AdvertisementWelcome to another edition of the Indian football news roundup. Today, we will talk about Lallianzuala Chhangte’s trials with Norwegian club Vikings FK, Minerva Punjab’s latest signing Juan Quero, Sandesh Jhingan’s linked transfers with ATK and Qatari club Al-Gharafa SC, India’s bid to host 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Indian women’s team friendlies against Hong Kong and Indonesia, and the remaining fixtures for ISL 2018-19.In case you missed out the previous edition of the Indian football news roundup, you can check it out here.ISL 2018-19: Lallianzuala Chhangte offered trials by Norwegian top division club Viking FKCan Lallianzuala Chhangte become the next Indian after Mohammed Salim, Sunil Chhetri, Subrata Pal, and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to ply his trade for a European top division club?Delhi Dynamos’ winger Lallianzuala Chhangte has been offered trials by Norwegian top division club Viking FK. The 21-year-old is set to undergo a 10-day trial beginning from the last week of January.However, it is up to the management of Delhi Dynamos whether to release Chhangte for the trials or not.I-League: Minerva Punjab sign Juan Quero from Spanish third-tier side FC FuenlabradaI-League defending champions Minerva Punjab has signed Juan Quero from Spanish third-tier side FC Fuenlabrada. The Spaniard has been added to bolster Minerva Punjab’s squad for the 2019 AFC Champions League where they will be crossing swords with Iranian club Saipa FC.Juan Quero recently played for FC Fuenlabrada against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey in the Round of 32 where they even managed to hold the legendary club to a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeau. Quero’s addition to the Minerva squad will bolster their ambitions to make it to the main tournament of the 2019 AFC Champions League immensely.India to bid for 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World CupThe AIFF has decided to bid for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. In case you don’t know, India hosted the Men’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 and received a lot of praise from the highest governing body of football in the world for their brilliant organization skills.If FIFA awards the bid to India, it would change the way women’s football is perceived in the nation significantly.ISL 2018-19: Sandesh Jhingan in talks with ATK and a Qatari clubIndia’s center-back Sandesh Jhingan has been linked with ATK and Qatar Stars League Al-Gharafa SC for a potential move in the winter transfer window. However, the 25-year-old’s chances for signing with the Qatari club is meager as he might not get enough playing time.The move to ATK is a feasible one as the Kolkata club needs change in personnel desperately if they want to make it to the play-offs. According to the reports, Sandesh Jhingan will only change his allegiance from Kerala Blasters to ATK if there is a heavy transfer fee involved.Women’s Football: India to play friendlies against Hong Kong and IndonesiaIn a bid to improve their qualification chances for the next round of the 2020 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers Tournament, the women’s team will travel to Hong Kong and Indonesia and play friendlies with their senior women’s team. Here is India’s fixture list:January 21: India vs. Hong KongJanuary 23: India vs. Hong KongJanuary 27: India vs. IndonesiaJanuary 30: India vs. IndonesiaISL 2018-19: Fixtures for the remainder of the season outIndian Super League announced the fixtures for the remainder of the season on Wednesday. The season would resume on 25th January with ATK locking horns with Kerala Blasters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. Here is the full list of fixtures for the remainder of the season:Jan 25: Kerala Blasters vs ATKJan 26: NorthEast United vs Chennaiyin FCJan 27: Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FCJan 28: FC Goa vs Jamshedpur FCJan 30: Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FCJan 31: Delhi Dynamos vs Kerala BlastersFeb 1: Mumbai City FC vs FC GoaFeb 2: Chennaiyin FC vs FC Pune CityFeb 3: ATK vs Jamshedpur FCFeb 4: Delhi Dynamos vs FC GoaFeb 6: Bengaluru FC vs Kerala BlastersFeb 7: NorthEast United vs Delhi DynamosFeb 8: Jamshedpur FC vs Mumbai City FCFeb 9: Chennaiyin FC vs Bengaluru FCFeb 10: FC Pune City vs ATKFeb 13: Mumbai City FC vs NorthEast United FCFeb 14: FC Goa vs ATKFeb 15: Kerala Blasters vs Chennaiyin FCFeb 16: Jamshedpur C vs FC Pune CityFeb 17: Delhi Dynamos vs Bengaluru FCFeb 18: FC Goa vs Kerala BlastersFeb 20: NorthEast United vs FC Pune CityFeb 21: Bengaluru Fc vs FC GoaFeb 22: ATK vs Mumbai City FCFeb 23: Chennaiyin FC vs Jamshedpur FCFeb 24: FC Pune City vs Delhi DynamosFeb 27: Jamshedpur FC vs Bengaluru FCFeb 28: FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FCMarch 1: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast UnitedMarch 2: FC Pune City vs Mumbai City FCMarch 3: ATK vs Delhi Dynamos Advertisement
When archer Zahra Nemati carried the Iranian flag into the Maracana Stadium on Friday, she broke new ground for the Islamic country.Never before had a woman led Iran’s team into the parade of athletes in an Olympic opening ceremony.In Iran, where strict interpretations of Islamic norms are enforced, female fans are traditionally barred from attending male-only sporting events.Arriving in the stadium in a wheelchair, wearing a green head covering, Nemati was the flagbearer for a team made up overwhelmingly of men.It’s quite a way for the 31-year-old Nemati to make her mark on her first Olympics. (Rio kicks off Games with ode to forests, favelas and funk)She had hoped to represent Iran at the Olympics much earlier in life – and in taekwondo rather than archery.A car accident as a teenager set the former black belt on a new sporting path after leaving her paralyzed.She picked up archery a few years later simply because, “I wanted to do some sport.”Unlike most athletes, Nemati won’t just be spending part of August in Rio de Janeiro. She’ll be pulling double duty and will be back next month for the Paralympics, where she’s the defending gold medalist in the individual recurve W1/W2. (Dummy’s guide to Rio de Janeiro)Nemati started her ambitious journey to a first Olympic medal ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony during archery’s qualifying round at the Sambadrome. She shot 72 arrows and accumulated a score of 609 – good for 49th position. The results from the qualifying round are used determine the seedings for the bracketed tournament next week.advertisement”I want to make my goal and get the best result: to make my family and the people around me happy and let them know I’m OK and I’m strong,” she said.There’s no questioning her talent in archery. Over the last few years, Nemati has turned in a few top-10 finishes at World Cup events. Just last year she was ninth at a tournament in Poland. (Fans face long queues for tickets from reseller)At the 2012 London Paralympics, she captured gold to become the first woman from Iran to do so, according to the Rio Olympics website.Nemati earned her spot at both the Olympics and Paralympics with a strong performance at the 2015 Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships.”I had a dream to be in the Olympics as I was doing taekwondo before my accident,” she said. “Now, this dream came true through archery.”Nemati is hoping others in a similar situation will follow her path and has been named a United Nations ambassador for her role in empowering women through sport. (WADA slams Brazil after top athletes go untested)”For me, it means a lot to make the people who have big problems in their lives happy,” Nemati said.
Congratulations to the following referees on receiving their badge upgrades and finals appointment at the X-Blades National Touch League.Finals’ appointmentsMen’s Elite Eight: Dave Baggio, Luke McKenzie, Dale Lawrence.Women’s Elite Eight: Matthew Lavery, Mick Medlin, Anthony Smith.Mixed Open: Nathan Budge, Brett Freshwater, Brad Smith.Men’s T-League: Damien Carlson, Kim Skelly, Scott Campbell.Men’s 30s: Chris Schwerdt, Luke Heckendorf, Mark Kelly.Senior Mixed: Josh Vernon, Robert Bowen, Michael Watt.Men’s 40s: Bill Slade, Bernard O’Donohue, Tim Pearson.Men’s 45s: Barry McNamara, Richard McIlroy, Nick Altin.Women’s T-League: Sandra Clark, Rebecca Ward, Samantha Hacon.Men’s 50s: Greg Taylor, Phillip Lowe, Chris Murray.Women’s 35s: Tom Polkinghorne, Billy Greatbatch, Denise Weier.Women’s 40s: Terri Thomas, Jo Mason, Indra Garner.Men’s 55s: John Frost, Paul Sullivan, Matthew Prendergast.Referee upgradesLevel Five to Level Six:Rob BowenTony CalabriaKen ChanAdam CooperJohn Corser Darren CouperBilly Greatbatch (Youngest in Touch Football Australia history)Renee JanesPeter JonesGiancarlo LuengCraig McKeeMitch McKenzieJason MillerMatthew PhillipsTom PolkinghorneJohn SalisburyAlanah SinclairPaul TesorieroDenise WeierCliff WinnettLevel Four to Level Five:Brian BlechyndenMatthew BowcockDamon CupittMatthew DarmodyAmberly KeatingMichael LittlefieldKai MarutaIan McFarlaneSitha MeadLuke SaldrenJosh SchumacherFionna QuinnAmanda SheekyHayden SmithTony SutersMatthew Waters You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNTL referees
New Delhi: Three days before the launch of Reliance Jio’s broadband service, Bharti Airtel on Monday announced its Xstream platform comprising video streaming apps for the home entertainment segment. The company also announced a suite of streaming devices including set-top-box for watching content available on the Airtel Xstream app, formerly Airtel TV, on television sets and desktops. Bharti Airtel expects the new platform to provide it inroads in the market when 5G services are rolled out in the country. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”5G will start taking over broadband connections in many areas. As we enter 5G era, these are all IoT devices. They are able to connect to 5G networks now and stream high end content. Think this as preparation for future while it is a sensible decision for today’s market,” Bharti Airtel Chief Product Officer Adarsh Nair said after launching the platform. The Airtel Xstream app comes bundled with entertainment streaming applications including ZEE5, Hooq, Hoi Choi, Eros Now, HungamaPlay, ShemarooMe, Ultra and Curiosity Stream, as well as songs from Wynk app. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company also launched an Android-based Airtel Xstream Stick, similar to Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV stick, that will allow watching content on TVs and personal computers. Airtel Xstream Stick customers will get 30 days of Xstream app content for free and thereafter will need to pay Rs 999 for annual subscription. “There are 18 million broadband homes. This number is going up everyday. There is an opportunity to put these devices in 18 million homes. Most of the OTT (over-the-top) content providers have optimised their services which means you dont require very data speeds. Today if you have 8-10 mbps, you can stream the content,” Airtel’s Wynk CEO Sameer Batra said. The company also unveiled an Android-based set-top-box with wi-fi and bluetooth connectivity which will enable streaming of videos from mobiles to TV. It can also be connected to the direct-to-home service of Airtel to watch live TV. “Customers can stream video of any app through Xstream stick and Xstream box on their television,” Batra said.
Facebook TORONTO, ON – rock-it promotions, named one of Canada’s fastest growing companies by Profit 500 and awarded Notable’s Agency of the Year for 2017, wins back agency of record for Toronto Fashion Week, following a competitive review.rock-it promotions was the Canadian agency of record for IMG Fashion and previously the FDCC (Fashion Design Council of Canada) and Fashion Week in Toronto for 10 years (20 seasons).Toronto Fashion Week is Canada’s leading fashion, art, music and culture event and today, announced an exciting new partnership with THE COLLECTIONS™, a Toronto-based designer management and production agency. The incorporation of the innovative RE\SET™ platform (launched by THE COLLECTIONS™ in February 2016) will be integrated throughout next season’s event. Toronto Fashion Week takes place this season from Mon., Feb. 5 to Wed., Feb. 7, 2018. Leading up to Toronto Fashion Week’s second season, rock-it promotions will manage all public relations activity, including overall brand strategy nationally and locally, media and industry accreditation, and onsite event management, including facilitating interviews for Toronto Fashion Week spokespeople, designers and sponsor spokespeople, runway room show seating, front and back of house, and more.“We are very excited to reunite with Toronto Fashion Week. The event is such an important one in growing Canada’s fashion identity,” says Kate Makinson, Vice President at rock-it promotions. “This season’s Toronto Fashion Week and the exciting new partnership with THE COLLECTIONS will redefine how we engage with fashion and will highlight some of the country’s top and emerging talent.” Twitter: @rockitpromoBlog: www.onthefourthfloor.comInstagram: @rockitpromoFlickr: flickr.com/photos/rockitpromoWebsite: www.rockitpromo.comAbout rock-it promotions:rock-it promotions is one of Canada’s leading lifestyle PR agencies. A full-service PR and communications agency, rock-it provides a broad range of services including strategic planning, media relations and outreach, event management, press trips, partnership and sponsorship engagement, celebrity outreach and representation, product seeding, brand ambassador programs and more. rock-it promotions also runs Fourth Floor Management, a social influencer management arm that represents some of the most respected creative minds in the influencer community. In both 2016 and 2017, the agency was awarded a place on the Profit 500 as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, while founder and president Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski received recognition in 2016 in Profit Magazine’s W100 as one Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was most impressed by Mr. Mandela’s humility when he met the former anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Mr. Mandela preferred to talk not about himself but about what other people had done in the struggle for human rights and dignity, Mr. Ban said in a message to a special commemorative ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York.“That is just one reason why Nelson Mandela is such an inspiration to millions. He was not backed by money or power. As he constantly reminds us, he is an ordinary man. But he has achieved extraordinary things. “Nelson Mandela’s accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his own nation, South Africa, but made the world a better place for all people, everywhere,” said the Secretary-General.The General Assembly overwhelmingly decided in November 2009 to declare 18 July, Mr. Mandela’s birthday, as the “Nelson Mandela International Day” to commemorate his long-standing commitment to promoting conflict resolution, race relations, human rights, reconciliation and gender equality.The Assembly’s President, Ali Treki, said that the celebration of the Day should also serve to remind the international community of the imperative for social equality and justice and the pursuit of peace through dialogue. “It is a call to action to make the world a better place, one day at a time,” he stated in a message to today’s ceremony.Among the events taking place around the globe to mark the Day is a “football for peace” tournament in Sudan, as well as photo exhibitions, film screenings, panel discussions and music programmes in a number of countries. 16 July 2010The United Nations is marking Nelson Mandela International Day for the first time this year in honour of the former South African leader’s contribution to the struggle for peace and freedom.
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Sept. delivery declined 16.20 cents at $4.56 a bushel; Sept. corn was off 2.60 cents at $3.64 a bushel; Sept. oats fell 8 cents at $2.69 a bushel; while Sept. soybeans rose 5.20 cents at 8.6240 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Aug. live cattle fell .70 cent at $1.0472 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle lost 6.30 cents at $1.3235 a pound; Oct. lean hogs was off 0.02 cent at .6378 a pound.The Associated Press
“Since its revitalization, one of the major constraints confronting UN-HABITAT has been the lack of predictable and stable financing,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Anna Tibaijuka. “This renewed vote of confidence will be a major boost to our work programme and the implementation of our new strategic vision.” UN-HABITAT said this increase in funding explicitly recognises the success of its work. In 2002, the Dutch Government carried out an in-depth assessment of the agency and concluded that the process of institutional revitalization, started in 1998, had been a success. Netherlands has also more than doubled its annual contribution to the agency to $1.4 million.Mrs. Tibaijuka said the partnership would boost UN-HABITAT’s capacity to meet the challenges set by the Millennium Development Goals, especially those targets concerned with improving the living conditions of over 100 million slum dwellers by 2020 and providing the poor with sustainable access to safe drinking water. The new partnership funding will go primarily towards urban poverty reduction, urban youth development policies and slum upgrading.
Senior safety Christian Bryant (2) is helped off the field after breaking his ankle during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team earned its first Big Ten win of the season Saturday, beating Wisconsin 31-24 behind four touchdown passes from junior quarterback Braxton Miller. Going 1-0 in the conference came at a price, though, as the Buckeyes (5-0) lost senior safety Christian Bryant late in the game to an ankle injury.Bryant broke his left ankle on Wisconsin’s (3-2) second-to-last play from scrimmage. The three-year starter, and one of the leaders of OSU’s defensive unit, was attempting to make a tackle on Wisconsin senior running back James White at the end of a 13-yard reception when teammate sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry landed on his ankle.OSU coach Urban Meyer did not hide his emotional reaction to the injury during his postgame press conference. He slammed the podium with his hand at one point during his opening statement and called Bryant’s injury the “hard part of the game.”“That’s the hardest part of this whole job,” Meyer said. “That darn kid has done so much for our program, he’s come so far. Incredible leadership skills, and he’s going to be even more valuable outside of football. I love that guy.”Bryant was unable to put any weight on his injured ankle as he was helped off the field by two OSU trainers.Meyer said Bryant was transported to the hospital in an ambulance after the game to have surgery. He did not say how long he expects the injury to keep Bryant out.Bryant was “devastated” about the injury, Meyer said, and defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said Bryant was “shedding tears.”“You know how hard he’s worked,” Fickell said. “You know how much he’s put into this, you know how much he’s grown. He had incredible expectations. When we put as much pressure on these guys as we do, sometimes those things hurt because they think they’re letting us down, they’re letting their buddies down.”Bryant’s teammates also expressed their emotions about the injury.“Heart-wrenching is the only word to say,” said redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort. “He’s a great friend and a great football player and leader. It’s hard losing a guy like that.”Junior outside linebacker Ryan Shazier said Bryant is “like (his) big brother.”“(Bryant’s injury) really hurt me deep inside,” Shazier said. “You don’t know what you’re going to do without your brother, so I don’t know what I can do without him.”Redshirt-senior C.J. Barnett, who starts alongside Bryant at safety, said the injury made Saturday’s win “bittersweet.”“We’re going to have to pick it up for him, find a replacement and his leadership’s going to be missed,” Barnett said. “Other leaders are going to carry some more weight.”In his third season as a starter on OSU’s defense, Bryant is one of the Buckeyes’ eight captains. He is one of three captains who plays defense for OSU, along with Barnett and Shazier.The Buckeyes are likely to turn to redshirt-senior Corey Brown and redshirt-sophomore Ron Tanner, who have both seen playing time at safety for OSU this season, to take Bryant’s place in the lineup. The injury could also be an opportunity for freshman Vonn Bell to see more playing time on defense. Bell is listed as a nickel cornerback on OSU’s depth chart, but as a safety on the roster.Bryant’s leadership will be difficult to replace, Meyer said, and Fickell called Bryant the “heart and soul” of OSU’s defense.“We say that sometimes about a bunch of different guys, but (Bryant is) a guy that’s come a long way for us,” Fickell said. “It’s not just his play on the field, it’s what he brings every day in the meeting rooms, in the classrooms, in those types of situations.”Bryant had 22 tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in OSU’s first five games. A second-team all-Big Ten selection in 2012, he was named to preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski and Jim Thorpe awards.Barnett said Bryant’s “fierceness and tenacity” will be missed.“He’s just like a little pit bull out there, man, and that’s needed on defense,” Barnett said. “He brings a lot of energy.”Shazier said Bryant is a “hype man” for the secondary.“He’s just a little wiry guy, he loves to talk junk,” Shazier said. “It’s just fun playing with him.”Bryant is “there when you need him” on the back end of the OSU defense, Shazier said.“He’s the backstop,” Shazier said. “He’s good on the run fits, he’s good on the pass, he makes hard hits.”Bryant’s experience and leadership, however, will make it tough for any one player to fill his shoes.“You can’t replace him,” Fickell said. “I’m not going to sit here and say that we’re going to have someone go in there and be the same heart and soul … but that just means that we gotta do something different. Maybe (junior defensive lineman) Michael Bennett’s got to be a better leader. (Junior linebacker) Curtis Grant’s got to be a bigger leader. (Junior cornerback) Doran Grant’s got to be a bigger leader.”Nonetheless, Fickell said the Buckeyes — including Bryant — cannot let the injury dip their morales.“We can’t drop our heads about it, we just got to continue to move on,” Fickell said. “I grabbed (Bryant) and said, ‘Hey, you can’t have your head down, man, you’re a big part of this, whether you’re on the field or you’re not. You’re going to be a leader, you’re going to be a coach, you’re going to be that guy that’s still going to be an inspiration to us.’”Shazier said the Buckeyes are going to “keep playing the rest of this season for (Bryant).”“We just going to keep grinding and keep focusing on what we have to do,” Shazier said.The 5-0 Buckeyes will not have Bryant on the field, but will be looking for the program’s 18th consecutive win Saturday at 8 p.m. when the team takes on No. 16 Northwestern (4-0) in Evanston, Ill.
Ryan Shazier attempts the 40-yard dash. He pulled his hamstring during this run. Ohio State Pro Day took place at The Woody Hayes Athletic Center March 7. Credit: Ryan Robey / For The Lantern For 16 former Ohio State football players, a lifelong dream is one step closer.OSU held its Pro Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Friday, as a last chance for some players to show NFL scouts that they deserved to be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft.For wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown it was a surreal experience, having spent years watching older guys participate and now taking his turn.“We were talking before this, me and Jordan (Hall), about how everything has flown by,” Brown said. “I remember even being (a) younger dude and watching everybody do this and just thinking ‘We’ve got another year, another two years before we can do this,’ and then it’s here. It’s here before you can blink and it was our time to do it and it was another opportunity in life and we’ve got to take advantage of it.”Brown was one of six Buckeyes — along with offensive linemen Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley, cornerback Bradley Roby, linebacker Ryan Shazier and running back Carlos Hyde — who participated in the NFL Scouting Combine in February.But for the players who weren’t invited to the combine, Pro Day was a chance to show scouts what they are capable of.“I just wanted to come out and have fun with my guys today, show I could throw the ball around and just come out and compete with the rest of the guys around the country,” quarterback Kenny Guiton said. “I’m just looking for a shot and if I get the shot I’ll try my best to succeed and be a leader, just show I can be a leader on the team and come out and have fun every day with a positive mindset.”Despite, at times, putting up record-setting numbers for the Buckeyes, Guiton did not receive significant playing time while in school, being the backup for senior quarterback Braxton Miller.Guiton said having to watch the Combine and not take part was difficult but that it was turned into a motivational factor when his shot came.“I actually went down to Florida to train and met some cool guys and we’ve all been encouraging each other during the Combine that our time is coming,” Guiton said. “It’s cool to actually have this day and do good out there.”Echoing Guiton, safety C.J. Barnett said not being invited to the Combine was tough but that being at a place the size of OSU gives scouts a chance to see you perform.“I couldn’t control if I got invited to the Combine or not. I was kind of down that I didn’t but I had to make do with the opportunity I had,” Barnett said. “Pro Day was here, being Ohio State and having so many guys here we get a lot of attention. This is kind of a mini-Combine with all of the scouts and (general managers) here. So (I) got the opportunity that I needed.”Certain players decided to sit out different aspects of Pro Day, notably Hyde chose not to run the 40-yard dash after injuring his hamstring at the Combine, and Shazier sat out the individual drills after tweaking his hamstring early in the day.Shazier said the injury “feels like a blown tire,” but that he isn’t worried about it long term.“I’m not really concerned about it because I was just trying to rush it back so I could run for everybody,” Shazier said.The 16 players who participated weren’t the only former Buckeyes in attendance, with safety Christian Bryant watching as his former teammates took the field.Bryant, who broke his ankle against Wisconsin Sept. 28, said he is close to 100 percent healthy, but he didn’t want to risk another injury before draft day.“Right now I’m pretty close,” Bryant said. “I’m just taking it slow, I don’t want to really speed through anything and have any minor setbacks because I’ve already been through a major setback so I don’t want to set myself back any further, so right now I’m just taking things slow.”Former running back Jaamal Berry was also in attendance after transferring to Murray State, located in Murray, Ky., but was not permitted to work out because of an NFL rule preventing players from working out with schools they are not attending or outside of their hometown.For the Buckeyes, now that Pro Day is over the players will move on to individual workouts with NFL teams before the NFL Draft May 8-10.If the players are not drafted, teams could offer them a free agent contract and a chance to make the roster. Guiton said a small chance is all that is needed.“I just want a shot,” Guiton said. “I don’t mind where I’m picked up at, free agency late rounds, it doesn’t matter. I just want a shot and once you get into camp it’s all on you.”
The funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking will be held today at a church near the Cambridge University college that was his academic home for more than 50 years.Renowned British physicist Prof Hawking died peacefully at his Cambridge home on March 14 at the age of 76.The cosmologist had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease in his 20s.Saturday’s private funeral service at the University Church of St Mary the Great will be attended by family, invited friends and colleagues.The church, which can seat up to 1,200 people, is near to Gonville and Caius College, where Prof Hawking was a fellow for 52 years. Prof Hawking’s coffin will be carried by six porters from the college, all in traditional uniform including bowler hats.Many porters at the college knew Prof Hawking and provided support when he visited for dinners and other events, and they were asked by his family to be pallbearers.Head porter Russ Holmes will walk ahead of the coffin as it is carried into the church.He will wear his formal college uniform of top hat and tails, and carry a silver-topped ebony cane of office.In a statement, Prof Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim said: “On behalf of our whole family we want to express our huge gratitude to all the wonderful tributes to our father and to those who have sent us messages of condolence. “Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. Fellow students contacted by the college recalled his left-wing views and his mischievous sense of humour, with one describing how he replaced the Royal Navy flag on the castle flagpole with the Communist hammer and sickle. Prof Hawking’s ashes will be interred close to the remains of Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey on June 15.A book of condolence for Prof Hawking remains open at Gonville and Caius College, and an online book has also been set up.Ahead of the funeral, Gonville and Caius College released new black and white photographs of Hawking taken in 1961 at a summer school for young astrophysicists at a castle in Sussex, southern England, when he was 19.They showed him playing croquet and in a sailing dinghy, two years before he began experiencing the first symptoms of the motor neurone disease that would later leave him almost completely paralysed. “He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city.”For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him.”Our father’s life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious.”So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life.”We would like to thank Gonville and Caius College, the University of Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge for their assistance with our father’s funeral service.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Updated 3pm TRANSPORT MINISTER LEO Varadkar has said that the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan should withdraw comments made in January that the actions of two garda whisteblowers were “disgusting”.However, a garda spokesperson has confirmed this afternoon that Callinan will not be withdrawing the remarks and has drawn attention to a statement issued last week in which the commissioner clarified what he meant.Speaking at a Road Safety Authority conference in Dublin today, Varadkar said that ex-garda John Wilson and serving sergeant Maurice McCabe had used the correct procedures in attempting to highlight malpractice in the penalty points system, but said those procedures “failed them”.He said that when information about penalty points being inappropriately and incorrectly cancelled was released it was done through members of the Oireachtas which gardaí are entitled to do. He described the two whistleblowers’ actions as “distinguished”.Pointing out that he was speaking on “my own behalf”, he added: “I want to thank Sergeant McCabe and Mr Wilson for their service.“They may not have got everything right, but they did shine a light into a dark place and force those who’d rather turn a blind eye to face up to the truth.”He told reporters that Callinan’s remark about the actions of McCabe and Wilson being “disgusting” should be withdrawn and added that the commissioner should “make any other corrections he needs to make to the testimony he made to the Public Accounts Committee”.In January, Callinan told the Public Accounts Committee that it was “quite disgusting” that two people out of a force of 13,000 are making “extraordinary serious allegations” and there is not “a whisper” from elsewhere in the force of “corruption or malpractice”.“On a personal level, I think it’s quite disgusting,” he said.Callinan responseLast week, Callinan attempted to clarify those remarks following the publication of a Garda Inspectorate report which found “inconsistent and widespread” breaches of the policy on penalty points.He said last week: “I want to clarify that my use of that term was not in reference to the character of either Sgt McCabe or former Garda Wilson, but the manner in which personal and sensitive data was inappropriately appearing in the public domain without regard to due process and fair procedures.”Contacted this afternoon, a garda spokesperson said that Callinan reiterates what he said in the statement last week which “clarified the context in which the words were said”.When asked if that meant the “disgusting” remark would not be withdrawn, the spokesperson confirmed this was the case.In a follow-up statement from the garda press office this afternoon, a spokesperson said: “The Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan clarified his use of the word “disgusting” last week.“In that statement, he said that his use of the term at the Public Accounts Committee was not in reference to the character of either Sgt McCabe or former Garda Wilson, but the manner in which personal and sensitive data was inappropriately appearing in the public domain without regard to due process and fair procedures.“The Commissioner used the term at the PAC in the context of outlining how he would support any member of An Garda Siochana who reports wrongdoing of any kind, but it should be done through the mechanisms and procedures for doing so.”PAC commentsThe spokesperson also cited remarks at the PAC meeting in January, quoting Callinan as saying: “Anyone who makes any report of wrongdoing to me, I will deal with it very seriously…I will not allow anyone reporting wrongdoing to be bullied, harassed, intimidated…that will not happen on my watch.“There is a mechanism and procedure for reporting wrongdoing which should not be going off to a third party with a whole raft of serious allegations, criminal and otherwise, and producing them elsewhere.”The spokesperson added that several recommendations contained in the Garda Inspectorate’s report on the system are already being implemented.Varadkar was also asked today whether the whistleblowers were owed an apology, but he said that was not a matter for him, but those who may or may not have something to apologise about.Justice Minister Alan Shatter has faced repeated calls to apologise to the whistleblowers for claiming on the Dáil record that they did not cooperate with an internal garda inquiry into the penalty points controversy.First published 12.43pm Read: Garda whistleblower says Shatter lives in ‘an imaginary world’Read: Callinan says he didn’t call whistleblowers “disgusting”
Amazon‘s Kindle does e-reading better than pretty much any other device out there… unless you’re reading your content on the web. Then it’s hamstrung by one of the worst browsers ever conceived by non-deviant man. It’s not really Amazon’s fault, of course… they’re hampered by the technology, and slowly refreshing e-ink displays are simply not ideal for viewing graphic-heavy webpages.Still, a lot of sites have tried to make things easier for Kindle users by offering up their own Kindle-friendly versions of their regular homepage. These custom versions can be hard to find, though, if you don’t know they’re already there. Argh.AdChoices广告Luckily, there’s Kinstant, a customizable homepage for the Amazon Kindle which gives you one-click access to a variety of Kindle-friendly websites. It doesn’t end there, though: you can also click on category pages, which drills down into a further list of sites appropriate for viewing on Kindle, as well as headlines and item summaries pulled from that subject.Another neat feature? The ability to add in your own Kindle-friendly links, either directly from the Kindle or from another web browser. Add the normal URL and, once saved, clicking the link will zoom you off to a Kindle-friendly version of that same site.Rounding off the features: easy access to a persistent calculator as well as Google Maps. The whole package isn’t perfect, but it’s better than the default Kindle set-up, and let’s face it: the Kindle’s free 3G access for life is a nice perk to a great e-reader, but it’s affordable to Amazon just because the Kindle web is so unusable… something Kinstant helps correct in spades.Read more at Gadget Lab
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Community representatives gathered in Canberra on Monday in a bid to urge parliamentarians not to weaken Australia’s laws against racial vilification. The campaign is in response to the federal government’s recent announcement to conduct an inquiry into ‘freedom of speech’, with a review of the Racial Discrimination Act, namely 18D and 18C, the latter of which makes it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” a person or group based on their race.Representatives from the Indigenous, Jewish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arab and Indian communities were present, including coordinator of the Australian Hellenic Council George Vellis, who was feeling positive following the meeting.“The response was fantastic and we have a lot of support from the major parties,” Mr Vellis told Neos Kosmos. The leaders set out to convey community concerns about the impact that the changes to the law would have on social cohesion and on ethnic minorities to be able to freely participate in society without fear of being harassed and abused based on their race.“This issue is not really just about freedom of speech, despite the terms of reference of the Parliamentary Joint Committee. The right to live free from racial vilification goes to the very heart of Australian multiculturalism, tolerance and democracy,” Mr Vellis said.The Racial Discrimination Act has been in existence since 1995 and operated with little controversy until 2011, when columnist Andrew Bolt came under fire for the publication of two articles that mocked and disparaged ‘fair-skinned’ Aborigines on the basis of their race. He was found by a court to have contravened section 18C. To ensure the laws are not changed, Mr Vellis says concerned members of the community need to step up and make their voices heard. “The next move is to get as many submissions brought forward [and] to get as many Greek organisations to submit a letter in response to the racial discrimination by supporting a no change to the current laws by 9 December,” Mr Vellis said.
As oil prices continue to plummet, some corporations are scaling back on expensive exploration projects — like drilling in Arctic waters. But, one company with a major stake in the region has yet to tip its hand.Download AudioWithin the last few months, a handful of oil companies have backed away from the Arctic. Chevron decided to stop seeking government approval to work north of Canada. And over in Greenland, Statoil gave back three of its four licenses to drill offshore.But Royal Dutch Shell has been quiet about whether it’s still planning to go back to Alaska this summer for the first time in three years.Spokesperson Megan Baldino wouldn’t comment on the role that oil prices might play in Shell’s decision. But Foster Mellen, a global oil and gas analyst with Ernst & Young, says it’s clear what they’re up against.“Pretty much all companies — even the big, financially sound companies — are looking at very much reduced cash flows for the coming year,” Mellen says. “So discretionary spending such as high-risk, high-cost exploration is probably the first to be put on the shelf.”Unless the price of oil is above $80 per barrel, Mellen says it doesn’t usually make sense to drill in the Arctic. Right now, the price is somewhere around $50.But Shell’s investment in the Arctic might overshadow that. The company’s spent about $6 billion on its prospects in Alaska. And Malte Humpert, the executive director of the nonpartisan Arctic Institute, says that could spur Shell forward.“They might really assume that prices go back up and it would take years anyways to develop the drills and get the oil out of the ground,” Humpert says. “But I think it would be a hard sell, to weigh those short-term roadblocks over long-term potential.”Shell has walked away from the Alaskan Arctic once before, though. The company drilled several wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in the 1980s.But according to a fact sheet produced by the company, it was ”too expensive to operate given the technology and oil price regime that existed at the time.”Shell didn’t turn its attention back to Alaska for more than a decade. In 2005, the company started buying up leases again — eventually spending more than $2 billion on sites in the Chukchi Sea.Those leases have been the subject of a long-running legal challenge. And that could be the biggest hurdle Shell faces as they consider a return to the Arctic in 2015.John Callahan is a spokesman for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Anchorage.“The court order prevents BOEM from formally processing — or what we call ‘deeming submitted’ — this exploration plan from Shell,” Callahan says. “However, this court order also explicitly allows BOEM to work with Shell, to get together and discuss ways the plan can be approved. And that’s what our people are doing.”The formal review can’t start until the Secretary of the Interior decides whether to uphold the lease sale where Shell picked up big prospects in the Chukchi Sea. That decision is expected sometime in March.That doesn’t leave a lot of time for oil markets to bounce back before Shell’s Arctic fleet would have to head north to start their drilling season.The company’s expected to provide more details on its plans for the Arctic — and other ventures around the world — during a quarterly earnings call with investors on January 29.
RAW-Romeo Akbar Walter box office collectionTwitterJohn Abraham’s latest release RAW- Romeo Akbar Walter has had an average start at the box office on its opening day, but the movie witnessed a hike in its collection on day 2, Saturday.The spy thriller had received mixed reviews from the critics. Some liked it but some others found it average. Despite being released solo, RAW- Romeo Akbar Walter had made a collection of just Rs 6 crore at the Indian box office on first day.As expected, the movie witnessed better occupancy on Saturday, and registered a better business on its second day. RAW- Romeo Akbar Walter collected Rs 7.50 crore at the domestic market on day 2.With a screen count of around 2,000 across India, RAW- Romeo Akbar Walter may have made a slow start, it can still manage to assure profits for the producers as the cost of production is limited.If RAW- Romeo Akbar Walter manages to maintain the momentum at the box office on Sunday, it can end the first weekend on a decent note.Directed by Robbie Grewal, RAW- Romeo Akbar Walter is based on true events showcasing the sacrifice of an Indian for the security of the nation. John plays the lead role of an espionage, who takes all the risk to gather confidential information from Pakistan during 1971. The film also features Mouni Roy, Sikandar Kher, Jackie Shroff among others.
Proposed policy changes could mean the end of the retail monopoly of oil giants. Reuters fileA proposed major policy reform may allow foreign energy companies and supermarket chains to sell automobile fuel like petrol and diesel on retail. If the Cabinet proposal of the oil ministry is implemented you may be able to buy fuel for your vehicles from supermarkets on retail along with your weekly shopping, reports suggest.The oil ministry has proposed to scrap the two-decade-old rule of restricting the licence to market petrol, diesel and jet fuel to players investing Rs 2,000 crore in exploration and production, refining, pipelines or terminals, a report in the Economic Times said citing an unidentified source in the know of the developments. The ministry is consulting the finance, commerce, and law ministries for the proposal. It was prepared from the recommendations of an official panel formed in March to review the 2002 guideline on the grant of transport fuel marketing licence, the source said.The move is seen as a major step in the push for increasing the ease of doing business by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The panel that submitted its report in late May had favoured substituting the minimum investment by companies as a licensing condition by the minimum net worth bar for licence seekers, the report said. In a marked policy divergence, the panel recommended opening up the sector to non-oil companies, while enforcing strict timelines for setting up petrol pumps, and penalties for not meeting the rollout plan. Bob Dudley (right), CEO of BP gas company, and Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, leave after meeting Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi on June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiForeign players have been baulking at the minimum investment-rule despite the lure of India’s rapidly expanding fuel market. The countrywide demand for petrol, diesel and jet fuel grew by 8 per cent, 3 per cent and 9 per cent respectively in 2018-19, the report says.Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, France’s Total and oil trader Trafigura could benefit from the change in the licence rule. Saudi Aramco recently wrote to the oil ministry that it is keen on fuel retailing in India, according to another unidentified source that report cites. The company, however, is yet to submit a formal application, and may be awaiting the rule change, the source said. Saudi Aramco is in talks with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries for a stake in the latter’s refining unit. It is also partnering with state-run firms for a proposed 60-million-tonnes a year refinery, earlier reports said.Late last year, India had rejected Singapore-based Trafigura’s plea for a fuel marketing licence on the ground that its purchase of a stake in a refinery in Gujarat in 2017 did not make it eligible. The total has partnered with Adani for its energy business in India but is yet to apply for a marketing licence, sources said.The change in the rule could also help supermarket chains to open fuel pumps on their premises, according to reports. This might open a big revenue source for supermarkets, although securing safe space for setting up pumps in cities would be a big challenge. The panel suggests that companies seeking licence must set up at least 100 retail outlets, of which at least 5 per cent should be in notified remote areas, within seven years of getting the licence.
Taking vitamin C supplements can help diabetics by lowering elevated blood sugar levels throughout the day, a study has found. The research, published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, also found that vitamin C lowered blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes, suggesting benefits for heart health too. According to Glenn Wadley from Deakin University in Australia, the results may help millions currently living with the health condition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We found that participants had a significant 36 per cent drop in the blood sugar spike after meals. This also meant that they spent almost three hours less per day living in a state of hyperglycaemia,” Wadley said. “This is extremely positive news as hyperglycaemia is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in people living with type 2 diabetes,” he said. “We also found that the proportion of people with hypertension halved after taking the vitamin C capsules, with both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels dropping significantly,” Wadley added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe dose of vitamin C used in the study was about 10 times the normal dietary intake and readily available from most health food stores, researchers said. “Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties can help counteract the high levels of free radicals found in people with diabetes, and it’s encouraging to see this benefits a number of the disease’s common comorbidities, such as high blood pressure,” he said. “While physical activity, good nutrition and current diabetes medications are standard care and very important for managing type 2 diabetes, some people can find it tough to manage their blood glucose levels even with medication,” he added.