Major fire in Pune slum cluster

first_imgA major fire broke out in a slum cluster in Shivaji Nagar on Wednesday afternoon.Initial reports suggest there was no loss to life but authorities have yet to confirm the number of injured.The blaze was allegedly caused by a gas cylinder explosion and engulfed scores of houses in the heavily-crowded Patil Estate area, according to reports. Around a 100 shanties were charred and 50 families were affected.The fire was brought under control after three hours with 30 fire tenders from Pimpri-Chinchwad and Khadki Cantonment Board. “A cylinder explosion in lane number 3 in the Patil Estate slum cluster caused the fire. Eight to 10 cylinders exploded as the fire caught on. While the situation is under control, operations are far from complete,” said Prashant Ranpise, Pune Municipal Corporation’s chief fire officer.The impenetrability of the narrow slum lanes hindered fire department teams from getting hoses close enough to the nerve-centre of the blaze.The crowds of frightened residents, onlookers, civic authorities, traffic police teams and firefighting teams, led to major traffic snarls at a number of points in the city including the crowded Maldhakka Chowk-Mangalwar Peth road area. Traffic coming from Pimpri-Chinchwad into Pune alsowas diverted along a different route.Mayor Mukta Tilak and local MLAs visited the spot, reassuring compensation for those people who would be displaced.A fire had broken out earlier this week under similar circumstances in lane number 5 in the same slum cluster and four to five shanties were charred.In October, another fire caused by a cylinder explosion claimed two lives in a slum in Pimpri-Chinchwad.last_img read more

Strangers in a Strange Land

first_imgMy parents crossed the ocean on one of the early waves of immigrants, in 1970. My dad came to the United States from India with a mechanical engineering degree and worked three jobs to establish a foothold for his young family. A year later, my mom and three sisters joined him. They bought an apartment, enrolled the kids in school and built a life they could be proud of. As thankful as I am for the sacrifices my parents made and for the courage it took them to pursue their dreams on my behalf, even though I would not be born for another decade, their story is not altogether unique. In fact, most Indians who immigrated to the United States during that time relate similar experiences. They laugh like old army buddies as they trade war stories of their journeys.“I came here with only $8,” boasts one man.“I arrived with only six,” recalls another. “And I didn’t know a single person here.”The women relate their experiences raising their children without help from relatives, of joining PTA groups where they were peppered with such questions as, “Did you have houses in India?” or “Did you have electricity?”They nod understandingly at each other’s memories and common histories. They chuckle at their naïveté and marvel at where they have arrived.Just being Indian was enough to bond them as friends. As a child, I remember the countless times we ran into an Indian couple while shopping at a department store. Either my dad or the stranger would start up a conversation, usually in Hindi or another Indian dialect. The women would smile and introduce themselves, launching into their own conversation, as my brother and I strained to assess if the couple was old enough to have kids our age. We fidgeted while the grown-ups talked animatedly.“Oh, we know some Gujarati families in the area. Not too many from Rajasthan, though.”“We moved, I guess, 15 years ago now. I’m living in Pennsylvania, but my brother and his wife are here, so we’re visiting.”The conversations would last sometimes for an hour, until my mom realized that my brother and I were squatting at the feet of the mannequins, as our legs tired. My dad would invite the couple to our home for tea and a new friendship would be launched, just like that.But that was many years ago, back when Kauffmann’s used to be May Company. Such spontaneous encounters are rare now. Second and third generation Indians pretend to ignore other Indians. First, their radar goes off: “Indian at two o’clock, approaching fast!” (I’ve never been sure whether this recognition system is learned behavior or sheer instinct.) Then comes the nonchalant glance, subtle only in the mind of the observer, because the person observed always is well aware of the stare.But that’s where it usually ends – no genial greetings, no camaraderie, no chats over steaming cups of tea. Instead, the parties remain awkwardly silent, trying to avoid eye contact. Everyone knows there is an elephant in the room, but no one wants to acknowledge its presence.Whenever I see that occur, it saddens me a little. I feel like I’m watching a little of the past die with each unreturned glance. My parents’ generation shared a history, a brotherhood, but what will my generation share? Are we a fragmented community, with no connection to each other, no common humanity? Have we lost all identification with each other as Indians? I refuse to accept that, almost to the point of childishness.On sunny weekends, go to the outdoor mall in Grove City, Penn. You can be sure to find at least 20 Indians, 45 if it’s especially busy. I know this, because I count them. Reasoning that they are noticing me as well, I satisfy my need to recognize them by enumerating each person I spot. Then I whisper to whomever I’m with, “Hey, look! It’s an Indian person.” If it’s my sister, she will try to get me to look away, pretend that we have not seen them, only after, of course, she has taken a quick glance herself. My dad, on the other hand, will look directly at the person with amiable curiosity and pass on the information to my mom. Likewise, whenever they spot an Indian on our shopping trip, they notify me so I can retabulate my census.I’ll be the first to admit that it’s an absurd game. But I know that everyone else is playing it too, at least at a subconscious level. We seek out people with whom we can identify. Pointing out each Indian is my small act of rebellion against the trend of alienation. I can’t invite these strangers over without raising some suspicion, but I won’t deny the connection I feel with them either. I don’t want to let the easy friendships my parents’ generation developed with one another fade over time. I’m afraid they will anyway.But every now and then, I will meet someone who will reaffirm my faith a little. A few days ago, I passed a jewelry stand. A couple of students were clustered around it, looking for the perfect shell necklace for a boyfriend or a hippie accessory. I paused at the table, I told myself, to see if there were any silver paayal (Indian ankle bracelets) or jhoomki earrings. My real reason, though, was that I noticed that an Indian gentleman was operating the stand. I wanted to see if he would say anything even vaguely reminiscent of those conversations I fidgeted through as a child. I was testing the current attitude of Indians in the United States toward each other. I knew it was unfair to put an entire segment of humanity on trial, but this man was about to be my prime witness.I strode over and pretended to be engrossed in a ring display. I could feel him watching me silently, his radar going off.“You look like you’re from India,” he said to me.I smiled. I came darn near close to beaming.“Yes, my family is from Rajasthan,” I answered.“These pieces of jewelry here are all from Rajasthan,” he said, motioning to some amber stones. “I just went there a few months ago. It’s very beautiful there.”And then we began talking. He told me about his old job as a high school teacher and swimming team coach. We talked of his recent visits to India, about the weather, politics and current events. We traded some information about our families and discovered that his daughter-in-law and my mom knew each other. My mom had met her when she stopped at the jewelry stand she operated at our local mall.All in all, I only spent about 10 minutes talking to the man. We wouldn’t be lifelong friends, but we both felt an immediate sense of familiarity. When I said good-bye, I called him “uncle,” as is the Indian custom for showing respect to an elder gentleman. He shook my hand as I left for class.“It was nice meeting you,” we said to each other – and we sincerely meant it. Related Itemslast_img read more

Chesss: Carlsen pips Viswanathan Anand

first_imgWorld champion Viswanathan Anand drew against Russian Vladimir Kramnik to finish joint second with Luke McShane of England at the 2010 London Chess Classic at Olympia.Viswanathan Anand drew with Vladimir Kramnik to finish second at the London Classic.Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen of Norway clinched first place with a crushing victory against Nigel Short of England on Wednesday.The final-round victory by the Norwegian ensured him first place regardless of the other results as he had the best tiebreak score.With four victories, one draw and two losses, Carlsen tallied 13 points and remained two ahead of Viswanath Anand and McShane.Kramnik and Hikaru Nakamura of United States finished joint fourth on 10 points each while Michael Adams ended his campaign on eight points following a draw with Nakamura in the final round.David Howell held McShane to finish ahead of Short who scored just two points from two draws besides five losses.The victory by Carlsen will also see him reclaim his place at the top of the official rating list in January 2011 although Anand will also have a marginal gain in rating points.Carlsen’s mentor Garry Kasparov was present at the venue to comment on the final- round games and see his protege win the tournament for the second successive year.The first game to finish was the pairing of current world champion Anand and his predecessor Vladimir Kramnik. Anand faced the Berlin Defense yet again and carried a token edge into the middle game that ensued.Kramnik was up to the task in exchanging pieces at regular intervals and it came down to an opposite- coloured bishop endgame where Anand’s extra pawn was of no consequence.advertisementNigel Short faced Carlsen with black pieces and his plan of going for a simplified position backfired.With clinical precision, Carlsen restrained Nigel’s queenside development and occupied crucial squares to win a pawn and it soon subsided into a straightforward technical win.David Howell and Luke McShane played a full- blooded Sicilian Dragon – one of the wildest openings in the canon.Howell got an optical advantage but missed his chances in the middle game. The result was a draw through perpetual checks.The game between Nakamura and Adams went right down to the kings. Adams played his favourite Marshall Attack and the American came up with a new idea.The queens came off and pressure against hanging pawns ensured an equal position for the English.In the open event, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta suffered a last- round loss to Thorustur Thorllsson of Iceland while International Master Sahaj Grover won his last round to finish as the best junior in the tournament, defeating David Eggleston of England.last_img read more

Medial collateral ligament

first_imgThe medial collateral ligament connects the end of the femur (thigh) to the top of the tibia (shin bone). The medial collateral ligament provides stability against valgus stress. A valgus stress is described as a pressure applied to the leg that tries to bend the lower leg sideways at the knee, away from the other leg. Tackling in football or soccer are two common causes of this injury.Review Date:6/13/2010Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

Arzani confirms ACL operation

first_imgAustralia attacker Daniel Arzani will miss the 2019 Asian Cup after confirming he would need surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.Arzani, 19, suffered the knee injury after coming on for his Celtic debut against Dundee last week.The midfielder lasted just 33 minutes before suffering the injury, putting a major damper on Celtic’s 5-0 victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The five-time Socceroo, arguably Australia’s brightest young talent, confirmed he would be sidelined until next season, ruling him out of his nation’s Asian Cup title defence early next year.”Thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their day to show support and love,” Arzani wrote on Instagram on Tuesday.”I’m trying my best to reply to everyone but please understand this is also a very tough time for me as I received the bad news today that I will indeed need an ACL op ruling me out until next season.”Apologies to the Celtic fans for my 20 minute cameo. This is however the beginning of my journey and I promise to be back better than ever. Day [one on the] road to recovery starts now.”Arzani is on a two-year loan deal at Celtic from Manchester City, who secured the attacker from their sister club in Melbourne after the youngster shined in 26 A-Leage appearances. Australia will face Syria, Palestine and Jordan in Group B of the Asian Cup.last_img read more

Paddy Considine’s Journeyman is fiction but it has lessons for boxing

first_imgThe movie, which is out on Friday, took Considine nearly 10 years to develop and shoot. But it has timed its moment exquisitely. Boxing in Britain is enjoying another of its sporadic golden ages, despite three deaths in the ring in the last five years, and growing research about the dangers of traumatic brain injury across many contact sports.Considine’s depiction of a slurring, stumbling former fighter prone to flashes of violence as he tries to rediscover his identity, lingers in the mind. As he explained to me, he wanted to capture not only the bravery of those who put their bodies on the line but “the fragility of the sport and of life itself – and what happens when the doors close and the crowds have gone away”.From personal experience, I can vouch that he has succeeded. It was boxing that gave my grandfather, Jimmy, the eldest of 15 children scrapping and scraping by in a two-up, two-down in Dublin, a shot at a better life. It led to titles – he was the first Irishman to become European amateur champion – and lasting friendships, including among those who had once tried to take his head off. In truth, he probably prized such camaraderies most of all.Along the way he also fought in front of 70,000 people at Soldier Field in Chicago, after which the former world heavyweight champion Gene Tunney offered to manage him (he turned Tunney down because he had given the Englishman Ted Broadribb his word he would sign with him). And he also got to face some of the best fighters of his day, including Randolph Turpin, who went on to beat Sugar Ray Robinson.But, long after he had retired, the sport he loved also killed him. Even with 30 years’ distance, it is hard to forget the panic in my father’s eyes. Or the shock and silence after hearing my grandfather had suffered a heart attack when a heavyweight missed the pads he was holding up at the local amateur boxing club and hit him instead. Can Paddy Considine’s Journeyman land a knockout blow for British boxing movies? Share on LinkedIn Paddy Considine Read more What followed sounds like cliché. The local newspaper with its front-page headline “Boxing hero dies in the ring”. The obligatory quote from a family member: “Boxing was his life – he would have chosen to go like this. No blame is being attached to anyone and we feel very sorry for the lad who was training with him.” And everyone moving on, except those involved.It is on this difficult terrain that Journeyman pokes and probes. Considine, who prepared for the role by training for 12 weeks at the Ingle Gym in Sheffield (my great-uncle Brendan also has a cameo as his father), admitted to me that he was nervous that his film might be seen as anti-boxing. He needn’t be. Only someone who cared about the sport would depict it so honestly. Journeyman does not glorify boxing or condemn it. It merely recognises its dangers.No one can accuse Considine of not doing his due diligence. Before making the film he spoke to Peter McCabe, chief executive of the brain injury charity Headway, who is deeply anti-boxing, as well as surgeons and those with brain injuries.“Sometimes we look at boxing and we forget there are human beings in there – they become characters in a narrative themselves,” he said. “And with that separation you sometimes forget there are two men putting their lives at risk.”I thought of those words on Saturday night as the Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne crashed face-first on the canvas during the sixth round of his fight against Dillian Whyte. It had long been obvious that Browne – a strong but primitive fighter reminiscent of an early character in a Super Punch Out! – was in trouble. He was bloodied and blinded, nose busted and physically gassed. Yet he was allowed to continue by his corner and the referee until a cuffing left hook knocked him out for several minutes.Afterwards some people on social media suggested that Browne still had a puncher’s chance. Perhaps he did. But at some point in the fourth or fifth round, when the chances of him landing that sort of shot became smaller than the risk of being seriously hurt, the fight should have been stopped.Sometimes I wonder whether social media is partly to blame. No one wants to be labelled a coward or a quitter. And so they continue to trudge into the firing line.Thankfully on Sunday Browne tweeted that he was fine, but tellingly he also admitted: “My eye was giving me trouble from the second and you can’t protect from what you can’t see.”I still maintain that boxing redeems far more lives than it ruins. And I have also seen the power of the salve and salvation that boxing clubs can provide in inner‑city communities at first hand. But it is always good to have your prejudices challenged. Journeyman certainly does that. Share on Messenger There is a scene at the start of Paddy Considine’s compelling new film, Journeyman, about a boxer who suffers brain damage after a world title fight, that rattles the senses like a sharp one-two.One moment Considine’s character, Matty Burton, is celebrating retaining the belt with his wife; the next he is dabbing at his head before crashing to the floor unconscious. And, at a stroke, his life’s roulette wheel has spun from glory to tragedy, with no sense it will find equilibrium again. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Sportblog Share on Twitter Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email comment Topics Boxing Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Penn State To Host Miami WR Grad Transfer Lawrence Cager

first_imgPenn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)With Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley on his way to the NFL, head coach James Franklin and McSorley’s successor could use some veterans at wide receiver to make the transition easier. Fortunately, one such veteran could become available in a few days.According to 247Sports, Miami (FL) graduate transfer Lawrence Cager is slated to visit the Penn State campus next weekend.Cager has a year of eligibility left after playing the past three seasons for the Hurricanes.The 6-foot-5, 218-pound receiver has been used only sparingly at Miami over the past few years, but has made the most out of the touches he’s received.In 2018, he averaged 17.8 yards per reception on 21 catches with six touchdowns.Since 2016, he has 45 receptions for 681 yards and ten touchdown catches, with a 15.1 yards per reception average.Per the report, Penn State’s opponents for Cager’s signature will be Iowa State, where he is visiting this weekend, along with Kentucky, Ole Miss, Oregon and Virginia.Penn State as I have said is looking for a wide receiver. Lawrence Cager is 6-5 and both sides have mutual interests. This kid at 6-5 could turn into star in Penn States offense, had 6 touchdowns for Hurricanes.— Leader Johnson (@WriterLeader247) January 24, 2019Penn State will have its leading receiver from 2018, K.J. Hamler, back with the team next season. But beyond Hamler, the Nittany Lions have only limited experience or impact players at the receiver position.Cager’s 374 receiving yards last year would have been second on the team.last_img read more

Farmers rattled after pigs chickens stolen from central Nova Scotia farms

first_imgCOOKS BROOK, N.S. – Someone is stealing the free-range pigs and chickens of central Nova Scotia — even leaving the remains of one pig behind after butchering it.A litter of piglets, six heritage Berkshire pigs and 40 chickens were stolen from Moo Nay Farms in Cooks Brook, about an hour northeast of Halifax.Farmer Melvin Burns said he also found the remains of a slaughtered pig on a plastic sheet at the edge of the sprawling free-range family farm.“They stole a pig from the field, butchered it and carried the meat away,” he said in an interview. “They dumped the rest of it.”Down the road at Snowy River Farms, about 33 meat hens were noticed missing earlier this week.“They were full grown meat hens ready for processing next week,” farmer Amy Hill said. “It means someone has been watching us. They know our set up and schedule.”She said the thefts have left her feeling nervous.“I went out last night to tuck in our birds, that’s when we close the doors for the night, and I brought my husband and dogs with me,” Hill said. “To have someone come on to your property at night while you are sleeping and take things makes me feel really mad and exposed.”But she said the butchering of her neighbour’s pig is what makes her fearful.“They had a weapon with them,” Hill said.Burns said the theft of his free-range Berkshire pigs and chickens has left him feeling uneasy and represents a loss of thousands of dollars.The hearty livestock graze the roughly 60 acres of farmland at will, but there is a fence at the perimeter of the property.The pasture and woods-raised animals eat mostly organic grains from craft breweries in Halifax as well as fruits and vegetables, he said.“The pork chops you’d buy in Sobeys are mostly corn-fed and very light in colour,” Burns said. “Our pork is a much darker colour, almost like a red steak.”He doesn’t call his livestock organic but said they are raised naturally. Along with his girlfriend, Bianca Massarella, the couple raises goats, cows, chickens, turkeys and pigs and also boards horses. They also host farm tours and birthday parties to share their farming experience with youth.RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said such a brazen theft of livestock, especially two robberies on the same stretch of road, is unusual.“It’s relatively rare for these sorts of thefts to be reported to police,” he said. “Farmers will sometimes lose an animal or two to predators like coyotes or foxes but this is certainly someone going onto the properties to steal animals. I’m sure it’s unnerving for the community.”The Mounties are asking anyone with information to come forward to police, or call Crime Stoppers if they prefer to remain anonymous.Hill urged anyone who notices someone suddenly with several Berkshire pigs or a freezer full of meat to report it to police.Burns said he’s unsure police will be able to track down the culprits, but said he hopes the ongoing RCMP investigation and media attention will stop any further thefts.— By Brett Bundale in HalifaxNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Cpl. Dal Hutchinson’s last name.last_img read more

Almond Blossom Festival in Tafraout

Asmaa BahadiRabat – Under the motto “Land of Almond, Wealth of Tomorrow,” the Tafraout Almond Association will hold the 6th Annual Almond Festival on March 4th-6th.The event is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the National Agency for the Development of Oases and Argan Trees, the Province of Souss Massa, the Prefecture of Tiznit’s, the Municipality of Tafraout, and a group of local and nation businesses. The Almond Festival is an occasion where the Tafraout Tree Association celebrates the blossoming of almond trees, the development of local product through new methods, and the strengthening of social solidarity.The Association hopes to do this by creating a dynamic economy for the benefit of agricultural cooperatives and preserving the traditional character of the region.Tafraout Almond Association has developed a diverse programs designed to blend culture, sports, arts, tourism, and local business, among many other surprises.The association will also be welcoming many visitors and tourists to promote the progress of local development projects in the region.This year’s festival program will be announced soon by the Tafraout Almond Association. read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street, dragged down by losses in health care and industrial companies.FedEx slumped 6.3 per cent in early trading Wednesday after reporting a weak quarter, and Johnson & Johnson fell 1.2 per cent.Several big media companies were also lower. Viacom lost 3.5 per cent and Discovery gave up 2.7 per cent.Cereal maker General Mills turned in a good quarter and was up 3.8 per cent.The S&P 500 index fell 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,826.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 81 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 25,806. The Nasdaq slipped 6 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 7,715.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.59 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Donald Trump US and Morocco Still Have a Lot to Accomplish

Rabat – On the eve of the Throne Day, King Mohammed VI received congratulatory messages from several leaders, including US President Donald Trump.In his cable, the US President said that he is confident that the US and Morocco will reinforce their diplomatic ties in order to achieve in common areas in the interests of both countries.“I am confident that we will build on our free trade agreement [FTA], our strong security partnership and our diverse cultural and educational ties to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for our two peoples,” said the president. Trump also recalled that the US and Morocco promoted fair and reciprocal trade ties.The US and Morocco signed the FTA in 2004. It came into effect  on January 1, 2006.Through the agreement, the US became itself as Morocco’s fourth largest trade partner.Since the agreement came into effect, bilateral trade between the two countries has increased by more than 250%. Trade activities, according to a the 2019 Investment Climate Statements, made the US Morocco’s fourth largest trading partner.In his message, Trump also expressed his country’s determination to continue the fight against extremism.Trump’s cable said that,”we still have a lot to accomplish together, notably the continuation of our fight against extremism in all its forms, the promotion of tolerance and religious understanding, the promotion of common priorities in Africa and the further development of the cultural link between our countries as a testimony of our friendship for more than 240 years.”Trump’s statement acknowledged Morocco’s leadership in countering extremism and terrorism at the national and international level.In September 2018, the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism asserted that Morocco has a “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation.” read more

Will Buckeyes move back to No 1 after beating Spartans

With less than six minutes to go, and No. 2 Ohio State up just five on unranked Michigan State, an errant Spartan pass flew into the backcourt and nine of the 10 players on the floor seemed content to let it roll out of bounds. OSU freshman point guard Aaron Craft wouldn’t allow it. Craft chased the ball down. As the Spartans tried to recover, he went up and under the rim for a layup, drew a foul and converted the three-point play. The freshman’s only field goal of the night gave OSU (25-1, 12-1 Big Ten) an eight-point lead and propelled the Buckeyes to a 71-61 victory. “That’s a heck of a play right there,” senior guard Jon Diebler said after the game. “That’s just someone wanting the win and Aaron is a guy who, he does the little things and that just shows the type of player that he is. That was a huge play.” The Spartans played most of the game like the team they were projected to be when they entered the season at No. 2. Outscoring the Buckeyes off the bench, 21-1, MSU shot 63 percent from the field in the first half. With freshman forward Jared Sullinger on the bench in foul trouble, MSU matched the Buckeyes shot-for-shot all half. A basket from senior point guard Kalin Lucas gave MSU a 34-32 lead with 1:30 left in the half, but Buford responded with a 3-pointer, giving OSU the lead, one of 11 lead changes in the first 20 minutes. OSU took that 35-34 lead to halftime, and Buford’s 14 first-half points put him ahead of all scorers. “We didn’t bring it in the first half,” Buford said. “Our defense wasn’t there and we weren’t together as a team. For the second half we had to pick up the intensity.” The lead changed hands four more times early in the second half, and a fifth time when a three-point play from fifth-year senior forward David Lighty gave OSU a 45-44 lead. That was the game’s final lead change. Lighty sparked a 10-2 run, opening up a six-point OSU lead, 52-46. An off-balance, end-of-the-shot-clock 3-pointer from junior forward Draymond Green ended the run, and after a Sullinger free throw, a layup from Lucas cut the lead to two. Five quick points from Buford gave OSU a 58-51 lead, its biggest to that point, with 8:30 to play. Minutes later, Craft made the play that ignited the sellout crowd at the Schottenstein Center. “Aaron is like a spark plug for this team,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I think guys are looking and saying, ‘If he’s going to give that (effort), then I’m going to give that.’” The Spartans got as close as four down the stretch, but a pair of Sullinger free throws and three from Craft gave OSU an insurmountable 10-point lead with less than two minutes left. Buford led all scorers with 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, 3-for-4 from beyond the 3-point line. Sullinger scored 11 points and grabbed a season-low two rebounds. Lighty and Diebler had 12 points each. Lucas led MSU with 14 points, and although the team shot 57 percent from the floor and outrebounded OSU, its 19 turnovers swung the game in OSU’s favor. After falling at Wisconsin on Saturday, OSU relinquished the No. 1 rank to Kansas, who lost at Kansas State, 84-68, Monday night. OSU plays again at 1 p.m. Sunday at No. 11 Purdue. read more

Drago Vukovic to become Fox in 2015

BundesligaDrago VukovicFuchse BerlinTus Lubbecke ← Previous Story Andreas Nilsson joins MKB Veszprem! Next Story → Men’s U20 EURO 2014: Denmark VS Sweden for the final Drago Vukovic has agreed to a deal which will see him join the handball club from the capital. Fuchse Berlin announced the signing of the Croatian international for the season 2015/2016. However, for the current one, he will carry out his contract with his current club – Lubbecke. Drago Vukovic plays since 2008 in the Bundesliga, before that having played for Velenje, Zagreb and Split. He won Olympic Gold in 2004 with Croatia. read more

You can only do a funeral once and you have to do

first_img Short URL By Nicky Ryan Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 12:05 AM Jun 10th 2017, 12:05 AM We really celebrate the life of the person who died. The community gathers around at the time of the funeral, and the whole process is something we’ve all held close to our hearts.Jay and his sister Dymphna,  based in Dundalk, Co Louth, set up in 2005. Neither come from a tech background – one worked in an office and the other on a farm – but gave up their day jobs to pursue the idea.The idea for the site grew out of the frustration the siblings felt after finding it difficult to get details online of funerals, or after missing funerals completely because of poor communication.They set out to create a space that would not only inform the public of funerals, but that would allow them to “interact on a more personal level” with the death notice, Jay explained, “and in a way that didn’t preclude people who were living far away or abroad to feel more involved”.Not a crowded spaceThe online death notice space wasn’t a crowded one back in the mid-noughties. Jay said he was curious as to why it hadn’t taken off properly before, given the important role they play in Irish society. A few websites were dabbling in the area, but most were haphazard, infrequently updated and scant on detail.The Colemans saw the chance to gain a foothold if they avoided these mistakes. The pair also set out on the process of meeting as many funeral directors as they could across the country to get them onboard at an early stage.There was plenty of apprehension from the industry, Jay explained, as the internet at the time was still in its relative infancy and associated with “some of the less savory aspects of society”.Most funeral directors were also were quite traditional and set in their ways, unwilling to change their tried-and-test formula:They have a phrase, ‘You can only do a funeral once’, and because of that it had to be done right. ‘You can only do a funeral once, and you have to do it right’: The story behind We speak to one of the siblings behind the death notice website. Obviously when you’re dealing with a very sombre moment, they don’t want to be taking a chance with anything and were obviously very resistant at first. Now, they absolutely see the value in it.Jay said the vast majority of notices submitted to the site are without issue, but occasionally one will appear that might need minor tweaking, such as language which although used earnestly may accidentally cause offence.Convincing those organising funerals that these quality controls were in place was key to gaining their confidence.This careful approach resulted in a handful of significant funeral directors getting on board with from the start, and gave it momentum.At the time, it may have seemed like a novelty to some, but now more than a decade on, user habits have shifted in favour of the Colemans – people are more likely to see the internet as the most reliable way to get information out there about a death, rather than relying on local radio or newspapers which people may not be paying as close attention to anymore. Source: zhu difeng/ShutterstockJay says both of these legacy mediums still serve a purpose – some people may not have access to the internet, and it is simply family tradition to have a notice on the radio or in the newspaper – but online notices serve another purpose again, as it provides a lasting record for families to has now grown to be one of the top 100 sites in Ireland. According to figures provided by the Colemans, the site receives more than five million visitors a month, with most death notices being viewed at least 1,000 times, while others will receive multiples of that.It has also gone beyond simply a noticeboard for deaths. Users can set up email alerts based on surname, town, county, and church, as well as posting a range of ‘family notices’, such as month’s minds, anniversaries and birthday memorials.The future for the site, he said, lies in allowing those who knew the deceased to interact with the condolence notice in a way that makes them feel as involved as possible; there are plans to allow users to send flowers or make donations, for example.A website of this scale – also with a payroll of four staff – doesn’t come cheap. Some kind of funding model is necessary.As the question of money is a particularly ugly one when it comes to organising funerals, Jay and Dymphna were eager to not make this an issue for families.Unlike traditional notices in newspapers and local radios, both of which can run into hundreds of euro, doesn’t charge for notices. Instead, funeral directors can pay for advertising around the death notices.Occasionally a family billed after a funeral will notice a charge for, but Jay explained that this is an administrative fee charged by the funeral director themselves.Jay stresses that the firm is dependent on the advertising which appears on the site to keep it up and running.The company behind made a profit of almost €94,000, according to its most recently filed accounts for 2015.Read: ‘If you thought about setting up a business too deeply, you mightn’t do it’ >center_img Source: Shutterstock/Sementer‘SHUSH, THE DEATH notices are on!’It’s something we’ve all been told – or said ourselves – at some point when the presenter on our local radio station begins reading out a list of the recently deceased from the area.We’ve all cast a cursory glance over them in the back of a local paper, or received the call from a mother or father inquiring if we’ve heard that so-and-so in No 123 had passed away.Nowadays, it can be automatically emailed to you.The significance of funerals in Ireland means that the Irish have a unique fascination with death notices – and the decline of traditional media and the waning influence of religion doesn’t seem to have affected that.This is evident in the success of, an ‘end of life matters’ website that has become something of an institution in Ireland, and is dedicated to publishing death notices from across the country.A loved one passes away, the family – usually through the funeral director – can publish details online, including when and where the funeral will take place.Although being made quick and easy, the process is still treated sensitively and with care.“The funeral is such an important thing in Ireland,” founder Jay Coleman told Share1 Tweet Email13 51 Comments To really convince the funereal directors to put their trust in us, we were going to read every condolence notice prior to publication, as we still do today. 42,694 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ethnic Business Awards book launch

first_imgIn an evening celebrating success against the odds and the rich diversity of Australia’s business landscape, the Ethnic Business Awards launched the limited edition of their 25th Anniversary publication “Celebrating Diversity”.The book was officially launched by Mrs Margie Abbott in the presence of the Ethnic Business Awards founder and Chairman Mr Joseph Assaf, and the sponsors, judges and winners and finalists of the Awards from the past 25 years. “What we are really celebrating here tonight is the enterprise, the commitment and sheer hard work that has created the success story that is the Ethnic Business Awards and more particularly the men and women who are at the heart of this book.” said Mrs Abbott.Joseph Healy, NAB Group Executive of Business Banking, a major sponsor and founding partner of the Awards outlined the strength of the ongoing partnership of his bank with the Awards. ” For us business is all about relationships and the Ethnic Business Awards epitomises the importance of building cultural bridges and relationships. Our association with the Ethnic Business Awards is a strong example of a relationship that dates back to the very beginning 25 years ago and one which we hope will endure into the future.”Michael Ebeid, CEO and Managing Director of SBS, a media sponsor of the Awards since its inception, congratulated Joseph Assaf, “on his dedication in recognising and also celebrating the achievements of migrants in Australia.”The founder of the Ethnic Busimess Awarda Joseph Assaf concluded the evening stating that “This book is a recorded testimony of the great success of the migrants and Indigenous in the development of our country.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

11 Movies That Use Pop Culture Better Than Ready Player One

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 10 Best Worst Items in Hot Topic’s Clearance SectionReal There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational Poison center_img Ernest Cline’s paean to everything 80s is poised to make a lot of noise at the box office, but this certainly isn’t the first time that Hollywood has looked to pop culture to inform a movie. And while fans are already pitching a fit at some of the more incongruous appearances (the Iron Giant gleefully slaughtering foes earned a much-deserved WTF), we thought it might be nice to think positive and look back at some other flicks that took the mash-up approach and paid homage to what went before.The Monster SquadThe stable of Universal monsters are some of the most iconic takes on the public domain bestiary ever – Boris Karloff’s unforgettable bolt-eared Frankenstein, Lugosi’s sneering Dracula, Chaney’s tormented Wolfman. And even if the “dark universe” never happens we already have one of the most satisfying pop culture crossovers of all time in 1987’s The Monster Squad. Written by Geek fave Shane Black, the flick follows a group of tweens in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who come up against the forces of evil led by Dracula as they try to retrieve a mystic amulet. It’s a surprisingly timeless romp that still holds up well 30+ years later.Alias Jesse JamesIn many ways, the Old West was sort of the Marvel Cinematic Universe of its day. Colorfully-named violent men roamed the expanse, getting into trouble and fighting for their lives. In 1959, Bob Hope starred as an insurance agent in Alias Jesse James, a comedy Western that featured a climactic gunfight featuring dozens of the era’s most identifiable Western actors – Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, James Arness as Matt Dillon, and even Roy Rogers as himself. It’s one of the earliest multi-franchise cameo crossovers in cinematic history, and some later home video releases have had to cut a few of the cameos due to IP rights issues.The LEGO MovieIt’s almost unfair that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were able to work so much magic with a movie based on little plastic bricks, but The LEGO Movie captured the glee of mashing your Harry Potter and Superman sets together in an orgy of construction fun. The flick took its multiple cameos and made them all fit into the LEGO universe, and if we had to we could make a very good argument that LEGO Batman is the best Batman movie ever made.Scott Pilgrim Vs. The WorldBased on the comic book series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is rife with references to the pop culture that surrounds us. From the name of Scott’s band, “Sex Bob-Omb,” to the various video game power-ups and status effects that bedevil him during his battles with Ramona Flowers’ seven evil exes, this is one movie that’s steeped in geek culture like a good cup of tea. It would take all day to run through the references in the flick, so go watch it yourself with one finger on the pause button.My Name Is BruceBruce Campbell is one of cult film’s most iconic actors from his role as Ash in the Evil Dead series. In 2007, he directed and starred in a movie that blended his real-world personality with his most famous character to hilarious effect – My Name Is Bruce. In it, Campbell gets kidnapped by a fan who wants him to battle a reanimated Chinese god in an Oregon mining town. It’s an absurd romp that lets Campbell work against public perception of him even as he embraces what made him famous.The Last Action HeroOne of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rare 1990s flops, The Last Action Hero cast him as fictional LAPD detective Jack Slater, who meets a young boy from the real world when he’s magically transported into the film. It’s got the same gleeful mash-up aesthetic as some of the other flicks on this list – the fact that a cartoon cat works at Slater’s precinct and nobody cares is a perfect touch – but many of the references it pulls are to properties made up for just this movie. There are a few brilliant cameos, though, including Sharon Stone revisiting her Basic Instinct role. It underperformed at the box office, but history has been kind to it in hindsight.Who Framed Roger Rabbit?When Who Framed Roger Rabbit hit theaters in 1988, it was a miracle of Hollywood deal-making. For the first time ever, representatives from the animation industry’s greatest franchises shared screen space in Toontown. Disney, Warner Brothers and MGM characters were all in the same movie for the first time – and since, actually. It’s a technical tour de force and amazing to watch Donald Duck and Daffy Duck go head-to-head, for example. The negotiations were insane, with each studio having a list of demands as to the amount of screen time their characters needed. Sequels have been long-rumored but never materialized.City HunterThe majority of Jackie Chan’s 1993 comedy City Hunter doesn’t trade in retro references, but one scene in the flick is so legendary it puts the whole movie on our list. Jackie, as detective Ryo Saeba, is investigating the disappearance of a girl. He gets into a fight (because this is a Jackie Chan movie) in a video arcade, and is thrown into a Street Fighter II machine, which causes him to imagine that his foe is Ken and he’s first E. Honda and then Chun-Li. It’s a hilarious homage to the video game that ruled the world at the time.Die Another DayReleased to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bond franchise, Die Another Day was filmed with homages to all 19 previous Bond films. If you look around Q’s workshop you’ll spot the jetpack from Thunderball, the magic rope from Octopussy and other gadgets. The scene where Halle Berry walks out of the surf in a bikini is a direct throwback to Ursula Andress’ aquatic entrance in Dr. No. We could go on for paragraphs, but it’s pretty interesting to watch a Bond film that acknowledges the character’s cinematic history in such a blatant way.Wreck-It RalphA couple of films have dabbled in the influence video games have had on pop culture, but we’re not going to talk about Pixels on this website if we don’t have to. Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph took place in the liminal electronic world of video arcades, where the characters from myriad machines got together after the last quarter dropped. Although the flick revolved around a few fictional franchises created for it, we also got cameos from Q-bert, Zangief, and the bartender from Tapper just to name a few. The sequel, in which Ralph enters the Internet at large, is set to drop later this year.ExplorersJoe Dante has tapped into the vein of pop culture many times throughout his career, but one of his warmest paeans to the 50s science fiction that formed him was 1985’s Explorers. A young Ethan Hawke stars as Ben Crandall, a suburban teen who gets inspired by the old flicks he watches on late night TV to construct a spacecraft out of an abandoned amusement park ride and with his friends take off on a journey into the universe. It’s a forgotten sweet little film that bombed at the box office because it was released the same week as the Live Aid concert for Africa.last_img read more

KFCs Firelog That Smells Like Its Fried Chicken Sold Out in Hours

first_img There’s nothing like the holiday scent of… fried chicken.And it looks like thousands agreed. KFC released a limited-edition firelog that smells like its famous fried chicken — and it sold out in hours on Thursday.The “11 Herbs & Spices Firelog,” went on sale on for $18.99 (which included tax, shipping, and handling). Introducing the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog from Enviro-Log®, the best way to make a fire smell less like fire and more like fried chicken. Get yours today at— KFC (@kfc) December 13, 2018“Imbued with the unmistakable, mouth-watering aroma of Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe, the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog finally puts to rest the age-old dilemma, ‘How can I make this fire a hundred bajillion times better?’” the fast-food chain said on their website.The savory firelog was created by Enviro-Log, a Yule log manufacturer, and made of 100 percent recycled materials. “It is the result of countless hours of research and development, all done over the last couple of months since we had this idea,” said KFC.Not surprisingly, the firelog was a hit on Twitter. Users quickly shared their delight/confusion in the chicken-scented creation and suggestions for its use: Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta Welp I know what I’m gift wrapping for the work Christmas gift exchange! Nothing like the fresh scent of high cholesterol and chest pains.— William Smothers (@BigBill916) December 13, 2018center_img Stay on target Take these with you camping to spice up your night with a bear attack.— Gary (@Tha_Gary) December 13, 2018The firelog can burn up to three hours and unlike real chicken, it doesn’t expire and it has no shelf life. KFC did warn buyers to “please do not attempt to eat it,” and cautioned campers that it “may attract bears.”If you were late to the chicken party and didn’t get a firelog this year, we suggest just lounging by the fire with a bucket of KFC.More on Lab-Grown Steak Gives Foodies a Taste of the FutureJimmy Dean Is Giving Away Sausage-Scented Holiday Wrapping Paper‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food Museum in L.A.last_img read more

Washougal garage damaged in early morning blaze

first_imgA vacant Washougal house that was days away from being someone’s home was damaged by an early morning fire Wednesday.Crews with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to the blaze at 4269 F Circle at about 4:15 a.m. They arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the garage, said acting Battalion Chief Brooks Cooper.Firefighters attacked the flames, bringing the fire under control within 20 minutes and stopping it from spreading to the rest of the house, Cooper said. The roof of the attached garage, however, collapsed in the fire.Crews stayed on scene for several hours to put out hot spots and do overhaul.The ranch-style house was unoccupied, Cooper said, but residents were going to move in this week and some possessions had been stored there.Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal Ron Schumacher said Wednesday the cause of the fire was still under investigation, but it likely did a couple hundred thousand dollars in damage.last_img read more

Two arrested after early morning crash in Hazel Dell

first_imgA Vancouver woman was hospitalized — and two other people were arrested — after a high-speed single-car accident on Northeast 78th Street at Interstate 5 in Hazel Dell early Saturday, according to a bulletin from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The bulletin said the incident occurred at 4:52 a.m. when a car speeding west on Northeast 78th Street went out of control at or west of Northeast Highway 99, crossed a low-profile median and careened across oncoming lanes, over an island that separates right and left turn lanes on the Interstate 5 northbound off ramp, destroying traffic control signs and a traffic signal before finally crashing into the bridge structure.One of the car’s occupants ran from the scene but was found shortly thereafter, according to the CCSO. Another person in the vehicle suffered injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescue personnel from Fire District 6. A third person in the vehicle was treated and released for minor injuries.Temika Beasley, 27, of Vancouver was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She was reported in satisfactory condition Saturday evening.Deputies arrested Rashawn Hurse, 33, and Maggie Bad Horse, 30, both of Vancouver, on unrelated warrants.The crash is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit. Preliminary investigation indicates alcohol and high speed may be factors in the collision, the bulletin said.last_img read more

Fuel drop tank falls from IAF aircraft in Coimbatore

first_imgNew Delhi: A fuel drop tank fell off from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Tejas aircraft on a field while on a routine sortie from Sulur Air Base near Coimbatore on Tuesday. According to an IAF statement, the aircraft, however, landed safely after the accident that took place at 8:40 a.m. “No damage was reported on ground. The incident is being investigated,” the statement said.last_img