Decide to say no to distractions before you are confronted by them. Decide to shut the laptop lid, turn off your notifications, close the browser, and avoid the things that entertain you but waste your time. Say no in advance by eliminating the opportunity to be distracted.The phone in your hand. Put it down. Turn it off. This is the small screen of infinite distractions, and most people use it as their primary consumption device instead of their primary creation device. Consumption is mostly distraction. For many, creation is a distraction. Say no in advance by turning off the phone for a few hours at a time.Decide to remove the television from your office so that you are not confronted with the events of the day, the hyped up stories designed to capture your attention, and the sense of disappointment you feel when there is nothing worth your attention. For some people, the news is their entertainment. Saying no here means avoiding spending time and energy on things about which there is nothing you can do.Decide to say no to things that spark your FOMO, your fear of missing out. Something sounds like it’s going to be interesting or fun, and so you want to say yes. You know, however, that it isn’t going to be all it is being purported to be, and you would be just happy saying no and buckling down to focus on what’s important. Saying no here means politely declining, and asking to try again next time.Decide to say no to commitments that you haven’t made, like a good part of your email. Anyone with your email address can drop a complicated task directly into your inbox—without your permission. It can be terribly difficult to decide what to do with some requests, and when they send you an email, you have already been given the task of making a decision, responding to a question, or providing something the other party wants—a good portion of which are distractions, and very few of which deserve your attention right now. Maybe you don’t say no, but at least say “not now,” to commitments that were made for you without your consent. Saying no in advance means leaving the email where it lies and responding on your own timeline.Say no to an open door policy. There is no reason that a leader should be so reactive as to allow anyone to walk into their office at any time. The principle of addressing people’s needs is right, but the idea that you have to say yes to every interruption is a results killer. So you say no for hours at a time, allowing yourself to do purposeful, meaningful work—without distractions.Saying no to distractions in advance is how you say yes to what is most important. It’s how you become super productive. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
The Kashmir Valley remained on edge on Wednesday in the wake of the killing of Abu Dujana, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba militant, and his local associate in an encounter on Tuesday.The police said they had asked Pakistan “to claim the slain militant’s body”. “We will request them [Pakistan High Commission] to take back Dujana’s body,” said Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan.Dujana, 27, who the police believe was of Balti origin and hailed from Gilgit-Baltistan, was, however, given a “silent burial” at Boniyar in Baramulla, where most of the foreign militants killed this year were buried. Funeral prayers in absentia were held in Pulwama and the Maisuma area here for the two militants.‘Lashkar sidelined him’Confirming reports of differences between Lashkar and Dujana, its “chief operational commander”, of late, Mr. Khan said: “He [Dujana] was sidelined by the LeT, which is why the outfit didn’t pay tributes to him. He didn’t follow the policies of the outfit.”Sources said the last biggest attack carried out by Dujana was in July 2016 on the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Pampore, which left eight CRPF personnel dead. “This year, Dujana was sidelined. Our assessment suggests that foreigner Abu Ismail, who carried out the deadly attack on a police party in Achabal and on Amarnath pilgrims this year, was sent to replace Dujana,” said a top counter-insurgency official. “Dujana was a master-strategist and organised most of his attacks on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.” It remains to be seen if the LeT will nominate Ayoub Lone of Pulwama as its new operations chief or continue to assign the job to a foreign handler, the official said. Kashmir shuts downWith separatists calling for a shutdown in protest against the killing of a civilian near the encounter site in Pulwama on Tuesday, the authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in areas under five police stations in Srinagar. All the main roads in the old city were sealed. Severe security restrictions were imposed.There were no reports of any major clash. However, Internet and railway services were stopped. Life in the entire Valley remained affected.The authorities on Wednesday decided to extend the closure of educational institutions in Srinagar and Baramulla by one more day.Another civilian diesOne more injured civilian, Akeel Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Gabarpora-Haal, died of bullet injuries at a Srinagar hospital on Wednesday morning. He was injured allegedly in security forces’ firing when the locals tried to reach the encounter site on Tuesday. Local youth clashed with the security forces after Bhat’s funeral.
Dropping a hint that his younger son Tejaswi Yadav will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the next Bihar Assembly elections, due in 2020, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday said “it’s a party issue. Since the elections are far away, the party will mull over it when the time comes.” Mr Prasad also slammed the Nitish Kumar government for “splurging” money on preparations for a two-day conference of Power Ministers which was later cancelled.“He [Tejaswi Yadav] is way ahead of all of us in terms of leadership ability and oratory skills. His being the RJD’s CM candidate in 2020 is a party issue. Since the elections are far away, we’ll take a decision on it when the time comes”, Mr. Prasad told media persons at his residence in Patna. Tejaswi Yadav was Deputy Chief Minister in the previous grand alliance government. He is the Opposition leader in the State Assembly.On Wednesday, the State RJD president, Ram Chandra Purve, proposed the name of Tejaswi Yadav as the party’s next chief ministerial candidate. But senior leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had expressed his disagreement. “The issue of a chief ministerial candidate is premature and since elections are quite far away we’ll take a decision at an appropriate time,” Mr Singh, who is also the national vice-president of the party, said. “At party meetings, leaders tend to express their sentiments and Mr. Purve has done the same,” he added. Asked for his reaction, Mr. Prasad said: “Please leave this issue as it is… I told you all we’ll take a decision on this at the right time”.The Bharatiya Janata Party said: “Lalu’s statement is an open endorsement of dynasty rule in his party.” State BJP president Nityanand Rai told media persons, “earlier Mr. Prasad was Bihar CM, then his wife became the Chief Minister and now the younger son … it’s a glaring example of dynastic rule which the people of Bihar will not accept.”Slamming the government for “splurging huge money” on a two-day conference which was cancelled later, Mr. Prasad said: “We’ve learnt that about ₹60 crore was spent on elaborate preparations as the Nitish government was viewing the conference as an opportunity to get publicity. We wish to know why after so much of buzz, the event was called off. ”
Former India coach Greg Chappell has revealed that his insistence on pushing Sachin Tendulkar down the batting order against his wish during the 2007 World Cup led to a “breakdown” of relations with the iconic cricketer.Just before the 2011 World Cup, Chappell, now an Australian selector, has broken his four-year-long silence on the issue which had caused an upheaval in Indian cricket.Chappell now says that faced with a similar scenario he would have handled Tendulkar differently and left it to the batsman to pick his own place in the order.In a book on Tendulkar titled SACH, written by noted sports scribe Gautam Bhattacharya, Chappell has recalled the entire spat but insisted that he and Tendulkar buried the hatchet within a few days of the controversy.”At the outset let me clarify I never ever doubted Sachin Tendulkar’s commitment to the side. The only time I talked about him was in relation to the team’s World Cup venture. If you talk about a breakdown in relations, that possibly happened only around this time. Basically we differed on his batting order in the West Indies,” Chappell said in an interview published in the book which is due to hit the stands this week.Chappell said the conditions in the West Indies demanded a power-hitter in the middle order and the choice was between Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar. Since Sehwag refused the offer to come down the order, Tendulkar was approached who agreed reluctantly.”It wasn’t just me alone. Rahul Dravid was also involved in the thinking which felt the matches were going to get decided in those middle overs and you needed the brilliance of either a Sachin or Sehwag to play in that position,” Chappell revealed.advertisement”Sehwag didn’t seem very keen. So we sat down with Sachin who in any case was the first priority. We put it down to him and he seemed reluctant. He thought top-of-the-order was the best place for him as it has always been.But we were still in the discussion as Rahul and myself were convinced no other batsman in the team would be able to do it. Sachin finally agreed. Next day he got back to Rahul.Though he made it known that he was not happy doing it. He felt that his reputation demanded two places higher in the order,” he recalled in the interview.In hindsight, Chappell said he would have given the same suggestions but would have allowed Tendulkar to decide.”…that experience has taught me a lesson. Today confronted with a similar situation I would still put the idea across to him and explain. But if he shows any kind of discomfort I won’t push. I would let him decide,” Chappell said.Soon after the debacle, Tendulkar gave an emotional interview to a daily in which he said his commitment to the team was questioned by Chappell but the Aussie said the two had a chat and parted ways amicably.”With Sachin, I later on had a face-to-face chat. There was an issue about a write-up which had come out in the Times of India. We spoke the next day and I would like to believe parted on good terms. As I said earlier the only disagreement we had was over his place in the batting order which now is a thing of the past,” Chappell said.The former Australian captain went on to say that he admires Tendulkar for the ease with which he handles expectations of over a billion fans in a cricket-mad country.”During my years as the Indian Coach how people vied for a minute’s attention from him irrespective of wherever he went! Emotionally and physically it must be very draining to cope up with that sort of attention day in and day out. But he has handled it remarkably well.”He must be the most singlehanded devotee cricket has ever seen. Cricket has taken up so much of his life that at times you would wonder what is he going to do once he gives up the game!” he said.Chappell reiterated that his decision to quit as India coach was made before the 2007 World Cup disaster and the reason was clash of ideas with the BCCI.”I had presented the BCCI my road-map for the project Commitment to Excellence and they approved it. Yet there was a clear philosophical clash as to which direction the Group needed to go. I for one wasn’t prepared to compromise. If I had conceded then there would be no fight,” he said.advertisement”But I wanted to remain true to my beliefs and cricketing thought’s bottom-line ? it wasn’t going anywhere and whatever I had set out to do remained unattainable. That is why I decided to quit which was much before the World Cup.”So to set the record straight once again Sachin’s statement in the press against me had nothing to do with my discontinuing as the coach. As I said earlier we had parted on good terms,” he added.- With PTI inputs
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DeoxyriboNucleic Acid (DNA) is one of the two types of nucleic acids present in our body. A DNA molecule is present in each and every cell of our body and contains the genetic code which tells the cells what proteins to make. In simple terms, DNA is what determines a person’s physical appearance and to a great extent, the person’s character. DNA is the very core of one’s genetic organisation, and it has been in the news lately.Ahead of Bihar assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bihar on July 25, 2015. During his visit, Modi made a comment on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s DNA saying “There seems to be some problem in his DNA because the DNA of democracy is not like that. In a democracy, you give respect even to your political rivals,” and to that, Nitish Kumar has responded with a letter on Wednesday to PM Modi , stating, “I am a son of Bihar. My DNA is the similar as that of the people of Bihar .”The DNA of democracy and the DNA of descent maybe different ideas, but the two leaders invariably have the same “DNA of politics”.Humble beginnings Narendra Modi belongs to the Modh-Ghanchi-Teli community, considered among the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and says that he has worked at his family’s tea stall in Vadnagar, Mehsana district. His CV says he holds a post-graduate degree in political science.Narendra Modi Photo: Reuters Nitish Kumar, a Kurmi by caste, was born to a freedom fighter who left the Congress to join the then Janata Party when he was denied a party ticket. Nitish was an ordinary government employee with the Bihar State Electricity Board, but gave it up for a career in politics. Steady rise in politicsadvertisementWhile Modi rose within the BJP by organising LK Advani’s 1990 Ayodhya Rath Yatra and Murli Manohar Joshi’s 91-92 Ekta Yatra, Nitish learnt his early lessons under Jayaprakash Narayan and VP Singh to name a few. Nitish also claims to have imbibed socialist values from the teachings of Ram Manohar Lohia.Nitish Kumar became the Secretary-General of the Janata Dal in 1989. In 1995, Modi was elected the national secretary of BJP.First stint as Chief MinistersNitish Kumar was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1985, as an independent candidate, but his first stint as the Bihar CM was in 2000, though, only for a week due to lack of majority. Nitish Kumar Photo: ReutersConquering the reign Modi and Nitish are leaders bound to move forward in the direction they intend to, because whoever comes in their way will be slayed. Modi replaced his senior Keshubhai Patel as the Gujarat CM in 2001 after declining to be Patel’s deputy, saying he would only be responsible for Gujarat fully or not at all. When he took over the BJP’s central election campaign committee, he mercilessly sidelined his guru LK Advani as well.Nitish Kumar who is no different, overpowered his seniors, mainly his mentor Lalu Prasad Yadav, and became the most powerful man in his state.Development AgendaBoth Modi and Nitish are known for their self-professed focus on development in Gujarat and Bihar, respectively.Though Modi’s economic policies are credited with improving economic growth in Gujarat, his administration has also been criticised. Nitish became popular by implementing series of delayed developmental activities in Bihar.Mr Clean and Mr Clean Neither Modi nor Nitish are considered to be corrupt politicians.The LookNarendra Modi and Nitish Kumar sport a salt and pepper look with their grey hair and beard. They’re also found wearing similar attire, mostly khadi kurtas or shirts topped with a nehru jacket. Add to it the frameless spectacles, Modi and Nitish seem to be hinting at a very similar DNA.”I’m one amongst you” mantraWhen the Prime Minister uses it mostly to act secular and promote cordial relationships between various religions in the country, Nitish uses this mantra to please the people of his state who are mostly judged based on their descent.Dear leaders, whether or not we understand your DNA, we do understand the DNA of your politics, and we know the sad truth about the DNA of democracy in our country.
AdvertisementEden Hazard has spent 7 glorious years at Chelsea but he admits he has been considering a new challenge recently. Over the weekend , The Belgian confessed that he is torn over whether to sign a new Stamford Bridge contract or to push for a move to Real Madrid.Hazard is in red-hot form at the moment but has only 1 and a half season remaining in his contract. Chelsea and the Belgian forward are in an understanding that he’s waiting for a offer from the Spanish capital but will re-enter talks for a new contract with The Blues if no such offer comes along.“I don’t want to say, ‘yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing,” the 27-year-old told the media.“I want what’s good for me, but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything.“So I will see. Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay.“It is a hard decision. It is my future.“That’s why I spoke after the World Cup and I said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup,” added Hazard, who said in July that “it might be time to discover something different” after six years at Stamford Bridge.“I am playing good football at the moment.“Real Madrid are the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club.“We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day, I don’t have time. But we will talk about my future soon.” concluded Eden Hazard.Advertisement
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zoomImage courtesy: OOCL Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) delivered stronger revenue in the third quarter of 2018.During the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the company witnessed a 7 percent rise in revenue, reaching USD 1.55 billion compared to USD 1.45 billion seen in the same period a year earlier. The rise was mainly driven by the Trans-Pacific trade, where revenues surged by 15.5 percent.The Asia/Europe trade’s revenue was slightly down by 0.1 percent, while the Trans-Atlantic and Intra-Asia/Australasia revenues increased by 3.8 and 2.3 percent, respectively.OOCL’s total volume for the third quarter was up by 6.9 percent to 1.71 million TEU from 1.59 million TEU handled in the corresponding period in 2017.The Asia/Europe trade saw the largest rise in volumes, which surged by 10.4 percent, followed by a 7.3 percent increase in Trans-Pacific volumes. Intra-Asia/Australasia volumes were also up by 6.6 percent, while Trans-Atlantic volumes fell by 1.6 percent.Loadable capacity increased by 3.9 percent, while the overall load factor was 2.3 percent higher than in the same period in 2017. Overall average revenue per TEU increased marginally by 0.1 percent compared to the third quarter of last year.For the first nine months of 2018, total volumes increased by 6.3 percent over the same period last year and total revenues recorded an 8.7 percent growth. Loadable capacity increased by 7.8 percent and the overall load factor was 1.2 percent lower than the same period in 2017. Overall average revenue per TEU increased by 2.3 percent compared to the same period last year.
While the United Nations mission in Timor-Leste has successfully assisted the country in maintaining stability and order, it is not certain whether the Government will be able to put all necessary structures in place before the UN’s departure next year, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.”Recognizing that security and stability are a prerequisite for the rehabilitation and development on Timor-Leste, UNMISET [UN Mission of Support in East Timor] and the entities of the United Nations system are intensifying their efforts to address key institutional challenges,” Mr. Annan reports to the General Assembly.He says the UN and its various agencies and partners continue to take the necessary measures to ensure that national security and governance structures are in place and functioning satisfactorily when UNMISET completes its mission mandate.”However, it is not certain at the present stage whether the Government of Timor-Leste will be able to achieve those goals completely before the departure of UNMISET in May 2004,” the Secretary-General notes.Covering the period from July 2002 to July 2003, the report highlights the assistance provided in building the public administration’s capacity to respond to the evolving security situation and emerging development requirements. It also examines humanitarian relief efforts, particularly in justice, agriculture, health, education and infrastructure rehabilitation.Mr. Annan says the UNMISET police component continues to transfer its authority to the National Police Force of Timor-Leste (PNTL); however, “significant challenges remain to be faced in strengthening the PNTL and building its capacity to assume sole responsibility for law enforcement in Timor-Leste.”Efforts have also been made to develop the police force as a viable law-and-order organ, including successful capacity-building workshops “which sought to bring the PNTL into line with internationally accepted standards of policing,” he writes.
by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Oct 29, 2013 2:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Al-Jazeera America cable news network, which has attracted little viewer interest during its first two months on the air, announced a deal Tuesday that will give it a significant presence in the country’s two largest television markets.The network said the Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks systems have agreed to add Al-Jazeera America to their lineups over the next six months in New York and Los Angeles, as well as Dallas.Between that deal, and others that have not been announced, Al-Jazeera will increase its reach from 45 million to 55 million homes, said Ehab Al Shihabi, the network’s interim CEO. Probably more important than the numbers is getting exposure in the media industry capitals of New York and Los Angeles.“This is what America needs,” Al Shihabi said. “It needs an informative news channel.”So far, most TV viewers aren’t aware of that need. Al-Jazeera America is averaging 14,000 viewers each night in prime time this month, the Nielsen company said. By contrast, Fox News Channel is averaging 1.86 million in prime time, MSNBC has 795,000 and CNN has 576,000 viewers.Al-Shihabi said that Al-Jazeera America will launch an advertising and marketing effort this month, primarily to educate potential viewers where to find it. The executive said he constantly hears from people interested in watching who have no idea where to find the network locally.“Come, watch it, taste it, and let’s get your feedback,” he said.Al-Jazeera America is the English-language counterpart to the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network. Al-Jazeera bought out Al Gore’s Current TV network to find a place on the television dial in many markets across the country.Al-Shihabi said he plans to add new American bureaus over the next six months, most likely in Boston and Atlanta, to add to the 12 it already operates. He also said he anticipates adding some 70 to 80 new jobs.The network’s goal is to be in 70 million homes by the end of 2014, he said. In the next few months, it will start a new morning news program, a weekly sports show and multiple documentary series. Time Warner deal gives Al-Jazeera America presence in top markets including NYC, Los Angeles
HOUSTON — The Cleveland Browns have done a great job of protecting Baker Mayfield recently, and have the longest active streak in the NFL by not allowing a sack in 125 snaps.Things will get more difficult for the Browns (4-6-1) on Sunday when they visit the Houston Texans (8-3) and their defence led by pass-rushing stars J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. Watt is tied for second in the NFL with 11 1/2 sacks and has 19 quarterback hits, and Clowney has seven sacks and 15 quarterback hits.“I have a job to do and that’s my job to go out there and hopefully end that streak,” Watt said. “They’ve obviously been doing a good job. It’s going to be a good battle.”Mayfield, who hasn’t been sacked in two games, said he’s watched Watt play since the quarterback was in high school and knows he’ll have to account for him and Clowney on every play.“I have to get it out very quick,” Mayfield said. “They have two of the best defensive ends in the league. That is not discrediting any of the other guys, but they are talented. The emphasis has to be on getting the ball out, which we have been trying to do these past weeks. We have to keep doing it.”The Texans know the key to stretching their franchise-record winning streak to nine games will be slowing down Mayfield, the top overall pick in this year’s draft. Mayfield has 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight starts this season and is coming off a season-best four touchdown performance in Cleveland’s 35-20 win at Cincinnati last week.“Baker’s a winner,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’s a competitor, very accurate, has a great instinct for the game, excellent ability to keep plays alive. I can just tell you we hold him in very high regard.”While Houston attempts to contain Mayfield, the Browns will try and limit the Texans’ young quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is also coming off a good game. Watson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a career-high 70 yards and a score in a 34-17 win over Tennessee on Monday.Cleveland interim coach Gregg Williams has been impressed with Watson’s improvement in his second season after playing just seven games as a rookie before suffering a season-ending knee injury.“I think the game’s slowing down for him,” Williams said. “You can see that he’s more relaxed. He never did show any stress or panic, but you can see he’s more comfortable in what he’s doing … you can see as the season’s gone on, each week he’s more and more comfortable with how he’s playing physically (and) mentally.”Some things to look for when the Browns visit the Texans:RUNNING WILDThe Texans are averaging the fourth-most yards rushing a game in the NFL after running for a franchise-record 281 yards on Monday night. Lamar Miller led the way with 162 yards rushing and a 97-yard touchdown against the Titans. The 27-year-old Miller is having a solid season after being slowed by minor injuries last year. He has three 100-yard rushing games after not rushing for more than 75 yards in a game last season.“(Miller) is hitting the hole and he is hitting it fast and violent, and he is breaking arm tackles,” Browns linebacker Joe Schobert said. “There are linebackers and D-line are in the holes and just trying to reach out trying to bring him down. He is running through it, and you see he has the speed to take it all the way to the house like we saw the other day.”ROAD WOESCleveland’s win at Cincinnati last week snapped a 25-game road losing streak and was its first victory away from Cleveland since Oct. 11, 2015. Now the Browns will try to win consecutive road games in a season for the first time since they beat San Francisco and Pittsburgh on Sept. 21 and Oct. 5, 2003.While the Browns have been terrible on the road, they haven’t been much better at home. Sunday’s victory marked the first time they’d won two straight games overall since 2014, when they won three in a row.QB REUNIONOnce foes, Watson and Mayfield are now friends.The quarterbacks will have an on-field reunion Sunday, meeting for the first time since the 2016 Orange Bowl when Watson led Clemson to a 37-17 win over Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners. Watson and Mayfield are part of the NFL’s next wave of star quarterbacks, and the pair already shares a mutual respect.“He’s going to have a bright future, a bright career, win a lot of games, win championships and do a lot of things for himself and that organization,” Watson said of Mayfield. “I’m a big Baker fan and everything that he has been doing for a long time. It’s going to be very exciting to see him pregame and compete against him. I’ll talk to him later this week and probably jersey swap with him.”The Browns passed on a chance to draft Watson in 2017. But if they had taken him, Mayfield would be elsewhere. As he develops, Cleveland’s rookie QB has been impressed with what Watson has already accomplished.“Deshaun is an incredible quarterback, incredible athlete, a great leader,” Mayfield said. “He’s been playing at a very high level. He’s a huge reason why they’ve won eight in a row. It’s always great to play great competition. You always look forward to that.”___AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLKristie Rieken, The Associated Press
The Ohio State baseball team celebrates its victory against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerWith Big Ten play looming, the Ohio State baseball team appears to be starting to play their best ball of the season.Playing under a gray sky for most of the evening, the Buckeyes (13-6, 0-0) came out shining and rolled to their fifth-straight victory, defeating Xavier, 10-3, Wednesday.The game featured two freshman starting pitchers on the bump with the Musketeers’ (11-7, 0-0) Trent Astle going against the Buckeyes’ Tanner Tully.Tully, starting his first collegiate game, began with a commanding five-pitch first inning. Astle wasn’t so lucky.Sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn was batting first for the Buckeyes and, on the second pitch he saw, smacked a homerun over the left field wall. The shot was Kuhn’s fourth of the year, good enough to lead the team.“I’m seeing the ball real well,” Kuhn said. “I keep getting good pitches to hit … taking advantage of other teams mistakes.”With runners on second and third and still no outs, freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson had an RBI groundout and sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI single to give the Buckeyes a quick 3-0 lead.Astle found himself in another jam to begin the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hit a sac fly to deep center that plated two. Junior outfielder Pat Porter followed with a sac fly of his own to score another and give Tully a six-run lead to work with.The freshman responded, going five innings with five hits on no runs scored. When Tully had Musketeers in scoring position, he turned up the heat to keep them at bay.“It was good just to go in there and throw strikes and keep the defense in it,” Tully said. “I throw a little bit harder, hit my spots a little bit more (with runners in scoring position) and make sure they don’t score.”Coach Greg Beals was impressed enough with Tully’s first start to say he would probably be the Sunday starter this weekend.“There was no question in my mind he was capable of starting and capable of doing what he did,” Beals said. “To put five zeros up like that, though, was sure good to see … in our meeting tomorrow there’s a pretty good chance we decide Tanner Tully is our Sunday starter this weekend.”The Musketeers scored one in the sixth and two more in eighth to give them a chance, but the offense rose to the occasion and responded with four runs of their own in the eighth.Redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti recorded the final four outs to give him his first save of the season and keep the Buckeyes perfect at home so far.The win streak has been an enjoyable one for the Buckeyes, but they know it isn’t time to get complacent.“We’re pretty happy (with where we are), but this is where our mission starts,” Kuhn said. “We want to come out hot.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to Friday when the Michigan State Spartans come to town. First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m.
The last surviving Briton who fought with the International Brigades of volunteers against the fascists in Spain’s civil war has died, aged 98.Stan Hilton, who jumped ship as a 19-year-old merchant seaman to join up, passed away on Friday, the International Brigade Memorial Trust reported.“The Spanish people needed help. It was the right thing to do,” he would later explain of his decision to abandon his naval post in the 1936-39 civil war.From the Mediterranean port of Alicante, Mr Hilton made his way to Albacete in La Mancha, where he enlisted with the British Battalion of the 15 International Brigade. He fought in the fierce battle for the city of Teruel, eastern Spain, before his battalion was routed by Gen Franco’s forces.“It was every man for himself,” Mr Hilton recalled of the chaotic retreat in which he managed to reach Barcelona, still held by forces loyal to the republic. He sailed home and later served in Britain’s merchant navy throughout the Second World War. Mr Hilton, originally from Newhaven, Sussex, emigrated to Australia with his family in 1956. He died in a nursing home near Melbourne. Volunteers from countries around the world travelled to Spain to join what for many was an ideological struggle against the growing threat of fascism.The war ended in victory for the nationalists and began Franco’s four-decade-long military dictatorship. Jim Jump, of the trust, said Britain had lost the last of a generation of heroes.“Stan and the other volunteers will go down in history as the first British soldiers to confront Hitler and Mussolini on the battlefield. In doing so, they also set an unequalled example of international solidarity and anti-fascism,” he said. Update: Since this article was first published, it has emerged that Stan Hilton was not the last surviving Briton to have fought against the fascists in the Spanish civil war. Geoffrey Servante, 98, a former mechanic in the merchant navy, fought for almost two years of the 1936-39 conflict and is now living in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.His involvement was confirmed by the International Brigade Memorial Trust. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Franco’s side received military assistance from Hitler and Mussolini, but the republicans’ pleas for help fell on deaf ears across western Europe.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCH&PA plans to have all squatters relocated- CEOMay 15, 2018In “latest news”House lot payment fraud: CH&PA not in favour of compensating fraud victim(s)August 14, 2017In “Local News”Relocation of Broad & Lombard streets squatters postponed till October- CH&PAFebruary 6, 2018In “latest news” The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has warned that it will soon repossess lands from those private developers, and house lot beneficiaries, who have breached their agreements, the Government Information Agency (GINA) said earlier today.This comes as the CH&PA moves to pave the way for the development of more low and middle-income housing solutions for Guyanese.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) Lelon SaulChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CH&PA Lelon Saul said that the authority is set to go after those developers, who acquired vast tracts of lands under the previous administration, but have since failed to develop them.“We are currently engaging these developers. We are encouraging them to develop those lands, to live up to the agreement of sale, and I should say that in some cases it is likely that we would move to repossess some of those lands,” Saul said at CH&PA’S mid-year press conference on Monday.He pointed out that many of these private developers still owed CH&PA money and this would make it easier for the authority to repossess the lands. Saul said that authority has commenced the repossession process, “I can tell you that I would have instructed our corporate secretary to initiate actions to repossess lands from private developers who have failed to deliver.”CH&PA has also forwarded many of the developers’ agreements to the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Chambers for legal consideration before engaging the other defaulters. This was done after a review of the agreements was conducted by CH&PA’s corporate secretary, Hannifah Jordan, according to GINA.GINA said, the CH&P is also going after those persons, who, in an attempt to defraud the system obtained more than one government house lot. Based on CH&PA’s allocation policy, a person is only entitled to own one property or lot from the government.CH&PA’s Operation Director, Denise King-Tudor explained once the authority establishes that someone is the owner of more than one government house lot, they will move to repossess one of the lots, in accordance with their repossession policy.
The news PSG Handball coach Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic doesn’t waste his time on his new job. Newcomer from Denmark is experienced left back, but mainly defensive specialist Henrik Mollgaard who signed contract for the upcoming season. The 30 years-old Danish NT member has great experience of playing for the national team since 2013, but also in his domestic team Skjern, with whom he won three times national Championship.Mollgaard will mainly cover the empty space due injury of William Accambray, who will be out for a while. henrik mollgaardPSG Handball ← Previous Story Fifth fantastic goalkeeper’s summer was held in Makarska Next Story → VELUX EHF CL 2015/2016 draw tonight – Barca and Kiel lead the pots
WHAT’S THE STORY?1. FORMER ANGLO boss David Drumm will face questioning about alleged fraud as his bankruptcy trial gets underway tomorrow. IBRC has filed a document with a list of alleged ”acts of fraud, misrepresentations, concealments, transfers or other predicate acts”. Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!2. WHATEVER PEOPLE might say about disingenuous politicians, most readers who answered our poll today said they’ve lied to politicians more than once themselves. Giving them a taste of their own medicine, are we? 3. THOUSANDS OF people are fleeing the Balkans after Bosnia’s worst floods in a century killed at least 47 people. There are now fears that dead bodies and animal carcasses could lead to disease outbreaks. Source: AP/Press Association Images4. IT’LL BE nothing compared to what’s going on in Bosnia, but Met Éireann has warned we’re facing “very intense rain, thundery downpours” and spot flooding. Pack away the sun cream and break out the wellies again. Source: Someecards5. IN THE last of our European candidate interviews, Luke Ming Flanagan – never one to mince his words – said he’s done dealing with the monkey, he want’s to deal with the organ grinder from now on. Source: mountainviewgallery via YouTubeCatch up on the rest of today’s stories>
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders from the Navy, Georgia Power and the Georgia Public Service Commission on Monday celebrated the opening of a $75 million, 30-megawatt solar array at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.Now operational, this 254-acre solar farm contains approximately 133,000 solar photovoltaic panels and is delivering energy to the installation and the surrounding community at or below the company’s avoided cost, according to a Navy news release. Georgia Power completed the project in less than a year.The solar generation facility is the first completed by Georgia Power in collaboration with the Navy and joins a similar 30-megwatt on-base solar facility recently completed at Fort Benning. The utility is currently developing more than 150 megawatts of solar generation to serve the state’s electric customers through projects with the Navy and Army. In addition to the new arrays at Kings Bay and Fort Benning, Georgia Power is building solar facilities at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, according to the utility.“Ensuring our installations have secure, reliable, resilient and affordable energy is critical for continuous operations. Working with an innovator like Georgia Power enables the Department of the Navy to achieve its missions and energy efficiency goals,” Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Region Southeast, said at the ribbon cutting.
Both cartoons from the Avatar universe (Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra) are now, unfortunately, over. However, Nickelodeon’s beloved mythology of magic karate and cabbage merchants still lives on as an ongoing Dark Horse graphic novel series. At NYCC, we got to check in on Avatar’s and Korra’s comic book continuations.The Last Airbender series from writer Gene Yang and artist duo Gurihiru has been slowly bridging the time gap between the two series since 2012. The latest graphic novel trilogy, North, and South details new internal strife at the Southern Water Tribe. Details from these books are already out there, including their release dates throughout early 2017, but at the panel, we did learn how the series calls back to an early visual from the very beginning of the show: the frozen Fire Nation warship.More exciting was the sneak peek at the new Legend of Korra comics coming in June 2017. The panelists, including the voice of Korra herself Janet Varney, were sure to mention how much social media buzz the news caused. This series, written by Korra co-creator Mike DiMartino and illustrated by Irene Koh, is an official sequel to the cartoon. We saw early pages depicting Korra and Asami’s vacation in the Spirit World (complete with Dragonbirds and weird mushrooms), an event hinted at in the series finale. Also hinted at in that finale is Korra and Asami’s romance. But while the Nickelodeon cartoon may not have been able to show the two women kiss, according to an answer at the Q+A, the comic book just might have that freedom.AdChoices广告Finally, both series will also be receiving adult coloring books. The Last Airbender coloring book hits later this month, and the audience got a sample page. The Korra coloring book arrives next July. An “adult” coloring book based on a children’s cartoon may seem like the height of self-infantilization, but as a deep Avatar fan, I can’t deny how lovely the art is. Also on the way is a poster book of Korra art. The audience even got to give input on what scenes should be included.The Avatar NYCC panel was light on news but heavy on fan enthusiasm. There was even some trivia. There’s still a lot to learn about the future of Korra in comic book form, including the mysterious new villain, but I’m more excited than ever to return to this world.
Citation: End-Permian mass extinction may have been driven by an ocean teeming with life (2015, August 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-end-permian-mass-extinction-driven-ocean.html Scientists have speculated that during the Permian period, venting of oceanic hydrogen sulfide gas killed off most eukaryotes and allowed oceanic prokaryotes to flourish. An international collaborative of researchers has conducted an analysis of the chemistry embedded in oceanic geologic formations, providing new geochemical evidence for this theory. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, links the end-Permian mass extinction event with climate change, geologic weathering, and widespread marine anoxia as a result of biogeochemical sulfur and carbon cycles.The reduction of sulfates in the ocean by microbes is an important pillar of the sulfur cycle. Most of the hydrogen sulfide in the ocean is reoxidized, with a fraction buried in sediment. Release from the sediment is another important factor, affecting sulfide formation and reactive iron availability. A notable increase in hydrogen sulfide would have affected the oceanic environment in a host of complex ways, creating major changes in biodiversity.The current study demonstrates successive enhanced organic matter degradation by microbial sulfate reduction. This produces hydrogen sulfide, which is toxic for most eukaryotes, killing them by interfering with mitochondrial energy production. Rather than a so-called “Strangelove” ocean in which all life dies off, the study proposes a huge reduction of species richness—a decline in marine biodiversity of around 80 percent. Carbonate-associated sulfate isotope data compiled by the researchers demonstrates that widespread euxenic zones resulted in sulfide toxicity, driving the marine biodiversity loss during this period. Under low competition pressure, prokaryotic life rapidly occupied the resulting vacant ecospaces. It’s a remarkable portrait of biological productivity that contradicts the idea of an entirely dead ocean. The researchers note that this scenario also reinforces the idea that life forms influence seawater chemistry. The authors write, “This study also emphasizes that, besides the property of organisms to construct a habitable planet, they can also act as a catalyst for destruction,” noting that marine life would have been quite different with the flourishing of prokaryotes.Geologic data from the Early Triassic that followed records increased sequestration of sulfur sourced from pyrite owing to the lack of eukaryotic organisms that would have irrigated oceanic sediments with O2 via burrowing. These and other processes generated a negative feedback loop of the carbon cycle in which enhanced production and sequestration of organic carbon was stimulated by global warming and rates of chemical weathering. “The prolonged disturbance after the end-Permian mass extinction contradicts a fast return (<100 ky) to predisturbance climate and carbon cycle," the authors note.The authors conclude that post-extinction marine prokaryote domination, particularly the sulfate-reducing microbes, might have exerted enormous influence on the carbon cycle in the Early Triassic, affecting marine conditions and global climate, preventing the planet's recovery for a long period of time. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. An isotopic analysis of two mass extinction events Stratigraphy and geography. Credit: PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print August 3, 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1503755112 © 2015 Phys.org More information: “Flourishing ocean drives the end-Permian marine mass extinction.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print August 3, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1503755112AbstractThe end-Permian mass extinction, the most severe biotic crisis in the Phanerozoic, was accompanied by climate change and expansion of oceanic anoxic zones. The partitioning of sulfur among different exogenic reservoirs by biological and physical processes was of importance for this biodiversity crisis, but the exact role of bioessential sulfur in the mass extinction is still unclear. Here we show that globally increased production of organic matter affected the seawater sulfate sulfur and oxygen isotope signature that has been recorded in carbonate rock spanning the Permian−Triassic boundary. A bifurcating temporal trend is observed for the strata spanning the marine mass extinction with carbonate-associated sulfate sulfur and oxygen isotope excursions toward decreased and increased values, respectively. By coupling these results to a box model, we show that increased marine productivity and successive enhanced microbial sulfate reduction is the most likely scenario to explain these temporal trends. The new data demonstrate that worldwide expansion of euxinic and anoxic zones are symptoms of increased biological carbon recycling in the marine realm initiated by global warming. The spatial distribution of sulfidic water column conditions in shallow seafloor environments is dictated by the severity and geographic patterns of nutrient fluxes and serves as an adequate model to explain the scale of the marine biodiversity crisis. Our results provide evidence that the major biodiversity crises in Earth’s history do not necessarily implicate an ocean stripped of (most) life but rather the demise of certain eukaryotic organisms, leading to a decline in species richness. (Phys.org)—The Permian geologic period that ended the Paleozoic era climaxed around 252 million years ago with a sweeping global mass extinction event in which 90 to 95 percent of marine life became extinct. It would take 30 million years for planetary biodiversity to recover. Understanding the contributing factors of the end-Permian mass extinction is critical to understanding and perhaps mitigating the current anthropogenic climate change. Explore further