World champion Kothari puts weight behind cue sports’ Olympic bid

first_imgKolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) World Billiards champion Sourav Kothari on Friday put his weight behind the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS) in their bid to be part of the Paris 2024 Olympic Sports programme, saying the sport is massively popular across the globe and deserves to be part of the quadrennial extravaganza.The WCBS — which represents snooker, billiards and carom — last month launched its bid to become part of the Paris 2024 Olympic Sports programme at a special ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.Hosted by the Billiards 2024 Committee and supported by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and World Snooker, the event represented a significant milestone in billiard sports’ bid for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Games.Kothari, who defeated Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 1134-944 to clinch the 2018 WBL World Billiards Championship title in Leeds in October, said it’s high time the sport is given Olympics recognition as it is highly popular.”The World Snooker Association, which is the apex body for world professional Billiards and Snooker field, have officially launched their bid for Paris Olympics. Snooker is massively popular in Europe and in many parts of the world and it should be included in Olympics,” Kothari told reporters before departing for the IBSF World 6 Red Snooker Championship starting on December 18.Asked if the lack of recognition even after winning the World title upsets him, Kothari said that as long as the sport is not part of the Olympics, it won’t get its due share in India.”We are performing all the time but out country has an obsession with Olympic sports. Everywhere, whatever platform you go to, they are pushed in front,” said the former national and Asian Billiards champion.Hailing the BCCI for marketing cricket brilliantly, Kothari said cue sports should take a cue from the way cricket has grown.”What BCCI has done for cricket is amazing. You cannot blame cricket for anything as if cricket was not there, IPL would not have come. Now franchise based leagues are everywhere. So I think associations need to take cue from BCCI.”On the World 6-Reds taking place in Egypt, Kothari said its a completely different ball game to billiards and he won’t start as a favourite.”Billiards and snooker field is different. This World Championship you will have players from China and European nations who are extremely strong snooker playing nations.”Billiards have a different participation. Here you will see a lot of players from Egypt.”I am not playing the team event. There are four Indian teams who are playing in the team event, but I am only playing in the individual World 6 Red Snooker Championship,” he signed off.–IANSdm/gau/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M20, Honor View 20, Nokia 8.1: Best phones to buy in February

first_img2019 has kicked off on an exciting note with Honor and Samsung launching some really interesting phones like the Honor View 20 and Galaxy M20, respectively. It is a clear indication that companies are looking to keep themselves busy this year, launching one phone after another that will bring the latest trends. And things are only about to get crazy with MWC 2019 around the corner.In February, you can expect to see even more new phones that will look to replace last year’s models. But MWC is still a few weeks away, so for now there are plenty of exciting phones from 2018 that look great even now. Here’s a list of some of the best phones you can buy right now.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Realme C1: Rs 6,999Realme offers a great package with the budget Realme C1. It brings a 6.2-inch notched display, Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. It houses a 4,230mAh battery similar to the Realme 2. The entry-level smartphone comes with a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture, and a 5MP front-facing sensor. It ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s ColorOS 5.1 on top (can be updated to ColorOS 5.2).Redmi 6 Pro: Rs 9,999 The Redmi 6 Pro was already a pretty solid device at its initial launch price of Rs 10,999, but Xiaomi slashed its price earlier this month and it is now available starting at Rs 9,999. Now under Rs 10,000, the Redmi 6 Pro is an even more attractive option as it brings a 5.84-inch FHD+ notched display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM for the base model. It also gets a 12MP + 5MP dual camera system with EIS and a 5MP selfie camera. The Redmi 6 Pro houses a beefy 4,000mAh battery with a two-day battery life promise.advertisementBest phone(s) under Rs 15,000Realme 2 Pro: Rs 13,990The Realme 2 Pro continues to be one of the most powerful phones under Rs 15,000. With a Snapdragon 660 chipset and 4GB of RAM, the Realme 2 Pro is for power users who are looking to multitask a lot and play graphic intensive games like PUBG. It also gets an attractive dewdrop design with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display, some powerful 16MP dual cameras and 16MP selfie camera and a decent 3,500mAh battery. Xiaomi Mi A2: Rs 13,999 The Mi A2 was part of Xiaomi’s price cut spree recently and saw a major price cut of Rs 3,000. Launched at Rs 16,999, the Mi A2 is now available for Rs 13,999, making it a terrific Android One device under Rs 15,000. Not only does the phone run stock Android (upgraded to Android Pie), but it is also powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and gets some powerful 12MP + 20 cameras on the back as well as a 20MP selfie camera. The phone also houses a 3,000mAH battery with Quick Charge 4+ support.Nokia 6.1 Plus: Rs 14,999One of the most popular Nokia phones last year, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has been lauded for its attractive glass design, notch display, smooth performance and stock Android UI. Launched at Rs 15,999, the phone is currently available at Rs 14,999, making it a great deal in this segment. The Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It bears a dual camera setup which includes a 16MP primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP secondary sensor with similar aperture. The phone houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port. The phone was launched with Android Oreo and has been updated to Android Pie.Samsung Galaxy M20: Rs 10,9902019 is an important year for Samsung and the new Galaxy M series is a big bet for the company to win back market share in the affordable segment. Fortunately, it seems Samsung is off to a good start because the Galaxy M20 is a great budget device thanks to a great new Infinity-V waterdrop display and a solid 5,000mAh battery. These are two major features of the Galaxy M20 that will really attract you. On top of that, the Galaxy M20 also offers a brand new Exynos 7904 chipset which is pretty smooth at handling day-to-day tasks. The dual camera setup on the back offers an ultra wide-angle lens which is unique to this segment. While the phone runs a dated Android Ore, the new Experience UI 9.5 on top looks quite attractive and clean.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Poco F1: Rs 19,999 The Poco F1 is widely considered as the most disruptive and value for money phones of 2018 as it brought a Snapdragon 845 chipset for just Rs 21,000. Poco India dropped the price of the device even further and it can now be found at a base price of Rs 19,999.advertisementThe Poco F1 brings a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The dual camera setup on the back includes a 12MP + 5MP setup while the front gets a 20MP selfie sensor. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery to take you through a good day and a half. The Poco F1 has already been updated to Android Pie and is due to get Android Q in the future as well.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Nokia 8.1: Rs 26,999The Nokia 8.1 is currently one of the most premium Nokia phones in the market, and it makes a case for the best phone under Rs 30,000. This is because the Nokia 8.1 brings a gorgeous and elegant glass and metal design coupled with a terrific Snapdragon 710 chipset and Android Pie. The Nokia 8.1 sports a 6.18-inch FHD+ (2246×1080) PureDisplay with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It houses a 3,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. The dual camera system includes a 12MP primary sensor with 1.4 micron pixel, OIS, EIS and 2PD support, and a 13MP secondary sensor for depth sensing. The device also comes with a 20MP front-facing camera.Asus ZenFone 5Z: Rs 29,999An underrated phone, the Asus ZenFone 5Z is a powerful sub Rs 30,000 device as it brings a Snapdragon 845 chipset. It also brings a premium design language and fast charging. The ZenFone 5Z sports 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and the base variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.The ZenFone 5Z houses a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging support, supports stereo speakers and High-Res audio, among other things. The phone runs Android Oreo-based ZenUI. The dual camera setup includes a primary 12MP sensor with large 1.4um pixels, f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, four-axis OIS and EIS. The secondary camera comes with an 8MP wide-angle sensor for depth of field shots. Up front, the ZenFone 5Z sports an 8MP sensor and the cameraBest phone(s) under Rs 50,000OnePlus 6T: Rs 37,999The OnePlus 6T continues to be one of the best premium affordable phones out there thanks to its blazing fast performance and optimised OxygenOS software. It brings an updated design compared to the OnePlus 6 such as a bigger display with a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor, while keeping most of the internals the same. The OnePlus 6T sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM. The glass on the front and back is also upgraded to Gorilla Glass 6. The OnePlus 6T gets an in-display fingerprint sensor that will unlock the device in 0.34 seconds. The 6T houses a 3,700mAh battery with Dash Charge support and ships with Android 9 Pie. The 6T sports a 16MP + 20MP camera setup on the back with f/1.7 aperture and OIS + EIS support, and 16MP front-facing sensor. There is also a new Nightscape feature that uses HDR algorithm to improve low-light photography.advertisementHonor View 20: Rs 37,999The newest entry to our list is the Honor View 20, which was launched in India a few days ago. This is Honor newest flagship that brings some exciting new technologies such as a stunning hole-punch display and a 48MP AI Ultra Clarity rear camera. The flagship is also ridiculously fast thanks to a Kirin 980 chipset under the hood. It houses a solid 4,000mAh battery with support for 40W Super Fast charge. The View 20 is perhaps the best alternative to the OnePlus 6T in this segment. It sports a unique chevron design on the glass back panel, a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of inbuilt storage and Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top. The hole-punch houses a 25MP selfie camera.Best phone(s) that money can buySamsung Galaxy Note 9: Rs 67,900 The Galaxy Note 9 is easily Samsung’s best flagship of 2018. It ticks all the right boxes for high-end phone and that includes a stunning AMOLED Infinity Display, best-in-class cameras, excellent performance and even an all-day battery life. It recently got update to Android Pie with One UI on top, which looks fantastic.The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ (2960×1440) display. It is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset with the base variant getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Samsung has also fitted a large 4,000mAh battery. You get a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature. The front camera is also similar at 8MP and F/1.7 aperture.Google Pixel 3: Rs 71,999While the Pixel 3 is a great stock Android flagship phone that offers a fast and smooth UI, it is really a fantastic camera phone first. The 12MP rear camera with 1.4-micron pixels and the revolutionary Night Sight feature makes the Pixel 3 the go-to phone for anyone willing to spend a premium on a camera phone.The Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch FHD+ (2160×1080) OLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, while the Pixel 3 XL offers a taller 6.3-inch FHD+ (2960×1440) display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a very deep notch. They are powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset that’s paired with 4GB of RAM. The Pixel phones are offered in two storage options – one with 64GB of internal storage and another with 128GB of internal storage.iPhone XR: Rs 76,999The iPhone XR is the best iPhone for most people. This is because the iPhone XR brings most of the same features as the top-tier iPhone XS at a price that’s more reachable for a lot of people. In terms of size, the iPhone XR slots between the iPhone XS and XS Max. It gets a 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina HD display (1792×828). It is powered by the A12 Bionic chipset and brings 3GB of RAM. The iPhone XR also supports Face ID and ships with iOS 12. The single 12MP wide-angle camera on the back comes with OIS and f/1.8 aperture. The front sees a 7MP TrueDepth camera similar to the other two iPhones.Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Rs 69,990The Mate 20 Pro is the first Mate-series phone in India and it is all kinds of premium. It is possibly the most feature-packed flagship phone yet which also means it may not be for everyone. With the View 20 now available, the Mate 20 Pro does seem overpriced. But if you’re interested, the Huawei flagship does offer a 6.39-inch 2K+ (1440×3120) OLED display and a Kirin 980 coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.The Mate 20 Pro houses a 4,200mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge support. The other big highlight is the Leica-branded triple camera matrix setup on the back. The system includes a 40MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP Ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras also support laser and phase detection auto focus as well as AIS (AI-based stabilisation). On the front, the Mate 20 Pro sports a 24MP 3D depth sensing camera.ALSO READ | Poco F1, OnePlus 6T, Asus ROG Phone and 4 more gaming smartphones you can buy right nowALSO READ | Poco F1, ZenFone Max Pro M2, Honor 8X: These are the best smartphones under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Nokia 8.1, Xiaomi Mi A2, Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Best phones to buy in Januarylast_img read more

Champions league Final 2019: Unlikely heroes may miss final as Kane, Salah set to return

first_imgLucas Moura and Divock Origi have been the unlikely heroes for Tottenham and Liverpool in the Champions League this season.They kept alive their team’s hopes of winning the European title with crucial goals and decisive performances. Without them, the English sides probably wouldn’t have made it to Saturday’s final in the Spanish capital.But despite helping their teams reach the final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, both may miss out on playing in the match because of the return from injuries of Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will have to choose between the in-form Moura and the recently injured Kane, while Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp will have to sit Origi or rearrange his attack to leave him in the lineup along with Salah.Neither coach gave anything away on Friday.”If Pochettino says his exact lineup, call me and I will tell you our lineup as well,” Klopp said. “If not, then I thought I’d keep at least a few question marks open.”Pochettino kept quiet.”It’s not going to be easy to take a decision,” he said. “We are going to take the best decision to try to win. It’s so painful when this type of game arrives and you can only use 11 players from the beginning.”Moura has been starting since Kane hurt an ankle ligament in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. The Brazilian scored the hat trick that allowed Tottenham to come from behind and beat Ajax 3-2 in the second leg of the semifinals, helping the English club overcome a 1-0 home loss in the first match. The hat trick included a stoppage-time goal that sealed the comeback and the team’s first-ever final appearance.advertisementMoura, who joined from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018, also scored a crucial late equalizer against Barcelona in the team’s final group game in December, securing the English club a spot in the knockout stage.”All of this is a dream and now I have the opportunity to play in the final and to win the competition I have always dreamt about,” Moura told “Without a doubt, it’s the best moment of my career.”Origi replaced Salah after the Egyptian had a concussion in a game against Newcastle in the Premier League just before the second leg against Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals. Origi scored a late winner against Newcastle after replacing Salah in the second half, then was crucial in the return match against Barcelona, scoring twice in the 4-0 win that put the team in the final for the second straight season.Kane has been a mainstay in the Tottenham attack, but even before his injury, some had been calling for Moura to get more minutes in the squad. The versatile 26-year-old Brazilian can play in different attacking positions, including as an attacking midfielder, and could even play alongside Kane if Pochettino wanted to.For Moura, the Champions League final could give him another opportunity to show Brazil coach Tite he made a mistake by leaving him out of next month’s Copa America squad. Tite announced the team shortly after Moura’s superb display in the Champions League semifinals, but they weren’t enough to persuade the coach.Salah fully recovered from his concussion and is more certain to make his Champions League return on Saturday. He played only about 30 minutes in last year’s final because of a shoulder injury sustained in the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.Origi also is versatile in attack and may get to start alongside Salah and Sadio Mane. The 24-year-old Belgian will have added competition from Roberto Firmino, though, who also had been out injured but is fit for the final.”These are always tough decisions,” Pochettino said. “But it’s part of my job to decide the starting 11 and to try to win the game.”Also Read | Champions League Final 2019: Klopp pokes fun at finals record as he aims for 7th time luckyAlso Read | Antonio Conte named new Inter Milan coachAlso Seelast_img read more

Introducing El Gothico: The world’s first all-Goth derby

first_imgWTF Introducing El Gothico: The world’s first all-Goth derby Goal 16:00 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Smith, Alice Cooper, El Clasico Getty WTF UEFA Champions League The adopted home of Real Gothic, Whitby is the unlikely setting for the capital of Gothic football Goth culture may not be instantly associated with football, yet they now have two of their very own clubs, who came face-to-face recently in a derby dubbed ‘El Gothico’.Real Gothic, who were established around a twice-annual charity match in Whitby, England, were the world’s first all-goth club yet they have new rivals from Leeds – Goth City.However, their true rivals are Stokoemotiv Whitby, against whom they play a fixture that has a nasty habit of ending with gruesome injuries. 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 Goal’s Peter Staunton went along to find out more.last_img read more

Ancelotti reveals Italy snub

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti Ancelotti reveals Italy snub in favour of club football Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:01 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlo Ancelotti - cropped Bongarts Carlo Ancelotti Italy Serie A The former AC Milan and Bayern Munich boss has no interest in taking over the national team and recommended Serie A switch to 18 teams Carlo Ancelotti says he has been approached by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) over replacing Gian Piero Ventura as national team coach, but he would rather take over a club.Italian football descended in to chaos last month after the national team missed the World Cup for the first time since 1958, sensationally upstaged by Sweden in a play-off.Ventura paid the price for failure, while Carlo Tavecchio resigned as the president of the FIGC amid stinging criticism of the national team set-up. 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 The fallout from Italy’s unsuccessful campaign has centred on foreigners, with past and present players and coaches blaming the four-time world champions’ failed Russia 2018 bid on the number of overseas players competing in Serie A.Ancelotti is favourite to fill the vacancy but the former Bayern Munich boss is not interested in working at international level. He did recommend one change he believes Italian football would benefit from, though, backing the idea of cutting Serie A to an 18-team competition, just like it was in 2003-04.”The FIGC contacted me, I spoke to them. I told them I’m honoured that so many people want me to coach the national team,” the 58-year-old told La Domenica Sportiva.”However, that would be like a whole other job. Working for the national team is different to being a club coach, as I still enjoy training and working every day.”Italian football also has some problems that need to be resolved. I realise there is a conflict of interests between clubs and federations, as there is in Germany, France and England, but right now Italian football needs the Federation to impose its power over the clubs and impose new rules to improve the situation.”For example, I think Serie A would benefit greatly by being reduced from 20 teams to 18 and I know there are clubs who are ready to vote for that.”last_img read more

‘Pogba tension at Man Utd is normal’

first_imgPaul Pogba ‘Pogba tension at Man Utd is normal’ – Players are never happy, says McClaren Chris Burton 00:01 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Paul Pogba, Man Utd Getty Paul Pogba Manchester United Premier League The £89 million midfielder has sparked talk of rifts at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho hitting back at such accusations amid a mystery illness Paul Pogba “tension” at Manchester United should be considered “normal”, says Steve McClaren, with the £89 million man frustrated at his form.Reports of a rift at Old Trafford have emerged following a recent benching of the midfielder and Jose Mourinho’s willingness to haul him off at regular intervals.AdChoices广告Such talk has been quickly played down by the Red Devils boss, with the Portuguese accusing critics of talking “bull****”, but Pogba was missing once again on Saturday after seeing a mystery illness rule him out of an FA Cup fifth round clash with Huddersfield. 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 His absence has only served to heighten speculation regarding a breakdown in relationship between player and coach, while also sparking summer transfer rumours, but McClaren believes the situation is under control and is merely another example of a player displaying his disappointment during an uncharacteristic dip.United’s former assistant manager told Sky Sports: “If you’re a football manager, every day you deal with tension in the dressing room.”Every day you deal with at least 11 unhappy players who haven’t played on the Saturday, three players who have been brought off are unhappy, three players going on are unhappy because they should have gone on earlier.”It’s the life of a football manager that players are going to be unsettled, unhappy if they’re not playing well. That’s the situation at Manchester United with Pogba.”He’s the same as any other player and Mourinho has come out very strongly in a statement that’s really said ‘I’m in control’ and it’s about controlling players, not about keeping them happy.”Sir Alex [Ferguson] once said to me: ‘Steve, players are here to make us happy and pleased, not us to make them happy and pleased. They’re here for us’.”Pogba, as United’s record signing, has been placed squarely under the microscope since he returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in the summer of 2016.Paul Pogba Manchester United tension Steve McClarenMuch has been made of his contribution and a supposed favoured position from which to produce his best, but McClaren believes recent wobbles are down to an early-season hamstring injury which disrupted a promising start to the 2017-18 campaign.The ex-England boss added: “What Mourinho has is a disappointed, unhappy player because he is not playing well. Before he got injured, he was the best Manchester United player and he’s struggling after injury to get back to that form.”That is all and this is normal, you ask any manager in any football club. They will have players who are exactly the same. It’s only highlighted because it’s Pogba and everybody assumes behind the scenes that there is tension and friction between the two. Of course there is, there always is with top players.”last_img read more

Rabiot set for Juventus medical ahead of move

first_imgParis Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is to undergo a medical with Juventus on Monday ahead of signing a five-year deal with the Turin club.The 24-year-old has not featured for PSG in 2019, despite being fully fit and available, following a public spat with the ownership over contract talks last year.Despite coach Thomas Tuchel’s claims that his exclusion from the first team was not due to his contract situation, both parties’ stubbornness in talks over a new deal seems to have led to an impasse, resulting in the running down of the France international’s current contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Rabiot was not short of suitors, having reportedly held preliminary discussions with a number of European clubs since January, but is set to finalise his move to the Serie A champions. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici flew to the French capital on Friday to conclude negotiations and secure Rabiot’s signature, before the player returns to Italy to complete his medical on Monday.👀 Look who’s just landed in Turin! 🛬@Adriien_Rabiiot! 👍— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 30, 2019Barcelona, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool had all been linked, but it now seems inevitable that he will be playing his football for the Bianconeri in the 2019-20 campaign.In what seems to be preparation ahead of a reveal on Monday, Juventus released a video on Sunday afternoon on social media teasing an announcement with the tagline “Ignite our tomorrow”. As reported by Goal in the previous few days, the Frenchman is expected to earn a salary of €7 million (£6m/$8m) per season and his mother Veronique, who acts as his agent, will pocket €10m (£9m/ $11.4m) as a fee for overseeing the transfer.Rabiot will now become the latest in a long line of high-profile free agents to join the Bianconeri, joining the likes of former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and more.Following the conclusion of this transfer, Juventus are likely to turn their attention to Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, who they are close to signing for €70 million (£63m/$80m), as reported by Goal earlier this week.In addition, Roma left-back Luca Pellegrini underwent his medical with Juventus on Sunday ahead of finalising a €10 million (£9m/$11m) switch that will send Leonardo Spinazzola in the opposite direction.last_img read more

Audi’s entry-level R8 sports car will wield a twin-turbocharged V6 engine

first_imgRumors of a turbocharged Audi R8 are resurfacing, this time with more details. Reportedly the entry level R8 will get a much smaller powertrain than both the old 4.2-liter V8 and the new 5.2-liter V10.Due in 2-3 years, the new “starter R8” will use a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with around 450 horsepower. While that’s significantly less than the current 540 HP R8 V10, it’s a good bit more pep than the old 4.2-liter V8’s 414 horses.The move to downsize and turbocharge motors has become commonplace among performance automakers. Porsche will turbocharge almost its entire 911 lineup within the next couple years and even Bentley has put twin-turbocharged V8’s on offer as an alternative to the classic W12.Improvements in turbocharger engineering have rendered power delays almost negligible and have opened up a world of performance and efficiency gains for automakers who must stretch to meet more stringent fuel consumption and CO2 emissions regulations. An added bonus is that more sales can be made in China where massive vehicle taxes are levied on large-engined cars.Audi’s V10 will likely remain in rotation for several more years, but output (presently at 610 HP for the R8 V10 Plus) will likely level off and instead weight reduction from lighter compound construction materials will be employed to improve performance over time.Elsewhere in Audi’s lineup, we can expect to see smaller turbocharged motors trickle into performance models like the S4 and RS4. World Beard Champion Madison Rowley is Cutting His Beard to Fight Addiction Editors’ Recommendations The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom Turns Algae Into Sustainable, Stylish Footwear 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racinglast_img read more

UWI Open Campus Launches Photo Exhibition

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dean-Roy Bernard, has commended the University of the West Indies (UWI) on 70 years of outstanding achievement. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dean-Roy Bernard, has commended the University of the West Indies (UWI) on 70 years of outstanding achievement.“I doubt there are any who would even attempt to contest the wide-ranging, social, cultural, political and economic impact of UWI on the development of our country and, by extension, our region,” he said, noting that the institution has produced 22 graduates who became Prime Ministers.Mr. Bernard was speaking at the launch of a photo exhibition to mark the 70-year milestone and the 10th anniversary of the UWI Open Campus, Jamaica Eastern Region, at Camp Road, Kingston, on April 9.The regional institution, which began in 1948 as a college of the University of London, achieved full university status in 1962.Mr. Bernard said the university, over the seven decades, has grown from enrolling and educating approximately two per cent of the nation’s population at the tertiary level to about 21 per cent in 2018.“Years ago, certainly when I attended, we used to say ‘we are among the two per cent’. Now we are looking at 21 per cent, and that’s a step in the right direction,” he noted.He said UWI has greatly assisted with the transformation of Jamaica’s economy and growth by educating and producing outstanding graduates who have helped to build the country. For this, he said, the Ministry will continue to stand by the university.“Education is the best vehicle to drive social mobility and to achieve prosperity for all… . The Ministry is committed to working closely with the UWI and all higher-level educational institutions to ensure that Jamaica becomes the place of choice to live, work, do business and raise families,” Mr. Bernard said.He noted that the photo exhibition, entitled ‘The UWI – Then and Now… Riding on the Shoulders of Giants’ holds historical value, which Jamaicans should be proud to visit and support.“We are proud and elated to join with you in this photo exhibition… . The photographs capture many thoughts, scenes, activities… (and) in fact, the adage still remains that a picture certainly accounts for more than a thousand words,” Mr. Bernard said.The ‘The UWI – Then and Now… Riding on the Shoulders of Giants Photo Exhibition’ showcases the development of the university and the Open Campus over the years.It captures several notable scenes and personalities, including professors in classrooms, research projects, administrative staff, and researchers.UWI began its year-long 70th anniversary celebrations in January. “I doubt there are any who would even attempt to contest the wide-ranging, social, cultural, political and economic impact of UWI on the development of our country and, by extension, our region,” he said, noting that the institution has produced 22 graduates who became Prime Ministers. Story Highlights Mr. Bernard was speaking at the launch of a photo exhibition to mark the 70-year milestone and the 10th anniversary of the UWI Open Campus, Jamaica Eastern Region, at Camp Road, Kingston, on April 9.last_img read more

Macys Parade balloon inflation hours changing this year

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – New York police say the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation viewing will end two hours earlier this year and anyone attending must be screened.Tens of thousands of people are expected to head to Central Park on Wednesday to watch the giant balloons take shape. This year, the public must leave by 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. The event also will begin two hours earlier, at 1 p.m. No backpacks will be allowed. Central Park West will be shut down starting at noon.On Thursday, intersections along the parade route will be blocked off to avoid unauthorized vehicles.But eager viewers can still line up early to get good spots.Police say there will be an officer on every street corner. Security is extra tight following a terrorist truck attack that killed eight people on Oct. 31.last_img read more

Closing Bell SP 500 posts biggest fall since November 2011 on Feds

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks tumbled on Thursday, with the S&P 500 posting its biggest daily decline since November 2011, as investors reacted to the Federal Reserve’s plan to begin winding down its stimulus program later this year if economic conditions permit.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,968.57 -299.72 -2.44%S&P 500 — 1,588.19 -40.7 -2.50%Dow — 14,758.32 -353.87 -2.34%Nasdaq — 3,364.63 -78.57 -2.28%The Dow Jones industrial average posted its biggest loss of the year, plummeting 353.87 points to 14,758.32 after dropping 206 points Wednesday. The S&P 500 index lost 40.74 points to 1,588.19 while the Nasdaq fell 78.57 points to 3,364.63The Toronto stock market headed deeper into the red for a second day Thursday, as the S&P/TSX composite index ended its worst single-day sell-off since April 15 by closing down 299.71 points or 2.44% at 11,968.57. That left the TSX down 465 points or 3.75% so far this year.The slide cut across all sectors as the TSX was also caught up in headwinds resulting from a disappointing read on Chinese manufacturing, which sent prices for oil and copper tumbling.The greatest damage to market sentiment came from the Fed after chairman Ben Bernanke signalled an end to the central bank’s US$85-billion of bond purchases each month, likely slowing later this year and ending in 2014. The timing depends on economic data.The Canadian dollar also got caught up in the volatility, tumbling 0.94 of a cent to 96.4 cents US.The Fed has been buying bonds as a way of keeping long-term interest rates low in the hope of boosting borrowing and spending. But the inflow of cash into financial markets has also helped fuel a boom on many world markets, including New York where the Dow industrials had been up more than 16% on the year.That rally, which extended to Europe and Japan, left Toronto in the dust, in large part because the TSX is so heavily weighted in favour of resource stocks that have suffered because of a sluggish global recovery.Analysts say that investors weren’t expecting Bernanke to say the program could end so quickly, and are now having to adjust their holdings to anticipate higher U.S. interest rates.Some analysts wondered why markets viewed this as such a negative since higher rates should mean the economy is doing better.“We have got away with murder recently with the low interest rates,” said Ron Meisels, president of Phases & Cycles Inc. in Montreal.“People are naive not to think that interest rates are going to eventually have to move up, which means together that bond prices are coming down (and yields going up). Is it going to happen today? No.”Thursday’s market slide was the latest instance of volatility that started May 22 when Bernanke first mentioned that the U.S. central bank could be ready to start tapering its bond purchases.Indications of such a slowdown of bond purchases have also had the effect of sending bond yields higher. That is because prices would be impacted by the Fed not buying as many bonds. When bond prices are depressed, the yield moves higher.The benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury was down from early highs but still at 2.42% late Thursday afternoon, up sharply from 2.25% before the Fed’s announcement Wednesday afternoon. The yield had been as low as 1.6% at the beginning of May.Those rising yields have caused big problems for another part of the market — interest rate sensitive stocks on the TSX such as utilities, telecoms, REITs and pipelines.“When bond yields are going down and dividend yields are staying constant or going up, it makes interest sensitive stocks more appealing,” explained Gareth Watson, vice-president Investment Management and Research at Richardson GMP Ltd.“When rates start to go higher, then all of a sudden bonds can offer a better return on a relative basis . . the gap on returns between bonds and equities starts to narrow. So in other words, the equities become less attractive.”For example, the utilities sector is down almost 12% this month while telcos have fallen about seven%.Resource stocks have also taken a beating on the TSX, reflecting lower commodity prices and sluggish global growth, with the base metals sector is down 16% this month and 30% year to date.Those stocks fell steeply Thursday after HSBC said that the preliminary version of its monthly purchasing managers index for China fell to a nine-month low of 48.3 in June, down from 49.6 in May. Numbers below 50 indicate a contraction in the manufacturing sector.Commodities slid as a result of demand concerns following the disappointing Chinese data and the higher U.S. dollar.A higher U.S. dollar pressures commodities because a stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals, which are dollar-denominated.The price of copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost eight cents to US$3.06 a pound, leaving the base metals sector down almost five%.Gold has also suffered mightily, with the TSX global gold sector down more than 40% year to date after dropping more than seven% Thursday.Gold stocks have already had a tough time as the bottom line of miners has been under pressure from rising costs to get the ore out of the ground.On top of that, bullion prices have been slammed. Aggressive monetary stimulus programs by central banks have supported gold prices since the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, partly because of worries about inflation. But prices have eroded as inflation remains tame and the global economic outlook continues to improve.On Thursday, gold fell $87.80 to US$1,286.20 an ounce, putting it below $1,300 for the first time in nearly three years. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded $2.12 to C$24.81 while Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) declined $1.45 to $17.10.The July crude contract fell $2.84 to US$95.40 a barrel, pushing the energy sector down 2.3%. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 68 cents to C$30.83.The utilities sector gave back 4.74% while TransAlta Corp. (TSXL:TA) declined 48 cents to $12.91.The telecom sector shed 2.27% and BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) was down 97 cents to $43.15.Bank stocks also contributed to the dismal showing on the TSX with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) down $1.77 to $58.92.With files from ReutersWhat investors were watching todayGlobal markets succumb to sell-off after Fed signals end to stimulusFed likely to reduce bond buying this year, Bernanke saysChina is a ‘crash waiting to happen’Gold and silver miners under pressure as prices diveON DECK FRIDAYCANADA8:00 a.m.Consumer price index, May 8:30 a.m.Retail sales, April read more

UK urged to stop forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka

In letters to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, the MPs have raised serious concerns about the potential repercussions for the Tamil community – “who have so often borne the brunt of terrible human rights violations” – following President Sirisena’s attempts to dissolve Parliament and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, a man who conducted a reign of terror during his 10 year rule. The Labour MPs are pressing the Foreign Secretary to consider the suspension of EU trade benefits to Sri Lanka as the crisis continue. Joan Ryan MP also urged the Home Secretary to conduct an urgent review of his department’s asylum and returns policy to Sri Lanka and halt all forced returns to the country in order “to ensure that no more lives are put at risk.” For the seventh consecutive year, Freedom from Torture named Sri Lanka as the top country of origin for torture survivors. The British Government has been urged to stop all forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka from the UK.A senior group of Labour MPs have called on the UK Government to take immediate measures to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms for Tamils in Sri Lanka and to stop all forced returns to the island from the UK, in light of the on-going constitutional crisis in the country. Sen Kandiah, the Chair of Tamils for Labour, said that with Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis deepening over recent days, it is so important that the Tamil community see that Labour MPs are on their side.“We are indebted to our Labour friends in Parliament for all their support on these important issues and in pressing the UK Government to act on our behalf,” Kandiah said.Kandiah said that Tamils for Labour agrees wholeheartedly that all forced returns to Sri Lanka should be stopped and that it’s time that the Home Secretary protects Tamils from further harm. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Indias SpiceJet to buy up to 50 additional Bombardier Q400 turboprop planes

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2017 7:15 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email India’s SpiceJet to buy up to 50 additional Bombardier Q400 turboprop planes TORONTO – SpiceJet could buy up to 50 additional Q400 planes from Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) under a letter of intent signed at the Paris Air Show.The India-based airline already operates 20 of the Q400 turboprop planes on domestic and international routes.If all the planes in the letter of intent are delivered, the order would be valued at up to US$1.7 billion, before discounts.The SpiceJet deal is Bombardier’s largest so far at the Paris Air Show, which is one of the aerospace industry’s main events this year.In a separate announcement from Berlin, Bombardier Transportation announced an order for 750 Aventra trains for use in the United Kingdom.Bombardier says that deal is valued at about US$1.1 billion. A Bombardier Q400 jet sits in a hangar at the Bombardier facility in Toronto on July 25, 2012. SpiceJet could buy up to 50 additional Q400 planes from Bombardier under a letter of intent signed at the Paris Air Show.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim read more

Top UN refugee official thanks Greece and frontline islands for improved response

“It is amazing that on a small island, you are managing, whereas in a big Europe, with half a billion people, they are finding it so difficult,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, told Lesbos Mayor Spyros Galinos and other Greek officials.“We are always saying this crisis is manageable at the European level, but to be manageable, it needs to be much better managed.”The chief of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was assessing conditions on the Greek island of Lesbos, the main landing spot for tens of thousands of people taking smuggler boats from the nearby Turkish coast. He said European governments had yet to match the “gigantic effort” that the island and its people had made in trying to cope with the huge influx.Indeed, without a Europe-wide approach and an effective strategy in dealing with the influx, Mr. Guterres warned, criminal networks would continue to thrive. “When States are not able to organize the orderly movement of refugees, smugglers take charge, exploiting people further and adding to their suffering,” he stated.Describing his island as “frontline,” Mayor Galinos said the main issue “is not the numbers, but the lack of a European policy to respond.” Nevertheless, he said, Greeks would continue to do whatever they could to address the crisis and combat smugglers, “who not only exploit the people, but who put their lives at continuous risk.”“Above all, we are all human beings,” the Mayor added. “We must all recognize the position of these people because we might all find ourselves in this situation one day.”UNHCR has deployed an emergency team to Greece and now has some 120 staff in the country to support the Government in its effort to address the continuing crisis. The island of Lesbos, which according to the last census in 2011, had a population of 85,000 people, but is probably now several thousand higher, has received over 220,000 people in nine months. UNHCR figures put the number of arrivals in September alone at 160,000, while the Greek coast guard records show 110,000 people.According to the agency, the majority of the refugees and migrants arriving on Lesbos are from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. The rest, about five per cent, are migrants and refugees from 21 countries as varied as India, Bangladesh, Togo, Niger, Columbia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.The Greek Coast Guard on Lesbos reportedly receives between five to 10 distress calls a day, and then sets out to rescue people in overcrowded boats.Meanwhile, Deputy Harbour Master, Antonio Sofiadellis, a leader in the Greek Coast Guard effort that has saved between 240-400 refugee and migrant lives every day, said that more people are being packed onto the flimsy boats these days – around 60 when 50 used to be the limit.“The engines are very cheap and the smugglers don’t care that they don’t know how to operate the boats,” Mr. Sofiadellis explained. “This is something no country in Europe has faced. If we weren’t there to rescue them, half or more than half would drown. The boats capsize, some fold, when the floor breaks.”Mr. Guterres also visited the north of Lesbos, where most refugee boats land. The beaches were strewn with hundreds of bright orange life jackets and deflated rubber boats, soaked shoes and pieces of clothing. Some 1,050 people had arrived overnight and volunteers helped them to an assembly point nearby, where they found food and a warm place to sleep in a large UNHCR shelter.Some Syrian refugees he met told him they had fled directly from Aleppo, Damascus or Homs. Other Syrians said they could no longer make ends meet in neighbouring countries amid cuts in humanitarian aid and restrictions on work. Most people said they felt now was their chance to find safety in European countries where refugees were welcome. read more

Small and sustainable Tiny Houses could be solution to worlds housing problems

Measuring just about 22-square-meters, or some 200-square-feet, a demonstration unit for the eco-friendly and affordable housing, debuted on the UN Plaza in New York this week.This structure is a type of “tiny house” which is traditionally comprised of one room with a loft or pull-out bed, complete with hidden storage, and condensed amenities, such as a kitchen, that maximize the space available to live in.The design, created by UN Environment and the Center for Ecosystems in Architecture at Yale University in the United States, in collaboration with UN-Habitat, is meant to get people thinking about decent, affordable housing that limits the overuse of natural resources and helps the battle against destructive climate change.The design is created specifically to be compatible with New York’s seasonal climate of cold winters, and hot summers. New designs have also been drawn up to suit the climate in Quito, Ecuador, and another major world capital, Nairobi, in Kenya.    The design was created in collaboration with Gray Organschi Architecture.Can modern living be sustainable? This “tiny house” could revolutionize how we live. @UNEnvironment, @UNHABITAT, @YaleArch #YaleCEA #HLPF— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) July 17, 2018 read more

Alumnus honoured for coop support

Brock alumnus Fred Barzyk (BAdmin ’88, BA ’89) has seen the impact the University’s co-op programming can have on students.That’s why the director at Statistics Canada is so passionate about advocating for Brock co-op students to work with the federal government agency.His efforts have not gone unnoticed. To recognize the work he has been doing to help promote Brock Co-op as well as the University itself, Barzyk was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Brock University Alumni Co-op Award.“The letters of support and feedback I received during the nomination process for this award was really touching,” Barzyk said. “To be recognized and appreciated for my hard work by Brock University for this award is such an honour. I feel emotional and to say I appreciate it would be an understatement as my heart has always been with Brock.”Barzyk has been instrumental in developing quality opportunities for Brock co-op students at Statistics Canada in Ottawa. He has earned a reputation as a champion of co-op programming within his organization, while also serving as a mentor to students and going above and beyond to help promote Brock co-op opportunities.The Brock University Alumni Co-op Award will be presented to Barzyk jointly by Brock Co-op and the Brock Alumni office during a special ceremony held in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Barzyk will also be recognized as the award’s inaugural recipient during a celebration of National Co-op Education Week at Brock in March.“I am such an advocate for Brock students because the University’s co-op program gives them the opportunity to grow within the organization during a longer, more strategic work term and allows them to become engaged in their co-op workplaces,” Barzyk said.Throughout his Statistics Canada career, he has proudly advocated as a Brock graduate and encouraged his colleagues to hire the University’s students.“His efforts are noteworthy and his willingness to go above and beyond to help students and advocate on behalf of his alma mater are admirable and make him the ideal recipient for this award,” said Dana Tonus, Senior Employer Development Manager for Co-op Education. “His efforts should serve as the benchmark for all Brock alumni.”Barzyk often acts like a mentor to students, offering personal and professional guidance on career and workplace success.“Seeing the impact I have had on so many students and to be appreciated by Brock University in this way is truly humbling,” he said.Join Brock alumni in Ottawa to congratulate Barzyk and present him with his award at the National Museum of Science and Technology on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5:15 p.m.Registration for the free event is available online. read more

Brock experience is on the bill at Canadas pivotal recruiting event

The challenge is a big one: How do you sell one of Canada’s best on-campus experiences from the floor of a trade show?It all starts with the people.More than 250 Brock University faculty, staff and students from across nearly every department, program and service will spend some time at this weekend’s Ontario Universities Fair (OUF) in downtown Toronto.Running from Friday, Sept. 28 until Sunday, Sept. 30, OUF is the biggest exhibition of post-secondary institutions in Canada, with more than 130,000 people expected to attend over the three days.Only weeks after announcing record 2018-19 enrolment of more than 19,000 students, Brock is now turning its attention to future years. Recruiters have fanned out across the country and around the world in an effort to tell the Brock experience story, and OUF is the single-most-important event on the promotional calendar.“This is all in a push to ensure that Brock is top of the list when students are completing their applications in early January,” said Beth Natale, Director, Recruitment. “Our momentum is evident — we hope to see our market share of first-choice applicants continue to grow and grow.”Natale said the OUF audience is an informed one.“The depth of questions we get is always astounding. Students and their supporters take the decision-making process very seriously and this is one opportunity for us to translate that Brock experience in a GTA setting,” she said.That experience starts in the Brock booth, where video screens show what the St. Catharines and Hamilton campuses have to offer, and friendly staff members are ready to answer whatever questions may come up.“We try to recreate the campus vibe and the sense of personalized attention you’ll get at Brock,” said Carly Dugo, Recruitment Officer, Campus Initiatives. “We tell the full story about the Brock experience being second to none and what that looks like in terms of academics and student life.”Natale said brand awareness in the GTA has been bolstered by the continuation of Brock’s ‘Experience’ marketing campaign in downtown Toronto. This again includes a complete takeover of the Skywalk area of Union Station, a key thoroughfare between the city’s main transit hub and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where OUF is held, major entertainment venues such as the Scotiabank Arena and Rogers Centre as well as the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium.“The GTA as a region is incredibly important to us. It’s one of the few regions in Canada that is growing, so it’s important for us to have that brand awareness,” Natale said. “If you aren’t familiar with us, the Brock takeover certainly makes you want to learn more. If you’re among our 100,000 alumni, it certainly makes you feel proud to see Brock’s name in lights there.” read more

Back in action Turner could return as soon as tonight

Ohio State guard Evan Turner, who was injured in early December, might be returning to the court much sooner than expected. The junior practiced with the team Tuesday night and, depending on how he feels today, could be in the line-up for the Buckeyes’ game against Indiana tonight.Turner told a source close to The Lantern on Dec. 15 that he expected to return in three weeks.The junior had tests done Monday to check the progress of the fractures in his lower back that have kept him sidelined for the Buckeyes’ last six games. Coach Thad Matta is awaiting news from team doctors and says he’s hoping to get word soon that “everything is good to go.”If Turner is able to return, it would be nearly a full month earlier than the eight weeks he was expected to miss immediately following the injury, but Turner himself had previously indicated that his rehab was coming along faster than expected.“He was telling me the Minnesota game [on Jan. 9] or the Purdue game [on Jan. 12],” Matta said about Turner’s possible return. “Honestly, I’ve stayed out of it. I’m not a doctor.”Matta did say, however, that he will not rush Turner back into the mix, citing a concern for his player’s future.“It’s an unfortunate situation, but I’ll take my competitiveness and I’ll take all that out the window to protect one of my players,” he said.If he was to return tonight, it would likely not be in a starting role, but rather he would come off the bench. Either way, a final decision might not be made until game time, Matta said. His return, be it tonight or later this week, could not come at a better time for the Buckeyes, who have begun the Big Ten season with back-to-back losses and have dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time all season.The Buckeyes are in desperate need of a win against the Hoosiers and can ill-afford to begin the Big Ten season 0-3, especially given the two-game road trip to Minnesota and Purdue that awaits them following tonight’s home game.“The main thing is we just have to stay positive,” junior guard Jon Diebler said. “We’re eager to play again. We just came off two losses, but we’re still positive and our margin for error is really small right now.” Though Matta agreed that the Buckeyes need to get back on track, he was not necessarily willing to deem this game a “must-win.”“I think that any time you’re in a conference race, to me every game is crucial,” Matta said. “There’s so much basketball to be played, not just by us, but by every team in the league. The good thing for us is after next Tuesday we’ll be halfway done with our road games.”Matta said that it is “very” rare for a team to begin a conference schedule playing four out of five games on the road and joked that he planned to find every coach in the country that was faced with a similar schedule, and take them and their families on a Hawaiian vacation.“My wife asked me, ‘why would you want to go by yourself?’” he said. “But I don’t even care. It’s the schedule they gave us and we have to play it.”As for Indiana, the Hoosiers arrive in Columbus on the heels of a 71-65 win over Michigan last Thursday. However, their leading scorer, Maurice Creek, fractured his knee early in the second half of a Dec. 28 game against Bryant University, and is likely out for the remainder of the season. Matta said that even without Creek, and even though Indiana finished last year last in the conference, he expects the Hoosiers to be tough.“They are looking to push the ball up the floor and try to hit quick in transition,” he said.”From what I’ve seen, they’re playing well.”Though Diebler seconded his coach’s sentiments regarding the Hoosiers, he knows that if Turner were to return, the Buckeyes will be tough to beat. “You can’t say enough about Evan because he does so much on the court,” Diebler said. “Yeah he fills up the stat sheet, but the little things he does that don’t show up on the stat sheet, that’s what really makes us go as a basketball team.“Getting him back to complete the unit is going to make us that much better.” read more

Samaras blames SYRIZA for driving investors away

first_imgFollowing another troubling day on the markets, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras accused SYRIZA of provoking “terror” among investors and insisted that Greeks do not want early elections, which will prompt voters to punish the leftist party if it forces snap polls to be held.“We do not have to say anything; the terror they cause speaks for itself,” Samaras said during a speech at a trade conference in Athens after the local bourse shed another percentage point on Wednesday following a much bigger drop on Tuesday.“They are trying to interrupt the country’s progress with the threat of early elections, using the presidential election as their vehicle and thereby going against the Constitution’s spirit,” he said. “Some people have been creating concern abroad about political instability and uncertainty.”Samaras insisted that the majority of Greeks want a president to be elected by Parliament and do not want snap elections.“Citizens do not want elections and markets do not want elections,” he said.Samaras and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras will cross swords one final time ahead of the first ballot on December 17, when they are both due to speak in Parliament a day earlier.Speaking at a meeting of SYRIZA’s political secretariat, Tsipras expressed certainty that the government’s candidate for president, Stavros Dimas, would not be elected in any of the three upcoming ballots. Dimas needs to attract 200 or more votes in the first two rounds and 180 in the final ballot to be elected.Sources told Kathimerini on Wednesday that the government hopes that in the first round of voting it will improve on its 155 seats and that there will be enough blank votes or abstentions to suggest that a victory in the final ballot on December 29 will be possible.In Brussels, a European Commission spokeswoman welcomed the choice of Dimas as Greece’s presidential candidate.“The selection of Stavros Dimas sends a strong message to Europe as he is a former commissioner and a committed European,” said Annika Breidthardt.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more