Silva at this stage of the season, according to reports.The Portuguese is under immense pressure with the Toffees sitting second bottom after eight games.The Toffees have failed to register a point since their 3-2 win over Wolves on September 1.Silva was booed by a section of the away support after last weekend’s loss to Burnley.But Sky Sports says the club have no plans to part ways with the former Watford man. last_img read more

Justin Fields Officially Announces He’s Headed To Ohio State

first_imgJustin Fields throws a pass for Georgia.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Friday morning, multiple publications reported that former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields was transferring to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday night, Fields made the news official.Fields, a former five-star quarterback, will be headed to Columbus for the spring semester. If he’s able to obtain a hardship waiver from the NCAA, he’ll immediately enter the race to be the Buckeyes’ next starting signal-caller.Fields announced the news on his Twitter account. Here’s what he had to say:“To the college football community and, in particular, the wonderful UGA fans who’ve been so supportive of me this past year:My time at the University of Georgia has given me the opportunity to refine my skills under great coaches and to play with incredibly talented teammates who’ve become like brothers to me. I appreciate what Coach Smart and the UGA football coaching staff have done to help me progress as a quarterback and for their patience and understanding while I thoughtfully considered my future as a student-athlete.I’ve decided to transfer to Ohio State University, where I will continue to pursue my undergraduate degree and play football for the Buckeyes.I’ll miss my teammates more than they’ll ever know, and I wish them all the best as they get ready for another great season. I hope the bonds we’ve developed this past year will never be broken by where we choose to play football or where we end up after college.I will not be doing interviews or making any further comments and would ask that any questions regarding my transfer be directed to (Jerry Emig).”Here’s the tweet:Jeremiah 29:11… pic.twitter.com/7Z3j90Q305— Justin Fields (@justnfields) January 5, 2019With Dwayne Haskins likely turning pro, Tate Martell was set to become the program’s starting quarterback in 2019. That could change with Fields now in the mix.last_img read more

Jamaicans Encouraged to Serve on Boards of Public Bodies

first_imgPrime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging well-thinking Jamaicans who are keen on volunteering their services in the public’s interest, particularly on the Boards of Public Bodies, to offer themselves for consideration.“If you are of high integrity (and)… competence, and you have that willingness to serve, the Government wants your help,” he said.The Prime Minister was addressing the management and staff of State refinery, Petrojam, during a meeting at the entity, located on Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston, on Friday (July 13).His remarks came against the background of recent developments regarding the management of Petrojam’s operations, which have resulted in administrative restructuring and an impending strategic review of the entity.Noting that public service is among the “highest callings” to which any Jamaican can aspire, Mr. Holness said persons who are so interested should not be deterred by recent developments at Petrojam.“People who put themselves up voluntarily to serve the public interest, come under significant public scrutiny… and what has been happening in the last few weeks, certainly, would cause people to want to revisit whether or not they should give public service,” he pointed.Mr. Holness argued, however, that “the experience of (those) events has created a greater understanding and interest in how public bodies are run.”“That is why we are putting in place a new policy as to how Board Chairmen and members for Public Bodies are to be selected. Let us use this opportunity to transform how our country is governed,” he added.The Prime Minister also used the opportunity to thank Petrojam’s new Chairman, Paul Hoo, and Board members, for offering their services.“They have volunteered and I am particularly grateful and I want to publicly say thanks (to them) for agreeing to serve,” Mr Holness said.last_img read more

Bringin It Home Tour Opens in Sherbrooke

first_imgEast Coast Music Award winners John Campbelljohn and Dave Gunningwill present an eclectic evening of acoustic blues/roots music asthe Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia (MIANS) begins itsBringin’ it Home Tour on Thursday, April 15 at 8 p.m. at theSherbrooke Courthouse. The courthouse in Sherbrooke Village is one of three locationsfor the launch of the three-weekend tour. Opening night concertswill also take place in Tatamagouche, featuring Ardyth & Jenniferand Blou, and in Lunenburg, featuring Slowcoaster and PeterAllen. The Bringin’ It Home Tour will include performances by 18different acts in 27 different venues across the province. The tour marks the first Sherbrooke appearance for Mr.Campbelljohn whose slide guitar work and songwriting have earnedhim acclaim from Canada’s Maple Blues Awards. He has alsoappeared at Stanfest and on the festival circuit in Germany. Pictou’s Dave Gunning was named roots traditional artist of theyear by MIANS in 2003 and filmed his popular video Here She ComesA Runnin’ at Sherbrooke Village. The lineup for the 2004 Courthouse Concert Series will also beunveiled Thursday at the concert. Tickets for the Bringin’ it Home Tour event at the courthouse are$12 and are on sale at the Sherbrooke Village administrationoffice. Call 902-522-2400 or 1-888-743-7845 for more information. The Sherbrooke Concert is co-sponsored by MIANS and the HistoricSherbrooke Village Development Society.last_img read more

Mildred Eva Maki

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Mens Basketball Ohio State to step up after Muhammads injury

Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) runs the ball down the court during the second half of the game against UNC Pembroke on Nov. 1. Ohio State won 81-63. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorNo. 16 Ohio State suffered another loss in its 72-62 loss to Syracuse on Wednesday night. Late in the second half, freshman guard Luther Muhammad took a hard fall and was escorted off the court with the help of the training staff. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said after the game that Muhammad had suffered a shoulder dislocation. The head coach said Tuesday that he is out indefinitely and there is no timetable for his return, saying he is doubtful for the Big Ten opener against Minnesota on Sunday. “It is a significant impact, but we’ve got confidence in the next guys in the rotation being able to step up in his absence,” Holtmann said. The head coach was not sure who would take Muhammad’s place in the starting lineup, saying he is thinking about how different lineups gel together, how specific players compliment each other when on the floor together. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson said the loss of Muhammad is big because of his defensive ability, but the different guards on the roster are ready. “Everybody is going to be ready like I always talk about. Everybody’s been ready since June,” Wesson said. “Losing him is huge because he is one of our better defenders … so he’s a loss, but we are going to have experience coming off the bench.” But Holtmann’s first thought was not who would replace Muhammad in the starting lineup. It was on senior guard C.J. Jackson, a player who the head coach expects to step up in a major way defensively. “C.J. Jackson has to defend better than what he has through this part of the season,” Holtmann said. “He’s more capable of that than what he has shown and I think having Luther alongside him has allowed him to maybe be a little bit looser in that area. So we are going to need more because he is capable of it.”  Holtmann said he did have two guards in mind when it comes to taking more of a major role in the absence of Muhammad: redshirt senior Keyshawn Woods and freshman Duane Washington Jr. Through the first seven games of the season, both Woods and Washington have contributed consistent minutes off the bench, with the redshirt senior averaging eight points per game, shooting 45.7 percent from the floor with a team-leading 22 assists. Washington, in his first season on the team, is leading the team in 3-point shooting, connecting on 13 of 29 attempts from deep. The 13 made 3s is also tied for the team lead.Washington said he was prepared for an increased role, earning “starter’s minutes” as Holtmann said in the near future. “I’ll be ready for whatever coach needs me to do,” Washington said. “That’s what we practice every day for, that’s what workouts are for. Whatever he needs me to do, I’ll be there for it.” But Muhammad’s absence is not only about his defensive ability. Washington said Muhammad brings an emotion and a passion to the game, an energy that is not seen in every program around the country. The freshman guard said he saw it in Muhammad’s defense, clapping on defense, finding his way to the team’s best offensive player. Holtmann did not know how Muhammad’s injury would affect the spirit of the team moving forward. At this point, that was not his main focus. “Our first concern in all this is Luther’s health. It’s not by any stretch career damaging or anything along those lines,” Holtmann said. “It’s a significant injury that will need time to heal. How it affects the life of our team, I’m interested to see.” But in his absence, Washington sees himself becoming that emotional leader for Ohio State. “I definitely feel like I can help with that missing piece for however long he will be gone,” Washington said. “Hopefully he will be back soon, but most definitely.” Wesson said this was something he saw in Washington from the first time he visited Ohio State. The sophomore forward said the team was “dog tired” when Washington came, having an open gym for him and another recruit after already having a team workout and a lift. But Washington was different than other recruits, according to Wesson. “He was just like ‘pick it up.’ He was telling us ‘pick it up. Let’s play for real. I’m not trying to play if you are not playing for real.’ And we were just sitting there looking at him like, ‘This young guy don’t know what it is to play ours yet. What?’” Wesson said. “Ever since then, I just knew he’s intense, he wants to do this, he wants to be better, he wants to be great.” Washington said he used that open gym to test himself, to see of he is build to play at the college level, to play at Ohio State. With the loss of Muhammad, Washington and the rest of the roster will have to bring that energy, to “pick it up” in his absence. read more

Loadscan continues to expand in mining market

first_imgLast year, 2016, was the first year Loadscan with its Load Volume Scanner (LVS) entered the European market with sales in Germany as well as Switzerland and to RWE, the largest coal mine operator in Europe. There was also continued expansion into Australian underground mines, as well as the first full 24-hour trailer mounted solar system installed in Senegal, Africa.Loadscan started from humble beginnings when, in 1998, the first Load Volume Scanner (LVS) was developed by Wayne West in New Zealand. Initially named Tally Clerk, West wanted to solve the problem of accurately counting truckloads of materials. He developed a prototype unit which was extensively trialled at an Auckland site during the construction season, monitoring the movement of 150,000 m3 of fill material from the site in truck and trailer units. In 1999, Tally Clerk was first certified in New Zealand.Following some initial success in New Zealand, in 2006, West employed the engineer who helped develop the original product and they continued refining it and working towards trade approval in Australia. A total of eight LVS units was sold in New Zealand in 2007, this time including quarrying customers, with a further four units heading to Australia to be used in the civil construction industry. The year 2009 brought the first sale into the USA. The same year Loadscan also started working with the National Institute of Weights and Measures (NMI) in Australia to gain approval to use the LVS for trade purposes in Australia. Metrological testing was completed on the LVS components, accuracy testing was done with the NMI in New Zealand.Trade approval was gained in Australia in 2010 and in 2012 Carey West, son of the late Wayne West, took over the company and rebranded to Loadscan. Carey used to work in the construction industry in Hamilton while his father was developing the original scanning machine, and was well positioned to see what improvements could be made to the product. By 2013, Loadscan was exporting to Canada, Mexico, Mongolia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Senegal, Zambia the Philippines and Indonesia. He took the LVS system to the next level in 2014 by introducing a portable, semi-portable and fixed gantry models to best suit the customer’s application as well as extending the range of measurable load materials and truck types. LVS devices are now successfully operated on a full spectrum of truck and trailer designs including on-road truck and trailers, semi-trailers and centre-dumpers, as well as off-road articulated dumpers and quarry trucks.Loadscan continued exporting to Mongolia, Russia, Canada and the USA with Odod Gold being the first to purchase four portable LVS units and added additional ones later that year. A big breakthrough in 2015 saw Loadscan re-entering the Australian market with Fulton Hogan. The well-known construction company needed an accurate load management solution and purchased custom mount units to install into underground mines in New South Wales.last_img read more

The 16 absolute greatest Christmas jumpers of 2013

first_imgIT’S DECEMBER, AND you may have noticed an increase in the number of people sporting eyeball-melting knitwear.If not, then it’s coming soon. We have scoured the internet to find the absolute greatest Christmas jumpers available in 2013. The source of each is underneath the image.BRACE YOURSELF FOR FESTIVITYARAMA.16. This Home Alone masterpiece Source: Selfridges15. This Metallica magnum opus Source: Metallica.com14. This Die Hard tour de force Source: Etsy13. This cat-based meisterwerk Source: MyUglyChristmasSweater.com12. This He-Man grand slam Source: 80stees.com11. This National Lampoon beauty Source: Etsy10. This monument to friendship Source: Etsy9. This Breaking Bad piece of perfection Source: Breaking Christmas8. This beautifully crafted tribute to Ralphie from Christmas Story Source: Etsy7. This outstanding craftwork with springy Santa hat boobs6. This simple yet effective National Lampoon symbol Source: CafePress5. This Grumpy Cat showpiece Source: Etsy4. This Jurassic Park stroke of genius Source: Alcopop3. This Mean Girls triumph of design Source: Skreened2. This Miley Cyrus treasure Source: Etsy1. And the official Late Late Toy Show Christmas jumper Source: FunkyChristmasJumpers.comAs worn by Ryan Tubridy AND 11-year-old Fergal Smith from Cavan. Source: Andres PovedaNow, go forth and be festive!This year’s must-have Christmas tree decoration>Which of the 9 types of advent calendar opener are you?>last_img read more

Port of Vancouver seeks Terminal 1 development proposals

first_imgSome day, the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 on the Columbia River may be every bit as fancy, parklike and mixed-use as its neighbor, The Waterfront Vancouver.El Gaucho-style fancy?That remains to be seen. Vancouver does not land a premier steakhouse every day, as it was announced Monday by the Hotel Indigo waterfront developers, now does it?But on Tuesday, the port took an important step toward securing its own riverfront renaissance, announcing it is seeking proposals from development firms interested in designing, permitting, constructing and managing a mixed-used development on a portion of the port’s 10-acre site on the river.The available property, the port said in a news release, includes two blocks on the north side of Columbia Way between the riverfront and downtown Vancouver — approximately 2 acres. The concept and vision for a mixed-use development at this property, which is in the city’s Downtown-South/Waterfront Opportunity Zone, includes office, residential, ground-floor retail and parking.“Our request for qualifications is an important step toward reinventing this remarkable waterfront property as the premier gateway to Washington state and the connection to all our community has to offer, from public trails and historic sites to distinctive shopping and restaurants,” Mike Schiller, port director of business development, said in the news release. “Terminal 1, and specifically the mixed-use development, will be vital to the ongoing revitalization of the Columbia River waterfront.”last_img read more

State OKs Flint Hills Refinery Cleanup Plan

first_imgState officials have approved a plan proposed by Flint Hills Resources-Alaska to continue an ongoing cleanup of sulfolane and other contaminants that have leaked from its North Pole refinery since the 1970s. The agreement may help improve the chances of Flint Hills eventually selling the refinery, which it closed in May.Download AudioOfficials with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Law announced Monday that they’d approved Flint Hills’ cleanup plan for the refinery property only. The plan does not include any cleanup outside of the refinery property line.The cleanup plan announced Monday requires Flint Hills Resources-Alaska, and potential future owners of its North Pole refinery, to continue remediating and removing contaminants from the facility. (Credit KUAC file photo)Kristin Ryan is the head of DEC’s Spill Prevention and Response Division, and she says the agreement essentially states that Flint Hills should continue to do what it’s been doing for about three years now.“It’s basically our agreement that the activities that what they are doing on-site is the right thing to do,” Ryan said.Flint Hills has been testing methods to cleanup sulfolane soon after the company announced in 2009 that it had discovered the sulfolane in groundwater outside of the refinery property. Sulfolane is an industrial solvent used in oil refining. It leaked from the refinery for years before Flint Hills bought it in 2004.The company also began providing drinking water to North Pole-area residents. And it took the refinery’s previous owner and the state to court to make the case that they share liability for the contamination.Ryan says in addition to sulfolane, Flint Hills will continue cleaning up other on-site contaminants such as benzene that have leaked from the refinery since at least the late 1970s.“It’s not just sulfolane,” she said. “In fact, a lot of the on-site recovery systems are in place to capture the benzene and the other gasoline-related spills that have happened over the years. Which is unfortunately pretty common for a refinery back in the days when they perhaps weren’t quite as careful.”Flint Hills spokesman Jeff Cook says the state’s adoption of the plan is an important step toward continuing the cleanup – and, company officials hope, eventual sale of the facility.“It is a critical step in detailing what’s expected of us, and allowing us to reposition ourselves for sale to a third party. And to continue our operation,” Cook said.Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says he’s encouraged that Flint Hills and the state have agreed to an on-site cleanup plan.“It’s a step,” he said.A step toward helping Flint Hills sell the refinery and getting it back up and running – and restoring some of the 90 jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues that the borough and North Pole have lost due to the closure.Hopkins says he looking forward to the state moving ahead on a cleanup plan for the whole area affected by the contamination. The plume of sulfolane in the groundwater has now grown to about 3 miles long, 2-and-a-half miles wide and 300 feet deep – one of the largest contamination plumes in the state.“Any of the other actions for the large plume that out in North Pole and the borough area – many residents have that plume under their property – so we’ll have to wait and see some of the outcomes are that are offered for that,” he said.The big cleanup have to wait until after DEC Commissioner Larry Hartig issues his decision expected by the end of the year on whether to set a stringent sulfolane-cleanup level, as recommended by DEC staff, or a lesser cleanup level, favored by Flint Hills.last_img read more

Army detain 7 DB men with ransom money

first_imgA team of Bangladesh Army has detained seven members of Detective Branch of police, accused of collecting ransom after kidnapping a businessman in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.The army detained the detectives with Tk 1.7 million cash on Wednesday morning.Major Nazim Ahmed of Sabrang Relief Centre at Teknaf led the army team that detained the DB men.Major Nazim said the DB team abducted businessman Abdul Gafur from Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday and demanded Tk 5 million as ransom.His family members in the end agreed to pay Tk 1.7 million for his release. After receiving the money, the detectives freed him in Marine Drive area of Cox’s Bazar.Informed by the victim’s family, the army team halted a DB police’s vehicle at an army check-post in Lambari area of the Cox’s Bazar Marine Drive.Maj Nazim said a sub-inspector managed to flee the scene, but others were caught red-handed.The detectives were taken to Sabrang army camp in the early hours of Wednesday.He said, later, the Cox’s Bazar district police superintendent and the additional police superintendent took the detainees from the army camp.The police supers said the authorities would take departmental action against the accused, he added.Officials at the police headquarters in Dhaka said the detained members of the DB are now in police custody.Afruzul Haque, the additional superintendent of police in Cox’s Bazar, could not be reached after repeated attempts for a comment on the issue.Later in the day, the authorities suspended the seven members of DB policeAdditional superintendent of Cox’s Bazar police Afruzul Haq Tutul told Prothom Alo that departmental action will be taken against the suspended detectives.last_img read more

Kolkatans thwart attempts of bandh supporters to halt daily life

first_imgKolkata: Kolkatans on Wednesday foiled the 12-hour bandh called by BJP, with daily life functioning normally.The premier schools in the city, both private and those owned by the state government, recorded high attendance of students on Wednesday. The scenario was the same in the government-aided schools as well.The bandh called by BJP to protest the death of two youths at Islampur in North Dinajpur, hardly had an impact on the people in Kolkata.A senior official of a renowned private school in Central Kolkata said that their school recorded 90-95 percent attendance, just like any other normal day. The students did not face any difficulty as there was adequate number of buses on the city streets. Many students from the school, however, said that they came to school in private cars and faced no inconvenience while going to school. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior official of the School Education department, all the schools operated normally and the attendance of the students in various schools was also noteworthy. A headmaster of a government-aided school in South Kolkata said that there was enthusiasm among the students.People of Bengal have shunned their old habit of sitting idle in the house during a bandh. People now-adays come forward to thwart the attempt of bandh called by any party. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned here that all the state-run medical colleges and the hospitals in the city also functioned normally, with large number of patients visiting the out-patient departments of various medical colleges.The Health department had instructed all the hospitals in the state to ensure adequate arrangement of doctors, nurses and other health workers. Hospital authorities were also asked to take precautionary measures in case of any incidents of violence in the city. BJP leaders and activists, however, created chaos in some parts of the city. They tried to terrify people and attempted to close down the shutters in various shops in Kolkata. However, the people gathered courage to thwart their attempts. The police administration also remained vigilant throughout the day.Some of the BJP-backed goons threatened to stop vehicles in some parts of the city, from the morning. As a result, people in buses engaged in heated altercations with the bandh supporters in some places. In Jorabagan area in the city, some BJP supporters were seen asking shop owners to pull their shutters down, but the shop owners remained unmoved despite the threats by the hooligans.last_img read more

US man to hike 2650 miles to fund Costa Rican shrine

first_imgTold in one sentence, the story sounds surreal: A young man hears a mystical voice in the Amazon, so he decides to walk 2,650 miles to raise money to build a stone temple in the Costa Rican rainforest, all the while carrying a crystal skull from Peru.Joe Hudson is the guy who is actually doing this. The California native spends much of his time in Costa Rica, where he owns property near Dominical on the southern Pacific coast. He’s a seasoned surfer and a professional chef. He loves the outdoors and has regularly taken multi-week hikes in U.S. national parks. He prefers not to publish his age, but Hudson is fit and upbeat and looks 10 years younger than he is. With his West Coast cadence and dreamy delivery, Hudson sounds earnest about his bizarre plan.“I always wanted to hike the Pacific Crest Trail,” recalled Hudson over Skype the other day. “But I never really had a date set on it.”Known among hikers as the PCT, the Pacific Crest Trail is a network of paths that leads from the Mexican border to British Columbia, cutting through three U.S. states and bisecting the Rocky Mountains. Already popular among long-distance hikers, the PCT became even more famous with the publication of “Wild,” Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir of walking the trail alone. The full transect is a massive undertaking and requires months of physical exertion, often at high elevations.Divine Inspiration?Hudson planned to take on the PCT about a year and a half ago, but he broke his foot and had to delay the trip indefinitely. He spent some time surfing, helping a friend with his farm and cooking part-time. “I was basically putting it off,” Hudson now admits. Then, last March, Hudson decided to go to Peru, where he would visit Machu Picchu, take a boat to the Amazon, and try “plant medicine” with a local shaman. Joe Hudson (center, in red hat) poses with a group atop Machu Picchu. It was his journey to the ruined Incan city that largely inspired his dream to build a temple. Courtesy Joe HudsonWhile Hudson didn’t identify the plant in question, he was discriminating in his selection of spiritual rites: Hudson preferred an indigenous Amazonian village with an experienced, traditional shaman. He knew that the ritual might involve intense visions and emotional upheaval. Hudson was part of a group of travelers, and each responded to the ritual in different ways.“I don’t really hear things in my head or have crazy experiences,” Hudson said. “But in my head I heard two words, really loud and clear: ‘Get out.’ And I was taken aback. I was like, ‘What does that mean?’ You’re not really supposed to leave the temple during the ceremony. The temple is really protected. They don’t really recommend you go outside. So I just sat on it.”Soon after, Hudson flew to Cuzco, and when he looked through his porthole window, he saw a single snowcapped mountain poking through the blanket of clouds. Hudson has trouble describing how these events affected him exactly, but he suddenly sensed an oncoming revelation.“All of a sudden it just hit me: ‘Go hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Don’t wait,’” he recalled. “It was interesting, because this hasn’t happened to me before. Usually I’m a planner. I think things through. But this just hit me.” Courtesy Joe HudsonSet in StoneHudson says his Peru expedition had a profound effect, both on him and his companions. After seeing the ruins of Incan architecture, Hudson felt inspired to build his own stone temple on his Costa Rican plot. The result is the Pacific Crest Sun and Moon Project.“I wanted something that would last for centuries, and not just decades,” Hudson said. “My idea is to build something out of stone. I want people to say, ‘You’ve got to check out this crazy temple this Gringo built in the valley.’ We’re not just going to build it randomly. We want to make sure it lines up with celestial events. I want this temple to be a cornerstone, so that the valley can grow. I can imagine in the next five or six years, we’ll have a thriving community there.”Hudson is vague on details, but he imagines building greenhouses, creative spaces and healing centers. He wants to use alternative energy systems and sustainable infrastructure. He wants a nondenominational temple – “The word temple is used loosely” – but he has spiritual expectations for the site.To raise funds for the temple and its satellite projects, Hudson is using his PCT pilgrimage as a fundraiser. He hopes to receive pledges on a per-mile basis. “If you sponsor me at 10 cents a mile,” Hudson said, “that’s 250 bucks.” As it happens, the fundraiser has already made headway: Hudson has received pledges of 50 cents per mile from friends and fellow travelers. “Without taking one step, I’ve got about $6,000 committed. I think once I get five, six hundred miles in, people are going to see the commitment level and think about supporting. I think a lot of people won’t know me, but they’ll want to support a little micro-community in rural Costa Rica.”Hudson has garnered the support of numerous creative friends, including Carey Thompson, the artist who constructed a bamboo pyramid at the 2014 Envision Festival, among countless other projects. Thompson will help Hudson with the temple’s design. Meanwhile, Hudson’s friend Jonah Bolt, an experienced radio host and metaphysics guru, is helping to write grants for the project. His friend Vinni Perri has volunteered to drive along the PCT and resupply Hudson along the way. (Stopping for provisions burns an enormous amount of time). Finally, because Hudson will have limited access to internet while hiking the trail, his friend Caroline Palmer will document the trip through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and an official website.While the journey may seem odd to some, Hudson is accustomed to eccentric undertakings: He once built a “surf pirate ship” with a friend, and he has walked across the entire state of Montana. Yet some of his more peculiar ideas have given way to practicality: Hudson hoped to bring a walking staff crafted in Peru, as well as a crystal skull.“My original idea was to take the stick with me, but it ended up being really heavy, and the skull weighs about three pounds,” Hudson said, chuckling. “As much as my mind wanted me to, I had to face the realization that it’s all about weight.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Comedy homage, massive DJ party and other happenings around Costa Rica Here’s why you shouldn’t miss Costa Rica’s International Book Fair Artist Justin Griffin-Zúñiga receives first solo show in Costa Rica Announcing ‘News and Brews,’ a Tico Times eventlast_img read more