CPI-M Polit Bureau nod to expel Ritabrata Banerjee

first_imgThe Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (CPI-M) has approved the decision to expel Ritabrata Banerjee, Rajya Sabha MP and former general secretary of the Student Federation of India, the party’s youth wing.The decision to expel Mr. Banerjee was taken by the West Bengal State Secretariat last Wednesday and the decision was eventually approved by the Polit Bureau, party’s highest decision-making body, a statement issued on Friday by Surjya Kanta Mishra, the State secretary of Bengal CPI-M, said. The one page statement said the party has tried “repeatedly” to “rectify” Mr. Banerjee but the attempts failed and thus he was expelled. “Instead of rectifying himself, he went on to tarnish party’s image,” Mr Mishra said in his statement. Mr Banerjee, who has a huge following among students and the youth, joined the CPI-M in 1996 as a student leader and was elected as a Rajya Sabha member in 2014. Following his expulsion on Friday, political circles in Bengal are rife with speculation about his next move. Mr Banerjee, however, refused to indicate if he would be joining any of the CPI-M’s rivals. Inquiry panelQuoting a report submitted by the commission of inquiry against Mr Banerjee, Mr. Mishra added that the State Committee approved of “punitive measures” against the former on August 7-8 and the Central Committee was “informed.”“But in an interview on September 11 to a television channel, Mr. Banerjee publicly denigrated the party. On basis of this [the interview] the State Secretariat decided to expel him,” Mr Mishra said.“CPI-M’s Polit Bureau has approved the decision,” Mr. Mishra said on Friday and added that the State Secretariat expelled Mr. Banerjee from the primary membership on basis of “Article 19 [13] of party constitution.” Mr Banerjee was warned by the party in February for activities affecting the CPI-M’s internal rules and regulations. Eventually he was suspended in June by the West Bengal State Committee and a three-member probe commission, headed by Polit Bureau member Md. Salim, was formed. The commission gave its report indicating that Mr Banerjee was “guilty” of the allegations raised against him. He was chargesheeted by the party, Mr Mishra noted. Mr Banerjee challenged the charge sheet and the party by targeting the top brass including Prakash Karat and his wife Brinda. He also targeted Mr Salim and described the commission as a “kangaroo commission.”last_img read more

Mane scores hat trick as Liverpool routs Porto, 5-0

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “It was hard work, but in the end the boys enjoyed it,” Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said after the club’s first appearance in the knockout stage of the Champions League for almost nine years.“I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight and a result like this is only possible if everyone is really at the top of their game,” Klopp said. “They did it well and that’s the only way to be successful.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLiverpool is the top-scoring side in the competition with 28 goals.“We knew we were facing a great team but we weren’t expecting this,” said Porto defender Alex Telles, whose team was without injured midfielders Danilo Pereira and Andre Andre. Striker Vincent Aboubakar was also out with a muscle problem. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Ronaldo scores 2 as PSG learns Champions League lesson At the other end, Virgil van Dijk marshaled Liverpool’s defense on his Champions League debut for the club following his winter switch from Southampton.Firmino got the goal his performance deserved with a simple finish inside the left post from Milner’s cross with 20 minutes remaining, and Mane took advantage of some lax defending to seal the win with a fine strike from distance late on.“We needed to play as a team and that’s what we did,” Mane said after his first hat trick for Liverpool. “We played great football, created great chances and scored five goals. I enjoyed the fifth goal the most.”Casillas’ former side, Real Madrid, came from behind to beat visiting Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the other Champions League game on Wednesday. A mistake from Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa allowed Mane’s shot to squirm under his body after a slow start from the visitors, and Salah displayed all his class to make it 2-0 four minutes later inside the first half-hour.James Milner hit the post but Salah was well-placed to take the rebound, lift it with his left foot and then head it past Sa before slotting into the empty net without letting it touch the ground.It was the African player of the year’s sixth goal in the competition, and his ninth in eight games across all competitions.The home side showed promise after the break but was caught on a counterattack when Sa saved Firmino’s effort, only to push the ball toward Mane’s feet. The Senegal striker needed no second invitation for his second goal.Sa was playing in place of Iker Casillas, dropped earlier this season after falling out of favor with Porto coach Sergio Conceicao, who must have been reconsidering his decision after a shaky performance from the 24-year-old Sa.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring his side’s fifth goal during the Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)PORTO, Portugal — Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-0 away rout of Porto in the first leg of their last-16 match on Wednesday.Sadio Mane scored a hat trick and Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino provided the other two goals to give the Premier League side a huge advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Returning Roger Federer eases into Monte Carlo third round

first_imgFormer world number one Roger Federer returned from a 10-week layoff with a 6-3, 6-4 second-round victory against Spain’s Guillermo Garcia Lopez at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday.The third-seeded Swiss had knee surgery on Feb. 3 and was forced to delay his scheduled comeback in Miami because of gastroenteritis.Federer, who has failed all 12 attempts to win the first claycourt Masters of the season, was barely bothered by the world number 38. The only glitch he suffered came when he was broken as, leading 5-2 in the second set, he was serving to win.He will next face either Germany’s Alexander Zverev or Spain’s Marcel Granollers, who was picked in the main draw after fellow Spaniard David Ferrer withdrew with a leg injury.Back in Monte Carlo for the first time since 2013, world number two Andy Murray laboured into the third round with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 defeat of France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert.last_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap, Harsheel Dani in China Grand Prix Gold pre-quarters

first_imgIndian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and Harsheel Dani advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the China Masters Grand Prix Gold on Wednesday.Kashyap, who is playing his first tournament after a shoulder injury in more than three months, defeated Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-16, 21-17 to progress to the pre-quarterfinals.However, bigger test awaits the 2012 London Olympian as he will meet Chinese third seed Qiao Bin in the next round.Joining Kashyap in the next round was Dani, who got the better of China’s Yan Runze 21-16, 22-20 in 36 minutes.The youngster will face Chinese Sun Feixiang in the next round at the Olympic Sports Centre.Meanwhile, women shuttlers Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka suffered losses.Krisha lost to Li Yun 18-21, 11-21 in 34 minutes, while Uttejitha was defeated by Li Wenmei 4-21, 21-13, 12-21 in 49 minutes.last_img read more

Ilkay Gundogan returns in Manchester City friendly after eight-month injury layoff

first_imgIlkay Gundogan made his first appearance in eight months for Manchester City on Tuesday when he came on as a second-half substitute against Girona in a friendly in Spain.The German midfielder, who suffered knee ligament damage against Watford last December, could be in contention for a place in the squad for Monday’s home tie against Everton.Girona beat City 1-0, with the 26-year-old coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute.City beat promoted Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 in their Premier League opener on Saturday.last_img

Asian Games 2018: India assured of first-ever medal in Sepak takraw

first_imgIndia achieved something that they have never before – assure a medal in Sepak takraw.What is Sepak takraw you wonder?Sepak takraw is a traditional sport of the nations in Southeast Asia. Each team is strengthened 3 players who must take across wicker or plastic balls onto the pitch field – according to the official website of the 2018 Asian Games.Players use their feet, head, knees and chest to hit the ball across the net. They are not allowed to use their hands.The Indian Sepak takraw team reached the semi-finals and are now assured of at least of a Bronze.India defeated Iran 21-16, 19-21, 21- 17 in the first match to make a winning start to their campaign.They, however, lost to Indonesia 0-3 in the second match of the day in Men’s Team Regu Preliminary Group B but advanced to the last-four stage.”It is a historic performance by India. It is the first time that India has won a medal in Sepak takraw in the Asian Games,” Sepak takraw Federation of India secretary general Yogendra Singh Dahiya told PTI.There are six teams in the Asiad competition with Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea clubbed in Group A, while India were drawn with Iran and Indonesia in group B.India’s win over Iran ensured their entry into the semifinals tomorrow. The other semifinalists are Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.In Women’s Team Regu Preliminary Group A, India lost to Laos 1-2. They had lost to South Korea 0-3 in their opening match on Sunday.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Muylayam Singh Yadav’s aide Ram Sakal Gurjar joins BJP, SP calls him backstabber

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party (SP) leadership in Agra is shocked and surprised after local leader Ram Sakal Gurjar joined the BJP. Gurjar has been a long-time aide of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and had also served as Uttar Pradesh’s sports minister. He joined the BJP in New Delhi on Wednesday (April 3).While senior party leaders refused to comment on this, local SP leaders in Agra were openly vocal against Ram Sakal Gurjar. They accused him of “backstabbing” Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and party president Akhilesh Yadav by joining hands with the BJP.Besides Gurjar, former Fatehabad MLA Rajendra Singh also returned to the BJP after a brief stint in the Samajwadi Party. It is being rumoured that Rajendra Singh was the brain behind convincing Gurjar to join the BJP.Samajwadi Party Agra (city) president Wajid Nisar said Hurjar’s political career was built by the SP. “He will never get the same respect in the BJP as he got in the SP. Gurjar should be aware that the Narendra Modi government is not returning to power in May. When that happens, the SP-BSP alliance will not accept him back in the party, no matter how much he pleads.”SP’s district president Ram Sahai Yadav said, “Gurjar has his eyes set on the UP assembly elections that will be held in 2022. He plans to contest it on a BJP ticket, thinking that a BJP tag will ensure his victory. He should know that outside the Samajwadi Party, he is nothing except a backstabber who will be discarded by the BJP when his utility is over.”advertisementALSO READ | Will your acche din manifesto come after polls, Akhilesh Yadav ridicules BJPALSO READ | Modi would’ve said he killed Ravana had he gone to Sri Lanka: Ajit SinghALSO READ | Your complete guide for 2019 Lok Sabha electionsALSO WATCH | Case registered against SP leader for sexist remarks against Jaya Pradalast_img read more

Dancing Day to Night at Full Moon Festival

first_imgWe are a big fan of music festivals here at The Manual, if you haven’t noticed already. As we enter into the second half of summer, we look back at some of the year’s best like SXSW, Governor’s Ball and Hudson Music Project. But to kick off the month of August, we’re counting down the days to one of our favorite musical events of the year – Full Moon. Taking place on New York City’s Governor’s Island, the fest is inspired by the famous full moon celebration parties of Southeast Asia, bringing a curated lineup of of musicians, DJs, artists and chefs to this incredible beach fete in the middle of a massive metropolis. Hosted by MATTE Projects, a music-focused creative production company, Full Moon is about to enter its fourth year with three successful, sold-out shows under its belt. Founded in 2011 by Max Pollack, Brett Kincaid and joined in 2013 by creative director Matthew Rowean, MATTE works to create immersive musical experiences with a focus on visuals and artistic collaborations. They have worked with some of the world’s most iconic brands like Soho House, Maison Kitsuné and Interview Magazine. The music, of course, is the main reason we’re excited for Full Moon. The lineup of talent is killer, including acts like Delorean, The Knocks, Wave Racer and Young & Sick. In addition to art and sound, Full Moon is bringing some of the city’s best chefs and restaurants to the fest with bites from the likes of Mile End, Tacombi, An Choi and Brooklyn Star. Good food, amazing music and NYC’s finest dancing for hours on end? Yeah, count us in. The Full Moon Festival takes place Friday, August 8th on Governor’s Island in New York City. The music starts at 4pm and goes until midnight. To purchase tickets, visit fullmoonfest.com. We’ll see you there! All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Expertslast_img read more

On Your Feet: Premium sneakers from Louis Vuitton

first_img Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather Editors’ Recommendations There are times you want shoes that you don’t have to worry about – sneakers you can take to the park, or throw on when you head out to run errands on the weekend. Whether they’re cheap, durable, or some pleasing combination thereof. Sometimes though, you just want to step out feeling like you’re headed to a red carpet, VIP experience. For those times, there’s the aptly named Frontrow sneaker from Louis Vuitton.The silhouette isn’t the most exciting or original makeup we’ve seen recently. It draws cues largely from the Adidas Stan Smith – nothing out of the ordinary, brands have been chasing the success of the classic for decades – as well as bringing in some uniquely Louis Vuitton elements like the thick, full grain leather padded heel tab, detailed branding, and ruthenium platinum hardware.One of the best parts of the Frontrow sneakers is you know that there’s no corner cutting anywhere in the shoe. Calfskin lining is incredibly supple, and easily one of the most comfortable lining materials around. The footbed has been upgraded to a shape-memory insock that means you can rock them barefoot or with socks, but either way they’ll be more supportive and keep you on your feet longer.The white pair also features a calf leather upper, with a crocodile textured pattern to help break up the silhouette. The red pair has a lightweight woven textile upper, similar to what we’ve seen recently with Nike’s Flyknit or Adidas’ Primeknit fabric. It’s a welcome change from the leather that’s become the staple on high-end sneakers.The price tag on the Louis Vuitton Frontrow sneakers isn’t for the faint of heart. The red woven pair will cost you a healthy $685, while the leather pair runs $715. Keep in mind that these are high quality, handmade sneakers from one of the world’s most premier fashion brands, so if you think you’re ready to make the leap, you can pick up your pair on the Louis Vuitton store page. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Menlast_img read more

Dengue situation in North 24Pgns continues to be grim

first_imgKolkata: The dengue situation in North 24-Parganas’ Habra continues to be grim with the number of dengue affected victims mounting up with each passing day.According to sources in the Habra State General Hospital, more than 800 patients were admitted to the hospital with dengue or dengue-like symptoms in the past 15 days. The number goes up despite several measures taken up by the state health department and the district administration. Sources in the hospital said that three persons have already died of dengue in the Habra State General Hospital. People in Habra alleged that the local administration had woken up late as a result of which the situation has gone beyond control. They also alleged that the district administration failed to take adequate preventive measures to check the spread of the disease. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The hospital authorities face difficulties to accommodate a huge number of patients. The number of patients admitted to the hospital has far outweighed the bed capacity of the hospital. The total bed strength of the hospital is around 131. Nearly 70 seats have been increased in the hospital on an emergency basis,” an official from the hospital said. Senior health department officials have visited the hospital on various occasions in past few days to take a stock of the situation. A dengue unit has been opened in the hospital. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMore doctors and nurses have been inducted to cope with the situation. A dengue help desk has also been thrown open inside the hospital premises where the municipality workers have been deployed to assist the patients and their family members. All the councilors from Harbra Municipality are keeping surveillance at their wards and supervising the anti-dengue campaign. Dr Sankarlal Ghosh, superintendent of the Habra State General Hospital, said health department’s initiatives are not enough to check the disease unless people are aware on how to take preventive measures. People are mostly affected in Daharthuba area of Habra. More than 100 people are down with dengue.last_img read more

US spied on billions of calls in the Middle East documents

first_imgRiyadh– Leaked documents have revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted 125 billion phone calls and SMS messages in January 2013, many of them in the Middle East.Saudi Arabia and Iraq had 7.8 billion wiretapping incidents from the NSA each, while Egypt and Jordan had 1.8 billion and 1.6 billion respectively, according to Cryptome, a digital library that publishes leaked documents.Additionally, over 1.7 billion wiretapping incidents were recorded in Iran. News of the NSA spying on phone calls has angered many Western countries, in addition to many American citizens.Last week, Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to Berlin over suspicion that the United States spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone line.Countries in the Middle East have not yet issued a statement concerning U.S. spying on billions of phone calls within its territories.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

Environmental concerns must be addressed in Enbridge pipeline reversal plan Wynne

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is promising to address environmental concerns amid protests over a west-east pipeline plan that would transport Alberta oil to foreign markets.Protests that have cropped up in the province include a blockade of an Enbridge pumping station near Hamilton in June.Eighteen people were arrested and charged in that incident when they refused to leave the station.They oppose Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow of oil in a stretch of pipeline from Westover, Ont., — about 30 kilometres northwest of Hamilton —  to Montreal, saying the move could lead to a possible breach.Wynne says environmental concerns have to be at the centre of any talk about the movement of fuel through the province.She says the province has to work with all groups, including First Nations communities, to make sure there are protections in place.The premier says Ontario also has to work with other provinces with the understanding that they all share energy needs. read more

IndoLanka accord hailed as helping defeat Prabakaran

The 1987 agreement between India and Sri Lanka helped defeat the LTTE led by Vellupillai Prabakaran, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said.Dissanayake said that when the Indo-Lanka accord was signed at the time his father, Gamini Dissanayake, was a Minister in the United National Party (UNP) Government, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party opposed it. He says if the agreement was not signed India would not have supported Sri Lanka to defeat Vellupillai Prabakaran. “After 1987 India did not oppose Sri Lanka’s moves to defeat Prabakaran,” he said. The Minister said that if India had helped Prabakaran, terrorism in Sri Lanka would have been worse that what it was. (Colombo Gazette)

Wind of hope blowing through Horn of Africa says UN chief as

Saudi Arabia facilitated the agreement, and in a message on Twitter, the Foreign Ministry said that the accord, signed in Jeddah “is a historic milestone for the peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea, and will contribute to strengthening security and stability in the region at large”.“The signature of the peace agreement between the President of Eritrea and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia is indeed a historic event,” said the Secretary-General, speaking at a press conference following the signing in Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, on the Red Sea coast, with Foreign Minister Adel Aljubeir.We have seen a conflict that has lasted for decades, ending, and that has a very important meaning in a world where we see, unfortunately, so many conflicts multiplying, and lasting forever – UN chief, António Guterres“We have seen a conflict that has lasted for decades, ending, and that has a very important meaning in a world where we see, unfortunately, so many conflicts multiplying, and lasting forever,” added Mr. Guterres.He expressed his “deep appreciation” for the role played by Saudi Arabia, before paying tribute “on one hand to the courage, the vision, the wisdom of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia – who has had the capacity to overcome enormous resistance from the past and open a new chapter in the history of his country – and also the way the President of Eritrea has promptly responded to his peace initiatives.”The thaw in relations between the neighbouring countries, who fought a bloody, unresolved war in the late 1990s, began in earnest in June, when Ethiopia’s newly-elected leader, Abiy Ahmed, made peace overtures to his counterpart, which have now come to fruition.Seizing on the implications for the whole region, Mr. Guterres said that the agreement meant that “there is a wind of hope blowing in the Horn of Africa. It is not only the peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea – it is the fact that tomorrow and the day after tomorrow we will have, here in Saudi Arabia, the President of Djibouti and the President of Eritrea – two countries that have also been at odds with each other.”According to news reports, Eritrea and Djibouti announced on Friday that they would also normalize diplomatic relations with each other following a falling out on the border, in 2008, which left several dead and resulted in prisoners being taken on both sides.The UN chief also noted the peace agreement between the President and his former Vice President in South Sudan, that was signed on Thursday – in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa – as another indicator of real diplomatic movement across the Horn of Africa and its borders.“I want to say that this window of hope is enormously important in a world where, unfortunately, hope has been very scarce,” added the Secretary-General. read more

Former Ohio State players AJ Hawk Mike Nugent among NFL successes

Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) pressures Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) Oct. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium. The Packers won, 19-17.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Ohio State football program has produced players now considered to be NFL greats, such as Bill Willis, Cris Carter and Eddie George. With the 2013 season heading into the home stretch, a new class of Buckeyes, young and experienced, is looking to succeed at football’s highest level.As of Wednesday, a total of 35 former Buckeyes currently hold NFL roster spots, including three that were taken in the 2013 NFL Draft.These players were defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, drafted 49th overall by the New York Giants, defensive end John Simon, who was drafted 129th by the Baltimore Ravens and offensive lineman Reid Fragel, who was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals 240th overall but was later signed by the Cleveland Browns.Arguably the most noteworthy performance from the first three weeks of the season came from former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, currently the starter for the Oakland Raiders.During week one, Pryor threw for 217 yards and rushed for 112 more, both game highs. That came in a losing effort, as the Raiders were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts, 21-17.The next week, he led the Raiders to their first win, a 19-9 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.Mike Nugent, OSU’s kicker from 2001-04, gained newfound popularity with Ohio fans after kicking a game-winning 54 yard field goal for the Cincinnati Bengals to defeat the Detroit Lions Oct. 20.Other Buckeyes have been in the league for much longer than Pryor and Nugent, and have played on Super Bowl and Pro Bowl teams.One of the most successful veterans is linebacker A.J. Hawk, who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and currently in his eighth season.Hawk was named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team in 2006, a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010, and was a member of the Packers team that defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in 2011.Hawk’s former teammate, Santonio Holmes, is an eight-year veteran and current wide receiver for the New York Jets. In 2009, Holmes caught the game-winning touchdown and was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their victory against the Arizona Cardinals.In recent years, more college players enter the NFL Draft when they believe they are ready to join the professional ranks before they graduate. The decision to consider the draft also depends on if there are more benefits in joining the draft or staying an extra year in college.Buckeye coach Urban Meyer said for underclassmen, the decision to declare for the NFL Draft is ultimately up to the players themselves. However, he is critical in how the current NFL drafting system takes players after a very short college experience.“There’s a process in place by the National Football League that at first, I was very disappointed in the process, it’s very vague and I didn’t like it at all,” Meyer told ESPN’s Austin Ward in December. “I actually talked to (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell several times about it … I think they’ve done a better job, I’m not here to berate that because I think they do a fine job, but it’s a very imperfect system.”Many players acknowledge their experiences as part of the Buckeye football program even after accomplishing major success in the professional ranks. Former Buckeye wide receiver Carter gave thanks to his alma mater during his acceptance speech to the NFL Hall of Fame earlier in 2013.“Buckeye, Born and Bred, now Hall of Famer, even after I’m dead,” Carter said.OSU is seen as one of the top schools for NFL talent, producing the third most draft picks of all time, and because of this, is able to assemble a very strong recruiting class. read more

Former Ohio State wide receiver Ray Small arrested

Former Ohio State receiver Ray Small was arrested in Meigs County, Ohio Sunday evening by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for allegedly possessing over 200 suspected Oxycontin tablets. According to a report from the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, Trooper James Trelka of the Gallia-Meigs Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested Small, 24, Sunday evening at 5:56 p.m. The report said that Small allegedly possessed 243 Oxycontin pills, an undisclosed amount of suspected heroin, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and a loaded 25-caliber pistol. The Lantern was able to confirm with the Meigs County Sheriff Office that they had Small in custody until Monday evening. Small was scheduled to report to Meigs County Court Monday where, reportedly, he was charged with the possession of a schedule II narcotic. According to the report, Small has since been released, although further charges are pending. The Ohio State Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. It’s not the first time Small has been in hot water. Small, who was suspended a number of times throughout his career, told The Lantern last spring that he sold OSU memorabilia for cash, opening the floodgates on the OSU football tattoo scandal that began in December, 2010. The Lantern attempted to contact Small using the phone number he responded to during the May interview, but the number is no longer active. During his controversial career as a Buckeye, Small totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns from 2006-09. read more

Ohio State baseball Thank God we got into this tournament

On the final day of the regular season, the Ohio State baseball team (31-25, 11-13 Big Ten) clinched the final spot in the Big Ten Tournament, but the scene was far from picturesque. The Buckeyes were swept in their final three regular-season series against Indiana, but advanced to the conference tournament because they held a tiebreaker advantage after finishing in the three-way tie for the final spot with Illinois and Minnesota. OSU coach Greg Beals said he was unaware of the tie-breaker scenario and thought the season had ended after his team’s Saturday loss against Indiana. “I did think it was over when we lost,” Beals said. “It was a crazy two-minute period of time when you go from trying to figure out how to tie the game up, then we lose and figuring out what I’m going to say to these guys.” Then, Beals got the good news. “I was met by Brett (Rybak), our (sports information director), and he tells us we’re in,” Beals said. Following this past weekend’s conference action, the Buckeyes had the best record of the three teams against common Big Ten opponents and won the tiebreaker. Sophomore first baseman Josh Dezse said it was incredible to find out the team made it in the Big Ten Tournament. “We thank God we got into this tournament,” Dezse said. “When we found out at the end of the game, we thought we were out and it was not pretty. When we found out we were in there, we couldn’t help but smile even though we were just swept. It was kind of weird because we didn’t know what to do, what coach was thinking. Do we smile? Are we happy or are we not happy? We had mixed emotions.” Players said it was tough playing the Indiana series and they didn’t stay loose as they had throughout the season. “All season we’ve played loose and felt that’s when we play our best baseball,” said sophomore outfielder Tim Wetzel. “Lately we haven’t been doing that. We’ve been pressing a little too hard and you can’t do that in this game. You have to play loose and fast and that’s what we’re going to try to do this tournament.” The Buckeyes finished the regular season with the most walks (264), sacrifice flies (31) and stolen bases (84) in the Big Ten. In addition to team accomplishments, Dezse was named to the John Olerud watch list for the best two-way player in the nation. “It’s like having two players in one,” Beals said about Dezse, who is the team’s first baseman and closer. “You have a limited number of scholarships and when you’re putting a team together, it’s really huge.” Dezse hit .305 with five home runs and 32 RBI, all of which were second-best on the team. Dezse led the team in saves with seven and also posted a 3.08 ERA. Sophomore pitcher John Kuchno led the Buckeyes in wins with an 8-3 record. However, sophomore pitcher Jaron Long led the team in ERA among starters with 2.29 and was the Buckeyes’ Friday night starter throughout Big Ten play. “He’s our guy and he’s proven that he’s our guy,” Beals said. “He’s earned the respect and confidence of our team. We knew that he had the ability and that he has a knack for knowing how to pitch.” The Buckeyes came into the season with what Beals said were “ramped-up expectations.” Beals said before the season, the team watched the movie “Miracle” and players drew inspiration from the story and will use it in the Big Ten Tournament. “With the U.S.A. team, I just keep going back to what did they have to lose,” Dezse said. “They had nothing to lose. Same with us, make us the underdog, whatever. We’re here to play and we’re here to win. We have enough talent here that we’ll be just fine.” The Buckeyes’ first game of the tournament is at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus. The Buckeyes’ second game will be based on the result of their game and the result of the noon game between Nebraska and Michigan State. read more

EURO 2012 Serbia EHF inspection again in Niš

← Previous Story Ivan Lapcevic helping second division team Next Story → EHF Men’s EURO 2012 (Qual – Round 2): Balkan derby – Austrians waiting for Iceland Story about city of Niš as a host city of EURO 2012 in Serbia is still in progress. Since a few days ago we published a news about a rights that a taken away to be a host of Preliminary group, because Niš wasn’t started to build a new Sports hall, what was planned and mentioned in Serbian candidature. After two meetings of all reliable factors in Serbian handball and Government, decision was that Niš won’t built a new hall, but is ready to make a total reconstruction off old “Čair” sports hall. That means that after reconstruction process “Čair” will suit all EHF requirements.EHF announced that will come to Niš again from 10th to 12th November to check all papers and technical documentation about it. Meanwhile, Niš has to send all project plans and 3D presentation to Vienna until third of November.Also, President of Serbian Handball Federation, Velimir Marjanovic told to Serbian PRESS that “Croatian handball representatives offered that city of Osijek (very close to Serbo-Croat border) change Niš”, but this was declined by HRS as just unofficial talk.It was planned that Niš host one of the Preliminary group of EURO 2012. Another host cities are Belgrade, Vršac and Novi Sad. Spors hall “Čair” read more

Mourinho plays down rumours of becoming Madrid manager

first_imgSacked Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho played down rumours that he will return to Real Madrid as manager.The Portuguese professional football coach added that he is happy where he is right now despite losing Manchester United job.“When a manager or a player returns, it’s because they did something positive,” he says as quoted in AS.“I felt that when I arrived at Chelsea. When a professional returns or is offered a return to a club, it’s a tremendous honour. It’s not a blind bet, the club are trying to bring in a player or manager that they already know, who was already there and if they offer it is because they know the value of this person.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Mourinho signed a three-year deal as manager of Manchester United in May 2016 and won the Community Shield, the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League  in his first season in charge of the club.United finished second behind their city rivals in 2017/18 and lost the FA Cup final to  Chelsea.Mourinho laws sacked from Manchester United in December 2018, leaving the club in sixth place after 17 matches.last_img read more

State Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County On May 24

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts State Police will be holding a Sobriety Checkpoint in Middlesex County on Friday, May 24, 2019 into Saturday, May 25, 2019.Wilmington is one of the 54 cities and towns in Middlesex County.The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and remove drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from the roads. The Checkpoint also raises the public’s awareness of law enforcement’s efforts to combat this serious issue.“Any inconvenience to motorists will be minimized with advanced notice to reduce fear and anxiety,” said Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, in the announcement. “The selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary. Safety will be assured.”The Sobriety Checkpoint is funded through a grant provided by the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County This WeekendIn “Police Log”State Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County On April 12 & 13In “Police Log”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, May 25, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more