Can Anyone Beat Ronda Rousey?

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Ronda Rousey won a fight in 16 seconds last summer, falling a second short of the quickest victory in UFC history. At the time, the bantamweight champion figured the speed with which she pummeled Alexis Davis was a fluke.“It’s something everybody on my team was teasing me about, but I wasn’t taking seriously,” Rousey said. “I didn’t seriously think I could top it.”Just about anything seems possible these days for mixed martial arts’ most dominant champion.Rousey (11-0) needed just 14 electrifying seconds to finish off Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb. 28 in her hometown. Not only was it the fastest finish ever in a UFC title bout, it was the quickest submission victory in the promotion’s several thousand bouts of history.The search for a worthy opponent will take much longer.Rousey is a bona fide superstar after selling out Staples Center and attracting what’s expected to be a solid pay-per-view audience, but the UFC is facing a problem finding opponents who can be sold to the world as having a chance to contend with her otherworldly skills.“Yeah, we’re going to move her to the men’s division and see the odds,” UFC President Dana White said with a laugh. “I don’t know what to do with this lady.”Zingano (9-1) was considered the most daunting threat to Rousey’s title reign, with more skill, toughness and pertinent experience than most of Rousey’s previous victims. But her curious decision to charge right into the grasp of an Olympic medal-winning judoka doomed her before many fans had even sat down.When the wonder finally subsided, Rousey and White speculated on what’s next for one of the promotion’s biggest stars.White faced a barrage of questions at the post-fight news conference about Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the Brazilian veteran and former Strikeforce champ currently dominating the all-women Invicta promotion at 145 pounds. Justino was widely considered the world’s best female fighter before she failed a doping test and Rousey rose to the pinnacle.Both fighters have said they’re eager to face off, but Justino — a target of Rousey’s ridicule for that doping failure — fights at 145 pounds, and has been inconsistent about whether she could make the 135-pound bantamweight limit.Justino looked big on Feb. 27 when she won her latest Invicta fight in Los Angeles, several blocks down Figueroa Street from Staples Center.While hard-core fans have clamored for Rousey to move up to a catch weight to make the fight, White sees no reason why Rousey would make concessions for anyone.“Why would the champ go there?” White asked. “It just doesn’t make sense. The champ doesn’t (compromise for) other people. … If (Justino) makes the weight, she can make the fight. She looked nowhere near 135 (Friday) night.”Justino is expected to fight again in the summer, perhaps at 135 pounds. If she makes the bantamweight limit, a bout with Rousey could happen soon.Until then, the UFC must find another candidate for Rousey — and the list, while getting slimmer, still has a few names.Champion boxer Holly Holm made her UFC debut in the show’s penultimate bout, grinding out a split-decision victory over Raquel Pennington.Although solid, Holm’s performance seemed underwhelming given the hype that preceded her. Afterward, Holm and White agreed she needs more UFC fights before she can contend with Rousey.The most logical contenders for the next shot at Rousey appear to be Bethe Correia or Jessica Eye, two experienced fighters with championship designs.“Holly Holm is a world champion boxer, and I want to test myself against that striking,” Rousey said. “And Bethe Correia, she’s undefeated. I’d like to take that ‘0’ away from her.”Correia (9-0) and Eye (11-2) both called out Rousey after her victory, but White said he hasn’t decided who gets the next shot. Correia might be the most exciting prospect, given her perfect record and her victories over two of Rousey’s training partners.Although Rousey mentioned Correia in the cage immediately after the fight, White isn’t sure when Rousey’s return will happen. Rousey revealed that she’s heading off next to shoot an unnamed film, likely pushing her next bout deeper into the second half of 2015.But after 14 seconds of work for a huge payday, Rousey headed off to her real reward: a dinner of hot wings, duly immortalized on her Instagram feed.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom quick review: Premium, powerful and special

first_imgOppo has made great strides in the affordable to mid-range segments in India. The company has crafted some good-looking phones packed with impressive hardware to earn a level of trust among consumers in the country. And when it comes to launching flagship phones, the company as confidently introduced new and unique technologies to impress the masses. The Find X was an example of that last year. And this year, we have the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a flagship smartphone that is part of the newly-minted Reno series. The Reno series has been created as a youth-centric line to offer attractive premium phones at affordable prices. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a Snapdragon 855-powered phone that also touts a premium glass design, pop-up camera, notchless AMOLED display and a triple camera setup, among other things.This flagship phone has been launched in India priced starting at Rs 39,990, while the regular Snapdragon 710-powered Reno model costs Rs 32,990. I spent a brief amount of time with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom ahead of its launch and here are my initial thoughts. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is all kinds of premium from its design. Right out of the box, you are greeted with a large device that offers an incredibly smooth back. This is due to a combination of a curved Gorilla Glass 5 with a matt-like coating that makes it feel silky smooth to the touch. It’s quite slippery on the palm so the curved panel is welcomed for a better grip.advertisementThe matt finish on the back makes the glass resistant to smudges and fingerprints. The other reason the panel is so smooth is because the triple camera setup sits underneath the glass. There is no camera hump so phone can lie flat on the table, but this also makes the device thick at 9.3mm. The cameras, Oppo logo and “Designed by Oppo” branding are all placed neatly vertically on the strip in the center.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition and the regular Oppo Reno come in two colours – Jet Black and Ocean Green – both of which look really attractive. The flagship model does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It does offer stereo speakers and a Type-C port. At 215 grams, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition feels substantially heavy to hold. On the front, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition offers an edge-to-edge display free of notches or punch-holes. You get a tall 6.6-inch AMOLED display that offers a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The FHD+ (2340×1080) display looks bright and vivid with punchy colours and deep black. The bezels on the top and sides are negligible while the chin is fairly thin as well. Stay tuned to our in-depth review where we will test the display under different lighting conditions and for scenarios like gaming and entertainment.The AMOLED display also allows Oppo to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor with the Reno 10x Zoom Edition. Like many other phones this year, the Oppo Reno also comes with a pop-up selfie camera, but with a slightly different design. While most phones come with a 90-degree pop-out mechanism, the Reno comes with what the company calls a shark fin rising camera design. The mechanism rises from the side of the top frame in a 11-degree angle, which Oppo says is the best position for capturing selfies.The pop-up camera rises in 0.8 seconds as per Oppo. The system houses a 16-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera that can also be used for face unlock. The triple camera setup on the back, includes a 48-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 16-megapixel telephoto lens. The camera system supports 10x hybrid zoom, hence the name of the flagship. The phone can digitally zoom all the way up to 60x as well. I have spent less than a day with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition, so I won’t be able to talk about the cameras in detail. It’s worth knowing that the phone also supports Night mode, Slo-mo video, Google Lens and an Expert Mode, among other things. It also gets a Dazzle Colour feature, which is similar to Chroma Boost on some Relame devices.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a flagship phone since it’s powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset. This is notably the second phone in India to rock the latest Qualcomm flagship processor after the OnePlus 7 Pro. As expected, the phone feels blazing fast while opening apps and browsing through the UI. We will test the performance more extensively in our full review.advertisementThe Reno phone also runs on Android Pie-based ColorOS 6. The custom Oppo software comes with an app drawer and a gradient colour theme. There are a bunch of preloaded apps as well, most of which can be uninstalled. Lastly, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom houses a 4,000mAh battery and the phone supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging over Type-C.I used the Reno 10x Zoom for less than a day, but it’s clear already that Oppo has crafted a premium device that packs a punch. This is not just a good-looking phone, but it also offers something unique with its shark fin pop-up camera. It also looks like it can stand toe-to-toe in performance when compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, we can only know how good the Reno 10x Zoom really is after an in-depth review so do stay tuned for that.ALSO READ | Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, Oppo Reno launched in India: Price, specificationslast_img read more

12 hours agoNapoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’by Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona has long been a fan of Dries Mertens, it has been revealed.Mertens’ two goals in the Champions League 3-2 victory at RB Salzburg, took him to 116 goals with Napoli – one more than Maradona.The Belgian now has his sights set on Marek Hamsik’s all-time club record of 121 goals.“Diego has always been a supporter of Mertens and believed in him, even when the Belgian wasn’t playing very much,” Maradona’s representative Stefano Ceci told Radio Kiss Kiss.“I remember full well after Arkadiusz Milik’s injury that Diego said Napoli already had the replacement in-house with a real phenomenon called Mertens.” last_img read more

Toronto stock market falls as energy sector hurt by lower oil prices

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index lost a little ground Thursday as a further drop in the price of oil to an eight-month low weighed on the key energy sector.Markets on both sides of the border were softer after a very strong day following the U.S. midterms, says Jayson Moss, research analyst at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.“What’s weighing particularly on the Canadian market is the fact that we’re seeing oil entering a bear market, down now 21 per cent since the high on Oct. 3, on concerns that the market will be oversupplied and rising U.S. inventories,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was down for a ninth straight session, falling by $1 at US$60.67 per barrel. That’s the lowest level since March 8.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 11.96 points to 15,357.47 after hitting a low of 15,293.29 on 414 million shares traded.The health-care sector fell the most as cannabis stocks gave back some of Wednesday’s strong gains. Energy stocks lost 1.66 per cent.Industrials fell on a 24 per cent decrease in Bombardier’s shares after investors were concerned by its reduced free cash flow guidance amid efforts to refocus the company by selling some assets.Moss said companies have recently faced pretty significant share price movements when they fall short of beat expectations.Canadian Tire gained almost three per cent after posting strong results Thursday, while Freshii Inc. hit an all-time low of $1.95 and closed down 33.4 per cent to $2.65 after withdrawing its 2019 outlook.“It just feels like we’re more in the later innings of this bull market where we have seen some pretty inflated valuations and high street expectations,” he added.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 11.12 points to 26,191.42. The S&P 500 index lost 7.05 points at 2,806.84, while the Nasdaq composite was down 39.87 points at 7,530.88.Moss said the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates had no appreciable impact on markets. However, he expects a final rate increase of the year in December.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.25 cents US compared with an average of 76.36 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was down 1.2 cents at US$3.54 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$3.60 at US$1,225.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.85 cents at US$2.74 a pound.last_img read more

Half chance for normal monsoon

first_imgThe probability of the South West monsoon this year being ‘Near Normal’ is 39 per cent, ‘Below Normal’ is 32 per cent and ‘Deficient’ is 17 per cent, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared while making its first stage Long Range Forecast (LRF) on April 15, 2019. “The South West seasonal monsoon rainfall (June to September) over the country as a whole is likely to be near normal,” the national weather forecaster said. It also suggested that the probability of there being an ‘above normal’ monsoon is 10 per cent and that of it being ‘excess’ is two per cent. Also Read – A special kind of bondQuantitatively, the seasonal monsoon rainfall (June-September) was likely to be 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), with a model error of ± 5 per cent, said the IMD. “Overall, the country is expected to have well-distributed rainfall scenario during the 2019 monsoon season, which will be beneficial to farmers in the country during the ensuing Kharif season,” a statement by the IMD read. “Weak El Nino conditions are likely to prevail during the monsoon season with reduced intensity in the later part of the season,” it stated. The forecaster had already declared in a March 29, 2019 press release that “El Nino conditions are likely to persist in the early part of the summer season and likely to weaken thereafter.” Also Read – Insider threat managementEl Nino, which is the unusual warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, disrupts global wind patterns affecting climatic conditions in tropical areas like Africa, sub-tropical areas like India as well as the extra-tropical areas like North America. In India, there is a relationship between El Nino events and hotter-than-usual summers along with a decrease in rainfall during the monsoon. Most of the time, these events have also led to drought conditions. In contrast to the IMD, weather agencies in other countries had declared weak El Nino conditions at the beginning of 2019. In January, Japan’s Meteorological Agency, which is also the Asian arm of the World Meteorological Organisation, said El Nino conditions were prevailing and that there was an 80 per cent chance of an El Nino phenomenon staying till spring season of 2019. The Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) of the National Weather Service in the United States of America also concluded, around the same time, that weak El Nino conditions had formed in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. In a March 14, 2019 update, the CPC says that “weak El Nino conditions are likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2019 with an 80 per cent probability and summer with a 60 per cent probability”. (The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Bengals intellectuals call for Mamata as PM in unison

first_imgKolkata: Prominent intellectuals from Bengal stood by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee in her fight against BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular, for dividing people on religious lines and damaging the secular fabric of the country.All the intellectuals who joined a programme at Kolkata Press Club on Tuesday with the slogan of ‘check the communal forces from unleashing a reign of terror in Bengal, an embodiment of communal harmony’, echoed the opinion that Banerjee is the only viable alternative in the country to fight Modi and his fellow BJP leaders, who carry with them a baggage of bigotry and intolerance. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe intellectuals also made it clear that they want to see the Trinamool supremo, who has the capability to ease the tension and fear prevailing among the people across the country, as the Prime Minister. They also strongly objected to BJP president Amit Shah’s remark that Bengalis have been turned to Kangals (beggars). Renowned artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya said: “Saffron is the colour of sacrifice. A political party with a saffron flag is trying to spark communal tension in Bengal. We came across a rally (one attended by Amit Shah) while coming here. Where are these people coming from? They certainly do not look like our fellow citizens. They were shouting objectionable slogans and showing gestures which the people here in Bengal are not familiar with.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We must prevent the extremism and intolerance triggered by some people in the state. They are coming from outside the state and maligning Bengal. Our Chief Minister had hinted many days ago at the attempts to spread communal tension, which is being witnessed now. These communal forces are targeting Banerjee as they are scared of her. We must build opinions and support her,” he added. Economist Abhirup Sarkar said that the saffron party has been trying to destroy institutions including the Reserve Bank of India, which gives an idea as to which direction our democracy is heading toward. “The institutions which are supposed to keep a vigil on the ‘Chowkidar’, have been destroyed,” said Sarkar. Well-known singer Kabir Suman said that they must lend support to the Chief Minister, who has given a clarion call to oust Modi. “They have seen a revolution in the development works initiated by her. BJP has waged a war and she must win to restore communal harmony,” the singer said. He also said that he would have slapped Shah, had he been present when the former had termed Bengalis as ‘Kangals’.last_img read more

Adopt healthy lifestyle to get rid of dementia risk WHO

first_imgNew Delhi: If you think that you may be under the risk of dementia then start doing regular exercises, eating healthy diets along with staying away from the harmful use of alcohol and smoking as the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its new guidelines on dementia have stated that potential dementia patients can get rid of the disease by maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.While releasing the new guidelines on dementia, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that in the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain,” Ghebreyesus said in an official press statement released by the WHO. The guidelines provide the knowledge base for health-care providers to advise patients on what they can do to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. As per the WHO press note, the guidelines would also be useful for governments, policy-makers and planning authorities to guide them in developing policy and designing programmes that encourage healthy lifestyles. “The reduction of risk factors for dementia is one of several areas of action included in the WHO’s global action plan for the public health response to dementia,” the WHO said in its release.last_img read more

Akhilesh Maya weigh options

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday held a meeting with Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati to discuss the political situation in view of the exit polls results.The hour-long meeting was held at the BSP chief’s Mall Avenue residence here. The two leaders made a seat-to-seat assessment but decided to wait for the results rather than speculate on the exit poll results. Talking briefly to reporters after the meeting, Akhilesh said: “We will talk after the results on May 23. I maintain my stand that we are winning 56 seats in UP.” Sources said that the two leaders also decided that they would hold talks with other opposition leaders on May 24, when all results are finally out. “They will have telephonic talks with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar on May 23 and with other leaders, including those of the Congress on May 24,” said a source.last_img read more

General Confederation of Entrepreneurs presents in London investment opportunities Morocco

first_imgBordeaux- The President of the Moroccan General Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CGEM) presented the country’s attractiveness during the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum held in London. Ms. Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun highlighted the strengths of the Moroccan economy and exposed investment opportunities in various sectors.The forum provides an occasion to meet potential investors and convince project leaders to settle in Morocco, a country known for its economic openness and tolerance. It provides a gateway for business between the Muslim and non-Muslim world, she said. “Each Islamic country interacts with its first sub-region such as Morocco with the EU. However, promising business flows can be created between Muslim countries and Morocco can bring a lot of experience in infrastructure and the development of certain industrial sectors,” she concludedlast_img read more

Defending World Cup Champions Keep Flaming Out

Over the past half-decade or so, the Spanish national team put together one of the most impressive runs in the history of international soccer, winning a European Football Championship in 2008, a World Cup in 2010, and another Euro crown in 2012. But in this year’s World Cup, Spain went out with a whimper — routed by the Dutch in its opening match and failing to muster a single goal in a 2-0 loss to Chile.Just like that, Spain’s hopes of advancing beyond the group stage were dashed.Before the tournament began, our World Cup prediction model had Spain racking up 5.9 points in the Group B table. (In round-robin play, teams get three points for a win and one for a draw.) But after two losses, Spain is now likely to amass only 2.2 points, 3.7 fewer than expected — a huge shortfall.As strange as it sounds, though, this isn’t an uncommon fate for defending World Cup champions. Since the tournament shifted to its current three-points-for-a-win format in 1994, defending champs have come up short of pre-tournament predictions by an average of 2.3 points during the group stage, and only two incumbent champs — Germany in 1994 and Brazil in 2006 — actually exceeded expectations the years they defended their titles.To determine these shortfalls for years before 2014 (tournaments for which I don’t have FiveThirtyEight projection data), I turned to the pre-tournament Elo ratings. The Elo system is designed to produce probabilities of wins and losses for each team in a matchup based on the difference between the two teams’ ratings. Of course, the group stage of the World Cup also allows for draws. Elo treats draws as half a win for each team, but doesn’t provide a prediction for a tied outcome. So, I tapped into our FiveThirtyEight model to derive the probability of a draw based on the raw probability of a win if ties weren’t allowed.For example, in the opener of the 1994 World Cup, Germany (Elo: 1,971) faced Bolvia (Elo: 1,663). In a world without ties, the Elo formula tells us Germany’s 308-point Elo lead would produce a win 85.5 percent of the time, but the curve above also tells us that 15.6 percent of the time, such a matchup will end in a draw. Subtracting half of that number (7.8 percent, since ties count as half a win in Elo) from 85.5 percent, we get the corrected probability that Germany would win outright: 77.7 percent. (The Germans did end up winning, 1-0.)Doing this for every World Cup group-stage match from 1994 to 2010, we can generate a projection for the number of points each team would have been expected to accumulate in the standings table. We see that defending World Cup champions have usually fallen short, often in a major way:Only the 2006 Brazil side, which tore through the group stage undefeated, significantly outplayed expectations. The rest either played to them (Germany 1994), underperformed slightly but still advanced (Brazil 1998), or flamed out spectacularly (France 2002, Italy 2010 — and now Spain 2014).It’s not clear why this is happening. Is Elo overrating defending champions for some reason? Are these teams overburdened by the weight of expectations? Or is this just an unlucky streak in the small sample of six tournaments? Theories will abound, but one thing is for sure: When it comes to meeting pre-tournament expectations, it’s rarely paid to be a defending World Cup champion in recent years. read more

Ohio State bullpen blows 40 lead to Iowa at Big Ten tournament

OSU junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1. Credit: Nathan Rubinstein | Lantern photographerAfter being postponed the night before, the fourth-seeded Ohio State baseball team took the field against the No. 8 seed Iowa Hawkeyes trying to move two games closer to a Big Ten championship.Greg Beals’ team had been riding high coming into Friday winning 13 of its last 15 games. Senior starting pitcher John Havird retired Hawkeye after Hawkeye while the offense dug in and capitalized on nearly every presented opportunity. OSU tacked on two runs in the sixth, and sophomore right fielder Tre’ Gantt singled to straight-away center in the top of the ninth to pad the cushion for OSU, extending the lead to 4-0 over Iowa.However, the smooth-sailing through eight and one-half innings quickly capsized the Buckeyes in the bottom half of the ninth.After receiving eight scoreless innings from senior starter John Havird, OSU called upon sophomore reliever Seth Kinker to finish the game. Kinker, who entered the day with an ERA of 1.33, struggled right out of the gate as he faced the top of the Iowa order.The Hawkeyes strung together four consecutive hits to lead off the inning to cut the deficit to 4-1. Kinker forced senior catcher Daniel Moriel to ground into a double play which did allow one extra run to score. Sophomore first baseman Austin Guzzo singled up the middle to drive in a run and draw Iowa within one. With a runner on first and the score now 4-3, the Buckeyes called on senior left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei to come in and get the final out of the game. The first batter he faced, senior pinch-hitter Jimmy Frankos, was hit by a pitch, putting the winning run on first base. Redshirt sophomore closer Yianni Pavlopoulos was the third reliever of the inning brought in to try and nail down this game. With runners on first and second, Pavlopoulos surrendered a single to redshirt junior Devin Pickett that tied the game up at four.Following a scoreless tenth inning from the Buckeyes, Iowa would load the bases on the strength of a four-pitch walk, a fielder’s choice bunt, and a hit-by-pitch. With a 1-1 count, junior infielder Mason McCoy singled to right center field to send the Hawkeyes home as winners, 5-4 in extras.For many, this harkened back to the demoralizing loss in the first round of last year’s Big Ten tournament with OSU pitted against Iowa. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, then OSU’s senior closer Trace Dempsey walked a batter and surrendered a walk-off two-run home run to Iowa’s senior infielder Nick Day. OSU was eliminated from the tournament on the next day against No. 6 seed Indiana.Against Iowa, John Havird gave up only two hits with no walks and four strikeouts in eight scoreless frames while Iowa senior starting pitcher Tyler Peyton struck out five and issued no walks over seven innings of five hit, three run baseball. Peyton struck out five and walked none, but hit two batters with pitches. Neither starter factored into the decision.The Buckeyes will hope to stave off elimination and continue their run in this year’s Big Ten tournament where they will take on the fifth-seeded Michigan Wolverines at 10 p.m. on Friday. OSU defeated the Wolverines 8-3 on Wednesday night. read more

Quick Hits Ohio State football news and notes

First-year Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell lauded Buckeye Nation’s contribution to Saturday’s win against then-No. 12 Wisconsin and senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron said he thinks the offense could score 50 points against Indiana (1-8, 0-5) during a Tuesday press conference. Neither addressed the forthcoming decision from the NCAA regarding the football program’s rules violations, though a university spokeman told The Lantern Tuesday that the expected announcement date of the ruling is “hard to predict.” A nod to students Fickell began his remarks by thanking the OSU students and fans for helping create an atmosphere at Ohio Stadium that he said was “unbelievable.” “(I) wouldn’t want to start any other way but to thank the fans, the crowd and the students for an unbelievable atmosphere this weekend,” Fickell said. Fickell said he even needed he wife’s reassurance that the Horseshoe, which held 105,511 fans on Saturday, was as loud as he perceived it. “Sometimes, I had to get in the car afterward, ask my wife to make sure I saw and felt that atmosphere as well as it was,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if it was my heart that was pounding or the screams from the crowd, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere, unbelievable experience, just to be a part of something, obviously a game like that. But that’s what Ohio State football’s all about.” “Signature” win? Not a chance With the 33-29 win against the then-No.12 Badgers Saturday, Fickell clinched his second consecutive win against a ranked opponent. OSU beat then-No.16 Illinois, 17-7, on Oct. 15. Fickell rejected the notion that Saturday’s win was a “signature” win in his young career as a head coach, saying, “Every win is big.” “The way it was won, obviously, maybe that might mean something different, the atmosphere it was won in,” he said. “But still it goes down the same on the schedule — it goes down as a win.” Running the score up on Indiana The Indiana Hoosiers, which have allowed opponents to score 204 points combined in their last four games, could be in for more trouble Saturday. OSU senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron said he wants the Buckeyes to score 50 points against the Hoosiers. “Yeah, I mean, you gotta look at it that way. Whatever we could do to put points on the board,” Herron said. “I think it’s possible. It’s definitely possible.” All crickets on the NCAA front After its Aug. 12 hearing with the NCAA in Indianapolis regarding the football program’s infractions, the university originally expected the final ruling to arrive sometime during the Buckeyes’ four-game stretch between Oct. 8, when they traveled to Nebraska, and this Saturday’s home game against Indiana. There was no mention Tuesday of the NCAA violations, or when the ruling would be handed down. In a Tuesday email to The Lantern, OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said that since additional violations were considered by the NCAA after the Aug. 12 hearing, “We (OSU and the NCAA) are no longer on the same timetable.” As a result, Lynch said in the email that it is difficult for him to predict when the ruling will be announced. read more

Average gas price in San Diego hits lowest price since April

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped one-tenth of a cent Saturday to $3.585, its lowest amount since April.The average price has dropped eight of the past nine days, decreasing 2.7 cents, including four-tenths of a cent on Friday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 1.6 cents less than a week ago and 5.2 cents lower than one month ago, but 60.6 cents more than one year ago. It has risen 46.3 cents since the start of the year.“Southern California refineries are producing at near-record levels while investors are worried about reduced demand, which led to a futures sell- off last week and a drop in wholesale prices,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.“This drop, combined with a significant worldwide downturn in oil prices this week, could mean continued price reductions at the pump in coming weeks.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Average gas price in San Diego hits lowest price since April KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 18, 2018last_img read more

Sandow Media Buys Western Interiors Design

first_imgSandow Media has acquired Western Interiors and Design. While terms of the deal were not released, Western Interiors and Design generates between “$5 million and $10 million” in annual revenue, according to publisher Jennifer Matthews. In 2007, Western Interiors & Design was a leader in ad page growth in a category that included heavyweights such as Architectural Digest and Elle Décor. But by late 2008, with the economy plunging toward recession and shelter and home magazines among the many categories feeling the brunt, the title asked for more funding from its investors, who put “several million dollars” into the magazine earlier this year. Recently, several potential buyers had approached Western Interiors & Design, thinking the investors would be willing to sell for a favorable price in the downturn. Before the sale to Sandow, the magazines planned to launched a series of high-end special focused publications, including Modern Dream Homes, which is set to debut this spring. Western Interiors & Design is also planning to invest in its Web operations, and had a goal of 10 percent of overall revenue coming from online by 2010, according to Matthews.   Western Interiors & Design was represented by AdMedia Partners in the deal.last_img read more

Tom Beusse Named CEO of FW

first_img Chad Phelps, F+W’s chief digital officer, also left the company about a month after Nussbaum, which triggered a reorg of the digital team. F+W has yet to hire his replacement and settling into a new digital structure will likely be one of Beusse’s top priorities.  Enthusiast media and e-commerce company F+W has found a new CEO after a three-month search. Tom Beusse was named to the top spot this afternoon and his appointment takes immediate effect.  Beusse’s last job was president of USA Today’s Sports Media Group—a post he held from 2011 to 2013. He’s also been CEO of Westwood One and held president positions at Rodale and Time4 Media. “The deep relationship F+W brands have with their customers positions us for real growth in an increasingly vertical media environment,” says Beusse in an official statement. “The experience I have gained from previous roles, particularly at Rodale and Time4 Media, provides me with an excellent understanding of the roles these brands play in the lives of the enthusiasts they serve and with some tangible plans to expand the same.” Jim Ogle, who served as interim CEO during the company’s search for a permanent replacement, will return to his COO/CFO post.  His hiring comes three months after the departure of F+W’s previous CEO, David Nussbaum, who left to become CEO of America’s Test Kitchen.  The company cites Beusse’s previous media experience in digital, TV, radio and film as an attractive mix. “He has demonstrated that he understands vertical communities like those served by F+W. He is here to author and execute a growth strategy,” says a statement provided to Folio: by the company. “Now that Tom is in place as CEO he will spend time further analyzing our digital business, as a whole, then make determinations as to which positions we need to accelerate our growth, as our digital strategy and development will be critical to our future,” says a spokesperson.    More on this topic Folio: Week in Review – January 23, 2016 Former Time4 Media President Jumps to Radio Time4Media Creates New Position to Expand Its Digital Presence Beusse Out at Time4Media, But Magazines Will Remain in New York (posted 2/12) F+W Names Digital Media VP, Continues ‘Aggressive’ E-Media Growth F+W Lays Off 30 StaffersJust In Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Defense Spending to Hit 700B in FY18 FY19 Under Senate Deal

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Defense spending in fiscal 2018 and 2019 would reach levels embraced by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as well as the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, under the bipartisan budget deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday. The agreement would raise the statutory caps on defense spending by $80 billion in FY 2018 and $85 billion the following year, pushing DOD’s base budget well past the $600 billion mark. When funds allocated to the department’s overseas contingency operations account, which are not subject to the Budget Control Act caps, are included, total defense spending is expected to be $700 billion in FY 2018 and $716 billion in FY 2019, reported Defense News.The Senate agreement would roughly match the spending called for in the FY 2018 defense authorization bill, while the topline figure for FY 2019 would match the Trump administration’s new budget request scheduled to be released next week. Last week Mattis told reporters he would be “very happy with” funding at those levels, reported CQ. During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday, he called for those exact figures. And on Wednesday, Mattis voiced support for the deal during remarks at the White House made right after the Senate agreement was announced.In a joint statement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services committees, praised the funding levels in Wednesday’s agreement as well.last_img read more

Rupee Plunges To New Low Of 5587 Amid RBI Intervention

first_imgThe rupee plunged to a new low of 55.87 in the early Wednesday trade, marking its sixth consecutive record low against the US dollar.The new low spurred the Reserve Bank of India to intervene, with the central bank selling dollars starting from the 55.75 rupee level, traders said according to media reports.RBI intervention during Wednesday’s trading session pushed the rupee to 55.52 but dropped to 55.87 later, NDTV said. Tuesday’s trade saw the rupee closing at 55.39/40 to the dollar.  The currency’s progressive fall in the past couple of days has drawn attention from the government, with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee saying on Tuesday that the centre is keeping a close watch on the situation and that necessary measures are taken to tackle the rupee’s impact on the foreign exchange market.”Global slowdown due to unfolding of eurozone sovereign debt crisis has, inter-alia, impacted the Indian economy through deceleration in exports, widening of trade and current account deficit, decline in capital flows, fall in the value of Indian Rupee, stock market decline and lower economic growth,” Mukherjee told the Rajya Sabha.Mukherjee assured that the RBI is intervening in the Forex market to help curb volatility.”Raising of NRI deposit interest rates, easing availability of export credit and stipulation that 50% of balances in the Exchange Earner’s Foreign Currency Account be converted into rupees balances”, are some of the measures being adopted by the central bank, he said.The finance minister also added that the centre is working towards boosting India’s infrastructure sector by increasing direct foreign investment. Other steps include “liberalization of external commercial borrowings (ECB) policy and portfolio investment norms besides steps to improve access to corporate bond market through Infrastructure Debt Funds.””A number of legislative measures/amendments have also been taken for fiscal consolidation/reforms and financial sector reforms”, Mukherjee noted.last_img read more

Missing CMD of SIS Sunil Kakkad Arrested in Liberia

first_imgChairman and managing director of Ahmedabad-based Sai InfoSystems (SIS), Sunil S. Kakkad, who was missing since last year was found and arrested in Liberia by the crime branch. He was brought to Ahmedabad on Monday.Kakkad suddenly disappeared with his family on 28 June 2013, leaving 1,400 employees in the lurch, after the company faced a sudden financial downfall in August 2012. SIS was unable to pay proper salary to its employees and also failed to repay its creditors, despite having booked an order of over ₹ 2,500 crore.The State Bank of India (SBI), which had lent over ₹1,000 crore to the company, published a public notice in dailies after Kakkad disappeared, warning people not to deal with SIS, according to the Hindu. It stated that the CMD of SIS was not contactable and reported to be missing.The employees of SIS also filed a petition on change.org, stating that Kakkad has resigned from his post leaving 1,400 employees with their family without salary.”We have come to know that Kakkad had sent his resignation through email. However, it is not valid any more. After that, even the CEO and the VPs have disappeared. Now, even other management officials have switched off their mobile phones,” an employee explained.Additionally, former SIS CEO, Naveen Bhasin wrote a letter to the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, seeking help for those 1,400 displaced employees. In the letter, Bhasin said that the firm was a profit making organization as per the audited Balance Sheet for the last three FYs. According to the balance sheet of 2012-13, the company with ₹140 crore of profit appeared bankrupt within three months of operations.He claimed that the Directors of the company, Auditors and Financial consultants were responsible for this. He asked the CM to run a proper investigation through Economic Offences and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and not just the local police, as there was a possibility of a scam.SIS had emerged as one of the fastest growing IT companies in Gujarat, but was in cash crunch since 2012. According to Hindu, Kakkad and SIS had mortgaged 14 properties including eight in Gujarat. It swindled several banks and borrowed ₹ 1,035 crore as loan from seven lenders. However, the company failed to pay salary to its employees for nine months, last year.The ₹2,000 crore firm founded in 1992 also diversified into Hardware Manufacturing, Software Development, System Integration and Telecom Serviceslast_img read more

Is this a good time to invest in gold

first_imgA salesperson calculates the price of gold bracelets at a jewellers’ store in Hyderabad, Telangana on July 22, 2015.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesCurrently, the gold is trading at Rs 29,550 level, which is about Rs 1,000 lower than the recent high. Market analysts bet on more correction in coming future which gives investors a good opportunity to invest in gold.Corrections in both global and domestic markets created a great opportunity for investors to accumulate gold in their portfolio this festive season before a possible rebound.”The current price correction offers an opportunity for investors and individual consumers to buy gold ahead of a possible rally based on strong fundamentals. In fact, the downside is very limited in gold. Prices are expected to rebound from the current level,” Business Standard quoted Gnanasekhar Thiagarajan, Director, Commtrendz, a city-based equity trading and research analytics firm, as saying.The ongoing geopolitical tension between the United States and North Korea and on the domestic front the rise of inflation made investing in gold a safe bet. The current price made it a good investment avenue against all odds.Strengthening dollar against major global currencies and as traders pulled out money in a short-term move made global gold price slump from $1,350 an oz to $1,265 an oz. India gold fell by about 3 percent from Rs 30,500 per 10 grams to Rs 29,550 per 10 grams.”Fundamentals for gold continued to remain supportive. So, the current price decline is, in fact, a good opportunity for investors to book gold before its price starts moving up,” Jayant Manglik, President, Religare Securities, told the business daily.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has forecast that inflation will increase in last week’s monetary policy meeting. High inflation will further pull down the value of Indian currency against US dollars. And any depreciation in the rupee would make imported commodity costlier in local currency, thus gold would become costlier going forward.”Since the GST council rescinded it’s August notification, the cash purchase limit has gone back to its earlier level of Rs 200,000. So we advise our customers to buy gold now before its price shots up,” said Kumar Jain, Director, Umedmal Tilokichand Zaveri, a bullion dealer and jewellery retailer in Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai.last_img read more

New income tax return forms expected to ease automation of expats claims

first_imgAn office of the Income Tax Department in Bengaluru. The department has released the new income tax return forms.TwitterRecent changes to income tax rules seeking more detailed information in tax return forms about expats claiming relief under the double taxation avoidance treaties are expected to make automation of the taxation procedure more effective, some experts say. The submission of more details required under the new rules will reduce the need for further inquiries by the income tax authorities, according to media reports.”With so much of adoption of automation, hopefully, this will reduce further questioning or need for clarification by the tax authorities as they will now have detailed information already with them,” said Kuldip Kumar, partner, PwC, as quoted in a report in the Economic Times.Expats are required to provide extensive disclosures such as tax identification number of their home country, assets held outside the nation and overseas tax residency certificate, in the income tax return filings if the assessee claims return, the report says.A director or shareholder in an unlisted company will have to disclose it with details and permanent account number of the company.The Income Tax Department has released return forms for individuals and companies for the 2019-20 assessment year, as the last date of filing the income tax return (ITR) is July 31 for individual taxpayers who are not required to get their statements audited. The changes to the income tax return forms are expected to help ease the automation of return filing.FlickrThe new forms require the expat assessee to provide overseas residential details along with tax identification numbers and residential status in India. Overseas Citizens of India and Persons of Indian Origin claiming non-resident status in India are also required to report the number of days they stayed in the country in the relevant tax year and in the previous four tax years.”The tax return forms released for the tax year 2018-19 have clearly tried to bring more transparency through disclosures for globally mobile employees who avail relief under tax treaties,” the Economic Times quoted Amarpal Chadha, partner, and India mobility leader, EY, as saying.Indian residents must provide a detailed breakup of salary including directorships held, unlisted securities, mode of donation payments and agricultural land details if farm income exceeds a specified limit, reports say.ITR-1 or Sahaj for salaried workers has not been changed but ITR of numbers 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 have been amended, sources say. ITR-1 is filed by individuals with a total income of up to Rs 50 lakh from salary and having one house apart from income from other sources such as interest and agricultural income up to Rs 5,000. An individual who is a company director or has investments in unlisted equity shares or has an income on which tax has been deducted at the hands of another person cannot use this form. Tax experts urge taxpayers to be careful and collate additional details and reporting requirements early on in order to be able to fulfil the reporting requirements of new ITR forms.last_img read more