MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNReady? Here are 27 very specific predictions for the 2019 season. Why 27? Why not?1. Mike Trout will hit .319 with 36 homers, 96 RBIs and a .452 on-base percentage. He’ll be worth 9.8 WAR but will not win the AL MVP award. That’s because …2. Aaron Judge will have another 50-homer season — exactly 50 — along with a .430 OBP and a 1.090 OPS. He’ll be worth nearly 11 WAR for the world champion Yankees. (I’ll get to that.)3. Ronald Acuña Jr. will hit .288 with 34 homers and 106 RBIs. He will win the NL MVP award, with 7.6 WAR.4. Bryce Harper will have a 6 WAR first season in Philly, leading the league with 38 homers. He’ll finish a close second in MVP balloting.5. Manny Machado will have a strong first season in San Diego, hitting 31 homers and driving in 93 runs, for a total of 5.1 WAR.6. Clayton Kershaw will again finish the season with just nine wins, thanks to multiple stints on the injured list.7. Jose Altuve will win the AL batting title with a .344 average.8. Freddie Freeman will win the NL batting title with a .328 average.9. The longest winning streak of the season will belong to the Cardinals, who will reel off 11 straight in July.10. The longest losing streak of the season will belong to the Marlins, who will drop nine straight in May.SN’s EXPERT PICKS:Predicting the World Series, award winners for 201911. The Orioles will have two eight-game losing streaks.12. Jose Altuve will have the longest hitting streak of the season, at 26 games.13. Mookie Betts will fall just shy of another legit 10 WAR season, finishing at 9.7, which is, you know, still pretty good.14. Oakland’s Khris Davis will hit exactly .247, which isn’t so much a prediction as just reminding you what Khris Davis does.15. The Nationals’ Juan Soto will hit 32 homers, with 21 of them coming before the All-Star break. Speaking of the Nationals …16. Max Scherzer will throw a perfect game, in which he strikes out 14 Marlins, but will lose another no-hit bid in the ninth inning against the Reds. 17. Bartolo Colon will sign a free-agent contract with the Mets and join the team in May. He will win six games and hit zero home runs.18. The Phillies will win 91 games and win the NL East, but won’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs.19. The Cardinals will win the NL Central by three games over the Cubs.20. The Dodgers will claim the NL West (again) by 10 games over the Rockies. But their pennant-winning streak will end when the Cardinals beat them in six games in the NLCS.MORE: DAZN’s Adnan Virk talks “ChangeUp,” making baseball coverage fun21. The Yankees will win 97 games to take the AL East by two games over the Red Sox.22. The Indians will win the weakest division in baseball with 86 victories. They also won’t make it past the first round.23. The AL West-winning Astros will be the only 100-win team in the majors, but will lose to the wild-card Red Sox in the ALDS.24. The wild-card Red Sox will lose to the Yankees in the ALCS in four games.25. The Rays will be the other wild-card team, but will be shut out by the Red Sox in the one-game playoff. 26. The Yankees will win the World Series in five games over the Cardinals. Aaron Judge will be named series MVP, thanks mostly to his four home runs.27. Paul Goldschmidt will have slightly better numbers than Judge in the World Series, highlighted by a .480 on-base percentage and seven RBIs.So there. When making predictions for a baseball season, it’s all just a best guess. Because nobody really knows. We can look at stat projections and previous seasons and make informed assumptions, but it’s all a crapshoot. Maybe not like throwing darts at the board while blindfolded, but more like throwing the darts toward a specific quadrant with your eyes open and taking your best aim. You might hit the spot, you might not.And while I took part in Sporting News’ official 2019 predictions and made some sort of obvious guesses, I’m taking a different approach here. I’m going to tell you exactly how everything will play out. Everything you’re about to read is definitely going to happen. Write it down, then review in awe in October. Or, mock me on Twitter when I inevitably get something wrong. Either is fine.
Tags: alex isabiryepolice fcsoana Soana Football Club director Smart Obed has on Wednesday morning confirmed that he has terminated the services of the team’s technical wing with immediate effect.Alex Isabirye has been at soana for just under five monthsHead coach Alex Isabirye and his assistant Katono Mutono where ordered to step aside until further notice.Obed, a self-styled businessman informed PML Daily about the development in an exclusive interview;“The results have not been the best for the club and we have to seek quick answers before the situation gets out of hand, said Obed.“We have three games to save our season so as we don’t get relegated.The sacking of the coaches followed the 1-0 loss away to Police FC at Mandela National stadium, Namboole on Tuesday in a game Police scored through Ruben Kimera.A crestfallen Isabirye when talking to PML Daily about the sad tale acknowledged the desired results had not come their way but the boss has the best answer to the results gone sour.“It is unfortunate that the results have not been the best and we have to depart but the club director has the best answer and he is aware,” said Isabirye.Isabirye was first at Soana as head coach in the 2016/17 season.At the end of that season, he did not continue with the employment as he briefly left for Masavu (one week) before he settled at Mbarara based Big League side, Nyamityobora.Ironically, at the end of the first round in December 2017, he returned to Soana to work with Mutono.Goalkeeping coach Abu Kigenyi remains and will handle the club on interim basis until a new coach is recruited in the coming days.Comments
23 June 2006Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has reassured African states that China’s generosity towards poor countries has no hidden agendas and comes with “no strings attached”.“Our cooperation with African countries is transparent, open and inclusive and we will always promote a win-win situation,” he said at the opening of the China-South Africa Business Cooperation Forum in Cape Town on Thursday, during his two-day visit to South Africa.“China has endeavored to provide assistance without any political strings attached to our brothers and sisters in Africa to the best of our ability,” he said.Wen cited the almost one thousand social and economic projects China had initiated in and for the benefit of African countries over the years as evidence that his country had no negative intentions.“We respect the social system and development strategy pursued by African countries in light of their particular national conditions. We do not seek to export our own values and developmental models to Africa.”With Africa calling for equitable representation at the UN Security Council, Wen said his country would not hesitate to lend its support to the positions adopted by the continent internationally and domestically.“We will continue to speak out for the interests of Africa at international forums and support African countries in their efforts to safeguard sovereignty, independence and promote regional peace and stability,” he said.Also at the forum, Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka said China and South Africa had a lot in common, and the two countries had much to gain by working together.“Both countries are currently under pressure to deliver on Millennium Development goals, we both face energy challenges and our economies are characterised by the huge gap between the first and second economy,” she said.She said working together would allow the two countries to learn from each other’s experiences.Thursday’s forum is likely to result in more investment between China and South Africa in the areas of infrastructure development, tourism and minerals beneficiation. Both countries are currently exploring pebble-bed nuclear reactor technology to increase energy outputs.“This is one of the areas where we will be cooperating in,” Mlambo-Ngcuka confirmed.Source: BuaNews
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#legal#robotics OK, I didn’t really abuse my robot dog. Although I might, if only to test cultural limits. Would you? It’s just a robot, after all. A gadget. If you spotted animal cruelty, would you react any differently if you discovered it wasn’t really an animal but a robot? How about if it looked and behaved like a real dog — and even whimpered in pain? What if your daughter enjoyed pulling whiskers off the family cat — but it, too, was just a robot? Would that set off any alarms?Kate Darling, a lawyer and Ph.D. candidate in the field of Intellectual Property and Law & Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, explores such questions in a series of experiments that examine how people interact with “social companion” robots (emphasis added):At first glance, it seems hard to justify differentiating between the legal treatment of a social robot, such as a Pleo dinosaur toy, and a household appliance, such as a toaster. Both are man-made objects that can be purchased on Amazon and used as we please. Yet there is a difference in how we perceive these two artifacts. While toasters are designed to make toast, social robots are designed to act as our companions.(See also: The ReadWrite Q&A with Kate Darling, below.)Robots are all around us. Not Blade Runner-like android robots, of course. Not yet. Today’s robots are used in medicine, to help build our cars, manufacture our smartphones, and in some cases, to clean our floors.Such robots are typically developed for a specific purpose. They look, unsurprisingly, like nothing more than a functional machine. But not all. Some robots look “alive,” like the popular Pleo They are designed as companions. Expect them to get better, more lifelike, more responsive — more like actual companions, in other words.Do these robots deserve legal protection similar to what we now provide pets, for example, or horses? Your initial reaction may be, Of course not. But what if this social robot served as the equivalent of your family dog and someone came along and stole it, abused it and “killed” it? Then posted video on YouTube? (Go ahead — take our poll on the right, then sound off in comments.) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian s hall Image of adorable Boston Terrier puppy and Pleo doll courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Related Posts Even when we can reliably predict aspects of the future, we seem to often miss out the larger implications of what we create. What do you think? In her 2012 paper, “Extending Legal Rights to Social Robots,” Darling makes it clear why people often find it more troubling to witness or incite violent or abusive acts on a “social robot” as opposed to a more machine-like, functional robot:Studies involving state-of-the-art technology already indicate that humans interact differently with social robots than they do with other objects. Robotic toys, household robots, and personal-care robots that interact with us on a social level generate stronger psychological attachments than we experience with everyday objects. This difference in how we perceive social robots could have legal implications.Rapid advances in robotics, haptic feedback, voice recognition, design, data processing and algorithms are rapidly making highly realistic robot “pets” a reality for many. Nonetheless, that adorable, forever-puppy robot that “bonds” with your children presently has no more legal rights than the power drill hanging on the wall of your garage. I spoke with Darling about social robots, typical human responses to them, and potential legal issues we all might face down the road.ReadWrite: Should we grant rights to social robots? Kate Darling: That’s really up to society to decide. But there are two reasons it could make sense to give social robots some legal protection beyond the property right of the owner. The first is that if people feel strongly enough about it, for example the way that we feel about protecting certain animals from abuse, we might want the law to reflect that social preference.The second is that we might want to deter types of behavior that could be harmful in other contexts. One theory behind animal rights looks at it not from the viewpoint of the animals’ inherent capacities, but rather from the viewpoint of what it says about ourselves if we’re willing to treat other creatures or things in a certain way.RW: Are there examples of rights you would propose for social robots — robot pets?KD: I would say that analogies to animal abuse laws are helpful — so not “the right to live”, but rather protection from being treated in a way that we associate with unnecessary cruelty. RW: Should such rules be different based upon what the robot is? A robot dog, for example, versus a robot woman.KD: I would rather distinguish between robots that are specifically designed to interact with us socially and be anthropomorphized, as opposed to the many other robots, such as factory robots, that are not meant to engage our emotions.RW: Have any countries (or legal entities) extended legal rights to robots?KD: Not that I know of.RW: Have any countries explicitly restricted legal rights of/to robots?KD: Not that I know of.RW: What might prompt legal action?KD: I think (YouTube videos of animal torture). Even with existing technology and very few use cases, the YouTube comments on videos picturing “torture” of robotic toys and pets are strikingly polarized. A lot of people get upset, or at least feel very uncomfortable watching something that they perceive as life-like get abused, accusing the video makers of horrible cruelty. This reaction is likely to become more common and more extreme with the increasing development of robots that are specifically designed to interact with us socially in a cute and sympathetic way.RW: Have any religious groups promoted or restricted social robot rights?KD: None that I am aware of. I could imagine that some might be opposed, but that really depends on their respective beliefs.RW: Do you expect some societies to act first or differently regarding social robots?KD: Some societies (like Japan and South Korea) seem to accept interaction with robots more easily, which could incentivize a societal push sooner than in other cultures.Clearly, the ethical and legal implications of robots virtually endowed with human qualities can quickly sends many people down the rabbit hole. But society may be forced to grapple with the issue anyway. What if the robot looks not like the family dog, but like a human being? Is anyone harmed if your teenage son uses a fembot to practice sex with? 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Indian billiards player Dhruv Sitwala’s hopes of winning his maiden World Professional title came crashing down today after he lost his summit clash to nine-time champion Mike Russell of Qatar at the Northern Snooker Centre here.Sitwala, who made a surprise entry into the final by defeating two compatriots — last year’s winner Pankaj Advani in quarters and Geet Sethi by one point in semifinal, played well throughout the final and constructed four century breaks against nine-time professional champion, including one accounting for 281. However, the Indian lost 1204-1738.On the other hand, green baize veteran Russell finally got back his crown which he lost last year to Advani, who had become the second Indian after Sethi to win the elusive title.Sitwala, the 2007 IBSF World Billiards runner-up, played confidently and with consistency against his much fancied rival and scored breaks of 65, 107, 122, 97, 103, 90, 281 in his 45 visits to the table.Russell, gunning for his 10th Pro title, came out with five century breaks against Sitwala, including one accounting for 450.Russell’s prolific break building and his ability to uncork big breaks were on display once again in the final against the Mumbaikar, who showed great promise and fluency in his shot selections during the five-day-long tournament.In the five-hour final of the Time format, Russell cracked breaks of 198, 115, 174 and 92 in the first session while in the second, he came out with breaks of 450, 95, 184 and 94.Sitwala, on the other, managed to score 65, 107, 122 and 97 in the first session and 103, 90 and 281 in the second half of the game.Russell had won with authoritative dominance against England’s David Causier in the semifinal, recording breaks of 109, 305, 295, 101 and 371 while Sitwala edged past Sethi, winning by a solitary point.Sitwala had lost his first match of the championship to compatriot Ashok Shandilya but managed to win all other group matches.Russell, on the other, continued his form from two amateur world titles he won two months back and won his 10th professional title. He lost one match in league stage against England’s Robert Marshall.advertisementWith PTI inputs
It was, more than anything else, a year that rode the winds of change. Like some untamed creature of the times, 1980 bounded along in a dizzy burst of speed, leaving in its wake a dust-haze of quick changes, cataclysmic events and shattered beliefs.From its earliest moments, when Mrs Gandhi,It was, more than anything else, a year that rode the winds of change. Like some untamed creature of the times, 1980 bounded along in a dizzy burst of speed, leaving in its wake a dust-haze of quick changes, cataclysmic events and shattered beliefs. From its earliest moments, when Mrs Gandhi rode triumphantly to power, through the high drama of Sanjay’s fateful flight in June to the grinding uncertainty of its last month, it was like few before it, a harbinger of a changing era.Rajiv Gandhi and Dhirendra Brahmachaari standing on the steps and Mrs Gandhi sitting to the right at Sanjay’s funeral: A sudden end to carefully laid plansThe scale of Mrs Gandhi’s victory in January, which surprised all but a few, did not lead to universal rejoicing, unlike the reaction to the Janata Party’s spectacular win in 1977.Rather, the nation’s mood was one of relief that the accident-prone Janata Government had gone, laced with the hope that Mrs Gandhi would give the country an effective government. Her come-back also brought about Sanjay Gandhi’s political rehabilitation. He won handsomely from Amethi and led into Parliament over 150 of his followers a virtual praetorian guard to stake his claim to the prime minister ship at the right moment.Sanjay emerges from Parliament House with his supporters: The nucleus of powerMrs Gandhi began cautiously, leaving out Sanjay and such symbols of the Emergency as Bansi Lal and V. C. Shukla in the first round of cabinet-making, although some loyalists like Pranab Mukherjee were included. She sought the Opposition’s cooperation in tackling national tasks – “Come, now let us all work together”, she said in a broadcast on January 14 – and then set about trying to topple major state governments.Haryana politicians collectively-defected to her to retain power and pelf, but Mrs Gandhi and Sanjay concentrated much of their fire-power on Uttar Pradesh to soften up the state. Some Emergency men like P. S. Bhinder and Jagmohan were back in positions of power in Delhi. Even more alarming was the manner of arrest of the Central Bureau of Investigation officer, N. K. Singh.advertisementCongress(I) chief ministers Gundu Rao, Arjun Singh, Darbara Singh and J.B. Patnaik: Breaking strongholdsWholesale Transfers: Mrs Gandhi dissolved nine state assemblies on Eebruary 17 when mass defections did not prove feasible and started the process of revamping or dispensing with Janata – appointed bodies was begun in earnest. She shook up the whole administration. The Delhi Development Authority and the New Delhi Municipal Committee were completely revamped. Thirteen ranking men of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Intelligence Bureau were transferred.Chief ministers J. Pahadia, A.K. Antulay, M. Solanki – and MGR, who alone definde the Indira waveThe Uttar Pradesh Governor, G. D. Tapase, was moved from Lucknow to Chandigarh and a new one appointed in the state over the objections of the then chief minister. In states under President’s Rule, a wholesale transfer of police and administration staff was ordered. At the Centre, secretaries to ministries were shifted around at a bewildering pace. P.R. Rajagopal. secretary to the Shah Commission sought premature retirement on transfer. The Planning Commission was reconstituted.Haryana’s Bhajan Lal introduces his colleagues to Mrs Gandhi after their mass defection: A shot in the armThe managing directors of Air-India and Indian Airlines were unceremoniously asked to go on leave. Ultimately over 1,200 Indian Administrative Service officers were transferred. Demoralisation in the administration was a predictable result.Disappointed Public: Meanwhile. Assam nudged for attention. A blockade of the state sponsored by the Chhatra Parishad (I) and the Youth Congress(I) in West Bengal refused to evoke an unambiguous condemnation from Mrs Gandhi.Sanjay campaigns in Ghaziabad, U.P.. for the Assembly elections: A victory of his menOn an issue on which Bengalis felt strongly, the Marxist-led Left Front regime was put to the embarrassment of dealing with the new agitation with a strong hand. They proved equal to the occasion but were forced to give up their ambition of spreading farther afield in the Hindi-speaking belt in order to guard their present strongholds.The Opposition, as a whole, was in total disarray. The non-communist opposition parties were fragmenting with bewildering rapidity. There were three Janata parties and one Lok Dal. S. A. Dange, meanwhile, lost the chairmanship of the Communist Party of India (CPI), as it moved closer to the Marxists.Slogan written with blood in Gauhati: The agitation continuesThe honeymoon of the new Indira regime did not last long, and a host of scribes pointed, after her first 100 days, to the still incomplete Cabinet, the alarming rise in prices and the spate of murders in Delhi and elsewhere. It was ironical that a government elected on the promise of efficiency and effective administration tolerated a scandalous rise in prices and a worsening law and order situation. Even the act of nationalising six banks failed to carry conviction.advertisementUndertrail prisoner Shaligram blinded by policemen: Shocking the nationContrary to earlier hopes, the expected improvement in key sectors – coal, power and Railways – did not materialise. Mrs Gandhi herself was on the defensive and blamed the previous regimes.However, the Sanjay factor loomed large. He ordered ministers and civil servants about and was carving out more spheres in the administration for back-seat driving. The administration became afflicted with schizophrenia, with ministers and officials having to look over their shoulders to keep pace with Sanjay’s wishes. There was no let-up in foisting Sanjay followers on the state lists – with some compromises made to assuage the veterans – or in proceeding with getting together a subservient administrative machine.Lathi charge on the blind: Sensless use of force (left) and Baghpat’s rape victim Maya Tyagi: Growing awarenessThe liberals and Mrs Gandhi’s opponents were cheered by the Supreme Court’s verdict on May 9 striking down Parliament’s unlimited powers to amend the Constitution and the primacy of directive principles of state policy over citizen’s rights. While reacting cautiously to the verdict. Mrs Gandhi’s ministers made it plain that they were unhappy, and in August, after the full judgment was delivered, the Government proposed to seek a review.Sanjay’s Death: The results of the Assembly elections were a shot in Mrs Gandhi’s arm her party won in all but one state, Tamil Nadu. It was an even greater victory for Sanjay. who got a-substantial number of his men – according to one estimate. 650 – elected to the legislatures. He had played a key role in the appointment of chief ministers in the eight states the party won.Mrs Gandhi rewarded Sanjay with a party post. He became a general secretary and seemed set for achieving his ambition of prime ministership. But fate willed otherwise and his sudden death meant the end of carefully laid plans. It was also a great personal tragedy for Mrs Gandhi. Sanjay men were inconsolable. Commented Chenna Reddy: “We feel almost dumb at the moment.” Sanjay’s flock, owing as they did a fierce personal loyalty to him, wept.Investigation after police-Muslim confrontation at Moradabad: Growing unrestHe was a unique phenomenon in Indian politics, representing a generation change in the traditional milieu of gerontocracy. Like his mother, he was in the process of building a party around himself and now that he was gone, the limits of such an approach were obvious. Sanjay was cremated in Shantivana, and the cry was immediately raised that Sanjay’s brother Rajiv or his young widow Maneka must be inducted into politics. It seemed a matter of time before Rajiv would be brought in, though much against his will. There was no doubt that in Sanjay’s death. Mrs Gandhi had lost her main emotional and political crutch.advertisementNirankari chiefs funeral procession: A rash of crimeFactional rivalries in Mrs Gandhi’s party, meanwhile, escalated, with many engaged in unseating party chief ministers. The Cabinet at the Centre remained incomplete. Sanjay’s young followers found that they were suddenly friendless in the political jungle. A rash of rape reports climaxed by the Baghpat incident on June 18 filled the newspapers. At Baghpat, a woman was allegedly stripped and dragged to the police station to be raped and police shot dead her three companions, including her husband. Parliament became less and less a forum for debate: rather, it was an arena for shouting and scoring points.Baghpat S.H.O. Gaur threatening voters: Above the lawTwo days before tile Independence anniversary – tragedy struck Moradabad in the shape of a police-Muslim confrontation. The incident and the over-reaction by the police force quickly snowballed (at least 100 people died in Moradabad) and spread to other towns in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere. An old problem had raised its head in a particularly vicious form because a demoralised bureaucracy and police force did not act with a cool head and a shortsighted Muslim leadership only helped to fan the flames of communalism. Other ominous signs appeared on the horizon.Farmers’ long march: Logical culminationMrs Gandhi talked about the limitations of the freedom of the press by posing the rhetorical question: “Is the freedom of the press greater than the interests of the country?” A new Press Commission was constituted with wider terms of reference.The Government succeeded in capturing the presidency of the All-India Newspaper Editors’ Conference for one of its loyalists. In Karnataka, Chief Minister Gundu Rao became implicated in the Youth Congress (I) blockade of newspapers in Bangalore, with the police looking on.Tripura riot victim: Ghastly protestFragmented: Hard on the heels of these moves came the National Security Ordinance for preventive detention of a person for up to one year at a time and amendment of the Criminal Procedure Code. Judging by the misuse of misa during the Emergency, opposition parties were justifiably worried that the new ordinance would be used for political ends.The Opposition remained far from credible as an alternative to Mrs Gandhi and an effort to form a six-party front was beset by tensions. The Janata Party (JP) opted out of the front while the Bharatiya Janata Party, the reincarnation of the Jan Sangh. was kept out. The Tripura holocaust in June in which tribals and Bengali settlers murdered one another and the dive in the Marxists, popularity in West Bengal took their toll. The six-party front could offer only agitational politics on specific issues. Towards the end of October Mrs Gandhi blessed a lawyers convention to seek a national debate on the presidential system of government. She was greeted by loud opposition cries of another attack on democracy.SLV-3 launching : A soaring successShe blamed the Opposition for the country’s problems and held her first formal press conference in Delhi since her return to power in October. Maruti, Sanjay’s brainchild, was nationalised through an ordinance and another half-hearted attempt was made at Cabinet expansion. One sensible step the Government took was to invite multinationals for oil exploration in the hope of reducing the country’s crushing oil burden.Macabre End: In Maharashtra in November an unheard-of name Sharad Joshi electrified the nation by getting farmers to immobilise cross-country traffic in support of price increases for their produce.The reaction Joshi evoked from farmers was amazing and equally remarkable was his public dissociation from all political parties in achieving his objectives. Politicians of all parties, including the Congress(I), took fright and jumped on to his bandwagon. The Joshi approach, as indeed the students’ agitation in Assam, was the logical culmination of the people’s growing distrust of politicians.As if to cap a dramatic year on a ghastly and macabre note, the Indian Express broke the story of how 31 undertrial prisoners had been blinded by the police in Bhagalpur to deal with the crime situation. There was much breast-beating, and one saw the strange spectacle of the citizenry pleading for the police (perhaps with official encouragement) while the Bihar chief minister made specious comments.Solar eclipse at the Konarak Sun temple: A celestial spectacleThe Assam problem remained unresolved, gyrating from agitation to talks to fresh agitation. The Army successfully moved in to flush oil in the pipelines with new crude.Mrs Gandhi seemed to be banking on tiring out the student agitators and creating a more receptive atmosphere for using force, if necessary. But this policy had its obverse side – the Assam-type of agitation spread to other areas of the north-east.Plagued Undertakings: 1980 was also a year of leapfrogging inflation. Certain essential items, like sugar, disappeared from shops, focussing public wrath against the administration. Basic industries like steel and cement slowed down as the infrastructures like energy and transport got increasingly infra. Companies, on the whole, did well, but the public sector suffered because of mismanagement and labour unrest. Aviation, shipping and steel plants were plagued with waves of strikes.It was also a year of ghastly murders and bizarre social atrocities like bride-burning which grabbed the limelight. New Delhi was rocked by a string of mysterious murders: of Purnima Singh, a socialite, Gautam Jaisinghani, a student, and Baba Gurbachan Singh the religious head of six million Nirankaris.Electronic games: Toys for urban IndiaIt was the year when avenues of entertainment widened like never before for the rich few: video-recorders became a way of life for the select urban elite. The cities witnessed an explosion of ice cream parlours and electronic games. But working-class slums made a triumphal return in New Delhi and Bombay after their forced eradication some years ago. Rohini-1, an Indian satellite, successfully swept into orbit around the earth, but down below pediatric surgeons reported that 20 per cent of all children born in the country died in their first year because of malnutrition and lack of proper care during pregnancy. In the end, the year’s dazzling gallop, like the Red Queen’s frenetic hustling and bustling in Alice’s Wonderland, turned out to be only a case of running to stay in the same place. Ironically, as though to predict this. Indian Standard Time had been corrected right at the beginning of the year, when the clocks were set back by one second.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield boss Wagner on Southampton defeat: Not good enoughby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner was unhappy with his players after defeat at home to Southampton.Saints were impressive for the 3-1 win.Wagner lamented, “The first-half was not good. For the first time in a long time we looked nervous in ball possession and did not perform. The second-half was better. Everyone was lively after the goal.”We passed too many times backwards when we had the opportunity to go forward. We were not brave enough.”Hopefully Jonathan Hogg (knee) is back next week. Losing four midfielders together is not easy, but we have belief in every squad player. That is why they are at the football club.”
PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo’s prime minister says a new 100 per cent tariff on Serbian imports will remain until Serbia recognizes his country’s sovereignty and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.Ramush Haradinaj said Thursday his government had to impose the tariffs because it “was left without other options” and needed to send a “message”.The European Union previously warned Kosovo that the customs tax was a violation of the Central European Free Trade agreement.However, Haradinaj said the tax was likely to stay in force “for a very long time” because Kosovo is no longer willing to accept being “denied a place at the (negotiating) table”.Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008 but is not recognized by Serbia. Serbia campaigned against allowing Kosovo to join Interpol, and Kosovo’s bid failed this month.The Associated Press
The Ohio State Buckeyes lit up the scoreboard as they pushed their record to 4-0 Saturday, defeating the Florida A&M Rattlers 76-0.The Buckeyes started out fast, scoring early and often against the Rattlers. After throwing an interception on the first drive of the game, redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton recovered and threw four touchdown passes before the end of the first quarter, spreading the ball around in the process.Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, junior wide receivers Evan Spencer and Devin Smith and senior running back Carlos Hyde all caught passes for scores from Guiton, helping OSU jump to a 34-0 lead.Guiton’s success this season in Miller’s absence is a result of how much he has pushed himself and developed, according to OSU coach Urban Meyer.“He pushed himself academically, and he’s an exceptional guy,” Meyer said of Guiton. “He’s an efficient player right now, he’s an incredible manager, coach on the field so, you know, his time came. It’s not because he had the buckeye in his pocket or his lucky T-shirt; it’s because he worked hard with the position coach to get ready for his opportunity and boy did he.”It was Hyde’s first action of the season after being suspended by Meyer for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July. Hyde finished the game with 41 yards on five carries to go along with his touchdown catch.With his return, one of the game’s story lines was how he was going to fit into the offensive system moving forward. Meyer addressed that following the game.“I think you have three (running backs) that are above the others right now, you have Jordan Hall, Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde are the top three backs,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt-senior running back) Jordan Hall gives you flexibility, too. I’m evaluating what to do.”OSU continued to pile it on in the second quarter, as Hall scored his second touchdown of the game on an 18-yard scamper to give his team a 41-0 lead.Guiton set the OSU record for touchdown passes in a game just before halftime, when he connected with Spencer in the back of the end zone for his sixth scoring toss. That score gave the Buckeyes a 55-0 lead at the break. Guiton completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards with six touchdowns and one interception, and said it was “a lot of fun” setting a record like that.“It’s a blessing. Like I said, thank God, thank the O-linemen. I had all day,” Guiton said. “The coaches wanted to come out throwing the ball around, I thank them for the trust they put in me to be able to do that, and I just trust the receivers and make plays.”With the game in hand, OSU’s backups started the second half and played the rest of the game. Freshman running back Ezekiel Elliot found the end zone for the first time in his OSU career in the third quarter on a 16-yard run. He scored again later in the quarter on a 13-yard run, as the Buckeyes took a 69-0 lead into the fourth quarter.Redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones ran 10 yards for a touchdown late in the game to make the final score 76-0.Starting redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby said the defense’s goal was to not allow FAMU to score any points, and that it felt good to achieve that goal.“As a defense we shut them out,” Roby said. “That was our goal and we were able to accomplish that, so that’s always a good feeling, leaving a game with a goose egg.”A moment of silence was taken before the game to honor Maria Tiberi, an OSU student who was killed in a car accident Sept. 17. Meyer said they presented the Tiberi family with an OSU football helmet.“Once again with a heavy heart and sympathy and prayers for (the Tiberi) family,” Meyer said. “We gave them a helmet, and you wish you could do more for that family.”OSU is scheduled to start Big Ten play next Saturday against Wisconsin at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
OSU coach Urban Meyer removes his headset on the sideline during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer was less than pleased when he took to the podium at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center following the completion of yet another spring practice.The eighth practice — the midpoint of the spring season for OSU — was one Meyer categorized as “Bad Day Tuesday.”“It was a bad day. And what is today — Tuesday? Bad Day Tuesday,” Meyer said. “Gotta make sure there’s not Bad Day Thursday.”On top of the poor practice effort, the injury bug bit the Buckeyes again, as senior tight end Jeff Heuerman underwent surgery Monday to repair what Meyer called a “sprain” in his foot.Meyer, who expects Heuerman back in June, said he is not too worried about the senior’s injury.“Jeff’s going to be fine. I think it’s probably right with the normal number of injuries,” Meyer said, referring to the team as a whole despite the injuries.With Heuerman out, Meyer said he is still confident in the remaining tight ends left on the roster, despite a less than stellar practice.“(Redshirt-junior) Nick Vannett’s done very well and one of our most improved players,” Meyer said. “And (redshirt-freshman) Marcus Baugh actually has had some good days, today not being one of them.”The loss of Heuerman for the remainder of the spring is just another hit to a Buckeye team that has already lost senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore safety Vonn Bell and sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall to injury.The loss of Marshall however, is the one that hurts the most, Meyer said.“Jalin’s the one. Because he was really making a move and he got hurt,” Meyer said. “He was making a move…”With Miller out, redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones had been receiving the bulk of the first team reps in spring practice and had been progressing well until Tuesday, Meyer said.“Cardale was bad today. And when I say bad, real bad,” Meyer said. “But to the point coming up till today, he was one of our most improved players on our team. It’s spring ball. You’re going to have a bad day. We gotta get that out before next fall, but he’s clearly the No. 2.”One positive of practice Tuesday was what Meyer had to say about junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who is looking to fill the shoes of departed First Team All-Big Ten and All American performer Ryan Shazier.“Josh Perry’s turned into an Ohio State linebacker … about. He’s not there yet,” Meyer said.An area of concern for Buckeye coaches and fans has been the lack of experience on the offensive line, as OSU lost four of five starters up front to graduation following the 2013-14 season. Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, the lone remaining starter, will be looked to as a leader on the team next season Meyer said, but he also took a step back on Tuesday.“Taylor was part of the bad day syndrome. But up to that point, very impressed with what he’s done,” Meyer said. “Leadership, toughness and doing all the things that previous group did, but today was not a good day.”With less than two weeks left of spring practice — which concludes with the Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium — Meyer said his team cannot afford another poor practice.The Buckeyes are scheduled to start the 2014 campaign when they take on Navy Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.