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NBA: Karl-Anthony Towns and Timberwolves Agree to Reported 5-Year, $190M Contract

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe Minnesota Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns have agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-max contract extension, according to ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.Initially, there were reports of Towns potentially leaving Minnesota Timberwolves, but the recent deal proves he is going nowhere.Karl-Anthony Towns and Timberwolves Agree to Reported 5-Year, $190M ContractHowever, there’s a catch in Towns deal with Timberwolves, he has to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year or NBA MVP next season in either of the next two seasons. If he fails to do that it will cost him a cool $32 Million and the deal will pay him $158 million over five seasons.In a statement, Towns said:“On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves,” Towns said in a statement to ESPN. “On September 22, 2018, I made a recommitment to the Wolves and have the same feelings of excitement that I felt back in 2015.I promise to the fans, my teammates and the organization to keep the vision of the man who drafted me, Flip Saunders, alive and treat his dream of winning with respect and dignity. To the fans of Day One and the Timberwolves fans, this is for you. Thank you for believing in me.”The 21-year and 7 footer Karl-Anthony Towns is yet to reach his physical prime and has emerged as one of the most important players for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in 2017-18.Also Read-NBA: Kevin Durant just made $14 Million with a new short term deallast_img read more

Name a storm after PV Sindhu, says Kapil Dev

first_imgShuttler PV Sindhu’s Silver at the Rio Olympics lifted India’s spirits as the nation erupted in joy at the 21-year-old’s historic feat on Friday.World No.10 Sindhu settled for Silver after being beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain. The silver took India’s medal tally to two after wrestler Sakshi Malik clinched bronze in the 58kg freestyle category.It has always been cricket that has caught India’s imagination, but on Friday the whole nation was cheering for Sindhu. The Indian shuttler went down in the final fighting but received accolades for her spirited show.LET’S NAME A STORM AFTER #Sindhu. #PVSindhu means GLORY. This silver is worth a 1000 golds. Whole India is proud of you @Pvsindhu1 #Rio2016&; Kapil Dev (@therealkapildev) August 19, 2016Congrats for the Silver @Pvsindhu1. Very well fought. Your accomplishment at #Rio2016 is historic & will be remembered for years.&; Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 19, 2016Gold wud hv been gr8but even in it they do mixing,out of 500gm Gold medal,494gm is silver,but u wud know d price of dat 6 gm best,#PVSindhu&; Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 19, 2016Hats off to you #PVSindhu …. I have become a great fan of yours … Congratulations !&; Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) August 19, 2016T 2353 -#PVSindhu you played your heart out ! All of India is so so proud of you .. Thank for giving us that moment of pride !!!&; Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 19, 2016Well played India’s youngest individual @Olympics medal winner @Pvsindhu1. You have won our hearts with the splendid performance. #Rio2016advertisement&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 19, 2016Proud of your fight,your determination to fly Tiranga at #RioOlympics2016 your Silver will pave way for many more Golds #SindhuForGold&; Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 19, 2016What a game ?? !Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 on d Silver.Much much respect 4 ur spirited performance & sportswomanship ????#PVSindhu&; Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) August 19, 2016Big CONGRATULATIONS for winning Silver medal. U make our country proud @Pvsindhu@pullelagopicha1ur hard work paid of#proudindian#KheloIndia&; Mary Kom (@MangteC) August 19, 2016. @Pvsindhu1 is our Silver Shuttle Champion! Phenomenal performance,emotional & historic victory.She will inspire a generation of Olympians!&; Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 19, 2016What a game that was, proud of what @Pvsindhu1 achieved.Silver is such a worthy metal.&; Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 19, 2016You may have won the silver…but you’re our Golden Girl. We are proud of you, @Pvsindhu1 #champion #olympics pic.twitter.com/xFC8l2ftTu&; Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 19, 2016Take a bow, @Pvsindhu1 #Rio2016 #Silver pic.twitter.com/gUOQviURwD&; BCCI (@BCCI) August 19, 2016Splendid performance by @Pvsindhu1 at #Rio2016! India is proud of you!&; Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 19, 2016Saw d finals on tv with my mom and told her I hv a picture with Sindhu . Proud . pic.twitter.com/Ka9JHvnsjT&; Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 19, 2016 @Pvsindhu1 you are our GOLD #ProudIndian #Girlpower&; Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) August 19, 2016last_img read more

AMAR 2 LAST

first_imgInterestingly, during the feud between Mulayams brotherInterestingly, during the feud between Mulayams brother Shivpal and son Akhilesh Yadav, Amar Singh was seen as the one who had engineered it.Akhilesh, while apparently referring to Amar Singh, had recently said that “people from outside the household” keep interfering in the Samajwadi Partys affairs.Mulayams cousin Ram Gopal Yadav also had made a veiled attack on Amar Singh during the feud, saying they have no love for the party and hence are creating trouble.Commenting on that Amar had said, “Akhilesh is like a son and Mulayam like a brother.”Once the public face of the party, Amar was seen as Mulayams closest aide when he had the ear of “Netaji”. Amar along with his close associate Jaya Prada were expelled from the Samajwadi Party in February, 2010 and he floated his own political party, Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011. He fielded a large number of candidates in 2012 assembly polls but none won.He had joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha poll from Fatehpur Sikri but lost. More than six years after it expelled Amar, the Samajwadi Party made him its Rajya Sabha candidate a few months back, setting the stage for his return to the party. Amar had recently hosted a party for independent Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra and the guests included Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav, much to the chagrin of Akhilesh, who shunted out Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, who too attended the dinner. He also divested Shivpal of his plum portfolios. Taking strong exception to the move, Mulayam within hours replaced Akhilesh as the partys UP chief, with rivals in the SP accusing Amar of having influenced Mulayam. Amar Singhs discomfiture grew with Akhilesh becoming more assertive and it was reflected in his statement last month that those close to Mulayam were being “insulted” in the party and he is being made to sit on back benches in the Rajya Sabha. He alleged he was being insulted, kept on “mute” and sidelined. But, backing Amar to the hilt, Mulayam said he stood by him in his hard times. Mulayam made the statement to defend Amar on the charge that he had triggered the family feud in Yadav clan. PTI ABN SMI AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

NDMC announces athletics championship for disabled in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to institute an athletics championship for the disabled people of the national capital.The civic body has invited entries from visually impaired and orthopedically challenged students in the age group of 11- 14 years under junior category and 15-18 years under senior category for the athletics meet to be held form October 11 to 13.”With an aim to promote physical and sports activities among the divyang students of Delhi we will organise an athletics meet from October 11-13 this year at Talkatora Stadium,” NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar said today.”The Special Para Olympic Federations and organisations which have been affiliated and registered with the Sports Authority of India and the sports ministry will be involved in the event,” he said. PTI GJS NSDlast_img read more

Kontron: pITX-iMX8M in smallest SBC form factor with Android BSP for fast start-up

first_imgKontron has unveiled its new pITX-iMX8M with the smallest single board computer form factor Pico-ITX. The pITX-iMX8M motherboard features NXP’s dual or quad core CPUs based on the Arm Cortex-A53 architecture with up to 1.5 GHz. The Cortex M4 coprocessor and full 4K UltraHD resolution make the board the perfect foundation for sophisticated applications. It offers enhanced connectivity through two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces as well as superior graphics performance. Thanks to its small form factor and M.2 half-size connector, offering PCIe, USB 3.0 and a Micro SIM interface, Kontron’s pITX-iMX8M is a cost-optimized Arm SBC solution, specifically for embedded applications in the manufacturing industry, and a cross-market IoT gateway for small server solutions.The pITX-iMX8M enables processor configurations on 8M QuadLite or 8M Dual in either industry or consumer versions. It has 32 KB L1 instruction cache and L1 data cache per core. The Cortex M4 coprocessor supports 16 KB L1 instruction cache and L1 data cache per core with 256 KB Tightly Coupled Memory. The SBC pITX-iMX8M features 4 GB LPDDR4 3200 MTps memory down storage and 64 GB eMMC Memory v5.1 NAND Flash. The soldered RAM and flash memory make the pITX-iMX8M perfectly suited even for extremely rugged applications. There are extensive display connection options like a LVDS dual channel, a mini display port and a HDMI port. Further interfaces are two USB 3.0 ports at the back, two USB 2.0 ports via the internal header, 8 GPIOs and one S/PDIF internal header, audio line-in, line-out and microphone input. Kontron offers both a Yocto Linux BSP and an Android BSP (Board Support Package) for getting the pITX-iMX8M started fast.The pITX-iMX8M supports Kontron’s security solution APPROTECT powered by Wibu-Systems. Based on an integrated Wibu-Systems security chip (CodeMeter) combined with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as “pay per use”, demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation functions via a predetermined set of variables.As for all embedded products, Kontron offers long-term availability of all components for the new pITX-iMX8M.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Infineon: SECORA Pay W turns fashion wearables into payment devicesNext ARBOR: Super Cap UPS with LoRa sensor nodeslast_img read more

Georgia QB Jake Fromm Tweets Message After Saturday’s Loss

first_imgJake Fromm throwing a pass in his red Georgia Bulldog's uniform.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs were riding high before last weekend, but an upset loss to LSU on the road completely changed the mood in Athens. While the SEC titans definitely hurt their chances of making the College Football Playoff, quarterback Jake Fromm clearly isn’t giving up on the season.Fromm had his worst performance of the season, throwing two interceptions and completing just over 47 percent of his passes.However, the sophomore star shows no signs of letting his shortcomings define him. With five games left in the regular season, Fromm left an inspiring message for his supporters.“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance”Romans 5:3— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) October 14, 2018Sure, there are an abundance of fans calling for Justin Fields to start under center, but Fromm continues to prove he’s a leader. Besides, one game shouldn’t determine whether he’s the starting quarterback.Last season, Georgia was one quarter away from winning the national championship.If the Bulldogs can win out the rest of the season, they’ll be in excellent shape. Nonetheless, Georgia’s title hopes will rest upon the shoulders of its young gunslinger.last_img read more

We batted first to come out of our comfort zone: Virat Kohli after 3rd T20I defeat

first_img (16.5) Toss: IND elected to bat No data available! Match Ended India IND 79 (52) (20.0) (20.0) 3/39 (4) vs South Africa SA graphs advertisement Saurabh Kumar BengaluruSeptember 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 23:12 IST India’s captain Virat Kohli, and South Africa’s captain Quinton de Kock hold the winners trophy. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli revealed that they would continue with this template of opting to bat first after winning the tossKohli won the toss and chose to bat first with an eye on testing the team’s abilities in defending a totalSouth Africa beat India by nine wickets in the third T20I to level the three-match series 1-1India were completely outclassed in the 3rd T20I as South Africa defeated them by 9 wickets to level the series 1-1. This happened after India skipper Virat Kohli took everyone by surprise after opting to bat first at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, a venue where teams look forward to chasing in the shortest format.It was for the first time in seven T20Is at the venue that the captain winning the toss had batted.The result though did not turn out in India’s favour but Virat Kohli revealed that they would continue with this template of opting to bat first after winning the toss in order to test the team in the toughest of the situations.Kohli’s bold move to bat first boomeranged on his team as Quinton de Kock (79) spearheaded South Africa’s chase for a series-levelling nine-wicket win in the third T20 International here on Sunday.”Exactly what we wanted to do and that’s going to be the template we’ll follow for games we have before the World Cup (on opting to bat after winning the toss). The mindset has to be flexible and to try out things when situations are stacked against us. We will have games like this where we don’t execute what we want. But as long as the intent is there to improve, we’ll be in a good zone. “India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: Report | HighlightsIndia skipper also admitted that the South African bowlers bowled well and used the pitch well as the hosts failed to read the tempo of the game.advertisement”I think South Africa bowled well, the pitch suited them in the first innings and we weren’t able to read the tempo of the game well. I would say only in T20 cricket (where chasing is easier).””In one-day cricket you have time for the bowlers to come back, but here a partnership of 40-50 can take the game away from you. One good partnership and you’re under the pump even if you’re defending 200.”Stressing on the fact that players who have done well in the domestic circuit are getting opportunities, Virat Kohli said that they will try to get the squad composition right as soon as they can.”The squad composition we’ll try to get right as soon as we can. The guys who have done well in the domestic circuit are getting opportunities, so it’s not like we are playing random people. You have to understand as well that it’s a very young side, you have to give them time as a team to come together. We batted till 9 tonight, and that’s one area we’re looking to strengthen.”Also Read | India vs South Africa 3rd T20I: David Miller equals world record for most T20I catches as a fielderAlso Read | India vs SA: Rohit Sharma equals MS Dhoni’s record of playing most T20Is for IndiaAlso Read | India vs South Africa: Fans troll Rishabh Pant after another flop show in BengaluruAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South Africa 3rd T20IFollow Virat Kohli Beuran Hendricks (SA) B. Hendricks (SA) South Africa Referee: Sir Richie Richardson (WI) Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND), CK Nandan (IND) and Anil Chaudhary (IND) Scorecard 134/9 Super Over view more view less South Africa in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 19:00 (Local Time) – 2/14 (4)center_img 140/1 India IND 140/1 South Africa in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019, 3rd T20I South Africa beat India by 9 wickets view full scorecard South Africa in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019 commentary Top Bowlers Top Bowlers We batted first to come out of our comfort zone: Virat Kohli after 3rd T20I defeatIndia vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: Virat Kohli revealed that Indian team opted to bat first as they wanted to come out of their comfort zone and test the team’s abilities in defending a total. 36 (25) (16.5) Next Quinton de Kock (SA) de Kock (SA) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen South Africa SA 134/9 Match Ended Shikhar Dhawan (IND) S. Dhawan (IND) India Series Status: 3 T20I series drawn 1-1 Player Of The Match: Beuran Hendricks Player Of The Series: Quinton de Kock Kagiso Rabada (SA) K. Rabada (SA) last_img read more

Crash on Namibia’s Dramatic Skeleton Coast at the One-of-a-kind Shipwreck Lodge

first_img Shipwreck Lodge/Natural Selection Shipwreck Lodge/Natural Selection Previous Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins Shipwreck Lodge/Natural Selection Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Next Shipwreck Lodge/Natural Selection Shipwreck Lodge/Natural Selection Shipwreck Lodge/Natural Selection The foggy coastline of Namibia has long been shrouded in folklore and maritime myth. Miles of tall, pristine dunes give way to the frigid waters of the southern Atlantic Ocean. The area in between is known as the Skeleton Coast, so named for the centuries of crashed sailing vessels and literal skeletons that litter its sands. It’s a place so inhospitable to sailors that the Portuguese once called it “The Gates of Hell.” Here, amid one of Africa’s most remote, hostile, and beautiful landscapes, travelers will find Natural Selection’s Shipwreck Lodge.Every building at this one-of-a-kind hotel is designed to mirror the jagged, decaying wrecks that line the nearby shores. Each suite features porthole-style windows and an asymmetrical, raw wood exterior that, from afar, mimic a hundred-year-old ship partially buried in the sand. The architecture is striking, dramatic, and unlike any lodge in Africa.Shipwreck Lodge/Natural SelectionGuests can choose from two room types, either twin/double rooms or two larger family tents. The interior design is awash in exposed wood, linen rope fixtures, and nautical-inspired accents. In-room amenities are as you might expect in a high-end eco-lodge. All feature wood-burning stoves, ensuite bathrooms, solar-powered electric systems, and private decks. No environmentally conscious detail was overlooked, right down to the use of all-wood nails in each cabin’s construction. At the center of the property lies a gourmet restaurant and a beautiful, rustic lounge. A wraparound deck encircles the entire common building, providing panoramic views of the Skeleton Coast dunes and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.However, it’s what’s outside the suites, beyond the lodge’s perimeter, that makes this an exceptional place. Twice daily game drives afford travelers the opportunity to track desert-dwelling lions and elephants. The variety of flora here is also unlike any on the continent with various lichens and succulents found nowhere else. The dunes provide the backdrop for day hikes to search for whale bones and the debris of centuries-old shipwrecks. At dusk, four-wheeler excursions guide guests through the sands of the Namib Desert to catch breathtaking sunset views and explore the ruins of Namibia’s famed Clay Castles, the Hoanib River Delta, and the Mowe Bay seal colony.Nightly rates at Shipwreck Lodge start north of $750 per person. If it helps lessen the sting, that price includes all activities, meals, and drinks. Shipwreck Lodge/Natural Selection This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness 1 of 6last_img read more

Ocean Yield Collects USD 95 Mn to Invest in More Ships

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield has raised NOK 759 million (USD 95.8 million) in net proceeds from a private placement announced on Wednesday.The company said that the private placement has been fully subscribed and that its board of directors has resolved to issue and allocate 11,000,000 new shares at a subscription price of NOK 69 per share.Aker Capital AS, the largest shareholder in Ocean Yield, has pre-subscribed for 5,500,000 new shares.The shipowner plans to use the net proceeds to finance investments in vessels, as well as for general corporate purposes.“In our opinion the timing for making new investments in shipping is excellent, and we remain committed to continuing to increase and further diversify our portfolio of modern vessels on long-term charter in order to support attractive dividends to our shareholders. “The share issue will also contribute to increasing the free float in the Ocean Yield share, making it even more attractive for investors,” Lars Solbakken, CEO in Ocean Yield said.The cash raising push comes on the heels of Ocean Yield’s entrance in the dry bulk sector with the recent investment in two 2018-built Handysize dry bulk vessels, which was followed by this week’s purchase of five more Handysize bulkers.According to Solbakken, the company sees potential for more transactions in the sector especially in the wake of improved earnings in the dry bulk market.last_img read more

Celebrating Organic Week

first_imgNova Scotians will have an opportunity to learn about the economic and health benefits of local organic products during National Organic Week, Sept. 19-27. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell launched the week in Nova Scotia during a tour of Boates Farm in Woodville, Kings Co., today, Sept. 17. “Eating local and looking for organic products produced right here in Nova Scotia can contribute to a healthier lifestyle and vibrant rural communities,” said Mr. Colwell. “I want to encourage Nova Scotians to learn about these benefits and the many farms and producers like Boates Farm that are helping to build the organic industry in our province.” Boates Farm is a family-run farm and a certified organic producer of apples, pears, sweet apple cider and vinegars that has operated since 1960. The farm offers a u-pick and sells its products weekly at the Historic Farmers Market. Brian Boates now operates the farm started by his parents and was pleased to share their success story with Mr. Colwell. “We have been part of a rural community for several decades,” said Mr. Boates. “Growing local produce and supplying it to our fellow Nova Scotians has been very satisfying for us.” National Organic Week is an annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Events held during the week showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Events in Nova Scotia are being supported by the Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network, which aims to educate the public and promote the growth of the organic industry in the region. The events help spread information on organic products, co-ordinate education for producers and consumers and provide networking opportunities for the industry. “The organic sector is grateful for this public recognition of the positive contributions made by local organic producers to the province,” said Theresa Richards, Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network executive director. “We’re also pleased to have the provincial government participate in our efforts to raise awareness about the availability of Nova Scotia organic products.” For more information about National Organic Week and the many activities taking place visit www.organicweek.ca . Information about the Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network, including learning resources and where to find local organic products, can be found at www.acornorganic.org . FOR BROADCAST: Nova Scotians have an opportunity to learn about the economic and health benefits of local organic products during National Organic Week, Sept. 19-27. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell launched the week in Nova Scotia during a tour of Boates Farm in Woodville, Kings Co., today (September 17th). Events in Nova Scotia are being supported by the Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network, which seeks to educate the public and promote the growth of the organic industry in the region. -30-last_img read more

Morocco Busts Ninemember Terrorist Cell Linked to ISIS

Rabat – Moroccan authorities busted on Friday a nine-member terrorist cell linked to the so-called Islamic state (ISIS). The terrorist cell was plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in Morocco.The Central Bureau of judiciary investigations, an arm of the Moroccan national territory surveillance department, busted this Friday a “dangerous” terrorist cell, comprising nine supporters of the Islamic State group who were active in several Moroccan cities and villages (Kenitra, Sale, Kasbah Tadla, Douar Ghram Laalam, Ait Ishaq).The police investigations revealed that the cell members, followers of Daesh’s bloody methods, were in an advanced stage of planning and preparing a dangerous terrorist project that aimed to endanger the Kingdom stability and sow terror among citizens, the interior ministry said in a release The individuals were also found to be planning to join the “Islamic State” (ISIS) organization in the Syrian-Iraqi zone or in Libya and have allegedly received instructions from this terrorist organization to identify strategic facilities and sites in some Moroccan cities to carry out attacks with firearms and explosive devices, in accordance with ISIS strategy to expand beyond the areas already under its control, the source further explains.The ring members had close links with Moroccan Daesh fighters in Syria and Libya and were seeking to obtain the logistical support needed for their terror plans.Firearms and ammunition, edged weapons and hatchets were seized in Kenitra by the police, which also found pamphlets calling for Jihad and making the apology of the “Islamic State” organization and drawings of the terrorist organization flag.The cell members will be referred to justice after completion of the investigation conducted under the supervision of the competent general prosecutor. read more

Price of surgical instruments to be reduced as well

The price of surgical instruments are to be reduced, the Health Ministry said today.Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the price of surgical instruments will be reduced as part of the process which included the reduction in the price of medical drugs recently. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the public have complained over the cost of some surgical instruments. (Colombo Gazette)

Ohio State PA announcer reflects on 11 years of losing his voice

OSU PA announcer Bob Kennedy sits at the announcers’ table before a men’s basketball game against American Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 63-52.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhile the more than 100,000 people who attend Ohio State’s football games are focused on the field during game time, there’s one voice that reaches out to all of them.That’s the voice of Bob Kennedy, the OSU public address announcer.“This is my 11th year doing football at Ohio State,” Kennedy said. “It’s an honor and a privilege — it really is.”Kennedy’s passion for radio and broadcasting started back in his early childhood, Kennedy’s first cousin Shelly Pfaub said. “He just wanted to do it since he was little.”As a child, Kennedy would try to talk like a radio announcer using pencils or Lincoln Logs as a make-believe microphone, she said, laughing.“I’m proud of him,” Pfaub added. “He has this booming voice.”Kennedy said his career in broadcasting “in one form or another” has been going on for more than three decades. He was born in Sunbury, Ohio, where the early beginnings of his career started.“I did some Little League games for a youth athletic association in Sunbury,” Kennedy said. “Sometimes you really have to yell at the top of your lungs ‘cause the PA system didn’t always work the way it should.”Kennedy graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication with a concentration on broadcasting from Otterbein College, where he also started working as a professional PA announcer for the school’s basketball games 24 years ago. It wasn’t long before he was doing the PA announcing for Otterbein’s marching band.Then 14 years ago, Kennedy expanded his services to OSU as a backup PA announcer.“I was just looking to fill in periodically. I wasn’t looking to do any sports on a regular basis per se,” Kennedy said. “I wound up doing three sports on a regular basis my first year.”Kennedy was the regular PA announcer for women’s ice hockey and soccer, as well as baseball during the 2000-01 academic year.The following year, after becoming the regular announcer for the men’s soccer team, Kennedy got his first taste as the announcer for OSU’s football games. The announcer at the time had to miss the game against Kent State, which conflicted with a religious holiday, Kennedy said.“They liked how I announced and everything,” he added. “They kind of liked my approach to how I did (it).”David Brown, the associate athletic director at the time, agreed.“He has the voice for (PA announcing), no question,” Brown said. “It wasn’t monotone … He was able to get excited about plays.”That was when the wheels started turning for Kennedy. In the spring of 2003, Kennedy received a call from Brown.“Dave says, ‘I know you’ve worked games at Otterbein. What I want you to do is check their football schedule, check our football schedule. See if there are any conflicts,’” Kennedy said. “So right now, I know something’s up … The next day I get another call and he says, ‘OK, the jig’s up — here’s what we want. We want you to take over doing announcing for Ohio State football on one condition: you do all the games or you do none at all.’”This posed a complication for Kennedy, who knew Otterbein might want the same privilege. He then called Dick Reynolds, the athletic director and men’s basketball coach for Otterbein at the time, who was out of town in New Orleans for the national coaches convention at the time.“He said, ‘You’d be a fool not to take this,’” Kennedy said, adding that there was one condition. “He says, ‘When you need to be at Ohio State and we have a football game here at Otterbein, you make sure that you have … our butt covered by having somebody in that press box doing the PA for our football games’ … and that’s the agreement we’ve had ever since.”During the 11 years as the regular PA announcer for Ohio State football, Kennedy said two moments especially stand out to him.The most memorable was his first game as a regular PA announcer where OSU was facing off against Washington.“The team was coming out of the tunnel right before the national anthem, and there was a sunset over the ‘Shoe that is just breathtaking,” Kennedy said. “I got cold chills. I literally got cold chills.”However, the 2006 Ohio State-Michigan game, when both teams held the top two spots in the BCS rankings, came in as a close second, he added.“If that game had gone overtime, I don’t think I would have any of my voice left,” Kennedy said. “I was losing my voice in the fourth quarter. I was carrying cough drops with me to keep my voice moist and loose, and I was out of cough drops by the end of the third quarter, so I was really hurt.”Since his time with OSU, Kennedy said he has done PA announcing for 20 of the 37 sports offered at the university as a regular or fill-in. In addition to PA announcing for Otterbein and OSU games, Kennedy works as a morning news anchor for 98.9 “The Answer” radio station and has been the PA announcer for the Columbus Clippers for almost 11 years.“Bob’s a great guy,” said Rich Hanchette, the former PA announcer for the Clippers and a motion graphic artist for the Cleveland Browns. “There’s only one person I knew I wanted to be my successor, and that’s Bob Kennedy.”Though he continues to work in the broadcasting field, Kennedy said there’s a lot of uncertainty in terms of his future.“As unstable and insecure as my line of work has become over the years, it is really difficult to say what you will be doing in five minutes, much less five years because things can change that quickly,” he said. “You’re pretty much forced to make your crystal ball look only one day in advance.” read more

Meet Jack Brooksbank the wine merchant marrying Princess Eugenie today

Jack Brooksbank, who married Princess Eugenie today in the year’s second Royal wedding, was working as a waiter in a cocktail bar when he first met her. But it was no rags to riches story for the newest member of the Royal family. Son of George Brooksbank, 68, a chartered accountant and company director, and his wife Nicola, 64, Jack has a… Educated at Stowe School in Buckingham, where boarding fees are currently almost £12,000 per term, Brooksbank, 31, is a descendant of the Brooksbank baronets and reportedly a distant cousin of Eugenie’s. (Her mother, the Duchess of York, is the great-great-granddaughter of Lady Julia Coke, who is the daughter of Jack’s great-great-grandfather, Thomas Coke.) read more

Vatskalis runs for Darwin mayor

first_imgCephalonia-born Kon Vatskalis has told electors in Darwin that if elected to the office of Lord Mayor next month he will mend Darwin City Council’s “lack of connection with the public.”Promising to “make Darwin alive again” the former NT Government MP and minister told Neos Kosmos: “I’m running on a theme of ‘change’. Many in the community are not happy with the way Darwin is heading. We believe that much more has to be done for the city to grow and thrive.”Running against sitting Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim who has held the post since 2012, Mr Vatskalis has put forward a ‘five-point plan’ which includes reinvigorating Darwin CBD, giving the council more clout in planning decisions, more upgrades to public areas, and a greater focus on environmental sustainability. His platform also includes a promise to create a ‘Senior’s Office’ that will work with NGOs and the NT government to better co-ordinate services to the elderly. Mr Vatskalis has vowed to improve what he says is the council’s ‘failed’ record on addressing public concerns.“There has been a lack of connection with the public . . and the council has failed by a lack of common sense and not making decisions – instead having ‘talk-fests’. There’s been a lack of focus and vision. This has to change, and the time has come.”As an NT government minister Mr Vatskalis previously headed a slew of portfolios including Health, Business and Economic Development, Essential Services, and Children and Families.Since his retirement from Territory politics in 2014 his appointments have included Regional Director NT for the Leukaemia Foundation and public officer of the Greek Orthodox Community of Northern Australia.Keen to present his non- party political motivations in his bid to become mayor, the former Labor minister said: “I’m standing as a citizen who cares for Darwin, and I will do so passionately.”“If I have a blue with the [Labor-controlled] NT Government in support of the people of Darwin, I bloody well will!”The Darwin City Council election will take place on Saturday 26 August. Other candidates include aldermen Mick Palmer and Gary Haslett, and One Territory leader Braedon Earley. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une plante archaïque endémique de lÉcosse

first_imgUne plante archaïque endémique de l’ÉcosseSelon la BBC, des botanistes britanniques ont récemment établi qu’une plante, commune dans les Highlands écossais, ne vit nulle part ailleurs dans le monde, tandis qu’une espèce voisine, connue en Norvège, a été trouvée pour la première fois dans les îles Shetland. C’est à Beinn Eighe, la plus ancienne réserve naturelle de Grande-Bretagne, créée en 1951 dans les Highlands écossais et gérée par le Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), que les scientifiques du Royal Botanic Garden d’Édinbourg ont étudié et caractérisé génétiquement Herbertus borealis, une plante de l’embranchement des Hépatiques, connues pour conserver de nombreux caractères ancestraux. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ils ont ainsi découvert qu’elle était endémique des pentes fraîches, humides et exposées au nord de cette région d’Écosse. Les chercheurs ont également identifié dans les Shetland une espèce voisine de la première, jusqu’à présent jamais recensée dans ces îles, bien que déjà connue dans un fjord de Norvège. “Nous avons une étonnante richesse en bryophytes – mousses et hépatiques – en Écosse, et certains d’entre eux ne se trouvent nulle part ailleurs dans le monde. Beinn Eighe est la seule localisation, sur Terre, d‘Herbertus borealis, où, heureusement, il pousse à profusion sur le flanc de la montagne”, a déclaré le Dr David Genney.”Cette population (…) est d’une importance mondiale. Ses plus proches parents sont en Asie, et des recherches supplémentaires sont nécessaires pour déterminer si Herbertus borealis a ses origines dans l’Himalaya. Nous sommes heureux que cette population soit si bien protégée dans la réserve, du fait que la communauté dans son ensemble est extrêmement sensible aux risques d’incendie. Nous pensons maintenant que l’état de conservation de l’espèce doit être réévalué en raison de sa rareté”, a précisé son collègue David Bell.Le 18 mars 2012 à 15:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CDB Annual Meeting in TCI  Integration Trade Growth

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 22, 2017 – Providenciales – The Caribbean Development Bank and its key members are in town and based on the agenda, there are some serious and potentially trans-formative discussions set to take place at this 47th annual session.  The CDB meeting agenda outlines topics designed to stave off weak economic growth in the Caribbean… consideration of how climate change will and is already impacting the region, what is really at risk…  how we can and must boost productivity within our countries… can we find something other than tourism as an economic driver… and getting to the nitty gritty of what may be wrong with the model for attracting foreign direct investment.  The meeting, where some 500 international delegates are expected to attend actually got started since yesterday with meetings largely headquartered at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.   Though the 47th AGM was originally announced by the former TCI government administration through then Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick; chair of the sessions is recently elected Premier and new finance Minister, Hon Sharlene Robinson who extended welcome and said she anticipates the fruitful dialogue among regional colleagues which should see participants leaving feeling revitalized.  President of the CDB, Dr Warren Smith said the sessions are geared to reexamination so that “Members exploit their synergies and maximize the benefits of the regional agreement, while moving closer to the goal of inclusive growth and shared prosperity.”    The meetings is being held in the TCI for the second time with the 2017 theme being, “Integration, Trade & Growth.”#MagneticMediaNews#CDB47annualmeeting Recommended for you Related Items:#CDB47annualmeeting, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CDB Annual Meeting in TCI: Integration, Trade & Growthlast_img read more

Weather Eye Have a very merry NW Christmas

first_imgMerry Christmas! It will be a stormy holiday around the great Northwest with heavy rain, snow and strong winds, a very good day for the indoor festivities for sure.The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Portland had issued winter storm warnings for the Columbia River Gorge east of Bonneville Dam and in the Cascades for heavy snow. The Coast Range and foothills were to get a few inches before turning to rain later today.Many county residents had a light snowfall late Sunday with 1-3 inches on the ground, generally above 1,000 feet. Those same locations could get a little of the white stuff early this morning before the snow level rises. The hopes of a white Christmas here in the lowlands was very small as I wrote this column Monday afternoon. Not to say a few wet flakes could be here and there much like Sunday evening. Bottom line: A few county residents will wake up to a white Christmas.After that, unsettled weather with showers and continued cool with highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s. No big cold wave in the offing quite yet.This Christmas marks my 22nd year writing the Weather Eye column for The Columbian. Oh so many memories as I prepared my columns for Christmas over the years. The hopes and wishes of a white Christmas from many readers while for most of those years I had to squash those dreams.last_img read more

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro Notebook 9 Pen available in US starting March

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Laptops 1:33 Share your voice Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, 9 Pen and Flash make premium… Samsung leans into premium designs with latest Notebook series laptops Like the Notebook 9 Pen, the 13.3-inch Notebook 9 Pro is a two-in-one laptop, but swaps the S Pen for a full-size active pen with more than 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. It’s a very different design from the Pen and previous 9 Pro models with a thin aluminum body with diamond-cut edges to give it a distinctive look. The Notebook 9 Pro will also be available on March 17 starting at $1,100 with a Core i7-8565U processor, 8GB of memory and a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD. A $1,300 configuration doubles the memory and storage. It’ll be available from Best Buy and Samsung.com.  Post a commentcenter_img Samsung 0 The new Notebook 9 Pro is available March 17.  James Martin/CNET Samsung overhauled its laptops for 2019 concentrating on giving them all a premium look and feel and adding features that appeal to creatives and creators. The new Notebook 9 Pen includes one of Samsung’s S Pens to write and draw on the convertible’s full-HD display. It’s a new pen, too, designed to work the instant the tip meets the screen with reduced latency and comes with three different tips to adjust the pen’s feel on the display. Available in 13.3- and 15-inch versions starting March 17, the latter will be available with 2GB Nvidia GeForce MX150 entry-level discrete graphics. Both sizes have full-HD displays with a maximum brightness of 500 nits, however Samsung didn’t specify color gamut coverage. Competing systems, such as Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1, generally deliver 100 percent sRGB color gamut.  20 Photos The 13-inch Notebook 9 Pen will sell for $1,400, while the 15-inch is $1,599 with integrated graphics and $1,799 with the MX150 graphics. All three run on an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, with 8GB of memory and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD in the 13-inch and 16GB of memory and either a 512GB or 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD in the 15-inch. You can get it on Amazon or Samsung.com and if you buy from the latter from March 17 to 31 you’ll get a $100 eCertificate to put toward a PC or PC accessories. Tagslast_img read more