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Excellence is Raising Your Standards

first_imgWhen I was in Catholic grade school, the grades we received were different than the grades in public schools. Instead of getting an A, B, or C, we were given Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, or Poor. In addition to those grades, we were also given a number grade that indicated our effort. The effort score of 1 meant you gave 100%, while the score of 4 meant you did nothing.I never got in trouble for getting a Good, the equivalent of a C in public schools. I got in trouble for getting a C4. In my house, it wasn’t the C that would get you in trouble, it was the 4. The fact that you could get a C without lifting a finger meant that you were capable of better and only received the low grade because you didn’t put forth the effort. Even when I received an A, I did so with the accompanying effort score of 2 or 3.Excellent results are better than great results. Great results are better than good results. There is no reason to write about anything less than good results, because anything less isn’t worth pursuing. The difference between excellent and great is the standard you set for yourself—and your team, if you are a leader.If the standard you set for yourself is to be good, your effort will match that standard. If you want to do good work, have good relationships, be in good health, and make a good living, your effort will match that outcome, likely a 3 or 4. If you want these areas of your life to be great, you will have to increase your effort level to something closer to 2. But in the areas where you want to be excellent—or even exceptional—your effort level is going to have to be a 1, the maximum effort, the best you have to give.For some of us, it will seem unfair that others can produce excellent or exceptional results with less effort. Each of us are born with different gifts and different deficiencies. But while some people produce excellent results in some area without a great deal of effort, they often struggle in others, areas where other people have an easier time producing excellent results.All of this is to remind you of what you already know: If you want a better result in some area of your life, the way to produce that results is to raise your standard, and that means increasing your effort. What standard do you need to raise? What does your effort need to be to produce that outcome? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Diplomatic Flap Threatens E.U.-Israeli Research Ties

first_imgA diplomatic row between the European Union and the Israeli government could spell a sharp loss in funding for Israeli science as well as the end for countless collaborations with European scientists. At issue are 3 pages of guidelines issued by the European Commission on 19 July, which stipulate that starting in 2014, E.U. grants, prizes, and financial instruments may not support organizations or activities in areas not under Israel’s control before 1967—which include the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza strip, and the Golan Heights.In an angry response, the Israeli government said last week that it may forgo participation in Horizon 2020, the European Union’s new €70 billion, 7-year research program. The two sides had a first round of talks about Horizon 2020 at the E.U. Delegation’s Tel Aviv office on 14 August and will continue discussions in Brussels in September. An Israeli withdrawal would put an end to 17 years of successful participation in E.U. science funding schemes.The European Union stresses that the new document is a clarification of existing policies whose effects will be minimal, as little research is going on in the territories. 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Israel’s withdrawal would be “catastrophic for Israeli scientists and a big loss for Europe,” adds ERC President Helga Nowotny.Since 1996, Israel has taken part in E.U. research programs as an “associated country”—a status that allows a non-E.U. country to benefit from the European Union’s funding bonanzas in return for a fixed contribution based on gross domestic product. Israel paid €534 million into FP7, which spanned 2007 to 2013; in return, almost 1600 Israeli scientists will have received a total of €634 million in funding. They fared particularly well in the battle for ERC grants; on a per capita basis, Israel was bested only by Switzerland, also an associated country.European Commission spokesperson Michael Jennings says that the European Union banned funding for organizations established in the occupied territories all along, although it did not explicitly rule out supporting any research there. The only currently funded research that would no longer be eligible for E.U. grants is being done by a company called AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories, which produces skin care products from Dead Sea mud and salt at a West Bank facility.Still, at the Tel Aviv meeting last week, Israeli representatives told a delegation from the European Commission that without “positive understandings on the guidelines’ implementation … Israel will be unable to join the European R&D program,” according to an Israeli government statement. “If Israel is going to lose a few dollars, or euros, rather than accepting [the European Union] damaging national security interests, then we don’t have a choice,” says Paul Hirschson, a spokesperson for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Other international funding schemes also exclude projects in the occupied territories, including the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, which has funded dozens of Nobel laureates, and a similar foundation aimed at fostering scientific friendships between Israel and Germany. Hirschson could not say whether those foundations are problematic as well. He says Israel also takes issue with the timing of the E.U. guidelines, just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had launched a new round of peace talks between Israel and Palestine. “They give the Palestinians the false sense that they can achieve anything without making any compromises,” he says.Not everyone is so gloomy about the damage a withdrawal from Horizon 2020 would cause. If Israel invests its contribution in domestic research instead, “it doesn’t have to be such a tragedy,” says Alex Lubotzky, a mathematician at Hebrew University of Jerusalem who co-founded a West Bank settlement called Efrat. Lubotzky, himself an ERC grant winner, adds that the European Union has every right to determine what is done with its money.It’s hard to predict whether either side will budge, says Jonathan Rosenhead, a professor emeritus at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He urges the European Commission to stick to its position. “They have drawn a line in the sand. They would look stupid if they back down now,” says Rosenhead, who chairs the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, an academic group that opposes the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.Israel, too, is likely to take a hard line, says Oded Beja, an environmental genomicist at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa who says that his €2 million ERC grant helped him “enter the big league” of his field. “It’s not that they want to move E.U. money into the occupied territories,” Beja says. “But by agreeing, they admit that something is wrong with the territories.”last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ezekiel Elliott’s Car Was Ticketed Outside OSU’s Practice Facility, And He’s Unhappy About It

first_imgA closeup of Ezekiel Elliott celebrating during a football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On-campus parking authorities can be the bane of many college students’ existences, even if you are a football star like Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. This afternoon, Elliott’s car was ticketed outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, OSU’s indoor practice facility. Needless to say, Elliott isn’t exactly happy about receiving the citation. So how campus park gonna ticket me at the woody …. pic.twitter.com/qtIiTpFx6n— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) June 29, 2015How do I get a parking ticket at the THE FREAKING FACILITY— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) June 29, 2015Amazingly, former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman’s car was ticketed nearly one year ago today, and he too was ticked about it. Memo to Ohio State’s parking authority: lighten up a bit!last_img read more

Notre Dame Just Landed Another 4-Star Commitment

first_imgNotre Dame cheerleader waves a flag at the College Football Playoff semifinal.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader waves a flag during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s been a strong off-season for the Notre Dame football program. In the past month alone they’ve added ten new commitments, and just got another one from a four-star wideout.On Friday, Burke High School wide receiver Xavier Watts announced on Twitter that he would joining the Fighting Irish. The announcement comes just over a week after he got to see the campus on an official visit.COMMITTED #GoIrishESPN rates him as a four-star prospect, while 247Sports has him as the No. 487 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 86 wide receiver in the nation, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Nebraska.Over the past few months, Watts has been making visits to Notre Dame and several Big Ten teams, including Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. COMMITTED#Goirish☘️ pic.twitter.com/tN7NLe9ZGx— Xavier Watts (@xavierwatts6) July 5, 2019In an interview with Irish Illustrated via 247Sports, Watts explained that the coaches told him be could be “a big piece” of the Notre Dame offense, playing in the slot or out wide. He also complimented the school’s tradition and academics.“They’re letting me know that I could be a big piece of their offense, that I can really make a difference and that they see me playing slot and (out wide),” said Watts to Irish Illustrated’s Kevin Sinclair. “They see me as a versatile player making a real impact.“It’s a good school with good tradition and education, plus it has good football,” added Watts to Irish Illustrated.Over the course of the last two high school seasons, Watts has made 100 receptions for 1,906 yards and 24 touchdowns.He joins a Notre Dame team that is now ranked No. 5 in the nation by 247Sports.last_img read more

Asian Carriers to Terminate Asia-ECSA Service

first_imgzoom Container shipping majors Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), Pacific International Lines Pte. Ltd.(PIL) and Yang Ming plan to close their joint Far East-East Coast South America NHX service in October, Dynamar B.V. said in a release.The service featuring 12 container vessels of nominal 4250TEU-4600TEU capacity was launched in April.The ports of call were Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Singapore, Rio De Janeiro, Santos, Navegantes, Paranagua, Santos, Rio De Janeiro, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pusan, with a round voyage lasting 84 days.According to DynaLiners Daily, Hyundai will, with one ship, join the two-loop SEAS service of China Shipping, CMA CGM, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd and NYK instead, but “K” Line, PIL and Yang Ming will restrict their presence through their existing slot arrangements on the ESA service of Coscon, Evergreen, Hanjin and ZIM.Reasons behind the decision have not been disclosed.Neither of the carriers have disclosed the info officially on their websites. However, “K” Line confirmed this to be true in a statement sent to World Maritime News.“It is true that we terminate current joint service, however we will not suspend Asia-ECSA service itself. Effective October, “K” Line would deploy 1x9000TEU vessel on to another alliance loop made with COSCO/EMC and sustain value service to the customers on this trade lane,” the statement reads.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Presidents Rule extended in JK bill clears RS hurdle

first_imgNEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s bill for the extension of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir was passed in the Rajya Sabha Monday with support from Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal.Shah said the Centre has no option but to extend President’s Rule for six months as the Election Commission intends to hold assembly polls there towards the end of the year. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefJammu and Kashmir has been under Central rule since June 2018, when the BJP ended its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party. Elections will be announced later this year, but before that President’s Rule, which is applicable for six-month periods, has to be renewed. In March – weeks after the suicide attack in Pulwama in which 40 soldiers died – the Election Commission had ruled out holding the state election along with the national elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The state government, it said, had advised against it in view of the law and order situation. Citing the security situation, the Commission held a three-phase election for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Kashmir, creating a history of sorts. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCThe announcement had angered the state’s political parties, who alleged that the BJP government at the centre was not keen on initiating the democratic process in the state. Last month, the commission indicated that it has received a green signal from the state government regarding elections. The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the other bill tabled by the Home Minister, proposes to give quota benefits in jobs and educational institutions to people living near the state’s International Border. Both the Bills were passed by voice vote in Lok Sabha on Friday.last_img read more

Bandhan Bank net profit jumps 45 pc to Rs 701 cr in

first_imgNew Delhi: Bandhan Bank Friday reported a jump of over 45 per cent in its net profit to Rs 701 crore in the first quarter ended June 30, on healthy core income. The Kolkata-based private sector lender had registered a net profit of Rs 482 crore during the corresponding quarter of 2018-19. Its total income rose 38.06 per cent to Rs 1,723 crore during the quarter, compared with Rs 1,248 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2018-19, the bank said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The bank’s net interest income grew over 36 per cent to Rs 1,411 crore, while the income from non-interest sources jumped nearly 48 per cent to Rs 312 crore during the quarter. Operating profit jumped 47.14 per cent to Rs 1,208 crore, against Rs 821 crore in the year-ago period. The loan portfolio of the lender increased 39.36 per cent to Rs 45,420 crore as on June 30, 2019. The asset quality witnessed deterioration with respect to gross non-performing assets (NPAs), which rose to 2.02 per cent of the gross advances by end of June 2019 as against 1.26 per cent a year ago. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-Sep However, the net NPAs or bad loans were trimmed to 0.56 per cent as against 0.64 per cent in the year-ago quarter. “The year 2019-20 has started on a promising note with asset growth at 39.36 per cent along with stable asset quality. During the year, we expect the Gruh merger to get consummated which will bring diversification and will add to growth,” said Bandhan Bank MD and CEO Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. The bank had received approval of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for the proposed acquisition of HDFC’s affordable housing finance arm Gruh Finance in April this year and from the RBI in March. Bandhan Bank had taken over Gruh in a share-swap deal in January. Shares of the bank closed 0.22 per cent down at Rs 527.50 apiece on the BSE.last_img read more

Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year WSJ reports

Apple Inc plans to launch three new iPhone models this year, including one with an LCD screen, to c, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.The iPhone maker also intends to introduce new camera features, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.Apple was not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours. Apple cuts production plan for new iPhones by 10%, Nikkei reports The real reason Apple is struggling in China: Its iPhones are priced at stratospheric levels Apple now says Q1 revenue drop will be up to 10% on weak holiday, China sales The Cupertino, California-based company has decided to stick with liquid-crystal display (LCD) at a time when sluggish sales of iPhone XR cut into its most recent revenue projection, the report said.Last week, Apple issued its first revenue warning in nearly 12 years, citing poor Chinese demand, sending its shares down 10 percent, their biggest intra-day fall in six years.Apple plans to continue with LCD model as the device has been in the production pipeline for months, the report said.However, for 2020, Apple will completely switch to the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, display for iPhones, thereby completely dropping the LCD model, the report said.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

Security Council welcomes establishment of new UN office for West Africa

In a presidential statement read out during an open meeting on Wednesday evening, the Council said the Dakar-based Office would also ensure the development of a fruitful partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), other subregional organizations and international as well as national players, including civil society. “The Security Council emphasizes that greater subregional integration must remain a key goal for the United Nations system in the search for lasting solutions to the conflicts in West Africa and to the human suffering to which these give rise,” said the statement by the Council President, Ambassador Moctar Ouane of Mali. He stressed the need to further strengthen the capacities of ECOWAS towards this end, especially its ability to stem the illicit flow of small arms and the establishment of militia. In that connection, the Council welcomed the three-year extension of the Moratorium on the Importation, Exportation and Manufacture of Small Arms and Light Weapons in West Africa and appealed for international financial support for the effort. The Council also underscored the importance of taking steps to develop cooperation and coordination among the intergovernmental bodies and entities of the UN, which could influence the situation in West Africa. Concerning the Mano River Union countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the Council emphasized the “need to see to the effective implementation” of confidence building measures among them. The three were also strongly encouraged to “do their utmost” to hold a summit meeting of their heads of State. With specific reference to Sierra Leone, the Council welcomed progress in the country’s peace process and appealed to the international community for “substantial financial assistance for the programme for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants and other peace-consolidating activities” in the country. read more

Whole spectrum of Afghan society must get behind peace talks UN envoy

He flagged that peace efforts over the past year have created hope, “but also fear for many”.“They hope for an end to the conflict, but they also fear that peace might come at the sacrifice of freedom and rights, which the country has striven to protect and advance for the past 18 years”, he said, pointing out that “young women are worried about future restrictions to their participation in the socio-economic and political life of their country”. Mr. Yamamoto spelled out that any political settlement must include a promise to “protect and advance human rights and fundamental freedoms for all who live in Afghanistan, including those of women, youth, and minorities as well as the freedom of expression and the media”. The Council was meeting just days after months of direct talks between Taliban extremists, who controlled the country up to the allied invasion of 2001, and US Government officials, were declared “dead” by the US President, Donald Trump. The two sides had reportedly been close to a finalized peace deal, that did not directly involve the internationally-recognized Afghan Government. The UNAMA chief told Council members that another important achievement over the past 18 years that needs to be maintained and promoted, was the institutional capabilities of the State.He maintained that moving forward, peace efforts “need to address and bring about a reduction in violence and eventual ceasefire” and regional support remains “critical. Elections due later this monthAfghans are due to head to the polls on 28 September, for what will be their fourth presidential election since 2001. “Credible elections would provide an important political foundation for the future of the country as well as legitimacy and authority to the elected President”, Mr. Yamamoto told the Council, adding that this would be “particularly important” for the peace process.Although UN advisors are working “hand in hand” with electoral management bodies and security institutions are collaborating with international partners, concerns over security, fraud and voter turnout remain. Afghan citizens are expressing “much anxiety”, particularly in view of the Taliban’s stated threat to disrupt the electoral process: “Attacks directed against polling centres and civilians participating in the electoral process are unacceptable; they are clear violations of international law”, said Mr. Yamamoto. “I urge the Taliban to retract this threat, and I urge the Government to provide adequate security arrangements to safeguard the electoral process”.Search for peaceIn closing, he highlighted “the importance of advancing efforts for delivering peace; concretely the start of intra-Afghan negotiations”. Citing past peace negotiations, he noted that “as the prospect for substantive talks becomes real, the challenges will become greater”.According to Mr. Yamamoto, the final stages leading to the start of intra-Afghan talks require delicate handling and “cooperation from all of us”. “The United Nations commends the efforts of all those concerned to bring about direct talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, and we in the United Nations will continue to assist such efforts”, he concluded.‘Complex’ criminal situation: drugs and crime agencyThe chief of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, updated the Council on drug production, trafficking and transnational organized crime, which he said, “remains complex” across the country.“Insurgents and other non-State actors control areas under opium poppy cultivation and are raising hundreds of millions of dollars”, he said. “The events of recent days and weeks have shown, more than ever, the urgency of finding a political settlement to the long Afghan conflict”, Special Representative Tadamichi Yamamoto said. The conflict can only be resolved by direct intra-Afghan talks, Yamamoto, UN envoy in #Afghanistan, tells Security Coun. It is imperative for direct Afghanistan govt & Taliban talks to commence. UN ready to support an intra-Afghan process. Read more https://t.co/H0piMphBkb pic.twitter.com/oOH6yq9T7p— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) September 10, 2019 The persisting challenges posed by illicit drugs, economic and financial crime, corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing “continue to undermine the stability of the country”, according to the UNODC chief.“These crimes have a profoundly negative impact on the Government’s macro-economic objectives of financial inclusion, job creation, robust private sector-led growth and stable domestic revenue”, he reported.Drawing attention to some positive advancements, UNODC and the Afghan government will release the 2019 Afghanistan Opium Survey in October and while the results are not yet finalized, opium poppy cultivation is expected to show a decrease from the record high levels in 2017 and 2018.He flagged that UNODC is assisting the country in its pursuit of balanced, and health- and rights-centred responses to drug supply and demand. Mobile Detection Teams and Precursor Control Units have seized some 800 kilos of heroin, more than 1.2 tons of opium, nearly nine tons of hashish and over 7,500 litres of precursor acetic anhydride – an amount enough to produce more than three tons of heroin.Afghanistan recently commemorated its 100th anniversary of independence, which was tragically marred by further terrorist attacks.Mr. Fedotov welcomed “Afghanistan’s determination to stop such despicable attacks from derailing progress” and commended the Government for “establishing and co-chairing with Spain, the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism”.“UNODC remains strongly committed to supporting Afghanistan to address the inter-linked challenges of drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, and we rely on the assistance of the international community to help us carry out this essential work”, concluded the UNODC chief. read more

Opinion 5 takeaways from unexpected championship run

Coach Urban Meyer lifts the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy following a 42-20 win against Oregon on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn a season that featured three quarterbacks, the death of a player, three post-season games and ultimately a national championship, the Ohio State football team overcame adversity in a season the likes of which not many have ever seen.The Lantern sports staff was there for the roller coaster ride that it was, and came up with the five biggest takeaways from the Buckeyes’ eighth national title.1. Tom Herman is the biggest loss from the 2014-15 teamEven if all three quarterbacks return for the 2015 campaign, the loss of co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to the University of Houston is the biggest loss from the title team. Herman was largely the reason why OSU was able to win a national title with two different starters in 2014, as he prepared them exceptionally after losing senior Braxton Miller to injury. As he takes the head coaching job for the Cougars, newly hired Tim Beck has big shoes to fill as he takes the same position as Herman.Can the likes of Miller, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones continue their success under Beck? Maybe. But there is no denying Herman is going to go down as one of the main reasons OSU is at the top of college football in 2015. 2. The 2013 recruiting class will go down as one of the best in program historyThe 2013 class marked the first group chock full of Urban Meyer recruits, and even at the time, it was ranked the No. 3 class in the nation by ESPN. But top to bottom, not many could have predicted the impact those players have had through just two seasons in Columbus.Of OSU’s 24 commitments from the 2013 class, 13 started at least one game this season. When the Buckeyes won the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, the offensive MVP — sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott — and the defensive player of the game — redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee — were both part of the class.And through all that, there’s still been no mention of Barrett, sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, who totaled 13.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss, or other starters like redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Billy Price, sophomore safety Vonn Bell and redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple.Essentially, a huge chunk of the key players in OSU’s title run were from the 2013 class, and all of them will be back for another season at least.If the progression continues, this class could easily go down as the best group in Buckeye history.3. Elliott could be the best running back in college footballEntering the Big Ten Championship Game, the above statement would have be a laugher. Then Elliott ran away from the then-No. 2 defense in Wisconsin before dismantling the Alabama and Oregon defenses en route to back-to-back Sugar Bowl and national title game MVP awards. Elliott has just one more year before he can declare for the NFL Draft, and if he has another year in 2015 like he did this season, NFL general managers will surely hope to see him on everyone’s big board in 2016. 4. Reloading is hard, but the Buckeyes are well stocked to replace all departuresThe Buckeyes this season were young. Really, really young.From quarterback down to the kicker, the lineup was speckled with freshmen and sophomores and a limited number of impact seniors. Sure, losing players like senior wide receiver Devin Smith will be tough to take, but redshirt-sophomore Michael Thomas could well be the best receiver on the team, and he’ll likely be back.At tight end, Jeff Heuerman has run out of eligibility, but redshirt-junior Nick Vannett has arguably developed into an even better player. On defense, seniors like linebacker Curtis Grant and cornerback Doran Grant are gone, but young guns like freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan and freshman cornerback Damon Webb are chomping at the bit for the chance to shine.Even at positions where players are departing, OSU is deep enough to fill every game, which is a great sign if the Buckeyes want to repeat next season.5. Meyer has coached some greats, but the 2014 Buckeyes are his masterpieceEspecially at quarterback, there’s no debating that Meyer’s coaching job with the 2014 Buckeyes was his best yet.The team came back from injuries to two Heisman-caliber quarterbacks, an early season loss to a poor opponent and the death of a teammate.And not only did they bounce back, but the Buckeyes went above and beyond to sweep through the postseason on the way to the national championship. Florida in 2006 was a great team led by Meyer, and he did an incredible job molding Utah into the David to college football’s Goliath, but the adversity this team faced coupled with the success it had was something even he couldn’t have seen coming. read more

Ohio State football playing for Christian Bryant Saturday

Senior safety Christian Bryant (2) is helped by the OSU medical staff during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOne week after taking down a top-25 conference foe at Ohio Stadium, the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) are set to face another ranked Big Ten opponent, this time on the road against No. 16 Northwestern (4-0).For a second consecutive weekend, the Buckeyes’ game will be televised in prime time on ABC’s Saturday Night Football, and ESPN’s College GameDay will be on site for the game in Evanston, Ill.OSU coach Urban Meyer tipped his hat to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald when he spoke to the media after practice Wednesday. He said the Wildcat faithful has every reason to be excited for the matchup.“They should have hype, they’re undefeated and (have) got a very good team,” Meyer said. “It’s a big game for them, but I’ve got news: It’s a big game for us too.”OSU’s next test comes on the heels of losing starting senior safety Christian Bryant with a broken ankle in the team’s 31-24 victory against Wisconsin.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett said the pain of losing his teammate to injury was greater than the thrill of victory.“It was tough, honestly, I didn’t even enjoy the win. I mean, that’s the worst news, not being able to play with him,” Barnett said. “A lot of the guys from the team went to the hospital and visited him.”Meyer said redshirt-senior safety Corey “Pitt” Brown is expected to step up during Bryant’s absence.Barnett said there would be no setback in the play of the secondary because Brown is a “veteran that’s had game-time experience.”On the offensive side of the ball, junior quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to make his second straight start after missing almost three full games with a sprained left MCL.Meyer said his signal caller is “full-speed, ready to go.”Miller said he’s physically where he needs to be for Saturday, but that the previous game was hard on his body after not playing for several weeks.“After the game, I was really sore,” Miller said. “But, I just feel comfortable where I’m at.”Miller also said he hopes his time off the field didn’t cost him a shot at winning the Heisman Trophy. He said he believes he still has a chance to earn college football’s most prestigious award because, in his opinion, it’s all about how candidates play in the biggest games.Saturday’s prime-time showdown is a great stage for his team to get a big win for the injured Bryant, said junior linebacker Curtis Grant.“We love to stick together and go out on the road. I think that’s one of the best things about football, when you can go into someone else’s stadium and create havoc,” Grant said. “All we can do is go out and win this game for him.”OSU is scheduled to take on Northwestern at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ryan Field. read more

Watch 132 shuttle launches in 132 seconds

first_imgWith the spaceshuttle Discovery flying off today at 4:50PM Eastern time CNN has a posted a video commemorating previous launches. The video below covers an incredible 132 launches in 132 seconds, and its definitely worth watching.It’s interesting how what is essentially the same action can be filmed so many different ways, and how each launch seems to have its own feel. The time of day, conditions, quality of the video, details of the craft, angle of ascend, placement of the camera, and other things you’d normally not even think about (you know, while watching ridiculously huge booster rockets that are the in the process of leaving the Earth’s orbit right) all start to matter.Thought of another way, this is basically a space shuttle launch highlight reel. And as with other highlight reels, they are things everyone can enjoy, regardless of your level of fascination with the subject. So give it the 92 seconds it deserves!via CNNlast_img read more

Russian crime syndicate charged with stealing 10000 pounds of chocolate

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Sebastian Duda No Comments Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM Attack that wiped out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production came from Iran, US official says By Business Insider Jun 11th 2017, 12:00 PM 16,360 Views http://jrnl.ie/3433198 File photo Image: Shutterstock/Sebastian Duda THIRTY THREE SUSPECTED members of an organised Russian crime syndicate have been arrested in New York on suspicion of various crimes.These include robbery, murder-for-hire conspiracy, firearms offences — and stealing 10,000 pounds of chocolate confectionery.“Today, we have charged 33 members and associates of a Russian organised crime syndicate allegedly engaging a panoply of crimes around the country,” Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said in statement released during the week.“The dizzying array of criminal schemes committed by this organised crime syndicate allegedly include … a plot to rob victims by seducing and drugging them with chloroform,” the statement continued.According to the Southern District of New York’s State Attorney’s office, charges include:Theft of cargo shipments, including approximately 10,000 pounds of chocolateHaving females seduce men, incapacitate them with gas and then rob themSelling untaxed cigarettesScheming to pay bribes for law-enforcement officialsOperating illegal poker businesses and extorting gamblers who became indebted to themPlans to defraud casinos in Atlantic City and Philadelphia by using electronics that could predict the behaviour of slot machinesThe defendants are allegedly directly associated with the Shulaya Enterprise, an organised criminal group operating under the protection and direction of a ‘vor’ or ‘thief-in-law’‘Vor’ refers to the high-ranking criminals from the former Soviet Union who were respected in the criminal underworld. They were offered tributes from other criminal organisations and used their status to adjudicate disputes amongst other junior-level criminals, the State Attorney’s office said.The racketeering charges are considered to be one of the first of a federal nature to be brought against a vor.“The thief-in-law allegedly established an extensive cross-country criminal enterprise from Brighton Beach to Las Vegas,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. “Thanks to all whose work resulted in the arrest and indictment of 33 today.”Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. – David Choi/Business Insider Read: Mother of woman accused of leaking info fears Trump will ‘make an example of her’Read: Explosive device thrown into US embassy grounds in Kievcenter_img Russian crime syndicate charged with stealing 10,000 pounds of chocolate Members of the syndicate have also been charged with robbery, murder-for-hire conspiracy and firearms offences. ‘He’s a businessman’: One of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists is urging Trump to back the pro-democracy movement and prevent a ‘nightmare’ for the world economy Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’ in response to attack on Saudi oil supply Share Tweet Email3 Short URL 46-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri appears to tease an imminent retirement after missing 2 extra points on Sunday Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photolast_img read more

Le bégaiement une explication génétique

first_imgLe bégaiement : une explication génétique ?États-Unis – Des généticiens américains ont découvert une probable cause génétique du bégaiement.En effet, ce trouble de l’élocution est particulièrement fréquent au sein de certaines familles, ce qui laissait présager l’hypothèse d’un lien génétique. Les scientifiques de l’Institut national américain de la surdité et des autres troubles de la communication (NIDCD) ont donc réalisé une étude, parue dans le New England Journal of Medicine ce jeudi. Celle-ci a porté sur plusieurs familles du Pakistan, dont de nombreux membres sont bègues. Quelques études scientifiques avaient déjà été menées afin de déterminer si le bégaiement était bien génétique mais jamais les résultats n’ont été si persuasifs. À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsChez les membres bègues des familles étudiées, les chercheurs ont identifié des mutations du gène GNPTAB, situé sur le chromosome 12. Ces mutations entraîneraient la modification du lysosome,  un composant des cellules très important pour la régulation du métabolisme. Par la suite, ils ont étudié un groupe de 540 Américains et Britanniques, bègues et non bègues. Parmi eux, il s’est avéré qu’une grande partie des bègues était porteuse du même type de mutation que les Pakistanais. Ils ont également identifié trois autres mutations sur deux autres gènes chez 9% des Occidentaux bègues. Près de 1% de la population mondiale souffre de bégaiement. La thérapie habituelle consiste à réguler son anxiété et à contrôler sa respiration afin de pouvoir parler normalement, mais cette méthode n’est pas toujours efficace. Cette découverte pourrait donc être un grand pas en avant pour ces malades. Chez les jeunes enfants, le nombre de bègues atteint les 5% mais que les parents se rassurent : Einstein était bègue et cela n’a pas nui à sa réussite.Le 15 février 2010 à 09:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

THINGS WE LEARNED FROM SCORPIONS DEFEAT

first_imgBy Sulayman BahChances of coming back to a game for a side losing 4-0 is nearly impossible, as the Gambia got beaten at the fortress Independence Stadium, thus representing the team’s second biggest humbling in the recent past. The last time the Scorpions got mauled this way was in Germany 2010, with 5-1 and 3-0 in Banjul by Ivory Coast in 2014.However, with the Scorpions Saturday’s decapitation by South Africa’s Go Boys comes along with it bitter lessons to learn from.The Scorpions lost to an improved South Africa, a side whose fires they dared in Johannesburg before rambunctious Bafana Bafana supporters. While Gambia read too much into that result, the Go Boys’ dusted themselves off, and, with funding not the least their headaches, went on to play thirteen times, most of it friendly matches. The flurry of matches offered presented chance or coach Mashaba to right the ills dogging his campaign. And, twelve months from that draw, it was no surprise of South Africa sticking the boot on Gambia who’d the weakest of preparations and had changed players close to thirty times. The Zambia friendly was hastily put forward for Sang to get glimpse of new players at his disposal. But true, it wasn’t enough.The rebranding and rebuilding mantra propound by Football House in the wake of Sang’s replacement of sacked Raoul Savoy was a mistiming. Setups are giving the restructuring on the sidelines with international test matches and not in competitions, as is the case with Gambia. Appointed half way into a tournament with funding barely on side, including an open door policy to test every Gambia footballer littered across the globe, last Saturday’s outcome wouldn’t shock sober minds. For any team to walk the path of success, in the modern game, demands consistency with international matches and early preparations –a thing the Scorpions’ situation barely offered.Now to the game, which set tongues wagging amongst even supporters and staunch critics, gaffer Ndong has so much room to conduct a surgical improvement on with his current setup. Injuries to key players namely Sulayman Marreh –ruled for the season and not expected back till July, Hamza Barry, Mustapha Carayol, Demba Savage and Kebba Ceesay, admittedly, did little to alleviate the coach’s course.Leaving out Mamut Saine, who is beginning to secure starting spot at his Finnish club RoPS remains highly understandable. Recalling Tijan Jaiteh or Ebrima Sohna to the fill the void would bolstered the midfield. As it happened, neither of the pair –who come with leadership aura in the team – were deemed suitable, at least in the coach’s view lens.Kabba Sambou was instead preferred who runs short of passing ideas in the heat of the moment and fidgets on the big stage. He’s by no means a bad player but his inexperience and lackadaisical work rate in midfield cost the team, rendering the very defence he should have sealed an enemy camping ground. South Africa’ Dolly Keagan glided in and out of the middle of the park with so much ease, the reason for Gambia conceding two goals at halftime. Jaiteh or Sohna’s inclusion would saved striker Bakary Njie and Bubacarr Trawally trouble of retreating back to the midfield to get balls. We still learn that football runs through the DNA of legendary Biri Biri Njie. So passionate was he on night of Gambia’s humiliation by South Africa that he nearly came to blows with GFF’s Abdou Salam Jammeh according to a reliable source. Commotion began at the VIP section towering little over the allotted press stadium area with Biri and Jammeh reported to have exchanged words. But the situation was soon defused after Biri was pulled away and Jammeh shifted seatlast_img read more

San Diego gas prices rise for 16th time in 17 days

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego gas prices rise for 16th time in 17 days SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose six-tenths of a cent Friday to $3.635, its highest amount since Aug. 23, 2015.The average price has increased 16 of the past 17 days, rising 8.5 cents, including three-tenths of a cent on Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 4.3 cents more than one week ago, 13.3 cents higher than one month ago and 62.5 cents greater than one year ago. It has risen 51.3 cents since the start of the year. April 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 27, 2018last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday March 7

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe GOP is officially making their bid to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare. We’ll discuss the implications of the possible end of Obamacare with Vinnie DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and adjunct assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Also, Charles Robinson, veteran reporter for Maryland Public Television’s, State Circle, gives us a legislative update from Annapolis.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Super Pokemon Rumble announced for 3DS

first_imgNintendo has announced the first Pokemon title for the 3DS handheld, Super Pokemon Rumble. A spin-off from the classic monster-collecting RPG franchise, this game is “a powerful battle between toy Pokemon,” according to the game’s Japanese-language trailer.In this game, there’s a world of “toy” Pokemon, and your Mii owns a collection. In gameplay, though, you directly control a Pokemon as it moves about a 3D, top-down world. As usual, players collect Pokemon as they win battles. In settings ranging from grassy plains to mountains, players fight against enemy toy Pokemon and loot defeated ones to level up. When you defeat boss monsters, you gain their appearance as optional skins.You can also enter a Battle Royale mode set inside a Pokemon-flavored ring. If you’re the last person standing, you win. There’s another mode, Team Battle, that allows three monsters to cooperate inside a dungeon. However, it’s a single-player mode.There are multiplayer modes. There is a two-player co-op mode requiring two cartridges. Additionally, the 3DS StreetPass feature is supported and you can gain new monsters to play with (or against) as your system sleeps.The game releases in Japan on July 28th at the standard retail price of 4,800 yen (US$59). As it’s Pokemon we can definitely expect to see this game heading to western shores.There’s also little doubt that the next duo of Pokemon games from the main series will be a 3DS exclusive, although we’re sure that’s going to be a tough decision for Nintendo to make. There are some 146 million DS handhelds in circulation. Would you really want to not keep supporting them for a while yet?via Andriasanglast_img read more