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Neuer running out of time to prove World Cup fitness

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Loew unveils his provisional World Cup squad on May 15 leaving Neuer with only the final league game of the season, at home to Stuttgart on May 12, as a chance to prove he is fit.“You always have to be careful. This is an injury that has been fractured two or three times, so you can not make another mistake,” warned Heynckes.Loew has said he plans to take Neuer, 32, to Germany’s pre-World Cup camp in north Italy at the end of the month, but time is running out.“There is no deadline as to when he has to play,” Germany team boss Oliver Bierhoff told magazine Kicker.“The real deadline is June 4, when we have to finalise our 23-man squad.”Germany play pre-World Cup friendlies away to Austria in Klagenfurt on June 2 and at home to Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.Heynckes says that with an eye on Russia, where Germany begin their World Cup defence on June 17 against Mexico, Neuer has “great ambitions”.“It looks very positive, but he must not take a risk, it is a sensitive injury.”After the Cologne and Stuttgart league games, Bayern’s final match of the season is the German Cup final on May 19 when Bayern play Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.“Wait,” replied Heynckes when reporters asked when, or even if, Neuer will play for Bayern again this season.Neuer’s workload will be “accelerated” in training next week and “also in practice games, then we will have to see if he can play”, added the Bayern boss.Nevertheless, Heynckes is happy with Neuer’s progress and his replacement Sven Ulreich is again set to deputise at Cologne.Just pride is at stake when top play bottom on Saturday as Cologne are already relegated while champions Bayern wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title last month.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manuel Neuer has been sidelined since mid-September with a foot injury © AFP/File / GUENTER SCHIFFMANNBERLIN, Germany, May 4 – Manuel Neuer has just one possible match left to prove his fitness following a foot fracture before Germany name their World Cup squad in a fortnight.The Germany goalkeeper has been sidelined since September and although he is back in training with Bayern Munich, head coach Jupp Heynckes has again left him out for Saturday’s Bundesliga match at bottom side Cologne.last_img read more

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Geocaching Class – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

first_imgTeachers are using geocaching to take their lesson plans out of the classroom and into the real world. Students learn about GPS technology, navigation, spatial concepts, math and more through geocaching. Watch how one teacher from McKinney, Texas, USA employees geocaching to educate her students about science. The Lost & Found video takes you along during a typical school day as Mrs. Burford’s elementary school class learns through geocaching.You can find even more resources for educators in our GPS in Education Forum.Watch all the Lost & Found videos highlighting unique geocachers and the worldwide adventure of geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak’s ‘Kitchen of Affirmation’October 14, 2010In “Community”Geocaching Finds Its Way To the ClassroomAugust 4, 2011In “Community”Geocachers Support GPS Education through ReferralsJuly 7, 2011In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”last_img read more

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Sport Education and Athlete Development Framework 2017

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has a core strategic priority of supporting Human Capital – Our People, for the 2016-2020 period. This included Sport Education systems and development opportunities to increase accredited referees and coaches to provide quality services across all levels of the sport.To support this process, and continue with the update and review of the Accreditation and Education systems which commenced in 2014 with the implementation of FTEM, The Sport Education Framework 2017 has been developed and is now available.This document will replace the previous Sport Education Guidelines 2013 document as a tool to provide an overview of the Sport Education curriculums and formal accreditation systems. The release of this Framework will directly help support the strategic objective of – Unified through best practice administration – 14,000 accredited volunteers in a unified workforce.The document brings together the accreditation curriculums from Coach, Referee and Coach disciplines, along with TFA course delivery accreditation and protocols, and supporting development information such as Mentoring.TFA, in alignment with the Athlete, Coach and Referee Development have also reviewed and updated the Athlete Development Framework.Originally released in 2013 the Athlete Development Framework has helped provide a skill and strategy framework to continue to support Athletes in the FTEM pathway.The framework continues to cover the eight key categories listed below, with some changes or additions made within each of the sections, particularly in the Elite and Mastery areas.1. Movement2. Ball Skills3. Rollball4. Rucking5. Attack6. Defence7. Game concepts and strategies8. Athletic performanceTFA have released a range of resources to support the implementation of this Framework including Athlete Skill Checklists, and Video Collections of Skill explanations and training drills via our www.dartfish.tv/touchfootballaustalia website. These resources will continue to expand in the 2017 year.Please review the attached documents below. For further information contact [email protected] Filessport_education_framework_2017v2-compressed-pdftfa_athlete_development_framework_v2_2017-pdfRelated Links2017 Frameworklast_img read more

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10 months agoMourinho couldn’t get reaction from Man Utd players – Lascelles

first_imgMourinho couldn’t get reaction from Man Utd players – Lascellesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United players lost faith in former manager Jose Mourinho, according to Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.United have won three straight games since Mourinho’s sacking.Ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with United, Lascelles said: “They probably needed that (a change at the top). They have world-class players on big wages who have done it for their countries and for other teams, but have not done it for Manchester United.”Some players can only play for certain managers and that reaction you get from the players.”Maybe (Solskjaer) might be the difference in getting the best from those players. They have a lot of quality. It will be an exciting game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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MegaMart Thanks Public Sector Workers with $1.5 Billion Reward Programme

first_imgOver 200,000 public sector workers and pensioners are slated to benefit from a $1.5 billion savings and reward programme being offered by local superstore chain, MegaMart.Dubbed: ‘Billion Dollar Thank You to Public Servants’, the programme, which was officially launched on Wednesday, July 3, at the store’s Waterloo Road location in St. Andrew is a show of appreciation to civil servants, who agreed to a three-year wage freeze, as part of Jamaica’s economic recovery programme.Participating public sector workers stand to realise significant savings from special vouchers and discounts offered over a three-year period.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, in endorsing the initiative, said all public sector workers appreciate the efforts of MegaMart in assisting them to realise savings.“I commend MegaMart for their initiative, for their commitment and for putting into practice what they think can help our public sector workers,” he said.The Minister further pointed out that MegaMart will also benefit from a large pool of public sector workers patronising its establishments, many of whom are already loyal customers.Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of MegaMart, Gassan Azan Jr., explained that under the programme, public sector workers and pensioners will benefit from three years free membership in the MegaMart Wholesale Club; and will be provided with three $1,000 MegaMart vouchers on completion of the membership form.Each voucher can be redeemed for goods when the public sector worker spends $5,000 before General Consumption Tax (GCT).They can also benefit from special discounts, and will have opportunity to receive shopping sprees of $50,000, $30,000 and $15,000 in a MegaMart Public Sector Summer Bonus. To access these rewards, public sector workers should sign up for the free membership before December 31 this year.Already MegaMart provides public sector workers with range of benefits including five per cent discount on their purchases, when they shop Friday to Monday. Those with membership cards receive further rewards.“We want every public sector worker to access these benefits and, to this end, we are going to be sending a MegaMart mobile unit to government ministries and departments to facilitate the registration process. In addition, workers may also sign up at any of our four MegaMart stores located in Portmore, Kingston, Mandeville and Montego Bay,” Mr. Azan said.He expressed the hope that the MegaMart Thank You programme will provide a useful model for further private sector/public sector collaboration.“In this difficult period, it is this kind of collaboration that will help to cushion the impact of the crisis on Jamaican families and this will be critical in maintaining stability in the society as a whole,” he said.All public sector group leaders, who were present at the function, also voiced their support for the initiative.They included: President, Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant; President, Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), Clayton Hall; President, Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), Antoinette Patterson; President, Jamaica Police Federation (JPF), Sergeant Raymond Wilson; General Secretary, Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers, Helene Davis-Whyte; President, University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU), Senator Lambert Brown; and First Vice-President, Jamaica Government Pensioners Association, Leebert Grant.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

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Emergency debate on Parliament Hill covers the oil price differential crisis

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) – There has been an emergency debate on Parliament Hill to address the oil price differential crisis.There weren’t many MPs present from any party during this debate, but there was still some fiery rhetoric.Lakeland Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs languished that this crisis has been met with silence.“A combination of empty platitudes with hostile attacks and legislation and policy that have only made things so much worse.”She bemoaned the Trudeau Government’s inability to get pipeline projects built.“Even the prime minister in Calgary last Thursday had the gall to say ‘this is very much a crisis’. It’s three years of a crisis for Alberta and the prime minister’s messages to Canadians, to the world and his policies caused it.”Calgary Centre Liberal MP Kent Hehr countered that this issue runs deeper.“If I look at the regulatory changes in 2012, which they said ‘this will allow us to move forward on energy projects’ clearly and in no uncertain terms, those changes did not work.”PEI Liberal MP Wayne Easter accused the Tories of playing politics during this crisis, laying the blame on solely the Liberal government without mentioning the Harper Government’s failures.“This crisis has been a long time coming. This government has worked hard to get pipelines in place.”Easter explained the one thing he agrees with from the Conservatives, is that something has to be done to find stability.“The only way we are going to get there is to find solutions in this place instead of rather playing this partisan political game.”Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel fired back about accountability.“This government will not admit responsibility or failure. They need to do that. They need to repeal these bills and bring back certainty energy sector.”This is all coming as Rachel Notley is in Toronto Thursday touting Alberta oil. She will be speaking to the Toronto Board of Trade and oil price differential will likely be a topic of conversation along pipelines to get oil to market.last_img read more

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The Happiest And Saddest Fans In Baseball

Reds+0.58-0.04-0.22 Diamondbacks+0.28+0.04+0.17 Rangers+0.24-0.78-0.08 Cubs+0.49+0.74+0.84 Padres+0.94-0.11+0.13 Twins+0.41-0.03-0.10 Phillies+0.35+0.05+0.35 Red Sox+0.63-0.27-0.12 Cardinals+0.44-0.26-0.02 Royals+0.85-0.27-0.20 Mets+0.23-0.19-0.04 Giants+0.50-0.04+0.05 Astros+0.87+0.09+0.11 Rockies+0.88+0.13+0.12 Pirates+0.92-0.13-0.07 Yankees+0.90+0.62+0.74 Braves+0.46+0.11+0.08 Mariners+1.07-0.38-0.35 SENTIMENT SCORE Tigers+0.55+0.15-0.11 Baseball teams have a way of dragging their fans’ moods with their fortunes on the field. It’s no fun to root for a perpetually losing team, especially if its performance seems unlikely to improve. Conversely, an unexpected contender has a way of lifting one’s spirits.But wins and losses are much easier to measure than happiness. We do have a proxy, though: the masses at Reddit. I scraped comments from each team’s subreddit1Using this script to get text from specific subreddits. on the website and determined how happy their comments were.2In technical terms, the valence of each subreddit, or how positive it was. To do this, I used the AFINN-111 word list, which was assembled by Finn Arup Nielsen in 2011. To do that I used sentiment analysis, collecting the words used by each fan base to determine their overall level of joy. More positive words (“win,” “wow,” “wonderful”) point to a happier fan base, and more negative words (“unimpressed,” “miserable,” “wrong”) suggest the opposite.Here are some highlights of what I found (a full table is at the bottom of this post):There are some caveats, as there always are with sentiment analysis. The word list I used was calibrated to a sentiment analysis of Twitter — it’s possible that language is used differently on Reddit, and so the sentiment scores may not be as calibrated to the medium as they would be if we had Reddit-centric sentiment scoring. For example, the word “damn” is rated as strongly negative, since it is usually a negative exclamation (“damn, we lost again”). However, it can also be used in a positive sense: “damn, that was our fifth straight win, we are pretty good.” And maybe people on Reddit “damn” more positively than the hordes on Twitter. (The same can go for any word used atypically in any sentence, making its meaning different from how the algorithm interpreted it.) Also, people who write on Reddit do not constitute a random sample of a team’s fans.But let’s get back to the results. Hope springs eternal in the offseason but is extinguished for many fan bases by July.3All measurements come from three time periods: one preseason (Feb. 15 to March 15), one pre-trade-deadline (June 15 to July 15), and one crossing the trade deadline (July 15 to Aug. 15). That makes sense given how many teams don’t have any hope left. In the preseason, only one team — the Phillies — had playoff odds less than 1 percent, per FanGraphs. Now, 11 teams have odds less than 1 percent. Sentiment scores per word — our index of happiness — tended to be between 0.3 and 1 on the sentiment scale in the offseason, indicating that the average word was a positive one (between a neutral word and the word “agreement”). Nowadays, the same scores have plunged. Clearly the grind of the MLB season wears on the fans’ happiness as it does the players.Every fan base lost some of its happiness from the preseason, save one: the Chicago Cubs, who increased their sentiment score by a bit. The Cubs have not only been contenders in the crowded National League Central, they have also seen a number of top prospects called up, most notably Kris Bryant (but also Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber). Not only are the Cubs contending a little earlier than expected — the future is even brighter.All other teams’ fans have become much less happy since February, but not all by the same amount. The change in sentiment score from February to July is roughly in proportion to the change in playoff odds of each team.4The correlation coefficient is r = -.3, which is not quite significant. Teams that made strides in their playoff hopes such as the Yankees, Angels and Dodgers have seen the smallest declines in sentiment since February. At the other end of the spectrum, teams such as the Mariners, Athletics and Padres have seen their playoff odds tumble. Their fan bases also have had some of the most pronounced declines in sentiment scores per word.From July to August, sentiment scores were steady, fluctuating about four times less than they did from February to July.5The Pearson correlation value was a strong .746. The trade deadline didn’t seem to do much to move the needle in terms of fan happiness, but the teams that did gain are mostly the ones you’d expect: the Blue Jays (who strengthened their roster enormously), the Cardinals (who locked down a playoff spot) and a few others who were riding winning streaks. On the other side, the Tigers lost happiness, witnessing their championship window close and their highly regarded general manager leave.Although on-field success can buy happiness, it doesn’t seem to work for every team. The Royals have gained the most playoff probability of any team since the preseason, but they lost the fourth-most happiness from the offseason to July. There are any number of potential reasons6Including the All-Star controversy, an injury to their star player (Alex Gordon), and enmity from other teams/fan bases. for the relative grumpiness of Royals fans, but one may be that fans were more optimistic about the Royals than the projection systems. While contention in Kansas City may seem surprising to sabermetricians, it may not to Royals fans who were riding high off a World Series appearance.Conversely, failure on the field isn’t necessarily enough to dissuade a happy fan base. The Phillies, hopeless since the beginning of the year, nevertheless have fans who aren’t that much sadder than they were before the season. Despite the loss of erstwhile ace Cole Hamels at the trade deadline, fans have gotten happier since July — his trade and others signaled a shift in direction for the team toward rebuilding. As above with the Cubs, fan bases seem to not only weigh the present but also to consider the prospect for future improvement.There are also some inexplicable cases such as that of the Rays, whose fan base declined in sentiment much more dramatically than their playoff odds would lead one to expect. It’s possible that the Rays’ 4-8 slide in July before the All-Star break had something to do with it, or the seven-game losing streak from June 28 to July 4. The streaks, winning and losing, may play havoc with fans’ emotions, causing people to see false patterns suggesting imminent decline in what is mostly random fluctuation.Obviously, we’re grasping for answers as to why fans are happier or sadder as the season goes by. But the general trend seems to be that a complex calculus of current performance and hope for the future dictates how happy each team’s fan base feels. Of course, it all resets come March. Hang tight, Reds fans. Only a few more months to go. Angels+0.28+0.21+0.08 TEAMFEBRUARYJULYAUGUST Blue Jays+0.28-0.03+0.21 Nationals+0.61-0.11-0.18 Rays+2.24+0.04+0.27 Dodgers+0.29+0.07-0.15 Athletics+0.62+0.10+0.10 Marlins+1.44-0.08+0.19 White Sox+0.940.00-0.07 Brewers+0.71-0.29-0.06 Indians+0.66+0.05-0.02 Orioles+0.43-0.07+0.08 read more

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What To Watch As The BucksCeltics Matchup Goes Down To The Wire

The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have faced off in plenty of playoff showdowns over the years, including four clashes in the 1980s alone, during the heyday of Larry Legend and Sid the Squid. This year’s series renewed the rivalry after a 31-year hiatus, and it’s largely lived up to expectations so far: Game 1 featured a pair of buzzer-beaters at the close of regulation before Boston won in overtime, then the Celtics handily took Game 2. But the Bucks managed to claw their way back, running away with Game 3 before winning Game 4 in thrilling fashion to tie the series up.Here are four questions to ponder as the teams head back to Boston and begin what’s now a best-of-three affair.Can Milwaukee’s offense stay hot?The biggest statistical trend helping to turn the tide in this series has been the newfound efficiency of the Milwaukee offense, which went from averaging a mediocre 105.9 points per 100 possessions1The league’s regular-season average was 106.2. in Games 1 and 2 to a scorching 122.8 points per 100 in Games 3 and 4, according to NBA Advanced Stats.You don’t heat up an offense that quickly without an abrupt change in shooting fortunes, and the Bucks have certainly turned things around from beyond the arc. In Games 1 and 2, Milwaukee averaged just 7.5 3-pointers per game — a number below its paltry regular-season average of 8.8 — with only Khris Middleton (who, granted, made a whopping 4.5 threes per game) providing any consistent spacing from the outside. Over the past two games, however, Milwaukee has increased its threes per game to 13, with 10 different players making at least one 3-pointer. In Game 3 alone, the Bucks set a franchise postseason record with 16 threes, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.So much of the Bucks’ offense is tied up in the playing style of its leading talent, Giannis Antetokounmpo, a player whose unmatched combination of size, length and athleticism allows him to get shots as close to the basket as he wants. (During the regular season, Giannis led the NBA in paint scoring at 15.7 points per game, and the Bucks were tied for the fifth-most buckets from the restricted area.) But as great as Antetokounmpo is, the reality of the modern NBA is that such a defense-collapsing force needs to be complemented with shooting that pushes opponents into impossible defensive dilemmas.The Bucks have often struggled to pose such a threat from deep; they made the league’s fourth-fewest threes per game during the regular season. But they hinted at a fuller offensive potential over the past few games versus Boston, with their increased focus on long-range shooting. It’s worth watching to see if Milwaukee can keep pairing those threes with a Giannis-led interior attack to potentially key a playoff series victory.Can Boston get Terry Rozier back on track?One of the keys to whether Boston could survive the loss of Kyrie Irving has been the play of Terry Rozier, the third-year guard who enjoyed a breakout regular season and took on an increased role in March after Irving’s knee surgery. Rozier was stellar in the first two games of this series, averaging 23 points (on 46.9 percent shooting) and zero turnovers per game as the Celtics built their 2-0 lead. But he has cooled down substantially, with his averages falling to 9.5 points (on 26.3 percent shooting) and 3 turnovers per game in Boston’s pair of losses.Which Rozier will show up now? It will depends on how he cracks the defense of Eric Bledsoe and, increasingly, Matthew Dellavedova — who guarded Rozier with success in Games 3 and 4. That pair has succeeded in making Rozier much less dynamic as both a passer and a scorer in the past two games, holding him to 8.5 potential assists per game (down from 10 in Games 1 and 2) and a usage rate of 18.4 percent (down from 20 percent).The Celtics have still gotten plenty of scoring punch from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who in Game 4 became the second pair of teammates under 22 years old to ever notch 55 combined points in a playoff game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — joining Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant from 2010. But with Rozier suddenly struggling, the Celtics are missing an important version of the stellar backcourt production that had been so central to the team’s success, both with and without Irving.Will Giannis’s teammates keep up the help?As noted, Milwaukee’s chances are inextricably tied to the Greek Freak — and Antetokounmpo has been holding up his end, delivering a superstar performance. Over the past two games, he’s anchored the Bucks with a 30.1 percent usage rate, 64.5 true shooting percentage and 28.9 assist percentage as the team was fighting its way back to draw the series even. But the irony is that those numbers weren’t too different when Milwaukee was falling into its early series hole: In Games 1 and 2, Antetokounmpo had a 30.2 percent usage rate, a 66.3 true shooting percentage and a 28.8 assist percentage.So for the Bucks, the determining factor isn’t merely how well Giannis plays — it’s how much everyone around him contributes. In the two opening losses, Antetokounmpo’s teammates averaged 74 total points and 13 total assists per game, with a 57.3 percent true shooting mark. In the Bucks’ two victories, those numbers skyrocketed to 87 points, 20.5 assists and a 65.2 true shooting percentage.Of particular note has been the strong play of Middleton and an expanded role for Jabari Parker, who was limited to about 12 minutes per game in Games 1 and 2. Parker has come on strong since, averaging 16.5 points (on 54.5 percent shooting), 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and only 0.5 turnovers per game in Games 3 and 4. He helped Milwaukee’s bench outscore Boston’s 31-15 in Game 4, an important edge in a matchup decided by just two points.This doesn’t mean Giannis should be taken for granted, of course. He’s personally dominating this series, with his own play putting teammates in a position to produce efficient numbers for themselves. He willed the Bucks to victory in Game 4’s closing seconds, fighting off Tatum under the rim to tip home the game-winning bucket with 5.1 ticks to go. But the biggest difference between Milwaukee’s losses and wins in this series has been how well the Bucks not named “Antetokounmpo” have been able to execute in their supporting roles.Where’s Al Horford?Though Irving was forced to shoulder Boston’s scoring attack after Gordon Hayward went down with injury five minutes into the season, the 2017-18 Celtics’ most valuable player might have been center Al Horford, whose mega-efficient combination of skills make him the unsung catalyst who improves everyone around him.Boston’s first two games against Milwaukee featured Horford at his versatile best. He scored 20 points per game — while needing only 9.5 shots per game to do it — grabbed 8.5 rebounds and dealt out 4 assists. Every time you looked, he was doing some kind of proverbial “little thing,” like setting a key screen, contesting a shot or getting to the line. Despite taking responsibility for only 15.2 percent of Boston’s offensive attempts2Including shots and turnovers. while in the game, Horford managed to personally account for 17.8 percent of all the positive actions that took place on the court (for either team), according to NBA Advanced Stats.Horford didn’t play poorly in the following two games. He still averaged double-digit points and shot better than 50 percent from the floor. But he individually accounted for only 11 percent of the positive events that happened when he was on the floor, and the Celtics went from plus-4.9 points per 100 possessions with him to minus-8.9. On defense in particular, he had few answers for Antetokounmpo’s forays to the basket (in fairness, who does?), as the Bucks’ offensive rating swelled to 119.9 with Horford on the court.One of Horford’s greatest gifts is that he doesn’t need plays called for him to make a big impact. But there’s a fine line between unselfishly playing all-around basketball and not being involved enough, and Horford was probably on the wrong side of that line as Milwaukee chipped away at Boston’s 2-0 lead — especially in Game 4. He’ll need to get back to exerting his influence at both ends of the court in Game 5 for the Celtics to turn this series around.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Buckeyes climb to No 1

For the first time in almost four years, the Ohio State men’s basketball team has earned the top ranking in the country. Duke, who was No. 1 in all major polls this season, suffered a 66-61 loss Wednesday to Florida State and opened the door for OSU to claim the top spot with a win Saturday against Penn State. The Buckeyes survived the Nittany Lions and walked away with a 69-66 victory. OSU is now No. 1 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches’ polls. But the team was not focused on the No. 1 ranking. “Honestly, as a team, we really didn’t say nothing after the game about that,” freshman center Jared Sullinger said. “We just focused on we have Iowa on Wednesday night, and that’s our next matchup.” Coach Thad Matta acknowledged the ranking but said he was more focused on the big picture. “The thing that excites me the most is it’s the second time we’ve been there in a few years, and I think it is great for the program,” he said. “I don’t know how many schools can say that they have been in that position, and we are definitely one of them.” Prior to having the top spot in the AP poll March 5, 2007, the Buckeyes had not claimed that position in 45 years. Senior David Lighty was on the team in 2007 and is the only Buckeye who has been on a No. 1-ranked team. With veteran players at his disposal, Matta said he is not concerned with the new poll. “I think they’re experienced enough to just say, ‘Hey, it is what it is,’” he said. “We have to go out and continue to play basketball to win basketball games.” With their 18-0 record, the Buckeyes have the third best start in school history. The 1960-61 squad started 22-0 and the 1961-62 team opened with 27 straight victories. OSU was ranked fourth in the first AP poll of the season. The team moved up to No. 2 in the fourth week of the poll after then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 3 Kansas State suffered their first losses Nov. 23. Though they acknowledged the rankings at this time of year are not important, the players said they hope they are worthy of the lofty location. “It’s really early, but I think we are very talented,” senior Jon Diebler said. “It’s hard to tell if we are No. 1 or not. Again, we are just going to try and keep getting better every day, and we’re not really going to worry about the rankings.” To maintain the top spot, the Buckeyes likely have to keep improving. Its last four games, against Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Penn State, were the team’s only contests this season that ended with single-digit score differences. OSU will host Iowa at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Matta said he knows the rankings won’t matter when his team steps on the court. “It doesn’t get you more points; it doesn’t get you stops,” he said. “We have to go out and honor it.” read more

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Translation promotes unity in diversity says Mamata on Intl Translation Day

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee observed the International Translation Day on Sunday.”Today is #InternationalTranslationDay. The theme for 2018 is ‘Translation: promoting cultural heritage in changing times’. Translation promotes unity in diversity. In fact, many of my books have been translated to English, Hindi and Olchiki,” the Chief Minister tweeted.Banerjee, who is a prolific writer, has 81 books written in Bengali, English, Urdu, Hindi and Olchiki to her credit. In a recent interview to a vernacular television channel, she said that her main income comes from the royalty of her books, as she does not take any remuneration from the state government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn 1995, her first book Upolobdhi was published, followed by Ma and Janatar Darbar. For children she has written Kathanjali and Ajab Chara. My unforgettable memories written by her was later translated by Nandini Sengupta.On May 24, 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace and understanding and developed and declared September 30 as International Translation Day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be recalled that it was Sister Nivedita who had translated Rabindranath Tagore’s Kabuliwalla in English, which later became internationally famous. Romian Rolland’s Jean Christophe, for which he got Nobel Prize in 1915, was translated in English by Gilbert Cannan.Famous philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s German book Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was translated in English by D F Pears and B F Guinness and was published with an introduction by Bertrand Russell in 1922. The book became internationally famous.With the passage of time, a trend of translating books in German, French and Italian language to Bengali has emerged. The complete volume of Sherlock Holmes has also been translated to Bengali.last_img read more

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