1 paisa loan waiver a cruel joke: farmer

first_imgChiddi Sharma, a farmer in Ading village of Mathura, has received 1 paisa or ₹00.01 as part of the U.P. government’s flagship crop loan waiver scheme, which promises a relief of up to ₹1 lakh to the 86 lakh farmers in the State. Mr. Sharma, one of the many farmers who have been given waivers of minuscule amounts, says his is the “cruellest joke” as no one in the State has been paid 1 paise as relief for losses running into lakhs.‘Blessing for farmers’Announced in April this year, a month after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to power in U.P., the ₹36,000-crore ‘Rin Mochan Yojana’ had come as a blessing for debt-ridden farmers of the State. Even as the Adityanath government competed six months, Mr. Sharma got a message on his phone from Punjab National Bank on Sunday that he had got a loan waiver of 1 paisa as part of the flagship scheme.When The Hindu met the 52-year-old farmer in his humble one-room house,Mr. Sharma was visibly angry. “I had distributed sweets in April when Yogiji announced the loan waiver. I had taken loan of ₹1.55 lakh from the Punjab National Bank six years ago, but could not repay it that due to repeated losses in farming. Today I do not know whether to laugh or cry. Many leaders have played with the emotions of the farmers, but this one by Yogiji is the cruellest of them all,” said Mr. Sharma who owns five bighas of land and comes under the category of “marginal farmer”. Waiver certificate“Since the day Yogiji announced the ₹1-lakh loan waiver scheme, I had only been thinking about it. I don’t know what to say now. The six-month wait has resulted in 1 paisa in my account,” Mr. Sharma said, waving the loan waiver certificate embossed with the photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Adityanath, with the slogan “har kadam kisanon ke saath (with farmers in their every step)” running under them.“I don’t want to speak much but what is the point of advertising ₹36000 crore. How come other farmers in Mathura who took almost the same amount as me and who were in a similar situation, got the full waiver of ₹1 lakh,” asked Mr. Sharma, flanked by his son Banwarilal Sharma and his two sons. Since the news of 1-paisa loan waiver broke, Mr. Sharma has been receiving hordes of journalists and photographers at his home.The media attention is also proving to be a pocket pinch for the family, said Banwarilal Sharma who had spent over ₹100 on tea and snacks for the reporters visiting them.Opposition fumesWhile there are many beneficiaries of the loan waiver scheme who have got a relief as low as 40 paisa, no one else in the State has a certificate that matches the 1-paisa laon waiver to Mr. Sharma. His case has already given ammunition to the Opposition leaders in the State. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted on Monday: “Bhool chukey jo apna sankalp patra, shweta patra unka bahana hai (The white paper is an excuse for those who have forgotten their poll promises)”.Two-account theoryThe district manager of PNB bank, P.K. Singh, said that a case like that of Chiddi Sharma may have happened because of two accounts in the same bank. “Under the scheme those accounts of farmers ended up getting selected in which the money was either repaid or there was a meagre loan amount left,” said Mr. Singh. But Mr. Sharma said he never had two accounts in PNB, so there was no chance of any confusion. Probe orderedThe district officials of Mathura have ordered a probe into Mr. Sharma’s case. ADM Mathura Sadanand Gupta told Mr. Sharma that it was a mistake on part of PNB and directed the bank officials to issue a new certificate. The District Magistrate of Mathura, Arvind Malappa, told The Hindu, “I looked at the case of of Chiddi Sharma and it seems that it happened due to some technical error which we are trying to sort out.”last_img read more

Twist of fate for Saina Nehwal

first_imgHail Saina Nehwal, the brand new Olympic bronze medallist at the London Olympics. Agreed, the Indian badminton queen did not play her best, but luck smiled on her as opponent Wang Xin from China hobbled off the court because of a knee injury.Sport is about victory and celebrations or losses and tears. On Saturday, it was Saina’s chance to flash that million-watt smile as she wore the bronze medal around her neck after the unfinished play-off.”I told my dad I was sorry I couldn’t win gold but at least I have a bronze medal. I just can believe it,” said Saina at the press conference.Having backpedalled right through the brief contest, when Xin used amazing variety to trouble Saina, the Indian was clueless as to what to do.As the first game was drawing to a close, there was sudden drama. Xin fell on the ground and was in pain at the score of 20-18. She took a medical timeout and resumed play. But in a matter of minutes, after winning one point in the second game, the lefthanded Chinese shuttler walked away in tears.It was mixed emotions for Saina as she knew this was not a match she had won but on a stage as big as the Olympics, what counts is a medal for yourself and the nation.”I can imagine what kind of celebration this is going to spark off in India,” said Saina, who had lost to Indonesian Mariana Yulianti in the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics.advertisementSo how is she going to celebrate? “I am now going to watch movies and I am going to eat chocolates. I don’t care even if I am going to put on weight!” Saina said.Saina was under a lot of pressure against the tricky Chinese player. Xin used court craft and huge variety in her game to trouble Saina by smashing and placing the shuttle in different corners of the court.Saina had initially taken a 4-2 lead from where Xin caught up with dexterity. The way the lithe Chinese used her wrist with deception had Saina in trouble. More so, when Saina was misjudging the flight of the shuttle on the baseline.But in a matter of minutes, everything changed. Saina did stage a fightback from 7-14 and caught up before Xin’s knee wrecked it.”My initial reaction was that Wang was trying to slow it down or she was trying to get her breath back as she fell down. But once I saw her in the second set, I knew her injury was serious,” explained Saina.Saina told the media she got good sleep last night. “Yes, I did think a lot about the semi-final loss. But I also knew I had to come out fit for the bronze medal play-off,” said Saina.She admitted that she was trying too hard. “I was in a hurry to play attacking strokes from the beginning. And I was perhaps aware of the expectations back home,” said Saina.The atmosphere inside the hall on Saturday was fantastic. Wembley is better known for football but these days it is the indoor badminton hall which has been making huge noise.For the vocal Chinese supporters, this was a big let-down. They had the national flag in place and were loudly cheering star Xin.The Indian fan base, too, was not to be left behind. Waving the Tricolour and cheering Saina in English and Hindi, they were rewarded for their loyalty.last_img read more

‘Vote! Love! Support PBA,’ among signs borne by ‘Spider-Man’

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “It’s not my intention to hurt anyone. My message is about spreading love so why would I even go out there and hurt [June Mar]?”Felizarta, who was yet to be identified at that time, told league Commissioner Willie Marcial that he decided to make a statement “because it’s the elections.”He said that he had been doing stunts like this “since 2010” and that he is running a charity.“I think this is the only chance for us to get things right,” Felizarta explained in Filipino.Two more men were captured by venue security who were later identified as Flenn Lola and Rayahn Paredes.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—The costumed spectator who disrupted Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel and Magnolia on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum will be facing multiple charges, the Inquirer learned late Friday night.PSSG Oliver Bocade of Quezon City Police Department’s Station 7 said that 31-year-old Paolo Felizarta is facing charges on the grounds of unjust vexation, and alarm and scandal after entering the playing court which caused a fracas late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bocade, who is the case investigator, said that Felizarta, who was donning the costume of “Spider-Man” simply wanted to send across a message, which was “to be wise in this coming election.”Felizarta, who hails from Imus, Cavite, streaked onto the court at the 3:06 mark of the final period, bearing a sign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe ran into Beermen center Fajardo and collided with Christian Standhardinger before he was eventually caught by members of the Araneta’s security and was dragged into the coliseum tunnel where he was unmasked and asked about his objective.“I just want us to love each other. That’s it,” Felizarta told reporters in Filipino. “I couldn’t clearly see through the mask. I’m sorry. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Paredes hit Lola under the assumption that the latter was in cahoots with Felizarta. All three were brought to QCPD’s Station 7 later that night.Fajardo, who was shaken after the collision, told reporters after the game that his jaw continued to hurt. Though he said that he won’t be pressing charges against Felizarta as “no one was seriously harmed.”Recovered from Felizarta were at least 10 neon-green signs. Some of them read “Peace for the Philippines,” “Vote! Love!” and “Support PBA.”Felizarta is expected to be detained until next week as his processing his case could start on Tuesday the earliest due to the weekend and the midterm elections set on Monday. Bocade also noted that it usually takes three days for cases to be raffled to a municipal court.Bocade said Felizarta could post bail. The amount, though, will be determined by a fiscal.“In our experience, minor offenses like this would set someone back by P2,000,” he told the Inquirer.Felizarta was eventually joined by his younger brother and cousin, who both asked not to be named. The pair said they had no prior knowledge of Felizarta’s plans to disrupt the game and stressed that he is different from the “Bicolanong Spiderman” whose charity work is documented in the internet.They said that they are considering on suing San Miguel’s Ronald Tubid, who in the Inquirer’s footage could be seen throwing a punch to the back of Felizarta’s head.The Inquirer tried to ask Felizarta for further comment to which he begged off from. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew At the buzzer!last_img read more

10 months agoMan City winger Sterling adamant they can beat Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City winger Sterling adamant they can beat Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Raheem Sterling is adamant they can stop runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.Sterling is undaunted about facing Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds, who have reeled off nine straight wins to open up a seven-point lead in the title race.”If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone,” said a defiant Sterling. “It’s going to be a great game on Thursday and we’re all ­looking forward to it.“The last three games we started well and scored the opening goal and then we were sloppy, but our mentality was good against Southampton and we showed a good fighting spirit.”There was a bit of luck as well, but we played some great football and controlled the game, which we know we can do. It’s up to us to keep that focus and go on to the next one.” last_img read more

24 days agoNicol urges calm around Chelsea outcast Pulisic

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicol urges calm around Chelsea outcast Pulisicby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Steve Nicol says Christian Pulisic will come good at Chelsea.Chelsea fans have been pleading with Frank Lampard to give Pulisic more game time in the league, but the boss seems to prefer Pedro and Willian on either flank with Tammy Abraham in the middle.Regardless, Nicol explained on ESPN FC that Chelsea fans need to just give the youngster time, because he will get good in the end.“I think everyone should calm down,” he said.“He’s 21, he’s just started out on his Premier League career.“He’s what, six or seven games in? And everyone is jumping up and pressing the panic button.“This kid has ability, he also has something very important – a level head.“As much as everyone around him may be panicking, he understands that – because he’s been through it already at Dortmund.“He knows that patience is needed, and that through the ability he has, he’ll get there in the end.“I’m sure that right now he’s thinking – I’ve done it all before, I need to step up a level, but I can do this.” last_img read more

Video: Bill O’Reilly Asked Urban Meyer If He’d Have Cut Jameis Winston Following The Crab Legs Incident

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made the rounds yesterday, appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, CBS, ESPN and Fox to promote his new book, titled “Above the Line.” Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, made sure to ask some interesting questions.O’Reilly, alluding to Meyer’s strict policies, asked the Buckeyes head man what he’d have done if Jameis Winston, who infamously stole crab legs from a Publix ahead of the 2014 season, had been on his team. He said he “would have had a hard time letting it go.”Of course, it’s always easy to say what you’d have done when you aren’t in the exact situation. That being said, Meyer probably runs a tighter ship now than he did in the past.last_img read more

Controlled burns crucial in battling big wildfires BC official says

first_imgVANCOUVER – A spokesman for British Columbia’s wildfire service says crews accidentally sparked a blaze while burning off fuel in order to contain one of many fires raging across the province’s Interior.Kevin Skrepnek says embers ignited a nearby hillside as part of a controlled burn Tuesday against the 840-square-kilometre Elephant Hill fire, about 80 kilometres west of Kamloops.Skrepnek says conditions appeared ideal until the winds shifted dramatically, blowing them west across Highway 97.He says he doesn’t know the exact size of the unintentional blaze but firefighters were still working to put it out as of Wednesday afternoon.Skrepnek says the controlled burn was successful in depriving the main fire of fuel.He says controlled burns are an essential and effective tool for fighting wildfires and that while accidents do happen the vast majority of planned burns are successful.last_img read more

Auto dealership jobs not on the radar of millennials says survey

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian automobile dealers are launching a national recruiting campaign next month after a poll suggested that millennials aren’t keen to pursue careers in a sector that has seen vehicle sales reach a record high.“There’s a lot of young Canadians…(for whom) it’s not even on their radar,” said Catherine Fortin Lefaivre, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.She said research and anecdotal evidence suggests there’s a perception that auto dealerships is mainly about sales and parts.“The car dealership of 2018 is one that requires a lot more business people, a lot more marketing people, people with a background in innovation increasingly as the way cars are built is changing,” she said in an interview.Opportunities are also available in finance, IT and management roles at more than 3,200 car and truck dealerships across the country that employ 150,000 people.An Abacus Data survey released during the Montreal International Auto Show found that working in an auto dealership isn’t on the radar for 68 per cent of people aged 18 to 37.One quarter of the people surveyed said they have considered working in various capacities in an auto dealership, while seven per cent said they have worked in a dealership.Men were more interested in such careers than women.In addition to millennials, the association plans to target women, immigrants and veterans over the next three years.Light vehicle sales exceeded two million for the first time last year, pushing revenues to above $120 billion. Strong sales are expected to continue.The online survey of 2,000 millennials was conducted Dec. 22 to Jan. 8. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is considered accurate plus or minus 2.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Weather turns pleasant

first_imgNEW DELHI: After a hot and sunny day, light showers on Saturday evening brought relief to parts of Delhi and surrounding areas of NCR.The rain followed by overcast skies and thunderstorm brought the mercury down. Earlier in the day, the region witnessed a sunny morning with the minimum temperature settling at 20.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the average in the season. Maximum temperature was expected to be around 37 degrees Celsius, a Met department official said. On Friday, the maximum temperature was 36 degrees Celsius, while the minimum settled at 18.2 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

People vote aginst divisive politics in Chandni Chowk

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chandni Chowk is one of the 7 Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi. Voting for Lok Sabha election in Delhi was held in a single phase. Voting in Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency is in the sixth phase on May 12 and counting is on May 23.Voting recorded till 6 pm was 62.69 per cent and the figure may slightly go up as polling continued at several places way beyond the deadline. Polling also started late on some booths while there were reports of EVM malfunctioning in different parts of the city. While , in the 2014 election in Chandni Chowk, 76.15 per cent or 9,82,275 voters had exercised their franchise. Of the 25 contestants who were in the fray, 22 had lost their deposits. After the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies in 2008, Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency was divided into ten Vidhan Sabha segments namely Adarsh Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Shakur Basti, Tri Nagar, Wazirpur, Model Town, Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Matia Mahal and Ballimaran. In 2014 Lok Sabha election, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dr Harsh Vardhan had won the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency with a margin of 1,36,320 votes. Dr Harsh Vardhan had bagged 4,37,938 votes as against Aam Aadmi Party’s Ashutosh who bagged the second spot with 3,01,618 votes. Congress leader Kapil Sibal was pushed to the third spot with 1,76,206 votes. Ramzan, when Muslims observe a total fast, coincided with the polling in Delhi but did not seem to deter voters in the Chandni Chowk area of the old city, save in the early hours. However, as the day progressed, people came out to cast their votes and numbers started increasing in the evening. Around 20 per cent of people living in the area are Muslims. Chandni Chowk is one of the major markets in the city but it wore deserted look on Sunday, when it remains closed. As the polling day fell of a Sunday, this could also account for the lesser numbers, said Mohammad Asif, a trader in Meena Bazar near the Jama Masjid. Meena Jasotani, 47, a resident of Chandni Chowk, said she voted for the development by the Centre. Communal discord also weighed on the mind of several voters.last_img read more

How Two GradeSchoolers Set Off A Tennis Revolution

Evonne Goolagong (left) and Peaches Bartkowicz at Wimbledon in 1970. Daily Express/Getty Images By Carl Bialik When Peaches Bartkowicz and Chris Evert put their left hands above their right hands to grip their tennis racquets, they were girls in grade school unknowingly defying tennis orthodoxy to hit backhands the way that felt most comfortable. Today, more than half a century later, a little girl who hit backhands without using both hands would be the one defying tennis orthodoxy. One-handed backhands have almost completely disappeared from women’s tennis. And that’s thanks in part to the success that Bartkowicz and Evert had with their two-handed backhands. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The two-handed backhand’s dominance has continued: Its users have won 35 of the last 36 women’s major titles. Every woman in the top 10 and 48 of the top 50 use it. It’s also become the dominant backhand in men’s tennis, though with accomplished one-handed holdouts such as Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem. (Tennis-nerd note: Every player occasionally hits backhands with one hand, especially in defensive positions, either to slice the ball or when forced to take a hand off the racquet to reach the ball. What we’re talking about are how players hit the backhand when they have time to get to the ball and drive it offensively.)Bartkowicz and Evert hit their backhands with two hands because they felt just one didn’t give them enough strength. The two-hander took over pro tennis for similar reasons. Using their off hand on backhands lets players hit with additional power, which gives the ball more speed and spin, especially in concert with the latest racquet and string technology. The one-hander’s advantages — better feel for the ball, more equipped for wide reaches and low bounces, smoother transition to one-handed backhand volleys at net — count less in a game played rarely on low-bouncing, volley-friendly grass and usually contested behind the baseline.The two-handed backhand is especially valuable when returning serves, as the extra support helps to absorb and redirect powerful, high-bouncing shots. Tennis analyst Jeff Sackmann has shown that in men’s pro tennis, players with two-handed backhands get the return in play more often, and win the point more often when they do. Data collected through Sackmann’s crowdsourced Match Charting Project for the women’s game shows the same general trends: Players with two-handed backhands have more success returning serves than do players with one-handed backhands. It’s hard to reach firm conclusions because there are simply so few women hitting one-handed backhands.The dearth of top women using one-handed backhands may be the most compelling data point demonstrating the two-handed backhand’s dominance: If it weren’t the best option, more women would be hitting backhands with one hand. Tennis, like all sports, has its share of domineering coaches, but it is also primarily an individual and individualistic sport. Players command their own games and choose the shots and tactics that will win the most. That makes tennis a sport that breeds innovation, whether it’s among pros at a Slam or among two young girls who chose the backhand that best suited them. And if the one-handed backhand ever makes a comeback in women’s tennis, it might begin with a girl defying orthodoxy and taking one hand off the racquet.Emma Morgenstern contributed research.This is part of our new podcast series “Ahead Of Their Time,” profiling players and managers in various sports who were underappreciated in their era. In the latest installment in our documentary podcast series Ahead Of Their Time, we look at Bartkowicz and Evert, the innovators who brought the two-handed backhand to women’s tennis in a major way. Evert’s story is well-known: She rode her backhand, accuracy and focus to 18 Grand Slam singles titles. Bartkowicz’s is more obscure: After an extraordinary juniors career, she never reached a Grand Slam semifinal as a pro and played her last Slam soon after turning 22. But Bartkowicz’s backhand was ahead of her time. When she was just 12, a photo of her swinging with two hands at the Southern Girls Tennis Tournament appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal. The caption began with the all-caps “TWO HANDS!” and called the shot a “baseball backhand.” When she won the 1965 U.S. Open girls title, The New York Times commended her “tremendous marksmanship” with that shot. By the time she closed out her junior career without a loss at the 1967 U.S. Open, the Philadelphia Inquirer called her “the foremost exponent of the two-handed backhand in women’s competition.”Evert is nearly six years younger than Bartkowicz and was unknown when Bartkowicz’s baseball backhand became famous. But Evert soon surpassed her older rival. She played her first Grand Slam at the 1971 U.S. Open — just two months after Bartkowicz played her last major at Wimbledon — and made the semifinals at age 16. In 1974, Evert won her first two Grand Slam titles, and the first two on record by a woman who hits a two-handed backhand. (A few notable men used two-handed backhands in the 1930s and 1940s, but the shot had mostly fallen back out of favor among men, too, when Bartkowicz and Evert were starting out.) By the time Evert won her last major, in 1986, her signature shot was tightening its grip in the sport, thanks also to its use by men’s champions Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg. And two years after Evert’s retirement, Monica Seles won three of four majors while using two hands on both backhands and forehands.By 2014, when The Economist tracked the decline of one-handed backhands in the pro game, just one woman with a one-handed backhand had won a major since 2008: Francesca Schiavone, at the 2010 French Open. Embed Code read more

Despite late rally Illinois sweeps Buckeye softball team

Late-game drama built up in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field, as Ohio State shortstop Alicia Herron came to the plate with two outs, the bases loaded and a run needed to extend the game, which Illinois led, 8-0, in the bottom of the fifth inning. But it was short-lived as Herron’s pop-up to center field was caught over the shoulder by sprinting Illinois second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz. The 8-0 score stood and OSU ended the game with three runners left on base. The run-rule victory gave Illinois the first win of the two-game series over the weekend and dropped the Buckeyes to 10-22 overall, 2-3 in the Big Ten. The Fighting Illini improved to 17-14, 4-1 in the Big Ten. “A lot of their runs came off of walks and home runs,” OSU pitcher Karisa Medrano said. “I wasn’t attacking the batters like I normally do.” Medrano gave up five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings Saturday afternoon on three hits. All five runs given up by Medrano came off the bat of Illinois left fielder Jessica Davis, who had a two-run home run in the first inning, followed by a three-run home run in her next at bat in the third inning. Davis was walked on four pitches in her third and final plate appearance. The Buckeyes couldn’t do any damage offensively either, as Illinois sophomore pitcher Pepper Gay gave up just two hits in the five-inning shutout. OSU freshman Melissa Rennie accounted for one those two hits, and said moving on is the only thing to do after a tough loss. “We’ve got to come out attacking like they do,” Rennie said. “Nothing you can do. Just got to get over it and move on.” Illinois completed the sweep of the Buckeyes with a 13-4 victory Sunday at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes return to action for a series against Indiana at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday in Bloomington, Ind. read more

The State of The Game

For the 95th consecutive year, The Game endures – as strong as it ever has. The Ohio State and Michigan football teams are prepping for their 109th meeting on Saturday at Ohio Stadium and the series, known to many simply as “The Game,” is far from stale. It’s a matter that’s as salient for first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer and players up and down his roster as it likely was for the renowned Buckeyes coaches and players of yesteryear. Recognized by the United States Congress as the greatest rivalry in sports, the OSU-UM rivalry dates back to 1897, and an air of hatred for “that team up north” still pervades the OSU football facilities. Letter “M’s” visible on campus signage were covered with red tape and the name of the state that borders Ohio to the north might as well have been a four-letter word for OSU players during Monday press conferences at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Media availability began with Meyer, who, with a glint in his eyes, recounted his memories of The Game by rattling off names like Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, Pete Johnson and Archie Griffin. Meyer recalled the OSU’s 1987 win at Michigan Stadium. It was the final game for Meyer’s mentor, former OSU coach Earle Bruce, who was informed of his firing prior to the contest. “I can tell you (about) walking into coach Bruce’s office right here,” said Meyer, who was an assistant on Bruce’s staff at the time of the incident. “I saw a bunch of coaches with their arms on the table, with their face in their arms, and tears and the whole deal. I was like the last guy to walk in, and he said that coach Bruce will no longer be the coach after this game … Just an incredible moment in Ohio State history.” OSU went to Ann Arbor, Mich., the following Saturday where Bruce’s Buckeyes defeated UM, 23-20. Bruce was carried off the field on the shoulders of his players. To understand how deep The Game still permeates the sporting culture at OSU in modern times, look no further than athletic director Gene Smith’s Monday press conference at the Fawcett Center. Smith was made available to discuss the University of Maryland’s move to the Big Ten Conference, and Smith found himself fielding questions about OSU’s current bowl ban and whether he could or should have administered a self-imposed ban during the 2011 season. His focus? Beating Michigan. Smith said he wasn’t worried about hypotheticals. In the midst of the historic addition of Maryland to the Big Ten, Smith said his aim was to help the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines. “I’m worried about making sure that we position our football staff, our student-athletes – everything we can to have the opportunity to beat that team up north,” Smith said. “That’s my mission right now.” The teams have taken turns dominating the rivalry for years at a time. From 2004-2009, OSU won six consecutive times. The Buckeyes also won in 2010, but the game was later vacated due to NCAA violations for which OSU is also currently serving an NCAA-imposed postseason ban. Those penalties came as a result of the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal in which players received extra impermissible benefits in exchange for OSU football memorabilia. OSU’s dominance in the mid-2000s caused some to forget about the rivalry, said Buckeyes senior wide receiver Taylor Rice. “To be honest, people felt like the rivalry was dying down because it had been so many years since they beat us,” Rice said. Both teams come into this year’s game ranked nationally, making the game relevant to both sides and the rest of the country. OSU enters this year’s grand finale with an unblemished, 11-0 record, which is complimented by the Associated Press‘ No. 4 ranking. The Buckeyes are also playing for the sixth undefeated season in program history and the first since 2002. UM didn’t quite fulfill expectations this season – it began its 2012 campaign with a 41-14 loss to then-No. 1-ranked Alabama in its opening game, followed by later losses to Notre Dame, America’s current No. 1-ranked team, and Nebraska. The Wolverines have managed to claw their way to an 8-3 overall record and the No. 20 ranking in the AP poll – they still have a meaningful bowl game to play for. The Buckeyes are coming off a loss in Ann Arbor last year, too. While frustrating for OSU, the defeat, Rice said, was for the good of the rivalry. “Honestly, I think that reality check helped us,” Rice said. “It let people know that this is a rivalry and there’s nothing like it. This game alone will make or break your season.” Several OSU players, and scores of Buckeyes before them, have echoed that sentiment – The Game is all that counts. In 2012, OSU players likened the OSU-UM game to “their Super Bowl” and “their national championship.” The superlatives change, but the message is consistent – The Game is still The Game, and it’s as strong as it’s ever been. “This is what it all comes down to – playing Michigan,” Rice said. “Winning or losing. This is what determines the outcome of our season … It’s been a great season but this is what really counts. This is what our season comes down to. This is our Super Bowl.” This year’s installment of The Game will is scheduled for a noon start at Ohio Stadium. read more

Robben Thirtyfour is not too old

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben feels there are only “good or bad” things to being in his mid-thirties in professional footballThe 34 years old remains an integral member of the Bayern with three goals in 10 appearances this season.Therefore, Robben is refusing to read too much into his age and instead believes that both himself and fellow veteran winger Franck Ribery will remain imperative to Bayern.“Thirty-four is not too old, we have a personality and an opinion, there is not too old – there is only good or bad,” Robben told Kicker.The Dutchman also gave under-fire coach Niko Kovac his vote of confidence, despite Bayern’s recent struggles.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Bavarians have gone on a four-game winless run in all competitions, which has seen them slip from first to sixth place in the Bundesliga table.“He is ambitious and a winner, he is looking for ways to make us play better football again,” said Robben.“We do not have to change much.”Robben also gave his views on surprise German league leaders Borussia Dortmund’s title credentials.Bayern will travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

Buffon I didnt join PSG for the money

first_imgItalian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has denied suggestions that he only joined Paris Saint-Germain for one last big chequeThe 40-year-old made the surprise switch to PSG in the summer from Juventus in order to continue his top-flight career.But there have been rumours going about suggesting that Buffon’s main reason for going to France was just for the money with nine of PSG’s players among the Ligue 1’s top 10 earners.The 2006 World Cup winner reportedly earns just under €5m a year at the Parc Des Princes.“There’s always a bit of envy, that’s human too,” Buffon told Corriere della Sera on those rumours.“The first rule is not to be conditioned by the judgements and ideas of others. I will never prostitute my ideals and dreams for money. If I was going to then I’d have done it long before now.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“Money is important, it’s a means to live better, but I’m not venal.“They thought I was a madman, or a statue only missing the pigeons. My enthusiasm makes me young though, and if I want to continue I can’t be like an old grandpa.“Sometimes I’m more ‘stupid’ than someone who is 20 and people don’t realise my age.“I’m very proud to be here, because to receive an offer from a club like this is a big satisfaction.“I always gave my best, I am sure I behaved well and life rewarded me with this bonus.”Buffon has made 13 appearances for PSG in all competitions this season.last_img read more

Eric Danetz Wants to Help Time Inc Take Over the World

first_img Technology is a great example. These are global brands that are looking to have brand awareness and also lower funnel opportunities within a global footprint. Historically, it was more segmented. We now look at it holistically and are structured in a way that allows us to go to market very quickly. We also have The Foundry and tremendous assets when it comes to native creation. We can walk into clients on a global basis and talk about creating content for them in countries, in languages, and do things that historically may have only been done in-region. Essentially, we have more flexibility. We’ve structured the company to be able to move faster and more aggressively. Folio: What’s the response been like from advertisers? Folio: Is this, essentially, a new addition to Time Inc.’s corporate structure? Danetz: Absolutely, and vice versa. A good example is Wallpaper*, which is a brand in the UK which we recently launched in the U.S. We’re looking at Fortune, for instance, where can we expand that in different countries and different markets where there’s a need for that type of content, and do so in a way where its going to be consumed, frankly, in modern means, whether that’s in digital, or with a focus on mobility, or whether it involves a print product. We’ll be doing that both ways. Danetz: A perfect example is what we just launched in Asia with ASN. Sports Illustrated has partnered with them on a broadcast multimedia basis. Through Asia, we’re looking at where can we leverage these brands, this incredible intellectual property that we have, and bring it into new countries in ways that people want to consume it. Folio: So a major part of this is increasing synergy across departments? Danetz: Yeah, but it’s not a new international market, it’s leveraging the fact that we now have brands we’ve partnered with for a long time—when you think about the scale that we have, we’ve got over 150 million people coming to our digital platforms, 120 million-plus in print and then over 200 million on social—how are we leveraging that on a global basis? Whether you’re talking to the IBM’s of the world or Ford or Procter & Gamble, what we can do in New York, and frankly around the world at this point, is have those conversations and not just talk about what our domestic reach is, but what we can do on a global basis, in terms of not only reaching these people on our platforms but also potentially doing something place-based for them. We acquired inVNT, which allows us to do that as well. Taking a look at our overall capabilities and leveraging that on a global basis is what we’re able to do as an international division within Time Inc. Danetz: Really, it’s just a huge initiative for us. Time Inc., holistically, is looking at international as a growth vehicle, in terms of users, readership, affinity and revenue. We’re making an investment there, and we want the market to be aware that we’re big players and we’re going to continue to grow. Folio: What are you hoping will be the main takeaway in the industry from this restructuring? Folio: When did the restructuring begin? Folio: It sounds like two things are happening, one being the management of all of Time Inc.’s international assets, and also bringing those strong domestic Time Inc. brands to new international markets. Is that accurate? Danetz: Correct. At the end of the day, most of our international operations have been based in the UK, and also in Hong Kong and Singapore, but we have 77 different editions in 170 countries and 19 languages. There really wasn’t a conduit in New York for international business. The reality is, for global brands now, New York is kind of the epicenter for where media is happening and where brands are placing their media. Folio: Are licensing partnerships going to be a part of that? Steve Marcopoto’s January appointment to president of Time Inc. International, a newly created position, made it clear that international growth is key to that evolution. Folio: had the opportunity to sit down with former group publisher of Fortune and Money, Eric Danetz—recently appointed SVP and group publisher of Time Inc. International—for a glimpse inside what his new role entails, and what it all means for Time Inc. moving forward. Danetz: It’s pretty interesting. When we talk about what we can be doing to make it easier for them to buy, we also talk about the capabilities and what Time Inc. looks like now, versus what it looked like five years ago. It’s night and day. There’s typically an epiphany where they say, “Wow, we didn’t know you could do that.” So far, the feedback has been very strong. Obviously, people are still getting used to the new Time Inc., but we’re providing more value than we’ve ever provided before and doing it in a very streamlined way. Danetz: About two weeks. It’s truly a shift. I was the publisher of Fortune and of Money, so I did work with the international teams, and the individuals who are now on my team are people I worked with, being that Fortune is a global brand. This is not a new premise, it’s something we’ve seen over time and we’ve realized that we have the right people, we have the right opportunity. The time to leverage that is now. Eric Danetz Whether through a string of recent digital investments, corporate restructuring, or implementing a more holistically minded corporate culture, Time Inc. appears determined to shed its identity as a legacy print publisher and move, full-steam-ahead, into the 21st century—all while continuing to leverage the authority its brands have spent decades building. Danetz: It’s a combination. We’re going to look at where we believe there are individuals who want to receive our content. We have tremendous social reach, which allows us to look at the types of content on a real time basis that people are consuming. A good example again is Sports Illustrated. That didn’t come up because we just decided we wanted to be in Asia and work with a TV network. We believe there’s a strong affinity there and a real opportunity for us. That’s one example of launching a product based on the fact that we did our studies; we took a look at the market. They asked for more content when it came to sports, and we have the right product to fit there, in the same way we’re looking at China with Fortune and Time and others. Eric Danetz: It is and it isn’t. It’s a matter of how it’s been rebranded. We had a UK division called IPC, producing brands like Horse & Hound and Decanter. We’ve rebranded that as Time Inc. UK, and part of my job since joining the team is really to grow that part of the business. It’s always been a big part of our business, but it was kind of separate in that it lived overseas. International was very focused on international, and the domestic business was very focused on domestic. In the world now, given the current media landscape and everything that we’re doing, it’s all become more global. It made more sense to tie in the various divisions across the board. Time Inc. International is not new, it’s just the way that we know it, or the way that it’s branded, is somewhat new. Danetz: [CEO] Joe Ripp and [CFO] Jeff Bairstow brought Steve Marcopoto in full-time to lead our efforts internationally, focusing on investments and on enhancing our existing infrastructure, looking holistically at our international operation as part of Time Inc. That happened in January. Steve’s put together a team, which I was just brought onto. Folio: What does this mean for the existing sales staff? How has that been reorganized? Folio: Given your background as a publisher, is this primarily a sales-driven initiative, or are you also managing overall operations for those international properties? Danetz: We’ve restructured our domestic sales team into a more verticalized strategy. Right now there are three verticals: there’s tech and telecom, there’s automotive, and there’s the pharma vertical. There are also still publishers at every brand and the brands are what make up the power of what Time Inc. is all about. They’ll continue to be there and have sales teams at the brand level. My job really is to create a conduit between all of these different brands, as well as the leads within the verticals who are focused on those strategies within the vertical. For them, it’s critically important to have global reach. Folio: What are some ways you’re doing that? Folio: So part of this means expanding existing partnerships in the U.S. and bringing them to these new international markets? Folio: How long have you been in the new role? Danetz: It’s holistic. At the end of the day, I work very closely with the editors to make sure that the integrity of these brands remains where it needs to be moving forward. We have to drive revenue, but at the same time it’s the quality of the product that allows us to drive the revenues that sustain the business. This is about the user, the reader, the person who attends our events. We want to make sure we continue to provide the best product, the best information, and satiate them with content when they need it, where they want it, how they want it. In order to do that, it’s no longer just about sales and editorial; we have to all work together. My job is certainly all-encompassing in that regard. Danetz: We’re going to continue to look to expand our license footprint and build technology that makes it easier for our licensees to come on board and easier for us to monetize the inventory that they will eventually have. We’re going to be very focused on digital growth, as well. Historically, a lot of our licensed editions were print editions, and yes, they do have digital components, but we’re going to focus on enhancing that and building tech and platforms that allow us to do that. Also, looking holistically, we have all of this traffic, all of this opportunity under the preface of our brands. How do we target these individuals, how do we leverage the data so that we can truly be a global powerhouse in terms of targeting and reaching people in different markets in ways we haven’t before? Folio: What are some ways you identify those new areas in which you want to expand your footprint?last_img read more

From Swiggy delivery boy to Bengaluru Central LS candidate Jenifar Russel has

first_imgJenifar J RusselfacebookAmong the top political leaders contesting from Karnataka’s Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency comes a common man to fight against the political tyranny and corruption.It might come as a surprise that Jenifar J Russel, a food delivery executive for Swiggy, is also contesting from the constituency as an independent candidate.The 38-year-old has done many odd jobs before marking his political debut against the top shot leaders in Bengaluru with his election symbol as a dish antenna.Hailing from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, Russel had quit his job in the corporate sector as a telecom engineer and took a different path and did odd jobs to understand the problems faced by the common people.According to reports, Russel took a break in his career and started doing low-profile jobs, including working as a traffic police warden in the Kerala Police for a few months in 2015 and also as a cab driver with Uber.”Since November, I have been working as a cab driver to travel across Bengaluru. I could understand the problems of the common man, like a driver. Earlier I used to make fun of Swacch Bharat and other such schemes. But then I realised how we need it so much. We require many more toilets and where we have toilets, we need to maintain them in a better way,” Russel told The News Minute.Russel wants to fight for the common people and destroy corruption that has affected the very veins of our system. He has not joined any political party nor has made an alliance.He said that he joined the food delivery app to reach out to the people and understand their problems, especially the youngsters. Russel started his election campaigning in November 2018 and as its first step, he started distributing pamphlets with a list of promises to every voter that he met on his journey including his Uber and Swiggy customers.But would this election favour Russel against the top shot candidates like Rizwan Arshad of Congress, actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate PC Mohan? Guess we will have to wait and watch.last_img read more

Jet Airways pilots heave sigh of relief as Korean Air comes to

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:02Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Courtesy: Jet AirwaysGiving a brief respite to Jet Airways pilots, Korean Air will hold a two-day job fair in New Delhi on May 24 and 25. The main aim of the job fair is to hire Jet Airways pilots who were laid off when the carrier suspended their operations earlier this month.Korean Air is looking to hire at least 300 pilots of all ranks to fly their Boeing 777-300s.”The road show is a kind of job fair for pilots. The executives from Korean Air would brief us about their requirements. The job fair is being held in both Delhi and Mumbai,” a senior pilot was quoted as saying by IANS.The pilots hired would by flying Korean Air aircraft which connect 124 cities in 44 countries. The company owns 167 aircraft, including Boeing and Airbus.”The information sessions are important to understand growth prospects, routes flown, home base rotation etc. It will be conducted by the Korean expat cell who will be handling the Jet Airways pilots as well,” a mail addressed to pilots read.National Aviators Guild’s vice-president Captain Asim Valiani said that while he is relieved that Korean Air is hiring and giving pilots a relief, he still hopes that Jet Airways will be revived.He said, “We are waiting for the outcome (of the banks-led stake sale process for Jet Airways). We have three months window to join a new airline so we are waiting.”After the grounding of Jet Airways, many pilots have joined SpiceJet, Indigo and GoAir, Air India and Vistara.center_img Naresh Goyal quits as Jet Airways chairman, stake slashed to 25%last_img read more

Weather likely to improve from today mercury set to dip further

first_imgKolkata: The weather condition in the city will improve from Wednesday, leading to a further drop in temperature, predicted the Regional Metereological Centre at Alipore on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Sandakphu witnessed mild snowfall on Tuesday, for the first time this winter season. It was a light drizzle accompanied by snowfall.The weather office also predicted that the city’s sky may remain cloudy from Wednesday morning and there will be a little drizzle in some parts of the city as well as South Bengal districts. The districts may witness bright sunshine from Thursday, as the cyclonic storm ‘Phethai’ has been weakened. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”As the cyclonic condition clears, the mercury will start to drop further from Wednesday. There will be light drizzle in some parts of the city, even on Wednesday. The cyclonic storm has lost momentum due to the constant blowing of the northwesterly wind in the state. The wind will intensify further, as soon as the sky gets cleared,” a senior official of the Alipore Met office said. It may be mentioned that the city and South Bengal districts witnessed light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday, as was predicted. ‘Phethai’ has been hovering in the coastal areas of Odisha after it turned into a low-pressure zone. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that during last week, the minimum temperature had shot up as moisture in the air had been rising after the formation of a low pressure trough over Bay-of-Bengal. The mercury had started climbing due to the incursion of moisture since last week. The districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah received light rainfall overnight, while districts like East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura received light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday. The districts also experienced strong gusty winds. According to a weather official, the temperature may dip to 9 degree Celsius during Christmas this year. Traffic movement in various parts of the city was slow on Tuesday morning, due to the drizzle. The temperature on Tuesday remained around 16 degree Celsius. “The temperature on Wednesday may hover around 14 degree Celsius, while it will drop further from Thursday. As the clouds start disappearing from Wednesday, the mercury will slide further down,” the weather official said.last_img read more

SFDC to introduce fish and cake combo with teacoffee at its Nalban

first_imgKolkata: The State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) is introducing a combo of fish and cake with a blend of tea or coffee in its restaurant at Nalban Food Park to mark the occasion of Christmas and New Year.The combo will be available in the range of Rs 90 to Rs 400. “The last week of December — Christmas and New Year — is the time when people love to have cakes accompanied by tea or coffee and fish is always a favourite among the people of the city. Hence, we decided to introduce this unique combo. It will be available from December 25 to January 1 in our All Fish Restaurant at Nalban Food Park,” a senior official of SFDC said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere will be as many as 10 fish items that will be clubbed with cakes, pastries and tea coffee and served to customers. “No restaurant in the city will be serving such a wide variety of fish items at a price which will suit all pockets,” the official added. The Bangali combo of Bhetki Fry/Chingri Cutlet/Fish Butter Fry/Topshe Fry and cake or coffee will come up at Rs 200. The Chinese combo of Mixed Noodles, two pieces of Chilli Fish, Plum cake, Papad and Chatni will be priced at Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRs 250. The Christmas special burger combo will have Fish Burger, French Fries, Caso Sauce, cake and coffee priced at Rs 200. The special dish for Christmas will comprise Grilled Fish, Lemon Butter Sauce, Potato Stick with vegetable salad, plum cake, roasted bread and coffee. The Asian special dish will include Chingri Momo or Fish Momo with cake and coffee combination priced only at Rs 180. Also, Fish Hariyali, Chingri/ Pomfret Kabab, Masala Kulcha and Fish Tikka will be available at Rs 400.last_img read more